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this morning on "early today startling revelatiorevela. denied. considered a flight risk, a judge in nework sends one of the world's most powerful men to the slammer. and future home. scientists declare a rocky planet 20 light years away as capable of sustaining life. captions paid for by hello and good morning.
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welcome to our viewers across the nation. today we begin with breaking news. one week after form er governor of california and his wife announced their separation. he announced a child with a woman a decade ago. he says he told his wife about the child after he left the governor's office earlier this year. source tells the la times that he took financial responsibility from the start. >> today we begin with behind bars. that's where dominique strauss-kahn finds himself this morning after being denied bail yesterday. the head of the international monetary fund was sent to new york's riker's island until his next court appearance.
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for more we go to tracie potts in washington. good morning. >> reporter: hi, there, lynn. here in washington, there's already discussion about who might be angling for his job, whether it should go to another developing nation and his attorney says point blank, he is innocent. this morning dominique strauss-kahn remains in prison after being denied bail. >> restrained a hotel employee inside his room. he sexually assaulted her and attempted to forcibly rape her. >> reporter: police collected dna from his room, but strauss-kahn's attorney says this case is far from over. >> the battle has just begun. we believe and we'll prove in our judgment that mr. strauss-kahn is innocent of these charges. >> reporter: also unclear, is he protected by diplomatic immunity?
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in other words, could he escape prosecution. >> my understanding is that folks are looking in to this. >> reporter: as head of the international monetary fund, strauss-kahn controls $1 trillion and was believed to be a candidate for the french presidency. there's already it talk about whether someone from a developing country might take over. >> it's undecent that some governments already this morning started that debate. >> reporter: the imf board's been briefed on his case. for now, he hasn't been suspended or fired. >> the imf staff and its executive board will continue to monitor developments. >> reporter: strauss-kahn is due back in court on friday. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington. thanks. well, residents along the mississippi river's flooded banks are in a slow moving nightmare as they wait for the rising waters to crest. officials are keeping two major spillways open to protect louisiana's major cities, but
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the overflow has forced thousands to either evacuate or ride out the disaster. in vicksburg, mississippi, residents are hoping the yazoo back water levee will remain intact until the mighty river crests sometime tomorrow night or thursday morning. meanwhile the u.s. is treading dangerously close to defaulting on its debts. after officially maxing out its federal borrowing limit yesterday, timothy geithner told congress that creative accounting will keep the country afloat for now, but warned lawmakers they need to agree on a solution by august 2nd. republicans refuse to raise the debt limit unless the obama administration first agrees to massive spending cuts. however, according to the congressional budget office, republicans' debt reduction plan only slashes $122 billion from the budget, less than half of the $300 million savings they projected. and now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america.
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a case of police brutality has put a former south carolina deputy behind bars. surveillance video recorded last august shows the officer hitting a handcuffed victim 27 times with a steel baton breaking his leg. he's been sentenced to five years in a federal prison. a building collapse rocked a small arkansas town killing a 2-year-old little girl and injuring at least six others. according to? reports, the two-story building housed several businesses and was undergoing renovations at the time of collapse. investigators are trying to determine if construction on one of the ground level stores caused the collapse. and finally, flying the friendly skies over florida netted one airline passenger a pretty memorable photo. the woman was headed to west palm beach when she snapped a picture of the shuttle "endeavour" soaring into space following its launch. she tweeted the photo and it quickly spread giving the world a rare view of "endeavour's" last adventure.
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how for a look at your national and regional weather, here's bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. good morning. >> big storm on the east coast and big storm on the west coast. today we are dealing with snow in the sierra mountains. the temperatures are chilly. it is a cool morning. a lot of people need an umbrella too. 41 to start your morning. 54 in la. even in phoenix, the clouds are moving in. cooler temperatures will arrive. a lot of clouds, we have three storms. the one that came in over the weekend is north of idaho. we have another one off the coast. the one through yesterday is moving through the rockies. this weather pattern is moving two dayss into the middle of th
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country. that is the snow at the higher train. we have showers in the higher train. even downtown, we are not forecasting a big rain event. it is widespread. everyone has a chance of one of that doesn't like a rain drop like lynn, bring the umbrella. the forecast for tomorrow coming up. thank you so much. also coming up. tech stocks tumble. and the twins take it to the top. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus lady gaga breaks the rules according to fashion. >> coming up the yankees are
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reeling and the red sox rally. and one of the worst innings in baseball history. you are watching early today.
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>> good morning and welcome back to "early today". here are some of your top headlines this morning. according to the "los angeles times," former california governor arnold schwarzenegger and his wife, maria shriver, separated after he revealed he had a child with a household staff member a decade ago. he said in a statement to the "times" that he told his wife about the child after he left the governor's office earlier this year. the international criminal court' chief prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for moammar gadhafi for authorizing the killing of civilians. meanwhile nato strikes hit two government buildings in tripoli. massachusetts senator john kerry said officials in pakistan have agreed to take several specific steps to improve strained ties with the u.s. among those steps, returning the tail of the u.s. military helicopter that was damaged in the raid that killed osama bin laden. queen elizabeth arrives in ireland today, becoming the first english monarch to visit
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there in nearly a century. security is on high alert. yesterday ira dissident groups issued a bomb threat in london while earlier today police detonated an improvised explosive device west of dublin. and scientists say they've spotted the first planet outside our solar system that meets key requirements for sustaining life. the planet's climate is warm enough to have oceans, clouds and rainfall. but don't pack your bags yet. it would take 300,000 years to get there. so we're good. now here's an early look at one of your top health headlines on a new survey finds a majority of young people who use tanning beds do so despite knowing the health risks involved. 86% of indoor tanners say they used tanning beds within the last year even though they know it increases the risk of skin cancer. alarmingly nearly half of the respondents knew someone who has or has had skin cancer. for more information on this and other health stories, you can check out the health page at
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>> narrator: "early today" health is brought to you by vagisil watch with odor block. the confident clean. the dow opens at 12,548 after shedding 47 points yesterday. the s&p lost 8 points. the nasdaq fell 346. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei inched up 8 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng dipped 59. worries that the market's recent gains may be in jeopardy took a toll on stocks yesterday with tech shares leading the way down. outperformers, and netflix shares all fell yesterday as in-have investors sold recent winners in a sign of growing uncertainty about the u.s. recovery. tech and consumer related shares were the biggest drags on the s&p outweighing gains in so-called stable sectors such as health care and utilities.
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meanwhile weakness in new york area manufacturing and some less than impressive retail earnings did little to reassure anxious investors. oil prices fell more than $2 a barrel on concerns mississippi river flooding could disrupt gulf coast crude production. however the prospect of lower gas prices lifted shares of jetblue and american airlines. more fallout from the nation's financial crisis. new york's attorney general has been quietly requesting information from bank of america, goldman sachs and morgan stanley in what appears to be a new investigation into the bank's lending practices leading up to the country's mortgage related meltdown. just hours after a federal appeals court turned them down, cameron and tyler winklevoss say they'll let the supreme court make the final decision whether to reopen their case alleging facebook founder mark zuckerberg stole their idea for the social networking site. and speaking of facebook, an israeli couple has reportedly named their newborn baby book
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like. and appropriately dozens of thumbs up signs appeared on the proud papa's page where he announced the arrival of baby like. poor kid. well, one of the worst pitching performances ever. and some college kids find a creative way to pass the time during a rain delay. plus, the brewers' carlos gomes says not so fast with a home run robbing catch in los angeles. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in weather, we're stormy on both coasts, but at least we're perfect in the middle. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, yankees fans hoping to see the bronx bombers dig themselves out of their slump got quite a disappointment last night. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. the yankees have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. recently swept pie the red sox, posada refused to play after being moved to ninth in the lineup, and their struggles continued last night against the rays. they had a four run lead in the sixth. upton capped off a five run inning with a home run. tampa won. the yanks have dropped six
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straight. and they won't like this, the red sox trailed 6-0 and rallied against the orioles. gonzalez completed a come back with a walk off double off the green monster. sox win it 8-7. l.a., brewers and dodgers, a shot to left center. looked like his fourth home run of the year, but gomez timed it perfectly, jumped and robbed him of a sure homer. for some reason johnny gomes didn't think he hit one here. against the clubs, hit it clear out of the park, but check out his reaction. stopped at second, looked at the umpire. yeah, johnny, that's gone. no doubt about the score, reds won 7-4. a very forgettable night at the royals. indian had 14 runs in 2 1/3. indians roll 19-1. and finally a rain delay can put
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a damper on any baseball game, but at some park, the entertainment in the rain is better than the game itself. case in point, they turn back the clock with some rain delay jousting. no horses needed. just jump on a treated mate's bat and hold on temperature next stop, the renaissance fair. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. why donald trump will stick to prime time rather than the race for pennsylvania avenue. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, as if a diploma isn't enough. these graduates were treated to a presidential pep talk as a departing gift. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this tuesday morning. showers from salt lakes city to b boise. showersen the afternoon should be dry. notice tomorrow coast al aal ar should get better. see a collection of prints that depict people and scenery from japan. and that is your pacific event
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of the day. thank you bill. and now an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. lady gaga is making internet history once again. she's become the first person to surpass 10 million followers on twitter. close behind is justin bieber with 9.7 million and president obama with over 8 million. after 45 years of hosting the muscular dystrophy association's labor day telethon, 85-year-old jerry lewis says he's retiring after this year. and after months of speculation, the donald trump would enter the 2012 presidential race, he's decided that he will not run. the celebrity apprentice host made the announcement at nbc entertainment's presentation for advertisers. so why did he bow out? he says even though he believes he could have won, he's not ready to leave the private sector. but trump has also lost some ground in the polls and a run
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would have meant him having to disclose his finances. this comes to us from memphis, tennessee where receiving some extra face it time with the commander in chief caused an overflow of emotion for one graduating class. an impromptu visit from the president was met by an eruption of cheers. he stopped by to chat with the booker t. washington seniors before delivering his speech at their graduation. the surprise moved some to tears, but the president said they were the inspiration after winning the second annual commencement challenge for their stellar improvement in scholastics. lucky kids there. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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while one ship wreck didn't yield any gold, experts say it is a jackpot. after 30 years of searching, divers in romania have tracked down a soviet ship that sang in 1941 in the black sea. they were finally successful in their hunt with the help of modern sonar and gps. experts believe a torpedo hit the ship and call it the most important world war ii military ship wreck in that part of the world. well, some students are looking for new ways to tackle the most dangerous situations. rescue robots proved most innovative at this competition in china. a firefighting bottom includes an electric drill and flame
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sensors to reduce fatalities in life threatening scenarios. another is designed to help in search and rescue operations and can turn into a submarine when needed for floods or tsunamis. well, she's used to making headlines. now lady gaga is trying her hand at writing them. at least for a day. the pop star ditched the stage for a new gig as guest editor-in-chief at the metro newspaper of london. reporting for duty in a skimpy outfit and pink hair and a bee hive style, gaga offered her take on a range of stories from bully to go the japan earthquake. good to know business casual can be adjusted. >> that's how i look before they make me put the suit on. >> i try to talk you out of it, though. you're so insistent. time now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. a senate committee will hold a hearing on the u.s. postal service's current financial crisis. the service has seen continued losses from a decline in overall
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mail volume despite having job cuts and new products. a commemoration will be held at the capitol rotunda in remembrance of the holocaust. this year's theme focuses on justice, accountability in the face of genocide. steven brier will give the key note speech. and oprah winfrey will tape two of her final three shows in chicago. the farewell guest lineup has been kept a secret even to the talk show queen herself. all day long, you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with nbc "nightly news." and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. an exclusive interview with a gym teacher and soccer coach whose life was nearly destroyed when he was falsely accused of molesting a student. and christina aguilera talks about finding her voice on the new singing competition "the voice". now keep it on this channel for continuing local news,
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weather, sports and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a good one.


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