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he tweet. we reached out to his office for further clarification today and to test him on how to spell adolf. now time for "the last word with how to spell adolph. if we hear anything back we'll let you know. "first look" is up next. good morning everybody. right now on "first look," 3 million copies of "charlie hebdo hebdo" hit newsstands and this morning might trigger a backlash. we're following that. a plot to kill the speaker of the house is thwarted by authorities. a million-dollar citrus fire puts firefighters to the test. and the sewxiest man alive was all wet with jimmy fallon. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. the newest edition of "charlie hebdo" magazine is on newsstands, 50 million copies three times the normal printing with the cover of prophet muhammad and now growing concern of more backlash. an influential islamic group in egypt has already warned the publication. this comes a day after new video
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surfaced showing the gunmen in the charlie hebdo attack. officials say the weapons came from abroad and they're looking into people who provided the gunmen with substantial financial backing. what's happening in paris, though, is having an impact right here at home. lawyers for boston bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev are asking to delay jury selection for a month because of comparisons being made of the two attacks, including the comparison of brothers being involved in each attack. meanwhile, though the fight against isis does intensify. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and other congressional leaders met with president obama yesterday. senator mcconnell says the president is working on sending congress a new authorization for the use of military force against isis. this as french lawmakers voted to extend air strikes against isis in iraq. nbc's ron allen is in paris for us today. ron, so what's been the reaction to the magazine so far, and where are the officials with the investigation? >> reporter: well the reaction to the magazine which i have a
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copy of here we're not going to show it to you because some of the cartoons may be offensive to some viewers. it's selling like hot cakes, frankly. hundreds of thousands of them in the first minutes. there were people lining up overnight to try and get a copy of this magazine, people trying to sign up for reserve copies as well. you can't find a copy of this now anywhere in france paris, certainly, and there are perhaps as many as 3 million that were printed. and now they're talking about printing millions more to meet the demand. it is a typical charlie hebdo magazine full of satire full of mocking. there are a lot of cartoons that mock the jihadist movement and terrorists. there are tributes to the people, the contributors and the cartoonists at the magazine who were killed. it takes on religion it takes on secularism. and again, some people who we've been talking to say that they are buying it and they want a copy of it to show solidarity with the movement here for free speech freedom of expression. they're not fans of the
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magazine, per se. before all this they had only sold about 30,000 copies a week. now, again, in the millions. there are contributions pouring into the magazine which was struggling financially before all of this as well. meanwhile, the investigation continues into trying to sort out how these attacks happened. another element now, there are reports that al qaeda in yemen has released a video claiming responsibility for the attacks that, again, yet not confirmed. still, 10,000 soldiers military security all over paris and france trying to keep -- keeping this nation on high alert or the highest level of alert as the investigation continues. people are continuing to try to get back to their normal lives, but again, this remains a very anxious, tense place, people nervous about what might happen as authorities try to get to the bottom of what caused the people responsible for these attacks. back to you, betty. >> all right, ron. thank you so much for that update. back here at home a former ohio bartender is facing charges
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for threatening to kill house speaker john boehner. michael robert hoyt who worked at a country club frequented by the house speaker, has been indicted on charges of threatening to poison boehner's drinks. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington for us. she's been following this story. okay, so tracie what more can you tell us about this? >> reporter: well, we know that the speaker's office has been notified. apparently, they are thanking authorities for essentially foiling this plot. it's been going on since october. and now that the grand jury indictment is unsealed we're learning a lot more about what michael hoyt may have had in mind. authorities say when they searched his home he had a gun that his mother apparently had removed another gun because she was concerned he had undergone psychiatric treatment before. last october, he told police that he was jesus. he thought john boehner was mean and responsible for ebola. apparently, the plan was to either shoot him or to poison his drink. boehner has said that he remembers hoyt from his country club in ohio as a bartender but that there were no negative interactions between the two
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that he can recall. but he is this morning thanking authorities. now the concern is when hoyt might get out of the hospital. he was hospitalized with a 45-day psychiatric evaluation last month. betty? >> all right tracie. thanks for that. overnight, though we want to tell you about a colossal fire near fresno california. check it out. this is what happens when a million empty boxes and 2,000 pallets go up in flames. it is a total inferno. it happened at a sunkist growers facility. it could be hours before it was under control. there were no reported injuries and no oranges were harmed either. still, though the damage could cost $1 million. no word yet on a possible cause. well dash cam video of a police-involved fatal shooting in montana is just going viral, and it is likely because of this officer's reaction after firing shots at a suspect and killing him. he's heard telling one of his
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colleagues that he thought the suspect, who was high on meth at the time was going to pull a gun on him. lawyers used the video in court last week to clear the officer of wrong-doing. a stolen car turned into minutes of pure panic for a utah mom. [ inaudible ] that voice belongs to elizabeth va rink o. she was dropping off her brother at daycare when her car was taken, but still in it her 3-year-old son and her cell phone. so cops called it. the cell phone-savvy aiden answered it and told police he was alone in the ditched car. so, how did they finally find him? well, he honked the horn until they spotted him. ingenious. all right, let's go to virginia now. an ex-state lawmaker cooling his heels in jail because of a sex scandal involving a teenager actually got his job back. richard democrat joe morrissey won tuesday's special election to reclaim the seat he vacated
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following his december conviction. morrissey is serving a six-month sentence on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. the democrat turned independent took 42% of the vote. morrissey denies allegations that he had sex with a 17-year-old receptionist from his law firm and struck a plea deal to avoid a felony trial. morrissey will be allowed out of jail for work only until his sentence is complete. all right, 5:07 here on the east coast. let's get down to business with cnbc's landon dowdy. good morning to you. >> could be more red arrows on wall street today after the dow had its biggest one-day reversal in six years on tuesday. the dow was up nearly 300 points on optimism over alcoa's earnings but fell as much as 120 points on profit-taking. oil prices dropped to a six-year low, below $45 a barrel before closing higher but crude is down again today. verizon wants to put a virtual mechanic in your car. the company has a device that you plug into your dashboard that can diagnose what's wrong when your check engine light
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goes on and it can provide in-depth info on the problem and what it will cost to fix it. pizza hut is going gluten-free. the chain will start offering cheese and pepperoni pizzas made with a special dough. all of the ingredients will be stored and cooked separately to avoid coming in contact with pizza dough made with regular flour. betty, back over to rou. >> all right. thanks very much. and now let's get latest in sports from frances rivera. hi frances! >> hi betty. good morning to you. it was a huge night in indiana. point guard mo williams scored a career-high 52 points, most in the nba this season. the t-wolves topped the pacers 110-101, snapping a 15-game losing streak. lebron james was back after missing two weeks with injuries. cavs/suns now, second quarter. james gets physical with head coach david blatt while arguing with a ref about a call. later saying that it was to prevent his coach from getting a technical. lebron finished with 33 points but the cavs fall 107-100. and the nba suspended nets
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big man kevin garnett for one game without pay and fined rockets' dwight howard 15gs for their headbutting on monday night. the domestic violence charges against soccer star hope solo have been dismissed. solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault involving her half sister and 17-year-old nephew back in june. and the jets are expected to name former cardinals defensive coordinator todd bowles as their new head coach bowles agreeing to a four-year contract to coach gang green. meanwhile, ex-jet rex ryan was welcomed to his new home in buffalo. the bills presented ryan with a "welcome rex" pizza at their facility and then he headed out for a beer at hall of fame -- >> i'm not sure about the toppings. >> yeah, looked like icing, actually. >> weird. >> well, he did go out and have some beers there. and then he was introduced at a news conference. he will be later today. the national champions, ohio state buckeyes returned to columbus yesterday after beating oregon 42-20 in the title game but they aren't the only ones to reap the benefits of the win.
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several ohio-based morris home furnishing stores offered customers their money back on purchases if the buckeyes won the championship. >> really? >> well, now it's time to pay up. so about 500 customers participated in the promotion, which amounts to about $1.5 million in rebates. >> yikes! for the company, that is. in washington sherrod brown and ron portman held up ohio state's banner and spelled out the chant on the college steps. the final ap college poll now has one surprise in the top five, and check out number three. tcu jumps to finish ahead of bama and fsu. and it was off to the races for nascar driver jeff gordon except it was on a tricycle during the wizards/spurs game last night. gordon didn't do so bad. he dusted the competition. and looking like the little kids that they look like there on those tricycles, they definitely enjoyed it betty. >> in a race car, tricycle you name it he's going to win. all right, thank you. we have great news ahead if you are looking for a raise at work.
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welcome back. everyone's saying where's that january thaw? just got to wait a little bit, not until the weekend for many areas of the east coast. this morning the worst weather that we're seeing virginia north carolina up through washington, d.c. it's just a coating of either snow, sleet or freezing rain. a lot of schools are already delayed throughout these regions, but definitely be careful here especially through the delmarva region anywhere near the chesapeake is where we're seeing the worst. how about temperatures in northern new england? one of the coldest mornings of the winter. negative 18 in glens falls right now, negative numbers all through northern new england. we're in the single digits as far south as hartford and it's still cold. little rock. it's chilly in the northern plains, but we're heading in the right direction. it's much warmer today than
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yesterday morning. this afternoon, denver looks great. look at montana at 41. this is the warm air that will sweep across the country. and as i mentioned, there's a chance tomorrow, at least, for areas like minneapolis and chicago for the first time in two weeks to be near freezing. >> that's a good sign. >> yeah just to have a little bit of that ice melt just a little bit. >> all right, okay. well some stories making news this morning. friends of a deceased gay woman are protesting demanding an apology from a colorado church. with an open casket of flowers and 170 people in place, new hope ministries canceled the funeral right there. the family refused a request to remove photos. one of the deceased proposing to her wife and one of the couple kissing. when the request was denied the church allegedly asked people to leave. a different outrage in arkansas. a father and son were kicked out of a so-called muslim-free firing range. one problem, though they're of indian dissent, hindu. the owner says she never asks if
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someone's a muslimissuslim or where they're from but says it's a safety decision and that the koran has 109 verses commanding hate and murder. you've seen diamond heists and bank robberies, but what about this? a burglar tries to get away with armfuls of guitars. he tries to get away but is caught by the police. and no we're not referring to the band. check out this security footage from massachusetts. a woman strolls into a police station with a doughnut box. she says she "wants to feed the pigs" and then starts hurling raw meat behind the glass. once she's done two officers arrested her on the spot. "scrambled politics" is just ahead. first, a florida teen is hailed a hero for saving the life of a ft. lauderdale cop. this past september, 17-year-old jamal rutledge was in custody for a probation violation and handcuffed when the booking officer suddenly collapsed. the quick-thinking teen began kicking a security fence and yelling to get the attention of the officers, who found the man
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can this decadent, fruit topped pastry... ...with indulgent streusel crumble, be from... fiber one. fiber one streusel. 19 minutes past the hour. so go fly a kite? and marco rubio on jon stewart. "scrambled politics" is now. new from budfeed. ted cruz was once ticketed for possession of alcohol as a minor. the article points out that the
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texas republican was appointed as a state solicitor general back in 2003. but an application for that position reveals cruz pleaded guilty for possession of alcohol as a minor in 1987. cruz would have been 17 years old. in the "wall street journal," top white house adviser john podesta will be stepping down from his post next month and reportedly will take on a senior role in hillary clinton's potential campaign for the white house. senator rand paul announced that he's hired gop strategist chip englander as an adviser. the "washington post" reports englander would likely be paul's campaign manager if he decides to make a bid for the white house. former arkansas governor and fox news host mike huckabee takes on hip-hop power couple jay z and beyonce once again in his book and now he is roping in the obama family. huckabee tells "people" magazine that he doesn't understand how the obamas can encourage their daughters being fans of beyonce. he says mr. and mrs. obama are excellent parents, adding "and yet, they don't see anything
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that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of beyonce?" republican senator john mccain will have another cameo on the nbc sitcom "parks and rec" this season. he made a brief appearance on an episode in season five. the show kicked off its seventh and final season last night. kites with portraits of india's prime minister and president obama are being sold in india. the country's getting ready for its annual festival of kites. these ones are being made in celebration of president obama's upcoming visit to india later this month. and after spending the first part of his show poking fun at the sunshine state, "daily show" host jon stewart welcomed senator marco rubio last night. rubio pointed out that one of the perks of living in florida is no income tax. >> what does it say about the state when that's the lure? i mean -- >> no state income tax? >> yeah! i mean your selling point is it's free!
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you know what i mean? that's like -- you know the tunnels to get into new york city is 12 wukzbucks to go, to go to jersey free. >> interesting point there. that is your morning dish of "scrambled politics." all right, i am joined now by politico reporter lauren french. good morning to you, lauren. thanks for being with us. >> good morning. thanks for having me on. >> let's talk about this charlie hebdo magazine remains defiant in the face of terrorism. 3 million copies sold so far, but with the prophet muhammad depicted on the cover, are more attacks expected? >> well you're seeing the french police really amp up their presence across france especially neighborhoods considered at-risk, jewish neighborhoods specifically. there are 10,000 troops stationed around to try to prevent that. of course depicting the prophet muhammad on the magazine has gotten the magazine warnings from muslim organizations that that is blasphemous to even have the prophet muhammad on the
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cover. so while there is no immediate threat, there is chatter on extremist websites and the ongoing threat that that could anger islamic militants. >> you know, some are looking at all this and wondering, could retaliation reach other countries as well and should the u.s. be on high alert? >> after an attack like this, all countries are on high alert, especially countries that have a history of terrorist attacks by islamic militants against them. the u.s. obviously, one of them. so, the u.s. government is of course monitoring this and monitoring any ongoing threats. there are six missing terror cell members in france that, of could you, governments both in europe and the u.s. are monitoring. so it could be an ongoing threat. >> well, how are the president and lawmakers really tepgstepping up the fight against isis? >> you saw that come up yesterday in the white house's meeting against president obama and congressional leaders. mitch mcconnell said after that meeting that the white house did plan and set new language for enforced authorization against isis. that's been an ongoing
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contention point between the white house and congress. congress says it's up to the white house to send that language over which would authorize new military force against isis the islamic state that is taking over parts of syria, and that is what the white house needs in the eyes of many legal scholars to continue the fight there, the u.s.'s fight in action against those militants. >> all right, we'll be watching all of it play out. lauren french thank for joining us today. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me on. 24 minutes past the hour. just ahead, schools arming students with canned corn to stop possible gunmen? plus jimmy fallon and chris hemsworth face off in a water war, and lucky for you, it looks like chris is losing. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the evolution of luxury continues.
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27 minutes past the hour. leading the news in "usa today," video shows a young boy executing alleged spies. nbc news has chosen not to air the isis propaganda video. the boy, though has appeared in other islamic state propaganda videos, saying he was from kazakhstan and wanted to grow up to kill infidels. some other stories that we are following. later today, two men may complete one of rock climbing's greatest challenges, a free climb of yosemite national park's el capitan. it is half a mile of vertical granite. the climbers are only using their hands and feet with ropes as protection. a middle school principal in alabama, listen to this wants students to stockpile cans of corn and other veggies in their classrooms. why? the principal says the cans will be used to arm students in case of any unwanted intruders. >> also if they get hungry they have got vegetables. >> that's true. and chris hemsworth had a little trouble with the water war with jimmy fallon.
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>> betty's video of the day. >> in the end, he lost, but boy, he sure looked good doing it. stay on that video just a little while longer. all right. i guess it's time to go. i'm betty nguyen and this is "first look" -- >> you don't even feel guilty do you? >> "way too early with thomas roberts" starts right now. ♪ >> governor romney i think is a great businessman, i think he's a good person a very generous person, but i think he's had his chance and i think it's time for some fresh blood. >> and so, it begins. republicans work to distinguish themselves as the 2016 race gets under way. high alert, paris on edge as a new issue of "charlie hebdo" hits newsstands. an move over, gopro. apple has its eyes on you. we've got it for you. this is "way too early"! ♪ hey, everybody. good morning, i'm thomas roberts. it is wednesday, january 14th.
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and welcome to "way too early," the show where jenna's laughing at me because i was showing her my new glasses. want me to put them on? show you my new glasses. these are for distance. i can see the prompter. but i'm going to take them off so that i can mess up without a problem. all right, so, we want to begin this morning and tell you what's going on with the latest in the overnight breaking news of the paris terror attacks. in a new video released overnight, the head of al qaeda in yemen claimed responsibility for the charlie hebdo attack which took place one week ago today. the new issue of the satirical newspaper features a cartoon of the prophet muhammad on the cover, which is now sparking concerns of possible additional attacks. it shows him holding a sign that says "i am charlie," and the headline, "all is forgiven." the paper sold out in france within minutes. officials say the gunmen as well as the man behind the kosher market siege, had a wide web of financial and logistical support. police say they had advanced equipment that likely came from overseas including


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