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you're-- guilty of manslaughter. dennis murphy: it's an ending that neither side had hoped for. a family saga with so much love, and so much loss. is an imperfect conclusion. [music playing] as a hurricane takes aim at surfside, florida, more victims are found in the rubble. i'm rahel solomon in for shepard smith. and this is the news on cnbc a young girl's body pulled from the rubble, a tragic discovery as the first hurricane of the season threatens rescue efforts. historic handover. u.s. troops return control of bagram air base ovn the heels of
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a growing threat from the tal taliban. >> security situation is not, not good right now the economy. adding jobs and recovering >> this is historic progress >> but are businesses ready for the fourth of july boom? as millions of americans hit the road a u.s. gold medal hopeful suspended a testing positive for marijuana. rig reigniting the debate of weed and fame. the boy scouts' massive settlement as delta spreads fast, j&j provide good vaccine news. live from cnbc, the facts, the truth. the news with shepard smith. >> and good evening. the death toll climbing to 22 in surfside, florida, nine days after the condo building came crashing down. officials sa search teams pulled two more bodies out of the wreckage today and 126 people are still unaccounted for. tragically, a victim found in the rubble last night was the 7-year-old daughter of a miami firefighter.
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meanwhile, a hurricane is raging in the caribbean and the hurricane is in the gulf of mexico and threatening the rescue team and the remaining building valerie castro is live in surfside valerie. >> reporter: with so many people still unaccounted for, the last thing the rescue teams need is a hurricane, but that is exactly what they are bracing for. they are watching hurricane elsa's track very closely over the weekend and will adjust search efforts as needed in the meantime, they continue the agonizing work of looking for the victims and of course they dealt with the terrible scene last night when the 7-year-old girl was found. we're told her father is a firefighter with the city of miami. he was off duty but at the scene when she was found >> we haven't found any survivors yet. but it's very difficult. last night even more so when we
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removed a firefighter's daughter >> reporter: more teams are arriving from virginia, new jersey and indiana so those teams can get some rest. teams around the world say this collapse has provided a unique challenge. >> this site is the most complicated one i've ever seen in my life. >> reporter: israel's home-front group is trained, but they say this destruction here is different. >> we have dozens of layers one on top of another and you ccan find in the same level floor number six from this part of the building and floor number eight from the same level. same height. >> reporter: teams say they've interviewed family members to get a better idea where a family member might have been
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asleep in a bedroom or living room even the discovery of amazon packages has helped. even gain engaging the families in the search gives those waiting for news of loved ones more of a purpose. >> now you actually help the search and rescue effort so the chances and speed at that we will get to your loved ones is according and only because of your help, because otherwise, a lot of days we're just be wasted by searching in false places >> reporter: tonight the mayor of miami-dade county announce she had has signed an emergency order that would allow the demolition of the remaining building standing. she says all of the engineering are trying to figure out how they are exactly going to do that it's going to be a complicated task, but they will move quickly once they figure it out. still that is correct could take weeks to execute
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>> valerie castro, thank you >> we want to talk more about that demolition now. richard slider joins me now, a structural engineer. tropical storm force winds are expected this weekend, what does this mean for the remaining building >> there's two factors one, obviously, you heard the mayor in the press conference earlier. the concern, they have engineers on site to determine the stability and safety for workers. that's one issue the systems of the concrete slabs there now are already unstable to a certain extent they have sensors and monitors determining whether the material is moving. when wind comes to the area, it adds another level of impact and potential ability for it to collapse further >> richard, officials say they're working on plans to tear down what's left of the building do you think that's the right move >> i do.
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if you look at the extent of the damage, it is a lot. most of the components to it, it's not even practical to repair it. the other impact is the building code also requires, once you reach a certain threshold of damage and ultimately repair that you have to comply with the current codes. this structure was built over 40 years ago. the wind load alone has changed and is dramatic as far as the structure and columns, which means you have to do that to reinforce the walls. all those things would have to be reinforced and increased. in addition to that, all these systems, mechanical, electrical, fire, plumbing, all those would have to be brought up to code. one of the issues in florida is obviously hurricanes windows and doors would have to be upgraded to meet current wind loads. and impact graded. for the most part, even if you chose to repair it, which i don't believe is a viable option you have to upgrade it, and by the time you get through with that, economically, i don't think it would be feasiblesible.
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>> >> considering the structural problems, are you concerned about the safety of the search going forward? >> there's a team on-site and the mayor mentioned that it is my understanding they have installed some monitoring sensors, things that will give them an idea whether the structure and pieces that are remaining are moving that is obviously a big deal those engineers are making those assessments an my understanding, that's ongoing activity if they feel the structural integrity is impacted, then they are obviously holding them off >> richard slider, thank you for your time tonight. >> you're welcome.g for th now to the storm system in florida. as mentioned the state bracing for the first hurricane of the season currently battering the caribbean. it hit barbados with heavy winds and rains.
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the category one hurricane has caused major power outages and flash flooding, but so far no reports of injuries or deaths. i florida governor ron desan particular is is preparintation, steve, dei an emergency order as hurricane elsa approaches. in miami, nbc 6 is tracking the storm. how is it looking? >> i think the biggest point to make is there are a lot of question marks we are preparing for a storm to approach south florida by monday and tuesday. but the exact track is still up in the air category one hurricane cleared the lesser antilles. it will slide over south of puerto rico over the next 24 hours. here is a close-up look of the cone of concern. at some point cross over cuba.
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you see this cone of concern that's pretty wide right now here's a close-up look at the cone of concern where there's a two out of three chance of the center of the storm going. that storm would take the far eastern track right there, it would come right up i-95 this is what we call the dirty side of the storm. the counter clockwise rotation if the storm takes a central track, key west would get a direct hit but miami and ft. lauderdale would get bands of wind and rain if it goes far west it would almost eliminate any impacts for miami and ft. lauderdale, mayber bands for key we outer bands of key west, but we would miss out on the worst of the storm. >> let's hope for that switching gears a bit, a record-breaking heat wave has been scorching the pacific north. is the worst behind us >> i'm not seeing the numbers we saw earlier this week, parts of british columbia, 121, 112 portland but there are still heat advisories and excessive heat warnings
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northern california, oregon, washington, idaho and into montana. and the numbers i'm seeing in this area are about 100 to 105 not quite as bad, but for this part of the country, pacific northwest, those are pretty outrageous numbers and these go either through tomorrow or through the fourth of july some of these folks will have a very hot fourth of july. nice cold front is pushing through the united states, the eastern half, it's going to be a beautiful fourth of july the worse weather has been pushing to the south >> all right, our thanks there coming up, all u.s. troops are now out of bagram air base but as the withdrawal from afghanistan nears completion the taliban appears to be gaining ground tonight, the president's message to afghans as things get worse plus, mask guidance making a comeback as delta spreads fast how much protection does the johnson & johnson shot give from the new variant?
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and the last american troops have now left bagram airfield, a base that was once the u.s. military never center in afghanistan. the plan is to withdraw all troops by september 11 ending america's longest war by two decades. >> the afghans are going to have to be able to do it themselves with the air force they have, which we're helping to maintain. >> and the white house now says the troop withdrawal was expected to be complete even by the end of next month, sooner than the president's deadline. as the pullout speeds up, taliban forces are advancing, capturing cities and raising fears that the militant group will once again seize control of afghanistan. richard engel in kabul
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seminole moment. >> reporter: today was a seminole moment. the u.s. troops have pulled from bagram air base. they have been there since after 9/11 but the u.s. is leaving very, very quietly all of the troop movements are practically state secret they're not advertised in advance. they're not inviting journalists or vips or afghan officials to witness these ceremonies the u.s. says it's for security concerns, but it gives the impression that american troops are leaving here in a hidden way, that this is not a victory celebration, that they are quietly going toward the door. the commander of american forces here is not painting a rosy picture about what's to come he says this country could be sliding into a civil war and that the taliban have been making advances. >> the security situation is not, not good right now. what we're seeing is the, you know, rapid loss of district
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centers, although the afghan security forces have gained some of those back in certain parts of the country >> reporter: here in kabul, two groups in particular are most concerned about the taliban's return to power, women, who don't want to go back to taliban rule and all of the translators who fought along the u.s. troops the covid watch, the delta variant spreading across the country and leading to new guidelines in st. louis, people are recommended to wear a mask indoors even if vaccinated i in l.a. county, a rise in covid cases in low-vaccinated communities. yesterday more than 240 cases were confirmed relatively low, but still double from the number last week. and in new york city, the delta variant has become the second-most dominant strain. overall cases do remain low, about 200 a day. the delta variant has been detected in all 50 states and represents a quarter of all cases according to recent datat.
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there is some good news, we now have insight into how the johnson & johnson vaccin from the cdc, but there is good news we now have insight into how the johnson & johnson vaccine stacks up against delta meg, the more than 12 million americans who got the j&j shot have been waiting for the data, what does it say >> just-released data shows the j&j vaccine holds up pretty well against delta. so many fewer people have had the j&j shot or pfizer or moderna or astrazeneca we still don't have data from trials or the real world on this variant and this vaccine, but what we do have now is a look ae antibodies generated by th a lab study of the antibodies generated by the shot and how well they do against different strains. and the picture looks good against delta there was a reduction of 1.6 fold, compared with a 3.6 fold against the beta strain, the one identified in
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south africa that's good news, we know the j&j vaccine was good at keeping people out of the hospital, suggesting it should do even better against the delta variant, at least against severe disease. on top of that, a second study just out showed the antibody levels from the j&j shot increase over time providing protection at least out eaight months a study from public health england showed the pfizer biontech vaccine is 96% effective. >> it's all very consistent with the past performance of the vaccine. in every case we have clinical evidence looking at actual patients who've been vaccinated and how protective the vaccine is, once again we see the vaccines are protective. >> although delta is scary, we keep getting news that the reassuring news that the vaccines work against it
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rahel. >> no boosters vaccines work against it >> so no boosters needed for those who get the j&j shot >> there isn't data to show that people need boosters but a virologist that we talked to a few days ago says she is worried about transmission although she got the shot. even though the anti-bodies are good, it doesn't necessarily say it's going to stop transmission. she's still good with getting the mrna booster you should have good protection. against the delta variant with the j&j shot >> all of these vaccines still haven't gotten full approval yet. what's the timeline for that >> right so we are waiting for the fda to act on full approval from just emergency use authorization from the vaccines pfizer is in the lead, but analysts have been expecting this could happen this summer and people are starting to get antsy, as a prominent physician
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wrote, i think it came out today, this could influence mandates for the vaccines. some organizations might be more comfortable requiring them if it's fully approved and not just on an emergency-use basis. a lot of people are waiting to see the fda act and calling for them to act pretty quickly >> good to have you with us on a friday, a holiday friday nonetheless. let's go overseas now. india crossing a grim milestone today, 400,000 covid deaths since the pandemic began, but health experts say that the nation's actual death toll is likely much higher more than half of all their deaths, that's when the delta variant ripped through the country and overwhelmed the health care system daily cases have been drop since then, but now officials are bracing for another potential wave, trying to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible johns hopkins reporting india has the third-most covid deaths in the world, trailing behind brazil and the u.s
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the fourth is back millions of americans heading out for the holiday weekend. i'm about 45 minutes from heading out myself. we are live where the streets and hotels packed. why are businesses still so worried? also, major blow to the u.s. olympics team. one of the nation's top athletes will not get her shot at her signature event after testing positive for marijuana tonight her response, as the sports world debates the ban on weed we'll be right back.
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welcome back, the fastest woman in america disqualified from the 100 meter race at the olympic games after testing positive for marijuana sha'carri richardson stole headlines when he wo headlines when she won the race at the olympic trials in oregon. she's facing a one month suspension, and lost her spot in tokyo. the track star has taken full responsibility, and did promise it would never happen again. she said she knew she wasn't supposed to do it and explained that her biological mother died days before the big race, and she had used marijuana to cope in an exclusive interview with the "today" show this morning, she described how she was feeling before the race. >> blinded by emotions, blinded by that and just blinded by just hurting. i hurt sitting here, i just say don't judge me because i am human. i just happen to run a little faster. >> richardson dominated the 100 meters june, crossing the finish
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line in less than 11 seconds then she drew even more attention when she immediately ran into the stands to hug her grandmother, which we see here who she said is her superwoman recreational marijuana is legal in 19 states, including oregon where she tested positive but it is still illegal federally, and banned by the world anti-doping agency richardson, though, still does have a chance at making the u.s. relay team because that event happens after her month long suspension is over she says right now she's focusing on what she needs to do to cope. it was a really interesting interview. let's bring in chris chavez, he covers track and field and the olympics for "sports illustrated. thanks for being with us today how big of an impact on the sport of track and field is this suspension >> this is huge. we're coming off the olympic trials it was a super exciting time the team is set for tokyo. we're seeing world records falling left and right, and the tokyo olympics are supposed to be the biggest show for the
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sport every four years, an all of a sudden the united states loses its biggest star and one of the big hopes for a medal that they haven't won since 1996. >> and a lot of people are comparing this or at least thinking back to michael phelps, critics say the punishment is overblown. they argue marijuana isn't performance enhancing. we saw gabrielle union posting a tweet suggesting the same. what are your thoughts on that >> a lot of people are quick to throw out the michael phelps comparison the thing with that is phelps did serve a three month suspension it happened there weren't any major competitions going on at the exact same time. from what i'm seeing all over twitter, sha'carri richardson is getting a ton of support from people a lot of, you know, public out cry for rules to be changed or to be revised and it's interesting because, you know, she's very young, and this was her owning up to her own mistakes she knew it was against her rules, and it was a coping mechanism that she had to dealye
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with something really, really hard in her life and ultimately pays a big price for. >> yeah, you know, i'm wondering, as we said, recreational marijuana is legal, and i believe i said, what, 19 states, what would the process even look like to begin to change for the olympics, their stance you know, are they out of touch with culture and perhaps society? >> yeah, so the olympics abides by the world anti-doping agency's code, which comes out with a list of banned substances every single year, and marijuana has been on the list for the past couple of years because they think that athletes, you know, have an increased risk taking, slower reaction times, or, you know, function their decision making, it puts them at risk but it's not necessarily a performance enhancing drug they have it kind of in a lower category as like a substance of
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abuse and so it's -- they review it every year. the reason that the united states anti-doping agency abides by the world anti-doping agency's code is because that's how olympic sports work. if you look at other sports, the nba, major league baseball, the nfl, they have different off season when it comes to marijuana. major league baseball went away from removing it from the banned list in 2019 last year during the nba bubble, there were no more random tests for athletes for marijuana the nfl has changed their penalties as well. so it is sort of a way, like, it's finally, i guess, time for the world anti-doping agency to take a closer look at a rule like this. it just so comes as a result of big united states star falling victim to this that's why i feel like the public outcry is so much louder. had this been a jamaican athlete, yes, it would have been big. because it's an american athlete, it's a much bigger deal.
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>> and the circumstances, if you listen to that "today" show interview, when you listen to the circumstances, her mother passing away, her being in oregon it's a sad story chris, thank you and olympic officials loosening rules around athlete protests, giving them more room to speak their minds, they're allowed to protest on the field of play, but it has to be before they compete, and it cannot be targeted at any person, country or organization. it also can't be disruptive, but athletes are still banned fromnh protesting on the medal stand. after hammer thrower, gwen berry protested on the podium during the national anthem at the olympic trials last month. and the u.s. economy still rebounding from the pandemic leisure and hospitality appears to be making a comeback. what that means for the holiday weekend. and the u.s. supreme court handing a gay couple a win after rejecting a major appeal. a popular dating app expanding beyond the online world.
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that story ahead
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new troubles for an electric automaker. that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. the "wall street journal" reporting that the justice department is investigating lordstown motors, there's already an s.e.c. inquiry intour it misle the company looking at whether it misled investors. the company has been accused of
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misleading claims about the number of preorders, sending the shares down 17% at one point today. the company says lordstown motors is cooperating with any investigations. it's the end of an era at amazon today was jeff bezos' last day at the company that he founded d three decades ago. the board will move to an executive chairman he's expected to dedicate more time toward other business ventures, like blue origin space company, going up to space on one of his rockets on july 20th. a very busy month for him. and amazon's cloud computing boss will take over. and something new buzzing from bumble, the popular dating app set to open its first cafe and wine bar it's called bumble brew, and will feature a italian menu, open to everyone from daters to networkers it was set to open in 2019 but was delayed due to covid and permitting issues. on wall street, the dow finished up 153 points, the s&p
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up 32, the nasdaq up 117 or about 8/10 of a percent i'm rahel solomon in for shepard smith, it's half past the hour, and here's what's making the news boy scouts of america making a settlement with sexual abuse survivors, what it could mean for the tens of thousands of victims. cyber attacks on the rise, now the hunt to find americans willing to fight back. and the country getting ready for a normal fourth of july weekend and more than 47 million americans are set to travel for the holiday, including this person right here, making it the second most traveled fourth of july on record aaa reports that it expects a nearly 40% increase in travel from last year 40%, that's nearing pre-pandemic levels, also the weekend that president biden said he wanted to declare independence from the coronavirus. setting a goal of getting 70% of american adults with at least one dose by now, but only 18
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states have hit that mark so far according to the cdc still, we're seeing promising signs for the economy, today the labor department reported 850,000 jobs were added in june. that beat expectations, still, however, down 7 million from before the pandemic. a long road to go. and as we head into the holiday weekend, some business owners say that they're worried they won't be able to keep up with demand because they are still struggling to find workers nbc's cal perry is live in keystone, south dakota, near mount rushmore, how are businesses doing that? what are you hearing >> reporter: this is a town that didn't miss last year so much. the last year numbers were pretty good because president trump came here. compared to last year and this year, up 150%. 150%. for businesses across town gives you an idea of how crowded things are the one hurdle is the labor force. i have been asking business owners is a matter of the stimulus checks. a lot of business owners say it's the stimulus checks keeping people home or is it low salaries take a listen. >> it is but i'm already paying staff 15
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to $17 an hour on a non-year job, for example, we're seasonal, and basically, you don't have money to support that all year so it's not just a you're not paid enough. it's added to that's prevailing amongst people just let them sit at home and not do anything. and i think that's wrong. >> reporter: and so businesses are being very creative about how to keep the doors open some are closing early, 6:00 p.m some of the restaurants that just can't stay staffed. we have heard from owners of rv parks that are putting their staff in nearby hotels because of the labor shortage. >> it certainly has become a controversial issue, that enhanced federal unemployment benefit, and cal, no fireworks show this year >> reporter: no, and you know, this is a political football right, you have the governor saying there should be fireworks, this from the national parks service, we got this a couple of minutes ago, in
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2020, the national parks service spent $54 million battling wildfires, over 230,000 acres of national parks, that is the concern here, high fire danger president biden does not want the fireworks, the south dakota governor does. >> cal perry, thank you, good to see you tonight. let's get to laura begley bloom now, a "forbes" writer and travel expert. americans are hitting the road for the first time in a longexpt americans are hit th hitting time what should they expect? >> it's going to be the second busiest fourth of july holiday weekend in history we haven't seen traffic like this in a really really long time you're going to have packed roads, packed planes, packed hotels, it's going to be busy. >> i'm hoping that it won't be too busy in about 30 minutes on the new jersey turnpike but that's a different conversation all together we know that tons of flight cancellations and changes have happened as airlines try to get up to speed. so what should travelers be doing to protect themselves who are flying
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>> well, yes, we're having a lot of flight delays, flight cancellations, and there's also a hurricane brewing, which compounds what's going on in the air world. you'll have ripple effects across the country one of the best things travelers can do is get to the airport early, even earlier than you would think, at least two hours before a domestic flight, three hours before an international flight, and if your flight is coming up, you might want to consider travel insurance. if you're going to an area impacted by the hurricane, that's not going to help you if you're going somewhere else, if there are mechanical problems with the plane, you might get some money back, and know your rights with the department of transportation, if you're bumped, the flight is delayed, you might be entitled to some money. >> beyond this weekend, there is a travel boom going on, flights have gotten expensive, what should people be looking out for when they book >> you definitely don't want to wait until the last minute if you're flying somewhere. you see a great price, take itea
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same for hotels. you want to avoid the crowded, busy, popular national parks look for an undiscovered national park where all the crowds aren't going, to book vacations on places where parents aren't going think about going to a city. you take a city vacation, is saying you can get some of the best deals this summer. one of my favorite places, denver, colorado, i don't know how many people are going there right now but that's always a very beautiful place to visit. we'll leave it there thank you, enjoy your holiday weekend. a boeing 737 cargo plane forced to make an emergency landing on the waters off the coast of honolulu, two pilots were the only ones on board. the faa said they had reported engine trouble right before. it happened in the middle of the night. the dark, grainy video from the coast guard shows the pilots being rescued. reuters reporting that one of them was seen clinging to the e plane's tale, th plane's tail, the other was on packages in the water. capturing the pilots at the hospital, their condition
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unknown at this time boeing says it is monitoring the situation, and already in touch with the ntsb, the aircraft we should say was not a 737 max that's the plane that officials grounded for 20 months after those two fatal crashes. the boy scouts of america reaching an $850 million settlement with former scouts who say that they were sexually abused during their time with the organization it's one of the largest settlements in u.s. history involving child sex abuse. the lawsuit involved more than 84,000 accusers dating as far back as the 60s, and the agreement as part of the organization's bankruptcy proceedings. it filed for chapter 11 last year, after facing massive legal costs to defend itself the boy scouts said it's still working on restructuring in hopes of getting approval to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. the supreme court rejecting an appeal from a christian florist who refused to service a gay couple's wedding the florists argue that serving the wedding would violate her religious beliefs. washington state supreme courtee
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says she bars on the basis of sexual orientation that decision will now stay in place. and the attorney of the florist called today's outcome tragic, and said no one should be forced to express a message or celebrate an event they disagree with. and it's a tale as old as time, states luring companies in with tax breaks and subsidies but billions of dollars later, one state's gamble has not exactly gone to plan we're there, tonight. plus, desperately seeking cyber, huge demand across the country for cyber security experts. up next, the plan to build half a million jobs, and english majors, you're going to want to hear this. allstat here, if you already pay for car insurance, you can take your home along for the ride. allstate. better protection costs a whole lot less. click or call to bundle today.
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foxconn. the idea backed by former president trump, and scott walker is believed to be the largest offered to a foreign company but unfortunately things have not gone according to plan. here's cnbc's scott cohn in wisconsin. >> reporter: kim mahoney loves her home 30 miles south of milwaukee. she's not wild about the view. >> you kind of train your eye to stop at the pine trees, and not look past. >> reporter: the mahoneys were the lone holdouts when the village of mount pleasant bought up their subdivision. >> we used to have a nice park view, lots of trees and corn fields. >> reporter: to make way for a giant manufacturing complex for foxconn, she says the price was lowball. she also had her doubts about foxconn's grandiose plans. >> it's a big i told you so, do i feel good about saying i told you so, no, not at all >> the eighth wonder of the world. >> reporter: former president
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trump and former wisconsin governor scott walker promised a high-tech mecca, well worth the nearly $4 billion in state and local incentives the company promised 13,000 jobs but almost immediately there were what foxconn called unanticipated market fluctuations they built the plant, including this sphere, not clear what it's for, and they are doing some light manufacturing, but instead of 13,000 jobs, it's 1,500 tops >> it was a silver bullet. and it missed the mark. >> reporter: wisconsin's new head of economic development, , missy hughes missy hughes appointed by th current governor tony evers, just renegotiated the $300 billion in state money down to 80 million, and the state has changed its approach. >> a business is never going to choose a state to relocate or to expand in just based on subsidies that the government is providing. they're going to want to make sure that the work force is there, that their supply chain is there, and that they can be successful. >> reporter: the new deal with
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foxconn doesn't get back the hundreds of millions already spent on infrastructure, roads and power lines, and buying land and homes. kim mahoney says she and her husband are still willing to sell for the right price in the meantime, there is one benefit. >> it's quiet out here >> reporter: incentives are still a major factor in the cost of doing business and that looms large in our new america's top states for business study coming soon to cnbc but we're also looking at some of the new realities, including what states are doing specifically to help get their companies through the pandemic you can read more about it at back to you. corporate america is facing a growing threat ransomware attacks, that's when hackers steal important company data in exchange for money so far, global ransomware attacks have surged by more than 100% compared to the beginning of last year according to a recent report from cyber security firm check point software, so to defend
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themselves from future attacks, companies are now hiring a lot more cyber security experts. here's cnbc's kate rogers. >> reporter: meg west loves her job working in cyber security as an incident responder for ibm. >> we help people that are experiencing big cyber security attacks and help them recover from it. >> reporter: those really big attacks are happening with increasing frequency, and west says the job is about more than just companies bottom lines. >> the company were to experience an incident that is going to lower their stock, affect the stake holders in the company, et cetera, it's not going to seem like a big deal perhaps from the outside, but if that incident is enough to damage their branding, to lower their stock price, you might see people losing their jobs, loss of business. >> reporter: 3 million workers like west would be needed to properly defend organizations around the globe, and about half a million jobs are open in the u.s. today nearly half of organizations say they plan to up their cyber staffing, according to industry group isc squared.
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but due to the pandemic, coupled with the ongoing labor crunch, workers are stretched thin, both preventing attacks and responding to the ones that make it through >> if you understand that you are going to have a security breach, that you're prepared to do something about it when that happens. that's almost as important as preventing it. >> this booming demand for tech talent means companies need to look more broadly for applicants. >> problems are so complex, what we're talking about on a global scale, we need people more than just the cyber techies, we need english majors, and linguists, and people that can study and understand complex challenges. i think by bringing that diversity in the mix in terms of trying to solve the problems will give us a greater supply to be able to look at talent, maybe perhaps in different ways than we have in the past. >> reporter: with so many job openings, companies are seeing applicants get scooped up left and right with some unsure if you'll ever get to the interview point because it's just so competitive. data from last year showed how lucrative this career can be
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the average north american is making more than $100,000 a year rahel. >> and i was interested to see, no cyber experience necessary, even english majors and literature majors. >> english majors like me, exactly. so cyber experience and technology experience of course helps. there are certifications you can get. meg, who you saw in the package changed her career path after majoring in political science, moved into cyber security for her masters, all of that definitely helps but i think companies are looking for workers who are willing to learn, and they are willing to invest in them in this tight labor market. >> and apparently willing to pay $100,000 out of college, sounds like a good deal to me, kate >> that's right. in a small minnesota town, one man's trash is another man's work of art, and while the artist has become a local celebrity, he's still not the biggest name in town. plus, a recent government report couldn't explain 143 out of 144 mysterious flying objects. lots of theories but no real
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first championship team to visit under president biden, and since the start of the pandemic, covid-19 protocols limiting the dodgers to about 50 people, only the players who were actually on the world series title team are allowed to attend. the president talking about how big a role sports have in bringing the country together. >> i think what we discovered is that we need sports more than we ever really realized as fans we turn to ballparks and arenas all across the country. cheering on their favorite players and teams, sharing that sense of community and pride it's a uniting feature, and we go through a crisis very often sports brings us together to heal to help us feel like things are going to be okay they're going to get better. >> and today's ceremony marked the white house's latest efforts to return to large in-person events in a small area of minnesota, some pretty impressive metal sculptures are popping up, but despite the popularity and the size of the pieces, he's still not the biggest one in his town.
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local coverage from reporter boyd huppert >> when you live in a town with a population this small, sometimes you got to think big ken nyberg has spent nearly 40 years, helping tiny vining, minnesota, find its spotlight. >> look at that, guy, huh, he's big. >> reporter: from animal to whimsical, the creations of ken nyberg have stopped up all over vining >> an eagle on a stump. >> reporter: his latest marks a milestone. >> 101 i've got it written right here. >> 101 metal sculptures since this 83-year-old self-taught welder and artist found a talent hiding inside him and started sharing it >> they have watermelon day every year, the old ladies in town asked me when are you going to make a watermelon, i finally got around to it an elephant made of lawn mower
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blades i believe it was 955, if i remember correctly something different, you know. >> reporter: the retired construction worker started modestly in his 40s with a crudely welded tree, followed by a leg lifted dog, at which time, ken was nipping at his passion. >> everybody accuses me of making myself. it's not me. my son told me when i was making it he said be sure to put a crappy old shirt on like you wear >> reporter: with only so much space in vining, surrounding communities happily opened up some of theirs, too. >> down at byron, i made bears for all three of their schools, started out with a great big grizzly for their high school, the byron bears, i believe it's 1207 lawn mower blades in that and a few years later, they built their elementary school, and i made bear cubs, they are 1,626 lawn mower blades. >> as the legend of ken has
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grown to bunyonesque proportions, the convenience store named itself after one of his sculptures, and the bbc made a music video. ♪ it's ken nyberg ♪ >> but even in a town of 78, ken's still not the most famous nyberg space shuttle mission sds 24, one of two trips to the international space station for karen nyberg, all with this proud dad. his daughter >> she accomplished quite a lot. >> even carved out, thanks to her dad, a space of her own in vining. >> oh, my gosh, it's you >> reporter: ken nyberg didn't need a big city. >> this is so neat. >> reporter: to make a big splash >> cockroach right where he was planted for the news, i'm boyd huppert >> i just love it. i just love it
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and in case you forgot to mark your calendar, today is world ufo day, a holiday taking on more significance this year in the wake of last week's u.s. intelligence report on ufos a record that revealed that th government cannot explain 143 of 144 mysterious flying objects spotted from 2004 to this year joining me now is avi loeb, a harvard professor of science and astronomy, professor, happy world ufo day. >> thank you good to be with you. >> good to be with you as well so was the recent report a breakthrough >> it was because it stated some of the objects were real, multiple instances, radar systems, and optical sensors, and many pilots saw them at once that's a very important statement because now the question is what are they? >> well, care to weigh in? i mean, what do you think? what are some possible
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explanations >> some of them behaved in ways that cannot be explained by technologies that we possess, and so that leaves two possibilities on the table either they are natural in origin or extraterrestrial in origin, and both of these are very exciting, and i think the subject should move away from the talking points of politicians, and military personnel to the scientific community, and in fact, i'm aiming to lead the scientific project that we get more data, more evidence about these objects. >> are you encouraged by the interest in the mainstream, so to speak, recently about this subject? >> yeah, and in fact, i wrote a book called the extraterrestrial on another object, the first one that we recognized close to earth outside the solar system that looked very weird its name is oumuamua, it didn't look like a comet or asteroid, potentially it could have been produced by an alien civilization.
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>> when i was in journalism school, i never thought i would be sitting here talking about potential aliens here we are. it's fascinating stuff so in 2018, you co wrote a paper arguing that an object in space was potentially humanities first contact with an alien object, do you feel validated by the recent report and publicity on the subject? >> i would feel validated if we had a high resolution, mega pixel image of an object that demonstrates beyond any doubt that it's original from some technological civilization we would learn from it trying to imitate the technology it represents and i very much hope we can collect the data, so i'm working on it. >> how do you think the report will remove the stigma around the topic and perhaps allow scientists to study ufos more legitimately >> well, we have the instruments that can address the nature of
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an unusual phenomena or objects. it's just a question of allowing ourselves to discuss it freely, and you know, a picture is worth a thousand words, in my case, a picture is worth 66,000 words, i wouldn't need to write the book if we had a high resolution photograph, and we can get it, so stay tuned for the next few years, and we might have it. >> and just to leave things on a light note, on a fun note on this holiday friday, how does one properly and appropriately celebrate world ufo day? >> well, one can imagine what the interaction would be, and my guess is we will need our computers to interpret what their computers are doing. artificial intelligence is really the key, and i would celebrate it with my computer. >> fair enough avi loeb, we'll leave it there, thank you. >> thank you.
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