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[ cheers and applause ] this morning on "early today," wild ride. markets come back from the steep decline brought on by the u.s. credit downgrade. lean machine. a bizarre big rig wreck shuts down part of a major texas interstate. and here comes the sun. nasa scientists observe the most and here comes the sun. nasa scientists observe the most powerful solar flare in years. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a much needed rebound. it was another roller coaster
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ride on wall street yesterday, but after being beaten and battered on monday, bargain hunters pushed markets to finish tuesday with impressive gains. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the stock markets were bouncing back the day after the big drop as federal reserve policymakers met in washington and decided against new intervention. the fed will keep interest rates superlow as a stimulus for two more years and not buy more u.s. bonds. >> the fed is out of bullets. anything additional it can do has marginal consequences. >> reporter: hearing a negative economic prediction, the markets dropped. >> thank you for coming out. >> reporter: in iowa tea party republican michele bachmann blamed president obama for the crisis. >> president obama and the politicians have almost doubled the national debt in five years. that's why they're in trouble. >> reporter: democrats slammed the gop solution.
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much deeper spending cuts. >> you cannot balance the budget of the united states with 9 million to 14 million unemployed people, period. >> reporter: over standard & poor's new york office, a plane flew a banner "thanks for the downgrade. you should all be fired." investors realized the fed move guaranteed two years of easy borrowing could spur business, stocks rocketed up for huge gains. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. elsewhere on the economic front, congress is moving forward with plans to finish its recent debt deal. senate majority leader harry reid's office has announced his pick for a bipartisan congressional supercommittee charged with the task of finding more than $1 trillion in spending cuts by the end of this year. nbc's tracie potts is in washington for us with more on that. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. he get to pick three and here they are. patty murray of washington state
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will be the co-chair selected by majority leader harry reid. she was a front-runner for that spot. she's the second democrat on the budget committee and the chair of the senate democrats campaign committee. she's also believed to be one who will strongly make efforts to protect medicare and social security. also on this committee from reid, senator max baucus, he voted against the final plan which wanted to reduce a scaled back medicare and also john kerry has been selected by the democrats by the senate side to participate on this committee. interestingly he did not pick his budget chair, anyone from the gang of six that worked on that deficit reduction package or anyone on the commission who voted yes for the deficit package last year. now, these names are all due on tuesday. we're awaiting the other nine very soon. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington. thank you.
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at a somber ceremony in delaware yesterday. the remains of 30 american service members killed when their helicopter was shot down in afghanistan last weekend arrived back on u.s. soil. president obama traveled to dover air force base to meet the families of the fallen soldiers. the military has opened an investigation into the devastating helicopter crash which led to the single deadliest loss for u.s. forces during the nearly decade-long war in afghanistan. there has been a fourth night of violence in england as riots spread across the country. within london, though, calm has been largely restored with the help of a flood of police officers. the clashes began this weekend over the fatal shooting of a man by police. more than 1100 have been arrested since the riots began. the clashes have resulted in dramatic scenes such as this one. an especially worrisome sight with the country preparing to
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host the world for the next summer olympic games. here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. rush hour traffic in houston came to a screeching halt following a bizarre collision. officials were left scratching their head after an 18-wheeler's trailer separated from the driver's cab and smashed into an overhead sign. no one was injured in the unusual smash-up, and the cause is still being investigated. it was a movie-like ending for three fishermen stranded off the coast of martha's vineyard. the fishermen had to abandon ship after their boat sprung a leak and quickly sank. with only life jackets and a camera, the men were not only able to survive, but they provided a director's cut of their own rescue. they were picked up by a fishing boat captain who heard their distress call. and, finally, it's that time of year when the hogs take over the black hills of south dakota. the sturgis motorcycle rally is in full swing two days after its
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official kickoff. it's the 71st year of the event that boasts celebrities, custom-made bikes and hundreds of riders who take part in the week-long 55-mile ride. now for a look at your national and regional weather. here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. good morning to you. >> good morning. i can seattle midlife crisis for you on a harley somewhere. >> are you insinuating that i'm near my midlife crisis, bill? come on. >> i just picture you on a harley. >> i'll get a tattoo. >> that would be interesting, too. we are watching for the most part conditions on the west coast that will continue to be warm if not -- well, not below average, but just kind of close to near average temperatures. the hot stuff is in the deserts like yesterday in vegas at 107. cooler on the coast. yesterday another day in the 90s for many of the big cities. the valley areas have been warm the last couple weeks. on the coast we're dealing with the clouds once again. we're in the 50s here in the pacific northwest.
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54 in san francisco. that's very chilly. that's like jacket type weather. not bad in l.a. at 65. the clouds are still lingering in coastal areas here, especially san francisco southwards. the trough, a little spin area has moved through. it will enhance some of the low clouds. we could get drizzle this morning in seattle. this afternoon it will stop. 88 in medford's pretty nice. you're away from the coast, your forecast is just fine. >> thursday forecast coming up. >> bill, thank you. also coming up, stocks revive, apple shines and the end
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of the world for facebook? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus levi johnston's sister is following in his footsteps in more ways than one. coming up, a former yankee strikes in the box, and a pair of light-hitting heroics you have to see.
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. in yesterday's recall elections in wisconsin, republicans held on to control of the state senate. with six races at stake, the democrats needed take at least three of those races to take power, which they failed to do. the political fight there grew out of republican governor scott walker's successful efforts to adopt legislation stripping most public workers of rights to bargain on labor contracts. in texas a jury has sentenced polygamous leader
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warren jeffs to life in prison plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls he claimed were his spiritual wives. he will not be eligible for parole until he is at least 100. and the tsunami that struck japan in march triggered waves that smashed apart an ice shelf in antarctica some 8,000 miles away. before and after satellite images show icebergs that broke away from the shelf following that quake. and nasa has released video capturing a powerful solar flare that erupted early yesterday. it was the sun's strongest burst in about four years. now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,239 after climbing 429 points yesterday. the s&p jumped 53 points. the nasdaq spiked 124. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei grew 94 points, and in hong kong the hang seng rose 452.
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as we reported earlier, wall street welcomed what little relief the fed had to offer yesterday, and markets overseas this morning followed suit. asian shares bounced back overnight as investors there drew comfort from the fed's promise of low interest rates through 2013. however, as traders continued to buy up gold, seen as a safer bet, it's clear many are still concerned about how long this relief rally might last. one big reason for that caution? the central bank's sobering language about the u.s. economy, which it expects may stay weak for another two years. likely the reason why the fed also left the door open for more stimulus down the road. investors' initial reaction made for a wild day of trading. treasury prices spiked, briefly dropping the benchmark ten-year yield to its all-time record low. markets seesawed back and forth six times until stocks finally made a steep and steady climb before the closing bell. oil futures also swung higher,
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thanks in part to a new report showing crude inventory fell the most since june. the day's dramatic swings saw apple briefly surpass exxonmobil as the nation's most valuable company. on the down side, aol's stock lost more than a quarter of its value as investors appeared to lose patience with the company's ongoing transformation. after the bell disney reported quarterly earnings that beat estimates. finally, the notorious hacker known as anonymous that recently attacked the likes of sony, visa and amazon, has set its sights on facebook. in a youtube video anonymous has threatened to destroy the social networking site on november 5th. a bonehead move on the base pads. a walk-off winner for texas. a hitting streak marches on. plus, a big slip-up by the twins at the worst possible moment leads to a painful loss. your early morning sports
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headlines are straight ahead. thunderstorms are spreading through areas that desperately need the rain in arkansas and also in oklahoma. your forecast is coming up.
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is "early today." in sports players always love doing well against their former clubs. last night in new york, former yankee bobby abreu had a very good time. here's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. less than two months left in baseball's regular season, and no doubt the pennant races are heating up. off to the bronx we go. yanks and angels. not often you see this. mario rivera gave up a shot in the ninth to bobby abreu. mark teixeira representing the run at the plate. curtis granderson trying to steal second. granderson who tagged out simply took the bat away from teixeira and that was the ball game. they trail boston by 2 1/2 in the a.l. east. that's because the red sox beat the twins. and check it out. tied at 3 in the seventh. david ortiz, little roller down the first baseline. but the pitcher lost his footing and everybody was safe.
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dustin pedroia with the game winner. then the mariners visiting the rangers. bottom nine tied at 6. josh hamlin with a walkoff single. texas lead the angels by a game and a half in the a.l. west. cards and brewers. casey mcgee to right field. morgan scored the go ahead. milwaukee leads st. louis by four in the n.l. central. you know the phrase when you're on, you're on. he's dan uggla of the brave sass perfect example. he'll take him any way he can. then an rbi sing until the 11th. atlanta beat florida 4-3. that's an early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. the box star battle. plus you may have seen a lot of servicemen and women's emotional surprise homecomings, but you
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haven't seen one like the one we have coming up. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today" on this wednesday. if you're up in washington state on the coast, you might get a little drizzle. but that's the highlight of the forecast today. maybe tucson, southern arizona, an isolated shower or storm. warm in the desert, very warm in the interior val es.
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on the coast, we continue to be on the cool side. especially around san francisco. only 70 today. l.a. on the coast 74. but once you get closer to the valley, closer to the mountains, you'll probably be in the 80s or 90s. tomorrow looks more of the same. we're slowly warming up. saturday will be the warmest day of this next period for a while. if you're watching us in los angeles, california, head to nearby riverside for the final day of the family friendly concert series featuring a top 40 cover band at rhythm of riverside. now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. hollywood schedulers have come up with a battle of the big screen titans later this year for christmas week. in one corner will be the opening of johnny depp's "the lone ranger" and then brad pitt's geopolitical zombie thriller "world war z." elsewhere, mercedes johnson, the 19-year-old sister of bristol palin's ex levi johnston will
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appear in the next issue of "playboy." besides posing nude, she plasts bristol calling her the most evil person she's ever known. and she knocks sarah palin for including her brother in the 2008 campaign saying levi was a prop. and once they didn't need him, he was out the door. finally, say what you will about charlie sheen. at least he is being a good sport about his replacement on "two and a half men." tmz reports sheen says he is just as curious as everyone else to see the new version of the show next month, and he thinks ashton kutcher will do well, saying, quote, i think ashton's going to kill it. >> have you noticed in the last few weeks sheen is doing everything right. do you think it's him or a pr person saying this is what you're saying, this is what you're doing? >> he likes to keep people surprised. it works. >> that's right. he's an angel now. >> i don't know about that.
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don't take it too far. this comes to us from khq, local news in spokane, washington, where one homecoming soldier was given a pass for breaking one of baseball's cardinal rules. tom hanks once famously said, there's no crying in baseball. but sergeant chris whiteman's emotions got the best of him when he surprised his family during a minor league game. his wife and twin daughters rushed to embrace the returning afghanistan vet back from his third tour of duty. win or lose, the middle of the game surprise gave fans plenty to cheer for. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today" just the first stop of your day on your nbc station.
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you can call it soccer or football. one youngster in spain is the sport's boy wonder. he has reportedly scored a lucrative contract with one of the most popular teams at just 7 years old. having a soccer coach for a dad probably helped, but he does appear to be a natural. for now he's just training. he's going to have to wait until he's 16 to play professionally on the squad. just when you thought lady gaga broke all fashion barriers, one designer in japan has blown them up. she turns latex balloons into couture creations. while a balloon costs just 10 cents, her evening wear can run up to 13,000 bucks.
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the dress only lasts 24 hours before deflating, but she's already sold 20 wedding gowns to brides hoping to add that wow factor. that's an understatement. well, some experts have turned to the animal world to resolve the battle of the sexes. a zoo in belgium gave a series of intelligence tests to answer the question who's smarter, men or women. well, they found males spend their time fighting amongst themselves while females muddle through. in the end it was the females who appeared more intelligent, and they were even better at using tools. >> what if the men are fighting between themselves in order not to take the test? >> no, it didn't work out that way, bill, but good try. we're taking the title. time for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day on nbc. two new suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in connection with the beating of san francisco giants fan bryan stow
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at giants stadium last march. the men have been charged with mayhem and assault in connection with the beats that left the victim hospitalized in a coma. the world's most fuel efficient couple will stop in washington, d.c., this afternoon as part of their record setting drive across all 48 continental united states. the couple will hold 88 world records, and they will share their tips with customers and consumers on how to be smarter drivers. and ronnie spector turns 68 today. all day long you can stay on top of the latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc, and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news". finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. facing the battered economy and now pressure from democrats, how can president obama turn things around? and for the first time since casey anthony's acquittal, her parents speak out at a memorial for their granddaughter. keep it on this channel for local news, weather, sports and more. have a good one.
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