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good morning. coming up on "early today," the jinx is up. facing murder and the death penalty. president obama speaks out about america's number one priority for young people. the eight-minute shoot-out and fascinating field trip for the jurors of the boston marathon bombing. plus an historic election taking place now in israel. also kanye west posts naked pictures of his wife kim. a true bird's eye view from 2,000 feet. it is tuesday march 17th. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm milissa rehberger. robert durst, the real estate heir and subject of the documentary series "the jinx" has been officially charged with
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murder and could face the death penalty. accused of killing long time friend susan berman. her body was discovered in her california home back in 2000. at this hour durst is being held in louisiana without bail. he's awaiting extradition to los angeles. nbc has the latest. >> reporter: 70-year-old robert durst sat in criminal court at times with his eyes closed facing extradition to california for murder of his longtime friend susan berman in 2000. durst looked frail as he rose to speak to the judge indicating he did sign the waiver that will send him to los angeles to the trial. >> bob durst didn't kill susan berman, he's ready to end speculation and have a trial. >> reporter: durst has been the subject of the documentary series which takes a look at the disappearance of his wife kathy, a texas murder which he was charged and acquitted claiming
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the killing was self-defense and the murder he was arrested for late saturday. the show's finale aired saturday night hours after they arrested him in a hotels. a letter addressed to berman and confronted him with it. the handwriting and spellings look similar to the letter sent to the police telling them where to find the body. durst goes into the bat room with his microphone still on and starts talking to himself. former westchester county district attorney investigated durst in 2000. >> susan berman was killed because she knew too much about kathleen durst. i believe that he murdered her to prevent her from talking to us. >> reporter: durst's lawyers advised him not to take part in "the jinx" saying his desire to talk may be the thing prosecutors have been looking for all along. nbc news. to an odd story out of the
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middle east now. ruthless killers dressed down or dressed up really. the headline in the british newspaper "the mirror" jihadi jones isis fighters caught fleeing battle zones dressed as women. these are reportedly instagram pictures from iraqi forces who say they caught isis soldiers wearing drag as a disguise. some are wearing bras others forgot to shave their mustaches. nbc news has not been able to authenticate images. from current affairs to climate change president obama discussing it all. asked about 47 gop senators who sent a he letter to iran. >> i'm embarrassed for them because it's not how america does business. their basic argument to them is don't deal with our president because you can't trust him to follow through on an agreement. that's close to unprecedented. >> later the host tells
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president obama the number one topic their readers wanted to talk about was marijuana legalization. the president said young people should focus on other matters. >> well first of all, it shouldn't be young people's biggest priority. let's put it in perspective, young people i understand this is important to you. you should be thinking about climate change the economy, jobs war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana. >> vice news posted entire interview online. star san francisco linebacker retiring from the nfl after one season because he's worried about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. the 24-year-old said concerns started during training camp and began to gather steam during rookie season. he's the fourth player age 30 or younger to announce his
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retirement. they said while unexpected they respect his decision. he had team leading 108 tackles and earned multiple awards including defensive player of the week. we're learning more new dramatic details about what happened after the boston marathon pomming. in court on monday a police officer described eight minutes of complete chaos when authorities first confronted those suspects. members of the jury also got an up close look at a key piece of evidence. nbc justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> reporter: watertown police say they feared for their lives three days after the bombing. >> state police officer at the scene suggested there were two people that they had. >> reporter: when they caught up with the two marathon bombing suspects. police say the brothers jumped out of their cars in this quiet neighborhood and began shooting and throwing bombs. they say when police tackled tamerlan here dzhokhar jumped in his car and escaped running over his brother as he fled. police say during the shoot-out
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the brothers used the carjacked suv as cover. one told nbc news a month after the bombing he came face-to-face with tamerlan. >> he was about six or eight feet away from me firing his pistol at me. i was firing at him. i had run out of ammunition. >> reporter: police say tamerlan ran out of bullets, took off running but was stopped in the street. >> i holstered up chased after him and tackled him. >> reporter: he said at one point, i was afraid i was going to be killed. police say dzhokhar tsarnaev got back in the suv at the end of the block. instead of driving straight head where no police were waiting, he turned around and drove toward him and his brother who was lying in the street. the day began a trip from the courthouse to see the riddled boat where dzhokhar tsarnaev hid after he escaped the shoot out. >> it's unusual to have a field trip outside the court with a criminal trial especially when there's security concerns as there is in this case. that said it's certainly not
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unprecedented. >> that was nbc pete williams reporting. now to some spectacular video. an eagle films its own flight. the footage shows the bird's eye view as it descended 2,000 feet from the top of a dubai skyscraper. the eagle wore a 10 ounce camera on his back to capture this incredible scene. nbc meteorologist bill karins is here with us now. he flew down and landed right on his trainer's arm. >> looked so calm looking around. that's 2,000 feet. that's a tall building. that's crazy to be at the top of that anyways. yesterday was an unbelievably warm day across the nation. in los angeles we had our fourth 90 degree day in a row. we've never done that this early in the season. also central plains all-time hottest temperatures for this early in the year. you can see on the map the only cool spots in new england and right along the canadian border. these were highs yesterday, 90 l.a., 9 0 phoenix, warm-up in seattle. really central plains.
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this was off the charts type stuff. this is a weather map i'd show you three months from now, maybe june. 93 cook nebraska was the all-time warmest temperature in the month of march ever. 93. it was widespread 90 in lincoln, 84 in des moines 88 omaha, crazy in the middle of the country. always lot of brush fires there, too. for today, not a lot of troublesome weather, weak system through montana with rain showers, 82 in l.a. we're a little bit cooler. your st. paddy's day forecast for much of the country looking just about perfect, some rain not record breaking from reno all the way to sacramento. i don't know. 93 second week of march the
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here is what he said on news max tv. >> there is more racism in the justice department than there is in any -- anywhere i see in the st. louis area. it is the eric holder and obama left and their minions who are obsessed with race. >> also said the protest movement after michael brown's death was based on a lie, that hands up don't shoot never happened. he cited witness accounts in doj report. middle east israelis go to the poll today. benjamin netanyahu is fighting for re-election. he's up against isaac herzog but the race is tight. joining us middle east correspondent, thank you for joining us this morning. how is voter turnout so far? >> reporter: it is high milissa. as of 10:00 this morning, nearly 14% of israelis had cast their vote 20% up on the last israeli
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election in 2013. i spoke to opposition leader isaac herzog he told me people were coming out to vote for change and a government that's going to do something about the very high cost of living in israel. that has been a central plank of his campaign. the incumbent, prime minister bibi netanyahu has gone back to core issue, defense of israel security come what may. in an interview last night on tv he made it clear that on his watch, there will be no establishment of a palestinian state. netanyahu hoping that hard line is enough to get him across the line in this election. >> thank you very much. get ready for the rumble in salt lake. mitt romney taking on heavyweight boxing champ evander holyfield. the match takes place in mai. 68 yearly romney 6'2" 185,
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holyfield, 6'1" 222 pounds. not exactly an even matchup, is it? romney may need some boxing lessons. but it is all for charity. with senator ted cruz engaging in fear mongering, happened during a precampaign stop in new hampshire sunday. the texas republican was giving his view of the president's foreign policy to a crowd, including a three-year-old girl. he said quote, the obama clinton foreign policy of leading from behind the whole world on fire. here is the child's reaction. >> the whole word is on fire. >> the whole world is on fire? >> the world is on fire. yes. your world is on fire. but you know what your mommy is here and everyone is here to make sure that the world you grow up in is even better. >> in a radio interview yesterday, her mother said her daughter wasn't scared by cruz's
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claim, instead viewed the senator as a firefighter. let's get down to business with cnbc's landon dowdy. good morning landon. >> hey, milissa, good morning to you. feds with a meeting today with a decision due tomorrow afternoon. economists widely expect it to signal ready to start raising interest rates as soon as june reflecting improving job market. stocks ahead erasing all of last week's losses. starbucks taking on social issues tackling race in america. this week will try to spark conversation among customers by writing the words race together on coffee cups. believe this is a critical first step toward confronting racial issues. domino's is slicing pizza prices in half this week in honor of march madness. the offer applies to online orders for delivery or pick up. ncaa tournament is a busy time for domino's. last year it sold more than 1.7 million pizzas during the final
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talk to host to talk about career, family and love of pranks. now to sports i'll turn it over to my colleague betty nguyen. good morning betty. >> ncaa basketball set uconn top seed, quest for third championship. notre dame south carolina maryland are also number one. the final men's ap poll finished with kentucky at number one. they have undefeated record of 34-0. villanova second followed by wisconsin, duke and arizona. so you think you have the perfect bracket this season? not so fast. in fact, the odds are not in your favor. according to a math professor, the odds of a perfect random pick are one in 9.2 quintillion, 180s. >> it's essentially lyly zero like taking a penny flipping it and having it come up heads each time. >> it can be fun. check out the giant bracket in
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leading the news in "usa today," white house office to delete its freedom of information act or foia. new rules will exempt the office from transparency law. the white house says the change is consistent with court rulings that hold the office is not subject to foia. in "l. a. times" starving sea lion pups stranding on california beaches. rescue centers are struggling to keep up with hundreds of sick and starving sea lions washing up along the coast. scientists expect warmer waters from el nino are affecting their birthing grounds. a wisconsin woman accused of causing a deadly crash while allegedly driving and facebook chatting made an initial court
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appearance yesterday. millberg faces three counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. one count of reckless driving causing injury. the crash killed her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old nieces. she was released on $30,000 signature bond. oregon's democratic governor kate brown signed a first in the nation voter registration law monday. it uses dmv records to automatically register voters that potentially adds 300,000 to roles. there's a 31-day opt out period if you choose that. prince harry plans to retire his 10-year armed forces career in june. before that he will spend a few months with australiaion defense forces and the summer volunteering with conservation experts in africa. a 100-year-old daredevil takes her thrill seeking to a step further. sunday georgina marked her
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birthday skydiving for charity. we talked about this yesterday. today she continued her celebration plunging into dangerous depths in a metal cage in shark infested water. >> harwood got close to a great white shark. the experience couldn't be compared to anything else. coolest grandma ever. now a look ahead, today is st. patrick's day, oldest st. paddy's day parade steps off in new york city. the parade first held march 17th 1762. that is 14 years before the declaration of independence. last year a million spectators turned out for the celebration. happy birthday to retired soccer player mia hamm who turns 43
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the top 49ers star in the prime of his career walking away from the team citing serious health concerns. how his move could change the nfl forever. >> it's meant to help the working class but some east bay business owners say the new minimum wage hike is doing more harm than good. plus turn off the tap. the new water restrictions the state is considering today. >> maybe a little bit of rain out there on this tuesday morning will help. i noticed it on the drive in. we'll check in with christina. it's also st. patrick's day, tuesday, march 17th. this is "today in the bay."


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