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TODAY's Takeaway: Retrial 'scary' for Knox, George W. inspires giggles

Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM ET

Amanda Knox won't go back to Italy, George W. Bush makes his grandchild giggle and Cardinal Dolan praises the pope.
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Amanda Knox won't go back to Italy, George W. Bush makes his grandchild giggle and Cardinal Dolan praises the pope.

1. Amanda Knox told Matt this morning that there’s no possibility she’ll return to Italy for her retrial. The 26-year-old sat down for her first TV interview about the upcoming trial, and explained why she won’t go back to defend herself in person.

"I was already imprisoned as an innocent person in Italy, and I can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience," she said. "It's not a possibility, as I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can't relive that.”

Video: Amanda Knox talks exclusively to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about the potential outcome of the upcoming retrial over the 2007 murder of her former roommate, saying she’s thought about facing more prison time. "I think about it all the time. It's so scary. Everything's at stake," she said.

After her interview with Matt, she joined her sister Deanna in the Orange Room to talk with Carson about her transition back to normalcy after four years in prison. For starters, she revealed she didn’t have a clue who Justin Bieber was.

Video: After her release from prison, Amanda had to catch up on pop culture had changed. “She asked who Justin Bieber was,” Deanna Knox told Carson Daly in the Orange Room Friday. “I loosen her up,” Deanna said. “She’s a little tense now.”

2. The morning after Pope Francis made headlines by saying the Catholic Church should stop focusing solely on abortion, contraception and gay marriage, Cardinal Dolan praised the pontiff’s remarks.

"I think he's on to something,” Dolan told Savannah. He's a good teacher."

Video: New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan shares his perspective on Pope Francis’ recent comments about not focusing on divisive issues like abortion and gay rights, saying the Pope is getting back “to the doctrine.”

3. Jenna Bush Hager is back from maternity leave — and with her return comes great stories from the expanding Bush family!

She showed the anchors a cute video of her baby, Mila, laughing for the first time. And, lo and behold, it was the baby’s granddaddy – President George W. Bush – who inspired the giggles: “She laughed at him and that’s it, they’re in love.”

Video: TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager is back from maternity leave, and shares an adorable video of her father, former President George W. Bush, making her five-month-old Mila laugh for the first time.

4. In her first report since coming back, Jenna visited “Camp Broaderway,”a camp that helps young girls find their voices through performing.

Broadway stars and real-life couple Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs started the camp to show girls how to “use the arts to help them express themselves and find their creative souls.”

Video: Real life couple Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have had success on the stages of Broadway’s biggest musicals, and now they are succeeding in helping city girls become leaders.

5. Hang ten, Matt. The TODAY anchor put on his (most insulated) wetsuit to test the surf in Montauk with up-and-comer surf champ Quincy Davis. Check out the 18-year-old's surf skills (and Matt's lack thereof!).

Video: The state of New York is known for many things, but surfing is certainly not one of them. But 18-year old Quincy Davis is on the fast track to becoming one of the best surfers competing today. NBC’s Matt Lauer reports.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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