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good morning. breaking news. out of afghanistan, the last u.s. marines and british troops handing over two bases to afghan military. why now? we're live with the latest. outrage. a nurse whos in' a mandatory quarantine after testing negative for ebola blasting officials for the way she was treated upon her return from west africa. this as the ambassador u.n. arrives after the outbreak began. the exclusive interview. danger zone. the active flow from the volume day know has residents preparing
to run for their lives. serena's racket. the tennis super star defending herself this morning after her anger gets the best of her on the court. what she's saying today, sunday october 26, 2014. this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today." i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester hill. last time we talked to you, you were stuck in bermuda. >> it was beautiful. yeah. >> welcome back. >> we missed you. we are happy to have the team reunited this morning. a lot to get to this sunday.
our first story is a troop redrawl. the final marine to pack up there and hand over two military bases to afghans. we are following this from the white house this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you eri erica. according to u.s. military officials, u.s. marines and british forces officially ended operations in afghanistan today. that was marked with a ceremony turning over leather neck. the images show the american flags lowered and folded. this comes 13 years after america's longest war started. this is the base to be handed over the afghan control. the turnover and withdrawal is the result of president obama's order to reduce the number of forces in afghanistan to 9800 by the end of this year. almost all u.s. combat forces
out of afghanistan by the end of next year. the forces will serve afghan security forces and conduct counter terrorism against al qaeda. this is a major milestone. this has been the deadliest coalition throughout the war with 940 troops killed in that region. erica? >> kristen, thank you. a high u.s. ranking official is in west africa, first to head to the region since the ebola outbreak began. we'll have more in a moment. the growing criticism over the mandatory 21 day quarantine imposed for health care worker who is have been in west after ri i ka helping ebola victims. this is a new york doctor remains in the hospital being treated for the virus. ron allen is live with more on this. ron, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you lester. doctors say dr. spencer is a
wake and communicating as the battle enters the next phase, gastrointestinal symptoms. he's received blood from nancy writebol that got over ebola recently. >> overnight, craig spencer's fiance returned to the apartment they share will she remains in quarantine as precaution because of close contact with spencer before he became contagious. she's in the building neighbors are not worried boast. >> there's no running, ruckus, men in white suits in my house. >> meanwhile, a mandatory quarantine for health care workers is facing criticism from
humanitarian groups saying it's not necessary. a nurse despite a negative test for ebola wrote to the newspaper, this is not a situation i would wish upon anyone adding she was scared and made to feel like a criminal when she arrived in the u.s. from sierra leone. in response, new jersey's governor, one of four to order the quarantine of those arriving from west africa to the states said my first and foremost obligation is protect the health and safety of people of new jersey. meanwhile, at this restaurant and other places reopened after closing because dr. spencer had been there recently after the doctor tested positive for ebola. >> i'm hoping that with just one case, maybe they've isolated it. if there's more, then we'll think about what to do.
>> reporter: medical experts continue to insist they have isolated that one single case, dr. spencer. they point out at this case, the condition is early on. the condition of most ebola patients tend to get worse before it gets before. he's expected to be here at the hospital several weeks. >> ron allen, thanks very much. for the first time since the ebola outbreak, the top official is on the ground in west africa. u.s. ambassador arrived in guinea this morning for a first-hand look at the crisis and how it's handled. chris is the only television reporter traveling with powers. she spoke with her saturday. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning erica. i'm in the capital. this is where dr. craig spencer contracted ebola. it gives urgency to this. she's worried about regulations in new york, new jersey, illinois requiring a three week
quarantine. she's worried health professors won't want to come to the region. she called new regulations though the well thought out. >> people in this country have fear of the unknown, fear of ebola. good reason. ebola is a horrible epidemic and why president obama is leading the world in trying to insure we can stop it in its tracks. we know we can do it on the basis of past experience which is challenging in something that's gotten this big. we cannot take measures here to impact our ability to flood the zone and i think we have to find the right balance between addressing the fears people have and encouraging and -- these people are heroes. we have to find ways to show that while showing american people they're safe. the best way for people to feel
safe is beat this at the source. the american people as a whole and u.s. government, all of us, need to make clear what health workers mean to us and how much we value their service and contributions. >> is your family nervous about you going to ebola countries? >> i have a 5 a-year-old son. he's newly obsessed with bola. he has a whole new interest. he says he's very proud of mommy and people going over to try and help. >> reporter: proud of you but nervous? >> he's nervous. >> reporter: what did you say to him? >> i said if you take the right precautions, you can minimize the risks. mommy will be home safely along with the rest of her traveling crew. >> reporter: one of the priorities is address the fears we hear from her little boy and the fears here too. you can see when driving from the arngirport, all these signs
telling people to get to the hospital. she'll be at the nerve center here in guinea where call as come in and rapid response teams go out. we'll have much more. erica? >> looking forward to that. thank you. chuck todd is moderator of meet the press. good to see you. >> good morning lester. >> let's talk about ambassador powers trip to guinea. you have states inacting tougher policies on ebola. is the administration under pressure to regain the symbolism of leadership on all this? >> they are. and they are so conflicted lester. the federal government is not fully criticizing these decisions by governor quo moe, quinn, christy, new york and new jersey. they're not supporting the decisions they've made. they're expressing the same skepticism that ambassador power
did to jensing. walking that line, you can't help but notice there is an election in nine days. is that having an impact -- is there poll the ticks behind decisions on quarantines where governors so afraid of looking like they're too reactive, maybe getting overly proactive? that's the line the federal government is trying to walk. >> let's talk about that political question. it's one thing to look at the action of politicians. do we have a sense of where the voters stand now? we haven't seen that many cases? is this an outbreak? an election issue? >> it's funny. i went to kansas this week, iowa, wisconsin. ebola really didn't come up. if anything that's come up outside of domestic issues it was more isis. in that sense you don't see it much on the campaign trail. that's why you look at it and
say governors are looking at elections. we all know rick scott in florida, and also in illinois. they are in tight elections. politicians are certainly worried the issue could become a voting issue. when you talk to voters, i'm not hearing it. >> i've got to get your thoughts on the lead story. u.s. marines packing up and leaving afghanistan with british comrades. this is a president who has a president with a promise to take a us out of war. now we're fighting isis. does that tarnish and take away impact of what we witnessed this morning? >> i think it does. the american people say these troops are moving. they're not coming home. this fight moves somewhere else. that's an extensive line of questions i had with voters about this issue of terror and fighting. on one hand americans want to fight terrorists over there.
they're worried about it coming over the shores. the fatigue is also there. there's conflict about it. they also assume frankly lester the fight is going to keep going. they don't see it as withdrawal. they almost see it as transfer. >> you'll talk about that, voter d dissatisfaction with congress. later on. thanks. we're learning details about what happened in the high school cafeteria when a freshman opened fire friday killing one classmate and wounding four others. more students are speaking out about the horror they witnessed and we're learning about the teacher calmed a hero. joe, good morning. >> reporter: good morning erica. three victims remain in critical condition. the memorial here continues to grow. the community is trying to figure out what happened. those that knew the gunman say
he did not fit the profile of a school shooter. >> this has turned to a place of reflection for students including austin james that's related to the shooter and two of the victims. >> a lot of questions are unanswered. just don't know why. >> reporter: no one knows when the the apparent gunman opened fire friday in the school cafeteria. >> stood up and started shooting the people at his table. >> reporter: a friend and distant cousin was sitting one table away. >> he had a look on his face like he was realizing what he d. i think he had a change of hard. if he wanted to, he could have gone on. >> reporter: he took his own life as the teacher was running toward him to intervene. the teacher asked the union president to speak on her behalf. >> i get the feeling, let's get back to normalcy as soon as possible. this is what the teacher would
do and not dwell on it. doesn't feel like a hero. she tried to protect kids. >> one student was killed in the attack. four more were injured including gia soriano and shaylee who were shot in the head. >> we've seen tears, anger. they are just grieving. >> two other victims, nate hatch and 15-year-old andrew were the shooter's cousins. the shooter was well liked and homecoming royalty this year. alex hatch says he seemed depressed a couple days before the shooting, but he never expected this. >> can't believe this happened. expecting to go to school and see them all there. >> reporter: detectives interviewed more than 100 students that witnessed the shooting. a .40 caliber handgun was found at the scene which detectives
believe was used. >> joe, thank you. let's look at the rest of the morning's top stories. good morning. we begin with the deadly shootings on friday. federal authorities say the suspect seen here on the stretcher was deported twice, once on a drug conviction. saturday, the police ex courted the body of mike davis from sacramento to a chapel as the department reels from the brutal rampage that killed his colleague, sheriff deputy and wounded a third office her. >> some people say, i wish he had killed him. that's not who we are. >> detective davis would have been 43 years old on wednesday. in a sad twist, he died 26 years to the day his father died in the line of duty as a county deputy. in canada, they're
remembering a soldier killed in the line of duty there. it was an emotional scene in ottawa as players circled together in a tribute to cirillo. he was fatally shot last week while he stood guard at the national war memorial. a full memorial is set for tuesday. there's video out of hawaii from the incredible lava inching towards homes. lava engulfed a major road on saturday. people inside homes closest to the flow have fled on their own. an evacuation order may be underway soon. now to the nation's capital, one of the country's largest marathons, 30,000 runners compete in the marathon from arlington to washington. take a look at serena williams smashing her racket in
a match against her good friend. the outburst had the crowd gasping as you can hear and sparked a warning from the umpire. the big question this morning, why was she so angry? williams felt she was letting fans down at that moment and adds, at least you know she's passionate. she won the match. puts that to something positive. mo'ne davis threw a perfect ceremony pitch in san francisco. she tossed from the top of the mound turning down the offer to move up and throw from in front of the mound. it wasn't a bad night for giants who surged past the royals 11-4 tying the series. what an exciting year for her. she was calm, cool, nailed it. >> after the pitch, i'm surprised they didn't sign her. >> can't get better than that.
dylan has a check of the weather. >> i definitely do. nasty weather. tens of thousands without power because of wind gusts. some areas as high as 70 to 80 miles per hour. it's still a tropical storm and going to combine with this system off the coast tomorrow night to tuesday morninging. we're going to see another round and a good sunday morning. i'm meteorologist michelle grossman. not a bad october day, but we'll see the winds picking up later on this afternoon. winds near 30 miles per hour, gusting near 30 miles per hour at times, anywhere from ten to 20. 64 to 67 today. temperatures right around normal for this time of year. a nice start to your workweek. 65 by tuesday. we're bumping up that temperature. 74. wednesday could see a few showers, 70 degrees. thursday 61 and 58 on friday.
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nbc 10 news starts now. >> good morning. i'm rosemary conners. it's just a few minutes before 8:30. let's get a check of the weather from meteorologist michelle grossman. a little bit windy out there. >> we're looking at winds gusting 30 miles per hour. breezy right now, and looking good. we're looking at sunshine. temperatures not bad either. 55 right now in philadelphia. 51 in allentown. 59 degrees in wildwood. so by the end of the day, we'll see temperatures around 66. lots of sunshine, but it will be windy. warmer on tuesday. 74 by wednesday. showers, mostly cloudy, and temperatures dropping pretty drastically on thursday, into the 50s friday and saturday. today, some of septa's union workers will vote on whether to authorize a strike. members of septa's largest union will cast their ballots at 3:00 this afternoon. according to the union, the vote does not necessarily mean that there will be a work stoppage, just that they've authorized it.
but if there is a strike, the union will release a plan for service interruptions before a walkout. in march, the contract expired for 3,700 bus drivers, trolley operators, and pension are the main issues. for updates, stay with nbc news and go to our website, nbc10.com. i'm rosemary conners. now back to the "today" show. michelle grossman and i will see you here at 9:00. have a good one.
if you're ever in the neighborhood, come by and let us see you. let's look at this morning's top headlines. u.s. marines are on their way out of afghanistan. the final british combat troops are also leaving today. a nurse under mandatory quarantine in new jersey even show she tested negative for ebola is speaking out voicing outrage talking about how she was treated with when she returned from south africa. samantha powers landed and talks about how it's handled. we're learning more about the washington cafeteria where the gunman opened fire. several of the students injured were related to the shooter. we'll look back on the story career of john palmer that covered the biggest news events in this country before he passed last year. his wife and daughters are here this morning to talk about that. one of the biggest names in
music is here, quincy jones. he's in a documentary about one of his mentors. another musician and how quincy helped them in their careers. five days before halloween. it's time to get our scare on. i went to one of the scariest haunted houses around. it was absolutely terrifying and all words that mean scary are. let's see what happened when i turned the tables on them. >> that's a scream. >> i'm thinking we should start with that. let's begin this half hour with the retrial of a polo moegle. this case has seen a lot of twists and turns. >> john goodman along with the jury back in the courtroom saturday. a new defense team this go
around. the same charges he was convicted of in 2012, dui manslaughter, driving his bentley drunk hitting a car and killed wilson who drowned after his car careen into a canal. a new trial was granted. >> there's no indication of problems with the vehicle. therefore my opinion is that system was functioning on the night of the crash. >> testimony from an expert hired by bentley this weekend that the luxury car didn't malfunction, contrary the to goodman's claims. >> as you sit here, you believe your bentley malfunctioned that night? >> i know it did. >> did you sue bentley, sir? >> no i didn't. despite the bar tab showing 18 drinks on the night of the crash, he insists he was buying for friends. his control limit was double the legal limit because he says he went drinking after the accident. >> i was in a lot of pain and i
i drank some of the liquor. >> the first trial brought the the multimillionaire a 16 year sentence. he's on house arrest pending this retrial. >> both sides go back to try and examine what they did right and what they did wrong. here the biggest adjustments are coming from the defense because last time he was convicted. >> the case has drawn headlines from the start. goodman tried to legally adopt his 42-year-old girlfriend to protect his immense wealth, but a judge said no goo. he's settled a suit with scott wilson's parents paying each $20 million. after testimony, goodman's case could go to the jury monday. for today, nbc news. it's time for one more check of the forecast. >> dylan is on the plaza with a look at the weather. lots of birthdays. how old are you today? >> 13. >> we have twins turning 13.
where are you from? >> virginia. >> happy birthday all around as it's getting chilly out here. the cold front moved through the area. crystal clear, maybe a flurry or two across parts of new england. to the middle of the down 10 to 20 above average. highs in dallas, 89 disease. we want to focus on the pacific northwest where today we'll see showers. tomorrow night into tuesday morning, another round of heavy rain and gusty winds as the remnants of tropical storm ana continue to merge with another system out there. there's a lot of power outages fr and a good sunday morning. not a bad late october day, but we're going to see the winds really picking up later on this afternoon. sunny skies, winds near 30 miles per hour, gusting near 30 miles per hour at times, anywhere from ten to 20. 64 to 67 today. temperatures right around normal for this time of year.
a nice start to your workweek. 65. by tuesday, we're bumping up that temperature. wednesday could see a few showers. 70 degrees. those temperatures drop on thursday. 61 and 58 on friday. >> for today's top spot, we're heading back to my stomping grounds where our affiliate is in boston as well as the 32nd annual salem haunting. there will be a great pumpkin contest, wand making class. who knew? as part of the month long celebration in new england, it continues throughout the week ending with fireworks on halloween. can't top that. lester? >> dylan, thanks. up next, a look back at the legendary career of john palmer. we'll speak to
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about a minute after the launch of the space challenger from cape canaveral this afternoon, there was a huge, bright ball of fire and explosion in the air 28 miles west of the launch site. >> that was nbc john palmer, dedicated much loved journalist who spent 40 years at nbc covering the word. he broke the news of the challenger as you saw. in a career that took him around the country and globe, he served
here on "today" as well as a white house correspondent. his new memoir "news catcher" is out. so nice to have you in the studio. >> wonderful to be here. thank you. i never had the pleasure of meeting your husband, but i have to tell you, when you say that name around nbc, there's a smile and an appreciation and real sense of love for john palmer the man and a also the journalist. he got some great stories in what may seem unconventional ways to people. i love the story how he snuck into the egyptian palace to try to speak to someone. tell us about. that. >> he never broke the rule, but he wanted to get the story. he wanted to interview the president in egypt in the summer palace. he had the producer put on a black cap and drive in. john said, john palmer american nbc. those were the words that he said. john palmer, american nbc.
>> they thought it was american embassy. they let him in. he got through two other clearance gates and ended up with the president who said why are you here? he said i'm ai journalist and gt the story. >> he did it in a creative way. now at beginning in the number of exclusive interviews with him, also a friendship. >> he goes into this in the book of life. he admired him and knew he was trying to obtain peace and also feared what would happen did happen he'd be assassinated. he was working at white house when he was assassinated. it was an emotional day for him. he admired him greatly. >> it's a tough thing to talk about how much of your personal feelings may or may not come out in reporting. things were different. when he start add covering civil
rights movements -- things changed in his career. he was able to form interest relationships including president reagan who almost made him late for your wedding. >> that is true. he was getting dressed. john's best man bill lynch thought he was pranking him. he realized it was the president on the phone. he went into a story that he married his nancy 30 years ago. john couldn't get him off the phone. he's looking at his watch. he made it. he was honored but late. >> it was that warmth that drew 'm to him as a person? >> i strongly believe -- true with you too -- who you are comes through on television. i've seen this over the years, people who he was came through. he was an incredibly decent charming, funny, warm guy.
>> two of your daughters have followed him in the news business. we have all three daughters here this morning. a third daughter works in reality television. what does it mean for you to see them in many ways to continue that legacy. you were at nbc as well? >> we are so proud. it wasn't like we said you need to do this. the example of the life john had and how he conducted himself. adventures, integrity. what this career is, truth and getting the story right. it's a great life. we're of proud of them. >> what's something people may not -- when you watch someone on tv you feel like you know them especially when he was on the "today" show. he had a private life. is there something we should know about him that we don't. >> i know he would think he hoped no one saw the sentimental side when on the news.
he was asked to come to the girl's high school on martin luther king's birthday. the girls were like daddy, don't die when you talk about martin luther king. a lawyer who covered him who's also a parent started talking about martin luther king started crying. john started crying. it was okay. he was in good company. >> he spoke to martin luther king in the book. >> he was a huge part of his career. >> it's a treat for so many people that you carried on as he wanted you to share these stories with us. >> it was a labor of love for us. thank you. >> once again that book is called "news catcher." up next, we'll speak with quincy jones and ♪ one...two...three...four.... ♪ drop and roll ♪ drop it more...drop ♪ i wanna know your name ♪ i wanna, i wanna know your name... ♪ ♪ you got me droppin' the cut ♪ ♪ you got me droppin' it down... ♪
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us amazing standards. >> these are the most talent ee pianoists that walked the earth. >> somebody believes in you. makes you believe in yourself more. >> quincy jones and justin coplin. terrific documentary. you pointed out we're all -- tell me about -- as i put in the dvd, what hah -- what i saw was this incredible musician that wanted to share. >> i lived in chicago. my father was a cartpentecarpen. ka poen capone ran them out of
chicago. my father bussed my brother and i to seattle. it all happened in seattle. >> justin as we mentioned -- >> at 12 years old. >> justin, you were in a coll e ensemble. clark mentors you. you become friends. how did that evolve? >> the director of that film was also in that with me. he played the drums. al had been close with clark when i joined the school. he thought it would be a good idea for me to go meet clark because at time clark was losings sight because of diabetes. i went to the house. i'm going to clark terry's house. i shared with him my own experiences. i've been blind since i was 11. shared encouragement and sort of, things work out. that's how the relationship
started. >> we know it's hard to be a jazz musician. this is the place to be. you're still around. people like quincy jones and clark terry. do you pinch yourselves? >> of course. when life happens, you go with it. getting to know clark and have a relationship with him i'll cherish the rest of my life. to have this experience. i was at clark's house while they were filming. they were doing what we do, hanging out and teaching. we get a call saying quincy jones is coming and has a project he wants to do with clark. we're like what? >> we're going to do an album with him and snoop dogg. they're both from st. louis. snoop dogg said i want you to meet this little man. >> quincy, walk with me. i want you to meet someone. 65 years in the business, what's the most standout moment for
you? >> franklin, michael jackson. >> tony bennett, frank sinatra. >> one of my colleagues here is even a bigger fan. she goes around telling people that you're her uncle. >> oh my goodness. >> i'm an aries. i'm having a moment. oh my goodness. i'm going to cry on national tv. oh my goodness. >> you're so sweet. >> can i tell you something? when i was in middle school i had my first cassette take in wichita kansas. saved up money and went to music and more the shop. bought a back on the block, birdland. put on my hat, jazz hands, made up a routine, won a $12,000
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back on a sunday morning, dylan visited a haunted house to be scared only but for undercover work. >> the haunted house is in kansas city, missouri. it takes an hour to walk through this. i was dripping sweat in pure fear by the time i left. i was a little scared, but luckily i was able to turn the tables a little bit.
if you're anything like me, a that is more terrifying than it is thrilling. i wondered what it was like to be the one speaking people. call it sweet rrevenge. i went to kansas city where every halloween hundreds come out to perform in the production. this teacher is trying out for her 17th season. >> why do you keep coming back? >> a lot is probably the adrenaline rush. you get a thrill when you truly scare spln. it's hard work. that's part of what we'll be looking for during auditions. how they'll project their voice. of course they do keep track of how many pee their pants. >> do you have prior acting
experience? >> i was a princess at a birthday party once. does that count? >> despite stage fright, i gave it my best. i need it. i need it right now. i need it. a few weeks later, i returned for opening night. first, i had to look the part. the transformation took almost an hour. then it was show time. >> i need your blood. it was exhausting but fun to be on the other side for once. >> holding onto somebody in front of me. >> you were scaring us. >> you are a very scary monster.
>> if you're heading out to haunted houses this week, my advice be afraid. be very afraid. >> i need you. i need you. >> you are a drama queen. >> such a drama queen. >> who knew? >> this was one of the craziest experiences. it was a lot of fun. >> wow. very impressive. chuck todd, what's coming up on "meet the press"? >> the election season is side track add by ebola outbreak, home grown terrorism. i'm meeting voters. exclusive poll numbers showing senate control run a nice edge. stay tuned lester. >> we'll see you shortly. thanks. that's going to do it for us on a sunday morning. thanks for being with us this morning. >> and our fans of the day, thanks. >> have a great day. thanks for watching.
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nbc 10 news starts now. >> right now on nbc 10 news today, ebola concerns and criticism. what the nurse who is in isolation at a new jersey hospital has to say about the mandatory quarantine. they have been working without a contract for months, and today, some septa workers will vote on whether or not they want to go on strike. the winds will be kicking up on this sunday, but there will be plenty of sunshine. here's a live look at camelback mount resort in the poconos. good morning, this is nbc 10 news today. i'm rosemary conners. it's 9:00 on this sunday. meteorologist michelle grossman is tracking the breezy conditions outside. it will be a little bit cooler today than yesterday. >> it will. good morn