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contempt. former top trump adviser steve bannon indicted by a federal grand jury for refusing to appear before and cooperate with the house committee investigating the january 6th attacks. the indictment coming hours after former trump chief of staff mark meadows was a no show as well. we're live in washington as an unprecedented legal show down unfolds. breaking overnight, no shot. a federal appeals court delivers a blow to the biden administration's vaccine mandate for big businesses, could it be headed to the supreme court.
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finally free, britney spears waking up today with a new lease on life after a california judge officially ended her conservatorship. >> britney as of today is a free woman and she's an independent woman. >> fans erupting with happiness outside a courtroom. >> i'm at a loss for words right now. we've been wanting this for so long. >> this morning, what's next for the pop super star. going on offense, former las vegas raiders coach jon gruden sues the nfl and commissioner roger goodell, claiming they selectively released his offensive emails in a bid to destroy his reputation and career. this morning what the league is saying about the suit. those stories plus 'tis the season for getting into the full swing of the holidays around here, with a preview of this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade. and then we'll welcome a beautiful 79 foot tall norway spruce to the heart of manhattan as it takes its place as the
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rockefeller center christmas tree. today saturday, november 13th, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc this is "today" with peter alexander, kristen welker, and dylan dreyer. welcome to "today" and thank you for joining us on this saturday morning. hard to believe the holidays are upon us. we're less than two weeks from thanksgiving. >> the parade this year is going to be like years past, before the pandemic, with a couple of new additions among them. my girls were excited about the aden twist scientist new balloon and a baby yoda. we have a very busy morning ahead of us. we are following three legal battles, the first here in d.c. where former trump ally steve bannon was charged on friday with contempt of congress for
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his failure to testify about the january 6th capital. and another case, britney spears on friday a judge ending her conservatorship. plus the judge in the kyle rittenhouse trial set to rule today on lesser charges. let's begin with the charges against steve bannon. monica alba is at the white house for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, a law enforcement official tells nbc news mr. bannon is expected to turn himself in on monday to face the criminal contempt charges and will appear in court that afternoon. all stemming from his refusal to cooperate with the house committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol. this morning, former trump adviser steve bannon under indictment by a federal grand jury. charged with two counts of
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contempt of congress for failing to come buy with a subpoena issued by the january 6th investigators. after bannon refused to testify before the panel or turnover requested documents about his role in the leadup to the riot. lawmakers want to question him about comments made the day before. >> all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. >> reporter: this is the first time they have issued this kind of indictment. attorney general garland saying they want to show the american people by word and deed that the department of justice is running by clear rule and law. and the chairman saying they want to make it clear to anyone trying to stone wall the investigation no one is above the law. >> we're not only interested in asking him questions, we're
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asking about documents. the documents don't lie. >> reporter: the news coming hours after mark meadows refused to appear for a deposition on capitol hill. prompting the commission to consider pursuing contempt to enforce that subpoena. former president trump has directed his past aides not to cooperate. citing executive privilege though insiders like bannon were private citizens at the time of the attack. all that as the appeals courts weighs whether the library of congress should turn documents over to congress later this morning. if convicted mr. bannon could face a year behind bars and a fine of up to $100,000. the committee has subpoenaed 16 former trump white house officials for testimony, documents or both, with more expected to come. >> the drama surrounding that continues. i know you're tracking another headline overnight.
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president biden dealt a blow on his plan for vaccine mandates for employees at private businesses. what's the latest? >> reporter: a federal appeals court kept its temporary block in place for a mandate for all businesses with over 100 employees to get vaccines or submit to weekly testing. that rule has been on hold while it faces legal battles. the biden administration maintains it will be able to defend it in court. it's one of a set of challenges ahead of the president, on monday he signs the infrastructure bill into law, surrounded by democrats and republicans who were instrumental in its passage. kicking off major upgrades to roads, bridges, airports and water systems nationwide. but debate continues on his larger climate and social spending plan. soaring inflation remains a top concern for the administration as a record number of americans quit their jobs in september.
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4.4 million, adding to the pandemic's so called great resignation. kristen, peter. >> monica at the white house. thank you. also this morning britney spears is waking up a free woman a day after the judge in california ended the conservatorship. we're in los angeles with more this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, a day of change for britney spears prompting many fans to ask will we see the pop star return to the stage. her lawyer says that's up to britney like the rest of her life choices for the first time in more than a decade. this morning britney spears waking up in control of her life for the first time in nearly 14 years. a moment a long time in the making. the pop star did not speak in court friday but on instagram called it the best day ever. fans erupting outside of the courthouse when the judge
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ordered an immediate end to the conservatorship both of the person and the estate. >> it means so much. >> i'm at a loss for words right now. >> reporter: the 39-year-old star now free to move on with her life as she pleases. >> she can make her financial decisions, her professional decisions and most importantly she can make her own personal decisions. the baby one more time singer's case igniting a nationwide conversation around conservatorships in the u.s. from california to capitol hill. congressman barry moore tweeting too many people having wrongfully in conservatorships. >> not only is this momentous for britney but she helped shine a light on conservatorships and guardianships from coast to coast. >> reporter: jamie spears pushed
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for an immediate end to the conservatorship. there were a series of documents accusing him of mismanaging her money. >> britney could not have someone in the privacy of her house without those three people knowing. >> reporter: jamie's legal team did not comment on friday's hearing, but said he didn't do any wrong doing. whether the singer's attorney pursues an investigation is now entirely up to britney. >> britney, as of today is a free woman. and she's an independent woman. >> reporter: and you heard matthew rosengard there talking about britney's support system. we're told the accountant is staying on in an administrative role to help transfer britney's assets to a trust. her personal fairs her former co-conservator said she's happy it's over and is willing to help in any way possible.
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>> the start of an era for one of the world's biggest pop stars. we want to go to wisconsin where tensions are high with hundreds of national guard troops on stand by ready to assist local police as the city prepares for the conclusion of the kyle rittenhouse trial. nbc's alisyn barber is there with more on all of this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kristen. the governor has activated national guard members to come to kenosha should they need help after the jury finishes deliberation. there have been over 30 witnesses testifying at the trial but at times it was the judge who stood out. this morning national guard troops are on stand by, court is in recess and the jury set to decide kyle rittenhouse's face will likely face lesser charges.
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he faces five felony charges plus a misdemeanor weapons charge. if allowed the jury could consider lesser charges in some instances like reckless instead of intentional homicide. >> by having a lesser included offense included you're raising the risk of conviction although -- >> reporter: closing arguments are set to begin monday but as the case comes to an end it's the judge many are talking about. the longest serving active circuit judge in wisconsin raising eyebrows with his comments. on thursday he asked the courtroom to applaud a witness who was also a veteran. at another point he commented on lunch. >> i hope the asian food isn't coming, it isn't on one of those boats. >> reporter: the president of
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asian-americans advancing judgment called it inappropriate. during a trial that has clear racial under tones it is inappropriate. the judge has repeatedly clashed with the lead prosecutor. >> is there something i'm saying that draws the face you're making? say what you have to say. >> i have to say, your honor, yesterday i was the target of your ire for disregarding your orders. today the defense is disregarding your order. >> reporter: all of it capping off a week of explosive testimony. on monday each side has two and a half hours to make their closing arguments. so we expect the jury to deliberate on this case -- begin deliberations very early next week. as for the lesser charges the judge said he will make his final decision sometime today. kristen, peter. >> ellison, thank you. negotiators at the climate
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conference in scotland are working over time as talks wrap up, trying to reach an agreement to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change that's already impacting all parts of the planet. matt bradley is following the latest developments this morning from london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there is some reason for pessimism, these talks are going into something like double over time if you will. there was a draft agreement distributed just this morning, and it contains some important language but words that our ears would probably sound pretty mild. but if this latest draft passes, it would be the first time an international climate change agreement included a direct reference to fossil fuels, which are the root cause of climate change. it's a climate emergency. but for many activists talks here in glasgow haven't gone far enough to avoid ka tas row fee.
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>> after weeks of negotiations the haggle has gone into over time. the sticking points, fazing out coal and fossil fuel sub diddys, helping workers who will lose jobs and helping poorer countries. there have been key agreements like the u.s. and china agreeing to work together. 100 countries working to end deforestation. but there were also big disappointments. >> it was particularly discouraging to see the leaders of two of the world's largest emitters, china and russia, decline to even attend the proceedings. >> reporter: india, the world's largest emitter said it would cut emissions by 2070, 20 years later than the deadline
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. . f 2050. for small islands disappearing into the ocean, that's nowhere fast enough. a key goal of keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius is slipping away. >> we're not going to meet the 1.5 degree tempture goal if we don't stop all new fossil fuel licenses immediately from today. >> reporter: so let's talk about what's going on a little bit closer to home, back in the states. a new poll shows that despite all of this increased attention to climate change, the number of americans who consider it a serious problem remains unchanged over the past 7 years. the poll shows that that partisan divide has been increasing. the number of democrats who consider climate change to be a serious problem is at about 95%. while the number of republicans who consider it a problem that has actually gone down during that same period. peter, kristen? >> matt bradley, we appreciate
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your reporting, thanks so much. turning to the latest on the fight against covid. as of this morning, three states are now offering booster shots to all adults. officials in california, the nation's most populous state along with colorado and new mexico say they are attempting to avoid a surge in cases around the holidays when more people are gathering inside. the three states are allowing shots even though health officials recommend limiting boosters to those most at risk. an nbc news tally confirmed more than 47 million cases of covid in the u.s. since the start of the pandemic. time for our first look at your weekend forecast. good morning, samara. >> good morning. good morning to my friends at home. today say it ain't snow. we are tracking a clipper getting ready to zoom through the great lakes bringing snow through the upper midwest saturday night and as we head forward in time to sunday, look
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how the snow chance shifts into pennsylvania, right into upstate new york. this is not going to be a huge snow maker for a lot of us, but roads are still going to be slick so you have to be careful out there. in areas like wisconsin down into indiana, into ohio, 1 to 2, maybe 3 or 4 inches is possible. closer to the great lakes we'll see things revving up. they have a lot good morning, fog is going to be an issue as you head outdoors. san jose live look right now, you can see how dense that fog is. there is a fog advisory in effect. up to santa rosa, down to quarter of a mile. less than a mile near hayward, slow down and use regular head lights, not your high beam right now. current temperatures, 40 and and
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70s. forecast. back to you, peter. >> winter is coming. thank you. still to come, explosive claims in a lawsuit filed by former las vegas raiders coach jon gruden against the nfl. did the league try to ruin him. and later a new look at the fab
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thank you for joining us on this saturday morning, i am kira klapper, we begin with developing news this morning. the three-year-old boy abducted from sacramento last night had been found safe. chp cancelled the alert issue around 3:00 this morning. the alert have been issued last night when this little boy was taken from the sacramento area. police say an acquaintance shot the little boy's mother and another man drove off with the child. this man showed here is the man
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who took the little boy last night. police thought yuego headed to san jose, we are waiting to see whether he's in police custody. the city approved sending a 200 foot support pile down into bedrock as soon as monday. you may recall the fix was halted in august when engineers discovered it was making the building sink faster. the high-rise is leaning 2 feet to the west towards fremont street. weekly data released shows the building sank another inch last week after drilling resumed. experts tell us it's close to the rate of settlement which prompted the work back in
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august. vianey arana has a live look of our forecast. >> dense fog advisory will remain in effect until 11:00 a.m. >> we look forward to see youing then. vianey, thanks. a north bay family is searching for answers after one of their horses were shot and killed. we'll have that and all your top stories and vianey's full forecast on this foggy saturday morning, right now we'll send you back to the "today" show.
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. >> we are back, november 13, 2021, as the camera tries to find her, there is no better indication that the holidays are just around the corner. look at rockefeller plaza. the rockefeller plaza christmas tree. after making the trip from maryland. look who is there with it, joe friar. you are looking good in your
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santa outfit, so is that true, how is it doing? >> i wanted to make sure you could see, the tree comes from maryland. belongs to the price family. the gardner said, i want to see your tree. here it is now. pulling into rock center, soon to be decorated and seen by so many. the story behind the tree coming up in a bit. >> when you see the tree, you know things just got real for the holidays. a lot more on the tree story coming up. >> get your shopping list ready. >> we want to get a check of your headlines. >> steve bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on friday. two counts of contempt on congress, for failing to report.
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the chief of staff, mark meadows refused to appear in front of the commission. >> a man who flew on a historic space trip with william shatner died in a plane crash. there were two men october 13th fly by blue origin. the private space flight company. federal investigators are still trying to determine what caused that crash now turning to sports now, the u.s. men's national team one step cincinnati. the crucial win puts the americans on close tr to the fo automatic bid for the 2022 cup. >> among the fans cheering on team usa last night, actor
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brendon hunt who plays coach in the soccer themed show there. also former las vegas raiders coach jon gruden is now suing the nfl. gruden claims the league selectively leaked emails he sent in an effort to force him out of his job. sam brock is following this story for us that has certainly caused a lot of controversy. sam, good morning. >> reporter: no doubt it has, peter. good morning. all of these emails you're talking about come from an investigation into the washington football team of alleged misconduct that had nothing to do with gruden. legal experts say he faces an uphill battle having to prove not only the nfl leaked the emails but did so specifically with the intent of costing him his job. this morning jon gruden going on offense against the nfl.
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just weeks after revelations leaked that gruden used racial and homophobic slurs throughout the course of his career. now he filed a lawsuit claiming through a malicious and orchestrated campaign the nfl and commissioner roger goodell sought to destroy the career and reputation of jon gruden. though legal experts say proving that claim won't be easy. >> even if jon gruden establishes that the nfl or commissioner did leak the emails. he may have to do they did so with the purpose of interfering with gruden's contract. >> they have to address the skill position. >> reporter: an espn commentator from 2009 to 2017 he returned several years ago to coach the raiders, inking a ten year, $100 million contract. now he's seeking damages and awards. his attorney noting, there is no
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explanation or justification for why gruden's emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the nfl's investigation. the league responding. the allegations are entirely meritless and the nfl will defend against these claims. but any discovery of those 100s of thousands of documents could make public the documents the email has refused to release. >> the nfl has information they did not want to get out. if that's the case, you might see the nfl run, not walk, to reach some kind of settlement or negotiation with gruden. >> reporter: and, guys, the nfl to this day has not released a report yet on its finding of the investigation into the washington football team. as for jon gruden, he can fight to not allow this to be confidential but if that were to happen, the league would have to petition the court to keep the
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findings private. back to you. >> that controversy still smoldering for the nfl. sam, thanks so much. time to get another check of the rt weather from somara theodore. i know you're checking chilly temperatures in the southeast. say it ain't so the winter isn't here. >> it's here. 20 million of our friends are waking up to freeze alerts in areas from georgia to alabama and parts of the carolinas and out towards oklahoma -- 27 million people, i'm sorry, we just updated that number there. freeze warnings for much of georgia and atlanta, montgomery, huntsville, alabama. and frost advisories into south carolina and north carolina here. i know that here on the east coast things have been pretty nice and warm. that's about to change. we've been so spoiled. look at this cold blast. first we'll see the areas we just talked about, atlanta, 55 degrees, ten below the average for this time of year, head up to indianapolis, 39 degrees, 13
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degrees below average this time of year. that cold weather shifts to the great lakes, mid atlantic, northeast. and this weekend, highs probably won't leave the upper 40s and low 50s. good news, this is short lived. we'll see the temperatures jump up midweek, washington d.c., raleigh, 60s. nashville near 70 degrees by wednesday. we have to get through the weekend. if you have saturday night plans and you live along the east good morning, it's 6:37. really foggy, look at this downtown san jose live look right now. you can see less than that in to san francisco, down to half a mile invisibility, remember to slow down and keep your distance. current temperatures in the 40s and 50s. this afternoon will be lovely with temperatures in the
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producer he's at city field in queens. this is so much fun and you have a great vantage point there, sort of like a dress rehearsal. what's going on behind you this morning? >> good morning, good morning, everyone. right behind me as you can see we're here at balloon fest. this is our country to take all of our new balloons out for the first time. it's sort of our final stage in our balloon creation process. we go from early development to play testing. we're starting to inflate some of our balloons and throughout the day we'll have an opportunity to take them out and have our expert handlers do a run around, work through weather conditions and make sure we're ready for flight on thanksgiving day. >> they're looking great so far. what can people expect from the parade this year? everyone is so excited it's going to be back to normal. >> we're really excited. we're live, back in new york city. we're really excited to bring this cherished tradition of the
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macy's thanksgiving day parade back to new york and america. we have a full show, ten marching bands, 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 30 plus heritage balloons and a host of performances. so really excited to be back in full form and excited to celebrate with everyone across the country. >> will, nothing against carrie underwood but the balloons do steal the show. for those families and kids watching right now who want to know what new balloons are showing up, what have you got for us? >> sure. yeah. as you can see behind me we have pokemon celebrating their 25th anniversary. we have ronald mcdonald coming back with a new balloon, holding his heart in his hand and sharing it with the folks in the parade route. we have netflix ada twist and
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lastly we've got the fun co pop inspired grogu, maybe better known as baby yoda who we're excited about and i think a lot of folks parade route will be excited to. >> you had our family at ada twist scientist. >> everyone loves baby yoda. >> we wish you good luck, enjoy the day. looks like a nice one. you can watch the parade here on thanksgiving day. savannah hoda, they're going to be hosting the broadcast of the macy's parade, starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern time. coming up next, just like that we know when the "sex and the the i brought in ensure max protein,
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>> the tree and i will be reunited shortly. first up we need to talk about taylor swift the pop super start released "red" taylor's version. as if an album with 30 tracks wasn't enough she put out a short film overnight for the ballad "all too well". ♪ singing in the car getting lost upstate ♪ ♪ autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place ♪ ♪ and i can picture it after all these days ♪ >> the ten minute long film was written and directed by taylor who also stars in it. it was released on youtube about 12 hours ago and has already racked up more than 8 million views. and taylor is certainly busy tonight. she'll be the musical guest on "saturday night live" which airs here at 11:30 on nbc. up next, exciting news for "sex and the city" fans hbo max
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just dropped the trailer for the sequel series called "and just like that". >> life is full of surprises. and as your story unfolds, the city reinvents itself. and just like that, a new chapter begins. >> the series will follow carrie, miranda and charlotte as they navigate life and friendship more than 11 years since we last saw them on screen. it apremiers on hbo max december 11th. the beatles, a new look at the series about the band. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> that right there wasng "i've that's one tiny taste of what you can expect.
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the beatles get back series is going to be six hours long. it's a three-night event that kicks off thanksgiving weekend. what an incredible look behind the scenes with those legends. that's your pop start, guys. >> it should be incredible. i'm torn between what i'm most excited about, beatles or the new "sex in the city" show. >> when that clip was playing you were like oh. >> i miss them. they're my friends. >> we'll see you in a minute joe for a look at the rockefeller christmas tree and the story
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we are back on a saturday morning, and this is the moment we've been waiting for. we're exactly six weeks away from christmas and the rockefeller center tree is here. >> joe's jacket is selling off the store shelves across the
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country as we speak right now. we saw him a short time ago. now it's time >> good morning, again. this tree travelled about 140 miles coming all the way from maryland. the first tree to come from that state carrying on a tradition that dates back 90 years. in maryland where the role of sky scraper is played by towering trees, a star has been discovered. a norway spruce, 75 feet high, weighs 12 tons and is making its first trip, well, anywhere. >> three, two, one. >> light it up! >> the tree will be decked out in 50,000 l.e.d. lights and topped by a star that's covered in 3 million crystals. adorned and adored. viewed each day by 800,000 visitors. the rock center star tree, our
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rock star -- >> the price family is donating the tree, making their town elkton, maryland, very proud. >> brings a little spotlight to our area which is tucked away in the middle of nowhere. >> are you local celebrities now? >> it was never about us, it was the tree and what it bridges to the rest of the country. >> this tree tradition has deep routes starting back in 1931 when construction workers who were building rockefeller center decided to put up a tree, a ritual that has branched out, growing bigger and brighter with time. making headlights last year when an adorable owl was discovered inside the tree. named rocky the owl was nursed back to health and released back to nature. this year we too hope for a return to familiar territory as we celebrate the holidays and welcome back a beloved sight. >> what do you hope this tree does or brings to people who see
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it in new york during the holiday season? >> reporter: happiness and joy for the holidays. >> have people get back out, be able to enjoy it. >> next up, they'll prop up the tree, the crane is being set up right now and then, of course, they'll start decorating with the big reveal and lighting on december 1st. we can assume the lights will be more impressive than the lights on the tree on my head now. >> not exactly a 79 foot spruce on your head but it still looks good. think of the emotions and the excitement for them when they walk into rockefeller plaza and see their tree lit up. >> they said it wasn't about the celebrity for them. this is a meaningful moment. impressive outfit changes, joe. and, of course, nbc is the only place you can watch the tree lighting ceremony. we'll have it live on december 1st. thank you. and a reminder you can watch joe people everywhere living with type 2 diabetes
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plus, gas prices are on the rise, hitting historic highs. where you can fill up for a little less. and a foggy morning as you head out this saturday morning. our meteorologist vianey foreca some 70s on this saturday.
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