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good tuesday morning. coming up on "early today," prisoner swap. new details surrounding the efforts to secure sergeant bowe bergdahl's release from the taliban have many in the military very upset. pressure cooker. president obama arrived in poland as he tries to rally regional leaders to turn up the heat on russia. tiananmen square. 25 years ago today, a chinese government crackdown on a democracy movement that shook the world. it is tuesday, june 3rd. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm dara brown. more questions are being raised following the release of army sergeant bowe bergdahl as part of a prison of war exchange.
he's now recovering at a hospital in germany after being held for five years in captivity by the taliban. moments ago, the president spoke about the controversy surrounding the prisoner exchange while at a news conference in poland. here's what he had to say. >> we saw an opportunity. we were concerned about sergeant bergdahl's health. we had the cooperation of the qataris to execute an exchange. and we seized that opportunity. and the process was truncated because we wanted to make sure we did not miss that window. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in landstuhl germany, with more. good morning, ayman. what is the latest. >> reporter: sergeant bowe bergdahl continues to receive medical attention here at landstuhl medical center where officials say his condition is stable. more importantly they say his condition requires him to remain hospitalized for the time being. in addition to that, they say
they're focusing on his nutritional and dietary needs. this seems to be a departure given in the description by susan rice who described his condition as life threatening. their focus now is reintegrating him back into society and that will be determined at his own pace and his own comfort so long as it takes really. there are now growing questions and growing controversy surrounding not only sergeant bergdahl's disappearance in 2009 and what led him to wander off that base and the subsequent search missions that led to the loss of american lives, but also now growing questions about the prisoner swap and whether or not the release of five senior members of the taliban is ultimately going to pose a danger to the use and whether or not it violated any laws. the five senior members that the taliban returned to qatar but they'll be placed on der tight restrictions, not allowed to travel and not allowed to give interview s and banned from playing any kind of political or
active role in the taliban. so the question really, though, remains whether or not the qatar government will be be able to impose that and mitigate any possible security risks that the u.s. crittics may have concerns. dara, back to you. >> thank you, ayman. poland is the first stop for president obama during a four day trip that will also include belgium and france. president obama is expected to urge european leaders to keep up pressure on russia. this week, president obama will get a chance to see russian president vladimir putin for first time since the ukrainian crisis began. both will be attending a ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the d-day landings. nbc's tracie potts is in washington. tracie, good morning. what can we expect to see this week? >> reporter: what we're already seeing is president obama focusing and he made this clear when he hit the ground in poland this morning, focusing on security in eastern europe with our allies there, trying to reassure them. right now he's holding a news conference with the president of poland, and one of the things
that they focused on is trying to maintain relations with russia in that region, while condemning their actions in ukraine. president obama arrived in warsaw this morning to commemorate the 25th anniversary of free elections in poland. but the focus of this trip is urging our eastern european allies to keep the pressure on russia, to back off in ukraine. >> we have begun rotating additional ground troops and f-16 aircraft into poland and this is going to help our forces train together. >> reporter: mr. obama and russian president vladimir putin will both attend events commemorating the 70th anniversary of d-day, but there is no one on one plans between them. putin's scheduled to sit down with france's president and britain's prime minister, but not mr. obama. the state department calls russia hypocritical, calling for peace in ukraine, while sending in weapons and troops. >> russia is doing nothing to stop these activities.
>> reporter: president obama travels to europe today leaving big issues behind. veterans hospitals under scrutiny in need of new leadership, and controversy about the release of an american p.o.w. in exchange for five top taliban leaders. back in europe, brand-new today, president obama is asking congress for a billion dollars to help keep eastern europe secure. that money would go to military training and exercises in poland and some of the eastern countries that were already doing. also beefing up our navy presence in the black sea and the baltic sea and helping some of those border countries along the border with russia beef up their own military. dara? >> thank you, tracie. china has stepped up security ahead of the 25th anniversary of the tiananmen square uprising. police checkpoints have been set up across beijing. paramilitary troops are patrolling the streets around the square. the chinese government is also cracking down on opposition voices imposing strict travel
restrictions on well known political activists and critics. on june 4th, 1989, chinese troops opened fire on student led protests. and it is this one powerful image of the lone protester facing a line of tanks that came to symbolize the struggle for democracy in china. to this day, the exact death toll of the crackdown remains unclear. the fbi says an intense three-day nationwide manhunt ended with a suspect in custody. 42-year-old public relations specialist ryan kelly chamberlain ii was wanted on suspicion of possessing explosives at his san francisco apartment. he was arrested without incident near the golden gate bridge last night after police spotted his vehicle. the fbi reportedly discovered a cache of explosives in his apartment over the weekend. dan marino has joined the growing chorus of professional football players suing the nfl over concussions. the hall of fame quarterback filed suit with 14 other former players. they join over 5,000 former players who claim the nfl
concealed information that misled athletes about football-related head injuries. this is the latest lawsuit since the judge blocked a $765 million settlement. there is concern the settlement won't be enough to cover all players affected by traumatic brain injuries. nsa whistle-blower edward snowden is seeking asylum outside of russia. snowden says he formerly requested political asylum from several countries including brazil. he made the now during a television interview with brazil's globo tv. but the brazilian government says it has yet to receive a formal application. he fled the u.s. a year ago after leaking top secret documents about u.s. surveillance programs, his temporary asylum in russia will expire in the coming months. our hurricane with female names are deadly than those with male names? surprisingly the answer is yes. researchers looked at more than 60 years of death tolls from hurricanes and found that
female-named hurricanes killed more people than male ones. the reason, according to the study, people feel less threatened by feminine names and may have been less likely to seek shelter. and that is one frightening statistic, especially as we go into the hurricane season. bill karins -- >> the study has some holes in it, though. like one of the things they did, they took post steps into the study, electriciocutions after storm or carbon monoxide that has nothing to do with the storm. there are some holes in it. the heat yesterday, extremely hot in the desert southwest. 110 in phoenix. i know we had record highs in tucson. vegas was at 102. we were hot where we thought it would be, and it continues this morning. we're still very warm in those areas. at least down to the 70s in vegas. going to feel like 109 to 111 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., excessive heat warning in effect. this has been extended through
thursday for southern arizona. so this heat is not going anywhere, going away anytime soon. also, the middle of the country, one big headline late tonight and in early tomorrow morning. it is a severe weather outbreak. nebraska, iowa, northern kansas, this is the problem area. so, you know, the heat is one thing. the heat can be deadly. we don't have to deal with tornados in the west. at least there's that. >> the heat continues to at least the end of the week. and there is no rain in sight anywhere. >> maybe the weekend will give us a better forecast for them. >> we like to cool off, a little early for the 110s. >> we'll move from that hot ticket to the this hot ticket. the l.a. clippers worth $2
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mcconnell says he plans to stop the plan adding it is, quote, the single worst blow to kentucky's economy in modern times. it is time to get down to business. using the outrageous metrics of the los angeles clippers selling for $2 billion, business insider recalculated the values based on the clippers sales price of nba teams which now put the knicks at just under $5 billion. the l.a. lakers at $4.7 billion. the chicago bulls 3 s at $3.4 billion and the milwaukee bucks are now worth $1.4 billion. the seattle city council approved a $15 an hour minimum wage. it will take effect in various phases depending on the number of employees the company has and other factors. and a coffee with a twist. marijuana coffee will soviet union be availabsoon be availab washington state where pot is legal, which is the name of the thc infused cold beverage.
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dollars from their kids' booster clubs to line their own pockets. now the latest in sports from my friend betty nguyen. good morning, betty. >> good morning, dara. to yankee stadium now. victor espinoza throws out the first pitch. clearly he shows up a previous throw. the captain is full. check it. to the top of the fourth, a fly ball to left field. garner misses the catch and derek jeter goes after the ball thinking it was in foul territory. but it is alive. seger hustles to get a triple out of jeter's mistake. the mariners take this for the yanks 10-2. ryan howard at the plate with a power hit to center. it is going, going, and not gone. no. snatched up by mets center fielder matt ben decker. he makes the stretch for that one. mets win 11-2. new york knicks phil jackson hit with a $25,000 fine by the
nba for tampering. jackson told reporters that oklahoma thunder veteran guard derrick fisher was on his list of candidates to coach the knicks next season. just one problem, fisher is still under contract with the thunder. spectators, they got some action. a little too close for comfort in south africa's marathon. watch this as a car crashes into the guardrail. there it is again. nearly hits the people sitting there. luckily quick reaction was just enough and no one got hurt. to high school track in new jersey. jaril peppers blew past the competition. the university of michigan football recruit easily beat the next closest runner by nearly a half second. and look at this pitch by tadana of the japanese pacific league. what was that?
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we're looking at a very quiet weather pattern, almost zero chance of rain anywhere in the west, even the pacific northwest over the next couple of days, even into the weekend. these temperatures are very comfortable this time of year. we're in a weather pattern with on shore flow. we'll get stratus clouds coming in here in areas in the pacific northwest. they come in at night, they'll burn off slowly during the day. more clouds in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon, that continues even into your wednesday. besides the heat and dangerous heat in arizona, no headlines in the west, just the drought conditions getting worse by the day. >> no news is good news. we'll stick with that, bill. thank you very much. now for entertainment news. after 20 consecutive victories on jeopardy, 31-year-old julia collins reign as the winningest female contestant on jeopardy has come to an end. the final jeopardy answer that stumped her, the last person to win an oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. she bet it all. she got it wrong. who is john irving for the cider house rules.
an oscar winning director oliver stone will be taking on the edward snowden story. stone has been granted rights to the snowden files, the inside story of the world's most wanted man by journalist luke harding. stone has already begun writing the screenplay and plans to film before the end of the year. listen up "star wars" fans. episode seven added gwendolyn christie and lupita nyong'o who met j.j. abrams prior to winning her oscar for best supporting actress. and miley cyrus' maserati has been found. it was stolen from her home. the car was recovered in simi valley and detectives are searching the car for evidence. ♪
yes, you heard it here, folks. that is the rendition of michael jackson's "billy jean." they appeared on last year's britain's got talent and have a huge fan base from their bottle monday, which plays new songs on the last monday of the month on youtube. that is talent there. >> so into it. >> they are. and daniel radcliffe's comedy you shall know your velocity has been sold to international markets including china and the uk and picked up by sony pictures worldwide acquisition. and i'm dara brown. this is "early today." we hope it is just your first stop of the day on nbc.
leading the news in the daily mail, tehran dust storm blacks out sun, kills five and injures 30. the massive storm engulfed the iranian capital monday afternoon tearing down trees and sending people scrambling for cover. nearly 50,000 homes lost power. and on nbc news.com, high wire act. diners feast high above brussels. it is called dinner in the sky. diners sit around a mini kitchen that is lifted up to 160 feet in the air. and some other stories that we're keeping an eye on. it is a trend that could be trouble. earthquakes in california. the l.a. times says there have been five earthquakes larger than 4.0 in the past five months. the last time that happened, you're looking at it, 1994, the year of the infamous north ridge
earthquake. the world cup kicks off in just a week and a half, starting with the opening match at a $500 million stadium in sao paulo. one problem, it is not ready. they played a few test games there to try it out, but they couldn't seat a full crowd. and it has been dubbed the godzilla of earth. nasa uncovers a new planet that is roughly ten times bigger than our planet. but don't expect any alien life there. scientists say the megaplanet is filled mainly with rocks. and when you think of the perfect pet, the list goes dog, cat, gerbil and now we have got a new one, how about hedgehog? that's right. breeders are claiming that because they require little maintenance, they have almost no odor, and they are hypoallergenic, those little quills, though. they do make a good pet, but not all states agree and some worry they could set up a wild population. that hasn't stop the popularity
n some places there are waiting lists of over 500 people to own one. >> always the person that wants one that has the stray -- the different pet or the hedgehog or the white rat or pot belly pig. >> i have a friend with a chinchilla. >> you do? >> yes. they're cute and furry and soft and cuddly. >> not like that. >> no. not hedgehogs. a time for a look ahead and a look bag. chicago mayor rahm emanuel makes good on a promise tonight. he'll appear on the tonight show starring jimmy fallon after he went to chicago in march and jumped into an icy lake michigan. on this day in 1965, the first american to make a walk in space. astronaut edward white lost a spare thermal glove during the gemini mission making it one of the first pieces of space debris in low orbit. and happy birthday to tennis player rafael nadal, 28, second lady of the united states, jill biden, 63, and musical icahn frankie valley is 80. i'm dara brown. thanks for watching "early
well, good morning, everyone. it is 4:30 in the morning on this tuesday, i'm scott mcgrew. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. lots to get to. let's first check the forecast with meteorologist christina loren. >> taking a live look where the fog is this morning, widespread. do take it easy. a lot of this is cloud cover and a little bit of clearing here in the south bay already. it's one of the mornings we'll see june gloom make away to a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, yet again. you can see here san francisco socked in with fog and extends across the bay to emeryville.