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Matt Lauer fired: A timeline of his career

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

What You Need to Know: Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer was fired from “The Today Show” on Wednesday, for “inappropriate sexual misconduct,” according to a report from The New York Times.

In January 2017, Lauer celebrated 20 years on the show. Here’s a timeline of Lauer’s career.

1979: Lauer began his television career as a producer of the noon news for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. 

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1980: He was an on-air reporter on the 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts at WOWK. 

1980-1984: Lauer hosted a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. He worked for ESPN and hosted PM Magazine in Providence, Rhode Island.

1986: Co-hosted at WNYW-TV's “Made In New York” with Jill Rappaport; also co-hosted “Fame, Fortune and Romance.”

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1988: Hosted “Talk of the Town” WNEW-TV in Boston.

1989-1991: Lauer hosted a three-hour live interview program, WWOR-TV's “9 Broadcast Plaza.”

1990: Lauer hosted a pilot called "Day In Court.” 

1991: Lauer and Willow Bay co-hosted “Etc., Etc.,” on the Travel Channel.

1992: Lauer moved to WNBC-TV as co-anchor with Jane Hanson of the early weekday news show “Today in New York.”

Photos: Matt Lauer through the years

1992-1993: Lauer filled in as “newsreader” for Margaret Larson on “The Today Show.”

1992-1997: Lauer filled in as co-host on “Weekend Today” and “NBC News at Sunrise.” He substituted for “The Today Show” host, Bryant Gumble.

1993-1996: Lauer and Sue Simmons co-hosted “Live at Five” on WNBC-TV.

January, 1994: Lauer joins “The Today Show” fulltime as news anchor.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: (BROADCAST-OUT) Matt Lauer reports for the NBC TODAY Show in the Rosa Khutor Mountain Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)(Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

January 6, 1997: Lauer is named co-anchor of “The Today Show.” 

1998-2011: Lauer launches “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” on “The Today Show.” The segment had Lauer broadcasting from places around the world, giving clues to his location as viewers were asked to guess where he was.

Since 1998: Lauer has co-hosted NBC's live coverage of the “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Since 2000: Lauer has co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

Famous interviews:

June 2005: Actor Tom Cruise got into an argument with Lauer about psychiatry and postpartum depression.

June 2006: Ann Coulter asks Lauer if he was "getting testy with me” over her criticism of 911 widows.

June 2007: Lauer interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.

November 2010: President George W. Bush gave Lauer one of his first one-on-one television interviews since leaving The Oval Office.

November 2015: Lauer interviewed Charlie Sheen when the actor revealed he is HIV-positive. 

September 8, 2016: Lauer conducted separate 30-minute interviews with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

From NBC News Matt Lauer Bio: “Other Lauer exclusives include first lady Michelle Obama in her first interview since the State of the Union address in February 2010; former senior advisor to President Bush, Karl Rove; Michael Douglas’ first interview after his son’s prison sentence for drug charges, and later, Douglas’ first television interview since undergoing cancer treatment; and Elizabeth Edwards’ first television interview since separating from her husband, John Edwards.”

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

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You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact.

From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter.

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We separate fact from fiction with the following five winter health myths:

Cold weather can make you get sick.

Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since you'll certainly be more comfortable and protected from frostbite. But cold by itself doesn't make you more likely to get sick, according to The Weather Channel. Most experts think we're more likely to get sick in colder months, but that's because we're all cooped up together, exchanging germs. Cold weather also dries out your nasal passages, reducing their ability to filter out infections. Despite evidence to the contrary, moms will probably keep warning their kids to bundle up. It's what they do.

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You lose 90 percent of your body heat through your head.

Of all your body parts, your head is more likely to be exposed in cold weather. But that doesn't mean the myth about losing 90 percent of your body heat through your head is true, according to Business Insider. Sure, wearing a hat in cold weather will help you stay warm, but that's just because you're covering an exposed body part, not because there's anything special about your head. You could cover up any other exposed body part and also feel warmer.

You don't need sunscreen in the winter.

If you think you only need sunscreen in hotter weather, you've probably packed your lotion away by the time winter comes around. But even when the weather's overcast in the winter, up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can still penetrate the clouds, according to Reader's digest.

UVA rays are always present - even in winter - and they can damage the deeper layers of your skin, increasing your risk for skin cancer and causing premature aging of your skin. And if you're planning a ski trip, you should be even more careful. UV radiation increases with elevation, and snow reflects and intensifies sunlight. So whatever the season, wearing sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF is the safest way to go.

Feed a cold, starve a fever.

The origin of this myth may be rooted in antiquated beliefs about colds and fevers, according to CNN. It was once believed that your body literally became colder if you had a cold, so it needed to be "warmed up" with food. Fever was thought to need "cooling down" by not eating.

In reality, you need to eat whether you have a cold or a fever. Good, nutritious foods are important, but it's OK if your illness suppresses your appetite a little. Staying hydrated is most important, especially if you have a fever. You may need to replenish electrolytes, so sports drinks can be a good choice. Good ol' chicken soup will keep you hydrated while also helping to clear your nasal passages.

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The flu shot can give you the flu.

This isn't true, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). Flu shots are made with either an inactive form of the virus or no flu virus at all. Neither type can give you the flu. You may have a sore arm after getting a flu shot and some people report having a low-grade fever and aches for a day or two, but it's not the flu.

On the other hand, you may still get the flu even if you've had a flu shot, but the odds of getting it are much lower and, if you do get the flu, the symptoms will likely be less severe.

Betsy DeVos: Common Core is dead at U.S. Department of Education

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

What You Need To Know About Betsy DeVos

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.”

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She announced the death of Common Core, at least in her federal agency.

DeVos also decried the federal government’s initiatives to improve education. “We saw two presidents from different political parties and philosophies take two different approaches. Federally mandated assessments. Federal money. Federal standards. All originated in Washington, and none solved the problem. Too many of America’s students are still unprepared,” she said.

And she touched on a favorite topic, school choice.

“Choice in education is not when a student picks a different classroom in this building or that building, uses this voucher or that tax-credit scholarship. Choice in education is bigger than that. Those are just mechanisms,” she said. “It’s about freedom to learn. Freedom to learn differently. Freedom to explore. Freedom to fail, to learn from falling and to get back up and try again. It’s freedom to find the best way to learn and grow… to find the exciting and engaging combination that unlocks individual potential.”

Baby found abandoned on airport bathroom changing table

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

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Authorities are trying to find the person who abandoned a baby in an airport bathroom. 

Police at Tucson International Airport are now combing through surveillance footage, trying to find out who left the a newborn baby boy on a woman’s bathroom changing table Sunday, AZCentral reported.

Not only are they trying to find the mother of the baby to find out what happened, but also to find out if she needs help.

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The newborn was only hours old and was in good health, Tucson Police spokeswoman Jessie Butler told AZCentral.

The baby was clean and swaddled, KMSB reported.

Arizona is a state that offers Safe Haven for babies, meaning they can be dropped off at specific locations like staffed fire stations, hospitals and churches. Parents can be anonymous but they have to answer questions about the baby and its health, KMSB reported. According to the Safe Haven law, babies can be up to three days old.

Since the program started in 2001, 40 babies have been taken in by Safe Haven, KMSB reported.

An airport is not listed among the legal locations, but there was a fire station nearby, AZCentral reported.

If found, the mother could face charges after police investigate why she left the baby.

Doctor arrested for showing up for surgery inebriated, police say

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

Kentucky Surgeon Arrested For Arriving To Work Drunk

A plastic surgeon showed up for surgery Monday while intoxicated and was arrested, according to police. 

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Dr. Theodore Gerstle was confronted by the chief medical officer at Baptist Health Lexington and then left the hospital on foot, according to WKYT

Police were then called and took Gerstle into custody. Gerstle was charged with public intoxication.

“Patient safety is always our number one concern,” Ruth Ann Childers, hopsital spokeswoman, told WKYT. “This will be thoroughly investigated.”