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good morning. breaking overnight, raymond becomes the first major hurricane of the season and now a category three storm. al has the track. unacceptable, and that is how the white house explains the glitches with the health care website. and the president gets ready to tackle the problems headon. and this morning, dick cheney on that and the shutdown and the future of the gop. and the blond angel. who is this 4-year-old girl that the greece police found over a sweep. today, october 21st, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer
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and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie along side natalie morales and al roker at his weather post. we'll check in with you in a few minutes. we have former vice president dick chaney here this morning. he's in our green room. if you look at him now and think about how he looked the last time he was on the show, it tells the story. >> he was here about three years ago and i said don't take this the wrong way but you look a lot better than you did then. he had major health problems and discusses at lot of those and how severe they were in this new book. >> he received a new heart. he is very open about how close he came to death. we'll talk to him in a few minutes. we'll get to that later on. let's get to today's top story and al, it's the hurricane called raymond. >> nobody loves raymond in this case. especially our friends down in mexico. this is the first major hurricane in the pacific. we have not yet had one in the
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atlantic. so right now it is 165 miles southwest of acapulco, and 125-mile-per-hour winds, and it is not moving right now. this area is devastated by manuel and 150 people killed from that and billions of dollars of damage. this is a slow moving system. it is not going to be the wind so much. right now the tropical force winds extend 75 miles from the center. it is meandering off of the coast as we move on. however, what we are going to be looking at is a ton of rain out of this system. between ixtapa and acapulco, 5 to 10 inches of rain in an area already devastated by mud slides and power outages and more of that continuing over the next 48 hours. guys? >> thank you, al, so much. well, you have the story of wildfires in australia. >> i do. no relief in sight for firefighters battling devastation and the wildfires in
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australia. officials there declared a state of emergency. ian williams is in lithgow, australia, with the latest on the conditions. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. 17 wildfires were out of control, and two of the biggest of them in the mountains behind me with firefighters warning that the fires may intensify. this is the worst fire disaster in this part of australia in four decades. the firefighters are in action this morning across a 200-mile front across the blue mountais s and blazes to sydney which has been shrouded in smoke. officials have warned of massive evacations with thousands at risk. >> people should not be scared, but know that we are planning for the worst. >> reporter: more than 200 homes have been destroyed.
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one man has died. alan showed me how the flames swept up the valley below his home of 42 years. >> along there and where ever it's run it's taken the houses out. >> reporter: his house is one of 47 reduced to ashes in this small community. the raging fire swept on and just a few miles away. >> evacuation. we'd like you to leave. >> reporter: police began urgently evacuating more homes in its path. under the state of emergency, police can order people out their homes. in this neighborhood that's what they're doing. firefighters fear two of the biggest fires will come together to form one massive front. the authorities are blaming unusually hot and dry weather, and they fear that strong winds forecast for later in the week will further fan the flames, gn natalie. >> ian lith go in australia, thank you. more fall out in the surveillance program controversy. the u.s. ambassador to france has been summoned to explain why the agency is spying on one of the agency's closest allies. documents leaked by edward snowden showed that the nsa
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swept 70 million french phone records in a 30-day period. france's foreign minister calls the action unacceptable. it's wedding day for hundreds of same sex couples in new jersey. gay marriage is now legal in that state. same sex couples began exchanging vows across new jersey. in newark, mayor and senator-elect cory booker married the first of several couples this morning. one ceremony was briefly disrupted by a protester, but continued on when mayor booker asked them to be removed. >> not hearing any substantive worthy objection. >> they are the firone of the ft states to recognize same s-sex marriage s. j.p. morgan chase has reportedly reached a $13 billion deal with the u.s. justice department to settle an investigation into bad mortgage loans. the tentative deal resolved probes of the company's residential mortgage backed security business.
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it does not, however, release the bank from criminal liability. the deal would be the largest ever between the u.s. government and a single company. it definitely was hot in cleveland this weekend when 20 people pulled off a fiery stunt to claim a guinness book of world records. they wore protective body suits and had themselves set on fire. a preignition party raised money for a lot of good local charities. and it's not the greeter you would normally expect to see at your local walmart store. take a look at this. a six-foot alligator showed up just outside of the doors of an orlando area walmart show. he kept triggering the door to open and close, and so the employees had to lock the doors to make sure that the gator did not go inside. and later, it ambled into the woods. >> it heard the last three tvs were on sale. >> how about in the shoe aisle. >> making friends with our animal rights people.
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there you go. mr. rocher is back. a lot of cold weather moving in. >> absolutely. it's going to get chilly throughout a good portion of the country over the next 72 hours. the jet stream takes a big dip to the south and as it does we are going to be looking at more cold air making its way into the region, and, in fact, we have frost, weather advisories checking in. we have winter weather watches. we have the cold air stretching all the way from michigan down into the deep south and that's going to be hanging out. in fact, look at these temperatures today. minneapolis 16 degrees below normal. des moines at 51. 12 degrees below normal. chicago, you're only going to be at 49. that's 14 degrees below where you should be. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. in the right car be sue when it happens. the 2014 c-class sports sedan.
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power, performance and style in total alignment. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services. 7:08. happy monday morning. i'm meteorologist christina loren. we have thick fog out. there even down through the south bay this morning but this is a live look at the golden gate bridge.q you can see visibility dropping off right here, so make sure you travel cautiously and the fog causing flight delays. 49 degrees one-hour delay, highs end up in the 80s inland today. 70s around the bay and upper 60s at the coast. warm days continue through wednesday.obcñ ather. >> all right, al, thank you very much. we'll hear from president obama this morning about the troubled rollout of his controversial health plan. can it's problem plagued website be fixed? nbc's peter alexander is at the white house. good morning to you.
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>> matt, good morning to you. president obama is going to speak at a rose garden event in about an hour from now, and the goal is to resuscitate the badly flawed launch of the health care law. he will address the glitches with his administration already promising what it calls a tech surge to tackle the problem. even the white house admits the launch of its health care law has been unacceptable. >> i think there's no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website. >> reporter: tech experts insist the health website needs a total overall with "usa today" reporting that the feature to allow comparison shopping was built with 10-year-old technology. with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius saying that her department posted this blog sunday saying that it's enlisted some of the
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best and the brightest from inside and outside of the government to help resolve the technical glitches. glitches that even the president's allies fear could discourage the healthy young people they need from signing up. >> there's not enough money to go around to pay for insurance too right now. >> reporter: still administration officials insist nearly a half million people already filed applications but they refuse to say how many have enrolled. even after the shutdown debacle republicans remain united in their opposition to obama care but firmly divided over the strategy. >> there will not be another government shutdown. you can count on that. >> reporter: but senator ted cruz that spearheaded the effort isn't giving any ground accusing his fellow senate republicans of surrender. >> unfortunately a significant chunk of senate republicans instead came like the air force and began bombing the house republicans, our own troops. >> reporter: cruz received an 8 minute standing ovation at that gathering in texas. beginning this weekend the president's team had hit the road with top officials to try and encourage sign ups.
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they'll specifically target areas with large numbers of uninsured. again, the president speaks here at the white house in about an ho hour. >> all right. peter, thank you very much. former president dick cheney is with us right now. he is out with a new book called "heart" and we will talk about that later, but meanwhile, vice president cheney, good to have you.lot of people see the curre time as a moment when the republican party is almost in a civil war with itself. do you think the shutdown strategy was a smart strategy? >> well i look at it with a different perspective, savannah. i think, we had a lot of talk about convict inside the party, what intrigues me is i think the most radical operator is the president and i think he is trying to take the country in a direction that's fundamentally different than anything we have seen before. >> you would think that might be a unifying moment for the party, instead you have senator graham
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calling it a political gift to democratss and jeb bush said e that the republicans should have let the plan play out and find out that it is flawed and mitch mcconnell says he has acquainted the new members with what is a losing strategy and what it is. that is a real risk. >> i don't see it as a real risk. there are times when there is a new wave, a new generation of political leaders. and in 1978 we elected a guy named newt gingrich who said that we could become a majority, and he was right. >> you said you thought the tea party was a positive influence. do you feel that way? >> yes. they raised issues americans care about. we have terrible track records with respect to federal spending. nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. it's an uprising, in part, and it's taken place within the republican party. i don't see it as a negative. it's better to have that turmoil and change in the republican party than it would be to have it outside. >> would you call yourself a tea partier?
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are you a member of that party? >> i'm not a card carrying member. i don't think there is a card but i have respect for what the people are doing. these are americans. they're loyal, they're patriotic and taxpayers and fed up with what is happening in washington. i think e it's a normal and healthy reaction and to have the party react to it is positive. i'd rather see them react to it inside of the party than outside of it. >> do you think ted cruz is a positive influence. >> he represents the thinking of a lot of people in texas. my own daughter is running in wyoming partly under the concern that washington isn't running. >> he is challenging a long time incumbent and that has made angry many old friends of yours frankly in wyoming. including allen simpson, and will you get out there to campaign for her? >> well sh, i will do the best
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can and whatever i can for her. but the best thing i can do is to stay out of the way. i'm part of that generation. my time is up. i had a great time but we need new talent. here we have a woman with five children. has got the drive and the energy to represent that next generation and we need to be passing on leadership in the party to that next generation. so i think it's a very healthy development. >> as part of that campaign your daughter said she is not pro-gay marriage. your other daughter is pro-gay marriage. is this causing tension in the family? >> well if it did i wouldn't talk about it. that's a family matter. my views on the subject are well-known. i laid them out in a debate in 2000 with joe lieberman. >> going back to the shutdown for a moment, you said the tea party is actually a positive influence in terms of its focus on federal spending, that kind of thing, this shutdown cost $24 billion in terms of growth. isn't that the total antiethical to what the goal is? >> what's the cost of not dealing with the debt? it's more than that.
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we're passing on to my 3-year-old granddaughter. and we're sending that bill to the future. it's outrageous that we're not dealing with the debt problem and i think that's what we need to be doing and the problem isn't the short-term moment, the debate over the shutdown or not the shutdown, the real thing is what are we going to do long-term to solve our debt. >> peter baker of "the new york times" has a new book called "the days of fire" about the bush and cheney administration years. he wrote by the end of the second term you and president bush disagreed on north korea, gun rights, same sex marriage, guantanamo bay, donald rumsfeld, syria, russia, and federal spending. if you agree with that, that suggests that president bush almost totally objected your view by the world by the end. >> i was an independent thinker. obviously we had differences. he promised when he made me part of his administration i'd have the opportunity to present my views and i did. i was more influential in the first term. he needed my advice more than in
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the second term. i'm not surprise d that we have differences. i was the vice president. i got to offer my advice. sometimes he took it. sometimes he didn't. >> we get to talk more to you about your own personal battle. including your heart transplant. we look forward to talking to you later on. >> thank you. natalie is back with a story touching people all around the world. it's a 4-year-old girl at the center of an international mystery. >> that's right. this little 4-year-old being called the blonde angel. she was found by police living in a greek camp. a couple appeared in court a short time ago charged with kidnapping, but they say that they actually adopted the little girl. >> reporter: the lawyer representing a couple arrested for allegedly abducting a 4-year-old girl in greece says there's now a frantic search for the girl's biological mother to prove the child was adopted. >> our clients' claim is that we never abduct this child. we just adopted. >> reporter: police officers
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were searching for drugs in this row ma gypsy camp in greece last week when they spotted the 4-year-old girl peeking out from under the blanket. police say there was no resemblance to her supposed parents and dna tests proved there was no biological relationship. >> she was living in very bad conditions and she was neglected. >> reporter: the 40-year-old woman and 39-year-old man claiming to be maria's parents have been arrested for abducting a minor and police are investigating whether the girl was a victim of trafficking. the couple are to appear before a prosecutor today. >> if they wanted to do so, they probably will settle so far. the child is about 5 years old, and it is still in this family. they loved her, and they took care as their own child. >> reporter: maria's story is being watched by the family of
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madeleine mccann who was three when she disappeared from a portuguese vacation apartment six years ago. a spokesman for madeline's parents say the discovery of this little girl in greece gives them great hope that their daughter could be found alive. authorities say there's tips pouring in from around the world and here in the u.s. police think the girl may be of northern or eastern european origin. possibly from scandinavia or bulgaria. certainly, this is a story that people will be watching and waiting to hear. >> how many families around the world are going to look at that imagine and say what about the possibility that my child that's missing could have been in the same state. >> i hope we'll find answer pretty soon. >> let's check in with carson. he's back in his post at the orange room this morning. one story, you're following, carson is the story of a boy scout leader under fire for pushing under an ancient boulder. what happened?
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>> it's great to be back. i didn't think this room could get more orange in my absence but it has. this viral video viewed over 4 million times over the weekend is stirring up out rage on the web. he received death threats in response but insists he had good intentions. >> wiggle it just a little bit. >> reporter: when glenn taylor pushed over a 170 million year-old rock formation in utah goblin valley state park as his son and friend looked on, he stirred up quite a firestorm. >> i was appalled that we had visitors in the park doing those kind of activities. >> reporter: the boyscouts of america condemned his behavior saying that we are shocked and d disappointed by this reprehensible behavior. the isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our believes and what we teach. in the video, taylor's friend david hall says they're just keeping the park safe. >> some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die
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and glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way. >> reporter: taylor, a scout leader for 20 years says his intentions were good but that he should have acted differently. >> the rock needed to come down. i wish we would have got the ranger. i wish that would have been in our thought process. we did something right the wrong way. >> reporter: adding fuel to the fire, this lawsuit he filed just last month. he is suing for disability compensation saying he sustained serious, permanent, and debilitating injuries from a car accident. four years ago. cassie mcdonald was the driver of the car and is named in the suit. >> i was a little surprised that the man that pushed over this 2,000 pound rock formation was the one suing me for disability. >> well, there you go. salt lake city authorities are conducting a criminal investigation to determine if charges should be filed. 170 million years the rock never posed a threat but thank god he was there. here's our survey. if you want to weigh in, please do. should the utah scout leaders be
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charged with a felony for toppling an ancient rock. let us know yes or no. guys, verdict? anybody? >> wow. i think that the video speaks for itself, carson. >> how about charged with noise pollution for the crazy laugh. >> he's so excited by the fact that he was miraculously cured from his injury. >> i think the disability lawsuit goes away right away. >> out the window. carson. good to have you back. >> thank you. good to be back. startling allegations of abuse against the owners of a youth ranch in new mexico. this morning those owners are going to respond in an exclusive live interview. and could you be exposing your baby to tainted breast milk. this morning a new warning tied to a growing trend. but first, this is monday
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miles. you can see here this is definitely not normal monday morning commute. the extension of northbound 880s backup goes well into downtown oakland. so you can see if you are going to be heading out there you better have been on the road or you're going to be likely late for work. reporting live in oakland. bob redell. >> thank you. hang in there. let's check in with mike inouye to see what's happening. from another angle, the east shore freeway. the berkeley curve. that's not the issue, the fact that b.a.r.t. is on strike. all of these drivers. you see it's jammed for westbound 80 as bob said. 880 and wet 24. it's showing a light commute through oakland after you pass the freeway. we'll track that but wave seen the commute kick in hard for concord and san pablo.
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how's it going? >> we have thick fog this morning. good morning to you. this is actually san jose but you're just as foggy at this hour in places like san francisco later on today the place where we don't have a lot of fog to show you the east bay will hit mid-80s. upper 60s at the coast,vbvñ temperatures will stay nice and mild all the way through wednesday and then through thursday into the weekend, slight chance for rain and the temperatures drop off. back to you, jon. >> good looking forecast there. thank you. we'll be back in a half hour with another local update.
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7:30 now on a monday morning. it's the 21st of october, 2013 and the sun is coming up in baltimore, maryland and we want to see the sun coming up where ever you are. if you want to send us a picture, show us your sunrise, tweet us with #today sunrise and perhaps your picture will be upright outside our studio. inside studio 1-a i'm savannah guthrie along side matt lauer, al roker and natalie morales. >> let's look at the headlines making news. hurricane raymond strengthened to a category 3 storm overnight. it's off mexico's southern pacific coast. >> and president obama addresses on going problem with the health care website later this morning.
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>> and more arrests are expected in the case of two convicted killers that used fake documents to escape from prison. the men were apprehended over the weekend and now police are searching for anyone that will help them. >> we brought you her story on trending on friday. the female model working as a man to extend her career. she is here to tell us what her husband thinks about that decision. and we have a special series concentrating on relief from all things that ail you. we're starting with back pain. new ways to diagnosis it and cutting edge treatment. if you have something that made a difference for you, tweet us using #what works for me. >> #hot bath. >> yeah, sometimes. let's begin this half hour with a ranch for troubled youth that finds itself now in the spotlight and under investigation. in a moment we'll talk exclusively to the owner of that ranch, but first, here's nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> between 80 and $150 a day dozens of families sent their
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children to tierra blanca ranch. >> we'll work with you. >> reporter: run since 1994 by scott chandler. >> he made it seem like there was hope there and my son was going to do great there. >> reporter: she says what her son got there was abuse. >> they had to run miles and run for hours. and there was no counseling at all. none. >> reporter: ryan morgan was too emotional to talk about his alleged beating at the ranch. >> knuckling him right in the forehead repetively over and over again. >> reporter: but other teens paint a much different picture. >> in my 6 1/2 years of being there i never seen anything like that. >> reporter: chandler denied the allegations on october 10th. >> this is blown out of proportion. >> reporter: but after that investigators went there with a search warrant and the chance to take him down. chandler and nineteens were gone and they were found safe with
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their parents but no charges are pending and the investigation into alleged abuse continues. >> the search warrant revealed evidence that i can't tell you what it was but did corroborate with the allegations of the boys. >> reporter: leading the court to decide who is telling the truth and whether tierra blanca should be shutdown for sure. >> the owners of tierra blanca ranch are with us exclusively. nice to see you. good morning. we reached out to the state police and reached out to the department of child protective services. neither would comment to us because of an on going investigation. so we have a little they said they said situation. let's start with the amber alert. when the authorities came to the ranch looking to see what was going on there, you and nine children weren't there. where were you? >> they were at a prescheduled camp trip. in 2006 we were designated as a
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wilderness program so typically wilderness programs do a lot of time-out in the woods. they had been out since the monday before. >> in anyway were you attempted -- you say prescheduled -- anyway were you attempting to flee from authorities as they arrived at the ranch on that day? >> we didn't have any effort to do that. they were working just as we do. carrying on as we normally do. we spend a lot of time-out in the wilderness doing activities. we had a court date the day before where we had scheduled, you know and under judge case, and if they would have shown up -- they actually said they didn't have anybody able to come and maybe we could resolve this before it escalated. >> child and youth services informed the judge hearing the case they had significant evidence of medical and educational negligent, systematic emotional and psychological abuse, potential
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criminal child abuse and shackling handcuffing and hooding of children. can you look me in the eye and say none of that occurs in your ranch? >> well, we're under an order from judge case so we can't talk about specifics. >> theoretically, philosophically, are you in favor of any of those kinds of behavior to discipline ordeal with the kind of children you're treating at your ranch. >> that's, i guess the crux of the big issue here is people don't understand the type of kids that we end up dealing with and the families that have to put children with us. you know, these youths have been through many, many programs and they've been in various various stages. but when we get them, they have been through these things. >> yeah, these aren't kids from the local choir. these are very rough kids. you call this a last chance in many ways. but back to the questions, beating, restraint, would that, could that possibly be a part of your program at this this ranch.
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>> when we go into a detention center to pick up a child court ordered that stood before a judge or something to have him placed in our program. we might have to put him in restraints and it's typical of the type of level of kid but it's not the -- that is not -- people are making that what we are. that is actually very minimal of what we do. >> do parents understand that that might be part of the program when they turnover guardianship of their children to you? >> well, if your child is possibly incarcerated already, typically -- they sign an agreement. they know we have signed agreements knowing that we do such things. >> your success rate is impressive. by the way, we have spoken to six children that were part of your ranch and went through your ranch and all of them said to us this was probably the right thing for them. it actually helped them. is this a little bit like a sausage factory. people like the end product but they don't want to know what it takes to create it? >> well, i guess that's kind of
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a strange way to put it. but we look at it as, you know, we care about kids. we want the kids to be safe. we want them to be successful. when you have kids getting 28s, 29s and 30s on the act. i challenge them to produce any of their facilities that get those kind of results out of their students. our kids get full scholarships. we had a kid graduate last year, or last may with 28 college credits. >> in the 10 seconds i have left, does this investigation force you to change in anyway your approach to dealing with these young people. >> right now we're moving forward and still carrying on with the 18-year-olds there voluntarily doing school and working as we do it. and moving forward. and we're looking at, you know, our other options and we're staying positive and we're carrying forward. >> scott and colet chandler, thank you for being here. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> let's take a turn now and get
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a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> thank you very much and showing you some of the great sunrise pictures. #todaysunrise you're sending in, keep them coming, we love them. we also love the weather out west. we basically have the jet stream. big ridge of high pressure is dominating so we have a trough in the east. that why it's going to be colder. we also have lake effect snow. that's going to bring one to three inches there. but out west, spectacular day today. sunny in boise and 68 degrees. morning fog along the west coast. 74 in l.a. after the fog burns off. 69 in san francisco. seattle, another great day. 7:38. happy monday morning to you. temperatures are chilly and we have a return of the lowo-6( cl, thick fog across the bay area. this is san francisco. we're going to be dealing with this fog the next couple of hours. we'll see a great deal of clearing between 10:00 and 1tjjy 68 degrees in san francisco today. 73 in fremont.
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and 76 degrees in san jose. so staying comfortable temperaturewise. we are going to drop off and bring in a chance for rain toward the end of the week into the weekend. and that's your latest weather. >> mr. roker, thank you very much. up next, an alarming new study. websites allegedly selling contaminated breast milk to desperate moms. and then mike myers and his wife are expecting. dare to guess how anchors wife are expecting. dare to guess how anchors ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] kleenex tissues help stop moisture better than the leading competitor. save yourself from an awkward situation.
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lot of pressure to do it. but what happens when they can't produce milk for themselves? some are turning to popular websites to buy breast milk paying $2 an ounce. but according to a new study this morning, many bottles could be contaminated with everything from staph to salmonella. >> reporter: it's a booming business, women selling breast milk online. promising their milk is healthy, high quality and nutritious. we found thousands of ads. >> look at these postings from moms. >> reporter: when we ordered some, the milk was at our doorstep in days. fast and convenient which is why more and more new moms are buying it. >> i have always heard that breast is best. >> reporter: kelsey tried to breast feed her son, bentley. but when she couldn't she got desperate and responded to an ad on this popular website. only the and bought
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150 ounces of breast milk from a woman in a different state. >> i had a lot of friends who when i told them about this and family members who said to me, why would you do that? why would you let your son have somebody else's breast milk? i just thought to myself, well, that's what he needs. >> reporter: while doctors recommend breast feeding for infants, what's really in some milk sold on the internet may stop moms in their tracks. >> oh, this milk is totally thawed. >> reporter: scientists at nationwide children's hospital tested samples of breast milk they bought online. the results released this morning in the journal of pediatrics. researchers found most of the samples, 74% were contaminated. >> we found staph bacteria, strep bacteria, salmonella and also bacteria usually found in human waste. >> and this can make a baby sick. >> that's right. anything from mild diarrhea to even infant deaths. >> reporter: while the website
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offers tips for keeping milk safe, researchers say that's not enough. >> all the milk is still frozen. >> reporter: even though the milk we bought was shipped cold, researchers say it could still be bad. bacteria already growing inside. >> the women selling the milk say i'm healthy. i'm disease free. i workout a lot. it's good quality milk. can you believe them. >> you don't know if it's breast milk. you don't know what's done to it. it could be cows milk or infant formula or something else. >> reporter: that's why kelsey stopped buying milk from strangers online, fearing for her son's safety. >> if i knew about all the research and what they found in the breast milk, it probably would have scared me off. >> there is no telling how many children may have gotten sick from this. the fda says you shouldn't do it. you shouldn't buy breast milk from strangers warning of the risk. in fact, that website in the
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piece had a big announcement over the weekend. because of the safety concerns women will no longer be able to post ads selling their milk. instead they're going to start a milk bank that screens donors and verifies it's safe. we have a link on the website. we'll help you find the milk bank closest to you for the desperate moms that the doctors say you need to get breast milk somehow. >> you want to make sure it's getting screened, though. thank you. coming up, five decades of covers and cob tntroversy. christy brinkley. she is turning 60. can you believe it? up next, carson has what's
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fear itself. ♪ ♪ 7:51 let's go back into the orange room and find out what carson has on his mind. >> thank you. we're starting a series this morning called feeling better head to toe. #what works for me asking you to tell us what treatment works for you. getting good ones. josh writes a bean bag heated works for him. kelly, nothing stops the pain but pilates and epsom salt. how do you remedy your pain? we'll have more in a little bit. >> sounds good.
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7:56. i'm jon kelley. right now hundreds of thousands of people on the roads again rerouting their commutes because of that ongoing b.a.r.t. strike now in day four. we check in now with "today in the bay's" bob redell out in the car surveying the scene. where are you right now? we're in the reverse commute direction eastbound 80 t east shore, passing through berkeley because we wanted to show you what's going on on the left side. the headlight there is are westbound 80 in berkeley, headed into the maze. the bay bridge maze, toll plaza. you can see all of these bright lights headed in our direction you get a sense how heavy traffic is in all directions leading into the maze, for at least a couple miles out and all of those cars going in there, it is congested. it's heavy earlier than usual
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and that of course because you have 400,000 people as many as that trying to get into work instead of not being able to take b.a.r.t. reporting live, bob 2eell, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. let's check out the roads with mike inouye. >> the san mateo bridge not much of a relief. very slow, heavier than normal at the peninsula. look at the maps, a slow drive. even dumbarton bridge to the south slow as well. 880 slow getting there. we had the traffic off the castro valley y, all roads to the bay bridge slow especially 34 out of lafayette down to the caldecott tunnel. >> oh, man, that thick traffic doesn't grind your gears consider this. we have thick fog. a beautiful start in sunol. we'll see a nice day, temperatures in the mid 80s inland, upper 60s at the coast. staying mild for most of the week. temperatures drop off, showers as we get into the weekend. back to you, jon. >> thank you.
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it's 8:00 on today, coming up your aching back. a week long series with the latest on the treatment and preventi it's 8:00 on today and coming up, preferential and treatment of back pain. plus, a move one mom made. and christy brinkley and singing sensation cody simpson set for "today," monday, october 21st, 2013.
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>> we want al. we want al. >> happy to be 80. today's my birthday. >> i'll have what she's having. >> hi grandma in kentucky. >> happy birthday mom in colorado. >> we're all the way from australia. >> we love the big apple. six in the city will get you in trouble at 8:00 in the morning. something else might. i'm matt lauer along side savannah guthrie, al roker and back from a little hiatus, mr. carson daly. >> thank you very much. nice to be back. >> he has been pulling double duty for a while. >> little bit. >> it's good to be back here on the plaza. >> good to have you back. meanwhile, dick cheney in the green room. >> he is and he has written a fascinating book that really tracks the 35-year medical odyssey. his first heart attack back in the late '70s. he's now the recipient of a heart transplant. he has an amazing story to tell and we'll check in with him in a
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couple of moments. >> we look forward to that. we have a lot to get to. natalie has a check of the headlines. >> good morning, everyone. officials in florida are promising more arrests after two escaped killers were recaptured this weekend. nbc's gabe gutierrez reports on the hunt for possible accomplices. >> reporter: this morning, the search is intense feig for whoever helped jenkins sneak out of a florida prison with phony paperwork. >> i can tell you there will be more arrests. >> those are u.s. marshals. >> reporter: this cell phone video captures the moment that heavy armed u.s. marshals stormed a motel in panama city beach. >> jenkins joseph. >> reporter: the pair appeared in court sunday to hear the new escape charges. they had been behind the bars since the late '90s serving life sentences for two separate murders until a few weeks ago when forged documents granted them an early release.
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>> with my signature on the hundreds, probably thousands of documents that are public records, it did not surprise me. >> reporter: authorities say once the scheme became public, they fled the orlando area ending up here, 350 miles away. >> my heart was filled with joy that they had been apprehended. >> reporter: they were reportedly waiting for someone from atlanta to pick them up. investigators are trying to figure out who. and they're looking into speculation that inmates could buy fake documents for several thousand dollars. >> it is embarrassing but my concentration at this point is -- i think everyone else here is making sure we come up with a process and procedure that prohibits this from happening in the future. >> reporter: two others tried a similar plot and failed but now they're looking to see if anyone else may have succeeded. gabe gutierrez. president obama is acknowledging what the white house calls unacceptable problem
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with the launch of his signature health care law. during a high-profile event at the white house today the president plans to explain what's being done to fix the website. many faced frustration while trying to comparison shop or enroll. still the administration says nearly a half million people already filed applications. thnch thnchts. this morning on "today," former vice president dick cheney defended tea party republicans that held up a spending bill while trying to force changes in the health care law. he said he didn't see the tea party's reactions as negative even though they contributed to the shutdown of the government. >> i have a lot of respect for what the people are doing. these are americans. they're loyal. they're patriotic and taxpayers and they're fed up with what is happening in washington. >> mr. cheney says the financial cost of the shutdown was small compared to not handling the nation' debt. he will be back in a moment with savannah. at least one person was shot and killed in a nightclub on the
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vegas strip. two other victims were wounded. it took place at an after-hours club inside bally's casino. a suspect was taken into custody. united airlines says it's reviewing what happened sunday on a flight from newark, new jersey, to dublin. one person was sent to the hospital and seven others suffered minor injuries after a boeing 757 hit severe turbulence during its descent. united said the seat belt sign was illuminated at the time. their beloved buckeyes are undefeated but the ohio state university's marching band may have stolen the show with saturday's halftime tribute to michael jackson. we sped the video up so you get the full effect here but the band nailed his greatest hits and was even then amazing when they formed the figure of michael jackson. and as you can see, they are actually moon walking as one
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across the gridiron. that is amazing. so cool. got to see the whole effect there. it's 8:05. let's go back to matt, savannah, and carson. >> it took four hours without us speeding it up. >> i was going to say. >> that moon walk, that takes effort. >> and the splits. >> and the split. >> mr. roker has a check of the weather across the plaza. hey, al. >> hey, guys. this lady, what's your name? >> marilyn owens. >> and you are 80 years old? >> today. >> who is with you? >> my daughter and my children. >> you look fantastic. that's all the time. let's show you what we've got going on right now. cleveland, ohio. greatest location in the nation. our three-day forecast looking pretty darn good if you like rain and snow. wednesday, a high of 46 degrees. the cold air is coming as we show you what else is going on across the country. you're looking at temperatures that are going to start chilling out from the great lakes into the southeast and the
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midatlantic states later today. 90s banked into southern florida -- make that southern californiament gorgeous day out west and not a bad day her hey, good monday morning to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren. it is foggy out there this thorng. don't want to let it catch you off guard. this is actually theg5 sky abov v]"'p+e some dense pockets of fog at the surface. please travel cautiously. 76 degrees today in san jose. temperatures are going to end up in the mid-80s later on today under strong high pressure. it's that big ridge of high pressure compressing the marine layer and forcing it to the saur facility this morning. chance of rain towards the end of the week. and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thank you very much. coming up in trending, the female model that may be lengthening her career by also working as a male model. we'll talk to her and find out if it's paying off. >> any back pain here? >> yes. >> the future of treating back pain. a first of its kind moving
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president pushed for a more relaxed dress code. it's just one example of more and more men going tieless in the work place and the question is, is it a good idea. >> i like the look. are ties uncomfortable, guys? >> i have been waiting for this day guys. >> just go for it. >> call it the g-9, this sucker is coming off. >> they are uncomfortable. i don't wear one regularly. >> you can just dictate it. >> it's just casual environment creates a different work -- i'm sorry, a different work environment. you don't feel so stressed out. >> where are we supposed to put your microphone. >> this will be a new broadcasting trend. >> one guy in the music industry says when he sees someone with a necktie now he says are you going to a funeral or have you been indicted? >> yeah. >> will they go away? like the hat? >> no, i don't think it will. >> bring back the hat. >> i love hats. >> what's become big is this half tie thing you've got going here. >> this is going to be huge. >> new drunk dishevelled look. >> trending on youtube, great minds think alike.
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congratulations to mike myers and his wife announcing they are expecting their second child. so when it was reported around the country, conan o'brien noticed something a little unusual. >> mike myers says yeah, baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah, baby. >> mike myers says yeah, baby. >> mike myers says yeah, baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> mike myers says yeah baby. >> okay. >> okay. we get it. >> okay. >> we're not original. >> where is ours? >> it's a reference to austin powers and if it had been us, we probably would have done the same thing. >> we wouldn't have shown that part of it. >> but better accent. >> yeah, baby. >> now that's how you sell it. now to a story we brought you on
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friday, it's shaking up the modeling industry. she is a 31-year-old female model who decided to reinvent herself as a male model. it's a bold move. is it paying off? elliott is joining us exclusively. >> good morning. >> >> you're a good-looking woman and a good-looking man. >> you're a good-looking anything. why did you decide to do this elliott? >> i had the idea quite awhile ago and i just think it's something new and fresh and really a new way to create inside the industry. >> i understand when you actually went to the barbershop to have your hair cutoff it was more emotional than you thought it was going to be. >> it was. i walked in and even just speaking to the guy at the front desk i got the tears in my eyes and when i sat down with the barber i told him i'm going to cry but i really want to do this. >> was your husband crying? >> no. >> your husband is supportive about this. >> he is amazing about the whole thing. completely by my side and
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excited for me. >> the big question would be is it working? are you getting much more work now that you could really model in the male world or the female world. >> well, i'm on the "today" show. >> so that's that. >> there you go. >> do you think it will work career-wise in terms of work. >> i do. it's not so much that i'm not going to work as a female but it's opening for doors and more option. >> have you gotten any flak? >> a little bit. there's definitely people that disagreed with it. my mom doesn't agree with it. >> out of work male models who are now thinking they'll never get a job because of her. >> i don't think that's true. it's actually the men is maizingly supportive about this. they're like that's cool. have to hook you up with this person, meet this guy. whatever it is. >> does it feel more manly? mentally too? >> mentally 100%. i mean, once the camera is on, that's when you've got to, you know, that man thing. >> she's a man, man.
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>> i find myself when i'm walking down the street sometimes i'm like i'm going to walk like this. [ whistling ] >> not as often. in fact, now i think the way people approach me on the street is much more friendly. >> they used to open doors for you when you had the hair and now you're on your own. >> not always. >> thank you so much. >> nice to meet you. >> thank you. >> and that's what's trending today. >> it is. >> coming up, another well-known model, christie brinkley on 50 years of sports illustrated, the swimsuit edition. but first a new series. feeling better head to toe. the most common type of discomfort, back pain. nbc's chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman has more on that. good morning. >> good morning, savannah. if you experienced any back pain in your life, you know how terrible it can be and lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in americans under the age of 45. more than 25 million americans
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between the ages of 25 and 54 frequently get it. >> reporter: 100 million americans deal with continuing pain. that's more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined and one third of those that suffer say their back is the culprit. >> anywhere between 90 to 95% of patients will have -- or people will have pain in their lower back at some point in their lifetime. >> reporter: the doctor at ucla says back pain is one probable tlaem usually has nothing do with aging. >> we see this problem in younger individuals. working class. people in their active years. >> reporter: daniel ashley first hurt his back almost 30 years ago and struggled with pain ever since. >> there were times where i would be sitting at work and i couldn't concentrate on work. i was just focused on how much pain was throbbing. >> reporter: back pain in workers 40 to 65 years of age cost employers an estimated
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$7.4 billion a year and according to the institute of medicine, the annual cost of pain is over $560 billion. about $2,000 for everyone living in the united states. >> it's been a constant barrage of chiropractors, orthopedists, surgeons, a neurologist. >> reporter: most back problems involve muscular or soft tissue damage but for some patients it can be neurological or require surgery. an outcome daniel is trying to avoid through exercise. >> find the thing that works for you and have the hope that at some point it will get better. >> the key is proper exercise, obviously under the supervision of a doctor or physical therapist. the good news is that surgery is really rare. most problems can be treated with rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and surgery as always, as i say, savannah, absolutely the final straw.
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>> we have something here. a device that could be an important diagnostic for back pain. tell us about it. >> this is sidney. she is in a machine that checks for motion of the spine passively. it's bending her and then if she has any pain beforehand or pain during this procedure in real time, and you can see this on the monitor behind me, it really allows us to look at the spine as it's moving. we're so accustomed to seeing heart beat and check for diagnoses and the brain during certain tests. this is the first time we can see the spine move. >> rather than an x-ray you see this dynamic image. >> exactly and you can coordinate is how people are feeling at the time. >> we're demonstrating it today, but in the hospital, there's radiation associated with this. it's in a handful around the country in hospitals. it may not be the first test of choice but it's the technology of the future. >> i was going to see, do you see this becoming more prevalent? >> any time you can see
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something in real time and coordinate it with how a person feels it will give you a better insight on what the problem is. >> if you don't have this contraption in your house or at your doctor's office, what are some good back pain recommendations. >> strong core muscles, you'll have a strong back. second thing is make sure you're in the right chair. that means your legs are perpendicular to the floor and arms, make sure you have lower back support. the third thing is, when you have to pick something up, don't just pick it up from your waist. we're told this. use your quads. strong core, strong back. that's where men get in trouble. >> we love you. you're a doctor but carson has been asking folks out there what their back pain remedies are. >> very good. pick it up like this. >> i actually, dr. nancy has a compression t-12 fracture about 12 years ago. aleve has done wonders for me. but #what works for me is what we're asking. let's get to a couple people how they deal with pain. she says sometimes sitting up
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straight for preventive care. when sore sleep without pillow, but pillow underneath. >> makes perfect sense. remember to think of yourself like a marchian et. if you pull yourself taller it makes your body longer. it's good for you. >> yoga and hot epsom salt soak. >> yeah, anything to increase flexibility in your core. >> stand taller already. >> i know, it's making me self-conscious. >> carson, thank you. >> dr. nancy, thank you. viewers thank you. tomorrow we'll be talking about new ways to deal with painful headaches. matt? >> thank you. now to a tradition enjoyed by 70 million readers every year. it's editors are celebrating a milestone with the release of sports illustrated swimsuit, 50 years of beautiful. christie brinkley is one of the iconic models that graced the magazine's cover. >> good to see you. good morning. >> good morning. >> three times in a row you graced the cover which is a record that still stands. do you remember the first time? >> yes.
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i do. i started doing the issue in '75. but it was in '79, my cover from the most gorgeous place in the world. seychelle island. >> you were living in paris at the time. modeling wasn't even your full time job. >> well, when i did my first issue i was still living in paris and i did a picture from the side in a thong which was so racy at the time. i still think that thongs are racy. it's like one thread but i was only posing from the side. i was kind of -- there we go. >> yeah. >> okay. don't look anybody. >> too late. >> the magazine came out in america and everybody started calling me in paris and going, oh, my gosh, you're in a magazine, you're practically naked and i was like you're kidding me. >> instantly changes your life when you're on the cover or
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on the pages of that magazine. >> instantly. even a little picture like that changed my life and then the cover, well, forget about it. that was day and night. >> did you ever have a picture in the magazine that you didn't like? that you thought was not flattering. it would seem hard to believe. did you ever look at one and go, i wish they hadn't used that? >> well, actually, my very first picture. i mean, the very first pose i ever did for sports illustrated i was in cancun. walter yost was the photographer. my orders for the day were go out and get a suntan. and i woke up and the president of mexico's private home. nothing else was built at the time in cancun with a knock at the door saying would you like us to go fishing for your breakfast or would you like us to pick some fruit from the trees and i said oh, a little of both. i'll be working on my tan. >> nice work if you can get it. >> exactly. and then about 5:00 in the afternoon, julie campbell came
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and said christie we want you to do a shot and she handed me a tiny little pink thing on the bottom and a little shawl that she knotted hard that compressed the girls down. >> is that what you call them. >> or your yea -- yays. boost your yays. so, then and to top it off, i was living in paris and the in hairdo was a perm. and they had permed my hair -- i get to mexico, we did not have hairdressers and make up artists back in the day when i started so there i am burnt to a crisp. i'm as pink as the pink thing. it's pushing me down. i have the harpo marks hair and they keep running that picture. >> over and over again. >> before i let you go, we're talking about the history of the magazine, 50 years. quickly, you're about to turn 60. ten seconds. how does it feel?
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>> i'm like, gosh, you guys are making such a big deal about turning 50. come talk to me when you turn 60, okay. >> you look fantastic. good morning, everybody. we're now on day four of the bart strike. hundreds of thousands of commuters trying to find ways to get around san francisco. that means a lot more people out on the roads. let's check in with mike to seat latest. >> hit really hard this morning, early on. things are starting to calm down a little bit. we have to make up for some lost time. we saw a good crowd at the coliseum. not so bad from the bottom of your screen, 880 through downtown bogs down. 24 coming out of lafayette where we have a lot of ground to make up. also, the east shore freeway down into berkeley where we're still in the 20s. then a break approaching the berkeley curve. starting to loosen up at the bay bridge toll plaza.
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the san mateo bridge clearing up. in the south bay, we have a crash at north 280 at 880. the orange coming from the bottom of your screen, low clouds and fog might be an issue. we'll send it back to you. >> all right, mike. appreciate it. we will be back if one half hour with another local update to tell you what's happening around the bay area. until then, please enjoy the "today" show. hope to see you back here in 30 minutes.
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8:30 now on a monday morning. it's the 21st of october, 2013. we say hello to a great crowd out here on rockefeller plaza. they're very excited because cody simpson is coming up in a few moments. i'm savannah guthrie alongside matt lauer, al roker, and natalie morales and the sort of tie wearing carson daly. >> it looks good. >> thank you. >> straight ahead we'll hear
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from dick cheney. he'll talk about the fears of terrorism that had doctors turn off the wireless function on his defibrillator. >> and this young woman was the only person to live through a fiery plane crash. how that experience changed her perspective on everything from faith to friendship. >> and a lot of people in the crowd excited about cody simp on t the simpson here for a live performance. >> as far as the week ahead is concerned we're looking at below normal temperatures mid-section of the country. above normal temperatures out west. rainy conditions in the southeast. as we get to the midweek period we're expecting to see below normal temperatures in the east and above normal in the west. and the latter part of the week, it will be on the chillier
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hey, good monday morning to you. i'm meteorologist christina loren. plenty of low clouds to go around this morning. this is a live look at those clouds that are actually dropping here in san francisco. as we head throughout the day today, we'll see those low clouds burn off. they're kind of forced right to the surface by a big ridge of high pressure that will bring our temperatures into the mid-80s before the day is done. 84 degrees for livermore. 68 degrees in san francisco. getting into the next couple days, temperatures remain in thc 80s and drop to the 70s towards the end of the week.%-o >> that's your latest weather. >> thank you very much. a s . and good morning, everyone. it is 11:32 on the east coast,
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8:32 out west. president obama expected to speak momentarily from the white house rose garden in a statement addressing what has become widespread embarrassing problems tied to the rollout of the new health care law in particular the website, technical glitches have marred the first three weeks of scienups and we're told the president will call the issues unacceptable. nbc's peter alexander is at the white house, peter, good morning. this was the crowning achievement of the first term. it's become embarrassing over these last couple of weeks. >> reporter: yeah, matt, that's exactly right. this white house hopes they can maintain this as just being embarrassing. if it extends any further it has the potential to be as some describe a five alarm political fire. the president today will probably try to make it clear to americans there are two things we're talking about here, one is the website itself, another is the health care, this affordable quality health care he says he's been touting, the website is already up with a new fix this morning that says the folks where they can sign up online but they can also sign up by calling in to call centers.
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they're trying to put the focus on the sign-ups and away from the website as well. >> critics say heads should roll over this. let's listen to what he has to say. >> thank you. thank you, everybody. well, thank you, janice, and thanks to everybody here for coming on this beautiful day. welcome to the white house. about three weeks ago, as the federal government shut down, the affordable care act's health insurance marketplaces opened for business across the country. well, we've now gotten the government back open for the american people, and today i want to talk about how we're going to get the marketplaces running at full steam as well. and i'm joined today by folks who have either benefited from the affordable care act already or who are helping their fellow citizens learn about what this law means for them and how they can get covered. of course, you've probably heard
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that, the new website where people can apply for health insurance, and browse and buy affordable plans in most states, hasn't worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work, and the number of people who visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems. despite all that, thousands of people are signing up, and saving money as we speak. many americans with a preexisting condition like janice are discovering that they can finally get health insurance like everybody else. so today i want to speak to every american who's looking to get affordable health insurance. i want to you know what's available to you and why it may be a good deal for you and for those who have had some problems with the website, i want to tell you what we're doing to make it work better, and how you can sign up to get covered in other
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ways. but before i do that, let me remind everybody that the affordable care act is not just a website. it's much more. for the vast majority of americans, for 85% of americans who already have health insurance through your employer or medicare or medicaid, you don't need to sign up for coverage through a website at all. you've already got coverage. what the affordable care act does for you is to provide you with new benefits and protections that have been in place for some time. you may not know it, but you're already beb fnefiting from thes provisions in the law. for example, because of at fordable care act young people like jasmine jennings and jessica ugadlde and ezra sallop, all of whom are here today have been able to stay on their parents plans until they're 26. millions of other people are
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currently benefiting from that part of the law. another part of the affordable care act is providing seniors with deeper discounts on their prescription medicine. billions of dollars have been saved by seniors already. that's part of the law. it's already in place. it's happening rnow. already because of the affordable care act, preventative care like mammograms and birth control are free through your employers. that's part of this law. so there are a wide range of consumer protections and benefits that you already have, if you've got health insurance, you may not have noticed them, but you've got them, and they're not going anywhere, and they're not dependent on a website. here is another thing that the affordable care act does. in states where governors and legislatures have wisely allowed it, the affordable care act
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provides the opportunity for many americans to get covered under medicaid for the first time. so in oregon, for example, that's helped cut the number of uninsured people by 10% just in the last three weeks. think about that. that's 56,000 more americans who now have health care. that doesn't depend on a website. now, if you're one of the 15% of americans who don't have health insurance, either because you can't afford it or because your employer doesn't offer it, or because you're a small businessperson, you have to go out on the individual market and buy it on your own and it's just too expensive, october 1st was an important date. that's when we opened the new
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marketplaces where people without health insurance or who can't ford health insurance or who aren't part of a group plan can finally start getting affordable coverage. and the idea is simple. by enrolling in what we're calling these marketplaces, you become part of a big group plan as if you were working for a big employer. statewide group plan that spreads risk between sick people and healthy people, between young and old, and then bargains on your behalf for the best deal on health care. what we've done is essentially created competition where there wasn't competition before. we've created these big group plans and now insurers are really interested in getting your business and so insurers have created new health care plans with more choices to be made available through these
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marketplaces, and as a result of this choice and this competition, prices have come down. when you add the new tax credits that many people are eligible for through the law, the prices come down even further. so one study shows that through new options created by the affordable care act, nearly six in ten uninsured americans will find that they can get covered for less than $100 a month. think about that. through the marketplaces, you can get health insurance for what may be the equivalent of your cell phone bill. or your cable bill, and that's a good deal. so the fact is the product of the affordable care act for people without health insurance
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is quality health insurance that's affordable. and that product is working. it's really good. and it turns out there's a massive demand for it. so far, the national website,, has been visited nearly 20 million times. 20 million times. and there's great demand at the state level as well because there are a bunch of states that are running their own marketplaces. we know that nearly one-third of the people applying in connecticut and maryland, for example, are under 35 years old. they understand that they can get a good deal at low costs, have the security of health care, and this is not just for old folks like me, that everybody needs good quality health insurance, and all totalled more than half a million consumers across the country have successfully
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submitted applications through federal and state marketplaces, and many of those applications aren't just for individuals, it's for their entire families. so even more people are already looking to potentially take advantage of the high quality affordable insurance that is provided through the affordable care act. so let me just recap here. the product is good. the health insurance that's being provided is good. it's high quality and it's affordable. people can save money, significant money, by getting insurance that's being provided through these marketplaces, and we know that the demand is there. people are rushing to see what's available and those who have already had a chance to enroll are thrilled with the result. every day people who were stuck
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with sky-high premiums because of preexisting conditions are getting insurance for the first time or saving a lot of money. every day women are buying coverage that doesn't charge them higher premiums than men for the same care. every -- every day people are discovering that new health insurance plans have to cover maternity care, mental health care, preventative care. you heard janice's story. she owns her own small business, she recent a became the first woman to enroll in coverage through delaware's exchange, and it's true. it took her a few tries. but it was worth it, after being turned down for insurance three times due to minor preexisting conditions, so now she'll be covered, she'll save 150 bucks a month and she won't have to worry that one illness or accident will cost her her
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business that she's worked so hard to build. and janice is not alone. i recently received a letter from a woman named jessica sanford in washington state and here's what she wrote. "i am a single mom. no child support. self-employed. and i haven't had insurance for 15 years because it's too expensive. my son has adhd, and requires regular doctor visits, and his meds alone cost $250 per month. i've had an ongoing tendonitis problem due to my line of work that i haven't had treated. now finally we get to have coverage because of the aca for $169 per month. i was crying the other day when i signed up. so much stress lifted." now that is not untypical for a
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lot of folks like jessica, who have been struggling without health insurance. that's what the affordable care act is all about. the point is the essence of the law, the health insurance that's available to people is working just fine. in some cases actually it's exceeding expectations. the prices are lower than we expected, the choice is greater than we expected. but the problem has been that the website that's supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody and there's no sugarcoating it. the website has been too slow. people have been getting stuck during the application process, and i think it's fair to say that nobody's more frustrated by that than i am, because precisely because the product is good, i want the cash registers to work. i want the checkout lines to be
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smooth, so i want people to be able to get this great product. and there's no excuse for the problems and these problems are getting fixed. but while we're working out the kinks in the system, i want everybody to understand the nature of the problem. first of all, even with all the problems at, the website is still working for a lot of people, just not as quick or efficient or consistent as we want. and although many of these folks found they had to wait longer than they wanted, once they complete the process they're very happy with the deal that's available to them, just like janice is. second, i want everybody to remember that we're only three weeks into a six-month open enrollment period when you can buy these new plans. keep in mind the insurance doesn't start until january 1st.
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that's the earliest that the insurance can kick in. no one who decides to purchase a plan has to pay their first premium until december 15th, and unlike the day after thanksgiving sales for the latest playstation or flat screen tvs, the insurance plans don't run out. they're not going to sell out. they'll be available through the marketplace throughout the open enrollment period. the prices that insurers have set will not change so everybody who wants insurance through the marketplace will get insurance, period. everybody who wants insurance through the marketplace will get insurance. third. we are doing everything we can possibly do to get the websites working better, faster, sooner. we've got people working
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overtime, 24/7, to boost capacity and address the problems. experts from some of america's top private sector tech companies who by the way have seen things like this happen before, they want it to work. they're reaching out, offering to send help. we've had some of the best i.t. talent in the entire country join the team and they're well into a tech surge to fix the problem and we are confident that we will get all the problems fixed. number four, while the website will ultimately be the easiest way to buy insurance through the marketplace, it isn't the only way. i want to emphasize this. even as we redouble our efforts to get the site working as well as it's supposed to, we're also redoubling our efforts to make sure you can still buy the same quality affordable insurance plans available on the marketplace the old-fashioned way, offline, either over the phone or in person.
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and by the way, there are a lot of people who want to take advantage of this, who are more comfortable working on the phone anyway or in person. so let me go through the specifics as to how you can do that if you're having problems with the website or you just prefer dealing with a person. yesterday we updated the website's home page to offer more information about the other avenues to enroll in affordable health care until the online option works for everybody. so you'll find information about how to talk to a specialist, who can help you apply over the phone, or to receive a downloadable application you can fill out yourself and mail in. we've also added more staff to the call centers where you can apply for insurance over the phone. those are already, they've been working, but a lot of people have decided first to go to the website but keep in mind these call centers are already up and running, and you can get your
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questions answered by real people 24 hours a day, in 150 different languages. the phone number for these call centers is 1-800-318-2596. i want to repeat that, 1-800-318-2596. wait times have averaged less than one minute so far on the call centers. although i admit that the wait times probably might go up a little bit now that i've read the number out on national television but the point is, the call centers are available. you can talk to somebody directly, and they can walk you through the application process. and i guarantee you if one thing is worth the wait it's the safety and security of health care that you can afford or the amount of money that you can save by buying health insurance through the marketplaces. once you get on the phone with a trained representative, it
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usually takes about 25 minutes for an individual to apply for coverage, about 45 minutes for a family. once you apply for coverage you'll be contacted by mail -- by e-mail or postal mail, about your coverage status, but you don't have to just go through the phone. you can also apply in person with the help of local navigators. these are people specially trained to help you sign up for health care, and they exist all across the country or you can go to community health centers and hospitals. just visit to find out where in your area you can get help and apply for insurance in person. and finally, if you've already tried to apply through the website and you've been stuck somewhere along the way, do not worry. in the coming weeks, we will contact you directly, personally, with a concrete
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recommendation for how you can complete your application, shop for coverage, pick a plan that meets your needs, and get covered once and for all. so here's the bottom line. the product, the health insurance, is good. the prices are good. it is a good deal. people don't just want it. they're showing up to buy it. nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed. and -- and in the meantime, you can bypass the website and apply by phone or in person. so don't let problems with the website deter you from signing up or signing your family up or showing your friends how to sign up, because it is worth it.
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it will save you money. if you don't have health insurance, if you've got a preexisting condition, it will save you money and it will give you the security that your family needs. in fact, even with the website issues, we've actually made the overall process of buying insurance through the marketplace a lot smoother and easier than the old way of buying insurance on your own. the further challenge here is that a lot of people may not remember what it's like to buy insurance. the traditional way. the way we've set it up, there are no more absurdly long a application forms. there's no medical history questionnaire that goes on for pages and panges. there's no more getting denied because you've had a preexisting condition. instead of contacting a bunch of different insurers one at a
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time, which is what janice and a lot of people who were shopping on the individual market for health insurance had to do, there's one single place you can go shop and compare plans that have to compete for your business. there's one single phone number you can call for help. and once the kinks in the website have been ironed out, it will be even smoother, and even easier. >> and you've been watching the president speaking in the rose garden at the white house, talking about problems with the roll-out for the new health care law, and peter alexander is at the white house. peter, it seemed the entire purpose of his remarks was to draw a clear distinction between problems with the website and he admitted that they are there, and the fundamentals of the law, because critics of the president and this plan are trying to lump those two things together. >> reporter: you know, matt i think that's exactly right. the president from the start of his remarks said this is much more than just a website, that's what he's trying to convince americans right now. among those americans, though, a
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growing community of critics obviously who are concerned about exactly how this works. the problem for the white house right now is that if the website doesn't work very well, which has really been sort of the banner that most people have been introduced to the health care law, the concern is what rf dense should they have the actual programs are going to work the way they expect them to? there are questions we're hearing even as the president is speaking right now receiving an e-mail from the republican national committee that writes among other things "if glitches were prevalent from the beginning, why did it take the administration three weethey fi assign its best and brightest to fix the problems?" among the outstanding questions at this point, matt, exactly how long will it take for this to be fixed. they talked about this six month period of time but they have really until december 15th, one of the first drop dead deadlines the last time by which you can sign up to have insurance by january 1st. >> the other question in the 30 seconds i have left, peter, does someone lose a job over this and
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what are you hearing about that? >> reporter: among those in attendance was the health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. lot of republicans are suggesting she should be fired. she's scheduled to testify before a house committee this thursday and said she's not available. the president says he is highly confident in her job. >> to recap the president calling the product good, quality affordable health care saying the website has problems and it has been frustrating. much more on this story on it is the first monday morning commute under this new bart strike. let's look at the roads with mike. >> we're going to look toward the bay bridge toll plaza where the cash lanes are backed up. the fast track getting a little lighter. we see a little relief here. got a lot of ground to make up for the east shore freeway. still spots in the 20s from
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richmond to berkeley. it's starting to move much better there. oakland was pretty good. north 880 not so bad. that san mateo bridge looks good from 92 westbound. just slow getting toward the bay bridge toll plaza. here's the south bay where there's low clouds through the air why -- area. very close because of the congestion. ags. style for your guy or your best friend. for less than department stores. check out all the designer brands maxxinistas are scoring. t.j.maxx.
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live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. welcome. welcome to today on this monday morning, october 21st, 2013. i'm willie geist along with al roker and natalie morales. i was going t jack my hair up while playing guitar cody simpson style. >> can't play the guitar, can't sing. other than that -- >> linchpin king. >> as you do all the time on this program. >> i know. sadly i don't lip-synch. >> much to our display. we hear the joyce. >> this story out of greece. >> this girl that they found, authorities there in greece now looking for international help to identify a 4-year-old girl found living in a gypsy camp, i
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guess. she was spotted by police there peeking out from under a blanket. her name is maria. there was no resemblance to her supposed parents. they conducted dna tests that proved their suspicion. the couple claiming they were the parents of this 4-year-old girl have been charged with kidnapping. they said they adopted her but authorities are trying to discover whether or not the girl might be a victim of trafficking. a lot of people watching this closely. >> i think a lot of people -- of course, you see this little girl and you think, gosh, well it bring backs the story of madeleine mccann and especially since we have been hearing so much about what they have been doing to try to relaunch the investigation in the uk and you can't help but think perhaps there are so many girls like this. but there are missing children all over the world every day. >> the autistic nonverbal child left his school two weeks ago. >> massive search for this young man. >> no sign of him yet.
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>> the stories are repeated day in and day out all across the country. >> in this case you have to think they'll get answers pretty quickly but the police do suspect she is scandinavian or of scandinavian origin or northern european. so if there is a missing child out there that, you know, that parents are desperately looking for, this gives so many hope. >> there's the picture right there. >> we mention madeleine mccann's name. madeleine mccann would be much older than this little girl. >> 9 years old. she would be nine now. >> this is not her but they did speak out and say this gives them hope that maybe she is out there somewhere. let's hope they're right. this is a story we were talking about before we came on the air. a couple of boy scout leaders under fire after they filmed themselves and posted it on utah pushing over a 170 million-year-old rock formation. jurassic era. >> these are pretty sacred and
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then you have guys that do something like that. >> and then do this after. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> and boy scout leaders that were there and the guy was doing this in front of his son. >> their defense, they said, they thought it posed a safety hazard. they thought it was going to get on a kid who walked by. >> it's been there for 170 million years but it's a hazard. >> if you really believe that, you can tell a park ranger. they can evaluate it. >> i don't think this moron looks like a geologist. >> the boy scouts of america condemned taylor's behavior saying we're shocked and disappointed by this behavior. the isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and to what we teach. >> and the guy filed a civil lawsuit suing for disability compensation saying he sustained serious permanent debilitating injuries. >> from a car accident four years ago but clearly the
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boulder wasn't a problem. >> if only what happened to wile e. coyote would have happened to this guy. >> this just in. >> this is what should happen. ♪ >> you need the music to really get the full effect. >> what was going on there in utah. >> right. >> and then of course when his son starts to approach down the road, which he sees. >> yes. >> miles and miles down the road. here's what should have happened. >> perfect timing. >> didn't plan that one out right. >> took a long time to find that one in the files, right? >> it only took about five minutes. >> queued that one upright away. >> i have them cataloged for just such an emergency. >> he has been waiting for that moment. >> if somebody tries to push a
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170 million boulder -- 17 o million yeerld boulder, al's got it. >> in the video one of the guys starts singing wiggle it. great song from the '90. i don't know what you're up to now but you did good work back then. >> thanks for the shout out. >> wiggle it. just a little bit. >> do you have to squint when you do it? >> yeah. you feel it [ music playing ] >> there it is. >> i actually had that on stand by along with my coyote clip. makes you want to push over a jurassic boulder. >> yeah. >> okay. good. two in a room. >> thank you. they're on it too. nicely done. >> okay. ever heard of social jet lag? >> i think we have it every day, don't we? >> no question about it. this is where you're forced to wake up earlier than your body naturally would. it's something called social jet lag, described as the discrepancy between what our body clock wants us to do and our social clock wants us to do.
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>> this is an article in "the new york times" today. gl flagged us to. >> a lot of us are basically out of sync when it comes to what our bodies feel we should be doing. we are all off our clocks and off our rocker as a result. >> i like getting up early. >> you're a morning person to begin with. >> my son nikki is the same way. >> that early, 3:00 in the morning? >> yeah. >> i mean, we had to work to get nick i to stay in bed. he would go to sleep fine but he would wake up at 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. >> but does he sleep a full 7 or 8 hours? >> yeah and that's our clock now. >> i was out of town in central time zone in nashville this weekend and despite the fact that i had been out some what late my body woke up at 4:00 in the morning because it was 5:00 on the east coast. there was up. made for a long day. >> it's because you had a little too much to drink. >> you were singing wiggle it. >> wiggle it, yeah. just me. watching wile e. coyote
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cartoons. >> having a little willie party. >> which is the most depressing kind of party, really. i don't know if this is a bad idea or great idea but it's out there. >> it's a good idea. how many of us have wondered about our home's past. like if you have ever felt, what's lived here before me or who lived here before me. who died here before me? my home is about 200 years old. >> lot of people died in your house, then. probably violent horrible deaths. >> actually not because we looked at the website. the website is >> how far back do websites go? >> they look at the past history. >> it's a joke. >> right. i get it. >> they go through all the records. you can pay a little subscription fee and find out if anyone died in your house. >> $12 i believe. mine came back somebody had died but not in my house. but one of the previous owners died. but all living. >> just tossed him out the window. they brought him outside. >> maybe they pushed a bolder on him. >> you let them know? >> i do want to know.
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i let them do a search. i live in such an old town. >> would you move out? >> no. >> whatever is haunting my house, and there's nothing haunting my house, is fine. >> i think if you're buying a house and there was something horrible like a violent death in the house, i wouldn't move into that house. >> like an amityville house. >> yeah, or some stories like on the news. i wouldn't want to live in that house. >> i wouldn't include it in the search for the home. >> should the realtor have to let you know. >> if something bad happened, i think they do. >> but they don't unless you ask. >> in some states it's not legally required i was just told. >> okay, interesting. >> do you know what is legally required? >> the weather. >> absolutely. >> let's show you what we've got going on today. we have a major hurricane. first one of the pacific season. we have yet to have a major hurricane in the atlantic. this is raymond. right now it's 165 miles southwest of acapulco.
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120 miles per hour winds. not expected to make landfall what what it is going to do is cause big problems rain fall-wise. between ix tap a and acapulco. this area was devastated by tropical storm manuel. you can see we have showers down through the gulf. we're looking at a beautiful day here in the east coast. the temperatures a little on the cooler side. lake effect snows around the great lakes and out west a spectacular day. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of yes, we will certainly fall into that spectacular category later on today. we still have plenty of low cloud cover. that will be the story, at least for the next few hours, after which time the sun will breakthrough that thick cloud deck. we're talking about some really nice conditions later on today. we can see from the golden gate bridge, still pelomostly cloudy conditions.
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we have some changes headed our way towards the end of the week. we might get our next rain event started thursdaying lasting into the weekend. have a great day. e weather, you did the weather. >> i did. as i mentioned, i was in nashville. our great affiliate down there, wsmv put it on a great show, this healthy for life expo and they had me do the weather. dr. oz was there as well. jared from the subway ads and they had me do the weather on the weekend morning show and i was talking about what a beautiful day outside. what a day for football. vanderbilt was playing, georgia was playing. it was raining outside while i was explaining that to the viewing audience. >> you're officially a weather man. >> did it get beautiful, though? >> yeah. >> eventually. >> that's the beauty of weather. eventually you're right. >> exactly. wsmv, those guys are awesome. they were great hosts. great station. great city. >> i love what they're doing. the healthy for life thing. initiative. >> historic television. >> yes. and they do great down there.
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but is that usually the result of patients asking for the treatments? >> i think it's multifactorial. >> first and foremost physicians are trained to do things a certain way and it can be a hard habit to break and if a patient comes in insisting on a certain test. for example, i want an antibiotic for my cold, it can be hard to change their mind and i often find for myself i don't want to miss anything. i want to cover myself and make sure that the patient, that i can cover all bases and make sure that i don't miss anything. >> could a doctor be, i hate to say this, prescribing something to help his bottom line. >> at consumer reports, we're concerned that the business of medicine is interfering. doctors and patients are overwhelmed with ads and promotions about health stuff and in many situations doctors are paid more the more they do and that's a concern. >> how do you get the confidence to contradict a doctor. this is somebody that went to medical school, lives and breathes medicine. i didn't pass high school biology. how do i know that i know better than the doctor.
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>> the first thing is you need to either be able to say no or ask certain questions head on and we came up with a few questions. one of which is do i really need this? ask your physician. put them on the line and they should be able to answer you honestly and directly. do i actually need this? ask them, is this safe? are there safer options? that way they'll give you the risks involved, potentially tell you if there's a chance of false positives or if there's any side effects. and also you can ask them, what if i do nothing? what if i just wait it out. are there lifestyle changes i can make. then the physician will give you lifestyle changes or can you just wait it out and see if you get better. >> and cost as well because sometimes it may not be covered by insurance. >> more and more we'll be responsible for the cost of the health care we get. we need to know up front. what we're going to be responsible for. >> some of the things you're saying, anticipates for something
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like a sinus infection. >> that's important. sometimes patients come in with a respiratory infection wanting an antibiotic and the majority of the time its viral. in those cases you really as a physician have to put your foot down because there are side effects. >> how about this. mris for headaches? >> most headaches can be sorted out with questions and answers. a good doctor can figure out what's going on with most headaches. you don't need imaging that could expose you to radiation and harm you. >> what about x-rays or ct scans with a bad back? >> as discussed earlier in the show, most back pain can get better on its own if given time and conservative measures like anti-inflammatories. if you do order an x-ray, for an x-ray of the spine it's 15 times more radiation than a chest x-ray. a ct of the spine is 60 times more radiation than a chest x-ray. you can do harm with that as well. >> what about the full body scans? you've been hearing a lot about those. >> exactly. lots of advertising promotion. it's a fool's errand.
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when you don't know what you're looking for, to just go on a journey and radiate everything is exposing patients to radiation they don't need. >> is that a red flag when you start seeing ads on billboards, people touting this thing. >> you bet. be wary. you should be wary in health care too. >> all right. guys, thank you so much. appreciate it. both doctors. coming up next, we'll get you caught up on all the news you need before you leave the house this weekend. >> plus the hot topics of the weekend that had everybody on their computers. >> but first, these messages. this weekend. >> plus the hot what does that first spoonful taste like?
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to become your partner in health. humana. taking a look at your headlines, doctors are sending a warning to mothers feeding their children with breast milk bought online. a new study shows it could contain dangerous bacteria including salmonella. researchers bought and tested more than 100 breast milk samples and 75% contained high amounts of bacteria. researchers did not identify the website. almost 6 million people in the united states are neither in school or working. that's 15% of those aged 16 to 24. according to a report released
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from opportunity nation, idle use or missing an opportunity to build skills they'll need in life. they are less likely to obtain higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities. move over black friday. there's a new favorite day to make holiday purchases. cyber monday is supreme among shoppers this year. that comes from american express. 55% of shoppers say they'll shop virtual sales instead of fighting the crowds on black friday. online dating is more popular than ever before. a new study finds 38% of americans that characterize themselves as single and looking say they have used an online dating site and 59% of people agree that online dating is a good way to meet people. that's up 44% from 2005. >> microsoft removed the rt 8.1 update from the windows store over the weekend.
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in place of the update they posted an apology for the problem and is trying to solve the problem quickly. >> the outer space thriller "gravi "gravity" took the top spot for a third week in a row, bringing in 31 million and cap owe captain phillips was in second with $17 million and carrie, the remake came in third p. >> security was tighter at a walmart store over the weekend. take a look at who happened to show up outside a store near orlando. the 6 foot alligator kept triggering the glass doors to open and close so employees had to lock them and make sure it didn't come inside. eventually it got bored and walked off by itself out into the woods. back po to willie and al. not something you want to see every day. >> not waiting for cyber monday. getting right in there. natalie, thanks. coming up, diy holiday costumes
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so we listened when you said gogurt should have only natural colors and flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. thanks, mom. it is 9:26. good morning. federal investigators hope to interview the operator behind a bart train that hit and killed two workers over the weekend. the national transportation safety board arrived in walnut creek yesterday to examine the tracks, the signals, and the train involved in the deadly accident. bart says the train was on a routine maintenance run while the strike was going on. a state-appointed panel will hear arguments from acjañx tran and its unions over at their labor dispute. the union threatened to strike on thursday. governor brown stepped in and ordered a one-week cooling off period. he still has the option of ordering another 60-day cooling off period. the california public utilities commission will hold a hearing today on the condition
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of the potentially dangerous pg & e pipeline. this pipeline runs right underneath the city of casan carlos. earlier this month, the line was shut down after a judge's order. that's after internal e-mails revealed concerns of corrosion and cracks, similar to the pipeline that exploded in san bruno. we'll take a look at the forecast and the roads after the break. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ i ♪ know i can't deny... ♪ that i got a new feeling ♪ deep inside... ♪ [ female announcer ] with five perfectly sweetened whole grains... you can't help but see the good. welcome back. we've got such a beautiful day shaping up. temperatures are still chilly. we have some thick pockets of fog. by noon today, clear conditions. you can see that fog is starting to lift here in the san francisco area. look at that. a break within those thick, low clouds. let's show you san jose, though. same gray sky for now. temperatures are chilly out there. by about 10:00 into lunchtime, though, sun breaks through and we're going to see a lot of improvement there. watch out, though, still have pockets where you can only see a quarter of a mile. 80 degrees on the way to santa rosa. getting into this weekend, a
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chance for some showers. back to you. >> all right. that santa rosa fog an issue. not quite so bad here as far as visibility. low clouds, but this is the deal, low speeds. very big slowdown for the east shore freeway as you come out of richmond through berkeley. watching university avenue. but look at this. west 24 is clear right now. this is a big, big difference than an hour ago. things have moved nicely there. north 880 still slow coming toward the bay bridge. that's all left over from the bart strike slowdown. marla, back to you. >> looks painful. thanks so much. we'll be back at 9:56.
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welcome back to "today" monday morning october 21st, 2013. 10 days until halloween. >> oh my goodness. >> do you know who does halloween right every year? >> the most wonderful host in the world. neal patrick harris. this is the photograph he posted on instagram. with their three-year-old twins harper and gideon. >> so they're alice and wonder land. >> yeah. >> last year they went wizard of oz. >> wow. >> they do something big every year. >> and before that they were peter pan. >> coming up we have great kids in family costumes as well. >> yeah. family teams up. do you guys have your costumes figured out? >> yeah, well.
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>> do you do the family deal? >> no. >> some years the boys are more coordinated. i'll always like whatever. or i'll wear whatever i have worn from the show. show up as justin bieber or something else. >> she does that on a regular basis. >> i just like to play justin bieber whenever i can. >> that's creepy but okay. >> we're iron man and a witch. >> are you ironman? >> no, the kids. >> no, i'll be home watching football. >> oh, come on. >> you're going to go out trick or treating. >> no, of course you do. where we live in our neighborhood they shutdown a couple of blocks. everybody does the house up and you just walk up and down a few blocks and get a full bag of candy. >> growing up we lived in the projects and you would report in which buildings where they were giving out full sized candy bars and my mother would only buy one bag of candy and we would start bringing our bags back and
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dumping it in. >> right. >> but we had our bags. we need more, go, go. bring back more candy. >> we went out of candy every year and every year i go and buy these giant -- i think like how could we possibly run out this year? every year i run out. >> i think you're overserving. >> do the kids grab on their own? >> sometimes. but i think that's why we're running out. anyway. let's get a check of the weather mr. roker. >> goblins it would be nice to say thank you. moms and dads, how about teaching them that. a little pet peeve. >> no kidding. >> sunshine up and down the east coast. a few showers down through florida. southeastern atlantic coast. gorgeous day out west after morning fog in the pacific northwest. tomorrow more rain upstate new york with lake effect snow around the great lakes. sunny and mild thank you, al.
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good morning to you. 9:32 is the time. we've got a good-looking day, second half of the day. as you can see from this picture, we had some thick, low clouds earlier, but they're starting to break apart. still mostly cloudy at the immediate coast and in san jose. we're slated to hit about 76 degrees later this afternoon. 84 for livermore. 68 degrees in san francisco. into the rest of the week, temperatures stay warm, but we bring in a chance for showers starting late thursday into sunday. and that's your latest weather. >> al, thanks a lot. if you spent the weekend scrolling through your weekend -- >> digin'. >> i had people in nashville come up to me and say i'm digin' right now. >> if you've been digin' this weekend you weren't alone. from arnold schwarzenegger and her famous one liners to a deep sea fish showing up.
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daniel has it for us. >> okay. let's talk arnold. a lot of people looking for him this weekend. not just because he has a new movie coming out. what else? >> to promote this new movie escape plan, he took to the site read it and he agreed to redo a lot of the iconic lines from his movies. i'll be back. but my favorite, that's not a tumor. people can go online and listen to them. >> let's watch them. >> who's your daddy? what does he do? >> get to the chopper. >> put the cookie down, now. >> i love that. >> still got it. >> still got it. >> exactly. kindergarten cop. very underrated movie. let's move on to bill murray. he was on gameday on espn which is the pregame show they do every saturday morning. one of the hosts always predicts
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who is going to win the game at the site where they are. >> exactly. before the clemson florida state game, bill murray sees him dressed as in the seminole's mascot and doesn't take it too well. because he body slams him on the set there. we should know that although he seemed to be sort of joking it's hard to tell with bill murray. they did hug it out at the end but this could be tied to the washington redskins controversy. a lot of people wanted to see it for themselves. do you think this is a protest or just bill murray goofing around? >> he's done this kind of thing in the past with mascots. >> also he lives in south carolina so perhaps he was rooting for clemson. >> yeah. i'm thinking it's more of that. >> okay. there was a lunar eclipse over the weekend, right? >> yeah, that's right. it was tough to see in certain parts of the country. but there was a partial lunar eclipse. you get a sliver of the moon that gets blocked out when the sun, the moon, and the earth all
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line-up. the next wouldn't be until april. that's thanks to the internet. even if you can't see it where you are, you can go online and see it. >> april 2014. >> we showed this on the show last week. >> the oarfish. >> but this is the second time. >> second time in a week in california. >> when you see it, you understand why people want to get a look at it for themselves. >> it's prehistoric. >> it does look prehistoric. it is an actual type of fish. this was 13.5 feet long. the one earlier in the week was 20 feet long. we have a picture of folks holding that one. dramatic. you have to look it up for yourself. it doesn't taste that great unfortunately. >> oh. >> san francisco area they could make something delicious out of that. >> daniel, thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> good to see you. >> coming up next, family themed halloween costumes. are you ready? right after this. what you wear to bed is your business.
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family that you can put together in no time with supplies you may have already had. >> amy is the style editor at the good morning. >> good morning gentlemen. >> this looks like fun. you have the whole family and you are part of this first ensemble. >> i really am. the first stuff was really inspired by the movie planes, the popularity of that. so ic constructed rusty which i one of the main characters of the movie. this i made out of a cardboard box from the grocery store. >> these are your beautiful children. >> these are my children and i used white paint to cover up the box. this tape is scotch expressions tape which made it easy to play with. after i did this, i got really exhausted. so i got the costumes at a costume store. but you get a simple dress out of your closet.
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i got mine at mod cloth and we have passenger poppy here who is ready for the today express and i got that little dog outfit at target. >> yeah. do you like your plane, man? >> do you like your plane little dude? >> yeah, he's good. >> thank you, captain. >> head off to the next run way. >> all right. let's look at our next one. this is bat-tastic. >> we all have a broken umbrella. we turn it into a costume. so what we did was -- >> show us your wings. >> yeah. >> so here we have the family, josephine and momma tracy and we have all the how to on it wasn't that difficult and used safety pins. get out your black hoodies from your closet. i got these at old navy and i
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pinned up the back and on the inside of the sleeves to make the bat wings stick there. a little double stick tape and construction paper for the ears. >> that's so cool. >> it's bat-tastic. >> it is. and if it rains maybe you can put those over your head. >> other flying creatures now or guys going after flying creatures. >> thank you guys. >> you've got to fly off. the sun is coming up. >> huge this year, duck dynasty. >> it's anticipated to be one of the hottest costumes without a doubt. get your camo, jeans, sweatshirts, what have you. the one thing i couldn't ask the austin family to do is grow beards for this. they have been working on those beards for years. so they're from buy the rest, grab camo or go to your neighbors and borrow some. then we have uncle si and willie and i believe that's jace in the middle there. >> very nice. >> don't you think i should go
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uncle willie this year? >> i'd like to see that beard on you a little later. >> it will take me about six months. >> make it rain in here. >> right. >> make it rain. >> hi, guys. come on out. >> this is a costume if you haven't done anything and you have inclimate weather on the way, you can do this with a clear umbrella or regular umbrella. i got them at come here. and then with construction paper and simple string we've got the cat and dog. literally that easy to do. >> thanks ladies. >> and our last grouping, we have popcorn and peanuts. >> jamie just had her brand new baby lily who is 2 months old and you get the popcorn and the peanuts right out of the pantry and hot clue it on to a hat and
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the felt pieces are fashion taped on to the baby carriers. >> yeah. >> all of 37 cents for the little felt pieces. couldn't have asked for better baby models, right? >> right into it and because i fashion taped them on they're not damaging the baby carriers in anyway. parents that are worried about the peanut thing, you can get them from shipping, packaging material. >> thanks everybody. you look great. happy halloween guys. >> amy, thank you so much. >> coming up next, we have a live chili cook off. >> three healthy recipes for you to try ladies and gentlemen... the toyota corolla. ♪ le freak, c'est chic ♪ freak out ♪ aw ♪ ♪
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oh i like that. look at this it's got a handle on it. i don't have to climb up. this yellow part up here really catches a lot of the dust. did you notice how clean it looks? morty are you listening? morty? [ morty ] i'm listening! i want you to know back now with dishes too good to be healthy. we asked you to send us your chili recipes. we have the finalists here to compete for the prize. >> they are here and leading us through the tasting today is joy bauer. good morning everybody. great to have you here. >> you're in for a big treat. this is the most delicious segment of the morning and it's low calorie so there's no guilty whatsoever. >> chili is perfect. >> tell me what makes it so
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healthy. >> it's green chili. it has a lot of peppers, jalapenos and to make it healthy i don't put the cheese and sour cream on top. instead, green onions and avocados. >> you're going to decide who gets crowned the winner. >> you put chicken on top. >> a regular chili clocks in at 1,000 calories. this one for a bowl, 300 calories, 7 grams of fiber and 28 grams of protein. >> 28 grams of protein. >> all right. we'll cleanse the palate so we can move on. >> wow, that's great. >> well done. >> thank you. >> over here to christine's recipe. >> christine has a thai chili recipe. >> i took one of my favorite low fat address piece and added peanut sauce to it. >> there's everything thai
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inspired. it's delicious. he made it because she wanted to start cooking healthy for her new granddaughter just under a year and her bowl, 350 calories. 9 grams of fiber and 27 grams of protein. >> how many iterations of this did you have to come up with. >> only a couple of times. >> i love it. >> wow, what a show off. >> i like the idea of the peanut butter in there. >> that's terrific. >> yeah, it's really delicious. >> nice. >> a bit of a kick at the end too. >> we have now a vegetarian. this is called lean and mean chili and abigail conquered this because she is a vegetarian and she is allergic to gluten so this is cool. she adds it. >> we saw the commercial. >> is it really?
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>> no. >> it's a budweiser commercial. >> it's definitely the most mispronounced food and also two different types of beans. red kidney beans and i love also that she adds a secret ingredient. it's unsweetened coco powder which delivers antioxidants that help to lower your blood pressure. >> does your family love this too? >> yes, they do. >> are they vegetarian too? >> no, i'm the only one. >> any hardcore meat eater would eat this happy with a smile on their face. >> and you put greek yogurt on top. >> 305 calories. >> 13 grams of fiber. could imagine in this bowl 13 grams of fiber. >> wow. >> and 20 grams of protein. >> you know? >> you're going to decide. >> i'm going to decide. >> you go ahead. >> i have to go with christine's
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good morning to you. it is 9:56. i'm marla tellez. a new twist in the case of the woman found dead in a san francisco general hospital stairwell after being missing for more than two weeks. the san francisco chronicle reports a hospital orderly reported stepping over an
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unconscious woman a week before her body was found. the orderly told the nurse, who then reported it to the sheriffs department. the newspaper says it's unclear why the sheriffs department did not locate the woman after hospital authorities reported the worker's finding. lynn spalding disappeared from her hospital room and was found in that locked stairwell. her cause of death has not been determined. a rather gray start to this monday. let's get a look at the forecast with meteorologist christina loren. >> thanks, marla. we have quite a bit of low cloud cover still at this point at the immediate cost. a lot of it has burned off, making way for a nice, sunny finish. 77 degrees in ?uh teresa. rights;n around 68 degrees in s francisco. still staying a little unseasonably mild. we will drop off and increase the chance for showers getting into this upcoming weekend. best chance right now looks like late thursday into friday. let's check your drive and say good morning. it's been a rough one, mike.
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>> it has. spashl here, the east shore freeway. bend, that's the berkeley curve. same area marked with that yellow arrow there. that's the worst spot we've seen all morning. it's now starting to kind of tick downwards as far as the volume goes. still, from the race track, golden gate fields, to that scene, very slow. also, northbound 880 has been very slow from 980 around that bend to the toll plaza. a big congestion point there. those are the two worst. we had highway 24 backed up to lafayette. that's much clearer now. both directions toward the san mateo bridge were slow because of a crash. that's clear now. >> our next update is at 10:26. see you then. so what can i get you?
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from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hey, everybody. welcome, welcome. it's fun day monday, october 21st. hope you had a terrific weekend. it was the first weekend i think that felt like it's fall. and it's coming. >> it's starting to. >> there's no turning back. >> midweek it's supposed to turn here in new york. it's going to get colder and sweaters and coats and everything. >> but just in time for me to go south. i'm going to charlotte, north carolina, on thursday for -- i'll tell you about it later in the week. and then out to california for cassidy's parents weekend. so i get out before this
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plummets. >> well, should we drink to that? >> yes my dear friend andy medina was on the show on friday. he made an unbelievable pumpkin dip thing that was -- everybody went crazy for. >> everyone loved it. >> what else did they go crazy for? >> andy makes a margarita that's crazy, okay? it is so soaked in lime, he takes limes and just squeezes them. fresh lime juice. it was delicious. everyone said on the website, where was the margarita. thank you for the dip but we need something to wash it down. we posted it on the website. klgandhoda. you'll see lots of lime and deliciousness. >> i'd like andy to come back quite often. when he came into our lives he could barely, barely boil water. now he can make anything. i always call him martha when he's in the kitchen. but he's amazing. so fun to have him back. >> you guys, there's been some video circulating. it's angered a lot of people. there are scout leaders, as you guys know, who were -- >> glen taylor in particular,
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who shall remain nameless. >> there's a place in utah that's called utah's goblin valley state park. they have rocks they say are 170 million years old, these rock formations. so this boy scout leader and his son and another kid decided that they were going to cause some trouble. anyway, just take a look at this video. >> you decide what they were doing. >> you decide. >> just a little bit. >> okay. so anyway, they wiggled it just a little bit and the rock fell off. now everybody was upset because, clearly, this is very historic. it's been around for 170 million years. and they claim, because everyone wondered like, what's their response going to be? he claimed he was actually saving children because that rock was so wobbly, it could have fallen on someone.
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>> i wonder if he had that thought after it went viral and people were angry. it doesn't look like that's his intent there. >> if you are singing, wiggle it just a little bit. probably your intention is to knock it over. >> the boy scouts organization said this. we are shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior. the isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and what we teach. i would think so, too. >> i agree. >> so salt lake city authorities are going to conduct a criminal investigation. it could be a felony if they decide to charge him. >> here's a little side bar. glen taylor is already involved in another lawsuit. he's suing, for get this, disability compensation from something else. he said he sustained serious and permanent debilitating injuries from a car accident four years ago. >> but he looks kind of fit to us. >> i say busted. >> nbc news did reach out to glen taylor for comment but we haven't gotten a response because he's huddle with his
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lawyer. >> we're sitting in our studio and there are like three crew guys here and then you glance over there and there are like 30 crews guy. i wondered why is everyone over there. and i realize, oh, christie brinkley is there. yes. nobody does a pose like christie. nobody can pose like christie. >> can we have more crew members over there? we're good with just the two over here. >> she's doing her exercises at the same time. >> oh, my god, she is so thin. >> she looks fantastic. >> almost 60, right? >> what's your point? >> i am just saying that she's going to talk to us. >> she's only had eight kids. what's your point. >> no, she hasn't had that many. she's amazing. we'll try to get secrets out of her. there's an online catalog for if you want something of oprah's. if you want a little bit of the oprah magic, she's having a yard sale but oh, what a yard sale. >> she decided to put a bunch of her stuff from her homes up for sale and will give the money toward her -- the school that she -- >> college scholarships for the girls who actually graduate from her school in africa.
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>> you can find all kinds of things. we just showed you that color of purple poster. how about these things. this is like one of those jetson-type deals. and it's electric and apparently she road those. 1,000 bucks each. she's got a whole bunch of lamps. 20th century brass table lamps. 600 bucks. how about that? a chaise launch. this stuff was all in her house. i wonder what her house looked. >> they came from her farm house in indiana. i doubt that stuff was there. >> those chairs were 40 grand. this thing is 50 grand. what is it? what is it? >> a bureau. an 18th century bureau valued around $50,000. so they are all from different places. and i haven't gone on and looked, but -- >> it's interesting, though. >> yeah. what's interesting to me is, why now? and why all this stuff and why -- she wants to sort of reinvent all of her -- i know that feeling. most of us can't throw out everything and start from scratch. but she wants the new homes to
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be -- to represent more of the real her. >> right. i think it's interesting. >> not as ornate. >> you can go to kaminsky if you are interested in looking at some of oprah's stuff. walmart had a visitor. >> they usually like visitors. but they do have low prices all the time apparently. >> this guy was not welcome. >> he was in orlando. >> of course. >> he went through the door. they are automatic. no one is stopping him. >> he's just minding his own business. what a place to take a snooze. >> those things -- when i lived in florida, i was always so afraid. those things are on golf courses. and the one thing everybody said, look how he walks. >> it almost looks like a raccoon walking along there. with my eye sight i'd say, here kitty, kitty. >> in case one is ever chasing you because they can outrun you, obviously, you should never, according to the people in florida, they told me never run a straight line. zigzag because they can't turn so well. >> what a great idea. >> zigzagging.
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>> you might have just saved lives. that's awesome. can you imagine how you trade to process a door that opens and then closes and then opens and -- he says, am i welcome or not? what's the story? i guess they ended up getting him. >> if you love dolly parton. >> i would like to meet one person on this planet who doesn't. i don't think they exist. >> she went on "queen latifah's" new show. they have a movie called "joyful noise." she was going to go on queen latifah's show and do something a little unexpected. ♪ now i don't hip and i don't hop i black both eyes with this big top i know the queen has got them too but she don't work them like i do ♪ ♪ look at them go ♪ hey, i'm tweaking ♪ i'm working i'm twerking hey miley ♪ ♪ i got two wrecking balls right
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here ♪ okay. >> she is awesome. look at her. look at that woman. ♪ i know i'm short i know she's tall guess you could call us biggie smalls ♪ ♪ our songs are different mine is more fun like coming around the mountain when she comes yee haw ♪ ♪ she'll be coming around the mountain when she comes ♪ >> i could watch that all day. >> please. >> she's 67 years old. look at the body. christie brinkley, look at her body at 67. there's something for even you to go to. >> you don't see her that often. so when you see her, it's exciting. that's what it feels like. i haven't seen her in a long time. >> that's her rendition of that's what it is to do a country rap. a new study is out. are women better doctors. do you have a gender preference when you choose a doctor. you and i both chose a female
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gynecologist. >> i think what researchers are finding out is that women doctors take more time with their patients than men. men see more patients but women doctors take more time with their patients so they are obviously making more money if they are seeing more patients, right? >> but they say the overall quality of care with a female doctor is better. i sort of get that. half the time you feel like when someone is talking to you or looking at you, they are looking at your vitals, talking to you and then the next one is coming in. >> i don't want a man telling me about a hot flash. he's never had one, doesn't know what they feel like. he may be very knowledge but has no empathy in the sense that he hasn't had one. i want a woman older than i. who has been out of menopause longer than i have. >> i once had a male gynecologist who was probably like 70-something or older. and i was so -- it was recommended by a friend. i went to him and he had an old yellow pad. i'll never forget. i'd watch his handwriting.
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it was like jaggedy and i was like, oh, my god. but he was the guy i chose because i felt comfortable. he was an older guy and then -- >> he wasn't going to make a move on you. is that what you're afraid? >> no, i'm just afraid of -- maybe. looking at you and staring even though they don't care. >> that's what's so funny about dolly. she was at my home with marilu henner. we talk about how much we hate to go to the gynecologist. who likes to get up there. and she goes, i do. why? she was in love with her gynecologist. he was this hot, gorgeous guy. and that's what you've got to love about dolly. she picked him for that. >> all right, you guys. today is the last day to submit your favorite teacher. we're looking for the teacher of the year. if there's somebody currently teaching a class between kindergarten and 12th great, let us know. >> submit an essay and phot's at a great prize. $10,000 in school supplies from
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retail me contest entd end at midnight. i was walking on the plaza a couple of days ago. this guy said i have something for you and kathie lee. it looked like a golf ball on a cork screw. he hand carved. that's what's inside the golf ball. his name is jack from the quad cities. look at it. it's so cute. >> it's adorable. >> like one of those muppet guys. >> that t does. >> what do you have? >> i'm very excited. i spent the weekend, something brand new. i've never done it before. you know me. iphone and the ipad and the tweaking and the -- no swetwerk but tweeting. now this coming wednesday for the first time i'm going to have something called a pod cast. so the show is titled kathie lee and company. my first guest is regis philbin. >> of course it is. >> lots of surprises. >> when am i on? >> you're on in three weeks. >> whatever. >> hoda came to my house, we
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were having technical difficulties. thank you for that. >> if you want to listen, go to and you look for the show called kathie lee & company. clickety clack podcast it's going to be great. we'll fill you in on all the celebrity scoop you've been waiting for all weekend. she's graced the "sports illustrated" three consecutive times with her gorgeous girl next door look. >> i can't believe what we're looking at. >> the always beautiful and she's come to play christie brinkley. celebrating a very great anniversary. and we'll talk to stoked about the new batman game? yeah, i'm a little excited. you're wearing the suit aren't you. no i'm not. i can tell, it sounds like your face is squeezed together. unlike you, i've already mastered all the new gadgets. one in particular. what was that? don't tell mom about this. about what? exactly. rated t for teen. be game ready.
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who hasn't changed a bit, and it's getting on our nerves. >> you can take a look back at how it all started and all the models lucky enough to grace the covers in the "sports illustrated" 50 years of beautiful. >> nice to see you, christie. >> is that you on the cover? >> no. >> whose body did they use for the cover? >> nobody knows. but i am on the cover. i think it's on the left breast. >> yes, you are. >> oh, now i get it. now i see. there you are. >> i honestly can't believe you're going to be 60 and you look like this. >> i know, they are making such a big deal about "sports illustrated" turning 50. it's like -- >> yawn. >> in february when they turn 50, i'll turn 60. then we'll talk. >> the whole -- a beautiful woman knows they are beautiful long before somebody else tells them so. but you were not modeling. you were pursuing -- didn't you love photography and art? you were an artist.
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>> i was in paris to study art and i was working as an illustrator. and i was discovered there by a french -- by an american photographer. >> your father had been a television executive, right? >> a producer, right. >> and were you hooked once you started modeling? did you realize this is where you needed to be? >> well, you know, i thought -- i could travel, i could -- i really kind of reluctantly got into modeling. very reluctantly. but "sports illustrated" -- >> but successfully, i'd say. >> "sports illustrated," very much convinced me that this is -- look at this. that's in the seychelles islands. >> what happened there? >> i got the cover in the seychelles islands. >> you don't know if you're going to get the cover. what happened? >> seychelles are extremely beautiful but the bugs are gigantic. and everywhere. so one morning we fly in sort november the evening to an
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island called bird island. i hadn't seen my surroundings yet. went to bed. woke up to the sound of lizards crunching the wood, jump in the shower. this point we're already freaked out by all the things crawling. i wasn't going to get freaked out. but water goes down, not up. i look and there's this creature crawling up my leg. i fly out of the shower. i grab the towel. when i pull the towel up over me on the back side, there's this big hairy spider. so i throw the towel. i troun my suitcase. i used to carry little protein bars because i'm a vegetarian, vegan. >> of course you are. >> i opened up, there's a half eaten bar that's attracted ten billion bugs from the island. >> paradise is now hell. >> i'm hauling out like raiders from the -- the movie. at this point i just tear stark naked out the front door and there is the restaurant with all
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the english bird watchers there. >> with their binoculars. >> that's a strange bird. >> but a lovely one. >> if you are watching out there, there may be a british person with a shot of me streaking. >> if it hasn't shown up all these days. >> we could talk to you forever because you have a million of those stories. congratulations to "sports illustrated." congratulations on your new products. >> and the book goes on sale tomorrow. and it's gorgeous. it's really great to know it's -- >> we love you. >> what can i say? >> thanks for coming to see us. >> all right. the lone survivor, this is an unbelievable story. of a plane crash, shares her chilling and inspirational story of how she overcame tragedy. plus, vanity fair heats up while some hotties make the short list of the role of christian grey. find out what all the celebrity buzz is all about right after this. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is an acceptance letter. ♪
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last year a small plane carrying five people was on its way to a christian youth rally in iowa when suddenly it plummeted into a kansas field and burst into flames. >> 24-year-old hannah lucci and two of her best friends were on that flight. everyone died, except hannah. the sole survivor of a tragedy that shook her to the very core. >> may 11th, 2012, we were headed from tulsa, oklahoma, to council bluffs, iowa. we were incredibly excited. >> hannah lucci was headed to a christian youth rally organized by her father's teen mania ministry. >> i was like, oh, you know, we should take a picture. we never take pictures. >> she was one of five people on board a small twin engine cessna. two of her closest friends from oral roberts university were flying with her. 27-year-old austin anderson, a former marine, and garrett copel, a former instructor at the university. >> we were in the air for an hour until something went wrong.
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smoke began to clog up the plane. i had to block the smoke was it was burning in my eyes. we're trying to figure out how to survive. i began to realize that we may not live. >> the plane went down in a kansas field and burst into flames. hannah was the only survivor sustaining burns over 28% of her body. >> my legs started to catch on fire. you just see the flames and you feel the heat. how will i survive? how will i get out of this alive? >> and in just a couple of minutes we'll sit down with hannah and hear more about her remarkable story. >> plus, grammy nominated musician makes a dream come true for our be bold today contest winner. that's all -- look. they are bonding already. that's all -- look. they ar[ female announcer ] we take away your stuffy nose. you keep the peace. we calm your congestion and pain.
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tracks, the signals, and the train involved in the deadly accident. bart says the train was on a routine maintenance run while the strike was going on. a state-appointed panel will hear arguments from ac transit and its unions over their labor dispute is. the union threatened to strike on thursday, but governor brown stepped in and ordered a one-week cooling off period. he still has the option of ordering a 60-day cooling off period. we'll have a look at weather and traffic after the break.
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welcome back. we still have some low clouds lingering over parts of the bay area. that's keeping temperatures very chilly out there. i'm happy to report starting to see some sunshine at this point in san jose. still have two miles visibility in santa rosa. those low clouds are burning off. we're headed towards the mid-80s today. es fremont. 68 in san francisco. we're talking about the potential for showers as we get into this weekend. we'll take you through the full forecast today at 11:00. want to check your drive. any easier out there? >> most of the bay is okay, but it's still very tough in a couple key spots and has been all morning. the east shore freeway we're starting to see folks move a little better. still very packed for all the lanes here as we're traveling through berkeley at university avenue. going from red into orange in many spots. that means speeds are coming up out of the 20s and into the 30s. also, northbound 880, very slow but starting to relieve as far as the volume and pressure.
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back to you. >> all right, mike. thanks so much. we'll have more local news coming up in 30 minutes at 11:00. we're back with more of "today." earlier we shared the story of hannah lucci who took a flight with some of her friends back in may of 2012. >> they were headed to a christian youth rally in iowa but their small cessna plane crashed in the kansas field and only hannah survived. now she's written a book about that fateful day and her painful road to recovery called "fields of grace." >> hi. >> it's great to welcome you here. >> hi. >> lovely to see you guys. >> we knew what the subject matter was and then we meet you. >> yeah. >> and you are so not a victim. you know, this is not a pity party at all that you write about. >> there are moments, of course, it's a harrowing story, but what do you want to ask her about, hoda? >> i think, when i think about
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your recovery it had two parts. the physical recovery and emotional recovery. >> and spiritual one. >> uh-huh. >> where are you on those parts? >> well, i think i -- i have, in a lot of ways, i'm still in that transformative process. >> right. >> because that stuff takes time like you said. it's psychological, it's physical. but i definitely say that the worst pain out of everything is the soul pain. >> these were your friends. >> you feel it in your soul. i would have bargained with the universe, barringaigained with devil himself to bring them back. >> you had a moment where you said right now i would do it. >> anything. >> you grew up in a very devout home where there was a lot expected of you. your father started this teen mania ministry, well known around the world. what was going on in your mind when you were thrown from the -- you had to climb out of there and climb over the body of your friend garrett. and you had to make a decision, didn't you? am i going to live? it would be easier just to die.
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>> one of my lungs had collapsed at that time. so i was caught in the fire. i was wearing my mother's gray wedges i had stolen from her closet, and they started -- they were kind of a rubbery plastic. they started melting to my feet. started melting to the airplane, the seat. and so i am like head over heels literally. my feet are on the seat and i am, you know, i am -- my head and my arms are halfway out the plane. and i am having to make this decision. you are fighting to stay alive, fighting to stay awake. you don't really feel when you are on fire, you don't feel that you are on fire. >> you see it, though. >> you see it and you feel the warmth. >> the skin just melting off your -- >> it's not necessarily melting. what it does, i was wearing jeans and i'm wearing my no-sex spandex. >> yes. >> so that saved my life. >> i'm looking at your skin.
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>> spanx. >> exactly! >> the skin grafts. i am looking at you and i see a beautiful girl. when you look at your arms and you look at your body, tell me what you think and feel. >> i was wrestling a lot because i would -- i was displaced. >> 23% of your body. >> it wasn't just the 30% of my body that was grafted but then you also have, like the 20%, 30% that they take, you know, they take part of your skin and they graft it on and so that's also a healing process. and so i have learned how to survive in this process because i had to get off the pri prescriptive meds. >> some people get stuck in their own sadness and get trapped. how are you paying it forward? >> grief is a process. you can't compare faith, you can't compare courage. i did what everyone would have
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done. at the same time, austin was my saving grace because in many ways he gave me hope and courage to go on and that's why i wear this around my neck. this is from, you know it was a cold, dark night and the moon is full and there's coyotes howling and i see before me this tree, this oak tree that had been scharred. it was burned. underneath the tree is where we had crashed into. there's all these pieces of metal and i started picking them up. i made the necklaces. i'm going to give them to the families. >> hannah, you do lots of other great things too. this book is really, really riveting. i'd like to read a book that you write in five years from now that tells us more about your journey as you go along. we've got to run, but thank you. >> god bless you, sweetheart. the as mea sheila e. is with us. coming
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island. she captured our attention learning to play the drums just like her childhood idol if you remember, of course, sheila e. at it had been a dream since she was a little girl but her family couldn't afford the drum lessons. >> we got to surprise antonella with a lesson from that idol, the very only sheila e. take a look. >> i tried to imagine the drummer when i listen to music. that's the one thing that i focus in on. i air drum. sometimes i'm in the mirror and i do this and when i'm in the car i also like to pat on the steering wheel. the drummer that inspired me is sheila e. 1984, friends and i would gather around the tv on saturday morning and watch mtv all day. she would do this and then she would sing in to her microphone and then she'd have her foot. so that made me realize that would be the instrument of my choice. is there someone that is
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actually going to show me what to do with this. >> so antonella is inside. she has no idea that i'm here. ♪ >> i think you have to play the high hat a little bit better. >> hi. hi. oh, this is so exciting. >> do a little warm-up. you have a beat in your head? >> sometimes i do. >> okay, now play that. where would i go from there? >> see, everyone has a beat in their mind like in their head. i'm going to elaborate. i'm playing your beat. ♪ there you go. take it slow, though. ♪ excellent! i'm going to practice with antonella for the next hour. hopefully she's going to get this one, two, three, four thing and we'll be able to come out and perform for you right away.
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hey, keep practicing. we'll get it right. one, two, three, four. >> one, two, three, four. >> sheila e. >> great to see you. >> thank you. >> what did it feel like when you found out that sheila e. was going to be your mentor for a bit? >> i didn't find out until it actually happened so it was surreal. i had to take like ten steps -- i still didn't believe it even after -- >> you didn't recognize her at first. >> i had seen -- i don't get to use the computer often so my pictures of her were so small in my iphone, my current version. i did know but i couldn't believe it. i was speechless. >> we remember you from prince, from glamorous life and you are doing stuff now. >> movies as paula patton. >> you are very fancy. you have a dvd, though? >> yeah, i have a dvd that's out, and, yeah, it's great. you are showing it there. and a new book coming out next year. >> very fancy. >> does she have skills? >> everyone has skills.
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of course she has skills. >> and everyone has their own particular beat. >> they do. >> and antonella doesn't travel alone. she didn't just bring her one family member. she brought the entire hood in. >> no such thing as a small italian family. >> it's been a dream of hers for a long time. >> are you guys going to play something? >> yeah, we practiced a little something. >> all righty. you're right here. >> if you feel like sitting in, please do. that's why i brought these right here for you to come in. >> all right. here we go. >> let's hear her. >> one, two, three. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> i love it. yeah! ♪ ♪ bring it home! >> what? antonella! that's awesome. >> thank you for everything. god bless. >> the tech gadgets to help you scare up a little halloween spirit. >> how did she do, you guys? she did already? >> and hollywood buzz coming up after this. >> that was awesome. heart healthy, huh?! ugh! actually progresso's soup has pretty bold flavor. i love bold flavors! i'd love it if you'd open the chute!
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scoop you just couldn't think of starting your week with. from a "breaking bad" funeral to kanye west. we've got it all covered with the editor of pop goes the i can't even call him that word. hello, brian is here. so "fifty shades of grey." who is it going to be? >> basically they've narrowed it down. >> who isn't? >> they narrowed it down to every guy with piercing eyes and abs and that's all of hollywood. now down to five -- >> they've offered it to an awful lot of people. >> it's been turned down because it's so explicit. >> i think everyone is making sure that their actor is leaked as a possibility. scott eastwood is one of them. you probably saw him in "texas chainsaw 3d." >> yeah, that was my favorite last year. they get all the hollywood royalty. they get both sides would be offspring of hollywood royalty. >> the tweet says what is all this talk about "fifty shades of grey." what do you all think. hype eastwood living.
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i think you should tweet with gifford living. >> i think i should see his father do it. >> that would be an erotic thriller. >> it would be more like my house. that's what turns me on, baby, okay? >> i look forward to your podcast. >> jamie dornan is podcast. >> jamie dorner is another one. >> these are all unknown pretty much. >> he's a good actor. >> people are still talking about matt bomer. and james franco has also come up. >> and vanity fair is trying to do a big thing of gwyneth paltrow. >> and she's got a reputation. some people say she makes marth that stewart seem warm. that was a joke. nobody caught that? >> we did. it's just not funny.
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>> that's hard for me to believe because her mother is such a lovely lady. >> there's been rumors about an affair. and -- rumors, i said. and gwyneth's people has said no comment and vanity fair's comment is no comment. but this is really about myttique of gwyneth paltrow. >> so anne hathaway is off of the table? >> yes. >> and let's talk about kanye. >> i don't hate him, i hate the things he says. i really do. don't compare yourself to god. just don't do it. >> you're going to love this then. he opened his his concert tour and who shows up on stage but a jesus, i don't know if you call him an impersonator or a
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look-alike. >> an actor portraying. >> so he interacts with jesus. >> is it -- >> it depends on who you ask. some people say it's blasphamis. >> and he's got more that are a scream. >> first, this is "today" on nbc. >> we love brian.
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in less than two weeks all the pint-sized princesses and pirates in your neighborhood will be knocking on your door for sweet treats. >> you still have time to scare up a little halloween spirit. here are some fest i've this is a festive idea segment. with steve greenberg. author of gadget nation.
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hello, steve. how are you? >> very well. we've got a bunch of cool stuff here all new. right behind you on the window -- >> dim the lights. >> those some are chopping skulls. gadgets and >> now i want it. >> and, of course, you can't have a party without a little bit of booze. a little bloody drink. >> we've got some brains here, some bone chillers. this is from fred & company and gadgets and gifts. under 10 bucks. just cranberry juice. >> yeah, not great. >> no alcohol? >> what they're thinking? >> somebody wasn't thinking. >> this is a new idea from martha stewart craft. decorate pictures around your house. put on -- these are called gothic manon photo stickers. put them on your pictures and take them off after.
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>> it's on the glass so it peels off easily. $4.50 for 180 of those. next, most people should go l.e.d. lights because it's safer. if you are going old school, this is from zippo. flexible neck lighters you can fit in here. >> it's like a flashlight? >> it's a lighter. >> oh, it's a lighter. >> that's year round. i love that. >> a great way for lighting candles around your house. >> a lot of people ringing your doorbell. the deejay doorbell. download any music you want on to it. here we put some scary music. you can have halloween, christmas music. >> i love this. >> this is my third tv. >> oh, very scary. that is very scary. >> it's a big seller. big seller. >> and then finally, digitally, you can decorate your home. these big screen tvs.
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this is called atmosphere fx. spirit halloween stories all around the country. you can then put, they have these things that run as loops with different scary images. and they also -- you can project it on your house or on to a window. isn't that really scary? it's like a big-screen tv and make it very, very scary. >> very scare esteve greenberg. >> coming up tomorrow, creative halloween costumes and goodies. >> plus, julie andrews stops by. stop it. and lou manfriedini with his fixes. >> and the latest trends in hair fixes. [ female announcer ] now you can turn pillsbury crescents
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and we begin with developing news in nevada. that's where police say two people are dead and two more injured in the shooting at sparks middle school. police are not offering many more details, but they say the school is all clear, and the suspect is down. a spokeswoman at a local hospital says two boys are in critical condition. the middle school and a nearby elementary school are now closed for the day. investigators are not revealing a motive for the shooting at this time. we'll have much more on the story tonight at 5:00. good morning. thanks for being with us. i'm marla tellez. >> i'm jon


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