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good friday morning. coming up on "early today," billion dollar deal. the l.a. clippers may have a new owner in a microsolve the billi billionaire but donald sterling says not so fast. if shinseki leaves, is there someone in the wings that can clean up the va health care scandal. space commuter, the new generation spacecraft can go to space and return with the accuracy of a helicopter. plus, huge reaction to the nbc news exclusive with nsa leaker edward snowden. the thrill of victory on and off the ice. and rescued from the brink. it's friday, may 30th. "early today" starts right now.
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>> good morning. i'm dara brown. two billion dollars, that's houth t how much the l.a. clippers may be be going for. she signed a bidding contract for the sale of the clippers by the sterling family trust to former microsoft ceo steve balmer. commenting on the deal, balmer said he plans to do everything in his power to ensure the clippers continue to win in los angeles. he also thanked shelly sterling for her willingness to entrust him with the franchise. the reported sale comes ahead of a tuesday nba hearing aimed at ousting donald sterling from the league because of racially insensitive remarks he made. donald sterling vowed to fight the nba to keep the team. an attorney for sterling tells nbc he's not agreed to sell the clippers at any price. shelly and donald sterling each own 50% of the team. more than 100 lawmakers from both parties now want the firing or resignation of veterans
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affairs secretary eric shinseki. one administration official says he's on thin ice with president obama. nbc's tracie potts is in washington. tracie good morning. why are the calls increasing now? >> reporter: well, because we got that report this week that showed there are really some serious issues going on at the phoenix va and that's just the beginning. after that, we saw a lot more lawmakers get on the bandwagon, calli ining for shinseki to res. he's speaking today to a group of coalition homeless veterans, another opportunity for him to explain why he should keep the job. today, va secretary eric shinseki speaks publicly for the first time since the va's inspector general found 1700 vets in phoenix haven't even been placed on the official waiting list for an appointment. more than 100 lawmakers, democrats and republicans, now want shinseki to resign. shinseki's lobbying to stay, meeting with democrats on
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capitol hill and veterans. >> they gave the appearance that they got the message. >> he's a bad public affairs officer. >> reporter: the white house says president obama's reserving judgment until the inspector general's full report is in. >> he believes there ought to be accountability once we establish all the facts. >> reporter: some vets are defending the agency. >> they're not against you. this system is just -- it is turning too slowly. >> reporter: now, there are other problems, private doctors turning vets away, because it is taking too long to get paid. >> the reimbursement was often months and sometimes even longer. >> reporter: more issues with the system that is now under the microscope. and, of course, shinseki is under the microscope now. he's still got support for now from the top democrat and republican on the house side here on capitol hill. but as for the veterans groups, the american legion initially called for him to go, he's met with them. they have expressed sympathy in support for his service. but they're still calling on him to resign.
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>> thank you, tracie. the nsa responded to edward snowden's first ever u.s. television interview. snowden told nbc news' brian williams exclusively that he tried to go through proper channels before leaking u.s. intelligence data and claimed the nsa has proof. nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell reports. >> reporter: -- under pressure from the senate intelligence chair. and seven days after nbc first asked about snowden's claim, the nsa released one e-mail snowden wrote to a lawyer, only weeks before he stole classified documents and fled. in it, he raised a technical legal question, offering his opinion about which laws take precedence over others. the nsa lawyer answered in part, you are correct, adding please give me a call if you would like to discuss further. in a written statement, the nsa said the e-mail did not raise allegations or concerns about wrongdoing or abuse, but posed a legal question that the office of general counsel addressed.
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we have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims. the white house continued to hammer away at snowden. >> there were and there are numerous avenues that mr. snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistle-blower allegations. >> reporter: and john kerry tonight on the pbs news hour with gwenn ifill. >> he should do what many people who have taken issue with their own government do, which is challenge it, speak out, engage in an act of civil disobedience, but obviously accept the consequences of that act of civil disobedience, not find refuge in authoritarian russia. >> reporter: u.s. officials are angry and embarrassed. vladimir putin's official media are enjoying that, says nbc's richard engel in moscow. >> they keep using this as a way to say, well, the american
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security services can't be that good. if they were so good at surveillance and so good at policing the world, then why didn't they catch snowden? >> that was nbc's andrea mitchell reporting. some terrifying moments at chicago's willis tower, formerly the sears tower. wednesday at 103 floors up, in one of the glass enclosures called the ledge, on which tourists can walk. the 1.5 inch floor seemed to begin cracking. ernesto and his family were on the ledge when it happened. >> when i'm sitting down, automatic i'm seeing is from the ledge to the glass, so i see that part crack. i immediately hop off. i literally ran to the other side of the building. >> i hear cracking. >> nobody was at risk on that. the structural glass is designed to hold 10,000 pounds. >> engineers say the crack was only in the glass's protective coating. they began replacing it yesterday. you will not see me on that ledge. no.
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and tie. it was a rare tie last night at the scripps national spelling bee. hothwar and anju were named co-champs. here are their winning words. s- s-t- >> correct. >> correct. >> they are the first co-champs since 1962. the most enthusiastic contestant award could go to jacob williamson. he made it into the finals but then had to spell kabaragoya. >> i know it. i know it. i totally know it. what?
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>> that's a tough one. >> made me feel a little better. whole tie thing is ridiculous. >> yes. but do you know what that is? >> i don't, do you? >> i looked it up. it is a water monitor from south asia. >> i learned something today, thank you. i'll never be able to spell it, but i learned it. >> exactly. >> this weekend's forecast, we'll be for the most part dry and we'll be looking at pretty enjoyable weather pattern. and in case you're doing any travels across the country, not a lot of bad weather to be found. northern rockies, colorado, wyoming, montana, dakotas, phi showers and storms. that's about it. not a lot on the satellite radar map, low gray clouds over the ocean. i give you an x-ray of the atmosphere, water vap, see the jet stream pretty much streaming in on shore there, around central california, that's why there is high clouds out there, especially in northern nevada. this is not a wet weather pattern when you get a system like this for the most part. most of our computer models
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keeping you completely dry through the weekend, into the beginning of next week. enjoyable friday. warm in the desert. everybody else is pretty seasonable. that's your national forecast. full details of the weekend forecast coming up. no complaints. >> no complaints. and going to be june. >> i know. that's a little weird. >> in a flash. thank you very much, bill karins. now the future of space travel is here and we'll show it to you next. a watch that could predict a heart attack. and some sage advice to the class of 2014. we're back in two. hey, buddy? oh, hey, flo. you want to see something cool? snapshot, from progressive. my insurance company told me not to talk to people like you.
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to the international space station and land on earth with the accuracy of a helicopter. elan musk unveiled the dragon v 2. we pay the russians to get there at about $71 million a seat. musk's spacecraft could cost less than a third of that. a measles outbreak in the u.s. is getting worse. the cdc says 307 cases so far this year, more than any full year since 1996. we haven't hit the peak season yet. most cases are from ohio amish country residents who are unvaccinated. some were surprised to see drawn on clothing in their pictures to cover bare skin. a utah high school altered student yearbook photos. no apology from the school. they say the students were warned. and they are just two weeks old, they think. five rescued bull pups yelping from a den. firefighters found them among the 200,000 acres burned in the sunny river fire. without mom around, sugar water
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is best to rehydrate. they'll go to the alaska zoo for now. and time to get down to business with cnbc's morgan brennan. good morning, morgan. >> thanks, dara. ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles, most for possible loss of power steering. the recall affects the ford explorer and escape and the mercury mariner. it received reports of 15 accidents. meanwhile, former microsoft ceo steve balmer strikes a deal to buy the l.a. clippers for $2 billion. if the sale is approved, it would be the most ever paid for an nba team. earlier this month, the milwaukee bucks were sold for $550 million. the l.a. dodgers sold for $2.1 billion in 2012. and mark zuckerberg and his wife are donating $120 million to the san francisco area school system. the gift will be spread out over five years and it is the biggest allocation from the $1.1 billion
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in facebook stock that the couple has pledged to charity. back to you. >> thanks, morgan. how about a smart watch that can predict a heart attack? samsung is developing one that will monitor how you're eating, sleeping and exercising while providing real time data to your doctor. just ahead on "early today," the new york rangers are back after 20 years. the spurs silence the thunder. and the rest of your sports highlights next. it starts with little things. tiny changes in the brain. little things, anyone can do. it steals your memories. your independence. insures support. a breakthrough. and sooner than you'd like... ...sooner than you think. die from alzheimer's disease. ...we cure alzheimer's disease. every little click, call, or donation adds up to something big. alzheimer's association. the brains behind saving yours. it used to take me forever to get a smoky eye look just right.
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this morning on "today," we all know her husband facebook founder and ceo mark zuckerberg. now meet priscilla chan. she sits down with savannah for her first ever tv interview to talk about marriage, life and her passion for education. now, let's get right to sports and our in-house sports guru, richard lui. >> thanks, dara. good friday to you. let's start with the new york rangers returning to the stanley cup finals for the first time in two decades. the second period, a wide open dominic moore sweeps it for the rangers. that's the only puck that gets past canadiens goalie dustin, but they advance to the finals against the kings or the black hawks, that's next wednesday. in the nba playoffs, russell westbrook gets air, firing back. the thunder take an early lead. the spurs respond with mano ginobili. puts them up by ten before the
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half. third quarter, thunder's kevin durant adds to the game high of 25 points. not enough to stop this duo. ginobili to duncan. san antonio soared past oklahoma city. spurs lead the series 3-2. french open, rafael nadal here, dominating the clay courts, beating dominic king in straight sets. in men's doubles, u.s. twin browers bob and mike brian win their match against the home team. they'll move on to the third round. the toronto blue jays were chasing their tenth in a row against kansas city. jose batista starting things off, slamming to left for a two-run shot. bottom of the sixth. edward encarnacion hits it deep for a second home run of that game. an error in the ninth takes them to extra innings. jays streak is broken. royals win it 10-8. and to the west coast, the dodgers, 6-3 when puig makes this amazing catch in foul
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territory. you got it. great effort, but the pirates hold on for the win in the end. dara, back to you. >> thanks so much, richard. just ahead, battle of the evil doers. can the gorgeously sinister star angelina jolie take down the box office kings in the x men and godzilla? let the battle begin. [ brian ] in a race, it's about getting to the finish line. in life, it's how you get there that matters most. it's important to know the difference. like when i found out i had a blood clot in my leg. my doctor said that it could travel to my lungs and become an even bigger problem. and that i had to take action. so he talked to me about xarelto®. [ male announcer ] xarelto® is the first oral prescription blood thinner proven to treat and help prevent dvt and pe that doesn't require regular blood monitoring or changes to your diet. [ brian ] for a prior dvt i took warfarin, which required routine blood testing and dietary restrictions. not this time.
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almost every single day will look exactly like the one you're dealing with today. 100 in vegas today. 104 in phoenix. into saturday, very similar temperatures there. the northwest, very enjoyable weekend. pretty dry conditions, cool night. we see nice, mild afternoons, no problems throughout much of california either. we would like the rain, but usually don't get much this time of year anyway. for the most part, ending up with a dry may in much of the west. >> thank you, bill. we'll move on to entertainment news now. cgi fantasy maleficent is set to take the top spot at the weekend box office. the reimaging of sleeping beauty will pull in north of $50 million, knocking x men days of future past to second place. a million ways to die in the west will end in third place with around $25 million. a dedicated fan chased mariah's limo block after block, pleading with her to follow him on twitter. she engaged the super fan and is now enlisting the help of her twitter followers to find him. in an exclusive, matt lauer
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sits down with mariah carey for a rare interview and a concert from her home. catch that saturday night at 8:00, 7:00 central here on nbc. a kiss between kim kardashian and kanye west has become the most liked photo in the history of instagram. at 1.9 million likes, kim kardashian west is the new queen of instagram. at 88 years young, dick van dyke still has the moves. he is moving great. the acting legend's wife uploaded a vine of van dyke getting down in a clothing store. a little soft shoe there. keep in mind, this is not the first time that we have seen dick van dyke vine. >> a tap dance reference. >> exactly. >> i got it. mindy cowing had not so sage words for the graduating class of harvard law school. >> you are the nerds that are going to make some serious bank,
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all right. which is why i'm here today, to marry the best looking amongst you. some of you look really young. and i'm afraid a couple of you are probably evil. that's just the odds. >> i used to watch her on "the office." to see her after is so -- >> you don't know what's coming next with her. no rhyme or flow to it. >> no. and she's always -- she's got that right line, she's -- >> they'll remember that. the people sitting there with her. i think it worked. >> i'll remember it. next time i see her, i'll say hey -- >> you're buddy, buddy. interesting. i'm hang out with you more. >> okay. i'm dara brown this is "early today." we hope it is just your first stop of the day on nbc. ♪ summer days drifting away to, uh oh, those summer nights ♪
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graduation season and as colleges and universities send the class of 2014 off into the world, we wanted to try and capture some of the year's best sendoffs. take a listen. ♪ >> you will change the world. take the craziest dream you ever had, and go out there. i don't want you it dreto dream. i want you to do. >> this orientation is better
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for you, the audience. you achieve big things, not with one big step, but with many small steps. >> graduates, smile, because i'm taking a selfie. ♪ >> if you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. and if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. >> i'm just ready to go out there and get started. >> all of you are so proud today. but will tell you as a mother myself, your families are more proud. >> how proud can i be? i can't be any prouder. >> no matter what path you took to get here, you all kept your hearts set on this day. >> my daughter doesn't know i'm coming today. i'm so proud of you. >> 14 1/2 hour flight from
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kuwait to d.c., another 3 1/2 hours to denver, turn around and fly back here. when i saw her, it is, like, it was all worth it. >> your life and your happiness will be way more defined by the qualities of your relationships, not the quantity. it is about being there for people you care about and knowing that they'll be there for you. >> mom and dad, i love you so much. >> just thank you for everything. >> for giving me all of your love and support. >> today is for you. >> congratulations. >> cool. >> people that edit that and put that together every year for nbc, they do a fantastic. >> it is. >> a lot of work. >> i watched on the web my niece graduate. it was cool to -- >> that's a good way to do it without being there. a good way for the military people to do it too. >> and families, absolutely. keep it right here for more news, weather and sports. i'm dara brown. thanks for watching "early today." have a great weekend.
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well, good morning to you, 4:30, it's friday. i'm scott mcgrew. >> i'm laura garcia-cannon. lots to get to this morning. let's say good morning to christina. >> temperatures today, much cooler. return of the onshore flow and starting out on the 50s only headed towards the 70s. take you through your forecast for today and that all-important weekend in just a few moments. right now, say good morning to mike inouye. >> we have our camera up in dublin and moving it around. facing elcharo and your commute direction, i'm looking for the crews which should be picking up, the flashing lights aren't there. no lane closures and that's good


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