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good morning. storm alert. dangerous weather systems take aim at millions of americans from missouri to new england as the remnants of tropical storm beryl dump flooding rain on parts of the south. al is watching it all for us. deadly disaster. at least ten people killed as another powerful earthquake rocks northern italy. 'll have the latest from the scene. and falling from the sky. a woman skydiving for the first time at the age of 80 nearly falls out of her harness during a tandem jump. her instructor hanging on to her for dear life until they finally touch down and she's here for an exclusive, live interview "today," tuesday, may 29th, exclusive, live interview "today," tuesday, may 29th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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and welcome on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> and i'm matt lauer. before we get to this weather situation, you've gone skydiving. >> i have. >> i've gone skydiving. that's not the way it's supposed to look. >> no, and i don't understand how she could have slipped out of the harness. usually it's so tight that you can barely move. it's almost chafing you. >> the top hat for the hornous came off and she was still grabbed around the hips and knees. that had to be incredibly nerve-racking. meanwhi meanwhile, we're going to talk to laverne in a little while. nearly the entire eastern half of the country dealing with some severe weather of one form or another today. >> no kidding. al says we can expect hail, driving rain and possible tornadoes in the midwest. strong storms in the northeast. and in the south, there are new flood concerns from what's left of beryl. so we're going to get the latest from him coming up straight
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ahead. >> also ahead, a dramatic and frightening story. a passenger jet forced to make an emergency landing in toronto after one of its engines started shedding parts over that city. fortunately no one was injured. but as you can see, several cars were damaged. coming up, the quick actions of the crew, and how they may have saved lives. >> all right. and then we get the latest on this alleged incident involving justin bieber and a paparazzo. police in los angeles hope to talk to the teen pop star as early as today to get his side of the story and we're going to get more on this, of course, and talk about possible fallout with "today's professionals" coming up. >> and it's one of the hottest videos on the internet right now. viewed by more than 5 million people in just a couple of days. an elaborate wedding proposal by an oregon man to his girlfriend set to the bruno mars hit, "mare you." as we mention this has become somewhat of a sensation online. the happy couple is with us exclusively. we'll talk to them in a little while. >> watching this video will make you happy. it probably will cause you to
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cry it's so fantastic. and there they are. it's a great story. we begin this morning with those strong storms battering the eastern half of the country. al is joining us from upstairs with details. good morning. >> all right, guys, thank you so much. of course it's now tropical depression beryl. but it is a storm that's still causing a lot of problems. some areas have picked up 14 inches of rain. we're looking right now at saint simon's island, georgia, where you can see how angry the seas are. a lot of flooding, a lot of big problems, riptides, rip currents. in fact, one swimmer was killed off the coast of florida today. and then as we move a little further north into georgia, you can see more wind damage. power outages. in fact, some areas in georgia close to 3,000 to 5,000 people without power, uprooted trees, power lines knocked down. here's the latest on where we stand with beryl. right now ten miles northwest of valdosta, georgia. 30-mile-per-hour winds moving north at 2 miles per hour. slow mover. generating a lot of rain. rainfall amounts, you can see from jacksonville all the way up
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to cape hatteras, as many as -- as much as 7 to 9 inches of rain. so there are flood warnings in effect throughout much of the southeast. beyond that, we've got severe weather to worry about. there's those beryl right off the coast. by thursday morning. now to the severe weather. from wichita to wichita falls, and then in the northeast, including new england, we've got a risk of strong storms and tornadoes. tomorrow stronger risk in the midsection of the country. this is a strong risk in oklahoma. we will most likely see tornadoes in this area tomorrow. we'll continue to track it. and we've got record setting heat in the south. we'll talk about that coming up in the next ten minutes. ann? >> all right. we should probably remind people to pay attention to their local forecast, as well. al, thank you so much. >> let's get a check of the other morning's top stories from natalie who's standing by at the news desk. >> good morning, matt and ann. good morning, everyone. we begin with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled northern italy this morning, killing at least 10 people. the epicenter was just north of
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bologna. the same region where a stronger quake last month killed seven people. the second highest ranking al qaeda leader in afghanistan has been killed in a nato air strike. coalition officials say he led insurgents in afghanistan and supplied weapons and fighters. a brutal and deadly government crackdown in syria has killed more than 40 people overnight following the massacre over the weekend. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in jerusalem with more. good day to you. >> good day, natalie. syrian president bashar al assad meets today with u.n. peace envoy kofi annan in damascus to discuss a u.n. cease-fire. but syrian activists tell us at this stage they consider that cease-fire to be a sham. homs, as troops attack. syrian troops also pounded hama, reportedly killing 40 people. the attacks came just hours after the u.n. security council condemned syria for a massacre
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friday of more than 100 people, including dozens of children. this new video shows that attack as it started. syrian forces appeared to shell the town of hula. people run in panic as more artillery rains down. then, witnesses say, pro-government thugs went on a house-to-house killing spree, binding the hands of victims, stabbing them and shooting them point-blank. with syrian tanks now in hula, u.n. peace broker kofi annan arrived in damascus. >> i am shocked and horrified by the tragic incident in hula two days ago. >> reporter: the deadlock goes all the way to moscow. russia's foreign policy lavrov on monday blamed both sides for friday's massacre. and opposed regime change. the u.n. says today that the majority of those killed in hula, including dozens of women and children, were apparently
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killed at close range, execution-style. natalie? >> all right. just horrific. richard engel covering the story from jerusalem for us. thank you, richard. on a much lighter note, a spunky 6-year-old girl from virginia has become the youngest person ever to qualify for the description national spelling bee. previously the youngest contestant was 8 years old. lori anne madison studies trophy worthy words while apparently jumping on a trampoline. starting tomorrow she will face off with 278 other qualifiers, many of whom who are twice her age. quite the smartie pants. well this guy must have thought that the heat was just too much to bear. so he hit the pool. he paddled around, didn't seem to mind the humans recording the whole thing. fortunately from behind a window at a safe distance. 7:07 right now. we turn it back over to matt, ann and al. a smart guy. >> behind the window is the key. >> yeah, exactly. >> exactly. >> far, far away. >> thank you so much.
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meantime mr. roker, we're talking about some heat in some places of the country? >> that's right. we had record-setting heat over the weekend throughout much of the midwest, including the indy 500. take a look right now, jet stream way up to the north. so we've got above normal temperatures from texas all the way into new england today. lubbock, texas, 100. dallas, 95. 93 in new orleans. it will be 91 and humid in new york. 90 here in new york city. and as the system moves in we're looking for some strong storms, 50s and 60s back through the plains. 60s and 70s in the pacific northwest. you see that risk of strong storms as that front moves in the northeast later today. >> another hot and humid day. we're heading for highs in the 90 degrees later this afternoon. partly sunny skies.
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>> that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thanks very much. now a scary incident in toronto where an air canada boeing 777 was forced to make an emergency landing moments after takeoff. this after debris from that plane started falling onto cars below. nbc's tom costello covers aviation for us. tom, good morning to you. >> hi, matt, good morning. this looks like an uncontained engine failure and a potentially catastrophic event in the skies over toronto midday monday. >> from inside air canada flight 001, home video of the emergency landing midday monday. the plane had taken off from toronto, headed to narita, japan. but only a few minutes into the flight, something went wrong with the plane. a boeing 777, carrying 318 passengers, and 16 crew members. one of the aircraft's two engines shut down.
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passengers said they experienced real turbulence, but no panic. >> noticed a bit of a sound as we were taking off. lights dimmed for a split second, came back on. >> reporter: on the ground, onlookers noticed the plane was in trouble and called 911. >> they saw smoke and flames coming from the plane. >> reporter: then debris landed in this parking lot near the airport. the pieces were small but still shattered a windshield. >> yeah, just really, really strange. not something i expected to happen today, having airplane debris fall through my windshield. >> reporter: aviation experts believe the plane could have suffered what's called an uncontained engine failure. when the engine literally comes apart. debris can fall from the rear of the engine, and cut through the engine casing into the fuselage of the plane. the type of engine failure has happened before. in 2010, qantas flight 32, an a-380 flying from singapore to sydney had an oil fire. but perhaps the most notorious case occurred in 1989, when
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united flight 232 suffered an engine explosion in midflight. the explosion cut the plane's hydraulic line, forcing the pilot to make a heroic alanding attempt in sioux city, iowa. but the plane cartwheeled down the runway, killing 111 people. 185 survived. since then, airplane manufacturers have made great strides in ensuring engines don't come apart in the event of an engine failure. >> pilots of modern aircraft can go an entire career and not experience a single engine failure. it's quite unusual. when these engines do fail they tend to fail under the heavy load, heavy train of takeoff and climbout as i think was the case here. >> after dumping fuel for about 20 minutes the plane made an emergency landing on runway 23 in toronto. the passengers spent the night. they'll leave for tokyo today. it's not clear who the engine maker is. but air canada does use ge engines on the 777. and ge is a part owner of nbc. matt? >> all right, tom costello on
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this story for us. tall, thank you very much. it's 11 after the hour. here's ann. >> matt, thanks. mitt romney's expected to officially lock up the republican presidential nomination today as voters head to the polls in texas. and tonight he'll be in las vegas for a fund-raiser hosted by donald trump. nbc's peter alexander has the latest on the race and joins us now. hey, peter, good morning. >> ann, good morning to you. with a win in today's texas primary mitt romney will accomplish something that his father never did and something no one in the mormon church has ever done. he will clinch the republican nomination, just in time for the grueling summer months of campaigning to begin. today the campaign revs up again, after both the president and mitt romney paused to pay their respects to america's veterans. in texas, voters go to the polls expecting to give romney the delegates he needs to clinch the republican nomination. how will he celebrate? at a pair of fund-raisers in las vegas, side by side with
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romney's highest profile celebrity advocate, donald trump. the campaign has been soliciting donations by offering a chance to sign with the donald. trump causes heartburn for some in the republican party because of his insistence on renewing questions about where the president was born. monday night romney said he doesn't agree with all of the people who support him. >> i need to get 50.1% or more and i'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of associates. >> reporter: romney recently reflected on the last several months of his campaign in an interview with "the wall street journal" saying this comment. >> i like being able to fire people. >> reporter: it's the one mistake that makes him, in his words, want to kick myself in the seat of my pants. romney says he likes the game of politics because it's like a sport for old guys. but the 65-year-old noted he keeps a journal on his ipad. it's the first presidential race since 1944 where neither candidate is a military veteran. but both men recognize the importance of the veteran vote. romney marked memorial day alongside one of the nation's most respected veterans, john
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mccain. >> senator mccain, a national treasure. thank you for being here and honoring all of our veterans. >> reporter: the president also surrounded by veterans tried to emphasize his commitment to america's troops as more of them returned home. >> you shouldn't have to fight for a roof over your head when you've fought on behalf of the country that you love. >> reporter: and this morning the campaigns are going after each other once again. the obama campaign accusing romney of failing to stand up against what they call the extreme voices in the republican party. and the obama campaign says that includes donald trump. meanwhile, the romney campaign is accusing the president of being hostile toward job creating. ann, the summer campaign is just getting under way. >> exactly, peter alexander. thank you so much. once again here's matt. >> all right, ann, thank you. there is more good news for people who take aspirin on a regular basis. a study in today's journal "cancer" finds that the painkiller reduces the risk for common types of skin cancer. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor.
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good morning. >> hey, matt. >> before we talk about what the study found let's talk about the study itself. >> right. >> pretty large, 18,000 people in denmark. >> in denmark. and they followed people for a significant length of time, and this is people who filled prescriptions for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which means the aspirins, the advils, naproxen, the acetaminophens does not get outside of this group. >> so the aspirin-type product did reduce the risk of certain kinds of skin cancers. do we know why? >> well, it's a pretty cool sort of enzymeateic reaction. it's very complex. but it seems to stop a certain chemical reaction that changes the immune system. and once it blocks that enzyme reaction, gives people some kind of protection. in this case, primarily malignant melanoma and squamous cell cancer. >> were these people taking aspirin for a long, long time? do you get these benefits if you just start taking them? >> they were taking them for a long time, several years and at
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pretty high doses. we looked at people from 81 milligrams, little baby aspirin, all the way up and they found that the more the aspirin -- the more aspirin that had been taken per day, and the more years, up to 16, 17 years, those people -- >> when you take this news and you put it on top of what we know aspirin does in terms of preventing heart disease and now colon cancer, we heard just last week, should everyone be on a low dose of aspirin? >> you know i'm one of those pro-aspirin doctors. but i always say please talk to your doctor. because there are always people who shouldn't be on them. but if you've had a heart attack. you've had a stroke that's been caused by a clot or any cardiovascular disease really talk to your doctor about taking an aspirin every day. people who shouldn't be on it, children, pregnant women, and anybody with any kind of bleeding disorder, or if you're on any kind of blood thinner. and i think you're increasingly going to see now skin cancer, added to colon cancer, and as this changes, the cancer chain
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of events may also play out in anti-cancer properties, too. pretty cool. the cheapest thing around. reminder, buy the cheap aspirin. >> nancy, thank you very much. appreciate it. it's 16 after the hour. once again here's ann. >> matt, thank you. the family of a college student in louisiana who disappeared ten days ago while riding her bike home from a friend's house is trying to stay positive. this after her bike was found 25 miles from where she was last seen. nbc's janet shamlian is at the search command post in lafayette this morning. janet, good morning. >> ann, good morning. yeah, this is the first piece of solid evidence that has turned up in this case. her bike was found on sunday but it wasn't here in lafayette. in fact it was about a 30-minute drive from here in a remote swampy area under an interstate bridge. now police are saying that is not an optimistic sign and yet micky's family believes she is still alive. mickey shunick, her friends say, is a big ball of sunshine. >> she is -- she's strong.
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she is -- she has a little bit of sass. >> reporter: one that's been missing from their lives for ten agonizing days. >> i don't even like to think of reality or normal or how things should be. >> reporter: a break in the case came sunday hi the bike the 22-year-old was last seen riding turned up in a swampy area under a highway bridge. some 25 miles from where she was last seen on the streets of lafayette. police are now searching the remote location, as well as a nearby river. >> we went out and did a search of the area. once we completed that then we began a search of not only the waterway by air but also by boat and by sonar. >> reporter: the university of louisiana student was last seen may 19th when she left a friend's house just before 2:00 a.m. on her bike, and said to be headed home. that friend posted this video on youtube. >> we need your help. she needs your help. bring mickey home.
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>> reporter: mickey never made it home. grainy surveillance video shows her riding her bike in the early morning hours. police are searching for the drivers of vehicles also seen on the video at about the same time. >> we do have some leads and tips as to who may own those vehicles or who was operating those vehicles at the time. they were spotted on camera. >> reporter: amid volunteer searches, candlelight vigils, and flyers about mickey posted as far away as new orleans, there have been few clues beyond mickey's bike. her cell phone hasn't been used. no purse or clothing has been found. the senior anthropology major at the university of louisiana who loved horses missed not only her brother's graduation, but her own birthday. >> we want her to come back. >> reporter: yet for now her family is hopeful mickey will soon be home. >> all you think about is her to come back here. so it would just make everything okay again. >> reporter: police are anxious to talk to the driver of one of
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the vehicles in that surveillance video. it's a newer model white four-door pickup truck. that is because another woman here in lafayette has come forward saying the driver of a similar vehicle approached her late at night and tried to pick her up within the last few months. ann, back to you. >> all right, janet shamlian this morning. thank you for your reporting on this. it is now 7:20. and here's matt. >> all right, ann, thanks. now an embarrassing scandal that's rocked the catholic church. who is leaking confidential documents that reveal conflicts within the holy see. the pope's own butler is already in custody. but, is he the sole source? nbc's michelle kosinski is just outside vatican city. michelle, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. they're calling it vatileaks. this is the seat of power for 1 billion catholics. a seventh of the world's population. worth billions of dollars. now the butler says he will cooperate fully with the investigation. we could see much more of the inner workings here than surely many inside would like.
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if you've seen pictures of pope benedict, chances are you've seen him but not necessarily noticed paolo gabriele, who rides in the pope mobile, gives the pope his meals, and now accused of stealing confidential documents without even the pope noticing. today, the pontiff's butler is in jail. authorities say at his home were letters to and from the pope himself. >> it's shocking in that he was at mass with the pope every morning. he was the breakfast with the pope every morning. so anyone who knows him is simply stunned and shaking their heads. >> reporter: a scandal that has electrified the media, this headline reads a cardinal was guiding the leaker. >> it is unknown within the vatican. it is not the person alone of the butler who could be responsible for the leaks of the secret documents. it is a network of events who are fighting because they want a
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change at the top of the papal government. >> reporter: the vatican says this is only the beginning of a broad investigation. but denies that a cardinal or a woman as has been reported are also suspects. leaks and embarrassments lately have been seeping out of this bastion of history, economy and privacy. >> he does what he can. >> reporter: journalists published a book based on the pope's leaked letters. construction contracts at high costs. one letter from the pope's former second in command begs that he be allowed to continue to clean up, improve transparency. instead it was sent to the u.s. the vatican just fired its top banker who claimed he was trying to make it conform to international standards. a sticky web of leaks and allegations in the center of power but also of faith. the journalist who published a
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lot of this leaked material says he had multiple sources. how fascinating if this is some kind of organized attempt from the inside to change the way the search is functioning by leaking its secrets to 9 world. matt? >> all right michelle kosinski just outside vatican city this morning. michelle, thank you very much. still ahead the latest on justin bieber's alleged scuffle with a member of the paparazzi. we'll talk about that. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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still ahead an exclusive live interview with the woman who went sky diving at 80 years old and almost slipped out of her harness. >> luckily she's here to talk to us exclusively.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. at 10-year-old boy, this be's most recent shooting victim. city detectives say that he and two men were shot in the leg at the 2200 block of east offered street. all three are expected to be ok and authorities say they do not have information about the suspect but they do not believe that the boy was the intended target.
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everybody is heading back to work for the long holiday weekend. >> we have lots of problems to get to. eastbound 50 towards the nal academy graduation, we have an accident coming in to arrest there. that could make things busier in that area. . 175, we have an accident coming in. 25 miles per hour on the west side. southbound 95 approaching eastern, we still have a left lane closure due to an accident creating additional backups there. east and jarrettsville closed at route 1 and 2 to fire department activity. here is what it looks like it white marsh. very heavy traffic all the way down to its eastern.
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over to you, ava. >> we are already in the 70's both downtown and at the airport. 75 in cambridge, 75 in ocean city. temperatures are near the low 90s downtown. scattered thunderstorms are possible later today. watch out for some of them to be on the strong side. a little bit cooler tomorrow, with a slight chance for
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how are you? >> i'm excited. >> whose idea was all this? >> mine. >> all right that's laverne everett, living out her dream of parachuting out of a plane at the age of 80. but the tandem jump quickly turned life threatening when she started to actually slip out of her harness. would she ever do it again? we're going to ask her when she joins us for an exclusive live interview. she is very lucky to be here. >> and you know, she's also, you got to applaud her for being so bold at the age of 80 to want to jump out of a plane. i mean i think that's fantastic that she was willing to try that. unfortunately we're going to find out what the heck went wrong. >> a bit of a daredevil anyway. i'm matt lauer alongside ann curry. >> that's right. also ahead this morning, there's another video that's getting a
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lot of attention online. this one is so fantastic. it's an oregon mans aover-the-top wedding proposal. it's been viewed more than 5 million times in the past few days. it will make you cry. it will make you laugh. however, he almost didn't tape this, matt. and some people are calling it the best-ever. so we're going to talk to the couple and find out, well obviously -- >> very good. >> anyway a lot to smile about there. >> then the dramatic rescue of a california couple and their daughter who survived a small plane crash only to become trapped for 15 hours on a steep and snowy mountainside in idaho. we're going to hear from them. and would you be okay with your child's school tracking his or her every move with a special chip in their i.d. card? is this even legal? it's one of the hot topics we'll be tackling this morning with those people right there, "today's professionals." >> all right. but let's begin this half hour with justin bieber's headline-making alleged scuffle with the paparazzo that has police looking into whether they're going to question the teen pop star. we've got nbc's kristen dahlgren
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in los angeles with more on this story. kristen, good morning. >> hey, good morning to you, ann. because yesterday was a holiday authorities tell us that they're hoping to connect with justin bieber today. they want to get his side of the story to see if he should be charged with battery. he is the man known to cause bieber fever. but a paparazzo now claims it was justin bieber who got hot under the collar this weekend. the singer and girlfriend selena gomez were leaving a los angeles area mall after a movie date on sunday. >> according to some i-witnesses one of the paparazzi tried to block justin's car. he got angry, stepped out, and a scuffle ensued. >> reporter: pictures capture the star running toward the photographer. then show gomez appearing to comfort bieber who lost his shoe and hat in the fray. the star couple left before the sheriff's office arrived. and the photographer was taken away in an ambulance. but later treated and released at an area hospital. while the debate continues
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between bystanders and other photographers on the scene. >> justin bieber punched him. >> reporter: what happens next will be up to authorities, who say they want to question bieber after the photographer filed an official complaint. >> it's actually rare that a photographer will go that extra step and have the police called. >> reporter: clashes with the paparazzi are nothing new in hollywood. this is kate moss at l.a.x. in 2008. >> i'm doing something honorable. i'm not harassing people. >> actor halle berry recently unleashed on a photographer as she picked up her daughter from a beverly hills school. julia roberts got tough with this paparazzo. >> i'm going to talk to you about the fact that you're at a school where children go. >> reporter: and ashton kutcher recently laid out a photographer before making sure he wasn't hurt. >> you all right? >> yeah. >> reporter: as for bieber, it's not the first time he's showed his frustration with the ever-present paparazzi.
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>> would you please put that down? >> reporter: but the run-ins aren't likely to turn off fans. after the incident girlfriend selena gomez posted on facebook, thank you so much to my fans for always protecting me and being there for me. i'm sorry i had to rush out, love you guys. while bieber tweeted, going to focus on the important stuff, the music. we tried to reach out to bieber and gomez as well as the photographer, but none have any comment. >> all right, kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. we have star jones, a former attorney and also former prosecutor, and also a media analyst and the author of "you are the brand." good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> first of all, it's almost impossible to imagine justin bieber attacking a paparazzo. you've got a big guy. what does it say to you that charges have not been filed so far? >> well, they're still gathering evidence. if, in fact, they speak to justin beebe he misdemeanor battery charges might be filed. but also, you know, the
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paparazzo might get a charge himself, because california has that so-called anti-paparazzi law which is really a violation of the vehicular code. you can't block someone from movement. and the cops have been going after the paparazzi as it relates to that. >> okay, so if that is proven that he was blocked from his car, there could be charges there. >> yes. >> and it's possible then that the paparazzo could be charged and not justin bieber. >> exactly. >> what's the potential damage in either case? >> look, this is a young man who has a pretty clean record. look, he's also hanging around with some folks that i would argue from an image and branding point of view, he's looking to shift. he's hanging around with floyd mayweather, he's getting boxing lessons from mike tyson, he's with 50 cent and that's all well and good but it's clearly making a shift in terms of how he wants to present himself. >> what are you saying? are you suggesting that this is intentional? what are you saying? >> no, what i'm saying is justin bieber is looking, as some would argue, to get some so-called street credit because justin bieber in a lot of ways, i would
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argue, has a certain image and right now he is trying to, look -- >> but what makes you say that, though? that's really a left turn here, steve, i mean -- >> take a look at justin bieber's image for a long time. justin bieber right now he has a very clean, sharp image. and right now, what he is portraying is, i have argued, a very impressive, sharp image. if, in fact, he starts getting into situations, and mike tyson, let's not kid ourselves, great rehab. but we're talking about a guy who bit off another guy's ear -- >> okay, i think we're going too far down that road. i want to pull this back -- >> but he starts getting into incidents -- >> right. >> he gets the benefit of the doubt now. but if he gets into other incidents that involve violence, he starts having problems. >> okay. >> right now he gets a big benefit of the doubt. >> i hear you steven and you've made your point. let's get back to this idea of the paparazzo and let me ask you this, i mean there was some people, if we look at all of these individuals who we just heard in the story that kristen just talked about who you know who have themselves, halle berry, julia roberts, i mean,
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what i'm wondering is, is it possible that we've gotten to the point where we're worrying about your kids being photographed, celebrities' kids being photographed, the way we need to start thinking about whether there are enough laws on the books to protect people. >> i don't think that the laws have actually caught up with sort of our culture. the incidents of paparazzo -- just because somebody calls themselves a member of the press doesn't make them so. imagine being a woman walking with your child down a city street and three or four guys who you don't know just jump out, just because they have a camera. that does not make them legitimate journalists. it can make them stalkers. and in the united kingdom they have laws that protect people when you're going about your private business. i think you're going to see more laws enacted in our country that does the same thing. >> we could keep going but we're out of time. >> better protect those kids. and celebrities have to protect their kids, as well. not just through laws but just not putting their kids out there. >> you -- >> and laws can't protect
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them -- >> obviously this is going to continue in the green room. star and steve thank you so much this morning. star, of course, will have much more to say as she talk to -- as she talks to "today's professionals" as a member of "today's professionals" in the next half hour. but for now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> ann, thanks so much. a warm, toasty day. got some marines for fleet week. we salute you, memorial day, your service, thank you so much. let's see what we've got for you as we take a look at the early part of the week. we're going to be looking at strong storms, along the southeastern atlantic coast. below normal temperatures in the plains. above normal gulf coast all the way in to the northeast. midweek period, above normal temperatures in the southeast. out west, rain in the midsection of the country. the latter part of the week, we expect to see more rain in the eastern third of the country. above normal temperatures out west with some rain in the pacific northwest. >> another steamy day on top. near 90 degrees in central maryland. cooler for ocean city, 83.
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they >> and that's your latest weather. ann? >> al, thank you so much. and coming up next, a woman who celebrated her 80th birthday by going skydiving and nearly slipped out of her harness during a harrowing jump. she'll be along to share her story coming up right after this.
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skydive, everett somehow slipped from the harness. >> i think i knew something was coming not right, but i didn't know it was as bad as it was. so to speak. >> reporter: as she dangled from the straps, she couldn't see a thing. >> because my toes were up over my face. the >> reporter: the videographer tried to help the instructor but as the pair tumbled there was nothing anyone could do. everett was still hanging as they finally touched down. >> oh, my gosh. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: the faa is now looking into the incident. nbc news reached out to the parachute center owner, bill dawes about everett's jump. dawes would only say no one got injured and the landing was fine. one year after the fall the video has gone viral, and everett says she's had no hard feelings. >> i'm not sorry i did it. >> reporter: at 81, everett is already planning her next daring adventure. >> probably going in a race car. i think maybe that's my next thing. >> laverne everett is with us
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exclusively, along with her sister. ladies, good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> are you okay? you know, i want to talk about what happened a second. but when you landed, did you get injured based on the way you were hanging there? >> i just got a few bruises, and a scraped knee. >> and that was it? >> that was it. >> we spoke on the phone over the weekend. >> yes. >> laverne, and i said to you, you must have been so scared, and yousaid, you know, not until i saw the videotape. >> that's right. most of it, yes. >> so when you saw the videotape of what happened to you, what went through your mind? >> well, it didn't really scare me. but -- >> jimmy thinks otherwise. >> it scared me. >> oh, she always -- >> by the way, you were there. we'll talk about that in a second. when you went out of the plane, first of all, it looked like he gave you a pretty good shove to get you out of the plane. >> i don't recall anything like that. he gave me a nudge with his feet. >> right. >> and then you did a couple of somersaults and the next thing you know, when you started to
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get stabilized you were hanging in a "v" position out of that. did you know that something was really wrong? >> well, i felt my harness slip on the shoulder here in my left shoulder. and that's about, i guess, all i know or maybe i wanted to know. >> were you screaming? >> no. >> was he screaming? >> no. but his -- he's telling me to hang on. >> hold onto anything you could grab? >> i had these -- part of my harness, i guess. >> and you were holding onto that. >> i had them handles that i was holding onto. >> then you're under the stabilizers, then the main chute comes out, that's even more of a jolt. that's when i thought you might slip out of this thing completely. and jimmy, you're on the ground looking up watching this. >> and i know something's wrong. i mean, i know that because she's coming down slower, so what he's doing, he's guiding her off of the asphalt, onto the
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field so she can land in the field, instead of landing on the aspha asphalt. >> and when you saw her come down, did you think, this was going to be -- >> i thought that this was it. >> she was going to be dead? >> mm-hmm. >> landing like that. >> i was freaking out. my daughter said she's never seen me look like that because i was freaking out. >> what made you want to do that? i know you said it was 80, and it was your birthday. >> bucket list. >> this was a bucket list thing? >> well, i guess you could call it that. >> have you always been a daredevil, a thrill seeker? >> well, i don't know for a long time, anyway. >> yeah. so 500,000 people, laverne, have gone on and taken a look at this video. >> oh. >> how does that make you feel? >> oh, i -- >> takes your breath. >> i'm in shock. >> yeah? you get a little nervous that 500,000 people have seen your brassiere? >> it hasn't bothered me so far. >> okay. maybe i shouldn't have brought it up then, i shouldn't have said it. you say you want to go in a race car now? >> well, if i get a chance.
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. time for a check of your morning commute. >> very busy out there. if you are heading to the naval academy for the graduation, eastbound 50, major delays. that is due to an accident clearing from the right lane. major delays on 95. southbound towards eastern, just prior to the exit, accident. if you want to hang out on northbound route 1, it is closed at five ordered 43 due to early morning accident.
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east jarrettsville rode his shutout in route 1 in both directions. live view of traffic, update on 95 out of the white marsh area. it is inching along towards the accident scene. avoid it by taking pulaski highway to past philadelphia road. let's see a 50 and if anything is improving. not much. crawl towards the accident scene. over to you. >> what a mild start today. warm, in fact. 81 degrees is the current temperature at the inner harbor. the night in college park pit me-to-upper-70's along the lower eastern shore. we will only get hotter into the afternoon, with high temperatures near 90 in baltimore. 83 for ocean city. seven days in the mountains. the mountains could see thunderstorms at any point today.
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seen this you need to look at it because it will make you feel just terrific, because it's a wedding proposal that's obviously incredibly elaborate. involved some 50 people, and it led one person who watched it on youtube to write, stop setting the bar so high for all other men. coming up we talk to the couple in that video. >> but the fun couple, as well. also the "today's professionals" are here. star, donny and dr. nancy. among the topics they'll weigh in today, should a school be allowed to track your child, this is a student, using a chip implanted in an i.d. card so they know exactly where those kids are at school at every minute. talk about that and some other things, as well. >> and then charlize theron will be stopping by. she's got a brand-new movie "snow white and the huntsman." she's going to talk about why it was so much fun playing the evil queen. >> i've got to tell you, i saw this movie last week. i was stunned by how good she
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is. she is so evil! >> she's good at being bad. >> yeah, i mean, i was actually watching the movie and i mean don't, because it's a snow white movie, i was actually thinking oscar nomination. she was that good. that's what i was thinking. >> you don't go there often. >> i don't go there often. so good at being bad. >> all right. good to know. >> okay. >> let's go inside, natalie is standing by at the news desk. she's got all the headlines. >> i do. good morning, everyone. potentially dangerous weather is taking aim at millions of americans from missouri in to new england. the remnants of beryl are dumping heavy rain along the florida and georgia coasts, as much as 10 inches of rain is expected as far as north carolina, before beryl starts heading out to sea. an air canada jet with more than 330 people on board made a safe emergency landing monday after raining debris on neighborhoods near toronto. officials say the boeing 777 bound for tokyo suffered an engine failure and had to return to toronto. pieces of falling debris struck several cars and caused other property damage but nobody on the ground was hurt.
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mitt romney should have enough delegates to clinch the gop presidential nomination after today's texas republican primary. romney is scheduled to appear at a las vegas fund-raiser tonight with donald trump. for the first time, scientists say they've detected radiation from japan's nuclear disaster in large bluefish tuna that migrated across the pacific to the waters off of san diego. the levels were ten times higher than the amount measured in tuna off california in previous years. but researchers say that is still well below u.s. government limits for safe eating. now let's head to wall street. cnbc's mandy drury is at the new york stock exchange for us. >> good morning, natalie. it might be, but we are not sure on a whole pile of economic data. top key economic data this week culminating in the may employment report on friday, which is expected to show about 175,000 more jobs were added to the u.s. economy. also, a full trading week after
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facebook had its big ipo which was not particularly successful. there are some rumors out there in the market that it is expecting to release a smartphone by next year. of course, releasing a smartphone is not an easy thing. both dell and hp have tried with limited success. we have to see, therefore, whether or not facebook decides to follow through. >> facebook smartphone. interesting. >> yeah. >> all right, amanda drury, thank you. now for a look at what is trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. madonna's ready to have some 23u7b with a well-known similarities between her 1989 hit "express yourself" and lady gaga's anthem, "born this way." she did a mash-up of the two songs for this rehearsal for her upcoming tour. ♪ i'm on the right track i was born this way ♪ ♪ express yourself express yourself hey hey ♪ >> and at the end of the song,
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madonna repeatedly sings the line, she's not me. kim kardashian vented on twitter this weekend that british airways allegedly took personal items from her bag during a recent flight. kim tweeted that she was very disappointed as some things are sentimental, and not replaceable. the airline says it's investigating kim's claims. and guess who just happened to turn up in a new chinese tv documentary about police in shanghai? take a look. that's facebook co-founder mark zuckerberg and then-girlfriend priscilla chan, now wife. they're apparently photographed as random people on the street during a visit to china back in march. the newlyweds meanwhile are now honeymooning in rome. it is 8:05 right now. let's go back outside to matt and ann. >> rome is such a romantic city. >> there's actually a photograph of them on their honeymoon in rome doing something that we're going to get "today's professionals" to comment on. >> eating mcdonald's. >> in just a couple minutes. >> you just gave it away. >> i'm sorry. >> that's right. >> the tease. >> let's get a check of the
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weather from mr. roker. >> all righty. did they get fries with that? i don't know. happy birthday. 21. what's your name? you having a good time? >> yeah. >> thanks for celebrating here in new york. let's see what we've got for you. our pick city of the day just happens to be down in valdosta, georgia, unfortunately. we've got 10 miles northwest of there, beryl 30-mile-per-hour winds, and you can see all that rain making its way from northern florida all the way along the coast of the carolinas, with up to eight inches of rain. you can see beryl moves offshore sometime early thursday morning, as a tropical storm, and then continues out to sea. hopefully no other problems. >> another hot and humid day. we're heading for highs in the 90 degrees later this afternoon. partly sunny skies.
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we're back at 8:09 with "today's professionals." star jones, donny deutsch and dr. nancy snyderman are here to offer their takes on the most talked-about stories making news. good morning, all. >> hey, matt. >> it was memorial day yesterday, okay and chris hayes a host of a show on msnbc get ago lot of reaction to a comment he made where he says that he doesn't like the word hero used to describe all fallen soldiers. he says the word is appropriate when describing some heroic actions, but he says that it's too widely used. here's his quit. so, it seems to me that it is so rhetorically approximate to justifications for more war. in other words he's saying if you describe all fallen soldiers as heroes, it's less likely that you criticize war. how do you feel about this? >> donny, do you want to go -- >> i'm repulsed. i mean, i hope that he doesn't get more viewers as a result of this. to say that, and by the way, this guy is like a -- you see
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what he looks like. he looks like a weenie. to sit there where these guys are risking their lives. they are heroes, beginning, middle, end of story. i don't know what the other side is. >> the other problem is the person he was talking to is the officer whose job it was to call the families of fallen soldiers. could you be more inappropriate on memorial day? >> once we stopped the draft it become someone else's war. i think we've talked about that, you know, here before. to criticize the young men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect us, it -- first of all -- >> i'm not criticizing those young men and women. he was just saying that the word is overused. >> but he's wrong. if you get hurt -- >> but it's not overused. >> because you know what the four of us aren't fighting those wars. these people are heroes to me. >> he has since apologized saying as someone who's never fought a war he shouldn't have said it. quote, as many have rightly pointed out, it's very easy for me as a tv host to opine about people who fight our wars, having never dodged a bullet or guarded a post or walked a mile
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in their boots. >> well, use good judgment. you don't say this -- >> where was that eloquence on the front hand? >> all right let's move on. a school, a couple schools down in texas, considering a kind of unusual program where they're going to put microchips in the identification cards of students, and as a result, they'll be able to see, at any given moment, where those students are in the school. at all times. is this a good idea? does this make anybody queasy? >> makes me quite queasy. >> why? >> it's big brother. it's 1984. and i know the school says it's going to help them with attendance, it will save them money overall, even though -- >> it will get them money, also. >> they'll get more federal funding. >> because if their attendance rates are higher they get more federal funding? >> the federal government is going to reimburse based on being able to verify the attendance. saying this is one way that you can verify it. sort of like when we go to hotels, our card keys know when we go in and out each and every
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door. >> i have a problem. we talk a lot on the show about technology. there's always an underside to it. we are disempowering people to be people. just there's something so fundamentally wrong with this, it's -- it just, you use the word queasy. you don't have a problem with this? >> i don't have a problem if you're -- and by the way i want to make sure the audience understands, it cannot track the kids once they leave the campus. they're only tracking within the school system. so know that the kid -- >> why not put bells on their heads? >> because you want to be able to say the kid came to school at this time, and the kid did not leave school and go out to mcdonald's in the middle of the day. >> but, star, the problem is, it's one more case where you say to a 16 or 17-year-old, oh, don't worry, i know where you are. no, i expect you to do the right thing, show up on time, -- >> we have so much technology that taking responsibility from human beings from being human beings. >> you're living in utopia. that's not the way the world is. >> let's move on. this one is the craziness of speed dating, which
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coincidentally is the title of donny's autobiography. a dating website called on speed has theme nights. they're holding one this week called skinny mini night. this is where men come to meet thin women. the website says the average woman in this country wears a dress size 14. they will not have women at this event who wear anything larger than a size 8. how do we feel about this? >> matt, i've only done this twice, so let's -- >> how do we feel? >> i'm going to get killed here. but by the way you have heavy speed dating night. you have hispanic. >> i bet they don't have fat guy night. >> whatever they do, it is what it is. don't go if you don't like it >> you're not going to get a disagreement. people have preferences in who they want to date. some people want to date black girls with big hips and that would be the night for them. >> that's the third night. >> but it's not -- i don't have -- >> but -- >> at a time when we're trying
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to get across to our girls that skinny is not healthy, strong is healthy, and men are continually selecting for skinny minnie girl. >> but you don't want to go out with those guys that go to skinny girl night. >> zero to eight. zero to four. but i'm a size eight and i'm not skinny. so they're stretching the parameters. >> let's move on. the picture in one of the local newspapers, it's of mark zuckerberg the facebook founder along with his new wife, along with priscilla wife, priscilla chan, they're at their honeymoon in rome dining alfresco on mcdonald's. okay, this is a guy who just made billions of dollars. >> and lost it. >> lost a little bit, as well. >> no one ever said he had taste. >> i don't have a problem with this. >> do you find this quirky, romantic or something else? >> you go to rome, you have some of the best food in the world, and at some point, you go, god i'm craving a fry. >> i am going to be the jaded media guy and say maybe it was set up to make this guy seem approachable. the $16 billion man getting a
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lot of heat. oh, he's just like you and i. >> i think you may be right. i suspect there aren't many branded things happening in his life right now, but to go to rome and get mcdonald's. >> i thought it was set up. >> i think we tend to tear down the rich and powerful because they get all high and mighty and they surround themselves with the trappings of wealth. here's a guy who wears a sweatshirt and eats mcdonald's in rome. shouldn't we be applauding this? >> if it was real. >> no. >> by the way -- >> if it was real. >> oh, my gosh. >> he's having dinner with his wife! he's allowed to have a burger and fries. >> i'm betting it might be set up. >> guys, you're in italy, for god's sake. >> okay we know that. but we can be -- >> oh, my god. >> donny deutsch, dr. nancy snyderman, thank you very much. he may have had other better meals, man. >> up next, the story behind the wedding proposal that's become an instant sensation online. and puts all other guys to shame. we'll talk to the couple involved in the video right after this. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin.
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back now at 8:19 with one of the most creative marriage proposals we've ever seen. isaac lamb popped the question to his girlfriend amy frankel last week in what he billed as the first live lip-dubbed proposal. it already has more than 5 million hits online, 60 of the couple's family and friends surprised frankel with this elaborate choreographed dance routine set to bruno mars' song "marry you." laugh and clap and get emotional throughout it all leading up to the big moment. take a look. ♪ beautiful now hey baby i think i want to marry you ♪ >> you've already given me a lifetime of happiness. will you let me spend the rest of my life trying to give you the same? will you marry me? >> and amy said yes.
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the happy couple is here with us exclusively. isaac, amy, good morning. >> hi. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> first off, isaac, do you want to apologize to all men now waiting? >> that wasn't my intention. i didn't -- guys, i'm sorry. wasn't my intention. >> what made you want to have such an elaborate wedding proposal? >> i think, i mean, i just felt like she deserved something like that. and i think she'll probably tell you this is very much my style. my family, you'll notice that none of the neighbors care that this is happening in our front street, because we've been known to do crazy things like this before. >> but how did you convince everyone, you've got your parents involved, her parents were on the laptop. >> yeah. >> neighbors, friends. >> yeah. >> everybody, i mean, it's a testament to what they think of her. honestly that's really what it is. everybody i sent stuff out to was just like absolutely, no question, we love amy and we want to be there for this special day for her. >> you didn't practice much and yet it still happened. >> yeah. >> amy, talk to me about that moment. >> oh, my gosh, i was completely overwhelmed and just floored.
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i was speechless all night. i -- >> afterwards? >> yeah. i -- we had a party afterwards with everyone who was there. and i just -- i just stood there dumbfounded the whole night. it was just amazing. >> the way this started is, you know, you went to the house, and your brother told amy to get in the back of a car and put on some head sets, right? >> yeah. >> and you started listening to bruno mars singing "marry me." at what point did you think, this is not exactly -- what is this? >> well, i knew something was up, because he actually sent me somewhere else to meet him. and i sat there waiting -- >> i had to get her out of the neighborhood, basically. >> so he could gather 60 people. and then he texted me and said i'm actually not where you are, come to my house. so i knew something was up. >> and then here's the moment. >> yeah. >> you see the people walking down the street. >> yeah, my best friends. >> what's going on here, that's interesting. >> yeah. >> and then it just keeps going and going. >> i know. at first i thought, oh, that's
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dean and emma. the first people we see are really good friends. i thought oh, they're doing something with isaac's family. this is going to be so sweet. and then more and more people kept arriving in front of me, and it was just -- it was incredible. i couldn't believe how many people were involved. >> your favorite moment? >> when they all parted and then there was isaac. >> walking towards you. >> yes. >> that's the first time i think i took a breath. >> you have now gotten what 5 million views now? >> i think it's more than seven now. >> oh, you're kidding. it's jumped up since i last looked. what is your reaction to the fat that so many people have laughed, cried, been overjoyed by your video? >> it's really -- i keep saying this, it's really powerful for me to know that they've responded to something that i think is really genuine. you know, i think people see that, the love that i have for her, the love that we all have for amy in that moment and it's really moving to know that it's touched so many people's lives. the comments have been so positive. and people from around the world. like i got a note from poland
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this morning, an e-mail that just said just want to let you know, you made me believe in love again. i mean, it's just incredibly touching to me. >> it is touching. also i should mention that bruno mars even weighed in. congratulations. >> that was the most exciting moment for me. i was like bruno mars likes the video! that was great. >> well, congratulations isaac and amy. such a beautiful story. >> oh, thank you. >> wishing you many, many years of happiness to come. and now here's matt. >> all right, ann, thank you very much. let's head down to washington, get some birthday wishes from our friend willard scott. willard, good morning. >> all over the world we get birthdays. fastest growing group in america, 100-year-olds and older. they will live to be 150 in the next 100 years. how about that? take a look at mae mack. she is from denver, colorado, she is 101 years old today. excellent cook. everybody loves to come to her house to eat. she is nothing but the best. ivan lebikzczak.
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he's from tampa, florida. 104 years old today. proud world war ii veteran and received the purple heart. he is a hero and a good man to boot. happy birthday. mary scoppa in bel air, maryland, up the road from us outside of baltimore. she is one of the first winners of the maryland lottery. won $1 million. shared it all with her family. how about that? that was a long time ago, they say. good lady. alice smith. from san antonio, texas. best chili in the world, 103. she loves attending her baptist church and singing the old hymns softly. and we have casey metcalf from lake wood, colorado. enjoys, fishing, hunting and hugs. sounds like a law firm. i like hugs. that's all right with me. madeline, sweet madeline from helena, montana. 104 years old was a teacher and
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has a glass of milk every night before she goes to bed. now back to new york where they have a thing. >> all right, willard, thanks >> live, local, latebreaking. to 11 news todayr in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara it back to reality on the roads to if you are going to travel on i-95 southbound, accident prior to eastern. harford county line. delay is showing up on the north side outer loop along with the west side. as we view a live picture, severn river bridge, watch for eastbound delays due to an accident. now let's look at weather with ava.
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>> at least it is at dry start to the morning commute. maybe cranking up the air conditioning are ready to 81 degrees is the temperature downtown. mid-to-upper-70's along the eastern shore. high temperatures are pushing up near 90 degrees near baltimore today. upper 80s in southern maryland. baltimore could have scattered thunderstorms later today. with all this heat and humidity, some of these storms could be on the strong side. seven-day forecast for baltimore, 87 degrees tamara. cold front passes and die. -- passes by. tomorrow and even tuesday, beautiful weather. increasing clouds as the new cold front passes our way. scattered thunderstorms by the night and thunderstorms possible for the kickoff of his next weekend.
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notice how the temperatures bounce back into next week. >> another update at 8:55.
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8:30 now on a tuesday morning. it's the 29th day of may, 2012, and it's kind of a hot, beautiful, steamy deal here in new york city. >> what are you talking about? >> it's a little thick. what is it almost 80 degrees already. going up to about 90 in new york city. but you know what? we shouldn't complain. i know other parts of the countryhood a tough weekend, we had a beautiful weekend in the
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northeast. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, natalie morales and mr. al roker. and coming up kind of a new twist on the story of snow white. >> boy this is snow white the snow white story you've never seen. kind of a dark take on the, on the -- on the story and we have charlize theron in the house. she stars as the beautifully evil queen in the movie called "snow white and the huntsman." and coming up she'll talk about her role and -- and another big movie she has coming out. and talk about adjusting to life as a new mom. >> and then our good buddy mark bittman is always right on time with his recipes. today is no exception. he's going to be showing us how to make some great cold soups. everything from vichyssoise to -- >> all right, we are warning you right now, mark. mark says these are easy to make and he's going to show you how it's done. >> cold soups today. and then also coming up, have you heard the name rebecca ferguson? she's become a huge sensation in the uk, and she's here today. she'll be performing for us live in studio.
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she's got just a beautiful, sultry, soulful voice. amazing. >> we look forward to that. mr. roker. how about a check of the weather. >> all right. let's see what we've got for you starting off with today, we've got some severe storm stretching from a slight risk from wichita to wichita falls. also, pittsburgh into montpelier, vermont. can't rule out tornadoes, including the northeast, as well. and then we've got some, a strong risk, i mean a very likely risk of tornadoes from dodge city to oklahoma city, so we're keeping an eye on that. rainfall amounts are going to be pretty severe. we're talking anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain stretching from the dakotas on into oklahoma. >> another steamy day on top. near 90 degrees in central maryland. cooler for ocean city, 83. they
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>> and don't forget, get that weather any time you need it, especially in the next 24 hours, go to the weather channel on cable or online. >> good advice as always. coming up oscar winner charlize theron in our studio talking about two new movies and life as a new mom. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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back now at 8:35 with oscar winner charlize theron. never one to shy away from roles that cast her in a not so glamorous light. theron portrays the evil queen in her latest movie, "snow white and the huntsman." take a look.
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>> come and avenge your father who was too weak to raise his sword. >> oh, charlize theron, good morning. you know, i'm thinking, you know, snow white. i'm thinking, you know, bunnies. squirrels. but you know, princes and princesses. this is so dark. how would you describe the take on this tale? >> you know, the original brothers grimm has very, very dark tones. it's darker than where we went with it. but i think we went back to the original piece and gave it that darker feeling. i mean it is a huge action adventure within the story. and i think that's the thing that people will find kind of a shock. because they think it's a girl's movie because it's a fairy tale. but it's a really, like, it's a kick-ass movie.
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>> yeah, you can say that. you just did say that. >> sorry. >> no, no, it's fine. no, i think that's actually very dedescriptive of the movie. and in fact when i first heard you were cast as the evil stepmother, i was thinking why would they cast beautiful sherylize theron as the stepmother and when i came away from the movie i thought why would they cast anyone else. you were -- me is not just zing she is well, i'd say -- >> yeah, yeah. i mean we wanted to go back to the root of where this very iconic evil character that we know so well just for that one scene where she might come from and what were the circumstances that kind of set her up in her life to become the thing that she is. and that was really interesting, because it was like, you know, usually you start from the beginning and work forward, and with her we knew what she ended up as, so we had to kind of work backwards with her. what we discovered was just a very tragic character. >> so both she and the snow white character aren't just sort of you know, mansy pansy, they are tough, tough women. and this is sort of a very
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empowering women kind of movie, it seems to me, one being dark, one being light. >> yes. >> and i understand that there are a lot of stories that come, are coming from the how you made the movie in other words stories that are emerging and one of the stories that are emerging from the making of the movie is that you liked to scream at people so much and yell at people in this role that you didn't stop even when the cameras weren't rolling. is that true or false? >> yes, i mean, i just, you know, i like to be a little method, carrying on the character. you know, i just had to warm my voice up. you know like a singer. just, you know. get me a sandwich! and next time, they'd be like, we're not shooting right now. bring me his head! no, charlize, we're not shooting. you're not raffina. >> is it true or false you actually hurt yourself from yelling too much. >> i pulled a stomach muscle. which i didn't even know was possible. and i was like, can they lie and say that i did a bad-ass stunt?
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they said no, you can't do that. >> is it -- not a big thing -- >> it was -- it took about three weeks to heal. and there's nothing you can really do for it. so you're just kind of like the hunchback for three weeks. >> oh, wow. well, you're really amazing in this movie. you've got another one coming out "prometheus." there's not a lot being said about it. can you reveal anything about this movie? a lot of people talking about it. >> yeah, i'm always looking around, like if there's a sniper around that's going to take me out if i say anything. it is very top secret. i think ridley scott wants that for a reason because these movies really, they play so well. and in a way, now that i've seen the film, too, i think it's so right not to say anything about the film. because i think there is enough of a fan base from "alien thaths that will come and watch this, and the fear factor, and the thriller aspect of this story rely so much on not really knowing that much about the characters, because they all kind of come with their own agenda, and there's 14 of them on the ship. and you just don't know what's going to happen. and it's amazing to watch a film like that. >> having one movie open one
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weekend, another one opening, i think just the weekend after. >> yes. >> on top of that you're now -- a new mom. you just adopted a little boy named jackson. i know that your own mother has been such a role model for you in your life. what would be, as you've said that, what would you be say to be the most important lesson you'd like to give to your boy? >> now that i'm older and i reflect back on the way may mother raised me the one thing i'm grateful beyond anything else is that she raised me to always encourage me to be my own person. and there was never, you know -- my mother has very strong opinions and beliefs, but none of those were ever forced down my throat. whether it was religion or politics or just finding your way in the world. my mom was so encouraging, and whomever i was kind of discovered it through my eyes, instead of like trying to make me a little mini her. and that teaches great independence. and confidence when you are encouraged to view yourself and live in your own skin. and i would hope to -- to have
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my son feel the same way about himself. and kind of go and discover the world in his own skin. >> but first there's a lot of diapers to change. >> i love it! i am -- i gotta tell you, i'm available for other babies' diapers to be changed. i am -- i can do it in my sleep now. i am so good. i know exactly where the little thing is, and as we were travel being, i was -- you know i had to buy diapers in different countries because he came on the press tour with me. so i now know how to change a japanese diaper, a spanish diaper, an english diaper, a german diaper. yeah, they all have different little things. i'm like the diaper pro now. >> wow. that's something i think is a rare skill. not a lot of people can say that. charlize theron, it's always a pleasure to to sit down with you. congratulations on all the great things going on in your life. >> thank you. >> a spectacular, "snow white and the huntsman" from our sister company universal opens this friday in theaters nationwide. and coming up next, mark bittman
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keeps you cool with cool, weather soups. cold summer soups. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on how to cook everything today, cold soup for a hot summer day. mark bittman is turning fresh vegetables into three soups that bring out the flavors of summer. he's the author of "how to cook everything the basics" and his recipes appear in "the new york times" magazine. good morning. >> good morning, matt. >> perfect timing. you did really well here. it's about 90 degrees outside. we've got lots of steamy conditions and you're making cold soups. >> some of these, anyway, are very familiar names. gazpacho and wish swoi. >> classics. >> and with great reason. >> what you want people to do is go to their local market, go to the supermarket. look at the things that are the freshest and find a way to turn them into soup. >> this is really, you've got
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tomatoes. you've got cucumbers, things that are starting to come into season, and there's nothing really that's easier than basic gazpacho. >> so degree of difficulty on this one to ten is a two? >> a one even. if you have the food processor. so bread is kind of optional but traditionally, definitely use. and cucumbers. >> and you cut these things in good chunks. you don't dice them. >> you don't have to. because the food processor is going to do the work. a little garlic. you can use red pepper in here. you can use scallions. you can omit the garlic. you can panic. tomatoes i would say are essential. >> other than the juice of the tomatoes do you give it any more liquid? just olive oil? >> olive oil. we'll get to this. >> tomato juice in this? >> there is some water. i've been told that this started with taking a can of tomatoes and chopping it up and drinking it from the can. you know, if you're in the field working and that's what you have. >> two ways to do this. you can do this very fine where you put the food processor on and it kind of makes, i don't
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know, a puree. versus the chunky style. >> we're going to do, this is really chunky here. the get the idea. you wind up with something like that. very much of a cold stew. and you want to chill this down before you eat it. or, you leave the bread out, better off with a blender than a food processor, and you have super refreshing, very -- you know the home made v-8. >> so there's your two versions. chunky style and the puree style right here. >> right. >> next vichyssoise. this always seemed to be a luxurious french soup but you've made it much more approachable. >> well it always was. in fact it's a peasant, really a peasant soup, and let's see if we can do this without setting the studio on fire. always a peasant soup. it's leeks and potatoes from the garden. you saute the leeks a little bit, add potatoes. again, you know -- >> simple baking potato? >> yeah, a baking potato is really good. and then chicken stock, or water.
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and you just cook that until the potatoes are tender, which you know, depending on the size you cut them up, ten minutes, 20 minutes, something in there. >> one of the things i was reading about, and that would go for gazpacho as well as this, when you're using vegetables raw you need more salt. why is that? >> when you're serving soups cold you need more salt. >> that's what i said. when you're serving soups cold -- >> trick question. >> you want to use more salt. why? >> somehow chilling things down makes the salt retreat. so you just use a little more salt and it brings it out. >> okay. >> and try it, it's true. >> you boil this and then what do you do? >> you cool it down because we don't trust blenders with hot liquids. at least i don't. this one, you want really, really pureed. luxuriously creamy. and even more so if you add some cream. >> why would you make that decision? you could also not add cream, right? >> you could not add cream. obviously you add cream you turn it into a pretty fatty soup.
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but then it becomes just deliciously unctuous, shall we say. >> that's what it looks like. you garnish it -- >> with a little schiefs. >> real quickly back here you've got an asparagus cold soup and what are you boiling that with? >> here again asparagus, potatoes and chicken stock. very similar actually. and if you want, and you dare, you can puree this in the pot with the immersion blender. i like the standing blender better but if this is what you have, it will work. >> okay. >> it will take some time. >> but you're looking for also a pureed consistency? >> look at the color. just spectacular. a little dollop of yogurt on there and there you go. >> fantastic. mark bittman. three cold soups for a perfect, steamy day. good to see you. up next a live performance from british x factor sensation rebecca ferguson. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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the "toyota concert series on today" brought to you by toyota. >> rebecca ferguson's voice has been described as a cross between amy winehouse and aretha franklin. the single mom of two from liverpool shot to fame on the seventh season of "the x factor uk." now she's out with her debut album. good morning to you.
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>> good morning. >> when you share this adulation comparing you to aretha franklin, and the new york daily news giving your new cd four stars, the "times" of london saying ferguson's voice is the real deal, what does it mean to you after dreaming this for so long as a single mother of two? >> it's really -- it's hard to take in, to take in. maybe i just can't believe how much my life's changed. and i'm just hoping that it lasts and lasts and continues to make music. >> a lot of people are believing that it will last a long time. before i ask you more about that, though, what happened to your foot here? >> i slipped on some water when i was out with me friends and broke me leg. >> so you're hiding it very well underneath all of this. also you're going to be starting a tour in the united states. and this morning is actually the first time you've actually performed technically in the united states. >> it is, yes. >> what are you looking forward
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to on your tour? >> i'm just looking forward to seeing all the different places really and getting to see all different pardons of america. >> now your kids are 6 and 7? >> 6 and 7. >> are you getting to take them along with you? >> i'm going to be bringing them along with me, yes. >> and when they hear you sing, what, what kind of reaction are they giving you? >> they're very musical. they join in. we always sing the songs from the album, and she's always dancing around to the music. so yes, it's really adorable. >> and this morning you're going to be singing for us, nothing real but love. >> yes. >> ladies and gentlemen, let's take a listen. rebecca ferguson. ♪ hand in hand
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don't move time to get ahead ♪ ♪ watching people break through or maybe the man in charge and not always good ♪ ♪ and nothing is real but love nothing's real but love ♪ ♪ nobody no house no car is like love ♪ ♪ oh, no see who can be the one and watch what i can do ♪ ♪ but i guess this world's not
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always good and nothing is real but love ♪ ♪ nothing's real but love and nobody no house no car is like love ♪ ♪ it won't fill you up no money no house no car is like love ♪ ♪ la la la la la la la la ♪ ♪ i put it all away holding me back for a rainy day ♪ ♪ but what if that day don't come i need love ♪ ♪ no money no house no car is like love ♪
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♪ it won't fill you up it won't fill you up it won't fill you up ♪ ♪ it's like love dream about love ♪ ♪ no money no house no car is like love ♪ ♪ and nothing's real but love nobody no house no car is like love ♪ >> rebecca ferguson, thank you so much. again the album is called "heaven." we're back after your local news.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. authorities in cecil county are notifying the faa about a plane crash. a small glider plane went down close to the air strip of holly drive around 7:00 monday night.
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the airplane was carrying two people. both are said to be ok. back in a minute with
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>> it is going to be another hot and humid day. 90 degrees at b.w.i. this cold front could sparked scattered thunderstorms later today. cooling relief in the seve
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