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d so kind of keep her alive. that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. tomorrow the news with news with shepard starts now elon musk taking tourists to space. tonight, elon musk taking tourists to space. tonight, inside the new mission. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> the risk is not that it's too big. the risk is that it is too small. >> the president and the gop meeting at the white house at stake the future of pandemic relief. how much or how little may be coming your way. more than 100 million americans are bracing. >> a massive weather system hits the nation roads washed out cities buried. the worst storm in five years broadsides the northeast
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tonight, the snow totals and the impact on covid vaccination efforts. the variants are spreading mutant strains now in nearly three dozen states dr. fauci's new warning. plus -- >> he has devoted his whole life to the great american songbook and now the songbook is saving him. >> reporter: tony bennett's family reveals the singer has alzheimer's. >> announcer: live from cnbc global headquarters the news with shepard smith good evening, crucial covid relief talks are under way at the white house, president biden meeting with ten republican senators we're waiting to hear from them. moments from now we believe, or at least when it all wraps up. their talks could decide how big the next relief package will be, and how much help is coming for millions of struggling americans. the gop senators are pushing a
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relief bill that's much smaller and cheaper than the one the president proposes it's less than a third of the $1.9 trillion white house plan the direct payments are smaller and there's no funding for state and local governments, which has been a major sticking point for democrats throughout this process. the white house says tonight's meeting is only to exchange ideas, not a forum for the president to accept any offers. >> the risk is not that it is too big, this package. the risk is that it is too small, and that remains his view and one he will certainly express today. the size of the package needs to be commensurate with the crisis we're facing that's why he proposed 1.9 trillion there's obviously a big gap. clearly he believes it needs to be closer to the size he proposed. bill cassidy, whistle're expecting to hear from him later this news hour to find out what went on in there
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if ten republican senators do join democrats on a covid relief package they would overcome the filibuster that takes us to cnbc's kayla tausche. >> reporter: tonight's meeting was not meant to accept or reject any offer it was more to discuss the contours of a potential compromise we're still waiting word from those nine gop senators for their perspective after the meeting and how it went, how productive it was. at the start of the meeting nearly two hours ago, president biden was in an affable mood, he joked that he felt like he was back in th senate flanked by his former colleagues maine moderate susan collins, the architect of this latest effort and a long-time ally from across the aisle mr. biden often talks of the three republican votes he personally secured to pass president obama's stimulus package in 2009. collins is the only one of those senators who is still serving. democratic leaders in both chambers have begun a process to underwrite the white house's
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proposal into a budget deal that could pass without republican support. earlier today, senate majority leader chuck schumer says he still hopes some republicans will vote for it. >> to that end democrats welcome the ideas and input of our senate republican colleagues the only thing we cannot accept is a package that is too small or too narrow to pull our country out of this emergency. we cannot repeat the mistake of 2009. >> reporter: republicans have argued that a targeted approach is needed now, and one report may bolster their case the congressional budget office, a nonpartisan group, says just based on last relief, th u.s. economy would be back to precovid growth by the middle of this year. however, cbo said unemployment would not return to prepandemic levels until 2024. shep
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>> kayla tausche, thank you. cnbc weather alert now a powerful winter storm is slamming the northeast, causing blizzard-like conditions in some areas. the national weather service warns some places could see as much as two feet of snow, with wind gusts topping 60 miles an hour across the region, some cars are buried roads and schools closed flights delayed, suspended or canceled and millions of americans under a winter storm warning stretching all the way from maryland to maine. it's the same storm that's been ripping across america last week it sparked a massive mudslide in california yesterday, it leveled an empty building in chicago, caused a fire truck to flip over in virginia well, now it's pounding the northeast. al roker is with us now. al, who is getting the worst of it >> well, right now it's here in the northeast, and making its way, shep, into new england. as we take a look closer in on
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the radar, you can see those areas of pink, that's where we're seeing an icy mix. you can see just south of boston, we've got some rain making its way in. but those brighter bands, that's where we're still seeing the heavy snow currentl 65 million people under some sort of winter weather advisory or winter weather warning. tonight, it intensifies. strong winds, heavy snow, rain and ice near the coast, all along i-95 tomorrow we'll see this low slowly drift north and east. the snow will lessen during the day. we'll still have very strong winds and there will still be snow leftover in new england wednesday morning with gusty winds for the northeast. the impacts, the way we look right now, heavy snow bands tonight producing two to four inches of snow per hour with near blizzard conditions totals, new york city, 12 to 18 inches of snow could be a little higher in some sections 22 inches, up to 22" in allentown.
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12 in philadelphia, 12 in hartford boston a little less because they're going to be seeing a mix of rain and snow strong winds, especially along the coast, causing some coastal flooding and some power outages, as well. and, shep, just like we had last week, we started talking about this storm coming coast to coast. we've got another one, a california storm which will impact the midwest as we get into the mid part of this week toward the end of the week and then back for the northeast into next weekend we could be talking, again, about a decent amount of snow, shep so tomorrow is groundhog day as they said in the movie, don't drive angry. shep >> al roker, thanks so much. this storm also closing down vaccine centers in the northeast. mass vaccination sites at met life stadium in new jersey now closed vaccine and testing sites run by new york city also paused for today and tomorrow the storm threatened to delay
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opening day of vaccinations at boston's fenway park though officials say it will remain open, at least for now. cnbc's contessa brewer with more on how the storm has delayed statewide vaccine efforts. >> reporter: the wind whistling, snow blowing and vaccination appointments canceled up and down the eastern seaboard in at least 11 states the nor'easter canceled some covid-19 vaccine clinics. six mega sites shuttered in new jersey rhode island closed all three of its regional sites today philadelphia opened only one of its city-run sites in massachusetts, the winter weather disrupted the rollout of phase two of vaccinations and the opening scheduled for the reggie lewis center in boston postponed. new york shut down at least five mass vaccination sites and half a dozen pop-up clinics new york city canceled all appointments through tomorrow. >> the storm is disrupting our vaccination effort and we need to keep people safe. we don't want folks, especially
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seniors, going out in unsafe conditions to get vaccinated. >> reporter: some pharmacies and hospitals were still doling out shots for those who could get there. mass transit ground to a halt. in new jersey, a system-wide shutdown from maryland to massachusetts, treacherous driving amid blinding snow and icy buildup. a real challenge for fedex and u.p.s., too, in delivering vaccines connecticut officials warned the storm could delay shipments of vaccine. health departments are already working to reschedule those appointments canceled today and tomorrow shep, the storm also disrupted covid testing sites. we may see that show up in the numbers in coming days. >> contessa brewer, thank you. the cdc director says dangerous new variants remain a great concern, even as covid cases are falling nationwide so far at least 32 states have reported cases of strains first detected in the united kingdom,
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in brazil and in south africa. that's data from the cdc over the weekend, health officials in maryland reported the state's first case of the south african variant. it's now the third known case of the strain in the u.s. today, dr. anthony fauci said vaccines are the best way to fight the variants and called on americans to get a shot as soon as you can. >> you need to get vaccinated when it becomes available, as quickly and as expeditiously as possible throughout the country. viruses cannot mutate if they don't replicate. >> there are some positive covid news items tonight the cdc data shows the united states vaccination effort is slowly picking up speed while average daily cases and hospitalizations have dropped to levels that we haven't really seen in months, but the death rate is still alarmingly high. johns hopkins reports more than 95,000 americans died of covid in the month of january alone.
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that's more than during any other month in this pandemic by far. we're getting sort of a mixed - dr. badelia now, medical director of the special pathogens unit at boston medical. doctor, thank you. we're getting sort of a mixed message now, you know, cases and hospitalizations are dropping, but the doctors are warning abou these new variants and how they could lead to the worst numbers yet. do you anticipate another surge because of them? >> good evening, shep. i do, because partly what we have to do is remember back to the summer and right before the thanksgiving travel. the way this disease works is you first get infections, which then leads to hospitalizations and a wave of deaths the concern is that the three variants you just reported are present now in over 32 states at this point and are more transmissible. what does that mean? if i encounter a person who has one of these variants, i'm much
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more likely to catch the infection from them and also, in turn, i'm much more likely to transmit it, which means we might have a lot more infections so you might see more infections in february that then lead to more hospitalizations and deaths in march the good thing about this is we know how to protect ourselves. it's the same public health measure. it's the masking, the distancing, not gathering indoors. we do not have a new tool, which is vaccinations, because people who are vaccinated become dead-end hosts for these viruses. as dr. fauci said, and it bears repeating, if viruses cannot replicate, they won't mutate. >> it's clear now that while these vaccines may not stop every single person from getting covid, there's widespread evidence that they will keep you from getting a severe case they'll keep you from ending up in the hospital and dying. do you see any indication that that will change with these new variants >> from this regard at least, shep, there is good news so far the studies that have
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come out, both within the laboratory as well as the clinical trials from johnson & johnson and novavax that was revealed last week, at least the early data, although you may see the efficacy against the variants first discovered in south africa and the one in brazil go down there's still 100% protection after 49 days in johnson & johnson, 100% protection against severe disease and hospitalizations any vaccine that takes a disease from being deadly to making it a milder disease keeps people out of hospitals and that's what we're concerned about, people's health as well as not overwhelming the health care system. in all of those cases, every single candidate that's been so far approved, as well as a list that's coming down the pipe has been been so far approved as well as the ones coming down the pike so far seem to be very efficacious against that new source we're expecting. the white house instituted a
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brand new home instant covid test, how big of a deal is that? are we, as americans, underestimating how important testing still is in fighting this pandemic? >> i'm glad you brought that up, shep i keep concentrating on the month of february in terms of what can we change this month to avoid the surge of infections, which will then lead to hospitalizations and deaths? vaccinations are one it's the others as a public health measure the rapid testing is important because by allowing people to access it, you know, and hopefully making it even cheaper than the $30 we've seen as a market price, people can get awareness as to whether or not they'll be infected. they would be able to stay at home, they would be able to sort of not travel hopefully. and all of these are ways in which we would stop one person transmitting to another. i think it's going to make a difference because the ceiling in terms of the number of vaccinations that could be manufactured hasn't changed and even good news from johnson & johnson about their trial. by the time the fda reviews it and the vaccine gets approved it's not going to be until potentially the end of february.
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for the month of february, that rapid test is one more tool that we can have to reduce infections. >> that and masks and distance, and we'll be better. dr. bhadelia, thank you so much. for the first time in history, a crew made up entirely of private citizens, tourists if you will, will venture into space. today spacex announced plans to launch a four-person, all civilian crew into orbit and it's expected to happen this year nbc's tom costello is with us. tom, you just spoke with elon musk and some of the other players behind this mission. what did they say? >> reporter: they got room for you, shep, if you want to go here is how it's all going to work there's another billionaire beyond elon musk, jared isaacman, who made a fortune when he dropped out of high school, starting his own business in his parents' basement he is now the ceo of ship for payment, a company that deals
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with transactions. he is now going to be on this ship, on this rocket, blasting off for a multi-day orbit around the earth. they'll leave at the end of the year he's bringing three other everyday americans with him. and it's all part of a massive fund-raising effort for st. jude children's hospital. and this billionaire, isaacman, is putting in $100 million of his own money hoping that, in total, they'll raise $200 million for st. jude but this is the first all-civilian trip into space, on a spacex rocket. would you go would you feel safe going? i asked elon musk about putting nonastronauts on to a rocket around the earth elon, this almost sounds like a joy ride for somebody, and for the people who can afford it is that what this is or is it something more substantive than that? >> it's much more substantive. first of all, i think people
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will really enjoy, you know, seeing things vicariously from the video and watching the mission. it's like when america went to the moon in '69, it wasn't just a few people humanity went to the moon. we all went there with them. and i think it's something similar here we'll all be with jared on the journey, seeing it in real time. as mentioned earlier, this is going to be an important -- it's an important milestone on the road toward making access to space more affordable. whenever you have a new technology, it's impossible to suddenly -- to go from start to suddenly being able to have it accessible to all. and we hav the same thing with tesla. >> all right so if you are interested in going, all the details are coming out soon. it's all going to be about whether you can give any amount of money at all to st. jude.
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big super bowl a big super bowl ad will lay out all of the details, and shep, i'm told they will save spot for you, if you dole out just 20 bucks. >> 20 bucks, i'll go thanks, tom costello. appreciate it. >> by the way, move over gamestop because there's a new shiny object capturing wall street's attention. >> silver this morning surging to nearly a six-month high. >> #silversqueeze. gamestop losing steam as the reddit powered boom pushes the metals market. coup in myanmar. the military seizes power, claiming election fraud. how president biden is handling his first foreign crisis and a call to action from major retailers. are they keeping their pledge to black-owned businesses following the death of george floyd? >> announcer: the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith, back in 60 seconds. my safelite story? my my livelihood. so when my windshield cracked...
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continued today. it lost almost a third of its paper value after a nearly 400% spike last week. shares closed today. at $225. gamestop's rough day comes a so-called reddit trailers zeroed in on a shiny new target, silver take a look at this chart. price of silver soared to its highest level in eight years, worth nearly $29 an ounce. silver surge is the latest example of an online phenomenon sweeping wall street cnbc's leslie picker now leslie why is silver the hot name now >> that's a good question.owingo the precious metal is targeted metal of the social media coordinated trade following that of game stop and amc last week. in addition to the commodity itself, a fund that tracks silver known by the ticker slp, plus silver miners all rallying today. and some speculators are turning
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to the physical metal. it's been wiped out from retailers. one ceo telling cnbc he can barely keep bars and coins stocked. >> we typically have about a thousand silver products in inventory available for purchase we're getting so cleaned out right now that we're actually, last i checked, down to 80 items in stock, a number i've never seen before and never thought we would ever see. >> all that glitters is not -- well, silver many on reddit's wall street bets forum behind the surge in game stop came out against the trade today, alleging it's hedge funds masking as retail investors who are the ones pushing silver at this time, no one has publicly claimed to be the mastermind behind the so-called silver squeeze regulators and lawmakers remain on high alert. the house financial services committee scheduling a hearing for later this month to further investigate the issue. shep >> leslie, silver is not the only rare metal on fire right now.
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for the last year, prices of others have shot up. many found right inside your garage, platinum, palladium, all in your car's catalytic converter. some of them rhobium, platinum, palladium, al in your car's catalytic converter. some of them are worth more per ounce than gold. as demand rises, thieves are on the hunt jane wells following the money, and the crime. >> reporter: hey, shep, i'm here at star automotive who knew the underbelly of your car was so valuable right now increasingly, this is what people are finding in the morning of their cars, it's gone, sawed out by thieves usually in the middle of the night. it happened to brian coglin. last christmas eve, coughlan went to run errands in his prius. so he turned on the car. >> there was a loud rumbling noise in the car. >> reporter: it sounded more like this.
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>> that's how you know it got stolen. >> reporter: across the country, catalytic converter thefts have shot up. the reason there are precious metals inside, which have become more valuable, especially with tougher emission standards rhodium, in particular, is up 82 800% in march to nearly $20,000 an ounce >> in this district alone we had over 32 catalytic converter thefts. >> that's how they do it. >> reporter: mechanic walt morehead says converters for some car models are on back order and replacing them is expensive. >> what you have to replace is everything, here all the way back you can't just get this piece. >> reporter: what's it going to cost this customer >> this one is going to be close to $3,000. >> it also happens to the same person repeatedly. so i have been a little concerned about that. >> reporter: some car owners are buying special plates to try to prevent theft.
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brian coughlin is not yet. >> i'm not going to sit out with a shotgun each night, watching my car, you know that's why you pay insurance. >> reporter: it's not just metals prices that's happening now. all these thefts creating a market for catalytic converters. if someone says hey i can get you one for under $1,000, it's probably not theirs to give. shep >> jane wells, thank you the golden nugget wants to hit the jackpot by going public again. and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money tillman fertitta taking his restaurant and casino public for a second time in a deal estimated $6.6 billion, including debt. fertitta said he will continue running the business and controlling 60% of the overall company. the deal is for five casinos and more than 500 restaurants,
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including bubba gump shrimp and morton's steak house he also owns the houston rockets but the team is not part of the deal google it taking over your stereo ford announcing the tech giant will be responsible for the infotainment centers in their cars by 2023 it will be equipped with manslaughter, and drivers will not need an android smartphone to make them work. jetblue wants to win over transatlantic flyers, revamping its premium mint cabin new suites reportedly feature sliding doors for privacy, live flat seats and direct access to the aisle. upgraded cabin is expected to debut on jetblue's new route to london this summer on wall street, stocks jumped in the first session of february dow up 229, led by microsoft and visa s&p up 60, posting its biggest day since november 24th. and the nasdaq up 333, or 2.5%
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a new report about the hate groups active across the country now. the number is down, but it's where they're going that's making them so much harder to track. and ten republican senators meeting with president biden tonight. can they reach across the aisle and reach some sort of deal on covid relief next, senator cassidy, one of the people inside that room he will join us live, as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news.
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a four-year project in space coming to an end, and vladimir putin facing widespread anger as we go around the world in 80 seconds. russia, police reportedly detaining 5,000 people at unauthorized rallies across the nation in support of alexey navalny. authorities had warned the rallies were illegal and that they would shut them down. police arrested navalny last month after he returned to moscow from germany, where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning. he accuses vladimir putin of ordering his murder which the kremlin denies this marks the second straight week protests across russia. china, the world's health organization led team investigating th origins of the covid-19 pandemic, visiting the wuhan
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center for disease control and prevention they spent 4 1/2 hours there beijing has sought to cast doubt on the notion that covid originated in china. pointing to imported frozen food instead as a possible source space. a pair of nasa astronauts out on a spacewalk installing a battery and completing the final stages of a four-year effort to modernize the international space station's power grid flight controllers in houston used the station's big robot arm to replace older batteries and the astronauts are now putting the finishing touches on their work and that's our trip out of and around the world in 80 seconds. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news a group of ten republican senators met tonight with president biden, as he pushes for massive covid relief package. they have their own counter offer. but their package nowhere near the size of president biden's
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proposal the price tag for the republican version, $618 billion. less than a third of the president's plan it has a smaller, direct payment and there's no funding for state and local governments. those have been major sticking points for democrats throughout the process. one of the republican senators is with us now from the white house. senator bill cassidy of louisiana. sir, thanks for coming we appreciate it should the american people be less or more optimistic about a deal after your get-together with the president >> i think they should be more optimistic there was common ground. that we've got to take care of the american people. the president said listen, we may disagree on some things, but we're not going to disagree on the need to take care of those in need. now, republicans offered for something more focused, but another bit of common ground is that we're talking about data. what does the data show that we need and the president's going to have his staff get back to us, and we'll kind of compare our data points. that's good news.
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>> the meeting went much longer than we had anticipated anyway were you surprised, and what was the reason for that? expect jerry >> i'm not surprised in retrospect jerry moran said at one point, i enjoy talking to people. and the president said, so do i. and everybody laughed, understanding that's the reputation of both and so there was a lot that was covered. very respectful and very patient with us. and it was a good meeting. >> you know, the cynics will look at this and say, well, the republicans have come in here with this really small number that doesn't help out the cities at all the democrats are never going to go for that. so the democrats will go ahead and push through something closer to their version and the republicans will go, see, they never wanted bipartisanship after all. how wrong are the cynics >> shepard, they need to be proven wrong they may be right. there's nothing guaranteed in this process
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it's how our founding fathers set it up. we go back to data i'm a big advocate for state and local aid. one of the data points was a recent report from jp morgan using data from the states, saying most states have lost less than 2% of their revenue year over year, a state like new york is down 1.5%. my state has been hit hard, 4. hope that 6 decline in revenue that's the sort of data we need to make a wise decision, not just throw money out there and hope that it works. >> the president's spokesperson, jen psaki, said from the briefing room the president is not concerned about going too big here he's concerned that he might go too small. the white house clearly believes they need a large injection of money, that the cities and states need help getting their feet back on the map, that they put so much money out. do you see a world where the two sides can come together, something much bigger than where you are and maybe smaller than where president biden is >> i would rather say we'll be driven by data cbo is estimating, i think,
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growth in 2021 will be 3.8%. there's a recent survey of wall street journal did analysis and it's 4.2%. that's pretty robust growth. if you look at information from the fed, it shows that credit card delinquencies have gone down mortgage foreclosures have gone down savings rates have increased if anything, it shows, and that's across all quintiles, if anything, it shows that the american family through this has done surprisingly well undoubtedly related to all the covid packages we've put out if we're driven by data we'll come to the right figure that figure should not be fore-ordained. >> senator cassidy, for all your work, we thank you, and for your time tonight, have a great evening, thank you. a week before his second impeachment trial, the former president is announcing a new defense team after his last defense team quit he named two lawyers, one of
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them is a former district attorney who declined to charge bill cosby the other is a lawyer who represented roger stone and has claimed that jeffrey epstein did not kill himself in jail sources tell nbc news the previous legal team parted ways after the former president pushed them to focus on his bogus claim of voter fraud as part of his defense strategy the team has until tomorrow to file a formal response to the impeachment charge and move forward. hate groups across the country are migrating online that's according to a new report from the southern poverty law center the organization reports the shift makes the groups harder to track. it counted 838 active hate groups las year, down from 940 in 2018. a hate group is is defined as any group of people whose official views attack or malign others ot the centers senator's report also calls for a
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law, one that would give the government more resources to fight acts of domestic terror. the fallout as police video shows an officer pepper spraying a 9-year-old girl. and it was a call to action after the death of george floyd, an ambitious pledge to support black-owned businesses up next, the companies that are stepping up here at the beginning of black history month. plus, alzheimer's. a disease that impacts millions and millions of american families and now we know tony bennett's is one of them tonight, his gifts that remain strong, and others beginning to fade
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police officers in rochester, new york, have been suspended after a 9-year-old girl was pepper sprayed. a warning, the video we're about to show you is disturbing. the city's police chief says the officers were responding to a family trouble call. once on scene, they say they learned the girl was threatening to harm herself and her mother the chief says the officers tried to take her to the hospital, but that the girl refused to get into the car yelling she wanted to see her father the officers then handcuffed her. >> just relax. >> my mom's pregnant, though. >> are you done?pregnant, are you done stop >> this happened on friday, but the video was released just yesterday. parts of it are redacted
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in what we can see, officers continue to order her into the car, and again, she refused. >> sit up. >> no. >> you have to stop. >> you're acting like a child. >> i am a child. >> at the end of the video, the girl is warned by an officer if she doesn't get into the car, pepper spray would be used. >> no. >> just spray her at this point. >> stop. [ screaming this point. >> stop. [ >> there >> i got her i got her. >> please wipe my eyes wipe my eyes, please >> now we don't know what led to the incident or what happened after the recording stopped. new york's attorney general called it deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable. nbc's ron allen covering the story. ron, you heard from the police
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chief. what did she tell you? >> well, the chief revealed to us that at least two officers have been, she said, taken off the streets for more training, which means suspended. that may happen to more of the officers that were there, at many as seven or nine of them, she said, while the investigation continues. the chief also made it clear that in her estimation, putting a 9-year-old in handcuffs and using pepper spray to force her into the back of a police car is not an acceptable procedure. now, as the tape shows, it was a very emotional situation the girl was obviously distraught there was some sort of family situation going on, and she was screaming for her father the chief also revealed that they had called for an ambulance, to try to get the girl some medical attention. while they were waiting for the ambulance to arrive and medical help to get there, for some unknown reason the officers decided to force the girl into the back of the police car she resisted them, yes we can see that on the tape. she was handcuffed and they used
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pepper spray eventually. here is what the chief said about that. >> i'm not going to tell you that that's okay that pepper spraying a 9-year-old is something that is condoned or that what we're going to do here it's just not who we are so it's just not something that i think was appropriate for us. >> earlier this evening, severat demanding justice an dozen protesters took to the streets demanding justice and accountability rochester is a city where about a year or so ago a black man was taken into custody and later died at the hands of -- well, in police custody the truth about what happened in that situation was only revealed after the family sued and forced the police to produce videotape of what happened now, in this case, the police say that they're trying to be transparent.
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they produced this video tape of the girl less than 48 hours after the incident happened. but there's still, obviously, outrage about what happened. police say the family has asked for privacy. so they're not revealing her identity as the investigation continues with more suspensions possible shep >> ron allen, thanks very much eight months ago, george floyd's death was seen around the world. it inspired protests, soul searching and, in one woman's case, a challenge. she called it the 15% pledge, because black people make up roughly 15% of the total population their businesses, she said, should take up 15% of store shelves. her idea grew into a bit of a movement since june, 18 major companies have signed on tonight as we celebrate black history month, frank holland checks in on the pledge and its progress [ crowd chanting ] >> outraged by the killing of george floyd, entrepreneur
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aurora james wanted to see real progress toward racial equality. >> i've always seen the inequality that's existed and i think enough is enough >> reporter: outpouring of corporate statements from big retailers, big tech and other big businesses in support of the black community, but she was skeptical. >> we support you. we stand with you. but what does that really mean to me, i need accountability i need contracts i need representation. i need actual investment. >> reporter: james went to instagram with a call to action. she named it the 15% pledge. >> nearly 15% of the population in america is black. the pledge is calling on major retailers to commit 15% of their purchasing power to black-owned businesses we're asking for long-term investment in black founders and black communities. >> reporter: within days the social media movement became a nonprofit. so far, 18 companies have taken the pledge that includes the gap, which announced today a commitment that applies to all of its
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brands, including banana republic and old navy. james says much more than shelf space should be under scrutiny. >> that 15% metric of the black population in america can be applied in a million different ways, depending on what your business is. >> yelp doesn't have shelves, but in august took the pledge, creating a special icon for black-owned businesses and extending that 15% commitment to community functions, internal events and social media. >> the best thing we can probably do as yelp is be a beacon of light to other companies saying shelf space isn't the only way to do this. one thing we saw last summer was a 6500% increase in searches for black-owned businesses people want to exercise their purchasing power in line with their own value. >> what is this, a scarf >> square scarf. >> reporter: artist and designer jen hewitt benefiting from the recent focus on black business. and a boost from yelp social media. >> my business grew 60% last year
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i've had a lot more eyeballs on my work. now i can't keep anything in stock. >> you are obviously very fortunate during this time but there are other black-owned businesses that aren't as fortunate. what do you think the 15% pledge would mean for them? >> oh, my gosh, i think it would mean the difference between survival and having to fold. >> we checked with other companies that took the pledge early on so far sephora says it's on track to double its number of black-owned brands from 8 to 16 by the end of 2021 rent the runway increased 4 to 11% and boosted their existing investments in black designers like kahindo. whose order from rent the runway grew 20% since the company took the pledge >> because of rent the runway, 2020 was my first year as a profitable business. the 15% pledge, what it really does, it kind of evens the playing field. it lets retailers know that we do exist we are here, and we are producing beautiful products
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that women would love if we just had the chance to be in front of them. >> james sees progress but says there's still a long way to go. >> we're not asking them to do this overnight it's not possible to do overnight. we're all going to have to be working on this in a very real way together. >> reporter: so, as we mentioned, the gap, including its banana republic brand the latest company to take the 15% pledge so far it's been beauty and style brands have been taking the lead now aurora james is calling on all industries, including finance, tech, even the grocery business, to take the 15% pledge shep >> frank holland, thanks so much tony bennett's family revealing a secret that they've been keeping for years now the legendary singer has alzheimer's. his family made the revelation in an interview with aarp magazine they say doctors diagnosed him in the year 2016 bennett is now 94 years old. his wife says he has been spared
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some of the worst of the symptoms, but she told the magazine, he sometimes forgets where he is or what's happening around him despite all of this, the 18-time grammy winner is working on a brand new album, his second with lady gaga. new music set to be released this spring. his wife told cbs this morning that he still rehearses twice a week. >> no cue cards. he sings for about an hour or 75 minutes, sings the whole show. if somebody says there's a theater, you can come sing, he'll be ready. >> experts say more than 5.5 million americans have alzheimer's. symptoms usually appear in their mid 60s or later it's listed as the sixth leading cause of death in the united states a new nationwide mask mandate -- teachers demanding a vaccine, i should say, while city leaders want students back in class thousands of families wondering where to send their children tomorrow morning the stalemate between one of the
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country's largest school districts and the city of chicago. but first, the actor dustin diamond has died, best known for playing screech on "saved by the bell" back in the day. diamond was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer just three weeks ago. he died this morning after being taken off breathing machines dustin diamond was just 44 so when my windshield cracked... the experts at safelite autoglass came right to me... with service i could trust. right, girl? >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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the white house says reopening schools is a top priority of biden's agenda his administration is pushing to get students back into classrooms as soon as possible, but that's a lot easier said than done. in chicago, public schools remain closed now. mayor lightfoot ordered teachers to return to the classrooms but the teachers union is standing firm it could lead to a strike in america's third largest school system the white house hopeful they can still reach a deal. >> he trusts the mayor and the
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unions to work this out. they're both prioritizing the right things, ensuring the health and safety of the kids and teachers and working to make sure that children in chicago are getting the education they deserve. >> and the biggest sticking point in the negotiations? vaccines for teachers. here is nbc's shaquille brewster. >> reporter: shep, after stalling this weekend, negotiations between chicago public schools and the chicago teachers union resumed today both sides say they're making progress, but still no word on the big question of whether or not elementary and middle school students will be able to return for in-person instruction tomorrow today was the day that was on the calendar for those students, about 70,000 of them to return to the classrooms. chicago public schools say those buildings are safe they put more than $100 million in enhancements, things like air purifiers for those classrooms the teachers union says this is a matter of health and safety of their staff
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they want a reopening plan more closely aligned with the vaccination plan listen to how the president of the teachers union put it. >> there's been no consideration about delaying the schedule of school in order to get to a place where you could get staff vaccinated we think that's a blatant disregard for the well-being of people who are being asked to go into the schools. >> reporter: stuck in the middle of this debate are parents and students, 80% of them choosing to continue that virtual instruction. for those who are planning to send their kids back in person, they're left waiting as one parent told me today, praying for a deal shep >> shaquille brewster, thank you. alleged dog napper posing as a food delivery man. and a deadly avalanche in the utah mountains on a cnbc trip, coast to coastt to coast utah, authorities recovering the body of a man killed in an avalanche over the weekend the 57-year-old caught in the avalanche near park city, while skiing with a friend, according to police.
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the friend says he found him 15 minutes later and tried giving him cpr for about an hour, but it was too late. authorities say they waited until it was safe and found the body the next day, buried in four feet of snow. florida. police say a food delivery man helped himself to a customer's puppy when 10-month-old lexi ran out of their condo, authorities say the suspect grabbed her and took off surveillance video appears to show him stuff the teacup poodle in a bag police arrested him the next day, charged him with grand theft. as for lexi, she's back home, safe and sound texas, a family in the dallas suburb of wiley, helping kids learn from home they're building desks from scratch, even delivering them to -- designing, cutting, assembling, even delivering them to children this low-income
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communities. a gift they say is about a lot more than just furniture on this cnbc trip coast to coast the worst storm in years now sitting over the northeastern united states. some struggle to navigate through it and others, well, enjoy it the latest totals and overnight conditions, next
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the first major snow storm of 2021 is slamming the northeast right now. here is a look at some of the snow totals across the region. three feet already in independence, virginia couple of inches in the district more than two feet in new jersey, 17 inches in new york city so far. that's the official number in central park, and four inches in philly, where we have local coverage now drew smith is reporting from our nbc station there. drew, what are you seeing? >> reporter: shep, good evening. this is the storm that will not quit in philadelphia i was standing out here at this time last night. we had light snow coming down.
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now it's more heavy. this is the accumulation we had some sleet mixed in there as well. big concern tonight is travel and transit. people trying to get around on roads like this. it's real sloppy you see it plows trying to keep up with it tonight. the governor just issued a disaster declaration because they are concerned about making these roads passable another big concern is getting the vaccine shipment into the philadelphia area. they had to cancel the clinics in the city and the wider region today, and tomorrow they are planning to open one now there's no guarantee that they'll be able to get people in because the buses, the trains, everything is interrupted right now. we'll end on a good note there's actually people heading over to sled tonight here in philadelphia, the iconic rocky steps at the art museum, they are busy right now, people sliding down, having a little bit of good time with the snow that won't end here in philly. shep >> drew smith, thanks. 55 seconds left. on a race to the finish, a group of republican senators met with
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president biden at the white house this evening as he pushes for a massive covid relief package. there were no breakthroughs, but the senators said it was very productive covid cases and hospitalizations falling nationwide but the cdc director says dangerous new variants of the virus remain of grave concern. and the spacex ceo elon musk announcing plans to launch a four-person, all-civilian crew into orbit by the end of this year and you can win a seat by entering a sweepstakes that's set to be detailed in a super bowl ad. and now you know the news of this monday, february 1st, 2021, i'm shepard smith. follow us on twitter @thenewsoncnbc the experts at safelite autoglass came right to me... with service i could trust. right, girl? >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪
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it is 5:00 a.m. at cnbc global headquarters, and here is your top five at five. stocks kicking off the new trading month on a very strong note as investors look to bounce back from last week's shor squeezed fueled selling. some of the assets at the center of that frenzy continuing to lose steam as shares of gamestop and silver prices start to pull back the online broker caught in the middle of all of it, robinhood, reportedly taking new steps to help shore up its financial responsibilities big technology, back in focus


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