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it's thanksgiving, and millions are hitting the road to grandma's house with record numbers on the move. even if a quarter of you still have to work today. more editions to president-elect trump's cabinet and the ey involved with protecting the new and very large first family. security on high alert ahead of the 90th anvil macy's thanksgiving day parade. >> and pardons for tater and tot. >> malia and sasha are thankful this is my final pardon. what i haven't told them is we're going to do this every year from now on.
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cold turkey. >> "early today" starts right now. >> good morning, and so great being with you on this thanksgiving day. i'm frances rivera. if you're up early to prepare the turkey or getting ready to hit the road, you're in good company. almost 50 million americans from coast to coast are on the move, hoping to join family and friends for a thanksgiving feast. make sure you pack your patience. it may be pretty >> the thanksgiving crush. it started on the west coast tuesday night. nearly 49 million of us traveling this holiday. with gas now averaging $2.13 a gallon, the vast majority are driving. meanwhile, a potential record breaker in the air with as many as 2.6 million people expected to pass through airport security both today and sunday. the tsa has been under pressure to avoid a repeat of the long lines that stretched for hours
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since then, adding more dog teams and thousands of new screeners. >> 23,200 passengers went through tsa -- >> and opening the new airport command center that tracks real time every tsa check point at the 30 busiest airports. one hot spot, a power outage in louisville that slowed downs down for an hour. peter neffenger. >> sunday is expected to be the busiest day of the weekend. give yourself weather. snow in minneapolis, while in l.a., comfort dogs to ease the stress. >> that was tom costello. now, just the weather has to cooperate. how are we doing? let's check in with bonnie schneider. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving. the weather looks really good for flyers. i don't think we'll have too many problems. a couple trouble spots to keep watch on, like out in seattle where we're watching for a series of storms to come in. this will bring about rain and
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as well due to weather today. for those of you hitting the roads and driving, not too many major problems. a little snow to the great lakes area and upstate new york and from seattle to missoula, watch out for bands of rain and snow. a good looking thanksgiving. >> thankful for that. >> taking a turn to the latest on the horrific school bus crash in chattanooga, tennessee. authorities say a sixth child has died from injuries from the crash. five kids re faces several counts of vehicular homicide. investigators have announced the toxicology report show no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system, however he was not driving the approved route. >> the course of looking at the history of tally road, we ascertained it was not on the designated route for the school bus. that's one of the things we're exploring, a, has he done it
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>> witnesses told investigators walker was driving well above the speed limit. the school board had received complaints about how walker operated the bus and several relatives of victims say he was a known problem. >> it was about him slamming on brakes on purpose. making all the kids hit their heads. >> said one time to my mom, granny, that man drives like a fool. >> more heartbreaking knowing they had the >> nbc news has learned president-elect trump has attended just two intelligence briefings since winning the election. that's a much lower number than his predecessors and lower than the numbers attended by vice president-elect mike presence. he's received them nearly every day. a senior intelligence official cautions it's too early to know what the significance is given trump is in the middle of his transition process. that, as democrats elijah cummings and elizabeth warren
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accountable office to look into trump's potential conflicts of interest. the news comes as the president-elect spends the thanksgiving holiday at his mar-a-lago resort, celebrating with his family while maintaining a busy schedule. and after making two key decisions selecting two republican women for his cabinet, kristen welker brings us more. >> president-elect donald trump with a thanksgiving message for thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country. >> it comes as he's trying to diversify his cabinet, tapping two women, including 44-year-old south carolina governor nikki haley to serve as ambassador to the u.n. haley who is a rising star in the republican party. she was sharply critical of trump during the primary.
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disavow the kkk. >> but taking a more measured tone after meeting with the president-elect last week. >> i did vote for him. and i was absolutely thrilled to see him win. >> haley earned national praise for leading the call to take down the confederate flag in south carolina in the wake of the emanuel ame church massacre. and while she opposed trump's muslim ban, she supported a block on new syrian refugees entering her state, something trump also governor haley made eight international trips but lacks foreign policy experience. >> she's going to have to navigate this role, because of course, it involves a realm of knowledge that she doesn't have sort of directly in her portfolio. >> if confirmed, she could strengthen trump's hand, the move elevating henne mcmaster, an early trump ally, to governor, giving trump a
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part of the decision. mr. trump's second female pick, betsy devos, a billionaire republican donor and school choice activist who opposes common core and wants to expand school voucher programs. the move was praised by school choice advocates like jeb bush and decried by the nation's largest teacher union. >> this morning, security in new york city is in a heightened state ahead of today's 90th macy's thanksgiving publication suggesting it would be, quote, an excellent target. there are no credible threats, though. jay gray is live for us along the parade route. security must be in everyone's mind, and also having fun and the parade floetsdz and the famous balloons right behind you. >> you're right. we're just a few hours away from the start of the parade. let's start with the security. 3,000 new york police officers,
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are part of that. they stress, no credible threat. this is something they do every year during the macy's thanksgiving day parade, so they feel good about the plan they have in place. let's talk about the fun stuff here, and it will be a lot of fun. more than two dozen floats are part of this year's parade, and it's all led off by tom turkey. what else would you have to start the thanksgiving parade and a beautiful bird there. this is in front of the lined up floats that will be a part of across, the big balloons, the giant balloons, are always the star of the show. they're ready as well and lined up behind us. you can see the two macy's stars. just beyond that, the bald head of charlie brown. the first in those floats or balloons this year. and back for the first time in a long time. it looks like it's going to be a beautiful morning, the sun is starting to come out. i have a good seat. i know you'll be watching.
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as soon as i'm done here, i'll be heading over there. jay gray, thank you so much. happy thanksgiving. >> you, too. caught on camera this morning, a shocking police ambush after a routine traffic stop turned into a life or death situation. an officer in idaho pulls a car over and speaking to the female driver, he turned today the drunk for a closer inspection. watch as he stepped back. plook what happened. he tries to slam the truck. he's shocked by the seemingly armed man who bursts gun. the police officer wrestled the man to the ground. in the end, no shots were fired, and it turns out the man was in the trunk, he was the son of the female driver and being sought by police. he's been charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault. police also arrested his mother for obstructing justice. it was determined that the man had a toy gun, however, he was concealing brass knuckles as well. >> just ahead, protecting the president-elect and his family
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thanksgiving. the price and the number of secret servants agents assigned to him and his family will blow you away. the details coming up. >> first, back to bonnie schneider. >> for everyone traveling to thanksgiving destinations, you probably also have to head home. on saturday and sunday, we are anticipating more airport delays like in loss, potentially on saturday, then we have today. today, travel does look good. sunday, we'll be watching for san francisco, st. louis, looking at wind and rain. that's a look at afternoon with a high of 77 in los angeles. so mild weather across the southwest for today and across the weekend, really. >> we'll take it. bonnie, thank you very much. still ahead, what looked
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amazing video here. new details on the exploding e-cigarette. on this thanksgiving morning, some holiday advice from stephen colbert. >> tip six, create new things to talk about by changing up tradition. for instance, this year, deep fry the turkey. you can't talk about politics when you're busy battling the garage fire. tip seven, definitely prepare a vegan option for your niece coming home from on her. tip ate, remember, these are your relatives. try not to see them as political opponents but rather as potential kidney donors. more "doing chores for mom" per roll more "doing chores for dad" per roll more "earning something you love" per roll
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could smell fumes. the victim's injuries appeared minor, just leg and hand burns. >> leading the news, president obama offers a thanksgiving feast to veterans. the first couple delivered service with a smile, visiting an armed forces retirement home in washington, and offering up some traditional thanksgiving food, but not before unleashing his final barrage of dad jokes at his final turkey pardon for a pair of birds named tater and tot. >> theas established another tradition. embarrassing my daughters with a corny-copea of dad jokes about turkeys. this year, they had a scheduling conflict. actually, they just couldn't take my jokes anymore. >> at least he's joking about it. >> just ahead, a new study that will have you racing for the freezer for ice cream. it says eating ice cream for
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is shopping. as you can see, all these retailers are hoping to take advantage. now, this year is a little different than normal. why? brexit. you remember, five months ago, britain voted to leave the european union. that send the british pound sterling tanking by 16%. what would be an economic disaster for most of britain, retailers here are trying to take advantage of that with additional sales. as you can see, with all these decoras, shoppers. they're trying to bring in worldwide shoppers. that's why americans here have a bargain. 8% more americans here than last year. >> that means a whole lot of presents under the tree. matt bradley, thank you. just ahead, how amazon is fighting back against pro-trump trolls. plus, michael cha weighs in on donald trump's criticism ofsnl rr.
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company is likely to appeal. fox news anchor megyn kelly falls victim to more politically motivated attacks. this time, her book is the target. amazon is taking the rare step of purging a number of negative reviews of her memoir after hundreds of one-star ratings and negative comments attacks the anchor. the influx of negative reviews came out hours after the book was released. the company traced many of those reviews back to a reddit forum compri before the purge, over 75% of the book's reviews were one-star, according to slate. >> meanwhile, donald trump is getting support from an unlikely source after michael che said some of the criticism trump laid at "snl" is actually deserved. he sat down for an interview with esquire magazine after a stand-up special for netflix, when he was asked about trump's criticism being too one-sided.
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comedy should take both sides, no matter who is in power, we should be making fun of them. >> here's something i know, your turkey is cooking, but this will have you heading to the preezer for ice cream. new research from a university in tokyo, said eating ice cream for breakfast can actually make you smarter. test subjects given a scoop immediately after waking up had faster reaction times and also increased mental capacities. well, scientists say it's temperature. that's because they tested another group. they were given a group of ice water in the morning. they did see a boost in alertness, but their levels didn't reach the highs of those starting the day with ice cream. i'm convinced it's the sugar that's why you're alert and more awake. don't give it to the kids, though. >> just ahead, exclusive details on protecting the president. is adjust is about to get a
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welcome back. there are new challenges ahead for the secret service. tasked with keeping the first family safe. donald trump's large family including children and grandchildren are making the mission more challenging and even more expensive. cynthia mcfadden has exclusive >> as the soon to be first family gathers for thanksgiving, it's clear thaller need a bigger turkey than usual. according to internal homeland security documents reviewed by nbc news, at least 150 secret service personnel are joining them. here, the 45-vehicle convoy arriving at mar-a-lago. >> we're sort of in uncharted waters. >> jonathan has protected every living president. >> we haven't had adult
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president-elect in a long time. >> that makes the job tougher. it's a big family, 18 in all. melania trump and barron. then four adult children, their three spouses, and eight grandchildren. >> everyone around the president becomes a target. >> absolutely. wherever the president goes, he's drawing the attention of every bad guy in the world. >> mr. trump has long been a fan of the secret surface. >> these are incredible people. incredible individuals. and they are tough. >> but still, living with 24/7 takes some getting used to. >> think about you at your home. tonight. and four strangers just show up and they're standing in your kitchen. >> once mr. trump becomes president, there will be about 920 secret service personnel assigned to him and his family per day. about 80 more than the obamas. none of this comes cheap. according to classified documents reviewed by nbc news,
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including reimbursing the trump organization for secret service seats on his plane. this weekend in mar-a-lago, a source involved in the protection operation says it's a $7 million thanksgiving. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. >> that is a whole lot of turkey. well, here is a fun way to burn off thanksgiving dinner. cyclists in san francisco will bike in their annual turkey ride today, but take a closer look. this year, they have mapped out the ride covers over 50 miles of road, giving every neighborhood in the area a piece of that bird. thank you so much for being with me on this thanksgiving morning. i'm frances rivera. from our "early today" family to yours, we want to wish you a wonderful and safe thanksgiving. and we'll see you right back
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