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it is cold and getting colder out there with new records being set by the day. and meteorologists say this weekend will be even worse. >> nuclear showdown, north korea flexing more than just a few missile launches and now threatening the entire u.s. with a single button. >> gets to the edge. the championship game! >> this is the grand est grand daddy of them all. it goes into double overtime. >> the nation's biggest lottery soared to a whopping $783 million. >> meet one of the youngest and cool est ph.d.s. "early today" starts right now.
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good morning, i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. we are out with the old and in with the cold. the new year bringing brutal arctic air blasting much of the country. parts of 35 states remain under wind chill advisories or warnings with the record cold stretching from nebraska to new york. the deep freeze won't be heeting up any time soon with below average temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills expected over the next week. and it's being blamed for several deaths. nbc's blake mccoy has the latest from chicago. blake? >> reporter: frances, good morning. this will be the fourth morning in a row that chicago wakes up to temperatures below 0, even colder when you factor in the wind chill. and it's not just here in chicago. much of the country is being impacted by this arctic blast. a bitter freeze gripping the country. >> it's unbearable. >> i feel it every second in my bones. >> reporter: now turning deadly with at least five suspected cold weather deaths. the latest in detroit where a man was found frozen in front of a church.
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this is dangerous whiteout conditions caused a massive pile up in michigan, an indiana woman had to be rescued after her car plunged into an icy pond trapping her as it sank. it was the coldest ball drop in 100 years, just 9 degrees at midnight in new york's times square. >> we're freezing and we had no idea it was going to be this cold. >> it's as cold as i've ever been. >> reporter: much of the country begins 2018 in this prolonged deep freeze. 90% of america waking up below freezing. 35% below 0. new record lows set in plagss like omaha, des moines, and buffalo. for emergency crews, the bitter cold is presenting a challenge. >> we have two trucks froze up right now. we're in the process of trying to get them back to the station so they can thaw out. >> reporter: runners in chicago braved sub-zero temperatures for the new year's day 5k. >> we're late because we questioned our sanity. >> reporter: columbus moved its
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indoors. perhaps the hearty est souls of all, those taking the polar plunge despite polar temperatures. with the holiday now over, it is going to be a very frigid return to work this morning. frances? >> all right, blake, thank you very much. feel bad for all these kids and parents out there. >> it is brutal. let's go to meteorologist michelle grossman for more on the frigid weather. what's in store? >> we were talking about the kids at the bus stop. we're going to see it today, we'll see it tomorrow, and even colder as we head towards the weekend. we have those wind chill warnings, in the dark pink. advisory, the massive amount of states and number of people under these warnings. and we're seeing values near 0 to 40 below 0 in some spots. be careful as you head out. the polar express continues, all the way down to the states of texas, southern states to florida, it will continue tomorrow. 6 below now no chicago, 7 in
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boston. we have the cold air in place, guys, and we also have some snow coming up that could impacts parts of the northeast. we'll talk more about that. >> all right, michelle, thank you. an ominous new year's message from north korea's dictator, he is making new claims about his country's nuclear weapons. in his annual new year's address, kim jong-un warned the u.s. of his country's nuclear capabilities saying the entire united states is within striking range. at the same time, kim jong-un made a new overture to south korea saying, quote, we should ease the military tensions between the north and the south to create a peaceful environment on the korean peninsula. nbc's kelly cobiella has the latest from seoul. >> reporter: kim jong-un in a rare appearance unleashing an ominous warning. the whole of the u.s. main land is within our firing range, and the nuclear button is on my desk. it's not a threat, he said, but a reality. the president reacting at a new year's eve party.
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>> [ inaudible ]. >> we'll see, we'll see. >> reporter: after a ballistic missile launch in november, kim jong-un now claims his nuclear weapons program is complete. experts are analyzing the video said it was the most powerful missile yet, possibly capable of striking the u.s. east coast. but north korea still has technical hurdles to cross. what is the main message? >> well, the signal that kim jong-un is sending to americans is, check mate, game over. you have to deal with reality. >> reporter: kim jong-un never mentioned president trump in his speech. instead, extending a hand to south korea and offering talks, yet no sign the north is ready to disarm, despite u.n. sanctions. kim jong-un announcing a new goal, mass producing nuclear war heads and ballistic missiles. the country's new year's resolution for 2018. kelly cobiella, nbc news, seoul. >> this morning president trump is waking up in the white house,
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returning from holiday break at his florida resort with first lady melania trump and son barron. and while we may just be two days into the new year, the president kicked off 2018 by taking an international jab at pakistan and iran. deriding pakistan in his first tweet of the year. blasting the country for serving as a safe haven for terrorists giving the u.s. nothing but, quote, lies and deceit. that of course coming after mr. trump referred to iran as the number one state sponsor of terror accusing it of human rights violations while demonstrators protested in the country's streets for days now. still domestic matters look to give the president the greatest challenge this year with midterms looming, a budget standoff in the wings and democratic opposition looking up end his entire agenda. for more on this we go to nbc's white house correspondent hallie jackson. hallie, good morning. >> reporter: hey there, phillip. president trump is back in washington this morning. he is waking up at the white house after spending his holidays at his resort in south florida. and i'll tell you what, he's got
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a lot on his plate. this very packed domestic agenda, congress will start getting back to town tomorrow. later on this week you will see president trump huddling with top republican leaders at camp david, for example, to try to hash out which priorities should come first. if you're going to look at the top ones, expect the president to talk about infrastructure. this is something that the white house, that the president wants to be pushing in the early part of 2018. basically this month. but then think about it, mid month there is that deadline for congress to come up with a budget deal and avoid a government shut down. so, there will be a lot of talks about that. and then talks later in the spring, maybe over the next few weeks, too, about immigration, and that program daca that protects about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to this country when they were younger. it's not just the domestic policy, too you know 2018 has already seen the president really hammer on foreign policy, tweeting, for example, about the situation developing in iran, tweeting about pakistan, too. so, a lot to discuss as we turn into this first real workday of 2018. phillip, back to you.
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>> a full plate ahead. hallie, thank you. >> chances are if you're waking up this morning we're the first to tell you which college football teams will battle atlanta for the national championship. in pasadena georgia had a high scoring shootout. it turned out to be the greatest grabbed daddies of them all. the first time ever the famed rose bowl went into overtime and double overtime. the score was tied 48 apiece when this happened. >> earlier in a direct snap. >> it's michelle's turn running all the way. they're going to the championship game. >> and just like that georgia takes the rose bowl with a thrilling 54-48 victory. now action in the sugar bowl where top ranked clemson faced off with number 4 alabama. the crimson tide got off to a fast start and never looked back. 24 -6 win launches them into a championship game, their third consecutive title game. the all sec national title game
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will be played next monday night in atlanta. alabama, georgia. so, a lot of action still to come. >> should be fun. police in brock port, new york, had a very close encounter with a thief. he was trying to capture a squirrel. look at this thief. stealing cookies. that was the charge. the furry critter running frantically before lunging itself at an officer. this body cam video was shared on facebook. police joked about it saying they weren't expecting such a warm welcome. wow. the chaos in there. they ultimately captured the thief and released it unharmed. good to know. >> that is intense with the squealing even in the background, too. let's take a turn now to michelle grossman who teased us with snow, bitter air, cold air as if it isn't enough. >> this will at the tiset the p for snow later this week. we're going to get another surge of bitterly cold air. we are waking up to freeze warnings in the south. parts of texas, louisiana,
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mississippi, alabama, even northern florida seeing very cold temperatures this morning. and look, we're not going to rise very far from here as we go throughout the afternoon. bundling up even in texas. 39 in san antonio, 30 in texas, 20 degrees later this afternoon in st. louis and yesterday, 25 in new york, but still below freezing in scranton, 20 degrees. all right, a cold day. hey, you guys, i have to tell you i did have a squirrel in college. i found a squirrel in a box of my fruit loops. >> no body camera, though. >> no body camera. thank goodness. for many reasons. >> there you go. fast forwarding now into your tuesday, the annual mummers parade rang in the new year in philadelphia despite bone chilling temperatures in the single digits. thousands marched in the oldest
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has a new title. grinch -- gretchen carlson will serve as the chair. she is expected to help lead the pageant through its own sexual misconduct scandal. while furthering the fight against harassment, over 300 actresses, writers and directors are kicking off the start of 2018 with a project to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. the times up program launched with an open letter posted in "the new york times," an online titled, dear sisters. it says, quote, times up for unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. among the initiative supporters include emma stone, natalie portman, kate blanchett and many more. >> in south carolina, one little girl had a birthday for the record books. and the very first few hours of 2018, the baby came about three weeks early so her parents were racing against time as they sped down the interstate to the hospital that was about an hour away.
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pacific coast, an eyewitness describes the horrifying scene after a single engine plane crashed in the woods. 12 people killed including 10 americans and two local crew members. >> it went up and it all of a sudden beared to the left and nose dived right in front of us. >> reporter: in suburban new york, friends and family are mourning the loss of bruce and irene steinberg and their three sons, matthew, william and zachary. >> inconceivable that a whole family should meet with such a disaster. they were a lovely family. >> reporter: also among the dead, mitchell and leslie weiss from near tampa, florida along with their two children. the charter plane belonged to nature air, which did not respond to a request for comment. in september, two passengers including an american were killed when another one of its flights reportedly crashed into a river. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: thrts say this aircraft had been inspected a month ago, but strong winds had
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and welcome back to "early today." well, it is cold once again. we are going to be cold as we head throughout the week. that is setting the stage for the potential for a nor'easter. i'll talk about that. as we see this area of low pressure, it is now situated just north of the bahamas. we have a couple days to fine tune this forecast. but it's going to travel to the north and first on wednesday it will bring some wintry weather actually to the carolinas. so you can see along the coast of the carolinas where you see the blue, that's the snow. the pink is the icy mix. then it will continue to move north. and this is where we're going to watch the track by thursday to see where this will reeling i bring the heavy snow. as it it stands right now, the heaviest snow will be in parts of maine and also parts of southeastern massachusetts. but certainly going to watch this over the next several days. everyone will get the cold air and everyone will get the wind with this. >> all right. thanks a lot, michelle. >> you're welcome. >> keep it right here. "early today" continues. people often ask me if there's something more effective for joint support
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now to a feel good story. we can't get enough of, i want to introduce you to julia, a unique north carolina student who started college at age 12 and got her ph.d. at age 23. 23. >> that is something there. it's not just julia we're celebrating this morning. also her uber supportive mother who went above and beyond to make sure her daughter got what she deserved and then some. bill murry of our wetc affiliate has that report. >> i don't see her often enough. >> reporter: nadine can't wrap her product. that's a good thing. if someone asks if there is a doctor in the house, she can say, yes, my daughter. >> as i've gotten older and hopefully matured, come to appreciate that there's more to life than just being book smart.
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>> reporter: julia is 23 with a ph.d. >> it was definitely the most difficult thing i've ever done. >> reporter: she just graduated spend ing half her life in college. >> we didn't think she was being challenged enough. >> reporter: that's an understatement. rewind 11 years and julia was a 12-year-old student at cape veer community college. >> can you get a master's degree? >> yes. >> reporter: >> i was a know it all when i was a kid. i tone it down now. >> reporter: she has a associates degree, 14, bachelor's degree at 16 and ph.d. from the university of wisconsin. >> speaking from personal experience, if a student who is very bright gets bored, they will get into trouble. >> reporter: mom and dad picked up on that right away and home schooled julia for four years. >> at the time that principal thought that we were just exaggerating and every parents think their kids are above average. >> reporter: now that school is over there is another chapter. mom is relishing the fact her
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daughter achieved something special. >> a lot of times a normal 12-year-old running around doing normal stuff, she was bogged down in books trying to, you know, figure her way through college and all this stuff. >> most of the people i've met in my life probably could have done what i did. >> reporter: julia knows she has mom's support. now she's hoping her mom has patience. she is no longer a unique 12-year-old in a college classroom. now she's like a lot of other 23-year-olds, unemployed and looking for work. >> i was in college most of my life and i haven't really been in the real world. it's exciting but a little scary to like actually go get a job. >> thanks to wec t for bill murry's report. she is considering applying for jobs in japan to help with her science degree. >> that's awesome. i would appeal to her to stay here, we need your help. we need your expertise and smarts here in the u.s., but good luck to her whatever she decides to do. >> i'm frances rivera.
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>> i'm phillip mena. w we leave you with these gorgeous images of the super moon nasa is calling the biggest and a massive fire - burning in the
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south bay right now. breaking news at 4:30. a massive fire burning in the south bay as we speak. this is at a paper mill near san jose international airport. our cameras captured those flames and we have several crews on scene digging for information right now. thank you for joining us on this tuesday morning, i'm kris sanchez in for laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. let's look to meteorologist kari hall for a look at the microforecast. >> we start with mostly clear skies. you will start to see clouds moving in as we go through the day as that storm system advances to the bay area. seeing light showers offshore. i think we'll

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