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Al Roker on Ryan Lochte: NBC refutes reports that execs are upset

The heated debate "Today Show" weatherman Al Roker and reporter Billy Bush had about U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte's Rio incident went viral as the Olympics ended last week.

It drew viewers to the NBC morning program, but according to gossip site Page Six, NBC executives are "embarrassed" by the argument.

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Bush and Roker were debating the circumstances of Lochte's story in which he said he and three other swimmers were robbed by police in Rio.

Lochte was charged by Rio authorities Thursday for filing a false police report. Although there were reported holes in Rio's account, which accused the swimmers of destroying a gas station bathroom.

Only a ripped poster was found, according to a USA Today account.

Related: Ryan Lochte has been charged by Rio authorities, report says

Roker insisted that Lochte lied and threw his teammates under the bus by leaving Rio. Bush, who later said he was playing devil's advocate, used Lochte's wording in the swimmers interview with Matt Lauer and said that Lochte was simply "exaggerating." Bush also said that all the facts were not clear, but Roker was adamant that Lochte lied regardless.

"There were several producers and talent who were left trying to explain Al’s over-the-top behavior. Several insiders found themselves wanting to distance themselves from his response," Page Six said a source told them. "It was a great thing to watch online, but a lot of NBC staff thought that he took it way too far for something that, while it was certainly a legitimate issue and certainly bad behavior by Lochte, outrage to that level just wasn’t justified."

But an unidentified NBC exec said otherwise.

"This is not true. No one feels this way," the exec told Page Six. "In fact, everyone here is happy -- specifically with the 'Today' show’s great ratings."

Oregon fair generates buzz with 1st legal pot display in US

Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing.

The state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. Here are a few things to know about legal pot in Oregon and the display at the fair:



The Oregon State Fair allowed a display about marijuana without any living plants last year and it generated no complaints. So this year, the organization took the next step and agreed to let marijuana growers display live plants.

The Oregon Cannabis Business Council, which is sponsoring the display, says it's the first time living pot plants have been open for public viewing at any state fair nationwide.

The council is renting space in an exhibit hall for its tent and selected nine plants for the display at an industry event two weeks ago.



No. While the tent holding the display smells strongly of weed, fair authorities are only allowing immature plants — that is, pot plants without flowers.

Marijuana leaves are much less potent than the flowers, or buds, and it's not yet legal to transport flowering plants within the state anyway.

Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, said his group hopes to get permission to display flowering pot plants next year, but the details aren't finalized.



No. The exhibit is in a translucent tent and both the entrance and exit are monitored. Anyone entering must present identification proving they are 21 or over.



The way people think about marijuana in Oregon is changing, and recreational grow sites are recognized under state law as farm crops.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is in the process of licensing recreational marijuana in much the same way it already controls the sale and use of alcohol.

Fair spokesman Dan Cox says the event must adapt to changing cultural and societal values and allowing the display is one part of that shift.



Oregonians voted to legalize marijuana in 2014 and the state allowed the sale of marijuana "edibles," such as pot-infused candies and confections, earlier this year.

This week, the state said it had processed $25.5 million in taxes on recreational pot since January 2016.

Anticipated state revenue through June 2017 was recently quadrupled by Oregon's Legislative Revenue Office, from $8.4 million to $35 million.



Recreational marijuana is still illegal in 46 states and is banned by the federal government.


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Krispy Kreme launches new peanut butter treat

Peanut butter lovers have a new doughnut to try at Krispy Kreme.

The popular doughnut chain has announced the Reese's Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme doughnut Monday on its Australian website.

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The AU Review reported that the new menu item is filled with Reese's peanut butter sauce and is topped with chocolate icing and Reese’s peanut butter chips.

The doughnut is available for a limited time along with a Reese's Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme milkshake made with peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavored syrup.

It is only available in Australia for the time being, but according to U.S. World News &  Report, there is a petition to get the treat brought to America. So far it has 521 signatures.

Go Behind the Scenes to See Florida Georgia Line's Pre-Show Rituals [Pictures]

Florida Georgia Line are kicking off their Taste of Country takeover with a series of exclusive behind the scenes pictures from a recent concert at Jones Beach Theater.

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Justin Moore Stops Show to Tell Off Fan for Mistreating a Woman [Watch]

His new album may be called Kinda Don’t Care, but when it comes to treating women right, Justin Moore really does care. A fan found that out the hard way on Thursday night (Aug. 25) in Chicago.

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Jason Aldean's Concert for a Cure Teams With the Opry

Jason Aldean has long been a champion of fighting breast cancer, and this year for his Concert for a Cure event, he’s joining up with the Opry’s annual "Opry Goes Pink.” Continue reading…

10 Things You Might Not Know About Shania Twain

When you're as famous as Shania Twain, it can be a difficult task to keep your private life out of the public eye, but we're sure that there are a few things about the country superstar that even her most loyal fans don't know.

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Top 5 Jake Owen Music Videos

A list of Jake Owen's best music videos.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2016 ACM Honors

The 2016 ACM Honors will take place on Aug. 30 and be broadcast on CBS on Sept. 9. Here's everything you need to know about the event!

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Thomas Rhett's 'Tangled Up' Goes Platinum

Thomas Rhett needs to start making more room in his trophy case; his sophomore album, Tangled Up, has just earned RIAA platinum certification.

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