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TODAY's Takeaway: Mariah Carey rocks the plaza; Bryan Cranston talks 'Godzilla'

May 16, 2014 at 3:55 PM ET

Bryan Cranston takes on Godzilla, kindergarten teacher allegedly shakes little boy and Mariah Carey kicks off this summer's Toyota Concert Series.
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Bryan Cranston takes on Godzilla, kindergarten teacher allegedly shakes little boy and Mariah Carey kicks off this summer's Toyota Concert Series.

1. The one and only Mariah Carey kicked off this summer's Toyota Concert Series on the plaza Friday morning. Carey performed classics (“Always Be My Baby,” anyone?) as well as tunes from her latest album, "Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse."

Video: The iconic singer joins TODAY to chat about family life and her new album, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.”

2. An Ohio kindergarten teacher is suspended after surveillance video showed her allegedly grabbing and shaking a 6-year-old student. Through tears, the boy's mother called for the educator's firing.

Video: A Toledo, Ohio, teacher was allegedly caught on camera roughing up a kindergartner. The boy’s parents say they are in “complete utter shock.” NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

3. Hot off the heels of “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston is headed to the big screen to star in “Godzilla” — a movie he reveals he wasn’t quite sure about.  

Video: The actor joins TODAY to talk about starring in “Godzilla” as a nuclear scientist, and Savannah Guthrie and Tamron Hall gush over some old footage of the actor.

4. Twenty-nine women icons in journalism gathered Wednesday to honor the career of Barbara Walters as she prepared to formally retire.

“This is her legacy,” TODAY's Tamron Hall, who was one of the 29, said Friday.

Video: Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and Tamron Hall joined Walters as she taped her final episode of “The View” on Thursday, retiring after more than 50 years. Tamron reports from the Orange Room.

5. A Michigan mom who lost her daughter to a deadly meningitis infection is leading students from the U.S. to Canada, where they’ll get a vaccine not yet approved here.

“I feel like I’m giving them such a gift,” Alicia Stillman said. “I tell them, ‘I’m so honored to be able to help you protect your family in a way that I could not protect my daughter.’”

Video: A Michigan mom is leading students from the U.S. to Canada, where they’ll get a vaccine not approved here. She hopes it’ll save lives and honor her late daughter, who died of bacterial meningitis. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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