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health officials say it's the worst flu season they have seen in decades. at least 36 people are dead as the virus spreads to now 41 states. california now has outbreaks in two regions and is expected to be widespread soon. boston has declared a public health emergency. they have had 700 cases just this year or ten times more than last season. >> it's come back early and rare rather fiercely. it's rather virile in strain. and so we're having a moderate to severe season just like the old days. >> boston will start offering free vaccinations this weekend. some schools are temporarily closed and some hospitals are prohibiting visitors. experts warn we have not yet reached the peak and they're urging people to get their flu shots because it can take up to two weeks to take effect. police say an eyewitness there saw a person on a motorbike throwing an explosive
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at the car. so far police believe it was a criminal act and not terror related. it could be a contentious meeting. the powerful national rifle association next to meet with vice president biden's task for force. we also heard of talk of possible executive actions that could bypass congress. sources close to the talks say that could expand background checks for gun purchases. also the administration is determined to take immediate action. >> i want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion, unless we can do everything, we're going to do nothing. it's critically important we act. >> south carolina republican congressman jeff duncan fired back at the white house releasing a statement saying the founding fathers never envisioned executive orders being used to restrict our
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constitutional rights. we live in a republic, not a dictatorship. meanwhile, in new york, governor andrew cuomo proposed a stricter assault weapons ban during his state of the state address. >> no one hunts with an assault rifle! no one needs ten bullets to kill a deer and too many innocent people have died already. younger does not mean healthier. according to a new health study, americans under 50 live shorter and unhealthier lives than people of other developed countries. researchers have found that health in the u.s. lags behind 16 other nations including those in europe, australia and japan and canada. americans die younger from obesity, drugs, stds or other diseases and are more likely to be murdered or killed in a car crash. even wealthy americans with health insurance fell short. however, the u.s. fares better with cancer death rates and cholesterol control. prosecutors presented
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disturbing images of james holmes just before the shooting that killed 12 and wounded 58. leanne gregg reports from century ten y'all. >> reporter: a last-minute surprise. james holmes' defense team bowed out from presenting evidence or calling witnesses who could speak to the suspect's mental state. the abrupt ending to the hearing comes after three days of compelling prosecution evidence. cell phone pictures holmes took of himself hours before the shootings. one with dyer red hair, black contact lenses and sticking his tongue at the camera. another smiling at the muzzle of the glock handgun in the frame. >> he had black eyeglasses on and he looked evil. he just sat in the courtroom pretty much delighted. at the hearing evidence of the 31 gunshots during the 20-second call. investigators outlined how holmes spent weeks preparing for the attack.
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preordering his movie tickets and booby trapping his apartment with explosives to draw first responders away from the theater. now, the next step in the legal process, a trial with the possibility of a death penalty or a plea deal that would save the cost of a trial and avoid the grief of family members reliving the horrible events again. leanne gregg, nbc, centennial, colorado. the preliminary hearing ended yesterday after three days of graphic testimony. and hilda solis has resigned. the first hispanic in that position says she's returning to california. another cabinet chief, richard lou will be nominated to replace tim geithner. a group of a dozen whales are trapped by a vast stretch of sea ice and residents there are pleading for some help. the mammals are gathered around a single hole in the ice in an desperate attempt to take in air through their blowholes. the canadian filters are asking the government to send an ice
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breaker quickly to guide the whales to open water. the team from canada's fishery department is expected to arrive today to resemble a scene right out of a hollywood movie, "big miracle." and here's dylan dryer looking at the weather. we have good snow, especially in sat lake city where we could see up to ten inches of snow between tonight and tomorrow, but the west coast itself, the rain is trying to move onshore from seattle right down into california. even as we go into tomorrow we'll see rain showers in southwestern california. the big story nationwide is the heavy rain through louisiana right now. that has also been producing some tornado warnings so far this morning. you can see the showers are fairly light from seattle right down into portland, into medford, oregon, and into san francisco, too. a lot of its offshore, but here is our snowstorm. and it does look like we will
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see areas across idaho, up across millionontana, picking u than a foot of snow. here in salt lake city, utah, i say closer to 12 inches. the west coast itself, a little bit of mountain snow, but mostly rain right along the coast. that's a look at the weather across the country, now here's a peek out your window. we have been seeing the off and on rain showers near the west coast and the northwest will see more of the same. tomorrow looks sunny in seattle, so that looks good. a beer just for dogs and a reversal fortune for apple and facebook. plus, what should have been a fun adventure ends tragically for two men inside this giant inflatable ball. you're watching "early today."
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some stories making news this morning. secretary of state hillary clinton is scheduled to meet with afghanistan president hamid karzai. they're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future troop levels before karzai sits down with president obama on friday. new jersey governor chris christie is not happy with the image of himself on the cover of "time" magazine. saying it made him look like a mob boss. that image aside, polls show christie's handling of super storm sandy has made him more popular with democrats than republicans. next, to a disturbing story out of russia. what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course and rolled off a mountain cliff. one man was killed, and the other is in serious condition. off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming nearby while the boat was spinning in circles. a police boat was able to rescue
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the boater and he is reportedly doing well. and a huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the earth last night at a distance of 9 million miles. it's more than 1,000 feet wide. and could hit the earth in the 2036. i certainly hope not. weekly jobless claims, holiday retail sales and earnings from oil giant chevron today. meanwhile, what a difference a few months can make. not long ago apple closed above 700 while facebook was spiraling fast, now facebook is the nasdaq darling. it's the best performing stock in the 100 up 70% since september while apple is down 22%. that's its worst. aig is now thanking america instead of suing it opting not to join the $25 billion shareholder lawsuit over the terms of its rescue package. five years after the housing market collapsed, the government's new consumer watchdog is laying down new
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rules to protect borrowers and promote safe lending practices. several hundred bank of america workers have been let go in the week of this faulty mortgage settlement. meanwhile, layoffs are looming at morgan stanley for 1,600 jobs there. boeing is playing down a string of mishaps this week saying it has extreme confidence in its new dreamliner 787. apparently starbucks new reusable cups are a hit. a new survey finds one of four people have purchased that. folks in georgia are camped outside a new chick-fil-a at a chance for a free sandwich every week for a year. that's a lot of chicken. and climbing over each other for winter sales. those in paris stripped down to their skivvies. i hear it was in the 40s there. and hasbro wants you to choose which one will be voted
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off and choose a replacement. the iron or the thimble could be on its way out. i kind of like the thimble. finally, kraft beer for dogs? almost. a man brewed up dog grog. we hope he sells singles because a six-pack is $36. that's a lot for one dog to drink. billionaire mark cuban slapped by nba. the livedog that sparked calls to 911, and jimmy beats dave. plus, beyonce shows off her post-baby body and she looks better than ever. this is "early today."
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today the president hosted a screening of nbc's white house comedy "1600 penn" that centers on a groove fi guy that keeps embarrassing the white house. or as joe biden put it, high is everyone looking at me? all right. here's a look at other stories making news "early today america" for you. a suspect led police on a hair-raising chase before they pinned her in and made the arrest there. a washington woman discovered an uninvited guest living under her home. she learned of this intruder when her heating system began working improperly. the heating repairman discovered a ripped heating duct along with beer cans and liquor bottles in a crawl space.
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the stranger may have been residing there for nearly one year. and then finally, a virginia dog triggered panic when passing drivers spotted the lion or pooch or lion running near the f norfold zoo. >> i'm driving down granby street and there's a lion that ran across the street, a baby lion. >> emergency operators were flooded with calls about the animal who was deliberately groomed to resemble old dominion's mascot, big blue. in sports for the first time in 17 years not a single baseball player has been named to the hall of fame. it's a no-hitter for players tainted by the steroid era. baseball's home run king barry bonds only got 36% of the votes. from the baseball writers association of america. pitcher roger clemens who won seven cy young awards got 37% of the voters. and sammy sosa got 12.5%. and no other players had the
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required 75%. in the nba kevin durant led with 26 points against minnesota and the thunder defeated the timberwolves 106-84. the thunder used to be the seattle super sonics until they moved to oklahoma city in 2008. and now seattle may get another team. the sacramento kings are close to being sold to microsoft's steve balmer and hedge fund chris hanton. they plan to move the kings to seattle's key arena by next season. dallas mavericks billionaire, the owner mark cuban has been fined for a tweet about poor efficienting. during his 13 years as an owner, the owner here, cuban, paid an estimated $2 million in nba fines. and next month a rare 148-year-old baseball card might bring about $100,000 at auction. it's an original 1865 photograph of the brooklyn atlantic amateur baseball club mounted on a card. and it was found at a yard sale in maine.
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the only other card like it is in the library of congress. >> early today sports is brought to you by just for men, autostop, gray is over. musical stairs to brighten your morning commute. who won big at the people's choice awards? and a new home for a family devastated by hurricane sandy. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back. the west coast enjoying temperatures right now mostly in
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the 30s. you have to go gown to california to get the 40s and 50s. we are talking about the snowstorm in salt lake city, up into idaho, but the west coast itself a bit of a wintry mix today in seattle with highs only in the upper 30s. but then tomorrow look at all the sunshine from seattle right down into portland. we will see sun but still a little chilly with highs in the upper 30s. but the sun is, i think, the good part of that forecast. >> sunshine and smiles for the west. they'll like that, no doubt. the people have spoken as they are crazy for "the hunger games." the blockbuster film was the big winner at last night's people's choice awards notching out five wins including favorite movie. adam sadler won famous comedic actor. beyonce is leaving little to the imagination on the cover of "gq" magazine. the singer wearing a football jersey that is not regulation size will be performing at the super bowl halftime show next month. i don't think she'll be wearing that, though. and britney spears is
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reportedly out at "the xfactor." the show's producers were underwhelmed by her success on the show. jimmy kimmel live moving proved to be less than half successful. it raked in fewer than the late show hosts. lindsay lohan is accused of stealing a bracelet that belonged to liz taylor. the "liz and dick" star was very vocal how much she admired the bracelet. a short time later, the bracelet disappeared from the nurse's house. and finally, jennifer lopez said her mental age is closer to 16 than 18. she's currently dating a 25-year-old, so maybe that's contributing to her mental age. >> i can't even remember what i was thinking at 16 to 18. >> you know what they say about guys, we don't mature past 18.
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>> so where are you now? >> probably 28. we'll see how that goes in the coming years. this next one comes from breezy point, new york, where a charity group orchestrated an emotional homecoming for a retired company devastated by hurricane sandy. the crew of volunteers spent three weeks rebuilding this storm-battered home. after a fresh coat of paint, the welcome mat was laid out for a surprise the couple never saw coming. good stuff. i'm richard lou. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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a frigid ordeal turned into a happy ending for one colorado family. a bulldog struggled to stay afloat in a half-frozen pond in denver after falling through the ice. unable to pull itself out, a brave rescuer saved the day while pulling the dog to safety. wagging its tail, the safe pup was happy to return to the warm arms of his owner onshore. you've heard of musical chairs but how about musical stairs? steps are fitted with piano keys that chime each time someone walks on them. i don't know if that's music. the installation is part of an exercise initiative to encourage taking the stairs instead of escalators. it will entertain visitors until late february.
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"entertain." france believes they found the other white meat. new studies have been conducted to see how insects fare as a neat substitute to keep up with the high demand for beef, pork and chicken. some of the stomach churning recipes include maggots and lava larva lollipops. and insects do provide a natural form of protein. i lived in asia for a while, this looks horrible but they do eat that a lot out that way. >> but do they enjoy it? that's the question. >> they do. they smile when they eat those things. i could never do that. >> it's a texture thing for me. >> bizarre foods, right? >> right. time for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. former penn state coach jerry sandusky is expected to attend a hearing today in pennsylvania. his attorneys argue they did not have enough time to prepare for his trial last year. sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. the government will release its latest air travel this morning as well with helpful details on
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flight delays, miss handled baggage and consumer complaints. and the newest panda at the san diego zoo makes his world debut for visitors. the cuddly 20-week old is on a huge boost from conservation efforts and on loan from china and will likely return in a few years. tonight be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. finally, here's a look at what's coming up later on the "today" show. hear what elizabeth, queen elizabeth, has decided to name the baby if it's a baby girl. and we'll take you live to the announcement of the globe nominees. i'm richard lou along with dylan dryer. thank you for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a great day.
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brazen home burglaries on the wise rise in the south bay. we hear from the victim on how she narrowly escaped what could have been a deadly situation. an update on the five-foot alligator named mr. t. found guarding a pile of pot in the east bay. a big change coming to the east bay this morning and what drivers need to look out for. >> a live look at the bay bridge. looks great on this thursday morning, january 10th. this is "today in the bay." good morning. it's 4:30. i'm marla tellez. jon kelley is off today. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. lots to get to this morning. first, let's check the forecast with anthony slaughter in for


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