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there's several conversations. >> there's a conversation with you -- >> with harry. >> about how dark your baby is going to be? >> potentially >> jaw dropping revelations for meghan markle and prince harry we're live in london with reaction city on edge today jury selection begins in the murder trial of a former police officer in the death of george floyd as minneapolis and the nation brace for the trial. more schools will open today
after a weekend that saw out of control parties in various cities as a race to vaccinate continues. on the 56th anniversary of bloody sunday marking the march across the edmund pettus bridge, president biden focuses on renewed voting rights. plus the highlights and biggest moments from the 2021 all-star game. a busy moment ahead. "early today" starts right now >> we have got so much to tell you about as we kick off a new week, but we begin with that royal rift that's now growing even wider prince harry and meghan markle sitting down with oprah winfrey for their first lengthy interview. the couple opened up about the pressure of being under the microscope and how they were treated by buckingham palace what are some of the biggest revelations we've heard from meghan and harry
>> reporter: let's start with the good news. we knew meghan and harry were expecting a second child we now know that second child is a girl, so that's a little sister for baby archie the couple also revealed three days before that fairy tail wedding at windser castle, the one watched by millions of people around the world they got married in secret in their own backyard what's getting attention around the u.k. and the world are the painful parts of this. one element is race. the couple said when meghan was pregnant with archie an unnamed royal insider expressed concern about how dark the baby's skin would be, which is obviously really shocking if true. meghan also talks about feeling unprotected by the royal family in the face of all this media scrutiny, having nowhere to turn to for support and at times having suicidal thoughts take a listen. >> in those months when i was pregnant all around the same
time so we had in tandem of the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title. and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born >> what? >> look, i was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to harry especially because i know how much loss he's suffered, but i knew that if i didn't say it that i would do it and i just didn't -- i just didn't want to be alive anymore. >> now, we heard mainly from meghan during this interview, but harry also spoke about that momentous decision to break away from the royal family, an institution he's been part of his entire life. he said at one point prince charles, his father, stopped taking his calls but that he
basically felt he had no choice to do this to protect himself, to protect meghan. i should say we have reached out to buckingham palace for response on this they have not yet come back to us british media reported the queen did not watch this interview, but you can be sure her advisers did. >> and i'm sure we'll be hearing about the after shocks long after. all right, thank you new york governor andrew cuomo who's in the mid-est of a sexual harassment scandal is standing his ground and refusing to step down even as more accusers come forward. over the weekend two more former female aides allege he was physically inappropriate with them cuomo has denied harassing women and said he was sorry for how his behavior made them feel. and now dozens of fellow democrats are calling for his resignation. wnbc's adam harding has the latest >> reporter: a defiant governor cuomo announcing he won't step down even as calls for his resignation are growing louder with his political future
hanging in the balance members of his own party have turned against him. the state senate majority leader saying we need to govern without daily distraction. for the good of the state governor cuomo must resign the assembly speaker adding, i think it's time for the governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of new york. >> i was elected by the people of the state i wasn't elected by politicians. >> reporter: in an interview with news 4 former consultant carol hinten says hud secretary andrew cuomo made a pass at her in a california room back in 2000 >> he started asking me questions. i was uncomfortable with that conversation, so i stood up to leave, and he walked across from his couch and embraced me intimately >> reporter: the governor's press team firing back saying this did not happen. karen hinten is a known antagonist of the governor's who
is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago. >> ms. hinten, every woman has a right to come forward. that's true, but the truth also matters. what you said is not true. >> reporter: her response, truth is the long time adversary that cuomo fears the most hinten is one of five women to allege inappropriate behavior. this weekend former aide ana list told "the wall street journal" the governor touched her back and kissed her hand accusers linda boylan tweeting, yes, i'm proud of all the women who have come forward and those who have helped us do so >> the allegations of each of the women has to be taken seriously. they're deeply troubling women have to be listened to >> reporter: but the state's naacp president says calls for cuomo's resignation are premature as the attorney general continues her investigation into the claims.
>> let's do the attorney general investigation. let's get the findings and then we'll go from there. >> our thanks to adam harding for that report. jury selection begins today in the trial of derek chauvin. he faces second degree murder and manslaughter charges floyd died last may after chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes while floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe. good morning >> reporter: good morning, francis, today is the day many people have been waiting for the start of that trial for former minneapolis police department officer derek chauvin. and you can tell, you get the sense the spotlight is really shifting onto what is happening here in minneapolis. not only are there those physical modifications like the rows of fencing that you see behind me protecting the courthouse here in minneapolis and downtown minneapolis, but ualso get a sense of the uptick of activism. demonstrations that we saw
really throughout the weekend, massive demonstrations making their way across the downtown area people really emphasizing this is something they're going to be watching and that they are going to be paying attention to. now, what we expect to see later today is that jury selection, that process of jury selection to begin eight jurors will be questioned each day we know that opening arguments are set for later this month francis? >> thank you as derek chauvin's trial begins a new poll shows a broad divide on race and policing. when usa today and ipsos originally conducted the poll in june last year 60% described george floyd's death as a murder that has since dropped and only 18% voiced support for the defund the police movement 58% opposed it however, 43% are in favor of redirecting funds to social services president biden is remembering a pivotal moment in
our nation's civil rights history by signing an executive order meant to make it easier for all americans to vote. nbc's kelly o'donnell has the latest from d.c. >> reporter: the span of history connecting selma's edmund pettus bridge and the biden agenda to renew the calls for expanding voting rights. >> i'm signing an executive order to make it easier for eligible voters to register to vote and improve access to voting >> reporter: choosing this 56th anniversary of bloody sunday when peaceful african-american marchers were attacked by state troopers that led to the landmark voting rights act of 1965 >> america was forced to confront the denial of democracy. >> reporter: over the years joe biden retraced the march with civil rights icon, the late john lewis. >> he said we've just got to get this done. >> reporter: president biden using the power of the pen to direct federal agencies to make voting more accessible
with new urgency after the capitol insurrection, lies about voter fraud and many republican led states tightening rules. democrats want to restore protections struck down by the supreme court. congresswoman terry sule represents selma >> all we see are republican legislatures trying to roll back the clock and to impose tougher restrictions on voting >> reporter: republican leader mitch mcconnell argued states should determine election law and claims the democratic party -- >> now wants to forcibly rewrite 50 states election washington >> reporter: during the virtual commemoration vice president harris urged congress to act on voting rights. >> and our laws should make it easier not more difficult to exercise that right. >> reporter: this was the first commemoration of bloody sunday since the passing of john lewis. president biden and democrats say they want to honor his
memory and his legacy by naming the updated version of the voting rights act in his honor thinking that will also be a way to put more pressure on congress to get it passed easier on the house where democrats have a slim majority, tougher in the senate with that 50-50 party split. francis? >> okay, kelly, thank you. the nba's best were out in atlanta for a high octane all-star game. zion williamson got the first start he's ever had in an all-star game and also got a start throwing it down early and lots started throwing down early. steph pulling up from about half-court to drain that three-pointer. lebron's squad dominated for much of the night and the winner was the first team to 170. ball game.
damian lilered putting it away for team lebron. he did not miss a shot all night long earlier in the night in the three point contest steph curry he needed every last shot including the last one to come from behind to beat mike conally and win the three ball contest for the second time in his career simon nearly kissing the rim on his way to his first ever dunk contest victory. >> let's get our first check of our monday weather hi, janessa, good morning. >> hi, good morning, everyone. pretty slow start to the weather week for most of the nation. we are watching a few storms that will pop up this afternoon across the pacific northwest, but you're waking up to dry conditions now, we are going to kind of see a pattern change for the west coast. a series of storms throughout your week. but the heat will continue to build across the east coast with temperatures at least 10 to 15
grees above avdeero st. louis. a little bit cooler for the northeast into northern new england. burlington, 32 we'll talk more about this pattern change coming up >> janessa, thank you. still to come new covid super spreader concerns in florida and colorado plus more vaccinations -- vaccinations are on the rise more sites continue to open up across the country much more here stay with us ♪ got my heart ♪ ♪ got my soul ♪ ♪ got my mouth ♪ ♪ i got life ♪ don't settle for products that give you a sort of white smile. try new crest whitening emulsions for 100% whiter teeth. its highly active peroxide droplets swipe on in seconds.
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>> reporter: we're seeing states increasingly turn to these mass vaccination sites. here in arizona there are now four locations this one in particular is just outside the stadium where the arizona cardinals football team plays, and they have already processed through more than 400,000 doses at this site alone. this is significant because over the course of this month these manufacturers of these vaccines expect to double their amount of output here. i was talking with the governor of arizona, doug ducey, and he told me said them their way. they have the capacity they have the volunteer. they have the man power to administer these vaccines. we also watched the other morning a shipment come in via ups on the plane and then through the ups truck driver to one of these locations and ups says, look, we're used to this. we can handle this load of shipments. it's a matter now of just getting them thereinto these states and getting even more folks vaccinated francis?
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get behind the podium tonight for her stint hosting jeopardy the show shared some photos on set of couric who will become the first woman to guest host jeopardy in its history. movies, tv, books are the things that kept us company during the pandemic. but now many classics are getting a closer look for their stereo-types >> reporter: their the films that once defined an era now under scrutiny from mickey rooney's depiction of an asian man to swing time. decades once scenes celebrate now criticized by some as racist and sexist this month tcm is launching a series to reframe old classics including "gone with the wind. >> focus on the parts of the movie problematic, tackling thel head on without fear and addressing them. >> reporter: while some are
adding context, others pulling content completely dr. seuss enterprise stopping publication of six book titles, classics shelved for their sometimes racist imagery leading to cries lder kevin mccy tweeting he still likes dr. seuss. >> do you like green eggs and ham? >> reporter: backlash now driving dr. seuss book sales with cat and the hat topping amazon's best-seller list. just in the last year multiple iconic brands and institutions have been renamed. others including disney plus adding warns from the muppets film featuring the confederate flag some argue pulling the work is not the answer >> we need to have nuanced, detail thoughtful conversations. it's just a question of if we will actually allow ourselves to have those conversations rather than banish it away why don't we think about what we can do with it
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