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celebrations in california's bay area as the golden gate bridge turns 75. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. and we begin with a day of remembrance. on this memorial day, americans are paying tribute to those who served and those who lost their lives fighting for this country. today both president obama and his presumed republican presidential rival mitt romney will be celebrating and participating in observances. nbc's brian mooar reports. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of bikers roared into the nation's capital on the 25th annual run of rolling thunder. a moving tribute to americans who served and sacrificed. many of these bikers are
veterans. and in this election year, they could be the key to winning the white house. current and former military members are well represented in several swing states, including florida. and that has president obama and republican mitt romney focusing on veterans and the issues that affect them. >> it's not enough just to make a speech about how much we value veterans. it's not enough just to remember them on memorial day. >> reporter: while president obama's touting what he's done to help veterans, mitt romney promises to keep the military itself strong. he'll be marking memorial day with john mccain who lost the 2008 election but won with veterans. the senator and war hero is paying tribute to the heroes he served with in the vietnam war. >> our motto was home with honor. and because of their leadership and their love for us, we did come home with honor. >> reporter: this year, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the vietnam war. and there's finally an end in sight for the war in
afghanistan with a promised pullout by the end of 2014. veterans on this memorial day paying tribute to the fallen while preparing to choose a president, their commander in chief. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. and four american soldiers who recently survived combat, a staggering 45% of veterans are filing for disability benefits. that is an historic rate. more than 700,000 former soldiers have applied to the department of veterans affairs for compensation for injuries they say are service related. many of america's newest veterans, mostly from the afghanistan and iraq wars, say they have multiple injuries from bomb blasts. the 45% filing disability claims is more than double the number who did so after the first gulf war in the early '90s. well, memorial day celebrations and festivities could be a washout for some folks in the southeast after tropical storm beryl made landfall in northern florida early this morning. beryl is bringing heavy rains
and winds of up to 50 miles per hour to coastal areas of the southeast. knocking out power to more than 20,000 customers in the jacksonville area alone. nbc's curt gregory has more on the holiday hazards around the nation. >> reporter: on this memorial day weekend, wild weather is turning the holiday into not quite a great day at the beach. >> we're really concerned about rip currents associated with this. we're advising folks they need to probably stay out of the water. >> reporter: along the georgia coast, northeast florida and parts of south carolina, tropical storm beryl has canceled many vacation plans. >> everyone from back home is calling us telling us that the storm is rolling in. so we decided that instead of staying and hanging out tomorrow, we're going to go back to gainesville. >> it will be an indoors day tomorrow for sure. >> reporter: in some parts of the country, it's the lack of rain causing problems. making the battle against wildfires in several states more difficult. in new mexico, a fire in the gila national forest has burned through more than 150 square
miles. in michigan, campers were forced to evacuate as more than 21,000 acres burned, fueled by dry winds and high temperatures. those record highs can be felt across much of the nation. but out in northern california, it's not the warmth but the chill in the air. >> it's freezing. we thought we were going to go up to the sun in tahoe. >> reporter: it has people double checking the date on their calendar. kurt gregory, nbc news. >> that's for sure. here's a first look at other news going on around america today. in pennsylvania, memorial day finally brought the proper recognition to a native son and civil war soldier killed at the battle of gettysburg. the grave of sergeant albert bunn had stood unmarked until just this year when the location of his remains were finally confirmed. his family was on hand for the official dedication of his tombstone. in ohio, another tribute to the fallen that began a few years ago. the field of heroes now features
2,500 american flags and draws some 10,000 visitors a year. it started as a one-time tribute but has now become a yearly tradition which will be on display through this afternoon. and finally, holiday weekend revelers in georgia did a double take after seeing a double rainbow in the waters off tybee island. look at that. it wowed crews just hours before tropical storm beryl made its way up the east coast. much different sight there now. for a look at that, we go to meteorologist todd santos with your weather channel forecast. lots of people making plan bs. >> hopefully you brought a deck of cards if you are in coastal locations. difficult situation for portions of south carolina through georgia into florida. we're talking about a tropical storm here. maximum sustained winds around 50 miles an hour. it's moving towards the west at 8. it is inland now. we're not expecting to see any strengthening. the thing is, not out of the question to see some sunshine through some of these areas. on and off with the chances for rain.
you see heavier rain through northern portions of florida. three to five inches possible here. localized spots could see upwards of ten inches. something to keep in mind through the area today. a lot of the stronger winds are happening with the thunderstorms itself as they roll onshore. likely breeze headed in toward portions of low country as that cluster moves onshore. for many times you'll see winds sustained around 15, 20 miles per hour. but then we get bigger gusts. 30-plus. we've already seen a few of those over the last couple of hours through the low country of south carolina. don't let your guard down because it seems fairly quiet at times today. there's a look at it with the satellite picture on here. i want to show you this because a few thunderstorms have rolled in off the gulf just southeast of tampa. a tornado warning briefly down there. make sure you have a way to get your warnings. certainly take it seriously. a lot of beaches are closed because of the rip currents. coastal south carolina, actually from coastal south carolina all the way to north florida, just last 24 hours, some very close to about 100 rip current rescues out at the beaches. that's why some of these areas are closed.
there's a look at the track. into tomorrow, we're dealing with the system bending off towards the north and east for the next 12 hours. still dealing with a tropical storm. should weaken into a depression. but as we get in through wednesday evening into early thursday morning off the outer banks, it could again become a tropical storm. tropical storm right now. some slight weakening. but the rainfall and rip currents will remain an issue there. the other area, along this frontal boundary, still unsettled around minneapolis this morning as we get into the afternoon from chicago back down through northern illinois. central portions of missouri and north texas could see thunderstorms fire up. yesterday we had a number of severe reports. today that potential will be shifting just a bit farther east. nearly 200 reports over the last 24 hours of hail and wind. some of the primary threats but still an isolated threat for tornados. throughout this area, i want to make sure you have a way to get your warnings today. take lightning safety seriously. especially when you talk about the northeast. southeastern new england. quiet to start off the day. we saw the front hanging in through the area. maybe enough to touch off a few showers and storms especially
through this afternoon. it's the official start of the boating season in the northeast. keep your eyes to the skies. buzzards bay. here on lower lake michigan, i'd say about the same thing. when you extend to western wyoming, we've seen areas the last couple of days with snowfall. so let's talk about the cooler side of things. especially back through the mountains. the warmer side, still a lot of areas way outside your average. chicago mid to lower 90s. decent temperatures in the northeast. may dodge a few thunderstorms. lynn? >> todd, thanks so much. coming up, travelers hit the road. consumers look on the brighter side. and the bad news and good news on the zuckerberg wedding dress. your look at the business headlines is straight ahead. game one of the western conference finals. another injury for the phillies. and a huge crash on the final lap of the indy 500. you're watching "first look" on msnbc.
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welcome back. i'm lynn berry. and here's some of the top stories making news this morning. iran says it will not halt its production of higher grade uranium which is a reversal of previous statements. more than six power talks about iran's nuclear program are scheduled next month in moscow. in idaho, national guard rescuers got to the site of a small plane crash on a snow-covered mountain yesterday. a helicopter was able to safely pull out a california fireman,
his wife and their daughter more than 15 hours after the crash. and a huge fireworks display last night in san francisco to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the golden gate bridge. traffic was shut down for the show to mark the bridge birthday and the 2 billion cars that have crossed it since 1937. elsewhere, the united nations is condemning syria for the shelling of the town of houla in what was called a, quote, outrageous use of force. more than 100 people were killed, including dozens of children. middle east correspondent john ray of our english broadcast partner itn has more. >> reporter: an atrocity shocking even by the grim standards of syria. only luck separates these, the survivors, from the victims of a killing spree that spared not even children in such terrible numbers. some it seems, slaughtered in cold blood. a massacre that exposes the
impotence of the united nations' peace mission. >> the monitors refused to come at first to stop the massacres. they said they are not allowed to go at night. the shelling continued for the second day today since the early morning that they started the bombardment again. there's still a lot of bodies we're finding. >> reporter: the killings do not bear the hallmarks of the heroic syrian army, a government spokesman claimed in damascus. but these women who say they lived through it call that a lie. they were all assad's men, she says. they told us who they were. >> we're absolutely sickened in the british government and across the international community by what we've seen over the last couple of days. in particular, the deaths of more than 100 unarmed men, women and children.
of course, they are part of 12,000, perhaps 15,000 deaths in syria over the last year. >> reporter: in the syrian capital, security forces fired on protesters. the killings have unleashed a wave of demonstrations. even so, while survivors found an escape route out of houla under the once reassuring watch of monitors, the u.n. peace plan here is surely running out of road. john ray, itv news. now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed friday at 12,454 after falling 74 points. the s&p lost 2. the nasdaq was down 1. taking a look at overseas trading this morning in tokyo, the nikkei up 12 points. in hong kong, the hang seng gained 87. it's going to be a short week on wall street with the markets closed today. although stocks were lower friday, all three major indices posted their best weekly gains for the month.
more than 30 million americans hit the road this holiday weekend. and maybe spending a little extra along the way. that's because prices at he gas pump dropped to a national average for regular unleaded gas of $3.67 a gallon. that's down 17 cents from a month ago. more than 15 cents lower than a year ago. the euro was higher today as signs improved on the european debt crisis with stronger support in greece for the party that backs the bailout. in spain, bankia may be recapitalized with government bonds to provide a rescue fund of almost $24 billion. we're going to get more data this week on consumer confidence after one report last week showing optimism at a four-year high. also this week, automakers roll out higher sales figures for may. incentives and lower loan rates are expected to produce strong sales of new cars and light trucks this month as well. we're also going to get new data on the rebounding u.s. housing market with a read on home prices and another on pending home sales.
traders will be looking forward to the labor department report on may employment friday with economists expecting 150,000 new jobs added. as facebook founder mark zuckerberg and his wife, dr. priscilla chen, honeymoon in italy, tmz reports her wedding dress did draw a lot of attention at the denver dress shop where she got it, but at 4,700 bucks, apparently nobody has bought one yet. not interested. coming up in sports, in the nba playoffs, the san antonio spurs drew first blood in the battle to see who is best in the west. here's nbc's bill seward. >> the thunder were a quarter away from taking game one of the western conference finals but couldn't finish off the best team in basketball. to san antonio. time winding down in the first. spurs need a bucket. manu can do. manu ginobili drills the buzzer beater. spurs up by six. thunder respond in the second and third.
kevin durant with a game-high 27 points and 10 boards. okc up 9 to start the fourth. that's when the spurs put on their work hats. nothing flashy. nothing out of the ordinary. just textbook basketball. san antonio rallies and wins, 101-98. they've won a remarkable 19 games in a row. switching gears to the indy 500. pick it up on lap 82. mike conway losing control. hit the wall and will power drives right underneath him sending conway airborne. both drivers okay. thrilling conclusion. final lap. takuma sato in blue tries to pass dario franchitti. but no goes sato. spins, crashes and the race will end under caution. this one belongs to franchitti. his third checkered flag at indy. milk has never tasted so good. if milk is not your thing, how about a coke. kasey kahne taking the checkered flag at the nascar coca-cola 600. greg biffle finished fourth and leads the standings by ten
points. tennis in paris. first round of the french open, not kind to andy roddick. ousted by frenchman nicholas mahut. 0-4 on clay this year. his first opening round loss in a grand slam since '07. baseball. something isn't right with roy halladay. shortest outing as a phillie. pulled after two innings with shoulder soreness. yadier molina sends him away. in grand fashion, the salami. that is adding insult to injury. cardinals avoid a sweep with an 8-3 win. that's your first look at sports. i'm bill seward. gaga gives in. and why justin bieber is a wanted man in los angeles. plus, "men in black iii" takes down more than just aliens this weekend at the box office. your first look at entertainment is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. crazy, right ? well, with this droid razr by motorola on verizon 4g lte, you guys can stay in touch. ( grunts )
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. it is always a poignant moment when our servicemen and women return from duty in harm's way. one soldier's memory of her return to california yesterday will last a lifetime. chris riva reports from sacramento. >> reporter: for ben, today is the day. >> i'm so nervous. i'm not sure what to do. >> reporter: so he waits. patiently. nervously. as he has for months. this is the weekend most say thank you to people like ben who have sacrificed through service. stationed at travis air force base, he's supposed to be training in texas for his next deployment.
it's been six months since he has seen robin, the love of his life who is coming home from a deployment in afghanistan. >> i was going to try to hide the ring in my hat so she doesn't see it. >> typical military detail. shoes shined. dress blues pressed and the family blessing. >> i asked her father for permission awhile back and he gave me her blessing. >> reporter: finally, the empty escalator turns full. robin is home and surprised to see ben. >> i'm sorry i tricked you and told you i was in texas. >> what are you doing here? >> i love you so much, robin. i want to spend the rest of my life with you. will you marry me? >> reporter: mission accomplished. adding a new meaning to memorial day for this couple. >> well done. that was chris riva reporting. it's time for entertainment news. away from the big screen since
2008, will smith revived his reputation for box office mojo this weekend in style knocking the fourth highest grossing movie ever off its throne. "men in black iii" took in $55 million on the first three days of the memorial day weekend and now rests comfortably in the top spot with one more day left in the holiday frame. after three humongous weeks, "the avengers" may have slipped to the second spot with $37 million. but that $37 million in its fourth weekend is still higher than the opening weekend of all but five films this year. elsewhere, faced with threats of violence by islamic hard-liners who called her a devil worshiper, lady gaga has cancelled her sold-out show in indonesia sending love to her fans. and l.a. police reportedly want to talk to justin bieber. apparently a photographer has complained of being roughed up by the biebs at a shopping center sunday where he tried to snap some pictures of the teen
and his girlfriend selena gomez. you know, he just seems a little too wholesome for that. >> would you admit to being beat up by justin bieber? >> i think that's probably a good point, todd. way to point out the obvious. we usually go easy on the biebs. with bill not here, we'll go a little hard line. >> i'll stick with that. >> stay with it. >> even if it happened, i wouldn't tell anybody. i want to quickly mention. certainly tropical storm beryl. just because we're dealing with some pretty big winds. saw one wind gust at the jacksonville naval air station at 48 miles per hour. so the system is verifying with some of those gustier winds. stronger numbers closer to the coast and thunderstorms. and i showed this before. i did want to mention some of these areas just off the coast starting to see more thunderstorms flaring up. as those move onshore, that's where you get bigger wind gusts. enough with beryl. for many of us, the heat is the other side of the story. there's a look at some of the highs yesterday. some areas close to these numbers with a fairly warm start up toward chicago, down toward
memphis, atlanta at 73. as we get into this afternoon, we'll see a lot of these areas in to the 90s. chicago may be limited with some of the clouds. chances for thunderstorms by this afternoon down towards st. louis as well. that corridor from st. louis eastern and central portions of oklahoma and north texas, may be able to flare up some thunderstorms into this afternoon. keep that in mind. keep your eyes to the skies. and have a way to get your warnings especially through the central u.s. should also mention the northeast, especially southeastern new england for today, maybe an isolated thunderstorm with potential gusty winds into tomorrow. that's where all the activity in the central u.s., well, makes its way over towards the eastern seaboard. a wet return to workday there on tuesday. if you are down in hawaii, we still have really strong trade winds. mainly eastern and northeastern shores today and on into tomorrow. still dealing with high surf advisories. so certainly keep that in mind toward honolulu in the lee of the mountains not dealing with much of an issue. in the northwest, still remaining cool.
back toward billings, maybe a few thunderstorms into your tuesday. wednesday, still many of those areas at least a little bit unsettled. lynn? >> todd, thanks so much. i'm lynn berry. and this is "first look" on msnbc. [ male announcer ] you sprayed them. thought they were dead. [ laughter ] [ grunting ] huh? [ male announcer ] should've used roundup. america's number one weed killer. it kills weeds to the root, so they don't come back. guaranteed.
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