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stretch where it's slow up to bailey. there's a crash on the freeway. that's it. >> we'll be back with a local news update every half hour. don't miss the mid-day show at 11:00. have a a great morning. good morning. hot mess. that hot mess that record-breaking heat wave gives way to a rash of intensive thunderstorms. the flood gates opening. cancellations and delays pile up on the roads, traffic snarls power outages by the tens of thousands. and it's not over yet. we're live with the very latest. all eyes on mueller. 24 hours to go until the former special counsel takes center stage on capitol hill. >> maybe i'll see a little bit of it. >> what are the stakes for the most anticipated testimony in a generation out in force the biggest protests yet in puerto rico. hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets, but the
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governor digging in this morning. those stories, plus, ole miss murder mystery. the desperate search for a killer in a college town home sick. the state that voted to allow students to take mental health days to miss school. and tokyo 2020 it's one year from the summer olympics from new sports to beloved stars, the road to olympic glory starts today, tuesday, july 23rd, 2019 >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza hi, everybody. welcome to "today. nice to have you with us on a tuesday morning. nice to have you with us, willie one year from today, we'll be in tokyo. yeah, i came on the right day, live all morning on the plaza, we'll be getting ready for tokyo
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one year out with two of the new olympic sports skateboarding and rock climbing. we'll meet some past olympic champions and hopefuls this morning. >> do you think there is olympic snowboarding -- or skateboarding in the rain? we do have a rainy plaza but we're hoping to get out there in just a few >> shaun white also here with a big announcement. >> that's right. let's get to the weather the deadly heat wave has broken, but now we have the east coast hit hard by severe thunderstorms, flash flooding. the wet weather causing serious traffic problems from the road to the airports. we're going to get to al's report in a moment first nbc's morgan radford, she's at laguardia this morning. i know you got caught up in all of this? >> that's right, savannah. good morning, these storms created some pretty dangerous conditions both on the ground and in the air like others, i just happened to be traveling yesterday, and it took one diverted plane, two separate flights and an impromptu road trip just to get me back here in new york these storms, they came in fast,
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and they came in furious, and they dumped tons of rain leaving chaos in their wake. severe storms sweeping across the east coast. >> oh, man man. it's a geyser. >> reporter: creating travel nightmares in the region throughout the night in the tri-state area, more than 200,000 homes without power, most of them in new jersey torrential downpours causing serious flooding in the new york metro area bringing traffic on one major highway to a complete stop during the evening commute. new york city subway riders inundated by unexpected indoor water falls, while this normally bustling street in brooklyn looked more like a river one new yorker bravely walking through flood waters up to her thighs at airports, delayed and canceled flights piled up. some passengers stranded on the tarmac and in the terminal while others were stuck in the air
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>> we're very frustrated, tired, and we want to go home. >> reporter: our own craig melvin surrounded by frustrated fliers at new jersey's newark liberty international airport after his own flight was delayed more than five hours, and my own flight from atlanta to laguardia was diverted and sent back after more than two hours in the air. >> people are now on their phones trying to reschedule their flights. they're waiting in lines they're calling their loved ones they're letting them know they may not be able to get home as planned. >> reporter: a region recovering from days of extreme heat, now suffering through even more unpredictable weather. >> much of those flood waters have since reseeded, but there are still hundreds of flights that have been delayed or canceled which is why airlines are asking paessengers if they are traveling to check in with them before they head to the airport. >> again, hot mess morgan, i think it's a meteorological term. >> it is >> speaking of meteorological terms, al is here with a look at the forecast, how's it looking out there?
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>> not that great right now, unfortunately. if you are traveling by road or air, you're going to have problems flash flood watches, flash flood warnings from knoxville all the way to the northeast and into new england. 25 million people affected you can see that heavy rain now over the new york area moving up into boston, and there's more back to the west and why? we've got this frontal system that's bringing the cooler air, but it's also developing low pressure along it, so this slow moving front bringing rain, a severe threat into the carolinas late tonight into tomorrow the front pushes into the southeast bringing heavy rain down into florida, and there's a tropical depression just off florida's east coast, 40 miles east/northeast of west palm beach. winds at 35 miles per hour it's going to get caught up in that cold front that's pushing to the south that's going to tear it apart, maybe bringing some more rain into the carolinas that's where our heaviest rain is going to be through wednesday, anywhere from two to four inches but locally could be more from virginia all the way down to florida.
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>> still very ugly out there for a lot of people. we'll have more on the severe weather later this morning. we turn now to washington, the high stakes testimony of former special counsel robert mueller. it's just 24 hours away now. this morning democrats on the house judiciary committee scheduled a practice session to prepare for the long anticipated hearing. the president says he will be watching some of it along with millions of others nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest on it >> reporter: it is high stakes on both sides of pennsylvania avenue with mueller's testimony looming. as you said, democrats on the house judiciary committee are expected to hold that prep session later this afternoon democrats on the intel committee have been preparing as well. the white house and president's legal team are bracing for impact all as the justice department issues a blunt warning to robert mueller. >> reporter: he may be a reluctant witness, but in just 24 hours, former special counsel robert mueller will be in the hot seat, this morning new details about his testimony.
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a mueller spokesman tells nbc news the former special counsel will deliver an opening statement, then offer his entire 448 page report as his full statement for the record overnight, the justice department citing executive privilege telling mueller his testimony must remain within the boundaries of his public report, something mueller has long vowed to do. >> we chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself and the report is my testimony i would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before congress. >> reporter: president trump striking a defiant note ahead of mueller's highly anticipated appearance. >> the report was written. it said no collusion the report was written, and the attorney general based on the report was easily able to find there was no obstruction there's no nothing they're waesting their time. >> reporter: and after saying he won't watch mueller, the president now signaling he may tune in.
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>> no, i'm not going to be watching probably, maybe i'll see a little bit of it i'm not going to be watching mueller because you can't take all those bites out of the apple. >> reporter: the investigation found insufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between the trump campaign and russia, which interfered in the 2016 election, but mueller notably did not make a determination about whether the president obstructed justice and said he followed justice department policy that forbids indicting a sitting president. >> kristen, this is as we know a 400-page report. you're talking about a few hours of testimony do lawmakers know what specifically they want to ask mueller about? >> reporter: they have signaled some of the key questions. among those key questions, they are going to ask whether mueller believes mr. trump could be indicted if he weren't president, why mueller never forced the president to sit for an interview, and why didn't mueller talk to donald trump jr. who, of course, attended that infamous trump tower meeting
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during the campaign. republicans will likely try to drill down on when exactly mueller determined there was not enough evidence to prove a experti conspiracy between the trump campaign and russia all over five hours of testimony. >> kristen welker, thank you, and nbc news will provide live coverage of the mueller hearing. it will be me, lester holt, and chuck todd anchoring the developments starting tomorrow at 8:15 eastern time right here on nbc. we turn now to enormous protests in puerto rico that paralyzed the streets of san juan with hundreds of thousands of people calling for the governor to resign in the face of a growing scandal gabe gutierrez is in san juan for us good morning. >> reporter: good morning, this was the largest demonstration here in puerto rico by far it came as the embattled governor gave his first interview since the crisis began, an interview that may have added more fuel to the fire here overnight the chorus in puerto rico demanding the governor's
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resignation grew even louder police once again lobbied tear gas to break up the crowds the protesters converged here on the streets of old san juan right in front of the governor's mansion like they have for more than a week, but this day was different. it was the largest demonstration by far, hundreds of thousands of people from across the aisle and brought san juan to a standstill. >> we need a change, and we need the governor to resign >> reporter: protesters here included pop star ricky martin in new york, demonstrators at grand central terminal did not think governor ricardo rossello's announcement that he would not seek re-election was enough. >> everything that was said i assume responsibility for. >> on fox news rossello reiterated he would not resign immediately, though he struggled to explain how he would stay in office.
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>> governor, you're not able to give me the name of one person in puerto rico who supports you continuing as governor, is that correct? >> i can so the mayor of san se bash yan for example. >> the mayor says he actually does not support the governor. the political crisis has exploded since nearly 900 pages of a private group chat between rossello and several close aides were leaked and published. the messages include personal attacks on rival politicians, anti-gay slurs and jokes about the dead after hurricane maria. >> that's why i'm here, to represent all the people that we lost. >> reporter: lopez says her sick father died in the days after the storm. >> you can't imagine, can't imagi imagine. >> reporter: for her and so many others this is about much more than private chats. >> reporter: many of the protesters see this as anger boiling over after what they call years of government corruption here in puerto rico
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local lawmakers are already talking about possibly impeaching the governor, but even if he did resign, there is no clear successor the person who would have been next in line resigned when the chats became public. >> as you say those are decades of frustration pouring into the streets. we've got some breaking news out of london this morning, there's a new prime minister for britain, not necessarily a new direction, though. power will remain in the conservative party echoing a global trend boris johnson will take over from theresa may nbc's chief global correspondent bill neely has the very latest from 10 downing street good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah boris johnson is the new prime minister, at least he will be tomorrow president trump calls him a friend to most brits he's known simply as boris, and tomorrow he will walk through that door and become britain's next prime minister in the last few minutes he defeated his main rival, and now he inherits a crisis in his party and in a deeply divided country.
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>> and therefore i give notice that boris johnson is elected. >> >> reporter: ambition fulfilled, boris johnson elected by his party, meeting the queen tomorrow to be confirmed prime minister, but johnson is a divisive figure, seen by many as britain's donald trump, blond, brash, a populist fond of anti-immigrant rhetoric who's built a career twisting the truth and a new yorker. >> you were born in new york i was born in new york. >> reporter: president trump often praising him. >> boris johnson i think would be a great prime minister. >> reporter: though johnson when mayor of london wasn't too kind to donald trump. >> i think he's betraying a quite studen stupefying ignorant makes him unfit. >> all changed this year. >> i've got a good relationship with the white house, the united
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states, is has been, will be for the foreseeable future our military friend and partner. >> reporter: theresa may had an awkward relationship with donald trump. johnson like the president is an unpredictable maverick, though few politicians have ever been seen like this, stuck on a zip line during the london olympics. >> get me a ladder. >> reporter: but nothing seems to get in his way. he was cheerleader in chief for brexit to get britain out of the european union >> seize this chance and make this our moment to stand tall in the world. >> reporter: now he has to deliver. he's pledged that do or die, britain will leave europe by november johnson will cultivate an untidy look, inherit a mess he'll need all his charm to put it right and unite his country >> so bill, the man who cultivates an untidy mess as you said right there has had an
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interesting relationship with president trump who has praised boris johnson in the past. what kind of relationship should we expect between the two going forward? >> reporter: well, probably a good one, but the first thing boris johnson wants from donald trump is a trade deal, and he'll probably try to fly to the u.s. as soon as he can to do that i mean, no question he is a friendthe u.s., but on some issues, for example, iran, britain and the u.s. don't see eye to eye, and he inherits a huge set of problems number one. number two, he's got no electoral mandate from the british public, and number three, he hasn't got a whole lot of time to convince them back to you. >> we will be watching, thank you very much. also this morning, the fate of the 9/11 victims' compensation fund bill now in the hands of the senate. the legislation would provide health care for those who helped in the days and weeks after the september 11th terror attacks. the entire process to solidify the funding has not been an easy one. kasie hunt is in washington with the latest on what to expect
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from today's vote. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. there have been months of uncertainty for these 9/11 first responders who are now fighting for their health, and politics may finally be getting out of the way. a vote to guarantee them health care for life is set for a vote in the senate later today. all eye on capitol hill this morning as the senate holds a final vote on a bill that would provide lifelong medical support to the first responders and survivors of the september 11th terror attacks, a unanimous yes would renew the victim compensation fund for eight more decades helping those suffering from 9/11-related illnesses. advocates making one last plea to lawmakers. >> we're very hopeful that it will go through. it should go through it's the right thing to do. >> rand hapaul was one of two republican senators delaying last week's procedural votes temporarily blocking the extent of the funds >> any program that's going to
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be the longevity of 70, 80 years should be justify set by cutting spending. >> reporter: comedian jon stewart a long-time advocate for 9/11 responders slamming senator paul for his opposition. >> pardon me if i'm not impressed in in any way by rand paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling. >> stewart expressing outrage after delivering an impassioned speech before congress last month. >> your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity, time. >> reporter: the comedian then sharing the national spotlight with luis alvarez, the retired new york police detective fighting for his fellow first responders as he also fought for his life. >> you made me come down here the day before my 69th round of che chemo. >> reporter: alvarez losing his battle with stage four cancer just weeks later, an illness he believes resulted from his work at ground zero for three months.
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>> these funds are needed more than ever. two more retired new york firefighters dying just last week from 9/11-related cancers if the bill passes the senate as expected today, it's going to head to president trump's desk for his signature. savannah, willie. >> all right, kasie, thank you very much much. let's go right to al to get the rest of the weather. >> we've got that wet weather here in the southeast, and in the mid-atlantic states and even into new england out west, gorgeous weather the front has cleared. drier air, cooler air and plenty of sunshine. strong storms firing up in the western plains along the west coast we're look at gorgeous stuff. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds
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good morning, i'm meteorologi meteorologist kari hall. temperatures reach to the 60s across the bay in okayland. expect 73 and 94 in antioch today. san jose at 86 degrees with some upper 80s and low 90s for much of the north bay. going through the forecast, it's going to be hot in the valley. even reaching the upper 90s tomorrow. we'll still have the widespread and temperatures with some upper 60s in san francisco. >> that's your that's your latest weather, guys. >> al, thank you, coming up a murder mystery in mississippi. the desperate search this morning to find the killer of a 21-year-old student at ole miss. plus, the radical move being made to keep students safe at school by giving them mental health days off.
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the push by one state that could have an impact across the country. but first this is "today" on
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but it's going to heat up today. 86 degrees in the south bay. 94 in antioch. but we are keeping cool temperatures for the coast. we'll see more upper 60s for san francisco. low 70s tomorrow. and then a nice and comfortable weekend ahead while the valleys will see the highs in the upper 90s. so i'll keep tabs on our wide range in temperatures. let's get a look at the commute this morning with mike. >> the commute is easing up as well. left lanes are looking good. smooth drive through the maize. no major problems. walnut creek recovering from an earlier crash. then just generally slowdowns. a nice drive on the pest nins la. we have one crash blocking one lane. but the rest of the south bay looks good. 101 recovering northbound. slowing from cohn ran. back to you. >> we'll have more local news
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morning. ♪ 7:30 now, it's tuesday morning. 23rd, july 2019. take a look at these faces these are some of the best athletes in the u.s., and they are hoping to become olympic athletes and represent our country in tokyo when the games kick off one year from today. >> one year out. we can't wait to meet some of those athletes some would be olympic first timers, while a few of our guests already have medals around their necks and lots of them we'll get a chance to see some of the new sports that will be added to the tokyo 2020 games as well. >> we've got a rock wall out there. we've got skateboarding out there. >> halfpipe out there. >> you're going to be great at that. >> or rain boarding as we call it today
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let's get to the headlines this morning, it's the weather at the top for us hundreds of thousands of people were left without power overnight after those severe thunderstorms swept across the east coast and left a mess, too. torrential downpours caused major flooding in the new york metro area bringing traffic on one highway to a stop during the ening commute, and that's a normally bustling street in brooklyn looking more like a river. air travelers did not farewell at all hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled. what can we expect today al's going to be here in just a few with the forecast. president trump and congressional leaders have struck a bipartisan deal that would extend the debt limit for two years, it would provide more money for defense and protect spending on domestic programs. it would increase funding to combat the opioid epidemic and provide an additional $2.5 billion for the 2020 census the house and the senate have yet to vote on the deal, but that could happen by the end of the week. it is exactly what you do not want to see when you're at
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the beach, a dorsal fin sticking out of the water a few feet off the shower this video shot by a family in cocoa beach, florida, saw a pair of sharks swimming in shallow water. they say they've been coming to cocoa beach for 30 years, have never seen a shark this close to shore. now to the growing mystery surrounding the death of a mississippi college student. her body discovered near a lake not far from her school leaving her classmates stunned and her family reeling nbc's joe fryer is here with more on the investigation. joe, good morning. >> good morning, guys, the sheriff's department is remaining pretty tight-lipped about what happened to ally kosti kostial, but they do say foul play is apparent this morning we're learning details ab the ole miss college student's final hours as her family and friends remember the beloved 21-year-old. >> reporter: questions are swirling this morning in northern mississippi where a deputy on patrol found the body of 21-year-old ally kostial near
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a lake, the discovery stunning those living nearby. >> i just can't imagine what the parents are going through right now and their family it's very devastating. >> reporter: authorities close to the case tell nbc affiliate that kostial was last seen friday night outside a bar near the university of mississippi where she was taking summer classes. the same sources also say her body was found by the lake the next morning with multiple gunshot wounds the area, a popular destination for students at ole miss is about 20 miles away. >> that's what's even more shocking about all of this it could be anyone. >> reporter: those close to kostial want answers. >> it's just hard for me because all i can think about like when i see her face is what she went through, what she was thinking, what she was saying. it's really, really hard >> kostial grew up in st. louis, her father confirmed the news on facebook writing saturday afternoon we were visited by police who communicated to us that our beautiful dear alexandria ally kostial was the victim of a homicide
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ole miss's chancellor says we are truly saddened, ally was a valued member of our campus community. on social media friends are posting emotional tributes, one writing she was the brightest light and always had a smile on her face she truly was a ray of sunshine. another writes, praying justice is served soon and that god wraps his arms around the kostial family with investigators calling this a case of foul play, students in oxford, mississippi, are nervous and hoping to find out what happened to their classmate. >> i mean, oxford is a place you feel like you know everybody you trust everybody, and right now it just doesn't feel like that >> joe, you mentioned authorities are being pretty tight-lipped, which is understandab understandable. >> that's right. the sheriff's department says it following several leads. they're releasing very little information right now because they don't want to hurt the investigation. as for the kostial family, ally's father says his daughter was sweet and she was harmless they're anxiously awaiting more information from investigators. >> thinking about them. let us turn to al now with a
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check of that forecast we've been wondering what's on tap for today. >> the good news is when we showed you the map like this last week we were looking at a lot of red look now, the blue is out. new york city's high today 75, ten degrees below average. cincinnati at 81 that's six degrees cooler than usual. atlanta, 79 degrees. that's 11 degrees below average and by wednesday the cooler weather makes its way into the southeast. we always have to put in savannah, minus nine where it should be. 87 in new orleans, that's four degrees cooler the good news is if you like heat, we've got it for you coming back, temperatures getting into the upper 80s for detro detroit, st. louis at 90 on saturday new york will be flirting with 90 as well the heat will be making a return good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall.
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mostly sunny skies as you head out the door. temperatures in the 60s will reach 93 in concorde. it will be hot this afternoon. we do still have the cool breezes and fog near the coast keeping it in the 60s for the area beaches as well as san francisco. 90s in the forecast. we do have a lot more 90s extending through the weekend and early next week. >> tha and that's your latest weather, savannah? >> al, thank you so much a surprising solution to a growing problem. students who fought for the right to take mental health days off from school tell us the very personal reasons why they think it's so important. then, as we count down to tokyo 2020, three-time olympic gold medal snowboarder shaun white shares a big announcement with us. that's after these messages. ♪ if your current treatment isn't working,
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this morning on in depth today, new action to support the mental health of kids in school. the state of oregon is make ago big change to help students who arestruggling. kate snow is here with more. >> studies show that one in five kids in this country suffer from a mental health condition. well now oregon is doing something pretty radical allowing students to take excused days off from school for mental health reasons. >> reporter: kids are allowed to take sick days from school if they're physically ill now students in oregon will be able to take mental health days, too thanks to a new state law. >> mental illness can affect anyone, no matter how they look on the outside. >> they lobbied state lawmakers for the bill as seniors this winter along with other students. >> i took on this cause for a personal reason first off
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because so many of my close friends in high school struggled with depression, and there were times that i saw them at school and they really shouldn't have been there it would have been much better for them to take a day off. >> under the oregon law, a certain number of mental health days will be considered excused absences students won't be penalized and can make up missed exams later >> i can attest that this bill is long overdue. >> derrick, who struggled with anxiety in high school told lawmakers this would have made a huge difference for him. >> this is really wrong, i'm being marked absent, unexcused, can't make up these assignments because i don't have the will power to go to school today, and there was no system set in place to help me >> reporter: these students inspired in part by the activism they saw after the school shootings in parkland, florida. >> the parkland shooting was a great example of students having to take their own issues into their own hands. it's our generation. >> reporter: oregon has one of the highest rates of teen suicide in the country it's the second leading cause of death for 10 to 34-year-olds in
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that state nationally, suicide is at a 50-year high. >> mental health often is forgotten in schools we're comfortable with broken arms and broken legs, but we're not very comfortable with depression and anxiety and the things our students are struggling with. >> ben was amazing. >> oregon mom carol mccann lost her 14-year-old son ben to suicide last fall. >> i think the stigma that has been around suicide needs to change. >> reporter: the new state law has received some backlash, some believing that kids will take advantage, but these students say changes like these are needed to start a conversation around mental health >> children are already missing school for mental health reasons. the thing is they're lying about it they're doing the old school pretending they had a fever or they're sick or a headache or something. >> our biggest goal is making sure that everyone knows that mental health is just as valid as physical health. >> kate, this is such an interesting idea in the state of oregon, how many mental health days will kids get. >> under oregon state law, you
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can take up to five excused absence days in three months -- in a three-month period, but school districts are all going to have the ability to reframe it for their own district and what they think is appropriate it will be district by district. >> there are other states that have done this. >> utah actually passed a similar law last year, and just recently florida mandated that schools give students mental health classes starting in the sixth grade. students are going to learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness, find resources if they're battling anxiety or depression and learn how to support other peers who might be struggling. >> getting rid of the stigma seems to be the biggest part of this. >> that's the biggest part, just being able to say i need a mental health day is a big deal. >> kate, thank you so much. coming up, we're in tokyo state of mind this morning with the athletes hoping to compete at the olympic games there next summer. and another treat, japanese traditions will be front and center we are one year away from tokyo. we've got it all after these messages
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good tuesday morning. it's 7:56. we see sunshine over the south bay. a really nice start to this tuesday morning. and it is fog fwi at the golden gate bridge. parts of san francisco start to clear out now. but that keeps it cool with upper 60s there. na a pa up to 89 degrees. low to mid-90s for the inland valleys. going through the forecast, we have a the lot more 90s. a little bit hotter tomorrow. they were coming down to the lower 90s by the end of the week. it's still going to be a hot weekend for the valleys. san francisco will stay cool at times. some fog moving in. a mix of sunshine for the afternoon hours. i think we'll see more sun is tomorrow and that will bring the high temperatures to the 70s. going into the weekend, it does stay comfortable with some upper 60s and low 70s extending into early next week. now let's get an update on how
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the commute is rolling with mike. we're looking at pretty much the south bay. the issues on the peninsula clearly you see all the red. we got updates. two lanes are blocked. so it's better right now. on the other side of the bay, metering lights are on. walnut creek shows the slower drive. earlier crash to set things off. it just stuck around. back to you. happening now overnight a chase stretch iing from the sou bay to the peninsula is now over. two juveniles are in custody. chp saying officers were following the stolen car spotted in san jose around 2:30. firefighters are making progress on the wildfire still burning in the north bay this morning. the canyon fire is is near the lake started yesterday afternoon
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♪ it's 8:00 on "today." it's it's 8:00 on tod"today," con up, getting ready for the games. the 2020 summer olympic games just one year away, tokyo preparing to host the world in what will be the biggest olympics ever, a record number of athletes and events, and tokyo goes extreme with exciting new sports being added for the very first time. and this morning we're celebrating with an olympic celebration that stretches all the way from japan to right here on our plaza where a host of olympic champions and hopefuls are showing off their skills
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today, tuesday, july 23rd, 2019. ♪ >> ready to take home gold in japan. >> hey, everyone, i'm super excited. i'm here in the gym training and tokyo will be here before you know it. ♪ and build me up, whatever it takes ♪ >> ready for tokyo 2020. >> hey, guys, it's laurie hernandez, i am currently at the gym training, i just wanted to say this is so exciting. we are one year out from tokyo it's going to be crazy so definitely tune in ♪ whatever it takes >> and good morning, everybody, welcome back to "today." it's tuesday morning, and they're playing our song it's a special day, one year away from tokyo 2020, and these are some of the best athletes in the this country who have got their eyes on olympic glory. >> we've got some olympic hopefuls out there doing their thing on the plaza rock climbing and skateboarding, two of the sports that will be making their
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olympic debuts in tokyo. >> we're going to be catching up with some of these athletes including shaun white. yes, we know he's used to snow but he's got a big announcement coming up about possibly a 2020 olympic appearance let's get right to your news and those severe thunderstorms overnight triggered flash flooding, power outages and travel delays all along the east coast. al's got the latest forecast just in. let's get to nbc's morgan rad fo ford she's at laguardia airport there have been a lot of troubles. >> reporter: good morning, that's right, these flight delays and cancellations seem to just keep growing. we're already at more than 500 flight delays, 200 cancellations, and that's all across the united states this, of course, is after days of extreme heat in this area turn to the other side, and then we saw severe thunderstorms and flash flooding i was one of those people who was traveling into new york last night, and my flight got redistrir redirected after traveling two
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hours from atlanta to new york of course people in the area those flash floods meant a lot of new yorkers were walking in water as high as their thighs, and then in new jersey we saw about 200,000 people who were without power. this has created intense chaos at places like here at new york's laguardia airport in queens that's why a lot of these airports are asking passengers to check in with their airlines with ample time in case their flights have been delayed or canceled meanwhile, a lot of those flash flood warnings have been lifted. they were lifted earlier this morning for the tri-state area, and as those flood waters continue to recede, we're hoping for clearer skies and better transportation days. savannah. >> we sure are, morgan, thank you. it's not just the tri-state area, of course, across the country extreme heat was followed up by severe thunderstorms. al, when can we expect things to get a little more normal from here >> in about 24 hours everything will be back to usual. we are looking at still some flash flood watches stretching from the appalachians all the
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way into the northeast, 25 million people affected. still have a few flash flood warnings out there, too, but this is all pushing off to the east that's good news new england, you're going to have to deal with that over the next hour or two slow-moving front. then it sags down to the front low pressure developing a severe threat in the carolinas later this afternoon by tomorrow the front pushes into the southeast heavy rain threat for florida. we're watching this tropical depression we don't expect it to become a tropical storm it should start to weaken, get caught up in that cold front, maybe bringing some showers in the meantime, the heaviest rain is going to be down from florida into the carolinas, maybe even virginia, upwards of about three inches then things dry out, and a lot drier, a lot cooler. savannah. >> all right, al, thank you. puerto rico's capital is bracing for another day of massive protests demanding the governor's resignation hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of san juan yesterday blocking the city's main highway
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police eventually had to use tear gas to break up the crowd the protests came one day after ricardo rossello said he will not run for re-election but won't step down as governor of the u.s. territory he's been under fire over leaked private chats filled with profanity, anti-gay comments, and jokes about deaths caused by hurricane maria. americans may not be getting the message that taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke is no longer recommended for most people. researchers at harvard found up to 40 million healthy americans still follow the aspirin routine. for years doctors had recommended doing so, but recent studies find that any benefit usually don't outweigh the increased risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects. new guidelines out this year only recommend aspirin for those who have already had a heart attack or a stroke or for those diagnosed with heart disease. the chicago white sox have become the first major league baseball team to extend protective netting all the way to the foul ball plays
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it was installed while the team was away for a road trip and used during yesterday's game ballparks have come under increased essure to add more protection after several fans have been injured this season by foul balls the washington nationals are also set to debut extended netting but their game yesterday was canceled because of the bad weather. >> i think you're going to see this across the big leagues. it's coming. now you've got a morning boost. >> making new friends is of course one of the best parts of summer camp, but that also means when it's over the good-byes can be especially hard this little goi goboy goes to a different school on the last day of camp the other kids let him know how much he'll be missed. >> have fun. >> be careful. >> got to feel good, group hug to send him on his way. >> i'm smiling because i experienced this literally yesterday. i picked up my daughter from camp, and there was a lot of sobbing. >> that means they had a good time at camp.
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shaun white with no snow in sight, what is he doing here the three-time olympic gold snowboarder has some big news as we celebrate the final countdown to the tokyo olympics. and we're going to meet a couple of young hot shots who hope to be climbing the walls there when rock climbing makes its debut on the olympic stage our look at tokyo after these messages well it finally happened, zachary. somebody burned down my she shed. your she shed was struck by lightning. is my she shed covered by state farm? your she shed's covered, cheryl. that's wonderful news. home insurance trusted by more people than any other. state farm.
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♪ >> welcome back to our count down to the 2020 olympic games in tokyo >> we cannot wait. as usual our globe trotting buddy keir simmons way ahead of us he's already been to tokyo for a preview. how's it looking over there? >> great for me, not so great for my wife. or maybe that's right, tokyo is getting ready to welcome the world for the games of the 32nd olympiad in japan's amazing capital city of more than 9 million is set to put on quite a show. ♪ >> in a city that seems eternally on time, where tradition meets technology, they're as good as ready for the
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biggest ever olympics. welcome to tokyo we should say welcome back tokyo held the games in 1964, the first in asia. now that olympic stadium has been demolished and rebuilt for this second of three asian olympic games in a row and history will be made again next year, a record 339 medal events and 33 sports will include five new events including three that target a younger, more extreme audience first, olympic rock climbing and skateboarding will make their debut in tokyo the olympics is just a year away will you win gold? >> yes. >> of course, swimming and gymnastics will once again take center stage with americans leading the way. >> this has been her destiny >> this isn't san francisco. >> reporter: america's national pastime is this country's favorite sport >> if olympic baseball is anything like this, you guys are
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in for a treat. >> reporter: while this will be the boxing venue. >> recycling, combining old and new, this arena symbolizes the hopes of 2020. it is the tokyo home of japan's historic national sport. that's right, sumo wrestling watch out for the premier of olympic karate, too, at tokyo's hubs they're predicting a gold med medal. medals which will be made from old electronics included recycled phones and laptops, and tokyo's newest technology will be on show, this cyborg style frame helping officials lift heavy weight. >> there's some camera gear. here we go oh, yeah >> reporter: this time of year, tokyo gets hot >> it's going to be like holding an olympics in new orleans. >> i have never been to new orleans so -- >> it's hot. in the summer it's hot and humid. >> reporter: this time next
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summer the games of the 32nd olympiad will be getting underway as the olympic spotlight once again turns to tokyo. see you in tokyo >> keir, you totally blend. >> i know, right? i completely fit in. >> couldn't tell. >> to deal with those high temperatures that japan is using some high-tech, but i of course brought back some swag to deal with the high temperatures more old fashioned. >> wow, very cool. >> cute. >> these are great. >> thank you, keir >> fans from tokyo 2020. >> those are nice, okay. >> it looks like we're going to need those a year from now pretty hot over there. >> thank you so much >> well, the man who will be leading our coverage of the 2020 olympic games for nbc sports mr. mike tirico is already there he's in position he's been checking it out. mike, good morning >> reporter: good morning, savannah, willie, big fan here as well. keir stole my headline, i'm done already.
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>> big fan, big fan. >> first of all, it's nighttime there. that's always going to be fun because we're kind of reversing our schedules. is tokyo ready >> reporter: i think so. i got here earlier this morning, savannah and willie and got to tour around, see some of the venues and the bustling city, 37 million people with the olympics going on around it but venues in place, those that are not done are on their way to being done i think this city will be more than ready and will do a great job handling over the 11,000 athletes that we see at the summer olympics. >> so mike, you made the hop over from northern ireland from the british open, watched some great golf now you're there at tokyo with the excitement of new sports, two returning, three entirely new. we're going to look at some of them including skateboarding this morning what's the feel over there about some of these new events >> reporter: right, well, i think there is a connection to japan, and the baseball and softball returning also connects to the u.s maybe we'll see the usa and japan in some big matchups, but
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karate as keir mentioned and then the surfing and skateboarding. i think it's great in general for the youth of america, the youth of the world these are the sports that are participated in by 16 to 25 to 35-year-olds so why not see them on the highest level in the biggest sporting event in the world. i think the olympics continues to grow the young audience and the participation of the youth of the world, and i think that will be highlighted in some of these events >> it's fun. it keeps the olympics relevant, of course. we also love to keep our eyes on big, big stars what are the big names we should be looking out for >> reporter: well, as usual we look at the pool, and we look at gymnastics for the u.s you have katie ledecky who had all the success we've seen in rio and started that successful run in london. obviously for the men's side in terms of the swimming, there's no michael fephelps but caeleb dressel is a name to watch, dominant two years ago the current world championships
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he's off to a good start we're not seeing phelps but he could be the big star for america. and then in gymnastics you mentioned simone biles, and you've said it all a chance to be the first woman to repeat as the all around champions since 1968's olympics and do it back to back, and she and ledecky have a chance to become the all time winners in terms of gold medals for american women athlete a lot of stuff on the line, a lot of athletes we'll enjoy watching compete one more time. >> and then of course there are the athletes that require only one more name. i'll give you three of them, you tell me whether or not we're going to see them there, tiger, lebron, and serena >> reporter: tiger, it will be tough. he has to find the health and his form lebron it would be great to see him lead this next generation of young basketball players for team usa, and serena, when serena wants something she goes and gets it. she wants one more shot at olympic gold two out of three ain't bad let's be greedy.
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let's go for all three in the games. >> we want dream teams, the women's soccer team coming off its world cup win. it's not so easy to go right in there and try to get goals >> reporter: exactly, savannah that's the uniqueness of the women's soccer the cycle goes world cup and the very next year the olympics. you know with megan rapinoe and alex morgan and all the great women on that team and all the emotion we saw last month, they're going to continue on together in all likelihood, so great chance to see them do a double, and women's basketball for the u.s. has been so dominant of late, more dominant really than the men's basketball the women of team usa figure to be again one of the huge headlines that will make tokyo memorable. >> we're happy to see you. thanks for bringing us all the fanfare, get it? i'm doing your joke now. >> it's a great joke. >> we understand each other. >> appreciate you here too. >> let's get a check of the weather. you might need this.
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do you want to borrow my fan >> i've got one right here that's it, we're double fanning. >> yeah. >> that's how it works. >> excuse me, let me move that chair for you. they're going to need this in europe paris by thursday 107 degrees. 96 in geneva florence will be in triple digits right through and naples florida, naples italy, you're going to be into the 90s as well you're going to see plenty of sunshine out west, and we're i'm meteorologist kari hall. a live look outside in walnut creek seeing high clouds moving in and as we go throughout the day we'll also see some of the fog in san francisco, gradually clearing. we are going to keep some cool temperatures there with highs in the upper 60s. oakland today up to 73. 93 concord. in san jose expect a high of 86 degrees. our temperatures will be heating up over the next few days so expect more hot weather even into the weekend.
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by sunday we're back up to 97 degrees. >> announcer: one one year out on the plaza is sponsored by xfinity, this is beyond wi-fi this is x-fi and now back to our celebration of tokyo 2020 one year away today. the games going extreme adding skateboarding as an olympic sport for the first time it's bound to draw attention in more ways than one, especially because of the three-time olympic champion snowboarder who also happens to skateboard, shaun white. we'll talk with shaun in just a moment first more about shaun in one of the newest olympic sports. >> you got it! >> reporter: you can find them grinding on curbs, taking risks down steep railings and performing daring tricks midair. and now skateboarders have more street cred than ever because they're coming to the 2020 tokyo olympic games. the debut will have four medal
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events, men's and women's park where athletes perform in a dome shaped bowl and men's and women's street on stairs and curves and rails it's based on factors like height, originality and creative tricks and there's one olympic star who's been perfecting tricks of his own, olympic champion and snowboarding icon shaun white. >> it would mean the world to me, you know, to compete in skating. >> reporter: last year the 32-year-old said it would be a dream come true. >> at some point in my lifetime skateboard would get in the olympics i'm just happy it comes at a time where i feel physically and mentally capable of actually competing and pursuing that goal and dream. >> shaun white one more hit! >> reporter: white knows a thing or two about accomplishing lofty goals. he won the half pipe gold in the olympics in 2006, 2010, and 2018, but the double threat is
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also a five time x games medalist in vertical skateboarding. white started boarding when he was just 6 years old, so prolific that famed skateboarder tony hawk discovered him a year later. now the question is will white dominate the dome like he has the slopes >> and we're here with three-time olympic gold medalist shaun white. good morning. >> good morning. >> thanks for having me. >> good so see you we're not in our snow clothes. >> i know, it's nice >> we've been teasing this all morning about a big announcement what do you have to tell us? i'm really excited the fact that skateboardi skateboarding's in the olympics now. so amazing i saw what happened to snowboarding it's amazing i've been watching the competitions lately. i've been doing a lot of skating myself this summer, and i thought it would be amazing to go compete at the world championships in brazil in september. that's a big one. >> shaun white will be at the world championships of skateboarding. what's the plan here you'll see how that goes and make a decision about tokyo? >> it's such a big decision. i've been having so much fun
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skatiing around i thought why don't i test the waters, compete a little and see what happens after that i'll probably make the big announcement what i'm going to do. >> that would be a huge feat, having been so successful at the winter olympics and then try to go to the summer olympics. is that something that you have dreamed about for a long time? you've been skatiing for a long time. >> i have, yes it's fun i mean, there's so much exposure from the winter olympics for myself and my life and my career, but i've been just as much of a skateboarder in my other side of my life, and it's so amazing that this has happened i knew it was going to happen eventually, but now that the day has come it's just insane to me, and so exciting and i'd love to take part if i could first steps are first, you know. see what happens. >> everybody watching should know, this isn't something flukey thing you woke up to and decided to do. you've won major events at the x games. >> that was a goal in my life to pursue skateboarding and snowboarding and try to be the best in both you know, i definitely took a
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backseat to skateboarding as my career in snowboarding really took off this is something where i've been skating since i was a little kid the local park i would go to, tony hawk would also be there, i got to learn from him. >> tony hawk thought about your talent. >> yeah, a local park. just so people understand, you know, it takes a lot to go down this olympic path and what people give to become elite athletes at this level so when you're thinking about whether or not to, obviously it's about whether you can, can you compete at the level you want to. >> of course. >> but what else goes into it? >> so much, not just physically but mentally you know what i mean for me it was an interesting time because i had just come out of the winter olympics, and it was such an amazing olympics that i just wanted to enjoy that moment, you know, that gold from the winter and just take a beat, relax, and then you know, consider this. i think it's definitely something that's given me a little bit of i needed time to think about what i want to do
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next now that i've had a minute, oh, this is a great, and then i'll test the waters with this event. >> you more than anyone else have revolutionized the winter olympics with snowboarding and everything else you've been able to pleasure, raised the profile of those sports to an international stage. what does it mean to have skateboarding in the summer olympics >> you know, it's amazing. it's been a long time coming and there's so many amazing athletes that i don't think get the recognition they deserve they're out there every single day working and training, and you know, when i was competing in snowboarding as a kid, i even had trouble finishing my schooling because, you know, the school i attended they were like this list of sports, snowboarding's not on it we don't consider snowboarding a legitimate sport i had to go through great lengths to get my schooling done now that skateboarding is an olympic discipline, it's going to really show there's a career for the young generation in the sport. >> i'm glad you mentioned young generation we have a couple of those stars,
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who have both been incredibly successful you must be so excited brighten that the olympics is going to have skateboarding now do you have your eyes set on tokyo? >> i'm definitely excited. i think this is great for skateboarding and a new audience, and i'm excited to be part of it. >> tom, how are you feeling about tokyo rkts a year away from today >> i'm very excited. very excited this is crazy being here, you know, just thinking that skating is going to be in the olympics and we have a chance to, you know, compete. it's awesome >> you know, you're going to see shaun over at worlds so. >> i'm going to see tom. he's the man he's so inspiring to me. >> what kind of skater is shaun? you've watched him skate. >> he's not a skater he's the best skater >> well, we're so excited to have you thrilled to see skateboarding have its moment in the sun thank you so much. >> thanks for having us. >> thank you >> continue our celebration here, we're going to catch up with a bunch of team usa hopefuls out on our plaza. we're also going to introduce you to japanese culture,
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traditions, food, music, and dance. we'll start with a performance by the japanese folk dance institute of new york. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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8:26. good morning everyone. i'm scott mcgrew. new overnight video of the end of a chase that stretched from the south bay to the peninsula. two children are in custody. chp tells us officers were following a stolen car spotted in san jose around 2:30 a.m. that car led police on a chase, topping a hundred miles an hour at some points. it ended on middlefield and litton in palo alto about 40 minutes later. the juveniles are facing felony charges of evading and driving a stolen vehicle. meantime still some problems on the road, good morning, mike. >> good morning. completely unrelated to that story, over on the peninsula southbound 280 is jammed up. overall we're showing a pretty
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smooth drive, 280 southbound which is normally clear at woodside there is a crash bloc your slow lane and the transition on to 84 is blocked by what looks like a truck hauling hydrogen. northbound 880 off the 17, the crash at bascom has blocked a couple lanes. that's really it coming up toward san jose, highway 17 crossing over 280 and over toward the city streets, on to winchester will really jam things up around the corridor as well. the rest of the south bay a pretty standard drive. >> thanks. we'll have more local news in half an hour. you can check out all the news at nbc bay
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they've performed at carnegie hall, radio city, sesame street, artists like kanye have performed with them. >> they played with kanye? >> yeah. >> they were the first drumming group on the east coast. traditionally it was used for ri rituals to drive away evil and give strength and courage to warriors. >> we're getting ready for tokyo 2020 nat joins us looking quite sporty. >> i do have some folks in the crowd i was hoping to introduce you all to where's the carson family? hey. i see you're wearing your university of arizona gear are you from tucson? >> yes >> okay. and how long are you all here? >> five days. >> five days >> well, i love your red, white, and blue so much i thought you needed a little more red, white, and blue what do you think about that >> sure. >> okay. so a little team usa gear to go with your u of a gear. thanks for coming. parson family from tucson. bear down, yeah.
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coming up in this half hour, we're going to introduce you to more of the tradition and the taste of tokyo as we start the prep for our olympic journey. >> also meet the athletes who hope to compete in tokyo 2020. some have been on team usa before they've got the medals to prove it for others, they're making their first run at olympic gold. plus, we're going to meet two rock climbing phenomes who are hoping to go for gold as well in tokyo, including one 17-year-old who started her passion literally just a few blocks from us right here on the rocks in central park. they're going to show us how it's done. and rumor has it nat mo is going to hit the climbing wall herself. >> i've got my high heeled platform rock climbing shoes on. >> we had to put our best athlete on the case. >> the rest of us will be sitting on the couch cheering you on. >> let's look at tokyo weather, all right? usually late july early august,
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the average high is 90 the average heat index 98. back the last time they had it in 1964 they moved it to october it was so hot, and they didn't have a lot of air-conditioning july record high is 104. cloudy, not much of a heat index, and the wind out of the east, southeast at seven as we look at the rest of our good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we have low clouds and drizzle in san francisco. this is a look at our camera over the city right now. that is experiencing low clouds and it will be a cool day with some upper 60s. as you make your way inland temperatures heat up. we're up to 87 in santa rosa today. livermore reaching 90 degrees. 86 will be the high in san jose. going through the forecast, the inland valleys will be really hot. in fact, hotter tomorrow reaching 97. we'll be back up to 97 by this sunday. >> that's your latest weather, savannah.
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>> all right, al, thank you. our gold medal worthy morning continues at this olympic size group of athletes, they're all vying for a spot on team usa you're going to hear a lot more of these names over the next year with us right now, u.s. soccer stars ali krieger and ashlyn harris, olympic gold medalist and wrestling jordan burros and helen marules. >> and volleyball player, rugby player naya tapper and metal winning shotgun shooter including three gold medals kim rhode. >> you all are getting us very excited about tokyo. you ladies just came back from the world cup. are you still on cloud nine? >> absolutely. it's hard to gear up for the olympics when we just finished the world cup. >> i was going to say the way the women's schedule works, it's that one-two punch how do you get yourself emotionally ready to kind of go fwr
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for it again >> you don't take a second to breathe. you just keep pushing on. >> how are you in the competition, when you go into the olympic stage, you've obviously seen some of theseco etitors. you've both been in the olympics before how is it different? >> the same type of level. obviously fighting for a bigger team with other sports, which is also exciting for us, which gives us extra motivation to want to succeed. i think that's a little bit different. that we see in the world cup it's the highest stage for us again. right now we're back training and then in our year and then we prepare for the olympics. >> no rest, and thou have to make the team. >> we still have to qualify, so that's our focus right now before we think too far ahead. >> yeah, it's a big road ahead we'll be watching you guys david, you're getting out diving again. you actually changed your discipline tell me about that. >> yeah, i did three olympics on a ten-meter platform, now i'm on three meter.
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they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, one year out, i think every single one of us, your heart pounds, you get nervous, but at the end of the day, i switched events we all have the same mentality we have a dream to pleasuraccomh and we want to represent team usa well. >> you do have the olympic experience, that's got to count because you know what it's like to perform at that level. >> absolutely. >> with all of that pressure, but you had an injury. is that one of the reasons why you switched disciplines >> i like to think it wasn't that, but i did suffer a concussion about a year and a half ago, rewired some things a little bit i look back and i look at my career, i wanted to do tokyo and it's special because i have three little ones at home and my wife, and so you get inspired. you get excited to be able to show your kids and your wife and work hard for them >> jordan, you're one of the big stars of london 2012 you won the gold medal there
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i know you said you didn't do as well as you hoped to in rio. i know that's driving you towards tokyo right now. >> for sure. i've been on both sides of the podium, going from being an olympic gold medalist in 2012 to going home empty handed with no hardware in 2016, i think my perspective has shifted to i love the branding. i love creating awareness for myself, and i love everything that surrounds the olympic games, but i also want to perform at my best. >> i think you're a great example of what you all have gone through, which is this commitment to getting on that medal stand. you talked about missing your son's first steps. talk about that, what you give up to chase that dream. >> i try not to call them sacrifices i try to call them choices it's something i've decided to do on my own for me i get my most purpose when i'm in the wrestling room, when i'm in competition. when i walk into an arena and i feel the buzz of walking through the tunnel with the smoke and hear my name called over the loud speaker and going out to perform my best. the best thing that i've been blessed with to do in this world
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is wrestle at my highest level, and so yeah, i love my kids, but i also want to embody -- i love them, right? i love them. but also for me to be my best and be the best father i can be, i have to live a purposeful and driven lifestyle, and for me that means competing in the sport of wrestling. >> we're running out of time, but for you guys to be here and be with the other athletes, does this motivate you even more and realize it's one year away, you're one year away from your goal >> absolutely. it's very exciting. >> very exciting. >> we cannot wait to watch all of you compete one year from now in tokyo. >> good luck in your training as you head towards those games. >> two more olympic hopefuls aiming to scale the heights on our hopefully dry rock climbing wall here in the plaza, and hope you guys are going to strike gold in one year in tokyo. we're going to chat with these two in just a minute, but first this is "today" right here on
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>> announcer: one y . >> announcer: one year out on the plaza is sponsored by toyota, proud partner of team usa, toyota let's go places. it's never too early to get the excitement going here. we are one year away from the opening ceremony, 2020 summer olympics in tokyo where we will all be also, guys, there's five new sports that are going to be making their olympic debut. >> you take a look at the wall behind us, i think you can figure out what one of those sports is. we're about to speak to two of the biggest climbing names today. natalie, you got a closer look. >> it is challenging the olympic motto is faster, stronger, higher this new olympic sport, it has it all ♪ >> reporter: in tokyo, there will be a new route to olympic gold, up climbing will be making its olympic debut with athletes competing in all three climbing disciplines and the best
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combined all around scores bringing home the hardware there's speed, a sprint straight up a 50-foot wall in just seconds, sure to be an instant hit with spectators. then lead or sport climbing, another 50-foot wall, but with incline and hold challenges that make it far more difficult, and athletes seeing how far up they can get in six minutes and bouldering, a much smaller 13-foot wall but this one without any ropes or harness it's more like solving a mental challenge with a four-minute clock ticking. one of america's best chances to medal is new york city native ashima shiraishi, who first started climbing as a toddler in central park she spoke with "today" just before climbing was officially announced as an olympic event. >> climbing is almost like solving a puzzle you have to think about how you're going to move to each hold >> reporter: and climbing
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trailblazer alex johnson, the first woman to climb many of america's most challenging assena ascets winning her first title at 13 years old, just two of the athletes looking to make the most important ascent of their careers. >> these two challenge are going to give me a lesson in just a few minutes. >> we're also joined by alex johnson and ashima shiraishi, both hoping to not just be on the olympic team but the first athletes in history to take home gold medals. so there's three disciplines what are the three >> there's bouldering, speed climbing and then speed. >> so bouldering is sort of your specialty. how will you broaden your skill set to win gold? do you have to learn the other two a little bit more? >> for me, bouldering are definitely the ones i focus most on, but since speed is part of
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it all, i have to just grind and learn a totally new discipline basically. >> alex, i think you said if a marathoner was taking on a 100 yard sprint. how does this change your training strategy going into tokyo? >> it changes it pretty significantly. before we could specialize in one discipline and sort of hone our skills that way, we now do have to spread ourselves out to the three different disciplines and before this i don't think either of us had ever really done speed as a discipline bouldering and speed are kind of more marathon and the mile, and speed is like the 100 meter dash. >> you took time away from competing to coach now you're going back to competing. do you think that gives you a bit of an edge being a coach and a competitor >> i think seeing the different perspectives helps a lot and training with the kids that i coach also helps a lot they were a lot younger than me. i was having to keep up with them >> you moved to tokyo about a year ago, started training there. how has that training been we're going to get natalie ready.
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>> a lot of chalk first, right >> you chalk up. >> how was the training in tokyo? >> i think in tokyo the japanese team is really up on their game, too. and staying there has been good because getting ready for the humidity and everything. >> it's going to be hot. >> so why don't you guys show natalie. >> chalk is important. >> chalk is important because of the wet walls today, right do you think i should start here >> blue and black is going to be your best bet because they are the easiest. >> okay. so we're just -- >> and this is hard. these holes are not easy >> that next one is pretty good. yep, awesome and then if you can, perfect, you're a natural. >> no, this is about as high as i'm going, guys. i don't see another hold >> help. >> can you pop your left foot up maybe? >> i can't move. there's no harness on this >> you're farther than carson and i would have gotten. >> i'm just trying to find
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where's the real grip. >> you guys are going to be all right. >> we hope to see you both in tokyo in a year. savannah. >> and up next, we're going to have a true taste of tokyo, plus some of the traditions we're going to get to see when we go to japan next year i cannot wait for this
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. we are back now celebrating one year to the 2020 olympic games in coke owtokyo and one oe many thicngs we love is getting to know the city itself, and we are getting to fall in love with tokyo. >> that's right, the cultures, traditions and of course the food have made japan a top global destination. taste of all of it is japanese travel and culture writer, candice. i know it's really important to you the olympics being in tokyo
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in 2020. >> absolutely. my mother and father met in tokyo many years ago my father was in the u.s. navy my mother was a japanese teacher. they fell in love in tokyo they taught me everything i need to know about being japanese american this is like an homage to my lyineage and the west as well. >> we may not know some of the rich traditions behind the kimo kimo kimono. >> this particular one was given to my mother by my grandmother when she left japan. it's absolutely gorgeous there's touches of gold, intricate details, they date back thousands of years to the haywa era. so everyone from regular people every day wear kimonos but now it's used for celebratory weddings, ceremonies, graduations. it means everything to us. >> it's so beautiful so nice of you to bring a family heirlo heirloom tell us about these other traditions these dolls. >> these are daduma dolls. they are definitely about adversity and intense.
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this is like you fill in the left eye of the daduma doll and you make a wish or goal, and when it comes true, you fill in the other eye, oh, al's wish already came true. >> yes, yes. >> okay, do i just dot it like that >> yes, you did it perfect, savannah. >> and then when my wish comes true you would fill in the other eye. >> the other eye >> yes. >> it's about setting your intentions. >> the japanese like to say fall down seven times, stand up eight. we are a culture of you always do your best. >> what's with the waving cat? >> it translates to lucky or beckoning cat. the right hand up means you're looking for happiness or love. the left hand up means you're looking for gold or fortune. >> what if both hands are up >> both hands are up means you want it all. >> tell us about this position, this wish tree. >> this is from a festival what we love is we put wishes on
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here, and we wish for this love story for two people to have good weather when they get to meet one time a year on 7/7. this is celebratory for july 7th. you can make a wish as well and then tie it on your tree my mom wanted you to know that she made you origami cranes also mom said you can make everything look fabulous. making sure that you make a wish for whatever you want, for lots of love, good fortune. >> or gold >> gold. >> here we go. >> tell us about this. >> so sushi we know in japanese history, this is a preservation method before refrigeration. try something new in tokyo when you hit up tokyo sushi bars these are noodles 101. udon, a flower noodle that's chewy and thick. it's a japanese comfort food, a right of passage
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it's the mecca of gaman, it's comfort food you can make it with pork. you can also make it with miso broth. this is the buckwheat noodle, which is the healthy one of the bunch. zoba can be eaten cold or hot, which is why this summer you should try cold noodles in japan as well as hot it's going to be hot this summer, next summer. >> do you like sake hot or cold? >> i like it cold. it is not traditionally drunk hot in japan they typically like it room temperature or cold. higher quality sake is not drunk hot. try to look for cold, and also the craft beer that we love in japan is high quality, love their beer. >> craft beer. >> so mochi ice cream is very american japanese culture is full of lima beans and it's sweetened
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>> sake is great >> sake plus beer, either way, in japan we don't drink them together, though so the sake bomb is very american they say that american soldiers actually brought that to japan >> of course we did. and the big mac. >> i hope you come to tokyo and
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we want . we want to thank all of our olympic hopefuls for getting upper early, for getting us excited, for inspiring us. we can't wait to see ryou in tokyo. >> we hope to see all of you there. we have something to give you good luck. >> these japanese cats we just learned from candice.
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>> i thought the sake might give you better look. >> you're training athletes now and you're on the clock. >> good luck in tokyo. >> excitin >> we're counting down for you. >> coming up on the third hour, we've got cynthia erivo. >> oh, great. >> looking forward to that, fourth hour after the third hour happens every day like that. >> every day >> your local news. >> one year from now we'll see you from tokyo. >> good luck, everybody. >> good luck good morning everyone. 8:56. i'm scott mcgrew. new overnight video of the end of a chase that stretched from the south bay to the peninsula. two juveniles are in custody. chp tells us officers were following a stolen car spotted in san jose around 2:30 a.m. it led them on a chase topping 100 miles an hour at some points. happening now, firefighters
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the third hour of "today." >> good morning, everybody. welcome to our third hour of "today." i'm al. we have dylan. sheinelle is on vacation. craig is somewhere between newark airport and the west coast. >> somewhere. >> he got stuck. we have jacob soboroff and keir simmons joining us. ood to see you. >> we have the memo about the suit, also. >> every day. >> the blue. >> never individual. >> craig was going on assignment. he left. he had a 3:00 flight out of newark. he was delayed almost eight hours. >> goodness. >> he didn't take off until 11:30. >> is that his v


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