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♪ >> dangerously low temperatures ahead today with minus 12 in chicago and all the way to austin texas. >> electoral college drama ahead for this monday as final ballots are cast. >> will the united nations step in to monitor evacuations? >> before the kardashians there was zsa zsa gabor. >> "star wars" rogue one ruled the world. >> early today starts right now. great to be with you on a monday morning.
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i'm frances rivera. >> i'm ayman mohyeldin. waking up to frigid temperatures. cold conditions on icy roads left over a dozen deaths but despite the brutal conditions first responders were able to make several rescues. >> a fresh blast of cold air and snow overnight made travel treacherous across much of the country. in chicago this united airlines plane slid off the pavement while taxiing. in denver nine inches of snow caught airlines off guard leading to canceled flights and problems inside the terminal. >> if this flight has been canceled bags will be at baggage claim. >> in western pennsylvania a harrowing rescue after this driver spent 12 hours stranded in freezing temperatures. firefighters were forced to battle the elements in st. louis
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rescuing two homeless people from a warehouse fire. in lexington, kentucky, lightning is expected of sparking a barn fire that claimed the lives of 24 horses. >> this is football weather at its finest right here. >> the seventh coldest ever. 11 degrees at kickoff against the packers. >> i hope they had a chance to warm up. today electoral college members from 50 state vote to finalize the 2016 presidential elections. that as chuck schumer and john mccain call for a bipartisan committee to combat cyber intrusions and check out reports that russia tried to interfere in the u.s. presidential elections. >> we want to find out what the russians are doing to our political system, what other foreign governments might do to our political system. >> we need a select committee. we need to get to the bottom of this. we need to find out exactly what
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was done. >> but president-elect donald trump incoming chief of staff said russia's involvement would not have changed the election's outcome. >> let's assume it's true. there's no evidence that shows that the outcome of the election was changed because of a couple dozen john podesta e-mails that were out there. >> and trump aide kellyanne conway says until she sees any proof of russian hacking she's remaining skeptical. >> if the cia, director brennan and others at the top are serious about turning over evidence to we, the american people, they should do that and they should show up when the house intelligence committee invites them brief them. >> president obama expects this to be done before inauguration day. >> we will provide that we can safely provide that does
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not compromise sources and methods. >> a new poll says how americans are reacting to the russia hacking scandal and trump's transition. 50% of those polled approve of the way donald trump is handling the transition. 41% disapprove but trump said both trump and clinton were thought of as president-elect. 55% are bothered by russia's influence. democrats are more likely to think hacking affected the outcome. all eyes will be on the 538 members of the electoral college who will meet in state capitols to vote. the meeting has been a formality but that all changed this year with the uproar of trump's victory. because hillary clinton won the popular vote by well over 2 million ballots disaffected voters like michael moore look
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he change their votes. at least one ee llector opposeds state's tally. today's formal vote has gained so much attention that individual electors have been sought after by politicians and groups alike to vote against donald trump. even snl went after them bringing back kate mckinnon as hillary clinton as she appeals to an electoral college voter while spoofing "love actually." ♪ so tender and mild ♪ sleep in heavenly ♪ sleep in heavenly peace ♪ silent night, holy night
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>> glad to see kate mckinnon reprized her role. as we move closer to inauguration day michelle obama is giving her final interview as first lady. speaking to oprah she commented on what is the lost hope across the country. >> your husband's administration, the election is all about hope. do you think that this administration achieved that? >> yes, i do, because we feel the difference now. see, now we're feeling whatnot having hope feels like, you know? hope is necessary. >> and speaking at the last stop of his thank you tour trump responded to the first lady's remarks defending her and then boos from the crowd. >> but i assume she was talking about the past, not the future, because i'm telling you, we have tremendous hope and we have tremendous promise and
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tremendous potential. this morning the united nations security council will vote on a resolution to allow workers into the syrian city of aleppo. the aim is to prevent mass atrocities as thousands look to escape the war torn area. lucy cavanaugh is in london with the very latest for us. lucy? >> reporter: ayman, this is a resolution to deploy monitors to aleppo immediately in order to prevent what france has warned could be, quote, mass atrocities by syrian forces and allied forces in east aleppo. the cease-fire for now at least appears to be holding, but that aleppo deal fell apart initially when a convoy buses sent to evacuate two buses were attacked. that left desperate people over the weekend trapped in freezing temperatures, little food, no water. no access to medical facilities.
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they had been destroyed throughout this war. they have been targeted by the syrian government. now this morning buses were evacuating some of those people still trapped in eastern aleppo. according to one u.n. official there was about 50 buses and two ambulances that were able to leave the rebel zone but, again, this is a fragile deal. a lot remains to be worked out here. while there is some process, it could easily be overturned. ayman. >> lucy kavanov, thank you for that. the manhunt continues this morning as arkansas police look for a man who fatally shot a 3-year-old boy in little rock. a grandmother was driving her grandson while at a stop sign a man got out of the car and shot at the grandmother, missed her and shot and killed the grandmother. they were upset at the grandmother stalling. they posted this flyer to facebook and announced a $20,000
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reward. >> did you get a chance to see the "star wars" "rogue one" movie. >> i tried to go and i couldn't get a ticket. i tried friday night and saturday night, it was impossible. a lot of people did. the "star wars" film reviewed in hyper space mode to say the least pulling in a whopping $155 million in ticket sales in its opening night in the united states alone. that's the second best december opening ever. the stand alone movie before the original "star wars" film, "a new hope" also brought in $290 million worldwide. not bad when you consider that it costs an estimated $200 million just to make it. gives you a sense of how much they're going to make once this movie peaks out six, seven months ago. >> from our executive producer who had his tickets -- >> months ago. >> little tip. just ahead, before the
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kardashian there was zsa zsa gabor. first, china is on day three of a five-day national red alert for smog and fog here. look at this. the pollution near beijing has been so thick it's caused flight closures, school shutdowns. the visibility is expected to worsen in the coming days. here at home, all about the deep freeze. nbc meteorologist bill cairns is here. i know we were struggling with this last week. >> yes. >> we got a little bit of a break. >> didn't feel like a break over the weekend, bill. >> the end is in sight. we've already turned the corner. it will start warming up as we go throughout the day today. this is as cold a weather map as we've had. 22 in houston, 23 in denver. everybody is included. the worst is near chicago. negative 21. warming up a little bit and sunshine here, 46 in san antonio, 26 in chicago.
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we have a quiet week coming. the chances for snow will be in the rockies and northern plains. whole eastern half of the country looking good. that's a look at the weather picture of the day. here's a closer look at your day ahead. temperatures obviously are rebounding. denver at 42 will feel nice today. this is mild pacific air moving across the country. you can see all the cold air continues from the great lakes to the northeast. even you will warm up in the days ahead. that's a look at your forecast. early today will be right back. ? ugh. my sinuses are killing me. yeah...just wait 'til we hit ten thousand feet. i'm gonna take mucinex sinus-max. too late, we're about to take off. these dissolve fast. they're liquid gels. and you're coming with me... wait, what?! you realize i have gold status? do i still get the miles? mucinex sinus-max liquid gels. dissolves fast to unleash max strength medicine. also try fast-max multi-symptom for a powerful rush of cold symptom relief. let's end this.
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unforgettable accent. >> hello. hello. >> reporter: her string of husbands and jewels and a would >> you and the champaign. >> reporter: her film career began with "lovely to look at" in 1952. followed that same year by perhaps her most famous movie "moola rouge." >> reporter: she appeared in more than 40 films and television shows, in everything from horror movies to come dis. >> we have two cars. one limousine and one cheap. >> i'll take the limousine. >> reporter: her acting career was eclipsed by her glamorous image. >> a man should have a 50-50 proposition. he old and have $50 million. >> reporter: she was born in buddha pest in 1917 in buddha
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pest, hungary. she headed to the altar nine times. hotel magnet conrad hilton was her second husband and the father of her only child, francesca. on her final marriage she found her prince charming pred rick prinz von anhalt. she had her share of legal headaches. in 1989 she was convicted of slapping a beverly hills police officer during a traffic stop and spent three days in jail. in later years medical problems began to take their toll. in 2002 a car wreck left her partially paralyzed, then a broken hip kept her in and out of the hospital and most recently her right leg was amputated but to the end zsa zsa maintained a persona of flirtatious fun and a touch of old hollywood glamor. >> celebrity icon zsa zsa gabor
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lot of people's attention just a week before christmas. cnbc is watching your money for you. good morning, jeff. >> good morning to you. it's going to be more expensive to travel over the holiday season. gas prices up six cents to 226 on average. according to the lindberg survey over the last two weeks, a lot of that to do with the opec deal on supply, of course, but feel some pity for the poor people of san diego. they have the highest prices to deal with at $2.86 whilst those in texas paying just $1.99 in el paso. so it looks like elon musk is going to take on the traffic problem. he tweeted out saturday saying he is going to start the company called the boring company. maybe he'll create some tunnels to deal with that congestion. that's something we would all welcome. spare a thought for the u.s.
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postal office. 600 million items set to ship today. it will be the busiest day of the year for about 750 million items likely to be delivered over the holiday season which would be a new record. back to you. >> i can say some of those items are going to be mine. i have to head to the post office later today to put something in the mail. >> get those presents under the tree. >> geoff:, thank you very much. the white house gets a holiday prank. christmas came early on "saturday night live." we'll tell but that as well. you're watching "early today." un-stop right there! i'm about to pop a cap of "mmm fresh" in that washer with unstopables in-wash scent boosters by downy. and if you want, pour a little more, because this scent lasts for 12 weeks, which is longer than any relationship i've ever been in. right, freshness for weeks! unstopables by downy. for a fresh too feisty to quit.
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you keep it there all year. >> here's another good one. check this out. white house staffers had some fun with none other than president obama before he and his first family headed off to hawaii for the holidays. they moved snow men outside the president's oval office there. one peering over the president's shoulder as he worked. white house photographer peter souza posted the pictures on instagram. the president enjoying the joke but not really to be honest with you. he told "people" magazine that the snow men freaked him out calling them a little creepy. >> really funny in the last few weeks seems like they're all having fun. >> letting loose. imagine one of the richest people in the world is your secret santa. we'll tell you all about it when "early today" comes right back. we'll tell you about it when "early today." why am i so devastatingly handsome, i'm in a fragrance..., and my sweethearts gone sayonara.
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right now on "nbc 10 news today," up in flames. fire torched a home in camden county. making it official. today electoral college voters across the country will gather and cast their ballots. we'll tell you why the normally routine day could be anything but. and down and out. another heartbreaking loss for the eagles, this one unofficially ends their season. we'll tell you about the controversial decision that gave them their fifth straight loss. "nbc 10 news" starts now. just about 4:30 monday morning. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today" i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm katy zachry. thanks for joining us. let's get to meteorologist crystal klei. look at conditions where you
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live. what a wild weekend weather we had. >> it was a busy weekend. we had a little bit of everything out there. yesterday temperatures were way warmer than is typical for this time of year. the feels like temperature, that's the single digit you see in mount pocono. alan town feeling like 12 and 19 the feels like in trenton. areas like philadelphia, wilmington, violet all in the mid 20s. a lot of us starting out with a very cold feels like and true temperature as well. 14 for mount pocono, 30 mount holly. atlantic city starting out at 31 degrees. radar and satellite, this is a lot in the last few days. we had snow and ice on saturday and then rain moving through on sunday. today we will remain dry. instead, we're going to be tracking clouds and a close eye on those temperatures because we're going to be staying on the cool side. so here's a look where we are right now. 30 degrees in philadelphia. notice the winds
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north and still a little breezy. as they move throughout the morning, they'll stay cold. upper 20s for the next several hours. then we'll slowly see a climb. not much. we'll track out the temperatures throughout the afternoon. we'll take a closer look at the rest of the work week. for now let's talk traffic with jessica boyington. >> cameras around 24th street. open not dealing with any of that construction this morning at least. westbound side, westbound towards the schuylkill expressway. looks great as well. no construction to worry about. good to go headed through center city. reports of hazardous road conditions in norristown and west washington street. might have a little bit of slow go by there. lastly on 422 looking great from drive times. eight minute trip, average speeds into the 60s as well. katy? >> jessica, thanks for that. arson investigation is focused on a hou


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