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this spring, take on even the grimiest messes with the power of lysol. kills 99.9% of germs with 0% bleach. i just authorized a funding. i heard about it this morning. i have overridden my people. >> specifically education secretary betsy devos, who now says that she and the president see eye to eye on funding of special olympics after a massive backlash. >> a federal jury awards $80 million to a man who says his cancer is linked to weed killer round up. this is just the beginning for corporate giant monsanto. >> to the tiny hamlett of berlin, wisconsin, everyone is trying to find out who won half a billion dollars. >> meet i teen with a 4.4g pa
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and runs two youtube channels. that's not all. >> what else could there be? dropping overnight, the miley cyrus video that has hannah montana losing their minds. >> watch out for the big win. the friday edition of "early today" starts right now. >> hold on. good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. president trump had an extra spring in his step at last night's rally in the battle ground state of michigan. it was his first campaign event since robert mueller completed his investigation into russian election interference. the president sounded off against his critics and vowed to turn mueller's findings into a political weapon. nbc's tracie potts joins us now from d.c. with the latest. tracie we hear house democrats are gearing up for a major battle with attorney general william barr. >> reporter: they are. they want that full mueller report released as soon as possible. they've given barr a tuesday deadline, but barr has made it clear it's going to be weeks before they see that report as they try to scrub it for anything that could be classified. meantime, president trump in
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friendly territory, michigan last night. the state he turned red, slamming the investigation, slamming his critics, and throwing out over and over no collusion, the finding from the mueller report, which is something we will likely hear a lot of going into the 2020 presidential election. president trump also with a message for democrats to move on. >> the democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous [ bleep ]. >> reporter: back here in washington, the chair of the house intelligence committee, democrat adam schiff, in some hot water. republicans are calling on him to resign because he continues to say that trump associates colluded with russia despite the findings of the report. of course, those findings have only been revealed in a summary so far. that's why democrats are pushing for that full report. frances? >> all right, tracie potts for
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us. tracie, thank you. now, a growing controversy over president trump's proposal to cut money for the special olympics. the commander in chief is changing course, overriding his secretary of education. our hallie jackson is here with the latest. >> reporter: that controversial proposal called off. >> why cut money for the special olympics? why would you cut funding for that? >> the special olympics will be funded. i've been to the special olympics. i think it's incredible. and i just authorized a funding. i heard about it this morning. i have overridden my people. >> reporter: the president announcing an about face after secretary betsy devos came under fire yet again for proposed across the board cuts to the education department, including more than $17 million from the special olympics. >> whoever came up with that idea at omb gets a special olympic medal for insensitivity. >> let's not use disabled children in a twisted way for your political narrative.
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that is just disgusting and it's shameful. >> reporter: devos, after days of publicly defending the proposed cuts, now says she's pleased and grateful adding, this is funding i have fought for behind the scenes over the last several years. keep am miin mind, the priv organization never seemed at risk of losing its federal funding. it is up to lawmakers to make that call and they didn't want to make the cut. a top official pointed out the symbolic significance of this reversal, telling me it is a pretty amazing move. frances, back to you. >> all right, hallie jackson for us. thank you. >> the charges may be dropped, but the jussie smollett saga is not over. chicago's mayor wants the "empire" actor to pay some of the bill for the overtime hours that were used in his investigation. and now president trump is calling for the fbi to look into the case. here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: after prosecutors dropped charges against jussie smollett, the justice department is reviewing the case and the president is weighing in.
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>> i think that case is an absolute embarrassment to our country. >> reporter: kim foxx, cook county's top prosecutor, said she recused herself after communicating with smollett's family who expressed concerns about the investigation while he was still considered a victim. >> this appears to have been a case of special treatment for celebrities. and any special treatment in the justice system fundamentally is not just. >> reporter: foxx says the deal to drop the 16 felonies for two days community service and $10,000 in court fees was fair. but chicago's mayor is sending smollett this letter and a bill for $130,000 for police overtime. >> given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is when he writes the check in the memo section, he can put the word, i'm accountable, for the hoax. >> reporter: with smollett's court record sealed, police insist they have overwhelming evidence proving his guilt, but are barred from court order from
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sharing it. smollett's legal team says he's no criminal. >> he at this point has been more victimized what happened than what happened that night. >> reporter: he maintains his innocence as police call him a fraud, the actor is back in l.a. this weekend, up for an naacp image award. miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> a former yale women's soccer coach pleaded guilty to the college admissions scandal. during the stij, rudolph meredith allegedly asked for $450,000 to help a student get into yale by presenting her as a recruited athlete. he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. the former coach is expected to get a lesser sentence in exchange for his cooperation, but will have to forfeit more than $800,000 in illegal earnings. >> now to a major court decision that could be a bellwether for future cases. a federal jury awarding $80 million to a man who says his cancer is linked to the popular weed killer round up.
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here's nbc's steve patterson. >> reporter: for 70-year-old edward hardeman, vindication. a san francisco jury awarded $80 million to the california man after determining the agri business giant monsanto owned by bayer is liable for his cool certificate. repeated use of the weed killer round up led to his nonhodgkins lymphoma. it discussed other cases involving round up. >> we looked just at the science and the jury told bayer and monsanto, this product causes cancer. >> reporter: in 2015 the world health organization categorized glyphosate, the active ingredient in round up, as a probable carcinogen. bayer disagrees saying the product is safe citing studies from the epa and other regulators. the company adding, this verdict does not change the weight of over four decades of extensive science and conclusions of regulators worldwide they are
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not carcinogenic. as bayer plans to appeal, cancer patient duane johnson is still awaiting on millions awarded to him in a similar lawsuit. >> it's been a long run. they will see the effects and that's global. so that's bigger than me. >> reporter: a third trial begins in what is now a barrage of lawsuits that could bring down a biochemical titan. steve patterson, nbc news. >> it is a question of just about everyone from here to wisconsin. who won it? the jackpot mystery, someone sitting on $768 million. nbc's kevin tibbles is on the hunt. >> reporter: it's the talk of this tiny hamlet. some lucky guy or gal hit it powerball big, buying the winning ticket at the local speed way. so far the winner is a secret, but the rainbow diner is all abuzz. you didn't win, though? >> i didn't win. >> reporter: me neither. the biggest thing to hit new berlin, wisconsin, since, well -- >> since the parade last 4th of july.
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>> reporter: this jackpot of $768 million has a cash pay out of almost half a billion. and here, that will buy you 298 million pounds of wisconsin cheddar, or 119 million pounds of wisconsin braatz. nothing cheesy about that. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new berlin, wisconsin. >> lot of money there. all right. how about some ncaa tournament action for you? >> and right now, on the defense. how about the finish right there. it's a three-point game. >> a barn burner in louisville, two ceded tennessee battling purdue in an overtime thriller. in the end the boiler makers managed to pull it out 99-94. they move on to the elite 8. meanwhile number 12 oregon gave top ceded virginia all they could handle. five minutes to go, the
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cavaliers would even up the score, stealing the momentum. taking the lead and the game. the final virginia 53, oregon 49. >> next number 2 versus 3 battle as michigan struggled mightily as the nation's best defense. the red raiders cruise and final score texas tech 63, michigan 44. to 4th ranked florida state hoping to stick it to top ceded gonzaga, this year zags wouldn't be pushed around. they marched their way to the sboed 72-58. >> more actonight. just when you thought allergy season couldn't get worse, wildlife officials stirred up this pollen storm as they flew a chopper into an area of forest covered in the irritant. they had been planning a controlled wildfire burn at the time. make me want to sneeze looking at t. >> it could use a good dousing there. who will get that or stay dry or mild? here's meteorologist janessa webb. good morning. >> good morning. we'll see temperatures in the
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plains, mid east, but with rain. make sure you have your umbrella handy throughout the weekend. and we're watching for potential storms throughout your afternoon. for oklahoma into arkansas as well. so the temperature change in the last 24 hours, man, that makes you feel good across the south to the northeast. about a 20-degree t so saturday is really the big day because by sunday, the winter coat once again, so. >> when can we put it away for good? that's the question. >> let's go june maybe. >> janessa, thank you. >> president trump's secretary was grilled. the senate confirmation hearing
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who disagreed with her saying women shouldn't be blamed for how they dress. more than a thousand students attended a leggings pride day on campus this week. wow. other ways of treating respect and instilling that virtue with boys than that. >> preach, frances, preach. >> tell you right now, don't get me started. >> we have to move on, though. we're talking about two people that are dead this morning after separate incidents that happened at the grand canyon. a man stumbled to his death. they were trying to take pictures when he plunged a thousand feet over the edge of the rim thursday. the sky walk, horse shoe shape, was not known to have many visitors at the time of fell. 95 miles away, another dead body. both incidents raise questions. >> how would you like to get paid for r & r? sounds like a dream job. here's the thing. nasa and the european space agency kicked off an experiment that pays 12 men and 12 women to just lay in bed and eat and
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also in theaters, matthew mcconaughey and snoop dogg team up about a writer who may put his talent to good use and finish the next great american novel. >> i'm in. >> right. >> you had me at snoop dogg and matthew mcconaughey. whatever they're up to i'm in. airbnbs are a favorite around the world but the company's most popular rental on the planet is here in the u.s. airbnb revealed its most sought after listing. the mushroom dome cabe inis south of san francisco. it only features one bedroom, but it does include rustic design, comfy furniture. it goes for only 130 bucks a night. that's the good news. bad news is it's booked full until september if you want that tree house. >> very cool. all right. this i don't want to believe. maybe i'm in denial that if you drink a bottle of wine a week, you might be increasing your risk of getting cancer for both men and women. this new study in the journal bmc public health found that for
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women, one bottle of wine a week can up your chances of cancer to the same extent as smoking ten cigarettes a week. for men drinking one bottle a week is the equivalent of smoking five cigarettes per week. the study said there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to health risk. >> that's not fair. >> it's just wrong. >> it is. in women tice the risk? >> supposed to be good for us, the red wine with our heart. where's that study? >> never know, next week. it always changes. the miley cyrus video that has hannah montana fans going wuld.
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4.4 gpa is making this whole college application process look like a breeze. his name is 17-year-old malik hawkins. he runs a video blog on youtube. also has his own clothing line and he has just been accepted into 15 colleges and universities. and if you think that's an astronomical achievement, the highly involved student has also been offered more than $1.2 million in scholarships. according to hawks inches, he applied to 15 schools he thought had great business programs, university of miami and georgia tech he has yet to reveal his pick. >> making us feel like under achievers. miley cyrus almost broke the internet. ♪ ♪ >> that's all it took. the former disney star debuted a new look, alter ego. she dyed her blonde hair
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ad lib live picture-- san welcome to friday morning. taking a live look outside san francisco, beautiful city by the bay. maybe your weekend plans will take you there. should be a nice one. good morning. thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia. >> and i'm marcus washington. let's get you set with the day with your weather, before you head out the door. kari, what are we looking at today? >> it is so nice to see the rain has moved out and we are going to have a chance to dry out today, and the weekend, just a few lingering clouds, and as we head over toward willow glen, our temperatures will be in the upper 40s, reaching the upper 50s by noon today, and we'll talk about the sunshine and the weekend forecast. mike, we have a problem out of castro valley? >> we do


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