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[ announcer ] if you're not using h&r block, you could be leaving money on the table. call 1-800-hrblock, and never settle for less. back now with more of "today" on a monday morning, the 24th of january, 2011. bitter cold. that's on overused expression, but we mean it today. it's about 6 or 7 degrees in new york city. colder as you go north of here. below zero in many places. you know what, just grin and bear it. it's supposed to get better in the next 24 hours or so. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and tamron hall. more on the cold gripping folks from pennsylvania to new england. dealing with below zero temperatures today. parts of upstate new york, minus
35 degrees today. take a look at cameron's car in lower manhattan. >> i should have moved it. >> you don't go with alternate side of the street parking, that's what happens. >> i saw two construction workers this morning and they both -- big burly guys screaming. really? you can handle this. >> it means spring is coming eventually. coming up, something that most of us would love to know. seven ways to never run out of money. sounds good. if you plan ahead there are steps you can take to make sure your cash keeps flowing to afford a college education and retirement. the key is to start early. we have the tips coming up. >> and more real estate questions answered. we'll tell you what's realistic in today's housing market. if you are one of the women who hates having curly hair and you're always blowing it straight, i was talking to hoda
about this. we'll help you surrender the flat iron and embrace the curls. that's really not curly, curly, more wavy, but we'll look into it. >> my daughter has wavy hair and i think it's a good thing. >> this is a hair chat tennis match. let's go to the news desk with natalie. she has the headlines of the day. good morning. >> i'll save you from the girly stuff. much of the country is shivering through freezing temperatures, braving the chill in central park. here in new york is peter alexander. good morning to you. lucky guy. >> reporter: good morning. this is a scorcher and by that i mean my toes are freezing. the temperature in new york's central park is 6 degrees. this is the coldest spot in the city and the coldest day here in two years. it's balmy compared to the northeast. as you noted in a adirondacks now the temperature has dipped
to 36 below zero. that's not including wind chills. welcome to the great american ice box. these are not your fair weather fans. in chicago where the bears and packers faced off and wind chills were in the single digits, tailgaters tried to ignore the thermostat. >> i have on four layers. it's getting colder by the second, i swear. >> reporter: in pittsburgh, same story, different city. the fiery jets and steelers showdown left little heat for those in the stands. it's not just cold. it's painful and it will get worse today with more than half the country suffering through biting winds and below average temperatures. the wind chills will be so low that if you have exposed flesh you could get frostbite in as little as ten minutes. frozen roads made driving dangerous and an icy highway caused this tractor-trailer crash saturday in ontario, canada. amazingly, no one was hurt. in ohio where the mercury
dropped to 11 degrees below zero sunday, a beach volleyball event where players lost their shirts and arguably their minds. in minneapolis, this boy scout troop braved the cold overnight in snow caves, all for a coveted patch. >> stay dry, stay warm, stay hydrated. >> reporter: all this cold on top of all that snow. five storms in the northeast in the last month alone with yet another one forecast this week. >> i can't take no more. i can't. no more snow. no more snow. >> reporter: i know you have seen this before, but you think you're having a bad morning? imagine being the owner of this car here in new york city. there was a believed water main break. you can see exactly what happened overnight. the thing is being referred to as the icicle audi model, the ice car that belongs to tamron hall. we'll get it out in april, tamron. i'm just afraid the squirrels
are looking at me funny in this hat. beyond that we're fine. >> peter alexander in central park, thank you very much. the woman suspected of kidnapping an infant 23 years ago has surrendered to police in connecticut. ann pettway appears in federal court to face kidnapping charges in the kidnapping of or lcarlin white. white discovered her true identity on a missing persons database. there was a deadly shooting in a washington state walmart. two sheriff's deputies were wounded in the cross fire. witnesses say the gunman opened fire after deputies approached to speak with him. five americans are back on dry land today after their boat disappeared in the central philippines sparking an international search effort. the 38-foot catamaran hit stormy seas near guam this month and was reported missing when it failed to each its destination on time.
a lakeside community was evacuated after a series of fires caused by a natural gas line. the red cross set up temporary housing. the u.s. postal service will close as many as 2,000 post offices beginning in march. they reported $8.5 billion in losses last year. the average price of a fa gallon of gas has gone up to $3.11 according to aaa, up 40 cents from a year ago. fitness and nutrition pioneer jack lalanne died sunday at his home in california. he urged people to get off the couch and get moving. his televised workout show ran for three decades. jack lalanne was 96 years old. and "no strings attached" took the top spot at the box office. "the green hornet" flew into the second spot and "the dilemma" was third.
a good time to go to the movies. >> stay indoors, no question. natalie, thank you very much. let's check on the weather from the weather channel's maria larosa who is standing in for al. >> good morning. we are here with a hearty crowd getting used to the cold temperatures. but thankfully we won't have to get used to them much longer. we are seeing the coldest morning now across the northeast. as we look at current temperatures we are into the single digits. many areas started below zero. you factor in a wind, doesn't make much to add the edge to the air. we have wind chills well below zero in areas including albany coming with 20 below zero currently. we take a look at what we are looking at over the next couple of days. the storm is now impacting the south. it will move up wednesday, thursday. a couple of track scenarios. storm track one, major cities will see accumulating snow but likely change to rain. another possibility is mainly snow in the major cities mixing
>> we are off to a cold start this monday. a few clouds are going to come in this afternoon. high temperatures only in the up natalie, back inside to you. thank you, maria. this morning on "today's money" how to keep the cash flowing. everyone would love to have money at their disposal all the time but that's not realistic for many. if you follow simple steps now you can have enough cash for retirement. greg dougerty is here from
consumer reports and jean chatzky of course. this is a concept everybody would like to hold onto -- never running out of money. consumer reports polled readers and how did they manage it? >> we asked 25,000 of our readers over the age of 55 how much money they had, how happy they were with where they were with their money and what they wish they had done differently. a big one is when you start and how much you save. the earlier you start the wetter off you are. >> that's right t. first stip is to live modestly. that's being the number one rule. right? >> so many people spend more than they make on a regular basis. it's just not sustainable. if you can get yourself to save a little bit off the top and just keep yourself under that level of what you're earning you're fine. >> where is it that people are falling when it comes to putting money aside for retirement when it comes to that? >> well, we know that at this
point, about 50% of all people are going to run out of money in retirement. that's a very, very scarey statistic. but if they are in the 401-k plan that number drops to 20%. that's the first thing you should do. if you don't have a 401-k available, open an ira, contribute automatically, save first and then spend. >> that's the point, greg, that you make as well. start saving early. so the earlier the better then. >> that's right. a lot of it -- we can't go back in time but start now and try to put away as much as you can. >> contribute the maximum to the 401-k plan. also keeping a budget. jean, this is the next task. >> people hate that word. >> the minute you budget you cringe. how important is it to live by what you put on paper? >> it's crucial. think about it in terms of planning your spending. think about deciding first how much you're going to spend on the different things in your
life. how much is going to go to housing. it should be no more than 35%. 15% for transportation. you should always save 10%. that leaves about 25% for the rest of your life. if you keep to those levels you're fine. >> the middle age years roughly from the 30s to the 50s is the point that you all make is to prioritize retirement over college. can you explain? >> it sounds harsh, but retirement is your number one priority. even if you are trying to save to put kids through college. contribute to your retirement and then contribute what you can to college after that. you don't want to depend on your kids in old age. >> so many of us want kids to go to whatever school they want and we want to make sure their college is taken care of. it's hard to put yourself first. >> the roth ira is a good vehicle. you can use the money for your retirement. you can also pull it out for college. so if you're not saving enough
today, open a roth and start funding that. at least you will feel like you're doing the best for your kids and you will figure it out when you get closer to college. >> and the next point, greg, is to catch up. that is to the point where if you are in your 50s you have time for your retirement. now is the time. >> right. a 401-k, as jean mentioned, makes it easy. after 50 contribute an extra $5500 a year and that's a good way to begin to catch up. >> if you haven't started saving by the time you're in your 40s, saving 10% which is what most financial advisers will tell you to do isn't enough. you have to aim for 15. you have to run yourself through the retirement calculator. you have to see where the hole is and you have to gear up. i know that's tough advice, but you're going to be sorry if you don't. >> absolutely. the next major point is to pay off debt. now what kind of debt are we talking about? >> high interest rate credit card debt. it's a savings killer. you have big bills every month. you can't save because that's
sitting on your head. you have to work your way through that high interest rate debt first and then really whale on the savings. >> at the same time you're paying off debt it is important to remember to save what you can. >> absolutely. make sure you are doing both at the same time. >> okay. finally, last point is to time your pay which means sometimes having to work longer into those retirement years. >> exactly. if you can put off taking social security up to age 70 you get a lot more. you can take it at 62 but it will be low for the rest of the time you're collecting. we found that people just enjoy work for the most part. there is the social aspect, the feeling that you are doing something useful. >> keeps you young at heart. >> if you stay in the work force it's a good thing for a bunch of reasons. >> great to have you on with us. thanks so much. coming up next in "today's real estate" how to get the most from a seller when you buy a home and is skipping a broker a good idea? we'll answer some of your most asked questions. and later, tame the frizz
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what you do is ask the seller to add the $3,000 onto the purchase price so you are able to finance it as part of the loan. everybody wins. it's a great solution. don't be fooled by the fancy title. >> is there a downside? >> not really. it's a way to make the wheels get greased and make the deal happen. >> thank you very much. next up is kathy from kansas city, missouri, joining us via skype. what's your question? >> caller: since last april. -- [ audio breaking up ] >> i think we have lost kathy. maybe we'll get her back. let me pull in this e-mail from katie in ft. wayne, indiana. she said, i got married in april. my husband deployed and we will be selling my home as soon as he returns. i don't live in a military town. i am new to the lifestyle so i
need help selling my home. first, thanks to your husband for his service. >> the best thing you can do is go on two websites. there are a few out there. the most active ones are militarybyowner.com and militaryforrent.com. why these are great is they are only open to military families. they help you sell the house. they charge $15 to $80 to list the house. april is around the corner. you don't have a lot of time. i'd get going on it. >> she doesn't live in a military town where you may have people frequently moving in and out. >> also, those particular sites will accommodate anyone in the military. so it's another way of listing your home to a person who really wants to missouri. >> -- move. >> let's get to danielle from west virginia. >> caller: good morning. my husband and i have had our house on the market for about a year now. we were wondering if we should sign another contract with the
realtor or try to sell by owner where we could take a lower offer. >> what should she consider? >> anyone can sell a house on their own. that's certainly an option. you have to be available for the showings. that's common sense. be able to negotiate the price in a nonpassionate way which is hard for owners to do on their own. most importantly, cast a wide net to get as many buyers biting on the hook as you can. that said, it's been my experience that often when an owner is trying to save 5% or 6% is buyer is looking to save the same 5% to 6% for dealing directly. i would say to approach that with caution but probably a good 10% of all homes in america are sold direct without brokers. it is certainly an option. >> let's get to tara from new york on the phone. good morning. >> caller: good morning. my husband and i are in a contract on a house. we put 10% down on signing, but last week our lender appraised
the house at $90,000 less than the agreed purchase price. we thought it was a good price but now we're not sure what to do. >> ouch. >> you're between a rock and a hard place. you have two things to do. either come up with more cash or go back and ask the seller to renegotiate the price. chances are good because they will have the same problem with the next buyer that walks in. >> good luck. thanks for your questions. barba barbara, good to see you. >> my pleasure. >> coming up the woman accused of kidnapping a baby 23 years ago is now in custody. en you realize that depression has left you nowhere to go. when you've lost interest in everything. when you've had one too many days feeling sad or anxious... aches and pains, fatigue. when it becomes hard to ignore that you need help. that's the day you do something. depression hurts. cymbalta can help with many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide.
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which also won big at the golden globes. we'll have the nominations for you live tomorrow on "today." meantime, coming up in this half hour a big development in the kidnapping cold case of a young woman taken from her birth parents 23 years ago. now the woman suspected of the crime is under arrest making her first court appearance today. we'll get the latest on the story. what a heartbreaker. >> it has been, but with a good ending. >> so far. >> if you're one of the women who's been fighting your curls all your life and blow drying your hair straight every day, just say no. we have an expert who is sharing her secrets to making the most of your waves and corkscrews. a lot of women embrace the curls. i have always wanted curls. i'm jealous. >> i know. >> and in "today's kitchen" nothing warms you up better than a delicious bowl of mac & cheese. we kick it up with four different kinds of mushrooms. >> now we're talking. >> mushrooms and mac & cheese.
my favorite. >> hen of the woods is a great kind of mushroom they put in there. >> can you believe i just started eating mushrooms three months ago. i'm obsessed. >> the segment will be a big deal. today maria is in for al and will give us a check of the weather. nice to have you here. >> thank you very much for having me. it's cold outside and we are continuing to see the cold weather be a factor in what's coming up. look to the south. you can see the green on the radar. that's a southern system taking shape and likely bringing wintry weather across the midatlantic and the northeast. right now today it will bring showers and thunderstorms to the gulf coast. arctic cold in the northeast with snowshowers in the great lakes. the place to be in the southw t southwest, warm and sunshine. >> we are off to a cold start this monday.
a few clouds are going to come in this afternoon. high temperatures only in the up ann, back to you. >> thank you very much. what do you get when you mix two very real '80s pop princesses with special effects, pythons and huge gators? that's what we'll find out when we see tiffany and debbie gibson star in sci-fi's "mega python versus gator." aren't you shivering in that beautiful dress? >> tv studios have no seasons. >> your right. >> we got the memo on the color scheme. we're all coordinated.
>> exactly. that's from lisa rinna's store. i love her. >> now that we have had the girl chat let's talk about the movie. >> i know tiffany, you starred in a movie before. >> i did. "mega piranha" and she did "mega shark." so we have it covered. >> she started it. i followed up. >> these are campy -- >> we're not doing shakespeare. >> millions of people watch these. >> i think people are stressed out enough. they want good-old fashioned escapism. this is like gather the family on a saturday night. >> oh! yeah! >> the family. >> ah! >> i hate when that happens. >> this is so exciting to see more. >> we get to see the whole thing tonight. >> really? okay. >> there is a fight scene, i understand.
>> yeah. >> there is a mean catfight, yes. >> some '80s angst coming out there? >> oh, yeah. >> there it is! >> i love it. >> i wanted those shoes. >> there you are in hot dresses. why not? >> we get into food groups after this. >> imagine the challenge for the cameraman. >> no! >> kids, leave the room. >> did you leave bruises? really? >> no, no. >> i'm a huge sci-fi fan. this was a dream come true. >> do you like it on talk soup? >> i love it. i'm an any press is good press girl. >> i love him. >> it's a compliment. you know, pop culture should be
fun. not take itself seriously. we never did. we're having fun with people's fantasy of what the rivalry was and we're playing it out in this crazy movie. >> i hear you had a sold out concert this weekend. >> we did. we sang together for the first time ever. two shows back to back. it was so much fun. >> bringing the '80s back. i love it. >> i feel so old. >> i don't know about you guys. >> thank you so much, tiffany and debbie gibson. it's "mega python versus gatoroid." it premiers saturday, january 29th. coming up next we're talking about after 23 years an arrest in the kidnapping of a newborn who's been reunited with her real family. that's coming up after this. kat. what was i thinking? but i was still skating on thin ice with my cholesterol. anyone with high cholesterol may be at increased risk of heart attack. diet and exercise weren't enough for me.
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is getting to know her biological family again. this as her suspected kidnapper is arrested. tom yamouth has the latest for us. hi, tom. >> reporter: ann pettway will appear in court later today. as the fbi and nypd were looking for her she turned herself in. officials believe she kidnapped carlina white 23 years ago from a new york hospital. the question is if she did do it, how and why? this exclusive video shows ann pettway in custody leaving the fbi's office in bridgeport, connecticut. federal authorities say pettway kidnapped carlina white from harlem hospital in 1987 when white was just an infant. on saturday, police say pettway was spotted trying to sell items at this bridgeport pawnshop. >> she was recognized by a clerk.
he made a call to us and the detectives responded to the location. >> reporter: pettway, who is 44, turned herself in on sunday. she's wanted for breaking probation in north carolina. pettway disappeared after news broke that the woman she called her daughter, nejdra nance, was really carlina white. >> the whole family believed that ann was nejdra's mother. there was never no questions about it. >> reporter: relatives say they remember seeing pettway pregnant all those years ago but admit but no one saw her give birth to nejdra. the facts aren't known but there is a profile for baby snatchers. >> the profile of a baby snatcher is normally a woman who has recently lost a child, has a fantasy about being a mother and has not been able to achieve it. it may be someone who's faked a pregnancy for seven, eight, nine months and needs to produce the proof of the pregnancy. >> reporter: for more than two decades carl tyson and joy white had no idea what happened to their daughter. >> i think the lady cea's scare
bring the baby in because she thinks maybe we'll press charges. right now, i won't press charges. bring me the baby. >> reporter: dna confirmed carlina's true identity and she reunited with her biological mother and father. carlina said she long suspected pettway wasn't her real mother because she couldn't produce a birth certificate. carlina said she searched online and found a photo of a missing baby that looked like her own daughter. it helped solve the mystery of her life and experts say the prosecutors have a strong case. >> though this has been over a 20-year cold case for the authorities we have dna evidence. we have the statements of relatives basically going back from the time the little girl disappeared from the hospital. so i don't think this is going to be hard to put together at all. >> reporter: today in court prosecutors may reveal what evidence they have against ann pettway, something they don't have is surveillance video on that day back in august of 1987
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this morning on "today's beauty," embracing your natural beauty. girls can face a world of hair challenges. lorraine massey salons are for those dealing with curls. good morning. >> good morning. >> i know you have made this your mission. your salons are for women with curly hair. why is it so important to get the right cut? >> well, first of all it's important for them to understand they have curly hair and trust their hair. >> right. >> a lot of the big fears are the frizz and the hair cut is the next biggest thing. we tend to cut too much hair off
when it's wet. it contracts and expands so dramatically. you will see today. >> you will show us tips of the trade here. let's start with the beautiful little gretta. she has curly hair. you have one side that you have worked already. this side is dealing with frizz. >> yeah. >> what is the frizz? >> frizz is a curl waiting to happen. it's dehydrated. when you use shampoo and detergent it's like drinking salt water when you're thirsty. with curly hair use as much moisture as possible. wherever there is frizz it is a curl begging for moisture. what i will do is take your favorite conditioner, get spring water, half and half to make it into a milky substance. for the curly girl on the go, the teen curly girl we call this spot cleansing. if you don't have much time this will unpack your frizz quickly. as you can see we rolled up this
little curl. >> pin it. >> just wrap it around your little finger, clip it and -- >> when it dries it will dry more conditioned and soft like this. >> right. that frizz comes back quickly, as you can see. >> some shampoos aren't good for curly hair. >> shampoo really strips curly hair of all of its moisture. we don't have any moisture to strip to begin with. >> yeah. all right. let's move on over here. we have gorgeous mona with a gorgeous long, long beautiful curly hair. however you will notice around the roots it gets flat. what do you do to lift it? >> this could be a second day trick. that's the big complaint for girls, second day curl. to get lift at the root, take clips, put a little bit of gel on the clip and go to the root and lift it. >> okay. >> five minutes and you've got a
lovely little root lift. >> let's see if we can get a close-up to see what you are doing with the root lift. >> clip and roots. you can leave it for five minutes, let it dry and you will have a lovely lift at the roots. this is great for straight hair, too. not just curly, but straight hair. >> if we have straighter hair but get the flatness you can do the same thing. >> it's really great. >> let's move over to kim. she's going to let you cut her hair live on air. you're going to cut just the bangs. >> right. >> important to do it when the hair is dry? why? >> yes. look how long her hair appears when wet. it shrinks almost six inches. it's better to cut the hair as you see it. right before the twist in the curl. don't make it more complicated than it is. >> this is something you can do yourself at home?
cut with the curl. >> right. see? nice little bang trim. a little fluff. when you fluff curly hair do it from underneath or you create lots of frizz. >> all right. well, there are a lot more pointers in the book, i should mention. it's called "the curly girl." lorraine and ladies, thank you very much for being here. appreciate it. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> up next, a new twist on a family favorite, mac & cheese with mushrooms. first, this is "today" on nbc. [ male announcer ] rockin out to the big hot pastrami. big. hot. pastrami. don't dare call it a cover band -- unless you're talking about covering freshly baked bread with layer upon layer of flavor-packed pastrami. this sub lays down power cords of tasteocity with pickles, mean licks of mustard and riffs of melty, bubbly cheese. catch 'em before the fresh toasted tour leaves town.
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cheese. good morning. i'm going to say it until i get it right. to make this classic american dish macaroni and cheese you're going french on us and making a mushroom veloute. >> you say it pretty good. we'll take it to the next level and add wild mushrooms to it. finish with fine herbs we'll describe later. >> you have the hen of the woods. >> we have hen of the woods here, shitake, oyster and button mushrooms. they have different textures. i'll explain later. you want to start with the button and the myataki mushrooms. they take longer. >> you want to chop them up? >> chop them a little bit smaller to get more flavor out of the cream. >> how do you make the cream? >> heavy cream chopped mushrooms and pour the heavy cream with the mushrooms. >> to make it low fat you can use a nonheavy cream? >> you can use a low fat -- even
milk would work. >> wouldn't taste as good. >> but good enough. let it cook out for about ten minutes to get the flavor out of the heavy cream. now you have this. you have a mushroom flavor, heavy cream which is called the veloute. we'll turn it into a bechamel. >> mm-hmm. >> so we have butter that we are going to brown into a brown butter to give nuttiness to the dish. >> right. >> we're going to pour the flour in. >> and i get to pour this in? can i help? >> of course. >> little by little? >> you get to pour the mushrooms. >> and the rest of this -- stop me because i -- i will stop you because we have only a minute left. it ends up like this. >> we have the bechamel now. we have the mushrooms we chopped bigger. >> and then you will pour in the cream. >> pour that cream first. >> then when you want to build the dish you put the macaroni -- >> like this. >> oh, now we're talking.
>> you have the macaroni, fontina cheese, garlic. >> shallots. >> chives? >> this is a mix of four herbs. we call it fine herbes. >> we're running out of time. i want to show people what it looks like. we're going to dig in. >> this is the final product. >> look how beautiful it is. >> smells great. thanks for putting up with us. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for this wonderful dish. we have much more a
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