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online at nbcbayarea.com. that's what's happening. "today in the bay," thanks for waking up with us. good morning. developing now, who sent them? letters laced with ricin sent to new york city mayor michael bloomberg. the fbi takes the lead in the case. live with new information this morning. >> i'm innocent, an american mother behind bars in mexico speaks out, telling nbc news she is desperate to see her family. >> i just want to go home. >> could new surveillance video help set her free? >> and oh, mother, from icy water to barbed wire, the ultimate optical course known as the tough mudder. it's a dirty job, but we'll take it on live today, june 30th, 20
2013. and good morning, everyone. welcome to today. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer. we're starting with a story talked about all across the country. the poisonous letters sent to new york's mayor and advocates of gun control. we have fresh information. jonathan, good morning to you. >> a letter to the mayor was stopped ahead of time, but the letter to the lobbyist did reach him and he opened it, but he has not falling ill. >> the letter obviously referred to our anti-gun efforts. >> new york mayor michael bloomberg confirmed one ricin letter was sent to him, but it was intercepted by an alert mail room worker at this manhattan office building where mail to
city hall is screened. but in washington, gun control activist mark glaze got his letter at his private office. officials say both ricin letters threaten the mayor, warning no one is going to take away gun rights. the d.c. police report says the letter had a whitish-orange substance on the note and was opened as glaze walked outside. glaze helped run mayors against illegal guns, an organization that bloomberg supports. they run ads like these across the nation. >> with right come responsibility. that's why i support comprehensive background checks. >> mayor bloomberg said he will carry on the campaign. >> this is a scourge in the country that we have to make sure we get under control and eliminate. >> field tests were positive in both cases. ricin is a poison made from caster beans that could be deadly when ground up and inhaled. investigators tell nbc the ricin letters were hailed from shreveport, louisiana, on may
20th. screeners at the white house and capitol hill have been warned to look out for additional letters. this comes weeks after an arrest was made in a previous ricin mail case where letters were sent to president obama and some members of congress but were stopped in advance at off-site screening facilities. in this case, it's unclear how potent the letters were, although two new york police officers who responded reported short minor illnesses over the weekend. >> mailed may 20th, shreveport, louisiana. have investigators come up with anything more from what is written in the letters. >> what was written in the letters were threats to the mayor and lots of writing about gun control and the right to bare arms. that's the sort of language. as for who did this, the fbi is hard as work trying to track a suspect. they're going to look for fingerprints, any dna, any evidence out of shreveport, the
fbi has the lead along with the fbi here in new york. >> are they going to change procedures in terms of handling mail coming into government offices here and new york and elsewhere. >> here in the city, it was found at the off-site facility before it reached city hall and it was a mail room worker who found the envelope, noticed something wrong with it, and stuck it in a box with gloves and called police. that's how they first got in contact. >> thank you very much. >> there is a chance for some dangerous weather again today across a large section of the country. al is checking the storms for us. good morning to you. >> thanks a lot. and take a look at what happened last night. these severe storms rolling into arlington, texas, before the texas rangers game. crew tried to rangle the tarp. it took 20 minutes to get it down. by the time they did, the field was a mess. they had to cancel the game. and flash flooding, a good portion of the country dealing with flash flooding. carl sandburg university.
watch this water, talk about a flash flood coming in, blowing the doors out from the front. look at that, danger, wet ground, wet floors. that gets washed away as well. we're going to see more weather like this today. why? we've got a big warm air mass coming on in. cold air into it. from wichita falls all the way to des moines, we have the risk of strong storms. we may be looking at tornado watches later today from des moines all the way to wichita falls. oklahoma city as well. on the radar, already, strong storms firing up from wichita, kansas city, tulsa, oklahoma. the other problem, besides tornadoes, flood watches in effect stretching from la crosse, joplin, back through the plain states. may see some flood warnings. these areas have picked up 5 to 6 inches of rain, and more heavy rain anywhere from 3 to 5 inches from chicago to kansas city, davenport and quincy. big problems later today on into
tomorrow. savannah, matt, and natalie. >> thank you, and we'll get the rest of the forecast in a moment. >> natalie is here with more on the story of the american soldier accused of killing afghan civilians. >> the army staff sergeant has agreed to plead guilty in a bid to avoid the death penalty. an attorney for robert bales tells the associated press his cliend was crazed and broken when he carried out the predawn attacks in southern afghanistan. a judge and commanding general must still approve any plea deals. >> a former bush administration official is set to take the helm at the fbi. president obama is expected to nominee james comy at the justice department under george w. bush and later the general council to a hedge fund. the nomination would still need to face a review where he would face questions about his ties to wall street, but his selection is expected to receive bipartisan support. >> new tension this morning
between attorney general eric holder and the press. he has been on a mission to ease tensions with the media after it was revealed the justice department had secretly gathered the phone records and e-mails of several journalists. that's hit a snag as several news outlets refuse to meet in off the record meetings with the department. this comes after concern that he may have lied under oath on the scandal. >> terrifying moments caught on camera in new york as firefighters were putting out a blaze. a facade began to crumble, raining down bricks. he was injured along with a second firefighter. both were taken to the hospital and treated for head and neck injuries. we're also getting our first look this morning at the medals for the 2014 winter olympics in sochi, russia, presented today in st. petersburg. they're designed to feature a patchwork motef.
symbolic of the cultures and ethnicities that make up the russian federation. in total, 1300 medals will be crafted for the sochi games that begin february 7th, 2014. about 253 days. >> about 253? >> i'm excited about it. >> that's cool, the see-through part of them. >> i couldn't tell, but it looked like there was -- >> a cut away. >> cheaper. >> less gold. natalie, thank you very much. mr. roker back with another check of the weather. >> we have a heat wave to talk about in the east. big area of high pressure, and that is going to block any cooler air from getting in here. look what happens as we move on into today. temperatures, upper 80s through new england, and as we move on into tomorrow, we've got more of the same, and the heat continues on into saturday. we get a little bit of a break, but not by much. not going to be until sunday when we see things cooling down
along the eastern seaboard. going to get to your local forecast in 30 seconds right after this. ♪ que todo lo increíble se vuelva visible, ♪ ♪ tres, dos, hola, ula... ♪ aplaudan en la luna. ♪ ula ula, hagamos ula ula, ♪ ula ula ula ula al revés, ♪ ula ula, hagamos ula ula, ♪ ula ula ula ula al revés, ♪ ula ula, hagamos ula ula, ♪ ula ula, hagamos ula ula, ♪ ula ula, hagamos ula ula, good morning to you. thursday so close to the weekend now. i'm meteorologist christina loren and this is san francisco, a beautiful start to the day. lack of low clouds means it's going to be a hot one, temperatures climbing by five to ten degrees from where we ended up yesterday, that means san francisco is going to hit about 68 degrees. 7 here in san jose and 81 in livermore and that heat keeps on
coming as we get into the weekend, back to the 90s saturday and sunday. and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right. al, thank you very much. the housing market is improving, but is there a new real estate bubble already on the horizon? nbc's stephanie gosk is here with a closer look at what's going on. hi, stephanie. >> good morning, matt. the new housing numbers show prices rising at the fastest pace since 2006. but look closely, may be too soon to celebrate. >> reporter: a big day for sarah, she's finally getting the keys to her new house. >> here you go. >> happy to be a homeowner, doubly happy her real estate battle is over. in six months, she made nine offers and out bid eight times. >> every offer was a cash offer. >> a victim of the white hot housing market in oakland, california. her successful offer was
$100,000 over the asking price. just before the housing bubble burst in 2008, shocking stories of real estate hysteria like this were repeated all across the country. have those days really returned? the numbers are rebounding. an index of 20 cities shows 10.9% growth in housing prices in the last year. the highest growth rate since 2006. three cities, las vegas, phoenix, and san francisco showed annual growth over 20%. some experts say the san francisco area may be on the cusp of another bubble. but for many cities, prices sunk so deep during the recession, there's still a long way to go. >> remember, these markets are still 40, even 50% down in home prices from where they were during the peak of the housing boom. >> reporter: after the collapse, banks are now very careful whom they lend to. so mortgages are harder to come by. some of the surge in sales is from investors with lots of money looking to cash in as the market heats up.
>> what's happened in some of the most distressed markets is that investors have come in and bought up all the distressed properties. that is homes on the very low end. and that's pushed those prices up higher. >> reporter: so a buyer with a mortgage faces tough competition. >> i think people are doing whatever it takes to get a house in the bay area right now. >> reporter: the only way to get the house is to offer the highest price. >> another bit of positive news, last year the total number of foreclosures was down 24%, but there are still twice as many foreclosures nationwide compared with pre-recession numbers, matt. >> stephanie gosk, thank you very much. let's go over to savannah. now to washington where we mentioned the heat is on attorney general eric holder. just one of the controversies swirling around the white house these days. let's turn to tom brokaw, nbc news special correspondent. tom, good morning. >> good morning. >> i know you've got a special on the military channel, we want to talk about that in a moment. let's talk about what's happening in washington. eric holder under fire with
fairly aggressive prosecutions involving the subpoenaing of records of reporters in some cases tracking their movements. there are calls, again, for him to resign. the heat is always on this attorney general, but do you think this is more serious threat to his? >> well, i think there's a lot of explaining that the justice department has to do. on the other hand, this is a complicated case. this is a case involving the fox news reporter. it was a highly secretive intelligence report that he got very early at a time when the -- when the united states government was trying to deal with the reality of what was going on in north korea. at the same time, i think that the justice department owes the press and the country an explanation of why they felt it was necessary to prosecute it. and that's not been very forthcoming. obviously the republicans are taking full political advantage of all of this. i don't think the meeting today should be off the record. i think if it's worth knowing about, let's put it on the record. >> you're referring to this meeting that the attorney general has called with the
bureau chiefs of major news organizations. some news organizations have said if it's off the record, we won't go, others have said we will go. >> i think you should insist it go on the record. and by the end of the day, it may be on the record. prominent among the institutions that said we're not going to be in an off-the-record session. if we need to know about it, it ought to be in the sunshine. >> and very quickly, you made a remark that journalists on the other hand shouldn't have what you call a glass jaw when it comes to some of these investigations citing the first amendment and threats to the first amendment. >> well, the first amendment is a critically important part of the constitution. it is not unconditional, obviously. any number of us over the years have been in dialogues and in conversations with senior government officials about when something can be disclosed and under what circumstances. and it's kind of case by case. it's not unconditional. so i don't know enough entirely about this case, but i do think it ought to be discussed out in the public. >> let's turn to the special i mentioned a few moments ago that
premieres. this is a beautiful opportunity. you get to walk through the nbc news archives and kind of update and reflect on some of these moments. i want to play an interview you did with president clinton back in 1993. take a look. >> how long do you think it'll be, mr. president, before there's a first husband. >> not long. not long. i think a woman will be elected president probably in my lifetime. i certainly hope that one will have a chance to run. i think that, you know, people are in this country are increasingly moving to the position that everybody ought to be able to fulfill their abilities. >> that's a priceless piece of videotape. >> 1993, the first year in office. and you saw the rapt attention mrs. clinton was paying to all of that. it's amazing when you stop to think about. all they've been through, 1993, 20 years ago, and they're still at the top of the attention span in this country.
no more prominent politician than bill clinton than what he's doing with the global initiative. and the big question is, is she going to run when '16 rolls around? >> you must have had a great time strolling through the archives. some really interesting moments. >> well, it's a great opportunity. the military channel is part of discovery and said we'd like to open the brokaw files. we've got a lot of stuff to put on the air. beginning tonight. i was honored for 48 hours, went off the deck on an f-14 over afghanistan and came back. looking forward to that. >> and you can catch "the brokaw files" tonight at 10:00 on the military channel. matt? >> tom, savannah, thanks very much. how do you spell pressure? well, you can ask america's top young spellers. they're preparing for the final rounds of the 86th annual national spelling bee. and they not only have to master spelling, they have to know what the words mean, as well. let's take a look at the highlights from wednesday's competition starting with the bee's youngest speller, 8 years
old. this is terra singh of kentucky. >> r-a-p-s-c-a-l-l-i-o-n, rapscallion. >> can i have the language, please? >> latin, latin from french. >> i'm guessing you're not going to give me the spelling either. >> q-u-e-b-r-e-c-h-o? >> yeah. >> so nerve racking. >> you know what they mean? >> yes, i do. who wants to go first? >> i will. >> savannah, who placed second in the sixth grade spelling bee. the word is supercede. >> that's easy.
>> s-u-p-e-r-c-e-d-e. >> you forgot the e-d-e. >> oh, my gosh. >> and that's why you came in second. >> you know what, it was arrogance. i was arrogant. >> in the promo, oh, that's easy. word number two, who wants to go? sarcophagus? >> that's easy too. >> which is the definition. >> means coffin. stone coffin. s-c- -- >> what? s-c? >> can i try it to redeem myself? >> no, we'll leave you with -- 1 >> s-a-r-c-o-p-h-a-g-u-s. >> oh, that's a hard one. are you pronouncing it correctly? >> the act of looking forward of
having foresight. >> p-r-o-s-p-i-s-c-i-n -- >> no, you were close. i-e-n-c-e. >> anyway, we're going to follow the final round. we'll talk more about who wins the spelling bee tomorrow. >> i'm so embarrassed. meanwhile -- >> it's so easy. >> an american mother behind bars in mexico speaks out to nbc news in a jailhouse interview. and inside the underground world of college cheating. i should have cheated on the spelling bee. >> no. >> this is "today" on nbc. >> just kidding. kidding, kidding.
savannah. supercede. >> now, according to marian webster, it's spelled with an "s," that's the correct spelling. but there's a variance spelling for people who like to pretend they're right and that one is with a "c." >> it's occurred as a correct spelling since the 17th century, when you were born and common in current published writing. >> however, according to the spelling bee, the official spelling bee spelling, it is with an "s." >> it says it continues to be widely regarded as an error.
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case at this point. police are still investigating. they got a call about 5:30 this morning of shots being fired in the area, they are investigating and will likely be updating the news crews here in the next few minutes or so. that's the latest in san jose. i'm damian trujillo, "nbc bay area news". >> 20th homicide in san jose. parents, do not take your kids to santee elementary this morning. time to check in with mike inouye, major backup on the bay bridge. >> the approach suffering that upper deck, the upper deck blocked one lane, jammed traffic down the incline. it's moving smoothly now but from the bay bridge toll plaza where the meet aring lights were moving more slightly, west 580, all backed up because of the earlier traffic and basically stoppage across the upper deck, all lanes open but some folks
went to the san mateo as an alternate, jammed but hayward approaching 92 and the toll plaza. christina, things are warmer today, huh in. >> can't catch a break in the traffic department. the good news is the weather is on your side for today. not that cool out there at this point, temperatures already starting to warm up, in the 50s now and as we head throughout the afternoon we'll jump into the 70s and 80s so you don't have to worry about fog interrupting your drive. temperatures warm today, we get into the all-important weekend.
♪ we see the start, also the we see the start, also the finish. are we as tough as we think we are? that is the obstacle course that it's there to test our minds, bodies and our patience this morning. here is what the real competitors look like. they have to deal with a dumpster filled with ice. they have to crawl through mud under barbed wire, climb ladders and even have to get up what is called mt. everest, which is a slick ramp of some kind. like a half pipe in skateboarding. this is all competitions meant to build teamwork. it's not a race to see who
finishes first. it's really just to pull together and do it as a team. we're going to take that on live in our 8:30 half hour. >> we're going to dunk matt under the water. >> no, everybody goes in the water. >> my enthusiasm for this is only superseded by my terror. >> anybody worried about that? >> yes, i'm terrified. >> this is your bright idea? >> bright idea? >> it sounds like something i would suggest. >> no, i suggested it for you guys. >> thanks. >> we're all doing it. in our 8:30 half hour, matt lauer along with savannah guthrie and al roker. this isn't swiss family robinson, it's an elaborate tree house in florida, but the future of it is up in the air. literally. we'll go there live. >> it's pretty. also just ahead, it's final season at school, but are
your kids really doing the work? exposing how student cheaters are fooling even the best professors. the best teachers. >> jeff will be here in a short while with that. but first, new surveillance video could be the key evidence in the case of an american mother in a mexican jail this morning accused of smuggling drugs. nbc's miguel almaguer is in arizona where the woman is speaking out for the first time since her arrest. miguel, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. her court hearings have been under way all week long, but she hasn't heard a word of testimony. instead, she's been in a cell wondering if she'll get her freedom or have to wait months for a trial to begin. >> reporter: this morning, inside a mexican jail, she spends her ninth day behind bars, but now she's breaking her silence. >> i just want to be back home with my family and my children and my loving husband. >> reporter: the arizona mother of seven and devout mormon is accused of being an
international drug runner. born in mexico but now an american citizen believes she may have been set up. >> it's good, it's better. but now -- but i get concerned too because i want to go home. >> reporter: with her husband gary, she lives near phoenix. where the couple was headed after they say they attended a funeral in mexico. when their passenger bus was stopped at a military check point, police say they found these packages, 12 pounds of marijuana under her seat. >> i feel like -- i wanted to find a way out. and i'm telling them i'm innocent, i'm innocent. i'm saying what happened and i'm here. just have faith.
>> reporter: in court wednesday, mexican military officials who were supposed to testify never showed up and have made no public comment. her attorney is now hoping surveillance video from the bus station will prove juanita didn't bring any drugs aboard. in the meantime in phoenix wednesday night, a rally in support, this as a state department and arizona congressman familiar with the family keeps a close eye on the case. >> knowing this family, i find it incredulous they would be involved in any kind of drug smuggling. >> i'm worried for my kids. they need me there. >> reporter: this morning, an american citizen still fighting for her freedom in a country where today she's still accused of smuggling drugs. >> reporter: a judge is now reviewing this case. again, that surveillance tape could be a critical piece of evidence. meanwhile, they can only wait for a judge's decision. matt? >> miguel almaguer in arizona this morning on this story.
let us get a check of the weather now from al roker. >> hey, thank you so much, matt. and we've got a birthday girl here. what's your name? >> ashley. >> where are you from? >> georgia. >> you thought a second. it's your 10th birthday and happy birthday to you. look at all of this ice. this is left in case the water for the mudder isn't cold enough. we've got more ice. how cold is that water, sarah? >> getting closer. >> oh, yow. >> get in there. >> right. okay. you want to get down? >> yes. >> let's show you what we've got as far as today's concerned. we are looking at south florida soaker, high pressure is not letting anything get in here. so it's just pumping in that warm moist air from the air. rip currents from homestead to daytona beach. and heavy rain, check it out. look at all of this rain coming down through the keys into florida. it's been raining for the last 48 hours.
we expect to see heavy rain and about 3 to 4 inches for the next -- oh, man, that is cold. that is really cold. you really got to check this out. i can't do that. i can't do that. i can't do that. that's what's going on around the country, here's wh 7:36 now. good thursday morning to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren. this is high atop san bruno. we have low cloud cover and what we have is quickly clearing. we take to you sunol and show you what was able to make its way to the east bay and not a lot of low clouds means we're going to see a very warm afternoon. 81 degrees in livermore, 88 in fairfield and 68 degrees even in san francisco getting unseasonably warm today. records possible into the weekend, upper 90s on the way. and that's your latest weather. matt? thank you very much. coming up next, we're pulling back the curtain on college teaching. it's a rossen reports hidden
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your typical college student, overwhelmed with school work. and she has a new paper due next week. >> how are you? >> good, how are you? >> that's why she's hiring these complete strangers. >> how are you? >> to write the paper for her. >> how does this whole thing work? i'm nervous doing this. >> i write it for you. >> what these guys don't know, taylor, not her real name is no college student. >> good afternoon, "today" show. >> she's a "today" show staffer helping us expose how easy it is to cheat in school without getting caught. >> look at what we found online, dozens of ads offering custom papers at competitive rates. one-stop shopping for any cheater. so who are these people helping your kids skate through school? to find out, we set up a scenario teaming up with this english professor. she gave our fake student taylor an assignment. >> the assignment was to write a five to six page paper on little
women. >> a pretty straightforward assignment. >> yes. >> and then we responded to two different ads hiring these faceless ghostwriters to write our paper. our fake student taylor sets up meetings with each of them at a local diner. >> how are you? >> good, how are you? >> that's alex, his term paper ad promises a quick turn around and years of experience. >> i usually get people like a "b." >> not bad, but check out this next writer, pete. his ad brags above average grade guaranteed while you sleep through class. >> has any student gotten caught? >> no, because i do it originally written. >> reporter: alex says he can write any paper for any class. >> any class? >> i wrote like an entire final paper for someone about this network system. >> oh, my gosh. >> i had to teach myself how to do that and then write the paper on it.
>> alex charges $140. pete's price, $90. and with that, they're off to write our papers. one week later -- >> what do you have for me? >> we meet again to get our papers and give them the cash. but this time, when they leave -- >> hi, alex, jeff rossen from nbc news. >> i'm outside with some questions. >> she gave you the book, you read it, wrote the paper for her. isn't that cheating? >> that's her business. >> he says he tells students the paper should be used as a guide not handed in verbatim. >> you're not breaking the law here. isn't this a question of ethics? >> i do find the ethical concern in it, but that's why i advise people, they have to make their own decisions. >> you make no apologies for this? >> no. >> alex is happy to stick around and talk. pete, not so much. >> i've got to go. >> this is your online ad. party on the weekend, paper done monday morning, get well above average grade guaranteed while
you sleep through class. >> okay. >> isn't that pretty blatant. >> that's not me, actually. >> it is you. we responded to the ad. can you stay and talk to us for a moment. we want to talk to you about the paper. ethics aside, we wondered, were their papers any good? we have our professor read them both. she gives alex a "c" minus, pete gets a "b." >> so they passed? >> yes, they passed. >> would you have suspected either of these papers of cheating? >> no. >> what can you do to stop this? >> i can teach my butt off and make my students want to write me an amazing paper. >> she can teach her butt off. now, some schools are using antiplagiarism software, others have installed cameras in exam rooms, but educators say it's tough to catch these cheaters and counting on the students themselves to do the right thing. >> it's an unbelievable story. thank you, jeff. tomorrow you've got another story that will make people angry. >> yeah, this time, we're taking
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where kids start coming to class so they would on veebviously be confronted with a situation, a body laying across the street, while police investigate who did this and why. i'm damian trujillo, "nbc bay area news". how is that affecting traffic in that area? mike inouye? >> let's get folks located over my shoulder a heavy south bay commute. the maps will show new relation to 101 and 280, the arrow with the backup south of the 280/101. audubon and powell intersection is closed in front of santee elementary. students do not go to school, it is closed. santee drive, car kneelon, audubon, mclaughlin all likely affected by the traffic control in the area. prepare for that. south bay large backups for the northbound commute and new crash involves the sheriff's department vehicle north 85.
♪ 8:00 now on this thursday morning. it is may 30th, 2013. we've got a great crowd out on the plaza. hot day in new york city. going up to 90 degrees. but tomorrow, i think it'll be closer to 93. >> wow. >> this would be a great day for -- >> oh, i'm glad you're in the mood, turns out we have an icy water. we'll be getting in that water. more on that in a minute. but also coming up, it's with you all the time, the purse or your wallet, or the murse in your case. there was a recent study said some purse handles are as dirty as a public toilet seat. we decided to put that concept
to the test. >> what are you doing with your purse? >> it does raise some questions. but we put some purses around our office to the test and show you what we found out. >> we heard dirty as a toilet seat. that got our attention. also ahead, a stunning revelation. james lipton is known as the very dignified host of that great television show called "inside the actors studio." interviewed just about every actor on the planet. well, he has recently revealed something very surprising about himself. and we're going to talk to mr. lipton about that in just a couple of minutes. >> i find it shocking, actually. >> it is surprising. >> you know what would be great if we interviewed mr. lipton in the ice, this way it would be brisk. >> lipton brisk iced tea. we get it. >> got it. >> sorry. and it was a bit of a shocker, a shocker with a former michael jackson backup singer was eliminated from "the voice."
will be chatting with her about that coming up. and do we have what it takes to conquer the tough mudder obstacle course? do we have what it takes? i don't think so. 4,000 gallons of water, 7,000 pounds of ice. >> look at willie. >> willie's getting ready. >> then a climb up a 6 foot wall. we are going to go at it. they call it the kiss of mud. that's lovely. we'll try it coming up. >> this is not going to end well. >> yep. that's what they're counting on. >> going to end on top of that wall, though, with the four of us sitting there. let's go inside, natalie has a check of the headlines. >> good morning, everyone. the fbi is tracking the source of two threatening letters mailed to new york mayor michael bloomberg and to his gun control organization. initial testing indicates the letters contained ricin a potentially deadly poison. officials say they were mailed from shreveport, louisiana, on
may 20th and made references to gun rights. bloomberg's letter was intercepted on friday at an offsite mail facility before it could reach him. the other letter did reach washington activist mark glaze who helped run mayors against illegal guns, an organization that bloomberg supports. he did not get sick. two new york city police officers who responded to the bloomberg letter scare reported short, minor illnesses over the weekend. the nasdaq stock exchange has agreed to pay a record $10 million federal fine for bungling facebook's initial public stock offering last year. the new launch was plagued by delays and other problems. nasdaq has already agreed to pay $62 million to brokers who lost money. four young children and three adults were killed last night when a tractor-trailer collided with their minivan in upstate new york. police say the trailer separated from the truck and hit the minivan traveling in the opposite direction. police have arrested the
disneyland employee for that small explosion that forced a partial evacuation at the california theme park on tuesday. 22-year-old christian barns worked as an outdoor vendor at the resort. detectives believe he's the one that placed ice inside a plastic bottle and placed it in a trash can where it exploded. e-mails shown wednesday at the michael jackson civil suit trial revealed that top executives at aeg live expressed fears about jackson's health and the amount of time they had to get him ready for the comeback tour. jackson's mother is suing the promotors claiming they failed to investigate dr. conrad murray who was convicted of unintentionally causing her son's death. "friends" star courteney cox and david arquette have finalized their divorce. they announced their breakup more than two years ago. they met while filming the movie "scream." both said they'll remain friends
and committed to raising their 8-year-old daughter together. and if you need more proof that marriage can be a scary proposition for some, well, how about this jurassic wedding photo going viral since it was posted on facebook. james lauder and his wife katie young wanted something different to remember their big day. that certainly qualifies. photographer quinn miller had the entire wedding party run screaming toward the camera and photo shopped the roaring t-rex into the scene. it works out pretty well. 8:05 right now. let's go back outside to al once again for a check of the weather. >> "today's" weather is brought to you by claritin, you can experience powerful non-drowsy relief throughout your allergy season. live claritin clear. >> love that picture. all right. hi. where are you guys from? >> washington, north carolina. >> washington, north carolina.
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♪ >> back with what's trending today. we have details on why your summer cook-out might cost more this year. yahoo says that last year's drought in the midwest is actually boosting corn prices, which is, many turn, pushing up the cost of beef. with memorial day behind us, the fourth of july just over a month away, prices are already at 20% in some cuts of beef, according to one expert, and this price hike some say will spur demand for chicken, whose average
retail price for pound is more than half that of beef. >> barbecue chicken is good. >> there's something about fourth of july and a barbecue. you have to have a burger. can you beat the price by buying in bulk. don't you? >> i do. >> fillet minion has gone high as well. buying in bulk -- >> you know what, you go -- a bunch of families if in together, and you buy bulk, and then you save some cash. >> freeze some. >> or order pizza, in my case. >> on the fourth of july barbecue? >> unless someone invites me over. >> you'll have invitations. >> everyone on the plane during a medical emergency. in health news readers on usa today's website are talking about a new study from the new england journal of medicine. it shows that in flight medical emergencies happen one in every 604 flights. that doesn't sound like a lot, but that means it happens about 50 times every day in this country alone. i've been on two in the last year where they came on the loudspeaker and said is there a doctor or a trained medical --
>> that's always a concern. that's terrifying. >> it really is. i guess the emergencies, they only result in someone dying very rarely. about less than 1% of the time. the most common midair scares were dizziness and fainting. again, when you are on a flight and you start to see doctors rushing back or flight attendants with that defibrillator, that's very nerve racking. >> we have to fwet this woman to a hospital. what is it? a room with lots of windows. >> that's not on an airplane. that's the -- >> oh. i'm sorry. >> that's different. >> all right. now, this one is causing a lot of controversy across the pond. it comes from a british newspaper "the telegraph." a new campaign called "get britain fertile" shows a 46-year-old tv personality dressed up to look like a pregnant 70-year-old. here's the campaign. now, the group behind the campaign says it is trying to start a conversation about the consequences of delaying child birth, but many are furious about this. one commentator even tweeted women struggling with fertility or lack of partner do not need
this campaign in their face with wrinkly old mom and get britain fertile message, but it's gotten the conversation started. people are paying attention to it. having struggled with fertility issues, i think it's important thing that a lot of people don't talk about. you think you can get pregnant whenever you want to, and -- >> do you think women think that? >> i think people do know. i don't know thaw need a public awareness -- >> i think when you are all about your career in your 20s, you don't really necessarily think about maybe your fertility or what are my chances? >> the image is supposed to shock, then it does. >> men have to think about it too because 50% of all fertility problems have to do with the man. >> that's true. absolutely. >> finally, in pop culture, here's a video that's good readers have huffington post and those across the web going ah. newly retired soccer star david beckham took time out on tuesday to take in a los angeles kings hockey game with his daughter harper. the two were on -- grooving to the music, and their kiss cam, she notices herself. oh. >> she likes it.
>> she likes it. >> that's what you don't see if we ran the tape longer. a lot of women at the game jumped in his lap. >> can i get on the kiss cam too? >> very cute. >> any time you can the put david beckham on cam remarks it's going to work out. >> a lot of women will go ah. >> this is a real shocker. for the past 19 years bravo's iconic host of inside the actsors studio, james lipton, has coaxed many actors and directors to reveal deep, dark secrets. we'll talk to mr. lipton about a stunning revelation of his own, but, first, last night the program celebrated its 250th episode. >> my name is bradley cooper. my question is regarding awakenings. >> right. >> you go like this with your finger, and you made up for it by rubbing your eyebrow. is that something that happened in the moment? >> that's a good question. >> if someone had predicted that
night what lay ahead for the two of you, how would you have reacted? >> i never would have thought that i would have the relationship that i have with him today. >> james lipton, good morning. congratulation on 250 episodes. >> thank you. >> and as much as an accomplishment as that is, you know who is getting attention this morning? >> who? >> you with this revelation you made recently in an interview in "parade magazine" where you admitted that for a while back in paris -- how old were you at the time, by the way? >> i was very young. very, very young. >> you were a pimp. >> pimp is an american word. an english word. >> what was the word in france? >> macro. there was a wonderful musical about the young women and their -- it's profound. first of all, a pimp exploits and often abuses his women, and it's just the reverse with a mec. he works for the women. that was a very different time.
prostitution was regulated. these women were inspected medically once a week. it was a very -- there was a famous bordello still in existence. >> you have to know that people look at you over the years, and thief come to know you as this incredibly distinguished, elegant, articulate fwi. it's out of type. >> well, it wasn't then i can assure you. i was a young man. very, very young man. i was living in france. i wanted to stay there. i couldn't work. the french men couldn't get employment. french women absolutely couldn't get employment. it was just shortly after the war. and so i just -- i was going through what the french call rites of passage. >> i've known you for 20 years. you couldn't have told me this sometime over the 20 years. is there anything else dark? >> my memoir was six years ago, and i'm shocked, shocked that everybody is shocked, shocked. >> shocked, shocked. i'm shocked, shocked. let's talk about 250 episodes. why do you think this show has passed the test of time? >> because of a couple of
things. first of all, it's a school. we are the actors school, drama school of which i was a founding dean. those are masters students. the relationship between the guest and the audience is totally different fa any other show. doesn't make us better or worse, but it essential makes us different. >> a little octoberor association. just tell me what jumps out about your time with this person. bradley cooper. >> bradley cooper, i was his dean. he was my student. he graduated from our school, and then he was the first of our graduated students to come back and sit next to me on my show, and the two of us burst into tears, and we had to stop before we could continue. >> and real quickly, jack lemmon revealed something to you on the show that was unexpected. >> jack lemmon told me he was an alcoholic. it's the first time in his life he had ever said it his wife said. >> can i tell you, i'm one of your biggest fans. i love the show. rail do. keep going to 300 or 400, however many episodes you want to do. >> i'm ready, matt. >> james lipton. >> thank you, matt. >> let's go over to natalie.
>> beware all you germophobes out there. in a recent study researchers in the u.k. found that the hand bags that many of us carry and wallets as well maybe teaming with germs. >> totes, satchels, clutches, must-haves for women, but they can also be magnets for bacteria. a study by the u.k.-based company initial wash room hygiene found that one in five handbag handles were home to high levels of harmful bacteria. it's not just handled. researchers found that items inside the bag, particularly hand cream bottles, can harbor more bacteria than the average toilet seat. >> lots of just our own hands go and out of that often, and even from day to day you're going to have bacteria on your hands. it's harmless you think, but some of it's not. >> that intrigued us. so we went to macrobiologist nathan for some answers.
here in our control room he got to work on some of our very own producers' handbags. >> where do you touch it? >> he took samples from handles, bottoms, and the insides of several bags. >> this is a little -- >> for comparison sake, he collected sample from a telephone mouth piece, bathroom toilet and door. >> without talking about how often these things are cleaned, my gut is that the inside of the handbags will be the dirtiest in terms of the number of bacteria. >> the samples go to a lab where they are cultured and analyze the to find out what germs may be hiding in our handbags. >> well, it has been two weeks since we collected the samples. microbiologist nathan lentz department of sciences, is here. he has the results. >> good morning. >> let us have it. did you feebtd some germs? >> we did. we found lots of bacteria in the bags, outside the bags, but nothing altogether unexpected. certainly nothing harmful or
pathogenic. >> what kind of bacteria did you find? >> we found a whole variety of micro -- staph -- >> i was going to talk about that. there are some strains of staffylococcus that can cause hospital-born infections and to people with acquired immune deficiency, but we didn't find any of those strains in the bags. >> why is it such a great breeding ground for it? >> well, because as this bag you can see, you can zip it shut, and it's a closed environment where it's very dark. it holds on to the moisture. it's humid. it's damp. it can have crumbs in had there and dust and things and bacteria -- >> snacks. my purse has crumbs in it. >> one is not immune. >> less of a problem because you don't tend to put food in your wallet as well. >> i have a pop tart in my wallet. >> that explains a lot. that explains the trail you leave behind in the mornings. >> what do you think about this study that said some hand bag handles in particular are dirtier than public toilet
seats? >> i would be a little skeptical for a couple of reasons. number one, the kind of bacteria that you are going to find on the bag. as we found, it tends not to be the harmful variety anyway, and number two, the -- it's really the diversity of bacteria that they're talking about. wills there's more kinds of bacteria on a handbag, but toilet in a public rest room are going to be filled with harmful bacteria. >> simple ways to alleviate this if you carry a handbag for a long period of time. warm wipes? what? >> we found the inside of the bag was actually the worst place for the bacteria, so a couple of things you can do to inhibit this is just to keep it open as much as possible. let it air out so the moisture doesn't stay inside. then every once in a while maybe once a week take a bag and take everything out of it, get rid of the dust and the crumbs. maybe take a paper towel, wet it. you can use anti-bacterial wipes if you want, but that's overkill, and just wipe it out with a wet paper towel. what you are looking to get out is the dst and the crumbs. you are never -- it's a losing battle to fight the bacteria,
but if you can get what they eat, then they won't set up camp and establish themselves there. >> name names. who is the dirtiest producer? >> i was sworn to secrecy on that. >> by the way, we didn't let him test our bags. we're not -- >> our executive producer john nash's handbag? >> his man bag. >> nathan, thank you so much. >> thanks. >> appreciate it. >> we will put the dirty stuff aside and talk about something nice and clean. "the voice." a lot of fans were shocked when it came to this week's elimination round. take a look. >> america's final say is holly tucker from team blake. ladies and gentlemen put your hand together for judith hill and sarah simmons. >> well, two singers were video
off. both from team adam. >> one of those was soul singer judith hill. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i think adam levine's look says it all. he was stunned, as were a lot of people, by the fact that you got voted off. what was your reaction? >> it was crazy. it felt like the hunger games up there being onning that thing. you know? you just never know, but, you know, i just felt like i did my best, and i really enjoyed my time. >> what did he say to you after the competition? did he come up and offer you any advice? >> he reminded me that it's a game show and, you know, sarah and i were both together in that because we were partners, and he is, like, you guys are both talented, and don't let this stop you. you have a bright future ahead of you. >> do you have any theories about what happened because, i mean, not just this week, but every time you've sang all of the judges, everybody said it was amazing. do you think that people thought, oh, she's doing so well she's safe, we don't need to vote for her? >> you know, i don't know what happened. i keep scratching my head like
what could it have been? maybe the song was too new and it wasn't familiar to people. they didn't recognize it or something. you know, there's a lot of different reasons why -- i still am figuring it out, but i have no regrets, you know? i feel like i had a great time. >> you're pretty sure you have a bright future. i know you're starring in a documentary about the life of a backup singer in a documentary. i think most people think you're not going to be a backup singer very long. >> this was an mazing jump-start for me, and i'm so thrilled to have that opportunity, and i can't wait to continue on. >> judith hill, good luck to you. >> thank you. >> thanks for spending time with us. you can catch "the voice" mondays and tuesdays 8:00, 7:00 central here on nbc. we're back after your local news. your local news.
at 8:26, i'm laura garcia-cannon. that breaking news is that we're following a shooting at santee elementary school in san jose. classes have been canceled because of the deadly shooting. around 5:20, officers found a man lying on the ground across the street from the school. he was pronounced dead at the scene. officers are still looking for the shooter. classes canceled at santee elementary school. we'll check the morning commute with mike. >> avoid that area, mclaughlin,
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it is known as mt. everest. and just off to our left here, includes a dumpster filled with icy 35-degree water. >> wow. >> you know, 1 million people a year take part in this. >> let's leave it to them. >> i think so. it was created by a british former counterterrorist agent. >> actually, it's the funding, a lot of the fund raising for these races go to the would bed warri wounded warriors. here she is, good morning, my dear. getting changed. also, we've got to remind you tomorrow on the plaza, this place is going to be boy band zone. it's concert day friday and we have not just one band, we have three bands. the new kids on the block will be here along with 98 degrees and boys ii men. if you're in the neighborhood or want to camp out, come on down and share in the fun tomorrow on
"today." >> look who's trying to get in. >> they put their hand in the water for one second and complaining it's too cold. >> what does it mean for the rest of us? >> all right. mr. roker, before we get to the wanted, before we get to the tough mudders, how about a check of the weather? >> as far as today is concerned, risk of strong storms from texas into iowa. we've got flooding possible, beautiful as you make your way down the west coast, rain in the pacific northwest. hot and steamy in the mid-atlantic states. tomorrow, the heat continues in the east. more rain through the mid-atlantic. i should say through mid florida into southern florida. risk of strong storms from western ohio all the way back to much of oklahoma. sunny and hot from texas into the 8:32 on a thursday morning. good morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. blue sky, beautiful start to the day here in sunol. same blue sky over mt. tam.
it's going to be a hot day ahead with no low cloud cover left to cool us down. 81 on the way to livermore. 88 in fairfield. 76 in fremont. a nice day shaping up in san francisco, 68 degrees. full sunshine already. getting into the weekend, the heat continues. we'll be up to 96 inland by saturday. with all this heat and severe weather, you want to get your latest forecast, weather channel on cable, weather.com 24/7. and when you need to know who is 100 years old, you go to willard. >> how sweet it is to be at the island resort in southwest florida with the sun always shining. i love it. happy birthday from our friends at smuckers, the greatest company in the world. nice people. maggie brown, and she is from leesburg, florida, pretty part of florida. 100 years old today, her favorite tv star is jamie foxx.
and clyde franz, and he is from hendersonville, north carolina. he's 100 years old and a vegetarian. he didn't say if he's a vegan or volkswagen, whatever, he likes his veggies. i like veggies when they're fresh, better than beef. 2:00 ida dunda and from pittsburgh, pennsylvania, 100 years old today. loves watching the news every night. only sees half of it, she drinks her martinis. willie robinson and willie is from st. helena island, south carolina. and willie is 100 years old today. loves to play checkers either alone or with friends. and if you will take a look, we have paul and blanche gardiner,
they've been married 76 years. secret to a happy marriage? they watch football together and he can't wait till halftime. you devil. anyway, happy birthday and happy anniversary. this is henrietta kuhn. and the three "ls" are important to her, live, love and laugh. that's it from florida. back to new york. >> thank you very much. one of the greatest boy bands in the world today. the rock star lifestyle in a new show called "the wanted life" a new reality series on e!. let's welcome them. good morning to all of you. nice to see you. first of all, nathan is not here, recovering from a little surgery. how is he doing? >> he's doing all right. we probably won't know for another month on what the outcome is. >> we're glad to hear that. >> we get an inside look into
your world. 2:00 is there anything that happens on the show that you wish the camera weren't rolling for? >> there's a bit of nudity. >> okay. that's probably going to be a selling point for many of the girls watching right now. you guys are having quite the party lifestyle as according to the executive producer of the show who is our own ryan seacrest. he tweeted out, when i walked in the "wanted" living room, there were women's underwear hanging from the ceiling. i know two of you have girlfriends, how do your girlfriends feel about this bachelor lifestyle? 2:00. >> we're altogether. it was difficult in the beginning. once you put the line down, then you live in harmony, you know. >> are you ever worried you're letting the cameras see too much? it just might be, you know, maybe we crossed the line. >> absolutely. you saw fractions of like some
of the house fights and stuff and you think, oh, god, probably should've stopped around then. >> do you let your mom watch this show? >> they've seen it all before. >> they have. okay. >> we've got the boy band plaza palooza tomorrow. anything you'd like to say to those guys as they take over the plaza tomorrow morning? >> you're inspirational -- >> i'm sorry, new kids on the block. i said the wrong band. >> inspiration. >> nice guys. hi, dave. >> all right. >> and you can catch "the wanted life" it airs sunday 10:00/9:00 central on e!. >> thank you, guys. 2:00. >> we don't need more ice. >> no. >> we don't need more ice. >> this is "today" on nbc.
right now, this area looks a little more like a military training ground than a morning show plaza. and in a moment, we're going to be put to the test like probably we've never been put to the test before. but before we do that, a little bit about what we're in for. >> let's go. >> 12 grueling miles, 25 down and dirty obstacles. and on this early morning outside chicago, 20,000 people who wouldn't want to be anywhere else. this is tough mudder, the vision of a former british counterterrorism officer who wanted to start a race where teammates helped teammates, teams help other teams and the race isn't a race at all. >> it's a challenge. it's not about stepping over the next guy to the finish line, it's about turning around and helping them get over that finish line. >> we're all here together.
helping each other out. >> and that spirit of comradery over competition has struck a cord worldwide. >> we went from three events and 20,000 people in 2010 to 53 events and over 1 million people this year globally. >> not bad considering some of the obstacles those people have to endure. >> it's awesome. it's a dumpster full of 15,000 pounds of ice and basically the worst ice cream headache you're going to have. >> savannah and natalie, i know you girls look nice on tv, but kiss the mud 40 feet on your bellies, like to see matt out here too. >> each challenge tests not only the body but the mind, as well. facing a fear of heights, leaping over a blazing fire. or one obstacle that strikes fear into even the most seasoned tough mothers. >> i've done 16 tough mudders. and it's 10,000 volts of live electric wires. >> i get hit so hard every time.
i got hit several times today. it's nasty. >> why on earth would people put themselves through this? >> something we'll remember as a group. that's what we're going to take away from it. >> we work together and depend on each other and it's a good way to count on each other outside of work. >> i'll tell you about the marine veteran out here on a prosthetic, the women running overcome cancer, and people running in memory of a friend who died in afghanistan. tough mudder brings it out. >> come in a suit or tutu and in the end, everyone looks the same. many tough mudders have just one question. >> when's the next one? >> all right, savannah said why? why would we do this? we're standing here to help calm our nerves, we've got al patterson here. good morning. >> thanks for having me. >> nice outfit. >> we've been playing around already. >> here's my problem.
i've got a lot of problems. >> i'm not as worried about the icy water as the fact i'm getting in a dumpster. i have a germ phobia here. >> it'll be fine. >> that's the least of my problems? >> that's the least of your problems. >> and you have to go under the ice water. >> exactly, you have to submerge yourself completely under the ice water. the worst ice cream headache you could imagine. >> this is not a competition, this is teamwork. >> that's right. it's all about getting through a tough challenge as a team. not individual achievement, overcoming it together. >> if i already feel like we're a team, can i stay out of the competition? i feel very bonded already. >> there's always someone who does peer pressure. >> i say keep a smile on your face, it'll look good on tv. and stay together as a team. it's about overcoming it together. lend each other a hand. >> more than a million people
have signed up to do the races in a short amount of time you've been around doing them. what is the draw? and why are so many people doing this? >> i'd say it's a lot of fun. you're there with a team, climbing over obstacles like a kid again, you're getting dirty in a way you can't as an adult. and it's a challenge. it's a great way to train. if you're on that treadmill and board out of your mind, tough mudder's the event for you. >> i'm worried about everest, a half-pipe that's been slicked. how do we begin to get five people up that? >> it's all about teamwork. matt, you've already been to evere everest, you shouldn't have a problem with that one. it'll be about making it to the top as tough mudders. >> are hoda and kathie lee going to be mocking us the whole time? you look clean now, but you're going to get dirty. >> alex, thank you so much. >> was there ever any garbage in
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we're back and about to take on the tough mudder obstacle course. i want to thank our technical crew for making me and willie look like something out of flashdance. >> you look good. >> should we be wearing microphones with this? >> i don't know. >> we have knee pads also. they gave me one elbow pad. they don't care about this elbow. >> we're stalling by talking. we've got all these supporters on the plaza. we have our girls kathie lee and hoda up there. it's time to turn it over to our emcee, tough mudder emcee. shawn, take it away. >> yes, welcome everyone. let's hear it down there. >> all right, guys.
to get this started, we need the first through our tough mudder players. raise your right hand and repeat after me. as a tough mudder, i pledge that. >> i pledge that. >> it is not a race, but a challenge. >> i understand it's not a race but a challenge. >> i put teamwork first. >> i put comradery above my course time. >> that's right. i help my fellow mudder complete the course. >> help my fellow mudders complete the course. >> we are going to count it down. i hope you guys are ready for this. >> we overcome all fear. >> here we go. >> comradery everybody, here we go! tough mudders! tough mudders! count it downright now. ten, everybody, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!
>> there they are. >> pace yourself. >> the first obstacle. ice, 34 degrees. the trick is, don't think about it. go under and come out. come out quick. takes the wind right out of you. look at them go. >> why is matt wearing a head band? get in and under real quick and come right out. >> oh, my gosh. >> help al out. come on, al. great ice work. look at al go. >> yes, al. >> this is about teamwork. all about comradery here at the tough mudders. we leave no mudders behind. we're going to roll the wood, ladies. this is teamwork, some of those logs may weigh up to 80 pounds. they're going to walk around
this obstacle right here. >> you get cold, your muscles are cramping. they're flowing nice, like an athlete. >> yeah. now this is the mud. >> the mud. >> the wires we're looking at. >> look at that. stay low. >> stay low. >> out of your comfort zone. >> don't think about it. >> barbed wire. >> stay low, you guys. >> willie -- come on out. >> look at al go. >> all right, al. al, go. >> oh, my gosh. he's got a pinched heiney. >> this is where we take the wires. it's teamwork. >> up that ramp. oh, they don't have to take it. once again, teamwork, you always
wait. leave no mudder behind. >> natalie, of course. that looked like the hardest part. >> it is, and looked really high, up 12 feet. it's slippery once it's wet. >> yeah! >> nice job. >> come on, savannah. >> here she goes. normally we have -- >> it's not wet -- >> here they go. got to hold on to him. come on, al. there goes al. oh -- go, go. >> look at that teamwork. look at the teamwork. >> that's so sweet.
>> savannah and willie, they can do it. >> who do we have left? >> here goes willie for the fourth try. >> i think it's like you said, you've got to avoid the wet area. >> avoid the wet area, you guys. savannah -- >> all the way up, savannah. >> oh. >> actually, it's not your feet, it's keeping your balance and going out. they're going to get down here and help. >> no rope. >> willie refused the rope. >> willie refused the rope. he's going for it. >> willie, maintain your balance, willie.
go, go -- easy pace, keep your balance, run up the ramp not at it. boom, right there. >> yep. yeah. >> savannah, avoid the wet place. >> all right, savannah. everybody's up there cheering her on. >> savannah! savannah! savannah! savannah! >> lower, lower, lower. >> she's got the rope. >> savannah! >> oh. look at the teamwork. >> got it.
let's do it again. >> let's go out to lunch. cocktails. >> are you okay? you hit your head. >> twice. >> i'm taking tomorrow off, people. thank you. it was fun. >> you made it. >> we made it. >> the mud tastes great too. good morning to you. 8:56 now. i'm laura garcia-cannon. it will be a very intense day for dozens of the country's best spellers, including the bay area's own audrey bantug. she advanced to the semifinals of the scripps national spelling bee. audrey has a chance to take more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. good luck to her. getting warm out there, christina.
♪ hey, welcome back to "today" on a thursday morning. >> wow. >> 8:30. >> that is a look at the tough mudder obstacle course we just completed out on the obstacle course. >> tough mudder blank. >> this explains why we look like this. >> yes, mom told us never to track mud into the living room, but we're tracking everything. >> jerry and the crew has completely covered things in plastic. >> i've got to tell you. when i hit that ice water, i thought i was going to die. >> here's the thing, getting your head up above the ice, it was heavy. it was a sheet of ice. it was the worst ice cream headache i've ever had. >> about a foot of ice, you cut
through the ice and have to come back through that. >> i felt like i was drowning under ice for a minute. it's kind of scary. >> it took your breath away. >> it really does. it really does. >> i think savannah's like this is just the beginning. and that was bad enough. and we can end here. >> they did a great job putting this together really quickly. that's a lot of unfinished wood. >> and some people got shredded by that. >> look -- >> look at willie's knee. >> you and me both. look at willie's knee. and look -- look at natalie's leg. >> oh, you're so sweet. >> oh! oh! >> i bet people are going to be playing that back in slow motion for a while. >> you're not allowed near us. >> this is for you. >> savannah cut her toe.
i've got to tell you, i'm in worse shape and i came out unscathed. >> oh. >> by the way, i have to say, i know it was grueling to do, it was really exciting to watch. it was really exciting. >> can we show the mt. everest thing? >> that was awesome. >> willie -- how many times did you go at it? >> i'm like trying to grab you. >> that was willie's fourth attempt. willie's weight is 210 pounds. >> yeah, there it is. yeah. >> we got him. >> how did that feel right there? >> that's good after four misses, that's a good feeling. i'm a big man, there's no getting around it. that was not a chore for one person. >> and savannah, look, she banged her chin, cut her foot, but still went and did it. >> she did it. >> she did it. >> i think the hard part, she took her shoes off. >> yeah. >> and you take your shoes off and have no traction whatsoever.
>> it was more slippery than i thought it was going to be. i thought i was going to waltz up there. >> the layer of shoes doesn't help. >> and we got her. >> she makes it up. >> she got up. >> we're good. >> it sort of started terribly with the ice, then you had a little bit of a lull in the middle and then it closed -- >> congratulations. >> y'all need anything, let me know. >> oh, my gosh. >> that is just sad. good-bye. >> okay. thank you. >> back up to wardrobe. >> by the way, that wasn't real barbed wire. >> yeah. >> we would change our names to chum. >> you know, i will say at the end, it felt great up there at the top. i think we're going to take shower breaks during this hour. >> i'm going to be spitting out sand and finding mud in places i
never thought. oh, man. >> but you're a tough mudder. >> oh, my goodness gracious. >> what about our take two, which is something a little more important. >> yeah, more important than us getting muddy. last night in oklahoma city, we talked about this yesterday heading into it. blake shelton headlining a benefit concert after the tornado that whisked through that area and devastated on may 20th. performers included miranda lambert, his wife, vince gil, darius rucker, rascal flatts. and miranda broke down in the middle of her song "the house that built me." ♪ built me ♪
>> it's beautiful. obviously, very personal for her and for blake. blake is from oklahoma. >> she's from texas. >> he's seen a lot of tornado damage. >> while this was going on, there were massive thunderstorms going on outside the arena there. so it was -- and they're still under a risk of severe weather today and on into tomorrow. >> it is always so nice. we saw it after katrina, after sandy, all of these catastrophic events when the entertainment community gets together and raises money. >> it's so personal to many of them, as well. they can add to that. >> yeah, absolutely. >> great job and raised a lot of money for the case. another celebrity in the headlines this morning, neil patrick harris, becoming the go-to host for awards. >> mr. everything. >> he will host the emmy awards in september that goes into addition to the tony's he'll host for the fourth time. >> they ought to get him to do the oscars, like a triple crown.
>> true. >> he's won two emmy's himself on the show "how i met your mother." and it's been fun to watch him grow from dougie houser. he's a talented guy and the right guy for the show. >> he had exactly what it took from the very beginning at a young age. how old was he back in those days? >> let's see. >> 13, 14. >> yeah. >> amazing. >> all right. spelling now. we're going to the spelling bee. of course competition of all competitions. 281 contestants started the preliminary round yesterday in washington, d.c., 42 move on to the finals today. as we told you, new this year, a vocabulary test portion. >> that's not seen on -- >> right, you don't see it. >> televised portion. >> who can forget the sheer determination as we show this clip, 2004 passing out and coming back to nail the word.
watch. >> wait for it. >> happy ending, though. >> i can't believe this. >> a-l-o-t-e-c-o-i-t. >> comeback story, right? >> we see that every day. kathie lee passes out and comes right back. >> came back, took second, by the way. >> yes, he did. >> i was thinking about five of the common words that are misspelled. >> we're not going to do this all over again. >> these are words we use every day. i'm going to be the host. first word, buzz in, slap your okay.
accommodate. >> a-c -- >> that is incorrect. a-c-c-o-m-m-o-d-a-t-e. >> oh, two ms. >> that would be two ms? >> a-c-c-o-m-m-o-d-a-t-e. >> looking for one t. what's our next one? >> that's the most misspelled word. i think we're proving our point. >> embarrass. >> e-m-b-a-r-a-s-s. >> looking for two rs. >> i think i know everything, hoda. >> occasion. >> occasion, go ahead. >> o-c-c-a-s-i-o-n. >> got it. okay. >> all right. >> since we're all covered in mud -- >> and need a bath and shower. >> hoda has a look at the headlines. >> i'm in awe of you.
i'm looking at you guys in a whole different way. >> that's pretty disgusting. >> yeah. police and the fbi are trying to find out who sent letters testing positive for the deadly poison ricin to president obama as well as new york city mayor michael bloomberg and bloomberg's gun group in washington. it was intercepted by the secret service. it's believed to contain the same sort of threats in the bloomberg letters, threats of physical harm if the sunder's guns were taken away. an army staff sergeant accused in one of the worst atrocities in the afghanistan war is expected to plead guilty next week in an effort to avoid the death penalty. robert bales is accused in the massacre of 16 afghan villagers last year. most of the victims were women and children. bales wants to plead guilty in exchange for life in prison. bales was, quote, crazed and broken at the time of the attack, says his attorney. a former official in the
bush administration could become the next fbi director. sources say president obama intends to nominate former deputy attorney general james comi to succeed robert muller. he also served general counsel for a connecticut hedge fund. he said he would face questions about his ties to wall street. nasdaq has agreed to pay the biggest penalty ever imposed in a stock exchange. that fine, $10 million, stemming from disruptions during facebook's initial public offering a year ago. nasdaq has also paid $62 million to reimburse investment firms that lost money because of those disruptions. problems with the facebook ipo kept many investors from buying or selling shares early on. making a new fund can be a little scary, even if you're a 100-pound great dane, which happens when hugo met a baby goose for the first time. he gets a little bit chicken. the 4-year-old baby goose was not at all afraid of the massive
carnivore sniffing around. he clearly showed who was boss. it is now ten minutes after the hour. and we're looking over at the weather. >> hey, al. >> hoda, for our friends in the midwest, not very good. we've got strong storms firing up, risk of severe storms from wichita falls, texas, all the way up into des moines, iowa. much of iowa, in fact, under flood watches today. looking at maybe tornadoes. a strong risk of storms in central and western oklahoma. you can see these storms are already firing up. not only do we have to worry about tornadoes, damaging winds or hail, we've got flooding to worry about. five months ago the mississippi river, parts of it closed because of not enough rain. now, too much rain. you can see the flood watches are up. why? because some areas have picked up about five inches of rain. we're expecting anywhere from another three to locally seven inches just west of chicago down through kansa
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this morning on "today's" tech. today's modern world from too many hashtags to excessive food. our friend randy zuckerberg, ed or the in chief of dot complicated. you'll forgive me. i have mud in my teeth. >> i'm really impressed at how quickly and how well you cleaned up. looking great. >> that was in a three-minute commercial break. towel off, underneath the surface, it's not pretty. let's talk some business here. talking about oversharing. also as summer comes upon us, disconnecting on vacation. what's the appropriate level of disconnection? >> you know what, i think people should 100% disconnect on their vacation. in this 24/7 connected world, we seem to have forgotten that vacation means relaxing.
destressing, disconnecting. and a lot of studies show that people who completely unplug on vacation are more productive when they come back to work. >> isn't it hard, though, to just turn it off? we're so programmed to take a picture of what we see and tweet it out. how do you pull the plug completely? >> we are actually so addicted to our devices that there's all these reports show you're literally addicted. it's really important to have that discipline that first day might be really tough, but few days into your vacation, you'll be happy you did it. >> we're strong enough, we might be able to do it. socially gold asks, is hosting food porn overdoing it? what is food porn. >> we should clarify, that's not actually pornography. it is people who just are incessantly posting their dinner, what they're cooking, what they're eating, what they're drinking. people who, you know, may be amateur food critics who are like look at this tuna fish sandwich, look at this, so
awesome. i think we've all probably been guilty of it am some point or another. >> is there an appropriate level? it's one thing if you made something, you want to share it with your friends. >> a special occasion. >> but not every meal. >> i think everything in moderation for sure. and some sites like instagram and pinterest are great because people want a stream of photos there. that's a great place if you need to post the food. some restaurants are banning food photography. >> that's right. >> because it's gotten so out of hand. you have people who go into restaurants and stand on their chairs to get the perfect food photo. it's really disruptive to everyone else in the restaurant. >> that goes too far. standing on the chair. let's move on to hash tags. we've gotten very excited about them. perhaps a little too much. how many hashtags is too many hashtags in an instagram or tweet. marshmall marshmallow, smarty, snack and
food porn. >> the urban dictionary has a word, hashtagdict. i think if you're using a descriptive noun or at an event where there's an actual hashtag, it's great. if people want to use the hashtag, randi and willie rock, or they should win an emmy for this segment. those are two ideas. but if you're using that, totally appropriate. but using hashtags like food epic, awesome. that's overkill. >> if everything is epic, nothing is epic. the most connected tech savvy generation in history does not know how to mail a letter. in fact, the writer found snail mail a mystery. >> is that true that young people consider a letter anymore? >> it's so funny. this generation is so digitally savvy, they seem to have lost
some of the fundamentals. i was talking to a mom yesterday who was telling her son he should write a handwritten letter to the interviewer who helped him get his job. he's like, no, mom, i'll send a thoughtful e-mail. and he's right, mom, a handwritten letter is the way to go. >> we both sounded very old. do young people write letters? >> when we were young. >> the quill pen. >> i think the fact that so many people are sending e-mails, if you send that handwritten letter, you'll stand out above the noise in the crowd. >> one more for you. recently posted about friends who do crazy things online. complaining, bragging, sharing political views, spoiling show finales. a lot of us have friends who do that. how do you tell your friends they're annoying online? >> i know. it's very awkward. we have that friend who goes on the random political rants online or too lovy dovy pda with the significant others. it's really interesting, facebook gives you controls you can dial people down in your
ne newsfeed so you don't have to confront them. but i think it's a good rule of thumb to think just because we all have this giant megaphone of social media doesn't mean that we need to post every single thought that comes into our mind. >> i like that concept, dialing your friends down a little bit. try that in real life. >> like if you're talking to someone and you're like -- >> i think we won that emmy you were talking about. >> i think so, hashtag. >> always good to see you. coming up, they're looking for love on long island. yes, we're going to meet tv's newest reality royalty. first, these messages. talk about the incident. it was awful. a boy band concert and 10,000 screaming tweens. it was terrifying. and then we were autographed against our will. yeah,i woke up stained... in the dryer! ink washed and dried? i was ruined. it was all over. but you made it. clorox 2 gave me a second chance. save stained clothes. pre-treat to remove tough stains
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♪ dannon still to come on "today." men, women and cheating. our panel takes on very hot topics. then we'll head into the kitchen for a simple dish for dinner tonight. and catch up with the stars of the new reality show "princesses alec, for this mission i upgraded your smart phone. ♪ right. but the most important feature of all is... the capital one purchase eraser. i can redeem the double miles i earned with my venture card to erase recent travel purchases. and with a few clicks, this mission never happened. uh, what's this button do? [ electricity zaps ] ♪ you requested backup? yes. yes i did. what's in your wallet? she can't control herself around chocolate. she'll devour you. really?
yeah, uh, thanks for introducing us. anything for a friend. ooh, strong grip! ow! ♪ i'm marla tellez. here's a look at your headlines. classes are canceled at santee elementary school because of a deadly shooting. around 5:20 this morning officers found a man lying on the ground across the street from the school. he was pronounced dead on the scene. officers are still looking for the shooter in san jose's 20th homicide of the year. oakland police have boarded up a warehouse with a pot grow inside that caught fire early this morning. the marijuana grow used an auto repair shop as a front. crews were able to put out the flames in 20 minutes. investigators say there was illegal wiring inside and said the cause of the fire appears to be electrical.
no one is in custody. the santa clara county health department is sounding the alarm over an increase of tuberculosis cases in the south bay. it has some of the highest rates in the country. one of the reasons is diversity. many people from the bay area travel to and from countries with high. the b. rates. we'll have a look at the forecast and traffic after the break.
welcome back. the time now, 9:28. isle meteorologist christina loren. the winds are picking up just as we forecast. but as i can tell you, throughout the day today, the winds are going to be picking up, downright blustery between 4:00 and 7:00. and it's the dry downsloping winds later on that are going to boost the temperatures. an additional ten degrees for tomorrow and 97 by saturday. the warmest day of the extended period. let's check the drive with mike.
>> 880 tied up. the bottom of your screen on the southbound side coming to the bottom, there's a crash over on the shoulder. that had an ambulance and a fire truck there for a period of time. quite a bit of slowing. things are moving more smoothly. showing a smooth drive northbound as well. we're going to get back over to the live cameras. i'm sorry about this. we have to get off this shot whatever we do. take a look at something else. there you go. there's sunol. back to you. >> people are forgiving of technical difficulties. thanks, mike. we're back at 9:56.
♪ back now with more of "today" on this thursday morning, may 30th, 2013. i'm willie geist without a shower. this is al roker with a shower. >> i'm freshly showered. >> look at you. >> i am impressed. >> props to the hair and make-up and wardrobe people who pulled me together. >> even styled your hair. >> well, i try. they do it all. >> did you take a shower? >> no, i didn't have time. i sort of towelled off. >> towelled off. did james lipton help you? >> okay. okay. now. we've got a new pack of reality stars about to take over your television. the show follows the lives of
six young women who moved back home after college looking for love and luxury. they are the princesses of long island and they're here with a preview of their pampered lives. all right. and what is really on women's minds. we're talking about relationships, marital cheating, why men don't seem to understand us. all those topics and then some. and then in the kitchen, an easy dish you can make for dinner with barely any cleanup we're told. and calling all transformers fans out there. there is a new mega attraction in orlando. transformers the ride 3d debuts at universal orlando june 20th. we're inviting you to come with us for the opening. answer today's ride of your life sweepstakes, you could win the grand prize package for four to universal orlando resort, which includes unlimited passes. also get tickets to a blue man group performance. go to today.com to enter. check out the official rules.
>> we were down there last week, people incredibly excited. >> your son watched the segment that i did with -- >> mega tron. >> 3-year-old george geist watched. can i please see al roker with optimus prime? >> that's a deep voice for a 3-year-old. >> you guys were watching sylvester stalone when he was conceived. >> exactly. let's show you what we've got for today. we are looking at a risk of strong storms. texas all the way on up into iowa. in fact, much of iowa under a flood watch today, rain in the pacific northwest, plenty of sunshine along the eastern sea board. then as we make our way into tomorrow, risk of some more strong storms from oklahoma into ohio, rain along the pacific northwest -- make that along the plains. sunny and hot from the southwest, southeast, gulf coast, into the northeast
tomorrow, it is going to be 9:32 now. i'm meteorologist christina loren. good morning to you. taking a live look at the golden gate bridge. looking pretty good here. a few people walking around enjoying the beautiful day shaping up. a lot more people headed towards at&t park coming up, 12:45, day game. giants taking on the a's. fourth game of the series. giants have not won one just yet. hopefully they'll get that back today. 65 degrees. 76 in fremont. 80 degrees in livermore. getting into the weekend, we heat you up and quickly. >> and that's your latest weather. okay. they're pampered and they're princesses. bravo bringing us reality royalty, reality royalty this summer. princesses. long island following the exciting lives of six young ladies in the pursuit of love and the good life. they are amanda, ashley white,
casey cohen, erica gimble and joey lauren. nice to see you ladies. >> nice to see you. >> here's the deal, is this considered like a subculture? are there packs of you roaming long island? >> there are. i'd say that for sure. >> i wouldn't -- you know, i always say we're not responsible for representing a subculture or any religion, we're only responsible for representing ourselves individually and all of us standing here today are unique, beautiful inside and out amazing women, so get ready for the ride, mister. >> here's the deal. we know about the ladies from new jersey and long island -- i mean new york and down in atlanta, what makes you guys different? >> this is nothing you've ever seen ever before. >> there's a lot of things i haven't seen before. >> this gives you a lot of insight into our relationships with our families and with ourselves and definitely with each other and it's a much
younger generation. >> y'all went to college, right? >> yes. >> what do you want -- what do you want to do besides be on tv -- reality tv? >> i'm launching a brand right now. and that's always been my life's passion and beauty and cosmetics. i'm in the process of doing that. i think the viewers will take that ride with me. >> and i aspire to be someone like you one day, a talk show host. >> i was going to say, bald and black? >> i was definitely black in another life. >> okay. >> which is amazing. i aspire to be a talk show host and i've always been, you know, into -- the show is mostly about love and finding the one. and i think that's what every woman -- >> and that a big pressure for you guys? finding the right guy? >> yes. >> for me, i put the pressure on myself. i don't get -- >> are you the oldest of the group? >> oh, of the group, i thought you meant my family. i am the cougar of the group.
30. and i look like i'm 4. so i can get away with it. >> what do your families think of this? >> they love it. >> they love it, really? >> my mom is obsessed with it. if you watch the show, which i know you will, you'll see my mom. and she's unlike any mother i've seen. she likes to go out with me -- joey -- she's my best friend, and you'll see some struggles with that as i'm living at home. >> my brother thinks he's one of us, i think, actually. >> your dad thinks -- >> i think he thinks he's a princess. >> he's got other issues. >> he just wants to be one of us. >> all right, ladies. thank you so much. "princesses: long island" premieres this sunday on bravo. coming up next, why do men find women so hard to understand? we ask our panel. [ doorbell rings ]
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pieces, perfectly fun. on "today's" relationships, why do men and women cheat? and are women really that difficult to understand? those are some of the complicated questions when it comes to relationships. here to help us sort it all out, we have a panel of lovely ladies, an obgyn practicing in new jersey, carolyn sullivan, mother of three, a best-selling author and editor of mybrownbaby.com, and a chef and cookbook author. good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> we've got a lot to talk about. first, let's start with this idea that women are so difficult to understand. i mean, really. come on. is that true? nebraska state senator said in an interview that women, no one understands them. don't even understand themselves, books and books and books have been written about it and no one understands it. fortunately he's now happily married, he was a bachelor for 47 years, he married his lovely wife lauren.
so he finally met his match and i'm sure he understands her a lot more. he seems to think women are difficult to understand. what do you think? >> i think george carlin said it best. he said this is a much -- you have to know about men and women. women are crazy and men are stupid. and the reason that women are crazy is because men are stupid. >> i agree. that settles that one. do we move on? >> men are from mars -- >> women are from venus. >> they're on a different planet altogether. don't try to understand us because we're not going to be understood. >> really? >> i think if you can't get it, you're really not trying very hard. i mean, you're just as complicated as we are. >> are men really complicated? >> no. >> i do think that. i think men are straightforward but really they have little things that you would think, oh, my gosh -- i think that just affected them. and you're like, how did that happen?
>> i do. >> they use it as an excuse to not chip in. i really do. >> i'm with you. >> i didn't know that the garbage didn't need to be taken out. >> yeah. >> come on. >> do you think we have more emotional complexities, though? we tend to maybe not say what we mean all the time? >> that's part of our charm, though, don't you think? >> i agree. i agree. i believe in keeping the mystery there and making them guess a little bit. make them work. >> absolutely. >> i've been with you ladies for about 15 minutes, there's no mystery with you guys. who are you kidding? >> you know what? because there is no thinking. we all understand each other, we know what our jobs are. and how many times are you going to repeat yourself? okay, you took out the garbage. yesterday you took out the garbage, today you don't take out the garbage? of course you do.
yada, yada, yada, enough already. >> the topic is cheating. a licensed psychotherapist conducted research and suggests the reason that men and women cheat is different. men cheat because they seek approval. women cheat because they want attention. do you all agree with that notion? >> i think that today with all the celebrity stuff going on and people -- it's become common place. cheating is not even -- there's no scarlet letter anymore. but i -- >> you don't think so? according to a gallup poll, 90% of adults found that extramarital affairs were wrong. >> really? >> yeah. >> how many celebrities have had extramarital affairs, their careers haven't suffered, marriages haven't suffered. we have somebody running for office leaps and bounds might be the mayor -- the next mayor of new york city. nobody cares anymore. everybody has a short memory. >> i think that people tend to put celebrities in a different category, though. >> right.
>> if your neighbor or in our case a couple people that we know are going through some serious issues because of cheating, i don't think that people are as easily forgiving their neighbors or regular people. >> they judge them. people are very judgmental. >> especially if it's the woman who cheated. >> i agree. >> and it seems like we get married later and seems like, look, you had your time, so you had your time to date. once you make that commitment you're either all in -- and it also -- once you learn there's cheating now it seems like you have a choice to get out, you need to make a decision. and that's hard for women too. am i going to see my kid 50% of the time? >> that's a mitigating factor. women making decisions. infidelity in the marriage. do i leave or do i stay? >> right. >> if you have kids, chances are you're going to work towards, you know, saving the relationship. whereas if there's no children, chances are you say mucho gusto.
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>> this morning on "today's melting pot," asian cuisine meets southern soul. edward lee takes the food from his korean heritage and adds his own american southern twist. edward, good to see you. >> thank you, thanks for having me. >> first of all, 4-week-old daughter. congratulations. >> thank you. >> you open your second restaurant in louisville. when are you going to do something with your life? >> and the derby too. >> well, congratulations on the baby girl. talk a little bit about your philosophy. smoke and pickles. what does it mean? >> smoke and pickles is a book and it explores the korean heritage and the food i grew up with and marries it with the southern traditions that i'm now surrounded with in my hometown -- my new hometown of louisville, kentucky. >> we're going to do an asian bowl. >> we start with the rice, it's sweet, sticky, beautiful. i do it just like you would normal rice but in a cast iron
pan. and when the rice is done, i'm going to turn up the heat and smoke it a little to get it crisp on the bottom. >> okay. >> on the meantime, i have this wonderful sausage recipe that's really easy and versatile. i've got radishes, a little bit of garlic, a little bit of green onion. and if you will throw all these other ingredients, mixing them together. >> what kind of sauce are you using here? >> chicken sausage, milk, soy sauce, milk sauce, asian sesame oil. i'm going to mix that all together. >> okay. >> you can make them into these little patties we're going to do. but if you wanted to make it bigger and do a chicken burger, you can do that, as well. whatever you want. so here the chicken patty's already done. >> those are quick. >> one minute on each side, flip it over, you're ready to go. so now here's where the southern part kind of comes into it. i make it spicy.
all this stuff goes into this sauce. get some pickled okra. >> that is southern, huh? >> as you go. it's like a souped up tartar sauce. >> okay. >> to that, i'm adding a little bit of soy sauce, little sugar, little sesame oil, and some orange juice. and this is just kind of my own twist on it. >> let's see how it all comes together as we move to the back row. >> i'm going to bring these chicken patties out. >> and so, you know, there's a lot of ingredients going in this, but it's actually if you look at the recipe, it's really easy to do. and all the recipes in the book are really -- they're meant for people who want to jazz it up in the kitchen. i've got some crispy rice. >> okay. >> i'm going to throw that into a bowl. as you dig down deep here. >> yeah. >> you want that.
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baron edwards last week. edwards coached the varsity football team at kennedy high school in richmond from 2004 to '05. investigators are urging other victims to come forward. crews in san mateo are mopping up after an overnight house fire that broke out on the edge of laurelwood park. the home was being remodeled and the owners were not living there at the time. they said it appears the fire started in the back yard along some roofing materials. the home does not appear to be a total loss but there is extensive damage to that roof. meteorologist christina loren taking a look at the forecast with the heat up and talking a little baseball, too. >> weather is warming up. going to be a nice day for a ball game out at at&t park. the final game of the series, giants/a's, 65 degrees. wind likely coming into play. we could see that west-northwest
wind carry the ball out to mccovey cove or out to right center field. look at the difference in livermore. 81 today, 96 by saturday. that will be the peak warmth day. let's check your drive with mike. >> we're looking at a typical slowdown past the coliseum. it is the northbound side. over on the right, that is jammed up from 96th and 88th past the coliseum into downtown. southbound side started to clear over the last 20 minutes. we'll look at the map. it's very slow. but 580 itself is clearing. we have some slowing down 880 also coming out of fremont and down toward milpitas. bogging down approaching mission.
>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hey, everybody, hoda wants to say -- hey. >> hey. >> it's thirst-day thursday, may 30th. we must be exhausted already, hoda. >> we've had a long day and we'll have a long show, because, guess who's here? >> who? >> the real housewives of new jersey. >> why is that going to make the show longer than normal? >> because these ladies are here, i was watching part of the new episode, theresa and melissa are -- trying to reconcile, but
it is bitter. look at all this. oh, come on! >> wow. >> it's so good, pop the popcorn, get ready. it's going to be good. all of them are going to be here and we'll have crowd control security. >> we've already had a little blood spilled. we're hoping that our little is a vana who got whacked in the face, we send her our great love. speaking of healing, there was a healing in the heartland relief benefit concert to support the victims of the tornados in oklahoma. >> blake shelton, sang along with miranda lambert. rascal flats, reba mcintyre. >> it was so emotional. >> tornadoes were in the vicinity, rain storms at the time. very real. >> while they were singing, there were images. miranda lambert sang one of the most beautiful songs ever written. called "the house that built me." >> she was, she got very, very emotional. >> had to let the audience sing
for her. >> i love that. >> but reba sang and we have i think a shot of blake singing with -- >> more surprise in show business, usher. >> surrounded by a million people i still feel all alone. he want to go home. oh, i miss you the most. ♪ i've been keeping all the letters that i wrote to you ♪ ♪ now that i think of you ♪ i would share them ♪ but i know that it's just not enough ♪ ♪ you deserve more than that >> so beautiful. >> i love the blending of their voices.
>> just beautiful. >> i love hearing usher just sing straight like that. >> a gorgeous voice. >> i'm old-fashioned, but i like a melody. don't let it go all over the place, just hold it, i love it. big news out of the fast food world, brace yourself. >> the perfect end to my week. >> wendy's has something new on the horizon. it's leaked out, the secret. it's called a pretzel bacon cheeseburger. >> picture it. >> i wish we had one. it's going to be made with a soft, pretzel-like roll. >> you cut the soft pretzel in half, you open it up, inside -- >> they've declined to discuss it. >> inside the the burger. >> alleged burger. >> they're not sharing the details. >> we know what it's going to taste like, it's going to be so, so good. >> will it be allowed in new york? we're not allowed to eat calories like that. >> we do, anyway. i want to try the doughnut and
the croissant together. >> the cronut. >> it's like a doughnut with layers, like fried but a croissant. but a doughnut. but a croissant. and a doughnut. >> oh! >> i love all that kind of stuff. >> we're in nbc news and that's why we bring you these breaking stories. >> so america's fittest cities are out. and if you're wondering if the entire country where, where's your city fall, here's the number one city, the healthiest city in the united states -- >> for the third year in a row. >> for the third year in a row is minneapolis st. paul. >> healthiest, they base it on a bunch of stuff like smokers and how many parks there are and -- >> here's number five. denver, colorado. san francisco is four. number three is portland, two is washington, d.c. >> there's a million parks in washington, d.c. >> and beautiful parkways. run along the bike paths forever and ever. >> new york is 24th. which i think surprised me, it's such a walk-around city and
people seem fit. one thing i noticed when i first moved here is there aren't a lot of escalators. in the subways everyone is walking up and down stairs. penn station is full of stairs. >> it's very hard if you're in a wheelchair and in those places. >> yes, it is, yes. >> all right. well we think we're the only country with troubles? did you hear what happened in canada? >> yes. >> this is epic. >> miss universe scandal. >> miss universe canada. >> so just imagine this -- there are three contestants left. they're calling out the winning contestant. >> there's four, because you -- >> sorry, hoda. >> she's always correcting me. always, it doesn't -- >> no, it's not. >> she's the third runner-up. >> then you go. >> oh, oh, are you too exhausted for reading the news? at 9:00. >> okay. the reign of denise lasted one day. 24 hours after she was crowned the winner, organizers had to reveal --
>> she had the crown. >> they picked the winner, it's you, you get the roses, the band is playing -- and your mother and father are crying. >> and people are crying and then you found out -- >> the guy that just broke up with you is really upset. >> and then they find out what did they find out, hoda? >> they found out that they added incorrectly. she wasn't the winner. she wasn't even the runner up. she wasn't even the second runner-up. she was the third runner-up. >> there were four people still in it. >> i knew you were going to get back into it. and you were right. >> but the good thing about it is -- >> her attitude was great. >> she was very cool about it she was one of those people -- >> that sees it half-full. she thought it was great moment. she got to feel what it felt like to win. but she didn't. >> briefly. >> you guys are going to like this a lot, especially you. this is my i-hoda. >> aye-yi-yi. >> this one is so good, because i with as with my nieces, and -- every now and then you play a
♪ ♪ >> do you know how juvenile that is? >> it's such a great dance song. >> we go back to blake and usher singing, please? >> we have a great, great, i'm so excited about the woman who is going to join us today. >> everybody who thought she would be in the finals and all of that. >> she might have won "the voice." she, it was a big shock when she was eliminated. >> she was robbed. >> everybody sings -- >> and adam levine got in a little trouble because of that. he said something like he didn't like the way the voting went. i think he was taken out of context. >> she's one of those people that i think everyone thought she was in, so people didn't vote for her. they just assumed she was a walk-in. >> here's the thing. >> what? >> sometimes you can tell these are contestants trying to win something and become a great performer. with her you felt like it was a guest appearance by an established artist. >> you're right.
>> because she's so polished. even on the road with michael jackson and you know, you got it. come on. >> you are so right. >> time for okay or not okay? >> it is, hoda. >> and apparently, katie has a new man. i hope she does. i hope she's happy. >> he's cute. >> very cute. >> who he is? >> her sexy co-star luke kirby. >> here's our okay or not okay. is it okay for celebs to live with their parents? like jennifer lawrence lives with her parents in a condo. taylor lautner, bradley cooper lives with his mother. >> his mom lives with him. >> there's a difference. again with the correcting. >> let's hear what we had to say. >> it's unusual, but certainly okay. especially if it's bradley cooper. >> if it's okay with the kids and it's okay with the parents, it is okay with me. >> did they check with you, hoda? >> no one checks with me. >> all right, whatever. >> ridiculous. >> really silly.
it only matters, because think it would be weird if bradley cooper lived with his mom. but i think it's sweet that his mom lives with him. >> his mom lives with bradley cooper. >> you're right on that we're following up on a little something. we told you guys that it was heidi klum who was giving her child, her children money to eat their veggies, basically. >> to drink smoothies or something. we asked you guys, what did you think about -- >> did you think it was right to bribe your children to do things like that. it was almost right down the middle, wasn't it? 45% said yes. but there is like a 10% swing in it. and 55% of you said not a good idea. >> i think that's probably -- >> but they probably do it anyway. >> you know, you're right. >> we've got a good drink with us. >> it's thirst-day thursday, we're drinking strawberry mojitos, why, do you know? >> because it's thirst-day thursday. >> are you redty for bobbie's
wedding tomorrow? >> i have soil in crevices and cracks i never knew i had. up to here every night in digging and making it beautiful and -- i cannot wait. >> i hope it's going to be perfect for her. >> it's going to be great weather. it's going to be hot. i've never had a tent in our yard. >> yeah. >> so that's where the people are going to eat and drink and dance? >> tented and i must have had 100 people there yesterday. and just, it was just fun to see it all come together. >> i'm looking forward to it. >> we'll show you on monday. some of the pictures and things, okay? how dirty is hoda's handbag. >> this gross, you guys. i don't know if you realize how dirty your handbag could be. one of the companies did the study wither they swab the bag and -- >> i don't like the word "swab." >> i don't, either. they found that one in five handbag handles had high levels of harmful bacteria. which makes sense, because here you are -- >> you end up going to the ladies room. >> you walk in, put it on the hook. >> so it won't get dirty. >> you sit, you do your business, before you watch your
hands, you take your purse back up and put it on your shoulder. >> hoda thought it through. >> and then, yes. >> and sometimes i do that with my luggage, when i have a wheelie bag. how do i get the wheelie bag over to the sink. you have to hold it and drag it and clean it. >> did you look at my purse? did anyone look in it? >> jimmy hoffa is in your purse, they've looked everywhere except for in your purse. you never wash the bowling ball in there. >> you're right. >> the drama, catfights, the new season of "the real housewives of new jersey." we'll put them to the test. and our makeover team ambush two deserving women ♪
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loyal fans have been holding their breath, waiting to see what kind of drama will unfold this season. >> will it come to fisticuffs? >> it might, take a look. >> i do regret things that i've done. >> loyalty. respect, love. woo! >> you can't wish and fix everybody's problems away. >> are you kidding me? my parents come to the house and look at you like you're the devil. >> because of jacqueline. >> i'll take that, hi. >> i never expected this. >> i'm melissa. >> okay. so far, no blood. >> here we go, theresa, melissa, jacqueline, carolyn and kathy walkly are here, hey, ladies. how are you guys? >> good to see you. >> when we last left you, last season you two, who are sitting nicely together on the end were
having a complete blow-out. you hadn't spoken. things did not look good. are we seeing any thawing between the two of you as the next season approaches? >> what's going to take it in. >> we're in a good place right now. but when you watch the show you'll see how we got there. you'll see our journey. >> it was a long road to get to where we are. when you start to premiere, you see us with how we left off at the reunion. >> tell us what initially caused that? >> the strippergate thing. >> the sprinkle cookies. >> the stripper-gate thing. >> the other thing -- >> blame it on the sprinkles. >> we should point out you guys did not speak for how long? >> over a year. >> that's an ice-out. who does that? >> especially when you're doing a reality show, that's tough. >> never speaking. and she's married to her brother, so it made it even more difficult. >> reunions and things and family suppers and stuff are tough. >> two christmass without my brother.
and i never happened before, it was sad. >> and now the cousins are speaking more and talking more and everyone is getting better. >> redemption at the end? >> a long road, but we get there. >> jacqueline, you had a big, you had a big reveal, too, that your son was diagnosed with autism. was that something you guys had suspected as you were going through this? or? >> season four was all about during that whole time my son was regressing. and we didn't have a label on it yet. we suspected that that's what it could be. >> how old is he, sweetie? >> he'll be four in june. >> and we got the diagnosis after season four stopped airing and since then, that's been our main focus. >> it's still very, very difficult for you. >> it's hard to live that out in life, much less on reality tv. do you regret it doing it now that you're going through this difficult time? >> you know what, no. because we've been on tv, not only is it bringing so much awareness to autism. it is people have reached out to us so much to help, our son.
and you know just giving us a lot of support and treatment options and tools to use to help him. >> caroline, you've seen it from the beginning, how has the group evolved, changed over the years as you've been here. >> it's a crazy dynamic because there's so much history between us all. and the feelings are very deep. so it's, it really is a roller coaster that i say to you right now. i can't say that, we'll be sitting here in a year from now in the same good place. because there's so much going on between us. so -- >> not just about the five of you, it's about everybody else in the family. the dynamics. all the family. >> people like to poke fun at our show and i see it differently, i think we are a show that you can really learn from. you take the good and the bad from it. we're a group of women that's in american families. i defy anybody to say that they don't have the issues that we have somewhere in their life. >> and kathy, quick, you seem
like the real calm one and every now and then you totally explode on the show. i'm like who is she? >> it's just once in a while it just -- >> things build up and i reach my boiling point, i guess. >> you've just had enough. >> you try to keep it under wraps. but, you know -- >> we look forward to the season beginning. >> thank you, guys. the premieres this sunday night at 8:00, 7:00 central on bravo. the talented dads are at it again. >> i wouldn't say talented. >> what do you mean? >> it's webtastic and they are hot, right after this. [ female announcer ] can a body wash go beyond basic cleansing?
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giants go head to head yet again today. a's up three, giants, none. hopefully the a's won't sweep that series. 65 degrees out there. other highs in the 80s. we have a hot weekend ahead. i'll take you through the forecast today at 11:00. let's check the drive. >> this is fremont. don't go there if you're going southbound. it is jammed up basically from the dumbarton bridge all the way down into toward milpitas, mission boulevard and continuing to the south. still have a slower drive, 40s and 50s. also looking at the drive down the east shore freeway, coming through berkeley, very conges d congested. it's been a tough morning. early back-ups on the bridge. that continues over here. the bay bridge itself, the fastrak lanes look good. >> mike, thanks. the city of milpitas has seen a spike in car thefts. the city police chief tells nbc bay area many of the thefts happened in the great mall parking lot. what else he says needs to be
done top prevent the crimes is coming up at 11:00. we hope to see you then. we're back with more of "today" on this thirst-day thursday, time for the amazing plaza ambush makeovers. >> two lucky ladies were given head-to-toe makeovers. with "today" contributor and stylist to the stars -- ♪ louis liccari, la la la la la ♪ >> and "today" contributor jill martin. >> it was a messy crowd outside. >> it was a hectic day. >> today was the first day that felt like summer. >> a joy to be out there. and many people with signs, it was easy to pick. >> you picked one lucky lady. her name is mary mcgloghlin, 65
years old from boston, massachusetts. in honor of her birthday she lost 65 pounds and she begged us to help her find a brand-new style. let's listen to her story. >> 65 seems to be your lucky number. >> it sure is this year. >> tell me about the significance and your transformation. >> i'm been working my whole adult life to lose this weight. i needed to find the right program. i found a 12-step program that worked for me and i've been working on it a all year and now i need to know how to dress me. >> i can help with that rick, i know you're so excited for your wife. >> amazing what she's done in the last year. she's worked so hard on it. >> you're such a good husband. he's crying already, but we're going to make you smile and give you a whole new makeover. >> i can't stop smiling already. >> how adorable. >> i love them! oh. there's rick with his blindfold on. >> and their daughter, alana. >> and we love everybody. >> please, guys, keep your blindfolds on for a second. here is marie before.
let's see the new you. >> whoa! >> all right. are you ready? all right, guys, take off your blindfold! >> are you ready to see yourself? >> marie, are you ready? >> oh, my gosh! wow! >> you look hot! >> you are hot, marie. >> look at camera 12, marie. tell us about what you did, lois. >> marie didn't need a makeover. with that smile -- you look beautiful from the minute i saw you. what i did is i gave her the soft auburn color, very natural. >> one of your face-oves. and vanessa gave her these layers which gave her more volume, more shape. gave her an edgier look. >> you look fantastic. >> let's talk about rick and alana. >> it's wonderful. she has worked very hard to get to where she is.
>> we're so proud of her. >> i love her even more now. >> jill, that dress is great. >> well these are two weight loss stories today. it was so cool. what size is this? what size is this? it was really that size. a wrap dress is always great when you're losing weight this is by ellen tracy. >> a big round of applause for marie. >> our second lady is henrietta kelly, 57 from louisville, kentucky. she recently lost 60 pounds. so she's thrilled for the opportunity with a brand-new look to go with her brand-new body. let's hear her story. >> so, mom was a little hesitant. but you said -- let's do this. >> definitely. she really deserves it. she's lost a lot of weight and she's really gotten healthy. and this couldn't have come at a better time. >> 60-plus pounds. congratulations. >> so why do you want this so badly? >> well for one thing, i think the improvement will be very good for me. and i feel better, healthwise and might as well look better on
the outside as well. >> look at this body. >> you are going to look so hot when we're done with you. >> looking forward to it, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> what a lovely lady. she's here with her daughter crystal. hi, crystal. >> one last look at henrietta before and let's look at the after. henrietta kelly. >> oh! oh, my gosh! all right. crittal. >> get ready. >> oh, slam! turn around, henrietta. look right in that mirror. >> oh, my goodness! is this me? >> you look hot! >> look how hot you are, you're gorgeous. >> look right here. >> look right here. >> oh, my gosh. >> that's amazing. amazing. >> this is perhaps one of the most glamorous makeovers we've ever done.
>> you look so special. >> you are. >> her hair had no shape. vanessa gave her this great shape and she pulled her hair off her face to show off the great eyes. i took her hair, which just had the white streak, which could work or could not, but i just made it into the soft brown. >> no, gorgeous. >> with washed away years, you look like a movie star. >> you look like -- >> crystal -- >> amazing. >> it's awesome. >> and the body, hello! >> what size is this? she would say, really? >> this is from london times and again, the little cinching at the side, as a wrap dress, you look great. >> let's bring marie out. both of you, way to go! fabulous job, you guys. all right! we're going to tell you how to melt away that belly fat. >> you got to move it to lose it. the hula hoop. there are women who sacrifice so much.
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impossible. especially if you've been through menopause. >> apparently it's not. but we'll find out. healthy and lifestyle expert dietician has some gadget and goodies to help you feel the burn and tighten the jiggle in the middle. >> nice to see you. >> that area is most people's trouble area. and they say it's hard to spot reduce. >> it is hard to spot reduce. but believe it or not, losing weight in your midsection can be one of the easiest places, if of course you focus on your food and also you focus on exercises that are going to burn a lot of calories and also focus on strengthening the core. so that strengthening the core. >> what should we do, carrie? >> i wonder. >> look here -- >> we've got sara in these kango jump rebounding shoes. look how awesome she looks, they were originally created to reduce stress on the joints. but actually you're going to burn up two times the amount of calories with 80% less impact. so they're good also for people
who that have had injuries. >> can you get injured by them as well? >> actually they're really pretty safe. >> i've never done them until today. the boot is really secure. >> and for bounce and posture, was wearing them around the office. even just walking around, you can feel yourself holding your core in. you focus on that. >> are they pricey? >> they're about 250. they last a long time. and can you wear them indoors, outdoors and exercise classes. >> the hula hoop. >> the hula hoop. >> who doesn't like hula hooping. this hula hoop is really cool. >> it's padded. and also it's two and a half pounds. so you have to, you know you really are working a little bit more. >> that's awesome. i love it it's also good because it -- >> we're going to knock over the kangaroos. >> they're fine, they're fine. >> and can you do this while you're watching tv, talking. >> you can do this.
good job. good job. >> and i'll go over it with you. >> i love this. >> so these are jump ropes, these are so super fun. because so jumping rope, you burn so many calories, up to 600 calories in an hour. you can do it while you're watching tv, watching your kids play sports. >> you don't have to move. >> this is easy. >> it also tells you how many jumps you've done and how many kalgryes you've burned. >> calories you've burned. >> i was burning some calories. >> why is there wine here? what do this have to do with your belly fat. >> can you even have wine when you're trying to lose weight even when i'm in the midsection. i figured you ladies would be happy to hear that. but these wine track wine glasses are good for people who may just have a heavy hand. they'll tell you four ounces, six ounces and eight ounces. >> and vase --
>> it is good with the portion control. and the snack bowls have a similar concept, with the portion control. it's about what you're eating and how much you're eating. >> please tell me these are good for burning middle fat. because i want them right now. >> you need about 30% of your calories to come from fat. i love avocados, they're loaded with the monosaturated fatty acids. >> and grapefruit is good for you? >> one study shows eating half a grapefruit before every meal helps people lose 3.6 pounds over the course of 12 weeks. >> even if there's an magical compound in grapefruits, fruits and vegetables in general are loaded with water volume and fiber. >> they'll keep you full. so add those fruits and vegetables to your meals. we know that people who eat them lose weight. >> and also your digestive system keeps moving. >> capsaicin, found in chili
peppers, may help us feel less hungry and studies are still going on showing or looking at the metabolism-boosting effect. >> from toddler tantrums to back-talking teens -- >> are your kids starting to argue? we'll continue after this. [ horn honks ] how ya doin'? mmm. [ birds chirping ] okay bye bye!
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is your daughter or son a darling at school but a nightmare at home? >> or one of those kids who throws a tantrum in the supermarket? >> i can't stand that. >> what do you do if your kid is a brat and how do you stop yourself from giving in for a quick behavior fix? >> amy mccready is a today's mom contributor and author of "if i have to tell you one more time" and jennifer heartstein is a child psychologist and author of "princess recovery." hi, ladies. >> yeah, i know it's more than it used to be.
a lot of bratty behavior these days. it's much more common today. wouldn't you say? >> it is really happening everywhere and i think the problem is that there's still this tough line between setting a firm limit and feeling like you're being mean and the kids aren't going to like you. it's okay for your, it's okay for your kids not to like you sometimes. you have to be a disciplinarian at times, that's how they learn right from wrong. if you aren't doing that, they're not going to figure it out. >> let's say your child and a lot of kids might miss a nap and you're in the grocery store, he or she is very upset on the ground. what should you do in that situation? not being a brat, obviously but they're pooped. >> every tantrum is not bratty behavior, there's meltdowns which is what you described, exhausted, the nap, melting down. >> or hunger. >> or the manipulative tantrum, i'm not getting my way. >> in that situation, you don't want to give it attention. you want to as calmly as you
can, abandon the grocery cart. get the child out to the car, let him have hesitant rum. >> they can be kicking and screaming. >> you have to stay calm. the more attention you give to that behavior. it reinforce it is and you're more likely to see it again. >> we reinforce the wrong behavior if we give in to the tantrum, we reinforcing the negative behavior. if we take a breathe and deal with our own embarrassment, scoop them out, the second they kind of take that breath and start to change, you want to say, all right, great, we're done. let's move on and you want to reinforce the good stuff. >> do you want to give them ice cream at that point because they're being good? >> no, you don't. but that's what we tend to do. >> we tend to do that. but as jen said, we want to make sure we're giving them plenty of positive attention at other times when they're not misbehaving. but you don't want to give in with ice cream or whatever. >> what if you're in a setting, they can't be making noise and they go crazy. is there anything you should do for a quick fix like right here,
right now? >> there are times, right? we're at a wedding and there's a meltdown and you just need there to be moment and getting up is going to be more disruptive. >> a sucker in the mouth. >> it's not going to be something that happens all the time. >> and what if your child gets older and they're sassing back all the time. >> get rid of them. >> we have a lot of people who might want to do that. >> one of the big culprits for that is tv. if you look at the shows -- shows that are marketed for kids hanna's age, they are sassy and they laugh. >> and not a lot of strong parents. there aren't a lot of adults strong role models. you have to model for your children what you expect them to do. we as the adults have to behave the way we want them to behave. if we're sassy, they're going to be sassy. and if we're sassy with them, they're going to think it's okay. >> in the moment when they do that give them the opportunity for the redo. have some sort of nonverbal sign. let's try that again. >> thank you, ladies. one of the most shocking
♪ ♪ >> all right. with a performance like that, nobody could believe it when judith hill. a former back-up singer for michael jackson was sent packing from "the voice." it means she gets to be here with us today and a breathtaking career in the future. don't you think? >> absolutely. by the way, i watched that night and i was so dispointed, what does it feel like to be up on stage when you didn't hear your name called? >> it was like -- "the hunger games" it was scary. it was like you're on the chopping block and everyone is screaming and, it's pretty --
surreel. >> any idea why it happened? it shocked everybody, especially adam, your coach. you had been considered the front-runner from the time you opened that beautiful mouth of yours and started singing it was like well -- give her the trophy. >> what do you think? >> you know, like anything could happen on those shows and i learned that. but i had a blast up there on monday i felt like i gave it my all. >> we know it. >> the band was burning, we were all just going in. >> and your hair was so cool. >> it was the best hair ever. >> so what, what next? i mean obviously you had a big career before "the voice." now everyone has seen you on the big stage what do you think is next for you? >> well i'm excited because i get to rejoin the cast of "23 for stardom" and promote a film that's coming out, an amazing documentary film coming out about the unsung heroes and back um artists and then i'm going to
get right into my record, i've started it. >> you have a record deal? >> i'm in the talks. but i'm definitely writing the music. >> do you write your own stuff? >> i write my own stuff. >> of course you do, judith. >> she's the best. we love you and -- we wish you the best of luck. >> we're going to hear your name and your voice for years and years. thank you so much. god bless you. you can catch "the voice" mondays and tuesdays at 8:00 on nbc. tomorrow one of the biggest boy bands in the world, the wanted" stops by. >> and your summer wardrobe dilemmas will enough about the book, i want to hear about your date.
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good morning to you and thanks for being with us. i'm marla tellez. jon kelley has the day off. we are learning new details about san jose's 20th homicide of the year. it forced santee elementary school to cancel classes for the day. this is just east of kelley park. nbc bay area's damian trujillo joins us live at the scene on audubon drive. you've been speaking to police and parents. >> reporter: yeah. we have. there's very little answers right now at this point. we're on the sixth hour of this crime scene investigation. the only tie-in to the school is