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not just for the stock market but for the whole world. i'd like to say there is always a bull market somewhere and i promise to find it just for you here on "mad money." i'm jim cramer, see you monday the news wiuz wews with shepard starts now another mass shooting. eight dead at a fedex facility in indianapolis. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc >> fedex officials have confirmed that he was a former employee at the facility. >> police seize evidence from the suspect's home and search for a motive as america endures its ninth mass murder over the past month adam toledo, daunte wright, george floyd, all killed by cops. >> too often in this country law enforcement uses unnecessary force. >> tonight examining how officers train for life-or-death encounters. close to $2 billion to track
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covid variants in america. the dangerous strains driving the surge in new cases. it's the size of new york, chicago and san francisco combined inside china's high-tech environmentally friendly city of the future. plus family reunion at the border first guilty plea from the capitol insurrection and having a dill of a time at the pickleball championship. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith yet again in america, more gun violence eight dead victims and this time it took just one to two minutes. a gunman on a rampage at a fedex facility in indianapolis investors have identified the shooter as 19-year-old brandon scott hole, a former fedex employee who worked at the same warehouse he shot up we're now learning the fbi questioned the gunman last april and law enforcement took away
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one of his guns. today federal agents raided his home we saw them carry out desktop computers, cds and this long cardboard box. investigators say they're still searching for the motive police last night say that the shooter opened fire with a rifle at random, first in the parking lot and then inside the building where he continued his massacre before shooting and killing himself. in just one month we've now had nine mass shootings. shootings at spas in atlanta, a supermarket in boulder, a family-run real estate office in southern california where a little boy died in his mother's arms now yet again in america, a community shattered. tonight yet again the american flag is at half staff over the white house. yet again president biden is urging congress to act to stem the bloodshed. >> this has to end it's a national embarrassment.
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it is a national embarrassment what's going on. who in god's name needs a weapon that can hold a hundred rounds, or 40 rounds, or 20 rounds it's just wrong. and i'm not going to give up until it's done. >> president biden has been pushing lawmakers to ban assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines, but since the last shooting and the one before that, nothing each time we hear kids cry, parents pray, and politicians promise, and then it happens yet again in america nbc's catie beck is at the fedex facility in indy for us tonight. catie, the fbi confirms they had previous contact with the gunman before the shooting. give us the details as you have them. >> reporter: that's right. in march of 2020 the suspect's mother actually contacted local authorities and said she feared her son was going to commit suicide by cop at that time he was visited by local authorities, taken into
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custody on mental health grounds and a shotgun was seized from his home then, a month later in april of 2020, the fbi followed up in a conversation with the suspect but found no criminal grounds to charge him so they let him go. we are told that shotgun was not returned this morning when we were hearing from witnesses inside this facility when they say they saw the hooded gunman come in the door and start spraying bullets, there were terrifying accounts from people who said this guy looked like he knew his way around police confirming today that that 19-year-old was a former employee, did know his way around here's what one employee had to say about what he witnessed this morning. >> my friend at the time witnessed a man who was not a part of the incidents, but he also pulled out a gun from his truck to try and engage the shooter. and he died because of it.
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>> reporter: so these were the type of difficult descriptions that we were hearing throughout the day, shep, from people who were inside that facility witnessing what was going on and what would have been an ordinary overnight shift inside this plant. >> catie beck live on scene, thank you. protests are under way in chicago. they are demanding justice for 13-year-old adam toledo after police yesterday released video of an officer shooting and killing him. adam was a seventh grader. his last seconds documented by body cam footage that sparked outrage and grief in the city and beyond surveillance video appeared to show adam had thrown away the gun that he was holding right before he turned to face the officer. his hands appeared empty at the time he was shot some analysts are calling for the officer who killed him to be fired. this is eric stillman. he's been placed on administrative leave duties for the next 30 days. he's 34 years old. he's been on the force for five years.
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the shooting in chicago only adding to the debate over the use of force by police the attorney for stillman said his client was left with no other option but to shoot adam, arguing that officer stillman had no place to take cover in brooklyn center where daunte wright was shot and killed, the officer there said she grabbed her gun by accident instead of her taser. the topic is already on trial in minneapolis while the death of george floyd is replayed in court. three examples, all different circumstances, but raising similar questions. isaiah mckinnon now former chief of police in detroit let's start in chicago the officer's split-second decision there led to the death of adam toledo is that what the training says officers should do in that type of situation >> shepard, that's the worst-case scenario for any officer. it's 2:30 in the morning you're chasing a person down a street or an alley
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you see a gun, and you tell that person to drop the gun or stop or something to that effect. he didn't see the man or the person throw the gun away. at some point the person turns around the officer has a split second, i talk about a split second to make that decision this will be second guessed forever, but, you know, i lost four officers during my time as chief of police in detroit one officer in almost exactly this same where a person shot him. he had a vest and the bullet skipped off the vest and killed him. these are the kinds of situations, shepard, that we can't literally give the first shot to the other person. >> then there's brooklyn center, taser versus gun it's a big debate now. officers are trained to know the difference, right? >> they are trained to know the
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difference in those kinds of situations, however, in the heat of the moment, i want to give everybody the benefit of the doubt here. but as we look at whether it's the gun or the taser, do we need to go with the taser or the gun? in this situation, you can see the taser as the officer has that gun or taser pointed at the victim to me it looks as if you can see a yellow thing in front of you, it looks as if you can see this. so there are three officers that were presenting at the scene so there was no reason in my opinion to go to this kind of circumstance >> and what about de-escalating? there's training on that too isn't that a potential solution to really all of these problems? i mean, a, you didn't have to chase the kid. he did have a gun. i'm not a cop, i've never faced
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this, who am i to judge. but we all have to think about this because people keep dying. >> we absolutely do. de-escalation is the potential answer i remember once i had almost a similar circumstance where i stopped a person, a young kid who had a weapon i pulled my gun on him he had the gun out it turned out it was a toy gun it could have been awful for this young man and certainly for myself but you have that split second you want to de-escalate as much as possible, but i think, shepard, we want to look at the kind of people we're bringing into this group of law enforcement. we want to make sure that they make the right decisions that's so important in terms of who we bring in, what kind of training, and the -- if it's a daily, yearly, monthly, yearly
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training for officers who have to face these situations. >> isaiah, i can't thank you enough all the best. we want to turn to covid now because the situation in brazil is now being called a humanitarian catastrophe tonight the rising death toll among children and babies, and the warning to women there not even to get pregnant england preparing tomorrow for the funeral of prince philip ahead, the guest list, the covid precautions, the special hearse he helped design that will carry his coffin. and finding a way back from extremism. later in this news hour, the help line jammed with callers desperate to rescue people they love who have embraced the ideologies of hate >> announcer: the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith, back in 60 seconds. o the. it doesn't ring the bell on wall street. or disrupt the status quo. t-mobile for business uses unconventional thinking to help you realize new possibilities.
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younger people is a key step toward ending the pandemic, but right now covid is spreading across america people are still getting very sick and some are dying. at least 37 states reported a rise in average daily cases over the past week. 37, according to johns hopkins health officials say highly contagious variants are contributing to this upward trend. today the white house announced plans to invest $1.7 billion to help states track and monitor the new variants meanwhile the cdc reports a panel of advisers will meet next friday to discuss the nationwide pause on administering the j&j vaccine. health experts are concerned that shelving the shot could increase vaccine hesitancy, especially among marginalized communities. in north carolina, one organization is now sending teams of specialists to encourage people to get shots and ensure they're being distributed equally. nbc's mara barrett is in wake
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county. >> reporter: these strike teams are made up of community-embedded teams that bring together vaccination opportunities like this one at the church specifically targeted to the latino community here in wake county. the reason they picked this spot is because the team is using data vulnerability mapping and that makes sure they can look at historically marginalized communities, the rates of poverty, the rates of low access to transportation and housing and they also overlay that with the covid positivity rates we've seen over the past year, where there are issues in testing and making sure they target and vaccination sites are available. they are making calls to local leaders and members to make sure they can combat any vaccine hesitancy because they have seen some now, especially with the j&j pause. people cancelling some of their appointments so these people can make those one-on-one calls to help ease any of that hesitation they have seen some successes. >> we've seen some people move from an absolute no, there's no way i'm going to get vaccinated to, well, i'll consider it
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and then we've seen some people move from i'll consider it to i'm getting vaccinated to i'm now vaccinated and so that's what we are working on, at least trying to move the needle a little bit. >> reporter: shep, this eligibility expansion we're seeing on monday comes earlier than president biden originally planned. the program director here said speeding things up can be a good thing but it often justifies injustice and that's exactly what they're working to combat here in north carolina shep. >> thank you. covid deaths in brazil are now peaking, but the virus isn't killing just adults there. the government estimates about 1,300 young children, including babies, have died since the pandemic began experts say the real number is likely much higher today the brazilian health minister urged women do not get pregnant until brazil gets covid under control. it's in part due to the dominant variant which appears to affect expectant mothers more than other strains. health care systems across
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brazil are buckling as patients overwhelm icus drugs needed to intubate people are running dangerously low and in some hospitals they have run out. one doctor in rio telling the associated press that nurses started tying patients to their beds because they which have any more sedatives international health officials describe the situation in brazil as a humanitarian catastrophe. earlier today we spoke with a top doctor there. >> we are in our worst moment of the pandemic we are living the peak of the second wave and in some areas we are just expecting the third wave of the epidemic in brazil and now we are living under what i would say an unthinkable situation in terms of the overwhelming hospital system with all icus completely full of covid-19 patients. we'll have the saddest april and
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maybe the saddest may of our lives because we are having almost 4,000 deaths a day in the country. in some areas we even have shortness of coffins to bury people dying by covid-19. >> it's incredible johns hopkins reports brazil has the second most covid deaths in all the world, not far behind the united states, but with two-thirds the population. tomorrow, the queen will say her final good-bye to her husband, prince philip, before he's laid to rest. today buckingham palace releasing details of the royal funeral. there will be no eulogies and no sermons, but a small choir will sing songs chosen by the late prince philip. only 30 people set to attending the service due to covid restrictions on the guest list, prince harry. a palace spokesperson says he's quarantining at home near windsor castle it's the duke of sussex' first time since he stepped back from royal duties and moved across the atlantic
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his wife, meghan markle, will not attend the service a physician has advised her not to travel because she's pregnant with the couple's second child and the uk prime minister boris johnson will not be at the funeral either instead he'll watch it on tv on what we should expect for the royal funeral, here's nbc's keir simmons. >> reporter: prince philip will be laid to rest in st. george's chapel, a day of family good-byes, military honors, and history. the funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m. eastern, when the coffin will be brought from the private chapel at windsor castle to the state entrance at 2:40 here, 9:40 eastern it will be placed in a modified land rover that prince philip himself created. he had a passion for design. at 2:45, 9:45 eastern, the hearse will proceed through a route lined by military personnel to arrive eight minutes later at the west steps of st. george's chapel where the
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royal marines will lift the coffin and carry it inside the funeral will take place at 3:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. eastern, following a national minutes of silence. buckingham palace has revealed a 30-person guest list and the formation of those walking behind the hearse. his children, princess ann and prince charles, will be followed by prince edward and prince andrew coming after will be his grandchildren, prince william and prince harry, though they will be separated by their cousin, peter phillips the two famously walked with their grandfather at princess diana funeral. the queen will travel in a bentley behind the procession. and in programs the most poignant moment of the day filled with meaning during the ceremony, she will sit alone the service here at windsor castle will last less than an hour the end of an era. shep. >> keir simmons, thank you now an update from the
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louisiana coast. as bad weather delays search and rescue attempts of that capsized boat. and thousands of children arriving at the u.s. border. tonight the story of one boy who became lost in the desert trying to cross into arizona, bouncing from government custody to foster care, all while his mother kept up a desperate search in a system she said offered no help. with visible, you get unlimited data for as little as $25 a month. but when you bring a friend, you get a month for $5. so i'm bringing everyone within 12 degrees of me. bam, 12 months of $5 wireless.
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a second body now recovered from that capsized ship off the coast of louisiana
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coast guard officials say they found the remains about 30 miles from the boat. another victim found on wednesday. rescuers still searching for 11 people listed officially as missing. authorities say they think it's possible that survivors might have found air pockets inside the ship, so divers knocked on the hull today hoping for contact, but no response the ntsb declaring a major marine casualty and now set to investigate. it's been three days since the coast guard received that distress call. so far they have recovered six people no victims identified, and the cause still unknown. the u.s. government reports it has almost 22,000 migrant children in its custody right now, and that number is expected to rise to about 35,000 next month. we've been reporting on the surge of migrant children crossing the southern border without their parents, but what happens after they get here?
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well, about 80% of them already have a family member living in the united states. that's according to homeland security about 40% of those family members are their legal parents or guardians those family members then have to call a hotline and piece together information on where their children are reuniting often a painful process, they tell us. one that sometimes takes weeks, even up to a month the resources are limited, the parents are desperate. like one mom who decided to take matters into her own hands here's nbc's dasha burns. >> reporter: you could say it's a story about immigration, about the overwhelming number of unaccompanied minors in government custody, about policy and politics it's also a story about a teddy bear named peludin he traveled from santa ana, california, to phoenix, arizona, in the arms of a mother desperate to reunite him with her 6-year-old boy, named juan
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felipe holding the bear as tightly as she wanted to hold her son [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: this is here so he knows he has a buddy because he lost one on the way. >> reporter: juan felipe lost his first one in the desert when crossing the border from mexico to arizona his mom, andrea, says she came to the u.s. from venezuela last year because of threats on her life when they are family started receiving the same threats, they too came here seeking asylum juan felipe traveled with his stepfather, half brother and his abuela, but were separated by customs and border protection despite the fact that he was with his stepfather and juan felipe was deemed an unaccompanied minor. cbp did not respond to comment on the situation she spent a week trying to get
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information on her son but andrea eventually did get a call from cbp telling her juan felipe wouldn't stop crying. then another call from health and human services telling her he wasn't eating or sleeping. >> what was it like to get those phone calls, hear your son crying on the other end of the line what was that experience like for you? she learned he was placed in a temporary foster home in phoenix so she sought help from dr. amy cohen, who runs every last one, a nonprofit who helps reunite families the two got on a plane to
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arizona to advocate for juan felipe's release. >> we are inundated with calls inundated with calls from families with very young children who they have not heard from for weeks and weeks, who they're unable to locate because even the systems for locating the children have broken down. >> reporter: but this week andrea became one of the lucky ones and so did peludin, finally finding his lost boy >> how are you feeling >> reporter: there are still thousands of parents still fighting through a system that is frankly overwhelmed we also connected with a guatemalan father of two young girls as he dialed a government hotline meant for parents of migrant children he's been calling that hotline every single day for three weeks. we listened as he was put on hold for an hour and a half only
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to be told that this is a process that requires, quote, patience and serenity and they could not disclose his girls' location shep >> dasha burns, thank you. okay, imagine a high-tech city built from the ground up with the next generation infrastructure it's happening, but it's very far from here. tonight building china's massive eco-friendly model city. and a hundred days ago today we were reporting on the storming of the u.s. capitol tonight memories from some of the people who were hiding in the has,ll or fighting back the angry mob. so you only pay for what you need. thank you! hey, hey, no, no limu, no limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ ♪ ♪ strip away what you don't want, like added sugars and preservatives,
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america's biggest automaker bringing new jobs to tennessee and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money general motors partnering with lg to open a second battery plant, this time in spring hill, about 30 miles south of nashville. the new factory to support production of gm's upcoming cadillac lyric it's a crossover and other vehicles as well it's scheduled to open in two years and bring 1,300 manufacturing jobs to the area. home builders racing to meet demand the pace of new home construction surged to a 15-year high in march, up more than 19% from the previous month. the increase follows a sharp decline in february when winter
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storms slammed the brakes on much-needed construction. and three-time nba champion dwyane wade is now part owner of the utah jazz. we don't know what percentage of the team he owns, but the nba has a rule against ownership stakes of less than 1% dwyane wade says he plans to take an active role in the team. [ bell ringing ] on wall street, the dow up 165. the s&p up 15. the nasdaq up 14 i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news >> look at the name but not the numbers. with more than 4 million players, it's one of the fastest growing sports in america and the pickleball money is pouring in will he or won't he? the president going back and forth over raising the cap on refugees allowed to enter the country. today we received new information from the white
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house. and 100 days after the attack on the capitol, a milestone in the federal investigation. prosecutors scoring their first guilty plea and cooperation from one of the suspects. john schaefer is a founding member of the oath keepers he pleaded guilty today to two felonies first obstructing an official proceeding and, second, entering a restricted building with a weapon, bear spray he told prosecutors he was there because he believed joe biden's victory was fraudulent he's said to be cooperating with the prosecutors. and for the people inside that building, the drtrauma has not t left lieutenant roni brooks was defending the capitol that day she said it's come back in flashes. 60 or 70 officers trying to keep people from coming in the door she was tackled, her helmet stolen dion montague forced to hide when rioters breached. i was scared then, he says
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i heard police officers running back and forth grabbing people and i.d.'ing them, some people who didn't belong there. now he stays vigilant and keeps an eye out all the time. and utah senator mitt romney moments away from the mob that day. officer eugene goodman saved him. he says he's frustrated with people who had gone along with the big lie, telling americans that the election was stolen he now says he hopes to leave some of the broken glass and damaged parts of the capitol right where the rioters left them he says as a reminder that when we succumb to the untruths as a nation, it can lead to violence and even death our thanks to nbc's frank thorpe for those stirring photos. the extremism that inspired the attack on january the 6th is on the rise. there's new domestic terrorism incidents hitting a high not seen in decades. according to new analysis from "the washington post" and the centers for strategic and international studies.
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since 2015 right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks, and 91 deaths driven mostly by white supremacists, anti-muslim and anti-government groups experts say social media has accelerated the problem, acting as a sort of safe haven for extremists to easily share their theories and grievances. so once you're in a hate group, how do you get out nbc's hallie jackson on one organization trying to rescue the extremists >> do you know if he's ever condoned violence? >> reporter: at parents for peace, the phones keep ringing >> when covid happened, our help line tripled. >> reporter: executive dir director -- >> did the events of january 6 have any effect on your help line >> yes, it was just hot, hot, hot. >> reporter: on the line people who want to get their loved ones
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out of all kinds of hate groups, from islamic to radicalism. >> they are self medicating with hate i think it's an addiction. >> reporter: that's why they do interventions these days on zoom we were granted rare access to listen in as their caller agreed on speakerphone. >> we agree your husband needs help. >> i appreciate the support. >> reporter: we're an securing her identifying details but she wants help for her husband, who drinks, goes online and sinks deeper into hate. >> he would say if half the population were wiped out, things would be better. >> was there a point when you saw that your husband was getting increasingly radicalized? >> yeah, i would say it was after the capitol riots. >> reporter: she searched and found the parents for peace website, which features a photo of a former white supremacist. >> i thought, wow, if only i could get him in the same room with my husband, this is what might be able to reach him better. >> reporter: that person is chris buckley.
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he said he joined the kkk in 2013 after he left the army following a bad humvee crash and got addicted to pain killers, then crystal meth. >> you were actually training other members of the klan to fight. >> yep. >> reporter: a 2015 documentary shows buckley with his then preschool-age son. >> white power. >> white power. >> he threw a fit until we made him a robe that matched mine. >> reporter: in 2016 his wife reached out for help within weeks another white supremacist showed up at buckley's door for an intervention. >> it was the most agonizing, exhausting, emotional roller coaster that i've ever been on. >> reporter: buckley is now helping others out of hate. >> for every one that i recruited while i was in, i can take ten more back. >> reporter: new research from rand shows stigmatizing extremists or punishing them can be counterproductive so parents for peace looks for other ways to help people who
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love people who hate. >> we are guiding families to be first responders. >> reporter: like that help line caller who's separating from her husband. >> this is a shock to his system, but it's starting to have the effect that i hoped for him is that he's reaching out for help now that's why i'm trying to do what i'm doing with love, because what else can combat hate better than love? >> reporter: for her, now it's hope over hate hallie jackson, nbc news, washington. well, in washington today, president biden delayed a promise he made to the country and to the world the white house announced it will not yet increase the cap on refugees allowed into our country, despite the fact that the now president said he would do so swiftly during the campaign and while in office >> i'm approving an executive order to begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program to help meet the unprecedented global need.
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it's going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly damaged. but that's precisely what we're going to do. >> but not yet the cap was supposed to go up to 62.5 thousand this year. instead it's remaining at 15,000 the same historically low level set by the former president. president biden as of this week is on pace to admit the lowest number of refugees of any president in american history. that's according to the international rescue committee and it doesn't appear there are any exceptions for afghan refugees, who are about to be without u.s. military support effective september 11th president biden is proposal, refugees in africa will get most of the slots, 7,000. there are 3,000 slots for those from latin america and the caribbean. the rest, as you can see here, spread out all across the globe.
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cnbc white house correspondent kayla tausche. kayla, the president got a lot of backlash in the midday and then by afternoon, a change appeared. >> reporter: that's right, shep. the white house now says that president biden has until mid-may to raise the refugee cap and may still do that. that would apply to the fiscal year which ends in september but even so, a statement from the white house press secretary, jen psaki, said because the program was in her words decimated, that it seems unlikely that it could even process north of 62,000 refugees psaki said the president would keep his pledge to raise the refugee cap by nearly tenfold beginning in october but unlike most policy decisions, senior officials did not organize a briefing to explain the rationale for keeping the trump-era limit in place. the administration has been facing problematic politics as the pandemic plateaus and
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illegal apprehensions surge at the southern border. so then the walk-back late this afternoon right before a delayed press conference with japan's prime minister eventually began, and it all followed backlash from key congressional allies on the left practi congresswoman jayapal says i appreciate that president biden eliminated geographical kagsz but this is not sufficient each day that passes without signing the emergency presidential is another day of signing off on trump's cruel policies alexandria ocasio-cortez called the decision completely and utterly unacceptable saying biden promised to welcome immigrants and people voted for him based on that promise. shep. >> kayla, thank you. there's been a castro in charge in cuba for 62 years. that's about to ending raul castro is stepping down as the head of the communist party there. his replacement expected to be cuba's president, miguel cannel.
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they began a four-day congress to initiate the changing of power. raul castro turns 90 in two months his retirement comes as cuba faces multiple challenges, including a lack of cash to import food and medicine castro took over for his brother, fidel in, 2006 when he became ill as president biden attempts to push a close to $2 trillion infrastructure plan, china is pouring money into an ambitious project, turning a quiet chunk of their land into what xi jinping calls a perfect city it's being built in northern china with technology and vi infrastructure is extraordinary. in xiong'an.
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>> reporter: china is building an entire city from scratch, investing as the sign says for the next millennium. president xi jinping chose this location in 2017, arguing that turning a sleepy back waters into a model smart city would be a strategy for a thousand years for china. the model city comes with a high-speed railway station as big as 66 soccer fields, covered by a solar panelled roof to cut carbon emissions, the station is up and running, taking in trains running at 220 miles an hour, that cut the trip to the chinese capital by more than half, to 50 minutes. the area is set to equal new york city, chicago and san francisco combined for an estimated 10 million people by 2050 technologies are being tested, in some cases forced, like in the most developed part of town. the government wants to show that china's city of the future
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is high tech and environmentally friendly you can't drive in with a regular car. all transport is electric. so companies like alibaba's logistic arm and baidu tinker with self-driving evs to help workers and residents. this is an unmanned mobile vending machine. got my water here you can pay for a meal with china's brand new state controlled digital currency and rest on a dual use park bench. >> this has a solar panel and i can charge my phone. >> reporter: the city is offering tax breaks and perks to attract china's big tech as well as more familiar names as long as they realize their goal to set global standards as the slogans read with chinese characteristics. for the news, i'm eunice yoon. in america, the reopenings continue across the country, including theme parks. universal studios hollywood dusting itself off after a long
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and even if the power goes down, your connection doesn't. so how do i do this? you don't do this. we do this, together. bounce forward, with comcast business. reopening america and there's nothing more american than a theme park. after more than a year universal studios hollywood is opening for business that owned by the parent company of this network. there are covid restrictions of course parks allowed to operate at 25% capacity and only for residents of california. guests will have their temperatures checked, masks required, food available using mobile payments only, but covid will not dampen all the fun. park officials say most rides will be open, including new attractions. from universal city, here's cnbc's julia boorstin. >> reporter: universal hollywood's reopening is a sign southern california, which has been hit hard by the pandemic,
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is coming back online. >> 2, 1, let's hear it, guys. >> reporter: and consumers are getting in line. tickets sold out for the preopening yesterday for season pass holders and they're sold out through sunday universal says guests have been enthusiastic and demand is strong. >> people in southern california love theme parks they always have it's kind of the spiritual home of the industry. it's part of the culture here. they haven't been able to visit for a year so they're trying to catch up for that lost time now. >> reporter: in addition to implementing distancing measures, the company invested in its attractions it finished a new secret life of pets ride and revamped jurassic world, the ride. in the past year both universal and disney investing in technology at their parks. >> the industry was already moving towards mobile ordering, mobile ticketing, a lot of app-based development and that's just had to accelerate so i think a lot of forward-looking consumers have been anticipating all of this. they have been really wanting to use these services.
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>> reporter: universal's and all the park's revenue is a valuable piece of the california economy, with 49 amusement and water parks employing 135,000 employees generating 1.5 billion dollars in annual tax revenue and $14 billion in state commerce that revenue is expected to eventually come back the biggest of the parks, disneyland and california adventure open april 30th with hour-plus long waits to book reservations online. for disney as well as universal's parent, comcast, these parks have generated meaningful profits in the past but also important, they keep the company's brand, such as jurassic park or avengers top of mind for the media giants between their film releases. shep. >> and they're so much fun julia, thank you home, it's where the heart is it's a place, a person, a feeling, home. for one 8-year-old boy in wisconsin, after 1,500 days in
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foster care, it's a long dreamed reality. local reporting now from nbc station weau and their reporter, jessica mendoza. >> reporter: 8-year-old damon smith officially became dame jop philip langhoff today as he struck down an imaginary gavel, finalizing his adoption in a virtual court of law. >> it's kind of nice that i don't have to be like -- well, i'm moving tomorrow again. again and again and again. i just know that i'm like -- i am here. i'm just here. i'm here. >> reporter: after more than four years in the foster care system, damon can now officially call jimmy lee langhoff dad. >> it's very emotional it has been two and a half years in the making. >> reporter: but the story of jimmy and damon is even more inspiring than you may think it's an unlikely story of breaking down barriers and overcoming the odds. >> i am not what somebody would call an ideal candidate to adopt a child. i am a 51-year-old gay convicted
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felon, and i am a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. >> reporter: after receiving his fifth dui 12 years ago he knew he needed to turn his life around. >> i accepted the gift of recovery and it's something that i do every single day of my life. >> reporter: years of growth and dedication later, langhoff's sponsor suggested becoming a foster parent. >> i thought he had lost his mind. >> reporter: still, he decided to look into it. >> i was like i'm really only interested in adoption i prayed about it. >> reporter: and then he got a call from oak claire human services. >> she said jimmy, you're not going to believe this. we have a 5-year-old boy who lives six blocks from you and he needs to be adopted. and i knew. >> most people don't go through this but i did and it is a very long journey but i figured out how to get out. >> reporter: a long journey no doubt, but once things became real wednesday morning, there
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was just one thing left to do. >> you ready to celebrate? >> yes. >> reporter: for the news, i'm jessica mendoza. >> i love it 48 years, that's how long it's been since the u.s. had an astronaut on the moon. elon musk and nasa teaming up to change all that. their new moon shot plan is next. and pickleball takes off laugh all you want the sport saw a jarring rise during the pandemic, as new players relish the game, and one of them, our very own jane wells. jane, i hear pickleball is a really big dill. >> shep, it's the fastest growing sport in america, and all kinds of clubs and condo communities and cities are investing in new courts. we're going to meet the new -- the top player in the country when we come back. here's a tip you always serve underhanded below the waist. athewe come back >> oh, jane. jane and her rainbow
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the g.o.a.t.s, muhammed ali, tom brady, michael jordan, ben johns. don't know that last one 22-year-old college student, the greatest of all time, if you follow pickleball. the paddle sport once popular with retirees in sunny places now attracting all kinds of players and getting increasingly legit. sponsors and sports networks taking notice. in fact tomorrow the u.s. pickleball championships begin in naples, florida, so we asked our own champ, jane wells, to
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suit up and investigate the pickleball boom. >> reporter: you're watching the top player in the fastest-growing sport in america. this is pickleball it's a big dill. >> it's addictive. you start going and it's just like one more game, one more game. >> reporter: pickleball is not new, but it is on fire it's a sport with a special court, net and rules, a mash-up of tennis, badminton and ping pong university of maryland senior ben johns ranks number one he discovered the sport in high school while playing tennis with his brother, collin, who was on the tennis pro tour. >> and there were pickleball courts that had been built nearby the tennis courts and i saw them playing i'll give it a try. easy game, jane. >> the game is popular because it can be easy or hard the number of pickleballers in
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the u.s. grew over 20% last year to top 4 million, and these people have money. huntington beach, california, is nicknamed surf city, but it's investing in pickleball courts, hoping to become a mecca >> when i started there was 24 people playing one day a week, so we've seen about 2,500 people come through these courts. >> i think there's a way to capitalize on this and monetize the sport, especially if we can put together some sort of international tournament. >> we've got ben johns and collin johns. >> reporter: ben johns says the pro game is still evolving with new strategies, but he now has sponsors and espn has shown up. >> the tournaments have gotten bigger and crowds are more fantastic. now i get asked to sign stuff left and right and for pictures. >> how much money did you make in 2018? >> i wouldn't say more than probably $50,000. >> how much are you making now >> this year i'd expect to make
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250 maybe. >> so laugh all you want ben johns is laughing all the way to the bank, while everyone else is just having fun. now, there's talk of getting pickleball in the olympics, but john says more countries have to field competitive teams. he doesn't have a coach because these young pros, they're actually still creating strategies for the game. it's still so young. one thing, shep, as communities are converting to pickleball, they notice a potential downside, it's a little noisy. back to you. >> why pickleball? i don't see pickles. >> reporter: okay, two theories. the popular theory was named after one of the inventor's dogs, pickles, probably not true second theory, one of his wives used to be a rower and she said the mash-up of all these sports reminded her of the pickle boat
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in rowing where all the crew members were put into. >> i want to watch you some day. are those glasses required >> reporter: for me and the headband i like to make a statement and it off sets the fact that i have no hand-eye at all but i can still play. >> and you look great doing it jane wells, thank you so much. musk beats bezos in a race to the moon. nasa chose spacex to use its starship rocket to land the first astronauts on the moon since the early '70s elon musk companies beat out two other teams, including jeff bezos company blue origin. the nearly $3 billion contract is part of nasa's artemis mission to get astronauts back to the moon by 2024. first spacex will have to successfully land one of these things, an unmanned starship prototype blew up on landing last month humans haven't been to the moon since apollo 17 wrapped up back in 1972 55 seconds left on a race to
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the finish new this hour, indianapolis police say this is their photo of a 19-year-old gunman who killed eight people at a fedex facility in indianapolis before turning the gun on himself the fbi confirms they questioned the shooter one year ago and that law enforcement took away one of his guns after his mother warned them that her son might want to commit suicide by cop. closing arguments set for monday in the murder trial of derek chauvin, then the jury to deliberate his fate after the death of george floyd. and starting monday, every american age 16 and older will be eligible for the covid vaccine. and now, you know the news of this friday, april the 16th, 2021 i'm shepard itsmh. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenewsoncnbc h, sorry.. oh... what? i'm an emu! no, buddy! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty. ♪
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