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good morning. targeted. authorities now believe the murder of famed hollywood publicist ronni chasen was not a random act. the question now, who killed her and why? where and when, there's word the royal family will announce the date and location as soon as today. and we have got a feeling, our staff and crew takes on one of our biggest challenges yet. one take and no editing.
can we pull it off? "today," friday november 19, can we pull it off? "today," friday november 19, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. >> i was one who did not think we could pull it off. >> the idea of no editing. we were moving constantly from the start until the end. >> the cameraman was amazing. who's that guy? imagine throwing the biggest wedding in decades. now that they have announced their wedding, william and kate have to choose a church.
>> who's going to pay for it all? there's already talk the bill for this wedding could exceed $40 million. natalee's going to have the latest from london. and plus what advice does prince charles have for his son. a suspect has now led police to their bodies. we're going to have details coming up. and there's fallout over an emergency landing this month. a qantas airbus -- did the company that made that engine know of its defects ahead of time. we'll have a check of the morning's top showtories.
ann? president obama is in lizben today. u.s. war tactics are escalating in afghanistan. nbc's loeser holt is on the ground in afghanistan. lester good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning to you, the president and nato leaders are working on a plan that would make 2014 the year to transition the security of afghanistan to afghan forces. they're not using the term exit strategy, but again transition, we saw a little of that for yourselves. i returned just a short time ago from camp leatherneck in helmand province. we went up in a helicopter to travel to the town of ma ja.
it was the site of a u.s. offensive this year. we got a look at the area from the air. used to be a no-fly zone it was so dangerous to fly into. i was taken to a area they say was secure. people are out, shops are open and more importantly they're not being shot at in that particular area anymore. the general also told me regarding an offensive, they will push hard, there will be no pause in the fighting this winter. >> we're going to press the insurgents this winter. we're going to keep pressure on him all winter, deny him the opportunity to retrain, to relist, to restock. there has been a traditional lull in the fighting and we're not going to offer him that opportunity and that luxury this year. >> reporter: that's an area the taliban doesn't want to lose, it's a rich poppy growing
region. the taliban has been weakened in terms of their leadership there. >> given those conditions, the question is can they replicate the success of that offensive in marja with this new offensive now? >> reporter: they're trying, they're pushing the taliban northward. we're in an area they said was secure. not far from where we were, they actually found another roadside bomb and detonated it. the general is confident they can replicate that kind of success, at least in helmand province. and lester will be anchoring live from bagram air base on the "today" show and on nbc's nightly news. 27 coal miners were missing, now rescuers are concerned whether the miner who is may be trapped below can get enough
air. as meredith mentioned earlier, a central ohio town the grieving today because people and police have now found the bodies of tina herrmann, her son and a family friend hidden in a hollowed out tree. the three had disappeared with her daughter sarah maynard. riots are rocking haiti's capital city now where locals blame foreign peacekeepers are causing the cholera help deppic. 1,000 have been -- private security firms for screenings instead of tsa agents who are taking heat now from travelers, what many are calling invasive pat downs.
those are some of the top stories at six minutes past the hour. let's now go back to matt, meredith and al. >> you left out one of the top stories, it's ann curry's birthday today. >> thank you, so much. i've spent most of my life working here, i figured that out. i'm that young. >> happy birthday. >> out west, the snow is putting down some real storm bases out there, we're talking about a couple of storms that are bringing rain along the coast, but we are talking arctic air coming in, you're seeing that precipitation from san francisco on up into seattle. look at these snowfall amounts, we're talking anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of snow.
>> what is happening is sunrise. is a beautiful day. temperatures, 38 degrees at the airport. 76% is the humidity. 48 >> and that's your latest weather. we could find out as soon as today where william and kate will hold their royal wedding. "today" national correspondent natalee morales is at westminster abbey with the latest. >> reporter: speculation is ripe about where this wedding will be held, it will be held here,
westminster abbey, the church of royalty. one thing we do know is that when it does happen, the whole world will be watching. westminster abbey the great church of kings and queens. now expected to host the wedding of the century, a wedding that's a delicate balancing act for william and kate. >> i think by our standards, it's going to be very grand, but by royal wedding standards, it will definitely be more modest than charles and diana's. it will be very glamorous, a lot of pomp and circumstance, but it won't be over the top. >> the queen and charles are expected to foot much of the bill. it is likely several heads of state including president and
michelle obama will be invited. there's precedent, nancy reagan attended charles and diana's wedding. >> reporter: if bride and groom walk down this storied aisle, it will be just another wedding for this monument. walking behind her coffin, along with little prince harry. ♪ now you belong to heaven >> reporter: that memory will soon be replaced by a joyous one. now a young man of 28 who will be become a husband and future king. it is one of england's most famous churches. >> the royal church, the history goes back 1,000 years, this is a
church where he will be ultimately crowned. so the ties with this church run very, very deep indeed. >> reporter: 17 monarchs are entombed there, queen elizabeth i who signed her death warrant. both prince william's grandmother and great grandmother were married here. also during a recession as england emerged from war. it was the first time television cameras were allowed to capture a royal wedding. five years later, also in the abbey, elizabeth was crowned queen. one wedding that did not take place in the abbey, that of prince charles and lady diana in 1981. that fair y fairy tale didn't lt
william and kate's more modest marriage will stand the test of time. the british prime minister has declared that the wedding day will be a national day of celebration and he also wants this to be a holiday so that everyone here can enjoy it. meredith, better start looking for a hat, you'll need it. >> for more on prince william and kate's wedding plans, let's bring in the royal editor of the uk paper, the express. camilla, good morning to you. >> good morning, guys. >> so many questions around this wedding, including where this wedding will be held. we know that kate middleton and her sister visited westminster abbey a few days ago. >> just because there was a photograph of kate here and no
one called her doesn't necessarily this going to be the venue. it's just the leading horse of a two-horserace. >> we all have an image of prince william as a 15-year-old boy walking into the abbey behind his mother's casket. that place would have sad memories for prince william? >> the gene got married there, the queen mother got married there, it was the site of the queen's coronation and people more associate diana's funeral. first of all they associate diana's death with france. but it's going to be a bright and cheery occasion, that he can go over that.
st. pa . >> tom bradley the only journalist who interviewed the couple after their engagement announcement, he believes it's going to be in the march, the wedding. what are you hearing? >> i'm hearing obviously that the top pick is going to be march. i know that photographers here, particularly, don't want it to be march because you guys are familiar with the english weather, it might be raining, that's the last thing we want. so the photographers are all saying they want it in june so it will be a bright and happy occasion. >> you mentioned william's parents when they got married. the country was in a recession back then with unemployment rates that were even higher than it is now. but they chose to have a very lavish affair. talk about the balancing act for the royal family now trying to bring some joy to the country obviously at a tough time while also being mindful of the fact that the economy is so bad for
so many people? >> it is a very careful balancing act. we associate charles and diana with success and greed and all the rest of it. why they can't get away from the fact that this is going to be a large scale event, they need to make sure it's not too ostentatious. so of course there's going to be a huge guest list. they don't want it to be too showy. >> and finally, both the queen and prince charles are expected to foot much of the bill, but how much is going to fall on the taxpayers? >> inevitably the taxpayer is going to have to fund some of it because think of the security that goes around the royal wedding. you've got all of the royal family and all of the heads of
state under one roof. that's going to cost money and the taxpayers pay for security here. the taxpayer will be expected to pay for the security bill. it is 7:15 and now here's matt. >> there are new developments tied to a midair emergency involving the world's largest passenger jet. 450 people were aboard a quantas airlines jet a-380 forcing an emergency landing. tom, good morning to you. >> reporter: what we now know about the multiple cascading -- we also are now hearing from quantas airlines that rolls royce may have known of a serious defect with it's a-308 engines yet allowed the planes to continue flying. the home video of a hole in the
left wing of quantas flight 32 is terrifying enough, but we now know how lucky the crew and 450 passengers were to survive the midair explosion. when the plane's left engine exploded, debris apparently punctured two fuel lines, cut the control lines, served one of two hydraulic lines and shut down a power generator. even the front landing gear had to be manually lowered. flying the plane back to singapore took all the strength of the pilots and training pilots who happened to be on board that day. >> the pilot did a fantastic job. >> this was a major multiple emergency situation, it took five guys working together like astronauts on apollo 13 to get this plane safely down. >> reporter: the engine maker
rolls royce had been shipping modified engines for the a-380 and not telling quantas airlines that the old engines had a defects. passengers continued to fly on the a-380s despite the risk. >> they may have miscalculated the risk. >> reporter: both rolls royce and airbus declined to comment, a catastrophic explosion like this one is called an uncontained engine failure, extremely rare in modern aviation. >> there are approximately 25 million flights in the world a year and we see about 25 incidents and very, very rarely out of the 25 do we see an uncontained failure. >> reporter: while aviation authorities warned earlier this year that unusual wear on the engines could cause them to shut down in mid flight, a massive
explosion wasn't predicted. five international airlines fly the 380. and quantas remains grounded or it's a-380s are grounded. rolls royce may have to replace 40 engines. >> it's now 19 after the hour, here meredith. we are learning more this morning about the mysterious murder of veteran hollywood producer ronni chasen. detectives believe she was targeted. george lewis has the latest. >> reporter: a glittering hollywood premier for the movie "bu publicist ronni chasen can be spotted on the sidelines, the last picture of her alive. >> she was such a great person
and to have such a violent, horrible thing happen just did not compute at all. >> reporter: police say early tuesday morning chasen drove her mercedes down sunset boulevard in beverly hills, calling her voicemail at 12:22 a.m. to leave a to do list for the following day. as he turned on sunset, shots rang out. >> the likelihood of gunshots in this neighborhood is just so unlikely, i really didn't think that's what it was. >> reporter: chasen's car wound up on the curbs, paramedics frantically worked on her, multiple gunshots in her chest and took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. the hollywood reporter quoting an unnamed police official say police believe the killing was planned in advance. the theory is that another vehicle pulled up alongside chasen's mercedes and the shots
were fired from that second car. thursday night the mayor of beverly hills spoke out. >> from the angles, shadows and all that, we think that it was a straight angle. so it could have been an suv or a little bit higher car. >> people in hollywood are more than horrified, they are in absolute shock. >> reporter: cronni chasen workd on many films. her specially was movie music, representing film composures and musicians. >> she had timeless energy. >> reporter: police have removed items including computers from cha chasen's office and home. $25,000 have been offered for information leading to the capture of her killer or
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time to check on the morning commute. here is kim dacey. >> good morning. we have a serious situation in self-help -- in parkville. it is completely shut down for accident cleanup, blocking all lanes.
in timonium, report of an accident. shawan road. an accident in reisterstown at 30 southbound. that is involved in a spill as well. in pasadena, a crash route 1 hundred. in the city, an accident at eastern and chester. there is a deer carcass blocking the road. this is a live look at harford road. this is the outer loop. you can see the delays. this is old court road. the outer loop is back down bowie down to 40. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we saw the sunshine. it is a beautiful morning. 38 degrees at the airport. 76% is the humidity. we have a west wind of 6 miles per hour. plenty of sun today. temperatures will be cooler than usual, 48 to 53.
the weekend is coming up. 50 will be the height and plenty of sun. closer to the thanksgiving, we have a rain chance. there is a big football game on sunday at charlotte. the forecast, sunny and mild and temperatures in the mid to upper 60 bus. go ravens. >> thank you. check the bottom of the screen for updated news.
7:30 now on this tgif morning. that is a live look at westminster abbey in london, england. we're going to have much more on that ahead. meanwhile, it is a bit colder here in the northeast, around 41 degrees right now in rockefeller plaza and our crowd is bundled up tight. i'm meredith viera alongside matt lauer. and new details of a newlywed who drowned on her honeymoon of the great barrier reef. >> now officials there have
announced that watson will be returned to his home state of alabama where he could face additional charges in this case. just ahead, we'll talk to the attorney general of alabama who wants to bring those charges as well as gabe lawson's attorney. the man who will be king, in a rare and exclusive interview, prince charles opens up to nbc's brian williams. the advice he has for his son prince william, and the cause that he is most passionate about. and a little later on this program, we are going to wrap up our series "today" goes viral. >> one of the most complicated endeavors we have ever attempted. a music video that involves almost every member of our staff. and we had to shoot it in one continuous mistake free take. did we pull it off? we'll find out coming up. >> we're going to begin this half hour on a much more serious note. the alabama man convicted in the
2003 honeymoon death of his wife set to be deported back to the u.s. amy robach is here with details on that. >> their scuba diving honeymoon was supposed to be the happiest time in gabe and tena watson's life. now gabe could fight additional charges here in the u.s. after officials here promised he would not face the death penalty. >> reporter: for the honeymoon, the couple went on a week long scuba trip to australia's great barrier reef. it should have been an adventure of a life sometimtimelifetime, bride, it ended in death. it happened after her very first dive into the ocean, in 100 feet of water. this chilling image taken by another diver shows tina on the sea floor. gabe said his wife panicked and
she was too heavy to bring to the surface. >> she was looking up, had both of her arms out, stretched up, almost like looking at me, reaching her arms up to grab. >> reporter: australian authorities didn't believe his story, to them, gabe, a certified rescue diver didn't try to help his wife. he was charged with her murder. in a police re-enactment at the scene, investigators said gabe gripped his wife in a bear hug and then turned off her air supply, ending her life. gabe watson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 18 months in an australian prison. he was released earlier this month, but could still face murder charges back in alabama. prosecutors believe the motive may have been hatched long before the honeymoon. it sounds like the prosecutors are trying to build a case in the united states that he lured her down there to kill her so that he could get her life insurance.
>> reporter: before agreeing to send watson back to the u.s. that sought a guarantee that he wouldn't face the death penalty if charged. will it be vindication for him or justice for tina? >> when it's just a 26-year-old girl on her honeymoon, thinking that she's starting her whole life, and then it's snatched away. >> reporter: details on the timing of watson's deportation have not been released, but an immigration spokesperson says it would be as soon as possible. >> amy, thank you very much. brett bloomston is gabe watson's attorney, good morning to you. attorney general king, let me ask you right after the bat, this happened in australia, why
does alabama have jurisdiction. >> there's a number of different theorys that would give alabama jurisdiction diction. if he planned the crime in alabama, and if when he killed her he intended to come back to alabama to collect an insurance policy or otherwise benefit from his crime. >> you don't think you're going to have a hard time proving jurisdiction in this case? >> the australian government now says they have received all the necessary assurances that if he comes back to alabama, gabe watson will not face the death penalty. you have apparently written a letter to the australian officials saying he would note get a longer sentence than life in prison. >> we would seek a capital sentence if we believe that's what the facts warrant because to do otherwise was allow australia to water down alabama's laws just like they have watered down their laws. >> are you allowing australia to
water down alabama's law now. >> we call it extortion in alabama. that's what happens when they say we won't allow you to pursue this, they have watered down our law, now they have watered down al alabama's law, it was made at the request of -- as attorney general in alabama, i do care what victims think. >> that's a pretty strong word. >> matt, the attorney general, the state of alabama and local legislators pushed the australian government to prosecute gabe watson for murder. that prosecution did not come for five years. after five years of investigations and matt pushing is only what prompted the australians to -- >> it's absolutely ridiculous to theorize that gabe watt soften planned a murder of his wife, traveled halfway around the
world where there's absolutely no evidence of -- >> he pled guilty to a very obscure australian manslaughter law which includes negligence. it's a negligent manslaughter standard. he pled guilty to being a bad dive buddy, he did not plead guilty to anything intentional and the highest courts in australia said that he was not guilty of intentionally causing -- >> they re-created what they believe happened under the water, and if everything happened the way they -- >> an out of court experiment is fraught with difficulties, especially in the ever changing climate of a dive site. we put no faith in that out of court re-creation whatsoever. the bear hug that was described in the piece, that was a rescue diver who was bear hugging her to the surface. and that's documented in the evidence. >> attorney general king, a
couple of quick things, what do you think the motive was if murder was in fact committed? >> in alabama we can't talk about those sorts of things and i'm not going to begin to speculate on them. we believe that there was an adequate basis for us to pursue this. we believe that alabama should go and get justice for its citizens when a country like australia fails to do it. >> if he comes back to alabama, how quickly would you indict him? >> i can't speculate on something like that. >> we understand that an indictment as returned. the question is will the attorneys general allow him to turn himself in? he traveled halfway across the world to face a murder charge in australia, which he was found not guilty. he did that by his own volition. he's facing a life sentence over there, yet we're told they will not be satisfied until he is in custody. >> this is all about defense lawyers sleight of hand. he didn't go to australia to face a murder charge, they had
already worked with him, they cut a deal. he knew what he was doing when he went down there. he knew it, but the family didn't know it. >> when is the next chapter going to be written? >> i think it's in the hands of the australians. let's get another check of the weather from al. >> starting with tomorrow, sunny, but cool along the eastern seaboard, mild through the gulf coast, a mess out west with rain along the coast, mountain snows inland. sunday more mountain snows, showers up and down the west good morning. the sun is out. temperatures are starting to climb to the 40's 3 unsettled weather stays north of us. plenty of sunshine
>> here's the forecast, we know what you're going to be doing sunday night, this is a big one, the new york giants going into the eagles stadium, lincoln financial field, will the eagles clean their clocks when michael vick on the giants helmets? we'll find out, clear, cold, temperatures upper 30 to low 40s, on sunday night, football night in america. don't miss this one. matt? >> i will not, mr. roker. up next, a rare and exclusive interview with prince charles, nbc's brian williams with his conversation on the man who would be king. right after this. hey, you made your own lunch. yep! (mom) i'm so proud of you.
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frustrated and vindicated all at the same time. he's frustrated over what we're doing to the earth, but he's vindicated that his issues over the last 20 years are finally getting talked about. he talks a lot about the environment, but also about his two sons, the media and his next job. >> what do you see as the job description of prince of wales? >> it isn't a job description, you have to make it up as you go along. which isn't always revealed. >> reporter: he is the man who will be king and this week the future monarch saw his family once again in the spotlight when on tuesday came the announcement of the engagement of his son william to kate middleton. >> obviously it's a thrill, they've been practicing long enough. >> in a rare conversation with
prince charles in scotland, we talked about what awaits his eldest son. >> reporter: do you have words of advice for your son william upon embarking on this in an even worst media environment? >> that's the problem, isn't it? because there's constant lecturing and advice. so it isn't that easy. >> reporter: he's under a microscope already and he's just a helicopter pilot. >> don't take the advice of the media. >> reporter: but how could he possibly -- >> which is very intrusive, indeed and very difficult. and i feel for him deeply. because in my day, it was definitely not. >> reporter: do families like yours talk about how to be a monarch? >> no, there's really -- you pick it up as you go along, i think. probably at a very young age and
it gradually dawns on you what it is all about or what the implications are. you watch and your learn. >> reporter: while all eyes are on william and kate, prince charles, also looks toward his own future milestone. at age 62, when most people are starting to think about retirement, he's still waiting to become king. the people around you said please, avoid the k word, so i've done quite good today? >> it's much better now when i think about it. but he's much better -- it's something that if he comes to it, regrettably it can deliver his own currency which is not so nice to say the least. so it's better not to think too much about it, except if it comes, then you have to deal
with it. >> reporter: and then there's the question of camilla, the dutch chess of cornwall who married charles in 2005. does the duchess of cornwall become queen of england? >> that could be. >> reporter: a life defined by royal tradition, but with the unconventional task of raising two sons as a single parent. sounds like the raf. one of your sons? >> not yet. >> reporter: both william and harry are military helicopter pilots, william flies search and rescue missions with the royal air force, harry is training on army gun ships. for many years you raised two children as a single parent and you have both children in the military.
which must wear on you. >> it certainly did obviously when harry went to afghanistan. but he was terribly keen to do so and it was very difficult for william, my eldest not to go. but i did say to him, when i was in the navy for five years, i had the same problem, they wouldn't second me anywhere. but harry, i worried the whole damned time and i can understand profoundly what it is that other families are going through, just how agonizing it is day in, day out, worrying about what is happening to your loved one. >> reporter: so it's called the man who will be king. and meredith, at 62 years old, what a fascinating glimpse we got into his life, this single father of two sons and what you can't imagine, what you can't envision is him just stopping all of his causes to be the monarch. so it may be a new kind of monarch.
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amazing. >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for a check your morning commute. >> good morning. we have some problems on the 83 to talk about. some debris. this is just past -- also some debris on the northbound j.f.x. at the beltway. a crash in pasadena, mountain road. eastern avenue in the city. live drive times shows some delays on the outer loop west side of away from 795 to 95. leave some extra time.
90 minutes across the topside from 83 to 95. we give you a live look outside at the topside delay from harford road. it is backed all the way to york road. at perring parkway, there is an accident on the inner loop. the left lane is blocked. it is causing a backup. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> good morning. you could see the sunshine. it is a nice morning. we have 41 at the airport. 73% is the humidity. a nice high reading for the barometric pressure. a west wind at 7 miles per hour per it a high of 48 to 53. slightly cooler than usual, but nothing extreme. west wind at 5 to 10 miles per hour. we will be dry until monday with temperatures in the upper 50's
8:00 now on a friday morning, it's the 19th day of november, 2010. no guts, no glory. you have heard that expression. that is our staff and crewmembers attempting to create the most ambitious viral video yet. it is a one take music video set to the music of the black-eyed peas "i've got a feeling." one take, one mess up, done. >> and we had to do it all over
again. >> and do it, and do it, and do it. and do it. and do it. and do it. >> you're giving it away. >> and do it, and do it. and do it. >> it was fun. >> it was fun. >> it was a lot of fun. >> you're going to see the results of that coming up. >> what else coming up? big news out on the plaza. >> we have got kings of leon, they're coming up. so if you're going to be in the area gearing up for thanksgiving, you ought to combi. >> ann curry is standing by at the news desk. the white house says that new figures indicate that
president obama's $8 billion stimulus package last year will exceed it's goal of saving or creating 300 million jobs by the end of the year. chairman ben bernanke told international bankers that congress must provide even more stimulus aid to reduce unemployment. the republican tea party candidate in alaska is asking a federal judge to block certification of the election results. incumbent senate -- now to capitol hill where charlie rangel faces a harsh censure for violating ethics rules. kelly o'donnell has our story. >> reporter: only a few times has this committee recommended censure, it's just short of being expelleded from the congress. and for charlie rangel who's been in power here for decades,
he was reduced to almost tears as he apologized to his colleagues for his infractions, 11 ethics violations that include not paying taxes. a swedish court issued an arrest warrant on thursday for australian julian assange who's been leaking military documents. assange is wanted for questioning in the alleged rape and molestation of two women in sweden. his lawyer says assange did have relations with both of the accusers, but they were consensual. two hostages arrested in nigeria have been returned to their employees. they were rescued when nigerian security forces.
franke lauterbach -- who committed suicide this year after his dorm room encounter with another man was allegedly broadcast online. the bill requires colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment. those are some of the stories now at 8:04, now for a check of the weather from al. >> "today's" weather is brought to you by advil. make the switch to advil now. not only is it ann curry's birthday, but we have another birthday girl here, what is your name? >> donna. >> happy birthday to you. some nice birthday ladies. let's check your weather. new haven, connecticut, sunny and cold, 45 degrees.
we have got a big storm moving into the pacific northwest, bringing coastal rain, mountain snow, some places picking up 18 inches of snow. some mountain snows in new york state and parts of pennsylvania. sunny and warm for the southwest, across to the gulf coast, mid-atlantic states, sunny but a little on the chilly side. >> the sun is out this morning. the precipitation should stay north. mostly sunny skies. tetris of the cool side
>> and that's your latest weather. >> national her world month, way to go, ladies. when we come back, our most ambitious viral video yet, one take, the entire "today" show staff. right after this. ugh, my sinuses... the congestion... it's your fault. naturally, blame the mucus. well, i can't breathe. did you try blowing your nose? of course. [ both ] and nothing came out. instead of blaming me, try new advil congestion relief. what you probably have is swelling due to nasal inflammation, not mucus. and this can help? it treats the real problem of your sinus symptoms, reducing swelling due to nasal inflammation. so i can breathe. [ mucus ] new advil congestion relief. the right sinus medicine for the real problem.
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here's how it all unfolded. >> reporter: take a look at this home made music video. ♪ tonight's going to be a good night ♪ >> reporter: at first glance it seems like a bunch of college kids having fun lip syncing to the song "i got a feeling." but keep watching and you'll start to notice ovwhat over 17 million youtube viewers have seen. the college class produced the entire video in one continuous shot. no stopping, no editing, everything meticulously planned and plotted, no room for error. if even one person hesitated or forgot the words, the whole take would be ruined. so how did they do it? >> it was simple, just a camera,
maria had the big microphone. she gives the queue. >> luke and maria originally shot the video for a school project. >> you only two took takes to get it correct? >> we used the second take. >> reporter: for this group of canadian college students, two rehearsals and two takes were all they needed to get it right. but what about 150 "today" show cast and crewmembers? could we actually make a one shot music video? did we have what it takes? >> i got a feeling. . >> reporter: "today" is thursday and it's the most crucial rehearsal of the entire video.
let me show you something, it is pouring rain out. >> you are participating in the "today" music viral video, please come to the studio. >> reporter: it's only one minute from the time we start outside to the time we get to that studio door. >> as soon as the camera turns around and comes past the news desk. pull it out this way. around to jim who i was going to put here. >> okay. >> so be loud. >> try to work up to the camera, instead of him trying to find you. >> i'm going to be bringing in both the noise and the funk.
>> so now let's just package what you're going to do. >> i take the handoff from donna right there in the corner. >> it's kind of a big deal. i'm a correspondent. >> let's do it one more time really quick. >> so i want to practice this transition. >> as i sing the second line, i'm going to be looking at her. >> so should i look back at him when i say my name or should i look at you? >> this has never been done on national television before. >> all right, here we go. in five, four, three, two, one. >> even more complicated than i realize. >> we didn't do this much for the olympics. >> we had a very easy part. >> we did. >> the main part. >> not the main part.
>> we're all in this. the question is, did we pull it off? so without further adieu, the world premier of our version of "i got a feeling". ♪ i got a feeling ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ a feeling ♪ that tonight's going to be a
good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ i feel it ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ i got a feeling ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ let's move it up ♪ i got my money ♪ let's get it up ♪ i know that we'll have a ball ♪
♪ get down girl and just move it up ♪ ♪ i won't let it go ♪ let's go way out and move it up ♪ ♪ look at it ♪ just take it ♪ let's take it down ♪ we'll shut it down ♪ let's groove ♪ let's do it ♪ let's do it ♪ let's do it ♪ and do it ♪ and do it ♪ and do it do it do it do it ♪ i got a feeling ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ i feel it ♪ that tonight's going to be a
good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ let's live it up ♪ i got my money ♪ let's spin it up ♪ go out of fashion ♪ like oh, my god ♪ let's get it ♪ fill up my cup ♪ mazel tov ♪ let's take it down ♪ we'll shut it down ♪ and then we'll do it again ♪ let's do it ♪ let's do it ♪ let's do it and do it ♪ let's do it and do it ♪ and do it ♪ let's do it ♪ let's do it do it do it do it ♪ ♪ here we come, here we go ♪ easy come, easy go
♪ rock and don't stop ♪ up and down ♪ all around the clock ♪ monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday saturday to sunday ♪ ♪ party every day ♪ party every day ♪ i can feel it ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ i feel it ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good night ♪ ♪ that tonight's going to be a good good night ♪ ♪ "today's" going to be a good
day ♪ that "today's" going to be a good good day ♪ >> yeah! whooo! >> here's a look at some of the people that helped pull it off. from the studio to the geniuses down in your control room. kathie lee and hoda with some of our crew. they're gearing up for a big show live from the caribbean. nbc's brian williams. want to do it together, guys? what was that? >> saturday night in the williams house. >> let it out. >> brian! line! >> what is that? you have to envision your arms
boneless. that's it. >> is that all? >> that's all. >> you were fantastic. >> everybody was. >> we want to thank the steady cam team. it's like 60 something panels. >> we did it several times. >> and also our producers for the coordination of the whole thing. the rest of the week was great too. there's all the control room people right there. >> well done, everybody. >> it was great as a staff to do something like that. >> absolutely. >> and it reminded us of how special this place is. it really, really did. >> the cheering. >> and the party. >> the party was great. >> don't you want to give up your other gig and come over
here? >> we don't do a lot of backtracking where i'm from. >> anyway, by the way, if you missed any of our viral videos throughout the week, or just want to mop it up some more, particularly brian, we have the video todayshow.com. >> take us to the break with the thing. >> come on! come on, brian! we'll all do it together, come on. >> we have to backtrack.
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>> actually it's looking rainy up and down the east coast. but it's going to be fantastic. >> about 73 degrees. i'm in denial for the next week. >> it is the best holiday of the year in my view. so the best part of the turkey for you, the best part, the tail. >> what do you like? >> those two little things underneath, the dark meat, those little chestnut things. >> that's not what we call them. >> what are you best at cooking for thanksgiving? >> grilled cheese. >> i like ham.
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. let's get a final checking on your morning commute. >> good morning. several things to talk about this morning. there is debris on the northbound harrisburg expressway. also some traffic lights have been out all morning in timonium. there is a report of an accident at harford road. that will not help but the delight situation. the outer loop west side of wood down from 795, looking at 25
minutes. leave some exciton. 14 minutes on the topside. harbor tunnel thruway, looking at five minutes and no delays there so far. this is the west side at the beltway at liberty road permit an accident has moved off and it is not helping things. both the inner and outer loops are running very heavy pre you'll see delays from reisterstown all the way down to 40. the accident has been moved off to the shoulder. all lanes are open. hopefully that will free up the situation on the inner loop. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> good morning. temperatures started at 38 and is already up to 41 and will continue to climb. we have a west wind about 7 miles per hour. general clouds -- high pressure will dominate the weekend with some very good conditions.
sunny today. slightly cooler than usual. 48 to 53. west wind at 5 to 10 miles per hour per it a big football game at charlotte on sunday. looks like it will be sunny with temperatures well into the 60's. >> thank you for joining us. we'll have another update for we'll have another update for you act
sensation susan boyle is going to be here. her new album is number one in both the u.s. and the uk. and the kings of leon will get their thanksgiving break off to a great start on wednesday. three big concerts live on the plaza next week. >> meanwhile, take a look at something else. look at these hot cars that are out here on the plaza. why are they here? what are they about? we're going to talk about that in just a little while. >> and we're pretty honored in our studio, we have a very special guest, he is the first living service member from the iraq and afghanistan wars to receive the nation's top military award, which is of course the medal of honor and so we'll be speaking to army staff sergeant salvatore giunta and his wife. >> he talked about his medal
represented all the people serving. a very humble man. and kathie lee and hoda will be on the royal caribbean's allure of the seas. they are going to show us everything this massive boat has to offer. >> can we please say hello to zachary lee? >> hello, sir, hello, darling. >> we finally meet your mom, played by linda hamilton. >> linda hamilton plays my mom. >> right now, though, chuck is without. >> it's been taken out of my head, it's been like subdued in any my head. it's still there. it comes full circle. >> it's back to your roots in a
sense that you have to use your own wit. >> there's so much wit to go around. >> that's right. >> apparently there's a big movement to make a musical version of chuck? can you sing? >> i can't, except i just did a new -- disney's new animated musical "tangle". >> it comes out next week and it's fantastic. >> it's a great movie, it's like classic disney, it's like 3d and all that. it's a great film. it was a fun thing to be a part of. >> chuck and disney together, you can't ask for more. >> maybe the sun. >> thank you so much. >> thank you.
you can catch him on nbc at 8:00, 7:00 central time. >> let's see what's happening for your weekend, we have got saturday, a mess out west, refrigerat frigid conditions out west, cold but sunny in the great lakes and mild. and then sunday, we got a big mess continuing out west with more mountain snows, great news for the skiers, eastern third of the country is looking pretty good, cold in new england, mild good morning.oast on into texas. the sun is out. temperatures are starting to climb to the 40's 3 unsettled weather stays north of us. plenty of sunshine
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honor on tuesday. the highest military honor that this country can award to one of its citizens and you were at the white house and you met the president, he put that medal around your neck, you were at the pentagon, inducted into the hall of heroes. can you even sum up the emotions of this week, sergeant? >> it's been awesome and exciting and fun and crazy and nerve-racking and -- >> emotional. >> emotional and great, but it's also reminding me of a lot of the things that people have given for the united states. and all of those words, i guess i would have more words if i had a dictionary, it's been a lot. >> colonel jack jacobs who works for us at nbc and another recipient of the medal of honor told us some things, he said you will very quickly realize with this honor that you are no longer just you, that the medal of honor is heavy to wear for a
reason, it comes with great weight. do you thi do you understand what he's talking about? >> i am beginning to understand exactly what he's talking about. this isn't for me. i am the one wearing it, but this is for so many people who didn't come back from iraq or afghanistan and from all the wars in the past and all the unsung heroes who's stories never got documented as well as mine. >> your story is unbelievable. you were in afghanistan, and your group was ambushed by taliban fighters and we have a diagram that just shows some of what happened, they attacked you in an l formation, basically, and they were shooting at you from two sides. and they were close. i was reading an account of this and it said they were within the range that you could throw a baseball. that's how close they were. can you describe what it was like when this firefight broke
out. >> when it all initially started, it all came at once. it went from walking in the dead of night down a mountain in afghanistan, to really the world exploding for us. we had rpgs. machine-gun fire constant. and it wasn't just -- the air was filled with tracers, they usually don't shoot tracers, tracers, tracers, there's several bullets between the tracers so what we were seeing was only part of what was going on in the air. >> your friend was hit and what you found out was that some of these taliban fighters had actually taken him and they were carrying his body away and this is something that i know a lot of people in the military feared because it would be a prize to those taliban fighters to have. >> yes, sir. and what you did next was, you
went and you assisted another wounded soldier and then after learning they had carried sergeant brennan away, you went straight into enemy fire. and you chased down the taliban fighters that were carrying sergeant brennan away and you killed one of those fighters and you drove off the other and you brought your friend back to the group, sergeant brennan. did you have a moment to think about what was happening, sergeant, when it was going on or was it instinct that caused you to do this? >> this is what we train for. i don't have another job. i am a professional soldier, as we all are, and i was only able to do that because everyone else was doing everything they could do, this was just one other brush stroke that completed this painting of this moment in time. and there was no thought, it was just reaction by everyone. >> you brought sergeant brennan back to the group where he passed away, unfortunately, as did another soldier that day. you lost two close friends.
and i'm struck, jenny, by the fact that he continuously says it was us, it wasn't me, it was the group. others did their job. that's really what in my opinion true heroes always say. what do you think about hiss actions? >> i think that he is a true hero and i think that he's right, that's what they were trained to do and i believe if he wouldn't have done it, that any of the other guys that were with him would have done it. they were all there to help each other out and they depend on each other. >> i like the fact that while you say you're proud of him, it's not changed the way you think of him. >> no. >> i still have to do the dishes when i get home. >> you were asked the question -- by the way you did a great job on 60 minutes telling your story. and in the end she asked you what kind of soldier you are, and you said, i'm average, i'm mediocre, and you don't seem
average or mediocre, you seem extraordinary. >> every single day since 2001 in afghanistan, since 2003 in iraq, people do incredible things that the american public never hears about. and the men i have served with, that i have had the privilege to serve with are truly incredible and i'm just one of them. no one special. >> will you make the army a career? will you stay in the army? >> i think right now, there's a lot of options coming in from the military and everything and we're just trying to weigh all these great options and pick the right one for us and it's taking us a little bit longer than expected. >> hard decision. >> i can imagine. give yourself some time. and again, it's an honor to have you in the studio. congratulations. >> thank you. >> take good care of him. we're back in a moment, this is "today" on nbc.
back now with the inspiring true story of the man who endured a series of catastrophes. it is sold by the author of "seabiscuit jgsz. . >> the two books actually have a lot in common, but this one's about a man, not a horse. it took hillenglen seven years to write unbroken because she suffers from a chronic illness. she admits while the process was often painful, she lives vicariously through her books because the characters can do things she simply cannot. laura hillenbrand has spen most of the last 20 years in chronic
illness. >> i like to live in my work through very vigorous individuals and i have that wonderful effervescent man. >> now 93, he was one of the great runners in american history, but as a child, he was a terror. >> i describe him as a one-boy insurgency. he was a thief, he would break into his neighbors houses and steal their dinners right off their tables. >> he was encore jikur jibl. >> he got on the right track as a runner. >> i came in second in a race and i heard the kids from my school saying come on willie. that shocked me because i didn't know anybody knew my name. >> he set records for the mile in both high school and college and earned a trip to the 1936 berlin olympics.
>> but world war ii put louie's running career on hold and hiss life on the line. a b-24 bombardier, his plane crashed in the pacific. along with two crewmates, louie miraculously survived and drifted on a tiny raft for 47 days. >> there was multiple shark attacks, the typhoon, but for me, the most amazing thing was simply that they kept their sanity. >> reporter: after crossing nearly 2,000 miles of ocean, louie made landfall on a japanese held island. he was now a p.o.w. >> i went from 165 the day of the crash and when the japanese weighed me on the island, they weighed me at 65 pounds. i am a world class athlete and here i am a skeleton. >> and that was just the
beginning. for the next two years, he was beaten and tortured nearly every day. louie was singled out by a particularly monstrous man, the p.o.w.s called him the bird and he was a psychopath. >> he stood me against the ball, took off his big lead belt with a buckle that weighed about two pounds. he hit me across the head and broke my head open. so i stood up, wiped my head off and i took the blood, while i was looking at the blood, he hit me began in the same spot. >> reporter: as a boy he was a prisoner, louie would not be broken. >> i was too busy thinking about living to think about dying.
>> in 1950, he went back to japan. and he met with many of the guards and tormenters. i asked him, why aren't you angry with these people anymore? he said that's easy, i for gave them. and this threw me. i thought, how can a man forgive the unforgivable. >> does he help you? >> he does, he lifts my spirits when they are down. i have had a hard few years, physically, i have had a hard time and i have been very, very blessed to know this man. >> though they have lived vastly different lives, author and subject find common ground in their compassion. >> i couldn't believe a woman, as much as she has suffered, could be so sweet and patient, you know. and that's why i said of my purple heart, you deserve this morning i do. >> he is a remarkable man,
meredith. this is an unforgettable story of both perseverance and dignity. it's very uplifting. this is a history book, meredith, but it's also a page turner. it's just an extraordinary story. >> thank you so much. it really is an incredible story. again, it is called "unbroken" by laura hillenbrand. this is "today" on nbc.
get ready, everyone, for the automobile adventures of three lively hosts. a lot of times the cars are actually the stars. we have g guys, good morning. help me out with the concept. what's the idea behind the show? >> it's a lot of fin and they're very excited about it. >> do you get paid to do this? >> i get paid to do this. it's ridiculous. it really is. >> you put the lamborghini through some very fun stop. >> i got up to about 180. you don't turn at that speed.
>> when you were young and you can dream about driving cars, when they came to you and said, this is what you're going to get to do. >> it's got to be the best job in the automotive world. you get to live the best dream you ever had on somebody else's dime. >> you still have this one, the ford raptor. and you had someone jumping out of a parachute? >> what do you race against this? a souped up version of the f-150. he parachutes and then we race to a point. we came within a second, actually. >> this is like those math problems. if a guy jumps out of a plane -- >> you didn't run him over or anything, did you? >> here's the top three. >> the next car is a nissan 370 d. you can't win, so we decided we
would make it a little bit easier for -- we thought he should be a better opponent. so we wanted to teach him to drive a manual and how to drift. >> what's that. >> drifting, it's like in a car, tanner's like the automotive ballerina. >> and that last one is a ferrari? >> all weekend long, we have been all over the place. you can go and drive one of these taxis. that's a ferrari. >> all of these? >> you can actually hang out. >> and it has the beaded seat for the driver. >> it sounds like a complete blast. it premiers this sunday night on the history channel. good luck with it, guys.
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a standoff turned deadly. police say officers were called to oak traced way around 9:30 a.m. yesterday. officials say terrance wilson shot his wife several times before barricading himself inside his home. police found him dead. his wife is in criti>> but takee
forecast with john collins. >> we have only had a few scattered clouds of this morning and a lot of sunshine. this will control our weather as we go to the weekend. stormy weather out in the pacific northwest and parts of alaska and canada will be moving in and will change the weather as we move towards the thanksgiving. for now, we are in great shape. 48 to 53 for today's high. generally sunny skies and the west win at 5 to 10 miles per hour. >> thank you. thank you for joining us.