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[theme music] two volcanic eruptions, now the mad escape and the compelling week in the derek chauvin trial. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc the medical examiner who ruled george floyd's death a homicide takes the stand why he never watched the arrest video. >> i did not want to bias my exam. >> day ten in the trial of derek chauvin. investigations underway into the motive of two mass shootings less than 24 hours apart the hard-fought battle to unionize an amazon facility is over
an important moment for working people >> tonight, the vote count and what it means for american labor. battling covid, the virus and the misinformation social media flooded with lies about the vaccine's impact on fertility. plus, prince philip dead at 99 volcano eruption prompts island evacuation and the mars helicopter poised to make history. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith." good evening he performed the autopsy of george floyd and ruled his death a homicide today, the medical examiner took the stand in derek chauvin's murder trial he testified that chauvin's knee on george floyd's neck and officers pinning him to the asphalt was the direct cause of death, even if fentanyl and severe heart disease played an underlying role. >> the law officer's subdual and
heart conditions were more than he could take. the other things played a role in the death, but didn't directly cause the death >> his use of fentanyl did not cause the neck restraint >> the medical examiner's testimony comes after a series of medical experts testified that george floyd died due to a lack of oxygen, not drugs, as the defense is suggesting. megan fitzgerald outside the courthouse in minneapolis. megan, the defense kept focusing on fentanyl and floyd's heart conditions during cross-examination. >> reporter: shep, you're exactly right. as you mentioned, a powerful day for the prosecution. the defense trying to poke holes in the prosecution's argument, really seeing them looking for every opportunity to try and sow doubt. so we saw derek chauvin's
attorney, eric nelson, focusing his line of questioning on george floyd's pre-existing conditions, his severe heart disease, as well as his drug use. i want you to listen to this exchange between mr. baker and the prosecution. >> so in your opinion, both the heart disease as well as the history of hypertension and the drugs that were in his system played a role in mr. floyd's death? >> in my opinion, yes. >> based on your review of mr. floyd's medical records, you determined that he has a history of high blood pressure, correct? >> yes, it was very helpful to know that he was known to be hypertensive >> that was mr. nelson, the defense attorney and you heard how mr. baker talked about the underlying health conditions as well as drugs contributed to the death, but it wasn't the cause of death. so at this point, jurors have heard from several medical experts who have testified the
same, saying that it was the knee on the neck and the pressure on his body from law enforcement officers that caused his death, which essentially is breaking down the argument from the defense. shep >> megan, thanks let's turn to david henderson, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor, and our eyes and ears on this case all week david, the medical examiner felt like he was up there all day long he testified about the autopsy what impact, did you think >> shep, i thought he had exactly the impact that he needed to and he confirmed with the other two experts in front of him already said. the defense just doesn't know when to quit they kept trying to say it's drug use, underlying health conditions >> what else do they have? >> say again, i'm sorry? >> what else do they have? what else could you do >> well, this is a situation where you can't go toe-to-toe with the champ i think the best fictional example is rocky fighting mr. t.
in "rocky 3 ". you have to let them punch themselves expert. each one of these experts gave you something that you could have worked with tobin said yesterday, four factors caused george floyd's death. knee on the neck, knee on the back and side, prone position and handcuffs. you question them about those things >> well, the prosecution is wrapping at some point we're hearing some time early next week and then the defense if you're the defense, what do you do especially right out of the gate >> at this point, i think the defense is behind the eight ball and i don't know that the defense can really recover what i would do if i hadn't done it already is i would sit down, i would talk to chauvin and i would say, look, at this point, a victory doesn't mean walking away with anything, unless we're lucky enough to get a mistrial i think you'll have to take some responsibility when you get on the stand, and that's an out if you do that if you basically confess to manslaughter on the stand, which i know sounds crazy, at that
point, the trial becomes an attempt to get judge cahill to go to the low end of the punishment range i think it's a possibility >> it's not like we've been informed that he's going to testify. i don't think it's a decided matter, at least not publicly. >> it's not, shep, and i doubt that he testifies. there's a very good chance the defense is just really nervous about putting him on the stand and part of what you've got to understand is this trial tests skills that lawyers in these situations don't normally have to have. you're not normally deposing ceos, which is essentially what the police chief is, and you're not deposing people like dr. tobin or dr. thomas. there's a little scramble. >> david, thanks so much today's testimony wrapped up a week in which we heard from experts on police training and use of force, as well as medical experts on how george floyd died early next week, as i mentioned, the prosecution expected to rest, and then the defense takes center stage and the big question, as david
has said throughout, will derek chauvin testify? complete coverage all ahead on the news police have identified the suspect in yesterday's deadly shooting in central texas. larry bollin arrested and charged with murder. the 27-year-old was an employee at the warehouse near texas a&m where the investigators say he opened fire. the man killed in the massacre identified as 40-year-old timothy smith. his sister says the family is still in shock officials say four other people were injured in the shooting, including two still critical the gunman also shot a texas state trooper, while he was trying to arrest the suspect officials say trooper juan rojas da var remains in critical but stable condition in south carolina, investigators are trying to figure out what led a former nfl player to go on a shooting rampage there before he shot and killed himself police say philip adams killed
dr. robert leslie, his wife, barbara, and their two grandchildren. a fifth victim, james lewis, also found dead outside the home, and a sixthperson in the hospital with serious injuries in an interview last night, congressman ralph norman offered a possible motive for that shooting that he says he received from the police the congressman said law enforcement told him dr. leslie was treating adams and stopped giving him his medicines and that was what triggered the killings a county sheriff says he cannot confirm the congressman's statements >> we have no indication right now that there was a doctor/patient relationship between dr. leslie and philip adams. >> the sheriff told reporters he was not the source that gave the information to the congressman and that investigators are still searching for a motive yet again in america, it was the largest push yet among amazon employees in the united states and today, today the vote count revealed what the workers decided. plus, congressman matt gaetz
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barely see anything, so it's really making the process much more difficult a few hours ago, it got worse. another major eruption this plume, not as big as the first, but they say it could be an ominous sign. the scientists at the west indies seismic center say eruptions could continue for weeks or months. a resounding "no" out of the state of alabama amazon employees at the warehouse near birmingham overwhimingly voted not to unionize that means amazon avoided the possibility of its first workers' union in all of america. the national labor relations board still needs to certify the results, but there's drama the president of the union says he plans to challenge the results and file charges against amazon here's the statement amazon interfered with the rights of its bessemer, alabama, employees to vote in a free and fair election. amazon rejects the allegations, adding in a statement, quote that our employees made the
choice to vote against joining the union. cnn's deirdre bosa here now. what's the beef here, deirdre? >> there's lots of beef and it's far from over. in some ways, it's heating up. the union organizers will appeal the election and if they are successful, it could lead the labor board to toss out the election results we got today and set off the process all over again. the organizers can also pursue legal challenges in courts that can drag on for weeks, even months meantime, the battle continues to draw national attention this afternoon, senator bernie sanders weighing in on the results, saying that he's disappointed, but not surprised. he says workers should be intimidated or badgered by a company and suggested legal anti-union behavior. for now, today's outcome was certainly a defeat for union organizers and the labor mu movement this could have set off an effect of other organizing
drives across the country. so a little cold water there but in the longer term, it could be just the beginning of warehouse workers in amazon, which is now the second largest private employer in the nation and keep in mind that overseas, amazon's labor battles are heating up as well in europe, where unions have more sway. employees in france, italy, spain, and poland, they are launching actions and deliver staff strikes are planned in a number of indian cities, which all goes to say, shep, that amazon's labor issues did not end, far from it with today's vote >> clearly not deirdre bosa, thank you. first it was the feds and now congress is also investigating the republican congressman matt gaetz of florida. the top democrat and republican on the house ethics committee say they're looking into the multitude of sordid allegations against congressman gaetz and media reports of alleged misconduct, ranging from sex trafficking and having a relationship with an underaged girl to taking ecstasy, paying for sex, and showing nude photos
of women he slept with to fellow lawmakers on the house floor sources tell nbc news, federal investigators are looking into congressman gaetz's travel to the bahamas with them and whether he paid them for sex, directly or indirectly that would be a violation of federal law. meanwhile, one of the gaetz' former associates, a former county tax collector in florida is working towards a plea deal with the feds in a sex trafficking investigation. he previously pleaded not guilty so if he cooperates, legal experts say greenberg could be a key witness against congressman gaetz. in fact, greenberg's attorney says, i'm sure matt gaetz is not feeling very comfortable a live look in miami now, where congressman gaetz is set to speak at a women for america first summit he has firmly denied all accusations against him. in an op-ed in the "washington examiner" newspaper, he wrote that he never, ever paid for sex and as an adult man, has not slept with a 17-year-old
nbc's sahil kapoor now congressman gaetz is not getting hardly any support from fellow republicans. >> not much support from fellow republicans, a little bit from republicans like jim taylor and marjorie taylor greene for the most part, it is radio silence. house minority leader kevin mccarthy has said that the allegations against gaetz are serious and he plans to talk to him. we do not know what happens beyond that. there's one republican, adam kinzing her, of illinois, who has called on gaetz to resign. he is the first to do that it is not clear if more will follow recall that kinzinger was the first republican to also come out for the impeachment of former president trump he's the kind of lawmaker who is willing to break with his party. it is unclear in the midst of all of this whether more republicans will join those calls or how house republican leadership will handle this. >> and watching him live here speaking to this women's event, we know that what he's doing, he's fund-raising off all of
this >> that's right. he is fund-raising off all of this and congressman gaetz is really taking a playbook -- a page from former president trump's playbook he is calling this a hoax. he is comparing it to the russia investigation, which the former president supporters believe was a plot to get him. you see him right now on your screen, speaking at a pro-trump event. the former president put out a statement just two days ago, emphasizing that gaetz has denied the allegations part of a pattern of donald trump taking the word of his allies when they are denying allegations, serious allegations or serious criticism against them so far, he doesn't appear to have burned his bridges with trump world. >> sahil kapur, thanks so much president biden announcing a new bipartisan commission to study possible ways to overhaul the supreme court, including term limits for justices and adding additional seats. president biden signed an executive order today, forming the panel, made up of 36 legal
scholars, former judges, political scientists and lawyers, who are to write up a report due in october. progressives have accused the republicans of unfairly skewing the supreme court to the right, by blocking one of president obama's nominees, and then a few years later, filling the vacancy to the late justice ruth bader ginsburg, just days before the 2020 election. a heartfelt memorial to the victims of covid, as we go around the world on cnbc the united kingdom, thousands and thousands of hearts painted on a wall along the river thames, memorializing the lives lost to covid. >> let's never forget all the people who died of covid and they should never, ever be forgotten. >> the hearts each represent a victim among britain's toll of more than 125,000 dead austria, iran, and the five world powers still in the iran nuclear deal holding their second formal meeting in vienna. they're working to bring the
united states back onboard after president trump pulled out of the agreement and iran began violating the pact's conditions a year later senior diplomats involved in the talks say that steps are being taken that are positive and that talks will continue next week. bolivia, one link in the western part of the country is more plastic than water. would you look at this volunteers sifting through all of this rubbish that blankets large areas of the lake. a lot of pollution, including plastic and runoff from nearby mines. western bolivia suffered a major drought back in 2016 that drastically lowered the lake's water levels, making the trash situation much worse both national and local authorities have taken up the issue, pledging to clean up the lake and restore it to its natural beauty japan. olympic climbers prepping for their debut on the world stage in tokyo this summer it will be the first time that climbing will be part of the games. teams set to compete across
three different climbing disciplines. also debuting at the games this year, surfing and skateboarding, as we go for the goal and around the world on cnbc. well, as we continue to push through the pandemic, a new public health warning for a very old problem. racism and the health of our nation that's next. and some people who are against georgia's restrictive new voting law also say a boycott would do more harm than good those concerns play out against the backdrop of the masters and the hole left by the all-star game but first, the end of an almost century-long era in great britain, as people around the world mourn the death of prince philip buckingham palace says he died peacefully at windsor castle this morning born in greece in 1921, prince philip was the longest-serving consort of the history of the british monarchy that's the title bestowed upon the official companion of the monarch.
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restrictive new voting law i wouldn't call it the best of times and worst of times, but we can call the financial winners and losers augusta officials say the week-long golf tournament will likely bring in at least $50 million. for atlanta, some economists estimate the all-star game losses to be something like $10 million. show we should point out, it's hard to calculate the exact impact of a sporting event that didn't happen. those aren't just numbers, either it's numbers that is and isn't going to georgia businesses, big and small. and already many of them struggling through the pandemic. cnbc's seema mody reports from both cities tonight. >> reporter: in atlanta's midtown district, near the stadium's truest stadium, business owners like alfonso cross are trying to figure out how they'll make up for the loss of the all-star game >> anytime thousands and hundreds of thousands of people swarm into the city, that certainly trickles itself down into our tiny little neighborhood and we see the
economic benefits of that. >> reporter: georgia state representative mischa mayner says it's not just nightclubs and restaurants that will suffer, but resident who is rent out their homes to baseball fans, too. >> when you're talking about people who can't pay their mortgage, a lot of people were putting their homes up for short-term rentals if they can rent their home for $400 a night and when you take that into a whole week, that's $3,000 that they just didn't have before >> reporter: while mayner says the new voting law restricts access for people of color, she says the economic impact of decisions like the mlb's will hit hard, too. georgia's governor kemp continues to defend the election law he signed, saying it does not disenfranchise voters and that organizations like mlb have succumb to the pressure of activists and in turn are hurting the people of georgia. >> i don't appreciate the position they've taken they could simply stand up and have some backbone and tell the activists who are putting money in their pockets while
hard-working georgians that are getting hurt, they didn't have to do that >> 150 miles east in augusta, the masters golf tournament is underway and business is booming. >> we're really excited. the energy in this town during masters week something you can't describe we have seen a good increase this week. probably to the tune of 60 to 75%. >> reporter: the masters, as expected, dismissed calls to boycott georgia. governor kemp cheering augusta national's decision not to take a side on the state's election law. >> i personally applaud this masters for not getting involved in politics. they haven't done that when we had democratic governors and they're not doing it since we've had republican governors >> reporter: while relocating high-profile sporting events in response to political issues has a long history here in the u.s the nfl in 1993, the nba in 2017, the pga moving next year's championship out of trump's bedminster golf course, residents and businesses, even many democrats here say the unintended financial consequences are hard to
overlook following the pandemic, especially as some events, like the masters play through shep >> seema, thank you. federal health officials out with a new warning on a cnbc trip coast to coast cdc declaring racism a serious threat to public health. officials say it hurts millions of people, both physically and mentally and as a result, affects the health of the nation cdc reports it's launching a new web portal to address the problem. they're calling it racism and health new york coney island's famous amusement parks are back luna park and dino's wonder wheel reopened today for the first time since the start of the pandemic visitors lined up early to catch a ride on the famous cyclone the owner of dino's says 100 front line workers were treated to free twrides. wisconsin, ckocaolby could become the big cheese in the
dairy street two lawmakers introduced a bill this week to make it the official state cheese, but both of them represent the city of colby, so there may be some bias and not empathies that colby can cut it cheddar online too, hello. wisconsin cheesemakers produce more than 4,500 pounds of colby etch year on a cnbc trip coast to coast the vaccine, some want it, others do not. tonight, a look at the reasons why. like those fertility myths that are flying all over social media. we talk to the experts and mistrust in government the efforts abroad to get people comfortable with a shot. but first, he was known for his gritty voice, chart-topping hits, and checkered past the legendary rapper dmx died today, a week after suffering a heart attack his real name was earl simmons and grew up just outside of new york city, raised by a single mother as what he described in an abusive home.
addiction came early, just 14, but music was dmx's escape his 1998 debut album certified platinum four times, and while his success were mounting, so were his legal and otherwise issues dmx was arrested numerous times over the years from everything for drugs to tax evasion he went to rehab several times to get his addiction under control, but reports say it was ultimately what killed him his fatal heart attack said to be triggered by an overdose. dmx leaves behind 15 children, a wife, his mother, and millions of fans. in a statement, his family wrote, earl was a warrior until the very end, earl simmons, dmx, was 50 years old ♪
i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news in the 1990s, the u.s. and russia launched an out of this world partnership. now cracks are forming in the international space station and in our relationship. the remains of an ancient city discovered in the desert. one of the biggest finds in history. we're taking a look inside and according to the cdc, about one in five americans is now fully vaccinated
>> and it's really encouraging progress but a recent survey found roughly a quarter of all americans say they refuse to get the shot that has some health officials really worried, because whether the u.s. can reach herd immunity is what's at stake and to do that, experts say we need to vaccinate around 80% of the total population vaccine hesitancy is also a problem in china where the vaccine originated now the government is trying to convince people to get a shot, and it's using a variety of tactics including giving away freebies to public shaming in a moment, our report from beijing on how a lack of trust and data has contributed to china's slow rollout but first, meg terrell breaks down one of our country's most common myths about getting vaccinated >> reporter: professor neil johnson studies how misinformation spreads when it comes to the covid vaccines he's watched as one topic has caught hold >> the issue of fertility has definitely grown in the last few months >> reporter: google search
traffic around it sonnet rise. doctors say there's no science to back it up. >> there's no reason to suspect that the vaccine and any component of the vaccine will harm your fertility, decrease your fertility, et cetera. >> reporter: the issue has caught enough attention for public experts to address it in recent weeks >> we have had a lot of patients ask about internet rumors that this will cause infertility. >> reporter: and the nih to debunk it in a q&a for its vaccine trial for college students experts who study disinformation note that pregnancy and fertility are always key targets for those trying to cast doubt on vaccines. >> the same people are telling us that the covid vaccine might lead to fertility risks were saying the same thing about the flu vaccine a couple of years ago. >> reporter: articles looking to raise fierce about fertility have been shared thousands of times on facebook alone,
including for imran. >> they say so every time they can about every vaccine that comes along. because they know that by throwing enough mud at a vaccine, they can create enough uncertainty and make people hesitate >> now, former fda commissioner dr. scott gottlieb predicts that the u.s. could reach that point where supply starts to outstrip demand by the end of this month or early may and with case numbers again on the rise, public health officials are trying to help as many people as possible feel confident in getting the shot to be protected >> pfizer has asked the fda to expand its emergency use authorization, so the shots would go to everyone from age 12 and over right now, it's 16 and up. do we expect this change to happen >> well, it's in the fda's hands right now. they say they're going to work as quickly as possible to evaluate this for kids down to age 12 and clinical trial results looked really good for them in about 2,000 kids
pfizer's hoping and the hope of many parents is that this will be available for back to school in the fall. >> meg terrell, thank you. the experts say vaccinating the kids is a crucial step towards ending the global pandemic but in china, for instance, health officials are still racing to speed up their rollout. right now, it's lagging way behind other countries, including the u.s. and the uk. so far, china has administered enough doses to vaccinate about 9% of its population with one dose that's according to data from the chinese government in hong kong, the number is even lower, just 7% it's not that there's a shortage on vaccineses, not there, there are plenty, they are ready to go but a stockpile doesn't mean much when trust is in such short supply in beijing, here's cnbc's eunice yoon >> reporter: in chinese cities like beijing, people are lining up for a sweet treat to go with their vaccines this vaccination center was set up at a popular shopping district here in beijing to make it more convenient for people to get a shot
once i'm done here, cai can get free ice cream >> china's encouraging giveaways to coax more of its 1.4 billion people to get vaccinated >> reporter: once you get your vaccine, you're handed these coupons. they're good for any of these restaurants nearby the center. beijing hopes to have 40% of its population vaccinated by june and 70% for herd immunity by next year. authorities have a long way to go freebies are beijing's way of overcoming strong resistance to vaccines across china, driven by successful pandemic controls, but also mistrust in chinese-made vaccines which lack an international peer review of their data suspicions run deep in hong kong, where people are using apps like this to avoid registering for codes the city says are meant to control the pandemic, but activists fear are for political repression many are fighting to preserve freedoms that don't exist on the
mainland back in beijing, the government is also using shame tactics. buildings are color-coded with green , yellow, and red posters to reflect how many peopled in comply shops have started putting up government-issued signs to show their customers that their staff are being vaccinated at this store, 90% got the jab beijing are easing controls for the vaccinated, like travel in and out of china thar othey're only recognizing chinese vaccines for now getting the vaccine takes the pressure off my mind, he says. a price to get life back to no normal >> reporter: eunice yoon is live with us now. you're a u.s. citizen living in china. do you plan to get one of the chinese vaccines >> reporter: well, shep, i don't think i'm going to have much
choice the chinese partner of pfizer has secured 100 million doses, but so far, no non-chinese vaccine makers have gotten their vaccines approved here in china. and it's unclear when and if they will, because if there is strong demand for these foreign vaccines, it could be potentially politically embarrassing for beijing >> that makes sense. eunice yoon live for us. thank you. a lost golden city that's what archaeologists in egypt say they have discovered nbc news with an exclusive look inside the ancient ruins, estimated to be more than 3,000 years old. located in the city of luxor, archaeologists say it's one of the most important discoveries they've ever made. in egypt and at the ruins, here's nbc's molly hunter. >> reporter: an ancient egyptian
road is a rarity, a wonder and now for the first time ever, a lost city rising from the sand, buried for millennia, untouched, almost in tact. >> we discover a large city to tell us about the life of the people uncovered by egypt's most famous archaeologist. it's the largest industrial city ever found in egypt, believed to be more than 3400 years old and he gave us the exclusive tour. it was just under sand >> under sand. the amazing thing now is what we found inside the city. >> he says it's the second-most important discovery ever after king tut's tomb in 1922. >> all of this zig zag, architectural elements everywhere, connected with the houses you can see in the two sides of the big street that divide the city to three districts and each district has an entrance >> reporter: it's called dazzling atton after the single
sun god as egypt moved to monotheism and it will change history books. it's the key to understanding the movement of egypt's most famous pharaohs. >> each piece of sand can tell us the life of the people. how the people lived in that time when egypt ruled the world the first step, dating the city. the zig zag walls used during the end of the 18th dynasty, and enscriptions used on vessels to cure meat confirm that >> look at this. surprise >> there's so much amazing pottery. >> the descriptions in hieroglyphics here say year 37. >> reporter: history says the city was abandoned, but was the city then repopulated when the famous king tut returned >> this vessel -- ah psych! >> just an ancient artifact,
3,000 years old. >> it can be for drinking. >> reporter: there has never been this much pottery discovered at one site, and it comes from all over, syria and palestine, the artifacts, museum ready. now being extraordinary at the other end of the city, vessels of all sizes, a treasure-trove of semi-precious stones, scarabes, beads and rings. >> fits on the pinkie. >> is this a real egg? >> real egg, yes 3,000 years old. >> reporter: he has another high-profile excavation on the go in the valley of the kings. >> we are entering the tomb of ramses ii. >> reporter: we descended into the tomb less gracefully than the pharaohs deserve the first ever tv crew to be inside and they're looking for a mystery tunnel connecting ramses to his sons. >> you never when the sands of egypt may hide of secrets.
>> reporter: and that wind is still really brutal, but i want to show you, this is how much of the city they have discovered just since september they have been working, digging straight through the pandemic. and they're not done they believe thousands of people lived right here they believe this is a fraction of the city that once thrived here and he says he's looking for clues about the people that lived here and interestingly, he's looking for clues that possibly king tut lived right here shep >> incredible. wow. 3,100 years before there was a u.s. amazing. passing time during a pandemic doesn't always pay off. coming up, meet the man making a big name for himself for the second time. plus, in vegas tonight, 500,000 cubic feet of van gogh and our very own contessa brewer hey, contessa! >> reporter: you might be thinking right now, van gogh?! what's he talking about? i'll tell you, i've spent all
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. "starry night," one of the most famous pieces of art in all the world. van gogh painted it in 1889 while he was staying at an asylum in the south of france, suffering from hallucinations, recovering after he cut off his ear. it was the beginning of a depression that would haunt him for the rest of his life art historians say van gogh painted what he could see out his window the rolling hills, blending into the dark sky a scene so captainivating it mas you almost feel like you can step into the painting and now you can. it's part of a massive new attraction on the vegas strip called area 15 and cnbc's contessa brewer is there right now. hey, contessa. >> hi, shep! area 15 opened last fall amid a
pandemic it's part art gallery, part theater, part theme park and part i don't know, rave. it's filled with mind-blowing experiences driven by 21st century technology but one portal takes you right into the 19th century, right into the paintings of vincent van gogh swirls of sound, a cacophony of color. an explosion of experience a wheat field comes to life. van gogh's self-portraits. and perhaps the artist's best-known work. >> this is "starry night." he came with his brother a.j. and his dad from salt lake city to see van gogh. >> you come here and see this, he would be like, that's so cool it's moving. >> reporter: it's moving for their grandpa, too don white found something three generations of family could just sit and enjoy together for more
than an hour >> they don't want to leave, so really enjoying it and it's great to have prime time with them for me. >> reporter: what's the common draw across age, race, and background i asked the man who brought immersive van gogh to the united states >> i think it's a combination of the immortal nature of his works. the accessibility of his works his personal story, which a lot of people know about, as well as the times in which we're living. >> reporter: there's pent-up demand for art and culture and this exhibit was designed for social distance, even before the pandemic, so patrons can have space to feel the art. >> we'll remember this one for a long time and talk about it. >> reporter: immersive experiences with the power to inspire, heal, and motivate. >> what we focus on is the
adventure, the curious, the person who wants to discover something and wants to be transformed. and that is swelling music to add to my story. >> reporter: crescendo on command? you've got to love it. immersive van gogh made it north american debut this week in las vegas, but it's scheduled for atlanta, new york, several other american cities. if you come to area 15 in vegas, i suggest you dress the part, because, you know, when in vegas, do what everyone else is doing. >> what happens there does not stay there, so keep that in mind yellow-headed contessa, thank you. the pandemic kept us all inside for a long time some of us had yellow hair passing the time in so many different ways for 29-year-old zack bra, it was a new hobby inspired by ice
cream. now that hobby is a booming business and the sweet treat not his only claim to fame. local coverage now from nbc station care 11 and their reporter, boyd hooper. >> reporter: this is a good day for katie. >> reporter: i'm really early today. >> alone completely worth it. that's oliver hancock, his mom >> i'm like, we won, oliver. >> reporter: and soon -- >> around the block, usually >> a sidewalk full of people down excelsior boulevard >> it is a hot ticket. >> i would stand in line for an hour for it. >> so how did this happen? >> my mom getting me an ice cream machine for my birthday, honestly >> reporter: zack was like a lot of us at the start of the pandemic, working his sales job from home. and in zack's case, experimenting with his new ice cream machine. >> this was a year ago on a whim, zack posted on instagram one of his first creations, a lucky charms ice cream. then, others initially brushing it off when
people wanted to buy his funfeti ice cream blondie sprinkles, but not for long >> i would post it on my page and say, i have ten pints available. i would have a hundred people messaging me that's when i kind of figured out, wow, i need to start doing this full scale in a full commercial kitchen >> which is why zack is now making his a to z creamy ice cream in a full commercial kitchen. why he's still experimenting with concoctions like garlic cream cheese swirl >> i think the corn dog was one of the first ones i got. i thought it was good. >> and why those ten pints a week are now 300 >> unique enough, i'm like, i'll try anything >> with demand often ten times that >> it's almost like a skill if you get it >> everything from scratch >> these are seven layer bars. >> one flavor a week, never repeated this instagram video will tease the weekly flavor. and this picture will be posted
when the flavor goes on sale now, watch this. >> it's going live >> some 300 points at $12 each, sold out in one minute >> isn't that insane i still get butterflies in my stomach. >> reporter: which in zack's case, is saying something. >> touchdown zack vraa, legendary receiver >> this is the first one so 2011. >> and holder of five national championship rings >> i'm the one right in the middle there holding the trophy. if i can be a part of a team that wins five national championships, i think i can make a successful ice cream business >> i'll try anything i can get my hands on. >> it's doubtful anyone in line even knows, as busy as they've been, trying to receive zack's ice cream. >> thank you >> stoked! ready to try it. he makes literally the best ice
cream i've ever had. >> every time i open the door and see the line wrapping around the corner, it's a feeling that never gets old >> super excited about this one. >> i've got two orders the former college football star, who's lined up a cool second half. >> enjoy >> for the news, i'm boyd hoopert. >> boyd, you are the best. that was awesome and i need that cooperation on space between america and russia was really an enormous diplomatic breakthrough back in the day. next, why it may be headed back to cold war conditions and naysayers have had a field day for generations. powered flight, never going to happen man on the moon, go away well, this weekend, nasa's looking to confound the doubters once again and show two worlds exactly what's possible. ♪♪ ♪ when the road feels endless ♪
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space, the final frontier, space, the final frontier, explored in recent decades by an unlikely team, the united states and russia but after years of cooperation, could a new space race be on the horizon? this morning, russia launched a soyuz rocketed headed to the international space station. the launch comes amid a growing rift between the u.s. and russia over the future of space here's nbc's matthew bodner. >> reporter: after 20 years in orbit, the international space station is starting to show signs of age and in more ways than one. on the russian half of the station, cosmonauts have spent the past year searching for tiny cracks that have appeared across the hull meanwhile, here on earth, political moods have changed rather significantly since the united states and russia first launched their space partnership
back in the 1990s. that spirit of reconciliation is gone, replaced now by a sense of mutual antagonism last seen during the cold war. to get a sense of where things stand and where the russian space program is going, i met with one of the russia's most famous living cosmonauts and to start things off, we talked about those cracks in the hull >> it was our biggest fear that it can be fatigue of metal and in this case, you can replace some pumps, you can replace some component on the station, but you cannot replace hull of the station. our analysis and the analysis of our colleagues from houston show that there is no metal fatigue, so i think the station can fly beyond 20, '25, and probably beyond even 2028 >> reporter: sooner or later, the iss project will end and talks are already underway about what comes next. nasa has proposed an international moon station called artemis and has invited
all of the iss partners to participate. but russia says it wants no part of it. instead, the head of the russian space space agency says that russia would like to work closer with china's space program. russia last month appeared to take a step in that direction, signing on to a moon project with china i have to ask, do you think they're going to join the artemis project? >> the artemis project is changing >> of course, all the time >> so it's difficult to join a moving target. >> reporter: russian and chinese space officials are set to meet in st. petersburg in june and will continue these discussions. so nasa may not have to wait too long to get their answer shep >> thanks so much. 118 years ago, humans achieved powered flight for the first time orville wright at the stick of flyer 1, brother wilbur watching nearby it was a 12-second flight, just a few feet above the dirt for about 40 yards but it wasn't long before
aircraft began to scratch near the edge of space and mars was always on the horizon. this is the first tv image of mars, beamed back by the flyby spacecraft mariner 1 in 1995 nasa technicians printed strips of data, pieced them together and hand-colored them. the moon came next, of course, but again, mars beckoned and in 1997, the "pathfinder" mission landed our first rover on the red planet. now nasa is set to make history again. they're attempting powered flight on another world for the first time on sunday, the mars helicopter "ingenuity" is attempt to lift off. the plan is to hover for 20 to 30 seconds and then land down here onert, drones do it all the time, but according to nasa, the martian atmosphere makes it tricky. >> on the one hand, you only have 1% or so of that
atmospheric pressure, you still have winds, and you're not flying on a parking lot or a meadow somewhere, you're flying on a rocky terrain >> long-term, the folks at nasa say they hope to use helicopters to guide future astronauts on mars 40 seconds left on race to the finish amazon workers in alabama voted against forming a union. it would have been the company's first union in the united states the house ethics committee has opened an investigation of republican matt gaetz over a list of allegations from sex trafficking to paying women for sex. gaetz denies it all. and tonight, he told supporters in miami, firebrands don't retreat. and the derek chauvin murder trial resumes on monday. the prosecution expected to rest its case early next week and now, you know news of this friday, april the 9th, 2021. i'm shepherd smith follow us on twitter and instagram @thenewsoncnbc and have a great weekend and lasts so much longer. enjoy the go with charmin.
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