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good morning. winning hand. donald trump with a strong lead heading into today's caucus in nevada. he plays tough guy with the protester at his rally. >> i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell ya. >> as he and marco rubio take swings at ted cruz over alleged dirtytricks. >> every single day, something comes out of the cruz campaign that's untrue. >> while the other candidates s s s s slug it out, it's trump on the way to the nomination. bill gates sides with the fbi, saying apple should unlock the phone of one of the san
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>> this is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. >> will apple relent under mounting pressure, or will it be up to a judge to decide? fighting for life. the mother of the 14-year-old girl shot by an uber driver in michigan is speaking out. >> it was a miracle. >> this morning, how that young girl proved she was alive even as the hopes of doctors were fading. erin andrews gets her day in court after a stalker records her behind closed doors. when the hotel negligent for letting it today? opening statements get underway today, tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "toad day" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza.
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welcome to "today." tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. we have willie in for matt again this morning. the battle between apple and the government got more interesting. >> one of the founding fathers of silicon valley, bill gates, came out on the side of the government against apple. >> we've seen titans line up on different times. sides. our top story is politics. today's nevada gop caucus and, of course, next week's super tuesday contest are looming large for both parties. let's start with nbc national good morning. >> good morning to you from here on the vegas strip. donald trump is in the driver's seat in the race and, yet, his rivals have barely touched him. today will pit trump against the son of the city, marco rubio, who spent his childhood here and has more family here than in
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cruz is looking to sneak in second. >> reporter: it's starting to sound like its vegas act. trump, the inevitable. >> we have a big lead and don't want to blow it. we have to go all the way. >> reporter: venting his anger against a protester. >> we're not allowed to punch back anymore. i love the old days. you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? they'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks. i'd like to punch him in the face. >> reporter: trump is polling ahead of his rivals in 10 of the next 14 states. >> if we nominate someone that half the republican party hates, we're going to be fighting against each other all the way to november. we'll never win that way. >> reporter: with jeb bush out, marco rubio is trying to lead the establishment's large, . ted cruz is cleaning up the mess
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top aide showing cruz blow off the bible. >> we will conduct the campaign with the highest standards. >> rubio outraged. >> for them to take a video and transcribe words on it that's not what i said, it's disturbing. every day, something comes out of the cruz campaign that's not true. >> reporter: later, trump teed off on cruz. >> this guy is sick. >> reporter: despite speculation that a rubio-kasich ticket could prove formidable, kay aides say, no way. kasich described how he first won public office 40 years ago. >> we got an army of people who -- and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door, and to put yard signs up for me, all the way back when, you know, things were different. >> reporter: the clinton
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it's 2016. a woman's place is wherever she wants it to be. kasich later apologized for what he called an inartful comment. >> this morning, we're getting a snapshot at where things stand. a roll shows trump holding on to the lead nationally, 36%. ted cruz in second. marco rubio creeping up in the last week. what's noticeable in the numbers, rubio gained this last week with two key republican groups heavily represented in nevada. white evangelicals and voters who identify as conservative. savannah and willie? on the democratic side, bernie sanders says he has no plans to leave the race, even with hillary clinton taking the lead in democratic delegates. clinton52 to sanders 51. a survey of super delegates finds 449 backs clinton and only 19 supports sanders.
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he sees a path to victory. >> short three letter answer is y-e-s. we are in the campaign till the end. we have gone much faster, much further than any or many people would have believed possible. >> they've got the resources to stay in. next up for democrats, the south carolina primary on saturday, where clinton holds a big lead in the polls. let's bring in chuck todd, "moderate " moderator of "meet the press." we want to run through the scenarios that establishment republicans are running through right now. how you would stop trump, who is in a commanding position. there are a couple scenarios people talk about. the first one, you mentioned, has cruz losing to trump in texas. explain. >> well, savannah, the cleanest way to stop trump is to hurry up
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between marco rubio and trump. what's the fastest way for that to happen? on super tuesday, for ted cruz to lose his home state of texas. it's a neck and neck race. this gives donald trump potential advantage because he can beat his rivals in their home states. if you're marco rubio, the fastest way to get to a one on one, cruz loses texas and, suddenly, everybody coalesces and a possibility of a one on one is there. >> we hear it almost every four years. brokered convention. this is going to the convention and hadn't happened for more than 60 years. could this be the year, and what does that look like? >> it's possible. on super tuesday, of the 12 don contests, essentially, everybody wins a few contests. rubio wins tennessee and florida. cruz wins texas. donald trump wins his fair share. it's three or four didn't candidates who win regional states or their home states and
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by the way, we will know this on march 16th. we'll know the day after the second super tuesday in march if there is only a 100 delegate lead for trump, we're going to a brokered convention. >> there's one other scenario, and that's a late entrant to the race. >> this would be if trump is blowing through march and then the panic really sets in, and then it's all about simply denying him a majority of takes. there is still a filing deadline to make in the california primary. maybe a mitt romney. this is a scenario someone outlined to me a couple days ago. mitt romney would file late, you may get favorite sons and daughters to file late, simply to try to beat trump, deny him delegates and create another way for a brokered convention. i have to tell you, it's the most farfetched. >> romney said he won't get in but maybe it'll change. before we let you know, let's look at the democrats and do math. we laid out the challenges bernie sanders has.
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grabs on super tuesday. hilary lary clinton has a good sized lead in a lot of the states. >> she does. the only way this starts to be -- to get tough for her again is if, number one, bernie sanders comes within single digits on saturday in south carolina. and then from there, he's got to beat her in a big state. texas, tennessee, virginia, georgia. those are four of the biggest states on super tuesday. can he beat her in one of the four? if he does, i think maybe he has a chance to sort of reset this race. right now, it doesn't look possible. >> chuck todd, thank you so much. >> chuck, thanks a lot. there is a new wrinkle in the fight between apple and the fbi over a cell phone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. bill gates is weighing in and you might be surprised by what he's saying. pete williams has more on that. good morning. >> good morning, willie. surprising because up until now, the other tech giants, include ing
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founder of twitter and founder of google supporters apple. bill gates says apple should do what the fbi is asking. >> i think the people want the government to act on their behalf if the safeguards are there. >> reporter: bill gates, the founder of microsoft, says technology companies should be forced to cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. he disagrees with apple's ceo tim cook, that forcing apple to help open the iphone will set a dangerous precedent. >> historically, the government has gone to phone companies and banks and lots of companies to gather information. >> reporter: washington lawyer ted olson, representing apple, says the government never demanded this much. >> privacy and liberty is important to the citizens of this country and to the people that buy apple products. are we going to allow terrorists to take that right away from us? without fighting back and asking
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issues? >> reporter: writing in the "new york times," new york's police commissioner also goes after apple. he asks, how is not solving a murder or not finding the message that might stop the next terrorist attack protecting anyone? a new poll shows 51% say apple should help the fbi unlock the phone. 38% side with apple. for gates, he says he welcomes the controversy. >> people feel like the government not being blind and being able to try and stop bad things before they happen, it's a good debate to be having. >> apple customers who support the company stand against the fbi plan demonstrations today in more than 30 cities. they'll carry banners that say, don't break our iphones. >> fascinating debate. the other side, you have a former nsa and cia chief taking up for apple. pete, thanks so much. >> complicated questions. we turn to the tragic shooting spree? kalamazoo, michigan.
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we're hearing from the family of a teenager clinging to life this hour, as police try to figure out a motive in the attacks that appear to be random. ron mott has the latest on this. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. 14-year-old girl is one of two survivors of the shootings. she's being treated behind me at bronson methodist hospital, as the community is struggling what drives someone to target unsuspecting people like her. >> she is alive, and she is fighting for her life. >> reporter: late monday, tears and hope from the parents of abigail, the youngest victim in the kalamazoo shooting spree. >> abigail is strong, and she is a vibrant, beautiful young lady and didn't deserve this. >> reporter: the 14-year-old was spot? a crackerbarrel parking lot, along with four women who are killed. while doctors prepared for organ donation, she squeezed her mother's hand.
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>> reporter: doctors say the other survivor has a bullet lodged in her kidney but is expected to recover. nbc news learned the girlfriend of tyler smith, killed alongside with his father in a car dealership, survivored by hiding under a blanket in a car. the suspect, uber driver, jason dalton, admitted involvement in the rampage that killed six people. >> he made a statement. >> from his responses, there's little remorse. >> reporter: no answer to the questions why. >> i prefer to remain silent. >> reporter: authorities allege dalton was picking up uber passengers between shootings. >> no red flags. prior to that day, his record looked good. >> reporter: dalton had been on the job one month, undergone a background check by the company and had a high rating before his arrest. hundreds came together at a
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the survivors and remember the victims. >> the 45-year-old suspect is due back in court in a few weeks on march 10th. back to you. >> ron mott, thank you. by the way, coming up in the next half hour, we'll focus on how companies like uber screen potential employees. questions a lot of people have in the wake of this. bill cosby's wife has answered questions under oath in a civil suit tied to her husband's alleged sexual assault of seven women. lawyers say she answered questions for two and a half hours at a massachusetts hotel. the seven women accuse her husband of defaming them by denying their allegations of sexual assault. the plaintiff's lawyer spoke after monday's definition af deposition. he said he beliefs the juries will restore their good names and reputations. >> at the end of the day, a jury is going to determine who has more credibility. is it the seven women that we represent, or is it bill cosby?
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questions at a second deposition next month. bill cosby has repeatedly denied all claims of sexual misconduct. there is a threat of severe weather in the south today and al is watching that. >> right. not just today but into the overnight hours which can be potentially very dangerous. we're watching the storms already firing up from houston to galveston, corpus christi, pushing to the east. we have a tornado threat from new orleans to houston, 21 million people at risk, large hail, tornadoes likely. overnight, tonight into tomorrow morning, we've got a severe risk, a strong risk, from mobile to crestview. tallahassee involved, as well. wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. this will push to the east early today, the storms in texas. then they go to louisiana, new orleans under the gun. we move to this evening. the storms move to mississippi. damaging winds and really significant, long-tracked tornadoes overnight. wednesday, it tracks into
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we're looking for a tornado threat in the eastern carolinas, as well. over the next couple days, anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain. guys, the real threat here, especially overnight, we can't stress this enough, the danger of the tornadoes, especially long-track ones. there's a winter side to the storm, as well. >> we'll check back in a second, al. news from overseas. the syrian government saying it accepted a halt to combat operations in line with the u.s.-russian plan for a partial truce. syria would coordinate with russia to decide which groups and areas would be included in the cease-fire. isis is not included in the deal. john kerry will appear before the senate foreign relations committee over enforcement of the truce. the ongoing battle over the u.s. supreme court and efforts to fill the seat of the vacancy left by the death of antonin scalia.
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ago. june of 1989 92, biden said the senate should not consider a nominee during an election year. he was speaking hypothetically. the senate wasn't considering a nominee at the time. biden responded. as my record shows, i presided over the consideration of justice kennedy, reagan nominee, who was confirmed in a presidential election year. we have dramatic video out of australia. a construction crane was on fire in melbourne. that led to this. the arm of the crane crashing to the ground. thankfully, no one was injured in the accident. the fire may have started in the motor of the crane. huge waves are causing big problems in hawaii. a historic swell hit the north shore of oahu with waves jumping on to roadways and soaking cars. transportation officials were forced to close the highway. locals said the surf was the biggest they've seen in a decade. a few daring surfers jumped in
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al is back with more on the weather. >> quick look at the national forecast. we'll show you we are expecting the strong storms down through the south. beautiful weather along the west coast. we have snow out of the rockies. it'll make its way east later on. we'll get to your local forecast in the next 30 seconds. >> chris: good tuesday morning. a quiet start alisten 895 west inland for this afternoon into this evening. moisture working up the coastlines will provide us with snow and ice.
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few scattered flurries and lying snowy about 4:00 p.m. best chance of steadier snow after 7:00 p.m., looking 1 to 3 inches of that snow away from the coastline. coating to an inch along the coastline. 7 on 7 forecast, keeping the rain around tomorrow, the heaviest at night into early thur snowy side of the storm will come up in ten minutes. opening statements begin today and sports reporter erin andrews lawsuit. was the hotel where she was videotaped by a stalker negligent? the vetting process in companies like uber in wake of the deadly rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. how do you know your driver is trustworthy?
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you also have an advisory up. >> chris: there is a winter weather advisory, i-95 west. temperatures now in the 20s. what sunshine we have fades away behind thickening clouds. this moisture is moving up the coastline. scattered flurries to patchy light snow near day's end. temperatures above freezing this afternoon. back the near freezing tonight. that snow going over to an icy mix inland. 1 to 3 inches north and west of 895. coating to an inch along the coastline. >> christa: a young boy appears to be doing okay at least physically after he was found all alone in dorchester. boston e.m.s. says the boy about four years old only was walking along blue hill avenue. he was taken to boston medical center in order to get checked out. and a chelmsford boy is doing okay after a hoverboard caught fire inside his family's home. the teen was on the board. it started sparking. firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames. because of the smoke in the
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7:30 now. it's tuesday morning, 23rd of february, 2016. it's like we're at a rave here. it's studio 1a. we have a nice crowd outside. we'll get out there in a couple moments. >> this is the lamest rave. i love you guys but as raves go, this is not a great rave. back inside studio 1a, here's a look at the headlines. republican presidential candidates are vying for votes in the nevada caucus today. donald trump holds another commanding lead in the polls as he looks to make it three wins in a row. at a packed rally last night, even trump seemed surprised by
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>> who knew this was going to happen? i figured maybe we'd be in the middle of the pack and edge it out at the end, like a racehorse. we win in the end. but we have a big lead and we don't want to blow it. you know, frankly, we've got to go all the way. >> no republican has ever won new hampshire and south carolina and lost the nomination. a judge denied bail to the uber driver accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage in kalamazoo, michigan. jason dalton is charged with killing six people and attempting to kill two others. so far, no motive has been determined. and the white house has just announced that later this morning, president obama will make a statement on the detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba, a facility he's vowed for years to close. also this morning, sports reporter erin andrews and her $75 million lawsuit against a peeper tom who recorded her
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for allowing it to happen. the trial against underway. >> it was a public personality's most private moments. this morning, sports reporter erin andrews is going after not only her stalker but the hotel that put him in the room right next to her. >> reporter: sports caster erin andrews walks into a national courtroom this morning, eight years after a man secretly recorded her naked in her hotel room, then posted it online. looking for a payback, she's stalker. and the hotel where it happened. in 2008, a man, michael barrett, became obsessed with her and city. at this marriott hotel in nashville, according to court documents, barrett requested his room be placed next to andrews
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the complaint saying barrett removed and altered the peephole of andrews' door and recorded her getting dressed without her knowledge. andrews' emotions were raw still at the trial, agonizing over an embarrassing video that had been viewed more than 300 million times. >> i won't get this down in 30 years. my kids, my future husband, will have to deal with this. >> reporter: barrett pleaded guilty to stalking and shooting the nude videos and served 30 months in prison. he's free now. in a civil suit, andrews is suing barrett and marriott. the management company at the time. claiming the video caused and continued to cause her great emotional distress and embarrassment. andrews telling oprah. >> i kept screaming, i'm done. my career is over. i'm done. >> reporter: but she wasn't. she's appeared as a host and
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her career as a sports reporter thrived. >> if i run and hide, it's showing the stalker victims you should be ashamed of yourself. i did nothing wrong. i should be allowed to live my life, but this isn't over. >> the jury of seven women and five men will hear opening statements this morning in a trial expected to last about two weeks. andrews' stalker will testify, but not in person. he will be on video. back to you. >> thank you. now to more on the deadly shootings in michigan that killed six people and wounded two more. the uber driver now charged in the case picked up passengers during his killing spree. there were no apparent red flags and uber did run a background check on him. but some are wondering if more could have been gone to prevent the tragedy, and how companies like uber veterinary employee their employees. tom costello has been looking into it. >> uber doesn't plan to change
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tragedy in michigan. in large part, because the suspect had no criminal background. in this digital age of apps and ride sharing and home sharing, how do you know if you're totally safe? >> reporter: it takes just a click and these days, you can borrow a total stranger's bedroom for a weekend get away, or summon a stranger to take you, even your kids, home. all you have to go on is the other person's customer rating. every uber driver is rated. >> you can rate them on your app. they can rate you. it's like, it's reliable. i trust them. >> reporter: uber says driver jason dalton had a close to perfect rating. 4.73 stars and he passed the uber background check. no criminal record. >> in a situation like this where a background check comes back completely clean and the motor vehicle checks are completely clean, we can't always prescreen and predict all behavior.
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driver, an applicants must provide name, address, social company. uber vets them through local and international databases. uber has been accused of not doing enough elsewhere. prosecutors in l.a. and san francisco last year said the background checks missed criminal records of 25 drivers. including one who spent 26 years in prison for second degree murder. and uber doesn't run fingerprint checks of potential drivers like taxi companies do. >> because uber does not use fingerprints, it can't be sure the information on the background check belongs to the applicant. >> reporter: one challenge, services like uber are growing too fast to thoroughly check everyone. >> you're not sitting next to the person who is going to hire you and looking them in the eye and convincing them to hire you. >> reporter: uber drivers themselves have been targeted. beaten by enraged or drunk passengers.
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sharing, it's a brave new world. for millions of americans, there is no substitute for safety. >> so in this new economy of sharing, the question is whether simple arithmetic would suggest bad actors will get through, as they do in every business. in education, schools, in industry. as one uber rider said to me, i believe in what ronald reagan used to preach. trust but verify. back to you. >> tom costello, thanks so much. criminal record. we couldn't have caught him in the first place. >> 4.75 rating, so he was good to that point. >> tragic situation. let's talk about the weather. >> we're talking about the winter side of the storm. now, we have winter weather watches in effect from champagne, illinois, up to michigan. watches. we're watching this storm system push up through the ohio valley. rain will change to wet snow in ohio and indiana.
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into the appalachians tomorrow. it'll end as snow for interior parts of the northeast. snowfall is basically going to be really confined to northern michigan, where we could see over a foot up near saginaw. chicago, you'll see about 4 to 6 inches of snow before it's all over. >> chris: good tuesday morning, everyone. dry start. dry through this afternoon, at least through the mid-afternoon hours. late day, a few flurries and patchy light center breaking out. temperatures close to 40 this afternoon. steadier snow working in after about 7:00 through about 11:00 to midnight tonight. that's when we get the bulk of the accumulating snow that. will change the rain along the coastline and an icy mix inland. in terms of snow accumulating, a coating to an inch. 1 to 3 inland. we take a look at the seven-day fore >> that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. coming up on trending, surprise stowaway.
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for some staff. already, some are complaining that william is a little, well, underemployed, putting in few shifts as a helicopter pilot and taking a month off at christmas. kate was working hard just last week. change over? >> reporter: editing an online newspaper for charity. no, stop the press, it's some strike. they're among those who work at william and kate's home, kensington palace. royal employees fear they'll lose $5,000 a year. the salaries cut by a charity that manages the palaces. former staff say when you work with the royals, you don't do it for the money. >> you've worked for the royals. why does someone work for the royals? >> the reason is, there is this privilege, the idea that i'm working next to a royal. >> reporter: it can't help that kensington palace just had an
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many on social media were not so thrilled. here's the deal. right now, you get a star every time you make a purchase. basically, no matter what you order, you're earning points toward a free drink. come april, the focus shifts. you're going to get points based on how much you spend instead. if you are like me and get a simple coffee every day, it'll take $40 more to reach the free beverage each time. if you spend more, you'll get there faster. starbucks said this was the customers. tim wrote, thanks starbucks for punishing those of us that like regular black coffee. steven wrote, now i have to spend three times as much to gain any rewards. sincerely, a tall dark roast drinker. starbucks are encouraging people to hold out for what's to come. they tweeted, we'll be introducing new ways to earn stars so the majority of members
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not fast as before. it remains to be seen if this loyalty. we'll find out in april. >> you lost me at, try to follow this. >> all the time at starbucks and not getting the rewards, i've been missing out. >> if this is our biggest problem, we're doing great as a thanks, carson. coming up, natalie's devil wears prada moment as cosmopolitan's newest intern. first, your local news and
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>> this is 7 news now. >> sarah: good tuesday morning, everybody. it's 7:57 as you take a live look over boston. send it over the chris lambert with look at your forecast. it's getting colder out there. >> chris: it is. temperatures in the 20s. increasing clouds throughout the day and a few late-day flurries and patchy light center breaking out. steadier bursts after 7:00 p.m. getting close to midnight tonight, we'll have that two hours of an opportunity to get some steadier snow in here. generally speaking, 1 to 3 inches of snow west of 95 this evening. coastline. this snow will change over to rain by the time we get into
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by tomorrow morning. >> sarah: a cambridge police officer is on administrative leave after police say he hit a young woman with his truck and kept on going. they say she was riding her week near broadway and portland street in cambridge. the woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. police are searching for two armed robbers who stormed into a chipotle in dartmouth. surveillance video shows the men being foursed into this walk-in cooler. we'll have much more on these stories and others coming up in 25 minutes. the third generation nest learning thermostat. it's proven to save energy. even better? if you live in massachusetts, you can get a $100 rebate from your energy provider. get your nest thermostat at best
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we're living in a very competitive global economy, and if we are going to succeed, we need the best-educated workforce in the world. we should be making public colleges and universities tuition-free. we're going to pay for it with a tax on wall street speculation. the taxpayers of this country bailed out wall street. it is time for them to start helping the middle class of this country. i'm bernie sanders
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, the angelina effect. a new study reveals more women than ever are opting to undergo preventative mastectomies. is it the right decision? then the pop star versus the producer. the man behind kesha's biggest hits breaks his silence after she accuses him of rape. the high court battle that has some of the biggest names rallying behind the singer. up for the job. >> "cosmopolitan," here i come.
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what it takes to be an intern at "cosmopolitan" magazine. >> first off, tea, little bit of milk, no sugar. >> today, tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. this is how we do wanna know what it is, make the boys want more >> we're from san diego and we love "today." >> hey, mom and dad are in new york city. >> hi, we love you. >> good morning! >> happy anniversary to my wife back in virginia. i love you. >> it's 8:00 on "today." it's tuesday, february 23rd, 2016. i know i say this every day, but it's true, we have the best crowd. everyone is so excited and happen poi happy to be here.
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good day for a selfie. >> al and i were doing a little joke. weather. he'll be back soon, we hope, but we have willie filling in. coming up, celebrity style for the rest of us. we'll show you how to tackle some of the season's hottest trends that you think you can't pull off. >> willie, you could pull that off. >> you think so? >> absolutely. first, let's head inside with natalie for a check of the top stories. donald trump boasting a big lead but playing rough heading into nevada's kau caucuses. trump said he'd like to punch a protester in the face. cruz fired a top aide on monday for tweeted an inaccurate video that falsely accused rubio of brushing off the briebl ible. with jeb bush out of the race,
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backed by a new endorsement by bob dole. apple's refusal e ing to hack the iphone of one of the san bernardino terrorist attack shooters. there were protests organized by tech freedom groups. over half of americans back the fbi's effort to force apple to help investigate ors investigators. microsoft founder bill gates has come out in support of the fbi, saying this is a specific case and not a general rekwex by quest by the agency. a new report finds more women are opting for preventive mastectomies than ever before. dr. natalie azar, nbc medical contributor, is here to help us make sense of the study. >> good morning. >> women between the years 2005 to 2013 are getting, by more than 1/3, more mastectomies than
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at the same time, the rate of cancer remained unchanged. >> yeah. >> what does this tell you? >> i mean, i definitely think the immediate interpretation is women are being more aggressive about their care and they're being more proactive. but according to experts, the biggest risk for a woman in terms of recurring cancer or cancer in general breast cancer has to do with their genetic predisposition, as well as family history. according to studies that have been done, what seems to be driving this more aggressive approach is more fear and anxiety. maybe some misperceptions about what their actual risk is. because the studies would suggest for many early stage cancers, a more conservative approach has the same outcome asthma as as mastectomy. >> whatever alarming is according to the same period, the women getting double mastectomies tripled.
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they need to? >> if you're in the family history isn't strong, you outcome would probably be similar if you do a more conservative approach. researchers are slightly alarmed at the trend. >> this study isn't taking into account the angelina effect because these were the years >> right. >> she had her procedure in 2013. >> which is a perceptive point. i think if this trend continues, we might see a higher number in the next five to ten years, if the effect actually comes into play. >> dr. azar, thanks so much. charlie sheen's revelation here on "today" that he was hiv positive may have had a life-saving impact. more people googled hiv and related terms after sheen's appearance than ever before. researchers at san diego state university say the number of searches for hiv information jumped by 2.75 million. after years of waning
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mentioning hiv increased by 250% on the day of sheen's exclusive november. a fish getting revenge on a young hockey fan? it is the university of new hampshire tradition. you toss a fish on to the ice after the home team's first goal. when the tradition called, this guy flopped. he couldn't heave the heavy, slippery fish over the glass. took him three tries. disgusting. his embarrassing performance, now a viral sensation. floppy fish. not sure what to make of that. >> wow. >> how'd the fish get there? >> it's a tradition. >> they bring it into the arena. if you don't get it over twice, quit and put it back in the bag. >> bring it to dinner. >> you could do that, too. now to a heated case pitting kesha against a producer. >> she's fighting to get out of
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this morning the man at the center of the dispute is speaking out for the first time. here's joe fryer. don't stop, make it rock, blow my speakers up tonight >> reporter: the high profile between a pop star and hit producer is turning into a trial by twitter. kesha getting a flurry of support from fellow singers and celebrities after her defeat on friday. a judge denied the singer's bid to be released from a recording contract with dr. luke, the producer she's currently suing, alleging sexual assault. her allies used the hashtag, free kesha. ariana grande, my heart is with kesha rose. taylor swift is donating $250,000 to help with legal bills. >> kesha is going to have a difficult road ahead of her to win in the court of law. however, she seems to be winning, big time, in the court
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>> reporter: in 2014, kesha sued dr. luke, the man who discovered her, claiming he sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her. she alleges dr. luke continuous continuously forced himself on her while she was intoxicated and drugged. monday, dr. luke also took to twitter, echoing denials he's filed in court. saying i never raped kesha and never had sex with her. we've been friends and she's like my little sister. kesha and her council are accused of ruining his career for financial gain. dr. luke is suing kesha, claiming she made up the allegation so she could get out of her recording contract with him ask sony ew and sony music. kesha's attorneys argue her career is at a stand still because she won't work with dr. luke as the contract requires. his attorneys say kesha is free
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without working with dr. luke as a producer if she doesn't want to. he claim to say she didn't free is a myth. both sides are digging in, courtroom. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles. >> let's bring in our legal we haven't gone through trial. this is the beginning of the case. she's saying he abused me, i don't want to work with him. therefore, i want out of the recording contract. sony is saying, you don't have to work with him, but you do have to be bound by the contract. >> importantly, this is a preliminary injunction hearing, case. it's not trial yet. her lawyer had to meet a high legal bar. the judge said he didn't meet it. the claims weren't specific enough and he didn't bring forth evidence in support of her allegations. >> this is just the first step and she lost the first legal battle. it doesn't prevent her from
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>> right. >> what happens to the claims that she makes of all kinds of abuse by dr. luke? what happens in the court process with those? does she have to prove them? >> eventually, there will be a trial and her attorney can bring worth witnesses and evidence, and any corroboration that they have. at this point, the judge said, look, there is no irreparable injury pause because you don't have to work with dr. luke anymore. she's claiming maybe sony wouldn't promote her in the future. the judge said that's not enough at these stages. >> dr. luke, the producer, says she gave a statement, kesha, under oath at a previous deposition, saying it didn't is that a problem? >> she was an adult when we made the statement. the sexual assault survivors tend to say it didn't happen before they come forward with claims. it's tough for her to overcome. >> is it a problem for her that she apparently never went to law enforcement and reported it? most repe erks law enforcement.
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they're saying, free kesha and sympathetic to her and her claims, but she is free to sony. if these allegations were proven, if she ultimately prevailed at trial, would that be enough to get her out of the contract with sony? >> i think it's a winning point for sony, that she does not have to work with dr. luke anymore. they point out that pursuant to the contract, they've lived up to their end. they spent millions of promoting her music. they want to promote her music. music. >> the court of public opinion is in full swing. >> girl power supporting her. >> thank you so much. coming up next, how do you handle it when you're at a restaurant and your order is messed up? the sneaky way one ceo puts job candidates to the test. >> interesting one. plus, pigs in space. how about gorillas? we'll explain this sight on the
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8:14, otherwise known as trending time. we've all been on job interviews
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you see yourself in five years? what's your biggest weakness? >> right. takes a different approach. breakfast. it's not scones and green tea. beforehand, he tells the restaurant to mess up the job applicant's order, to get react. do they get upset, frustrated, are they understanding, solution-oriented? he told the "new york times," we'll all make mistakes. the question is, how will we recover and will we be respectful to others when they make them? it's a way to look inside someone's heart rather than just their heads. >> great idea. >> i like it. >> it's interesting. on the other hand, if you were on a job -- >> one has to do with the other. >> if you were on a job interview. apparently, it goes on to say that some bosses think if you're not assertive and don't say, i
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chicken, it says something negative. i think if i were on a job interview and they brought the wrong order, i wouldn't say one thing. i'd just eat it and concentrate on the interview. >> usually, you're too nervous anyway. >> not me. >> i wonder if anybody has shown up and gotten so mad and flipped the table order when the order was wrong. that's my guy right there. >> you're hired! all right, the words mola mola mola. it's this massive fish captured on video off the coast of portugal. it translates to ocean sunfish. it is the largest bony fish in the world. the species can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. the size of a small suv. this video is up to more than 4 million views. >> so cool. >> mola mola doesn't translate to terrifying fish? >> no. >> giant forehead. >> look at the shape of that thing. >> translates to a special at
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>> rare mola mola. >> sorry. now to another strange creature, at least in space. what is king kong doing aboard the international space station? of course, it's not king kong, it's astronaut kelly having fun, chasing around a fellow crew member. where did he get the gorilla suit? >> acme. >> no, a care package sent by his twin brother, mark kelly. scott kelly wraps up his year-long experiment in space next week. >> that's what happens when you spend that much time in space. >> great excuse to play benny hill music. >> they're american heros but it might be time to come home. >> it's their entertainment. now to the pop star who just outdid the king of pop. a fictional president gets a real honor.
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where's the tequila? >> oh! >> i'll try and make it through. here. she has a new song called "work" featuring drake.topped the billboard singled chart, giving her her 14th hit. she has one more than michael jackson. they'd been tied at 13. with the new honor, rihanna is only behind the beets les beetles. celine dion getting back to her residency where she'll honor her husband, who died after battled cancer. the show will kick off at 10:30 eastern time. if you'd like to see it, the concert will be live streamed on her website. finally, a big honor for one of the nation's most respected and feared leaders. you respect president frank underwood, right? >> of course.
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carolina who is not above mau niplation -- murder? kevin spacey played him. it's part of a publicity stunt for the series which debuts march 4th. pretty good. that's your pop start today. tequila less. >> you keep a little flat today. >> thanks a lot. al, how is the weather looking? >> we have winter weather here in this area. first, again, want to reiterate the threat of severe weather down south. for today, this afternoon, we've got a risk, strong risk, from new orleans to hat . crestview to al, significant overnight tornadoes. we're watching wet snow in the northeast. it'll start around noon. as it makes its way to the north, snow in boston, rain
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winter weather advisories from parts of pennsylvania all the way up to vermont. heavy thunderstorms on wednesday in the afternoon. we look for some places picking up 2 to 3 inches of rain in the >> chris: good tuesday morning, everyone. increasing clouds. late-day snow working through. better chance around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. through about 11:00 tonight. then transitioning to rain along the coastline. icy mixing inland tonight. 1 to 3 inches of snow north and west of 95. coating to an inch close to the coastline. 7 on 7 forecast, bringing in more heavy rain tomorrow night into thursday morning. gusty winds thursday morning and mild, as well. >> that's your latest weather. willie? >> al, thank you very much. day two of our up for the job "today" series, where we put our skills to the test by being interns. >> al tackled the san diego zoo on monday.
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had the opportunity to work at "cosmopolitan young women's magazine in the country. sounds like a dream, doesn't it? i filled in for the executive chief. what a day it was. "cosmopolitan," here i come. oh, my gosh. i feel like i'm in my dream right now. i'm living my dream. i like that one. i like that one. i like that one. hello. >> how are you? >> natalie morales. >> good. my boots have got dog hairs on them. can you find a lint roller? >> sure thing. i'll be in with a lint roller. >> thank you. >> where is the lint roller? >> first off, tea, little bit of milk, no sugar. color.
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the fruit bowl behind you, the banana looks like it's going to give off poisonous gases. get rid of it. designer. try to get them in this afternoon. >> okay. >> that should do for now. >> is that all? >> it is for you, but i'll have more things in a couple of minutes. >> okay. tea, tea, tea. she likes earl gray. there is none. there's english breakfast. this is her cup but it doesn't fit. okay. >> natalie, natalie, when city for a cup of tea, i need it immediately. otherwise, had i been in a desert, my inner organs would have shrivelled to the size of a walnut and i would have dehydrated. >> i'll get it first next time. fancy, look at that. can i take a message for her?
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the cafe? >> grilled chicken. >> i need more tickets for "hamilton." >> she'd like to see, if possible, if you have four tickets available for friday's show. >> this friday? >> i need some jewels. >> she would like to see if she can borrow jewelry from sydney garber. friday, four tickets. >> lipstick, i need to reapply. >> needle in a hay stack. >> i think i found a lipstick. >> long earrings, feathered. >> natalie, try this on. >> cuffs. >> sensational color. >> too matchy? >> no. >> could you get that out? >> where do i begin? >> armani, we want the gown. >> 3:00. >> think we got "hamilton" for friday. amazing. i'm so good at my job.
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look at that. these are amazing. oh, my gosh. >> what are you doing? >> i just wanted to make sure -- these are the jewels. i wanted to model them for you. >> you did, did you? i would take them off now and put them somewhere. then will you disinfect the earring, natalie? >> sure. >> i just got in trouble. >> let's go down to a shoot later on. i want some help. >> little lower. bring it down a little bit. natalie? >> sure. >> it was super fun, ladies, thank you, but i have to get back to the office. bye. >> bye. >> you called? >> i just wanted to let you know my actual executive assistant is back, heather. you are relieved of your duties. i thought you did a good job. i thought you did a good job. i wasn't expecting a lot and, actually, you exceeded my expectations.
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give me a call. >> yours now. >> thanks. >> i'm out! >> so glad to be back at my real job. obviously, a lot of that was -- >> did you get a ticket for "hamilton"? >> no. but thank you to joanna and her staff. they were sweet to let me tag along and pretend to be their assistant assistant. if you want to be an intern there, you have to be in college to receive credit for it. she is tough but is a great boss. >> she didn't notice you never got her the tea. >> don't tell the secret. >> too late but you're out. >> her assistant said, i switch it on her all the time. no idea. sorry! >> you threw her under the bus. >> that's her last day today. thank you very much. seriously, how'd you get "hamilton"? >> know a guy at the front office. >> very resourceful. >> had to do something for my job, right? >> working hard. tomorrow on "up for the job," it's carson's turn. he went to the airport.
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the men and women at delta work hard. you get on a plane and assume it'll get you to the destination safe and you never think of the men and women and what they do in between to get the planebaggage and everything. >> you know they're working hard. >> they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities for their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's riggedt by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders,
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step with the power of febreze. ontrol worth celebrating. >> this is 7news now. >> sarah: good tuesday morning, everybody. it's 8:27 as you take a live look over boston. let's send it over the chris lambert with more on your forecast. >> chris: good morning, sarah. good morning, earn. winter weather advisory in place essentially along and west of 95 for this afternoon and this evening. 28 degrees in boston now. 25 in bedford. those clouds continuing to thicken on up. and late-day patchy light snow and flurries. better chance of steadier snow after 7:00 through this evening until about midnight tonight. 1 to 3 inches of it. basically west of 95. coating to an inch right along the coastline. sarah? >> sarah: we're following breaking news in maynard. a bomb threat has been made against the high school.
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school are being told to temporarily report to the nearby middle school. police are on the scene, and the superintendent says the threat was not specific and low credibility. of course, we'll stay on top of this breaking news. a young boy appears to be okay after he was found wandering alone in dorchester. boston e.m.s. say the boy who is about four years old was walking along blue hill avenue around 3:00 this morning. he was taken to boston medical center to be checked out. a chelmsford teen is okay after a hoverboard caught on fire inside his family's home, he was on board when it began sparking last night. firefighters used an extinguisher to put out those flames. "today in new england" returns at 9:00.
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here we go 8:30 now. it's tuesday morning, 23rd of february, 2016. starting to see the clouds roll in in the northeast. we'll get some rain over the next few days. some storms in the south that al has been telling us about. good day, nonetheless. >> look at the biggest loser. >> he was just crowned the biggest loser, live on the finale last night. he's here and we'll talk to roberto hernandez. >> also, we're catching up with debra messing. a lot to talk to her about, from her hit show to dirty dancing. what's going on there?
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"the martian" was a hit at it was a book. we have your guide to the year's hottest reads before they hit the big screen. also, tailor made celebrity styles you can pull off yourself. don't forget to pack your bags, bring a friend and be on the plaza friday morning for a chance to win a spontaneous trip to los angeles over the long leap day weekend. make a creative poster to show us how you'd spend your extra 24 hours. the trip includes three nights at the line hotel, a bike tour on the beach, dinner and much more, courtesy of discover los angeles. you have to be over 18. don't forget, come to the plaza an friday and rsvp at now let's say hello to roberto hernandez, the 36-year-old who lost a 160 pounds and crowned the biggest loser. roberto, good morning and congratulations. >> thank you. >> what a whirlwind. you were just crowned last
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>> you know what? i've been busting my butt since september 9th. the first day filming. was i surprised? yes and no. i was working to it and i was a finalist. >> your brother. >> you lost almost half your weight, 160 pounds or so, down to 188. >> yes. >> how do you feel physically? >> amaze ing. my body felt beat up because i was working hard. at home you wake up, go cycling and during lunch, i would run three miles. after school, i would go and do a crazy workout. you know, workout constantly every day. i took off maybe four days from the time i begun. >> how did it change your life? >> it was amazing.
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wife he misses the fat daddy because i would play with him more. but that'll change. i won't work out four times and he will get more of my time. >> congratulations to your brother, as well. it's awesome. >> backstage, i was like, yes, yes! hugging strangers. i didn't care who it was. it was amazing. >> you look great. congratulations, roberto. >> thank you. now let's get a check of the weather. >> way to go, roberto. let's show you what we have going on for today. severe weather down through the gulf. watching that for tornadoes possible and strong storms. icy mix here if the northeast. look for sunny out west. 58 in seattle. tomorrow, we're expecting that sunshine to continue in the southwest. 82 in l.a. 79 in phoenix. the eastern half of the country, if you are flying or driving, it is going to be a real nightmare. windy and snowy. could be almost blizzard like conditions in the u.p. of michigan andarts of the upper
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icy mix in northern new england and risk of strong storms along the mid-atlantic coast tomorrow and down to the southeast. western third of country looking good. that's what's going on around the country. >> chris: good tuesday morning, everyone. increasing clouds. late-day snow working through. better chance around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. through about 11:00 tonight. then transitioning to rain along the coastline. icy mixing inland tonight. 1 to 3 inches of snow north and west of 95. coating to an inch close to the coastline. 7 on 7 forecast, bringing in more heavy rain tomorrow night into thursday morning. gusty winds thursday morning and mild, as well. >> that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thank you so much. emmy winner debra messing is a new york city detective in the "mysteries of laura." when her sister looks to be in trouble, she pledges all she can do to help.
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>> if you want to avoid going to jail for murder or being murdered yourself, let me help. i will protect you. pinky swear. >> debra messing, good morning. >> good morning. >> are we going to have a cliff cliff-hanger? we're almost to the end of the season. >> tomorrow is the first half of the two-part finale and it'll be major. don't miss it. >> your sister is in a little trouble. >> you'd think from that clip that we were close, from the pinky swear, but not so much. >> is she like the dark side? >> she's the dark side. she's the bad one, obviously. >> i know she has her red hair just like you. >> she does. >> you look like sisters. >> it was actually my 11-year-old son roman's idea. >> really?
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bring in a sister. >> he was like, debbie ryan would be great. >> he's like a casting agent now. >> we watched "jesse" for years. >> the show is doing well. i was thinking, if you could invent a show, wouldn't you have made this up? it's funny, quirk i can y, mystery, you have romantic tension with the ex-husband. it has a little something for everybody. >> it does. it has everything, for me. it really does keep me on my interested. you know, i love really difficult murder mysteries, to figure those out. i love that we keep the audience really questioning up until the last minute. you know, the characters that have been created, they're accessible, quirky and people you can care about. we have a lot of fun. boy, he's 11.
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are you able to spend the time you want to spend with him and all that? >> well, doing an hour-long drama is pretty brutal. >> yeah. >> but the great thing is, he's literally grown up on the set. thanks to "will and grace." it's his second home. after school, he'll come over and hang out. he knows everyone's name and says "action" and "cut." >> and casts your sister, apparently. >> very well, also. >> you put a cute picture up on social media of his backpack, which is enormous. >> come on. >> look at that thing. i mean, it's insanity. you said it was like a microwave oven, from the '70s. >> what does a 6th grader need that requires that much? you're going to be crippled by the time you're 12. >> you're going to have a back back like your mama. >> i have to ask about dirty dancing. there is an abc remake and
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are you flipping out? >> totally flipping out. it's been retooled. the character is really interesting. you know, singing, dancing, it's -- "dirty dancing," come on. choreographer from "hamilton." >> really? >> yeah! i mean, come on. >> did you love "dirty dancing"? >> i loved it. it was the thing that kept me on my path to being an actress. it was the first time i remember sitting in a movie theater and seeing a character and saying, i could see myself playing that character. like, she's quirky and not traditionally beautiful. >> no one puts her in a corner. >> no one puts her in a corner. >> debra messing, thank you so much. you'll be back later with kathie lee and hoda. "mysteries of laura," season finale tomorrow night, 8:00/7:00 central on nbc. the remarkable life story of the 106-year-old woman who danced her way through the white
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we're back at 8:41. looking back, moving forward. our series in honor of black history month. >> monday on trending we introduced you to the 106-year-old who fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the white house. hoda has more of her story. >> you're welcome. this is a good one. you can't help but smile when you see the video of virginia mclaurin, dancing with the president and the first lady. the meeting was part of a black history month reception following a letter and even a phone call to the white house. for virginia, it was a moment of joy after living through some of the darkest times in our nation's history. >> hi! >> how are you? >> i'm fine! ages. >> you want to say hi to
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>> reporter: at 106 years old, virginia mclaurin becoming america's sweetheart when the meeting prompted her to start a dance party in the white house. at 106? >> reporter: stunned by her newfound fame. >> i didn't think i'd ever be this famous. i said, why didn't they do it when i was young? >> reporter: an accomplishment she once considered unthinkable. >> i thought i would never live to get in the white house. i am so happy. >> i just started dancing. i said, i'm here to represent black history month. >> look at him! right there. >> a black wife. >> that's me. >> yes! >> reporter: virginia's visit to 1600 pennsylvania avenue marked a milestone along a difficult journey that began in a segregated south carolina.
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a sharecropper, she married at age 14 and had two children. three years later, she became widowed and moved to washington, d.c. where she worked as a nanny. she lives there today and volunteers as a foster grandparent to elementary school children. with no signs of slowing down, she not only serves as an inspiration to the students, but to all of us. including the first family. >> i want to be like you when i grow up. >> reporter: from only knowing a world of black and white, to one now allowing us to celebrate all colors. >> i didn't think it'd ever happen, but it sure did happen. and i got a chance to see it. >> are you so happy right now? mclaurin thought it was time for a career change at 5 5 a seamstress. in 1994 she started volunteering at schools because she loves the education aspect. she did this write-in campaign
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the white house. she said, don't worry, i'll come to you if it makes it more convenient, and she got to. >> now she's the star. sheup upstaged everyone. >> i love her. >> she's seen a couple world wars, civil rights, and now an african-american president. thanks. great story. nine books to read before they hit the big screen this year. first, this is "today" on nbc. homecoming? it' s awesome. but with the citizens bank education refinance loan, it gets even better. you know those people who pay a little extra and get all the that could be you, if you refinance your student loans. i can refinance, even with
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we are back at 8:46. hollywood hit the jackpot in 2015 with book to big screen adaptations like mockingjay part 2, insurgent and the martian. this year, there's a new crop of literary movies heading to theer theaters. if you want to read before you see them, we have your guide. welcome to the "today" show lounge. i've never seen these chairs before.
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>> we should. there's an idea. let's go through some of these. 19 books you put out. people need to read before they hit the theaters. we'll start with kids. first one, "the bfg." >> it tells the story of sophie as she's taken to the land of giants by a big, friendly giant. it's directed by steven spiel burg -- steven spielberg and has been in the works forever. >> how about "the jungle book"? >> everyone is in this movie. you have bill murray. so many people are involved in the story. it was all c ji, except for the actor, and it'll be this visual masterpiece. >> we have this one with alice, "through the looking glass." this hasn't been a movie before? >> no. you had "lal is alice in wonderland." johnny depp is returning as the mad hatter and this time, alice is helping the red queen.
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>> let's move to young adults. this is a huge business for hollywood. "hung er gam you have the "hunger games," "twilight "twilight." so this is "the fifth wave." >> it's this story of basically one woman from ohio trying to make her way and find her brother. >> how about "allegiance"? >> so exciting. this is the third -- basically taking the third book, like with the "hunger games" and "harry potter," and dividing it in half. this is the first half of the end of the series. >> i get excited when i hear tim burton is directing something. >> so this was on the top of the y.a. best seller's list for so long. it's a creepy, awesome book. that's what teens love. they want a little goth. they want to look at the dark side. there's not a lot out on this movie yet. they're keeping it under lock and key. i'm excited to see what they do
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>> nobody better to do that than tim burton. >> absolutely. adults. "girl on the train." >> it's this year's "gone girl." i'm just going to say it. incredible thriller. you have emily blunt in the starring role. she's taking this train every day and looks at this couple who seems perfect but they're not and she gets involved. brown, "inferno." and my man tom hanks. going on a wonderful adventure. trying to find his way and figuring out, always trying to solve the puzzle. >> last but not least, for the whole family, j.k. rowling, "fantastic beasts and where to find them." >> this is the one everyone is excited about. returning to the wizarding world. it's here in new york city. wizarding world comes to america. it's j.k. rowling's first screenwriting credit. this is a textbook. this is one of the books that
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hogwartz. her screenplay is one you'll have to go to theaters to see. >> love your passion. we have a lot of reading to do, my friend. >> keep reading, willie. >> sia ee ya. fashion looks from hollywood, how to pull them off without fear.
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from sky high to head to toe denim, there are a lot of fashion trends to try. mastering it is not always easy. we have style editor emily here to show us how it's done. >> good morning. >> you see things celebrities are doing and go, can i pull it off? that's what this is about today. >> exactly. i think it's 90% confidence. 10% know-how. just wear the trend or have it wear you. >> okay. >> you are wearing the first friend, a beauty trend, blue makeup. you have a little blue mascara going. >> can you see it there? >> we see it on some of the stars. >> kerry washington. but not as scary as the '70s powder blue. it's a metallic blue. mascara, maybe an eye liner, just a touch of blue. >> if you have blue eyes, do more of a purple, they say? >> just so your color really pops. it doesn't compete again it's color of your eyes. >> would you do it with your nails and match or is that too much? >> fun colors for the nails is
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>> another trend, wide leg pants. we've seen it on a lot of celebrities. it's really cute. especially people who are petite, they often think, i don't know if i can do this. >> that's the question. even nicole richie pulls it off. the vertical lines make it look long and lean. >> this is our model corrin. >> she's rocking the look. it's about the fit. high wasted pant, hug the smallest part of the body and skim all the way to the floor. >> heels are a must. >> they are. maybe after the boot. >> exactly. >> any height ladies should wear heels with it, to keep the leg long and sleek. >> if you are petite, do you want to do the fitted top as opposed to something like a blouse? >> absolutely. she's wearing a body suit. you don't worry about the top coming out. it's completely going to stay exactly where it is. it is nice with the back of your
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add a fun element. >> pretty. thank you so much. the next trend. let's show celebrities because we've seen this look a lot. it can be very, very chic. >> sure. olivia wilde is wearing a big '70s bows. she can wear this to work at a law firm and go out afterwards and look trendy. what's fun is wearing it a little to the side. it's pinned a little off kilter. wearing like a trendy mini skirt keeps it modern and sleek. >> how do you make sure it's not sy, i guess? >> it's about keeping the shape, hugging the waist, long mini skirt and heels. keeping the hair down so it doesn't feel too pilgrim and covered up. >> no age limit on wearing bows. hair. >> it's a trend, wearing a little ribbon, maybe a loose,
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not a "grease" ponytail. >> thank you so much, aerial. riel. denim on denim. you have to get this one right. here, we see, is that kate hudson? >> gwen stefani. it's a great airport look. >> we have janelle modeling it. >> it's about two different washes. don't watch the two of them. also, treat denim as a neutral. add a pop of color with your lips or earrings or a fun pattern. she's wearing the leopard flats. it's like wearing black but better. >> basically, you don't want to have the denims watch completely. have two colors or textures. >> also, don't stick with jeans and a button down shirt. a skirt. >> let's bring the models back out for one more look. ladies, terrific. you, too, emily.
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