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>> we will be safe new year's eve, because we will be there with our partners. >> new york and cities around the nation prepare to ring in the new year. get ready for a cold war retaliation from vladimir pun's russia in response to president obama's stand against the kremlin hacking. new details on what is expected to be a dual funeral memory service for debbie reynolds and carrie fisher. a nasty nor'easter. the bald eagle hatch watch. and meet freddie, the new record holder for tallest dog onhe
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"early today" starts right now. well, good morningtial everybody. thanks for joining us today. i'm betty lynn. we want to begin with president obama's unprecedented cyberattack against the united states. the u.s. is striking back against russia for a hack, which the intelligence community says was met in part to influence the administration. they impose new sanctions. it takes more than 30 top russian officials out of the country, closes two russian government compounds and more. but congressional leaders, including john mccain and lindsey graham say it's not enough t. the question is, will a republican reverse the decision? >> just as i told russia to stop it -- >> reporter: president obama made good on that retaliation. officials in vladimir putin's inner circle, not the russian president, himself, all but sippingled out by president obama. >> we told them to cut it out or
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consequences. >> reporter: banning business contacts with americans. russia also accused of harassing u.s. diplomats abod. espionage operations in america. >> we have seen verbal and physical harassm. we have seen them trying to revoke their credentials. >> reporter: 35 russian diplomats expelled. 72 hours to leave, closing two government compounds, rec centers used for spying shut down as of noon friday. president obama says all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions. >> the acts today will resign pretty clear, we will respond in a place of our choosing. >> reporter: two alleged cyber krims accused of stealing money from banks and personal data from e-commerce sites. the russians dismessed it allawi as dealing a blow to the incoming
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politic trump rejected russia's interference in the elections. . while trump may have the power to reverse sanction, that may prove difficult with republicans and democrats calling for tough steps against russia. >> later, donald trump issued a statement saying he plans to meet with the intelligence community in the coming days to learn more facts from this situation. russia says the new sanction won't be left unanswered, strongly denying wrongdoing, calling the accusations absolutely baseless. here on the east coast, millions are in the crosshairs of the first nor'easter of the season. it is a winter storm gathering strongth, dropping a half a foot or more, causing accidents, bringing some drivers to an outright standstill on major highways across the northeast. thunder snow was reported in parts of connecticut, boston and maine and heavy snow swept throug
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to wrap up later today, allowing everyone to get out there and ring in the new year this weekend. so we'll have your complete forecast in a bit ahead. meantime, though, as new year's eve approach, security is tightening from coast-to-coast and around the world, in fact, after the terrorist attacks, including orlando, nice and most recently berlin, law enforcement is on high alert, make an unprecedented show of force here in new york. >> people will be safe this new year's eve because we're there along with our lawen forcem partners. >> reporter: in time's square, several thousand police and hundreds of heavily armed terrorist officers will hit the streets. in the wake of vehicle attacks oversea, the berlin christmas market earlier this month, killing a dozen over the summer, sapped trucks and other vehicles will be used to block off new york streets. in chicago, fences
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barricade went up amid concerns about isis-inspired attack, boston is taking similar steps. in pasadena, california, home to the rose parade, law enforcem outlined their new strategy. >> we will be using series of police radio callers, staff with uniform officers, and deputies and water barriers to create a chicane of sorts. >> reporter: is law enforcement strategy a big show of forciate deterrence and instill confidence in everyone looking to celebrate. officials say there has been little so-called terrorism chatter. they are advising owners to look out for suspicious behavior. we have an update on funeral plans for actress carrie fisher and her mom, debbie reynolds. fans have found different ways to remember the stars. family members have begun the
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women. no details has been set, e! news tess says fisher's son says, obviously, it's not finalized. i think that sounds like a grand idea given the beautiful story between them. their mother/daughter relationship was rocky at times captured in fisher's postcards from the edge. in later years ago they were quite close. in fact, they are starring towing in a documentary called bright light set to air in march. the bloody syrian civil war could finally be coming to an end. fighting stopped in many areas of the war torn country last night. they announced a cease-fire agreement f. the cease-fire holds, they plan to conduct peace talks in kazakhstan next month a. spokesman says 13 opposition factions have signed on to that agreement. critically this truth exclude certain extremist groups, including isis and the al qaeda affiliate al
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royal sensation has taken the country by storm t. astronauts took the mannequin challenge to new heights. look at this a space agency astronaut tweeted this video of himself and five other crew members taking the challenge and putting that zero grav theity t awesome use. good luck trying to top that one. all right. at this very moment, thousands of people around the world are glued to their computer screens watching this. it is the live stream of two american bald eagles with the world eagerly awaiting the birth of their babies. you can see harriet and her mate taking turns guarding the nest. anticipating the arrival of two baby bald eagles at any moment t. eagle cam was launched back if 2012, since then the stream has had almost 66 million views. the two eggs there now
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the first crack in an egg shell just hours ago. so stay in front of that webcam. just ahead, we will introduce you to the world's tallest doc. and super group run dnc says they are robbed. they are looking for $50 million on a pay day. we'll have details on that. first, nbc meteorologist bonnie schneider has your new year's weekend weather. a lot of pressure. >> we're getting plenty of lake effect snow in cleveland and pennsylvania and in new york. still look for more snow across maine, 20 inches already afforded at some locations. so this is a nor'easter that doesn't want to quite leave just yet. plus the lakesque is working across lake erie right now. that's a look at the big weather story of the day, now, here's a closer look at the day ahead.
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the strong storm. 31 in buffalo. 31 in pittsburgh. it's certainly milder in the southern plains, enjoy comfortedable conditions in dallas with a high temperature of 61 degrees. what a contrast, betty, we have those mild temperatures in the southern plains and rally cold, snowy conditions in new england. >> ready for him to warm up, though. just ahead, bank thieves go to extreme taking the cash and the atm, too much details next. you are watching "early today."
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>> you can call him top dog. the tallest pooch in the world, he stands at almost eight feet tall and weighs more than 196 pounds. his owner says he was the runt of the litter. can you believe it? so she didn'
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grow up to be this big. he's a runt no more. leading the news this morning, a dramatic heist captured on camera as treefs take extreme measures to steal an atm. authorities released this under surveillance video in the hopes they will touch down the machine. they used a stolen forklift and it happened outside a credit unit in texas two days before christmas. also a few report from the washington post found the american flag was found at half-staff a total of 53 times this year. the flag is often ordered during periods of national mourning. on 23 occasions the year the flag marked moments of death and carnage from honoring victims from the orlando massacre to eulogizing the police officers in baton rouge and louisiana. in fact, 2016 saw police deaths rise to their highest level in five years. 64 officers were gunned down in the line of duty, 21 of t
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the other 30 days the flag was flown at half-staff mark days of national remembrance, like pearl harbor and september 11th and honoring political figures, like justice antonin scalia and nancy reagan and john glenn, all of which passed away this year. president obama ordered the flag at half-staff more than any other president in history. under president obama, he was flown on 73 different occasion compared to 58 for george w. bush and 50 for bill: wepg, the wap group run dnc filed a lawsuit accusing am-on-jet of fringe mark infridgem. they are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple products in run dmc's name without permission. they include glasses, hats, tee-shirt and other items. they dulaimi retailers have
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improperly profited, diluted and harmed the run dmc brand. so far neither side commented on the lawsuit. a helicopter crashes in the mt. pleasant takens north of los angeles. -- a hock crashes in the mountains north of los angeles. nearby hikers reportedly assisted the passengers. two were transported with injuries. the faa is investigating the cause of that crash. coming up, how one person's fight forced a cross country flight to turn back around. we have that story next. the waterspout. down came the rain and clogged the gutter system creating a leak in the roof. luckily the spider recently had geico help him with homeowners insurance. water completely destroyed his swedish foam mattress. he got full replacement and now owns the sleep number bed. his sleep number setting is 25.
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fast forwarding today, a funeral will be held in beverly hills for actress zsa zsa gabor, the socialite died december 18th, less than two months shy of her 100th birthday. ufc power house rhonda rousey is back following her crushing first career defeat by holly holm. she will be facing off against ayman do nunez. the final curtain call against a new york institution t. named deli is serving its over sized pa pastrami today. locals are waiting for one last taste. >> we got up at
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here. >> reporter: 4:30? >> yes. >> i used to go to new york all the time the whole family this is it. >> reporter: you know what you will eat? >> pa pastrami and cheesecake. a midair out burst forced a cross country flight to turn around. part of the incident was caught on camera. as gabe gutierrez shows us, it's a part of a rise in air rage. >> reporter: it was a midair meltdown. a man lunging at another passenger. a woman cursing as police yanked both of them from a delta flight. >> why? for what? >> in my million miles of fly, i've never seen anything like it. it was horrible. >> reporter: he took this cell phone video says it all started when the woman tried to use the restroom during takeoff, when a flight attendant told her to sit down. shed and her partner started shouting. >> the captain came on,
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people in the back to listen to the flight attendants. >> reporter: less than an hour into the flight the pilots turned around. >> 2565, we do have the authority to call. we should be at the gate when they get there. >> air rage takes fraph this flight in baltimore to charlotte t. pop star richard marx. there were 10,000 air rage, a 16% jump president the year before. >> i don't think that alcol really is the cause of the increase in air rage t. real cause of air rage increase is the lack of personal space on aircraft. >> after this latest outburst the couple is charged with disorderly conduct. >> they were so unruly and out of control. >> after some turbulence, the flight finally arrived in l.a., two-and-a-half hours later. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. >> be careful in the not so friendly skies. just ahead, p
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family a christmas card. look at this the card features kids of a u.s. army veteran, prince harry met the family at disney world this summer and posed for the picture. a picture he was more than willing to take. >> we just kind of tapped on his shoulder. we said, can we have a picture with you? he said, yeah, sure. >> i feel very honored that he chose our kids to be on his christmas card. >> i'm sure the kids will have a memory to last a lifetime. >> you this i? i would be posting that everywhere. how do you top that next year, ho? those parents got to really overdo themselves to top that. that's huge. >> it is. >> the fact that, you know, he would think about that and send it to the family a month after waefrds, that says a lot. that's great. just ahead, your new year's eve weather. pushups or jail? a unique challenge. more "doing chores for mom" per roll
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right now on "news 4 today," the new cold war. new fallout as russian diplomats are shown the door. how the policy change will impact the incoming president elect. counting down to 2017 the major security concerns and new methods police are using to get ready for that big ball drop. heavy snow whipping winds smacking the northeast how the storm could disrupt millions on a busy holiday weekend. first it's not sunday, right, today is friday? >> i think. >> getting confused with all of us up here. >> it's friday morning. good morning to you. i'm adam tuss. >> i'm angie goff. it is new year's eve
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forecast but first off to start our weekend seems like a little bit of bluster out there. >> it is going to be blustery throughout the day today but largely dry. we can't rule out a few flurries, take a look at storm team 4 radar, we have lake-effect snow streamers coming off the great lakes, that's why we could see flurries across the area this weekend. here is a look at the immediate area where we are not seeing any snow right now, again, you can see those streamers coming off the great lakes and that could touch off a few flurries today but largely dry. like angie said it's more about the winds. 37 right now and even with the wind at only 6 miles an hour look at how chilly it's feeling across the area, about 25 in gaithersburg, feeling 32 here in the district and 26 in leesburg. in less than five minutes i will have a look at your hourly planner for the morning hours, what you can expect, but first we will send it over to jam
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we're starting off clean and green. nothing wrong so far this morning, fingers crossed see how long we can keep that going. if you're headed out this morning you should find nothing in your way. good to go, the beltway, inner outer loop through maryland and virginia, a live look off of 395 headed into the district to cross the 14th street bridge traffic has been moving well. no problems to report in the main, hov or express lanes as you head into the district this morning. our top story this morning, sanctions against russia are taking effect today. it's part of the action president obama is taking to punish russia for alleged election hacking. the state department is closing two russian government compounds by noon today. senior intelligence officials tell nbc news that the compound on maryland's eastern shore was allegedly used for spying on the nsa. it looks like quite a nice spot out there on the eastern shore. that is going to be taken over
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government. the obama administration thinks that this hacking of the dnc, this interference in the u.s. elections was done at the highest levels. >> the russian embassy in northwest d.c. is also affected by the sanctions. 35 top diplomats who live there and in san francisco have to leave the united states by sunday. meanwhile president obama says this is the action he promised when those alleged hackings came to light. >> the sanctions target officials and russian president vladimir putin's inner circle the u.s. is freezing their assets and banning them from business with americans. the sanctions target two alleged cyber criminals and businesses that allegedly helped them influence the november election. >> and the white house is expected to provide a report to congress about the alleged interference in the coming days. president obama reiterated that all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions. >> but president-elect donald trump continues to downplay the hacking allegations. he released this statement, quote, it is time for our country to move on to bigger and
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say he will meet with leaders of the intelligence community for updates on the situation. russia's government denying interfering with the election. it says it will respond to the sanctions with some of its own and says they could do it as early as today. russia's foreign ministry accused the obama administration of being foreign policy losers who are angry and narrow minded. it's spokesperson says washington was, quote, slapped in the face by its own master referring to the president. news 4's edward lawrence is on capitol hill working on getting us more details on this developing story. we will check in with him in a few minutes. we are also follow a developing story in prince george's county where police are investigating a murder at a home on byers street in capitol heights. last night someone shot a man just before 9:00, he was rushed to the hospital but died. police say they're speaking with people who were inside that house at the time of the shooting. no word yet on a suspect or a

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