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good morning. breaking overnight, powerful storms sweep across the south. a string of tornados touching down in four states. at least five people killed, dozens injured. a day care center destroyed. while in had tennessee, the fight against those raging wildfires enters a third day. >> it was apocalyptic almost. >> this morning, a firsthand look at the damage .devastation from the worst fires there in more than a century. steak dinner, despite their rocky past, mitt romney emerges from a late night meeting with donald trump and heaps praise on the president-elect. >> enlightening and interesting and engaging.
state? with trump expected to announce new cabinet posts today. what went wrong? investigators pouring over the black boxes from that doomed flight carrying a brazilian soccer team. a surviving crew member claiming the plane ran out of fuel as emotional tributes to the 71 victims are held around the world. and splitting the jackpot, a group of 20 coworkers comes forward with the winning ticket in that nearly powerball pot. >> i had to look again because i thought it was a dream. >> their plans for that big money today, november 30th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with maut lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning and welcome to today on a wednesday morning. you have to feel good for these 20 people. they banded together, they've
doesn't make you any less jealous, but it does make you feel good. >> think of everybody who joins the office pool always wishing this would happen. well, really to them, but it's nice to see it happen to a good group of people there. >> there is hope. we'll tell you more about that in just a little while. let's get right to those drugs unfolding across the south. the wildfires are still burning in the smokey tennessee. overnight, weather spawning tornados. we have complete coverage start, those storms. tim pham has the very latest. tim, good morning to you. >> good morning to you. tornados ripped through polk county, tennessee. we're in benton, tennessee, right now. this convenience store got hit hard. power lines are down, the roof was torn off and thrown across the parking lot.
stand still, debris is blocking roads and shutting down a major highway. we spoke with the benton chief of police rocky king and he tells us the majority of the damage is near the akoe. he told us there are at least a few fatalities. he could not confirm the number. but he said this community looks like a disaster zone. >> al, how is the forecast looking for those people? >> well, it's going to on be tough. in fact, we have new tornado watches out for that region once ag this was a very vigorous system. we were telling you how the atmosphere was juiced up yesterday. the tornado and wind damage reports, 74 of them. the line stretches 550 miles. and right now, we have tornado watches stretching for much of louisiana including nowhere else, all the way up into central tennessee again. and we've got severe thunderstorm warnings up into parts of the carolinas. now, look at this. today we have a risk of strong storms stretching 10 million people under a severe risk from
western north carolina. and you can see we've got this front pushing through, strong storms firing up. the only silver lining is this is going to help the drought down there. but you can see rainfall amounts anywhere from 1.5 to 3 inches. some areas could pick up 3 to 5 inches locally. and looking at the wildfires in tennessee, you can see more heavy rain moving in, but the sad part about this is we'll have drenching rains, which is good news. we're going to have gusty winds. so the flames t fanned by these massive 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts. >> great. and be back with your forecast in just a little while. and we want to talk more about these raging wildfires in tennessee, including the largest in that state in a century. parts of two popular resort towns have been leveled. thousands forced to flee. we find kerry sanders in pigeon forge this morning. good morning. >> good morning, savannah. that rain al was talking about has literally just starting to fall.
fires here. ten people are in the hospital. three are in critical condition. now the damage here in pigeon forge and nearby gatlinburg is complete in certain areas. it is devastating. authorities say folks decide to move to places like this because it can be beautiful. >> teven it's the largest fire seen in the volunteer state in a hundred years. a firestorm raging now for two days in and around the great smokey mountain national park. >> please, lord, let us get off this empty. >> ground zero this morning, in gatlinburg, the devastation staggering. more than a hundred buildings damaged or destroyed. the fire so hot it burned some homes to their foundations. 14,000 residents and visitors
in pigeon forge -- >> apocalyptic almost. >> a lifetime of memories, gone in the flames. >> the gun i learned how to shoot with, my first bb gun is right here, what's left of it, anyway. >> the loss tempered by what was saved. >> my family is safe. they're all accounted for. that's pretty much what we've been telling each other. we can rebuild, but we can't replace. >> the worst this morning. he left his home to see if the fire was moving closer. when it did and so quickly, he was cut off from his wife, constance and daughters, 12-year-old chloe and 9-year-old lily. >> we got up to the house and it was completely engulfed. and i got out and just screamed their names. >> again overnight, hundreds spent the night in shelters. >> it was nothing but red. i was taking care of an elderly lady.
thing that we had time to get. >> the fire zone, a popular tourist destination, home to dollywood. that's country music superstar tolly parton's popular theme park. flames ripped through the fringes, but the park was spared. dolly saying she's praying for all the families. what sparked the fire is still unclear, but officials say it appears to be human cause. trying to tame a monster, a blaze that took the mayor of gatlinburg's business and his home. >> we're strong, we're resilient and we're going to make it. >> this morning, michael reed, who is still trying to find out information about his wife and two daughters does not have an update yet. he fears for the worst. meantime, this rain that is falling might sound like a good thing, but the truth is, it will soak the ground and these trees here, according to the authorities, are also loosened
through here. they will collapse and that creates a new danger. of course, there we just saw some lightning. lite thing is not going to be a friend here, either, because even though it's going to get wet, that lightning can spark another blaze. savannah. >> tough times there, kerry. and our hearts are with the people. thank you so much. now turning to the decision facing donald trump of who to choose as secretary of state. romney praised the man he once famously called a phony and a fraud. hallie is once again outside of trump tower where the president-elect is busy on twitter this morning. hi there. >> reporter: hi, matt. the president-elect coming out with a big announcement online just within the last couple of minutes here this morning tweeting that he will be holding a news conference on december 15th here in new york city with his children to discuss the fact, he says, that i will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on
he continues while i am not mandated to do this under the law, i feel it is visually important as president to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses, hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. the presidency is a far more important task. this had comes as questions have lingered over how the president-elect plans to separate his business interests from the interests of the nation. it has been 126 days since his last conference. all of it comes as he tries to form his cabinet meeting with mitt romney. the two shares a meal of steak, scallops and frog legs here in manhattan. it's the ritzy restaurant rendezvous no one could have seen coming six months ago, the attacks then turning to compliments now. >> he did something i tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing. he won the general election and
inclusion, of bringing people together. >> mitt romney and donald trump joined by incoming chief of staff reince priebus. inside a hotel named after the president-elect. call it a kind of second round interview for the secretary of state slot trump still hasn't filled. but his cabinet is coming together. according to a top transition source, the president-elect has picked his former campaign finance chair steven mnuchin as the next treasury secretary. for commerce, it's investor wilbur ross and for transportation ahead, elaine chao, who served as eight years as labor secretary under president george w. bush and who is married to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. >> i've heard rumors that she'll be an outstanding appoint. >> the president-elect now ready
learning from a source familiar with the plans he'll head to indianapolis tomorrow to try and make good on a campaign pledge to try to keep carrier air-conditioning jobs from moving to mexico. >> you think you're going to ship your stuff across the border for no tax, no nothing, forget it. >> the company confirming it reached a deal to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in indiana. it's not clear yet what the incentives are or whether they would be available to other u.s. businesses. after that, it's on to cincti thank you tour in states where trump did well. the candidate, who fed off the energy of campaign rallies, doing it again as president-elect. >> i love cincinnati. >> donald trump tweeting about his trip, but it's another tweet that has him facing fallout in a flag burning firestorm, quote, nobody should be allowed to burn the american flag. if they do, there must be consequences, he writes, perhaps
jail. but burning the flags is considered a form of free speech under the first amendment, upheld twice by the supreme court. and the suggestion of stripping citizenship, also unconstitutional. >> in this country, we have a long tradition of respecting speech. >> also this morning, news of a rare public appearance by donald trump's former rival, hillary clinton. she appeare city at a unicef galla to introduce katy perry, the two joining each other on stage. matt, savannah. >> hallie jackson, thank you very much. we're learning a bit more this morning about the possible cause of a deadly plane crash carrying members of a brazilian soccer team to a match in colombia. >> reporter: on their way to colombia, video posted to social media shows excited young soccer
now their families, teammates and fans in the small city in brazil faced with devastating loss. a few fortunate team members who didn't make this trip shell shocked as they heard the news. supporters joining hands at the team's home stadium, chanting the names of their fallen comrades. meanwhile, crash investigators are going through the plane's flight data reporters to figure out what went wrong. as medellin, the pilot reported electrical problems before crashing into this hillside. a surviving members reportedly said the plane ran out of fuel. >> i think it will become apparent if this was a fuel issue, range issue or if the plane experienced some other type of mechanical problems. >> heavy rains hampered efforts that three members were saved,
one wife posting her husband is in stable condition. another player leaves behind a pregnant wife, just 18 years old. the family releasing this video showing the moment he learned he would be a father, dancing and celebrating with his teammates. according to reports, the 31-year-old goalie padilla managed to call his wife after the crash, but later died at the hospital. in the wake of the tragedy, an outpouring of support from the soccer worl america paying tributes with vigils and moments of silence. the arch at wembley stadium lit up in chapakuenca green. they rose to the finals, auto team that inspired brazilian fans, now being mourned by an entire nation. and a member of the team board tells nbc news that a team doctor is arriving here in colombia to help identify the
for the players and the colombian team that was set to face that brazilian team, savannah, they now say the trough fee should go to the brazilians for the fallen. >> kier simmons, thank you. tuesday was an emotional day in court at the high profile trial over a deadly police shooting in south carolina. the former officer, accused of gunnin tears. >> matt, good morning. the defense rested its case after that former officer took the witness stand. the jury is scheduled to visit the scene of the fatal shooting later today. and closing arguments could begin soon after in a case that re-ignited the national conversation about race and police tactics. this morning, the final stages in the trial of michael slager, the former police officer accused of walter scott's murder.
stopped. >> in his first detailed public account of what happened back in april of 2015 -- >> in my mind, fear and scared. >> slager told the jury he pulled scott over for a broken taillight and was about to write him a warning when scott suddenly bolted from his car. >> people don't run from -- >> prosecutors say scott fled because he was behind on child being arrested. slager said he fired his taser three times, but that didn't stop scott from grabbing the stun gun. >> it was total fear that mr. scott couldn't stop. >> the cell phone video, he says, picks up the encounter seconds later as scott breaks away from the struggle. slager now says in hindsight he would not have chased scott on foot and instead would have called for backup.
he would have done different and things he's remembering now that he didn't remember then, which was just shocking. >> the trial, now in its third week, has been emotional for walter scott's family. his mother breaking down on the witness stand. >> he said they tasing me. and i heard him groaning like he was in excruciating pain. >> the case could go to the jury as early as today. if convicted, slager faces 30 years to life matt and savannah. >> thank you. tens of thousands of cubans filled havana's plaza of revolution last night honoring fidel castro. the presidents of mexico, venezuela and south ooh ka were among those who attended the service. raul castro closed the memorial with a speech calling his older brother the leader of a revolution for the humble and by the humble. today a three-daypro session
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>> hope to do a lot of good with it, just get a little ahead. milk change, that's my motto. >> you get the feeling they're not going to change. they pooled their money for years, i think something like eight years they played together. >> so after taxes, they say they'll each get about $13 million just in time for christmas. >> yes. and for that check oil or engine light. >> al, let's get a check of the forecast. >> i've got a tree they can buy. let's show you quickly what we've got going that severe weather going on through the southeast and into the mid-atlantic states. snow in the pacific northwest. also in the western plains, western great lakes, high surf advisories in southern california. we're getting to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. lights! some help. got it! and the ornaments might take a little bit more time. but we're gonna get it just right. what do you think bullseye? [ bark ]
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7:30 now. it's wednesday morning, november 30th, 2016. we're getting excited because tonight is the big christmas in rockefeller celebration. we will flip the switch on this year's tree. we always have a lot of fun, a lot of holiday music, and of course you can catch it all live right here on nbc tonight. >> yes, looking forward to that. let's check out some headlines on this wednesday morning. severe weather hammering parts of the south with tornados touching down in several states overnight. at least five people have died, dozens more injured. around 20 buildings were destroyed in jackson county,
crews are hoping a new round of high winds won't further stoke the flames. three people have died, dozens of home have been destroyed and officials fear the death toll could rise as they search areas they have been so far unable to reach. and mitt romney praised donald trump following a second meeting with the president-elect about a possible role as secretary of state. here's what romney had to say to reporters as he left that dinner. >> what i've seen through these discussions that i've had with president-elect trump as well as what we've seen the night of his victory as well as the people he selected as part of his transition, all of those things combined give me increasing hope that president-elect trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future. >> of course that is a striking change from some of the things mitt romney said about donald trump during the campaign. in the meantime, we've got some new information in that case of a kidnapped california mother. she was found badly beaten on
miles from her home. nbc's gadi schwartz has the latest. gadi, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. for the first time, investigators are revealing that they are taking a look at several other cases across the country for their similarities to the kidnapping of sherri papini. meanwhile her husband is describing his wife's condition after torture and starvation. mother of two, sherri had been through an unimaginable 22 days of terror. husband, keith, says nothing could prepare him for what he saw, telling "people" magazine in a statement the officers told me to brace myself. my first sight was my wife in a hospital bed, her face covered with bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings. her kidnappers dumped her early thanksgiving morning on the side of the road shackled. >> chp is advising she is heavily battered and it is a confirmed kidnapping. >> her husband, keith, saying
she was thrown from a vehicle with a chain around her waist attached to her wrist and a bag over her head. the same bag she used to flag someone down when she was able to free one of her hands. during her captivity, she had lost so much weight she was down to 87 pounds. her body covered in bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings. her signature long blonde hair had been chopped off. but her husband adding ultimately it was sherri's will to survive that brought her home. meanwhile, a even her injuries could offer clues. >> her husband has said she was branded. what could that mean? >> maybe a method of torture. it could mean a way of control or exerting control over a person. is it a symbol or could it be some type of message either to the person, the victim, or to others. >> reporter: and there is one other detail that is a mystery
while out on a run. after she was abducted, her phone was discovered about a mile away from her home. but when it was found, it seemed carefully placed on the ground, not lost in a struggle. >> it appeared that it had been set in some grass with the screen facing up, and then the ear buds to the phone were loosely coiled and appeared to be placed on the screen. it did somew that it was placed there purposely. >> reporter: detectives reviewing any lead that could help them develop a better description of her kidnappers, for now only described as two hispanic women in a dark suv. papini was interviewed by detectives for a third time yesterday. they are hoping to have a better description of her kidnappers a little bit later today. >> gadi schwartz, thank you very much. mr. roker, what do you have? >> we're looking at the northern end of that same system causing
rain up into our region. in fact you can see heavier showers and thunderstorms southern new jersey stretching back into pittsburgh. we have low visibility and ceilings so from boston to washington, d.c., rough air travel today. this front will move this evening into the east coast. we're going to be looking at a lot more rain. in fact it may help some of the drought. look at these rainfall amounts. generally a quarter of an inch to more than two inches. in fact the record for new york city, 2.2 inches. we set one poor visibility and it's going
>> don't forget, get your weather any time you need it. check out the weather channel on cable. >> al, thank you so much. just ahead, a new reason to be a little embarrassed by some of those songs we stream in private. we'll explain. and first we have a special rossen reports. >> hi, good morning, i'm jeff rossen. coming up, new technology to keep you safe. from apps on your phone to small vi some of them so advanced they'll even take video of your attacker ?? what if an insurance company wasn't only there when things went wrong? because for every tornado... there's a twister. for every crash... an even bigger collision. and for every tailspin... well, tailspins. state farm understands that getting the most out of life doesn't just mean being there when things go wrong. it's about being here...
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but for those you do, give them fruit of the loom. it's 7:41. we've got a new rossen reports series, keeping you safe. the technology that promises to protect you. >> jeff rossen is here to show us how this might work. >> women's safety back in the headlines right now in a major as we have been reporting right here on "today," that terrifying abduction of a woman in california. a mom grabbed by kidnappers who was out for a run by herself. her family said she had her cell phone with her when she was attacked and thought got us thinking. can your smartphone help protect you when you're out there alone? this morning, new apps and devices you can get right now that could save your life, and we're trying them out. you're walking alone, no one else around.
could strike. >> you hear about it all the time. i always wonder, like, could that be me? there's a lot of times when i could be defenseless. >> reporter: missa baker is a waitress who leaves work late at night. today trying out popular new apps and gadgets that promise to protect women. up first, wearsafe, a virtual panic button at your fingertips. >> how does it work? >> it's wearable. it clips right to my keys. if i feel in tr button and it audio records. >> so it's recording audio in realtime and even what happened a few seconds ago. >> exactly. and it sends that to my friends with my exact gps location to let them know i'm in trouble or that i need help. >> let's try it out. >> i'm being followed by a tall man in a red jacket with dark denim, and then i'd hit the button. >> and that's it? >> that's it. >> reporter: across town,
the screen and the audio file too. >> i'm being followed by a tall man in a red jacket with dark denim. >> reporter: this next one goes even further, an app called be safe, recording video. >> i'll hit the alarm button and give a countdown of 3, 2, 1 and it's recording you. >> if i were the real attacker, an alarm goes off as well. if i'm a real attacker, you'd follow me with the camera and this friends and it actually calls one of your friends as well to let them know what's going on. by the way, this app has gps coordinates too, which is kind of cool. >> it's really cool. >> reporter: but app number three may be the most advanced of all, called lifeline response. not only tracking you but calling the police instantly. you walk with your thumb on the screen. if your thumb comes off, it sounds the alarm. >> okay, we're going to test this in realtime.
parking lot. we should mention the local police have no clue where we are right now and we're going to try this out. your thumb is on that button. take your thumb off like you were being attacked and automatically it starts you counting you down. you have 18 seconds to type in your personal pin number that no one else knows. the alarm is going off. don't type in your pin. >> this is emma from lifeline response. we have received your emergency distress alert. i have notified the local police of the situation and transmitted yo >> wow. >> the police are currently en route to your location. again, the police are en route. >> reporter: within moments, lifeline response tracks missa's location and calls the cops. >> female white 5 foot brown eyes. >> i hear the sirens, they're coming. this is crazy. >> this is crazy. that took less than a minute. >> that was so fast. that's crazy. >> you guys knew exactly where
>> it doesn't get any better than this. >> who do you make of this app? >> i love this app. >> what do you make of this? >> if i was really in an emergency situation, this really could have saved my life. >> here's the good news. you can download these apps right now. they work on iphone and android devices. they work on both and they're pretty cheap. the wearable one, and the one that calls the cops, those are around $5 a month. th o completely free. we have a complete list with links on our website right now, today.com. >> such a sign of the times. as that story is running, we're all glued to the monitors. >> if you're a jogger, that's a great little app to have. >> especially the little thumb one. coming up, we'll show you what oscar winner matthew mcconaughey just did to give some fans the surprise of a lifetime. and tamron has a look at how and tamron has a look at how they're decking walgreens presents a holiday mini miracle.
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incredible display. you'll five 1,245 feet of garland, 109 wreaths and 63 christmas trees. and a new addition to this year's decor, 56 lego houses. i love this. one for each state and territory. and the decorations also include -- we've seen this guys before -- larger than life replicas of the obama's dogs, made of more th pom-poms. and the gingerbread house, 125 pounds of gingerbread and 20 pounds of icing. and the blue room is the official home of the official white house christmas tree standing at 19 feet. it would, by the way, take nearly five of these to reach the height of our beautiful tree out there on rockefeller center which will be lit up tonight. but this is not a competition because there is the white house and there's our house. you know my role on this show.
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, deadly disaster. severe weather slams parts of the south overnight. tornados killing at least five people, as devastating wildfires we're live on the scene. plus, teens tell all. >> we saw people making out, people smoking, people drinking. >> do you know what your teenager is really up to? we talk candidly with high schoolers, get the inside scoop on the secret lives of teens. ?? and duet with dolly. miley cyrus takes a break from
to team up with the music icon, who just happens to be her godmother. today, wednesday, november 30th, 2016. ?? >> we left 18 inches of snow in north dakota to come to the "today" show. >> good morning, north carolina. >> hi from ohio. >> good morning nbc 4 in columbus. >> celebrating our 33rd anniversary on "today." >> shoutout to all my friends and family in louisiana. >> bringing cheer to all who are near from shelby, north carolina. >> we're back at 8:00 on a wednesday morning. it is november 30th, 2016. and that means, as we've said
tonight we get to light the rockefeller center christmas tree. >> then we all get lit. >> it's always that way, that's right. 50,000 lights. and you know what happens. if one goes out, they all go out. we checked off the box for this year. >> we've done all our jokes. coming up, day three of the steals and deals holiday extravaganza. this morning, jill martin has the perfect gift ideas for friends or co-workers, the kids' teachers, honestly anyone you need to shop for. >> get it done. before we get to one thing, to say hi. you guys make our year every year, you really do. your names again. >> carol ann. >> and i'm tisha. >> again, thanks for coming down in your finery. >> they say follow them at instagram, nyc tree girls. >> adorable. >> you dropped one of your ornaments there. >> i had that happen once, it's not good. >> here is a check of the headlines. time for your news at 8:00. >> reporter: we begin with the devastating fires and the
i'm kerry sanders in pigeon morning, tennessee. the fires continue to burn but not as ferociously as they had which has evacuees wondering if they can go to be to see what, if anything, survived. overnight severe weather battering parts of the south. powerful tornados leaving a path of destruction through several states. mississippi, louisiana, and alabama, where three people were killed in tennessee's polk county. it comes as wildfires ravage other parts of tennessee. >> this whole place is on fire. >> reporter: like the gates of hell, say survivors. flames shooting through tree branches. the air filled with smoke and coal-hot embers. >> hit the gas! >> reporter: a record drought leaving dry brush, the perfect kindling to fuel the flames. it caught residents and tourists alike by surprise.
so little time to escape, some residents left with only the clothes on their backs. >> we lost everything. we have nothing. >> we could feel the heat off the fire. we were getting hit in the face with embers. it was bad. >> reporter: hundreds of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. more than 1,000 people waking up in shelters this morning. the fires are burning across 15 thousand acres in and around the great smoky mountains, the most visited national park in the country. spared. tennessee native dolly parton saying in a statement she is heartbroken and praying for all the families. for hundreds, all that's left now is scorched earth. >> it's crazy. >> reporter: dakota cogdale visited his grandparents' home where he had thanksgiving dinner just last week. >> my family is safe. they're all accounted for. you know, that's pretty much what we've been telling each other, we can rebuild. we can't replace. >> of course family members,
still have each other. we know they're still going to be family photos and everything taken. >> new pictures. >> yes, new pictures, new beginnings. >> reporter: it started to rain here, which you would think is good news, but it is not. it's not enough rain to kill the fires, but the rain is causing the soil here to get loose and the firestorm that came through here has already weakened the trees, so authorities are concerned those trees could begin collapsing. it's one reason going to be keeping those who are evacuated out for a little bit longer. matt. >> kerry sanders. kerry, thank you. president-elect donald trump announced this morning that he will leave business operations to focus on the presidency. he'll hold a news conference in two weeks to discuss the details of that. in the meantime, he's filling up more of his cabinet. trump has picked his former campaign finance chair, steven mnuchin, as the next treasury secretary. investor wilbur ross as commerce
transportation secretary. last night he had dinner with mitt romney, who's in the running for secretary of state. a vocal critic during the campaign, romney now says he has increasing hope that trump can lead the country to a better future. and now to missouri where a gas pipeline exploded tuesday, sending flames soaring into the air. this happened near kansas city international airport in a pipe line that carries propane and ethane gas. officials are trying to find out what caused that explosion. no reports of some sad news about a former member of our nbc family. grant tinker who served as chairman and ceo of nbc from 1981 to 1986 died monday at his home in california. he was the former husband of mary tyler moore and together they formed mtm enterprises, which produced favorites including "the mary tyler moore" show, "the bob newhart show" and "mitt street blues."
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it's 8:11, time to trend. first up, the video that shows what some are cng here's what happened. a youtube star named kobe person was doing a little photo shoot on a busy new york street. there he is on the left and that's his gold bmw that he double parked. they were just sitting on the hood taking photos. so what happened is the driver politely went up to him. a guy behind him smashed the window of his car. >> the guy travels with a bat in the car? >> okay.
>> this is new york. >> i don't know. >> some are saying, and i think al is in this camp, is this just an elaborate stunt for like a great youtube video? >> but their reaction looks genuine. the guy is like yo, yo. >> it's a stunt. >> new yorkers are not like that. >> but these guys get paid on the number of videos they get. >> is it going to pay for that car? >> it's a windshield. >> all right. we need to get some >> i'm leaning in the out camp. i don't know. >> but would you put it past a new yorker to just say -- >> no. i'm surprised we could run the audio portion of that. anyway, a police department in kansas, how about this surprise. when they went looking for a wild creature, they got calls about a mountain lion that had been spotted in the area. when they set up cameras to see if they could get a citing of it, they got more than they bargained for.
pranksters parading in front of the cameras dressed as wild animals. the people of gardner, kansas, man, they love a good joke. and on facebook, the police department wrote thank you to the citizens who noticed the cameras. your effort and sense of humor are greatly appreciated. >> i like that. >> too funny. that's a good prank. >> do you guys have songs that you listen to on your playlist that you love but you would not want other people to know about? yeah, we've all got those. a new ad campaign by falling out some of its users and their song choices. this was at new york's port authority. dear person who played justin bieber's sorry 42 times on valentine's day, what did you do? and this ad, to the 1235 guys who love the girld night playlist this year, we love you. the tag on the ads read thanks 2016, it's been weird. >> do you have any like that, any weird songs? >> oh, my gosh, yes. >> give me one.
morning i was playing "sexual healing." but would i want the world to know that? why was i playing it? i don't know. >> mine would be -- ?? >> nice. >> hoda, i know you've got some embarrassing ones. >> i don't have any i'm embarrassed about but i do have lots and lots and lots of john denver. i love john denver. i'm not embarrassed by that. >> there's nothing wrong with that. >> bang the drum. i'm not embarrassed. i would say "do you want to build a snowman." >> the "frozen" song? >> have you never come in and heard the "frozen" theme coming out of his dressing room? >> what about you? >> i don't have embarrassing but i'm always curious when i see men sing "all the single ladies" and they know the whole routine.
>> like al does in the morning. >> we took up so much time, straight to popstart. >> first, jennifer aniston explaining why she took a stand and stood up to the tabloids earlier this year. she wrote a powerful op-ed for the huffington post calling out the endless speculation of her marriage and whether he's pregnant. jen said she had enough when she returned from a recent vacation. >> we were mobbed, like a scary kind of mobbed. i didn't know what was and it turns out that another wonderful photograph, which i had to sort of live with for the last 10, 15 years of picture of me with a bump and a circle around my stomach with an arrow pointing to it, just disgustingly objectifying kind of way and i was just fed up with it. we have to support each other especially at this time, to love each other, to support and to be proud of women and whatever your
happy and fulfilled. >> that episode of "ellen" airs today. next to dolly parton performing one of her biggest hits "jolene." but last night it wasn't just any performance. dolly sang a duet with her goddaughter, miley cyrus. ? jolene jolene jolene jolene ? ? i'm begging of you please don't take my man ? ? please don't take him just because you can ? >> i could listen to that all day. >> that's good. >> and dolly is a busy lady. she'll be among the stars performing at the christmas tree lighting tonight. >> and the pentatonics. and finally matthew mcconaughey moonlighting as a golf cart driver. you might think after seeing this photo but matthew is just giving back to his alma mater.
free rides home after a late night. so there he is giving unsuspecting students a lift. this fall matthew also taught a course at school, don't worry, everything is all right, all right, all right. >> look at the girl in the back. >> when matthew is behind the wheel of your golf cart. >> she's tweeting. >> can you imagine you're sitting there waiting for the cart. >> i'd be like, hey, where do you live? at your house. your house is fine. >> i'm cool with it. mr. roker, check of the weather. >> let's see what we've got. again, we've been talking about all this severe weather. we've got right now tornado watches stretching from new orleans all the way up just to the west of knoxville. we're going to be watching this line of storms all morning long. and we've got unseasonably warm weather depending on where you are. if you're here in the east, minneapolis it's 8 degrees above normal. even tallahassee at 80 degrees, way above normal.
fairly mild but start to calm down from boston, charlotte, mobile. out west it stays awfully cool, salt lake city in the 30s. wichita in the 40s by saturday. dallas even down into the low 50s by and that's your latest weather. savannah. >> al, thank you so much. we're watching something new this morning. it's a series called teens tell all. >> we gathered a group of high schoolers for a candid discussion about the pressures
off limits. here is nbc's stephanie gosk. >> we saw people making out, people smoking, people drinking. >> racey pictures? >> oh, send me a picture of that booty. >> eight colorado teenagers sat down with us for a raw, unfiltered conversation about what goes on inside their lives. >> i'm marley. >> max. >> claudia, dala. >> alexandra. >> we gathered a group willing to speak openly about what it means to be a tee we kicked off the discussion by asking the teens to confess something anonymously that their parents may not know. >> magic bowl of secrets. >> drugs came up early in the conversation. this is a good one. i don't smoke pot. remember in colorado marijuana is legal for adults. >> it's such a normalized drug that you're almost pressured to do it. it's kind of a stigma that if you're not chill about someone
upon. >> which would you say is easy we shall getting pot or a six-pack of beer? >> pot. >> we also heard about the abuse of prescription drugs. >> sometimes they'll have like pill parties where they have a bowl at the front door and everyone drops a pill in and you can take one and you don't know what you're taking. >> that's very scary. >> i feel like a big thing right now is lean. >> what's lean? >> cough syrup, jolly ranchers. >> and sprite? >> it's a dr you take it and chug it. it's really strong. >> sexting, how many of you have ever seen a naked photo of someone in your school? when did you first see it? >> middle school. >> sixth grade. >> 12. >> yeah. >> do you have to ask for a picture or do some people just send them? >> oh, no. >> some people just send them. >> guys will just send them. >> i mean, i -- >> girls will, too. >> really? >> out of the blue. >> i've had people come up to me like, did you see this pic?
>> if someone that you were kind of interested in asked you to send a naked picture of yourself, would you ever think, oh, that's kind of creepy? >> i wouldn't think it is creepy because it happens so much. >> sexting turned into a conversation about sex and the hookup culture. >> let me ask this question. is it easier to hook up with someone than it is to hold their hand in school? >> yeah. >> yeah. >> >> the girls worry about slut shaming. >> there's a whole discussion about it, about how girls get treated more -- get judged upon more than guys do. >> yeah. i mean, if you wear something, you get slut shamed. if you do something, you get slut shamed. if you walk some way, you get slut shamed. like everything is picked apart about a girl. >> and most of the time, it's girls who slut shame other
life any more. getting into a fight with your friends, everyone knows about it. >> you go on to someone's instagram .it's like pretty and all parties. i don't go to parties that often. >> does it make you feel bad spp. >> kind of. >> you feel like you have that pressure to only pose the cool thing du over the weekend? >> i get embarrassed if my grandma comments on my post. >> parents misunderstand what school is like and how hard it can be compare w >> you have to have straight as, join clubs, have a good gpa, make sure you get into good colleges, have a social life and still be able to hang out with your family. >> my parents try to get me to do a lot of advanced chass and ap class and i'm not doing too hot in those. i think i jumped way too high up. >> i definitely need time with my friends to take a break from all of the sports and all of the tests and quizzes. >> sometimes when i say i'm
not. i'm going to parties or to clip up or something. if your parents are tracking you on gps, how easy is it to ditch them? >> easy. >> so i'm at a friend's house, right? i hear about this party. i leave my phone at sam's house, but he takes his. so i sign into my imessage on his phone so when my parents text me, it goes to sam's phone and he sees it and he says, your parents texted you. >> so you respond sam's house is awesome. >> yes. alex tried a different strategy. >> last year, i told them i was going camping for a weekend and i went to my friend's house where her mom wasn't there for the weekend and we threw like two parties. >> you know when you go .do that, when you bold face lie to your parents, you have to in that moment think, what, i'm not ging to get caught? >> that was a pretty good lie. and then i had my friend text
phone pretendsing to be your friend's mom texting to your dad? >> yes. >> i got it. >> rosalyn wiseman, author of "queen bees and wannabes" says all this is growing up. >> the purpose of add leps lessens is to push and figure out where you stand on things and make mistakes and break rules. i want parents to realize you don't know to know everything about your child's life to have a good relationship with your child. >> and the teens had advice. >> have trust in your kids. >> guide them as much as you can, but at the ends of the day, they need to learn for themselves what's right and wrong. >> that was fascinatinging. >> it really was. >> yeah. fascinating for those of us with teenage kids. >> we've been going through with lela and she's been terrific, but i mean, it's been rough with her, senior year, college, all the tests and the social media. it's -- i would not want the to be growing up now. >> a lot of things seem to
when we were teens, but then there is the social media stuff and other stuff you can tell kids are having a tough time with. >> some things will never change, but now it takes on an extra level with social media. it's tough. >> we've had a lot of talks with -- i have a 15-year-old boy and sometimes you'll talk to him and know you're not getting the real story. other times, he's remarkably candid and you cherish those moments because i think you're getting valuable information, but it's hard. >> i >> practical advice on how to keep your teen safe and your relationship strong, led to today.com. >> tomorrow, our series continues. does this sound familiar? >> girl, you're straight popping. >> it's like, oh, she rachet. >> yeah. sadly, yes, it is. >> you know that? >> yes. >> you do? okay. >> is she popping? >> parents will be like goals after we decode the language of today's teens tomorrow.
good morning. >> hi, everybody. it's 8:30. it's wednesday, november 30th. we're about to stick aor november actually. beautiful morning out on the plaza. look at this. ?? a little mood music. ?? >> what's your name? >> mickey smith from louisiana. >> all right, mickey, thank you very much. merry christmas. >> he's right on theme. we've got the christmas tree lighting in rockefeller center, beautiful music just now and
band of merrymakers is here. >> they are so much fun. they have been here since the wee hours rehearsing. lots of big celebrity singers and song writers. they team up during the holiday season, all for a great cause. we're going to get a live performance. also ahead, our ongoing guide to make the holidays stress-free. first the scott brothers are here. they're going to give you tips on how to get ready for the season or something. >> or something. we'll turn to jill martin for her last some great gifts for the holidays and work through that list fast. we're also excited to announce a special performance live on the plaza from pharrell williams next friday, december 9th. if you want to get a "today" fan pass go to our website, today.com. >> pharrell? >> pharrell williams. >> i might have to come back for that. >> what day in december? >> december 9th.
never leave? >> let's get a check of the weather, mr. roker. >> let's show you what we've got happening starting with today. severe storms down through the south, fog in the northeast, wet weather in the pacific northwest. high surf advisories in southern california. for our tree-lighting tonight, 59 degrees, rain, possible thunderstorms, gusty winds. we are going to be watching this very carefully. and then for tomorrow, you can look for, again, drying out weather here in the northeast, thank goodness. mountain snows in the rockies, southern tier of states.
>> don't forget, get your weather any time you need it. go to the weather channel on cable. smooth jazz, baby. ?? guys. >> all right, al, thank you very much. now some ways to make this a stress-free holiday season. this morning last minute upgrades for your home before all that company arrives. the scott brothers are known for their hit brothers" and they have another hit on their hands with their new hgtv series "brothers take new orleans." they renovate side-by-side homes competing to increase their property value and they do it with help from some well-known friends. even hoda stops by. drew, jonathan, good morning. happy holidays. >> good morning. >> thanks for having us. >> i've gotten to know you a little bit over the years. generally speaking as twins you're somewhat competitive anyway. >> just a little bit. >> i won the challenge, i came
that's all that really matters. >> does that come out in the show? >> it comes out. we love competing. especially in new orleans if we're giving homes back to people that lost it in katrina. >> and drew realized that everyone loves the contractors. so in new orleans he did his own design and got into the work. >> everybody talks about wallpaper. they think of doing huge surfaces, other walls. you've got other ideas. >> wallpaper doesn't have to be wall. why not use it on your ceiling. you canse the back of cabinets. it's supposed to add a little color and pattern to break up a monotonous design. >> so you can take a shelf and make it feel more designer by putting it on the back panels. if you don't have the budget to do maybe like a tray ceiling or something like that, you can put it up there. >> what are we talking about, just scraps of wallpaper? >> right here on this step, this
this is a kids stepping stool, it's not going to last very long. with kids, they like to mix things up anyway. >> if you have commitment issues and don't want to commit to wallpaper, you can get peel and stick. >> jonathan's hair is peel and stick, he changes it with the season. >> let's move on. i'm going to put some pictures up. transoms can add light to a room. >> most people don't know what a transome is. it's like a window above the door. ventilation and extra light. you can put them in your home and everybody knows everything comes back into style n new orleans i put them in above all of the doors, really cool look. if you cannot cut holds or are worried about the structure, you can make your own transome without actually cutting a hole above the door. >> just use a mirror. this is a mirror that we got, what was it, five bucks just at the dollar store. >> you can see right up my nose right there. it's a great view.
>> but it does add a lot more depth to the room. it feels just like a transome. >> and it's not expensive. tin tiles. why do you love these things? >> i would like to point out if anybody watched "brothers take new orleans" last week, i won. it was all because of the tin tiles. again, if you go into cool restaurants, you'll notice a lot of restaurants put tin tiles back in. >> a lot of them have them on the ceiling. >> usual low they come n this, very shiny, but i like it to look aged. you can age it and then work it with a grinder or saw and give it that original look. >> or you can paint it black, something solid, it looks very classy, very elegant. you can use it for wainscoting, on a ceiling. >> how much for tile? >> it depends on the quality of the tile. you can get ones that are plastic but nobody would know when it's all the way up on the ceiling. and then you can rub it anyway
work it. there's no way to screw it up. you just keep painting. >> if you want to break it up, you just sand it down. >> you're just adding that patina. >> it's like clothes. we pay more for the worn clothes. people like the look of things that look old. >> by the way, speaking of clothes, wait until you get a load of this group over here. jonathan, drew, nice to have you both here. they'll be back co-hosting our next hour. just ahead, more help for the holidays. jill has a brand new batch of stea nbc. imagine a world where the holidays are about joy again. where days are filled with magic instead of madness.
miscellaneous, people that you have to get something for. so let's start. this one is for a friend. >> for a friend. >> the big reveal. >> this is always super popular. >> i love this stuff. >> bliss body products. the retail $94. scent-sational. two body butters or two soapy suds. one or the another. >> and choose your flavor? >> you choose -- yeah, you choose your can split them up, like my mother does. >> i know. >> the deal $29. >> $29? >> that's 69% off. >> usually these are $29. >> each. >> is this for the teacher or the baby-sitter? >> yes. >> up, up, up, careful and go. >> this is the marquee by waterford crystal ornaments. retail $99. it's a three-piece ornament set.
>> pretty. >> so again, three gifts there. the retail $99, the deal $29.99. 70% off. >> as jill's mom would say, split them up. >> this is two options here in the deal. so 1, 2, 3. >> the retail, $124 to $140. here are the two options. so that is the nine-piece stainless steel barware get everything there. that's a super cool gift. or -- >> look at this. >> you get the vase and the bowl. so the retail $124 to $140. the deal for either, $42. 70% off. >> $42 for either one of these? >> yeah. >> that's good. but don't split up the bar set. >> that looks weird and cheap. >> unless someone likes a certain drink. >> oh, you're right. >> this one is personalized for you guys.
>> that's nice. >> and who has to thank people for things. stationary studio personalized stationary. so this is -- you have the border here. you can choose from four borders. it comes in the gift box so just add a bow. >> how nice, look. >> i really like this. >> the retail $125, the deal $37.50, 70% off. so you get 50 cards and 50 envelopes. >> we actually did get this because it has our names on it. so yay, thank you. >> you can't regift this. c >> we're going to the kitchen. >> i once got hoda a gift and we did a regifting segment. >> did she regift it? >> she didn't remember it was from me. >> i handed it to you, merry christmas. >> where are we starting? >> you start right there. >> so that is for the foodie. so this is penguin random house cookbooks. the retail $67.50 to $70. there's nine cookbook sets from all different people. great chefs.
>> different in different sets. so you could look on today.com. nine cookbook sets to choose from. hard-hitting questions here. the deal is $21, up to 70% off. >> okay. this is for who? >> i didn't see the sglont it's for newlyweds. >> okay. so christine, our producer who just got married. so this is a great gift for her. dinnerware. the retail $138.99 two different styles. five-piece place setting, dishwasher safe. >> and the deal? >> the deal, $45. 70% off. now, this is something we should all aspire to. >> what's it for? >> multi function cookers. the retail $316. now here's the situation. you can cook three different foods at three different temperatures. >> this is cool. >> is the mac and cheese
the crock pot but how good is this? the deal is $69. >> bath and body sets from bliss. >> ornaments from. >> watersgloerd vase and barware set, the cookbooks from. >> penguin random house. >> dipper from. >> crew. >> and the multi function cooker. >> head to today.com for any questions. tomorrow jill has huge bargains, gifts for kids. on friday, can't miss, the biggest steals & deals ever. we're going to need more time. up next, attention, savannah, how to help survive and thrive when baby number two arrives. jenna bush hager will talk about that. first, this is "today" on nbc.
wonders with parents and babies. >> we are back, it is 8:46. today's parenting team as i am just about to find out, raising siblings i'm told can be a challenge, so what can parents expect when baby number two arrives. "today's" jenna bush hager sat down with a "today" parenting team member, and mom to 2-year-old ancil and 6-month-old austin. pregnant with austin, what were the thoughts that went through your mind? >> i was so excited because i always wanted many kids. and then the fear came in about how would ancil handle this? >> how is he handling it? >> he does not like it when he takes his toys. i actually bought ancil a little baby doll of his own a few months when i was due.
new baby home, austin, it wasn't so weird for him because he had a baby to play with and austin was my baby. >> we had her pick a baby out of the nursery. >> how do routines change? >> one of my hacks was to put the baby bathtub into the toddler regular bathtub and figure out how to do them both at once. moms have like eight except when you are breastfeeding and then you are literally locked down. so i've learned that it's critical to have close family nearby, to have a supportive spouse, to bait your girlfriends to come over and maybe bring them some cookies. >> so what do you think is the best part of having two? >> i think it is just the
they now have for one another. it's so cool to see the way that their eyes light up when they see one another. >> my baby? >> what's his name? >> austin. >> austin! >> high five. >> yeah. >> betsy brown brawn is a child behavior specialist. good morning. >> good morning. >> this is going to be a two-minute therapy session for you and me. a lot of people give advice when there's how to handle it with the siblings. what's your catch-all theory of the case? how much should you kind of try to prepare the child and how much is it just playing by ear? >> first of all, you shouldn't overthink it, but i do think that there are things you can do to prepare that sibling, depending upon that baby's age. a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old doesn't really have an idea of what's coming. you know, he thinks that baby will be born and go tricycle riding.
that sibling to another baby, visit another infant's house, see what a baby is like, talk a little bit about how babies poop and pee and cry and sleep and still going to be a baby, tha >> now, some people think the new baby should bring a gift for older baby. are you into that idea? >> yeah, i'm not into that. because part of this reality is going to be learning to tolerate disappointment and frustration and delayed gratification. i do thi but that when that new baby gets gifts, certainly give it to the sibling and say this baby can't open it. will you open it for him? >> if you have a toddler, they like to be helpers. they like to have a role. do you encourage that? >> for sure. and i do encourage buying a doll and having the toddler bathe her baby while you're bathing the other baby. i think also looking back at pictures of your toddler when she was baby so she can see that she was once getting that amount of attention from you is another good idea.
>> announcer: the citi concert series on "today" is proudly presented the city concert series on "today" is proudly presented to you by citi. >> you know it is officially the holiday season when this band of merrymakers stops by made up of like kevin griffin, cell ma davis, tyler gwynn, charity dawe and sam hollander are here to perform a song called "welcome to our christmas party." here, good morning. we were altogether at 5:30 this morning. can i just say you clean up very well. i was going to wear that exact outfit today. >> that one, matt? it would look good on you. >> exactly. all right, what are you going to sing? >> we're going to sing a very medley -- >> a very merry medley. >> you threw me off, matt. >> ladies and gentlemen, band of merrymakers.
>> ho. >> say ho ho ho. >> ho ho ho. >> ho ho ho. >> somebody, everybody, you and me. ? band of merrymakers ? ? band of merry makers ? ? some for you and me ? ? a christmas memory ? ? so sing along ? ? on the first day of christmas my true love gave to me ? ? a partridge ? on the second day of christmas my true love gave to me ? ? five golden rings ? ? dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh ? ? o'er the fields we go laughing all the way ? ? bells on bobtail ring ? ? making spirits bright ? ? what fun it is to ride and sing ? ? a sleighing song tonight, oh ?
robin laid an egg ? ? know noel, noel, if santa claus don't come to your crib ? ? you ain't gonna get no gifts ? ? band of merrymakers ? ? band of merry makers ? ? are you know ? ? we ? so have a rockin' christmas ? ? deck the halls with boughs of holly ? ? fa la la la la, la la la la? ? ? fa la la la la la, la la la la ? ? o come all ye faithful ? ? joyful and triumphant ?
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