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few minutes with instant moisture from k-y ultragel. severe weather ahead today with 48 million americans in the path of major thunderstorms, plus enhanced risk including possible tornados. trumped again. a hawaiian judge blocks the president's so-called travel ban stopping another white house executive order. >> ivanka trump moves into a new role with her father, but now held to new ethics rules standards. >> a notorious jewel thief finds out punishment. >> did jimmy fallon reveal who will win the basketball championships? "early today" starts right now. >> good morning everybody. i'm yasmin vossoughian. >> i'm frances rivera. great to be with you. at least 13 people were killed
when a church bus and pickup truck collided in texas. the bus was carrying a group of senior citizens returning home after a three-day church retreat. one survived. that person was hospitalized remains in critical condition. the driver of the pickup truck survived and was airlifted to the hospital and is now in stable condition. the wreck happened on a two-lane highway 75 west of san antonio. authorities are investigating. >> for reasons unknown, the truck veered into the southbound lane and struck the bus head on. >> the ntsb sent investigators to the scene to determine the cause of the deadly tragedy. >> 48 million americans are at risk of severe strms. over the past 24 hours storms tore through the south, winds up to 90 miles per hour. many homes were destroyed and 200,000 lost power. in seymour, texas you could hear
the the fury. slamming down a barrage of golf ball-sized hail that tore through car windows. take a look at this scene a gust nado, a small but powerful type of wind spotted in western texas. check out these pictures of lightning bolts ripping through the arkansas sky just incredible. bill karins is coming up with your severe weather forecast. developing news out of north carolina, state lawmakers will vote today on a new deal to replace the state's so-called bathroom bill. it repeals the bill forcing transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their birth gender. the state would have final say on bathroom policies. some say the new within is a new version of the old law. the new bill comes after the ncaa removed championships from the state over the law which they call discriminatory. several entertainers also
canceled shows there in protest. the associated press estimates the law could have cost north carolina over $3 billion in lost business over the next 12 years. governor roy cooper says the new deal will repair north carolina's reputation. overnight president trump travel restriction was dealt a major blow, a federal judge in hawaii extended his block on the president's so-called travel ban on refugees and people from predominantly muslim countries so that the administration will not be able to enforce the executive order. mr. trump's on the issue since taking office. in his argument hawaii's attorney general quoted mr. trump saying the ban is a watered down version of the original telling the court we cannot fault the president for being politically incorrect but fault him for being constitutionally incorrect. on twitter the ag office posted this statement, the court will not crawl into a corner pull the shutters closed and pretend it has not seen what it has. the white house continuing to defend the executive order saying the ban falls within the
president's power to protect national security. this morning first daughter ivanka trump will take on a new role as she becomes a federal employee. her title assistant to the president. she released a statement saying i have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity, while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules and i will serve as an unpaid employee in the white house office subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees. this was a complete about-face from her initial thoughts right after the election. >> people think that you're going to be part of the administration, ivanka. >> no, i'm going to be a daughter but i've said throughout the campaign that i am very passionate about certain issues and that i want to fight for them. >> but you won't be --
>> wage equality, childcare, these are things that are very important for me. i'm very passionate about education. really promoting more opportunities for women. so you know, there are a lot of things i feel deeply strongly about that not in a formal administrative capacity. >> now she'll join husband jared kushner in the west wing. the white house writing ivanka's service furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency and compliance. it's not unprecedented. the white house last saw an adult child serve during dwight d. eisenhower's time in office. as the president shows a willingness to work across the aisle, his ally paul ryan is flying in the face of that bipartisanship standing his ground and saying he's flatly against working with democrats on health care. >> what i worry about is if we don't do this he'll work with democrats to try and change obamacare and that's not -- that's hardly a conservative thing. this is a can-do president, a business guy who wants to get things done and i know that he wants to get things done with
the republican congress but if this republican congress allows the enemy of the good i worry we'll push the president into working with democrats. he's been suggesting that as much. >> that development comes as new polling shows a majority of americans against president trump and republicans' failed health care plan, some 62% gave the bill and the handling a thumbs down, according to the ap it was the president's worst rating among seven issues the polls tested including the economy, foreign policy and immigration. new this morning we have word from the white house that chinese president xi jinping with meet with president trump at his mar-a-lago resort next week. the two have had a rocky
relationship since president trump first communicated with taiwan. tragedy strikes in the skies as an american airlines pilot dies mid flight on his way to an albuquerque airport. the control tower there received a scary message. >> we've got an issue with one of the pilots. i declare emergency. like to have a medical crew meet us on landing. >> the plane was able to land safely and medical personnel met it at the gate. american airlines issued this statement saying, we are deeply saddened by the death of first officer william "mike" grubgs and they are taking care of the first officer's family and colleagues and our prayers with them during this difficult time. >> ours are as well. a lot of weather causing havoc. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here. >> yesterday we got lucky, only one tornado reported. today could be worse and should be worse. we are watching a targeting of
the area in louisiana, mississippi and tennessee, that's where we could see the biggest tornado threat. in all, a huge risk from the ohio valley down to the gulf coast. still rainy showery weather to areas of the west. we'll watch that moving through the inner mountain west, windy conditions, too, in the southern rockies, that's going to clear us out for a decent afternoon in many areas of the west. as we go throughout friday, not a bad day california, clouds and showers around mt. shasta. nice in santa rosa an sacramento with sunshine. we'll talk more about the wet weather coming into the northwest in a bit. >> you want to tell us about the excitedment building for the final four. >> the zags are getting a lot of
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right now at 4:30, the search is on for a shooter who sprayed bullets in a san francisco neighborhood. the victims, innocent bystanders, including this woman, a fixture in the community. today in the bay starts right now. good morning to you, thanks for joining us. it's thursday already a, i'm laura garcia-canon. >> and i'm sam brock. >> we're going to need hair gel. you say it's very windy throughout? >> it's going to be windy all day. in some spots we have mist and drizzle so going to see also a little bit of something else to mess up your hair this morning. as we get