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well, i guess i'm taking this back. [ laughter ] i'm gonna put it back and bring it out later. . crowds build in the minneapolis suburb where a cop shot a 20-year-old black man dead preparing for another night. i'm shepherd smith this is the news on cnbc her boss said she meant to fire her taser but fired her gun instead. kim potter arrested and charged in the death of daunte wright. the defense calls a medical examiner witness >> mr. floyd died of a cardiac arrythmia. >> so the knee in the neck of george floyd played no role? day 13 in the trial of derek chauvin. what to do now with the j&j
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vaccine the cdc holds an emergency meeting to push for more doses of pfizer and moderna. the capitol insurrection now we know they had the warning that congress itself was the target so why the directive not to use their strongest tactics against the mob? new details from a scathing watchdog report. plus bernie madoff dead at 82, the helpers behind the vaccine bots, and how americans are spending their stimulus checks >> live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepherd smith >> good evening. the police officer who killed daunte wright is in jail tonight. arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter. this is kim potter wearing an orange jumpsuit now instead of a uniform. potter's arrest comes just three days after she shot daunte wright during a traffic stop for expired tags in the minneapolis
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suburb of brooklyn center. >> taser, taser, taser i just shot him. >> according to the police chief who has since resigned potter thought she was firing her taser but drew her gun instead by mistake. we learned today from the prosecutor that potter's taser is yellow a black grip and was holstered on her left side while her black handgun was on the right. so in order to draw her taser she would have had to use her left hand but as you can see here she shot and killed wright with the gun in her right hand we've seen three straight days and nights of unrest and protests in the streets. and police are bracing for more demonstrations tonight nbc's jay gray on the ground for us what are you seeing in reaction to that officer's arrest >> reporter: i want to give you a realtime look at the situation here
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the curfew has been extended from 10:00 tonight from 10:00 to 6:00 in the morning. take a look the crowd really growing substantially over the last few minutes here packed with people who say they'll continue to call for justice for daunte wright. we've got megaphones out here, banners and a lot of people very frustrate. they're frustrated with what's going on here at the police station. i can show you behind the fence stepped up security. we've got the riot police that have just walked in with their shields, helmets and batons. as you move across you can see a sheriff's vehicles here with a gun turned at the top with someone actively watching the ground below they are pleased they're have been charges in this case so is wright's family according to their attorney >> obviously they are glad she got charged, but they do hope and pray for a day that we will get equal justice. >> reporter: what we're hearing out here from the crowd is a
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charge is one thing, a conviction is justice. and that's why they're here to make sure there is justice for daunte wright, say they're going to be here for as long as necessary, shep. >> jay gray, thanks very hutch david henderson now, civil rights lawyer, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor david, can you break down what second degree manslaughter means? is that an appropriate charge in this case in your view >> that's a tough one, shep. i worry that the authorities are making a promise they know they cannot keep because we've seen this play book before whether it's michael brown, eric garner, breonna taylor, something unspeakable happens and then to placate the public who's demanding justice the authorities bring a charge they know will be presented to a grand jury in secret, which is necessary for that charge to be formal here you've got based on that video i just don't think you can get there. >> david, do you see this going to trial or no >> that's the whole problem,
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shep when you present something to a grand jury, prosecutors are allowed to do it in secret and the proceedings are secret in the cases i mentioned earlier those all resulted in the grand jury rejecting charges because i believe the prosecution recommended that that happen and obviously if that happens you never have a case so you can never get to trial >> then what does happen >> what happens is you convince the public to go back home because the only thing right now, shep, in the world of civil rights that's led to changes in police reform has been people taking to the streets and demonstrating as we saw for george floyd minneapolis as you and i talked about before is on the verge of combusting because in the middle of one of the worst incidents of police violence we've ever seen another one occurs and the authorities know that. so they're trying to placate the public and convince people to go back home. >> david henderson, thanks very much derek chauvin's defense team put their own medical examiner on the stand, a retired
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pathologist with decades of experiences and hundreds of appearances in court as an expert witness he testified heart disease and drugs led to george floyd's death and that derek chauvin's knee was nowhere near his airway >> how did the heart and drugs contribute to the cause of death? >> there were significant or they contributed to mr. floyd having a sudden cardiac arrest and speaking and making noise is very good evidence that the airway was not closed. >> the medical examiner who actually performed the autopsy on george floyd testified last week the knee and the pressure and his pinning into the ground caused his death gabe, the cross-examination was tense today. >> reporter: yeah that's right, shep the prosecution came out swinging during
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cross-examination. as you mentioned dr. david fowler was a former medical examiner in maryland and he testified that george floyd did not die because of a lack of oxygen but rather potentially his drug use and underlying medical condition. now, of course he did not examine the body but he said that floyd's death in his opinion could have been ruled undetermined because of multiple factors including, he said, potentially carbon monoxide poisoning that was due to the exhaust coming from that police squad car. but during cross-examination the prosecution pushed back hard, and fowler acknowledged that he had no data to support that. he also acknowledged something else that might not be so favorable for the defense. >> are youcritical of the fact that he wasn't given immediate emergency care when he went into cardiac arrest >> as a physician i would agree. >> reporter: now, during a motions hearing in the morning maurice hall, one of the
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passengers in floyd's suv actually appeared in the courtroom but away from the jury and argued that he should not be compelled to testimony because he'd invoke the fifth amendment. he didn't want to incriminate himself and answer questions about floyd's drug use the judge actually quashed the subpoena, meaning he will not testify. and even before that the defense put forward a motion of acquittal essentially saying the prosecution did not meet its burden and the whole case should be dismissed the judge was not buying that and he denied that motion. more testimony for the defense is expected tomorrow, and the judge has told jurors to expect closing arguments on monday, shep >> back to david henderson now the former chief medical examiner of maryland argued george floyd's death was not from asphyxia. you only need one juror as you've been telling me night after night. might he help the defense convince one juror >> you know, shep, if there's a lone wolf out there this witness gave him or her something to hem or haw on. so yes
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it's always difficult to present a case and that's believe a cause that really hasn't been proven and we go so little about them coming out of jury selection and yes they've got something to hang their hat on. >> david, is this the key witness? where do they go from here >> here's what you have to remember about a trial it's like you and i talking about something while i'm waiting for my chance to talk and when i start i'm going to lead with what i have is the strongest thing to say and for the defendant defense that was george floyd's prior arrest video. so really what they've done is thrown mud and if anybody is attracted by that type of approach this witness gives them something to argue about with other jurors during deliberation >> everything is different in person we know this from watching live sports on tv or movies or whatever but you wonder if in person the jurors felt the sort of hemming and hawing when he was asking
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does that mean the knee didn't do anything or does that mean you don't know exactly when he died there was a lot of that over an extended period today. >> i agree and for me what marks that best is this claim the exhaust might have contributed to george floyd's death. when he had to admit he didn't even know if the car was on. so part of what's overlooked in this case is jerry blackwell does his best at litigation. he's used to questioning experts, toxicologists, doctors, industrial hygienists. and i think he made it clear fowler is a guy that gets paid to deliver an opinion and that's exactly what he was doing on the stand. >> we see him like this. we see him in the television box. they see a whole room and there are a lot of distractions. do we know how much attention they're paying these days? we get pool notes from a pool reporter, but do we have a sense of that? >>, you know, shep, that's the missing part of the trial for me when you're there in the
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courtroom there's any number of things you observe and it's not just the way the jury behave, it's the way the bailiffs behave. they say number three is falling asleep-in the box again. we don't get to see any of those things and i think what you're getting at is a good point we also don't see some of the reactions to some of the nonsense they heard on the stand today. >> there's a sense closing arguments are maybe around some time around the first of next week, summations around the end of this week we'll know soon. an emergency meeting of the cdc advisers held today to discuss this pause that's happening on the johnson & johnson vaccine. tonight there's new information about the six women who suffered the blood clots afterwards and the debate now about what to do next how long and how well will the moderna vaccine protect people who get it? new numbers on the effectiveness after the second shot. and the ever given freed
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like added sugars and preservatives, and what's left is the good stuff. the real fruit and vegetable juices of naked. strip down to naked. . a panel of cdc advisers met a panel of cdc advisers met today to review a possible link between j&j's single dose vaccine and extremely rare blood clots. after hours and hours of debate the experts decided they needed more time to review the data and assess the risks they say they won't vote on a recommendation until they meet again. we're told that could happen in a week to ten days or so so the emergency meeting comes a day after the fda and cdc recommended a pause in administering the shot out of an abundance of caution as they put it the pause remains in effect at least for now. federal health officials say blood clots occurred in six women between the ages of 18 and 48 one woman died, another now critical they all developed symptoms 6 to
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13 days after they got the shot. those 6 cases out of more than 7 million who have now received the j&j shot all 50 states and d.c. have now stopped using the vaccine. the u.s. military and several major pharmacy chains have paused the shots as well cnbc's meg terrell covers science and medicine for us. meg, did all the cdc advisers want to delay today's vote or was it a split decision? >> no, shep. while it was an overwhelming feeling from most of the committee a representative from the fda for example suggested it could be possible to just update the fact sheets for the j&j vaccine to include warnings about these rare clots and the public health director for the state of maine argued, quote, not making a decision is tantamount to making a decision. any extension of the pause, he said, will invariably result in the fact that the most vulnerable individuals in the united states who were prime candidates for the j&j vaccine will remain vulnerable others, though, pointed out the u.s. has ample sly of the two
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other vaccines from pfizer and moderna which use a different technology have haven't seen these same rare blood clots. the committee seemed influenced by the experience with the astrazeneca vaccine around the world citing age based restrictions put in place in the u.k., australia and countries in europe that vaekseen has been tied to more reports of what appear to be very similar though still rare blood clots and the technology is the same approach as for j&j'sx vaccine but there are still only six cases of these clots identified in the u.s. and the committee felt they needed more time and potentially more data to make a recommendation until then the j&j vaccine remains on pause, the decision the committee acknowledged that has implications not just for the u.s. but also for the rest of the world, which like us is still battling this pandemic and watching this very closely shep >> thank you surgeon and professor at harvard school of public health. doctor, thank you. the cdc really punted on the j&j
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decision today are you concerned the longer they wait to make a decision the more harm that could do to confidence in the vaccine? >> no question that will happen, but i understand some of the reasons why they did it is 6 per 7 million, but there's a couple of pieces of new data that came through they were able to calculate the risk for women and that was closer to 1 in 13,000 and that was part of the reason to want to pause most of the women who got vaccinated in the last two weeks we haven't seen the reports come out. second, they recognized a case of a man age 25 in the johnson & johnson trial who had a cerebral hemorrhage from the same type of blood clot so they want to assess whether young men are at risk however, i think there is enough information to know for people over 50 this is safe and i think they could have potentially
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lifted the pause for the older age group. i think that is where this may land like you saw for astrazeneca in europe. >> not a single person over 50, not a single question over 50. a lot of people over 50 need a shot although i got mine so why not continue over 50? i'm not a professional in this i don't understand it, but i'm very curious >> yeah, i think it's because we do have two excellent vaccines over 100 million people have received the mrna vaccines from moderna and pfizer with none of these cases appearing. and given theau of a vaccine i think they're pushing those out. i've been advocating for given the surge of cases we're at 700 deaths a day still and rising from covid i've been at advocate for saying wave got to say a vaccine let's give the first doses and push the second dose out two, four, six weeks and we could double the number of people being vaccinated right now and stem
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the surge. johnson & johnson availability has been small enough that has been a reason why they are saying let's use the supply we have >> i listened as the person in charge today said the agency has no evidence that the j&j vaccine is actually causing the blood clots. six instances, a spreading virus, is it in your estimation did they do exactly the right thing and is a continued pause in order >> i think that a pause for the young population made sense. i would disagree with the person who said there is not a clear -- there's not smoke here we have an unusual kind of blood clotting syndrome, very specific to these vaccines in the younger age group, women, and it's not like the other kinds of cases that these -- that these rare incidences occur so i think there probably is
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some risk of this rare condition elevated in a particular age group. that group of women will likely need some -- may well come out saying they should get an m rna vaccine unless they absolutely have no choice, but i do think there's something distinctive going on here. >> but i have a phone. and on that phone i have witnessed personally the nay sayers are super loud now. and we all know that's the last thing we need, and it could prolong this hell. >> i would only say that this open trance apparent process of saying we are constantly assessing the data, taking it seriously and taking action on it is, i think, the greatest source of confidence rather than pretending that there is no problem there because people are going to use it for disinformation it is being used ford elsewheren
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disinformation this has been a careful and structured process and ultimately that's how keep confident about these interventions making a difference thanks so much some encouraging news right now in the fight against covid moderna announcing its vaccine protects people for at least six months, roughly 90% effective at preventing the disease after the second shot. and get this, more than 95% effective against severe cases the company's results on par with data pfizer released earlier this month the promising news brings moderna one step closer to asking the fda for full approval of its vaccine and if the agency green lights the shot moderna could start selling doses directly to people and private companies all across america. bernie madoff, the master mind of the country's biggest investment fraud ever died today in federal prison. tonight an inside look at the scandal that destroyed live from
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bernie madoff the architect of the largest ponzi scheme in
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american history died today in prison he was 82. it caused the ripples of his downfall to reach far and wide, billions of dollars gone and countless of lives destroyed here's cnbc's scott cohn >> reporter: for more than 50 years he was famous only on wall street, a big money manager, founder of his own firm at age 22 >> the basic concept of wall street which sometimes the regulators lose sight of and as do the academics is a for-profit enterprise >> reporter: he became chairman of the nasdaq, an authority on regulation >> no one's going to run a benefit for wall street so whenever -- so whenever i go down to washington and meet with the sec and complain to them that the industry is either overregulated or the burdens are too great they all start to roll their eyes >> reporter: but in december 2008 >> if you work at a trading desk stop what you're doing for one second >> reporter: bernie madoff
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became a household name. >> the fbi arrested him this morning after he told employees yesterday his business was a giant ponzi scheme >> tonight as much as $50 billion is gone, vanished. >> reporter: for madoff clients around the world including celebrities like steven spielberg, kevin bacon and regular investors like bet greenfield who lost everything >> i kept saying this can't be, this just is not happening >> reporter: madoff confessed he hadn't made a single trade in years. critics like an investigator earned the ultimate i told you so >> i delivered the largest ponzi scheme in history to them and somehow they couldn't be bothered to conduct a thorough and proper investigation >> reporter: the stain of the madoff scandal forced a total makeover over at the sec >> i think there's a need for a refocus here on investor protection >> reporter: but the impact went
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much further bernie madoff may have done more to teardown investor confidence than any individual in history in 2009 he pleaded guilty to 11 criminal counts and received the maximum sentence, 150 years. in court he insisted it was all his idea his family, he claimed, knew nothing. how could they not know? ruth madoff was bernie's high school sweetheart. for a brief time she kept the books. >> did you see nothing, ruth >> nothing absolutely nothing >> reporter: their sons mark and andrew ran the trading business. they too insisted they didn't know but for mark the older son the suspicion alone was too much >> the body of mark madoff was found at his new york city apartment this morning exactly two years after his father was arrested in a massive swindle. >> reporter: just 46 years old mark madoff became the third suicide linked to his father's fraud. four years later in 2014 younger
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son andrew died after a long battle with cancer maintaining his innocence till the end having refused to speak a word to his father since he and his brother turned him in. >> my father what he did was awful and affected the lives of so many people, stole peoples dreams and futures and us among them. and i'll never forgive him for that >> reporter: to the end in letters from prison madoff defended his family even his younger brother peter who also went to prison for falsifying records. but he said others were complicit in the fraud including his bankers and some of his biggest investors. he claimed he pressured them to give some of their money back. those parties were well aware of the inicriminating evidence i possessed about their implicit activity and wisely came forward with settlements he wrote. but authorities say madoff was never any help and the remorse
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he claimed in the message was suspect as well. in 2009 he turned to his victims, i'm sorry, he said, i know that doesn't help you it didn't and neither does bernie madoff's death. >> stay tuned for more of scott cohn's reporting during a special hour long documentary. bernie madoff, his life and crimes, up next after the news on cnbc. president biden announced the date by which the last american troops will leave afghanistan. but new concerns now that ending america's longest war will trigger a resurgence of the terror groups that sowed the seeds of the terrorists who started it in the first place. and the latest on the search and rescue effort after a ship capsizes off a louisiana coast and a live look, brooklyn center, minnesota, where the crowds are gathering for a fourth straight night to protest the death of daunte wright the officer who shot and killed him charged today with second degree manslaughter.
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i'm shepherd smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top news. 100 days until the summer olympics tonight meet a leader for team usa hoping for one last trip to the podium intelligence reports ignored. orders not to use powerful crowd
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control tools. the findings from a new report on the response to the capitol insurrection and today president biden announcing he's withdrawing all u.s. troops from afghanistan, marking the end of america's longest war. >> i'm now the fourth united states president to preside over american troop presence in afghanistan, two republicans, two democrats. i will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth. >> reporter: the president says the draw down will start next month from 2,500 troops to none by september 11th, 20 years since the terror attacks that preceded the war the president of afghanistan says he spoke with president biden and he respects the decision to withdraw in a tweet he wrote the country will work with the u.s. partners to ensure a smooth transition. but some lawmakers over here say they're concerned pulling our troops out could lead to a resurgence in the terror groups on the ground. the president's cia director
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today acknowledged the move will have consequences. >> when the time comes for the u.s. military to withdraw the u.s. government's ability to collect and act on threats will diminish that's simply a fact >> but director burns added neither al-qaeda nor isis currently has the capacity to attack the u.s. homeland as they once did cnbc senior white house correspondent kayla taushe how did president biden explain this decision to everyone to pull out the troops? >> shep, today president biden said the u.s. is withdrawing its troop from afghanistan because it's reached its goal of destabilizing al-qaeda and wants to honor an a 2020 peace deal with the taliban. >> it was an agreement made by the united states government and that means something so in keeping with that agreement -- >> reporter: last february after 18 months of negotiations the u.s. and its allies pledged to remove all troops within 14 months and in return the taliban
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said it would not use the soil of afghanistan to threaten the security of the u.s. and its allies a senior administration official called the risk of al-qaeda reemerging genuine but today president biden had harsh words for critics who suggested only some residual force could prevent a power vacuum there >> we gave that argument a decade it's never proved effective. not when we had 98,000 troops in afghanistan and not when we're down to a few thousand our diplomacy does not hinge on having boots in harms way. >> today at nato defense secretary said african forces are now more capable of securing their borders and protecting afghan people thanks to training from coalition forces. a small military footprint will remain to protect american diplomats and the pentagon is expected to provide an update on where troops will be relocated when they leave afghanistan. shep >> and america's top intel
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sheaves today said china is now the biggest threat to america. >> reporter: shep, today on capitol hill the first worldwide threats hearing in two years the director of national intelligence called china an un-paralleled priority and the director of the fbi said the bureau is working around the clock to combat threats from china at all levels. >> we're opening a new investigation in china every ten hours and i can ensure the committee that's not because our folks don't have anything to do with their time. >> reporter: while china is the top threat overseas officials say domestic extremism remains the top threat here at home. >> thanks. capitol police were warned violence was coming on january 6th and that congress was the target we know that now because there's a new report today from the internal watchdog for the capitol police it found that police did receive a threat assessment three days before the riots saying unlike previous post-election protests
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the targets of the pro-trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters but rather congress itself is the target on the 6th. the report also found that police received director orders barring them from using their strongest crowd control measures like stun grenades and while putting together their operations plan department leaders reported no specific known threats. that was not true. there was a known threat to members of congress. cnbc's eamon javers live in washington this was a long detailed report and you wonder why didn't they get the right information? you wonder who's behind that >> this report is just a devastating account of the failures of the capitol police back on january 6th. the inspector general found the police didn't have the right equipment and couldn't get access to some equipment that they did have. the police had less lethal weapons but were ordered not to use them, the report found
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and then there was the frustration around the riot shields. the report said when the crowd became unruly the civil disturbance unit platoon attempted to access a bus to distribute the shields, but they were unable to because the bus door was locked. and even worse some protective shields shattered upon impact, and some munitions in the armory were beyond their expiration dates. overall the report made 26 recommendations calling for improvements from everything from training to intelligence gathering to equipment standards. the former senate sergeant at arms reacted to the report today saying the i.g. had the benefit of hindsight here. he said i don't know if there are a lot of plans in the book how to counter a presidentially inspired riot. capitol police specter michael a. bolton will testify tomorrow, and lawmakers will have the opportunity to question him about all this
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one issue we expect to come up is whether or not congress need a september 11th type commission to get to the bottom of how this awful situation came to be federal prosecutors have decided not to charge the capitol police officer who shot and killed a capitol rioter on january 6th. an officer says she shot ashley babbitt in self-defense as she climbed drow a broken door during the insurrection. she was an 35-year air force veteran and an avid supporter of the former president from san diego. prosecutors say they found no evidence he violated any laws or anything to contradict his claim of self-defense. a senate bill targeting the rise of hate crime against asian-americans made it past a kree procedural hurdle earlier this evening the covid-19 hate crimes act would direct the justice department to expedite their review of any hate crimes linked to the pandemic and help law enforcement agencies establish ways to report these incidents among other things
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the senate overwhelmingly advanced the legislation 92-6, a rare bipartisan effort which could mean it has a good chance at final passage. a group of mothers whose sons died by gun violence or at the hands of police speaking out today. women who didn't asked to be leaders but felt like they were forced to be when they woke up one day and their whole world had changed. today they provide for daunte wright's mother, a tragedy the group is far too familiar with >> to katey, my heart goes out to you every day we wake up our sons and daughters were killed last night. this will never go away. >> my sister, you're not in this alone. we're here we're here for you as these mothers reach out to you, i reach out to you i embrace you, i empower you and
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i hold you in my heart because i know what you're going through whoever said time heals all wounds did not lose a child. because we are never going to heal this country has done something to us that will never be repaired >> the mother of stephon clark, a 22-year-old shot and killed by police in sacramento three year. ago. mother to eric garner. sabrina fulton, her son just 17 when he was shot and killed while walking home in florida. also the mother of michael brown, 18 when he was shot and killed in ferguson, missouri when he wanted to score a police station he created a bot to help him snag one now he's using that same
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. america's no america's now averaging more than 3 million vaccines a day, but with so many folks trying to get the shots appointments book up so fast sometimes within minutes. now volunteers and bots are working to solve the problem here's one example last night the twitter account vax updates posted about new openings at cvs pharmacies in new jersey for americans struggling to find doses the bots can be a lifesaver. so we wanted to find out who's behind the bots? >> lives are at stake. >> reporter: they are working tirelessly behind the scenes >> it's just 24 hours a day going, going, going. >> reporter: to get shots in the arms of strangers. when finding an appointment can
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be next to impossible. >> if you want one you should be able to get one. >> reporter: meet the volunteers donating their time to help thousands. would you say this is like a full time job? >> yes yes 110% >> reporter: his real job broadway actor his last show shutdown when covid first hit. >> and now i'm helping others in new jersey setup vaccine appointments what a switch. >> reporter: after seeing how hard it was for his parents to get a vaccine appointment he came up with an idea, leveraging the same technique he used to score a police station when they were flying off the shelves. >> i was able to use different methods of basically glorified page refreshers to find out when appointments were going live on certain county websites, and it actually worked pretty flawlessly >> reporter: and he shared the updates in realtime. >> when i created this twitter
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account i had no expectations for it at all and has grown in ten weeks from zero to 100,000 people which is massive community. >> reporter: across the country in los angeles his i in that position wheres they a suffering because they wanted ae vaccine but di engineer surbhi. so she developed a bot that searches the web >> the code scrapes information from retailer websites and every time it finds an available vaccine it tweets out the information. >> making it simple for californians to find appointments >> this is like a very little i can do to do my part >> reporter: she struggled to find a vaccine for her mom in new jersey >> she's in her mid-70s in remission from cancer so getting the shot for her was really, really important >> reporter: after 6 weeksf trying she found a facebook group run by volunteers who helped book her mom's shot >> the relief i knew my mom was
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debt the survey also allowed people to choose more than one response and a majority of americans say the stimulus checks won't last them even three months, but about a quarter say they're adding the extra cash to their savings. it was a big day for crypto as counsel base shines on wall street and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money." coin base closed at $328 a share in its nasdaq debut well above the reference price of 250 at one point it went as high as $429 briefly valued the digital currency at more than $100 billion as investors get into the action more people are popping bubbly according to the data from nielsen iq champagne sales up 88% in march over last year lvmh reporting a 22% jump in the first quarter. that french conclaumerate owns
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there's a massive search effort happening right now off the louisiana coast. at least one person killed, a dozen still missing after a cargo ship capsized yesterday. so far the u.s. coast guard has rescued six people look at this ting. they were all aboard 129-foot boat they say they pulled one body out of the choppy waters yesterday afternoon the coast guard got a distress call about 8 miles south of -- officials say they deployed two boats a helicopter and a plane the captain of the operation says it's still hopeful in
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finding survivors. >> i will tell you that we remain hopeful >> hard to hear but officials have not identified the victims and the cause of this accident still unknown. the super sized container ship that blocked the suez canal for almost a week is stuck in a brand new way. the ever given is now held by egyptian authorities until a $900 million bill is paid. that's according to egypt's state run news outlet. the hefty price tag accounts for lost revenues, damage to the canal and the cost of the rescue efforts to free the thing. more than 400 ships were blocked from crossing the canal when a cargo ship ran aground a spokesman for the japanese company that runs the ever given says insurance companies and lawyers right now trying to work it all out she is part of summer olympics which is now just 100 days away. the 2020 games were delayed, of course, a full year due to the
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pandemic marking the occasion the olympic rings unveiled in tokyo today. another debut the closing ceremony uniform team usa is going to wear, courtesy design of ralph lauren. and lacing up her sneakers perhaps if the last time is one of the best to ever take the court in usa womens basketball the story of sue bird. >> reporter: at the 2004 athens olympics sue bird served as team captain don saily's understudy she played magnificently >> staly banks it in and the united states can claim the best womens basketball team in the world. >> reporter: team usa won gold sue bird learned just how much that victory meant when on the way home her flight attendant asked to see bird's medal. >> the minute other passengers saw it it was being passed up and down people just wanted to touch this
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moment, and that's when i was like this is different >> reporter: based on talent alone bird is different. she's one of the most accomplished basketball players of all-time with four olympic gold medals, four wnba championships and two ncaa championships. from an early age her enormous talent was clear >> i do remember the first college recruitment letter i got, i just finished my sixth grade year and i got it from duke and i was just super excited. looking back i think that was a big moment for me because i was like wait a minute i could go to college for this >> reporter: bird landed at the university of connecticut in 1998 her college coach was the legendary -- >> you know it starts and ends with the coach when i think about like the
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framework of who i am as a player it's because of him >> bird pulls up, it's good. two-on-one, bird pull up shot, superb with a three. sue bird >> reporter: equipped with his education bird rose through the professional and national team ranks. >> sue bird drops in the jumper. >> reporter: she and fellow husky and olympian diana taurasi even inspired their college coach to take one more shot at the olympics >> after the london olympic i really did in my heartfelt like okay that's it, i don't really need to do this anymore. why mess with a really good thing? i think if they weren't playing i definitely wouldn't do it, but i think an opportunity to be around them one more time, it was really hard for me to say anything other than yes. good job
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>> sue bird. >> reporter: the results were the same for team usa as they had been for the past five games. >> as they close it out here in rio, the united states womens olympic basketball team showing perfection six straight olympic gold medals >> reporter: tokyo will bring in a new coach, one that will take bird's olympic journey full circle, dawn staley, the woman she first backed up will now coach the team >> there's an intensity about her, focus about her she doesn't take crap from anybody. i saw that in her as a player and you can see it as a coach. >> reporter: tokyo will likely be bird's last olympics, one last chance to see one of the sport's best, a woman whose gifts to the game fly well above
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simple statistics. >> yes, i'd call sue bird a legend her résumé speaks for itself she's one at every level going for a fifth gold medal and the best point guard in the world. >> sue's definitely a legend she's one of the ghosts of our game to be a legend you really have to be selfless and i think that's who sue is. she really gives up herself with her teammates. >> sharing her knowledge and the love of the game with the young ones coming up, i'm so lucky i've been able to play with her and be her teammate. and i can't imagine usa basketball without her that will be a weird day >> sue bird, the heartbeat, emotional leader of this team. >> i actually have a teammate who plays the song by drake
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called "legend by me" all the time i know when it's all said and done i've won a lot and you can't argue that, which is nice. so if that's makes me a legend, i'll take it >> the summer olympics on the networks of nbc universal including this one starting in july first though this evening, tragedy, anguish and an award winning record breaking international celebrity is missing. ripped from his own home according to police. there he is, what guinness calls the world's longest rabbit kidnapped on saturday in central england. 4'3", weighs 49 pounds a rabbit at the height of his fame insured for more than $1.5 million the search for darius began over the weekend. his owner annette edwards offering a $2,000 pound reward for his safe return about $2,700 and calling the day of his
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