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her first stop, israeli prime minister netanyahu. live report straight ahead. a breaking story in southern california where four men are arrested and charged with plotting al qaeda style attacks against americans. and multi-millionaire software developer john mcafee is speaking out while he remains in hiding from the police over a murder investigation. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, november 20th, 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. right now president obama is in headed home after attending a summit in southeast asia today. a fast-paced trip. it was escalating tensions in the middle east that required much of his attention. earlier this morning secretary of state hillary clinton departed for the region at the president's request. nbc's political director and chief white house kres spon dend
chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. it's safe to say the events in gaza have overtaken or overshadowed what the president has been working on here in southeast asia. i can tell you this, last night the president was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning, first with egyptians president morsi and then israeli prime minister netanyahu. then back on the phone with morsi. the reason there, obviously talking to netanyahu trying to get a sense of what it would take to prevent him from doing the ground invasion into gaza. the talks with morsi are about, this is the egyptian leader, has the direct contact with hamas. neither united states or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton, i'm told by white house aide, is neither an acknowledgment that things are close, nor do they feel as if things are stuck. they're hoping her presence,
first in israel and then in the west bank meeting with the palestinian authority, then in cairo could nudge along the process to see if they could get to a point of some sort of negotiated ceasefire. as far as the united states is concerned, the spokesperson says what that begins with is hamas stopping the rocket fire into israel and a longer negotiated settlement they hope can be agreed upon. >> chuck todd in cambodia. thank you. as he just mentioned, secretary of state hillary clinton is heading directly from cambodia to israel to try to work out that diplomatic situation to the violent escalations of tensions in gaza. nbc's martin fletcher is live in tel aviv for the latest situation there. good morning to you, martin. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the leaders here, israeli and palestinian certainly need all the help they can get to come down from the high trees in which they find themselves. the israelis were attacked this
morning, 30 palestinian rockets landed near one town south. one person was injured. no serious damage was done. at the same time israel is continuing to pound palestinian targets in gaza. they filled four people today including two children. the question is what is next. there are intention negotiations going on particularly in the arab world to put in action a truce to stop israel's ground invasion of gaza which is very much on the cards. we've got the obvious poison the border, reserves are being called up. the help they need is to get down from that position they find themselves in because it's pretty clear that israel doesn't want to attack. it's pretty clear that hamas don't want them to attack. both sides essentially have reached their war goals already. israel killed a liter. it's attacked more than a thousand palestinians targets,
and the palestinians, hamas has established itself with the leader against israel. >> martin fletcher live in tel aviv. martin, thank you. now to a breaking story in southern california. the fbi says a terror plot two years in the making has been thwarted. four men are charged with conspiring to supply material support to terrorists while training to join al qaeda and the taliban. their objective to kill, kidnap, maim, and injure americans in afghanistan. one of the men allegedly talked of blowing up a military base with a truck bomb. now authorities say the suspects spent time at shooting ranges and studied the teachings of anwar al-awlaki, that's the al qaeda point man in yemen killed by the u.s. after weeks of pressure following the deadly consulate attack in benghazi white house and intelligence officials are denying charges of whitewashing
the true details in order to protect president obama before the election. top intelligence officials tell nbc news they knew it was a terrorist attack from the start but that it could also have been spontaneous and they say it was the intelligence community, not the white house, that wrote the unclassified talking points delivered by ambassador susan rice six days after the attack. meanwhile, 97 house republicans have signed a letter to the president opposing rice's potential nomination as secretary of state. all right. now for look at the weather and details of a storm that could affect your holiday travel. >> anyone trying to travel yesterday in oregon and washington state, it wasn't pretty. not much better this morning either. we knew this was going to be a big storm. it was very impressive yesterday. 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts on the coastline of oregon. minor damage in seattle. we saw people lose power. we're continuing to watch this plume of heavy rain. it has shifted further to the
south. it looks like it's about to move a little bit to the south and to the east there of portland. i-5 is definitely the worst drive out there, a solid shield of rain. there's more to come with heavier stuff off the california coastline. even eureka will get the mess to. seattle, one of the top ten wettest november days you experienced yesterday. once we get past the line, the edge of the front will try to clear out. there's more stuff behind it with unsettled hit-and-miss showers and even thunderstorms. the weather pattern, warm air ahead of the system. as the storm continues to dig down, we'll watch the continued threat of showers and even a few thunderstorms are posable, especially if we get breaks of sunshine stay to
the northeast. snow levels are very high with the warmer temperatures in the west. good news is the worst of the storm is over with. it will linger right through thanksgiving day, especially in washington state. >> all right, bill. thanks so much. was this indianapolis house explosion that killed two a homicide and not an accident as originally thought? did our planet earth just dodge a dangerous solar tsunami? details are next. you're watching "early today."
well some stories making news this morning. a criminal homicide investigation has been launched into the indianapolis house explosion that killed two people november 10th. the prosecutor says they are now looking for information about a white van seen in the neighborhood the day of the blast. john mcafee, the multi-millionaire behind the mcafee antivirus computer software, is still in hiding
from police. they want to talk to him about the murder of his former neighbor. mcafee has started a blog and says he is innocent. he's announced a $25,000 reward for evidence leading to the capture of what he calls the real killers. vice president joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden hosted their fourth early thanksgiving for wounded warriors yesterday welcoming service men and women and their families. >> i just can't tell you again how humble we are by your willingness to come and have an early thanksgiving dinner with us. and we have some just amazing video here of nasa with these two gigantic solar tsunamis. the huge explosions on the surface on friday sent super hot plasma flares into space. luckily for us, not in the direction of planet earth. just sent back some video. well, wall street kicks off this tuesday with the dow at 12,795 after jumping 207 points yesterday.
the s&p climbed 27. the nasdaq up 62. overseas markets were down this morning. the nikkei lost 10 points while the hang seng fell 33. maybe congress should go out of town more often. lawmakers left washington for the holiday and markets rallied on hopes of compromise and the fiscal cliff negotiations. the dow and the s&p had their best days in two months while the nasdaq saw its biggest gain since late july. apple led the run-up adding a whopping 7%. google was a close number two climbing nearly 6%. traders even shrugged off news that moody's stripped france of its aaa credit rating. elsewhere hostess and its second largest union have agreed to try to resolve their differences in mediation. federal labor officials say they will decide quickly whether to support walmart's request to stop a union-backed group from encouraging a labor strike on black friday. meanwhile, teens shopping at minnesota's mall of america will need to be accompanied by an adult on thanksgiving night, black friday and the week
between christmas and new year's. a mele at the mega mall on december 26th last year led to numerous arrests. a new online survey finds nearly one in five will celebrate thanksgiving with fellow employees in or out of the workplace. according to new economic data, harlingen, texas, is america's most affordable city where a texas t-bone steak will set you back $8.31 a pound. not bad. norman and ardmore, oklahoma, came in second and third followed by pueblo, colorado, and memphis, tennessee. and this survey gives a whole new meaning to flushing your money down the toilet. a new survey about american's mobile shopping habits show that 38 million americans admitted to having shopped online while on the throne. you know who you are. well, it's a weapons system that costs hundreds of millions of dollars to develop. it's been 90% accurate. u.s. taxpayers have contributed $200 million as well.
be a highly effective weapons defense system. nbc's martin fletcher reports from southern israel. >> reporter: ground invasion of gaza or truce. the officials say it's 50-50 leaving 3.5 million israelis to the mercy of palestinian rockets. defended by israel's new hero, the iron dome, an antimissile missile system, made in israel helped by american money. of 900 rockets fired at israel in six days, only about 30 hit populated areas. >> we enjoy the iron dome, which is a huge success, and luckily -- >> reporter: the siren now. >> right. >> reporter: there's a siren now. let's see what happens. it will only fire -- >> reporter: the system calculates which rockets will hit an inhabited area and knocks it out like here and ignores all others, but it fails two missing about two out of ten, officials say, making life scary.
children in bomb shelters for the sixth straight day. i'm afraid of the sirens, the 7-year-old says. there's another siren. we're going in the kids' shelter. just as we left. not sure how many rockets are being fired right now, but the iron dome one, two, three -- four iron dome rockets are exploding. we'll see what damage it did. five rockets fired from gaza, four intercepted, one got through and fell in a garden. there's some drama right now because nobody knows exactly what happened, whether there's casualties. it's happening right now. terrifying some neighbors. others defiant. >> we will survive. we will survive. >> that's nbc's martin fletcher reporting. israel's iron dome does come with a hefty price tag. the u.s. has reportedly spent some $200 million out of the approximate $500 million price
wednesday. lots of people traveling across the country. looking good everywhere east of the rockies. no problems whatsoever for wednesday or thursday still dealing with the storm system in the northwest on wednesday. by the time we get to thanksgiving day, things are looking better. it may only bring showers towards seattle, maybe nothing late in the day. we'll have our fingers crossed, lynn, for a nice thanksgiving day. the travel up to then not so much. >> thanks so much. all right, a little sports. monday night football. niners/bears. san francisco's backup quarterback colin kaepernick got his first nfl start and threw two touchdown passes against chicago. and the 49ers shocked the bears, 32-7. college basketball. butler down two in the final moments. then this. take a look. >> he makes it, up three. do you foul? i don't. >> it doesn't matter now.
>> a two-point game. mid court. three seconds left. clark shovels it up. he got it! he hit the shot! >> wow! are you kidding me? butler wins it. are you kidding me! >> that was rodney clark hitting the buzzer to win it. and soccer star david beckham will play his final game for the los angeles galaxy next month when they face houston for the mls championship. the 37-year-old is not retiring but he's not yet quite announced where he plans to play next. bill will take your spot. not to worry. in entertainment headlines, lindsay lohan may be headed back to jail. stop me if you've heard this before. the 26-year-old actress will reportedly be charged with lying to police after she slammed her porsche into an 18-wheeler back in june. lohan claimed she wasn't behind the wheel but officials say otherwise, which may lead to her probation being revoked. so it doesn't end.
seven of barbara walters' most fascinating people of 2012 have been unveiled. and, no, sorry everyone, lindsay lohan is not one of them. some of the choices aren't too surprising like olympian gabby douglas. governor chris christie we showed you before. plus others are raising some eyebrows like british boy band, one direction. not really the demo you think. maybe she's going after a different demographic, a certain one. you know the one. speaking of getting beaten up for the sake of the movies. this is a poster of ryan gosling's newest film. he looks a bit different. the actor is seen bloody and bruised, probably making it hard to top the list of sexiest men alive, just in that photograph. this comes from kprc local 2 in houston texas where in nearby webster one donor's good deed nearly wiped away his family's entire life savings. a texas good will store received a pair of shoes with $3300 of cash stuffed inside.
a few days later the cash was retrieved by a woman. >> what are the odds of getting it back? usually salvation army, good will, gone. >> there's no paper trail. they don't give you itemized receipts. >> a lot of honest people in there somewhere. >> someone saved that marriage real fast. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
has won the record for the world's largest chocolate structure. his 127 foot long chocolate train took more than 700 hours to make. it's actually pretty detailed there. >> amazing. >> exactly. it boasts both classic and modern car styles. the 2,700 pound model is currently on display in brussels. hopefully no one snaps off a piece. i probably would. clowns in mexico traded balloons for muscles. it was all for a good cause. dozens of clowns came out for the 10th annual clown olympics. this, of course, for charity. competitors put on their freshly painted game faces to test for whacky dives, human bowling, even clown tug-of-war. the goal of the event was to raise enough money to buy and donate a half ton of groceries. and finally, one french competition breaking is the name of the game. 19 break -- ow, look at that -- break dancing teams from across the globe came together for a battle of the best moves. dance crews had 6:00 to wow the crowd with flips, spins, any other tricks they had up their sleeves to earn points towards
choreographing and stage presence. for the second consecutive year the french crew vagabonds took the prize. you know the vagabonds? the vagabond family. >> i don't. >> what, you don't follow break dancing? >> no. oh, no. >> really? >> third grade in the cafeteria. we used to spin on our backs. third grade we were -- >> at the nbc holiday party. he gets crazy. it's time for now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. 'tis the season to shop for toys and today the public interest research group will release its annual trouble in toyland safety report. the group offers tips to keep in mind when buying for small children and examples of popular products that could pose a safety hazard. the 2012 swarovski star will be placed on top of the rockefeller christmas tree today. the ornament will twinkle all season long along with more than 45,000 l.e.d. lights which will be turned on at the annual tree lighting ceremony november 28th.
and happy birthday to vice president joe biden. he turns 70 today. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. after a brutal breast cancer battle and public fertility struggle, giuliana and bill rancic open up about their new baby boy and season five of their reality show. and a week of thanksgiving concert continues with kesha live on the plaza. and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thank for watching "early today." just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a good one. [ female announcer ] now get high speed internet at home on our newly expanded advanced digital network, a connection you can count on. introducing at&t u-verse highpeed internet with more speed options, reliability and wi-fi hot spots than ever. go to our website below to get u-verse high speed internet for just 14.95 a month for 12 months with
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