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good for her. that does it for us. thanks for joining us. coming up next, the "today" show. we will be back in 25 minutes for a local news update. we will see you at 9:00 for the latest local news and sports. have a great day. >> bye. good morning. senate showdown -- a crucial vote on health care reform set for today. the outcome could ride on just two democratic senators. pleading for their lives. dramatic new videotape of a british couple kidnapped by pirates, begging for help at gunpoint. but will the british government pay the ransom? and say it ain't so, o. the queen of daytime announces she's ending her reign. we'll find out what's next for the tv icon and her fans today s saturday, november 21st, 2009.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. and when oprah ends the show next year, she will have been on that show for 25 years. i would think she deserves a rest, but it's not likely. she won't be resting. >> well, i think -- she doesn't need the money, first of all. but this tearful announcement that the show would end after 25 years. but she has big interests in the future. she's going to move out to l.a., start a cable network. but i guess the show as we know it is no more. >> that was her baby. i'm sure that's why we saw those tears yesterday. women and their doctors have had a lot to talk about this week as new recommendations are released about screenings for both breast and cervical cancer. a lot of women don't like what they're hearing. we'll try to cut through some of
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the confusion. and the trial of american college student amanda knox is finally winding down. closing arguments began friday, and we'll bring you all the courtroom drama coming up. on a lighter note, my conversation with karl reiner. he acted in some of the most famous comedies. he's 87 now, certainly not slowing down. we'll share his latest project wi you in just a few minutes. a charming, funny guy, really great visit. >> looking forward to that. all right. but first we begin with the showdown in the senate over health care reform. nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house with all the latest. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, amy. this is the highest hurdle yet for the president and democrats as they try to pass their health care reform bill. but tonight when that vote comes down in the senate, there is no room for error. they call it the world's greatest deliberative body. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: but when it comes to health care, the u.s. senate
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may not be deliberating at all. facing a solid wall of republican opposition, tonight democrats need every one of their 60 senators voting aye before a debate on health care even begins. frustration is mounting. >> i don't know of a single critical reason to vote against going to consideration of legislation. >> reporter: but two democrats remain undecided, both from conservative-leaning states, and both concerned about the bill's costs and the inclusion of a public option health plan. with democratic poll numbers dropping, the stakes tonight are high. >> if democrats cannot deliver on this core almost of their agenda at a time when middle-class voters are already questioning whether washington is doing anything for them, will that produce a verdict that the democratic congress is simply unable to govern? >> reporter: the senate bill would require health insurance for all, require many large employers to cover employees or
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face a fine. insurers could not reject coverage based on pre-existing conditions. the cost of the senate bill, $848 billion. all of it paid for with cuts in medicare's growth, a tax on expensive health plans, increased taxes on couples making more than $250,000, and a 5% tax on elective cosmetic procedures, already being referred to as the bo-tax. citing the bill's cost, the new taxes and its sheer size, republicans are unified in opposition. >> and i think what we need to do is kill this bill and then pivot to a commonsense, bipartisan bill building on the step-by-step reforms we all know are important in order to do what's in the best interest of the american people. >>eporter: now, amy, those go senators, two democrats undecided are blanch lincoln of arkansas and mary landrieu of louisiana. the argument democratic leaders make to them is vote to let us go forward, and during this
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debate, which is likely to stretch clear to the holidays, then you can make changes. amy? >> mike viqueira, thanks so much. here's lester. republican senator judd gregg of new hampshire and democratic senator ben carden of maryland join us for more on the health care debate. senators, good morning. thanks for coming on. >> good morning. >> good morning. nice to be here. >> senator carden, we heard in that report republicans are unified in their opposition to this and democrats will need all 60 votes. what's the word you're hearing right now? are those 60 votes there? >> well, this is a stark moment for the united states senate. we haven't had major health care reform for many, many years. i think we'll have the 60 votes this evening to proceed. as has been said, this is the start of the debate, not the end of the debate. it's critically important we get the cost of health care down and provide affordable options for all americans. this is a consumer bill. it helps consumers keep their insurance and protect themselves against arbitrary practices of private insurance companies. >> senator, if you get 60 votes,
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is it a slam dunk for 60 votes of the passage of the actual bill? >> not at pulp there will be an amendment process, an open process. it's too early to predict what happens at the end of the day, but i am optimistic at the end of the year the united states will have health care reform. >> senator gregg, it looks like no republicans will vote for this. why not? it's just a vote right now to open debate, not a vote on health care. or do you see it as such? >> no. this is shooting with real bullets. up until now it's basically been theater and political hyperbole, but this is the real thing. it's a 2,000-page bill, cost a billion dollars per page, a $2 trillion expansion of the government's massive increase in spending, takes medicare cuts and moves them over to a brand-new entitlement. i believe it will force people off their private insurance plan and into a public plan. we're stepping into the real business of legislating here, and republicans simply feel very strongly this is just the wrong approach. there are good ways to reform
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health care, but in a government that's already running up trillions of dollars in debt, massively expanding the government at this time is a mistake. >> let's talk about the cost, because senator gregg, you were out yesterday saying that the price tag on this is not what it appears. you're calling it a bait and switch. in simple terms, explain to me why you see it that way. >> because when it's fully implemented, the cost of $800 billion, which has been quoted, is a cost for the first ten years, but they don't start the actual expenditures in those first ten years until the fourth and fifth year. so they're managing ten years of revenues and medicare cuts against four or five years of actual spending. if you go and look at a window where the full plan is in place for a full ten years, it's a $2.5 trillion plan. those are the cbo estimates. and the simple facts it's expensive to create a brand-new entitlement, and that's what's occurring here. we already can't afford most of the entitlements we have. medicare is in serious straits and this bill takes medicare,
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cults it and moves it to a new entitlement. we're running up trillions of dollars of debt around here on r kids. the government is on an unsustainable path financially and expanding it this way is a mistake. >> let me turn to senator carden and talk about government interference and health care. senator, republicans argue the government's decision on mammogram guidelines is one more example of government interference. should people be worried about the government making health care decisions? >> i think that's already been reversed. it's clear that that's not going to go forward. but let me just respond. the congressional budget office that we all put our confidence in tells us this is going to bring down the costs of health care. it's common sense if you add prevention and wellness and streamline the administrative costs you're going to bring down costs. the congressional budget office says they'll save $130 billion on the deficit of the country. look, we need to take action to bend the cost curve of health care, and this bill does it and the congressional budget office tells us so. >> we have to end our conversation there. senator judd gregg and senator ben carden -- >> that's not what the
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congressional budget office said. they made it very clear, and everybody who lease looked at this bill has made it clear, it's not been health care costs other than up. the health care costs under this bill go up significantly, they do not go down in any of the next ten-year sections. >> let's debate this from the floor of the senate. vote to proceed. >> all right. we'll let you guys debate this on the floor of senate because we have to end it. senators gregg and carden, we appreciate you spending your time. you have a full night of work ahead of you. here's amy. now to two big developments in women's health this week that have caused confusion for women and their doctors. it started monday when a government task force said women should wait much longer to start getting mammograms. and then on friday, women were also told to wait longer before getting pap smears to test for cervical cancer. nbc's chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman, has the details. >> anything new? >> no. >> reporter: the new pap smear guidelines come as no surprise
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to dr. michelle frances, an obstetrician gynecologist at st. luke's roosevelt hospital. >> the pap smear sper value they're recommending, i think it's an inappropriate recommendation because of the risk for cervical cancer in young women. >> reporter: previous guidelines called for women to start at age 18, or three years after becominging sexually active. the new guidelines say all pap smears can safely start at the age of 21 and continue every two years. but they also say that women over 30 who have had three consecutive negative pap smears can wait three years to get the next one and that women who have had a hysterectomy don't need one at all. >> many of these minor, early, precancerous changes that we pick up on pap smears will go away by themselves based on the patient's own immune response to these changes. >> reporter: and that fact can prevent young women from being overtreated, which has its own complications. >> the anxiety that they have to go through by undergoing
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procedures when they may not need it, and then the procedure to remove the abnormal cells completely, there is an association with complications in pregnanc andhose are the big concerns i have. >> reporter: despite the new guidelines for pap tests and those released this week on mammography, moving screening from ages 40 to 50, a reminder that heart disease is still the number-one killer of women and screening is low tech and relatively inexpensive. when to get screened? women in their 30s and 40s need to ask their doctors about testing their blood pressure, alcohol, and glucose levels and in their 50s, current guidelines recommd a routine colonoscopy every five to ten years. and women 65 and older should talk to their doctors about getting a bone density scan. dr. nancy snyderman, nbc news, new york. >> and dr. nancy snyderman will be here live to answer your questions about the new screening guidelines later in the hour. here's lester. barely a month after a british couple were taken from their yacht by smoe mali
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pirates, a british television station shows a new tape pleading for their lives. stephanie gosk has the latest on that. hey, stephanie. >> reporter: good morning, lester. today is the chandlers' 30th day in a captivity. the couple were sailing in the indian ocean to tanzania when they were hijacked by the pirates. on the tape, they are surrounded by gun-wielding pirates while they speak to camera. paul chandler says up until now they've been fed and are physically healthy, but emotionally the stress has been extremely difficult. the pirates have demanded a ransom of $6.6 million, which up until now the british gocht has not responded to. the government's policy, much like the u.s. policy, is is not to negotiate with hostage-takers. still, the chandlers are asking for help. >> s we ask the government and the people of britain and our families to pursue whatever they can to enter into negotiations with these people and buy back
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our lives. >> we're also concerned that these people ll not feed us, and i have no doubt that they will not hesitate to kill us perhaps within the week or so of now if there is no response. >> reporter: somali pirates have hijacked off the coast of africa. it appears the attacks are on the rise again. just last week, "the uss maersk," which was seized in april, was attacked again. many people probably remember the dramatic rescue of the captain, richard phillips, last spring. but this is the first time regular citizens, tourists have been seized. this time there is no shipping company to pay off the pirates. lester? >> stephanie gosk this morning, thank you. >> tough story. it is 13 past the hour. time for a check of the headlines with tamron hall at
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the news desk. good morning. we begin in north carolina where four patients have tested positive for a type of swine flu that is resistant to tamiflu, one of the most commonly prescribed medicines to treat the virus. three of the patients died, but doctors say they also had underlying medical conditions. the cdc is investigating if the swine flu virus is mutating. and the first court hearing will take place today for the alleged ft. hood shooter. an attorney for major nidal hasan says a hearing will be held in his hospital room. the senate armed services committee said hasan sent 18 e-mails to a radical muslim cleric and they are investigating the possibility of more e-mails sent out before the attack. nine children are injured and one woman is dead after a car plowed into a crowd of children outside an alabama middle school. police say the 67-year-old driver lost control of her car after she mistakenly hit the gas pedal, trying to avoid hitting children on the street. no charges have been filed. scary. and chinese officials say
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more than 100 miners are trapped underground after an explosion. rescuers are trying to reach those miners more than a third of a mile underground. chinese officials say nearly 400 miners escaped that blast but at least 37 have died. in britain, the cleanup is under way after what officials are calling the worst flooding in 1,000 years. look at these pictures. torrential rains through northern england's picturesque lake district. dozens of people have been rescued. officials estimate 12 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. and finally, take a look at this sonogram, and do you see what i see? i don't see it, but a british couple says their ultrasound scan bears an uncanny resemblance to michael jackson. >> oh, please. >> don't, "oh, please" me, lester holt. take a look at this. judge for yourself. don't let lester judge you. this is the couple's seventh child, which would explain why they are seeing things. the kids. come on. that is the news and humor.
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back to lester, amy, and bill. he-he. >> i see it. i see it. he's singing, at least. >> he was moon walking, too. >> i agree. i can totally see why the couple saw that. >> okay. here's meteorologist bill karins with a check of your forecast. hey, bill. look at it long enough, you can make it into anything. i hope everyone's ready for the holidays because they're here. this is the beginning of the very busy travel period. this weekend we have two storms to deal with, and in the north west this is a storm for you later tonight into tomorrow. our friends in the northwest, this is your fifth starm this week. this will bring heavy snow to the high elevations, windy conditions to the coast and rain to the cities from portland all the way up to seattle. so be prepared. that's tonight into tomorrow. the other storm is down there along the gulf coast,orrential rains all day in n in new orlea, good saturday morning.
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meteorologist chuck bell. we have clouds over washington this morning. these clouds are not rain-making ones. we zroep to worry about rain showers today. in and out of the sunshine, we will have increasing amounts of sun later this afternoon. very nice satday coming. 45 degrees in town. still mid 30s in the cool spots across the virginia pete montd to low and mid 40s alongside the bay. forecast for today, mostly sunny. seasonably cool with highs in the 50s. dry weather through tomorrow as well. that's a look at your weekend forecast. lester? bill, thanks very much. now to a city seeing the resurgence of hope in the midst of double-digit unemployment, thanks to a foreign company. nbc's tan trong has the story. >> reporter: near the base of the river sits the city of west point, georgia. born and raised in this small town, gus owns a local shoe store. he remembers when it was home to huge textile mills and thousands
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of workers. >> well, now, in the '50s and '60s, it was a very vibrant town. >> reporter: when the textile mills pulled out in the 1990s, they took with them a lot of the city's hopes for the future, but there's now a new sense of optimism. foreign carmaker kia began production this week at this plant in west point, creating more than 2,000 jobs with an additional 7,000 to its suppliers. in an area where unemployment comes in at 12%, the mayor says kia is key to the city's survival. >> the job loss here is like many areas across america. the good news is that we've got the jobs coming back right now. they are real and they are here. >> bring the shoe back in, then. >> reporter: and some big reasons why gus is seeing a surge in sales. >> i think my business has been up 11 or 12 consecutive months, mostly doubled. >>eporter: down the street, this coffee shop is preparing for its grand opening. the owner says she wants to
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capitalize on the confidence kia is bringing to the town. >> we feel that west point right now is the point, and it's a place where it's flourishing. >> reporter: it's also a place with two new korean barbecue spot spots. what you won't find is any objection to a foreign company setting up shop in this southern city. >> i'm delighted to have kia, and i think that's communitywide. >> reporter: the holiday lights are starting to go up, but there's a sense here the best gift has already arrived. for "today," nbc news, west point, georgia. once again here's amy. >> lester, thank you. this year alone some 20,000 species will become extinct. in a new book and documentary on msnbc called "100 heartbeats" biologist jeff corwin goes on a journey to highlight speeshds pushes to the brink of extinction. he joins us this morning. >> good morning. >> a passionate subject for you.
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it took you a year to shoot this documentliry, but tell me about the title. >> it was an incredible odyssey for me. i really feel like my career has been working towards this moment. the mission was to explore this world that we live in where today we have this exclusive club that no species wants to join, because if you join it you may be 100 life forms away from extinction, 100 individuals away from disappearing forever. so we explored the plight of these species and the heroes that are trying to save them. >> and sharks are one species you say gets overlooked when a lot of people think of endangered animals. why is that? >> amy, i was incredibly shocked, just shocked by this. we see this amazing footage here, this spectacular, monstrous great white, just hurling 1,500 pounds out of the watt we are a 200-pound seal at the otr end. these creatures look invincible, but the truth is sharks are incredibly vulnerable. these animals have been around
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for hundreds and hundreds and millions of years, and 90% of all shark species are down by 90% wit their population. >> wow. there are so many amazing facts about sharks, and i don't think a lot of people know about it. i learned a lot just reading part of your documentary. a shark is unable to mate until it reaches the the age of 20 or 30 years. clearly that affects their survival. >> not only does it affect their survival, it really impacts our ability to manage the species adequately. the thing about that shark is we thought of them as sort of a bi-catch fish, but they're a highly evolved just incredibly complex creature with regard to their physiology and their behavior. and this is the species that really is banking on long-term survival. it's not something that lives for a few years and dies off. for example, there are some species that won't start reproducing until they're in their 20s. >> and yet another interesting fact, if a shark is killed in the wild for any reason -- food, poaching -- it takes 1,000 years to regenerate. >> with some species of shark. i don't know if you've seen in
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the nordic country where is they do that -- they catch this giant shark, weighs hundreds of pounds, and they season it over time, let it rot, then eat it off the bone. but those sharks are 400 years old. so you have to look at the odds for a little baby shark to mature into an adult when you maybe are not reaching sexual maturity until you're hundreds of years of age. the things that's amazi about sharks as a buy yolgs is they're filled with mystery. we don't know how to save them. >> this is a fascinating subject, and we can obviously look forward to your documentary. jeff corwin, thanks so much. "future earth: 100 heartbeats." the documentary appears tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc.
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benched for good? >> is betts chance to win? >> it's mr. wilson's neighborhood. >> on the next "redskins showtime." still to come on "today,"
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closing arguments in the trial of american college student amanda knox. we'll bring you the latest from the courtroom. plus, "new moon rising," the latest movie in "the twilight saga" smashes box office records in its opening day. why is it such a hit? we'll find out.
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7:26 is your time. will we have sunshine today? chuck bell will have your forecast after the news. good morning. i'm eun yang. it is saturday, november 21st, 2009. here is a look at what's make nugs this morning. a montgomery county firefighter suffered serious burns after an early-morning house fire. the flames broke out around 3:00 this morning in gaithersburg. firefighters say they found heavy flames on the first and second floors. the firefighter received first and second-degree burns on his hands, forehead and knee. she at a local burn center but
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is expected to be okay. police in prince george's county are trying to figure out who set several cars on fire in seabrook. ey say at least two cars were torched at a service station in 8100 block of martin luther king highway. if you are going to take the beltway in virginia, all lanes of northbound 495 are closed near gallows road and route 50 now. it is all part of construction on the new hot lanes. the beltway should be reopened within the hour. southbound lanes, though, will be closed at 11 cloak tonight in the same area. those lanes should reopen by 9:00 tomorrow morning. we are going to take a break. chuck bell will have your forecast when we come back. while i was building my friendships, my family, while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet, crestor does more than lower bad cholesterol, it raises good. crestor is also proven to slow
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temperatures are in the mid 40s around town. mid and high 30s in the west suburbs. it is going to be a puty of a day today. mix o clouds and sunshine. highs today in the mid to upper 50s. nice weather lasts through tomorrow as well. rain shows up late sunday night into monday.
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>> thanks very much, chuck. coming up, the dangers of do-it-yourself medicine. we are back on this saturday morning, november 21st, 2009, with a look at our happy crowd out on the plaza this morning. we'll be out joining them in a bit. but inside studio 1a, i'm amy robach along with lester holt. coming up this half hour, cutting through the confusion over cancer screenings for women. >> there's been a lot to process this week, a controversial week for women's health. we heard some major changes and recommendations about when to get seened for cervical and breast cancer, and there have been a lot of questions and some anger as women are trying to absorb all the new information. coming up, we'll get answers to some crucial questions from our
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dr. nancy snyderman. also this morning, an emotional announcement from talk show queen oprah winfrey. on friday, she told her audience she will stop hosting her powerhouse talk show in 2011. that would be after 25 years on the air. so, what does that mean for her fans, her future, and even the business of broadcast televis n television? we're going to tell you coming up. speaking of television legends, i got a chance to meet one in person, karl reiner. he's been a king of comedy since early days of tv but has never slowed down. at 87, he's got a new project and he's thinking about what he wants to do next. we'll tell you about it. >> a new project at 87. we should all be so lucky. yes. but first, closing arguments under way in trial of american college student amanda knox. nbc's michelle kosinski is in perugia with the latest. michelle, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. this is a final push for prosecutors here, and despite the lack of extensive physica evidence that would tie amanda
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knox or her boyfriend to the crime scene, they launched into this sort of hypothetical recreation of what they think happened, complete with made-up dialogue claiming that not only was amanda there but she was the one who killed her roommate out of hatred and revenge. it may be the beginning of the end of a very long trial, but amanda knox had much more to endure from the chief prosecutor. a dramatic re-enactment as he envisioned it of amanda, boyfriend raffaele sollecito, and rudy guede, already convicted of the murder, arriving at the apartment tonight, having used drugs he said and in the mood for an intense experiment, finding british student meredith kercher there, angry, he said, and amanda harboring deep resentment because he claims meredith had accused her of stealing money, being dirty, and bringing home too many boys.
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the hatred for meredith grew and grew in amanda, he went on. the time had come for amanda to take revenge. the argument spiraled out of control. >> reporter: the prosecutor then imagined it was amanda that will got a knife and that meredith would not relent her desperate defense, so amanda knew they had to finish the job off. he said in a crescendo of violence she stabbed meredith in the throat, killing her. in court hearing this, amanda became visibly upset. >> she was sad. she was very touched by the terrible words that were used against her, especially with reference to the fact that there was friction between her and
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meredith, which is absolutely not true. amanda was a friend of meredith. >> reporter: both amanda and boyfriend deny being at the apartment that night, but just today, prosecutors everyone sized that they have bloody footprints from both of those at that scene. they also say both changed their stories. now, amanda's family says she's eager to make her own statement before the court. we just don't know when exactly that might happen. lester? >> all right, michelle kosinski, thank you very much. and now let's get a check of the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins, who is out on the plaza. bill, good morning. >> good morning to you, amy. wonderful crowd here. the tree is out at the ice rink. whose 8th birthday is it? look at the sign. who's this? >> my cousin. >> anna. and what's your name? >> jordan. >> where do you live? what's your home? >> virginia. >> virginia. beautiful. virginia is for lovers, right? beautiful place. let's talk about your weekend forecast. we are seeing some troublesome weather down in the deep south. let's start from louisiana down to the florida panhandle, some
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heavy rain, also in the northwest, big storm coming in. we'll track those storms into your sunday. that rain will move for the most part down into the southeast and also a big storm through the good saturday morning. chuck bell. your weekend finally arrived. very nice weather outside. few fair weather clouds first thing your saturday morning. temperature is 45 in washington. 41 degrees in fairfax and loudoun county. 43 in frederick, maryland. 43 also in annapolis. it will be a nice day today. plenty of shine. high temperatures getting into the mid to high 50s today. clouds come back during the i did tomorrow with rain likely late sunday night and into the damon. have a great weekend, everyone. you like football? love football. who's your team? >> panthers. >> panthers. she's probably not even from there. let's talk about "sunday night football." soldier field. we've got the eagles and bears,
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another great matchup. weather should .too bad. starting to feel a little bit like winter. temperature about 44 to 48 degrees. should be a good time. sunday night on nbc. your local forecast for the weekend, you can get that at weather.com. inside to amy. still to come on this sarday edition of today toou, new guidelines are causing new confusion about screening for cancer. what you need to know before your next doctor's appointment. and later, i sit down with one of the pioers of sitcoms, karl reiner. but i didn't know why. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia. and then he recommended lyrica... fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of over-active nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is fda-approved to help relieve the unique pain of fibromyalgia. so now, i'm learning what a day is like with less pain. lyrica is not for everyone. tell your doctor about any serious allergic reaction
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certainly been a busy week for you. >> been a busy week for american women, hasn't it. >> it has. these new guidelines include a recommendation that younger women can wait till the age of 21 before getting screened. >> right. >> why the change? why the change when, you know, a lot of us started at 15? >> a lot of us started it earlier because the idea of starting 18 or three years after you were sexually active. but as we know, most changes in the cervix take years to develop with the human papillomavirus causing a lot of ncers. and here's the problem -- when you screen young women, you are likely to find an abnormality. the question is will that abnormality, one, be anything serious, or, two, do a lot of them go away? the answer is yes, a lot of them do go away. but if you biopsy and cut away parts of the cervix, you scar the area, leads to a lot of anxiety, overtesting, and guess what, you could interview with infertility later. they're just saying, you know what, nothing dangerous or bad happens before the age of 21, so let's push back 21 to begin pap
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smears. >> and there are also new recommendations for women over the age of 30. what are they? >> right. if you are in a monogamous relationship and you've had three pap smears that are normal, no dysplasia, no evidence of early cancers, nothing bad, you can then not get screened every year but get screened safely every three years. and i've seen this coming for a while. doctors have quietly been talking about this and stretching the time in between pap smears. >> also cervical cancer is caused by certain strains of the sexually transmitted virus hpv. many young girls are getting that vaccination. how does that affect it? >> i'm a big vaccination advocate. this hpv vaccination is not perfect, three shots, over $300, not always covered by insurance companies. the idea is to give it to preteens, kids 9 to 21. why? because you want to make ant bodies to this virus before a girl becomes sexually active. very poorly marketed. it is not a pro-sex vaccine.
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it is an anti-cancer vaccine. and soon coming to your boys near you, wait, because i think you're going to start to hear about getting your boys vaccinated for the same thing. >> really. >> boys carry the virus, girls get the cancer. >> coincidentally, these recommendations came following the new recommendations for breast cancer well. >> right. >> the recommendations now have -- a lot of women are outraged, especially women in their 40s who say that they were saved by early detection through mammograms. in fact, we have an e-mail, i'm sure you've seen a lot of ones like these, from robin from new hampshire. >> right back at you. >> she says -- >> what do you say to these women?
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>> that these stories have to be taken with great respect. and i want to just say that for every story like that we have to -- and i mean this with great respect -- dispassionately stand back and sort of look at what was presented on monday. the united states task force is made up of doctors who look at the numbers, how we screen. this body has been around since 1984, recommending everything from lung cancer screenings to cloe onoscopy to breast cancers, and all they were saying was that in the 40- to 50-yr-old group mammography is a quite imperfect tool. now, it happens to be the best thing we have these days, but it's not great. why? because a woman's breast when she's young is lumpy because of the estrogen. that means you miss tumors or you overcall them, and that leads to a lot of unnecessary testing. so all they said was that the yield is very low. and who i've heard from this week are the women just like this who said yes, but if not for that, i would have been the one out of 1,900. and she's right.
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>> what about insurance companies? i think that's the other concern. will insurance companies cover these tests now that these recommendations have changed? >> well, they never looked at cost of goods so costs, and it wasn't a recommendation to insurance companies. this was to say who do rewe screen, how do we spend our money. this is not a government-controlled group. but as you know, within 48 hours, secretary sebelius said nothing's going to change and i think you can safely say right now nothing is going to change. if you want to get your mammograms in your 40s, you're going to go ahead and do that. but it is a call to women because i think we underestimate how smart american women are. yes, it's confusing. but use these guidelines as a way to sit down with your doctor and say, hey, look, i know a lot of women in their 40s who have had cancer, but you know what, cancer doesn't run at all in my family, i have easy breasts to feel. do i need a mammogram every year? and perhaps the answer will be, because of these guidelines, no, you can opt out. and those are the conversations
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>> reporter: delivering a perfect punch line as an actor, writer, producer, and director. >> it's your birthday, and it's time you knew. you're not our natural-born chile. >> when did you know you had this gift of making people laugh? >> my parents loved comedy. they listened to the radio, comedians, and when i heard a joke i could retell it, and i knew i had a little tent because i would retell it and el embellish it and make my friends laugh. i was very young. >> reporter: reiner got a start on broadway in the' 40s, then joined the show that launched his career in tv's golden age. >> get out. get out fast. i'll give you ten minutes to get out. >> reporter: but the pivotal moment in reiner's career and television programming on a whole came with an idea. >> they were looking for horses, guns, situation comedies, and they offered me a few to do. and my wife said -- we read them and she said, you can write better than this.
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i remember situation comedy. >> reporter: reiner went on to write, produce, and star in ha pilot episode for a proposed series called "head of the family." >> said, hey, reiner, what piece of ground do you stand on that nobody will stand on? i asked myself that question. i said, well, you live in new rochelle, you work in new york as a comedy actor/writer on the comedy variety show, you have two kids. you commute. i said i'll write about that. >> reporter: the network loved the concept but didn't love reiner as the lead. so he retooled the show with another leading man, and the rest, as they say, is history. when you look at the history of sitcoms in this country, only relatively handful to we remember that are classics that we can watch today and still laugh, you know, the way you would have, you know, in the '60s. what is it about that show that clicked? >> i have always said that i like you so much better without your -- >> hair, hair!
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you can say it on television. >> i wrote about my own experience, and when i ran out of my own experiences, other writers would say what happened lately at your house, your wife, altercations with the kid or whatever? we tried to keep it as real as possible. >> reporter: reiner is still trying to keep it real today. he just released two more books to add to his literary collection. "just desserts" is about a novelist who decides to e-mail god with a list of suggestions and gets a reply. i don't want to give the ending away, but it's a strong moral message about truth -- >> yes. >> reporter: -- and accountability. >> we tell people if we do good deeds they will be rewarded in heaven or punished in hell if they do bad deeds. i said just desserts, you do something really good, you do a favor, and something good
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happens to you. people said, hey, that guy must be a good guy. people love him. he must be doing good things. >> reporter: doing good things is sometng carl reiner has become legendary for, and at 87 years old he has no plans on retiring anytime soon. >> i got another book coming out next year. >> reporter: and there is always a chance you might see him show up in one of the sitcoms he helped pave the way for. >> two of my favorites "the office" and "30 rock." that tina fey, she can do no wrong. the fact she's the head writer and conceived the show is wonderful. >> reporter: would you like to work with her? >> anytime. would she like to work with me. that's the question. >> great guy. you know, always nice to see the class clown, you know -- >> and 87, still more projects in mind and he keeps it going. >> yeah. he was guest starring in another sitcom
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7:56 is your time now. 42 degrees. a live look at the white house this morng. will it be a nice day n chuck will have the forecast coming up. good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. saturday, november 21st, 2009. here is a look at what's making news this morning. new concerns this morning about a type of swine flu that may be resistant to a drug used to treat the virus. four patients at a north carolina hospital tested potive for the swine flu which is resistant to tamiflu. three of those patients have died. the fourth is recovering. doctors say all four patients appear to have contracted the swine flu at the hospital where they were being treated in
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isolated cancer unit. the cdc says more than 50 similar cases have been reported worldwide since april. 21 of those cases were in the u.s. people head to the 22nd annual fannie mae help the homeless walk-a-thon. several street closures are going to be there along the route.
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good morning. your weekend sunday way. i'm meteorologist chuck bell. 36 in manassas. 41 degrees in ashburn, virginia. 45 in downtown washington. our forecast for today, we have clouds outside for now. on the whole, call it a mostly sunny afternoon. highs today, mid to upper 50s. tomorrow we startith sunshine but clouds come back tomorrow afternoon. highs tomorrow only in the low to mid 50s. the rain holds off until sunday night late and into the day on
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monday. >> thanks so much, chuck. coming up at 9:00 a.m., a full hour of your news, weather and sports. plus the dangers of do-it-yourself medicine. all that coming up. we will see new 25 minutes for another local news update. good morning. past the peak. the new numbers on swine flu suggest the worst may be over, but today health officials warn americans don't let your guard down. pleading for their lives. in a chilling tape just released, a british couple held by somali pirates. but the british government does not pay ransom to hijackers. and oh, no. oprah giving up her show. >> our viewers have enriched my life beyond all measure.
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>> leaving her legions of fans to wonder life without her as we know her. today is saturday, november 21st, 2009. hello, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm amy robach. that's the very tearful soon-to-be good-bye. she has another year. >> probably more tearful and emotional. she promises the final season will be bigger and better than ever, but big changes in store for oprah winfrey. she's going to head out west and focus her energies -- >> cable. right. also this morning, a crucial first senate vote on health care reform. a rare saturday night session looms as democrats need 60 votes to even begin the debate on the senate floor. and that means they need every democratic senator on board. but right now there are still two holdouts. we'll have much more on the
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high-stakes showdown coming up. >> going to be a busy saturday in washington. the pop culture phenomenon "twilight" is back in a big way. the second movie in the series called "new moon" smashed box office recor whe it opened at midnight on friday. what's the secret to its massive popularity? we'll find out in a few minutes. i was going to say screaming girls. >> did i see you in that crowd? >> wouldn't have been me. but that's the secret. we'll talk more about that coming up. first, new evidence the swine flu virus may have paekd, at least for now. the encouraging news, however, comes as the centers for disease control reports the disease continues to hit young people the hardest. nbc's chief science correspondent robert bazell has details. >> reporter: the current wave of the swine flu epidemic appears to have peaked. cdc numbers show visits to doctors and hospitals for flu-like symptoms hit their maximum near the end of october. still, 21 children died of flu last week. >> there is still a lot of
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influenza everywhere. 43 states are reporting widespread activity. that's down from 46 last week, but it's still much greater than we would ever see at this time of year. >> reporter: holiday season, officials warn, brings extra danger. >> as families gather over the holidays and get together from different parts of th country, we might see an increase in influenza or other infectious disease activities. >> what brings miss marie in today? >> reporter: and doctors like pediatrician michael cadur can testify vaccine supplies are increasing but there are still shortages. >> we receive our vaccine from the health department. we don't know until it arrives on our doorstep which preparation it's going to be. >> reporter: some of dr. cadur's patients want vaccine with a mercury preservative. >> here we go. >> reporter: but some fear it can be associated with autism. >> i try to explain to them that
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it is safe and that i personally would recommend receiving the vaccine because the risk of getting the influenza far exceeds the risk of the thigh marisol. >> reporter: the vaccine comes in three forms. the nasal spray for healthy people age 2 to 49 has none of that. shots for pregnant women, those with health problems and everything else, usually come in small viles with small amounts of the preservative. and there are individual shots. but dr. cadur can never guarantee which type he can offer and like most doctors he advises patients to take whatever vaccine he has available. for "today," robert bazell, nbc. >> let's hope we're at a turn lg point in all this. let's get to the headlines. >> tamron hall is at the news desk. the senate will hold a rare saturday session today for its first health care vote. nbc's mike viqueira live at the white house with more. good morning, mike.
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>> reporter: good morning, tamron. this is the highest hurdle yet for the president and democrats in their efforts to pass health care reform. and this isn't even a vote on the substance of health care itself. this is simply a vote on whether the senate is going to have a debate that would likely stretch over the next several weeks through the christmas and new year's holidays. they need 60 of 100 senators to vote in favor of moving forward with the debate. and as of this morning it is not a sure thing. there are two democratic holdouts. there are 58 democrats in the senate along with two independents that usually vote with democrats. but two democrats, blanch lincoln of arkansas and my landrieu of louisiana, both republican-leaning states, both conservative states, as of yet are undecided. so the question of whether this health care debate is going to move forward still up in the air. >> mike viqueira, thank you very much. new video has surfaced this morning of a british couple being held by somali pirates. paul and rachel chandler were abcted from their yacht nearly a month ago. in the video, the couple is
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pleading for their lives. the pirates have demanded $6 million for their release. and levi johnston, the father of sarah palin's grandson, continues to stay in the headlines this morning. johnston posed for "playgirl" and the magazine has released these new pictures of his layout. meanwhile, sarah palin's "going rogue" sold 300,000 copies its first day among the best opening ever for a nonfiction book. and finally, a burglar caught with his pants down, literally. the 22-year-old got stuck as he apparently tried to break into a supermarket through a small window in southern portugal. his pants fell off when he tried to free himself. he was stuck for 11 hours until the owner arrived for work. th it took firefighters two hours to free the guy, he was given his pants and led away in handcuffs. that is justice. not sure why we went from levi johnston to this guy, but --
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>> there's a connection. >> settles the issue of boxers or briefs. >> oh, lester. >> you showed the picture. i'm just commenting. >> don't look at me. >> i'm not following you. all right, tamron. thank you. let's have a check of the weather. bill? >> very close to inappropriate, but i don't think we crossed the line. good morning, everyone, on this saturday. whose 16th birthday is it out here? one, two, three, four 16th birthdays out here. another one in the back, too. why not. let's see what's going on with your weather this weekend. big storm down there along the gulf. a lot of heavy rain yesterday and this morning, exiting houston now, over towards the beaumont area. new orleans is going to get drenched, all of louisiana,a, good satday morning. i'm meteorologist chuck bell. outside of our windows today a few fair weather clouds drifting by. sunshine was just touch first thing this morning. we will have sunshine back by later this afternoon. temperatures right now are in the mid 40s around town. still 30s on the map.
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south and west. 39 degrees in quantico. 34 in culpeper, virginia, this morning. our forecast increasing amounts of shine later this afternoon. it will be up into the mid and high 50s later today. clouds come back tomorrow and that's a look at your weekend forecast. holidays right around the corner. inside to lester. >> bill, thanks. it's official. oprah winfrey is calling it quits. on friday she announced next season will be her talk show's last after 25 years on the air. nbc's kevin tibbles has the details. >> reporter: is chicago losing its "o"? >> after much prayer and months of careful thought, i've decided that next season, season 25, will be the last season of "the oprah winfrey show." >> reporter: after a quarter century, daytime diva oprah winfrey announced she'll be pulling the plug on her syndicated show. >> i started watching her when i
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was a child, and i have children of my own now and i've watched her all the way. >> oprah winfrey is the epitome of love and compassion for mankind. >> reporter: and it would seem man and womankind has shared her journey. from her days as a host with a small audience and a big dream to superstars like tom cruise, leaving his footprints on the couch, guests weeping, and wisdom, others given shiny new pontiacs, when pontiac was still in business. oprah waged war with her weight in front of millions and held tete-a-tetes with the icons regular folks only dreamed of meeting. along the way, winfrey has made billions. she's worth $2.5 billion according to forbes, and she's given millions away, donating some $40 million to open two girls' schools in south africa. of course she's not leaving her legion of fans. the winfrey juggernaut with its magazine and tv spin-offs is likely to be joined by a cable
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network, the oprah winfrey network, with oprah on it. >> isn't this the most fabulous city in the world? >> reporter: just two months ago, oprah shut down chicago's michigan avenue, the magnificent mile, for an anniversary celebration. now she's saying good-bye. >> these years, you, our viewers, have enriched my life beyond all measure. >> reporter: stay tuned. the queen of daytime says next season's victory lap will, quote, knock your socks off. for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. >> and here to talk about the impact of all this, tv writer tom unstead and tom guyer of "entertainment weekly." good morning to both of you. thanks for being with us. >> good morning. >> two toms, you with an "h." that doesn't help me. 25 years. at some point, it had to end. >> certainly. she is not the sort of longest running syndicated show. that honor belon to fill
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donahue, but 25 years is a good long run to have such a cultural impact. >> and, tom, $275 million is what she earned last year on top of billions over the lifetime of her career. so it's not a money decision right now but does she retain the power of having a weekly show if the she makes this snoouf. >> i think she does because she takes her program off broadcast syndication and moves it to her own network on cable, so therefore she can control the message, control everything about the show she wanls to do. so she's really in the driver's seat as opposed to where she was. >> i can't help think of howard stern when he made his celebrated move from fm radio to satellite radio and has not enjoy perhaps the same notoriety. is there a difference for oprah? >> the difference is oprah owns her own network so, she controls the production, controls the people who produce the show, and she controls everything about the message that's on that show. so she has the ability to do anything she wants pretty much on that channel. >> and a lot of folks have
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banked on her success in big way, cbs syndicated it, a lot of abc stations use it as a terrific lead-in to their local news. it made a lot o money. there have to be a lot of unhappy folks in the business today. >> i think there are a lot of unhappy folks in the tv business regardless of what oprah is doing. there are a lot of changes going on and viewers are fleeing the broadcast networks to the cable networks. i think oprah is doing this at a very opportune time for cable television networks. >> i want to get both your thoughts on where she goes with this own network. her magazine always has the greatest success when she's on the covers. will she have to be all over this network for the net work to be successful? >> she needs to have the brand there, the message, but she doesn't literally have to pick up a microphone to tal to make that network successful. she has to have some type of presence, but a regular show? no. >> tom, do you want to weigh? >> i think that's right. she's been a huge impresario in
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the broadcast realm, as well, giving rise to dr. phil, dr. oz, rachael ray, but extending her brand to these other people, that can sort of mushroom even more when you go 24 hours. >> she's had the midas touch. she's sold books, helped the campaign of the president. she loses the bully pulpit. does she get that back? >> i think no matter what oprah does, people are going to pay attention. there are aha moments that only oprah can provide. >> oprah's going to remain the queen of television. the difference is she'll be wearing her crown on cable instead of broadcast. >> gentlemen, good to have you. thanks so much. up next, best-selling awe shor john grisham tries something new in his new book. we'll talk all about it. and the frenzy over "twilight." night i would hook mr. right. pposed to be the i mean look at him - he is really bringing it. and look at me - i'm blank.
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grisham is heading back to familiar territory for his next ok. ford county, mississippi, was the setting for his first novel, "a time to kill," later a film. but in his 23rd published book, john grisham is trying a brand-new way of writing, his first collection of short stories. "ford councounty" is in booksto now. >> good morning. >> good morning. you've had good reviews from "the new york times," pat conroy. what made you decide to change up your typical novel and instead put together a collection of short stories? >> well, there was no grand scheme here. it wasn't planned. but over the years i've collected a number of ideas for stories. i think all seven stories at one point began as novels or ideas for novels and just couldn't flesh them -- they weren't long enough. they're 40 pages instead of 400. but writers collect a lot of ideas, stories, plots, scenes, characters, and they pile up after a while. some of the stories i've worked on for a long time.
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a couple i wrote, you know, in the spring. seven was a good number. 300 pages long. that's aut all you can stand these days. >> i thought it was funny, "the new york times", they write, "itis a vacation from whatever grueling work goes into the work of a full bestseller." would you describe writing this as a vacation? >> not a vacation, but i've never had more fun writing. >> that's good. >> i love the stories and the setting. this is sort of where i belong as a writer. this is where i'm from, where i grew up. the terrain i know, the people i know, the small-town lawyers in mississippi. i've been back several times to ford county with books since "a time to kill," and every time i go back i want to stay. >> your book has made the news lately. your book is selling for $24, and yet the american book sellers association has called for a justice department investigation of what they call predatory pricing because there were certain stories now, planning to sell your book for as little as $9.
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>> right. >> what do you think of that? >> i like 24 better. >> i can understand why. >> it's a $24 event. it's -- that's the value of the book. $24. everybody's going to make some money if we sell enough of them. the bookstore, the publishers, and of course author and the agents involved in the process. that's fair value for this book, $24. if it's going to be $9, we are seriously devaluing what the book is worth. and i don't think you can laugh -- in fact, i think they've already raised the prices back to $11 or $12, whatever their discounts are. in the short-term, short-sighted move. the real issue, though, is the e-books. amazon is selling new books now to their e-readers for the kindles for $10. so if the value of the book is going to go from 25 bucks s ts bucks, that's going to be the value of it in the future if these devices get real popular, then obviously we're going to have some major changes in
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publishing, fewer bookstore, fewer publishers, fewerer authors and much more of difficult for aspiring writers to get published. >> makes sense. john grisham, thanks so much. appreciate your time. >> thank you, amy. happy to be here. >> "ford county." john grisham, thanks.
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8:26 is your time now. 42 degrees. still cloudy out there. will the sun ever come out today? chuck bell will have your forecast after the news. good morning. i'm eun yang. it is saturday, november 21st, 2009. here is a look at what's making news this morning. a montgomery county firefighter has suffered serious burns after an early-morning house fire. the flames broke out around 3:00 this morning in gaithersrg. firefighters say they found heavy flames on the first and second floors. the firefighter received first and second-degree burns his hands, forehead and knee. he is at a local burn center but is expected to be okay.
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police in prince george's county are trying to figure out who set several cars on fire in seabrook. they say at least two cars were torched at a service station in 8100 block of martin luther king highway. metro opened early this morning as people had to the 22nd annual fannie mae homeless walkathon. several streets are closed along the route. we are going take a break. chuck bell will be back with your forecast. stay with us.
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let's get a check on the forecast with meteorologist chuck bell. i was hoping to see shine today. >> we are going to see some shine. we have to be patient for it. we have clouds hanging around. the sunshine will come back by later this afternoon. temperatures right now are in the mid 40s around town. low 40s in some of the western suburbs right now. mid 40s in frederick, maryland. mid 40s in charlestown, west virginia, as well as martinsburg. our forecast for today clouds around for now. on the whole, more and more sunshine later on today. temperatures up no into the mid and upper 50s. fairly pleasant afternoon. more sunshine early tomorrow before the clouds really come back and tomorrow, late after the sun goes down. >> thanks so much, chuck.
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coming up at 9:00 a.m., we will have a full hour of your news, weather and sports. plus important information about how to stay safe this holiday season. of course, more information about today's we are back on a saturday morning. very happy crowd out on the plaza joining us on this saturday. i'm amy robach along with lester holt. and still to come this half hour, we are talking about "twilight" mania. >> yeah. a lot of maniacs for the mania. the latest on the hit that is smashing box office records. not just tweens who like to sink their teeth into a good love story about a girl and a
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vampire, we have some "twilight" moms in our crowd this morning. coming up, we'll take a look at why this women is such a hit with women of all ages. plus, with thanksgiving just around the corner, we have invited a guest for the "eat this, not that" way, apparently the fries probably not a good idea. but dave promises he is not going to take the fun out of thanksgiving. thank goodness. he is going to show you a better thing to eat. >> i looked at his list. it is okay. he won't take the fun out of thanksgiving. that is all coming up. but first, we have a couple special guests on the plaza. want to bring them over. two of the stars of "white collar," matt bohmer and willie garson. good to see you guys. >> matt, congratulations. the show is a hit. what do you think the draw is for so many viewers? >> oh, thank you. we're so grateful that people are tuning in. i think, you know, it's just an intelligent, procedural mixed with really fun characters and hopefully just a fun escape for people for an hour every week.
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>> not just tuning in to watch you. i thought you were going to say that. >> no. well, we're vampires. >> as we speak, the writers now are obviously trying to change it to a vampire theme. you play this behind-the-scenes guy. how do you prepare for a part like that? >> well, i'm sneaking around right now, lester. i have a couple things in the works right here while i'm standing here. you have no idea what i know about u right now. >> put it on the web. >> yeah. exactly. >> it's got to be a fun part to play, though. >> yeah. my parts have generally been more out there and flamboyant, and it's certainly -- you know, we've learned in the crimes that my character and matt's character have done, obviously he's kind of the people person and i'm kind of the guy who's terrified of people. it's fun to see that. >> and your other flamboyant roles, sex in the city, many
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people remember you for that. any secrets you want to give us? >> they are all women, and i play a man. still. >> wow. thanks for that riveting, riveting -- >> boring alert. >> gentlemen, congratulations. continued success with "white collar." friday nights, 10:00 p.m. eastern. >> keep watching. >> people are watching. thanks. happy thanksgiving. >> you, too. happy thanksgiving. >> now let's get a check of the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. bill? >> thanks, lester. a wonderful crowd out here. huge as we head toward the holidays. we are all 11? just you two. your birthdays? >> yes. >> how do you all know each other? >> school. >> who is your teacher? want to say hi? >> hi, mr. david! >> very good. very good. let's talk a little bit about this big weekend weatherwise. a lot of people getting ready to travel. some people are lucky enough to have the whole next week off.
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heavy rain along the gulf, a big storm moving in through the northwest, congratulations, a little cool, but not bad this time of year. we don't have a lot of cold weather out there. watch out for heavy rain in the southeasutheast and good saturday mornin everybody. temperatures right now are in the low to mid 40s. ashburn and sterling, it is 46 degrees. winchester and martinsburg, 42 degrees. prince george's county, going to be a nice day today. temperatures will be climbing up near the mid and high 50s. clouds outside first thing this morning. holding our temperatures back for now. clds will be coming back by late tomorrow. weekend is going to be rain-free. sunday night into monday, that's our next chance for rain. well, "sunday night football" to talk about. we're going to continue to watch this beautiful matchup. last week -- last week.
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who knows what could happen this weekend? sunday night, eagles/bears. temperatures 44 to 48 degree, mostly cloudy, and it will be cool. i'm a sucker for romance. these two just got engaged about 12 hours ago. his parents already called them up. congratulations. you're taken. inside, lester. this morning on "eat this, not that," thanksgiving dinner, some simple things to make it a little healthier. the editor in chief of "men's health" magazine and author of "eat this, not that: restaurant survival guide edition." great to see you. >> great to see you. >> we already did a big bill, you won't take the ton ffun out thanksgiving. >> no. what's going to happen over the holidays is you'll consume an additional 600 calories a day so you'll go into new year's with an extra six pounds. but you can indulge, don't have to deprive yourself andou can lose a lot of weight. you just have to be smart about
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it. >> traditional thanksgiving meal. turkey and cranberry. >> the dark meat in turkey has the saturated fats. the white meat doesn't it. you have basically here the cranberry sauce, which is not the homemade variety. >> the canned. >> yeah. how good can it be when you can see the lines from the can? this is the calorie equivalent of having a milk shake, a 400-calorie milk shake. instead, what you can do is go for the white meat, the homemade cranberry sauce cuts down on the calories and the sugar. >> you control the amount of sugar you put in. >> a 200-calorie difference there, the equivalent of losing 20 pounds in a year if you do it every day. >> pretty easy swap. stuffing is a staple of thanksgiving. you're going to take it away, aren't you? >> yeah, i am. some foods are as bad for you as they sound. stuffing is one of them. >> stuffing is stuffing. >> these are basically croutons moistened with fat and sodium. >> well, if you put it that way. >> what you want to do here is pass these to your cousins from buffalo, okay? >> okay.
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>> because it's the saturated fat equivalent of four orders of french fries. >> oh, goodness. >> okay? so there are some healthy stuffing options out there. the green bean casserole, instead, though, is going to save you calories, it's going to give you half the fat and less sodium. so you go with something like this and you've got vitamins and minerals to boot. >> green beans. quite tasty. >> why stuff yourself calories and fat when you can stuff yourself vitamins, minerals and fiber? >> sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows on top. folks have that as a side dish. >> sweet potatoes are a great side dish, but if they're loaded with sugar, candied with marshmallow topping you're getting the calorie equivalent of 2 1/2 granola bars. try to get the sweet potatoes on their own or go with something like mashed poe tay poes with gravy, 100 calories less. >> i was surprised that's a
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little less. >> yeah. 100 calories, ten pounds in a year. >> i'm a little surprised this next area we're going to talk about, salad. we always think of salads being healthy and good for us. >> well, food marketers love to take innocent little salad greens and corrupt them with calories and fat and salt. in this case, that's what you're doing with the croutons and the italian dressing. it's the sodium equivalent of 26 cool ranch doritos. now, if you go with something like peas and pearl onions, you got the fiber from the pea, the chromium from the pearl onions, both are great for elevating -- or leveling out your blood sugar levels. and what's good about that is you need to fend off the food coma. >> all right. >> that's going to help you do it. >> a quick speed one on this. p pecan pie. >> cut off the crust, save 100 calories if you're going to have it. otherwise if you go with the chocolate fondue, you have all the antioxidants and mood
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boosters from the dark chocolate and the fiber. >> all good. have a great thanksgiving, my friend. >> you, too. >> see you soon. up next, "twilight" mania. why a girl, a vampire and werewolf are a box office smash. taking the bah-humbug out of your budget. and amping up the merry in your christmas. we're lowering prices on everything you need to make your home -- and the season -- more festive. adding more jingle to your pockets, and more happy... to your holidays. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. stock up on 100-count light sets, now at the new lower price of $1.88 each. (announr) amy's going to show how easy it is to check her available account balance anywhere. that was pretty easy. access your accounts whenever, wherever. with mobile banking. from bank of america.
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nothing gets your family's day off to a brighter start... than the goodness of kellogg's raisin bran cereal. feed their sunny side. the second movie in the twilight saga, "new moon," is already breaking records after one full day in theaters. nbc's lee cowan has more about the full-fledged phenomenon that "twilight" has become. >> reporter: a scary thing happened on the way to the midnight box office. >> "new moon" was so amazing. i loved it and it was great.
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the audience reaction. go, edward! >> he left you, bella. he didn't want you anymore. >> rorter: "new moon" has bitten off a huge chunk of nationwide ticket sales already. >> it's our biggest ticket seller of all time in fandango history so it's absolutely amazing. >> reporter: fueled by so-called twihards, 2005 lyght mania is in full swing. >> it's amazing to have all these people here spending five nights sleeping and -- it's crazy. >> reporter: heart throbs robert pattinson on his last appearance on the "today" show tried to take it all in stride. >> i feel exactly the same. i speak in an american accent because it's so separate to my actual life. >> reporter: tweens all around the country screaming for the undead cast, but they're not alone. >> well, the guys are pretty sexy, as my daughter would say. >> reporter: there are plenty of
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twi-ms out there, too. >> it's not just a teen phenomenon. it's for adults, too. >> reporter: it is a pretty fascinating fan base. there's hardly any men many that line despite all the werewolves and vampires, but that's because the "twilight" love story is the main draw. >> stop. >> romeo and juliet and the bad-boy vampire involved. and i think all that just creates a mystique, and it creates a desire by women to just want to go out and see this film and probably more than once. >> reporter: some say stephenie meyer's "twilight" is the perfect love story. it oozes sex without any sex actually taking place. yet. >> i mean, this is a book that makes -- or the whole series of books is about how hot self-denial is. >> reporter: whatever the draw, hollywood has noticed. tweens and their moms are a force to be reckoned with, but few can catch "twilight" in a bottle. for today, lee cowan, nbc news.
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>> joe levry is editor in chief of "maxim" magazine, and kara to gray di is a huge "twilight" fan and member of twilightmoms.com. good morning. >> good morning. >> jill, we just heard about why the "twilight" franchise has become a cultural phenomenon, a love story, but the vampires, they seem to be really hot these days. why do you think it is the success that it is? >> well, vampire, of course, are everywhere in our culture right now. it started with "twilight." and, you know, a generation of kids are growing up loving these books. they're going to follow this vampire trend wherever it goes, you know, whether it's "true blood" or "the vampire diaries" or "twilight." we love a vampire. a vampire is a well-dressed guy -- >> who sucks our ploblood. >> not if he's a "twilight" vampire. they refrain from sucking blood. it's still resonant with the teenager who is made this
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phenomenon. hormones are surging. they have to resist their impulses just like the vampire sometimes have to resist theirs. >> i like that analogy. it's funny. you mentioned kids, you mentioned teens, but we have 34-year-old kara here, who you said you read the book five or six times and saw the first movie ten times. why? >> yes. it's a love story pip it completely draws you in. it's completely hypnotic. >> the first nine times weren't enough? >> they weren't enough. i had to be the director girl power and we needed to make the next movie and the best way to do that was see it again and again. >> i hate this word but some moms are calling "twilight" moms cougars. do you think that's fair? you're obviously thinking how young these boys are and you're watching it to maybe lust after the young tweens who are abstaining from sucking blood and having sex. is that a part of it? >> no, not at all. at least not for me. i was a fan of the book.
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i started reading the books long before the film was ever cast. we're in love with the characters. we're not in love with the actors. the actors are definitely pretty and we do love them, but no, we don't want to marry them or bring them home. >> speak for yourself. >> okay. >> everyone gets caught up in the frenzy but it's really more about the love of the books and the love of the love story and the characters, not about rob. >> are you surprised that women kara's age are so jus entranced and in love with those stories and movies and books? >> have you seen rob pattinson? have you seen that guy's hair? it's amazing. >> does he wash it? >> he does now. >> we've got the news. he now washes his hair. no. the love story here is a really powerful one. this movie is very explicitly making comparison to the great love story of denial, the great ta tragic love story, romeo and juli juliet. it's in there a little bit. is it romeo and juliet, "twilight"? no. >> no. >> but it is a great love story and a love triangle.
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not quite romeo and jult yet. >> no. >> i got to say stephenie meyer, shakespeare, i'm going with shakespeare. >> which did you enjoy reading more, romeo and juliet or "twilight"? >> we've got a fight. i'm still going with shakespeare. >> thank you so much. we appreciate it. we'll be right back.
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this morning, ed brown, owner of 81 restaurant and the new ed's chowder house in new york city is here with some ideas for a festive menu. ed, good morning. >> good morning. >> i can't believe we're talking about holiday meals but it's here. >> it's here. >> this is a fun one. spaghetti spaghetti. >> so, spaghetti pasta with spaghetti vegetables. it's colorful, fun, easy to do. >> a juliette style, cut them
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up. >> cut them on the mandolin. just easy like that. make this beautiful spaghetti. >> we've got -- what do we have in here, carrots? >> carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, so asparagus. >> so we put those aside. >> right. we put those -- i've got garlic, oil, chili. i originally made this dish as a way to get my kids to eat pasta with vegetables. >> yeah, because it all looks like spaghetti. >> it all looks like spaghetti. >> saute that up. >> saute that up. a little salt in there. garlic, olive oil, chili. >> pretty simple. >> pretty simple. right? if we move along, i've got one cooking already, love the magic of this. >> looks like that and it looks like spaghetti already. >> looks like spaghetti. i've got pasta cooking. whole-wheat pasta. >> put that in here, as well. >> put that right in there. >> add more olive oil or just work with what you got? >> you can add a little for me,
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please. >> i don't want to tell you what to do. >> but it's a good ytd. >> but it's a good idea. there you go. >> i've got some rough-cut spinach and some tomatoes to add to that. >> this is looking great. >> now we can go to a plate. >> whole-wheat pasta. >> whole-wheat pasta. that's right. >> all right. move over here and a little magic. >> over here, add a little of that basil. >> sure. >> and i've got some parsley there. a great meal to work for your family. you can put it out. we make this for brunch sometimes at 81, also. >> and i bet this would even be good left over the next day cold. >> this would be great left over cold. >> hello. food's involved. i like to eat. >> spaghetti spaghetti. >> with lots of basil. >> mix it all up and plate it. >> just right to the plate. >> just put olive oil in there? no other -- >> lester put olive oil.
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>> olive oil, salt, and chili. >> garlic, olive oil, chili, lots of edge, some fresh herbs, a little more olive oil on top. >> of course. do you mind if i taste it? like i said, i like to eat. that's why i usually jump . >> other great items i brought in, salmon crow kets, my dad's favorites, his recipe with tartar sauce. >> what's the matter? >> not easy to eat spaghetti on tv. >> that's a whole long story with me. >> buttermilk with pineapples and little pineapple chips. brought some 81 chocolate truffles along with us. >> yummy. this is nice and spiszy. >> yeah. >> olive oil, too. good to have you here. >> good to be here. happy holidays. >> congratulations on the new restaurant. >> thank you very much. like i couldn't catch my breath. i couldn't believe i was actually having a heart attack. i remember being at the hospital,
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that will do it for us on this saturday morning. our thanks to tamron hall and bill karins. coming up tomorrow on "today," if you're looking for holiday shopping at outlets, which we all love to do, we have the tips you need to know to manage that. plus, susan boyle, the real susan boyle, trust me. >> no stalking? >> don't go there. her debut album is coming out and more advance copies have been sold on amazon than any other album before. more on that tomorrow. i'll see you tonight on "nightly news."
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i'm eun yang. the news is straight ahead. first we will get straight to our forecast with meteorologist chuck bell. we are expecting sunshine. >> host: >> we are. not out there just yet. but -- it is a little gray for now. that's going to be turning around by later this afternoon. things will start to improve. that will be welcomed news for everybody. one thing for sure, even with the clouds, these are not rain-making clouds. so you can do whatever you want to do outside today and tomorrow because it will be dry. 46 degrees in washington right now. 48 in southern maryland. 50 degrees in hagerstown. 37 degrees in culpeper. optimistic on our day forecast. sunshine will be coming back as we go through the late morning and early afternoon hours. still on the whole a nice day today. temperatures will stay in the mid to high 50s this afternoon. and we will get shine tomorrow and the opposite of today. start with the sunshine and finish with the clouds. today we are doing it the other way around. >> that's right. as long as we see sun we are good with that. >> we will not be clouded out. >> okay. thank you, chuck. we are

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