1. Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted in court Wednesday to using cocaine multiple times in her life, but called claims that she was a drug addict “absolutely ridiculous.”
The trial involves two of Lawson’s former personal assistants, who are accused of spending exorbitant amounts of her money.
Nigella Lawson testifies in fraud trialPlay Video
Sarah Silverman to Bernie Sanders holdouts: You're being 'ridiculous'
DNC's first night felt like a Bernie Sanders rally, Carson Daly says
Bill Clinton's DNC address: How his speech could affect the election
Northeast hit by severe storms as temperatures soar across US
2. NBC News investigated a potential hazard to millions of Americans: plastic gas cans that can explode.
Scientists have tested the red containers – which many people use to fill lawnmowers, generators and snowblowers – after the government reported nearly a dozen deaths and 1,200 injuries.
Tests reveal potential hazards of gas cansPlay Video
Georgia Deputy Prays With Dad of Man He Pulled Over
Florida Nightclub Shooting Leaves 2 Teenagers Dead
'It Feels Like It's Alive': Firefighters Battle California Blaze
Scorching Heat Wave, Severe Weather Move Into Eastern U.S.
3. Al asked if viewers wanted to see it, and you responded with a resounding “I do!”
When he found out that Matt Greenfield, a TODAY producer, had proposed to his girlfriend (and she said yes!), he urged viewers to tweet their demands to see the video of the big moment. Here it is:
Watch a TODAY producer pop the questionPlay Video
TODAY's Sheinelle Jones looks back at her family history
Web Extra: TODAY's Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer prank their producer
Web Extra: Watch outtakes from Dylan and Sheinelle's intern experience
TODAY's Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer intern with Rascal Flatts
The consensus: An open line of communication is most important to them.
Parents advise on how to survive the turbulent teensPlay Video
Stop summer brain drain: Keep your kids active with butterfly gardens, more
Summer family fun: Outdoor gadgets for kids of all ages
Kathie Lee and Celine Dion share sincerely about losing loved ones
Celine Dion to KLG: My late husband Rene lives on in my heart
5. What was your favorite viral video of the year? Ray Charles, the blind golden retriever? The baby who cried when she heard her mom sing?
Vote for your top picks for the first-ever Orange Room Awards.
6. Tonight is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Matt, Savannah, Natalie and Al will be there. Will you?
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!