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[music playing] craig melvin: that's all for this edition of dateline. i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. [music playing] th elsa getting elsa getting stronger. could cause life-threatening storm surge on florida's west coast. i'm shepard smith. this is "the news" on cnbc. >> there's going to be storm surge. >> tropical storm elsa set to slam into florida. the dangerous system threatening millions, already breaking records. tonight, the forecast and impact more bodies pulled from the rubble as rescue operations pick up speed a report sheds new light on concerns before the collapse. >> the whole world wants to know what happened here. russian hackers strike again
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in what's being called the largest attack in history. hundreds of u.s. companies impacted now the pressure on president biden to respond. taliban forces make big gains in afghanistan as the u.s. pulls out. we're on the ground with local commandos as they keep up the fight. a state of emergency declared over gun violence setbacks in the fight against o dominate the world of wine >> announcer the covid delta variant and china gets aggressive pushing t. >> good evening. th dominate the world of wine >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts. the truth. "the news" with shepard smith. >> good evening. the gulf coast of florida is bracing now for what could be the first hurricane of the year to make landfall more than 4 million people are under a hurricane watch. right now, tropical storm elsa
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is just off ft. myers. forecasters say it could strengthen into a hurricane before it hits land overnight somewhere north of tampa, most likely somewhere in the general vicinity of cedar key. the national hurricane center also warning of life-threatening storm surges possible, plus flooding and tornadoes the warnings stretch along the western coastline from southwest florida to the big bend. this is a live look from sanabel island, the water there churning governor ron desantis telling people to stay off the roads. >> the roads will be dangerous as this storm passes through this is not a time to joyride. you do have hazardous conditions out there. >> tropical storm elsa is already breaking records by becoming the earliest fifth named storm ever, beating last . this could also be the earliest july hurricane to make year's hurricane edouardo by five days. this could also be the earliest july hurricane to make landfall in florida in nearly two decades. full coverage now.
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in a moment meteorologist bill karins with a forecast and first nbc's catie beck live in tampa where the storm is approaching catie, how does it look? >> reporter: hey, shep, conditions have been mild throughout the day but we've seen the visuals in key west, and we know what's coming as elsa makes her way up the coast of florida all eyes are watching the storm seeing what exactly is going to happen as it intensifies is that storm surge is really the big concern here in tampa wher now, what we do know is that storm surge is really the big concern here in tampa where we are. we know that three to five feet of storm surge is expected, so we did see folks here buying sandbags, getting ready, businesses closing early, public transportation shutting down, airports, bridges, beach us all closed across the state of florida because of the potential threat of what could come as this storm comes ashore. we are expecting to see some elements begin here in the tampa area in the next probably hour or two, but the real threat comes overnight. midnight into 1:00 a.m. is when
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miles an hour, so they are expecting that flooding to be a threat we're going to see how this storm materializes and what it becomes. it does have winds up to 70 miles an hour, so they are expecting that flooding to be a threat also pop-up tornadoes. that's really the unpredictable part of these tropical systems never know what those are going to pop up. >> thanks. meteorologist bill karins tracking the thing what's landfall looking like, bill >> landfall about 12 hours from right now. you know, she is storms, shep, they are over the warm water of the gulf we want to get them onshore. don't want them over the warm water. we don't want any surprises. this storm has become a hurricane, almost like it wants to become a bigger deal than it is, it's a small storm, tropical storm. so far very minimal damage in the keys and no significant tornadoes so so far so good and until this thing gets onshore we won't give up on it and we need to watch it closely. the tornado watch goes through 11:00 this evening and that threat will mostly be in central florida. notice the winds, everyone has been focusing on surfside in the miami area winds not bad, and they are not
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going to be. you're almost totally in the all clear now. notice the winds are starting to pick up a little bit, but the real strong winds, if we have those hurricane force gusts, that's mostly going to be confined to sarasota, pinellas county, clearwater beach area towards tampa and heading north wards as we go to tomorrow the forecast overnight the closest approach will be around 2:00 to 3:00 in the morning, so it's going to be kind of a restless, sleepless night around the tampa area. landfall tomorrow and then, shep, we just take this storm kind of harmlessly up through the southeast. a small chance of isolated tornadoes, but the winds will bm almost done. will be a rainstorm after that the main threats with this will be able to get the storm surge and the closest approach to florida and tampa later on overnight. >> bill, there's this record-breaking heat wave still scorching the pacific northwest. oregon alone officials expect more than 100 deaths are heat-related. how long is this going to last >> i mean, there are some spots that haven't gone below 100 degrees.
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i mean, areas in idaho are when are we going to get our relief seattle and portland got theirs, and this weekend the heat expands. look at some of the temperatures i put los angeles on here. right along the coast you're still going to get your break, but from sacramento to reading to vegas to phoenix, interior sections of idaho are going to be easily into the 100s, and this looks like a prolonged heat wave, shep this one could last easily six, seven, eight days, and it's just -- they can't get -- they can't get a break. i mean, the fires, heat wave and just rinse and repeat. >> wow thanks so much bill karins. search-and-rescue teams pull four more bodies from the wreckage of surfside florida, today as the death toll continues to climb dead 109 others still presumed accounted for. that's the at least 36 people now confirmed dead 109 others still presumed accounted for. that's the latest word from officials this evening it's been 13 days now since the condo building came crashing down
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search teams have not found a single survivor since the morning of the collapse. the tropical storm we've been talking about has made the search even more challenging with some winds and really heavy downpours today. take a look at the conditions yesterday. a meteorologist is now embedded with the searchers on the pile to give them realtime weather updates. officials have been racing against the storm clearly. on sunday demolition crews used explosives to bring down the rest of the damaged building over fears that it could fall on search teams below the demolition also opened up new areas of the pile for searchers to begin working in. meanwhile, finger-pointing continues over who is to blame the "miami herald" newspapers t said three days before it collapsed managers complained that the town was slow to respond and they were holding up repairs to the tower the manager says the condo association did not give them any indication that the needed repairs were an emergency. just in last hour, the starc
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sprinter sha'carri richardson will miss the tokyo olympic. usa track and field announced its relay team roster today and she didn't make the cut. richardson is serving a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana in a statement team officials wrote that while they agree world anti-doping agency rules related to thc should be re-evaluated, it would be detrimental to the integrity of the team to amend its policies right now. richardson was favored to medal at the upcoming olympic games. the highly contagious covid delta variant is now the dominant strain here in america. will our shots hold up what new research shows about n some companies w pfizer's vaccine why some companies are putting the brakes on business travel even if employees are vaccinated and covid cases in japan on the rise more changes to the olympics and the great length some athletes are going to just to
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we may not know just what lies ahead, but it's only human... to search for it. covid watch. the delta variant spreading across the country, and now it accounts for more than 80% of all new cases in four separate the delta variant spreading across the country, and now it accounts for more than 80% of all new cases in four separate states, kansas, arkansas, connecticut and missouri that's according to data from the scripps research the delta variant starting to strain some of the health care systems in america, too. for instance, a hospital in springfield, missouri had to borrow ventilators over the weekend because of a sudden spike in covid patients there. today president biden outlined new plans to persuade more americans to get vaccinated after falling short of his goal of getting 70% of adults at least one shot by the fourth of july >> millions of americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. and because of that their d them
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they care about are at risk. communities are at risk, their friends are at risk and the poem they care about are at risk. this is an even bigger concern because of the delta variant >> meantime, new data from israel suggests that pfizer's vaccine is less effective protecting against infections caused by the delta variant. cnbc's meg tirrell covers health and science for us meg, can you break down the data for us. >> yeah, this report from israel's ministry of health looked at the pfizer vaccine's protection going back to early june it found that it prevented 64%s of infections in mild disease. now this was during a time when the delta variant was spreading there. importantly though it reported 93% protection against hospitalizations and severe disease so while that 64% is certainly lower than what we've seen in other studies of how well the vaccines hold up against the delta, experts i've been speaking with say the most
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important thing for a vaccine to do is keep you out of a hospital and prevent death from covid and on those counts this update is still really reassuring. we reached out to pfizer, and they say while they can't comment on unpublished data they cited a number of studies saying their vaccine will continue to protect against the variants undoubtedly this will raise questions about whether we need booster shots and when the opinions there are mixed, too, but vaccine public health experts say if you're making decisions on boosters based on protection from severe disease, you don't need one because of this update, but the conversation might be different if you're looking at trying to prevent transmission or mild disease. shep >> interesting you know, we've been hearing more about another variant they call it lamda what do you know about it, and should we be concerned give us the details. ll amd a is circulating in >> reporter: yeah, lamda is circulating in prude and other south american countries i spoke with the publisher of a paper though not yeta varian
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peer-reviewed and he notes it shares a similar mutation with the delta variant that likely makes it more transmissible. the good us? his group looked at how well the pfizer and moderna vaccines are likely to do against the lamda variant and found they should variants that remain protected in fact, he said there are no variants that so far can escape those vaccines shep >> that's the best news of the day. thank you, meg. as new covid strains turn up around the world, some travel executives are now warning the delta variant could set back the return of both business and international travel several countries are tightening restrictions again to try to get delta under control. in europe, portugal just imposed a curfew and a number of tourist hot spots and in asia indonesia's president ordered malls, beaches and parks to close across the islands of java and bali here's cnbc's seema mody. >> reporter: as leisure travel picks up, business travel remains most mostly grounded
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as of june, 91% of companies say they have cancelled most or all of their international trips 63% did so domestically, but of those who delayed travel, more than half plan to resume business trips within the u.s. by september corporate travelers are a key customer for the travel industry, including hotels which do not expect business travel to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023 or 2024. the fast-spreading delta variant could slow down the recovery in international travel and an important driver of the u.s. economy. big cities like new york and san francisco that rely heavily on international tourists. >> we've got to bring back international. business travel international is 41% of our $1.7 trillion travel budget, and if we don't get travel back, it's $90 billion international travel will lose this year. >> reporter: companies are also watching the delta variant as workers return not only to planes but the office.
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increase in covid cases based on this v >> they are looking at, you know, a planning for a potential increase in covid cases based on this variant and looking at their policies and procedures and how they are going to operate should the variant come to their particular areas. >> reporter: half of businesses surveyed said they are mody. covid cases in tokyo hav encouraging employees to get a booster shot once it becomes available. for "the news" i'm seema mody. covid cases in tokyo have been on the rise for more than two weeks now, and today the olympics may end up being a tv-only event with pew to no fans at all. a major newspaper in japan is now reporting organizers may limit the opening ceremony to vip guests only. the list includes people like diplomats and sponsors the newspaper adds other large arenas will likely have no spectators in the stands organizers are expected to announce these moves later this week the pandemic also causing challenges for the athletes trying to just get to the games
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the team needs the head of fiji's olympic committee says that country's national airline isn't offering commercial flights right now so the team needs to ride on a cargo plane that carries seafood and express mail because of travel restrictions other teams including sri lanka are planning to fly thousands of miles in the wrong direction just to get to japan the opening ceremony, just more than two weeks away. new york city set to hold a ticker tape parade tomorrow honoring the heroes of the paramedics are boycotting the eat vent, according to leaders of two unions groups they are skipping it as a way to pandemic, but there's a problem. some of the city's emts and paramedics are boycotting the eat vent, according to leaders of two unions groups they are skipping it as a way to highlight their push for better pay. the unions are negotiating a new contract with the city right now. the weather's also impacting the parade mayor bill de blasio says due to the extreme heat he's scaling back the size of the parade. the feels-like temperature in the big city topped 100 today. it's being called the largest ransomware attack in history. 700 u.s. companies locked out of
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their data how russian hackers pulled it off with just one attack and what the white house plans to do about it new fallout from the britney spears saga. her manager of 25 years among those stepping down. why the move is raising questions about whether britney will ever take the stage again
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experts are calling the largest ransomware attack in history, one that scrambled the data of about 700 companies in america, 1,500 total worldwide. the gang behind it is a u.s.-linked group which alsot ad minimal damage to u.s. businesses, but we'r extorted $11 million from the meat packer jbs. >> it appears to have caused minimal damage to u.s. businesses, but we're still gathering information into the full extent of the attack, and i'm going to have more to say about this in the next several days we're getting more details and information. >> weeks ago president biden vowed at a summit with president putin that the u.s. would crack down on russia cyber attacks if they don't stop. cnbc washington correspondent eamon javers joins us now. the hackers are demanding what, $70 million here >> reporter: yeah, a lot of money. at first they did demand the $70 million to unlock all the
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computers and they have lowered that demand to 50 million and experts think they could negotiate even farther down from there. >> cyber criminals can be negotiated with. it wouldn't surprise me if someone was to pay the ransom for it to be closer to the $40 million to $50 million ballpark. >> there's so many companies involved in all of this because the software company attacked called kaseya helps its customers deploy software and even though the company says only 50 or so customers were directly impacted, the ransomware then spread to more than 1,000 of the customers' customers so the question then is who, if anyone, will pay the ransom will scores of little companies negotiate their own settlements with r-evil or will kaseya issue a payment that will cover everyone the u.s. government recommends that companies should not pay criminals, but one former hacker told us today that some of these firms may be desperate. government, and i understand that the
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>> that's easy to say for the government, and i understand that the u.s. treasury, if -- if there's a sanctioned hacker, that's a problem, but as a business owner i want to get up and running. if i'm down because all my filed today it reserves the right to respond if officials determine that the russians have are encrypted, i could go out of business >> the biden administration said today it reserves the right to respond if officials determine that the russians have culpability for this attack, but, shep, cyber security experts i talked to today say there are some indications that the attackers here may be getting desperate because they lowered their demand so quickly and because of the sheer number of victims involved. the hackers may be overwhelmed by more than 1,000 separate negotiations still, that is cold comfort for the american business people who are trying to get their firms back up and running tonight. shep. >> eamon javers, thank you. the attack on the u.s. capitol happened six months ago today and the fbi reports it's still searching for some 300 suspects the bureau posted this bulletin today with photos of people they say took part in the assault asking the public for help in identifying them
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the fbi also wants to identify this person seen in surveillancd republican national committee headquarters the justice department says more than 500 people are already facing charges in the attack, and today the acting capitol video planting two pipe bombs outside the democratic and republican national committee headquarters the justice department says more than 500 people are already facing charges in the attack, and today the acting capitol police chief outlined some changes made so far, including better intelligence-sharing and the opening of two field offices, one in california and one in florida to investigate threats on lawmakers more members of britney spears' team are now looking to jump what appears to be a quickly sinking ship her court-appointed lawyer filed documents today to quit his position after 1 documents today to quit his position after 13 years. many tmz reporting it's because he weeks extremely upset by her longtime manager larry rudolph has resigned saying he's no longer needed because britney wants to
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britney's testimony in which she said she didn't know she could file to end the conservatorship and her longtime manager larry rudolph has resigned saying he's no longer needed because britney wants to retire. rudolph was caught up in the fire of britney's explosive account of her conservatorship last month when she testified that her manager forced her to go on tour and punished her when she didn't want to do something. in a letter, rudolph seemed to defend himself writing that it's been more than two years since he last communicated with britney spears and that he's never been involved in the conservatorship itself. live music returning after being silenced during covid, but the crews who put the shows together still struggling to recover. a look at just how bad it's been for roadies. another deadly weekend more than 100 people shot and killed across the country. one state now declaring a state of emergency and the taliban making advances in afghanistan capturing districts and seizing weapons. their resurgence as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of "the news" on cnbc. the ad the roads we know.
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♪welcome back to that same old place♪ the live music industry was one of the first to shut down during the pandemic. no more crowded venues or screaming at the top of your lungs in close quarters, and while the industry is slowly starting to return, life is hardly back to normal for the people who are usually backstage making the magic happen every night. on the toll the pandemic is taking on roadies and one group's mission to help, here's cnbc's kate rogers ♪ >> reporter: 2020 was set to be a big year for tom weber
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the personal guitar tech worked with rockin' icon eddie van halen for more than a decade on the road he was set to tour with def leppard and motley crew and then live music came to a grinding halt. >> god knows i want to go back to work. i really, really, really do and before i'm too old or forgot how, so i know there will be a younger me to -- to, you know, step up when i decide that i re one-two punch to weber the pandemic shuddering his life on the road and van halen's death in the fall from cancer at age 65 ♪ more than a year after covid first hit, he struggled to find work. >> we're hoping to go back to work, but -- and they say we're going back to work, but statistically speaking it may or may not happen. >> there's a gofundme page to save weber's home and his
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struggles are hardly unique. he's pointed to suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, roadies losing everything. roadie care is looking to help the group is raising money, collecting gift cards and helping those in need with mental health resources. even as live music is starting up again, jobs are scarce. >> there's maybe 20 tours out there, maybe half a dozen up-offs or six shows here, six shows there. typically we'd have approximately 400 tours out right now. >> reporter: for roadies like weber, the job is more a way of life than just a paycheck. >> if you know somebody in this industry, call them are up and make sure they are okay because we're not. we're just not. >> weber says while government
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programs like the ppp grants didn't trickle down always to the people who made the music happen on the road every night. >> kate, thanks. the price at the pump is set to go higher and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. your summer road trip might become more expensive. gas prices expected to increase another 10 to 20 cents through the end of august. that's from aaa. the company reporting the average price of a gallon of regular up eight cents from a month ago to a nationwide average of $3.13 time to take a look in your freezer. tyson foods recalling about 8.5 million pounds of frozen chicken. the reason, potential listeria contamination, that's accordin to the agriculture department. the voluntary recall comes after the agency's investigators learned about two people who got sick you can find more about th recall by checking the usd a and tyson websites on your screen and pop star ariana grande helping to give away $2 million in free therapy.
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she's partnering with a digital therapy app better health. the giveaway offers users one month of free therapy through the service. ariana grande says she hopes the collaboration will open the door to therapy so it's not just for a privileged few on wall street, the dow down 209. s&p down 9 and the nasdaq up 24. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of "the news. >> no bond, more crime relaxed bond policies under scrutiny as america faces another deadly weekend of gun violence espn's rachel nichols sidelined, the network removing her from nba finals coverage. what led to the punishment. and the taliban gains ground as the u.s. leaves afghanistan the end of america's longest war is closing in fast the u.s. military has pulled out more than 90% of all troops and
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equipment from afghanistan that's the word today from u.s. central command, but as american forces withdraw taliban militants are on the march capturing huge swaths of territory. here the taliban shows off weapons, ammunition, vehicles and other military hardware that they have seized from retreating afghan troops. but some afghan soldiers refuse to give up and are taking the fight to the taliban nbc's richard engel embedded with an elite team of afghan commandos as they got in a fire fight with taliban fighters. >> outside kabul in a hostile taliban-controlled area, the commandos huddle for a pre-mission brief. tonight they will raid the taliban safe house and try to kill or capture the fighters inside. >> yeah. >> they pray for success and protection these soldiers had u.s. support before shoulder to shoulder. and now they are on their own. >> what is it like now fighting all on your own? no american support. >> so we are ready to fight.
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if we die, we don't care about it. >> the commandos set out in old american humvees the vehicles slow down to a crawl when they think they spot an ied. >> an ied like an explosive. >> reporter: it may be a false alarm and they push on the last leg is on foot, quietly. the commandos hope they can surprise the taliban. >> so the building they are closing in on is actually a mosque, and they think there are 15 taliban fighters inside. >> reporter: but before they reach their target the man on point spots the taliban. rounds are incoming, too they launch rocket-propelled grenades to clear a path and fire wherever they see movement or muzzle flashes. finally the commandos reach the mosque the taliban have left it. >> they escaped? >> yes, escaped. >> reporter: but the taliban haven't gone far
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the commandos keep after them and kill three taliban in hiding the afghan air force providing top cover kills three more it's a small setback for the taliban who have captured more than 150 afghan military posts as u.s. troops leave the commandos consider tonight's mission a success without american troops on the ground. it's now mainly down to the commandos to stop the taliban from taking over the commandos still maintain close relations with the u.s. military and intelligence, but now the help is from afar. richard engel, nbc news, kabul let's turn to a civilian adviser in afghanistan and senior adviser to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for four years beginning in 2015, and he wrote the book, "the american war in afghanistan, a history. carter, thank you very much. what do you make of the withdrawal so far?
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>> thank you for having me on so much i think the withdrawal is something that we may have had to do, but kind of as expected it's been quite a shock to the afghan forces, and it's been harder for them to defend ground without the availability of our air strikes and without our advisers around to such an extent and that's not to say we've entirely left yet, we haven't, but it's still a tremendous obstacle and challenge for the afghan forces. >> you wrote in a recent political article that as the united states loaves afghanistan after 20 years of war there can be little doubt that we lost the war. it's that cut and dried in your estimation. >> it's a little bit harder than that because in some ways we -- our soldiers did what they needed to. do they prevented terrorist attacks against the united states, but, on the other hand, our -- i think we wanted something better, bigger in afghanistan. we hoped the country could stand on its own effectively after we've left and that just looks like it may not come to pass and
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we need hope that the government, the democracy will be fully fledged now and that hasn't happened, so it's hard to get around saying that in some way we lost. >> do these afghan fighters have a chance, or is it sort of a fait accompli that the taliban are about to take over again >> it's not entirely a fait accompli there are some things that happen that could get us going to a place where the taliban don't take over, a very strong competent leadership emerges in the face of this pressure, or the taliban will have some fractures once we depart, but overall it's hard to have an optimistic point of view the taliban have shown themselves since 2015 to be able to take ground almost at will. the afghan forces even when well-armed and even with -- under decent leadership have a hard time holding ground
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the key factors are our air strikes and our advisers in the coordination that we help provide, that's going to be going away soon, so because of that the prediction has to be a very grim one, that the government will have a very hard time surviving over the next one to three years. >> will the history books remember this as a failure >> i think the history books will remember this as a failure because we didn't achieve the things that we wanted to see happen, and there's a great deal of criticism even now about how the united states performed, opportunities that were lost, why we didn't leave earlier. the bigger question is though will the history books remember afghanistan to a great extent? afghanistan is a conflict that has never had a lot of feelings with the american people it's not the same as vietnam because it doesn't strike a chord the same way vietnam did so afghanistan in our history will turn into something like korea we don't remember that much >> 20 years of war
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carter, thank you for your time and your service, okay. gun violence domestically declared a disaster emergency in new york state today governor andrew cuomo signed the first in the nation executive order of this kind saying the state can now increase police presence in cities where shootings are on the rise and add more resources to those areas. this comes after a weekend with 14 mass shootings across the country, the most for any weekend this year. 233 people killed and 618 injured, according to the gun violence archive among the dead, a golf pro at a kennesaw, georgia country club gene siller went to investigate a report that a pickup truck had driven on the course when an unknown gunman shot and killed him. police believe he was witness to another crime and police say they found two other men dead in the back of the truck. they are still on the hunt for the gunman described as a
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hispanic male, 6'1", 170 pounds, long hair. at the time cops say he was wearing a white or tan shirt and dark work pants. criminal justice experts say a host of factors could behind this recent surge. the country reopening, availability of guns and even just that it's so hot outside in some areas, but many experts are also pointing to one policy change, bail reform. it's the idea that people accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies can be released before their trials or have their bail amounts reduced. new york city state was one of the first to sign a sweeping version into law the goal, make it fairer for poor people who are like i had to stuck in jail waiting for trial. covid accelerated the trend as cities tried to reduce the number of peoples crammed into jail and then the backlash new york rolled back its law months later after law enforcement officials reported a spike in crime, and in harris
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county, texas, officials say the damage from the bail reform is clear. here's cnbc's valerie castro. >> we have a sibling rivalry he always looked up to me and had the utmost respect in he may have been a lot taller but he was theresa's little brother. >> a positive person loved to be around people. >> reporter: last september he was gunned down outside his houston home during an attempted robbery. police would eventually arrest and charge this man, darian caraway who allegedly committed the crime while out on numerous felony bonds for previous arrests. >> seven times we had the chance to hold him, seven times. >> reporter: the ceo of crimestoppers houston says it's a common scenario that contributes to the city's rising crime rate. >> 222 murders already this year, up by 42% just this year 91%, up by 91 was when we compare that statistic to two years ago. >> she says after a 2016 civil rights lawsuit against the courts reformed misdemeanor bail
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practices harris county judges are now reluctant to revoke or issue felony only bonds. texas lawmakers introduced bills to address concerns. organizations like the texas chapter of the aclu and the texas law foundation argues it would punish the poor and trample on texans' rights and freedoms >> it would only worsen the outcome with those with mental illness. >> theresa evidence is earlier this year to raise awareness about what she says is a failure in the system. >> you can't help but think that if that person were in jail my brother would be alive today. >> we are trying to bring back some type of balance and reasonable thinking and common sense into the criminal justice system because what we're doing now is not working. >> concerned houston citizens
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are now gathering at homes like this one to learn more. >> this is pr bond, violent offenders who are given a get out of jail free card. >> she will continue to speak out for her brother. like her brother, they never got a chance >> what's the plimt? is murder enough i don't know the man accused of murdering theresa's bother is not billy in the guys and his state is still -- none of the bills introduced passed before the end of the session bond reform will be on the agenda. new right now, the former nypd police captain eric adams has just claimed victory in the democratic primary for new york city mayor we just got the word after the latest preliminary results released this hour show him edging out katherine garcia.
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the latest results said to include almost all of the absentee ballots adams says while there's a small amount of votes to be counted, the results show a small five borough coalition. espn reporter rachel nichols was supposed to be on the sidelines of the nba finals this week she won't be now tonight, the fallout from her comments about race in the workplace. virgin galactic founder richard branson expects to rocket into low orbit this weekend. we've got an inside look at his space port and we'll ask former bill nelson what space race means for nasa
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"the new york times," nichols is heard in a recording of a private conversation venting about espn's decision to have maria taylor who is black host shows during last year's nba finals instead of her. she said espn was feeling the pressure about adding diversity among on-air talent amid the black lives matter movement. >> i wish maria taylor all the success in the world she can cover football, she covers basketball. if you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record and diversity, which, by the way, i know personally just go for it you know, find it somewhere else >> nichols apologized for those comments by saying how deeply sorry she was for disappointing her comments and taylor has not commented publicly on this matter. the billionaire race to space is on, and just six days from now sir richard branson is
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set to take off. he plans to beat both jeff bezos and elon musk flying to the edge of space this weekend with five other people nbc's tom costello got a behind-the-scenes look at branson's spaceport in new mexico. >> reporter: in a remote, desolate spot in the new mexico desert billionaire richard branson's dreams are about to come true. >> i always envisioned as a kid that a spaceship should look like this. >> are you did you envisioned this when you were a kid. >> i just thought that's how you should fly to space. >> after nearly two decades of hard work and tragedy, branson is about to launch to the edge of space on a ship dubbed unit first carried by a mother ship named after his own mother eve the. >> that's easy >> it's going to be quite a ride. >> branson has wanted to go to
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space since watching the apollo 11 moon landing. after building his virgin empire, he started virgin galactic with the dream of taking everydaycivilians 50 miles high to the edge of space for a weightless experience and a once in a lifetime view. >> wow look at that view, gorgeous. >> alternate moment we will have become astronauts i will pinch myself and again and again and again. >> you can't wait? >> i can't wait. >> it's taken 17 years to get here in 2014 tragedy struck when a test pilot was killed in a horrific accident. now, after redesigns and safety delays, all systems are go for a sunday launch. for years 70-year-old branson has been strenuously training. >> they realize -- >> you're bursting at the seams here >> i have to go into space
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>> and there's bragging right. the when bezos announced he and would fly on july 20th changes your relationship with hue map knit at this virgin said he would fly beating them by days. >> is there a competition about bezos. >> i know nobody will believe me when i say it. honestly there isn't. >> in fact, they need motor tourism countries. 700 people is there signed up 0 and some paying $250,000 tom hanks and lady gaga. joining branson on this passenger test flight is three other virgin employees now all four are in their in final training session. >> i did the spinning cups for disney world is that good enough to prepare me for this.
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>> you look very fit, very healthy. we would love to have you on board. >> oh, really, how soon? because i'm up for it. >> if i were you, i would just s stowaway nobody ever tried a space ship >> for "the news" i'm tom costello what a ride. >> bill reynolds is with us. former nasa astronaut and former senator. what do you make of this billionaire race to space? >> i love it and they certainly had their due. shepard, these guys have contributed a lot. the "the washington post" space writer calls them the space barons >> you know, i remember being at nasa when the last shuttle launch was going up, and i think you were there, too, and everyone from spaceville from
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titusville to cocoa beach were so sad and to see what's happened since, it's extraordinary. >> it's just extraordinary all of those abandoned launchpads on cape canaveral, they have come to life it's now not unusual that there's a space launch every week and there's an exciting time ahead aha. we'r we're going to launch the largest, most powerful rocket ever at the end of this year going out beyond the moon and come back and in two years, 2023, it's going to have a rocket out to the moon and then come back. >> the agency called it the most nerve racking flight so far. how important is that technology to our future and space exploration? >> this was a demonstration. now it's part of the regular
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plan of nasa it's out doing a flight scouting with the rover and this particular time it's scouting a very sandy region in order to determine should the rover go there and possibly get stuck in the sand ingenuity is just doing amazing things >> there's so much talk about nasa's role. >> well, nasa has been involved for years. it now has a fancy name, astrobiology we're looking for life on mars, on the other planets we're looking out in the cosmos trying to determine other signs
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that have planets with a habitable atmosphere when you think about it, shepard, if you have a -- a universe that is 13.5 billion years old, when you think about it, it is so big is there another chance for another sun and another planet that has an atmosphere like ours i would say yes. >> yeah. >> so we're going to get some indication that there's life elsewhere. >> nasa administrator bill nelson, good to see you again as always. thank you. there's new right now weather news elsa has just regained hurricane strength it's about 100 miles southwest of tampa bay right now according to the national hurricane center it now has maximum sustained winds at 75 miles an hour, so one click above tropical storm level doesn't really make a difference the storm surge is going to be a thing here they are hopeful that it will go into the more unpopulated area
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around the big bend, but anything north of tampa be ready so the forward progress is now northward at 14 miles per hour>x bordeaux, france, the most popular wine country but thousands of miles away another country looking to crush the competition and why the next great wine could be made in china.
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years. cnbc traveled there and met one wine-maker leading the way >> reporter: where are we heading? >> this is our new winery. >> reporter: emma gao is on a mission to make her hometown a household name. >> people quite surprised china make wine. they say, wow, that's pretty good >> reporter: gao founded her winery silver heights in 2007 in china's wine-producing region. her family has been growing grapes here for three decades, and this month she's expanding >> in ten years when people think ningxia. >> fresh off a visit last year from president jinping they launched a plan to turn it into wine country and rivaling in scale france's bordeaux. the mountains which lie at a similar latitude boast around 30 varieties of grapes similar to bordeaux and napa valley
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one of the challenges for the wine growers is the extreme dry and cold weather so the vines need to be buried every winter into the spring hand that adds to the production costs. the government hopes they can appeal to chinese wine drinkers, a market dominated by imported labelsy >> the younger generation, they appreciate the taste of wine older generation drink wines mostly >> reporter: but the ultimate goal is to boost the wine exports which jumped 46% to countries like the u.s. >> >> 50 years ago people were laughing at starting to make wine. nowadays they are warming up >> reporter: investors hope to attract new financial investors
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with the goal of producing 600 million bottles a year by 2035 shep, i tried the wine, and napa has some competition >> thank you 40 seconds left on the race to the finish. elsa is a hurricane again as it bears down on the florida gulf coast. the national hurricane center just announced that forecasters are expected to make land north of tampa overnight the delta variant spreading fast across the nation and starting to strain some health systems. one hospital in springfield, missouri had to borrow ventilators over the weekend and the american track star sha'carri richardson won't be on the relay team after testing positive for marijuana and now you know "the news" on tuesday, july 6th, 2021. follow us on instagram and twitter.
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