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mucinex cold and flu all-in-one. nasal an historic winter storm is causing havoc around the nation with wind driven snow and extreme conditions and increased buildup in areas prone to avalanches. we'll introduce you to the elite ams blasting away avalanche threats with high-tech explosives. >> released on a million dollar bail, lori loughlin and other executives rounded up in the college admissions scandal face serious charges. >> the u.s. finally gets on board with grounding the questionable boeing 737-max 8 aircraft. how is the airline adjusting to the mass grounding? >> mob hit, the leader of the
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gambino crime family shot and killed overnight. >> anand roger stone. new developments this morning. rl "early today" starts right frances rivera. the center of the country is being hit what forecasters call a bomb cyclone. this massive system has brought blizzard warnings up to 20 inches of snow, and whiteout conditions to parts of colorado and wyoming and across new mexico and texas. powerful wind gusts have been wreaking havoc and leaving a path of destruction. for more on this late winter storm we go to nbc's steve patterson. >> reporter: the great plains bracing for a hurricane strength blizzard across eight states, wind gusts reaching 80 miles per hour. in some areas, up to 2 feet of snow. the national weather service reporting a rapid pressure drop resulting in a bomb cyclone of historic proportions. flight schedules are already scrambled. run ways shutdown. more than a thousand flights
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canceled in denver. the highways have turned deadly. coloradoups. we can't move vehicles. >> reporter: the weather service >> we can just take people, but warning, do not even attempt to drive in this storm. danger on the rails as well, a new mexico train derailed by wind, no injuries reported. >> oh, my goodness! >> reporter: violent storms delivering dee strouks to an amazon storage in texas. tossing planes like toys, turning semis sideways. this winter doesn't know when to quit. steve patterson, nbc news. >> now that we've seen how dangerous this storm is, let's go to nbc meteorologist janessa webb. good morning. >> good morning. the pressure dropped very kl let's talk about why they're calling it a bomb cyclone. we saw pressure down 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. and you can still see the spin out towards kansas city, making its way into st. louis.
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good news for colorado, the avalanche danger is going to decrease throughout your afternoon, but we still have 7 million under winter weather concerns, at least throughout the afternoon. so unfortunately, the storm system is just not done yet. it is shifting to the east. >> man, got to deal with that now. lot more people there, 7 million at risk. janessa, thank you. >> breaking news out of new york where police are searching for the shooter who gunned down a reputed mob boss overnight, sources close to the investigation say frank kelly was killed outside his home on staten island. police tell nbc news the suspected gunman sped away from the scene in a blue pickup truck. the 53-year-old was believed to be the leade gambino crime family once led b. >> airs in the u.s. are parking their boeing 737-max jets. the decision came hours african
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da grounded the planes, leaving the u.s. virtually alone in standing by them. the move to suspend the aircraft comes after this model was involved in two fatal crashes under similar circumstances. for the latest on this we are joined now by tracie potts in d.c. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hi, phillip. good morning. this affects 275 flights daily in the united states. the announcement came from president trump. he said it was for the safety of the american people the max 8 and the max 9 similar model now being grounded, some people got the word mid-air. those flights were grounded and will not go back up until the faa is sure they are safe. as you note, we were the last country in the world to order them to be grounded. now, the flight that crashed on sunday, ethiopian airlines, killed 158 people. the black boxes from that flight, they are damaged. we understand they are being shipped to france for analysis overnight. with a lot of people questioning
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why it took so long, four days after the crash for those boxes to be analyzed. of note here, this is the same type of plane that was involved in the lion air crash in indonesia back in october. 189 people died there. boeing is backing this grounding of its planes. also promising a quick fix, an urgent fix, they say, to the flight to some of the flight controls as they try to figure out what's happened here. of note, we now know that there were at least five complaints about this particular model last fall. >> and many travelers now can fly resting a little easier this morning. tracie, thank you. >> airlines that operate the max jets are now scrambling to update their flight schedules. they're working to minimize the impact on the grounding. passengers ticketed are rushing to rebook. we're joined by gabe gutierrez. good morning. >> reporter: frances, good
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morning. it was a surprise announcement by the president that left passengers and crew members wondering what's next. some fliers being pulled off the planes that were already boarding. at airports across the u.s., the last boeing 737-max 8 and 9 planes landed in a storm of controversy. >> it's good to look into it and make sure that it's not something intrinsically wrong with the plane. >> reporter: two airlines use max 8, southwest and american. united uses max 9. americans are largely concentrated into and out of miami. between all three airlines, there are about 275 daily flights using the max fleet. >> it's a huge decision. it has an economic effect, you know, that's far reaching. >> reporter: in dallas, the home of southwest airlines, fliers reacted. >> all this week they've been letting people change their tickets. i think that's been great of them to do that. >> reporter: now many travelers and crew members wondering what's next. >> i was scared taking off. >> were you? >> because of what was going on
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in the news. >> happy to be back on the ground. >> reporter: all three airlines are trying to minimize travel disruptions. southwest the most heavily impacted saying any customers booked on a max 8 flight can rebook without any additional fees or fare differences within 14 days of their original date of travel. >> safety first the most important thing, so it's a little scary to be up there when you know there could be something wrong with the plane. >> reporter: while this is impacting thousands of travelers, southwest says the max 8 planes only make up about 4% of its entire fleet. american and united now say they are automatically rebooking passengers on other flights. frances? >> gabe gutierrez for us. gabe, thanks. it is a shocking case of life imitating art. es may have survived a school admissions scandal on her show "full house." she's not getting the sim come happy ending in real life. she was released on $1 million bond after she and dozens of other parents were charged in a
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massive college admission cheating scam. nbc's miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: after her arrest, actress lori loughlin faced a federal judge. the hollywood star and her famous husband, fashion designer, who posted a million dollar bond, are accused of paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their daughters into usc. >> i am in complete denial. >> reporter: two years ago today loughlin and her daughter talked about going to college. she blogged about going to usc. >> i don't know how much of school i'm going to attend. >> reporter: with actress felicity huffman, it looked more like a movie premiere. her husband william h. macy making no comment after federal investigators say his wife paid $15,000 to arrange for a proctor to secretly change answers on her older daughter's s.a.t. >> i'm sorry that you feel so
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entitled that you think that you deserve to take someone else's spot just because you have the means to afford it. >> reporter: the list of 33 parents who investigators say rigged the system includes a stunning roster of wealthy executives, a doctor, and even a lawyer. manuel hen rekez who stepped down as c.e.o. of a silicon valley hedge fund is accused of paying nearly half a million dollars to ensure his daughter would attend georgetown. court documents say his wife and daughter gloated about the fact that they had cheated and gotten away with it. >> i feel good as a parent because we didn't do that, and my daughter got into georgetown. >> reporter: in all, eight elite colleges are at the center of the scandal. universities like stanford and yale have admission rates below 7%. >> i feel like this isn't new at all. people just got caught this time. >> reporter: alex mcloud who was rejected from usc feels robbed. >> i think the bigger issue is that our college admissions system isn't based on how hard you work. it's not a meritocracy, it's
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based on the zip code you were born in and who your parents are and what they can give you. >> reporter: insiders say the admissions system is broken. >> if parents with means can really game the system to this degree, it's time to create a new system. >> reporter: the alleged mastermind behind the scheme william singer who founded a college prep service is cooperating with investigators. he says wealthy parents paid him more than $25 million to cheat the system. tmz obtaining this video of his audition for a reality show on the pressures of getting kids into college. >> this process brings out all the good and a lot of the bad that goes on in family's homes. >> reporter: from the courthouse steps to the courtyards of college campuses, outrage over how the rich and famous bought what their children couldn't earn. the 50 people who were arrested will face a federal judge in boston later this month. frances, back to you.
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>> all right, miguel almaguer, thank you. >> let's turn our attention outside once again. janessa webb back with us. >> good morning, everyone. the severe threat still continues across the mississippi and tennessee valley. things have changed here in the last 24 hours. now currently an enhanced risk across illinois into portions of ohio this morning. as a squall line continues to move. 38 million throughout your afternoon under risk.that's goi memory pretty soon. so, once again, severe weather. it is tracking east. after today things start to really get better. >> that's a relief to hear. janessa, thank you. love is on the course. a world famous golfer helped a
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fund the border wall. five republicans say they will join democrats to send the bill to the president's desk. mr. trump has vowed to veto the leat i >> meanwhile, legal troubles are piling up for president trump's former campaign chairman. just minutes after paul manafort learned his fate in a federal court, new york state prosecutors announced a slew of new criminal charges against him. crucially for manafort, these charges are beyond the reach of a presidential pardon, unlike the 7 1/2 years he was sentenced to in his federal cases. nbc's pete williams explains. >> reporter: the man who helped get donald trump into the white house now faces almost 7 years in prison on top of the nine months he's already spent in jail/2ears in all on charges stemming from his political consulting in ukraine. seated in a wheelchair, manafort said, i'm sorry for what i have done, and for all of the activities that have gotten us here today. but judge amy berman jackson
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responded saying i'm sorry i got caught is not an inspiring plea for leniency. he faced a maximum of ten years on the washington, d.c. charges, but the judge added 3 1/2 years to the sentence manafort got last week in virginia. >> i don't think it is two overly lenient. they have fashioned sentences they believe are fair and appropriate. he's going to go to jail for a long time. >> reporter: manafort's lawyer called the sin tense callous and harsh but there was never any objection he helped russia in the election. >> there was no evidence of russian collusion in this case. >> reporter: manafort might be hoping for a pardon. president trump didn't rule it out. >> that is not something right now on my mind. i do feel badly for manafort. that i can tell you. >> reporter: district attorney attorney cyrus fans filed new york state charges lying about his use of a manhattan condo to able loan. even if he got a presidential pardon, it would not count somnet a state convicti
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only for a federal crime. paul manafort turns 70 on april 1st. it now appears he'll be at least 76 years old before he can get out of prison. phillip? >> all right, pete williams. thank you, sir. >> just ahead, it is national pie day, so we'll circle back around with the best pizza deals next. and the need for less speed, why the new corvette is just too fast for its own good. a dazzling place i never knew. a new fantastic point of view. no one to tell us no, or where to go. or say we're only dreaming. let me share this whole new world with you. my mom washes the dishes... ...before she puts them in the dishwasher. so what does the dishwasher do?
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mchenry on a seven-month deployment in europe and the middle east. they'll be focusing on navy operations and crisis response. everybody has to watch. >> yeah, it is, we wish them all a safe speedy return. we are also hoping for a return to some normal weather, janessa. >> we're going to get a break for the weekend. you can see the shift of the system mak its way to the east, northeast, mid-atlantic, you are headed for rain for your friday. but then sunshine starts to return. you're watching "early today." we'll be right back. jimmy's gotten used to his whole room smelling like sweaty odors. yup, he's gone noseblind. he thinks it smells fine, but his mom smells this... luckily for all your hard-to-wash fabrics... ...there's febreze eliminates odorsher.esn't justt ...gone noseblind to. and try fee uto twice the ft power, you'll want to try it... ...again and again and maybe just one more time. indulge in irresistible freshness.
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kennedy's assassin is brought to the dallas courtroom to hear the verdict of the jury. after two hours 19 minutes of deliberation, the eight men and four women have reached a decision, a decision based on testimony they are heard during the month-long trial presided over by judge joe b. brown. >> on this day in 1964 a dallas jury found jack ruby of murdering lee harvey oswald and sentenced him to death. ruby's conviction was later overturned and he was granted a new prison of aolis before the new trial would begin. >> denver's latest blizzard is raising new avalanches that have killed 22 people. gadi schwartz went out with elite people with high-powered technology to tar get the threat. >> reporter: it is 1 degree at the top of snowbird ski resort in utah. the wind is howling. the hike is grueling. in the full of a fuse -- >> fire in the hole.
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>> whoa! >> it's like the 4th of july. >> reporter: as explosive as that looks, this is a rare glimpse of a morning routine happening at ski resorts across the west. ski patrol blasting away avalanches before they strike on their own and their arsenal is impressive. this looks pretty intense. what's this thing? >> this is one of our avalancheers. it's a scan on. >> reporter: you're blasting explosives on the mountain from here. and that's not all. from helicopters to -- it is a constant battle to keep the slop one coming at you. >> reporter: what would happen if you weren't out here ram.nating explosives every day? >> reporter: thi y bringing severe avalanche snow threats along mountain ranges. over 1,000 avalanches recorded in january alone. this winter, 22 people killed, others rescued like this skier
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dug out five miles from snowbird. but for those out patrolling the slopes, the goal isn't about stopping the power of mother nature. instead, it's to control it so that everyone else can enjoy the outdoors. gadi schwartz, nbc news, snowbird, utah. >> dangerous work it looks like. >> the power of mother nature can be beautiful and dangerous as we've seen. glad they're able to control it somewhat the best they can. >> we need those people out there. >> thanks for watching. i'm frances rivera. >> loves to sleep outside of a library in colorado. the branch announced a delayed opening becau of the blizzard because of that moose wanting to nap. wake up, moose. want to to simone, i leave the van gogh. to harrison, the wine collection. grace, you get the beach house, just don't leave the lights on, okay? to mateo, my favorite chair.
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to chris, the family recipes. to craig, this rock. to jamie, well, let's just say, enjoy the ride. the redwoods to the redheads. the rainbows to the proud. the almonds to walter. the beaches to the bums. and the fog to, who else, karl. i leave these things to my heirs, all 39 million of you, on one condition. that you do everything in your power to preserve and protect them. with love, california. ad lib live picture of welcome to thursday morning. taking a live look outside looking over the city of san jose. nice start. look at the lights on.
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anybody else out there? >> we are. >> we are. we're here. good morning to you. thanks so much for jeong us. i'm laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. we have more on breaking news coming in to you but we'll get to that in a bit. first i want to talk about that weather. >> it's going to be another pleasant day. clear skies, wednesdays are calm. look at san francisco right now, not a cloud in sight. no fog at all. in fact, this is setting us up for the drying trend already under way. by drying i mean several days of dry weather with no rain in

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