Michelle Knight forgives Ariel Castro, says life is ‘awesome’

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In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, Michelle Knight says that she’s “doing just fine” and moving on one year after she and two others were rescued from kidnapper Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home.

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'SNL's' new Weekend Update team tackles 'intimidating' comedy legacy

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It’s never easy to take over a job someone else really made their mark in. So just image how hard it is to fill a role that nearly a dozen people mastered before you. That’s the kind of pressure "Saturday Night Live’s" new Weekend Update team, made up of cast regular Cecily Strong and co-head writer Colin Jost, is facing.

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Jimmy Fallon to Jay Leno: ‘I hope I make you proud’

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Jay Leno and his “Tonight Show” successor Jimmy Fallon sit down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. “I really admire him as a comic,” Leno says of Fallon.

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Mom surprised by soldier son in Santa suit: ‘It meant everything’

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A New Jersey mom received the gift she wanted the most for Christmas, wrapped in a big red suit with a white beard and glasses.

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'They're not going to find another Rob Ford': Toronto mayor vows to run again

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In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s TODAY, embattled Mayor Rob Ford takes responsibility for his drug and alcohol use but insists he is still fit to lead.

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'Put the gun in my hand': Student tells of how hero teacher tried to disarm shooter in Nevada

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Sparks, Nev., middle-schooler Jose Cazares recalls how Mike Landsberry, 45, a national guardsman and former Marine, tried to calm 12-year-old gunman before being shot dead.

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Exclusive: Iran president blames Israel for ‘instability,’ calls for peace

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News’ Ann Curry that Israel causes “injustice to the people” of the Middle East. He also called for peace in the region, saying Iran was “not looking for war with any nations.” The interview was broadcast on TODAY on Thursday.

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Diana Nyad: ‘I was sick as a dog’ during historic swim

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Diana Nyad had already attempted four times to swim from Cuba to Florida, but nothing prepared her for the hardships she endured to set a historic record on her fifth try.

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EXCLUSIVE: Bradley Manning wants to be a woman, says ‘I am Chelsea’

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Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman.

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EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Anderson speaks out, reveals new details of survival

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Watch the California teen talk with TODAY about the abduction that riveted the country. “I’d like to say thank you,” she said. Speaking to everyone who helped save her, she added, “… without them, I probably wouldn’t be here right now.”

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Jimmy Fallon reveals ‘awful’ 5-year fertility struggle

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In an interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, ‘Late Night’ host Jimmy Fallon revealed he and his wife tried for five years before having daughter Winnie via a surrogate.

"I know people have tried much longer (than we have), but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope … just hang in there," Fallon insisted. "Try every avenue; try anything you can do, ‘cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family, and it’s so worth it. It is the most ‘worth it’ thing." 

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Ariel Castro’s son: ‘Behind bars is where he belongs for the rest of his life’

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The son of the Cleveland man who will spend the rest of his life in jail for imprisoning three women for a decade said his father received the “best possible sentence” for a violent streak he has witnessed since childhood.

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George H.W. Bush: Shaving head was ‘right thing to do’

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Barbara Bush tells TODAY she was initially “shocked, surprised and thrilled” when she saw the former president’s bald head. He shaved it in support of a little boy battling leukemia. 

"It was the right thing to do," President Bush said. 

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Ariz. firefighter’s widow: ‘Our kids will remember them as heroes’

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Juliann Ashcraft, whose husband, Andrew, was one of the 19 elite firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire, tells TODAY of swapping texts and photos with him just before he died.

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