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there. >> well, that is what is happening. we'll be back with you with more local news at c 7:25. >> a live like at sfo whether it is clowhere it is cloudy, but n delays right now. good morning, catastrophic damage, powerful tornados ravage the south killing at least 23 people, injuring dozens more. >> it feels not real. it really does. >> an entire town in alabama leveled, rescue crews fearing even more victims will be found in the rubble. >> the house is completely destroyed. homes basically just slammed where once stood a home. >> we're there live. wintry mess. a dangerous mix of snow, ice and rain facing millions of commuters this morning. and get ready to bundle up, al says brutally cold temps are on the way. breaking overnight, safari
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tragedy, four american tourists and their pilot killed in a helicopter crash during a vacation in kenya. officials scrambling to find out what went wrong, the latest on the investigation just ahead: all that, plus turning up the heat. democrats on the paper trail, demanding documents from at least 60 people connected to the president, as he strikes back in his longest speech, ever. >> they're trying to take you out with [ bleep ] okay? with [ bleep ]. revealing neverland, after weeks of protests and lawsuits, hbo airs that disturbing michael jackson documentary, the reaction and the fallout overnight. and missing sisters miracle, the emotional moment two young girls lost in the woods for days are reunited with their family, inside the massive search that brought the girls home, today, monday, march 4th, 2019.
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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hi, everybody, good morning, welcome to "today." nice to have you with us on a monday morning. >> we do want to get right to that dangerous weather that's impacting tens of millions of people. >> it is. in the south tornados have cut a deadly path of destruction including widespread damage in lee county, alabama. the death toll there expected to rise as search and rescue efforts resume this morning at first light. we've got complete live coverage this morning. we're going to talk to a family whose entire street was wiped out. we will begin with nbc's gape gutierrez who was at the scene. >> reporter: the death toll is up to 23, among the victims an 8-year-old girl. authorities fear that number could rise. the powerful winds tore apart this gas station and tore the roof off the building next door, and now the search is intensifying across the area for
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any survivors. this morning the destruction in alabama is devastating. homes shredded, trees toppled debris everywhere, after multiple tornados roared through. >> this came on so quick and changed so many lives that i mean, it's really sickening to watch. >> reporter: in hard hit lee county jonathan hickman survived but said the damage is unreal. >> this is bad. look, look at this truck. >> reporter: overnight, rescue workers scrambled door to door searching for survivors. >> right now people are in shock. people are sad. people don't know what to do, but the community's coming together. >> reporter: the national weather service says a possible ef3 tornado with winds up to 165 miles an hour and a track at least a half mile wide cut the largest path of destruction. the death toll rising sharply. >> unfortunately i feel like that number may rise yet again. >> more tornado-related deaths in one day here than all of last
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year in the u.s. president trump tweeting his condolences. >> it's really bad, it's really bad. >> reporter: the storm sliced through this gas station, its owner al patel rushed to check on an employee. >> when he saw me, he came running, and he hugged me, and he was crying like, you know, he was going to die. >> reporter: the relentless line of storms also stretched into georgia. >> definitely rotation there. >> reporter: today homes are leveled, lives are shattered, and the deep south is reeling. >> reporter: back in alabama, the governor here has extended the state of emergency and search teams now plan to go back out and look for more survivors now that it's first light. hoda and savannah? >> gabe gutierrez, thank you very much. >> we are now joined by one of the families impacted by that horrible tornado. liz hickman was huddled with her grandchildren in a home when a twister wiped out their street.
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her son jonathan was driving to reach them. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> just want to know, first of all, thank you for coming out to talk with us. how are you doing this morning? >> we're doing okay, i guess best to be expected. >> well, liz, i see you holding onto your son there, and i'm sure you are so happy you're together and your family's okay. as i understand it, you were in your home when this tornado blew through your neighborhood. can you describe what you saw and what you heard? >> well, i was looking out the window when it started raining real bad, and then i told -- i heard a noise, and i told my ex daughter-in-law, i said get the babies and go in my bedroom. we huddled up inside the bed and put a cover over us. it felt like it was forever, but it wasn't but maybe two or three minutes, and then it quit. it sounded like a train, and it quit, and then i got up and i told them to stay there, so i went to the door and opened the door, and when i looked out it
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was just -- my next door neighbor, her trailer was completely gone, and i didn't know if she was there or not, so i run out there to see if i could find her, but i didn't see her, so i called her on the phone to make sure that she was okay, but she wasn't even at home. and then i called my boys and let them know that we got hit. >> wow. when you were -- let's go back to one second, liz, when you were huddled in there with your grandchildren, what were you saying to them to keep them calm and how were you feeling in that moment? >> we was just holding on tight, and i just told them, i said you all just hold on tight, and i said we're here, and we was just holding on to each other real tight. >> and you got the call, jonathan, i understand it you were driving towards your mom's house where your kids were. what were you feeling in that moment to know that they had been so close to such a powerful storm? >> the worst feeling that you could possibly feel knowing that
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there's nothing you could really do besides hope for the best that, you know, everybody was all right. >> when you came upon your neighborhood, what did you see? >> trees, houses, everywhere. it was bad, and they wouldn't let nobody through, but i was going to get to my mom's house one way or another, even if i had to run through trees, power lines or whatever. >> well, you all survived this storm, a lot of people didn't. have you heard from friends, from other family members? do you know how they're doing? >> no, not really. i mean, besides facebook and other people posting stuff, that's about it. >> well, what an ordeal you've gone through and i'm so glad to see you're both okay, your kids are okay, your family, which of course matters the most. thank you for taking time with us this morning.
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we really appreciate it. >> all right, thank you. >> thank you. and the other big story tied to this massive storm system is snow and ice in the northeast. millions waking up to brutal conditions and a dangerous commute, too. we're going to get to al in just a moment. let's start with nbc's kathy park. she's in a snow covered boston for us. hi, kathy, good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. much of new england is waking up to a thick coating of snow. here in boston the snow is starting to taper off, but at the height of this storm, we saw one to two inches of snow per hour with visibility down to just a quarter mile, and with conditions like this this morning, a lot of schools in the area are closed. hopefully that means fewer people out on the roadways giving crews plenty of space to get all this cleared up sooner rather than later. but the big concern this morning is power outages. the weight of this snow is pulling down tree limbs and power lines, so the power outage numbers could increase as the day goes on, but the system is expected to move out of here in the next couple of hours, but
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the snow totals already pretty impressive. let me give you a look. here in boston, we've already seen -- look at this, almost a foot of snow, and the snow continues to fall. guys, back to you. >> all right, kathy, thank you. >> the man of the hour, al roker is here with more on this severe weather and what's on the way. mr. roker, good morning. >> good morning, guys, we were talking about that tornado outbreak. well, they are now under frost advisories and freeze warnings as well from texas all the way into alabama. in fact, in lee county right now it is 37 degrees, a windchill of 30. that's going to make rescue efforts that much more difficult. back to what's going on in the northeast. here's that storm system that kathy was telling you about. it's moving away. that's the good news. it's a fast mover. we'll probably see, maybe, another inch or two in east maine. the big story now is going to be dangerous windchills, 45 million
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people will experience windchills between 25 and 45 below, frostbite can occur in less than 30 minutes. >> right now, billings, minus 47. minus 47, st. louis. it feels like minus 12. look at this, 29 cities could see record low temperatures from the northwest all the way down into texas and as far east as cedar rapids iowa. here's what's happening, big, big low pressure system. this hudson bay low is driving down arctic air, and this is just going to push down fairly far south, and you can see windchills tomorrow morning minus 9 chicago, 12 in nashville, 27 in charlotte, washington, d.c., it's going to feel like 16. we will see a slow rebound. friday dallas you're at 75, chicago you'll be at 35, new york city at 36. guys. >> all right, al, thank you so much. craig joins the table, another story we're keeping an eye on. >> good morning, savannah. good morning to you as well. president trump defending himself in the wake of his former lawyer's testimony on capitol hill while facing new s.
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nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has the details on that, kristen, good morning. >> reporter: hi craig, good morning to you. president trump is starting this new week after a rocky stretch, that failed summit with kim jong-un and the bruising testimony by his former lawyer michael cohen that may have created new political and legal problems, and now democrats are ratcheting up the pressure on president trump. >> turning up the heat on president trump, the democratic chairman of the house judiciary committee jerry nadler said his committee plans to request documents from over 60 people in mr. trump's orbit from his eldest son donald trump jr. to trump organization cfo allen weisselberg and even the former white house chief of staff john kelly. >> it's very clear the president obstructed justice. >> nadler stopping short of saying he's moving towards impeachment. on sunday mr. trump lashed out at what he called presidential harassment by crazed democrats and took aim at his former lawyer and fixer michael cohen, blaming democrats for holding
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the hearing which he says may have contributed to the failed summit with north korea calling calling it perhaps a new low in american politics. >> he's a racist. he's a con man. and he's a cheat. >> it comes as the president defended his presidency over the weekend, delivering his longest speech yet, two hours and two minutes before an adoring crowd, the conservative political action conference. the president railing against special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation, even using profanity. >> all of a sudden, they are trying to take you out with [bleep] okay. [bleep] >> reporter: mocking former attorney general jeff sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the investigation. >> the attorney general said i'm going to recuse myself. >> reporter: president trump weighing in on this moment. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails.
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>> reporter: claiming his 2016 appeal to hack hillary clinton's emails was a joke. >> if you tell a joke, if you're sarcastic, and if you say something like, russia, please, if you can, get us hillary clinton's emails. please, russia, please. >> but mr. trump's own words from 2016 suggest he was not being sarcastic. the president was pressed at the time. you may remember by nbc whether it gave him any pause to ask a foreign government like russia to hack into his opponents emails. it gave him no pause. we have some sad news breaking overnight. four americans on vacation in africa were killed when their helicopter crashed in a national park in kenya. here's the latest on this. >> reporter: good morning. this is heartbreaking. instagram posts from these guys as they arrive on a dream
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vacation in kenya. you can feel their excitement in every post and story. between them they have thousands of followers. last night a fatal crash than morning we're still learning the terrible details. what should have been a stunning kenya safari experience has ended in tragedy. four young people and their pilot died sunday night in a helicopter crash on a remote island in the northwest of kenya. this chopper was taking off from the island the 8:35 p.m. headed back to the camp on the lake shore when something went terribly wrong. 33-year-old brandon was from san diego. a self-described travel addict and social entrepreneur he piloted a plane, a grin on his face. ashley was also from san diego. he had been exploring africa since valentine's day. carl was married and had traveled to kenya from colorado. a fourth victim has yet to be identified. the chopper was piloted by a
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kenyan. this is the second air tragedy in kenya. that one killed three americans on safari. one of the instagram stories from the group shows them popping champagne on the plane. the kind of safari experience we've been bringing folks on "today". as you experience it you know it's a trip of a lifetime and now this. your heart goes out to >> absolutely. thank you. time to switch gears, turn back to mr. roker. you got a check of the weather? >> you betcha. let's show you what we have going on around the rest of the country. chicago is at minus three. it's actually on this day 17 years ago they got down to minus four, so it's pretty cold. we're also looking at record lows back to the plains, record lows stretching down into texas. we've got temperatures that are even cooler down through the southeast. snow showers will continue around the great lakes. sunshine through the southwest and a few showers now, but we are going to be looking at a big
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storm coming into the west coast coming in on tuesday. we'll look at that coming up in the next half hour. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in just the next 30 seconds. good morning. i'm kari hall. we have some light rain coming down in san francisco. and it has been reaching across the bay at times moving in to oakland, but we've also seen dry conditions elsewhere across the bay area. and we're getting ready for another storm that is set to move in tomorrow.
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this will bring us scattered showers starting tomorrow morning and continue off and on through thursday morning. we will have a brief break and then a few more round of scattered showers in the forecast for the weekend with highs all the week in the upper 50s. >> and that's your latest weather, hoda. thank you. still ahead, natalie has the reaction and the fallout overnight as part one of that explosive michael jackson documentary finally airs on hbo. then, an emotional reunion caught on camera, two sisters, 8 and 5, they're back home after they were lost in the woods for two days. how did they survive? we're going to hear from their family. first this is "today" on nbc.
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morning a good morning to you. 7:26. i'm marcus washington. oakland schools started a new chapter you might as well call labor peace. today pete suratos is live for us where teachers are ending a bitter 7 day strike. >> reporter: good morning. about a third of the teachers involved in this voted against the new deal for teachers in oakland unified school district. let's talk about the basics. we know that there will be an 11% pay raise over four years, they originally asked about 12%. and there will be an offer to reduce class sizes.
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and also a reduction of workload for counselors and therapists and five month pause on school closures and consolidation in the area. it will be ratified later today. the new deal is expected to run through 2021. >> all right. thanks. and now a look at the weather outside. >> you can see it is raining in oakland and also some showers in san francisco. parts of the north bay. it is very light. and some sunshine in the south bay. so through the afternoon, remnants of that system that brought us the rain over the weekend will start it move out. a brief break before this next storm moves in. and we will see showers starting out tomorrow. mostly during the late morning through early afternoon. and that is the next storm, more updates on that. and south bay north 280, the earlier crash at lee involving a motorcycle and then a fire, some injuries for the 2y50driver, bu
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they are all right. 101 also a crash. but that is the worst for the south bay. rest is pretty standard, but watch the mist slowing down the berkeley curve. we'll have another local news update in 30 minutes.
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good morning to you. 7:30 on this monday morning, march 4th. snowy conditions in boston. here in new york less similar but we have a little bit of that scene here in central park whereby the way all schools were closed in new york. >> yes. >> we begin with a check was headlines. tornadoes in the south are deadly. death told is rising alabama. 23 people were killed. dozens more were injured in lee county, alabama.
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victims had to be carried by truck because ambulances couldn't get through the debris. the governor has extended a statewide emergency there and this morning rescue workers will resume their search for survivors. >> four americans and their kenyandied when their helicopter crashed. the chopper went down from central island national park. the american victims have been identified. a fourth passenger has not yet been identified. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. >> back here, some tough moments for drivers in colorado. an avalanche swallowed a part of a highway. >> i want won't come down here. >> it happened about two hours west of denver. fortunately no one was hurt or trapped by this. all vebs were able to drive
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away. a second avalanche in the same area forced rod cruise to close interstate 70 for about three hours on sunday. also this morning after weeks of talking about it the world finally got to see the first part of leaving neverland explosive documentary on michael jackson. >> the film has accounts of two men who claim michael jackson sexually abused them for years. they came forward now as adults after coming to terms with the abuse they say they suffered. reaction has been split. some criticizing them and defending the legacy of the pop star while others say in this me too era it's time to believe the victims. a warning about what you're to hear is disturbing. ten years after michael jackson's death, leaving nerveland is a documentary not about jackson but the stories of two men who say the pop star
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sexually abused them as young children. >> i was the most happiest when i'm on stage and with jimmy. >> james now 41 met jackson when he standard opposite the singer in a pepsi commercial. he was 10 when they began arela >> he was already larger than life and then he likes you. >> hello, wade, congratulations little one. today is your birthday. >> he was one of the kindest, most gentle loving, caring people i knew. >> 36-year-old wade robson met jackson after winning a local dance competition. he says the abuse began when he was just 7 years old. >> taking showers together and, you know, fondling and kissing. he helped me with my creativity, with all of those sorts of things, and he also actualsexua
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abused me for seven years. >> reporter: their firsthand accounts are shocking and eerily similar. both men said the abuse took place in hotels and at jackson's homes, sometimes with their mothers nearby. >> every night that i was with him there was abuse. he would run drills with me where we'd be in the hotel room and he would pretend like somebody was coming in and you had to get dressed as fast as possible. >> reporter: viewers reaction to the film is mixed. on twitter some outrage and upset, siding with the men, others defending jackson's legacy and discrediting robson and safechuck's stories. both men previously testified under oath that jackson did not touch them, robson even testifying on jackson's behalf when the star was on trial for similar allegations in 2005. jackson was acquitted of all charges. both sued jackson's estate and media companies. those suits were dismissed and the suits against the media companies are being appealed. they say that becoming fathers
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made them want to come forward now. the men are not being paid for their participation in the hbo doc. jackson's family who is suing hbo for $100 million is calling the film one-sided, and sources say they do not plan on watching it. >> i know my brother, that's not michael. michael would never do that. >> reporter: the legacy of one of the biggest stars in the world now on the line. >> a lot of disturbing stuff in that, natalie. now that the documentary has started to air, who else besides the deceased pop star may be coming under some scrutiny? >> for one the parents of the boys and their responsibility. robson and safechuck's mothers, they're featured in the film. they say jackson earned their trust, showering them with attention and lavish gifts. part two of "leaving neverland" will air tonight on hbo followed by a conversation with robson and safechuck moderated by oprah winfrey. >> i watched last night from beginning to end. it is one of the most disturbing
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documentaries i've ever seen. i've been a fan of michael's music for a long time. i don't think i can listen to a michael jackson song the say way ever again. >> a lot of reviewers said@it's over for me. i can't listen anymore. >> the similarities twebetween two stories, it's just striking. >> we will continue to follow that for sure. should we get a check of the weather? >> let's turn our eyes to the west and see what we've got going on. we've got this atmospheric river, plus a big upper level low out in the pacific. that's going to start to push onshore and bring a lot of heavy rain to central and southern california. we've got winter storm watches for the sierra, a flood threat for south central california. as the system pushes in, it's going to bring rain and mountain snows to the north. snow will spread into the rockies, but the heavy rain, take a look at this along the coast, down to l.a. we're talking upwards of five inches of rain, flooding and rock slides and mudslides,
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debris flows in those burn areas. snowfall-wise we're talking about two feet of snow up through the sierra. the rest of the country, the plains all the way down to texas, sunshine through the gulf, mud atlantic coast looking nice, lots of sunshine here but lake effect snow showers will drop after six to eight good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. so we'll be just north of that atmospheric river, but still getting some rain. we have spotty showers in emeryville while the south bay has some sunshine. today is a break from the storm that will be moving through. and we'll see the rain that we are seeing now tapering off as the next storm system starts to move in. we will start as to sto see rai tomorrow morning and off and off rain the rest of the week. >> and that's your latest weather.
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nbc national correspondent, miguel almaguer with the incredible story. >> reporter: it's a reunion police are calling an absolute miracle. leia and caroline carrico found safe in the woods, a mile and a half away from their home. on friday the girls asked their mother to go for a walk, she said no, but the sisters left their humboldt county home anyway. >> the parents were obviously frantic. they were upset. >> reporter: the area is rural and remote, about four hours north of san francisco and known as mountain lion country. sightings are not uncommon and could be deadly. >> it immediately gave concern to us when these girls that grew up in this area did not return home. >> reporter: over 200 volunteers and search teams scouring the ground and searching from above, but 24 hours later no sign of the missing girls. family members left trying to hang on hope.
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>> they've grown up in the woods, so i think they're going to make it. >> reporter: temperatures overnight in the low 40s and raining. police say leia and caroline tried to build a fire for warmth, something they learned from their wilderness training. finally, 44 hours into the search, the girls were found waiting under a bush where they had stayed since friday, a decision key to their survival. >> if you get lost, you stay put and wait for people to find you. that's exactly what they did. >> reporter: the sisters were hungry and cold but uninjured and in good spirits. they told each other stories to pass the time and drank water off nearby leaves. >> i think most of the people that came here today probably wouldn't have the survivability that these two girls demonstrated. >> reporter: this morning leia and caroline are safe after a tearful reunion their parents feared may never come. for "today" miguel almaguer, nbc news.
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back now 7:48 with a case of old hollywood going head to head against the industry's new power pray player. nbc's joe fryer joins us to explain. >> for movie buffs the academy awards are a must-see, a celebration of the entire industry, but with streaming services like netflix now major players alongside traditional studios, one of the biggest names in the movie business apparently planning to speak out trying to push out the new oscar competition. >> reporter: this morning legendary filmmaker steven spielberg may be preparing to face off against the world of
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streaming. spielberg is expected to advise the film academy that movies from streaming services like netflix's "roma" fresh after its oscar success should not be eligible for academy awards. instead they should compete for the emmy awards which include tv movies. a spokesperson for spielberg's protection company says the three-time oscar winner feels strongly about the situation adding he'll be happy if the others will join his campaign. the famed director who represents the directors on the academy board has spoken out about streaming services in the past telling itv news last march. >> once you commit to a television format, you're a tv movie. you certainly if a good show deserve an emmy but not an oscar. i don't believe the films that are given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the academy award nomination. >> reporter: at this year's
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ceremony netflix soared winning four oscars tieing for the most by any studio. the company's film "roma" with its limited theatrical release was up for ten nominations including best picture and notched three wins including best director for alfonso cuaron. in an era when more content than ever is available at the click of a button, a-list -- are bringing their art to the masses. oscar nominated filmmaker ava duvernay tweeted one of the things i value about netflix is it distributes black work far and wide, adding i've had just one film distributed wide internationally, not selma, not wrinkle, it was 13th by netflix. that matters. but as the old hollywood versus the new reality debate rages on spielberg's influence cannot be ignored. >> e.t. home phone. >> reporter: the director's
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esteemed body of work spans generations of cinema fans, his iconic films earning billions at box offices around the world. >> can i ask you a hypothetical question? >> reporter: and his streaming giants make their marks during awards season a hollywood heavy weight whose work helped define the traditional theater experience is flexing his muscle. >> i'm not sure that you can really put this genie back in the bottle. i think a lot of people have spoken and they really believe the future needs to be streamed. >> reporter: this morning netflix is hitting back tweeting we love cinema. here are some things we also love, access for people who can't always afford or live in towns without theaters letting everyone everywhere enjoy releases at the same time, giving filmmakers more ways to share art. these things are not mutually exclusive. we've reached out to spielberg, his production company, and the academy for comment and have not
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heard back. >> thank you, joe, wow. >> as long as they follow the rul rules and they release them into theaters, it's fair game. >> yeah. >> i think one of the chief complaints also is they apparently spent so much on their ad campaign for "roma" with the oscars, like $50 million they dropped. what had courtney cox recreating one of friend's most iconic scenes. and then ben affleck and and then ben affleck and charlie hunnam stopping by and then ben affleck and charlie hunnam stopping by if you feel like you spend too much time in the bathroom with recurring constipation and belly pain talk to your doctor and say yesss! to linzess. ♪ ♪ yesss! linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. linzess can help relieve your belly pain and lets you have more frequent and complete bowel movements. linzess is not a laxative. it works differently to help you get ahead of your recurring constipation and belly pain. do not give linzess to children less than 6, and it should not be given to children 6 to less than 18,
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good monday morning. right now at 7:56, we are still seeing light rain across parts of the what i area while other parts are get something sunshine. this is a live look outside over san jose. so the rain that we are seeing now will be clearing out and giving us a break for the afternoon. and then we'll be getting ready for our next storm system that will be moving in. here is a look at that area of low pressure that will be targeting the because i area starting out late tomorrow morning with more showers as well as some off and on rain continuing throughout the day on tuesday into wednesday. and there may be some gusty winds with some of the heavier rain moving in on wednesday morning. and then some off and on rain into early thursday before that storm system moves out. and then we'll have another one right behind that moving in friday with some showers that will be scattered all throughout the weekend. and i will be tracking that for
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you. let's head over to mike for the commute. this is live camera in walnut creek, off of southbound 680 on to 24. that is your commute. and it is slow per usual. jammed on the east shore freeway as well. slowing toward the bay bridge and in toward san francisco. south bay recovery from northbound 280 and 101, those crashes have cleared. just general slowing through silicon valley. and the san francisco giants announcing the team president larry baer is taking a leave of absence following video from last week that showed him in a tense exchange in public with his wife. you can link to the giants statement on our twitter page. and oakland schools this morning turning the page on a bitter strike that severely impacted seven days of classes. majority of the teachers last night ratified a new deal, although the yes votes were said
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to be only about 60%. you can link to the full details right now on our home page. more news in 30 minutes. meteoros tracking rain heading towards the bay area. our team will be monitoring what you can expect as you start your day. plus--lots of car repair disputes happen following fender benders. the free inspection that might help you. tomorrow from 4:30 to 7.
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>> it will be a sloppy commute, and i would factor that in. >> what can you expect before heading out the door? al's got the latest forecast. and ben is back. ben affleck returns to studio 1a with his co-star charlie hunnam to talk about their new netflix film, family, and the future today monday, march 4th, 2019. ♪ hi to everyone in. >> ocean springs, mississippi! >> happy mardi gras. >> good morning from las vegas where we hula hoop for fitness! >> from baton rouge, louisiana. >> go lsu tigers. >> good morning to our girls, gabby and emmy in raleigh, north carolina. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "today." what a great crowd out there
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braving some cold temps, but not too much snow here in new york city. >> you think they got snowed in, couldn't fly out to go home. >> make the most of it. search and rescue efforts gearing up again this morning after deadly tornados swept through parts of the south. n nbc's gabe gutierrez is there in lee county, alabama, where the number of casualties is really staggering. gabe, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, yeah, that death toll rose sharply overnight. it's now up to 23, and among the victims is an 8-year-old girl. now the powerful winds tore through this gas station behind me, and right next door from the air you can see the damage done to the building. its roof was torn off. the national weather service says a possible ef 3 tornado tore through this area packing winds of up to 165 miles an hour, and cutting a path of destruction a half mile wide. this was a strong line of storms that barrelled across the southeast, damage also reported in georgia, and there were more
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tornado-related deaths in one day than all of last year. now here in alabama the governor has extended the state of emergency, and the big concern now is what those search teams will find now that they're heading back out to some of the hardest hit communities now that it's first light. >> gabe gutierrez, thank you. the northeast is digging out from a messy overnight storm that closed schools and covered roads with snow and ice. nbc's kathy park joins us from boston this morning. hey, kathy. >> reporter: hey, hoda, good morning to you. much of new england is waking up to one of the biggest snow storms of the season. some spots seeing anywhere between 8 to 12 inches of snow including here in boston. and because of the conditions this morning, many of the schools in this area are canceled or delayed. a lot of folks are working from home today, so hopefully that means fewer cars on the roadways giving crews a little bit more space as they clear all of this us. now, this certainly was a fast moving system. it's expected to get out of here
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in the next couple of hours, but it certainly left a lot behind. guys, back to you. >> all right, kathy park in boston. thank you. bitterly cold windchills are moving in behind those snow storms. al is back to wrap it all up for us. what's the word? >> you can see as kathy said, we're at the western edge of this system now, and it's just about to push through. as it does, it's going to leave a few more inches of snow, especially down east maine. lake effect snow is going to bring anywhere from four to six inches of snow from buffalo to watertown and syracuse, new york. dangerous windchills, 67 million people under some sort of windchill warning or advisory from the pacific northwest down to texas into the southeast, right now chicago's at minus three. coldest they've been in 17 years, minus 14 in st. louis, minus 26 in pierre. denver, hi minus 16.
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and down as far south as texas, why is this happening? big hudson bay low is driving arctic air south, and as it does, those temperatures are going to plummet. the good news is this is not going to be a long duration event. tomorrow morning, cleveland you'll feel like minus six, 27 in charlotte, minus 18 in minneapolis, minus nine in chicago, even tulsa it will feel like eight above. as you get toward the latter part of the week, friday dallas you're at 75. 44 kansas city, new york city rising up to 36 degrees. savannah. >> all right, al, thank you. there is new fallout from the accusations made before congress last week by president trump's former attorney michael cohen. the chairman of the house judiciary committee democrat from new york, gerald nadler said cohen's testimony implicated the president in various crimes. he says hebl believes it's clea the president obstructed justice in the russia investigation and he plans to request documents from more than 60 people. on sunday president trump lashed out at what he called
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presidential harassment by quote, crazed democrats. tax season looking a little brighter for those who look forward to refunds. after one month of processing returns, the internal revenue service says the average refund is a little more than $3,100. that's $40 more than this time last year. refunds had been averaging lower than last year during the first three weeks of tax season. this friday is international woman's day on "today," so come to the plaza. join us. we have a special city sponsored live event. we are going to celebrate awe inspiring women from all across the country along with a concert you don't want to miss. we are starring country music superstar maren morris. come down friday on the 8th. >> bundle up, too, right? >> you got a boost? >> could not afford to miss algebra class on friday. his wife had to run errands and
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they could not find a sitter, so wayne brought their 5-month-old daughter asada to class. professor nathan alexander was so impressed by wayne's dedication, he said get this, i'll hold her so you can take good notes. the professor taught the rest of the class with that baby strapped to his class. wayne is the one who deserves the praise, going to school and working full-time. >> he works two jobs. >> that's cool. >> just ahead, looky who it is. ben affleck and charlie hunnam, they make quite the dynamic duo, their new netflix (client's voice) remember that degree you got in taxation? (danny) of course you don't because you didn't! your job isn't understanding tax code... it's understanding why that... will get him a body like that... move! ...that. your job isn't doing hard work... here. ...it's making her do hard work... ...and getting paid for it. (vo) snap and sort your expenses to save over $4,600 at tax time. (danny) jody...
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♪ ♪ you guys hungry? ♪ ♪ ♪ ben affleck and charlie hunnam, two stars of the new netflix movie "triple frontier." they play former u.s. special
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forces operatives who embark on a risky personal mission to steal money from a notorious drug lord. take a look. >> you'd have 40 minutes to get in, get the job done, and get out before the family comes home from church. you need to breach the fence, sweep the premise, find and subdue the guards, scrub the hard drives and security room, find the money, pack the money into 1,800 pound bags and hoof it half a mile to the newest vehicle. still got your aviation guide down here? >> i don't know, but i'll give him a call. >> oh, yeah, big dog is back. >> big dog is back, ben and charlie, good morning you two. >> good morning. >> i don't know whether to root for you in this movie against you in this movie. >> a little bit of both. >> you guys were former special forces. you end up not having enough dough to get your kids through college, and now you're like we want ours. >> the rooting interests are sort of complicated.
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naturally you start with these guys, a big part that was appealing to me about the story. the special operatives, how much of the fighting they do for this country, how much of the burden they bear, how difficult and stressful that must be. then you've done that for 20 years. you come out and you're in the civilian world and you've got these incredible skills but they're not really applicable to like marketing or real estate or something, and so these guys get -- they then get tempted by this job where they have the potential to make a lot of money, and they feel like they're doing something good going into it. >> it can't just be reading the words off the script. there has to be something special in there that you actually connect to. was there something that lives inside you ben, that this character sort of helped bring out? >> for me it was like finding something to connect to had to do with the guys who trained us, like finding the realism behind it like wanting to make it feel as though you were seeing
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genuine special operators and charlie and i and the rest of the guys did a bunch of work training with them. >> have you ever worked with ben before? was this the first timetimer? >> i'm a big fan of ben as an actor but also as a director, so i've been angling for a job. >> i'm angling for a job from you. we've been auditioning for each other. >> did it take a little time to look at him and say it's ben affleck but now i've got to look at him as a guy i'm acting with in this show. how long did it take to get past that part? >> no time at all. the way we started this as ben mentioned was four days on a firing range doing live fire with these three s.e.a.l. team operatives, so that was a really wonderful way to get to know each other and get to trust each other. i was frankly quite surprised that we did all of those situational awareness things with live fire because that was rather ambitious for an englishman who had never shot a gun before. >> giving any actors real guns was very brave. and if you need any more
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evidence that our special operatives were very brave, that was it. >> when i walked in and saw you i said this guy is looking so good. you look like things are going right in your life. >> things are great, yeah. tell me a little bit about -- is there something special in this moment that you feel like i feel like things are going right for me? >> you know what? i hate to be shallow about it, but i just did the a-rod ten-day challenge. >> you did it? >> i did. i saw it on this show. i saw carson daly bombed out after a day. >> an hour. >> he didn't even make it an hour. >> i know i could pass the doughnut tray for longer than a day. >> not me. good for you ben. >> it's not easy. i will admit, carson, that it was a little bit tough, but i did it. you know, it gives you a little -- it's awful for the first couple of days because i am definitely somebody who likes bread and sugar. >> no carbs, no sugar? >> no bread, no sugar, no dairy, supposed to be no caffeine. i cheated on the caffeine a
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little bit. it's terrible, you get through it and you're like i feel pretty good. by the end of ten days, i had three bagels. >> there are a lot of awesome things about you ben, and one of the things i think you did back -- >> i love when you start a question like that. so many amazing things. >> here's one, you're very honest about some things that you've been battling, and i remember reading your post in october, and it really touched me, and you said this, battling addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. >> mm-hmm. >> because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. it's a full-time commitment. i'm fighting for myself and my family. that was such a strong statement. i think a lot of people look at addiction and say it's over, he did it. it's like cancer, it's cured. he's done, but it is a lifelong battle for you. >> yeah, some people are sort of uncomfortable. it doesn't really bother me to talk about alcoholism and being an alcoholic. it's part of my life. it's something i deal with. it doesn't have to subsume my whole identity and be everything, but it is something you have to work at.
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i feel like i had a problem, and i really want to address it, and i take some pride in that, and i hope that, you know, and it is, it's about yourself, your life, your family, and you know, we encounter these kinds of hurdles and we have to deal with them. >> fighting for your family is important. how do you think you are as a dad? what kind of a dad are you? >> i hope i'm a pretty good dad. i certainly try very hard. i'm lucky they've got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure we coparent in as good a way as possible. dads are so important to kids, and it's our responsibility to be there for them, and to be present, to be mindful, to be attentive, to be part of their lives, to be as in it as moms, and that's really the central preoccupation in my life, you know, the focus of my life is what i love doing. it's what makes me happy and the rest of the stuff kind of follows. >> so how are you feeling about everything right now? do you feel like you're on a good rod. >> i'm ready to do another a-rod challenge right now. >> jennifer, your ex-wife posted
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a funny picture of -- i think it was your son's birthday, and she dressed up from that dragon movie. >> she was a trid from that movie. >> she said your kid looked at her and gave an eye roll, you dressed up as batman last time. >> i did. she wanted to jump in on the whole costume phase mania thing. >> is that over, that costume thing? >> i think my son definitely killed it. she came out and she was in the makeup and the whole thing and he was like hey, mom. we already have an astrid. she was so -- >> she was jazzed and pumped. that's part of being a parent when you realized that you're. >> no longer cool. >> way not cool. >> you can tell you still love her when you just talked about her. >> of course she's wonderful. somebody's the mother of your kids, they're going to be the most important, central part in your life, and that's good. >> two quick last things. batman is finito, you're done with that. >> they will continue to do it.
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>> it won't be the same without you. >> thank you so much. we just ran this story about spielberg and he's talking about netflix and how he doesn't know if netflix should be considered for oscar considerations. just your thought on that? >> i think what he was saying is he believes there should be a robust theatrical release for movies and it's not so much a debate about one company or another or how long should a movie be in tractor-trailheater considered a movie versus television. people are consuming, you know, on their phones and on the internet, and on the tv and you know, so the business is changing, and you know, the movie business has changed a lot over time. it was black and white, it was color, it was feature length, and you know, tv was going to ruin the movies, and the movies su survived. i think they will, and people are working to define how that's going to be. for me, charlie, to do a movie for netflix is no different than doing a movie anywhere else.
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>> charlie, you're sitting next to an ace director over here, won the oscar. directing is something you want to do, too, right? >> at some point. ben was really generous i made my business to grill him as much as possible. >> did you? >> about that transition from actor to director, very generous. >> i asked what you thought about working with ben, ben, when you first found out you were working with charlie, what did people say? >> charlie is -- has that like -- he's one of the most like -- i don't know exactly what phrase to use but like gets the biggest reaction out of other people when i tell them. yeah, i was in a movie, it's me. charlie hunnam. >> you worked with charlie hunnam? what is he like? [ laughter ] >> he's really, you know, he seems very -- men, women, the whole thing. >> you do have that appeal of everyone. >> maybe i should grow the beard back or something. >> you guys, thank you so much. ben, i really, really appreciate. charlie, appreciate you. "triple frontier" is in select
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theaters. it comes out this wednesday and on netflix a week later, march 13th. make sure you check it out. it will have you on the edge of your seat for sure. we're going to get a quick check of the weather. record lows stretching from the plains into texas the snow showers around the great lakes. sunshine through the southwest. big storm is going to be coming onshore into california starting tomorrow. it's going to be a real mess. look for sunshine through the gulf coast, and some heavier snow showers, lake effect snows especially western new york into central new york. that's what's going on around the country. here's good morning. i'm kari hall. we are seeing some light rain this morning as you get ready to head out the door. very hit or miss rain as the system that we had over the weekend winds down. a little bit of a break this afternoon and then the next storm system moving in that will bring us some gusty winds and some rain. mostly starting out by late tomorrow morning and into the afternoon. we'll see waves of rain the next couple days and then the
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potential of gusty winds and the rain starts to taper off just a bit heading in to the weekend. >> and that's your latest weather. thank you so much. carson is here with some pop start. >> ben affleck wouldn't have survived the ten-day challenge had he gone to my sister's house and seen the same pot pie. that pot pie would have ruined you, ben. but i'm proud of you. first up in pop start today, amidst news that luke perry suffered a stroke last week, friends and family are sending their love to the actor including shannen doherty. yesterday entertainment tonight caught up with shannon at the animal and hope wellness foundation gala, who said she reached out to perry since his hospitalization. >> i do, i'm not going to -- i can't talk about it because i will literally start crying, but i love him, and he knows i love him, and i'm in contact and it's luke, and he's my dylan. >> you have spoken to him? >> he's going to -- everybody just keep pause and wonderful
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thoughts. >> obviously an emotional time for all those close to perry. we continue to wish him a swift recovery. the jonas brothers have soared to the top of the charts. since its release on friday the song sits at number one on itunes and spotify charts. the video with over 42 million views so far. nick jonas gave a behind the scenes look from the set of the music video showing everyone including his wife pri aun ka playing pinball between takes. the brothers have hinted at a possible tour, maybe their first stop will be right here on the plaza. i'm justsaying. you've got to wish it. isn't that what oprah says? courtney cox, the friends actress recreated one of the most pivotal moments from the show. before we explain, here's a quick look at that famous friends scene. >> here we go, pivot. pivot. [ laughter ] pivot.
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pivot. pivot. pivot! >> shut up, shut up, shut up! [ laughter ] >> great episode, and something i think we can all relate to when it comes to moving furniture, including courtney cox herself. over the weekend she had friends help her move some furniture in the house. of course she couldn't help but recreate that scene. >> i was trying to move a piece of furniture down the hall with my movers here. >> is that going to work? no. >> come on, guys. >> pivot. >> okay. >> pivot! >> so helpful, thank you. >> don't scratch the walls. pivot. >> do you think we'll get in that door? >> pivot! >> it doesn't appear that her friends find the moment as amusing as her, but i'm sure fans of the show appreciate that reference. now this is hard to believe but nbc universal's long-standing public service campaign the more you know is celebrating its 30th
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anniversary. the psas have highlighted important social issues. it's featured u.s. presidents, olympians, actresses, actors, a lot of familiar faces here at the network. here's a quick look at what being part of that campaign has meant to some of those people. >> it's one of the most iconic slogans in television. the messages are universal and i love being part of it. teach the your children the power of words and help spread understanding, not hate. >> growing up seeing the faces of the men and women who i admired, and now it's pretty surreal to be part of that thread. >> you get to tell your friends and relatives, i did a the more you know. everybody knows the more you know. now my mom knows i have a real job at nbc. >> fun fact, after this year the "today" show is going to be tied with er for the most alumni to be featured. nbc universal is going to be celebrating the campaign all year long, and you can follow along on social media usin using #tmyk30. finally, janice freeman a contestant from season 13 of
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"the voice" passed away over the weekend rkts complications from pneumonia and a blood clot contributed to her passing. she's survived by her husband, her beautiful daughter hannah. we will miss janice, incredibly. it was such sad news to see that. i'm the host of the show. 5% of what you see on the air is hosting. i'm really hosting the families. i got to know janice and her family and it was a tough one for all of us at the show. we're wishing her fans and family nothing but the best of wishes we can give her. >> thanks, carson. >> thank you, carson. >> you got it. straight ahead, you've asked him about it, and al is about to deliver in a big way. he's going to take us into the inn inner sanctum. where's she going with this? first a check of your local news, your weather, and these messages on a monday morning. ne
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obtained by t-m-z sports last week. within the last hour .. the san francisco giants announced good morning. i'm marcus washington. new fallout from this video, within the last hour the gooiia announcing larry baer is takiab. he called it a family member. giants say they will look into what happened. schools in guerneville remain closed after rise waters from the russia river essentially cut the town off last week. thousands of residents still have a lot of cleanup ahead. right now keeping you on track of what it is like on the
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roads. >> and we're looking at from pretty smooth flow of traffic. 280 and a 101 as they approach the nimitz degree way, but everything has sorted out. and general slowing northbound through silicon valley. and bay bridge and maze, north 880 is slow through oakland, but look at west 580, there is a crash at coolidge, but it is counter commute. but still distraction slowing some folks down. changing the flow a bit. the berkeley curve still slow. and still mist and drizzle so be careful. and we'll have more local news for you in 30 minutes.
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hey, everybody, back now 8:30 on this monday morning, march the 4th. we're going goto give a lot of camera time to our crazy big crowd. i don't know if people got snowed in, but they're here, and we are so happy that we have them here this morning. >> got a crowd moment? >> got a crowd moment, everybody. all right, where is -- and i
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have no idea, where is abby from texas? >> right over here? right over here. >> where? where? abby, oh, my god. hi abby. >> hi. >> we noticed that abby nearly fainted when she saw charlie hunnam inside. we were just interviewing him with ben affleck. she almost freaked out, so we thought -- >> oh, my god! oh, my god! >> that look. >> how are you? >> picture, picture. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> nice to meet you. >> charlie, do you mind taking a picture? >> my mom's going to die. >> what's your mom's name? >> tracy. >> hi tracy. >> oh, my god. >> are you ever going to be the same? >> do what? >> are you ever going to be the same? >> no, i'm going to go home. i'm just going to be a different woman. [ laughter ] >> oh, wow. >> i watched sons of anarchy like three times. >> what's your brother's name?
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>> ben. >> tell him i said hi. >> how about that, making dreams happen. that was awesome. what a nice guy. >> that was insane. >> yeah. >> i'm going to go home and be a different woman. >> that was like the waylaydy ga ga looked at bradley cooper. >> it's called "triple frontier" in select theaters on wednesday and on netflix on march 13th. coming up, a diet that includes bread and sloppy joe's, sign me up. we're going to step into the kitchen with this guy. mr. roker's going to share some of your keto friendly recipes. >> you make me want to be a better woman. i look at you. >> you're going to go home and be a better woman? >> i'm not sure what's happening. >> where's this going? nobody knows. if you want more of this craziness, the third hour of "today," actually you have a story on amazing animals.
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you're going to meet some dogs with extraordinary talents that are being trained for an elite rescue unit. but first al with a check of the weather. >> announcer: "today"'s weather is brought to you by marvel studio's captain marvel, discover what makes her a hero, in theaters everywhere friday. and let's look at your week ahead to see what we've got for you. today that storm brings bitter cold in the plains, gulf coast looking good. it's going to be cold, then heavy mountain rain and snow as you make your way out into california, snow in the rockies, sunny and dry in the southeast, coldest in the northeast on wednesday. then on friday we've got wet weather down through the lower mississippi river valley. inner mountain regions down into the rockies we're looking at snow and some wet weather along good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. light rain will be clearing out for this afternoon.
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a new storm tomorrow will bring off and on rain not only for wednesday, but thursday as well. we start to see some of the heavier downpours especially by wednesday morning with some gusty winds. and then we'll see some scattered showers continuing until thursday when this storm taper off. and then a new storm moves in late friday evening with off and on showers throughout the weekend. >> and that is your latest weather. guys? dr. drew ramsey is in the house to tell us about a potential new hope for millions of americans who are suffering with depression. but first this is "today" on nbc. to simone, i leave the van gogh. to harrison, the wine collection. to craig, this rock.
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something called treatment resistant depression. now a new drug expected to be approved by the fda as soon as today could provide new hope for those patients. here with me dr. drew ramsey, a psychiatrist at columbia university. dr. ramsey, kboorgood morning t. this is potentially a very big deal for folks who are suffering from specifically this treatment resistant depression. >> those are folks who don't get better. they've tried two different classes of medications for their depression, and their symptoms haven't gone into full remission. this is a reasonable population, 30 to 50% of folks don't respond to traditional treatment. those are folks with treatment resistant depression. >> this new treatment, tell us about that. >> breakthrough, that's the word everyone keeps using. it's a breakthrough. the reason it's a breakthrough is that it works on a different system. we're used to it influencing the serotonin system, with medications like prozac. this works on a different brain system. it causes rapid growth. the medication we're talking
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about is called ketamine t. it's given by iv. a very safe older medication been around since the 1970s. it's so fast acting. this is a brain cell right here. the reason we wanted to show this brain cell is so folks can see what happens. you get ketamine, and this is a brain cell, a neuron. right away it begins to sprout. when we say fast acting, it's sprouting to make new connections. that happens in about an hour. the other thing happens fast is symptoms get better. usually traditional antidepressants we're talking four to six weeks. here we're talking an hour. >> and it's administered using a naval spr nasal spray. >> the new version is is an s ketamine nasal spray. right now it's iv ketamine as an infusion. you get it at the doctor's office in a very controlled setting. >> party drug? >> you're thinking about special k. it has been a drug of abuse.
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it started as an an stettic. you get this spacey, floatty feeling. we give a much lower dose. people have some of those experiences, however, afterwards they notice an elevation in their mood and a resolution of things like suicidal thoughts. >> what are some of the -- >> you're going to get it in a doctors's office. it's a floatty or spacey feeling. some people can experience that as unpleasant. some people can have psychotic symptoms. then there is the risk of addiction. it is a drug that has gotten people hooked in the past. we are watching this very closely. so far there aren't reports of that happening. when i speak to my colleagues they're very convinced that by screening patients carefully we can avoid that. >> and what have the studies shown snus? >> the first studies were in 2006. what they show is between 50 and 70% of people with resistant
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depression can get better on a ketamine treatment. we also hope it's going to make other treatments like psycho therapy work together because we get that brain into grow mode where it's making new connections. >> i think it's important to note here the difference between someone who is experiencing one of those lows, one of those slumps that we all go through and depression. like how can you tell the difference between the two? >> such a great question. let's talk about the science of depression. this is more than just feeling a little down or blue. depression is a medical condition. you're going to have a low mood but lower than usual. you'll notice sleep changes, appetite changes and some folks get very irritable and on edge. those are all signs you could have depression, and you want to talk to someone about it. that's the first barrier we see. before we get to ketamine, the big problem is people aren't talking and getting treatment. we just saw ben affleck being so open about his treatment and his struggle with alcoholism, that's the kind of thing we want to see more of. >> dr. ramsey, thank you so
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much. you used the word breakthrough. >> breakthrough. >> this is significant? >> this is the biggest change we've seen in terms of psychiatry and medications that affect the brain in the last 50 years. >> thank you so much. thanks for your explanation as well. up next, mr. roker in the kitchen getting ready to share his favorite keto iendlyfr
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we're excited about our "today" food segment. our very own al roker. if you follow him on instagram, and you know you do, he spends a lot of time in the kitchen. >> that's right. since september al has been on the keto diet posting pictures of his many creations. a lot of you have been asking would you share the recipes, so that is what he's going to do today. >> you and i were keto partners for a while, and i broke up with keto. >> this might bring you back. by the way, this recipe we adapted from maria emrick, so i don't want to take credit for this, but it's really kind of
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simple. it really is amazing how simple this is. >> on keto you don't get bread. >> you don't get bread generally. >> you can't eat a ton of this, but you can have a roll or two. almond powder, sill yum husk, salt, baking powder and boiling water. i mean, this thing is about as simple as you can get. you start with a cup of almond flour. you add silium. >> you go to your silium husk store and get it. >> is that on the periodic table? >> superman is really allergic to it. you boil some water. you pour that in. >> is that egg whites? >> these are egg whites. >> and what's that? >> this is cider vinegar. you're going to beat this very gently. i mean, with a hand mixer. you don't want to over beat it. it's eventually going to get to
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the consistency of play-doh. >> this bread, is it low carb? >> it's low carb. it's about two net carbs by the time it's all finished. >> most keto diets you're trying to get 20 net carbs a day. >> you're going to take this, form it into a ball very simply. this recipe will make about six, i've doubled it to make bigger rolls, bigger buns. >> submit it without comment. >> it's going to be in the oven at 350 for about an hour, between 50 minutes to an hour. you'll know it's done when you kind of tap on it, and it's hollow, and then you can put a little butter, a little sea salt and boom. >> you basically are scratching the itch. >> what do you think? >> it tastes like bread. >> i like it. >> if you toast it it's even better. >> the little salt helps it. >> to go with this, sam sifton had a great takeout in the "new york times" a couple of weeks ago with no recipe recipes. this is for sloppy joes.
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basically a couple of glugs of olive oil, as he likes to say, pepper, celery, onion, jalapeno. >> keto you can go full fat. >> exactly. the more fat the better. >> you're going to cook this until it starts to get soft about seven minutes or so. then you're going to put in a few cloves of minced garlic. >> i like a lot of garlic. >> you're showing off with minced. >> i knew it. >> stirring it down, stirring it down, then you're going to take about a pound and a half of ground beef. >> okay. >> you could do this with turkey, ground turkey or ground chicken. >> but why would you? >> why would you, really. you want some ground beef with about -- >> it smells so good, right? >> you want it with about 20% fat, you know? because you really want that full fat flavor. and you brown that up. it will come down to about this where you've got all this nice, all of these juicy bits. >> keto you're really supposed to not have many carbs, even a tomato sauce or tomato paste you
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avoid, so how are you going to make it? >> you're upping it up a little bit. you're not having a ton of this. it's not that bad. you're going to take a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste, put that in. all right? then you're going to take some worcestershire sauce, which is fun to say. >> i can't say it. i call it w sauce. >> okay. there you goch. and a little crushed tomato. >> what is that? >> crushed tomatoes. >> from a can. you're not crushing them yourself. >> you're not crushing them yourself. this is not like lucy and ethel. and then the hot sauce. >> i like it. >> dump it. dump it. >> that's it? >> and then that's it. >> that's easy. >> you're going to cook this for about 20, 30 minutes until it cooks down, and it gets nice and thick. >> sloppy joes. >> al, how much weight have you lost on the keto diet? >> i've lost about 40 pounds. >> 40? >> is that amazing. >> incredible. >> and you're so committed to it. >> al, your numbers are all good.
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>> cholesterol just had them checked a couple of weeks ago, everything's good. you can toast this because it gives it a little more krurchliekrurch crunchier, and then you spoon it on top. >> the hardest part of keto i thought was giving up the sweets. >> you know what i do? i have two pieces of trader joe's dark chocolate every night right before i go to bed, or sometimes when we're out to dinner, i ask them to bring me a bowl of whipped cream. >> a bowl of whipped cream. >> yeah. >> and they do? >> and they do. >> it's al roker, of course they do. >> what do you all think, boys? zb >> i like the sloppy joe meat. >> if you were depriving yourself of bread for a year, you would think it's the best thing- >> you said play-doh, though, got lost on me. >> and depending on the silium husk you use it can turn the bread purply. >> we're brutally honest in our family. >> thank you so much.
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>> it's delicious. >> think of the bread as just a transport system to get the sloppy joe in your mouth. >> i like it. >> if you want these recipes and more, you can always check out today.com. today.com. >>
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and welcome back. carson daly made his way from the kitchen to the orange room with a tweet that helped -- >> and rolling chairs. >> yeah. >> what's the word on this tweet sm. >> this is great. she landed in costa rica, went down there for her sister's wedding and then she realized she forgot something important, oh, that's right. i'm the braids maid and i forgot my bridesmaid dress. she left it in houston, texas, in the alterations shop. she's in a panic. she reaches out to her friends back home. they exhaust all delivery options. they take to social media and here's what they tweeted to
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southwest air, help, my friend is in a wedding on saturday in costa rica, but she left her bridesmaid dress here in houston. can we get the dress on flight 1734 by tomorrow. worth a try. you can see she's desperate. less than three hours later, southwest goes let's do it! and with that operation rescue the dress was in action. southwest was great because they tweeted all these shots. they were sharing the journey of the dress. there it is there, there's the dress leaving the gate. the dress makes it to graly in costa rica. it was in great condition for her sister's wedding on saturday. i've been follow ing this story. awesome use of social media, way to go taylor and southwest. pretty cool stuff. her friends said she tweeted at southwest because she saw they had a flight heading down there, and they're always pretty active on social media. thought she'd give it a shot. she did, it worked. happy wedding. >> southwest airlines pr gets a
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big raise. >> the dress gets frequent miles. >> and you've got a daly click? >> do i? >> yes, you do. >> kids often try to imitate their parents. when this baby heard his dad beat boxing, he decided he wanted to drop a beat of his own. [ laughter ] >> that day is off to a great start even if the beat boxing doesn't come all together there, he already has an award winning laugh. what a cute moment there. daly click. al, do we have time for birthdays? >> absolutely. always time for your smuckers jars. first up, happy 100th birthday to homer rames, a world war ii veteran from california. he actually worked for the
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company for 43 years before retiring, and thank you for your service, sir. es tell herman of new haven, connecticut, 100, secret to longevity, eating chocolate, there you go. happy 101st birthday to francis wilkinson, an athlete from durham, north carolina, she loves spending time in the garden. serving his country during world war ii, we salute you too, for your service. elise cooks of new york city celebrating 100 years. she's got three kids, three grandkids, and four great grandkids. and happy and last but not least, happy 100th birthday to ruth, a fashionable lady from cleveland, ohio, probably watches channel 3 news. loves to design her own clothes, likes to joke that she would definitely qualify for project runway, seniors edition. >> is that a thing? >> if you know someone we should celebrate, drop us a line at today.com/celebrate. >> even if it's not a thing, it
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should be. that just about does it for us this morning. we have more great stories, everybody, where do you go, today.com/? >> all day. >>. trisha yearwood is revisiting some of her iconic looks through the years, and she's opening up about her changing style. and be sure to download our new app to get your favorite news, entertainment and videos from the show. hoda can't get enough of that app. >> love it. >> you can find that and a lot more at today.com/allday. on the third hour of today, we are going to kick off women's history month with two sisters using a unique startup to smash a stigma. really cool story. and we also have superhero dogs, a great look at dogs with super powers, and we're also got the fabulous margo martindale coming up. >> and there's some of that bread leftover. >> fi )m - -...
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new fallout - from this video obtained by t-m-z sports last good morning. 8:56. i'm marcus washington. new fallout from this video obtained by tmz sports. goo giants announcing that larry baer is taking a leave of absence after this video shows him in a tense exchange with his wife. he has worked it out with his
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wife. the team says that the leave allows the league to look into what happened. the entire statement from the giants is on our twitter feed. oakland schools this morning are turning the page on a bitter strike that severely impacted classes. many students right now are returning to their first normal day in 12 calendar days. last night the union announcing a majority of the teachers ratified the new deal although the yes votes were said to only total about 60%. happening now, pete suratos is talking with teachers and students and he'll have a live report midday. and there will be a public memorial starting at 11:00 for defender adachi who tied ten yooer d days ago from a heart attack. more local news in an hour.
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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everyone. it's parade day. >> parade day? >> yes. >> that's right. march 4th. i'm dylan here with al and craig. has it registered yet? >> march 4th. >> march 4th. >> is that a joke? >> that's a d joke. >> it's a dad joke. >> wow. >> that's good. >> that's beneath you. you are better than that joke. >> no, she's not. >> no, that sets pretty much my standard. i've just got you all fooled. on a serious note, i mean, our hearts are going out to the folks down south. i was watching these storms develop yesterda a

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