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Gabrielle Giffords Marks Third Anniversary of Her Shooting by Skydiving

Gabrielle Giffords Marks Third Anniversary of Her Shooting by Skydiving

Originally posted 01/09/2014 11:00AM

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords narrowly escaped death three years ago, and she marked the anniversary in fearless fashion Wednesday: by skydiving.

The Arizona politician's life changed forever on Jan. 8, 2011, when a disturbed local man opened fire during a ceremony outside a Tucson grocery store. Six people died and 13 were wounded, including Giffords, who suffered life-threatening and ultimately life-altering injuries after being shot in the head.

Yet Giffords, 43, intended to send a clear message on Wednesday when she jumped out of a plane in her home state with a Navy SEAL and a parachute strapped to her back – and a big smile on her face. "I'm alive," she told Today's Savannah Guthrie, who covered her bold leap.

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Brian Boitano: 'I've Never Been Ashamed of Who I Was'

Brian Boitano: 'I've Never Been Ashamed of Who I Was'

Originally posted 01/02/2014 10:30AM

What finally made Brian Boitano come out?

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Fancasting a Morning News Rivalry: The Today Show vs. Good Morning America | Today

Fancasting a Morning News Rivalry: The Today Show vs. Good Morning America

Originally posted 01/02/2014 07:00AM

Morning news is about to become more dramatic than you ever imagined – and you'll get to watch it all unfold in a new made-for-TV movie.

Lifetime is adapting former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter’s book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, into a television movie.

The book chronicles the fierce rivalry between two flagship morning news programs: ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today. The story focuses on the intrigue surrounding the 2012 ouster of former Today anchor Ann Curry, who left the show when the NBC stalwart began to lose the ratings race to GMA.

With development underway, we can't help but imagine who will play Matt Lauer – let alone Kathie Lee Gifford, Sam Champion or Al Roker. Check out our humble suggestions, starting with the Today show team:

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Peter O'Toole: The Ultimate Talk Show Guest

Originally posted 12/16/2013 04:00PM

No star ever seemed quite as delighted to play himself as Peter O'Toole. The actor, who died Sunday at the age of 81, earned innumerable accolades for his stage and screen work, but just as important in cementing the image of Peter O'Toole in the public consciousness were his decades of talk-show appearances, nearly all of them performed through a smirk, a twinkle, and just as often, a large amount of vodka.

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Hoda Kotb Heats Up Miami in Blue and White Bikini

Hoda Kotb Shows Off Bikini Body in Miami

Originally posted 12/09/2013 11:10AM

Hello, Hoda!

While much of the nation endured a winter chill, snow and ice, Today's Hoda Kotb soaked up the sunshine in a blue and white bandeau bikini, showing off enviable curves and a toned physique Saturday on the beach in Miami.

One year shy of a benchmark birthday, Kotb, 49, looked confident in the two-piece and a sheer white sarong.

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Lindsey Vonn on Knee Injury: 'I'm Confident It's Going to Be Okay'

Lindsey Vonn on Her Knee Injury: 'I'm Confident It's Going to Be Okay'

Originally posted 11/27/2013 10:25AM

The Comeback Kid remains confident.

After partially tearing her ACL in a training accident on Nov. 19, downhill racing champ Lindsey Vonn told Today that she is guardedly optimistic she'll be ready to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which begins in just 72 days.

"I'm confident it's going to be okay," the 2010 gold medalist, 29, told Matt Lauer about her knee. "At this point, that's all I can do, is stay positive. I'm kind of out of options at this point. I hope I can continue racing."

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Savannah Guthrie: I'm Zeroing In on a Wedding Date | Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie: I'm Zeroing In on a Wedding Date

Originally posted 11/17/2013 05:00PM

Here comes the bride – well, almost.

Since announcing her engagement to fiancé Mike Feldman in May, Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie has been feeling the wedding-plan pressure.

"Everyone including our mothers are wondering when the heck we are going to get married," she tells PEOPLE. "They are just so happy and excited for us."

Despite the push to walk down the aisle, Guthrie, 41, and her fiancé, a political and communications advisor whom she began dating four years ago, are taking their time.

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How a Chance Encounter Inspired Hoda Kotb to Share Her Breast Cancer Journey

Hoda Kotb: Chance Encounter Inspired Me to Share Breast Cancer Journey

Originally posted 11/14/2013 09:30AM

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Hoda Kotb says it was a perfect stranger who inspired her to open up about her private struggle.

"Often we are so busy with our heads buried in a book or looking at Twitter, you don't look up and notice what's around you," the anchor, 49, tells PEOPLE as the morning show continues its weeklong series "#InspiredBy," which honors Today's personal heroes.

"You might miss a life-changing moment because you weren't paying attention. I started paying attention and I ended up meeting two people."

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Savannah Guthrie on Uncle with Down Syndrome: 'He Was the Light' of the Family' | Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie on Uncle with Down Syndrome: 'He Was the Light of the Whole Family'

Originally posted 11/12/2013 10:15AM

After living with her uncle Pierce for years, Savannah Guthrie pays tribute to who she calls the "important figure in her life" for an NBC special.

As a part of "#Inspired By," a weeklong series that honors the personal heroes of the Today show anchors, Guthrie shares how her uncle, who had Down syndrome, continues to inspire her.

"We adored him," says Guthrie of her Uncle Pierce, who passed away in the late '90s. "I just thought he would be the perfect person to highlight because he really proved that no matter what challenges you face in life, you can rise above them and flourish."

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Filed Under: Today, Savannah Guthrie
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Matt Lauer and Al Roker Get Prostate Exams Live on Today

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Matt Lauer and Al Roker Get Prostate Exams Live on Today

Originally posted 11/07/2013 11:50AM

A private moment played out quite publicly for Matt Lauer and Al Roker on Wednesday, as they got prostate exams live on NBC's Today show to help spread the word about the importance of regular checkups.

"It doesn't hurt at all," said Lauer, 55, of the rectal procedure, which took place behind a closed door at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York as cameras waited outside.

"Is it the best 34 seconds of your life? Probably not. But if in 34 seconds a [doctor] can detect something that might save your life, what are we talking about?"

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