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good morning. high stakes. new details emerging about that whistleblower complaint involving president trump. reports the president repeatedly pressured the leader of ukraine to investigate joe biden's son. th president firing back. >> it's just another political hack job. >> that, as the u.s. announces additional tops to saudi arabia, in response to those oil site attacks last week. we'll have a live report from the white house. heating up. temperatures rising in cities across the globe. >> hey, hey, ho, ho, climate change has got to go. >> millions raise their voice in
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the biggest climate change protest ever. all led by a 16-year-old who led thousands of kids to walk out of school. mall crasher. a 22-year-old man arrested for driving an suv through a suburban chicago mall, sending shoppers running before plowing into a clothing star. all that, plus, out of a job. antonio brown let go by the new england patriots less than two weeks after joining the team, following accusations of sexual misconduct. alienstock. sci-fi fans go to the desert in search of life from other planets. >> who doesn't love aliens? and royals in rome. meghan and harry go to italy for a wedding. we'll tell you who else made the list. today, september 21st, 2019. from nbc news, this is "today," with sheinelle jones,
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peter alexander and dylan dreyer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today." thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. what happens to be the last weekends of summer. >> i didn't realize it was the last weekend. >> fall starts 3:50 a.m. monday morning. but this weekend across most of the country is going to feel like summer. >> it's crowded out on the plaza. we're going to make the best of our day today. let's get to the top story for the moment right now. the questions are mounting over that whistleblower complaint filed by an unnamed whistleblower, against president trump. this morning reports that the president pressured the ukrai ukrainian president to investigate joe biden's son. kelly cobiella joins us from the white house lawn. good morning. >> reporter: did president trump use his office to pressure another country to look into a military rival? president trump won't talk about
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whether he has discussed joe biden or his family with any foreign leader. now, biden and other democrats are saying what's behind this secret whistleblower complaint should be made public. amid controversy, a night of celebration. ♪ under the stars in the rose garden, a toast to australia. >> this evening, we honor every aussie. >> reporter: but earlier, a different tone in the oval office. >> another political hack job. >> reporter: where president trump disputed a formal and secret complaint from an intelligence official. >> it was a partisan whistleblower. >> reporter: "the washington post" and "new york times" report that in a july 25th phone conversation, with ukraine's newly-elected leader, president trump repeatedly urge d se len ski to work with rudy giuliani, to learn whether joe biden had urged officials to drop an
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investigation, on an emergency company where his son, hunter biden, served on the board. nbc news has not confirmed the reports. >> i will say this. somebody better look into joe biden's statement. >> reporter: the democratic front-runner called on the president to release the transcript of the call with ukrai ukraine. in an interview, biden said, it's totally inappropriate for a president to try to get a foreign leader to say something that is untrue about any political opponent. at the time of the call, ukraine was waiting to receive $250 million of u.s. military aid. the latest reports indicate the president did not discuss military support when reportedly pressing ukraine to probe the bidens. the president declined to answer if he discussed the bidens at all. >> i can say it was a totally appropriate conversation. it was actually a beautiful conversation. >> the pentagon announcing
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deployment of u.s. troops to saudi arabia, in response to those attacks on oil site there's. what more do we know? >> reporter: this is a significant development, as well. president trump authorized this. it is a defensive posture. it will be a modest number of troops, not in the thousands, to saudi arabia and uae, following the attack on the oil facility. the president said there will be additional sanctions on iran. and he talked about iran being on borrowed time. he also thinks restraint is the appropriate approach at this time. peter? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house this morning. thanks. let's bring in nbc national security analyst, jeremy bash. good morning to you. >> good morning, guys. >> how significant are the whistleblower allegations? did the president commit a crime? >> it's an abuse of authority, an abuse of power for any public official, let alone a president, to call a foreign leader that is in the fight of their life
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against the russians and they we're n say we're not going to give you protection unless you help me. it's like a protection racket of extortion in sorts. >> the dni's inspector-general said this whistleblower's complaint was urgent and credible. you have the acting director of national intelligence and the justice department, effectively, right now, saying we don't want this to come out. you have congress, specifically house democrats, saying they want to see it. joe biden said he wants to see it, as well. what happens next? >> i think the house moves quickly to subpoena, not just the witness bus the relevant documents. now, the issue has been surfaced. where i think this is going, guy, i think it will be a fight between the white house and congress over executive privilege. this was the same fight that emerged during watergate, where nixon, as you remember, tried to hold back the audio tapes that showed criminal activity. the supreme court said if the tapes show criminal activity,
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the president can't invoke privilege. and 17 days after that supreme court decision during watergate, richard nixon resigned. >> before you go this morning, we've been talking about the fact that the trump administration announced the deployment of u.s.troops on the same day of sanctions on iran. how effective are these measures? >> it's a couple hundred troops to help with defense-backed ba tolli i battalions. we're on the brink of a conflict there. >> jeremy bash, thank you. meanwhile, in southeast texas, residents are reeling from theemnants of imelda. floodwaters have yet to recede, after parts of that state saw historic and catastrophic rainfall. morg morgan is in texas this morning.
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>> reporter: good morning. some of the people trapped by rising waters. as you can see, this is the reality for so many people in this region. water everywhere they look and nowhere to go. what's most frustrating is that so many people saw this exact same thing two years ago with hurricane harvey. this morning, a disaster deja vu for southeast texas. tropical storm imelda, turning homes into islands, putting roads under water, and leaving many like jesse mcintosh stranded. >> the water was up to here. >> reporter: two years after harvey flooded her home, she's nearly right back where she started. >> you have to go through it again. you don't want to. you want to tear your house down and not have to do it again. >> reporter: residents assessing the damages, as thousands prepare for a massive cleanup. >> every room had water in it. every room. we've lost just about everything. >> reporter: the rising waters have kept rescue crews busy for
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days. in one county alone, teams evacuated 1,700 people. the coast guard doing their part, hoisting one person after another to safety. on the water, a frightening moment when breakaway barges slam into an interstate bridge. today, they're still stuck, jammed into place by currents. the highway shut down. the damage unknown. in houston, the storm unleashed so much rain, it made for the city's wettest september day on record. it turned benches into a bridge, doing their best to keep students dry on the way to lunch. imelda is now responsible for five deaths. >> everybody needs help. everybody is devastated. >> for those that survive, the fate they face is all-too familiar. >> just having to do it all over again, how do you go back and how do you stay strong enough, you know, to do that? there's no words for it. >> reporter: and we know, despite flood watches being lifted for a lot of the region
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of texas, this is still going to be an issue for hours, if not days to come. a lot of the people still don't know the extent of the damage in their homes because, as you can see, therey're still simply unae to reach them. peter? sheinelle? >> morgan chesky in texas. thanks. turning to the climate crisis. millions took to the streets of major cities in a global show of force to fight for action on climate change. many of the protesters, young people who skipped school to demand their governments act. matt bradley has more. matt, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. friday's unprecedented global protests are actually continuing this morning. thousands more are keeping up the pressure in the streets in places like south korea and singapore. >> what do we want? >> climate justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> reporter: as the world warms, the heat is rising on streets worldwide, as millions of young people are raising their voices, walking out of schools and bringing busy roads to a
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grindigrind ing halt. all demanding action on climate change. activists estimate 4 million kids and adults took part friday in the largest protest on climate change to date. all inspired by 16-year-old swedish activist, greta thuneburg. who spoke to thousands yesterday. in new york's battery park. >> this is an emergency. our house is on fire. >> reporter: she spent weeks sailing across the atlantic to get to new york. >> i am stopped flying. >> reporter: nbc's kelly cobiella caught up with the soft-spoken teen in england last month. >> why do you think your voice resonates? >> when a child says you are stealing my future, people feel very guilty. >> reporter: her message, if grown-ups won't step up on climate change, then kids will have to do it themselves.
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>> we deserve a safe future. we demand a safe future. is that too much to ask? >> reporter: climate activists piling pressure on politicians, as the amazon rain forest burns. and world leaders gather for a climate action summit this week in new york. as the world wakes up this morning, the protests are set to continue. but the big test for these young people is whether u.n. delegates hear them when they gather in new york next week. sheinelle? peter? >> matt bradley, thank you. this morning, investigators are arriving on the scene of a horrific tour bus crash. four people are dead and five more in critical condition, as the bus rolled over on the way to bryce canyon national park in utah. the bus was carrying tourists from china. the chinese embassy is sending officials to help. police believer the driver swerved, causing the bus to roll over. fear and panic in a mall in
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chicago. shoppers scrambled to get out of the way of an suv going through the mall. police have the 22-year-old driver in custody but have not charged him. they say he has a medical condition and there's no indication of terrorism. the vehicle barreled through the mall entrance, just kept going. there were minor injuries. nfl all-pro antonio brown is no longer a member of the new england patriots. the team released the wide receiver friday, less than two weeks after picking him up. the move comes after sexual assault allegations from two women surfaced. nbc's kathy park is here with those details. kathy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. antonio brown has been sidelined again, leaving his third team in a year. his 11 days as a patriot were filled with controversy. on friday, the team decided they had enough. this morning, embattled nfl star, antonio brown, is no longer a new england patriot. >> caught by brown.
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touchdown. >> reporter: cut from the team after playing just one game a patriots spokesperson writing, we feel it is better to move in a different direction at this time. the tweets highlighting his 11-day stint. adding, thanks for the opportunity. the trouble for brown was right after he was released from the oakland raiders and signed with the patriots. his former trainer, britney taylor, accused the receiver of rape and sexual assault, according to a lawsuit. no criminal charges have been filed. and authorities say there's no record of complaints. this week a "sports illustrated" detailed another count of sexual misconduct. the second accuser later released text messages from brown, appearing to threaten her from going public with her story. one text calling her superbroke. the texts have been shared with the nfl. >> the point of it was intimidation. i think he wanted her to stand down.
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>> reporter: brown has denied all allegations against him. also this week, brown losing another key endorsement. nike choosing to split with the athlete. a frustrated patriots' head coach, bill belichick, cut short a press conference on friday, after repeated questions about the player. >> i'm done. thank you. >> reporter: today, one of the biggest names in the nfl is moving on, offering his fans a chance to win the one and only football he caught for a touchdown, as patriot. with brown's release from the team, the nfl plans to continue their investigation all claims expeditiously. his agent tweeted he is looking for the next opportunity in the nfl. >> i was about to ask that. will another team sign him? >> reporter: he is a free agent. a team could swoop in and sign him. the nfl is investigating him. he could face disciplinary actions. they run the risk of inheriting all that if they do take him on.
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>> so many people were struck when he was picked up after the allegations were already out. that ended quickly. kathy, thank you very much. dylan is back with a check of the full forecast. >> good morning, guys. we're going to see a good break from the rain, down across most of eastern texas today. it is finally dry. there are storms across western texas. the main area of flooding is across the midwest, where storms are firing up. this includes chicago. we have so many people at risk for potential flooding today. keep in mind, all of the rain we'll see out of the storms is impacted a bit by the remnants of imelda. it's tropical in nature. rainfall rates of two to three inches per hour. and in addition to that, some of the storms that pop up today, across northern minnesota and back across the midwest, could be severe, with wind gusts of 60 miles per hour or higher. we could see hail in two inches in diameter or more, slightly more than a golf ball.
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if you're outdoors in the midwest, keep that in mind. watch the skies and go inside when the storms pass through. this is a very slow-moving cold front. tonight at 8:00 p.m., and watch what happens as we go into saturday. it doesn't barely clear chicago by sunday night. we're going to see the threat of showers and thunderstorms, some severe thunderstorms, left in the chicago area, through tomorrow, as well. all weekend long, we have that risk of severe storms. and also, the risk of some flooding. how much rain could we see? up to about three or four inches of rain possible. again, with the rainfall rates of two inches per hour, a lot could fall in a short period of time. that's why we could see the flooding. already, so many people are already experiencing the top ten wettest seasons of the year -- top ten wettest year on record. so, they don't need anymore rain. but it looks like we'll see an additional three to five we've got clear skies to start this morning.
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over san francisco. temperatures are expected to be warmer than friday, as temperatures will reach the 90s through the south bay. san jose, 90. morgan hill, 92. milipitas, 91. the hottest temperatures in the inland valleys, concord, 93 ants objection, 93. coastline, upper 70s and low 80s. and the warming trend will continue through the weekend. >> top ten wettest years. hard to say. say that 20 times. >> i can't. >> dylan, thanks very much. coming up here, sci-fi fans flocking to the nevada desert this weekend, searching for a close encounter of their own. plus, a woman dreams of swallowing her engagement ring and wakes up to find out she did just that. >> that's just weird. >> more details in our "weekly download" after this.
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we're back on a saturday morning with "the weekly download" with the week that was. >> the deadly storm in texas and the whistleblower claims out of washington, were two of the stories this week, that saturdayed with a drone attack in saudi arabia. the middle eastern crisis after an attack on a refinery in saudi arabia, that threatened to disrupt the oil supply. the white house claims iran for an attack on oil production facilities. now, the saudis are pointing to what they find is proof of who sponsored the attack. mike pompeo describing the attack as an act of war. nearly 50,000 employees from general motors walked off of the job, halting production at
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factories nationwide. >> defiance at the gates of gm. united auto workers on picket lines at plants across the country. >> among the issues, the idling of four plants in the u.s. gm says the two sides are talking and its goal is to reach an agreement that builds a stronger future for employees and its business. disturbing, new allegations, tied to the recent arrest of an american airlines mechanic, charge with attempting to sabotage a plane. >> federal prosecutors say when they searched the phone of an american airlines mechanic, they showed an isis video of people being killed. he was arrested two weeks ago, charged with tampering with a flight sensor on an american 737. reversal of fortune. "saturday night live" fired its new cast member, shane gillis, for his past remarks. >> tonight, shane gillis is out of a job.
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his offer to join "saturday night live" rescinded, after days of backlash over racist and homophobic slurs he used in a podcast. >> chinatown is nuts. a group of workers helped strand eed orcas on a beach. >> they managed to pull the massive whales back to safety. one orca did not make it. local officials say they're not sure why the orcas beached themselves. a baseball legend offered up a special moment for baseball fans at boston's fenway park. 80-year-old karl yastrzemski asked to throw out the first pitch before the red sox/giants game. and who was behind the plate? you got it, his grandson, of course. the pitch, right down the middle. finally this week, a san diego woman dreamed of f swallowing her engagement ring, only to find out she had. >> when i woke up in the morning, there was -- there's no ring on my finger.
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>> a quick trip to the e.r., x-ray and, yep, diamonds in the stomach. she says doctors recommended not letting nature take its course. >> they put a camera down my throat with a net and scooped it up and pulled it out. >> ew. >> the thing i find fascinating, you werskinghat was she dreaming about? >> we checked out. she was dreaming she was on a plane -- a fast-moving train, excuse me, with villains. and the only way to escape the situation, was to swallow the diamond ring they were coming after. what did she eat the night before? >> she ate too late. >> got it back. >> she got it back. >> that's the hard way. >> the ring had an interesting tour of her insides. still to come right here, on world alzheimer's day, a promising discovery. simple steps you can take to shield your brain from the
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disease. we're going to take you to a modern-day training academy for men and women. meghan and harry spotted in rome this weekend. what's on the royal agenda? we'll geto that and more t a
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[ applause ] we're back on this saturday what a crowd outside.st, 2019. frankly, a beautiful morning here in new york city. the last weekend of summer. >> the last weekend of summer. a warm one around the country today. the first weekend of fall is monday. we had a good summer, though. >> we did have a good summer. let's enjoy this last day, shall we? president trump will send additional troops to saudi arabia, in response to the attack on saudi oil sites. meanwhile, the glamour of a white house state dinner friday couldn't conceal the uproar over a whistleblower's complaint.
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the complaint said that trump pressured the president of ukraine for informa on the son of joe biden. communities in southeast texas are cut off theis morning from floodwaters from tropical storm imelda. five people are dead and rescuers have helped evacuate 1,700 people so far. some homes are still under repairs after being devastated by harvey two years ago. walmart will stop selling electronic cigarettes. eight deaths and hundreds of illnesses have been linked to vaping. friday's announcement is a setback for the injury. walmart is the largest brick and mortar retailer that sets the trend for other stores. pete alonzo batted his 50th home run of the season. this one traveling 437 feet.
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he crushed it. alonzo leads the majors in home runs. he has nine more games to break the record of 52, set two years ago, by his then-rookie and cross-town rival, aaron judge of the yankees. the way the balls are playing, good chance he can do that. thousands descended on a pair of desert towns in nevada to take in some music and maybe catch a glimpse of top-secret alien lifeforms, perhaps? blayne alexander has more. >> reporter: good morning to you. that party continues this morning. it's being billed as alienstock, a music festival for those with extraterrestrial interests. at one point, more than 2 million people said they would boldly go in search of area 51. it turns out the actual crowd is much smaller. but officials say they're ready. if the truth is out there -- >> are you out here? >> trying to find my home. >> reporter: -- these folks are ready to find it. >> who doesn't love aliens?
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>> reporter: in the remote nevada desert, a pair of festivals is attracting sci-fi buffs from far and wide, ready for their own close encounter. the music fest spurred on by the facebook event. the creator of the page has disowned the idea, claiming it was all a joke. that hasn't stopped hundreds who want to believe. >> i want to get the face. >> reporter: the hidden secrets have captured our imaginations. >> so secret that the mere mention of his name is a federal offense. >> are we referring to area -- >> reporter: feeding our fascinations with another world. >> there's no area 51. >> that's not entirely accurate. >> reporter: for those who did make the trek, the owner of
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little alien, says she's ready. >> people coming in droves. you know, fabulous. >> reporter: but officials are taking it seriously. and while some campers are trying not to get their hopes up. >> if we see aliens, really cool. probably not. >> reporter: you never know. >> we did see some interesting things in the sky last night. we've heard some interesting sounds coming from the hills. who knows what they really are. >> reporter: as far as actually storming the gate, maybe next time. as you can guess, guys, they did not get too far. there's been a handful of arrests, we've been told. but mostly, well-behaved fun, sending the message to any visitors, they come in peace. peter and sheinelle? >> a little fun. i say seek and ye shall find. >> we need david duchovny.
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where is he when you need him? dylan is back with a check of the forecast for us. >> a warm one in the northeast, where it's been feeling fall-like lately. we have warm air extending back to the ohio river valley, through the midwest, as well. milwaukee should hit 77. buffalo in the 80s. cincinnati, 90 degrees for a high today. boston making it up 2080 degrto degrees. rochester, 85 degrees, almost hot. charleston, west virginia, 91. 84 in new york. indianapolis, 84 degrees. we have a cold front, the one that will produce severe weather today in the midwest. it will drop our temperatures. down to 73 on monday in minneapolis. and on wednesday, we sink down into the 60s. in the 70s to start off the week in chicago and cleveland. lexington drops to 72 on tuesday. burlington, up to 66 by tuesday. it'soing to be a warm final weekend of summe
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lots of clear skies this morning. right now in downtown san jose, are 60 degrees. temperatures through the afternoon, very warm. and i know it is our last weekend of summer. it is going to feel that way. we're talking about 90s up through east san jose and 91 degrees, cupertino, 87, the warmest spots are expected to be in the interior valleys. outside, into the peninsula, as well, the bay and the coast will be in the 70s. a couple of mid-80s into san mateo, and the city, upper 70s. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> all right, dylan. during the age of "downton abbey" setting the table was a fine art. a century later, how a butler's job has changed. plus, what you can do to reduce your chances of developi ang clzologuard: colon cancer screening for people 50 and older at average risk. i took your advice and asked my doctor to order cologuard, that noninvasive colon cancer screening test. the delivery guy just dropped it off.
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around the world, someone is diagnosed with the disease every three seconds. in this country, nearly 6 million people live with the memory-robbing disease. >> on "in depth today" we're looking at what scientists believe is fuelling this devastating illness and the simple steps we can all take to shield our brains. nbc medical correspondent dr. john torres has the story. >> reporter: words used to come easily to long-time journalist greg o'brien, who now writes for a different reason. >> my short-term memory can be gone in 30 seconds. just gone. never coming back. so, i write everything down. >> reporter: nine years ago, greg was diagnosed with alzheimer's. it's the same disease his mother died from. and the one his son, conner, fears. >> i hope i'm never in my dad's shoes. >> reporter: for decades, scientists have focused on finding a drug to treat the protein buildup in the brain, that leads to alzheimer's called
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plaques entangles. >> when we didn't have the science behind this disease. >> reporter: now, there's evidence of a promising, new target to prevent alzheimer's, inflammation. alzheimer's disease expert dr. rudy tansy, found that inflammation kills brain cells. >> the nerve cells are wiped out. december nate mated. >> reporter: how to stop the inflammati inflammation? healthy habits can reduce the ha alzheimer's. >> you can overcome the risk through a healthy lifestyle. that's a huge finding. >> reporter: dr. tansy, calls the brain protectors, the shield. sleep, handle stress, interact with friends, exercise, learn new things and a healthy diet.
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he believes it may slow down the symptoms for those suffer right now. is it a time too late to do these things? >> never underestimate the ability of the brain to come back and regenerate. >> reporter: for the o'briens, they're fighting back with all they've got. >> in my fight, it's not for me. it's for the next generation or anyone watching. their children and grandchildren. we have to stop this demon. >> reporter: new hope as scientists search for a cure. for "today," dr. john torres, nbc news, massachusetts. >> such an important story. dr. natalie azar is here. really delve deeper into these lifestyle changes that can hing.
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s.h.i.e.l.d. and how each has a meaning that we can take. >> the "s" stands for sleep. and you need sleep every night. during sleep, your brain is clearing out the debris. it's getting rid of all of the stuff that's no good. >> we underestimate that. >> you hear people say, i'm good with four hours. >> we have good news, too, because naps count. when you get in a r.e.m. cycle, you're cleaning out debris. if you're not getting it one time, you can make it up. and stress promotes inflammat n inflammation. this research is doing a study on medication and the gene that shuts off inflammation. anything you can do to reduce stress, if it's mind, bodywork, meditation, exercise, that we'll get to, it's important to do.
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>> interaction. >> interaction, incredibly important. loneliness increases the risk for alzheimer's two-fold. >> really? some people like to be alone. if they're not feeling lonely and want to spend their time alone, that's fine. if you're socially isolated, not of your own volition, that is not a good thing. stay -- be with the people you like to be with. socialize. >> exercise. >> exercise, exercise. exercise actually creates new nerve cells. maybe even more importantly, it promotes an environment where the nerve cells can thrive and survive. particularly in the area of the brain called the hippocampus, that is responsible for memory. >> learn new things. >> in addition to making new nerve cells, we want to promote and enhance, the sins. that sinapses. it reinforces old.
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>> diet is the last. >> we hear about the die all the time, in terms of heart health. diet is important for brain health, particularly things in the mediterranean diet, that contains freets and vegg s the mediterranean diet, that contains freets and vegs fruits. that's like a fertilizer. >> all good stuff. in addition to these things, are there treatments on the horizon? >> so, on this note or on this idea of reducing neuroinflammation, there are studies being done with a reformulation of an asthma drug, together with ib pro ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory, to see if it helps with this disease. >> doctor, thank you. >> one of the most important stories of the day. really. coming up, how the life of old-fashion eed service is becoming new so how did this happen? i now pronounce you husband and wife.
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luxury. this is not a wealthy person's house. it is actually a school for butlers. [ bell tolling ] >> reporter: at the international butler academy, 17 students have just started training. they've come from all over the world. for ten weeks, they'll run the entire household, dusting, polishing, and serving. under the watchful eye of head butler, american marcus bresco. >> butlers, what is service? >> reporter: a former navy corpsman from spokane, washington. >> you may fix your tie a little bit. >> reporter: in "downton abbey," preparing for a banquet is a fine art. but things have changed for butlers. now, they use lasers. once female staff remained downstairs. >> i can't have maids in the dining room. >> reporter: half of the
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students in this class are women. >> my name is shelly. >> reporter: and you're from? >> from minneapolis, minnesota. >> reporter: technology has simplified household management. but the spirit of service remains the same. >> we place the tea -- >> reporter: gordon monroe has trained some 600 butlers. >> you must be able to see the wishes of somebody else and put your own needs, actually, in the background. >> reporter: demand for highly-trained butlers is growing. a quarter of graduates find jobs in noble households, including the royal family of jordan. others work for embassies, luxury hotels and companies like rolls-royce. hard work, but rewarding. butlers these days can earn up to $150,000 a year. a thoroughly modern salary, for a life of old-fashioned service. >> there you have it. thank you. still to come, a cheat sheet for tv's b night.ig
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lights and the bay waters a gorgeous morning. thanks for joining us. i'm kira klapper vianey arana has a look at the last week of summer weather. it is crazy it is the last week of summer and we have a warming trend under way. it will feel like summer. it will carry over to the first week of fall. but right now, it is cool, comfortable, 56 degrees in san francisco. and a couple of 60s in through the interior valleys. and look at your temperatures throughout the afternoon. in san jose, your temperatures trend is going to consist of 70s by 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 80s. we are expected to hit the 90s in san jose and notice the clear skies, and don't really have to woy too much about the cloud cover, concord is one of the hotter spots by 1:00, and also expected to see the mid-80s, and a couple of low 90s, into the tri-valley, and we were talking about the warming trend, and it is going to carry over into the workweek, i will have that answer for you coming up at 10:00 a.m.
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stay tuned for that, vianey, thanks. we begin with the bay area widow, do not parole him, she is asked the state to keep her husband's killer in prison. this man 29-year-old timothy wilson served 26 years for the brutal beating death of john, a software engineer, remembered as a loving husband and father of seven children. this week on wilson's third try for parole the board decided he is no longer a danger to society. the family is challenging that decision, hoping governor gaven newsom will overturn it. if the governor doesn't step in, wilson could be out on parole early next year. the 49ers are firing back at a long standing feud with the city. the santa clara city council voted on tuesday to end an agreement to allow the 49ers to run non-nfl events like concerts of the city claims the 49ers
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have mismanaged the events and lost money. the 49ers argue that's not true. the team wants to keep the agreement in place, and says the cities attempts to end their agreement is unlawful. at 6:29, coming up this morning on "today" in the bay, another bay area city is banning flavored tobacco. why some say this won't fix the vaping problem. we will have that plus all of your top stories and weather coming up at 7:00. we hope you join us. in the meantime, we will send you back to the "today" show.
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good morning. high stakes. new details emerging about that whistleblower complaint involving president trump. reports the president repeatedly pressured the president of ukraine to investigate joe biden's son. the president, firing back. >> it's just another political hack job. >> that, as the u.s. announces additional troops to saudi arabia, in the site of the oil attacks last week. a live report from the white house. disaster deja vu. prop tall storm imelda drops rain on houston, two years after harvey did the same.
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thousands are preparing for the cleanup. we're live from south texas. and royals rome. harry and meghan escape to italy for a weekend wedding of a dear friend. but they're hardly the only high-profile guests. we'll tell you who else made the list. today, september 21st, 2019. ♪ do you remember 21st night of september ♪ >> i'm 50 and fantastic. >> i'm 60 and sassy. >> and it's her birthday. >> a woman never tells her age. ♪ >> we're celebrating our sixth anniversary at the "today" show. >> go. good morning. welcome back to "today" on a
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saturday morning. that's a classic song from the late '70s, "september" from earth, wind and fire. >> do you remember the 21st night of september? we were trying to figure out why they came up with the 21st night of september. it wasn't any reason. but it sounded better. >> same with badiya. my bridal party came up with that song. >> when is your anniversary? >> september 1st. no. i thought september was close enough. >> it is a good song. a good way to party. >> all right. happy last day of summer. >> last weekend of summer. a lot to get to this morning. first, your top story. the trump administration says it's sending troops to saudi arabia, to the site of oil attacks a week ago. and more allegations of complaints of a whistleblower on
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donald trump. kelly o'donnell has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. pentagon officials are calling it a modest number of troops to the middle east. and they say their mission will be defensive, after the iranian attack on a saudi oil facility. the president also stepped up sanctions on iran. he's dealing with that volatile crisis at the same time he was juggling what was a major state visit with all its pomp. and the political peril of a phone call that critics say could become an abuse of power. ♪ amid controversy. a night of celebration. under the stars in the rose garden. a toast to australia. >> this evening, we honor every aussie. >> reporter: but earlier, a different tone in the oval office. >> another political hack job. >> reporter: where president
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trump disputed a formal and secret complaint from an intelligence official. >> it was a partisan whistleblower. >> reporter: "the washington post" and "new york times" report that in a july 25th phone conversation, with ukraine's newly-elected leader, president trump repeatedly urged zelensky to work with rudy giuliani, to learn whether joe biden had urged officials to drop an investigation, into an energy company, where son, hunter biden, served on the board. nbc news has not confirmed the reports. >> it doesn't matter what i discuss. i will say this. somebody better look into joe biden's statement. >> reporter: the democratic front-runner called on the president to release the transcript of the call with ukraine. in an interview, biden said, it's totally inappropriate for a president to try to get a foreign leader to say something that is untrue about any political opponent. at the time of the call, ukraine was waiting to receive $250 million of u.s. military aid.
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the latest reports indicate the president did not discuss military supportn reportedly pressing ukraine to probe the bidens. the president declined to answer if he discussed the bidens at all. >> i can say it was a totally appropriate conversation. it was actually a beautiful conversation. >> reporter: this week, president trump will be in new york city, hosting world leaders and addressing the united nations general assembly. he has a number of one-on-one meetings scheduled, including one with ukraine's president. that's going to happen on wednesday. >> kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you. in southeast texas, residents are reeling from the remnants of tropical storm imelda. waters have yet to recede after that state saw historic and catastrophic rainfall. morgan chesky is in one the hardest-hit areas. good morning. >> reporter: i'm standing on
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what should be a bridge to one of the neighborhoods, that is now cut off from the rising floodwaters that so many people can watch and wait for them to recede. when imelda came in, it caused problems across southeast texas. as it moved through the area, rescues have been going nonstop in the air by the coast guard choppers and teams on boats that have ferried thousands of people to safety, away from those rising waters that are still proving to be a serious issue today. neighborhood after neighborhood, basically under water. homes have been turned into islands. so many roads impassable from the waters, with no place to go. as it stands right now, the death toll from imelda is at least five. deaths are happening from people trapped in their cars or electrocuted from power in the water. that's a huge threat going into the next day.
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we had a chance to speak with rescuers, who are encouraging people to wait for the water to go down. the problem that a lot of the people have, they have medicine and clothing they left behind in the rush to get to safety, they're trying to get back to and hopefully begin the long process of recovery. as you mentioned, peter, two years ago, hurricane harvey left such devastation, that it is hard to see the familiar site today. >> morgan, thanks so much. fear and panic in a mall near chicago. shoppers scrambled to get out of the way of an suv in the mall. police have the driver in custody. they have not charged him. he has a medical condition and there's no indication of terrorism. no one was hit by the suv. but there were minor injuries. the family of famed mobster, whitey bulger, is suing the u.s. government for $200 million.
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according to "the wall street journal," his relatives are claiming officials put the 89-year-old in harm's way. the boston gangster was serving a lifetime for 11 murders. massachusetts mobsters are expected eed bulger's murder. but no charges have been filed. it's time for "the weekend boost." a special surprise for a little girl may be just what the doctor ordered. nora is battling brain cancer. some volunteers decided to help her heal with a gift. while they kept her out of the home for the morning, a team of workers swept in and built her her own special playground. you can imagine, when the blindfolds came off, nora and her friends, they knew what to do. climb and swing. her father said, do the most adventurous, dangerous thing you can think of. have a ball. >> we're thinking about her. >> and all of the volunteers who did that for her. still ahead right here, the
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now, the number of students in flint schools needing special education has skyrocketed. geoff bennett has details. >> reporter: good morning. the flint water crisis will likely never end for the children who were poisoned by the toxic drinking water. experts say lead exposure can lower i.q. and lead to behavioral problems. and the effects are often unreversible and untreatable. the toll of the water crisis is now becoming clear, given the spike of children requiring special education services at school. this 12-year-old was once a star student, excelling in reading and math. but not anymore. >> my learning has been slowed. i forget things a lot. >> reporter: he is among the thousands of children in flint, michigan, poisoned by drinking water laced with lead. dangerous exposure linked to behavioral and learning problems. the flint water crisis began in 2014, when lead leeched into the
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city's water supply. children drank and bathed in the toxic water for a year and a half, before local officials acknowledged the problem. five years later, the crisis is taking a different form. the percentage of flint children now needing special education services has jumped 56%, according to state data. and the public school system is overwhelmed. >> lack of special education teachers, lack of counselors, lack of school psychologists. lack of trained certified behavior interventionnterventio. >> i'm not a specialist. i know my kid isn't getting it at the flint schools. >> reporter: maxine agrees. >> you shouldn't have to fight for a school system to do what they should. >> reporter: her 6-year-old son, max, has autism. maxine says the lead poisoning makes his behavioral issues worse. she says she fought months to get the educational support her son needs. >> there are great people that work inside the schools that
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care. my main frustration is with the administration. >> reporter: we tried to talk to the superintendent of flint schools, dr. derek lopez. but he didn't responds to a repeated request for an interview. he is not going to speak with us? >> he's in a meeting. >> i'm angry our kids are going through this five years later. >> reporter: arianna's youngest son is bearing the burden. >> i don't like that water. >> reporter: why not? >> it's nasty water in flint. >> reporter: you ever thought about movering? moving? >> at the end of the day, why not fight for what you believe in? this is my home. >> reporter: it's not just flint, michigan. you have thinks like portland, oregon, providence, rhode island, all struggling with contamination in their water supply. this is a huge public health danger. experts say we won't know the true extent of the damage done, until a generation of these affected kids become adults.
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and here we are, five years after the flint water crisis, and the folks i spoke to, rely on bottled water for everything. the water in their homes and schools isn't safe. >> thank you, geoff. i saw a story where a woman was pouring watt and it was just brown. come on. >> it's so important that you keep the focus. it doesn't fade in communities like that, because the crisis isn't over. dylan is out on the plaza, with another check of the weather. dylan? >> i wouldn't normally talk to folks in yankees uniforms, but -- you have actually finished the ballpark tour. and yankee stadium is your final stadium? >> that's right. number 30. >> what's your favorite? >> we had many. probably st. louis for me. >> i like san diego pretty well. >> fenway? >> yes. that's some feat. let's look at what's going on across the country. we're going to see -- keep our eyes on tropical storm jerry. a lot going on in the tropics right now. it should not be a threat as it
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turns towards bermuda. at that point, it should >> we're not too concerned about the clouds this morning. clear, beautiful skies. and our temperatures are cool and comfortable. 57 degrees in san francisco. we've got the 60s down through fremont. and as we head in toward the afternoon, expect another warm day. temperatures a few degrees warmer in inland areas. morgan hill, 92. san jose, expected to hit a high of 90 degrees. and into the interior valleys, expect low to mid 90s. oakland, 85. a little bit cooler along the peninsula, at upper 80s. >> thanks to nbc sports and indy car. we have some swag out here. this weekend is the final ngt indy car series race. you want to watch tomorrow, nbc, 3:00 eastern, here on nbc, to see who wins the championship. we're giving out t-shirts, guys. i'll bring you in a couple.
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there you go. >> there you go. you get a shirt. >> we wanted to give out cars. but stuck with t-shirts on this saturday. >> with a car on the shirt. coming up, what are the duke and duchess of sussex doing in rome this weekend? >> the answer to that question ahead in "pop st
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we're back and it's time for "pop start." what do you have this morning? >> we have royals to start off the "pop start." and kind of wedding news. prince harry and meghan markle were spotted in rome, where they attended the wedding of a designer and close friend of the duchess. meghan looked good in black. guests included katy perry, and orlando bloom, ivanka trump. the couple did arrive without
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archie. but he will be heading to africa with mom and dad in a few days, for their first official royal tour as a family of three. and tomorrow it marks 25 years since the first episode of "friends" aired. i'll call this the one where we take a walk down "friends" memory lane. ♪ the year was 1994 when six 20-something friends burst into our homes and hearts. >> raichle? >> monica, hi. >> reporter: with the chemistry, rachel, ross, monica, phoebe, joey and chandler, would transform the tv landscape forever. >> oh, my god. >> i know. >> i sound amazing. >> reporter: there were break-ups. >> i, ross -- >> take the emily. >> take rachel. >> do you take each other? >> yeah, you do. >> reporter: a parade of star-studded cameos. and, of course, the
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catchphrases. >> we were on the break. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: after 236 episodes and the ending we all hoped for -- >> i got off the plane. >> reporter: in the end, it was the electric chemistry among jennifer, courtney, lisa, matthew, matt and david, that made the show must-see tv. and keeps us watching 25 years later. >> this is harder than i thought it would be. >> should we get some coffee? >> sure. where? >> reporter: it's still on netflix. you can watch it all the time. that's yr ou"p this is the age of expression. everyone has something to say. but in a world full of talking, shouldn't somebody be listening? so. let's talk. we are edward jones. with one financial advisor per office,
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of certain cancers clater in life.k from an infection, human papillomavirus i knew widespread hpv is and while hpv clears for most, that might not be the case for him. i knew his risk increases as he gets older. i knew a vaccine could help protect him at age 11 or 12, before he could be exposed.
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i knew so i talked to my child's doctor. now that you know that hpv can lead to certain cancers, don't wait. talk to your child's doctor today. that will do it for us on this saturday morning. happy birthday, charlie. 40 years young today. tomorrow on "sunday today," and willie will sit down with neil patrick harris on his theories and how twins changed his life. and monday, gwen stefani will be here, to tell us about her return to "the voice." >> that's coming up monday on the third hour of "today."
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good morning, i'm kira klapper. coming up next on today in the bay, a shooting near san jose state, if you recognize this man, police need your help finding him. >> plus, thousands of people march for climate change across the bay area, but what now? how local politicians are reacting. >> and if you can believe it, it is the last weekend of summer. vianey arana is tracking a warmup in the bay area including temperatures in the 90s. white house whistleblower controversy. analysis and political heavy-hitters make or take jabs on sunday morning shows. plus, monday marks the beginning of fall, but will there be a
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good saturday morning. it is september 21. here is a live look outside. a gorgeous look at cotton candy skies. and the glimmering buildings of san francisco. as we look from san bruno mountain on this last weekend of the summer. a great way to start. it thanks for joining us. i'm kira klapper. back with my girl, vianey

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