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little bit. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ this morning on "early today" firing line. a vicious wildfire advances perilously close to the los alamos lab. a massachusetts teen plunges 20 feet off the side of a mall escalator. and close encounter. a piece of space debris sends the crew of the international space station scrambling. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with two close for comfort.
this morning the nation's premier nuclear laboratory is under siege. fire crews in new mexico are scrambling to drive back a wildfire that's now reached within just 50 feet of the los alamos national lab. chris gregory reports. >> reporter: a fierce wildfire continues to grow in los alamos very close to the national laboratory. firefighters are working day and night to clear brush and extinguish spot fires near the sprawling nuclear facility. >> we have not lost any structures at the laboratory or in the town site, and we don't plan on losing structures. >> reporter: the secret of los alamos laboratory is made up of 2,000 buildings at nearly four dozen sites. it's home to the nation's largest supply of nuclear weapons. >> our facilities and nuclear materials are protected and safe. >> reporter: another concern. the possible release of radioactive and harmful
materials. thousands of 55-gallon drums containing plutonium contaminated waste are stored above ground at los alamos. >> release of radioactive and hazardous materials, there hasn't been any. let me say that again. there hasn't been any. >> reporter: and there's no rest in sight for weary fire crews. the wildfire has already scorched more than 93 square miles in less than two days. curt gregory, nbc news. with budget talks still stacked on capitol hill, two senators have unveiled a proposal sure to raise the blood pressure of many. raising the age of medicare eligibility to 67 while increasing monthly premiums for millions of current beneficiaries. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that, and a new trade deal. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning.
those two senators are republicans. oklahoma tom coburn, who is a democrat, and joe lieberman, who often votes with democrats. they think they have a way to save medicare. it would raise the age of eligibility to 67, and seniors, yes, would have to pay more. starting on average $15 to $20 a month more than going up gradually over the course of five years. even the senators themselves say this is a plan no one is going to like. democrats already criticizing it. now, there is some agreement on free trade. it looks like the white house and lawmakers have worked out a deal on south korea, columbia, and panama that would include aid for american workers who are displaced when companies go overseas. that is something that the union insisted on. we are likely to hear more about both of these issues, free trade and medicare, when president obama holds a news conference later this morning. it's his first full news conference since march.
lynn. >> tracie potts for us in washington. thank you. in after stab this morning the taliban is claiming responsibility for a rare nighttime attack in the capital of kabul. a four-hour standoff between militants and police saw at least ten afghan victims, mostly hotel workers, killed along with six suicide bombers. nato helicopters brought the siege to an end by firing rockets at gunmen on the roof top of the intercontinental hotel. two insurgents were killed by hotel guards and four others either blew themselves up or were killed in the air strike. now here's a look at other stories making news today in america. clol and escalators do not mix after a teen plunged 20 feet to the ground in massachusetts. according to police, the teen had been drinking before he decided to force around on the handrail. his fall left him with a fractured elbow. a cleveland nursing home was
the site of a very disturbing ordeal. a hidden camera set up by the family of a 78-year-old alzheimer's patient confirmed their worst suspicions. this is difficult to watch. footage shows the woman being tossed and mistreated on more than one occasion. police have made one arrest. two other staffers were fired. a snap shot of a seattle police officer snafu has caused a huge embarrassment to the city's police department. the officer unknowingly left a semiautomatic rifle right on top of his trunk unattended in the downtown area. officials will not confirm if the weapon was loaded, but they are investigating. , and finally, in florida a fishing trip turned into a jaw-dropping experience for three men when they discovered sea monsters do exist. they spotted a dead giant squid floating in the water, and they pulled it on to their boat. wildlife officials measured it at 23 feet long and have yet to
determine its cause of death. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. good morning. squid, it's what's for dinner. come on. >> i need some extra dipping sauce. >> that's some serious -- >> whoa. good morning, everyone. tropical storm arlene formed a little surprisingly yesterday. this was a chance this was going to form, and it's in the gulf of mexico. it usually gets everyone's attention. this is the first tropical system of the season. this is the kind we like. a weak system that's going to bring beneficial rain to everyone there in mexico. we would like to get this rainfall up into the north in texas, but it looks likes most of the showers and thunderstorms will stay south of the brownsville area. the real good soaking rains will be near tampika. it's going to head pretty much straight from the mexico coastline making landfall sometime tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. it doesn't look like it has a chance to get up to hurricane
strength. the winds are not available for a lot of development. maybe at most 60-mile-per-hour winds as it moves on shore, and it will die out into the high terrain off mexico. back home in the states, the heat yesterday once again oppressive. texas to phoenix. the story is it's now going to spread. a line of thunderstorms are heading for oklahoma city this morning. be prepared if you are leaving early today. forecast, 100 in dallas, 111 in phoenix. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. thunderstorm in florida today, but most of the country is going to be dry. the amount of thunderstorm coverage is going to be a little lower than we've had the last couple of days. it looks like summertime conditions. chicago, beautiful. 78. low humidity. one of the best spots in the country. so the a storm is tropical storm arlene. it's not that unheard of to get a storm in june. >> thank you, bill.
coming up, which internet power is starting its own social network? which state is the best to do business in? which airline is saying no to babies? how can you say no to babies? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, actor shia lebeouf gives a little too much information in his latest interview. the oddest excuse for losing you will ever hear. you're watching "early today." .
good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. before and after images from space showed the extent of flooding in minot, north dakota. the dark blue shows just how swollen the souris river was, nearly four feet higher than the all-time high set in 1881. cuban television showed images of venezuelan president hugo chavez talking with former
cuban president fidel castro. chavez's recent silence has those speculating he was -- a piece of debreese forced the crew to scramble into their rescue craft. nasa says it was probably the closest object ever to pass by the orbiting outpost coming within about 1,000 feet. another rare sight. this one on earth. the pope on twitter. that's right. pope benedict used an ipad to tweet about the launch of the vatican's new information portal. welcome to 2011. and the latest news week cover is generating a lot of buzz. it shows a computer-generated digitally aged princess diana walking with the daughter-in-law she never knew. it marks what would have been the late princess's 50th
birthday this friday. now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,188 after gaining 145 points. the s&p was up 16 points. the nasdaq road 41. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei grew 148 points, while in hong kong the hang seng was up a fraction. stocks surged higher tuesday on optimism that greek leaders will pass an unpopular austerity plan needed to keep the country afloed float. in athens yesterday police fired tear gas on angry protesters demanding the president vote down the harsh measure designed to show its european lenders greece is serious about getting its finances in order. parliament is expected to pass the drastic cuts today. strong earnings from nike added to the day's optimism, while signs of strength in the housing market boosted home depot. bank of america rose after it made a tentative agreement to settle $8.5 billion in claims
against countrywide financial, the company it took over during the mortgage meltdown. french finance minister christine lagarde has been named the first female head of the international monetary fund. news corp. is reportedly looking to unload the struggling social network myspace. meanwhile, google has launched its own social network, going the plus. so far only a select group of google users have been invited to join. this morning's wall street journal reports some surgeons who received tens of millions of dollars from medtronic failed to report serious complications in their clinical research of the company's bone growth protein infused. medtronic's ceo stands by the research. johnson & johnson is recalling 60,000 bottles of tylenol extra strength caplets for a musty, moldy odor. our sister network c northbound has named virginia america's top state for
business. finally, parents flying elite in malaysia airlines may need a sitter. the carrier has reportedly banned babies from first class cabins. coming up, the mets slam the tigers. lee shuts down the sox, and america's world cup women in action. plus, the orioles lou scott and it's home run robbery against the cardinals. your early morning headlines are straight ahead. the fourth of july holiday weekend slowly approaches and right on cue the heat is going to get worse. the forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
good morning. if you are just waking up, this is "early today." in sports last night the opening game of a matchup many call a potential world series preview was no contest. here's nbc's fred rogan with your early morning sports headlines. the phillies cliff lee is good. he is real good. he was up to his old tricks against the red sox. tossed a two-hitter for the third straight complete game shutout. getting to be ridiculous how dominant he is. dominik brown gave him the support he needed. a two-run bomb. many thought this would be a world series preview. if so give the phils a title right now. they won it 5-0. ninth inning dramatics between
the reds and rays. jay bruce with a solo shot to the deepest part of the park. bottom of the ninth, evan longoria, that's your ballgame. rays walked off with a 4-3 win. mets feeling it in detroit. jason paid the plate and next time sacks fell. beltran, two grand slams in one game. they blew out the tigers 4-3. the grand slams to a home run robbing grab. matt holiday thought he hit the second homer of the night. up wall he went. however, not enough. cards beat the os 6-2. the american women kick off the world cup with a win in soccer. andy connected with lauren cheney. u.s. beat north korea, and they'll play columbia next. after the game the north korean coach said his team lost because several players were struck by lightning while training three weeks ago. i'm glad he cleared that up. i thought the reason he lost was
because one of his players was swallowed by a whale. no whale oorz lightning, but plenty of celebration from the south carolina gamecooks. they won their second straight college world series. yakky bradley junior, he will keep that ball for the rest of his life. what? he threw it into the crowd. i guess when you have the trophy, who needs a ball. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i am fred rogan. who got married? who is separating? who is getting divorce? plus, if you have a nose for sensing animals that will make good pets, you won't want to miss this story. you're watching "early today."
welcome back to "early today" on this wednesday morning. here's your forecast if are you just joining us. temperatures are going to be on the warm side. especially around kansas city and st. louis and missouri. you're going to see a little mini heat wave over the next couple of days. 98 in denver. 110 in texas. not a lot of wet weather, but the heat really expands, and get ready even in chicago. well, if you are watching us on nyy look at prints of farms, fields, and cotages at the landscape of memory. that's at the new york state museum. >> thanks so much. now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment where relationship news aboved both good and bad
take center stage. american ferraraa married the boyfriend she's been with since college monday evening in a private ceremony. david duchovy and taka leonie have separated for the second time. a judge ordered warner brothers to send $55,000 a month of money due to charlie sheen to former wife for child support. mel gibson and long-time wife settled their property dispute. finally, in a kiss and tell interview in "details magazine" shia labeouf details his intimate relationship. only problem, at the time she was engaged to now husband brian austin green. minor detail. well, talking about dating other famous women, labeouf called his night out with hillary duff probably the worst date either of us have ever had.
you needs to stop talking. keep your mouth shut. >> she is probably okay with that, i guess, compared to the megan fox. well, this comes to us from wfla news channel 8 in tampa, florida, where in nearby hudson one couple has given over their home to most people's worst nightmare. this is bizarre. while most run for cover at the sight of a skunk, brenda and dawn have rolled out the welcome mat. they've taken in several abandoned skunks hoping to find them new homes. their critters have been descent and house trained, so hopefully potential owners can see them and not smell them for the friendly, furry pets they can be. true story, bill. true story. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. what makes the sleep number store different?
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and this is what it looks like on a wednesday here in the nation's capital. we have 75 degrees at 4:28. looks like we have some clearer air right now. good morning to you. i'm joe krebs >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to news 4 today for this wednesday, june 29th, 2011. d.c. police, along with the u.s. attorney's office, are looking into an alleged beating inside a downtown nightclub. the man beaten apparently lost his eye, and now d.c. police officers could be charged. news 4's jackie benson talked
exclusively with the man's attorney. >> the picture shows what it looks like when a young man has his eye removed. >> reporter: attorney ron karp describes the injuries that cost 24-year-old cal ter blair his eye. blair graduated with a management degree from the university of baltimore, where he also plays football. he was on "k" street northwest celebrating with friends. what led to a violent encounter with security staff, that sources tell news 4, included three off-duty d.c. police officers, just outside the club is not known at this point, but it was captured on security cameras. >> i've seen the video, and it's pretty ugly and mean. they are kicking him in the head taking out his eye. there's no reason in the world that this young man had to lose his eye that night. >> reporter: his attorney says walter blair was not arrested or charged with any wrongdoing that night. he was taken to the hospital where this photo was taken. sources say an internal