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congestion throughve a great da. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning starting at 4:30. we an update coming up at 7:27. be safe. see you in a bit. good morning reversal and reaction. bill cosby waking up a free man after his sexual assault conviction was suddenly overturned his accusers voicing shock and anger. >> i'm outraged. i'm infuriated. victory. himself declaring >> this is for all the people who have been imprisoned wrongfully regardless of race, color, or creed. >> so what led to the court's decision and what happens next one of the prosecutors on the
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cosby trials joins us live breaking overnight a grand jury indicts the trump organization and one of its top executives the charges set to be revealed in court today what it could mean for former president trump and his future straight ahead. massive blast. overnight a powerful explosion his accusers voicing shock and anger. >> i'm outraged and infuriated. >> cosby himself declaring victory. >> this is for all the people who have been imprisoned regardless of race, color or creed. >> what led to the court's decision and what happens next? one of the prosecutors on the cosby trial joins us live.
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breaking overnight. a grand jury indicts the trump organization and one of its top executives. the charges set to be revealed in court today. what could mean for president trump and his future straight ahead. a massive blast. overnight a powerful explosion rock as los angeles neighborhood amp police seize thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks. an attempt to safely detonate some of them going horribly wrong. at least 17 people hurt. nearby homes and cars badly damaged. we'll have the very latest, and the arrest tied to the case. moments before disaster, new video that seems to show water leaking from that condo building in south florida just minutes ahead of its collapse. what it could reveal to investigators, and the growing death toll now including two children as president biden makes his way there today. denied.
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britney spears' bid to remove her father from that controversial conservatorship rejected overnight. what's next for the pop star and her battle for freedom? those stories, plus touching tribute. princes william and harry making a rare appearance together this morning to unveil a special statue honoring their mother. we're live at kensington palace on what would have been princess diana's 60th birthday. and the suns shine. >> paul steps back, three-pointer, puts its in and the foul! >> phoenix wins big to reach the nba finals. >> this has been a dream season. and it's not over yet. >> the team's first in nearly 30 years, "today" thursday, july 1, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb from
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studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hey, guys. welcome to "today." so happy you're joining us on a thursday morning. flip the calendar, it is july the 1st. savannah's working from home. good morning, s.g. >> july 1st starting busy. we'll start a live look at the major events happening today, and at kensington palace princes william and harry coming together to honor their mother princess diana with a permanent monument to her. we're there as it happens this morning. >> meantime, this is the scene in south los angeles in the wake of that devastating explosion as thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks were being seized by police. we have the very latest. and to new york city. this is a look outside the home outside of the trump organization's longtime chief financial officer, allen weisselberg, surrendered just moments ago after being indicted along with the organization itself. this is all part of that investigation by the manhattan district attorney and new york attorney general.
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but we do begin in pennsylvania where bill cosby is a free man. in his own home this morning, following that stunning decision by the state supreme court to throw out his sexual assault conviction. we will talk to the special prosecutor in the cosby trials in just a moment, but first, nbc's stephanie gosk has more on the decision and reaction to it. good morning. >> reporter: hoda, good morning. bill cosby waking up in his home for the first time in over three years. his record is clean. he cannot be retried on these charges. his legal team calling it justice but prosecutors say it does not change the underlying facts of this case. nearly three years after the iconic comedian was sent to prison bill cosby is back home. a free man. his conviction thrown out.ld looking frail. speaking out for the first time in a radio interview. >> this is for all the people
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who have been imprisoned wrongfully, regardless of race, color or creed. >> reporter: in 2018 a jury found cosby jury of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against andrea constand, a former employee. constand testified cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home in 2004. he has always maintained the interaction was consensual. after the verdict, she described the alleged encounter on "dateline." >> my mind saying, move your hands, kick, can you do anything. i don't want this. why is this person doing this. >> reporter: on wednesday the highest court threw out that conviction saying cosby's due process rights were violated when he was charged because when constand first came forward then district attorney bruce castor decided not to charge him criminally. cosby later gave testimony in a civil lawsuit brought by constand thinking he could speak freely and not incriminate
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himself. in that deposition, he admitted he had given quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. >> anything you want to say. >> reporter: in 2015, a new district attorney used that same testimony to charge the comedian with sexual assault. the state supreme court calling that an affront to fundamental fairness. prosecutors on the cosby case disagree. >> -- alleged promises in writing and none were approved by any court. >> reporter: more than 60 women came forward ranging from groping to sexual assault to rape. cosby has denied all wrongdoing. many of the women shocked by the court's ruling, emphasizing it was based on a legal technicality not the ruling of the case. andrea constand's attorney calling the ruling disappointing. cosby, who rairned over hollywood for decades, drawing support from his most famous co-star, phylicia rashad,
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tweeting "finally a terrible wrong is being righted." cosby has reacted multiple times publicly. he called into a radio show. cosby put a message on twitter. he posted this picture with a statement saying in part, i have never changed my stance nor my story. i have always maintained my innocence. savannah? >> all right, stephanie, thank you. joining us now is kristen gibbons feden, a schedule prosecutor in the cosby's trials now an nbc news legal analyst. good morning. before we get into the particulars of the legal ruling, just your gut reaction when you found out that the court was vacating those convictions that you had helped to prosecute, and bill cosby was free within a matter of hours. >> honestly, i was shocked. i was in disbelief. my co-prosecutors stu ryan texted me and told me and i was just in complete disbelief. particularly since i thought
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there was no alleged agreement. he went forward. the common pleas court agreed with us. the superior court agreed. excuse me, the supreme court disagreed, but, yeah, i was just in total shock. >> the court's ruling does not touch on the issue of guilt or innocence. it turns on whether or not there was a valid agreement not to prosecute and whether your office needed to abide by it, but cosby was triumphant. on the radio he said, this is for all who have been wrongfully imprisoned regardless of race, color or creed. your reaction? >> my reaction to that statement, particularly as it is made in conjunction with his other statement, specifically the one that this is justice for black americans, makes me sick to my stomach and absolutely disgusted, because throughout the trial and continuing on now, he is trying to exploit that black americans, including myself, as a former prosecutor,
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have for justice in america for black and brown bodies. the other thing i want to also emphasize is three of the prior witnesses, kelly johnson, shalaun -- were black american women, black women. this is not justice for them. and to put himself in the shoes of those wrongfully convicted is just wrong. yes, the conviction has been overturned, but the merits of the case are still in place. he was found to have sexually assaulted andrea constand, he still sits before you as a sexual predator if not a guilty man. >> look, let me ask you and play devil's advocate because the court's ruling turned on this procedural issue, but it was fundamental. there was a prior prosecutor who said he would not prosecute bill cosby criminally based on that cosby then goes and testifies gives incriminating evidence and that is then used later by a
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different prosecutor saying i'm not bound by that previous agreement. the court said it was fundamentally unfair. how do you respond to that? >> look, savannah, i 100% respect our esteemed bench here in fa pennsylvania, particularly all the justices on the supreme court bench. but i have to respectfully disagree. i want to emphasize this was a split decision. when we talk about due process rights, one of the things we go back to is the actual testimony given during the habeas corpus hearing for this particular issue, and during that hearing, much testimony came out. number one, we're not even certain that an agreement was made. typically these agreements made are in writing, approved by the court, and there aren't any subsequent indicia of the absence of such an agreement, releasing the press release
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where he said i may decline charges now, but i will revisit the decision should the need arise. >> yeah. i've got to cut you off there because of breaking news we have, but, as you said, hotly litigated in the lower courts and a split decision now from the court of appeals, but we appreciate you being here this morning. thank you very much. kristen gibbons feden, thank you for your time. one of the prosecutors in the case. >> take care. breaking overnight also, a major development into the investigations of former president trump and his business empire. d spoken
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multiple times with the investigators now predicting mr. trump might eventually face charges. all part of an investigation by the manhattan district attorney and new york attorney general. those indictments against the trump organization and cfo allen weisselberg expected to be unsealed today. multiple sources with knowledge of the case tell nbc news prosecutors have been looking into whether company employees including weisselberg evaded taxes on fringe benefits like cars and apartments as part of a scheme by the trump organization to pay compensation off the
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books. repub any liability here? >> absolutely. absolutely. i believe he'll be indicted. >> against him? >> yes. >> reporter: the former president denouncing the investigation as a continuation of the greatest witch-hunt of all-time. all as he looks to reassert his control over the gop making his first visit to the southern border since leaving office. >> biden is destroying our country. >> reporter: blasting his
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successor for reversing his immigration policies and repeating the lie the election he lost was stolen from him. more than 30 house republicans joined the former president in south texas showing his hold over much of the party as the legal issues unfold today in new york. we expect to see attorneys representing the trump organization in court later on today when the indictments are unsealed. one of the lawyers has said to nbc they plan to plead not guilty and are going to push to have this case dismissed. hoda? nbc's morgan chesky is following it for us. morgan, good morning. >> reporter: yes, savannah, good morning to you. we've just learned that president biden is on the ground
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in florida heading to a beachside hotel where he will be debriefed by local officials who have confirmed that search and rest cue efforts were paused overnight due to structural instability. this morning we're getting a firsthand look of the video that may have shown the tower standing in its final moments. the new video seems to show water leaking from the base of the building was posted on tiktok just eight minutes before the collapse. it comes as search and rescue workers refuse to give up hope after pulling the last survivor from the rubble a week ago. >> the guys and gals working on that pile, there are times they are breaking down. >> reporter: rescuers not slowing down. pushed to work day and night by the thought they may be able to bring some of the missing back home. >> you imagine how one person coming out of that rubble, that gets to hug their loved one. that's a totally different type of healing. >> reporter: 145 people are still missing. the death toll rising to 18,
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including two children, ages 4 and 10. >> the loss of our children is too great to bear. >> reporter: calls for accountability now growing stronger. overnight nbc news obtained a voicemail left in the chaotic moments after the tower fell. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: raisa rodriguez, a resident of the tower in a unit that didn't collapse, frantically calling her brother after witnessing the destruction. >> the whole side of the building is gone. >> reporter: filing a lawsuit on behalf of a man still missing pushing to visit the site and preserve evidence. >> the key to answering the question, what happened to my loved one, is the evidence and the debris and the rubble. >> reporter: at the scene, loved still grappling with what could have been. >> we came to pay our respects to our neighbors. it easily could have been us in that building. >> reporter: on the ground, 21 rescue dogs doing their part, able to access hard to reach spots, trained to pinpoint
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anyone, even under feet of rubble. >> she knows her job and i just need to trust her. >> reporter: do you trust if anyone is still there, she could track them down? >> oh, yes. definitely. >> reporter: holding out hope amidst so much heartache. this morning firefighters confirming they did hear a female voice but after several hours of searching they were unable to find her. back to you. >> all right. morgan, thank you very much. now to that breaking news out of l.a. overnight. a neighborhood rocked by a massive explosion after police seize thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks and were attempting to detonate some of them. nbc's guad venegas joins us from the scene, guad, good morning. >> reporter: hi, good morning, hoda. with the sun out you can see the windows blown out and the vehicle that exploded behind us, all of this inside a residential neighborhood. just as the fourth of july
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holiday weekend is kicking off, a frightening incident in los angeles wednesday after a bomb squad carrying confiscated illegal fireworks exploded unexpectedly, injuring 17 people. footage of the explosion captured on video by cbs news and by radio station kmax showing a truck carrying some of the fireworks exploding, blowing windows out of nearby buildings and tossing debris into the air and street. police say they received a call about fireworks being stored in a residence in the historic south central neighborhood. >> they identified a stack of what would be commonly described as commercial-grade fireworks. those fireworks were stacked in boxes totaling eight to ten feet high. it was estimated 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of that materiel. >> reporter: the unexplained explosion happening as a bomb squad was attempting to dispose some of the fireworks, detonating hem in a vehicle with a containment vessel designed to
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sport the blast. the force of the blast destroying the container. >> protocols were followed and pursued. but something happened in that containment vehicle that should not have happened, and we don't know what, but we intend to find out why. >> reporter: none of the injuries were life threatening. the lapd giving a warning to residents for this upcoming holiday weekend. >> tonight is a clear demonstration of the true and clear and present danger that fireworks in the city pose. >> reporter: a 27-year-old man has been arrested, accused of bringing these fireworks from out of the state to try to resell them for the fourth of july weekend and he faces charges of possession of a destructive device and may face charges of child endangerment because they think his younger 10-year-old brother lived with him in the home. hoda? >> guad venegas, thank you for that. 19 after the hour. a lot more to get to this morning including the extreme
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>> good morning. we are trying to break the heat. in the north humidity you need a cold front but that comes with rain. flash flood watches and warnings through the plains into the good morning. i am meteorologist, kari hall. taking a look at our temperatures today for the inland north bay, going to be hot reaching into the mid-90s. we see mostly 70s and 80s for much of the bay area today and still those 60s as the fog lingers near the coast for much of the day. we are going to continue with our wide range of temperatures most inland spots over the next several days in the mid-80s and san francisco will stay in the mid-60s. 30 seconds.
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and then a firefighter exercise in anticipation of what to be a busy fourth of july weekend. in san francisco, authorities are blaming fireworks for a gas fire that almost burned down a home. five miles of grizzly peak boulevard will be closed between 5:00 a.m. on sunday and 6:00 a.m. on monday. meteorologist, kari hall, standing by with our conditions. >> we are going to be seeing temperatures in the inland areas reach into the mid-80s, and this continues into the weekend. while san francisco will see highs in the 60s. we are getting the marine layer with the fog and drizzle and that's keeping the temperatures lower and that extends into next week. we'll have another local
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♪♪ 7:30 now. it's thursday morning, but that looks like friday night. right in the middle of that epic dance party high above new york city, on the tallest observation deck in the western hemisphere is our own tiny dancer sheinelle jones who, frankly harks a thing or two to teach these guys. she is a great dancer. there's no one better than her to bring us this story. doesn't that look fun, hoda? >> i'm dieing. that's called a daybreaker.
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sunrise dance parties. just started by a bunch of friends and that trend is sweeping the nation. look, you get a chance to be high on life. no booze, no nothing. you get human connection. i think people have been craving this since the pandemic and this looks like a party. you're right. sheinelle may pick up a few moves, as you can see right there. we'll have a lot more in our next hour on this. >> i love it! hoda, they didn't ask us to do that story, because we don't dance that great. >> no. >> yes. meanwhile, craig is off this morning. we turn to the 7:30 headlines on a thursday morning and start with that suffocating heat in the pacific northwest. it continues. officials say more than 75 people have died in oregon and washington because of this unprecedented heat wave
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a chance to be high on life. no booze, no nothing. you get human connection. i think people have been craving this since the pandemic and this looks like a party. you're right. sheinelle may pick up a few moves, as you can see right there. we'll have a lot more in our next hour on this. >> i love it! hoda, they didn't ask us to do that story, because we don't dance that great. >> no. >> yes. meanwhile, craig is off this morning. we want to turn to the 7:30 headlines on a thursday morning and start with that suffocating heat in the pacific northwest. it continues. officials say more than 75
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people have died in oregon and washington because of this unprecedented heat wave there. record-shattering temperatures reached 116 degrees in some areas. that extreme heat moved away from the coastal areas now and people inland places like spokane and boise, idaho, can expect high temperatures for a few more days. dylan will have the full forecast. and one of the biggest changes in college athletics. board of directors of the ncaa announcing college athletes now will be allowed to start earning money through endorsement deals, autograph sessions and personal appearances and can do it without fear of losing their college eligibility. the major policy shift impacts nearly half a million young athletes. well, pro sports now and the phoenix suns headed to the nba finals for the first time in nearly three decades. >> paul, step-back three-pointer, puts it and the
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foul! a chance for a four-point play! >> what a shot. chris paul led with 41 points. phoenix went on to beat the l.a. clippers 130-103. the suns returning to the finals, first time since 1993. they'll going to face-off with winner of the milwaukee/atlanta series. >> a whoop, whoop, from ms. guthrie. >> yes. >> your home team. >> go, phoenix. major controversy in the britney spears case. the conservatorship she says is allowing others including her father to control her life and fortune. >> nbc's national correspondent miguel al a -- miguel almaguer has more. >> reporter: not technically a direct legal response to her emotional testimony last week, and that's because she hasn't filed a new petition since november, but the first movement from a judge after that emotion and outpouring and a sign of
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where her battle stands. overnight, a major setback for britney spears. a judge denying her request to remove her father from his role as conservator, signing an order that keeps jamie spears in control of his daughter's finances. the court filing stating that britney is unable to manage his ore or her financial resources and resist fraud or undue influence. the decision coming after the superstar's explosive testimony last week calling the conservatorships abusive and traumatizing. in new legal filings, jamie spears insists he had nothing to do with his daughter's poor treatment and is demanding an investigation into her concerns. since her very public breakdown in 2008, the pop superstar has been under a court sanctioned conservatorship that has given her father and others power over her personal and financial affairs.
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during the explosive hearing last week, spears said she had been drugged, forced to perform and prevented from removing an iud meant to stop pregnancy. all decisions, she says, were approved by her father. but jamie spears pushing back, pointing out in new court documents the control of his daughter's personal life and medical treatment isn't currently under his control. he blames jody montgomery, a temporary conservator who was brought on in 2019 to oversee britney's personal affairs. an attorney for montgomery says she's been a tireless advocate for britney and for her well-being and noting decisions about marriage or family planning are not affected by conservatorship. but one expert says the rules and dynamics in a conservatorship are rarely straightforward. >> it's my impression that britney has been under this conservatorship for so long, she truly feels compelled to do what
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the conservator wants, or in her own words, she feels she'll be punished. >> let britney free! >> reporter: since britney's testimony, an outpouring of support intern, online under the #freebritney, and from celebrities, including fellow pop star christina aguilera just this week. spears has thanked her fans for their support and said during her testimony, i just want my life back, and it's been 13 years and it's enough. >> important to note that was not a final decision the court made. then what happens next? court battles ahead, miguel? >> reporter: hoda, we are waiting to see what britney and her legal team do next. we mentioned the judge was responding to an older decision. she has until mid-july to file another petition. we know britney and her fans feeling incredibly strong about this situation and all eyes on what she'll do next. >> indeed.
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eso es parte del legado de mi >> princes william and harry unveiling a permanent memorial they've been working on for years. molly hunter has more. good morning. >> reporter: hey, guys, good morning. that's right. a big day. they said every day they wish she was still here. this morning the brothers reunited to celebrate their beloved mother, a poignant moment as they unveiled this sculpture they commissioned of princess diana by a british artist. the new piece set in a magical garden transformed by five gardeners, 1,000 hours of planting, more than 4,000 flowers including diana's favorite, forget me nots. it was a place she loved. this was her home, where we associate her with. >> the absolute right place for it. she lived here and of course the world came here to mourn her.
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there were seas and seas of flowers that went from the gates all the way down actually to the road. >> reporter: this sunken garden, where we saw the trio, so close then, will, kate and harry, marking 20 years since diana's death in 2017. that same year, harry and meghan announcing their engagement right here. now, harry's back in the uk. last night meeting with very sick children with the charity "well child." it's just the ki would make his mother so proud. earlier this week honoring the diana awards recipients. >> you are putting this on the faces and the application of our mother's legacy. >> reporter: this morning her legacy at the center of kensington palace. it's a big summer of remembrance. >> summer of diana. exactly. she would love that. you know? she enjoyed being the center of attention. of course she did, and i think it's a wonderful thing that we haven't forgotten her.
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i think what the world will remember was a beautiful woman and somebody who, of course, has given the world two fine upstanding young princes who hopefully together, but if not separately, will try in their own way to make the world a better place. >> reporter: the joint statement continued saying we hope this statue will be seen as a symbol of her life and legacy. quite interesting to see those two togetherer. >> all right. bringing in british journalist and nbc news contributor, a very emotional day for the brothers. every single detail worked out with great care. tell us what you know about the statue and why they chose that location. >> reporter: so the location, as molly was saying was definitely one of princess diana's favorite places. in fact, one of the gardeners
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who's been planting thousands of her favorite flowers knew diana and said she used to come from a job and stop to talk about her favorite flowers and planting he was doing. molly mentioned the forget me nots. it's such a personal flower. we know it's princess diana's favorite flower. what many don't know it was her brother, earl spencer, who gave her a posy of blue forget me nots as a little girl when she was 6 years old, and that started the love of that flower. meghan had forget me nots in her bridal bouquet and they planted some at an l.a. school. harry's african charity translates as forget me not. lots of personal touches. and the cup chur. the sculpture has been made, in fact, was made four years ago. it's been under wraps for many years, because they didn't want the unveiling of it to
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overshadow harry and meghan's wedding so it was delayed and then again delayed because of the pandemic. he's an interesting character. he actually designed the face of the queen that goes on all of our coins and has been on our coins since '97. so you might say an establishment figure but actually his sculptures are stunning. his specialty is nude men. i don't think we'll see much of that today, but they are beautiful sculptures. >> a little different, daisy. i think. let's talk about the brothers, because, of course, this is going to be so much focus on them, and, you know, their body language and any little indication of where that relationship stands. there's obviously been a major rift. what's your sense of that? >> reporter: this is the main thing that people here in britain care about the most. there is a lot of hurt and upset and concern here, because, of course, we all remember those pictures of those boys walking behind the coffin. they've been in our hearts for all those years, and now people
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are very upset at this rift. there's been a suggestion overnight that they have been sending each other text messages. there was a very big football game the night before last when england beat germany, and prince william was there and there are rumors he was texting his good morning. i am meteorologist, kari hall. let's look at the fog that continues at the golden gate bridge over san francisco and even some drizzle that continues. as we go into the forecast we're going to still see a wide range in temperatures due to the deep marine layer that we are seeing and our temperatures inland will reach into the low and mid-80s, and we will see more of that into the holiday weekend while san francisco only reaches into the mid-60s. we will see the fog returning each day throughout the forecast. as molly said, no queen there, very much a spencer occasion i just hope and wonder whether he might be able to knock their heads together.
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>> yeah. maybe he'll join them and hold their hands and say, time to put this past behind us. daisy, thank you very much. >> exactly. >> by the way, coming up tomorrow on "today," we'll focus more on princess diana's legacy and her enduring status as a global icon. >> all right. what do you say we switch gears and head to dylan dreyer with a check of the weather. >> good morning again. wish i had better news for the northwest. the heat will continue better along the coast drop back down into the 70s and 80s but still looking for highs to the about 20 degrees above average for the interior northwest. also in the southwest temperatures in the triple digits that's a look at the weather across the country now here's a peek out your window.
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bills go into effect and one of them, assembly bill 3012, provides additional living expense coverage to be provided with two weeks and that's good news for folks living in some of the zones threatened by wildfires. now let's try and get a look at the forecast. meteorologist, kari hall, looking at temperatures we can expect today. how is it is shaping up today? >> we are starting out with clouds and fog that keeps the temperatures from rising too quickly, and the wind keeping highs in the mid-80s inland. no major changes, even into the fourth of july weekend, and even with higher humidity the vegetation is dry so we have to be careful over the next several days. san francisco stays in the upper 60s. fog and drizzle will continue over the next several days, so marcus, i know that's a concern for people trying to view thegh.
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up shock and anger. >> i'm actually beyond tears. i can't even cry i'm so angry. >> bill cosby out of jail after the stunning decision to reverse his sexual assault conviction. this morning, we will hear from some of his accusers amid new details on why he was released. plus -- going forth. from hitting the beach to the road and even the bank. what you need to know to make sure your holiday is safe, easy and affordable.
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we're so happy to be together. s.g., can you believe it's july 1st? >> i can't. you know what i say? >> what? >> we have so much summer left. so much summer left to get to. >> attack our time and saver and linger these summer days. >> we do. >> and start the news at 8:00. intense reaction this morning to the pennsylvania supreme court decision yesterday reversing bill cosby's indecent assault conviction. for the women who accused cosby of wrongdoing, an especially difficult time. our senior national correspondent kate snow following the story for many years. kate, good morning. >> reporter: hey, hoda, good morning to you. i first spoke with a group of more than 20 women who made accusations against bill cosby all in one room back in 2015. accusers and watched as he was convicted.
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yesterday's decision was devastating. when i spoke exclusively with andrea constand in 2018, her case had just led to bill cosby's conviction. >> you are now going to be known as the woman who took down bill cosby. >> i never set out to bring down anybody, and i haven't necessarily, because i'm not alone. this is a collective consciousness. >> reporter: now that collective group feels blindsided by the pennsylvania supreme court's decision wednesday to set cosby free. >> everybody said you're so brave. for what? it doesn't matter. i'm actually beyond tears. i can't even cry. i'm so angry. >> because we found justice, and now that's being taken out from under our feet. >> reporter: after returning home wednesday cosby wrote on twitter, i have always maintained my innocence. in a statement andrea constand and her legal team set the court's decision was not only
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disappointing but of concern in that it may discourage those who seek justice for sex walt assault in the criminal justice system from reporting or participating in the prosecution >> no matter what technicality he gets off on, he's still guilty. >> cosby accuse r said nothing will change the fact that he spent two years in prison. >> you seem like you're at peace with it. it's not what you wanted but you're at peace with it. >> i can only control so much in my life. it has sparked a fire in me. maybe we can all do something that's going to make a change, you know, that's powerful, that's really, really big. >> as for the potential impact on the me too movement more broadly in other cases, the details of the pennsylvania supreme court's decision were specific to the unique history of the cosby allred represents y
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accusers and the harvey weinstein accusers those witnesses will testify and nothing will change. >> kate snow, thank you. a pivotal figure in american politics is being remembered this morning the family of two time secretary of defense donald rumsfeld announcing he passed away on tuesday at the age of 88 nbc's chief washington correspondent andrea mitchell has more on his life and complex legacy >> reporter: donald rumsfeld was the youngest defense secretary during the cold war for gerald ford and the oldest during the war on terror under second president bush who remembered him today for running to the fire at the pentagon to assist the wounded on 9/11 writing, he never paled before tough decisions and never flinched from responsibility. only four days later rumsfeld
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told a national security meeting at camp david, they needed a plan to go after saddam hussain. despite no proof of his connection to osama bin laden and repeatedly warned he possessed weapons of mass destruction. >> there are no knowns there are things we know we know there are known unknowns >> reporter: rumsfeld was widely talked about miss managing the congress he was fired the day after the presidency >> it may be comfort for some to consider graceful exits for the agonies and ugliness of combat, but the enemy thinks bet zbler. >> reporter: years later he was still defending his retal dicta iraq who had used chemicalr vice president dick cheney writing, during some of our nation's most serious challenges, he was
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holiday weekend helper as we all gear up to mark the fourth of july. >> we ready! more than 47 million americans expected to travel in the coming days and we want to make sure you reach your destination, that you celebrate safely, and you spend your money wisely. so here's what we did. called in some help. got stephanie ruhle, tom costello and kathy park and start off with our girl on the beach, our beach bunny stephanie. i know -- a lot of people are thinking about hitting the beach, or the pool. you're there at lbi long beach island, new jersey. i think pool
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>> we ready! more than 47 million americans expected to travel in the coming days and we want to make sure you reach your destination, that you celebrate safely, and you spend your money wisely. so here's what we did. called in some help. got stephanie ruhle, tom costello and kathy park and start off with our girl on the beach, our beach bunny stephanie. i know -- a lot of people are thinking about hitting the beach, or the pool. you're there at lbi, long beach island, new jersey. i think pool tips. start with that. some things we just take for
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granted? >> reporter: absolutely hoda. even in your backyard a home pool, you cannot leave children unattended. a pool party, keep count of all swimmers. say you have an inflatable kiddie pool, when not using it, drain it, flip it, leave it to the side. >> important information. a lot rely on floatation devices. my kid's safe. got water wings, my kid's safe, got whatever? >> reporter: super important. especially on the open water, in the bay if a lake, if you're boating. you want to be using an appropriate floatation device. that is most likely an age and weight-correct life vest. as you said it. water wings, they do not suffice. people love the big rafts, perfect for instagram photos. when you buy them, look at the label. it says "coast guard approved." really important. >> lastly, swim where there's a lifeguard. >> so, so important. we are on my home town beach in grand beach, new jersey.
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joined by julianna, a beach guard 12 years when not teaching science in north jersey. packed this weekend. your tips at the beach? >> make sure only swimming when lifeguards are on duty, swim in front of a lifeguard stand. questions about ocean conditions ask your lifeguard. if you find yourself in a dangerous situation like a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to shore. >> reporter: and make sure you're living to your lifeguard. always say listen to your parents. at the beach, listen to the guards. i absolutely say, stay hydrated. just because you're in or near the water, that's not enough. you need to be drinking the water. be cool, safe and happy this weekend. >> a good lookin' bunch surrounding you, stephanie, at long beach island, new jersey. >> reporter: you know it. new jersey's the best. >> of course. over to savannah. >> she should really work for the chamber of commerce. awesome.
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move on to travel. a busy fourth of july. one. busiest in years, tom costello, talk about driving. how do we avoid the rush? >> reporter: going to be carmageddon. i'm telling you. 44 million people on the world. the second busiest fourth of july we've ever seen. 91% going by car. so if you're traveling, when you should leave to avoid peak travel times. tonight after 7:00 p.m., says aaa. tomorrow before noon, saturday after 2:00, anytime on the fourth avoid crowds. monday the 5th, before 1:00 p.m. >> all right what about our cars? you recommend check them out before you go? >> reporter: yeah. keep in mind, of course, with this extreme heat. right? not only, of course, your battery. check your fluids. make sure you've got enough fluids tire pressure, keeping in mind tires always get more inflated on hot summer roads. mine were really increasing over
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the last few weeks i actually had to check and had a nail in the tire at one point. so check all of that before you make a big, long journey. >> tom, you're our man on the road but our man in the air. what about flying? got any tips there >> reporter: well, yeah. we are expecting a really busy fourth of july travel season in the air as well. in fact, averaging 2 million passengers a day that's going to continue get there early. two hours early if you can got to wear masks in the airport and on the planes. no elbow room. no open seats. planes absolutely packed now. >> thank you tom costello happy fourth of july. >> reporter: same to you. >> i thought he said carmageddon. i think he did. traveling around sell bra bratzing -- celebrating could cost you how do you save during the hog day weekend? kathy park has us covered.
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haven't seen new a long time welcome back to the studio food paying more? >> reporter: outside, grocery shopping, dining prices skyrocketed throw in a trip, things can add up quickly consider packing some meals on the road trip. stuff that cooler with snacks, sandwiches, water bottles. save a lot of money there. also consider, if you haven't booked that hotel or vacation rental just yet, consider one with a kitchen to cook a couple meals- >> breakfast. >> you don't have to eat out for every single meal. and consider goal off the beaten path when in hot spots try to go a couple miles and find a hidden gem somewhere, some of the restaurants aren't so packed you might get lucky. >> pricey, too. >> exactly. >> tom touched on this gas prices are sky high and everyone's trying to find ways to sort of save money in that lane >> just checked this morning average for gallon of gas $3.11. out west in california, $4.28. >> wow. >> that can add up quickly a couple things to do before you
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hit the road just unload your car with some of the non-essential items, because apparently according to experts you can improve gas efficiency on your car by about 2% just unpacking your car. >> lightening the load stuff back there, a case of water, whatever. >> and tom mentioned this. checking tire pressure can improve gas mileage. also, if you're driving around, might have noticed gas stations, if you pay cash versus card, save a few cents per gallon. doesn't sound like much but can add up. >> quickly, finding activities that don't cost much >> this time last year every was canceled we're back the fireworks show good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. our weather looking pretty good in the bay area inland temperatures reaching into the mid-80s from today on into the fourth of july and next week. as we check out san francisco,
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unfortunately, it does stay cloudy, but that's what's keeping our temperatures moderated here. we're seeing more of those upper 60s for highs and looking at only a few peeks of sunshine here and there as mist and drizzle returns each and every morning. en't covered to consider through the holiday weekend. that is the weather. dylan, please, good news >> anything is better than memorial day weekend, right? we'll see improvements there friday most heavy rain down across the southeast and a bit of a disturbance that's going to lock in place for saturday that means in the northeast on saturday we are going to see some lingering showers and some thunderstorms, but then things really start to clear out. so for sunday, most of the country is looking nice and sunny. still very hot out west and most rain we'll see down along the gulf coast fireworks? kathy mentioned, a nice free thing to do. most areas will get clear skies for fireworks except down along the gulf coast monday more of the same. most of the country is looking fantastic. warming up in the northeast, hot out west
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he that's a look across the country. now here's a peek out your window. an adaptation of "league of their own." the 1991 classic sports comedy sees offerman as coach of the roqueland peaches filling a role similar to tom hanks character in the original film. the show set to follow a whole new cast of characters as they take the field including broad city's abby jacobsen and shante ad and don't forget to check out our radio show, sirius channel 108. >> dylan, not going anywhere. s.g., time for dylan to do "pop start" filling in for carson let's go. >> go get 'em, dylly-dylly. dresse >> thanks, savannah. nick offerman of "making it"
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landed his next big role actor and host of nbc's "making it" landed his next big role much is coming in handy. here ap hint. >> you let the ties run get on second and we lost the lead because of you you start using your head. are you crying there's no crying! there's no crying in baseball. >> leave her alone. >> one of the best movies of all-time. >> yes. >> offerman cast in an adaptation of "league of their own. the 1991 classic sports comedy sees offerman as coach of the rockland peaches filling a role similar to tom hanks' character in the original film the show set to follow a whole new cast of characters as they take the field including broad city's abby jacobsen and shante adams. building a great team for this one. any reboot, fantastic. uh-huh. >> next up, camila cabello latest role stepping goo-of-into the glass slippers of
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"cinderella. amazon releasing the first tease yesterday. take a look. >> this is it. they'll never know my name >> dresses by -- ella. >> life outside this basement starts right now ♪ i'm gonna be there ♪ ♪ you're gonna know my name ♪ ♪ you're gonna know my name ♪ >> want to go to that ball >> yes i was just crying and singing about it, like, two minutes ago. >> looks funny, too. obviously the film has a great cast alongside billy porter playing her fairy godmother and edina menzel as cinderella's stepmother as well. premieres september 3rd. don't have to wait too long for that finally -- >> let's go! >> and yesterday, the great barbecue battle of 2021. results are in for round two of our "today" show fourth of july
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bracket yesterday. i'm glad al is not here because we fight about it all the time cookout versus barbecue. we narrowed it down to the elite eight now. zoom in to the northwest a look at the board, which dish dominated round two yet again. burgers. can't go up against grilled veggies. i don't know how they stood a good morning. it's 8:26. i'm marcus walk. and pg & e, average monthly bill increases $1 ar so a day. $36 a month. commission does not necessarily approve requests, all or nothing. it's possible if approved, a lower rate hike. a look at the forecast. of course, dealing with a lot of warm weather out there, as was
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dry conditions, kari? >> it has been dry. good to see mist and drizzle especially near the coastline. that continues the next few days's keeping temperatures in low 80s for highs for most spots in the inland valleys, although still hot farther north with ukiah and clear lake reaching into the mid-90s. weather continuing into the weekend. looking pretty good for fourth of july outdoor plans and san francisco, not as much sunshine. seeing still drizzle and fog. temperatures upper 60s. might want to make an area close by with sunshine. another local news update coming up in 30 minutes. i'll meet you back here then.
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to all the women that came before me on the u.s. women's basketball team, i can't thank you enough you allowed me to dream and be inspired and stand for something. >> to be in this moment with this team, it is the greatest feeling. ♪ you are the dancing queen ♪ young and sweet ♪ only 17 ♪ >> ah! 8:30 they're playing our song, hoda doing our dance and in the middle of that wonderful crowd is our own, fabulous, tiny dancer sheinelle jones.
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this is a movement that has been inspiring a half million people all over the world they get up at the crack of dawn and they dance okay they're high on life, and sheinelle is now one of them they're called daybreakers, hoda. >> i can't wait. we have to make a daybreak date and head up there. it looks like a blast. then, guys, just in time for the holiday weekend, our special shop "today" team found product dress. anyway, we'll check that that will beat the heat. there's something call add freezer dress. anyway, we'll check that out >> okay. sounds -- right on time. then the excitement of cirque du soleil is back live to las vegas where it is reopening night for one of the group's most iconic shows. coming up in the third hour, much more from kensington palace on this morning's touching tribute to princess diana as the world celebrates what would have been her 60th birthday. >> before you do that, dylan, you've got to do this. what's the forecast? >> i think sheinelle could use a freezer dress considering it is
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still hot and humid in new york. we are going to see improvements in the northeast and temperatures cool down focus on tropical storm elsa getting more and more actiur, a change over the course of the weekend, but it is forecast to stay to the south of jamaica, perhaps bringing just rain to the southwest there and could pass over cuba still is a tropical storm. it is expected to maintain its strength we have to see what happens as it approaches southern florida especially by early next week. in the meantime, the risk of strong storms today across the mid-atlantic stretching back through the midwest where flood watches are in effect. you could see quite a bit of rain heat continues especially for the interior northwest along the coast. places like seattle and portland finally begin to cool off and get relief from good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. look at our seven-day forecast for the inland valleys. it's going to be comfortable today even though we're starting with clouds that clear out with sunshine and temperatures for most of us reaching into the low
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80s. we'll see more of the same over the next few days. weekend. the fourth of july, temperatures warmer. san francisco holds steady. clouds and fog, mist and drizzle sticking with us and highs in the upper 60s. forecast. >> all right, dylan, thank you. well, now let's turn to our celebration of summer on "today" as we head into the holiday weekend, savannah. >> ah. we are feeling it. we were watching sheinelle bust a move or two, maybe three, all morning. sheinelle, got to tell us. where are you? what is going on >> good morning. i want to show you something look at this i am standing 100 stories above new york city at a place called the edge the highest observation deck in the western hemisphere besties as a i'm here with three of my vaccinated besties at a daybreaker party celebrating coming together emerging from
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the pandemic and these are popping up across the country giving new meaning to the expression "rise and shine"! ♪ morning ♪ >> reporter: that's right. this is morning. early morning. and somehow i am having the time of my life in the middle of an epic dance party on a rooftop in brooklyn, new york [ cheers ] ♪ it's called "daybreaker. what started as single sunrise party for a group of friends in 2013 is now a global phenomenon in 28 cities around the world. even oprah is a fan, hiring the team to open for her 2020 "vision" tour. instead of bouncers at the entrance, there's a hug committee. instead of alcohol, bartenders hand out green juice
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drugs are strictly prohibited and kids are encouraged. [ cheers ] and what makes today extra special, it's the first in-person daybreaker since the pandemic began >> we have all been lonely and separated from each other. human experience is togetherness >> reporter: how important is that coming out of the pandemic? still in it but coming to the other side of it hopefully >> everyone on the same page of i've been alone during the pandemic let me come out of my shell and get out there, and all of these communities like daybreakers to welcome you. >> reporter: the morning starts at 6:00 a.m. with sunrise yoga and meditation. >> inhaling -- ♪ >> reporter: soon i realized i was holding hands with a stranger for the first time in 17 months. and it didn't even hit me
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until he m inking, oh, my goodness. i haven't felt this feeling in more than a year >> wow that makes me tear up. >> courageous to hold hands. you can dance on the rooftop at sunrise without substances in your body. that to me is a great way to offer, you know, to america and the community and ourselves right now. >> reporter: and my fellow daybreakers agree. >> feels incredible. just to see people smell people touch people just be around the energy. >> so nice to see people coming together and feeling safe and happy, and just -- partying their butts off. >> this is my first dance party since i had double hip replacement, and i feel fantastic, and i could not be happier to be here today. >> reporter: an energy and a connection many of us have been missing for months. >> what would you say to someone who, they kind of want to try this but are a little shy, a little self-conscious. >> the whole idea, this is for
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everybody. fires we used to dance around in villages, right? before we separated hers from the millennials and gen zs and gen ys, just bring it all together return to this joyous collective community >> reporter: i'm here with ronna now. it's so darn magical the founder of daybreakers what do you think was the recipe for success and what all of these people here, what does it mean >> it's all about inclusivity. everybody is welcome everybody here is invited to dance, to be themselves, to come as you are it's all about coming home, the dancer with you. to learn more, nbc.com/today and come join us. >> reporter: one more question because i have to do the news in a second can we end with one more party, one more dance and show what we
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do i'm giving away my mic [ cheers ] [ cheers and applause ] [ laughter ] >> whew! >> sheinelle, sheinelle, sheinelle! oh, man. we are pumped. man! people noticing i'm dancing on the dance floor. nobody cares it looks like a blast. >> wow that was cool. all right. sheinelle, we are going to keep that summer party going. we've got fun ways to stay cool at the beach, the backyard or maybe even at a daybreaker party, but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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best sellers if you haven't noticed it's hot out there this week. >> you think >> online shoppers filling carts with fashion, beauty and outdoor products to stay cool. >> joining us with a round of some of the best-selling buys, editorial director adriana brock. >> and you can scan the qr code bottom of your screen to get a head start on your shopping. >> get us started. this is big, because everyone's looking for, like, the perfect beach cover-up something to throw over your bathing suit do you have one for us >> i sure do good morning we are ready with simple summer solutions. the first one is a really lightweight beach cover-up that comes in a ton of different colors it's so soft and lightweight, made with breathable fabric. you're not going to overheat, but it also has a hood and long sleeves to keep you extra protected from the sun when you can't get shade when out and about. >> i love it
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and pockets, which we love. >> always love the pockets. >> love pockets and price is right. $30. >> i had leggings on the other day when it was 95 degrees there's got to be something better. >> no. dylan a new at leisure trend going around now teens are obsessed with. it's not leggings. it is called the freezer dress we have this best-seller from columbia, a brand tried and true it only $50. get this it keeps you cool and comfy all summer long. it's made moisture wicking, keeping you cool all day long with upf 50. such a great value for such a great dress that you'll wear all summer long to keep you cool. >> i love that one on occasion we have to wear makeup and have to wear it outside when it's hot and steamy it never stay where is it should
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do you have a trick? >> it never does we have the best way to avoid a makeup meltdown. get this under $10. apply your makeup. the mix matte setting spray. really great no matter how much or little want to put on this summer, lock it into place by just spritzing this on and it's going to make your skin look really radiant and glowy. reduce shine so you look glowy, not sweaty has over 53,000 reviews and it a makeup-lover favorite that everybody needs in their beauty routine. >> love that never seen that before after a hot day in the sun, come inside is it true there's actually a skin care product to cool your face down? >> yes such a cool one, dylan my favorite is this one. the mint chip mania facial in a jar. i keep this in my fridge, and, yes, it smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream but not made for eating. it's made for cooling off your face it has an ingredient to remove dirt and oil buildup from the
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day. it has great ingredients for nourishing and hydrating your skin, it's got aloe vera, shea butter and so great and keep you nice and cool after a day outside. >> in our house we're big on water balloons but we need something else is there some kind of cool outdoor splashy toy for the kids >> i'm so glad you asked we found a best-seller splash pad for $19.99. this photo doesn't do it justice. this is great for kids all you do, plug in a hose and they're ready to play. one of my favorite parts about this one is that you can use it all summer long in a smaller backyard if you don't have a pool it also it folds up into this little box so you can take it on the go if want to go to grandma, grandma's house, camping a great one to cool off and great one for bosco. a great one for pets >> how much is that? $20? >> yes just $19.99. >> awesome i love a good activity for kids.
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actually i can sit over there and watch and something for the parents doing just that. >> yes for the parents and basically anyone who's out and about this summer a cooler is a must. one of those bulky big coolers is so annoying to carry around we found this awesome backpack it is leak-proof, insulated, easy to transport food and drink anywhere this summer a bottle opener, cell phone pocket my favorite part all of these dry compartments zippers and pockets to also keep your dry snacks in here and holds up to 30 cans, if you can handle it. >> wow adriana, when's your baby coming >> baby is coming in a few weeks. august. >> we're so excited for you, we can't wait, adriana. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you so much, and don't forget amazon has an affiliate relationship with "today." when you buy a product through our site amazon pays "today" a commission on that sale. >> to shop these products scan
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that qr code on the bottom, head to today.com/shop and for more summer essentials catch up on shop all day with adriana and our wonderful hosts at noon, 4:00 and 8:00 all on "today" all day. coming up next, taking you inside cirque du soleil big comeback in vegas just in time for the holiday weekend, but first, this is majestic mountains... scenic coastal highways... fertile farmlands... there's lots to love about california. so put off those chores and use less energy from 4 to 9 pm when less clean energy is available. because that's power down time.
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we're back, behind-the-scenes with cirque du soleil in vegas. >> love it with the holiday weekend almost here, gearing up for a comeback. erin mclaughlin is at the bellagio. >> reporter: good morning. right. right. hours away from return of the sol due soleil protection. oh, after a 15-month-long
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covid-induced hiatus, dozens of performers returning to the stage determined to show they're back and better than ever. this morning, sin city running at full steam. gearing up for the long-awaited return of live music and shows to the las vegas strip >> welcome to vegas! >> reporter: some of the biggest names in the business playing this holiday weekend. >> as of this coming weekend, we're back. >> reporter: the famed bellagio casino and resort is buzzing cirque du soleil is back tonight marks the relaunch of "o," dubbed an extraordinary homage to the magic of theater set over 1.5 million of gallons for the shows 77 performers, the stakes couldn't be higher. >> the excitement is unbelievable. >> it's going to be a party. it's going to be exciting, and it's going to be just kind of a relief that we're all seeing that bright light of our kind of normal lives coming back to us. >> reporter: it's been a difficult year the pandemic forced cirque to
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completely close down. more than 40 shows canceled worldwide. more than 95% of the staff let go last june cirque filed for bankruptcy protection. >> 95% of our artists are coming back, which is awesome because for 15 months i was always wondering, are they going to come back not only are they coming back, but they're in good shape. >> reporter: and that wasn't a given. the virus not only shut down the show, but their training as well pretty tricky to try these stunts at home artists forced to improvise diving into the unknown. public schools closed, synchronized swimmer bill may moved his workout to the lake. >> put on wet suits and jumped in the 60-degree water and worked for months until the pools opened back up. >> reporter: an aerialist for 18 years. her dream job. when she found herself out of work because of covid, she fast-tracked plans for a career
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in real estate instead did you think maybe your dream was over >> i think it all crossed our minds. when you got the call you'd be performing again, they wanted you back, what did you think >> um -- i -- i was ecstatic it's going to be emotional to go back to the stage with a real audience, and, yeah, i think it's going to -- there's going to be tears for sure. >> reporter: amidst optimism, concerns remain. nevada has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, and while covid cases are climbing there, masks won't be required to attend the show are you worried about another setback? >> i'd be foolish not to be worried. i hope we're through this pandemic, but there are no guarantees. >> reporter: this morning in a city of second chances, some of the strip's largest shows, betting on just that. officials say they expect all five of cirque du soleil's las vegas shows to be back by the
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end of the year. tonight's show is completely sold out, and everyone here is so excited guys >> how cool. erin, love seeing you on the stage there. all you need is a trapeze! that will be next year's show. thank you so much. >> reporter: yeah, next year. >> yeah. i love cirque du soleil, guys. do you >> oh, my gosh huge fans. i can't believe what they can do with their bodies. >> my heart races the whole time. >> another thing to get back on our plaza. [♪♪♪] alright, guys, listen up. my momma... our grandpa... - my daddy... - our dad works on the highway. it's so scary. please be careful. slow down. and pay attention. be alert. be work zone alert. i'm kalvin, and there's more to me than hiv. i'm a peer educator,... a fitness buff,... and a champion for my own health. i talked with my doctor... and switched to... fewer medicines with... dovato. dovato is for some adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment or replacing their current hiv-1 regimen.
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good morning. 8:56. i'm marcus washington pap live look at sfo. if you plan to fly you're not alone. up to 3 million americans expected to go somewhere by air. experts say could be busiest day
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at the airports. airlines still canceling flights due to a pilot shortage. check your flights. and expecting long lines due to shortage in agents. aaa expects more than 40 million people to drive somewhere to celebrate the holiday weekend. second highest amount ever. happening now, our c.r. johnson with a firsthand look at activity on the roads as well as in the air and at "midday" will tell us what to expect this weekend. and fire season ramping up ahead of the fourth of july toll lay. authorities cracking down on illegal fireworks. that's ahead in a live report during our "midday" forecast. get more on our home page and also on the home page, citing wildfire efforts and hiking rates. if approved may me paying extra. a weather update for you coming up in an hour.
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live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza this is the "3rd hour of today." good morning and welcome to the "3rd hour of today" it is thursday, the first day of july. i am dylan here with -- i can't believe i'm saying this. >> hi, friend. >> how did you get back? you were just at a raging party in midtown? >> i didn't want you to be by yourself. that's how good of a friend i am. >> they told me i can't be by myself. >> it's at this place called the edge. 100 stories high.
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