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good morning. snowbound. it may be the biggest storm of the early season. blizzard conditions in the midwest leaving much of the country in a deep freeze. how much snow is expected? where is this going? we're going to tell you. kidnapper's fate. eight years after he abducted her, the man who kept elizabeth smart prisoner pays the price. a miley cyrus eye opener. video of the teen sensation smoking a bong at her 18th birthday party leaving many to ask what is she smoking? she's not talking, but her dad is. she's not talking, but her dad is. we'll tell you what he said.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm amy robach. take a look at this live in minneapolis, minnesota, where the snow has been falling. it may bring some 20 inches to the city. we'll have the latest on all the winter weather coming up. >> reminder to what is coming in the weeks ahead. today the funeral of elizabeth edwards. there's the church in raleigh, north carolina, where later today the service will take place. hundreds gathering to remember her life. we'll speak to a family friend. amanda knox is back and forth today. just moments ago she spoke out telling the judge she was innocent. we'll have much more on her
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emotional statement. we'll speak to her parents about the appeal coming up. plus the fallout continues from this royal attack. student protesters pelted the limo carrying prince charles and his wife camilla. what does it say about the royal security and what impact will it have on the wedding of prince william and kate middleton. we'll take a closer look at that coming up. a lot to get to, but first, we'll start with the big blast from the great lakes down florida. scott williams joins us from minneapol minneapolis. good morning. >> well, good morning, lester. you know, it's not even winter yet and minneapolis is already digging out from its latest winter storm. this time it's a triple threat. it's bringing the snow, it's bringing the wind, it's bringing the bitter cold. it's already brought upwards of sivgs inches of snow. you can see it is falling here, a light snow. but really continues to fall. we're not done yet here. you can see folks are already out this morning and crews have
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been busy as well. take a look at the sidewalks. you can see that we're finding a lot of snow this morning and we're watching the temperatures. they're dropping rapidly. before all is said and done, we could have feels-like temperatures here well below zero. take a look at the crews over here. they're working trying to clear the sidewalks this morning. so they are used to the snow here. i spoke with a lot of residents yesterday. they're taking this latest round in stride here. used to the snow, used to the cold, but really it is coming really early this year and we are not done with all of the active arctic weather so far this year. lester? >> weather channel's scott williams, thank you. on that point, where is the storm headed? meteorologist bill karins joins us with that part of the story. >> good morning, everyone. there's two sides to this storm. we just showed you the snowy side. if you're in wisconsin and michigan, snow to get through.
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in some areas up to a foot and a half. my biggest concern is what's coming behind it. that is the cold air. monday morning when everyone is going back to work and school, temperatures will plunge. this arctic outbreak will be worse than the one we just finished with. temperatures down to the teens all the way around the gulf. we're expecting minus 30s up here around minnesota. we could have negative wind chills monday morning as far south as tennessee. everyone east of the rockies will be hit by this latest arctic blast. >> right now here's amy. >> in washington, the big story this morning is the extraordinary white house meeting between president obama and bill clinton who was called to the oval office to offer candid advice to the current commander in chief. for more we're joined by mark halperin. the fact that you happened to turn on the tv around 4:30, you might have thought whoa, this is a time warp. there's bill clinton talking to
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reporters. he had a meeting, a private meeting with president obama. they then had a press conference. obama excuses himself and president clinton talks and takes questions for 30 minutes. let's listen to part of what he had to say. >> i'm glad to be here because i -- i think the president made a good decision and because i want my country to do well. the agreement taken as a whole is i believe the best bipartisan agreement we can reach to help the largest number of americans. >> so there you have former president clinton defending obama's decision to support the republicans and to the anger of a lot of democrats, extending those bush tax cuts. how important was this endorsement? will it have an impact. >> great political theater to see bill clinton standing at the podium. president obama after a couple questions said he needs to go. he said, go ahead. the first lady needs you.
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it was like a time warp. his endorsement of the deal i do think will make a difference for some democrats even though his relations with the liberals in the party haven't always been great, no democrat doubts his conviction and his political judgment. the most important thing i think he said for the obama administration, this is the best we can do. this is good for the economy. it must be done. but he did it not in an angry way but an optimistic way. that's a good reminder for president obama. >> clinton would not give us the specifics about any advice he may have given president obama behind closed door, but here you have two presidents who during their first terms have dealt with a divided congress. and heading into their second terms, what lessons could president obama learn from president clinton? >> one is to be optimistic. these are tough times for the united states. the country is looking for leadership. you can't be sour. you have to be optimistic, but also with a sense of urgency and a sense of purpose.
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one of the things that president obama has done to confuse democrats is to say we need to pass this plan even though there's stuff in here i don't like. compromise will be essential if the country is going to move forward, if washington is going to move forward. bill clinton figured out how to compromise and still show people he was true to his principles and fighting hard for the middle class. >> one thing a question about sarah palin. she was in haiti this week to survey earthquake relief efforts there. everything she's done everyone has looked through a prism of whether she's going to run in 20 the, from her reality show, speeches, books, is this trip a serious indication of her intentions? >> who knows? it keeps her options open, though. one thing she needs to do is show people he's serious and concerned about the wider world rather than just about herself and all these ways she's making money. a trip to haiti, hats off to anybody who goes there to spotlight the problem. maybe it's not political. but if it is, it keeps her options open.
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she needs that portfolio, that broader image. >> thanks. >> now to the funeral for elizabeth edwards who lost her battle with cancer earlier this week. the service, which is open to the public, will be held this afternoon in raleigh, north carolina. that's where nbc's michelle kosinski joins us live. good morning. >> good morning. this is the heart of elizabeth edwards' community. it was this church where she turned for comfort when her teenaged son wade died in a car accident years ago. you feel the deep sense of sadness among those who knew her. to lose her life so young. and in life, she was the one who was always comforting them when they felt sorry for her. it's a struggle today. how to memorialize a life so complex, punctuated by heart wrenching tragedy and good public work. at elizabeth edwards' funeral, her daughter kate, an attorney like her mother, will speak to
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the congregation that could number more than a thousand. >> is this a hardship for us? it's yet another hurdle. >> elizabeth's story has always been tough to tell. >> the tragic death of her 16-year-old son wade, her bout with cancer and her husband's affair. >> but didn't want to define her by that. she forged her own path. and the public embraced elizabeth, who didn't try to be perfect. but helped where she could. an advocate for health care reform and others fighting cancer. >> this is an issue that doesn't know political boundaries. it knows moral boundaries. >> where questions might have been difficult to ask her, she was the one who openly described her feelings. here two months ago. >> part of what i want to do is reclaim my story. it belongs to me and to my children. and i wanted them to not think of me as victim. i don't want to be a victim, i'm not a victim. >> one of her closest friends is trying to come up with the right
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words for her eulogy. she knew her since law school. >> i owe her this. and i feel i owe her to do it with courage. i hope i succeed. because she would. >> here they are back then with john edwards, who is not one of the speakers today but was with elizabeth when she died at home with their children. they had been separated a year. >> john is having a very difficult time for all of the things that have happened. john loved her. john's loved her a long time. and he's lost her, too. >> elizabeth once said of john on the campaign trail that she married him because he was the single-most optimistic person that she knew. but in the difficult years that followed, it seemed that she was the one that possessed this boundless hope and her words are quoted in defining this successful life. that's part of what her friends
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will try to convey today. >> michelle kosinski, thank you. as you just heard, john edwards will not be speaking at the funeral, but her daughter kate will deliver the eulogy. karen, good morning, thanks so much for being with us. >> good morning, lester. good to be with you. >> what can you tell me about kate's relationship with her mother and how that will likely be reflected in her eulogy? >> well, kate and her mother obviously were very close, and elizabeth actually wrote in her first book "saving graces" about how kate was really kind of the strong one after wade passed, and how she really helped both john and elizabeth sort of carry on and get through such a dark time. so i kecan't think of anybody better than kate to talk about her mother. there was one thing i wanted to point out, lester. i heard you mention that elizabeth had lost her battle with cancer. i just want people to know that's not how elizabeth saw it.
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for her, the battle was -- she knew she was going to die of cancer. the battle was what do you do in spite of that? how do you make sure you have a meaningful life and give back what you can and draw sort of love and hope and joy from the people around you? and she feels like in the end, i can tell you that she was very peaceful and she felt like she won, actually. >> your point is well taken. she certainly defined this last chapter in her life. and we just heard a moment ago in michelle's story glen bergenfield who will be delivering the eulogy. what can you tell me about the relationship about theegs two friends and the difficult line they're going to walk today trying to honor her. >> sure, today is really about honoring elizabeth and sharing her stories about the woman that we knew. glen was actually a friend from college. so maybe we'll get to hear a little bit about elizabeth in those years.
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hargrave actually is also a dear friend of mine. she traveled with us in the 2004 campaign. she and elizabeth were pregnant with their first children together. they've been friends a very long time. so i don't know if they'll share some stories from the campaign trail because there are many. we had many adventures, little side trips to dairy queen now and then or also just from their life together. so much of today is also about sharing our love for elizabeth and also making sure the children know that there are people here who loved them and cared for them. and loved their mother. >> they are in a lot of people's thoughts. a lot of eyes will be on john edwards, the man who brought her so many years of love. do you know what role if any he will have in the service? >> well, you know, he will be here, obviously, and he'll be here with the children. i mean, they're a family, he's their father. he was with elizabeth when she passed and she's been with the children. tell you that he moved back in
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the house and living with the children. so he'll be here today. i'm sure it will be a very tough day for him as well. >> karen finney, thank you for spending time with us this morning. we do appreciate it. >> thanks for letting me talk about my friend. let's head to the news desk. good morning, richard. >> good morning, amy and lester. we begin with that 12-year-old virginia girl missing for a week and now found unharmed in california. brittany may smith was found in san francisco with jeffrey scott easley after a tip to police. the two had not been seen since they were captured while shopping at a virginia walmart. easley was the live-in boyfriend of brittany's mother. he's been charged with abduction. justice for elizabeth smart. a jury rejected the insanity defense and found brian mitchell guilty of kidnapping and transportation of a minor. smart reacted friday saying it is possible to move on after
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something terrible has happened. we'll speak to the u.s. attorney for utah and one of the jurors who found mitchell guilty. a single female white tipped shark is likely responsible for three out of five attacks on tourists at a popular egyptian red sea resort. investigators say the shark is still in that area. one victim died after a shark bit her arm and thigh last sunday. the resorts at sharm al-sheikh have since reopened. smudged, torn but worth, evidently, $422,000. the lyrics that bob dylan chicken scratched of the times they are a-changin', and they are. sotheby's said a hedge fund manager bought this here for $1500 a word, a beatles' handwritten song went for a million dollars this year. that's the news and very expensive words. >> that makes my handwriting look good. >> bill karins asked the question of the day.
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why did they open that resort if the shark is still out there. >> beaches are all open! come on out! >> richard, thank you. >> let's talk about this forecast, everyone. we already mentioned all the heavy snow, the gusty winds and the blizzard conditions in the central plains. rain sneaking up the west coast. on the west coast, heavy rain for our friends in the pacific northwest. you could see flood can on the rivers over the next couple of days. if you want warm, l.a., san diego, phoenix. . well, this morning, high pressure is building in. we can see that right here. a little dome of high pressure creating some clear skies for us today. of course, some fog around. some morning drizzle. that will give way to some clearer skies. if you want even more clear weather, we are going to have to wait until tomorrow. you are heading out this morning. temperatures are pretty cool, in the 40s. 48, san francisco. 48, readwood city.
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45, fairfield. 47 degrees, livermore. by the time we reach lunch hour, temperatures in the 60s and 50s. >> that's your weekend forecast. lester? >> all right, bill, thank you. britain, the questions continue following the attack on prince charles and camilla, with many demanding answers about an apparent lack of security. nbc's stephanie gosk has the latest. >> reporter: just moments before the attacks,-ish. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: the royal couple were doing what they normally do. waving and smiling, windows open. until a violent group of protesters, who moments before smashed shop windows, surrounded the vintage rolls-royce. when the crowd turned, photographer matt dunham was there. dunham captured what has now become the definitive photo of the attack. >> they were basically trapped because they had to step around the vehicle and couldn't see me drive away. the first thing i could see was camilla was -- clearly terrified. >> reporter: a day later charles was pinning medals on royal navy pilots as scheduled.
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camilla, the future king says, is fine. and so is he. but the london police are under fire. some are calling the failure in security an embarrassment. >> the unpredictability and how they moved about the couple yesterday meant that the protection officers were in a very difficult position. >> reporter: it was not an isolated act of violence. government buildings were damaged. a statue of winston churchill vandalized. some students swung from the tomb of the unknown soldier. >> there is not a right to go on the streets of london, wanting to pursue violence. >> reporter: there is some concern that these scenes are signs of what's to come. that the government enacts some of the most painful budget cuts in this country's history. the anger is growing. >> i actually feel there's such now a disconnect between politics and young people that it will take a generation to heal this rift. >> reporter: the fear is that it could turn into this.
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the poll tax riots in the early '90s. >> there is a feeling that the squeezed middle, as it's now called, are paying a far too heavy price for what were economic and political mistakes made by governments. >> reporter: more student riots are already scheduled for monday. for "today," stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. now 19 minutes after the hour. here's amy. >> lester, thank you. with the holiday season comes another tradition many of us are very familiar with. tipping. and from your hair stylist to your baby-sitter, it's not easy knowing just how much to give. msnbc financial analyst vera gibbons has some tips for holiday tipping. >> tiz the season. >> yes, it is. and everyone has their hand out, right? we know that there are certain areas where, it's very typical to tip during the holiday. how do we consider or determine who we should give to? >> you should be tipping everyone who's provided you with personal services over the course of the year. just a nice thing to do to show them you appreciate their hard
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work. how much gets a little bit tricky. it's going to depend on their level of service, how long you've worked with them, whether or not you tipped throughout the course of the year, and most importantly your budget. >> so there's no right number for everybody? >> but we do have some guidelines for you. >> and i think the first one is the most obvious one, the people who take care of our children. you want to give them an extra thank you this time of year. teachers, nannies, baby-sitters. how do we pay them back the right way? >> the right way would be to include a small gift from your child for the personal touch. but in terms of numbers, your baby-sitter that you use on weekends, you one to give them one night's pay. if it's a full-time sitter/nanny, you want to give them one week's pay. day care provider, just to give you a ball park figure, $25 to $70. your teacher by the way, no cash gift because it's seen as a bribe. if you have a favorite teacher, a gift card or something for the classroom is perfectly acceptable. >> i have some collections taken up so there is going to be a gift card, so there was money but it's not from any specific one person. >> that's a nice way to do it. >> also, how much do we give
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people who provide services around the house? trash collectors, your house cleaner, perhaps, mail delivery? >> that's tough. we'll start with the postal workers because they're into the allowed to accept cash. so that's easy one. if you do give them a gift it has to be valued at under $20. so a $20 gift card would be perfectly appropriate or some small gift a little intrinsic value. hand warmer, coffee mug, something like that. newspaper delivery people, $20 to $30 depending on how often you're getting the paper delivered. you can get by with $10 if you're just having it on the weekends. house keepers up to one week's pay. you mention tax collectors. they get gypped every year. 89% of people said they don't give them anything. $10 to $20 would be perfectly fine. >> that's certainly nice. what about the people who you typically pick anyway for the little luxuries in your life. manicures, hair stylists. i mean we're usually tipping them each time. should you tip more? >> if you're tipping them 20% plus every time you could get by with a little bit less.
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depends on how much you've been using the services. manicurists, pedicurists, personal trainer, barber, hair stylists, generally speaking get the cost of the treatment. >> okay. >> and what about if you just don't have enough money for all of these tips. a lot of people are cash strapped, out of jobs, out of work. what are some of the alternatives? >> you certainly don't want to break the bank here. it's all about your budget. what you can afford to give. if you can't give cash, you can give a heartfelt note. you could give baked goods. if you're tipping regularly over the course of the year, you don't have to go overboard. it's just the thought that counts. and cash is the most appreciated gift. they don't like it when you necessarily get creative. but do what you can do. >> thanks as always. do appreciate it. still to come, the jimmy stewart museum in need of a christmas miracle. but first, this is "today" on nbc. lightning fast. lightning strong.
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still to come on "today," amanda knox. she's appealing her murder conviction and smoke out in court just a few moments ago. what did she say? we're going to tell you. >> plus cutting back. a reality show for the great recession. we'll meet one family who downsized.
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good morning to you. a live look at oakland. a little bit of fog around parts of the bay area and some warmer temperatures as well. let's get a look at your weekend forecast with jennifer hill. the weather is going to get a little sunny this weekend. a small window of sunshine we will get today and tomorrow. back to more rain. it looks like we are going to see a really wet december. this evening, some clouds in the forecast. possibly, a little bit of drizzle around this morning. starting out, mainly in the 40s
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with some patchy fog. we have a little bit of drizzle. don't worry, by this afternoon, we should see that blue sky in the forecast. here is a look at the 12:00 temperatures, 58, livermore. 62, gilroy. 60, los gatos. 61, napa. the seven-day forecast, temperatures warming up today and tomorrow. then, they start to cool down yet again as a series of weather fronts roll through and bring you some rain. a smokey protest this weekend. medical marijuana operators and patients are fighting back after recent raids at south bay pot clubs. this is from inside a san jose pot club where the owners of a few got together to raise money for supporting their legal fund yesterday. a santa clara drug task force shut down several clinics, hauling out bags and equipment. they claim the clubs are selling pot illegally and they are laundering money.
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the pot owners say they are unfairly targeted. >> it is a big game for us, a huge game. it says how the season is going to go. >> we are in the playoff mentality. this is a must-win game. i'm getting the call. that's all i'm thinking about. >> confused? that wasn't the right sound. the collectives say they have tried to work with santa clara county. to no avail. another meeting is on the table for monday. right now, police in the east bay are on the hunt for a sexual predator. police are searching for a man that groped a teenager at a school. they say he groped a teenager at a school in fremont, grabbing a 15-year-old girl on the campus of mission valley regional occupational program last month. a hispanic male, 19 to 21 years old with a large tattoo on his right forearm and a blue rosary around his neck.
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repeat offender, a counselor leads to a second molestation case. 53-year-old thomas july faces federal charges for possessing more than 13,000 images of child pornography. they found a foe to have of a local boy and another molestation victim has certificate fasted. he worked at the cost stra county mental health division for several years. a south bay city is paying thousands of dollars to settle charges of excessive police force. we will show you the video. more local news coming up in 30 minutes. right now, more of the "today" show. i came up with this mobile art gallery to bring art to the people. sharing art is the highest calling for me. if i want to keep doing this i have to start taking care of my heart. so i'm starting with cheerios. [ male announcer ] got something you'll love to keep doing? take care of your heart. you can start with cheerios.
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the natural whole grain oats can help lower cholesterol. this is what makes me happy, so i'll probably do this until the wheels fall off. [ male announcer ] it's time. love your heart so you can do what you love. cheerios. we are back on this saturday morning, december 11th, 2010. how about this? just 13 shopping days left until christmas. uh-oh. we want to thank everyone for coming out onto the plaza this morning before heading to the mall to shop. back inside studio 1a i'm amy robach along with lester holt. still to come, in the headlines, and for all the wrong reasons. >> we're talking about pop star miley cyrus. there's a new video out that appears to show her smoking from a bong. it was apparently taken five days after her 1818th birthday. reports say it is not marijuana but it was another substance
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apparently that is legal in california. we're going to tell you more about that coming up. >> and then hard times for a family of nine. one time they earned over $1 million a year. but now they're strapped for cash, struggling to get by, and they had to downsize. they're part of a new reality show that looks at our country's economic downfall and they're all joining us live. >> and then where is george bailey when you want him? a hometown museum that pays tribute to the hollywood legend jimmy stewart may soon be forced to close. those who love the actor and the museum are now hoping for another, it's a wonderful life, ending. we're going to tell you more about that story just ahead. we begin in italy where amanda knox is appealing her murder conviction. the former college student from seattle insists she is not a killer. we will talk with amanda's parents in just a moment. first nbc's keith miller joins us live from perugia, italy, good morning, keith. >> reporter: good morning, amy. well, in fact, this appeal trial is expected to drag on for some time.
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but for amanda knox, this is a whole new trial. and this morning she got up before the court to make what amounted to a declaration of innocence. appearing pale, sullen, almost withdrawn after more than three years in prison, knox joined her defense team in court. then, breaking with court procedure, she asked to speak. choking back tears, the 24-year-old student from seattle told the judges and jurors that she is scared. not scared of the truth, she said. but scared because i have already seen justice fail. nearby was knox's former italian boyfriend raffaele sollecito, who was convicted along with knox and a third man, of murder and violent sexual assault of knox's roommate meredith kercher, an exchange student from england. this morning knox addressed the parents of the victim, saying she is so sorry meredith is not here. bursting into tears, knox said her heart was broken.
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i am honored and thankful, she said, to have had a friend like her. today's court session was preliminary. a chance for the six jurors and appeals judge to go over the motivation for conviction. what they got, instead, was a passionate declaration of innocence. we are paying for a crime we did not commit, said knox. adding no justice is served to meredith and her family if the wrong people are accused. it was a stirring courtroom performance. but winning a case on appeal is not easy. >> you know, the defense, to turn this case around, the defense is going to have an uphill battle. like in any criminal case, when you go and try to impugn the credibility of a police officer, you really have to have some strong evidence. >> reporter: the prosecution is also appealing. it argues the 26-year prison sentence handed down to knox is
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not harsh enough. and it's asking for life behind bars. knox's lawyers say she is dispirited, even saddened by what's going on, as she prepares now, amy, for her fourth christmas behind bars. amy? >> keith miller in italy, thank you. with me now from seattle are kurt knox and etta, the parents of amanda knox. >> good morning. >> good morning. amanda stood up and made a very emotional plea in court today. i want to read part of what she said. so here i am in front of you scared. not scared of the truth coming out, but scared because i have already seen justice fail me. we are paying for a crime we did not commit. we do not deserve the three years we have paid. i am innocent. raffaele is innocent. we did not kilmer death. please consider that there has been a terrible mistake. no justice is served to meredith and her family if the wrong people are accused. wow, what's your reaction to hearing those words from your
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daughter this morning? >> well, i think they're very strong words, and they're very, you know, words that are really true to what she feels and knows that she is innocent, as well as raffaele. >> i know that she, you know, had been thinking about and wanting to say some words. and she's always, you know, very, i mean, the whole court thing is very scary. but she wanted to do this. and it sounds like she did a great job. >> and amanda's lawyers have said that her time in prison so far, three years, we should mention, have taken a toll on her psychologically, as anyone can imagine. and there's certainly a lot at stake for her during this appeals process. i know that amanda's stepfather, your husband, was able to visit with her. what did she tell him? what is her state of mind? >> well, you know, i think she said it well in what she said in court, you know. she's scared. because, you know, the justice system there has failed her so far. she was found guilty of a crime she didn't commit. she wants the truth to come out,
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and she wants to be free. >> and kurt, with a new judge, a new set of eyes looking at this case, what do you think could potentially make the difference in this appeals trial? >> well, i think one of the big things is really the media coverage that was built up around the first trial, and, if the forensic evidence is reopened, which is one of the things that we'll be asking for, we strongly believe that, you know, they'll see that amanda had nothing to do with this crime, and that she will be set free. >> and etta, the prosecution is also appealing because they want her sentence increased to life in prison. they don't think she got a tough enough sentence. are you concerned that amanda could end up in worse shape when this is all said and done? >> no. i mean, for me that was never a concern. you know, when you're innocent, you know, that's what you do. you appeal. and the prosecutor could, you know, appeal even, you know, anyway. so, no. we just need to keep pushing forward, because we know she's innocent. >> kurt, i know there have been reports of jailhouse letters that say that other people have taken responsibility for this
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crime for meredith's murder. they may or may not be allowed as evidence into this trial. but, how much stock do you take in some of these new things that are coming up? >> well, you know, it -- whenever you have an individual that steps forward that, you know, has been in prison with rudy gui dchl et and said that amanda and raffaele were not there. it has to be taken into consideration. but we're really more focused on the forensic evidence and the lack thereof it and believe that if it's reopened that amanda will be set free. >> we know that the italian court system is certainly a lengthy process. but we will be keeping our eyes on this and we want to thank you for your tile. kurt knox and etta miller, thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> let's go now to bill karens with a look at your forecast. bill? >> thanks, amy, on this saturday morning. wonderful crowd. behind me we'll talk about this forecast. we are going to see temperatures really dropping out there, behind our big storm. inizzard warning this g,moniinr southern minnesota through portions of iowa. the snow is reallyom c
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sisix falls is getting nailed with blizzard ital,condnsio anst sivility. very dangerous to be outside si this morning in areas of eastern south dakota and also portions of southern minn >> and you are from defeated creek, tennessee. across the river is difficult, tennessee. so difficult to go across the creek? >> sometimes. >> well, if you want your forecast or anyone else wants their forecast you can always get that at lester, amy, back to you.
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>> all right, bill, thank you. coming up designer death. new details on a fashion star's killing at a posh new york city hotel. plus, the family behind the recession-based reality show. but first, these messages.
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we didn't worry about looking for sales. at the height of what we were doing, we were spending $15,000 to $18,000 a month. >> we were? >> we foreclosed on our home. our investment property has been foreclosed on. we've used up our savings. i used up my 401(k). we are broke. >> and for the first time in our lives, we're struggling. >> todd and laura bruce are here with their seven children heather, bailey, levi, whitney, dylan, rex and danielle. good morning to all of you. if you told me four years ago there would be a reality show about a family going through hard times i wouldn't have believed you. >> right. >> it's really reflective of where we are today. >> it is. >> tell me, the show, you finished taping this show what, five months ago? has your situation changed for the better since then, todd? >> well, i think we're both -- we're both working two or three jobs. so we're working. but things are starting to improve. i mean, just to say that you're working today says a lot. >> and laura, you were shocked when you heard the amount of
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money you'd been spending in the good times. tell me, was there a moment, a family meeting moment where you all sat down and said, guys, things have changed and they've changed in a big way? >> yeah, i think we tried to prolong that and stay in the house and not foreclose and we talked about the fact that we might -- but obviously we got that option became real to us very quickly. >> and you had to meet with a financial planner. and you know, sometimes truth hurts. what was that like? hearing the words? >> it was surprising. i think all of us felt like we were being alarmed. we changed our lifestyle dramatically and we obviously had a lot more improvement to make. and you know, it was hard to hear. >> you clearly have done what you've had to do under some extraordinary circumstances. but it hasn't affected them. small things and large things as well. heather and bailey let me ask you about christmas. what's the deal with christmas spending and the kind of gifts you're going to get. >> not very many this year. i think the biggest thing is that we're really celebrating what christmas is all about this
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year. because we're getting one thing and a small thing and we've been told what our budget is. >> and you're okay with that? >> yeah, we're grateful for even getting anything, you know. and our, like we already have what we need. >> is that kind of the, i guess, the silver lining in this? that you've, as a family focused on what's really important? >> oh, definitely. you're either going to get closer together or you're going to kind of implode. but i think hats off to all of the families that we've stuck together, and you know, they comment in those kind of ways. >> let me ask rex and levi, this is a time when a lot of your friends have been getting a lot of things. how are you guys handling the basic adjustments in life of downsizing? >> well, we have to realize that we don't have -- we have more money than we do, we don't have as much money, so we just kind of get what we can get. and you know, we're appreciative of it. >> have you guys gotten in the spirit of this thing, of helping the family to try to figure this
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out? >> yeah. just all of just sort of doing everything together. like we go to the store and we all go together. just everything that we do is together. so, everyone is always happy. >> and dylan, i'm sorry, i'm working off my chart here forgive me. you wanted a baseball bat. >> yeah. >> and it cost 100 bucks and mom and dad said we could afford 50. so what happens then? >> well, we have jobs now. so, i just have to pay the rest. but i'm fine with that. just as long as -- because it's my christmas present. so i mean, helping out, that's what it's all about. >> whitney, who's it been like kind of having your life played out on national television, at a very difficult time in your family's life? >> i think it's pretty cool that we get to get the message out for everybody. and i think that's what we really want out of this, so everybody knows that it's okay not to be the richest person in the world. you know.
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>> and danielle, how did you react when your parents kind of laid out the fact that dad's job is going south? >> well, i just realized that i should appreciate the things that i have, and to not focus on the things that i don't, and know that my family is here and that's really all that matters. >> you guys have a great bunch of kids. you know that, right? are you hearing from a lot of other families who are going through the same thing, and feel like they're watching a mirror in this show? >> or even older than we are. you know, we got a phone call from a 71-year-old gentleman out of wyoming that said, i've been there. i had to leave my children and drive over the road for six months, and thank you for sharing, and hang in there. so it's been awesome to get those kind of messages. >> that's what it's about. that dialogue. there was a lot of shame involved when this happens, and the pressure, and we just want to kind of have people talk about it. >> let me say thank you for sharing. it's an incredible story. thanks for being here. i know you're going to have a
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>> i'm at the end of my rope. >> reporter: harley runs a humble museum to the humble star in stewart's hometown of indiana, pennsylvania. >> when he gave permission to the museum, his words were that he didn't want a taj mahal. >> reporter: the town's a lot like bedford falls, the fictional home town in "it's a wonderful life." >> hello bedford falls! >> reporter: the museum opened in 1995 when stewart was 87. officials say the first five years were the busiest. most visitors have been senior citizens who grew up watching stewart on the silver screen. but attendance has dropped dramatically and, like george bailey in the movie, the museum needs money fast. >> please help me, mr. potter. help me, won't you, please? >> reporter: is there a villain in this story? >> the villain would be time, john. it's the progression of those generations that are no longer with us that supported the museum. >> reporter: and so like stewart's character in the movie, the museum is looking for
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good morning. take a live look this morning at christmas in the park. the lights aren't lit up yet. it is still fun if you get out there during the daylight hours. let's get a look at your forecast with jennifer hill. the weather, it is going to get a little bit sunny this weekend. we have a smul window of sunshine we are going to get today and tomorrow. back to more rain. we are going to see a really wet december. this evening, clouds in the forecast.
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a little bit of drizzle. starting out in the 40s with patchy fog and a little bit of drizzle. by this afternoon, we should see the blue sky. 12:00, 58, livermore, 62, gilroy, 60, los gatos. 58, san francisco. highs today reaching 60s. 60, livermore, 61, fairfield and napa. the seven-day forecast, temperatures warming up today and tomorrow. then, they start to cool down yet again. the series of weather fronts roll through and bring you some rain. this morning, a registered sex offender is under arrest accused of embezzling money from the salvation army. maurice van buren was hired and then fired when they found out about his criminal past. he said, that didn't stop him from working the system for 2 1/2 weeks, posing as a bell ringer and pocketing the cash. >> his pot was actually a little
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pot that you would cook on a stove and he had taken a metal continue and cut a hole in the top. >> police tracked him down with his gps monitoring device and arrested him. investigators say it doesn't appear he committed any sexual offenses when he was working his ship. a branch in the salvation army is in desperate need of toys. they are trying to meet the need for toys in contra costa county. only about 34 toys have been donated. the salvation army says they are waiting for the marine corps reserves to deliver donations from the toys for tots. if you want to give, remember, in he gift, $10 or more. >> if you have holiday gifts to mail out, you might want to beat the rush today. monday, will be the busiest shipping day of the year. fedex tells us it expects to
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move almost 15 million shipments on monday and tuesday alone. the company says it will make the busiest shipping day in fed-ex history on monday. coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," shedding the extra holiday pounds is tough. compared to this man's weight loss journey, it could be a piece of cake. we will show you how he lost more than 300 pounds without surgery, without medication. more local news coming up for you in 30 minutes. right now, here is more on the "today" show. ♪ [ female announcer ] yoplait's real fruit and the goodness of dairy... gives you a little slice of happy. and happiness cos in 25 decious flavors.
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effect of the season already. it's cold here but you see that snow coming down in minneapolis. and it's just the tip of the iceberg for many families 'tis morning. we're going to have the latest on all the weather. >> we haven't seen snow here but it has been unseasonably cold in a lot of the country . >> it has. >> also we're going to talk about an arrest that's been made in the arrest of a top swimwear designer here in new york city. the victim was found in a bathtub at a trendy hotel in soho. her boyfriend, who is the son of an academy award winning composer has now been taken into custody. we're also going to talk to the victim's brother coming up. >> also we're also going to be talking about this viral video that everyone's been talking about. miley cyrus, reportedly showing her smoking a bong. the disney star not talking about it. but a lot of people are, including her dad, billy ray cyrus. we're going to have much more on this story and take a closer look at the pressures and the troubles for so many young starlets who are in hollywood and find themselves wrapped up in a bunch of stuff that their
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parents probably wish they weren't. >> we want to start this half hour with that big winter blast in the midwest. forecasters say this could be the biggest one of what's a very early winter season. weather channel's scott williams is live in minneapolis to tell us more. scott, good morning. >> well, good morning, lester. the latest winter blast has moved in to the midwest with a vengeance. we are looking at a triple threat here in the minneapolis area. not only will we contend with the snow. we'll contend with the wind and also the bitter cold. the snow started falling late last night. already about six inches has accumulated. it's a light, fluffy snow and really the shovels are going to come in handy a little later on today. you'll want to have your emergency kit if you are traveling. before all is said and done, this storm could rival the great halloween storm and blizzard of 1991. so we are looking for another arctic blast. back to you, amy and lester. >> all right, scott, thanks very much. >> to get a check of where this storm is headed, how long it will last, bill karins is out here on the plaza with us. >> this is a little break for
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the east coast. this is just a nasty storm we're looking at all through the northern plains. we're talking wisconsin. southern minnesota and iowa. we have blizzard conditions this morning from omaha northward. if you travel in this region, if you get the risk of getting stranded on the road and once these winds start blowing, it doesn't matter if you shovel or not it's going to be blowing right back on top. these windchills are going to be brutal and it will all spread to the east coast as we head towards monday morning. back to you guys. >> oh, joy, oh, joy. thank you, my friend. we want to get another check of the morning's headlines. we're going to go back inside, richard lui from msnbc is with us. nice to have you here. >> thanks, good morning to you, lester. good morning to all of you. we begin in north carolina where elizabeth edwards will be laid to rest today. the wife of the former presidential candidate lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this week. nbc's michelle kosinski is live in raleigh with more on that. good morning to you, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, richard. elizabeth edwards' funeral will be held here in the same church
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where she grieved the loss of a teenage son in a car accident years ago. more than 1,000 people are expected to attend, including senator john kerry. the service will be public, followed by a private burial. elizabeth's 28-year-old daughter cate, an attorney like her mother, will deliver one of three eulogies. elizabeth's husband john, from whom she was separated for the last year, is not expected to speak. friends say that he's in a lot of pain right now and despite everything that happened, loved elizabeth very much. richard? >> all right, nbc's michelle kosinski, thank you for that. president obama saying the tax cut deal he negotiated with republicans is a good deal for all americans. on friday, so did former president bill clinton. yes. right here. in a surprise appearance at the white house briefing room. clinton said, if he were president, he'd push the very same tax deal. in it, are bush-era tax cults for all income levels among other things. aides say the measure could clear the senate as early as tuesday. and then finally for you, when you aim to recreate a live
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nativity scene, there could be some perils. that's what a west palm beach, florida, church found out at a christmas pageant dress rehearsal. one of the wise men, maybe not so wise, lost control of his camel. that animal toppling over into the pews and onto some of the members of the audience. oh, my. fortunately no one was injured. everyone wants to know this, the camel is also okay. that's the news. now back to amy on the plaza, where it is warm. and there are no camels. >> no camels. want to get a check now, speaking of the weather, from bill karins. we talk about how cold it is. we can't complain. >> our friends here from wisconsin. they're missing out on the big storm. >> i know. >> this is quits event, amy. we're watching the heavy know there. that's where the worst of the weather is going to be during the day today. areas down to the south, a few strong storms in arkansas areas, tennessee valley down to louisiana. it's really the blizzard conditions in the midwest that are stealing all the weather headlines this weekend.
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high pressure is building in. a little dome of high pressure creating some clear skies for us today. of course, some fog around. some morning drizzle. that will give way to some clearer skies. if you want even more clear weather, we are going to have to wait until tomorrow. you are heading out this morning. temperatures are pretty cool. in the 40s. 48, san francisco. 48, redwood city. 45, fairfield and 47, livermore. by the time we reach lunch hour, temperatures in the 60s and 50s. from? well some very cold and nasty forecast out there. back to you, lester. >> bill, thanks very much. in new york new developments in the death of a swimsuit designer. this morning the son of an academy award winner is under arrest. we'll talk to the brother of the victim in a moment. but nbc's michelle franzen joins us with more on the story. michelle, good morning. >> good morning, lester. the soho house behind me is known as a play ground for celebrities, and its members-only clientele.
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now is it at the center of a homicide investigation after a talented fashion designer with a promising future was found dead in a hotel bathtub. her boyfriend arrested as the lone suspect. sylvie cache was a talented crime wear designer who friends and colleagues say enjoyed the spotlight on and off the runway. >> i think she really had a zest for life. she was really fun. >> reporter: but her life came to a violent end early thursday morning inside the new york city members only soho house and hotel. a worker discovered the 33-year-old partially clothed body face up and emerged in an overflowing bathtub after guests below her room reported a leak in the ceiling. investigators on scene say her neck had red marks, along with a bite mark on her hand. they also found prescription pills in the room. friday night police arrested cachay's boyfriend nicolas brooks on charges of attempted murder and strangulation, after
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obtaining a search warrant to take swabs and samples from her fingernails. her death ruled a homicide has devastated family and friends who say she dated brooks for six months and recently tried to end the relationship. >> we don't know much about this guy. he wasn't in her life for very long. and shouldn't have been in there to begin with. >> shock. just complete shock. >> reporter: brooks is the son of joseph brooks, the oscar award winning songwriter of "you light up my life." he faces his own legal battles, accused of sexually assaulting 11 actresses. the 24-year-old reportedly checked into the posh hotel with cachay and investigators say before her body was discovered cameras show brooks leaving the hotel and returning several times. she had a membership to his club-like hotel once featured in the hbo series "sex and the city." >> i wanted a man who would commit, not a man who was committed. apparently we have to be more specific. >> reporter: in the past year, the fashion designer's swimwear
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line fizzled after investors pulled out due to the recession. but colleagues considered it only a temporary setback for this power house designer. >> we are all waiting for her to have her comeback. >> reporter: a comeback and life cut short. and the medical examiner's office deemed this a homicide case but the police say that they are still waiting for the toxicology test results to come back, and that could take several more days, to determine the exact cause of death. lester? >> michelle franzen, thank you. we are joined now by sylvie cachay's brother fat rick orlando cachay. thank you so much for being here. want to express our condolences and our thanks to you for taking time to be on. i know you just got in from peru less than 24 hours ago. >> correct. thank you very much. >> how is your family doing? >> well, obviously this has been an incredible tragedy. for the most part we're destroyed by the news and the loss of my sister.
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my father is taking it very rough. and everyone really in the family is quite affected by this. >> did you know nicolas brooks, the man she was seeing and now stands accused? >> no. i had never met him. >> did your sister talk much about her relationships? >> no. not with me. as an older brother, i really focused more on our family issues, and her professional career. and our plans really trying to get together, and these type of topics. >> in fact i know the whole family was scheduled to get together for the holidays. >> yes. sylvie was supposed to come home -- well come down to lima, peru, to be with myself and my mother and my father, my wife, and our baby, which is on the way. so it was supposed to be a very happy holiday with everybody together. >> and instead you find yourself here in new york. i know you met with police. have they been able to give you
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any insight into the circumstances? >> no. i met with police, and the they told me just that they were very interested in the case and they were going to do their best to do their job. >> we've been able to read a lot about it in the last two days, and the incredible accomplishments she's made as a young woman, as a designer. where was she going with this? what was her future? >> well, as you probably know, she was really a superstar with regards to fashion from a very young age. even when she was an adolescent, she used to have her "vogue" magazines and all these fashion magazines that she really loved. she went to school for fashion, and excelled. she was at the top of her class, and then when she came to new york she worked for many of the top designers, including marc jacobs and tommy hilfiger and then she was working at victoria's secret as their head
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swimsuit designer. and then she took the bold step, especially for a young woman in the city, and started her own line. >> well, patrick we do appreciate you coming on and sharing your memories of your sister and telling us what you know about the case. >> thank you very much. >> please send our best to the rest of your family. >> thank you. >> we'll take a break. we'll be back after these messages. -i can't always get to the bank. -but i can still bank. i have the bank of america mobile banking app. i can take care of things on my break.
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cyrus and the troubling new video that has shocked a lot of people, including her famous father. the tape apparently shows her smoking from a bong just days after turning 18. the video, posted on tmz, shows miley cyrus at a party deeply inhaling smoke from a bong. >> really? >> the website's source says the video was taken by a friend days after the teen idol turned 18. and that miley wasn't smoking marijuana but the psychedelicer salvia, legal in california for adults. the drug has a cult following on college campuses and there was a contingent of use abusers who post videos of their trip. the image of cyrus using the drug are at odds with the wholesome character she plays in the hit show "hannah montana," now in its final season.
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miley cyrus has drawn criticism in the past when she posed for involves hull photographs for the magazine "vanity fair" back in 2008. ♪ and some considered her performance at the teen music awards in 2009 inappropriate for including a pole dance. but as she officially enters adulthood, miley cyrus also faces the sobering news that her parents, tisch and billy ray cyrus, are divorcing. her father wrote about the video on twitter, saying, sorry, guys, i had no idea. just saw this stuff for the first time myself. i'm so sad. there is much beyond my control right now. miley cyrus, and her representative, have not released a statement in response to the videotape. joining us now with more insight is bowlly solar, editor in chief of hollywood and psychiatrist dr. janet taylor. good morning to both of you. bonnie, i'll begin with you. what does that videotape do to
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miley cyrus' image? does it impact her? >> oh, absolutely. i hate to say her image goes up in smoke but it's been seriously damaged. i mean parents support their children watching hannah montana and buying her albums. they are not going to want their children going out to research how to get salvia and how to smoke it with a bong. >> dr. taylor? >> hopefully most kids won't do that. but i think the bottom line, she's an adolescent and growing up in the spotlight is difficult. there are a lot of pressures and this points to the fact that she needs parenting and needs monitoring and obviously better friends. >> we just mentioned obviously she's been through a lot. she's got the scrutiny that we all realize is on her. her parents are divorcing. do you all think that this might just be her acting out, or could this be something more serious potentially? >> well, i've absolutely believe that she is acting out. she is crying out for attention. and that is very serious. but this isn't the first incident. i mean, for the past year she's done -- she's been shown walking around without a bra, she's allowed her breasts to be seen from the side, she's been trying
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to -- she's been very suggestive in her new videos. i think she wants her parents to step in, and say, they're going to be parents. >> and there are times when there's family discord and parents get divorced or kids do act out. so on the one hand, this is normalcy. but on the other hand, because we expect something different, i think there is a lot of pressure. but the father's statement about there are many things beyond my control means he's trying to take care of himself and maybe they're not maying as much attention which they need to, which they will now, with miley. >> it's always hard to be a child star. we've seen all the people. but you know, there's the other people like cory feldman, drew barrymore, danny bonaduce. is this just a symptom, perhaps, of being a child star? >> despite fame and despite what seems so great on the outside, these are still kids who are developing and there's a lot of psychological pressure that we have no idea about. and i think danny lovado illustrates that. the good thing is he got help. >> but there are child stars who are actually doing very well. neil patrick harris.
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jodie foster, kristen stewart who stars in "twilight" there were lots of examples of child stars who with support and boundaries are able to make the transition to adulthood. >> good point. >> but the real message for parents is because your child has a paycheck doesn't mean that you stop parenting. you have to keep parenting your children. >> bonnie fuller, dr. janet taylor. great advice. great words of wisdom. thanks very much. we're back. [ female announcer ] keurig has over 200 varieties of gourmet coffee and tea to choose from. it's the way to individually brew fresh, delicious coffee in under a minute. way to brew, hon. [ female announcer ] choose. brew. enjoy. keurig. i want a robosan 4000. [ mom ] the one no one could get. toy stores are reporting long lines and empty shelves. a robosan 4000. [ mom ] and i mean no one. so i did most of my holiday shopping on citi specials. with the money i saved, i bid online
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tomorrow. then, back to more rain. it looks like we are going to see a really wet december. this evening, we do see some clou clouds in the forecast and a little drizzle around this morning starting out in the 40s with patchy fog and a little bit of drizzle. we should see the blue sky in the forecast. here is a look at the 12:00 temperature. 58, livermore. 62, gilroy. 60, los gatos. highs, reaching the 60s. 61, fairfield and 61, napa. let's take a gander at the  seven-day forecast. temperatures warming up today and tomorrow. they start to cool down yet again. weather fronts roll through bringing some rain. a central valley christmas tree farm is at the center of a major controversy. people are coming from miles around, not just for the good deals on furs. s santa with a gun is
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causing the commotion at the tree farm int log. >> i tried to get the image out of my head all day long. can sa santa is made for love, bringing families together, not to bring weapons. >> i think it is crazy. we have a bunch of commotion going on. >> it was not long before the santa was taken off all together. the owner says he put it back up because he feels like he didn't do anything wrong. with a little luck and plenty of money, you could get the chance to spend the day one-on-one with former president bill clinton. he asked for donations to pay off his wife, hillary clinton's campaign debt. anyone that donates $5 or more by next thursday will be entered into a raffle. the winner and a friend will get to spend the day with the former president at his new york city
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office. the more you think about eating, the less you will eat. it sounds counterintuitive but that's what the researchers say in a new study. researchers showed pictures of m&m candies. they asked one group to think about moving them into a bowl and the other to think about eating it one by one. the group that thought about eating the candy actually ate much less of it. experts say visualizing what you are eating can help release dopamine which can help you feel satisfied. coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," the controversial new videotape of disney star, miley cyrus, what she says she inhaled from that bong and why it is totally legal in california. that story and more details on bernard madoff's son coming up at 7:00. and sitting next to us, chevy chase. and we really hit it off. we play golf, and then the luau. he's like da vinci with ice. and after, we help hang christmas decorations.
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wait, wait, wait. you flew last minute... on christmas... with points from chase sapphire? yeah. amazing. believe it. with points from chase sapphire, you can book airline tickets with no blackout dates or restrictions. and we're back on this saturday morning, december 11th, 2010. christmas just 14 days away. i think you can tell everyone here has the holiday spirit. at least it sounds like it. thanks to our great crowd joining us out on the plaza. i'm amy robach along with lester holt. coming up in this half hour, justice for elizabeth smart. >> it's taken a long time, this is the young girl who was kidnapped, held for nine months and now the man who abducted her has learned his fate. we'll talk to the u.s. attorney for utah and a member of the jury in just a few moments. >> all right.
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and then we're going to switch gears and we're going to give you a guy's guide to gift giving. because we all know that you need help. >> we do need help. can i say a story, my first year of marriage. i bought an appliance. >> oh, that is so wrong. don't tell me it was a blender or an iron. >> microwave. >> that's just about as bad. we're going to help you guys choose the right gift for the women you love and make her happy when she actually opens up that present on christmas morning. coming up the dos and don'ts. >> all right. good. good. >> no microwaves. >> and sandra lee is here, serving up a holiday cocktail party. she's making bruschetta, espresso martinis, pepper steak and a whole lot more. >> i think it's bruschetta. >> bruschetta. >> oh, okay you said it with an italian accent. joining us now a familiar face out on the plaza with his, kate flannery who plays meredith from "the office." we're so happy to have you. >> good morning. it is very early. >> i love your scarf. >> i got to represent, right? i'm in the tristate area. >> the christmas shows are
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always some of the favorites. why do you think everyone -- everyone loves "the office" all year around but especially at christmas. >> scranton is a small town. the office takes place in a small town. that is the biggest thing going the whole year is the christmas party at dunder mifflin. that's where, you know, all the inhibitions come out. that's where the trouble started. everyone looks forward to that time. >> you guys have been on the air now seven years? >> our seventh season. >> they're doing so great. steve carell, this is going to be his last season. >> i know. i know the writers and producers and they're mart enough to tell me. >> you can't keep a secret? >> it's a burden. i can't. i'm so sad. you know, you have the greatest writers on tv. i know they're going to come up with something really interesting, really smart and really fun. >> i'm sure it will come out of your mouth, too. kate flannery, thanks so much. >> did you hear that? >> go see family. >> you better believe it. >> good to have you. thanks so much.
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>> you can watch "the office" on thursdays at 9:00, 8:00 central right here on nbc. >> all right. bill karins has another check of the weather. >> wonderful people out here this morning. good morning, everyone. heather has turned 23. and you want to be -- who brought your whole family here? >> my grandma. >> grandma flew everyone here for a very nice time in new york. t'lecheck the forecast out there as we go through your weekend. we're going to continue to watch this blizzard in the central plains. do not be traveling if you don't have to. iowa, minnesota, especially wisconsin. rain out ahead that will slide to the east coast. on the east coast today is your day to get your outdoor stuff done. looks like it's going to be very soggy around here during your sunday afternoon this morning, high pressure is building in. we can see that right here. a little dome of high pressure creating some clear skies for us today. some fog around. some morning drizzle.
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that will give way to some clear skies. if you want more clear weather, we will have to wait until tomorrow. temperatures are pretty cool, in the 40s. 48, redwood city. 45, fairfield. 47, livermore. by the time we reach lunch hour, temperatures will be in the 60s and in the 50s. >> and you wanted to say hello to ryan, right? because ryan's her friend. all right, let's go talk about this football forecast. looks like we're not too bad. the cold air is going to be arriving, as we go to your sunday game michael vick and the eagles competing with the giants for first place in the division. dallas cowboys have played well. temperature won't be a problem. mostly clear. the forecast not too bad. that's a look at your sunday night football. back to you. >> bill, thanks. it was a dramatic end friday to a story that captured the nation's attention since 2002. 14-year-old elizabeth smart was mysteriously taken from her home, and now eight years later, 12 jurors found brian david mitchell guilty of kidnapping and raping her.
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nbc's kristen welker joins us from salt like city. good morning, kristen. >> good morning, amy. elizabeth smart smiled in court when that guilty verdict was read. she has been waiting for this moment for a very long time. >> i'm so thrilled to be here. i'm so thrilled with the verdict. >> reporter: victory for elizabeth smart. >> i hope that not only is this an example that justice can be served in america, but that it is possible to move on after something terrible has happened. >> reporter: after deliberating for only 5 hours, jurors found brian david mitchell, the man who kidnapped smart and stole her innocence, guilty. >> this san exceptionally victorious day for us all. as mothers, as women, as daughters, that we can go forward, and these things don't have to happen to us. >> reporter: prosecutors say the verdict is a tribute to smart herself. the now 23-year-old took the stand and testified about her
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terrifying nine months in captivity, when she was just 14 years old. she described a living hell, what it was like to be abducted at nightpoint, raped almost every day. >> he is a liar. he is a predator. and he is a sex offender. >> reporter: at issue for the jurors, whether mitchell was mentally stable enough to understand the difference between right and wrong. the prosecution called him a master manipulator. the defense argued mitchell was delusional. but jurors didn't buy the insanity defense. >> when you sit for hours at a time, and listen to incredibly unbelievable things that happened to a young lady like elizabeth smart, you got to be pretty callus to be able to walk away without having something tug at your heart. >> reporter: while the verdict was read, mitchell was singing hymns, a ritual he has done every day since the trial began. after court, mitchell was led
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back to jail. elizabeth smart, now finally free. and smart will be celebrating christmas at her family's this weekend, because in just a few days she'll travel to france to finish her religious mission. but she will be back in time for mitchell's may sentencing. he could spend the rest of his life in prison. amy? >> kristen welker, thank you. it took eight years for elizabeth to hear friday's verdict. joining us now is u.s. attorney carly christianson, and the man who would like to be known this morning as juror number 7. thank you both for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> and carly, let me start with you. i mean, this has been quite a day for you and the prosecution team. so tell me how you're feeling this morning. >> well, obviously we feel very pleased and very satisfied with the outcome. i had a trial team that expended an extraordinary amount of effort and worked very hard to reach this result, so we're very pleased and satisfied by the jury's verdict.
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>> and carlie, jurors yesterday mentioned that elizabeth's testimony, particularly her attention to detail, obviously helped them render this verdict. how important was that testimony in your view? >> i don't think you can overstate the importance of elizabeth's testimony. she is a young woman of extraordinary courage and determination, and she had an amazing ability to recall the horrific details of that nine-month captivity, and was able to recount that for the jury in a very clear and candid way. so her testimony was critical to the success of this case. >> and juror number 7, let me ask you, the impact of her testimony on you personally as you heard her words. >> personally, as a father, i felt very deeply touched at the misery that she had to endure. it was a -- it was a compelling part of everything that we watched during these last few weeks. >> and let me follow up and ask
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you, after having heard that testimony, what was the mood of the jurors once the deliberations began? >> in the court sessions, we would break. during her testimony we would go back to the jury room and very little was said, if anything. >> juror number 7, was there ever any doubt in your mind as to the guilt of this man? >> i wouldn't say that there was doubt. because of the instructions that we received from the judge, we had to kind of apply some -- some rules, and to take a look at what it was that we were supposed to find for. and so, making sure that we covered those in great detail was very important. and that kind of guided what we did. >> and carlie, i want to ask you this, how important is this ruling for other kidnap victims like elizabeth who are out there? people who have gone through similar circumstances, to see
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what she did, what she was able to do in court, and of course the outcome? >> i think it's a very important result for victims. because i think it can assure them that the criminal justice system works. i think the result today is a real testament to the effectiveness of our judicial system, and it's the result of a combined effort of lots of people. law enforcement, investigators, trial teams, witnesses, all of these people came together to recover elizabeth, and to achieve the result which we saw delivered by the jury yesterday. >> carlie christiansen and juror number 7, tppt' yreatouboth. yeu we appreciate your time this morning. and we're back, but first these messages. wasn't my daughter's cabbage appetizer spectacular?
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>> they're so vague sometimes as to what they want. fundamental differences between men and women, sometimes women can be vague. i want this or i want that. they'll drop subtle hints and then you have to try to figure out the great puzzle box. >> you know, i feel frustrated sometimes. i know anything that i have given she's going to love because she loves me. >> if you don't like shopping, come at it with an open mind. the more you enjoy shopping, the more that she'll let you watch football. >> oh, my gosh. we are hopeless, aren't we? sarah is editor of she has four simple rules every man should know before shopping. >> good morning. >> we need help. first of all, the advice you're going to give is not limited to christmas. >> no. it's definitely good for birthdays, anniversaries, any special occasion. you can follow these rules and you'll always hit a home run with your gift. >> all right. the first rule, keep in mind who you're shopping for. that's good, very often we think we're shopping for ourselves. >> exactly. and you might love football and she might love going to the game with you, but that doesn't mean
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she wants a bears jersey. this is something that you want to look at her, you want to think about what she wants. her style, what she likes to do. maybe she wears vintage julie. you might want to get her something that's vintage inspired. if you really think about your giftee, you can do a better job getting her something. >> we heard the one man in the setup story talk about, it's kind of vague, and they hint. you say go ahead and ask. >> exactly. we did a poll on of all of our readers and the women said 80% of them would like the guy to ask. >> just what do you want? >> just ask us. and this doesn't mean to get exactly what we say. maybe, get inspired from it. but it is okay. >> it's a great feeling when you know you've bought the perfect gift. another piece of advice we had, dare to repeat your successes. dip in the well again if it works. >> if you're feeling really stressed about what to get this year, it's not a time that you have to reinvent the wheel. if you got a really great piece of jewelry a couple years ago or a weekend away, it's okay to
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repeat that. maybe do a little twist on it. but if she loved it once, she's probably going to love it again. >> i mentioned to amy that the first year of marriage i bought a microwave oven which for some reason i thought was every girl's dream. it was not. advice, never give these gifts. >> there are a few things we definitely don't want anything useful. this isn't the time to surprise us with new tires on our car. >> come on. you need something with a remote control, right? all right, maybe not. >> definitely nothing that has to do with weight loss. we may talk about wanting to get in shape and maybe being healthier, but we don't need a gift certificate to weight watchers. >> exercise vidors? >> that's not the time. maybe another time would be perfect for that. >> and self-benefiting gifts. >> yes. this isn't the time, lingerie is wonderful but maybe not for christmas. if it's going to benefit the guy, we want something that's fun and perfect for us. we don't want something that's prepackaged that you just picked up at the store and brought home with no thought. we really want something that you thought about. >> most important is to ask.
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>> yeah, it's okay to ask. >> sarah newell, nice having you on. merry christmas. in the holiday kitchen with sandra lee coming up next. first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪ leftover desserts, bodroo now. and hurry beforehe interns getere. thanks but i already have some yummy black fort cake black forest cake? ♪ so? [ female announcer ] need a guilt free treat? y yoplait light. i've lost weight. [ female anc ] with 3licious flavors aroundoriech. plait. it is so good.
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this morning on "today's kitche kitchen", cocktail party food. if you don't know how to wow your guests this holiday season, don't fret. sandra lee, author of the new book semihome made comfort food is here. >> good morning. >> we're going to pair cocktails with some holiday appetizers. >> the holidays are all about enjoying yourself and enjoying your friends and family. so i'm going to do appetizer and cocktail pairings for you. they're easy, everyone will love, and can you do in minutes. >> we're going to start with some bruschetta. >> we are. first thing in here is just a whole bunch of herbs. this is a nice, fresh herb mixture we're making. so you've got parsley.
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you've got thyme, you've got rosemary, you've got sage. you've got some chives in there. >> olive tap made? >> a premade olive tap made. and then we've got some almond slivers that have been toasted and really chopped finely. a little bit of lemon juice to brighten this up and jalapenos to give it some flavor. throw that all together. in my magazine semihomemade i always do great appetizer and cocktail parties. everybody loves them. and it's much less stressful than throwing a big sitdown dinner. >> do you do anything special with the bread? or just toast it? >> the bread you just toast up some toast paints, or some baguettes, whatever you like, put this on the top. and that is what you are going to serve with. >> with a martini. >> expressive martinis. what do i start with that? >> this is the beginning of the night. we'll keep you awake. but look at this on the plates,
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too. before we get to the cocktail. beautiful cranberry topping. >> a great presentation. >> in my glass or my shaker all i have is some ice. some instant espresso and some cream. now this is the newest thing on the market. that is my job to tell you what's hot and new. this came out, this week. it was godiva's chocolate infused vodka. smell this. >> hello, good morning. >> you know it's good when you even like it. this is a gift in a gift. and that's three ounces in there. and then some bay leailey's. everybody loves irish cream. so we'll just put this on here, on top, otherwise you might wear it. be careful. gift it a shake. i should be making you do this. >> and then it's going to look just like that. >> pour it in a glass. put some chocolate shavings. or you can also put pumpkin pie spice would be nice. one of the things you always have to do is have comfort food cheese dish. you're even drinking -- >> come on, let's welcome
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>> okay. i've got -- >> wow! >> good, right? >> since i love the chocolate infused vodka so much, i put it into my cranberry martini. wasn't on the original recipe. this is cranberry infused vodka, cranberry juice, a little bit of grenadine, not for the color but for the sweetness, and a little bit of my chocolate infused vodka served with a goat cheese roll which has been rolled. the goat cheese came from the store. >> vodka and goat cheese. i'm here. hi, nice to see you. >> on here is parsley. cranberries for sweetness, and of course some more toast points. >> that goes well with either of these. >> sure, why not? this is a merry christmas in a glass. >> wow. at 8:51 in a morning. >> we're going to have another two hours of the show here after that. >> this is all about comfort food and great cocktails and appetizers. this is my merry christmas in a grass. this is tonic and two limes but
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i switched up the limes. this is what i'm serving with my steak skewers. these are marinated in a cocktail of juices. pineapple juice, orange juice. i've put some soy sauce in there. some pepper goes in there. >> what about the sauce? >> the sauce is going to be an orange marmalade with some chili sauce for some heat and this is worcestershire to give it a beautiful -- >> can i grab one? >> yes. yum. >> finally, these are super fabulous, right out of the magazine. they're the final sweetness on the last page of my magazine. i just take cream cookies into a food processor. i also put a softened brick of cream cheese. >> those cookies? >> yes. you roll it, then you melt chocolate chips or chocolate. you roll it in the chocolate, roll it in some coconut. i want you to taste one of these. >> you don't have to twist my arm. they are beyond fabulous. >> look inside of that. >> that's gorgeous. oh, that's really good.
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>> this is a merry christmas. easy party you can put together in minutes. everybody will love it. it's affordable. it's doable. and you won't get stressed out. >> i like it. thank you so much. >> sandra lee, always nice to have you here. happy holidays. we'll be right back, but first, these messages. [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] kleenex brand tissues are america's softest. no wonder people go out of their way to share them. [ sneezes ] go to for more fun ways to share.
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and that does it for us on this saturday morning. richard lui, bill karins and of course we appreciate everyone here. we love our espresso martinis. tomorrow on today, jenna shows us why michael j. fox was her first teen idol. >> great to have you here. join me tonight for "nbc nightly news." have a great day, everybody. [ r. ye.ok, 'lli [ female annouer made fresh, ight. thiss. that is not half. guys i have more.
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