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float around for the next few weeks so probably lighter traffic as well. >> have a good good friday today and a great easter weekend. >> here is a live look for you now and a beautiful shot, just want to lay down in the clouds. the "today" show is next. have a great weekend. good morning. holiday warning. with covid cases rising again, health officials and religious leaders caution americans against large easter gatherings. just ahead, the new guidelines for safely celebrating, and a new boost for the vaccine push. pfizer set to dramatically speed up production. it's a surge in supply just around the corner. witness for the prosecution. the police sergeant who was derek chauvin's supervisor tells jurors he violated use of force policies dur fatal arrest. >> when mr. floyd was no longer
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offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended their restraint. >> and floyd's girlfriend takes the stand, testifying through tears about their relationship and their struggles with addiction. just ahead, the high-profile witness expected to take the stand today. breaking overnight, deadly derailment. a train crash in taiwan kills at least 48 people, dozens more injured. survivors having to climb through windows and onto the roof to escape. new details. the overnight report in "the new york times," alleging the fbi has questioned multiple women about whether florida congressman matt gaetz paid them for sex. the very latest on the investigation straight ahead. with a flurry. baseball's first home run of the season arrives during a snowstorm. >> we've got a whiteout. >> 60 million waking up to freeze warnings up and down the east coast, but a warm-up is on the way, just in time for the
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holiday. we've got your full forecast. and time for tip-off. the women's final four set for tonight. the men tomorrow. we've got everything you need to know about college basketball's biggest weekend of the year today, friday, april 2nd, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hi, everybody. good morning. welcome to "today." we're glad to have you with us on this friday morning. hoda is off this morning. >> yeah, she's getting a jump start on this easter weekend. outside though, it really feels a lot more like christmas for a lot of folks. nearly 60 million people waking up to some kind of cold weather warnings. record cold from parts of the south to the northeast. >> i felt it walking out this morning. weather is obviously one concern heading into the holiday weekend. the other is the coronavirus. cases and hospitalizations continue to rise from coast to
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coast. so there are new warnings once again to avoid large gatherings. that is impacting how families and churches are going to be able to celebrate. that is where we'll begin this morning with nbc's stephanie gosk. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. definitely a chilly morning out here in new york. for a lot of people, this holiday weekend is going to be long overdue reunions with fully vaccinated family members. while there is a lot to celebrate, health officials are still urging people not to let their guard down, not yet. as families prepare to gather for the easter weekend, officials and religious leaders across the country are urging americans not to travel or meet in large groups. >> preference is not to gather. >> reporter: after a concerning rise in covid cases in the last week, up almost 12%. hospitalizations are also on the rise. average deaths now top 900 per day. the cdc issuing easter
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guidelines, urging virtual church services, outdoor celebrations, and hunting for eggs only with your immediate family. even the white house has canceled its iconic annual easter egg hunt. after holidays in 2020 like thanksgiving and christmas brought covid surges. dr. fauci in an interview with lester holt asking americans to just keep the faith. >> this will end. we need to hold out just a bit longer and give vaccines a chance to really get the upper hand in this. >> reporter: hope coming from those vaccines. nearly 75% of all seniors in the u.s. have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and half of them are fully vaccinated. more than 20% of the adult population is fully vaccinated. at this pfizer plant outside of st. louis, scientists are carrying out the first step in vaccine production, making something called dna plasmid. so she's effectively got the vaccination of a country right in front of her. >> just about, yes. >> reporter: pfizer says it is
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speeding up its timetable for new vaccine production. down from 110 days to 60 days. a welcome surge in supply, as the urgency grows to keep those shots coming. here's a reminder about that guidance. fully vaccinated people can get together with other fully vaccinated people normally inside. if you are getting together with people who are not vaccinated, keep that group small. ideally, within your family. savannah? >> stephanie gosk leading us off, thank you. meanwhile, the first week of testimony wraps up at the murder trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin. it comes after his supervisor on the day of george floyd's death told jurors that officers could have stopped retraining floyd much sooner than they did. nbc's gabe gutierrez is following the trial for us. he is at the courthouse for us this morning. gabe, good morning to you. >> reporter: yeah, craig. good morning. for the first time, we're
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hearing from derek chauvin's supervisor who thinks that he went too far as the defense tries to highlight george floyd's drug use. this morning, prosecutors are set to resume making their case. former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin essentially went rogue following this key testimony from his shift supervisor. >> do you have an opinion as to when the restraint of mr. floyd should have ended in this encounter? >> yes. >> what is it? >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended their restraint. >> reporter: now retired police sergeant david pleoger also told jurors about his first phone conversation with chauvin shortly after george floyd's death. >> did he mention putting his knee on mr. floyd's neck or back? >> no. >> reporter: two other witnesses, paramedics, said floyd had no pulse when ems arrived at the scene. >> i didn't see any breathing or movement or anything like that.
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>> in lay terms, i thought he was dead. >> reporter: floyd's girlfriend, courteney ross, broke down in tears as she remembered how they met in 2017. >> he had this great, deep southern voice. >> reporter: ross said injuries and his desire to still be physically active led floyd, a former athlete, to pain pills. >> it's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids. we both suffered from chronic pain. we got addicted and tried really hard to break that addiction many times. >> reporter: in march of 2020, ross testified she drove floyd to a hospital and learned that he'd overdosed. >> you did not know he had taken heroin at that time? >> no. >> reporter: the defense team is arguing his underlying health conditions and drug use are what killed him. floyd's family calls the defense's argument a distraction. philonise floyd was in the courtroom as graphic pictures
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were shown of efforts to revive his brother inside the ambulance. >> there is no justification why a person should put their knee and all of their weight on a man's neck until they pass. he was tortured to death. >> reporter: the prosecution has called 17 witnesses so far. today is expected to be a half day of testimony, craig. >> gabe gutierrez in minneapolis. thank you. joining us now, former prosecutor david henderson. good morning to you, sir. 17 witnesses so far. here we are at the end of the week. we have heard from george floyd's former girlfriend, and we've heard from a number of emotional bystanders testify. then the supervisor yesterday, saying that they could have or should have stopped sooner. who has been most impactful, david, so far with their testimony? >> good morning, craig. what you're saying is right. we heard a week of very strong, emotional testimony. witness after witness said they felt hopeless, even helpless as they watched george floyd die in
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front of them. for me, that peaked when the first bystanders, mr. mcmillian testified and he told george floyd you can't win. it seemed like he was sending a message, not just to george floyd but to every person of color. as i say, it is always darkest before the dawn. the paramedics testified. one of them had my favorite piece of testimony from the whole week. he said, george floyd was a human being, and i was trying to give him a second chance at life. he made derek chauvin get off george floyd's neck. he took the handcuffs off. he tried to save him. not only breathed life into the case for those of us watching it, but he breathed life into in that battle, i think the paramedics will turn the tide. >> one of the things that struck me yesterday, it seemed as if prosecutors weren't just trying to humanize george floyd, but they were also trying to humanize these witnesses to a certain extent as well. when we heard courteney ross talk about addiction, their opioid
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addiction, their shared addiction, it seemed that maybe they were trying to humanize addiction as well. what would be the strategy there, david. >> the defense made it clear from the beginning of the trial, they intend to engage in character assassination. i think it is wrong, but the judge will let them do it. primarily through a 2019 arrest video that shows george floyd's prior drug use and even trying to hide those drugs when being arrested. and i think what the prosecution wanted to do was change the narrative from george floyd being portrayed as a common criminal to being portrayed as a common man with a common problem. we all know someone struggling with addiction. humanizing addiction was the right thing to do. the problem is, in a court of law, no good deed goes unpunished. humanizing george floyd came at the expense of hearing yet more testimony about his prior drug use. that makes conservative jurors nervous. they tend ers, especially when big and black, and when they get scared, they will excuse aggressive policing, which is what this case is all about. >> former prosecutor and defense attorney.
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david henderson, thank you. now we move to the breaking news overnight. a train derailed inside a tunnel in taiwan. at least 48 people have been killed, dozens more injured, and investigators say the train which was carrying more than 400 people was hit by an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill. survivors climbed out windows and walked along the train's roof to reach safety. passengers included tourists and locals headed home for the long holiday weekend. officials are calling it the country's deadliest railway disaster ever. also this morning, chilling, new details are emerging in the mass shooting in orange, california, that left four people dead, including a 9-year-old boy. this as we learn more about those victims and the wounded suspect who will be arraigned from a hospital room. nbc's steve patterson joins us with the very latest from california. steve, good morning. >> reporter: craig, good morning law enforcement officials are labeling this a massacre.
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they're saying it is far from a random act of violence. police telling us the shooter sealed off the entrances to that complex as he took aim at men, a woman, and a child, all familiar faces. this morning, officials say the accused shooter, 44-year-old aminadab gaxiola gonzalez, is in critical but stable condition. >> got the guy right there. >> reporter: this photo from surveillance video inside one of the offices shows the suspect armed with a handgun and wearing a black backpack and black bandana. police say gonzalez used a semiautomatic weapon to kill four people, including a 9-year-old boy. the child died in the arms of a woman who was also shot but survived. >> i'm here to make something very, very clear. mr. gonzalez is eligible for the death penalty. this is a special circumstances case. there were multiple victims. [ sirens ] >> sounds like we do have a -- an active firing going on. >> reporter: the bloodshed thursday evening ended after a shootout with police. authorities did not say whether gonzalez was wounded by responding officers or shot
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himself. >> oh, look at all that blood. >> reporter: authorities say gonzalez locked the gates of the office complex with a bicycle type cable lock, trapping his victims inside. >> the details of their relationship is under investigation, but we can confirm there was a business and personal relationship between the suspect and the victims. >> reporter: police say he was carrying pepper spray, handcuffs, and extra ammunition, in addition to the firearm. >> what i heard was three shots in a row, boom, boom, boom, a pause, three more shots, another pause, and then four shots. >> reporter: the mass shooting in orange is the nation's third in three weeks. authorities have yet to release the names of the deceased. but luis tovar jr. told nbc los angeles his parents and half brother were among the victims. >> she was super loving, very loving mom. same with my dad, he was a hardworking guy, always put his family first.
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>> reporter: court records show the suspect had previous charges for child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm. he pled not guilty, and the case against him ultimately thrown out. craig. sheinelle joins us now with another story getting a lot of attention this morning. hi, sheinelle. >> good morning. according to a new report, a federal investigation surrounding florida congressman matt gaetz is looking into whether multiple women were paid for sex. nbc's senior washington pondents the details. hallie, good morning. >> reporter: big headline this morning, sheinelle. good morning to you. overnight, that new report saying the doj is investigating whether congressman gaetz and a local politician in florida got involved with a cash for sex arrangement. "the new york times" with receipts they reviewed. it comes not long after gaetz denied allegations, being investigated by the justice department as well, over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. this morning, new allegations
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about republican congressmout rn matt gaetz a report of a justice department investigation focusing on gaetz and an indicted florida politician and allegations of their involvement with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments according to the "new york times," citing sources close to the investigation. the "times" reporting investigators are focusing on gaetz and joel greenberg, a former tax collector in seminole county, florida, indicted last year and now pleading not guilty to a federal sex trafficking charge and other crimes. the "times" writing greenberg initially met the women through websites that connect people who go on dates in exchange for gifts, fine dining, travel, and allowances mr. greenberg introduced the women to mr. gaetz, who also had sex with them. according to people close to the investigation who spoke with the "times," some of the men and women took ecstasy and illegal mood-altering drugs before having sex, including mr. gaetz. the "times" reports it reviewed
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scripts from cash app, a mobile payments app and apple pay that reportedly show payments from gaetz and greenberg to one of the women and a payment from greenberg to a second woman according to the "times" report. nbc news has not reviewed those documents. gaetz denied ever paying a woman for sex. a spokesman says matt gaetz refused all the disgusting allegations completely the florida republican already in the spotlight after revelations earlier this week the justice department is examining whether gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws by having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. >> the person doesn't exist. that is totally false. >> reporter: the 38-year-old conservative congressman, elected in 2016, has been an ally of former president donald trump. >> it is a horrible allegation, and it is a lie. >> reporter: the top house republican saying gaetz's seat on the judiciary committee could be in jeopardy. >> those are serious implications if it is true, we'd remove him, if that was the case right now, as matt gaetz says, it is not true let's get all the information.
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>> reporter: keep in mind, cash paid for things like hotel rooms or dinners is not illegal. some of the questions for federal investigators include whether any of the payments involved women who were underage or women who traveled across state lines for the purposes of sex. nbc news has reached out to gaetz's office overnight their statement to the "times," keep in mind, says gaetz hasn't paid for sex the extent of any criminal exposure is not clear, and no charges have been brought against the congressman. sheinelle. >> hallie, thank you savannah 17 minutes after the hour, time for our first check of the weather. heading into easter weekend. dylan? >> we have to get through this morning. this is the morning we've been talking about all week long. we have our frosty graphics here because the freeze alerts extend all the way down to northern florida, where we have some frost advisories in effect 59 million people under some sort of frost advisory, freeze watch, or freeze warning we'll likely see record low temperatures this morning, as well in areas like saranac lake,
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the windchill at seven degrees, feels like nine in pittsburgh, 27 in cincinnati and chicago. feels like 18 degrees in d.c., 16 in new york, 27 in norfolk. but as we go through the weekend, temperatures are going to take a major turn 66 by saturday in chicago. 71 on easter sunday. 75 on monday in cincinnati, we're up to 73. on monday, cleveland, 64 philly gets to the mid 60s next week richmond, 68 degrees on east every sunday and 71 on monday. the warm weather is coming as soon as we get through this very cold morning for the eastern half of the country. that's a look at the weather across the country we'll get to your local forecast in the next 30 seconds claim. it's going to be a nail-biter. no, the geico team is there for you 24/7. geico is awesome, baby! (shouting) too much? i think we got it. yeah. thanks. thank you.
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geico. great service without all the drama. good morning. we've got sunshine, but we do have fog and we'll notice a cooldown in onshore flow headed into the weekend. expect to see some 70s on the map. 66 in oakland, san jose 75, morgan hill 76, livermore 77. san francisco back down into the upper 50s/low 60s and we'll remain dry through the weekend, with cooler weather in the sunday forecast. >> and that's your latest forecast >> all right, dylan. thank you. just ahead on a friday morning, light at the end of the tunnel for the travel industry, as more americans are getting vaccinated plus, they've got that itch to get away this morning, the big steps being taken by airlines, and what they could mean for your next flight. plus, a groundbreaking move by pope francis, appointing the first woman to a senior post at
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good morning everyone. i'm scott mcgrew. more excellent news about the economy and jobs. 960,000 new jobs added to the american economy in march. the unemployment rate falls 0.2% to 6%. strong hiring in hospitality and leisure industries. vianey is in for kari this morning and summertime has been in for a while. is it going to cool down a little bit? >> it will, it will feel a little bit more like spring especially this weekend. you'll notice the decrease in temperatures around the coastline today and even a little bit through inland areas. san francisco right now a gorgeous shot. we also woke up to some fog around the coastline. today's microclimate highs for this afternoon will be in the upper 50s, low 60s around the coast and in the bay, san jose 75, morgan hill 76, and in through the concord/martinez area still in the mid and upper 70s. we're expected to remain dry through the weekend, easter
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yesterday. we'll have baseball this weekend. we have the final four this weekend. >> i know. >> preview it all this half hour. >> good. can't wait for that. let's get to the 7:30 headlines. and we'll start with breaking news on the latest job numbers. the labor department reporting the u.s. added 916,000 jobs in march. that is the strongest gain in seven months as the economy picks up steam. the unemployment rate is now at 6% down from 6.2% in february. overall, the u.s. has now gained back almost 14 million jobs. president biden held his first full cabinet meeting on thursday, much of the focus was on that massive overhaul of the nation's outdated infrastructure. the roughly $2 trillion plan would bring upgrades to roads, bridges,ed power grid, green energy and clean water. also on thursday, the president asked his new education secretary, miguel cardona to prepare a report about his legal authority to cancel student debt. now to some scary moments on
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a virginia school bus when a deer comes crashing through the front windshield. take a look. my goodness. the deer landed on top of a student, who was sleeping in the front seat. amazingly, the student didn't even seem to notice what was going on. the bus driver slowed down and opened the bus doors, and the deer ran away. officials say no one on the bus was hurt, and the deer seemed to be okay. >> that's crazy. >> wow. >> everybody is okay. >> good to hear that. something on the minds of many after a very long year of the pandemic, travel. people want to get up and get away. >> yes, yes, yes. with vaccination rates rising by the day, summer on the way, a lot of people are really anxious to plan the next getaway. >> nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer is at l.a.x. this morning with more on what the travel industry hopes is a much-needed resurgence. miguel, good morning. >> reporter: guys, good morning. travel is not yet at
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pre-pandemic levels, but many experts say there is light at the end of the tunnel, or perhaps the start of your air gate. it's the latest sign the travel industry is ready to take off again. >> people want to get out. people tired of being locked up want to go. >> can't say business travel is coming back, but vacation travel is going gangbusters. >> reporter: with spring break in high gear and 56 million americans fully vaccinated, passenger volume is surging. an average 1.3 million each day this week. 1 million more than this time last year. >> a lot more people than i expected. >> reporter: the nation's airlines say travel recovery is finally here. >> domestic leisure demand has almost entirely recovered. it tells you something about the pent-up desire for travel, the pent-up desire to remake those connections. >> reporter: united airlines nis says they're ready to get back to hiring, beginning with hundreds of pilots next month.
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in another potential step toward normalcy, delta announced it will no longer block middle seats starting may 1st, becoming the last u.s. airline to end the covid-era safety policy. with more people expected to travel, there are also questions about whether you may need a so-called digital vaccine passport the white house says it'll leave that to the private sector more airlines are beginning to rebound after covid delivered a crushing blow to the industry. american airlines reported a staggering loss of $8.9 billion last year. but with bookings now jumping to 90% of what they were before the pandemic, the airline says nearly all of its fleet will be back in the air this spring. now other hard-hit companion industries, like hotels and restaurants, are hoping the travel boom will have a domino effect with summer on the horizon, carriers are adding new flights to meet demand
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united announcing more than two dozen new domestic routes, including to beach hot spots like hilton head and pensacola, as more travelers look forward to finally taking to the skies again. >> if you're smart and you wear your mask and you don't jump into people you don't know, i feel very comfortable. >> a lot of people are traveling now, and they want to get away of course, there's this question about the safety of it there's a surge of covid cases what are the experts saying about how safe it is to fly, and whether you should fly >> reporter: savannah, experts say it is fairly safe to fly there's many studies that show it is incredibly safe, even safer than eating in a restaurant, for example. but the cdc still recommends that americans avoid non-essential travel savannah >> miguel, thank you very much. all right. up next, anne thompson's exclusive interview with the woman who just broke a major glass ceiling at the vatican appointed to a key position with voting rights.
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tapped by pope francis to be the first woman under secretary to the senate of bishops. an advisory body to the pope your appointment has been called historic, a significant step for women. >> i would say a symbol of the importance for the bishops, for the pope the importance of listening to all the people of god. >> reporter: the 52-year-old french nun is now the woman with the voice and a vote in what has been a sea of men. >> reporter: under francis, pop sense of superiority in the -- among some in the priesthood. what does that make possible
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>> a new style of leadership because it's about also share governance, about teamwork. >> reporter: born outside of paris, educated in business, becquart is known as the sailing nun. at home on the waters off the french coast do you feel close to god when you're on the water? >> my roots are on the sea when you're on the boat with the crew, you experience something of the mystery of the church >> reporter: she is now a symbol of hope in a church that is losing women in this country >> we have to have women in visible roles, in decision making. >> reporter: georgetown's kim daniels points to a recent survey that shows just 17% of millennial women a >> so reaching young women is critical this is an urgent challenge. >> reporter: it is one sister nathalie understands >> equality is important if the church doesn't change, leave the church >> reporter: do you see your
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appointment as a crack in the stained glass ceiling? >> i know that many people see this appointment like this you know, i am only a part of the long chain >> reporter: sister nathalie says she has met with pope francis in her prior roles, working on those meetings with bishops. she has yet to meet with him on this new assignment. however, she says she sees this as an effort by the pope to have the church listen to a diversity of voices. savannah and craig >> all right anne thompson at st. patrick's just down the block from us. thank you very much. >> sister nathalie. dylan dreyer will be in her church on sunday. >> we have a nice little chapel down by us so yeah, trying to take calvin more often, and it's a nice quick mass, so it works for his mind-set let's take a look at where the warm temperatures have been. we've been talking so much about where it's been cold well, the warm air is waiting in the wings. look at today's high temperatures out across the western third, western half of the country, rapid city, 75 degrees today
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billings, montana, 73. denver, 75 temperatures running 10 to 20 degrees above average. tomorrow, we'll see those temperatures once again on the warm side. las vegas, 91 degrees. palm springs, 97 tucson, 93 the warm air will move eastward. by the time we get to sunday, we'll likely break records out west the record in salt lake city is 79 we're forecasting a high of 80 for easter. casper, wyoming, 74 degrees. that should tie a record grand junction, 82 degrees we are going to see the temperatures really on the warm side, and that's what is going to trickle eastward by the time we get to next week. we'll be seeing temperatures around here back up into the mid to upper 60s and to be above average here in the bay area as well because a high is going to continue to make its exit starting today we'll notice a cooldown and more spring-like into the weekend. walnut creek a great shot, plenty of sunshine out there.
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you might have noticed the fog as well around the coastline. expect to see that continuing to saturday and sunday. here is a closer look at your microclimate highs for this afternoon. notice no 80s on the map, it's going to be a great day ahead. >> that's your latest forecast. >> nobody threw anything dylan, thank you. straight ahead, final four fever. >> yes, the women are in action tonight. the men tomorrow sam brock is getting us ready for the big game right after this i've found a way to do things differently with ocrevus, an infusion treatment that's 2-times-a-year. for adults with relapsing or primary progressive forms of multiple sclerosis, ocrevus is proven effective in reducing relapses in rms and slowing disability don't take ocrevus if you've had a life-threatening allergic reaction to it, tell your doctor about vaccinations or if you've had hep b, as it could come back. a common side effect of ocrevus is infusion reactions,
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really, it's about the final four this is like the mount everest of college basketball. tachlt at the same time one of the sport's most beloved coaches, roy williams of north carolina is calling it quits after 33 years as a head coach in just hours, a weekend of college basketball drama is set to unfold. >> here's decker, another three! >> perimeter defender. score! >> reporter: the matchups, a mix of top teams and electric upstarts on the men's side, a texas-sized showdown between baylor and houston. while 11 seeded ucla, which has the most championships in men's college basketball history, takes on tournament goliath gonzaga. >> we got two more that we need to get done. taking it one game at a time. >> reporter: in the women's bracket, there are three top seeds. stanford, south carolina, and uconn, and a lone three seed, arizona, which is playing in its first final four behind other
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worldly play from senior guard air ari mcdonald >> what is going on in this tournament >> yeah, i've been having, like, an outer body experience i've been so, like, locked in, like dialed in. >> reporter: mcdonald's defensive assignment tonight, uconn's page bueckers. the first freshman to ever win the ap player of the year award, fighting back tears. >> none of this would be possible without you guys and coach. >> aw. >> reporter: so much at stake for both schools the wildcats have a secret boost, savannah in their corner. >> we're so grateful she went to arizona. we love the support. we're just super happy, and it's always bear down. >> reporter: the biggest games of the year on tap, as college basketball says good-bye to one of its all-time winningest coaches, north carolina's roy williams, who is retiring. >> i'll always say that i was a coach, and that's the proudest
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moment of my life. >> reporter: williams is the only head coach to ever win 400 games with two schools, kansas and carolina, where he also captured three national championships. as a young assistant at unc, he watched a freshman named jordan make history this morning, michael jordan honoring his dear friend his great success on the court is truly matched by the impact he had on the lives of the players he coached, including me in his farewell press conference, roy williams said coaching is all he's ever wanted to do since the summer after his ninth grade year in high school. as for the women's tournament, the university of arizona wildcats don't have a championship yet, guys they're facing off against uconn, which has won 11. the players told me they expected to be in the final four, and they are not intimidated. >> that's right. don't have a championship yet. bear down. >> bear down. >> love it, sam. thank you. >> good stuff.
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anything from delivery trucks and emergency responders say they've had trouble getting down the snarled lakeshore avenue on the weekends. it could be a safety issue. police will be out in full force this weekend. let's check in with vianey in for kari this morning. nice temperatures ahead? >> nice temperatures ahead. we're going to cool off a little bit today, as that high pressure that was keeping us dry and warm continues to move east. we have increase in onshore flow and daytime highs this afternoon are going to be in the 70s so we're still above normal for where we're supposed to be in april but things are going to cool off more headed into the weekend. 75 in san jose today. no temperatures for today expected across the bay area. moon bay 59. san francisco 60 degrees and we are expecting to keep dry conditions through the weekend so for easter sunday, notice the highs are only going to be in the upper 60s, which is more spring-like but you also notice
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an increase. >> thank you very much. thank you for joining us as well. another update in half an hour.
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it's 8:00 on "toda el juicio inicia su quinto >> this morning, the trial enters day five after an emotional week. we're live with the latest. then covid concerns. with cases on the rise,
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officials urging americans once again not to gather in large groups this holiday weekend. but hope on the horizon, as companies ramp up vaccine production. >> this will end. we need to hold out just a bit longer and give vaccines a chance to really get the upper hand. plus, dedicated dad. we'll shine a light on world autism awareness day, on an incredible father who went above and beyond to make sure his son had a job he was proud of. >> coming through the door and saying, i made five batches of popcorn. i'm exhausted, dad. just leave me alone. can't put a price on it. >> just ahead, how he's creating opportunities for the autism community. and we're all ears, the simple dishes you can put together for an easter brunch the whole family will be happy about, today, friday, april 2nd, 2021. ♪ i will follow you ♪
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>> ready for easter in st. francis, wisconsin. >> happy easter. >> happy easter. >> spring break looks a little different this year. >> we still like hanging out in the quad. ♪ you know i'll follow you ♪ >> 15 years ago, i married my best friend. >> the best part about our honeymoon, we got to visit the plaza. now, we're back. ♪ wherever i can ♪ >> i love that. >> come back to the plaza next anniversary. hopefully we'll have the plaza. >> we will. >> to celebrate their 11th. welcome back to "today." good friday. we're glad to have you with us. hoda started her easter weekend a little early, so sheinelle is along and craig, too. >> yeah. >> we like to remind you, from time to time, without judgment, this show does start at 7:00, not 8:00. if you like to sleep in a little bit, that's cool. just dvr. >> don't feel guilty about it. >> yeah. >> fast forward through the boring bits. let's get right to the news at 8:00. testimony is set to resume this morning in the murder trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin. for the first time yesterday,
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chauvin's supervisor testified that officers should have stopped restraining george floyd as soon as he stopped resisting. >> do you have an opinion as to when the restraint of mr. floyd should have ended in this encounter? >> yes. >> what is it? >> when mr. floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended their restraint. >> in the meantime, chauvin's defense team is arguing that floyd's underlying health conditions and drug use are what killed him. floyd's family calls the defense's arguments a distraction. now to that growing backlash over the controversial new voting law in the state of georgia. critics say it amounts to voter suppression. now, they're stepping up pressure on companies, like coca-cola, home depot, and delta, to do more, or face a nationwide boycott. nbc's blayne alexander is in atlanta. blayne, good morning. >> reporter: craig, good morning to you. here in georgia, the countdown
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to the boycott is officially on. critics are giving these businesses until next week to fulfill a very specific set of demands. of course, all of this is in response to that controversial voting law that imposes new id requirements on absentee voting. now, critics say the fight goes far beyond the state of georgia. >> right now, my coke is flat. >> reporter: standing in the shadow of atlanta's world of coca-cola museum, religious leaders piling the pressure on the soft drink giant and other georgia corporations in the wake of the state's controversial voting bill. telling delta airlines, coca-cola, and home depot, either stand with them or face a boycott. >> we will learn to like some other drinks. we will learn to fly on some other airlines. >> reporter: republicans say that the new law makes elections more secure and expands early in-person voting in most counties. critics call it voter suppression, saying it creates hurdles for black voters to cast ballots.
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the demands, that corporations oppose the law and back lawsuits to stop it. support federal voting rights legislation, and stand against bills currently under consideration in at least 47 other states that critics say would restrict voting access. the latest in texas, more overnight, airlines and other businesses objected to a law that critics say make it harder to vote. many of those bills introduced by republican lawmakers reacting to false claims of fraud in the 2020 election, including by former president trump. what do you want to see from the businesses? >> we need more businesses to be speaking out. >> reporter: both delta and coca-cola released their strongest condemnation of the bill in the days after it became law. now, calling it unacceptable. more pressure. president biden backing a possible push to move this summer's all-star baseball game out of atlanta. georgia governor brian kemp says that would only hurt middle-class workers. >> they just don't understand
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the facts of the bill. >> reporter: all of it comes as we hear from georgia state lawmaker park cannon, speaking out for the first time since she was arrested outside the governor's office as he signed the bill. >> i felt as if time was moving in slow motion. my experience was painful. >> reporter: craig, overnight, we are also hearing from the major league baseball commissioner about the concept of possibly moving the all-star game out of atlanta. he's making it clear that baseball is against any sort of law that restricts voting rights. still, he says when it comes to moving the actual game, that brings about some difficult issues. he says they are having conversations about it. craig? >> blayne alexander for us in atlanta, thank you. officials are urging americans not to travel or meet in large groups this easter weekend during a troubling surge of covid infections. cases now up almost 12% nationwide. hospitalizations and deaths are
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also on the rise. hope coming from those vaccines. pfizer says it is speeding up its timetable for new vaccine production, down from 110 days to 60 days. the world health organization and china released a long-awaited study this week on the origins of covid-19. it reveals transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario. the findings leave many questions unanswered. nbc's janis mackey frayer is in can china with a closer look. >> reporter: with the unanswered question of where the pandemic started, the world health organization team investigating covid's origins says there's evidence the trail leads here to southern china, where our journey met with a few roadblocks. in the mystery of where the pandemic started, could the missing link be here, on farms that long raised wild animals for food, fur, and traditional medicine? like bamboo rats, deer, hedgehogs.
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it was a lucrative trade here until february 2020, as the virus was spreading. china abruptly shut down the entire industry. farmers were given buyouts to get rid of animals. there are no more, he says of his porcupines. they were sold or released into the mountains. china's crackdown shuttered some 20,000 wildlife farms nationwide in yunnan, most clustered near the border with myanmar and laos many bats are known to carry coronavirus. >> we are very, very confident the virus came from bats the wildlife is without any doubt the highest risk factor. >> reporter: it was here that covid's closest known relative was identi in an old copper mine, where in 2012, six men got sick and three died the virus found in bat droppings there, a 96.2% match to the one
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now driving the pandemic we found the road to the mine blocked by angry men >> clearly, they aren't going to let us pass. they are telling us there are whatever is down there, they don't want us to see. >> reporter: since 2013 that bat sample from the mine was kept at the wuhan substitute of virology at the center of suspicion the virus may have leaked from a lab. the world health organization points that evidence that wildlife farms are a hot spot where a bat virus could spill to animals, then people. >> i would start right there in yunnan and i would start spreading out from there >> reporter: now, over a year later, there may be little evidence left to find. even with the w.h.o. report, china has yet to mention studying bat habitats or wildlife farms here. officials repeatedly suggested the investigation should now look elsewhere savannah >> janis mackey frayer in china,
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thank you. all right, coming up on 8:10 now. news is coverage. s.g., can you you do it? >> we have to have a boost uconn taking the floor against arizona tomorrow they'll have a special fan in the stands 8-year-old daniela was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder when she was 1 year old she became an honorary member of the uconn team two years ago through an organization called team impact. this week, they gave her a surprise she will never, ever forget take a look at this. >> we love you so much we wanted to let you know that you're flying out here on thursday so you can be on the game on friday [ laughter ] >> thank you. >> are you so excited? >> yes >> what a doll that's awesome the huskies, current and former players, regularly surprise daniela. they zoom her.
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they do in-person visits she's really part of the team. they celebrate holidays with the family they even keep a cardboard cutout of her at the stands at all home games, so she had to be there. >> i love it. >> now, she doesn't need the cutout she'll be there in person. >> exactly. up next on this world autism awareness day, craig, i know you're shining a light on a remarkable company created from a father's love for his son. >> when you found out your dad had bought this popcorn shop, what did you think >> i didn't expect it to get this far. >> the opportunities that business is creating for guys like sam and others, who are finding it really hard to find work, right after this legit unlimited data, powered by verizon for as little as $25 a month. but when you bring a friend every month, you get every month for $5. so i'm bringing everyone within 12 degrees of me.
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>> reporter: it's been a dream fulfilled for a devoted and determined dad. steve bier's 30-year-old son sam, has autism. he was 4 years old when his parents first noticed his sensitivity to sounds and challenges that would make it difltd for him to find a job as he got older so steve took action he bought a popcorn shop at the local mall and put his son to work >> everyone loves popcorn. it cuts through all social, economic barriers. it is not seasonal it's not dangerous to make >> reporter: when you found out your dad had bought this popcorn shop, what'd you think >> i didn't expect it to get this far. >> reporter: within a year, that small idea turned into popcorn for the people, a nonprofit organization that employs autistic adults. >> we create opportunities, create jobs. we are an equal poportunity company. >> reporter: each employee is assigned a task, from labeling packages with personalized stickers.
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>> this bag was labeled by patrick. to popping the kernels even breaking apart oreos for their signature cookies and cream flavored popcorn. >> use a mallet to smash the oreos. >> reporter: the idea here is to keep machines out and people employed >> i would rather have two or three autistic workers working in a spot opposed to having some fancy machine that will crank it out by itself and three people lose their jobs. >> reporter: the company has 30 employees on payroll, aged 21 to 36 there is a wait list you have roughly 40 employees or potential employees on a wait list, trying to get into this place. what does that say about the employment market? >> i think that speaks volumes devastating the lack of employment in the autism community. >> reporter: the unemployment rate for autistic adults is more than 80% why is it that high though >> the public has to understand, behaviors that they may
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interpret one way, it means something completely different with someone who is on the autism spectrum. like sam, you like to every now urself down a little bitaybe if you're not aware of that and understand what that means, you say, i'm not going to hire that guy. >> reporter: sam, what would you say to people who might be thinking, i don't know hiring an adult with autism, that's too much of a risk. >> a lot of these kids with autism, they may act funny, may seem strange, but some reason, like the majority of them are smart in one thing for example, a severely autistic kid may not be able to speak if you give them a rubik's cube, they can solve it in less than a minute. >> reporter: 25-year-old patrick womener joined popcorn for the people four years ago. before starting he wouldn't leave his mom's side. now, he's one of the company's star employees. >> you're a master popper. >> yep, i know i am.
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>> in a given day, how much popcorn do you think you probably pop >> 20 batches of popcorn. >> reporter: patrick's mom says popcorn for the people has made her son more independent. >> he loves coming here. for me, it was the best feeling in the world it's what every parent wants when your child grows up you want them to have a job, and he has one now. >> reporter: for families like patrick's, the business changed their lives. steve hopes the popcorn will keep on popping. if dad's not up for the task, somebody is ready to step in sam, dad can't do it forever do you think at some point, you take over the popcorn empire today. i think you have a protege >> he is ready he could do it today by the way, steve doesn't take a salary. again, always money from sales goes directly to employing autistic adult, and hopefully
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they're getting more of those folks off the wait list. >> great so many of us want to support them now has the pandemic changed the business at all? >> it has. it has like a lot of small businesses, they've taken a hit. they used to make the bulk of the money selling at events. they'd sell in stadiums and things like that over the past year, they've had to pivot they're online you can buy them online. good news, we won't have to go far. now, they're going to start selling at the top of the rock >> oh, nice. >> start this weekend selling top of the rock. you can, by the way, learn about popcorn for the people on our lots more information there. >> i have a feeling they'll do well. >> yeah, they will like the cookies one we had our eye on that one. >> lots of questions about the oreo. >> i did. i wanted to know more. i'm surprised you didn't bring us a little sample >> after the pandemic. >> there you go. you're a busy man. in the third hour, craig will introduce us to another superhero dad who has gone to amazing lengths for his young son. >> i love that. dylan, let's get a check of the weather. >> all right we've got a big weekend coming up today, look at this weather map, this looks nice. not a whole lot going on at all.
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really, most of the country seeing a lot of sunshine no real wet weather. although, the temperature map looks not as great because it is so cold across the eastern third, eastern half of the country really 20s and 30s in the northeast and new england. excuse me. he we even have frost advisories in northern florida. we are going to see things turn around as we go into the weekend. today we've got the april chill in the east, the april warmth out west and that warmth is going to another beautiful day, but temperatures are going to cool off just a little bit. still above normal though into the interiorn the forecast. beautiful shot of walnut creek. look at san jose, 75, livermore 77. san francisco and the bay noticeably cooler in the low
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60s. and we will feel more spring like heading into the weekend, only topping out in the upper 60s. >> that's your latest forecast. >> dylan, thank you. sheinelle, double, triple, quadruple duty >> "pop start. we're going to do a friday pop start for you. first up we have erj church. the country music star is on billboard magazine's latest issue with a very important message. the moment he received his final dose of the covid vaccine. in an effort to encourage fans to go out and get their shots. church telling the magazine, vaccinations are the, quote, only way to really get back to normal and back to something he's been looking forward to, performing live music. here's what he had to say. >> this is our best way back to me being able to shake hands with the people in the front row, me being able to jump in unity that have been so lacking in the last year >> we're ready for it. hopefully eric church can get back on stage soon his heart and soul triple album project is set to drop later
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this month next up, snoop dogg. we know him as a rapper, producer, and performer, but the legendary artist made an announcement yesterday that he will be adding one more title to his long list of credits here it is >> april 19th, i am officially appearing on "the voice" here on nbc as the season 20 mega mentor. >> you thought snoop and martha stewart was a weird combination. >> i did. >> we're on another scale right now, baby. them pieces are going to come up big, and you're setting them up. when i take you on the roller coaster, hold on you might fall off. >> you should write a book. >> "the voice," by snoop dogg. >> oh, yeah it's going to be lit. >> the one and only d-o-g-g. >> snoop will be the first rapper to ever work as a mega mentor on "the voice. you can catch him helping out the four singers save during the battle rounds, when the episode airs april 19th, right here on nbc.
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next up, isla fisher you may have heard this one before the "wedding crashers" actress is often mistaken for another hollywood redhead, amy adams look at this th film "nocturnal animals. isla on the left amy on the right there might be some confusion, you can see. they have similar smiles and often curl their hair the same fisher sat down with an australia morning show "the project" and shared how she and amy adams feel about the common mix-up >> honestly, we love it. amy has obviously got blue eyes, and i have brown our husbands laughed about it, too. i don't know i haven't had it for a while, but then i think i've been inside my house during covid for a year i've kind of now, to be honest, i look forward to being recognized as anyone i just look forward to being out and about. >> we can relate to that after the last year of social distancing finally, andra day, our buddy willie geist sat down with
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the actress, fresh off her golden globe win for her role in "the united states versus billie holiday. she is phenomenal in this film plays the iconic singer who happens to be her personal idol. in their interview airing this weekend, listen to this, willie got to surprise her with a visit from the former teacher who first introduced her to holiday's music. >> i think we have somebody joining us on the call mr. doyle, are you there, sir? >> oh, my gosh this is crazy. >> you've been busy since i saw you last. >> what made you think that billie holiday would be a good fit for andra? >> she wasn't your normal musical theater high school girl she was this sultry, sophisticated rawness in her voice.
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you know, you'd sit back and sing a song, and it was like, if you want to come up here and listen to me, that's cool. if not, no big deal. >> i love it so much it goes to show the lasting impact teachers can have on their studentstoday. >> willie always does good withr easter sun good morning, 8:26. i'm marcus washington. police in fremont investigating a deadly shooting by one of its officers. it happened on west warren avenue. a special firearms task team was trailing a man with two outstanding warrants. police tell us they first released a police dog when the suspect then drew the gun. the man died at the scene and police have not yet released his name. time to get a look at the weekend forecast for you.
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vianey in for kari this morning. how is it looking? >> sunny, yeah, we will still get plenty of sunshine but things will cool off and it will get spring like around here. still warm through the interior valleys. beautiful friday ahead. a lot cooler along the coast. san francisco, 60 degrees. when you think about 60 degrees, remember two days ago when san francisco had a new record high 81 beating the old record back in 2011. into the weekend saturday and sunday, these will cool off more with an increase in the shore flow moving into. and as much as we need the rain, it doesn't look like it will be here any time soon. >> thank you. we'll have another update in 30 minutes.
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♪ running to the altar ♪ like ♪ like a track star ♪ >> sorry, what just happened >> it is 8:30. >> zero in on that. >> you have to acknowledge that. >> we never know the music they'll play i hear it and -- >> you felt it >> i forgot i was on tv. this is the start of your easter weekend. welcome to "today. if you're wondering what to cook for the holiday, we have you covered.
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>> by we, we mean her. laura vitale, the popular of star of laura in the kitchen on youtube. has some great ideas for easter sunday brunch including a quiche with a unique crust. they say it won't get soggy. i like that. also ahead, andrea mitchell with an eye-opening look at the special training our service members go through before taking their post she joined in a recent session and will show us firsthand how tough it really is. >> wow then we are celebrating a beloved colleague around here. there he is, bill neely. our chief global correspondent, bill, this is your life. he is retiring after 40 years as a broadcaster. we just want to take a moment this morning and look back at that incredible, award-winning career we'll do that in a few then on the third hour, we are going to catch up with deejay khalid. he is on to tell us all about his newest project and share a few secrets behind some of your fave orite songs. we're already excited for next week here on "today." we are going to celebrate spring
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in a big way what to buy, what to wear, what to eat, everything that you need to know to enjoy this season i've never been more excited about spring. >> me too, me too. there's only one thing we need, and that's a good weather forecast dylan. >> no pressure. i finally have it. we're going to work in springlike weather through the weekend. tomorrow, temperatures turn milder through the midwest back in the 60s. 70s across the plains. even some 80s sprinkled in there. record high temperatures possible in the southwest. lots of sunshine there's really no big storm or nothing really going on. so let's take a look at easter sunday got some cute towns for you, lamb, colorado, 83 degrees, passover, missouri, 76 degrees egg harbor, new jersey, 66 and chickville, new hampshire -- should i read them all because they're adorable, lily, florida, 78 degrees. you get the picture. it is going to be nice and mild, lots of sunshine nothing to worry about, except in tulips washington, 49 degrees. that is one of the coolest spots
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friday. i hope you're doing well. the weather is going to be a little cooler but still warm towards the interior valleys. meanwhile, if you're hanging out around the coastline, you will probably notice the fog this morning. we have an increase in onshore flow. that's helping keep our temperatures below those 80s, which yesterday we saw more records breaking. yesterday was a high 84. compare that to today, we will stay dry through the weekend. >> that's your latest forecast. coming up next, andrea mitchell experiences firsthand the training our u.s. diplomats go through before they move overseas it is certainly not easy she will share it with us.
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people think of diplomats living the high life in glamorous
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foreign capitals capitals, sometimes disparaged as cookie pushers for attending the fancy events. >> over the years, 300 u.s. foreign service members and other personnel have died in terror attacks while serving overseas now, they're being trained to survive such attacks. >> nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell found out exactly how tough that training is. andrea, good morning >> reporter: good morning to you guys foreign service members used to get some security training, but nothing like what i saw at the facility that opened just two years ago on an army base near richmond, virginia i found out firsthand. rocket fire, a terror attack on a u.s. embassy compound that could take place anywhere in the world. >> everybody down, everybody down >> reporter: foreign service officers scramble to evacuate. >> secure. evacuate facility using the nearest exit >> we're about to be moved up to the rooftop, where a helicopter
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will be for evacuation. >> reporter: but when they get to the roof, another blast >> get down! >> reporter: and then smoke fills the building >> stand up, stand up. you're good. >> keep going. >> let's go. >> reporter: just like the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, in 2012 killing four americans, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens, this exercise at fort pickett near richmond, virginia, teaches foreign service officers and their family how to survive a similar attack >> we're at the end. we lost the people ahead of us blacked out. >> as a family member, this is actually probably the most important training that i could do >> reporter: all state department personnel from ambassador on down are required to take this course before they're posted overseas, to prepare for what they may encounter. the training is tough. what do you do if you're on the road and get surrounded by bad guys ram the car in front of you at full speed >> you're going to go full
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acceleration i mean, push the gas pedal to the floor, accelerate through it it is going to go pop. it is literally going to bounce out of our way >> reporter: the key to it is, just really hitting the gas. >> exactly start rolling. start rolling, exactly that's it. that's it. now go full gas, all the way, go, go, go, go >> reporter: diplomatic security agents are taught how to investigate the aftermath of a motorcade hit by an ied. step one, simulate the attack. >> everybody prepare for the detonation >> press hard? >> yes, ma'am, press hard. >> reporter: wow, i don't think anyone would have survived that shot. >> no, ma'am it's a pretty violent business >> reporter: afterwards, finding the bomb's components, the circuit board, plastic explosives, all homemade. >> anyone sitting in these two seats would be in that injury path here. >> the world is getting more dangerous. we need to be out there. we need to be competing in that environment. we need to have our people
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ready. >> reporter: a big part of the training, defensive driving. a mother of three teenagers has served in pakistan, iraq, afghanistan, some of the world's most dangerous posts >> break on the straightaway, and you're going to go -- oh, too far, right to the right. there you go, nice, nice you recovered. that's perfect >> reporter: my gosh. >> you have this big, long straightaway this is where you catch up your speed. put distance between you and whatever the threat may be following you. >> reporter: diplomats and security agents learn to drive a jeep over an obstacle course this is something. >> absolutely. something we do every day. >> reporter: oh, my gosh. >> here we are at the top. >> you? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: how to drive fast without spinning out on sand or gravel. >> obviously, don't want to e t. you have to know where it is safe to go fast, and when they need to slow down. >> reporter: american diplomats
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learning life-saving skills, hoping they won't need them. the foreign service members have to re-certify by taking this course every six years for me, once was enough. >> andrea, you're so brave we've seen it once we've seen it a thousand times how did it feel to just hit the gas and hit that car >> reporter: it felt awful if you know anything about me, i'm not the best driver in the world. >> i wasn't going to bring it up, andrea i was going to say, we've seen those maneuvers on the roads a time or two from you >> reporter: a little ptsd >> well, that is a cool story, and such important work and a sign of the times that that training is necessary. >> reporter: they do great work. >> they do andrea, thank you for the story. we're going to switch gears. when we come back, laura cookinl has nearly 4 million subscribers, and we're excited she's joining us to share a few delicious ideas for that easter delicious ideas for that easter sunday brunch.
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we're we're back 8:42 a special easter edition of "today food. >> yeah, if you're out of ideas on what to serve your family, you have come to the right place this morning laura vitale is here from "laura in the kitchen." she's got the perfect spread that will satisfy everyone in that hard to please family good to see you, as always, laura. good morning >> good morning. thanks for having me i'm so excited to be here. i feel like it's been so long. >> yeah. >> wish you were here in person. >> what are you making >> me, too >> what are we making this morning? >> i wanted to make a brunch i felt was really easy and versatile. most importantly, that you could prepare a lot of in advance the day before i am not a fan of getting up at 4:00 in the morning to cook. we're going to make a beautiful vegetable quiche that i'm serving in a hashed brown crust. no one likes a soggy pie crust
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i have to have my nonna's easter sweetbread for dunking into coffee i always make some kind of tart. i feel like it is great to be eaten at room temperature. e it's super easy and simple, but the quiche really is such a star here because it combines a hashbrowns all in one. what i've done, i'm tak frittata or like an egg, like an omelet if you will and hashed browns all in one. what i've done, i'm taken some potatoes you want to grate them on a boxed grater really simply. once you have your potatoes all grated, you're going to dunk them into some water, which i know looks really eerie. the whole point here is to get rid of as much of the starch as possible you squeeze them, you add them to a bowl, pretend this is a full bowl of potatoes. you'll add some grated onion, then some salt and pepper and a little olive oil i like to cook mine in a non-stick skillet that is oven proof.
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all you do, you pat it into your skillet that has a little bit of olive oil. you throw it in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, and now you've got something that looks like this. it's already partially cooked and it's nice and crispy. it is lovely now you make a nice custard of eggs, i have heavy cream and then salt and pepper it's very versatile. if you don't want to do veggies, i have simple spring sauteed vegetables, i just sauteed in salt and pepper and olive oil. if you didn't want to do that -- i lost my whisk, if you didn't want to do that, you could do some crumbled bacon. you could do some leftover sausage. you could do some ham if you wanted to. very, very simple. so you beat your custard, whisk the eggs, make sure it's all combined you pour into your crust i'm going to move my crust close to me so that you can see. >> you pour it in there, but the crust is already cooked, right >> it's half cooked. >> half cooked. >> partially cooked. it's going to get even more time in the oven.
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you top it with your desired vegetables it can be sausage. i've done this with leftover ham from easter, which was great because a lot of times it's like you have easter with one side of the family and then the next day you have easter monday with somebody else. you've got leftover ham from easter you can add that right in here then you put your cheese on top. you throw the whole thing into the oven for 20 minutes, and it comes out looking bronze and gorgeous. >> what kind of cheese do you use, laura what was that? >> i like a mixture of gruyere and cheddar. you could use either you could use both you could use whatever cheese you'd like i think you need to use quite a strong cheese because this recipe itself is so simple that i feel like it could really handle something pungent, but not everyone likes a really pungen so that's why i say you can just go with a sharp cheddar and you're fine, but really, the combination of the cheddar and the gruyere just kind of gives you nuttiness, and it's so good.
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you never have to worry about a soggy crust, if you do plan on reheating it, the crust is actually going to just get crispier and crispier and cri crispier, which we love. and i mean, this to me is a perfect brunch, a mimosa or two alongside, some fresh fruit, and you are in business. >> yeah. yum. >> laura, that puff pastry you had with the asparagus, is that an easy thing to assemble? >> it's so easy. all i've done is to my pastry chart here with asparagus, you take a sheet of puff pastry. i do it the night before you lay it on top of parchment paper on a baking sheet. you spread a little bit of like any kind of spreadable herby cheese that you like, urban garlic, you could do a chive, a little bit of ricotta, if you wanted to it, what is that cream cheese with -- i think it's a green onion cream cheese or something, spread that on there, a little bit of parm, and then you put on your fresh asparagus. again, a little bit more parm, a little olive oil, a little salt
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and pepper and then i just put it in the fridge covered and then the next mortganing i l brush with egg wash, pop it into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. it is perfect every time actually, i feel like by doing that, you're giving the puff pastry some time to really set in the fridge so when you do go to bake it, it kind of comes out perfect every single time. >> she's going to torture us. >> it looks so good. >> or we could just come to your house. >> that'd be great. >> then we'd have it all settled. >> please, i am so ready to entertain. >> say the word. you can find the recipe and many others on our website at today.com/food happy easter laura. guys, coming up next, we're going to do it, we're going to celebrate a woerful guy, ournd
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decade of them with us at nbc, bill neely has been criss-crossing the world to tell the stories that matter. >> yeah. now, the veteran correspondent, who witnessed so much history, is hanging up his mic in search of his next great adventure. >> reporter: for more than four decades, bill neely has been on the front lines of history >> berliners are proclaiming a new era. >> reporter: reporting from every corner of the world with his unique style and swagger >> it's just astonishing >> reporter: starting out as a cub reporter for the bbc, he rose through the journalistic ranks. spending the last decade of his career here with us at nbc news, as our chief global correspondent. awards >> 500 yards away. >> reporter: including a peabody. in haiti, he waited patiently as rescuers searched for earthquake survivors.
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>> did you think you would live? >> yes, why not? >> reporter: he's covered presidents in their palaces. >> the first draft of history is saying you are a brutal dictator. >> reporter: and greeted migrants desperate for a taste of freedom. >> speak english no >> reporter: he was first on the ground covering a school shooting in pakistan, and came under fire from isis while covering a story in philippines. >> the main danger here is from isis snapipers, and they're jus across the bridge. >> reporter: bill initially wanted to be an actor. when you grow up in northern ireland during the trouble, you get drawn to news. as a drummer in a punk band, bill loved great music ♪ >> reporter: he was on duty the day the legendary david bowie died >> bill is with us live from london bill, you're a legend. you're so beloved and admired and revered around here. we cannot believe you're the most, do you think >> reporter: oh, i think apart
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from t shoulders of people in the "today" show gallery, like libby and maz and bill and erica and roberto and phil and pete, the whole gang you know, one of the great things about being an on the road reporter is the moments when you get to talk in the evenings, maybe over dinner if you're lucky, over a glass of wine with your friends, one of whom is standing behind the camera, tony hemmings, my great colleague and cameraman. and sometimes with competitors life is short. these stories are terribleody o who wants to be a journalist, it's actually a wonderful phenomenal you mentioned maz, the ep of this show, mazzarelli. he says in bill we trust if bill neely got assigned a story, we knew we were in good hands.
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what's next, buddy what is the next chapter >> reporter: you know, i don't know i do just want to take a rest and have a think but on that score, i have to say, it is such an amazing privilege that nbc, american broadcasters, gave me. you know, a punk kid from belfast with a dodgey accent to be allowed into your living rooms and your kitchens to tell the story of your president, of your troops on the front line. i mean, that is such a privilege and such a responsibility, and that's extraordinary that you gave it to me, and you know, thank you so much for it because i've had a blast >> bill, thank you for all you have done. seeing the stories you covered, i have to ask, were you ever scared >> reporter: you know, i think i've covered quite a lot of wars and been under fire.
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i think, you know, if you said you weren't scared, you'd be a liar but there are many degrees of fear unfortunately, i've never felt terrified, and i've never had flashbacks thank goodness for that. but yes, of course, but you measure risk all the time, especially, you know, in wars as my colleague richard engel will know only too well, in earthquakes. you know, you measure up risk and rewards. thankfully, it's all been worth it. >> now, you can run the marathons. i was reading, you finished 11 marathons. this year, you'll compete in the london and boston marathons in the space of eight days? >> crazy >> well, you know, that's the -- that's the plan. i'm running for a very nice british charity called cry i will send begging letters to as many of you as i possibly can. yeah, i mean, two marathons in eight days is a bit silly, but i'm going to give it a go.
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>> bill, you can do everything you're a globe trotting foreign correspondent, a wonderful colleague, a runner, a good heart, and now we know you were in a punk band so now i feel like i barely ever knew you i just learned that today. >> reporter: who knew, huh >> you're amazing, bill. we're going to miss you. good luck in all your adventures i hope it is the right balance between rest and adventure for you. you've earned all of it. thank you. >> take care, buddy. >> reporter: thank you so much thanks for the privilege. >> we love you. >> congratulations. coming up on "hoda and jenna," the rainy day essentials you never knew you needed. first, "3rd hour of today," good morning, 8:56. i'm marcus washington. a big step towards normal today for san jose's children's discovery museum. visitors are being allowed back inside for more than year. the rooftop rubber ducky got a cleaning ahead of the reopening.
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one attraction backyard area has been open for months but indoor capacity was closed. guests will need tickets beforehand. everyone 2 and up must wear a mask happening now across the bay area, families are gearing up for easter weekend gatherings. while more people are becoming fully vaccinated, health experts are trying to balance the caution. we will have the full story on our midday forecast. speaking of gatherings, the cdc issued new guidelines for fully vaccinated people who intend to travel. they no longer have to worry about quarantining or testing. that amounts to nearly 20% of the population. getting the v after access across the state, there are but ways to score shots along with the promise of more coming. our kris sanchez will have that at midday.
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, this is the "3rd hour of today." >> good morning, everybody. welcome to the "3rd hour of today." it is friday, april 2nd. it is good friday. it is also my mother and father-in-law's anniversary. i wish them a very happenry an verse -- happy anniversary. denise and russ, happy anniversary. we were sharing recipes for easter. >> very nice. savannah and i are both probably, out of everybody, we don't cook as much as the rest of you guys. all morning long, dylan has been trying to coach savannah on what to cook over the holiday weekend. >> yeah. >>

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