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good morning. terror trial. the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and four of his accused helpers coming to the
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u.s. to face justice. blocks from scene of the crime in downtown manhattan, a decision sparking raw emotion. tell-all. what's inside sarah palin's new book and why did she write it? it's been four months since she resigned as governor of alaska. is she mulling a run for president in 2012? and balloon bust. the unbelievable saga of the balloon boy deflays inside a colorado courtroom and town that lived through it all is breathing a sigh of relief. today, saturday, november 14th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm amy robach. we have a lot of news to get to this morning including a watershed discovery in outer space. >> if you happen to be making a trip to the moon and get thirsty, don't worry if you
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didn't bring a water boot bottle because there's apparently water on the moon. yesterday, nasa confirmed it during a discovery of a recent moon bombing. that just sounds so wrong. and it means the moon might be a more hospitable place than it once seemed. we'll tell you more about this story coming up. there is news on the swine flu, unsettling numbers out from the government showing child deaths surging last week to 35. that is the most in one week since the government started tracking the epidemic. but there is some reassuring news out there, so we're going to tell you what that is in just a moment. we're also tracking a frightening story that we first reported several weeks ago. it's been about one month since the virginia tech student morgan harrington went missing from a rock concert. >> now there's new information that police are hoping could lead them to morgan. we're going to talk to her parents, dan and jill harrington, coming up. first we want to begin with a stunning announcement from the justice department that five of the most wanted figures in the september 11th terrorist attacks will be transferred from
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guantanamo bay to face justice in a federal court here in new york city. nbc's pete williams reports. >> reporter: the manhattan courthouse where the 9/11 defendants will face trial is barely a mile from the spot where 2,752 people were killed pi the suicide hijackers. >> they will be brought to new york, to new york, to answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks away from where the twin towers once stood. >> reporter: five in all -- khalid shaikh mohammed, who bragged in a hearing two years ago that he was responsible for the 9/11 operation a to z and four others accused of helping plan and carry out the attacks. five other detainees in other cases would be tried before military commissions including one charged with the bombing of the u.s. cole in 2000. the attorney general says he's confident facts not yet public will help bring the death penalty in the 9/11 trials even though the cia harsh
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interrogation techniques will show some evidence admissible. overseas in tokyo, president obama says he's convinced the trials will be thorough. >> the american people will insist on it, and my administration will insist on it. >> reporter: in new york, jim riches, whose firefighter son james jr. was killed on 9/11, supports the decision. >> i want to see them brought to swift and certain justice and hopefully in new york they'll get that. >> reporter: but charles wolf, whose wife, katherine, died that day disagrees. >> they're doing it for show, all publication for the people of europe. >> reporter: and a former bush attorney general says it's a mistake to treat the 9/11 attacks simply as a crime. >> what we are involved with here is a war with people who followed and follow a religious ideology. >> reporter: even if the 9/11 defendants were found not guilty, they would not go free. they'd be arrested again and charged with committing other acts of terrorism.
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for "today," pete william, nbc news, at the justice department. >> joining us, nbc news chief legal analyst dan abrams and kristin, who lost her husband on 9/11. good morning. kristin, you're one of the voices that was pulling for the creation of the 9/11 commission. eight years later, a civil trial in new york. what's your reaction? >> obviously, i'm pleased. it's justice delayed, but nonetheless we'll see these people being brought to justice, which is important to restore our legitimacy in the world from the last eight years of the bush administration where we had situations that delayed the ability to prosecute these people, namely the torture policies. >> there are a lot of other people who think the last eight years made sense because it was treated as an act of war. this is a reverse position. now it's being viewed as a crime. do you understand the bitterness of those who say these are individuals who should not be afforded civil justice because they were essentially soldiers
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in war against the u.s.? >> i understand that there's a lot of anger and fear about bringing these people to justice in an open courtroom. but i think that it's important for us to show the world that we can do this, and i think at the end of the day everyone needs to realize that for 200 years our justice system has worked quite well. article 3 courts are in place for a good reason, because we have a constitution. the only reason that we are talking about using military tribunals is because these men have been tortured and there's a lot of embarrassment with that. so if you have a military tribunal, that embarrassment can be shrouded in secrecy, but unfortunately that shows the world that we are, in fact, no better than a terrorist, no better than a dictatorship, but indeed we're america and we're bert than that. >> and, dan, let's talk about the nitty-gritty of a trial. i can hear the defense right now. they weren't read their miranda rights, not taken into custody, lack of a speedy trial. >> i don't think miranda, et cetera, will be the issue, sort of mundane kind of
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arguments -- i say mundane that we hear in trials -- but you're going to hear the defense say that nothing anything said while they were at guantanamo should be admissible, meaning i don't think there's any question that none of what was said while, for example, khalid shaikh mohammed was being water boarded, is going to be admissible. but what about a month later? what about a hearing? was he still so influenced by what happened to him the statements he made, he confessed, again, tried to plead guilty, should not be admissible? i think that's where the thorny legal issues will come up. >> when you said plead guilty, this whole thing could end quickly if he follows his pattern before him and said i did it but -- >> i don't think it will go quickly. look at zacarias moussaoui. some thought he was a hijacker, some didn't. but it took years and moussaoui used that to make a mockery of the system. the bottom line is moussaoui is no khalid shaikh mohammed. this is going to be a very
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different kind of proceeding than that one. but even if he wanted to plead guilty, i don't think it would move quickly. >> and kristin, are you prepared for mohammed to use a trial as a platform to essentially put the war in iraq, the war in afghanistan on trial, american foreign policy on trial? would you expect that and are you prepared to hear that? >> i don't think so. i think if anything that's going to draw this into a circus is because of the torture policies of the bush administration. i think our prosecutors in the southern district of new york are more than capable to carry out their job to convict these individuals, and they will be brought to swift justice. having said that, i would like to say with ksm, khalid shaikh mohammed, he did make a self-admission on al jazeera, to be involved with planning the 9/11 attacks. i don't think that's going to be a prosecution as difficult to carry out. i think there is evidence available. i think attorney general holder hinted towards that yesterday. and i think more than anything it is important for us to show the world that we are a legitimate nation of laws, that we are a democracy. >> a civil court, he now has the
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presumption of innocence. are you prepared to see him walk? that's always a risk when anyone goes on trial in this country. >> i don't think he's going to walk. i think there's enough evidence. i'm quite confident in the process. >> even if he was acquitted they would find other charges because they're going to be careful not to sort of lay everything out in trial. they'll break it up if need be as prosecutors do in other cases and say in this particular case you're charged with this, but if he's acquitted they'll haul him back into court, charge him with other counts. he won't be walked. >> thanks so much. here's amy. the remnants of hurricane ida are still causing trouble up and down the east coast today. the weather channel's julie martin has more from norfolk, virginia. julie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, amy. the storm is moving toward new england, a much weaker version than the storm, but the effects certainly felt in virginia this morning. just take a look at the downtown here. many streets virtually impas impassab impassable, water about knee deep here. and just making cleanup efforts
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all the more difficult for people of virginia who have already been through so much. now, this storm dumped about 12 inches of rain here to some regions in virginia, but the coastal areas were hit especially hard by tidal flooding. in fact, in virginia beach, virginia, city tishls estimate they lost about 50% of the city's sand protection. that's about $10 million. power also a major problem throughout the area. winds around 70 miles an hour down, several trees knocking out power to about 340,000 people throughout this storm. now today the power situation looking a whole lot better. just 48,000 people. so definitely making some headway there. this storm, a combination of a nor'easter and ida, actually packed quite a punch up and down the eastern seaboard, about 300 miles damaged from new jersey to north carolina. also, six people lost their lives in this storm, amy. so, while it as now moved on and weakened, the effects certainly
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going to be felt here for the next several days if not weeks. amy? >> the weather channel's julie martin, thank you. here's lester. thanks. no flooding but a month after nasa crashed a rocket to the moon hoping to find evidence of water, their effort has paid off in an unexpected way. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: the images were a big letdown. we never saw the promised plume of rock and debris when nasa's l-cross probe slammed into the moon's surface at 3,500 miles per hour. but nasa says there was a plume, right there, and in that plume nasa found what it was looking for. >> yes, we found water. and we didn't find just a little bit. we found a significant amount. >> reporter: 24 gallons of water just in the crater l-cross dug. scientists had suspected that the hydrogen they found on the moon might be evidence of water, now hard proof. >> if you could clean it, it would be drinkable water. >> reporter: drinkable water on the moon? unthinkable during the apollo missions.
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and that means a future moon base could mine for water rather than carry it from earth. >> it's not just water that we drink. it's also the oxygen at toms given air to breathe, and water can be a fuel. >> reporter: rocket fuel from hydrogen in the water. but just as the moon is looking more hospitable, another manned mission is looking less likely. president obama's human space flight review committee has reported a back that nasa's plan by returning to the moon by 2020 is nonexistent, underfunded by at least $3 billion a year. >> the human space flight program that united states is currently pursuing is one that is on an unsustainable trajectory. >> reporter: the president has jed yet to decide whether to ask congress for more money and continue with the ares i on a return lunar mission, but for many space enthusiasts finding water has only whet the appetite for a return trip to the moon. for "today," tom costello, nbc news, washington. it's 12 minutes past the hour.
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time for a check of the headlines now. >> for that we'll go to cnbc's melissa francis at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, amy. good morning, lester. good morning, everyone. we begin overseas where probe continues a four-nation tour across asia. the president just arrived in singapore today, and nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house with more. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, melissa. the president is two days into the eight-day trip around the pacific rim and he's calling himself the first pacific president owing to his birth in hawaii and the many years he spent in indonesia with his mother. he kicked off the trip in japan where he gave a keynote address to kick off the trip, first a warning north korea. he says the north koreans continue to find from the united nations will lead to less security for them, not more. and on china, now trying to turn the page after what he called the neglect of the bush administration, asking for more cooperation economically in the face of the rising political and
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economic power of china. he's on to singapore, where he has just landed. it is a big meeting, an annual meeting of asia pacific nations surrounding the economy. then it is on to china and then south korea before he makes his way home, melissa. >> mike viqueira at the white house, thanks so much. funerals are scheduled today for six of the 13 victims from last week's deadly rampage at ft. hood. earlier this week, army prosecutors charged major nidal malik hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder. hasan's lawyer says he appears to be paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his bullet wounds. turning now to the swine flu, according to the cdc, 35 children died last week from the virus. that's the highest weekly death toll since the outbreak began. 22 million people are now infected with the virus. 46 states are still reporting widespread h1n1 activity. and a seattle police department has launched an international investigation into possible excessive force. this surveillance video shows police throwing punches and using batons to subdue
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46-year-old daniel founders back in june. saunders had been arrested for burglary but wases mistakenly released from jail oop ooh. when he was taken back into custo custody, police say saunders resisted arrest and was armed with a screwdriver. the parents of the so-called balloon boy appeared in court on friday. richard heene pleaded guilty to falsely influencing the sheriff. he could face up to 90 days in jail. mayumi heene pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor of filing a false report. she could get 60 days in jail. we'll speak with richard heene's attorney live in the next hour of "today." speaking of sons, a group in the netherlands says they set a new world record for toppling dominos. the record -- 4,491,863 dominos. this beats last year's record of only 4,345,000. and also my record of three.
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that's your news for you. amy, lester, bill, back to you. >> i always love watching that. so cool. >> it is beautiful. how long does it take to set all that up? >> that's the thing. how many times does it topple over in the middle of setting up? >> that would be every time for me. >> nbc meteorologist bill karins has our first check of the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. yesterday, we referred to it as a historic nor'easter. today i'm going to call it annoying because it's not leaving. it's a weaker storm spm but still plaguing new england with a lot of rain. it's going to be an ugly saturday. it will be cloudy, windy, and rainy from boston southwards. one more high tide cycle for this afternoon where we'll still see beach erosion and minor to moderate flooding, and the waves will run high on the coast all weekend long. for the rest of the country, a new storm brewing in the colorado rockies. get ready for more store in denv >> good morning. temperatures in the mid 50's.
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some drizzle in the area. the rain is pushing offshore. become that's a look at your weekend forecast. amy? it's been nearly a month since college student morgan harrington was last heard from as she made her way home from a rock concert. now police are releasing new details of her last-known whereabouts as they hope for new leads in the case. where is she? that's the question police and the family of 20-year-old morgan harrington want answered. it's been almost a month since she disappeared, and there are few clues to solve this mystery.
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police are circulating a photograph of a necklace similar to the one she was wearing that night helping it will help them find morgan. >> we do not know whether she is alive or has met some kind of ill fate. >> it began on a saturday night in mid-october when harrington and her friends went to a metallica concert in charlottesville, virginia. before the concert ended, harrington left her friends to use the restroom. later she called her friends from outside the concert venue to say she had left the arena and couldn't get back in. since then, nothing. police say she may have tried to hitchhike home. her parents notified the authorities the very next day, saying their daughter didn't come home as expected. her father gave an emotional plea. >> i'd like to say if morgan is out there and hears us, please come home. if someone has morgan, please let her come home safely. >> despite a massive search involving police and volunteers in the woods around
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charlottesville, there is no break this in the case. the band metallica posted on their website, "one of our fans is missing" and asking for help. but all police and family have to help in the search is a piece of jewelry. dan and jill harrington are morgan's parents. they join us this morning. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> and, jill, i know you and dan are in constant contact with police. they have released some new details, including a belief that morgan may have hitchhiked or tried to hitchhike a ride home after phoning a friend, saying she was going to find a ride. does that sound like something your daughter would do? >>, no it does not. that's not typical behavior at all for morgan. >> and, dan -- >> not at all. >> -- have police said whether or not they believe morgan actually got into a vehicle? is there any evidence, any witness accounts that she may have gotten a ride with someone? >> i think that that's the information police want to find out at this point and would help
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us break open the case. she was seen on the bridge and after 9:30 there's not any sign of her. so the police are hoping that someone saw a car stop or had some information that morgan had gotten into a car. >> and, jill, police also say that based on witness accounts morgan was wearing a distinctive crystal necklace. we showed a picture of what it looks like. police released this photo right here. can you tell us more about this necklace? did she have it on when she left the house? >> yes, she did. i actually helped her clasp it on her. it's a special necklace that her brother gave her, and it's a little bit unique, a little bit different. there are not thousands of them out there. it's unique like my daughter. we want her to come back home. i'd like to say something to the person that has taken morgan.
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you can be remembered here as a hero of a terrible situation. things have gotten out of hand. and you can be the one that is remembered as the man who saved morgan harrington. so please, just let her go. it's time for holidays for families. we need her here with us. please send morgan home. >> dan, i know that you have been using the internet as a tool to reach out to the public to try and get some clues, some leads, something, some information about your daughter. anything you've been able to turn up? >> the internet and social networking has i think been effective in getting information out to a group of people that probably don't read newspapers or watch tv. but still we're left with the 9:30 time frame and no information past that. so, again, any information that people could give us about the
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possibility of morgan getting into a car would be very helpful. >> and, jill, the last time, as we've been saying, anyone heard from morgan was at 9:30. she was locked out of that concert venue. she called her friend and said, you know, what i'm just going to go home, i can't get back in. she had really been looking forward to that concert. correct? does that sound like something she would just do, you know what, i can't get back in, see you guys later? >> i think if she couldn't get back in, it doesn't make sense that she was out of the concert at all, but if she couldn't get back in, perhaps that makes sense. i really can't process what's gone on because none of it makes sense. it doesn't make sense that our daughter is missing, you know, snatched from her life, abducted or possibly murdered. that makes no sense. it's an a i bomb nation. >> it absolutely is. jill and dan harrington, our thoughts and prayers are with you. we know this is such a difficult
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time for you and your family, and we hope getting this word out is of some help. we should note that virginia state police have set up a tip line. we have that number on your screen. a reward of $150,000 is available for any information that helps bring morgan home again. our thanks to you, dan and jill harrington. we'll be right back. this is "today" on nbc.
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still to come on "today," new details about the murder of yael grad student annie le. >> and what david letterman, oprah, and cindy crawford have in common. all alleged victims of an extortion plot.
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>> good morning. here is a look at some of our top stories. baltimore city police are searching for the person who shot a man. police were called to the scene just after 10 last night. we do not know the extent of the injuries. --homicide detectives were notified. this man robbed a bank twice this month. investigators say in both cases, the suspect threatened to should the teller, jump over the counter, and take over the bank.
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if you have information, please call baltimore city police. several people were injured after an suv crashed into the bus shelter they were standing under. authorities say the driver of the suv lost control, crashed into the depot. the people inside were able to run out of the way but had to be treated for cuts and bruises. the cause of the investigation -- the cause of the accident is still under investigation. the brothers that are responsible for setting a pit bull on fire have been indicted. they are accused and will be back in court next month. stay with us. when we
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>> it is still running a little bit out there. a couple of showers and a little drizzle. it diminishes as you move further west. let's take a look at where some of the temperatures let's take a look at where some of the temperatures are. if the five downtown. 53 at the airport. here is the satellite picture. the moisture is pushing our way even though the storm is spinning off shore. this afternoon and evening, the storm pushed off completely. more into the influence of this
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high pressure which will bring as good weather on sunday. we will see some thin spots in the clouds out west. a little bit warmer. we expect highs near 60 in baltimore. sunshine in western maryland. >> thank you. we will have another live update in 25 minutes. we're back on this saturday morning november 14th, 2009. i'm amy robach along with lester holt. and coming up in this half hour,
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celebrity extortion cases. from john travolta to oprah winfrey, the rich and famous make attractive targets. but why do these cases seem to happen so often? the former super model cindy crawford finds hearse and her daughter the newest victims of a tabloid drama. we'll get the story on that coming up. holiday travel season nearly upon us. if you're looking for arran arrangements, you don't want to miss this. five details so you don't get caught paying for tickets, surcharge fees and being locked out of flights. a lot of important stuff. and later today, swine flu. 22 million people are now infected with the h1n1 virus. almost this 4,000 people have died from that virus, including more than 500 children. but there is a bit of good news from the cdc. we're going to tell you what that is coming up. we've got a lot to get to, but first let's start the half hour with new details of the murder of yale student annie le.
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court documents just released shed light on evidence against her accused killer, ray clark. jeff lawson joins us with details. >> this is the arrest warrant right here against ray clark. in it, police make their case against him. it focuses on the evidence, what police used to track him down, everything from a bloody sock to a special pen to a dna match on a box of wipes. >> reporter: ray clark remains the sole suspect in jail charged with murder. police say he strangled yale grad student annie le just days before her wedding and stuffed her body in a wall inside this research lab on campus. clark worked in the lab, too, and had access. new court documents lay out the police case against him. they found a bloody rubber glove, his lab coat, a bloody sock with hairs inside a ceiling and clark's work boots with blood-like stains labeled "ray-c." in the papers, police say dna evidence has also linked clark
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and the victim together, including clark's green ink pen located under the victim's body. >> dna is virtually unassailable, but it only really means that the defendant was there. the defense is likely to say, hey, he worked there, of course his dna was at the crime scene. that doesn't prove that he killed her. >> reporter: police say clark returned to the crime scene after the murder, trying to hide evidence. according to court papers, investigators saw him scrubbing the floor. there was a box of wipe-alls that had blood splatter on it. detectives say clark moved the box of wipes away from plain sight. these new details come less than two months after annie le's emotional funeral. >> my deepest sorrows like a knife shearing through my soul. >> reporter: family and friends still don't know why she was killed. co-workers say clark was controlling in the lab. but that's only a theory. >> the prosecutor does not have
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to prove motive. it's not a requirement. and the jury will certainly wonder about it. and the defense you can bet will take advantage of that. they'll say it makes no sense. why would a guy like this kill his co-worker? and try to use that the demonstrate reasonable doubt. >> reporter: the court papers confirm they did not have any relationship outside of work, in fact, didn't socialize outside of work. so the mystery remains this morning, what was the motive? why was she killed? police say even with all the physical evidence they may never know. lester? >> jeff, thanks. here's amy. lester, thank you. the search is on for a man charged in federal court for trying to extort money from super model cindy crawford. the problem was the suspect was deported to germany earlier this year. the case is another example of an increasingly long list of celebrity shakedowns. edis kayalaar was charged thursday for extortion. the fbi says he demanded
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$100,000 from super model cindy crawford and her husband, randy gerber, threatening to release a disturbing photograph of their then 7-year-old daugt fer they didn't pay. court documents say the photo shows the girl bound and gagged in a chair. it was taken by the child's former nanny, who said it was a prank and stolen by kayalar. the child told her parents the photo was part of a cops and robbers game. cindy crawford is just the latest celebrity to claim she's the victim of extortion. david letterman made this on-air confession. >> i have had sex with women who work for me on this show. >> reporter: after he was allegedly blackmailed by cbs producer joe halderman. >> we argue that mr. halderman's conduct did not violate the law. >> reporter: and earlier this year, john travolta testified in court about an alleged $25 million scheme to hide details related to the death of his son. celebrities are vulnerable to extortion precisely because
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their reputations are tightly controlled. cameron diaz and yoko o'no are blackmailed over photos. >> that affects their money, their income, so it could be catastrophic for some stars. >> reporter: but the wealth and fame that makes celebrities attractive targets for extortion can also help them fight back. the fbi arrested oprah winfrey's alleged extortionist and the woman who wanted $45 million from bill cosby went to jail. >> joe citizen might not necessarily have access to the same level of justice that sally celebrity does. >> reporter: a help and a burden with material that stars want to keep a secret. >> one of the downsides to fame. another check of the weather now from nbc meteorologist bill karins out on the plaza. bill? well, good morning on this ugly, dreary -- it's
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>> still cloudy. some clouds pushing offshore from the storm that is moving away. conditions will approved during the day today. cloudy this afternoon. a break in the clouds developing late in the da
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makes me very fortunate they're not playing today. "sunday night football" games will be ones for the ages. two hall-of-fame quarterbacks, tom brady and peyton manning. should be played indoors with a retractable roof. should be one of the better games of the entire season. that's sunday night. amy, back to you. bill, thanks so much. coming up -- traveler beware. what you need to know before booking tickets for the holidays. and later, this video of a dog and a soldier. what's inspiring hundreds of thousands to click on it.
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the travel peak surcharges, certain airlines add an extra $10 to your ticket. we have the dates here. november 29th through 30th. so if you don't travel then, you've saved yourself $10. >> one airline did it and they all kind of fell in line. >> exactly. >> then your baggage fees. >> which are going up and up. in the last few month theys've gone up about another $5, $15 and $20 to check your first bag $25 to $30 for the second. >> southwest and jetblue still the only ones for free. >> yes. jetblue, one bag. >> this may be the first people are hearing. potential airline strikes on the horizon. >> we do. american airlines might strike, probably not until the new year. british airways is looking as if they might strike around the christmas period. so, keep a lookout for their website. >> i know there's a cooling-off
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period. we get some warning. it wouldn't just happen overnight. >> a bit of gray area in terms of compensation. you will get your ticket price back but might not get on another flight. >> planes are full because they're flying fewer of them. that's why there are no empty seats. what about the best travel days? if i'm trying to save money and if i can a specific date, what do i do? >> be flexible. after thanksgiving, if you start on a tuesday before thanksgiving and come back on a saturday, there are still some reasonable fares. if you can bear it, travel on thanksgiving day and come back on sunday. >> christmas season, christmas day is always a good day, right? >> again, yeah, definitely christmas day and much earlier. the 16th and come back on the 28th, again, quite good flights out there. >> are there any destinations you like that might be good bargains that people should think of? >> mexico is a really good bargain at the moment. they suffered earlier in the year from h1n1 and they're still seeing that.
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there are great deals there. and cities in the state, because they've suffered from a drop in business travel -- new york, chicago, san diego -- things like the ritz-carlton and the four seasons are allowing you to combine deals. you might buy a couple nights and get one for free and get hotel credit for next year, as well. >> give me other good news about traveling. make me feel good about all this. >> again, fantastic deals at the moment. if you're planning that big trip, take it now because they said last week they think prices will go up again in the spring. so if you've been wanting to go to europe or south america or central america for ages, do it now. >> there are fewer delays right now because there are fewer airplanes in the air. >> yes. >> some airports are offering you free wi-fi now. >> free wi-fi. all over this holiday period. >> and jetblue does not overbook their flights. >> jetblue has never done it. >> i'm always up so early because i'm always afraid of that. i don't want your coupon. i want your seat.
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limited time. its's an old-fashioned way for young women to get their start in a big city -- all-female boardinghouses. many residences have been bought out by developer, but the few that remain offer a glimpse of a bygone era. nbc's rehema ellis has the story. >> reporter: years ago, many women launched their big-city dream in a small room, a single room in a house or hotel with lots of rules. in the movies like in real life, most were aspiring actresses or entertainers. >> this is a theatrical boardinghouse, isn't it?
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>> reporter: fast forward and lots has changed. but while women flocking to new york from all over the world with varied interests, they can still get a start in the few single-room houses that remain. in 1927, when brandon residence first opened in new york, male visitors were never allowed beyond the first floor. 87 years later, that hasn't changed. college students ashley and megan met here in the fall. they've become best friends who are still adjusting to the rules. >> we're 19 years old. like, if i was at my house at home, my parents would let me have boys over. like, what is this? >> reporter: boys aside, modern women 18 and up, mostly students and business women, are drawn to old-fashioned places like brandon residence for convenience. >> it's accessible to everything, and that was my goal to get back in the city and be able to operate in manhattan again. >> reporter: $1,000 a month gets a woman one of the 122 tiny bedrooms, breakfast and dinner,
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a bargain in today's tough financial times. >> megan, are you there? >> reporter: another plus -- security. >> megan, it's aurilia. >> reporter: and there's a woman known as the den mother. >> we run a tight front desk. everybody checked in and everybody's checked out. >> reporter: some stay for year, which explains the two-year waiting list. but the majority of ten nans are here short term. >> i guess i kind of learned how to live by myself. >> like, a good place to start but in transition. >> reporter: transitional housing from a bygone era that's still in style. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. i. >> i bet the parents of all those young women are happy they're there. >> no guys on the
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>> good morning. here is a look at some of our top stories. baltimore city police are searching for the person who shot a man. police were called to the scene just after 10 last night. we do not know the extent of the injuries. homicide detectives were notified. this man robbed a bank twice this month. investigators say in both cases, the suspect threatened to should the teller, jump over the counter, and take over the bank. if you have information, please call baltimore city police. several people were injured
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after an suv crashed into the bus shelter they were standing under. authorities say the driver of the suv lost control, crashed into the depot. the people inside were able to run out of the way but had to be treated for cuts and bruises. still under investigation. the brothers that are responsible for setting a pit -- accused of setting a pet bull on fire have been indicted. back in court next month. stay with us. when we come back we will check your forecast.
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>> we still have some clouds and drizzle in the area. the storm is slowly moving away. more of the rain is up to the north of us. some sprinkles and showers west of the bay. temperature was a little warmer than yesterday morning but not by much. downtown 56. 54 at bwi. pasadena 53. the storm continues to spin off shore. more of the moisture is headed to new england right now.
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high pressure in malta temperatures began to edge in from the west -- mild temperatures began to edge in from the west. temperatures up around 60. we hang on to the persistent rain chance. east of the bay, a few showers will persist into the early afternoon. >> thank you for joining us. another live update in 25 minutes. stay with us. good morning. kids at risk. swine flu deaths among children are up, surging to the highest level since the government began
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keeping track. but there's evidence this morning the the epidemic may have reached its peak. payback time. sarah palin's going rogue. our first glimpse of her new book, what she says about the campaign, and the way she was treated on the trail. and home, sweet home. an overjoyed dog welcomes his best friend home from war. it's a video that's warming a lot of thaerthearts. today is saturday, november 14th, 2009. good morning again, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. a lot of people are going to be talking about that video this morning. it almost sounds like the puppy is crying, like he's so happy. >> but well documented. i'm a dog lover. this is why. this is one of those moments people love dogs. they are so doggone loyal and
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make you feel so good about walking in the door. it happened a while ago, but it has gone viral as they say. we'll show it to you. >> looking forward to it. we're also going to have the latest on a mystery in north carolina a-5-year-old girl missing since tuesday seen on surveillance video in the arms of a man. police believe they have that man in custody, but they still haven't found the little girl. we're going to take a closer look at the investigation. plus, that bizarre story of the balloon boy seems finally to be running out of air. we're going to get a report from colorado with the parents of the so-called balloon boy entering guilty pleas for the hoax that captivated the nation last month. are they sorry, and was that plea a plea of expediency? we'll find out. and speaking of spectacle, a new hollywood film is predicting the end of the world is just three years away. the film is called "2012," maimed after the year an ancient calendar ends. the film is running at the box office. it opened friday. we'll ask what the hype is about.
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>> end of the world. big news. >> people might be concerned about it. first, let's talk about the swine flu. the newest numbers from the centers for disease control show child deaths surged last week to the highest level since the cdc started tracking the disease. >> and here's my sports pictures. >> reporter: 10-year-old jake had a mild case of asthma, but he was otherwise healthy until he became infected with swine flu. >> he went from being fine saturday at the fair, sunday, you know, just kind of throwing up and just kind of labored breathing to life support on monday. >> reporter: very suddenly he came close to death, his heart stopped. he spent weeks in the hospital, several in the intensive care unit. he's home now and still requires special medication and physical therapy, but he plans to return to school in january. >> it's not clear why certain individuals are more susceptible to severe influenza than others, but we see this every year with
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seasonal influenza where otherwise normal kids who are otherwise healthy children without underlying conditions or even mild conditions can get quite ill within quite a short period of time. >> reporter: according to the latest number, last week was an especially bad one for children. 35 died of influenza. that is the highest number since such records were started five years ago. and more than half the number who typically die from flu in an entire year. >> let's see what you sound like. >> reporter: but there is a bit of good news from the cdc, as well. it now appears that nationwide the epidemic as measured by vis to doctors' offices and hospitals, peaked in late october and is now on the way down, although doctors say it is not a cause for celebration. >> in previous influenza pandemics when a new strain is introduced, there is often a second wave, typically at the end of the winter or the beginning of the spring. so we shouldn't let our guard down. in fact, now the vaccine is available, we should continue to
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vaccinate. >> reporter: and even though there are still shortages, more vaccine is available every day. four minutes past the hour. here's amy. >> lester, thank you. folks along the east coast are dealing with nasty weather that hurricane ida left behind. the weather channel's julie martin has more from norfolk, north carolina. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the worst of the weather has moved out of the norfolk area, but as you can see the problems do remain here. several blocks of downtown city streets flooded, this water coming up to about the bumpers of cars as they tried to pass through. so as cleanup efforts are ongoing this morning, this is certainly making matters a bit of a mess and that's expected to be over the next 24 to 36 hours or so. this is what we're going to be dealing with here as the flooding will continue. about 12 inches of rain dumped here, but the coastal flooding was especially bad. in fact, in virginia beach, about half the sand protection there was lost, about $10
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billion in sand. in terms of power, the situation getting better. about 340,000 customers lost power in the storm, now down to 48,000 customers. and virginia's governor, tim keane, is going to be touring the area today. he'll be here in norfolk and in hampton roads. he's declared a disaster but is expected to be asking fema for help in cleanup efforts. >> the weather channel's julie martin, thanks so much. >> bill will tell us more about the east coast weather, but first a check of the headlines with cnbc's melissa francis. >> good morning, lester, amy, everyone. we begin with president obama on a four-nation trip through asia. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd is in tokyo traveling with the president. chuck, good morning. >> reporter: and good morning from tokyo, melissa. the president just wrapped up his second day here in japan with a speech that was also somewhat of a professorial lecture about the president's
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vision of what america's role is in asia and what asia's role is in the world both on the economy and in global security. he called himself america's first pacific president, citing his own childhood in hawaii and indonesia as a way to connect here with asia. it was a laundry list of issues that he touched on from the dictatorship in burma to north korea's efforts to get a nuclear weapon. it seemed he talked about everything that is the concern of a lot of asian nations. he wakes up in singapore for the asian economic summit. then it's off to china for two stops, shanghai and then beijing. this trip wraps up next week in korea, where he'll have one day of meetings with the south korean leader there. melissa? back here in the u.s., five detainees being held in connection with the 9/11 terror attacks will be tried here in new york city. one of the detainees being brought to new york is the alleged mastermind, khalid shaikh mohammed. the federal courthouse where they would be tried is just blocks away from the former world trade center site. federal regulators seized
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three more banks on friday, bringing the number of bank failures to 123 since the start of the financial meltdown. the fdic shut down o'ryan and century banks of florida and pacific coast bank in california. scary moments at a south carolina high school football game on friday night. the wall collapsed in the stands, sending at least a dozen students to the hospital. the group of cheering teens was leaning on the wall when it gave way, sending them tumbling from the stands and down onto the field. an additional 15 people were treated at the scene for cuts and bruises. and finally, man's best friend. take a look at this heartwarming web video of lieutenant andrew schmidt of springfield, virginia, as he returns from war in afghanistan. now this video is from 2005 but it has just exploded on youtube with more than 400,000 hits this week in the wake of veterans y day. lieutenant schmidt is still home and has responded on the web saying his dog, gracie, is 6
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years old and still a good dog who likes to sit at his feet. what a sweet dog. lester and amy, back to you. >> can we play some more? it sounds like the dog is crying. >> that's what it sounded like to me, too. >> maybe not. >> nope. >> gracie, gracie. oh, my god. gracie, remember da-da? [ whining ] honey. >> that, my friends, is a celebration. >> nbc meteorologist bill karins is out on the plaza with a check of your
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>> this morning, clausen and drizzle. temperatures in the mid 50's. rain chances will be tapering off today. the clouds are pretty
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with all this miserable weather on the plaza, we send it inside to amy. >> bill, thank you. a 5-year-old north carolina girl is missing this morning, even though a man who allegedly admitted taking her from her home is in police custody. nbc's ron mott has the latest on the search. >> reporter: mario andrette mcneil was charged with kidnapping 5-year-old shaniya davis. but police say there is still no sign of the little north carolina girl. >> at this time, given the focus on this matter, given the fact it's under investigation, obviously it's a very serious situation. >> reporter: police suspect mcneil is the man holding shaniya in this hotel surveillance video. after the video was released, police said they were flooded with tips that led to mcneill's
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arrest. >> he admitted he did take miss davis and he continued the investigation from there. >> reporter: shaniya vanished thursday from this mobile home park. police spent much of friday interviewing members of shaniya's family, adding there were, quote, major issues with the family and the division of social services. police would not disclose what else mcneill told them, but they could not address the issue of the girl's safety and welfare. >> i can't speak to whether she's alive or not. again, we hope we find her alive. >> reporter: shaniya's father made an emotional appeal to the flick. >> whoever has my daughter shaniya, i just ask that they let her go and bring her home safe. we all miss her very much. >> reporter: a man previously charged with shaniya's disappearance has been released and charges against him dropped. for "today," ron mott. >> clint van zandt is a former fbi profile every and nbc news
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consultant. good morning. >> hi, amy. good morning. >> police have arrested this man, mcneill. he allegedly admitted he is the man carrying her in that hotel surveillance video. he confessed allegedly to kid p kidnapping her. how much closer does that bring investigators, though, to finding shaniya? >> well, part of the challenge in this, amy, is just undering a diagram with all the people involved. you've got the victim's mother, the victim and her brother were living in a trailer with the mother's sister and the mother's sister's live-in boyfriend. initially the mother's boyfriend was arrested and released. and now we have the mother's sister's former boyfriend, who's in custody, who confessed to this. i think, amy, that lets us understand the relationship between the alleged kidnapper and the little girl and why she seemed comfortable in his arms, because she probably knew him. so, this whole thing is interrelated. all these people know each other, but the lingering
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question is, that said, where is the little girl? >> right. and, clint, because you mentioned her mother, we saw that emotional appeal from her father, and yet we have not seen her mother in front of the cameras. she hasn't made any kind of public statement. what should we take from that? >> well, we can't take too much. she just may be so overwrought she's not able to talk. but we also know from media reports that there have been drug arrests, search warrants issued within that trailer. so a lot of this, amy, may well revolve around drugs, maybe trying to punish one person for doing something. but it seems that everybody knows everybody. the question is, did mr mr. mcneill, if he's with the one in the video that had the little girl, did he pass her off to yet a third party, and if so, who is that and why don't they return the little girl? if they're watching, the smartest thing they can do is call the police and say where that little girl is right now. >> right, because, clint, police say, and we heard them say in
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that press conference, that they still hope that shaniya is alive. in your experiences, what are the chances that could be the case? >> well, and that was my same hope, amy. when we saw earlier this week she was in the custody of mr. mcneill and you thought, well, he has no reason to hurt her whatsoever, but now it appears that he's not telling authorities where she is, well, what's his reason for that? it's either he doesn't want to further implicate himself or someone else or perhaps something, you know, very bad has happened to that little girl. i think that's what we're all clinging to is hope upon hope that he didn't do something foolish and that that little girl may be out watching this program, too, just waiting to be returned to her mother. >> we can only hope that is the case. clint van zandt, thanks so much. >> thank you, amy. >> and if you have any information about the whereabouts of shaniya davis, please contact the fayetteville police department. you see the number on your screen.
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>> reporter: that charge is a misdemr, a plea that likely saved the japanese citizen from being deported. >> it's my judgment that this case really is nothing more than a great big misdemeanor. false reporting at worst. >> reporter: short of sentenci g sentencing, the bizarre saga of the balloon boy has now come to an end and not a second too soon for those who have lived with it. >> i'm just gladitis all over with. >> reporter: pleading guilty, though, is different than apologize, something a lot of people are expecting. but the if richard heene feels remorse, so far he hasn't expressed it publicly. >> i'm his lawyer. you should talk to his priest about whether he's sorry or not. >> reporter: the heenes are expected to travel from new york to los angeles to search for employment. if it's reality tv employment, no one will say. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, ft. collins, colorado.
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>> david lane is richard heene's attorney. thanks for joining us. >> thank you, lester. >> i want to get your thoughts. was richard heene's guilty plea to a felony, was that an acceptance of responsibility or really a plea of expediency? >> you know, anytime you walk into a courtroom, look a judge in the eye and say "i hereby plead guilty," that indicates quite an acceptance of responsibility. >> i know you feel that there was some added pressure here and it has to do with his wife and the risk that sh if she was convicted of a felony, she would be deported and the family would be split up. how blatant was that pressure in your view? >> very. that's right up there up front. the d.a.s have no power to deport anybody, nobody can do that, but the d.a.s know that any felony conviction gets her deported. the threat was we'll charge them both with felonies, we'll offer them a nondeportable misdemeanor if richard takes the felony but it's a package deal. so, it was a family decision
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that the risk to mayumi being deported was so great that richard just really needed to take the felony to keep the family intact. >> when this whole thing started unraveling, there was a huge speculation about what charges. there were some charges of faa charges. as far as you know, is this the end of it as far as criminal charges and prosecution? >> you know, as far as i know the feds haven't gotten into it. i got a letter from the faa saying, hey, can you give us a little info on this and i haven't responded. so the faa is going to look at it. i would be really surprised if the feds jumped in and charged anybody criminally. >> do you expect both mom and dad to serve some time behind bars? >> it would be an absolute travesty for mom to do one second behind bars because no one on earth on a class three misdemeanor with no criminal record ever goes to jail. that would be absurd. >> what about paying -- >> you know, the issue on restitution is if there is one
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penny over and above the normal cost of doing business, they should be on the hook for that, meaning if they had to pay overtime, if somebody had to get called in off duty to come on duty because of this event. but paying the police to go to work every day, whether they're, you know, making patrol rounds or chasting a balloon, that's not restitution. restitution has to be some extraordinary expense incurred as far as i'm concerned. >> and i heard your answer to the question of remorse, but is there least embarrassment or shame being felt by both these individuals? >> you know, i'm not here as their psychologist or their counselor or anything else. i'm here as a lawyer. they pled guilty. at sentencing, statements will be made publicly in an open courtroom, talking about how they feel about all this and that's going to happen on december 23rd. >> david lane, thanks so much for being with us. we appreciate it. >> thanks for the invitation, lester. >> we'll be back. ♪
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>> good morning. here is a look at some of our top stories. searching for the person who shot a man. police were called to the scene just after 10 last night. we do not know the extent of the injuries. homicide detectives were notified. city police are searching for the man they say robbed a bank twice. this man robbed a bank twiceinvestigators say in both cases, the teller, jump over the counter, and take over the bank. if you have information, please call baltimore city police.
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several people were injured after an suv crashed into the bus shelter they were standing under. it happens just before 10 friday morning. authorities say the driver of the suv lost control, crashed into the depot. the people inside were able to run out of the way but had to be treated for cuts and bruises. still under investigation. the brothers that are accused of setting on fire a dog have been indicted. they are charged with animal abuse and cruelty. they are accused of setting fire to a pit bull. they will be back in court next month.
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>> it is still dismal of there. we have drizzle in cloudy conditions. the storm is pushing moisture on shore. plenty of cloud. they get there in the west. they do not show up very well on the radar here. this afternoon, the drizzle will be confirmed -- can find more to the east of the bay. downtown, 56. 54 at the airport. edgewood, 54 degrees right now. the storm is still spinning off shore. the more significant rain is being pushed off.
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the storm continues to drift off shore today. high pressure off to the west eventually pushes in. the storm pushes out. today, calls getting thinner. our high temperature today is expected to be close to 60 degrees. keep your fingers crossed. >> thanks for joining us. skimmers and the swine flu. important advice for consumers. we will enter your pet questions. that is when 11 news saturday morning continues. . . we are back on this saturday morning, november 14th, 2009. early signs of the holiday
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season. the christmas trees arrived in our backyard here at rockefeller plaza, and a 76-foot spruce will soon be covered with l.e.d. energy-efficient lights. look at that. a happy group on the plaza this morning despite the cold and the wind and the rain. thanks for coming in with saturday morning with us. i'm amy robach along with lester holt. and still to come this half hour, it is a tell-all that many have been waiting for. >> it's called "going rogue." sarah palin. she talked about everything from the vice presidential run to her family to rumors about her marriage. and it's got a lot of people waiting to see if their names are going to be in there because apparently she's going to take to task those she felt who mocked her or belittled her along the way. >> puts it all down. 2012 is still many years away, but many are talking with the movie with the same name. it draws on the mayan calendar which stops on december 21st,
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2012, and when it does it claims it's the end of the world. coming up, we'll talk about our fascination we have with these movies and what death and destruction -- why that makes it into a blockbuster. why people like to see that. >> i was telling you i premiered a documentary on sci-fi channel this week about 2012 and we were shooting down in the mayan ruins in guatemala. you know when my passport expires? december 22nd, 2012. >> you have it. >> i thought, hmm. also coming up, we're going to be talking about some great brunch ideas. we've got some great brunch ideas. >> sandra lee will show us how to make breakfast for less, $5 a serving. >> her new book is all about affordability, cooking great food with affordability. those aren't just any pancakes. >> can't wait to do that. but first a check of the weather
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>> we have temperatures in the 50's and moisture continues to stream in part is mostly driven -- as all at this point. our forecast today called calls for diminished chance
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well, it feels like football weather. ohio state/iowa football game. let's talk about the big "sunday night football" game. we've had some great games this year. how lucky is this? wh we are going to see two future hall-of-fame quarterbacks going against each other, peyton manning, tom brady. we have them on sunday night. retractable roof. those showers should not be an issue. you're beautiful. what a nice little smile. what's your name? >> casey. >> welcome. back inside to lester. >> bill, thanks. sarah palin is about to have the biggest week of her career since she abruptly resigned as
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governor of alaska roughly four months ago. her new book, "going rogue," hits stores in a few day, but the question is what does it all mean for 2012? nbc's john yang has more. >> reporter: one-on-one with oprah winfrey airing on monday. on tuesday, the release of "going rogue," already number one at and on wednesday, the start of a nine-state campaign-style bus tour to promote the book. sarah palin is back. >> it's been a very rough year politically for sarah palin, but by this book tour hitting the road with all the publicity that comes with it, this is a way for her to reclaim her image. >> reporter: and a way to settle old scores. >> let's talk about the interview with katie couric. >> must we? >> yes. >> okay. >> reporter: in the book obtained by the associated press, palin says couric was badgering and had a political agenda. some of her toughest words were for the mccain campaign handlers who praised the interview.
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>> i think if you thought that was a good interview, i don't know what a bad interview was because i knew it wasn't a good interview. >> as reflected on nbc's "saturday night live." >> well, in that case, i'm just going to have to get back to ya. >> there was a caricature drawn of sarah palin that was unfavorable to sarah palin, and i think the book tour, you know, the appearance on television were all designed to sort of rehabilitate that image. >> reporter: the man who put palin in the national spotlight says he hadn't read her book yet. >> i just received a signed copy of it from her yesterday, so i'll read it with interest. >> reporter: at least one democrat says she sees palin in a new light. >> now i see her more as a family person, as a wife, as a mother, as, you know, someone who does put her family first. >> reporter: how many others change their minds in the coming days could be an early first test for a 2012 presidential campaign. for "today," john yang, nbc news, chicago.
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>> mark halpern is senior political analyst for "time" magazine. ian drew is senior editor at "us weekly." i always do that. my apologies. good to have you both here. mark, let's start up with the expectation. from a political standpoint, why is there so much buzz? >> well, this is an exciting person. we write in "time" magazine this week that senator grassley of iowa says no one has added energy in the last five years in the republican party except sarah palin. she's going to sell a lot of books. i think she's more in it for the money than to -- >> she actually tipped that when she resigned the governorship in alaska. >> she was facing huge legal bills. think about it. she's basically a middle class, upper middle class woman, five kids, lots of expenses. she's now a millionaire thanks to john mccain putting her on the ticket. this book will be exciting in terms of the lines, will sell a lot of copy, make a lot of enemies. >> a little over 400 pages. are there pictures?
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did she write it? >> she did work with a collaborator. it's in her own voice. don't read this book if you want to solve big, complicated problems. this is not a policy book. this is a personal book. she goes after members of the media. she goes after a lot of members of the campaign staff. some republicans are saying it's a little bit weird for someone who was a governor, vice presidential candidate, to be shooting down people who worked for her on her campaign. >> when she came out on stage with her family and delivered the speech the next night, she was through the roof in terms of public opinion and wow. then it was all downhill from there. there were attacks on the wardrobe that the campaign paid for, her family. she said she didn't care about what was said about her wardr e wardrobe, but it did say about her family -- i know she's a folksy, small-town girl, but is she right? because she mocked? >> the biggest problem anyone on the national stage has is when
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they lose control of their public image. tina fey on "saturday night live," she lost control of her image. part of what this story is about, going on oprah, selling the book, is to try to redeem that and convince people she is what she says she is. >> ian, she talks a lot about her personal issues, including the rumors that have come up about the relationship with her husband. there were rumors at one point they were getting a divorce. she talks about todd as a hunk and writes, "dang, i thought, divorce todd? have you seen todd?" is it important for her to address that? >> well, this is her awe, shucks honesty coming out again. remember, levi johnston is one subject she's kind of steering clear of this time. >> why shouldn't she? why should she empower him any more than he has? he's become official rebuttal to sarah palin on so many levels.
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>> exactly. pop culture, totally different direction. there are some similarities. but she'll go for this folksy, i'll tell it all like it is mentality she's always put out there. >> if this is about the money and there is no 2012, why is there this continued fascination with someone who may not have political aspirations? >> well, it's very interesting to see. that's it. will this just be a big bang of publicity and what's next? that's the question. having resigned, are people going to respect her enough to put her back in office politically? we just don't know. >> and i'm curious about the media fallout, mark. there's been a lot of hay made about main street media. she's going to go after some very iconic names in the business there. will that resonate with some americans? >> it'll certainly resonate with her base. i went to see her in wisconsin last friday night, a speech to 4,000 people at a right to life dinner. everyone in line was bashing the media. that will score points. what it doesn't do is allow her
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to broaden her base if she doesn't have political aspirations. you need a broader base. bashing the media revs up the base but it appeals her to other people. a curious chance to make her stand going against media icons. >> battleground states. >> and more rural places. not going to los angeles, not going to big place where is you normally go to sell books. she's going to medium-sized communities, many of which she visited during the campaign. one place in florida, 60,000 during the campaign. they'd be happy to get that for this book tour, too. >> mike hall person, ian drew, thanks for being here. the mayans believe the end of the world is three years away. is hollywood banking on it? we'll find out. big nighttime breathing relief... introduces-- drum roll please-- new breathe right extra. the only strip with an extra spring-like band, it's 50% stronger for congested noses
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and is based on the mayan calendar. nbc's miguel al ma gar checks it out. >> reporter: streets are swallowed and the end of civilization is upon us. >> it's not just california. it's the whole world. >> reporter: the year 2012 is three years away, but the movie opened in theaters yesterday. >> look. >> reporter: a doomsday fraught with spectacular special effects, a big-budget film with huge box office expectations. >> i think audiences really have an appetite for this sort of thing. it's a kind of over-the-top roller coaster ride, and people really respond to that. >> reporter: the action-packed modern-day thriller actually draws on ancient history. you see, the mayan calendar stops on december 21st, 2012. and some say when the calendar ends so does the world. that theory is explored on the
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big screen, and it's a popular question posed to astronomers here in the hollywood hills. >> when griffith observatory reopened to the public in late 2006, very soon after i started hearing from our guides on the floor that the most frequent we kwe that they received from our visitors was about what's going on with the mayan calendar and 2012? >> reporter: while hollywood has its version of what could happen, nasa has its own. >> in the life of a solar system like ours, we've got another 4 billion or 5 billion years to go. >> reporter: as for the mayan calendar, historians say it simply begins again, like the wave of other hollywood blockbusters declaring an end to the world. a few years ago, "armageddon" nearly wiped out planet earth. and mankind's future looked dim the in "the day after tomorrow." now it's the kallcalendar that
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threatens us all, a different movie but, like the other, it, too, will likely be a box office smash. >> under the table! >> reporter: for today, miguel almaguer, nbc news, hollywood. >> we like to be scared so we'll probably be seeing that. >> i don't like that wave picture. >> "the day after tomorrow." that freaked me out living in manhattan with the water rising. >> it's raining out now. >> let's talk about better things. a hearty fall breakfast. that's coming up next. sandra lee is here. my sunglasses.
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this morning on "today's kitchen," hearty breakfast foods to warm your belly. sandra lee is here with tasty and budget-friendly breakfasts. emphasis on budget friendly.
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great to have you here. >> good morning. this is great. we have over 190 fantastic recipes, terrific ideas for autumn, for fall, and one of the fun things about fall is that you can have breakfast for dinner, so everything we're making, think about it -- >> whenever you want. >> we're going to do a sauce and -- a sausage, cheese, and gritds -- >> recipe. >> recipe. looks like a souffle. i've seen the finish. >> it's beautiful. do you want to help? >> yeah. >> come on over here. >> what are you cooking now? >> these are cut up because i want little, itty-bitty pieces. in this bowl, lester, instant grits. this is out of my new book, "weeknight wonders," but everything we'll make today is all from the magazine and complements each other. you'll put in mill wk the grits. >> all the milk. >> then some cheese. >> good thing i wore my apron suit. >> and you look good. >> what is that? >> this is -- this is cheddar
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cheese soup. condensed cheddar cheese soup to make it creamy. now, you can save 50% on cheese if you shred it yourself. so, remember that. this is real bacon bits. that goes in there. >> all that, wow. >> you'll nut the sausage and i'll put in the onions. >> all just -- >> it's all good. >> do i use a whisk or -- >> hmm. >> really good. you had me at the sausage. all right. now, so we have to use a whisk. i'm sorry. here, let me help you. over here, amy. >> i'm just dying here. okay. >> no, no, no. >> what about the butter? >> now, the butter. what you're going to do is just take a ladle and fill these ramikins up, and then take the butter. >> couple on each one? >> mm-hmm. then into the oven for about 15 minutes. >> see what it look like here. >> looks beautiful. >> these are nice, filling,
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healthy meals for breakfast or a side dish. >> do they have to cool down? >> no. >> 362 per serving. >> 362 per serving. hmm. >> really good. >> can i tell you're throwing a party soon? >> everything is 70% store bought ready made with over 30% fresh ingredients. these are fantastic pancakes. we make these at home quite often. baking mix. there is two eggs. and in here is going to be buttermilk. now, i am substituting the oil for -- get some sweet potatoes. you can mash them up. if you don't have sweet potatoes at home, you can use pumpkin, one can of pumpkin. that's it. >> sandra lee.
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cheese biscuits and -- >> spiced apple cider. it comes with a dry mix. i teach you how to do that. recipe online. great recipes for the holidays. >> sandra lee, thanks so much. oh. wow. i'd like one of those desserts and some coffee.
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planning and the goodies you're bringing to your friends' homes. >> sandra, you haven't been yourself. >> i'm going back to eating now. >> and we'll visit with tony bennett tomorrow. we'll visit a school he set up in new york city. >> live, local, late breaking. >> good morning. >> we will check our forecast and a moment. baltimore city police are searching for the person who shot a man in the 5100 block of arbutus ave. we do not know the extent of the victims' injuries. homicide detectives were notified. police are searching for the man who robbed a downtown bank twice. investigators say in both cases, the perpetrator
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threatened to shoot the tellers. if you have information, call baltimore city police. >> four people were rushed to the hospital after an suv crashed into a bus stop. it happened before 10:00 yesterday morning. the driver lost control and crashed into the bus depot. the people inside were able to run out but had to be treated for cuts and bruises. >> let's go to the insta- weather center. >> once again, we have clouds and drizzle. the storm is further away from us. things are looking up today. at the moment, we have a little drizzle and 54 degrees. we still have that north wind at about 6 miles per hour. the storm is drifting -- the center of the storm is drifting away from the east coast. we have clouds in the areas and
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some moisture pushing on shore. the significant brain has been kicked up into new england. here is what the map will look like later today -- the low pressure continues to move further offshore. the rain chances, the significant brain chances go with it. we expect some breaks in the clouds during the day today. the sun is likely more out in western maryland. by this afternoon, the drizzle will move to the eastern shore and we will see a slow improvement and a big change tomorrow. >> we will answer your pet questions. >> i am an ocean city where we are continuing to follow the nor'easter. it is starting to let up. >> scanners are talking funny
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