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70. weekend, we start out of the 50s saturday but sharply colder at night. much colder, windy on sunday. only in the 40s. we stay in the 40s early next week. maybe even a snow/rain mix. april will be confused at the start. sthiemt thank you. that's what's happening "today in new york." good morning. irreconcilable differences. all three republican presidential candidates back off their pledges to support their party's eventual nominee. >> do you continue to pledge whoever the republican nominee is? >> i don't anymore. >> i'm not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my family. >> if the nominee is somebody i think is really hurting and dividing the country, i can't stand behind them. >> while the front runner defends his campaign manager, now charged with battery over this incident with a reporter,
join us live. what was he thinking? a passenger on board the egypt the hijacker. how he's explaining his actions this morning. new questions about how the suspect managed to get through belt. dim outlook. surprising new test results revealed the head lights on most cars in america are inadequate. only one model receiving a good rating. the illuminating findings today, wednesday, march 30th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. just when you thought you had seen just about everything in a presidential campaign, we get the last 24 hours. >> how many times have we said that during this campaign? yes, we have a campaign manager charged with battery. now, all three republican candidates seeming to get a
support the eventual nominee. >> all part of our top story. a new sign of the animosity between the republicans running for president. trump, cruz and kasich all taking a step back from the earlier pledge to support the gop nominee. this as donald trump deals with battery charges against the man who is running his campaign. we'll talk to mr. trump in a little while. first, nbc national correspondent peter alexander has the latest on all of this. peter, good morning. >> good morning to you. two significant developments this morning. first, all the republican candidates backing away from that initial loyalty pledge to support the eventual republican nominee. donald trump is staying loyal to his campaign manager, even after his arrest for battery. >> reporter: donald trump is standing by his man, even in the wake of new surveillance video that police say shows trump's campaign manager, corey
brietbart reporter by the arm. unwanted touching, a misdemeanor. fields telling investigators she was yanked backward, nearly falling to the ground, during a news conference later this month. lewandowski charged. his lawyers arguing he is innocent. >> she didn't almost fall to the ground. by the way, she was grabbing me. am i supposed to press charges against her? oh, my arm is hurting. >> reporter: fields pushing back at trump. my story never changed, she tweeted. seriously, just stop lying. trump insisted his top deputy won't be fired. >> they hurt a very good person. it would be easy for me to discard people. i don't discard people. >> reporter: the reporter sharing this photo of her bruises. lewandowski dismissing fields as
>> how do you know the bruises weren't there before? >> she had a pen in her hand. it was. pounced. >> abusive nature, when you have a campaign built on personal insult, attacks and physical violence. >> it's totally and completely inappropriate. could have been one of my daughters for that matter. >> reporter: hillary clinton attacking trump as a political arsonist. >> he set fires, and then people have acted in ways that i think are deplorable. >> reporter: trump's top aide has had run-ins on the trail. protesters grabbing one man by the collar and the press. there have been uninvited overtures from lewandowski, describing them as belittling. the campaign denied any behavior, calling it baseless. now amid the controversy, less than a week from the wisconsin
candidates are backing away from the gop loyalty pledge to support the eventual republican pick for the president. >> i'm not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my family. >> if the nominee is somebody that i think is really hurting the country and dividing the country, i can't stand behind them. >> do you continue to pledge whoever the eventual nominee is? >> i don't. >> you don't. >> we'll see who it is. >> corey lewandowski is due in court may 4th. prosecutors will decide whether to pursue a charge. if convicted by florida law, he could face up to a year in jail. matt and savannah, the state attorney's office here in florida tells nbc news that for a first time offender, it would be highly unusual. >> peter alexander, thank you very much. earlier this morning, we talked to corey lewandowski's attorney and i asked him if he thinks the video is proof positive or inconclusive. >> it doesn't look like the
almost fell, that she was yanked. it doesn't look anything like that in real time. not even in slow motion. looks like there was contact. you have to figure out whether or not the contact was a defensible contact. if he thought she was making contact with mr. trump. i know she was warned twice before by secret service that she shouldn't get as close as she was to mr. trump. those are the -- >> wait a second, you're saying mr. lewandowski might have been reacting to what he perceived as a threat against mr. trump? >> 100%. that's one of the things that we have to investigate. not only that, but we also have to investigate what she said to the police. if you read the police report, it doesn't match what's on the video. the police report was saying that she was pulled so hard that she almost lost her balance. >> she said immediately following, someone grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. i almost fell to the ground but was able to maintain my balance.
do you see anything on theputes that? >> she didn't almost lose her balance. in real time, it's a half a second. it's an incident that i don't believe corey thought was anything. i don't think anyone that was present thought was anything. there were police on the scene that she never reported to, never said, hey, this is what happened. there's a lot of things i think are in dispute here. >> obviously, someone else will decide whether there is misdemeanor battery, but the verdict is in on one thing. corey lewandowski lied, didn't he? he went to twitter following the event and said, she was delusional, that he never touched her. in fact, that video shows him touching her, and she was not delusional. isn't that a verdict that's in? >> it does show that. now, the question becomes, you know, when an incident happens that i don't remember or i don't recall, in terms of like, if i run into somebody at a heat
going to remember that like the person is going to remember that. they may say, i was pulled down, almost fell to the ground. >> with all due respect, he says he never touched her. >> correct. >> he clearly reached out with the intent of grabbing her and pulling her back. the video does not lie about that. >> no, the video shows contact. what i'm saying is, in corey's mind, the next day, if someone says, hey, i was pulled -- almost pulled to the ground, and you don't recall that incident, you don't recall that individual, if you look at the video, corey isn't looking at her. doesn't make any reaction toward her, doesn't look at her face. all he's saying is the hand. >> last question. there is another video tape at another event, mr. lewandowski briefly grabbing a protester by the collar and pulling him back. why is corey lewandowski putting his hands on people at campaign events? >> well, corey is an ex-new hampshire trooper. he went to the police academy.
if he sees a threat or sees something he feels is unnormal or something that is irregular, he thinks he can take action. >> isn't that the job of the secret service? >> it's not just the job of the secret service. everyone is responsible for mr. trump's security. >> all right. bradford cohen, thank you so much. >> thanks for having me, matt. we also had a chance to talk to ben shapiro, the editor at large of brietbart at the time of the incident. he quit in protest when he felt the conservative website failed to back its reporter. >> i know you're close with michelle fields t reporter in question here. how is she doing? how did she respond to the fact charges have been filed, and what did she think of the video? >> she was happy the video came to light. she'd always maintained she was grabbed by the arm, yanked and bruised, and that's what the video shows, despite what the trump followers have been saying
one of the reasons she hasn't been doing on-camera interviews is she never wanted to be a part of the story. she wanted an apology from lewandowski and the trump campaign. instead, they decided to lie and smear her, then decided to lie about lying and now they're lying about the lies they lied about. we're through the looking glass in this story. >> if she were to get an apology from lewandowski, would she be willing to drop the charges? >> probably insufficient. it's up to the police to decide whether the charges are merited or not. a battery took place under florida law. regardless of what anybody thinks about the severity of the incident, the real story is the trump campaign's obviously stupid decision not to admit something has gone wrong, apologize and go after it. instead, deciding to go after michelle and lie about the incident. donald trump is suggesting that michelle fields assaulted him. lewandowski, like the heros of
from this 110 pound reporter with a pen, that could have been a bomb. >> our editor earlier with ben shapiro. find out what lies ahead for lewandowski. we'll turn to lisa bloom. good morning. >> good morning. >> misdemeanor battery is a fairly common charge. what you see on the video tape, is that battery or something else? >> you're right. battery is very simple, it's an intentional, unwanted touching. i think they have that. normally, under usual circumstances, which this is not, this would be a prosecutor's dream. we have a victim who had a consistent story. we have video tape that largely corroborates her story. we have an independent witness, a "washington post" reporter, and a defendant, mr. lewandowski, who changed his story multiple times. now we're hearing from his attorney as to what he might say by way of a defense. anything could happen. >> we're seeing the defense might be, well, perhaps she posed a threat and perhaps
defend mr. trump. that is a valid legal defense. >> self-defense or defense of another is a complete defense to battery. if his position is going to be, she seemed to be grabbing or lunging at mr. trump, and although he's not secret service, he doesn't have to be to want to protect mr. trump. if he can prevail on that, he can prevail. >> can this go away with an apology and anger management class or something? >> it would be a diversionary program. >> his boss, mr. trump, is saying don't settle and take it as far as it needs to go. >> mr. trump may be a witness, as well as others there at the press conference. >> lisa bloom, thank you very much. we appreciate it. we'll talk to mr. trump live about all of this in just a moment. let's turn to other news and the hijack drama we were telling you about live on tuesday morning. we're hearing from one of the americans who was on board that egyptair flight. another passenger's photo with the hijacker has a lot of people
gabe gutierrez is at the airport in cyprus for us. gabe, good morning. >> savannah, good morning. is suspected hijacker faced a judge, who ordered him held for eight days. faces possible kidnapping charges after a bizarre six-hour standoff right here at this airport. >> reporter: it was the selfie seen around the world, an alleged hijacker posing with a passenger. >> he asked him to take a picture. >> reporter: seif eldin mousse sta fa -- hust urks h mustafa has a criminal record. his suicide belt was fake, making it through security. the authorities saying he's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. the flight took off from alexandria, bound for cairo,
eight americans on board. among them, noha saleh from new york. >> i texted my husband and said, i got kidnapped. >> reporter: she said the flight attendants were calm and didn't tell passengers about the hijacking until they landed. >> at this moment the people started to really panic. i stayed like shocked for 15 minutes and i keep saying, are you serious? >> reporter: the hijacker kept the flight crew and men with foreign passports on board. one of the pilots scrambled out the cockpit window. the hijacker surrendered, but not before a flight attendant helped the passenger, british health and safety auditor, take the picture. i'm not sure why i did it, he told the "sun" newspaper. i figured if the bomb was real, i had nothing to lose anyway. >> this whole incident has raised new questions about egyptian airport security, six months after isis claimed it
for the motive behind all this, it's still unclear. authorities say the hijacker demanded to speak with his ex-wife, who lives here in cyprus. >> to be continued. gabe gutierrez, thank you very much. turning back to our top story. the new and nasty turns in the presidential race. >> donald trump is with us now on the phone. mr. trump, good morning. thanks for calling in. >> good morning. >> let's start with the very basics here, okay? first of all, you have a corey lewandowski tweet right after this incident happened, saying very directly, i never touched her. then you have a piece of video which shows, rather clearly, he did touch her. would you acknowledge that corey lewandowski did not tell the truth initially about this incident? >> well, let me go a step further. she touched me. she grabbed me by the arm at least twice. >> we can talk about that in a moment. let's do the basics first. he said he didn't touch her, and the video shows he touched her. is that not a lie? >> savannah, i really don't know.
she grabbed me by the arm twice. she -- i pushed her off. you could see that very clearly. she said that she was jolted backwards. her exact words, she was jolted backwards. he somehow grabbed me tightly by the arm and knocked her down. >> mr. trump -- >> she made up the story, savannah. she said she was yanked down. this was before she found out there was a security camera on her. it was my security camera. i supplied the security camera and the tape. >> let me just ask you one thing -- >> wait a minute. said, i almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. i was shaken. campaign managers aren't supposed to forcefully throw reporters to the ground. that was her statement. >> can i jump in here? >> she wasn't thrown to the ground. >> let me jump in here though. you are saying she forcibly touch you, suggesting you're the one that should file charges. >> maybe i should.
service said nothing happened. isn't it your story that's change snd. >> no, it's not my story that changed. she grabbed me by the arm. i didn't know who it was. she went through secret service because they were surrounding me and we were walking out. she was asking questions she wasn't supposed to because the press conference had ended. we were going outside. there was a large group of people, everybody pushing everybody, which is standard in that world, which you probably know better than i do. we were going to the exit. you look at the tape, and i have to tell you, i watched a lot of authorities on tell evision over a short period of time, and most are laughing at the charge. >> mr. trump, i want to -- >> matt, you're going to destroy a man's life over what happened? >> let me -- >> she changed her tune a lot after she saw she was on tape. >> it's going to sound, mr. trump, like i'm going back here, but i am. right after this incident, corey
calling bull blank on ms. fields. he tweeted that she was delusional, and he tweeted that he never touched her. the video tape easily and plainly shows that, in fact, he did grab her and did pull her. whether you want to debate whether she almost fell down or not, he didn't tell the truth. if you're president of the united states and a member of your staff, your chief of staff, goes to the american people and publicly doesn't tell the truth in the way that corey lewandowski hasn't told the truth, would you put up with it? >> well, i don't know if it wasn't that. i'll be honest with you, when you look at what happened, it was so minor, that he might not have even thought about it. to be honest with you, when you look at this, it was so minor. people are saying, what is this all about? we have people in the middle east chopping off heads and drowning people in cages, and he brushes her.
probably to get her hand off of my arm. so it was so minor. he might not have even realized it took place. then he was informed later on that it took place, and he might have not known, even frankly, what happened. >> mr. trump, i'll ask you a general question here. if you look at this video tape and then you look at the video tape from another event where he is seen to briefly, briefly, grab a protester's shirt collar and pull him back, the simple question we've asked others, why is your campaign manager putting his hands on people at your events? why is he allowed to do that? >> because this protester was an agitator. take a look at the horrible, disgusting sign that that protester had. take a look at the protester's hands, around a woman's neck in front of him. he barely touched him, also. he had two fingers on the shirt and then took them off and security took the guy out. he was an agitator. he was a bad guy. he was an agitator and, frankly,
there's a certain amount of courage. he saw the horrible sign that this guy was holding, and he didn't do any damage to the guy. >> just in the few seconds i have left -- >> matt, are we going to destroy a man's life? >> no. we also shouldn't destroy a reporter's life. will you or mr. -- >> she lied, matt. she wasn't thrown to the ground. >> she didn't say she was thrown to the ground. >> she almost fell down. >> she didn't almost fall down, matt. she didn't change the expression on her face. look at her face. during this whole incident, if somebody whacks you or gives either of you a shot, you're going to be, wow, your mouth is going to open. you're going to be screaming a little bit. she didn't even change expression on her face. >> mr. trump, why are you parsing her words and then giving the benefit of the doubt to your campaign manager, who clearly states, i didn't touch her. the video shows he did touch her.
>> the reporter said she was shaken. >> i honestly believe -- look, i know this guy. honorable, decent man. he has four beautiful kids and a wife in new hampshire. these other candidates, they're weak. they said, oh, you should immediately get rid of him. for what? they want me to fire him. why? because of this incident. everybody is looking at it saying -- >> wouldn't he , if he had apologized -- would it have been better if he apologized? >> i think if he called up, said he's sorry, i think she would be used it against him. he's i'm not a blooifr eliever in that. if that could have happened, he would have done that. i wasn't involved in that. i will tell you, i don't think anything would have happened. i think we'd be in the same place.
right now, she's got no evidence. >> i think we're going to have to -- why don't we say we'll agree to disagree on this, mr. trump. >> you can't disagree, matt, because the evidence is the evidence. most people would disagree with you. >> i'm going to agree to disagree again. >> all right. >> thank you for calling. >> thank you very much. mr. roker has been waiting patiently by his weather map. >> here's something we can all
it's cold out this morning, 24 in franklin, 25 calphant city. 37 the warmer spot. most of the island out of the freezing mark. 20s in the hudson valley, as well. a nice, clear sky. plenty of blue sky, plenty of sunshine heading our way. a good rebound this afternoon. temperatures back to the upper 50s, cooler at the coast. upper 40s tonight. low 70s tomorrow. clouds roll in. rain moves in later tomorrow. rain on and off friday. a thunderstorm, warm, near 70, much colder over the weekend. >> that's your latest weather. matt? >> are we on the air yet? >> i think so. >> appreciate it. just ahead, the infamous watcher house allegedly stalked by someone, sending mysterious, threatening letters. it's back on the market. >> the question, will anyone want to buy it? first, this is "today" on
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good morning, everyone. 7:26. 37 degrees out. looking at the tappan zee bridge. i'm darlene rodriguez. a massive fire destroys several apartment buildings overnight in brooklyn. the fire broke out at 10:00 at a building on dekalb avenue. within a half hour, it spread to four nearby buildings. it took firefighters until 1:00 a.m. before they got the flames under control. 11 people were hurt, but many more likely lost everything they owned. the cause of the fire still under investigation. let's look at the commute. here's emily west. >> thanks. we have delays on franklin avenue shuttle this morning. also, your hudson river crossings, delays there. blonks river parkway at crane road, right lane blocked with a cross. another on the cross island at bell boulevard. you see the slowdown toward the l.i.e. the george washington bridge a half hour. lincoln, 45. holland at 20 minutes.
tolls, an acc t and big delays. >> we'll be right back. bright, sunny start. cold. 37 in the city. 32 at islip. same in bridgeport. the interior of connecticut, northern half of new jersey down to 23 in sussex. we've got clear sky, high pressure it charge. lots of sunshine heading our way. next storm system across the western great lakes. that doesn't get in here until tomorrow. for today, you need the shades. plenty of sunshine, bright and
a nice rebound. 52. expecting a high of 59. seven-day forecast, looking at temperatures in the 70s tomorrow. maybe low 70s into friday. soggy and then trends much colder for the latter half of the weekend. >> thank you. coming up on the "today" show, a look at how "saturday night live's" spoofs of candidates and presidents have
7:30 now, wednesday morning, 30th of march, 2016. it is a fantastic spring day in new york. spring break rolls on. folks coming, saying hello to us. we'll say hello in a couple minutes, too. let's look at the stories making headlines. during a town hall with remaining republican presidential candidates, cruz, trump and kasich stepped back from their pledges to support the party's eventual nominee. it was donald trump who went the further, saying he doesn't need
the man arrested for hijacking the egyptair flight appeared in a cyprus court, ordered to remain in police custody for eight days. the 59-year-old has been described as psychologically unstable. the hijack ending peacefully with all 72 people on the flight. big developments in the fight over president obama's pick for the supreme court. on the same day that merrick garland held his first meeting tuesday with a republican senator, mark kirk of illinois, the court announced the first major decision that ended in a tie since the death of justice scalia. it leaves a lower court ruling in tact, a victory for unions representing public employees. now new findings out this morning on car head lights that could explain why you have trouble seeing when you drive at night. willie has ha story that story. >> good morning. how well do your head lights work? according to a study of midsized
>> reporter: of the more than 30 midsized cars rated in the study, only one was rated good. the top trim level toyota prius v, with enhanced lighting, enough to see a pedestrian or any obstacle up to 387 feet away. giving a vehicle traveling up to 70 miles per hour time to stop. according to the study released today by the insurance institute for highway safety, out of the remaining vehicles, about 1/3 were rated acceptable. 1/3, marginal. 1/3, poor. >> turns out that head lights aren't performing as well as they could. >> reporter: among the worst, the bmw 3 series. only able to light up to 128 feet ahead. at that distance, the vehicle would have to be traveling under 35 miles per hour in order to stop in time. the study points out nearly half of all traffic deaths happen at night, or during dawn and dusk when visibility is lower.
comment to the associated press and bmw did not immediately reply to our request for a comment. the base level honda accord has some of the very best results. consumers pay for premium packages, fancy lights, and not getting better results from it. >> eye opening. thank you very much. new real estate listing is getting a lot of attention. we told you in the past about the so-called patch ed ed watcher house in new jersey. reportedly stalked by a mysterious person sending threatening letters. now the home is back on the market. "today" national correspondent craig melvin is there. good morning to you. >> matt, good morning. sounds like something right out of a horror movie. the family pays $1.3 million for this beautiful house behind me. six bedrooms, four baths. the problem is, they say, it also comes with an unwanted admirer admirer.
the market and someone is very interested in it, but it's not a buyer. the folks who own this $1 million dream home say they can't move in because a creepy, self-proclaimed watcher freaked them out. in their mailbox, typewritten letters talking about, quote, young blood. a possible reference to their three children. >> they have a sick feeling in their stomach. >> reporter: so terrifying, the family is trying to sell for $1.25,000, about $105,000 less than what they paid for it in 2014. >> i think anybody who purchases this home is going to have a great home. it's a shame what occurred here. worst enemy. >> reporter: the family tried to move last year after claiming the watcher sent an eery letter home. so weirded out, they didn't move in. why are you here? i will find out, the watcher wrote. the watcher also wrote, my grandfather watched the house in
it in the 1960s. it is now my time. a second letter taunted, have they found what is in the walls yet? i am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me. the family is suing previous owners, john and andrea woods, claiming they got letters too when they lived there but didn't disclose it because they worried the sale would fall through. the woods are countersuing for other charges, including defamation. they admit they did receive an anonymous note but denied it was disturbing. >> we don't are the letter of what was sent. what we do have is the three letters that my clients received. >> reporter: the watcher writing in another alleged letter, all the windows and doors allow me to watch you and track you. a dream house that became anything but and now, a frightened family just wants to move on. >> this has been an absolute nightmare for them. they're good people.
>> the family attorney also tells us they plan to expand their lawsuit to include a corporate defendant. meanwhile, the westfield police department tells us they're trying to figure out who is writing those creepy letters. matt and savannah? >> craig melvin, the mystery continues. thank you very much. >> strange one. let's head over to mr. roker. i like your jacket. just noticed it. >> nice combo. >> thank you very much. we unfortunately have a not nice combo in the weather. gulf coast all the way to the mississippi river valley and on into the midwest. we have a threat of tornadoes including an enhanced risk from dallas, sheave reveport. 27 million at risk for possibility of tornadoes. later this evening, tonight into tomorrow morning, we have an enhanced risk from jackson, shreveport, eldora dorado. tornadoes overnight is one of the most dangerous times to have them.
jackson, mississippi, memphis, tupelo. 20 million people at risk as the system pushes through. strong storms firing up today and into tomorrow. tomorrow night and afternoon, atlanta is going to be under the gun. look for a lot of airport delays there and heavy rain will continue. some areas picking up 4 to 6 thank you very much. starting out with plenty of sunshine. it stays sunny all day today. starts out cold, but then upper 50s by the mid to is blate afternoon. cooler along the south-facing shore bus lines. the wind off the water. not as chilly tonight, 48 in the city with a partly cloudy sky. tomorrow, really warms up. 72 the expected high. sunny start, cloudy finish to the day. it stays dry. i think the rain holds off until late tomorrow night. rain is likely gone on friday. still warm at 70. upper 50s saturday as it dries out. windy and sharply colder sunday into early next week. >> that's your latest weather.
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already changing, well, virtually everything. soon, vr will be virtually everywhere. >> we expect this to happen much faster than you would imagine, and take off like wildfire. >> reporter: take the way we shop. go into a virtual shoe store, and you'll be able to narrow choices, pick colors, all before you get your foot in the door of a real store. or find your fabulous face applying virtual makeup. doctors get to practice surgical procedures with virtual patients before they go into an operating room. and everything from fear of flying to fear of public speaking can be tackled with vr. speaking of tackling, athletes can immerse themselves in a virtual game. practicing plays against a virtual opposing team. and you can literally be an armchair quarterback. >> perfect pass. >> reporter: before you spend your hard earned money on an expensive vacation, go there,
have a look around. then there's virtual reality news. instead of some guy bringing the news to you -- >> we're inside the campa convention center here. 800 people. >> reporter: you'll be able to virtually experience the event yourself, as if you were there. without that guy. wait, what? the "new york times" uses the google cardboard virtual reader. you can go upscale with dior goggles or use happy goggles, made from a happy meal box. it's the same experience. news, shopping, travel, virtually anything you can think of. it all takes some getting used to. >> what is going on? >> get that adjusted. >> holy mackerel. >> it will continue to accelerate in quality and continue to drop in price over time. there will be a moment in which this is in your future. >> back here at the construction
envision what will someday be here. when i put on the goggles, i'm pretty sure i see a couple of coffee and some doughnuts. unfortunately, that's all virtual. >> kerry, can we tell you, we're wearing the gear vrs, powered by oculus. >> look at that elephant. >> wild. i have a guy with flame sticks in front of me, waving them in front of my face. >> i have a very large animal with tusks. >> i have zebra people. >> it's great because you really can turn around. instead of seeing the people out on the street, i've got elephants behind me. no harm intended there. >> pretty cool. >> it really is. >>toppled by a basketball player. >> whoa, i have a campaign manager coming at me. >> they've been sold out since black friday.
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i'm degrees rodriguez rodriguez. hillary clinton will meet at the apollo theater at 11:30, discussing issues like national security and inequality. clinton also says she would consider debating bernie sanders in brooklyn before new york's primary on april 19th. sanders is holding his own campaign event tomorrow in the south bronx. newark mayor ross baraka will announce a plan to provide water filters for families in flint, michigan. the event will raise awareness of newark's own water problem. the elevated levels of lead that were found in the drinking water of 30 newark school buildings. let's look at the commute. here's emily west. >> thanks. we still have delays on franklin avenue shuttle this morning. and your hudson river crossings. still busy. 40 at the george. 45 at the lincoln. 40 mints at the holland. and a lot going on with the roads. new york state threw way, southbound 303, a crash, disabled west chester bound on the tappan zee. that is mid span. also bronx river parkway. northbound near crane, right lane taken one an accident. darlene? >> thank you very much. let's look at the weather
8:00 on "today" and coming up, politics and parody. is that teej strategery. "snl" boss lauren michaels takes us inside the long history between the late night show and the lighter side of the presidential race. entertaining change. natalie goes one on one with the women of hollywood. taking actions to even the playing fields on and off the screen. >> i was always really interested in characters that
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their faces sticking through them. very creative day out here. actually, not bad. a little chilly, but not bad. >> nice start, 50 degrees. >> love it. ahead, jill martin is here. she'll spring into action to help us clear out the clutter. we've created this disastrous bedroom and jill will tidy it up, making it look like a brand-new space. lot to get to. let's go inside. tamron is at the news desk, while natalie is on assignment. she has the top headlines of the morning. >> good morning. this morning donald trump is defending his campaign manager after a -- a day after his arrest. trump and his gop rivals are sounding more divided than ever. nbc's hallie jackson is in madison, wisconsin, for us this morning with the latest. good morning. >> hi there, tamron. good morning. this morning, all three republican candidates are backing off their pledge to support the eventual gop nominee.
the party is. donald trump, meanwhile, is promising to still support his embattled cam rain man paign manager, facing a new charge in florida. >> reporter: today, more fallout as donald trump doubles down, defending his top aide. >> easiest thing, corey, you're fired. i can't do that. >> reporter: police say this moment on camera shows corey lewandowski grabbing the arm of former breitbart reporter michelle fields. lewandowski, now charged with my demeanor -- misdemeanor battery, insisting he is innocent. trump telling matt and savannah this morning -- >> she made up the story, savannah. she said she was yanked down. this was before she found out there was a security camera on her. >> reporter: fields firing back on twitter. quote, my story never changed. seriously, just stop lying. even as trump suggesting he might press charges against her. >> are you going to? >> i don't know. maybe i should, right? just so you understand, she was off base.
she had a pen in her hand, which secret service isn't liking because they don't know what it was. >> reporter: trump insists he'll stand by his staffer. rivals wonder why. >> it is not complicated, physically assaulting a reporter, as a fireable offense. that ought to be the case in any campaign that is man campaign. >> want to give people the benefit of the doubt. when you see things that are pretty clear, from what i understand the video is clear, of course, i would fire him. >> i think every candidate has to be responsible for what happens in their campaign. >> reporter: clinton talking trump and now taking him on in her first ad before the new york primary. >> banning people based on their religion. >> reporter: looking past bernie sanders to a potential general election matchup with donald trump. >> but in her own primary race, clinton is under pressure now to debate bernie sanders again. one of her aides saying she's
look headed for another showdown. >> hallie, thank you so much. one programming note, msnbc will host candidate events with four presidential hopefuls tonight. kasich and donald trump and democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders. it starts at 7:00 eastern tonight. the man accused of using a fake suicide belt to hijack an egyptair flight to cyprus appeared in court this morning. the 59-year-old egyptian is mentally unstable and has a criminal record of burglary, forgery and drug dealing. he was ordered held for eight days. investigators say the man forced the plane to cyprus and demanded to see his ex-wife who lived there. he surrendered peacefully. a british passenger took a photo with the suspect. he said he doesn't know why he took it, but also said he wanted to get a closer look at the man's belt to see if it was lethal. britain's famous helicopter
patient the surprise of a lifetime. his team flew to the rescue of a military veteran, who was knocked unconscious as a tree surgeon. the victim joked he hoped prince william wasn't at the controls. that's when william piped up and said, i've been holding your head for the last half hour. the patient said the future king was extremely good at his job and gave him excellent care. how funny is that? hi, i'm here. i can hear you. >> that's not good. >> nice. tamron, thank you. the author of the successful novel "luckiest girl alive" is revealing surprising truths about her best seller. hoda has that story. good morning. >> good morning. the thriller came out last may and sold more than 450,000 copies. now knowles says one of the pivotal moments in her book was based on her own, real-life experience. >> reporter: some say it is a very delayed coming of age story
selling author of "luckiest girl alive," a story centering on a 28-year-old woman who survives a violent sexual assault at a young age. a book labeled fiction until now. >> it really told got me when i said, oh, i made it up. i never wanted to see the look on anyone's face again. >> reporter: knoll reveals she didn't make it all up. in an essay titled "what i know," knoll describes how the who horrific scene in her novel comes from the memories of a party where she was sexually assaulted by multiple men. >> i knew it the morning i opened my eyes. i felt horrible and violated. i knew it was wrong. >> reporter: after the incident, knoll said she endured bullying. >> it was hard to go to school every day.
just remember feeling completely raw. i felt like an exposed nerve. if you touched me, i just shrivelled up in pain. that's all i can recall about that year of my life. >> reporter: 17 years later, the 32-year-old says the real reason she originally wrote the book was to finally deal with what happened to her head on. >> there was always a part of me when i was 15 that, despite everything, i just had this space in myself that, like, i was going to be okay. and that i was going to make something of myself. what i would say to her is, you're right. you're going to be okay. >> reporter: the beginning of a long healing process, striking a chord with others. reese witherspoon, whose production company is working on the book's film adaptation, on twitter saying, moved by my friend. another message from a
victim of sexual assault, stood out to knoll. >> i thought, what a horrible thing, to have carried that with you for 40 years. i hope no one has to do that ever again. i hope that more people feel compelled to share their stories and to talk about what's happened to them, and to know they have nothing to be ashamed of. >> guys, to read the whole essay on lenny is really moving. she said she doesn't -- she wasn't thinking about pressing charges. she said this is about her getting through this thing. now, she feels good to be able to have open conversations with the readers. readers were coming up to her. the last straw was some reader said, how did you come up with such a graphic description without being there? she said she almost started crying, and then she decided, you know what? the time is right now. she did it. >> wow. i mean, just to see that journey of how she came to terms with it and now she's ready to talk about it. takes a lot of bravery. >> for sure. hoda, thank you very much.
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you used to put your tongue on the 9 volt and get the metallic taste. they've engineered that into a fork. we're going to test it. >> is it safe to do this? >> it's safe. these are unsalted peanuts. use the fork to eat them and put them in your mouth. >> this is the fork? >> oh, it works. >> i taste salt. >> these are salted. >> no. >> is this a prank? >> your tongue is accustomed to it. >> not that accustomed to it. >> are you sure these aren't salted? >> put the fork on your tongue and you taste the salt. >> no, you're pranking us. >> i'm with you. >> i don't taste it on my fork. >> i definitely do. >> you're right. >> keep doing it. somebody is smart on this desk, i'm happy to say, and it's savannah. this is a prank. >> i knew it. >> really? >> nothing to do with a salty
it's salted peanuts. >> what's the point then? >> is it april fools' day? >> they asked me to do this. i was simply the tool. >> thank you very much. >> placebo effect? what are you doing? >> back at the beginning. >> they're delicious. >> april fools. >> it's tomorrow. >> friday. >> whatever. it's not today. we all know upbeat music boosts the mood. gets you through the workouts. what about sad music? do you think that any good can come from listening to sad music? >> oh, yeah. >> i do. >> some people would say, why are you listening to the depressing music? it'll make you feel worse. >> you can drown in the melancholy melancholy. i need upbeat music to get out of it. >> i can benefit from a sad song. >> my problems aren't that bad.
really got problems. >> like everybody hurts. >> two separate studies concluded it led to listeners feeling better. it's true. if you listen to a sad song, you kind of feel better. >> let's try it. >> i don't think it's true. >> playing my favorite. by david gray. love it. it's a real downer. >> you get out of your sad mood when you hear this? >> i enjoy my sad mood. >> embrace it. >> name a sad song. "hallelujah" can draw emotion out of you. >> tamron, you have a good one. >> it's not sad, but "i hope you dance." every time i hear it, i cry. i think of my, you know, nieces and nephews. it gets me sad. then i feel triumphant. >> "the bridge" by elton john.
then i think about my parents. then i think about my parents. makes me feel worse. >> doesn't help you? >> doesn't help me. >> yours? >> "killing me softly." great song. >> see, this is how you throw yourself a proper pity party. then you get over it. >> i don't want a pity party. >> i'm with you, al. >> move on. >> all right. welcome to my house >> you've got to get out of the funk. >> carson, pick us up. exciting news in pop start. >> after that fork thing. >> can i tell what happened? >> beach front real estate. >> they came to me and said, you're doing this. it's a joke. i said, does anyone else know about it? >> we don't do friday fishbowl anymore. >> we'll bring it back. seth meyers returned to his show last night. took monday off to spend more time with his newborn son. him and his wife welcomed the
the meat?ng behind the name. >> we had our son and named our son ash, which is my wife's maiden name. i can't picture a better way to honor what my wife did than naming him after her. the middle name is olson, my mother's maiden name. it just -- to be able to name him after those two women. >> that's nice. seth also quick to add the name wasn't inspired after ashley olsen. big congrats to seth. >> that was it for pop start? >> remember, i brought the peanuts, okay? i contributed the peanuts. >> they're salted. >> you also said, you're a it's a cold start out there, but this, plenty of sunshine, will warm it up this afternoon
it will be cooler at the south-facing shore lines with the wind coming in off the water, wind out of the southwest. tonight not as chilly, overnight low 48 in the city. just patchy clouds around. then during the day tomorrow, sun giving way to increasing clouds, but look at this temperature, 72 tomorrow afternoon! that's more like it. it stays warm into friday, too, but the problem is rain arrives thursday night into friday, on-and-off showers, maybe a thunderstorm, then colder over the weekend, only 40s by sunday. >> we're still talking about the peanuts and the fork. >> forkgate. >> al, thank you. presidential campaigns are sometimes good for business. "saturday night live" especially. they've been spoofing candidates and politicians for more than 40 years. willie sat down for a rare conversation with the show's legendary creator, lauren michaels. >> good morning again. this campaign has been a particularly targeted environment for "snl." i talked to lauren michaels.
>> maybe i can use you on capitol hill. >> reporter: from presidents -- >> it's an executive order. >> reporter: to candidates on the campaign trail. >> stupid. >> reporter: "saturday night live" has been finding the joke in politics since chevy chase became a stumbling president ford in 1975. >> gerald ford didn't really fall much, but something about the way chevy played him rung true. i think you want to find the way in. who that person is that's true, but maybe not literally true. >> reporter: lauren michaels was introduced at the bush library by the subject of one of "snl"'s most famous impersonations. president george w. bush. >> when i mangled the english language, it was to give "saturday night live" something to put on the air. i can't tell you how long i had to practice strategery. >> strategery. >> what makes for you a good year? >> always the writing, but also who is playing who. >> reporter: long before will ferrell took on the 43rd
unforgettable version of our 41st. >> that guy. >> reporter: in 1994, with harvey back to host "snl," president bush sent a message. >> "saturday night live" made fun of me on a fairly regular basis, and i'll have my revenge when the time is right. not now. wouldn't be prudent at this juncture. >> he captured something of president bush that was magical because he's right, . >> reporter: there have been a pair of hillary clintons in recent years. >> hello, hillary. >> reporter: then those born to play the part. >> now, i'd like to entertain everybody with some fancy pageant walking. >> reporter: sarah palin is announced as the vice presidential nominee with john mccain. your doorman said to you, hey, the new lady looks like tina fey. >> what a gift. >> yeah. >> i saw it. >> no, you didn't. >> in the same way with bernie
saying, larry david is bernie sanders. >> by offering it at hand. >> the audience determined it. >> reporter: michael's conversation was part of a new exhibit at the bush library called path to the presidency, which features priceless relics of american presidential campaigns through the years. visitors learn to work the crowd like pros. >> always been a part of campaigning. going out and meeting people, a lot of shaking of hands. we want people to say, how does my grip measure up to others. >> i feel you want to be firm but not too firm. >> you don't want to break a hand. >> reporter: to get the message out. >> what's the key to a good poster? >> get your message in a few words and make a point people won't forget. >> reporter: once the nomination is locked up, it's time for the convention speech. >> announcer: please welcome your republican candidate. >> fellow citizens, i'm honored by your support and i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: before a candidate makes that speech this year, he
"snl." >> i'm young, cuban. let's face it, i'm the only one up here you'd swipe right off. >> people who say "snl" helps, if not shape presidential campaigns, at least define some of the candidates, do you believe that's true? does "snl" have that power? >> we are almost, you know, and only in the world of perception. how things are perceived is a big part of things like getting people out of their houses to vote. i think we can change how someone is perceived sometimes. >> want to thank again president and mrs. bush for hosting us. they were sitting in the front row during that conversation. we were showing flips of will ferrell doing george w. bush. you're looking out the side of your eye. president bush didn't just give the courtesy laugh, like i'm a good sport, belly laugh, head back laughing at will ferrell doing george w. bush. the exhibit runs through
good morning, everybody. 8:26, wednesday morning. it is march 30th. looking at the george washington bridge. i'm darlene rodriguez. application are looking for a man who tried to lure two 10-year-old girls on long island. police say the man was inside a car that drove up next to the girls while they were walking in wantagh monday. after calling out to the girls several times, the man allegedly got out of his car at stratford road and told the girls to come with him. they ran to a nearby home for help. investigators say he was driving a black four-door car with black rims and tinted windows. let's look at the morning commute with emily west. darlene, we have delays on the franklin avenue shuttle this morning. hudson river crossings, 40 minutes at the george, 45 at the lincoln. and two lanes blocked from a crash. slowdowns 80 eastbound at exit 39, left lane taken up there with an accident. then route 3 around the garden state parkway, another crash. darlene? >> all right, emily, thank you.
mostly sunny, breezy, high of 59. tonight, clear to partly cloudy skies, 48 degrees. tomorrow sun giving way to increasing clouds, looking like the high is going to be 72. rain is possible, though, late in the day. coming up on the "today" show, naomi campbell stops by to talk about tonight's return of "empire."
>> coming up, we have more of our special series called women entertaining change. natalie will talk to lisa kudrow and others to find out what they're doing to bring about change in hollywood. they want to see what -- we want to see what they are doing. plus, the clock is ticking. jill martin is busy organizing a messy bedroom. the deal is, she's getting it done in 40 minutes or less. jill will teach us how to do it, as well. may take me longer than 40 minutes to clean my bedroom. >> yours is mess? >> a lot of clothes. >> really? >> a lot of stuff. >> flame thrower can help. this has happened to me already, have you exhausted your year's supply of girl scout cookies? guess what? our pal siri pinter is here to show you how to make your very own tag alongs and samoas. >> that's a problem. >> someone said, wow. >> that's a problem waiting to happen. >> yes.
because we've got some new toys to play with. carson? >> we've teamed up with our friends at facebook. as you can see, i'm in this cool facebook live booth, which later this week, you'll see some of our guests come in. we can stream live video in real time. you go to our facebook page. facebook.com/today. a little later, i'll do a little q&a session here. we encourage you to go there. it's not all. honey, we have shrunking the ing our set. in the second green room, we have john cena. >> you finally gave me an office. fantastic. >> you look like that on our real set. >> i'll make small changes. i'll be involved in tiny segments. i have a bit of a problem. >> that's a mini room. we'll see john later on in the show. thank our team at fox hill for building these sections for us. we get all these great chats out there. facebook.com/today. i'll be doing the chat in a few minutes. >> hope you're not
little tight in there. >> that little set is so weird. it's like the flu commercial. let's show you what we have going on. for today, we do have a risk of -- enhanced risk of strong storms in the lower mississippi river valley. slight risk elsewhere. also, looking at rough weather for today. snowy weather back through the plains. tomorrow, we've got more strong storms coming in again from the gulf coast, on into the mid-atlantic ok states. we're expecting sunshine up and down the west coast. gorgeous and lots of sunny skies th blue skies, sunshine. that's in the picture all day long today. it starts out rather chilly this morning, down in the 20s and 30s, but back to the upper 50s this afternoon. south-facing shore lines will be a little cooler with the wind coming in off the water. tonight clear to partly cloudy. overnight low in the upper 40s, so not as cold. and tomorrow we're into the low 70s, sun giving way to
showers at night. showers likely friday, maybe even a thunderstorm, still near 70. 50s saturday, then sharply colder and windy saturday and sunday. highs next week only in the 40s. >> that's your latest weather. we have some nice kids out here. college bound initiative. what's your name? >> tyra. >> how are you doing? >> doing great. how are you? >> good. tell us about college bound. >> it's the college initiative, helping kids like me get to great colleges by providing us with full-time college counselors. like my counselor, jessica. >> how many schools did she apply to? >> 23 this year. >> 23? do you have any news for her? >> actually, tyra, you have been accepted to gettysburg college! [ applause ]
waiting for. >> little basket from the nice folks. >> oh, my goodness. >> did you have any idea? >> no, i didn't have any idea. >> congratulations. >> this is what we've been waiting so long for. >> where do you go to school now? >> young women's leadership school of east harlem. >> congratulations. may you all have that kind of reaction and surprise when you get to find out about your colleges. terrific. thanks so much. what a nice moment. >> congratulations. [ cheers and applause ]. >> let's go to natalie. that's a lot of girl power out on be plaza. speaking of that, coming up next, hollywood heavyweights at the forefront of a movement to level the playing field on and off screen. it's more of our women entertaining change series. first, this is "today" on
who run the world, girls natalie has been talking to women in the industry. she's with us from los angeles. good morning. >> guys, good morning. the numbers don't lie. for more than 60 years, gender inequality on screen has remained unchange. today, there are more demands for an equal playing field and a shift is taking play. >> reporter: the french actress is best known for her roles opposite ethan hawke before sunrise sunrise, before sunset and before midnight. in her latest film, delpy is the writer, star and director, something she's done six times before. >> what is it like juggling those three roles? >> i try not to think about it when i'm starting a project where i'll be doing so many
i take t step by step. >> reporter: delpy has been outspoken, finding herself in trouble about comments. >> i said something about the academy being white male, which is the reality, and i was like slashed to pieces by the media. i sometimes wish i was african-american. because i think at least people don't bash them afterwards. >> i realize it was the wrong thing to say at the wrong time. that's not what i meant. what i meant was like, you know, being 50% of the population, as a woman, and having so little voice, you know, it's very frustrating. >> you once said when people talk about who the next great director in hollywood will be, you said, no one is thinking the next great martin scorsese is a woman. >> i think there is a difference between being allowed to be a director and having people really believing you're going to
greatness is not yet something that women can aspire to. >> reporter: in 2015, women were only 7% of directors. the top 250 grossing films. on-screen, made up 30% of speaking roles. perhaps the attention started with this. >> it is our time for wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the united states of america. >> reporter: or many. >> damage control continues at sony pictures in the wake of the massive hacking scandal. >> reporter: magazine covers to essays, like jennifer lawrence's lenny letter. stars call for more equality in front and behind the camera. >> i think we all need to just keep going and keep working and keep knocking on doors. just keep trying to get the job. >> you're trying to mess with us?
multiple memorable characters over the years. many which she created through her own production company. >> everyone in beverly hills gets a little botox. >> i want to have a say. if you're a producer on it, they have to listen to you. >> reporter: the roles kudrow creates have a common thread. >> for me, i was always really interested in characters that were human beings and, oh, that's right, they're women. >> reporter: now kudrow says she sees the younger generation reshaping how women are seen. >> it is about the pay gap and about exposure and it is about the quality of roles, but i feel like it's changing a lot. especially with the younger generation. they're so fantastic because they are redefining what a woman is supposed to look like. >> lisa kudrow's show, as a programming note, "who do you think you are," returns to tlc april 9th. this is a conversation that doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. as more and more women and a lot
welcome to my house we're back with our start today spring forward series. all morning long, "today" contributor jill martin has been giving a cluttered bedroom a 40-minute makeover. that's what it looked like in the first place. now it's been completely revamped. we're ready to check it out. good morning and good to see you. >> good morning. >> was it a big challenge? >> i think spring cleaning is overwhelming for so many people. i wanted to give an outline. something to do in 40 minutes in your house to whip any room into shape. to get you started. we have the help of our plaza today, which is amazing. >> nice. one of the places all the
closet. what did you do? >> we de-cluttered. we showed the before and after. it's super dramatic. look at the after shot now. you saw what it looked like earlier today. this really can be done in 40 minutes with just a little prep the night before. so this is the new closet. here's the deal. we had a little help earlier. you can get rid of 75% of what you already have in your closet. you know it's a real story. you've done it recently. >> maybe 30%. >> we only wear 25% of what we have. these are a few criteria to do instantly. this is a great shirt. if you don't wear it, it doesn't belong in your closet. if you don't wear it, even though it's great, do you keep it or toss it? >> toss. >> that's exactly right. >> so cool. let's make a deal here. monte, monte! >> anybody have a toothbrush? no. okay, this is a great shirt. doesn't fit. if it doesn't fit, even though it is a great shirt, keep or
>>see? >> okay. >> eliminate anything with rips or pulls. >> that could be stylish. >> it can be. anything that is not stylish that you don't wear that has rips or stains, keep or toss? >> toss. >> all right. >> only thing left in your closet are perfect tens. things that make you feel great, things that look great, material you love wearing. that's what we wound up with. this is 25%. the extra 75% is on the ground over there. >> okay. >> you need friends to come over the night before and tell you what to keep and what to toss. >> the hangers are the save spaces. >> bed, bath and beyond, save 70% or more room when you don't have the big wooden hangers. >> i remember the before picture. all the purses were cluttered on the floor. >> if you don't see it, you're not going to use it. if you don't see it, you won't use it.
the container store. you see it and you know what to pick. if you don't know what you have, you won't know how to shop in your closet. >> to the room itself. again, it looks really good. >> take a seat right here. >> you love these, ottomans. >> i do. they're storage. i'm happy. they come like this. you can use it for seasonal storage. in here, it not only serves as a functional use to sit on it, but you can store things maybe you don't use in this season and keep it in here for clean storage. you can also use it as a night stwhand to keep coffee on or flowers. >> great idea. what are other inexpensive ways -- you were doing this, it's spring. you want to spruce up, clean up and freshen up. >> everything here, under $100. this is from amazon. another cover for $27. throw pillows, also from amazon, $9. take what you have and spruce it up.
it's 8:49. we have today's food. this week is all about recipes easier than you think. we have siri daly here. be betrothed to carson, as well. >> we are making girl scout cookies. we bought 150 $150 worth of boxes. they're going to run out and you'll want a homemade version. we'll make tag alongs, the chocolate and peanut butter ones. >> let's look at the grid. chocolate, peanut butter, flour and sugar. this is powdered sugar which has been creamed. >> great. >> we'll add the extract. vanilla. tiny bit of almond. >> how much more difficult is this than the average cookie? these are easier than you think. >> they're easier than you think. this is basically a shortbread cookie i'm making, which is very simple.
prepared in advance. then throw it together when you're ready. here is flour and salt. we sifted it together to make it nice and smooth. i'll throw it in here and make a mess. >> look at you two working together. >> just on what -- >> low. until it's combined. >> oops. >> way too much. turn it off. >> not a race car. >> sorry. >> we want to chill the dough. important for shortbread cookies. you can also make -- that's distracting. >> i tur alned it off. turned it off. >> you can make it into a disk so you can roll it out. >> easier to cut frozen like that? >> yeah. try cutting one to show it's easy. over here, we have a cookie cutter which you can do it this way. >> nice. >> we'll bake them about 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven, un until they get brown on the edge.
nut butter and vanilla. >> any fancy peanut butter? >> creamy peanut butter. favorite creamy peanut butter. roll it around so it has a dome at the top. >> gotcha. >> then over here, i'm going to take two forks. this is my trick for dipping in chocolate. let it go in and -- >> the whole thing. just like the girl scouts do. >> look at that. >> use the other fork to get the excess off. then you're in the messy. >> well done. >> i do lick the fork afterwards. there they are. >> let's try the finished product. >> what are we making back here? >> samoas, my favorite as a kid. the cookie base is the same but we have coconut, caramel and chocolate. over here, we have caramels that
this morning. >> i did. >> we'll add a little milk to the caramel to make it creamy. then we're going to add toasted coconut, which i toasted in the oven at 300 degrees for about ten minutes. i stirred it halfway because coconut can burn. we'll add the coconut to the caramel mixture. >> in the mixture, okay. >> carson, you didn't mention you pitched you could dress up like a girl scout for this segment. >> savannah turned it down. >> anything for ratings for my sweetheart's segment. it was a dumb idea. >> our caramel mixture is here. we used a smaller cookie cutter or piping tip to get the -- >> doughnut looking thing? >> yeah. spread the mixture. you can try this, too. >> see, this is a little pastier. higher degree of difficulty. >> it gets thick and gooy.
ied added ed >> over here is the melted chocolate. ied added ed added the vegetable oil. >> i forgot to mention the gang is downstairs. >> did you seriously pitch to dress up like a girl scout? >> isn't that a saturday night at your house, carson? >> fine line between genius and dumb. >> we're going to drizzle the top. >> nice. >> perfect. >> use a piping bag or a plastic bag and cut the tips. >> very good. >> let them cool. do you put them in the fridge or the counter? >> you can speed up the process in the fridge. >> the shortbread gets both cookies out of it. >> nice job.
good morning. 8:57, 38 degrees on this wednesday morning. it is march 30th. i'm darlene rodriguez. massive fire's left dozens homeless in bushwick, brooklyn. it broke out in one building on dekalb avenue and quickly spread to several others. by the time it was under control, five buildings were destroyed. 11 people were hurt, including 4 who had to be taken to the hospital. we're told one of them is in serious condition. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. we'll check the weather right now. today mostly sunny, breezy, high of 59.
this morning on "today's take," get ready for another stunner. our buddy john cena tagging in as co-host. plus, super model naomi campbell talks about tonight's big show. can she hold on to her empire? joey lawrence was your favorite teen heart throb. now, he's all grown up. all that and more now. >> announcer: from n bc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza.
wednesday morning, march 30th, 2016. beautiful day here in new york city and a nice big spring break crowd on our plaza. i'm willie with al and tamron, natalie on assignment, but back with our buddy again, john cena. >> i was you before, and now who am i being? >> people would have thought you were the same person. >> yes, sir. i was telling john, people were tweeting yesterday, they see john there and said, willie is really getting into the gym. >> is that what they say? >> this is my morning jam, "love yourself" by justin bieber. the video is great, it's a lovely song. >> right now, i'm on tv with hot dudes. >> i thought you were going to say something with bieber.
i'm just looking at a trifecta. >> how do rank -- >> how do i rank you? flavors -- >> what -- >> of personality. if you were on a dating game show, you wouldn't be in a category. you know, because you're all just different. >> we would be the three -- >> bachelor number one. >> let's play the game. >> if you said to a girl, what's your type, each of you fall into a type, but all of you are super classy and amazing. >> thank you, tamron. >> you got lucky ladies in your lives. >> i feel we're being set up. i'm waiting for the shoe to drop. >> no, just take a compliment. >> thank you, tamron. >> gosh, a guy can't take a compliment. >> very nice of you. >> still waiting for the shoe to drop. >> john is doing the "today" show and the "tonight show," and --
who dudes playing sticky balls. >> let's watch. >> explain the game here, john. what's going on? >> wear velcro suits. it's a non-threatening dodge ball. the person who has the most balls attached to them -- >> mm-hmm. >> -- loses. >> mm-hmm. >> okay. >> i feel like alec baldwin should be hosting. >> you have to take the balls off the person. >> wherever they land? >> you have a couple there -- >> sometimes you have to dive into it. go for it. >> he's taking his time. >> jimmy is taking his time. >> oh! >> enjoying the experience. >> knock it off, jimmy. >> wow. >> i ended up having more balls attached to me than jimmy did. they say on paper i lost, but i reminded jimmy that i'm all balls. >> always have been. >> i appreciate that. >> we did see "trainwreck."
>> you have to love fallon. they bought an arena for that game. >> you're like a kid playing dodgeball again, and then you realize you're playing sticky balls. >> sticky balls. >> that was my night. >> after your show, of course, is the fabulous seth meyers. seth and his wife welcoming baby boy ash on sunday night. seth had a story about their journey to the hospital in an uber. >> i can tell from the expression on our uber driver's face that this was the first time that he was doing anything like this. my wife was on her knees in the backseat, holding on to me. we had to roll the window down because she was getting car sick. she was screaming out an open window. screaming. only in new york city could you drive that way and not have
there is an abduction taking place right now. she would be screaming while we were stopped at stoplights and street. window. i don't like this! i just feel like new yorkers are walking by going, it's new york. nobody likes anything. i kept thinking back to the last few months, the amount of times people said, are you ready for this? watching it happen, i couldn't help but laugh. who could be ready for this? what can you do to prepare for what you're seeing? yeah, we're totally ready for this day. we've been driving ubers around town, screaming out the window. wasn't weird. and pulling baby dolls through a keyhole, so i know what it looks like. >> you're never ready for that moment. >> do you remember? >> absolutely remember. deborah actually was at the doctor's office, and she said,
ask you're going to go right now. i'm going to meet you there. 19 hours later -- leila was born. i made mix tapes. >> you made a mix tape? 19 hours worth of it? >> six hours. >> on loop. >> deborah said, if you play one more of these, i'll break that blanking thing over your head m . >> she did? >> yeah. >> god laughs at our plans. >> did you have a plan? >> christina is chill. he was in the she was in the bathroom and said, it's time. i was like what? she said, it's time. we had time. we got in the car and drove. it happened quickly once with egot there. but the moment of, oh, my god, it's happening. we've been thinking about this fosr nine months. am i ready? can we do it? we pulled it off. >> 19 hours.
>> not for her. >> i took video, which i then destroyed. >> we've had that conversation about video. willie, we've talked about it. it's a common conversation. do you videotape? if you have a child, do you want to see the moment? >> i don't know. i don't know. >> you want to videotape it? >> i don't know. >> the best part is, once you're in there, the c-section, they have you come on the other side of the curtain, it's almost like a puppet show. they reach in, hey, rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat. >> you know we're on tv. >> oh, i'm sorry. >> presto. >> i've been told to start walking. >> where are we going? >> i don't know. >> i'm walking somewhere? >> let's go for it. >> let's go, guys. it's like a puppet show and then what? no, are we still on camera? >> still on tv. >> so i'm leading my security
facebook page. john cena, the most popular guy -- >> i think we're supposed to keep going. >> we're going. >> this is our new facebook live. >> where are we going? >> the green room. >> check this out, my new office. >> did they tell you about this? >> no, but we had it on the earlier program. >> gave me a new office. here it is. >> what are we doing? >> this is my new office. >> our facebook live. >> someone told me to get a phone. >> spacious. it has a window here. >> i don't understand why we built a tiny set. >> it's not that tiny. >> that's a tiny set. >> you can get in here. get in the middle. >> i don't think there is room. >> please, come on? >> what's amazing is they really did -- >> don't disrespect my home! >> uh-oh. >> this is a new "today" instagram, facebook -- this is my office. this is my house.
the chairs, i won't be able to get out. >> it's fine. >> barbie dream house when i was a kid. >> what's the point of this, would you say? >> this is actually just to be ridiculous. >> perfect. >> did you bring this with you? >> i did. it was a gift. >> i'm too buff to sit down. >> stay above us. >> now what happens? >> we look at ourselves and think, why did we do this? it is for a phenomenon called social networking, my friends. >> is this so people at home can feel like they do our show in what's the point? >> i think -- >> who do we thank for this? foxtails. >> well done. >> they build miniature tv sets. >> it's real low to mid-30dz in northwest new jersey. low 40s across islip, down the
temperatures will climb into the 40s this afternoon and then the 50s. upper 50s by the end of the day. plenty of sunshine, less wind. then for tonight, upper 40s with partly cloudy skies. look at tomorrow, 72. increasing clouds. rain late tomorrow night, on-and-off rain friday, maybe a thunderstorm, 70. then tends colder, 50s saturday, only 40s by sunday. >> no idea what's going on. >> that's your latest weather. >> now we have a super model, the great naomi campbell. >> you're doing well over there. >> all right. >> you smell amazing. >> thanks. >> you're like a candle. >> my voice was completely gone. >> it's here now. >> we'll have more medical tips from naomi if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis like me, and you're talking to a rheumatologist about a biologic... this is humira.
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empire sprieks s strikes back tonight. "empire" combines music and drama to tell the story about the power-hungry family. >> naomi campbell, we'll chat with in a moment. first, a reminder of what makes "empire" so hot. >> it's an empire. >> reporter: terrence howard as a power tripping music mogul, lucious lyon. >> sometimes you have to be willing to sacrifice your queen in order to win the game. >> reporter: and taraji p. henson, a golden globe winner for cookie, the ex-wife. >> i'll shut it down. >> reporter: this lion's den whatever it takes to control their billion dollar empire. >> the heart of empire is family. >> reporter: their talent gets tormented. the family that plays together ultimately stays together. you're so beautiful >> reporter: even when famous empire.
>> reporter: now super model naomi campbell returns. >> remember me? >> reporter: after seducing lucius and cookie's younger son hakeem, convincing him to help her take over the company. >> he deserves it. >> reporter: team lyon won't give up without the fight. >> you think this is a game? >> get out of my office. >> nay omi naomi, i said at the commercial break, this role is perfect for you. it just takes you to the next level. >> i have to thank mr. daniels for that. >> did he create camila based on what he knows about you as a friend? >> not really. i think more of the character you said, we watched a lot of dynasty images.
thought -- dominique from "sign city -- dynasty." >> now your character. >> almost seems like a set up. there is going to be a cat fight between your character -- >> oh. >> like crystal and alexis. >> don't you remember the cat fight? >> yes. >> pulling. oh, my goodness. >> wouldn't you love to do a scene like that? >> with taraji? >> i don't think so. i don't want to see two women fight like that. >> no? >> no, especially women of color. >> all right. >> there's got to be another way. power for ambition, do what you got to do. example. >> if you had to have a showdown between cookie and camilla, how would they have their showdown? >> we had one already. >> how do you script the perfect showdown? >> hmm. i will never go down. >> never go down? >> i don't go down. >> based on what you said, if it was in the show for you to have
personally feel against it, but if it was for the good of the show -- >> if it's for the good of the show -- you know me for one job, but it's acting. you have to do what you have to do. i don't tell the writers what to write. i sit in the room with the writers and let them get to know me and hang out with them for a couple hours. then they write. they all really are lovely. l.a. >> tamron said, you are so good in the role and so good on the show. modeling comes naturally for you. you're born with the gift. how about acting? how does it feel when you step out? >> i'm surprised that everyone gradually let me be accepted. before, models had a difficult time if they tried to be an actress. they'd be judged harshly. i'm surprised that everyone was really welcoming and accommodating, allowing me to ease into it without any really harsh criticism. >> was it scary the first time? >> of course. i'm a new bee bie and i'm learning and look up to the cast with
they've been doing it for years. taraji and terrence, you know, this is their craft. i'm blessed to be a part of the show. i learn every day something new. i've got a great coach. >> tell us about your book. >> you have this great book. >> book coming out on april 7th. we took 7 1/2 years to do it. you're not rushed. the cover is by the great artist from the '70s. take out the cover and the book is inside. there is a limited edition, i signed. my hands are swollen. no, my timeline of my work. he never had so many photographers collected in one book. when i first looked at the finished product, i was in l.a. doing oscar weekend. i had to start crying.
photographers and designers who are no longer with us anymore. it was stuff i hadn't seen. we would meet up and edit. it was not rushed. we didn't want to rush it. i hope everyone is going to like it. it's two books. one is a picture book. limited edition, big size, and a standard size. >> the big ones. this is the gift. >> more than one that i've written in. i told stories about what the day was like, what the picture was like and what happened on the day. >> journey with naomi. >> yeah. >> congratulations on everything. >> thank you so much. >> "empire" airs tonight. can't wait. up next, you read it. >> i think the music says it all. >> go ahead. >> is it vanilla ice? >> find out why vanilla ice, salt and pepper and rob bass, because it takes two, bigger
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tomorrow upper 40s in the morning to the low 70s in the afternoon, but clouds will be on the increase. rain arrives late tomorrow night and friday, but still warm on friday, maybe a thunderstorm. upper 50s saturday, windy, sharply colder saturday night, only in the 40s on sunday and chilly early next week. >> that's your latest weather. >> al, thanks a lot. joey lawrence rose to fame in the 1990s on "blossom," as the title character's lovable brother. >> now he stars in a new film called "saved by grace," playing a retired police officer dealing with the tragic loss of his wife. >> special moments, grace. my wife and i came to the same studio. this is where she taught me how to dance. and, yes, we wowed everybody at our wedding. we vowed we would never stop dancing.
wisdom, took her from me. we're never going to dance together again. >> joey lawrence, good morning. >> good morning. how is everybody doing? >> good, man. >> did you have any trepidation about taking on a role like this? it seems like such a departure. >> it is. that's kind of why i was sort of into it, you know. skip stone pictures came to me with this script, and i read it. the script was great. that's what it's all about. i had wrapped "melissa and joey" after 51 1/2 years, which was a comedy, what i'm known for. i told my team, it would be great to see feature opportunities. we did five indies last year, and this was one of them. this one turned out good. it was a two hander. me and the female lead, catalina, for basically the entire movie. takes place over eight hours on thanksgiving. what i like about it is it is a
room" and these things, but it isn't preachy. it's a spiritual renaissance. >> is that important to you, to make sure it is not a -- it doesn't have a preachy tone, but evolves? >> yes, to me, i think that preaching sometimes, you know, is good for the audience that wants to hear it. but the audience that isn't into it sort of shuts its ears off. if it is a spiritual message, it hits you. you could sort of lead people by example rather than giving them the exact words you want them to say. to me, that's the way to parent. that's the way to lead. >> you have so much energy, positive energy. even talking right now, makes me smile. this movie is a dark character. >> yeah. >> how was that for you? >> it was cool. you know, look, this is what we do as actors. >> beginning of the film and the evolution through. >> loses his wife, loses everything. it's the seven-year anniversary of her death. he hasn't been able to get his life back on track. feels the best way is maybe to take his own, to join her.
>> when he least expects it, you know, something happens and he meets this woman. she changes his life. and if you're open to things like that, i think that's how sort of life happens. we can't plan this journey. life happens in between all the plans we make. that's the old saying. if your heart is open to things, crazy things happen at the craziest times. >> speaking of crazy, we have a crazy game called famous joeys. everybody can jump in. >> i always lose these. >> famous catch phrase was, how you doing? >> tribiani. >> there you go. this joey show from the '90s just got a fuller reboot. >> joey -- john stamos. >> gladstone. >> there you go. >> answer is right here. >> oh, what are you doing? >> at least i confessed. >> this joey said, bye, bye,
>> okay. and we've got another famous joey. >> he'll love that picture. great one. >> officiated the wedding. >> joey is native to australia. >> baby kangaroo. >> you knew that? >> we have one. >> whoa, no way! >> so neat. >> kangaroo! >> is it okay to pet him? >> absolutely. >> she's nine months old. >> oh, my gosh. >> when did we get the budget to gift kangaroos? >> oh, my girl. check this out! look at this. >> everything in the -- >> my girls would be flipping out right now. i have a 10 and 6 year old. they'd be flipping out. so cute, wow. >> joey and joey, thank you. >> you have a lot of stuff going on. >> yeah, man. >> special thanks to the folks at the columbus zoo. "saved by grace" is april 5th.
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>> okay. sure. this amazing show, great cast, kathleen turner turns up. set the scene a little bit for people who will come to the show. what are we seeing there? >> well, we're seeing this small, as you said, religious movement -- how we like to refer to it. it's in upstate new york. we've been around since the '70s. there's a kind of -- there's been a bit of a schism in the leadership, put it that way. my character, cal, is trying to figure out how to take the reigns. >> we heard the set was so convincing. there were people who actually showed up who wanted to join this. >> yes. look, it's a great movement. i'm here to tell you all. >> okay, we can't go that far. we'll be indoctrinated. >> kool-aid? >> no, we had like a set, meant
i think we were filming in yonkers. it was meant to be somewhere else. by the time i showed up, several people had stopped, just up and down the sidewalk in the morning and asked for more information. which is a credit to our design department. they've done a great job. >> wanted to join up? >> they wanted to join hulu. >> interesting, intense concept, and something i think that everybody would probably be intrigued to know a little more about. this is probably a tough position for you to be in. we're all essentially with ups and downs, maybe looking for something to believe? >> i think that's what, i mean, truthfully, that's what makes it universal. you don't have to even consider yourself religious or to be part of any particular organization, but we've all, you know, at some time or other, all wonder basically why we're here. what's our place, you know? what do we belong to? maybe looking for something to belong to. that's what all these people in the show are going through. actually, that's what i love about the show.
whether it's real for them or whether it's aaron paul's character, going through a crisis. but the belief or desire, that's real. >> on a lighter note, we don't have a kangaroo, but i heard you took a picture. >> we had the budget for one. >> tiny one. >> you took a picture with our joey. >> i did, yeah. i think you may have done, too -- >> for my nieces, yeah. >> i have a son. those are brownie points. >> when you show the picture -- >> i will gain points. >> you can fight joey lawrence for the one we have. thank you so much. first two episodes of "the path" are streaming now on hulu. up next, the author behind a new thriller coming to the big screen with julia roberts.
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seem one sided. harlan coben sold 70 million books worldwide. eight consecutive "new york times" best sellers. work published in 43 languages. his new book, "fool me once," a lot of twists and turns. it will keep you going until the very end. i will tell you, i never saw the ending coming. >> did it fool you? >> you have. >> all right. >> in fact, it's so good. yesterday, it was reported, julia roberts wants to adapt this into a film. harlan, good to see you. >> nice to see you, al. i like the back drop, by the way. >> this is the harlan coben wing of our library. "fool me once," first of all, it's the first time you've written the entire book in -- you've had a female protagonist.
>> was that difficult? >> i was tired of the bad women in jeopardy novels, where the her character is naive. i'm in a secluded cabin, and i'll hang out in my bra and panties all day. enough. i wanted to write a normal, intelligent woman that somebody could relate to. >> i know you can't give the whole thing, but what is "fool me once"? >> maya stern, military cam in her house. one day she's checking about it, and she sees on the nanny cam her husband, who was murdered two weeks earlier. that's how it opens. >> you always start with an opener that grabs you. >> we hope. >> you can't turn it away. you really can't.
go, how can that possibly be? yeah, i love when it grips you on page one, in the first sentence. away, man. >> julia roberts wants to do >> yeah. >> as a movie. what was it like getting a call from julia roberts? >> ridiculously flattering. i was trying to sound like i wasn't an fm radio station voice thing. she was flattering and really inciteful. she got the character. she'd read the book in two days, read the entire thing. i'm so excited because she really gets maya, which is so important. >> tell me, you're starting to make the social media activity thing. there's been embarrassing moments but -- >> uh-oh. >> you did your first selfie? >> i did my first selfie. wow, i wasn't good at it. my kids, of course, criticized it right away. oh, wow, there. i hadn't shaved in a while. >> yikes! >> yeah.
you're going to wrestle mania? >> yeah! >> you're going to warm up. needed a year to get your body right. >> john, come on. >> hey, like you said, this is what you said. >> fine. >> i'll be the third. meanwhile -- >> it is this sunday. at&t stadium. if you can't make the trek, get on the wwe network. it's on at 7:00 p.m. and going to be awesome. >> here's the deal, i will agree to wrestle with the bella twins if you like us on facebook. what's up with that, cena?
with more details. ed? >> reporter: michael, chopper 4 was first on the scene here in bayonne. as i push in, what we do know now, details are still pretty sketchy, but some type of explosion injured two contractors that were actually blown out of this hole and on to the ground. also, two off-duty police officers were also injured in this. the two workers taken to jersey city medical center and the two officers to bayonne hospital. now, again, we don't know how this explosion happened, but right now police, as i bring it out, you'll see what the area looks like. just off of route 440 here. this is east goldsmith drive and also east 40th street. so, as soon as we get any more information, we'll of course bring it to you. and stay tuned to news 4 at 12:00 for more information. reporting live in chopper 4, i'm ed hughes. michael, back to you in the studio. >> ed, thank you so much.
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