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morning. realtime weather and news and traffic on the nbc 10 app. thanks for watching. the "today" show starts rights now. have a great day. good morning. breaking news, violent storms including a possible tornado rip through texas overnight. more than 100 homes damaged in san antonio alone. meanwhile, out west, new flooding concerns in california as another massive storm targets that state. one month in office. president trump searching for a new national security adviser in the wake of michael flynn's departure. interviewing four contenders over the weekend. this, as he uses a rally to escalate his battle with the media. >> when the media lies to people, i will never, ever let them get away with it. >> fellow republican senator, john mccain, slamming the president for his war with the
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press. >> that's how dictators get started. caught on tape. chilling new video emerges showing what appears to be the fatal attack on kim jong-un's half-brother. this morning, investigators hoping that video could lead to more arrests, as the manhunt for more suspects intensifies. and breaking her silence. angelina jolie opening up for the first time about her high-profile split from brad pitt. what she's saying about the bra breakup, their family and how she's coping. today, february 20th, 2017. >> from nbc, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthr guthrie. welcome to "today" on this presidents day.
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>> keeping the seats warm for them until they get back. >> looks like it went well. >> it was a lot of fun. a crowd in the plaza. with plenty to talk about, too. our top story, the dangerous storms that are rolling across texas overnight. mr. roker is here with more on that. >> we have thunderstorm warnings right now. the same line that caused big problems in san antonio. we've already got so many people, at least right now, 100 homes damaged. it's not even confirmed this is a tornado. these could be straight line winds. as you look right now, houston, under the gun with the strong storms pushing in. we have 8 million people under marginal risk of severe storms, local heavy rain, strong hail and gusts of 60 miles per hour. they could pick up 3 to 5 inches in parts of texas and louisiana. on the west coast, we have the pineapple express.
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we are watching this round of powerful, new storms making their way into california, with even more heavy rains and high winds. we've got our national correspondent, miguel almaguer, standing by in san francisco. miguel, good morning. >> reporter: al, good morning. after five years of drought, the extreme opposite. a deluge that just won't quit. you can't even make out the golden gate bridge behind me. we're expecting torrential rain and violent wind in the bull's-eye of another storm system that just won't quit. overnight, the leading edge of another devastating storm, expected to drop five inches of rain and bring 65-mile-per-hour wind gusts to san francisco. the bay area is bracing for rivers to rise again. roads to flood and the potential for rock and mudslides to bury homes. in the city of maxwell, where floodwaters swamped 50 houses
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over the weekend, residents returned just in time to ev evacuate again. >> some people have four or five inches of water in their house. it's not worth sandbagging. the damage is done. >> reporter: 50 miles s away, eyes on oroville. up to ten inches of rain are expected here. the surging feather river will be on the rise. in los angeles, they are cleaning up after the most powerful storm in years. a month worth of rain in a single day. the deadly weekend storm killing at least five, triggering water rescues and massive power outages. sinkholes swallowed cars and drivers. freeways collapse, breaking apart beneath a fire truck. >> hopefully this will be the last big one. but you never know. it's kind of chaos. >> reporter: now, it's northern
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california in the crosshairs. the start of a two-day deluge, promising to deliver a nasty punch. with the torrential rain just getting started here, we could see up to five feet of snow and blizzard conditions in the mountains. city officials say we should brace for flash flooding, power outages and major delays at sfo, a storm system just getting started. al, back to you. >> miguel, thanks so much. in fact, we are looking right now at flood watches and warnings. 18 million people, significant river flooding, as miguel mentioned, rock, mud and landslides likely. wind damage. 22 million people at risk for high wind watches and warnings. and you can see rainfall amounts anywhere from three to five inches of sierra can see 8 to 5 inches. and in such a short period of time, there's going to be more flooding and damage. >> when is relief coming?
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>> they'll dry out towards the end of the week. but in the meantime, it will be tough for them. >> appreciate it. president trump is starting his morning in florida, where he spent a third-straight weekend at what he likes to call his winter white house. this morning, he is ramping up his search for a new national security adviser, after the departure of michael flynn, while also intensifying his war of words with the media. we have two reports, beginning with nbc national correspondent, peter alexander. >> reporter: good morning. president trump beginning his second month in office, with questions swirling about his campaign and its possible ties to russia. also, new criticism for his comments for a campaign-style stop in florida, where to try to justify his travel ban, he seem to allude to a terror attack in sweden, despite there being no such attack. on this presidents day, one month after his inauguration, president trump is still under scrutiny for his campaign's possible ties the russia. the white house confirms
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receiving letters from the bipartisan leaders of the senate intel jeligence committee. asking agencies to preserve communications to the russian interference in the communication. it came when they had a private meeting with james comb beau. reince pe briebus says the reco request doesn't indicate wrongdoing. >> as long as they do their job, they will issue a report and the report will say there's nothing there. >> reporter: it comes as the white house is hunting for a new national security adviser, after firing mike flynn. four finalists interviewing with the president in florida this weekend. >> i'm here because i want to be among my friends and among the people. >> reporter: the president, back in his comfort zone this weekend, rallying supporters outside orlando, with a rare introduction from the first lady. >> my husband is creating a
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country of great safety and prosperity. >> reporter: mr. trump denying his administration is in turmoil. >> the white house is running so smoothly. so smoothly. >> reporter: and again, raising eyebrows. this time, seemingly railing about an unidentified event in sweden. >> you look at what happened last night in sweden. sweden. who would believe this, whede'd. >> reporter: the swedish prime minister saying, what's he smoking? the swedish authorities aren't aware of a terror event. the embassy asking the state department to clarify. which he tried to do, tweeting he was talking about a story on fox news and sweden. that was focusing on a filmmaker, who blamed migrants
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for a crime wave in sweden. the trump administration is ready to roll out a new executive order this week. and how the president might crack town on undocumented immigrants in the u.s. among the priorities, detaping those at the borders while they await hearings. >> get them the hell out of here. >> reporter: the trump administration says the memos are only drafts. and have not been signed off by the white house. after a little bit of golf and a little bit of presidential business, president trump comes back from florida late tonight. and here, white house aides say he's likely to sign the new immigration executive order as early as tomorrow. >> thanks much. david cohen served as deputy director of the cia during the last few years of the obama administration. no national security adviser right now. many of the deputies have not been named. if there was some sort of international incident, how
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equipped is our national security apparatus as it stands right now to handle that incident? >> we're a month into this administration. and the apparatus, and the process, to handle, the response to potential crises isn't in place. no national security adviser. the team that mike flynn left behind in the national security council is relatively weak. there are not even nominees for most of the key positions in the agencies that support the national security process. so, i think there's a lot of work to get done by the president and his team to fill out that team and to get the processes established. >> we'll talk about the folks who might be filling those positions. but there's been talk about having the autonomy to put their staff in place.
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if the president would trust somebody enough to name them as national security adviser, why wouldn't they be trusted to make their own personnel decisions, too? >> i think it's critically important that the national security adviser have the authority to put in place people, and to replace some of the people who are in place now, so he or she has a team that he could -- he or she could trust. and related to that is also this strange organization in the white house now, that's led by steve bannon, that appears to be senior to the national security council. this strategic initiative group. any national security adviser want to understand that they can put in place the team they need and how they relate to this steve bannon organization in the white house. >> david, based on the generals that will being considered to replace michael flynn, and the ambassador himself, what can we glean from this group about president trump's national
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security policy? >> well, president trump seems to have an affinity for generals. so, leaving aside john bolden. the other three individuals he's looking at are senior, retired military officers. he has other senior retired military officers in other key positions in his administration right now. that seems to be what he feels comfortable with. i think a little diversity of viewpoints could be useful. but each of those men, none of whom i know personally. but each of them have a good reputation. >> former cia deputy director, david cohen. thank you. as the president enters his second month in office, as we've been talking about, he's taking greater aim at the media. kristen welker has that part of the story for us this morning. >> reporter: good morning. as a candidate, president trump often targeted the media. it was a guaranteed way to fire
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up his political base. now as president, it's a tactic that still works. over the weekend, he turned up his rhetoric. and that's drawing a sharp, new backlash. as president trump tries to reset his white house, he's again using the media as his foil. lashing out during a campaign-style rally in florida. >> they have their own agenda. and their agenda is not your agenda. >> reporter: during that saturday event, the president mentioned the press half a dozen times, escalating a longstanding fight. >> i want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. when the media lies to people, i will never, ever let them get away with it. >> reporter: the sharp barbs coming after the president called the press the enemy of the american people. >> i hate the press. i hate you especially. but the fact is, we need you. >> reporter: on "meet the press," republican senator john
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mccain laid into the president. >> you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. and without it, i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. that's how dictators get started. i'm not trying to say that president trump is trying to be a dictator. i'm saying we have to learn the lessons of history. >> reporter: some of the critics are noting he used similar language that president nixon used, during a phone call at the height of the watergate scandal. >> and also, never forget the pressure is the enemy. the press is the enemy. >> reporter: at a press conference on thursday, the president went after the media nine times. blaming the press for badly treating his former national security adviser, michael flynn, who trump fired last week. now, the strategy apore ppears in full force, with reince
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priebus on the sunday shows -- >> the media is on siabscessed false, hallow stories. >> you don't get to tell us what to do anymore than barack obama. barack obama whined about fox news all the time. but he never said we were an enemy of the people. >> reporter: the press, a constant boogieman for the new president. >> the media, as i told you, they won't show this crowd. >> reporter: the president repeating a line from the campaign trail, claiming news organizations won't show off the size of his crowds, despite doing so during the campaign, and repeatedly showing live shots of his rally on live television. one month after the inauguration, the president is relying on these statements to people his supporters loyal. >> the media did not make donald trump. and they can't destroy him. his supporters aren't worried or they want to abandon him. they hope he hangs on. they hope he continues to stick
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it to them. >> reporter: while the president's top aides defended him over the weekend, his defense secretary, james mattis, seemed to disagree with him. saying he does not see the press as the enemy of the people. and adding, i don't have any issue with the press. hallie? craig? >> kristen, thanks. overseas, u.s. defense secretary jim mattis says the united states does not intend to series iraqi oil, shifting away from remarks made by president trump. mattis arrived as the battle to oust isis from mosul moves into its second day. at the same time, the pentagon is considering new ways to access rate the campaign against isis in iraq and syria. those efforts could be complicated by the president's oil threat and his inclusion of iraq and the administration's travel ban. you've got to check out this incredible video, showing the moments that spacex rocket touched back down at cape canaveral on sunday.
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the falcon 9 took off from the space center. it was the first flight from the legendary launchpad since the shuttle program ended almost six years ago. it is cool. the rocket is designed to be reusable. its cargo is set to arrive at the international space station on wednesday. no shortage of offense on n the nba all-star game. no shortage of highlights between the east and west all-stars. former teammates turned rivals, russell westbrook and kevin durant, reuniting for the alley-oop. lebron james had 23 points, including that three pointer from just about half court. and anthony davis, he put up 52 points, breaking a record set by wilt chamberlain in 1962. he took home the mvp trophy. the west won that game 192-182. it was the highest scoring game in league history. not a lick of defense being
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played in new orleans last night. >> that's an understatement. to be sure. >> i watched the game last night. everyone was just, a shootaround. >> let's play h.o.r.s.e. >> yeah. al, what you got in the forecast? >> let's look at what we have. we're looking at the wet weather out west. record highs in the southwest and in the midwest. we're going to look at that. a little cooler in the northeast. but what a great weekend we had. we're getting to your local
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good morning. meteorologist bill henley. beautiful presidents' day ahead. a lot of sunshine. not as warm as saturday and sunday. the temperatures will be climbing. philadelphia 56 degrees this afternoon. wind pick up this afternoon. that will keep dry air in place and keep temperatures lower tan over the weekend for the suburbs and lehigh valley. goes up to 53 degrees. new jersey, 55 degrees inland at the shore. sunny skies and 55. up to 56 and sunshine for delaware. have a great day. >> and that's your lat latest weather. >> mr. roker, thank you, sir. just ahead, new video emerging in the deadly poison attack of the half-brother of north korean leader kim jong-un. will it lead to new arrests in the case? and angelina jolie speaking out. her first public
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so cleanup underway. still only the right bound lane getting by. watching the bridges and earlier opening scheduled for 6:55. tieing things up on the taco that palmyra. philadelphia police investigating a home invasion put a man in the hospital. police say the man was found in the house tied up and bleeding around 2 this morning. he had been there since friday night. police say two men beat the victim and ran off. today people in doylestown will put up more hearts on businesses all over town and high school students rally for peace, love, kindness. both activities meant to counter hate flyers that surfaced. another update in 25 minutes. always get the latest news and whether with the nbc 10 app. today show continues in just a couple of minutes. i'm tracey davidson. thanks for watching. have a great day. ♪
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♪ 7:30, now, on a monday morning. february 20th, 2017. it is presidents day. and we have a happy, holiday crowd out in rockefeller plaza. we'll say hi in a bit. i'm hallie jackson, with craig melvin, filling in for matt and savannah. let's get a look at our headlines. a line of severe weather tore through texas. the system spawned one possible tornado in san antonio. several people were hurt. more than 100 homes were damaged. another powerful storm is hitting northern california today. crews spent the weekend racing to cleanup through friday's downpo downpours. those caused severe flooding and mudslides all across the state.
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flood warnings have been issued for all of the sacramento valley ahead of the new storm. and thousands are participating in not my president day rally. it kicked off outside of trump tower in chicago. they are protesting the policies ordered by president trump since he took office one month ago. also this morning, new developments tied to the deadly poisoning of the half-brother of kim jong-un. new surveillance video showing the moment it happened. janice mackie frayer joins us with that investigation. >> reporter: good morning, guys. another twist in this mystery, airport security video that's believed to show in real-time, the alleged attack on kim jong-nam. cctv footage reportedly shows kim jong-nam at the airport.
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a woman walks up behind him. appears to wipe his face with something. and immediately walks away. next, the video allegedly shows kim telling airport workers, he feels dizzy, as he walks towards a clinic, the woman who appeared to attack him, can be seen strolling through the crowded airport towards a taxi. the man believed to be the north korean dictator's half-brother, dead by time he reached the hospital. police are searching for four north korean men who left the day together the day that kim was killed. >> it's not a diplomatic passport. >> reporter: one north korean man was arrested in a raid at this apartment block. growing stronger accusations that north korea is behind the assassination. malaysia has recalled its ambassador from pyongyang. while north korea's ambassador
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here is so furious, he wants to expose what he calls a conspiracy. >> there's no clear evidence on the cause of the death. and at the moment, we cannot trust the investigation by the malaysian police. >> reporter: meanwhile, a malaysian man is in custody with two women. one of them believed to be wearing the lol shirt in that airport video. and a major development here, just in the last hour. the son of kim jong-nam has arrived in kuala lumpur. he will go to the morgue to give the dna sample that police have been waiting for to confirm without a doubt that the body is that of kim jong-nam. so, craig, this mystery continues to add a new twist. >> it is bizarre. janis, thank you. let's get a check of the weather with al. hey, al? >> we got more warm weather. nobody is complaining.
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jet stream way up to the north. our warmth streak continues. minneapolis, you're going to touch near 60 degrees. chicago, 33 degrees above average at 64. st. louis, 75. charlotte, 75 degrees. tomorrow, the heat continues. near- 0 in chicago. st. louis at 70. cleveland, 62. as we head towards the weekend, going to be unbelievable. up to 66 in new york. 73 in roanoke. friday, 82 in augusta. friday, you rebound going into
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>> get that weather anytime you need it. check out the weather channel on cable. coming up, angelina speaking out for the first time. angelina jolie talking about her difficult split from brad pitt. we'll hear from her. first, kids in cuffs. our investigation into school security, revealing some disturbing trends. disturbing trends. the report a ♪(music plays) ♪ heigh ho ♪ heigh ho ♪ heigh ho heigh ho it's off to work we go here's to all of you early risers, what's up man? go-getters, and should-be sleepers. from all of us at delta, because the ones who truly change the world, are the ones who can't wait to get out in it. because the ones who truly change the world, ♪
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stations across the one kun. we uncovered cases where questionable police tactics were used, including elementary-aged children placed in handcuffs. >> i like robotics. i really like science. >> reporter: a pretty smart kid. school usually isn't tough for calleb. but one day in second grade, he says the bullies made it a nightmare. you were yelling at them to stop yelling at you? >> yeah. what did i do to you? >> reporter: it was a rough day, the teacher called his father. >> i walk in, my son is sitting like this. he's crying, too. my first thing is to try to get him to calm down. it dons on me, why are you sitting like that. he goes like this. >> reporter: that was the first moment you saw -- >> the handcuffs. yeah. like, wow? >> reporter: the security officer says calleb was screaming and out of control. he said he had to cuff the boy
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to avoid him hurting himself. >> he was 7 years old. and he reacted. and had an emotional outburst and was yelling. >> reporter: calleb's lawyer says it was an excessive use of force. >> instead of leveling with him or talking to him, he was put in handcuffs. >> reporter: when he put the handcuffs on, were you scared? >> i was kind of a little scared. but mostly i was mad because, like, he was -- like, holding my hand tightly. >> that hurts. >> reporter: the incident is one of many we found around the country where grade schoolkids end up in cuffs, fuelling the debate over the role of security officers in schools. safety concerns, in part inspired by school shootings, have led 43% of schools to rely on security personnel. many of them police officers. just a few miles down the road from calleb's school, officer holly zorns patrols high school with a bullet-proof vest,
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handcuffs and side arms. >> your goal is to counsel them. we're here for someone's safety. >> reporter: but data shows when there's a cop in school, students are more likely to be arrested. and an nbc news investigation found dozens of cases around the country of students facing juvenile charges for behavior that used to lead to detention or a note home. a middle schooler arrested for petty larceny over a carton of milk. a teen convicted of disorderly conduct for swearing. >> children as young as first grade, second grade, third grade, is being policed in the hallways. >> reporter: tori hutchison worries about something the school-to-prison pipeline. studies show that kids who face discipline in school, even for minor offenses, are more likely to get in trouble with the law down the road. >> we are treating children, children, as criminals, when
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they're children. why are we surprised when they behave the way we treat them? >> reporter: calleb's father says handcuffs leave an impression. >> what do they socialize handcuffs with? the bad guy wears the handcuffs. the good guy put the handcuffs on the bad guy. >> reporter: so, you're the criminal? >> yeah. >> reporter: the data reveals another harsh truth. students with disabilities are three-times more likely to be reported than kids without disabilities. and black students are three-times more likely to be arrested than white students. it's become a civil rights issue. >> certain kids get rehab. certain kids get counseling. certain kids get wraparound services. other kids get juvenile detenti detention. >> i've seen the racial bias since i was a high school student. >> reporter: getting this right is personal for kansas city superintendent mark badel. out of a family of eight, he is the only one making it past the
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eighth grade. he currently oversees calleb's school but wasn't on the job at the time of the incident. he believes school police play a vital role. but the jobs need to be clearly defined. police officers have become the disciplinarians. >> that shouldn't be the case. >> reporter: is it ever okay to handcuff a small child? >> i have a 5-year-old. and i would probably lose my mind if she was to be handcuffed with something that could potentially have been de-escalated by trained school personnel. >> reporter: a child doesn't get handcuffed if the handcuffs aren't in the school in the first place. right? >> correct. i think there's a conversation that we need to have in this area. >> it's something we have to do, considering we can't afford to lose anymore of these kids. we just can't. >> reporter: calleb's family is suing the kansas city school district for violating his constitutional rights. in court papers the district responded saying his rights were
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not violated and the handcuffing incident was lawful. this is an issue that school systems are struggling with around the country. guys, there is no simple answer for it. >> i thought your question about, you know, having handcuffs in the school. like, you know, it's tough for folks to get their head around why you need to handcuff a 6-year-old. >> absolutely. but there's parents that are really concerned after they see shootings around the country. they want someone in the schools to protect the kids. it's a tough balance to strike, guys. >> we have more information on our website, today.com. >> an important story, stephanie. coming up, "dirty dancing" star, jennifer grey, reveals what nearly ruined one of those iconic scenes. and carson in the orange room with a removal
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welcome back. carson is in the orange room with a group of college students who faced a problem. and they took matters in their own hands. i'm sure their parents would be proud. >> they're going to be proud. a college senior, this lovely young laidty here. that's jodi. she lives with these ladies in philadelphia. they recently have been sharing their place with an unwanted roommate, a rat. >> ew. >> go with me on this. they tried setting traps. they called an exterminator. but the rodent found their way to their bedroom. the ladies had to take action. here we go. >> there it goes. >> whoa.
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>> all right. >> that's right. with the rat cornered in the bathtub, they blocked off a path. they got into position. and made the final exit. that's the slap shot from one of the girls' boyfriend. it's been watched 2,000 times on twitter. there was concern for the rat online. and there was impress for the girls' skilled. i'd be lying if i didn't celebrate. gotta respect the ingenuity and form. well-done. you think the rat would have learned its lesson, right? the story doesn't end there. here's a message from the girls. >> we forgot to put the trap away. and the next morning we wake up, it came back in, found the hole again, came back in and was in the trap, dead. >> either it was the same rat or a timpbt odifferent one. >> we're going to say it's the
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same rat. >> when asked about the video going viral, they're not thrilled about being known as the rat girls. that doesn't go well in college. but they enjoy the internet fame. and it's been cool so far. >> you have to come up with something better than the rat girls. >> el rattas. >> i hope they called an exterminator, as well. >> get the landlord involved. >> thank you. still to come, should you get paid time off when you get a new puppy? >> mr. roker thinks so. and also, in the market for a new mattress? a new mattress? big sales out there.♪ ♪ with ingredients like roasted hazelnuts and cocoa, the delicious taste of nutella takes pancakes to a whole new level.
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. couple of minutes before 8:00. good morning. i'm tracey davidson. let's get right to your first alert meteorologist bill henley. most accurate neighborhood fairk. sunshine and the temperatures have started to climb. 37 degrees. suburbs 43 degrees in the lehigh valley. 43 in philadelphia. sunshine all day long. a little bit of a breeze coming out of the north will be increasing. become north westerly this afternoon. going to make for a cooler day overall compared to yesterday. still mild for this time of year. afternoon reading in the 50s across the board. >> light day on the roads. let's check traffic with nbc 10 first alert traffic reporter jessica boyington. we're actually watching new jersey turnpike just a few momenting ago the accident scene cleared out of the way around burlington and mount holly. so that accident is clear on the northbound side. new one popped up on the southbound side.
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as for bridges, scheduled opening getting set for 8:05 this morning. cottman avenue. no problems or delays moving into center city. police will continue to look for a driver in a hit and run that hurt this two-year-old boy. he's out of the hospital as you can see. treated for bumps and bruises. hit him saturday night and kept going. happening today, philadelphia join nine other major cities coast to coast staging not my presidents' day rally. followed several anti-trump demonstrations that happened other the weekend. if you're looking for something to do with the kids on presidents' day, today is the last day of hippo awareness weekend in camden. see the hippos button and jennie. any money collected to save hippo the in the wild. have another update in 25 minutes. you can always stay updated with the nbc 10 app. free download. today show continues in just a couple of minutes.
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♪ it's 8:00 on today. coming up, about last night. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden. >> the president raising eyebrows and going viral after that comment about an unidentified incident in sweden, as the second month of his term gets under way. we're live at the white house. plus, the big sleep. it's that time of year when mattress sales reign supreme. we'll loshow you what to look f and what you should know to rest easy. and breaking her silence. angelina jolie opening up for the first time about her divorce from brad pitt. getting emotional about how she and her family are moving
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forward, today, monday, february 20th, 2017. >> turning the dirty 30 in nyc. >> hi, everyone, in connecticut. we love "today." >> we're teachers from indiana in the big apple. ♪ >> good morning, texas. >> maryland loves today. >> today. >> yeah. ♪ >> oh. president lincoln's here. >> it's perfect. >> president lincoln's here. >> politics is everywhere. >> it's presidents day. we should say hello to mr. lincoln. >> my name is abraham lincoln iii. >> the third. >> good morning. craig melvin, alongside hallie jackson. al roker is here somewhere. >> and carson. >> my girls.
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>> what did you have to do for those? >> let's keep it moving here. >> matt is back tomorrow. and with savannah on maternity leave, he has special guest co-hosts all week long. somebody you know well, bryant gumbel, a familiar face. he spent 15 years as the host. on wednesday, willie geist is here. and then, followed by lester holt thursday. and then, we know this guy, carson, closing out the week. >> boys' week. >> all dudes. just ahead on "today food," allavocados. if you're just using them to make guac, you're missing out. we'll show you options for the avoca avocado. first, here's the top stories. here's your news at 8:00. >> reporter: i'm peter alexander in washington. president trump is spending this presidents day in florida. the third-straight weekend at the so-called winter white house. this morning, he's hunting for a security adviser, clarifying his
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comments about a terror attack inoccurred. and raising eyebrows for attacks on the press, who he called, quote, the enemy of tamerican people. president trump is at mar-a-lago. his aides are taking questions about ties to russia. asking to preserve all communications related to its investigation in the russian interference in the election. >> they're going to do their job. that doesn't mean there's anything there. >> reporter: all this while mr. trump interviewed four finalists to replace fired national security adviser, mike flynn. as the president continues to spar with the press, senator john mccain issuing this warning. >> if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. and without it, i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our
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individual liberties over time. that's how dictators get started. i'm not saying that that's -- that president trump is trying to be a dictator. >> reporter: despite a bumpy start, mr. trump's denying his administration's in turmoil. >> the white house is running so smoothly. >> reporter: while rallying supporters near orlando, president trump also raised eyebrows with this comment. >> you look at what's happening last night in sweden. >> reporter: the former swedish prime minister calling out trump, tweeting, sweden? terror attack? what's he been smoking? mr. trump trying to clarify, saying he was talking about a story on fox news, concerning immigrants and sweden. the fox news report, looking at a filmmaker who blamed migrants for a crime wave in sweden. this as the administration is ready to roll out another immigration order. one of the priorities, hiring
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10,000 officers and agents for immigration and customs enforcement. >> get them the hell out of here. >> reporter: the trump administration says the memos are only drafts. and final revisions are not yet finished. so, the president comes back here to the white house from florida, late tonight. also this morning in europe, vice president mike pence told senior european union officials, that the trump administration was looking for ways to deepen the relationship with the e.u. the president spoofed e.u. leaders by endorsing britain's decision to leave the european bloc and suggesting that others might follow. hallie? >> thank you very much. we're tracking severe weather in texas. thunderstorms and violent winds tore across the area. and a possible tornado touched down in different parts in san antonio. damaging a hundred homes and uprooting hundreds of trees. nearly 40,000 people lost power so far. and luckily, police are reporting only minor injuries. to northern california,
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where people are facing another powerful storm, washing over a region that's getting soaked for weeks. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer. >> reporter: we're at the leading edge of this story. expecting five inches of rain and 65-mile-per-hour winds in san francisco alone. also in the forecast, mudslides and torrential flooding. this morning, northern california is bracing. the rain and wind are just arriving, in a region already pummeled by a series of deadly storms. across the bay area, and in sacramento, rivers will rise. roads can flood. and more dangerous mudslides like these are in the forecast. in the town of maxwell, neighbors were rescued from a flood over the weekend. now, they are expecting another wave of water. >> you can see the water line. i don't want to put the effort into cleaning it until it's done. >> reporter: not far away, at
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the oroville dam, this is the scramble to release water before it can reach the emergency spillway. up to ten inches of rain are expected here, leaving some of the nearly 2,000 evacuees who just returned home, on-edge. from the air, it's incredible to see how big the flood is. in los angeles, millions are drying out and cleaning up. after a deadly storm over the weekend. a deluge of water triggered daring rescues. sinkhole s swallowing cars and drivers, as freeways collapsed. this one breaking apart beneath a fire truck. now, it's northern california under threat. a forecast that calls for more flooding, mudslides and torrential rain. with heavy rain expected in this area over the next 48 hours, we could get up to five feet of snow and blizzard conditions in the mountains. this weather system just beginning to start packing its
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serious punch. craig? >> miguel, thanks. a wisconsin man made a costly mistake over the weekend. check this out. the trouble starts when he drives his cadillac escalade on to frozen lake michigan that tow his ice shack to a new location. but he quickly finds himself on thin ice. video captured on cell phone shows that the trip did not end well. the driver, though, did make it out of the icy water. but looks like he's going to have to cut bait on the caddie. >> that's terrifying. >> can't imagine it. >> lucky man. unlucky car. up next, angelina jolie speaking out for the first time since filing for divorce from brad pitt. what she's saying about the split. then, what would "dirty dancing" be without that famous lake scene? jennifer grey said it
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obituary. two brothers took out an ad in the local newspaper, thank you past players. one portion reading, thank you, brett favre, for giving dad the single happiest moment of his life. the 1997 super bowl. our dad vaulted from his chair and fell to the knees. the brothers set up a website encouraging other people to share their packers stories, as well. >> that's nice. >> i wonder what the white sox think that's the happiest moment of your life. >> metaphorically, from a football standpoint. >> good save. do you have a puppy? >> i do not. >> i like that you're calling me jbh. >> they said it was a thing. >> i have a cat. >> i have a dog. you have a dog. paid puppy leave when you get your dog. i'm curious as to where you stand on this. this is happening at a brewery in scotland. it's giving all employees one week of paid leave if they buy a dog or adopt a rescue dog.
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they also encourage bringing their furry friends to work. drinking beer and office dogs. i don't know how they get work done. >> this sounds like a great place to work. >> it's just a week. puppies are hard to take care of. >> if a company does it, i think it's great. i wouldn't take a week off. but that's terrific. >> i might do it. you have to take the puppy out and puppy in. >> if they instituted that in, we would have 60 puppies. >> 100 puppies. >> if it's a rescue dog, that would be a great thing. >> if you were able to get a week off to be with the new dog, maybe you can teach the dog to do this. this is an australian shepherd, so well trained, he sits there as the owner stacks treats on his head. a few treats out of his mouth. he eventually gets to gobble those things. >> this is like torture for that pup. >> that's the best dog i've ever
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seen. >> like stacking lamb chops on my head. oh, my god. i want to eat them so bad. >> like stacking budweisers on carson's head. >> come on. >> that's jbh, ladies and gentlemen. jbh. >> all right, jbh, you get to weigh in on the next one. world record. i want you to watch it. you know what this guy is doing. pull it up here. he may have broken a couple fingers. a student from japan, fighting through exkruruating pain. snapping his fingers, 296 times in 60 seconds. a judge is there to officiate this whole thing. he looks like he's hurting. you have to go back to listen with sound engineers, to make sure they counted the clicks from the snapping itself. >> what was the previous record? >> eight years before being broken. >> oh, wow. >> in a single snap. >> did he break his fingers? >> no. but the callouss.
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>> and he looked miserable. >> looked like he was dancing. >> oh, snap. >> i might have a moment later today, when i attempt that. >> i have tried. and i put some lotion on my hands. it doesn't help. >> 60 seconds. >> it's like -- >> i think i have a different snap. >> carson, you got it. >> we can do "west side story." >> a lot to get to. this morning, angelina jolie is talking about her breakup to the marriage to brad pitt and the impact to their children. kelly koeb ya is in london with more. >> good morning, carson. pictures like this a thing of the past, right? angelina jolie with her six kids in cambodia over the weekend to promote her new film. and she appeared to get emotional when talking about her personal life. >> reporter: they were once one of the most talked about couples in hollywood. angelina jolie and brad pitt,
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kept quiet about her high-profile divorce, that has been front page news for the tabloids. now, jolie speaking out for the first time about the split. getting emotional in an interview with the bbc world news that aired sunday. >> i don't want to say very much about that, but that it was a difficult time. >> reporter: jolie is in cambodia for the premiere of her latest directorial effort. joined on the trip by all six of her children. the actress and human rights activist opened up about the, quote, very difficult time her family has encure dured in the months following the breakup. >> we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it. >> reporter: a bitter custody battle played out in the media, after jolie filed for divorce from pitt last september. just weeks after their second wedding anniversary. in court papers obtained by nbc news, jolie cited irreconcilable differences. asking for sole physical custody of the kids, with pitt granted
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visitation. this followed an alleged incident onboard a private jet as the family returned to los angeles from france. the couple reached an agreement in early january, to seal the custody documents as they worked toward a settlement. pitt made his first appearance two months after filing divorce papers. angelina says she is taking challenges day by day. >> my focus is, my children, our children, and it is -- and my focus is finding this way through. >> reporter: and jolie was asked what she likes to do first thing in the morning when she wakes up. she laughed a little bit and said, get through the day. carson, two hamsters, two dogs, six kids and a single parent. she has a lot on her plate. >> she does.
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kelly, thank you for that report. you guys look perplexed. >> i feel badly. it's a family playing this out in public. that's got to be tough. let's move on. other "pop start" headlines. jennifer grey revealing -- this is good stuff. that iconic dance from the movie "dirty dancing" almost didn't happen. in the scene when they're in the lake practicing the lift, swayze was in agonizing pain. he had injured his knee before. and that move was difficult. it didn't help that the lake was freezing. grey saying, it didn't feel healthy to be in water that cold. and only young and hungry actors would be in there. >> or al roker. hungry actors or al roker. >> he's done that move. >> i did that move with ryan gosling. >> there it is. >> there it is. >> and now, he's in excruciating pain. sad, really. you look at his face, it's not
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pretty. >> he hasn't been back yet. daniel radcliffe, known for being harry pat otter. but he may have a role in playing women from the '20s. >> i don't know if you're aware of this. this is the collection so far. director. and this is my favorite one. >> exactly. >> that's amazing. >> i look like a lot of old women. rarely men or boys. >> two days ago, two days ago, someone found another one. >> oh, good. >> this is a young lady in 1922. there she is. >> daniel radcliffe saying he was clearly an older woman in his past life. that's your "pop start" today. >> an old woman and a little thunderbolt on there. al roker, another check. >> let's show you quickly what's going on. strong storms firing up through texas. we're going to be watching this
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as it moves through the east. half an inch to three inches of rain. parts of texas and louisiana. and the pineapple express, bringing the heavy rain as you saw, in miguel almaguer's live report. the heavy rain. this is why we have flash flood watches and warnings. 5 to 8 inches. in good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. a beautiful presidents' day ahead. and lots of sunshine and not as warm ast saturday and sunday, but the temperatures will be climbing. philadelphia at 56 and the winds will pick up this afternoon to keep the dry the air in place and thor temperatures lower than over the weekend for the suburbs and the lehigh valley which is up to 53. and sunny skies and up to 56 and sunshine for delaware. have a great day. >> and that is your latest weather. >> thank you, sir. here's a question. do you wake up feeling more
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restless than rested sometimes? the problem could be your mattress. >> i feel your problem. the good news is now is the perfect time to buy one if you know what you're looking for. jo ling kent has that this morning. >> reporter: you should know, there's conventional wisdom that doesn't add up. or make your back feel any better. we met up with the experts ho show you how to get the most bang for your buck. the quest for the best night's sleep usually starts with the mattress. but with hundreds of options that are similar, finding the right one can be exhausting. >> i think it's very confusing in general because they all look exactly the same. and if you lay on a bed, they all feel fine. >> reporter: what are you looking for? >> a medium-firm. not too soft. not too hard. yeah. >> i think for 2,000 to 3,000, i the get a good one. >> reporter: this presidents day, they're all on sale. what do you need to know to navigate the $12 billion
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industry? the national sleep foundation recommends replacing your mattress about every eight years. >> are you feeling lumps and divots? are your hips digging in? you have to do a forensic analysis on your old mattress to determine if it's time to replace it. >> reporter: spine surgeon says it's all about keeping the spine supported, regardless of what you spend. does an expensive mattress mean it's better for your back? >> not necessarily. i think price really doesn't matter once you go up to a certain price point. it becomes just a number. the level of comfort and firmness, probably the most important thing. >> reporter: and the beds with lots of bells and whistles and raise and lower and adjust firmness, may not be the best for everyone. >> people go out and see a mattress, well, this is a couple thousand dollars. and it can bend up and down and cool you off at night. i think that becomes marketing. and garage dgetry more than hel
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your spine health. >> reporter: online, casper, tuft and needle, and leesa sell one mattress each. you won't get to test it out, they guarantee, if you don't like it, they'll take it back. what do you think? is this the one? >> maybe. >> reporter: maybe? you think about it? look beyond the price tag and sales and find what feels right to you. and don't be afraid to sleep on it. here are the four things you need to know when you go shopping for the mattress. lie down. don't just lay there for 30 seconds. spend 5 to 10 minutes on each side. it sounds like a lot of time. but don't rush it. sch check out the return policies. make sure the store has a refund or credit policy. third, bargain. and then, look around online. don't be afraid to walk out the door. and number four, be sure you understand the warranty policy, as you take it home. how long do you have? guys, back to you.
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>> jo, thank you. >> rule number five, kick out your children. kick them out of the house. >> i don't know if i'm sleeping for ten minutes on each mattress. this is relevant to my real life. i'm mattress shopping. i'm not going to buy it online. >> how old is your mattress? >> i don't know. 12? >> that sounds too old. time for a new mattress. >> when is the last time you showered? >> must be time. >> you spent the weekend sleeping on strange mattresses. boredom-busting ideas. cabin favor on
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good monday morning. i'm tracy davidson and just about 8:30. we go to our first alert meteorologist bill henley who has the forecast for this presidents' day. >> look at that not a cloud in the sky in philadelphia. and the window has changed. we are seeing a northwesterly wind 12 miles per hour in philadelphia and 8 miles per hour in wilmington and cooling air going into the area, and they are climbing 47 degrees in philadelphia and those cooler neighborhoods and manayunk is 42. >> and if you are heading out, we have our traffic reporter jessica boyington watching an
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accident. >> yes, sky force just got to the scene and serious situation pemberton brown road is closed because of this. a few vehicles involve and injury reported on the scene as well, so it may be shut down for a while near chelsea auto body is where it is reer ported near the area. to get around make a right on the 4 mile road and then a left on mount misery road and left to junction to take you up in this area by the scene now. and watch for the delay, because that road going the be closed until that accident scene is cleaned up. tracy, back to you. it is presidents' day and that means free admission to the national museum of american jewish history and other museums around the city. and most stores will be open normal hours and alcohol restrictions have been lifted in many areas. i'm tracy davidson.
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[ cheers and applause ] back at 8:30, now, on this presidents day, february 20th, 2017. bright, sunny start to the holiday in midtown manhattan. and check out this crowd on the plaza. >> you got some here. >> we got some on the show. >> don't want to hear the words, i'm bored, today? we got you covered. creative ideas if you need something to do with the kids for the holiday. >> sounds good.
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also, you're never going to eat guacamole plain again. you're going to freshen it up. sauces, dips. >> all about the avocado. and we're going collegiate for rokerthon iii. submissions from campuses across the country rolling in. >> i see that the largest cheer performance is currently 1,278 people. and we can beat that with your help. let's bring rokerthon to ohio university. >> we want you to come to the university of louisville and help us break the record for the most people doing a the heisman pose at one. >> that was ohio university and university of louisville. you have time to submit your own video, showing us your school spirit and the record you want to break. head to today.com/rokerthon. >> any favorites yet? >> i cannot divulge that.
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>> we're doing it now. starting in the end of march. marching in. storming into the madness? >> you love it. >> that's your beer pong game. >> it's solid. >> let's get another check of the forecast. >> all right. you see who is over your shoulder? >> honest abe. >> very nice. he's giving out $5 bills. that's great to have a business card like that. let's show you what's going on, as far as your weather is concerned. starting with today, we have heavy rain in the pacific northwest. and record highs in the plains and the southeast. cooler in the northeast. then, for tomorrow, we look for a more heavy rain in the central gulf coast. record highs from the plains into the rockies. snow moves into the northwest, the western plains, and we've got more heavy rain throughout parts of california. look for sunshine up and down the eastern seaboard. a ltle coitol good morning.
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i'm meteorologist bill henley. a buteautiful presidents' day ahead. lots of sunshine and not as warm as saturday and sunday, but the temperatures will be climbing. philadelphia is 56 degrees this afternoon. and winds pick up this afternoon to keep the dry air in place, and keep the rms the lower over the weekend for the suburbs and the lehigh valley, and both up to 53 degrees. for new jersey, 55 inland on the shore, and 55 and 56 with sunshine for delaware. have a a great day. >> tha >> that's the latest weather. get that weather anytime you need it. go to the weather channel on cable. >> al, thank you much. today is presidents day. the kids are probably home from school. and for some districts, they are off all week long for winter break. >> great for the kids. for the parents, maybe not too much. how can you keep the kids entertained? lifestyle expert kimberly whitworth has good ideas.
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>> good to see you. >> this is a challenge. our boys at home on break. he's only 3. but we desperately need activities. and this looks like a fun one. >> these are all simple. most of them you can do with things you probably already have at home, which is great. at this case, we added washable paint to the bottom of the ice cube trays. leave them in the freezer. give them a minute and they start to melt. and the kids can do ice paintings. isn't that fun? >> and a process is involving the kids. >> that's a great idea. >> they can help make the paints and create with them. >> these young ladies are more responsible with the paint than my son. the paint would be on the walls, the floor. >> that's why we take washable and edible, too. these next random act of kindness kits. in is awesome. it's not just fun to do but a good teachable moment. >> this is a nice time to take advantage of the day you might
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have with them, to create the things. we use a simple lunch sack. this is a random act of kindness. we fill them with snacks or treats. hopefully they're passing on kindness and they should be grateful for what they have, too. >> you can use a lot of stuff you have around the house. >> hopefully you have it. >> this looks like something -- >> this is fun. and actually, it's fun for kids. it includes boiling water. these are snowflakes made from borax. we have taken borax, a deterg t detergent, old-school. and we added 3 1/2 cups for each cup of boiling water. when you pick a mason jar or vessel, it has a wide mouth. we're making any shape. they can have a blast to use
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pipe cleaners. we did some se met cal. and a couple of hours, you're going to see the crystals start to form. you leave them overnight. and in the morning, they look like this. isn't that fun? >> great for ornaments in the winter. >> it's winter break. let's put them up on the windows. it's so much fun to do. and these are finished. these are about to go in. >> you need the adult supervision more than the ice painting or anything else. >> it's a great project. something that will last. we've done the same thing with snow fakes here, but it's done with puzzle pieces. now, you have something to do with those. you don't need to put them in the trachsel. we've spray painted puzzle pieces. and used regular elmer's glue, after creating a snowflake shape
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and glued them together. you can put them in the window or save them for the next holliday season. >> and you can make them creative. yeah. >> good stuff for throwing away puzzles. >> if you have one of the kids that says, i'm bored or i don't know what to do, i've saken a twister spinner. and i made an envelope for every thing that's on here. if we land on left hand yellow, we go to the envelope that's core respond i corresponding. some of them are fun. and some are like chores. >> a risky spin. you can wait for them to say i'm bored. or you can say, we're going to do this on the hour, every hour. >> that's a great idea for mom and kid. >> what are these boys doing here? >> they're about to have a snowball fight, using the random socks we have left over. you take whatever sacks you have, ball them up. and you can start pummeling at
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each other. throw one. they can have an indoor snowball fight. >> they've been waiting all morning. >> i'm going to get will here. it's loads of fun. >> you throw pretty hard. i doesn't expewasn't expecting . >> we're throwing at hallie. >> get some energy out, too. >> and the saocks can't do a lo of damage. >> this is cool. kimberly, thank you so much. >> come on. i thought you -- >> i need this. >> i thought you were playing. i'm sorry. up next, al, catching up with tony-winning broadway legend, chita rivera. this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ we are back, now, with our special series, "today living legends." and this morning, we're looking
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at one of the biggest stars in the history of broadway, al. >> she is so terrific. tony winner cheat ka ita rivera. i got to sit down with her here in new york. she first took the stage in 1952. at 84, she is still going strong. how do you see yourself? >> once a dancer, always a dancer. i came along at a wonderful time. and i was able to do some pretty phenomenal shows. >> miss chrivera. >> reporter: a siren of the stage, singing and dancing for close to seven decades. ♪ today, for the most part, actors, actresses, make it in hollywood or on television. and then, come to broadway. when you were coming up, it was the other way arnold. >> absolutely. >> reporter: you remained true
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to oyour origins. was that a conscious decision? >> i love the theater. the theater is filled with spirits and foot sprints and that live forever. >> reporter: the two-time tony award winner, headlining more than 40 on and off broadway shows from "west side story," "bye-bye birdie" "sweet charity" and "chicago." many of them is have been ada adapted for film. your full time is deloris conchita figueroarivera. how did it get shortened? >> not many people can pronounce it like you. and it was ridiculous. >> reporter: "west side story." 1957. it changed american theater.
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how did it change your life? >> i knew i was giving a message. we all knew that. we were directed by jerome robinson. he let us know. >> reporter: a play on "romeo and juliet," "west side story," the definitive broadway show, taking on race and ethnicity, a source of conflict for puerto ricans at the time, divided by dwa gangs and violence. at the time, this was a bold move. nobody had seen anything like this on broadway. >> people got up and walked out. i remember them walking out. but it -- it made us think. it made us think. it made us feel. and that's what we were hoping the audience would also get. >> reporter: can you believe it's going to be 60 years? >> what? first of all, al, i don't know numbers. the minute somebody puts a number on you, you suddenly go into a place where you're
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expected to do "x" things and "y" things. and it has nothing to do with what's inside. this is the vessel. that's why you have to take care of it. ♪ and that's good >> reporter: you're kind of a living proof that age is a number, that if you ignore, you might be better off. >> absolutely. >> reporter: what's your mountamow mountain of youth? >> life. the love of life. >> reporter: what would you like your legacy to be? >> that you gave it -- you gave it all. i hope that i'm a part of building a human race that is decent and kind to each other. i hope i'm on that side of the fence. ♪ ♪ that jazz >> amen to that. my gosh. and she gives back. she teaches. she lectures. she gives to these young people
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coming up. i never -- the energy level. >> 40 shows. >> to sustain that, too. it's a physical, demanding task, job. >> but she doesn't put a number on that. >> thank you for that. >> chita, and ten-time tony winner, tomny tune, will be hitting the road for a concert tour called chita and tune, two for the road. that's going to be epic. >> still touring. up next, talking about some tasty new ways to put avocado on everything. and by the way, the secret to storing one without it turning brown and gross-looking. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on "today food" all about avocados. it is hard to beat guacamole. but if that's all you're using
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them for, you're missing the boat. this is katie quinn, former nbc paige. author of the book "avocados." you may be the most avocado-obsessed person i know. what is it about avocados? >> avocados are versatile. they're a fruit. and the most versatile fruit. >> i love it. we're doing different things with avocados. how do you know they're ready to be eaten and cut and all that stuff? >> that's a great question. you go to the grocery store and you're picking them out, they should yield to gentle pressure. not squeezing the life out of them. if they're mushy, that's not a good sign. they're hard as rocks, not quite ripe. >> any tricks on slicing. >> my prefer method is to put horizontally around the avocado, twist. and then, just use that knife and carefully pop the pit out. >> if you're storing it, leave
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the pit in? >> if you're storing it, it's best to leave the pit in. >> first, we got a twist on avocado toast, right? this is ten-times better. >> this is called an avocado smash. and smashes are big in trial australia. a popular brunch dishkoech poac. we're going to do a little stir action. >> get the water ready for the poaching. >> you add the vinegar. >> it keeps it holding together. >> and we're going to pop in our eggs. >> can you make the eggs ahead of time if you had to? >> you sure can. you put the poached egg on at the very end. i say poach them first, leave them in ice water. when you're ready, put them in warm water and you're ready to go. >> while this is poaching, you're doing something with soy sauce. >> i make a soy sauce to top
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this dish. i put some soy sauce in the pan. and it will reduce about halfway. it adds a nice touch to the final dish. >> do we get to the smash part? >> the smash part. i love any dish that has an action verb in the title. i feel like i'm in a cartoon. you smash that up. you do some smashes. >> i'll do smashing. i'm into it. >> it's like a dump and stir recipe. lemon juice, lime juice, and feta. cheese, citrus and avocado are the main components to an avocado smash. and some ginger, skcallionscall cilantro. >> this is the final product. they're noshing on it. tasting table, what is the verdict? >> this is good. very good. >> you like it? it's got an interesting flavor. it's a little more -- it's spicier. it has soul than your typical
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avocado twist. >> it's a fun twist. >> the next recipe is another fun one. >> this is avocado fries with spicy mayo. >> who doesn't like this? >> this is going to take a game day to another level. >> it's fried. but it's an avocado. so, i vote, yes, it's better. >> fair enough. this is the spicy mayo. >> we're going to add lime juice, add that. and sriracha. >> who doesn't love sriracha? >> it's going to be a nice. regular mayo from a jar. just dump it in. >> yeah. that's the easiest thing that you've done all day. >> and prepping the fries. certain thickness? are we looking for a special look? >> about the size of a thick cut french fry. you want it to keep its shape. >> sure. you do the process of getting them ready to be dumped into your hot oil. >> exactly.
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we're adding cumin to the flour. a little spice. what we're going to do with the slices. you want to follow me here? >> this is the dredging part, right? >> dredging, exactly. >> i know the lingo. >> you're an expert. and back into -- >> flower, flour, egg, flour. >> it's messy and fun. this is so fun to do with kids. and then, gently slide into the hot oil. >> and the final product. they're trying downstair ss. gang, they look delicious. >> the heat and the sauce is great. >> and the spicy mayo with it, too? it works? >> yes. >> the dip makes it. >> dipping aven inping avocado . and we have avocado on pesto noodles. head to today.com/food. back in a moment with more. this is "today" on nbc.
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well, welcome back to "today." mr. roker, time to celebrate birthdays. >> we are going to spin the smucker's jars and see who is up. we want to wish a happy birthday to walter h. fleming, a proud grandpa for birmingham, alabama. we salute your service during world war ii, sir. thank you so much.
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misdoris pitarra. she has nine grandkids, 13 great grandkids. and 2 great, great grandkids. happy 100th birth day to charles white of fremont, nebraska. his secret to a long live, keep moving. erlin senior. proud to say all six of his children have graduated from college. ethel terry, magee, mississippi. 101 years old. rumor has it, she makes the best chicken and dumplings you will ever taste. i like it. and a happy 103rd birthday to sam lieberman, former business owner from pompano beach, florida. hi says his secret to longevity is to treat others with kindness. if know somebody with a milestone birthday, tell us about them at today.com/celebrates.
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up next, we are bringing in a presidents day surprise for you. a bit of a surprise. >> we have a president. tony goldwyn from "scandal." and jordan good morning. i'm katy zachary and a few minutes before 9:00 on this monday. let's go to our meteorologist bill henley for the latest neighborhood forecast. >> it is 50 degrees in philadelphia and delaware at 51 and the lehigh valley is 46. 40s in new jersey and warming into the 50s this afternoon. 55 degrees for interior new
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jersey and at the shore also into the 50s. katy. >> bill, thank you. we have new details of a crash in burl pington, county. a three-car crash where two people have been injured. police are at the scene within the last half hour. first responders had to rescue at least one person from the wreckage, and medics took two people to the hospital, and we are working to find out their condition. we will see how that affect accident is affecting the traffic. >> just in the four-mile road go left to misery road and then to junction road to take a left on lake hurst to get back on the pimberton brown mills road. the accident causing some delays. and now, police are looking
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for the driver of a man who hit-and-run a little boy. he was treated for bumps and bruises. the car hit him in ambler and kept going. and now, these will be put up for high school students to have a rally for peace, love and kindness and that is meant to counter some hate fliers that showed up on some homes. katy zachary, and we will be back in about 20 minutes with another update.
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♪ this morning on "today's take," tv's scandalous president, tony goldwyn is a celebrity co-host. freebie february. and your look at the coolest toys. it will be so hot this year. coming up right now. >> from nbc ne, this is "today's take." live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> a little fitts and the tantrums. a little hand clap for presidents day. and we're also clapping for our special guest co-host, mr. president. mr. president. >> i'm going to be here on presidents day. >> tony goldwyn.
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>> i see what you did. i get the connection. >> ready to roll. >> fitzgerald grant. what is that like when you're playing the president? does anybody treat you with anymore respect? >> they do. it's bizarre and unwarranted. that was the thing that most shocked me when i was doing it at the beginning, was that people actually treated me differently. >> do you feel different? >> people would -- i would hear people say, the president's here. i keep turning around. you work here with the real guy. >> we're going to talk about "scandal." first, we want to talk about the intense new movie you're in. "the belco experiment." should we take a look at the clip first? >> yeah. >> i realize that this is very difficult. but this is the right thing.
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this is the only choice we have, all right? in less than 20 minutes, they're going to kill 60 of the people in this room. so, we need order. >> okay. >> a little order. >> the premise of this -- it's a very dark kind of movie. >> yeah. >> the premise is, an american company in south america, seems normal. and then, the building goes into a lockdown. and the announcement comes, we don't know by whom, if we don't eliminate two people in the building, meaning kill them, four are going to die. >> my goodness. >> we think it's a joke and it spirals downhill from there. it's not really a horror movie. a psychological thriller. but it's about what co-workers and friends be willing to do to each other to solve this crazy
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problem. >> would i take them out? >> that's the question of the movie. >> i have a life to live, al. sorry. >> right to the heart of it. >> you went to this so quickly. >> i saw the clip this -- i saw the clip on friday. >> that's right. >> i get it. but you can hesitate for a moment. >> you're top of mind. you're right there. somebody's got to go. >> i'm over 60. what the heck? you have a whole life to live. >> your kids won't mind. >> they're used to you. >> the movie is relatable. >> what a twist, huh? >> wow. >> i'm not going to turn my back on you. >> can we talk about "scandal" now? >> that's what you've been waiting for. nobody is more than a scandal fan than you are. >> when "scandal" hit the universe, everything changed. on facebook the next morning, if you didn't see it, you don't go on facebook.
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that's all people are talking about. you are the president. i mean, it's one of those. >> kerry and shonda have an idea to live tweet. >> shonda rhimes. >> kerry washington. you've heard of her. i'm not on any social media because i'm old. our audience found us immediately from the first moment. and twitter blew up. we set records. and that's what made our show a hit. we have that relationship with the audience. we do it every week. >> season six, what else is going to be happening? >> what's going on, there's been an assassination of the first episode. we're getting it how it happened and what happened. and every person looks at it from a different point of view. >> and it's great and different and you dig into the characters that we've become invested in over the years. >> congratulations.
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you're filming your 100th episode. >> 100th episode. >> that's fantastic. >> hand clap. >> when you think there can't be anymore twists and turns. >> we don't read them until we read them out loud. i'm always surprised. >> it happens, we want to give sheinelle her ultimate fantasy. we got a couple of copies of a scene here. what's the scene? >> i'm olivia pope. >> okay. all right. >> and you kill me. >> move over, cyrus. >> why don't you come out here. >> okay. >> here we go. >> let me take in this moment because i'm a huge scandal fan. >> you're in the oval office. in the real thing, we were behind that desk. >> we'll go stand over there. >> and olivia is much taller than me. >> yeah.
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>> she's probably not 4'11". that's okay. >> we did this a couple years ago. you're it. >> i'm ready. >> what's your motivation? >> okay. >> come back to me. forgive me. i love you. >> please, please, stop. you're getting my hopes up, just stop. >> i can't stop. i won't. olivia. >> i'm not a toy you can play with when you're bored or lonely. i'm not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. i'm not a fantasy. if you want me, earn me. until then, we are done. >> oh. >> oh, snap. >> yeah. >> we have a whole show to do. >> i just got poped. >> i just got poped. >> talk about bucket list. end scene. >> that was terrific. >> good, sheinelle. wow. >> look at this. >> okay. >> there you go.
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>> that's hilarious. thank you for having such a good sport. >> kerry, i hope you're watching. >> kerry, we adore you. that's what every girl lives to do at home. >> if kerry washington turns up missing, we have a -- twyou kno she already said she would kill me. you don't stand a chance, kerry. >> we only need two. kerry is number two. it's presidents day. we have a president in the house. we want to put everybody to the test, if we can name the movie or tv show, based on a fictional presidential quote. i'm going to read the quote. we'll buzz in. >> do you have the answers, al? >> i don't. >> you play along, too. >> get off my plane. >> of course. >> "air force one." harrison ford. that was terrific. >> here's the next one. >> okay. we will not go quietly into the night. we will not vanish without a fight.
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"independence day." bill pullman. >> you're good. i stink. >> that's right. my name is andrew shepherd and i am the president. the american president? >> is it? >> with michael douglas. >> wow, al. three for three. >> let's see. hail to the chief. he's the one we all say hail to. we all -- he keeps himself so clean, he's got the power. that's why he's in the shower. i have no idea this one. >> essentially -- >> who is that? who is that? someone with a hairy chest. i don't know. >> oh. kevin kline. "dave." >> such a great movie. we're walking. we're walking. now, we're stopping. >> that's a great film. >> a man who isn't president, can have a life, a life he wants. the life he always wanted, with the woman he loves. >> fitz. >> that was me. >> one out of 8 million. >> that was fun. i need to watch more movies. >> i guess so.
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presidential movies. that "get off my plane," the best. >> classic. this is exciting. have your kids seen "the little mermaid"? >> yeah. >> there's a live-action remake of "beauty and the beast." and celebrities are starting to pitch themselves for other live action remakes, including lindsay lohan, who posted on instagram side-by-side with aeriai ariel, from "the little mermaid." >> you don't ask, you don't get. exactly. if you can play any character in a remake, tony, who would you play? you were the voice of tarzan. >> i would need that in the animated feature. >> did you have to read the lines with your shirt off? >> i took my clothes off, al. i was in the booth. i did jump around and act like an idiot. that's the job. you know which one struck me -- remember "the jungle book," that
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was my favorite as a kid. and the tiger. >> what about you? >> i want to be sebastian the crab. "the little mermaid." >> what was the song? "under the sea." ♪ under the sea >> yep. >> that's classic. >> i like it. >> what about you? >> i would be mulan. >> they are doing a stage show of "mulan." >> maybe kerry washington will get the part. just kidding. i love "mulan." everything she represents and all that stuff. >> strong woman. just ahead, one woman's happy meal. the most surprising box of chicken m un-stop right there! i'm about to pop a cap of "mmm fresh" in that washer with unstopables in-wash scent boosters by downy. and if you want, pour a little more, because this scent lasts for 12 weeks, which is longer than any relationship
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back, now, with "today's take." our guest co-host, tony goldwyn. a couple of proposals viral over the weekend. jason and al a allie. they are a couple of teachers. >> there's a rumor going around that miss barker and i are dating. it's about time to address that. i had a couple of kids come up to me at recess today and was talking about it. now, the answer is, yes, we are dating. [ cheers and screams ]
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>> we are a little bit more than dating because i am completely in love with her. i was wondering if miss barker would like to become mrsmrs. mrs. sciefl. >> that's so sweet. if you take yourself back to fifth grade. >> oh. that is epic. >> and hear the two teachers are dating. >> your two teachers. >> that's perfect. >> that's cute. that will be hard to top this one. but kristen helton of ohio, proposed to his girlfriend, carson long, by using her favorite food, chicken mcnuggets. let's take a look. okay. will you mcmarry me.
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he put the ring in the chicken mcnugget. he put a ring on it. >> if this is her thing -- >> yes. >> it's creative -- >> as long as she didn't eat the nugget. >> she opens it up and chows down. if she loves nuggets. >> i wonder what sauce you use for diamond rings. >> hot mustard. >> our freebie friday is a popular thing. we give neat stuff away to our audience at home and the audience on the plaza. we're going to kick off a week of special freebie february giveaways on presidents day. you don't want to miss this. you at home can win, as well. we have $34,000 worth of prizes to give away this week. you have to stay tuned. >> was that a live picture? >> yeah. that's live. it's presidents day. everybody is off. >> no pressure. you get to pick somebody out there. >> good. >> like i feel no pressure when i have to do the weather. >> a beautiful day in new york city. >> let's see if we can top that. we have a lot of wet weather,
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unfortunately, for our friends in central and northern california, and into the pacific northwest. we had strong storms firing up. san antonio, 100 homes damaged by a possible tornado. little cooler in the northeast. but still not bad. above normal temperatures. cooler in the pacific northwest. as far as the weather conditions are concerned, we have severe storms moving into louisiana. record highs in the southeast, and cooler in the northeast and new england. heavy rain in the pacific northwest with mountain snows. and showers and thunderstorms i good morning. i'm meteorologist bill henley. a beautiful president's day ahead. lots of sunshine and not as warm as saturday and sunday, but the temperatures will be climbing. philadelphia is 56 this afternoon. winds picking up this afternoon, and this is going to keep the dry air in place, and keep the temperatures lower than over the week end for the suburbs a dnd lehigh valley. both up to 53. for new jersey, 55 inland at the
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today, we are kicking off freebie february all week long. we're giveliing away great priz to a fan on the plaza. answering a trivia question. helping us today, is dr. carol ash. and our fan from the plaza, vanetta barr, who is celebrating her 64th birthday and has her own cheering section in here. her sister and her daughter. here we go. to our trivia question. here's the question. are you ready? >> ready. >> what is the pest position ber your body to sleep on? it's over here. your back? your side, or your stomach? >> "b." your side. that's what i thought. >> actually, the best sleeping position is your back. >> the back. >> how come?
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>> it evenly distributes your weight on the mattress, supporting the natural curve of your spine. but it's not good for people who snore or have breathing problems. or sleep apnea. then, you want to sleep on your side. if you're pregnant, sleeping on your side, improves circulation. and some people prefer their stomach. on your stomach, it can help you with your sleeping. >> you didn't get it right. but you know what? it's your birthday. we're giving you the bed. you have won a sleep number bed. lie on this. come on over, guys. you, too. >> a sleep number. >> it connects to fitness apps. everybody lay in bed and adjust to your comfort level. that looks good. there's no room for me. that's all right. all right. well, she's not the only one going home awinner. sheinelle, and tony, what do you have? >> we feel pressure. you ready?
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where should we start? let's go. oh. >> we're getting married 96 days from today. congratulations, you're getting a mattress. and it's supernice. >> let's do it. >> i saw some teachers over here. and who deserves teachers over here. texas teachers from china springs. >> nice. >> awesome. >> where are you from? >> waco, texas. >> congratulations. here's the good sleep. and look at this. we have a president. and then, we have -- another president. look at that. two. >> how are you? >> there you two. abraham lincoln and fitz. how perfect is that. al, what about our fans at home? >> thanks, sheinelle. thanks to sleep number, we're giving away two more sleep number it beds to a couple of lucky viewers at home. go to facebook.com/today's take
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♪ good morning. i'm katy zachary and few minutes before 9:30. we go to meteorologist bill henley with the accurate neighborhood forecast. beautiful this weekend. >> yes. and sunshine over silt zens day park and great day for ale ball game ad warm enough. 50 right now and climbing in delaware and south jersey. we saw temperatures in the 30s and now 50 in philadelphia. and look at that 53 at graduate hospital. and low 50s for tarsdale and steeplechase. and now, we go to jessica boyington who is keeping an ear out for a couple of slowups. >> yes, the p.a. turnpike
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accident around mile marker 406 in downton county and seeing the delays there, but other than that, the majors are great this morning and some people are staying home today for presidents' day, and cottman avenue is not full at all. katy back, back to you. >> and great day to be on the i-96. and police say that a man was found tied up and bleeding inside of a house. he tells investigators he has been that way since friday. he told police that the two men beat him and ran off. and the embattled d.a. william s williams is planning to kick off his own campaign. hill announced the candidacy at a restaurant in chestnut hill
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la later this morning. he recently had said that he would not run for re-election. katy zachary, nbc 10.
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♪ if you're a fan of "mad tv" you know actor jordan peele, recently earning an emmy for comedy central's "key and peele." now, he's making his directorial debut "get out." >> at first, everything seems normal. but it's not long before things get a bit unsettling. >> hello. i'm philamena. and you are? >> chris, rose's boyfriend. >> he was telling me how he felt much more comfortable with my being here. >> that's nice. logan, i hate to tear you away,
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dear, but the wincotts were asking about you. >> well, it was nice to meet you, chris. >> okay. >> jordan, good morning. >> good morning. >> it's so creepy. and i mean that in a good way. >> it's creepy. >> people expect comedy from you. but is horror a passion of yours? >> horror is a passion. this is in the category of fun horror. i thought about "stepford wives" or "scream," something you could have a good time. got this amazing cast. >> and the acting in this is so good. >> thank you. >> hilarious. but then, it gets really crazy. and scary. >> it's basically -- >> provocative, too. the issues, it makes you really uncomfortable, in terms of the subject matter. it's so well done, jordan.
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>> thank you. >> we ran into each other a little over a year ago. >> a year ago. >> you were about to make this movie. >> that was my first dinner with bradley whitford. >> he's so brilliant and hilarious in the movie. and catherine keener. you did such a good job. >> thank you. i'm a big fan of your work. this role must have followed you around forever. but one of my favorite iconic roles is bad friend from "ghost." that must have made all of your friends not trust you for the next ten years. zblin collu >> including my wife. yeah. just classic. >> thanks, man. >> you say that writing comedy and horror -- it's not that big a jump from one to the other. >> that's right. comedy and horror are both about pacing. both about creating tension and releasing it strategically. you have to be aware of what
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your audience is thinking and feeling. >> this concept woucould have b a straight-up comedy. take the situation, in a reduced form, this would be a brilliant sketch you might have written. just the idea of it. and then, it also works so well as a much more, you know, complex, frightening movie. >> it feels like you can change the movie and get a full comedy out of it. but it is. >> if the characters could hear the music. >> yes. that's the big problem with horror movies. any horror movie audience knows this. any horror fan, get out of the house. >> "get out." >> call the cops. get in a car. >> and go. >> and go. >> once people seem a little creepy, if your gut tells you they're creepy, get out. congratulations are in order. your wife, chelsea, announced on instagram, right, a couple weeks ago. she's pregnant.
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this is true, right? she showed off her baby bump. can i tell you about her caption. she said, beyonce shmonce. do you know the sex? >> that's how we made the baby. is that what you mean? >> i'm going to get you. >> this is why i love you. i have a guy crush on you. >> bring it. bring it, al. >> we're going to keep it a secret. >> are you looking for inspiration for the name from "my little pony" and "care bears"? >> the due date is july 3rd. if it doesn't get -- things don't push until the 4th and we have to call it america or something. you know, we're going to go with something positive, like sunshine bear or something. >> sparkle. >> i like it. a weather reference. >> there you go. >> jordan, thank you so much. "get out," distributed by our
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we're going to show you which toys are going to be the hot ones this year. >> the international toy fair was this weekend, with new toys on display. >> i caught up with toy insider mom lori shact, to give you a sneak peek. what is this? >> this is the pony cycle. this should be coming out this summer. i want you to ride it like a pony. turn his head for steering. >> i'm right behind you. >> this is the best. this is my horsey. i'm going to name him. ♪ >> this is lego boost. for the first time, kids are building and bringing their toys to life. it's a coding process they use after building a creation. coding is big. >> coding is huge. >> your kids can do that and have fun at the same time. ♪
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we're at k'nex. these are all rods and connectors. once you build it, you control it. once they build the drone, you can fly it. you can fly this baby about 200 feet in the air. >> seriously? >> seriously. >> there it goes. >> oh, sorry, sorry, sorry. ♪ >> there is not like a hot set of wheels. that's what we're on. this is for kids as young as 13. this baby goes up to 14 miles per hour. we can ride for 30 minutes on a continuous ride. these are our little live bets chicks. baby chicks. we can put them back in their shell and they rehatch. and if you pet it, you get it to chirp even more. >> that's adorable. ♪
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>> this is spin tales. this comes to life in a child's room. we have a free app in here. >> i feel like if i send my kids to their room, they'd be like, okay. no problem. >> sometimes you don't need technology. just good, old-fashioned crayons to feel good. you know? >> these are our gemmies sparkle loom. they get to crow yeate, using t hands and gems. i want you to meet hologram barbie. barbie, you want to have a dance party? do you do the twist? how about a little dabs. >> she dabbed. >> she dabs. >> i'm going. i'm done. >> you invented the next dance craze. ♪
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>> this is a workout. you had enough of toy fair, huh? >> it was awesome. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. lori is here with a few more new toys. how much fun was that? >> that was fun. we're not done. i have max, one of the coolest robo robots. he can tell you jokes. he will learn about the world around him, using his sensors. >> hi. >> do you program him? i see you holding your phone. >> i want to show you something. all right. he is not formatted right now. he's really cool. he learns. he's unique to kids. i want you to meet the roaring tyler. this is our playful tiger. he has 100 different sensors of sound and motion, combination sensors all over. he'll crouch. he'll roar. he's adorabldorable. he's available in the fouall.
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we remember dsh-- parents and grandparents remember teddy rixpin. we will read and sing along with your children. or let him tell us stories all on his own. >> that's cute. >> he's really cute. lots of expression. >> nice. >> this is aristotle. this is an all-in one voice-controlled smart baby monitor that grows with your child. >> in what way? >> baby starts crying, the light will come on. the music will come on. >> and scene. >> but the music will come on. i can talk to it. and tell us, you know, to pause the music. and it will actually, as the kids grow up, it will start to play games with them, answer questions. and finally, a drone like you've never seen before. this is aura.
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you're going to control thisjge. it can fly. >> oh, wow. >> only his hand is using it. >> okay. what could go wrong? >> remember, these are prototypes. >> okay. on that mote, lori, thank you so much. that worked out perfectly. let's go do some weather. i'm going to get away from that now. what can go wrong? wow. let's look at the week ahead. spring-like temperatures in the east. heavy rain in the gulf. stormy conditions out in california. as we get to the midweek period, record warmth through the eastern half of the country. showers and thunderstorms down around florida. snow in northern california and into the northern plains. and towards the end of the week, we've got warm weather. 65, 76 in atlanta. next winter storm coming through the plains and into its way into the per midwest.up
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>> what could go wrong. that's your latest latest weat. coming up, three words for you. tatar tot pie the two more words. sunny anderson. that's all you need. right after these messages.
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might want to see this back-to-back. >> this morning on "today food," a comfort food casserole that the kids and adults will devour. >> i hope so. >> celebrity chef sunny anderson is here with a secret ingreed enl ingredient is tatar at te ear t. >> this is tatar tot pie. this is a play how my mom would make shepherd's pie growing up.
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zucchini, onions and peppers and the tatar tots. >> you can do it with ground turkey or something. >> lamb is usually the shepherd's pie. in the pan, we have 80/20 beef. some worcestershire sauce going over the top. hungarian paprika. if you're trying to season your beef properly, about a teaspoon of salt per pound of beef. it will get you at the zone. you're going to cook that down for a few minutes until it looks like you're making tacos. >> what kind of cheese? >> harvarti. >> i love havarti. it had a sharp note to it. you can do sharp cheddar, mozzarella. you're going to add chicken stock or beef stock. doesn't matter. easy weeknight cooking. a little tomato paste.
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move that around. when that's done, you're going to take it out of the pan and have a little fat left over. >> okay. >> here's the part that my mom would excel in, getting the vegetables in. this is a freezer section buy i love. the fire roasted onions and peppers. nose are in the freezer section. it's a store-bought short cut i love. >> julienne those. >> you took it down until it's like this. now, here comes the fun part. let's start layering, right? the oven at 375 degrees. get half of the beef in. a nice lower half layer. then, over that, going to add a little of the cheese. doesn't have to be havarti. >> can you do versions of the layers? >> i like to use the cheese as spackle between the layers. meat again. meat, cheese, meat, cheese. that's our spackle.
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over the top of that, you go with the veggie layer. >> right. >> then, more cheese. >> like a lasagna. >> it's like a layer-up. and you put more cheese over the top. >> this is called comfort food. >> exactly. this is how i grew up. >> this is why i'm almost finished. >> with a shepherd's pie, you do mashed potatoes. but i say tatar tots on top. >> those are cooked or not cooked? >> they're not cooked. barely deforecasted. >> hey. >> hi. >> tony, this is a big deal. they never come in before the show's over. >> good seeing you. >> we had to come in. we heard the president was here and the tatar tots. >> tatar tots, girlfriend. >> here you go. dig in. >> thank you so much. >> sunny anderson, thank you. for the recipe, head to today.com/food. we're back in a moment to rein this all in. but first this, is "today" on
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nbc. >> yummy. >> tatar tots, b ab
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big thanks to tony goldwyn for being here. >> it is really fun. >> and the big stars don't stop here. they continue. >> and the big announcement that's called a honeymoon do-over. >> celebrity scoop. >> yep. and the truth about superfoods and baby cheetahs.
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katy, the skchuylkill exprw is looking great there and assuming that most people are home for the day and the schuylkill is looking great. and are tthere is a crash in montgomery out there in bethlehem near gilchrist. >> and now, actors are holding this not my presidents' day rallies. demonstration set for philadelphia and eight other major cities from coast to coast. the rallies are in response to president trump's policies. you will find admissions free for attractions including the constitution center, the benjamin franklin scenter and te national museum of jewish history. i'm katy zachary, and we will
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have another update in 25 minutes. you get the nbc news and weather on our nbc 10 app. have a good morning.
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from nbc news this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> okay, everybody. welcome. it's fun day monday. it's february 20th. happy presidents day to everybody. we hope you're enjoying a long weekend. jenna bush hager is here for our hoda who is on extended break. >> you know who needs it? >> hoda. more than anybody. she's sorry to miss this. that's what i like by bruno mars. >> do you like this? >> you know, i like him. i think he is outrageously talented, and you know who else is outrageously talented snd look

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