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thank you for watching. have a great day. . >> good morning. breaking overnight. thousands take to the streets of new york city shutting down highways and bridges, protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer whose apparent choke hold led to the oathf eric garner. this morning, garner's widow speaks out. an american hostage pleads for his life in a disturbing few video from al qaeda, the terror group threatening to kill him if 72 hours if their demands aren't met. nassau ushering a new era with a spacecraft. is there the right future?
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we'll be there live. and let there be light. ♪ ♪ . after a star-studded celebration, the rockefeller center christmas tree is sheevening bright today, first, december 4th, 2014 from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning the rockefeller christmas tree looking so great. how many years collectively have we been doing this? it's the first time they let us prets the button. >> they used to do it. we were always a part of the tradition. it was fun, we should mention as we were doing that, there were protests in the streets of the
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city not far from that event. >> that is our top story, demonstrations not only here in new york city, across the country. they were in response to another controversial grand jury decision tied to the death of a suspect at the hands of police. we will speak with eric garner. steffi gosk is in time's square with the latest on all this. good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. time's square is more or less back to normal here. can you see bare al qaeda behind me. that was not the scene last fight. emotions in the city were already running high after a grand jury decision not to indict in the ferguson case, when the statin grand jury decided not to prosecute the officers involved in eric garner's death, protesters seemed ready. they staged in a number of areas. they blocked streets new york
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city, including the iconic rockefeller christmas tree lighting. bringing traffic to a stand still, shutting down major highways and bridges. in cities across the country, massive protests, demanding justice for eric garner after a grand jury did not indict the police officer who put him in a choke hold that led to his death. >> he could have been indicted. >> there is no justice, no justice. i hope there will be peace. >> reporter: in this video if july, police can be seen arresting garner for illegally selling cigarettes, write he denied doing. he was forced to the ground saying he was unable breathe. >> i can't breathe. >> moments later, the father of six was dead. the medical examiner ruled it a homicide partly caused by a neck or choke hold. it is banned by the police
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department. the officer's union says the officer did not use a choke hold. >> i don't know what video they were looking at. evidently, it wasn't the same one the rest of the world was looking at. >> the problem here, is these secret grand jury proceedings in a case that otherwise is very, very public. >> new york city's mayor spoke out shortly after the decision. >> our decision requires us to say that black lives matter. >> reporter: in a statement, the officer accused of the choke hold says i became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can't protect themselves. it is never my intention to harm anyone and i feel very bad about the death of mr. garner. while in washington, president obama, once again, calls for action to repair law enforcement in communities nationwide. >> right now, unfortunately, we are seeing too many instances where people do not have
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confidence that folks are treated fairly. >> reporter: attorney general eric holder announced there will be a special civil rights investigation. he says this is one of a couple incidents, recent incidents that have tested the sent of trust between law enforcement officials. savannah. >> steffi, thank you so much. eric garner's widow is with us along with al sharpston, good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> mrs. garner, let me first offerly condolence for the loss of your husband. can you take me to that moment yesterday when you first heard the grand jury did not indict? >> i just dropped my phone and just started balling. i started crying. because it's not fair. it's not fair. what do they want to see? how could they possibly not indict? you know, i felt hopeless.
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i felt like there was not another corner to turn, like there was nothing left for me to fight for him then i got some encouraging phone calls and of course with the support of reverend al and the new york i feel now we have some type of hope, you know, some type of justice to be done for my husband. >> this is one of those very rare instances where this was caught on camera. it is all on video. knowing that, having looked at that video, how do you explain what the going did, what do you think happened here? >> honestly, from the beginning, i had no faith in staten island prosecuting anybody from staten island. i didn't have any type of encouragement. i felt no remorse. i felt no compassion, no anything from staten island,
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like besides the people on staten island, but as far as like the police and da. there was no sincerity in his eyes from day one. >> let me ask you about that. the officer released a statement saying he felt quote very bad about the death of your husband and hopes you would accept his personal condolences. do you? >> not at all. >> you consider that an apology? >>. the cops to apologize or have any remorse like i said yesterday, when my husband was screaming he couldn't breathe. >> let me ask you the other side of this i heard a law enforcement person on the show say, you know, when you resist arrest bad things happen and there will be some people watching. that's how hay they look at it. >> living in new york, i know a lot of people that resisted arrest and a would have walked away from it, either if jail,
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out of jail, whatever the case pay be. not death. >> remember, how do you say when someone is laying on the ground already being held down by the officers, you feel choking. he resisted. he said 11 times on that tape, i can't breathe. you are still holding him. you can't make a claim, the reason we called this national march next week saturday in washington, is you have ferguson with michael brown. you have staten island with sarah garvin, people killed by police, you have another case in brooklyn, new york, all within three months. so the federal government now has to come in and say, bad kochs, not all cops are bad. most cops are not bad. but bad cops have to be adjudicated outside of the local prosecutors. >> because of these cases, you
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do have national attention on this issue. the president saying, this time it's different, because the president is focused on this. >> i was in the meeting with the president. >> do you think he is focused or not? >> he seems very focused. we need that focus to lead to change. i have been meeting with problem and president clinton on these same issues. the difference is they happen one after another, there is a videotape people are saying, the guy is on the ground, where is your humanity that you are choking a man and saying i can't breathe and you don't let him go? >> we express our condolences, we appreciate your time this morning. >> thank you so much for having me. >> savannah, thank you. history being made this morning at the kennedy space center in. fla. nasa is set to launch a brand-new spaceship that will one day carry humans into deep
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space, perhaps into mars. tom costello is about as close as can you get to the launch. tom, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. we are just about seven minutes or so away from launch. this is a big deal. you know, this spacecraft looks nothing like the space shuttle flight we saw lift off from here over the past 30 years. this mission is harkening back to nasa glory days and the apollo moon mission. on launchpad 37-b the spaceship nasa hopes will one day carry it where no one has gone before. sitting atop a delta 4 rocket the young manned orion vehicle, accelerating for a 4-and-a-half hour trip. once in space, orion will orbit the earth twice, traveling 3600 miles out. then borrowing a page from apollo, a fiery re-entry.
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4,000 degree temperatures. a long drop through the clouds, finally splash down in the pacific ocean. >> we need to make sure it works right, so we are pushing on the system's heat shield and other things to do just that. >> and liftoff. final liftoff of atlanta. >> reporter: it's been three years since america's final space shuttle flight. since then, america has paid russia to carry american astronauts to the space station. dmeshl companies are poised to take over that job. with orion nasa hopes to carry four astronauts to the moon, asteroids, even mars. >> this launch could be the beginning if you will. it is the first flight in the next era of huh image exploration for the nation and the world. >> reporter: but a nasa or mars mission will take time. the first manned test flight won't come for another eight years. a mars mission could be 20 years
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away. >> there is t-minus five minutes and counting. previously, we saw it about 250 miles altitude and meet up with the international space station. this mission goes to 3,600 miles howe out. matt, savannah, back to you. >> tom, thanks very much. it will be fascinating to watch. let's go over to savannah. >> thank you. in a disturbing new video, an option of al qaeda is threatening to murder a man in three days from now. >> luke summer, 33-years-old, born in the u.k., an american citizen, spent self of his life here. he was kidnapped about a year ago. he was living in yemen. he initially went as a teacher. then he started taking photographs and became a photo
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journalist. he got kidnapped from al qaeda. we haven't heard much from him. then this video came out. an al qaeda member, known al qaeda leader is speaking on the video saying that unless al qaeda demands, which are unmeetable, that he will be killed in three days. >> you have knowledge about an operation to rescue him, a failed attempt? >> late last month, there was a secret mission to free him. it was led by u.s. special operation forces, yemeni ground forces were involved. they managed to free saudi and yemeni hostages. unfortunately, he wasn't there. this is the way for the grown-up to respond saying, you didn't get him. you missed him. now there is a possibly we will get him. >> by the way, there is another story getting a lot of attention this morning. an american teacher who was murdered in abu dhabi.
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>> we don't know necessarily why she was murdered. there was video of this woman living in abu dhabi, which is a popular place for american to go abroad. when she went abroad into the persian gulf, she was murdered. >> reporter: before her brutal murder, she seemed at home in abu dhabi t. 47-year-old divorced mother moved from colorado to the wealthy capital of the united arab emirates with her twins, 11-year-old boys over a year ago. she was recruited by a firm called foot print to teach in the persian gulf. she wrote on the website, i wanted to experience the arab world, sharing my life and learning about theirs. it is an amazing experience. ryan was stabbed to death monday at this shopping mall. abu dhabi police released this under surveillance video showing a person wearing a traditional all covering abayi entering the mall entering an elevator.
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on another floor, she walks towards the women's restroom. 90 minutes later the tape shows people, including the suspect, running from the restroom, where witnesses told nbc news, they heard shouting. one person confronts the suspect. who quickly leaves the mall. they call ryan's murder a troubling sign for americans living in the persian gulf. >> traditionally up until this very moment, americans have been safe. this is a warning sign. people have to be careful. >> it's unclear why she was murdered. but there had been a warning put out by the u.s. ba es to cross the middle east. >> that al qaeda was looking to carry out attacks against american teachers. so there had been a specific threat for learning institutions. >> abu dhabi one of the safer cities in the middle east. thank you. more top stories of the morning, including bad news for anyone who received a flu shot this
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year. >> that's right. we are getting a warning from federal officials this morning. much of the influenza virus in the u.s. has mutated. they are saying this year's vaccine doesn't provide good protection against it. the centers for disease control and prevention said most flu cases are started by the virus this year. it mutated and about half of the cases match the vaccine. still the cdc says the vaccine provide what is is called cross protection, which might reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes, such as hospitalization and death. family and friends gathered on wednesday to remember tamir rice, the 12-year-old cleveland boy shot to death by a police officer. more than 100 people attended the service. rice was shot nearly two weeks ago by an officer responding to a call about a person with a gun. it turns out it was an air soft pellet gun. the grand jury will consider whether to bring charges against
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the officer. baltimore ravens officials are denying claims that they suggested to jenay rice. >> that apology came during their joint news conference, she told matt she was ready to do anything to help the situation. >> if there is anyone that says, jenay, it would be good if you issue an apology. >> they suggest it, yes. >> did they come up with the wording? >> no, not specifically. they basically gave us the general script. >> the ravens team official said in a statement wednesday, the team provided talking points to ray, not to jenay. rice won the appeal of his indefinite suspension last week. it remains to be seen what his team will take him on. a driver and shaith 38
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children escape a smoking bus on the way to school. so the driver pulled over. fortunately, everyone was able to get out safely. the bus, though, was soon fully engulfed in flames. talk about flight i frightening there. the holiday season officially under way right here in new york cit city. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! >> as you saw, matt, savannah, al and i were there, along with several other performers, to light up the famous christmas tree, the spruce topped by that beautiful glowing war swarovski star. mariah carey kicking off the event with her no. 1 hit "all i want for christmas is you." so now we can ask the question,
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have you started your christmas shopping? >> that's the question a lot of people are asking. >> i give you the chance to say 45,000 lights, one goes out, they all go out! >> that won't be the last time. >> mr. roker. >> we have been talking about this rain in california and while it doesn't seem like big numbers for california these are impressive numbers for the month of september. look at this, san francisco, three-and-a-half inches. all of last year got 3.3 inches of rain, los angeles picking up an inch and a third. san diego, two-thirds of an inch of rain. >> that has made it into the southwest. on into albuquerque. we will watch this. even though you may not live in this area. this rain makes its way east and by friday it is in the mid-west. it will make its way into the northeast as we make our way
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down as wed into your friday. mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, no sunshine. but we're tracking your rain return on the overnight hours friday headed into your saturday and sunday a chance of showers for the eagles games on sunday. ll right, al, thank you so much. carson, i used to snow a guy named carson. is he in for tamron? >> merry christmas. >> ho, ho, ho, everybody. nice to see you guys, too. well, there is good news. i will tell you about it in a bit. our friend jimmy fallon and their his wife, nancy, they had a baby. >> also ahead, could you go through with this? why one mother says she is can selling christmas to teach her kids a very important lesson. plus, the desperate search for a missing college student in philadelphia intensifies a week after his disappearance. we will talk to his parents live. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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can see, 95 southbound, slow moving 32 minutes from woodhaven to the wein. 56 eastbound and westbound. and 95 to 76, slow 23 minutes. and we are learning more about a suspicious house fire in montgomery county. flames that gutted this home on commons drive. this is in sanatoga. this happened overnight. nbc10 on the scene where the home is a total loss. completely gutted. fortunately, no one there was hurt. we have more on the house. it does belong to a limerick township police officer. investigators there are looking through the debris including christmas lights that say were on and on a timer. i'm vai sikahema. you can get the latest news on nbc10. back to "today" show. see you in half an hour.
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it's 7:30 on a thursday morning. it's december 4th, 2014. after months of intense practice, the big day has arrived for allison williams and the cast of "peter pan live." you can catch it live tonight 8:00 central time here on nbc. >> natalie, you were flying earlier this week. >> this will be an amazing production everybody, the cast, christopher walken, it's a great cast. >> let's take a look at headlines this morning. more protests a planned today after a fork city grand jury declined to indict a police
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officer in the alleged choke hold death of 43-year-old eric garner. demonstrations were held throughout the city overnight, blocking street, snarling traffic. more than 30 people were arrested. nasa's orion project launches its first test flight this morning. the unmanned mission expected to go twice before splashing down in the pacific ocean. this year's strain of the virus the cdc says the virus has mutated and half of the cases they have seen match the vaccine. and coming up, should bill cosby wave the statute of limitations and let women accuseing him of sexual assault sue, the official request as three new accusers have come forward. >> let's begin with a week old search for missing college student in philadelphia. shea montgomery has not been seen since the early hours of
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thanksgiving morning and police seem to have few clues to go on. erica hill has more on this case. good morning to you. >> matt, good morning the fbi says it is unusual to have so few leads in a case, they remain hopeful. an outpouring of support is also offering hope to a family desperate for answers. on the campus of west chester university, wednesday night, a sing you lar focus, define shea montgomery and bring the 21-year-old home. >> everyone keeps looking, keeps doing what they can. >> i want shea to come back so their hearts can be whole. >> a shower of support. >> reporter: the turnout is offering some comfort, for this tight knit family. what does it mean for you to see all these people turn out for your cousin? >> it's overwhelming. it gives me a little hope.
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>> reporter: nearly a week into the search, there are few new includes. officials say shea made a call around 1:30 a.m. thanksgiving morning. there are no records or calls from his cell phone after that. he was asked to leave this bar just before 2:00 a.m. witnesses say he was cooperative and didn't appear intoxicated. the fbi says it is reviewing all under surveillance video for any trace of shea and re-enter viewing witnesses. >> i believe that somebody knows where shane is and somebody knows what happened to shane. it was closing time. somebody had to see something. >> the last signal came at 2:38 a.m. about a pile from the bar. >> shane would never not call or text or he'd use other people's phones before he'd get in touch with someone. >> hundreds of volunteers scoured the area over the holiday weekend as the police and fbi search from the sky and
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near the water. flyers are pasted across philadelphia and back on campus, the community is determined to bring their classmate home. >> it's encouraging to see so many people care. >> reporter: it is important to note the fbi was not brought into the case because of any particular fact, but because in the city of philadelphia the task force here tends to work closely with the police department and as one agent told me last night, the more people involved in this case, the better. >> erica hill, thank you very much. shane's parents are joining us now, good morning to both of you, thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having us. >> you both have been extremely complimentary of local law enforcement and the fbi for all of their efforts, have they been able to tell you, anything, any tip that gives you some encouragement? >> matt, they're working very hard on this case. it's the top people in the nation that are on this case and
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we have a little point of direction, somewhere to get us focused. i can't tell you enough that we have the church and the support from the church down to every law enforcement. >> it seems so random. he had no known enemies. yet, he disappeared seven days ago. you asked your question this a thousand times. what do you think happened? >> i think because thanksgiving is a very, very busy night for college age kids coming home and celebrating, meeting up with old friend or whatever, somebody has to see something out there, what happened to shane. people have to come forward and
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call the proper authorities. i think there are so many under surveillance cameras down on the main street and so many bars and restaurants down on pain street where shane was, that they are combing every inch and every frame of every video that they had opportunity to do. that takes time. shane is a typical college of age 21-year-old kid. he is 5' 11," a thin build. he had a grey sweatshirt on and a pair of blue jeans. so i'm sure on main street there is probably 100 or more kids that look exactly the same as shane so. >> the pub is a $17 bill. no record of him drinking excessively. i know, mrs. montgomery, he is a very considerate young man. he never would worry you. when he would come home and get
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home at night, he would wave to you or squeeze your foot to let you know he came home at night. >> every time he came home, i asked him to let me know he was here. every time he went out, if he wasn't home or got locked out, he was texting, i used my phone as my alarm. i who you would come down and let him in. there is no way he just walked away and lets me and kevin and my family worry about him. there is no way, i always knew that shane was a very special kid but your kids are always very special to you. i never saw unwaivering support for my son. i received a letter last fight from his creative writing class and i real whiez a special young man he is. and i kind of always question my parenting skills. and i come to the conclusion that i didn't do such a bad job with shane and i hope that we
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find him soon. >> i want to remind people, if anybody saw anything, contact the local police or the fbi. kevin and karen montgomery, our thoughts are with you. >> thank you very much. thank you for having us. >> it cannot be easy for them to do that. clearly, someone knows something and will call us. take a turn now, we get a check of the weather with al. >> all right. guys. we show you we got some warmer air coming if. in fact, winter seems to want to take hold in the southwest. you see the jet stream is up to the north. a subtropical jet is coming across. that's brigg above normal temperatures into the southwest. look at these temperatures, 54 degrees, 12 degrees above normal. 52 in wichita. am r amarillo, rain moves into the southwest. an icy mix in central illinois.
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beautiful weather along the eastern seaboard. good morning, i'm "first alert" meteorologist brittney shipp. as we head into the rest of today we'll see a mix of sun and clouds. that's an improvement from what we saw yesterday. our temperatures range between 44 and 47 degrees just slightly below the average of 49. temperatures continue to drop down as we head into your friday. mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, no sunshine. but we also are tracking rain returning on your overnight hours friday heading into your saturday. and sunday, chains of showers for the eagles game on sunday. . >> all right, al, thank you so much. coming up next, the unusual challenge to bill cosby as three more women accuse him of sexual assault. a little later on, the year assault. a little later on, the year in music in one
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saying essentially, we don't have the fact. cosby's next shows at a venue outside new york city has been cancelled h. he is facing even more allegations. >> i want people to know i had an encounter with bill cosby in the summer of 1973. >> reporter: the three women who joined gloria allred at a made for tv event wednesday sobbed. helen hayes says she met him at a celebrity tennis tournament when it happened. >> he approached me from behind and reached over my shoulder and grabbed my right breast. >> reporter: she had an affair after she drank a cappuccino. >> after i drank it, i lost consciousness, the next thing i knew, hours had passed. i woke up in the back of my car alone, my clothes were amess. my bra undone.
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>> reporter: a woman claims cosby assaulted her in a las vegas hotel room in 1986 when she was only 17. >> i could not open my eyes. i couldn't move or say anything. >> reporter: this week judy hough filed a civil suit alleging she was assaulted as a teen. legal experts say the more than 20 accusers don't really have the option to sue. >> for most civil cases, there will be a statute of limitations, here the alleged conduct occurred many, many years ago. >> reporter: allred called on cosby to create a fund and let an arbitor decide if the women deserved a payout or waive the statute of limitation. then accusers would have an opportunity to go before a judge and a jury and everybody wins. >> reporter: a clever move, she says, highly unlikely to go anywhere. >> no one would like to open themselves up to these allegations cart blanche.
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>> reporter: once again, cosby has not been charged with any crime. they expect a court filing by cosby's team today in response to that lawsuit filed this week. >> kate snow, thank you so much. coming up next, carson has a very exciting reason why jimmy fallon was unable to make the "tonight show" last night. trending, the unexpected place where two of the largest trending, the unexpected place where two of the largest companies in the look, i love the way he controls abthe lightsbutler. and unlocks the door when i forget my keys... it's just that... i feel like he's always watching us. yes, that is why we should use wink. ...look, it can monitor and manage our house but it won't start to develop human emotions. hey buddy. control your entire home with one simple app introducing wink it's like a robot butler, but not as awkward.
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7:51. carson is in the orange room with big news from the nbc family. >> thanks, matt. this tweet, due to unexpected by delightful circumstances, there will not be a show tonight or thursday. the reason, jimmy fallon and his wife giving birth to a baby
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girl. 5 pounds 11 ounces, they have a daughter the beautiful winnie rose who makes a cameo here from time to time on jimmy fallon's instagram account. savannah actually spoke to jimmy, take a look at this. >> we tried for a long time. i mean, for five years and i know people have tried much longer, but if there is anyone out there who is trying and losing hope and hang in there, try every avenue, try anything can you do, because you will get there. you will end up with a family. it's so worth it. it's the most worth it thing. i'm just so happy right now, i'm freaking out. >> that was one daughter. now he has two. he wrote back, lots of people are saying nice things, franny sends her thanks, jimmy, nancy, we love you, congratulations, welcome to the world, franny. back to you. >> i love that, franny and winnie, cute names. >> coming up, how much weight will you gain this holiday
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>> announcer: "nbc10 news" starts now. good morning. i'm vai sikahema. it is 7:56. we're off to a cold start on this thursday morning. and we get to the "first alert" forecast with brittney shipp. >> temperatures are going to stay in the mid-40s so a little cooler than average for this time of year. as you're heading out the door expect temperatures to be below freezing. 27 degrees. 29 in atlantic city. 25 in millville. 29 degrees in pottstown. 30 in coatesville. 32 in dover. and 33 degrees in wilmington. for the rest of today, i'll help you plan your day. expect temperatures to stay in the 40s as we head out to lunch. 42 degrees. 43 degrees at 4:00 p.m. back down at 9:00 p.m. >> and checking in with the traffic with jillian mele. >> good morning.
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we still have the accident, off ramp from 76 eastbound to 202 northbound. you see that ramp was blocked. it was a tractor trailer overturned earlier this morning. and crews are still trying to clean that up. 14 on 76 westbound. right near city avenue. 95 southbound is at a crawl right now. with speeds in the teens in some spots. you'll notice 95 southbound near cottman. 9 miles per hour it what we're seeing beyond the cottman exit. 16 allegheny and slows down in center city. happening today, workers in philadelphia and across the country are walking off the job. fast food workers and home health care workers are fighting for the raise in minimum wage. demonstration, planned for more than 150 cities in the u.s. also today, septa will hold a safety blitz. officers at the transit agency will be at the neshaminy station this afternoon.
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. >> it is 8:00 on "today." move over six-pack, here comes six pounds. that's the average amount of weight americans will put on this holiday season. we have to avoid that dreaded gain. up, up, away! >> then the view from up above. >> i'm going up to find something that feels like a piece of art. >> we will go high above new york taking art to new heights. >> 3, 2, 1! >> and let christmas shine. we'll have all the highlights from the star-studded lighting from the iconic rockefeller christmas tree today, thursday, december 4th, 2014.
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[ music playing ] >> first time in new york city, good morning! >> we came all the way to the "today" show. >> we have a delicious chili reci recipe. >> good morning, everyone, welcome back to "today." thursday morning, december 4th, 2014. we love throwback thursday him today we will do something special. we will throw it back to 2013. it is a mashup.
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you got to watch this online. bang bang, all about that bass, john legend is in it. it's incredible. >> it's an awesome job. check that out. also ahead, as one of the hardest groups to shop for during the holiday, we are talking about 'tweens and teens, do you go with toys, eelectronic, crafts? we will go into the answers for those questions. >>. >> let's turn it over to the top stories once again. >> the widow of eric garner is speaking out one day after a grand jury decide not to indict a police officer. she says it is unfair. protesters are speaking out. stephanie gosk has more.
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good morning to you. >> good morning, the nypd says 83 arrests were made last night during the protests. emotions were running high after the going decision not to indict. staten island decided it was not enough evidence. reaction was swift and organized. garner's widow described the moment she found out earlier this morning on "today." >> i dropped my phone. i started balk. i started crying. it's not fair. what could they not see? how could they possibly not indict? >> at one point they shut down one of the major arteries on one side of manhattan. tonight more protests are planned while attorney general eric holder says this case isn't
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over. >> thanks so much. in the middle east, a suspect is in combination stowed in the stabbing death of a teacher killed monday in an abu dhabi shopping mall. one said they planned to put a bomb near an american doctor. earlier on "today," the family said they love all the help and support they are getting. last fight, friends and family members held a vigil where he is a senior. on wednesday, a two-day series wrapped up, looking into allegations from a female student that he axe sexually assaulted her two years ago. winston issued a statement denying the allegations that read, in part, i did not rape or
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what is your name, little lady? >> jocelyn. >> reporter: where are you from? >> pennsylvania. >> you are roaming around the states. where do you live in pennsylvania? >> thank you. >> it's nice to see you. >> all right, let's show you what we got going on right now. we will show you we got wet weather in the pacific northwest. also in the southwest as well. a little on the damp side. afternoon highs, nice and toasty. it is awfully chilly. the jet stream hasn't made it warm enough. for today, sun schein into the plains. wet weather in the good morning. i'm brittney shipp. as we head into the day, a mix
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of sun and clouds. that's an improvement from yesterday. temperatures range from 44 to 47 degrees. slightly below the average of 49. temperatures continue to drop down as we head into your friday. mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, no sunshine. rain returning on your friday and heading into your saturday. sunday, a chance of showers for the eagles game. and that is your latest weather! >> all right. how about this one, coming up on trending, is this a good lesson to teach kids? or is it a little cruel, why one pom says she decided to can sell christmas for her children. how to battle the inevitable holiday weight gain without missing out on some of your favorite tastes of the season. and 'tweens tell you what they want for the season, our group reviews the hottest toys. first, these messages. get set for the season...
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. >> it is 2kw4re678. we welcome carson back to what's trending. >> let's get started about big news about bond, james bond, film makers announcing details about the 24th film in that franchise. it's titled "specter" daniel craig is back. the aston martin. everyoneps to know about the bond girl. who will be joining the ranks of ursula andress? monica bellucci. she is 50. >> look at her. she's gorgeous. >> an italian actress and fashion model. the movie hits theaters next november. i think a lot of people will
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find that very incredible. >> awesome. amazing. she looks unbelievable. wow, good for you. okay. here's a story, not that you think anymore a. new ad pain will let you shop on your smartphone in all places in the public restroom. yes, amazon and procter & gamble. stall mall. using amazon's app, you can scan the bar codes to place your order. you will get a big discount, available products include toothpaste, air fresh inner, yes, toilet paper. >> the campaign is being rolled out all around the country. >> who is using this? >> i'm not shopping. >> i obviously know what natalie
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is doing. >> you might want to check our christmas gifts and up your fiber. >> how clean are those screens in the stall? not very? >> i have a feeling there will be a lot of strong opinions about this. a utah mother is can selling christmas for her family. lisa handerson and her husband decided to be right back her sons entitlement. she says they began to expect a lot. even when they had been disrespectful. after months of warning them, little change, lisa's family will celebrate the season, instead of getting gifts, they will be giving gifts to others in need the concept of can selling christmas, what do you say about it? >> i applaud her for it. to put the pictures online, it's almost a way of shameing them.
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>> i have a feeling she is asking for attention. >> it's a long way as to go. >> it's really young. >> i like the don't be entitled. can you encourage giving to charity without can selling christmas? >> they are really little. >> i wonder if she is looking for a lot of support. putting the kids pictures online. >> we helped it. >> that is alongside some big stars. ♪ all i want for christmas ♪ is you ♪ you, baby >> reporter: what a way to get things started. ♪ walking in a winter wonderland ♪
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♪have a holly, jolly christmas ♪ in case you didn't hear ♪ i'm dreaming of a white christmas ♪ oh, how sad ♪ i want a hippopotamus for christmas ♪ oh, there's no place like home ♪ for the holidays 13st 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! yay! [ applause ] >> and that is what's trending today. that's a beautiful fight last
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night. >> love the lady gaga dress. >> the way she was wearing it. >> you were looking at the hat. after that festive display, let's bring you down. according to a new survey, two out of three people will gain more than 6 pounds just over the holidays. today's chanel jones is here with that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah, if there is one thing we know about this time of year, it's we will be inundated with food, lots and lots of food. the other thing we know, it's hard to avoid them because they're all so good. 'tis the season for gluttony the time of year wendy ets go out the window. >> i think we are all in for a very big treat. just a little dry. it's nothing. >> i just want to eat nice, because it's the holidays. >> reporter: all the turkey the ham the mashed potatos. the sweet potatos. the cookies the pies, just
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hearing about it makes us want to eat. >> the pumpkin pie the pecan pie. i will purposely eat less of the main course just to experience those types. >> reporter: it should come as no surprise according to a survey, two out of three americans ghandi more than 6 pounds during the season between thanksgiving and new years, leaving the stress of dieting until after all the festivities are over. >> the 6 pounds is a pound-and-a-half a week you are gaining, that is about in excess of 6,000 calories per week. so that's a lot of extra eating. >> reporter: 40% admitted to eating more during the holidays. so gaining weight is inevitable. add to that they're far less likely to exercise. you have a recipe for a hefty holiday. >> you can face the consequences of all the over eating over the holiday season. i don't think most of us want to spend all of the time in the gym. >> reporter: nutritionists say there are alternatives for you
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to consider, instead of mashed potatos. try mashed cauliflower. it's a fourth of the calories. pecan pie is less than pumpkin. that eggnog is about 400 calories a cup. apple cider is half of that. of course, there are always those who never gain a pound, you know the ones. >> i couldn't control what i eat. >> moderation is what i do. >> reporter: somehow i manage to keep my slim figure. i enjoy surfing. i think i paddle off those extra pounds. >> half the people surveyed confessed they just don't care about counting calories, leaving that to be their new year's resolution, anybody guess the am of pounds people want to loads? >> starting with at least 6. >> 14 pounds. it's just so hard. i picked up my five-year-old from school to get a smoothie.
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we walked in. they had donut samples on toothpicks, it's not one, one more toothpick. you know what i did? i bought a donut. i did and you know what i did today? today i brought my soup. after this. >> tug of war. >> chanel, thank you so much. we will send it over to matt. >> we have our special series, naughty or nice, kids toys put to the test. put toys in the hands of kids, 'tweens and teens and parents across the company. the co-founder is back with gifts for that age group. stephanie, into is to see you. >> good morning. >> go over the criteria. >> we asked the family for packaging instruction, how easy it was to put the toys together. ultimately was it fun? for 'tweens, it's really hard,
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'tweens have opinion, definite opinions. >> top score was 30. let's start with games. >> right. the first is our virtual games and the two leaders in this category are skylanders. the idea is you buy these characters and then you put them on the their portals and you take the characters, magically into your television into your game. then you have, right, that i have power. there is gaming to do. our kids love them. they got a 28. our parents have a social aspect as well. disney infinity, jessie is playing on. >> how did it do? >> it got a 25. our testers liked it as well. they to the the instructions on the screen were a little difficult to read. our moms thought enough knock 'em sock 'em in this game without seeing the violence in
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adult games. from the toy portfolio point of view, we chose them to have more than combat. these are great uses of technology. we hope they do more with it. >> let's move on to lego. i love lego products. >> the 'tweens love it. this is emmett. constructor group. children should be playing. they are putting it together. our testers love this. this is a more complicated set, it has over 700 pieces. it had a 26. it had the angry unikitty from the movie which kids love. >> bracelets. >> bubble bands are a big trend in jewelry. we thought the boho bands. in the toy portfolio it did well. in this round of testing with the "today" show, people had a difficulty putting them together. they thought the instructions weren't clear. on the other hand, this is the crayola fashion studio.
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madison is drawing. this is my favorite toy of the year. >> it looks like an old fashioned drawing pad. it has digital components. >> you take a picture with your iphone or tablet. it cap cures the image. ten you have a virtual fashion show with your own drawing. >> it's so clever. >> it is. we were told even a 6-year-old in the house wanted to try this as well. >> it got a 28, right? >> yes. with the abby and nick, that i are playing with a more advanced robot than the one we looked at yesterday. it has an app component and attitude and motion. so you can teach your child how to move, how to dance. our kids like it and rated it well. >> a 27. let's talk about flying toys. >> to me the flying toys are the kite of our generation. kids want it. you really love your kite when it's up in the air. until it goes in the trace, it's so disappointing.
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that's how both of these toys did with our testers. the scores were all over the place. this is the hot wheels flying plane. when you turn it on, it will take off. can you drive it oak. it will also take off. >> is it durable? i always thought they crashed once and you are done. >> one family gave it a perfect score. it broke a lot. one of the kids got a mild abrasion. we have the quad. this is like a drone. thank goodness jack is here to fly it for us. again, this one did well with many of our families, but with one of our families, they couldn't get it off the ground. so it was all over the place in terms of a score. it only turns for six minutes of play for 40 minutes of charge. >> stephanie, thank you so much. thanks to all of our toy testers down here as well. let's go over to savannah.
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>> matt, thanks so much. coming up, it's cold out. who cares? plenty of time for tailgatein good morning. i'm vai sikahema. we're drying out after yesterday. let's get our first alert forecast from brittney shipp. >> temperatures are dropping a bit, but we'll feel more sunshine. it's a trade off. as you head out the door now, temperatures in philadelphia, 36. 32 in pottstown. freezing in allentown. 29 in the poconos. 31 in atlantic city. as you head out for lunch, mid 40s in philadelphia. 42 degrees in allentown. heading into the rest of the evening, temperatures don't move much. by tomorrow we drop down even more. >> we're into rush hour, let's
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get a check of traffic from jillian mele. >> the bridges are jammed heading into philadelphia. tacony-palmyra is okay right now. around 8:35 this morning, we anticipate a bridge opening so a ship can pass through. traffic will be stopped for 10, 15 minutes. 422 is slow from oaks. we have ab accident on 202 northbound, an overturned truck. investigators are reconstructing what happened at the scene of a deadly accident in chester county overnight. a car struck and killed a construction worker on 422. the victim was a project superintendent from aston, delaware county. they say he was setting up cones for a line painting job around 11:00 last night when he was hit by the car near route 100. the car did stop. i'm vai sikahema. another update in about 25 minutes. you can get latest news and weather on
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. >> we are back now 8:30 on a thursday morning. it's the 4th day of december, 2014. we are continuing with our holiday toy drive. >> oh my goodness. >> we have jessie james zeker gathering toys for the 21st annual toy drive. we appreciate that. if you are coming down to our plaza, bring something to brighten up the holidays of some
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children in need. >> talk about a great time. we will hear more about that in a moment. plus, turning pictures into art? jenna bush hacker is here to tell us about a photographer giving a remarkable view of new york city high above. some football games coming up this weekend, why not have a great tailgate? son fianderson is here, she will let us, help us do that in style. >> we got this brand-new thing coming up, you are a fan of the holidays? >> yes, i am. we just released it. it's on itunes right now. >> your husband, by the way, a wide receiver for our new york jets had fun with the song. tell me about that. >> i wrote it. i wanted it to be about our first christmas and the things we love and combine it into one song. >> how is everything going? >> it is amazing. she is standing.
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she can dance. she stand on her own. it is really cute. she is 8 months now, almost 9 months. >> they change the holidays. >> they do. it can't be more fun. >> we really appreciate that. >> absolutely. it's a great cause. >> check it out. the new song. >> all right, now, let's check out al and the weather. >> thank you, guys, so much. . >> bye, guys. >> bye. . >> yesterday, in last night's tree lighting, i got to meet 11-year-old bring aden, he won $30,000 goods and service for his charity 3 b, brave, brown, back a part of mazda's nbc drive for initiative, meant to inspire others, to do more with their
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local community. his mom is here. good morning. >> good morning. >> how did you get the idea to do there? >> in 2013, i won the challenge and i got to go to the white house and meet michelle obama. she asked me how to share the experience forward and there was a lot of homeless people in delaware and in walk, so i thought it was a social injustice that they couldn't have healthy foods, so i decided to help them with a brown bag and i think we have been helping with food and water. >> kristi, were you surprised? >> surprised and not so surprised, but he's always had a big heart. but to make it come together and to inspire other people to join him has been an amazing time. >> bring a brayden, what would you say to other kids your age who want to get something going and get healthy? >> like i sac u talk to them,
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they think i motivate them and that's what makes them want to do more. >> perfect for this time of year and this time of the season. thank you so much to all of you. thank you on your charity. >> thank you. >> let's check your weather see what we have going on out there. mountain snow through the rockies, sunny skies on the east coast, showers on the mid mississippi and that weather extends into the mid-atlantic and west texas or i should say east texas gulf coast. look for more rain along the west coast from the pacific northwest tow good morning, i'm first alert meteorologist brittney shipp. as we head into the rest of today, a mix of sun and clouds. that's an improvement from yesterday. temperatures range from 44 to 47 degrees, slightly below our average of 49. temperatures continue to drop down as we head into your friday. mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, no
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sunshine, we are also tracking rain returning on your overnight hours friday heading into your saturday and sunday a chance of showers for the eagles game. and that's your latest weather. savannah. >> al, thank you so much. now to new hope for teenagers fighting battles of cancer. kate snow is back with that story. >> good morning again, it happens way too often, according to national cancer institute, 70,000 teens enter a club they never want to be a part of course finding out what it's like to be a teen ager with cancer. this isn't supposed to be the life of a 19-year-old. for six hours a day every other week, alex sits in this bed receiving the treatment he hopes will save his life. >> i was diagnosed with sarcoma in my left pelvis. now i'm here for cheema. >> reporter: he was a freshman
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last may when he thought his pelvis hurting, he thought was a sports injury, now it turned out to be a tumor. >> everybody i know keeps moving forward, i'm stuck where i am. >> reporter: as a teenager, he is also stuck in a kind of medical no man's land, between kids and grown-ups. >> it's a very different place in life to have cancer. so it comes from a very different perspective. >> the challenges of body image, of dealing with anxiety. of dealing with the transition from childhood to adulthood. >> then you layer on top of that cancer. >> absolutely, the threat of a life-threatening disease. [ music playing ] >> reporter: inspired by patients they met, two rock 'n' roll legends were determined to make it a little easier for children with cancer. roger daltry and period of time townsend pushed hospitals to make changes and they created
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teen cancer america to do it here. the organization works with hospitals to fund and create teen cancer units, helping teens medically and emotionally during what are already tough years. >> it's a vital time to becoming you. >> reporter: they're also funding film-maker hernandez, he was 15 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. >> you think you are immortal and you think life is always to be fun, now they drop that word on you. >> reporter: now he is helping teens with cancer in all 50 states. >> the moment i am fascinated is whaths the point where you decided that i'm not going to give up? if i can like bottle that spark and hand it out to everybody, nobody dies of cancer anymore. >> reporter: and that's the goal at ucla where alec is a patient, making changes that helps in a teen-friendly way. >> this isn't a hospital. this is one of like some
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nickelodeon motel kind of thing. i think if you go through cancer, the more you can keep an upbeat attitude, the more you can have a smile on your face, the things you hear come back with a vengeance. >> he's looking great. seven hospitals across the country are starting to make changes like this, including making sure treatment is tailored to the teenage body and developing clinical trials specifically for teens. doctors say all of it can increase the odds, savannah, that they will come out healthy on the other side. we have more information on our website about teen cancer america at >> i love what the film maker says, if you can bottle up that spark, that will to live. >> he is so inspiring. keep an eye out for that. coming up next, jenna bush hager introduces us to a man taking the art of photography to new heights. it may be the holidays. it does not mean tailgating is off. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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. >> we are back at 8:40. a lot of people think they need a photographer. here they have taken the height to jenna bush hager is introducing us to. >> that's right. bray nalen isn't afraid to try new things. i learned he will go anywhere to get that perfect shot. okay. so you are getting on. >> the harnessed in. >> hopefully, i don't have to harness myself in, i don't have to hang out of the helicopter. going to work with grey nalen is not for the faint of heart. >> we will take off and fly around. i love the adventure.
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>> let's do it. up, up and away. i moved along on an aerial shoot over manhattan, one of the trips he's made to capture every debutty above. i like it. what about seeing the world from above is so magical to you? >> i think it's the surprise. i'm not just going up to like get a shot and come back down. i'm going up to look and find something that from above feels like a piece of art. >> reporter: his big break into the world of fine art happened in his home state of texas. >> this is the image that first started my career. >> reporter: this prada inspiration mark caught his eye. he built a series around it. images that got him noticed in a los angeles flea market. >> i show up there every sunday. it was awesome. >> you got direct feedback for your art. does that help you now? >> i understand what people want. if it wasn't for that time
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period at the flee market, i would have never got on the where i am now. >> reporter: where he is now is everywhere. and just the last year, nalen has visited seven continents. when le has a vision, like bringing the beach to antarctica, he makes it happen. >> it was about nine months of planning. i went down as a guest on the national geographic trip that runs. and i was surprised they were so, okay, because i said i want to bring a blow-up giant swan. >> reporter: he hopes the contrasting images bring awareness to climate change, just like he wants these sheep painted with to make a change. >> they make people feel at the end of the day like that can escape. my tag line is to make every day a get away. >> reporter: the get away isn't limited to art on a wall. so it's not just grey nalen
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photographs anymore? >> it's the coolest thing to get to see your work become wearable. >> reporter: his fans can boy shoes, bathing suits and surfboards adorned with his work him wall paper that he has on display in his own bathroom. >> it's just crazy in a helicopter. you want to go over here, can you float on over. >> reporter: back in the sky, we make it to a very special place. >> there are a lot of people on the buildings. does 30 rock have an observation deck? >> that's the top of the rock. >> reporter: an image of 30 rock and the iconic ice rink become a part of his collection. i can't believe this is your office. >> i know, i love my view! >> i love your view! a view he loves to share, one camera click at a time. >> guys, i think that's a wrap. you were great, new york! >> you were great, fork!
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>> oh. >> that's a fun job, right? >> i noticed you didn't hang your feet out of the helicopter. >> because my pal what with me. >> she would be hanging me outside. take the shot, natalie. >> you make a great tour guide, oh, no. >> any tips we could use for photographs? >> you know, not really. the one thing he said is to see things from different angles. i think we all try to do that. >> the perspective of taking the beach to antarctica. >> also from above, find an interesting article. you like photography. >> always shoot down. >> definitely, you don't want a double chin. >> usually, people are looking down on me. shoot down on people. >> thank you. >> you can find more pictures on up next, a big weekend for football. we have the ultimate tailgaiting
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. >> we have the football playoffs fast approaching. sonny anderson, food expert from "the kitchen". >> hey! >> good morning. >> good morning, matt. good to see you. >> i'm warming he hands on the grill. >> tailgating is about cold weather. >> you have to do something special so your tailgate is special. >> i like to make it a good experience. lots of food people can personalize. >> you have nacho cheese hot
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dogs. >> i slit these down the center a bit with a knife. i did taco seasoning, a little lime juice, brush it on the hot dog. >> the lime juice i never heard before. >> think of it like a sparkle for the taco seasoning. >> you throw those on the grill. a lot of people bring these to the football stadium. >> that goes on the grill. these will come off. that slit is perfect. we will fill it up with all the toppings you would formally have or nachos. >> those come over here, close that up. >> you got it. >> here, this is simple. this is processed cheese. it starts with a v. the little can is velveeta and hot sauce goes in here to create a little more heat. you stir that up for nacho cheese. >> where are the buns?
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>> i got these here, they're nice and warm. get my hands into the game plan. we will get a hot dog and a bun him then like i said, a little cheese over the top. one there. yeah! cheese sauce. load it up like you would your nachos. cheese, chicken from the rotisserie, you can buy it at the grocery store. >> if you are worried about a mess, this is not the meal for you. >> don't worry about it. tomato, scallions, bits to go. >> land that off here. this is cool. chili in a bag. >> this is my texas high school days in a bag right here. chili in a bag. beans, if you want to make it healthier, chili is already good for you. you can do it with turkey, chicken, a little beef stock, some beer is in there as well. tomato, garlic, onion powder, et cetera. you make that, can you put that on the grill as well.
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>> seriously, into a frito bag in. >> you got cheese goes down, scallions, brack olives. avocado, lettuce, right into the bag. >> watch your hands, hold on. >> a little chili. >> how much do you want? >> as much as you want. make your tailgate, pass out a spoon, enjoy that. goodness, man, that's high school right there, san antonio, texas. >> we feed something to dripping. you have a bloody mary bar. >> they are out here. it usually happens in the morning, matt. i say start off with a cool bar, i have tomato juice. we will add in the vodka, aka wodka. a little lime and lemon juice. i like it spicy, so i will put horseradish in here. >> they keep saying, i keep eating the chili in the bag.
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>> you are hungry. we have our own tailgateing party. you chili powder, celery stock or old bay. >> let's look at the setup, the bloody marries. tell me, it looks like beer can chicken. >> that is root beer canned chicken, then a root beer bar-b-que sauce graze. root beer is perfect for that. a cool new bar of all the tension you can stack up into your bloody pare, i have enthat sausage i love, shrimp and pickled okra, cucumbers. >> i am in love with frito's and chili right now and you. this is a thursday morning on "today" on nbc. i'm loving this. >> i am glad you leak it. i'm loving this. >> i am glad you leak it. we used to
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[ music playing ] back now at 8:54 with carson and mr. frito. >> matt looks disgusted about the idea of eat income a chili back, you still brought it in. >> i love this. >> i thought you weren't going to take a bite. are you killing it. >> this is leak his third frito bag. >> this despite you are wearing three neck ties. >> these are three "options action." guess which juan is pantone, color of 2015, one of these three colors. >> do they have funky names?
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a sherbet thing? >> yeah. >> what is this? >> an earthy red. >> and this. >> kind of a. >> i will say orange. >> blue. >> you are both wrong, it's marsala right here in the middle. >> you want to give it away with a fancy name. >> look at the orange room. we have turned it into marsala. it's an earthy wine color. it's a city in sicily. chicken marsala. this is the color, dress a baby in marsala. you will be cool. there you go. do you like it? >> i like it very much. >> some products are available. deals and steals, ladies and gentlemen. >> okay. how are the frito's working out for you? >> i'm not sure they will work out for me la
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good morning. i'm vai sikahema. let's get our first alert forecast on this chilly december morning from meteorologist brittney shipp. >> it is a cold start to the morning. as we get into the afternoon, temperatures will stay below average. colder than what we saw yesterday. this is a live look at cape may.
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more sunshine today. that's a big change. as you head out the door right now, 37 degrees. wind speeds out of the west at 11 miles per hour. it feels more like 29 in the city. here's how we will progress throughout the rest of today. 44 to 47, that's our range. sun to clouds, also staying cold. we are tracking rain for the weekend. thank you. this morning we're gathering more information about a suspicious house fire in montgomery county. we learned the house belongs to a limerick township police officer. flames gutted the home on commons drive overnight. the home, as you see here, is a total loss. no one was hurt. investigators will look through the debris including christmas lights that they say were on and on a timer. fast food workers are gathering in philadelphia ahead of a planned nationwide strike. nbc 10 in center city early this morning as workers got together for a strike line and speak out. they're fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage. at noon, demonstrators will be
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at broad and arch for a march and rally. protests are planned in more than 160 cities across the u.s. philadelphia mayor michael nutter will be honored in washington today. governing magazine will give nutter a 2014 public official of the year award. the staff at governing says the mayor is being honored for his work in creating a cleaner, safer and fiscally sound city. another update in about 25 minutes. you can get the latest news and weathers on back to the "today" show. winds.
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they hope to launch this morning. this spaceship is like nothing like the space shuttle. from nbc news, this is "today's" take with matt lauer, savannah guthrie, al roker and tamron hall live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. it's thursday, december 4th, 2014. it's great to have all these people across the country around the world hajjing out with us. i'm willie geist, along with natalie morales, al roker, tamron hall. you two were there, incredible line-up. >> it was a great line-up, tony bennett. idina menzel, rockettes. look at gaga. we are missing so much more.
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it was great. >> let's check out the greatest moments ♪ a holly, jolly christmas. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! yay! whew [ applause ] >> wow, a beautiful tree, isn't it? it's gorgeous out there, now on the plaza. now, we can all begin our holiday shopping. >> did they convince you that button was connected? >> i pressed it early to check. >> we know it's not. it's not like the ball dropping, if you miss the count. i thought you were like wonder twins. >> we don't have that kind of power. >> not on a thursday. >> we have is that power. but we don't. >> don't they have a center switch? >> we have all these kids and they had these kids, one had
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their hand in the switch area remember just as the mayor was about to grab the kid's hand. >> that could have turned out a lot worse but it turned out fine. >> yesterday she tweeted. last night's situation was beyond my control. i apologize to all that showed up. you know that i would never want to disappoint. a lot showed up two nights ago to see mariah. >> i betcha there were good dancers behind her as well. >> here's a question, how is "all i want for christmas is you" how old is that? >> her version. >> she wrote a cameo. we were at her home. i celebrated the 25th anniversary of the song was it? >> 20th. no, this is the 20let. it was known 94. >> she wrote that along, kassio,
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cranked it out. i was trying to recall the dollar figure that she makes and it escapes me. but every single year. >> i love that song. >> she makes like double digit millions from that song. it's amazing. >> she was there, she sang it live. >> it's great having her there. that was spectacular. >> it's boring. she has been around the world. >> she has five christmas shows here in new york. >> they're all pulled out. >> exactly. >> she considers herself the queen of christmas. she loves the holiday. she had about 300 in her home. no kidding. one she shipped in fresh, ornaments, she used fresh flowers. >> yeah. >> jimmy kimmel, meanwhile, had some fun with the tree lighting last night. take a look. >> tonight in new york, they held the 82nd annual lighting of
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the tree in rockefeller center. it's said to be the largest celebration of someone putting a plug in an electrical socket. this year's unlucky tree is an 85-foot-tall tree norway splus riu spruce from pennsylvania. it's 90-years-old, it weighs 13 tons. i have no idea how al roker got that thing on the roof of his car. he brought that in. >> hey now. on my swagger wagon. put it on the top of the sienna, drove that bad boy in. >> swagger wagon, i like that. >> as you like. big news, so happy for jimmy fallon. he and his wife nancy now have welcomed frances cole fallon into the world, born yesterday morning, franny. big sister win firose is 16 months old, jimmy has been very public about talking about how both children born by a surrogate, which gives people
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hope. that's a wonderful thing, there are many people have been vocal, many different paths to parenthood, whether surro guess a, ivf, adolgs, foster kids, so good for them. we have so happy for them. >> franny, how great is that fame? >> very old school. >> you know they will be, they are so close in age, they will probably be good friends. >> jimmy now has two daughters, his life is over. >> lots of jokes for the future. >> did you see the photo spread with he and his daughter, they dressed him in a comedic costume. he is such a kid at heart. >> one of my favorite photos of all time is hang income your of course you and josh. >> oh charlie chaplin. >> kind of brings the old classics, so good. has this ever happened to you, speaking of old classics, it's a terrible segue. you will understand why in a minute, has it ever happened to you, are you talking about
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somebody, maybe not saying such flattering things, next thing you know, that person is behind you or near you or overheard. >> or in the bathroom stall. >> or outside the hotel room. ethan hawk said he once overheard a group of women outside his hotel room discussing just how badly he has aged. he said, i was going to sleep that night. i overheard. i saw him. he looks so old. then he says, i'm lying if bed, wondering, who are they talking about. then he cuts to the girls saying, i likeled him in "reality bites." then they start talking about his teeth. then it went downhill from there. they were apparently right outside his door as we said. so, ouch, i would at that point opened up the door, hello, hey now. >> talking about you outside your hotel room. >> close to your door.
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>> he was there apparently at a texas film hall of fame induction, back if 2004. he's only 44 now. so they were talking about him. when he was 34-years-old. he has aged so badly. talking ten years. >> i hope i looking that bad when i hit his age. >> he's amazing. >> come on. >> what hotel could you hear through the door. he was at the texas hall of fame, surely they gave him a nice room, you could hear, what are we doing in. >> close the door. it's ajar. >> remove the glass from the door. >> here's the answer, come out if your bathrobe, what was that like, ladies? >> is that what you do? you do. >> nothing can go wrong with that. >> you will end up in cuffs for indecent exposure, but you look good. >> what. >> hello, ladies! >> hey now! >> thank you. >> that would be a mistake. >> i would answer them.
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>> fun people. >> it's kind of like dear abby but by dark natalie. >> a way to be more honest in this world, expose everything, go ahead. >> that's what you did. >> you were the one that says take it off. listen, if you got a bathrobe on, go big or go home. that's what i'm saying. >> okay. ariana grande, let's get caught up her. >> that may be her song the rest of her life. why you ask? ariana is at the victoria secret opening in london yesterday, check out her reaction after being it by an angel when.
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she tweeted out a victoria's secret angel accidentally smacked me in the face, it was a bang bang, her express, down goes arian nato the wings. >> every time arian that gets hit, an angel gets its wings. >> oh. >> that's a nice holiday. >> it's a wonderful life. daddy, every time -- >> oh. >> we got it. we got it. >> i wasn't sure. >> or when you have to explain your joke. >> i wasn't sure. it was kind of like this, what's he talking about? >> okay. all right. >> but first this! . >> just for the record, if they
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do a remake of "it's a wonderful life," i want to be clarence. that guy. as we look on the map, things are good. we got a little wet weather and icy conditions, more heavy rain, this is that slug of moisture that made its way into southern california yesterday. it is now making its way into the southwest and will be pushing east as the week wears on. in the meantime, we are looking for a decent amount of rain as we move in there. as we move on, show you what we got, we got lake effect snow, western fork, we got to move far along the good morning. i'm first alert meteorologist i'm brittney shipp. as we head into the day, a mix of sun and clouds. that's an improvement from yesterday. temperatures range from 44 to 47 degrees. slightly below the average of 49. temperatures continue to drop down as we head into your friday. mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, no sunshine.
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this movie, what a cast. tracy morgan, kevin hart, rosario dawson. >> we were pulling everybody out. he wrote and directed this thing. he did everything on there. there were days that as a director, he was great. he is starting to refer to himself as "the rock." you have to move quick on it. >> johnson walks in. >> yo, you need more muffles, chris. >> keep it together. a cast like that, i imagine you are laughing the whole time. >> yes, definitely, it was like going into a frat house, so many comedians, we laugh all day. he was great. chris, he directs, he had his days down, we were joking, clowning all the time. it was a good time. >> so tell us more about your
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character. 15 seconds. >> a street hustleer, all of a sudden, he's a businessman. >> so it's like i can get you anything you need. whatever you want. i will pay you like $18,000 in all 1s. i cannot get this off the plane, bro', i don't know what you want me to do with this. yeah. >> so are you that guy. >> you cover up with a career, all comedians, oh, i know that dued. >> we all know somebody like that. we have loved you in the original kings of comedy. you talk about the camaraderie on this film. nothing like it before it. nothing like it since. you missed it. you miss that? >> it's that kind of thing, it was a bit comedy. we were out, altogether. everybody was a brand by themselves, to go out, it will be when the beetles are doing comedy, it was fun. so if you haven't been able to
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capture it again, without burning, nobody wants like we can put somebody in there. >> has comedy changed that much in this time? >> i think so. people being able to be funny just by being online and doing little sketches. the craft of doing stand-up. you know, it starts to be one of these things where you have to work so much harder to get known. how many youtube hits do you have? i'm from a different era. >> we mentioned tracy morgan. he is a buddy of yours, how is he doing? >> as good as well as expected. he is trying to fight his way back. he's a private person and strong willed. so tracy will be back. >> absolutely. we love you. we would love for you to stick around. you should just stay with us.
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>> volunteering. it's the happiest i have been all morning. oh. >> looking good. >> cedric the entertainer, the fifth co-host. it opposite december 12th. >> the kings of news-ity. >> comedy. >> all right. >> thank you. >> coming up, we have to keep the lovefest going, we have a health alert regarding the flu vaccine, stick around for that. also, christmas time, get ready to check everybody off your list, we have cool guests that you need to see again! again! when we're having this much fun, why quit? and bounty has no quit in it either. it's 2x more absorbent than the leading ordinary brand, and then stays strong, so you can use less. watch how one sheet of bounty keeps working, while their two sheets
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taking a look at the headlines. the warning from federal officials that this year's flu vaccine does not protect against the common strain. the h2n2 strain has mutated and only half matches the strain. the vaccine provides crop protection, which might reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. more than 80 arrests wednesday fight in new york city, among protesters upset over a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the apparent chokehold death of eric garner in july. garner's widow says the decision is not fair.
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federal prosecutors will conduct their own investigation. a new cdc report finds child births were down last year. in 2013, there were 4 million births, down 9% from 2007. birth rates drop to record lows for women under the age of 30 and went up to most of the age groups above that rates of c-section and pre-term births were down slightly. researchers at northwestern university looked at more than a million surgeries performed over six years. they found that patients whose surgeries lasted longer than normal were more likely to develop dvt or deep vein thrombosis than shorter surgeries. the streak is over. the 6ers won their first game of the season on wednesday night, boating the timber wolves in indianapolis. so that ends a 17-game losing streak.
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and locking out future stains. so your smile always steals the show. crest 3d white. good morning. i'm vai sikahema. unusually cold morning out there. let's get our first alert forecast from meteorologist brittney shipp. >> high temperatures are still in the 30s. by the time you walk out the door, temperatures will be in8>& the mid 40s. a cold day on tap. thin clouds, we'll see sunshine mixed in throughout the day. big change from what we saw yesterday, overcast skies and light rain on and off. today we'll stay dry. temperatures at 36 in toms river. 35 in atlantic city. 36 in mt. holly. 37 in philadelphia. 36 in wilmington. at 36 in coatesville. for today, again, temperatures will warm into the mid 40s. by the time you head out for lunch, expect it to be on the
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brisk side. 42 at noon. 43 by 4:00 p.m. thank you. today investigators are reconstructing what happened at the scene of a deadly accident in chester county overnight. a car struck and killed a construction worker along route 422. police tell us the victim was a project superintendent from aston, delaware county. they say he was setting up cones for a line painting job at around 11:00 last night when he was hit by the car near route 100. police tell us the car did stop. the search for missing college student shane montgomery is now entering its second week. ♪ i'll help you carry on >> montgomery's family and friends joined a candlelight song and prayer vigil at west chester university. his classmates lit candles. the reward is up to $31,000 for information that will help find the missing 21-year-old. montgomery vanished after leaving kildare's irish pub on
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thanksgiving morning. we'll see you in a half hour.
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. >> welcome back to "today," it's thursday morning, december 4th, 2014. i'm with al, tam ron and natalie. tonight is a big fight, "peter pan live" allison williams playing peter pan. >> here she is. she tweeted this out on thursday, actually today, to remind us all of the fact that she is playing peter pan, i cannot wait to see this. i was there earlier in the week on monday. i got to tell you the sets are incredible. the cast is amazing, christopher walken, allison williams, they were all born to play this part.
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>> on "nightly news" brian williams as peter pan. >> he will fly. >> i love it. it's a free show. i love that. >> and still maintain that. >> low flying. >> i like that. >> so i got a quiz for all you guys, which hand is captain hook missing? >> right. >> right hand. >> i'll say left just because. >> willie is right. left hand, on the money. the rest of you are wrong. apparently, he cut off his hand, fed it to an alligator. speaking of captain hook, in which movie musical did christopher walken appear, a, "mama mia" b "west side story." c "hair spray" or d all of the above? >> d all of the above. no, it is "hair spray."
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my bad. >> earlier, it says all of the above. william turnblat and john travolta. back to peter pan what are the names of the darling krirn children? a, wend, philip, alex, c, wendy, pet peter, tony? >> i'll go b. >> wendy, john, michael. >> did you not read the book? >> it's been a long time. >> we will watch it tonight. >> you didn't watch the disney version with the kids? >> the last time it was here. >> meanwhile, let me tell you, peter pan live. so don't miss it. >> you will set the dvr.
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>> i love to take my kids to the dog track. we have fun. >> on a friday night, willie has the kids and a whole stack of bills let's show you what is going on as far as your weather is concerned. sunshine in the northeast. lucy, making it rain on here. looking at wet weather, into the southwest as well. for tomorrow, plenty of sunshine in the southeast, though along the mid-atlantic coast, looking at the ohio river valley into northern ca good morning, i'm first alert meteorologist brittney shipp. as we head into the rest of today, a mix of sun and clouds. that's an improvement from yesterday. temperatures range from 44 to 47 degrees, slightly below our
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average of 49. temperatures continue to drop down as we head into your friday. mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, no sunshine, we are also tracking rain returning on your overnight hours friday heading into your saturday and sunday a chance of showers for the eagles game. and that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. christmas three weeks from today, hasn't ka around the corner. we are about to convention you something called a pinata cake pan will be a fantastic present. >> here with the deck the halls, i don't know, is some fun gifts, katie livingdal. good morning. >> awesome gifts. >> this is my pick of the season. how about this for under $20 at lowes, these are jingle balls, a super cute ornament and a speaker. if terms of fan quality, quiet.
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it really works. >> it's really loud. >> you can put tell all over the tree. i love them for a secret santa gifts. >> my secret santa gift. >> talk to me. >> this is awesome, this is a pena that cake. i will have you cut it in front. the party is actually pence. so you make two cake halfs. you fill it with your favorite candy. the pan is only $30. have you people over, you fill it with your favorite treats, pence there, you can put whatever you want. i made one snidz i pence a pumpkin for halloween. you can put red and green m & ms. >> dolphins. >> heated slippers. does it get better than that? these heat up instantly. super cute. these are a men's size for under
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$25. >> another good secret santa gift. >> exactly. >> there is a cool gift. a flying fairy. flutterflies. if you turn them on with the touch of a button, they fly through the air. it will do a little charging. when you are ready, fly, fairy, fly. >> there we go. >> flying through the studio. >> yeah. >> and it lights up. i have to tell you, my five-year-old niece absolutely loves them the idea is you have super fun for kids of all ages. >> i'm not touching it. >> wow, i love that. >> hallmark watch out. this is cool. this is an animation greeting
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card this is cool. this is from spring you can have your custom creation. wow! that's like mr. miagi. that was incredible. >> video cards, you made one for us. which is really cool. >> neat. as soon as you open it if a matter of seconds, you start at this $20. they're very different. >> i love that. they have cool technology in this. >> plus these are columbia the whole idea is they're exact.
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it's one of the most interesting technologies. >> all right. last, certainly not least. this is one of my favorites, the crazy car from razor. hit that pedal. >> i got control. i'm in control i absolutely love th this. >> the razor crazy cart. >> oh, i'm busy. >> the bar, the buffalo. >> right there, like the bowl. >> katie, thank you so much. >> check the halls. >> where to find that tomorrow >> check the halls. >> where to find that tomorrow night, we jump
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. >> we can help you with a couple chicken recipes. here in new york city the author of a great new cookbook "my portugal" good to see you. >> chicken rice? >> a clicken rice all if one pot. so my favorite part of the chicken is the side. it cooks nicely, bone in, stays nice and juicy. in the pan, we have onions, garlic, olive oil. we will add the aromathematics. then we have the brown chicken thighs here. these are browned in olive oil. nice and crispy nice and crusty. then increase the heat a little bit here. when it's deglazed with white wine like so. >> right. >> a nice one you want to use is
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a spritzy young or something -- >> the wine deglazes, like 30 seconds. >> so mix that arnold. feel the paprika. you have the daily aroma going on. >> i like paprika. >> very important. >> in the pot about 30 seconds with the wine. >> when do you add the rice? >> right now. it's a bumba rice, a spanish rice, short grain. it absorbs a lot of flavor. al, you can go ahead and add the chicken stock. >> okay. >> we will cook this. >> then we will head around back. >> this goes in lid on topch we come back around here, fast forward, this is in the oven about 20 minutes. >> okay. >> and we will come right over here. >> oh, what a great presentation.
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>> i've added peas. >> of course. >> frozen peas. >> that's fine. >> you can go ahead and add chopped parsley and fresh cilantro. >> that will be on our website. we are a little out of time. then over here is roasted vegetables. >> fantastic. >> thank you so much. fantastic. "my portugal" is the book. go to we will be back in a moment. first this is "today." >> i'm going at it. >> it's really good.
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today, we will continue to see temperatures ranging between 46 and 47 degrees. >> thank you. this morning montgomery county officials are looking for the cause of a suspicious house fire. flames gutted the home on commons drive and saratoga overnight. the house belongs to a limerick township police officer, investigators will be looking through the debris today, including christmas lights they say were on and on a timer. today fast food workers in philadelphia and across the country will walk off the job. airport employees and home care professionals are also joining in this protest. those workers are fighting for a $15 minimum wage. at noon they will be at broad and arch for a march and rally. demonstrations are planned in more than 160 cities across the country. also today, septa will hold a safety blitz. transit officers will be at the neshaminy falls station this afternoon to talk about some of the dangers on the rails. we will have another update in
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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. it is thirsty thursday, december 4th. fantastic show for you today, don't we, hoda? >> we have debbie alan with us. she'll dance into your heart with a project i think your family is going to enjoy. >> and it is thursday. that means we grabbed two lucky ladies off the plaza bright and early this morning for a surprise "ambush makeover." i don't know if they are still here from the tree lighting ceremony last night. >> leftovers. and you leave his chorizo
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fondue. andy is here. this is part of your project, shine a light project, your beautiful book. >> andy is one of the main, main, main chefs with bianca in other kitchen now, very busy over there. >> we have a huge audience. we never have an audience. and today we have a crazy huge audience. and we're just so happy that everybody's here. thank you, all, for coming to see us. >> they're here because it is national cookie day. >> it is national cookie day. >> should i take it over to them? >> yes. what do you think the most popular cookie is. >> i know. >> you do. here they are. number four, the fourth most popular is the pepperidge farm milano. >> they are good. >> delicious. number three, the nabisco double stuffed oreo with twice the stuff in it. number two is the nabisco chips ahoy, which is awesome. and number one is the regular oreo, not the one with the double stuff. >> nabisco has it going, it looks like, right? let me take these over to
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everybody while you -- >> hurry up and get back. >> you start. >> i'll talk about the tree lighting while kathie lee is serving food to all of our guests. >> all right. so, the tree was lit like kathie lee and i are right now. and it was the 82nd annual lighting of the rockefeller center christmas tree. there was a little bit of controversy, you guys, leading up to the show. mariah carey, it was reported by tmz and e, she was -- there was troubles with her rehearsal on tuesday. she was supposed to do a taped version of her song, and instead she did it live. and if you watch, and listen, she seems to be having a few issues with ear pieces and clothing and things. getting rid of stuff, taking out had her ear pieces, her backup dancers are dancing. anyway, she tweeted out an apology, and i think what happened was on tuesday night, she left a lot of people waiting according to multiple sources -- >> a few children. >> cold and rainy.
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some of the things they do for the rockefeller center christmas tree lighting are taped before because there is not enough space for everybody to do everything live. >> and schedulewise, people can't make it otherwise. >> that was supposed to be taped on tuesday night, there was an issue, apparently people were waiting outside in the rain for hours is what i was reading in multiple places. >> like three. >> she tweeted an apology and said last night's situation was beyond my control. i apologize to all who showed up, and you should know that i never want to disappoint you. >> so there have been different alleged reasons given, right? >> someone said she was on the phone with her attorney about divorce or child custody, something like that. >> issues. >> we reached out to nbc entertainment -- >> and that's us, and they're not commenting. >> we couldn't get us -- >> we couldn't get us to call us back. >> that is so sad. >> so sad. >> so sad. anyway, usa today headline read mariah carey bombs at new york city tree lighting. i think she was having issues
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with -- there was an ear piece, a coat that got tangled up, stuff that was happening. >> this is becoming chronic behavior, a pattern, that's what concerns me. i know she's got a lot going on in her personal life, a lot of -- a lot of things that need to be addressed that are very emotional and all of that stuff. i always think it is so much better to pull back from all the other stuff, you know, face what you got to face, get through it, don't put yourself in a position publicly when you're kind of going through a wreck at home, you know. clean up the wreckage, get yourself together and come back better than ever. >> yeah. >> that can be done, obviously. people have done it multiple times. here is the beautiful great story, cute story out of florida. officers got a call, a 911 call, they raced to the home and what it turned out to be was a 2-year-old playing with the phone and messed up and dialed 911. >> frank called them. >> they get to the house and they notice people in the home don't have any much holiday cheer, no furniture. so the police officers -- the
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woman told the police officers they're having some financial problems, couldn't afford a tree. >> or any presents this year. >> do you know what the police officers did? they went to home depot -- >> this makes me cry. >> they bought a tree, some presents, they knocked on the door, and they gave this family a tree and gifts. oh, my gosh. the 7-year-old girl is hugging the christmas tree. it was -- you know what, we do so many stories about how police are -- they abuse their power. >> not enough like that. >> and when you see something like that posted on youtube where they went to home depot on their off time -- >> with their own money. >> own money and showed up and did that. >> boynton beach police department, god bless you guys. >> share that happy story. >> who is having a bettermy fal. i don't think anybody. >> he's a daddy again. frances cole fallon officially
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entered the world at 8:45 a.m. on december 3rd. franny joins had her big sister winnie -- >> i love them. >> both kids were born via surrogate and he's taken off the rest of the week. >> well, why shouldn't he? >> yes, well -- >> he's entertainer of the year. he's a new dad. and what i like, something he said, with all the great things happening, nothing, nothing is more fulfilling and more wonderful than being a father. >> i love that. >> he's keeping it in perspective, just amazing. are you excited about the new james bond film coming out? >> they're always fun. and it is always fun to see who the bond girls are, apparently this morning at a news conference, they talked not about the bond girl but the bond lady. daniel craig will return. here are the bond ladies. ready? >> bond guy. >> monica bellucci, 50-year-old italian actress, known from the
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matrix. >> yes, but looks like she's 20. >> she's not 50. >> she's drop dead gorgeous. >> is she really? >> yes, she's 50. >> is that a typo? >> no, it is not a typo. >> it must be. >> she's truly beautiful. >> we met her. she was on our show. we interviewed her. >> no, we didn't. >> i think so, hoda. >> we did? >> yes. >> we did. of course we did. it must have been one of those days. all right. who else is on? >> french actress leah sedu from the grand budapest hotel. >> we'll get to know her for the first time. >> the last bond film made how much money? >> $1.1 billion. is that crazy? >> you know what made even more? "frozen." >> "frozen". >> made even more. good news for all the "frozen" fans. >> by the way if you were wondering, there is something coming out, there is a "frozen" kind of mini movie that will
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come out and people are freaking out about it. they're going to release -- it is called a short film. not -- >> we don't know if it is ten minutes or 30. >> it is going to come in theaters in march, before the upcoming film "cinderella". >> brilliant. >> it will follow elsa and christophe as they try to throw anna a birthday celebration. you "frozen" fans know when we're talking about. >> that's pretty much everybody on the planet. one thing disney hknows how to do, make money. >> and new music too. >> and you'll be happy about the mashup thing happening. hoda looks forward to it every year. deejay ear worm. >> he takes all the great songs, mushes them up, the top 25 songs. let's see if you can recognize them. here they are. the mashup. ♪ all about that bass about that bass ♪ ♪ it's gonna be all right ♪
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♪ all about that bass about that bass ♪ ♪ that's what you wanna do ♪ don't stop move iing don't need restraining ♪ ♪ i know in the morning now ♪ ♪ it's gonna be all right ♪ >> that was awesome. that's like a song all by itself. >> 25 ihodas. >> greenville, mississippi, loves it. the ladies over there, some are relatives of stan, my very, very first boss, who hired me when no one else would. >> after how many attempts for a job? >> 27 attempts. >> he said these fateful words -- >> i like what i see. sadly stan passed away but we're happy his family is with us. thank you for coming. sweet. it is time for my ihoda. that wasn't it. >> after the mashup? >> that wasn't it. this is it. this, if you like meghan trainor and i know you do, "all about
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that bass," another song she sings called "lips are moving". >> she did it here. ♪ i know your lies your lips are moving ♪ ♪ tell me do you think i'm dumb ♪ ♪ i might be young but i'm not stupid ♪ ♪ your lips are moving baby don't you know i'm done ♪ ♪ lips are moving your lips are moving ♪ ♪ your lips are moving lie, lie, lie, lie ♪ ♪ your lips are moving your lips are moving ♪ ♪ you lie, lie, lie >> that is a well crafted song. i may not adore it. >> let's pause. no, let's -- thank you!
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>> it is. it is a well crafted song. has a good beat. it is never going to be a "somewhere over the rainbow" or something like that, but it is very good and i like her very much. she's a very good songwriter. she started out as a songwriter for other people. >> i'm excited. >> is it okay or not okay to have excessive outfit changes. what did we say, hoda? >> i think it is fun and all part of the entertainment. as an audience member, it is fun watching the fashion show. >> i say yes, it is okay. it keeps it interesting. and plus, carrie underwood can do no wrong. >> she's adorabldorable. >> yes. >> she's going to be with us next week. >> excellent. >> good, good. >> the hot chocolate is ready and so are we for the one, the only debbie a only debbie allen. dove invited women to a makeover with a difference.
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debbie allen is by far one of hollywood's most versatile and talented entertainers who became a household name when she starred in the '80s tv show "fame". >> also a producer and award winning choreographer who directed "scandal" and "grey's anatomy". >> now after five years on the stage, her christmas musical will finally premiere on tv.
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it is called "the hot chocolate nutcracker ." >> the show features raven-symone and kids from her dance academy, one of the things you're most thrilled with. >> i am. >> tell us about this. >> i really love this show so much. i feel like this whole debbie allen dance academy is a whole other purpose in my life. passing this baton to so many thousands of kids inspiration. there is no arts education. but this is pure joy, fun and something that the family can look forward to. and that is coming on tv this sunday night at 8:00 on bet. such a gift to the whole world. >> good, good. >> santa -- >> i am loving this. >> he's wonderful. he's wonderful. >> miss director, hello. >> hello. >> "scandal," "how to get away with murder," "grey's." >> tell me about putting on that
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hat. >> i feel like i'm on that -- chandra has a logo of a roller coaster for her company. it is the right logo, because you get on and it is a ride. when you get off , you want to get right back on. it is so exciting to work in her world. >> she's brilliant, isn't she? >> every aspect of every show is top of the line. you feel like you're, you know, the starting five. >> the finest actors in the world. >> that's what i'm saying. >> not just great writing, combined with -- >> and the dps -- >> you're talking about the crew. >> director of photography. >> they're my new best friends. >> you feel like you've been in the business for so many years, you've done everything, do you feel like you're still learning even now? >> i'm still learning and exploring. that's the beauty of what i do in the world that i'm in. it is like being an explorer. you discover things all the time, you pull with the actors. i did amazing scenes with kerry washington, can't tell you the story, darling, you will not believe it. >> what is it?
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>> you don't want to know, child! but there we were, in this very volatile situation, discovering how we're going to do it, how do i capture it on film and it is discovery. >> so much fun. >> in the theater, you have two months. in television, you have ten minutes to find it. >> we're doing our little "today" show musical now. i know what you're talking about. >> watch ours too. >> it is very big and you'll have to wait. >> we'll have to discuss it. >> we got to lot -- she's laughing. debbie should have been our choreographer. >> bianca is standing over there, our food stylist and she's hurt. >> i'm sorry. i didn't mean it. can we switch gears? >> hot chocolate nutcracker, i'm doing it again next weekend live in los angeles. at royce hall. december 12th, 13th and 14th and play i'm playing bucky, the
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stuttering -- what are you talking about, augie? three stooges took over the nutcracker. >> so excited about it. >> i am excited. >> mind if we switch gears. >> "dateline" hoda. >> we want to ask about bill cosby. your sister worked with him for years, you've known him for years. what do you think of everything going on? do you debbie? or what do you think? >> i don't think we can have this conversation honestly in two minutes. it is bigger -- it begs to ask a bigger question, where is the moral spine in america, and in the world today? because how are we raising our daughters, sons, where are we looking for the guidance of how we're supposed to live. cosby gave us one of the greatest shows in history -- >> one of the greatest role models. >> and redefined the perception of black people all over the world. >> but do you think -- >> at the same time, i'm part of one billion rising this is a movement for women to stand up against violence and denigration
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of women. this is a tough situation. and it is just hard to believe. i don't know. i think it is -- there is so much time that has passed before they all kind of have come together, and it is hard to -- >> you wonder why now? is that what you're saying? >> that's a big question. my mother asks me every day, why now? why are people trying to destroy his legacy? my mother is very upset. there are people totally rooting for this to end and standing in line to see his show. and then there are people who, like, this happened and we have to stand together. >> we think of the sheer numbers, that's when people go wait, one women or two or three, but the conga line keeps getting longer and longer and longer. >> if there is a problem, we have to try to get some help for that. i want to know where the girls are that were stolen in africa. where are those girls? we talk about denigration of women and what happens to women, where are those girls? and then talk about the moral code in america, we have elected politicians who are moving the
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goal post for eligibility to vote. i'm just shifting this conversation because i think all of this is part of the same thing. going into the holiday season, and we need et to come down, just to tell us that we are little in the world of the vast universe. and we need to come together. got to find some civility. >> we need to see the hot chocolate nutcracker. >> this sunday, you guys, on bet. thank you for answering all the questions. you're such a great -- questions. you're such a great -- okay buddy, what's your favorite kind of cheerios? honey nut. but... chocolate is my other favorite... but apple cinnamon is my favorite too... and fruity... oh yeah, and frosted! okay, but...what's you're most favorite of all? hmm... the kind i have with you. me too.
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they're just about to face the mirror. will they like what we see? >> don't miss the reactions to our "ambush makeovers" and good food for a good cause. >> you know who is here? >> andy medina. >> tonight's dinner recipe, one of kathie lee's favorites. >> part of my shine a light
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there's a live look at cape may. beautiful sunshine on the water there. we take a closer look at our temperatures. 39 in philadelphia. 39 in pottstown. 41 in wildwood. 38 in atlantic city. temperatures in mount holly at 40. we are below freezing in the poconos. if we took at what to expect over the next few days, our temperatures on average for this time of year, 49. today's high, 46. dropping to the low 40s by tomorrow. a convicted cop killer on pennsylvania's death row is scheduled to be executed today. the case involves the bucks county murder of a newtown police officer. this happened in 2005. he pleaded guilty to shooting the officer. he grabbed another officer's gun. he wounded a second officer and an e.r. technician. montgomery county fire officials are looking for the cause of a suspicious house
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fire. this broke out around 2:30 this morning. the fire destroyed the house but no one was hurt. the house belongs to a police officer. investigators say christmas lights were on and on a timer. an update on this investigation in a live report on nbc 10 news at 11:00 this morning. join us then for a full hour of news coming up in 30 minutes. you can always get the latest news and weather on i'm vai sikahema. have a great day. i will see you in a half hour.
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we are back with more of "today" on this thirsty thursday, ready to reveal our "ambush makeovers" for two lucky ladies who are taking in the trees and the beautiful christmas decorations on the plaza this morning. >> we hope waking up early was worth it they're going back home with hot new looks courtesy of our crack makeover team. "today" contributor and stylist to the stars, louis licari. >> and "today" contributor and author and record breaker, jill martin. >> all right, kiddos. how was it? >> great. the holiday time. the crowd was -- just all over the place. festive, full, easy to pick from. >> barbara reed is our lucky lady. 54 from elk view, west virginia. she uses foundation, mascara and
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lipstick. she loves to garden and decoupage. she wins best holiday decorations every year at work. she was kind of nervous but excited to get a glam new look. let's listen to her story. >> girls trip from west virginia! >> whoo! >> very lively morning already. but i know this is all about barbie. why are you so excited? >> super excited. our first trip to new york and barbie, well deserved, awesome, awesome. >> barbie is crying already, freaking out a little bit. what do you hope to look like? >> well, i'm not sure. i just hope that i look better than what i do right now. >> we're going to make you look even more beautiful. do you trust us? >> i do trust you, completely. here i am. i'm all yours. >> trust is big. >> i love that. barbara is here with her friends on the girls' trip, nicole, brandy and karla. ladies, please keep your blindfolds on for a second. here is barbara reed before. let's see barbara.
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come on out. oh, my god. wow. all right. barbara, hold on. are you ready? take off your blindfolds. >> wow. >> barbara, you're going to freak out. i'm just telling you. spin around and look in the mirror. >> oh, my goodness. it is beautiful. >> it really is. >> thank you so much. >> you look so pretty. >> you love the color? >> the cut? >> wow, wow, wow. let's just look for a minute. louis, that hair is awesome. >> isn't that perfection? her best feature is she has the beautiful blue eyes and the last hair color and last haircut didn't do anything for them. arson gave her this great haircut, swept the bangs to the side and framed the eyes and the dark hair color makes them pop. >> great look. tell us, what do you think looking at your friend? >> oh, wow. amazing. >> by the way, that jacket, jill, looks awesome with that black skirt. love it. >> underneath all the layers was
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this body. so we have great black dress from london times and then just right over the dress there is a little sheer on top, andrew mark leather jacket. >> you love the little andrew mark. darling. >> fitted and cute. >> they keep you warm, but fitted, looks look a shirt. >> yes, darling. >> good be job. >> great job for barbara. our second lady is susan sebastian, 59 from gray, maine. she's a get up and go kind of gal who puts her nair a braid and doesn't wear any makeup at all. her hair has been cut three times and never, ever colored. her life's mantra is she will try anything once so she was really excited for this makeover adventure. let's talk to her. >> i love this bucket list as best friends and now you add "ambush makeover." i know you're so excited about this. >> so excited. 53 years, she's always looked the same. we always looked the same. and you can look at a yearbook and you would know who she was. >> are you excited for a whole new look after 53 years?
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>> i am. i think it is probably time. >> probably. she's here with her best friend of 53 years, julie. let's take one last look at susan before and bring out the new susan sebastian. >> oh, my gosh. susan! >> wow, wow, wow. >> look at your friend. >> okay, julie, take of your blindfold. >> wow! >> susan, want to turn around and see what she's talking about? >> wow. >> another wow. >> i think -- >> that's amazing. >> right here. >> oh, my gosh. >> so pretty. louis, tell us. >> now, susan has fine hair. so the first thing i did, semipermanent color which will wash away. it adds body. arson gave her a more appropriate cut for her length,
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and then enid did the makeup, which makes it all work. >> nice job. >> very nice job. >> good going, arson, and the outfit, jill? >> great red dress, but we put this clara sun woo great fitted jacket. >> i have that jacket, wear it all the time. >> compare it with jeans, great mix and match. >> lightweight. >> what do you think? >> she looks like her daughter. >> wow. that's -- >> the best. >> bring barbara out. big round of applause for both ladies. nice job, everybody. >> nobody does it better. >> super simple recipe you can make tonight straight from kathie lee's home to yours. >> from my new book "good gifts" an my great friend andy med they're going to love you. at famous footwear we're not just selling the hottest shoes of the holiday season. we're selling "here comes your future daughter-in-law" confidence this year give exclusive carlos santana boots.
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today we're shining a light on kathie lee's new book, called "good gifts: one year in the heart of a home." kathie lee celebrates 20 years in her home in connecticut. >> yes, yes, yes. in the book i share some of my favorite recipes, cherished memory and scripture passages and beautiful photos. many recipes by my friend andy medina, here to make one of our favorites. it is grilled salmon filets with sun dried tomato topping. it is absolutely delicious. >> look at andy and his beautiful bride with frank and you. >> and daughter julie is with us here today too. she'll come in for a tasting at the end. you're back by public demand. >> this is great. always great to be here with you guys. what we have is some salmon.
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what we're going to do is use grape seed oil because it has a very high heat tolerance and doesn't change the flavor of the salmon when you cook. >> grape seed. what kind of salmon do you like? wild or -- >> wild salmon is good, organic salmon. >> all right. >> we're going to season these. assorted, whatever your spices are, this is my little -- >> dump it on there? >> yeah. dump it on there. you got these guys on here. >> the thing about salmon, you don't want to overcook it. i've done that before. >> i like it better cooked than undercooked. >> as we move along -- >> sorry, hodi. >> whatever. >> we cook these for one to two minutes on each side. i like to slowly roll them over. put flesh side down. >> flesh side down, okay. >> the last thing you do is you'll cook the skin side. put these on there, like so. and then once you get to this point and get the skin a little bit crispy for a couple of minutes, transfer it over to a
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baking pan. oops. >> are they all the way cooked through at this point? >> no, we'll finish them off in the oven. >> oh. >> here we have are sun dried tomatoes. we're going to dice these up here. mix them up with the butter. >> look at that. oh, my -- >> i didn't say it was noncaloric, just that it was delicious. it is unbelievable. >> we'll place a little bit on top. >> you're a master, andy. >> where do you come up with the recipes? >> we had the pleasure of experimenting a lot. and these are some of the things that we like and what we do is just fine tune them, adapt them and make them our own. >> i love it with spinach. like the perfect combination of taste. want to give it a try? >> put this in the oven, five to six minutes until it melts down. >> want it nice and -- we usually get it a little more brown than that. >> yes, i like to crisp them, roll them on a cast iron pan, the best way to do it. >> julie, get over here. >> she's running away. >> gorgeous, 13-year-old daughter, who is like my
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granddaughter. here, sweetheart. want a bite. >> i didn't seen see you. a sneak attack. >> straight a student, sings like a bird, plays the violin. best salmon in my life. it is unbelievable. all right that recipe is on if you want to purchase "good gifts" pleer," please do, every the money goes to the salvation army. go to and we'll tell you more and more about the salvation army too in the coming weeks. >> if you have a living room full of presents you still need to ship, we'll tell you how to box them up right after this. here's a great gift idea for the whole family. now with walmart credit card special financing. in a world filled with ultra high-definition picture, the vizio 4k ultra hdtv will rise! it works great with vizio's 2.1 sound stand. where room-filling theater sound and ultra high-def collide!
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>> 'tis the season for sending gifts. if you're about to ship off some of your favorite things to friends and family, you're going to want to get them there in good condition with tips from this guy, kordell golden. >> is that your real name? >> he is a fedex office pack and ship expert. they have those. on monday, they helped us kick off our "today" pack and ship contest where we asked people to submit photos of what they're sending to family and friends this holiday. >> we're going to announce the lucky winner. but first, a lesson in how to ship the hard to pack items like wine glasses. >> right. >> hello, kordell. so it is about picking right box is important to start off. >> absolutely. what we want to do is show customers how convenient and easy it is to pack and ship. >> okay. >> so you got to start with a box. our first tip of the day is start with a box that is slightly larger than the item you're shipping. you want a sturdy box, a new box we prefer. you can re-use a box, but don't want it to be -- >> damaged, wet, anything like
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that. >> let's say you're shipping candy and you don't want it to come as pieces, you want it as is, what should you do? >> i got candy, a tablet and a wine glass. kathie lee, you want to do a wine glass? >> why not? >> a couple of things. one with the wine glass, make sure you put -- >> stuff it in the middle. >> absolutely. make sure two to three inches of cushioning will help protect the item. and we have a little tip. we use blue painters tape. >> instead of -- >> instead of packing tape. >> easier to break apart. >> absolutely. and easier to see too. with the tablet, we suggest you go with a tablet box. you can get that at any shipping retailers, fedex office as well. so as you can see, i'm going to put this inside to protect it from any moisture. and as you wrap those, going to put this right inside, we have protective cushioning. and then when all said and done, we close this up and seal it. >> okay. >> you guys are doing excellent.
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great job. great job. >> i haven't packed that many. >> great job. let's move down -- >> i'm not finished! >> i think you're doing an excellent job. >> it is very important -- >> you're doing an excellent job. >> whatever. okay. >> let's go. >> all right, great. we have another example here. let's talk about difficult items to pack. >> yes. >> things that are delicate, whatever. here are a couple of options. when in doubt, go to fedex office. go to the experts at fedex office. >> they know what they're doing. >> we have a pack, ship and gift campaign now where we'll give a dollar for every pack and ship donation to the american red cross. >> that's awesome. >> now through december 14th. >> it behooves us to do such. >> $250,000 -- up to $250,000. here we have this inside, as you can see, the cushioning is there, already packed. cushioning all around it -- >> i can put that one in it? >> you can as well. let's go with the packing peanuts. >> double the peanuts. >> we're going to double box that one. maybe a little too much as you
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can see -- >> mush it down. >> you can make it fit. >> hoda makes anything fit. the overhead. >> wrapping the present, don't wrap it on the outside, because someone might take off your christmas paper. wrap it on the inside. >> don't wrap the outside of the box. you can wrap your lovely gifts for family and friends. cushioning inside and then go with the eight tape method. hold that for a moment. what we do is h tape, all right? >> i love that. >> and then the seams. doing the seams there. we're coming here. there we go. >> make nice corners, kordell. >> nice corners. >> kordell, you're outstanding. it is time for us to announce our winners. come over here, kathie lee, if you don't mind. here they are, the winners -- i like to be on the right side. drum roll, please. here they are. from the orange room, valerie dealing from elmhurst, illinois. she sent us a picture of the
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santa bags she's shipping to her daughter emily's family. >> and you know who else? >> crystal werder from temecula, california. >> her husband is deployed overseas. you're the lucky recipients of the wine and coffee packages being shipped and furnished to you by fedex. >> why are the wine glasses here? >> because they're being shipped to coffee and wine. >> i didn't see the wine. >> whatever. >> kordell, happy holidays. we're about to ship your generous gifts to some very deserving kids. >> all part of our toy drive next. first this is "today" on nbc.
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the holidays are a time for giving and one of the reasons why our "today" toy drive is able to give gifts to so many children in need is because of the support from our generous
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partners like home goods. >> emily trent is vice president of marketing for home goods. hi, emily. >> thank you for having me. >> what are you guys donating this year? >> i bought my friend happy, he's an example of the toys we have. >> because he's happy. >> he is. high end toys at amazing prices. he insisted on coming. we're here to donate $25,000 to the toy drive. >> that's fantastic. >> that's so terrific. home goods is a great place to buy christmas stuff, really, isn't it? >> it is. gifts, gifts and more gifts. we have been sourcing from around the world. we have gorgeous throws, oils from italy, gorgeous gift baskets and gifts arriving through christmas eve. >> time to give back. >> it is. it is. >> thank you so much. >> we always appreciate it. thank you for everything you guys do. >> happy holidays. >> thank you so much. >> don't forget, you can go dough nature donate in person on the plaza. rosario dawson stops by. >> and bobbie has great stocking
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stuffers. >> she always has great stocking stuffers. >> and jeff kinney has something new for you. >> have an awesome t
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right now at 11:00, investigators calling a fire at this montgomery county home suspicio suspicious. the house belongs to a police officer. good morning. i'm vai sikahema. we brought you the story as breaking news earlier this morning. nbc 10's monique braxton is live at the scene where the investigators there have been looking for clues. what can you tell us? >> reporter: just moments ago the residents of the house, a police officer, his wife and two children, arrived here. they had been vacationing in florida. police kept us at a distance to give them some privacy. >> we have a houset


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