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cause the more we help them, the more we help make opportunity possible. good morning. search and rescue. survivors pulled from the rubble overnight after a powerful earthquake rocks eastern turkey. more than 215 people dead, and that toll is expected to rise. breakthrough? a cadaver dog hits on a scent of a body inside the home of that missing baby in kansas city, as the little girl's family takes us on a tour of that house and the path someone would have had to take to get lisa from her crib to the front door.
and shark attack, an american diver killed by a great white in australia over the weekend, the third fatal attack in a matter of weeks. now beaches are closed and the hunt for that shark is on. "today," monday october 24th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everybody. i'm savannah guthrie in for ann this morning. a desperate scene in turkey at this hour where officials believe survivors are still trapped in the rubble of that powerful earthquake. >> they're dealing with lots of aftershocks. we'll go live to the scene in a couple of minutes. also ahead, president obama is back on the road, he'll unveil a new plan to help jumpstart the struggling housing market.
we'll tell you what that is and why some critics are already claiming it simply won't work. also ahead the daughter of john edwards and the late elilz beth edward was married and the former senator had to sneak in a back door just to attend. we'll explain about that. and martha stewart's daughter is telling all about her mom in a new book and
doesn't exactly paint a picture of perfection. alexis stewart grew up in a house where there was never any food prepared, they turned out the lights to avoid trick-or-treater ss op. hallowe and was required to wrap her own christmas presents. natalie is at the news desk with the headlines. good morning to you. >> good morning matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. dozens of people are still trapped in the rubble this morning in eastern turkey, where a devastating 7.2 magnitude quake has killed hundreds so far. nbc's michelle franzen is in
mus, turkey, with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the earthquake struck in the lake van area closest to the iranian border, it was felt several hours away including here in mus. the lake is surrounded by mountains and dotted with small villages and towns and the place where rescuers are in the race against the
clock and cold weather to find survivors. this morning, the frantic search for earthquake survivors intensified in southeast turkey. and a dramatic rescue in hard-hit ercis as a toddler is pulled from the rubble. amateur video shows the terrifying moments when sunday's major quake hit. so far throughout the region there are at least 200 deaths, and more than 1,000 injured. hundreds are still unaccounted for, many believed to be still pinned beneath the rubble. >> translator: the situation is really bad.
many of our friends and relatives are still trapped under the rubble. we haven't heard from any of them. >> reporter: in van, an ancient city of 1 million, the quake has already claimed the lives of 100 people, and flattened dozens of buildings, including a university dormitory. reports of victims calling for help were heard overnight, but rescue efforts were hampered by darkness and freezing temperatures. using what equipment they had, and digging with bare hands, workers moved chunks of concrete to reach victims, including this scared 10-year-old boy. along with the desperate search for victims, thousands are seeking shelter. aid workers have set up 4,000 tents in a nearby stadium in ercis and food and blanket and other aid is pouring in from around the world. the last time a major quake hit turkey was in 1999, that's when two quakes hit the northwest region, killing 20,000 people,
but rescuers say they are hopeful, even after 24 hours, since this quake first struck, that they will find more people alive and be able to pull them from the rubble. natalie? >> michelle franzen in mus, turkey, thank you, michelle. a new survey shows a rising tide of pessimism among economic experts, some 85% of them predicting slow growth for the economy in the coming year, the meager growth would also lead to a sluggish job market, this according to the national association for business economists. for more on the economy we turn to cnbc's courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange. >> it remains focused on the three es, the economy, earnings and europe. in europe investors are fixated on, the markets are cautiously optimistic, the european union leaders will reach a deal to solve the debt crisis, the weekend talks will continue through wednesday of this week. meantime today marks the
beginning of the biggestique of the quarterly earnings season with nearly 40% of the s&p 500 reporting. back to you. >> courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange, thank you. the texas rangers won last night's game, making the world series more exciting. game five is tonight. will ferrell won this year's mark twain prize for american humor, the event featured performances by jack black, molly shannon and conan o'brien and what does the funniest man of the year do with comedy's highest honor? turns out he dropped it, as he claimed the award he tripped and it shattered to the ground. you can catch it all on pbs on october 31st. i'm sure they'll give him another one, but -- >> you buy it, you break it. >> you break it you buy it. >> something like that. >> long weekend for you? >> what can i say?
that's what happens if you drop it in reverse. >> how about the weather? >> how about that? let's see what's happening. we'll show you, unfortunately, we're talking about turkey to start off with, the forecast there for today, partly sunny, 57. nighttime temperatures, though, dropping down to around freezing, cloudy with some showers tonight and a temperature of 43 degrees. closer to home we've got big changes in our temperatures over the next 72 hours, casper, 72, 80 in denver, 72 in salt lake city. by wednesday look at these temperatures, they drop more than 25 to 30 degrees, a high on wednesday, denver, snow and 33, 50 in salt lake, 47, garden city, some places in the >> good morning. there is some cloud cover this morning. we should get through the morning without any rain.
we could see some showers this afternoo >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al, thank you very much. let's turn to politics now. after a series of foreign policy victories, president obama is hitting the road to sell his plan to help turn around the struggling economy and today the focus is on the housing market. chuck todd is nbc's political director and of course chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. >> the plan the president's going to unveil today is aimed at people who are struggling with their mortgages, in particular people who are under water. it says it will make it easier to refinance the mortgages. critics already say it won't work. what are you hearing about the plaen? >> it's similar to the plan the
president unveiled over two years ago and he did so on another west coast swing when he did it. on its face, this plan that the president's going to unveil might help another 1 million folks whose mortgages are so-called under water. the problem with the plan initially and with this one, matt, you cannot force the banks to do this. while they can raise the threshold and say even if you owe more than your house is worth, even if you owe 150% more than your house is worth, we cannot force the banks to refinance and that's been the problem with this program. >> even though you can't force the banks to do it, if you're sitting at home underwater in your mortgage and you hear it coming out of the president's mouth and you're in a state like nevada or arizona or california or florida, and those aren't accidental states. >> no, they're not. >> is this going to help politically? >> it could and they would like to do two things with the rolling out of this plan one, emphasize the fact they can't get anything done through congress, republicans won't do
anything so the president is force forced to act on his own, this is pivoting from the jobs act. last week republican front-runner mitt romney said of the housing crisis, you know what? we're not allowing foreclosures to happen fast enough so this is a two-fer as far as the white house is concerned. they feel they can talk about housing but also make the republicans look like they're out of touch. >> you talk about mitt romney. how much pressure is on him. this week we're going to hear from rick perry, he's going to unveil his flat tax proposal on the heals of herman cain's 9-9-9 that's been amended to slightly different? would you agree with the plans? one thing is they're simple, people can understand them and they sound big so how much pressure on romney to come up with something similar? >> he'll have a lot of pressure. what is popular about herman cain and now rick perry is getting rild of the tax code. that's what both of their plans are doing. mitt romney's plan, the 59-point plan he talked about that herman cain even mocked at a debate
tinkers with the tax code. it talks about extending the bush tax rates, for instance. well, if you're extending them, that means you're keeping the tax code and what is popular right now inside the republican party, you heard herman cain and rick perry say, get rid of the million-word mess that is the u.s. tax code. romney is going to feel pressured to do something more radical. >> in the time i have left friday the president announced he will pull all u.s. troops out of iraq by the end of the year, fulfilling the promise he made in the campaign back in 2008. republicans are already criticizing this, saying it's more about politics than sound military strategy. how exposed is the president on this in. >> i don't think he's very exposed at all because public opinion is with him when it comes to these military conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. they would like to see these troops brought home and what's the alternative? you talk to the obama campaign and they say okay, mitt romney criticized the president for doing this, so does that mean a
president romney wants to send more troops back to iraq? they think politically that's a more untenable position to have at this point. >> chuck todd in washington, as always thank you very much. >> you got it, sir. >> 11 after the hour, here's savannah. >> thank you. new details tied to the disappearance of 11-month-old lisa irwin. peter alexander is in kansas city this morning, where he was given a tour of the irwin family home. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. it's been exactly three weeks to the day since jeremy bradley and deborah said their baby disappeared from their home. the fbi cadaver dog had a positive hint on a dead body inside that home. overnight the irwin family allowed us in the home, they insist they have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: sunday night, baby
lisa's parents, deborah bradley and jeremy irwin returned to the home where they say their daughter disappeared for a candlelight vigil. neither deborah nor jeremy said a word but they were both in tears as jeremy's father, lisa's grandfather offered an emotional prayer. >> please keep her safe and bring her home to us as soon as possible. >> reporter: after the vigil, the irwin family invited nbc news inside the home. this is baby lisa's bedroom that you've heard so much about, one of the first things you notice is the spot on the light switch where police were trying to find fingerprints, this way the small frames, hand and footprint from the day little lisa was born, her clothes still hanging in the closet, the scooby-doo onesie see liked to wear and they believe this is where she was taken from that night, an ominous reminder, the graphite from the fingerprinting process by police.
this is the window where they suspect the abductor came inside the home. the screen was pushed in like this, this was a family room or computer room. if it was an abduction, this right here on the counter is exactly where the family says the three cell phones were missing. deborah and jeremy believe the abductor would have come into the hallway, passing by where lisa's brother was asleep, coming into her bedroom, walking down the hallway, and they would have come in this direction with the baby in their arms to the front door that jeremy found unlocked that morning at 3:45 a.m., where you can see police tried to find new fingerprints. this weekend, this newly filed police affidavit is revealing dramatic new findings in the baffling three-week-old mystery. last week an fbi cadaver dog smelled the scent of a human corpse somewhere here on the floor right near the bed. >> human decomposition usually starts within four minutes after
biological death. it's going to be within minutes that a dog should be able to find that scent, if it actually existed. >> reporter: according to the affidavit, deborah told investigators she didn't initially look for lisa behind the house because she was afraid of what she might find. last week investigators spent nearly 17 hours executing a search warrant inside the home. the new court documents also detail exactly what detectives collected, a comforter, a disney character shirt, a glow-worm toy, as well as rolls of tape and a tape dispenser. and left behind inside the kitchen, this empty box of wine that deborah admits she drank enough to get drunk on the night she says her daughter vanished. deborah was seen buying that box of wine on sur valgs individuve hours before she said she put lisa to bed. police reviewed this surveillance video, at 2:00 a.m. the night lisa vanished that shows the blurry image of a
person walking out of a wooded area. at least three witnesses including this neighbor who lives only doors away from the irwins say they've spoken to investigators about a suspicious man they saw in the area that night. what exactly did you see that night? >> we seen a ja walking up the street 12:15, carrying a baby. >> reporter: a baby in his arms? >> a baby in his arms. >> was the baby wearing anything? >> no, at that time the baby was just wearing a diaper it looked like, it appeared. >> reporter: what did you think? >> it was odd. >> reporter: i spoke to kansas city police late last night and they said they will not discuss specific details of this case but acknowledge they have no suspects, no strong leads and savannah are not ruling anything out. >> all right, peter alexander in kansas city, thank you. attorney joe tacopina is representing lisa's parents, good morning to you. let's start with the issue of the cadaver dog getting a hit right by the mother's bed.
how do you explain that? >> you know, it's really a red herring, savannah. i've consulted with one of the top experts in detection dogs in the united states who consultants with the federal government and law enforcement all the time, and while he's a proponent of the dogs, the dogs are investigatory by nature, not evidentiary. these are not things you bring someone to justice with. more importantly what he told me and i heard from one of your experts in that clip is what a cadaver looks for, smells for is decomposition of human remains, and decomposition of human remains is when they say they discovered a dead body or scent of a dead body, that's what they're smelling, the decomposition of human remains. what that could be aside from a body and skin peeling t could be fecal matter and fecal matter is often found in the diaper of a 10-month-old baby. it could be toenails you clip on
your bed and hit the rug or something. that is decomposition of human matter. it could be one of many, many things. i'll note that you saw the walk-through you guys did yesterday, they didn't clip any of that rug or carpeting in that bedroom. >> let's move on to another item came out of the affidavit filed in connection with the search warrant. lisa irwin did not look behind her home because she was afraid of what she might find. from one standpoint you could understand emotionally why she would feel that way but could you also understand it might arouse suspicious if she's desperately looking for her child why she wouldn't look behind the home? >> no, she didn't say. see, this is where -- what you don't have there is a sworn statement. that's a rendition of some investigator. what deborah bradley was doing when they called 911 was in a heap on the floor of the house trembling uncontrollably because of the disappearance of her daughter and what she said was she was afraid to go outside and look for anything.
she was afraid what she would find. because she was trembling and afraid. she didn't say she didn't want to look behind the house. even if you wanted to attach some sinister motive to that comment, that wouldn't make sense, what, she'd kill the baby, put the baby behind the house and say i don't want to look, i'm afraid what i might find? instead of focusing on the salacious details is what i just heard and watershed stuff, this is the stuff that investigations hopefully are made of, and what will break this case, you have three independent witnesses, not people who knew each other, not one person who could be mistaken, three independent witnesses who at one time or another after midnight, after 2:00 in the morning see a male, you know, with a frame that was small enough to go through that window carrying a baby in october with nothing on but a diaper. >> wow. >> if that doesn'taise all the red flags in the world, that's where this focus needs to be, and why, why three weeks later
are we hearing about this for the first time? hopefully the leads are being followed up on. that's what i really am concerned about. we don't get sidetracked with the details. >> joe tacopina, thank you for your time. appreciate it. it's :19. here's matt. >> thanks. now to the hunt four a great white shark in australia that killed an american diver over the weekend, this is the third fatal attack there in the last two months. nbc's sarah james is in melbourne with the details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. in western australia the government announced it will have a private helicopter patrolling the coast, in the wake of an attack of a great white who killed american diver thomas wright. >> there will be a helicopter off the beaches tomorrow, a temporary arrangement until surf life savings arrives in november. >> reporter: after the third fatal shark attack off western
australia in a matter of weeks the state premier ordered fisheries to hunt and kill a great white. this shark seen in the area shortly after the attack could be the very one who killed thomas wainwright. he had come to texas to work in oceaneering. >> people don't realize they're trying to fly something around the size of a car. >> reporter: seen here in this corporate video from his previous job with bp oil company, wainwright explains how he worked with rovs to help cap the well at the heart of the april 2010 oil spill in the gulf of mexico. >> growing up where i did and i spent a lot of time enjoying the gulf, and to be able to know we're going to get that under control and get things cleaned up and back to, you know, some resemblance of normal. >> reporter: wainwright originally hailed from the florida panhandle, and his sisters say he was a man with a passion for life and for the
ocean, who also adored australia. >> the day before he sent us an e-mail about coming over to australia for christmas. >> reporter: on saturday, wainwright and two american friends had taken a boat to a picturesque island just offshore from the city of perth. he was scuba diving when the shark struck. >> the whole reason we're talking to people so everyone knows there's a lot more to this than just a victim of a shark attack, that he was a person with a family that cared a lot about him. >> reporter: some in western australia fear there could be one devastating predator responsible for three deadly attacks, but scientists say it's more likely there were three separate sharks, all trailing the whales now migrating through the area. wainwright's family says catching or killing the shark won't bring back thomas. >> it was just the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: authorities here say they're doing everything they can to try to prevent another attack like this one.
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weeks. sharon vandyke says she spoke with her son matthew in tripoli over the weekend. he stayed out to join rebel fighters. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> tracking some delays around the area and some accidents. is at dover road -- this one in place at dover road. biggest delay is on the west side. 10 miles per hour on the outer loop approaching 795. southbound 795 backed up. middletown to mount carmel. southbound 295, 197. we will check the white marsh area furs. that is definitely filling out. crowded southbound all the way to the 895 split. consider pulaski highway as your
alternate. harford road, going away from us, backed up traffic. that developing ports to linney valley. that -- developing towards dulaney valley. >> we are off to a fairly quiet start weather-wise. it is not going to cause a big problem for the morning committed. only 39 in frederick. 46 in parkton. mixture of clouds and a little bit of sunshine. chance for rain showers this afternoon and especially this evening. seven-day forecast, a nice day tomorrow, sunshine, 68. at the end of the week that gets on settled. on settled.
7:30 now on a monday morning, the 24th of october, 2011, as you can see our crowd a little bit bundled up this morning as temperatures dip just a bit. shouldn't be too bad out there. we'll go outside and say hi in a couple of minutes. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside savannah guthrie who is here while ann is taking a couple of days off. just ahead a weekend wedding for the oldest daughter of the
late elizabeth edwards and former senator john edwards. how elizabeth was honored at that ceremony and what john had to do just to walk his daughter down the aisle. also ahead lookds like prince harry is already making some friends as he receives helicopter training in california. coming up we'll hear from the cocktail waitress he's been spotted with recently. and no sitting on the bed, forgotten birthdays, hiding from trick-or-treaters, just a couple of the surprising confessions about life with martha stewart made in a new book by her daughter, alexis stewart speaks out in a live interview about that. we are going to begin with the latest on the trial of michael jackson's doctor. attorneys for conrad murray are expected to begin making their case today, and nbc's jeff rossen is in los angeles again for us this morning. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning to you. just to give you an idea how different the theories are about how michael jackson died that day in 2009 inside his mansion, dr. murray says he gave michael
jackson 25 milligrams of propofol, this much, right up to here in a syringe this size. the prosecution's expert now says that's not true. he did the math and dr. murray gave michael jackson 40 times more than that, this much propofol and you can see the difference in size. this morning we have exclusive, new details how murray's defense team will try to keep him out of jail. dr. conrad murray has spent weeks listening to prosecutors blast him. >> that misplaced trust in the hands of conrad murray cost michael jackson his life. >> reporter: now, it's the doctor's turn. sources close to the case tell nbc news murray's lawyers have developed a new time line, and they'll lay it out for the jury this week. ♪ don't stop 'til you get enough ♪ >> reporter: 1:00 a.m., michael rifz home from rehearsal, takes a shower and a valium. 2:00 a.m., dr. murray gives michael two milligrams of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam,
3:15 p.m. michael falls asleep but by 3:30 he's awake again. 5:00 a.m., dr. murray gives michael another two milligrams of lorazepam but the singer nt can't sleep. between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. he become panicked he can't sleep, they'll have to cancel that day's rehearsal, putting the entire show and the day's paycheck in jeopardy. it's in the window, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. where murray's lawyers will claim michael enters his private bedroom where no one is allowed and swallows eight pills of lorazepam, never selling dr. murray. 10:40 a.m., dr. murray gives jackson 25 milligrams of propofol, experts say a low dosage. 11:00 a.m. michael makes phone calls to his office and girlfriends. murray claims michael injects himself with more propofol.
11:15 a.m. dr. murray notices michael jackson has stopped breathing. >> all the defense has to do is kick up enough sand and hopefully something sticks with some juror that creates reasonable doubt. >> reporter: murray's defense team plans to call at least 15 witnesses and in court this week will argue what they told me at the start of the trial, that michael jackson essentially killed himself. >> this was a gentleman who couldn't sleep at night period. >> reporter: your contention is he would have done anything, including give him propofol and lorazepam. >> he would have done anything to get the sleep he needed. >> reporter: a new development breaking overnight, janet jackson, michael's sister has canceled several concerts in australia this week to be here at the l.a. courthouse with her family. in a statement overnight she says "after talking with my family overnight we decided we must be together." >> nbc's jeff rossen in los
angeles, thank you. star jones, former commentator and prosecutor r, good morning you. >> good morning. >> they're saying michael jackson took it upon himself to walk into the private bedroom, take eight lorazepam, unbeknownst to his doctor, conrad murray. don't they have to offer some evidence of this? they can't just make allegations and put no proof forward? >> can i remind you what's sitting here with me and hearing that in the casey anthony case that there was some sort of child molestation? they made allegations without any proof whatsoever. she's at home right now, okay, and that's the kind of thing that a jury will look to. if they don't want to "ruin" this man's life, conrad murray could get the benefit of beyond reasonable doubt. >> statement, prosecutors very effectively have used conrad murray's own words. >> absolutely. >> the statement he gave to police and prosecutors are
making the argument even if you just take conrad murray at his word we've established gross negligence. >> yes. they're saying, the prosecution is saying we don't believe anything that he says, and because of that, he's guilty. then they're also saying if you believe everything that he says, because of that, he's guilty. >> this is a pretty steep hole that the defense now has to climb out of. they are going to put on their own expert, forensic expert to counter the experts we've heard now from the prosecution, most of whom seemed very effective in court. is it possible the jurors just kind of throw their hands up and dueling experts and they cancel each other out? >> the battle of the experts sort of ends with the jury tossing out the main central issue which is the propofol. that's why dr. steinberg is going to become so, so important. he laid out the six elements that could make gross negligence in and of themselves and of those six, five of them would find conrad murray guilty.
that's what the prosecution is depending on. the defense very clearly just needs to do reasonable doubt when it comes to cause of death. that's where they're going. >> and to that end the defense was actually severely limited by the judge before trial in terms of what it could put on for evidence of his former addiction, and his financial pressures. at the same time, evidence has come in that michael jackson had some kind of addiction problem. do you think jurors may find, you know, we'll never know what really happened here and that that would be sufficient to have reasonable doubt? maybe michael jackson did take these drugs himself? >> the jury throws its hands up and says i just don't know, that's enough to find a defendant not guilty. the bigger problem for the defense is, their alternate theories that can get to guilt. if the juries are arguing over one aspect, the prosecution has another card to play, and they've played them all. it's very skillful. there's a hole they have to get out of. >> you stand by your position
no, way conrad murray takes the stand this week. >> absolutely not and you agree with me. >> just checking, keeping in touch on that one. star jones, thanks. we'll see you this week. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> thanks so much, savannah. we've got some girl scouts from columbus, ohio, home of my brother-in-law, jackie bryant. you guys bring any cookies? >> sorry. >> oh! better to are my diet. thanks for thinking of me. let's check your weather and show you the week ahead, above normal temperatures for really much of the country, below normal out west as we get into the midweek period, we have more warm weather from the southern plains into the mid-atlantic states but much cooler through the rockies and the pacific northwest, and as we get toward the latter part of the country, latter part of the week we see that cooler air finally making its way into the east, wet weather into the gulf coast states and the mississippi river, warmer out west and we've got girl scouts from minnesota
and they were bad to my diet, they brought cookies. where are you from? >> minneap >> good morning. there is some fog start today. the chance for a few rain showers this afternoon. and don't forget you can check your weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. savannah? >> all right, al, thank you. coming up next, former senator john edwards forced to sneak into his own daughter's wedding over the weekend. we'll explain right after this.
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we're back now at 7:42, with somewhat of a bittersweet wedding story. kate edwards got married over the weekend. incomi nbc's andrea mitchell has the story. >> bittersweet indeed. the only reason why this is not just another wedding announcement this young's bride's happiness was achieved after terrible loss and her father john edwards' political and personal scandals. on a picture perfect fall weekend in chapel hill, john and elizabeth's daughter got
married. a joyful day for the bride and groom, trevor upham whom she met at princeton university, the maid of honor, her sister, emma claire. the father of the bride ducked in and out of a back door trying to avoid photographers but he walked kate down the aisle. >> he was bursting with pride as just about any father would and i guess a father who has been through the kind of things he's been through. >> later this week edwards faces a hearing on criminal charges of alleged misuse of campaign funds. he asked that a trial date be delayed until january, after kate returns from her honeymoon. not invited to the wedding, rielle hunter, mother of john edwards youngest trial but present in every way except the most important, elizabeth edwards. >> we got engaged shortly before she passed away and got a chance to talk about what the wedding would be like and the messages she had.
she was happy and that i was on this path and happy with and comfortable with. >> reporter: kate wrote "i feel so lucky to have shared that joy with her, to have had the time to leaf through bridal magazines and talk about the wedding. mom advised moo toe think carefully about the ceremony. it could be an important map, she said, for our life together." through it all, cancer, betrayial, tragedy and now legal challenges, friends say kate ca the glue that holds the family together, standing by her dad or eulogizing her mom. >> she could bring out the brave in anyone. she brought it out in all of us. even if her last days she was comforting us, her family. >> reporter: in her last interview with matt, elizabeth edwards talked about her marriage and her children. >> did i waste my time in these years? have i thrown this part of my life away, and i decided that i didn't, that maybe i didn't get the same things out of it i expected to or that i thought i was at the time, but when i look back, there's really lots of
blessings that i had. i've had the opportunity to have these great children. >> reporter: and in her last book she twroet about her children's future. >> i do know when they're older and telling their own children about their grandmother they will be able to say she stood in the storm and the wind did not blow her away, and it surely has not. she adjusted her sails. >> reporter: now a new chapter opens for her beloved daughter, cate. >> for them it's a new start as well, getting a new member of the family, trevor, whom everybody loves, has a big heart, elizabeth adored him. >> reporter: wedding guests agreed elizabeth was watching over them. >> the sunlight coming through the windows was like her angel and soul coming down to us. >> in the church this were altar candles lit in the memory of all of the relatives who passed away, cate's teenage brother wade and elizabeth's parents.
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never even locked lips saying the angle of the photos on rumorfix is deceiving. donaldson with her dimples and long dark hair bears a resemblance to kate middleton's sister. she met him after he first arrived for pilot helicopter training at a remote southern california base. the two have been spotted together several times since. >> i think the media is slightly stunned that prince harry's been there two weeks and the first time we've seen the rumblings of a girlfriend. what i'm saying is two weeks? what took you so long, prince harry? it's normally around two minutes. >> reporter: prince harry is known as a bit of a partier but donaldson tells "the sunday mirror" "he was a real life prince charming and has never been anything but a gentleman to me." she said the two hung out as friends and calls him a regular
guy. she says while me flirted she has a live-in boyfriend something royal watchers say harry may not be heartbroken over. >> don't think it's serious. it's the no the romance of the year, trust me. >> reporter: now we reached out to jessica donaldson and her boyfriend, their attorney tells us they decided not to do any more interviews. as for the royals, savannah, the palace also had no comment. >> kristen dahlgren in san diego, thanks. the angle made it look like they were making out on the couch. >> technically they weren't in the same room. when you shoot it that way it looks differently. just ahead, no prepared food hiding from trick-or-treaters? >> martha stewart's daughter opens up about life with the famous homemaker and find out what martha thinks about the book after these messages, and your local news. [ engine roaring ]
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after starting in the 40's, mid- 60's this afternoon. the further we go into the day, the better the chance that rain will catch up to us. it is going to be a nice day tomorrow. sunshine. up to 68. 70 on wednesday. after that, off and on rainshowers on thursday, friday, and saturday. only in the 40's on saturday. only in the 40's on saturday.
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mr. roker is joining us as well. coming up, one of our favorite guests around here, changed our lives, talking about martha stewart. we're going to learn more about it. >> her daughter, alexis, has co-written a book and dishes on martha a little bit. said she "lived with a glue gun" pointed at her head, saying there was never prepared food in the house, we'll talk about this in a couple of minutes. >> welcome to "the family feud!" also ahead who else is in the studio? >> who? >> ben stiller is here, starring in a new movie called "tower heist" sound like it was ripped out of the headlines of the financial crisis. we have a bone to pick with mr. stiller and he joins us in a couple of minutes. if you blink, you miss it. >> something is in the movie. >> what? >> this is completely bogus.
we'll talk to ben about that. >> i think mr. lauer is upset with his cameo, mr. stiller. we'll get into that in a second. >> "where in the world" tenth anniversary. >> it's top of mind to me and should be to you as well. if you'd like to join mr. lauer on one of the five locations, well you could be in luck. capital one, 130the sponsor is sending a lucky viewer to one of the places matt is going to. you have until november 8th until 2:00 p.m. eastern. you might get to see the matterhorn. >> it would be one of the rare glimpses of the matterhorn. inside, natalie is standing by at the news desk with a check of the headlines. >> reporter: good morning, matt, savannah and al. a massive rescue and relief effort is under way in eastern turkey where many people are still buried under the rubble from sunday's magnitude 7.2
earthquake. at least 260 people were confirmed dead in the hours after the quake, with more than 1,000 injured. officials say it will take days to search dozens of collapsed buildings. president obama heads west this morning on a three-day swing to campaign for re-election and promote economic initiatives. his first stop is las vegas, hard hit by the housing market collapse. the president will promote new rules to help borrowers with low equity, refinance and keep their homes. he'll also travel to california and colorado. libya begins a new chapter in its history today, one day after its transitional leader declared the liberation of the country. mustafa abdul jalil said islamic law will be the basis of law. the u.s. abruptly pulled its ambassador to syria bringing him back to washington, d.c. the state department says syria's embattled regime is to
blame for threats against robert ford's personal safety. for a look at what is trending today a quick roundup of what has you talking online. jennifer lopez is a hot search online after she broke down in tears and reportedly left the stage while performing at the mohegan sun this weekend. the superstar singer became emotional while sing being her past loves. lopez, who split from husband marc anthony in july later returned to the the stage performing her hit song "let's get loud." was this ashton kutcher's way of addressing rumors about marital troubles with demi moore? he rambled about truth and integrity in the media and while he didn't specifically mention demi, you'll notice he is not wearing his wedding ring in that video. now if there's something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? meredi meredith vieira. she bravely pokes around in a haunted cottage, part of sci-fi's "ghost hunters" and
catch it this wednesday morning. let's go back outside to al for a check of your weather. i bet she's got all of the ghostbuster lines out too. >> that's a big twinkie, meredith, i like it, meredith as a ghostbuster. i like you guys with the sock monkey hats. >> thank you. >> it's your birth day. >> yes, it is. >> how old are you? >> 29. >> again. >> how old are you? >> 34. >> this lady, your birthday, today. >> yes, sir. >> you need a sock monkey hat. pick city today, bay city, michigan, nbc 25, morning showers, 59 degrees, and as we check your day today, you'll see we've got a line of showers and thunderstorms making their way through the upper ohio river valley, another storm system making its way toward the pacific northwest, we got plenty of sunshine and warmth from southern texas on into the gulf coast and the southeast, going to be a cool day today in the northeast, temperatures in the mid-60s. mountain snows in the western plains, we'll be looking at snow in the rockies by wednes
>> good morning. there is some cloud cover this morning. we should get through the morning without any rain. we could see some showers this afternoo >> got some cards fans here. all right. >> go cards! >> there you go. we head back to matt. . >> thank you very much. what's it like to live with martha stewart? her daughter writes about that in a brand new book. we'll talk to alexis stewart, but first these messages. ♪
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>> we have a tv show that's coming. >> reporter: alexis stewart co-hosted "whatever" with alexis and jennifer. >> see how much fun it was to be martha's daughter. >> reporter: then "whatever martha" where the two made fun of past "martha stewart living" episodes. >> anticipating how much fun it's going to be to scream at the crew. >> reporter: weeks before the release of their joint book "whateverland" headlines painted a less than flattering side of martha stewart. martha answered critics on her own show. >> it is hilarious and enlightening and full of funny stories and i encourage to you buy it, read it and make it a best seller. >> alexis stew wuart and jennif copalman-hatt, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> alexis, there's a lot of buzz about this book in particular what you said about your nom. jennifer, we'll talk about the book in a minute.
the first one that caught a lot of attention, "martha does everything better. i grew up with a glue gun pointed to my head, if i didn't do something perfectly i had to do it again." you said the glue gun comment was a joke. is it is the larger point true? >> no, the book is supposed to be funny and everyone can make funny stories about their family. there were no glue guns, "a" back then, i wish there had been, it would have been more fun. she worked hard and was a perfectionist and i don't have a problem with that. >> you say it's not a tell-all. there's another quote that's gotten a lot of attention, "there was never anything to eat at my house," you write. "there were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind." you paint a portrait of you kind of having to forage for yourself. is that true? >> a little bit. my mother was a caterer and worked very hard. we were not wealthy and so there were ingredients, and was it ann annoying? yeah. did i get to go to my friend's
house and eat junk food? sure. and i'm a great cook and guess what? there's no prepared food in my house. >> the next quote i have say shocker during this time of year, halloween. we had martha with the cutest halloween treats and you write "on halloween" when you were growing, "we turned off all of the lights, pretended we weren't home and my mother never had anything but apples and pennies to annoy the children with." can this be possibly true? >> of course, one or two years that was the case and it was super fun to turn off all the lights and pretend we weren't home. she hand sewed me a giant bunny costume and liddious little bo beep costume. >> did that get mentioned in the booing? >> no. >> the last one, "my mother used to have my wrap my own presents on christmas, hand me things and say now wrap these but don't look inside but i didn't because i knew it was never worth looking." the larger issue is all of these quotes when you add them up, sounds like you're saying your mom is more about the image, that the reality didn't quite
measure up to what the world sees. is that what you meant to say? >> not at all. i think the fact is, first of all it's not a book about my mother. it's a book about growing up and learning to live with what happened or what didn't happen, being comfortable with all of that. >> your mom was quite gracious about it. as we just showed she said go out and buy the book. i have to ask you as a daughter, you talk about your mother's bathroom habits in particular. >> i say she left the door open when she pee-ed. >> did you worry about embarrassing her? >> no, everybody pis. some pee with the door closed. i grew up in a household you're not allowed to talk about the fact that people have to urin e urinate? >> the book can called "whateverland" and you call it a nonself-help book. >> we were doing a radio show and hear time and time again people, women specifically saying they didn't feel good about themselves, and they seemed to feel a little bit better when they'd hear we felt horrible about ourselves. >> so we're all terrible, just
get used to it. >> kind of, just be okay with it, move on from it. it's not that you don't want to better yourself. we all want to be the best that we can be, but you don't have to be miserable or just think that there's nothing good about you while you're trying to accomplish more. >> we talk about martha and i think both of you, your father, gejennifer was an executive at martha stewart's company, you're her daughter. your careers have largely been derived from her success. do you think even if you were -- it shall. >> in all fairness, both of us have had other work even before we started doing the radio show. i'm a lawyer, and a notary, which is really convenient, and alexis had gyms and hotel so we've done other things and we ended up doing that. >> my friends have bought this book and they're like where's the dirt? there is none. >> let me ask you about something. you, too, were very good friends. you hosted the show together and as we learn at the end of the book you've broken up, those are your words. >> yes.
>> what happened? >> things don't always, six years is a long time, for anybody. we were together every day for six years, doing a radio show two hours a day and sort of ends up being a little bit like a marriage and not all marriages last forever. >> i don't know if i'm projecting but i felt tension when you sat down together. has it been a while since you've been in each other's presence. >> it's because we're on television and not accustomed to it. >> friendships don't have to fall apart, although alexis i couldn't help but notice one of the quotes in your book "i love getting rid of friends, it's so much fun." what'd you mean by that? >> if you want to punish somebody, never talking to them again is a really good method. >> did something happen or is this just a drifting apart? >> i think it's a drift. >> i think we're just different. >> well you are very different. that is apparent just from looking at the book. jennifer, do you hope this is a relationship that could be repaired? >> listen, i know alexis well
enough to know that if things are not, if she doesn't want to be involved in the relationship anymore, then that's how it is and that's okay. i love her. it doesn't work. >> some people are clingy and some people like to be by themselves. >> i'm very clingy. >> doesn't make either person -- >> right. >> -- bad, just different. >> which is also in the book which is something that when i was single i wish i had learned from alexis, because girls typically if a guy doesn't like us, we think there's something wrong with us. it shouldn't be that way, but it is, and really it's not that. it's just that you're not right for that person. so this was not a friendship that was going to last forever. >> okay, and last thing, you said in the book, alexis, that you think people who are super close to their families are completely bizarre. >> i do. >> we should assume from that you're not particularly close to your mom or are you? >> i'm very close to my mother but not a single other person in my family. >> you're bizarre only with regard to your mom in terms of super closeness. >> correct.
>> okay. >> but i live next door to my sister, so we're all -- close. >> it is an interesting book. jennifer koppelman and alexis stewart, they'll come back in the next hour and answer viewer e-mails. send them in if you have a question, head to our website today.com. coming up next, ben stiller on his new action comedy "tower heist" right after this. t card. nice ring. knock it off. ignore him. with the capital one venture card you earn... double miles on every purchase. [ sharon ] 3d is so real larry. i'm right here larry. if you're not earning double miles... you're settling for half. really? a plaid tie? what, are we in prep school? [ male announcer ] get the venture card at capitalone.com and earn double miles on every purchase every day. what's in your wallet? i was gonna say that. uh huh... whose non-stop day starts with back pain... and a choice.
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we're back now at 8:20 with ben stiller, one of the stars of the new action comedy "tower heist." he plays a building manager in new york city who is determined to steal back the millions his staff lost at the hands of his tower's richest tenant. take a look. >> -- you and i know the movements of every person, know the schedules, deliveries and codes for every window. we've been casing the place for a decade and didn't know it. >> we didn't know it because we weren't doing it. >> you think we're getting his money back? i talked to the fbi, it's gone. >> so all this is about getting it back for lester? >> yes, and rose and mrs. evanko and manuel and you, you jerk. come on! let's storm the castle together. >> ben, welcome back. good to see you. >> good morning, how are you? >> i'm all right, good. action comedy can be tough because if you play the comedy would to far you lose the action side and vice versa. do you find it challenging? >> i liked about this movie it's
a heist movie and reminded me of movies from the '70s, the original "taking of pellam 123" the hot rock with robert redford and george segal. the reality was there but the comedy was coming out of the characters so it wasn't just going for jokes. >> you talk about it's a real life heist, it's a real life headline when it comes right down to it. this movie is about, it's hard not to watch and think bernie madoff. is that fair? >> yeah. no, i think that is fair. i think eddie murphy had the idea for this movie originally before all that happened, and then as the movie got developed, i think and our economic situation, became what it is and madoff happened and all became part of it. >> the rich tenant in this movie is played by alan alda. >> yes. >> you mentioned eddie murphy, that's right, he plays a bad guy in this or some guy who knows how to pull off a heist. >> yes. >> exactly. when you two get together on screen, you guys both huge comedy stars, is it a little
like dancing, does one person have to lead in each scene or can you both try to lead? >> eddie is such a, he's so funny and just he is eddie murphy and in the scene i don't think we're ever thinking of it like that, just thinking about the scene itself. when you see eddie murphy doing something funny you just want to be a part of that, you know? >> was there a lot of that just going with it? why. >> yes. >> we some clips sent to us and there were a couple of bleeps in there. >> that's what's fun about the movie, an edgier eddie than we've seen for a while. we never knew if it would be "r" or pg-13 and he did his thing and ended up being pg-13. >> you can edit what you want out. >> yes. >> you did with me. last year i was asked to do a little scene for this movie, it happened to be on thanksgiving day, with i is a national holiday. >> oh, right. >> you know that ena dedicated almost all of my thanksgiving last year to shooting this, forget the preparation the days before. i'm going to play you the entire scene as it plays in your movie.
>> all right. >> start of macy's thanksgiving day parade is just moments away, 3 million people will line the streets of this city, 50 million more will watch from homes all across the country, and around the globe. when the parade begins, all eyes turn to the sky as the largest balloons in the world soar above the city. it's a sight that brings out the child in all of us. >> that's charming. that's beautiful. >> here's the problem i have, it's not the fact that it's only 20 seconds long. why did you cover me for the whole first 18 1/2 seconds of the 20 seconds? >> well, i didn't direct the movie, so he probably just took the best stuff and -- >> the last two seconds? it's like a frame and 13 seconds. >> it's all about the editing choices, matt, you know? >> do you have brett ratner's cell phone number? >> he's probably on it now. >> everybody says he's a genius and whirling dervish on the set. >> he's great, he loves movies,
make everybody feel very excited and great at doing it, great at handling big movies and wrangling everybody and just he's a really good director. >> you're shooting in atlanta on another movie right now and if you look back in the last year, you've been on broadway, "house of blue leaves" went back to "saturday night live," brought back the zoolander character there. >> yes. >> you like variety, don't you? >> yeah. it's been sort of a busy time, but it's fun to mix it up, fun being back in new york and all of these things have been new york-based since we moved back to new york so that's great, it was great to do the play and "saturday night live," living here in new york. >> nice to have choices, really is. >> can i talk about how my father dripped hot hanukkah candle wax on me when i was a child? [ laughter ] nobody knows about that. >> seems to be -- you might want to write a book about that. >> we had to forage for bagels an. >> life is tough. >> the movie opens november 14t.
we're back after your local news. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. let's check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> if you knew accidents and one double impact the right on the west side. couple of accidents on rolling road. one at security, the other on windsor mill.
on reisterstown road, watch for an accident. southbound 95, backed up as usual from owings mills. looking at delays and once you get on to the j.f.x. from the beltway. accident on the inner loop just past perring parkway. out of the traffic, slow go from belair towards the harrisburg expressway. here is the quick live look outside. it will be easing up just a bit from white marsh to the beltway. we will switch to a live view of park heights. coming towards us is inner loop traffic. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> a little high, thin cloud cover on the traffic cameras. we don't have reined around us. that will change as we go through the afternoon. chilly with a little bit of light fog. 47 degrees in parkton.
today, a mixture of clouds and a little bit of sunshine. high temperatures in the mid- 60's. seven-day forecast, a nice day tomorrow. 70 on wednesday. it could turn chilly by the end of the week. the keys on thursday and friday. perhaps only in the 40's for high temperatures on saturday. >> we will see you back here at 8:55.
in the background. i get that wrong every year, every year. that is now open for the 75th year that skating rink and scott hamilton will be joining us for a spin on that on friday morning. out on the plaza this morning i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie, here while ann is taking some time off, al roker and natalie morales join us as well. just ahead we'll talk about the big business of celebrity fashion. you probably noticed a lot of big names are starting their own fashion lines, jennifer lopez, jay-z and others, so coming up we'll talk about where you can find your favorite celebrity's hottest looks. an exclusive look at the danish royal families, they're spending a little bit of time in new york and amy robach met one them. >> they make great danish cookies. >> danishes are good, too. >> the circular ones are the best. don't forget a week from
today, we are throwing us a halloween bash. that's right, it's your annual halloween bash on the plaza, we'll get dressed up. we want to you join us. we have treats lined up for the winners of our annual costume contest, our finalists will receive vip passes to our special justin bieber concert on the day, on the wednesday right before thanksgiving. the overall winner will meet justin face-to-face, so be here next monday for the day's annual halloween costume and on wednesday, november 23rd, justin bieber live on the plaza. >> the real justin bieber. let's bring in sara bareilles, brand new album. she also happens to be one of the judges on the nbc show the sit house. this judging thing are you cut out in terms of do you have what it takes to take somebody and just be brutally honest with them? >> no.
>> she's honest. >> i didn't get that gene, no. i think we all of us judges on "the singoff" have the same philosophy we want to be fair but honest but we kind of want to be kind, too. i'm not here to tell anybody like, give up your day -- quit music, or something like that. >> tonight we have the final eight, the hip-hop competition. >> it's hip-hop. >> we don't think of hip-hop and sara barreleis together. >> miseducation of lauryn hill is my favorite. i am nobody's scholar on rap. >> you're going to be performing in the season finale. >> yes. >> do you already know what you're going to do? we're keeping that a secret, but yes, i'm going to perform on the finale. >> you're also going to be performing later today with kat lee lee and hoda next hour.
>> yes. >> from your album "kaleidoscope." >> always great to see you. >> nice to see you, too. >> mr. roker how about a check of the weather? >> sara's percussionist josh, i've admired this box that he made. can you play a little of thats snts s? it's a musical box. >> it's a cajone. >> be careful, its it's spanish. >> woo, and he made one for me. ♪ i can do hip-hop weather and even had the band sign the bottom. look at that. >> the bmw that just went by. >> josh >> good morning. there is some fog start today. the chance for a few rain showers this afternoon.
>> and that's your latest wlp. don't forget to get your weather any time of the day or night, go to weather.com or watch the weather channel on your local cable channel. we go to uncle willie scott. >> i love birthdays, anybody's birthday. birthday number one harry irving of melbourne, florida, 100 years old, loves to cook. i love to cook. and also collects secret recipes from his neighbors and friends, and longevity, having a wonderful wife to help take care of him. what a sentiment, god love him. okay, we have lena green,
hendersonville, tennessee, tennessee pride sausage, ooh, it's good sausage, 103. still sharp as a tack and loves her family very much. edward ryall, and is that right? edward ryall, make sure i said that right, ryall, and he is from garden grove, california, 100 years old today, and lives independently and loves to work in his yard and garden. and he stays on top of everything, the latest news, and all. good for him. lucille hill, clemmons, north carolina, 102, loves to snuggle with her dog. i love the word snuggle and i like snuggling. i'm a big snuggling, dogs, anything, i'll snuggle with anything, if i can find somebody to snuggle with me, enjoys doing all sorts of good things in the golf cart, she drives her farm on the golf cart. keeps up with things.
samuel harris, cincinnati, ohio, is 100 years old, proud ww ii veteran and survived three types of cancer. how about that? that's beautiful. and get this -- doris pearson & dorothy klee from turlock, california, and they are twins, they are 101 years old. now you tell me about genetics, they're swedish descent and they say that's what they owe their longevity to swedish genes. that's it. that's amazing. god love you. back to new york. >> thanks, willard. have you noticed a growing number of stars bringing their looks to retailers near you? >> it's everywhere. i'm a big celebrity fashion line shopper. >> i can see you wearing your j. lo suit. coming up much more but this is the "today" show from nbc. from kohl's.
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♪ back now at 8:40, this morning on "today's style" the business of celebrity fashion lines, we listen to thir music, watch their tv shows and buy tickets to their movies. more a-listers are also making their way into our closets. from the big screen to the fashion runway, more stars than ever are lending their names to celebrity licensed products, the industry fueled nearly $5 billion in sales last year. >> it's all part of my style. >> reporter: the mass appeal? that celebrity style at affordable prices. these brands rely on a star's success but there are ways to help these hollywood born labels last. >> jay-z has a very successful program under the make rocawear so that's another way to have staying power. >> reporter: the queen bee at the moment jessica simpson reigns supreme. ♪ la, la
>> reporter: her collection is expected to top $1 billion but she's not taking all that home. >> celebrities getting a small percentage of the retail sales. >> reporter: looks like celebrity fashion lines are here to stay. and lori brigsmotto is contributing editor for "lucky" style magazine. >> good morning. >> celebrities have to have their own fashion line? >> celebrities need to extend their brands as well because sometimes the movie paychecks and song paychecks dry up. >> it's not enough? >> exactly. they need to extend their brand and they do that with licensing fashion brands and it's the hottest thing. >> our first line, gwen stefani has come into the children's fashions, these two are adorable. >> yes. >> they call it harajuku minis. >> gwen stefani started lam and it's supersuccessful. as you can see on the mini
models, jack and lola, wave, hi. give a twirl so everybody can see the whole look. this is at target. this is giving a sneak preview, this is available until november 3rd but everything in the line at target for harajuku mini and gwen is catering to the younger style, rocker. >> thank you. bye-bye. >> our next model is elena, in queen latifah's new line, the queen collection and this has been flying off the shelves. >> this has. an elena, very wearable pieces. what queen latifah has been good at doing making the clothes for women that are accessible and approachable, and this has been so popular on the home shopping network she sold 1,000 bluss in five minutes. >> it's not just plus sizes we see. >> queen latifah said we need to
bury the word "plus size." though the line goes up to a 3x so it caters to all shapes and sizes she feels committed to catering to all body types. >> the next line is sophia veragara's line for kmart. >> like sophia's style, very sexy and sassy body conscious, this is what she's doing for kmart, these pieces are very affo affordable, on jennifer, it's form fitting. >> the next line is from jennifer lopez, i thought she already had a line. is this another line? >> she did. in 2003 she had her first f autoray with sweet face and in 2009 it shuttered. this collection you can see everything on angela, picked as a j. lo favorite on their site so it's going to fly off the shelves. >> let's have all of the models come out, i have to see the kids again, did such a good job, one more look at you. laurie, thank you so much and
like hazelnuts, skim milk, and a hint of cocoa. it's quick, easy and something everyone can agree on. ♪ nutella. breakfast never tasted this good. we're back now at 8:45, with rare access to the royal families from three scandinavian countries gracing new york city with a visit. "today" national correspondent amy robach is here with details. >> good morning to you. we were the only u.s. camera rolling as the royals all att d attended a high security gala. i had the chance to speak exclusively with the crowned prince and princess of denmark, a stylish couple who will one day be king and queen. at first glance they are just another couple looking over fresh produce. but not many customers have cameras following their every move. >> we're extremely excited to
have the royal highnesses here today. >> crowned for instance frederick of den plashing and crowned princess mary were here saturday to promote healthy life styles. >> so beautiful. >> reporter: a hallmark of danish culture. >> we believe an important part of our role is to represent danish interests abroad and that's what our trip here to new york is all about. >> reporter: long before commoner kate became the duchess of cambridge, there was mary, a middle class australian who met her real life prince charming at a bar during the sydney olympics in 2000. >> despite his royal connections and her very ordinary background, they've had a shared love in common and grew from there. that's why people embraced them as a couple because it is the fairytale come true. >> reporter: a storybook marriage and growing family of six, including 10-month-old twins, a boy and a girl. how do you balance the royal lifestyle with four children? it's pretty impressive. >> yeah, and it's challenging at times. >> it's great fun and we want to
be close to our children and they are as well. >> reporter: on friday a red carpet night for the danish couple as they joined with scandinavian kings, queens and heads of state for an historic gathering to celebrate the centennial of the american scandinavian foundation, a nonprofit cultural group. among the honored xwes eded gue swedish king and queen and youngest daughter, princess madelyn, who actually lives in new york. madelyn reportedly moved here from sweden in 2010 after her wedding was called off amid headlines her fiance had cheated on her. her siblings back in stockholm also captivated. prince carl philip, one of the world's most eligible bachelors and crowned princess victoria, heir to the throne, married her personal trainer. >> it's no wonder they get all of the compliments when really they've got the glamorous spot people are interested in. ♪
>> reporter: but this weekend, it was the danish royals who captured everyone's attention. >> everyone we've met were really warm and the daes are the loudest in the crowds. a lot of people are "hi, welcome to new york. hope you're enjoying your time here." so it's really nice. >> and the danish couple is still in town attending various events. their children are back home in copenhagen and heir to europe's oldest monarchy, the crowned prince and princess couldn't be more modern. their oldest son, christian, is currently enrolled in the public school system. it's the quality of the school system as well. >> thank you very much. coming up next, jane pauley on finding your true calling later in life. first this is "today" on nbc.
♪ back now at 8:51 with "your life calling today." "today" contributor jane pauley has been working with aarp which produced and sponsored a special series of reports. good morning. >> good morning. >> easier to do than say. zwlur' a pro. our story is about a man who went from engineering buildings to building careers. here's charlie thornton with his life calling.
charlie thornton loves noise. >> jackhammers and torque wrenches and beep, beep, beep, it's good to hear. when there's noise, there's work, there's jobs. >> reporter: this is a city being rebuilt. >> we probably have maybe 100 different trades down there, all working together. >> reporter: you've probably seen his work, he's been the structural engineer for some of the grandest buildings in the world. so you look at a skyline and count the buildings you did. but lately, he's gone back to high school. >> i think this was a great project. you have some civil engineering and some site engineering. you had utilities. you had structural. >> reporter: mentoring is in his blood. >> goes back number one to my father, who was a fabulous guy. >> reporter: his dad was a bricklayer. >> every kid in my neighborhood who didn't have role models as fathers, my father became their role model. >> reporter: he hired local kids and top of the trades. >> he got me jobs with some of
the worst contractors in new york city, and he told them, "break his back so he stays in college." >> reporter: charlie got the message, and a ph.d. and became a giant in his field. but in the '90s w engineering enrollment in this country rapidly declining, he got a call from his college dean. >> and said to me, "we need to get more minorities and more women into engineering." >> reporter: like his father, he turned his attention to the next generation. >> i started to realize when it was a vacuum, and i raised my hand, i could make these things happen. >> reporter: with other industry leaders, he started a mentoring program called a.c.e., for architecture, construction and engineering. >> there's always one student who says, how much do you make? and i go, i make a lot, but let me tell you how much you're going to make if you stick with this program, and they hear you can make $60,000, $70,000, $80,000, $100,000 a year and
they go wow. after they sit through 15 sessions with architects, engineers and contractors, they say to themselves, i can be that person. i can do that. >> reporter: his mentoring program has grown to more than 200 cities, with over 100,000 graduates, and has awarded $12 million in college scholarships. >> there's no academic requirements, there's no tests. to get a scholarship you need to have 100% attendance or an excuse. >> these kids have a future? >> absolutely. we're predicting a huge shortage when we come out of this "downturn" in the construction industry. >> yeah. >> highways, transportation, roads, water, bridges, dams, buildings, okay. it's everything that america needs. i believe that a.c.e. is transferrable to any other industry, health care, manufacturing, automotive. >> there are over 76 million baby boomers who are looking for
something productive, creative to do. >> america's schools need those seasoned baby boomers coming in to help. >> better on three, all right? >> we would love it from f those 76 million people, we'll take 1% of them. >> the reality check up front, charlie thornton is no ordinary guy. he's a phenomenal success story, but the secret of his success was having a role model, his dad. the first present his father ever gave him was a wheelbarrow. mentoring is a gift that keeps giving. i hope you'll join me today at noon eastern time for my live internet radio call-in show at aarp.org/jane. savann savannah. >> having a mentor for him made a difference for him and he says giving kids a vision of what they could be makes the difference. >> it does. >> jane pauley thank you so much. just ahead, martha stewart's daughter alexis is back and answering your questions about
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