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and making macarons on wednesday! nina: yes, that's true. finia: i'm gonna shoot for that. lemonis: i thought you were shooting for the moon? finia: i am shooting for the moon! lemonis: can we sell some more macarons first? finia: yes. lemonis: okay. ♪♪ the capitol insurrection, who was directing th the capitol insurrection who was directing the rioters. prosecutors say now we know. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc demand for the johnson & johnson single-shot vaccine is so great people are cancelling appointments for two-shot doses. tonight, managing j&j's shortages as moderna and pfizer increase production. in texas, the mask mandate is going away. >> i'm not going to follow the politicians. >> businesses that plan to require customers wear them are fearing pushback
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>> [ bleep ]. >> but police say they will follow the science and protect businesses that stick to cdc guidelines. >> the boston marathon bomber claims his constitutional rights are being violated in prison so he's asking the incoming attorney general merrick garland for better treatment and two days after prince harry and meghan markle's interview with oprah, a statement from buckingham palace ♪ live from cnbc -- the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith". good evening we're about to get a lot more vaccines as the rollout across america is hitting the gas more than 2 million people are now getting the shots every day, and now several states are expanding eligibility. take louisiana people age 16 and older with certain health conditions like moderate asthma and high blood pressure are now allowed to get a shot in new york eligibility lowers from 65 to 60 starting tomorrow.
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florida, expected to do the same next week. and minnesota expanding access to nearly one-third of its population adding adults with chronic illnesses and frontline workers. meantime, more states and cities are opening mass vaccination sites. this one outside the united center in chicago set up and running today. but in some places demand is still far outpacing supply, and that means getting an appointment can be tough depending on where you live. take south carolina. health officials there say after they expanded eligibility they answered more than 3,000 phone calls in just one hour from people looking to book an appointment. the biden administration promises more help is on the way. today the white house announced pfizer and moderna will increase their combined supply this week by 600,000 doses dr. peter hotez. great to see you again it is so uneven.
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in some places where you are eligible to get the shot it is no problem at all, in others it is a nightmare there's all of this confusion over different and changing rules. isn't there a better and simpler way to do this >> yes, there absolutely is, shepard. you know, unfortunately the way this is rolling out we created fairly complicated set of rules, these 1a, 1b, 1c criteria which were complicated enough to begin with because there was ambiguity over what it meant to be in a certain kcategory then you had the fact each state was different and in some cases even different between counties or local jurisdictions the truth is the u.s. never really created an adequate infrastructure for delivering adult immunizations. you know, we don't really have a health system in the sense singapore or israel does in my moments of frustration i say we have amazon pharmacy, that's our health system
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the pharmacy chains are doing a good job, i think, as best they can and so are the hospital systems, but it was never meant to handle this kind of band width and, unfortunately, we are playing catch-up all the time. >> and suddenly there's a growing demand for the johnson & johnson vaccine. new jersey health officials, as one example, reporting some people are cancelling their appointments for pfizer and moderna because they want the j&j single shot instead. you can see what problems that can cause. is it a mistake to prioritize getting j&j? >> here is what i say. you know, we have been working on coronavirus vaccines for the last decade and we and other groups showed that all of the vaccine strategies rely on delivering the spike protein and inducing virus-neutralizing antibodies to the spike protein and that's what all of the operation warp speed vaccines do and they're all successful at doing it so don't try to cherry pick. don't overthink it they're both really good, they're all really good
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vaccines any vaccine released by emergency use authorization by the fda is an outstanding vaccine. get what you can because any time you delay or wait, you risk getting covid-19 with potentially serious consequences >> from -- sorry go ahead. >> go ahead. >> no, there's a bit of a satellite delay and i was trying to sneak in there and i missed it what i was going to say is they all in the trials keep you out of the hospital and they keep you alive, and that's the goal >> that's the goal now, you know, shepard, we are learning something really exciting and it is coming out of the studies done in israel and reported in the "new england journal of medicine" a couple of weeks ago and that's they're halting pcr infection, stopping asymptomatic transmission over 90% and i think that will be true of all of the vaccines released through operation warp speed. if that is the case, what it means is as we move to a fully
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vaccinated population in the united states, we're going to halt transmission. i have a lot of optimism we can vaccinate our way through it the trick is going to be how we navigate from now until, say, june when the mother load of vaccines is here and we have this b.1.1.7 variant coming from the uk, accelerating which is more transmissible and more lethal if we can get through march, april and may, we will be in good shape it is a matter of how we mangle. >> fingers krcrossed. if you can get it, get it. one thing before we go schools are opening up across the country and a former adviser to president biden predicted in the coming week there will be major outbreaks in schools because of the uk variant you just mentioned as a pediatrician do you agree with dr. michael osterholm >> you know, mike and i are friends and colleagues we talk almost every week, and i think he is right on this one.
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the b.1.1.7 variant is super aggressive and this is why i pushed really hard to get teachers and staff vaccinated and to prioritize them because we have to do the best we can to protect them so it is going to be tough the good news is the schools, and i have been talking to school boards and principals and teachers all year for the last year, and they're all doing, you know, taking this very seriously in terms of masks and putting plexiglass in place. but this b.1.1.7 variant is going to be tough and that's why it is important to prioritize the teachers. >> dr. hotez, can't thank you enough one more thing, starting tomorrow texas will no longer require people to wear masks it is a move health experts warn is premature texas is still seeing about 5,500 cases across the state every day. that's down nearly 30% in the past week and 75% since the state's peak back in january
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the houston police chief, art osvedo is with us right now. thank you. do your officers have to wear a mask once the mandate is lifted and what is your level of concern. >> yes, they have to wear masks to pro secretarytect themselves public they come into contact with, and we're going to continue doing that until we all get our vaccines, which across the country will be by may opening the state is one thing, but not requiring masks in a state where we still have so many people getting the virus is going to be problematic. in this state, they have property rights. so a lot of businesses will follow the science, require a mask we know that's going to create some conflict and the cops will be brought into the middle of the conflicts to have to deal with people that are recalcitrant and that think this is too much of a lift for them to keep their fellow texans safe. >> i was just about to ask you about that because we know that wearing the mask is never
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primarily about us it is primarily about everybody else so if i'm in the grocery store line and i don't wear a mask, that puts the grocery store clerk in potential real jeopardy so what do you tell your officers should a business owner call and say, we got yahoos in here who won't wear their mask, come help us, how are the cops going to handle that? >> well, we've been telling the business community that we don't want their employees getting, you know, getting into arguments and physical altercations because we've had people hurt. there's been people shot across the country. one police officer was murdered trying to enforce these rules. our officers are well versed on the laws there's something called criminal trespass in the state of texas if a business asks an individual to wear the mask and they refuse to leave they can be arrested for criminal trespass. in addition to that they can get a criminal trespass warrant that will prohibit them from entering the establishment for a year luckily for us, most people are decent like i said in the tweet, it
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will give us an opportunity to see which of us care about others and which only care about themselves and their perceived right to get other people sick and potentially kill them. >> so that i'm clear, chief, if someone is in a line at a food store come next week and that person is like, i am not wearing this mask, just call the cops, that person may actually get arrested what would happen to that person do you go to jail? do you pay a fine? what's the deal? >> well, it is a misdemeanor in the state of texas and it is an offense, so you can go physically into custody. hopefully it won't get to that, but if we show up and they refuse to leave, they can be arrested for criminal trespass the alternative is even if -- but they created that much of a ruckus, they can actually at the request of the local owner of the business, can be issued a criminal trespass warning which means that they will be in the system, that we will be able to come back to that location, they won't be able to come back without facing arrest for
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criminal trespassing. >> you know, i hadn't thought about it like this before right now, chief but it is now clear that your officers who are out there fighting crime and keeping the peace now have a whole new set of things they're going to have to deal with which just takes up more time and energy what's your level of -- how upset are you that this mask mandate has been lifted and put your folks in this position? >> you know, what saddens me is we're so close to the finish line you know, you had a brilliant doctor from houston there before me as a guest, dr. hotez and we know by the end of may every american that wants the shot will be able to get the vaccine, and why now i think the why now is because some elected officials are more interested in their politics and their base than they are in science and in the health of their fellow americans sadly, again, police officers will be dragged into this when we have so much violent crime to
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deal with. but you know what? businesses and people that run businesses have a right to have their rules. i will just urge texans or anyone dealing with this, just take your business somewhere else but don't get yourself arrested and don't get yourself in trouble by trying to cause a ruckus but it is going to be more work. it was unnecessary, but that's what we do in law enforcement when a place calls, we will do our very best to run it to the best of our ability. >> chief acevedo, all the best to yours and yours in h-town appreciate your time there's other news tonight including day one of jury selection. that was today in the murder trial of derek chauvin he's the now fired minneapolis police officer charged with killing george floyd three jurors seated today. the first, a white male chemist. he told attorneys he had never seen the graphic cellphone video of chauvin kneeling on floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes he said as a scientist he relies on facts and logic here is what we know about the other two. one of them is a woman of color
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whose uncle is a police officer. the third juror is a man who says he has a friend who is a cop, but that he has a negative opinion of the blue lives matter movement here is nbc's jay gray >> reporter: with the courthouse under armed guard, locked down, potential jurors face a barrage of questions. >> do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury you will truthfully answer all questions about your qualifications to serve as a juror >> would you agree there are two sides to every story >> are you willing to base your decision on the evidence as presented? court? >> would you at least acknowledge that, you know, maybe you haven't heard everything to this point >> reporter: there is one important question though that can't be answered by potential jurors will chauvin, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree murder and manslaughter after pinning george floyd to the ground, his knee pressed against floyd's neck for more than eight minutes face a count of third degree murder legal observers say that could be critical for the prosecution. >> only one police officer in the history of minnesota has
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been convicted for killing someone while on duty and he was convicted on a third degree murder charge. >> judge peter cahill, who initially threw the charge out in the fall, says he is waiting on an appellate court ruling before deciding about reinstating the third degree option for jurors. chauvin's defense team has indicated if the third degree charge is included they'll file an appeal. yeah, and as that legal tug-of-war continues, we have learned today from defense attorneys, mind you, that the floyd family has apparently turned down what those lawyers call a significant settlement offer from the state to avoid a separate civil trial, shep we reached out to the attorney for the floyd family he declined to comment on that matter >> jay gray. thank you. so who was behind the assault on the capitol new clues. prosecutors claim the founder of a far right militia was directing his followers before and during the capitol hill
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insurrection and that's next also tonight, connecting the founder of the oath keepers to others already charged with conspiracy and a legal win for kobe bryant's widow the ruling on graphic photos shared from the crash scene and why l.a. county lawyers did not want her to win this case. plus, dog bites at 1600. president biden's dogs removed from the white house after one of them displayed aggressive behavior >> the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith," back in 60 seconds. eating them right. so we're upping the benefits without upping the price. introducing magenta max. now with unlimited premium data that can't slow down based on how much smartphone data you use. plus get netflix on us, and taxes and fees included! you won't find this with the other guys. in fact, you'll pay more and get less. right now, pay zero costs to switch! and bring your phone -- we'll pay it off!
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only at t-mobile. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the national guard will remain in place at the capitol the pentagon is set to approve the extension for about two more months the national guard was originally scheduled to leave on friday, but capitol police say they're concerned about ongoing threats following the january 6th insurrection the acting capitol police chief requested the extended
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deployment the defense secretary lloyd austin expected to give final approval the founder of the oath keepers was in direct communication with capitol hill rioters during and after the breach that from the department of justice today. they say stewart rhodes, the leader of the far-right anti-government group told rioters where to go and planned to use violence. rhodes has denied he knew about the storming at all and plblamed it all on rogue members. nbc news's ken delaney what do we know in the way of details? >> reporter: shep, prosecutors have not charged him with a crime, but in the middle of the riot they say he was messaging three members of the oath keepers who have been charged with conspiracy. he is a former army paratrooper and founded the oath keepers in 2009 he has denied any connection to the capitol riot, but in the new
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filing prosecutors say he was part of a group chat on the encrypted messaging platform signal called d.c. op january 6, '21. they say he actually sent messages to the group as the mob was storming the capitol, telling them to go to the south side of the capitol steps and even sent a photo of the southeast side of the capitol to guide then the day before, prosecutors said, he sent messages urging them to make preparations including urging them to bring helmets, eye protections and weapons. he said, quote, collapsible batons are a gray area in the law. i bring one but i'm willing to take that risk because i love them shep, again, rhodes has not been charged hire although nine other oath keepers have been charged with conspiracy. this court filing suggests that he may be in the sites of prosecutors, shep. >> we all remember, ken, the pipe bombs that day. the fbi released today new video that they say shows a suspect planting two pipe bombs the night before the riot. we are going to play it. tell us about it
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>> reporter: wearing a gray hoodie, a mask and carrying a backpack the fbi said the suspect also wore distinctive footwear, nike air max sneakers with black, gray and yellow details. we see views of the suspect walking on the sidewalk a few blocks from the capitol and stopping to put down the backpack before beginning to walk again other scenes show this person sitting down on a park bench or walking down an alley. look, fbi officials tell us they hope someone sees something in the mannerisms or the clothing of this person that will lead them to contact the fbi and had make an identification shep, there's a $100,000 reward for information leading to an id shep. >> that ought to help. ken dilanian thank so much. house democrats are gearing up for a final vote tomorrow morning on the coronavirus relief bill. president biden will need to sign that into law by sunday before unemployment benefits run out. democrats say direct checks and state and local funding will
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help defeat the virus, but republicans have said it is needless spending for an economy that's already bouncing back one provision with bipartisan support is a child tax credit. one study suggests it could cut child poverty in half. cnbc's ylan mui is live. who stands to benefit. >> reporter: a recent analysis shows low income families would get a tax cut averaging $7,700, largely thanks to the expanded child tax credit. >> it has been revealed through this pandemic the house of cards that is the foundation for women in this economy, and this bill addresses those needs. >> reporter: daniella knight knows how shaky the system can be she and her husband have been saving up to buy their first home, but it was put on hold when the pandemic hit. knight had to quit her job to be
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a full-time mom during the day she still works from home in the evenings >> we do try to hide it and, you know, smile and say, you know, everything is okay well, if we all exercise today, we can earn a movie and some popcorn and, you know, maybe bake some cookies but it is hard they feel it. >> reporter: under the new covid relief plan parents will receive $3,000 for each child over the age of 6 and $3,600 for those who are younger. what's more, they will get the money on a regular if not monthly basis instead of after they file their taxes at the end of the year. knight said that the cash could go toward child care, summer camp for the kids or just to ease their financial and mental strain. >> i hope that there's a light at the end of the tunnel i just don't know exactly what it will be yet >> reporter: these new benefits only last for one year, but, shep, democrats are already promising to make them permanent. >> ylan mui, thanks very much.
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president biden's german shepherds are back home in delaware after report of aggressive behavior at the white house. a white house official tells nbc news champ and major will be back to washington and are only temporarily staying with family friends while the first lady travels to washington state. just in to us from kristen welker, the secret service reports major nipped -- this is major -- nipped at an agent's hand but that the skin was not broken the secret service calling it an extremely minor injury a victory in court for kobe bryant's wife or widow, i should say. a federal judge in california ordering the los angeles county sheriff's department to release the names of four deputies who allegedly shared graphic photos from the helicopter crash that killed the nba legend, his daughter gianna and seven others vanessa bryant is suing l.a. county and the sheriff's department for negligence and invasion of privacy. the ruling means the names and
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details from an internal affairs investigation of the deputies can be added to that lawsuit a final farewell to a young college student and a police shootout caught on camera on a cnbc trip coast-to-coast new york dramatic new body cam video shows the moment a man shoots two nypd officers. it happened sunday night in brooklyn police got a 911 call about a man shooting his roommate and then barricading himself inside their apartment. when cops approached they say the man opened fire. authorities say he shot one officer in the chest luckily, that officer's kevlar vest helped save him a bullet grazed the second officer. authorities say both cops and the roommate are recovering. police arrested the gunman new hampshire. a free program helping frontline workers get some much-needed relaxation
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it is called caring connections. first responders are invited to spend one hour with the horses at a therapeutic equestrian center near manchester. >> they're just so gentle and you just look at them and you start petting them, and just it seems like the stress just drains right out of you. virginia family and friends attending the funeral for adam oakes, the virginia commonwealth university freshman who died after a night of drinking at a frat party. because of covid there was also a livestream the 19 year old died more than a week ago at an off-campus party by the delta kai fraternity. more than 1300 have signed a petition to abolish greek life students in ohio are also demanding a crackdown on fraternities and sororities today's protest and march at bowling green state university comes after the death of 20-year-old stone foltz. he was a newly inducted member
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of the fraternity pi kappa alpha. his family says he died after an alcohol-related hazing insz dent the school has suspended them from campus while officials investigate what happened. students today demanded higher standards for greek organizations and called for state legislation to put an end to hazing. unilever is dropping the word normal from its products. executives say keeping it is making too many feel left out. that's the first step in the brand's push for inclusion health experts tell us despite the vaccines covid will be with us for years tonight the latest on the development of an anti-viral pill that would attack the coronavirus the same way we fight flu. and a new theory that lady gaga's dogs were not stolen for ransom but as part of a gang initiation
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unilever announcing today it is dropping the word "normal" from its butte products. no more labels that say for normal hair or normal skin a company executive says it is part of a new push to be more inclusive. critics have long argued the word is a loaded term because it suggests there's an abnormal type of hair or skin in a survey that they commissioned, 74% of those responded saying they want the industry to focus on helping
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them feel better, not just look better not sure how shampoo will do that at any rate, they've faced controversy for products before. last year it had to rename a skin lightening name in india after critics say it idealized light skin its axe brand has been criticized for overtly sexualized ads well, disney plus reaches a major milestone, and that's what is stopping cnbc "on the money." the streaming service cracked 100 million subscribers in just 16 months, according to the ceo. disney also announcing disneyland will reopen in late april. to start, only california residents allowed, and then disney cruise could set sail again starting in the fall stitch fix taking a hit. shares tanked more than 28%
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after the company missed revenue expectations net sales for the mail-based clothing service rose during the fourth quarter to just more than $504 million dollars company executives say its overhaul holiday sales lagged as consumers shifted from spending money on themselves to buying gifts for others and walmart adding more beyond meat products to its shelves and freezers starting this week more than 400 stores are to carry the plant-based beyond sausage, hot italian, and about 500 stores are planning to add the cookout classic value pack, which includes plant-based burger patties. step right up. on wall street the dow closed near the session low, up just 30 points the s&p up 54, but look at the nasdaq, up 465, its best day in four months. i'm shepard smith on cnbc.
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it is the bottom of the hour time for the top of the news digital art, an investment you might not find hanging in a museum in fact, all you really own is an electronic file and people are shelling out millions for things you can still find online for free the boston marathon bomber with a list of demands for the incoming attorney general. the complaints he says make life behind bars hell and texas governor greg abbotttouring border facilitie as the biden administration works to handle a surge in migrant children the surge comes after a major slowdown during the pandemic governor abbott is calling the situation a crisis he made a trip there today to get a briefing from the border patrol a record number of unaccompanied children now in border patrol custody. "the new york times" reports the number of detained children tripled in the last two weeks. the white house today confirms it is looking at opening more facilities to house the kids
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local coverage now from our nbc universal station telemundo 40 for the rio grande valley and their reporter antonio rodriguez. antonio, how is the governor handling this? >> reporter: well, shep, the governor is pointing the finger at president biden today, criticizing him as being completely unprepared for what is going on at the border. i met with u.s. border patrol agents, texas department of public safety officials and texas national guard before providing an update on the security efforts along the southern border. he also took part in an aerial tour of the area known as el rincon. during the news conference abbott cited an increase in the spike of illegal apprehensions his visit is part of operation lone star, an effort to target human and drug smuggling along the u.s. and texas and mexico border today. >> if you dare step into the state of texas, texas will use
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every stretch we can to arrest anybody violating the law, to put behind bars anybody that is violating the law. >> reporter: border patrol agents have made over 108,000 apprehensions along the rio grande valley sector this year alone including unaccompanied minors and family units. abbott says agents are overwhelmed and smugglers see this as an unit to bring large groups of people and drugs into the united states. now, dps has assigned 500 troopers to provide tactical assistance to u.s. border patrol meanwhile, governor abbott plans to deploy an additional 500 troops to high-threat areas along the rio grande valley, shep >> antonio rodriguez thank you. the convicted boston marathon bomber czar nigh he have says he is being mistreated at a super max prison in colorado he is 27 years old now, serving a life sentence there. in new papers filed in a lawsuit against the government, he says his rights have been violated
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and he garlan wants more privilege behind bars. >> reporter: in the 18-page handwritten complaint boston marathon bomber writes he is suffering psychological injury, emotional distress he is suing saying his constitutional rights are being violated in prison he wants to be able to send his family photographs and hobby crafts he has made he wants to talk to nieces and nephews on the phone and he wants back a white baseball cap and aztec red bandanna taken from him. >> reporter: do you think he has a chance to win the complaint? >> i do not and i don't not think he should have a snowball's chance to win the complaint. >> reporter: he says the complaints are stronger because of his crime. >> the conditions he is exposed to are harsh without a oubt, but the reason they are so restrictive is because he is considered such a danger. >> reporter: tsarnaev one
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convicted in the bombings. his death sentence was overturned last year and the justice department asked to look at the case. he is held at a super max prison in florence, colorado, referred to as the alcatraz of the rockies. he writes he bought a white baseball cap and bandanna from the com miss arary off the summr heat when they were confiscated he was told he was diss respecting the fbi and he knows this. >> there are people that lost both legs and parents who lost their children what he is suffering from in maximum security will never replicate the heartache those people have to carry for the rest of their lives. >> reporter: the department of justice declines to comment as for why a white hat would be seen as disrespectful. he was wearing a white hat when the bombs went off and he was referred to as white hat as they were searching for him.
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>> perry russam live in boston the dog napping of lady gaga's was likely a gang initiation they shot the dog walker in the chest almost two weeks ago the lapd says a woman found the dogs tied to a pole days later tmz reports police are advising gaga, don't pay that $500,000 reward, not yet anyway, not until they can be perfectly clear that the woman who tied them to the pole was not involved in any way. covid watch. even with the vaccine health experts warn the virus will be with us for years to come and that's why dr. fauci says it is critical that scientists focus on developing treatments a year into the pandemic the fda's approved but one anti-viral drug for emergency use, that's remdesivir it has been authorized to treat only people with severe covid cases. there is some encouraging news tonight though
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this week the drugmaker merck reported promising results from a study that tested its experimental covid pill. cnbc's meg tirrell covers science and medicine for us. meg, this could be a kind of tamiflu for covid, is that right? >> reporter: that's the hope it is among the most advanced for what could be a new group of treatments for covid, oral anti-viral drugs there were hints from a medical conference this weekend that this one as well as another from another company may offer the possibility of a simple pill for the disease. dr. fauci telling us in an interview what drugs like this have been able to do for other viral diseases. >> we need the same sort of thing that we have with hiv and that we have with hepatitis c. we need an oral drug that potently can suppress the virus. i believe strongly that we will get there. the question is how quickly we'll get there.
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>> reporter: and it has taken longer to develop these medicines than it did for vaccines for covid or the antibody drugs authorized for high-risk patients enrollment in trials has sometimes been slower than hoped, and experts note these drugs are complex. some that are farthest along now were originally developed for sars almost two decades ago or for other viruses. nih researcher matthew hall says that's why the work going on now could benefit us down the line. >> from a pandemic preparation point of view we need to develop anti-virals now so when something else occurs, a different kind of virus that breaks out somewhere else in the world, well, you know, that covid 27 that we all sort of joking but not joking talk about, we're ready for it and we have options on the table to quickly respond. >> reporter: so merck expects more data on how well its drug does in preventing hospitalizations as soon as this month. shep. >> meg tirrell, thank you. teachers across the country
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are now all eligible for a vaccine. teachers and workers in schools and everyone else. georgia has a plan to make sure they all get one tonight how the addition of johnson & johnson's shot is playing a big part and buckingham palace breaking its silence over meghan and harry's interview. a statement released on behalf of the queen the issues she says will be given a closer look.
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the royal family now responding to prince harry and meghan markle's explosive interview with oprah winfrey buckingham palace released a statement on behalf of the queen saying in part, the issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning while some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. the statement comes after the duchess of sussex accused the palace of racism she told oprah that before her son archie was born one royal member raised concerns about how dark the color of his skin would be outside buckingham palace, here is nbc's rolfe sanchez. >> reporter: the whole world has been waiting to hear how buckingham palace would respond to the two explosive hours of allegations from harry and meghan. >> concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born. >> reporter: we have an answer in the form of a four-sentence
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statement issued on behalf of her majesty, the queen perhaps most important, they say, while some recollections vary suggesting they do not agree with all of the characterizations harry and meghan made in that interview, but they say it will be addressed privately, suggesting that we should expect the royal family to reach out to harry and meghan in some way the big question now, will that be enough to draw a line under all of this. we did see prince charles, harry's father, out a little earlier at a vaccination center in london. he did not answer questions from members of the press. >> can i ask, what did you think of the interview >> reporter: but this is a reminder that this is a family as well as an institution, and there is a relationship here between father and son, between charles and harry, that is under a lot of strain right now. shep. >> rolfe sanchez, thank you. attempting to break a record for africa's most expensive pizza, and a speeding train slams into a bus as we go around the world in 80 seconds. ♪
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sweden a terrifying collision a train smashed into a bus the impact de railed the train and obliterated the bus. thankfully, the bus had been evacuated after getting stuck on the tracks no deaths, but at least three of the 50 people on the train were hurt italy. a mobile intensive care unit making its debut in rome the train can transport severe covid patients, and eight of its cars are equipped to transport patients in need of either oxygen or ventilators. the train will also be used to transfer patients to other regions in the event hospitals become overwhelmed tunisia. a restaurant creating a $360 luxury pizza and saying it is the most expensive in all of africa why so pricey?
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it is covered with 24-karat gold leaf, truf wfle cream and truff, garnished with gold flakes, a gold spray and edible flower, all on top of black charcoal dough. no pepperoni but we've been traveling around the world in 80 seconds. >> one more thing overseas france is cutting down more than 1,000 oak trees to rebuild the famous notre dame spire. tree surgeons started the process yesterday. they have until the end of the month, because then the sap starts to rise and the wood becomes too humid so they have to get on it each of these trunks cost about 17 grand workers will then lay them to dry for about a year and a half, then cut them into shape notre dame's wood-framed spire collapsed during the massive fire at the cathedral two years ago. it had been part of the central
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paris skyline for more than 150 years. when covid hit officials say we were grossly unprepared now recent cyberattacks are raising concern about more to come are we ready for a virtual pandemic and how much would you pay for the very first tweet or video of a dunk by lebron those are now called digital art. most people don't get it we will explain. plus, the california college that's dipping into its bank account to discourage students from traveling for spring break. the price tag they're putting on skipping your vacation taking you back... ...since way back. freshness and softness you never forget, with downy.
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the u.s. has been hit by two major cyberattacks in recent months and experts are now warning there could be more to come microsoft announced last week its popular e-mail systems had been hacked. company officials say they believe china sponsored the breach, and the white house reaffirmed russian hackers were
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likely behind the solarwinds attack which affected dozens of private companies and several government agencies. the biden administration says it is closely monitoring and preparing to take action cnbc's contessa brewer on the warning for what is ahead. >> reporter: cyber criminals are having a field day amid the pandemic and the migration to work-from-home. >> hackers have been attacking businesses of all sizes and types. >> reporter: insurers are seeing a massive spike in damages aig says ransomware claims have grown 150% since 2018 with ransom demands sometimes growing to tens of millions of dollars and thieves stealing proprietary information in the process cyber security ventures predicts by 2025 cyber crime globally could amount to $10.5 trillion the head of insurance giant chubb says it could get worse. >> the next pandemic, the exposure that looks like a virus
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is cyber-related, because it has no geographic or time bound to it. >> reporter: cyber crime investigators say a pandemic is totally plausible. in fact, we are already getting a taste with microsoft and solarwind hacks. >> they're supply chain attacks. you know, compromising or exploiting vulnerabilities in their software enabled the adversaries, and not just one adversary, a multitude of adversaries access to tens of thousands of other networks, hundreds of thousands of customers. >> reporter: cyberattacks have the potential to take down the power grid, take down the internet and all of the systems that rely on it. some lawmakers are now sounding the alarm. >> imagine if an adversary wanted to toy with our financial markets. imagine if an adversary had the ability to control supply chains and manipulate what they wanted. it doesn't take much to imagine the horror if an adversary were motivated to do any of these
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things. >> reporter: experts in the field say the only way effectively to combat the threat is through a public/private partnership, the government, military, cyber experts, insurers, coming together to formulate a plan to defend the system and mitigate the damage, lessons we could learn from the impact of coronavirus and our failure to plan and respond effectively there, shep. >> contessa brewer , thank you every teach everyone across the country is now eligible to be vaccinated. this has been one of president biden's top priorities since he took office. georgia is taking it a step further. the state has dedicated the first shipment of johnson & johnson's vaccine just for teachers nbc's alison barber is in duluth with a look at the rollout there. >> reporter: shep, a number of school districts in georgia started vaccinating their staff on monday, but not all of them some districts are holding clinics towards the end of the month. here in gwinnett county, educators have started to come and get their vaccines as of yesterday, specifically at this
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mass vaccination site. it is run by the local health department teachers, para-pros as well as bus drivers to name a few. if they work for gwinnett county public schools they're eligible to be vaccinated at this site and the health department has actually set aside doses specifically for them every single day. >> you know, as a teacher you want to make sure you are as organized as possible and i tried to do it as fast as i could. i'm excited to be able to come to have the opportunity to get my vaccine and get back to normalcy i guess. >> my wife and i are both educators and we have been waiting for our turn, and a little disappointed we have waited this long to vaccinate teachers even though we have students in the building we are excited, both of us, to get our vaccination. >> reporter: over 1,000 people are getting vaccinated at this site every single day. health officials we have spoken to say they have the resources and the physical space to almost double their numbers they just need the state to send
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more vaccines. right now georgia has administered the least amount of vaccines per capita of all 50 states shep. >> ellison barber, thank you university of california davis is willing to pay students to stay in town for spring break. the school is offering $75 gift cards to those who don't travel during the covid crisis. only 500 are available each one linked to a different business in the area university officials say the response so far has been, as they put it, awesome, but they did not say how many students have actually signed up. gronk is selling his best super bowl moments as nfts he wants in on the action. what's an nft and how does that work i'm told we will learn together after one last commercial break. m right. so we're upping the benefits without upping the price. introducing magenta max. now with unlimited premium data that can't slow down based on how much smartphone data you use.
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hey, ever heard of a non-fungible token me either. it is art, i'm told, but not like anything most of us have seen in a museum or hung on a wall this is the new new, digital art. maybe a good place to invest some cash? here is nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: how much would you pay for this this or this? these just sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars each, and in the case of crossroad for more than $6 million but what collectors paid for were not physical pieces that you would traditionally see in museums. they're buying the original digital artworks
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>> i like to think of it as sort of like -- almost like a master recording versus an mp3. a bunch of people can have copies of michael jackson's "thriller" but one person owns the master recording. >> one image for each 5,000 days. >> reporter: beeple is the artist behind crossroads, his latest work is a digital collage 13 years in the making for christie's it is the first digital piece of heart work they have ever put up for auction what do you say to folks this morning shaking their head going, i don't get it? >> it is a counter intuitive way to think about possession, right in the idea that something intangible can be valuable is not that shocking to me. this is an asset that is going to maintain its value. >> reporter: which is great news for beeple bidding is currently at $4 million and climbing. >> reporter: do you get a piece of the action or once it is done it is done >> there's a 10% sort of artist
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royalty. >> reporter: on the surface buyers appear to be purchasing what is already on the internet for free like this video of a monstrous dunk by lebron james the clip recently sold as a digital trading card for $208,000, but you can still watch it online at no cost the first-ever tweet by twitter co-founder jack dorsey is also free to see, and now up for auction. so far the bidding is at $2.5 million. >> this idea of owning a file, that's a very foreign concept, but i think, you know, as time goes on people will wrap their heads around it. >> reporter: how do you buy the digital art? not with dollars and cents but with a cryptocurrency like bitcoin. how do you prove you own it? well, you get a non-fungible token that is assigned to the block chain. yeah, it is all just a little confusing. shep. >> kerry sanders, thank you. i think. 55 seconds left on a race to
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the finish starting tomorrow texas will no longer require masks and all businesses will be allowed to fully reopen that's despite concerns from health experts who say it is too soon the house of representatives is expected to pass president biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief package tomorrow, and then send it to his desk for his signature. and the royal family responds to oprah's tell-all interview with prince harry and meghan markle. they say issues raised by the couple including alleged racism at buckingham palace are concerning, taken seriously, and will be handled privately by the family and now you know the news of this tuesday, march the 9th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on twitter or instagram @thenewsoncnbc and buying a car 100% online. now we've created a brand-new way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate
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