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january 8th, 2013. from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. that hot air balloon wedding may appear to be smooth sailing compared to what we're about to see on capitol hill with confirmation hearings when they get under way with chuck hagel and others. >> yeah, john brennan. the president getting pushed back on his choice for cia director and defense secretary. both men now having to defend their records and some controversial statements in their past. we'll get the latest, straight ahead. also ahead, emotional testimony at a preliminary hearing tied to that shooting massacre at a movie theater out in aurora, colorado. from the first police officers
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to arrive on that scene, what one young officer thought as he came face to face with the suspected gunman. >> on a different note, a different approach to fitness. a lot of folks walk into the gym and feel intimidated by the perfect bodies all around them. now there is a gym that is only for people who need to lose a lot of weight. if you're thin and trying to stay in shape, this is not the gym for you. we'll get into this new idea. >> but will those rules make it easier for people who really have a problem to get the job done? we'll see what that's all about. and one direction's new video. this one has already received 5 million hits on youtube. it's only been up there 24 hours. >> you've been busy hitting refresh. >> i'm at least five of those. we'll begin in washington. and the battle lines are being drawn there. chuck todd is nbc's chief political director. >> reporter: savannah, the white house is cranking up
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its campaign machine, if you will, to sell a skeptical u.s. senate on the idea of chuck hagel running the pentagon. it's been a rough preselection vetting process up to date. he is clearly frustrated and it now speaking out. >> mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: chuck hagel's nomination set up a tough new political fight for the white house, a fight president obama signaled he is ready to have over the plain-spoken vietnam veteran. >> his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom, that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> reporter: under fire for his past statements about israel and iran, hagel is speaking out, telling his hometown newspaper the distortions about my record have been astounding, once describing pro-israeli groups about a jewish lobby, unilateral sanctions on iran, he now says there's not one shred of evidence that i'm anti-israeli, not one vote that hurt israel.
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and he says unilateral sanctions don't work and they just isolate the united states. republican critics, though, aren't convinced. >> he is an honorable man. he has had a record of distinguished service but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >> reporter: key jewish groups being lobbied, that has helped soften the anti-defamation league, who wrote senator hagel would not have been my first choice, but i respect the president's prerogative. >> the white house is reaching out to a number of groups and individuals with regard to this nomination and others. >> reporter: hagel is also likely to face questions about his position on gay rights after his 1998 comments criticizing a u.s. ambassador nominee as, quote, openly aggressively gay. hagel has since apologized but one openly gay senator says she would like to hear more. >> i do want to speak to him particularly about his comments 14 years ago to see if his
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apology is sincere and sufficient. >> reporter: monday the white house faced protests but not over chuck hagel. demonstrators protested the president's choice of john brennan to run the cia. he withdrew his name from consideration of the job four years ago over his connection to controversial interrogation techniques like waterboarding that date back to the bush years. believe it or not, brennan's nomination is being seen as getting through the senate fairly easy. as for hagel, some democrats yesterday weren't exactly supportive, chuck schumer of new york, number three democratic in the senate. one of the more powerful ones there, seemed to sign a skeptical note. he didn't come out, outright supporting the idea of chuck hagel. >> chuck todd in washington for us. thank you. matt? savannah, thanks. gripping testimony monday during a preliminary hearing for that suspect in the movie theater
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massacre in aurora, colorado. the shooting left 12 people dead, 58 others injured. mike taibbi is at the courthouse in centennial. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. prosecutors haven't said whether they will seek the death penalty. he could end up with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. in this hearing, the details of exactly what happened just after midnight last july 20th are being made public for the first time. more than 100 victims, relatives and victims' survivors packed the courtroom and two overflow rooms to hear details of the case against james holmes, disheveled and bearded in court and seemingly uninterested in the proceedings. the young police officer who arrested holmes said at first he thought he was a s.w.a.t. team cop because of the way he was dressed but put him in handcuffs because he was just standing there outside theater nine,
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quote, very, very relaxed. like they weren't normal emotional responses to anything. he seemed very detached. detached after leaving behind a tear-gas filled killing zone where the latest "batman" movie had just started. holmes having bought his ticket online weeks before, evidence of prior planning says one psychiatri psychiatrist. >> you can be in a detached state of mind, psychotic state of mind, not clear thinking poor judgment state of mind because of the mental health problem or something else and be planning this stuff and premeditated it. >> reporter: police witnesses nearly broke up, describing the scene. officer justin grisol explaining he rushed six of the victims in his car because, he whispered, i didn't want them to die. when he checked the littlest victim, 6-year-old veronica moser sullivan, and found no pulse. terrible details, but details that have to be made public.
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>> it's just a piece to the closure. i definitely want to make sure that the integrity of the case is intact to that we don't have to repeat this in the future. >> reporter: if this case does go to trial as a death penalty case, the overwhelming evidence revealed in this preliminary hearing has legal analysts saying holmes' only option is an insanity defense. >> not only is this not a whodunit, but it's very likely a mission from the defense perspective just to save their client's life. life in prison would be a huge victory for the defense. >> reporter: it will continue to be difficult in court this week. prosecutors have still photos and hours of video and witnesses. meantime, the theater is expected to be reopened next thursday. that could be controversial. matt. >> mike taibbi in centennial, colorado, this morning. mike, thank you very much. savannah? >> matt, thanks.
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we're getting an update on the state of cancer in the united states, a new study released in the journal of the national cancer institute. overall the death rates are inching down, but a rise in hpv-associated cancer is cause for concern. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. let's start on a positive note. >> sure. >> the death rates from cancer are continuing this 20-year trend downward. >> overall since 1970 when nixon declared a war on cancer. lung cancer is down. we aren't smoking as much. some obesity cancers have gone up. overall, it's a good benchmark at this 20-year measure. >> talk about the cancers associated with the human papilloma virus. >> good news, bad news. hpv cancers are markedly up. this is a sexually transmitted virus. we've seen a spike in the last few years. anal cancers have doubled in the last four years. even more are oral cancers, we've seen those double or
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triple in the last ten or 12 years. the reason is it's now been out there. it also is a virus that causes cancer of the cervix, but pap smears and the phenomenal screening have made it a curable cancer. we haven't taken that kind of screening to cancer of the mouth. the most important thing i want parents to know is this is also a preventable cancer in most cases. >> there's an anti-cancer vaccine, a little controversial. >> but i don't understand why it is controversial. every 20 some-year-old should now be vaccinated and the cdc has dropped the recommendation down to 11 and 12-year-old boys. this is not a vaccine so you can say to your children, okay, go have sex without commitment. that's not it. it's an anti-cancer vaccine. three doses over six months. when you get this vaccine, it allows your body to build up the antibodies so that when you are exposed to hpv -- and the likelihood is that everyone will be exposed to it at some point,
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you won't get cancer 10, 20 years down the line. >> is it effective for preteens? >> most effective before you've been exposed to the viruses and really geared to the types that cause cancer. i really want to refrain this. the hpv vaccine is an anti-cancer vaccine and the best tool we have now to prevent these illnesses. >> dr. nancy snyderman, thank you. we'll see you later on in "today's" professionals. let us get a check of the rest of the morning's stories. natalie is standing by. good morning. >> good morning, matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. the deadly attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi has now been freed. the attack back in september killed the u.s. ambassador along with three other americans. exactly two years since the deadly shooting that wounded former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, the former representative from arizona is launching a new organization to
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fight gun violence. this, as a connecticut lawmaker is apologizing for posting on facebook that giffords should, quote, stay out of my town. giffords has been in town last week to visit the families of the shooting victims. a standing ovation for secretary of state hillary clinton who returned to work on monday after a concussion and a blood clot sidelined her for the past month. to welcome her back, clinton staff gave her a football helmet to protect her from any future cushion and the contact sport that is of course washington politics. federal complaints about foreclosure abuse with an $8.5 billion payout. for the latest on this massive settlement, let's check in with cnbc's kayla tausche. good morng, kayla. >> good morning, natalie. that settlement is based on claims that banks improperly fore closed on houses in the wake of the financial crisis. it includes more than $5 billion in mortgage assistance. critics say that's too little.
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meanwhile as the economy recovers, the credit available to consumers is expanding. data out today is expected to show that rate is slowing. natalie, the stock market is still up in 2013. that is good news. >> we'll take it. thank you, kayla. commuters nightmare at rush hour in a new jersey train station when this escalator suddenly changed direction. at least four people were injured in the incident. a great night for alabama's star quarterback as the 22-year-old led the crimson tide to a second consecutive bcs title, 42-14 last night in miami. matt was right. but mccarron's girlfriend, katherine webb, got a little more attention than mccarron may have bargained for. brent musberger spotted her in the crowd. >> you quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women.
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what a beautiful woman. >> wow! >> a.j. is doing -- >> whoa! >> some things right. >> superior youngster in alabama. start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop. >> forget there's a football game going on. katherine was definitely feeling the love online. she gained more than 110,000 followers on twitter overnight and is a top google search this morning. mccarron's reaction to all of this, hey, i guess she's more famous than me. but he won the football game. 7:14 right now. back over to matt, savannah and al. >> i guess the game wasn't exciting enough. >> you've got to find, you know -- >> little joe biden there. it was a little over the top. but anyway i turned it off 21-0. it was over pretty early. congratulations to alabama. congratulations to notre dame. what a great season as well. >> and to mccarron's girlfriend for all your twitter followers. >> exactly. mr. roker? >> a big storm in texas, we'll see this upper low make its way
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out of mexico, bringing rain already into southern texas. a risk of severe storms out of this thing. as you can see over the next 48 hours, moisture comes in out of the gulf, energy from the low really gets wound up. rainfall amounts. first of all, flood threats, flash flood threats and we're talking rainfall over 5 to 7 inches of rain along parts of eastern and central texas. it could have a great effect, at least, of knocking down the drought. flooding could be a big problem as well. we'll get your local forecast right after this. total of about $10,000 back." i wave my wand and refunds suddenly appear. i can help you.
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good morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. we do have thick pockets of fog across the bay area. travel cautiously. give yourself extra time if you wake up in interior inland valleys. throughout the day we hit the 60s by the finish. 66 inland. 65 bayside and 65 at the coast. temperatures tumble by tomorrow down to the 50s and we get a few showers late wednesday into thursday. and that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you. police in chicago now have opened a homicide investigation into the death of a man who died just one day after he received a big lottery payout. andrea canning is here with the details on that. good morning to you. >> good morning. at first, nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. the death happened last july and was initially attributed to natural causes. toxicology tests show the lottery winner actually ingested
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a lethal dose of cyanide. now investigators have a mystery on their hands. 46-year-old urooj khan won the $1 million lottery off a scratch ticket he bought from a chicago 711 last june. >> he was so generous, like $100, throw it on the counter for me. >> khan was planning to use the money to help his dry cleaning business, but one day after a check for nearly $425,000 was mailed to him last july, he died. at first, the cook county medical examiner's office ruled it a death by natural causes. >> family member contacted the doctor who had done the autopsy and suggested that we might want to look a little further into the case. >> reporter: officials now say khan's death is a murder mystery, with no suspects named so far. after comprehensive toxicology tests showed a lethal dose of cyanide was found in his system. >> a chemical poison.
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basically biochemical level it asphyxiates you. a little does go a long way. >> reporter: the night of his death, he had dinner with his wife and teenage daughter and went to bed. he was later heard screaming and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. khan's widow has spoken to police but has made no additional comments. investigators will likely exhume khan's body and perform an autopsy in the days to come. >> thank you, andrea. here's matt. we're getting incredible video this morning from san diego. it gives a whole new meaning to the term wedding crashers. mara schiavocampo has the story. >> reporter: good morning. talk about making memories. the bride and groom along with six other friends and family members took to the skies for their dream wedding. shortly after the i dos, an unexpected twist. >> fortunately, we didn't end our marriage the day we began
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it. >> reporter: they had a wedding they won't soon forget. take a look at how it ended. >> brace. hold on. yeah! >> reporter: that's right. after the san diego couple got married in a hot air balloon, they were wedding crashers. a gust of wind blew their wedding party into a fence in a suburban neighborhood. >> the minister married us. although i don't think we said i do. >> yeah, we said -- >> we said i do? next thing we know, we're crashing into a fence and killing a tree and, you know, i said jesus about four or 5,000 times. >> reporter: the wind swung the balloon's basket like a pendulum, forcing the pilot to make a crash landing. mark carlisle saw it from his backyard. >> heard a lot of screaming so we ran out there as fast as we could and found a bride and groom, a wedding party, and a
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bunch of very relieved people. >> reporter: although there was no significant damage to any homes in the neighborhood, crews had to work through the night to get the enormous balloon off the roof. >> disconnect it from the basket. >> reporter: despite the bumpy landing and a few scrapes and bruises, the newlyweds remained in good spirits in what was a second marriage for both. >> i was laughing. >> we're adventurers. i always said to my kids if i ever get married again i'm going to get married in a hot air balloon. >> she told me she dreamed about our wedding and we were getting married in a hot air balloon and i said i'm scared of heights. i won't tell you the rest of what i said. but i went up in the balloon. when you love someone -- >> it is a beautiful place. >> reporter: a bumpy start, but smooth sailing toward a new life and memories they'll never forget. the good news, no one suffered any serious injuries. the couple is now on their honeymoon with quite a story to tell.
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>> mara, thank you so much. it's good luck. i looked up -- it's like rain on your wedding day. crashing and tumbling through fences and brush on your wedding day. >> i hope they don't believe in metaphors at all. >> i wonder if the husband now still has a fear of heights? >> what's there to worry about? >> not going up in that again. still ahead, is it an idea whose time as come? the new gyms that are just for people who need a lose a significant amount of weight. also ahead, the ohio town still simmering over an alleged rape. former guardians of one of the high school football players accused in that case opened up in an exclusive live interview. first this is "today" on nbc.
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>> good morning. i'm jon kelley. the investigation into why an empty oil tanker hit the bay bridge continues this morning in san francisco. it hit the western span of the bay bridge late yesterday morning. the impact did not damage the bridge but ripped off a part of the fender there to protect the tower. the coast guard will now interview the pilot and guy kleess this morning. he did pass an alcohol test and a drug test. those results now are pending. according to the mercury news, kleess has a spotty history. state records show back in 2009 he ran a cargo ship aground in the sacramento shipping channel and crashed a cargo ship into a catwalk near stockton in 2010. he was found at fault when a tug boat he was sailing ran aground in richmond inner harbor.
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right now let's get a check on the tuesday forecast. christina loren here just a lot of fog. >> someone turned the fog machine on this morning. good morning to you, jon. good morning to you at home. hard to believe but this is actually 280 in san jose now santana row. people having to slow down because of the thick fog. quarter of a mile visibility in concord. half mile in livermore and in san jose above a mile and a quarter but still you saw what that looks like. give yourself extra time. travel cautiously. look at how we finish the day. upper 60s. 65 degrees in san jose today. we're going to drop off tomorrow. enjoy the 60s while they last. let's check that drive with mike. >> this bay bridge toll plaza will get more crowded. because of the traffic heading up there on 880 look at the map and we see the backup that forms because of that disabled bus we've been talking about for the last half hour of the show. there was smoke underneath.
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it has cleared lanes north of high street at 29th. the backup extends out of san leandro on the northbound side west 580 a great alternate for you. slow and typical commute bend back again. south 680 also the case. 85 also for san jose and there's that fog creeping in for the south bay. back to you. >> appreciate it. we'll see you in one half hour from right now.
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7:30 now on a tuesday morning, the 8th of january, 2013. it looks like jason kennedy has found his way to the audio room this morning. he has no idea what those buttons mean. neither does our audio guy down there this morning. >> turn it down! >> kidding, billy. anyway, coming up, jason is giving us a behind-the-scenes "today" show tour, as he will all week long. >> also ahead, have you ever hesitated joining a gym because you feel like the other members might judge you? one site is taking a new approach to fitness and it could be the answer if you have exercise anxiety. a story coming up that i really like, high school student taking a stand against cyber bullying, one kind-hearted tweet
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at a time. what he is doing online that has his entire town smiling. "today's" professionals are back together again. one of the topics we'll get into, reports that lance armstrong may change his tune and admit that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs, something that his representatives, i think, deny. >> denying, yes, but it's a story in "the new york times." an alleged sex assault case out in ohio, getting a lot of national attention. the victim just 16 years old. in a moment we'll talk to the former guardians of one of the high school football players charged in this case. first, nbc's ron allen is in steubenville. ron, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. former guardians say they're coming forward to speak out for one of the defendants because they feel he hasn't been getting a fair hearing in the court of public opinion. we tried to talk to the young alleged victim and her family, but their attorney declined, saying that she is still struggling with what happened to
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her. and it's fortunate that they don't live in this small town still reeling from this case. >> a very laid back young man, not, you know, outspoken or anything. >> reporter: greg and jennifer agresta say they met him when he was 8. living in a troubled home, his parents unable to take care of him. the agrestas became his legal guardians. he lived with them for two years and have remained close ever since. he is now under house arrest at their home. >> he knows we love him dearly and he knows if he's convicted and found guilty, whatever may happen, we love him and support him. >> let's be clear. they knew she was drunk. >> reporter: in court, prosecutors claimed richmond and co-defendant trenton mays treated the alleged rape victim, quote, like a toy, party hopping the night of august 11th, drinking heavily, the girl unconscious at times. mays allegedly attacked her in the backseat of a car while a
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friend, prosecutors say, took pictures that he later deleted. later that evening, prosecutors say, richmond attacked the girl along with mays while she was passed out in a basement. the defense claims everything that happened was consensual, no force was involved. both young men, high school sophomores, quarterback and wide receiver on the steubenville high school football team, have pleaded not guilty. and now another teenager, who protesters have directed their anger at, has said he is sorry for appearing in this videotape that's gone viral, joking about the alleged victim. >> she's deader than a door nail. >> i don't believe that it's a crime, but it's stupid. >> reporter: an attorney said the young man, who we only called michael, insisted he was not at the party where the alleged attacks occurred and said he was drunk and commenting on what he had been told had happened. >> with some sober reflection,
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he is ashamed and embarrassed to hear them himself. he sincerely regrets his behavior. >> reporter: he has not been charge charged with a crime. and the attorneys for the two defendants in the case, mays and richmond, say they're probably going to try to move the trial far away from here and delay the proceedings until some of the emotion dies down. matt? >> ron allen, thank you very much. jennifer and greg agresta are with us, exclusively, along with malik richmond's attorney, roger matheson. so malik is home, in your home right now. although you're no longer his legal guardians. that's correct, right? what was his reaction when he found out he was being charged with this crime? >> he was surprised. we weren't with him, obviously, when he found out. as i think everybody was surprised.
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it's out of character for malik. and i think everybody just was in shock. >> you describe him as a laid back young man, a guy who is not outspoken, a quiet kid. yet he is charged with a very serious and disturbing crime. what was your reaction when you heard these charges? >> i was very disappointed in the judgment that was exercised at that point in time. it's completely out of malik's character. that's not the type of person that he is. one thing that i will mention, jennifer and i are very private individuals, matt. it was very difficult for us to make the decision to come to new york and speak about the situation. >> why did you? >> but to be honest with you, the right thing to do is always the hardest thing to do. we're here as individuals. we've had malik since he was 8. even when he went back home with his mom and dad, he has always been part of our family, always. and even to this day -- the problems you have in society today, too many people want to share the good times and when
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individuals and family members run across difficult times, right or wrong, they want to bail. >> and i appreciate that. yet i know that this young man trusts you. he confides in you. have you had that hard talk with him about this? have you said, malik, what happened? tell me the details of what happened the night in question. have you had that talk with him? >> no, because it doesn't matter to us. we love him, irregardless of what happened that evening. we want him to know that we support him. when he left our home as a young child, the last thing i said to him when i dropped him off was malik, if you ever need anything, good or bad, we are a phone call away. and when he called us, we were just that phone call away. we had to be there for him. >> i want to make sure i understand this. you told him you're always there for him. >> correct. >> do you think the charges are accurate? do you think he was involved in this situation where this 16-year-old young lady was sexually assaulted?
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>> you know, matt, that's a very difficult question for them. under advice of counsel, i've shielded the family and tried to protect the integrity of this attorney/client relationship. malik and i talked and those conversations, naturally, are protected and private. the thing that's most important for malik in terms of support, as they've indicated, it takes a village to raise a child. he needs the support from the family. >> i understand that, mr. madison. however, the fact of the matter is that he is being charged with a very serious crime and this is going to come down to what happened on the night in question. you have said that everything that happened that night was consensual. >> uh-huh. >> however, there are some photos that have been circulating around on social media, on the internet. some have been taken down. but i know you've seen them. you've all seen them. one shows two young men, one is malik, carrying this young lady who appears to be unconscious. how do you coordinate this idea
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of consensual and unconscious? >> they're privy to some of the conversations we've had. it's important for everyone to understand this very clearly. that video has nothing to do with malik richmond. he was not present. he did not produce that video. >> was he one of the people involved in that photo, though? is he seen in that photo? >> he is seen in that photo. the other problem becomes that the photo taken in conjunction with the video draws this negative inference that's gone way out of proportion. and the video, as we know, it can be reduced to that young man's form of expression. >> let me ask you two real quick questions. one, do you think you can get a fair trial for this defendant in this town? >> we cannot. matt, it has gone to the point where witnesses are reluctant to participate for fear of being vilified and placed personal information on the internet. >> and the question to you, there's been talk that other
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people may have been involved in this incident this night and perhaps they are being protected because they are part of this football team, and this town reveres this football team. is that within consideration on your part? do you think there are others involved? >> i have no comment to that. the other thing i would say, matt, at the end of the day, we have the best judicial system in the world. embrace the process and let it work. we respect those people for the opinions they have, that are protesting. in turn embrace the justice system. it does work, right or wrong. >> thank you for joining us this morning. mr. madison, thank you. >> thank you. let's get a check of the weather from al now. >> matt, thank you. another big system coming on shore in the pacific northwest. that will not only bring rain but snow. some parts of the pacific northwest have avalanche warnings in effect, anywhere from one to two feet of snow in the mountains. rainfall anywhere from two to
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>> good morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. thick fog out there this morning travel cautiously through inland valleys. it's not going to last all day. between 9:00 and 11:00 the sun breaks through. temperatures will be really nice. unseasonably warm in gilroy. 67 degrees there. 65 in san jose. 64 in san francisco. and much cooler by tomorrow. you'll need your heavy winter coat. maybe a few showers wednesday into thursday. hope you have have fantastic tuesday. >> that's your latest weather. matt? getting fit without feeling embarrassed. we'll take you to one of the nation's first overweight-only gyms. that's right after this. we all yearn for something...
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everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. back now at 7:44. a lot of folks are hitting the gym, trying to make good on new year's resolutions trying to lose weight but few fitness centers are like the one janet shamlian found in dallas. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. it looks like every other gym this time of day, very busy, with one big difference. to become a member here, you have to be severely overweight, no exceptions. the people getting a workout in this morning before heading to their jobs are just fine with that. in fact, it's the reason they joined. it's as crowded as every other gym in early january. every hoist of a kettle ball
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fueled by a new year's resolution. while many athletic clubs have membership requirements, downsize fitness is in a league of its own. to work out here you have to have a lot to lose. members must be at least 50 pounds overweight, just like this trainer was two years ago. >> it's comfortable. there's nobody looking in. we're all just here together. >> reporter: unlike most, there are no stare at yourself mirrors here. treadmill belts are wider than normal to accommodate larger bodies. you definitely won't find those spandex-wearing hard bodies that can make the less fit feel like throwing in the towel. >> it's frustrating. you don't feel like you fit in. and sometimes people are looking at you. >> reporter: but when she joined downsize fitness at 271 pounds, lauren lost not only inches, but the anxiety she felt exercising elsewhere. >> it's different here. you get the support.
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you don't just get the workout. >> reporter: new members like forest mckinney, who started at 472 pounds, are required to submit a health questionnaire. some must get a doctor's okay. trainers monitor heart rates and classes are adapted to physical limits. >> i liked it because i knew where everybody else was going to be in my class and that i was going to fit in and not be pushed so hard to compete against people that are more capable than me right now. >> reporter: for lauren, it finally feels like a recipe for success, even if she stumbled on to the club in the midst of a fast food run. >> i was late for dinner so i stumbled on to the club driving to chick-fil-a. >> oh, come on. >> no, literally, i did. >> reporter: there are two of these clubs now one in dallas, one in chicago. it's a concept they're hoping they can take elsewhere. people here say they just feel comfortable, it feels good to be around people who are not judging them. if you do end up losing those 50
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extra pounds required to join, the answer is you can still be a member of the gym, likely to be an inspiration to those exercising around you. everyone knows that they all started in a similar place. >> it's very inspiring. janua janet shamlian, a great story. thank you so much. coming up next, using twitter for good. how one teenager's creative tweets are feeling the way people feel about themselves. and the guys from one direction show a different side in their brand new video. first these messages. i have what science calls the nightly stuffy nose thing. i can't breathe, so i can't sleep. and the next day i pay for it. i tried decongestants... i tossed and turned... i even vaporized. and then i fought back with drug-free breathe right. these nasal strips instantly open my nose, like a breath of fresh air. i was breathing and sleeping better. [ female announcer ] exercise your right to breathe right. get two free strips at hey it's your right to breathe right.
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we're back now at 7:50 with the power of a few nice words. a teenager has been sending kind words to teachers, classmates and apparently the kindness is spreading. kevin tibbles has that story. good morning. >> reporter: it all started with one boy in west high, iowa city, who decided he wanted to change the world for good one good word at a time. it all started when jeremiah anthony went looking for the positive instead of the negative when it comes to kids in high school. >> it's really easy to find the nice things in people instead of the bad things. >> reporter: so the 17-year-old jurat iowa city west high school took to social media, tweeting daily compliments to his classmates, building them up instead of tearing them down.
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you have a singing voice like no other. your encouraging personality and generosity toward others makes you very likable. you make everyone happy with your quirkiness. he got the idea after reading a story about cyber bullies. >> you should definitely not be such a coward that you have to hide behind a screen and say bad things to people. >> reporter: soon jeremiah and two classmates were tweeting under the name west high bros, 3,000 encouraging messages later, it's caught on like wildfire, and the kids are paying it forward. >> when i got a tweet it really brightened up my day that someone would send a tweet like that. >> i felt like everything -- made everything feel a lot better. >> reporter: what a concept, a whole bunch of people being nice to each other and passing it on. >> what he is doing with complimenting people, one compliment could change their entire life. >> reporter: so often we only hear about the troubles facing kids these days. jeremiah and the west high bros decided to defeat the cyber
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bullies with kindness. >> everyone can be west high bros just by being kind to our peers and showing compassion. >> transforms how people live their lives. are they going to look at this day like being mad at everybody and annoyed at the world or look at it from a positive perspective? >> it's good to have positive encouragement. when people aren't nice to you, it really hurts you. >> reporter: they pick people at random, sometimes even teachers. they compliment a teacher. isn't that going a little too far? >> no! >> no way. >> reporter: it comes in a tweet. no one should control your happiness. it is your life and your feelings. don't let someone dictate your right to be happy. now, matt, all this positive energy may come as a bit of a surprise to jeremiah's parents who, no doubt, are watching this right now because, like most teenage boys, of course, he hasn't told them anything about the great work that he and the west high bros are doing here.
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>> they know now, kevin. they know now. >> must be proud of him. >> that's right. kevin tibbles in iowa city. by the way, that's a lovely tie you're wearing. >> spreading the compliments. very handsome. just ahead, life through the eyes of 20 somethings, the cast of the golden globe nominated "girls" stop by. >> after your local news. how did you find us? i thought we might be related, so i had a fiber analysis done and sure enough, we're family. but you're not even shredded. you're...crunchy?! that happens sometimes. and you help keep people full with whole grain fiber? just like you guys. [ female announcer ] they're different, but the same. new frosted mini-wheats crunch. a tasty square packed with a crunch... [ crunch! ] ...of whole grain fiber that helps keep you full. it's a big breakfast... [ crunch! ] new a little biscuit. smile! ohhh bring it in! ooohhhooh!
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good morning, everybody. i'm jon kelley. an autopsy taking place today for the petaluma teen who was found dead in a south lake tahoe snow bank. investigators say 19-year-old alyssa byrne was disorientated when she left a music festival on new year's eve. she apparently took a wrong turn and at some point took her jacket off. it was less than ten degrees out that night. a utility worker found her body on january 4th not too far from the concert venue. investigators say they do not anticipate that foul play was involved. once we get past all of that fog out there, christina loren is telling us it looks like it will be a nice day. good morning. >> good morning to you, jon. it is going to be so nice by january standards in the bay area. we're talking about temperatures approaching 70 degrees in some cases. not quite hitting that 70-degree mark but once we get rid of fog which you saw from sunol already starting to clear. we'll see a nice sunny finish to the day. thick pockets out there that could slow down your drive. we'll check on details with mike in just a moment.
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65 degrees in livermore. 64 in fremont. 65 degrees in san jose today. 67 meanwhile in gilroy. beautiful conditions prevail for today. and then temperatures tumble. we bring the rain in wednesday into thursday. low snow levels thursday morning. by the weekend temperatures steady in the 50s. a few clouds. really no significant shower chances until sunday and that's only about 20%. let's check your drive with mike. >> i have a pocket of fog right there. 101 north of 680. headlights are on. keep them on standard beams not high beams but keep eyes on alert. area northbound 101. 280 bogging down and 85. 87 into downtown of course the commute is back here. south 880 out of hayward into fremont and north 880 off of 3 238. >> we hope to see you one half hour f
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now the hollywood foreign press have warned me if i insult any of you, any of them, offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoefr they'll definitely invite me back next year as well. [ laughter ] >> that, of course, is three-time golden globe host ricky gervais during last year's show. this year the honors are going to tina fey and amy poehler. we'll find out what they have in store for us just five days from now. right here on nbc. >> we're excited about this because we'll be hosting a special just preceding the golden globes live on the red carpet starts 7:00 east coast time. next morning, monday, we'll be live in los angeles with all the fallout from the golden globes. should be fun. we hope you'll check it out. >> speaking of the golden globes, we have world exclusive
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information about the ceremonies and some of the presenters will be -- >> did you say world? >> it is a world exclusive. are you ready? >> yeah. >> are you really ready? >> yeah. >> george clooney, three-time winner who won last year, he is one of the presenters this year. also meryl streep, she's nominated this year again for her role in "hope springs." she has a record 27 nominations. >> 27, wow! >> yeah. >> and somebody who has a real rooting interest, jennifer garner, her husband, ben affleck's movie, "argo," is up for seven golden globes. she has been nominated eight times. her show is up for best musical for comedy series this year. we are looking forward. >> meryl streep has 27 nominations in her career, not this year. >> exactly. okay. speaking of nominations, hbo's comedy smash called "girls" is nominated this year.
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we'll talk to the entire cast of that show coming up in a little while. and then in our studio, we have gathered "today's" professionals." they are back after a holiday break. we will tackle some of the hot subjects of the day. >> a lot to get to. let's get over to natalie morales, who has a check of the day's top stories. good morning, savannah, matt and al. good morning, everyone. president obama is defending his choice for secretary of defense in chuck hagel. critics questioned whether the nebraskan republican is committed to israel's defense. he says his record has been distorted. the white house is lobbying key jewish groups for support. on monday president obama said he admired hagel's willingness to speak his mind. survivors and victims' family members heard emotional testimony at a preliminary hearing for aurora, colorado, movie shooting suspect james holmes. the officer who arrested holmes said the accused gunman was, quote, very, very relaxed and detached. other police witnesses were visibly moved when they described the scene last july
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where 70 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. a new study shows a spike in the number of cancer cases related to hpv, the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus. the increase includes oral and anal cancers in both men and women. it calls for a greater effort to vaccinate young people against hpv. new cases of cervical cancers are down thanks to better screening and early detection. >> a former contestant on the dating game tv show was sentenced monday to 25 years to life in pry sob for murdering two new york women in the 1970s. 69-year-old is already on california's death row for five murders in that state. now for a look at what is trending today, our quick roundup of what has you talking online. one direction is hoping to break the one-day record of youtube
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views with monday's release of this video "kiss you," paying homage to the beatles and elvis presley's jailhouse rock. ♪ if you want to take it slow if you want to take me home ♪ ♪ yeah yeah yeah ♪ and let me kiss you >> more than 8 million hits, racked up by justin bieber's "girlfriend." "kiss you" has had 5.5 million views by this morning. >> what was billed as a with whale watching trip off southern california led to this awesome scene. take a look as you see hundreds of dolphins stampeding on the high seas. it's no wonder why the dolphin dash has gone viral. but what caused it, still a mystery. this reporter at our minneapolis affiliate took one for the team during a live report of saturday's vikings/packers game. >> go ahead. i'm not going to get in trouble. it worked in practice.
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>> ow, poor thing. a cameraman that got a little too rough with her. nobody was hurt. next year maybe consider a helmet for that. 8:05 right now. let's get back out to al with a check of the weather. >> i think the cameraman has an issue with his reporter. >> i would say. >> oh, man. >> a little aggression there. >> building up for years. you could see that. all right. happy birthday. sweet 16. what's your name? >> maggie. >> where are you from? >> chicago. >> happy birthday. >> thank you. let's check your weather, go to the big weather wall, see what we've got for you. pick city of the day, nbc 5 st. louis, mo. sunny, mild, 52 degrees today. these temperatures will be warming up the next several days. kansas city, 55. cincinnati, 48. look at this. by friday, 63 in washington. sunday new york city is 55. billings, montana, going to be about 22 degrees. that is toasty. all right. that's what's going on around the country.
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here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. hat's going on good morning. now taking a live look at some blue breaking through. these clouds, low clouds over san francisco this morning. this is san jose. quite the contrary. the thickest fog is found ntd east bay trivalley area. travel cautiously. this is only going take place nor another hour or two and a beautiful day today. 67 today in gill roy. 66 for santa cruz. much cooler tomorrow. >> i'm sick of jim corrigan. >> hey, wait a minute. that's a battery. >> now you see the violence. coming up next, using "fifty shades of grey" to target young readers. is that a good idea? we'll ask today's professionals, coming up. "today's
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we're back with "today's" professionals, star jones, donny deutsch and dr. nancy snyderman is back. >> happy new year. >> using anonymous, what they say are credible sources, the newspaper says that lance armstrong is considering reversing his years of denials about using banned substances and blood transfusions during his cycling career. the people close to lance armstrong deny this. according to "the new york times," it's being considered so that he might resume his athletic career and get away from a lifetime ban.
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is it a smart idea? >> i think as far as his brand it doesn't matter either way. it's done. if he doesn't come clean, people assume he cheated. and in such a kind of stunning way. and if he does, you don't get a do over. there's no mulligan in this. he just lied to the public in every way, shape or form. either way he comes out on the short end. >> you can lie to the public, the press, your mama, your friends and family. what you can't do is lie under oath. if you do, you are subject to a charge of perjury. he has lied under oath in a lawsuit. so he can and should be prosecuted. >> so would you advise him as counsel to not come forward? >> absolutely not. often times there is a distinction between what you advise -- >> wait a minute. not come forward? >> do not come forward. do not confess. >> consider it done? >> consider it done. there's a big distinction between the court of public opinion and the court of law. some things you advise as a publicist are not the same
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things -- >> publicist and court of opinion, court of law, same thing. >> people always said isn't it miraculous, cancer drug changed him, he had different lungs, different hearts than everybody else. he was an anomaly. i never bought it. over the years as people around him sort of got shipped away, i thought this story spoke for itself. it's interesting to me. he is such a flawed character. what he did in the cancer world, his foundation, has been extraordinary. >> an unscientific poll, scale of one to ten, ten being certainty, one being not at all certain, what are your levels of certainty -- >> did he dope? >> did he, in fact, use banned substances? >> without a doubt. >> i wasn't in the room but i'll give it a nine. eastern german judge gives it a 9.7. >> russian judge gives it a 9. something unusual, published
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the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in their ar area, more than 33,000 people. now putting first amendment considerations aside, should the newspaper have done this? >> i don't think so. i think what it did is it also targeted those homes that don't have guns in them. they've now told the criminals, let me pick that one over there instead of that one over there. i don't think it was a good idea. >> i think it's a great idea. i'll tell you why. i have two little girls at home. i would like to know if they're going on a playdate in a house where there's a gun that it's properly locked up. >> then you call the parents. >> is there a gun in your house? >> no you wouldn't. >> why would you not call a parent? do you have guns? do you have drugs? you don't talk to parents? >> no. you don't proactively say to a parent, by the way, is there any cocaine laying on the counter? >> how much alcohol do you have in the house? do you smoke? you don't. you have these sort of blind assumptions that when your child
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goes over to play with another kid he or she is going to be safe. that has now been negated. >> you take the parenting side of this. in response, perhaps even retaliation for this, personal information about the paper's editors and writers is being posted online. the paper has received many threatening calls and e-mails, some saying reporters will be shot on their way to their cars. >> lovely. >> packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and to a reporter the violent threats are obviously unacceptable. is it fair game? >> no. there's a difference between -- >> underscores the whole point. >> exactly. when you have a gun, you are setting yourself up as somebody -- >> i agree. >> -- different. it's your choice. >> and it's public knowledge. >> different between -- you're just you. i think it's a vulgar display of everything that's wrong with what's going on with guns. >> child molesters, this is a legal transaction, a public transaction. >> i've said that. i thought maybe it was going to
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be -- >> let me move on to the control room. i'm moving ahead to the last topic. "fifty shades" for teens. after the surprising success of "fifty shades of grey" for older readers, publishers are saying they plan to include steamier scenes in books targeting readers age 18 to 24, calling it new adult fiction. is this a good idea? >> i don't think it will sell nearly as much. >> you're so wrong. >> fifty shades, that was an audience that kind of -- >> oh, donny. >> listen to me. it was kind of new to them -- >> this is donnie, the parent of little girls. >> this soft porn was exciting for a lot of women. young people have much more active sex lives. and a lot of them are going to go, yeah, and? >> should parents be worried about this? >> statistics tend to tell us
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we are back at 8:21 with the stars of hbo's emmy award winning show "girls," that takes a look at girls as they navigate life's trials and tribulations. >> are you okay? >> are you serious? >> yes. >> are we less close now? >> of course we're not less close. you moved out. so obviously we're a little less close. we're no less close than that. >> i feel like i don't know you. >> that's not true. marti, i'm right here. >> allison williams, zosia mamet
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and lena dunham. morning, ladies. >> morning. >> surprise wedding, freak relationship ending accident, groping incident with the boss. what do you do for an encore, lena? >> we're keeping it -- continuing to push the envelope, i hope. i think if you love what we're doing last season, we're going to push it further. if you hated what we did last season you will hate it even more. >> critics have called this smart, funny, groundbreaking, brilliant, brilliantly raw. intimidating when you sit down to write a second season? >> i think it's easy to get caught in that sophomore syndrome and have this incredible amount of anxiety about following something up that received some kind of praise but i feel so inspired by the people that i work with and so kind of keen to keep my creative bubble going that you have to separate their reaction from your own creative process, not to sound like a hippie. of course it's important to respond to your viewers but it's
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also important to stay connected to the reason you started doing it in the first place. >> i watch this show. i don't feel that i am that old. i have to say that i find myself mortified a lot. is that the point? is this supposed to be shocking? what do you think? >> i would think so, yeah. i think it's supposed to be a bit shocking at how realistic it is, yes. >> do you think it's realistic, allison? >> yes, and i think part of it is holding up a very harsh kind of funhousy mirror to people. i don't think people are used to looking at themselves that closely. >> the intention is to shock. i don't think lena is right, this is going to be a shocker, you know. i just think that is a side effect, yeah. >> it's so cool when you say shocker. >> shocker. >> you should write that for her character. it sounds so good. there are people who love this series and then there seems to be a category of people who love to loath it. i haven't heard about anyone who doesn't like it.
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>> that's good. all right. get online. some people think these characters are so entitled, these 20 somethings are so self absorbed. what do you say about that? >> i would be curious to know what it was like for you guys to -- for me, i sort of object to the notion that characters have to be likable. i feel like i don't like most of my friends. i love them. that's the same way i feel about the characters that i write. i think it's important to have characters on television who are sort of ambiguous and complex, the way that people are, especially female characters. so often women are relegated to sassy best friend or evil job go ing bioch. >> i think humans every day are
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totally unlikable. and miss dunham here, we all play against types constantly. it's terribly selfish period of life, you know. like your early 20s you literally are trying to figure out like yourself and what you're doing with your life. i think that's normal that they would be slightly self involved. >> i would be remiss if i didn't mention, by the way, allison, we are on the "today" show set right now but also at the world headquarters of the allison williams fan club because your dad, brian, of course, is the president. >> he most certainly is. and he will tell you that. >> many enthusiastic members around here, more often some of our crew members. little bit stalkery at all? >> definitely disorienting moments where pas start to cry because brian williams -- >> he's really proud. i think he also feels paternal for all of us. he feels a lot of love for this
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show and obviously he is excited this has happened. >> i imagine all of you have tried to concert any fears. these are fearless portrayals. has it been hard to do for any of you? >> all so brave and so -- >> you're really brave. you're really maybe the bravest person i know. >> brave to step into the mouth of a lion or -- to save a baby but it's not that brave to get naked if you're notteaser. we're back after your check of your local news. check of your local news. check of your local news. check of your local news. check of your local news. a check of your local news.
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good tuesday morning to you. san francisco have captured the man they say poured gasoline on his girlfriend, then set her on fire. 22-year-old dexter oliver was arrested at an oakland hotel last night. police say he attacked his girlfriend on sunday in san francisco's bay view district. 25-year-old star lamar remains in critical condition this morning with severe burns to her face and chest. family members say oliver became enraged when lamar broke up with him. we have two unexpected situations for the south bay. the first kovrping most of the south bay. low clouds and fog. this is 101. volume of traffic pretty heavy. the maps will show you northbound routes, your typical
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slowdown, but 280, yes, a couple of fender benders, but southbound, a crash before you get to 87 has overturned vehicles blocking a couple of lanes. one of our producers say it's a dramatic scene, it's going to be tough to see. just be very careful heading into downtown. meanwhile, 880 through oakland. >> thanks. we'll have another local news update in about half on an hour. enjoy your tuesday morning.
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8:30 now on this tuesday morning, the 8th of january, 2013. you may have missed, there is no tree. >> it's not there anymore. >> somebody stole it! >> it is gone for another season. just little old us on the plaza. good morning to you. i'm savannah guthrie. natalie morales, al roker. matt left a little early on assignment. january 8th, 2013, it is my sister, annie's birthday today.
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>> happy birthday, annie. >> a family trying to save one of their own. >> that's right. freelance journalist was kidnapped in war-torn syria at thanksgiving. his family is breaking their silence in an effort to secure his release. we'll talk to foley's mother and brother just ahead. on a much different note, actor jeff bridges is here. he is opening up about his life, movies, insecurities. and bernie glassman. the dude is in the house. there you go. we'll be chatting with him. >> life lessons from the dude. if you didn't get everything you wanted on your holiday list, elizabeth mayhew is here. it is time to buy many things, including apparently a treadmill. there she is, checking it out. >> not bad. looking good. also, don't forget, we need your help to plan savannah's big hollywood adventure. >> heading to los angeles for this weekend's golden globes.
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three choices inspired by a movie that are set in and around los angeles. one, julia roberts/richard gere classic, pretty woman. savannah doing it, big mistake. big mistake. >> rodeo, that's not bad. >> sideways, golden globe winner, which focuses on california's wine country. >> not bad. >> and the final choice you're the one that i want, grease. ♪ i got chills they're multiplying ♪ >> can i be your travolta? >> any time. you want good sandy or bad sandy? >> oh, no, don't go there. let's not vote for that. >> it's up to you guys to vote for that, though, not us. >> we know. go. how about a check of the weather? >> all right, sandy. let's see what we've got. a lot of wet weather down in texas with a risk of strong storms along the gulf coast of texas.
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mountain snows, flurries in the northern plains, sunny and warmer here along the eastern seaboard. risk of strong storms spreads to louisiana. sunshine continues along the east coast with some lake-effect snow showers leeward side of the eastern great lakes. natalie continues to sing "you're the one that i want." "summertime" now ♪ summer nights oh, wella wella now taking a live look, very foggy in san jose to start the day. quite the contrary. taking a live look now, beautiful sunny sky breaking through those clouds. in san francisco, we're all going the see the sun today and highs will be in the 60s. warm today. 67 today. by january standards.
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64 for los gatos and 64 degrees, even san francisco getting warmer than usual for this time of year. in idst of th brea choked the song out while you were singing and then -- >> cut it out. >> that is mean. >> that's where we hit a bad note. all this week we have been giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what happens here at studio 1a at the "today" show. we showed you the wardrobe room yesterday. today what we like to consider the nerve center of this operation. yes, the hair and makeup room. jason joins us now. good morning. >> good morning, guys. hair and makeup room, one of my favorite rooms here at "today." spend two and a half hours every morning in here because i love the bronzer, if you can't tell. we have to give them a medal because they see us every day at our worst and make us tv ready. you know, our loyal viewers, we do four hours of live programming every day. we have two makeup rooms, one downstairs on the concourse and this one right here with the lovely kathie lee and hoda have their morning meeting. >> please don't do -- we're
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doing our morning devotions. >> oh, how are you, kathie lee? >> hello, jason. >> hi, jason. >> nice to see you guys. i thought we were giving up alcohol? >> the show starts at 10:00. what time is it? 8:35? >> we have another hour and a half. >> there we go. >> just a little something. uh-huh. >> never for an entire month. we just want to make that clear. we just said for an entire month on the air. >> you didn't give the details. >> we didn't sign anything. >> no. >> tell me about this room. we understand a lot of gossip goes on here. >> how high your pants are. >> laura takes care of us. >> they're in here talking, talking about the guys between matt, al and willie, who is the biggest diva in the makeup chair? >> david gregory. >> david gregory? >> by far. >> why david? >> don't even ask about his brush. please. if you try to use it, he will hurt you. >> hairspray.
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>> he has a special brush? >> oh, yes. oh, yes. and nobody -- back same spot. keeps trying. >> you just finished up your morning meeting, like i was saying. i know you're dedicating the entire hour to exercise. what's planned? are you getting down and dirty? >> yes. we have sweats on. we will be on treadmills, bikes and what else the whole time, the whole show, for about an hour. >> that's about it. >> we'll see you in an hour and a half? >> we're going to sweat for about an hour and encourage everybody at home to keep sweating and start off the new year right. and, yeah, have a few laughs along the way. >> looking forward to it. it's the hair and makeup room, my friends. >> yes, it is. >> back to you, savannah. >> jason, thanks. we'll see you a little bit later on for "take three." jeff bridges. >> brilliant. >> on how to live, along with his zen master. first this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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desperate search for an american journalist missing in syria. james foley was kidnapped thanksgiving day. now his family is speaking out to his captors for his safe release. his mother is here with us along with his brother, michael. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> it's hard to meet upped these circumstances. diane, why don't you tell me the last time it is that you had contact with james? >> well, he called, actually, just a few days before thanksgiving, because my aunt -- i have a 104-year-old aunt who had died and he knew what a loss it was for me. and he called just to say he was sorry and he would be home soon and was thinking of me. >> he is a freelance journalist, working in syria. needless to say, this is an incredibly dangerous place to do reporting. do you know anything, michael, about the circumstances of his
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capture? >> we do. there was some eyewitness accounts. you know, they were taken by some armed gunmen. but beyond that, we don't have a lot of information. that's one of the reasons we're here today. >> that's part of the problem. >> there's been no contact whatsoever? >> no contact. none. >> michael, let me ask you. we've seen, unfortunately, these circumstances before. and in many cases, the journalist organizations will say, don't report on it. don't release the name because it endangers the person in cap active i captivity. i know you followed that for a while, too. you now have decided to switch strategies and go public. why? >> it's pretty simple. after 40 days without information, we felt it was important to make people aware, remind them that jim is an objective journalist, innocent journalist who is doing his job and to appeal to the people who are holding him, to release him safely, release him unharmed and
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also because of the lack of information that we have. i ask people to go to the website that we have set up, freejame, to provide us information if they have any. >> what should people know about jim? obviously this is somebody who is quite courageous, if he's going into these active war zones and reporting. >> he is a very passionate young man and he really wants to give voice to people in conflict. you know, he is very interested in people. a really good listener. and really cares. particularly about the vulnerable ones, the children in the midst of the war. and the civilians in the midst of it all. >> i understand that his background is actually in education and teaching. how did he make the turn to become a journalist? >> well, i think he always has been involved in writing and photography. and he cares about the human story. i think it was a natural combination really. >> that's so true. >> what kind of effort, to the extent you can talk about it,
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have you undertaken to try to learn more about where he is, to get the word out? >> we've done a lot. but, unfortunately, jim is a freelance journalist. global post is an organization he has done a lot of work for. they've stepped up to put an organization behind jim. but we've turned over every rock, as you can imagine. >> diane and michael foley, i can only imagine these are incredibly tense times for you. this happened in libya, i should mention. he was covering the situation in libya and disappeared for a period of 30 days. >> that's right. >> but he was sighted then. we have not even seen him. no one has witnessed him since he was kidnapped. >> it's very different. >> it's very different that way. we don't know who is holding him and we would -- we really need to hear from jim.
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>> i hope that this is helpful in that process. thank you for being here and sharing your story. >> thank you so much. we are back with much more on a tuesday morning. first this is "today" on nbc.
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back at 8:45. with more than 70 films to his credit, oscar winner jeff bridges is no stranger to hollywood. he is also an accomplished musician. now he is adding author to his resume, co-written a book with his friend and zen teacher bernie glassman called "the dude and the zen master." guys, good morning. great to have you here. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> a little bit of your montana ranch here. >> i see that. >> this transpired the course of the book over four days. you two were yakking it up, as good friends do. and the dude inspired this.
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>> that's right. my good friend bernie came here to me one day and said you realize in buddhist circles the dude is considered a zen master? >> the dude from the big lebowski? >> the dude from the big lebowski. and eye said what are you talking about? and he went on to explain how there are many -- all sprinkled through the movie. and i said, well, let's get into that. so we started talking about it. and he said, hey, you want to write a book? i said, well, let's try that out. >> the film had a huge cult following. you're telling me the bowling shoes wearing dude is a zen master? what do you feel that we can all take a lesson from? >> yeah. the dude is not caught up with being so attaching himself to what he's all about.
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he sort of flows with the moment, you know. instead of the dude trying to make the world do what he wants it to do, he is doing what the world is doing. and that's what zen is all about. >> that's true, finding that moment. >> my daughter said a cool thing. i wesh we had put it in the book. she said the dude, he's not really into doing so much. he is not a doer. he is dude. >> you guys cover a lot of ground in the book from movies, you've been in acting. marriage, insecurities, fears. and, jeff, i know you're married to your lovely wife, susan, for 35 years. >> yeah. >> it took you some time to finally pop the question. >> oh, yeah, a long time. >> how did you finally come around? >> i did myself this terrible out. i said i can always get a divorce. >> oh, ow! >> but i'm not going to let this girl go, because i can imagine
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looking down years from now and saying oh, that was the one. so my wife, thank god, she put up with me for about two or three years of just pouting terribly. she said, listen. i said no, no, no. thank god she didn't kick me to the curb. >> ever since then it's wedded bliss? >> getting better and better. getting deeper and deeper into all of the stuff. >> 35 years later. meanwhile you have great examples in your parents, your father the great actor, lloyd bridges, who inspired your acting career. what is it that you really learned from him the most? >> joy, i think, the way he approached his work with tremendous joy. he really loved what he was doing. and the joy was kind of contagious, you know. whenever i got to work with him as an adult a couple of times. whenever he came on the set, you could feel that. everybody says, oh, yeah, this is kind of fun what we're doing.
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oh, yeah. let's have a good time. >> joy and goodwill, too. >> oh, yeah. >> he did a lot for other people. in fact, you guys really -- i think there are some good messages in the book. i'll throw out a couple of points i picked up reading it. just throw the ball. bernie, what do you mean by that? >> yeah. you know, the centipede is a little guy with 100 legs and if he stops too long to think about which leg to do next, he can't go anywhere. >> yeah. >> and we lead a lot of our life like that. what do i do next? which way do i go? the point is when things come up, just throw the ball, man. just do it. >> stop thinking about it so much and just do it? >> just do it. >> you havy little ditty throughout the book, row, row, row your book gently down the stream. what does that mean? >> the whole message of zen.
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row, row, row your boat. you practice. you do things. we're both very involved in doing things around the world, hunger and homelessness. so do things. that's the rowing. but merrily. do it merrily and gently. >> gently. i love that. great way to end it. gentlemen, thank you so much. jeff, always great to have you here. bernie, great to meet you for the first time. >> thanks for having me. >> the book is called "the dude and the zen master". >> coming up next, where to find january's biggest bargains. first this is "today" on nbc. ♪ [ female announcer ] no more paper coupons. no more paper lists. [ dog barking ] ♪ no more paper anything. safeway presents just for u. ♪ save more. save easier.
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we are back with more of "today" with the best things to buy in the month of january. a lot of people have their eye on the bottom line. we have lifestyle expert and contributor elizabeth mayhew here. you have ideas on what to buy this time of year? >> yes. there is a good time to buy certain things. if you've been waiting or thinking about buying furniture, now is your time to do it. we can kick off with appliances. new appliances start to come in, in the spring. retailers still have older models but they're often -- they're fantastic. this is from home depot, giving 10% off on a lot of appliances. the best deal is when you buy a bundle, a package. if you buy a washer and drier together. good example, this is usually about $1,100. now it's only $800.
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big discount. >> last season's model. >> not necessarily. >> okay. >> but there are great deals because some of the stock are older models. >> okay. >> furniture, now is definitely the time to buy furniture. just remember this, furniture follows exactly fashion. so when winter clothes go on sale, that's when furniture is on sale. the new market will come in the spring. they'll get rid of old styles. you can get up to 70%. this table from mitchell gold and bob williams, literally a thousand dollar table that now is $350. your best models will be the floor models. 40% to 60% off furniture across the board everywhere you go. >> get the floor models right away. >> right away. just check the condition, obviously. >> sporting equipment, too? >> sporting equipment. retailers are trying to capitalize on the fact that maybe you still have those new year's resolutions to get in shape. >> only a week in. >> i know! you can get excellent, excellent deals. 25% off ellipticals.
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sears is doing a fitness bundle. they've built a program called drop five. not only giving you a great price on the equipment but a whole fitness plan and encouraging people to lose five pounds. great deals on amazon as well. 40% to 60% off. >> testing out the treadmill, we know it works. >> winter coats for sure. now is a great time. literally great sales on everything. you can go to burlington coat factory. these coats start at $19.99. >> wow! >> bring in a gently used coat, they'll give you an extra 10% off for the whole family. you can find great deals at macy's, bloomingdale's, wherever. >> stock up for next year. >> flooring, now is a good time for home improvement. you're inside. get great deals on not only laminate, but carpet. lowe's is doing a free installation of stain master. 50% off laminates. if you want to do that. stains from the holidays you
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want to clear them out. >> red wine on the carpet. >> since 1878, january has been the time for white sales. it's because the philadelphia retailer who instituted the white sale. you can get from pottery barn, macy's. so all kinds of electronics games. best buy. those releases for the games are usual november and december. you'll find great deals after the holidays. >> wrapping paper. >> this is a no brainer. >> 70%, 80% sales. office max has great deals. $200 chair that now is like $99. banking that you're going to be redoing your offices, back to work in the january month. and then lastly, all kinds of outdoor goods. from l.l. bean, bass pro shops, tents, shoes. >> you did it!
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you did it all. we're back with your local news and weather after this. . 8:56. oracle sailing team gets its wings back today. the new wing will be delivered this afternoon. in october, the catamaran capsized on the bay, shredding the massive wing. it will be ready to sail again next month. let's check the weather with kristen. >> good morning to you at home.
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what a beautiful day shaping up. temperatures are going to end up in the 60s. we have thick fog out there, but it's clearing quickly. by about 9:00 to 10:00, completely clear. temperatures are going to drop like a rock for wednesday. a few snow flurries thursday morning. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber?
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back now with more of "today" on this tuesday morning, 8th day of january, 2013. you're looking at a pretty nice crowd assembled outside, kicking off their day here with us. i'm willie geist along with savannah guthrie, al roker and nataliemorales. >> good morning again, everybody. >> coming up in this half hour, a new approach to your diet resolution. instead of thinking about what you eat, you may want to start thinking about why you eat. a psychologist who lost 85 pounds and kept it off, too. >> interesting. we've got a touching story about a boy and his dog. this is no ordinary relationship. the dog is trained to save the boy's life by recognizing when he's having a life-threatening seizure. now the boy is help iing others like him get the same kind of canine companion. >> amazing, their ability to
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sense things. we're always hearing about kids and cyber bullying. this morning we'll meet a teenager who is taking to twitter by spreading positive messages to fellow teens, hoping the trend will catch on. before we get to all that, it is time for "today's" take three. eye canndy at the end of the bench here. >> ahh. >> i don't know how to put this but we'll talk about al's -- >> gastro -- >> g.i. tract. you made a revelation in your new book "never going back" that has, shall we say, caught fire online over the last 24 hours or so. >> we also talked about on "dateline." and, in fact, i think we've got -- just roll it. you can take a look. >> you have a bypass and your bowel has been reconstructed. you think you're pretty safe. i probably went off and ate something i wasn't supposed to
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and as i'm walking to the press room, i feel like i have to pass a little gas here. i'm walking by myself. who is going to know? only a little something extra came out. >> you pooped in your pants. >> i pooped in my pants but not something horribly. >> at the white house. >> yeah. >> it is the lead story on several websites this morning. >> i'm just kind of amazed it's such a big deal. i put that in the book, "never going back" because i wanted people to realize there are consequences to gastric bypass surgery or any kind of gastric surgery. some of them embarrassing. others can be life threatening or fatal. and, look, the good news is that the book title does not refer to the white house, because i have been back a number of times without incident. >> maybe not now.
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>> i could be, that's right, rescinded. look, it is what it is. >> i admire you for talking about it. >> it's very open and honest. are you surprised at the reaction? >> i really am. i actually am really surprised. look, one website picks it up and then everybody does. the fact of the matter, the book had been out for over a week. of course, nobody reads. >> "never going back" in book stores now. >> that should have been our take number two. >> oh! >> boom! >> that was a joke in honor of al roker. i thought you would appreciate that. >> savannah guthrie bringing it. >> i've been around you too long. that was a very al roker joke. >> it really was. >> i've got nothing on that. >> it's so unlike you. i wasn't expecting it. >> i know. what happened to me? i don't know. >> she gets one every once in a while. >> we pulled her to the dark side. >> enough about al's g.i. tract. >> yes. >> let's go on to take two. overnight sensation.
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watching the national championship game last night between alabama and notre dame you couldn't help but see katherine webb, girlfriend of alabama quarterback a.j. mccarron because espn showed her over and over again. >> what a beautiful woman. wow! >> a.j. is doing some things right. >> if you're a youngster in alabama, start getting the football out and throw it around the backyard with pop. >> it's the great brent musberger. >> a lot of people thought it was creepy on his part. >> little joe biden. >> she's been dating mccarron for about a month or so. that was, again, brent musberger making that exchange. she went at the beginning of the game having 2,000 twitter followers to, last check, something like 120,000 twitter followers all because of the recognition she got last night. apparently she's a model who lives in los angeles. >> miss alabama. >> miss alabama and now has 110,000 followers. and apparently during the game
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she had no idea what was going on. she was watching the game. and then i guess she started getting all these tweets and she is like, what is going on? and these e-mails and says her phone battery actually died during the whole thing, blew up. >> she had to go to her friend, who was updating her. >> i guess i was on espn maybe. >> i picked up the football, started playing. >> sure. >> started practicing. >> she lives in l.a., too. >> little closer than alabama. >> team wins its third national championship in four years was overshadowed by -- >> maybe if the action on the field would have been more exciting. >> there wasn't much to talk about in the first half, so talk about the guy's girlfriend. >> over and over again. >> they revisited that story line several times. >> they know their ratings, right? >> take three, downton abbey a couple of nights ago on pbs, 7.9
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million viewers. british import surged 96% over its previous season, premiere was a two-hour show. i have to confess, i don't watch downton abbey. i've heard of its greatness. >> savannah loves it. >> natalie and i love it. >> why is it so great? >> kiss me again! >> whatever, yeah. >> it's very swooney. i have to say many men like it, too. >> carson. >> the uptown, downtown. >> upstairs, downstairs. >> i like uptown, downtown. we're going to check that out. we're going uptown! >> i understand. >> you watch the show? >> no, i don't. i can't get into it. >> i honestly think that it has something for everybody. i know a lot of men who love the show. there's a lot of spence and
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sku skullduggery. >> skullduggery? >> they have transportation and running water, different periods of time. it's very good. >> leila has a friend whose dad lives in england, stationed there right now. she actually has dvds of this entire season. >> oh, yes, i've heard of those people. >> and it was off the air in the u.s. for a while. so much hype and anticipation was built around it. it really worked. up 96%. >> were they expecting it to be this huge? >> i think after the second golden globe -- they weren't last year. i think after -- >> 8 million, that's impressive. >> yeah. >> i'm always late to the party. i watched homeland -- >> me, too. >> by the way, at the golden globes last year i got to interview them in the winner's room. i studied about the film. i was like, hey, whatever. they came back this year and i was like stalking them. i couldn't even get through the
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interview. >> we're going to keep you away from them this year. >> i know. >> i like this bonus take. >> let's get serious now. >> banana slicer. >> because everyone has run out of knives. >> it's a little ridiculous but also ridiculously popular, you can get it on peel the banana and knock it down. >> make it happen. >> that's amazing. >> i love how they try to sell this. kids love slicing bananas. do kids really love slicing bananas? >> how much does this cost? >> five bucks. >> somebody has made millions. >> how do you get? >> it comes out. >> you have to give it a -- >> or do that. >> is there a chance -- >> someone is making a lot of money on the banana slicer. >> and you save at least seven seconds in your day. >> the next banana slicer, we need to think of an invention. >> we already have the apple corer. >> american exceptionalism.
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>> let's all walk back here so natalie can do the news. >> oh, okay. >> thank you very much. speaking of me -- >> you're done chewing the banana, right? >> yes. president obama is defending his choice much secretary of defense in chuck hagel. critics are questioning whether the former senator of nebraska is committed to israel's defense. he says that his record is distorted. president obama said he admired hagel's willingness to speak his mind. survivors and victims' family members heard testimony at a preliminary hearing monday for aurora, colorado, theater shooting suspect james holmes. the officer who arrested holmes said the accused gunman was, quote, very, very relaxed and detached. other police witnesses were visibly moved when they described the scene last july where 70 people were shot, 12 of
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them fatally. hpv, sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, oral and anal cancers in both men and women have increased. national journal cancer institute, encourages hpv vaccinations. cervical cancers are down, thanks to better screening and early detection. a stand iing ovation for secretary of state hillary rodham clinton who returned to work monday after a concussion and blood clot sidelined her for the past month. to welcome her back, clinton's staff gave her a football helmet to protect her from any future concussions in the contact sport that is, of course, washington politics. the sudden death of a chicago will theory winner has now been ruled a hmm side. 46-year-old urooj khan died in july, one day after a check for almost $425,000 was mailed to him. at first the medical examiner ruled it a death by natural causes. at the urging of a relative, the
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medical examiner looked at comprehensive toxicology tests and determined that khan died from a lethal dose of cyanide. officials now are considering exhuming his body as part of the investigation. a 3-year-old at a melbourne parking lot had a spring in his step on monday as he led police on a chase. the eastern gray kangaroo somehow made his way to the australian airport and then became a little bit distressed there. animal control was able to tranquilize the little guy and take him to an observatory until he's ready to be released into the wild. a dress to impress? if you have 25,000 bucks to spare, you, too, can rock this look. 15 people were hired to craft his solid gold search. but why you ask? he says i know i'm not the best
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looking man in the world but surely no woman can fail to be dazzled by this shirt. he certainly dazzles. >> must be a hit with the ladies. what do you think, is he dazzling? >> all the gold chains around -- >> a lot going on. >> the gold shirt wasn't enough. he had the gold chains around the neck. >> mr. t. is jealous. >> the porn stache, lose the stache, don't you think? >> mr. roker has a check of the weather. >> all righty then. let's show you what we've got. let's start down in texas. big storm system is firing up. it's got to bring a lot of wet weather, risk of severe weather in parts of eastern texas. flood watches and flash flood watches as well. we're looking at anywhere from three to five inches of rain. some areas in eastern texas over the next 48 hours may pick up seven inches of rain. pacific northwest has another big storm moving in it as well. this one will create a lot of snow in the cascades. avalanche warnings in effect. looking for one to two feet of
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snow. right along the coast, anywhere from three to four inches of rain 9:13 on a tuesday morning. we have a lot of sunshine coming in in san francisco. not so much the case in san jose. still socked in with low clouds. you can vaguely make out these motorists. the sun's going to breakthrough over the course of the next hour, hour and a half and temperatures are going to climb under full sunshine to about 67 degrees in gilroy, 65 in san jose. tomorrow, much cooler weather just around the corner, so seize the day. hope you have a great one. >> and your l weather. >> al, thanks. jason, thank you. be back to slice some bananas. >> i'm on it. up next, figuring out why you eat to help you lose weight, that's after this. we replaced joe's smart phone with a samsung galaxy ii from straight talk wireless. he'll get the same great nationwide coverage for half the cost.
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"today," you are why you eat. only one week into 2013 and some of you may already be frustrated with your resolution to lose weight. for a lot of folks, figuring out why you eat could be the key to losing weight and keeping it off for good. a licensed clinical psychologist and author of "you are why you eat." good to see you. >> good morning and thanks for having me. and congrats on your weight loss as well. >> thank you. you lost 85 pounds. >> yes, i have. >> pretty impressive. >> it's a lot. >> and what was the trigger for you? >> the trigger for me was i had this moment when i looked in the mirror and said what happened? i thought i weighed a lot less than i did and i stepped on the scale and said, wow! something's got to give. i'm doing something wrong. >> this idea of why you eat --
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>> yes. >> is really key. >> i made it too much about what i ate. and then the minute i switched gears and made it about the why, that's when the whole game changed for me. absolutely. >> you got two tests for success, the apple test and the flab test. >> they're easy to remember. so simple. one of the trickiest things about weight loss is that we don't connect our mind and our body. we don't know that we're hungry, because we stopped paying attention a long time ago. the apple test is easy. you think you're hungry, ask yourself. let's say apple is your favorite fruit. will an apple do this for me? if an apple will do this for you, then great. you probably are hungry. go have a healthy meal. if you're saying, no, i would rather have a cookie or burger, then stop and do test number two, the flab test. are you frustrated, lonely, angry or bored? four main reasons people eat emotionally. if that is the reason the cookie isn't going to do it and it's time to do something else. >> one of my kids will come in and say i'm starving.
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i said that's not possible. you just ate 15 minutes ago. >> offer them that apple and see what they say. if they say i don't want that, then you're probably not hungry. >> growing up, from a certain age you remember you have to clean your plate. >> the clean plate club is to be no more. fact of the matter is it dogged us as kids and it really dogs us as adults because we feel like we still need to eat everything on our plate. >> speaking of the plate, the size of the plate, especially in this country -- >> huge. >> is killing us. >> 50% of adults feel like they need to eat everything on their plate. that's the fact. our plates are too big. if you look at, for example, a cereal bowl. you fill that whole bowl and finish it all, use a smaller bowl. that bigger bowl will hold about 500 calories worth of cereal. the smaller bowl about right, 150. that's what you should be eating in the morning. >> everything has been super sized. >> everything has been supersized. national institutes of health has shown in the last 30 years
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portion sizes have gone up 30% and so have we. >> we have some examples. >> this bagel, 20 years ago -- >> was higher. >> look now, there are about six inches in diameter and 350 calories. if you're cleaning your plate now, you're doing a heck of a lot more damage. it's time to put the clean plate club behind you. >> and portion sizes at restaurants can be a big object stack le. >> restaurants are a killer. you go into a restaurant, you need to have some easy techniques. order half a portion. they won't give you half, have them leave half in the kitchen. order an appetizer or share your entree. those are the tricks you can use in a restaurant. you don't fill that plate, you shouldn't have to empty it. >> too much weight loss is about deprivation. you think you need to deprive and hold back. most of us put weight on because we love food. what you need to do is bring
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some pleasure into your life. >> a reward. >> don't even call it a reward. call it pleasure. don't take dessert out of your life. keep dessert in. keep that pleasure in. but have one forkful or just a little bit. and then make a healthy pleasure list. think of other things that bring you pleasure like talking on the phone, talking to a friend. heck, walking into the bedroom instead of the kitchen. just bring the pleasure wherever you can. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> great book. >> absolutely. and still ahead, one boy and his dog are helping to change the lives of other sick kids. first, these messages. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] its lightweight construction makes it nimble... ♪ its road gripping performance makes it a cadillac. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with advanced all-wheel drive. [ engine revving ] it's bringing the future forward.
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good morning. 9:26. in san francisco, a teenage driver will be in court charged with killing two people during a high speed chase with police in the mission district. officers say 19-year-old davis morales is a gang member who shot at three pedestrians before the per suit began. also in san francisco, a court hearing is set for bicyclist accused of running down and killing an elderly man at a busy intersection. the 36-year-old was speeding and was attempting to break a riding record when the crash happened. today, california is is asking the federal government to ease off orders to reduce the inmate population at prisons statewide. in papers filed last night, jerry brown says the state has its overcrowding problem under
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control. there was a cap ordered on the nump inmates to insure proper health care. the state is accusing them to withdraw so the state is not forced to release dangerous prisoners. a look at weather and traffic right after this.
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welcome back. taking a look at some fog still hanging out over san rafael. san francisco, we're also seeing the blue sky. lots of sunshine today, we are headed towards the warmest day of the week. 65 in livermore, 62 in oakland. around 64 degrees in beautiful, sunny san francisco. wednesday, temperatures tumble, we're going to see a few showers as well. maybe some low snow flurries thursday morning. >> still hanging around with those clouds. a lot of low clouds and fog, but clearing right now as is the freeway. a slowdown has finally cleared
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around downtown san jose, so that will take about a half an hour to recover there. also, a slower driver. 882 free monte. still slow around tesla. back to you. coming up at 9:30, we expect an update on the tanker crash. wooir going to stream that live. also, the latest on local news updates and of course, our news at 11:00.
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>> is she hoping for one? have you talked to her about this? >> i think she wants pretty woman. >> no, no. we can't influence the vote. it's all up to you. >> actually it will be national lampoons vacation. she is shaes going to wally world. >> we want in on that one. >> we all want in on that one. i'm natalie morales along with willie geist and al roker. a teen using the internet to actually spread positive messages online. iowa high school student is trying to stop negativity on social media with a twitter feed that's dedicated to complimenting his schoolmates, friends and teacher. good news is that it's spreading like wildfire. >> we need more of that, definitely. >> good to hear that story. a boy and his service dog. this is no ordinary pet. he is a life savor. turns out the boy is a life savor, too, raising enough money to get service dogs just like his to other kids in need. then the newest trend in style, i'm told.
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convertible fashion that pulls double and triple duty to save you money. >> i'm wearing break away pants right now. >> good. >> did you wear those to the white house? >> exactly. >> okay. might have needed those. okay. meanwhile, we're also looking for the best homemade chicken wing recipes in the nation. whether you like them spicy or sweet for the big game or every night, we want to hear about it. >> go to and submit your own recipe for our first-ever chicken wing cook-off. get your entries in by next wednesday. we'll select a few finalists. >> i'll be happy to be a judge. >> are you spicy or sweet? >> i'm in between. >> really? >> little tangy is more like it. first al has a check of the weather for us. let's see what we've got for you. starting off with today, a lot of wet weather through texas and the gulf coast. wet weather also in the pacific northwest with windy conditions and snow in the mountains there.
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plenty of sunshine. great lakes, northeast, midatlantic states. for tomorrow, the risk of strong storms moves into the lower mississippi river valley. more rain along the pacific northwest coast. windy along the great lakes. beautiful weather down through the southeast on into florida with plenty of sunshine and nice, warm 9:33. taking a live look, sunny sky this morning. let's show you the contrast. this is san jose where you can vaguely make out the cars here along 280 near santana road. your temperatures are warming up. up to 50 degrees in san mateo and 44 in gilroy. as we head into the afternoon hour, temperatures are going to climb into the mid-60s and then we get a little rain tomorrow. hope you have a great day. nd that's your latest weather. coming up next, the young person turning the tide of social media to a positive place for teens. but first, these messages. try delicious light & fit greek
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his fellow students. guess what, the trend is catching on. kevin tibbles has the story. >> reporter: jeremiah anthony went looking for the positive instead of the negative when it comes to kids in high school. >> it's really easy to find the nice things in people instead of the bad things. >> so the 17-year-old junior at iowa city west high school took to social media, tweeting daily compliments to his classmates, building them up instead of tearing them down. you have a singing voice like no other. your encouraging personality and generosity toward others makes you very likable. you make everyone happy with your quirkiness. he got the idea after reading the story about cyber bullies. >> you should definitely not be such a coward that you have to hide behind the screen and say bad things to people. >> soon, jeremiah and two classmates were tweeting under the name west high bros. 3,000 encouraging messages later, it's caught on like wildfire. and the kids are paying it forward. >> when i got a tweet it just
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really brightened up my day that somebody would send a tweet like that. >> when i got the tweet i felt like it made everything feel better. >> what a concept, a whole bunch of people being nice to each other and passing it on. >> what he is doing with complimenting people, one compliment can change their entire life. >> reporter: so often we only hear about the troubles facing kids these days. jeremiah and the west high bros decided to defeat the cyber bullies with kindness. >> everyone can be west high bros by being kind to our peers, showing compassion to everyone. >> it transforms into how people live their lives and are they going to look at this day like being mad at everybody and annoyed at the world or are they going to look at it from a positive perspective? >> it's good to have that positive encouragement. when people aren't very nice to you, it really hurts you. >> west high bros pick people at random, sometimes even teachers. >> they compliment the teacher, isn't that going too far? >> no! >> no way. >> message to teens in america comes in a tweet. no one should control your
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happiness. it is your life and your feelings. don't let someone dictate your right to be happy. for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news, iowa city. >> that is perfect. >> we need more of that for sure. >> as people who spend a good portion of our days online, we can read a lot about ourselves, there's a lot of negativity. >> really? >> i've noticed once in a while. it's nice to see him doing that. >> especially with high school kids, where there is so much cyber bullying that goes a long way. >> antidote, that's for sure. coming up next, a young boy and his life-saving dog, help ing others get that same support, right after these messages. a lot of things, trying to find a better job can be frustrating. others get that same support, right after these messages. companies like microsoft, american red cross and adobe - to create options for you. not only that, we're using what we learn from these partners
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threatening. his parents live in constant fear. >> after about five minutes, you start to worry about brain damage and so every single seizure he has is really scary. >> reporter: after exhausting all medical treatments, evan's parents learned about seizure dogs that are trained to bark before a seizure becomes apparent. but they didn't come cheap. about $13,000 for a well-trained dog. as the moss family began to think of ways to fund raise, evan was enterprising an idea of his own. >> my seizure dog can go to school with me. >> reporter: the 9-year-old wrote a book on why he wanted a dog. >> it was a good way for him to vocalize his interest in getting the dog and his thoughts on what that was going to be like. it was not only funny, but really interesting to see what he thought we would be getting the dog for. >> reporter: the family published the book and raised enough money not only for evan's dog, mindy, but to help seven
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other children with epilepsy get dogs, too. >> it was the idea of this child helping himself. it really was overwhelming to see how many people came to that book signing and the letters and cards and donations that poured in after that, too. >> shake. >> reporter: today, evan and mindy are getting better acquainted. mindy's barking is already helping his parents learn more about his seizures. >> she's giving us insight into things that we would have never known were going on. >> he has seizures in his sleep and that's really scary, too. so, we're also hoping that mindy will help us identify those. >> reporter: a boy's best friend, bringing a life of independence to evan and peace of mind to his parents. >> she's a great dog! >> and nancy joins us this morning. >> hi, willie. >> good to see you. these dogs are so much more than
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companions. they strike me as medical tools. how does it work, first of all? how does a dog sniff out a seizure? >> a dog can smell 100,000 times better than we. their senses are heightened. depending on the dog and the malady, we've known for a long time -- obviously we have seeing eye dogs. we know dogs can sniff out certain cancers. they're being used for peanut allergies, low blood sugar problems and now seizures. i can't explain to you chemically what the human body sends off that the dog can pick up. it's not german shepherds anymore. it just requires a really good program and four paws for ability, which helps so many children, they've been instrumental in teaming the right child with the right dog for the right malady. >> what's the process like? how do you train a dog to sniff out a seizure or cancer or to be a seeing eye dog? >> it's interesting. it is elaborate. that's put dogswith, believe it or not, nonviolent prisoners.
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so they learn how to be good companions and it's kindness. then, of course, you figure out which dog -- as you know, not every dog makes the cut. it's a high bar school. >> what does the dog mean not just to evan but for kids like him? >> for evan, and a lot of kids like him, have been ostracized in school. there's nothing like the unconditional love of an animal. it gives them the satisfaction of companionship and brings them back into the fold. a lot of these kids have been living in the social perimeter of school. once you have a cool dog taking you to school, it's a chick magnet, no matter how old you are. >> it works in elementary school? >> you might try it, willie. >> i started too late. had i only known. dr. nancy snyderman, thank you for bringing it to us. >> you bet, willie. new trends in convertible fashion. first this is "today" on nbc. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber?
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style, convertible fashion. with a few versatile pieces you can transform your wardrobe into multiple outfits to save you a lot of cash. to help walk us through this cheap but chic trend, jene luciani. >> good morning, natalie. you can use these a bunch of different ways. actually very smart and these are all very affordable we're going to show you today. stow it's a win/win. >> really trying to figure out and follow major construction. >> yes. >> is this dress one of those case cases or is it pretty easy? >> no. this is so simple. the chameleon dress, great for a bunch of different body types, very flattering. it's a dress great for summer or winter. put a little cardigan over it. and then we've turned it into a
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skirt. as a skirt here, it has the ruching typically over the bust over the tummy. it helps to mask the tummy area, if you don't like that, and also takes it from spring to winter. really multiseason. this is $88. >> okay. now tell me about this dress you have on your side. >> this is the himina valero dress. here we have it as a dress. you know how you buy a dress and it's too short and you can't wear it or it's too long and you have to pay to have it hemmed? here it's a dress then it pulls up into a tunic length and then you can also turn it into -- those are undies there -- >> okay. >> a really cute top. so, again, a bunch of different ways. >> let's move on over to bras. >> wre. >> and the convertible bra is a big thing. lots of shirts, blouses and you
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need to find the bra that goes with it best. >> you may be shocked of how many women don't know about the convertible bras. this one is from playtex. i love this that it has straps like a regular bra. you get a normal convertible bra, the straps are over here. it gives you that full support especially for a fuller busted woman so you can still make a crisscross, halter, whatever you need to do with it. >> adjust the length of the strap? >> exactly. >> over here, sports bra. >> this is the bandini from barely there. everybody goes crazy for this bra. kind of like the sports bra but also great for everyday run ini around. best part is that you can layer it. you can pull down one strap. it's meant to peak out under a tank top. it's $22 for two of them. >> great deal. >> exactly.
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these are tights. >> convertible tights? >> you've never seen anything like this. that's what's so cool about these. these are from hanes, $9.99. we love our leggings, too. why not get them two in one? these actually convert, as you can see here. >> you pull the foot over? >> i think we have a little demo here. what happens is that they have a little toe pocket and you slip your toes in there. that's how they become the tights. >> brilliant. why didn't i think of that? >> nice and opaque, sucks you in. >> becoming a real fashion statement over your boots, these boot warmers as a way to dress up your boots. >> these are the coolest thing. these are huggers. they're kind of like a sock that goes over your boot. as you can see, we really dressed up some sort of plain boots. it prevents you from having to buy a new pair of boots next winter. turn them into a funky fashion statement. >> with rain gear, these are booties you can put over your nice shoes?
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>> exactly. you have those galoshes, ugly things that go over your shoes. these are fashionable ways to do that. >> tell me about this, 15 seconds. >> holds your ipad. comes off, becomes a portfolio case for men. >> something for you guys, too. >> exactly. >> thank you. kathie lee and hoda are getting fit, next hour.
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good morning to you. google's executive chairman is getting the firsthand look at how north korean students use the internet. eric schmidt and bill richardson are touring the university in pyongyang today. the students showed the visitors how they search for documents
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using google and wikipedia. richardson says the visit is quote part of a private humanitarian trip. north korea is said to have the world's most restrictive internet policies. now, a check of the forecast. >> we got a good looking day shaping up. high pressure is firmly in control. mostly sunny conditions by 11:00 a.m. and that's going to warm us up into the mid to upper 60s. your highs for today, super comfortable. temperatures in the 67 to 68-degree range. and 66 degrees in redwood city. i'm not being as generous as i could be with some of those. tomorrow, we lose all that warmth, fall back into the mid-50s, even cooler with some low snow on the way. 20% chance of a stray shower on sunday. let's check that drive with mike. >> first, we'll take a look over here. moving smoothly.
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a live shot for fremont, 880. there's also low clouds here, but considerably slowing. i checked the reports, somewhere on this stretch, there was an earlier accident. i don't see the crash now. the map will show you, it is slow still in this stretch coming down toward the truck scale, passing toward mission boulevard and toward 237. into the orange area, that's where the fog and low clouds continue. also, southbound 280, that is clearing out as well. north 101, looks like it may have cleared, back to you. >> we'll be back at 10:26 with our next news and weather update. see you then. good morning! wow.
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from nbc news this is a special get fit edition of "today." time to start working it with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> there's good news and bad news. >> wait. we're power walking in a circle. >> the good news is it's tuesday, january 8th. the bad news is it's no booze day tuesday. >> i know it. i know it. we just walked past morrell's wine bar. >> so we are going to do our entire show, you guys because we know a lot of you guys work out in the gym with us. we are with you in solidarity. >> sort of. >> we're going to start off by hopping on this -- it's called a street strider. it's scary because we don't know how to do it, but it's like an elyptical and a bike together. >> i'm trying to get the thing
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to -- >> i'm leaving you. i'm leaving you. look what's happening. look at me. >> okay. >> i'm sorry. >> it's like an ellyptical. >> slow down. don't hit me. kathie, the brakes. the brakes. >> oh, yeah. >> okay. watch me turn. wait. wait. i want to point out my turn. good-bye. oh, i'm sorry. >> here's sarah on a tread wall trying to get away. forget it. you can't do it. >> hello. >> hoda! >> what? >> we're going to be doing exercising the entire -- >> i'm not -- >> wait a second. >> i'm going to run in place right now. i just want to -- i couldn't -- so, sarah, we're going to meet up with you later. i think jill we're going to meet up with later. >> by the way, i got to say i'm already a little winded. if you guys are in the gym working out, we feel your pain. we're going to go inside. come on. >> what we're going to do is go
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to see what you do long before we get here at nbc. >> i wake up early. >> take a look. >> while i'm reading the bible. >> come on. >> rise and shine. ♪ >> that's it. me and him. that's it. >> there's this crazy stair climber like actual steps. it's painful to walk up those steps, but it gets your workout over with quickly. >> dying. dying. >> dow it with music because there's no other way to do it. ♪ emotion >> cult jam. so old. >> is it over? seriously. is it over? >> i figure if i do 30 minutes, i can do anything else all day. like think about the booze kathie and i drink on the show. that doesn't even work out part of this workout, but at least in my head i feel like, well, i worked out, so we can go with a bottle of red. ♪ >> let's point out what we're
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doing. we are going to spend -- >> i'm exhausted -- >> -- an entire hour on bikes, on treadmills, and there's a reason that we're doing this. okay? >> what is it? >> we didn't do this willingly. >> i thought we've done it every year, but apparently the last time we did it was two years ago, hoda. >> we know that a lot of people are in the gym, and they're connecting with us, but not only are we working out, kath, you know what else we are not doing. >> well, we sort of made a deal. sort of a deal. >> with? >> "ladies home journal." >> it was kind of a bribe. we could get on their cover if and only if -- >> rarery do they put people over 50 on their cover. >> well, they said yes if we would give up drinking wine, and we said okay for one month on the show. no problem with that. >> right. >> we want to say hello to danielle propocanicci. she tweeted us and wrote k.l.g. and hoda giving up alcohol for a month after this glass of wine.
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wish me luck. >> then turn single. k.l.g. and hoda giving up wine for a month? this really is the mayan apocalypse. say it isn't so. >> i tried doing that for january. yeah, it hasn't worked out to well. >> we're worried about great futures. >> let's check it out. let's see what the great futures are doing today. >> well, we heard that it's bad, but anyway, which we want to let you know that in 30 days we're going to be back in business. >> here's the thing that we're doing. we're sitting at a fit desk. a lot of people say i got too much work to do. i can't exercise. well, now you really -- they're taking away all the excuses basically is what's happening. >> because you have a desk and you have your stuff and everything, and as we said, you guys, we know a lot of people are in different gyms across the country that work out and watch the show, and we're going to keep track of a couple of things. number one, how many calories you are burning, and we have a camera and jill martin across the street at equinox where she's going to give some of the people a little mini makeover.
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>> hey, jill. >> hi, guys. this is a little twist on ambush makeover because we have some people here who could use it, frankly. there are members here. some of our viewers here. let's go check it. hello. >> hello. >> look at you in this little cute -- what's your name? >> samantha. >> do you watch the show every day when you work out? >> i usually dvr it and watch it in the evening. i'm usually at work at this time. >> why aren't you at work today? >> i'm trying to take a day. >> enjoy the show. we like your -- i like your knick t-shirt. what's going on in the treadmill area? hi, guys. everybody is already sweating. i see you're watching the show. >> yes. >> what's your name? >> lauren. >> lauren, where are you from? >> originally from knoxville, tennessee. >> i see you went to indiana clearly. >> yeah. >> tell me about your outfit here. >> indiana, got to represent schools, and just wearing a big t-shirt from my dad's closet and soccer socks from -- soccer shorts from eighth grade. >> wow.
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stunning. i think we're going to give you a little mini-makeover today. what do you think? >> um, yes. >> are you excited? >> absolutely. >> well, we're going to reveal you in a half hour, andhoda, she actually told me her father used to babysit you. >> what? what's his name? >> morgantown, west virginia. >> you're kidding me. >> what is his name? >> mark shafer. >> mark shafer. oh, my. >> we're going to find out what you were like as a child as we grab her. let's press stop. >> okay. >> we're going to come over. >> thank you, jill. >> here's the thing. if you guys are wondering how many calories you are burning, if you are on a stationary bike for the entire hour with us on average you're going to burn 292 calories if you are on the bike. all right? >> that depends on how fast you're going. >> exactly. a rough estimate. >> if you are an elyptical just under 500 if you are going at moderate speed. >> all right. if you are on the treadmill at 3.5 miles, which means you just are walking, you're going to
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burn about 315 calories. you might get a little thirsty while you're doing that. >> yeah. >> you can't drink what you want to drink right now. >> i know. that's a bummer. >> my friends down in florida and in michigan came up with a concoction that i just love. >> yep. >> we call it our drink, and we have some guys -- >> wait. here it is. >> oh, it's back there. >> this is the one. you can't reach it? >> oh. >> i might need a little help. >> oh, yes. >> are you old enough to be on television? >> there. >> you're chris and todd? >> yes, yes. >> who are you and what are you doing here? >> you got your -- >> he won't give me the drink. >> oh, but it's so good. >> it really is. it's fantastic. these guys -- during the course of our show they're going to show us since we can't have wine. >> or anything else. >> or anything with alcohol in it, we're going to find things that are comparable calories to
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the wine. other things we can drink that might be delicious. >> or maybe not. >> uh-huh. >> we're probably going to need, what, some music. >> yes. >> so -- >> thank you, boys. >> thank you very much. >> okay. >> now i'm stuck with it. >> put it on your table. be careful, though. >> i'll put it on my fit desk. sdoo these are the most popular workout songs. ♪ your heart beats to the beat up of the drum ♪ >> this is kesha. ♪ i came here with someone >> if you don't exercise you're going to die young? >> it just has the right rhythm. here are our top workout songs. you guys, i know this is a winner because i listen to this when i'm in the gym. how about this one by pit bull. go. crank it. ♪ we're going to die young >> don't stop the party. >> pit bull. ♪ shoot it down ♪ i am titanium >> this is one of my favorite ones. >> this is a drink, by the way.
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>> isn't it fantastic? it has spinach and fresh mint in it and fresh pine apple juice and a banana and it's actually looks like -- >> it's delicious. >> i don't want to bring up al roker's name right now, but it looks a little -- >> you are -- >> let's play that pit bull song. it will put any the mood to work out, and i know you need it. >> they don't have pit bull, okay, hoda? you don't get everything you want in life. >> how many calories have we burned? >> ten. >> have we? okay. i know -- oh. ♪ having a good time ♪ >> can't blame it on alcohol now. >> if you are on the treadmill with us, things -- turn it up loud. we can't even hear it. ♪ >> come on, guys. ♪ >> all right. we told you guys sarah is
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outside. she's on -- all right. >> sarah is on this crazy contraption. it is called a tread wall. it's like a climber, but you go vertically, and you can't stop. sarah, tell us about it. >> well, this is really a cool workout because it kind of feels like i'm playing a little bit, although it's -- you can even invert, it which makes you -- you have to lift the weight of your body, which this one i can do for about five seconds because mama is still in january, and she hasn't lost her weight yet. >> this really hurt my liny. >> they do? is. >> sarah has got it going on, you guys. we have a lot of fun stuff coming up. first of all, we're talking to a great lady. her name is brook burke. she battled thyroid cancer and overcame it. she has got a workout dvd, and she is a busy lady. she's healthy and sexy, and -- >> we're saying good-bye to two old friends. cabernet and chardonnay.
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smile! ohhh bring it in! ooohhhooh! . >> probably best known as the hit show "dancing with the stars" but the busy mother of four has been showing off some moves of her own recently. >> yes, she's helping women, especially those with little time on their hands. slim down and shape up in just 30 minutes a day. she has two new fitness dvd's out. >> one is just not enough. >> we need more brooke. brooke burke's body. and the 50-day slimdown. >> we heard about your health scare. >> it was quite an end of last year. celebrating life now, i'm feeling great. just a little scar. >> you know what -- >> you didn't even notice? >> who looks at your neck? >> you had thyroid cancer. how did you discover it? >> regular physical. amazing. it's all about preventive health. >> sure is. >> tiny little lump.
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i had a complete thyroidectomy. it's been only a month. kind of crazy to be here talking fitness and cancer at the same time, but -- >> that can be such a huge part of your recuperation and your recovery completely. >> absolutely. exercise is for the mind, body, soul, for the stress, everything. not being able to work out while i was recovering -- >> must have been hard wrash. >> it was really, really tough. it affects our mood, our stress, everything. forget about the body. >> you have -- how many kids? four children? >> four kids. >> part of the reason why i designed this and choreographed this dvd is it's 30 minutes or less. it's intense. i'm going to show you some moves. lots of bootie burning. lots of cardio. >> when it came to your kids and illness, i think a lot of people that go through things wonder what the right approach is and how to talk to kids. how did you end up doing it? >> such a good question. i wanted to wait a while for the kids because i didn't have my surgery for several months. >> sure. >> my 6-year-old actually -- she turns 6 today. >> happy birthday to her. >> i'll be home by tonight. she actually saw a little snip
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et of the video that i published myself, and she just said, mommy, you're having surgery, and you didn't tell me, and i don't know that they really could understand the concept of cancer, but she was very supportive. i'm going to go with you and go to all your appointments. my older girls had a harder time. i think with kids it's about being honest, being thorough. doing your research and sharing your facts and sharing it with them. >> sharing with them as little as you need to. >> i kept saying i'm going to be okay. i have a little lump, and i'm going to have it removed, and mommy will be just fine. >> will you show us your dvd? >> i will. >> do you have to get off these? >> let's get off these. >> since we have to. >> let's go have some fun. >> okay. >> lots of core. the whole dvd is made to incorporate -- >> i don't even want to -- don't stand next to me. please. >> every move is incorporating a body part. let me show you what one of the moves looks like. abs are in, tummy tight the whole time. you take it up right here and all bootie right here. 90 degrees on the knee.
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watching your knee. breathe. all the way down. you should feel it in the thigh, in the abs. you should feel it in the buttocks. >> how many moves? >> we do it for about 35, 45 seconds. >> grab the weight. let's do this. tummy in. >> these are wimpy weights. >> not too bad. three pounds is right. raise your knee. draw your belly button in. find your balance. >> oh, come on. >> in case you fall out of it. stretch and lift your leg and squeeze the gluts. can you do it. it's hard. you can fall out of these. find your balance. >> i don't have -- >> can you do it. strong core. down, shoulders, booty. lift. >> that's not funny, mark. all right? >> this is called the booty burn. go. >> all right? flex your foot. we just lift up, up. high as you can. up. squeeze the booty. booty burn. pulse it out. fast, fast, fast. you got it.
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you got it. you got it. tighter, higher. >> how many calories have we burned? >> i'll do the other leg because i can't do it anymore. >> lift up. up. >> we love you. we love you. god bless. >> coming up next, our own fit girl sarah has got some kids to whip her into shape. jill will help you look stylish while you're sweating. one person gets a minimakeover. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] nothing gets you going quite like the power of quaker oats. today is going to be epic. quaker up. so fresh and delicious?
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you to take in school? >> i cringed doing that. i remember the long jump and all those things. who could forget that? all the pull-ups and sit and reach. we sent sara to see how they're doing it now. >> i visited a new york city limitary school where the students are prepping for their annual fitness ooel wags, and it was more of a workout than i bargained for. ♪ >> today i'm at ps 64 in morning city, and i get to go to gym class. i heard they're prepping for their fitness test. let's just see what that's about. already stretching. ow. >> with my healthy i can beat a 10-year-old attitude, i jumped right in. >> we have a special guest participating with us today. her name is sara. say hello. >> hi, guys. >> now, i remember the president's challenge physical fitness test when i was a kid. these days kids are taking the fitness assessment of the presidential youth fitness program. today there are four stations
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set up as part of their prep. >> oh, gosh. are you kidding me? >> push-ups. >> who is counting? are we supposed to count? [ whistle ] >> the shuttle run. >> oh, gosh. i'm winning. i'm winning! keep going. you're younger than me. by only a couple of years. >> i want to know -- i've been doing this. >> oh. >> sit-ups. >> go across. go across. and jump rope. >> i just twisted. i just twisted. ow. >> he told me not to use one of the water fountains because there's stuff in it. >> there's vomit in it. >> you're a dude. you got to work on flexibility. >> i realized there's always room for improvement. >> we all have to pick our area
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of weakness and say it. what's yours? >> punish-ups. >> what? >> jump rope. >> push-ups. >> probably nothing. okay. go on. >> one area i'm sure i aced. hugging. >> come on in. group hug. don't hurt us, though. >> maybe we should work on that one too. >> okay, guys. we're going to do a fit reach. this is the one i dreaded the most. i chose it for you, of course. on the count of three reach as high as you can. one, two, three. as high? >> ow, ow, ow. >> see the black box. you hit 20, so you're not to the box yet. there's no measuring. she's a little engine that could. eventually she'll get there. for now kathie won. >> you're still not there. >> what's next? >> jill martin hits the gym and gives one lucky lady a workout
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mountain view police arrested 53-year-old daniel garcia of fresno just this past friday. he was caught after the crime lab developed a dna profile from the fingernails and eventually matched it to garcia. garcia has been booked on suspicion of murder. after the break, we will take a look at this forecast and the roads.
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welcome back. taking a live look, hazy sky over san jose where we have
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unhealthy air quality. that fog is quickly clearing and highs today are going to be at their warmest, at least for a while. 65 in livermore, 67 in gilroy and 65 in san jose. we have changes as of tomorrow, a 10 to 15-degree drop and maybe, just maybe, some rare bay area snow. let's get a check of your drive with mike. >> much better than just a half an our ago. 880 moving nicely through this kind of haze in the area. you can't really see those hills past truck scales. toward mission boulevard, again, yellow just means you're down to about 60. 101, off to the shoulder, the car went off of the roadway and they have to pull it off there. that's why the lane is blocked, heading north out of mountain view. >> thanks so much. more of the day's top stories coming up in just 30 minutes. we will see you at 11:00.
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♪ >> we're back with more of "today" on this special workout tuesday. it's a bittersweet day around here because we are dwegt healthy, but we've also promised to give up wine on the show for a month. >> wait a second. i just want to comment on something. the calories burned according to that thing says i burned 94, and you have burned 140? >> sounds about right. >> that's rude. i can't believe this is actually happening. all those liquid calories really do add up, so here to show us what we could have instead is the woman who made us give up the whole entire thing. julie bane, the health director of "ladies home journal." >> i hate her. >> we're kind of genls you, julie, at this point. >> hi. >> you are going to show us the cover first and foremost, or no? >> of course, it is. >> we have a reveal. >> thank you. >> you don't look so bad
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yourself, pops. >> there's only one. >> thank you. thank you. >> i think one of the things is when we drink wine, we don't just drink wine. we do what we call a jerry pour. >> we jerry-ize it. >> yeah. >> can you tell us the difference in calories? >> here's the thing. one serving of wine a day for women is healthy, but one search serving equals five ounces. >> that's just wrong. >> most people don't realize how little five ounces is. >> show us. let's see. >> come on, guys. show us, please. >> all right. that's what you are supposed to have. >> there's what you are supposed to have. that's the healthy -- >> which one? >> oh, that's ridiculous. >> you know what -- >> i don't know. it's not our fault. jerry does the pouring. >> there's 120 calories in five ounces. more like 250 in the jerry pour. >> wow. >> we like the jerry pour. >> that adds up to a lot. if you gave up that ten ounce pour, you could get -- you could
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eat instead a lot of good stuff. >> 5,000 calories, you said. >> yeah. >> let's bring out -- all these cute guys are from fly wheel, and these are some of the things you could have instead of wine. for 250 calories eight cups of popcorn or whole grain chips and salsa. >> no thank you. >> if you want something fatty or sweet, half a cup of ice cream or small order of fries. >> now, what would you choose the vino over all that stuff, kath? >> i would probably go with the chips and salsa or the popcorn. >> that is good to know. that's a lot of popcorn. >> about the same amount of calories. >> thank you. >> all right. champagne is something we enjoy. >> champagne. >> you more than i do, hode. >> right. tell us about the healthy equivalents if we want to give up champagne? >> about 80 calories a glass. most people have two. for that you could have a fillet
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minion. >> what? >> yep. >> and bacon? >> or three and a half strips of bacon. >> what's the other almonds. what else? macaroni and cheese. >> right. >> all right. it puts it in perspective. >> it sure does. it definitely does. thank you. >> your liquid calories don't make you feel full, so you don't even know that you're -- you know, that you're drinking your calories. >> let's talk about sangria because that is so fruity and delicious are but if you decided not to have the sangria -- >> 300 calories. you could have your whole lunch. tuna salad, turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat or a slice of pepperoni or chocolate cupcake. >> you know what, these are all -- you know what, it is pretty cool. we're giving up wine for the show, and during that hour of television we could save a lot. are you guys really walking around with wine? >> this is the worst part. they're going to drink in front of us. >> that's really just rude.
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the camera loves your mom. she's a natural. a little more. there's a real, like, camaraderie in the parking lot... shut up! that's it! let's go in the car. my time to shine is the smoked pulled pork.
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i think it's done broseph! pretty much got it down to a science... pretty much. we also really like a great pulled pork sandwich even when we can't make the game. you ruined it! some people even like it better. really? yep. [ male announcer ] new carving board pulled pork, get that delicious slow smoked taste without the hassle. it's game time food. it's oscar mayer. ♪ >> we're back with the latest fashion trends in the gym. we want to point out that during the commercial breaks we are want sitting around eating. >> not on our egyptian butts we're not. >> we're going to show you because this is proof. this is the commercial. i know it looks like the regular show, but it's the commercial break, and we work out
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throughout. our calories are being counted as we go, and at this point my calorie counter is broken. this is -- okay. let's look at the calorie count. >> that's not true, hoed wra. >> i want to see. >> 121, and you have -- mine it is broken. >> every year you say that. >> whether you're doing yoga, you're running, biking, or lifting weights jill marten has ways to help you look stylish. she's today contributor and contributing etd tore for people style watch. >> i love your yellow and gray thing. that's adorable. >> looks cute. >> i'm pulling this off for five minutes. >> that's all you need. >> what do we got? >> we have different looks on different body types. these are the newest, trendiest as we go into the fall winter. dana first in the newest yoga wear, and you see cara grace. >> look how cute the pants are, the cut-outs. >> and the back, the cut-outs in the back. >> i got to get those for -- those are darling. yoga mats. personalized yoga mats. >> people walk off with them.
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this is mono grams for $27. including the monogram. >> i like how it matches, dana. so cute. >> thank you. >> all right, people like to spin, and that's the new trend. that's what we were kind of doing. >> i hate the spinning. it's so hard. >> look at this cool outfit. >> this is lulu lemon, which i'm wearing as well. sthoo that's what i'm wearing too today. >> i love lulu lemon. it shows all the different ways that you can -- that is a huge trend now. wearing lace in your workout ware. it's how you put it together. i love this jacket. it's great for running. great to spin. then this is a great water bottle made with rubber around it. these are all the rage right now. eco-friendly, obviously. >> adorable. >> let's bring out tina. i would never pick this as a running outfit, but it is. >> it looks like tennis. >> go, girl. >> this is my -- she actually trains for the marathon in an outfit like this. >> did you? >> you know what's great about it -- >> it covers up a little bit. >> it's cool, if you know what i mean. >> wicking fabric. >> did you finish the marathon?
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>> you did two? oh, my god. >> this is by moving comfort, and, again, look at the stylish watch she's wearing. you can change out the bands, and then look at the headphones. they wrap around the back of your head so they don't get in -- >> that's great. hoda, you need those. >> cool. >> you can show your bicycle shorts underneath. >> you should. >> of course, you are. >> darling. >> thanks, sweetie. >> that would be great for tennis too, though. >> it's very -- >> if you love to lift weights, we've got our twins. >> we love our twins. >> they're back. >> under armor reversible sports bra. can you wear it one way, and you turn it around and wear it the other way. >> that's the same sports bra. >> i love all of their stuff. it's so -- their t-shirts especially. you can sweat so much, and you don't feel hot and sweaty. they're great. >> yes. this is great. the towels are amazing because, you know, when you are on the treadmill like us, one side says gym and the other says skin. you know which is for the
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equipment and which is for wiping off your skin. >> that's a good idea. >> it's about towel mate, and their sneakers, newest from new balance. >> love new balance too. >> finally, or little makeover girl. >> what a difference. >> wow. >> oh, look how adorable you look. where is that before picture? >> tell us what she's got going on. >> this is from -- we found her obviously at equinox. these are from the shots there. she's just getting back into working out. you have to feel good while you're working out, and she asked me -- she said this is so great. this is really going to motivate me. again, her father was your baby-sitter. >> i can't believe it. >> that's just crazy. >> let's bring tul of our ladies out. >> beautiful. thanks, ladies and jill. thank you so much. >> i need a glass of wine. high-tech gadgets that will motivate you to keep you going healthy right after this. ♪ eggo waffles are a great way to get your family together for breakfast. in fact, they might work too well. [ ding! ] [ shuffling, scooting ]
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♪ let's get physical, physical >> okay. it's time for today's tech, and
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the newest gadgets to make it easier it and more fun to get in shape. >> from the gps watch that tracks your calories with ease to an mp3 player that works under water. editor at large of "shape magazine" is here with cool tools. >> speaking of cool, shall we just get towelled off a tad, hoda woman? >> do you mind? >> no, of course not. >> you do it, please. thank you. >> as we're getting dabbed, we are wearing -- thank you, sweetie. we are wearing these calorie counters, which mine is broken, but anyway, they read the calories. can anyone get one of these and stick them on their waist band and really get the -- >> absolutely. these are the fit bit one. these are a wireless activity tracker. essentially you put it on like you ladies did. it's going to tell us how many steps you take, how many stairs you climb and calories you burn. >> but we put them on right before we start the show. >> we slur did. >> i guess it sdent really matter who is in the front right now. sfoo we're going to show it throughout the course of this
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segment as well. >> keeps you competitive, which is it keeps you motivated. >> there's an app that i've been hearing a lot of buzz about called the charity app. >> charity mile. >> tell us about that. >> it's amazing. it's this free app you download on your phone, and basically it's combining fitness and philanthropy in one. you decide which charity you want to donate your money to, anything from autism speaks to feeding america, and then you decide if you want to bike, run, or walk. every time you bike, you earn 10 cents per mile. every time you run or walk, 25 cents per mile. >> that's nice. >> you are making a big difference doing something good for yourself. >> that's great. >> doing something good for others too. >> there's another weird app out there. it has to do with zombies. >> somehow jerry. >> it's not even halloween. >> it's called zombies run, and this is like a very interactive app. basically it's a fun audio book plus a fitness game. >> it's weird. >> the minute you put your headphones in -- >> i don't get it. >> jerry has had practice. >> you are being thrown into this post-apocalyptic world
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where you are being chased by zombies, and you have to run away and save yourself and save the world. >> and thus shed some calories. >> exactly. >> let's bring out the waterproof mp3 player. lauren has got it. lauren, tell us about that. >> so, lauren is wearing the water proof mp3 player. this is great for swimmers who want to listen to music while they are swimming. >> it's great. >> that's cool. very cool. >> it can store up to 1,000 songs, four gigabytes, and it's water proof up to three meters. you won't be bored when you are swimming laps. mroo where you do get her thighs? that's what i really want. >> thanks, lauren. >> finally, we have danielle, and she's out here. she's got a gadget for us. >> danielle is wearing the set starter. this is a gadget for interval training. it's all about high intensity and low intensity workouts, but timing is so key. this goes on your thumb. it keeps you on schedule. if you listen closely, it beepz every 15 seconds or so or whatever time you want, and that's going to let you know that it's time to move on to
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your next set. >> thank you. >> unlike stop watches and stuff, you don't have to look at the watch. it's going to give you audio cues. >> you would say burn a calorie if you lifted it up zoosh would i love to know how our calorie burning is going right now. >> let's take a look, shall we? >> really. come on now. oh. >> oh, my. >> you know what, something is broken. >> fun fitness trends to help you feel the burn without being bored. this is "today" on nbc. >> mine is broken. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits.
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there are so many trends to keep you going in the gym. our first bore dom buster is called indoor surfing. whatever that is. mark santa maria is the national group fitness member. >> what's up, hoda? >> what's this thing called? >> we've got this new launch this week. surf set, and sand. we are surfing just without the
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waves. i'm going to show you the pop-up move. >> the point is to work your core? >> the point is to work the whole body, but the core is huge. ure paddling out. do your pop-up. >> pop up. >> you're going to take a foot forward and then stand up and ride that wave. >> okay. looks very simple. sfoo we're going to do it together. >> stay here and help me. where are you going? >> you're going to lay on your belly. paddle it out. then bring your hands right on to that cushion part, and then lift yourself. like a push-up. you got it, mama. right up. bam. then take a leg up. it's almost like a yoga move. got it. you got it. you got this. >> this is so easy. >> it's so easy. it's just like surfing just without the water. nice. good. now, pretend you're going to ride that wave. sit low. you got you. you're rocking. you're rocking. stay there. pretend you're riding that wave. now hold the sand bag. grip it, and i'll toss it to you. >> really? >> i'm on the shore. i'm your lifeguard. you are working out. surf is up. >> this really does work the
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abs. >> it works your entire core. lower back, abs, your six-pack. >> i'm sweating. i think i burned four more calories. let's go over to, who is it, sara downstairs. >> thanks, hoda. next up we've got the boring busters i think it's called, and we've got trx. i'm here with lisa who is a master trx instructor, correct? what is trx? >> first of all, trx is a training company, and we have product, gear, and programming and education, and our focus is on improving human movement. >> and this stuff you go k get. i remember -- wasn't this created by someone who said could you take it and do it anywhere? >> can you do it anywhere. the suspension trainer was created by a navy s.e.a.l., and it's perfect for new york, small spaces. >> let's make sure we get some of this. >> perfect. what we're going to do first is go ahead and put your right into the left. sar yea is a pro, so we're going to spin to our knees. >> pro say stretch. >> it's more of a advanced option. she's been on the suspension trainer before.
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hands and shoulders. lift your hips. tuck into a tight crunch. >> i can feel that in my abs. >> do a couple of reps of that. the next up is trx pike. lift your hips up over your shoulders and come back down. >> now, i can feel that in my shoulders. >> it's all core all the time, sarah. the trx trains strength, moneyibility, flexibility and balance. >> could you have this at home, right? >> the new home kit actually comes with some downloadable workouts that you can streamline, put on your mobile device, and it's like having a private trainer when you are aat the park, at your house. >> can you make modifications to make this easy or amp it up. >> it's for all levels. we got one more for you. your hands will come down, and you'll do the atomic push-up. you'll come down into a press keeping your plank. lift your hips. tuck your legs in, and come back out. >> that's going to leave a mark. >> it's fast, efficient. it's total body. >> thank you so much. lisa, that was an awesome workout. okay. going to kathie. >> all righty. now number three in our bore dom
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busters ballywood. we have two beautiful ladies who will tell us what we're going to be doing. what's your name, please? >> agil zoosh i'm pria. >> obviously this is all about wonderful kind of dancing we see on the bollywood movies and slum dog millionaire. >> it's based on bollywood. we really take a fitness approach to it. every time you squeeze your muscles, you are jumping and swinging. you are working muscles, burning calories. most importantly, having fun. >> having fun. let's show us a little bit, please. >> okay. let's start with the knee lift. we're just going to go up and up and up. it's a fun part that's adding the arms. big clap up. it's a full body workout, right? that's it. and this is -- we're doing it right here. >> this thing. >> then we're going to tell everybody else to dance with us. okay. >> let's do something different. >> dance with us. that's it.
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making sure we're doing whatever we want with our hands. ♪ >> okay. >> it's time for the big tally. >> we tally at the end of the show. we've been working out throughout the entire show. here are the calorie counts. come on, girl. >> 216. >> 285 for me. >> mine is broken. >> i kicked her egyptian butt. >> 11 years older than hoda. >> we have a fun show tomorrow. >> see you tomorrow, everybody. >> bye. ♪ whatever you're in the mood for,
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that hit the bay bridge yesterday afternoon. that ship rammed the span's middle tower as it was heading out to sea. and now the pilot facing some very tough questions about how and why that impact happened. nbc's christie smith has been on the story all morning long. >> reporter: good morning. the coast guard walked up a couple minutes ago. we're going to get to that in a minute. i wanted to show you what's going on here. that's actually the tanker in question you see there. we're on easure island. what the coast guard is telling us is that they've been speaking with the pilot and key players on board. the ntsb has announced


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