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breaking news. frightening moments at a day camp near paris, france. a gunman takes young children and at least one parent hostage. this morning what finally brought that tense situation to a peaceful end. settlement. tom cruise and katie holmes reach a divorce deal just 11 days after splitting up. how did it happen so fast? who gets custody of suri? what is the former couple now saying? we'll have new details. and i freaked out. a teenager jumped from a chairlift at new jersey beach to escape an approaching storm.
lucky for her she's only suffering from minor bruises today tuesday july 10th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning, everybody. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer. we're going to have much more on that tense hostage situation in france in just a couple minutes. meanwhile here at home the president is hitting the road today. >> that's right. he's headed to the battleground state of iowa to sell voters on his plan to push bush era tax rates to middle class families. mitt romney slammed the plan as something that would hurt small businesses and job creators. we'll have more on that. imagine having a problem with your air conditioning in the middle of a heat wave in the middle of the country. you call the repairman.
will the repairman fix it at a fair price. coming up, our hidden cameras surprises even experts. there's a new diet promises to have you losing weight fast. calls for unusual things like skipping breakfast and cold baths every day. does it really work? if so, why did the creator write this book under a different name. we'll ask him when he joins us. >> what's the theory behind the cold bath. >> that it speeds up your metabolism. i'm willing to try it. could you fit everything you own into 300 feet or less? the mayor of new york city is preparing to build thousands of micro apartments to deal with the housing shortage here. it's one of the hot topics we'll discuss with "today's" professionals. let's begin with a check with natalie at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the hostage situation at a french school
summer camp. it ended where a man has been arrested after taking at least one adult and several children hostage in a town south of paris. the last of those hostages have been released. none of them was harmed. the gunman surrendered to police afterwards. officials are not comparing it to the deadly standoff in toulouse. desperate for rain. janet shamlian in arkansas. good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you. at least half of the nation is experiencing some form of drought right now. this is where it's taking its biggest toll, ranches, farmlands, some of which haven't seen rain in three months. it's a hungry herd. in the wake of a one-two punch ranchers like this with unusually low rainfall and record breaking heat. >> it's devastating, looks like
the desert. >> they haven't had ground this barren. she had to sell off 100 of her 250 cattle herd. >> if no significant rain comes, i'll have to go out of business. i just don't have any grass. won't be able to afford the hay prices. >> reporter: more than half the country is in a drought according to the latest government monitor, in arkansas it covers the entire state. farm equipment sits idle. there's nothing to cut and bale. in fact, the only real activity is at the sale barn packed with ranchers selling off cattle, a move experts say could raise beef prices. in a dozen years this pond has never gone dry until now. matt moved his herd to more fertile fields but he's running out of those. >> the other option is just to quit and sell out totally. hopefully we'll get rain and this can quit in two or three weeks. >> reporter: meteorologists say it would take four to six inches of rain to break the drought.
there's nothing like that on the horizon, even in the long-term forecast. natalie. >> a lot of people hurting. janet, thank you so much in arkansas. a major setback for cycling champion lance armstrong as he fights doping charges against him. armstrong's lawsuit to block the u.s. anti-doping agency from proceeding with charges was shot down by a federal judge within hours. the judge dismissed the lengthy complaint as an attempt to garner public approval in the face of charges that could strip armstrong of his record seven tour de france titles. armstrong can refile the lawsuit that claims the u.s. ada is asking unconstitutionally. let's head to wall street, mandy drury, wall street stock exchange. all eyes on spain's bailout deal this morning. good morning, mandy. >> you're exactly right. eurozone have ratified the bailout for troubled spab banks. this is an attempt stabilize the fourth largest economy and a step in the right direction in terms of trying to contain the
whole european debt crisis which has been negatively affecting our markets. alcoa kicked off earning season with better than expected numbers and google reportedly close to paying or close to dollars it bypassed privacy settings for consumers using apple safari. back to you. >> thanks. an egyptian couple has been arrested and charged for trying to smuggle their five-month-old baby through an airport baggage skaern. screeners in united arab imgrates were stunned. the baby had no visa or passport. unbelievably paragraph in new jersey, a teen girl said she freaked out when a chairlift she was riding stopped in a thunderstorm. fearing she would get struck by
lightning you see her kick off her shoes and take a leap from the seat high above the sand. the girl got bumps and bruises but fortunately was not injured. it was her 17th birthday as well. not the way you're celebrating your birthday. >> i don't want to encourage people to do that. i might have done the same thing. that was a storm, terrible storm. i have a thing about lightning. i can understand why she did that. >> instinct kicked in. >> for savannah it would have been a frog attack, dived off. >> that strikes the same fear in me. i can relate. >> what's happening? >> we're talking about strong storms. we've got a stationary front laying across the mid-atlhe mid-atlantic states and heavy storms from rome, georgia, up to bristol, tennessee. hail and damaging winds. heavy rain making its way into the mid-atlantic states and houston up almost an inch and a half of rain in the next 24 hours and we're expecting half
an inch of rain in new orleans. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, tom kierein, storm center 4. some showers passing south of the metro area through north neck eastern shore and near fredericksburg, north of there partly cloudy and later today partly sunny with highs mid and upper 80s and small chance of an additional shower or thundershower. wednesday, thursday, partly sunny. morning low 60s and now looking into the weekend, friday, could get some showers a and that's your latest weather. savannah. >> now to the race for the white house. president obama's fight over your taxes, this as he falls behind mitt romney in the battle for political cash. chuck todd is nbc's white house correspondent and political director. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. there were a lot of issues on the ballot this december besides the names obama and romney, the future of the health care law,
the size and scope of government, but there's no issue that will have a bigger impact on more americans directly and quickly than the future of the bush tax cuts. as the campaign refs up president obama has opened a new line of attack against mitt romney trying to drive a wedge between middle class tax cuts and tax breaks for the rich. >> it's time to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest americans, folks like myself, to expire. >> reporter: the president called for a temporary extension of the tax cuts but only on households making less than $250,000 a year, saving the debate on what to do for tax cuts for wealthy americans until after the election. >> my opponent will fight to keep them in place. i will fight to end them. but that argument shouldn't threaten you. >> reporter: that opponent, mitt romney, in a radio interview slammed the president's announcement as another economic misstep. >> we just saw a terrible jobs
report last week. now to add a higher tax on job creators and small business is about the worst thing i could imagine to do if you want to kraed jobs. >> reporter: mr. obama anticipated that criticism claiming most small businesses would not see their taxes go up. >> 97% of small businesses fall under the $250,000 threshold. >> reporter: this is not a new issue for the president. he's been unsuccessfully campaigning against the bush tax cuts since he hit the campaign trail in 2008. the president's latest tax cut challenge for romney comes as mr. obama and his campaign surrogates are increasingly targeting romney over his personal wealth, accusing him of sheltering income as obama strategist robert gibbs did monday on "today." >> i think the american people deserve to know why does mitt romney have a secret bermuda corporation, a bank account in switzerland. >> in an interview airing in iowa, romney fired back. >> i realize the president's
failure to actually reignite the economy makes it hard for him to discuss his own record, so he's going to try and attack me on every personal basis he can come up w all the taxes are paid, as appropriate. all of them have been reported to the government. there's nothing hidden there. >> reporter: speaking of money on the campaign front, for the second month in a row, team romney outraised team obama, but there's an asterisk, savannah. right now obama is able to outspend romney because romney can't spend a lot of the money he's raising now until after his convention. >> chuck todd at the white house, thank you. it is 7:12. here is matt. a story a lot of people are talking about. tom cruise and katie holmes have signed off on a divorce settlement less than two weeks after holmes filed to end that couple's five-year marriage. nbc's tom llamas has details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. we're outside katie's new apartment building where she's
going to start her new life as a single mother. for anyone thinking they were going to get an inside look into tom cruise and katie holmes during a knock-down-drag-out divorce battle, think again. the couple have gone from filing divorce to an out of court settlement, including a custody agreement for their 6-year-old daughter suri. that's tom cruise getting off a private jet in california just hours after attorneys reached a settlement in his divorce from katie holmes. in new york city holmes was all smiles in her first public outing since the agreement. in a statement her lawyer said we are thrilled for katie and her family and excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. that chapter will include living with her 6-year-old daughter suri at this luxury apartment building in manhattan. the 33-year-old actress filed for divorce on june 28 setting off a media firestorm of speculation about the split of one of hollywood's most famous
couples. it only took 11 days for attorneys to reach a confidential settlement, possibly including the role that religion may play in suri's life. holmes was raised in the catholic church while cruise is a scientologist. in a joint statement released by the couple, cruise and holmes say we distress our respect for each belief. >> she was going to raise the issue she thought either scientology or something tom was doing was not beneficial for the child, if that was her strategy, obviously, there was a change of heart that came about quite quickly. >> reporter: with the details of the divorce behind them both stars looking ahead to a schedule this year. holmes expected to star in a new romantic comedy filming this fall. meanwhile cruise will continue filming the sci-fi thriller "oblivion."
and continue for the upcoming release. >> he delivered. when it comes to him bringing in numbers at the box office he's still a mega superstar. >> remember, you wanted this. >> reporter: now, tom cruise hasn't spoken publicly since katie filed for divorce, but his attorney did issue one final statement on the matter saying in part the case has been settled with a signed agreement. tom is really pleased we got there and so am i. matt. >> tom llamas in new york for us. thanks very much. let's get some perspective on this. star jones is a veteran legal commentator, dr. saltz a "today" show contributor. good morning. >> let's stress off the bat everything is speculation. these two are not talking. the lawyers said everything in this agreement is confidential. given that, star, this happened quickly. a lot of these high-profile divorces play out over months and years. this took 11 days. how did it happen so fast?
>> it happened because, i would assume, most of the main issues were already in a prenuptial agreement that they were going to argue over. >> financial. >> financial, division of property, spousal support, child support, and the big one child custody. they may have wanted to try to resolve a prenup but the judge would never allow that. >> the speed is shocking. if you believe earlier reports that tom cruise was somewhat blind-sided by this divorce filing just two weeks ago, he came to an agreement in 11 days. >> they did not want what we've seen over the past 11 days to play out over the next 11 months. there's nothing more ugly than a celebrity divorce. >> in the terms of public relations this is the best and smartest outcome of the couple and their daughter. >> legally it's in the best interest of the child. public relations you could not have a better outcome in and out. fourteen days, you're done. >> gayle, when it comes to
custody, we don't know the specifics of this arrangement but most courts would favor a mother with a child of this age, correct? >> most courts would. actually a child of this age to be predominantly with one parent consistently but with the other parent consistently involved is the best as opposed to moving back and forth between two houses. for a girl, being with her mother, a parent of the same sex can have advantages. >> keeping your psychiatrist hat on, as you've seen the images we've seen over the last week or so of katie holmes and suri walking out swamped and surrounded by the paparazzi, like what we're looking at right now, the impact on this versus the impact of a divorce on this child? >> they could not have done a more wonderful thing for their child or healthy thing for their child. >> settling quickly. >> settling quickly. not having it go on and on. what a child needs in the midst of a divorce is routine, predictability, familiarity, and to have a normal life.
>> were you at all surprised katie holmes was out in the public so much over these last several days and weeks with her daughter knowing the attention it would attract? >> i think probably you have to make a game plan and decide what's going to be best for the long-term. if you think you can do this quickly by doing something up front, then maybe that's the decision you're going to make. was it best for her in the short-term, probably not. but it clearly is better in the long-term. >> star, quickly, both of these are high-profile people, both will have ongoing careers, which means they both are going to be put in interview situations in the near future for projects they are working on. would you assume that any agreement between these two includes an airtight nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement. so anybody asking the questions is going to get no comment. >> matt, i can speculate about a lot of things, that's one thing i'm positive about that there's a major confidentiality agreement. we have to look at all levels of confidentiality from reality to social networking, no defamation
against each one of them. we're never know what happened in that marriage. >> best for the child in the long run. >> best for the child is that neither of them ever in private or public say something negative about the other parent. >> ladies, as always, thanks very much. appreciate it. it's 18 minutes after the hour. once again, here is savannah. what appears to be a money saving trend among some of the wealthiest people in america but is it fair to the rest of us? nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell explains. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. good to see you. you know the old saying nothing is certain except death and taxes? an increasing number of wealthy americans are finding their way around the taxes by renouncing their american citizenship. politically connected socialite and songwriter denise rich. >> just to be recognized by peers is wonderful. >> reporter: she's a fixture, wrote "don't waste your time"
for aretha franklin to mary j blige. as a songwriter she's worked with everyone to mandy moore. celebrities flock to her fundraisers for cancer research. >> we know this saxophone has your name on it. >> reporter: she contributed to the clinton campaign. just before bill clinton left office he caused a political storm pardoning her husband who fled prosecution for tax fraud in 1983. she has lived a jet set life. as matt saw firsthand on her yacht at cannes two years ago. >> i'm on a 15-foot yacht owned by denise rich. >> we do a big party and a lot of friends come. >> she's put it on sale, 20
rooms with view. what a view. wraparound balconies overlooking central park. rich is among 1800 americans who gave up citizenship. in order to be closer to her long time life partner as well as her family and loved ones, she made the decision to become solely an austrian citizen. u.s. senator sees a tax dodge. >> you certainly don't need to renounce your citizenship to be closer to your family. we all know the reason she's doing this. it's to avoid paying taxes. i find people despicable. >> others say let them go and focus on tax reform. >> we're going to have wealthy people leaving the country because they don't want to pay taxes. that's just don't let the door hit you on the way out of the country. >> denise is not the only american giving up their
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conditioning repairmen we called during the brutal heat wave that struck parts of this country for an undercover test. do you really get what you pay for? coming up, the results that caught even our experts by surprise. it's now 7:30 on a tuesday morning inside studio 1a. i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie. >> good morning, everybody. also ahead this morning, new details on what may have led two chimpanzee at a sanctuary in south africa to attack a texas graduate student. we're going to have the latest on that story. new images of one of the chimps
involved thain attack. then "today's" professionals are in the house. among the topics we're going to be talking about we already know airlines charge extra fees for baggage, meals, even extra leg room. how would you feel about paying ee that would let you get off the plane faster when you arrive at the terminal? we'll talk about this and many other topics. let's begin the half hour with attempted murder trial of a florida teenager accused of viciously attacking a younger girl. prosecutors say it was all because of text messages. nbc's kerry sanders in fort lauderdale this morning. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. wayne traceacy confessed he putn steele toed boots and tracked down ratley and attacked her, an attack so vicious it left her with brain damage. his lawyers claim he's not guilty because he was in sane.
wayne treacy sat in court crying as prosecutors say he continued to kick the victim's head wearing steel toed boots. >> he kicked her head like a soccer ball. >> reporter: the attack so vicious he left her brain damaged. her mother overwhelmed in court. the defense said he snapped after a series of tech messages with ratley. in one of the messages ratley taunted him about his brother who committed suicide five months earlier. treacy discovered his brother's body hanging from a tree. >> wayne with a mental infirmity did not know right fm wrong at the time. >> in court teenagers read aallowed treacy's text messages.
>> he tried to kill someone. >> reporter: defense lawyers say doctors for the defense and the state agree treacy suffered ptsd, posttraumatic stress disorder. the defense claims that is what triggered an attack on a girl he didn't even know. >> the issue is why, why did this happen. i'm hopeful that after the evidence that you'll return a verdict of not guilty by reason of in sanity. >> one key piece may not be played to the jury. this video of treacy ranting to himself left in the interrogation room. his lawyers say treacy's bizarre behaviors are at the heart of the defense. he was insane. at the last minute monday the prosecution dropped a bombshell saying they had no intention of playing the video in court. under court rules the defense cannot refer to the tape unless the prosecutor introduces it first.
the judge says he's now considering if there is another way that the jurors will be able to see that videotape, because it's so critical to the defense strategy. if wayne treacy is convicted, he could face up to 50 years in prison. as for josie ratley, her lawyers tell us she is improving but still in rehabilitation, able to draw pictures, something she enjoyed doing before this life changing event. matt. >> all right. kerry sanders in florida this morning. kerry, thank you very much. let us get a check of the weather now from mr. roker. >> all right. thanks so much, matt. spam. spam sausages. spam, sausages a eggs. spam! let me show you what's going on. rockies and the southwest. now, look at this. death valley seven degrees above normal and 124. 100 degrees in salt lake, that's
seven degrees above normal. boise, idaho, at 102 degrees. hotter in boise than it is in phoenix. the heat in the southwest and the southeast, as well, into the midplains. we're looking at nice, cooler conditions in the northeast and mid-atlantic states and those 100 in the central plains are going to be brutal. as you look, that's what's going on around the country. >> tom kierein in storm center 4 on this tuesday morning. we have a partly sunny sky over the metro area and then radar showing a few showers through southern maryland and light showers there and lower eastern shore getting heavy downpours and few showers from just east of fredericksburg and staying south of the metro area. right now near the low to mid-70s around the metro region and 60s further north and west and partly sunny a small chance of afternoon storms could get storms on friday. that's your latest weather. savannah. >> al, thanks. we're getting a new look at one
of the south african chimpanzee that attacked a graduate student from texas, this as the victim recovers from his injuries. michelle kosinski in london for us this morning. michelle, good morning. >> reporter: we haven't heard much on the grad student's condition. his parents asked for privacy. now experts are giving more details on why this might have happened and showing pictures from the operating room of the chimp that attacked him. american student andrew oberle severely mauled by two chimpanzees wasn't the only patient rushed to johannesburg's top medical center, so was one of his attackers, nicky, the chimp. 17 years old, recovering from being shot in the stomach as he charged rescuers trying to save andrew. the team of trauma surgeons operated on nicky four hours with a veterinarian. he's resting at a zoo on valium.
the head of the jane goodall institute described nicky second in command to alpha chimp. he turned when he went into a restricted area in an enclosure to remove a rock, worried he might throw it. it was territorial behavior and the chimp's traumatic early life. both lost their parents to the illegal bush meat trade. nicky was raised like a human child. when he arrived at the institute was dressed like a little boy with a luxury wristwatch. the director told the press this negatively affected the chimp. expert stephen roth in chicago agrees. >> many chimps not only in african sanctuaries but north american sanctuaries had strange upbringings. sometimes raised as a pet, dressed up as a child and fed human food. it's really difficult to know the degree to which this upbringing has affected the
chimpanzees psychology. >> reporter: 26-year-old oberle, a post grad at the university of texas san antonio slowly recovering. witnesses say he lost an ear, fingers and toes, flesh and muscle and has deep gashes including on his face and skull. the facebook page set up to help him describes him as fight to come home. people have photos, announce add fund-raiser this week call this a tragic story when passion for what you love turns against you. last we heard from andrew oberle's parents was four days ago. they release add statement saying he's still in critical but stable condition and saying it's truly a miracle he survived this brutal attack. savannah. >> michelle kosinski, thank you. still ahead, can you really lose weight by skipping breakfast and taking cold baths? we're going to meet the man behind the controversial diet book six weeks to omg. up next when your air conditioning breaks, what are you really getting when you call a repairman?
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you cool in the dog days of summer. but are some air conditioning repairmen actually taking advantage? today national investigative correspondent jeff rossen and his team went under cover to find out. jeff, what did you find? >> matt, good morning. i'm not sure you heard this, there's been a heat wave this morning. it's been pretty hot. we've all been feeling it. so when your air conditioner breaks it's an emergency. you call the ac company trusting them to fix the problem at a fair price. are they really? we're at it again testing those companies on hidden camera. experts say some are blowing hot air when they hand you that big bill. we called them in to cool our house down. >> i just want to fix the problem today. >> reporter: but when these ac repairmen show up -- our experts say this is dishonesty or in competence. >> things got heated. >> get out of my face or i'll punch [ bleep ]. >> we just wanted our ac fixed. >> did you test to see if that
part was working. >> leave me alone. >> why did it have to end like this? >> don't hit the camera. >> one after another tried charging us big money for repairs experts say we did not need. >> you say you have to fix a time delay. there's not a time delay in the unit. >> shut off the camera. >> we set up hidden cameras right smack in the middle of a heat wave. we rented this house in new jersey and had three certified ac experts inspect our system from top to bottom. >> they are in very, very good shape. >> excellent shape. good working condition. it's perfect. >> then we brought in bobby ring, president of a top ac company and senior vice chair of the senior air conditioning of america. he set up what he says is a common and easy to fix problem. a simple broken wire that shuts the unit down. he says he would charge less than $200 to fix it. >> so a technician tells us you
need other work done to fix this problem. >> they are either incompetent or dishonest. >> we wired the house with hidden cameras to capture every angle and had this mom pose as the homeowner. >> hi, i'm having trouble with my air conditioning unit. >> we had her call six companies to fix the ac. >> come on in, guys. so glad you could come. >> as contractors showed up we're watching with the experts from a control room in the basement. >> hot air. >> good news, the first contractor finds our broken wire. but instead of fixing it, he wants to charge us for an expensive part, something called a capacitor. >> i would need a new capacitor. >> either incompetent or trying to deceive her. nothing wrong with the capacitor. >> this guy want to replace it anyway. the price, $395. >> hi, jeff rossen with nbc news. i asked for an explanation. do you want to stand by the story the capacitor is broken or
do you want to tell us yourself you're not being truthful. >> check it out. >> one of the experts showed him the real problem fixing the broken wire and turning the machine on in seconds. no broken capacitor here. >> do you stand behind your estimate of nearly $400? his company didn't return our calls for comment. >> blowing warm air. >> the next guy finds and fixes our broken wire quickly. look, the unit is working, fan is turning. why does he tell the mom to fix it he needs to replace a pricey part. >> leaking. >> leaking. >> combustible fluid. >> that's leaking. and that has to be fixed today. >> yes. >> to fix the problem. >> yes. >> sounds serious. so is his bill, $692. >> is this a rip-off? it certainly looks that way. hi, jeff rossen with nbc news. did you actually test the part you replaced before you replaced it. >> yes. >> actually we were wafg tching
hidden camera and you didn't. >> what he said was a leak was just hidden rot and it's fine. >> are you taking advantage of these homeowners. >> absolutely not. >> in a statement the company owners say his employees follow a code of ethics. i stand behind my technician who presented the problem correctly and made a recommendation based on visual concerns. if for some reason he did not follow our process, he will be dealt with accordingly. but watch our next two appointments. they shock even our experts. this first company tries to charge our mom for several new parts. the price tag, $850. and they weren't happy to see me. >> you're charging her $850 for -- >> get that camera out of my face or i'll punch you [ bleep ]. >> pardon? >> you heard me. >> you're going to punch me in my jaw? >> why are you going to charge her. >> don't push us. don't hit the camera. the experts we had check this unit say the capacitor is fine,
contacters are fine. why were you going to charge her $850 to replace this? >> i don't think they are fine. >> his company didn't return our calls for comment. we thought we'd seen it all but watch these next guys hotel our mom she needs new part, including one that doesn't even exist in our unit. the price, an incredible $950. >> is there anything you want to say? our experts say this is either dishonesty or incompetence. how do you respond to that? how do you respond to that? you just wanted to charge $9350 to fix a nonproblem. he stuck by his storytelling us the unit needs new parts to work. we know that's not true. >> don't you want to stick around to watch our expert fix the problem. his company said he was fired. >> have a nice day. >> you have a nice day as well. in the end the results weren't
good. experts say six out of six air conditioning companies, every one we called, tried to charge us for unnecessary repairs. >> jeff, i'm really disappointed. i didn't expect to see the degree of dishonesty and incompetency we did. >> experts say you should get your unit serviced every year so it doesn't break in the middle of a heat wave. even if it does, of course, despite what we found there are honest ac companies out there. to make it easier to find them we put a list of organizations so you can find one in your area. all have you to do is go to today.com, click on the rossen report section. while you're there, you can send us an idea for a story you'd like investigated as well. >> jeff rossen. enjoy your time in the witness protection program. up next, who should play christian grey in the movie version of the books "50 shades of grey" right after this. ch ili'
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recognize them, they are val kilmer's lips. >> based on that sketch, who should play this guy in the movie version which is coming to a theater next year. >> i read all the books and i don't see the composite looking like the guy. chris hemsworth, chris pine. alexander. >> i love ryan reynolds. he's too sweet for this role. >> ryan gosling. >> i thought he has enough edge. >> i'm going for a dark horse candidate like shia labeouf from the terminator. >> i've got one. take a shot at davie here. wow, davie. >> i've got to tell you i'm never going to look at dave the same way again. >> gilbert godfrey. i got a block and tackle.
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7:55 is your time now. good morning to you now. i'm eun yang. police are investigating a deadly hit and run in arlington on southbound route 110. no description of the car involved. the incident is causing backups. here is danella sealock with more on that. >> if you're traveling from roslin southbound 110 that's where you see your delays jammed even. at washington boulevard that's where the accident is and only the left lane gets you by. you cannot access the ramp to southbound washington boulevard. let's head up to i-270. slow in germantown and jammed even as you make your towards rockville. just very slow. just very slow. eun, back o
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[ male announcer ] what's the point of an epa estimated 42 miles per gallon if the miles aren't interesting? the lexus ct hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. 8:00 now on tuesday morning. it's the 10th of july, 2012. we have a great crowd enjoying great weather here on rockefeller plaza, 76 degrees. al was just getting his proper placement. good morning, everybody. i'm savannah guthrie alongside the aforementioned al roker and matt lauer. it's a beautiful morning, tuesday morning. "today's" professionals are here. >> that's right. they are here. we've got great topics for donny, star, dr. snyderman. thousands of micro apartments taking care of housing shortage
for people on a budget. talking about apartments between 200 and 300 square feet. just to give you an idea, that is between this area here over here and here. that would be the entire apartment, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, massive walk-in closet. >> i was going to say, where are you going to put your clothes and makeup. >> we're going to talk about whether people can live like that. >> have you heard about the new diet? a little controversial. some things they recommend skipping brefrs, two cups of coffee on an empty stomach. cold baths. does it work or is it pseudoscience? we'll ask him. he's here. >> also, savannah, the need for speed. tomorrow she's going to fulfill that need. >> oh, my gosh. >> none other than with her brother who is the pilot,
supersonic jet. >> that was like a prayer i'm offering there. that's my big brother, i'm so proud of him. he's an f-16 pilot with the air national guard. >> green mountain boys. >> for a day i was a green mountain girl. >> that's cool. he gets to take out all of those frustrations from childhood on you. >> he's my big brother. he's been tore touring me all my life. believe me, he did not give me the grandma ride. >> look forward to that tomorrow. meanwhile let's head inside. natalie standing by with a check of the headlines. natalie. >> good morning, everyone. dramatic new storm video left officials amazed nobody was killed when a micro burst struck a strip mall sunday in fredericksberg, virginia. a security guard recorded the swirling winds at two dozen students and parents huddled inside a nearby dance studio. at least six were injured. the worst suffered a broken leg. president obama traveled to
iowa today to push for extending bush era tax cuts for lower and middle income americans. republican mitt romney wants to extend the cuts for all income levels. he says monday the obama plan would hurt job creation. attorneys for tom cruise and katie holmes announced monday the couple signed an agreement to end their five-year marriage. holmes will reportedly have primary custody of the couple's 6-year-old daughter suri with generous visitation rights for cruise. the florida lifeguard fired for saving a man outside his area. he was awarded a key to the city. the 19-year-old hero has since been offered his job back but he turned it down. he's now heading back to school at a local community college. now a look at what is trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. singer frank ocean on late night with jimmy fallen topped trending on twitter. ocean recently came out as gay
saying "bad religion" a love ballad is about another man. ♪ never make him love me ♪ >> ocean's new album "channel orange" dropped at midnight and is already number one on itunes. 65 years after reports of an alien spaceship being captured in roswell, new mexico, a former cia agent said it happened. chase brandon said he saw the secret file at cia headquarters and was convinced the roswell craft did not come from this planet. he was convinced paparazzi were chasing him as he drove his car on the freeway. >> hello. i have like five cars following
me. >> okay. and what's your name? >> justin. >> what's your last name? >> johnson. >> okay. what type of car are you in? >> i'm in a fisker. >> a what? >> a fisker, f-i-s-k-e-r. >> what kind of car is that? >> it's a fisker. >> well, the fisker is an electric sports car that sells for about $100,000. it is 8:05 right now, let's go back outside with al, a check of the weather. justin johnson now, no longer the biebs. >> you can call me justin or you can call me justin. anyway, let's show you what's going on as far as your weather today. it concerns our pick city of the day, falls, texas. kfdx nbc 3. showers, storms, temperatures getting up into the mid- 90s. then on the satellite, you can see, and radar, a lot of wet weather gulf coast from texinous to florida and then mid-atlantic
states as that stationary front just hangs there and slight risk of strong storms one to three inches from texas to north carolina. record highs in the northern plains and gorgeous day in seattle today. plenty of sunshine and the temperature about 7 7 degrees. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, tom kierein, storm center 4. right now the storm 4 radar showing a few showers moving through southern maryland and lower eastern shore and those are passing well south of the metro area. temperatures around the region under a partly sunny sky around washington and mid and upper 70s now and later today hitting the 80s and a small chance of additional shower or thundershower later this afternoon and then tomorrow and thursday, partly sunny, highs 80s. morning low 60s. could get storms friday and maybe during the afternoon over the weekend into monday. >> and that's your latest weather. here is savannah. >> all right, al. thank you. coming up, should you be able to pay to be the first passengers off the plane? we'll discuss that and other hot
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♪ we're back now at 8:10 with "today's" professionals, here to chime in on the hottest headlines of the morning. good morning to everybody. good to see you. let's start with a story that's in the papers today. denise rich, who is a very popular songwriter, a grammy winner, a socialite, a philanthropist and major democratic fund-raiser is apparently giving up her u.s. citizenship. she'll retain her austrian citizenship because her father was born in austria. according to a lot of reports, the reasons she's doing this is to save millions of dollars in
taxes in the united states. star, i know this story puts you in an odd position because you and denise rich are good friends. >> she's more like my sister. >> what do we think about what she's doing? do you want to start? >> obviously i've spoken to her about this. i can't tell you anything legal, but i can say to you she wants to be closer to her surviving children. you know she lost one of her daughters to cancer in her 20s. >> why can't you do that without changing citizenship. >> her kids now live in europe. her children now live in europe and she does not primarily make her home in the united states anymore. >> you don't think she's doing this for tax reasons at all to save money. >> i think that's a by-product, that works but i know that's not the main reason. >> what do we think? be careful, it's star's friend. >> i don't want to be careful. you have to call out your friend. this is despicable. i have not but contempt trying to save taxes.
it's crap. >> it's one of my assets. that's now how she feels about it. >> star, she's your friend and i respect that. let's call it as it is. i agree with nancy. i even agree with the word despicable. can i finish? we are a country that is at class warfare now. >> absolutely. >> this is the kind of thing if i'm home watching. i go screw you, get out of my country. >> let's add one other element. let's remind people it was an american president, bill clinton -- again, she's a very big democratic fund-raiser -- it was an american president bill clinton who pardoned her husband marc. >> major error an his part. >> when he was on the run for tax evasion. this country and its leaders have been very good to her. >> she's also been very good to the country. i'm not going to let you call somebody i love who has been supportive of me and i've been supportive of despicable. she's not a despicable person.
>> what she did was despicable. >> that might be your opinion but you cannot call her despicable. >> what she did was despicable. >> i call her despicable. >> let's move on. a company that created controversy in the past with provocative ads featuring young adults in controversial poses, some nudity, they are out with a new ad. i'm going to show you the picture. i want your first reaction. nancy, i'll start with you. here is the picture. this is an older woman named jackie discovered on the streets of new york. there's the pose they put her in. >> i'm glad it's not my mother. i don't know. look, it's controversial. i don't think -- i thought it would be more glamorous. >> donny, you're an ad man, what do you think of the ad. >> i did a campaign for a magazine for women over 40. we did seminudes. the allot of magazines wouldn't accept it because they were older. this company is stupid. they did it for attention.
i don't think it sells products. >> it's a gorgeous woman under there. i would like to see her. >> i could live my whole life without seeing a multi-colored who haw. >> they used young models in provocative ads now they are expanding. >> they did it for one reason, get attention. >> it's tacky. let's move onto something in the papers. new york's mayor michael bloomberg addressing the housing crisis in the city, especially for single people living on a budget is calling on architects and real estate developers to develop something called micro apartments. we have an outline on the floor here in our studio. these are apartments that will be between 250 and 300 square feet. that is this space right here for a kitchen, a bathroom, a sleep area. got to have a closet or two. can you live in something like that? >> i think it's a wonderful idea because it gives the greatest city in the world -- makes access to new york for people who ordinarily can't afford it.
there is a young engineer out there who maybe can come to the city and create a great new technology that now can. i think it's wonderful. >> i agree. if you're a young person, you can figure out how to stack things, have a bed that doesn't have to be a regular old twin bed. i as a single person in my 20s could live in a space this big. your shoes won't fit into this. >> my wig won't fit into it. this is the size of like a hotel room. >> a small hotel room. >> a small hotel room. >> this would look a lot smaller. >> could i live like that, yeah, if i had to. i grew up in a housing project. >> what do you expect to pay for a spaces like this? they are projecting they will go for just under $2,000 a month. >> now that's despicable. >> i thought you were going to say $800 to $1,000. >> every young person would love to have an apartment like this. >> $1200. >> not for $2,000. >> this caught my eye.
we talked about fees airlines charging for extra baggage, meals, leg room, changing a reservation. well, nobody is proposing this. but a survey was taken by airfare watchdog.com. they asked the question, would you pay an extra fee to get off the plane faster once you arrive after a trip at the terminal. would you guys pay that fee? >> i think it's a terrible idea. go back to class warfare. bow, you're setting up fist fights on the plane. i think we are enough of a divided society that even if it's waiting another minute or two -- >> i would do it. >> ten, twenty bucks. >> the problem is, i think that means you get row eight, nine, ten instead of forty. i would pay an extra ten to get off faster. >> unless i have a connection, i don't need to get off the plane. >> been on six hours, the kid behind you kicking your seat, you wouldn't pay ten bucks to get out of the plane. >> we have enough haves and have nots. >> if ten dollars identifies one
person or another a different class and signifies class warfare we're in trouble. >> fist fights. okay. priority exit. can you get off, the other people would stand up and block you in the aisle. >> i'd pay ten dollars for someone not to talk. >> airlines not proposing it but discussed by travelers. >> thank you. back in a moment, coming up, a controversial new diet book that has people talking. the man behind "six weeks to omg." that's right after this. and you are me if you want it, you just got to believe. weight watchers i believe strength [ jennifer ] confidence beautiful amazing [ emily ] this goes way beyond happiness weight watchers i believe. because it works. [ female announcer ] weight watchers -- rated number one best plan for weight loss by u.s. news and world report, again. [ jennifer ] join for $1. weight watchers. believe. because it works. [ jennifer ] join for $1.
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machines and questionable diet plans. >> i don't eat anything. when i feel like i'm about to faint -- >> have been around for years. a new diet plan has popped up across the pond. "six weeks to omg." get skinnier than all your friends is a new diet book written by fulton, actualitily not his real name. 39-year-old decided to write under a pen name because of his other career, acting. he also works as a personal trainer in london and holds a degree in sports science. he says he's found the secret to staying fit. no breakfast, no snacks, two cups of coffee and cold baths. pseudoscience? >> we know that people who eat breakfast have a much easier time at losing weight because it regulates your appetite and also revs your metabolism in the
morning. >> or success story, natalie smith of salisbury england has lost 15 pounds in seven weeks on omg. >> i'll continue doing it. because for me it works. >> she's even tried more of the unusual recommendations. british press linked the title of the book to the popular tv series, "the only way to essex." a "jersey shore"-like reality show in which competitive dieting is featured among cast members, causing some to worry the diet targets a teen audience. >> it's definitely marketing to a younger population. that can be concerning because they are vulnerable. they are desperate to lose weight. >> he denies targeting teenagers or having any connection to the reality show. well, paul who writes under a pen name is the author of "six weeks to omg." get skinnier than all your
friends. good morning. >> let's get right to it. a lot of people hear about this and think this is junk science. >> if they call it junk science they are saying scientists behind it are junk. research, mayo clinic, all these great names. this is real stuff. >> what about the criticism that you're really targeting young girls. the title of the book "six weeks to omg." first paragraph says your parents think you shouldn't read this book. >> not targeting anyone except those that want to lose fat. there's weight problems in society. two out of three of us are heavier than we need to be. >> let's talk about unusual techniques. dip right into this one. what does it do. >> when your body gets in a cold bath, it hates that, ramps up metabolism to keep you warm. just like turning up thermostat, those calories have to be from somewhere. >> how cold does it have to be.
>> 68, 59, 15 minutes, 10 minutes. >> our experts say it does help metabolize, maybe not as much as you say. >> another recommendation. here is breakfast, don't eat it. >> you stop your body burning the ultimate breakfast cereal, body fat. skipping breakfast is not skipping, it's delaying it a few hours. it uses a lot of energy. >> studies show people that eat breakfast do better on diets. >> they have proven nothing at all. they show some that skip breakfast eat it later, definitely burn body fat to delay it. >> drink coffee. >> no sugar, no milk. teaches body fat cells to open up content and pour fat in bloodstream you can use as a fuel. >> you don't worry about somebody irritating their stomach drinking coffee.
>> the great thing, you don't have to do everything, just pick and choose what you like. >> choosing carbs, broccoli or can of coke. experts say, no. these have nutrients, this is empty calories. >> for some people it's the total amount of carbs that make the critical difference. certainly keep eating broccoli, it's fine. >> here is a recommendation our experts agree with. this is about how much you should have in the way of carbs, four iphones. >> i chose four iphones, everybody has a phone, or small phone. this is a way to remember it. >> what's with the pen name. >> it's a pen name. i didn't want anyone to say man or woman. i wanted everyone to be excited about their health. >> thank you very much. "six weeks to omg." thanks. you'll be back with hoda and kathie lee later. ahead the olympic games, venus
williams on the plaza. coming up. good morning, 8:26 right now on this tuesday, july 10th. police are investigating a deadly hit and run in arlington. no description of the car involved here, but the incident is causing some backups. danella has details on that. >> good morning, traveling out of roslin. southbound 110. jammed even. two of your right lanes are blocked and only the left lane gets you by the accident investigation at washington boulevard. also, you cannot get on to washington boulevard southbound from that area. traveling along i-270, it is a mess all the way from father hurley boulevard, you're jammed to the lane divide. no accidents, just delays. >> thank you, danella.
♪ >> 8:30 on tuesday morning, it's the 10th day of july. it's a beautiful day here in new york city. hopefully this weather continues into tomorrow when we'll have the zac brown band in concert on our plaza in our 8:30 half hour. if you're coming down for that, don't forget to bring a sign. the guys in the band will pick their favorite sign. the person who has created that
sign will get free tickets to an upcoming concert, which is always nice. out on the plaza i'm matt lauer with savannah guthrie, natalie morales and al roker. >> coming up, sigourney weaver is here. she has a new role on a u.s. network drama, a former first lady turned secretary of state. where have we heard that before? we'll ask her how she came up with the role and if she likes it. >> just 16 years old, shawn johnson, captured our hearts but an injury forced her to retire from gymnastics. she won't be going to the olympics. coming up she'll open up about writing a book and going to the competition. a nice book, a lot of spiritual advice. >> mr. mark bitman is here.
he's got a great look at kabobs. >> i mentioned zac brown band, i meant friday. venus williams, wimbledon last week, about to represent the united states in london at the olympics. first of all, congratulations. your fifth doubles title to go with your singles title. not bad. how did it feel? >> amazing. serena and i hadn't played doubles in two years. that was our first tournament. to actually win the title was amazing. we fought some tough matches to be there. so awesome. >> so cute after serena won the singles title, her fifth title to match your five. she said, sorry, venus, i have to have everything my big sister has. >> but i'm wearing her shoes today. >> you've also been dealing with
an autoimmune disease. how has that affected your training and preparing for the olympics? >> it honestly affects my whole life. it's been a huge transition for me. i've learned so much, still learning so much. it's about being positive. i've changed my lifestyle, a raw vegan, lots of juicing. i do lots of juicing, jamba juice, wheat grass has become my best friend twice a day. sometimes, you know, sometimes i cheat. i'm not perfect. i forgive myself and get back on the wagon. >> you're going to be going to your fourth olympics, which will make you the first u.s. tennis player to play in four olympics. what does that mean to you? >> it's amazing. my whole dream, beyond my dream, my dream of winning wimbledon. but to be there and win for your country, gold medal, it's unbelievable. >> you've got to be the team to beat in doubles.
you just played the court in wimbledon, you're going back to that court. i wouldn't want to be the team to play venus and serena. good luck. will we see you over there. we'll be there for a while? >> we'll be there. we did an interview together in 2000, the first time. i'd love if we can do that again. hopefully we can bring medals back. the whole experience of winning and being an olympian, not about winning per se. if you can do that, that's icing on the cake. hopefully we can do that. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. great to have you here. >> mr. roker, how about aroker, of the weather. >> let's see what we have got for you for today. a risk of strong storms in the southeast and wet weather into texas and beautiful day in the pacific northwest and record highs in the plains. tomorrow, more heavy rain continues through the gulf coast southeast and mid-atlantic states and hot to sizzling weather in the southwest and gorgeous day, again, in the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the
woods. >> beautiful morning under way on this tuesday. tenth day of july around the washington metro area, partly cloudy. a few sprinkles in southern maryland now lower eastern shore. later today, an isolated thundershower popping up during the afternoon and highs reaching the mid and upper 80s and then wednesday upper 80s, again, partly sunny and thursday partly sunny and highs low 80s and looks like an increasing chance of showers and storms around on friday with highs low 80s. back into the mid and upper 80s saturday and sunday afternoon with chances of passing showers. >> and that's your latest weather. >> all right, mr. oaker. let's say hi to one of the worst guys on television. i mean that as a compliment. he plays a high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin on breaking bad. he does it brilliantly. nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> welcome back. >> the hollywood reporter called this character tony soprano -- makes tony soprano look like mr.
rogers. how much darker can you make this guy? >> we can go darker and darker, i think. >> really? >> yeah, i think so. i think every human being, all these people out here, all of them are capable -- >> especially her. >> especially her. and this little one. is capable of being really dangerous given the right set of circumstances. i'm serious. you're looking at me dubiously. i'm telling you in doing this show i realized how dark the pendulum can swing. >> it starts out he's a nice guy, a regular guy. he's kind of forced by circumstance into this life of crime. now he's in it for what, the sheer joy of it? >> something wrong with that? no, it's true. he has been seduced by what was possible in this new life, which was impossible in his other life. the fact talking about avarice and being greedy is not possible
with someone that's four. he hasn't experienced any of those seductions as a man. intimidating powers are very seductive for men. >> we're scared about the next season. >> is it true your wife won't watch this show. >> she won't watch it. she won't watch it but not at knife. >> a movie in the future, a version of this. would you do a movie? >> i would. that's a good point. >> assuming you live. >> i don't know how it's going to end up. >> congratulations. we want to mention you can carpet season premier of "breaking bad." check it out, it's amazing. "breaking bad." check it out, it's amazing. up next sigourney weaver talk
playing secretary of state. the pressure of balancing her personal life and career sometimes becomes too pruch. >> forget the press conference. we'll draw a line. >> you could have gotten yourself fired for that kind of behavior in front of the president. he's not just a boss. he's not your floor manager at chili's, he is the president of the united states. whether or not this administration is trading on my popularity is not what matters now. all that matters now are the three scared, innocent people sitting in a jail cell in tehran wondering what their country is doing to help them. are we clear? >> sigourney weaver, good morning to you. >> good morning. how are you? >> your first television series. what made you take this lead? >> the series is about this political family that was in the white house and sort of wants to get back in there again. it's so delicious and juicy.
i don't know. i haven't ever been offered material that's like this, you know. a very gifted politician with a strong moral compass. she brings the right kind of leadership to washington, which is part of the appeal to me, because i think more women should run. she's also the matriarch of a very vivid, dysfunctional family. we have such a wonderful cast. in the hands of our creator, the scripts are just -- i would have to say it's like after a couple of years of eating salad, suddenly to get a big juicy steak. it's really been great. >> a lot of people may recognize some contours of this character. shall we say your character is a former first lady, a former presidential candidate, and a current secretary of state. >> that's where the comparison ends. >> okay. some people are going to think is this supposed to be hillary clinton. >> certainly, you know, we are
inspired by mrs. clinton, who is such a remarkable woman and a great secretary of state. she was a great senator for new york state. but it's also inspired by different families who have been in the white house, who want to get back in. there's an idea in spite of how brilliant and talented these people are, being in the white house kind of -- you pay a price for that. it sort of becomes part of your system and you have to get back in there again. it is a tribute to politicians like mrs. clinton, but it's both sides. it's the light and the dark. >> i know a lot of reporters say to you that you are known for playing strong women. but you look at it a little bit differently? >> you know, i feel women are strong. look at you, you're my height, 6' tall practically. i'm surrounded by women in my life and in the world who have jobs, who take care of their
families, who support their communicates, who champion causes. there's so much we do. i've always felt if you really want to get something done, you ask a mother to do it. so i feel like that's the kind of energy i feel washington needs. i think part of my desire to do this show was to show what that kind of women's energy can do in washington, which is kind of stuck. >> you have had so many great memorable, unforgettable roles. is there one in particular you hold closest to you that you love the most? >> right now i have to say it's elaine. usually i'm playing people who i have to say in a nice way are quite eccentric or they have been put on the periphery for some reason. this the first character i've ever played who is so in the mainstream. you could say she was like the perfect girl scout who grew up to be this woman with a great passion to serve the public. and so it's been wonderful to play that, because that's
actually not an easy thing for me to do. >> you make it look easy all the time. sigourney weaver, it's wonderful to meet you. >> nice to meet you, too. >> remind everybody "political animals" premiers this sunday, 10:00, 9:00 central time on our sister network usa. coming up, shawn johnson, her decision to retire from
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inspirations. why did you want to write this, that point of view? >> i feel like throughout my career, people covered my story from their point of view, what they saw. through my journey, i've kept diaries and journals. i wanted to take that vulnerable side and really connect with people and let them know what i was really thinking through it all. i feel like it made it a little more human. >> going through all you've been through at just 20 years old. what is so far the greatest life lesson you think you've learned? >> i think the greatest life lesson as far as not defining your worth by a medal or by a color of ribbon that you're wearing. you know, throughout the olympics, i got the silver and couldn't have want thad silver any more. i feel like the gold wouldn't have meant as much to me. i had to find that worth. going through everything. you have to find pride and success in yourself. >> that's a great message. in 2008, i was struck by reading your book how much pressure you were under. you're in a foreign country. you're away from your family for
much of it, not able to see them. there's also this somewhat rivalry portrayed in the media with you and nastia liukin, although you were good friends. she won the all around gold, you won the silver. were you disappointed? do you feel like you didn't get exactly what you went there for? >> not at all. i wouldn't take anything back. i wouldn't change anything. when we walk into that arena, we're wearing red, white, and blue, representing usa. i had to be proud and happy. she's a friend of mine. seeing her on the podium with a gold medal i couldn't have been more proud of her and more proud of myself getting the silver. >> did that make it harder, the pressure there was this portrayed rivalry between the two of you. >> it pushed both of us to work harder. we wanted to beat each other sour out. we were the toughest competitors. being there, wearing the flag, we wanted first and second. it didn't really matter who came on top or not.
>> you recently announced you retired from gymnastics. that must be a hard choice and hard decision to make. >> it was incredibly hard. gymnastics has been in my life since i was three years old. shutting the door to that career of mine was difficult. i've accepted it. the transition has been pretty easy. i've been really busy traveling and seeing the work of it. i'll be in london cheering on the williams sisters. >> i know one you're cheering on gabby douglas, she trained at the gym you trained at in iowa. how excited are you for her? she's so young. she's got everything going for her going into this. >> i'm so excited for her. she's like a little sister to me. she came to our gym two years ago. just to see the progress she's made came out of the olympic trials winning the competition. >> emotional seeing her. >> makes me so proud. because of of our trainer, knowing him and representing the
work i couldn't be more proud. >> the prediction, 2012 team, what do you think? >> i think we'll be the team to beat. they are strong. very young but the strongest i've seen. >> shawn johnson, always great to have you here. here is a book so many people will take away great pieces of advice. call "winning balance" shawn johnson. thanks so much. coming up nextcook everything t.
this morning we're grilling kebabs with "new york times" columnist mark bittman, an author. bob is popular in my house. i have young kids. they love it, love to grill. put food on a stick and they love it. >> the stick thing works for everybody. the idea here, nobody is going to do it quite like this at home. the idea is to show you you can put almost anything on a stick. if you put out a bunch of things, people can make their own. >> you've got the basics, meat, sausage, pork, beef, chicken. here a little unusual. >> tofu, bread. bread grills beautifully, tofu also.
scallops. >> let's talk about building a kebab, wood skewers are medal. >> i like to use two skewers because it makes -- if we can look at this over here, with one skewer, if you turn it, the food will slip. with two, it's much easier to flip. fine points. >> choose a basic, choose a fundamental. i'm going to go with chicken. >> once i start grilling it becomes sausage season for me. >> a couple of pieces of chicken. do you have to alternate. >> you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. you know, i like -- you can see from these i like a wide variety of things. we have pineapple here, watermelon and mango. mushrooms obviously. the more unusual things like you can grill radicchio, pearl onions, shallots. it's really what you like. can you do it by color, your
favorite stuff, by taste. it just doesn't matter that much. >> okay, fine. put a little vegetable on here. >> not too much. be careful. >> what about marinating this. >> marinating is another thing that's kind of a fine point. people think if you marinate for hours things are better. but in fact a good 15 minutes of marinating is enough to flavor. about the amount of time it takes to build your fire. >> if you're using beef and fish, you use different mar natures. >> this is soy and sesame, i think that works for everything. chili oil. good as marinade and things to brush on while you're grilling and after grilling. >> you're using an indoor grill. >> the idea is this is an outdoor thing, absolutely. >> after you've assembled your skewers, you're going to put these on the grill. because the pieces are smaller, does that mean it cooks faster?
>> smaller pieces cook faster. for most people that's a fairly big size, big piece of beef. i think bigger is a little bit better because you don't want things to cook through before they brown. you want a nice browning on them and stay moist on the inside. >> okay. all right. >> look, we have visitors. >> there we go. >> interlopers. >> beef, chicken. >> make you a jalapeno skewer. >> you put these together just as they are cooking. >> do it advance. i'm not saying you can't marinate for a while but i'm saying 15, 20 minutes are enough. >> what about vegetables and meat cooking time. >> you have to assume that it's going to work, and it will. >> a great rule. >> assume it will work.
>> how about praying. >> mark, thank you very much. coming up next, joy bauer answers your questions about caffeine. that's after your local news. 8:56 is your time right now on this tuesday, july 10th, 2012. i'm eun yang. let's check in with tom kierein for your forecast. what a relief, tom. >> what a beautiful morning under way. live view on this tuesday morning partly cloudy now. temperatures into the mid and upper 70s and later today, into the mid and upper 80s and a
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hurry in to dunkin' and try the new oreo coolatta and donuts today. we're back with bhor of "today" on tuesday morning, 10th of july, 2012. nice people sticking around on the plaza on what is a beautiful day in the northeast. hopefully it's nice where you're waking up as well. i'm matt lauer with savannah guthrie and al roker. coming up we'll talk about caffeine. in the early morning hours, most of us have one or two cups a day. more than half of americans drink coffee at least once a day. you add to that the jolt we get from tea, maybe a glass of soda during the day. what about that 2:00 p.m. jolt we need. how do you know when you've had
too much caffeine. joy bauer will be here to answer questions. >> i think if you can see through your eyelids, too much caffeine. >> that's bad. >> your summer gift guide. we have ideas for every occasion, whether a hostess gift or baby gift. great, thoughtful ideas, if you're on a budget. what will olympians be wearing? we'll get a sneak peek of what olympians will be wearing in just seven days. the outfits team usa will be sporting during the olympic opening ceremony. >> should be fun. natalie standing by at the news desk. good morning, natalie. >> good morning, everyone. the bush era tax cuts for middle class take center stage on the campaign trail as president obama pushes to extend those lower rates for americans making less than $250,000 a year. the move would not extend tax breaks for wealthier americans. a proposal that republican rival
mitt romney is opposing. a hostage situation at a french school summer camp ended this morning where an armed man has now been arrested after taking at least one adult and several children hostage in the town just south of paris. the last of those hostages has now been released. none of them was harmed. the gunman surrendered to police soon after. officials are not comparing the situation to the deadly standoff in toulouse earlier this year. more than half the country is suffering through some form of drought. arkansas, indiana and illinois are among the hardest hit states. low rainfall with record high temperatures have already caused serious damage to corn and soybean crops of the amount of rain needed to break the drought is not in the long-term forecast. attorneys for tom cruise and katie holmes announced monday the couple has signed an agreement to end their five-year marriage. holmes will reportedly have primary custody of the couple's 6-year-old daughter suri with generous visitation rights for
cruise. a major setback for cyclist lance armstrong as he fights doping charges against him. armstrong's lawsuit to block the u.s. anti-doping agency from proceeding with charges was shot down by a federal judge within hours. the judge dismissed the lengthy complaint as an attempt to garner public approval in the face of charges that could strip armstrong of his record seven tour de france titles. armstrong can refile his lawsuit that claims the actions of the u.s. ada are unconstitutional. the florida lifeguard who was fired for saving a drowning man outside his designated area is finally being honored as officials from hallandale beach awarded tomas lopez the key to the city. he has been offered his job but turned it down. he's back to school as a local community college. "50 shades of grey" fans can decide if fantasy should be left to the imagination. a british professor created a
composite skrech of christian grey, the sexy billionaire that titillated millions of readers. she used descriptions from female fans and combined the best features from heart throbs like channing tatum, johnny depp, val kilmer. meantime they announced monday the producers that collaborated on the social network will reteam for the filmar adaptation for the novel. does your morning commute get you down? we'll check out how x games rally cross driver gets around san francisco. take a look with his 650 horsepower ford through the famously winding streets of the city by the bay. the high-velocity video racked up more than 3.7 hits on youtube in the last 24 hours alone. yes, he is a professional driver. you can't do that normally. it is four minutes past the hour. let's go up to al for a check of your weather. >> i wish i could do that. oh, man. all right.
nat. as we show you what we got for you today. we are looking at a risk of strong storms and heavy storms from bristol, tennessee, and greenville, south carolina. could be damaging winds, hail and rain. you could see we have activity already firing up in the mountains and also down along the gulf and along southern florida. rainfall amounts anywhere from half an inch to almost three inches of rain in louisiana and more than an inch as you get into the carolinas. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, tom kierein in storm center 4. a beautiful summer morning under way. into the 70s near 80 degrees and much of the region and reagan national now at 81 and rather humid. later today in the upper 80s and a small chance of an isolated storm popping up mainly south of the metro area and both days highs in the 80s and friday it looks like a greater chance of some thunderstorms returning. maybe afternoon storms over the weekend, highs 80s, near 90
monday afternoon. this morning on joy's diet israeli o.s., your caffeine questions answered. the healthy afternoon boost. joy bauer is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. good to see you. >> good morning, al. >> we're going to head to skype charleston, south carolina, is location. our question comes from ashley. good morning, ashley. >> good morning. >> what's your question? >> every day after lunch i hit a 2:00 p.m. crash where i just want to fall asleep. instead of drinking high-calorie sodas and energy drinks, what is a good wake me up that's healthy and stimulating. >> so for a healthy afternoon boost, i'm going to recommend that you sip an unsweetened green or black tea. a hot mug or refreshing iced frozen. the reason i'm saying tea is because it has half the caffeine of coffee. you get a modest boost in the afternoon but not so much it
will keep you up at night. you get the bonus of all the antioxidants in the leaves. if you prefer coffee, you could do the same idea with coffee by mixing half decaf and half regular. i'm a little nervous you'll have insomnia later in the evening if you go for a full cup. you can order lattes like that as well. just want to when it comes to milk go for skim or low fat, soy, even unsweetened almond and go easy on the sugar. i think it's going to work. >> drink some water and go for a walk. >> a walk will wake you up as well. the key is to stay away from real sugary stuff. then you get a high and then you get a crash. >> you've got to answer your e-mail, ashley. thank you so much. now let's head to san diego. we've got abby, she's on the phone. good morning, abby. >> good morning. >> what's your question? >> how much caffeine is too much and does it depend on your size? >> great question. for healthy americans, a moderate amount of caffeine is
perfectly safe. in fact, it has some pretty impressive benefits these days. we define moderate as 300 to 400 milligrams per day. that's going to translate to three to four cups of coffee or six to eight cups of tea, because tea has, like we talked about half the caffeine when it comes to coffee. now, your body size is going to affect the amount of caffeine you're going to be able to tolerate, genetics, medication you're taking. here is something interesting. the more caffeine you drink, more coffee you drink regularly, you can increase your tolerance. so three to four cups a day. you have to figure out what your personal tolerance is. i'm only 5' tall, al. i can handle three cups a day, easy. ian, my husband, 6' tall, half a cup, gets jittery. it's not just about body fat, have you to figure out what you can handle. for pregnant women, one cup a day is safe. >> an e-mail question comes from a viewer in newark delaware.
she writes i recently gave up caffeine cold turkey and suffered the three-day headache that followed. i don't want to add caffeine back into my diet with beverages but would like to add chocolate. will that undo my efforts. >> chocolate will not undo the efforts. a miniscule amount, only six milligrams of caffeine. dark chocolate richer income come has 20 to 30 milligrams per ounce of caffeine, compare to 100 to 150 in a cup of coffee. she can certainly enjoy occasional chocolate now and then. i just would avoid having it before bed. she's completely gone cold turkey, taking all the caffeine out of her diet. she could be ultrasensitive to even that small am. i don't want it to keep her up. >> one more from the e-mail from dina in phoenix. she asks, "i've heard that caffeine can be a cause of belly fat.
is that true? is one or two cups of coffee bad for swimsuit season? >> it's not true. >> i've never heard of that. >> caffeine in coffee will not cause belly fat. it only accumulates if you take in more calories than you're burning. no calories in black caffeinated coffee or tea. on the other hand the fattening add-ons like sugar and flavorings that will add coffee. if you drink too many you'll wind up getting belly fat. >> our director has a couple beers, that will add fat. joy bauer, that's so much. still to know, what is stress doing to your body. what you need to know. gift giving made easy. perfect presents for every occasion right after these messages. the capital one cash rewards card
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whether it's a barbecue, birthday or graduation, summertime means party time. that translates to a lot of gift giving. here with creative ideas to help you find the perfect gift, lifestyle expert and "today" contributor. good morning. >> good morning. >> a lot of different parties and celebrations to get to. you found gifts for every occasion. first, say somebody has a new home to decorate or somebody that's a tv buff. i love this idea. >> this is really interesting. it's a woman who studied interior design. she didn't want to decorate but loves drawing floor plans. she does what's called fantasy
floor plans. they are floor plans of your favorite tv set. for example, this is jerry and cramer's apartment, the "mad men" office, the golden girls, how all the ladies lived. you name it, she's got it. go to her website, fantasy floor plans.com. they are $40. she signs them. can you frame them. if you're a tv buff, it's fun. >> fun to look at this. >> exactly. you can kind of compare her vision versus what you remember from the show. >> okay. over here for the birthday girl. you found a great little -- i guess it's a cosmetic set? >> basically this is started bay mother who found there was not good skin care for her daughter. her whole tag line is start young, stay young. everything from sunscreen to lip gloss. it's all absolutely natural, completely chemical-free. i have actually taken to using it. it's my favorite product now.
especially her spf 30. we know to use sunscreen. hers does not have a sunscreen smell. it's also tinted and goes right into any skin tone, feels sicky smooth, 30 spf. i say get girls taking care of their skin early. it's called willow skin care. can you get it at target. a whole line, even a little pouch to put it in the backpack or you take it. i've taken my daughter's. >> over here for boys. tell us about the wallet. >> boys or girls, i stock up on these. especially as we go back to school, birthday parties. these are the mighty wallets. they are very thin. made out of a tougher grade than what a fedex package is made out of. take this, peanut butter and jelly, looks like bread, open it up, looks like peanut butter and jell on the inside. i like those, put a gift card. if you don't like to give cash
alone. a great way to go. tons of different designs. vote on favorite designs hope one day they will make it. it's all artists and different graphic people who make them. >> keep organized. everybody needs organization. you found all these great tools here. >> this is another gift i would stock up on. i think you can give it to anyone, a set of three pads. it's called one day at a time. for the person stressed out, you're just telling them to take it one day at a time. twenty-four hours, seconds, minutes, every page counts down. it's really fun. get it at organized.com. russell and hazel. they have another company and they have released these new note pads that have famous quotes from oscar wilde, clever and fun. something to stock up on if you're going to someone's house and want to bring a little gift. >> a great tool, inspirational ideas for kids and adults.
i love this idea. >> this was started by two moms who found giving their kids inspirational quotes helped them set the right mental note for their work and everything. pick different packs. i am an athlete, i am a performer, i am a writer. great graduation gifts. all you do is open the tin up. the quotes, change them daily. the way the tin is designed, take it, flip it, put it on your desk. great for college students, even high school students, even for my sixth-grader. >> okay, perfect. they need motivation. over here napkins are great. these are interesting, not just plain cloth napkins. >> they are not. they come in a roll of 28 napkins. you just unroll them. tear them off and they are made out of cotton. but they are disposable. can you use them up to six times. who doesn't when you're having a party need extra napkins on hand. they are so much prettier than a
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that evening. david, good morning. this is very exciting. before we do our big reveal, tell us the inspiration for the looks we're about to see. >> ralph lauren has always been inspired by the olympics. we've had the special opportunity to work with the team looks into archives, very inspired by 1948 games, which is the last time america competed in england. of course chariots of fire has always been inspiring, old world elegance brought up to time. >> let's start with the women. we have heather, two-time gold medalist soccer player. >> hi, how are you guys? >> tell us about the uniform. >> well, we tried to create something very elegant, something that would be comfortable for the athletes. we're dressing basically 1,000 people representing america to be walking together. something that was easy to put together but still takes us between the men and the women, really makes everything fit perfectly. >> ken moorehouse, silver
medalist for men, a similar look but more mass collin. >> we love the berets. are you trying to go back to salt lake city ten years ago. >> the berets was so popular. we brought you guys berets. they are great collector's items and really fun. people just like something. >> what's the proper way to wear the beret. >> how do we do it. >> makes the outfit. >> ready to play soccer in these outfits. >> a great outfit for fencing. >> how do you feel about the outfit. >> i think it's amazing, gorgeous. they look great. >> it's exciting to be in the outfit right now. to know we're wearing it in the opening ceremonies is quickly. >> david lauren, heather, thank you so much. we appreciate it. reminder, we'll be in london july 23rd. back after your local news. [ telephone rings ]
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it will continue tomorrow, but more heavy rain down through the gulf and look for sizzling conditions in the southwest and mild weather continues with plenty of sunshine in the pacific northwest. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning, tom kierein in storm center 4 right now around the region. temperatures in the 70s to around 80s degrees and reagan national now at 81 and some sunshine and a few clouds in and out on tap for the rest of the day, highs reaching upper 80s and a small chance of an isolated storm later this afternoon and then tomorrow, partly sunny and highs in the upper 80s and morning low 60s and 60s, again, on thursday morning. partly sunny, greater chance of storms around on friday, could get afternoon storms over the weekend. >> and thets >> that's your latest weather. >> thank you, al. coming up next, five facts you didn't know about stress that could be affecting your daily life right after this. [ humming ]
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anti-anxiety medication. that's a lot of dough. people are very stressed out. they come to their doctors and say they are stressed out. partially because doctors say let me give awe pill as opposed to giving them other ways. >> do you think they are overused, medication. >> i do think they are often used and sometimes misused. i will say the united states is the number one stress country so a lot of people really are struggling with stress and some people do need medication. >> acid reflux part of stress? >> there are many medical problems part of stress. first let me tell you, 1 million employees miss work every day because of stress. have you guys ever missed work because of stress? >> no. >> no. >> good. actually you do have one of the more stressful jobs. did you feel stress? >> we haven't felt any stress here. >> actually being in the public eye is actually a stressful element of work for some people,
many people. most stressful jobs are those jobs where your life is at risk, policeman, firemen. dealing with the public is actually considered stressful at work. >> stress can age you, too, right? >> tremendously. did you know that your real age, which is the age you feel, your health age, can be as much as 32 years older than your chronologic age. >> i'm 90. is that in human years or dog years. >> 50. >> it's very aging because your body when your stress releases cortisone, that affects many systems. lack of sleep, chronic body pain. it affects your cardiovascular system. >> what about mental acuity. >> when your brain is bathed in
cortisol it can cause brain cells to die. chronic stress over time really can. so if you've had a lot of difficulty with your memory. if you often feel disorganized and forgetful and overwhelmed, it could be due to stress really affecting your brain. >> is there any way to regenerate those brain cells? >> actually no. brain cells that die have really permanently die. but your brain can make new cells that aren't the same but can actually rework pathways if you work on them. >> what's the simple solution to helping relieve stress. >> did you know that laughter actually lowers your blood pressure and reduces -- actually reduces your stress level. >> al is like a one-man stress reliever. >> there you go. >> seem stressed, though. what's the difference between chronic and acute stress. >> things happen during the day and if you're stressed out but you get over it.
let's say a caregiver who is every day, day in and day out, taking care of somebody and has that on their shoulders, that's what we mean by chronic. months of ongoing, relentless stress. >> other ways to manage stress quickly besides laughing. >> breathing. what do you guys do. >> running, exercising. >> not drinking. exercise is great. >> laughter, item one. >> meditation. >> meditation is great. venting to friends, talk about stress. that actually genuinely really helps. >> doesn't that stress them out? >> it might but relieves your stress. >> return the favor. >> medication is definitely one. ohm. medication. >> sizzling but not stressful summer reads to throw in your beach bag. a delicious summer desert.
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it's where we want to be to have our wonderful meals. the business side of it is really to kyle for. >> as it were. >> when we first find her she's in france. her lover is opening up -- going to be opening up a legendary restaurant here in new york. >> yes. trying to do that. then the first body surfaces in this paradise of a town in the south of france. the victim has matchbooks from luke's restaurant in her pocket. so that's how it begins. >> off we go. >> off we go. >> you dug up some great secrets about restaurants. like the 21 club from prohibition. how much fun is it to do research for these books? >> tremendous fund. people when you show a love or respect for what they have got, here is 21, a speak easy during prohibition. it was designed so every time the feds came to raid it, the
architect made collapsable shelves. all the liquor bottles would break immediately. there would be the smell of alcohol but no bottles. nobody was arrested. it was fun. >> how do you keep her fresh? >> well, she's so young. she's -- i try to think fresh. i stay current with the genre. that's kind of fun. she is aging not with stress, because she doesn't have any. fourteen books later, she's just two years older than when she started. >> i want to live in your world. >> i want to live in her world, too. >> you picked three great books in the criminal genre, first off a beach category, "criminal by karen slaughter. >> she's great one of the greatest women writing crime fiction today. a saga set in atlanta. it's got 40 years of history of law enforcement in atlanta, women in policing.
but a serial killer and fascinating character will trance, we've known through many books. we get the back story. >> you're at the beach, starts raining, a rainy daybook. istanbul in the 1940s. >> joe kanon, great writer, good guy. all books set in the '40s. germany. america, france, now takes us to that post-war very evocative istanbul and intrigue. smart, really good books. >> the category, under the covers. steamy or scary. "broken harbor" by tana french. >> i don't know her. her characters, set in dublin, from the other side. i loved a book she wrote called "faithful place." she's got a great homicide detective.
i would like alex cooper to work with him. i've got a girl for her guy. >> the ultimate crossover. >> it's by all accounts must be a great book, comes out next week and i'm looking forward to picking it up. >> yours is terrific. night watch, anybody that likes a good restaurant murder mystery should pick it up. >> thanks, al. coming up, everything peachy in "today's" kitchen. but first, "today" on nbc. [ obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve this message.
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this morning in "today's" kitchen, delicious deserts. we're using one of the juiciest fruits of summer, peach cake. owner of the mail order website daisy cakes. good to have you here. i love peaches. i'm excited to have a cake filled with peaches. how do we start here? >> we have delicious chopped up south carolina peaches. >> how ripe do you want them usually. >> well, i like them to be ripe.
that way you can put less sugar on them for your filling. >> perfect. >> soft but not too mushy. what we do first is throw in a little lemon juice to keep it from turning dark, then a little bit of sugar. if they are really sweet you can cut down on the amount of sugar. the reason for that, too, we're going to mix in peach flavored gelatin. that way -- >> the glue that holds it together. >>ie exactly, thank you. mixed in with hot water so it's been sitting a little bit. >> the peach flavor enhances peach flavoring throughout. >> makes it nice an peachy. once you get that blended, you're going to add in two cups of your whipping cream. fresh whipping cream. a good rule of thumb, for every cup of whipping cream, put in a tablespoon of powdered sugar. so it's not too sweet. you don't want that to
overpower. you're just going to fold that in. >> mix it all up. >> mix it up nicely. >> meanwhile you prebaked your cake. >> this is something you can do ahead of time in the summer to have a nice desert for the weekend, if you want company over. >> we have our filling. here are our yellow cakes. you divided them into four. did you make it with a yellow cake mix. >> these i did. yellow cake mix. but use your favorite cake mix. >> whatever timeframe you have. >> what's nice about it, the moisture of the peaches goes into those layers. freeze your cake layers first. that way you don't have to worry about getting crumbs into your icing. makes it go on a whole lot easier. >> the layers throughout. >> you want to grand prix one of those for me, we'll throw it on. >> hands are clean. i promise. >> go ahead and put that on. we'll quickly assemble it. >> beautiful. >> really easy. >> it's super easy and super
delicious. the nice thing about making it a day or two ahead of time, those layers really get that nice moistness and favor of the peaches in there. >> one more layer. >> gorgeous. gorgeous cake. >> nice and cool and refreshing for the summertime. >> there you go. how do you frost it overall. >> we'll top it off with the rest of our whipping cream. don't be afraid to squish it down. >> super fresh. >> one of those big containers in the refrigerator. >> whipping cream or cream cheese frosting. >> if you do cream cheese, just standard two butters, two cream cheeses, two boxes of powdered sugar and vanilla. >> this is lovely. it's more for giving to spread on the cake. >> perfect summer desert. you could do similar with
strawberries. >> use strawberry gelatin in the middle. gives you the glue. that nice strawberry flavor. >> some other gorgeous cakes and deserts. this is something else you can make with peaches. >> this is peach -- i call it peaches foster. it's like bananas foster but use peaches instead. brown sugar and butter and brandy. >> is that a red velvet cake? >> it is. >> good eye. >> savannah. >> live from south carolina, al. >> very good. >> the peaches foster over your favorite ice cream. i love home made buttermilk ice cream you make with brown sugar. it's fabulous. >> this is foster. thank you. >> speaking of alcohol. >> kathie lee and hoda. >> the girl next door. >> but first we've got your local news and weather. >> perfect.
breaking news at 9:57. right now, all northbound lanes of 295 are blocked at the beltway. let's go right to danella sealock for the latest. >> good morning, eun. if you're trying to head northbound 295, your closures are between riverdale road and the beltway. seek an alternate route right now. no cars in that area. be aware of that, serious crash there. also, still seeing police investigating the crash here. this is southbound route 110 in
washington boulevard. only the left lane gets you by there and you also cannot get on to southbound washington bouleva boulevard. let's head over to tom with a check of the forecast. >> beautiful morning under way. temperatures near 80 and later today the upper 80s and partly sunny and a small chance of an afternoon thundershower and then tomorrow and thursday partly sunny, highs in the 80s and could get some storms around on friday and then over the weekend, partly sunny, maybe some afternoon storms, highs mid and upper 80s. eun? >> all right, tom, thank you. don't forget to tune in tomorrow morning for news 4 today and wake up with us and get your day wake up with us and get your day started the righ
captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, everybody. it's booze day tuesday. it's july 10th. we are so glad you're with us today. >> how are you? >> you know what you're looking like? like you're getting ready for the olympics. i know you're not wearing ralph lauren, but it's that look. it's going to be crisp. >> i don't know if you recall, but you and i have been banned from the olympic games. >> actually, we'll start a whole thing on our facebook. >> about what?
>> because people want to see you at the olympics, don't you? i personally am far too busy with important things, but i think hoda needs to go, doggone it. she needs to go and represent egypt at the olympics. >> what's the point? >> we need you guys to go to our facebook. we want thousands to go to say yes we need us some hoda. >> why am i going? what am i doing? >> what do you mean? you can get in trouble for two weeks. i'm thinking about you. i'm concerned about you with that much time off. you never had it in your life. >> i know. does this mean to go and work or have fun? >> no. you're going to work. we want your suggestions. >> what a nice way to begin. all right. let's move on to the tom cruise and katie holmes settlement. >> she has been on the cover of this now ten days. the "daily news." >> they finally reached a divorce settlement yesterday
afternoon. it was quick. she filed 11 days ago. >> tom just found out three days ago. >> very quick, they issued a joint statement, which usually there's a lot of push and pull before something like this comes out. here what is they say, "we are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter suri's best interests. we want to keep matters affecting our family private, and express our respect for each other's commitment to each other's respective beliefs and support each other's roles as paren parents." >> she was raised catholic and he was a very vocal scientologyist. she is going to raise suri here in new york and raise her in the faith she grew up in. i don't know. you can't believe some scientology and some christianity. they do not mix. >> she converted to scientology. she talked about how she was raised a catholic but she was
interested in the process of scientology and gave a couple of interviews to that effect. a short time later she said she converted. anyway, it will be interesting -- >> remember what we talked about that. every time i hear the word "converted," it sounds funny to me. if you're so easily ready to change what you believe to something else, it means you really didn't believe it to begin with, it seems to me. maybe you were raised in something, but didn't believe it. >> i think sometimes if you're introduced to something you didn't know about, you go, i didn't know about this, you learn about it and it's appealing to you, i can see changing. >> changing and evolving is really good. but changing your basic belief system? that's a huge thing. that's huge. >> it is a big deal. all right. this is interesting. it was in jersey, a place called seaside, new jersey. there was this crazy weird storm that came out of nowhere. there is this ride.
you can transport yourself -- >> a sky ride. >> up on top there are two girls stuck up there because the power shut down. >> look at that. >> she was terrified. she was so afraid up there that she was in some metal death trap, she called it, she decided to haul off and jump. she ended up not hurting herself. she had bruises and bumps. she was so scared up there. there's lightning, thunder, a crazy storm. would you have jumped or sat up there? >> it's hard for me to see -- didn't look like 30 feet, looked like about eight. >> it was longer. >> i probably would jump, too. i don't know. >> i think i would have been freaked. that coming out of nowhere. here she goes. her shoes are off first then you go. >> good news is she is okay and her friend who stayed was not hit by lightning. i don't like anything older than i am except for frank. i'm very fond of frank.
those rides are sometimes so old, like some of the elevators you get on here in new york city. i wonder, when is the last time this thing was checked? >> there is an elevator at my gym that is so bad. it always gets broken and stuck. i'm always afraid when i get in it. it grinds and cranks. it's scary. >> why i don't you get a new gym? >> i like my gym. you are going to freak over this. mayor bloomberg has a plan to make itty-bitty, tiny, micro unit apartments. >> housing is a huge problem in the city. >> he proposed making tiny apartments between 275 and 300 square feet. >> that 25 feet makes a big difference. >> know how much it costs you in new york for this apartment? 2 grand a month. when i first moved to new york i freaked. it was so small and they were like this is a studio, here is your living area and over here is where you'll sleep.
it's all in one room. >> a studio apartment. we happen to have one set up for you. >> what does 300 square feet -- this looks big because of the crazy wide angle of this camera. let's use the regular camera to show what it really looks like. >> the black line or the white? >> both. let's do not the wide shot. >> i think it's lovely. >> this is the living room where amanda and jerry, lovers, are watching their favorite television show. >> yes. then the bedroom -- where is the kitchen? >> you probably have to have a sofa here which opens up. jerry, you have to go. you would have the bed that opens up and have your crazy "shades of gray" there. >> ew, why did you say that? >> the kitchen would be over here. the wide shot is deceiving. >> this looks roomier than i thought it would be. >> i could live here. i do live in one.
>> thanks so much, you guys. pay your rent on time. remember your apartment when i first met you had a huge hole in the middle? every time it rained your apartment flooded. >> i was paying $4,500 for that. >> what? >> it's a rip off. it's a real rip off. that's what you pay for no space. you pay for what's around you. >> you pay for your environment. >> we've been very worried about you because you're not sleeping. >> i know. >> you've been talking about having sleep problems. we are doing a segment today on that. people had -- there was a huge reaction to your issue. >> i'm not alone. it's very, very common. >> no one is sleeping. barbara says your hormones may be out of whack. >> no kidding. i said that. i told you when i got pregnant with cody, that's when it all changed. that was hormonal. >> drink almond milk before
bedtime. >> charlotte young says, a white noise machine works. >> actually, when i was out at the new apartment in los angeles over the week, i had no idea. first night i get there was really late. there is no air conditioning in the whole building. it's from the 1920s. it's gorgeous. i went, i'll die. i finally get to bed midnight, 3:00 our time. all of a sudden the helicopter goes over, sirens, the night before fourth of july, firecrackers. i'm going, i cannot sleep. but i went out and got old-fashioned noisy fans and slept so, so well. >> you're kidding? >> two with cross, you know, the cheaper the better. i loved it. i loved it. >> spray your pillow with lavender. >> i'll try that. >> daniel says drink at nighttime. >> that isn't helping. >> point taken. dorothy recommends sex. have sex, go to bed. >> wrong.
a board certified sleep specialist from meridian health will be with us a little bit. i don't want to go on drugs. i avoided them my whole life. >> no melatonin? >> they don't work for me. you know what does work? when i have bad allergies, i take benadryl. >> so this is a question we have for you. if you read "fifty shades of gray," what would christian gray look like, the main character? that's been something batted around. a british professor made a seven, a composite. this is apparently what the guy would look like. if they took val kilmer's lips and brad pitt's hair. >> somebody else's body. that's what he looks like. >> he's 27 years old, right? >> yeah. if you were to pick christian gray, who would you pick?
>> kevin costner in "no way out." remember that? >> that's good. >> that would be it. or who else would he look like? >> a little something like this. yeah, baby. >> that's a hot picture of frank. you know who i think would be perfect? if you remember the movie "wall street?" gordon gekko? michael douglas, bossy, in charge. i like it just like that. how about him? >> bossy and in charge. unless you're out of the bedroom, then you want to be the boss. >> exactly. >> how is that working out? a new study. you know what you need, hoda woman? you need a baby or a dog. apparently, to be really healthy. if you want your baby to be healthy, you need a dog. "medical journal of pediatrics" says infants who live with dogs were healthy, 73% of the time during their first 12 months.
>> the dirtier the dog, the healthier the kid. apparently if your dog brings the germs in -- >> they build immunity. >> dirty dogs all the way. >> don't date dirty dogs. they can carry all kinds of diseases. >> we have a big show. former "playboy" model kendra wilkerson is here. she has so many new shows. >> this is called "kendra on top." >> balancing marriage and motherhood. ♪ [ dog barking ] ♪ [ female announcer ] life is full of little tests, but your basic paper towel can handle them. especially if that towel is bounty basic. the towel that's durable and scrubbable. in this lab demo, bounty basic is stronger than the leading bargain brand. everyday life. bring it with bounty basic. affordably priced. tested by everyday life. and try bounty napkins.
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in 2004, kendra wilkinson attended a birthday party and never looked back. >> this one celebrated hugh hefner and what was to become the start of a new career for her. >> with her playboy days behind her -- >> hello! >> she's a wife and working mom. her third reality show, "kendra on top" deals with the stress that comes from all things involved. >> it's been really hard on me. i've been trying so hard to comfort you. >> you're doing a lot right now. you have a lot of emotions. it was a very emotional day for you. you're away from payne the first time in a long time. he's crying because he misses you. >> you couldn't take that. >> i know. >> everybody's hormonal. kendra is here. nice to see you. >> good to see you, too. >> how are you? >> regardless of what we read, you are still married and you
have a beautiful 2 1/2-year-old boy. how is hank? >> both hanks are great. my son hank is in preschool full time now. >> his hair is so long. >> you're going to see that tonight on we. that was actually a hormonal moment i had because i was away from little hank for about two weeks. >> that's the longest yet. >> i skyped with him and that was a real moment i had. i judge just broke down in front of the cameras. i can't take this right now he was crying and i wasn't there to comfort him. >> there is no guilt like that guilt. >> it was so hard. >> you're being a full-time mom. is that what your career path is right now? >> well, the cameras are there to shoot it. >> she is being paid to be a full-time mom. >> exactly. >> what about your husband? he was a professional ballplayer, then he wasn't. what's happening with his career? >> is officially done with
football. that it's progress we've been in now he's transitioning into a new career. by the finale of this season "kendra on top," you'll get a chance to see what that next move is. >> that can be a very, very difficult thing when a man has been defined by what he does so long. >> what is more difficult for him, everybody thinks he's the stay-at-home dad, which he loves. he loves to be a father. we put 50/50 into this relationship, but he wants to be the worker. he wants to be the man of the house. you'll get a chance to see way is doing now. >> how does this differ from the one you had before? this shows you as a mom. >> "kendra on the bottom" that was the other one. >> that was the bottom, i'm on top now. >> you're moving up. >> exactly. the energy is different. i'm where i need to be now. we finally have a home. you get a chance to come in and live our lives with us. last season, the last couple of shows was with moving around because of hank's football
career. more a victim of his career. now you get a chance to really live with us. >> okay. >> we took a quiz. what was the quiz, a drinking quiz? >> what drink are you. we had to answer a bunch of questions. we came up with the conclusion. what is it? come on out. which one is for me? >> there is jerry. >> wine. >> you are a big fruity drink. >> this is what i came here for. >> and you're a beer. >> i'm a beer girl. >> cheers. >> it works. >> i do love sweet. >> i don't know if i can do that. >> what beer do you like? >> i like blue moon, guinness. >> hardy beer. it takes a lot of energy to be on top and kendra is. >> a couple of drinks. >> tonight we will see "kendra on top" on we tv. >> what is keeping me up at night, hoda woman? nbc won't let me say.
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an estimated 50 million to 70 million adults in this country have sleep or wakefulness disorder. our own kathie lee is one of them. last week she mentioned she gets about four hours a sleep per night. >> your suggestions came rolling in. our producers decided to bring in the expert. a board certified sleep specialist from meridian help. welcome. >> welcome. >> i'm not a lost cause. >> no. >> nor the other 70 million people struggling with this. i fall asleep. a lot of people can't fall asleep. i fall asleep like a log then i wake up about four hours later. >> it's a problem. we see this all the time. your story is going to resonate with so many women because as you're saying, you typically will happen is we'll have a major life change like child birth and then that is the
initiating event. unfortunately now you have things that come into the picture that are amplifiers. things that may not have been a problem before. the initiating event is long gone, that problem resolved and the other things continue. >> except as a mother, you're listening. the hormonal thing changed. that went away, then i'm a mother listening for my child. then i had another baby. now i'm finally -- not finally, my daughter is leaving for college. it's the first time i'm not thinking about are the kids okay. >> is it thoughts or chemical? >> it's all those things, hoda. it's complex problem trying to sort out when someone is not sleeping. you have to take each factor and address them. unfortunately, most of us don't know how to start. we have so many demands and expectations on us. kathie lee is up worrying about you at night. it's a tough job. >> i pray for you all the time. >> let's get kathie lee to sleep.
what's the 101. what should she do? she gets tucked into bed what should happen? >> first thing you can't do is try to solve the problems of the day in the middle of the night. it's common, those racing thoughts keeping us up at night. what tends to happen, when you're going to sleep at night, you're alone with your thoughts, you're isolated. things tend to bother us more at night. first thing simple, get a journal, write it down. when you look at it in the light of day, many times you can come up with a solution for your own problem. if not, reach out to a trusted friend or professional. alone with your thoughts? what you want to do is get something like this. this will work well for you. >> love that. >> sea gulls, ocean sounds. it becomes part of a nice bedtime relaxing routine. it stops you from thinking about worrying about hoda all night long. >> i don't worry about her, i pray for her. i long ago learned worrying about something doesn't help.
praying about things helps everything. >> thank you. >> what else do you do? >> in the summertime we have challenges because two things. sunlight will come in. that will stop you from transitioning successfully into sleep. just getting room darkening shades will help or simple eye mask. >> do you sleep with those? >> i don't. they are great. i do like the dark. >> each one of those things is a factor. if you get rid of that, the other thing you can do is make sure the room temperature is cool. this is a great alarm clock. not only does it have soothing sounds, this alarm clock will project on the ceiling the temperature in the room. >> that's going to keep you awake staring at it. >> most people don't realize the optimum temperature to sleep, 65 degrees. >> i like it at 68 and frank likes it at 82. it's a problem. >> cooler than people think. if you're doing all these things and you're following these
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>>. >> we are back on this booze day with more of "today." if 2 you're on a diet, you might want to start your day with a cold bath. that's one of the tips in a new book that's got a lot of attention in england and is making its way over the pond to our shore. >> the book is not without controversy. the author of "six weeks to omg, get sinnier than all your friends." >> then they'll hate you and you won't have friends. >> it sounds like it geared toward young people. >> you've got to excite people about health. i didn't want to put "diet" in
the title. diet is just about food. you have to have something sexy because health can be boring. >> what is sexy about a cold bath? >> if you get in -- >> with christian gray, maybe. >> you say getting in a cold bath will pump up your metabolism? >> absolutely. when your body gets cold, it ramps up the metabolism. like turning the thermostat up in your home, the energy will come from somewhere. >> calories are energy. >> you suggest submerging yourself in 59 degree water for how long? >> five to ten minutes, 15 minutes. there's no haves. try it, if it works, it can change your entire life by one thing. >> are you a nutritionist? where are you getting this information? >> i'm a sports scientist. we get involved in 2 diet, psychology, biology. all this stuff. that's how the human body works. >> didn't you lock yourself up
in london in a library how many days? 60 days? >> oh, no, seven months. >> you've got to learn something in seven months. >> thank you. >> even you, right? >> yeah, even me. >> this gets your heart pumping, but it seems like exercise would do that. >> you want to get on the treadmill. >> i don't like to call it exercise. when you hear the "e" word, it's scary. people had exercise at school that was a tool of punishment. your body doesn't know whether you're in fifth avenue or in the serengeti, it just wants to know you're moving. >> how long should someone get moving for? >> as long as possible. half hour in the morning, 45 minutes. and throughout the day. we are physical creatures. >> take the stairs. >> you say skip breakfast. joy bauer says that is a huge mistake. >> i do it all the time. >> most people don't skip breakfast, right?
most people are heavy. >> everyone on our joy fit club, these people who weighed a ton and lost a lot of weight all said they skipped breakfast. >> ultimately you will break your fast. >> you don't have to have the cold bath, you want to get moving in the morning. wait an hour or two then have breakfast. >> let's move down here to the abs. apparently this helps with your ab issue. >> of course you are are's going there. >> lord. tell us about the balloon action. >> this is not about -- i'm getting rid of this. i'm sorry. >> i love the color green, you know? nothing like a good martian. >> how does this help your abdomen? >> if if you blow really hard, the muscle underneath here -- >> go, hoda. >> it really tenses up. this is called your transverses. it gives you a flat stomach.
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from outdoor barbecues to riding your bike, most summer plans include enjoying the great outdoors which can make it harder to keep your close clean. >> here with solutions for common summer stains, julie adelman. >> let's get our barbecue sauce. >> it's a nasty thing. >> three things to remember. tbd, treat, don't rub, don't put it in the drier or the stain will set. you think ketchup and barbecue sauce you can use the same things to get them out.
i'm going to show what you to do. try a little tenderness. you like to sing. meat tenderizer. you don't want to use the seasoned kind because that will stain. use the regular. use about a tablespoon of that. add some water. you make a little paste. of course you want to remove the ketchup first. you put it on another thing so you don't dirty that. always put a cloth underneath to absorb. put the paste on just like so. let it sit there 10 to 15 minutes. the meat tenderizer has natural enzymes which break down the blood bonds in meat and softens it. >> how do you get it off? >> scrape and wash. >> who first thought meat tenderizer and water will take that right out? >> not me. >> barbecue sauce. again, scrape as much as you can
off first. not make more of a mess, which i'm doing. but i'm the accidental housewife. then you want to use baking soda, sprinkle as much as you want on. then you want to use, remember the science experiment? vinegar fizzes it and helps to lift the stain. isn't that fun? >> cool. >> you'll take that off. >> let's get blueberry stains out. >> it's national blueberry month as well as ice cream month. what you want to do again is scrape, scrape, scrape, get rid. also what you should do is run cold water on the inside to help push the blueberry stain out. i love to use what's handy. the alcohol of hair spray.
you put that on. let it sit for a while. alternative is let it soak in buttermilk. you would put the garment in buttermilk. what's great, this is a natural bleaching agent in buttermilk. you can also use it, by the way, on dark spots. >> look how short these shorts are. >> julie. >> they're mine. deoderant stains. what causes it is the aluminum antiperspirant. making soda and a little bit of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. put this on here. this is on for about a half hour. i'm going to remove it. this is after a half hour versus that. >> what kind of stain? >> yellowy arm pit. >> we've got to run.
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on today.com we had our made in america style contest. i got to pick the winner and we'll talk more about this friday. but rodney price, congratulations. your quick exchange picture frames, they won. we'll hear more, but congratulations. now it's time for baby. this is a really cool new way to actually give your baby a bath. this is called a blooming bath. this soft insert -- >> adorable. >> so smart. >> what a great idea. >> it wrings out. toss it in the dryer. such a good idea. >> speaking of modern innovations, traveling with a child is so challenging, especially in coach seats. this is fly baby. they actually came up with a harness that's like a hammock that hangs from the seat in front of you. we have a picture to show how this works. this is only during the flight,
not take-off and landing, but you can have your hands free to take care of the baby, eye contact. this will also go on beach chairs, lounges et cetera. >> great idea. >> adorable idea. this happens to be made in the usa, too. rock me baby. these look like separates, but everything in this collection is a one piece. you rock the baby into it so there's no snap. this is such a great way to not be frustrated trying to find the little snap with your little one and it's very soothing and keeps the clothes together. >> very, very cute. >> okay. >> this is a little kitty. >> no, it's not. one of my favorite places on earth to find people for the segments, etsy. this rehuggable bear. you take any dad or man's shirt and they'll make a bear. great for guys when the man not at home. dad and baby bond.
look at these crayons. he is underneath wearing it as a belt. he is actually playing with a book called holes. this book is not meant to be in the lines. you draw inside the shapes like this. then the kids can like, little kids that don't get it yet, they can see how it aspires, apples and other stuff. >> cute. >> this is stylish and smart. these are fun bright bracelets. if your kid has a peanut allergy, adults can spot it and he can feel cool wearing it or she can feel cool. if kids are riding their bike, these wrap and glow in the dark. you can see kids from 500 feet away. >> they shouldn't be out at night anyway. >> i want to get to our last part. these are taffy taps. they are meant to go on a faucet and turn into a drinking fountain. this doesn't work.
we have a picture of it working. it squeezes the fountain water stream, when you're outside with kids at a game and you don't want to put their mouth on a mountain. >> it doesn't work. >> no plumbing. >> this needs adult supervision. these are buddy bumper balls. they are like human bumper cars. >> are you okay? >> was that fun? >> this is a great way for kids to burn off their energy in the backyard. it's fun. in the grass, with adult supervision. >> sara, she is smaller than you. give it to her again. >> bobbie, thank you, darling. >> good-bye, sara. >> somebody's little bottom heavy. >> it's time to feed the kids.
a southern classic. >> recipe from colonel sanders' lost long cookbook. when they came up with this product, they were thinking about my family. this is our perdue perfect portions, five chicken breasts individually wrapped so you can use what you want, and put the rest in the refrigerator. it's about the bag, it's about the pouch, it's about the chicken. cook one or two, re-sealable bag, use it the next time. i don't need to spend any prep time. i can cook it in ten minutes and i have a nutritious meal.
"today's" kitchen is sponsored by kfc. time for "today's kitchen," what's cooking. from colonel sanders' private collection. the recipe still remains under lock and key, the colonel did leave behind oldtime country recipes along with his story. >> the information was discovered and turned into colonel harland sanders which can be downloaded going to kfc's facebook page. >> edward lee is here to cook up one of the newly-found recipes.
he is the spokesperson as well as executive chef of six magnolia in tennessee and the son of mrs. lee. >> how are you? >> nice shout out to my mom. >> let's do it. >> fried red tomatoes. >> everyone heard of fried green tomatoes. as hoda said earlier, nobody likes them. >> i love them. >> this is a fun recipe. everyone's got red tomatoes. >> and this time of year, they are so good. >> perfect right now. >> egg wash. >> then we'll go into the flour. then we'll go back into the egg wash. >> then we are going into -- >> what's that stuff? >> japanese bread crumbs called panko. you can use any you want, but these are nice and golden. >> put them right in vegetable oil or olive oil? >> this is vegetable oil. i do not use olive oil because i want an oil that will cook at a higher temperature. >> and olive oil leaves a speck
taste. >> which we don't want. we want a neutral oil with this. >> would you like me to flip these? how long have these been cooking? >> about a minute and a half. i'll show you a quick tip. when you flip, flip away from you. that way you never get it on your clothing. >> that was a good flip. >> that was a beautiful flip. we'll do that and let these cook for a little bit. >> you're trying to cook the tomato through? >> no. the tomato is going to stay just warm. the tomato will be raw and crisp on the outside. >> that's burning. >> now we are going to make our dressing. i've got garlic in here. buttermilk. it's for more than just cleaning up stains. >> yeah. it's a buttermilk kind of day. >> a little mayonnaise. this is a mix of parsley, chives
and tarragon. >> did mrs. lee teach you how to cook? >> yes, mrs. lee did teach me how to cook a little bit and so did the colonel. that's quick. it's done. >> this is the dressing? >> we've got 30 seconds. you want to try? >> yes, i do. tomorrow, a special guy edition of "today." you want to share with your man. >> from living in peace in your bedroom and bathroom. understanding each other. >> our guys tell-all panel will be here. we'll see you tomorrow for wednesday wines day. we'll enjoy this. thank you, mrs. lee. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com