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TODAY's Takeaway: Idina Menzel lets go of Oscar flub; doctor treats Fort Hood victims

April 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM ET

Idina Menzel belts songs from her new musical, Kerry Sanders visits a recovering elephant and Dr. Matthew Davis treats Fort Hood shooting victims.
Idina Menzel belts songs from her new musical, Kerry Sanders visits a recovering elephant and Dr. Matthew Davis treats Fort Hood shooting victims.

1. A doctor who treated victims of Wednesday’s Fort Hood shooting said he hopes “the acts of madness by two individuals” don't taint the nation's perception of a military base thousands of individuals call home.

“It’s really difficult to understand why these acts of madness occur,” Dr. Matthew Davis told Matt.

Video: Dr. Matthew Davis, trauma doctor at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Texas, joins TODAY to discuss how the Fort Hood shooting victims being treated there are doing. Three of the victims are still listed as critical, while the other six are in “serious condition,” he said.

2. Idina Menzel’s over the whole John Travolta-Adele Nazim Oscars flub, but she wasn’t when it happened—at least not for eight seconds.

"I was picturing my son Walker, I thought, 'Let me just sing it to him' like we do in the bathtub ... and (Travolta) said my name like that and I was like, 'Did that just happen?'" Menzel told Savannah.

Video: Singer Idina Menzel talks to TODAY about lending her voice to the hit kids’ film “Frozen” and starring in the Broadway musical, “If, Then.” She says of her rapid success: “It’s been an amazing ride.”

3. Do you think New York Mets player Daniel Murphy was right to take paternity leave to be with his wife and newborn? That’s the question Tamron posed to TODAY viewers this morning. The response was great. Join this discussion.

Video: Mets star Daniel Murphy has drawn criticism from some quarters for being by his wife’s side while she had their baby, rather than on the ball field. Retired football player Boomer Esiason said Murphy should have insisted his wife “have a C-section.” Tamron Hall reports from the Orange Room.

4. Kerry Sanders visited Carol the elephant, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus star who was shot last year, for her return to performing.

“I’m excited to get there and see everybody and show everybody in Tupelo that Carol is great,” her owner and trainer said.

Video: Carol the elephant returns to the ring Thursday night, one year after an assailant shot her in the shoulder in Tupelo, Mississippi. Detectives say they are still hoping for one tip that may lead to an arrest. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

5. Matt sat down with members of the Russian band Pussy Riot who served almost two years in prison. See what they had to say:

Video: Members of the Russian rock band and protest group Pussy Riot, who served almost two years in prison for speaking out against President Vladimir Putin, join TODAY along with journalist Tina Brown to discuss their viewpoints. The women will attend Brown’s “Women in the World Summit” in New York City.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!