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in fact, they have started to move up. we will be near 60s with rain this afternoon. >> the "today" show is up next. >> also download the nbc 10 app. good morning. breaking overnight. the pentagon a . tty hard. >> a little bit, yeah. >> a rare admission from donald trump as he tells jimmy kimmel he'd like to see republicans come together. but hours earlier, it was vintage donald. >> i had jeb come at me. you know, low energy. he said it just the way his pollster told him to say it. >> this morning, how bush is
responding. sucker punched. a 17-year-old lands a left hook on the spanish prime minister. it left that mark. the teen tackled to the ground and in custody, facing serious charges. and not so far, far away. the opening of "star wars: the force awakens," just hours from now. the fans already lining up. one member of our team may be a bit too excited today. thursday, december 17th, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. >> spoiler alert. the stormtrooper -- >> not the one we were looking for? >> no. welcome back, buddy. want to take the helmet off? >> really?
>> he hello, everybody. welcome. i could use a nice, hot cup of coffee. excited for "star wars." great to be back, guys. >> great to have you back. >> thank you. >> we'll get to all things "star wars" in a bit. first, the revelation that defense secretary ash carter used his personal e-mail for work-related matters, and he was doing that after hillary clinton came under fire for doing the same thing while she was secretary of state. let's go to jim at the pentagon. what can you tell us about this? >> savannah, given the uproar over doing official government business on your own personal e-mail, it's difficult to imagine any top government official would actually do that. the pentagon now admits that defense secretary ash carter did just that. according to the officials, it was shortly after he was sworn in as defense secretary in february that he started using his private e-mail to conduct some official business. now, according to the officials,
there was no classified information, no secrets in any of these e-mails. but nevertheless, it violated regulations. months after he started doing that, the scandal broke on capitol hill about secretary clinton's exclusive use of e-mails for her business while she was secretary of state. it launched a huge political scandal. nevert nevertheless, we're told despite the scandal, carter continued to use his personal e-mail to do official business for at least two months. officials here stress that no secrets, no classified information was contained on any of those e-mails. but the fact that he would even do it raises questions about his own personal judgment, savannah. >> a lot of those questions unfolding now. thank you very much. we have new information this morning tied to the san bernardino shooting. federal prosecutors have decided
to bring criminal charges against the man who purchased some of the rifles that were actually used in that attack. let's turn to nbc justice correspondent pete williams. tell us more. >> matt, good morning. several federal law enforcement officials tell nbc news the first criminal charges to stem from the san bernardino mass shootings could be filed as early as today. officials say the charges will be brought against enrique marquez, a long-time friend and former neighbor of syed farook. investigators said marquez bought the rifles three and four years ago that were used in the shooting. marquez told them he did this as a favor, so that farook wouldn't be on record as the purchaser or go through a background check. marquez told the fbi he and farook talked about conducting an attack in 2010 but called it off after unrelated terror arrests in southern california. jim comey said agents found no connection between farook and
the people arrested back then. comey also said despite reports to the contrary, investigators have found no social media postings by tashfeen malik in the months before she came to the u.s. that means the state department and homeland security officials who reviewed her background before giving her a fiance visa did not miss any publicly available social media postings. all her statements in support of jihad, comey said, were in private messages or e-mails. as for marquez, officials said he agreed to be interviewed by the fbi for several days without a lawyer, even though it's been clear almost since the beginning, he could be charged with a crime, at the least, for buying the guns for farook. matt? >> pete williams on the story for us. thank you very much. > president obama will travel to san bern dardino tomorrow to me with the families of the victims before heading to hawaii for the first family's christmas vacation. the department of homeland
security is adding a third warning level to the terrorism level. the bulletin level allows the public to be aware of any terror threats. it includes actions the government is taking and suggestions what the public should do in response. the former system had two levels, elevated and imminent. officials say the change has been in the planning stages for months and is not in response to a specific or credible threat. to politics now. donald trump's feud with rival jeb bush spilled over on to the campaign trail. during a late night appearance, the republican front runner appeared to have a change of heart and a new message for his party. peter alexander has more. good morning to you. >> good morning. donald trump is picking up where the debate left off, swatting at jeb bush, insisting he doesn't want bush's endorsement. as trump told nbc news in a statement, jeb doesn't represent strength, power and stamina, qualities he says the country
needs. >> reporter: donald trump marking six months in the race. almost all of them atop the gop field, the same way he spent much of the time on tv. overnight with jimmy kimmel. >> i would like to see the republican party come together, and i've been a little bit divisive, in the sense i've been hitting people pretty hard. >> a little bit, yeah. >> reporter: rallying supporters in arizona, trump dismissed critics who said he was a showman. >> somebody said, trump is an entertainer. that's a [ bleep ]. >> reporter: and bashed jeb bush after bush got under trump's skin in tuesday's debate. >> this is a tough business, to run for president. >> oh, yeah, jeb. i had jeb come at me. he said it the way his pollster told him to say it. >> reporter: bush is confident he cracked the trump code. >> he's not a serious candidate. i don't know why others don't feel compelled to point it out, but i did. >> reporter: with trump and cruz dominating the race, the
establishment lane, anti-trump, may be up for grabs. with bush and chris christie delivering strong performances, and marco rubio bouncing between iowa and new hampshire wednesday with hallie jackson, defending accusations from cruz he's too moderate on immigration. >> i've always been at the right. i'm a consistent conservative -- >> that is ted cruz's campaign slogan. >> i have been more for than just the years in the senate. >> reporter: cruz questioned on fox news about his support for immigration reform in 2013. >> it doesn't mean that i supported the other aspects of the bill, which was a terrible bill. >> reporter: insisting his position hasn't changed. >> i categorically oppose amnesty. i want to secure the borders. >> cruz, rubio and the others fight amongst themselves and trump moves forward. he was taken aback by his support. several of thousand people in
the crowd in arizona during the day, saying something is going on and it's beautiful to see. >> peter, thank you very much. big news in the economy. historic move by the federal reserve, raising key interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. chairwoman janet yellen saying it marked an extraordinary period. >> the economic recovery has clearly come a long way, although it is not yet complete. but with the economy performing well, and expected to continue to do so, the committee judged that a modest increase in the federal funds rate target is now appropriate. >> nbc's olivia stearns is here to explain what it means. it's the end of an era. good morning. >> what this means for people at home is it's going to get a little more expensive to borrow money. the fed raised their interest rate, which so many loans in our economy are pegged to by 1/4 of 1 percentage point. they're doing this because they're saying the economy is
ready to stand on its own two feet after seven years of 0% interest rates. still, rates extremely low and supportive of lending in the economy. one sign that we were actually ready for it, wall street rallied on the back of this news. the dow jones shot up 200 points. it's a signal that even investors think we can cope with slightly higher rates. >> what happens now? will we see more rate hikes? >> all eyes on the fed's next news conference that is coming up in march. the question there is, will janet yellen move to raise rates again? she said repeatedly yesterday, he'll only continue to raise interest rates gradually and only if the economy continues to improve. if we see a selloff on wall street, bad jobs reports, she's likely not to move and move gradually throughout the year. on the flip side, if the labor market accelerates, growth accelerates, inflation picks up, she's likely to raise rates at a
quicker pace. she expects to raise rates 1% over the next three years. >> keep an eye on it for us. thank you so much. >> thanks, olivia. in other news, protesters took to the streets of baltimore last night, hours after a mistrial was declared in the freddie gray case. demonstrators remain peaceful, but at one point, they tried unsuccessfully to block the interstate. on wednesday, the judge announced a hung jury in the manslaughter trial of william porter, the first of six officers to stand trial in connection with freddie gray's death while in police custody. new video shows the fatal police shooting of an ax-wielding student at a university in north texas. stephanie gosk has that story. >> it happened on sunday. the texas rangers released dash cam video of the incident, shortly after university officials named unt police officer steven bean, as the
officer involved. >> reporter: police dash cam video released overnight shows an officer with the university of north texas fatally shooting a student on sunday. the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m., when the officer responded to a call about a man smashing car windows inside a parking garage near the campus. sophomore ryan mcmillen can be seen walking toward the officer with a small ax in his hand. the officer repeatedly telling mcmillen to back away, while mcmillen says, "shoot me" over and over. nbc news paused the video so it doesn't show the actual shooting. this is the confrontation. >> hey, hey, back away. back away. >> excuse me. >> back away. back away from me now. >> shoot me! shoot me! [ gunshots ]. >> reporter: the officer radios the station. >> i've got a white male down with an ax in his hand.
>> reporter: the officer has been on the police force for four years. he's been placed on routine leave, as the investigation into the incident gets underway. ryan mcmillen was a pre-hospitality major. he turned 21 last saturday. some students say they don't believe lethal force was necessary. >> if you're given a gun, you should be trained to know how to use that gun in a way that you're not just going to kill people without absolute necessity. >> the medical examiner is still conducting the autopsy. among the questions is whether ryan mcmillen was under influence of alcohol or drugs when the shooting took place. >> stephanie, thank you very much. we have breaking news this morning tied to the pharmaceutical world and the ceo who was making headlines a short time ago. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams back with that. pete? >> matt, good morning. several reports this morning say mart martin shkreli was taken into
custody this morning, but they say these were securities charges. it's a federal investigation related to his former hedge fund. the fact he was under investigation had been reported earlier. this apparently stems from his time as the manager of a hedge fund called msmb capital management. and the chief executive of biopharmaceutical company retrophin incorporated. this is not related to the controversy that got him into hot water, jacking up 5,000%, the cost of a life-saving aids drug. >> pete, thank you very much. back to that video we showed you at the top of the show. the spanish prime minister sucker punched during a campaign stop on wednesday. take a look. watch the middle of your screen. you can see a 17-year-old boy hit the prime minister directly in the face with his left hand. he was hit so hard, his glasses flew off.
he staggered but didn't fall. he had a red mark on his face. his attacker was quickly detained. >> scary they got so close to him. >> yeah. christmas, eight days away. the holiday travel rush is about to take off. new numbers show u.s. airlines are headed for their best year ever with big profits. what does that mean for you the next time you fly? nbc's tom costello is at washington's reagan international airport with more on this. >> good morning. all the low prices we're paying at the gas pump, they're helping to pump up the prices and the profits for the airlines. best year on record. guess what? even if you're a procrastinator, you can still find a good deal if you're flying home for the holidays. >> reporter: profits are taking off. for airlines that once flew for peanuts, up 75% in just one year, totaling more than $20 billion. per passenger profit soaring almost 60%. airlines now make more than $20
for each person on the plane. that's up from $13 last year. add $56 million in bag and change fees, and for profits, it seems the sky is the limit. >> it seems like it's excessive. hundreds of dollars just to move from a 4:00 flight to a 1:00 flight. >> we're going sliglight. we didn't have baggage fees. >> you buy a ticket, then there's additional fees. >> reporter: airlines are passing the buck back to consumers. fare compare.com found last-minute deals for christmas. $187 round trip. $257 for d.c. to dallas. miami to dallas, $241. you don't have to wing it. want a deal? book now. air fares for the last three weeks of january and most of february are at five-year lows. just avoid warm weather destinations and those three-day weekends. >> fly on the cheapest days. tuesday, wednesday and saturday.
you'll always find a decent deal. >> reporter: giving airlines a lift, all the extra fees and falling fuel prices. this year, play paid $45 billion less to gas up those planes. the airlines argue they're reinventing their profits, just like other big companies, apple or starbucks. >> airlines are doing the same thing with new planes, seats, new apps for your phone, making the travel experience better. >> listen to this, on an inflation adjusted basis, air fares today are 10% lower than they were in 2000. that's what the airline industry says. however, that doesn't include all the extra fees we pay today. back to you. >> tom, thank you very much. i'm one of these people who wants airlines to make a profit to reinvest in better planes and better service. >> for years, they couldn't make a profit. in terms of economics, i think it's good they are making money. there's new developments in the case of a texas teenager. a child described as too rich to
have to pay for his actions. two years ago, ethan couch killed four people in a drunk driving crash. he received ten years probation, after his attorney's coined the term, aftfluenza. natalie picks up the story. >> an arrest warrant is issued for ethan couch after he failed to appear for a probation hearing that would have tested him for drugs and alcohol. his absence coinciding with the controversial video that recently surfaced online. >> reporter: this morning, frustrated authorities are on the hunt for ethan couch, the young man infamously known as the affluenza teen. >> frustration is is mild word for what most of us feel. >> reporter: ethan's case gained worldwide attention when, after killing four people while driving drunk near ft. worth, his attorney claimed the teen didn't understand the consequences of his actions because of his family's
affluence. he was given probation. recently, ethan missed a meeting with his probation officer. authorities believe he's on the run, moposs mibly with his moth >> hate to say i told you so, but i did. >> reporter: ethan was 16, driving with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. >> there's another child in the ditch. >> reporter: his affluenza defense devastated the victim's families all over again. >> boyle lost two family member s. >> it's dirfficult to talk abou. >> reporter: authorities say they're investigating this video that was released, appearing to show ethan playing beer pong.
the officer has been unable to make contact with ethan or his mother, and authorities are seeing if he violated terms of his probation. outrage is growing on social media. one posting, rich kids are always exempt from consequences. another, find ethan couch and lock him up. >> somewhere in this part of the world, we'll find him. i don't think he's gone a short distance. >> if authorities find ethan and he violated his probation, he could find himself in jail for up to ten years, guys. >> natalie, thank you very much. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> we're talking about a christmas coming up that could be the warmest in living memory. i mean, it is going to be brutally warm for a lot of the country. in fact, this is the temperature departures. christmas day, somewhere from 15, 25, even 30 degrees above average. overnight christmas lows, record
lows, washington, charlotte, d indianapol indianapolis, we're coming close. northeast, record warm lows. look like we could see this. for christmas day, we'll probably see record highs in portland, boston, new york city, philadelphia and, as we make our way from chicago, washington, raleigh, atlanta, and memphis, all most likely seeing record highs for christmas. that's what's going on. we'll get ♪ it's that night of the year you come here. ♪ looking for gifts so there won't be tears. ♪ ♪ eleventh hour shopper...that's you. ♪ ♪ it's ok because they know you. ♪ ♪ they're loaded up with gear. ♪ an xbox for the children. ♪ and a mixer for your dear. ♪ no need to shop around for present you've missed ♪ ♪ it's all here. you're off the naughty list! ♪ ♪ eleventh hour shopper... that's you! ♪ see you next year, buddy! get low prices on all your last-minute gifts. walmart.
meteorologist bill henley. it will be a rainy day. clouds are here, rainy conditions this morning into this afternoon. upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. that changes tomorrow. windy conditions. colder, temperatures holding into the 40s on friday, turns colder on saturday. sunday, temperatures in the 20s. in the morning, they warm up in the afternoon, sunshine, warmer next week. latest weather. >> al, thank you so much. coming up, yahoo! .
>> good morning, i'm tracy davidson. you will need your umbrella today. let's get details from meteorologist bill henley. >> the rain is suddenly moving towards us. we have the clouds. they stay with us overnight tonight t. rain is starting to inch into the area and once it starts this morning, it will continue into this afternoon. some heavy downpours are a possibility. that's a cloudy view from center city. as far as the rain is concerned. a few sprinkles. light showers in delaware and into south jersey. the steadier rain by mid-morning. through it all, mild temperatures, in fact, warming temperatures. by lunchtime, rainy, 56 degrees. now, let's check your ride to work. >> tracy and bill said it is
cloudy out there. i'm seeing most of our drivers have their headlights on. traffic headed into center city philadelphia between wood haven and the vine. that drive will take you about 17 minutes there. tracy. >> fire officials are looking for the cause of a blaze that left a wilmington church in ruins. the new jerusalem missionary baptist church. neighbors tell us this is the second fire in the past couple of weeks. overnight, fire brought crews out, with a garage fire in west philadelphia at front street. you can get the latest news and weather with the nbc 10 app. i'm tracy davidson, have a great day.
7:30 now on a thursday morning. 17th day of december, 2015. big crowd on the plaza. probably some "star wars" fans out there. ready to see the for"force awakens." we'll get out and say hi in a little while. let's take a look at stories making news now. dozens of protesters took to the streets in baltimore following the mistrial in the case against the first of six officers charged in the death of freddie gray. lawyers were expected to meet with the judge today to discuss dates for a possible retrial. there is a new e-mail controversy in washington. the pentagon acknowledging defense secretary ash carter
used a personal account to conduct official business. it happened during secretary carter's first month on the job, even as hillary clinton was under fire for doing the same thing. a pentagon spokesperson said the practice has been stopped and it was a mistake. parts of the midwest are starting to wind down. the snow and ice leading to several deadly accidents. nearly two-day closure of a 350 mile stretch of a highway in wyoming and hundreds of cancelled flights. yahoo! yeo is in the hot seat again for an elaborate anniversary bash, reportedly costing millions, even as her country struggles. erica hill has the story. >> during the dot com boom, lavish parties were the norm. today, those events not only attract scrutiny, they bring up lots of questions. >> reporter: it's a scene that
looks a lot like tech parties in the high flying '90s, but this is 2015. ♪ a toast to yahoo!'s 20th anniversary. the roaring '20s theme with a spe speakeasy and costumes out of the "great gatsby." that's ceo marissa mayer posing with employees on a lavish set. >> it's a company trying to write itself versus having this lavish party, where it looks like you don't have a care in the world and you're spending exstre exstrea lot. >> reporter: employees thanked her for the party, while others criticized the spending. shareholder eric jackson raises concerns about the future of the company saying, quote, a change
in ceo must be made now. accusing mayer of misallocating $10 billion in capital, and pointing to costly perks for employees. like $450 million in free food. ♪ a source familiar with the party tells nbc news the cost was closer to $2 million. still, industry watchers say the optics and very public pressure from shareholders are a serious threat to mayer's job security. >> yahoo! >> reporter: yahoo! launched in 1996 as a web portal and search engine, growing to become one of the most visited websites before struggling in recent years. its stock plummeting 34% in the past year alone. >> yahoo! acquired -- >> reporter: yahoo! hired mayer in 2012. she was pregnant with her first child at the time. her decision to take two weeks
of maternity leave, sparking a national conversation. shortly after the party, piictu taken, she had a baby girl. >> this is the time she has to prove to shareholders and employees she has what it takes to keep the company going. >> yahoo! declined to comment on the holiday party or the shareholders calls for mayer's removal. when announcing her pregnant earlier this year, mayer indicated she'd take a limited maternity leave and work throughout the leave. it's important to note during her tenure, yahoo! has upped paid leave for 16 weeks for moms and 8 weeks for dad. >> you have to put all the costs in perspective. but the optics of that -- >> and that's a big part of it. even if it costed $70,000, it didn't look that way. >> thank you very much. let's get a check of the
weather from mr. roker. >> announcer: today's weather is brought to you by walmart. stop by a store or visit us at walmart.com to share wonder every day. >> we're looking at a frontal system that's going to be pushing in showers to the northeast. heavier thunderstorms as you get to the south. warm, moist air ahead. colder air behind it. tonight, we'll be looking at heavier thunderstorms through atlanta. airport delays today from atlanta north to boston, as the afternoon wears on. rainfall amounts, thoroughly light, though we could see an inch around new york city all the way back to charlotte. lighter amounts to the east. then look what happens. we'll see colder air filtering in. lake-effect sn lake-effect snow setting up. through sunday, 18 inches of snow potentially. that's what's going on aro
>> good morning, i'm meteorologist bill henley. a rainy day, rainy conditions this morning into this afternoon, occasional downpours, but the temperatures will warm up in spite of the rain, upper 60s, that changes tomorrow. windy conditions, colder, temperatures holding in the 40s on friday, turns colder on saturday. sunday temperature in the 20s in the morning, warm-ups in the afternoon, sunshine and warmer next week. have a prat day. .
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stay alive. what do you do if you're stranded? >> to show you how to save your life, we've come to frigid utah. it is cold here. this is cray tracy christiansen. my instinct is i would stay in the car and get out to get help. >> that's one of the biggest mistakes, leaving your car. stay in the car. >> why? >> it's cold out there. you can die from hypothermia. >> you say rescuers have a better chance of finding the car than a random person on the road. >> we will find you in you're in the vehicle. >> reporter: should you run the engine or save gas? >> run your car ten minutes an hour to stay warm. make sure you're conserving fuel. you could be here for the long haul. it is okay to run your car. >> ten minutes every hour. >> another tip, always make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and free from snow so you don't suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning. >> never sleep alone in a
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in case you haven't heard, the new "star wars" film opens in a few hours. >> so excited. fans are ready. carson is in his costume. it's like the "star wars" bar over there. >> it's so much fun. hold on. there we go. got stuck there. let's just talk about what people are doing right now all across the country. this is a really genius idea. they're having these marathon screenings, where people are flooding the theaters and they'll watch all seven movies back to back. they've got the guy doing the "star wars" theme on the organ in the theater to create the mood. this is hitting social media, as it's rolled out internationally. the opening credits there done in different languages. i would fit into the movie theater. people are going pressed up.
my theory is that's brad pitt in los angeles, the only way he could possibly see this movie. joining me now, the great chewbacca. chewy is a little smaller in the orange room than in real life. does everybody know who you are, chewy? want to do a reveal? >> i have stilettos. >> it's natalie, everybody. >> that's impressive. >> we're excited. we know everybody else is excited. >> hot. >> "star wars" fever. >> are you gargling? >> can i reveal a secret talent of our audio guy in joe, one more. >> you have to hear natalie's. now you do it. >> joe? >> natalie sounds like she's gargling red wine. >> like last night. >> i heard. >> thank you. >> wonderful.
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>> good thursday morning, i'm tracy davidson. the rain is moving in. >> we are seeing scattered light showers. a huge sprinkle so far this morning, steadier rain is on the way for later this morning and this afternoon. that's the view. the damp view from the lafayette hotel, the showers will move through the area to start with. the heavier rain already moving into lancaster. the food news is the temperatures are way above prize toing. so we will only get rain out of this one. 50 in reading. allentown and philadelphia. >> free ride to work. katy zachry is watching work, getting nfth from all different
sources. what are you seeing? >> we are seeing delays on 422 east bound. there are delays between route 29 and 76. >> that drive is going to take you about 18 minutes on 422 eastbound. i am following information on 76 eastbound. there is police activity right at the exit for city avenue, so by aware of that. today, new jersey lawmakers will vote on a financial aid package to help bail out atlantic city. the gambling resort is struggling from the closing of four casinos last year. lawmakers will vote on two new casinos. we will have the results today on nbc 10 and the nbc 10 app. a holiday tradition. community groups will pick up donated turkey. about 1,300 turkeys will go to 30 local organizations to make sure needy family versus christmas dinner. we'll have another update in 25 minutes. you can always get the latest news and weather and track the rain with the nbc 10 news app.
♪ all i do is win, no matter what ♪ it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, the donald and the doctor. >> called "winners aren't losers." >> donald trump joins jimmy kimmel for his take on dr. seuss. >> i do not like them at all. we must kick these frogs out and build a wall. paying it forward. al goes to great lengths to honor the remarkable woman who had a huge impact on his family. >> three, two, one, go! yes! ♪ honey, i'm good, but i probably should ♪ ♪ i got a honey at home, and if i stay, i might not leave alone ♪ from singing to dancing to lots of laughing, we'll reminisce about all the good
time ws we had together in 2015. today, thursday, december 17th, 2015. ♪ strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard ♪ >> 20 years of marriage here at the "today" show. >> my christmas present is standing next to me. >> celebrating our 46th anniversary. >> merry christmas from indian river, michigan. >> merry christmas from oregon. >> we're from omaha, nebraska, trying not to be too corny. >> happy holidays. >> good morning, everybody. it's 8:00 on "today." it's thursday, december 17th, 2015. what a beautiful day on our plaza. i'm loving this warm weather. it feels so good, and everybody is in a great mood, getting
ready for the holidays. we have matt lauer's biggest fan here. >> so nice of you. how are you? happy holidays. sorry. i didn't mean to ignore you. i was swept away by the music we're hearing in the background. this is savannah's throwback thursday song. i believe this is "don't stop believing" by the cast of glee. >> it's a version of that. >> the cast of glee? >> you don't like it? >> i'll withhold comment. it's great. >> wow. >> everyone else is silent. anyway, i'd glad you like the song. >> a lot, yeah. >> was your outfit chafing? >> in more ways than one. >> the cast of glee. >> interesting call. >> you don't get it every day. >> let's go inside with natalie for the top stories. >> savannah, i like your choice. even though you haven't supported me in the past. in the news this morning, the pentagon admitting defense
secretary ash carter used his personal e-mail for government business. according to a "new york times" report, carter started the practice just after he became defense chief in february, and he continued even after the scandal that erupted over hillary clinton using her personal e-mail while she was secretary of state. the pentagon says carter's occasional use of personal e-mail for work-related business was a mistake, and he did not use it for classified information. controversial drug company ceo martin slwas arrested. he made headlines when boosting the price for a pill 5,000%. his arrest on fraud charges s s isn't connected to the matter.
he took money from a business to pay off unrelated business dealings. a sheriff's deputy risking his life to stop a run away truck after a 12-mile pursuit. the driver was having a medical emergency and his truck was rolling toward the norfolk airport, when it slowed to 25 miles per hour. the sergeant dashed across the highway and climbed inside. he brought the truck to a safe stop. thank goodness. the good news, she said yes. the bad news, a texas man who shut down a major interstate highway so he could propose to his girlfriend was arrested. the 24-year-old was charged with obstructing a highway. he stopped his car monday on interstate 45 and houston. got down on one knee and popped the question. several drivers recorded the risky, romantic stunt. he posted $500 bail and defended his actions. he said, sometimes love makes you do stupid things.
i wanted to do something she will always remember. yeah, they're not going to forget that one any time soon. a soccer era came to an end wednesday night in new orleans, when the greatest goal scorer in u.s. history, abby wambach, played her final game. the u.s. lost to china, but wambach helped her team win the world cup title this year. she also has a pair of olympic golds and inspired young women to take up the game she loves. we're going to miss her. incredible athlete and inspiration to many. >> she is. congratulations to her on a great career. >> absolutely. let's >> good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it's going to be a rainy day. clouds are here. rainy conditions this morning into this afternoon with occasional downpours. temperatures will warm up in spite of the rain. upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. changes tomorrow.
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i could do that. let's get out of here. i'm just thinking. order gifts online and pick them up the same day. walmart. >> announcer: year in review on "today" is brought to you by mercedes benz. the best or nothing. >> oh, my gosh, we have a quorum. we're all year. time for something we look forward to every year. >> the cast of glee, really? >> come on! >> to look at all the fun we've had in 2015. ♪ hey, that's what i like, i like about you ♪ ♪ the way you do what you do, how you do, i like about you ♪ ♪ come on now, hey, that's what i like, i like about you ♪ ♪ the way you do what you do,
how you do, i like about you ♪ >> the gang is all back. >> i love what the script says. it says, we're all back, even carson. >> hey. >> raise your hand if you were in sharknado 3 last night. >> carson, were you glued? >> no, i was not. ♪ honey, i'm good, but i probably should ♪ ♪ i got a honey at home, and if i stay, i might not leave alone ♪ >> where do you keep your emmy? >> one with me right here. never leaves me. good morning, coaches. pharrell, blake, christina -- hey! where am i? >> let's trend, guys. there's someone in this studio right now who does not remember anything that happened yesterday. any guesses? >> usually, all of us. >> i will go to a movie alone. i'm happy sitting in a dark theater with popcorn by myself.
>> not really what we were talking about but -- >> here's how it works. the question you pull out, you must answer. >> what is your porn star name. >> what is it? >> i check in to hotels under the name, dj warm cookies. >> whoa! >> we are in the white house kitchen, where among other thinthin gs, you brew beer. >> it's not good. >> serious? >> it's not. don't eat any of this stuff. you can learn more -- >> just say no. >> even the germ freak would -- just to show you. there you go. >> i'm just saying. that's a waste. ♪ on my own, once again now >> this is the chisel. >> apparently, i'm burning the
counter. >> sorry. >> oh, dear. wow. >> having my way with it. leave me alone. let me have a moment. >> come back here with those. ♪ >> yeah! >> that is unbelievable. ♪ >> go! go left. your left. left! your left! >> what we should have talked about first was our right from our left. >> what are we doing in here? >> i don't know. i just do what i'm told. >> this is called hoda or yoda. these are all real quotes.
rejoice for those around you who transform into the force. >> yoda. >> correct. next up, i wake up at 4:15, get coffee, turn on the news, clickty clock to see what i missed. then i go to work and i'm really awake. >> yoda. >> it's hoda! >> i used to have great legs, then great knees and now great ankles. >> we're busy reading the wall street journal. we start our day with a little research. >> i'm here. whoo hoo! >> thank savannah guthrie for helping me out. do you know who is co-hosting tomorrow? >> you wanted to today. >> matt lauer is going to co-host the fourth hour. >> i have not prepared, but with hoda, she doesn't anyway. what's the big deal? >> i was told matthew mcconaughey was here, not matt lauer. >> you have nothing to do? >> very little to do. >> we are going to build a fantastic playground right in
this field here. >> it's really beautiful. i hope everyone takes care of the park. >> all month long, the men of today, along with guys all across america, have grown out their facial hair to raise awareness for men's health. >> i changed my mind in the middle. >> called the twizzler challenge. all the money goes toward programs to help with autism. >> riding 230 miles from boston to the big apple, to raise money for red-nose day charities. >> i have a lot of people i'd put on spandex for at this hour of the morning. ♪ donstop to party ♪ >> please make it stop. >> i'm going all the way up there. >> they know how to welcome somebody in sydney, australia.
>> guys, it's so hot out here, my iphone just shut off. that's hot. >> brace yourselves. >> can you handle rockerthon2? >> one weatherman. >> paradise. >> we are in kentucky. >> 50 states. one week. to bring you the weather from every state in our great nation. >> rokerthon rolls on! see you in boston! >> rokerthon makes it to new york. >> here he is! >> does carson ever mention us when he's at the "voice"? blake said, i didn't know carson worked here. >> it's so good to be up this early. >> boogie woogie. i ain't going to play more
because i charge. >> nice golf swing. >> girl got moves. >> you're a grandpa? >> matt, you're a grandpa? that was hard. >> i want you to relax, savannah. relax. >> i'm trying. >> what line will be remembered for this movie you've just finished? >> man, that's a good question. nothing i can say on this show. ♪ >> get out of my way. ♪ i got news ♪ i'm gonna work, work, work every day ♪
♪ this is where my story's going, i just want to share this moment ♪ ♪ whoa ♪ the earth moves under my feet, i feel the sky tumbling down ♪ ♪ you never count your money when you're sitting at the table ♪ ♪ there will be time enough for counting when the deal is done ♪ ♪ with your love, nobody can drag me down ♪ ♪ nobody, nobody >> i was on vacation. how did you get out of this? >> wow, i don't know, but thank the good lord. ♪ down in your pocket, you've got something to give, it goes ♪ ♪ jingle, jingle ♪ today, today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ ♪ living like, living like,
>> the naked show! >> tah-dah. >> next one, fudge brownies. >> i knew it! >> and matt lauer, just take a look. >> exposed, he's naked. >> lauer! >> overnight, matt lauer put up four billboards. >> two second of yos >> two second of y of your time >> go somewhere else. >> get out of here. >> oh, my goodness. what happened? oh, you son of a gun. you son of a gun! i knew you were going to do that. >> cue the alarm. >> savannah? >> don't panic. we'll be right there. >> what is that?
>> i'm neil patrick harris. >> oh, my god! >> we're back. carson -- >> on the air. >> making my -- >> tv program, savannah. >> sorry. >> leonardo dicaprio. >> you got the offer to do this by text mail? >> text message? >> the kids are calling it text mail. >> text message. >> it's going potty. >> it's popping. ♪ let it go, let it go >> start your engines!
>> good job. >> i just touched street gum with my hand. i don't know what got into me. time to get some purell. >> the bush ladies know how to raise beautiful little girls, and you're one of them. >> wait a minute. >> what's up? >> what's up? >> couple years ago in washington, the correspondents dinner, at the men's room, standing next to me at the urinal. >> did you high-five him? >> no, you don't do that at the urinal. might want to learn that lesson. >> you two are really obnoxious. >> wow. that was quite a show. >> i won't do it.
i won't. ♪ for the rest of my life, i will do what's right ♪ ♪ i will do what's right ♪ stars in the sky, rest of my life ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah, the rest of our lives ♪ ♪ edge of the earth, search in the sky at night, out on the verge on the rest of our lives ♪ >> yeah. [ applause ] >> nice. >> that was fun. really fun. >> we have to thank an editor somewhere. >> many of them. >> really well done. >> erica levins is the producer.
molly, drew, and paul is the graphic artist. >> thank you, good morning. i'm tracy davidson. you'll need the umbrella today. let's get details from meteorologist bill henley. >> we're getting a few scattered light showers so far in philadelphia but steadier rainfall is in our near term future. you can see the clouds and look closely a couple of rain drops on tlens of the view of the camera from the mellon bank building. showers in new jersey inching into philadelphia. steadier rainfall from the southwest moving into southern chester county. clouds will stay with us as the rain moves in and temperatures move up to near 60 this afternoon. >> now let's check the roads. katy zachary the watching traffic. >> the rain is slowly moving in. fortunately not affecting things onto road quite yet. but stay tuned it could later
this morning. this is a live look outside of the schuylkill expressway at montgomery drive. this traffic is headed eastbound to next city philadelphia. seeing a lot of head lights because of a lot of gray skies. drive time is pretty slow between the blue route and vine about 25 minutes i want will take you. >> thanks. today republican house leaders are giving governor wolf in passengers deadline on the state's budget battle. gop house leaders says the governor has until 12:30 this to get the votes he needs to pass his plan and if he doesn't the republicans will vote on an interim spending plan this weekend. pennsylvania has been operating without a budget since july. we'll have another update in 25 minutes and you can get the latest news and weather with the nbc news app. now back to the "today" show. i'm tracy davidson. have a great day.
♪ today, today, today, today is christmas ♪ we are back now. it's 8:30 on a thursday morning. it's the 17th day of december, 2015. kind of a dark morning here on the plaza. rain expected. but we're brightening things up with a couple of broadway stars. we have matthew broderick and annaleigh ashford from the play "sylvia," collecting toys for us this morning. they're the elves of the day. we're going to chat with them in
a couple of minutes. >> looking forward to that. plus, we have a rare christmas miracle. that's right, i'll be baking. don't worry. siri pinter is here and she knows what she's doing. we're making cookies, and we have the cutest helpers. our babies. >> that's cute. also ahead, if you didn't do your shopping for christmas back in july, we have our ultimate gift guide, the biggest ever to finish off everyone on your list. and i'm going to get a chance to pay it forward by doing something for an amazing woman who has really changed my son nick's life. >> carson, we'll have your buddy from the "voice" who was crowned the winner in a second. first, we have matthew broderick and annaleigh ashford, stars of "sylvia." >> pleasure. >> matthew, you have to choose between the love of your life and man's best friend. >> all right. it's a tough one. >> how does that go?
that's the play, you have to see the play to find out. >> annaleigh, you play the best friend. >> i do. i play a dog. i know, it's crazy, but i do. i'm looking at the sweet dog. maybe i'll get inspiration for tonight. what a cutie. >> you don't have a liver treat, he won't look at you. we can get you something. >> oh, he's so cute. hi. hello. you want to -- he's like, no. >> this is your 12th broadway production, matt, right? we're keeping count here. >> really? >> what brings you back to the stage all the time? >> something to do. >> just a little something. >> no, i really love doing it. you know, i've been lucky enough to get 12 jobs, i guess, now that you've told me that. >> this is your 12th broadway show? >> that's what they say. >> your wife, sarah jessica parker, originated the role. >> that's right.
that's correct. >> she's looking for liver treats. >> somebody lhas a treat. >> the facts are correct. >> i'm surprised it's that many. i thought it was maybe nine. >> this is your life. >> yeah. >> i know, that's magical. it's good if you lost count. it means you're fabulous. >> or senile. >> guys, have fun. we want to say for people to go check them out on broadway in "sylvia." thanks for connecting toys this morning. we appreciate it. mr. roker, >> good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it's going to be a rainy day. clouds are here. rainy conditions this morning into this afternoon with occasional downpours. temperatures will warm up in spite of the rain. upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. changes tomorrow. windy conditions, colder temperatures holding in the 40s on friday, turning colder on
saturday. sunday a temperature in the 20s in the morning but a nice warm up in the afternoon with sunshine and even warmer next week. have a great day. >> and that is your latest weather. >> al, thank you so much. now to the "voice" on "today." this morning, we have the champion in the house. take a look. >> the winner of the voice is -- jordan smith! >> jordan smith is here. good morning and congratulations. >> congratulations. >> i have to tell you, i have a friend who is a super fan of the "voice" and told me nine weeks ago, i predict it, jordan smith goes all the way. >> that's so kind. >> did you feel good or were you sweating it? >> this show has been fun and i had a great time working with adam and the other contestants. it's a creative atmosphere. it didn't hit me until i was on
the stage at the finale. i'm in the finale. we were taking it week by week. >> gwen stefani said you don't look like your voice. is that a good thing? >> i think so. i think this whole time, i've been proving that. those things aren't really what happens. last tuesday night, whenever i won the show, it was kind of a big moment for me. i proved to myself, what's on the outside doesn't matter. it's what's in your heart and what you love to do and doing those things. >> we've had front runners on the show before who, you know, were strong all the way down. they've grown fatigued. it was interesting to watch you in the final weeks, you never got nervous. you were stronger. how did you thrive when the pressure was really on? >> i think that it's kind of the type of person i am. i love that pressure. that's what makes me stronger and better. i think just keeping a level head through the whole process is super important. i think that those are four really strong contestants, myself and the other three. i was proud to be among them. we were a support for each other
to the end. >> your parents were the only ones that looked shocked you won. what was it like in your close circle? >> they're so proud and happy. they made so many sacrifices for me to get to this point. for them, it's a huge payoff and they're proud. they saw this in me before i saw it in myself. >> you owe them big time. >> congratulations. >> jordan smith, congratulations. >> he'll be with kathie lee and hoda in a little bit. also ahead, cookies and cuteness. siri and i do a little baking with our babies. checking people off your holiday shopping list. you can't miss our biggest gift guide ever. first, this is "today" on nbc.
fit it in one segment. we're streaming it live at today.com so you can find what we don't get to on the air on our website. lori is the style director at good housekeeping. this gift segment goes from here all the way around the studio. >> we better get started. eight days left to shop. >> great gift ideas. >> this is the best of the best. the amazon echo. it's a voice-activated information teller. you can get news, information, traffic. it will tell you knock-knock jokes. it is the gift of the future. $179. >> this looks like something out of my childhood, the view master. >> $30 at target. what you do is put your smartphone in there and they partnered with google cardboard for virtual reality. it's like you're in the wildlife, in space. it's so cool. >> vinyls are back. >> throwback thursday gift with a modern flair. this is available at bloomingdales.
it plays vinyl and mp3. real cool. >> how much is that? >> $79. >> great. >> i'm obsessed with this, as are many women in the world. the urban decay smoky naked palette. one is sold every 6 seconds. >> are they expensive? >> $54 and they'll last a long time. universally flattering shades. >> why are these shoes so hot? >> don't you love them? they're a little sporty, a little cozy. $50 at jc penney. you can wear them with anything. they appeal to all ages. they're comfortable. love that for the winter. >> these are going to catch a lot of attention because of what they're made of. >> fashion flex. this is the great bag co. everyone is saying these will be the new it bags. they're $120, very affordable. heat resistant, crash resistant, you can clean them easy and they look amazing.
>> talk to me about the glassware. >> matt, everybody loves a gift that feels personalized. these have initials on them. they're from skyros. these are flown from portugal. beautiful something to bring to a house, hostess gift. >> taught about something special. >> "star wars" opening, have you heard about that? >> i haven't heard. >> "star wars" fans. >> indy film. this toaster is available at kohl's. it has a light side and dark side for toast. we love that. also for the little fans with big imaginations, the force really awakens with leg golegos. you can do anything with the millennial falcon. fun for the little ones. how cute are these guys? jackson and juliet. jackson is on the brilliant buy
sick -- bicycle. everybo >> everybody said this is the best way to learn to ride the bike. >> no more training wheels. >> i'll pause for a second and tell you we're going to end this on the air right now. we have more gifts to get to so we'll stream live at today.com. coming up next, holiday cookies with the kids. savannah and siri get adorable help in the kitchen. plus, siri will share one of her go-to cookie recipes. first, this is "today" on nbc, as we continue to stream.
>> to me, the holidays are all about family and home. >> that's a yummy cookie. oh, boy. oh, my gosh, she's putting the whole thing in her mouth. no, no, no. we lost a lot of dough. >> my favorite childhood christmas memory is probably baking with my mom. we would make the same things every year. we'd give them to the same people, the same, you know, plastic tins we'd buy at the drugstore. i'm going to take the butter and put it in here with the sugar. >> christmas is about the only time i remember us being in cookies. >> the lifesavers, you baked them and it was like candy glass. >> good job. >> baking makes me feel like i
can give something of myself to people. >> yeah, yeah. >> these look amazing. >> why were we holding babies? they wouldn't let us put them down. >> we didn't color coordinate well today. >> let's make this reschkcireci >> we can make it because we don't have babies. this is flour, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla bean paste. you can use extract. >> that's the secret recipe. >> eggs and sugar. in this mixer, we have butter and sugar. i'll give it a little more of a stir, then we'll put in an egg. >> okay. >> and some vanilla. >> did you say sour cream? >> yes, it's coming in in a second. that's the vanilla bean paste. you can find it at most markets. >> gives it a little something extra, i think. >> now, over here, we have our dry ingredients. flour, baking soda, baking
powder and salt. important to whisk them together so everything is incorporated. do you want to add half of that to the mixer? >> yes, i do, siri. >> this is a mixer, savannah, which we couldn't find in her home. >> i'm a mess. >> you were looking in the closet for your mixer. >> i know. oh, boy. >> now, we'll add the sour cream and the rest of the dry ingredients. >> baking, you have to do things in a certain order. why is that? >> it's scientific. it's important that you really follow the directions properly. >> you can't wing it, apparently. >> the enext thing i do is chil it so solidify the butter so it doesn't spread. >> how long? >> at least 30 minutes, but overnight if you can. it deepens the flavors of the cookies. use this little scooper. >> cute. >> scoop them out. about two inches apart, because they'll spread a little. over here, we have our sugar, which we thought the babies
would do well. >> didn't go well. >> we'll roll them in sugar all around. then bake them 12 to 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. >> great. we have 30 seconds. >> fudge brownie candy cane cookies made with brown knie mi. >> did you invent brownie mix as cookie? in my mind, you did. >> i'm sure someone else has done it, but it's an easy way to make a chocolate, fudge cookie. >> thank you, my dear. you can get our cookie swap r recipes at today.com. up next, al pays it forward to someone who means a great deal to his family. first, this is "today" on nbc.
this morning on make your today, it is al's turn to pay it forward. >> thanks so much. when i was asked to pick someone to honor, i didn't have to think twice. it's a woman who means a lot to me and my wife deborah, because she inspires and helps other extremely special person in my life. my amazing boy, nick. >> numbers start on this corner. >> reporter: anyone who knows lori will tell you, she defies description. >> what do you think? >> fancy. >> very fancy. >> you have to experience lori.
lori is an experience. >> super strong legs. those are super strong. >> reporter: she's an occupational therapist for kids with special needs. >> can you get this undone? >> reporter: like my son. she's so much more. >> sometimes as a parent when as many as is wrong with your child, you can freeze because it's overwhelming. to have someone that's not only amazing for your child and to your child, but is an advocate for your child, is a god send. >> use the strong arms. >> reporter: lori started working with nick when he was 3 years old. he's 13 now. >> he didn't talk, couldn't walk. he had very low body core pl musculatu musculature. a lot of people were not positive about his, you know, his outlook. you know, there was never any of that with lori. >> look at me because i'm the focus point, okay? >> some kids are a 50-piece
puzzle. some are 100-piece. some are 150. i think nick was about 150, if i was to look at nick. my heart is so big for him. he's my son. he's a little bigger than me these days, but he is my son. >> beautiful, nick. beautiful. >> reporter: this is her calling. lori knew she wanted to be an occupational therapist since she was in seventh grade. >> their goal was to work in the presence of others with minimal sharing of supplies. >> reporter: this is a student in the '70s, working with students with autism before there was a diagnosis. she was devoted then and is now, helping children reach their developmental milestones. >> at 2 years old, my son wasn't meeting the benchmarks a 2-year-old should be. this past june, he got his black belt in tie quando.
>> reporter: lori doesn't want recognition. >> three, two, one, go. yes! nicely done. >> well, good ending, right? >> i do this because i believe in the kids. i don't do it for recognition. >> i can honestly say that nick is where he is today because of her help. and for that, i can't thank her enough. >> reporter: but on this day, i wanted to try. i know lori pretty well, and i know she loves two things. running and tennis. specifically, serena williams. current sports illustrated sports person of the year, byfln to miami to run in the serena williams foundation 5k to support children coming up in a couple of weeks. >> fabulous. >> for you. >> nick has come so far. >> i know. >> more to go. more to go. >> hi, serena, how are you?
>> how are you? >> nice to see you. this is lori. >> how are you? >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: on the day of the run, serena williams did not disappoint. >> little windy, but we are on the water. hopefully the wind will be behind us. >> reporter: the serena williams live ultimate run in miami raises money for the serena williams fund. >> serena williams fund, we help send kids to college. we also build schools in africa and help families affected by violence in communities, like my sister was. it's really exciting for me. >> reporter: and exciting for us to be part of such a special day. >> serena williams run, we're about to get started. >> right now! >> reporter: the race was exhilarating. at least for my wife, deborah. and for lori. >> we did it! >> couple of days later. >> reporter: for me, might have another word for it. >> wasn't it fun? >> oh, what a barrel -- we have a different idea of fun.
>> reporter: but what's a few aches and pains for a woman who worked nonstop for my child and countless other kids? >> everybody has a lori in their life, they just may not realize it. they could probably make more money doing something else, but they're doing it because they love your child. >> like i say, everybody has a lori in their life. it's easy to assume they know how much they mean to owe, byou this is a great time of year so make sure they do. >> reacted to the same moment, she knew she wanted to do it since the seventh grade. amazing. >> it's a calling for her, and she answers the call every day for so many kids in this area. >> what a saint. >> she is. she's a gift. >> incredible. >> nick is a really cool kid, too. >> now that he's a black belt -- >> yeah. >> he asked for an allowance. oh, okay. we're back with much more of
"today" on a thursday morning after your local news. good morning. i'm tracy davidson. let's get your first alert forecast from meteorologist bill henley. a wet one today, bill. >> rain is moving in but the temperatures moving up. cloudy view of cape may where there have been a few light showers. steadier rain is moving in from the west. the radar shows it's quickly moving into the area. it will stay through the morning, this afternoon we could see heavy downpours early in the
afternoon. right now it's chester county that's getting some of the steadier rain. it's getting warmer. 51 degrees in philadelphia. cape may near 60 degrees at this hour. in the very low 50s for reading and allentown. >> katy zachary is watching 295. >> this is in logan township. keeping an eye on it because it affects a lot of drivers. 322 westbound between route 130 and interstate 295 is closed because of a jackknifed tractor-trailer. crews are out there cleaning it up. they since shut down the 295 northbound ramp to 32 which is exit 11. stay with me i'll have another update four in 25 minutes on this. >> today the philadelphia school reform commission will consider extending the superintendent's contract. his current deal runs through august of 2017. they propose an extension through august of 2022.
the superintendent would keep his currents salary and get pay increases similar to those given to teachers. former home of the four seasons hotel in philadelphia is now open under a new name. the logan hotel opened yesterday with it's 400 rooms located just off the ben franklin parkway. i'm tracy davidson. we'll have another update in 25 minutes. you can get up dates on news, weather and traffic on the nbc news app. have a great day.
>> announcer: this morning on "today's take," "star wars" mania. the reviews are in. the merchandise is out. the countdown begins to today's opening. then a look at the fun we've had this year with some of hollywood's biggest stars. plus, the newest stocking stuffers from best-selling author james patterson. coming up w. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie more or lesales, geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. thursday, december 17th 20rks, we're in the middle of the holiday season. i'm here with al, tamron and
chewy. >> here's my sound effects. go ahead. do it again. one more time. there you go. >> isn't he the best? >> amazing, joe. >> may the force be with you. >> thank you. thank you. >> the force is strong with you, joe. >> leave it on. >> don't you dare. >> wow. >> a lot of hair in my face now. >> warm in chewy's world. >> amazing. >> what was your jam there? oh, it's gone now. >> the song i love so much. >> this is a jam right here. >> this is a jam we love. >> "star wars: the force awakens" opens in theaters tomorrow, but really tonight. at midnight, you can see earlier screenings in select cities. i think for people who won contests and things like that. we're finally here, guys. >> yeah. >> we've been hearing about this movie for years. the trailers came out slowly. j.j. would tweet out a picture of the cast at a table read. >> the reviews universally are incredible. >> a lot of nostalgia coming.
this one brings back all the characters. we all went to see it, loved it. you know what's interesting this morning, if you're looking for a last-minute gift, there's going to be a lot of people who will get into the "star wars" craze, so i got an e-mail from bed, bath and beyond. i shop all the time. all the craziest things you could buy from "star wars." look at some of these. first, we've got "star wars" -- >> oh, no. >> is that a r2-d2 shower head? >> it's $29.99. my question to you, say you ended up going over to a guy's house for the first time, ended up in the shower -- >> on the first date? >> not the first date. not on the first date. >> that was -- >> this is not the game you're looking for. go back to your business. >> my mother watches this show, natalie. >> sorry. >> if i got married and went to
the guy's house after we got married and there was a shower head. >> that's for your 13-year-old. i don't know a 35-year-old is getting that. >> what would you do if you got that? is that a deal breaker? >> is he in the movie "star wars"? if so, we're cool. after we're married, i would take it. >> say this is a toaster on the counter top. when the coast pops up, it pops up with the "star wars" -- >> that's a problem. >> why? >> look at this. you don't have -- you only have toast on one side. it's not really toast. >> the whole thing isn't toasted. >> the back is brown. >> different layers of brown, but it's toast. >> so is my family but it doesn't mean i want a toaster. >> most genius thing you may have ever said in your life. i got this e-mail from georgetown university. this is fantastic. they actually have a youtube blog where you go on and certain questions like, mind that lligh
how they work, it's like the actual science and things we say. get ready to nerd out, geek out. they'll answer it. it is absolutely brilliant. >> how does a tractor beam work? >> yeah. it's on youtube. georgetown university. they're like seminars. i don't want you to see what's on there. might be the showerhead. >> we know where you were last night. >> you ask the professors anything, and they answer it. the decoding of "star wars." >> that's cool. >> they are like nerding out. it's amazing. check this out. >> we're all getting our nerd on. >> absolutely. >> whether you like "star wars" or not, i think everybody is going to, at this point, be a groupie. >> if you google darth vader, donald trump, there is a
brilliant mash up, where they've taken the donald -- all the darth vader scenes, stripped out darth vader's voice and put in donald trump from all of his speeches and press conferences. it is brilliant. i think donald trump would love this. >> speaking of -- >> speaking of donald trump, he was on jimmy kimmel last night, on jimmy kimmel live, and admitted to maybe causing just a ripple or two within the gop. >> i would like to see the republican party come together. i've been a little bit divisive in the sense i've been hitting people pretty hard. >> a little bit, yeah. >> so funny. >> a little bit. >> a little divisive. i love jimmy kimmel, who went ahead and read mr. trump a dr. seuss inspired children's book called, winners aren't losers. >> it's very funny. >> here are some frogs i do not like at all. we must kick these frogs out and then build a wall.
oh, the places you'll go on your yacht, on your plane, with your suits from milan and your wives from ukraine. oh, the buildings you'll build, the health you'll amass, the people around you all kissing your [ bleep ]. there are two kinds of people. which one will you be? a loser like them? would you like to finish? or a winner -- >> -- like me. >> incredible. >> good stuff. >> you know what else is good? this kid, 9-year-old grace, won a school fundraiser, getting a chance to shoot a half court shot. the situation was at bethany academy in bloomington, minnesota. she was nervous and gave the ball to mom. it's what you do. >> this was for tuition. $42,000. her mom, angela, first try fell short. then her daughter tried it.
here we go. >> beyoi played in sixth grade. beyond that, i'm not sports inclined. >> explanation and boom. >> the underhand. pretty good. third and final try. last one. >> get there. get there. boom! >> she bounced it? >> it was tough. >> it counts. they said, if it doesn't count, we're taking a trip to minnesota to rally for her. >> it was phenomenal and counted. that was like the tuition god. every parent is like, please come together. >> here we go. >> falls short, bounce, right on the line. wow. >> impressive. >> she needs to be with the globetrotters. >> she was like, was that it or not? >> another great moment on the hard court.
this time during the k cavs-celtics game. the king, lebron james, caught a fan being honored on the jumbotron. aaron miller, a 16-year-old. during the break in the game, he went to meet aaron. aaron, there you go, he's walking over, was born and doctors feared he'd never walk or talk. now, he plays basketball at his high school. apparently, sinks three-pointers. look at that face. >> awe. >> it's surreal. >> lebron said they were in a time-out during the game, looked up and saw the kid's story and surprised the kid. the kid happened to be wearing lebron james' shoes, designed for kids who can't tie their shoes. he had one strap to pull over. after the game, lebron took off his shoes from the game and gave them to the kid. >> he has been so -- >> he's great. >> during the game, focuses in on fans, goes over and has fun. no matter what with the fans. >> he's a good dude.
>> great dude. >> he's a decent actor in "trainwreck." >> better than decent. >> career off the court, too. >> yeah. >> al, how about a look at the weather? >> man is a media mogul. >> various shades of brown like the roker family. >> anyway, let's move along. so we got another storm coming in. it's another day, another storm moving into the pacific northwest. they're going to be looking at heavy rain firing up. we're going to watch this as the day progresses this afternoon. snow is back through the inner mountain of the cascades. costal gales. wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. look at the rainfall amount. some areas, along the coast, upwards of 7 inches of rain. snowfall wise, again, great news for skiers. it's going to be good news and even into the sierra, they'll be seeing snow. it's great news for the snow pack and helping with the
>> good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it's going to be a rainy day. clouds are here. rainy conditions this morning into this afternoon with occasional downpours. temperatures will warm up in spite of the rain. upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. changes tomorrow. windy conditions, colder temperatures holding in the 40s on friday, turning colder on saturday. sunday a temperature in the 20s in the morning but a nice warm up in the afternoon with sunshine and even warmer next week. have a great day. >> that is your latest weather. >> thank you very much, al. coming up next, the glitz, the glamour, the madness. all the great stars that graced our studio in 2015. our studio in 2015. we'll have the and all the decorationsl... are just right. the presents have all been opened... and our loved ones are gathered all around.
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what happens in studio 1a definitely does not stay in studio 1a. >> today, we want to shine the spotlight on our famous guests and big celebrities who made for a very lively 2015. >> there are days where i look through my phone and all of the celebrity stuff, moments on the phone that we've snapped. it's like, that happened? >> thanks for having me on this. this is the cool hour, right? >> i watch you every morning. >> why is there never anyone in my nightclub? >> not long ago, tamron was doing her pop fix, and a figure comes out of the shadows. >> he's 21 years old, so that makes this legal. >> i took it for every 16-year-old girl out there. took the kiss. >> i'm down. >> people that show up, pop up during our weather segments. >> that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in which
i say -- chrissy teigen's world. >> in your neck of the woods. >> put the weather up there. >> tsunami. swell here, coming up. it's going to clear up and -- al, i need help, please. take it from here. >> most fun set visit ever was playing a zombie on "the walking dead." >> this will be great if it doesn't come off tomorrow. >> i have nightmares looking at that picture of me. >> patty labelle surprise was incredible. >> oh, no! ♪ on my own once again now >> mystery guest? >> come on out. >> yes! >> we had to pity them fools, al. >> this is all worthwhile. >> the al mind and tamron body.
>> don't laugh. >> sit right over there. >> i'm an actress, and i'm full of crap. it's early and i'm like -- >> little known fact about gina rodriguez, she also raps. >> likely gi ll lly -- like my natalie. >> we expanded our family to include great folks. >> you have a slow pan up your legs. >> oh, yeah. >> i let everybody know the real champ is here. >> john cena is a big guy with a big heart. >> this is the most important part of the year so far. >> who would have thought we'd have a wwe wrestling champ? ♪ mr. roboto >> co-hosting our program. >> ellie kemper. >> not only did i co-host with ellie kemper, jane krakowski,
but tina fey showed up. natalie, willie, tamron were not there. >> we dare take a couple days off to be with our beloved family. >> we had to hear about it every single day. >> you want to replace us with them? come on. >> it hurt. >> it was the best show ever. ha, ha! bam! >> good for you, al. one day, i invited jane to come back. it was just the two of us. jane krakowski roller skated out on to the set. >> this is the jane loves willie hour. >> i think i win that one. >> hello, ms. tamron. >> ladies and gentlemen, prince -- >> prince, good morning. >> good morning, all. >> all i need is a horse. >> there we go. >> good to see you. >> thank you. great to be seen. >> fantastic. >> don't i look hot? >> hard to do this while i'm delivering the library book. >> a lot of families are probably cool with this.
>> oh! >> there we go. >> i love these lookbacks, but it makes me like, oh, my gosh, life flies before you. >> i know. >> the fun. i'm a debbie downer. >> this is our calling card to get more of these celebs on with us. come on and have some fun. we're the fun hour. >> who is your dream guest? >> we've had so many. i'm not going to -- patty labelle. i wasn't here that day. >> everybody who shows up. >> your dream show is what? >> we already saw that. >> bye, al, you don't need us. make your list, check it twice. we have your h
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stocking stuffers, all for under $30. good morning. >> good morning, guys. >> you did our shopping for us. >> i did. i think stockings are my favorite part of christmas traditions. you can have so much fun with them and not spend a lot of money. for the kids, start opening this one. >> sure. i like this, right off the bat. these are great. my son luke would love these. >> those are minions headphones. available at kohl's.com. inside, i think, are also peanuts headphones. if your kids -- those are from target.com. super affordable. every kid loves those. >> great idea. to the "star wars" theme somewhere in here. >> there's something in there "star wars" related, and it could be a head lamp. you look adorable. >> wow. >> that turns on at night and your kids with use it as a reading light or to play in the dark. >> it's like a lego. >> it's available at amazon.com. how cute is that? >> really cool. >> color roll. ava is showing us this jumbo sized color roll.
it's taking coloring books to the next level. design life kids.com. >> i love these. >> willie, for your sweetie. >> thank you. >> let's see what's in there. >> am i your -- oh, no. >> yes, you are. >> that took a turn. >> i know. >> i love these. these are makeup bags. they have all these fun things right there. those are from breakup to makeup.com. if you unzip the bag, you'll find something else for the "star wars" fan. cover girl has done an entire limited edition makeup collection. >> mascara. >> so cute. you can find them at any drugsto drugstore. >> amazing. >> might be -- >> the money disney is making. >> i know. >> something else in your stocking. selfie mirror. for the woman who wants to look good in every photo. that's from stoptiques.com. now for the pets, al. >> great. >> these are from
wildlywald.com. the pet matt. these are dog treats. harrybarker.com. this is for maybe the pet that's not active but you need them to be. a dog latreat launcher. >> here we go. >> it went reverse. i shot it at myself. i didn't mean to take it from you. >> we'll figure it out. >> we also have chew toys. >> that was at me. >> all at once. >> you can't forget about the cats. >> one for you, my friend. >> this is for a co-worker. work through there. >> let's see what we found. >> for you. we shopped for you. >> oh, that's so cute, you guys. thank you. adorable. >> lotions and potions, oh, my. >> thank you, guys. happy holidays. >> happy holidays.
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see crashes. we have a disabled vehicle on 95 southbound. it's crawling as you approach the exit for 322 disabled vehicle affecting things there. when i last saw you i told you about 322 in logan township has since re-opened. >> new information about a camden county mom whose car was stolen with her kids inside. she left her two kids in the car when she went into the liquor store saturday night. police say she was in the store for less than a minute when her car was stolen. police led police on a chase. flipped a stolen car. that man is also charged. the children are all right. fire officials are looking for the cause of a fire that least wilmington church in ruins. flames caused the roof to collapse at the new jerusalem missionary baptist church. i'm tracy davidson.
taking a look at the headlines. disney is installing metal detecters at the front of all four theme parks. it's also discontinuing the sale of toy guns and will no longer allow kids over the age of 14 to wear costumes. the detecters are going up ahead of tonight's "star wars" premiere at disney springs, sea world orlando and universal orlando will also use metal detecters. the cost of borrowing has gone up. on wednesday, the federal reserve raised interest rates 1/4 of one percent. janet yellen said rates would keep rising gradually next year if the economy is strong enough. it's bad for borrowers but good for people saving money. promise toward a screening test for ovarian cancer. researchers studied more than
200,000 women for more than a decade in britain and used a blood test to check for a chemical that sometimes is linked toen a ea an early stage ovarian cancer. it took into account a woman's age and the degree of change in the chemical over time. they were able to calculate a risk force. the study suggested the screening could cut ovarian cancer deaths by 20%. earlier recall of bean bag chairs is being reissued once again. it involved more than 2 million chairs cold between 1995 and 2013. two children have died, suffocating on the foam beads inside. fewer than 1,000 consumers responded to last yaerear's rec, and officials fear many of the chairs are still being used by children. consumers should contact ace bayou for a free repair kit. triple ginger brew is being
recalled from trader joe's, after reports of the bottles exploding. if you have the bottles in your home, trader joe's say to handle it with extreme care and dispose of it in an outside container. they will provide a refund. a nebraska sheriff's deputy jumped to the rescue when a truck driver had a diabetic attack and slumped behind the wheels. authorities followed the truck for 12 miles. that's when the sergeant dashed across the road, jumped in and brought the truck to a stop. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> nat, we're looking at wet weather for today along the eastern sea board. windy, wet weather along the pacific north coast, with snow in the interiors. high surf advisories along the californian coast. icy conditions and snow in the pacific northwest.
western new york, upstate new york, looking at lake-effect snow. some areas could see 18 inches by sunday of snow. that's what's going >> good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. it's going to be a rainy day. clouds are here. rainy conditions this morning into this afternoon with occasional downpours. temperatures will warm up in spite of the rain. upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. changes tomorrow. windy conditions, colder temperatures holding in the 40s on friday, turning colder on saturday. sunday a temperature in the 20s in the morning but a nice warm up in the afternoon with sunshine and even warmer next week. have a great day. >> that's your latest weather. we've got our buzzers. we've got our podiums. natalie is making her way down. she has a frightening competitive look in her eyes. it's game time. >> she's stretching, getting ready for this. everyone working on this show becomes an expert when it comes to pop culture. no one more so than our amazing
producers, gavin and kate. they've decided, for some reason, they want to go head to head in a showdown. dylan is here, the only person that can keep us honest. natalie, we're still waiting for natalie. >> she's coming. >> kate, you're at a slight dischadi disadvantage. >> we don't need it. >> she's here. >> fierce look in her eyes. >> i always wanted to be a game show host, and i forced myself on to the show. we like to pretend we know a lot about pop culture, but it's kate and gavin that know more than us. you're on the buzzer. you guys are window dressingm. t i'll read the question. >> if you don't win this, you're fired. >> about right. >> go for it. >> here we go. it's a music question. we're going to listen to a music clip. what's the song and the film. roll the clip. >> flashlight, "pitch perfect 2." >> who is singing? it's not part of the question.
>> i knew that. >> i'm making things more difficult. >> next question. what film earned the most at the box office this year? >> gavin again. >> "jury raassic park." >> "jurassic world." >> bring it here. >> world game show host ever. >> you got this, bro. >> ready? who play eed furiosa in the -- >> charlize theron. >> you nailed it. >> come on, gavin. >> pull another one. >> all right. who stumbled and fell while performing at the brit awards? >> madonna. >> gavin! >> madonna expert here. >> obvious.
>> i wouldn't be proud of that. >> what? come on. >> who played the villain in the latest james bond film? >> christoph waltz. >> very good. >> i didn't know that. >> 2-2? 3-2. i can't see that far. who is cookie's ex-husband in "empire?" >> lucius lion. >> real name. >> she said cookie. >> darn. >> we get it. >> so good. who praised his new wife when he accepted the award at the golden globe globes? >> george clooney. >> can you name don draper's daught daughter in "mad men?" >> sally, from tamron. >> tied up. >> of don draper.
>> i don't know. >> yank it. >> come on, dylan. one of the year's biggest films, who said he was polite, intense, smart, really intimidating? in one of the year's biggest films, who said he was polite, intense, smart, really intimidating? >> that's a line from the movie? >> it was in an interview. the actor or actress. >> oh, i know this. i know it. >> think about it. >> pass. >> pass. >> dakota johnson. she said it on our show. >> do we have time for more? >> tie breaker. >> zooey deschenel and her husband gave their daughter -- >> honor. >> two names. >> honor -- >> the honor.
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tasty treats are at every turn. joy bauer is here to help with a holiday food faceoff. good morning. good to see you all. let's begin with the weigh in. how is everybody doing? >> impressive. mary jean lost another pound. she's down for a total of 33 pounds. >> wow! >> rochelle lost another three pounds. she's down a total of 28 pounds. >> oh, my gosh! congrats, ladies. >> ken is not here. he lost another pound. he's down for a total of 29 pounds. collectively, willie, if you can imagine, they're down 90 pounds. the best part of that is we have donated more than 15,000 meals for people in need. >> you guys are incredible. >> 90 pounds. wow! >> thrilled. >> help us through this holiday cocktail party season. >> we're going to go from station to station, and each one, you're going to take a bell. you'll have a bell. i'm going to ask you a question. the first person who thinks they
know the answer, ring the bell and you're going to say what you think the answer is. >> okay. >> for the first question, which one has more calories. is it four buttery crackers topped with cheese, or is it two sliders, or are they even? >> which is more fattening? >> the cheese. >> this is better. >> the sliders are more fattening. 260 calories for the sliders. >> no way! >> about 200 calories for the crackers with the cheese. >> wow. we were wrong. >> i tried to throw you off. that was good. >> we'll go over here. >> pick up your jingles. >> i'll jingle myself here. >> which has more calories. four swedish meatballs or four mini vegetable egg rolls? >> meatballs. >> more calories.
>> the egg roll. >> the meatballs, 350 calories. there's a lot of fatty ground beef with this creamy sauce. >> they look so good until you said that, joy. >> i would have one of each. sometimes they're too good to resist, right? >> i know. >> here we go. ladies, you look amazing. >> now, which has more calories. a quarter cup of regular, traditional spinach art choke dish, or the same amount of cheese fondue, or are they even? >> they're even. >> yes! >> wow. >> even though they sound healthy and, by the way, guys, 300 calories for a quarter cup, not including the chips or the bread. just go easy. pick the one you want. if you can, dip with vegetables. home run. >> yay. >> dip with vegetables, okay. >> you're experts now. >> thank you. coming up next, alex cross
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pictures, including 1997's "kiss the girl" starring morgan freeman, and alex cross starring tyler perry. the new book is called "cross justice." new kids out for books, as well. >> you made it, man. i was worried about you. >> i was, too. alex cross, 23rd book in the series. >> yeah. >> and he's maybe going to find his father. maybe. >> wow. >> that's the big question. >> that's one of the things that drives him. it's been a big factor in this series. >> he thought his father was dead, and he gets new information in this book. we'll see where it goes. one of the fun things, people watch the tv show, the 26 episodes, "blindside" or whatever. here, there's only one episode a year. that's it. >> that's a great thing. if somebody starts from the
beginning with alex cross, they have 23 episodes to read through. >> that's right. >> one of the things i love about you is that, you know, you are one of the -- we've done this series, you know, paying it forward, in a sense, and i love the fact you've been going around giving bonuses to folks at the bookstores. >> i'm trying to draw attention to the fact that we need independent bookstores. we need bookstores and book sellers. we need to honor them. wherever you are, if you're watching this, go into a bookstore and get books for your family. get books for your kids, especially. >> okay. now, you're a prolific writer. you've done so much. you actually have a cameo -- >> practically, i do. alfred hitchcock used to do this, but he was smart and walked in the background. i kind of walk right into the middle. >> what movie is this? >> it's "middle year, the worst years of my life."
it's funny. ferris bueller meets pixar. there's a lot of anima ites patterson's acting debut. >> the manager. >> hello. >> can we keep it down a lot, if you don't mind? you know, this is not chuck e. cheese. >> good talk. can i have another root beer? >> absolutely not. you had enough sugar. >> you stole that from lauren graham. >> i did. i stole it. >> you immediately took it. >> most movies, they'll put the good scenes out. this is the worst scene in the movie. it's very, very funny. they don't usually promote that way, but it's cool they did. >> fantastic. you have the other kid series out. >> "i funny tv" is out. well, the book says "i funny," it better be funny. >> with james patterson, you know it is. merry christmas. good to see you. >> "cross justice"?
we are back now with jeff kinney, author of "the wimpy kid" series. he's here to announce a donation to our toy drive. we're excited. the train jumped the track and won't move. thank you so much for partnering with us. tell us a little bit about the donation this jeyear. >> we're giving away 10,000 books, including the "wimpy kids" books. >> this is something so many people can appreciate. >> kids read it through age 7 and usually stop around age 13. >> thank you for the
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cold. 52 in philadelphia. right now fire investigators are trying to figure out what start this fire at a garage on front and huntington street in north philadelphia. no one was hurt. a new report questions the response time of the philadelphia fire department. the national standard for fire response times is five minutes and 20 seconds. according to the city controller the philadelphia fire department missed that mark one out of four times last year. the controller blames cost-cutting measures implemented by fire department but the fire commissioner insists the department is improving its policies. i'm tracy davidson. we'll have another update in 25 minutes and can you always get the latest news and weather with the nbc 10 app. it's a free download. check it out. have a great day and stay dry.
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