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65 in the city and inland spots. cooler at the coast. showers towards friday morning. the wettest part of the seven-day will be friday afternoon. the weekend looks good. near 60 saturday and easter sunday with sunshine. >> thank you, chris. the "today" show is coming up next. that's what's happening "today in new york." good morning. breaking news. reports this morning the man in white seen at the brussels airport with those two suicide bombers has just been arrested. he's believed to be a bomb maker with ties to the paris massacre. his capture coming after a massive man hunt, including raids throughout the city. today, wednesday, march 23rd, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," terror in brussels, with matt lauer in brussels, belgium, and savannah guthrie,
rockefeller plaza. good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. though it is a little noisy where i am standing, what you're looking at right now is a moment of silence being observed by the people here in brussels, belgium. that is a place called the place de la bourse. it is about a mile and a half from where i'm standing. moment of silence, part of the kind of trying to come to terms with what has gone on here in the last 24 hours. as i mentioned, i'm here in brussels. savannah is back in new york city. savannah, we've got an awful lot going on right now. breaking news on the investigation into these attacks. we know the names of the suspects in the airport bombings. two brothers. khalid and ibrahim bakraoui, identified as the suicide bombers. the third man, the man in white
identified as najim laachraoui, already wanted in connection with the paris attacks. there are some reports he has been arrested. i want to say that nbc news has not been able to independently confirm those reports. now, raids are being carried out all across brussels. one of them led to the discovery of what investigators are calling a bomb making factory. the attacks are inspiring a show of solidarity around the world. iconic landmarks across europe and the u.s. have been lit in belgium's national colors. black, co yellow and red. there is a lot to get to this morning. we want to start with nbc's keir simmons, joining me right now here in brussels. what can you tell us? >> conflicting report, but a key suspect has been arrested, it's not going to help the tension here. there has been fear here in the city and across europe ever since the paris attacks. what yesterday did was shatter
a sense that europe is under attack. >> reporter: in europe's rain-soaked capital this morning, soldiers questioning commuters, searching bags outside the subway. today, just going to work is an act of defiance. >> frightening. >> yes, yes, absolutely. >> but you're still determined to get to work? >> yes, i have to. >> we cannot give into fear. it's going to -- we have to show that we can go on. >> reporter: on the same streets, an urgent man hunt to find killers who struck in the name of isis. the two suspects suicide bombers at the airport, seen in security video, identified overnight as brothers khalid and ibrahim bakraoui, each wearing a ing ing ing ing a glove on one hand, investigators trying to figure out why. transporting their suitcases to the airport in a taxi.
najim laachraoui, now wanted by police. already many questions. how the men easily entered the airport, smoke, fear. who placed the third bomb in maelbeek metro an hour later? subway doors blown out, passengers escaping along the traps and echoing along the tunnels, screams. [ sirens ]. >> reporter: there are some answers. in schaerbeek, a makeshift bomb found. ingredients for explosives and an isis flag. nbc news learning authorities have found additional suitcase bombs. there is mounting criticism of europe's intelligence agency. for failing to prevent this attack four months after the paris massacre. overnight, we crossed european borders with ease. >> we've just crossed the border into belgium. no checks, no sign of police.
to another part of europe, they may just drive. >> reporter: among the injured, missionaries from utah. and this couple, missing, their families say. this man was dropped off at the airport by a friend when the bombs went off. >> i saw this bright light, followed by a huge explosion. i was just stunned. >> reporter: this morning, he is wearing the same clothes. he left his bags behind when he fled in terror. >> the french prime minister this morning saying europe has closed its eyes to the rise of extremist ideas. they want to destroy our way of life. he says this has the potential to have a profound effect on the way folks in u.s. view europe. >> that may have already happened, keir. thank you very much. good to see you. as the hunt for more potential suspects intensifies and continues, what are we
and their suspected ties to isis? bill neely is also in belgium. this e he has that part of the story. good morning. >> good morning. there are reports of an arrest close to here. belgian media are quoting sources as saying it is the main surviving suspect from yesterday's attacks. but nbc news cannot confirm that. what we know here yesterday, in the suburb of schaerbeek, police raided an parpt apartment over there and found explosive material and an isis flag, all of it part of an isis terror cell much bigger than police ever understood. >> reporter: brussels, the capital of europe, woke this morning to a man hunt after a massacre. this is the prime target, najim laachraoui, a 24-year-old belgian who has already eluded police for months, escaping
he and the two bakraoui brothers, khalid and ibrahim, are seen here in the airport. they are wheeling their suitcases minutes before broing themselves -- blowing themselves up. they both had criminal records, one for shooting at police. laachraoui, for some reason, didn't explode his bomb and escaped. the death toll here could have been higher. police began gathering bags of debris from the attacks, searching for clues on how the bombs were made. they believe there may be a single bomb maker behind the attacks in both brussels and paris. >> very alarming to find out how many people involved in this, and their ability to get ahold of or to make high explosives and to set them off in such a spectacular fashion. >> reporter: late yesterday, police helicopters and snipers honed in on a house in brussels where it was thought some of the men were based.
address by a cabdriver, who had taken three men with heavy suitcases to the airport. there have been other raids, other arrests, but so far, no one has been charged as of an accomplice. >> as police search for suspects, belgian troops are on the street, protecting key locations. metro stations are open, but people are being searched as they go in. this is a nervous city. >> reporter: last week, police arrested salah abdeslam, who took part in the paris massacres, at a brussels apartment rented by one of yesterday's bombings. it is clear they're all part of the same isis cell. police suspect his arrest triggered their plans to attack brussels. >> police were braced for some sort of attack, but not on this scale. this was clearly a massive intelligence failure. but if reports this morning are true, that someone has been arrested, this could be a break through in cracking open
cell. matt? >> bill, it would be welcome news to a lot of people around here. bill neely, thank you very much. now a chilling account of the attack at the airport in brussels. american jeff hoffman, a consultant for nato, lives here and was dropping off his girlfriend when the bombs went off. we talked to jeff yesterday. happy to have you with us. how are you? >> doing okay. >> a little shaken still? >> yeah. i don't think it'll go away any time soon. >> we talked yesterday. you were eloquent in describing what you went through, but i got the sense you were in shock a little bit yesterday. have you come to terms with other emotions in the last 18 hours? >> you know, it's funny, i don't think there has been too much to come to terms with. i think i woke up this morning, and it was okay, that happened. we were uninjured. we got out. consequently, personally, i move on from that. all the what ifs and the other questions you can ask yourself,
>> your boyfriend described dropping you off at that airport, standing inside the departures terminal when the first blast went off. what do you remember about it? >> i think the last thing, the old normal, i guess, lady handed me my baggage tickets. i turned to look at him, and he smiled his little grin. then i remember it was a whirlwind. it was almost like a tornado going off behind him. stuff flying everywhere. that hit me. i felt it before i heard it. i still didn't know what was going on. i didn't understand what was going on until he was coming towards me. i thought, oh, an accident happened. i don't know. it was pretty clear after seeing the terror on his face, that that wasn't an accident. >> i have to say that watching the video is hard enough, but there have been portions of the video that we've listened to the audio of. hearing the screaming, hearing one young child calling, "mommy, mommy, mommy," were you aware of the sounds going on around you, as well?
explosion, which i turned to, there was a lot of screaming. i don't think i really was able to filter through and hear specific sounds. the unsettling thing for me personally was after the second explosion, was dead silence. we talked about that yesterday. that was the most unnerving part. in an incident like that, you almost expect that you would hear police activity, people shouting. it was quite literally, if i can kind of compare it to anything, it was almost as if everyone was gone in a moment. as in, we were -- the people around us, i was crouched beside the counter and she was behind the counter, it was as if we were the only people left in the airport and it left you feeling exposed in a way. >> i don't want to bring up a difficult subject, as if this all isn't difficult, but you were on your way home. trying to get home. >> yeah. >> that would require going back to the airport and boarding a flight. how do you feel about that?
to be okay, so i want to believe him. i don't really ever want to set foot back there again, but i need to get home. i'm going to do what i have to do. it's going to be difficult, but you have to be brave, i guess, be strong. i mean, i'm lucky enough to be able to go home and get to see my family. a lot of people aren't that lucky. i try to keep telling myself that. don't think you're going back to a terrible place. it's your catalyst to get home. >> good way to look at it. great to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> good to talk to you again. >> thank you so much. let's go back to you, savannah. >> matt, thank you so much. as you would expect at home, security is being stepped up at airports, train and subway stations across the country in response to what we saw happen in brussels yesterday. pete williams is at union station in washington, d.c. this morning. the train station there. pete, good morning. >> savannah, good morning to you. rail commuters across the country can expect to see more security on the ride to work
airline passengers will see it, too. it is a precaution. officials say there's no intelligence warning of a similar attack here. >> reporter: on commuter trains and subway systems from washington to los angeles, police are out in a highly visible show of force. beefed up security, too, in miami, chicago, and atlanta, with heavy armed foot patrols. more security, too, at many of the nation's airports, especially in the outer lub, where the airline ticket counters are. nationwide, specially trained units and bomb-sniffing dogs. plain clothes officers, too, and search of bags. >> we want communities to feel confident that we're here, we're able to respond. we have enormous capability if we need it tactically. >> reporter: amtrak is adding police and randomly screening luggage as passengers board the trains. it's an aggressive presence in new york city, with 50 officers
the mayor made a point of riding subway to demonstrate the safety. >> expect to see extraordinary nypd presence out over the coming days, as a sign of our readiness to protect people at all times. >> reporter: new york police say protecting mass transit there is a big chore. >> we employ a lot of technology, and we pay very close attention and learn from attacks that have gone on around the world. we deploy and train accordingly. >> reporter: most commuters say they're taking the extra security in stride. >> i'll be cautious and aware of my surroundings, but i also know i have a choice not to let it hold me back. >> reporter: train and subway riders and airport passengers will see more security for at least the next several days. >> and fbi agents are stepping up surveillance of terror suspects, looking for signs of copycat attacks at home. so far, officials say no sign of that. savannah? >> pete williams, thank you. general michael haden served
good morning. >> good morning. >> these attacks show we need to up our game, your words, and be better prepared. what does that mean in practice? is this country vulnerable? >> we are vulnerable, but not nearly as vulnerable as our european friends. there are a lot of things that are different. we have very good intelligence and security services. it's not a universal condition in europe. we're distant from the battlefields and, frankly, savannah, we are a different society. we assimilate immigrants better than our european friends do. the level of threat here is not zero, but it's not nearly what it was yesterday in europe or, frankly, is today in europe. >> you mentioned the failures of intelligence. we now know that authorities are looking for the so-called man in white, a person by the name of najim laachraoui who, in fact, was being sought for the paris attacks. does that ind koit icate there's been a breakdown in terms of law enforcement overseas? >> obviously, there was a
it may be a question of limited resources, as opposed to anything else right now. many of the services in europe are small. the belgian service is particularly small. then, savannah, i have to add, there's been this grand debate over the last several years about the proper role of intelligence collection and individual privacy. the europeans have come down very strongly on the side of individual privacy, criticizing the united states. therhes an interesting column in this morning's "post," where it said the europeans are turning to the american intelligence for intelligence products. even though they object to american intelligence collection. we need to have that conversation over again with our european friends and, frankly, i think, make it a little more fact-based than the conversation we had over the last 12 to 24 months. >> very quickly, this all has taken place in the context of a
you see proposals, particularly from donald trump, saying, let's close the borders temporarily to all muslims. you have ted cruz coming out saying, maybe there should be patrols and securing of muslim neighborhoods. they say that political correctness, their words, made us less safe. do you agree? >> i think we need to have an adult conversation about the role of islam and the civil war within islam. savannah, the main point here is in the united states, we may have radicalized individuals. we do not have radicalized communities. we have it within our ability to create radicalized communities and some of the rhetoric in the presidential campaign trends us toward that great, great problem. >> general michael hayden, good to spend a few minutes with you. thank you. >> thank you. these attacks are reignited debate in the presidential race over the best ways to protect our country. voters in three states were heading to the polls on tuesday, and the results are in.
republican side. donald trump upon big in arizona. he stopped ted cruz by more than 20 points. cruz took it in utah, grabbing all 40 of that state's delegates with a commanding victory there. here's the overall count this morning. trump with 744 delegates. 468 for cruz. john kasich behind. on the democratic side, hillary clinton took arizona. bernie sanders won the two other states up for grabs, utah and idaho. let's look at the democrat delegates. clinton leads, 1,637 to bernie sanders' 928. as we mentioned, all of the candidates have had a lot to say about the attacks in brussels. national security and how to best deal with the terror threat. nbc national correspondent peter alexander is covering that angle of the story. good morning to you. >> good morning. first, a surprise announcement today. jeb bush is endorsing ted cruz, in his words, to overcome the divisiveness of donald trump.
on policy and turn sbood ed into a personal feud. >> reporter: terror aprod follow broad followed by tough talk at home. >> you declare jihad in america, we're coming after you. >> reporter: trump says police, in his words, patrol and secure muslim neighborhoods here in the u.s. before they becomrade calized cal ize -- become radicalized. >> we need to stop isolated communities from festering jihadism. >> reporter: the head of the nypd slamming cruz's comments. >> i take great offense at his characterization of that whole population. >> reporter: donald trump crediting cruz for a good idea. john kasich, more critical, warning against alienate ing muslim americans, needed to combat terrorism. >> just because you happen to be a muslim doesn't mean that you are a radicalized person that wants to destroy somebody in the west. >> reporter: the competing responses underscoring stark contrasts between the candidates.
to people until we figure out what's going on. >> how high does the wall have to be to keep the internet out? you know, that's not the world we live in any longer. >> reporter: for the accused paris bomber and other terror suspects, trump embraced torture tactics. waterboarding and more, he said. >> if they would have put him through the grill ten minutes after the capture, he probably would have ratted them out and maybe stopped this horrible terror attack. >> reporter: a new ad from an anti-trump group that targeted mormon voters is turning heads. with, meet melania trump, your next first lady, to r you or you can support cruz on tuesday. trump said, be careful or i'll spill the beans on your ad. cruz said if you attack heidi, you're more of a coward than i thought. #classless. >> the next faceoff is wisconsin, less than two weeks
>> peter alexander in washington, thank you very much. by the way, we'll be talking to republican candidate ted cruz. we'll ask him about that a little later this morning. let's turn to dylan, in for al. we'll have a warmup on the east coast. >> very nice warmup. temperatures approaching 70 degrees in the northeast. through the upper midwest, we're talking about a winter storm. we have a lot of snow expected through parts of denver, under a blizzard warning now and lasts through this evening. it'll stretch through parts of minnesota and wisconsin, watching for storms in the midwest this aftern you can find a recipe for almost anything... baby cousin's gonna love that isn't she. oh my gosh. ... and gather all the right ingredients. we're gonna make the same meal this year. i wish sarah was here. i know, mom. but the happiest moments in life don't always come from a cookbook. look who's joining us. happy easter. they come from the heart. find low prices every day on
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how do you defend restauran the queensboro bridge on this wednesday, march 23rd. good morning, i'm michael gargiulo. you could see more stepped up security on your way to work and school. extra police officers, members of the national guard will be on patrol as a precaution. this follows yesterday's bombings in brussels. the nypd and port authority have increased security at airport, transit hubs, tunnels, bridges, and landmarks. dogs that can smell bomb-making vapors on people are being used. the department of the homeland security trusts that there's no specific credible threat to the united states. let's look at the commute. >> hi. we have a closure on long island at the east, sunrise ohio east at tuckaho. backed up to 66. also an accident on the l.i.e. eastbound. that takes up a lane. a disabled truck trying to get that out of the way, in the center lane on the l.i.e.
the center lane taken one a crash. cross bronx at the deegan, southbound at fordham. 45 at the george. 45 at the lincoln 3 . 30 at the hold. 23 northbound near columbia turnpike. >> we'll be right back. mild start. 5. 50 city island. central park, 50. suburbs, cooler but not bad. still in the mid fourth. even with a lot of cloud cover now. we're going to be socked in with
we get into thin spots, a sprinkle north and west. sun this afternoon. temperatures up near 70 before the day is through. cooler tomorrow. especially near the coast. showers on friday. then the weekend looks good. sunshine returns saturday and easter sunday. michael? >> thanks. coming up on the "today" show, a look at how airports across our country are stepping up security at so-called soft
7:30 now. it's wednesday morning, march 23rd, 2016. it's the start of three days of national mourning in belgium for the victims of the deadly terror attacks on brussels airport and subway system. of course, the sadness and the questions will go on for much longer than that. matt has made his way to brussels for us this morning, and i can't imagine that was an easy journey. considering, matt, the transportation closures there, including the airport. >> that's right, savannah and dylan and tamron. you can't fly into brussels airport.
landing early this morning and made the three or three and a half hour drive from paris down here to brussels. we saw a lot of police activity along the roadway. there are a couple toll plazas. we saw heavily armed police officers checking traffic, mostly going away from brussels. then there was one section of the road they'd closed down to one lane, and there were a lot of heavily armed police again actually looking into cars and stopping a few cars. i want to show you some of the newspapers out this morning. this one is the evening paper. it just says, tenir bon, meaning hang on. this one needs no translation. it just means, the horror. it's what people here are feeling, the horror of the attacks. even as the investigation continues to go on, that is today. the men involved in that airport attack here, seen in this named overnight.
fled, identified as 24-year-old najim laachraoui. he is also a potential suspect in last year's paris attacks. belgian media had reported he was arrested. we're starting to hear some people walk back those reports. they're not exactly sure if that has taken place. the two men he was with, the so-called suicide bombers, they're the ones dressed in black, they're brothers. khalid and ibrahim bakraoui. again, all now have been identified. still unclear if that third person has been arrested. savannah? >> of course, we had an election yesterday in the presidential race. hillary clinton and donald trump added to their leads. ted cruz topped trump in the republican caucuses in utah, winning all the delegates there. bernie sanders beat clinton in both utah and idaho. president obama arrived in argentina overnight. a two-day state visit is planned there. he wrapped up his historic trip
we see him there at the baseball game. matt, back to you in brussels. savannah, thank you very much. now back to these attacks here in brussels. and the tributes are pouring in for the victims. >> reporter: adele was at the airport heading to new york to visit her mother with her 3-year-old daughters when the bombs went off, killing her and injuring her husband and one of the twins. ruiz's brother confirming his sister's death to a tv station and writing on facebook, it's very complicated to describe this pain we're feeling at home. my sister, adelma tapia, died in the attacks and wasn't able to survive the jihadist attack we'll never understand. stephanie and jeff were at the airport with their mother, returning home to kentucky. moore waived good-bye to them while going through a security checkpoint, when she was knocked off her feet by a blast.
to reach her daughter and son-in-law. >> this is what she looks like. my husband called the american embassy, and started looking for them, too. >> reporter: they're still among the missing. among the injured, sebastian, a belgian pro basketball player who played in the states. according to media reports, the 37-year-old, 6'9" athlete, was thrown some 65 feet in the air by the explosion. >> he was l in the line at the counter to check in dropped him off, six minutes later, the bomb went off and he was within radius of it. i was told he'll be fine. we don't know the extent of the injuries. >> reporter: two jet airways crew members were injured in the airport blasts. the indian embassy in belgium tweeting, they're out of danger and being treated by embassy staff.
second degree burns and hit by shrapnel. the 19-year-old was at the airport along with mormon missionaries, joseph empey, richard norby and fanny rachel clain. all are recovering. mason was in paris when 130 people were killed in last year's terror attacks. and also survived the boston marathon bombing. >> i think that experience of the chaos and civil unrest prepared mason for what he experienced today. >> sadly, attacks like these have become a new and almost terrifying new normal here in europe. nbc news analyst chis ristopher dickey is the editor for "the daily beast." you spent the last 24 hours here. i just arrived. they say there are stages of grief. what stage of grief would you say the people in brussels are in now? >> well, i'd say close to -- not
i think we saw this in paris, too. in the immediate aftermath, what you think is, it's a horrible thing but maybe it's over. that's the most dangerous time. if there is another hit now, if there is another incident now, people are absolutely shattered. even in paris, when it didn't come off, but there was another attack, when we heard one was being plan and had disrupted, it was a terrible shootout, i remember people were shattered. >> what questions will be requested? what questions need to be asked of the intelligence services here, of law enforcement here, of the politicians here? >> well, first of all, belgium is a tremendously disorganized country. went for almost two years without a government. it has multiple layers of belief. it tries to cooperate with the other services around europe, but it even has terrible difficulties with its internal operations. it's failed to integrate its muslim population well. there's only 500,000 muslims here, but they're not well
those are all problems to solve. but they're all problems that everyone has known about for a long time. can you solve them now that this has happened? probably not. >> you've also talked to me personally and privately about, you know, several different manifestos that laid out almost this exact scenario years ago. >> more than ten years ago. the most important one for this is one that said, basically, europe is the soft underbelly of the west and he can hit europe and divide it. there is a large muslim population, and the population should not be able to choose -- it should have to choose between being on our side, the side of islam and terror, or the side of the europeans. he wants to eliminate the gray zone in between. he wants to force the contradictions in the society. terror is the tool to do that. you see it happening. >> results of the last six months would say we're moving
>> sure. >> christopher dickey, always good to see you. thank you so much. >> thank you, matt. back to savannah in new york. >> we turn to dylan in for al, big weather story in the midwest. >> yesterday in denver, it was 73. today, they're under a blizzard warning. we are going to see blizzard-like conditions. not so much because of a ton of snow. we should see about 4 to 8 inches of snow. it's very, very windy. it's going to reduce visibility. this storm system is going to stretch into the northern plains and the upper midwest. look at all of these winter storm warnings. it's a small band but includes northern iowa, southern minnesota and most of wisconsin. this is the area where we could end up with 12 to 16 inches of blowin certainly no snow here, but warm temperatures. 60s to near 70 before the day is through. clouds giving way to intervals of sun. cooler along the coastal areas. south-facing shorelines. connecticut. partly cloudy, tomorrow, cooler
clouds increase. sh dowers to the west, getting here late. showers friday, upper 60s. cooler at night. upper 50s saturday. sunshine. close to 60 easter sunday. another round of showers, maybe a thunderstorm monday. 61. >> that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you so much. coming up, republican presidential candidate ted cruz will be here. we'll talk about his win in the utah caucuses and his controversial call for police to patrol muslim neighborhoods. and coming up next, security risks here in the u.s. exposed by the attacks in brussels. soft targets, are they impossible to de you know we said we'd take a look at our retirement plan today. not now! i'm cleaning the oven! yeah, i'm cleaning the gutters! washing the dog! washing the cat! well i'm learning snapchamp! chat. chat! changing the oil... (vo) it's surprising what people would rather do than deal with retirement. pressure-washing the... roses. aerating the lawn! (vo) but with nationwide it's no big deal. okay, your retirement plan
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soft targets are everywhere. busses, schools, hospitals, restaurants, shopping malls. any place where people come and go freely without significant security can be considered a soft target. easy for terrorists to attack. >> if you have a determined terrorist, who is willing to give up their life, it's almost impossible to prevent that across the board. >> reporter: we've seen it multiple times with devastating effect. london, 2005. 52 dead, 700 wounded after coordinated suicide attacks on the subway and bus systems. in paris last year, terrorists struck a theater, a restaurant and a kosher market, all soft targets. 130 killed, hundreds wounded. and in this country, a self-radicalized couple working out of their home shot and killed 14 people, wounding 21, at a holiday party. police later found three pipe bombs and speculated the terrorists had planned more attacks. >> in democracy, there are certain places where, by
people to go there. and you can't have check-points set up where there is security because you couldn't have the flow of people you need. >> reporter: in the attacks, security at airports worldwide has been beefed up this morning. outside security screening areas, they can be as vulnerable as shopping malls. >> airports are not built like castles. they're not built with security in mind. a lot are built for shopping. transportation and shopping. >> reporter: experts say especially when it comes to soft targets, the public has to be extra vigilant, looking out for people who seem to be surveilling a location, gathering information about things like shift changes, and testing security with false alarms. >> it boils down, and this is a saying that's a cliche but i believe it, see something, say something. >> it's a cliche because since 9/11, we've been hearing it, for 15 years. that's the danger. people won't do it anymore. that has been the most effective
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nypd and the port authority havedincreased security at airport, subway stations, bus stops, tunnels, and bridges. many officers deployed already yesterday within minutes of the bombings. mayor de blasio was among officials reminding new yorkers be aware of your surroundings. he says if you see something or someone appearing to be suspicious, find a police officer or call 911. extra police patrols expected to continue for at least the next few days. let's look now at the commute. here's emily with that. >> hi. thanks. we have a closure, berkeley township, new jersey, route 9 southbound between butler to harbor inroad. downed pole closing that closure. delays here, 78 west on the express lanes, exit 55. left lane is blocked. cross bronx is a mess. westbound at the deegan, still the crash. deegan southbound, courtland park, another accident. an hour at the george, 45 at the lincoln. 30 at the holland. and a lot going on in queens, l.i.e. westbound at clearview. we'll check the weather. sun, breezy. 70 for the high. tonight, partly cloudy and 50 degrees.
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, evil has a name. three suspects in the terror attacks in brussels identified overnight. the airport suicide bombers, brothers, the man in white, already wanted by police for his alleged ties to the paris attacks. as belgium pauses to remember the victims today, wednesday, march 23rd, 2016. welcome back, everyone, to a split edition of "today" on a wednesday morning.
we have savannah back in new york city. good morning. good to seemorning to you. there are a number of the attacks. this morning we're learning the airport in brussels will remain closed until at least tomorrow night, matt. >> yeah, and that's not surprising, given all the damage we saw in that video over the last 24 hours. sources also tell nbc news that were made of amone monium nitrate. they weighed 44 pounds each. the suicide bombers and the man who was with them, the one who got away, have been identified. >> reporter: europe's most wanted man. there are conflicting reports from bell gian media and najim laachraoui has been arrested. the only accomplice from tuesday's attack believed to still be alive. a manhunt continues with a
late tuesday during a series of raids, authorities found a house turned bomb factory, where the brussels attacks were believed to be planned. containing additional explosives, chemicals and an isis flag. a cabdriver led authorities there also recognizing security images on the news. as laachraoui and that little and ibrahim bakraoui, identified overnight as brothers, as the passengers he took to the airport tuesday morning. he told authorities the three acted suspiciously and carried extremely heavy lull ggage. they didn't want him to handle. after 8:00 a.m. on tuesday, two suitcase bombs exploded in the brussels airport, killing at least 11. according to authorities, the devices contained glass and nails. x-ray of one of the wounded showing one nail embedded in his chest. an hour after those dual explosions at the airport, a
brussels metro train a the maelbeek station, killing at least 20. and forcing passengers to evacuate through the system's smoke-filled tunnels. earlier today, i spoke with a witness to the metro attack. >> it's incredibly sad, when a city as great as this is scarred by these awful attacks. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence officials say their working theory is this, the brussels attackers and paris massacre accomplice, salah abdeslam, are part of the same terror cell, linking brussels, paris and the attempted attack on a french train last august that was thwarted by american servicemen. one senior intelligence official said they picked up chatter on terrorist networks three or four weeks ago of an imminent attack somewhere in europe. adding, it is possible that last friday's arrest of abdeslam could have thrown that plan into high gear, or that another
works. >> american evan lamis works in brussels. he was riding in the metro train that was behind the one that was attacked by the terrorists, and took dramatic photos of the evacuation through a smoke-filled tunnel. nice to see you. >> than x. ks. >> you were in the train when you were reading about the attacks at the airport, right? >> i was on the way to work, checking the news, reading about the attacks at the airport. i was on the metro going toward the m a,alb aalbeek station. we felt a blast of air, my ears popped and the blast went off at that point. >> did the connection to the airport bombings cross your mind at all? >> it took a while for things to register. every now and then, a metro will stop because of time problems, you know, a metro is a little too slow.
regular occurrence. the air blast i felt wasn't anything more than what you would feel, a breeze coming through the window or a fan. then we heard some thudding in the distance. it really seemed far away. it really wasn't clear how close we were to the explosion. >> were they making announcement announcements to explain why they stopped the train? what were you hearing? >> when the train stopped, they put an announcement over the sound system saying there was a disturbance on the line and they were going to work to resolve it as quickly as possible. it was a few minutes before someone came from the front of the metro to the back, which is where i was, they installed a ladder and had us evacuate on to the track. >> smoke in the tunnel yet? >> there was smoke. smoke started to come a little into the metro, as well. it wasn't difficult to breathe, but there was definitely smoke lingering in the air. >> as you got aboveground, you had to then start to understand what was going on. were you seeing -- you were a
were you getting reports on your phone? >> as we were exiting, i tried to figure out where it was going on. it seemed like it was in the distance. i first used my phone to try to contact a few family and friends, to let them know something was happening but i was okay for the moment. then immediately checked the news, at which point, there was con fir firmation that there was an explosion and that it was an attack at maalbeek station. >> the lives of everyone living in this city have been changed forever. can you foresee a day when you will comfortably go back on the metro system here and ride without constant fear? >> i think so. i mean, we've been under high security alert for some time. that had kind of become normal and part of everyday life here. on. you have to get used to things as they are. i think it's good to trust the authorities, to the extent that we can, about what to do to be safe.
i'm sure i'll take the metro to work once it's running fully again. >> maybe a minute earlier, had you gotten on the train, you'd have a different story this morning. i'm happy you're okay. >> thanks. >> thank you so much. not only evan but some of the other people we've spoken to, lucky to be able to tell their stories. 31 people confirmed dead in the attacks. that does it for us from brussels this morning. of course, we'll keep posted and keep you posted on any developments on this investigation. savannah, back to you. >> matt, thank you and stay safe. we'll take a turn now to tamron, in for natalie, this week. you're covering the president's trip. we're getting caught up on the president and other news stories. overnight, president obama arrived in argentina, making the first state visit by a u.s. president in nearly two decades. the commander in chief will meet with the president later today in an effort to reset diplomatic relations and trade ties with the country. president obama begins the two-day visit.
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do you have to have suspicion they're being radicalized, or is it the mere fact they're muslims, in your mind, means police officers should be securing and patrolling those areas? >> well, let's start out with what happened in brussels yesterday. all of us, our thoughts, our prayers are with those who were murdered, those who were injured. yesterday, i think, reminded everyone, really underscored, that we are facing a war. it is not -- this was not an isolated lone wolf. this was not an isolated incident. radical islamic terrorism, isis has declared jihad on the united states of america. >> no question about that. i guess the issue this morning is the response and trying to understand what it is you're recommending. >> i'll point out, you say there's no question about that. i'll tell you who disagrees with you. barack obama. hillary clinton. the entire obama administration
islamic radical terrorists. this administration is mired in political correctness and won't acknowledge this threat. when it comes to law enforcement, proactive law enforcement. you know here in new york city, under mayor bloomberg, there was a proactive policing program, to work cooperatively with the muslim community to prevent radicalization. to target and find out who may be affiliated with radical islamic terrorism, who may be becoming radicalized and stop terror attacks before they occur. mayor de blasio, in an example of political correctness, defit befitting of obama and hillary clinton, said we won't continue -- >> the program has been disbanded. a former supervisor of the program said in six years, it never led to one piece of intelligence, not an arrest, not a conviction. in fact, the supervisor was quoted as saying that it involved paying undercover officers to sit in cafes
tea and eating sweets at taxpayers' extense. >> you need a concerted focus on stopping it. for example, if you have a problem with gang violence, you target the neighborhoods where gang violence is prevalent. you work to root out the gang members. >> would you then -- for example, you're saying, gang violence, you look, where is there gang violence, and we'll patrol those neighborhoods. when you talk about patrolling muslim neighborhoods, would you require suspicion before you patrol the neighborhood? >> i'm talking about focusing law enforcement and national security resources on areas, on locations where there is a higher incidence of radical islamic terrorism. one of the tragic reasons we saw this yesterday in brussels is europe's failed immigration laws allowed vast numbers of radical islamic terrorists come into europe. >> i have to ask you about a
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trump, but do you think it's inappropriate? >> it's not something i would have done. donald is trying to threaten my wife, speaks volumes about character. >> senator cruz, good to have you with us. >> thank you. dylan is in for al. over to you. >> thanks. we are going to see a round of stronger storms develop later tonight. we have this area right in through st. louis, down through little rock and stretching to northeastern texas, where we could see strong storms with hail, damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes. it's not going to be an outbreak, but keep in mind, most of these storms will hit overnight. any time you get the storms overnight into the darkness, that's where we do see added problems. we are going to see that spread east as we go into tomorrow. on thursday, our best chance of stronger storms includes most of central tennessee, stretching down to alabama. same threats. heavy downpours, larger hail, damaging wind gusts with isolated tornadoes. then it'll fizzle as it moves to the east. on the northern side of the
that's where we could see 12 to 16 inches, especially northwest iowa into southeastern m dylan, thanks very much. pretty quiet this morning, cloudy skies, 50 in chelsea and dyker heights, 52 in jackson heights, city up to 51. the suburbs north and west mid-to-upper 40s. a lot of cloud cover, sprinkles well to the north of the city. we're seeing a little hole in the cloud cover to the west. we expect some sunshine to break out at times later today. highs 60s to near 70. low to mid-60s tomorrow, cooler at the coast with increasing clouds. showers late tonight, showers friday and in the upper 60s, then cooler but dry for the weekend. >> that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, only one thing to do now and that's trending. we'll start in england, where the government asked the internet for help. now it's probably thinking, maybe it wasn't a hot idea. >> not always a good idea. >> the task was, what should we name our new research ship? a ship that is worth nearly $300 million.
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live look there waiting to get on the george washington bridge. it's 8:26 on this wednesday, march 23rd. good morning. i'm michael gargiulo. police are trying to track down a hit-and-run driver who killed a man in manhattan. police say the victim was hit just before 10:00, 115th street and madison avenue in east harlem. he was identified as 36-year-old christopher costa. investigators say he may have been hit by a gray suv last seen heading north on madison avenue. right now we want to look at the commute. here's emily west with that. >> we have delays in southampton, accident involving a tractor-trailer closing sunrise highway eastbound near tuckahoe road. the backup through hampton base. two accidents, westbound 110, one on the southern eastbound. delays on the cross bronx westbound at the deegan. this crash has been there for a while. george lower level taken up inbound. 45 the at george, 45 at the lincoln and 25 at the holland and an accident here on the garden state parkway. michael?
let's check the forecast. some sun, breezy but 70 for the high today. tonight, partly cloudy, 50 degrees. tomorrow 65 is the high, late showers. friday, rain continues in the morning, 67, though. coming up on the "today" show, actor, producer and director ian mcgregor stops by to talk about his new movie "miles ahead."
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occasionally for a little sun later today. 51 in the mark, close 50 around the five boroughs, upper 40s around long island and to the northwest. looking at cloudy but breezy and mild, 60s to near 70 inland, cooler along the south-facing shore lines. 50 tonight, partly cloudy. low to mid-60s tomorrow, warmer inland, coastal areas cooler. showers friday, gone by friday night and then a dry, cooler weekend. >> that's your latest forecast. savannah? >> dylan, thank you so much. a new app is launching today and it could revolutionize how you buy clothes. portion promises unlimited access to designer labels at half the cost. >> reporter: she does everyone bedemand. by demand. >> lauren is a professional trend forecaster with a career that keeps her busy with events
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today, i got a cool floral rom per romper, perfect for summer. >> reporter: founder of rent the runway describes unlimited azenet as azenet as as netflix for fashion. >> this is about giving yourself constant newness. we took the "clueless" closet or sarah jessica parker closet from "sex in the city" and multiplied it. >> reporter: the average american woman guys 64 new items of clothing each year and half is worn three times or less. jen's solution, buy the basics and rent your trends. >> let's talk about the value here. $139 a month, over $1,500 a year is a lot of money. >> when you're getting unlimited clothes, the average rent the runway subscriber is getting $30,000 worth of clothes a year. >> reporter: for lauren, the
>> with instagram and social media, you get tired of seeing people in the same tops. it makes it easier to change things up. >> reporter: plus, she's definitely running out of storage. olivia stearns, nbc news, new york. >> netflix of fashion. >> living in new york, that's my biggest problem. just send the clothes back. >> they have it for men, too. the black tux. i use it. is service like that for tuxedo, it's great. we have allison williams here, talking about married
marnie quickly discovers that marriage doesn't necessarily equal marital bliss. >> do you know you just recoiled from my touch? >> i didn't. >> you recoiled from my touch like i'm a monster. >> oh, my god. >> in all the months we courted, i never dreamed you could be this cruel. >> cruel? >> yeah. >> are you serious, cruel? >> yeah. >> i don't want to get a scone with you this morning and now i'm cruel? >> allison williams, good morning. >> morning. >> scones are important in a relationship. >> sconegate, i guess. >> yeah. so you were left at the altar -- >> we know that but she doesn't. i think she's definitely sensed something is amiss. she had no examples of successful marriages around her, so she's making it up as she goes along. on sunday, we see how she reacts to the fight we just watched, which sets off a little bit of
episode. >> it is. anything about it. >> it's one of the few times in the history of the show where i spoil. i don't want to risk that. >> you know the more you say that, the more i want to know what the spoilers are. >> that's the idea. i try to get you to watch it. it's weird because this is a show where it's not that plot heavy, but there are a lot of night. i'm excited about it. >> well, we've watched marnie grow up, of course. >> yes. >> i like to think of the arc of her character as kind of like, she was little miss perfect. >> yup. >> then a hot mess. >> totally. hot is generous, by the way. >> piping hot, smoking. >> thank you, savannah. oh, my gosh. >> where is she now? >> what does it look like to be in a healthy marriage? what does it look like to be a productive, kind, loving wife? she's making it up as she goes along. she's working with kind of an infuriate
i think she's doing her best to be the best wife she can be, but everyone has their limits. i don't know. we'll have to see. >> this is season five. >> yes. >> there will be a season six. >> yes. >> i'll use a grad school word on you. this is the penultimate season. >> i love that word. >> i knew you would. went to yale. >> great sat word. >> are you going through the stages of grief? >> i am. >> where are you? >> through all of them each day. it's exhausting. no, it's so weird, i always knew it was going to end, but i've been texting everyone associated with the planning and schedules of the show. being like, could you put it off a little bit longer? i don't want it to end. once it starts, it's the beginning of the end. then it's unlike every other year, i can't say, i'll see you next summer. it's like summer camp is ending. my counselor years is over. i've stretched it to the max. it's creepy if i hang around. >> maybe there will be a reunion.
the girls, see how they're doing. >> wear a name tag, otherwise i won't recognize you. >> no, no. they're family. it's cliche that everyone says that when a show is ending. there's a reason we all say that. it's intimate, especially our job in particular, the show we do. it is intimate. >> exactly. >> it's very intimate. for example, to show how close our show is, jason, who is our boom operator who has been in some very vulnerable situations with us, just directed a documentary for lena and jenny. we're a family. >> speaking of family, you recently got marry ied. >> i did. >> tom hanks officiated. >> who? >> he's a struggling actor. >> i thought he was a guy we hired. so embarrassing. woody, right? i should have recognized him. he was great. >> how is married life treating you? >> it's good. it feels very much the same. i got a lot of delayed props for not being as crazy as a bride as
that was nice. my friends have a newfound appreciation for the monster i could have been but decided not to be. it's opinion nice and scary they thought i had that in me. married life is awesome. we just did a round trip to alabama and back because i was shooting a movie. got the dog in the car. >> i wanted to ask you about the movie. it's a horror movie. >> it's a thriller, yes. >> that was my last question. did you get to do a blood curdling scream? >> i did not scream. >> do you want to scream now, to get it out? >> nope. i'm worried i will break the eardrums of whoever kind people are on the sound. >> thank you so much. looking forward to seeing what's next. we still have a little "girls" to go and a big marnie episode on sunday. >> yeah. up next, another big wedding to talk about. our couple kaitlin and john, t minus less than 24 hours from tying the knot live on this show.
good to be alive right about now we're back at 8:45. we have the final preparations for our big fat today wedding. you voted on the rings, the dress, the cake, flowers, really everything. tomorrow, it all comes together live here on "today." >> we have big plans for a reception. inside one of the most storied spots in the world, the famed rainbow room. >> reporter: when the rainbow room opened in 1934, 65 stories above rockefeller plaza, it was called the apex of new york style. >> when i'm on stage at the rainbow room, it makes me feel exhilarating. like you've arrived somewhere. >> reporter: brian is lady gaga's band member and often plays there. >> it's who has hung out there,
>> reporter: the likes of frank si sinatra and muhammad ali. >> the rainbow room is something we can aspire to and achieve. when we get there, we've reached the top. >> reporter: the supper club cost about $4 million to build, translated today. it was the setting of movies, like "prince of tides." >> we spent the last few hours at the rainbow room. >> reporter: and "sleepless in seattle." >> great table. >> thanks. >> reporter: with countless references on the small screen. >> either one of you been to the rainbow room. is it real expensive? >> how was the rainbow room? >> we had to leave early. there was a monetary discrepancy regarding the bill. >> reporter: in 2009, the rainbow room temporarily closed
five-year renovation. the original chandelier, rotating dance floor and dome, all restored. every detail paying homage to the history of those who danced before. and attracting today's biggest stars. >> the re-opening of the rainbow room in 2014 is acknowledgment of the past and a look toward the future. it is still great, as it was when it opened more than 80 years ago. >> you're in a time machine, taken back to another time. >> it's the best room in new york city. >> only the best for our couple, kaitlin and john. you guys are here. 24 hours. >> i know! >> rainbow room. your family is coming in, last night and today. >> yeah. >> what are you most excited for? >> i'm most excited for the experience, i think. i mean, to marry him and be able to do it in such a unique way, i think is so exciting. >> have they told you anything? do you know what you're wearing? do you know what the choices are? >> no. we literally don't find out the ring until it's on my finger. >> you're kidding!
than you do. >> it's crazy. >> you know about andy grammer, providing some music. >> yes. >> he sent you a message. >> congrats, kaitlin and john on your wedding. i'm psyched to see you on thursday. it's going to be awesome. >> that is so cool. >> you started having your friends and family alive. tomorrow is the big day. >> yeah. >> what have you been doing? >> so fun. >> we went to dinner last night. we were sitting there and we're all in new york. this is nuts. it kind of soaked in. i was like, wow, this is incredible. >> i'm like, we're trying to get enough sleep but we want to show them everything and time is going so fast. we're trying to balance it all but have a good time. >> what has people's reaction been? you'll get married on television television. friday will be interesting, walking around new york city. >> it's unbelievable, everything. just to be a part of it, everyone is thrilled. it's exciting. we're all just trying to soak it in and have fun and enjoy it.
>> as much as we can. >> it's been a good introduction to our families, too. he has so many cousins and they've been texting me. i'm like, it's nice you're excited for us. >> it's cool. >> it's a good introductory -- >> tonight is the last night not married. >> go to bed early. >> sleep in the bathtub? >> yeah. >> separate rooms, but it'll be nice. >> we're excited. it all happens in the blink of an eye. it will happen in the blink of an eye tomorrow. we'll doing something i don't think we have before. can't wait to see it. sleep well tonight. >> thank you. >> we'll have it live tomorrow. few surprises, too. put that out there. >> quick reminder, "my big fat greek wedding 2" opens this friday. coming up next, a delicious easter brunch smells so good. this is the italian way to serve your family and guests.
what are you making? >> breakfast, bacon and egg. >> beautiful. let's get the ingredients. >> you can use anything you'd like. spaghetti works great. bay bacon. >> yes. >> onions, oil, egg yolk, just yolk, and of course you finish with some pepper. i add to the onions scallions for freshness. >> the egg and the pasta and people get scared. is this difficult to make? >> it is so easy. by the end, you're going to go home and make it for your wife. >> i'll make it. >> your wife is a good cook. >> this is one of her favorite pastas, actually. first, we get the bacon done? >> nice a crispy. then what i do, i put it on the side. here, i put the onion. put the onion? >> split the pan and do both? >> you know why?
bacon is crisp but the onion will cook. if you mix it, the onion doesn't get -- >> and cooking it in the bacon greece, grease, which is good. >> get it going like that. you know you add to this, to make the sauce, grate fresh pep ner -- pepper. >> yes, ma'am. i'm getting a facial here. >> this is nice and hot. this is how you make the sauce. >> are there a lot of pastas that use the pasta water? >> all the time. use it to loosen up your sauce. when in doubt, when you simmer, simmer, the density of the sauce, and then the pasta. i always get the question of how much salt. i go one, two. >> a pinch? >> there we go.
>> for this, i would say, it's one pound of pasta. you have about four orive quarts of water. this much salt will do. put that in before the pasta. >> okay. >> this is cooking. i just -- you want to fish it out? >> you got it. that's still the mixture, the pasta water and the onions and bacon? >> yeah. i'm going to go on and -- >> you don't strain this, just put it right in? >> yeah. you don't need to strain it. you could strain it. but you know what? don't put in -- don't put in oil in the pasta water, and don't rinse the pasta. >> everybody downstairs is eating. you guys -- >> i couldn't be enjoying this more. >> perfect brunch, right, easter sunday? >> here's the best part. >> pasta water in here. >> half of this. how many eggs? >> two. and you add that.
stir that. >> yes, ma'am. >> okay. go ahead. get on the fire. >> on the fire. >> you don't want to make scrambled eggs, so stir, stir. >> that's the whole thing here. >> see how creamy? >> you added the egg to the pasta water. how long do you cook the egg? >> you know what? if they're afraid, use pasteurized eggs. shut the fire. keep mixing, carson. >> eat up, guys. today.com/food for this great brunch recipe.
thank you, lidia. live look there waiting to get on the george washington bridge. it's 8:57 on this wednesday, march 23rd. good morning. i'm michael gargiulo. investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at an historic church in new jersey. that fire started about 7:00 last night at the first presbyterian church of engelwood in palisades. parishioners could only watch helplessly as flames destroyed their church. the church's pastor says he's now trying to decide where this sunday's easter services will be held. want to check the weather. some sun, a little breezy, 70 for the high. tonight partly cloudy, 50 degrees. then tomorrow, 65 the high with showers late in the day. friday the rain continues in the morning, 67.
this morning on "today's take," we have a fuller house. lori lock is our co-host. plus, ewan mcgregor in his wild ride in his new movie. plus, mind-bending magic. all that and more coming up no >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everyone.
wednesday morning, march 23rd, 2016. happy birthday to my brother. i just realized. >> happy birthday to your brother. >> tamron with dylan. natalie and willie are off. our guest co-host is "fuller house" and "when calls the heart" star lori loughlin. you picked out our jam. >> this song will be in my head the rest of the day. >> it's catchy. my buddy,. >> "cake by the ocean." >> it's all you need the know. >> you're so busy. >> i'm doing a series for hall squn
heart," and a mystery series, "garage sale mystery." >> how do you keep it straight? >> i don't know. it's all these characters. oh, there you are, lori. joust just pop up. i'm excited to be here though. >> how do you keep this balance, with fanfare of "fuller house," hallmark. everyone wants a piece of you and we're lucky to have you. >> thank you so much. it's been amazing. the reception for "fuller house" has been off the charts. "when calls the heart," we are growing every week in the ratings. not only that, we have a great fan base called #the hardies. we tweet every sunday night. we're the number two show on twitter that's trending behind "walking dead." i figure, if we add a zombie on to "when calls the heart," we'll take over twitter. >> what is it about for people who haven't seen it? >> "when calls the heart" is a period piece but it is relatable to today.
when we meet her the first season, she lost her husband and son in a mining accident. now, it's about starting over and prevailing. in the third season, i find a new love interest, possibly adopting a child. >> oh. >> it's a great, great show. it's not just for women. it's a family show. it's a feel-good show. it's a forget your problems show. makes you laugh, makes you cry. check it out if you haven't. i think you'll enjoy it. >> "fuller house" in 1910. >> exactly. >> "fuller house" has been picked up for another season? >> exciting, right? i don't think any of us didn't think it would be. >> everyone was obsessed with it. >> the excitement was big. >> we're inundated with so many things. often times when you reboot or look back, it's not done right. you did it right. >> i think we did, yes. that's kudos to jeff franklin and john stamos.
i think netflix is cool and the place to be right now. i think it was the perfect way to bring it back. it's a spin-off show with candice cameron, jodie sweetin and amber basher. >> what have been your kids' reactions to the show? >> they're self-sufficient. i think they miss me but it's good, little independence. taking care of themselves is good. plus, their dad is with them all the time, my husband. >> we saw a picture of you guys together. you clearly share the genes here. >> strong genes. >> beautiful family. >> what is it like, having a 16 and 17-year-old? >> oh, my gosh, it's butterflies and sunshines every s every day. oh, they're so lovely. they shower me with hugs and kisses. it's fantastic. >> what was the last drama with the teen girls in the house?
yesterday, i was texting my daughter. i kid you not. i was giving her advice about something, and she writes back, you don't have to be so angry. angry? i was like -- >> delete, delete, delete. >> i have learned though that moms are not always, you know sh the the texting is to the point, here's what i need to say. the younger generation uses smiley faces. >> and one word answers. i'll send a paragraph or two and not get back, not just yes. ya, y-a. >> do you have a bit moji? >> i do. >> reply with that. i'm not kidding around. >> i'll line it up. >> can we show this throwback? >> oh! >> tell us about this picture. >> john stamos is going to kill me right now. he's eating a plate of pasta.
>> it is wednesday. it's a throwback wednesday. that was from craft service. we were eating food on set. i think that picture was taken 25 years ago. how good is his hair? it's still good. when i posted that picture, he texted me, what is up with that picture? now it's on the "today" show. he'll be really happy. >> maybe payback for john is this. here is a throwback wednesday. look at the commercial. >> oh, no! >> mm-hmm. >> very classy but very affordable new recipes for less. lean, tender roast beef and topped with tomatoes, lettuce and mayonnaise, all on a deli roll. come to arby's. >> that is so embarrassing. >> one of four price delis at arby's.
>> that is embarrassing. >> that was revenge from john stamos. >> how high was my voice? i don't remember doing that. >> remember the check? >> i'd think you'd drive by arby's every day and be like, i'm the arby's girl. >> i own you, arby's. >> i don't know how old i was. maybe 14. i don't even know. i don't really remember doing it. >> you started that young? >> i started modeling when i was 11. i did start young. then i did a daytime soap opera, "the edge of night." that was three and a half years. next time, you should dig up some of those clips. that'll really -- >> another clip that caught our attention. this time, it's a movie. "bridget jones." >> i like it. >> we got our glimpse of the new film. "bridget jones' baby." that's the name. returning, of course, is rene, colin firth, patrick dempsey.
i'm ready for this i'm ready for this >> making sure it was the british humor from the first one. >> that's going to be really fun. september 16th in theaters. that's my daughter's birthday. >> that's my birthday. >> i knew i loved you. >> thank you. >> now you'll never forget my gift. >> never. >> arby's for life. >> lifetime gift certificate to arby's. >> i have it laying around. forgot about it. >> somewhere in my mother's attic. >> producers asked what romcom sequel you'd like to see. >> i was torn between "groundhog's day," which -- >> is that a romcom? >> i thought so. >> bill murray.
>> oh, i thought that's a love story? >> bill murray, there you go. >> i went with "you've got mail." tom hanks in any romantic rom addy. >> i'd like to see "pretty woman." >> where are they now? >> i think they're madly in love, living a fabulous lifestyle. >> mine was "noting hill" and "love actually." >> julia roberts in both of ours. >> where would everyone be in "love actually"? >> it's the best. >> best christmas film. >> if willie and al were here, they would say, no, no -- >> "holiday"? >> "die hard." >> "die hard" is a holiday movie? >> that's their holiday pick. >> my husband agrees. >> i love "the holiday." >> that is good. >> cameron diaz. >> same story with a bunch of
who doesn't like puppies? it's national puppy day. >> i was hoping we'd have a litter of puppies here. i'm a little disappointed. >> we have pictures. >> pictures of pictures that came out. there's this artist that's a dog, complete with a bourre e. dog vinci. he loves to paint. his owner says the paintings are selling between $50 and $200. all proceeds donated to animal-related charities. >> so sweet. >> he loves to pick out his own colors toorks s colors, too. >> my golden retriever is a slacker. >> what's her name? >> bianca. she's the best. she always loves me and is nice to me. never sends mean text messages. don't be angry. >> we have more fun planned with lori. meanwhile, we have the forecast. what do you got? >> a snowstorm. we haven't talked about many
now that we're into spring, we're talking about snowstorms every other day. we have the snow through denver, where we have blizzard aroundings in effect until 6:00 local time. we have windy conditions, reducing visibility. the snow is going to extend, especially into parts of northern iowa and southern minnesota and wisconsin. that's where we're going to see our heavier band of snow. the winter storm warnings are lining up in that small area. if you time it out, we'll see the snow exit denver into tonight. then sioux false ls, south of minnesota and it'll go east. bringing snow through northern new england with snow expected in the higher elevations some clouds around today mixing with sunshine at times, but the key, a southwest wind. warmer temperatures, 60s to around 70 this afternoon. going to feel beautiful out there. tonight partly cloudy, kind of a mild night, about 50 should do
tomorrow not quite as warm, 60s in the cities, dropping to the 50s later in the day, but coastal areas cooler, showers later in the night into friday, 67. then sun returns saturday, mid-to-upper 50s. easter sunday, sun followed by a few clouds but still nice, near 60. >> that's your latest forecast. >> one of your daughters does a youtube with makeup tutorial? >> olivia jade. she's doing well. she is. >> really cool. >> more with lori later on. up next, ewan mcgregor tells us about his wild ride in "miles alright, let's do this. i got minds to twist and values to warp. mr. tyler, your skittles portrait. that is e to the z oh twiddly dee-sgusting! you haven't heard me sing diddly-ding yet. dream on! higher. dream on! i think a little higher! dreammmm onnnnnnnn!
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you can find a recipe for almost anything... baby cousin's gonna love that isn't she. oh my gosh. ... and gather all the right ingredients. we're gonna make the same meal this year. i wish sarah was here. i know, mom. but the happiest moments in life don't always come from a cookbook. look who's joining us. happy easter. they come from the heart. find low prices every day on fresh food for your easter meal. walmart. actor, producer and director ewan mcgregor has appeared in over 70 films and tv shows, from adventures such as the "star wars" prequels as obi-won kenobi
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he finds out where miles davis lives, and he feels like if he can get the scoop interview -- because at this period of time, miles davis had disappeared from the music scene, i think, for five years. he didn't play music. he feels like if he can get in there and get this story, then it could save his career and get him back on track. so he pretends to be a journalist from "rolling stone" magazine, though he's not. >> he's not? >> no. he's pretending to be. >> the character is fictional, too, right? >> yeah. i mean, he's a sort of -- i suppose they drew from the record producers miles might have had. but my character is entirely made up, yeah. >> is it true that you get the call, set up a meeting at your own house and you almost miss the actual meeting? >> it's embarrassing. makes me really embarrassed.
delivery of a brand-new motorcycle the day before this meeting. i met don once or twice and i really like him as an actor, person, a talent. i wanted to be involved in the film. i said, come over to my house and we'll talk about it tomorrow. in the morning i took my kids to the school. when i got back, i said, i'll take the motorbike out for a quick ride. don. i was riding along and suddenly went, oh! >> how fast did you get it up to? >> i was so late. he was reading an article in my living room when i got back. he said to me since, i just felt, oh, yeah, he's that guy, is he? makes me wait at my house and he's not there. i have to sit and read an article. okay. it was embarrassing. >> what was it like working with don as an actor and a director? >> it was my first experience of being directed by the actor
i learned a lot from him. i've done it since. i directed a film recently that i also acted in. i realized i learned a lot from watching don and how he tackled it. he was seamless about it. he's very, very -- it makes the thing more inclusive as an actor. you don't have somebody coming from the other side of the monitor. you have somebody that's in the scene with you. it makes you feel more included in a way. i think it's nice. >> in the moment, you're acting and he's like, ewan, can you just take the edge off? >> no. >> remember the motorcycle incident? >> cut, cut, cut. >> the first couple times you get direction from your acting partner, it's awkward, yeah. then it becomes the normal. >> fantastic movie. >> thank you. >> thank you for stopping by and being on time. thoughtful of you. >> yeah. "miles ahead" opens nationwide april 22nd.
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margot is producing the movie and looking for an actress. huge year, starring in two highly anticipated movies this summer. "the legend of tarzan," and i can't wait for "suicide squad." talk about a dream duet. katy perry and dolly parton are expected to perform a medley of dolly's classics. katy could barely contain her excitement, tweeting, my prayers have been answered. i am but one sequence on this living legend's costume. >> might be one of the best tweets of the day. it'll be a big night for dolly. she's receiving an award for her tv movie "coat of many colors" based on her childhood in tennessee. you can catch them at the acm awards on april 3rd. we're excited about that. how about these dance partners? channing tatum and his wife jenna are teaming up for an unnamed dance competition show
jenna will be a judge and mentor, while channing will executive produce the show. no word if the "magic mike" star will bust moves on camera. we can only hope. it's a return to their roots. they met co-starring in the 2006 hit "step up." yes, they did. the movie also launched both of their careers. i'm thinking, since my club never has anybody in it to dance, what if lori loughlin decided to be my dance -- oh, look at those moves. >> yeah. >> shake it out. you should see lori do the whip happening now? the perfect brow new brow drama pomade crayon from maybelline new york. our 1st creamy, pigmented wax crayon sculpts and tames as it colors, in one easy swipe. maybelline's new brow drama pomade make it happen maybelline new york discover new magnum double raspberry.
good morning. a live look now at the alexander hamilton bridge. it is 52 degrees outside at 9:27 on this wednesday, march 23rd. i'm kerry barrett. security being stepped up throughout our area for a second straight day now. extra police officers, members of the national guard on patrol as a precaution following yesterday's bombings in brussels. the nypd and the port authority are increasing security at airports, at the transit hubs, at bridges and tunnels. police, in fact, even using a dog that can smell bomb-making vapors on people.
today some sun, a little breezy, 70's the high. tonight partly cloudy, 50 degrees. 65 is the high tomorrow, showers late in the day. showers continue in the morning friday with a high of 67. saturday a lot of sun, 59 degrees. then sunday, sun and clouds for easter. 60 is the high. coming up on the "today" show, actor jeremy piven
in light of brussels and other recent attacks in europe, the u.s. state department has issued a travel alert. it advises americans in europe to avoid crowds and be extra cautious during religious holidays and at large festivals or events. terrorist groups are planning near term attacks targeting sports events, tour sites, restaurants and transportation. it expires on june 20th. new research suggests plastic may affect your waistline.
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according to a study released today by credit cards.com, 41% of those under the age of 50 prefer cash for small transactions. 40% prefer debit cards. among those 50 and older, cash is key. 74%. millenials are the most likely to use debit and credit cards. let's get a check of the forecast, dylan. there you are. >> we'll do the swap out. got a spring snowstorm to talk about. it's going to hit from the rockies where we have blizzard conditions in denver and extend up into the upper midwest. also a risk of stronger storms, especially overnight, in yellow, including missouri to arkansas. large hail, damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible. tomorrow, we'll lose the wide spread nature of the snow but still looking at a wintry mix and stronger storms spreads to the east. clouds this morning mixing with some sunshine at times for today.
big story, above normal, 60s to near 70. it is a little breezy, winds out of the southwest throughout the day. tonight, clear to partly cloudy, overnight low about 50 in town, 40s in the suburbs. tomorrow mild, but not quite as mild. near the coast, cooler, only 50s. 60s inland. watch for clouds to increase, maybe late-night showers. showers friday, especially the first half of the day, 67. weekend looks dry, 59 saturday, easter sunday up near 60. t weather. tamron? >> thank you, dylan. speaking of weather, now that spring is here, the afternoon showers are soon to follow. here to help us stay dry and fashionable, the style director from "good housekeeping" magazine. good to see you. >> good to see you. it's all about fashion and function in the rain. >> i'll let you launch in for us. >> how cute is mooshu? doll gi doggy umbrella.
>> lori loughlin is laughing at us. >> because she loves it. >> the owner, mama sherry, who is a "good housekeeping" staffer, has this jewelled coat. $75. functionable and fashionable. and these cute flats. yes, they're waterproof. >> waterproof? >> don't you love that? >> how much are those? >> under $25. >> i love that. that's cute. >> and now you know how everybody bikes these days? >> yes. >> i don't. >> i do every day. >> amazing. this is for you, tamron. we put sam here in an american eagle outfitters windbreaker, super cute and waterproof. we also gave her these old navy stay white jeans. the different thing about these is they've been treated. we pray a little water on sam, and you'll see it starts to bead up and slowly tread down. see how it's falling? >> incredible. >> under $50. >> awesome. >> now, here's the part i want
this is called the city seat. this probably happened to you. you don't want to get your booty wet when you sit. >> not in public, no. that sounded horrible. i meant like a shower. >> brush the water off. it's been treated. >> you're a pro. >> they're like $35. keep it with you and look super fashionable. >> you don't have to -- you know what i do? i put a plastic bag i found from the trash. >> here's a gift for you. >> okay. >> moving on. good morning. we have a total professional girl here. she's in this trench coat from sears. $35. the bags. >> i spend a lot of time in vancouver. i need this. >> $25 and it'll protect your fancy bag you have. >> great. >> the other thing we want to talk about, have you ever dropped your phone in the water? >> yes. >> we've all done it. >> not pretty.
and put it in this pelican case. >> oh! >> drop it in. $80. >> or another $400. >> exactly. it'll work. they're professional girls. we can't forget about the professional guys. mr. david, our "good housekeeping" staffer, as well. target trench coat under $50. >> nice. >> also has a waterproof tie. this is from vardama. dip in your tie. it's under $90. even a little further. it kind of beads off. >> look at that. >> waterproof ties. we can't forget about our umbrella umbrella em umbrella. from hsn, the ultimate umbrella. no amount of wind will ruin this. it comes with an app. let's check our phone. still works, folks. this is the ring alert. if you buy this umbrella, you get the app and it dings you if you have a 40% chance of rain.
>> i'll go through the wind and the rain. over to our wonderful family here. we'll start with grandma, watching the kids for her daughters. we have here a trench coat from kohl's. a softer color, really light. we gave her this reflective $35. >> when you're walking at night. >> all about safety first. though they look great. raincoat. >> i hear you can roar, huh? >> can we hear the roar? >> real quickly, we want to talk about the boots and the jacket. >> come on in here. they're $30, love it. >> cute little boot and fashionable jacket. lena over here in her zara transparent raincoat. and her hat and cute boots. it was a lot. >> i want every single one of these in adult versions. >> endorsement from the weather.
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you know her as fbi special agent dana in the hit show "x files." now, gillian anderson is in "sold." >> it's a story of a young girl sold into a trafficking ring and what she'll do to get her freedom back. >> good morning. >> we were talking in the commercial break, this film is a call to action. for everyone who sees it. >> this is a film about a young
small town in nepal to a prison brothel in kolkata. but human trafficking is a $150 billion global industry. it's one of the fastest growing black market industries, the sale of children for the sex trade. >> this film is based on a true story. >> yeah. >> often, these people think they're trading their children to being a housekeeper or what? >> usually if they need extra income for their -- just within their family, sometimes they can be coerced to sending their child away in order to make money, in order to bring extra money in. what they don't realize is they've just sold the child -- or given away the child to a trafficker, who has sold them to another city and they never see the child again. the child ends up going into the sex trade and doesn't get paid themselves, beaten and threatened and treated like a prisoner. >> you play a u.s. photographer. who is your character based on?
photographer who worked for many years documenting human slavery. they estimate there are between 20 million and 30 million slaves in the world today. around the world, including in our own cities we live in, washington, d.c., new york. she has gone to extreme lengths to document people who are in human slavery. this character is based on her work, and she ends up leading some of the local law enforcement to do a raid on this brothel and save this girl and many other girls who are imprisoned there. it's really the light of this child and her determination which, at the heart of this film, makes you so moved by the subject matter and her story, which is the story of hundreds of thousands of children around the world.
>> it's a campaign to raise money and awareness to get children into schools. it's determined that if children are educated up to the age of 16, they have an 80% less chance of being trafficked. it's an effort to just get kids into schools, period, so they can learn vocations and have an education, a better life. >> this is a problem at home, too. >> yeah. >> it's not just overseas. it's in our own backyard. >> every single day, girls are on the missing lists in new jersey, new york, washington, d.c., who go missing. what they find out many years later is they were actually trafficked into sex slavery. >> the film opens april 1st.
mayo de blasio announcing a rally this afternoon at foley square. the city council signed off on a plan to allow taller and denser development in residential areas. the mayor calls it one of the most progressive affordable housing policies in the country. he says it will help more than 500,000 low to moderate-income people. taking a check of weather today, a little bit of sun, a little bit of breeze, 70's the high. tonight partly cloudy, 50 degrees. tomorrow, 65, showers late in the day. friday the rain continues, at least through the morning. it gets to 67 degrees. saturday a lot of sun and 59. and then a couple of clouds on sunday, but still some sun and 60 is your high. coming up on the "today" show, a personal look at kathie lee's trip to israel as she pays tribute to frank. we'll have another local update for you in just about 30 minutes. have a great morning.