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now it's time to say good-bye at least for the moment. we're going to see you back here at 8:30 of course after weekend "today." >> i'm glad we had this time together. >> i am too. i feel like i know you so much better. have a great morning. good morning. on high alert. belgium on edge this morning. a show of force in the streets as authorities search for other attackers who may have been involved in tuesday's deadly bombing. nine people arrested since the attacks. one in a dramatic takedown on camera. we're live in brussels. firing back. a furious ted cruz over a
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has multiple affairs. >> it is a tabloid smear. >> cruz blames donald trump for getting it published. emergency landing scare. a frightening experience for passengers on the jetblue flight bound for the bahamas when something went wrong with the landing gear. >> i got really scared. >> many on board praised the pilot and flight attendant for keeping calm. and it's only rock 'n' roll and they like it. but i like it yes, i do >> an unbelievable night in havana as the rolling stones perform their biggest hits. the band's music once banned in the country and now hit center stage. the band may still be rocking, saturday, march 26th, 2016.
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this is "today" live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today." i'm sheinelle jones. >> i'm craig melvin. erica is on the way back from belgium. hundreds of thousands of folks lined the streets for the show and mick jagger said quote, times are changing. >> that's a good concert anywhere. just history making. >> and those guys still have it. >> i think some people were waiting for hours. 13 hours one person did. >> stick around. >> yes. >> just like the building here. let's get to the top story. that is the scene in brussels this morning as many fear another attack could be looming. police working around the clock
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we have nbc's keir simmons with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, sheinelle. you hear police sirens as the search for suspects continues. you are about to see stunning pictures of the police taking down one suspect. authorities hoped to open the airport, but now the airport will not reopen for flights until tuesday. today, heavily armed police on the streets of brussels with continuing fears of another attack. here in belgium, another day of drama. nine arrests in 24 hours. french president hollande saying we are in the presence of annihilating the cell. many far from reassured. >> it is still nervous actually. all the police force and military being on the streets is not that reassure ing reassuring.
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images, armed police help a girl escape a suspected terrorist who witnesses say took a woman hostage when police approached him on the street. a bomb disposal robot gets a look before the suspect is dragged away. he took a hostage and laid on top of her. she was with a little girl, this woman says. nerves in a city on edge. singer mariah carey cancelling a concert. saying i love my fans in brussels, but i must cancel for the safety of my band and crew and family and everyone. officials now confirming a link between a concert hall in paris where eagles of death metal were playing and the attacks in brussels. the airport suicide bomber, najim laachraoui, found with a
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paris attacks. a terror network stretching across europe. there are increasing questions about the investigation. officials admit salah abdeslam is no longer cooperating with police. get this, guys, after the attacks, the police communications systems failed. they had to use wasap to talk to each other. >> keir simmons, thank you. >> we are learning more about the victims of the attacks. this morning, two americans are still missing. meanwhile, the family of two new yorkers is grieving. nbc's morgan radford is here with that story. >> good morning, craig. good morning, sheinelle. a brother and sister hoping to make their dreams come true in new york city were killed while on the phone with their mom. while their family grieves, others are waiting for answers. >> reporter: scattered debris. piercing screams and panic survivors.
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>> reporter: 19-year-old mason wells was standing in the back of the delta check-in line feet from the bomb. >> i could feel the blast. i was covered in a fair amount of blood. not necessarily mine. >> reporter: now covered in third degree burns, mason is lucky. siblings alex and sascha pinczowski were headed to new york. sascha recently graduated from college. alex soon to be married. while talking on the phone with their mom telling her they arrived at the airport safely, the line went dead. relatives traveled to belgium, but friday, authorities positively identified their remains. we are grateful to have closure, the family said in a statement. thankful for the loving support. support that has erupted on social media. new york senator chuck schumer
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we mourn their senseless deaths. her friend posting on instagram. you are the shining star of my day and the angel that will be with me forever. kentucky couple justin and stephanie shults dropped their mom off at the airport and have not been heard from since. and all these three hospitalized leaving a fear in belgium. >> now it feels like we're living in a war zone at times or living in a society under threat. >> reporter: under threat, united by grief. >> families of both the missing and deceased are currently in belgium this morning. the pinczowskis are making funeral arrangements and shults' are looking for clues. >> thank you, morgan. the pentagon says it is eliminating the leaders of isis
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two in command. special forces surrounded a car carrying haji imam this week. a gun battle broke out and imam was killed. the u.s. successfully targeted other isis leaders, including a so-c led minister of war killed by a air strike earlier this month. don barelli is a former joint force member and now a national security analyst. don, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> let's start with the bombings in brussels and attacks in paris. obviously people in europe are jittering and on edge. how dangerous is the situation there right now? >> it's dangerous. you have hundreds and hundreds of these young men and women and in some cases gone to syria. they have the training, indoctrination and returned home and recruited more people. we have seen the cells in paris and brussels. how many more cells are out
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how many more bombmakers are out there? what plots are in the works right now? arrests in germany. it is a network. >> don, you have belgium, roughly the size of the state of maryland. we know about the porous borders. how else is it this country has become such a hotbed of violent radical jihadi terrorists? >> i think there are a couple of things. number one, the large population that has not been well integrated into mainstream society. they live in insular communities. they identify with isis and not belgium. they have the services that was not acknowledging there was a problem in its too late. now it is playing catch up with how many of these people are out there plotting to do bad things. >> let's talk about the situation in the united states. here in new york city, i was with my 6-year-old. at times square, you have men out with rifles.
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>> be concerned, but not overly concerned. we have to live our lives. the situation in the u.s. is different than europe. we have less of these people who traveled. we have been at this for a while. it's not perfect. obviously we make mistakes. we saw what happened in san bernardino as an example of someone becoming self radicalized and get weapons and go on a rampage. that shouldn't not stop us. >> before you go, with regards to isis in the middle east. pentagon reporting that the so-called second in command is now dead. is isis on the ropes in the middle east? >> i don't know if they on the ropes. it takes so much good timely targeted intelligence to do an operation like that. being able to be successful shows me we're making ground there. particularly developing intelligence in that inner circle. >> don, thank you. >> thank you. on to politics now.
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could not get more heated or personal, they have. ted cruz is now defending himself against allegations that he had several affairs. charges he categorically denies. he insists donald trump is behind the smear campaign. nbc's hallie jackson is covering it all from milwaukee this morning. hallie, good morning. >> good morning, craig. this is cruz's toughest tone yet on donald trump with regard for sleaze and slime. cruz distancing himself now. >> donald has a real problem. >> reporter: arg ng the tabloid trash. ted cruz is firing back denying the story he had extramarital affairs. >> let me be clear, this "national enquirer story" is garbage. it is complete and utter lies.
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smear that has come from donald trump. >> reporter: trump endorsed by the enquirer and wrote an op-ed saying quote i had nothing to do with the story. he also has nothing to do with the paper. calling cruz, again, lying ted. cruz creating his nickname for the rival. >> with this pattern, he should not be surprised to see people calling him sleazy donald. >> reporter: all spilling over in front of live tv. >> where we should move to is the national inquire enquirer story that reports that ted cruz allegedly had affairs with five mistresses, including you, amanda. >> what is out there is tabloid trash. if you want to comment on it, talk to my lawyer. it is categorically false. >> reporter: another woman at the center of speculation, tweeting, of course the national inquire
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the latest development, part of the republican race that is getting personal after trump this week retweeted this photo of heidi cruz next to melania trump. the caption, the images are worth a thousand words. >> i don't make a habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my family. and donald trump is not going to be the republican nominee. >> reporter: all of this happening against the back drop of the primary here in wisconsin over a week away. this state shaping up to be a major battle ground. polling shows cruz within striking distance of trump. >> hallie jackson on the road in milwaukee. thank you. to the democrats now. hillary clinton and bernie sanders square off in caucuses today in alaska, hawaii and washington state. meantime, bernie sanders' speech in portland, oregon friday, was
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the tiny bird landed on his lecturn. the crowd erupted. and an emergency landing for the jetblue airplane in the bahamas. the plane was forced to touchdown without nose gear on friday. pilots had to circle the runway to use fuel before bringing down that aircraft on its back wheels. nearly 100 people on board. passengers said they were scared, but no one reported injuries. the flight attendant accused of smuggling drugs will be sent back to los angeles. marsha gay reynolds surrendered in new york. she is charged with attempting to smuggle $3 million of cocaine through los angeles international airport. rather than face a security check last week, the off duty flight attendant kicked off her gucci shoes and ran for it.
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busted today on the way to the final four as some top teams face-off in the ncaa tournament. kansas taking on number two villanova and oklahoma playing number two, oregon today. top teams in action last night. the field narrows to the elite eight. north carolina knocked off indiana. virginia sent iowa state packing. syracuse still alive after squeaking out over gonzaga. and notre dame came from behind in the last 30 seconds to steal one from wisconsin. oh, the crying badgers this morning. we will check on our bracket challenge. your bracket? >> i picked -- we'll go through it later. sara pointed out that the right side of my bracket is atrocious. that's why i'm in last place. >> the left side. you are much better at forecasting. i can predict the future sometimes. more spring snow.
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denver not going to see as much as we saw the last storm. we are looking at the chance of accumulating snow through other parts of colorado. especially through higher elevations. that will move through the midwest but not amount to all that much. so we're watching this area of low pressure. heavier mountain snow will come to an end tonight. and then as this low moves eastward, we're going to see more rain than snow with it. again, not a lot of rain but a little unsettled into easter sunday. scattered showers and storms into the panhandle of florida. and the chance of perhaps 4 inches of rain. as for snow, about 6 to 8 inches of snow in southeastern colorado. some areas 2 to 4 inches. not all that much but where we could see 3 to 4 inches of rain, we could see brief flash flooding across northern florida. that's a look at the weather across the country, now here's a peek out your window. >> thank you, dylan. it's a chilly start especially
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it's only 37 in farmingdale. 30 in sussex. we've slipped below freezing north and west of town. and your day planner, cloud cover will move in later in the day. going to be a breezy 48 degrees at noon. and tonight we'll dip down to 40 degrees. your seven-day has rain returning and a high of 60 on monday. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. >> havana was certainly rocking last night as the rolling stones took to the stage for a free concert. this show was a huge deal because for a long time, cubans had to listen to the stones in secret when the government banned their music. as nbc's sarah dallof said thousands were rocking out to the stones. >> the rolling stones! >> reporter: decades waiting over in a flash.
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>> reporter: the rolling stones opening with a classic and taking place in cuban history and the biggest act to perform since the countr s 1959 revolution. >> wonderful. incredible. >> i personally cried. >> the best concert ever? yes. >> splendid. marvelous. >> reporter: the stadium represented a shift in cuban culture which labeled music from the stones subversive and banned it from the radio. this woman, a rock 'n' roller in her youth, says she has been waiting for this forever. now the music celebrated in an open-air arena and hyped on social media. dedicated fans standing on rooftops to catch a glimpse of the show. the younger generation is hoping the group is paving the way for more international acts.
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like this in cuba. i know it's only rock 'n' roll >> reporter: a concert more than rock 'n' roll. >> amazing experience. >> reporter: and the fans, they liked it. >> very good now. i'm very happy now. >> thank you very much for coming to cuba. >> thank you very much, rolling stones. >> reporter: for "today," sarah dallof, nbc news. we have an incredibly heart warming reunion with an army specialist and his beloved dog rocky. they were wounded in afghanistan. you may remember the photo that went viral after they were hurt. they were reunited on friday and they could not be happier. nbc's kerry sanders has more from washington, d.c. for us. this is a great story, kerry.
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rocky is appropriately named. rocky is a come from behind hero just like the movie. this morning, it may put a smile on your face and maybe a tear in your eye. rocky. u.s. army combat veteran. to see him today, you would be hard pressed to know a roadside bomb left him lame. you may remember this viral photo. rocky sitting on the bed with his partner, army specialist andrew brown. the two initially recovering together at the u.s. military hospital in germany. yes, that's a purple heart on rocky's collar. like any other member of the u.s. military, rehabilitating rocky's back left leg. his femur shattered in pieces. became a mission. >> painful injury. had a lot of skin missing. burn injury from the blast itself. >> reporter: seven weeks into
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>> he's a great temperament. that is easy with the exercises and having him here. >> reporter: three and a half months from the bomb exploded, rocky is quick, alert, strong. finally a day of celebration. leaving behind those who had taken rocky so far. a veteran now homeward bound. back on u.s. soil at walter reed hospital, a reunion. that moment when a long deployed soldier finally sees family again. >> he saw me. he was like, oh, there's my dad. >> reporter: specialist andrew brown. himself still going through physical therapy. and whether rocky returns to work or not, one thing is for certain, he will return to specialist brown's care. the two bonded in service, bonded for life.
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much back to normal for the most part. >> reporter: rocky is still active duty. so later this weekend, he will report for duty in ft. hood in texas. the brass there will decide if he will be returned to active duty or if rocky retires. specialist brown says if rocky retires, he is family and will always have a home. craig. >> i can believe it. kerry, thank you. >> that bond is so special. >> i think rocky should just retire. >> amen. honorable discharge. >> did you hear the little guy's laugh? >> it helps both of them heal as well. >> good point. still to come on a saturday morning, our look back at the week stories, including hulk hogan speaking out on "today" after being awarded $140 million against gawker.
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good morning. a live look at the brooklyn bridge. it is 7:26 and 38 degrees on this saturday, march 26th. i'm kerry barrett. new this morning, police searching for the suspect in another slashing. it happened on the 6th street subway station just after midnight. police say four men slashed a 19-year-old man in the head, hands, and back and then ran off. police sea the victim is expected to survive. madonna facing fines for fake parking signs. city officials citing the pop star for placing unauthorized no parking signs and yellow curb paint outside of her home. she said the paint and signs were put up to stop cars from blocking her driveway. much cooler this morning. we're starting with sunshine but will see clouds building later in the day. and more seasonable through the entire weekend.
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we'll reach a high of 56 degrees with increasing clouds. but we keep it dry until the monday morning commute. and then we could see some storms on monday. >> then look at thursday. back up to 68 degrees already. >> the ups and downs continue. >> they do, indeed. they're not over for a long time. join us at 8:30. we're going back to weekend "today."
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alexander hamilton. we are back on this saturday morning, march 26th, 2016 with a look of "hamilton." if you ever wanted to be a broadway star, sheinelle, "hamilton" holding open auditions in new york and l.a.
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if you are interested, head to today.com for more information. you sang in the church choir? >> maybe that is how you get your shot. >> there you go. take a look at this crowd outside studio 1a. wonderful crowd at rockefeller plaza. thank you to them for stopping by. by. >> we will get out there in a bit. a huge police presence in brussels. authorities arrested nine people in a 24-hour period this week. meanwhile, family members of those still missing are waiting for answers. and a scary scene in colorado when a skier prompted avalanche. this camera caught what happened to him down the mountain. and check out the cherry
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the national park service says % of the trees are in full bloom. that scene will last about another week or so. now to the download. the recap of the biggest headlines. >> brussels on edge after two terror attacks. republican candidates got into a war of words with their wives and a flight attendant accused of smuggling more than 60 pounds of cocaine. those are some of the stories that had us talking. >> terror in brussels. coordinated bombings at the airport and metro station killing 31. >> it's not just a manhunt, it's a race against time. >> minutes before the attack, this image shows the terrorists wheeling suitcase bombs. >> the identity of the man to the far right on the screen is not known, but a desperate manhunt under way. >> president obama came under fire for sticking to the schedule n the day of the brussels attacks on the historic trip to cuba.
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bay challenged the cuban national team. >> you want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation. the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people's ordinary lives. >> for those attacks in brussels, taking center stage for president in this country. >> increase law enforcement and increase military effort and increase police presence. >> ted cruz calling for surveillance of muslims in america. >> it's wrong. it's counter productive. it's dangerous. >> meanwhile, a spat over spouind ses. heidi cruz dismissing trump after wrongly blamed her husband for the stop trump ad. then retweeting the picture. a jetblue flight attendant accused of trying to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of cocaine through l.a.x. >> marsha gay ren
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reynolds, a former beauty queen began to run away. racing down an escalator. i want to make sure this never happens to anyone. >> a candid hulk hogan appearing on "today" after a jury awarded him $140 million in the lawsuit against gawker for publishing a sex tape against him. >> it is the most embarrassing moment. >> hogan says his former best friend, bubba the love sponge, recorded it without his knowledge. >> do you blame bubba as much as you blame gawker? >> no, i'm accountable. i blame myself. the wedding is on. >> in release of the movie "my big fat greek wedding two" we decided to throw one of our own.
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the viewers. choosing the dress and cake and flowers. and a little spring cleaning for the 275 pound panda. when tein tein is in a rut, he loves to play in the water. >> he had a bubble bath, too. i think there was bubble soap. >> really? i don't know. >> how was the wedding? >> you were invited? >> i crashed the wedding at the end during andy grammer. i was telling the beautiful bride, she was concerned it happened so fast. i told her i had an hour and 20 minute long ceremony in a church. it felt about a minute long. no matter what, that day flies by. >> kudos to the crew. so many worked behind-the-scenes. she got that dress on in 20 seconds. how do you put on a wedding
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>> like a nascar pit crew. a lot of folks concerned about the easter forecast. >> exactly. temperature wise, we are all over the map. you see how wobbly the jet stream is? that brings unsettled weather and variation of temperatures. a cooldown back through the rockies with the snow. it is going to be a snowy easter sunday with snow already on the ground. denver at 34 degrees. 22 degrees below average. we start to warm up by sunday. we are going to see temperatures back into the 60s. denver up to 48 degrees. some of that warmer air then some of that warmer air is going to get there. degrees by monday. across the country, now here's a peek out your window. >> thanks, dylan. it is seasonably chilly out there right now. 38 degrees in central park. 34 in morristown. 30 in sussex. it's feeling like a shock to the
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yesterday when we got into the 70s. today not out of the mid-50s. increasing clouds late. an easterly flow setting up. that's going to keep the cloud cover locked. here's a look at the seven-day forecast. rain on monday. and that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. just ahead, one dad's version of a reality mountain bike ride for his daughter. and also ahead, j.k.
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check their phones 150 times a day. according to a study, teens are not the worst offenders. it is actually adults. a nelson survey looked at differen groups to see who were the most distracted at dinner. they found 52% of baby boomers were on the phone during dinner. generation x is next with 45%. 40% of millennials on their phones. adults, you are the biggest offender. >> my mother in the baby boomer category. she is the absolute worst. she is glued. the only thing that can tear her away are her grandchildren. >> it is also because we and this generation, we were always checking for e-mails and connected to work. kids can stop facebook for dinner. >> it is not just teenagers. next up, you know the saying blondes have more fun.
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million views in less than three days. that is cool. >> that is clever. >> again, again? >> as they do. how could anyone reject harry potter author j.k. rowling? dylan is taking over popstart. >> first up, the big announcement for "the voice." when the chairs turn next season, there will be new faces. nbc says miley cyrus and alicia keys. the duo will join adam and blake which will mark the first time two women serve as the coaches in the show's history. miley tweeted, it's true. i'm the newest judge on season 11 of "the voice." next, all you writers take heart. even harry potter author gets
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j.k. rowling tweeted out she gets rejection letters. one suggested she take a writing course. she had already written all seven books. she said her motive for publishing the letters is not revenge, but motivation. it gave her something in common with all of her other favorite writers. >> that is really good. >> i like the revenge thing, too. >> it is nice to throw it. and finally, big news for "star wars" fans. you can see a teaser of the deleted scenes of "the force awakens." the youtube channel published clips of han solo and chewbacca. they should be able in early april with more deleted scene footage. >> you don't like these in ? >> i think they were deleted for
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>> you're a purest? >> so many are thirsty for any crumb. coming up next, we'll check in -- i don't know. on our bracket challenge. we will reveal who is in last place. look at all those red xs. >> whose bracket is that? i think we know whose bracket it is now. >> the left side. atrocious. >> you still got oregon.
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we're back on saturday morning. time to check in on our march madness bracket challenge. we thought we would start with a person who has a lot of red. >> it started off bad. west virginia got me in the beginning. i have villanova. >> you're still in it. >> you kept develop villanova. >> i feel like i'm rocking it. i'm not. >> let's look at sheinelle jones' bracket. >> yours are more spread out. >> dylan has a shot. you don't have a chance. >> oh, yeah.
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>> why is it you are last? >> i'll get the points as we move forward. >> i'm out completely. >> let's look at erica's real fast. oh, this is mine. i'm in tact. i got lucky. >> you kind of have the inside scoop, i feel like. >> because my wife's a sports anchor? i don't use her. i can't go and say can you help me with my bracket. >> the overall standings? >> can we see the overall standings? >> is that a drum roll? >> okay. >> i feel like -- >> you will leave. and erica with connecticut. >> remember, loser is making breakfast. >> really? >> that was the plan last year. craig never cashed in on it. >> loser is making breakfast. sheinelle is making breakfast. i don't know if that is a prize. >> cheerios.
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time now 7:56 and it is 38 degrees on this saturday, march 26th. good morning. police searching for four suspects in a knife attack at the 96th street subway station just after midnight. four men slashed a 19-year-old in the head, hands, and back and ran off. the first presbyterian an stroyed the congregation. they have one of countless places opening doors to church members. easter services will be held tomorrow at the bergen performing arts center. what are we looking at for easter? >> seasonably cool. this time of year usually only into the 50s. it's not unexpect. but easter, usually expect temperatures to be a little bit
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>> it is a little bit early this year. >> we like to see milder temperatures. increase in cloud cover today. some more clouds on sunday and then monday we'll look for rain and thunderstorms as well. >> all right. you've got the basket there and no rain on the bonnets. so we'll take it. thank you very much. we're back at 8:30 this morning. right now back to weekend "today."
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good morning. on high alert. brussels remains on edge this morning four days after the horrific attacks that killed 31 people. at least nine people already arrested and police still searching for several others. we're live in brussels. firing back. a furious ted cruz responds to allegations in the "national enquirer" that he had several affairs. the republican presidential candidate saying the article is
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donald trump while trump says he had nothing to do with any of it. and rock 'n' roll in cuba. a historic night in havana as the rolling stones performed a free concert for hundreds of thousands. their music once banned in the country, but stones fans now getting plenty of satisfaction, today, saturday, march 26th, 2016. going out of my mind getting fired up >> here from long island. >> it's my birthday. >> happy birthday. >> here from north carolina. >> this is our first time in new york. >> happy 70th birthday grandma betty. >> we're at the "today" show. >> we're at the "today" show. >> happy 10th birthday. >> we're at the "today" show.
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>> fantastic crowd. a lot of birthdays. welcome back on this saturday morning on a brisk spring morning. we will get out in just a bit. easter easter eve. i'm craig melvin alongside sheinelle jones and dylan dreyer. erica is on her way back from brussels. police in brussels still working to find other suspected terrorists that may have been involved in the terrorist attacks. nbc's keir simmons remains in brussels. keir, good morning. >> reporter: craig, good morning. the prosecutor's office say one of the suspects arrested has been charged and involved in that terrorism operation. meanwhile, we're hearing about another police operation in the schaerbeek area.
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saying we are annihilating the terrorists cells. the threat still weighs on us. take a look at the heart stopping images of one of the arrests yesterday. a child is taken away by armed officers who send in a robot to inspect the guy. clearly suspected of being a sue suicide bomber. meanwhile, mariah carey cancelling a concert. on twitter, she says for the safety of her fans and crew and band and everyone. the airport hoped to reopen in the days after the attacks. it will open tomorrow, but now they say it won't open until tuesday. they are struggling to get back to normal. keir, thank you. >> the obama administration saying the war on isis and taking out the top number two in
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the pentagon says the u.s. special forces killed haji imam, in charge of the finances for isis. the u.s. successfully targeted other leaders, including the so-called minister of war killed by an air strike. to politics. hillary clinton and bernie sanders face off in alaska, hawaii and washington state. on the republican side, heated charges over tabloid story in "the national enquirer" claiming ted cruz has had several extramarital affairs. he calls it garbage and the smear campaign from donald trump. trump meanwhile says he has nothing to do with the story. actor robert de niro over a controversy film over the author of a study that linked vaccines to autism. the actor says he does not
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de niro is a co- founder of the tribeca film festival. now to bring their daughter home. lexi was taken from them earlier this week after a declaration ruled that she should be sent to live with native americans because she is part native american. now they are doing all they can to reunite lexi again. >> reporter: her foster parents pleading. for this family. it felt like forever, but in less than 100 seconds. rusty and summer page lose lexi. >> it is gut-wrenching. food isn't worth eating. sleep is overrated. it is all about getting lexi home. >> reporter: the day the page family knew could come. >> that law needs to be repealed or repaired.
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brought lexi in their lives, they kne she was 1/64th chak choctaw. the federal law was meant to keep native american children with native american families. members of the choctaw family want her to live with her family in utah since 2011. their request was granted. >> we have a responsibility to comply with the order. it is not within my ability or authority to overrule a court. >> reporter: a statement from the choctaw nation of oklahoma said we appreciate the concern for lexi and want to assure she is in a safe and loving home. placement with family is the gold standard of any child custody case. not just a case involving tribal children. the page family continues to
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twice successfully appealing the ruling promising to push to the supreme court. >> a very strong case. lexi has been in the pages' home for four years, she bonded with the family. >> reporter: for now, the pages are focusing on appealing to the family in utah. >> i love you, lexi. and i'm proud to be your mommy. you are a sweet girl. >> reporter: bring moment home lexi. for "today" steve paterson, nbc news, santa clarita, california. >> you think there would be a better way. let's pivot here. dylan dreyer on the plaza with another check of the forecast. >> it is chilly. >> it is a bit chilly.
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look at the video. this is in clearwater, florida. look at the shelf cloud. we had just wild storms yesterday. this is actually my cousin will who shot this at the tampa bay downs in tampa as the cloud rolled in. my nephew said i felt a drop. it i more than a drop. heavy downpours. 4 to 5 inches of rain in florida. we could see 3 to 4 inches in northern florida as we go into the second hal rainf as we go into the second half of the weekend. we do have some of the heavier rain over the gulf of mexico. we're watching the snowstorm that's trying to organize itself over the rockies. it's not going to amount to much but we could see 2 foot of snow in the higher elevations. then we go to easter sunday. that's going to turn into a bigger rain event. with a slight risk of stronger storms kentucky into tennessee. hail, damaging wind gusts would
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in the northeast, 50s and 60s. back through the western plains, temperatures should be in the 50s and 60s for sunday too. that's a look at the weather across the country, now here's a peek out your window. >> thanks, dylan. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist erica grow. it's chilly compared to yesterday. at this time it was in the 50s. now we're in the 30s. 39 in central park. farmingdale and islip. today we'll get up to 54 degrees. that east winds bringing in the clouds. then we'll drop down to 40 degrees tonight. in the seven-day forecast, we will be in the 50s all weekend long. so easter sunday, a high of only 56. and i'm going to file this under why didn't i think of that. you have socks for gloves. if you ever come to new york and it is chilly for you, put your socks on your hands. shei ronelle and erica -- sheinelle and craig. >> that's all right.
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>> what do you mean you don't eat no meat? oh, that's okay. i make lamb. come. >> 14 years ago, we fell in love with a family throwing a wedding. >> opa. >> a big fat greek wedding. >> now the bundt cake. >> the star, nia vardalos, raked in nearly quarter million dollars. now all of the family is back. >> never signed the wedding license. >> we're not married? >> and another big fat greek wedding is in the works. >> the wedding is on. >> sitting down with the cast, they are as animated off screen as on. >> if you're knees are open, shut your eyes. >> one of my favorite scenes is when the women are talking about advice their mothers gave them on their wedding day. i'm curious about the advice.
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i got to wear my mom's wedding dress. my mother gave me a beautiful speech on how a marriage is work and love and it changes and it grows. to pass the dress on to my daughter. >> playing vardalos's on-screen daughter, enthusiastic and greek lainie. >> my father said do it. he said you're greek. do it. >> life imitating art. a common thread among this cast. >> when i got to the set in do ronto and everybody showing up from nia's family. it is just like the scene in the first movie when i bring my family and everyone comes. it was not unlike that. >> one, two, pull.
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martin and joey fatone. >> and i'm not alone. for anyone wondering what the great white way would be like with these greeks. >> in the voice of aunt voula and angela. >> work, work. he set me. work, work. song? >> and how about a classic from joey fatone's nsync days. i love you endlessly you weren't there for me it's time to leave and make it alone >> before this cast says good-bye, how about a little greek 101. >> what would greeks do if they were given almonds and they were single?
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and dream of who they would marry. >> i had many an aunt get out of the car and pick the dandylions and cook them. >> for "today," joelle garuiglo, nbc news. >> opa. >> "my big fat greek wedding 2" is in theaters now. easy decorations coming up for your easter gathering tomorrow. sheinelle walks us through it. but first this is "today" on
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we are back on a saturday morning. if you are worried about how to make sure your easter is perfect tomorrow, we have last minute minute minute
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jodi levine is here with us. >> good morning. >> we have a table full of stuff. let's get to it. >> first, we have centerpieces. they are fast and easy. i went in my backyard. practically free. great with flowering branches. fill out with plastic eggs for color. >> you just put water? >> if you don't have a backyard, don't worry. take house plants. i took a few snips off my fern and put it in bottles. >> adds a little spice. >> we have our friend jayden here to help us. >> hi, jayden. how old are you? >> six. seven. >> you must have just turned seven. >> he is cutting the spring ones. this is practically free. we are using toilet paper tubes from the recycle bins.
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us. you can start cutting and he will paint after. you can decorate with anything in the craft bin. >> this is cute. i feel like they are part of the process. >> exactly. it keeps them busy. here is an easy dessert. i went to the supermarket and asked for a plain cake. baking is all done. i got mini marshmallows and made features with the candy. you can stick it on there. >> this is something else the kids can do. >> it took five minutes. >> this is a good idea. the kids are on break. >> you are looking for things for kids to do. here is another supermarket treat hack. store bought doughnuts and add candy. >> what about this one? >> those are snowballs. >> oh, i love those. >> i took freezer paper and i cut the ears and put them in there. >> creative. you probably have been like this
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>> these are smores peeps. i lov to make smores in the oven. >> i have never made smores in the oven. >> put it in the broiler. it takes 45 seconds or longer. >> am i crazy? has anybody else done that? just making sure. >> put the peep on top. you pull it out and sandwich another on top maybe jayden would like to try one. >> yeah. >> and our l t idea is a favor for your guests to take home. jars from the recycle bin. i painted the lids. i had kids put the ears on. >> dylan and craig, sometimes you can do this at the last second and you really can't. this is one you can do. >> i love the smores. you have a future in this.
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>> he just turned seven. jodi, thank you. i should say that will do it for us on saturday morning. tomorrow on "today," we introduce you to the 18-year-old making a big name for herself in the world of monster trucks. i met this girl. she is a rock star. >> she has a cool truck. >> erica hill also is back from brussels with us as well. see you tomorrow on easter. have a great day. if you're looking to save money on your medicare part d prescriptions, walgreens says, carpe med diem. seize the day to get more out of life and medicare part d. just switch to walgreens for savings that'll be the highlight of your day. now preview the cost of your copay before you fill. you can even get one-dollar copays on select plans. the citi double cash card comes in very handy with cash back twice on purchases.
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good morning. coming up next on today in new york -- >> another slashing in the city. >> a teenager attacked waiting for the bus is slashed in front of the subway. i'm ray villeda with the latest on the attack. just when you think things couldn't get more personal on the campaign trail, they have. what trump saying is about cruz. and i'm storm team 4 meteorologist erica grow. i've been tracking this cooldown and boy are you feeling it outside. how much cooler is it going to get an when do we warm up again? >> i'm gus rosendale. >> and i'm kerry barrett.
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also new this morning, a fire erupts at a complex sending firefighters and residents to the hospital. and police are trying to round up any suspected terrorists. this as president obama lays out a new plan to fight isis. good morning. i'm gus rosendale. >> and i am kerry bair yet. i am in for pat battle today. we're going to take a look at the weather with erica grow. you mentioned we're experiencing a cooldown and we are. it's chilly. >> yes. and it looks beautiful behind you, but it is chilly out there. sunny but 39 degrees in central park right now. and temperatures are going to be slow to rise as we head into the afternoon. we're only going to be at 44 degrees by 10:00. 52 degrees at 1:00. a little bit breezy as well. those breezes coming off the water. that's what brings in the clouds and it's also going to bring those temperatures in check. we'll reach a high of 54 degrees at 4:00.
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it's 41 right now on sath taten island. and it's 30 in monticello and 32 in sussex. but we're seeing a good amount of sunshine out there to start. we will see that marine layer develop with the east flow. i'll tell you how long that lasts and we'll also look for your next chance for rain. it's coming up in your seven-day forecast. right now a subway station is a busy crime station. >> it is. police looking for suspects in yet another slashing. this one happened in tht 96th street station. and ray villeda is live at the scene. ray? >> reporter: kerry, gus, a disturbing attack. it all started here at this bus stop. apparently this 19-year-old was waiting for the bus when he was approached by four men. he got scared so he ran over to this subway station and it was there the attack unfolded. let's show you video from when this happened. it happened around 12:05 early

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