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"frozen" sound track is its top selling album and it's the top selling movie, too. >> if you're wondering, it did not crack the top five. we'll be back in 30 minutes with more local news. good morning. inferno. a massive fire near downtown los angeles overnight. hundreds of firefighters called tine battle the blaze. traffic a mess with two major freeways shut down. we'll have the latest. >> high alert. u.s. embassies around the world bracing for an explosive senate report on torture techniques. will the findings spread deadly attacks. compounded tragedy. word that one of the hostages killed in a u.s.-led rescue in yemen was hours away from being freed as new details emerge about what may have tipped off the militants. and royal welcome. prince william and a pregnant
kate middleton arrive in new york city. after a chilly night on the town they are going their separate ways today monday, december 8, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today." 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on monday. we've got a lot of royal action going on. >> the royals arrived. william is going to washington, d.c. today. kate will be here in new york city and then they convene tonight at a basketball game where they see king james. >> lebron james, cavaliers playing the nets. they are going to sit next to jay-z and beyonce. >> will lord be the singing royals. >> all comes together. >> first we want to get to our top story. >> an intense fire in los angeles that's created huge problems for commuters.
the flames so intense they could be seen for miles away. look at the live scene now where the debris is smoldering. hallie jackson is there, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the los angeles fire department call this is one of the biggest fires in this city in more than a decade. the scaffolding all that's left of this new apartment building behind me. as the wind shifted you can smell the smoke in downtown l.a., hundreds of firefighters working to put out the flames here as this brought traffic to a halt for hours. flames could be seen for miles early monday, lighting up the downtown los angeles skyline as photos and videos of the blaze quickly took over social media. >> you feel that heat. >> the fire started at the site of a new apartment complex. almost two-thirds of it was engulfed. >> at its peak we had one
quarter of the on duty firefighters on scene of this fire which is 250 firefighters. >> reporter: los angeles firefighters were able to contain most of the blaze in the first 90 minutes, but not before parts of the building scaffolding fell and the threat of more collapse brought traffic to a halt. >> we're concerned about the collapse, the wood frame construction could potentially fall on the freeway. that's why the northbound is closed at this time. >> reporter: two buildings also suffered damage, one of them partly catching on fire. they don't believe any one was in the building at the time the fire started and don't know what caused it though several arson teams are on site. >> we have no injuries. cause is under investigation. and the loss is being tabulated. we estimate in the multi-million-dollars of loss range. >> reporter: firefighters working on the building another fire started down the road but officials think the two fires
are not related, at least at this point. as for what's happening behind me here, firefighters say this is mostly contained but they are working to put out hot spots, setting up on the freeway which is still shut down, rush hour today will be a mess. matt, savannah. >> hallie jackson in los angeles, thanks very much. >> now to washington and the imminent release of a damming report on harsh cia interrogation used in the wake of 9/11. one official warning it could lead to violence and deaths in troubled spots around the world. andrea mitchell with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. embassies and posts are on heightened alert after a classified intelligence assessment that the torture reports release could trigger a violent response. the u.s. embassy in egypt is one of many on alert as washington braces for the release of an explosive senate report on the cia's use of torture ordered by
president bush after 9/11. one of those briefed the chairman. >> foreign leaders said you do this, this will cause violence and deaths. our own intelligence community has assessed that this will cause violence and death. >> reporter: the report is expected to accuse the cia of lying to congress, the white house and the american people. it concludes that torture, waterboard, used on three detainees including shake mohammed did not produce results. former cia leaders are firing back. >> to say that we relentlessly over expanded period of time lied to everyone about a program that wasn't doing any good, that biggers the imagination. >> reporter: the program did help find osama bin laden and prevented other attacks. defenders claim officials briefed congress repeatedly and say the senate never interviewed any of the officials named. president obama acknowledged the torture program last august.
>> we tortured some folks. we did some things that were contrary to our values. >> reporter: as for that classify nd tell against warning of potential violence, senate investigators viewed it and a follow up call from sogss so kerry as an attempt to intimidate the senate. they are undeterred saying the report will not be buried. >> we'll be watching for it. thank you very much. >> turn now to the famed u.s.-led attempt rescue two hostages in yemen including an american, tragically both men were killed and now we're learning that one of them was about to be released even as that mission got under way. nbc's kristen welker has the latest on that. >> reporter: good morning. the obama administration begins to assess its failed rescue mission a south african charity is expressing anger that a teach here work forward the group was killed in the risk emission to free luke somers, all of this creating new questions and
criticism. there is fresh fallout with the news that pierre korkie was hours away from being released from his captors when he was killed in the failed mission to rescue photo journalist luke somers. the charity wrote on its website that corky's peaceful release had been negotiated and was imminent. the director of the aid group reportedly told his wife the waiting is almost over. then two hours later the unthinkable. the director learned corky was dead. the u.s. ambassador to south africa told the associated press the u.s. government was unaware of those negotiations. and the obama administration is defending its decision to launch the rescue effort. >> it's still a policy of the united states always has been to get our hostages back. >> reporter: in a high stakes mission senior administration officials say friday night navy s.e.a.l.s landed about two miles from their target, secretly approaching a cluster of
buildings in central yemen. but their cover was blown, sparking a fire fight and giving the captainers time to shoot somers and south african hostage pierre korkie, an official says it's believed a noise, possibly a dog, alerted the hostage takers. the al qaeda captors were likely on heighten aid lert after the u.s. tried to rescue somers last month. the captors set a deed line of saturday. the president gave the order friday morning, the raid took place hours later at around 5:00 p.m. eastern time. today, somers' family and friends are mourning his loss. >> he was a very thoughtful, sensitive and remarkably intelligent person. >> reporter: somers' body was taken to a base on the horn of africa. he is likely to be flown aboard a transport to dover air force base in delaware tomorrow. u.s. officials say no military personnel were killed in the raid, and they don't believe there were any civilian casualties but they haven't
ruled out that possibility. >> kristen welker, thank you. >> to the duke and duchess of cambridge they are busy on this first full day of their visit. william is in washington meeting with the president apartment the white house, and kate will spend the day at a child development center in harlem and kate snow is following all of it. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're in front of the north side child development center where the kids are excited to neat duchess of came bay bridge. they went their separate way the royals in washington, d.c. the duke recently arrived on the plane at national airport there, he will go to the white house as you say and then give a speech with critical language about poaching of illegal poaching of wildlife, then meet up in new york tonight for a nets game in brooklyn. right along the street here, crowds lined up just hoping to get a glimpse. it was their first time ever setting foot in manhattan and
cheering fans got the best view amid the christmas lights sunday night. the royal baby bump showing under kate's maternity coat. later stepping out for a private din ter duchess dazzled in a black lace dress. they flew into jfk on a commercial flight leaving baby george behind in london. >> there were people, yes. so they were mingling with everybody else. >> reporter: the carlisle hotel will be their home away from home, a favorite of william's mother diana. >> there would always be people there and she would take the time to wave and acknowledge everyone before she got in her car. she was very special to us. >> reporter: the duke of cambridge will kick start the tour in d.c. meeting with, vice president and dr. biden and hillary and chelsea clinton. >> at the north side center for childhood development in harlem
kate will giftwrap presents for the kids who are busy making decorations for their royal visitor. but some of them don't really know who the duchess is. >> expecting elsa from "frozen." >> reporter: will and kate may meet up with jay-z and beyonce, the couple going courtside to catch lebron james who says playing for hem is a huge honor. >> taking in a basketball game will be great fun for them. if they are next to beyonce and jay-z that will be brilliant. >> maybe we'll catch them on the kiss cam. the empire state building is lit up in red, white and blue for the next couple days in their honor. tomorrow, prince william is due at the empire state building, the duchess of cambridge wasn't scheduled to go but maybe she'll show up. it's her first time in new york. you would think she would want to go to the empire state building.
>> kate, fingers crossed on the kiss cam. thank you. a lot more on the royal visit later on. >> tamron in fortunately this morning. and more demonstrations parts of california overnight. >> that is correct. good morning. new protests and new violence overnight against police killings in missouri and new york. hundreds of demonstrators in berkley took to the streets, some breaking windows and setting fires and made it onto a freeway and blocked traffic. police made at least five arrests. >> today the justice department issued new rules that limit profiling by federal law enforcement agencies. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: since 2003, the justice department has barred federal agents from using race or ethnicity as the basis for routine enforcement decisions like traffic stops. now those rules are expanded to also bar profiling on the basis of gender, national origin,
religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. and while they will apply to most of the department of homeland security as well, they will not apply to officers who do airport screening or enforce immigration laws at the border and won't apply to the protective mission of the secret service. the government says those exceptions are granted because of the need to protect the border and secure the skies. attorney general eric holder wanted these out before he steps down early next year and he will urge local police departments to follow them too. >> thank you very much. a bizarre accident that started with an suv hitting a bear left three people dead and eight others injured. it happened sunday night on a dark road in the florida everglades. police say one driver struck the 300-pound bear, killing the animal. three people in another car got out to help, and they were hit and killed by a third vehicle. dozens of people are dead after a powerful typhoon ripped
through the philippines. miguel, good morning. >> reporter: tamron, good morning. over the last several hour this is storm delivered pounding rain and wind and though the system is deteriorating it is still packing a very dangerous punch. after smashing into the philippines over the weekend, this massive killer storm claimed at least 21 lives, washed out roads and swept away homes. now, it's rumbling into manila as 12 million here take cover. we're safe here, says this woman, if we stayed near the coast we'd be dead. once the largest storm on the planet this year, the super typhoon lost power and is now a tropical storm packing 84-mile-an-hour winds. in tacloban, 48,000 raced to get out. last year typhoon haiyan killed more than 7,000. this time more destruction but
no massive death toll. our roof will be blown away, she says, we're scared. that's why we left. with more than a million evacuated in some regions, power is out and flood waters are rising. now, there could be mudslides. today, this storm threatening even more damage while in some communities they are still waiting for help. while the outer bands of this powerful storm is still pounding this region forecasters say this could have been so much worse. the slow storm saving much of this region. >> miguel, thank you. at least 19 people are recovering after they were sickened by chlorine gas at a hotel in rosemont, illinois. among those evacuated hundreds people dressed in animal outfits at the hotel for the annual midwest fur fest. they think the chlorine was released intentionally. those evacuated were taken to a
convention center. it is now 15 minutes after the hour. obviously it's quite a sight see those people. they are investigating this as a possible criminal matter. >> thank you. miss dylan in for al. >> we've got rain on both coasts. not today but tomorrow. we'll talk about rain. we're looking at our heaviest rain expected on wednesday into thursday in northern california but up in seattle we have a few lighter showers. we've got temperatures in the 50s right now and later on this afternoon we'll tap out in the 60s. it's foggy especially across southern california. across the rest of the country we're looking at the chance of some scattered showers along the eastern coast of the carolinas, all because of this area of low pressure that's going to develop into more of a nor'easter into tuesday. a rainy, windy nor'easter, snow would be in the highest elevations. we've got temperatures in the 30s expected across the northern plains, tomorrow in the pacific northwest we will see mountain snow but we could see several inches of rain especially across western parts of washington state and then again it will
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the week, staying dry all the way through wednesday and potentially more rain than we've had in over a decade on the way thursday and friday. more on that in a moment. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thanks very much. >> willie covering for carson. what have you zbhot >> that time of year, time person of the year comes out on wednesday. we're going to help narrow it down. we're going to get it down to eight later in this hour. as you know every year "time" picks its person of the year. some of the more notable covers. 1982, it sometimes isn't one person. the computer. the planet. in 2006 it was you. so we're going to have someone to narrow the field for us. we'll get it down to the short list of eight and coming up later this week on this show, "time" magazine announces its person of the year.
>> this is really always good dinner table conversation to try and hash out who you think belongs on the cover. thank you. >> coming up, a warning if you've done a lot of holiday shopping online. thieves caught on camera following delivery trucks and stealing your packages. >> and why "rolling stone" is revising its apology in the wake of its story on an alleged sexual assault at the university of virginia. first, this is "today" on nbc. coming up.
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you're watching "today in the bay." >> good morning to you. it's 7:26 right now. i'm kris sanchez. happening right now, workers in the east bay are boarding up businesses and cleaning up debris after protests got way out of hand last night and into early this morning. the protests stemmed from recent grand jury decisions in ferguson, missouri and new york city. protesters seemed to pick and choose which buildings to target, damaging businesses that include a chase bank in berkeley and a trader joe's supermarket. also fires were set on telegraph avenue near alcatraz. at least 13 people were arrested. a police officer is out of the hospital this morning after he was struck by a car during a pursuit that ended in police gun
fire. authorities say san leandro police shot a woman that was behind the wheel of a car that rammed an officer. that woman is in grave condition. >> and the heated rivalry stayed mostly on the field yesterday when the raiders trounced the niners at o.co. police say there were a few scuffles and a few arrests, but not much more than that. this was the first battle of the bay in three years where the fights notice stands and the gunshot put an end to a preseason series that did not happen this time around. now we have a look at meteorologist christina loren's forecast, that includes basically a fire hydrant coming. >> it's just what we need in a drought situation, but that's right, chris. potentially more rain than we've had in just over a decade. really for today we'll see a mix of sun and clouds and a nice day, temps in the low 60s to upper 70s. by thursday, 10:00 a.m., heavy
rainfall all across the board. here's mike. >> 101 through palo alto, looking at the map through palo alto, the peninsula side, a couple of earlier incidents, looked like there was a traffic break of some sort. you see the slow drive so the dumbarton bridge might be a better option for you. your northbound route is kicking in. >> we have more local news coming up for you in just a half hour. for now enjoy the "today" show.
♪ you're a mean one mr. grinch >> that's the right music for this one. back at 7:30 on a monday morning, december 8th, 2014. where is the holiday spirit in this? these are thieves caught on camera, stealing packages from people's front door, following around the delivery truck. we'll have a real-life warning about that and what you can do to stop those grinches. >> tis the season, apparently. >> yeah! dangerous fire in los angeles this morning. the flames coming from a building under construction. and they could be seen for miles. the fire was so intense, parts of two major freeways were shut down. protests over the grand jury decisions in the eric garner and
michael brown cases turned violent in california overnight. several stores were vandalized, rocks and bottles thrown at police. at least one person was injured. the first full day of the duke and duchess of cambridge to the united states. for william, a trip to washington, d.c. to meet with the president and vice president and for kate, a trip to harlem at the children's development center. we'll sit down and talk with angelina jolie tomorrow. >> look forward to that. fallout of a "rolling stone" article that left the university of virginia reeling. doubts are being raised about the accuser's story and the magazine is revising its apology. nbc national correspondent peter alexander has the latest on that. peter, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning to you. now it is "rolling stone's" apology for that article that's
getting the new scrutiny. in the face of growing criticism and questions about the facts in the article over the weekend, "rolling stone" quietly revised its statement, appearing to shift some of the blame from the alleged victim back on to itself. after kicking up a storm of controversy, after its shocking article, describing an alleged brutal gang rape of a freshman named jackie at the university of virginia, "rolling stone" is changing its story again. "rolling stone" revised its initial apology, seeming to blame the alleged victim when it wrote we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. the revision deleted that statement and said these mistakes are on "rolling stone" and not jackie. "the cavalier daily" published an article saying "the rolling stone" fiasco should not, it does not undo the need for
policy and culture of change. the article's reporter has not commented publicly since "the rolling stone" apology. but the controversy over the article grew, she spoke on msnbc. >> i thought it was very important to tell the story in as graphic a way as jackie, the main character of my article, tells it. >> reporter: in its revised apology "rolling stone" admits it should have worked harder to get the other side of the story. we were mistaken in honoring jackie's request not to contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. but focusing on "rolling stone's" mistakes misses the bigger picture. >> we are facing a serious epidemic, a crisis when it comes to sexual assault on college campuses across this country. >> reporter: a rape survivor, advocate at uva who worked with jackie tells me she feels betrayed by "rolling stone" and she says she fears their incomplete reporting badly damages the credibility of all
sexual assault survivors. >> peter alexander, thanks. we'll be following this story. let's take a turn and get a check of the weather from dylan in for al this morning. >> announcer: "today's" weather is brought to you by soma boutiques and soma.com, where beautiful holiday gifts begin. >> and good morning, everyone. we've got that big nor'easter, rainy nor'easter on the weeast coast tomorrow. for now, we're talking about another big west coast storm. a second storm will make its way on shore, especially as we go into wednesday and thursday as well. the showers right now won't really amount to much. although, some parts near bellingham, washington, are seeing a bit of an icy mix. watch what happens as this big area of low pressure moves in 1:00 am thursday. overnight wednesday into thursday morning. we are looking at torrential downpours to make their way back in to parts of northern california, an area already hit hard by the rain we had last
week. mud slide also again be a concern. we could see as much as six to seven inches of rain in washington state and northern of california in san francisco we good morning to you. 7:35. i'm meteorologist christina loren. a nice clear start here in the south bay. you might find some fog in the tri-valley and down through gilmore. otherwise, a really nice day. a few showers will clear out by lunch time. upper 60s to low 70s. that heavy rain dylan was just describing moves in. thursday and friday potentially measuring the rain in inches. hope you have a fantastic day. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you very much. the family of an american teacher murdered in a mall in abu dhabi last week is now
speaking out. keir simmons sat down with them. >> reporter: extremism they found on the internet. meanwhile the family of the victim, ibolya ryan, their folks know that they're okay. >> adam and aiden, 13-year-old and dad, paul, remember her for the good person she was. they created a facebook page in her memory. >> she always just wanted to help you. she sacrificed herself for other people, would never rest if she knew that someone needed her help. >> reporter: the boys were with their mom at the mall. they waited for her, not knowing what had happened. now the family are trying to be as brave as their mother was.
>> she wasn't scared a little bit. >> she wasn't frightened of anything? >> yeah. >> as long as we're not alone, we still have each other, we're going to do it. >> and we're going to make mommy proud, right? >> certainly. >> what would she say to you, do you think? >> if she would see us now like this? >> yeah. >> that's hard. >> i think she would be really proud, first of all. she would be proud of how we got through this, try to give us strength. >> reporter: the younger boys still don't know the details, how a woman dressed in black allegedly entered the mall and repeatedly stabbed their mom. so they left the room before their dad explained more. >> it was clearly a random thing. the boys didn't realize what had happened and did not hear their mother crying for help. >> reporter: there is no reason why your ex-wife was targeted. no reason whatsoever, other than that she was an american?
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the holiday season. thieves are stealing packages as they are dropped off at your front door. craig melvin, this doesn't sound like good news. >> a few clicks and it's on your doorstep a day or two later. police say they are seeing more and more thieves snatching would-be holiday gifts from your doorstep and some are so brazen, they're actually trailing delivery trucks. a would-be grinch in michigan caught redhanded thanks to an eagle-eye neighbor and their camera. >> after the u.p.s. driver left that home, they would run up on the porch, take the packages, put them into the car, go through them, see what was of value and discard the packaging and boxes and drive around to the next stop. >> moments after he appears to be hustling off with a macy's package left on a porch, local police showed up. >> the deputies and several other converged on the area and they were able to -- they actually found the u.p.s. truck and a short distance behind was
the suspects. >> reporter: police say the two teenagers, charged with theft, had been trailing the delivery truck for a while. when police caught them they found more than two dozen stolen packages, including speakers, clothing, even a 30-pound bag of dog food. they might have thought they were smart but they certainly are not original. five people were arrested for swiping packages from porches. and last week, this home surveillance video on youtube. watch as the mailman leaves a package and two hours later, a bold thief strolls up to her door and snags it. the most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest time of the year. u.p.s. says in december alone, they nearly double their monthly shipping average. how can you protect your packages? >> keeping an eye out, neighbors protecting neighbors and reporting suspicious activity to your local law enforcement. >> we were unable to reach the two men or their attorney for
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iraqi kurdistan masuod barzani. >> maybe we shouldn't say what our guesses are. >> maybe we should put them on a secret ballot and say whether we're right or wrong. >> that's a good idea, savannah. >> why tim cook, nancy? >> everyone wondered whether he could live up to steve jobs' legacy at apple, reinventing whole categories regularly with the apple watch. he is running the most valuable company in the world, according to investors. >> you looked at a couple of news stories as well, the ebola caregivers is one. >> the ebola caregivers is still very much in the news. out of the headlines here, except we're finding every day there are new cases in sierra leone. this outbreak is not under control yet. >> the ferguson protesters. >> likewise, every day still in the news and in this case expanding across the country. in the case of the eric garner. it's launched a whole new conversation about race relations and the administration
of justice in this country. >> entirely different note, monster year for taylor swift. >> not just the world's biggest pop star but as a business woman and activist for the value of content. when she took her music off the streaming service spotify, she was arguing that music and content needs to be valued in a different way. >> not on the list, people are always saying what about, what about -- the pope will not win back-to-back "time" person of the year awards and the president. >> the pope's year validates our decision last year. the president of the united states could as you be on the list. he has had a pretty difficult year, been very embattled and we think these people, in different ways and different spheres have more influence. >> nancy, did you guys consider roker-thon for your phenomenon of the year? >> absolutely. >> also receiving votes was al roker. thank you for getting it down to the elite eight. you'll be back here wednesday to make the announcement "time"
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police say people were detained. they're not saying whether the shooter was among them. san francisco police uncovered an assault rifle near the scene of a shooting last night. the victim's injuries are not life threatening and police have not said whether this was the rifle that was used in the shooting. >> another benefit from recent rains, the end of fire season in parts of northern california. today state officials will
declare fire season over for na napa, sonoma and late counties. here's meteorologist christina loren. >> a really potent system coming your way. a few dry days before then. 70 degrees for the south bay, 68 on the ple on the peninsula. more in a couple of moments. >> look at your map, a slow are drive down the east shore freeway. not so dramatic for oakland. we have you slow coming in to downtown. slow but recovering from that san mateo bridge and the dumbarton bridge seeing a slow pattern. and your northbound route through the south bay. the latest crash looks like it's cleared. >> we have more local news coming up in just about a half
♪ ♪ welcome to new york it's 8:00 on "today," and coming up, inside the royal visit as william and kate begin their three-day u.s. tour. piers morgan tells us how the young couple has reinvigorated the monarchy. plus, return to "downton abbey" -- >> is give me the greatest satisfaction. >> the king on the wireless. >> i prefer to think of him on his throne. >> the cast sits down and opens up about their brand-new season. the drama, the intrigue and the special cameo by a certain american actor. and feeling the squeeze. the man behind "eaten alive" taking some heat for just how far he did or didn't go in that
discovery special, today, monday, december 8th, 2012. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> from the top of the rock, to the top, good morning, louisiana! >> merry christmas from oregon! >> we're here for our senior trip! >> hi, matt! we came from florida to get another picture! >> everyone says i look like tam tamron. i love you, tamron! >> we're back now. 8:00 on a monday morning. it's the eighth day of december 2014. okay, so, it's a little brisk out here on the plaza. >> not really. >> but it's nicer today than it's going to be tomorrow and that nor'easter pours in. matt lauer along with savannah guthrie, dylan dreyer, who's here while al's off today, and willie's here for natalie as
well. >> or carson. >> carson, either one. i'm giving you natalie. >> thank you. i'll take that. >> because natalie's off as well today. >> exactly. did you hear about the british invasion? not william and kate. the cast of "downton abbey" here in our studio this morning. cannot wait to catch up with them. >> so, then -- >> committed a major social faux pas this morning when she told me about a cast member no longer on the show. and i was not there yet. >> oh! >> oh, no. >> it was three seasons ago. >> okay, i'm getting there. i'm getting there. >> wait until you find out what happened on "the love boat." >> i know. don't tell me. >> that's again this half hour. we've got a check of the morning's top stories. tamron is in for natalie. tamron, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. rush hour drivers are feeling the impact of what's being called an historic fire overnight near downtown los angeles. flames destroyed an apartment building under construction and spread to two other buildings. officials closed sections of major freeways for a time. there were no early reports of any injuries.
protesters motivated by the police killings of michael brown and eric garner show no signs of letting up. on sunday, some demonstrators clashed with police for a second time in berkeley, california, but in chicago churches organized peaceful rallies for change. marchers in new york targeted shopping areas and grand central terminal. and in philadelphia, some 200 people held a so-called die-in outside the eagles game. u.s. embassies and military bases worldwide are bracing for violent backlash as the senate prepares to release a report on the cia's use of torture during interrogations after 9/11. the report is expected to accuse the agency of lying repeatedly to congress, the white house and the american people. foreign leaders have warned that reaction could turn deadly. britain's prince william and duchess kate are covering as much ground as possible during their visit to the u.s. nbc news national correspondent kate snow is at the couple's
hotel on new york's upper east side. quite a day planned for them, kate. good morning. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, tamron. if you can believe it, it's their first ever trip to new york city, arriving last night here at the hotel. a big crowd to greet them here. kate looks marvelous. you can barely see the baby bump underneath her designer maternity coat. and then later on, they headed out to a private dinner, a fund-raising dinner last night. today they've sort of split up, and prince william will be in washington, d.c., where he is meeting with president obama and vice president biden. kate will be up in harlem, where she's meeting with schoolchildren at a child development center there. and then they'll reunite later tonight for a brooklyn nets game. the big question, tamron, will they sit with jay z and beyonce? back to you. >> all right, kate, we'll see what happens there. thank you. heavy rain and winds lashed manila overnight as a tropical storm headed toward the philippine capital. the storm began hitting the island as a typhoon, killing
more than two dozen people and forcing more than a million others to evacuate their homes. it was strictly an a-list crowd at the white house sunday. president obama hosted five legendary performers who received this year's kennedy center honors. the lineup included al green, actor tom hanks, ballerina patricia mcbride, sting, and comedy star lily tomlin. the president said the group embodied charm, soul, spirit and funk. it is now 8:05, time for weather. and in for al this morning is dylan. good morning, dylan. >> announcer: "today's weather" is brought to you by kay jewelers. every kiss begins with kay. good morning to everyone. we are keeping warm on the plaza today with a nice cheer that you guys brought in. let's do this cheer. >> okay. >> winter, spring, summer, fall, dylan dreyer does it all! >> isn't that great?
they had it plugged in there, but then they found out it was me working today, so they threw my name in there. let's look at the weather across the country, where we have a bit of an icy mix to the north of chicago. in chicago itself, it's all rain showers because temperatures are above freezing. we'll top out around 37 degrees later on this afternoon, but it's not going to be the greatest monday. temperaturewise, most of the coldest air is sitting up across the northern plains and up through northern parts of new england, where it's only going to be in the teens today. and then through the rest of the country, we're in the 50s and 60s. 30s in the northeast and we're keeping an eye on that storm, that big "l" right off the carolina coast. that is going to turn into a rainy nor'easter for most of the big cities in the northeast on tuesday. we're looking at about 3 to 5 inches of rain and winds could gust as high as 50 miles per hour, so we could see some coastal flooding as well. 8:06. good morning, i'm meteorologist christina loren. a little bit of haze out there, but a pretty start, and whatever fog we do have is burning off quickly. shower activity in the north bay
until about lunchtime. that will subside, you can leave your umbrella at home today for the north bay. anything that develops will be light. wednesday and thursday, though, everything changes, and potentially the heaviest rain in over a decade on the way to the bay area as of thursday, more on that today at 11:00. >> wow, that's a long run from the other end of the plaza. >> you made it in one piece. >> i did. um next on trending, the amateur photographer who took this remarkable shot of a couple proposing and then he set out to find them. plus the british invasion, william and kate are taking the east coast by storm this morning. we'll talk about their trip with piers morgan. downton abbey's cast is here for a special previe ♪ a typical male penguin shows his love... ...by offering the female... ...a pebble. some males, however...
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we're back at 8:11. first up, was he eaten alive or cuddled really tightly? the internet is outraged by the man not devoured by a snake. the discovery channel teasing a special, promoting it like crazy where naturalist paul rosalee seems to be eaten alive by an anaconda. a lot of people thought this was going to be cool to watch, so they tuned in, in droves sunday night and this is what they saw. >> he's just tightening up. >> all right. so what happened was they ended up finding a smaller anaconda who wraps itself around paul, nibbling on his helmet a little bit. >> you may remember paul was here a couple of days ago.
this is what he told us about this ordeal. >> the last thing i remember is seeing the snake's mouth open straight at my face. everything went black and then i just felt -- it was like being caught in a wave. it was just wrapped up. you feel that crush. >> so paul really sold it. >> liar liar, pants on fire. >> he is getting eaten alive, on twitter. one time i got wrapped up in my comforter when napping so i pretty much know how this dude is feeling. another tweeted this photo and asked, hey, discovery can i have my own show? >> i love discovery channel, too. i think they do great things. i think they went way above and beyond teasing this. >> the outfit wasn't that appetizing. >> a huge snake, like sharknado. >> were you disappointed, willie? >> sharknado heavens are closing on me.
>> how was it possible to be eaten by an anaconda. turns out it wasn't possible. sunday marked a major deadline. do you know what it was? >> what? >> not tax day. not the day your car payment was due. sunday was the last acceptable day to break up with someone, according to "the new york times," before christmas. all right? the story says there is no official deadline, but if you dump someone with 2 1/2 weeks of christmas, you risk being shunned by society. do you understand this? >> yes. >> do you know about this? >> yesterday. >> you, apparently, get within that 2 1/2-week deadline and you are like a pariah for the rest of your life. >> there's a social deadline. >> i didn't know that. >> what about on the back end? how long do you have to wait until after christmas? >> january 15th. >> wait a month. hang out on holidays and gatherings thinking i'm going to be dumping you in 2 1/2 weeks.
>> miserable for the holidays, plotting down to the 15th. i love that. >> on our facebook page we asked is it rude to break up with someone during the holidays? most of you said yes, it sure is. 84% of you said yes. just 16% voted no. >> i would say then you have to get a gift if you break up before but -- >> if you don't like them, you're going to buy them a crumby gift. this is so good. >> tamron. >> here is coal for you. paul wolf was hiking in oregon recently. that's when he spotted this. a couple getting engaged on top of a hilltop much he got out his smart phone, snapped a picture. he didn't know anything else about the couple. he turned to the web to find them. within hours, yep, he had their names and he also learned she said yes. adorable. >> how sweet. look at the smiles on their face. >> that's what's trending today.
entourage or are you here covering it like the rest of us? >> i was downstairs with downton abbey stars. there's so much british love in the air. are you feeling the british heat? >> i'm going to be honest with you. we have often had discussions around here in our production meeting. they're not our royal family. they're your royal family. why do you think americans, for example, our executive producer, are so fascinated by the royals? >> i wrote a column today saying you love us so much, why not have a monarchy of your own? if you want a king, sitting there, unemployed, ready to be your king. >> he would just audition to be king of the united states? i'm not sure that's going to work. >> on a serious point, the thing about the british royal family, the queen has now reigned for 63 or four years. it's an amazing tenure. what the monarchy bring our country, i think, and indeed around the world, is stability. they bring a sense of -- the queen every week sits down with the british prime minister.
a control valve. >> but that's not here. so what is it about this country? is it just fantasy? is it that they are like young, attractive movie stars? what is it? >> they are the biggest stars in the world. let's get to the celebrity fact. tonight they're going to go to the basketball. jay-z and beyonce who think they are the biggest couple in new york, they're going to get blown away. >> what are the rules if you're sitting courtside with kate and william? what can you talk about? what can't you talk about? >> you have to be polite. they are the royal couple, obviously. i think they are very normal, nice, easy-going people. i was at the hotel when william left. he was being extremely normal, nice with the staff and stuff. be yourself if you meet the royals. >> do you have to address them by their titles or can you call them kate and william? >> you should have called me lord. >> let me pick your brain about what's happening in the news. let me do that right now
have you been watching the . protests in the wake of the grand jury decisions in the michael brown and eric garner cases? >> i feel very concerned about that process, as many people do. you cannot have a situation where you have two unarmed people in america who are basically killed by police officers and the police officers of concern are simply not held to account. you have to get to the stage where there's a real jury, a real trial. these guys haven't even been cross examined. i find that an unfathomable thing. >> the spotlight on these situations, what is it revealing? what deeper situation is it revealing in your opinion? >> i think there's no doubt there is a racial undertone to this. there are certain elements that the police force in this country, i'm afraid, are racially profiling people and behaving in a way that is unacceptable. that is not to say that most of the nypd, who i have encountered many times, are thoroughly good, decent people. you cannot have people killed on the streets of new york with choke holds and simply be no accountability. >> i do think that gets lost a lot in the headlines. the vast majority of police
officers, not only in new york city and other places, they're good people. >> they're decent people, matt. this doesn't help them or their reputation. >> real quickly, "time" magazine came out with their person of the year short list. you are not on it. putin, tim cook of apple, taylor swift, ebola caregivers, roger goodell of the nfl and from kurdistan, what do you think? >> i would make it the ferguson protesters. if you ask me, what has been the single biggest issue facing americans right now in this country, it is the whole issue surrounding what happened there. i think it has to be addressed by the black and white community of this country. everyone has to come together and say we are simply better than this. so i would like to see them as the cover of "time" and people of the year. otherwise, prince matt lauer? >> not happening either. >> can you do a british accent on this british day? >> piers, thank you very much.
that was a little irish thrown in there, too, wasn't it? i might have gone to a pierce brosnan there. >> let me return the favor. right back at you, chap. >> very normal of you. piers morgan, thank you very much. let's go over to savannah. >> now for some believable accents, different kind of british invasion. the fifth season of "downton abbey" begins in just a few weeks. the men and women who serve the crowley family. we have five members of the cast with us this morning, hugh bonneville, and james collier. good morning to all of you. if you had to describe the season in one word -- >> long. >> do you need to attach a warning label on this season? i'm still not over the death of matthew crowley. are there any gut-wrenching, soul-killing story lines you need to warn us about? >> nothing quite as extreme as that.
but the usual roller coaster, you know. you have to bring your hanky for some episodes and be prepared to laugh out loud as well. >> we find upstairs and downstairs in 1924. in season one it was 1912. a lot of time has passed. you guys don't age at all. >> we don't. >> what kind of face treatments did they have? we find a lot of change which makes it interesting for the characters. edith is someone we began in season one not really liking. now my heart goes out to the poor woman. laura, is anything good going to happen to her? >> well, i mean, i can't give anything away. but it's another tough season. she's got a lot of secrets and she's trying to be a mother, in some ways, to her child. >> who do you think has the juiciest story line? >> that's the great thing about the show. everyone. everyone does. a very intense story line this
year and lady mary, she's never out of the news. >> no, she's not. now i heard there was a bit of a cameo that's actually upcoming in england, part of a christmas special, charity special. >> we should clarify this. there's been some confusion that mr. clooney of your shores is going to be in the christmas special, the season finale. that's not quite the case. he was incredibly generous and played with us for an afternoon to do a sketch for a fund-raiser that itv, the broadcaster in the uk does. >> i was going to turn to you, leslie. did everyone suddenly show up as cast support? >> we weren't all invited but it's okay. >> there were a lot more women on set that weren't usually there. >> i would have been there. >> exactly. another thing about downton abbey, you try to be historically accurate. there's even an adviser on the set who talks about such things. then there was this publicity photo that came out. >> of course.
>> little bit of a water bottle. i'll let you, lord graham, explain the water bottle. >> i don't know the final version of the story. that photo was cropped originally. then suddenly it was uncropped. anyway, what it wast made us able to do was get behind the charity water aid in the uk. and, you know, it was a mistake. but it was a fun one and quite extraordinary how it went global. >> my water bottle. >> has your lipstick on it? >> we're blaming each other, yeah, yeah. >> tell us about your character, thomas who we just love to hate or just hate. >> thank you. he has a huge story line this year. he's always all or nothing with -- huge story line, yeah. it's all or nothing with thomas. again, the stakes are really high. will he come out through the end of it, won't he? i think you may end up liking him a little bit more. >> this show is so beloved by people here. there are a lot of rumors on the internet about certain things. let's try to play a little rumorville before i let you go.
true or false. are you not allowed to hug or touch each other on the set because your historical adviser said it just wasn't done in that period? >> sort of true. >> true. >> offset, you can't stop us hugging each other. ridiculous. >> lord graham, you have a dog on the show named isis. some people are saying isis is being killed off because of its unfortunate name, which is a horrible terror group. >> i should say that any story line involving the dog has nothing to do with horrible international events. >> true or false, do george clooney and maggie smith make out? >> they do. >> that's a teaser. >> she's not going to kiss and tell. >> she doesn't look happy about it, does she? >> i almost forgot to ask you. your character mrs. hughes and
carson the butler, i detected a little romantic energy. i always have. >> did you? >> does something happen there? >> oh, there we are. yes, i've bared my feet to him. i've got to marry him now. no. who knows. there's a nice relationship between them. who knows where it will go, if anywhere. we'll just have to wait and see. >> it's great to see all of you. congratulations on the new season. >> thank you. >> by the way, you can catch "downton abbey" on masterpiece starting january 4th. matt, over to you. >> enough with british accents. adriana lima is here. she'll talk to us about our toy drive out on the plaza and the victoria's secret fashion show. first your local news.
good morning. it is 8:26. happening today, an apparent new push to keep the raiders in oakland. the coliseum authority will meet this morning. and members are expected to address how they can keep the raiders from leaving town. the raiders stadium lease expires at the end of the season, and they are one of the teams rumored to be in play for a move to los angeles. owner mark davis has also held talks with representatives from san antonio. tomorrow, san jose city council will vote on whether to force operators to charge 10% tax on rentals, similar to the occupancy tax for hotel guests in the city. and now, let's take a look at your commute and how it's shaping up with mike. >> good morning.
quite a bit of occupancy here for 880 north past the coliseum. home of the raiders who won yesterday. looking over here toward hyatt street, a smooth drive, but slower here. we see a slower drive for 580 and 880. and the east shore freeway showing, going from red to orange, lighting up there, nonetheless the bay bridge metering lights are still on. slower drive continues for west 92. but much better than the last hour. smoother drive for the dunbarton bridge, as well. south bay not looking so good. back to you. >> we have more local news coming up for you half an hour. now here's the "today" show.
fashion show and we thank her for helping out with the toy drive. >> go to today.com to participate in our toy drive. coming up, can't afford to hire a caterer for your holiday party? we have recipes that are so good and so easy to make, your guests will believe you shelled out big bucks on them. i love this idea. >> we look forward to that. plus jenna bush hager inside with very special guests, finalist frts kindest kid contest. we love this. we'll chat with them and crown the champion this morning. first, may we crown our morning show producer, tom mazzarelli, king of the day, as it is his birthday. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday. >> a visit from the royals right here in the united states. >> i thought you were going to say from adriana lima. >> two-fer. >> happy birthday. let's get a check of the weather. chilly in the northeast. a big storm is moving in tomorrow. it will bring more rain than anything else. we are looking at today a
chanceative wintry mix, especially up across parts of the western great lakes. showers across the east coast, north and south carolina and then tomorrow it's this big rain and wind storm. we could see three to five inches of rain in the midatlantic. you go inland, really up into the higher elevations where we'll see more freezing rain. we'll see most of our snow. winds could gust as high as 50 miles per hour. we could see some coastal flooding as well. i'm hearing these bells over here. if you want to get attention, you put christmas bells on your sign. where are you from? >> rhode is 8:32. good morning, i'm christina loren. happy monday to you. mostly dry for today. we'll see a few showers up in the north bay. but then we're going to get heavy rain late week. anything you have to take care of outdoors, today, tomorrow, even wednesday, your day to do so. before we could potentially see the heaviest rain in over a decade move in on thursday. and that will continue into
friday. also, coldest temps of the season so far on its heels. >> that's your latest forecast. now we head back inside withe. >> the new year, of course, almost here. time to start thinking about changes you want to make. we'll help this year with a new series in january called start today. every day our team of experts, joy bauer, jenna wolfe, jill martin, many more, will take two minutes exactly, literally two minutes to give you quick tips, bite-sized stuff to get you moving forward. first we need to hear from you. so, head to today.com. send us a quick video, telling us what you want to start doing today in the new year. could be anything. for example, organizing your closet or you want to start putting the spark back in your marriage. how do you do that? how about i want to start exercising three times a week. anything you've been feeling the need to start doing in your life, just tell us what it is.
we may call on you. head to today.com. upload that video. we may see you on this very show. let's send it back to matt. >> willie, thank you very much. let's say hi to victoria's secret angel, adriana lima. she just helped us with our toy drive and tomorrow night she'll take part in the victoria's secret fashion show. for most people we have a recurring nightmare of somehow ending up in our underwear or naked in front of a roomful of people and you do it as a highlight. >> and looking great. >> thank you. the victoria's secret fashion show has become part of the christmas culture. the whole world watches, over 80 countries around the world. this year we are in london,
first time we are in london doing the own show. >> tell me as a kid you went through the same awkward period we all went through. >> which awkward period? >> self conscious, you know? >> well, i'm nervous right now, actually. >> are you? >> well, it's nerve-racking to be, of course, in a fashion show with really a lot of skin showing. but, you know, i love -- i love to be part of the victoria's secret fashion show. i'm living a dream. to be there, walking the runway this year with taylor swift, ariana grande, it was like a dream. >> you also get to wear what they call the dream angels bra, $2 million bra. >> there were two this year. >> is it uncomfortable, the straps fall down like most bras or this one was pretty good?
>> prior to the show we have fittings. this year for the fantasy bra, it was different. they came in to -- we had a body mold made with plaster to make sure it was a perfect fit. it's very comfortable. people think that it is heavy. >> weighed down by those diamonds and things like that? >> 6,000 carats. >> yeah. >> happy holidays. where are you going to spend the holidays? >> with my two little girls. >> a lot of guys at home are like, hello. >> she called me valentina. adriana, nice to see you. >> you can see her walk in the victoria's secret fashion show tomorrow night. some of the kindest kids in the country and the one you picked for a very special honor.
>> announcer: this portion of "today" is brought to you by "night at the museum: secret of the tomb" december 19th only in theaters. >> all right. we're back. it's 8:39. today is the day. we're announcing the winner of sprout network's kindest kid contest. jenna bush hager is here to help us do the honors. >> yes. >> this was the best contest. you sbrusd us to all the nominees. >> who doesn't want to meet a kind kid? >> that's right. >> first, colin, come on out. >> he started a drive. >> jayla from virginia beach,
virginia. >> she makes care packages for the less fortunate. hi, jayla. >> caden from meridian, kansas. >> he sends holiday cards to our military. right here, my man. >> good hair on caden, too. >> and from alexander, arkansas. >> he helped tornado victims in his community, hi, tavin. >> come on down. >> are we ready to meet the kindest kid? >> yes. >> sierra from madison, connecticut. >> hi, sierra. >> she creates care packages. come sit right up here. creates care packages for kids with cancer. she, herself, survived cancer. she's pretty awesome. >> yes, she is. congratulations to all you guys. >> thank you. >> sierra, are you excited to be the official kindest kid in the country? >> yes. >> what does that mean? what kind of cool things do you
get to do? >> well, i get to be really kind. >> really kind. that's pretty great. now you guys -- we know that the brits are here in new york, but so are you. is this your first time in new york city? >> yeah. >> what's it like? >> i feel like i'm an ant. >> feels like you're an ant? >> yeah. >> because everything is so big? >> yeah. >> what are you planning on doing while you're here? >> skating. >> rockefeller center? >> going to the lego store, watching a movie. >> that will be pretty -- >> jayla, what did you do? why did you decide to help others? why did you want to do that? >> because they don't have much stuff like we do. >> yeah. >> don't have much stuff like you do. when you help them, jayla -- >> what happened? >> don't worry. we've got it under control. >> you're still on. >> we think we've got it under control. when you help others, how does it make you feel? >> happy. >> over there, my man, what do
you do to help others? >> oh, i help the -- i mean the tornado. >> you help the tornado victims, right? >> and with my food drive, too. >> caden, tell us what you did. >> i was making cards for the military that wasn't coming home for christmas. >> you wrote cards to them. have you written some cards this year for christmas to men and women overseas serving our country? >> yes, you have. how many cards have you done? >> not today. >> not today but coming up for this christmas. i heard you guys did like 300. >> is that right? >> do you know what else he did -- >> i want to do 1,000. >> you want to do 1,000 care packages? do you think you can do it? he took me for a ride on his four wheeler. quite the rider. >> that's amazing. sierra, congratulations to you. are you feeling good? >> yeah. >> feel pretty good to be the
kindest kid? >> yeah. >> how can we all be kind? had an can everybody do? what's an easy thing we can do? colin? >> help people. >> how about a big hug? i like that. >> how about giving us a hug? >> all right. >> bye. thank you so much. >> that's kind. >> congratulations. >> coming up, who needs a professional? we have appetizer ideas -- hi, kiddo -- for your holiday party. but first this is "today" on nbc. more hugs! (vo) nourished.
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out next week. it began with "the lord of the rings" and keir simmons caught up with the cast. >> will you have peace or war? >> i will have war! >> reporter: the battle of the five armys concludes more than a decade of movie maker, ian mckellan, gandolf, the wizard, martin freeman, bilbo, the hobbit, and sir peter jackson, have become old friends. i feel like i'm getting ganged up on here. on screen, they fought wars together. offscreen, they keep up -- >> if we didn't do this or any of the other movies? >> let's call it a day then. >> this is going really well, guys. >> the movie marks the climax of the hobbit's story, good and
evil. >> you really care about the characters and you feel like you're in the battle with them. >> and triumph for its director. >> i'm more pleased with the hobbit movie, i can feel my mojo building through the three movies. >> for ian, helped to keep the script true to the book, keeping a copy in his robes. >> you can see a book shape in his pocket. >> perhaps it's because i'm afraid. >> and suggesting lines to add. >> it gives me courage. >> and he just delivered this beautiful performance and it was like, oh, we've got to put that in. >> while the youngest stars have made their name. >> it's not our fight. >> i was 21 when i -- >> you're now -- >> 37. >> they even have the tattoos. >> very nice responsibility. it's a lovely thing to know that you will play a part in people's
futures and children's future. >> the crazy thing is to think that my son will hopefully watch these movie movies. he's going to watch these movies and i'll be great-great-granddad orlando. >> the elf prince, gandolf and little bilbo baggins. >> do you get calls from the street? >> occasionally. >> no? >> a band of brothers who miss the banter and the battle of middle earth. for "today" shall keir simmons, nbc news, london. >> fun fact about tamron, loves her some middle earth. i had no idea you loved "the lord of the rings." >> she's over here, clapping. >> it's like hercules, hercules! it's amazing. i've not seen a lot of movies in my life. never seen "ghost busters,"
we're back now at 8:50. we're dressing up appetizers for your next holiday party. brandy malloy has really quick, easy ideas. happy holidays. >> happy holidays. >> good to see you. >> good to be here. >> it's great to put out appetizer that is taste good but why not put a little bit of extra effort and make it look great? >> i'm such a shameless host. i want all my guests coming to my party and talking about it weeks after because it's so next level. >> it takes preparation. >> it does. i have easy tips for eliminating the stress when you're hosting a party. meat and cheese board, you're going to start with a wooden board, marbled board or slate. i get mine at the market. super easy. buying cheeses, think what you're going to accompany them with.
textures. >> colors. >> colors, flavors. gouda. bleu cheese. >> you are going to do this in advance of your guests arriving. you have to be careful because it can overtake a room. >> it really can. always think about opposites attract. if you have a mild cheese like a brie, you want to pair it with a smoky, spicy salami. put it right next to the cheese so your guests aren't guessing. >> in this corner, it goes right next to it? >> right beside it. >> i stay away from combining meats and bleu cheese because it's such a great cheese on its own. i like to do something sweet
instead. >> put it right there on the board? not in the dish? >> why not? it's my party. figs right here, fruit. and something like a smoky gouda. i grew up in germany. we love mortidella. >> are people supposed to come with their fingers, toothpicks? >> i didn't put the crack ers o the board. just have the crackers to the side. they can pick and go as they choose. >> it looks great. let's move on to vegetables. >> fancy word for veggie platter. it's so funny that people call it coudite. make it at home or add in some herbs. >> look what you've done, how fancy you've gotten with the cutting of these. >> i want to move on to the mushrooms here. >> put the veggies into the
glass. >> crinkle cut the carrots and all that? >> this is awesome. it's called a crinkle cutter. look at this. they're going to think an entire team of people came to your kitchen. >> mushrooms. you're going to stuff those. >> this is a spinach artichoke dip. to make it bite sized and perfect for a party, i'm going to stuff it into mushrooms, pop it into the oven until it gets nice and melty. >> hot or room temperature? >> both. >> okay. >> yeah. >> and french fries. >> bite sized. you don't want your guests fiddling with silverware. >> and cue the music. it's down to five on nbc's hit show "the voice" making for an exciting semi finals tonight. >> that's right.
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tonight and tomorrow here on nbc. we're enjoying the appetizers, cheese flag. >> holiday party you can do at home without a caterer. >> bring these out for 9:00. don't you think? >> we should. irish cheddar, awesome and delicious. >> look who's here. >> come on in. >> we're man handling cheese. >> you read it and i got to act it out. it was really fun. >> what do you think of this? and a good monday morning to you. it is 8:56. i'm sam brock. new video into our newsroom. this from new delhi, india. that's where protests are erupting against san francisco based uber. police arrested an uber driver yesterday who they say sexually assaulted a female who booked a ride with the car sharing service. the service has been banned in new delhi for the time being.
now back at home, crews in san francisco are making big-time progress in preparing a huge sink hole from last week's storms. you'll remember only a week or so ago, that empty hole right there. they're hoping to reopen the roadway in the city's richmond district at some point tomorrow. we hope to have more information on that soon and another update for you in 25 minutes.
>> announcer: 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. >> welcome to "today." it's monday morning, december 8th, 2014. it is really winter outside. it's cold, but a bigrowd on our plaza, nevertheless. inside, i'm willie geist along with tamron hall and our buddy, dylan dreyer. al and natalie have the day off. what is it, like 30 out? >> it's really winter. i like the way you describe that, though. it's 30s. it's not really winter but it's close. >> so, you're shooting down my thing? >> it's a very cold day. >> meteorologist --
>> this is why i'm not invited here often. >> you're hard core. that's what we like about you. >> it's a big week here in the united states of america, particularly in new york city. >> why? >> because the prince and duchess of cambridge, will and kate, three-day visit at the carlyle hotel here in new york city. prince william heads to d.c. today. duchess of cambridge will be up in harlem. tonight they're up in brooklyn watching a nets game and apparently jay-z and beyonce are hosting them. >> oh, okay. >> our royalty, jay-z and beyonce, will be there with britain's royalty. >> and king james is playing. >> it's like pop royal. >> it is. >> there's pop royal and real royal. i can't believe she's five months pregnant. >> i know. first pregnancy, she remained very -- everything was in the
tummy. same with this pregnancy. she had the same severe morning sickness as well with this pregnancy as she had with baby george but she's traveling. she's going down to harlem, maintaining that schedule, despite having that bout of nausea. she looks beautiful. oh, my gosh. >> i think that's part of the obsession with them. they're a good-looking couple, they dress so nice. it's fun to watch them as they galavant across -- >> you would like to have an american monarchy, is that what you're -- >> no, but if you dress that nice -- >> we won that war. >> that's your payback. >> we already settled that matter a few years ago. >> we'll be tracking and see what happens. i want to see a whisper between beyonce and kate and people speculate what they're talking about. will baby blue -- oh, george isn't here. i've gotn ahead of myself. >> they need a play date, though, you're right. >> beautiful historical hotel in
new york, the carlyle. rita wilson, tom hanks' wife and tom hanks, were staying at this hotel. top of the food chain of hollywood. apparently earlier this year they were staying at the hotel. they invited some friends to their suite. socialize. if i had a suite i would say, dylan, come visit. whoo-whoo. do that. apparently the lady in the room next door did not appreciate the hanks' party. came over to their room. knocked on the door -- >> didn't know it was the hanks? >> didn't know. just knew there were noisy neighbors. tom hanks opened the door. let me get the quote. this is too good to mess up. she knocks on the door. he says, excuse me, ma'am, we're very, very sorry for the noise, but would you like to come in, tom hanks says? >> this is why tom hanks is the actor. >> she goes in and parties all night with them, right? >> no, she didn't. the woman said, no, and walked
away. no, tom hanks. >> do we have any comments from the woman? i would like to know what she was thinking. tom hanks is my all-time -- >> he's your all-time? >> he's my all-time favorite actor on the planet. >> this begs the question, have you or would you go and confront a neighbor for being too rowdy? >> yeah, i would do that but if that neighbor is tom hanks you go in for the experience, see where the night takes you. i know your meeting is at 6:00 am. >> do you think she didn't know it was him? >> it's tom hanks. >> maybe she didn't have her glass on, trying to sleep and -- >> she probably was trying to sleep. we'll give her that. >> i would have declined as well. willie is all -- >> i'm so not caught up. >> he's all, you know, what are they wearing? who wore it best? i would have declined because i would be like, i don't know you, tom hanks. i don't know what's going on in
there. >> what do you think was going on? >> tom hanks, call us and let us know. >> you owe it to your friends to tell the story of the times, tom hanks invited you in, you went in. >> that time tom hanks was twerking. >> then leave and go back to your room. >> something weird's going on. i've been conflicted when somebody was noisy -- i was staying at a hotel outside of pittsburgh, doing a story. and the cheerleading squad from the local high school were staying above me. and they're like 13, 14. i didn't say anything. i just laid in that hotel room. the next morning we all left at the same time. they had a competition. and i evil eyed them. i'm like, go, girl. >> i'm passive aggressive, banging on the wall. and nobody gets it. they just keep making the noise. >> have you ever had a complaint? >> no. >> of course you haven't. >> i know you have. >> sometimes there are complaints. hanks did the right thing. you always invite the neighbors to the party.
in new york, we live in apartments close to each other. if you're going to be making noise, hey, we're having people tonight. come on over. >> if i have a party, i go downstairs, hoping you don't say yes. you can come up. >> wow, now your neighbors know how you feel. >> tamron invites you to anything. >> no, i do say please come by. >> in conclusion, when hanks asks you in, just say yes. i haven't seen the video yet. i've heard about it. elton john during a tennis charity match, raising money for the aids foundation. director's chair. down goes -- >> those director chairs are very wobbly. >> i'm with you on that. >> not secure. >> i don't like when people -- >> oh, my gosh. >> all right. we got it. back to the neighbor thing and things that could cause a hatfield-mccoy situation in your
neighborhood, they're calling it the "let it go" christmas. this family lives in austin, texas. they created a christmas light show. go grab your family, the kids, babies, put your bottles down. here we go. take a look at the storms. ♪ let it go let it go i am one with the wind and sky ♪ ♪ let it go let it go you'll never see me cry ♪ ♪ here i stand and here i stay let the storm rage on ♪ >> all right. so we decided we're going to start scoring these. we've shown a couple. please send your video if you have synchronized lights in your home. >> because we will show it, as you can tell. >> we'll score the storms. we love you, storm family.
the synchronizing with the light sbts song needs to be a little tighter. >> wow! >> but you warmed my heart with the contaactus. i give you a 9.5. >> i thought the cactus needed to be in on it a little more. >> the cactus needed to be the drum beat, yes. boom, boom, boom. >> dylan was watching this video saying, um, yeah, need more sink ronn -- synchronicity. >> we just started scoring today so you're officially in first place. synchronized lights at your home. we don't want anyone injure bid neighbor whose don't appreciate it. send it to us. >> and, be obviously, al is not here today. tamron, you made it in. >> al, i don't know what happened. >> he's still there. >> yeah. >> soma and the legends in santa barbara on saturday.
oprah stars in the film co-produced with brad pitt. >> oh, yes. >> look at that. >> it's produce bid oprah and she hosted a gala at her home. al and the beautiful deborah. two-day affair. al has all of his -- smokey robinson. this is the gala. every legend that was a civil rights icon of our time was there. it was a glorious occasion. this is the lovely cast of the movie "selma" which opens 9th of january, and what we accomplished as a country since then. these are all al's pictures. this is the only picture of me. tweeting this picture out of angela bassette, carmen. >> is that you? >> i did not know. here is the deal. the first time in my life, my battery was dead. >> oh, no. >> on my phone. i don't have one -- >> you could have like selfie --
>> i don't have one picture. not one. i don't have the image of me and sydney portier talking. >> never happened. >> smokey robinson saying hi, i love the "today" show. >> never happened. >> uh-uh. >> oprah had her film crew there. this will air on the own network. beautiful gospel brunch at her home, the promised land, the name of the home. it's a beautiful story to watch. she calls it that and you'll hear it. al roker was crazy. >> of course. >> didn't take one with me. i have nothing. >> that day of all days. >> nothing. you can search my phone. nothing on there. anyway, it was an amazing event. it was to see all of these civil rights pioneers there in this multi-cultural group of people impacted by their sacrifice of this country and i applaud oprah. >> cool. >> it was good. >> including you, miss tamron hall. >> i made it back and he didn't.
>> what's going on outside the window? >> it's so winter. >> see. >> i'm on board with this now. >> broke you down in ten minutes. that's how long it took for me, too. >> now we're talking about a nor'easter. it's more of a rainy nor'easter as opposed to a snowy one. we'll see this area of low pressure actually back to the west. it's going to drag in some warmer air. we do still have the chance of that rain and freezing rain to turn over to snow on the back side of this storm especially as we go into tuesday night. six inches except in the higher elevations. ski resorts will see 20 inches of snow. coastal flooding, three to five inches of rain and also wind gusts up near 50 miles per hour. at the time of the astronomical high tide. 10:00 am tuesday, rain is coming down real hard. eventually this cold front will turn rain 9:11. good monday morning to you.
christina loren. light showers, already clearing the north bay this morning. i want to show you this time lapse from belvedere. you can see that sky opening up over marin county. san jose, nice and clear, we do have a really comfortable start to the week. temperatures in the 60s and 70s. in fact, mid to upper 60s and low 70s. as we get into tomorrow, staying dry, that will continue for most of wednesday, then heavy rain, more rain potentially than we've had in a decade on thursday. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thanks. dan stevens joins us. oh, my. is it dan stevens? >> it is dan stevens. >> that's a big reveal. >> it is dan stevens. >> that's a big reveal. that's what you call a reveal on ♪ >> it is dan stevens. >> that's a big reveal. that's what you call a reveal on
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we are talking about the adventure-filled film "night of the museum: secrets of the tomb." >> instantly reminded of someone we used to know. >> i'm larry and this is my son, nick. >> now you, you remind me of a man i once knew at camelot. >> really? one of the knights of the round table? >> no, eric. >> eric? >> our fool. he was the funniest fool i ever met. he was so good. you have what he had, the gift. >> that's weird. >> you could be a fool. >> i don't know about that. >> come on. of course you could. we could get you one of those hats with the funnily little dangly bell. >> dangly bells? >> dan stevens is with us. i can only imagine what it was like behind the scenes, filming this. your daughter, your 5-year-old daughter, was able to sneak it on set as well. >> yeah. >> had to just be magical. >> such exciting place.
those sets were just beautiful. >> ben stiller dangly bells off camera? >> i still haven't bought him one of those hats. >> did that just come off the top of your head, dangly bells? >> shawn encouraged me to tease him, wind him up. we liked the idea that he reminded me of this medieval fool. >> so many people identify you with "downton abbey." this allows you to flex some comedy muscle that is many might not know were there, including stand-up that you did at cambridge. >> they produced some of the great comedians of england and, yeah, i wanted to try my hand. i never wanted it to be stand-up, per se. it's still one of the scariest and most rewarding things i did on stage. >> was it fun to break into
comedy and ad lib? >> yeah, yeah. taken those school trips around big castles constantly and go past the tin suits. in 1215, jeffrey the fromag fro bayonetted -- >> it can't be easy acting and performing in that suit. that's legit, what, 50 pounds? >> yeah. it's quite difficult to go to the louvre. you have to plan your bathroom break. >> is there a door? >> sort of a wench. >> front door on a castle, right? >> we're visualizing everything now. >> raise the draw bridge! >> so to speak. >> so to speak. it's very heavy. >> the suit? >> yeah. >> not the draw bridge. >> not the draw bridge.
>> so bad. >> doing all the action in that as well. have to keep quite fit doing it. i've been doing a quite a bit of action recently. i quite enjoy it. >> you rode a horse through trafalgar square. he has horse envy. >> i do? >> yeah. that's what he said. how impressed his kids would be, lucy and george, if you rode in on a horse. >> my mom and dad came up to see that being filmed and moi my mom sweetly said well that probably won't happen again, rydering through trafalgar square in full armor. it's very wet underfoot. if you fall, you will break your neck. and action! if i look a little bit scared in that scene, that's why. no. it was amazing. amazing. >> an amazing franchise. fun for the entire family. dan, thank you so much. congratulations. by the way, night of the museum,
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prone to arthritis. researchers looked at mris from about 700 knees. all 3 knees that had undergone surgery developed arthritis within a year. of those with cartilage tears who did not have surgery, about 60% developed arthritis. doctors in hawaii hope that one boy's unusual health scare could help other young athletes. the 16-year-old developed an irregular heartbeat after a hard hit to the chest during football practice before returning to normal. now doctors say it's important to be aware of irregular heartbeat in such cases because it might raise the risk for more severe heart trouble. if you're not sure who you should tip or how much over the holidays, kiplinger.com has some advice. hairstylist, landscaper, nanny or babysitter, one week's pay for a tip. for others it demands the cost of a session.
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authorities say san leandro police shot a female car thief who rammed an officer after the chase, ended up in oakland. she's now listed in grave condition in the hospital. and the heated rivalry stayed mostly on the field yesterday when the lowly raiders, at least previously lowly won 24-13. there were a few scuffles and arrests, but not much more than that. this marked the first battle of the bay in three years where fights in the stands and gun shots put an end to the preseason series. we did not see any of that, thankfully, this past weekend. we'll have a look at your weather and traffic coming up right after this break.
welcome back now. live look at san jose, the haze is clearing up. and you can see the new landscape changing. green hills all across the bay area, just beautiful, and it's been years since they've been this green. so enjoy it. more rain on the way late week. we'll see a nice start to the week, temperatures mostly in the 60s. all the way through wednesday.
heavy rain returns, though, wednesday night into thursday. and gusty wind, as well. the latest today at 11:00. first, here's mike and your drive. >> looking over here and a slowdown. late slowdown coming in through dublin. also, there's that haze that christina's talking about. that's not the issue for drivers. slowdown looks like it's compressing toward the interchange. continues slow after a couple of crashes through oxley and new one over there in washington. not so bad for the south bay, looking into the city, an easy drive. although slowing through san mateo. >> and that 580 commute, as well. we'll see you again in 25 minutes with another look at weather and traffic. . it's our slow simmered vegetables and tender white meat chicken. apology accepted. i'm watching you soup people. make it progresso or make it yourself some people think vegetables are boring. but with green giant's delicious seasonings and blends, we just may change their minds.
ho ho ho green giant! welcome back to "today." it's monday, the 8th of december, 2014. people bundled up on what dylan calls the warm spring day. >> when you stand in seven feet of snow in buffalo with the snow and wind in your face, you'll agree. >> it's cold outside. dylan is hanging out with us. al and natalie are off today. apple out with the best of 2014. >> best? >> best selling song, "happy" by pharrell williams. >> is that record sales? that's a fact. okay. we love that song. >> she needs to know all the details. >> they're long lists at the end of the year. willie's lists.
go on. >> willie's lists. "frozen" top song. >> it came out last december. >> i didn't even realize that. >> 2013. i was just told that. >> that's why it's so popular t just grew in popularity. >> blew up all year. most downloaded film of the year. top app facebook messenger and snapchat, one and two. >> messenger made you do it. all of a sudden you can't check your facebook messages unless you do it. >> and snapchat made you want to do it. >> tv's most downloaded show. >> i am diana. did i say her name right? >> the red wedding. game of thrones. >> most popular book, "fault in our stars" by john green. >> natalie's favorite. >> and you're into the apps,
right? what's the thing you like? >> two dots. it's a game. >> what is it? >> i don't know if it's new or -- it's a fun game where you connect the same-colored dot. >> they're for nursery school children. >> i'm on board for 183. >> how often do you play that at work, did. ylan? >> never at work. >> sure. >> she finger paints in her free time. it's amazing. amazing. >> this is not how you treat guests. he's still bitter about you saying it's not winter. >> yeah. >> it was one of the top three apps. >> see? for children. >> for children. >> direct all those tweets at willie. >> wonderful, wonderful game. >> you're downloading it now. >> i'll do weather and you can -- we'll see if you can -- >> you need your passcode. we can get this. >> let's talk about the weather, meantime. we already talked about the nor'easter tomorrow on the east coast. now we've got this bigger storm system out on the west coast. moisture being pulled in off the
pacific here. we'll see a round of rain tuesday into wednesday in the seattle area. overnight wednesday into thursday morning, that's when all of this rain will move back into parts of california. we're looking at gusty winds and also the possibility of as much as three to five inches of rain in an area that was already hard hit with flooding not that long ago. mud slides could be another concern again mostly wednesday night into thursday. elsewhere across the country, western great lakes and scattered sho 9:33. good monday morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. light activity already clearing through the north bay, most of the bay area is dry. and turning sunny already. temperatures are going to be comfortable for today. 65 degrees for the north bay, 66 in san francisco. 66 on the east shore. out in the tri-valley, 69 degrees for you. and we're going to get close to 70 right here in san jose. by the end of the week, a lot of rainfall on the way. potentially up to 8 inches in the higher elevations. we'll detail this for you today at 11:00.
>> and that's your latest forecast. >> stars of the tbs sitcom, "ground floor." you know john mcginley best for the sarcastic doctor on "scrubs" and skylar astin hit it big in the film "pitch perfect." >> now they're teaming up. tomorrow night's premiere pics s up where season one left off, with brody choosing his personal life over your job. >> i want your apology. >> ooirm not giving you one. >> now i am interested. >> sir, i know blowing you off for jenny was impulsive, emotional and objectively pretty damn stupid. if you put me in the same position 100 times i would do the same thing every time because someone i look up to like a father once told me to never apologize for a decision based on love. >> that was me. >> i love that. good morning, guys. thanks for joining us. okay, skylar, work, personal
life, have you ever had that dilemma? >> with love versus work? >> where you were called in to work but you wanted to hang out? >> i think that i'm a consummate professional so, no, that's never happened. i show up on time. >> you were dating your co-star in "pitch perfect." >> okay, you got me there. >> nice, dylan. >> you date your co-star so it's all right there, compartmentalize. >> i married my cameraman. >> see? >> oh, duh. >> i missed my sister's wedding when i was in mexico, doing a film with paul newman and my father let me off the hook. i'll remember it to this day. i called him from durango, mexico. he said, we're going to have the wedding whether you're there or not. >> love that. >> i think that was irish love. thanks, dad. >> he calls you jumbo? >> yes. i'm a lot of man. >> i love that voice you use. you kind of built this whole
character. >> i wanted to create as much distance from dr. cox and scrubs as i could. and so right when daniel day lewis was doing lincoln, i heard him say he wanted to find lincoln's voice. it doesn't exist, obviously. i decided that mansfield was going to be a combination of three guys who imprinted me. so i put it way back in here. it's very different than dr. cox, who was up in here. >> and he also swallows a bunch of gravel before he goes on. >> yeah. >> that's good acting. >> painful, but it works. >> skylar, for people just coming to the show, season one, starting season two, set the scene for what we're watching. >> it's kind of like romeo and juliette in the workplace. i work on the top floor, very successful guy. and the girl i fall in love with works on the ground floor, kind of a different like class battle there. and my boss is not a big fan of
mixing that kind of relationship with work. and there's -- we're just surrounded by crazy characters and we keep it grounded and we keep it funny. it's a blast. >> there's something about the office space, if you'll forgive the term. >> nice, willie. >> that you sort of mastered. >> what are you trying to do here? >> you'll forgive us. dylan and i were on youtube watching clips of you for "office space." >> once you said it the way it was written, mike was generalious enough to give you enough rope you wanted to hang yourself with. and so a lot of that stuff was improv'd. sometimes that's a blessing. sometimes it's a curse. he was able to chop it together so it felt organic and part of the piece. >> upper management written all over it. >> yep. >> congratulations, guys. can't wait for the second season. thank you so much for joining us. >> yes. absolutely. >> catch "ground floor" tuesday nights, tbs.
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little bit of everything. short bread, cheddar cheeses coming from wisconsin. >> love it. so this one here, we already have it up. this is called hot honey. spicy honey. for the foodie on your list that's really into food trends. you'll see there's a chili pepper in here. >> hot sauce honey? >> it's a spiced honey. this is excellent. dribble it on a little cheese. here is your hot honey. or you can go rogue. you do whatever you want to do. >> i've never had one of these dainty little spoons. >> we can share. >> you can dip. >> you just do it like this. >> i'm tasting. >> good stuff. >> what she thinks about hot honey. it has a good little kick to it. >> yes, it does. >> little spice to it. this is a three-jam gift sampler. this is enough jam for the year literally. choose from the most popular flavors.
orange apricot marmalade here. >> what is this? >> from bread's bakery, chocolate bobka pie. >> excuse me for eating. >> this is all for the sweet tooths on your list. and this is an organic fruit of the month. $42. >> i love the clementine. >> those are mandarin. it's a mixer fruit. pears, too. this is the colt classic here. little bits of chocolate. my achilles heel. put that in your mouth. >> and this. >> amazing. >> from nashville, which you'll
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introducing wink. it's like a robot butler, but not as awkward. >> dylan just asked what pop fix is. >> i didn't ask what pop fix is. i asked what we're doing now. >> you hold up your mug. >> time for pop fix, dylan. thanks for watching. baby news for two big stars over the weekend. kourtney kardashian, due during the holidays, has kept the sex of her baby-to-be secret until now. a show i don't miss, the oldest kardashian -- she's the oldest? she and her boyfriend, scott, are having another boy. they have a beautiful son, mason and daughter penelope. and premature birth. during his speech at the march of dimes celebration of babies event over the weekend,
"guardians of the galaxy" star shared an emotional story about the struggles he and his wife endured after his son, jack, was born. his son battled for his life in nicu, quote, i made promises in that moment about what kind of dad i wanted to be and i just prayed that he would live long enough that i could keep them. they welcomed baby jack into the world premature. is he now strong, smart, happy, funny, beautiful boy. a lot of parents with with preemies who spend days, weeks and months in nicu can identify with that. >> it's amazing what doctors can do with baby that is small. >> and the staff who is dedicated to help those babies. bravo to them. sporting the blond look, channing tatum's new do. yeah. this is for a new film. sexiest man alive, still is, in
my opinion. anyway, doing this for the "hail caesar" movie which stars george clooney. and the biebs, where have you been? rocked a new blond do. working on something. the beliebers are tweeting. willie, did you ever frost your hair? >> no. once in seventh grade, i forget what we were doing but my mom wanted to do something to my hair. i had bleach in my hands and did that. so i had racing stripes. >> i love how you cleverly blamed your mom. my mom wanted me to have frosting stripes. >> she knows. >> come on, mom, you have to be watching pop fix. dylan doesn't. somebody has to. >> i like pop fix. i learn
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mercury news says the guard tried to break up a fight among rival fans when he was shot. police say people were certainly detained but we're not clear if the shooter was among them. san francisco police discovered an assault rifle under a car near the scene of a shooting last night. happened around 9:30 in the western addition. this victim's injury is not life threatening. it's not super clear if the rifle was actually used in the shooting. we continue to investigate. another benefit from the recent rain at the end of fire season in parts of northern california. today, state officials will declare fire season over for napa, sonoma and other counties. now, there is more rain moving in. let's check in with christina. >> hey, good monday morning. temperatures for today are going to end up in the upper 60s to low 70s just about everywhere. mid-60s for san francisco and the north bay. good-looking day today, tomorrow, as well. then we will see some changes starting late wednesday. we've got a potent storm system on the way. really going to bring us heavy
rain as we head throughout your thursday and maybe even more rain than we've had in over a decade here in the bay area. i'm going to detail for you today at 11:00. >> still have a little slowdown in the north bay. quite a bit, and also haze, southbound 101, couple of stalls throughout the area approaching san pedro. look at the map. that's your segment that shows the red blip through san rafael. the rest of your drive looking good. approaching the toll plaza, light backup there. slow at 680 south out of pleasant hill and concord. a crash in alamo. tied things up for a bit. there's the rest of your bay, compression down through fremont, as well as northbound through mountainville and. back to you. >> thanks, we'll have another update coming up in half an hour.
from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. it is fun day monday. we're so glad you're here with us. it is december 8th. we have a terrific show for you as usual. the very talented melissa joan hart is here with a new tv movie to get you in the christmas spirit. >> all your hollywood scoop including a new picture of jessica beale with what may or may not be but may be a baby bump. >> i thought that was a fact. >> if you like a homemade christmas, the master of pop-up books, robert sebuda is here.
he'll show you how to make fabulous designs for your holiday table. he's genius. >> he is. >> how about the royals are here. >> the royals -- >> they're in new york. >> that's right. i forgot. some of us are caught up in other things, but -- like my cleavage. >> i can't get over it. by the way, i think this is the most -- let it go. let's see. ♪ let it go let it go ♪ >> i apologize but too late to change dresses. >> william and kate are here. they arrived in new york city yesterday. what? is he zooming in? what is happening? >> did somebody zoom in. >> just give me warning if you're going to. they flew in on a commercial jet. i said it was probably, what did you think? british airways. >> they were outside of the carlisle, people were waiting and cheering and snapping pictures. >> remember when diana used to stay there. >> which is one of the reasons they end up going there last night. they have a busy jam packed
schedule. so busy, in fact -- >> they have in time to visit us. >> no time. but we have a glass of wine waiting. >> but she's pregnant. >> not for her. for her husband. >> he's off doing stuff today. >> he's going to see president obama at the white house. kate is going to an event in harlem. tonight they're both going to watch the -- >> basketball game. >> they're going to watch the cavaliers. >> that's a busy day. she's due in april. >> she doesn't look pregnant, does she? >> she didn't the last time either. i love how classy they are. a classy couple. >> i wonder if beyonce and jay-z will be at the game too. >> they were -- no, that was the "annie" premiere. i didn't know she was a producer of that. >> i didn't know that either. >> the kennedy center honors last night. way to go, sting, and congratulations, tomorrow night, he's going into his own show, a big, big week. >> weekend. couple of -- i got into a couple of things this weekend.
>> you did. you start. >> james taylor, you guys, in the garden, james taylor sat on a barstool, pulled out his guitar and played in the garden. it was beautiful. >> always excellent. >> he had new songs too but he played the old songs which made the crowd go wild. and cyndi lauper raises money for kids. that's a picture i took. it was fun. i -- >> hoda brought out the leather. >> i did. leather and put boots on, which are really snow boots but they're all i had. anyway, but it was -- they raised a lot of money. she is so sincere and real and cool. >> good, good. >> how was your weekend? >> good. it was good. all last week we taped our "today," the musical. i was tired from that. but regis was such a hit around here. wait until you see him on the musical. i wanted to take him out to dinner and thank him and joy hadn't been here and frank
hadn't been there and i thought we'll relive a little of it for them. it was an awful night, so they came to the house and sat by the fire and just -- i was so proud of him. so great in this. >> can i say something about the musical. we're put on the musical. it is coming up. probably before the first of the year. i didn't know what it was going to feel like. it was fun to do. we watched a take of it, it is really fun. i can't believe -- you are going to enjoy it. wait until you see the singing and dancing of this crew. okay. >> i didn't know what kind of a talent pool i had when i started it. would you buy a slice of cake from one of the royal weddings? >> well, apparently william and kate's wedding cake, they auctioned off one slice, and it went for -- it was expected to go for a thousand dollars. it ended up going for $7,500. so somebody bought the cake -- a piece of the cake. >> it comes with a blank wedding
invitation on the queen's stationery. >> and when charles and diana got married, they auctioned off a piece of that wedding cake too and that was 27-year-old wedding cake that went for $6,000. >> what do you do with it? you take it out and show people? i could have shown it to regis and joy saturday night. what are you going to do with a frozen piece of cake? >> i don't know. i'm not sure why you do it. i goeuess to say i have it and t it in the freezer. there was a lot of anticipation for the show called "eaten alive" and a lot of people are upset at the results. >> they feel cheated. >> they feel cheated and let down. okay, there was a guy named -- there is a guy named paul rosalie. >> we gave it away. >> there still is. he was suppose to be eaten alive by an anaconda. >> that's what people were hoping for. >> a two-hour special. for first hour and 45 minutes, you watched him try to find an
anaconda big enough to eat him. >> how big is he? >> he didn't seem that big. didn't seem so huge. >> put on all this gear and mask and a hat and all kinds of stuff. he got rid of his arm and leg gear because he felt they were too constricting. anyway, you get doused with blood so that the anaconda wants to swallow you. and so he started getting wrapped up by this snake and we're not going to give you all the detail because apparently it was very disturbing and hard to watch. here is the headline, he got wrapped up by it and he didn't get swallowed by it, though it tried to bite his head, the helmet was too big. anyway, so he did ask for help because i guess the anaconda was tightening up on had him and he afraid his arm was going to break. so everybody came to the rescue. so that's that. >> people would have been happier if the snake had eaten him? >> i guess. >> is that what we -- >> this is what we have come to in our society. >> he had the camera and i
doechdon't know what his plan was when he was in there. >> let me know why you feel cheated. >> peta says this, making the snake use up energy by swallowing this fool and then possibly regurgitating him would have left the poor animal exhausted and deprived of the energy that he or she needs. >> who cares about the human being? it is all about the snake. >> all right, so, have you seen ath that show called "naked and afraid". it is about survivalists who try to make it in the woods for 2 is d -- 21 days without any clothes on. leave it to seth rogan and james franco, they did their own take on "naked and afraid." take a look. >> oh, man. >> you're supposed to be hot australian-like survivalist. >> do you know anything about surviving out here? >> okay, okay. >> honestly, i was a little
surprised. >> i was hoping to be teamed up with a woman but franco is the next best thing. he's hairless. take his glasses off, he's pretty much a woman. >> use a leaf. >> no. i have a sensitive butt. i'm not using a leaf. what did you bring? >> sunglasses. >> that's what i was going to do. >> i look good. >> that was weird. >> quite the bro manse going on. >> he looks like pit bull a little, i thought. >> yeah. >> okay. it is time for our favorite thing my mom got me this. my mom is going to be cooking on the show during the christmas holidays. she told me about this nail polish because my nail polish always chips and chips and chips. she said have you heard of deborah lipman which i had not. i got the polish, i put it on, for two weeks it lasted -- look, it is not bad. two weeks it lasted. i am hard on my hands.
>> what do you do all the time? >> i don't know. $10 for the thing. it is worth it and it lasts. so there. sephora. >> i read this book quite a few months ago, when it was in galley form. eric metaxis is an amazing writer, he wrote "amazing grace," a brilliant writer, new york times best-seller, he wrote this book called "miracles", he'll be on, on the 30th of december with us. get it before that. a great christmas gift. only interviewed people he knows, not meriracles he's hear about. it is fascinating. >> also, we had sad news, you guys. we were looking at usa today and there is a woman who we love named olivia barker. she wrote stories about our show. in our studio quite a bit. and she was battling breast cancer and she is very young, 44 years old --
>> 5-year-old son. >> she passed away. we wanted to let her family and friends know that we love her. >> she was one of those people that every time they came in, light and laughter, just joyful. she wasn't out to get you like some are. she just wanted to be fair and we will really miss her. and our heart goes out to her family. >> coming up, her holiday movies always have a lot of heart. >> we're talking about the melissa joan hart who is reminding everyone of the true [coach] alright, listen up. out on that field today, you will be ready for anything. and i want you to always remember, this is the greatest team you will ever be part of. there is important work to be done. and only some able to do it. can you make the cut? you've been part of this family for as long as i can remember.
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>> in her lastest project she pulls double duty and actress and director in the tv movie "the santa con" where she tries to set her brother and his friend straight. >> what is he doing here? >> he has been staying at the y. we thought he could save a little money. >> you think i'm running a halfway house for you and your convict friends. why don't you open a methadone clinic in the attic, how would that be? >> i play a fun character. but i was so busy with the directing part of it, i didn't really -- i was -- it was my directorial debut. i've done shows before, sabrina and melissa and joey, but this is different. this is storytelling. this is my ship to run. >> how did you find the experience? >> the anxiety before we actually got to camera was -- almost killed me. once we started filming, i remembered what a blast i had directing and how much i loved it.
>> when you're in a scene like that, how are you directing it when you're in it? >> well, i already set up the shot, worked with the dp, the camera operator and we set the shot and know what we're looking at. i have my sister as a stand in, she looks like me. i've seen what it looks like. now i have to pop in and i going to see the performances face to face. i know the performances, besides my own, but my mother is always my executive producer. she executive produced sabrina and melissa and joey so she's keeping an eye out too. >> how did you turn out so normal? >> you always ask me this. >> you are -- >> i wrote a book because you asked me that. i was, like, i need to write a book to tell kathie lee how i -- >> we see the train wrecks that happen with these kids that start so early. >> what do you think your parents did right? >> they gave us a loving household that wasn't about the industry, that was about go ride your bike, go outside, drink water from the hose. wasn't, like -- i didn't grow up in l.a. and hollywood on red carpets. i was in long island.
>> like lindsay lohan, she grew up in new long island. >> i think she came a little later. a lot more pressure on girls to have a clothing line and perfume and -- >> and naked pictures. >> yes. >> i feel like i see you a lot now because the walmart commercials are everywhere. >> i don't even watch tv and i see it all the time. >> you're with anthony anderson. >> yes. he's a blast. we had a great time. we shot our last few the other day. i'm going to miss him if we don't do any more. >> i think they're very successful. >> we did 45 commercials, plus not including the five peter pan spots i did with my family. >> those ended up being a huge hit. >> huge. >> you and your kids and your husband. >> me, my three kids and my husband and the big twitter question is are those your kids? casting people have been calling for my kids and stuff. >> how do you feel about that? >> it is flattering if someone thinks your kids are talented or cute, but at the same time --
>> their ages again? >> 2, 6 and 8. tyler, brady and mason. >> how is christmas shopping going by the way? >> so crazy. my husband and i, he gets -- he wakes up in the morning with his coffee and amazon, he's online trying to online shop and getting things shipped to the house and we celebrate christmas somewhere else than we live, so he's always, like, sending stuff and i'm sending stuff and then we go shopping together and then we haven't gotten anything and then we get there and we unwrap everything and we're like -- we have gotten every single thing. walmart has sent them every toy that exists as well. >> i'm not going to tell you what to do, but lovely if you took them to a shelter for other kids. >> we are. we're taking the kids on friday and serve the homeless dinner. walmart actually donated all the toys we used on the set to my favorite charity. >> perfect. >> that's awesome. >> everybody wins. >> we love seeing you. the world premier of "the santa con" is december 13th on lifetime. you met the finalists in the search for america's kindest
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yea. but just as important are all the finists. kayla, kevin, collin and cayman. >> congratulations on all the kind things you do. >> they're all very different. >> yes. >> want to tell us about it. >> yes. >> tell us what you do that is kind. >> well, i make care packages for kids that have cancer. >> that is so sweet. >> what do you do, sweetie? >> i help tornado victims. >> tornado victims. >> what do you do, sweetie? >> what do you do, little missy? >> i make bags for less fortunate people. >> she makes bags for less fortunate people. >> what do you put in your bags? >> crackers and applesauce and
water. >> that's so nice. >> and toys. >> toys. wow. >> what do you do, sweetie? >> i make the military smile. >> how do you do that? >> i make cards for them. >> and you send them to them when they're overseas serving our country, right? >> we remember. >> you remember his story made -- your story made kathie lee cry. >> all the stories do. i love seeing children learn how to be kind early on. >> exactly. >> what about you, collin? >> i collect coats and give them to the open door mission for the homeless people. >> that is so great. you guys, do your parents do kind things for people? is that where you learned it? >> i would say yes. >> i see other people do it. >> what does it feel like when you do something kind for someone? >> it feels like i'm really awesome.
>> you are really awesome. you guys have been having fun in new york city. >> what have you done here? >> what have you done here in new york? >> so far, i went to a restaurant. >> what did you do? >> what yare you going to do today? hello, you were all just screaming about it. >> where are we going? >> we're going skating. >> at the rink. >> and to the movies? what movie are we going to see? >> "night at the museum 3". >> what is good about being kind? >> raise your hand. >> yes, go. >> so if you're kind, you spread kindness. if you want you don't spread kindness. >> tell us why it is good to be kind. >> it is nice to be kind. >> nice.
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welcome back. i'm christina loren. a mix of sun and clouds in the forecast for today. temps in the upper 60s to low 70s. going to be nice out there. few showers in the north bay. those will clear by this afternoon. fog will make way to sunshine. a little bit of fog out there in the tri-valley this morning. watch out for that. otherwise, beautiful day coming your way. we'll see a nice day tuesday into wednesday. and then very heavy rain coming in by thursday, potentially the heaviest we've had in over a decade. we'll have all the latest on that for you today at 11:00. first, here's mike and your drive. we're looking at the bay bridge toll plaza, which is a lot lighter right now. easy drive off the left approach. light approach has your backup for the cash lane. let's look at your map. an easy drive, only at the toll plaza where you have your slowdown here. we have recovery south of 680. slow through alamo into danville. and the northbound route through the south bay, looking good. back to you.
>> all right, mike. make sure to join us for our big show at 11:00. see you then. we are back with more of "today" on this fun day monday. time to get you caught up on "today's buzz" and all the hot hollywood gossip you may have missed over the weekend. >> here with the celebrity scoop is the grio.com's entertainment editor chris witherspoon. hey. >> how are you? >> nice jacket. >> thank you. >> you're totally stepping it up. >> got to keep up with you ladies. >> let's talk about jessica beale. we thought we knew she was pregnant. >> people speculated for a month she's pregnant, but she was photographed this weekend walking her dog, looking cute. you see this photo of her wearing a vest, hoodie, jogging pants and people say they see a bump. we talked to her rep. they're not confirming that her and justin are pregnant. they have been married for two
years now so about time they consider starting a family. >> that's such a private thing. i so respect that they want to keep this just to themselves if they are expecting a child. >> whether it is a baby bump or just some extra thanksgiving food sitting there, she looks great. >> i don't understand the fascination with baby bumps. >> let's move on to the hotty george clooney, in a gladiator costume. >> not his most -- it is a comedy, right? >> it is a film called "caesar," 1950s in hollywood. he's walking this er throwback hairdo, short hairdo, gladiator costume. he looks good. he can do no wrong. he's one of hollywood's heartthrobs for a reason. also his co-star channing tatum made some buzz, people were buzzing about him going blond. blond, blond kind of coify look. >> who is the person in the front? that's what everybody wants to know. >> you see channing and george can do no wrong. are they still hot? >> i think everybody can do
wrong, yes. i think -- >> i think channing looks much better not like that. >> everybody makes mistakes. >> magic mike soon and he can redeem himself there. >> lifetime movie coming out people are talking about, the whitney movie. her family has been -- they did not want this released, right? >> buzzed about for good and bad. her mother came out and -- the trailer came out and everybody is buzzing. looks kind of good. this will be her big screen debut. >> lip-synching right. >> deborah cox is singing whitney houston's voice. deborah cox is singing four whitney houston songs. directorial debut. >> they say it shouldn't be a tv movie, it should be more of a big -- >> i felt the same way. but i think this film might pique interest in hollywood to bring a big film to the box
office. >> okay. >> i'll go see it. >> oh, sure. you have to. it is on television. >> demi lovato is coming out, she's talking about -- she had an eating disorder, she talked about it. >> she opened up in "fitness" magazine saying last summer she was battling bulimia. she said she was, you know, kind of obsessing over what she was eating. her boyfriend called her out on it and say i see you're obsessing over what you're eating. let's get you some help. it is great to hear someone in hollywood coming clean -- >> she had other issues i think -- >> yes. it is great to see a young star opening up and showing young girls that we go through the same thing. >> can we talk real quickly about kanye and kim. what is going on? >> kim has not been present with kanye performing in new york. and everyone is buzzing that they could be heading towards a breakup
breakup. we don't know for sure. >> what do you think? >> i think there is so much pressure had when it comes to being a hollywood couple. some of it is transparent and done so much for show. it makes me worried but we don't know for sure. >> usually as newlyweds, you're standing a lot of time together. >> remember those days? >> newlyweds and new parents. all those things at once that i think is a lot of pressure. >> all right. >> nice to see you. >> thank you, ladies. >> make your holidays really pop with these amazing creations from robert sabuda. he's back with a new book and fun christmas decor that you can create yourself right after this. [ woman ] i've had it with my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... the frustration... covering up. so i talked with my doctor. he prescribed enbrel. enbrel is clinically proven to provide clearer skin. many people saw 75% clearance in 3 months. and enbrel helped keep skin clearer at 6 months. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers,
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>> his name is robert sabuda. >> yes. >> he's the author of 15 incredible pop-up books that amaze us year after year. he really is incredibly talented. >> this new one, the dragon and the knight brings classic fairy tales to life page by page. today he'll show us how to make something ourselves, cutting up paper and making a centerpiece. >> come around here and we'll -- >> wait, wait, wait. look at the pages. >> they're amazing. >> i love dragons. i love knights. i always wanted to do a mashup of a book between classic fairy tales with the dragon and there say lot of humor. so a lot of kids read out loud, story time. >> do you get this in your mind first? >> like a movie, like a musical. >> a musical. >> how long will each pop-up basically take you to actually make. >> this can take me months to do each one. i say about a year -- it takes a year to come up with the whole
book. >> now, what age group is this book for? >> from 3 to 93 i say. i have people bring it, 3-year-olds good with their books and 93-year-old grandparents who love it with them. >> it is great. you have to be careful with the book, because it seems that -- >> a book to love and take care of. >> so you're going to show us -- >> we'll make a pop-up centerpiece. we have our snow men in front of us. we'll decorate our snow men. a carrot nose. stick a carrot nose on your snowman, stick it right there in the center. and there is -- you can pick any hat you want. >> whatever we want? >> you can do whatever you want. >> how are they sticking? >> the magic of television. i'm here for knights and dragons. i have a helmet on and you have a bow tie or scarf, anything you want. little bow tie on mine. very good. very good. and then we have arms too. there is a variety of arms. we got a little -- all right. mittens. i'll put mittens on mine.
there you go. beautiful. beautiful. and it is a bow. all right, so we have got our awesome snow men. what we're going to do is we're going to take the piece that is underneath it. beautiful. we're taking pieces underneath and we'll slide them together. take the one underneath and slide it together. we have our is now men there. awesome. beautiful. now we'll take our snow base. leave it in the send attorney pi center and leave the tree base. you can download from the website, cut it out, fold it. we're going to start on the end and slide one through the snow base. you can have them face front. you got it. and then we're going to slot the next one, and go around in the circle. we'll do this one right there. we're going to go around in a circle and round and round and round and keep going. >> love it. >> you got it. you're in. and then finally the last one, the last one in, hey, awesome.
>> i need to cut mine. >> it was cut to begin with. >> where are we taking them? >> you're doing great. >> we're going to take them over. we'll take them over here. the reason they're pop-up, you can make them large for your table or make them narrow and put them on a mantel. >> adorable. >> adorable. >> look at what happens. >> mine is fine -- >> it looks beautiful. >> a great job. >> not everybody is as -- >> but you can get it on the website. >> get it on the website, put it together. >> how to make these on klgandhoda.com. >> you see them every year, ringing their bells next to the bright red kettle, but where did those kettles come from? what's really inside them? robert left. we're shining a light on the salvation army. >> why did you leave?
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red kettle reason on "today" is brought to you by the salvation army. thanks to you, the salvation army will provide shelter for 27,000 people tonight. learn more at red kettle reason.org. >> if you walk the streets in any city across the country, you can't help but come across the bright red kettles and the sound of bells ringing thanks to the salvation army's annual holiday campaign. >> you may not know one hour of bell ringing on average raises enough money to provide a family in need with two bags of groceries. how did this tradition get started? we're going to tell you. it all began in 1891, when a salvation army captain in san francisco set up a pot to collect coins to feed the homeless on christmas day. six years later, the idea
spread, all across the country. one newspaper hailed the cauldron as the newest and most novel device for collecting money. in 1900, a young cadet got the air to buy a ten cent bell to ring to gain attention while trying to raise the funds. it was so successful, all the cadets started doing it. today, there are about 25,000 kettle bell ringers, who brave the elements every day, singing, dancing and doing whatever they can to help feed millions of people. kettles are used worldwide and can be found in korea, japan, chile, and all throughout europe. an incredible story. >> here with us, we're so happy, we have a family of bellringers. meryl has been volunteering for 59 years. daughter colleen and his grandsons derrick and meryl are bell ringers. >> thank you. >> wow. >> what a story. what made you get involved at the very beginning, merrill?
>> i started with the kawanis club and then became they had a ceo program in the army, so our company rang bells. when we sold the company, it became the family, ringing bells and that's quite a tradition. >> you must have been watching your dad do it. is it something you were eager to do or did you just feel like you should because you wanted to follow in your dad's footsteps? >> absolutely. >> yeah. >> it has become a family tradition. doing something that gives back to the community, that's something we were raised with. and try to do on a daily basis. >> and you all do it in denver, colorado, where it gets brisk. what about you guys? was it a natural thing for you as well? >> yeah, definitely. it started with the family, been ringing over 20 years now. >> it is funny because a lot of people now have smartphones and not everyone carries cash anymore. how do you guys incentivize
people to give? do you have a special technique? >> dancing, making noise. >> you do? >> what is your thing? >> eye contact is important. trying to get attention and we hand out candy canes to try to get people to come into the kettle. >> do you find most people are delighted to give or are there more and more grinches that you see in the streets today? >> still a lot of people that give. and sometimes it is surprising even the people that who gives cash in the kettle. >> you guys use big cowbells. >> the mother load right here. tell us about that, merrill. >> my grandfather had a set of four of these bells. and when he passed, the four bells were passed, two to one son, two to another son. these are those that our family has. >> that's heavy. >> they were made for the swiss
e ex exposition. >> there is a new technique you're talking about, the singing and dancing. we have somebody here who will show us -- >> yes. come on in. by the way, the guy is at rockefeller center. the tree is there, a lot of people have their eyes peeled on you. will you show us your technique? >> sure, sure. >> so we can dance. >> crank up the music. >> all right. ♪ >> do your thing. >> merry christmas! ♪ >> oh, yeah! >> how could you not give to guys like this, right? >> you can also donate to the salvation army. >> you can do that by purchasing kathie lee's book "good gifts," all the proceed goes to the organization. go to goodgiftsbook.org. >> we'll be back with another
our 21st annual toy drive is in full swing thanks to your generous donations. we already shipped out nearly $8 million in toys and gifts. >> rick goings is tupperware's chairman and ceo and one of our very, very generous contributors. also on the national board of governors and the boys and girls clubs of america. and he's brought along the organization's national youth of the year. you know what her name is? mariah sullivan. >> congratulations, sweetheart. >> i saw you right away when we walked in. i thought, i wonder what she's here for. tell us about what you guys are donating. >> i think the most important thing is not only the product of boys and girls clubs, 4 million kids, mariah is an example. and we have distributed through the years to the clubs more than
50 million in toys from the "today" show. this year -- >> what is that? >> it is a frozen lunch box. >> oh, my goodness. >> that is the hottest thing going. do you mind if we put it in our little -- look, we have our little wagon. you can put a sandwich in there. that's -- that's a hot one. >> that's a hot one. >> thank you. >> you've been doing this for a long time. what compels you each year? >> this. >> great kid every year. >> yes. she's now in school, tell us about what you're studying? >> i'm studding science to be a neurosurgeon to help with brain cancer. >> i have no doubt you're going do it. >> congratulations. thank you for coming to see us. >> don't goeforget, our toy dri runs through december 19th. the details are on klgandhoda.com. >> the salvation army is asking people why they donate through the red kettle reason campaign. >> let us know why you do.
and right now at 11:00, an all too familiar sight in berkeley. crews cleaning up the mess left by protesters as yet another peaceful demonstration turns violent for a second straight night. good morning, everyone, thank you for joining us. protesters are vowing to hit the streets again tonight over a decision to not charge police officers in the deaths of unarmed men. nbc bay area's bob redell live in berkeley. and, bob, it's starting to sound li cleanup. >> reporter: and it could be a third day coming. good morning to you, kris and scott. we spoke with a berkeley police officer off camera who tells us that