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fun for a well but uh-uh. i'm happy to be back. thank you for the well wishes. i am 100%, i am back. we take a live look in san jose this morning, it is a monday morning. the rain's moving out, it's going to be a great day. make it a great monday. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning. good morning. coast-to-coast misery. nearly 160 million people across this country facing dangerous winter weather. icy roads causing countless accidents. states of emergency in the south with nearly 2 million people without power in texas. a foot osnow in seattle. all of it moving east under a blanket of record cold. al has everything you need to know. battle lines. the growing turmoil inside the gop in the aftermath of former president trump's impeachment acquittal. >> president trump is
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practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of the day. no question about it. >> the trump movement is alive and well. >> the support he's getting from some republicans, and the questions facing the seven who voted to convict. and why democrats insist the trial was worth it. >> a complete repudiation of the president's conduct. >> just ahead, what's next for the former president, president biden, and their parties. sc with more states now expanding vaccine eligibility, millions encounter new frustrations booking their appointments. >> refresh, refresh, refresh, and then you have to go back through the form again and again and again. >> this morning, more contagious strains of covid spreading to at least 39 states, but overall cases in a steep decline. we'll have the very latest. "bachelor" bombshell. the hit show's long-time host stepping aside after defending a
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contestant accused of past racist behavior. inside the sudden shakeup. the firestorm that's erupted, and what it means for the future of the franchise. all that, plus fiery finish. >> on top. >> oh! >> teammates. >> around they go in a hard crash. kyle busch. >> a dramatic pileup on the very last lap of the daytona 500 leads to a stunning upset victory. >> yeah. >> the fans cheer for that. and oh, baby. well wishes pouring in for prince harry and meghan markle after a touching valentine's day reveal. baby number two on the way. the sweet way their announcement paid tribute to harry's mom, princess diana. today, monday, february 15th, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news,
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this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today." thank you so much for joining us on this monday morning, on this presidents' day. sheinelle and i are in for savannah and hoda. >> good to see you this morning. >> very nice to see you. like old times. >> it is like old times on saturdays again. here's the deal, it is a holiday, but a lot is happening today. including the newest rush to secure covid vaccine appointments. it is very evident that sites here in new york city this morning, for example, where people under the age of 65 with pre-existing conditions now have the green light. we'll have the very latest just ahead. first, our top story this morning. people in more than 40 states are waking up to a dangerous winter blast. that storm system stretching from coast to coast with snow, ice, and bitter cold, all combining to cause major problems. al is ready with the forecast in a moment. first, nbc's morgan chesky is in dallas where the governor there issued a disaster declaration, we understand. morgan, good morning to you.
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>> craig, good morning. right now, nearly 2 million texans waking up to a very cold and dark situation. rolling blackouts are in place in an effort to save the state's power grid from unprecedented demand. in dallas, it is a combination of snow, ice and temperatures the worst of this storm has yet to come. >> reporter: this morning, dangerous winter weather slamming the south. a car flipping on an icy interstate in mississippi. and this fiery scene involving at least two semis shut down a highway in oklahoma. the collision blamed on snow and ice. parts of oklahoma city temporarily without water after freezing temperatures impacted a treatment facility. and in normally sunny texas, some areas saw near blizzard conditions. >> the severity of the cold weather that is about to be experienced here in the coming days is unprecedented in texas
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history. >> reporter: at one point, the entire state under a winter storm warning. the frigid weather posing a massive test for the state's power grid, with officials already warning of worst-case scenarios. >> there are potential for rolling blackouts throughout the state of texas. >> slow down, slow down. >> reporter: on the roads, scary moments near austin. a truck spinning out of control. the state not used to this kind of weather, reporting more than 1,000 accidents and 11 deaths in the last 4 days. and this morning, texas bracing for the record-breaking cold to get even colder. >> here, this was a cold that really hurts your bones. >> reporter: in tennessee, at least six people were injured after frozen roads caused an 18-car pileup in nashville. and this morning, parts of virginia and north carolina bracing for more winter weather, as they clean up from a weekend storm that took down trees and power lines, leaving thousands
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cut off. the massive winter storm making its way across the country started in the northwest this weekend. heavy snow and icy conditions wreaked havoc in washington and oregon. seattle had its snowiest day in 52 years. perfect for sledding and kayaking. and in portland, skiers strapped into their gear, trading the slopes for city streets. >> rare occasion. we're just trying to have some fun and enjoy winter, like when it happens. >> reporter: right now it is holding steady at 7 degrees in dallas but that temperature could get lower in the next 24 hours. one of the biggest threats is ice accumulating from here all the way to the northeast. this storm could cause travel to face some serious problems, both on the roadways and at airports that have reported dozens of delays and cancellations. meanwhile this system should be through the area by late tomorrow. craig? >> 7 degrees in dallas. might as well be 20 under. morgan chesky for us, thank you.
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al is joining us from home this morning with more on the nasty weather and, more importantly, where it is heading. good morning to you. >> that's right. we've got a huge swath of the country dealing with this, guys. in fact, as we look right now, we'll show you two storms a winter storm doubleheader. today and tomorrow, the midsection of the country gets dealt a heavy blow another storm, a west coast gulf coast to east coast through friday let's get started with what we have going on right now. 38 states under winter weather alerts for 159 million people, stretching 2,000 miles, basically. we're looking at wind chill alerts for 20 states i've never seen every county of texas, oklahoma, kansas, iowa, nebraska, the dakotas, and minnesota and wisconsin all have winter storm -- i should say, wind chill alerts. here are the impacts we're looking at severe storms, possibly tornadoes in the southeast today and hail
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then we move on to the tree damage, power outages, slick roads, and hazardous travel stretching from louisiana all the way into the northeast, with possibility of multiple day power outages. then there is the snow heavy snowfall with snow up to 1 inch falling per hour, making blowing snow and reducing visibility, causing driving hazards. 9 to 12 inches in parts of ohio. upwards of anywhere from 3 to 6 inches into the northeast. here comes the second storm wednesday, bringing snow from chicago to memphis snow and ice more likely again for texas. thursday, snow, sleet, freezing rain moves into the northeast from chicago to buffalo to new york look for heavy showers and thunderstorms making their way through the southeast. friday, the storm moves off the new england coast. the heaviest snow will be in the inland areas we're talking the potential for heavy snow again, the leeward side of the great lakes. moderate snow stretching from the appalachians all the way
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into the northeast this w guys, continues. coming up in the next half hour, the dangerous cold we've been talking about. morgan showed you the cold in texas. well, it stretches for a wide swath across the country we are in a stuck winter pattern, guys. >> my goodness. >> al, we're come back in a few moments for the full forecast you mentioned. first, the ripple effects in washington from the acquittal of former president trump in his second impeachment trial it's a decision that's weighing on both parties, raising new questions over what comes next we have two reports for you this morning, starting with nbc's capitol hill correspondent kasie hunt kasie, good morning. >> craig, good morning to you. that's right there are so many questions about what's next for this first president to be impeached twice. there were not enough publreans to convict him because many believed the trial was unconstitutional, but hardly anyone was willing to defend the former president's actions ahead
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of the capitol riot. >> reporter: this morning, new fallout after the senate voted to acquit former president trump of inciting the capitol insurrection. >> he is hereby acquitted. >> reporter: the final vote, 57-43, with seven republican senators voting with democrats to convict the most bipartisan impeachment nviction. >> e vote in history, but still short of the required two-thirds majority of conviction. >> even after he knew there was violence taking place, he continued to basically sanction the mob being there. >> reporter: democrats arguing history will judge trump, despite the acquittal. >> i think we successfully prosecuted him and convicted him in the court of public opinion and in the court of history. >> reporter: the former president's allies in congress disagree >> the trump movement is alive and well all i can say is that the most potent force in the republican party is president trump >> reporter: saturday afternoon vote came after a surprise twist in the trial house managers asking to call r.
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after news broke of a witnesses to mr. trump's behavior during the riots after news broke of a heated call between he and house republican leader kevin mccarthy. nbc reporting mccarthy asked the president for help, while he said, the rioters were more upset about the election than you are. the two sides agreeing to as for a call into the record but not calling witnesses. >> we needed more senators with spines >> reporter: the former president defiant, speaking out in one of his first reactions to the trial since leaving office in a statement, calling it a witch hunt, and insisting our historic, patriotic, and beautiful movement to make america great again has only just begun senate republican leader mitch mcconnell voting to acquit trump, but just minutes later, delivering this blistering rebuke. >> a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty. there is no question, none president trump is practically and morally responsible for
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provoking the events of the day. >> reporter: mcconnell even suggesting trump could be criminally charged, saying president trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office. over the weekend, president biden using mcconnell's words in his statement condemning trump, saying, quote, while the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute craig? >> kasie hunt for us in washington thank you. for more on where things go from here for mr. trump, for br jackson, senior washington correspond president biden, both parties, let's bring in hallie jackson, senior washington correspondent. good to see you again. was watching you saturday morning, as all of this was playing out there on the house floor. again, for a while, it looked like we might see and hear from some witnesses, and all of a sudden, we didn't. what do we know about what was going on behind the scenes >> yeah, on this roller coaster that turned out to be a merry-go-round, it was a surprise to everybody, craig,
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including democrats, who had been told just 45 minutes earlier not to expect this call for witnesses, according to a couple sources here's the deal. the house impeachment managers wanted to subpoena that republican lawmaker who had heard more about the phone call between donald trump and kevin mccarthy behind the scenes, you had some senate democrats concerned, right, about disrupting the biden agenda by making this trial go even longer so ultimately, the managers worked out a deal with the defense team to introduce that lawmaker's statement as evidence, basically. allies of the president, who wanted this to be over with more quickly, were happy, arguing the democrats caved. but the lead manager sai jamie raskin said they could have had a thousand witnesses and not overcome the silly arguments republicans were making, craig. >> it was a bit jarring to hear mitch mcconnell not just say the president had a dereliction of duty, but to say he was morally and practically responsible. where does the party go from here where does the president go from here
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where do democrats go from here? >> reporter: those are the trillion-dollar questions, right? here's one thing you can look at when you see the seven republican senators who voted to convict donald trump, take a look at what's happening in their states on the ground, right, locally because since that impeachment vote, you've had backlash, censures being introduced against cassidy, richard burr later today in north carolina. while it may not make a difference in the larger political landscape, since only one of the seven are running for re-election in 2022, it gives you a sense of where the party is now in the post-trump era some of the numbers locally with republican voters back that up, they are still largely behind donald trump he is probably going to try to reassert himself, craig, on the political scene. look at the statement over the weekend. i'm told he'll back challenges to republicans he sees as disloyal here's the thing there are a lot of other peopl
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are looking to pick up the mantle ahead of 2024 contenders coming into the race hoping to win the white house for republicans. nikki haley, for example, who, as you know, memorably said last week that donald trump has fallen, basically. >> big statement from his one-time ambassador to the united nations senior washington correspondent, hallie jackson, thank you. now to the battle against the coronavirus. new signs of progress. yesterday saw 76,000 cases diagnosed in the u.s., the lowest daily total in nearly four months. more americans are receiving vaccines but as states work to keep numbers trending in the right direction, many are asking for help to keep up with demand. gabe gutierrez is at the javits center, one of the mass vaccination sites here in new york gabe, good morning. >> reporter: sheinelle, good morning. this is one of many mass vaccination sites across the country that officials say could be doing more if only they had more supply. here in new york, a new expansion of eligibility is causing even more confusion. this morning, a new scramble in the hunt for the vaccine new yorkers with underlying health conditions are now newly
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eligible but on sunday, the demand brought the state's sign-up website to a halt. >> refresh, refresh, refresh, and then you have to go back through the form again and again and again. >> reporter: 51-year-old philip smith has a type of blood cancer >> i want the vaccine. i want america to get back to normal. >> reporter: last week, new york announced people ages 16 to 64 with certain underlying health conditions would be eligible starting today, but they'd have 24 hours to sign up beforehand. >> this is going to be a long, anxiety-producing time >> reporter: and across the country, as more states begin to expand their vaccine eligibility, and pharmacy chains like cvs and walgreens offer vaccinations, there are more questions. how will authorities verify these folks actually have these underlying conditions? >> i can tell you here a mt. sinai, we started a system
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where we will be giving letters to all the patients verifying their underlying condition. >> reporter: for overall covid cases, the nation is trending in daily cases have fallen from ses and potentially more deadly variants are now reported now in at least 39 states. >> we can't let our guard down we have to continue wearing masks. we have to continue with our current mitigation measures. >> reporter: for 37-year-old lamar in new york who has sickle cell anemia, sunday was stressful. >> if i try to go to the store, i have to think of what risk i'm putting myself in. >> reporter: spent hours on her phone trying to get an appointment. no luck. >> i'm nervous about when it'll be possible for me to actually get the vaccine because the way things are going, i have no idea >> reporter: and some news on the south african variant. a man in france is critically ill after previously being infected with coronavirus four months ago
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researchers say this type of reinfection is relatively rare but probably underestimated. sheinelle? >> gabe, thank you. turning now to the daytona 500. it was a dramatic finish to the bottom >> teammates. >> around they go and a hard crash. kyle busch. >> that crash coming during the final lap of the rain-delayed race brad keselowski bumping joey logano, sending him spinning there. that allows michael mcdowell to sneak through the chaos. he takes the checkered flag. mcdowell was a huge underdog going into the race. in fact, he picks up his first ever nascar victory on the grandest of stages it is nascar's super bowl. mcdowell walks away with the win. >> i winced when i saw that. i had a chance to drive with joey logano years ago. i have greater respect for those guys it is intense. >> that was after a six-hour
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rain delay in daytona, too. let's send it back to al for the rest of our forecast. al >> guys, we have more wet weather down there in florida. in fact, we've got the risk of some severe storms, as we take a look you'll see that we're lookin at those severe storms, snowy conditions from the northeast all the way to the mid-mississippi river valley, with record cold we'll look at that in detail coming up in the next few minutes. another storm comes into the west that's what's going on around the country. we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds
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. good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. let's take a look at our radar showing some rain as we start out our monday morning, but this also being a holiday it will be a lot less people out, just make sure that you're careful headed. this is all a part of a system that's been bringing some widespread rain across the region, as well as some snow for the sierra. once this clears out, we're in for some drier weather starting this afternoon, continuing into the week as our temperatures warm up and next chance of rain will be on friday. >> and that's your latest weather. guys >> all right thank you, al. coming up, the pregnancy announcement that won valentine's day. prince harry and meghan markle expecting baby number two. this morning, the new well wishes from the queen and the sweet message hidden in their reveal also ahead, the long-time host of the "bachelor" stepping aside after defending a contestant's alleged racist past we'll take you inside the controversy and e suthen
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coliseum opens up with doses from the federal goff. good morning everyone. i'm scott mcgrew. the senate will take a week's break after voting to acquit president trump in his second impeachment trial over the weekend. president biden is looking forward to getting some kind of coronavirus bill put together by the end of the week. it's the beginning of the work week, actually a lot of people have today off but we need to know what to expect weather wise. here's kari. >> we're starting out with some rain this morning. i've been watching this on storm ranger. you could do the same with the nbc bay area app. as we get a closer look at those showers moving through from marin county, stretching across the bay into richmond, concord and extending up toward vallejo and fairfield some light showers moving through. if you're planning to head out later today, in fairfield we'll see this clearing out, some peaks of sunshine as our temperatures head for the low 60s. after this rain moves out, we will have some dry weather for
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back at 7:30 o back at 7:30 on this monday morning, the third monday of february, making this presidents' day. here's a look at some of the iconic monuments to our nation's presidents in the nation's capital. beautiful shot. >> yeah, there's the washington monument there in the distance lincoln, jefferson, all of them down there couldn't show them all this morning, but we will start this half hour with your 7:30 headlines. new zealand's largest city is in a three-day lockdown this morning after three unexplained coronavirus cases were discovered in auckland health officials say those cases were of the more contagious variant, first found in britain.
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the lockdown, the first in new zealand in six months. it represents quite the setback in the nation's largely successful efforts to control the virus. new zealanders had gone back to work, resumed attending concerts and sporting events without masks after stamping out community spread of the virus. the los angeles police department has launched an internal investigation after officers were reported to have shared a valentine's day image of george floyd with the caption, "you take my breath away." investigators are also looking into whether the image was created by a police employee floyd died in may after minneapolis police officer, chauvin, knelt on his neck more than 8 minutes l.a.'s police chief says if th allegations are true, quote, people will find my wrath. this morning, we're getting our first look at a stunning, new image of mars. check this out it was captured by the hope spacecraft the photo was emirates
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it was captured from 15,000 miles above the red planet the uae, that mission, the first from an arab country to reach mars officials there call it a defining moment in the country's history. >> beautiful pictu now to some joyful news shared on valentine's day. prince harry and meghan markle revealing they're expecting baby number two, a brother or sister for little archie. >> nbc's kelly cobiella joins us from london. kelly is once again on baby watch. >> yes, once again you're right, craig. yeah, listen, rumors have been swirling for weeks, and now those rumors confirmed by a smiling prince harry and meghan and a growing baby bump. a valentine's day surprise prince harry and meghan markle announcing their baby news with this black and white snap. meghan's photographer friend taking the image on an ipad, telling british "vogue," the two
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are soul mates adding, with the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life, and moving forward, they didn't need any direction a spokesperson for the sussexes making it official, saying, we can confirm that archie is going to be a big brother. the duke and duchess of sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child the queen and senior royals already knew buckingham palace saying, the entire family are delighted and wish them well the announcement has a touching connection to princess diana, who, 37 years ago, told the world she was pregnant with prince harry, sharing the news on almost the exact same february day in 1984 it comes just a few months after meghan's heartbreaking "new york times" op-ed, opening up about losing a child to miscarriage last summer. the couple married in may of conservationist jane goodall, saying he wanted two maximum
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the family building a non-royal 2018 and welcomed their first child, archie harrison mountbatton windsor, a year later. >> i have two of the best guys in the world. >> reporter: prince harry talked about having more children with conservationist jane goodall, saying he wanted two maximum the family building a non-royal life in california sending out this christmas card. last year. signing big money deals with netflix and spotify. harry spotted recently with his famous friend, james cordin. now, planning for baby two. >> the first descendant to be born in america and, equally, the first royal descendant really to be treated wholly as a private citizen. >> reporter: while in england, a royal baby boom. harry's cousin eugenie gave birth to a boy last week and his cousin sarah is pregnant with her third child. it's not clear when the new baby sussex is due, but harry and meghan were both glowing on instagram last week. now we know why. >> yes, we do. baby falls on the line of
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first of all, the baby won't be a prince or princess at birth. that's because of royal rules drawn up more than 100 years really, much like archie's situation. but you can't give up your place in the line of succession. harry is still in it, though he gave up royal duties archie is number seven, which makes the new baby sussex, prince or princess, well, boy or girl, number eight there you go your lesson for the day. >> kelly cobiella, a big thanks to you and whoever worked on that delightful graphic. >> i was going to say, cute kids they look royal, whatever that means. >> boy or girl, what are you thinking >> i'm going with a little girl. >> the set will be complete. >> we'll see what happens. up next, the questionable past of a "bachelor" contestant sparking a growing conversation about race in the franchise, as the show's long-time host announces he is stepping aside the very latest right after this oh, just one. jake from state farm, it's the least i can do.
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suitors. but this morning he's announce he is stepping away, as others are speaking out about what they call concerns around diversity this morning, a major shakeup on one of tv's biggest shows, "the bachelor." >> this is the final rose tonight. >> reporter: with long-time host chris harrison announcing he will step aside indefinitely under fire after defending current contestant rachel kirkconnell, she is facing backlash for photos resurfacing, including these showing he attending a racially themed party in college in 2018. >> we need to have understanding, grace. >> the picture was from 2018 at an old south antebellum party. it's not a good look. >> rachel, is it a good look in 2018 or not a good look in 2021? >> it is not a good look ever. >> reporter: the interview was with rachel lindsey, the first black woman to star as the "bachelorette," who says because of ongoing race issues with the franchise, she does not plan to
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renew her contract >> how much more do i want to be affiliated with this i can't do it anymore. >> reporter: for harrison, the backlash was swift thousands signing a petition to have him removed following his comment. in an instagram apology, he wrote, i am so sorry my words were harmful. i am listening, and i truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you >> there's been a long conversation about race on the "bachelor. the fact that it's been underrepresented when it comes to african-american contestants, other people of color have not really been properly represented on the show. >> i feel like i'm in a dream right now. >> reporter: this season features matt james, the first black man to be the "bachelor," something harrison appeared to note as he stepped aside writing, this historic season of the "bachelor" should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. >> what impact does this have on the entertainment industry as a whole? >> when you are a public figure,
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you need to think twice before you tweet that comment or say something that might offend a group of people. >> reporter: for her part, rachel kirkconnell, the contestant seen in the controversial photos, also apologized, writing, i was ignorant but my ignorance was racist for his part, harrison has not given any word whether he will or when he will return to the show guys >> thanks, blayne. let's get another check of the weather now. a little more on that major winter storm, mr. roker. working from home this morning, hey, buddy. >> hey, guys we're also talking about the cold it is brutal out there lookal these windchill advisories, windchill alerts 76 million people impacted it is a huge swath of the country. this extreme cold really is going to extend into the middle of this week look at these windchills north platte feels like minus 40 kansas city, minus 31. memphis, minus 6 chicago, minus 18. midland, texas, feels like minus
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12 degrees this afternoon, temperatures down south as you get into texas, anywhere from 40 to 45 degrees below average. tomorrow morning, still bitterly cold, feeling like 1 below in detroit. 1 in houston in fact, take a look at these record-setting temperatures. oklahoma city, their low tomorrow morning, this air temperature, minus 10. 3 in dallas. minus 1 in little rock the wind chill forecasts are well below zero. the good news is, later in the week, temperatures moderate a bit. still anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees below average but still awfully cold as we mentioned, there's the second storm coming behind it, coming from the pacific northwest, bringing more snow good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're starting out with some light rain as we check out storm
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ranger, our mobile doppler radar we can get a closer look at rain moving through parts of the east bay, all the way up to vallejo and fairfield and we're going to see these light showers continuing for another two or three hours, before we see it clearing out for the bay area, and then for tomorrow, looking pretty good. the rest of the week we'll see sunshine and milder temperatures and rain returning on friday. >> that is your latest weather coming up at the top of the hour, we'll be looking at these two big storms affecting the country. guys >> al, thank you. up next, a heart-stopping rescue caught on camera at a ski resort in maine. >> okay! >> all right it's okay. they broke her fall. >> just ahead, the little girl now recovering from that frightening ordeal, and the takeaways for all families before heading to the slopes i'm jimmys john's. and i have high-quality, reasonably-priced sandwiches.
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♪♪ ♪♪ sfx: [sounds of fedex planes and vehicles engines] ♪♪ sfx: [sounds of children laughing and running, life moving forward] we're back dylan joins us good morning to you. >> good morning. >> now to a really heart-stopping, heart-wrenching story. a ski lift in maine. >> an 8-year-old girl is recovering after plunging 25 feet the lift operators and bystanders using a catch net to break the little girl's fall >> nbc's kathy park has some more details on how all of this went down. kathy, good morning. >> hey, guys, good morning yeah, the little girl was dangling for several minutes while her mom desperately held on the scary moment all caught on camera at times, you can actually hear the child crying we do want to warn you, some people may find the video hard
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to watch >> reporter: in a split second, a fun day on the slopes took a terrifying turn for a family. >> it's okay you're going to be fine. >> reporter: shortly after loading into a chair at maine's sugarloaf mountain, an 8-year-old girl is seen dangling from the ski lift. after struggling to get back and her mother desperately holding on, the child plunged 25 feet. >> oh! >> it's all right. it's okay. they broke her fall. >> reporter: the ski patrol and other skiers used a catch net to break the girl's fall, but she fell on the side of the net. a slamming noise can be heard when she hit the ground. >> not good. >> we need medical attention >> reporter: thankfully, the child was wearing a helmet, and her injuries were not life threatening. >> my back >> reporter: because of a pre-existing medical condition, she was airlifted to a nearby hospital as a precaution
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sugarloaf resort says it is investigating the situation. the general manager saying in a statement, the safety of our guests is our first priority in everything we do i'm incredibly thankful to our lift attendants and ski patrollers, without whose quick actions, the incident could have been worse according to the national ski areas association, riding a chair lift is a safe and secure mode of transportation, and most falls are due to passenger behavior it is not the first time this winter this has happened in december, fashion designer rachel zoe took to instagram, describing the moment she says left her scarred for life. after her son, skyler, fell from a colorado ski lift. an accident she says could have been easily prevented if the operator had stopped the lift. now, before you head out onto the slopes with your kids, some important tips to keep in mind before riding the ski lift take a moment to read the instructions and warnings. they should be nearby. when you're on that lift, do not
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lean forward just sit still when you're ready to get off, check for any loose clothing and equipment to make sure they don't get tangled on the chair important to put safety first. >> good advice. >> good tips glad the little girl is okay thank you. craig, you have a powerful story in the "changemaker" series. >> we'll take folks to colonial williamsburg, the site of one of this country's first black churches there's a dig under way that's reframing the area's history we're talking to folks who have a personal connection to the congregation first, your local news ls to feeding america. and yet, one in four children may still face hunger. so, subaru and our retailers are doing it again, donating an additional 100 million meals to help those in need. love. it's never been needed more than right now. subaru. more than a car company. (vo 2) to join us with a donation, go to
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a very good morning to you. 7:56. i'm laura garcia. here is a look at what's happening now. >> i'm bob redell in antioch, where police are trying to find the suspect in a shooting that left one man dead, it happened in front of this home on enea way in mutt namm, off of highway 4 in antioch. the shooting happened around 10:30 last night. officers arrived found one man inside an suv parked inside of the house, they performed first aid and called for an ambulance but sadly he died on the scene. he was 47 years old from antioch. a second man, 37 years old also from antioch was shot, taken into surgery, he is expected to survive. police have not indicated what led up to this shooting and again, there's no suspect
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information, no arrests. good morning, everyone. i'm scott mcgrew. tax filing season is here, as of friday, the irs started accepting returns. going to be more complicated this year for some people with stimulus checks and unemployment checks. let's check in with kari right now a look at our forecast. some rain to start our day. how are we looking now? >> it's starting out with wet weather as a lot of people are heading out the door for work, even on this holiday, so as we track it with storm ranger, our mobile doppler radar, we are seeing some rain moving through parts of contra costa county, as well as solano and southern napa counties. it's been moving through parts of the east bay, but once it clears later this afternoon, we will have some dry weather, all the way up until about late thursday into friday and our temperatures gradually warming up to that point but we are also going to see some of those showers returning on friday, and
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clearing out for the weekend. laura? >> looks good. thanks so much. thank you for joining us as well. the "today" show coming up next. another update in half on an hour.
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storm takes aim. >> who would think it would be snowing in texas? >> temperatures expected to hit record lows, and there's yet another storm on the way. al's tracking all of it. then ready to reopen? as coronavirus cases fall nationwide, the cdc now issuing guidelines to help get kids back in the classroom. just ahead, what this could mean for your student. and digging for the truth.
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how members of one of this country's first black churches are working to preserve its legacy. >> this area here would have been the altar. the area in front would have been the first pew of the church. >> we'll head to colonial williamsburg to hear from some of the church members involved. and rock of ages. hoda goes one-on-one with dwayne johnson about his rise to stardom. >> what were you like as a little kid? >> i was a pain in the butt is what i was like as a little kid. i was a pain. >> how the rock is opening up about his past like never before. today, monday, february 15th, 2021. ♪ i'm running wide open ♪ >> my sister, olivia, is "today"'s biggest fan. >> from baltimore, maryland. >> the best part of snow day is watching "today." >> we're from virginia beach, virginia. >> today is our 30th wedding anniversary. >> happy anniversary. ♪ the only thing i'm chained to i could be happy anywhere ♪ >> we wake up every day with the "today" crew in st. louis.
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>> today is extra special. >> sophia is turning 1! >> yay. >> happy birthday, sophia. welcome back to "today" on this monday morning. monday morning of a long holiday weekend. thanks for waking up with us. savannah and hoda enjoying this presidents' day off. >> always enjoy that part of the show. people put efforts into the backdrops and what have you. good morning to all of you. >> keep the shoutouts coming, as well. we want to tell you about a week long series across the platforms of nbc. "kids under pressure." >> it is about how kids are fairing in the realities of school in the pandemic. eye-opening results from a first of its kind study, interviews with 11,000 high school students from across the country. plus, tips for parents if your child is struggling. it begins tonight on "nightly news," and we'll have more for you starting tomorrow on "today." but for now let's start with your winter storm system is bringing snow, ice, freezing rain to more than 40
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states. some areas may see record-setting cold. al is tracking all of it for us. first, nbc's morgan chesky is in texas where the governor there issued a disaster declaration. last check, it was about 7 degrees there in dallas, right? >> yeah, craig. it's sitting at 7 degrees. get this, it is expected to get even colder today. that's what is leading to a dangerous situation right now. rolling blackouts in various areas across the entire state due to concerns that the state's power grid won't be able to keep up. right now, we're seeing a combination of snow, ice, and wind here in dallas. that's adding to the fact that a lot of these people are experiencing the coldest temperatures of their lifetime. it's leading to incredibly treacherous conditions. in multiple states across the south, with the arrival of this massive system, we have seen dangerous accidents play out on the roadways. in oklahoma, specifically, one
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highway had to be shut down after two semis were involved in a fiery collision, sending multiple people to the hos make its way up to the northeast, but not before wreaking havoc on the roadways, as well. there is an additional ice accumulation expected here from texas all the way up to new york. we're already seeing that causing issues at airports that have reported cancellations and dozens of delays. the main thing here in texas that officials are stressing right now is, please conserve power if possible. that will limit these rolling outages and give everyone a chance to get the power back up and running sooner than later. craig? >> morgan chesky for us there in texas. thank you. al is back with a look at where the massive winter storm is heading next. al? >> guys, this is really unprecedented in a way, to have this number of coast-to-coast storms. there's another one behind this. this one has 26 states right
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now. we are talking about 153 million people under some sort of winter weather alert. more than 2,000 miles long. as you can see on the radar, snow making its way up out of texas and up into the ohio river valley. we are looking for these impacts of rain. heavy thunderstorms, possible tornadoes in the southeast. as we make our way a little further to the west, from louisiana all the way into the northeast, significant ice and tree damage, power outages and, of course, hazardous travel. snowfall, some of it heavy, up to an inch falling per hour, blowing snow. low visibilities. 9 to 12 inches in parts of the ohio river valley. then this second storm comes out wednesday. low pressure in the gulf, more snow and ice for folks in texas, louisiana, arkansas, missouri. into the mid-atlantic and northeast, bringing heavy showers and thunderstorms to th
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new york. as we move into friday, the storm finally moves away with the heaviest snow in the inland areas. the heaviest snow up into northern new england. moderate snow stretching from the mississippi and ohio river valleys all the way into the northeast, guys. >> so many of us affected by this one. thank you, al. turning now to the covid crisis. the government's plan to help schools start reopening safely. nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer is in los angeles with a closer look. miguel, good morning. >> sheinelle, good morning. nationwide, about 1/3 of students are doing their learning virtually, online or outside of the school. now, there's hope that newly released cdc guidelines will provide a more clear path to kids getting back to the classroom. >> reporter: this morning, the fight against covid is cutting both ways. new daily case totals falling below 100,000 for the first time since november. and in the last month, hospitalizations have been
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sliced nearly in half. but on the vaccine front, shortages are keeping the nation's largest vaccination site at dodger stadium empty. >> i want to be clear, los angeles needs more doses. >> reporter: and with winter weather impacting much of the country, many vaccination sites have been forced to freeze operations. it all comes as the cdc has released its road map for reopening schools. >> we're glad that we finally have some concrete, scientifically-based guidance. >> reporter: the agency focusing on five strategies. universal mask wearing, physical distancing, hand washing, cleaning and contract tracing. practices many districts already have in place. >> for us, not much will change. >> reporter: left off the list, vaccinations. the cdc only encouraging shots for students and teachers but not making them mandatory for reopening. >> ask any teacher, and where is our vaccine? >> reporter: still, top doctors.
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>> when you balance the benefit of getting the children back to school with the fact that the risks are being mitigated, i think that will alleviate the concern. >> reporter: also outlined, transmission thresholds. a color-coded system to determine which schools should be open, based on the number of infections in the community. in areas with low to moderate spread, schools are encouraged to fully open. but in red zones, where transmission is high, elementary school should be hybrid, while middle and high school students should stay virtual if there is not regular testing. >> it all depends on how much community spread is out there. >> reporter: while the latest guidelines are the most detailed yet, some feel the recommendations are still not enough. >> i just don't think that this is going to be the silver bullet that gets every school in america open. >> reporter: and another big concern for a number of schools is funding. mainly simply that they do not
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have the money needed to make these new guidelines from the cdc. even dr. fauci is saying a stimulus bill needs to be passed in order to get schools the money they need to safely and properly reopen. sheinelle? >> ongoing challenge. miguel, thank you. news is covered here. what do you say a boost? >> let's do it. it is time. >> a father in north carolina got one of the best valentine's he could ever receive. his 22-year-old daughter, victoria, had big news to share. to make it fun, she had her dad put in earbuds with loud music playing, asking him to read her lips. to guess what she was saying. >> i'm cancer free. >> why don't you write it down n i can't understand. >> i'm cancer free >> what? >> i'm cancer free >> okay. you're cancer free did you have your pet scan >> whoo-hoo! >> oh, so good that's a good one. >> yeah! yeah
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>> that's one happy dad. >> right jumping up and down. >> his daughter, victoria, was diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma about a year and a half ago. she continued nursing school going through the grueling chemotherapy graduating last may. now, it would seem, she is cancer free. >> something to make us smile this morning that was a good boost. craig, up next, you're giving us a look at colonial williamsburg where black history is being unearthed as we speak. >> i talked to archaeologists who are discovering an untold story in virginia and some of the people who have a gdeeply personal tie to that past. first, these messages. (quiet piano music) ♪ ♪
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♪ this is the first day of my life♪ ♪ i was born right in the doorway♪ no calories, no sweeteners, all smiles. ♪ i don't know where i am, ♪ ♪ i don't know where i've been♪ ♪ but i know where i wanna go♪ we are back with our "changemakers" series for black history month. a legacy being brought to light at last. >> a congregation founded in
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1776 are helping unearth its history, working with colonial williamsburg to add their powerful story to the narrative it's been said that a church isn't a building, it's a people. these parishioners of the first baptist church in williamsburg, virginia, have the history of the congregation in their blood. each one has ancestors who worshipped as part of this community. how far back does your family's history go there >> to the 1800s. nassau street. my great great grandfather was a deacon there. >> reporter: reverend julie lo mentioned is a vacant lot now. how many times do you think you grace is an assistant pastor the location of the nassau street church she mentioned is a vacant lot now how many times do you think you passed that site without knowing what was there >> oh, so many times you know, i knew that the plaque was there but just never gave it another thought. >> reporter: what's there can't
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be seen, not yet a team of archaeologists is digging in the cold ground to unearth some hard truths their hope is to find not just one but two church structures. the congregation was founded in 1776 by slaves and freed blacks who worshipped in secret in 1818, the group was given a building by a local slave owner, which became their first church. it was destroyed by a tornado in 1834 in 1856, a new brick church was built, which stood for 100 years, until colonial williamsburg bought it and tore it down. the congregation built a new church nearby. that nassau street location remained an empty lot until now. the church has partnered with colonial williamsburg to search underground for the early structures and more. >> this area here would have been the altar the area in front would have been the first pew of the church. >> reporter: jack gary is the lead archaeologist at colonial williamsburg
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they've already uncovered the foundation of the 1856 church and hope to find evidence of the 1818 church. but they found something more, at least one grave >> it is just emotionally overwhelming to stand on that site and know that those burials are there. we want to know who they belong to, and if there are descendents taht are still here that can reconnect with their past. >> reporter: connie harshaw is a church member and president of the let freedom ring foundation, helping steer this project with colonial williamsburg. >> it became very clear to us that that was a priority for the members of the congregation and the descendants of thi community. right away, we thought, let's focus on the area. find how many people are buried there first. >> reporter: you won't find the history of this community in any book, except maybe the good book reverend grace's family bible is a catalog of ceremonies from another time. >> family record of a marriage
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dating back to 1872. alexander dunlap, 1877. >> reporter: they were all there in that church. >> they were all there in the church, yes. yes. >> reporter: the hope now is to finish the excavation and work with colonial williamsburg to recreate those early churches in some way it is a church as old as the republic itself, and for so long, just didn't know the history of it. >> that's right. >> reporter: here you are, trying to share that history with the world how does that make you feel? >> it is pretty exciting for me, when i stop and think about it i think about the fact that we're going to leave something here that i didn't have in the seventh grade. we're going to leave a story, that those kids now will be able to see the whole story >> wow. wil >> you know, at the time of the revolutionary war, about half the population of williamsburg was black, yet, that part of the story had not been reflected at colonial williamsburg in years
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past as you saw there, things are changing >> fantastic we saw the older parishioners in your story what is the church doing to get younger people involved? that's always a challenge. >> it is cool because they started these educational programs to get children engaged, including days spent at the excavation site, working with the archaeologists. the bell they use at that church, you saw it in the piece, that was the same bell used when they opened the african-american history museum four years ago. >> that's nice. >> that's when folks asked questions about this particular church >> fantastic we'll have more of the "changemaker" series on the third hour al, i know you're introducing us to the newly appointed cardinal making black history in the catholic church. >> that's right. wilton daniel gregory is the first african-american cardinal in the catholic church we sat down with him for a wide-ranging conversation, from race to his most famous parishioner, president joe
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biden. all that and more coming up on the "3rd hour of today." >> well, his second most famous parishioner is al roker. >> well. how about a check of the weather while we have you, sir >> all right let's show you what we have going on for today, we are looking at strong storms making their way through the south. in fact, we could see some tornadoes there. record cold in the plains. snowy conditions, mid mississippi and ohio river valleys, the northeast another storm comes out of the pacific northwest, and that one will be going coast to coast, causing big impacts into the latter part of this week that's what's going on around . good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we're tracking some rain to start out our monday morning as well as that this is a holiday. many people may not be out. we are going to see some wet weather to start and it's mainly covering parts of the southern north bay, east bay and down to
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the peninsula. this will all start to clear out by this afternoon leaving behind some clouds but our dry weather continues at least through the middle of the week and more showers back in the forecast on friday. >> and that is your latest weather. >> thank you, al. dylan is in for carson this morning with "pop start. >> yes we have a heft you today. let's start >> the singer's hit album "control" turned 35 last year, if you can believe it. fans did not miss the anniversary. sending it to the top of the itunes album chart by the weekend. jackson thanking fans in a video she shared on twitter. >> and i want to thank all of you for making "control" number one once again after 35 years. i never, never in a million years, i would never think that this would happen. i really appreciate you, and i love you so, so much thank you. >> sure she's smiling very largely underneath the mask.
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the album's anniversary and rise on the charts coming as justin timberlake apologized to jackson for the infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004 at the super bowl which is largely seen as negatively impacting her career. so it is nice to see fans are still there for janet, launching her to the top of the charts it is also a reason to show sheinelle again. we all love seeing that. >> i love it >> funny i did that one on stage, but i do "control" at home when no one is watching. >> i have no doubt about that. next up, sunday marked valentine's day, of course, and some of our favorite celebs were sharing the love on instagram. jennifer lopez showing off what may be the largest bouquet of roses ever >> wow. >> from fiance alex rodriguez. lopez saying, february is their anniversary month. adding, i love your wickedly funny sense of humor, and how you try to make every room you enter a more joyful one. chris pratt posted this, showing wife, katherine schwarzenegger
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and baby lila. writing i'm a lucky man. you're a wonderful wife, mother, stepmother, and valentine's day. i know everyone zoomed in to catch the baby ryan reynolds posting a cute video of wife blake lively, sledding in the snow joking, m forever valentine in the foreseeable future always getting in a dig. next up, we are sending big congratulations to meghan trainor and her husband, the new parents. meghan sharing a photo of riley, writing, this sweet baby boy's due date was on valentine's day. we met him monday, february 8th. more pictures, including mama and baby there, snuggled up. another of proud dad darrell, already giving the first bottle, which is terrifying. congratulations. >> skin to skin there. >> i noticed that. sweet. next up, taking a totally different turn here. "justice league" was trending on twitter after director zach snyder unveiled a new trailer. even though the movie with ben
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affleck and gal gadot came out in 2017. a new, four-hour vision is coming out on hbo max. as his original vision he left the project halfway through due to family matters, but now a new movie is coming out with brand-new footage watch. >> they said the age of heros would never come again >> it will it has to. >> i'm in. the end of the trailer teases the return of jared leto's joker character. he shot scenes specifically for this new cut of the film four-hour movie, it sounds wild. but when you think about it, how often do we sit for four hours bingeing anything? >> true, one at a time. >> roker, you'll do it, won't you? you'll watch four hours. >> i am so in. i heard sheinelle say she's in >> i am. >> have you seen the original, sheinelle? >> i was about to say, i've seen
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"wonder woman," but there are a lot i haven't seen >> right you know all the characters. >> exactly >> that actually comes to hbo max next month >> can't wait. >> all right finally, rege-jean page is trading england for new york city you know why the "bridgerton" star is hosting "saturday night live." you can bet there's going to be a "bridgerton" parody sketch at some point if they can put that on tv. the musical guest is a big one, bad bunny. >> bad bunny >> after having a huge 2020. you can tune in to "snl" this saturday at 11:30 here on nbc. >> you like the "bridgerton," don't you? >> i do. do you >> i watch it. >> is bad bunny worse than a rascally rabbit? >> got it in there. when we come back, hod going one-on-one with dwayne johnson, getting ready to
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first, your local news good morning, 8:26, i'm marcus washington. the giant fer ris wheel woulde spinning for another four years. they're looking at keeping the popular attraction but the plan is getting pushback from environmental groups and residents who live nearby. the ferrishe w has been halted since november, and it will remain closed until san francisco is released from the most restrictive covid tier. and let's check the forecast today with kari hall. good morning, and we're starting out with some rain as we take a look at storm ranger, light showers moving through much of the bay area.
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after we see this for a couple more hours, we will see the rain starting to taper off, but it will still be behind those clouds for today. the dry we get more sunshine tomorrow as well a but then onclouds, and a some showers in the forecast for ekd, though, it looks pretty dry at this point with highs reaching into the low 60s, san francisco seeing the light rain right now but more of the sunshine in the forecast through the middle of the week before we get our next round of rain on friday. marcus? >> not a bad forecast at all. thanks, kari. we'll have another local news update coming up in 30 minutes.
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like, seeing my mom. it's unthinkable to me that i can't see her and i can't hug her. not being able to hug is just like somebody has to tie me down. touching someone to say i love you, to hug you... those are the things that i miss. ♪♪ ♪♪
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8:30 on a monday morning i don't want you to turn off the television, so i'll stop singing. february 15th, presidents' day, 2021 coming up, hoda goes one-on-one with dwayne "the rock" johnson he has a funny, new show premiering tomorrow here on nbc. all about his life growing up. he shares some personal stories about his relationships with his parents.
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following in his father's footsteps, and how his children keep him humble. >> kids always do that. also ahead, we have an important consumer alert about a common battery laptop, tools, toys linked to sudden explosions and fire why is it so easy for anyone to buy online vicky nguyen is going to join us with an eye-opening investigation. plus, did anyone do a crossword puzzle over the weekend? this teenager has you beat she's the youngest girl to create one for the "new york times. we can't wait to spend a few minutes with her and maybe get some of the answers, too. on the "3rd hour of today," a special surprise for two sisters, both battling the same rare disease >> we'll have that tomorrow on "today," kenan thompson will join us. he's been a beloved member of
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the nbc family and now he is adding a new nbc comedy. it looks hilarious. >> looking forward to that. >> yeah. before all of that, mr. roker, how about a final check of the weather, sir? >> all right let's show you what we have for the week ahead, starting with today. we are looking at those severe storms in the southeast. snow and ice making its way through the mississippi river valley, into the northeast record cold in the plains. snow out west. another storm makes its way from the pacific northwest into the midsection of the country. snow continues in the south. it'll be dry along the eastern seaboard then as we get toward the end of the week, more snow again. possible nor'easter forming off the coast. rainy and mild mid-atlantic more snow in the rockies that's what's going on around the country. good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. let's take a look at storm ranger, showing some light rain moving across much of the bay area this morning. it's going to hang out for a couple more hours, by this afternoon still staying cloudy
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but the rain will be moving out. we will see dry weather through at least the middle of the week, temperatures reaching into the mid-60s and another storm system will be approaching on thursday, bringing rain on friday. but that does clear in time for our weekend. >> and that is your latest weather. guys >> mr. roker, thank you, sir. coming up next, a consumer alert for families on a possible hidden hazard right in your home >> good morning. i'm vicky nguyen these are popular batteries found in thousands of devices sold online. what our investigation reveals about the potential dangers and what you should do if you have these in your home that's next. >> first, this is "today" on
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welcome welcome back this morning on "today's consumer," a warning about a battery used in everyday items and easily bought online. >> experts say it should never be in the hands of consumers because it's sparked explosions,
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injuries, and death. an nbc news investigation found it is being sold directly to consumers. consumer correspondent vicky nguyen is here to tell us what we need to know. good morning. >> hi, good morning. so this is the battery that we are talking about. it is a powerful lithium ion battery. while you may not have seen it before, you've probably used it. it powers our laptops, tools, and even toys. if it is properly made and installed into a device, it is safe it was never intended to be sold separately like this worse, cheap knock-off versions of the battery are common, and they can be highly combustible we first started looking int this a year ago, and it's gotten the attention of the government. >> reporter: watch, sudden violent explosions, one witting people caught off guard. this man riding a bus in california scrambles to put out the flames this clerk in new york city runs for his life as his pants catch fire in new jersey, this shopper's purse goes up in smoke
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these incidents all linked by the 18650 battery named for its size 18 by 65 millimeters it is one of the most common lithium ion batteries in the world. powering vape devices, laptops, tools, toys, and even some teslas in those examples, the 18650 batteries are safe when they're built into the device and you can't take them out. all you can do is charge the battery. experts warn unlike aa or aaa batteries, 18650s are not supposed to be sold alone because they're far more powerful and don't have the protective circuitry around them if they come into contact with something metal like coins, keys, or if they're left alone, they can overheat, combust, and start a fire a new warning from the consumer product safety commission says don't use loose 18650 ion cells because they can cause serious injury and death, and they're not intended for individual sale to consumers that's exactly what we found on
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amazon and a search for 18650 battery turns up more than 2,000 results on amazon and more than 1,000 on walmart. >> they generally weren't designed to be put in fans and flashlights that average consumers would use. >> reporter: columbia university professor daniel steinguard has 20 years of experience studying and developing batteries. >> you will, at the very least, burn your hand if it short circuits, and at the worse, you'll start a fire. >> reporter: look at reviews on amazon customers writing, decent flashlight, dangerous battery. got extremely hot and started smoking. and fire hazard. almost burnt my home down. amazon lists 18650 batteries as a prohibited item. but we found plenty sold not only by third parties but also directly by amazon in its warehouse deals. amazon warehouse deals are products that have been returned and are resold at a discount amazon says all items go through a quality check. they even put a sticker on the box that says, inspected our investigation also found
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18650s sold online are often knockoffs. steinguard says that can pose an additional risk if they're poorly made. we decided to buy 11 items from amazon's warehouse deals, which came packaged with loose 18650 batteries. all labeled as inspected we brought them to columbia's engineering lab last year to have them tested how many were legit? >> two. >> reporter: that means 9 of the 11 batteries were knock-offs he x-rayed our batteries see how a normal battery is full inside the knock-offs were empty. >> if the battery is not made the way you're expecting it to be made, it's inherently unsafe. >> reporter: steinguard even cut open one of of our batteries in a special safety chamber to inspect the material now that you have a physical look inside this battery, what's the takeaway >> you shouldn't use this battery. it is just not designed well it shouldn't be sold people shouldn't be using them. >> i am absolutely certain it is a real danger. >> reporter: chris johonnss an intellectual property attorney who is suing amazon to get the
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batteries off their marketplace. >> it is inconceivable to me that amazon is unaware that the 18650 batteries are not hazardous. they know they're hazardous. >> reporter: in a statement, amazon says, safety is a top priority we have proactive measures in place to prevent suspicious or non-compliant products to be listed we monitor products sold in the store for safety concerns. walmart didn't respond to n told us that multiple requests for comment. >> despite the cpsc warning, amazon told us that they approve the sale of these batteries if they're packaged with other items, like the flashlight we bought they say only loose batteries are banned we had to check. sure enough, we were able to order these batteries loose, too. amazon actually did remove the listings for all the items we sent to them after we told them what we found. they said they're now scanning their marketplace for more listings like this. >> i asked earlier, holding that is almost dangerous because it could explode. >> that's what the expert told us typically, if it is in contact with metal items, it is a higher
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risk yes, they're so unstable, you don't know you don't want these lying around in your house. >> is there an easy way to tell if you have a knock-off version? >> yeah. you should never see a battery like this, right if you get a package and it looks like the battery is loose or comes in this nice packaging that makes it look like an aa, that is a big red flag it should be built into any device to be recharged if you have loose batteries, the best thing to do is dispose of them safely. recycle them. >> goodness. >> all right. >> thank you up next, dwayne johnson before he was famous >> what were you like as a little kid >> i was a pain in the butt is what i was like as a kid. >> hoda's fun conversation with the superstar about his humble beginnings sharing that journey in a new comedy and his biggest role as a girl dad. fi
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welcome back dwayne johnson is one of the
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biggest stars on the planet, of course, but that wasn't always the case. >> a new nbc show, "young rock, went from being is giving us a look at how he went from being a little kid, cheering on his dad in the ring, to being the superstar we know and love. >> hoda chatted with dwayne about all things rock. >> pay attention. we've got gladiators in the ring >> reporter: when you think of dwayne "the rock" johnson, images like this may pop into your head. >> can you smell what the rock is cooking >> reporter: as dwayne's new series, "young rock," it shows stars have to start somewhere. >> let me just take you back to when i was 10 years old living in hawaii. >> reporter: i wondered what little dwayne johnson would look like as a kid. i pictured you coming out of the womb, 6 pack, muscles. i don't know what i imagined, but there was something about you as a baby or young child that captured me what were you like as a little kid?
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>> i was a pain in the butt is what i was like as a little kid. i was a pain i was rambunctious, full of energy from what i'm able to gather from my parents over the years is i was their good boy. for the record, because the world is watching, i came out of the womb, and i slapped the doctor i said, "listen, i am here." they started playing "bad to the bone" in the hospital room. >> reporter: "young rock" giving us a glimpse into what dwayne' childhood was like with ata, mom, and rocky >> mom, listen to this crowd >> they love him. >> reporter: while most kids only read about the giants in fairytales, dwayne got up clos and personal with one fairy tale there was a scene when andre the giant almost picks you up by the shirt collar did that happen? >> yes [ screaming ] cool stories about >> the thing about andre, i had a really wonderful relationship with andre
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again, when you're a little boy, he is uncle andre, who is a giant. i jump on him and pull his afro, run around but andre in the world of professional wrestling was highly respected so as a little boy, it was important for him that i learn respect, not only respect for elders, but also, respect for the world of professional wrestling. >> reporter: it was the world of professional wrestling that gave dwayne his big break, even though his own dad was against the idea at first. >> we had the biggest fights between a father and a son over this essentially, you're right, he said, look around. look what i have after all these years. i want more for you. i said, i know, and i appreciate that, but i feel i hav something to offer we fought and fought finally, after my mom said, let me talk to you for a second, okay let me talk to you, husband, about how this whole thing is going to go down then he said, okay, i'll train you. >> reporter: you could say the rest is history. dwayne went on to become the
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highest paid actor in hollywood, appearing in blockbusters like "jumanji," "the fast and the furious. >> daddy has to go to work. >> reporter: and "moana. ♪ you're welcome ♪ >> when you think about like what your dad was concerned about not having enough, whe did you feel like, i have enough i got here. >> i don't think i've felt that. i'm not sure, hoda, honestly, if i ever will. so much of my dna and my constitution derives from not having, which then motivates the work you know, when we were living here in hawaii, we were evicted off the island when i was 14 years old. that really drove me to want more so i'm not quite too sure if i've ever said, i have enough. i'm good. >> reporter: you know what i love about you when you finally started making enough money, before you even had a home of your own that you were proud of, you decided that you wanted to make sure that your folks were okay >> i did my goal was to buy them their first house. i was able to do that by the grace of god and the universe, and i bought them their first
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house. >> reporter: while he is a wwe champion and world famous movie star, at home he's still just dad. you have a lot of funny videos with your kids one i love is when you run in the room we don't see you you're like, who wants to see daddy's muscles? >> who wants to see daddy's muscles? >> no one! >> no one. >> no one. >> all right daddy knows when he is not wanted. >> reporter: i guess that's how you stay grounded, man i feel you have the world at your feet. when i saw that moment, i felt like i was at home with my kids. like that's life right there. >> that's life kids, as you know, and as parents all around the world know, they are the great equalizer to everything in life. when you think you have it all handled, they'll equalize that they will provide. >> amen to that. folks probably don't remember, years ago, when he was making the transition from wrestling to acting, there were not a lot of
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folks taking him seriously. like, this guy >> it was a challenge. i forgot about that. >> used to him as the actor now, you forget the transition period. >> folks were laughing >> it ow to kind of do that. >> who is laughing now >> how to pivot. >> more of that conversation, by the way, with dwayne johnson on the fourth hour this morning by the way, "young rock" premieres tomorrow night, 8:00 eastern, 7:00 central, only on nbc. up next, some monday morning inspiration. a teenager's pandemic hobby, learning how to construct her own crossword puzzles. you see her there. it's landed her in "the new york times. first, this istoday" on nbc. i'm morgan, and there's more to me than hiv. more love,... more adventure,... more community. but with my hiv treatment,... there's not more medicines in my pill. i talked to my doctor... and switched to...
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own, and the rest is history. >> you see her here. cileil joins us from new york hewhere she is celebrating 18th birthday. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday to you. >> thank you thank you. >> congrats on your "new york times" debut so let me -- i'm reading up on you here honors student, school president, lacrosse player and now, of course, published in "the new york times. what does it feel like i should add, the youngest female to ever pen a "new york times" crossword puzzle. >> it is super exciting. honestly, i wasn't anticipating that it would become of anything not to diminish what i did, but i think i was only ready for, i guess, the debut day after that, i keep going to school keep -- even though i'm still going to school, keep going to school, make puzzles i didn't expect to get any attention from it. >> mr. roker, you're a huge
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crossword puzzle guy. >> oh, shoot, his mic isn't working. we'll try to get -- >> i will ask, because i actually totally picked up crosswords during the pandemice where my brain just -- i can't find the answer, like so many people who did "the new york times" crossword is it, i mean, easier to write the questions? how does your brain, like, come up with this >> to be honest, clueing is the hardest part for me. i do think that solving a crossword puzzle at times can be a lot easier than making one my brain sometimes works in association, so i'll hear certain words, phrases, and that's mind churning into thinking, okay, how do i put this in a puzzle, or can i think of of other words that work in the same way or other phrases. >> we have al back >> yes my question is, do you go to
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make things as crazy as possible for folks? in other words, do you take some delight in making us nuts? >> no, actually, i don't i started solving crosswords when i was 10, 11. 1 i solved the "people" magazine crosswords, and then "the new york times." they're not made for 10 to 13-year-olds i personally had terrible experiences trying to solve my own. they just, you know -- i just wouldn't be able to do it. so i really try to make people feel smart when they do things. >> that's nice. of the joy out of doing a crossword puzz when you're young -- >> you know, i hear you're waiting to hear back from some of this country's most elite universities and colleges. what do you want to do on the
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back end of this, like when you grow up? although i feel like when you created a "new york times" crossword puzzle, you've kind of already grown up as a profession, have you thought of what you might want to do? >> i've thought and i've thought and i've thought i have no idea yet the other day, i talked to my mom and said, i want neil degrasse tyson's job i'm very much a scientist. i do like talking to people, interacting with people. so something that combines maybe science and the humanities i'm not sure yet. >> have you ever talked with neil degrasse tyson? >> i have never. but neil degrasse tyson, if you do want to speak, i'm here, please. >> we should make that happen. >> we have connections here. >> for your 18th birthday. >> we'll try to work that out. >> for your 18th birthday. >> okay, okay. congratulations, soleil. thank you so much for talking with us. all the best i can't wait to see what's ahead for you. >> thank you >> about to make my 11-year-old work crossword puzzles, right?
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>> i was just thinking the same thing. >> they should do it >> make them brilliant like you. >> you need to do it first. >> i know, for my mind. >> soleil, congrats again. >> thank you coming up next, on the third hour, we have actor matthew modine joining us. of course, the fourth hour of that, more of hoda's conversation with dwayne "the rock" johnson. first on this presidents' day, a look at your local news and some weather. good morning, 8:56, i'm marcus washington, shortages with the covid-19 vaccine are shutting down some bay area vaccination sites, even as another big one gets under way and ready to roll out. the oakland coliseum opens its doors tomorrow and the hope is to have up to 6,000 people receive vaccines each day. anyone in alameda county who's
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eligible can sign up with the state's my turn website. also, bart and ac transit will offer free transportation there. this all comes as the mass vaccination site at san francisco's moscone center is shut down until at least february 22nd. the health department is not receiving enough doses, yesterday it closed unexpectedly leaving appointments in limbo. cierra johnson is following those developments and she'll have a live report in our midday newscast. a deadly midnight shooting caps off a violent weekend in the area. we'll have the latest at midday and check our twitter feed for more updates.
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the "3rd hour of today." >> good monday morning. welcome to the "3rd hour of today." craig melvin here with sheinelle, dylan. mr. roker working from home on this presidents' day. it is monday, february 15th. there's a live look at our nation's capital, as we celebrate this country's presidents. >> beautiful shot. >> hope you're enjoying the holiday. yeah, it is. got the washington in the distance. then, of course, the people's house, 1600 pennsylvania in the foreground there. speaking of the distr


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