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>> more news for you for nbc bay area news at 11:00 on this hump day. enjoy it. have a great day. good morning, breaking overnight, talks tanking? good morning, breaking overnight -- talks tanking? north korea threatens to cancel that historic meeting between president trump and kim jong un. the white house caught offguard. account summit be saved? we're live with the latest. deadly and destructive, a line of power storms battered the east coast. at least five people killed, half a million without power. thousands of commuters stranded for hours. and this morning, a new round of rough weather on the way. will he or won't he? meghan markle's father in the hospital, set to undergo heart surgery just days before the royal wedding. could he still make it?
this, as the palace reveals the royal bridesmaids overnight. we're live at windsor castle. those stories plus mystery explosion. new questions about a deadly blast at an office building in california. red alert, with a new round of smoke and ash shooting 12,000 feet into the air, growing fears that a major eruption of hawaii's kilauea volcano about to happen. and laurel, laurel. today, wednesday, may 16, 2018. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb. live, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everybody, welcome to "today," on a wednesday morning. and it's yanny. just play it one more time. >> laurel.
laurel. laurel. >> oh, my gosh. >> laurel, laurel. >> i heard yanny. >> i hear both. i don't know what to think any more. the royal wedding party has already started. and it's right here on our plaza. and some of these folks are seeing whoever has the best costume. i hope they brought their passport. because they're coming with us. >> no joke, they're getting on a flight if they're the best dressed. >> it's going to be fun. silly stuff out of the way. big story developing overnight. could kim jong un back out of his highly anticipated summit with president trump? the white house is grappling with the question after a new threat from north korea. we've got two reports, we'll start with nbc white house correspondent kristen welker on the news this morning. good morning. >> hi, savannah. good morning to you. the trump administration has said they're approaching the summit with kim jeong within their eyes wide open. but there is no doubt this could be a setback with north korea balking at routine military
exercises and overnight, at the central u.s. demand. that north korea denuclearize. this morning, the white house reacting to the news that north korea may pull out of next month's historic summit between president trump and kim jong un. >> this is something that we fully expected. the president is very used and ready for tough negotiations. and if they want to meet we'll be ready and if they don't, that's okay, too. >> it comes after north korea's foreign minister threatened overnight to pull the plug. if the u.s. insists on unilateral nuclear abandonment. the official adding, we are no longer interested in a negotiation that will be all about driving us into a corner and making a one-sided demand for us to give up our nukes. the statement comes hours after the north koreans criticized preplanned joint military exercises between the u.s. and south korea. currently under way as a quote provocative military ruckus. and indefinitely canceling planned high-level talks with
south korea. notifying them by fax. just hours before a scheduled meeting at the dmz. the peace house where kim jong un met south korea's president last month. the state department saying that kim jong un had previously indicated he had understood the need for the routine drills and insisting the u.s. hasn't heard anything directly from pyongyang to indicate a change of plans. >> we will continue to go ahead and plan the meeting between president trump and kim jong un. >> the threat comes amid the backdrop of cooling tensions in recent weeks with north korea agreeing to talks over denuclearization. vowing to close a nuclear test site next week. all this after releasing three american detainees. critics have cautioned north korea can't be trusted. former c.i.a. director john brennan telling nbc news the turn of events is unsurprising. for his part, president trump has insisted he's prepared to walk away. >> if the meeting is not fruitful, i will respectfully
leave the meeting. >> it's not clear whether kim jong un is seriously considering pulling out of the summit or just trying to show strength to his own people. a senior white house official tells me they're in contact with their counterparts overseas. savannah? >> kristen at the white house. joining us now is nbc's national security analyst jeremy bash. that's the question that kristen poses, whether north korea is just posturing, or whether this was all looking a little too easy? >> it looks like a classic bait and switch. they feel like they've got the president on the hook now they're going to ask for more concessions. what was so stunning about last night's statements was that basically the north koreans were saying we'll talk to you, but we ain't giving up our nuclear weapons. that's a major departure. >> if you were a betting man, betting on whether or not the summit would happen, where would your money be? >> hoda, i would be cautious if i were the administration. there's a history here in 1990s, the north koreans said they would give up their nuclear program. they cheated. in 2005 they announced to the
world they were stopping their nuclear weaponization program. tested their first weapon in 2006. there's a precedent here by north korea for cheating, reversing. the president has to proceed with extreme caution. >> a lot on the line there for both parties. thank you very much. to another major story this morning, those deadly storms that have swept across the country, battering the midwest and the east coast. and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. nbc's kristen dahlgren is in hamden connecticut for us, good morning. >> good morning, people here waking up to big problems and not just like this. hundreds of thousands are still without power, the mayor saying some of those downed power lines may still be live. so they're worried about that. four are confirmed dead. people say this is the worst they've seen here in years. the menacing storm clouds rolled in like a scene from a hollywood blockbuster. turning day to night. the skies opened up. pounding the region with brutal rain.
whipping winds. whoa! >> and heavy hail. some the size of golf balls. the relentless storm wreaking havoc across central states. >> a lot of intense lightning with this damaging winds with this system. >> more than 400,000 customers lost power. in new fairfield, connecticut, downed power lines started smoking. then caught fire. trees were ripped from the ground as the ferocious winds took their toll. from this new jersey neighborhood, to several connecticut towns. where there were reports of suspected tornadoes. >> it sounded like a freight train. and we could see trees falling around, all around. never seen anything like it. >> overnight in frederick county, maryland, flash flooding caused traffic nightmares. the powerful system being blamed for several deaths. in newberg, new york, an 11-year-old girl was killed when a tree fell on the suv she was in. and a man in pennsylvania was
killed when a tree came crashing down on his car. the nypd's harbor unit rescuing three boaters off the coast of manhattan. the group calling 911 after they were caught in the storm's intense winds. evening commuters also feeling the storm's effects. new york's grand central terminal packed wall to wall with travelers trying to get home after train service was suspended because of dangerous conditions. hundreds of flights in the region were also canceled. >> all the flights are canceled. we're kind of stuck here. >> stranded flyers forced to play the waiting game. well officials will be out here later today to see if they can confirm that these were tornado touchdowns. but if that's your car, it doesn't matter what they call it, you have a lot of clean-up ahead. >> no kidding. kristen, thank you. meantime there are growing signs that a major eruption of hawaii's kilauea volcano is imminent. the alert has been raised to the
highest level as massive ash plumes rise. miguel almaguer is there with more. miguel, good morning. >> good morning, we've a safe distance from the volcano. today we have a clear view of one of those fissures, spouting lava and fireballs into the air. we can hear loud explosions. this, as the most serious threat may actually be several miles away. rumbling to life again -- kilauea's crater shooting towering plumes of smoke and ash 12,000 feet into the air. >> it's dramatic. >> the explosions inside where this lava lake is sinking -- a precursor say geologists to an imminent major eruption that could send ballistic boulders at any time into the air. miles away, in residential neighborhoods -- new geysers of lava. another fiery fissure like this one splitting the earth open.
first responders issuing new mandatory evacuations. even where there is no lava and smoke, the damage has been done. hot cracks like these are everywhere. >> this is not -- where we might have two or three days of no action and all of a sudden a new vent pops up. >> slow-motion disaster impossible to predict officials worry roads, escape paths could be cut off by new lava lakes. that suddenly erupt. >> it's just a dangerous situation. that you can see how quickly you might need to get out. >> with toxic gases seeping from the ground, the air in some communities could kill in minutes. this is what they call condition red. dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide. this morning, double trouble from kilauea. lava and toxic gases threatening low-lying communities. while its crater threatens to blow.
perhaps an explosion like we've never seen before. as officials brace for a explosion at mount kilauea, they pount to what happened at mount st. helens in 1980 when that volcano exploded, day turned to night and ash covered several small cities in a surrounding area. they fear we could have a similar scene here in hawaii. savannah? >> i'm glad you said you were a safe distance. we can see the lava in the dark behind you. so stay careful and thanks for the report. appreciate it. now to a mysterious explosion at an office building in southern california. the blast killed at least one person and injured several others, and this morning investigators want to know if it was intentional. nbc's jo ling kent is at the scene with more. >> good morning. the explosion happened behind me down the street on the first floor of a medical office building. it blew out windows and wall and even rattled the kids at a day care across the street.
and now the atf and the fbi are working together with local law enforcement to figure out how this happened. this morning investigators scrambling for answers. after a mysterious explosion ripped through this california medical building, killing one woman inside. new pictures obtaineded by nbc news showing the extent of the damage from inside the building. >> unit arrived on scene, found an obvious explosion with debris in the street. >> officially authorities say it's unclear if the blast was intentional or accidental. federal law enforcement sources tell nbc news the explosion was the result of an intentional detonation. adding the device used appeared to have been contained in some sort of package. >> we're going to be collecting as much evidence as we possibly can to determine what actually occurred inside. >> at least three other people were injured in tuesday's explosion.
>> at least two women came walking out of it and they were dripping blood and face full of ash, hair completely signinged. >> the powerful blast so strong firefighters evacuated a day care across the street, taking some young children out by hand and rolling babies out in their cribs. >> i heard a big crash, i thought it was a garbage truck. >> none of the children were injured. >> i just started crying, i'm so happy all the kids are safe. >> a tweet, the orange county sheriff's department is pushing back on whether or not the explosion was indeed intentional. meanwhile, the bomb squad has been here, they've rendered this area safe and clear. but understandably a lot of parents over at the day care keeping their kids home today. guys? >> you can manage why, jo ling kent, thank you. to a frightening new mid air emergency. the windshield of a chinese passenger jet shattering during a flight and nearly sucking the co-pilot out of the cockpit.
nbc's gadi schwartz has more. >> experts say it's incredibly rare for something like this to happen. but this is the second time in a month that somebody has been pulled out of a plane in this case the exploded and the pilot was almost sucked out of the aircraft. a crisis in the cockpit at 32,000 feet. a sichuan passenger jet heading from china to tibet started to lurch, the temperature inside plummeted to negative 40 degrees, investigators say one of the cockpit windshield shattered the cockpit sucked head-first through the hole. his seat belt preventing him from being pulled out. the pilot was able to get him back in the plane and begin emergency landing. passengers describe food and debris bouncing around the cabin. on the ground, the gaping hole where the windshield was. and inside the cockpit. look at the plane's damaged holes. the co-pilot's shirt ripped to tatters.
none of the passengers on the flight were hurt and the airline issued a statement thanking pilot and the crew for their actions. last month a southwest airline passenger was killed after her window was shattered by shrapnel by an exploding engine and she was pulled halfway out of the plane. >> it's just about unprecedented. >> if god forbid something like that does happen on a flight that you're on there's a breach at a window, what are you supposed to do if you're on that flight? >> there's a whooshing effect, that lasts until the pressure stabilizes, even though you may have heard it so many times before, it's important to pay attention when they start talking about those oxygen masks. at 40,000 feet without a mask you have about 18 seconds of what they call useful consciousness before you start to pass out. savannah, hoda. >> we learned before, you got to put the mask over your nose and your mouth. >> nose and mouth. >> gadi, thank you. let's talk about those powerful storms and what's
ahead, we have al roker at the big wall, hey, al. >> thank you for getting your first weather from us, we're looking at more wet weather from new york into florida today. and it's just going to keep coming. why? we've got a moist set-up here. low pressure meandering up into the southeast. a bermuda high off the east coast and that is pumping up lots of moisture and so we have a risk of flooding stretching from new york down to the panhandle of florida. we're going to watch this system this stationary front just kind of hang in there. and just so the low pressure system gets caught up along it. we're looking for a lot of moisture for the east coast. scattered storms through tomorrow, isolated flooding. the storms will continue into the late week and on into the weekend. in fact look at through saturday, what we're looking at rainfallwise, down around florida, we're looking about two inches, but in the northeast and mid-atlantic. significant river flooding is possible. storm totals could exceed more than six inches of rain by saturday. and it continues right into sunday as well. we're going to get to your local
forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're seeing a lot of lightning over central valley and starting to move through the bay area and southern napa county. all of the lightning strikes traveling off to the west. we'll have to monitor that over the next couple of hours. more rain possible to the east of the bay area over sacramento and also over the sierra.
the rest of the day will keep our cool temperatures and mostly cloudy skies. that's your latest weather. guys? >> thanks. coming up, the big question hanging over the royal wedding as meghan markle's father reveals he's in the hospital preparing for surgery. big news just this morning on the bridesmaids. what every parent needs to know about eye-opening findings released overnight. when it comes to kids and mental health. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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southbound 280 is jammed towards the scene. only one lane causing the slowdown. a lot of slowing from lee towards 87. but northbound really the commute from san jose, slower drive north 880 and 17 towards san carlos where there's a crash on the shoulder. the rest of the bay moves well. the problems are in the south bay. that vehicle has cleared. back to you. >> and we're watching for some weather that's starting to fire up here in solano county. isolated thunderstorms and lightning around the american canyon area. we'll have that slight chance as we go through the next couple of hours and it's going to be a fairly cool day reaching into the upper 60s for san jose and much of the inland area. 63 degrees in santa rosa and san francisco today up to 70 degrees or 60 degrees but it will be warmer heading into the weekend. >> thank you very much.
antonio villaraigosa for governor. here we are, back at 7:30, wednesday morning, may 16th. a look inside the international space station headquarters. >> wow. >> they're getting ready for a spacewalk there this morning, to make a few repairs, replace a few parts, as well. they are likely debating laurel or yanny. >> it's laurel. it's laurel. wait until it's yanny. we begin with the headlines and this possible roadblock of the summit with kim jong-un. >> deal or no deal? breaking overnight, north korea threatens to withdraw from that summit with president trump if the u.s. insists on unilateral nuclear abandonment. the trump administration seemingly caught offguard but not changing course.
>> we will continue to go ahead and plan the meeting between president trump and kim jong-un. nasty weather. vicious and deadly storms sweep across the country. battering the midwest and the northeast with heavy wind, rain and hail, stalling travel, leaving 500,000 people without power. >> it sounded like a freight train. we could see trees falling around all around. never seen anything like it. literary legend. >> now, he had to slow down. >> tributes pour in for tom wolf. the author of "bonfire of the vanities" passing away at the age of 88. primed to save? amazon announcing discounts but only for prime members at whole foods. the company adding the perks after raising the price of its membership program. a pet kangaroo lets loose in
south carolina. the animal is back safe today. >> i was born and raised in south carolina. >> did you have a pet kangaroo? >> did not know we had kangaroos there. >> it was a pet kangaroo. >> all safe and sound. now, to new drama and details of the royal wedding. the presence of meghan markle's father very much up in the air this morning as the palace reveals meghan's bridesmaids. keir simmons is at windsor castle covering all of it for us. what are you hearing? >> reporter: good morning, everyone. it is inevitable that just days before the wedding there is excitement and there is tension. on the excitement, as you mentioned, we are getting news of the bridesmaids and the page boys, including prince george and princess charlotte and some american children. more of that in a moment. on the tension, it's more than tension. reports this morning that it appears that meghan's father is in the hospital undergoing heart surgery. you know, your heart really goes out to her.
meghan's mom is coming. this morning, new pictures of her leaving her los angeles home, carrying an outfit by british designer, burrberry. and driving to l.a.x. through a v.i.p. entrance. but meghan's dad, confirm big text, he is back in the hospital. instead of walking his daughter down the aisle at st. george's chapel, this morning, he's going into surgery, he says. doctors operating to clear blocked arteries after he suffered chest pains on monday. >> him being under stress is true. and he sent me a message that he was undergoing heart surgery. we're all hoping he pulls through this now and can still go to the wedding. >> reporter: for meghan, the worrying news coming ahead of her wedding day, following intense pressure from family and the media, including a scandal over these allegedly staged paparazzi pictures of her dad, coming as the palace warned photographers to stop harassing him. tmz reporting that meghan tried
to reach her father monday, sending a text, i love you. mr. markel quoted as saying, i hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle. speculation that meghan's mom will give away meghan, instead. she met prince harry in canada when the couple made their first appearance together. here, sharing a box with meghan and harry at the invictus game. >> her mother is the top contender to walk her down the aisle. we had precedence of queen victoria walking her youngest daughter down the aisle. >> reporter: meghan's future father-in-law, prince charles, may be another obvious choice. but william has spent more time with meghan and knows herbert. the soon-to-be american princess could walk into the chapel all on her own. the days before harry and
meghan's big day as fraught as any couple's prewedding preparations. >> the windsors have had their fair share of family problems. i think anyone that gets married knows in that week before the big day, there's often stresses and strains, there's often problems with relatives. >> reporter: history will be made here on saturday, whether her father is here or not. but for meghan, what should have been a week of happy anticipation, overshadowed by family drama, unimaginably stressful and emotional. >> okay, the drama, it's just heart breaking what they have to go through on this world stage. let's talk about something happy like the bridesmaids and the page boys. i didn't really know that term, keir. >> reporter: yeah. it's the little boys and little girls who will be at the center of the wedding ceremony. one of them will be a future king, we now know this morning. prince george and princess charlotte will both be part of that contingent. children of harry's friends, too.
including one who helped harry after the death of diana. and what is great, is meghan is fully represented among these little girls and boys. the mulroneys will have their children as part of the bridesmaids and page boys. they are related to a former canadian prime minister. and california is represented. their children will be taking part. meghan spent time at christmas in 2016 with the family. she knows them well. friends of her children will be there. >> keir, a lot of people are asking about her dad, whether he will or won't be there. this is a much more serious story. he's in the hospital. there's a lot going on. we can only imagine what meghan is going through. is the palace doing anything to help in this situation? >> reporter: well, we know from history that we don't know what is really going on behind the palace walls.
you can imagine that the royals, including the queen, will be trying to rally around as much as they can. for meghan, this has to be incredibly difficult to hear reports and getting news that her father appears to be undergoing a heart surgery at this crucial time. the idea that he will be able to be here seems unlikely. there are those who say, hoda, this is another example, honestly, of the royals not really being able to step in there and help relatives and those close to people who are joining the royal family. you think back, though, to that engagement interview where harry said, i've tried to tell meghan how difficult it's going to be, the challenges she's taking on. anyway, back to the fun. of course, it will be a fun day on saturday. i'm hearing that al will be out and about in the crowds on saturday.
just so you know, al, this on the route is called the long walk. the long walk. i hope you've been doing plenty of that bike riding, my friend. >> oh, yes. i'm used to a long walk. off a short pier, usually. >> keir, thank you. get ready. we're going to go. i'm heading there tonight. i'll be there tomorrow as we get ready for the live coverage. everyone else is coming on friday. and saturday, the morning of the wedding, 4:30 a.m. eastern. we'll have more on the wing and our royal party on the plaza, which will with crazy. first, let's get a check of mr. walker himself, al roker. >> thanks, guys. we have severe weather to talk about today for our friends in the central plains from angels of anaheim low to oklahoma city. already seeing storms firing up. winds and hail for texas into nebraska, parts of colorado. and thursday, it stretches from bismarck all the way into texas. stronger risk coming in with likely supercell development, hail and wind gusts.
we watch this develop over the day today, into tomorrow. locally heavy downpours, stretching from san antonio, san angelo into arkansas. and on thursday, we look for the development moving to the north. storms will continue into friday morning. rainfall amounts fairly heavy, as you get into nebraska and parts of the dakotas. we expect to see two to five inches of rain. that's what's going on around we'll be tracking a couple of isolated cells moving through parts of napa county. otherwise we're going to see partly cloudy skies and highs up to 60 today in san francisco. 67 in concord. in san jose, 69 degrees and livermore 66. it will be 68 today in palo alto and cool 57 for half moon bay. inla inland areas upper 60s and tomorrow a little bit more sunshine and warming trend in time for the weekend. saturday, 76 degrees.
>> and that's your latest weather. guys? >> thank you. still ahead, troubling new figures released overnight when it comes to kids and mental illness. plus, jock kennedy schlossberg on the impact of his family legacy and the profile in courage award. why is chris pratt trying to get a dinosaur on a plane? >> couldn't get a snake on. there's a
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who are thinking about or attempting suicide. more than 115,000 cases over the past decade, they found a dramatic increase. this morning, troubling new nationwide numbers on children and suicide. new research says hospital visits for suicidal thoughts and actual attempts more than doubled, including by 175% between 2008 and 2015 alone. half the cases, children between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. two-thirds of them girls. doctors say school is playing a central role. >> we did see an uptick, usually about six to eight weeks after school started. the rates of hospitalization are half of what they are in july than october. >> reporter: and the numbers are only growing. youth suicide rates are up 24% over the last 15 years. and researchers say suicide remains the third-leading cause of death among american adolescents. the big question is why?
there's no simple answer. >> some people have netheorized that social media has a play in all. >> reporter: cody had it all. a four-sport athlete, a loving family, a bright future. but inside -- >> i was feeling sad every day and i didn't know why. and i didn't know how to talk about it. >> reporter: because he says there's often a stigma when it comes to mental health. >> i thought that something men did was not talk about emotions or anything like that. i thought i could hide and bury it and never talk about it and go away. >> reporter: it built up and five years ago he tried to take his own life. he says depression does not discriminate. >> you can be successful and depressed. you can have a loving family like issurdepressed.
>> i didn't feel like i was a good mom. i had to start learning something new. and i want other parents to learn that sooner. >> reporter: now, a college junior, he will soon begin a ph.d. program in behavioral health. >> it is not a life sentence. you can get help. >> this is as scary as it is sad. what's the takeaway for parents, cynthia? >> it's hard to know if your kid is suffering from adolescent or growing up issues or whether they're serious problems and whether the child is having suicidal thoughts. parents should look for signs of depression, such as does your child seem more withdrawn? are they expressing less joy? showing less interest in activities they used to love? have sleeping or eating issues. all those are things you can talk about with your kid. if you're really worried, the national suicide prevention lifeline is there seven days a week, at 1-800-273-talk. one of the things the experts tell us is parents are afraid to
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folks, take a look at this, behind me this is video from our sky ranger, that's water across all of the one lanes of southbound 280. that's the reason why only one lane remains open as we take a another look. we'll show you what it looks like from the ground. live pictures there. our photographer shows the same thing as far as only one lane open but the water is receding. then they have to sweep the debris. the map shows a slower drive from 880 and 17 down to downtown san jose. use bird or meridian. the rest of the road mays are moving nicely. there's a problem in oakland you'll notice right in the middle of the freeway. over to you. >> we're watching a couple of isolated storms but we've seen a lot of it just to the east of the bay area. a couple of those isolated cells making it into solano and southern napa county. it will be something we'll have
to watch but otherwise we're in for breezy winds and inlands areas in the upper 60s and san jose today 69 degrees. laura? >> thank you very much. happening now, a traffic crash on interstate 880. authorities say the driver who caused it was under the influence. three people died. all northbound lanes were closed for nearly nine hours before reopening after investigation just a little after 6:00 this morning. the mother in that child abuse and torture case is due to appear any time now in a solano county courtroom. look for updates on our twitter feed. for more details logon to nbcbayarea.com.
it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, deadly storms. it's 8:00 on today. coming up, deadly storms. heavy winds and pounding rain wreak havoc across the northeast. at least five people killed, hundreds of thousands still without power and more wet weather on the way. plus, growing up kennedy. jfk's grandson jack joins us live to talk about the winner of this year's profile encourage award, his family's legacy and his unlikely role in prime time. and inside the royal wedding. >> this will be meghan's cinderella moment in a horse drawn carriage mayor rig her
prince charming in her dream dress. >> we're giving you a look at the people and the places behind the scenes. >> right here at. alter in front of 600 guests is where he will marry meghan markle. >> as a british invasion hits the plaza with some special surprises, today, wednesday, may 16th, 2018. >> this morning we're throwing a royal party on the plaza. let's see who's here? hey, guys, what are you doing this weekend? so i'm looking at this picture here. what is this? >> i was at the royal wedding in 2011 for will and kate's wedding. >> these are my vintage pictures from 1981. >> so you guys are standing out because you're not dressed up. what happened? >> a little underdressed. we made it our luggage did not. >> it's not every day you see a kilt on the plaza. looking good.
>> we're ready for the royal wedding. >> morning, everybody. welcome back to today. we asked and you delivered. we wanted folks to dress up in the royal finery to win a chance to come with us to london. >> you got have your passport in hand and if you're chosen, you're on the plane with us. >> yes. >> so chop-chop. >> there's some crazy outfits outside. i was just out there looking around. some people, they take it seriously. >> it's amazing. >> we're having a royal party on the plaza in a bit. let's get to your news at 8:00. the power is out, trees are down across large sections of the northeast this morning because overnight storms were both destructive and deadly. nbc christian is in connecticut with some really remarkable images of the weather as it moved in. >> reporter: hey, good morning, savannah. this morning there were scenes like this up and down the east coast. officials will be out later today trying to confirm where tornadoes actually touched down, but take a look at these pictures. this storm rolled in like
something out of an arm get dte fill', those dark clouds bringing rain and to willing trees. many people still without power this morning, at least four deaths have now been confirmed. that number could still go up. people now saying this is the worse that the they have seen in years. schools here and in many places will be closed at least today, possibly for several days. and shortly we should begin to hear those chainsaws firing up as the cleanup really gets underway. savannah. >> thank you. the historic summit between president trump and kim jong-un could be in jeopardy. north korea is now threatening to cancel that meeting schedule for next month. it's foreign minister declared we are no longer interested in negotiation that will be all about driving us in a corner and making a one-sided demand for us to give up our nukes. that statement just hours after the north canceled high-level talks with south korea.
it blamed the u.s./south korean military exercises currently underway calling those a provocation. they say they are moving ahead with plans for the summit. ten airport workers in dallas were indicted for smuggling methamphetamine and guns off the planes. the arrest at the dallas fort worth airport were the result of an undercover operation. authorities say the suspects believe they were smuggling more than 140 pounds of meth to cities around the country including newark, charlotte, and phoenix. two worked for spirit airlines and two works for a subsidiary of american airlines. schools across north carolina are closed this morning as teachers gather at the state capital for a massive rally. they're joining this nationwide push for higher pay and better school funding. catie beck is in raleigh for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. thousands of teachers expected here today to confront state
lawmakers spot some of those teachers saying they've been inspired watching what's happening around the country, watching states like west virginia, colorado, arizona, teachers fighting for better pay and more resources in the classroom. here in north carolina, some republican lawmakers are already condemning today's rally saying this is nothing more than a political stunt organized by teachers unions and questioning why they had it so close to the end of the school year. teachers saying this is a critical issue, a conversation that needs to happen now because north carolina is ranked 37th nationally for average teacher salaries. now these teachers will be heading back into the classroom tomorrow. they say work will resume as normal, but their fight here at the capital will be far from over. savannah. >> all right. thank you. that is your news. you already for a boost? >> we are. >> i love this time of day. here's a case of man's best friend also being dog's best friend. two pets playing by their family's swimming pool in mesa, arizona.
smoky falls in the water. they say he can swim but not well. he manages to stay afloat but can't get out. the other dog is upset. he paces back and forth and finally he dives in the pool and he uses i had head to push smoky out to safety. his owner says the hero dog is a bit of a crazy pup but he's also got a heart of gold. look at that. >> that's the most amazing thing. why are we talking about laurel and yani? we should be talking about that. it's amazing. a modern day kennedy. he's going to talk about this year's profile encourage winner and his plans for the future. and from american royalty to the british, everything you need to know about the royal wedding, including our taste of meghan's -- first these messages.
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>> thanks for having me. >> you chose mitch lan drew, the former mayor of new orleans as your pick. he made some very tough choices. tell us why he was the one. >> mitch land drew set out this year not just for what he did but how he did it at the removed four confederate plags. i was struck by the way he seemed to include everyone in it. he talked about how witness ton came to him and said i think we need to talk about these statues. what struck but it? >> he wanted to include people who wanted the monuments to come down, he explained to people why he thought they should stay up and our space should be committed to the equality and justice that our nation stands pore. he explained why the strength of
new orleans has been diversity and thousand brought jazz and great food through that. i think it was a great speech. >> one of the things you look for, it's not just doing something that's popular or easy but something that's hard. and, in fact, i think the mayor said you elected me to do hard things, not the easy thing. and here it is. >> right, exactly. this award celebrates leaders who put the national interest above their own political interests do what's right. yeah. >> you know, you think about politics these days, i wonder if, you know, for years your family's been giving out this award if there are fewer and fewer examples of krancourage. is the pool getting smaller from acts to choose from? >> i don't think so. i think certainly the mayor's actions stand out against a backdrop that's hopefully not as krango courageous as we might like but young people are organizing around the country to do what's right for national interests and do good leadership. >> you graduated from yale, you're at harvard law school now
and you're pursuing an mba, so i hoch you land on your feet. but we always bother you about your future aspirations. what do you think? do you feel like you know what you want to do? are you going to aba lawyer, a businessman. >> i don't know. that's why i'm -- >> your mom asked me to ask you these questions. >> i don't know what the future holds. i've learned i'm a lot smarter than what i got to harvard law school. that's a plus. but what i do know as a young person in this country it's an exciting moment, we have a lot of work ahead of us and a lot of work do and i'm excited to be solving problems and i don't know how that will play out. >> if some were watching tv last weekend, watching blue bloods maybe, they may have spotted you somewhere in there. is acting anything -- is there anything about acting in your future that you see? >> i don't know about -- >> there you are, officer jack hammer come on.
>> i have to stop when people call me officer. no, i don't think i'm going to pursue an acting career. that was fun for me. it was a dream come true to be able to do that it was a lot of fun. >> keep us posted the thank you so much we're always glad to have you here and tell us who received the award. it's important. >> thank you. let's go over to al, he has a check of the weather if the we we're going to see tosti conditions stretching from the plains. houston 10 degrees above amperage. mnt, syracuse, 77, that's nine degrees warmer than you would normally see. thursday, chicago's warmer than usual. saint roswell, rapid city, boston, you'll see 74 degrees. eight degrees warmer. as you look into the weekend, things cool down a bit in new york city but then warm up to 77 by sunday. low 80s from the weekend into
good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. a lot of lightning firing up over parts of the silicon valley. some of that has made it into the bay area, from napa county, right now, there's light showers moving through that area. we will have that slight chance of rain around parts of the bay area. south bay will stay dry. cooler temperatures only reaching 60s inland. over the next few days, a gradual warmup saturday looking really nice. 76 degrees. >> mr. roker, thank you, sir. scenes at
windsor castle. >> we looked at what it takes to pull off a royal event of this scale. check out this preview. >> this is the royal invitation. his royal highness requests the company of me, weird, at the marriage of his royal highness, prince harry of wails a swales. she had just started dating harry. it was quite clear that that was her guy, that was her one. yeah. >> reporter: prince harry also showed his softer side at invict invictus, when he became the unlikely victim of a popcorn thief. >> that was my cheeky daughter
stealing popcorn from prince harry's pot. >> reporter: emily's dad, dave, is looking forward to the wedding on saturday. >> knowing prince harry is going to be as much fun as is possible to put into a royal wedding, it's going to be much more party and community-focused. yeah. should be great fun. >> reporter: the ceremony will take place inside st. george's chapel where few people have ever been allowed to film. but our keir simmons got a sneak peek inside. ♪ >> st. george's chapel is more than 500 years old and holds a unique place in british history. harry was christened here as a baby. and right here, in front of this
alter, in front of 600 guests, is where he will marry meghan markle. >> reporter: the courage itself will be the ascot landau, a favorite of her majesty, the queen. >> reporter: we got to go along the royal wedding route. >> reporter: this will be the cinderella moment. in a horse-drawn carriage, marrying prince charming in a dream dress. >> reporter: this is how the people of windsor will see the married couple on the streets. >> reporter: this carriage is going to go on a journey through windsor town and end up on what's called the long walk into windsor castle. >> reporter: with thousands of people cheering her on, meghan will ride into the castle as a brand-new member of the british royal family. >> the day we were there, it was so beautiful. it was chamber of commerce weather. >> al? >> i think we're going to have it again. >> it looks good. >> yeah.
>> it does. >> it does. it looks good. the internet says -- the internet that says yanny and laurel. >> don't toy with our emotions. we need good weather for meghan and her hair. you can catch "inside the royal wedding" tonight here on nbc. what else do we need to know about the big day? craig has one key aspect covered. >> we thought it would be helpful to do a royal family tree explaining when you see the characters on saturday morning, you know who is who. head of the family, of course, you have the queen and you have her husband, phillip. if you've watched "the crown," you know this. they have four children. here's the four children they have. princess anne over here to the far right. prince andrew and prince charms, probably the most well-known of the four. over the years, all of those royals married. some of them several times.
and they had children of their own. now, those children are having children. the queen's great grandchildren. we're going the focus on the branch here. this is the branch that matters most. you have familiar faces. charles and diana, the late diana there. you have william and you have kate here. and of course, now have harry and meghan, as well. our favorites, george, charlotte and louis. the whole crew, big part of the line of succession, the future kings and queens of england here, will extend from the first bornl born of each generation. you see the line, the line goes from the queen to charles to william to charge and all the way to harry, who is sixth in line of the throne. the line of succession, it zigs all around to 4-year-old mia tindall. she is way over here.
she's the queen's great, great granddaughter. she is 18th in line. the line of succession runs even further than that. but the wall is just so large. we have run out of wall room here. there's a bit of a primer. we'll put it online if you want to study before the big wedding. >> we need to study. thank you so much. let's table our royal wedding talk for a moment. we need to talk about the debate. you brought it up. >> yeah. >> it's tearing up the internet. it's tearing families apart. dylan in for carson with that. >> brian my husband hits something different than me. if you can believe it, it's been three years since the internet had a meltdown over the color of this black and blue dress. but now, there's an audio debate that is dividing the nation. this post is circumstance lalat social media and asks if you hear yanny or laurel. >> it's laurel.
>> that happened to me, too. >> i just heard yanny. >> laurel. >> i don't hear laurel at all. >> every once in a while i hear yanny. >> all i hear is yanny. >> what's the right answer? >> we'll get to that, craig. social media, it lit up with responses. ellen says, literally everything at my show stopped to see if people hear laurel or yanny. chrissy teigen says laurel. >> okay. >> even yanni himself says, he only hears yanni. go figure. we asked on twitter, what do you hear? and the results, 51% say laurel, 49% say yanny. there's several theories about what's going on here. audiologists say it comes down to the variations of how people perceive sounds and the differences in the frequencies your ears pick up.
experts say the original world was likely laurel. but factors like the low-quality recording, the speakers being used, how loud you play it affects how our ears hear the sound. i can't make out laurel. >> try it one more time. >> laurel. >> i hear laurel. >> what's weird, is the more i hear it, the more that sounds like laurel. i heard nothing but yanny. >> i hear both. >> how do you hear it? >> yanny. >> now, it's deeper and slower and it's laurel. >> it sounds like dilly dilly. >> this is good, clean fun. >> it is. you have "pop start" for us? >> yes. first up, "bohemian rhapsody." yesterday, the first trailer was released and it has already gotten fans excited. take a look. >> now what? >> this is when the operatic section comes in. >> the operatic section, yeah.
♪ mamma mia let me go has a devil in his sight for me ♪ ♪ for me for me ♪ >> it goes on forever, six bloody minutes. >> if you think six minutes is forever. ♪ we will rock you >> awesome. the film centers around queen's front man, freddie mercury and the rise to fame. rami malick plays mercury. now, chris pratt and price dallas howard, taking dinosaurs to new heights. >> i cannot allow the animal to board the plane. >> it's okay.
she's a service animal. >> she's a dinosaur. >> he needs her for emotional support. >> yes. we're not just one of those bogus a-hole couples. i get anxiety. and i need her to calm me down. >> word. i'm getting anxiety just standing here. >> that's a good thing that airlines are tracracking down o service animal guidelines. "jurassic world: fallen kingdom" comes out june 22nd. you have a click for us? >> here we go. we have an adorable moment from the t-ball field. this little guy was rounding the bases, running fast towards third. when he went down for the slide, he came up -- this short. look at this. he was so close. he didn't bother touching the base at all. remember the slow-mo video we did coming into third. >> to heck with it.
>> there's no third baseman around. he would have been safe. >> that's great. >> love it. thank you so much. straight ahead, ready to get your party on? >> let's do it. >> how about a royal party? there's no party like a royal party. our crowd is ready. they're dressed to impress. someone in this crowd and a guest are going to go to london with us. i )m ... it be, hoda?
our breaking news: southbound lanes on interstate 280 in san jose .. closed due to flooding. this is how it looked about 40 minutes ago .. when nbc bay area skyranger was flying over the scene near highway 87. now, this is how it looked about 40 minutes ago. this is when nbc bay area sky ranger was flying over that scene. now, according to mike inouye, that situation is improving. mike, what is the situation now? >> twice as many lanes. taken from ground level. you see the water there, we still have debris, all that junk out there by the water. and now the caltrans crews are out there. still very slow, highway 17 starting to retreat a bit.
and still close for meridian and getting outside of those cities. that's really the biggest problem. the rest of the south bay, northbound, a slower drive. the rest of the bay moves nicely. and true fremont and dunbar bridge. here's a big problem in eastern. southbound 880, an injury crash there. lanes blocked. back to you. >> we'll have another look and news update coming up in 30 minutes.
♪ back, now, 8:30. let me just say, i think sal, savannah, we could get used to this royal treatment, what do you think? >> i would roll into work like this every day. >> this is normal. >> this is kind of what harry and meghan are going to do. >> through windsor. we'll go through the streets of windsor like this. we're having a little camera issue? he doesn't want to do it? it's okay. >> our horse is name charlie. maybe the trumpets are scaring him. we should point out, you guys, we have a party on the plaza. >> we do. >> we asked people to come and get dressed up.
we didn't expect this many people to come decked out as if they were going to a royal wedding. hi, you guys. >> amazing. >> we're practicing our royal waves and our royal entrance. >> and we should point out that someone on this plaza is going to london. >> we put the call out. we said come dressed, come in your best royal finery and bring your passport. guess what is going to happen. >> stop it. >> in the next half hour, we're going to send somebody on the plaza to london with us. hi, guys. >> hello. >> i'm going to try not to trip. >> watch your step. >> did you hit a lot of traffic? >> we did. our horse didn't want to come. >> hi, guys. what do you think? are you excited? >> this is fantastic. come on. let's stroll down. >> we're going to have a royal tea party. we're going to tell you how you
can have a royal party at your house. >> i am looking to see who is going to go to london with us? >> i'm really getting in the spirit. hoda, will you marry me? hard pass on that one. you have a check of the weather? >> we're getting a little splriz here. some heavier rain, as you move south of new york city. heavier rain all the way down into florida. severe storms into texas. look for showers into northern california in the pacific northwest. as we look ahead toward the royal weather, here we go. windsor castle. this is it. boom. thursday, sunny and mild. friday, sunshine, 62. and saturday, staying fine, 66 degrees. >> that's awesome, al. can you make that happen here, too. >> not so good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we've got a lot of lightning activity and storms firing up
over parts of the central valley. so far, we've only seen a couple of spotty showers moving through solano and napa counties. that will be a possibility east of the bay area, you may encounter storms. meanwhile, inland areas, 60 degrees. partly cloudy skies a warmup in store just in time for the weekend. 76 degrees on saturday with low 70s early next week. >> that's your latest weather. now, i have to pass go. savannah? >> we're doing a is esegment of etiquette. if you're going to get up and throw a viewing party, we'll start this morning with the ultimate british beverage. charlotte is a tea expert. good morning. >> good morning. >> if we want to do tea, there's a right way and a wrong way, of course? >> absolutely. there's a lot of royal etiquette
involved. i brought a beautiful tea. it's a wedding bouquet blend made for harry and meghan. >> okay. this is our tea. we pour it in the teacup. >> this is the loose leaf tea itself. i'm going to put three teaspoons in the tea spot. black tea come from the commonwealth countries, for harry. you can see adorable pink hearts for sweetness. >> you're a loose tea person, not tea bags. >> if we do it for the royal wedding, it should be loose leaf. >> do we put milk in the tea? >> not for this. this is a flavored black tea. if we want to do it like the queen might, without milk. >> what about sugars? >> the little hearts are sweet enough. >> it tastes wonderful. if you were the queen, would you
take the tea first? >> making a little faux pas, actually. >> what am i doing? >> you must hold the saucer, as well, when you drink the tea. and pinkie finger. don't cheers. >> never cheers. you don't cheers. what about approach? just nothing. >> a nice nod and a congratulations to the royal couple. >> charlotte, thank you. hoda, what do you have? >> that was outstanding. savannah, we have great and affordable ideas from lifestyle expert j.j. this is what we think a replica of meghan's wedding cake going to be right here. we have a chef working hard on this. >> this is, hoda, can you believe this, the lemon and elderflower cake at the royal wedding. such lovely, delicate flavors. but for your stay-at-home party, not everyone is going to do this. >> thank this wonderful chef
here. s salvatore. if you can't afford the cake, we move on to cupcakes. >> this is made with an elderflower cordial. that's like a syrup. you can pick it up at your store. >> i hasted elderflower liqueur with champagne. it was good. >> cocktails can be a substitute for the decadencdecadence. that pairs lovely with champagne for the morning. this is british, which is a cucumber sandwich. we're going to go on to our typical scones with clotted cream and jam. there, they do the scone. but it's jam first. there's a huge debate. >> jam first. >> good. i got it. >> we're having a party down here. this is the craziest table around. >> these two at a wedding are wild. >> let's talk decor for a
second. >> for your at-home party, we have royal crowns. you can order them online. our friends at farm girl flowers did it for us. you can fill the crowns. pink peonies, white garden roses. >> can we get a shot of her wedding take hat? which do i like more? >> that's a fascinator. >> we're going to cut up this cake. come over, savannah. we're going to see if people like elderflower. >> i can't believe we get to cut into this. fabulous. look at that. oh, my. >> i want to say thank you. it takes a few layers. are you going to cut it for us? >> he's going to cut one, two, three, four, five, six layers. >> oh, wow. this is pretty cool, right? we have a special treat, farm girl flowers is giving away some of the beautiful bouquets to
some lucky viewers. head to our instagram page to see how you can enter. for more on our watch party ideas, check out today.com/food. >> i love this so much. coming up next, who is most de dressed to impress in the plaza. if they win, they will come with us and be on a plane in windsor for the roy wedding. al i'm dianne feinstein and i approve this message. i thought after sandy hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. it has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. dianne feinstein and a new generation are leading
welcome back. we've talked food, we've talked drinks and we talked decor. now, you're ready for the oil royal wedding. we're going to focus on the fashion. >> our crowd is in their royal wedding best. they want a chance to join us in windsor. and our guest judges who will be with us by the way as well. >> you guys have been searching out the crowd. you've been looking for outfits. you narrowed it down to five that you loved, right?
>> there's amazing ones out here. >> janet and julia? >> yes. >> tell us what you loved about their outfit. >> this took months to create. it's all done by hand. a lot of love went into this and it turned out incredibly. >> without sewing machine, hand-made. >> and harry looks fabulous, too. >> lovely. looking good. >> all right. >> great. next, we have genevieve from new york, new york. tell us about your beautiful outfit, complete with baby. >> this is louis. and the fascinator is perfectly placed. i love the combination with the blue, the white and baby louis. >> that is kate. >> contestant number three who may be going to london. one of these pairs going to london, kim williams, from lancaster, pennsylvania. tell us about the outfit. >> what we love about kim is this whole outfit has personal connections. the earrings, the bracelet, her
shoes are from her wedding day. and she looks royal wedding fabulous. >> she truly does. the next finalist is ryan bloomquist. all right. tell us what you liked about this windsor or bust, right there. >> apart from the obvious, if he goes to windsor, he's going to look for his mr. right. >> i love this. >> a glue gun did all of this last night. >> and he's got the "today" rainbow. >> stop it. stop it. >> we love it. >> lastly, contestants number five, kara and lynn. they are bffs. >> lynn looks inspired by the met gala, sarah jessica, absolutely fabulous. the head gear on this. and this took months to make, as well. how long did the hat take you to make? >> a couple of days. >> that is months.
while they decide -- >> you're going to pick who is going to get the prize. here it is. two tickets from new york to london leaving tomorrow. courtesy of virgin airlines. a three-night stay at the milestone hotel and residence right across from kensington palace. our winner will join us in windsor on saturday for the wedding. >> got to ask you, hold on, we hate to interrupt. do you have a winner? do you have a winner? are you going to hand out the -- >> they're going to hand out the cards. nobody open your cards yet. don't open it yet. whoever has a union jack on the card, that's who is going to london and won the prize. 3, 2, 1. >> we're going to count it down. three, two, one. >> who has the union jack? >> wait a minute. wait a minute. why is everyone celebrating?
>> okay. every single person has a union jack because everybody is going to london with us. >> you're all going to london. >> oh, my god. we want in. >> we're going, too. we're all going to london. >> we're going. >> see you there. awesome. >> thank you, y'all. >> okay. are you so excited. >> i'm so excited. we're all going. okay. we want to thank our sponsors, virgin atlantic, thanks to everyone for farm girl flowers. the beautiful setup here. are you psyched? can you believe it? are you happy? yes! you guys, get ready. pack your bags. did you bring your passports?
>> that matters. >> you guys are going tomorrow. we're all going tomorrow. hoda is going to get there early for us. save us a seat. >> i'm going today. and you're going to come tomorrow, okay? it's all chaos. nobody knows. >> you need to save ten seats for us. >> i've got y'all covered. i will see you in london tomorrow. bye-bye. can you believe it? >> our coverage of the royal wedding starts at 4:30 a.m. on saturday morning. are you so psyched? >> girl, kick the heels off. >> i know. we're ready. just ahead, we're going to make your home fit for a queen. simple and stylish diy projects you can tackle right now. first, this is "today" on nbc.
welcome back. it's time to upgrade your home today, with simple and stylish decor projects to spruce up your house for the months ahead. we're joined by jeremiah brent, the host of "nate & jeremiah." on tlc, along his husband, nate burke is always a friend of the show. you look refreshed being the father of a newborn. >> i'm wearing 40 pounds of makeup. i've not slept in six weeks. >> there's baby oscar. how is he doing? >> he's so good. it's that chapter that you hold on to as long as you can because it's going to go so quickly and we're supergrateful and appreciative of every moment. i'm tired. >> how is poppy handling being a big sister? >> she is fine. she doesn't worry about her value in that house. she checks in when she's interested and then, she's out. >> first of all, before we get
to the do it yourself projects, let's talk about some of the hot trends so far this year. what are some of them? >> well, there's a couple of touching on the royal wedding, which is a very hard act to follow. this is the glamour that home decor is left with. millennial pink is a big trend. having a daughter, you're familiar with. that pale dusty rose color. i like because it's androgynous. and interesting. it's nice. wicker is another big trend, which i think is a great material and texture to introduce because it makes every home feel well-traveled. >> is that year-round wicker? >> yeah. it's not like the typical wicker where it was white painted outside and cracked and crust i. a nice, natural wicker can blend with any aesthetic. and then unlacquered brass. and then, not '80s brass. but a different kind of brass. my husband is mortified, as i am, on the inside.
that brass that feels aged and worn is having a surge. >> let's start with the candlesticks. this is easy folks can do at home. candlesticks. >> i love a diy that takes three steps and you're not stuck all week building a bed. this was inspired by a high-end furniture line. and they're really inexpensive nuts and bolts from a hardware store. you screw them together and you can build out anything you want. >> that's funky. >> you build out your piece like so. and then, you spray paint it. >> i love to spray paint. i love to spray paint. >> you can do the honors. it's really simple. it's very simple. i did this, a girlfriend has a little boy. and i did a birthday party for him. and i did a clollage of them don the table. >> let's keep it moving. lamp shades, this is probably my
favorite on the table because this seems like something i can do. >> this is fool-proof and simple. this is a great way to add enough personality. these are thumb tacks. >> regular old-fashioned thumb tacks. >> if you're worried about the spikes, what's that tool called? >> what tool? >> a stapler remover. >> you can take it and bend the back. i'm good at diy. i'm good with the handy tools. >> thumb tacks. and what's this? >> this is electrical tape that you can take. you want to do the honors? you can apply straight on to the lamp shade. it's an easy way to add enough personality without running out and buying new lamp shades. this is an inexpensive way. >> you can change it seasonally. >> and these are old leather belts? >> old leather belts. one of my favorite projects.
attach the belt. this is great if you have gone on a diet and lose weight. it's like the ghost of christmas past. basically, you attach them like so. you take a hammer. you nail in the belt on either side. and you create a great shelf, like so. you can do them in a series. you can change them out. >> that's cool. >> easy. takes five minutes. >> really enjoyed meeting you. thank you for coming on. congratulations on fatherhood. want to do it again? >> mortified. >> nate, our apologies. we're back in a moment. first, this is "today" on nbc. he's been called a rockstar lawyer. he tops the charts on progressive causes...
winning pro bono battles for immigrants and the homeless. defending gay rights and gun control. democrat jeff bleich. after columbine, bleich led president clinton's youth violence initiative. with joe biden, bleich took on domestic violence. served president obama as special counsel and ambassador. maybe bleich can't pull off the rockstar look... but his progressive record is solid gold. savannah and hoda are across the street. they're going to join megyn kelly to talk all things royal and more.
>> and decibesides celebrating royal wedding, we have to celebrate birthdays. al? >> first up, happy 100th birthday to richard gray. in addition to his milestone birthd birthday, richard and his wife celebrating 76 years of marriage. reva blare is 100. loves spending time with her six grandkids and 18 great grandkids, wow. happy birthday to norma schwinger. she opened a dance studio. shirley pierce plays bridge three times a week. mr. allen parrot, 100 years old. this new york native worked for the city subway system for over 35 years. and a happy 100th birthday to mary farr, a proud grandma from
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[ applause ] good morning, everybody. welcome to the show. i'm megyn kelly. the wedding of the year could be beyond that. it is just three days away. if you can't wait that long, nbc, tonight, is airing an hour-long special called "inside the royal wedding: harry and meghan." savannah and hoda kotb went beside the scenes as the royals prepare for the big day on saturday. here's a sneak peek. >> this is the royal invitation. his royal highness the prince of wales requests the company of the pleasure o,