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misty conditions. on the right, puddles left over from the rain. >> be careful out there. that is what's happening. we'll be back with you at 7:25 with more local news, weather and traffic. >> have a great weekend. protestas siguen en las calles, it's official. president obama will tap ashton carter as his next secretary of defense. the man he is replacing rejects claims he was forced out. liftoff. nasa launches the first test flight of orion, the start of a new era in space. we're live at the kennedy space center.
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and flying high. ♪ i'm flying >> the much anticipated peter pan live soars into prime time but did it fly with those armchair critics today friday, december 5, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today." matt's got the morning off. i was up late watching peter pan. >> allison williams very good. the dog could win the emmy. >> christopher walken fantastic as hook. >> dancing pirates. >> amazing. they pulled it off. we'll get the latest on peter pan. our top story of course the demonstrations and they are expanding coast to coast now over the grand jury decision not
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to indict a new york city police officer in the death of eric garner. nbc's stephanie gosk is at brooklyn bridge. protests erupt forward a second night. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. you said earlier the protests bigger, more organized and more disruptive, at the brooklyn bridge. more than 200 people were arrested last night. part of that aerng fueled by the fact that few details have been released in this case. and many are still asking the question. why was there no indictment? protesters in new york city out in bigger numbers overnight. storming the brooklyn bridge, one of several shut down across the city. and flooding times square. in chicago, lake shore drive shut down, one of at least a dozen cities where massive
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protests took place. still demanding justice for eric garner after the police officer allegedly used a choke hold trying to arrest him. the new york police department parole guide says officers will not use kmokholds, described as any pressure to the throat or windpipe which may prevent or hinder breathing. police advocates standing behind the officer saying he did not use the move. >> the police officer and the ems did what they are supposed to. if you are speaking you can breathe. >> reporter: the cell phone video of the encounter was one of four shown to the grand jury. according to a document released by the d.a.'s office which disclosed limited details. the grand jury sat for nine week, given 60 exhibits of evidence and heard from 50 witnesses. including 22 civilians. after no indictment in both the eric garner case and the michael brown case in ferguson many ask
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why no indictment. a study shows more than 6500 law enforcement officers were arrested over a 6-year span, one out of every 1,000 officers nationwide. >> i think the main thing is that they heard from the officer. he was obviously well prepped and he expressed remorse. so, through that process perhaps he was able to persuade them that if they were in his shoes it might have been the same thing. >> reporter: another police officer may face similar scrutiny in phoenix after an unarmed black man suspected of il selling drugs was shot and killed. protesters asked that the officer be held responsible. back in new york city, mayor de blasio vowed to retrain police. more protests are plan forward later today. >> we'll be watching. thank you. >> in a few moments president obama anoujss his nominee for defense secretary, ashton carter, a former pentagon
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official will be the pick to replace chuck hagel. kristen welker is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. ashton carter is the nuclear physicist. carter's nomination at a time of deep uncertainty for the pentagon as a course of critics say the administration is slow to react to a series of crisis, this move that his foreign policy need as change at the top. he's a former deputy defense secretary with a long history at the pentagon. and later today, 60-year-old ashton carter is expected to become president obama's latest pick for defense secretary. white house officials say carter was tapped because he is not afraid challenge the president, recently disagreeing with mr. obama's decision to withdraw most u.s. troops from iraq, instead of leaving a strong residual force. jeremy bash is advising carter on his nomination.
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>> he knows the job of the secretary is give his best military and strategic advice to the command every in chief. i've seen him do it. >> if confirmed carter will face hurdles from the escalating campaign against isis to loojing budget cuts, outgoing dessens secretary chuck hagel stepped down amid reports he was too passive in the face of new challenges. on thursday, hagel pushed back on reports that he was forced to resign. >> this was a mutual decision based on discussions that we had. >> reporter: there was largely bipartisan praise from capitol hill, but republican senator ted cruz slammed the administration for having four defense secretaries in almost as many years. >> at a time when the threats are this grave, we shouldn't see more turnover at the defense department than one has at typical burger king. >> reporter: the backdrop to the announcement expected moments from now is a reported power
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struggle between the white house and pentagon, two of president obama's previous defense secretaries have publicly criticized the president for trying to micromanage decision making. one test for cart are whether he will work with the structure at the white house. barring something unexpected carter will likely be confirmed. >> we'll bring you the president's news conference live. >> a new era of space exploration is under way. nasa successfully launched its first crucial test flight of the orion spacecraft that could eventually carry mankind to mars. tom costello is at the kennedy space center for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. this was a spectacular launch. 4:05 pacific time when it lifted off from the kennedy space center on an incredible journey, unmanned test but as you said eventually the goal is to put humans on this type of crew
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vehicle and carry them to an asteroid or perhaps mars. that could be 15, or 20 years away but nonetheless the testing is under way and today could not have gone more perfectly. at this moment we're now looking at the orion, 3600 miles out from earth. that is the furthest out it is going to be and then it does these orbits, it has done one already, it will begin its re-entry to earth, and we expect in about an hour and a half as it comes through the earth's atmosphere the heat on those heat shields will heat up to 4,000 degrees and then through the parachutes coming down splashing down 600 miles off the coast of baja california. the goal of this is hopefully to learn what they can about new vehicle, if it looks like apollo from 40 years ago that is not by accident. they a they are borrowing. the rocket stack and the goal here to create a spacecraft that
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will go deep, not to the space station at 250 miles above the earth but to the moon, to an asteroid or to mars. back to you. >> and must be so much to nasa, tom, as we know the space shuttle program was disbanded and u.s. astronauts catching a ride to the space station. this is a new era. >> reporter: yes, i think that if you talk to anybody here at nasa they are so excited about this because they put the shuttle behind them three years ago. that was the last shuttle flight. we've been relying on the russians to bring humans to the space station as they build up a new deep space capacity, a new technology so. this is now the cukucull ma nat of this and blasting it off. they hope that this is the first of many tests to come and in about maybe eight years or so a manned mission, a manned test flight, maybe to an asteroid, or i may still be here in 20 years.
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>> we know you'll have your eye on the heavens. tom, thank you so much. >> as we wait for the president, natalie is here with a few more top stories. >> new york governor andrew cuomo is speaking out on the protest over the decision not to indict an officer in the death of eric garner. asked whether protepsers say there are two justice systems in the u.s. he said the problem apparently is not just about eric garner, it is much bigger. the u.s. job market heated up in november, employers added 321,000 jobs last month. the biggest jump in almost three years. the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8%. six-year low. november's gains with business services along with manufacturing, construction and in retail. >> a major new study finds that for women under 65 the benefits of taking low dose aspirin to protect your heart and colon may be outweigh bid the down side. researchers in the netherland
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found it can lead to gast gastrointestinal bleeding enough to send a woman to the hospital. the risk and the benefits more balance forward women older than 65, of course you should always consult with your doctor before beginning or changing any aspirin program. the study is out in the journal "heart." a massive manhunt in fwlaxt a man killed his wife and another woman in bradenton and the pastor of the church where his wife worked. they are looking for the 33-year-old, no word on a possible motive. >> a new report from new jersey lawmakers finds no evidence that governor chris christie was involved in last year's politically motivated traffic jam near the george washington bridge, but the panel says two former christie aides acted with little regard for public safety when they ordered lanes closed in the area. anxious moments in the skies over vermont. united airlines flight heading to washington-dulles international airport had to turn back after it struck a bird and you see it shattered the windshield. the pilot was able to see well
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enough to land that plane safely. and the crew of a sail boat is okay this morning after a rough end to a race in the indian ocean. during the race the 65-foot boat smashed into a coral reef in the middle of the night, forcing the crew to hang on and eventually abandon ship. when the sun came up they got a closer look at the damage. as you see there, quite a lot of it. they are lucky to be safe. washington state's first powerball jackpot winner says the dream ticket for saturday's drawing was the first one she had ever bought. lisa and her husband everett claimed their $90 million prize on thursday. both are retiring from their jobs at boeing as you would expect. lisa e-mailed her colleagues thursday, said it's been a pleasure working with them and told them to watch the news, it would explain everything. don't call me, i'll call you. >> then they bought a boeing jetliner. >> another sign of the times last night, the nation's capital take a look.
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>> three, two, one. >> and you have it. the first family pushing the button to late to national christmas tree near the white house. later the president getting into the holiday spirit showing off some festive dance moves or something like that. >> a little rocking back and forth. >> keep it down low. >> how is the weather out west? >> well, we've got more wet weather coming into the pacific northwest. in the meantime, they have gotten a ton of rain over the last several days. from central california, southern california into the pacific northwest. today rain will move back into san francisco, seattle as well. heavier rain moves in later tonight. san diego at 67, sante fe 57. casper, wyoming look for clouds. denver, 54. to the west of there we're looking at light snow. all of the rain that was in california is shifted into the midsection of the country, so
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from missouri and arkansas look for rain and later today moves into the northeast later tonight icy, snowy rainy mess moves into the pacific northwest. and we're watching for early next week a storm system along the east coast, we may have our -- another nor'easter coming in and bringing rain and snow, nasty weather for prince william and kate oh, it's going to be fun. and kate oh, it's going to be fun. yeah. ♪ and kate oh, it's going to be fun. yeah. ♪ ♪ ♪
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good morning to you. the time now 7:14. we have a lot of rain on the way but not just yet. we're going to get by with a nice drive to work. temps in the 6 s for today. look what's coming into the bay area, another round of rain between about 2:00 and 6:00. that is going to cause heavy delays as people are making their way home from work. hope you have a great day. muchas gracias, al roker y >> thank you so much. arrest of a woman in the brutal murder of an american teacher in a mall in abu dhabi appeared to reveal a larger terror group at work. that and the investigation, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning. the news that a suspect has been arrested is being welcomed here. but people tell us there is
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still a deep shock that an american was targeted in a country considered relatively safe. at gunpoint, police arrest the woman accused of killing american mom ibollia ryan. they say the 47-year-old teacher was stabbed because of her nationality. on her facebook page her ex-husband wrote, your beauty and pure heart will live with us all forever. fellow teachers say the same about the mother of twin boys who moved to the united arab emirates hoping to do good. >> she was a great mom, i mean our kids would have sleepovers together. >> reporter: the #thank you ibolyaryan. for 40,000 u.s. nationals here this has been a dramatic frightening week beginning at this upscale mall. on surveillance video a veiled woman is seen calmly entering
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the mall monday. police say she stabbed ibollia, then accused of making a bomb with ingredients found in her apartment to target an american egyptian doctor. police say the aim has been to spread fear. the u.s. embassy is warning americans to keep a low profile amid increasing concerns that innocent americans may be targeted in this region. >> keir simmons, thank you. on these foreign policy topics we should mention we're waiting the president and the introduction of ashton carter, his pick to be the next secretary of defense. let's go to jim miklaszewski and we have chuck todd as well. i'll start with you, ash carter, someone has been around the pentagon for many years. maybe i should say decades. what is his reputation? >> well, first of all he's highly regarded, respected here, as a true professional. very intelligent, quick on the
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mark, easy to grasp the most complicated strategies and operations here at the pentagon. after all, and it's going to be a rapid and easy transition, he was the deputy secretary of defense just a year ago, so he knows how this building works, how the military works, knows all of the nuts and bolts t dollars and cents. he was the one who put together those massive pentagon budgets which is going to be one of the primary objectives of this building to try to figure out how the pentagon and military can adjust the shrinking military budgets. while the white house may have more confidence in carter's ability than they did in hagel, and he in fact may be able to influence some of the decisions coming out of the white house, but nobody believes here that in two short years carter is going to be able to put his stamp on the pentagon and that he could break into the inner circle at the white house and actually help make some of the decisions that come out of there regarding
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foreign and military policy. >> my question to chuck, national security circle is famously insular at the white house. do you think ash carter will really have a substantive seat at the table? >> well, we'll see. i mean, if past is any guide here in history the answer is not really. chuck ha chuck hagel didn't. bob gates and leon panetta t first two secretaries of defense under president obama both wrote books complaining about this. that said, i've had plenty of people close to the white house that swear ash carter is -- will be a bull in a china shop with the white house and will be confrontational with this national security team if he needs to be. >> chuck, thank you. we'll stand bit. we do plan to show the president's announcement live when it happens. ahead here this morning on "today," bill cosby's legal team fired back at a woman now suing him for sexual battery. squeal the question, is he a
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this is an nbc news special report. here is savannah guthrie. good morning. as we come on the president's about to speak live, he will be announcing his new defense secretary, it's ashton carter who is of course the former number two at the pentagon, someone who worked for decades in different presidential administrations from clinton to bush to president obama. let's turn to chuck todd, the moderator of meet the press. good morning. what can you tell us about ash carter, someone those in washington know well. >> washington folks do know him very well. he is not a household name, not a former elected official as the current secretary of defense is. ashton carter somebody who served as deputy secretary of defense, just over a year ago, very hands on guy. knows how everything works in that pentagon, the white house expects him to be a big force at the pentagon, they want him to
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be -- they claim they want him to be more confrontational with the white house. the national security team of course as we know, that has been a problem for the three defense secretaries in the obama years, gates, panetta and hagel, all of whom complained they have not been able to break that tight circle around the president. i have aides tell me they want ashton carter to be a bull in a china shop and be that person. >> as we interrupt you. let's listen. it is wonderful to be able to announce not the creation but at least the filling of one new job. but before we do i wanted to make a somewhat broader statement about the economy and ash, is willing to indulge me. last month america's businesses
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created more than 300,000 jobs. this keeps a pace so far this year that we have not seen since the 1990s. so far this year over the first 11 months of 2014 our economy has created 2.65 million jobs, that's more than in any entire year since the 1990s. our businesses have now created 10.9 million jobs over the past 57 months in a row, and that's the longest streak of private sector job growth on record. we also know that the pickup in the pace of job growth this year has been in industries with higher wajs and overall wages are rising. a welcome sign for millions of americans. so we've got an opportunity to keep up this progress if congress is willing to keep our
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government open, avoid self-inflicted wounds and work together to invest in the things that support faster job growth in high paying jobs, that means exports, infrastructure, streamlining our tax code, immigration reform, giving minimum wage workers a raise. it's been a long road to recovery from the worst economic crisis in generations and we still have a lot more work to do to make sure hard working americans, wages are growing faster. but the united states continues to outpace most of the world. over the last four years we put more people back to work than europe, japan and all other industrialized advanced countries combined and we're going to keep at it until every single american who is willing and able to work can find not just any job but a job that pay as decent wage and allows them to support their families. it's worth once in a while reflecting on the fact that the
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american economy is making real progress. and if we can continue in this trajectory, if we can continue to grow robustly, and if we make sure that those companies who are seeing profits probably higher any time in the last 60 years, that they are also making sure their workers are sharing in that growth, then we can get a cycle that's going to make a difference and be a critical component of strengthening our national security because national security starts with a strong economy here at home. now, i know that some people think that i announce cabinet positions on fake twitter accounts. this is not the case. a year ago when ash carter completed his tenure as deputy secretary of defense secretary
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hagel took to the podium and looked automatic the military leaders and said i've known ash carter for many years. all of us benefitted from ash's hard work, his friendship, from his inspiration, and from his leadership. and chuck then went on to express gratitude to his partner for what ash has done for this country and will continue to do in many ways. couldn't have said it better myself. i'm pleased to announce my nominee to be our next secretary of defense mr. ash carter. now, with a record of service that spanned more than 30 years, for public servant, scholar, ash is recogarded as one of our foremost security leaders. with our pentagon team for the first five years of my presidency, he was at the table
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in "the situation room," is by my side navigating complex security challenges, i relied on his expertise and i relied on his judgment. i think it's fair to say that ash in your one year attempt at retirement from public service you failed miserably. but i am deeply grateful that you are willing to go back at it. ash, some of you know brings a unique blend of perspective and know-how. as a student of history he understands the united states and i'm quoting him t single most provider of security in the world, and he play add key role in devising our defense strategy to advance that security. he's also a physicist, which means that he is one of the few people who actually understand how many of our defense systems work. and that is also allowed him to serve with extraordinary breadth
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and depth in a range of work that we've had to do. in one way or another ash has served under 11 secretaries of defense, he's an innovator who helped create the program that is dismantled weapons of mass destruction, around the world and reduced the threat of nuclear terrorism, he is reformer who has never been afraid to cancel old or inefficient weapons programs, he knows the department of defense inside and out, which all of which means that on day one he is going to hit the ground running. ash is also known by our allies and our friends around the world. having served both republican and democratic secretaries he's respected and trusted on both sides of the aisle, he has been a close partner with our military leaders and he's admired by civilian leaders across the department because he is mentor to so many of them. there's one other quality of ash's service i think often gets overlooked, that is his true
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reguard, his love, for the men and women in uniform and their families. his relentless dedication to their safety and well being. when he cut outdated, unneeded systems, he did it because he's trying to free up money for our troops, make sure they have the weapons and the gear that they needed and the quality of life for themselves and their families that they deserve. when our troops in iraq and afghanistan were struggling to defend against roadside bombs he moved heaven and earth to rush them new body armor and vehicles. no exaggeration to say there are countless americans who are alive today in part because of ash's efforts. when our forces sat down for thanksgiving dinner far from home, or as our wounded warriors recovered in the hospital or when our fallen heroes returned to dover, ash was there. often on his own time, without any publicity or fanfare. and i know that ash will be
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there for them now as secretary of defense. we face no shortage of challenges to our national security. our combat mission in afghanistan ends this month and we have to transition to a new mission,s advising and assisting afghan forces and going after remnants of al qaeda's core. we have to keep degrading and ultimately destroying isil in iraq and syria, build counter terrorism partnerships and new platforms, we have to continue to fight against ebola, in west africa, we have to continue to strengthen our alie yajss including nato and continue to rebalancing our defense posture in the asia pacific. going forward our forces are going to need to be leaner but as commander in chief i'm going to make sure that we have a military that is second to none, that continues to be the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. that means, though, we're going to have to bolster some new
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capabilities, our cyber defense, how we deal with our satellites and how we're adapting our military and investing in new capabilities to meet long term threats. we're going to have to work with congress on a more responsible approach to defense spending, including the reforms we need to make to the department more efficient, that's how we're going to preserve readiness, how we're going to keep faith with our forces and families, how we're going to deliver world class care to our wounded warriors. and ash is going to be critical to all of these efforts, when we talked about this job, we talked about how we're going to have to make smart choices precisely because there are so many challenges out there and we're going to have to squeeze everything we have out of the resources we have in order to be as effective as possible and i can't think of somebody who is more qualified to do that. his career ash has been
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confirmed by the senate three times, if it were entirely up to my friend carl levin sitting here, i suspect it would happen really quickly. because that's the kind of guy carl is and carl i know has had a chance to work with ash in the past. my hope is that in the new congress we get similar speed and dispatch. by the way, we'll miss carl levin i wanted to mention that. [ applause ] one last piece of critical information that may have tipped the scales in me wanting to promote ash. ash is a big motown fan. and one of his favorites is a classic by the four top, "reach out i'll be there."
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so ash, i'm reaching out to you, you have been there for us, our troops, our families, our nation. i also know that he's been there for his lovely wife stephanie, sometimes by skype because he's been traveling. but the sacrifices that stephanie has been willing to make, this is a team effort as it is true for our military families so we're very grateful to stephanie. she joined ash on a lot of those thanksgiving trips to see our troops and at the bedside of wounded warriors. she knows the sacrifices they are going through. stephanie, we thank you for your service. we thank will and ava who couldn't be here but we know that they couldn't be prouder of their dad, and with that i want to let hopefully our soon to be new secretary of defense say a few words. [ applause ] >> president obama at the white
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house announcing his pick for number two at the pentagon, experienced washington hand now of course it's up to the senate to confirm the nominee. we'll have more on nbcnews.com and nightly news with brian williams, most of you will return to "today." i'm savann. this is an nbc news special report. >> all right. here we go. this is a big one. tom brady, the patriots going to qualcomm stadium, taking on the chargers. partly cloudy, mild, 63 degrees. this is a big one. it's on sunday night, football night in america. you know you want it. >> oh. i'm back now. >> al, thank you. there is growing excitement surrounding the duke and duchess of cambridge's first visit to new york. they arrive on sunday. given all of the hours she logs
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ron royal baby watch we turn to our resident expert natalie. what have you planned? >> i plan to follow them wherever they go. the royals are preparing to take manhattan from their events to galas to an nba game. they plan to take a big bite out of the big apple. get ready, america. america. another british invasion is coming. in just two days, the duke and duchess of cambridge make their first visit to new york and already the big apple is getting ready for the big arrival. for now, tourists at madame tussaud's have to settle for these reproductions. but they will arrive, attend a private dinner. then monday william heads to the nation's capital while kate visits with kids at a child care center in harlem. the royal couple then reunites in brooklyn to see nba royalty king james, lebron james, that is, taking on the nets that night. then on tuesday morning, will
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and kate will pay an emotional visit to new york's 9/11 memorial museum. >> there really is such a deep connection between the people of the united kingdom and the people of the united states and this visit reflects that to a tremendous degree. >> in the afternoon, william will get in an empire state of mind, atop one of new york's most iconic landmarks. then a night of glitz and glamour at the metropolitan museum of art in honor of the 600th anniversary of st. andrews, the school where will and kate first met. will, along with tom hanks, whose daughter is an alum, and the school's principal, louise richardson, are all set to speak. >> all our graduates have real affection for the place and this would be an opportunity to celebrate the university, to celebrate the link with the united states and bring together a lot of people who are united by their affection for this university. >> this isn't the first visit to the states for will and kate. they ventured across the pond in
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>> yes, she did. the twitter traffic was interesting. people, i find, on social media are the extreme. either they love or they hate. in this case you had a mixed bag of things. i do, however, think the backup dancers and pirates for christopher walken got a lot of social buzz out of this. people were quite fascinated with the dance moves. unsung heroes or unsung stars. >> and that little dog. they use a little dog. >> that was incredible. >> and the guy in the gator costume. lot of bacon in the pot. >> where was brian williams? >> he was off "nightly news" and near enough at the end he would be able to go in and hug her, which probably meant he was under the stage in one of the scenes. >> the guy in the gator. >> you are a good detective. get on the phone, brian williams. coming up, we have all heard it. is it really true, that men go for younger women when they remarry? there's a new study.
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we'll have the answer. flashback friday, our favorite toys of all time, right after this. flashback friday, ou favorite toys of all time, right afte
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let me ask you this. do you remember the excitement you felt for new toys on christmas morning? >> yes. >> what a great feeling. tamron is over in the orange room and she has a look for us. >> we went into the holiday vault to see what holiday toy we were all talking about 31 years ago today. take a look. >> these are called cabbage patch kids. you can see they're cuddly, soft, very vulnerable. almost a little bit homely. >> homely? really? guess who still owns their cabbage patch dolls. >> do you? >> these are mine. >> that's pretty cool. >> yes. these are my actual dolls. i have the original, his name is michael, but he's in texas with my mom. here are a few other viewers who have sent in pictures of their
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cabbage patch dolls. mary smith. so cute. adorable. what gift did you want to have as a child that you didn't get? carson, waterproof walkman. nice. we'll get you one. savannah, guess jeans. it's not a toy. >> in junior high i wanted guess jeans. >> natalie, barbie dream house. >> never got it. >> al, what is this machine? >> a robot you put together and build and away you went. >> big wheel was for me. i didn't get one. but i got these dolls. #flash back friday. >> what are your dolls' names? >> narnia and charlene.
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. >> announcer: you're watching "today in the bay." >> and very good friday morning to you. it's 7:56. i'm sam brock. an alameda man said he shot and killed his wife to end her pain is expected to turn himself in today. he reportedly told police he promised his wife to help end her suffering. >> palo alto nthe scene of nor flashing incident. it does not appear to be related to three or flashing incidents in palo alto. >> and both tunnels are expected to remain closed until 4:00 tomorrow morning. there could be other challenges
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facing drivers on their evening commute. for more on that we'll check in with meteorologist christina loren. >> it could be downright damage rouse, even as they're doing that thrill through devil's slide. grab your umbrella on the way out. by 3:00, heavy downpours that will continue until about 7:00. by 11:00 not, showers start to let up and we'll get a pretty good break on the second half of your saturday and run returns late sunday into among. here's mike with your drive. >> a little bit of puddling over, there 101 in san rafael. over here the bay bridge, we still have the metering lights on but only backed up to the end of the parking lot for some of those lanes. here's your approach to the east bay, nothing dramatic in the south bay. >> mike, thank you very much.
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in the next 30 minutes or so, orion will be splashing back down. we'll have more on that, another update in 25 minutes.
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, high tech. maria shriver introduces us to the ceo of youtube as the silicon superstar gets ready for her fifth child. >> do you feel like you're setting an example for other women? >> you have to realize that it's okay that you can have a family. ♪ and let me kiss you plus, kiss and tell, what our own jenna bush hager is telling us about hanky panky on the white house roof? ♪ >> from plaid to just bad. why the ugly christmas sweater phenomenon is only getting bigger "today," friday, december 5th, 2014.
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♪ mplt mother/daughter trip from lubbock, texas. >> good morning! >> howdy from waco, texas. i'm 30 today. >> it's my sweet 16 in new york city! >> good morning, virginia. i'm the birthday girl. >> happy birthday! yea! good morning, everyone. welcome back to "today." beautiful day out here, friday, december 5th, 2014. we have a nice, boisterous crowd out here. >> crazy 50th birth party. >> i think they have already opened a few. >> they have! what is coming up? >> coming up, ahead, we will go ahead.
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we are playing monopoly. pretty cool. we're going to round out our week of holiday reviews with fun games for the entire family and high-tech gifts your kids are clamoring for. i'll sit down with angelina jolie, talking about her married life, and her future in hollywood. the golden globe nominations will be revealed. we will have that. and "time" magazine's person person of the year, we will review that for next week. let's get a check of the top stories from natalie. nat? >> good morning to you guys once again. good morning, everyone. hundreds of people were arrested overnight in new york city as they disrupted to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of eric garner, an unarmed man. stephanie gosk, good morning. >> reporter: another night of disruption here at the brooklyn bridge last night which was shut down for several hours. the new york police say more than 200 people were arrested
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last night. it wasn't just here in new york. these protesters were bigger, more organized. in cities around the country, including chicago, where they actually shut down lake shore drive. part of this anger has been fueled by the fact that there have been very few facts in this case released. many are asking the question, why was there no indictment? since 1993, the new york city police have banned use of a choke hold. many believe that's exactly what the police officer used on eric garner that led to his death. but the police officers union in this city has said that that is not the case. there is an obvious disagreement of his assessment and there will be more protests again today. that will be in new york. natalie? >> thank you. nbc's stephanie gosk. in phoenix thursday night, demanding officials release the name of an officer there who fatally shot an unarmed black man on tuesday. police spokesperson says 34-year-old brisbane was pulled over because his suv matched the
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description of a suspected drug dealer's vehicle. be he said after a foot chase and a struggle, the officer fired two shots because he thought he felt brisbane's hand on a gun in his pocket. the object turned out to be a bottle of pills. the orion spacecraft lifted off at sunrise. nasa wants to test the heat shield, parachutes and other components before sending it up with people inside. the goal ultimately is one day to use the spacecraft to carry people to mars and back. major new study finds that for women younger than 65, the benefits of taking low-dose aspirin to curb the risk of heart disease and colon cancer may be outweighed by the downside. researchers say that the aspirin regimen can increase the risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding, enough to send a woman to the hospital. at the white house today, president obama introducing his choice to replace chuck hagel as defense secretary. ashton carter is a nuclear physicist and former number two
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man at the pentagon. white officials say that he was chosen because he is not afraid to challenge the press. price of gas has fallen another eight cents a gallon in less than one week. national average for a gallon of unleaded is $2.71, the lowest it has been in four years. could this be a sign of things to come? one service station in oklahoma city dropped its price on thursday to, look at that, $1.99 a gallon! that's believed to be the cheapest gas in the nation. so, fuel up. what looked like a very unusual car accident was actually a blitz malfunction at a portland trail blazers game. this promotional balloon shaped like a ford escape crashed into the stands. nobody was hurt. the balloon was eventually squeezed through a tunnel and out of everybody's way. 8:05 right now. time for another check of the weather with al. hey, al. >> announcer: "today's" weather is brought to you by edward
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jones. a big financial services firm that doesn't act that way. >> and good morning, everybody. huge crowd out here today! i mean, lots and lots of folks. that's obviously a big, big, big, big, big, big, big holiday crowd! let's see what we've got. weather that matches, big, big -- oh, that was so dangerous. any way watch this. rain making its way toward chicago. there is probably going to be some airport delays today as we watch what's going on in chicago. afternoon temperatures, it's staying nice and warm down through the southern tier states. texas into the gulf coast. chilly in the plains with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. more wet weather now making its way into the midatlantic states later today. but before that, rain down through the mid mississippi and ohio river valleys. icy conditions in the pacific northwest. sunshine through the southeast with temperatures starting to get a little more mild. let's continue our walk, shall we?
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that's what's going on around the country. here 8:06. happy friday, bay area. right now it's mostly cloudy, mostly dry, but we have a lot of rain on the way as we progress throughout your friday afternoon. let me show you on your future cast. we stop the clock for you at 3:00, just as commuters trying to make their way home after a long week. we've got heavy rain on the way. that's going to continue throughout the evening hours. finally by 10:00, a break. potentially ranging between a half inch to inch and a quarter today. then another shot on monday. >> >> and that is your latest weather. >> all right, al. thank you so much. >> oh! i was wondering where you were. >> jumped the barricade. >> there's a little bell on my ankle so i don't sneak up on you. co comu. coming up next, we are going
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to pin jenna bush hager down on this admission of hers that she had a little hanky panky at the white house. >> ooh! >> we're going to ask her about that. inquiring minds want to know. maria shriver catches up with the woman behind youtube and how she balances work and home with not her third or fourth but fifth child on the way. next holiday get together, cookies and cocktails! but first these messages. ♪ . only from famous footwear. victory is yours. [ male announcer ] with nearly 7 million investors... oh hey, neill, how are you? [ male announcer ] ...you'd expect us to have a highly skilled call center. kevin, neill holley's on line one. ok, great.
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least. >> wow! >> from the files of not shocked. >> ten years is a lot. >> at least ten. i'm surprised ten years. >> my mom is my dad's third wife. she's 25 years younger. they had a beautiful love. i guess it also depends on the individuals. >> interesting. >> so does that mean mike's second wife is in sixth grade right now? just kidding. >> so you remember markie mark? >> sure. >> the bad boy that starred in the calvin klein ads. he grew up to become mark wahlberg. but he was charged with assault for attempted robbery. now he is asking the state for a pardon. receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that i am not the same person as i was in 1988. it would be formal recognition
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that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to a life of publ public. >> i don't know what the legalities are of getting a pardon but he's saying i want to break with that past and say i've live aid life that's different and use it as an example. >> it would be nice if that opportunity was afforded to other people as well, that other people have turned their lives around as well. >> like savannah. >> i know. all that dirty laundry. >> so she boosted a car. >> at law school. >> exactly. >> mug shot. >> speaking of things in our past it's not often you hear the words white house and hanky panky in the same sentence. thanks to one of our own, it is a top trending story this morning. jenna bush hager was on bravo's "watch what happens live." one caller had a question and asked, quote, if jenna had ever
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fooled around at the white house. here is what jenna had to say. >> am i blushing? >> did you ever bring a boy back to the white house? >> a lady never talks. >> nice. >> i was engaged to my husband. i was 19 years old when my dad became president. i knew him for a long time and, you know, maybe there was a little hanky panky. there was like maybe a kiss on the roof. >> kiss on the roof. >> you weren't blushing, jenna. you were sweating. nothing happened in the lincoln bedroom. jenna, are you ready for "meet the press"? >> is it weird that my hands are clammy? >> let's just go through this. >> is that strange? >> on the roof, talk slowly. what happened? >> no. okay. first of all, i have to say, i was shocked by the question. and totally humiliated. >> oh. >> come on. >> okay. but, but, my husband and i did have our first kiss on the white house roof. >> how sweet. >> romantic. >> i'll just say two things. one, it's not a "fifty shades of
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gr grey" that people want it to be, for the innocent. but really lovely. now, ten years later, here we are, with a child. so, it's a pretty special thing. and then, second of all, i think i single handedly brought back the word hanky panky. >> i was going to say, jenna, you did say hanky panky. >> yes. >> yeah. >> so embarrassed. >> i want to know if the snipers on the roof of the white house gave you some privacy. >> well, i mean, maybe there was no privacy. there probably was no privacy. but in our minds, we were the only two people there. >> ahh! how sweet. >> but you did not cross into canoodling. >> there was not canoodling, thank you. there was not heavy petting. >> oh! >> romantic and sweet. we'll leave it at that. >> too late. >> hanky panky. >> sweet and innocent like i am. you all know me very well. >> yes, we do. >> that's why we're calling. >> that's why we'll get the real
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story at happy hour tonight. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> that is good. >> i love it. >> he's no allisex at target, b because of a pep talk he gave to his employees take a look. >> brothers, sisters, hear me now. they come here with bargains in their heads and fire in their eyes. and we shall give those bargains to them. this is a team! this is a family! this is target! >> great. >> yeah. >> his name is scott and works at the target in maryland. a lot of people drawing comparisons toward him and george butler's character. >> i can see that! >> and that's what's trending today. >> adorable. >> i love him. what we do in trending is on youtube. more than a billion people logon to youtube every year.
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maria shriver sat down with the woman in charge there and has a great story. good morning. >> good morning. her name is susan wojcicki, one of the most powerful women in tech and also a mother of four and eight months pregnant with her fifth child. how does she do it? we sat down with her to get her take on motherhood in a male-dominated business. it's the site that puts you on the internet. every day 40% of people online are watching youtube. >> we have 300 hours of video uploaded every minute. >> 300 hours? >> it's a lot of video. >> reporter: and this is youtube's unexpected ceo, expectant mom susan wojcicki, the 36-year-old already mother of four. >> there's a video i saw. i think you should know about
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it, my children will say. >> reporter: we met with her in san francisco where she says being a mom makes her even better at her job. >> actually having the limitations of needing to be home, only have a certain number of hours in the day have really forced me to prioritize and focus on the things that are the biggest impact, which in the end have had the best results for youtube. >> i've read that you say you go home every night at 6:00 for dinner. is that still standing? >> i try. because i found that if i'm home for dinner, i can get the scoop from my kids on the day. after my kids go to bed, i check e-mail. it's about having that balance. >> reporter: as a woman in tech, wojcicki is a pioneer. 16 years ago, she and her husband rented their garage to two young computer scientists, larry page. there, they founded google. wojcicki became their 16th employee and the first one to get pregnant. your kids get something from your career and your career gets
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something from your kids. >> reporter: wojcicki helps to recruit more women, now 36% of their staff and also launched made with code, inspirational website to draw more girls into tech. >> we're going to have all these jobs in technology and then we say not that many of them will be held by women. that's a problem for society. i am trying to communicate how technology is creative. it's actually really social. >> reporter: and there are a lot of men in it. >> and there are a lot of men in it. >> reporter: wojcicki hopes to retain more women, too, with flexible work hours, special parking for expectant mothers and paid maternity leave of 18 weeks, one of the best in the country. >> it's really important to take time off. i found sometimes you get really good insights by taking time off, too. >> reporter: she's due to give birth again this month and facing new pressures as a ceo. when yahoo!'s marisa maher, she
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was vilified. >> what happens if i get to that date and i find i need an extra week or extra two weeks? >> reporter: do you think you're setting an example for other women, that women who are interested in tech will look and see, even though they say they offer this more family-friendly culture, they don't really condone it. >> i want people to realize it really is okay, that you can have a family. i don't feel like i'm a perfect mom. and there are times at work where i feel like maybe i wasn't perfect here because of constraints on my time. but have the sum of both of those things in my life makes me a better mom at the end of the day and i think it gives me a really important perspective in the workplace as well. >> so true. her due date is on christmas day. and the business world will be watching closely to see just how much time she takes off.
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we also talked to her about her advice for young women and that is posted today on today.com. savannah? >> hardworking woman. >> impressive all the way around. >> in awe. maria, thanks so much. now to part of the holiday season that used to be frowned upon. now it is all the rage. lifestyle and fitness correspondent jenna wolfe has more. jenna, i wonder what we're talking about. >> no idea, carson. none. ten years ago, i would be the "today" show laughing stock if i decided to wear this here. but the ugly christmas sweater has turned the corner in the world of fashion. big ugly sweaters are now big lucrative business. >> three, two, one! >> reporter: so rumor has it it's the most wonderful time of the year. lights, pines, giving, the beauty of christmas. but christmas has an ugly side, too. >> i want it! >> reporter: no, not that.
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this, this and this and this and this, and this and this. as sure as eggs is eggs, there's the ugly sweater come christmastime. ♪ i am never ever ever wearing ugly sweaters ♪ >> it's become so popular over the years that the christmas sweater is the new little black dress. >> hey ya, jill. >> uh, no. >> see ya, jill. >> or maybe not. >> reporter: what's better than the sweater? not much if you're looking to make money this holiday season. company born out of the tacky and tasteless are projecting sales of $8 million this year. how about the nba? they're getting in on the sweater game. then there are do it yourself kits. these festive frocks even have their own holiday, december 12th, national ugly christmas sweater day. the aesthetically challenged sweater dates back to the early '80s. it was taboo to wear something so ugly. these days, people display their
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ugly for all the world to see. >> u-g-l-y. >> why? because we can. and they're no longer just a theme at a holiday party. this year, in 21 cities, more than 65,000 people have signed up for the great ugly sweater run. don't read too far into that. these people are literally just running a race in an ugly sweater. >> this sweater's ugly. >> this sweater is ugly. >> reporter: because these sweaters don't discriminate, young and old, we can all agree, ugly sweaters are so ugly. am i right? today.com has rounded up pinterest's most popular ugly sweaters. who knows, you might be inspired to whip out the glue -- oh, that's mine. i thought that sweater is super ugly. people applaud you for it. >> the rebirth of the ugly christmas sweater goes back to
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colin firth in bridget jones. >> bridget jones diary. >> a long way. >> think of all the joy you're bringing when you wear that. >> that's what i do. i bring joy with my clothe. >> your baby's ashamed right now. >> no! >> get that off! i can't stand it. >> it's an ugly world out there. jenna, thank you very much. let's send it up to carson. >> savannah, thank you very much. perfect combination, cookies and cocktails. can you imagine that? we'll indulge in just a little bit. something for the entire family to enjoy. we'll have that coming up. it looks good, it will taste good. you're going to learn how to make it. we're going to get some real help in a second. first your
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welcome, it's ul 26. i'm kris sanchez. last time the raiders played the 49ers three years ago, some fans ended up brawling. two people suffered gunshot wounds. happening today at levi's stadium, college football fans will flock to santa clara for the pac-12 football championship game. oregon versus arizona. with the win, oregon would seal one of the four spots in the college football playoffs. by the way, they have one loss, it was to arizona. kickoff is tonight at 6:00. let's take a look how your commute is shaping up.
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>> weather indicates for the football game, might favor the ducks. her forecast in a couple of minutes. we did see the camera trembling a bit, but not a big deal. as you're driving across the top of your screen, 92, 84, easy drive through the south bay, light friday commute as you would hope for, as you deserve after the last couple of days. slowing toward the bay bridge toll plaza where the metering lights are still on. slowing southbound 101 through san mateo. typical of the pattern and slow through san rafael. back to you. >> all right. we have more rain in the forecast. we'll tell you more about that in 30 minutes. have a great day.
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♪ >> who you going to call? that's right. >> plus olivia -- >> he was voted frankenstein. . ♪ 8:30 now on this friday morning, the 5th of december, 2014. a bright, chilly day here in new york city. and our toy drive is under way. we've got some celebrity help this morning, collecting some of our donations. 50 cent, curtis jackson, spreading some holiday cheer, picking up toys. he's also donating, by the way, some toys. headphones from his own line.
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we'll catch up with curtis in a few moments. hello, everyone. welcome back to the show. >> very nice. coming up, we'll wrap up our naughty or nice gift reviews with high-tech gadgets and gizmos that your kids are probably asking for this year. thus, celebrating the holidays is about food and fun. this morning, keys to the cookie swap with friends, including some tasty cocktails. now we're talking. >> all right. >> we want to catch up with 50 cent. where is he? >> come on in! >> fifty! >> hello! >> this is someone who knows how to make an entrance. >> there you go. >> good morning. >> nice to see you again. >> happy holidays. >> so we're so excited. you, of course, actor, producer, recorder, recording artist. but you also have your unit back together since 2008. how is that? >> it's been great, working
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together, having an opportunity to get in, collaborate. carson was there from the beginning. >> i know it. i know the story well. i was an original g unit member. what does the music sound like? >> it's interesting. everyone is kind of leading different songs. everyone has had the opportunity to be on their own as independent artists and now bringing all this different energy into the room, so it's cool. >> what's going to come first? >> my solo album will come at the top of the year. we have been recording so much music so we wanted to put something out. >> besiding all that you do, you have a new season of your show that is coming out. >> that's exciting for me. a great opportunity opened up. i have four television shows actually on different networks. sundance network i have "dream
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school." and on comedy center, animated comedy show. hbo, comedy show. >> fifty has all the gigs. >> jake gyllenhaal, "southpaw." you should see the pictures of jake. >> a machine. man! wow! >> he has worked hard for this film. i'm excited to be part of it. integrity connected to it. definitely something that people will take note of. >> we have an event together next week. a man of many talents. thank you for being part of our toy drive. we appreciate it. >> and that for the headphone donation too. >> yeah. >> all right. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. okey dokey. as we look toward saturday, wet weather along the eastern seaboard. western two-thirds of the country looking pretty good as you get west of the mississippi river. then sunday, sunday, we're expecting that rain to move out pretty quickly. wet weather moves back into the pacific northwest. i should say into northern california. and just a little preview, we
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may be looking at a nor'easter good friday morning to you. we are waiting on our next storm system that's making its approach into the bay area right now. you can see it's spinning off the coast. showers are expected to develop toward the afternoon hours, but right now we're still cloudy across most of the bay area. 59 degrees in the south bay, near 60 in san francisco. later on this afternoon, temperatures are still going to remain cool. only in the low to mid 60s, but the showers will spread starting around 11:00 and even some thunderstorms are possible this afternoon. of course, we'll track it all day long to keep you safe. >> all right. that's your latest weather. tamron? all right, al, thank you very much. listen, we partnered with feeding america for "today's" million meals by christmas. it's a digital food drive where for every dollar donated between now and christmas, feeding america will provide ten meals to people in need. a generous donation of entire
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truckload full of stuffing. 15,000 bags from bakeries has brought our total donation to over 200,000 meals. so for a little extra fun in this, we added a city challenge. meteorologists from the place that donates the most will get to come to our studio and do the weather with al roker. so far, these are the cities at the top of the list. the top three. washington, d.c., gladstone, michigan, and st. louis, missouri. so, keep those donations coming in to us. you can learn how to help. just go to today.com. carson, back over to you. >> all righty. thank you very much. we're wrapping up our special series, "naughty or nice." kids put toys to the test with a two-fer, high-tech toys and fun family games. we partnered with toyportfolio.com to review the season's hottest gifts for kids. ho in all in the hands of families joining us across the country. joining us once again stephanie oppenheim, co-founder of toy portfolio. >> good morning.
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>> remind us again of the criteria. good to have you this morning. >> we asked them to look at the packaging, the quality of the products. the instructions, were they clear and eligible, the assembly. how easy it was to put the toys together and then we wanted to know overall, was the toy fun and engaging? you know that high-tech gadgets are big for adults. that trend has made its way to toy land, which brings us to our first toy, digital analog as well. it's tripped out with a lot of bells and whistles. i can take your picture, we hope. here you go. >> what do you mean kids? what age? this is a wearable trend for adults? >> right. but this one is for 4 to 7-year-olds. take your picture. there we go. and there we have your picture right there. >> wow, that's cool. >> parents thought this was fun and engaging. they liked the voice recorder that also comes on it. because it's so bulky, they thought their kids weren't going to stick with it for a very long time. it got an overall score of 22. >> what's the scoring range again?
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>> perfect score is 30. >> 22 is not a bad number. >> not bad. >> what about this one? >> this is a little bit more expensive. >> this is the leap band from leap frog. it's not a watch. it's an activity band for kids. it encourages kids to move. it takes them through lots of game that they can scroll through here and play the game. but with this one, again, parents felt while it was easy to take it out of the packaging and easy to set the toy up, they felt that the games weren't that engaging and they thought that the watch was too bulky. this is a pretty big watch for a preschooler to have. >> next is tablets. this is the question we get this time of the year. which tablets should we buy? we sent out the two leading tablets to our testers. >> this is the leap pad three. >> leap pad three, that london is using over there. the screen has gone dead. >> how do you like it, london? >> this actually got highest score of the day with a 28. and our parents really liked the
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the graphics, they liked the games. and it did very well. the inno 3f from v-tech got a good score as well. i like this art game you can use as well. i like this art game you can use as well that harrison is busy with that game. >> they're about the same. >> here is the takeaway. all of our kids loved having tablets of their own but still wanted to use their parents' ipad. >> of course. >> if you're bringing one of these tablets home, our recommendation is set some limits on how much screen time your kids have. moving away from screens on to family games, which i love. it makes kids active. build some family time together. this is their first game, disney plane sky race. i want you to give it a try. >> these are actually -- >> from the movie, right. try one. see where you. the idea is you're flying these little planes to locations all over the house. and it's kind of like a toss. the person who gets closest to the location is the person who wins that round.
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it's a fun game for mixed ages and keeping you active. that got a 25. it did well. our next game is mustache smash from spinmaster. the watkins family is playing. here the game plan is okay, okay, enough with that. here you need a mustache. here is the game the watkins family is playing. you're looking for attributes on the card. you have to be the first to smash. you have to be quick and use a little visual discrimination. >> is it fun? >> our testers loved this one. they liked the fact that it was fun. >> the family is supposed to like it too. so they can play together. >> it did very well. it got a 27. this is my monopoly, which is now personalized. >> that's a good idea. >> our toy testers loved the idea of it. they did want me to say loading it up to the site, you put your own pictures on. so here is your picture here. we have one of you here and another of you there. instead of having boardwalk you have studio 1a. >> so you would go and do that for your own family? >> exactly. that got a 25. nice game to try with older kids.
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now our final game is pancake pileup. the royce family is ready to go. and this is a relay race. okay, girls. get going. ella and chloe here with their family. what i love about this game, it's active. it's fun. you can play it with mixed ages. >> pancake pile-up. >> right. good game for your kids in the zone. >> absolutely. >> they can play it together. i love what the roth family did. they made it on the second floor of their house so it's very active. >> we would make pancakes and do that afterwards and eat them afterwards. a little family breakfast. there you go. >> stephanie oppenheim, appreciate it. you can find all of this week's toy reviews at today.com. quick and easy cookies and cocktails. that is coming up next
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we're back at 8:42. throughout our series "together we make football" with the nfl, we've brought you stories of how
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football has shaped the lives of so many. our finalists that could win a trip to the super bowl. mid western family that shares a passion for the gridiron. here is josh elliott. >> deep in the cornfields north of indianapolis lives the first family of indiana high school football. >> my oldest brother, kevin, is the varsity football coach at caramel high school. >> we've got to take the mojo back. >> my brother, ken, is the head football coach at lebanon high school. >> yeah! yeah! >> my brother, travis, is at frankfurt high school, assistant football coach there. >> my sister, sherry, is athletic director at sheraton high school. >> my dad is larry bud wright, his 49th year at sheraton high school. >> you did a good job. >> doesn't look like the typical football coach. he's 5'4". >> go, go, go! run! >> with his stature, people might look past him until they
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know what he has accomplished. >> won more games than any high school football coach in the state of indiana. >> he has coached two, three cousins. >> sons, cousins. >> i was a cheerleader. dad had my signed up, ready to play football but mom put the halt on that. >> fought for years with depression. in 2003, my mother took her life. >> we didn't see the signs. i mean, we knew she had depression. but we didn't see the signs. >> dad will be talking, it looks like, to himself, but he's talking to mom before every game. >> it helps me keep going. and it helps me to remember. >> the one thing that kind of kept us together as a family was football. >> football is a game but it's also relationships. >> you're going to have
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adversity in football, adversity in the family but you're there to support each other. >> head coach chuck pagano beat back cancer with the help of his own football family. >> better than any medicine that the doctors could give me. >> they share a common bond. now coach pagano had one more thing to share. >> come on, wright family. >> you're the famous one, bud. coming from a football family myself, my dad coached high school football coach. my little brother is coach at san diego. i have some good news. i'm holding a football here. there's only six of these footballs and they are for the finalists for the "together we make football" contest. and you're in the running to go to this year's super bowl. congratulations. >> thank you. >> absolutely. >> congratulations. yeah. that's a big deal. >> to get to meet coach pagano and hear from him, it's very special.
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>> am i going to sign this ball here? >> yeah. >> aka chuck strong. >> there you go. >> appreciate it. >> best of luck to you. >> great to meet you, sir. it's an honor and a privilege. >> another great story. >> it is a great story. >> if you want to know more about the finalists go to together we make football.com. you get to vote on your favorite, who gets to go to the super bowl. by the way, speaking of football -- >> and we were. >> -- i really want that sound effect you get, al. football night in america. >> you sounded like you were questioning. scalpel? >> football in america? anyway -- >> a lot of plans on that. >> no shall no, i think it's fan of cours fantastic. we have to work ton a little more. >> someone got into the cockt l cocktails a little early.
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>> announcer: "today's" kitchen is brought to you by new and improved i can't believe it's not butter. it's time to believe. all right. we're back now at 8:49. "today's" kitchen. holiday season can be a hectic time. that does not mean you can't make some room for assortment of goodies with some friends. editor in large at southern living magazine, timely book out called "christmas all through the south." kimberly, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> good morning, kimberly. >> carson has his manzier on again, bra camera. >> i'll bring you images. make sure my angle is good. so we can walk through here and learn how to make these goody. >> what are you looking at? keep the camera on the food. >> i'm sorry.
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i'm sorry. sometimes in california -- go ahead. >> this is one of my favorites in the book. minted white chocolate ball. i brought it for you, savannah. it's no bake. >> no bake. >> what does that mean? >> i know, right? >> we'll add corn syrup. there we go. powdered sugar. chopped pecan, toasted. some peppermint schnapps. >> if you wanted to make it without alcohol, you could? >> sure but that's where we get the peppermint from. but that's okay, we'll have peppermint later. stir it and roll it into a ball. if we stirred it really, really well -- >> the camera's in my way. >> i know, right? >> then we're going to pick up one of these. >> this is what they look like, right? >> yeah. >> pick them up. drop it in here. >> do i chill it or anything? >> we let them sit. that's okay.
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now this is melted white chocolate. >> are you sure? let's make sure. >> you better double-check that for us. >> yes, it is. >> cover it with the white chocolate. scoop that one out with a fork. >> happily. >> if we can find it. it's like fishing, right? put it down here on the parchment. >> what if it gets gloppy? >> that's okay. after they dried we can -- add some peppermint. that's what they'll look like. >> unless i made them. >> great thing to take to a cookie club party. have you ever been to one? >> no. >> have you been to one? >> no. >> you bring one type of cookie that you've baked in your home, a couple dozen, whatever your hostess asks you to make. you set it on their table at the party. the hostess will give everyone a tin. we started one for you. carson can fill this one up.
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then that one's for you. >> oh, i see. >> as you go to the party, everyone has their cookies out and you fill it up with a little bit of everything. by the time you go home, you can make a beautiful cookie spread with tons of varieties of cookies. when you have company there's a lot to eat, a variety. carson, would you like to make this, gingerbread linzer cookie. add powder sugar to the top. >> like this. >> you can just buy these, right? zblukd. we made these. the recipe is in the book or on the website. add a little bit of lemon curd. take this, add it to the top like a sandwich and add it to our cookie tray. >> does it have to sit, go in the refrigerator? >> there you go. >> we have a cocktail over here. >> because we're at a cookie party, right? this is a cranberry cider spa sparkler.
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we're starting with a frozen can of cranberry juice. we've melted it down. we've added cinnamon stick here. we've added ground cloves, little bit of orange zest. and some ground ginger. stirring it up. you melt it down until the frozen cranberry juice is melted. you let it cool for a little while. >> these are excellent. really good. >> great job. >> here is what we have. add a splash of rum. >> keep going. yeah. >> you want to add some sparkling cider. >> yes, love to. >> i like it, double fisted. >> you've done it before. >> if you're going to go to the swapping party. >> that's right. >> plus -- >> carson? >> what? let's go. come on, girl. >> i just got it. >> that's not southern living, okay? >> thank you, savannah. >> we have some to taste. i have some without the rum for you, savannah. >> wait. why didn't i get rum? i'm not pregnant anymore. >> here you go.
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>> garnish it with cranberry. fun time with friends and family. >> it's delicious. >> glad you like it. >> thank you so much. thanks for putting up with us. >> kimberly, thank you. >> thank you. we're back in a moment. first this is "today" on nbc. >> cheers.
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let's check in now with willard scott. no, no time for that. >> you know who you are, you're 100 years old and god bless you. >> someone else take over. what's coming up this hour? we'll be showing you one of the most epic home sale tools ever. roller coaster in a house. >> really? >> and that's how you sell a house. >> straight no chaser performs, speaking about alcohol. >> you're watching today in the bay. >> good morning to you. it is 8:56. i'm kris sanchez. an alameda man who says he shot and killed his chronically ill wife to spare her pain is expected to enter into a plea today. jerry canfield turned himself in in october. he reportedly told police he promised to end her life when her suffering was too great. activists are calling on
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people to march tonight in oakland where some previously arrested protesters are still being held. in oakland last night the fruitvale bart station was briefly shut down. protesters are expressing anger over the recent grand jury decision to not charge officers in new york and ferguson. more local news in 30 minutes. right now, here's the "today" show.
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from nbc news this is "today's" take with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> a busy friday. look at the crowd outside. >> we like that. >> december 5, 2014. loud, lots of signs, lots of energy. great group out there on the plaza. willie, al, natalie and tamron. we got some grammy nominations. >> hot off the press. >> let's run through these as we get them. so, record of the year, this is a single, fancy by iggy azalea. chandelier, stay with me, sam
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smith. shake it off, taylor swift and all about that bass, megan trainer. any favorites? >> sam smith for megan trainer. >> i like them all. >> i know. >> you can't necessarily bet against taylor swift. >> right. >> true. >> i would have thrown in drunken love with beyonce. i love that song. or bang, bang, bang. your theme. >> al, your song. >> they know that they are in our hearts. >> yeah. >> jesse j and nicki minaj. >> this sam smith feeling this year. >> the breakout artist of the year. >> they released -- by the way they are doing this over the course of the day, so we just got some of the announcements today and they are going to put some on twitter, snapchat. >> album of the year comes later in the day. >> big deal tonight.
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>> another one they released, best country album, "riser." >> he has been on our show. >> miranda lambert and lee ann womack. best pop vocal album. ghost stories by coldplay. bangerz. >> because it's got the z in the word. >> solely based on the smelling. >> here is arianna grandee. >> we love her. multiply and sam smith. >> that's a tough situation. all of those are great albums. wow. >> i guess that's why they all got nominated. >> bang bang is a great song and didn't get nominated. >> just saying. >> you want me to comfort you? it's early. >> that was a look all right. i could feel the chill in the air. >> i know your children.
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>> we've got beyonce. >> wow. >> rally the toops troops. it means when i see his kids they love me and they will be on my side. >> i'm going to say everybody went whoa. >> a dark turn. >> i think everybody there had the same reaction too. and they all were like wow. >> got the chills. >> the kids love me and would be on my side. back to the list. >> we've got beyonce. best urban contemporary album. beyonce. chris brown, and ferrell. >> that's a great combination. i think it's between farrell and beyonce. >> we'll see a lot more of these coming out during the course of the day. >> we obviously earlier this week lit the rockefeller christmas tree. they lit the tree at the white house. >> the national tree. >> he gave us a gift, though.
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besides lighting the tree, the gift of dance. take it away. ♪ >> there you go. >> with the extended thumbs. you got to get a ride home. >> i remember, this kind of reminds me of a seinfeld episode, those dance moves. there you go. here we go. bust it out, elaine. yeah. she's got the thumbs. >> a little bit. here is my favorite line in there. sweet fancy moses. get down. that's where you live. >> al roker approved move? >> oh, yeah. go with that. he's rocking that. >> i like the thumbs. >> you know what santa was doing. santa starts it you go with the motion. >> the santa -- could you start? >> roll the tape. >> i think santa was doing it first. >> who hit the thumbs? only run it once.
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okay. >> we have to pay to air it again? >> we do. >> the president dancing. >> there we are. >> listen, santa doesn't have thumbs. his hands are in. >> you're right. >> the president is owning that all alone. >> let me say one thing, at least he's on the beat. dad dancing is much worse. i've seen bad dad dancing. >> bad dad dancing. you listen to my kids they will tell you. if i still have them. >> she knows where they live. >> they are on my side because you -- >> because you've got them hostage. >> right, natalie. >> so mean. speaking of terrible, this is crazy. a fed ex, it's always from holidays. here you go.
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it's a fedex delivery man caught throwing a package on the porch. >> that's a fast delivery. he wanted to make sure he got the guarantee. >> on the package apparently was not breakable but he didn't know it. it was a t-shirt. the statement says we are very disappointed to see this. this falls far short what if we expect. the company transports millions of packages every day. blah, blah, blah. >> that's not what they said. >> the bigger deal, so kate, you want to come over and defend. we were in the dressing room, and kate said you know, you have to have sympathy for him. they are very busy and i said yes, but what about the person who purchased -- >> the guy's a professional. he knows it's not a vase or something. >> he goes like this. >> no, probably know it's a t-shirt. >> it might be a t-shirt your grandmother made. you don't want it thrown. >> for god sake. your grandmother made you a
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t-shirt? >> maybe. >> she bedazzled a shirt. >> you think it's okay to throw packages. >> no. but i don't think we should -- >> i'm not saying he should be fired. >> probably a great guy. >> name him and follow -- >> you're talking about al's children. >> i'm saying i don't think he should be fired but i don't think that is excusable behavior. >> he shouldn't have done it but if it were a big shaky package he wouldn't have. >> they showed the guy who threw the tv over the fence. when doeshirt -- >> you would think right now that a lot of these u.p.s. and fedex drivers know that there's cameras all over. if the package is broken, they can do a little investigating. >> what's your sense plrks ro, ? >> he should know.
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and with all the eyes that are watching -- >> i just hope he doesn't get fired that's all i'm saying. >> even if the eyes aren't watching your heart should be in the right place. >> you know about tamron. you know there's a camera watching. tamron gets her ways. >> i've never seen anything fly so high. >> speaking of flying -- >> and peter pan flying so high -- that was my segue. >> that was good. very good. >> take a look. all of you probably watched it last night. allison williams took flight as "peter pan." it was a great night on television here on nbc. "peter pan live," christopher walken as captain hook. take a look at allison taking off ♪ i won't grow up i won't grow up i don't want to go to school i don't want to go to school just to learn to be a paragraro and recite a silly rule ♪ ♪ i'll never grow up
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never grow up never grow up not me ♪ >> and let's take a look at christopher walken as captain james hook. ♪ ♪ captain hook captain hook ♪ >> i love it! amazing. ♪ >> oh, here we go. yeah. >> tap dancing. everybody was talking about on social media last night. everybody weighing in. overall, very positive feedback, i think, on social media. of course, there are always going to be haters in the world. >> i think people were genuinely entertained, christopher walken and the backup broadway dancers. >> and the flying. >> pirates. incredible production. my kids, unfortunately, went a little too long, late. >> it was very long. >> we have it on the dvr and will watch it on tonight.
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it's interesting, too, they show this had photo. you talked about it, too, in the orange room, the brian williams photo, it was on buzz feed, comparing the old brian williams photo alongside allison williams. >> who wore it better. >> the side part better. who wore it better. it's pretty clear. but you see huge resemblance there. >> brian doesn't have that hair but he still wears that tie. >> he does. >> very nice. >> cute. >> somebody tweeted last night that christopher walken is doing a great job playing christopher walken playing a pirate. you can't get away from the walken. >> the walkenness. >> so good. >> that vacant stare the whole time. >> it was amazing. >> allison did a great job. >> they tell me i've got to go walkin' over here. no, i'm only kidding. >> need more cow bell? >> i believed him. >> you bought into it, right? >> not sure just what happened
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there. >> i don't know either. >> check it out, folks. >> it's live. >> only ten minutes into the show. >> remember that time we were talking about tv, how you used to change the channel? >> yeah. we didn't need a remote control. my dad would just go, change -- >> you started a conversation on fashi facebook. your musings of rabbit ears. jackie patten, god bless texas, wrote this to us. we wanted al to know that rabbit ears still work and sometimes can always be the best when everything went digital we bought a converter box and continue to watch the "today" show on our very old tv, continuing the use of the rabbit ears. >> and no cable bill. >> here is the thing. they e-mailed us from the ipad. >> the tv doesn't have e-mail.
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>> they can stream us on their ipad. >> i'm just saying, we're staying authentic, keeping it old school. >> it's that kind of mix. some people like the digital and the analog. >> i'm not criticizing. they're from texas. we don't criticize other texans. >> now you're walking. >> i was having a christopher walken moment earlier. look at that face. >> what? that's terrible. he pointed at me and said look at that face. >> look at that face. it was like, i'm going to kill you, al roker. >> don't say that. >> hey, you already got my kids. it's only a matter of time before i'm next. you just know it. anyway, we are looking at a lot of wet weather making its way into the midwest. the same system that drenched california. it will make its way into the east and later on will be drenching new england in the midatlantic states and the northeast coast. wet weather into the west coast. another big storm will push in,
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bringing anywhere from another one to two inches of rain generally from northern california and on further good morning. 9:13 the time right now. we are still dry here in the bay area, but just off the coastline you can see we are starting to see rain and even some lightning being detected just off the monterey coast. and this is eventually going to make its way into the bay area this afternoon. around lunchtime, heavy rain 2:00, then roars through the bay area heading towards 5:00 and 6:00, then light shower activity. temperatures cool, back into the lower to mid 60s. >> and that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. we've been asking you for the past couple of weeks if you have a delicious homemade holiday cookie recipe. enter for a chance to win "today's" holiday cookie contest. three finalists will come to the show to make their cookies. the winner gets hands-on cooking
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classes at sur la table. >> ooh. >> speaking of -- >> we're the judges, right? the christmas tree that took a month to build. can you guess what it's made of? we'll tell you when we take before larry instantly transferred money from his bank of america savings account to his merrill edge retirement account. before he opened his first hot chocolate stand calling winter an "underserved season". and before he quit his friend's leaf-raking business for "not offering a 401k." larry knew the importance of preparing for retirement. that's why when the time came he counted on merrill edge to streamline his investing and help him plan for the road ahead. that's the power of streamlined connections. that's merrill edge and bank of america.
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how long i was practicing that backsta backstage. >> it's a hard one. >> 2,945 stood like this 6 1/2 minutes trying to break the world guinness record held by argentina. they did break it. they are now the record holder. >> next up? >> this is from london. right? >> the lego christmas tree at the lego windsor resort outside of london. entire christmas tree, 26 feet tall, made up of about 300,000 lego pieces. just in the star alone, there's like 2,700 -- almost 3,000 lego pieces. it weighs about six pounds. it's pretty incredible. it's at the lego land resort. check it out. >> hope they used the super glue. >> it took four weeks, actually, to put together. >> and a shot of our very own christmas tree outside being lit the other night. >> that's true. tell me all about this tree, guys. >> beautiful. >> gorgeous. >> no, it's amazing.
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it's 13 ton and 85 feet high. there's 45,000 led lights, energy efficient led lights. important to stress that. and it's a 90-year-old norway spruce for all you christmas tree nerds out there wondering exactly what it was. >> let's talk about the gorgeous photo we saw this morning, nasa's orion rocket launching hours ago. >> absolutely incredible what nasa is doing with this. it's a test launch. they'll be testing this 2021 when they actually man it up. the hope is that they can use this for deep space exploration. i don't know if it can go into worm holes like interstellar. the idea is to be able to land on asteroids, put astronauts on asteroids, astronauts on mars and moons surrounding mars. it's totally incredible and goes 20,000 miles an hour, shoots up
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36,000 miles. >> ocean tsunami museum. >> in indonesia. the memorial set to open for the 26 on the ten-year anniversary. these are workers putting up all of the names. this tsunami, caused by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake killed 300,000 people in several different countries. more than half of that number were in indonesia alone. indonesia was totally devastated by this ten years ago. it's clear they're still trying to remember the loss. >> let's go back to london and the museum of natural history, complete ptsegasaurus. >> it consists of about 300 bones. it was actually found in wyoming, i believe.
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>> cool. >> kind of cool. found in 2003 and moved to the natural history museum. it's not a woman even though it's named sophie. it's actually named sophie after the head fudge manager's daughter who paid for the acquisiti acquisition. >> interesting. >> thank you. >> still to come, did you know that you could actually bring stale bread back to life by adding argument and popping it in the oven for a few minutes? al, did you know that? >> i did not. >> we'll show
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taking a look at the headlines, a new study finds for women under 65, benefits of taking a daily regimen of aspirin may be outweighed by the risks, gastrointestinal bleeding enough to send a woman to the hospital. the risks and benefits are more balanced for women over the age of 65. as always, consult with your doctor before changing any aspirin program. an epidemic of whooping cough in california. cdc says almost 10,000 cases have been reported in that state so far this year and most of the cases were among infants too young to be vaccinated. health officials recommend expectant mothers get a booster vaccine. home foreclosures are down
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♪ ♪ you're watching today in the bay. >> good morning, it's 9:26. i'm kris sanchez. new this morning, some of those forced from san jose's jungle encampment yesterday didn't get too far. our cameras this morning found one group hunkered down about a block away. a huge contingent helped clean out the jungle yesterday. the city is now setting up transitional housing for some of the folks evicted from that camp, but others say they have nowhere to go. bay area companies are watching this morning's historic orion test flight with great interest. silicon valley worked with nasa to provide equipment, including lockheed in sunnyvale. it developed heat shields. nasa ames in mountain view
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helped test the aerodynamics. it has splashed down in the pacific. oakland police are trying to make sure sunday's battle of the bay stays on the field and not in the stands or parking lot. last time raiders played the 49ers three years ago, fans ended up brawling in the stands at the stick. there were some 40 fights reported, two people were shot, and that was a preseason game. we have a look at weather and traffic coming up right after the break.
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welcome back now. 9:28. you can see we still have showers we're waiting on off the coast of california. evening lightning being detected with this cluster of rain that's moving through around lunchtime. stormy all afternoon long. you'll notice 3:00 the storms up in the north bay and san francisco working their way down the peninsula and by rush hour tonight, 5:00, 6:00, everybody talking about wet roads and the imbedded chance for thunderstorms. we'll be tracking it all day long. otherwise a cool day. keep the jackets handy. let's check the roads and talk
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to mike. >> a lot better conditions on the roadway. the last couple of days, you're a meteorologist, you know what went on there. we also know what went on. look how dry it is now. breeze going on, no slowdown at the coliseum. bay bridge toll plaza, a mild backup here, so the metering lights are still on. the map, we see the light friday commute we hope for and expect. slowing through san rafael, but nothing dramatic. slick roadways up there, as well, so keep that in mind. south bay, dramatic slowing for west 237 at 101. earlier crash backed things up and rippled back, but now it's starting to improve. >> more local news in a half hour. enjoy your morning. stay tuned.
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welcome back to "today," friday morning, december 5th, 2014. big holiday crowd out on our plaza. i'm willie, along with al, natalie and tamron. we've got something just crazy to show you right now. >> amazing. >> this is real. >> people go to great lengths when they're selling their homes. >> you had you. >> shown in its best light. okay? >> uh-huh. >> but would you ever entertain the idea of putting a temporary roller coaster in your house? >> this is the best. >> so people could travel through the who us? could this be real? we're told it is. home for sale in the netherlands and they put in a little roller coaster so you can actually go through the home and view it. >> this is the best part. and you hear the --
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[ clicking noise ] >> it's a little pricey. >> it's in the netherlands, by the way. >> how great is this? >> i don't know if i could buy this. >> you don't think it's real? >> why would you put in a roller coaster? >> these are the extremes we go to, to get traffic into your home. >> my concern is -- >> look at that one. >> real roller coaster. >> the exterior of that house doesn't seem to match the interior. >> here is the thing. >> you don't care. >> i don't care. >> we're overthinking it, aren't we? >> they put a roller coaster in a house. >> do you really think it's a roller coaster in the house? >> i don't care if it's for sale or not. just the idea that they did that. >> it is an advertising agency or the realtor using an ad agency to try to drum up traffic. >> doesn't matter.
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he's got a roller coaster in a house. >> okay. you won us over, al. >> how about a check of the weather, mr. roker? >> it's almost anti-climactic. >> we are getting snow here possibly. >> monday or tuesday. for the weekend, wet weather in the northeast, midatlantic states into the southeast. sunshine through the southwest. some rain moves and snow moves back into the pacific northwest. then sunday, sunday, look for sunshine back along the eastern seaboard. we've got a nicer day, temperatures tend to dry out in the pacific northwest. gulf coast looking good. rain in central and eastern texas. good friday morning to you. meteorologist anthony slaughter here. we're tracking showers off the coast right now. you can see making their approach towards the san francisco bay. still dry, but we are cloudy at this moment, and every single location, even san francisco. the north bay getting a little bit of sunshine, but it's going to be rainy once you get towards
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2:00, 3:00 this afternoon and points thereafter, talking about rain for the next, well, 12 hours. in fact, by tomorrow morning, showers start to taper off, then monday our next storm system arrives. you can go to nbcbayarea.com for all the latest. >> and that's your latest weather. >> thank you, al. pretty soon, friends and family will be coming over for the holidays. there is nothing worse than being in the kitchen the entire time. >> we have some great food hack that is will make your life easier and impress your guests. justin chappel is the senior editor at food and wine magazine. good to see you. >> your first act, the way to be able to poach a dozen eggs at once. >> yes. so, a little hint about which tool are we going to use? bingo. muffin tin. >> that was pretty tough. there's 12 of these. >> you're in charge of the eggs. >> okay. >> i'm going to pour a spoonful of water into each of these
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cups. crack the egg. when you get all 12 filled we'll pop it in the oven for 350 for 13 to 15 minutes and the big reveal, voila. >> they pop out easily? >> scoop them out. put them on an english muffin. >> how much water? >> table spoon. >> the secret to perfect roast chicken, you say, is a bunt pan. >> we all love chick sben. and we all love that browned skin, crispy skin. put vegetables around. pop it right on top. >> like beer can chicken. >> exactly. make sure you wash your hands. you end up with this beautiful chicken. >> crispy all the way around. >> but you don't have a beer to drink. >> you can keep that on the side. >> carving the turkey. >> yes. the trick here is most people
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carve it this way. you want to take the whole breast off and carve neck to the breast bone. i'm going to let willie get out his knife skills. you want to carve it this way. >> i'm so proud. this is exactly what i did on thanksgiving. >> everyone will get a piece of skin, keep it juicy. but tamron -- >> last but certainly not least. >> natalie, come over and join me. we have special music for this. >> oh! would it be shake it off? >> we're going to shake it off. >> whipped cream, right? >> heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla and you get shaking. shake it like you mean it. >> shake it like you mean it. >> come on. shake it. >> shake it. >> shake it, natalie.
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>> i can see there's going to be some great jokes out of this. i can see that. >> call it a mixer. >> i wasn't going down alone. >> what's so great about this, shake it. pop it in the fridge. at dessert time, you come out and serve it right out of the ja jar. >> listen to the sound it makes. >> all right. al, i think you need to do it. >> mine is almost done. >> justin, thank you so much. up next, he said he would be back and he is. sneak peek at arnold schwarzenegger's newest terminator movie. this is a pretty good one, i think. we'll get you caught up on pop fix and we have hot love
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pop fix! >> we still don't have the bling on our mugs. we're working on it. channing tatum, the best husband ever. >> what did he do? >> you know your man is good if he goes to the nail salon with you. spotted getting a pedicure. tatum captioned the photo, it's my birthday and hubby does what i want him to. she also said she woke up with this, channing and their 18-month-old daughter. tweeting a message saying happy birthday to the best mommy and wifey in the whole world. have you gone for pedis with your significant others? >> my husband came with me once and never again. >> i went for a manicure/pedicure with leyla. father/daughter one. >> i've never had a manicure. christina made me get a pedicure
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before our wedding. i have the feet of a guy who played sports his whole life if that makes sense. >> were you getting married in sandals? >> yes, actually. we were in puerto rico. >> that makes sense. >> so we have two good husband with his us as well. terminator fans, sneak peek of genesis. now, as promised, 67-year-old arnold schwarzenegger is back as the famed cyborg in the first of three new films. 27-year-old amelia clark as sarah connor and we hear, the best part, that arnold will battle his younger self. >> really? >> that's amazing. >> that's pretty cool. >> that's going to be a big hit. >> isn't it? >> yeah. >> he's getting like ripped for this. >> i'll be back. no, i'll be back. no, i'll be back. i'll be back. >> you know the saying stand by your man, right? stand by your woman, in this
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case. patrick schwarzenegger, standing by their women in a big way. miley cyrus with patrick, who is dressed -- look at the mismatch of clothing there. among her looks, hot pink mesh number. schwarzenegger seems unfazed as he checks out his phone. then she was topless and they posted with provocative miraball pasties to cover her up. rob pattison, she's huge in the uk. pattinson there, supporting his woman, but look again, the nose ring. he's like in gap and she's in edgy. this is what she wore during her performance. so these edgy girls with these kind of straight-laced guys. i like that combo. big congratulations, puff puff cigars all the way around to our buddy, tyler perry.
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new dad. 45-year-old actor had a baby with his long-time girlfriend. baby boy sunday. according to "people" magazine, baby named aaiman tyler perry. he was on and we asked him if he would be in the delivery room and he said i wish i could be. he can't take blood. up next, a song that went viral overnight, "text me merry christmas" by straight no honey bunches of oats!
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♪ mm. you know what's gone? kevin? the aspartame in yoplait light - they took it out. oh yeah, it is gone. what's wrong with kevin? vo: yoplait light with 90 calories. smooth, creamy, and now aspartame-free. >> announcer: the toyota concert series on "today" brought to you by toyota. >> if you're looking for a warm, fuzzy tune this holiday season about jingle bells and sleigh
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ride. >> that would be great. >> this isn't it. >> straight no chaser under their holiday edition, here today with two-time award winning actress laura, singing the female part. after this song hit the airwaves it pretty much went viral. a million hits. what did you think? did you know you had an instant christmas classic here? >> just like we expected. exactly as we planned it. no, we were just really excited. we think it's a fun song, as you say, christmas song for the digital age, poking a little fun at how we all find ourselves staring down at our phones 95% of the time. >> okay. here we go. "text me a merry christmas." >> take it away, guys. ♪ this holiday you'll be far away and i'll be all alone
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so please remember this december to fully charge your phone and ♪ ♪ text me merry christmas let me know you care just a word or two of text from you will remind me you're still there ♪ ♪ you don't have to add much to it one smiley face will do baby text me merry christmas cause i'm missing kissing you ♪ ♪ text me merry christmas make my holiday complete though you're far from me say you'll brb that's a text i'll never delete ♪ ♪ choose just the right emoji one that makes me lol and if you text me something naughty i promise i won't tell ♪
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♪ could care if you spell things right i just want to hear from you tonight stroke those keys with your delicate touch and type those little words that mean so much ♪ hi hey how are you okay miss you miss you too. >> christmas sucks without you. >> i know. lo lol. >> love u. >> love u2. >> kthx bye. ♪ a face book message isn't quite as sweet i need more from you than just a tweet a snap on snapchat doesn't last ♪ ♪ and voice mail that's from
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christmas past ♪ ♪ send a selfie too if you do i'll go neath the mistletoe and pretend my screen is you show me that you love me text xo to kiss and hug me i'll be right here waiting for my pants to start vibrating ♪ ♪ baby text me merry christmas and i will text you too this christmas it's the least that we can do ♪ >> straight no chaser, thanks, guys. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ wow something sounds sweet in here!!!! ♪ need a little honey in the bowl. yeah!!! badabopbopbopa!!! no? must be the honey!!! >> our good buddy, erica hill, is here with a preview of what's coming up on "weekend today." >> willie geist is going to love this story, too. you all will.
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i just kind of was thinking of him. a great piece from joe friar on the museum of banned toys. these are actual toys that were sold, some of them with warnings like "could be fatal." >> what? >> in the '50s, there was an atomic energy lab. >> yes! >> that came with not one, not two, not three but four jars of radioactive material, cabbage patch doll that ate things, including children's fingers and the good old lawn dart. >> lawn dart. >> there's a guy who has actually created a sort of museum to the banned toys, all behind glass so no one will get injured. it is hysterical. such a great story. >> awesome. >> radioactive lab. >> awesome. >> i'm going to find you one on ebay. >> kathie lee and hoda catch up with rosario dawson. >> plus cool stocking
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you're watching today in the bay. >> good morning, everyone, 9:56. i'm scott mcgrew. an alameda man who said he shot and killed his chronically ill wife to spare her pain is expect to enter a plea today. jerry canfield turned himself in
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in october. his wife suffered from dementia. he told police he promised his wife to help end her suffering. palo alto, the scene of another flashing incident, this near the gorner of greer road. a man flashed two elderly women on tuesday and then ran from the scene. this does not appear to be related to three other palo alto flasher incidents in october. and the devil's slide tunnel going to be closed tonight starting at 10:00. caltrans conducting an energy response drill, so both are expected closed between 4:00 tomorrow morning. let's check the weather. >> showers and thunderstorms off the coastline right now. off the coast, there are lightning strikes being detected from our radar, quite a few actually over the past hour or so. the heavy rain won't actually get here until about 3:00 this afternoon. and then it's going to move through fairly quickly.
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by 6:00 and 7:00 we'll start to dry out. rain will arrive and come down quick. at times, flooding on some of the roadways and even some gusty winds. temperatures cool today, though, back into the 60s. let's check the drive with mike. >> break helping out the traffic also friday is a lighter flow. nothing dramatic, still a little traffic headed downtown. past the airport, we do have a crash that moved to the shoulder, but still slow right here. rest of the bay looking really nice. look at the bay bridge toll plaza up here, live look shows you a backup over the last couple of minutes, we'll see it hang out through the middle of the day. back to you. >> thanks. another local news update coming in a half an hour. see you then. i am an electric crew foreman out of the cupertino service center. i was born and raised in the cupertino area. it's a fantastic area to work.
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the new technology that we are installing out in the field is important for the customers because system reliability i believe is number one. pg&e is always trying to plan for the future and we are always trying to build something stronger and bigger and more reliable. i love living here and i love the community i serve. nobody wants to be without power. i don't want my family to be without power. it's much more personal to me for that reason. i don't think there's any place i really would rather be. ♪ wow something sounds sweet in here!!!! ♪ need a little honey in the bowl. yeah!!!
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badabopbopbopa!!! no? must be the honey!!! gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. it's try day friday december 5th. only 20 shopping days left. >> what? >> what a thrill. >> twenty days. >> have you done it all yet hoda? >> i feel a little more heat, pressure coming up. we have a great show. actress rosario dawson with us. she's in that great new comedy chris rock has written and directed. >> doing it all, starring and everything, the trifecta.
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>> that will be very cool. if you're wondering what to get your girlfriends for the holidays, sometimes that's tough to do, bobbie thomas has the go-to gift that would make excellent stocking stuffers for friends. >> bobbie looks radiant. >> bobbie. >> jeff is the man behind wimpy kids books and movies. he's going to show us how to draw his inspiration for the beloved character. he's going to try to teach us. can't wait to see what you draw. carolful. >> we're in the holiday spirit. sometimes when you see a great commercial, you go oh, my gosh, that was so beautiful, so perfect, coke and walmart have teamed up to make a holiday commercial called earn it. it's about how a young boy -- it's a young boy with old-fashioned values attachment a look. >> okay. >> thank you.
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>> hi. >> hi. >> hi. ♪ >> thank you. >> oh, my god. that was beautiful. that was the son of one of our local nbc anchors.
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>> darlene rodriguez. >> that was beautiful. >> how beautiful was that? >> you're knocking yourself out. can i tell you what my brother did for me one time? here's what happened. i needed a car for my first job. he worked at popeye's fried chicken all summer long and i couldn't buy a car unless i had a down payment and he wrote a check for a thousand bucks. every penny. >> why are you doing this to me? >> i don't know. he gave me his entire salary so i could buy that car. i'll never forget it. he wrote the check. >> 16 years old, years and years ago, and his mom was taking care of five kids, father left, he worked and worked and worked and bought his mom a car. >> anyway, you know what, by the way, that is really the whole holiday spirit. >> yeah. >> i know you're sprinting around trying to make sure you get enough gifts and do everything, but those kind of commercials make you remember. okay. >> let's talk about melanie griffith and "50 shades of grey," a nice natural segue. >> as you know, melanie
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griffith's daughter has the female role in "50 shades of grey." melanie griffith told tmz she will not see 50 shades of grey. her daughter dakota johnson does not want her to see "50 shades of grey" and i guess melanie says it would not be appropriate. i cannot even imagine being either the mother or the daughter -- >> you read the books. >> i read the books. >> several times. >> look, that was unnecessary, that extra bit, but i can't even watch sex scenes in a movie if my mother is sitting next to me. i feel awkward and weird. >> what about when i'm with you? >> that's fine. hello. >> i got to tell you i feel weird with you. >> you do? >> no. >> anyway -- >> it is so funny. >> let's say it was cassidy. >> no. >> picture how awkward and horrible. >> cas would never do the role if it was offered to her, we're just different that way, but melanie griffith did appear nude in one of her first films,
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1975's "night moves," she was only 17 at the time. when it is your daughter -- >> right. i'm sure she didn't want her mother going to "night moves". >> you know who her mother was? >> tippy headron. the actress in "the birds." >> oh, well maybe tippy went. i don't know if tippy saw her. >> somebody google please. >> we love when you google. so scarlett johansson, she has a great life going, doesn't she? she's in the new issue of "marie claire." >> she's so pretty. >> she's beautiful. one of those 20 question things. they asked, what three people she would like to attend her ideal dinner party dead or alive. she chose betty davis, david bowie and bono. >> who would you? >> who would i choose? >> i would probably -- you know who i always -- i wish i would have ever known was anwar sadat, president of egypt. back when things were calm and he went to israel and went to the knesset, i would have him, i
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would have kate middleton because i just -- i have never -- >> they would get along well. >> you never know. >> they would like each other. >> and maybe beyonce. >> okay. beyonce. >> who would you have? >> i would have the dear departed joan rivers. >> oh, yeah. >> because i miss her. i would have regis and jesus. >> what? >> regis and jesus. >> regis and jesus and joan. >> and egis. >> no, i don't want egis. i want regis and jesus and -- >> we got it. kanye is on the way. is it possible to change after the age of 30? there's one of those studies out there that says by the time you're 30, you are who you are. you won't. your personality is in stone. >> i think you can change certain things about you that
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you want to change, but they're talking about your basic overall personality, is it pretty much -- that's an interesting thing because i never really felt like i knew who i was until the age of 30. >> yeah. >> i changed a lot since 30, but the essence of you is pretty much developed, i think. >> i saw a thing that said -- i thought it was 40. a fool at 40 is a fool forever. i remember i read that and thought you keep making repeat mistakes at 40 -- this study says it is impossible to change, you know, your personality at 30. >> i don't think anything should be impossible to somebody. it's possible but it's going to be tough. >> all right. you know what's not tough? >> what? >> time for my friday funny. a woman was arrested for shoplifting. when she went before the judge, he asked her, what did you steal? a can of peaches, sir, replies the woman. after a moment of thought, the judge replies, how much peaches were in the can? five, replied the woman. okay, i'm going to give you a day in jail for each peach you stole, so you will serve five days total.
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the judge was about to officially pronounce the sentence when a hand shot up in court. it was the woman's husband. sir, can i please speak before the court, asked the husband. of course, said the judge, what do you have to say? the husband replied, she also stole a can of peas. i like that. she's got some time coming. >> that's excellent. it is time for today's johnson's baby announcements. we celebrate new moms and adorable new additions to their families. >> our first johnson's baby of the week is lincoln james matheny. he was born in council bluffs, iowa, on october 20th. his parents say talk to the baby as much as you can. they spoke to their two-year-old when she was a tiny baby. now she knows tons of words and talks all the time. >> our next baby of the week was born in california. his name is bryson chiu. the parents say their son makes funny facial expressions,
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especially when he sleeps. >> it could be gas. >> now to graham morrison harder born in tupelo, mississippi, same place el investigate was on october 17th, weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces. his parents say their son always giggles when they change his diapers. >> our final johnson's baby of the week born less than a week ago, kensly cheyenne suarez born in ft. lauderdale their, florida, on november 29th. her parents say they're enjoying every moment with their newborn and when she's awake, they can see she has bright blue eyes. >> congratulations to all our babies. >> if you want to submit your baby for johnson's baby of the week, go to klgandhoda.com. >> am i right about elvis being born in tupelo? >> i think so. here it is. you can hear us on sirius radio. >> stop it. >> you can. we're on channel 108. if you're on sirius, there we are. okay. we're haunting you. >> and we have some shoutouts for our holiday shows. we're doing a special holiday
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edition of "ambush makeover." yes. so if you want a makeover or know someone who needs one, bring them to the plaza at 6:30 a.m. this monday. >> don't forget. we want to know what the christmas season looks like in your house also. post a photo on your facebook page and that will help. these are cool. these are gifts that give back. ann taylor partnered with st. jude children's hospital to create limited edition elephant charm jewelry. elephants are believed to bring good luck and live for a very, very long time. >> also, they live in close families. if something thaps to one family member, the elephants come together to care for them. >> symbolic. st. jude's tries to take care of families. $40, $50, half of that money goes to st. jude's. it's available in stores. >> that adds up. what is next? >> you made it through thanksgiving. >> will you survive the rest of the holidays? we'll show you how to get through the family drama. >> and she gives us the scoop on chris rock on screen and off. >> rosario dawson right after this. [ man ] i think this is a good time to tell you:
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imagine how much fun you'd have if you could run around new york city all day with chris rock. >> sounds like fun. that's what actress rosario dawson does in the new comedy "top five." she plays a journalist profiling an actor played by chris rock and she's more than ready to go toe to toe with the star. take a look. >> you know people are more accepting now and thank god for that because this is literally
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rough for women. okay? but i am hopeful because people are changing. okay. things are changing. you need to wake up and smell the -- >> no, no. you need to wake up. nothing changed. some things never change. >> they change. >> black man trying to get a cab in new york city. watch this. black man trying to get a cab. look at this. taxi, taxi. taxi, taxi. >> progress. >> yes. >> wake up and smell the progress. >> you're a delight, by the way. >> thank you. >> we loved talking to you in the hall before. >> we love your character in this movie. >> thank you. >> you don't play a girlfriend. you don't play a wife. you don't play a typical leading lady character. >> nothing. >> you're a strong lady. tell us about your character. >> chelsea brown, she's a journalist for "the new york times." she follows andre alan, chris rock's character, around for a
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day, which is very unusual. that used to happen more back in the day. these days not so much. he's the comedian turned serious actor and he's, you know, no one is really profiling the movie in a positive way. she gets him because he's so desperate to have the movie be a success that he agrees to have her shadow him all day. you get to know about him and a lot about her. she's a real fan of his, but she also really holds his feet to the fire. she's a single mom. also she's not going to let him go. not going to be an easy interview. >> she asked him the worst question a comedian wants to be asked, which is -- >> why aren't you funny anymore. >> why aren't you funny anymore. that's so hard. >> he's, like, give me a good question. she's, like, okay, she jumps right in. >> she believes he's not funny anymore. >> he's trying not to be anymore, especially in that world, he's really notorious for hammy the bear movies, him dressed up -- a buddy cop movie, him dressed up in a bear suit.
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so absolute hilarity. >> now taking on hamlet or something. >> he's trying to take on all these really serious movies and she's, like, yeah, no. >> this is his baby. he had you specifically in mind for this particular character. >> yes. >> you have a long history together though, right? this wasn't out of the blue. >> we have been friends since i was 19, so we go back a long time. this is the first film he actually even approached me on. i mean, i've always gone to his shows over the years, i love his documentary "good hair." i don't know if you saw it but it was brilliant. and then he approached me about this and i read it and i was like this is funny. you're going to have a lot of fun with that. he was like, no, you have to be in it. i was, like, i don't know. he's, like, you have to trust me on this. i'm, like, yeah, but you're the writer and director and producer and sometimes people get overly precious. i feel like this character needs some work. he said, i promise to be collaborative with you.
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we sat down and met nine times. i'm, like -- >> really? >> i wish you wouldn't do that, say that. >> i'm not used to doing comedy. just in general, i felt -- not that the character felt like a device, but she just wasn't all there. he said that's the reason i wrote her with you in mind and i want you to flush her out, she's you, so make her yours. and it ended up being one of the most incredibly collaborative awesome experiences ever. he pushed me. he challenged me. i trusted him on all the comedy stuff, which was very unnerving at times. but he really got me to be funny, which is awesome. >> did you like that? >> really good. i'm very proud of him. i've known him a lot of years, this is a special film. i think he knocked it out of the park. >> we wish you great luck with it and chris, too. thank you so much. >> have a great holiday. >> "the top five" opens next friday, december 12th, at a theater near you. >> still to come, bobbie is all abuzz with her go to gifts for the holidays. >> and madelyn fernstrom is
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♪ it is time for bobbie's buzz. >> don't know what to get your bff to show her how much you love her or at a loss for her daughter and her friends. >> with holiday season in full swing, "today's" style editor and today.com bobbie thomas has the buzzies go-to gifts of the year. >> you look beautiful. >> this gift season, so lots of buzz worthy things on my radar. stocking stuffers. if you're looking at the drugstore, vaseline has this
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tiny little mini without the sparkles for two bucks. you can use this on everything, your hair. >> i love vaseline >> adorable. >> i love that. and another fun stocking stuffer for ladies, this is basically your beauty bag that fits in your palm. and what is so cool is that the lip gloss, a mascara and eyeliner all in one. look. check it out. this is the mascara wand. >> adorable. >> it is great. >> i love that. put it in your clutch. >> clutch, bottom of your bag. >> basics to go. >> great one. >> i get these at targets for $12, $16. how many times when you travel are you looking for your ticket and you wish you could -- you have everything in one. a wallet clutch wristlet. this is a great gift for people that travel. these are ready affordable, fun colors. i love these travel wallets. then this is a really practical
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gift that can also be fun. these are called the erase case. if you're like me, i know a smartphone is supposed to be smart and tell you things. i never look at those reminders, you have to write down what to pick up. you can erase it after but it won't smudge. it comes all in one. you can write on the case. a reminder, directions. last but not least, this is a fantastic group gift idea. so if you have grandparents and they have no idea to get on instagram and want them to see the baby pictures and everything, you can get this as a group gift, all the grandkids get together, set up an instagram account. they don't have to do anything. it sits on their side table. >> and the pictures pop. >> they can go back and forth. >> anybody can do that. >> it always uploads the feed. i think this is such a great idea. >> bobbie, thank you, darling. can't we all just get along? >> how to rewrite your family drama. so much. after your local news. especially hoda's family.
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we bite it. we sneak it. we smoosh it. we savor it. we love it. hershey's is mine, yours, our chocolate. you're watching today in the bay. >> well, good morning, everyone, 10:26, i'm scott mcgrew. activists calling on people to march tonight on the downtown jail in oakland, where some people were arrested during the previous protests are now being
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held. in oakland last night, the fruitvale bart station was shut down. police showing frustrations over the grand jury not charging officers in ferguson and new york. battle of the bay, not like this, this is the last time the 49ers played at raiders three years ago. fans brawled in the stands at candlestick, 40 fights were reported, two people were shot, and that was a preseason game. a look at weather and traffic coming up after the break.
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welcome back now. good friday morning to you. tracking showers just off the coast right now and evening some lightning strikes being detected just off the coast and all this is moving to the north headed towards the north bay and later this afternoon, about 3:00 is when the heavy rain will start to hit the coastline, the north bay, as well, and it's going to move through between 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00. the evening rush hour will be a wet one. after that, skies start to clear out and rain taper off. temperatures today going to be back into the 60s with that rain arriving by lunchtime. let's check the drive. here's mike. >> the south bay is very clear right now, except up by san jose airport, where the crash over there still distracting folks enough to slow you down on 87 and 101. rest of the bay looks smooth, but backup at the bay bridge toll plaza. see gray skies and the backup filled in the approach off the 880 overcrossing, as well. farther north in san rafael, gray skies, but roadways staying
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safe speeds. back to you. >> see you at 11:00 for the big show, big newscast. see you then. we're back on this try day friday with more of "today." you made it through thanksgiving. while the holidays bring us fun, festivities and family -- >> sometimes time together can leave you more stressed out than spirited like this scene from "meet the parents". >> when i gave the okay, i put him in touch with my diamond guy and he picked out the exact same design that kevin gave you. >> kevin your old boyfriend. >> kevin was her fiance. >> i love that movie. >> that was a priceless ming dynasty thing. >> and ashes in there.
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>> that's right. >> here to help you rewrite your family drama. author of "your next big thing." >> i really like you. you never waste people's time. you give people real things to hang on to and put into their real lives. the pressure. >> exactly. no pressure. >> the holidays are crammed in together, families are together for a long period of time. dealing with in-laws like that can be tough sometimes. >> absolutely. this is one of the busiest times of my practice during the year. people get very stressed out when they have to think about going to their families because think about it for a moment. the last time that you spent a lot of time together under one roof with your family, you were a teenager. and so their knowledge of you is as a teenager and it is very dangerous. it causes -- >> they know stuff. >> i know. exactly. they bring up things. >> they remember you being young and not grown. >> they don't know how to treat you -- are we treating you like an adult? are we treating you like the kid me knew?
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>> at the kids' table again even though you're 22. >> exactly. what i try to do is when things get stressful like in that scene, you have a troublemaker that shows up, you try to diffuse things. when you're at the table, it is inherently stressful. you're on stage. everyone is around. so focusing on things you really are happy about, focusing on things to be grateful for and that you have family. >> what should you do? steer the conversation the other way, let me tell you what little bobby did when he was 4 and -- he was naked, running around. what do you say? how do you diffuse that situation? >> you focus on things you can all agree on. you can all agree on the fact that the tree looks lovely, or -- >> somebody started going down that road is what i'm saying, how do you diffuse it? >> make a correction. yeah, that's the way i was when i was that age, but now i'm an adult and i'm really grateful i've grown from those experiences. >> another clip. curb your enthusiasm, so funny, a dinner scene. take a look and let's talk about it. >> how is your marriage?
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>> what the he -- >> why would you ask me that? >> i'm trying to elevate the small talk to medium talk. >> okay. fine. it's all right, you know. it's fine. it's okay. >> how often do you have sex? >> almost never. >> awkward. >> awkward. >> then what do you do? >> sometimes people try to have weird conversations with you like that. what do you do? >> i like to plan out, you know, who you can connect with at the holiday. everyone has -- we all have similar families. everyone has the weird uncle that, like, smells like mothballs and is afraid of sock puppets. every family has that guy. you're not going to connect with him during the holiday. so plan out, you know what, i can't talk to sock puppet uncle about what is really going on with me, but i can talk to my sister-in-law. exactly. >> that's what we did the other day. >> yes, seating. >> well planned. >> that's it? >> that's it. >> we got to go. thank you so much.
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>> thanks for having me. >> happy holidays. love seeing you. put down the eggnog. >> madelyn's food challenge, she won't sugar coat what you need to know about holiday sweets. look at those wild ladies. couple of ladies from the plaza with us. we'll be right back. it's cookie time. cookie time? it's cookie time. get your betty on. show 'em what you got. ahhh! you can do this. this! betty crocker sugar cookie mix. your head start to homemade. get your betty on!
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>> sticking to your diet makes you nuttie than a fruitcake. she's going to put all our knowledge of sweets to a test. >> earlier she grabbed fans from the plaza to play with us. on my team pam lancaster. >> i love her. >> guess what, she's celebrating her engagement. >> on my team her friend celebrating her 30th happy birthday. >> happy birthday. >> 30, wow. >> we're ready. today for the holidays, we all love sweets. we'll have a little quiz to test your knowledge. so i'm going to read the question, look at the answers. when you confer with your team, you know the answer, ring your bell. ring your bell. so let's go to the first question. >> ready. >> today, which of the desserts has the lowest number of calories. apple pie -- >> who rang it? >> she was louder. but she's engaged. go with her. >> what?
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>> hoda rules. >> she gets the first one. >> we'll remember that. >> okay. which of these desserts has the lowest number of calories, a, b or c? time is ticking. >> okay, she says a. >> and she would be right. >> good girl. >> that's about 300. the others are closer to 400. that's a great choice. >> great one. >> that's a good one. on to the next, we'll talk about sugar. which of these candies has the least amount of sugar. you're first, ribbon candy, chocolate almond kisses or peppermint bark. which is the lease amount of sugar? >> hello. >> c please. >> so nice, but you would be wrong. you get to counter. >> okay, the chocolate kisses. >> she would be right. >> this is not fair. >> very smart. >> she lost because i gave her the wrong answer. that's not fair. >> it is fair. you're a team and you go down with the captain. next. >> next we have only one of these holiday cookies contains
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more than 100 calories, which one? >> she got it. >> which is going to be more than 100 calories. only one of them. >> you got it. >> which one would you say has more than 100 calories. >> she says b. >> she would be right. >> she's genius. >> knew that one. >> knew that one. it has much more butter than the other ones. >> no, you know what, she's got this. i'm so excited. >> the woman in love. >> good feeling about the next one. true or false. a six inch candy cane has fewer than 100 calories, true or false. less than 100 calories, true or false. >> i'm going with true. >> you would be right. 65. >> that was a good job. >> that was a good job on that one. >> okay. >> now back to -- >> she's winning. >> chocolate desserts. which of these desserts has the fewest calories? which is lowest? brownie, chocolate mousse or flourless chocolate cake. which one do you think is the lowest? >> b. >> b.
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>> you would be wrong. >> lowest. >> we'll say brownie. >> no, you weren't. >> we were going to say it before it came up as the answer. >> you were going to say that. >> yes. >> okay, you get that -- >> wait a minute. that's the definition of cheating. >> no. >> just the way it is, hoda. it is the inconvenient truth. >> i can't believe what just -- you never cheated before until right now. i'm shocked. i'm appalled. and shocked. okay, so -- >> all right. >> tiebreaker. >> okay. we have two good ones left. but this is a frozen dessert that does not contain any dairy. >> we have it. >> c. >> what? >> c, sorbet, correct. >> i know nondairy. >> hoda knows nondairy. >> double or nothing. >> ring it, ring it. >> which one has the lowest number of calories. lowest calories. >> you know it.
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it is not the eggnog and it is not the wine. it has got to be -- probably the wine. i don't know. >> i think -- >> she thinks it is the wine. >> she would be right. >> yes! >> next time i want you standing over there. >> wait, wait, wait. >> oh. >> she'll take back after the show, trust me. >> thank you. >> congratulations. >> she pours it on for the show. jeff kinney, the man behind "diary of a wimpy kid" tells about greg's latest adventure right after this. [coughing] dave, i'm sorry to interrupt... i gotta take a sick day tomorrow. dads don't take sick days, dads take nyquil. the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, fever, best sleep with a cold, medicine. [coughing]
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boyhood. >> he made the jump to the big screen with the 2010 "diary of a wimpy kid." take a look. >> i know what's on the cover. when my mom went out to buy this thing, i specifically told her not to buy one that said "diary" on it. this proves that mom doesn't understand about kids my age. the only reason i agreed to write in this thing is because when i'm rich and famous, i'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day long. were you always so smart and handsome? here's my journal, now shoo, shoo. >> a family vacation gone awry is at the center of the ninth book "diary of a wimpy kid: the long haul". >> what a delight you are. >> thank you very much. >> i love your whole back story. congratulations on all your success. you have the number one book in the country right now. >> my nieces and i and family were at the parade and what went floating by. >> what went floating by? the wimpy kid, amazing. did you think you would reach this iconic status with your
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book? >> no way. i never thought it would get published. i spent eight years working on "diary of a wimpy kid," wrote it for adults who i thought would like to look back on their own childhood. so it's so strange to me everything that happened. it feels like the truman show to me. >> it changed your life. >> right. whoever read it and said, new york city you've written a children's book changed your life. it was one of those lines where you've written a children's book but you didn't do it on purpose, that happened to me. >> this is so cool. for years you tried to make it as a cartoonist. tell us what people said to you. >> i spent three years trying to get syndicated. i wanted to be a newspaper cartoonist. i was told they weren't good enough. in truth, they weren't. i had to decide to start drawing as a seventh grade boy and pretending, masquerading as a seventh grade boy. that's how i broke in. >> we should point out very obviously you're a famous author, but you have a job, another job. >> a real job. >> i have a job. i work for a virtual world called pop tropica. >> that's not normal. >> it's not normal but it's what
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i do in my typical 9:00 to 5:00. sometimes i sneak out into the world and play this author role. >> you go on a book tour that takes you all around the country. and fans -- little fans everywhere. now your two boys are about the same age as the readers of your books, right? >> my boys are 9 and 11. it was really special. with this book, i got to read to them in bed. i read this book and knew this moment won't last forever. they will age out of the books. but this moment is really special. >> what do your kids think -- do they give you ideas? help you out or does it all come from your own imagination? >> i think they hope and pray they don't make it into the books, really. >> well, you are a cartoonist. contrary to what some people believe. you're going to give us a lesson in cartooning? >> yes. >> i love that. >> i'd love to show you. >> i can't wait to see hoda's. >> that's uncalled for and unkind. >> no, i can't wait. >> tell us how we draw the wimpy kid. >> we're going to draw greg hefley. i always start with the eyes. two eyes, just two dots. >> two dots.
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>> i love cartooning because cartooning -- >> they are kind of far apart, too, aren't they? >> i drew them too small on the page, but -- >> you drew them too big, but we'll see where it goes from here. >> mine are probably just right. >> of course they are. >> the nose right under the eyeball, right -- >> a bulbous one. like a c. >> yeah. this is so easy. >> that's interesting. okay. >> mine looks like snoopy. >> the hard part, the perfect circle. it's hard to draw the perfect circle. i'm not so good at it myself. >> where do you start? >> right under the nose and go up -- >> it connects around where? >> up over the eyes. >> okay. >> i did okay. you're quick. >> i don't waste time. >> oh, my gosh. she needs a protractor. i'm exhausted. >> oh, good one. >> that is pretty good. >> not that good. >> what else? >> he got hit on the head. a little swollen. >> greg has three strands of hair, right? three strands of hair.
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there are lots of boys in cartooning who are bald or nearly bald, like charlie brown, right? for some reason. then an ear, which is just a c also. >> a little bulbous ear too. >> a backwards c. and then a frown or a smile, whatever mood you're in. >> that's sort of offset in the middle. >> right, just a simple line, right? pretty good, right? >> i love mine. >> greg is sort of curved, right? so you can see he's shaped like a banana almost. >> i'm confused. which is the nose? >> you're out of room. you're in trouble over there. >> no, i'm not. i am not. >> he's sort of curved. and in fact, in -- >> that's his arm? >> that's his sleeve. >> in brazil, it is called giarao banana. he's called the banana boy in brazil. >> how many languages are you in now? >> 44. >> wow. >> he does have long banana
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arms. >> curved arms there. right. >> all right. you're going to have to give us a quick tutorial, i think we have to scoot. >> there is -- >> all right. we're going to roll. as you continue to draw. and you can grade us if you'd like. okay. >> little pants on. of course he does. >> oh. >> okay, well, we think you're amazing. thank you so much. >> this was fun. >> this really was. >> i'm going to sign it in case somebody wants it. >> all right. we'll be back with more of "today" on nbc. >> what she said.
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we got a deal for you. if you want kathie lee's drawing of the wimpy kid. >> or hoda's -- >> whatever. go to our facebook page. we'll pick somebody randomly. i know you want these. >> that does it for us this week. >> back next week. carrie underwood, ricky gervais, melissa joan hart.
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>> and from the hobbit, martin freeman. have a great weekend, everybody. >> nice talking to you. i like yours. >> thank you. >> what about mine? >> no.
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