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every half hour after that. join us for nbc bay area news at 11:00. with he will have so much for news for you and why you are weather. you are weather. r are weather. weather. good morning, one-two punch -- the second powerful nor'easter in a week slamming the east coast right now. nearly 50 million join us for nbc bay area heavy snow, high winds and dangerous conditions. this morning's commute already a mess. thousands of flights canceled or delayed. with a new wave of power outages and flooding expected, we have it all covered. over and out -- another member of the president's inner circle resigns. check adviser gary cohn stepping down amid a fight over tariffs. the president shrugging off yet another top departure. >> i read well, gee, maybe people don't want to work for trump and -- believe me, everybody wants to work in the white house. >> this morning, the fears this
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staff shake-up could rock the markets. the porn star versus the president -- stormy daniels sues donald trump over a so-called hush agreement to buy her silence. she says she should be free to tell the story of their alleged affair. this morning, her attorney speaking out in a live interview. those stories, plus cracking down -- what the u.s. government is now saying about that deadly airport attack on kim jong un's brother. tough love, an nba star reveals his struggle with mental health. why he says it's time for all men to get serious about the issue. and bad idea -- a driver decides to run from police, only to get hit by his own car. the not so great escape, today, wednesday, march 7th, 2018. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to
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"today," so nice to have you with us on a wednesday morning. and it's going to be a messy one for tens of millions of us up and down the east coast. >> you can look if you look up just north of new york and scarsdale, it's snowing there. some power lines are down and it looks like this thing is going to get worse. >> the question is how bad is it going to get this time? we've got full coverage for you. we will start with mr. roker and his very large weather wall there because there's so much weather to cover. >> we'll get to dylan and tom in a moment. but this is storm chaser 4 in milton, new jersey, you can see the roads are wet and the snow is coming down. you look at the big radar, you can basically see two-thirds of the country, nothing going on. but, if you're traveling, or you're expecting somebody or expecting a package, a lot of these come through here and that's going to be a problem. low pressure now has developed. the nor'easter has started to form and make its way up the coast, 48 million people under a winter watch or advisory. here are the impacts we're expecting right now.
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heavy snow, it will be today into tonight, at some point one to three inches per hour. here's what we're looking at. now the storm it looks like it's going to move a little further east. that brings colder air closer to the coast. philly, five to nine inches, new york, six to 12. westhampton an inch, hartford, connecticut, eight to 12 inches of snow. as we continue up the coast, albany, eight to 12 inches of snow. worcester, mass, 12-18. boston, one to three inches. further north, portland, about 12 to 16 inches of snow. and there are other impacts in this nor'easter. we're going to see strong winds, wind gusts boston and montauk, 40 to 50 miles per hour. gusts of 50 miles per hour in new york. minor flooding. airport delays up and down the i-95 corridor. we look for delays in washington, d.c., baltimore, philly, new york and boston. power outages still a big problem because the problem, guys, is because of all the
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infrastructure that's already been weakened by the last nor'easter, this one could probably take down some more lines and trees. so we're going to be watching this closely. back to you. >> al, thanks so much. clearly a lot of people, millions are facing a dangerous and slippery commute, as al said the storm is only going to compound problems from last week's deadly nor'easter that knocked out power to millions. dylan is driving around philly where by the way all the public schools are closed. how is it looking out there? >> hey, hoda, the roads are fine right now. but you know this is the second nor'easter to hit in less than a week. so that means more damaging wind and more heavy rain and snow as residents are still cleaning up from last week's storm. states of emergency have been issued for pennsylvania and new jersey, but people all across the northeast are being urged to use caution, for some, the power has just come back on. for others, this storm is hitting while they're still in the dark and now they're even more unsure of when they'll get
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their power back. this morning, double trouble in the northeast. as residents are waking up to the second winter storm in less than a week. >> it's rough, still cleaning up from that. now we're going to get hit again. >> another nor'easter, expected to deliver more scenes like this. trees and power lines toppled by heavy snow and strong winds. the timing couldn't be worse. for tens of thousands still without electricity following last week's storm. >> we are very concerned about the storm coming in. the power is not restored today. it could be a complete catastrophe for this neighborhood. >> in new york, power crews are working around the clock in a race against mother nature. >> we've declared a state of emergency, we're asking everybody to stay off the roads and work with us, and we're anticipating that county will provide some crews to turnt lights on, con-ed. but we're getting everything in place, assuming the worse. >> the same storm showing its power, causing white-out
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conditions in minnesota. a preview of the dangerous travel conditions expected in the northeast today. >> it's always scary to drive in blowing snow. >> in massachusetts, coastal communities fear the new nor'easter could cause more flooding. especially in duxbury, where a section of its seawall crumbled into the atlantic. >> the level of concern would be put with one word -- gravely. >> teams now scrambling to stabilize the wall before the next blow. the breach already damaging several waterfront homes. >> we were devastated, totally devastated. >> we are on the new jersey turnpike now heading north. snow has been light for the last several hours. we're just seeing wet roads for right now, but this will be a totally different scene by mid morning. as the storm strengthens over the atlantic, as al mentioned, we could see wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and at times snowfall rates of one to three inches per hour. it's going to be very difficult
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to even be on the road. hoda? >> dylan, be careful. at the airports, the flight cancellations and delays are adding up quickly. nbc's tom costello is at laguardia covering aviation. it cannot be a pretty sight there. >> well it's not bad yet. but the concern is as dylan and al mentioned, through the day this could get bad. right now it's just wet tarmacs, the concern is we don't want a repeat of last week when 3,000 flights were canceled. right now, nationwide 2,000 flights canceled for today. and so far, about 100 delays according to flight aware. however, we're now looking at the most affected airports as you would expect in the storm zone. newark airport, 43% of flights already canceled there today. laguardia, 38%, jfk, boston and philly all expecting. we'll see de-icing operations to slow things down today. that's the prerogative of course of the pilot if he or she wants de-icing, they're going to do it.
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that will slow down the departures at the key airports up and down the storm zone. we'll be watching it closely. and amtrak already canceling service up and down the northeast because of the concern and of course last week they had high winds, so essentially northeast regional service, the acelo service as well as modified service on the keystone service. all of those lines will see modified or canceled service today. it's going to be a difficult day of travel but they have been canceling flights, delaying flights, we'll see how it shakes out towards the end of the day. back to you. >> tom, thank you. >> and we'll have the latest on the storm and the impact. but we have more to get to this morning. including a new shake-up at the white house, president trump's top economic adviser is out. resigning amid a rift over the president's push for controversial new tariffs. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest. hey, kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, the white house is grappling with the fallout after
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gary cohn announced his resignation. he's a former executive at goldman sachs. who is seen as a stabilizing force for the president. the broad concern is that his exit could have an impact on markets all across the world and the u.s. economy. president trump searching for a new chief economic adviser. just one day after gary cohn announced his resignation late tuesday. reportedly infuriated by the president's threat of new tariffs and a possible trade war. >> trade wars aren't so bad. >> the president tweeting overnight -- we'll be making a decision soon on the appointment of new chief economic adviser. many people wanting the job, will choose wisely. publicly, both men putting a positive spin on the split. cohn thanking the president in a statement, writing it has been an honor to serve my country. the president calling cohn a rare talent. adding he did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms. but multiple sources tell nbc news cohn's decision to resign
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was abrupt after cohn refused to back mr. trump's decision to impose the new tariffs. foreshadowing his exit? cohn was a no-show at the president's press conference tuesday afternoon. his chair, empty until another staffer filled it. the president asked about possible staffing changes. >> believe me, everybody wants to work in the white house. they all want a piece of that oval office. i have a choice of anybody, i could take any position in the white house, and i'll have a choice of the ten top people having to do with that position. >> reporter: multiple sources familiar with the matter say cohn first considered resigning last summer, unhappy with the president's response to the charlottesville clashes. when he seemed to equate white supremacists with counterprotesters. >> i think there's blame on both sides. >> reporter: but ultimately cohn decided to stay, helping to pass tax reform but there's been lingering buzz that cohn could be on his way out. the president even having a little fun with the rumors earlier this year. >> will gary cohn continue or remain in the administration?
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i said, i hope so. now if he leaves, i'm going to say, i'm very happy that he left, okay? >> reporter: cohn's departure is the latest sign of the turmoil inside the west wing. last week the president's communications director, hope hicks, announced her resignation. son-in-law jared kushner had his security clearance downgraded. on tuesday, the president was asked about russian meddling with the mid-term elections just eight months away. >> we'll counteract whatever they do. we'll counteract it very strongly. >> reporter: downplaying russia's interference in 2016, insisting without any evidence that others may have been involved. >> certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries. and maybe other individuals. >> reporter: now as for gary cohn, he won't leave for a few weeks, but the markets appear to be reacting already. the u.s. markets opened down this morning. the administration is trying to downplay concerns of economic instability and in an interview this morning, commerce secretary
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wilbur ross indicated potential flexibility for those tariffs. savannah, hoda? >> kristen welker at the white house. the justice department is suing the state of california and escalating the battle over sanctuary cities. the suit filed last night seeks to under do three recently passed state laws that extend protections to people living in the u.s. illegally. one of those laws protected against workplace raids, and another one bans police from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities. the justice department says those laws hinder immigration authorities and are unconstitutional. also ahead on this wednesday morning, the families of several students injured in the tragic school shooting in florida have announced plans to sue local officials. this, as new details emerge about the confessed gunman's life behind bars. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. hey, gabe, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, education secretary betsy devos is set to visit marjory stoneman douglas high later today, on
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this the first full day of classes since the rampage. according to documents obtained by nbc's miami station, wtvj, confessed gunman nikolas cruz has been held in protective custody away from other inmates for his own safety. new this morning, an inside glimpse into what jail life is like for nikolas cruz, the confessed mass killer. based on reports by deputies assigned to watch him. the records paint the picture of a quiet inmate who follows the rules and responds when spoken to. deputies report he keeps i had head cast down and makes little eye contact and responds in a slow, soft voice. but is cooperative. soon after he arrived, cruz had trouble sleeping. deputies writing he was restless, tossing and turning and stares at the wall in deep thought. the report notes he ate all his lunch, four slices of bread, one apple, jelly, peanut butter, a bag of cookies and juice. the day of one court hearing, a deputy wrote he appeared to break out in laughter both during and immediately following
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a visit with his attorney. in the ten days after the shooting, he only made one request according to the documents -- to read the bible. some information in the documents is blacked out. also this morning, lawyers for two survivors of the parkland shooting rampage are putting broward county on notice they plan to sue. 15-year-old anthony borgess is the last victim still hospitalized, he was shot five times. his attorney says he's unable to walk. and requires constant care. >> the road is going to be difficult. >> reporter: borgess's lawyer sent out a notice of intent to file a claim. writing in part the failure of broward county public schools and the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students and in particular our client from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent. >> nikolas cruz was a bomb that was going to explode somewhere. the problem is, everybody saw him ticking and nobody did anything. >> 15-year-old kyle lamond was shot in the ankle and nearly lost his foot. he spent two weeks in the
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hospital recovering. his family also intends to sue. >> i want to make sure i'm doing what's best for kyle. >> reporter: the florida house resumes its emotional debate of sweeping gun control legislation. the bill is similar to one already passed by the senate. with a voluntary program allowing some trained school staffers to be armed, but no ban on assault-style weapons. democrats are still pushing for that ban. >> hope springs eternal. we're going to keep fighting until the last minute. >> hands up, don't shoot. >> students from marjory stoneman douglas high school staged a die-in at the capital. pushing for the weapons ban and against arming teachers. but one legislator was not impressed. >> do we allow the children to tell us that we should pass a law that says no homework? or you finish high school at the age of 12 just because they want it so? no. >> reporter: nbc news reached out to broward county schools about the potential lawsuit and got no response. the lawyer for scott peterson, the former school resource officer accused of not entering
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the building also said he had no comment. but previously a lawyer said that peterson had remained outside the school building because that's where he thought the gunfire was coming from. hoda and savannah? >> gabe gutierrez, thanks. new developments on a scandal out of nashville. the city's mayor has resigned after pleading guilty to criminal charges connected to her admitted affair with her former body guard. nbc's kerry sanders is in nashville with the story. hi, kerry, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. the scandal has shaken the city of nashville. it began with two nude photos taken on a government-issued cell phone. a sex scandal that eventually led to the mayor here. the first female mayor of the city who has now pled guilty to the bold misuse of government funds. this morning in nashville, corruption, sex and scandal. >> well my time today as your mayor concludes. >> reporter: the city's mayor resigning after she and her former lover separately pleaded
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guilty to felony theft. >> it's been the privilege of my entire professional life to have the blessing and the opportunity to be your mayor. >> reporter: in a plea deal mayor megan barry was forced to resign and will serve three years probation for cheating taxpayers out of more than $10,000. money she has now paid back. >> guilty. >> reporter: once a rising star in the democratic party, barry's sudden fall comes after she admitted in january to having an affair with her police body guard, robert forest. both are married. at the time barry said she did nothing illegal. but the affair sparked a criminal investigation. according to a search warrant two nude photos of a woman were found on forest's work-issued cell phone while he was supposed to be on duty. investigators claim at the time these photos were taken,ing forest was participating in the affair with megan barry. forest also reportedly took home
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double the overtime pay than his co-workers and investigators claim he and barry took ten taxpayer-funded trips together. and at one point traveling alone to a conference in greece. as part of his agreement, forest will return $45,000 in salary and overtime. this stunning scandal coming after barry gained national attention in the wake of her son's death. the 22-year-old dyinging of an opioid overdose last summer. >> barry spoke with nbc news after the tragedy. >> the hole that i have in my heart will never be filled. >> reporter: with the new mayor sworn in, nashville is looking to move forward. the new administration promising transparency to restore the public trust. if the now-former mayor megan barry meets the requirements of her probation, her legal record will eventually be expunged. but like a posting on the internet for residents here, the
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scandal will not be forgotten. savannah? >> kerry sanders in nashville, thank you. al is back, you've got more on the forecast. >> the rest of the country, nice and quiet. although we have a fire risk down through the southeast. abundant sunshine, texas into the central plains, clouds and showers in the pacific northwest. we'll get to your forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. (sound of drilling) jimmy (shouting): james! brand vo: the world's largest workforce works for themselves. we work for them. quickbooks. backing you. good morning. we are seeing a pretty serene sky right now. healdsburg not looking too bad but we can expect to see an
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increase in cloud cover through tonight. the temperatures are in the 40s and 50s, san jose at 53 degrees, hayward 52, san francisco 54 and over the next couple of hours you're going to notice an increase in cloud cover because we are tracking the arrival of some showers that move into later tonight, highs will be in the upper 60s, low 70s. >> and that's your latest weather. guys? >> al, thank you so much. still ahead this morning, the president and the porn star and the new lawsuit over an alleged hush agreement. we're going to talk with stormy daniels' attorney in a live interview just ahead. new developments in the deadly airport attack on kim jong-un's half-brother. why the u.s. is declaring it an assassinati asssination. safi
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moving in and also dark clouds. look at this gorgeous shot overlooking woodside. it's peaceful right now. we've got a nice weather pattern going, but over the next couple days we will see an active weather pattern. right now the temperatures remain comfortable in the 40s and 50s, not tooed to, san jose right now 53 degrees, your daytime highs will be in the mid 60s low 70s for today, rain moves in tonight. we're looking at this camera from the golden gate bridge toll plaza facing traffic coming into the area. these folks may see one of the lanes closed, we can't see -- oh, no, look, see, folks are changing lanes. it does look like one of the lanes is closed because a car reportedly hit i think the center divide or the cement dividing at one of the tollbooth takers. no one injured. that lane shift. the rest of the bay looking light, slowing toward the richmond bridge, the bay bridge, all the westbound bridges are slowing and your commute and the south bay kicks in for northbound 280. 87 had a slow down at curtner that smoothed out over the last
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we're back, now, 7:30 on a wednesday morning, march 7th, 2018. a messy morning. that's westchester, new york, you're looking at. a lot of snow falling across the northeast. the other winter storm is going to be coming soon. a lot of flights are canceled. >> we'll see a lot of that today. that storm beginning our check of the morning's top stories. >> morning mess. nearly 50 million americans along the east coast waking up to a nasty nor'easter, bringing a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. >> this is going to be heavy, wet snow in a short period of time. extreme travel disruptions.
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and we'll have to deal with power outages from that heavy, wet snow. over and out. president trump's top public adviser, gary cohn, resigns in the wake of a rift over after the tariffs. the president, unphased. >> i like conflict. i like having people with different points of view. back to school. schools in west virginia back open today after that week-long teachers strike ends with a 5% raise across the board. prime spot. amazon founder, jeff bezos, now, the richest person on earth, the first to top $100 billion in "forbes'" ranking of the richest people. and the not-so-great escape. a suspected drunk driver gets hit by his own car in an attempt to get away from police. also this morning, the u.s. government is out with a
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dramatic, new announcement on the deadly airport attack on the half-brother of kim jong-un and taking action. kelly cobiella is in seoul, south korea, with all of this. hey, kelly. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, hoda. the u.s. did its own investigation into this. and the state department says that north korea assassinated kim jong-un's half-brother using a chemical weapon. the state department imposing new sanctions as punishment. it took just 20 minutes for him to die. that's him, the half-brother of north korean leader, kim jong-un. not moving after being poisoned. the u.s. state department now confirming he was killed with vx, a highly toxic nerve agent, a chemical weapon. these two women, now on trial for his murder in malaysia, said they thought it was a prank for reality tv. one wearing an infamous lol
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t-shirt. both caught on a security camera carrying out the attack, closing in on kim, carrying what's considered to be a weapon of mass destruction inside the crowded kuala lumpur airport in february 2017. vx was found on his clothes and face, in his eyes, his blood and his vital organs. at the trial, kim told a friend his life was in danger six months before he was killed and was carrying a dozen vials of antidote to vx in his bag. the state department says a u.s. investigation found the regime was responsible, calling them reckless. saying the u.s. strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination. we cannot afford to tolerate a north korean wmd program of any
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kind. announcing new sanctions on the day that north korea wants to talk about getting rid of their nuclear weapons. president trump weighing in. the world is watching and waiting. maybe false hope. and this morning, japan and south korea said that sanctions would not be eased just because north korea says it's willing to talk, by the way. national security head for south korea is heading for washington tomorrow. he is the man who sat face-to-face with kim jong-un a couple of days ago. he is going to be briefing the trump administration on that meeting. and he also said that north korea gave him a message to deliver to the united states. hoda? savannah? >> kelly, keep us updated. as we mentioned, the weather is a big story today. let's go back to al and get a check of the forecast. >> we're looking right now at the new jersey turnpike. you can see, slow going. but the snow has held off.
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we're starting to see it fill in on the radar. you're watching as the system intensifies. we're going to see the snow filling in and coming down and sticking. but we've got other news to talk about. we got some chillier weather in the eastern half of the country behind this system. we're looking at temperatures that are anywhere from 5 to 18 degrees below average, across from philadelphia all the way to pierre. and for tomorrow, the cold air extends all the way down to atlanta. 12 degrees below average, with a high of 50 degrees. we'll see temperatures start to moderate, as you see upwards of 48 degrees in baltimore for the weekend. 60s on saturday. and out west, we're looking at above-average temperatures. that's why we have risk of fire danger out there. phoenix, in the mid-80s. 60s and 70s in fresno. denver getting into the mid-60s by the weekend. good morning. we've got some nice cloud cover out there, take a look at this shot of healdsburg. we are already trending warmer.
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right now the temperatures waking up to 40s and 50s. this is what we've seen since we first came on air at 4:30. over the next couple of hours today's forecast will eventually climb into those mid 60s and, yes, more 70s on the map. we are not going to see as much sunshine as what we enjoyed yesterday. we do have some light showers moving in through tonight, overnight into tomorrow morning. >> we'll have the latest models and information coming up at 8:00 on this nor'easter. >> thanks so much. coming up, jeff rossen teaches you hacks to handle power outages in a storm. and what jennifer garner was thinking during the oscar moment that's gone viral. and the nba star getting serious about the mental health issues he struggles with. first, stormy daniels' lawsuit against the president. we're
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new developments in the ongoing scandal involving president trump and stormy daniels. >> the porn star is suing the president. we're going to talk to her attorney in a moment. first, hallie jackson has the latest on this story. >> reporter: good morning, savannah and hoda. the ultimate goal of this lawsuit seems to be to let stormy daniels tell her story. and to do that, her lawyers are arguing a nondisclosure agreement she signed does not apply. until now, silence from stormy, the adult film actress, playing coy in interviews, like this one with jimmy kimmel. >> you can't say you have a nondisclosure agreement, if you didn't have one, you could say i don't have a nondisclosure agreement. yes? >> you're so smart, jimmy. >> reporter: now, she is suing the president. hoping a judge will rule that nondisclosure agreement is not
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valid because it was never signed by president trump. the lawsuit, says daniels, whose real name is stephanie clifford, met the president in 2006, at a charity golf tournament and started an intimate relationship with him that ended in 2007. fast-forward to the campaign, when accusations resurfaced. daniels said the long-time lawyer arranged a hush agreement. in exchange for daniels' silence, $130,000, according to her legal team, and a promise she would not share texts, photos or personal information about donald trump. the documents show several signatures, one for peggy peterson. there's the signature of the president's lawyer, michael cohen. he's acknowledged fascinating that payment but did not say what the money was for. there's a blank space next to the initials d.d., for david
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dennis dennison. that's an alias for donald trump. cohen says he is still trying to keep daniels quiet. and strains credibility to say he is acting on his own accord and without the express approval and knowledge of his client, mr. trump. the white house was asked if the president knew about the money. >> did the president and michael cohen talk about this payment at any time in the campaign or after? >> not that i'm aware of. >> reporter: cohen did not respond to nbc news' ask for a comment on the latest news. he said, he's rumors have circulated since 2011. adding, president trump vehemently denies any such occurrence, as does miss daniels. another member of the president's legal team declined to comment. the agreement says if daniels does talk, she has to pay a
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penalty of $1 million. savannah? hoe hoda? >> thank you so much. michael avinatti is stormy daniels' attorney. she wants to tell her story, is that a fair asujs? >> that's correct. some of the information that's been disseminated and out there, she believes it's important that the public learn the truth. >> her lawsuit states she had an intimate relationship with the president. did she have a sexual relationship with the president? >> yes. >> okay. she says according to this document, that there were tangible items, photos, images. she had them and according to this agreement, she will not turn them over. does she still have them? >> that's something that miss
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daniels will have to answer. >> do you know the answer? >> i know the answer. and i'm not at liberty to disclose at this point. >> the hush agreement, the president and his lawyer were attempting to buy her silence. is that what you're claiming? >> exactly. >> he did or someone gave $130,000 to stormy daniels, right? the president's lawyer? >> ultimately, we don't know if it will show it came from the president's lawyer. but she received $130,000 that was routed to her by mr. cohen. >> michael cohen has acknowledged he facilitated the payment from his own personal funds. >> we think it's highly questionable if it came from his personal funds. >> you think the president knew about it? >> there's no question the president knew about it at the time. the idea that an attorney would go off on his own, without his client's knowledge and engage in this negotiation and enter this type of agreement is ludicrous.
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>> can you prove that the president knew about this payment? >> we haven't disclosed all of the facts in evidence that we are aware of in connection to this. and there's additional facts in evidence that we have. we think that's going to come to light. >> you have this agreement. it signed by people using ail leases. stormy daniels, going by peggy peterson. e.c., somebody signs that. michael cohen on behalf of that entity. and there's this blank space, dennison. that's supposed to be the president's signature, according to you. since it's blank, you say she's free to talk? >> that's right. there were three parties to the agreement. two of the three signed. mr. trump did not sign. and from a legal perspective, we believe she's free to talk. >> she accepted $130,000. does she have to return it? there's -- she received payment.
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she got what she contracted for, did she not? >> that agreement, it's not just about the $130,000. there's other obligations. there's release obligations. and it's our position that the agreement is null and void because he did not sign it. she may return the money. >> if you win in court, and the judge says, this is not valid, wouldn't she have to return the money she accepted? >> she may have to. and she's prepared to do that. >> is she looking to sell her story? >> no. she's looking to disclose the truth. >> she won't sell her story if she wins in the lawsuit? >> i won't make that characterization. in light of the information that mr. cohen has put out to "the wall street journal" and "the washington post" and others, it's time for the public to determine who is telling the truth. >> stormy daniels issued a statement that says, any
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allegation of a sexual and/or romantic affair with donald trump, she is stating with complete clarity, this is false, she said. so, she lied in this statement? >> that was a statement that was demanded that she sign. mr. cohen demanded she signed that statement. as alleged in the complaint, we believe that it was done through force and intimidation. >> he demanded it. why did she have to sign it? she could have said nothing and not violated the agreement? she makes an affirmative assertion there's no truth to the allegation? >> i think once she sits down and describes what happened here, the people will know why she signed it. >> see says, rumors i received hush money from donald trump are completely fals we'll be following that. still to come, the nba star opening up about his battle with mental health issues and why he wants today,
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good morning. it's 7:55 and the temperature is still in the 40s and 50s. nice live look over san francisco right now. into the afternoon we will start
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noticing more clouds out there. your temperatures as you make your way outside oakland 52 degrees, hayward 52, san jose 53. in the north bay on the cooler side, still in those 40s. your temperature trend for today will be slightly warmer into those mid 60s, low 70s in the forecast. san jose, you will notice an increase in cloud cover into the afternoon. we will top out at about 70 degrees for san jose and those overnight lows are expected to remain fairly warm. that rain is expected to move in later tonight for areas more along north of the golden gate bridge, the north bay, anything north of the golden gate bridge has a better chance of seeing rain. overnight rain is expected to move in overnight, that could carry over showers into early thursday morning, but overall pleasant temperatures ahead. we are looking at a pleasant wednesday commute. we do have a slower drive than you would like, but still it's moving. toward the bay bridge on the right, the east shore freeway not bad. speeds in the 40s and 50s getting toward the bay bridge toll plaza. the fast track lanes have the
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longest backup. if you pay cash you have a better break. the san mateo bridge good volume across the bay but good speeds as well for this time on a commute day. here is the south bay, northbound routes slow. happening now attorney general jeff sessions is getting ready to lay out his plan to sue california for its sanctuary policies. the address is supposed to start anytime now. governor brown will then present his response. we plan to stream both events live as they happen. you can look for it on our homepage nbcbayarea.com or also our app. it looks like it's the final curtain for a pop loor south bay movie complex, amc theaters announcing plans to close the cupertino square location which has 16 screens. the final reel will unspool on march # 2nd. another update soon. 2nd. another update soon. nd. another update soon. 2nd. another update soon. 2nd. another update soon. s say they )ll walk out of class. and this time it )s not about guns. plus: a diaper debate "wraps up" in the south bay. the changes coming to a bathroom near you.
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it's 8:00 on it's 8:00 on "today." double trouble, the second nor'easter in a week, hitting the east coast with full force. >> we're still cleaning up, but now we're going to get hit again. >> nearly 50 million americans facing heavy snow and high winds. thousands of flights canceled or delayed. and new concerns of power outages and flooding. we have the latest forecast. plus, the power of love. kevin love opens up about having a panic attack during a game. >> i never heard of a pro athlete talking about mental health and i didn't want to be the only one. >> saying now is the time to shake the stigma around men and mental health. and seeing stars. >> before birds flew over rainbows -- >> i've loved you since forever. >> we're celebrating the release of hoda's children's book "i've loved you since forever," with the help of some very special friends bringing the words and pages to life.
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>> waiting for the day our stars would cross. >> today, wednesday, march 7th, 2018. ♪ >> hey, hoda. we've loved you since forever. >> good morning to my wife, christy and my sister, betsy. >> hi to my fiance caleb. >> we're here all the way from nashville celebrating our baby moon. >> we can't wait to meet hoda and savannah. >> mother/daughter trip from atlanta, georgia. >> on spring break in new york city. >> today, i'm turning 65 with my best friend, joan. >> hello, texas. >> on the plaza. [ cheers ] >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "today." it's wednesday morning. we appreciate you being with us, especially those folks there right before the storm comes. it's about to get ugly in new york city. >> it's spitting and they're still out there.
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>> they are. let's get to your news at 8:00 because the weather tops it. schools are closed, roads are slippery, air travel a mess. the northeast will deal with its second major storm in a week. we want to start with al and get the latest on the storm's path. hi, al. good morning. >> good morning. we're in white plains and westchester, new york. a lot of schools closed. new york city schools are still open. a lot of private schools are shut down, as well. route 22, route 202. we're looking at two-thirds of the country with nothing going on. all eyes in the northeast. of course, a lot of flights come through. we're looking at the low pressure, the nor'easter developing along the coast. here are the impacts we're expecting. first of all, heavy snow. we're talking about right into tonight, 1 to 3 inches per hour forming. we are looking at anywhere from five to six inches close to the coast. as you get further away a foot and a half to two feet. we're looking at strong wind gusts, 40 to 50-mile-per-hour gusts from boston to long island. 35-mile-per-hour gusts.
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and we've got flood watches and warnings, as well. we're looking at the south shore of long island, with moderate flooding with the afternoon high tide up in massachusetts. thursday morning high tide would have moderate flooding, as well. we're going to continue to watch as it continues to develop, strengthens and makes its way up the coast. hoda? the storm is hitting areas that are rebounding from our last nor'easter. new jersey and pennsylvania have been declared states of emergency. dylan dreyer is in the middle of it. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, hoda. we're heading north on the new jersey turnpike. and during this ride, we've seen a mix of rain and snow. the roads are just wet. that's all going to change by mid-morning as the storm strengthens. this is the second nor'easter to hit this area in less than a week. that has residents very worried because they're still cleaning up from the last storm. more downed trees and power lines are possible with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. some people have just gotten
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their power back. and others still don't have it yet. and now, they're more concerned because they don't know when they'll get power because of the next round of rain and snow. whiteout conditions are possible. as al mentioned, snowfall rates of one to three inches per hour will reduce visibility. judging by the roads, it seems like a lot of people have decided to stay home because there's not a lot of traffic. that a good news considering there are states of emergency in effect for pennsylvania and new jersey. and people are being urged to use caution across the northeast. >> thank you, dylan. president trump says he will make a decision soon on a new chief economic add vviser. the man who held that job, gary cohn, announced last night, he is resigning. he was angered by the new threat of tariffs and a possible trade war. the president said cohn did a superb job helping to deliver tax cuts and reforms.
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the fda approved the first home testing kit women can use to check their risk for certain types of breast cancer. the 23 and me test screens for mutations found in people of jewish descent. no prescription is needed. the test does not screen for the most common mutations. one official with the national cancer society warns the test should not be used as a substitute for seeing your doctor or for cancer screenings and counseling. you're caught up on the news. let's get to the "morning boost." >> how long does it take for internet magic to change a little girl's life? how about five days? last thursday, 2-year-old parker curry went to see the new painting of michelle obama at the portrait gallery in washington. she was captivated. somebody snapped her picture and posted it online. the internet adored it. then something unbelievable happened. and mrs. obama's office called. and parker didn't just get to
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meet the first lady. on tuesday, mrs. obama tweeted a video of their dance party. she had advice for the toddler telling her to keep dreaming big and maybe one day i'll look up at a portrait of you. >> really adorable. love the dance party. just ahead, a show of support for an nba superstar who is revealing his struggle with a personal battle. hoda's children's book jumps off the page with a little help from some famous friends. let's see what's coming up on "megyn kelly today." >> we have a packed show. the latest on stormy daniels versus the president and an accuser against jeffrey tambor is here live. whitney thor, the star of "my big fat fabulous life" is here. see you at the top of the hour. plus, jeff rossen's tricks for dealing with power outages during a bad storm. hi, jeff. >> good morning. the new storm bearing down on the northeast.
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wasn't my inner struggles but how to talk about them. >> reporter: a basketball star's powerful words are in the spotlight. in a revealing essay entitled "everyone is going through something," kevin love details his bout with a very public panic attack. the 29-year-old knew something was wrong during a november 5th game against the atlanta hawks. when i got to the bench, he wrote, i felt my heart racing, faster than usual. then, i was having trouble catching my breath. everything was spinning, like my brain was trying to climb out of my head. the air felt thick and heavy. my mouth was like chalk. love quickly retreated to the locker room. i was running from room-to-room, like i was looking for something i couldn't find. it was like my body was trying to say to me, you're about to die. i ended up on the floor in the training room, lying on my back, trying to get enough air to breathe.
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the experience, jarring. >> i never heard of a pro athlete talking about mental health. and i didn't want to be the only one. i didn't want to look weak. honestly, i didn't think i needed it. i did one seemingly little thing that turned out to be a big thing. the cavs helped me find a therapist. and i set up an appointment. >> kevin love. drains it for three. >> reporter: kevin love is an nba champion and olympic gold medalist and models for banana republic off court. now, forced to look inward and face the stigma surrounding mental health, sharing why he wrote down his thoughts. partly, i wanted to do it for me. but mostly, i want to do it because people don't talk about mental health enough. and men and boys are probably the farthest behind. adding, growing up, you figure out really quickly how a boy is supposed to act. you learn what it takes to be a man. it's like a playbook. be strong. don't talk about your feelings.
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taking to social media in support of his teammate, lebron james, tweeting, you're even more powerful now than ever before. salute and respect, brother. and now, love is following a new playbook and encouraging others to do the same. i want to remind you that you're not weird or different for sharing what you're going through, just the opposite. it could be the most important thing you do. it was for me. powerful essay. and he took to twitter last night, as well, kevin love. tweeting about the reaction to his essay. wow. i can't even describe how grateful i am for the love and support. more than anything, it's been amazing to see you tell your own stories about mental health. let's keep it going. what he said about boys, it resonated because there's a moment over the weekend. my son turns 4 on saturday. we were playing outside. we come inside. and i said, if you do that, daddy may cry. oh, daddies don't cry. you don't cry, daddy.
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we went back and forth. in four years, he's never seen me cry. not one time. so, my son developing a very early age this idea of how men are supposed to behave and express themselves and not express themselves. >> they talk about it with regard to girls. you should tell about your hair or looks. boys get the gender stereotypes, too. >> absolutely. >> it can be really powerful. >> you can feel -- i was diagnosed with gad, general anxiety disorder and mild panic. it can happen in your life for many, many years. and there's millions of people out there that experienced things that had no idea what they're experiencing. and go and get diagnosed and to understand the model of the fight or flight and you want to run. >> it comes out of nowhere. >> the beautiful thing, once you learn and embrace, i embraced the fact that's how i'm hardwired. i understand it and i accept the model. i know what it is. i feel like there's a tiger in the room. and i got the help i need.
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and i have the tools i need. >> coping mechanisms. >> when i hear music, i get the chills. when i see a beautiful sunset. it's how you look at the moment. >> and embrace how you are. >> thanks for getting that conversation going. thank you, that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> man, we've got some nice clear skies. but we are expecting cloud cover. over san jose, your temperature trend is definitely looking on the warmer side. we'll be topping out in the mid- to upper 60s, eventually hitting 70s, similar to yesterday. the greatest difference will be in the late overnight hours. for the day you'll enjoy a dry day. morning clouds will start to really crater into the afternoon with late evening showers moving in through thursday morning. >> and that's your latest weather. hoda? >> all right, al. now, to a special "rossen reports" to help you cope with
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power outages during a storm like this. simple hacks for your home that could come in handy. >> about now. jeff rossen is going to show us the secrets this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, guys. with the nor'easter from last week, people still out of power, millions more could lose power today. you can use this during this storm or any storm, no matter where you live in the country. let's get right to it. household items. hacks to survive a power outage. on many of our driveways and pathways, we have these, right? solar powered lights. you would never think to bring them inside. this is an instant flash light. let them it out all day today. take in the sun and let them charge up. if it's pitch black in your home, it lights right up. you have an instant flashlight right outside your house. let's come on inside the house for some other idtems that i wat to show you about.
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i'm going to take my jacket off because we have the heat cranking. water jugs. you see the head lamps? watch what happens when you put it on. it illuminates the entire room. you have a few of these, you can light up different rooms. let's go to the kitchen. right over here, one of the only water-resistant appliances in your house is your dishwasher. some of the country is expecting snow today. heavy rain and wind for other parts. if you're expecting a possible flood for your house. and the experts say, put valuables you have, your jewelry, grandma's pearls, birth certificate, and important documents and keep them in the dishwasher. this little gadget, i'm going to get these for my house. it's a flood detector. got this less than 30 bucks on
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amazon. you can stick it down on the floor and most people put them in the basements, where they're prone to flooding. the moment it detects water, you're going to get an alert on your phone to avoid disaster. something else you can do, fill up ziploc bags with water right now, freeze them up. you have instant ice packs in case the refrigerator runs out. and the final tip, come up with me. we can turn your washing machine into a makeshift refrigerator. your washing machine. i know you're going to like this one. if your power goes out, fill up your washing machine with ice. put in your food and the food will stay longer. when it melts, it will drain into the pipes like your washing machine would. >> very clever. >> perfect for a storm,
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chocolate chip cookies. >> don't have to bake them. guys, it's orange room time. carson, talking about a weird development with a popular piece of technology. >> amazon echo users are reporting that alexa is letting out a spontaneous and creepy laugh. some are saying they will hear kruk chuckles out of their alexa in the dark, after they've gone to bed. to give you an idea of what it sounds like, take a listen. [ laughing ] >> it doesn't sound like much. but imagine being in your living room and you hear that laugh. gavin writes, lying in bed when alexa lets out a loud and creepy laugh. there's a good chance i get murdered tonight. taylor saying, my mom and i are sitting in the living room, neither of us said a word.
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alexa laughed for no reason. we unplugged it. i set a two-minute timer trying to do a plank. i asked how much time i had left and she laughed. >> that was for real. >> i love that one. we reached out to amazon to try to get an answer about alexa's spooky laugh. people are trying to get to the bottom of it. nobody has solved the mystery yet. maybe jeff bezos, the richest man on planet earth, he is having a good laugh. do you have an alexa, by the way? >> i do. i use it for solely and to ask what the weather is. >> where is it in your house? >> in the living room. >> and you? >> in the kitchen. i ask what time it is. >> are you worried about she's listening in your conversations? >> our house is worboring. >> i had it in the kitchen, this morning, it was in the bedroom. >> she walks and talks. what about "pop start." >> we have a first look at the
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documentary on ruth bader ginsburg. it looks at how the 84-year-old became an icon, the legacy she built and a peek into her private life. and we have a clip from the trailer. >> i ask no favor for my sex. all i ask of our brethren is they take their feet off our necks. ♪ >> we welcome today, justice ruth bader ginsburg. ♪ >> she's become such an icon. >> you mind signing this copy? >> i'm 84 years old. and everybody wants to take a picture with me. >> i heard she does 20 push-ups 3 times a week or something. we can't get off the floor. we can't get down to the floor. >> alexa doesn't laugh at those planks. that comes out nationwide may 4th. up next, jennifer garner speaking out about the meme of her at the oscars that went
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viral. it was this shot that had people asking, what did jennifer garner just realize. she is clapping and then a look of concern crosses her face. she shared s ed some insight on she was thinking about. >> hey, jimmy kimmel, what's in your wallet? where is my wallet? i can't wait to work with lena dunham. did i sign a nudity waiver? >> some theories. do you have a click? >> 5-year-old duncan was hard at work, trying to tally how many licks it takes to get to the center of a lollipop. he messes up and switches hands and licks his marker instead. the clip cuts off right after the marker moment. it's been viewed 7 million times on twitter. in case anybody is wondering,
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duncan says it takes 193 licks to get to the center of the l lollip lollipop. alexa does not know that. don't ask her that. >> the world may never know. coming up, we celebrate hoda's new children's book with some well-known faces and what we think will be a captivated audience. >> the babies are here. this is a live look in sacramento.
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that is where u-s attorney good morning. it's 8:26. i'm marcus washington. a live look at sacramento where u.s. attorney general jeff sessions is speaking to the california peace officers association. it's an address we're also streaming right now on nbcbayarea.com. sessions is opposed to california's sanctuary policy and has a new lawsuit against california. governor brown has already tweeted his disappointment over the lawsuit and will issue a response later this morning, that we will also stream live from our home page. and of course we will continue to follow all of what's going on with this. right now we want to go to mike inouye. >> an easy wednesday commute around the bay. the south bay did see typical
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slowing. we have the east shore freeway. there was debris at the bay bridge toll plaza, didn't prove to be the problem. the lanes to the left clear, fast track moves better. hov is still the best bet. the san mateo bridge, a slowing did clear. drive times not so bad. >> thanks, mike. we'll have another local news update in a half hour. ♪ harmonica tune plays
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♪ hey, everybody. it's 8:30 on a tuesday morning, march 7th, as we step outside. we hear the nor'easter is approaching. we are getting spit on just a little bit. we have a great crowd out here. >> i want more. >> you'll get more. >> i love snow. >> you want to see our crowd moment? >> al says it's coming. >> we have a crowd moment. hold on. i'm looking for christina and cat. where? hi, you guys. something crazy happened to you two, didn't it? >> something incredible happened to us yesterday. i was sitting at work in florida. all of a sudden i got a notification that we had won the hamilton lottery. i got on the phone, collected some frequent flyer miles from family and went to school and got her, surprised her and we p hopped on a plane. >> and you're here. >> we love you so much.
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>> we love you, too. >> and she's a figure skater. we're superpsyched. >> is this your first time seeing snow? >> it is. >> we love you right back. christina and cat. thank you for coming out. >> wow. >> how cool is that? >> congratulations. >> we should get them a session on the rock rink. >> good idea. coming up, baby bonanza in our studio. we are celebrating hoda's new children book. it is lovely. from savory doughnuts to desert-flavored hummus, apparently. fun, new food trends, al. they're heating up in the new year. and megyn kelly is here. >> we have a packed show. stormy versus the president and whether election law violations there. and jeffrey tambor has been accused of sexual harassment. one of them is here live. and whitney thor, "my big fat
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fabulous life." i love her. along with hailee steinfeld. how will we get it all in? >> i don't know. mr. roker, you have a check of the weather? >> all right. >> "today's weather" is brought to you by disney's "a wrinkle in time" in theaters everywhere friday. >> let's see what we have for the rest of the country today. clouds and showers out west. northern california in the pacific northwest. abundant sunshine, from the plains to texas, a fire risk through the southeast. and the heavy snow through the northeast, which will continue tomorrow morning, possible up into new england and parts of the great lakes. sunshine continues throughout much of the country. another pacific storm moves into the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> temperatures are still trending on the warmer side right now, waking up to 40s and 50s.
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if you're making your way out the door, be prepared for 60s and 70s. 67 degrees by your lunch hour, topping out in the low 70s through the afternoon. we'll start to notice an increase in cloud cover and some graying skies. that's because we're tracking an incoming system that is expected to bring rain later into tonight, spreading further south overnight into thursday morning. >> don't forget. when you head out the door, make sure you take us with you. go to our sirius/xm channel 108. this is your first time today? >> yes. >> from where? >> maryland. >> why are you the block heads? >> new kids on the block fans. >> are they performing or something? >> no. we're just block heads. >> let's head back inside. >> al, thank you so much. we're so excited because we have a world-famous children's book author here. and her name is hoda kotb.
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"a "i've loved you since forever" is on book shelves. and we have very big critics here. >> i'm so happy with all these babies here. >> can we have babies on the set every day? this is the most beautiful book. the first time i read it, this is the book where the baby is mesmerized and mommy is reading it through tears. were you writing it through tears? >> it was one of those books that i think just came out. when i held haley, this was something that reminded me of something you love. you just feel a love you haven't experienced. it's like destiny. knowing she is out there somewhere. just like you felt before your children were born.
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you knew they were somewhere. and i felt that way about haley. i've loved you since forever, is that concept. >> of course, it's a children's book. it's a lullaby. it's a story, a bedtime story. but it's a mommy's book. it speaks to something so universal about motherhood, about parentedhohood and that feeling of destiny, as you said. >> because we waited so long to be moms, there's something about it now that we realize every minute counts. people who wonder, did i miss my window, you thought you might have. i thought i might have. if you trust and surrender and say, whatever is meant to be, will be. i remember thinking, i thought i missed my window. and all of a sudden, i opened up and said, what if. maybe me, too. and i think this book is for anybody who has wondered, could it happen for me?
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and whether you're adopted or whether you're a mom that's done it the old-fashioned way. >> and the way you feel about your baby. i loved you since forever. you would have waited forever for haley. have you read the book for haley? >> i have. i think she's going for "good night moon." >> i saw her eyes going from page-to-page. she stopped on the elephant page and chewed on it. it was fun to read to her and it meant everything. >> it's so beautiful. don't take my word for it. are you ready for a bedtime story. a few of hoda's pals helped her bring the story to life. let's hear "i've loved you since forever." let's check it out. >> i've loved you since forever. >> before birds flew over rainbows. >> and monkeys swung on trees.
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>> there was you. and there was me. >> before the sun rose in the sky. >> and honey came from bees. >> there was you and there was me. >> i've loved you since forever. >> before the moonlit up the night and elephants wander free. >> there was you. and there was me. >> before otters swam together. >> and rivers reached the sea. >> there was you and there was me. >> waiting, for the day our stars would cross. >> and you and i turned to we.
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>> see what i mean? tears. it's so lovely. and the illustrations are gorgeous. >> suzy mason, she lives in england. and i saw her illustrations and they spoke to me. i love seeing her work come to life. >> it must be fun to think about all of the moms and dads out there reading bedtime stories and reading these words. and you get to be a part of that. it's very intimate to be invited into someone's home. >> it fills me up like you can't believe. i'm so excited about it. i'm also excited about tomorrow. our friend -- >> something big is happening tomorrow. >> our friend, kelly clarkson, offered to sing the words to the song. we're going to hear about that. >> kelly clarkson turned it into a lullaby. it's beautiful. the babies love it. >> hi, missy.
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>> he said, yeah. >> and this baby just ordered it on amazon. "i've loved you since forever" is available now. if you want to find out more, go to today.com/shop. a portion of the proceeds are going to children's hospital in philadelphia and the nonprofit groove with me. still ahead, richard engel with an important update on something very personal impacting his family and thousands of others. you want to hear this story. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back. 8:41. one of the biggest accomplishments of the trump administration has been sweeping tax reform. >> some of the cuts that come with it could leave certain families in need. richard engel explains it. >> reporter: this is a story that hits close to home for me. there are so many children with rare diseases including my own son. and so many amazing doctors and
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researchers working toward treatments and cures. but they need help. for years and years there was an incentive, something that drove this research. but unfortunately, it's just been reduced dramatically. like all parents with a special needs child, my wife and i live on the hope that scientific research will find a cure. it's hard to tell how much he's understanding. our 2-year-old son henry has a variant of rett's syndrome, a lifelong genetic disorder that severely limits him mentally and physically. he wasn't always sitting up this well. for us, this is progress. henry's particular disorder is rare. but there are many children facing similar challenges. he has 1 of more than 7,000 disorders identified as rare or orphan. and 95% of them have no cures. impacting, researchers say, 30 million americans.
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becky and joel roman in indiana know this all too well. they have six children, three biological and three adopted, all of them with so-called orphan disorders. >> we feel like this is our calling. this is what god has called us to do. >> reporter: hudson is 6. he has hunter's syndrome. he's missing an enzyme critical for cell function. >> he's hilarious. lots of energy. >> reporter: 4-year-old poppy has the rarer sly syndrome. her body can't metabolize sugar. >> she's little but mighty. >> reporter: and brooks, just 3, has a brain disorder and down syndrome. >> he likes to pull the attention in the room toward himself. >> reporter: poppy and hudson are undergoing treatment. but with it, hudson's condition is considered terminal. for brooks, there's no treatment at all. the romans' generosity is extraordinary.
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but these days, it isn't being matched by our government. >> when they brought the new tax plan forward, in order to accomplish all of the cuts they wanted to make, they went looking for places where they could find savings already within the government. >> reporter: peter is chairman of the national organization for rare disorders. he says for 35 years drug companies could write off a significant portion of their research on orphan diseases, where there might not be enough patients to recoup the cost of a drug's development. >> it was reduced from 50% tax credit to a 25% tax credit. >> reporter: with that incentive slashed in half, the ceo of a firm that specializes in rare disorders says drug companies may focus on common illnesses, which, by definition, have more customers. >> reduction in the orphan drug tax credit will have a decreased
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incentive in investment. >> reporter: some critics say the cut is simply cruel. for families like the romans who fear companies will stop making the drugs that their children are on or stop looking for new ones that brooks, our son henry and so many others badly need. in a statement to nbc news, the house ways & means committee said that since corporate taxes have been cut so much, the pharmaceutical companies will be able to put profits towards new solutions for patients. but doctors say it will take months to see how much the incentive cut is having an impact on the development of new treatments. back to you. >> thank you, richard, so much. we are back in a moment. first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ much. we are back
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here's some trends that make eating a little more interesting this year. >> ordinary staples making the meals of the day and snacks between irresistible. this year, chefs are upping the ante. >> in 2018, people are looking for food they know but with a new and modern twist. >> reporter: starting with the most important meal of the day, because savory breakfast is having a breakthrough with millennials, looking to mix the old with the new. >> it's a pancake made with superfood. your waffle is a zucchini waffle. your yogurt is made with tahini. >> reporter: in miami, chefs prepare lobster benedict. while mr. bing in new york city serves up traditional chinese creeps with chicken, pork and duck.
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the artisnal beverage category has exploded in recent years. sparkling water infused with fruit juice, these beverages reign. >> it's a square-style pizza. the dough is crewyer. and the edges are caramelized. the cheese goes on before the sauce. >> reporter: at emmy squared and 313, it's out with the slice and in with the square. >> you can say doughnuts are going to be a new food group. >> reporter: officially dethroning cup cakes, interest has increased 24% for the sweets. and blue star sends tens of thousands of them a month. >> these days, people are going beyond the traditional flavors. you have peach melba or
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blueberry bourbon. >> reporter: in 2018, it's vegetable and plant-based plates that will be everything. >> it's called beyond kfc. >> wow. >> it's all plant-based, soy protein. >> reporter: companies beyond meat, researching and developing healthier protein substitutes. >> more mainstream restaurants are trying to put vegetarian options on the menu that aren't a veggie burger but an elevation of vegetables. >> reporter: tocaya uses 65 different vegetables in dozens of their dishes. celery root is the star in long beach, where it's seared up like a stake. and there's dessert hummus. >> consumers want to be eating it this way. this is a trend we'll see for years to come. >> reporter: making for an exciting year. >> it will be a great year in eating. some of the examples in this
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piece are out here. these are great. a lot of people, in an effort to watch the calories, they're going with club soda. the flavored waters are everywhere now. these are delicious. the doughnuts, i have no idea why they're on the table because they're here and we wanted them. >> what is this? >> this is from mr. binges. a duck crepe thing. it's delicious. they're exciting food things on the way. >> that sweet hummus, on the end. >> you teased that. >> who wants to try these? >> you teased it. >> are none of us going to try one of the doughnuts. we're not going to get right in here? this is the biggest doughnut i've ever seen. i'm going for it. it looks like a really large doughnut. and i'm going to have a bite now. >> maybe just jumbo doughnuts are going to be in. maybe that's the point of it. >> real good. >> this is just to promote you
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going out and eating today. eat well, eat often. we'll take a break. back in a moment. first, this is "today" on nbc. how good is that? how good is that?
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a lot coming up in the fourth hour. guess who is joining us. >> you can't see me. >> john cena. he's going to co-host. >> we'll see what's in. >> we'll keep you posted on the weather. "megyn kelly today" is coming up "megyn kelly today" is coming up next, after a - there's a common thread i see every time i'm in the field. while this was burning, you were saving other homes. neighbors helping neighbors and strangers alike. - this is what america's about. - sometimes it's nice to see all the good that's out there. bringing folks out, we have seen it in community after community.
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within the last 15 minutes .. u-s good morning. it's 8:56. i'm marcus washington. within the past 15 minutes u.s. attorney general jeff sessions wrapped up his speech to the california peace officers association. he laid out the new lawsuit he filed against california for its sanctuary policies. he says california laws make it difficult for federal immigration officers to do their job. governor brown is already tweeting out his disappointment regarding the lawsuit and he's scheduled to issue a response on this any time now. also happening now, governor brown does present his response, when he does that, we'll make sure we have that for you live online. you'll be able to link to that
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on our home page. watch our midday newscast, we'll have the complete wrap-up live from sacramento. we'll also have an update on last night's deadly shooting by police in san francisco's mission district. officers say an armed robbery suspect tried to hide in the trunk of a car. he was shot as officers tried to detain him. get the latest on 11:00 a.m. or on our twitter feed. it looks like the final curtain for a popular south bay multiplex. amc theaters announcing plans to close its cupertino theater which has 16 screens. we'll have more coming up later. sure. what's up, son? i can't be your it guy anymore. what? you guys have xfinity. you can do this. what's a good wifi password, mom? you still have to visit us. i will. no. make that the password: "you_stillóhave_toóvisit_us." that's a good one. seems a bit long, but okay... set a memorable wifi password with xfinity my account.
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one more way comcast is working to fit into your life, not the other way around. hundreds of local students say they )ll walk out of class. and this time it )s not about guns. plus: a diaper debate "wraps up" in the south bay. the changes coming to a bathroom near you. that )s all tomorrow on )today in the bay. ) 4:30 to 7 a-m.
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good morning. good morning, everyone. we have an amazing show for you today. i'm megyn kelly. we begin with the nor'easter bearing down on the east coast. how bad is it going to be? al roker is here to tell us. al, welcome. [ applause ] >> hello. >> lunging. lunging. >> so far, i'm disappointed. >> i have that effect on women. >> it's a little rain. but it's going to get bad. >> it's going to get worse. it's not going anything here. it is doing something to the north and west. you put the big map up. two-thirds of the

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