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good morning. roadblock? new jersey governor and potential presidential candidate chris christie on the defensive. e-mails suggesting a top aide deliberately orchestrated a massive traffic jam on the world's busiest bridge. what did the coverager know, and will it stop his presidential ambitions? leap of faith. >> go get 'em. >> we're with gabby giffords exclusively as she marks the anniversary of her shooting and her remarkable recovery in a very brave way. thawing out. the deep freeze finally coming to an end, but it's bringing a new concern to some areas. and miller's time. an exclusive live interview with bode miller, america's most
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decorated skier on sochi, his rivals and his high-profile custody battle today, thursday, january 9th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today." with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm matt lauer along with al roker and willie geist. the special edition of the show this morning, a split edition. we're here in new york and savannah is out in arizona to bring us a fantastic story. savannah, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to all of you guys. i'm here in eliy where just yesterday gabby giffords did something truly extraordinary to mark the three-year anniversary from the shootings in tucson. she went up in an airplane, and she took a sky dive. it was an incredibly exhilarating moment for her and
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for those of us close and getting to see it as she did it. we also talked to her about her recovery, how she's doing three years later. we'll have some major milestones to tell you about, some things she's really accomplished. and matt, guys, a skill she 12i8 has that's incredible that she's still able to do even after suffering that terrible brain injury. so lots to bring you from here in arizona. >> just looking at the footage, i get chills. looking forward to continue we'll get back to you in just a little while. today's top story, the firestorm brewing around chris christie. the focus is the george washington bridge that connects new york and new jersey and some lane closureback in september that led to some major backups. did governor christie know they were ordered as a form of political retribution by some of his top appointees? nbc's stephanie gosk has the latest on this. steph, fill us in. >> reporter: good morning, matt. governor chris christie will be holding a news conference in about an hour to address the
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bridge scandal personally. all of this may feel like a local story, but state politics, but everything the governor now does plays out on a national stage. >> i won. >> reporter: the question this morning is who will in christie's words be held responsible? the governor promised to take action after e-mails and texts were released by state officials suggesting at least one of his highest ranking staff members deliberately orchestrated a nasty traffic mess. >> shocking and outrageous. >> reporter: last september, two of three vital lanes leading to the george washington bridge were suddenly and inexplicably closed in the town of fort lee, new jersey, just across the river from new york city. several weeks earlier, christie's deputy chief of staff, bridget ann kelly, e-mailed david wildstein. "time for some traffic problems in fort lee." wildsteen, an appointee and high school friend replied "got it." for four days commuters, school buses, even rescue vehicles were
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snarled in traffic. >> they compromise public safety. >> reporter: democratic leaders accuse christie's office of political retribution against the mayor of fort lee because he was unwilling to endorse christie, a republican, during the governor's re-election campaign. >> not something i ever anticipated, especially from the group under the direct control of the highest elected official in the state of new jersey. >> reporter: when local reporters first started asking questions, governor christie defended his office and said they had nothing to do with the traffic mess. even sarcastically denying his own involvement. >> i worked the cones, actually, matt. unbeknownst to everybody, i was the guy out there. >> reporter: since the news broke early wednesday, governor christie canceled his only public appearance and has only commented in a written statement. "what i've seen today for the first time is unacceptable. not only was i misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made
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without my knowledge. barbara buono who lost to christie during the election is calling for a federal investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing. as for christie's aide and the transportation official, neither has commented since the story broke. matt? >> stephanie gosk, stephanie, thank you very much. i want to bring in chuck todd, nbc's political director and of course our chief white house correspondent as well. chuck, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> in the last 24 hours, we have learned the answer to one very big question in this situation. yes, those lane closures resulting in that massive traffic jam were some form of political retribution. the e-mails prove that. the other big question, did chris christie know about it, and did he order it? how will the answer to that question impact his political future? >> well, i think, look, if he didn't know about it, it's a survivable scandal. if he knew about it and was part of the decision-making process, then this is unrecoverable. he will no longer be taken as a serious presidential candidate.
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so that is the bottom line when it comes to this story. he's got this press conference he's going to be holding later in a couple of hours. he needs to sit there and answer every question. i just spoke with john mccain, and i asked him for his advice to christie. he said if it takes you three hours to answer every question on this thing, sit there and do it and release everything. if you don't, the drip, drip, drip will end up becoming a bigger problem over time. >> you say one of the versions is survivable, the other isn't. it's not survivable if it turns out he lied to the press and public on this. the other one is no picnic either because it means he really didn't have managerial control over key members of his staff and his friends. >> you know, his best asset, when people talk up the idea of christie for president, they talk up a few things. number one, he seems to be a no-b.s. guy, no nonsense. two, he's willing to work in a bipartisan way. and three, he really knows how to control things. he looks like he's a ceo, a take-charge kind of guy.
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well, the best defense for him right now is that he wasn't in charge of his own office. that there was some sort of culture of retribution that was in his office that he didn't know about. that's his best defense, matt. then that undermines one of his chief strengths at becoming for why some people think he is presidential material. and so the inability of looking like a solid manager of his own team i think is a big problem for him going forward. again, recoverable if he really didn't know about it. >> and just in the 30 seconds i have left, christie is not your average politician. he's thought of as a likely candidate for president in 2016. he's the head of the republican governors association. so democrats are going to work this story for a while. >> oh, not just democrats, matt. i've been hearing from potential republican primary rivals. a lot of people are enjoying this on both sides of the aisle. remember, he's got to get through -- there are a whole bunch of other republicans who
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think they should be the next nominee in 2016. so they're stoking this fire, too. he's got to deal with incoming. welcome to the nfl, as they say. >> no question about it. the governor will face cameras and questions from members of the media in a little less than an hour. let's turn to willie now who's got the latest headlines. willie? willie's here for natalie this morning. natalie's off on assignment, and you're following a military accident. >> yeah, another bad one. a search is under way this morning for a u.s. navy crewman after a helicopter crash off the coast of virginia. two sailors were killed. two others rescued. this is video from a norfolk hospital where the crew members were taken. the chopper went down about 18 miles east of cape henry during a training exercise. it's the second military helicopter crash in two days. the u.s. air force chopper went down in england tuesday, killing all four airmen aboard. former basketball star dennis rodman apologizing this morning for comments he made about kenneth bae, the american imprisoned in north korea. nbc's ian williams is in beijing with the latest this morning. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to
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you, willie. well, in the cold and sober light of morning, rodman seems to have recognized that he simply went too far, even by his outrageous standards. in a written statement today, rodman said, "i want to apologize. i take full responsibility." he said he'd been drunk and stressed when he suggested in a barely intelligible cnn interview that kenneth bae must have done something wrong to be imprisoned in north korea. >> kenneth bae did one thing, if you understand. i got it. if you understand what kenneth bae did. >> reporter: comments that shocked and appalled bae's sister. >> this is not a game. you know, dennis rodman can play a basketball game, media game all he wants with his own life. but this is about a man's life, and that's on the line here. >> reporter: bae from the seattle suburbs has been held for 14 months and is said to be in poor health. rodman's in the north for an exhibition basketball game to mark kim jong-un's 31st
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birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: before the game, he had given a raspy and surreal rendition of "happy birthday" followed by an awkward boy to the young dictator. his performance quickly becoming the butt of chat show jokes. >> please accept our gift of dennis rodman. no returns. >> reporter: and of course, kenneth bae's family don't see it as a laughing matter. rodman will be coming back through beijing here tomorrow after his latest round of what he calls basketball diplomacy that turned out to be anything but, willie. >> ian williams with a strange story that keeps getting more strange. thanks so much, ian. president obama will introduce a new plan today to drastically reduce poverty in five specific yeareas, san antonio, philadelphia, los angeles, southeastern kentucky and the choctaw nation of oklahoma will be announced as the first five promised zones, areas where local communities will partner with business, the white house says, to create jobs and increase economic security. sandra bullock was the big
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winner at last night's people's choice awards in los angeles. she picked up four trophies including favorite movie actress and comedic actress. other winners included ellen degeneres for favorite daytime tv host and justin timberlake who took home three awards and, of course, there's only one place to go to celebrate a big night at the people's choice awards, taco bell. look at some of these photographs. j.t. posing with workers at this taco bell after the show, posting the picture on instagram, "grilled stuffed nachos for everybody." >> i love that. >> i like the doritos taco shell. i don't know how you guys go. i love celebrating that way. >> he'll celebrate the way he wants. willie, thank you very much. we're warming up a little bit, but you've got some nasty weather to talk about as well. >> absolutely. and this brutal cold changed so many situations. for example, hudson river, an unoccupied new york waterways ferry got stuck in the ice. they had to get a tugboat to cut through the ice and lead it to safety. so that's good news. but we do have a warm-up.
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check this out. houston today, 56. 24 hours ago, it was six degrees colder. savannah is 44, 20 degrees warmer today. charlotte, 12 degrees warmer. as we head up into the midwest, washington, d.c., northeast, 14 in washington. new york city at 22. we're warmer. however, we are looking at an icy mess in the midsection of the country. you can see from little rock on into memphis, heading on into nashville, we've got the risk of some really icy weather moving in here. we're going to see those temperatures as this moisture moves in. snow starting to form into missouri. and this is going to head into the east, causing some rain and some flooding possibly by the weekend. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds.
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>> >> good thursday morning to you. we're tracking a warehouse fire in san jose. you can see the fire is viz in from 101. we'll have a live report from the scene in about five minutes from now. temperatures today are going to be cool. we're tracking steady drizzle in the forecast and we're going to climb out of the 40s and the 50s into the 60s as we head throughout day today. but it will be cool and cloudy. pretty good chance for rain on saturday afternoon. >> that's your latest weather. let's head back to savannah. >> now to a looming crisis a world away. near that be 100,000 people
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living in a makeshift refugee camp trying to escape the rising violence there. the united nations says it could quickly turn into a humanitarian disaster. ann currie is there. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. we've come here because of a level of violence that has gotten so out of control, so who are tisk that u.s. and u.n. officials fear it could turn into genocide. as one relief worker put it, this is like darfur and anarchy, now both sides live in fear. the violence has forced nearly a million people from their homes. the vast majority of them children, including this 8-year-old walking alone in a camp full of displaced people.
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her mother, father, brother, sister and grandparents killed. >> are you the only survivor of your family? >> i am. >> she tells us, she watched as her mother was shot. "i raised my hand to god like this but they didn't listen to me," she said, "and finally they killed my mother." she said she couldn't stop crying when she woke up today. she drew a picture of the life she's lost, her momenhome, the in the river behind it, the flowers that were near the front door. today she lives in camp on the ground of the mondastery with only one of the relatives she has left, her great aunt. sheep said she has no words for the men who killed her family. instead she put her hands
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together to offer a prayer, "forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." and she added, "bless me and keep me safe." >> one sad story among so many here. meantime numerous reports that the president of the central african republic could soon step done are yet unconfirmed but already that's increasing tensions here. savannah? >> all right, ann, thank you very much. coming up, the reason we are here in arizona, three years after the shooting that nearly took her life, gabby giffords decided not to remember that shooting but to celebrate her recovery by doing something truly remarkable, she jumped out of a plane. her partner, a navy seal she has jumped with before. we'll have more but for the moment we'll send it back to you. >> carson is over in the orange
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room with what he's following this morning. carson? >> big news this morning. savannah is in arizona. by the look of this photo, i'm excited to see if she makes the jump. she's got some gear on here, guys. i don't know if that's going to happen or not. but a big day for gabby giffords, tons of well wishes for her on all platforms. this is one from nora who writes "gabby is the poster girl for perseverance, courage and serving her country, go gabby." we're going to show you the jump and have more on this in the next half hour. >> coming up, the most decorated u.s. skier of all times, bode miller on his goals in sochi and a headline making custody dispute. and then on trending, would you pay $10 for a night on the town
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the firefighters to save the one remaining warehouse in the front. from what we hear the one that went up in flames was the vintage roof tile. however, that is still unconfirmed. many people who work here also say these are vacant warehouses, however, there have been several explosions to the point where pg&e came out and turned off the power. right now there is a stay order from the fire department for sur surrounding homes. they will bring in the san jose police deept evacuate residents that are too close to the blaze. so as you can see, still an active fire. we're watching different buildings collapse and this continues to burn at this time. peggy bunker in san jose. >> thank you very much. this is close to 101 and the mckee road exit. let's check in with mike for effects on the commute. >> clearly visible. the bottom this is 101 north jammed up toward the mckee. you can head to the fire about a block and a half away. that's why they have traffic
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control. avoid the off ramp. you see all of the traffic throughout the south bay and the biggest backup is northbound 101 from capital expressway up toward the scene. you see a lot of folks using north 280, taking 87 adding to the traffic flow. there are incidents around the area a's and reroute, concentrating on getting to work. there are minor fender benders all over. be careful. palo alto, an example of the slick roadways and the drizzle. >> when we continue to follow this morning also. i was going to the library to do my homework. it took a lot of juggling to keep it all together. for some low-income families, having broadband internet is a faraway dream. so we created internet essentials, america's largest low-cost internet adoption program.
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this looks good. and he's into the lead by 0.3. these a look of pure joy. >> we're back with bode miller's r area a's and reroute, couple of minutes. along with al roker and willie geist. average person but
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gabrielle giffords is no average person. she decided to mark and celebrate her recovery by sky driving and we were lucky enough to be right there with her. >> good morning. good to see you. you look fabulous. >> thank you very much. >> gabrielle giffords chose to mark the three-year anniversary of the tucson shooting with a leap forward from high above. >> how you feel this morning? >> excellent. gorgeous, gorgeous. >> and friends and family were there to see her touch the heavens, including former navy seal, jimmy hatch, her tandem partner for her first jump in 2009. their friendship first formed over adventure was later sealed in tragedy. jamie was later shot in combat in afghanistan. gabby visited her in the hospital and he came to see her
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after she was shot in tucson. like many who know gabby well, he sees the jump as a way for her to express through actions what has become difficult since her brain injury to communicate in words. >> i think her spirit is pretty incredible and i think you can see it in spite of the way she can communicate now. i think it's a limitation on us that we can't really grasp it. it's not really her limitation. >> gabby's decision to jump surprised no one close to her, least of all her mother, gloria. your daughter seems fearless. >> she is, ever sense she was a kid, got on a horse and jumped over jumps, climbed the grand can cron. >> reporter: is this a date, january 8th, that's been hard for you? >> no. >> emotions run high on this bittersweet day. giffords and her husband ring a bell to remember the lives lost years ago. and then -- >> i've got the vice president
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on the phone. >> a special surprise call from the vice president. >> i tell you what, you've got more stuck as my mother would say than ten of the best people i know. >> thank you. >> then it was time for take-off. >> good luck. be careful. >> thank you. >> ready? go get 'em. >> oh, my god! whoo! >> way to go, gabs! >> nice job, you did good. >> you got it. you got it. >> whoo! >> gorgeous. good stuff.
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>> what took me so long to get here? you beat me. >> did you hold on tight? >> not really. >> did do you any tricks, like a loop or anything? >> loop, loop. >> you did? >> yes. >> cool as a cucumber. >> that's cool. >> it was truly amazing. you know, so her friend, jimmy hatch, the navy seal she jumped with in 2009, she jumped with him. she was in tandem with another navy seal named matt who said she was incredibly nervous. this is a guy who has 19,000 jumps under his belt and there was a really funny moment before they went up where mark kelly, a navy captain and astronaut, was really almost interrogating matt saying "did you pack the chute yourself"? to make sure this precious cargo was taken care of. >> did you have even a moment of temptation to jump out of that plane? if you had had a chute on also?
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>> yes, exactly. you know, this is gabby's moment and it was incredible to watch her jump. but i will say she makes it look easy. i was more nervous when that door opened. she never -- i don't think her heart rate went up even an inch. she was just absolutely calm. and growing up in tucson and knowing gabby and just following what happened that day, that was the safe way where -- safeway where she was at that my mom shops at every week. i think she's inspired a lot of people. >> she certainly has. thanks for sharing that with us, savannah. we appreciate it. >> we'll see new a bit with more on her recovery, which i think will truly amaze people. >> let's get a check of the weather from al. >> and this is our awe moment.
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this is a little polar bear cub. awe! from the toronto zoo taking her first step. the cub has not been named yet. her mom is aurora. they will be naming her very, very soon. it's too cold for her to go outside, yes, it is. we'll be tacking about flash flood watches for our friends in new york. why? we have had all this ice buildup and now we're going to have all the rain. amherst, buffalo and also tanawanda and we're looking at lake-effect snow warnings as more snow comes into the great lakes around lake ontario. we have icy conditions later today from northern arkansas on into southern illinois, wet weather to the gulf coast, freezing nothing into northwest texas with more rain into
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coastal pacific northwest area 7:37 now. taking a live look at a fire that's burning, a warehouse fire north 28th street and julian street in san jose creating a traffic jam on 101. we'll have a live report from mike inouye. you can check out his tweets, giving you alternates on twitter. as we head throughout the morning you'll find the thick low clouds and spotty showers all across the bay area. temperatures are cool out there. you need your jacket all day. we'll climb into the 60s with a mix of sun and clouds. >> i should say the polar bear cup is a boy, not a girl. >> doesn't matter. >> coming up on "trending," we'll introduce you to the world's first burrito vending machine. would you eat a burrito from a vending machine? and an exclusive live
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when they start the eyes of the world will be on one of america's biggest stars. bode miller is one of the midwest decorated skiers of all time. taking home medals in five different events. competing in sochi, he'll be the first american skier to compete in five olympic games. he's collected five medals since his first olympics in 1998. this time he faces tough odds. at 36, miller is one of the oldest u.s. athletes competing at the games. always colorful, miller has had personal highs -- a marriage to beach volleyball player morgan beck -- and lows, a public custody battle over his son with an ex. a knee injury kept him off the slopes all last year.
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miller is back, 20 pounds lighter and on the heels of a second-place finish at the world cup last month. he's looking to finish on top for what will likely be his final olympic game s in sochi. bo and boddie miller is with us from germany, preparing for the races. good morning. good to see you. >> good to see you, matt. >> bring me up to speed. you spent a year off the slopes, you had surgery. you're 36, i don't want to harp on, that how's the recovery been? >> it's been good. i mean, you know, a knee injury like i had is a pretty slow process, aside from the fact that i've been rough on my body for my 17 or muss years of world cup career. so i mean, i'm healthy enough that i'm skiing as hard as i can, but i definitely feel my age. i've been pushing pretty hard this season. i have work to do after taking last year away to heal the injury. i'm trying to catch up to the
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young kids now. >> you're one of those who have always skied for the love of it. the journey has been more important than the destination or medals for you. having said that, have you set goals for yourself in sochi? >> any time with the olympics, anyone knows anything outside of the medals is not why you're going there. again, i think it is the performances i'm looking for. maybe a little bit different expectations this year, just four years older, fifth olympics. my knee is still -- it is a liability. probably a lot of things i'm dealing with are liabilities. i do go in with the intent to ski my best and try and inspire people. yeah, medals are obviously the goal any time you go to the olympics. >> it has been an up-and-down year, year and a half for you. let's start with the great things -- you got married to morgan beck. how's marriage changed you?
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>> yeah. keeps you busy for sure. it's great. morgan is a great woman, and she's been able to travel around a lot. you know, being able to share the experiences of moving around the world and seeing great spots and training has been an absolute pleasure. >> and there have been difficult moments, as well, bode. you lost your brother suddenly back in april. he was a talented athlete as well. tell me about him. >> you know, it was a shock. really, he had his head injury in 2006, and i took time out after the '06 olympics that year. that was something overlooked about the '06 olympics. in that fall he was in a coma for a while. that affected my process of preparing for the olympics that year as well as all the other things we all know about. that was difficult through the olympics there. and i took time off to spend with him after the olympics. you know, really -- it really
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changed our relationship. and i think gave me a new appreciation for who he was. and that was -- i mean, it was a shock. once he recovered from that injury, we sort of thought things were looking obviously good. he was snowboarding again. he had 100% recovery. then you know, for something like that to happen, it knocked us down pretty hard. >> my condolences on. that there was also a public custody battle your ex over your young son. i know you're a private person, what was it like for you to read about your life in all the headlines? >> well, i have experience with the media. the difficult part is any time it's family or things that are personal, reading about them is one thing, read being them when they're not true or when they're completely spun in one direction and having to accept that and not fight a public battle because that's what the media thrives on. the back and forth, you said this, this is true, that was difficult because the view in the media -- it was obviously
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the judges who had all the information, came up with different decisions. and then the media did. and the reason is because the media only had a tiny portion of the story. twisted on one side. you know, that's always tough. i've dealt with that several times before. whether it is family or when it's about a small child who can't really defend themselves or has to deal with the repercussions in the future, that's a tough thing to deal with. >> i know we're talking about your potential fifth olympic games in sochi. you've also started to look beyond skiing after your career is over. one of your plans -- i like this a lot. it has to do with veterans. >> yeah. i'm going to be busy. i'm always busy. but i'm one of the partners in a company called the grilled cheese company. and it's a -- a pretty unique mobile food truck situation that we get veterans who are returning from their service either in iraq or wherever they
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served. and we give them an opportunity to franchise into this -- this grilled cheese truck company. and you know, it was really -- it's tough to see when guys come back from serving their country like that and don't really have any career opportunities. they can barely, you know, find jobs to make minimum wage. and i think that was something that me and the other partners in the company felt like we had an opportunity to change. and you know, we're now offering these turnkey opportunities to come in, use the skill set that they've developed over the time in the service, and make -- make high six figures a year which i think is just a really cool american kind of thing to do. >> well, we look forward to that, and we look forward to seeing you in sochi, bode. i appreciate your time this morning. thank you very much. >> all right. thanks, matt. >> all right. coming up, another star athlete heading to sochi. billie jean king. the message she hopes to deliver to the people of russia. and on "trending," how to win a night with george clooney for only $10. we're serious.
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a very good morning to you. 7:56. i'm laura garcia-cannon. that massive warehouse fire in san jose near mckee exit of 101 has triggered ab8l shelter in e warning. bob redell live on the scene. are they getting a handle at all? >> reporter: well, looks like it from our vantage point at 101 and mckee. good morning. we're not seeing the flames anymore. it's possible they are in the lower part of the warehouse. we're starting to see white smoke which is always a good indication that there's maybe not much fuel left in there to burn and that the fire is starting to be extinguished by the fire department as another fire truck with san jose fire heads to the scene. this is a five-alarm fire. it grew so big that the fire department actually had to call for assistance from outside agencies. now, this fire we believe started on the right side of the
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screen, this is around 5:40 this morning. then it jumped to this large structure. it has been burning through that ever since. this is what happened when the flames reached theh.3uq! end o the building about an hour ago. the rest of the roof along with the wall collapsed, it caused an explosion. we believe it was a transformer. no one has been hurt so far. this fire is so large that as i mentioned it's now been a fifth alarm. there was another explosion earlier in the morning as well, a large maybe a propane tank, hard to tell. as far as the traffic if you are commuting from the south to the north. northbound 101 is slowing at people distracted by this. reporting live in san jose, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> because of that we're going to check in with mike. >> you saw bob north of the mckee off ramp. traffic moves better there. approaching the area, the smoke blends in with the low clouds and the fog. look at the map. it's jammed up to this interchange and closed surface
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, leap of faith. it's 8:00 on today. coming up, leap of faith. after her brave jump, gabby giffords sits down for an exclusive interview on the major milestones in her recovery and the surprise skill she never lost. ♪ the sun will come out tomorrow ♪ plus, billy jean king opens up about heading to sochi and taking on russia's controversial anti-gay laws. keeping up with kris jenner on the recent family drama and the upcoming ninth season of their hit reality show. today, thursday, january 9,
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2014. >> we're celebrating 100 years offy beta sigma academy. >> howdy from ft. worth, texas. >> shout out to our students at el paso, texas. >> hello from ft. lewis, washington state. >> and we're back now on this thursday morning. 8:00. and we have a big crowd on the plaza this morning. i'm matt lauer with al roker and carson daly. savannah is out in arizona, eloy, to be exact. savannah? >> good morning to you, guys. we sit down with gabby giffords for an extensive interview.
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we'll hear about her recovery. she's reached some milestones that i think will amaze people. we can't wait to bring you that. i can't help but notice it's raining men on our set this morning. all guys. in the studio. i have to tell you, i'm scared. like you'll be leaving your socks on the floors. what will i find when i come back? >> it's not all men. >> no. we pulled in some heavy hitters in your absence to help out on "trending." that's right, kathie lee and hoda are in the house to represent the ladies. >> there they are. >> there they are. >> we said to them, come on out on the plaza with us. they said are you out of your mind? it's cold out there. anyway, we'll get to them in a second. savannah, we'll be back with you as. but right now, willie geist has the news headlines. good morning, again. >> all right, good morning to you. new jersey governor chris
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christie about to address a growing scandal in his administration. one that could affect the run for the white house. it involves using orchestrated traffic jams as political payback. nbc's stephanie goes fills us in. >> well, in a few moments we are expecting chris christie to give the news conference. this is his first public appearance since the story broke 24 hours ago. he said he didn't know about his office's involvement in the george washington bridge mess until yesterday. christie says a member of his staff misled him and people will be held accountable. democrats in new jersey are accusing the governor's office of exacting political revenge against one of the democratic mayors who did not endorse the governor in his recent campaign. the investigation connect the deputy chief of staff to the september traffic mayhem that snarled commuters, school buses and emergency workers.
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in one e-mail, bridget anne kelly writes, time for some traffic in ft. lee. the official, a christie appointee and childhood friend replied got it. barbara buono is calling for a federal investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing and as for christie's aide and the transportation official, neither has commented since the story broke. >> yes, stephanie, a lot of people are wondering what chris christie will say today. he distanced himself yesterday, saying it was a staffer who misled him. meanwhile, the search has intensified for missing crewmen after a navy helicopter crashed yesterday off of virginia beach. the accident happened during a routine training exercise. it came one day after a u.s. air force chopper crashed in england killing four. a georgia banker is being held without bail for faking his death and for embezzling
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$21 million. price vanished in 2012 and he was believed to have jumped from a ferry boat. he was declared legally dead at time, but then price was arrested. alive and well on new year's eve. former nba star dennis rodman is apologizing to the family of kenneth bae who is jailed for alleged anti-government activity there. he's celebrating the birthday of kim jong-un. rodman seemed to imply that bae did something wrong, and he blamed stress for the outburst. two pitchers and a slugger on their way to the cooperstown. maddux and glavine are in the hall of fame and along with davis -- >> all right, i'll take it. they believe in the polar vortex. all right. we have a future co-host of the "today" show. what's your name? >> i'm katherine gray. >> well, savannah is not here,
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so we may call on you. so let's see what's going on for today. our pick city, we have showers down in miami beach. so we're going to be looking at wet stuff. gray skies, showers. rest of the country today, our pick city, miami, florida. temperatures will be in the low 80s. by saturday, you have gorgeous weather. afternoon temperatures expect cold to continue across the great lakes, but not as bad as it has been. hey, good morning to you and happy thursday. christina loren. the time is 8:06 and we're still tracking a fire burning at a warehouse that's creating a major backup on the 101 we'll have a full update for you in a few machines. temperatures are mostly cool right now it will be cool and
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>> i think it's always a good time for a glass of wine. >> by now we know pope francis isn't one to follow papal protocol but now he's taking a page out of hoda's book and picking up hitchhikers. he's in the pope mobile when a man calls out to him. he basically says are you going my way? then he offers the guy a ride. >> before you start booking that ticket to rome, you should know this wasn't just any hitchhiker. the man is a priest and an old friend of the pope from argentina. but the hope recognized him and said get up here. >> but the man remembers his friends from the past. >> that's sweet. >> well, he's only been pope for a few months. >> all right, ladies.
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so how would you like a date with george clooney? well, all you need is $10 and a lot of luck. george is offering to fly you and a friend to new york. all you have to do is donate $10 to his sentinel project. >> i want to know how long the night lasts. >> depends on how well you walk the carpet. >> is he up for the night of his life with two wild women? >> you guys put us there with him? >> our big mistake was putting you here with us. >> i told you that, al. >> we have a subject we'd like to discuss.
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sandra bullock was the big winner at the people's choice awards last night. >> my wife, sandra bullock. >> i'd like to thank my husband, sean, for being there for me night and day. >> justin timberlake! >> so guess what? how does justin timberlake celebrate his big win? >> where else? >> taco bell. that's right. >> and the pope was there having dinner, too. >> exactly. >> so he could have stopped by. there he is at taco bell. but he also could have stopped by the burrito box. what is that, you ask? the greatest invention of mankind. >> we got to get one of these. >> a vending machine in west hollywood sells hot burritos ready to go in seconds. they cost about $3. they have roasted potato,
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sausage, bacon, egg and cheese and it plays music and karaoke while you wait. guys, you need to get this. >> would you eat a burrito out of a machine? >> if hoda eats it first and tells me it's terrific, i would. >> not regularly. >> tomorrow. >> at the moment i read there's only one of them but we're working on it. we're going to fly that baby in. >> would you eat one? >> absolutely. >> even with velveeta cheese? >> i don't like the sound of uncured bacon. that doesn't sound healthy. >> let's get it here. >> too many chemicals in the guacamole. it's not going anywhere, don't worry about it. thank you, ladies. let's go back to savannah in arizona. >> hi, guys. by the way, i would eat two burritos out of the machine
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buttive grbut i grew up in arizona. we sat down with gabby giffords to talk about life three years after the terrible shooting. >> after all you have been through, what did it feel like to fly? >> oh, wonderful sky, gorgeous mountains, blue skies. i like a lot. i like a lot. >> it's a lot of fun. >> a lot of fun. >> was it peaceful? >> peaceful. so peaceful. >> it's a big way of saying i'm alive. >> i'm alive. yes, i'm alive. >> it's hard to fathom three years ago this is where gabby giffords, a young congresswoman meeting with constituents on a state morning was gunned down at close range. early reports suggested she had died. few thought she would ever recover as well as she has. >> is this a hard day, january 8th? >> happy and sad. >> we'll remember the people that were lost that day. gabby had six of her constituents and, you know,
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staff members murdered, including 9-year-old christina taylor green. it's a sad day but at the same time, you know, you got to move. >> move on. >> move on. >> and move ahead. >> since the shooting giffords has seen remarkable recovery. fuelled mainly by her relentless determination to heal. there have been tiny try iumphs and major milestones. she revealed she is now able to make small movements on her right side, once completely paralyzed. >> can you show me a little bit? >> when gabby is laying down, she can take it from here to here. >> there was a time when you didn't -- >> no, no, no. >> you never give up. >> yes. >> but for a woman once known for her passion and eloquent tongue, her toughest challenge
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is finding her words again. is it frustrating times -- >> oh, awful. >> to find those words. >> oh, awful. >> you know the times during the day you might have a hard time remembering the word? it happens to me -- >> all of us. >> yeah, it happens to everybody. but you just can't find that right word. that's what gabby has to live with but magnified. >> but this is a woman with ambitious goals. >> for yourself and your recovery, what are you hoping to accomplish? >> spanish. >> really? >> yes, spanish. fluent. >> gabby was fluent in spanish. >> french horn. >> and get back to playing her french horn. >> i heard that you can still sing a little bit. >> yes. ♪ the sun will come out tomorrow ♪
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>> three years later gabby giffords wants her voice heard in every way. >> be bold, be courageous. >> this year she went to congress, traveled the country to push for enhanced background checks, certainly she believes might stop other senseless shootings. >> the nation is counting on you. >> are you frustrated at congress, the place you used to -- >> oh, awful. so sad. awful, awful. >> it's hard for them to get stuff done. >> yes. >> very polarized. >> the worst congress. the worst. >> back at home recovery is a full-time job, thinking about the present and perhaps a political future. >> do you ever think about returning to political office? would you want to? >> a little bit later. a little bit later. maybe. maybe. >> what do you want people to know about gabby giffords and how you're doing now?
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>> hard to find the words. >> yes, yes, hard words. so slowly. a little bit slowly, a little bit slowly. >> how is your outlook on life? >> pretty good, pretty good. >> optimistic? >> optimistic. optimistic. >> back for a moment to the singing. apparently the part of your brain that enables you to sing is in a different place than the part that enables you to talk and it's incredibly in tact. she burst into song without any provocation. it was incredible to see. even though you can see from that interview that gabby struggles to find your words, she understands everything. you don't have to talk slow, you certainly don't have to talk down. she has an incredible grip of everything that is going on around her and she maintains that spirit, that personality, that bubbliness and that sense
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of humor. i think that has a lot to do with why she has recovered so well and made tremendous progress. >> thanks again for the story and the interview. we'll see you soon. >> now we'll turn to another woman who has inspired many, billie jean king, one of three members appointed by the president to the winter olympic games in sochi in just 28 days. billie jean, nice to see you. how are you? >> great. how are you? >> i'm doing fine. i want to talk about what some are calling the statement that is being made by this delegation. i'd like to start and ask you about safety. are you worried? >> i was originally but i'm not now because i know they're going to have security, fbi, state department security, different security. you got to go for it anyway. you can't keep those types of things coming into your head. you have to go for it and go. >> but as an athlete, are you worried to secure these games they're going to have to make it
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look more like a military exercise than a spectacular athletic event? >> i think when it all gets down to it, it's first and foremost about the athletes. i was thinking about this this morning. i was trying to go way back when i was one of those athletes and how many years of discipline and how hard they work every day. this could be their one moment in time. first represent our country and go for a medal. it an amazing moment for most of these athletes. that's really what the olympics are about. yes, we're going to get into the others, the essences of the olympic and paralympics. >> let's talk about the other. as one of three openly gay americans, a lot being made about i anti-propaganda laws and a lot of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community want a statement made in sochi russia to show the russian government. what is the appropriate
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statement? >> the appropriate statement? i think president obama showed it. he's elected and selected three openly gay athletes, one very former athlete. and we step -- i think brian said when we step off the plane, we are part of america, we are what america looks like. so i think president obama has done an amazing job on promoting diversity and inclusion. he has been the all-time president for doing that and he's showing the russians, listen, everybody belongs in the united states of america. >> but you sparked conversation not long ago just at the end of last year when you said -- i'm paraphrasing time -- for some kind of a john carlos moment in sochi, referring to john carlos, who in mexico city along with tommy smith held up their fist as a protest for civil rights. >> it's really about human rights, civil rights, you're right. it looks to me like bode miller is already speaking out, the
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athletes are speaking out. so between those and others, who knows what's going to happen. i know that there's a rule, though, that they cannot -- i think it's called rule 50, they're not supposed to demonstrate or show any protesting. but if the media asks them a question, then they can respond accordingly is my understanding. >> do you expect there to be an enormous outpouring of support and even subtle and quiet protests in sochi? >> you know, i don't know. i think that's what's exciting, it's the unexpected. but when it gets down to the athletes, they have to concentrate on the task at hand. >> you don't want it to overshadow the olympic games. >> no, i don't. it about the athletes. >> what is the one front row seat you want at an olympic event? >> i just want to meet the athletes. i know i'm old now -- i feel young, though, i feel great. i'm 70.
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i'm going to look for future leaders. >> i'm going to look for you in sochi. great to see you. >> great to see you as well. very good morning to you, i'm laura garcia-cannon. that breaking news going on in san jose. crews are starting to question the upper happened on that massive warehouse fire. you can see from the live look this morning, white smoke billowing from the scene. it is just off the mckey road exit. flames were ripping through the warehouse and it quickly grew to five alarms. we're hearing no repors of injuries. despite the improved fire
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fighting conditions, there is a sheller in place for surrounding businesses and homes. pg and e confirmed they cut off power to nearby residents, over 4,000 people have no power this morning. we want to check the minor commute because the fire is affecting that. >> yes, local signals are off. and the off ramp. this gives you a feel for the approach. it is jampmed from blossom hill. we'll con to follow it. [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents on their own are fantastic.
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it's 8:30 now on a thursday morning, 9th day of january, 2014.
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the temperatures have warmed a bit, the wind is down a little bit, we're liking it. you know what would make it even nicer and warmer? >> what would that be? >> if we could score you one of those cool jackets. i've been working on that all morning for you. savannah is in arizona this morning. good morning again. >> good morning, guys. this morning i'm going to head further west after the show. i'll be in los angeles tomorrow as we gear up for the golden globes on sunday. and to that end i have a trivia question for all of you guys. you ready? >> yes. >> which actor became the first to be nominated for three golden globes in a single year? is it a, leonardo decaprio, b, helen mirren, c, george clooney or d, jamie foxx? >> i'll go with c. >> d, jamie foxx. >> you were so convincing!
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>> kathie lee was so convincing! >> i went with kathie lee. >> savannah, that's a good one. up got all of us. >> mostly me. >> it was collateral and redemption. >> matt and i will kick off the arrival special and you can watch the golden globes beginning at 8:00 eastern here on nbc. >> and savannah and i will have all the fashion hits and misses. >> safe travels. we'll see you from los angeles. when we walked out here, it was kind of quiet. when hoda and kathie lee walked out -- [ cheers ] >> what are you going to do? >> you guys needed a little estrogen, didn't you? >> coming up, the matriarch of the kardashian clan coming up in
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just ament. >> i found to mr. mason, president, founders day, hundredth anniversary of phi beta segment. >> we were founded january 9th, 1914. we come from a greg lat legacy we are the men of phi beta sigma. >> my baby brother couldn't be here, he's in cleveland but he's a sigma. >> hold on a second. >> in 2009, al, we made you an honora member and the president wants you to put this jacket on right now and show the world that you love the blue and white. >> i do. >> there you go. >> there you go!
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>> hey . 8:33. we're still tracking this warehouse fire on north 28th and east jouulien streets. the big weather story of the day is we measured some precipitation. dobega bay got .05 of an inch. temperatures will climb today. best chance for rain looks like ts foray afternoon. body! >> get your weather any time you need it, go to the weather channel on cable, weather.com online. matt? >> thank you very much, al. now to more of our special year-long series called "shine a
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light." kathy and hoda are back to reveal their mission for 2014. >> clearly you guys left the year. in a moment you'll see why seven years later, i'm still trying to shine a light. >> well, hello! >> the first time i walked into st. jude children's hospital in memphis, i just remember the feeling that washed over me. i remember seeing a kid's face and you think -- you think when you walk in a door you're going to be sad, which i appear to be now, but there's something when you walk in, you see these kids, suddenly you transform from sadness to joy. >> is this thing hard to push around? >> no. >> i remember thinking what's happening? my heart was breaking and then five minutes later i'm with these kids who are kids, these kids who are playing, with parents who are cheering for them. >> what keeps you happy? >> my daddy.
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>> this year my goal is to help kids with cancer. as a cancer survivor myself, i know what it feels like as a grownup and i know how difficult, what a struggle it is. but what i can't even fathom even now is what it feels like to be a kid, to be one of these little boys or little girls, who is struggling with this grownup disease, something they shouldn't have to deal with. all you want to do is reach out and help and hug. what i'd love to do is make a huge, incredible music video, okay, for these kids with a song that's an anthem about being brave and being strong and have this wave, this music video go across the country, from hospital to hospital to hospital and you watch these kids and you think to yourself, like, i want to be there, i want to be part of that. i think it makes not only the kids feel good and the parents feel good but us at home watching feel good.
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>> it dawned on me after hurricane sandy so many people lost so much during that hurricane. we were blessed that we didn't lose our home, didn't lose loved ones, but we did lose that 250-year-old tree that had been there long before we were a nation. so from that moment on, this whole past year has been about rebuilding. 2014 is going to be the year that my family celebrates 20 years in the same home. so i started chronicling pictures and things and hopefully by the end of the year we'll have a coffee table book called "good gifts, one year in the heart of home" so we can encourage others to share recipes, build a life together that's going to last. i also want to help those that aren't as blessed. we want the proceeds to go to the salvation army, which is an organization that i worked with for well over 20 years that does fabulous work all year round,
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not only taking care of people's physical needs, the hunger and clothing and material things, but they serve the whole human being. i want this book to be a blessing to whoever picks it up. i want to put a smile on their face, i want to put a prayer of gratitude in their own souls for the blessings that they have in life. >> wow. >> you weren't kidding. we did save the best for last. >> we should point out it was a little bit weird looking at the piece i did in 2007 that, little boy nicholas sadly passed away. when you look at something like that, it reminds you how critical the need is. >> now we have to roll up our sleeves. we have a lot of work to do in the coming year. >> the whole wave, i love that idea. >> and hopefully people watching for the viewers, our work will inspire them to do something big or small in their own communities to shine the light.
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>> nice work, ladies. >> up next, kris jenner on a new season of keeping up with the kardashians and the recent ups and downs of her family. but first, this is "today" on
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we're back now at 8:40. a brand new season of "keeping up with the kardashians" premieres later this month and there's a lot to keep up with, including the announcement of the fallout between kris and bruce jenner. >> i just don't like it when people start rumors that are a little crazy. the longer we live apart, the more reason they have to speculate. >> somebody's speculating about our family? >> shocking. >> never. >> i know. >> to be honest with you, i don't care. >> i don't need any of our friends, our family members speculating. >> kris jenner is the matriarch of the kardashian clan and the show's executive producer.
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you're chuckling about that. what's funny? >> it's just when you see it back because it's all so real and our family is continuing to transition and change every single season. and then you said "season nine" and i thought "season nine"? >> when did that happen? >> yeah. >> how did you tell the family about this recent split? >> we had been living apart. bruce was living in malibu. i think to come out and say it formally at one time. i think you see a lot of what's going on in our lives, especially in the first episodes of season nine. it's kind of shocking. >> how'd they take it? what was the reaction? >> my family is amazing. there's a lot of love, a lot of support. so i think all of different decisions we make individually, we always seem to come together as a family at the end of the day. >> what is your relationship with bruce? >> we're best friends. we talk all the time. and right now we're happier than we were.
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it's life as normal except we're living in two different houses. >> what about the pony tail? are you managing that, too? >> i tried to manage. it needs its own manager. i think we've ganged up on him as a group. kendall and kylie are on trying to get rid of it. >> seems like you can be bothered by a lot of the rumors and speculation about your family, that you're very territorial with, rightfully so. what's been specifically some things that you've heard that have bothered you, either coming from the media or from within your own family? >> i think that, you know -- we all have pretty tough skin. i think that after a while some things just get to you on a certain day. there's nothing really specific. it just that there's so -- 90% of it is more or less b.s. like when i read stuff, i'm like, oh, my goodness, this is like a creative writing assignment. but i think when you watch the show, it gives you a real clear picture. >> embarking on a different path
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is clowe -- khloe, who recently split from lamar odom. she seems to be more optimistic. but she said i don't regret anything about my life and i'm very happy with who i am. how difficult is it to see your kid go through a tough time, even though she's now an adult? >> it's always tough when one of your kids goes through something like this. my heart is always with them 150%. and khloe, it's tough what she's been going through but, you know, we're just doing the best we can. >> on the flip side you got baby north and kanye in the family? >> oh, my gosh. and they live with me. >> how's that going? >> it's great. it's really exciting to watch her grow up and make all these changes. she's almost 7 months old, so 6 1/2 months old. >> nine seasons. congratulations. did you ever think it would last this long? >> never in a million years. we're having the time of our life. we really are. >> first time you saw this photo. >> it is. >> when you look at this, what
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do you think? >> i love it. those are the girls. i love it. it's really, really great. it makes me happy we all get to work together every single day. that's the joy. >> well, it's fun to watch. good to see you. >> thank you. >> you can catch the two-night season premiere of "keeping up with the kardashians" january 29th on e!. first, this is "today" on nbc. g
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back now at 8:47 with the pictures behind the story. a violent altercation caught on camera been charles sachi and nigella lawson that led to the end of the couple's decades long marriage. "v "vanity fair" writer tracked
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down this story. kevin, good morning. >> good morning. >> let me ask you, why are we suddenly so fascinated with this couple? i'm not sure before those photographs a lot of people knew who nigella was and certainly charles sachi. what is it about them? >> this is one of the public and nasty divorces in recent history. because of the photographs, the dissolution of the marriage was really played out before the public with him choking her, so-called sachi handshake. >> there is dispute from each side about what's actually happening in the photographs. what's happening in those pictures? >> nigella has told the court in london in a separate case that this came about because she looked at a baby walking past this very fancy restaurant and she said to her then husband she wanted to have a baby -- wanted to have grandchildren. he violently was opposed to that. he said, you have to give all your attention to me. but the photographer who i spoke to, by the way, said he was over there for an hour and didn't see
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any baby carriage, anyone with a baby. so that has to be called into question. >> isn't it odd that we're equivocating? shouldn't it just be don't put your hands on your wife that way? >> you're absolutely right. charles' friends told me they were talking about her daughter, from a previous marriage, and what her future should be, whether she could go to a university or stay in a magazine and have an internship. she went to the bathroom and came back unable to focus, he told his friends. that's why he was grabbing her neck, which is unforgivable, and saying you have to listen to me, listen, focus. >> and you tracked down the paparazzo, john paul. what did he say? having sat out there watching. >> he said it was a violent interaction. he said her head snapped back. he couldn't believe it. he just went to show up to take photographs of the domestic god
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el godess getting into a taxicab outside this fancy restaurant. so he does not think it was the baby, any reason for the altercation. >> it does feel like these photographs taken in june of last year were the last straw in their marriage. they'd been together ten years. afterwards, nigella moved out quickly. >> interestingly enough, this happened on a sunday. they went home, paid the check, went home. they had a dinner party, entertained friends. the following sundays the photographs were published and she was out the door. i thought charles, pardon the pun, handed her an excuse to end the marriage. >> and they had a 70-second divorce. just walked away clean. >> one of the quickest divorces in london. she wanted nothing but her furniture. she moved out to a separate place with her two children from the previous marriage and spoke to charles maybe once and never spoke to charles' daughter from a previous marriage ever again. >> kevin, it's a really interesting piece. good to see you. >> good to see you. thank you. coming up next, the man who gave us "law and order" back with a new crime drama and
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novel. we're going to talk to dick wolf. first, this is "today" on nbc. [ female announcer ] i like to mix things up a bit with grands mini pot pies. only four ingredients. and a few easy steps. weeknight dinner in a flash. and my family devours them. pillsbury grands biscuits. make dinner pop. kevin! toaster strudel, yah? ♪
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warm, flaky, toaster strudel. [ female announcer ] now get two bonus box tops for your school. back at 8:52. dick wolf is best known as creator of the huge franchise "law & order" and now he has a new show "chicago pd." it debuted last night, by the way. he's written his second crime novel. it's called "the execution.
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good to see you. >> good to see you, matt. >> you're becoming prolific here. this one deals with mexican drug rings. >> well, and a new york city detective, jeremy fisk. >> he's your protagonist. >> the hero of sorts. good cop. >> and you've got a villain in this one. i like the name. you've got chuparosa. >> the humming bird. >> is that the name? >> that's the translation. >> tell me about him. >> very, very bad guy, who at the beginning of the novel has just cut off about 22 people's heads in a mexican village but is a major drug cartel member and comes to new york where he is tracked by both fisk and a mexican undercover police officer named garza. cecilia ga. >> one of the strong female characters you like to create. so if you had to cast cecelia
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garza tomorrow for tv, what actress would be perfect? >> it's dangerous to say that. if i was casting it for tv, the names that leap to mind are movie stars. that would be shortsighted probably. >> but you always think about that? >> oh, sure. >> are you always putting faces to characters? >> sure. if it was penélope cruz, that would be really exciting. >> "chicago pd" a spin-off of "chicago fire." how do you know when a show or a series is right for spin-off? is it all ratings driven? >> it's mostly ratings driven. it's also the structure of that show. we had two really great cops in "chicago fire" last year playing continuing arcs. john and jason were too good to pass up. it looked like too good an opportunity to build a show around them that's complementary. >> you have become -- your name has become almost synonymous with the kind of tv crime genre.
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what do you watch? is that all you watch when you're sitting at home? what's your guilty pleasure? >> my guilty pleasure since i've got little kids is, i think, the latest one is "lego batman," which is just fabulous. >> that's what you spend your time watching? >> in the early evening, we've got kids. they watch stuff. that one just knocked me out. it's very, very -- not written for 4-year-olds. >> when it comes to books, every time we have a writer, an author on t seems to me they always got two or three other stories they're working on and already developing, even as they're releasing a book. how many more do you have in your head? >> three novels, one specifically which i'm sort of in the middle of and will be out hopefully this time next year. >> and how long -- so it takes you about a year a book? >> yeah, you can figure that you'll be able to get out one a year. more than that is -- that would be a little bit heavy. >> if anybody could do it, you could do it. congratulations on the execution. "chicago pd." there's always a lot of things to talk to you about.
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>> it's great to be here. >> dick, good to have you here. appreciate it. you can watch "chicago pd" wednesdays at 10:00, 9:00 central time here on nbc. and we're back after your local news and weather. . good morning, it is 8:56, i'm terry mcsweeney, breaking news in san jose. take a look at a live picture. looks as if crews are getting upper hand on a massive warehouse fire. right in the middle of your screen. it's hard to see right now which
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is good news, seeing white smoke. different than what we saw this morning. flames were ripping through the 80,000 square foot warehouse. it grew quickly to five alarms and we're hearing no reports of injuries. rocketship discovery prep has been canceled today. more news for you in half an hour. oh wow, you look incredible.
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from nbc news, this is "today's take" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today," thursday, january 9th. look who is here, jenna bush. natalie is on assignment. thank you for being here. a little warmer today. >> a little warmer, though i have to say my hair slightly froze -- >> your hair froze? >> has that never happened to you? >> that's okay. it didn't fall out.
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but when i left with wet hair -- >> wet hair? >> yes. >> what happens when they get hot? it boils? >> water boils. so it is cold. >> these are baby steps. we get into positive numbers and -- >> i heard we're going to get in the 50s this weekend. >> this is a big story coming out of the new york area but could have potential national implications based on whether or not governor chris christie decides to run for president. revelations wednesday a senior aide to governor christie offered a nasty traffic jam as political payback. last seft two of three vital lanes leading to the george washington bridge were suddenly closed on the jersey side in fort lee, new jersey. the george washington bridge is a vital lifeline into new jersey. for four days commuters, school buses and even rescue vehicles were snarled in traffic.
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e-mails and texts released wednesday showed briget anne kelly had e-mailed a local transportation official, david wildstein, "time for some traffic problems in fort lee" and he replied "got it." the "new york times" redacted the names for the responses, person asay, is it bad that i'm smiling? person b says no, and person say says they're buono voters. >> he's saying he doesn't know anything about it. at the same time, obviously when you put innocent people at risk in something like this and use power in a bad way, a lot of people are going to be talking about it. >> he put out a statement yesterday and said i'm outraged
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and deeply saddened to learn that not only am i deeply saddened that i was -- >> that's the question, people want to know, did this go up through chris christie and did he in fact order this? either way you shake it, this is a guy that was perhaps the most prominent person in the party, a guy that people would like to run foreign president in 2016. it remains to be seen if he will rebound. >> it remains to be seen. >> did you see the story about beyonce? >> i love karaoke but if beyonce
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and jay-z walked in -- >> three friends surprised. beyonce and rolen, arrived at the karaoke joint around midnight with an entourage. when they heard a beyonce song being sung in one of the booths, they barged in and look at the reaction from these two i don't think women. >> these women -- well, one did faint back on the couch. can you imagine if you slept through beiayoncbeyonce? >> they didn't weak -- wake her up. by the way, we were here with beyonce. >> she was that close to beyonce yet somehow she slept right through it. >> beyonce snuck in and did a little photo bomb with her. >> i wonder what they were
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singing? beyonce and jay-z, what did they sing? mine would be meatloaf. "i'd do anything for love." >> do you want to sing anything for us? >> no. >> heros, that's a big ballad. >> at first they didn't believe it, if you believe the story. they didn't think it was possible. >> that's beyonce! >> that's pretty amazing. >> sing, sing, i, let's go. >> i want to know how you feel about this story? >> i reject it. >> let's move on. >> little kids, should they kiss their grandmothers, adult relatives? there's a story that says kids
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should bein coura iencouraged t high five or blow a kiss to grandma or aunt. >> they're saying this is because they don't want to teach inappropriate behavior to young children. my mother, for example is 68. my mother kisses all over the baby. on her stomach. is that inappropriate? i don't think so. >> this was a british survey by sex educators. >> right. >> i mean, i guess there's different types of kisses. >> there are, yes. >> my old uncle herb -- we both have an uncle herb. if my uncle herb, for example, when i was young french kissed me or lip kissed me, i wouldn't want a kiss on the lip. >> i was keeping it on the grandma tip. the uncle herb thing is a whole different thing. >> is uncle herb not older?
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i mean, yours isn't older, yours looks great. but still, i think that it's a level, it's family, you teach love. >> and also, aren't you going to have intimacy problems the rest of your life if you're not allowed to approach your grandmother, just wave from across the room? >> high five is all right. you can't hold hands. >> kiss your grandma! come on, she wants a kiss, give her a kiss. >> we have some gym stereotypes for you. i think you're going to recognize a lot of these. when you go to the gym, you run into some very interesting people. there's a web site called dude perfect that put some of these stereotypes together. >> shoulder.
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>> leg press. oh, yeah, buddy. ♪ i'll do what i want ♪ i came in like a wrecking ball ♪ >> whoo! >> i'm done. sorry, sorry. >> 46, 47, 48, 49 -- >> that's so funny. >> 50. >> people do selfies at the gym? >> i don't have time to do a selfie at the gym. >> i don't want anybody to see me at the gym. >> especially a thigh selfie. that's inappropriate. >> which one are you? >> i'm the singer. i do soul cycle, which is a
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class. i wear the earphones or the plugs because it gets really loud, singing loud and the person next to me like who is this girl? but i like music. music is a big part of my workout. >> the other one wasn't in there was the person who goes to the gym and just does nothing. they sit on the equipment and text people or check twitter. >> also the procrastinator, which i think everybody is guilty of. oh, yeah, i was going to go to the gym today but i really got something to do, like clean out my desk. >> the lint filter in the drier has to be cleaned out. >> we want to go over to our friend dylan dreyer. >> did your hair freeze? >> my hair did not freeze but apparently you catch a cold if
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you're outside for three days in 50 below. temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees warmer than they were just hours ago. in the northeast it's 22 right now in boston, which is 13 degrees warmer than it was yestery. so we'll take anything we can get. we have a winter weather advisory back through the plain states and into the midwest, mostly because of of the clash of really moist air from the south and still that cold to areas from memphis and that rain can well it's not making it very slippery here, but we have very light measurable precipitation this morning. inform, we accumulated about .05 in bodega bay. we're fair game for a drizzle on the coast.
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in the 50s right now. 52 in east bay. low 60s and high 50s for today. better chance of rain on saturday. sunday looks good. >> and that is your latest forecast. jenna and willie? >> we want to take a look at this weather still having a huge impact across the country. ice balls. >> do those exist? they're actually really cool. i've never seen them in person. they're just the kind of rolling waves, kind of how pebbles form. >> they create these ice balls. they're unbelievable. >> they're awesome looking and fun to say, too. >> dylan, that's so inappropriate! >> they look like little munchkins. >> and mean wild under the bridge, complete lip frozen. in boston, the restaurant hot
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day, and here to break it down is the chief editor of -- >> if you're trying to make a baby, 7:00 a.m. is the time to do it. testosterone levels are higher. if you're using an ovulation previous districting kit, you take it in the morning, you get your thumbs up and you take care of business. >> you really need to brush your feet first. >> brush your teeth, add a little perfume. >> there are absolutely physiological times for this information? >> that's cool. >> 8:30. you say this is the time to make a big decision in your life. why is that? >> it's time to make the best decision. researchers know as the day goes on, we start to suffer from what's called decision fatigue. we don't make necessarily the right decision. they did a study in israel.
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the warden was granting parole. in the morning 65% of the people got parole, at the end of the day it was zero. your will power is like a muscle. as the day goes on, it starts to wear thin. >> if we're having a conversation that's going nowhere, i'm always like let's talk about this in the morning. >> you're fresh. >> plus you just made a baby. >> even if you had made a baby, you're probably happy. >> at 10:00, you say take an aspirin. >> in the morning, particularly monday mornings, this is high times for headaches and heart attack. if your doctor says it's okay to take an aspirin, aspirin thins our blood. this can mitigate the pain and lower our risk of pain and heart
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attack. >> but you say check with your doctor. >> absolutely. >> and this is a time we start to lose our steam. >> it's halfway through the day. take a break, give yourself a risk. harvard did a study and they found the national mood is at its lowest at 1:00 p.m. so give yourself a laugh. at "reader's digest," we know laughter is the best medicine. at 1:00 it's when we need it the most. do it for your country. >> it's better than having an espresso which i do. >> it is. give yourself a jolt. >> laugh. >> give yourself a laugh. >> we posted five videos that humiliate us that we think will make you laugh. >> let's all do it at 1:00. >> okay. 5:00, time to get exercise, you say. >> what's happening is between
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5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. our body temperature is higher. this means that our strength and our stamina are at its best. this means we can get a most efficient workout in. >> also, you can decompress from everything you have done which is a lot. >> i always say, you know, the best time to exercise is when you're doing to do it. >> right. >> if you're a morning person, do it then. don't sweat it. if you want to maximize what's going on between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. is what scientists say. >> cool advice. thank you so much. good to see you. coming up the news you need to know before you walk out the door. >> and how to avoid getting wrinkles. plus for the "downton abbey" fans like me stay tuned. first, these messages. ust anythg when it comes to what i eat, ust anythg because to be at my best... i need to eat things that help me feel good inside! my favorite discovery? new activia greek light nonfat yogurt. it has all the benefits of activia greek with 80 calories! mmm, so thick and creamy.
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taking a look at your headlines today there is breaking news this morning. an apology now from new jersey governor chris christie after e-mails reveal a top aide played a role in massive traffic jams in fort lee, new jersey, on roads that lead to the george washington bridge to punish a democratic mayor there. gover in christie said he had no knowledge and was blindsided when news of the e-mails came out on wednesday. >> i am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. there is no doubt in my mind that the conduct they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for their appropriate role in government and for the people
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that were trusted to serve. two pieces to what i want to talk about today. first is i believe that all of the people who were affected by this conduct deserve this apology. >> governor christie said he's terminated the employment of the aide, his deputy chief of staff, bridget kelly. he said he's heartbroken at the betrayal of oh trust by her. he plans to apologize face to face today to the mayor and the people of fort lee. governor christie saying he'll continue to question his staff about other possible retribution saying he can't be sure there aren't more out there. he doesn't believe there are but there could be and he will investigate personally. meanwhile the u.s. attorney will launch an investigation. governor christie of course considered a contender for the 2016 presidential nomination.
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. good morning, it's 9:26, i'm terry mcsweeney, a developing story in san jose where a warehouse is now burned to the ground. it was at the corner of 28th and julien streets. two near by schools have canceled classes, that's empire guards elementary and rocketship prep. look at that. huge plumes of smoke and flames tearing through that warehouse. it quickly grew to five alarms,
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and so far no reports of injuries. crews were battling the flames. among the customers are san jose high school, but classes will continue it morning without lights. we'll take a break and come back with traffic and weather. [ mom ] hi, we're the pearsons, and we love chex cereal. so we made our own commercial to tell you why. first, chex makes lots of gluten free flavors. which is a huge thing for us. and there's seven to choose from. like cinnamon, honey nut, and chocolate. i tell them "you guys are gonna turn into chocolate chex!"
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i like cinnamon, greg is a honey nut nut. when you find something this good, you want to spread the word. [ all ] we're the pearsons, and we love chex! welcome back, the time now is 9:28. some spotty cells and soupy conditions out there. plen of cloud cover from all of our cameras. plenty left over in san francisco. high today in the upper 50s and lower 60s. let's check your drive. we had wetter roads on the peninsula, but look at the drive. slow from melo to palo alto. we have a map to show you the same area, once you get south of
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there you're just fine. eastbound on the 237 there is a crash there and north 101 past the scene liker now, but look at the shot past this fire. we still have the smoke, north 101 and mckee is cloegssed. the power is out around the area of julien and 28th. >> it's so great to see that white smoke after seeing all of that black smoke this morning. we'll have more on that for you along with the school closures and power outages and that entire area in half an hour.
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welcome back to "today" on this thursday morning, january the 9th, 2013. i'm willie geist with jenna bush hager. we're having a good tyke talking about vcrs. >> it's so throwback thursday. >> 58% of americans still own a vcr. could that be true? down from 88% in 2005. do you have one? >> i own one. do you? >> i have the combo vcr with the dvd player. it's one device and you can do the tape on one -- >> i have one before dvd players
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existed. we got so excited in texas, we got out all of our old vhss, i have "can't buy me love", "adventures in baby-sitting," all the 80s classics and it didn't work. >> you were dialed up for a viewing party. >> i was dialed up for a viewing party, my sister and i were popping the popcorn, couldn't wait. my husband was hiding somewhere. "can't buy me love" isn't his favorite classic. it's amazing those exist. >> i still have vhs tapes in a storage facility somewhere. you know how you keep things and you're like someday i'm going to watch these with the kids. they'll be so confused on what the black box is. let's get a check of the weather with dylan dreyer. >> you need a storage room to hold the tapes, they're so
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massive. let's look back to idaho falls. we have a wintry mix in salt lake city. let's look at what it looks like now in denver. the sun is coming up, absolutely gorgeous. 42 degrees by 3:00 this afternoon, staying clear this evening and by 6:00 we should stay at 38 degrees. we're looking at a rain event from north to south, right up and down the east coast. we're going to see also the chance of damaging wind gusts with possible storms, especially across the east coast of the carolina, stretching right down into northeastern parts of florida. the rest of the country does look quiet but cold. still chilly through the northern plains as we go into sunday with snow showers developing in the pacific northwest. right along the coast, it should be rain, rain on the east coast should move away. it is going to be very windy for sunday, all up and down the east coast and because of that wind we are going to see lake effect snow redevelop through parts of
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9:32. mostly cloudy sky over san jose, but we're starting to see clearing in the north bay and san francisco which is good news. we had a little shower activity this morning, everything is clearing out now, and temperatures will be cool after that system came through, cold air trailing behind it. highs in the upper 50s in san francisco. comfortable conditions today. more rain on sunday. >> and that is your latest forecast. >> thanks a lot. it was a shocker and a tear jerker for millions of the fans of "downton abbey," when one of the characters was killed in a car crash. >> and don't worrys are he's back in a new series. dan stevens, good morning. >> she was talking about the
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episode, she was all broken up. >> i was about eight months pregnant. there should have been some sort of warning. as everybody knows, that was very traumatic for many viewers. >> a lot of viewers were up set by that. i spend a lot of my time apologizing. >> explaining. >> my wife was very upset about this and then they say katherine, come over here, this is the young man that upset you and you have to apologize in public. >> and is that often? >> a lot. almost every day. >> was that is surprise for you or were you ready after those several seasons to be off the show? >> it was a surprise. it's a testament to how much people love the show and the character. at the same time -- hope the birth went okay. >> luck imi didn't go into labor. >> did you call in matthew? >> i did.
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it was a girl, who i named mila, named after matthew. >> so the show just premiered. did you watch? >> i did, i did. it was wonderful to see everyone again. it was very emotional, very weird, watching people deal with my own death. >> was it hard for you to walk away from that show? obviously it was such a phenomenon and remains so. that must have been a tough thing. >> it was a tough decision but they're kind of exciting to make at the same time. it was very hard. i'm thrilled to be here. it's been quite a year since we left. >> let's talk about "summer in february." it is a beautiful film. talk about your role in that. >> it's a story that's been with me half my life. it's based on a true story. it was turned into a novel whby
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tak teacher at my school. when i was just leaving college someone approached me and said should we try to turn this into a film. that was about eight, nine years ago. during this time downton came along. but a real journey with it and amazing to have it now on the big screen. it's been an amazing journey. >> you hear a lot of people say this is your bounceback, your follow-up to downton, but this has been around for years. >> it predates that by a lot of years. >> and you're a producer. is that something you want to do more of? >> it is. producing is a lot harder than acting. that has been a big learning process for me and something i will do in the future but not maybe tomorrow. >> and you're a fine british chap who lives in brooklyn now.
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i see the scarf. >> it's cold out. i've always wanted to live here. it's been a very exciting year. >> we're glad to have you in new york. congratulations on all your success. dan stevens, thank you. >> and i forgive you. >> up next, are you looking for a new coffee pot or slow cooker but you don't want to break the bank? >> yes. what if you could shrink your pores just by washing your face?
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>> what do you do? >> let's not turn it on. it makes a lot of noise. >> i want to grind. >> you want to grind? >> close this. press the grind button. >> where's the grind button? >> start. power. and start! >> no, that may make the coffee. >> no, there's a grind button but i don't know where it is. >> that's fine, it doesn't matter. >> the gist is the best way to get great coffee is to get it fresh live ground. at bed & best, they sell this. but the bona vita does everything you want to do with the push of a button. >> does it grind? >> no, it does not grind. more classic coffee maker. it brews your coffee at 205 degrees of water, exactly the right temperature for coffee. if you want to do more diy --
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oh, i should have given you some tips. you have to let it bloom there. >> what's wrong with that? this is $47 and this is what coffee snobs say is the ultimate for the most amazing, unbitter cup of coffee. now we're now we're going to the mixers. everyone wonders should i spend $300 on a kitchen aid? >> plus it comes in this beautiful red. >> it comes in a lot of colors. >> jenna, do you want to do the honors? >> i'm not vy good in the kitchen. >> pour slowly. see hough nicely that's working. that makes you want to bake something. this is going to be a birthday cake for your little one. >> this is about $350? >> about 350. this will last you -- yesterday they were saying his wife had it for 25 years and he's been
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baking with it ever since. this is a cuisinart. if you're not somebody who has a lot of room -- >> this is great for new york city purposes. >> i have both. >> this is about $80. >> let's move to what every texan has in their house. >> you have this in your house? >> it's the good old slow cooker. >> it's also called a crock pot. >> this is actually a slow cooker. >> what i love about it is you can first brown your meet on the stove and then put it and set it and forget it. >> it's delicious. you can leave it on all day long. >> you said this is the splurge. >> this is our steal. this is a hamilton beach.
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we love this because it has a probe built in so you don't sneak a peek. when you're cooking, the last thing you want to do is open it up because all the heat comes out. >> let's keep move hearing. >> a juicer. >> food processor. >> it looks like we're juicing, right? >> no, we're slicing. >> okay. this is like -- >> how did you do that? >> turn it on. >> how do you turn it on? >> you're not even helping it and it's working. >> look, that's amazing. >> turn it off. >> does anybody want me to come over and cook tonight? i think not. >> so this has an incredible number of options and attachments. and our hamilton beach is a great deal. >> this is a reversible gridle and grill. if you want to bring a little summer into your home in summertime. >> and the good old george foreman. >> i love this for paninis as
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to get better looking skin with the help of two dermatologists, dr. melanie grossman and dr. jannine downing. good morning, guys. >> good morning. >> great to see you. >> maybe i've been doing this wrong for 32 years, or until i shaved i guess, fifth grade on. you cannot keep a razor or loofah in the shower? >> you shouldn't do that. they harbor bacteria because of the moist air in the shower. it's best to remove the razor from the shower and change them frequently. i prefer using liquid scrubs rather than loofahs. >> do you even know what a loofah is? >> vaguely. >> people use them all over. we don't recommend them. do you have use one? >> no. >> if the dermatologists don't use it, we won't. >> okay, try to sleep on your back. why is that important? >> as you sleep on your face, you crush your face and get more wrinkles. you should sleep with a satin
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pillow case because your -- >> your skin looks amazing. you say you can actually tell by looking at somebody which side they sleep on. >> do you sleep on that side of your face, jenna? >> yes. >> basically that means i have more wrinkles on that side. >> 80% accuracy with it. >> the worst part of this segment is you have two dermatologists this close to you looking at your skin. it's not fair. >> the cheek wrinkle! >> you look great. you're very pretty. >> thank you. >> nice catch. dr. grossman, how about mixing up your exercise routine? don't run every day, do different things. >> very important. people who do repetitive exercise, it shows. if you run every day, you lose the fat in the low part of your face and as you age, it shows up as sagging and wrinkles. swimmers have to be careful. if you use those goggles around
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the eyes, you get trauma around the eyes. you need to picks it up. i like the larger goggles that are more like a mask. it is important to exercise. i'm not saying don't exercise. you should do moderate exercise like 20 to 30 mants day. >> it increases your glow factors, increases your skin and tones your muscles. i exercise seven days a week. >> and we can tell. your skin is beautiful. let's move on to the eyes. >> i'm going to take this one. i have eyelid dermatitis and my lef eyelid every day of my life is itchy and i don't touch it. >> how do you do that? >> sit on your hands, take an - anti-histamin anti-histamines, and when you take your make-up off, take it off like a feather. and when it comes to eye cream at night, put eye cream on with your weakest finger, which is
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your weakest finger. my friend sheba taught me about this. the weakest finger is your ring finger. don't you agree, melanie? >> absolutely. i have another tip for eye make-up remover. if you use liquid, use tepid, warm water and let it sit for a few minutes, then take it off. >> and you both say sunscreen every day? >> absolutely, every day. >> all these tips and more on our web site. we're back in a moment. ♪
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♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing good for me around ♪ ♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit tired ♪ ♪ of craving something that i can't have ♪ ♪ turn around, barbara ♪ forever i've been praying for a snack in my life ♪ ♪ and now i have a brownie ending all of my strife ♪ ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ ♪
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jenna, we're hearing "beautiful" right now. we love you
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well i drove grandpa to his speed dating this week, so i should probably get the last roll... yeah but i practiced my bassoon. [ mom ] and i listened. [ brother ] i can do this. [ imitates robot ] everyone deserves ooey, gooey, pillsbury cinnamon rolls. make the weekend pop. [ angelic music plays ] ♪ toaster strudel! best morning ever! [ hans ] warm, flaky, gooey. toaster strudel! [ female announcer ] try new pillsbury heat-n-go mini pancakes. good morning, it's 9:56, i'm terry mcsweeney. a developing story for you in san jose. an 80,000 square foot warehouse
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is now a happy of rubble. firefighters are checking for flare ups. the scene much calmer now than a few hours ago. check this out. >> oh my god, oh my god. >> power lines sparked and flames went through that warehouse this morning. pg&e shut off power to thousands of customers. the fire grew to five alarge, and a shelter is in place for local businesses and homes. you can smell that smoke down here in san jose from our news room, and when someone opens the game we're getting that draft in. keep in mind it's better if you suffer from respiratory issues or asthma to stay in doors. we done have a lot of wind to blow that smoke out of here. we have a lot of low clouds.
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sou bay is at 60. then we get a good chance for rain on saturday. monday major warming comes our way. by tuesday, talking about 70s. major swings coming. how about in traffic? >> we had traffic swing one way, hopefully we'll get an improvement. yamping up toward dixon landing road. it should be clearing quickly. as you approach 84 it's okay, just slow south of freemont towards mission boulevard. look at this, the san jose shot, we talked about the fire is still visible and the smoke from the freeway.
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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. oh, hello, everybody. look at the people we have as temperatures rise here on thirsty thursday, january 9th. double digits? >> you know what's funny, i can't believe how good -- i saw it was 23 degrees out, i was happy. >> you go outside and you feel the difference between yesterday and 23. >> the whole world is crazy.
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>> so the people's choice awards were last night, guys. and 700 million fans voted. >> i didn't realize that many people voted. so it must be cool if you're one of those selected and especially if you're sandra bullock. >> everybody loves -- the woman cannot do anything wrong. she's perfect. >> she won four. favorite movie actress, favorite comedic actress, favorite dramatic actress, favorite movie duo with george clooney for "gravity". >> wow, wow, wow. was meryl streep upset? >> she probably was. >> "the heat" won best comedy. here is one of our favorite moments from that particular movie. >> stop pulling me pants off. >> jesus. >> what? >> what are those? >> what? stop. stop it. those are my spanx. they hold everything together. >> why, what's left -- to pop out. >> you got to use a lot of that during that movie. only "wolf of wall street" had more. that was really funny though, wasn't it? >> yeah, yeah, yeah.
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i'm happy for her. the only bad decision she ever made was that marriage. i guess she probably wouldn't see it as that. >> she wouldn't. >> she's not the type that lives in the past. >> she isn't. i'm happy for her. >> justin timberlake had a good night. >> he did. he took home three awards and it was funny, at one point when he was getting up for the award, ellen thought it was for her. hello, not you, back down. back down. >> was that shtick or did she really believe -- >> i don't know. but ellen did win, by the way, for best talk show host i think for the 18th year in the row or 15th. >> she should take herself out of the running. >> other people would like a chance. >> rosie did and other people did as well. >> yeah, so other people can have a chance. >> other people can have a chance, yeah. so justin timberlake won for favorite male artist, favorite r&b artist, favorite album for the "20/20 experience". >> the best way to celebrate the wins is this. taco bell and posed for photos with all the people who worked there, behind the counter. he's a cool guy. there is something so great
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about him. >> he's a delightful guy. and the new thing is vendors, vending machines -- why were we up so dag gone early? throws me off my game. >> we don't know what we were doing there, but -- >> they need us. >> they did. >> desperately. >> there were no other women around, but -- >> exactly. >> but we talked about this thing, called a burrito box. it is a vending machine and you put your money in it, and the burrito heats up -- >> in 60 seconds. >> in 60 seconds you can get extra sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce, a little extra for that. while you're waiting, because who wants to stand anywhere for 60 seconds, they play a music video you can watch to pass the time. it is at a gas station in santa monica. >> i think it is probably going to be very successful. there is always people that want something on the run and want something hot instead of -- >> would you eat something hot out of a vending machine? how are they heating it in
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there? a microwave inside? >> i don't know how they do it. you know how challenged i am, but i just worry about how many preservatives have to be in something sitting in a package for that long before it is being eaten by a human being. i think it is a concern. i would want to know about the, you know, preservatives. >> and burritos, beef or bean? if you want meat, that's been sitting -- >> i like old beans. >> or old meat. i really want to get my money's worth with old beans. there is this target worker who helped catch a kidnap, hoda woman. >> this woman, her name was roxanne ramirez, she did that. she works at target. she noticed something weird in the store and saw the guy fidgeting and sending off weird signals and strange vibe. she said, i'm going to -- >> she walked outside and wrote down his license plate number and put it in her purse and thought if something pops up, i would have been smart enough -- later that night, iturns out there was an amber alert issue,
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when a child is missing, a 7-year-old, she described the kidnapper and it was the same weirdo she saw in the parking lot. >> i'mo proud of that lady. she gave the police the license plate number, and thanks to her tip, 45 minutes late, the police got the child. do you know how critical the first hours are? kidnapper is david douglas, we would like to tell you all his name. >> and he said, here's why he did it. the quote is, the government made him kidnap the child. >> i think we know what we're dealing with now. >> yes. >> there is a cute video, we haven't seen it yet, we like to see it when you see it. what 100 days at a gym looks like. >> this woman was trying to lose weight, she was 32 years old, she lost 33 pounds. she weighed i think 348, she dropped to 315 and -- >> hit a plateau. >> she got stuck. >> she said i'm going to go to the gym for 100 days. >> in a row. >> and she was going to film her progress over the course of those three months.
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>> this should be great. let's take a zblolook. >> next 100 days, i'll be on the journey of losing weight and finding myself. ♪ ♪ now we're standing side by side ♪ ♪ need you more ♪ >> she lost 18 pounds and three dress sizes. and think about this, 51 pounds, think about three months of your life, think about how you feel in january and how you feel in march if you dropped that weight. all it would take is going to the gym every day for 100 days, and -- >> i'm sure she was watching what she was eating as well. we don't know that, but joy bauer told us if you just cut out 100 calories a day -- >> right. >> -- for a year you'll lose ten pounds. >> right. you think about that -- >> a banana is 100 calories.
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>> you know who i see standing over there? i see kris jenner. she's hard to miss. >> kris jenner is with us today. >> she is. >> she has lots of explaining to do. >> we need to know the real stuff, not the stuff you told matt. the other stuff. >> we want the stuff you told me in the dressing room. she'll be with us in a second. first, trying to get out of hoda's play list. >> no. you can't get out of this one. this is one of those songs, if you ever heard of salt and peppa? >> yeah. i have. >> then you'll like this one. we're ready. ♪ dance i'm saying ♪ salt and peppa's here working up a sweat ♪ ♪ come on, girl let's go ♪ ♪ number one so push it ♪ ♪ push it push it good ♪ ♪ push it
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>> push what? ♪ push it real good >> oh, my gosh. don't move, kris. stop it. >> i know you like it! >> no! ♪ push it real good >> oh, yes! kris! go! ♪ push it good >> okay. come on. she can't help it. you can't help it. all right. is it okay or not okay to ignore social media? >> i wonder what we said. >> hmm. >> sure it's okay. i did it for years. i understand why people want to connect and now i understand why people want to disconnect. >> you understand it. >> yes. >> all right. sure it's okay. you get to choose what you let into your world. >> that makes sense, hodi. >> thank you. that was intelligent. >> we need to work on the timing
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of that a little bit. >> a little bit. >> so we have been talking about our moves of the day. today we have carrie dar. we have been going through some moves on how to get fit. carrie from pure bar. she's doing the underarm jiggle. >> she's going to show us what to do about the underarm. >> and the stuff that falls over your bra strap. >> i hate that stuff. >> do the exercise during this commercial break. we'll check in with her later. did you know, we made a list. >> we did? >> yes. and it is not a bad one like we usually do. the question here is who would be your ideal bride's maid. david's bridal asked. most people loved tina fey and amy poehler. they were number one. jennifer aniston and courteney cox came in second. katy perry came in third. lucy and ethel came in fourth.
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and -- >> shirley and laverne -- >> but pulling up the rear with 6% of the vote was us. we were at the bottom of the list. >> we're on the list. thank you very, very much, everybody. we have a big show. hot new makeovers. >> we're going to reveal the ambush makeovers in a bit. >> kris jenner will fill us in on the big changes in her life. what are they? >> we don't have enough time to discuss it before you settle for another ordinary mattress, isn't it time you discovered the sleep number bed? the bed clinically proven to relieve back pain and improve sleep quality. and right now, it's our lowest prices of the season. save $300 to $800 on our newest innovations. plus, 18-month special financing on all sleep number beds. only at a sleep number store, where queen mattresses start at just $699.99.
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executive producer of "keeping up with the kardashians", kris jenner has a lot to keep up with herself. >> in season nine of the popular e reality show, the family dynamics are challenged when they call a family meeting to discuss their separation. take a look. >> nobody's getting a divorce. nobody's doing anything right now. >> i just think we both decided we just always want to be first and foremost family and friends. >> don't you think that living a part too long will make you guys really enjoy that? >> said that way before they even did this. i said, too much time apart is, like, that's where you get comfortable. >> we're fine with that. and what we need you to understand this and be okay with it. we're better as friends than we are the other way.
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>> okay. >> kris is here with us to explain all that. >> yeah. that was shot a little while ago, in the middle of filming season nine now. we took a couple of weeks off for the holidays and that was a minute ago. i see that played back, i'm like, wow, i remember that day. >> it was when? when was that? >> like october. >> you're not wearing your wedding ring. is it -- >> i'm wearing that little ring. >> that little guy. are you on the way to formalizing a divorce? >> i don't think we really made that decision. we're just very happy with the way things are right now. we get along much better and the kids are much happier and my house is definitely on overload. i was telling kathie lee earlier, kim and kanye live there and the baby. there is a lot going on. >> i heard that kim was thinking about changing her name to west and kardashian is the signature of your family. is that happening or is that -- >> i don't know if they made a
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decision yet. >> but kanye wanted to? >> i haven't asked him but who wouldn't want that if you're getting married, it is a very traditional thing to do, so, yeah. >> what is it like having kanye west live at your house? what do you talk about at breakfast? >> he is actually -- he's amazing. he's a great dad. he spends most of his time with the baby. and -- >> only child, right? >> 6 months old. 6 months old and she's such -- you forget how amazing that first six months of life is. the changes and rolling over and -- >> i like the eyebrows. >> she giggles and they sing to her and it is just -- >> she's fabulous. >> i think they look great. >> that's so silly. the things that people say are remarkable. >> first of all, i'm sorry, on the front page it said bruce was having a sex change operation. >> so long ago. >> that is a story that they keep regurgitating. >> what is that?
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>> from the '70s. it is so old and -- >> before you get married and had children -- >> six kids altogether, so i don't know. so it is like the things that people write, like the eyebrow story with north, kim did north's eyebrows. really? she was 4 months old. >> waxing. >> hot. you never do that. these kinds of things are so ridiculous and i think that what i try to do is give the american public a lot more credit, you know, for some of the stuff that's written that they don't -- who is going to believe this? >> the trouble is if it is on every one of them, kris you go to the -- you buy some bananas and you get a lot of kardashians. and how can people -- they have to watch your show, really, to know the -- >> you watch the show and see the dynamic of everything going on. i think the reason that the viewer stays engaged is because they have seen us invested in this relationship with the
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family for eight years, nine seasons. and seen all the changes and the transitions and marriages and divorce and babies and pregnancies and -- >> and khloe is okay. fill us in on a couple of things. >> it has been a hard time for khloe. it is hard to watch your baby go through something tough. >> i love her. >> is my god daughter going to marry harry stiles? >> i wouldn't buy a dress just yet. >> but they are dating. >> i don't know. they're friends. >> oh, my gosh. >> just, please, tell me you're not dating. >> no. i'm not dating. >> that's what i say that fits. >> my best friend. >> yes. >> she's going to -- she's drawing a lot of -- >> give our love to everybody. >> i will. >> kris, thank you. special premiere, season nine. >> it is amazing. the first couple of episodes are riveting.
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bat wings, bingo arms, it is hard to get rid of the underarm jiggle and bulge. >> say good-bye to the wings. carrie promises you're going to see some quick results. how quick, carrie. >> welcome. >> really quick. i think ten times. >> really?
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>> yeah, yeah. you have to work while you're doing it. >> we know that. >> show us what to do. >> you need some lightweights. >> these are really light? what are these? a pound? >> two pounds. we'll do the back of the arm first. >> which part are you focusing in on? >> yeah. so you take your feet apart and bend at your knees and hinge forward from your waist, throw your elbows back and extend your arms straight. you get a really straight and in. >> hold it? >> just one inch and then down. >> you feel it. >> feel the burn. >> that's a two-pound weight. that's hard. >> and stay there. and, yeah, take them to the side. >> oh, stop it. i got to get out of your way. >> okay. >> so then face the ceiling and then up an inch and down an inch. >> can i say something? that's hard. >> you stayed there half an hour, you would really feel it. >> i can't even do it for two minutes. >> are your arms hurting? >> not yet. >> it is a small movement.
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move from the back of the arm. >> okay, got it. >> now the bra flab. where is that? >> i notice this after babies, it seems to come out more. so -- >> especially if you nurse. >> feet hip width apart and press your arms in like this, like you're giving someone a big hug and pull your shoulders back. >> let's do that again. >> pull your shoulders back. stick your chest out. >> you're going to open your arms. and then close them crossing one over the other, just slightly. and then open. and close. >> ow. >> i don't like this. >> you can -- i liked what we were doing before. >> press them together. if you were to open and then press together, and then one more time, open, press together. and now just stay pressing together and small presses in. so press in. >> presses in.
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done with the showers for now. we'll see plen of mist and drizzle as we head through this even lg. thick low clouds are returning to the forecast and a better chance for rain into this weekend. we're looking promising for rain right now saturday afternoon. and this fron looks a little more organized at this point. this is 11:00 a.m., widespread showers that should be clearing out and leaving us with a nice, clear, warm sunday. here is mike inouye. >> water still spouting out over the fire, smoke and haze. traffic moving smoothly where the arrow is. the big slowing is north 280 as you're approaching. we're recovering as far as the speeds go, southbound 880 you're approaching at the 17 and 280 interchange. slower towards freemont.
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>> coming up at 11:00, continuing coverage of the warehouse fire that happened early this morning. hope to see you at 11:00. we're back with more of "today" on this thirsty thursday. that means it is time to reveal our "ambush makeovers" for two ladies plucked off the plaza. >> joining us is our crack makeup team, louis licari and "today" contributor and contributing editor of "people stylewatch" -- >> maybe find another word. >> jill martin. >> all right, kiddos, how was it out there? >> it was good. we found two ladies from california who were ready to -- they were freezing cold and they were ready for red hot
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makeovers. >> let's start off with julie blackston from el segundo, california. she had the same look for as long as she can remember and she has begged us to give her a brand-new style. let's take a listen to her story. >> well, thanks for taking a lot of time to make the sign. but it is a rhyme. i'm not asking for a lot, just make me hot, because i am cold. but we picked you and tell me how you feel. >> i am so excited. i waited for this forever and i just can't believe it is happening to me! >> and mike's a trooper. she makeses y s yos you watch t week and says i want it. >> she records it and we watch it in the afternoon. >> you brought her here? >> i brought her here just for this. >> we love that. so romantic. we're going to make you hot for him. what do you think? >> i can't wait. i can't wait, i can't wait. >> there is mike with his blindfold on. all right, mike, please keep that on until i give you the green light to take it off. >> happier than he looks. >> here is julie before. all right, julie, let's see the
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new you! all right! are you ready? all right. mike, take off your blindfold. >> oh, yes. you look beautiful, honey. >> are you ready for a whole new look, julie? >> i sure am. >> turn around and look behind you. >> oh, my gosh. >> that's really you. >> can i -- oh, no! i'm a woman. >> julie, look right here at camera 12 if you wouldn't mind. tell us what happened with that hair. >> okay, the first thing i did is i made it darker. julie was afraid of red. when you're afraid of red, use a semipermanent color. so just gradually fades back to blonde. i cut her hair to a more appropriate length. and, of course, it is layered and shaped to her face. and the makeup looks gorgeous. >> i like the messy bangs and
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the whole thing -- >> i love the dress. >> jill, tell us. >> this is what is going to happen. hoda will say -- >> hot. >> what am i wearing? >> spanx? >> we went through the whole thing. she's wear iing new. >> you always -- >> the whole segment at edress.com. >> what you to think, hubby? >> beautiful. absolutely beautiful. >> thank you, julie. >> you look adorable. our second lady is alice walker, 65 years old from sacramento, california. she's never colored her hair before and never wears makeup. so she was a little nervous but excited to try a new look. let's listen to her story. >> it is hard to believe this, but alice is the shy one of the group. so you say let's do this. >> you're right, right. we talked her into it. >> forced her into it. >> yes, she needed a little
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encouragement, a little push, she's missing her boat trip around the island today to do this, but we all lost our luggage coming from sacramento and three days ago we could have all used a makeover. >> we're giving this to you today, so just tell us how you feel. >> i feel very, very happy. >> you're going to be even happier in a few hours. >> she sure is. she's here with her husband, glen, and her friend barb. one last look at alice before. >> and bring out the new and beautiful -- >> oh, my gosh. >> they're going to die. alice, stand right there. oh, my gosh. okay, you guys, ready? glen, barb, take them off. >> oh, my gosh. >> i think they're happy. we're going to make you happy now too. turn around. take a look.
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>> don't cry. >> so sweet. >> you need some kleenex. >> thank you. >> stay right here. >> she said she hasn't felt this good in ages. >> i am so happy. these are tears of happiness. >> stand here together. >> don't cry your makeup off. >> louis, tell us -- >> she was born a red head, by the way. so she said, louis, the one thing i want is the color i once was. i think i duplicated it. >> come over here. >> everybody's crying. >> there. >> her bangs were a bit short. so he had to make it -- the bangs work with the new haircut. >> you look gorgeous. >> i did -- enid gave primer to
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her face, so any wrinkles that were there are erased. >> what about the dress? come on. >> this was our most emotional. i was a little worried going into this. i feel like you were scared the whole time. >> i was scared. >> this is one of our best reactions. we're so happy, this is new also. >> you look lovely. everybody looks fantastic. >> thank you. how many men does it take to change a lightbulb? >> just one when he's lou manfredini. >> coming up after this. [ man ] i think this is a good time to tell you:
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do not call the handy man. just ask lou. he's here with all the help you need around the house, whether he's got an overused fireplace or toilet that runs all night, "today" contributor and host of the syndicated show "house smarts" lou manfredini has the answers to your questions. you never disappoint. >> no, you don't. you're one of those men that never disappoint, ever, ever. >> here we go. the chimney. >> it's been a long time. >> how often do you clean your chimney? a lot of people are lighting fires. >> this is very important. if you're doing fires, say, anywhere from one to six, do it every couple of years.
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six to ten, once a year. >> what do you mean, one to six? >> fires in the fireplace. if you're doing less than six, go every couple of years. if you're doing six or more, you should be doing it on an annual basis. >> what if you're doing a couple hundred? >> that's absolutely -- >> should you do it more than once? >> no, once a year is fine. it needs to be professionally done. there are fabulous chimney sweeps all across the country. you t to find the good ones. that $99 special isn't giving you -- you need someone certified with a chimney sweep institute of america. >> okay. >> here is a good question, from julie. we recently replaced our interior lightbulbs with new energy efficient soft white ones. they're so bright. how can we be energy efficient but not make -- >> here is a sample of lights. they're going to bring the lights up. they're going to be very bright had they first go on. the 75 watt, the 60 and the 40 as of january 1st are no longer manufactured in the united states.
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you can still buy them as long as supplies last, but in about a year, they'll be gone. we'll dim these so it doesn't blow out the camera. >> can you dim them, though? are they dimmable? >> certain kinds are. this particular one over here is a compact fluorescent lightbulb. this one went out. this is l.e.d. this is a dimmable one. this is not. it is just dimming because we're here for camera. these regular curly qs -- >> i hate those. >> hate is a strong word. >> i use it for when i really hate something. i hate them. >> the color temperature of all of these have gotten a lot better. this technology is evolving. this particular one is an l.e.d. bulb. these are dimmable. the cost is coming down. the problem is when these first came out, they were $50 a piece. these dimmable compact fluorescents, you can buy anywhere from $7 to $10, this is where it is going, the technology is getting better. >> how long will they last at that cost? >> the good quality bulbs, you get when you pay for, will last about six years as opposed to
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these that lasted about a year. regular incandescent bulbs, we're used to that. they're very inefficient lightbulb. that's what we're transitioning to. this is all government legislation. >> here is a question from joanne la marka. how do you stop your toilet from running all night long. >> where is she from? >> new jersey. >> new jersey. her town. >> inside this toilet there are two aspects to worry about. this is the fill valve and this is the flush valve, the flapper. your water in your toilet is leaking because of two things. the water level in this little pipe here, the water is too high. this is the overflow. so it will constantly be running. adjust it by this screw right in here to lower the water level, bring it down in the tank. with a screwdriver. this is a flush valve. this flapper, if it is not sealed properly, water can leak inside here. you can replace this for five bucks. so easy. it comes off real quickly, put
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the new chain on, put this on -- joanne's toilet in new jersey won't leak. >> here is something for ginger, what is the best way to paint old panelling walls? >> i like this look. a lot of people don't, this is a primer that you have to put on first in the grooves to fill with a brush first. it is a stain-killing primer. >> this is to get a flat surface. >> this is to get a prepped sur fat. you won't get a flat surface. you'll get the -- oh, geez, you'll get that grooved look, and when you prime it -- >> i like that. i like that a lot. >> what you do with the primer, once it drys, choose a color. look how bright you brighten this thing up. en it is an inexpensive way to give a room a new look. >> lou will answer your questions. hoda and i get a chance to make a difference in
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♪ we're back with a very special series called "shine a light." hoda and i get a chance to spotlight important people and causes very near and dear to our hearts. >> we wanted to start the new year by helping others and hopefully inspiring you to do the same. here is a look at how we hope to make a difference. >> st. jude's is a children hospital for kids with cancer. it pays the bills. it takes care of the kids. it helps the families. and it is not a sterile, horrible hospital situation. there is colors, and there's balloons and there's toys. there is something about it that is uplifting and joyful. well, hello! the first time i walked into st. jude children's hospital in memphis, i just remember the feeling that washed over me. i remember seeing a kid's face
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and you think -- you think when you walk in the door you're going to be sad, which i appear to be now, but there is something when you walk in, you see these kids and suddenly you transform from sadness to joy. is this thing hard to push around? >> no. >> i remember thinking, like, what's happening? my heart was breaking and then five minutes later i'm with the kids who are kids. these kids who are playing. these kids with parents who were cheering for them. what keeps you happy? >> my daddy. >> you can tell they don't want you it look at them with sad eyes. they want to play. they want to sing. they want to be joyful. this year my goal is to help kids with cancer. as a cancer survivor myself, i know what it feels like as a grown-up and i know how difficult and what a struggle it is. what i can't even fathom even now is what it feels like to be a kid, to be one of these little boys or little girls who is struggling with this grown-up disease, something they shouldn't have to deal with. and all you want to do is reach
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out and help and hug. i'm not a doctor. i'm not a nurse. i feel like you want to do something, but what can i do? what i would love to do is make a huge incredible music video, okay, for these kids, with a song that is an anthem about being brave and being strong and have this way, this music video go across the country, from hospital to hospital to hospital and you watch these kids and think to yourself, like, i want to be there. i want to be part of that, and you -- and i think it makes not only the kids feel good, and their parents feel good, but us at home watching feel good. ♪ >> it dawned on me after hurricane sandy, so many people lost so much during that hurricane. we were blessed we didn't lose our home, didn't lose loved ones. but we did lose like 250-year-old trees that had been there long before we were a nation. and so from that moment on, this
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whole past year has been about rebuilding, rebuilding what we had lost, and it turned out to be so much better. 2014 is going to be the year that my family celebrates 20 years in the same home. so i started chronicling pictures and things and hopefully by the end of the year we will have a coffee table book that is called good gifts. one year in the heart of a home. so that we can encourage other people to make memories with their children, share recipes, build a life together that's going to last. i also want to help those people who aren't as blessed. we want the proceeds to go to the salvation army, which is an organization i work with for well over 20 years that does fabulous work all year round. not only taking care of people's physical needs, hunger and clothing and material things, but they serve the whole human being. they understand how important a person's soul is and how important it is to minister to
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that person as well. i want this book to be a blessing to whoever picks it up. i want to put a smile on their face, i want to put a song in their throats. i want to person a prayer of gratitude in their own souls for the blessings that they have in life. that's what i'm going to do. that's what i'm going to do. >> hopefully how i'll make a difference. >> shine a light. >> shine a light. >> in 2014. >> just wait. >> just wait. >> just wait. >> wow. >> are we going to do that? >> i think we are. >> starting tomorrow. >> you are? >> first recipes are being made. and i'm looking forward to it. >> i love the idea. it is going to be great. >> you help me with mine and i'll help you with yours. >> i like it. we'll be back with much more in a minute. but first -- >> this is "today" on nbc. >> of course it is.
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or go to coveredca.com, and get covered. . whoa, whoa, whoa! large explosions as blamings destroy a massive warehouse in san jose. homes and businesses put in danger as hour gets shult down in the area. there is concern for one worker who is unaccounted for. thank you for joining us. >> i'm terry mcsweeney, the glams broke out at an 80,000 square foot warehouse. one big concern was keeping the flames away from an hay barn next door.
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