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we're back with a live local news update. >> join us for nbc bay area news at 11:00. we have the start of the bay bridge series today. see you then. (música). . good morning. texas tragedy. at least 13 people killed in a horrifying head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck. the victims all on that bus on their way back from a retreat. investigators now trying to piece together what happened. daughter in chief. ivanka trump formally appointed assistant to the president, joining her husband in the upper echelons of the white house with the president's two top advisors related to him, how will it play in the west wing and beyond? dangerous distraction. pedestrian deaths grow to their highest levels in more than 20 years. is your smartphone to blame? and new day, new record.
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al's reached stop number four on his rocca-thon tour. thursday, march 30th 2017. from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. >> we're going to check in with al in a moment, but, boy, we have a horrible story coming out of texas. >> it's our top story this morning. the investigation now into that deadly accident in texas. a church bus carrying senior citizens hit head-on by apec pip truck. the victims' church members are dealing with a heart-wrenching loss this morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. the death toll climbed to 13 overnight. the crash killing the church's bus driver and all but one passenger. the driver of the truck, meanwhile, survived and is now the focus of the investigation. >> overnight investigators
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combing through the horrific aftermath. twisted metal and scattered debris along a rural highway in the texas hill country after a pickup truck slammed into a church bus carrying senior citizens. >> for reasons unknown, the truck veered into the southbound lane and struck the bus head-on. >> reporter: the victims were members of the first baptist church in new braunfels, texas, about 120 miles from the crash site. the group headed home from a three-day retreat when tragedy struck. >> we are used to working fatal crash scenes, but first time that we've ever seen something like this happen with so many confirmed dead at one time. >> reporter: a heart-breaking loss for the small church whose members gathered to grieve and pray as news of the crash spread. >> our church family is doing what church families do. they're coming together. they're crying together. they're praying together. >> the members who were on the bus have been a part of this church for a long time, and it's
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just a tragedy for everybody involved. >> reporter: as the community mourns, investigators now work to figure out what caused the driver of the pickup to swerve into oncoming traffic. >> give the investigators time to look at everything and then we'll know exactly what happens. >> reporter: ntsb investigators will study the scene starting later this morning. the highway there is still closed. meanwhile, grief counsellors will be at the church today and, by the way, the lone survivor from that bus is in serious but stable condition. matt, savannah. >> our thoughts are with them. jacob, thank you so much. there is a busy day on tap in washington d.c. the senate sbels committee holding its first hearing on russia's interference in the election. the white house is dealing with a new blow to a travel ban and president trump's daughter ivanka officially joining her father's administration. starting with nbc national correspondent peter alexander. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, matt. the head of the senate intelligence committee, vladimir
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putin is publicly denying russia interfered in the election telling cnbc watch my lips, no. also today, a federal judge is extending his previous ruling blocking president trump's revised travel ban. it's a preliminary injunction meaning the president's order will remain on hold until the lawsuit is resolved. >> reporter: this is another blow for the president's so-called travel ban after a federal judge in hawaii extended a previous ruling making the temporary hold on the ban more permanent while its merits are argued in court. the revised travel ban would have restricted entry to the u.s. by refugees and people from six predominantly muslim countries. the move comes as the senate intelligence committee is gearing up for its first hearing into russia's interference in the election. >> i have confidence in richard bird that we together with members of our committee are going to get to the bottom of this. >> reporter: their appearance in stark contrast to the house intelligence committee now paralyzed by politics. while the house panel's
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republican chair is facing questions about his impashrtialy and calls to recuse himself, there is an investigation that he says won't be compromised by his support for president trump. >> but i've got a job in the united states senate that overrides any personal believes that i have or loyalties that i might have. >> ivanka, any final thoughts? >> reporter: meanwhile, the president's newest hire is coming under scrutiny over her new job. ivanka getting a new title, assistant to the president. an official, though unpaid deposit employee. the move coming under ivanka's assertion that she wouldn't be joining her father's team. >> people think that you're going to be part of the administration, ivanka. >> i am -- no, i'm going to be a daughter, but i've said throughout the campaign that i'm very passionate about certain issues and that i want to fight for them. not in a formal administrative capacity. >> reporter: her decision to make it official, a response to
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criticism that as an informal advisor she may have avoided formal requirements. it demonstrates her commitment to federal ethics standards, the white house says. there was criticism that donald trump was not trying to get top level security clearance for my children, this was a typically false news story. it's sparking a heated debate over the west wing and nepotism. >> i don't see how you wouldn't advocate for a working woman, ivanka trump, who challenged republican orthodoxy. >> i let you finish, amanda. please let me finish. >> she is in no way qualified. >> that's some of the heated debate we've been talking about. as for ivanka trump getting security clearances, a source familiar with her plans tells me ivanka isn't looking to get involved in national security issues, but given that most senior staff of the white house have clearance, they say she wanted to guard against inadvertent disclosures. ivanka, by the way, will be officially sworn in, but no date has been set. matt and savannah. >> all right.
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peter alexander at the white house. peter, thank you very much. ari melbourne. good morning to you. you were here when jared kushner got his job at the white house. we talked about whether that was okay with the anti-nepotism laws. now it's donald trump's own daughter, ivanka. does it fly legally? >> it does fly legally. congress banned almost all appointments in the anti-nepotism statute. this is a loophole. if they were trying to put her in the cabinet, it would be illegal, but they have found this advisor loophole. >> let's talk about the practical kalts of it. on the other hand, donald trump is thinking senior roles, i want someone who is above all loyal to me. it can get kind of complicated. >> the problem is the dual loyalty. why would you ever want to pick a situation and put yourself in it where you might have to choose between your love of family and love have country? the conflicts rules are the same as you see for doctors. it's not that you are a bad doctor or you don't love your
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daughter when hospitals say you're not supposed to operate on your own family. it does create a conflict. that's why congress generally banned these kind of promotions. >> remember we had andy card here, and he said it's most important for a president to surround himself with people who are qualified, but who also will speak truth to power. now, is your daughter likely to speak truth to power? >> we have examples of this, matt. i mean, look at this last week where you had health care, fbi, and supreme court nomination. biggest week, everyone agrees. i don't think reince priebus could have taken a midweek ski vacation in aspen the way that we saw ivanka and jared now these two family advisors do so, and i don't think it works in both directions. that's the real governance question. even beyond the ethics. again, no one is saying there's anything wrong with loving your family and wanting to give them all the happiness you would want, but at some point does it become a situation where they
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get to do things, ski trip a small example. there could be more significant ones. they get to do things that other aides wouldn't be allowed to do, that you don't have candor going not only in both directions to the boss and back, but also among the other specialists and experts. some of the things that happen, as we all know in washington, you have to remove people. you fire people. these administrations you cover, they don't always end with the same group as they begin with. how do you do that with your own family? >> it's a thicket. thank you very much. new developments overnight surrounding north carolina's controversial bathroom bill. late last night republican lawmakers and the democratic governor roy cooper reached an agreement to repeal house bill two and replace it with a new measure. legislators are expected to vote on it today, but it's still unclear whether there are enough votes in the hse and senate to pass it. the current law, which limits lgbt protections has prompted some entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or even move events out of the state. >> in an unusual twist of timing new jersey's governor chris christie was at the white house on wednesday.
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as his former aides were in federal court to learn their fa fates in that bridge-gate scandal. stephanie, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. it's a scandal that some say cost new jersey governor chris christie a real shot at the white house. two of his former allies, including his former deputy chief of staff, have been sentenced to prison time for their roles in bridgegate. the ruling on the same day governor christie, along side president trump, taking the lead of a new white house commission on addiction. ssion on addiction. >> mr. president, thank you for your confidence. >> reporter: governor chris christie front and center in washington wednesday meeting with president trump and taking the lead on a new commission to battle opioid addiction. a stark difference to the scene at the new jersey federal courthouse where his former allies were being sentenced in the bridgegate scandal. christie asked about the conviction here wednesday before the sentencing. >> in your opinion, do they need to serve some time? >> the judge will do what the judge believes is appropriate, matt. >> reporter: christie's former deputy chief of staff bridget
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anne kelly a single mother of four sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison with a year prove base. >> i want to assure my kids and everyone else that this fight is far from over. i will not allow myself to be scapegoat in this case. and i look very much forward to the appeal. >> reporter: bill barrony is appealing his sentence. prosecutors say both took part in a scheme to shut down toll lanes to the george washington bridge in 2013. retaliation against the mayor of ft. lee who did not support governor christie in his re-election campaign. >> closing those lanes down put a lot of people in harm's way. >> reporter: governor christie has long denied any knowledge of the lane shut down. once the head of trump's transition team christie was removed and was never given a permanent role in the administration. >> if the chief of staff position were to become
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available do you want in? >> i made it clear to the president it's my desire to finish my time as governor of new jersey. >> reporter: baroni and kelly were not taken into custody after the sentencing. both have to report back to the court in the fall. they could have been sentenced to nearly four years under federal guidelines. they were given considerably less than that. thanks very much. new developments this morning in the battle over so-called sanctuary cities. city of seattle is suing the trump administration over its executive order seeking to withhold federal fund from those cities. seattle's mayor said the goal of the lawsuit is to have a judge declare hat executive order unconstitutional. this week u.s. attorney general jeff sessions threatened to strip justice department grants from those cities that choose to shield illegal immigrants from deportation efforts. city of san francisco has already filed suit against the trump administration over that executive order. there were some tense moments last night aboard an american airlines flight from dallas to albuquerque.
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the plane was about two miles away from landing when the captain reported an emergency inside the cockpit. >> tower american 1553. we got an issue with one of the pilots has declared an emergency. we're going to bravo one. >> the airline said the first officer died after becoming incapacitated during the flight. the captain landed the plane alone. no word on the cause of death. faa is investigating. also this morning embattleled electronics giant samsung is hoping for a boost from its first major product launch since the illinois-fated launch, galaxy note 7. will it be enough to make consumers forget about that recall disaster. >> reporter: this is a big deal for samsung. it's the company's first new smartphone since that massive recall with the fire prone note 7.
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more than money is at stake. the company's reputation may be on the line. >> i give you s 8. >> reporter: for samsung the new galaxy s8 may be more than just a new phone. some would argue it's a call for redemption. touting a larger screen and bit speed, voice activated assistant to rival the iphone siri the company's biggest challenge may not be the competition but instead its troubled past the notorious fire prone note 7. after many of the phones overheated and spontaneously come busted the devices were deemed too dangerous to use during flights. >> it has been known to cause fires. >> reporter: citing faulty batteries samsung issued a recall, $5 billion setback costing the company more than money. also consumer seven-day forecast. >> there were too many other have a good reputation and not
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having problems like that. >> reporter: hoping the s8 will restore its reputation, the phone, which can cost up to $850, is more expensive and larger than its predecessor. but the bear, the source of past fires, now extensively tested, won't last any longer than before. samsung counting on enhanced security features and a better camera to ring in sales. >> i trust samsung. i'm probably going to check that phone out, too. >> reporter: with the new phone launching april 21st, samsung is hoping to dial up new business. the question this morning, are consumers listening? experts say another misstep by samsung could be catastrophic for the company. samsung says the new phone, including the battery, has undergone multiple inspections. the s8 will be offered in two sizes. the question now, will consumers buy? matt and savannah? >> a lot on the line there.
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let us get a check of the weather. al roker, where does rokerthon find you this morning? >> well, guys, we are at loyola university in baltimore, maryland. and behind me you see the folks who couldn't get in to take part in the guinness world record today of trying to set the record for most people crab-walking, crab-walking, for two minutes. so, we're going to get to that in a little bit. first, we want to get to the severe weather we have to talk about that's out there. now, what we're looking at is another storm system trying to get itself together, pushing those strong storms up from texas into louisiana. eventually making their way into the midplains. for today, 49 million people at risk for damaging winds, hail, tornadoes possible. illinois, indiana and kentucky. we're watching this all moving to the east. as it pushes east, we look for those storms to continue from overnight. they move into the afternoon and
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evening. and by friday, they set themselves up right along the eastern seaboard with some strong thunderstorms. rainfall amounts anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain, especially as you get down around tennessee and the carolinas as well. and, in fact, that same system is going to be possibly causing a little anothnor'easter for fon the east. first, we'll get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. go. go. go. ♪ ♪ one way or another, i'm gonna find ya' ♪ ♪ i'm gonna get ya', get ya', get ya', get ya' ♪ ♪ one way or another,♪ ♪ one way or another, i wanna ♪ ya', get ya', get ya', get ya' ♪ ♪ ♪ one way or another,
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good thursday morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we've had some mist and drizzle moving through this morning but we are getting some clearing from north to south and temperatures right now in the lower 50s as you step out the door. it's 52 degrees, bright and sunny in san francisco and we're going to see the highs today a little bit cooler than yesterday, some breezy winds, winds at times kicking up to close to 45 miles an hour, especially along the coast and up to 63 degrees, that will be the high today in the city. guys, that's your latest weather from here in loyola. iggy, the grayhound, our record is going to be crab-tastic. yea! break out the old seasoning, baby! >> i love it. all right, al, see you in just a couple of minutes. coming up, walking while texting. new concerns in the wake of a dramatic spike in pedestrian deaths. and what may be behind it. and they say cash is king, but are its days numbered?
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the big move by big banks that could make paper money a thing of the past. but first on a thursday morning, this is "today" on nbc.
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very good morning to you, i'm laura garcia-cannon. governor brown taking his road repair tax plan to the people in the east bay. the governor is pushing a major gas tax proposal to help repair california's crumbling highways, roads and bridges. the tax would be the first for californians in more than two decades and generate more than $50 billion over ten years. drivers of zero-emission cars would be on the hook as well, paying a $100 annual fee. at 10:00 this morning brown will be in concord to kick start that plan. the tax will need two-thirds approval from the legislature to pass. passing in the weather department, at least the clouds are passing making way for the sun. >> we are seeing clearing farther to the north. in the south bay still cloudy but we'll see these clouds
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getting out of here and this is heading in. look at the sunshine in san francisco, this is what we'll see throughout the rest of the day but the winds will be picking up. that will be the next issue and that could bring down some small trees and also cause a few sporadic power outages as those winds rush in from the north at 20 miles an hour. much higher along the coastline and in the hills, we could add gusts up to 45 and our temperatures will be cooler today especially with these gusty winds. going to see the high in san francisco today up to 63 degrees. let's head over to make for an update on the roadways. >> the volume is building a tad bid 285. the high winds show up on our maps in san francisco. folks are traveling across the san mateo bridge and there are gusts here and there, chp says the same thing. we'll give you a live look through the palo alto camera this holds steady towards embarcadero. no injuries, back to you.
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>> thank you very much. we'll be back with another local news update in half hour. see you then.
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♪ 7:30 on a thursday morning. it's the 30th of march, 2017. some well-deserved camera time to the folks out on the plaza this morning. we have a big crowd. a lot of sports fans out there. we'll talk about that in our next half hour. and meanwhile, down in baltimore, al's kicking off day four of rokerthon 3 at loyola university, maryland. >> all right, al, make your entrance. >> hey, guys, how you doing? well, we are here, the home of the grayhounds, loyola, university. this is quintin. this is mia. and we got the brad man, the grayhound, and the guinness
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world record quest continues with rokerthon 3. today, day four, loyola university, we are going to try to break the record for the most number of people crab walking in two minutes. it's going to be crabulous. you will see stuff you have never seen before. and they have to do it for two minutes without their tushies touching the ground. and it's a lot harder than it looks. so we're going to have that coming up. >> the crowd behind you, al, is very expressive. he's kind of stealing the show a little bit. >> all right, al, thank you very much. let's take a look at other stories making headlines this morning. the senate intelligence committee holds its first hearing in to russian meddling in our election. in stark contrast to the house investigation, the committee's top republican and democrat appeared together on wednesday vowing to steer clear of
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politics and go where the intelligence leads. ntsb investigators are beginning their work on this terrible crash that happened in texas. a pickup truck slammed head-on into a packed church bus that was returning from a church retreat. 13 people in that bus were killed. the driver of the truck survived. he is in stable condition this morning. and the lucky colorado woman has been found alive. she and her cat had a very difficult ordeal. 85-year-old ruby stein was driving on a remote dirt road last week when she game lost and then stranded. she spent five frigid nights in her car before she was spotted by hikers. stein was checked out by doctors and is doing well and in very good spirits. and a new study is out this morning that shows an alarming spike in pedestrian deaths, up 22% just in the past two years. and, yes, your smartphone takes a lot of that blame. nbc's kerry sanders is in orlando which has the distinction of being the most dangerous city in the country for walkers. hi, kerry, good morning.
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>> reporter: and i'm in the crosswalk and the countdown just went down so let me get across the street here. but yes, orlando does have that distinction. every day two people are struck? a crosswalk. and sadly, once a week a person dies. and it has a lot to do with cell phones. we are not talking about people in cars, we are looking at people walking across the streets with their phones and often with earbuds in so they can't hear and react to what is going on around them. it can happen in an instant. abby was hit by a car on christmas eve as he walked in south beach. >> i had no clue. i didn't see the car and it just hit me. >> reporter: it turns out it's now more than dangerous to walk. according to a new report by the governor's highway safety association in 2016, about 6,000 pedestrians were killed nationwide. that's an 11% increase in just one year. up a stunning 22% from the previous year.
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>> that's a humungous increase for over two years. it is really tragic. >> reporter: six weeks ago susan gentry was nearly killed by a pickup truck while she and her family were crossing the street. the light was green and they were in a crosswalk when she was hit. >> i was pinned underneath the truck. >> reporter: susan fractured nine ribs and her pelvis, but she wasn't the only pedestrian struck that night. >> while we were in trauma, another night had been hit by a motorcycle. >> reporter: it's a growing problem. experts say there are more cars on the road thanks to an improved economy and lower gas prices. and more people are walking for their health and for the environment. but one of the biggest problems now, the increase in smartphone use. a huge distraction for drivers and walkers. best advice for a pedestrian? >> so people not to be looking at their phones all the time. they need to be around of their surroundings. >> reporter: delaware had the
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most deaths followed by florida, arizona and new mexico. traffic engineers are designing solutions, fences and medians to cut off jaw jaywalking routes. and signs to slow down drivers. and speed bumps that force drivers to slow down. susan gentry has her own solution for drivers and pedestrians. >> put away your devices, nothing is that important. >> reporter: as i'm standing here in orlando, you guys might be wondering right outside your door in new york city, the most heavily walked city in america. surprisingly, percentage-wise, doesn't make the top ten. in part, because when there are people crossing the road, there's often large crowds. and cars in new york city drive relatively slowly. there may be a solution overseas as we look to the netherlands, because this is not a unique problem of just americans looking down at their phones. the netherlands have created a crosswalk where it actually beams down light, so as you're
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looking at your phone, you can look beyond with your peripheral vision and see that red line, that means don't walk. and then your peripheral vision picks up the green light and says, okay, look up from your phone and walk across the street. or i guess, guys, we could decide just not to look at our phones and wear our earbuds. but unlikely. >> there's an idea. guilty as sin, i have to say. >> you say you tect down the street all the stream. >> and it is dangerous and know i shouldn't do it. i don't text and drive, but it is a lesson for all of us. plus it's not just about looking, your mind is somewhere else. so that's not good. >> kerry, thank you very much. let's head back to al and loyola university, maryland. day four of rokerthon 3. i love the numbers, al. >> well, guys, believe it or not, even though it's spring, we still have winter weather to talk about. this storm system that's causing all the heavy weather in the mid-section of the country, as it makes its way east, it will bring snow and sleet to the great lakes today.
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and then transfer energy to a coastal low tomorrow as it pushes up the coast. rain right along the northeast coast, but as you get inland, we're talking about some pretty decent snows. some areas, interior parts of new england, could pick up a foot to a foot and a half of snow. boston could see two to three inches of snow before it's all over now we're getting sunshine all across the bay area but the winds will start to pick up today. some gusty winds and sunshine, we may have gusts up close to 45 miles an hour along the coast and in the hills. inland areas looking at still some breezy conditions, highs in the upper 60s. even warmer tomorrow, 72 degrees, 77 on saturday. a few inland spots may hit the low 80s in the valleys then we'll bring you down to the lower to mid-70s for the beginning of next week. that's your latest weather.
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don't forget, get your latest weather, you can check out the weather channel on cable. coming up in the next half hour, rokerthon 3, the attempt at breaking the guinness world record for most people crab walking for two minutes. break out the old seasoning, it's going to be fantastic. >> does someone currently hold that record, al? no. he's like, whatever. don't take it so seriously. >> it's the rustling of the pom-poms. i can't hear. >> it's a tough job, al, you got there. thank you. still ahead, george clooney talking about preparing for fatherhood. why he says amal has already nixed two of his ideas for naming their twins. and are we witnessing the death of cash? what the biggest banks are doing right now that could have you right now that could have you tossing your wallet the average family's hectic home: right now that could have you tossing your wallet its raised 1 dare devil, 2 dynamic diy duos, and an entrepreneur named sharon. its witnessed 31 crashes, 4 food fights,
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>> well, for a lot of us the answer is quickly becoming anything but paper money. tom costello takes a closer look at that. tom, what's going on? >> reporter: yeah, good morning. a lot of folks are simply going without cash. here's how it works, you have an app on your phone and that app is connected to a debit card or to your bank account. you then transfer the money without cash changing hands to a friend of yours who also has the app. you do it via e-mail or text. and for a lot of folks, they can now leave home without their wallet. it used to be that cash was king, but in this digital age when movies, car rides and vacations are just a tap of the phone away, it's reign may be ending. >> i don't like walking around with cash on me. >> people don't usually carry around a lot of cash nowadays. it is all digital. >> reporter: leading the resolution, the popular app thenmo. >> if you look at the evolution of consumers and their exchange from cash to credit cards to now
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the digital wallet, we're really in fundamentally taking the hassle out of cash for our consumers. >> reporter: since december venmo says $2 billion was transferred through the app. now trying to cash in, big banks gearing up to launch a rival money-swapping network of their own this year called zelle. >> this is zelle. it's not just a payment system, it's a revolution in the way we move money. >> reporter: created by the financial tech firm owned by seven major banks. zelle says they want their network to go mainstream and reach older users. >> forget about checks. who writes checks? >> reporter: for years customers of banks like chase, bank of america and wells fargo have been able to send money to each other but only with the account and routing numbers. zelle uses a phone number or an e-mail address. creators say it expands the old system to 19 incy tugss reaching some 82 million customers. the powerhouse venmo saying it welcomes the competition.
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>> anybody who is encouraging the environment and the marketplace to remove the awkwardness out of cash is welcomed. >> reporter: users of venmo can evened a emojis to payments making the sometimes awkward task of asking for money a little friendlier. and like google and uber, venmo now reaches very be status among some millenials. >> you don't have to feel super bad about asking, hey, can you pay me back for that thing because it is just like, can you venmo me that? >> reporter: it is not just cash on the way out, your credit cards, too. some vendors are accepting venmo as payment. and another sign that the future could be cardless? wells fargo upgraded all their atms nationwide to process withdrawals without a debit card, all with an app on your smartphone. simply request a code through the app, enter it at an atm plus your pin number and get your money. a new digital world where your wallets may soon be a thing of
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the past. there are a lot of players to it there, there's also google wallet and paypal and square and circle, but is it secure? well, the app is encrypted and you should be using every verification process possible. two-step verification if the app offers it, and only be sharing this information with contacts you know are your contacts. not somebody masquerading as a contact. and listen, as we know, hackers have hacked the cia. if you are not comfortable, don't do it. guys, back to you. >> good information, tom, thank you very much. you carry a lot of cash? >> why do you want to know? just kidding. no, i do not. i do not. but i just learned what venmo was. >> carson, do you carry cash? >> yeah, i love cash. >> carson is a wad of cash. >> let's just leave it at that, shall we? coming up on trending, big developments on the april the giraffe watch that's gripping the nation and what conspiracy
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his strikingly good looks, he showed up for the unveiling of a bust in his likeness, but it wasn't exactly his best look. as you saw before the break, there it is, folks. those famous cheekbones and chiseled jaw in all their brass glory. as you can see in the side-by-side, the bust is a bit of a miss and quick lip sent social media users into a frenzy. some felt it looked more like the character sloth from "goonies," you remember that movie? others say it looks like rinaldo's bronze face. and here's a scene from the thriller. and there are some who said things looked up because we weren't seeing him on the soccer field. that didn't really seem to fix the problem either. the good news is ronaldo got another chance as that seemed to capture the handsome face that everyone knows and loves. he was all smiles at the event after ward posting this picture with the word proud. guys? >> you got an airport named after you, that's pretty good
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stuff. that's a big deal, no question. >> that will soften him up a little bit. carson, thank you. just ahead, two huge stars paying us a visit. robert redford and cat arekathe zeta jones. and al and his friends are gearing up for how do they make starburst taste so juicy? they use wicked small fighter jets to shoot the juiciness into every starburst. [ pilot ] it's about to get juicy. whoo! i feel so aliii...
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good thursday morning, it's 7:56. skies are clearing across the bay area and as you step out the door it's 53 degrees. it's 52 in san francisco, beautiful start to this morning, we'll see a lot of sunshine and it will be cooler as well as we will see the high up to 62 degrees on the peninsula as well as the east bay at 69 degrees. a wind advisory in effect as a fast-moving cold front moves through. it starts at noon and continues until 8:00 this evening. the coast and the hills may have gusts up to 45 miles an hour and that could bring down some trees and also have some power impacts. we'll be watching out for that as we go through the day. also at at&t park we'll have the bay bridge series for the pre-season game. it will be cool and windy out there. make sure you bundle up. let's head over to mike for an update on the roadways. a smooth flow of traffic around the bay and south bay.
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we're following north 28 287 slowing down a tad bit more. north 85 approaching union, an earlier crash on the shoulder and some recovery. more traffic pushes up towards cupertino. there's the san mateo bridge across that span and windy there. another look outside shows you the bay bridge. our emeryville camera shakes but traffic moves smoothly in towards san francisco. hold on tight, folks, and don't eat breakfast while you're watching this shot. back to you. >> not that shaky but we'll be okay. 7:57. happening now, authorities on the hunt for one or two people who opened fire near a san francisco muni stop killing one bystandering and injuring two others. on our home page, what police are doing to beef up safety in the neighborhood. meantime, north carolina leaders may be close to repealing the state's controversial bathroom bill. some are not sure the votes are there. on our facebook page, a closer look at what's on theline and we may get a better idea about california's water supply. survey yourself conduct that
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it's 8:00 on today. coming up, highway tragedy. more than a dozen people killed after a church bus has a collision. >> the first time we've ever seen something like this happen with so many confirmed dead at one time. >> investigators combing through the wreckage to determine what caused that horrible crash. >> heart ache and hope. what if you knew you and your siblings were doomed to get alzheimer's? >> we're still all together. and we'll fight together.
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and clooney knows best? the star and father to be says why his time on e.r. helped him become a parent and why naming them is harder than expected. thursday march 30th th, 2017. ♪ ♪ >> tcu spirit. go frogs. >> from the windy city to the big apple. >> we're in new york. ♪ >> we're celebrating our sweet 16. >> i'm celebrating any sweet 16. >> to our friends and family in alabama, we're pregnant. >> good morning. hi. how are you? >> it's 8:00 on "today." it's thursday, march 30th. nice day out on our plaza.
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we are in the thick of it. >> nit in new york city. i want to say the final game tonight, the horned frogs of tcu and you've got the yellow jackets of georgia tech in the back there. and can we just tell you that the cheer leaders here from tcu got here at what time? >> 3:00 a.m. >> oh, my goodness. >> you guys are used to that. >> what time did the georgia tech cheer leaders get here? >> 6:00 a.m. >> so they are going to be fresher tonight. there's no question. >> good luck to everybody. >> al is having more rokerthon fun this morning. he's in baltimore. it's all about day four. al, how are you feeling? >> i feel great. talk about mascots. we have iggy the hound. we have the president of loyola, and how do you think your kids are going to do today?
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>> i think they'll do great, terrific. >> we want to lay down some rules here. everybody listen up. here are the rules. okay? first of all, you have to crab walk for two minutes. rule number two, no tushies touching the ground, and rule number three, you have to be crab-tastic. i think they're all going to be singing under the sea after this is all over. guys, it's very exciting. guinness world record, the old record was last year, north eastern university, 376 crab walkers. we have 500 kids here. we will see if they break the guinness world record as rokerthon 3 rolls on on day four. >> what is the crab walk, exactly? you're down -- >> it's backwards, this way? >> you can go back ward and forward. >> wow. that's tough. >> see?
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look at that. it's not easy doing that in a crab suit. >> no. >> it's a lot harder than standing in a formation. >> you're dragging your crab tail. >> a little more effort than being a "t". >> let's get to the top stories. we begin with a tragic bus crash in texas. i'm jacob rascon. the death toll claimed to 13. the crash killing the church's bus driver and all but one passenger. the driver of the truck survived and is now the focus of the investigation. this morning investigator are going through the aftermath, trying to figure out what caused the driver of a pickup truck to swerve into a church bus carrying senior citizens. debris along the highway in the texas hill country. >> for reasons unknown, the truck veered into the southbound
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lane and struck the bus head on. >> reporter: the victims were members of the first baptist church in texas about 120 miles from the crash site. the group headed home from a three-day retreat when tragedy struck. >> we're used to working fatal crash scenes. first time we've seen something with so many confirmed dead at one time. >> reporter: it's a heart breaking loss for this small church whose members gather to grieve and pray. >> our church family's doing what church families do. they're coming together. they're crying together. they're praying together. >> the members who were on the bus have been a part of this church for a long time, and it's just a tragic for everybody involved. >> reporter: ntsb will study the scene starting later this morning. the highway there is still closed. meanwhile, grief counselors will be at the church later today. the lone survivor from that bus
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is in serious but stable condition. matt? >> all right. thank you very much. a federal judge in hawaii has extended his ruling that temporarily blocks president trump's so-called travel hold as that case moves forward. president trump's revised executive order would restrict u.s. entry for people from a list of predominantly muslim countries. the white house announced on wednesday the president's daughter ivanka is now an official employee of the u.s. government. she'll serve as an unpaid assistant to the president. subject to the same rules as other government workers. the fda approved a breakthrough drug, the first to treat a severe form of multiple sclerosis. it could be available in matter of weeks. we have the story. >> reporter: doctors are calling the newly approved drug a breakthrough for patients living with ms. kristina calls it a miracle can. >> it affected my movement. there were times when i could
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not bathe myself. >> reporter: diagnosed at the age of 15. she has spent most of her life with ms. the disease eventually putting her in a wheelchair. >> when you wake up in the morning and you can't get out of bed because your body won't let you. >> reporter: until last year walking her dog was out of the question. but after participating in a trial for the newly approved drug, this is now a daily occurrence. >> you take this for granted? >> no. not at all. >> reporter: studies found in patients with a kind of ms that relapses, this new drug cuts the number of episodes by half. it appears to stop the disease from getting worse. and in a major medical development, it's the first drug to slow the decline of those with progressive ms. the most severe form of the disease. >> while it is expected to be covered by insurance, the treatment does come at a steep cost. a price tag of $65,000 for the twice a year infusions.
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but it's less expensive than current medication, and has fewer reported side effects. >> i'm good. we can go dancing. >> reporter: a drug with the potential to change lives and to give new life to so many. nbc news, converse, texas. what an incredible example that is. coming up next, trending. is april the giraffe finally getting ready for her long-awaited big moment? we have new developments on giraffe bait and watch. >> and then the clooneys speaking out about preparing for the arrival of their twins on pop star, why two of the names have been rejected. >> and we're on the quad at loyola university as we attempt day four record four on rokerthon 3, the guinness world record. crab walking, 500 students. can they do it? we'll have the details and results when we continue after
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people cannot keep their eyes off this live stream video. thousands and thousands just waiting for the baby calf. the zoo's latest update, they're seeing signs the birth will happen in the coming days, which is good since she was due mid-february. >> and apparently has been pregnant for 15 months. >> that's the phenomenon. now the conspiracy theory. people have point out the giraffe's name is april and it's almost april 1st. is this one big april fool's joke or is that giraffe actually pregnant? >> i wondered if she was pregnant because she doesn't look pregnant. don't really know -- >> i googled pregnant giraffes to get a comparison because you don't see a huge baby bump. >> she is carrying very well. >> she's going to be one of those girls who's thin right after. >> exactly. i don't like her already. >> but you notice the toys "r" us stamp, that's a bit of a marketing thing, april, there
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is -- there's, i think, a little validity to at least the conspiracy theory. >> it's been going on since february. that's a huge commitment to an april fool's joke. >> i'm getting over the fact carson googled pregnant -- >> people are watching it. in the middle of the night, someone in the orange room was watching it, 100,000 people in the middle of the night watching april. >> it's like the eagle cam waiting for eggs to hatch. >> what does that say? >> about us? >> we were talking about our coloring. crayola announced it will be retiring a color from its 24-count crayon box. this has never happened before. we all have our crayon boxes. which one do you think they're going to get rid of? which one is also your favorite? anyone want to vote. >> they should get rid of blue. >> no. >> i think they should get rid of this light green one. >> i'm with you on that. there's a nuclear green. >> i think they should get rid of white. >> i agree with white. >> who uses it?
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>> you can't get rid of white. >> there are too many colors that are too close like orange and yellow-orange. why do you need two of those. i say get rid of yellow-orange. >> if you get rid of one, what are they going to replace it with because the box is out of whack? >> i'm so glad you asked that because, guess what, they are going to announce it in a few weeks. we'll have that exclusively. >> there will be a new color? >> they're doing like facebook live. it's a whole thing. >> if you're not happy with what they kick out of the box, the petitions are online -- >> exactly. >> it's going to be a conspiracy theory. >> that's right. >> i've been drawing this whole time. >> you have. >> very pretty. >> identify been doing this picture since i was about 5 years old. >> you really perfected it. >> maybe there's a little squirrel in there. carson, pop star? >> happy little tree there. we're going to start with george and amal clooney. george promoting his new movie as director and star.
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amal has been focusing on her legal work but george says soon their focus will be on the twins that are reportedly expected this summer. he's already avoiding dad jokes with natalie? >> you ready to be called dad? >> yes. there's a joke in there but i'm not going to do it. yes, i'm ready. i'm happy. i'm excited. >> parents-to-be george and amal clooney still busy at work but soon it's all about the twins. >> she's doing great. she's in london and working. i'll go back there tomorrow. we'll hunker down. you know, we have kids to have. >> mother-to-be amal speaking on war crimes in syria and iraq before going to dinner last night with her mother. >> she wins the prize for super mom already. >> yeah, she's amazing. >> the former tv doctor did joke with e! about being prepared? >> are you changing dipers? >> hang on a minute. i played a pediatrician on "er" so if there are any accidents,
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i'm there. >> he's ready. >> seems he can't hide his excitement, co-stars confirming. >> i didn't know we would have kids. i was very happy we were going to get married. and then sort of -- it seemed like the next step. it's just been -- >> look at him. >> he talks about it all the time. >> as for names? >> no, we haven't picked out any names. >> seems we will just have to wait. >> like to thank our pop star correspondent there for the lovely piece. production growing, right? we're on our way. now to john legend, the singer gave fans the ultimate surprise on wednesday. first he tweeted, arriving at london st. pancrasint, do they still have the piano? john surprising commuters with this performance. ♪ all of me loves all of you ♪ ♪ love your curves and all your edges ♪
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♪ all your perfect imperfections ♪ >> i wonder how many people were late for work? >> in the train station, john legend breaks out and plays for about 15 minutes. it came as he announced his new tour coming to london. ed sheerhan kicking off his new world tour. ed revealed one thing that would stop him from touring in the future, children. he says when he has kids, he would like to shift his focus to fatherhood and be more present. by the way, speaking of babies, ed did finally see a picture of his baby girl. that went viral last week. and ed's response, she's not mine. that's your pop start today. >> so cute. >> amazing. carson, thank you so much. we all know rokerthon 3 has been trending. are you ready for today's record? >> yes, we're ready. we have 500 students who are ready at loyola university.
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in fact, you would not be surprised at the school spirit here when you take a look, as i did, what goes on here around campus. ♪ >> hello. hey there. ♪ >> loyola! ♪ >> loyola university in maryland is a liberal arts school. >> lay ola greyhounds are 6,000 strong. >> we may be smaller in size but the greyhounds have the biggest hearts of all. >> super sized! >> by the way, go hounds! >> go hounds! >> we're a catholic school founded by jesuits in 1852. >> we he are named after st. ignatius of loyola, this guy. >> father, as president of loyola university, what makes you most proud? >> i'm proud of our students and
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ethical leaders they ultimately become. >> what are you studying? >> i'm studying microeconomics. >> good idea. >> statistics. >> marketing. >> stat. >> you're very quiet. good. >> loyola is a school with great tradition. ♪ >> you run midnight breakfast. what is that? >> it's breakfast from 12:00 to 2:00 a.m. >> after a late study hall. >> at loyola, we're proud of our lacrosse. >> let's go, greyhounds! >> our school is home to olympic greatness. we're so proud of our paraolympians. >> go hounds! >> loyola is located in baltimore city. >> they call our city charm city because we're super charming. ♪ >> we're ready to make history, the loyola way!
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>> he's ready. >> i'm ready. >> l-o-y-o-l-a, loyola! >> all right. it's time we have our guinness world record adjudicator ready to adjudicate. we have father lane ready to raise the flag. ready, father? >> ready. >> wave the flag. crabby, hit the button, two minutes, folks. start the clock. there we go. all righty. the clock is starting. let's get the clock going. michael is walking down. tushes may not touch the ground. they seem very confident. they're doing a backward/forward motion.
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did you know the average lavera of a crab is every four years, which is amazing considering we eat 1.5 million tons of crabs every year. the most famous crab, of course, is eugene h.krabbs on spongebo . he's my favorite. look at them go! all right. th that's what's going on around the quad. >> calmer here, we have sunshine. 55 degrees in oakland, 52 degrees in san francisco and palo alto and 53 now in san jose. all of this sunshine we are going to see those temperatures warming up slightly above normal but a little cooler than yesterday. 69 degrees in livermore, 71 degrees in napa, oakland and palo alto 67 degrees and today in santa cruz 63 degrees. we'll also have some very gusty winds throughout the day.
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that is your latest that is your latest weather. check out the weather channel on cable. all right, folks, you've got 30 seconds! keep those tushes off the ground! you're doing great! michael, how are they doing? >> 20 seconds left. it looks good. we'll see. >> all right. this is so exciting. look at thap that. here we go. coming up -- >> five, four, three, two, one. blow the horn, crabby! all right. everybody stay in place. yes, i know, i said blow the horn, crabby. that's going to go on -- that's going to go on my tombstone. while we find out -- while michael -- we're going to pull a
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couple names. father, if you can pull two names out of the hat, out of our rokerthon box. we have the rokerthon pure point financial scholarship, and the president of loyola also has a scholarship to match this as well. would you call out the first name, father? >> grace slickland. >> grace slickland. here she comes. you ran pretty fast for a crab. >> oh my gosh. that's insane. thank you so much. >> from pure point financial. here is your check. >> thank you! >> and the second name, father? >> emma hagerdorn. where's emma? emma hageandorn. here she comes. all the way in the back. >> we'll see if she makes it tomorrow. >> she was in a big pot of hot water, so it was kind of tough. anyway, we're really excited. here she comes.
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come on up. where's michael? michael? where's michael? let's find out. oh, we're going to find out in just a little bit. congratulations. >> thank you so much! >> excited? >> yes. >> well, there you have it. we'll find out -- we're going to find out if we did break the record. guys, back to you. we'll find out in the next half hour. >> that was fun. and not that easy. >> not the all. >> no, it's not. congratulations. >> meanwhile, we have a very rare popstart update. >> i forgot to mention that george clooney had joked amal would not let him name the twins casa and amigos, the name of his tequila company. >> cleared that up. >> thank you. coming up, catherine zeta-jones after your local news. =opv=. therine zeta
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a very good morning. 8:26. i'm laura garcia cannon. on the road to the east bay, the governor is purring a major gas tax proposal to prepare california's crumbling highways roads and bridges. the tax would be the first for californians in two decades and generate $50 billion over ten years. drivers of zero emission cars would be on the hook to paying that $100 annual fee. at 10:00 this morning, brown will be in concurred to try to kick start that plan. the tax will need a two-thirds approval from the legislature to pass. we've all driven on those bumpy roads out there. how are they looking traffic wise? >> we don't have major potholes reported. that doesn't mean they're not out there. as you said we're all too familiar with them. we're looking at a smooth
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commute. i'll point out one issue for the south bay, 880 slowing over the last 20 minutes, starting to smooth out from 280 to highway 101 and close to the airport for san jose. traffic heading north of there, through oakland 580 an 880 and a live look will show you the camera shaking a tad bit over here and so is the flag. this is freemont. look how much that's blowing around. it continues for the bridges like the san mateo bridge highway, look at that flag. >> it is amazing to watch there. pretty too. another update in a half hour.
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it is 8:30 now on a thursday morning, the 30th day of march, 2017. kind of a blustery, breezy day. >> i'll say. >> here in new york city, with a big crowd out on the plaza. >> and a big star inside our studio. catherine zeta-jones is here to talk about her new hit series "feud" and how her father-in-law kurt douglas prepared her for this particular role. and robert redford is going
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to talk candidly about his legendary career, retirement, the after life and much more. but first, let's go back out to al at loyola university in maryland to see if we officially have a record. al? >> all right, guys, let's find out. we turn now to michael empric from guinness world records. michael, what was the old record? >> al, the mark to beat was 376 people crab walking. >> yes. >> today we had 494! it's a new guinness world record title! i would like to officially welcome you guys to the guinness world records a family. you are officially amazing, lie owe louisiana. well done. >> how does it feel, father? >> so exciting. >> that is very cool. and we've got our scholarship winners and our friends from pure point financial. so fantastic. congratulations. congratulations, everybody! all right, let's check your weather. we'll tell you what we have happening. for today, we are looking at
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plenty of sunshine along the southwest coast. gulf coast as well. heavy rain moving into the midatlantic states. snow tomorrow moving into northern new england. sunshine along the coast. saturday, strong storms in the midsection of the country. heavy snow in northern new england. sunshine through the gulf coast. look for some showers and snow in the pacific northwest. sunday, sunday! eastern seaboard clears out, strong storms down through the lower gulf and mid-mississippi river valley. look for some sunshine through the southwest. that's what's going around the country. >> breezy winds and the wa wind advisory kicking in around noontime to 8:00 this evening for all of these areas in brown that includes the coast and the hills where gusts may top 45 miles an hour. so a breezy day and highs reaching 63 degrees in san francisco. tomorrow up to 68 degrees. also warm in time for the weekend for the inland areas.
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we're up to 77 degrees on saturday and 73 degrees on sunday. more dry and warm weather into next week. that is your latest weather. don't forget, when ever you need it, go to the weather channel on cable. one more day, rokerthon 3, day five. we're headed to the land of oz. sub sandwiches reign supreme. and we are going back to a great lakes shore. we'll see you tomorrow, day five, rokerthon 3! be there! >> all right, al, thank you very much. academy award winner catherine zeta-jones is playing another oscar-winning actress in the fx series feud "betty and joan" that focuses on a rival between betty davis and joan crawford. this takes place at the 1963 oscars.
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take a look. >> mr. havreland, is it true you flew out from paris to present the award for best picture? >> i will present that award, but i traveled here to be with my dear friend, betty. i'm here to see her be the first actress to win three oscars. she's been great. >> which begs the question, do blondes have more fun? >> oh, al. >> how are you? >> i'm good. >> this seems like a role you would stand in line to get. >> well, to work with ryan murphy, i went to -- because i live here, as you know, live here on the east coast, so when i go down to l.a., i kind of humbly asked, do you think so-and-so would have time to say hi? or have a cup of tea? so i did that with ryan murphy because i watched from afar his work. he works terrifically well with women. so anyway, he said yes. please come. and we had a great meeting. and he said, darling, you have to play olivia. and i went, in what?
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in "feud." and he told me all about the project and here i am talking to you. >> it's a juicy role about a juicy period in hollywood. >> a tough period in hollywood. >> why do you say the tough as opposed to juicy? >> because it's something that we secretly love. but in those days, it was a very cut-throat kind of business. the studio hollywood system was rough. my father, kurt douglas, i spoke to him about it and he said, it was tough for us guys, but it was really tough for those women. because they were pitted against each other. and this feud between betty and joan was fuel for the gossip columnists. >> how bad did it get? you know, we have seen feuds in present day, how rough did theirs get? >> theirs got really rough. and this episode that airs on sunday, you can't write this,
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matt. it's -- given that it's fueled by the head of hoppers of the time, it's genius. but you can't write it. it's amazing what goes on. >> and could you imagine if that feud had played out in today's world of entertainment shows around the clock and social media, what would have happened? >> no. i don't. i mean, there are so many media outlets these days to fulfill, but this -- actually, olivia had her feud with her sister, who is also an oscar winner, joan fontain, which was never as juicy as betty and joan. but olivia was pitted against her very own sister. >> it was interesting, you talked to your father-in-law, kurt douglas, and he was around during that time. >> and he's still around. >> i know, he's 100 years old, is that right? >> we have a picture of kurt and olivia. >> yeah. >> i believe we have that
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picture. we're trying to pull it up right now. >> oh, there it is. >> i mean, it's incredible. >> it was wonderful for me. because i didn't really know a lot about olivia before i played her. i had, like, many people, that image of her as melanie gone with the wind. kurt was there and really knew these women. she was -- well, her name alone kind of suggests she has a royalty to it. >> a glamour. >> but she was tough. she was -- she went up against the hollywood system. she won two oscars, removed herself from the rat-race of the hollywood system, and married and still lives in france. so she was -- she's a real fighter. >> i love that we were talking during the commercial break and said, how is raising a couple of teenagers? because i'm doing the same thing. and your first thing was, i love it. >> i love it, matt. i love it. i love it. and i'm still waiting for, you
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know, i was kind of pre-empted, the whole roll your eyes teenager years, i love it. i just love their kind of freshness and the excitement -- it's also exciting to me. i was working when i was my son's age. i was in the theater and look at him going, wow, i was working when i was your age. so i'm just enjoying this time. learning a whole bunch of stuff that i didn't know. >> well, you seem so happy. this is a great role. will you say hi to michael for me, please? >> i will. he sends his best to you, as always. >> you'll be back in the fourth hour. "feud" airs sunday night on fx. up next, maria shriver will share one family's extraordinary battle against alzheimer's. it's a story you have to see. but first, this is "today" on nbc. in our suvs, you feel every mountain we've ever conquered. in our sports cars, you feel every podium we've ever climbed.
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back now . back nowt at 8:40 with our n going series brain power today.
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one family's unique struggle with alzheimer's and their powerful message to others who are battling this disease. >> marie schreiber is here with this incredible story. >> you'll meet a very special family of six siblings and five of them have alzheimer's disease. their incredible story of heartache and hope is now the subject avenue book. so we sat down with two generations of the family and learned their journey has lessons for all of us. this is a story about brothers and sisters. parents and children. and their united front against a terrible disease. >> we're still all together. and we'll fight together. >> carla is one of six siblings including decent, brian, lawy, doug and jamie. growing up in rural north dakota they were a tight-knit working class family. >> we did have a lot of fun. >> but in his 40s their father
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was diagnosed with early on set alzheimer's a rare genetic form of the disease that robs the patients of their minds in middle age. their children have a 50% chance of inheriting it. so as adults the siblings all got tested for the early onset alzheimer's gene. in a devastating twist, five of the six tested positive. guaranteeing they develop the disease. only carla tested negative. >> when you're alone and you know that every single one of your siblings has this gene and you do not, how does that make you feel? >> i feel alone at times. i was chosen to fight for them and when they could no longer fight, i'll still be around. >> while you speak to me you're looking at your brother. >> ah-ha. >> dean. >> yep. >> why?
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>> because he's my hero. and i thought it would be me and him. >> you thought it would be the two of you caring for the rest of you. now in the new book "the inheritance" the journalist tells the story of this ordinary family and their extraordinary battle against alzheimer's. >> this family could be anybody. it could be your own family. could be the people next door to us. it's david versus goliath. >> doug is in the end stages of alzheimer's in a nursing home. jamie and decent are still well enough to work. >> do you feel alzheimer's in you? >> yes, i do. especially for at work. sometimes just can't do the things i used to do. >> what was the reaction of your
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fellow co-workers when they heard? were you scared to tell them? >> no i wasn't scared to tell them. everybody knows that i have the disease. and they are dealing with it too. >> siblings brian and laurie have passed away from alzheimer's. laurie's daughters watched their mother's agonizing decline. nothing prepared these sisters and best friends for their own test results. robin has the gene. jessica does not. >> it's an immediate relief followed by then immediate guilt. >> the tears didn't last too long. jessica now she's vowed to take care of me when i need it. and stand there fighting with me through every battle. >> for now, decent's son tyler done want to know his test results.
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>> it fluctuates day-to-day. you wake up one day and you say oh, i just wish i knew i had it or some other days maybe i don't want to find out. >> most generations now involved in clinical trials to find a cure. >> what do you hope the book does for your family, for alzheimer's, for the public at large? >> if you do have alzheimer's in your family then you have support every where and doesn't need to be a secret. there's more power when you pull together. >> the family says they have no regrets about getting tested. they now feel empowered to take control of their lives and to plan for their futures. they really are such an inspiring family. >> extraordinary story. and it became personal for you because we should mention that you have a family history as well, your dad. >> my dad had alzheimer's not early on set but he had alzheimer's and i weighed should i get tested. my doctor said look i wouldn't get tested there's nothing you
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can do really. and that's a lot of people's feeling but i went and got tested just to make sure that, you know, is in i'm out talking about alzheimer's i can say i got tested and i didn't that have gene. that doesn't mean i won't get alzheimer's because it's happening every 60 seconds and majority of people getting it are women. >> the test you had was for the early on set. >> no. early on set is kind of in people's families when they are getting it at 40 and 50. i'm meeting a lot of people 50, 60, who are getting alzheimer's and sometimes refer to as mild cognitive impairment. tomorrow we'll do a story on super agers which tell us about people who are in their 70s and 80s and have a brain of a 20-year-old. a lot we can do and should be doing, by the way, should be doing to keep our brains as fit as our bodies. >> great story. >> thank you so much. coming up next matt's
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conversation with a true hollywood icon, robert redford. but first this is "today" on nbc. today" on nbc.
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we're back. 8:49. legendary actor, producer, robert redford stars in the new movie "discovery." >> he plays a scientist that uncovers proof of the after life leading people to take their own lives. >> and mr. redford recently stopped by our studios to talk about that and more. >> i want to ask you the question that everybody watch right now is probably wondering, do you feel responsible for all those people killing themselves? >> no. >> that's it? >> that's it. >> i started reading about this movie and it was one of the few times i can remember i pushed myself away from the computer and just stopped to think about a couple of the questions. what was your reaction when you
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first saw this script? >> well, i loved it. i loved it for a whole bunch of reasons. it was out there. it made you think. and it explored new territory. i mean, you know, when you were a kid, didn't you ever wonder, when you were a kid, just what's there, what is out there that you don't know about that you would like to know about? >> not only when i was a kid, i still think about it. i think about it all the time. >> that's great. that is what this is about. >> so the scientist you play answers the most important question of our time. is there an after life? and he answers it proof positive that there is. but perhaps doesn't see the consequences that it might bring, is that fair? >> yeah. that's it. >> and when he's asked about those consequences, that there is a spike in suicide, because people are saying, wait a minute, if there's an after life, why wait? i'm going to go see it right now. >> he's realized he's created
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something monstrous, but what is he going to do. >> but he doesn't take responsibility for it. >> he can't, otherwise he can't correct things. >> i don't think you can expect to go out and promote this movie and not be asked about your own thoughts on this subject. >> i hope not. >> so in your mind, is there an after life? >> in my mind? yes. >> in reality? >> i don't know. >> what do you think? >> what i like about this is you don't know. it's exploring territory. that you can only guess about, but you don't know. you don't know until you get there or don't get there. >> have you ever had a personal experience that led you in one direction or the other? people talk about it all the time, the moments. >> yeah, many. >> can you describe it? >> i think dreams and i'm very interested in dreams because i think what dreams produce, a dream that was scary as a little kid, i dreamt a lot and still do. i dreamt about my mother's face. and it was my mother's face, it was my mother exactly as i knew
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her, but yet it wasn't her. there was this weird, strange feeling. so wait a minute, it looks like my mom, but yet something in me tells me it's not. >> how do you analyze that? what do you think that means? >> i never went there. otherwise i probably wouldn't be here. >> you don't want to dive into that? >> no, i'm curious. i'm really curious. >> i was reading an interview that you did -- i believe it was with murdyour grandson. and in the interview you said you may be nearing the time -- you're smiling, when you would retire from acting. do you really feel that way? >> no. >> why did you tell your grandson that? you have no intention of retiring? >> to throw him off. >> what is more fun than throwing family off? >> nothing. >> so you're not going to retire from acting? >> not at the moment. >> no? still direct? still want to direct more? >> well, yeah, but i think, you do what you do and keep doing it. if you stop, something --
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something also stops. >> someone said to me last night when i brought that up to them, because i thought you were being serious, that you may retire from acting, they said, i wonder what retirement would look like for robert redford. >> well, i think, i wasn't serious, but i think a lot of people probably hope i was, you know. >> i doubt that. i doubt that. as i said, i stopped to think about the premise of this movie because i think it's fascinating. >> well, i'm glad you feel that way because i think, i hope a lot of other people do, too. because it's all about, what else is out there that we don't know about that we're curious about? we would love to know but we don't. >> yeah. >> but the curiosity is there, and i think that is what this film feeds on. >> an the ongoing idea of when science brings us answers, are we always prepared for those answers? >> sometimes we don't want the answers we're given. >> robert redford, always nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> the discovery is on netflix starting tomorrow. >> he went pretty deep. >> i was into that conversation, fascinating. >> a fascinating premise,
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though. >> and so thought-provoking and the unintended consequences of the knowledge we want so badly. >> and getting to the after life, proof positive, why would you want to get there so fast. >> wouldn't you miss something from this life, like your family and kids? >> i meant the concept of pranking your grandson. anyway, we are back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.
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coming up, we have zach
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braff co-hosting the 9:00 hour. >> it should be fun. >> nellie furtado. you must know nellie from back in the day. we are looking forward to it. >> she's great. >> can we continue our deep safraiscpole astpinup tro inhe . nvi nehbooodftea good thursday morning. san francisco police stepping up their patrols in the ocean view neighborhood after a deadly triple shooting that happened yesterday near a muni stop at plymouth and broad street. there's the crime scene tape. a 65-year-old woman died from the shooting. two other innocent bystanders were injured. we spoke to a woman who is the ex-wife of one of the victims. she says her ex-husband was shot in the leg walking down the street.
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the other person shot is expected to survive. now according to folks who live nearby that intersection has been the scene of several shootings and violence could be tied to an ongoing turf war between gangs. happening right now, pete is talking with police about the investigation and the heightened patrols and a live report for the midday newscast and link to an update on our home page. going green takes on a new meaning with a first of its kind space launch. a reusable rocket will send a new satellite into orbit and our twitter feed details how history is on the line. an idea about california's water supply, surveyors conducting the snowpack survey of the spring. it was at 164% above average last month and we'll find out where things are. we'll see you in 30 minutes with more news.
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this morning on "today's take," actor and director zach braff tries something new, selectrity co-host. and home-grown honey turned here owe darius rucker and the sweet surprise for some kids. plus, a throw-back performance by nellie furtado coming up now. >> from nbc news, this is "today's take" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on this throwback thursday morning, march 30th, 2017. we're listening to, it's an ear warm for me, "her mpermiscuous"
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nellie furtado. and look who we have here, this is zach braff. >> i have my whole family. i'm the guy with the entourage. it is my mom, my step-father. >> i find that absolutely delightful. >> that's who i roll with. >> and al is on the road for ro rokerthon 3. it never gets old. the college students at the crack of dawn are up. >> hi, al. he can't hear me. >> hey, zach, how are you? >> have you ever met al? >> i know al well. >> before all the corky single sitcoms, "scrubs" led the way, it was one of the funniest shows on tv. >> thank you so much, al. that means a lot to me. thank you very, very much. >> which is why i'm a little star-struck. and when i get star-struck, i'm shy. >> don't be shy. >> i'm a huge fan of "scrubs." so when i saw you were here, i'm
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like, i have to pull it together. >> you're handling it well. >> so when dylan gets quiet, she's just being shy. >> if you feel uncomfortable, i will hold up this picture of mr. cane in front of me. >> i have morgan freeman. fine, here. >> you know what is funny in the film i direct, they rob a bank and use rat pack masks. but al wears the sammy davis jr. mask. it's appropriate. >> i love it. we were telling him, they are the nicest guys. i can't imagine how much fun it was to work with these legends. >> i was so nervous when we started making it, like i'm hanging out with the legends, but they are so funny and sweet that you get used to it. i'm sitting around and hanging around with them, joking around like we are friends. and they are hilarious and couldn't be warmer. >> and you directed them in your movie "going in style." but do you really direct these three or sort of just let them
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do what they want to do? >> well, i think that -- what i really do, i think people are confused, i'm not saying, morgan, no! and flipping a table. it's more like, i'm steering a ship, you know? they are very silly and off in the corner singing and dancing and cracking each other up. my job is to, like, let's go to our marks. we got to get this by lunch. i'm the conductor of the orchestra. >> i love that. i feel like this is going down in the books. you know, you look at all the work they have done over the years, with michael cain and morgan freeman, that they are genuine excited about this movie. >> the fun thing for me is they call me now. i get my phone and am like, i think that's michael. zach, it's michael cain. i have 60 friends, they loved the movie. so they wouldn't be out promoting it this much, obviously, if they didn't love it so much. and they are everywhere. so i'm excited about it. >> we were just talking about the fact that it's throwback thursday. but because zach is here, we're
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calling it throw-braff thursday. >> i love it. very creative. >> so we dug into the archives, your instagram, for some amazing throwback photos of you. >> oh, that's with me and my mom. my mommy here with me. >> can we show your mommy? >> i don't know if she wants to be on camera. there she is. >> she hasn't aged. >> she's the most beautiful woman in the world. that's my mom and step-father. they are the best. that's my entourage. >> it doesn't get better than that. >> they are the best. >> and apparently we have footage of you, one of your first acting gigs. >> oh, my goodness. what could that be? oh, my goodness. this is -- this is when i was -- look at that hair. i hadn't quite figured out what to do with my hair yet. not that i have now, but -- as you can see, i'm still experimenting. look at that hair. and look at the mullet. i had such a crush on this young lady. i was very nervous filming this. >> really? >> yeah. i haven't seen or heard from her since. >> have you add mitted that
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before? >> now, i'm admitting it live on the "today" show. i forgot her name, but this young actress, i had such a crush on her. >> such an imimpression, you forgot her name. >> it was a long time ago. >> i love the mullet. was that early '90s? >> i don't know. >> i remember the book. >> when was it? early '90s. >> see, you have mom there to tell you. >> it was your producer. it's very relaxed here. the producer yells, the early '90s. >> that's gavin, he's famous. >> got it. gavin just yells stuff. >> the whole america knows gavin. >> the queen of throwback, dylan dreyer, you did the smartest thing. you took pictures of pictures. >> i think that was the smartest thing. that's what everybody does. nobody really has a scanner at home. >> i take pictures of old pictures on my phone. >> yeah. you have to go home to get them. >> you do. >> this is fantastic.
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>> wow. >> wait, she has to explain. >> please explain. >> i was so distracted by the awesome answering machine i was getting in my easter basket. but a lot of people have pointed out my bathrobe. i was a big bathrobe wearer all through childhood. so yeah, that was my aztec look. >> i love the fact that in your easter basket was an answering machine. >> the easter bunny was always -- >> that's an odd thing to get in an easter basket. >> the easter bunny would give me gifts besides candy. >> so it wasn't like an m&m found in your yard. a giant egg in your yard. >> remember answering machines? >> yeah, did it have the tape? >> yeah. >> i still have answer answering machine at my house. >> does it flash? >> i like to hear when someone calls. you know when you don't want to answer, i like to hear them -- i like to hear who it is, leave a message, and then i did if i pick up or not. >> the original screening. >> i still old scroll screen. >> i didn't know they still had them. >> yeah, they do. you can still buy a vcr, too.
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for like 30 bucks but you can. >> i still have all my vhs tapes just in case. >> everybody is talking about george clooney and what he learned from being a tv doctor. he said he's inching closer to fatherhood and was recently asked if he was repaired for his new role. he said a previous occupation helped prepare him. i played a pediatrician on "e.r." and am about to be a dad, so -- >> go to the old scripts, that wh is what you do. >> we have another tv doctor here. what do you do? >> i am prepared to deliver george clooney's baby. >> did playing a doctor help you out in real life at all? >> not really. i mean, you know, we just learned jargon. you memorize jargon. it doesn't make you like, yes, i can now do -- i'll tell you, a funny story, when we shot in an actual abandoned hospital, and one thing that was funny, when we first started the show, people would pull up, you know, with an emergency and they would
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see all these extras around in clothes and be like, i have an emergency. we are like, it's not a real hospital. they are like, what do you mean? we see doctors and an ambulance. day two of filmling, there was a giant sign up, this is not a real hospital. do not come here -- >> do they believe the hospital was there? >> it was a real hospital that we took over. when they saw people in the scrubs and uniforms, they just assumed with their broken arm or whatever, you have to -- move along. >> two straights make a right. >> come on in, you want to be an extra? >> we put up a big sign that said, don't come here if you are ill. >> that's really funny. also talking about gordon ramsey, this was a big deal for you because if anybody likes airplane food, it's sheinelle. i'm right there with you. >> it is so delightful. >> i have never said anyone say that. >> my producer is always teasing me, is sheinelle ready for her meal? it's steamy, fresh. i don't know how fresh it is. but i like the options.
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what is wrong with me? i genuinely like airplane food. >> i'm freaked out when they say fish. fish on an airplane. where is that hanging out? >> you can't go for the fish, go for the cous cous. >> or the salad with the feta cheese. >> how sad is that that we know to fly delta. you should try it. >> you are doing a big plug for delta's cous-cous. >> it is fresh and the cheese is good. >> and they put it in warm bowls. oh, zach. >> i was about to say something that i'm censoring because -- nevermind. sorry. morning tv. i have to go on morning tv right now. i'm sorry. >> what we were talking about? >> gore michigan ramsey revealed the one type of food he will not eat is, in fact, airplane food. he told refinery 29, i worked for airlines for ten years and know where the food has been and where it goes. >> that's what i'm saying. the fish are hanging autoon the tarmac. would you like the fish? no. >> in the airport, you would
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find the freshest fish because it is flown in from wherever it is flown in. >> i think you're wrong to think it's flown in and goes right on the plane. like there's a chef on the white outfit that says, here is your fish to the flight attendant. no. it's been in a factory for three months. >> we just got this today. enjoy. all right. up next, zach has -- oh, this is going to be good, a big surprise for some fans outside. >> oh, yes, i do. and we'll take you down to loyola university to find out which guinness world record al i tried hard to quit smoking.
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back with more on "today's take" and our guest host zach braff. >> who is signing autographs per my request. >> not for you. you made it sound like it was for you. we are giving away premier tickets, right? >> we mentioned zach's new movie "out in style" is out this friday. you're feeling generous. now lucky plaza fans get the chance to go to the new premier. >> is plaza the way to say it? >> i think there's a double a in there. >> plaza. it's tonight. >> tonight is the premier. so hopefully these people in the plaza don't have any plans. because they are going to -- if you're out on the plaza, you're going to get some tickets. >> let's just go do it. >> let's go do it right now? >> what are you going to do? >> i'm going to chill with al for a little bit. i'll let you head outside. >> it's a long walk downstairs. >> we'll be back. >> okay. hey, al, it's just me and you
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now. >> yeah, i know. i thought this was kind of interesting, that they basically are just using us so that they can, of course, go do real stuff. >> this is just to fill time. because it takes a long time to get downstairs. >> well, we are here on loyola university campus. and it's the yeukelele club. and there's no reason. they have a love of yuk leukele. i don't know if there's much of a song. what song do you play? >> a standard eukelele progression. >> as opposed to the standard. fabulous, huh? it's an easy dance tune. all right, let's -- let's show you, let's show you something that happened earlier today. we are here to set the world record, the guinness world
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record for most people crab walking. this was our entrance. we had the greyhounds. the greyhounds are the mascot for loyola. so here we go, 500 people crab walking. there's michael emperic back behind us from guinness world record. they beat the record. it was 300 something at northeastern. 494 people, yes! nicely done. that's why we are playing eukelele music. what were you saying, dylan? >> i was wondering how everyone's wrists are doing. that's tough. >> it is tough. and we also have tough weather making its way through the upper midwest and also through the midatlantic. i should say, the gulf coast. lower gulf coast, heavy thunderstorms. in fact, we've got a risk for 49 million people for large hail, damaging winds. chance for tornadoes in illinois, indiana and kentucky.
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where is don ho when you need him? all righty, tha good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we had clouds in the bay this morning. now we're seeing the sunshine. the east bay at 57 degrees and 52 in san francisco. you can see the camera shaking around in the east bay. gusts possibly up to 45 miles an hour. 68 degrees will be the high in the south bay and the tri-valley and 67 in the east. loyola, university. keep it up for the ukelele club. >> awesome job. just checking off the records left and right. we'll head back now to sheinelle and zach. they have made it down to the plaza and are ready to give away
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tickets to zach's "going in style" movie premier tonight. they are running out, sheinelle without a coat. >> hi, everybody! >> shall we start over here? good morning! good morning! >> yes! >> hi! wait, where are you guys from? >> chicago! >> you get to go to the premier tonight to "going in style." >> come to the premier! >> hi, guys! hi, guys! here we go. hi! you're going to the premier tonight. yes, have fun. wait, can they both go? yeah, you can both go. you're going to the premier tonight. anybody around town? >> here you go. >> where are you from? where are you from? >> ohio. >> do you want to go to the premier tonight? >> we got two more. two more.
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where are you guys from? >> vancouver. >> when are you going back? >> tomorrow. >> oh, great, do you want to go to the movie premier tonight with michael cain and morgan freeman? you're going. >> the golden ticket. right here. there you go. you're going to have the best time tonight seeing "in style." and we know
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thursday concert. and keneeneel nellie is here, y beautiful. >> great to see you soul. >> great to see you. you took a step back from music and why come back now? >> i experimented with other elements, like song writing for other people and producing. i had a label for a while. but then, yeah, i just got back into the song writing. this album is called a hangover album. it's kind of like, all right, there are highs and lows to life, so let's celebrate them. the happy and sad in between. that's what the record is like. a pop record to celebrate that energy. >> if we go back a little bit, we were talking about the fact you were going, we all started saying. ♪ i'm like a bird >> i have been singing it all morning. i love that song. it's such an earworm. you can't stop singing it. >> i still like singing it. i love to speed it up, slow it down. i love singing it. >> did you think it would stick around for as long as it did? >> i had no clue. when i wrote that on my guitar in a little hotel room in l.a., i never imagined to hear it in
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grocery stores and at the checkout line buying milk. it's amazing. >> bust out singing. >> so many of us are drawn to you, the funky look with the sneakers and so individual, but it was not that simple. did they want you to put on a pencil skirt and heels? >> definitely. i had to fight for my look. i was like, i'm a regular girl, why go against that? it was fun to express myself. i was lucky. yeah. >> is it true you were cleaning bathrooms while making the first album? >> i was, for sure. my mother and i would meet at the hotel and i worked cleaning toilets, floors, like, i was a chamber made. and i wrote the song, some of the songs on "whoa nelly," my first record, to that. i said, i want to go back to my apartment to cleaning. and i started cleaning and all the songs came to me for the new record. >> maybe i should clean more and could write an album. >> it gives me lots of
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inspiration. >> i'll come clean your house. >> i thought it was interesting, drake, tell me if this is true, is he one of your background singers? >> we are very proud of drake. he's on the cover. i've stayed there for 20 years, raised my daughter there. when he came out, we are excited to see this on the cover, but he sang backgrounds for my opening act in canada. he did doubles. >> that's so cool. >> so when you see him now -- >> i probably ignored him or something. i'm sorry, drake. >> well, nellie, you're sticking around to perform one of your biggest hits a little later. >> yeah. >> and another grammy winner, darius rucker heads to his hometown to give back in a special way and some very special kids that he's giving back to. that's all coming up after your local news. >> thank you so much. as women, we need to take time to energize our bodies and clear our minds. that's what's so amazing about poise® impressa. it helps you stop bladder leaks, pad-free.
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good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. if you've been outside, you know it's really windy out there and the high winds continue through the day. we could have gusts up to 45 miles an hour in these areas shaded in brown. that's where we do have the wind advisory in effect for the coast and the hills. as we go through the day, going to see slightly cooler temperatures, up to 63 degrees in san francisco, 68 degrees tomorrow and looking at the inland areas, warming up from
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the 60s into the upper 70s just in time for the weekend. let's get an update on the roadways now from mike. >> looking pretty standard there with late flowing on 680 but i can't find the reason for that and it is clearing. this crash did happen and it's cleared. a smooth flow of traffic through oakland. we're looking at 880 recovering from the early morning crush there. closure on redwood drive. you cannot use that so use 580. back to you. we'll be back in 30 minutes with more news.
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it's no >> it's no secret. we are huge fans of darius rutger who has been our co-host several times, but the country's superstar's biggest fans are in his hometown of charleston, south carolina. >> especially the young patients at the medical center with his mother worked much of her life. >> recently he paid a visit to his friends there as part of the series called cmt "hometown heroes." take a look. ♪ charleston is known for its sweeping scenery and historic charm, before musician darius rutger, this south carolina town is simply home. >> i live in charleston because this is where god wants me to be. >> reporter: one part of charleston that he is especially close torque the medical university of south carolina. the hospital where his mother carolyn had worked for 30 years. >> i look back, and it was how i
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ate, how i got clothes, it was how i got shoes. it was everything to my family. >> reporter: a place he regularly visits including the musc children's hospital. >> i have to. it's the only thing i know how to do. it's the only thing i want to do. i want to help. what can i do next to make it better? >> making things better by putting smiles on the faces of his friends, the patients. >> i try not to bring up too much how you feel or anything. you ask, i want to talk about school, how are your friends, what games are you playing on your phone? >> his most recent visit included an extra special treat for his friends. >> how can i find out what's in these boxes? >> renovating the teen center in the atrium, a place used by patients and their families to get away, if only for a moment. >> this space will allow them that opportunity to leave the confines of a hospital and be just like they are at home. just be teens. >> i don't do it to get recognition. i do it because it's what i want to do. it's what i was taught to do. >> one friend darius has become
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close to is 16-year-old zion thomas who has sickle cell anemia. they met four years ago, and now share a tight bond. >> he always has something to say, so it's just like a tom and jerry relationship. i'll say something. he will say something. we'll just go at it. it's nice. me and darius are good friends. >> all we do is talk trash to each other. he is my guy. i love him. he is my heart. >> reporter: the transformation of the teen center can't come fast enough. >> i was here for about a week. my last trip here. and i spent a lot of time in the atrium because that's pretty much all you can do here. >> i feel like there's going to be a lot more stuff in there, and it will be even better than it was before. >> here we go. >> and as the ribbon gets cut debuting the new room, the celebration begins. >> an exceptional makeover to make some of the children's pain a little less painful.
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>> look at derek. >> reporter: with enough goodwill to make the mother of this musician very proud. >> it's hard to think that it's been so long that she has been gone, and i still miss her every day. my mom loved this hospital. she worked here a long time. she would be really proud of me. she would really be happy that it means on so much to me, and it means so much to me because it meant so much to her. >> reporter: now for the most amazing part? an exclusive performance by darius himself. ♪ if i told you the mess that i can be when there's no one there to see, could you look the other way ♪ ♪ could you love me anyway >> i was born and raised in this town. when i finally made it in music, all i wanted to do is give back to this town. ♪ me mama like the wind and the rain ♪ ♪ rock me mama like a southbound
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train ♪ ♪ hey, mama, you can rock me ♪ rock me >> that was nice. >> so sweet. >> he is a good guy. darius, thank you. you can see more of his story on cmt hometown heroes. it premiers tomorrow night on cmt. up next, the incredible, the amazing, the one and only science bob. we can't wait to see how he is going to blow our minds. i love the fact that he is a real elementary school high school -- or elementary science teacher. how about this? >> he is a what? >> he will explain coming up is is this this is my body of proof. proof of less joint pain and clearer skin. this is my body of proof that i can take on psoriatic arthritis with humira. humira works by targeting and helping to block a specific source of inflammation that contributes to both joint and skin symptoms. it's proven to help relieve pain, stop further joint damage, and clear skin in many adults. humira is the #1 prescribed biologic
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it works or it's free. he's back. the elementary schoolteacher who is a rock star scientist who is about to rock your world. scientist bob will have experiments for us. three things, right? >> we have three things to do. we have some you can't try at home and some you can. we want to give people a chance to try things out. so i thought we would start with high voltage electricity.
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>> can you do that one at home? >> this one you don't want to do at home. >> don't do this one at home. >> this is a thing in the science museum that makes your handstand out. so i used to go to the science museum and they always called on the little girl with the long hair and they put her on it and her hair would standout. and i felt bad because i knew i was never going to get called on. i was a science guy. so built one myself and came up with a way that even zach can be a part of this. >> good, because i was never allowed to do that either. but my hair has a smidge of stuff in it. i don't think my hair is going anywhere. i woke up like this. >> this is going to insulate you from the ground. because electricity always wants to go into the ground. this little belt is going to spin to generate about a half a million volts of electrostatic electricity. here's the twist. put your hand, it's not on yet. i'm just going to come over here and put the pie pans right up there. >> just a normal morning at the
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"today" show. >> there we go. >> now, what is going to happen is we're going to charge this. the electrons will over to zach. then to the pie pans. electrons don't like each other so they try to repeal from each other and we'll see what happens. let's find out. we'll start the wheel spinning. there it goes. and now we start -- >> oh, my god. yes! >> they are light enough to do one at a time. look at that! >> that was -- >> that was awesome. >> now how do you get them back on. >> now once he steps down, you'll be a little zapped. >> no, but i had a lot of good ideas. >> that is pretty cool. >> right. so, now, you know, the staples of home chemistry. >> the table just got me. >> did it get you? sorry about that, man. >> i can't believe i didn't curse. >> vinegar, baking soda, people are used to the volcano. >> sure. >> we got a little vinegar and
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some dish detergent and coloring in there. you add the baking soda and you get your classic, you know, flowing thing, right? so everyone should do that. people are saying, oh, it's so cliche. >> kids like that science game. >> if you're 7 years old and have never done it, it's not cliche at all. but if you want to take it to the next level -- >> yes, we do. >> this is a little zip bag i got at a craft store. we've got some vinegar in there. just put some coloring in it. and then this is just baking soda. >> okay. >> so when vinegar and baking soda mix, it's an acid-based reaction that creates carbon die oxide. >> do it! >> so dylan, squeeze it real hard and put it down on the table. >> squeeze it real hard. >> i'm trying. >> then it starts building up the gas. you can see how much gas it building up. it's quite a bit. >> is that going to pop in a second? >> it builds a lot of pressure. probably not unless you give it a stir -- >> i knew it was coming, too.
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>> that's a try at home experiment. >> that's fun. >> this is the "today" show. we got to ramp it up a little bit. so here we go. let's get our goggles on. all right? so each one of you get a bag. >> okay. >> here's what i got, i've got a whole bunch of baking soda. and we got a liter of vinegar here to add food coloring to. i give you the count down. any way you want, i want to get that out of there. then we are going to mix these up to see what happens. >> all right, here we go. three, two, one. there we go. mix it up. oh, gosh. >> oh! and now the crew hates me more than ever. >> am i covered? >> i heard you scream. >> look at that fizz. >> good stuff. >> that's awesome. >> don't try that at home. >> don't try that at home. >> one more. we have to hurry. >> next we'll have you -- thermodynamics. put a glove on. this is a metal tube. inside is a little piece of screen. don't do this, i'm going to show
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you real fast, i'm going to heat up the screen. and then the physics do this so that when you tip it over -- it has a nice tune. so go ahead, heat this up. we'll do this one at a time. if all goes well, we'll get the nbc chimes in thermodynamics. so zach will go first. tip it up. >> oh! >> that was amazing! >> that is awesome. >> so much fun. >> science bob, killing it. >> now we'll go to al at loyola university. >> the loyola university a cappella singers welcoming us to their home in the quad, day four in rokerthon 3. they set the recordworld record crab walking. wow. pretty cool. we'll see if your weather is going to be cool or warm, depending on what you like. heavy rain on friday along the midatlantic states in the northeast. snow in interior new england.
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mountain snow in the rockies. sunshine through the gulf. looking ahead to saturday, we have plenty of sunshine along the west coast, although rain in the pacific northwest. strong storms in the mid plains. heavy snow northern new england, sunshine, great lakes all the way down to the gulf coast. sunday, sunday! we're looking at sunshine in the northeast into the midatlantic states. we're looking for strong storms through the gulf and the sunshine returns to the another bright and sunny day and temperatures reaching into the upper 50s and low 60s as you head out the door. and we are now at 52 degrees in san francisco, although really windy. the winds will continue as we go through today. up to 67 degrees in the peninsula and 68 degrees in the tri-valley and the south bay. 69 degrees in the north bay and the wind advisory continues until 8:00 this evening. along the coast and the hills, we may have some gusts up to 45 miles an hour. thon
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3. clues to the last location. i'm heading home to the land of oz, sub sandwiches reign supreme, and we'll be back on a great lakes shore. that's it, folks. as i slip out and jump on a nets jet-jet, i'm jetting out of here. we'll see you tomorrow. >> al, thank you so much. coming up next, a throwback thursday performance by nellie thursday performance by nellie furtado singing one of you right when you feel a cold sore, abreva can heal it thursday performance by nellie furtado singing one of you in as few as two and a half days when used at the first sign. without it the virus spreads from cell to cell. only abreva penetrates deep and starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells. you could heal your cold sore, fast, as fast as two and a half days when used at the first sign. learn how abreva starts to work immediately at don't tough it out,
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hi! hey! i've made plans for later in case this date doesn't go well. likewise! but, funny story. on top of that? my mom is my best friend. uh oh. yeah. oop! there's the rescue text from my roommate saying she needs me. wouldn't it be great if everyone said what they meant? the citi double cash card does. it lets you earn double cash back: the citi double cash card. the citi concert series on "today" is proudly presented to you by citi. >> you have permission to turn up the volume on your tv and dance a little bit. it's time for the special performance from nellie fur day furtado. >> her new album is called "the
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ride." >> here she is performing one of her favorite hits. ♪ pay me with all your dreams and show me any ethnicity. ♪ ♪ i may have a flame inside the divide ♪ ♪ i say what is on my find that may offend your mind ♪ ♪ because this life is too short to leave just for you ♪ ♪ but when you feel so power less what are you going to do ♪ ♪ so say what you want ♪ say what you want ♪ i took her fashion at her gaze and made a poster ♪ ♪ now it's moccasins a sport and
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we take the culture in contort ♪ ♪ because this life is too short to leave just for you ♪ ♪ but when you feel so powerless what are you going to do ♪ ♪ so say what you want ♪ so say what you want ♪ you're the one outside you're going to get it ♪ ♪ you're the one that does fit ♪ you're the one outside and you're going to get it ♪ ♪ this life is too short so live it just for you ♪
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♪ when you feel so powerless what are you going to do ♪ ♪ because this life is too short so live it just for you ♪ ♪ but when you feel so powerless what are you going to do ♪ ♪ soy what you want soy what you want notice ♪ say what you want to ♪ say ♪ say what you want >> that was fantastic. nellie furtado, thank you so much. that was fantastic. her new album "the ride" is available for preorder.
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