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Tessanne Chin may have won season five of “The Voice,” but that doesn’t mean she’s closed off to advice. In fact, as she told TODAY, when her hero Celine Dion offered a suggestion, she immediately took it to heart: “Wait to have children.”


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One day software engineer Patrick McConlogue was walking to work in New York City when he decided to make an unorthodox offer to a homeless man.

He approached Leo Grand, who lives on the streets, and gave him a choice: $100, or a laptop and the opportunity to learn how to write computer code. Along with the second choice McConlogue pledged to spend an hour a day for two months teaching Grand a valuable job skill.

“I came to an immediate decision,’’ Grand told TODAY Monday. “The hundred dollars will last you for a short time. Learning how to code will last you for a lifetime.”

So McConlogue, 23, bought Grand, 37, a laptop and three textbooks, and began teaching him the language of computers. It was a lifeline for Grand, a computer lover who said he’s been sleeping in shelters for two years since the rent at his former apartment shot up and he was evicted.

Grand has proven to be an apt student under McConlogue’s tutelage. “The speed at which I’m going through these lessons is insane,’’ McConlogue told TODAY. “We barely cover things twice. His memory is really, really good.”

The lessons are going so well, in fact, that Grand is working on a free app designed to promote carpooling to combat global warming. He hopes to land a job and a place to live soon, while helping defy stereotypes about the homeless.

“All homeless people are mentally ill, lazy, unintelligent — that’s the stigma,’’ he said. “It doesn’t really matter [about] your living arrangements as long as you’ve got the mindset to do it and the will.”

“You give a man a fish, you feed him for a day,’’ McConlogue said. “You teach a man to fish, and you watch him change the world.”

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Weeks after the FAA relaxed rules to allow the use of personal electronic devices during all phases of flight — a running list of which airlines are allowing gate-to-gate use is here — the FCC is getting in on the cellphone plane party and considering letting passengers talk and text across the whole country.

“…the time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

The public reaction was swift and overwhelmingly negative. Some passengers said they would consider changing their airline loyalty if their go-to carrier decided to allow in-flight calls.

“100 percent. I’m a frequent flier on one particular airline but if they made that change I would consider making that change for sure,” a passenger at Washington-Dulles told TODAY.

When the TODAY show asked, “Should the FCC allow cellphone calls on planes?” 96 percent of responding viewers using the hashtag #orangeroom said “NO.”

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After spending nearly 10 years in prison for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, Ryan Ferguson is a free man.

“It’s been a wild ride,” Ferguson told Savannah Guthrie in his first live interview since leaving prison on TODAY Wednesday. “Seeing the light come out and the sun come up, it’s pretty incredible.”

Ferguson, who said Wednesday he hadn’t slept since his release, told Guthrie his new life of freedom is “beyond my comprehension.”

“When I finally realized it was actually over it was incredible relief because I was afraid,” he said. “I wasn’t sure what going to happen next. They don’t really tell you a whole lot. It was a sensation like no other, and seeing my family right there and hugging them, and knowing that we were going to go home together, it was amazing.”

“It’s the best feeling ever,” said Ferguson’s father, Bill. “We just feel like we rescued him from the pits of despair.”

Ferguson was convicted in 2005 for the beating and strangling of newspaper editor Kent Heitholt on Halloween night in 2001 and sentenced to 40 years in prison. On Nov. 5, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ferguson’s murder conviction, with Judge Cynthia Martin ruling that Ferguson did not receive a fair trial and that “his verdict is not worthy of confidence.”

The appeals court ordered that Ferguson, 29, be released if prosecutors did not file notice of a retrial within 15 days. On Tuesday, prosecutors announced they will not retry Ferguson and that all charges are dropped.

‘Today Show’ announced today that Savannah Guthrie is the new co-anchor of TODAY. She also serves as TODAY’s chief legal analyst and is now officially part of the team with Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales Monday, July 9.

R. Kelly is suffering complications from throat surgery and is canceling  promotional appearances for his new album and memoir.

Kelly’s rep says

the singer was on his way to New York on Wednesday morning when he became ill and returned to Chicago for medical treatment. Kelly had surgery last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.

His new album, “Write Me Back,” and his memoir, “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” in stores now.

We will keep you posted on when he will be back in action.


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A woman identifying herself as the Colombian prostitute at the center of a scandal involving U.S. Secret Service personnel has called the group of agents “stupid brutes” who put partying above President Barack Obama’s security.

“These seem like completely stupid, idiotic people,” Dania Londono Suarez said in an interview which aired on Monday’s TODAY. “I don’t know how Obama had them in his security force.”

She also accused the agents of “leaving their duty behind” and described them as “stupid brutes.”

The scandal broke in April when, in advance of Obama’s arrival at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, agents allegedly brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms.  One of the men, Suarez told NBC News, refused to pay her for sex so she went to the police.

So far, eight agents have lost their jobs as a result of the incident.

Suarez, 24, said three men who approached and propositioned her and her friends were drinking vodka like it was water.

“They liked to show off their bodies, great bodies, well-defined abs,” Saurez said of the men she first met at a nightclub. “They liked attention.”

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Speaking out for the first time since the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer about his last encounter with Houston, the moment he learned she had died, and whether he feels responsible for her addiction struggles.

Brown says he never used hard drugs before meeting Houston, and said that she had used drugs before they were involved. “I worried about it when … we first got together until I tried it,” he said. “And when I tried it, for some reason, I have an addictive personality.”

He does have some regrets, wondering to Lauer whether “I coulda done something different, you know to — ensure that she had a longer life. But … you have to want it, you know?”

The 2005 single-season reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” which put an uncomfortable spotlight on their relationship and showed Houston’s temper flaring, he says, was a “wake-up, because we were able to see what others were saying about us …. (to) see that our drug use had affected our relationship, had affected the love we felt for each other.”

But Houston declined to appear on a second season of the show, and the pair separated in 2006; they divorced the following year. Still, said Brown — who told Lauer he would be getting remarried “soon” — he still has a lot of room in his heart for his late former wife.

“My fiancee knows how I felt about that woman,” Brown said. “My kids know how I feel … how I felt about Whitney. It’s not a secret, you know? I was in love with her deeply.”

Kim Kardashian stopped by TODAY and got candid about EVERYTHING…her supposed relationship with Kanye West to her failed marriage with NBA star Kris Humphries…

“Now, after going through something myself, I really feel like I can relate and understand other people that have gone through things that have been tough,” she said of her post-split perspective. “I thank God for my family for getting me through it.”

“I’m sure I would love one myself, but you know, there’s certain guidelines on how you can get one and I’m not sure that we fall under that,” the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star explained. “But I’m really, out of respect for him, I try not to really talk about stuff involving him regarding that situation…. I’m just really ready to close that chapter. I have closed that chapter. I’m just really ready to move on.”

She didn’t answer every question because Ann Curry asked about her current relationship and she answer this way….

“I completely respect and understand that you have to ask these questions, but as I’ve said before, Kanye and I have been friends for years,” she said before adding, “You know, you never know what the future holds or where my life will take me. So … I like the song!”

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” returns to the E! Network May 20.


Too Fab reports, a sneak peel was aired this morning on “Today,” showing Whitney, Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green.

The film is a remake of the 1976 flick starring Irene Cara.

According to producers, Whitney was a complete professional on set during filming.