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entering the spring time. >> memorial day coming. >> all right. >> that is what's happening "today in the bay." we'll be back at 7:25 with more live, local news. >> join us at mid-day news at 11:00 a.m. have a great one. good jenna, come on, where is she? this is taking forever >> what are you doing? >> i mean, i'm waiting for jenna, she's at a dance recital with mila. i got to go. >> what are you doing? >> i'm looking for jenna. >> this is when you start your show. >> but she's not here yet. she has a dance recital. >> we have a show to do. let's go. >> she's been here the whole time thanks for telling me. >> we've got a show to do. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with hoda kotb by and jenna bush hager, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza
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>> it is thursday, may 23rd. >> plans always go perfectly, don't they. >> i'm so glad you're here she made it. >> i made it we'll tell you all about that. it's may 23rd, 2019, natalie is here for hoda. this song was inspired by that open this is "smooth" by santana. >> you're so smooth. needless to say you have been here the whole time. >> i've been here the whole time i did rush off to my daughter mil a's kindergarten tap dance recital. i felt like i needed to be there. my husband is out of town. and i was worried about it. >> you never know traffic, and it's raining today you never know what it's going to be like >> i thought i was going to be late in which case i would have walked in and natalie was worried, and i'm here. and she looks so cute. there she is. >> oh, my gosh, so it's a lot of shuffle ball change right now? >> it's a lot of shuffle ball change that's her taking her bow.
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>> oh, my gosh, that is precious >> she may not have taken after her mother in the tap dancing skills >> hey, she's how old, 4 >> actually, i do have a friend who will remain nameless who has a pair of tap shoes that she keeps on hand for dinner parties. >> oh, really? >> you can't name this friend? >> i'll whisper it to you, but she takes it off and then henry got some for his 40th that he has yet to use. >> henry has tap shoes you buried the lead my dear. >> the same friend, we were so jealous by this friend mid dinner who went upstairs, got her tap shoes. >> it's one thing to have shoes. >> she's good. she bought henry some for his 40th birthday. he has yet to put them on. we're hoping that one day he pulls those out. >> that is my secret talent, tap dance, not really. but i did tap dance, baton and ballet at the ymca
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that was like the local, that's what you did >> so did i, but they're not my secret talents. >> i wouldn't say it's my talent >> i really wish i had some tap shoes for me right now, it's my biggest regret of the day. >> we'll find some get out there and find us some tap shoes. >> mila nailed it, though, she's so cute. >> it really did have me thinking. >> you were in a panic. >> was i stressed? >> we as moms, we try to be there for everybody and do everything for everyone and because your husband's traveling and i know this feeling because i deal with this all the time, if one of us is out, the other one has to pick up the pieces, it's the mom guilt that we all deal with. >> even when i was racing out leave, i felt the guilt about leaving you all. gavin, do you need anything else he's like no >> we do our preshow meeting
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beforehand, he's in the makeup. and i want to shoe you what this twist -- show you what this twister left behind. building after building ripped apart, power poles knocked down. people left trapped inside their homes as this massive twister left a path of destruction in its way. >> overnight, a violent tornado catching sleeping residents off guard in jefferson city. witnesses describing it as a powerful wedge tornado where the funnel is wider than it is tall. the national weather service saying the terrifying twister was moving at 40 miles per hour, sending debris nearly
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13,000 feet in the air the jefferson city fire department ordering every available first responder in to help and posting on facebook, please pray for our citizens. >> right now we have emergency personnel from all venues trying to get to the people that need our assistance. >> further south in the state, twisters sparing joplin but slamming several small towns nearby at least three people confirmed dead in golden city where a search and rescue effort is underway for a week, the great plains battered by severe storms, forcing hundreds of high water rescues. parts of kansas, missouri, and oklahoma under water in some spots, the flooding so bad, entire towns are being evacuated. residents near tulsa are being told it's time to go mechanic sean moore said police told him if he stayed to put his name in permanent marker on his arm.
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at area dams, officials have opened flood gates fearful levees could break under pressure 66 counties under a state of emergency. >> this is a severe threat of flooding i can't emphasize that enough. for all of northeast oklahoma. >> the wild weather likely to wash out the upcoming memorial day weekend, and tulsa river casino shutting down, instead of gambling with mother nature. >> for the safety of our employees and our guests, we have to close up shop and send everyone home. >> and this morning, power is still out for much of jefferson city with many downed power lines in this area we check with emergency officials they say as of right now, no confirmed deaths as a result of this storm here in jefferson city, but 20 people have reported injuries, and considering the damage we're seeing, that number may likely go up as the sunrises today. craig? >> morgan, thank you we are joined now by the mayor of jefferson city. carr
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carrie tergin, good morning to you, thank you so much for your time as i understand it, you have been going door-to-door there to assess the damage, to check on the residents there in jefferson city what are you seeing on the ground >> we are seeing a lot of devastation on the ground, a lot of trees down, power lines down, homes and apartments with roofs and walls missing, things like that it is pretty devastating and that's of course in the dark of night. there's a lot of those areas that have no power, but now as the sun is beginning to rise, we'll be assessing the situation even more. >> there were reports a short time ago that there were people who were trapped there in jefferson city is that still the case are there people trapped >> not that i'm aware of initially when the tornado first hit, it is my understanding that there were some people in some apartments that they were rescuing and getting out, but it is my understanding at this time that they have located everyone
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and at this time, it sounds like the injuries are small and very thankful that there are no major injuries reported as of yet. we're very thankful because when you see the amount of devastation, it's really pretty significant, and it's a wide area of the city as well. >> this nasty twister, as i understand it, it struck in the middle of the night. how much advanced notice were you guys able to give residents there? >> actually, the warning sirens were sounding, so there was some advanced warning and in fact, there was a lot of media coverage in between that, and the warnings people were really checking on their neighbors and taking shelter and i think that's why so far we have not had reports of serious injury because people were heeding the warnings and it struck around after the 11:00 hour, right around 11:30 time
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frame, so it was late at night. >> is the worst over or should folks in jefferson city brace for more >> we certainly hope so. we are dealing with flooding we had an emergency declaration yesterday due to significant flooding on the missouri river and closed the jefferson city memorial airport, so we know we're having to deal with flooding already, and now this was unexpected but everybody's come together. the jefferson city police department and fire department and public safety agencies from all around mid missouri have really converged here. all hands on deck, they are working this working the flood but now this was totally unexpected but they are all working together, and i've never seen a room working so hard to keep our community safe so we're in good hands here. we're going to do this >> our thoughts and prayers and
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well wishes are with the people of jefferson city. >> thank you for your prayers. we need them right now thank you. >> that's right. and as we said, that severe weather threat is moving east now. >> right you can see we have a severe threat. you can see it starts in the northeast. we've got a risk of severe weather. that stretches all the way back into the midwest today look at this from texas all the way on into kansas 4 million people at risk for damaging winds, a possibility of tornadoes as well. tomorrow, the risk from midland all the way to chicago, for 17 million people we're also expecting this risk to continue right on into saturday 13 states, 20 million people
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from the midwest back into texas and we're not seeing this pattern change at all. big deep low pressure system out in the west. we've got high pressure over the east, the clash of these air storms, these air masses causing all of these problems with a lot of moisture pushing in and so we've got a flood threat for the same area over the next few days into next week we're talking wednesday, areas picking up to 10 inches of rain. the flash flood risk continues today, tomorrow, and on into saturday for a good portion of the midwest, and air travel is going to be a mess for today into tomorrow from denver all the way into the northeast these storms are just going to continue to pommel areas into the beginning of next week back to you. >> al, we'll come back to you in just a bit for now, let's turn to the increasingly bitter battle between president trump and congressional democrats. tension reaching new levels yesterday with the president storming out of a meeting with democratic leaders and the two sides exchanging political
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threats over what's next nbc white house correspondent peter alexander has the very latest on that peter, good morning. >> craig, good morning to you, when it comes to this relationship between the president and top democrats, this really may be a new low president trump, of course, the author of the art of the deal saying no deal with democrats as long as they are investigating him. and house speaker nancy pelosi in a letter to her colleagues last night wrote sadly the only job the president seems to be concerned with is his own. so get these phoney investigations over with. >> the president fuming after these explosive comments from
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nancy pelosi, accusing him of hiding information from congress >> we believe that the president of the united states is engaged in a coverup >> i walk in to look at people that had just said that i was doing a cover up i don't do coverups. >> two democratic sources with knowledge of the white house sit down tell nbc news that contentious cabinet room meeting lasted just three minutes. after walking in, not shaking a single hand, not even sitting down, president trump lashed out at the democratic leaders before marching out democrats say they were stunned and pelosi in a letter to house democrats called it a temper tantrum. >> to watch what happened in the white house would make your jaw drop. >> i pray for the president of the united states. >> underscoring the bitterness after the president laughed, white house counselor kelly conway asked if she had a response to the president, according to a senior trump official, pelosi said that she would only respond to the president and wouldn't success
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it with conway conway replied sarcastically, that's very pro woman of you democrats promise their investigations will go on. >> in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice. and he's engaged in a cover up and that could be an impeachable offense. >> republicans now challenging democrats to make a decision >> they have the right to impeach a president, but they need to urinate or get off the pot. >> for now, this show down is threatening the possibility of bipartisan agreement on key issues like infrastructure and disaster aid but there are also some must do items, government spending and the debt limit, for example, despite the president's comments, multiple white house officials insist that those negotiations on the crucial items are ongoing. craig and willie, back to you. >> peter alexander at the white house, thank you. another major story this
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morning, up to 10,000 more u.s. troops could be sent to the middle east amid ongoing tensions with iran nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us with more on that what do we know this morning. >> we know for certain this is going to cause yet another spike in the tensions with iran. defense officials tell nbc news that centcome responsible for u.s. forces in the middle east will ask the white house as early as today for an additional 5 to 10,000 troops they are described as defensive in nature, may involve naval assets as well this is weeks after the white house hurried up the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group to detain iran, and deter iran r iran u.s. officials say there are indications iran is increasing its readiness to attack u.s. forces in the middle east. iran of course sees this very differently.
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iran says hard liners in the administration, particularly john bolton are trolling far war, which iran and u.s. officials both say they do not want it is unclear if president trump will approve any or all of these new requests for troop deployments. >> richard engel, we'll stay on this one thank you very much. now to a prison release that's getting a lot of attention this morning john walker lindh, the california man dubbed the american taliban after he was captured by u.s. forces in afghanistan nearly two decades ago, becoming a free man today the u.s. intelligence officials say despite all of his time behind bars, lindh has never renounced islamic extremism. nbc justice correspondent pete williams has details on this story. >> nbc news has learned that an internal u.s. law enforcement memo circulated this week warns that john walker lindh remains a committed jihadist despite renouncing extremism when he pleaded guilty he can't be locked up for what
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he thinks but he will be watched closely. he's released today after serving 17 years of a 20 year sentence the arrest of john walker lindh in afghanistan made worldwide headlines two months after the 9/11 attacks he was charged with carrying weapons while fighting with the taliban. >> what is your name huh. >> at the afghan prison where he was arrested, he was interrogated by a cia officer, who was killed in a prison uprising a few hours later brought to virginia to plead trial, lindh pleaded guilty. these u.s. intelligence assessments saw s-- say he continue to advocate for ji had in prison. he said quote they are doing a spectacular job. in another he said i feel honored to have been able to
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take part in the afghan jihad and in a third described himself as a political prisoner. >> it seems to me like he's broken his plea agreement, and i can't believe that they're going to turn him out on the streets and put him back out in american society. >> reporter: under the terms of his release, lindh's use of the internet must be monitored and he won't be allowed to travel, even though he wanted to move to ireland. >> the restrictions are probably the most restrictive i have see in a terrorism case. i think the judge and u.s. attorneys office decided they were quite concerned about it. >> his parents say they will have a statement later nbc news says they have arranged for him to live in virginia where his trial was held and law enforcement officials say the fbi will be keeping tabs on him. craig, willie. >> pete, thank you. let's send it back to al now in a rainy indianapolis for the rest of the forecast hey, al. >> hey, guys, the indianapolis
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motor speedway underwater right now. let's show you what the rest of the country is looking like. plenty of sunshine in texas, and the southeast. record temperatures will be recorded there mountain snows continue in the northern rockies, some sunshine in the pacific northwest we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the ne xt 30 seconds a thoughtful sharer. and a fast-footed friend. and from day one... ...you've been your cat's hero. that's why you choose rachael ray nutrish. offering recipes with real poultry or fish... ...as the #1 ingredient and options with zero grains. that's amazing. nutrish. real recipes. real ingredients. real good. good nurse morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're going to see a lot more sunshine today. a live mix outside over the south bay. we check out santa clara. there will be partly cloudy
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skies, for sunshine as we make it into the low 70s. our inland areas, a few spots making it into the upper 70s. by tomorrow slightly cooler, a big cool down in the weekend forecast as we get more clouds and possibly some rain by sunday into memorial day. and that is your latest weather. savannah? >> and that is your latest weather. savannah >> al, thank you so much we have made our way over to our cohost for next hour mr. tom hanks, maybe you've heard of him. >> i believe he was on the mike douglas show in the early 70s. >> we are so excited because we are surrounded by veterans and their care givers and this morning is all about them. we're going to shine a light on the work they do we're going to have fun too. >> we're going to have a blast if anybody can turn today's news into a rosier aspect of this world r world, it's this crowd we're going to get it done.
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>> they're our sunshine this morning. we'll have a live concert from chersheryl crow k back after th. n going to be a
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i )m - -... the bay area native who became known as the american taliban .. is a free man this morning. john walker lindh was released from a federal prison in good morning, 7:twivenlths i'm chris sanchez, the man known as the american taliban was released from police an after serveing a 17-year sentence. he grew up in marin and wented a fought for the taliban and even met with osama bin laden himself. american forces captured him in 2001. he remains a committed jihadist. there is no indication that lindh will return to the bay area. it is possible he will go live with his parents if virginia. we know he is far from traveling out of the country. now we hmay have beautiful
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weather. >> we will get sunshine and warmer temperatures. this is a live look outside at palo alto. as you get ready to head out the door, much more sun, our temperatures go from the upper 50s to the low 70s today. going into the forecast for the weekend, there will be some rain nearby. so heads up if you will be traveling. it looks like it does stay for the most part dry here as we go into sunday, those things might change as we see a storm system nearby bringing in rain possibly for areas south of the golden gate bridge. >> that may linger into early monday morning into memorial day and our temperatures will cool off as well. let's get an update on the commute for macro. >> kari, the south bay, more slowing. all as you pass by highway 17 or 880. light for the bay and the san mateo bridges as well. just past the sol seeium, a fast lane causes the most issues, the
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toll plaza has recovering lights and it's long since cleared heading down to berkeley, back to you. >> we have more legal news for you coming up in just a half hour. >
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. that pushing back into texas. 4 million people at risk for hail and tornadoes possible. friday more of the same, 17 million people from texas to chicago. then we move into saturday again from the mid-west all the way back to texas. 20 million people and you will see it moves into sunday as well. you can see that risk of strong flooding going on into the weekend. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good thursday morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we are taking a live look outside in fremont as you get ready to head out the door. it's another cool start. we will get sunshine, warm temperatures, overall, we're looking at a high temperatures in the 70s across the bay area. then for the coastal areas in the low 60s. nice and comfortable. as we go into the weekend, we will see more clouds and a few
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scattered showers moving in. especially on sunday into monday. then after that, it dries out and warms up the middle of next week. look. the indianapolis motor speedway, guys, take a look, the indianapolis motor speedway, 400,000 people can fit into this right now, nobody's out on the track because we continue to have lightning and they won't let anybody out there until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike it's pretty dicey right now. >> al, thank you, we'll come back to you in a moment. a tragedy on mount everest, all grieving the loss of a utah man who died while descending from the summit. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer has more on that good morning. >> this morning we are learning more about the circumstances around don cash's death. we were able to speak to his children about a man who led a
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remarkable and adventurous life every spring, climbers from around the world travel to the h himalayas hoping to test themselves by climbing mount everest. it's a spectacular and exhilarating challenge that's fraught with very real dangers. >> he always told me nothing worth doing comes easy. >> donald cash, a 55-year-old husband and father whose passion for mount drove him to reach the coveted 7 summits club, climbers who reached the highest peaks on seven continents. >> it was the big finishing aspect of his dreams >> just an acclimation hike. >> cash's family said he understood the risk all too well on a previous expedition, he lost fingers to frostbite but still finished the climb. >> just the last necessary that he sent to me personally, he said, i feel so blessed to be on the mountain that i read about for the last 40 years.
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>> cash actually made it to the top of everest 29,000 foot summit at that altitude, the so-called death zone, the body is pushed to its limit, every step becomes a test of human will but on the descent, near the famously sleep hillary step, he reportedly collapsed his family believes he went into cardiac arrest >> i think there's just so much peace that comes from knowing that he didn't suffer, that it was the best way to go >> cash's final message to his wife, i just wanted to tell you how much i love you, and how much i appreciate you supporting my dreams. cash is the 12th climbing fatality in the himalayas this year this month traditional marks peak climbing season, with many more sherpas expected to make the attempt. for one american, a lifelong dream to reach the top of the
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world that came at the highest cost cash's family hopes he'll be remembered as someone who not only pushed the limits but wanted to explore and connect with nature. they say while he died on everest, he was able to live out his lifelong dream. >> that's a hard story miguel, thank you. let us send it back to ms. g guthrie and mr. tom hanks. >> guys, we're here in indianapolis, and in a moment we're going to start our coverage, and we're going to talk about the state of veterans today in this country, what they're dealing with, what they're facing and what they need from all of us to support them our coverage continues right after this lp bring our family together. i'm just resting my eyes. (dad vo) even though we're generations apart. what a day. i just love those kids. (avo) presenting the all-new three-row subaru ascent. wave to grandma, everybody. (avo) love is now bigger than ever.
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we are back as we head into memorial day weekend with the state of our nation's veterans. >> right. tom and i will we're headed to memorial day weekend with the state of our nation's veterans. >> we honor the hidden heroes for the families and civilians who take care of our wounded military. >> we wanted to look at what challenges they are facing. >> huge challenges, 1.3 million people, men and women, serve active duty in the military, very often putting their lives on the line. they leave their families. when they come home, how well are we taking care of them trivia night at the vfw post in caramel, indiana, wednesday, where vets say. >> we really are a band of brothers we look out for each other. >> nationwide, there were
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currently 19 million veterans who have served the country, 3 1/2 million since 9/11 nearly 50% are 65 or older about 10% are women. after their tours of duty end, for many vets, new battles begin. >> this is the table that i sat at when i tried to end my own life >> you were going to kill yourself right here. >> yes, yes. >> deployed to iraq in 2006, army sergeant eric donahue survived three ied explosions, the last one leaving him with a brain injury and ptsd. medically retired in 2009, he was haunted by war, marital trouble, several miscarriages and his wife's cancer diagnosis. in 2015, it became too much. >> i just decided everybody would be better without me, and i grabbed my glock, sat down, and put my glock in my mouth and tried to pull the trigger. and the thing that stopped me was the realization that my
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family would have to live here in the house >> every single day in the u.s., 20 veterans die by suicide roughly 1 1/2 times the rate among civilians. the advocacy group, says nearly 60% of its members personally know a post 9/11 vet who has died by suicide and many feel a disconnect with civilians. >> most of our members don't understand their service they do see the appreciation for it, but i think that they know that the american public is getting largely removed from the military community >> in march, president trump signed an executive order creating a task force to combat veteran suicide. >> they kept us safe and we're going to keep them safe. >> while in the halls of congress, veteran issues are rising to the floor. tammy duckworth lost both of her legs when an rpg hit the helicopter she was piloting in iraq today she's a democratic senator
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from illinois. among her top priorities, veteran access to mental health care. >> there are not enough mental health professionals, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, all of that are needed. >> in the house, texas republican congressman dan krenshaw who lost an eye as a navy seal in afghanistan says unemployment can be devastating for vets who thrive when given a mission. >> what i would tell people who are looking to help vets, i would say hire them. hire them. give them a shot they might surprise you. they're fast learners and they have a sense of duty. >> under and unemployment among vets often leads to homelessness a stunning 9% of homeless adults are veterans today eric is an award winning photographer he says he had to focus on the light, not the dark to turn his life around. and he needed a new mission to help other vets. while focussing on being a good >> you feel good today.
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>> i do, yeah, i do. i'm happy to be here i'm happy to be helping veterans but most importantly, i'm so thankful that i didn't make that choice because i wouldn't get the pleasure of getting to see my kids grow. >> eric talked about needing to find his own personal mission. he has started a group called rock warrior it's all about delivering wheelchairs to kids in third world countries who desperately need help. >> there's a lot of tough news in there there's a lot of disappointing bad news, so to speak, that can swap the good stuff that's happened so what are they doing that's working? >> i have to tell you, a lot of veterans will complain and tell you the va system is slow and not always responsive but the care they get in the va, they feel pretty good about overall and also companies are really stepping up. they're hiring veterans. police departments, fire departments, making that a priority
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good thursday morning, right now at 7:56. we are seeing clouds across much of the bay area as you get ready to step out the door, all of this years out within the next couple of hours. we will have warmer temperatures for the inland areas, a now more clouds even showers nearby the bay area, going into the weekend, though, changes ahead with cooler air, spotty showers and it may linger into memorial day as well, a lot of settled weather going into the holiday weekend, with our temperatures much cooler than normal especially for sunday and on monday next week, we warm up back to what we will see today in the upper 70s independent inland valleys, let's get an update on the xhoo ut from mike.
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>> everything is holding mild for the commute. we have good recovery north 880. north of the coliseum, itself. it's cleared, slowing north and headed up into san leandro. the bay bridge as a result of that crash clearing, east shore freeway and it moves smoothly. the cash lanes on the left approach. you saw it lighter and low clouds visibility is fine. back to you. happening now the bay area man known as the american taliban is free this morning. john walker lipped was releas-- walker lindh was released. he is from marin. he is not expected to return to the bay area. on the home page you can see more of what his future holds. stocks are down right now in another steep sell-off. it's down nearly 300 points, it was down farther than that earlier this morning. the dow and nasdaq are both down
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1% as a u.s.-china trade war continues with a sell-off today and concerns about each side digging in. tomorrow, we )ll brel the memorial day weekend events happening across the bay area. plus-- we )re tracking your weekend forecast as you make your plans. join us tomorrow morning from 4:30 to 7.
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it's 8:00 on " . it's 8:00 on "today," coming up, the hidden heroes among us more than 5 million care givers across the u.s. whose stories are untold, whose courage is unseen, and whose resilience is unwavering. >> i know that i am not alone, that more than anything makes this journey worth it. >> today, we prepare a hero's welcome as we celebrate their sacrifice for our country and their service to our men and women in uniform all live from the iconic indianapolis motor speedway. joining us, former senator elizabeth dole who has championed their cause for years.
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>> our goal now is an america where their care givers are empowered, appreciated and recognized for their service grammy award winning artist sheryl crow paying tribute with special live performance and my cohost for the hour, hollywood legend, tom hanks, showing his support as he stands with our nation's military care givers and their families. we salute our hidden heroes today, thursday, may 23rd, 2019. ♪ all i want to do is have some fun ♪ >> good morning. >> here to honor our heroes. >> 17 years, united states coast guard. >> 27 years air force. >> eleven years navy. >> eight years army. >> and 24 years marine corps >> my dad is a veteran and i'm his care giver.
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>> we love you sheryl crow and tom hanks. >> and good morning, everybody, welcome back to "today" on this thursday morning, and we are here in a historic place, indianapolis, this is the indy 500 motor speedway, and i'm here with the special, we're not going to call you a guest anymore. >> my name is brad clooney, and it's great to be here. this is the first time, your show, your little outfit has broadcast live from the brick yard as they call the indianapolis speedway. >> this is the first time you have ever cohosted the "today" show, isn't it >> i'm trying to get the gig of host of concentration, right after the "today" show. >> consider this your audition you have been wowing this crowd behind us, our nation's veterans, military care givers and this hour is all about shining a light on them. in a little while we're going to have a concert from sheryl crow.
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we want to talk about the elizabeth dole foundation. those caring for veterans, decided this is a need that needed to be met. >> hey, everybody. >> behind each of our nation's 5 1/2 million military care givers, a unique story of bravery, true grit, and unconditional love. >> you were high school sweethearts. >> rival high school. >> savannah and i spent the afternoon meeting these families and listening to their stories at an event hosted by the elizabeth dole foundation and its hidden heroes campaign >> you have a good one here. that's a real love. >> savannah is one of the campaign's ambassadors. >> do you feel as though you have somebody that you can call anytime? . >> i do. >> and i've served as chair since it launched in 2016. we're committed to shining a light on the struggles these care givers face, and encouraging the nation to lend a hand and lift them up. >> if you could have anything within the next 72 hours from
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hidden heroes, what would it be? some time off? >> i need a vacation >> you need a vacation >> these spouses, mothers, fathers, siblings, and friend are the new front line for our nation's veterans, providing $14 billion a year in voluntary, uncompensated care senator elizabeth dole witnessed the challenges facing military care givers firsthand when her husband, bob dole, was admitted to walter reed in 2011 >> we got to know many of them very well, and they were scared. they were really worried what's going to happen when we leave the hospital >> she created the elizabeth dole foundation. >> our nation's leaders must stand with america's military care givers. >> determined to raise public awareness about the care giving crisis. >> i had been given a mission. you have seen it, go do something about it wake up, america. >> then in 2016, she launched the hidden heroes campaign to give military care givers a voice, and resources to help
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them adjust to their new normal. >> every care giving story begins with an individual who raises their hand to serve our country. sometimes in the course of carrying out that duty, they fall and when that happens, their care giver, often the love of their lives is the person there to lift them up off the ground >> and we are joined now by senator elizabeth dole who started this good work good morning, senator. >> wonderful to be with you in indianapolis. >> tell the story of how you discovered this need. >> well, you know, my husband bob was hospitalized at walter reed medical center in 2010. and he was there for almost 11 months and i got to know all of these young care givers, their spouses, mothers, dads, sisters, taking care of the wounded warriors and it was incredible what i saw i mean, they were really suffering.
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they had no idea where to turn for help their worlds were turned upside down really, and so my heart went out to them, and you know, when you see something like that, you're compelled to go do something about it, and so that's when i started the foundation, and we were able to get wonderful research, two years with the rand study, which indicated there are 5 1/2 million care givers caring for the wounded at home. >> the term care givers would make some people think of doctors and professionals and they're technicians, but care givers in this parlance is about families, like you said. >> that's right. these are the young spouses, the mothers, the dads, the siblings, caring for the wounded warriors. >> we have bright kids, they're part of it as well. >> that's right. absolutely. >> senator dole, if we had one thing that we could say people could do because we have good hearted people watching and they're going to want to put
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their arms around these care givers, what's the need, how can they help? >> you know, the small acts of kindness can nmake a real difference for example, go help mow a lawn. take a good dinner over to the family take the children out for an event or sit with the wounded warrior and let the care giver get a little respite i think it can make a lot of difference if we just go to hidden heroes.org and find a lot of ideas for what can be done. >> so much of what you do with the foundation is connecting those people, number one that have a need and also have an ability in order to help sometimes it's part of being part of a car pool so they can get to the community college on time. >> it's so important that we alert america. it's like america is going to sleep to this, to think they're 5 1/2 million care givers, that need help. in many instances, bathing, feeding, dressing the wounded, they're providing medication,
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medical injections, they're trying to prevent triggers that set off an emotional response that can last for days, and they're handling all of the household functions and most of them are raising children. there's a desperate need here. >> i'm never going to interrupt senator elizabeth dole for the rest of my life. i was just talking to a couple here celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary and the wounded veteran cannot come into the room because it would set off too many complications from what he suffers, so that's the type of burden that a lot of these families are facing. >> let me give you an example, steph smith from georgia is one of my care givers fellows, we have fellows from all 50 states who are chosen each year steph's husband tom has post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, and steph says, you know, tom is constantly talking about how to commit suicide he is talking about it he's looking for ways to do it and at one point, he did make an attempt. on the way to the hospital, he
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was pleading with staff, he said please just let me go. i have already died in iraq, and then there was a bad fire in their house, and she said i was thinking about, yes, where are we going to sleep tonight, and is the insurance going to cover all of this damage, but primarily i was thinking is this going to set off suicidal ideation in tom, that's what they're dealing with in many cases. >> i imagine that kind of story being repeated again and again we have 5 1/2 million care givers, our nation's veterans need them, and we need to support the care givers and wrap our arms around them senator dole, thank you for starting this. >> absolutely, my privilege. >> we're going to continue it, for the moment, we'll send it to al, we've had a little bit of weather here al, what do you see, i hope you have sunshine coming. >> we don't have sunshine, but the skies are brightening and finally, things are clearing up. i think we're going to get our concert in with sheryl crow. take a look. you can see how wet it is here,
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and we've got guys trying to squeegee out the area where our vips will be some of our wounded veterans and their care givers, it has come down quite heavily the good news is things are changing the line of showerand thunderstorms have moved past indiana but we have that line pushing its way through. here's the risk areas we're talking about. in the northeast, you're going to be under the gun this afternoon and this evening 38 million people at risk. it stretches all the way back into the mid-west for today into tonight for six states, 4 million people, and then for tomorrow, much of the same area from chicago all the way back to midland for 17 million people. tornadoes, hail, damaging winds, continues right on into saturday, 13 states from western new york, western pennsylvania, all the way back and we're looking at lubbock, texas, and kwooer goi we're going to see more dangerous weather and airport delays from salt lake, denver, into the northeast for boston, new york, philly, washington,
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pittsburgh, and detroit. guess what, we've got the all clear, they are starting to bring our audiences, we're going to have a concert from sheryl >> good morning. i'm meteorologist carry hall. we are seeing the sun breaking out and we're in for a beautiful day. really comfortable temperatures starting out cool the san jose mitch reaching to the mid 70s by this afternoon. as we go into the weekend making plans for the long holiday we'll see at times some clouds and even some rain close by. we'll see much of the rain staying off to east until sunday when we could see some showers that may be in the forecast also for memorial day. good news. good news, got the crowd coming in. a thousand people. this is going to be the first concert ever on the track of the indianapolis 500 coming up, savannah and tom introduce us to the hidden
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heroes that sacrifice so much for our military folks and we'll share their untold stories, talk about what you can do to help with the challenges they face, and we're going to treat them all and all of you to a live concert from sheryl crow it's all coming up, but first, these messages and t-t-t-t-t-icks! and mosquitoooooooooooes! listen up, scaredy cats. we all have k9 advantix ii to protect us. it kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. and mosquitoes? all three. so let's just enjoy ourselves out here. i wasn't really that scared. ahhh! get it off! get it off! it's a leaf. k9 advantix ii kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, too. by the laughing cow you can dunk, snap, or twirl. so however you snack, snack like you. the laughing cow.
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♪ make you're jaw drop drop say oh my drop drop drop ♪ ♪ make u say oh my god my drop drop ♪ ♪ make you're jaw drop make u say oh my god ♪ welcome back to "today" on this very special welcome back to "today" on this special morning, we are li
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live at the indianapolis motor speedway the crowd is ready because sheryl crow is going to take the stage in a moment. through our work with the elizabeth dole foundation, tom and i have been meeting men and women and children supporting military veterans right here at home while they often don't ask for help, it doesn't mean they don't really need it as well we are shining a light on them, sharing their inspirational and moving stories stories of unconditional love, of courage and triumph and yes, sometimes heart ache and pain as well >> for many veterans, once they return from the front lines, another battle awaits them at home beside them, fighting with them, and for them, spouses, children, families, these are the hidden heroes joe dorsey, a purple heart recipient was injured in an ied explosion while serving in iraq in 2004. he came home with shrapnel wounds, head and neck injuries,
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and ptsd. >> they come home, welcome home parade, a lot of fanfare that goes along with it and life goes on for a lot of veterans and spouses, you're kind of left with those hidden moments and hidden experiences that maybe you don't share with everyone. a public schoolteacher, andrea sometimes uses her sick days to care for her husband as he continues to cope with the visible and invisible wounds of war. >> the world goes on whether you're having a tough day or whether you're not, so when you decide that you don't have any other choice, you have to keep going. i have to just take on these challenges as they come, and i am strong enough to do this and if there's going to be a military care giver, then i'm going to be the best one that i ever could be. >> her husband is in awe of his wife, calling andrea his rock as she picks him up on his toughest days. >> for her to stand by my side and be as supportive as she has, it means more than anybody will ever know. >> just a few weeks after her
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husband andrew's fourth deployment to afghanistan, amy jenkins got a call she will never forget >> the only words i heard were his broken voice and it said, hey, baby, i'm alive but. >> that was heart wrenching. heart wrenching. >> an enemy attack left andrew with a traumatic brain injury. his condition forever changing their lives. >> all of the deployments before that had taken little pieces but this one took -- it took his spunk, and i miss him. i've had to learn, i have to fall in love with him all over again. >> amy doesn't have to look far to find support in taking care of her husband their three children have become care givers, too >> my children encompass what it means to love without boundaries when they notice that i am stressed, they will try to pick
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up the slack there is nothing that my children would not do for their father. >> her husband knows how lucky he is to have them by his side. >> i owe her my life i do the amount of stuff i've put her and the kids through, not just through deployments, but through the after math of deployments and all the demons that you face, and all the struggles. >> so make sure, eat healthy today. >> robert greer senior served in the air force in the korean and vietnam wars, reversing roles, his son robert jr. became the primary care giver for his 86-year-old dad when his late mother was diagnosed with alzheimer's. for military care givers, there are no days off. >> it is a labor of love it's almost like having children it's the hardest job you'll ever love, you know there's constantly curve balls that happen with us. >> his father is eternally grateful for his son's selflessness.
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>> son, i love you you mean tremendous to me. thank you. >> wouldn't have it any other way. >> thank you >> once strangers with familiar stories, now finding comfort in one another. >> and we are so happy and honored to have andrew, dorsey, rob greer, and amy jenkins with us now guys, good morning. >> good morning. >> a lot of tears. it's so emotional. i mean, andrea, it's really as tom has said before and i think it's so profound, this is an act of love. >> absolutely, it's a great service, and i'm just honored and happy to do it >> do you think of yourself as a care giver >> not really. i think i, you know, i just do what anyone would do if you love someone and you want what's best for them you step up and do what needs to be done. >> you have like nine full-time jobs, you are a teacher a homemaker, you've got kids, how do you get through just the nuts
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and bolts of a day that has hundreds and hundreds of duties? >> i think you just try your best, you put a smile on and you find the good in the situation, and you do what all of us do, we just keep going. >> amy, one of the things that care givers say a lot is that it can be isolating and that you can feel very alone. have you gone through that yourself >> absolutely. the most powerful words i've ever heard are me too and that's what i've gotten with this fellowship through elizabeth dole foundation is me too. >> there's something about it, right, rob, when you have that connection that you realize that you're in your own army, the army of care givers, reaching out and taking care of our veterans who we so treasure. >> absolutely. it's just a treasured resource that i wish all care givers could have but this is part of it we're only three people out of over 5 1/2 million care givers so it would be fantastic to, if
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you guys could take this on the road and see those other stories of people because, you know, there's millions of people out there. >> what other raceways, daytona. the connection that you talk about is just so key no one wants to be going through a tough time alone, and you can meet people, of course, from across the country but there's also folks that literally live just a couple of corners away from where you are i think that's key also, the work of hidden hoes is making sure that those people who have something they can contribute, be it their expertise at a job that they have or as elizabeth dole here says, a kid with a lawn mower can make a big difference in somebody's life on every other saturday. >> that's difficult for care givers we find it difficult to ask for help so if people could offer that help in their area of expertise, that would be fantastic. >> what's just one thing, a s p simple thing that you could get
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from the elizabeth dole foundation, if you could have next tuesday, boy you'd really like to look forward to blank, what would that be in your life as a care giver? >> that's a tough question >> boy, i don't know, i don't have a good answer. >> a break >> a break >> yes >> we heard that a lot yesterday. >> over and over again >> a wife or a girlfriend or grandparents were saying, boy, i would like to have an afternoon off. >> but there are resources that can help it's just getting to those resources. >> what's it been like amy, not only are you a care giver, you're a wife, too, and your kids, we talked about it, they step up and carry that burden as well, and it's really, it's the whole family is really transformed when you're caring for one of our wounded heroes. >> i think it's so important to also be his wife but sometimes it's hard because there's nothing sexy about here, honey, take your medicine you have to love fiercely but
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also care for them >> what about you, andrea, what have you learned that you can share. there's got to be care givers who are watching right now, and hearing those powerful words that you said, me, too i'm there too, and practical needs, we kind of talked about it, but let's say you're home and you're thinking, okay, i got a neighbor, they might be afraid sometimes i think we're afraid to reach out we're afraid to say do you need help, we don't want to be presumptuous how would you advise people to approach someone in their community? >> that's a hard question because we're military children, many of us, and it's like, okay, get out of the way, i got this so just know that you don't have to do it all you don't have to do it all. >> there's the visible wounds that anybody could see because there's a wheelchair or there's a ramp in the house or a special
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vehicle but there's also, i met two of the husbands here and if i saw them at a drugstore, i wouldn't think they were any brand of a wounded veteran that's come back that needs a specific type of care. >> right >> that must be one of the added burdens because it just looks so normal and yet it's far from that. >> right he looks healthy. >> right >> i hope people are looking closely after our time together and i hope we're able to shine a light, but this work is just beginning. hiddenheroes.org, elizabeth dole would kill me if i didn't say that early and often because there are a lot of resources that are out there. we're going to take a turn and we're going to have some fun okay, i see that the clouds have parted i think we're going to get a concert. are you guys ready to have a little fun out there. >> yes. >> we're going to do that. for the moment, we'll send it over to al and see what's what. >> thank you, savannah the clouds are starting to part.
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we've got sheryl crow. >> are you ready to sing for these hidden heroes? >> i think we have to sing "soak up the sun" now. >> it's a weather song it's very exciting we're going good morning, it )s. i )m ... it )s believed both sides will be back at the bargaining table today .. as teachers in hayward and union city try to come to an agreement good morning, i'm scott mcgrew. both sides will be back at the bargaining table as teachers in hayward and union city try to come up to a new contract. they're striking, the fourth day. last night's new haven district school board meeting got heated. the east bay times says at one point the superintendent walked out of the meeting after harsh words from parents. the district says only about 15% of students are showing up for classes. in the meantime, mike's got a traffic alert. >> i do. good morning. this is an issue that we have been tracking all morning long. the overturned tanker carrying coconut oil. it's not a hazmat issue because
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it's a natural occurring oil that's safe for the environment. but not safe for the drivers. they have to slow as you approach the bridge and the countercommute is now a problem headed up to the north bay. i believe that's because they have a crew that's trying to right that truck. recovery for oakland and 580 is typically slow through the oakland hills. south bay and peninsula not too bad. scott, as we know, a lot of folks get the three day weekend and try to stretch it to four, maybe 4 1/2. back to you. >> mike, thank you. we'll have more news coming up in half an hour. see you then.
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♪ we're back now. 8:30 we're back now, 8:30 on this special thursday we are live from the indianapolis motor speedway. we are surrounded this morning by remarkable people, military veterans and incredible loved ones and care givers just ahead we're going to treat them to a live concert from none other than this lady right here. sheryl crow. good morning. >> this is awesome >> it's gorgeous today. >> how did you do that how did you make that happen >> i just said we want to play, so we're going to play for these
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great care givers and veterans. >> i love it. >> our hair looks very frizzy. >> bad hair day, but great day to celebrate our veterans and their care givers. >> absolutely. >> tom, the one question i haven't asked this morning, why did you get involved. >> senator dole came to me, made this big deal about getting together with me, and we sat down in a conference room somewhere and she started talking about when she went to the hospital with her husband bob and saw all of the other families that were dealing with the ongoing duration health crisis that the wounded veterans were doing, and she wasn't more than a couple minutes into her presentation, and i said i'm your guy i grew up, you know, as a lay historian between world war ii and vietnam, when i was coming of social conscious myself the need was so obvious, i was surprised i had never seen it myself so i got involved. i said yeah. >> we're so excited and now it's
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all about fun, and really giving them a treat you are amazing, you sound so good we already heard sound check we're going to get to the concert in a few one more check of al's weather. today's weather is brought to you by sleep number this is not a bed. it's a proven quality sleep. >> we aren't the only ones honoring the incredible hidden heroes in indianapolis just yesterday, the indianapolis colts and star back andrew luck gave tickets to military members, care givers and families, with the salute to service day later this fall. tom and senator dole all there it was a great day, and this is going to turn into a great day as well. let's check your weather look ahead toward the memorial day weekend. first of all, let's talk about
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the indy 500 right here on nbc rest of your memorial day weekend looking like this. we start off of course with friday, spring sizzle in the southeast, showers in the great lakes, severe storms back through texas, then as we move into saturday, we're looking at some showers around the northeast, gusty storms, the upper midwest and heat wave in the southeast, on sunday, record heat continues those kw >> good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. live look outside at the golden gate bridge. we see some mist and drizzle and some low clouds. we'll see that clearing out for a really nice day. reaching into the upper 70s in the inland areas. by saturday up to 75 and then cooler weather with some storms nearby. mainly to our east and to the north on saturday. and by sunday we could see some spotty showers moving through. we may see another chance on memorial day. after that, we warm up. we'll be back in the upper 70s
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by the middle of next week. > ane we are right along the bricks right here this is where they start and finish the race, the 103rd running of the indianapolis 500. it is going to be, i think, a spectacular race and i think the weather will hold off. it's going to be great this tradition was started in 1966 drivers actually kissed the bricks i would like to get down and kiss the bricks. don't forget, you can catch the indianapolis 500 right here, the best place to watch it nbc, exclusive home of indy car. coverage starts sunday morning at 11:00 a.m a new tradition begins right here on nbc. guys "today" is proudly presented to you by citi >> nine time grammy winner sheryl crow is one of the biggest names in music
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for more than 25 years, she's been writing hit songs, performing for audiences all around the world and she joins us now so good to have you theory >> it's great to be here live from the indy 500. >> when we asked you to do this, you came running and i know this means a lot to your heart. >> it does, absolutely be what you're doing, i think the song redemption really is indicative of the feeling we're all having right now, and i think johnny cash who is featured on this song would be really proud to have a song coming out i recorded it in '96 i wrote it after visiting troops in bosnia. i came home, wrote the song and johnny cash recorded it right before he died this is going to be the corner stone of my record i think we have to hear it it's about freedom, what these people do to make sure we have the freedoms we have he passed away, and now i have a record coming out in may that is all collaboration. >> we live in a world where you
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and johnny cash get to sing together i don't care what the technology is, i want to hear that. >> it's really amazing i had a great conversation with him before he passed about the song he said i really want to know every line of the song, why you wrote it and he was so outspoken about how he felt about the iraq war and vietnam. he defended native americans and so he's just a great american patriot, to hear him singing these words is very emotional. >> we're going to hear that new song, new album coming out as you mentioned, but for now you're going to play one of our favorites, sheryl crow, take it away ♪ i'm a long, >> thank you ♪ i belong a long way from here put on a poncho and played for
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mosquitoes ♪ ♪ and drank' till i was thirsty again ♪ ♪ we went searching through thrift store jungles found geronim o's rifle, marlin's shampoo, and benny goodman cursive pen ♪ ♪ well okay i made this up i promised you i'd never give up ♪ ♪ if it makes you happy it can' be that bad if it makes you happy then why the hell are you ♪ so sad ♪
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♪ get down real low down you d your own train, listen to coltrane derail your own train who hasn't been there before ♪ ♪ i come around, around the har way bring you comics in bed scrape the mold off the bread and serve you french toast again ♪ ♪ okay i still get stoned i'm not the kind of girl you'd take home ♪ad ♪ ♪ if it makes you happy it can' be that bad if it makes you
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happy then why the hell are you it can't be that bad ♪ ♪ ♪ if it makes you happy it can' be that bad if it makes you happy then why the hell are you ♪ oh, oh-oh- ♪ so sad ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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suffer long but how i weep for those who've gone ♪ ♪ into rooms of grief and questioned wrong but keep on killing ♪ ♪ it's in the soul to feel such things but weak to watch without speaking oh what mercy sadness brings if god be willing ♪ ♪ there is a train that's heading straight to heaven's gate to heaven's gate ♪ ♪ and on the way child and man and woman wait watch and wait
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for redemption day ♪ ♪ fire rages in the streets and swallows everything it meets ♪ ♪ it's just an image often seen on television ♪s hear you ♪ come leaders come you men of great let us hear you pontifica pontificate ♪ ♪ your many virtues laid to ♪ there waste and we aren't listening ♪ ♪ there is a train that's
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heading straight to heaven'sway, gate to heaven's gate and on th, way child and man and woman wait ♪ ♪ watch and wait for redemption day ♪ ♪ it's buried in the countryside ♪ ♪ it's sitting in the shells of freedom freedom ♪ ♪ freedom ♪ it's everywhere a baby cries
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[ cheers and applause ] >> whew! >> sheryl crow freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom ♪ ♪ [ applause ] >> sheryl crow and the late johnny cash. an incredible song coming out on her new album "threads" on august 30th. coming up she is going to sing one of everyons favorite songse'
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♪ i've slain your dreaded dragon. for saving the kingdom what doth thou desire? my lord? hey good knight. where are you going? ♪ ♪ climbing up on solsbury hill ♪ grab your things, salutations. coffee that is a cup above is always worth the quest.
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nespresso. tis all i desire. did thou bring enough for the whole kingdom? george: nespresso, what else? ♪ all i wanna do is have a . ♪ all i want to do is have some fun before i die ♪ >> we're back savannah >> it's the indianapolis motor speedway i love this place. get your engines ready incredible crowd, our nation's care givers, we love them so much and sheryl crow is about to perform one of her greatest hits, "soak up the sun".
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>> bring it on ♪ my friend the communist holds meetings in his rv i can't afford his fas so i'm stuck here watching tv ♪ ♪ i don't have digital i don't it's wanting what you've got ♪ have diddly squat it's not having what you want it's wanting what you've got ♪ gonna ♪ i'm gonna soak up the sun i'm i'm gonna gonna tell everyone to lighten
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up i'm gonna tell em that i've got no one to blame ♪ ♪ every time i feel lame i'm looking up i'm gonna soak up the sun ♪ ♪ gonna soak up the sun ♪ i've got a crummy job it don' pay near enough ♪ ♪ to buy the things it takes to win me some of your love every time i turn around i'm looking up you're looking down ♪ ♪ maybe something's wrong with you that makes you act the way you do, maybe i am crazy too, ♪ ♪ i'm gonna soak up the sun, i'
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gonna tell 'em that i've gonna tell everyone to lighten up ♪ ♪ i'm gonna tell them that i go no one to blame for every time i feel lame i'm looking up ♪ ♪ sing it with me gonna tell everyone t gonna tell 'em that i'vesun gonna tell everyone to lighten up i'm gonna tell them that i've got no one to blame ♪ ♪ every time i feel lame i'm looking up ♪ the sun, i'm
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put ♪ i'm gonna soak up the sun i'v got my 45 on so i can rock on ♪ >> whoa. >> yes! >> sheryl crow. in indianapolis. we're back with much more after this but first, on a thursday morning, this is "today" on nbc. i've booked your shower, sir. ♪ ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] this has been an incredible this has been an incredible morning at the indianapolis motor speedway we are so grateful to everyone who made this morning possible tom hanks, our cohost for the hour >> yes >> who's work and devotion are without measure.
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>> i was told i'm getting a set of american tourister luggage. >> you are and a "today" show t-shirt and our military veterans and the care givers, thank you so much for what you do every single day. thanks for the courage to speak out and who knows how many people you helped today. >> just regular folks. >> just regular folks. >> rob, andrea and amy, you are beautiful, we love it. album is out may 30th. >> senator dole. >> and now mark, our finale, look at our friend mark, one of our nation's finest. he loves tom hanks so much, he put woody on his belly >> there's a snake in his boot. >> put it down very good. >> thank you so much >> senator dole what you have done is remarkable i love your passion. i love the way you saw a need and you said why not me, why not do something about it. well, you're doing something
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this work is just beginning. hiddenheroes.org, if you're home and caring for someone, there is help for you we love you, you're supported. we see you third hour of "today" straight ahead. here's your local news tr "today" is giving you a changoo. i )m - -... the bay area native who became known as the american taliban .. is a free man this good morning. it's 8:56. the bay area native who became known as the american taliban is a free man this morning. john walker lindh was released from a federal prison in indiana after serving a 17-year sentence. he grew up in marin and fought for the taliban and met with
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osama bin laden. american forces captured him in 2001. u.s. intelligence insiders suggest he remains a committed jihadist. right now there's no indication where if -- if he'll return to the bay area. it's possible he'll go to his parents in virginia. we do know he's barred from traveling outside the country. happening now we're monitoring the top story and we'll have a live report in the midday newscast. stocks right now in another steep sell-off. the dow industrials losing hundreds of points this morning. the dow and the nasdaq both down more than 1%. the u.s./china trade war is sparking that sell-off and each side has concerns about digging in for the long haul. a battle over contra costa county and the plan calls for more than 2,000 homes in the eastern part of the county. that's on the twitter feed. nbc bay area, we investigate. tomorrow, we )ll brl
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the memorial day weekend events happening across the bay kicking off the unofficial start to summer. >> tomorrow we'll break down the memorial day weekend events happening. >> plus, your weekend forecast as you make your plans. >> join us tomorrow morning at 4:30.
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the third hour of "today." ah, good thursday morning. welcome to the third hour of "today." i'm craig here alongside dylan dreyer, willie geist is sitting in today. sheinelle on assignment. al, of course, in indianapolis for the heroes events you just watch wd, wrapped up an entire hour celebrating military caregivers and their families and what an hour it was. tom hanks co-hosting with savannah. there were folks concerned about mr. hanks' ability to co-host a -- >> does anybody have any, any concern over his ability to do anything? >> no. none. but that was, like, the last

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