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> articles of impeachment, will they be delivered today a new hearing is about to get underway following a weekend that saw president trump tweet some 105 times by midnight sunday the fbi is confirming that it's operating on the assumption that the deadly attack at a pensacola, florida, naval base was an act of terrorism. details are still coming in as a volcano erupts off of the north island of new zealand. many still unaccounted for remembering the actor who brought big bird and oscar the grouch to style for so many years. the grea spiey gone thage of 85. plus, the incredible love
story behind this dazzling hollywood light show a busy monday ahead as "early today" starts right now. good to be with you on this morning. i'm frances rivera >> and i'm phillip mena. we begin with breaking news from new zealand. at least five people have died after a volcano erupted on white island, a popular tourist destination about 30 miles offshore about 50 people were in the area, and 23 have been transported to shore most have burn injuries. emergency crews are unable to reach the island right now and there is a possibility of more eruptions royal caribbea nbc news that they had guests touring the island today but they didn't share any additional details about the status of their passengers the stage is set for a historic showdown in washington as congress forges ahead with impeachment hearings ed to members of the intelligence committee will testify before the judiciary about their findings on whether president trump tried to pressure ukraine into investigating hians will then it's up to the judiciary each present their side. members to take the next steps
meanwhile the white house confirmed that it will not participate in any upcoming hearings calling the inquiry, quote, completely basis. nbc's tracie potts joins us. >> reporter: this is a process, and we continue to say this is a significant idea well, this one is because it's essentially final arguments before the judiciary committee with members of the intelligence committee breaking down their report what they found in the evidence, in the witnesses and then they could actually start writing articles of impeachment on that judiciary committee today. chairman nadler says he expects that it's probable that those articles will be completed this week and that the focus here is about protecting the next presidential election. >> this is a matter of urgency to deal with because we have to make sure that the next election is conducted with integrity and without foreign interference >> it's going to go nowhere.
and i think the american people know this is a waste of time >> reporter: meantime, the president's personal attorney rudy giuliani just back from ukrainpected to deliver some sort of statement or report e t sa findings there. frances? >> all right, tracie potts for us thank you. the fbi is expanding their investigation into the deadly shooting at the naval air station that left three people dead federal investigators say they are moving forward as if the shooting was an act of terror. they say the shooter mohammed alshamrani was a second lieutenant in the royal saudi air force and that he legally bought the gun he used in his shooting rampage we have also learned the gunman traveled to new york with some students >> reporter: well, the fbi still has a long investigation ahead they want to question any associates of alshamrani and they are asking anyone who has information to come forward. meanwhile people here in florida
are beginning to say good-bye. as pensacola gives salute to its fallen sailors, more questions are swirling about the shooter, 21 saudi national alshamrani >> our main goal right now is to confirm whether he acted alone or was he a part of a larger network. >> reporter: while officials have yet to determine the motive, they are investigating it as an act of terrorism. alshamrani who was killed in a shootout with deputies walked into this building with a glock 9-millimeter handgun and was the only gunman. investigators say there have been no arrests in the case. but law enforcement sources tell nbc in the week leading up to the shooting alshamrani showed three fellow classmates videos of previous mass shootings over dinner >> do you believe that anybody knew about this attack beforehand >> i am not prepared as we continue to investigate. there are several students who are providing information.
>> reporter: several known associates of his, also saudi students, have been restricted on base by their saudi commander. as officials investigate why alshamrani opened fire, we are learning more about those in his path 19-year-old mohamed haitham, a high school track star who just graduated boot camp. >> beautiful smile and always cared about other people >> reporter: cameron walters, at 21 he always dreamed of being a navy pilot and joshua caleb watson. in his final moments pointing first responders to the shooter. >> he is a hero. god bless his heart. >> reporter: all three receiving a heros' farewell, struck down in the battlefield of their own backyard >> they were all big military family and this is horrendous. >> reporter: and the remains of those three sailors were returned to dover air force base in delaware, something we typically see for servicemembers killed in war. now to a chilling story
about an arrest made in california a 30-year-old man is behind bars after a video was discovered that appears to show a gunman practicing for a mass shooting nbc's kathy park has this report and a warning you may find the video disturbing >> reporter: this haunting video inside a san diego hotel room appears to show a man simulating a mass shooting targeting pedestrians below. >> ah, yes >> reporter: in the graphic roleplay posted online, you can hear the southern california man talking to himself in a troubling sequence >> what do you do with this? >> reporter: he grabs ammunition from the floor, flashes a bottle of alcohol, and takes aim using a cache of weapons including an assault-stifled rifle. police arrested 30-year-old steve hamoke on weapons charges after receiving an anonymous tip from someone who knew him through an online gaming
community. the alert stating in part, he's gone off the deep end and that he is planning something or already has a plan >> by the very nature of the tip and what it was about, we knew that we had to move quickly and we did >> reporter: in the search warrant obtained by our nbc station in san diego, he booked a room at the sophia hotel for one night in march and he had purchased 14 firearms between last february and may of this year >> you drop the gun, pick up another gun. >> reporter: a potential rehearsal for an attack landing a man in jail. but the next act will be facing a judge on monday. kathy park, nbc news let's turn to hong kong where demonstrators crowded the streets for a massive march. protests in the city have now reached the six-month mark with activists calling for broad political reforms. organizers estimated that 800,000 people turned out. although officials put that figure much, much lower at 18,000 despite banning mass marches,
police allowed this demonstration after a few weeks of relative peace. hollywood is mourning the death of caroll spinney. spinney is the man behind the beloved sesame street characters big bird and oscar the grouch. he died at his house after living with a neurological disorder he worked on the children's show for nearly 50 years. caroll spinney, dead at the age of 85. all right. we are close to the end of the season, but that means that the playoff race is heating up the rams stayed in the running after they got a stunning win over the seahawks on sunday night football l.a. quarterback jared goff showed flashes of the greatness he showed last season. he had nearly 300 yards in the air and two touchdowns the defense though for the rams is key they sacked russell wilson five
times. they win the ball game 28-12 and the chiefs punched their ticket to the playoffs by delivering the patriots their first loss at home in 21 games new england would strike first with some trickery, that's tom brady, to julian edelman for 30 years. patrick mahomes silenced gillette kc wins it 23-16 that win nearly didn't happen though that's because the chiefs' equipment was accidently sent to new jersey instead of foxborough massachusetts. the equi having tohustle all thn that avoided the league's first-ever forfeit the 49ers and the saints, they combined for nearly 100 points new orleans quarterback drew brees threw for 349 yards and five touchdowns. jimmy g. had 349 passing yards as well. four touchdowns he threw
but the 49ers win it on this kick a wild one 48-46. they lost the game, but good news for people who own drew brees in fantasy he was tops this week, next jameis winston all helping out with your fantasy playoffs a look at the college football standings here these are the important ones that have come out finally top-ranked lsu, they will be taking on number four oklahoma, while ohio state is going to play the clemson tigers. those games will be played december 28th. and the winner for those two games will face off for the national championship on january 13th it seems like those holiday errands might be a little tougher in this rain >> buy online this week at least for the next three days. we have a large storm system that's producing a lot of moisture from the midwest to
and this will be continuous until wednesday afternoon. now it's not a ton of accumulation that we are going to see, but it's very consistent remember all that snow we saw last week? we are going to see melting ice snowpacks in those areas that'ssight for the northeast, upper 50s >> dealing with the rain, but what about the 60s >> all right >> i like that now to a story on some edible art with mass appeal. remember that art banana that we talked about last week the masterpiece-ish. that's a real banana duct taped to a wall that sold toe over thr
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and it still just dies and it's hard to not be pessimistic. >> reporter: for more than a decade, scientists trying to stop a disease that is the leading reason florida's citrus industry saw a 70% drop in orange production over the last 15 years the problem begins with a tiny bug called an asian citrusthe t it moves through the vascular system >> reporter: once that bacteria reaches a tree's roots, it's game over. and growers say replanting their groves with newly developed disease-resistant trees is too costly a solution. it's harvest season in florida so when you shake a tree, some of the fruit naturallyuss off. but growers say because of the disease, the fruit that drops is as soft as fresh baked bread the infected trees bear fruit that in some cases has 50% less juice causing florida orange juice prices to jump almost 19%
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>> reporter: every night on new york's staten island, a winter wonder land sparkles to life >> going to put rudolph on i think of christmas 365 days a year >> reporter: he's a retired pepsi factory foreman who spends the better part of a year transforming his house into a must-see attraction that draws young and old. dubbed "lights for life" he started this christmas tradition in 2002 in honor of his wife deborah anne after she died in the 9/11 attacks that horrific day, it just stays with you that first yea i made a vow to myself that i'm going to beat this and i'm going to fight it, and i'm going to light this house up bigger and brighter each and every year in her memory >> reporter: he started modestly with this nativity scene each year adding new animatronics
and it wasn't just about christmas cheer for him. he wanted to continue what his late wife loved to do, give back he's raised more than $300,000 for the children's cancer center at staten island university hospital >> it's a win/win situation. i'm helping sick children and keeping my late wife alive >> this is a i see the kids come, their eyes just light up you see the glisten in their eyes >> hey, thomas, how are you? nice to meet you thank you for coming >> reporter: this is thomas's first time here. he spent six months undergoing treatment in the cancer unit >> when i see that, i'm touching so many people it makes me think what i can do for next year. >> wow what a holiday season it is for all of them with that beautiful
tribute to his wife. >> yeah. the pride of the neighborhood right there. his late wife deborah would be proud. >> thanks for watching "early today" on this monday, december. i'm phillip mena >> and i'm frances rivera. we leave you with the ultimate jingle bell run. hundreds of runners wearing their santas outfits the santa dash has raised over $450,000 since it began back in
right now at 4:30, all that rain is out and now, oh, yes, that fog is moving in. it is monday for you, december 9th. here's a live look at san francisco and a foggy apalo alt this morning. >> that's just one camera, that's the golden gate bridge. you can't see the trans-america building. >> this is true. >> it's kind of moving around.