TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Knox's ex on retrial, 'Breaking Bad' finale

Sep. 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM ET

TODAY, Reuters, AMC
TODAY, Reuters, AMC
Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in Italy; Portia Walton, 4, flees into the arms of Abdul Haji in this iconic photo taken during the Kenya mall siege; the "Breaking Bad" finale aired Sunday evening.

1. An iconic image has emerged from the Nairobi mall massacre of a 4-year-old fleeing into the arms of a stranger: Abdul Haji, the son of a former Kenyan security minister.

“Abdul Haji and a group of just regular men… risked their lives and came in and rescued us,’’ the child’s mother told TODAY on Monday. “And it wasn’t just me: They went through the mall floor by floor, shop by shop, and got so many people out of the mall.”

Video: Katherine Walton, an American mother of five, was shopping at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, when the four-day siege began there. Accompanied by her husband and children, she tells TODAY how her three young daughters endured their four-hour ordeal and how she reunited with her two sons after she escaped.

2. As the retrial of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito began Monday in Italy, Sollecito described the “never-ending saga of a nightmare" he’s gone through since 2007.

“I don’t see any real future for me instead of standing in the trial, kind of forever,” he told TODAY's  Savannah Guthrie.

Video: Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito tells TODAY’ Savannah Guthrie that his life is on hold while he goes on trial a third time for allegedly murdering exchange student Meredith Kercher. He describes the past six years as a “never-ending” nightmare.

3. Cover your eyes, Bridget Jones fans! Author Helen Fielding announced that the loveable heroine will be a widow in her upcoming sequel. Bridget lovers are (quite understandably) losing it.

Video: Fans of the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” novels are taking to social media after author Helen Fielding announced the death of beloved character Mark Darcy. Fielding discusses reader concerns with the upcoming sequel and jokes about how she broke the news to actor Colin Firth, who played the character on the big screen.

4. Planes aren't the only things taking off at Chicago's O'Hare airport: At the end of the runway, a bee farm called Sweet Beginnings has created 360 new jobs, providing employment and valuable job skills to ex-convicts.

"I needed a business where those former prison inmates could learn a trade — not with books, but with storytelling,” said Brenda Palms Barber, who started the company with a grant from the Illinois Corrections Department.

Video: In a crime-ravaged neighborhood of Chicago where most young adults are unemployed, a bustling bee farm called Sweet Beginnings has created 360 new jobs, giving homeless people and former prison inmates a place of employment and valuable job skills. Bob Dotson reports in the latest installment of his award-winning American Story franchise.

5. The finale of "Breaking Bad" aired last night and everyone’s sad about it – except Brooke Shields.

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Al Roker and guest co-host Brooke Shields chat about the “Breaking Bad” finale, which brought a smile to Brooke’s face. The anchors also give a thumbs up to Tina Fey hosting the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!