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and that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. "the news with shepard smith" starts now "the news with shepard smith" starts now double mutant variant. explaining the new term in our covid vocabulary i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> it is premature to declare a victory. >> the midwest surge covid concerns on the rise doctors in michigan pinpoint the problems they confront the risk of spread across america. it's unfortunate it's sad every time you turn on the news, there's something like this happening. >> a navy medic shoots two people then cops gun down the medic at an army base
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investigation at ft. detrick, maryland three months since the capitol insurrection the fbi processing massive amounts of evidence, building hundreds of cases. where they stand with the most complex investigation in doj history. paying off ransomware criminals. meet the cyber hostage negotiator who helps companies pay up to get their data back. tonight navigating the extortion economy. plus nuclear talks with iran buying a house with bitcoin. and the helicopter on mars >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith." good evening many americans appear to be done with covid, right? but covid is clearly not done with us. that is the message today from health experts even as the nation's averaging now more than 3 million vaccinations every day.m al tonight we're covering the
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pandemic from all angles in just a moment, we'll break down some common concerns and misconceptions about getting a shot then i'll speak with a doctor about a highly contagious new variant spreading quickly among children but first to the midwest, where covid is ripping through communities once again in minnesota, hospitalizations have nearly doubled just since february the numbers still lower than they were back in the fall, but health officials say they're now treating patients mostly under the age of 65. in illinois, average daily cases have spiked 15% over the past week alone that's from johns hopkins. but no place is getting hit as hard right now as michigan active cases there just topped 100,000 according to state data. it's the highest level since november right before the state partially locked down. >> people are letting their guard down people are -- you know, the state has opened up. more restaurants are open. it's warmer weather, so people are getting outside.
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they're starting to mingle you know, honestly i think there is fatigue there is pandemic fatigue that's setting in. >> yep, we all have that another health expert says he believes the surge has been fueled by a sort of perfect storm of loosening restrictions and dangerous variants now taking hold. in lansing, here's nbc news' priscilla thompson. >> reporter: shep, michigan has been leading the country in new coronavirus cases for the past several weeks, and in the last 24 hours, the state has reported more than 11,000 new covid cases. that is the highest single-day record since this pandemic began more than a year ago and doctors here at sparrow health tell me that the majority of patients that are filling their hospital beds right now are not those older patients that we saw early on in the pandemic but they are people under the age of 50, those who have not yet had an opportunity to be vaccinated yet now, the good news is michigan
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this week has expanded their vaccine eligibility to include anyone over the age of 16, and doctors and elected officials are hopeful this could help to curb some of those numbers but many folks tell us it will get worse here before it gets better take a listen to what one doctor shared with us. >> if our predictions continue to hold, we will significantly exceed the peak we had before. so part of us in our leadership role is to remind people of the reality of how pandemics and viruses work, which is to remind them that until we have a place where everyone has been immunized or the vast majority of us have, that we will always be vulnerable for this. >> reporter: shep, of course with increased access to the vaccine comes the question of whether or not supply will be able to meet the demand. we know that the white house is sending an additional 60,000 doses of the vaccine to michigan this week, but the state still
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has a long way to go in getting everyone here fully vaccinated shep. >> priscilla, thanks. april 19th that's president biden's brand-new guidance for states to open up vaccine eligibility to all adults the move appears to be really symbolic nbc news reports hawaii is the only state that has not yet laid out a plan for expanding access prior to the president's original goal of may 1st today the president announced america is on track to get 200 million shots in arms during his first 100 days in office but he is warning the fight against covid is far from over >> the virus is spreading because we have too many people who, seeing the end in sight, think we're at the finish line already. but let me deadly earnest with you. we aren't at the finish line >> this could go either way at this point the president again suggested the country could return to a
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sense of normalcy by july 4th if americans keep practicing public health measures. cnbc's meg tirrell covers science and medicine for us. meg, the president says he does not want any confusion about getting a vaccine, but really there's still some questions about the shot itself. >> reporter: well, shep,d vacci appears to certainly some folks still have questions although hesitancy about getting a covid vaccine appears to be declining slightly over time. the number of people saying they're going to wait and see before getting a covid shot is down from almost 40% in december to 17% in march according to a kaiser family foundation poll. still, those set against it aree people's hesitancy. >> to be absolutely certain, our way out of this is going to be by proper mainly still feeling the same way. dr. fauci today emphasized they're working hard to overcome
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people's hesitancy. >> to be absolutely certain, our way out of this is going to be by proper implementation of vaccines >> reporter: and he addressed some of the main concerns, noting worries range from the long-term effects of the vaccines, side effects from the shot, or they could get covid from the vaccine and on that last one, dr. fauci and others say that's not possible you can't get covid from the covid vaccine. the reactions after the shots, though, can be strong, particularly for the second dose although typically only last a day or so. and though the question does keep coming up, do we really need both shots, health officials say yes. unless you're getting the j&j vaccine, you need two shots of pfizer or moderna's shot to be fully vaccinated all of the cdc's guidelines about what it's safe for vaccinated people to do only apply to those who are fully vaccinated, shep. >> and you get the second pfizer shot three weeks after the first. moderna's, though, is four weeks. we've been hearing walgreens wasn't sticking to that plan >> reporter: yeah. a number of people have said
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they've struggled to make an appointment at walgreens for the second pfizer dose, the prescribed three weeks later "the new york times" was focusing on this yesterday, and walgreens now saying this week it will allow people to do that. in a statement, a walgreens spokesman notes the cdc indicates a window of up to six weeks for both the pfizer and moderna vaccines but no shorter than three and four weeks respectively so it was automatically scheduling second doses a minimum of four weeks later to ensure nobody got their second shot too early shep. >> confusion is gone meg, thank you every state in the country has now reported at least one case of the highly contagious variant first detected in the united kingdom that's according to new data from cdc here's a look at where the variant's turning up the most so far. roughly 1,600 cases detected in michigan more than 3,000 in florida the cdc director says the new variant is becoming the
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predominant covid strain in many regions all across the united states meantime, some health experts warn that this particular variant may infect children more easily than previous strains let's turn to dr. ashish jha now, dean of brown university school of public health. doctor, thank you. how concerned are you about this rise of the uk variant in children, especially considering they likely won't be able to be vaccinated until the fall at the earliest >> yeah, shep. thanks for having me on. i am concerned you know, the b.1.1.7, that uk variant, is more contagious in everybody, in adults and kids. so it makes sense that we're seeing a bump in infections in children and we're not seeing a lot of infections in older people because we're getting them vaccinated, and that really leaves young adults and kids vulnerable to b.1.1.7. one of the reasons we can't totally relax right now is we've got to really bring these infection numbers down. >> we've been hearing from the very beginning, i can remember
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in the early going leaving packages outside in the sun or wiping stuff down from ups now the cdc says forget about all that wiping stuff down that's not a thing why so late in telling us this >> yeah, it's late it's late. i think by last april, may, it was very clear look, in the first month we didn't know. i think that's pretty reasonable -- >> wait a minute it was clear last april or may that's a year ago and they're just now telling us? what do they, own stock in clorox i mean seriously. >> it's incredibly frustrating i think i was starting to say by last april and may, many of us in public health, stop wiping down surfaces. basic hand hygiene is really important. a little wipedown is fine but let's not obsess let's not wipe down groceries. i stopped recommending people doing it i don't understand what took cdc so long to really be clear about this this virus is spread through the air. it is not spread through surfaces largely, and we've got to focus on keeping the air clean. >> well, if they wait this long
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to tell us that, can you really blame people who think that much of this whole situation in the first place who are going, i don't need that mask i mean the high and mighties complaining about what's going on with the texas rangers yesterday, spreader, spreader, spreader, how are we to know in a few months they won't say, those masks weren't even necessary? i mean you know the difference, but does everybody else? >> yeah, i know it's frustrating. this is why clear public health messaging has been so important in this pandemic and it's not been there i would say the first couple of months confusing by april, may last year, it was very clear this is airborne. masks are really important good ventilation is important. outside is better than inside. surface is not a big deal. you know, i've been repeating that message for close to a year i think a lot of public health people have. it has been frustrating that that hasn't always come out consistently from our federal officials. >> so i can touch the elevator button or open the door and not worry about it anymore
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>> i mean, you know, what i say to people is, like, don't lick the elevator button. you probably shouldn't have done that before the pandemic wash your hands. keep them clean. but don't obsess don't obsess this is not the main way that this virus is spreading. it's very rare that it spreads that way. >> the security video of the elevator button licking was a deep fake, doctor. come on. get modern with us dr. ashish jha, thank you. serious news in the prosecution of the trial of derek chauvin. they're keeping the focus now on use of force today the police instructor who trained the new fired officer testified as to what he saw the day george floyd died. georgia's new restrictive voting law and the corporations now caught in the middle calls from both sides, boycott them for not speaking up soon enough or boycott them for speaking up at all and a rare look inside the world of human trafficking wait until you hear how many
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a u.s. navy medic shot two of his fellow sailors and then managed to drive onto a military base where police gunned him down that's the word from investigators in frederick, maryland, tonight. officials there say the gunman shot at sailors inside a military facility at this office park the victim is in critical but stable condition, we're told the other expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow that's all from the military investigators say the shooter then drove to ft. detrick, home of the u.s. military's biodefense lab, and refused to stop at the gate officials say the active shooter managed to drive about a half
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mile onto that base before police shot and killed him in a parking lot when he got out of his car and pulled out a gun the at the heart of the derek chauvin case, the whole trial, did he use excessive force with his knee on george floyd's neck, or was it appropriate under the circumstances? that's the case. the minneapolis police instructor who trained chauvin on choke holds and use of force took the stand at the now fired officer's murder trial today prosecutors showed an image of derek chauvin kneeling on george floyd's neck and the use of force trainer testified that it was not an authorized technique and that they do not teach it to officers >> would it be appropriate and within training to hold a subject in that prone, restrained position with a knee on the neck and a knee on the back for an extended period of time after the subject has stopped offering any resistance? >> no, sir >> or has lost their pulse >> no, sir
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>> the prosecutors also brought in their first outside expert witness, a sergeant with the los angeles police department, who specializes in use of force. he says chauvin's actions were excessive, especially considering george floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill nbc's gabe gutierrez live outside the courthouse for us tonight. gabe >> reporter: hey, there, shep, from a rainy minneapolis you're right the prosecution called officer after officer from the minneapolis police department but today brought in an outside expert from the lapd who said what derek chauvin did was excessive. >> mr. floyd was accused of having a counterfeit $20 bill. >> and how does that particular offense, or the severity of the offense, relate to the appropriateness of the force to be used against him?
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>> oh, typically in a normal situation where you're dealing with someone that's a counterfeiter or someone who is using a counterfeit bill, typically you wouldn't even expect to use any type of force. >> reporter: chauvin's defense team continued to insist that an angry crowd of bystanders distracted the officers and that floyd died due to his drug use and underlying medical condition. but today chauvin's attorney was more aggressive during cross-examination, and he brought up a picture, a training picture of an officer placing his knee on the neck and shoulders of a suspect >> this is a specific kind of photograph that demonstrates the placement of a knee as it applies to prone handcuffing, correct? >> correct. >> and ultimately if that person were to be handcuffed and circumstances dictated, the officer would be permitted to continue to hold his knee in that same position agreed >> i would say yes
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however, we've cautioned officers that be mindful of the neck area. >> reporter: today's testimony was more technical than some of the emotional testimony we saw last week. according to a pool reporter inside the courtroom, at least one of the jurors appeared to be sleeping at one point. several others yawning shep >> all right thanks so much let's turn to david henderson, civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor building the case, david you've referred to other witnesses as nails in the coffin for chauvin. but as far as building the case goes, how effective was this police instructor today for the prosecution? >> shep, i'll put it this way. you got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em, and the prosecution doesn't seem to get it the police instructor was somewhat helpful for the prosecution but opened the prosecution up to a lot of liability. i think the defense was more aggressive on cross today than we've seen before. but had they been more aggressive, they would have put some serious dents in the state's case today. >> how so?
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>> well, the cross-examinations they were getting, they all meandered. they're not tight and focused. typically on cross, your questions drive the narratives you ask, hey, you're not here to say what you would have done, right? you're not here to say what my guy should have done you're just here to say police have a plan, but things don't always go according to plan, do they crowds happen. cell phones happen it interferes with the abiinterh to provide emergent care and mckenzie literally said that >> the prosecution talking a lot about the fact that -- or their contention at least that the officer on trial here didn't give aid, at least when he should have. why that focus continually >> i think that's the best testimony so far it goes back to my favorite witness, derek smith, who said, look, as a human being i was trying to give him a second chance at life and the one good piece of testimony today for the prosecution was confirmation that chauvin knew cpr, chauvin could have started providing cpr. this jury still has a couple of weeks before they start
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deliberating, and people will remember that. when your motto is protect and serve, you have to do it, right? >> david henderson, thank you. three months to the day since the capitol insurrection, the justice department working to build and prosecute hundreds of cases next, the challenges presented by the amount of evidence alone. and 22 women have now filed suit against nfl quarterback deshaun watson alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior tonight one of his accusers speaks publicly for the first time
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the officer killed in that attack on friday at the capitol will lie in honor at the rotunda on tuesday the 13th. officer william evans, an 18-year veteran and father of two, killed when a man rammed his car into a barrier at the capitol checkpoint his family says, billy was the best father, son, brother and friend anyone could hope for his death has left a gaping void in our lives that will never be filleds just billy evans was just 41. it's been three months now since the capitol riots on january 6th. hundreds have been arrested, but prosecution is moving along at a glacial pace, and the reason, they tell us, it's the department of justice's largest and most complex investigation ever that's according to a court filing and just look at these numbers
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80,000 witness interviews. 210,000 tips more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and video footage more than 900 search warrants, one in almost every state. and prosecutors say the mountain of information to go through will just continue to grow former prosecutor, current criminal defense attorney arthur aidala with us now arthur, the doj working on more than 400 separate cases all at the same time. how much does the sheer number of cases complicate all of this for prosecutors? >> well, it complicates it a lot, shep, because there are evidentiary rules and they have to turn over discovery under a certain period of time there is 70 days from when you're arrested to when you're supposed to go to trial. most of the time, like the vast majority of the time, the defense waives that period of time to work out a resolution. but, you know, shep, in this particular case, the department of justice brought this problem on themselves because they didn't need to arrest the people
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who they could see just did minor trespassing. they should have arrested the people who were responsible for killing five individuals they should have arrested the people immediately who destroyed property but they arrested a lot of people who are mere trespassers, and, shepard, those cases are going to wind up being disposed of with probably a federal misdemeanor trespassing plea and with probation or time served. so they created their own problem, and now they're asking the judges to extend the 70-day term, which the judges will do to a point and the judges have already said this but they're not going to give them too much time to keep dragging this on and on. >> you know, we keep hearing that a lot of these cases are going to plead down to misdemeanors and that all these very big promises that we got from the justice department in the very beginning may not bear fruit.
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i mean is it that they're pleading down or that they arrested a bunch of people who were just standing around outside and never went in? we hear hundreds of went in. >> they arrested a lot of people who went in. but even the people who went in, those are still misdemeanor cases. >> wait a minute you go into the capitol while they're doing work and disrupt the work of the people, and that's a misdemeanor >> well, it's a trespass it could be a misdemeanor. it could be a felony, but it's not a jail case. just so you know, shep, on the flip side of the coin, last i looked, there are still 55 people who are incarcerated right now on bail. they were not able to either raise bail or the judge didn't give any bail whatsoever so there are a lot of people i mean 55 people is a lot of people. >> but it's not all of them, arthur wait a minute. wait a minute. the capitol is closed. they're trying to move forward with a transition, and everyone who goes in there while it's closed and you're not allowed in there isn't eligible for incarceration? so you can just go break in the capitol and you get like a traffic tickethere are certainll laws, shepard, where the
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>> there are certain federal laws, shepard, where the punishment is much less than a comparable state law, and this would be one of them even disrupting congress does not have any kind of serious sentence the ones they're looking at is conspiracy there have been, i believe, 26 people charged with conspiracy they're facing a maximum of five years in prison. those are the serious cases, and those are the people who they are still being held without bail. >> the ones who were threatening to kill the vice president, i wonder what's going to happen to them arthur, it's good to see you thank you. companies in georgia are getting it from both sides for supporting and for not supporting the state's new voting law and with a boycott set to start tomorrow, we'll hear what voters think about that tactic. and the nicest house on the blockchain how more people are using cryptocurrency to shake up the real estate market
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united airlines wants to get you in the cockpit, and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. starting today, united's accepting applications for its flight academy it opens later this year it's part of the airline's push to hire -- get this -- 10,000 pilots by the year 2030 as the current crew is nearing retirement united reports it will train 5,000 pilots who have little to no experience at all, half of
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them women and people of color yelp making it easier to support asian-owned businesses the review site now has a free tool that allows companies to self-identify as such. you'll see a small symbol with the phrase "asian-owned" on their profile. and kim kardashian west is officially a billionaire the queen of social media made forbes' annual list for the very first time she's estimated to be worth $1 billion thanks to her makeup line, kkw beauty, and her shapewear company, skims, plus cash from reality tv and all those endorsement deals. on wall street, the dow down 97 s&p down 4 nasdaq down 7. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news tens of thousands of catholic num nuns putting their
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lives on the live. and religious on their stand against georgia's new voting law. we'll get the response to the voting law from the left, civil rights leaders accusing business leaders for not speaking up enough bishop regular nanld jackson saying they did noout publicly from the right, former president trump shaming corporations for taking a stand in the first place telling republicans, boycott all of the companies. those include coke, delta and u.p.s. cnbc's seema mody on the bottom of the hour. seema, the whole country is talking about actual voting
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laws >> reporter: shep, here in atlanta, we found mixed opinions but expressing frustration saying the new law does restrict voting >> it's been very discouraging, man, especially after we did all that we did with the past elections and everything like that >> i think it's awful, i think it's a black eye for the state i think the only reason they did it was to get people not to vote it's specific in terms of trying to disenfranchise. i just don't understand why america doesn't want everybody voting. >> to be honest, it seems like another set of jim crow thing. not to be there. but to limit the people's voice, i don't think it's right >> reporter: others were in favor of this law, shep, or said that boycotts do not work. mean time, senators here in georgia saying both boycotts could hurt the economy this as civil rights leaders,
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activists and politics are asking for a national boycott of companies that are taking a stand against georgia's voting law. that set to go in effect tomorrow meantime, you have republican opposition growing for companies. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell weighing in today saying companies should not intervene in politics. >> you know, republicans drink coca-cola, too and we fly and we like baseball taking a position on a highly incendiary issue like this and punishing a community or a state because you don't like a particular law that passed, i just think it's stupid >> reporter: so an unprecedented sense of urgency and passion that you're feeling from georgians right now and companies like coca-cola getting caught in the middle shep. >> seema, thanks of course the controversy over that voting law led major league baseball to pull its all-star
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game out of atlanta, and today we learned mlb's new site for the midsummer classic, denver, for the first time since 1998, it will be played at coors field, home of the colorado rockies. commissioner rob manfred says that the league opposes restrictions to the ballot box the georgia governor, brian kemp, slammed the mlb decision to move the game, calling it an attack on his state. the all-star game set for july 13th the first woman to sue the nfl quarterback deshaun watson alleging sexual misconduct is speaking publicly now and for the first time ashley solis is a massage therapist. she said deshaun watson touched her inappropriately last year during a session at her home since the alleged incident, solis says she's suffered panic attacks, anxiety, and depression 22 women are suing deshaun watson for similar allegations
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solis is the first to go public. >> i know a lot of you were wondering who i was or if i even existed. i was afraid i'm not afraid anymore, and i do exist. >> deshaun watson denied all of the allegations against him. his lawyer says the lawsuits were brought after the quarterback refused what he called baseless settlement demands. the attorney representing the woman says that two of them have spoken to police in a letter sent yesterday to season ticket holders, the owners of the houston texans pledged to cooperate fully with the police and the nfl the u.s. is one step closer to returning to iran's nuclear deal or least talking about it after iran and the five major countries still part of the 2015 accord met today in vienna the six nations agreeing to establish two groups, the first to focus on lifting economic sanctions imposed by the u.s., and the second to work on getting iran back into compliance with the nuclear agreement.
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the leader of iran's delegation telling state tv there the meeting was constructive the state department calls it a first step toward diplomacy. north korea announcing it will not participate in the tokyo summer olympics. according to the website run by the country's sports ministry, the decision was made to protect north korean athletes from covid. pyongyang maintains that it has no virus cases at all. experts say this is unlikely the announcement makes north korea the first country to skip the delayed games because of the pandemic the country sent 22 athletes to the 2018 winter olympics in south korea. then there's the 2022 winter olympics in beijing, and the united states is now considering joining a boycott of those today the state department announced it's talking to allies about the possibility of pulling out of the big event it would be the first u.s. olympics boycott since moscow back in 1980
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no decision has been made, but the biden administration is calling out china's human rights abuses against the muslim uighurs, the ethic religious minority being held in these labor camps in western china the winter olympic games are set for next february. the bitcoin bonanza just keeps growing, and for the first time ever, the value of the crypto market topped $3 trillion. i should say $2 trillion still a lot, but $2 trillion just this year, bitcoin has rallied nearly 100%. the reason more companies are accepting the digital currency as a form of payment. you can now buy just about anything from a starbucks coffee to a tesla paying with bitcoin is still not really very common, but that's one reason real estate is starting to get in on the crypto action buying a house with bitcoin? here's cnbc's diana olick. >> reporter: this manhattan beach, california, home recently sold for bitcoin one of a growing number of
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mostly high-end properties now being listed and purchased in cryptocurrency. >> i would say we're just at the beginning. >> reporter: we met real estate agent and crypto expert tony giordano three years ago when he listed this massive malibu home for sale in bitcoin. it ended up selling in dollars, but that was then. >> what's happened since that last is that it's become more popular where people are asking more often, how do i go about buying a home using bitcoin or cryptocurrency as the form of currency for buying real estate? >> reporter: which is why his company now has a crypto management division designed to help agents and consumers through the process. and he shared some advice with us first you'll need to find a real estate agent who knows how to work with bitcoin, someone who's already facilitated a transaction. if you're a buyer or a seller, paid off properties with no mortgage make the transaction much easier. you'll also need a crypto real
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estate attorney, someone who specializes in the paperwork and liability aspects. and finally, you'll need a third-party escrow that is a bitcoin mover who can both transfer and hold the token. >> i've been accepting bitcoin since 2013 when i owned and managed coffee shops up here in upstate new york. >> reporter: which is why he decided to list his troy, new york home for both bitcoin and dollars. >> i just put it up in january as a bitcoin listing, and then a few days later, i did have an offer in u.s. dollars, so that was pending. so i did not see what bitcoin could offer. >> reporter: and that may be the biggest issue for bitcoin in today's ultra competitive real estate market. demand is so high that sellers are likely to get multiple offers in dollars before bitcoin ever enters the picture. that said, on the ultra high end where competition is less and international buyers play, a listing in bitcoin will garner
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more attention and more buzz about the property and could ultimately lead to a faster sale shep. >> is that a dogwood or cherry blossoms >> weeping cherry blossom. >> that will help sell, diane, every time thank you so much. inside the dark world of cyber crime now. companies held for ransom for millions of dollars. up next, hear from a negotiator whose job it is to try to hammer out a deal between the good guys and the criminals. and anger over security guards closing the door on an asian-american woman being attacked in new york tonight new information on what happened next and the action the building owners just took.
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ransomware payouts last year hackers extorted a record $370 million in cryptocurrency alone so how do these negotiations work cnbc's eamon javers spoke with a digital hostage negotiator these guys are dealing directly with criminals. >> reporter: that's right, shep. they're dealing directly with them when companies are hit with ransomware, that's a kind of cyberattack that locks up their computers until the companies make a payoff. well, then they call marc bleicher's company to help them haggle with the hackers. he told me he's overseen the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars from companies to criminals. >> most of us never thought that we would get into a situation where we would be negotiating for essentially the life of a company. >> reporter: now, the first thing bleicher's team does is to try to secure the company's
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systems and then figure out if they can get things back up and running. if they can't, well, that means they've got to talk to the bad guys even though the fbi advises companies not to send money to criminals. but once the money does change hands, companies can get their data back within as little as 24 hours. arete says different industry groups are paying widely diverging ransoms. health care pays $140,000 on average. finance pays $210,000. but then look at this. the average ransom in the tech, engineering and telecom space is over $1 million. and, shep, once the companies pay up, bleicher says the hackers almost never walk out on the deal because they want the next victims to pay up too, shep. >> of course they do eamon, do we have any idea who these criminals are? >> reporter: yeah. shep, in many cases western authorities know the exact names of the hackers, but they can't get to them because they're in countries like russia where they're protected by their governments there. take a look at this video.
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this was released by british law enforcement back in 2019 this shows an alleged member of a russian cyber gang known as evil corp. showing off an expensive lamborghini in a parking garage now, evil corp. has allegedly been involved in ransomware for years. and then take a look at this one. this is video of evil corp. members allegedly doing donuts and obstructing traffic in downtown moscow in a very expensive audi r8 sports car but it's not all precision maneuvers with these guys. here's a video of an alleged hacker riding and crashing a scooter inside a cafe that the group uses as a hangout. shep, it is clear that at least some money from american corporations is going straight to these guys or criminal gangsters who are very much like them. >> the donuts look like fun. thank you. 40 million people around the world are bought and sold. people as part of the human trafficking trade. deep inside this world, a group
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of catholic nuns determined to end it all, armed with nothing but their faith and conviction nbc's cynthia mcfadden gives us a rare inside look at their lives. >> every day we had to have a quota, how much money we have to make and if we don't, we'll stand out there until we get it. >> reporter: leslie king knows this stretch of grand rapids, michigan, well >> i used to stand on this corner >> reporter: she worked here for nearly 20 years. >> every time i got into one of them cars, it was a 50-50 chance i was coming back. sometimes i can't believe it's me i tell people look at my eyes. there's nothing there. they're empty. i'm slowly sliding into darkness >> reporter: a slide that began when she was just a child, abused by a cousin, tricked into prostitution by an older man when she was only 15 >> they told me if i run, if i tell the police, they was going to kill my mother. i tried to commit suicide. i didn't know any other way out.
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there was no hope. there was no hope whatsoever >> reporter: how she made it out alive is nothing short of a miracle and some might say one of the catholic churches best kept secrets >> this is very hidden work and very invisible work. >> reporter: since before the pandemic, we've been on a journey in grand rapids, michigan, to the slums of india, all the way to the vatican to lift the veil on a little known group, tens of thousands of religious sisters in 9 countries who have dedicated themselves to ending human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery. >> human trafficking is buying and selling of human beings, usually women and young girls and sometimes children >> it looks a bit seedy. >> reporter: we're the first journalists the sisters have allowed to document their work.
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>> human trafficking is everywhere if you live in small-town iowa and there's a highway going through town, it's everywhere. airports, train depots, bus depots take your pick >> reporter: this is a mighty grubby business that you and the other sisters are involved in. it's not something that you think right away that nuns are going to be involved in the fight against sex trafficking. >> i think people are surprised. if you want people to understand the urgency of the problem, you can't be tiptoeing around it. >> reporter: sister jean christianson in kansas city, missouri, has been a sister of mercy for nearly 60 years. >> mercies have often been described as locomotives wrapped in velvet. >> 60,000 religious sisters involved >> it's amazing. i mean you look at them, and you know that you are one with them. >> reporter: their work takes many forms at a train station in northern india just before the pandemic, sister rose and her team are
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racing to help a young girl she fears is about to fall for an old trick. >> and they just follow somebody who invites them with a promise of a job and in the process, they may be sold to someone else she will get into trouble because they just met on the way. >> reporter: sister rose warns the man, but he scoffs at her. >> i know i'm a simple nun, a small one. i can do very little not even a drop in the ocean >> reporter: but her efforts and those of the other sisters are being noticed at the highest levels of the vatican. before the pandemic, we were invited to join hundreds of sisters for a meeting with pope francis himself, who urged these women to keep fighting >> reporter: the work can be dangerous. this sister takes us through
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some of her neighborhood's old brothels, which the sisters helped shutter just a few years ago, this was home to a booming sex trade. >> we were assaulted by a man over there. >> reporter: she shows us where a man threw her to the ground. >> were you dressed like this? and he assaulted you >> yes he hold me like this. >> reporter: just then she sees the man again. he's listening from only a few feet away. >> i don't get frightened. >> reporter: she went over to him. >> hi, alex. how are you? >> reporter: asked him how he was and whether she'd see him in church on sunday. >> and i love you as you're my brother, okay? >> that is a woman of faith. faith and courage and forgiveness. tough. really, really tough >> oh, yeah, they're very tough. >> reporter: which brings us back to leslie king. 20 years ago she was rescued
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from these streets by a group of sisters. >> those nuns would die for somebody if they had to. they weren't afraid. i mean you got pimps from every city out there, and they didn't care >> okay. here we go >> reporter: she's trying to pay it forward back on these same streets with her own organization, assisting other women looking for a way out. >> when you get tired, call me, ma'am, so i can come get you. >> reporter: inspired by the sisters who saved her and tens of thousands of others around the world. >> they didn't give up on me no matter what i did. they're a very brave bunch. >> reporter: for "the news," i'm cynthia mcfadden. >> incredible work 40 million people sold around the world. well, two doormen have been fired. it happened today for not immediately helping an asian woman attacked on a manhattan sidewalk this is the surveillance video
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of the brutal assault. it happened on the 29th of march, broad daylight, middle of the city the victim, a 65-year-old filipina on her way to church. you see one of the doormen shuts the door as the woman lay on the ground the other standing by watching along with a deliveryman the brodsky organization, which owns the building, released a statement today saying the doormen did help the victim but only after the attacker left they say they fired them for not following emergency and safety protocols. the union weighing in saying the doormen planned to file a grievance, but that process n could take weeks or even months. could history repeat itself in california? a recall election for governor newsom and now word another celebrity could be eyeing a move to the mansion and nasa sent it hundreds of millions of miles to mars on the belly of a rover
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caitlyn jenner running for governor o caitlyn jenner running for governor of california well, axios reports she's talking with political consultants and exploring a run. a big change from back in february when jenner said she's not interested that was from a statement released at the time by her manager. right now governor gavin newsom
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faces a recall election launched by republicans who are angry over his handling of the pandemic so if the reality tv star and mother or, you know, parent of all the "k" kids throws her hat in the ring, history could repeat itself. in 2003, voters recalled governor gray davis and replaced him with arnold. we shall see the baylor bears bringing their national championshi trophy home to texas today, celebrating the dismantling of mighty gonzaga perfect season dreams dashed the bears held the zags to just 70 points, a season low for the bulldogs, after the nation's best 91 a game average final four mvp jared butler and the head coach, scott drew, on the "today" show this morning. butler said he still hadn't gone to bed and was riding the wave coach drew said he fired up the team, promising them a "today" show interview if they want it so promise kept, like the pledge he made 18 years ago to bring a win to waco.
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as for as for cbs, its promises to advertisers, eh. the game down more than 14% from the 2019 game. but the women's final a buzzer-beater. the most watched in seven years. one four-inch drop for athe mini helicopter. one giant leap for a martian exploration. the four-pound helicopter that traveled to mars strapped to the belly of the rover "perseverance" now sits alone on the martian surface. it dropped the four inches from the rover to the dirt and has survived its first night in the open where the temperatures can drop to as low as minus 130 degrees. "perseverance" was moved so the chopper could begin charging its solar batteries before its first flight attempt on sunday here's a low-res look at the first image the copter took. you can see the rover's wheels at the top of the shot there
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the helicopter's sole mission, conduct test flights in the very thin martian atmosphere. left oo 45 seconds left on the race to the finish. president biden says all american adults should be eligible for a covid vaccine by april 19th that's nearly two weeks earlier than his original deadline for states to open up eligibility. investigators say a navy medic shot and wounded two of his fellow sailors and then managed to drive onto a military base in frederick, maryland, before police gunned him down. and tomorrow faith leaders and opponents of georgia's new voting law are set to begin their boycott of big companies in the state, including coca-cola and delta airlines and now you know the news of this tuesday, april 6th, 2021. i'm shepard smith. follow us on twitter and instagram, won't you, @thenews on cnbc.
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