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today president trump will demand that his justice department look into whether there was an fbi informant involved in his campaign for political purposes. >> the first memorial service for one of the ten victims at the santa fe school shooting. and this morning new details surrounding the alleged shooter. >> celebrity chef mario batalli facing allegations of sexual misconduct is now under a criminal investigation. >> the billboard music award had plenty of memorable moments including host kelly clarkson's emotional call to action over school shootings. >> they also wanted me to do a moment of silence. and i'm so sick of moment of silence, like it's not working. so instead of a moment of silence, i want to respect them
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and honor them with tonight, y'all, in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody, let's have a moment of action. let's have a moment of change. >> "early today" starts right now. >> good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. we begin this morning with the president forging ahead with a new tactic as he pushes back against the russia investigation the going to war now with his own justice department. he spent the weekend blasting the d.o.j. following reports of an alleged fbi informant in contact with members of his 2016 presidential campaign. >> mr. trump now demanding an investigation into the supposed infiltration of his campaign, one that he says was politically motivated. tweeting, quote, i here by demand and will do so officially the department of justice look into whether or not the fbi/d.o.j. infiltrated or surveilled the trump campaign for political purposes and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the obama administration. the call for an investigation
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coming as mr. trump and his ally try to unveil just who that reported informant might be. and as the president's top lawyer gives a deadline for the mueller probe. we get more now from nbc's susan mcennis in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we have the president's attorney rudy giuliani telling nbc news special counsel robert mueller's team told him they will wrap up the obstruction part of this investigation by september 1st. giuliani saying it was important to end that part of the investigation and adding during a recent meeting with mueller's team, that the special counsel's office proposed this september 1st end date as a possibility for parts of the inquiry that do relate to the president. meanwhile, you did mention the president's twitter calling for the d.o.j. to investigate if there was any infiltration or surveillance of his campaign. and now the department of justice is responding saying it will use its own inspector general to take a at those questions. the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein saying, quote, if anyone did infiltrate or surveil
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participants in the presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action. now, we have democrats here on capitol hill responding for one house democratic nancy pelosi for months donald trump has insult and had tried to discredit the men and women at fbi and d.o.j. in self-serving attempts to distract from the trump-russia scandal. his conspiratorial fantasies must not be allowed to undermine the proper function of our justice system. frances? >> all right, susan, thank you. mourners in the community of santa fe texas turning to faith sunday to remember the ten people gunned down at a local high school. at one church the pastor read the names of each victim as the congregation came together in a circle to pray. also the first funeral for 17-year-old sabika sheikh as her mother was in tears as she gathered with mourners at a houston area mosque.
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>> i always told her she had a warrior's heart. she wanted to be a business woman and impact the world. i think she has done that. >> governor greg abbott also paid his respects. he and his wife laid flowers to honor the victims. he's calling for a statewide moment of silence at 10:00 a.m. central this morning. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in santa fe with more. gabe, good morning. >> reporter: frances, the survivor tells us the gunman taunted his victims singing another one bites the dust between shots. authorities have not confirmed the motive but we are learning more about possible warning signs. shayna fischer was among the first students killed in friday's rampage. her mother tells cbs station khou the 16-year-old for months rejected the advances of alleged shooter dimitrios pagourtzis. >> i think she knew beforehand because this guy kept harassing her about wanting to be with her like in a relationship.
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>> reporter: according to eyewitnesses, he barged into an art classroom and yelled, surprise. investigators say he opened fire with a shotgun and a revolver that he took from his father. >> this killer was intent on trying to inflict horrific damage on these kids. >> reporter: the attorney nicolas pale said the suspect's father doesn't know how his son got the weapons. >> i can't tell you why this happened. >> reporter: at church the community mourning the loss of eight students, two teachers. 17-year-old chris stone played football. his teammates are devastated. has it sunk in yet? >> part of it. it's sad. to see someone who has done something good or at least tried to go away like that. >> reporter: unlike la the aftermath of this latest rampage is not spurring calls for more gun control. in deep red texas.
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instead lieutenant governor dan said teachers should be allowed to be fire armed and schools should have fewer entrances. >> there should be one or two entrances at most and we should have law enforcement looking at those entrances. >> reporter: still, santa fe high did have armed guards and active shooter training. officer john barnes is in critical but stable condition after confronting the gunman. without him, authorities say, the death toll could have been much higher. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, santa fe, texas. >> celebrity chef mario battali is under investigation after a string of sexual abuse allegations by women who used to work for him. without making clear which incidents police were examining, they accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting him in a space at one of his restaurants known as an after hours spot. he was fired from abc's the chew in december and took a leave of absence from his restaurant
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businesses after eater.com reported the allegations of sexual misconduct which he has denied. >> authorities say two inmates are still on the loose after escaping a south carolina detention center. police were initially searching for three escaped inmates, but captured one over the weekend. authorities say 27-year-old christopher bolt on was taken into custody. >> but 20-year-old curtis ray green and 27-year-old tayshaun johnson remain at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. green and johnson are each charged with murder and bolton faces carjacking and grand larceny charge. >> hawaii's explosive kilauea volcano claimed its first serious injury. fire officials say a man was sitting on the third floor balcony when he got hit on the leg with lava splatter. that's a blob of lava shot in the air. the victim is expected to recover. the lava is in bright red rivers and caused a major highway to shutdown. there is a new threat along the coast as streams of lava reach
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the pacific ocean. the molten lava flows into the water, a dramatic change in team tour can cause laze, spewing steam and glass particular consolidates into the air. >> ahead a night, temperatures hit 90 degrees outside, almost matching the sizzling performances inside as performers both new to the scene and old were recognized. nbc's stephanie stanton has the latest. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, frances and phillip. what an incredible night of performances at the billboard music awards. 16 in all, 11 awards handed out. the show was hosted by kelly clarkson and it began on a somber note. ♪ ♪ on a night honoring music at the billboard awards, music also honored those lost. ♪ you can't take my youth away ♪ >> reporter: the song youth performed by khalid and sean mendez, along with the choir
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from marjory stoneman douglas in parkland, florida. it followed a tearful open to the show by host kelly clarkson. in wake of the shooting in texatexas >> i'm so sick of moment of silence. it's not working. >> reporter: between somber moments, spirits were high following an array of performances. khalid topped new artist. camila chart achievement award and boy band from korea topped social artist.on tr in ireland, couldn't accept his top artist award in person. but taylor swift was on hand winning top selling album and top female artist. >> and i want to thank all the artists, all 9 female artists who paved the way for us to get do do what we do the way we get to do it. >> reporter: a woman who helped chart that course. made her first televised performance in nine years. janet jackson received billboard's icon award from
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bruno mars and used the moment to honor powerful women. >> for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. >> reporter: and an historic combo to end the night. female rapper salt and peppa joined on stage by envogue, providing an electrifying finale. stephanie stanton, nbc news, las vegas. >> a lot of good stuff to watch over the weekend. it's one of those you're looking at the weather and that's not doing so well. >> i love the retro ending. that's great. >> let's get into this forecast. raining weather from the east coast to west coast the next two days. let's track it today. memphis, through chicago as we go throughout the day. detroit is zrie most of tdry mo. watch out in indianapolis. some of the rain through the day in the northeast. it's not going to pour everywhere. everyone will get a brief period of rain including washington, d.c. by 8:00 p.m., d.c. and baltimore cleared out after a rainy thursday afternoon.
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that's a look at the big weather story of the day. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. well, the rain this morning is i n will be a common theme over the next couple days. we'll talk about the extendedre. >> a lot of people headed to the movies with that rain. and it shows after a long three-week rain we finally have a new king at the box office. to the big screen, "deadpool" had its debut weekend. "deadpool 2" brought in $125 million domestically, making it the second highest opening weekend for an r-rated film. taking a back seat for the first time avengers infinity war raked in $29 million bringing the film to a grand total of $595 million domestically. book club, starring jane fonda
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i've changed my mind about the biggest challenge that the world faces. i think now it's a human rights problem and it is the discrimination against women and girls in the world. >> we are also witnessliing an a of new moral conviction, civic engagement and sense of devotion to our democracy and country. so, here's the good news. if any group were ever prepared to rise to the occasion, it is you, the class of 2018. >> some words of advice from well known people there. a montana woman said she's planning to take legal action after a border patrol agent detained her and a friend because they were speaking spanish at a grocery store. anna sula tells the washington post she began filming the
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incident because she was uncomfortable. the agent is heard saying, ma'am, the reason i asked you for your i.d. is because i came in here and i saw that you guys are speaking spanish which is very unheard of up here. he later denies racially profiling the pair. a customs and border protection spokesperson told the washington post the incident is being reviewed, adding decisions to question individuals are based on a variety of factors for which border patrol agents are well trained. >> former president george h.w. bush is back in ken bunk port, maine greet bid hundreds of well-wishers in the streets after his hospitalization following the death of his wife barbara. the 41st president seen waving to people outside a window as he was on his way to his family's compound. that is where he is sure to enjoy some well earned time and recovery as well and also extra roll or two or three or four. >> so great to see the president there. it was also a powerful moment for the me too movement at the
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spike lee won a major prize at the 2018 cannes film festival for his new movie black klansman. the director took home the title of grand prix which is second place in the contest. the film tells the true story of a black officer trying to take down a clue klux klan chapter. after accepting the award lee told the press i hope the film can globally get us out of our mental slumber and start to get back to truth, goodness, love and not hate. the movie hits theaters on august 10. >> a lot of people looking forward to that one including myself. new spike lee joint.
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nfl's newest stars made their first public appearance at the 24th annual rookie premiere. 40 of the top nfl rookies were there to pose for their very first nfl trading cards. how cool is that? the regular season is just four months away and players there were getting schooled on the business of professional football while still taking in every moment. >> collecting cards and finally seeing yourself on one is very surreal. it's very weird. but it's very cool at the same time. >> yeah, very cool. that's how you really know you made it besides the huge paycheck that you get. >> they're going to have a lot of those surreal moments. first big purchase, first game coming up, a lot of firsts for them. really cool. the future was on display for the 21st international high tech expo in china. attendees got a glimpse of a lot of technologically advance robots that could some day be in your living room. they were small size bots with the ability to chat to larger
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come pain i don companions that can patrol the neighborhoods. it's drawn 14 countries and signed over $157 billion in contracts. you have that happening in asia, but then we have here at home boston robotics that's making the dog, the running robot, too. they look kind of creepy without the heads. those look a little more fun. >> they are definitely creepy. who knows what they're really up to, right? he a right. >> just ahead, harry and meghan are back in london today, but we have all of your wedding highlights in case you missed it over the weekend. you're watching "early today." ride with this crew. do the wave with these guys. and hang with this little one. that's because move free ultra is clinically proven to keep my joints moving better than glucosamine chondroitin. which means i'm free to rock on with this gang. move free ultra. movement keeps us connected.
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welcome back. and check this out. wall of sand covering the skies in northwest china for about ten minutesnnday. this was just a giant old sand storm that blanketed a county in china's gong sue province. it swept quickly across the entire region. the local media station issued a warning and visibility was reduced to less than 30 feet. the worst part of those things is what's left behind, the big layer of grit. all right, so the week ahead forecast, we're already watching a lot of rain in areas of florida and the southeast this morning. it's going to continue on and off during the day today. you have a picture-perfect monday from the mid-atlantic to the northeast. rain comes through pleasant weather wednesday the great lakes all the way through new england. on and off in the southeast. >> all right, bill, thank you very much. still ahead highlights from the royal wedding. helping millions of children here at home...
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so, did you wake up early to watch the royal wedding on saturday? if so, you are not alone by far. a total of 29.2 million americans tuned in. some in the wee hours to watch prince harry and meghan markle tie the knot. according to the hollywood reporter, u.s. viewership is on track to beat the u.k.'s which is reported to be about 18 million. and that solidly outdoes big brother's wedding to kate middleton which drew about 23 million american viewers in 2011. and even though the weekend's festivities are now over, wedding fever is still very much in the air at windsor. nbc's lucy cavanagh has it all. >> reporter: britain's newest royal couple heading to their private evening reception. meghan markle now her royal highness stunning in a second dress designed by stella
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mccartney. their coach a jaguar from the 1960s with a decidedly 21st century modification. an electric engine. a dazzling display lit up the windsor sky, the only public site for the evening's festivities. just 200 invited guests unseen by the hundreds of millions who watched the ceremony around the world. which ended with a public kiss at the chapel doors. with windsor cleaning up the castle reopened to the public, but no sign of wedding fever winding down. >> hopefully there will be a little bit of the wedding left. that's what i'm hoping for. >> reporter: the american bride's gift from the queen, a new title dutches of sessex , her bouquet laid at the grave of the unknown warrior. lucy cavanagh, london. >> not surprised you had more viewers because it was an american.
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plus it was a saturday morning as opposed to a friday morning. >> outstanding moments, stand by me from the choir, the speech, you know, what the reverend or i believe it's reverend said. >> and to watch all the reactions to it. so much more animated than i'm sure they're used to. >> quoting martin luther king. >> oh, yeah. it ended up being more fascinating than i thought it was going to be. got to give them credit. fast forwarding into your monday, today family, friends and classmates will gagtder to say good-bye to 10-year-old miranda vargas the 5th-year-old girl killed in the horrific bus crash in new jersey last week. it comes after an all-faith service was held for her and her teacher sunday night. >> the stock marked could open on a high later this morning. futures jumd overnight following word from treasury secretary steven mnuchin the u.s. and china will put their trade war on hold citing meaningful talks the last two days. >> the nation will finally get its first female spy chief and gina haspel is sworn in by the president to serve as the next leader of the central
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intelligence agency. thank you for kicking off your week with us. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm frances rivera. your news continues right here on nbc and our nbc stations. nead lib san francisco
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good monday morning to you. 4:30 to start off our day here on "today in the bay." not necessarily a clear sight in san francisco but of course we will get on our way with the morning and kari will have a look at that in a few seconds. thanks for joining us this morning. i'm marcus washington. >> i'm laura garcia. kari is back and a nice forecast? >> it looks really nice. we'll start out with the fog and clouds and drizzle near the coast but as the day goes along it will be slightly warmer into the afternoon. a live look outside in san jose, clouds rolling by and it starts out with 50s, we'll stay in the mid-50s through 9:00 and clearing skies we'll make it in the 70s

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