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that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. [theme music] the news with shepard smith starts now. a sad and painful transitioning happening in south florida. for the first time just announced, today at midnight, the search and rescue will turn to search and recovery, officially hope largely lost for finding anyone alive what this means, the latest from the scene, and what next for survivors. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc tropical storm elsa makes landfall, the wind, heavy rain, and the tens of millions still in its path.
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assassinated in his own home, the president of haiti gunned down, his wife critical what we know about the assailants >> it's been very worrisome. >> after yet another cyber attack, the growing pressure to respond to the russian-based hackers. how america might fight back banned from social media, the former president files suit in federal court target, facebook, google and twitter. delta, now the dominant covid strain in america. a court blames the government for a mass shooting, and a ticker tape parade for the heroes of the pandemic >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith good evening after two agonizing weeks of holding out hope, the search for survivors is ending in surfside, florida. the rescue operation is now shifting to recovery tonight at
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midnight that was the grim announcement from officials in the last hour. 54 people are now confirmed dead after search teams pulled eight more bodies from the wreckage today. 86 others still officially potentially unaccounted for. 14 days after the condo building came crashing down sadly, rescuers did not find a single survivor, not since the morning of the collapse the mayor of miami-dade county said search teams did everything possible to find any signs of life in the mass of pulverized concrete and twisted steel. >> i could not be prouder of our extraordinary team the men and women here at home and from around the world who have given this search everything they have day in and day out. they have used sonar, cameras, dogs, heavy machinery. we have all asked god for a miracle. it is with deep, profound
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sadness that this afternoon i'm able to share that we made the extremely difficult decision to transition from operation search and rescue to recovery >> miami-dade county's mayor says there will be a moment of silence in just about 13 minutes. nbc's morgan chesky is live in surfside for us. morgan, families have been really preparing for this moment that can't make it easier. >> reporter: yeah, shep, you're absolutely right we knew it was only a matter of time before this decision was made that certainly did not make it any easier when you heard the miami-dade mayor cava make the announcement it was with deep profound sadness and, we had a chance to hear from the fire chief that added a little insight into the search and rescue efforts over the last two weeks saying that this collapse gave them an unprecedented lack of survivable voids contained within that pile of rubble and we had a chance to witness
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it ourselves for the first time last night, shep, when we stood across the street. and upon seeing it, i can't impress upon you enough just the sheer scope of what rescuers are still going to have to deal with in the coming days and weeks going forward because while this is shifting from a rescue to a recovery mission, their job will very much stay the same. they are going to be delicately moving those pieces of debris while making sure every person is pulled from that pile shep >> reporter: morgan chesky, on scene, thank you once the victims are recovered and the site cleared, then what, create a memorial or sell to a developer. to use that money to compensate the victims and their families both sides of that discussion were in a south florida courtroom just this morning as six new lawsuits began working through the system the judge overseeing those civil suits heard that the property could sell between 100 and $130 million that's more than double the
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estimated insurance payout so far, a court appointed receiver has identified only 48 million in possible insurance coverage not enough, the judge has said, to compensate the victims. an attorney for the families today agreed. >> whether it be the death cases, the injury cases or the property damage cases, there's nvr going to be full compensation not enough money in the entire world to do so but it's our job to try to marshal as many assets as possible to try to soften the pain a little bit. >> would developing the site be the right thing to do? david covered the hearing for the miami herald newspaper, and he's with us now david, thank you, it's such a difficult issue, you sell it, build a condo and the victims get the money or the government pays less and builds a memorial. what was the sense in court today? >> well, it's still so early that i don't think the implications of the decision have made their way into a full, full discussion in court, but
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certainly one of the lawyers brought it up today, and the judge, he kind of nodded his said and said it's a very it's a very interesting thought but my job is to marshal as many assets as possible, and figure out how we can in some small way, compensate the victims for the sheer amount of loss they have undergone here i have a feeling it's going to be something that picks up steam, especially now that we have gone from the rescue phase to the recovery phase. >> that lawyer you mentioned, i read your report, and he seemed to be saying, look, these decisions have to be made, and these victims need to be compensated, and the best way to do so would be to get the most money for this property available, and then the other side was saying, this is hallowed ground for our clients. this is a burial site for so many people here it's going to be a very difficult decision >> right and it really is tricky because i mean 48 million, you know, for one person is a lot, but just think of the sheer amount of people who have been affected by
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this tragedy, not just the people who have loved lost ones but the people who have lost all of their belongings and their property but managed to survive. we have hundreds and hundreds of people that are going to be wanting compensation or deserve compensation and 48 million is just nothing, you know, so now they're trying to go after as many or figure out if they can go after contractors, other third parties, governments even, and so 100 to $130 million for that seaside property which is, you know, valuable property in south florida would certainly help a lot of people who want to recover from this tragedy. >> more from the scene shortly david ovalle from the miami herald, thank you. cnbc weather alert tropical storm elsa heading up the east coast now after making landfall right around the big bend of the west coast of florida. right now, the system weakening as it passes over georgia. forecasters say it's moving essentially up the i-95 corridor nearly 15 miles an hour. a tropical storm alert still in effect for much of the eastern
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sea board. would you look at that from florida's big bend, up to delaware it could bring a wet beginning of the weekend to the northeast. and the u.s. coast guard searching for nine people still presumed missing off the florida keys officials say they pulled 13 cuban migrants from choppy waters after their ship capsized to help with the search, the coast guard is deploying, two cutters, two helicopters and an airplane. a moment of reckoning for president biden, deciding just how aggressively he will respond to a pair of brazen cyber attacks from russian hackers he convened his top advisers in the situation room just this morning to develop a strategy for how to counter the latest in a string of hacks. the white house says he's considering a range of options just in the past few days, russian hackers broke into computer systems of a republican national committee technology contractor the rnc insists hackers got none of its data. the white house says the fbi is
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investigating. and then earlier, another gang compromised more than 1,500 businesses worldwide through the software company kaseya. researchers say they warned that company back in april of the fatal security flaw that the hackers ended up exploiting. the company reports they were working on a fix but that the hackers beat them to it. cnbc senior washington correspondent eamon javers is with us. amono, the pressure is really building on the president to respond in some way. >> reporter: absolutely. the white house said today it isn't going to preview its punches in terms of what its response might be. they do know there's a lot of expectation, they'll find a way to hit back against the attackers. >> president biden's credibility is on the line, he said in geneva he will not tolerate the activities being conducted against the u.s. economy, he
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will not harbor nation states who harbor them. >> reporter: former cia director david petraeus e-mailed me this, a comprehensive approach is needed with sanctions among the many components of such an approach, and former nsa director mike rogers told me today the u.s. needs to realize that a pure law enforcement response hasn't worked in the past, and these criminals have now used all the money they've made over the past six months or so to make themselves as powerful as only nation states used to be rogers also said the u.s. can use cyber capabilities to go after the hackers' infrastructure including targeting the ways that they move money or destroying, degrading and denying access to their own tools and infrastructure but shep, admiral rogers also said that cyber attacks like piracy and crime itself are probably here to stay. the u.s. goal, he said, should be to bring it down to a manageable level, and that starts with recognizing just how bad it's gotten, shep. >> eamon, thank you. the president of haiti assassinated, the prime minister
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reports gunman broke into the president's house, and shot him dead his wife now critical. next, details of the shocking act of political violence. a massive explosion lights up the night sky what led to this fire at a huge shipping port in dubai and a judge rules the u.s. air force is largely to blame for a mass shooting that killed more than 25 people nearly four years ago. ♪ you've got the looks ♪ ♪ let's make lots of money ♪ ♪ you've got the brawn ♪ ♪ i've got the brains... ♪ with allstate, drivers who switched saved over $700 click or call to switch
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haiti's president gunned down in his own home in the middle of the night by a mysterious team of assassins who allegedly posed as dea agents. there's no audio or slight audio. haitian officials said they were well trained professional killers and commandos with large caliber guns who spoke english
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and spanish, which is odd bauz most people in haiti speak creole and french. here you see bullet holes in a wall outside the president's home haiti's ambassador to the united states said the killers falsely announced they were d.e.a. agents for the united states when they carried out the attack they also wounded the president's wife, she's seen here on the right standing next to her husband nbc news confirms she's in miami now getting medical treatment. president biden calls the assassination a heinous act, voicing his concern for what lies ahead for haiti. >> we need a lot more information. it's very worrisome about the state of haiti. >> the haitian government is calling on the united states to help hunt down the killers and prevent haiti from plunging even deeper into chaos. nbc news dan delusa is with us now. it's unclear whether these assassins are still in haiti. >> that's right, we don't know, the dominican republic has
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closed its border with haiti to t try to stop them from escaping there's so many questions about who this group was they clearly knew what they were doing. they were fairly sophisticated, very organized it comes at a time when the country was just teetering into anarchy already, and now the question is can haiti survive this there's a massive power vieacuu, there haven't been elections in years, and for the united states, this is in our backyard, and tens of thousands of haitians have fled the country to escape the instability and poverty there and the danger is there would be more refugees flowing into the u.s., and one more thing, there has been almost no vaccinations taking place there in haiti. >> the turmoil has been extraordinary with so many in the population believing that the current sort of care taker government is corrupt, that they're assassinating people and members who are rebelling
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against the government in different towns and cities across the country the consideration that they could devovl into civil war is a real one worth considering. >> i think that's the next challenge the white house is going to face is, to what degree does the u.s. and other countries have to intervene and maybe even have a u.n. peace keeping force. >> dan de luce live with us, dan, thank you. surfside, florida, now, 7:15 eastern, a moment of silence for the victims of the condo collapse out of respect, we'll observe it
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>> the pile that was the tower in surfside, florida, where now the victims are remembered, the search and rescue operators are honored, and tonight at midnight, the mission turns from search and rescue to search and recovery in other news tonight, a massive explosion rocked dubai late afternoon eastern time after a fire broke out on a docked container ship there. all of this according to that government's media office. it posted this video on twitter. you can see crews dousing shipping containers. officials there say they have the fire under control, that
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nobody was hurt, or that's what they tell us now, here's a look at the blast from a distance. a local station in dubai reports the explosion caused by a normal accident, that's how they put it, inside a container, holding flammable material the dubai port, one of the largest in all the world. a federal judge in texas ruled today that the u.s. air force is mostly to blame for the worst mass shooting in the texas history. it happened just four years ago. a former service member opened fire and killed 15 people in a baptist church in southerland springs, just outside san antonio. police say he later shot and killed himself here's the back story. three years earlier, the air force discharged him after he was convicted of a felony. but officials never submitted his criminal history to the fbi data base. that should have stopped him from buying guns and body armour in today's ruling, the judge placed 60% of the blame directly on the u.s. air force.
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cnbc's valerie castro is here with the rest of this. valerie. >> shep, the court released 99 pages of facts and findings in the case that included the judge's ultimate ruling. court documents detailed denver kelly's time in the air force and the criminal conviction for domestic violence against his wife and child that led him to spend a year in military jail. those convictions should have prevented him from buying the firearms later used in the mass shooting, and the judge says that no other individuals, not even kelly's own parents or partners knew as much as the united states about the violence that devin kelly had threatened to commit and was capable of committing, and had the government done its job and properly reported kelly's information into the background check system, it is more likely than not that kelly would have been deterred from carrying out the church shooting. just a few weeks ago, another court threw out four lawsuits filed against the sporting goods chain where kelly bought the firearms saying it couldn't be held liable because nothing in
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the national database flagged kelly's past assault convictions. as of today's ruling i reached out to the air force, a spokesperson says because this legal case is still ongoing, they are not able to comment. >> valerie castro, thank you. most of the fda's most controversial decisions, in the food and drug administration food and drug administration zhmeapproval of a drug to treat welcome to allstate. here, if you already pay for car insurance, you can take your home along for the ride.
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a medicine used to treat alzheimer's. the fda approved the drug just last month it's the first new treatment for the disease in nearly two decades. but the medical community was then and is now divided about whether data shows the drug actually works plus, there's the price tag. the treatment costs an average patient about $56,000 every year house lawmakers have announced an investigation into the drug's pricing and its approval process. still, the medicine offers new hope for the families of millions of americans enduring the disease. here's cnbc's senior health and science correspondent meg tirrell. >> linda and ed neil have been together for decades >> we talk about this about every other night. it's 35 years. nobody thought we'd make it. >> seven years ago, ed was diagnosed with alzheimer's disease, and last year, he started on an experimental drug now called aduhelm.
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>> i feel that it is helping i do see flashes of him being in the moment and remembering what happened just a couple of minutes ago. >> but where the neils see hope, others see a drug with weak evidence of its benefit and a huge price. >> the price tag is astronomical you have to multiply the price by the number of people who are going to get this drug so it's one thing if that kind of price is for a drug that very few people use it's completely different when you're talking about alzheimer's. >> about 6 million americans are currently living with the disease, leading to warnings the drug could break the health care system, costing the government up to $29 billion per year, more than the entire budget for nasa. experts warn the cost even with insurance could be prohibitive to some patients as well wall street firm bernstein estimates some on medicare could have out of pocket costs of as much as $11,000 a year doctors like joyce snider worry
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that could create a system of haves and have notes. >> the condition is this could be a medication for people who can afford it and not people who can't afford it, which is not what we want our health care system to look like, and the medical justice we all want to see. >> the drug maker biogen expects use should be targeted to a fraction of patients with alzheimer's, those early in the course of the disease where the drug was tested, about 1 to 2 million patients the company points out the drug was approved based on its ability to clear plaque build ups in the brain associated with alzheimer's, and says it's working to complete a confirm toir trial proving its benefits in memory. and that it's open to working with the government to ensure it doesn't overwhelm medicare, and it's committed to not raise the price for four years as for linda and ed, they don't yet have to pay for the drug since eds of involved in the trial, but when they do, even though they acknowledge the drug is not a cure, they say they
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don't mind the price if it can bring them hope for a little more time together. >> when i see that he's -- >> she's happy >> when i see that he's there with me, and enjoying the moment like i am, it's huge >> now, the drug itself isn't the only cost. patients also need tests to make sure the drug is right for them, and mri's while they're on it to monitor the safe it's a lot for the system to take on and a controversy that's probably only just at the beginning. shep. >> meg, thank you. they started as a side hustle, then social media got a whiff. the cookies blowing up tiktok, and their real world recipe for success. divorced and still working together, but for how long the bill and melinda gates foundation reveals one of them
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has an escape clause, what that could trigger. and former president trump takes on big tech. filing a lawsuit against the ceos demanding he get his accounts back. what the experts are saying as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top othne o hour and the top othne o bc welcome to allstate. 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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a cookie company is taking tiktok by storm, and business is booming. while other companies struggle
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during the height of covid, they expanded crumble cookies opened 149 new locations during the pandemic. here's cnbc's andrea day >> yes, sir. so we're going to eat these cookies. >> look at this cream. >> cookie reviews. >> it has a blueberry. >> are exploding on social media. >> this is ten out of ten. one of the best foods i've tried. >> millions of views. >> it's actually really good. >> and dedicated tiktok fans. >> i'm obsessed. >> besties let's try it. >> the guys behind the cookies, jason mcgown, and sawyer hemsley. >> i have to pinch myself, we talk about sprinkles over the conference table and pink frosting. >> they started crumble 3 1/2 years ago when sawyer was in college. >> we didn't know how to bake anything when we got started. >> we learned, we watched you tube, we read books, and we networked. it was more of a side hustle. >> early into that hustle, they
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posted a video on social media. >> it was crazy, like our first tiktok video that got over a million views, we're just like, oh, my gosh, what's happening. is this real >> our stores started getting just swamped. >> similar to how fashion designers release or drop new looks, they started dropping new cookie flavors >> let's choose four unique flavors every week and rotate them out and launch it and post it on social media every sunday night. >> and it worked >> it goes so wild that social media sometimes thinks that there's an error, and things get turned off for a minute. if we're one minute late, it's like did the world die, what's happening, why is the video not up here. >> they schedule their sunday evening around 6:00 p.m. >> like these 19-year-old twin sisters. >> with my last crumble review got 1.7 million views. >> peanut butter brow knee, look at that layer, peanut butter.
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>> i think what gets people excited, the flavors are a kept a secret for next week, and when they come out, there's so much hypes and everyone wants to try them. >> we call it the great tiktok review of 2021 >> they don't pay for the reviews but they are paying attention. >> we actually listen to their feedback. >> would you ever expand beyond cookies? >> that's a great question we like simplicity if you walk into the stores, people say this is the apple of cookies, the apple store of cookies. >> okay. shep, talk about the apple store of cookies, they have so many people out there begging to start a franchise, there's actually a waiting list with some states already sold out and, shep, i have to show you this because i just got my hands on one of the cookies that was just released, just dropped, it's literally a hot fudge sunday in a cookie. >> we have another half hour here, andrea, don't do this. thank you. i'm shepard smith on cnbc.
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it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. delta now the dominant covid strain in the u.s. cases ticking up what the spread means for the return to work and school. snake on the loose, a 12 foot python escapes inside a mall how it got out, and what's being done to find it. and former president trump makes good on a long time threat against big tech in fact, today he announced he's suing facebook, twitter, and google along with their respective ceos claiming he's been wrongfully censored, the lawsuit comes after most social media banned the president after the january 6th attack on the capitol. >> we're demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing, and cancelling we are asking the court to impose punitive damages on these
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social media giants. we're going to hold big tech very accountable >> well, in the lawsuit, the lawyers argue that banning the former president is unconstitutional legal experts say the case is doomed to fail because private companies are not bound by the first amendment. that's the congress. casey newton is here now, editor of platformer, cnbc contributor, casey, thank you these companies didn't even bother to respond to these lawsuits they clearly don't seem too concerned. >> that's right, the sense that i got from them this morning was that they basically don't even want to dignify the lawsuit with a response >> yeah, understood. the lawsuits may not pan out for the trump team, but this isn't really about the lawsuits, is it >> well, i do think that there is a larger issue here, which is, you know, set aside the first amendment or section 230 and there are a lot of people out there who just feel like they have been treated
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unfairlily social networks, and also that they don't really have any recourse, right, if you've ever filed a complaint to facebook or twitter, you probably got back an automated reply. you didn't necessarily get the feeling of due process or justice, and i do think that is something that's going to weigh on these networks going forward. >> but the president's detractors say, the former president's detractors say this isn't about the lawsuits, this is about fundraising >> well, and it was probably no accident that within a few minutes of the lawsuit being filed, the first e-mails did go out to president trump's supporters, urging people to come on and sign up, put your name down. put your e-mail address down, and start contributing to the cause here, so i absolutely think that that is part of the master plan here. >> you know, big tech, though, seems to be getting hit from all directions, and both sides of the aisle for that matter. where does this go from here for big tech >> well, i think the big question is can republicans and
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democrats find any common ground you know, right now there's a package of six bills making its way through the house that would restr restr restrict some of these companies in a lot of ways that probably would make them smaller over time, make the market a little bit more competitive but wouldn't do anything on a specific point of can a platform ban an elected official. so far i think we've just not seen the sort of momentum that would suggest these kinds of initiatives get 60 votes in the senate, we'll see. >> casey newton, thank you. covid watch, new today, the delta variant is now officially the dominant strain in the united states. that's according to fresh data from the cdc delta accounts for more than half of all new cases f nationwide in some states, the share is much greater mirror, for instance, scripps research reports delta makes up more than 96% of cases there at a hospital in springfield, one of the hardest hit areas in the state, a doctor delivered
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this warning just today. >> this is not an epidemic that's just going to go away in the next month we're going to be seeing covid for many many more months if not years. we want to get the word out, too, that, you know, we're seeing a lot of cases here with high numbers of delta variant, and this could happen in other parts of the country too. >> in fact, the world health organization describes delta as the fastest and fittest variant yet. data shows it could be up to 60% more contagious than the original alpha variant the good news here, all the vaccines approved here in the united states appear to offer strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and especially death let's turn to dr. kavita patel now, white house health policy director in the obama administration, now an nbc news contributor. it looks like the vaccines work, but millions refuse to get them, where does that leave us >> shep, it leaves us in a real
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dire predicament almost 100% of the deaths that have happened have been exclusively in unvaccinated individuals, and you heard compelling stories from not just missouri, shep, we're seeing in central florida surges in cases, positivity rates and reversals in the progress we're making, again, largely in unvaccinated people, but shep, the more that goes on, the more it poses a risk down the line for even those of us are vaccinated. >> i was going to ask you, you look at sadly, mississippi, indiana, idaho, these are places with much less than 40%. isn't that a breeding ground for the next variant, that we don't know what it will be >> absolutely, shep: and the world health organization is clamoring to try to bring attention to this. it's not just that vaccinations work it's that we have to vaccinate the whole world, and the more people that are unvaccinated or remain unvaks thated, the virus replicates, as it replicates, it mutations and the more efficient it gets with mutations, that's where you get variants like
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delta. remember, shep, you and i were talking about alpha several months ago, and this is about 60% more infectious, the delta variant, more infectious than alpha. you can imagine, fast forward six months, and we have unfortunately millions of americans that could still be affected. >> given all of that, do parents need to worry about school in the fall >> yeah, parents need to worry in the sense that they should be asking questions now about masks and i don't think that's unreasonable indoors, shep, because teachers may be vaccinated, many of the staff may be vaccinated. we know the surges of infections, again, unvaccinated people we can talk about delta in children, it still looks like a very mild illness, but again, this is not something that parents would necessarily want their children to have so schools should be in person there's no question about that, and there's ways to make it safe, but it's now when you need to think about talking to your pediatrician should my child wear a mask. the american academy of pediatrics is une vif call about
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this, shep, they encourage anyone over the age of 2 that's not vaccinated indoors to wear a mask, that includes schools. >> might be tough on kids, but i guess it's up to the parent but i understand the advice. dr. kavita patel, thank you so much. more and more american women are deciding not to have kids at all or delaying plans to have them, and that hasled to the slowest growth of the american population since the 1930s the birthrate in the u.s. has been dropping since 2007, according to the cdc for women this their early 20s, the rate has dropped 40% since then so what's behind this? we asked cnbc's contessa brewer to find out. >> that is so nice >> like many young women, rebecca hawkrider put off having children to climb the corporate ladder >> i think i've lived kind of the typical new york city life in my 20s. i was just always working. building my career, traveling a
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lot. >> career ambition is only one factor in u.s. birthrates, declining since 2007 experts say women also weigh financial uncertainty and the rising costs of housing and child care the biggest contributor, they say, fewer unintended pregnancies among teenagers and very young women. >> particularly refers to women who are under the age of 25. the declines are just happening across the board urban areas, rural areas, you see it everywhere, this generation connected to their phones, and that they're simply not having sex as much as they used to. >> many wondered if stay-at-home sex during the pandemic might lead to a baby boom. so far it looks more like a baby bust >> all of the kind of preliminary evidence that we have right now suggests that it's going to be a year of declining births >> researchers are trying to figure out if women are opting out of motherhood all together or just delaying starting a
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family rebecca is now a corporate executive and a mother. >> i was just turning 35 when we had our daughter which, you know, they call geriatric, which is such a lovely term when you still feel young and healthy >> doctors worry women don't realize that delay comes with higher risks for infertility and complications in pregnancy >> there is a frank and honest conversation between patient and doctor, between the couple and the doctor in terms of what is reasonable you can only push up to a point. the body is what it is, and the limits of the human physiologies cannot be altered. >> what's the long-term impact of falling birthrates, in other countries we see a crisis in caring for an ageing population, too many old people, too few young people to support them or in the labor force, not enough people to power the economy. experts i spoke with say, look, economists, social scientists and politicians better get busy
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now creating solutions for these looming problems, shep >> contessa brewer, thank you. job openings just hit a brand new record and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. 9.2 million jobs available in may. that's according to the labor department but businesses are still struggling to find workers to fill those slots as the economy recovers melinda gates will resign from leadership of the bill and melinda gates foundation if she and bill gates decide they can no longer work together after two years. the announcement came today from the foundation two months after the company announced their divorce. what's the best fast food restaurant american consumers satisfaction index just ranked them the group made its list based on consumer interviews and factors such as cleanliness, accuracy, staff courtesy, reliability of the mobile apps and here it is, topping it, chick-fil-a, then
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dominos, and kfc, mcdonald's is not loving it. its ranking, dead last on wall street, the dow up 104, the s&p up 15, the nasdaq up a point yesterday, they seized weapons today police headquarters and a spy office, the taliban claiming more victories as the u.s. pulls out of afghanistan we get a firsthand look at the now deserted bagram air base. plus, sorry potatoes, idaho's got a new claim to fame. it is the fastest growing state in all the nation with home prices that are skyrocketing so what do the ♪ you've got the looks ♪ ♪ let's make lots of money ♪ ♪ you've got the brawn ♪ ♪ i've got the brains... ♪ with allstate, drivers who switched saved over $700 click or call to switch ♪welcome back to that same old place♪
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kqala-e-naw, the defense minister says the group seized the headquarters of the spy. this attack comes after the united states military pulled out 90% of troops and equipment from the country they also quietly left what had been their center of operations in afghanistan during two decades of war nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent richard engel is there. >> reporter: this is bagram airfield it was the biggest u.s. air base in afghanistan, now u.s. troops have left, and they've left behind millions of things, from vehicles, lots and lots of vehicles, some have the keys inside of them, some don't, but also gym equipment, medical equipment, and bicycles. the soldiers used bicycles like this one because the base is really the size of a small city and in order to get around, you can't just walk. and i'm now biking on to what
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was one of the main runways. now, this airstrip at one point was one of the busiest runways in the world with american jets and drones taking off from here almost nonstop in order to carry out air strikes against the taliban and al qaeda now, it not just feels like a ghost town it feels almost post apocalyptic. the way this space was handed over has created some controversy. the afghans say that the americans simply packed up, item mized all their stuff and then left one night without telling the local commanders and that the local afghans who run this base woke up and suddenly find that the americans are gone. now, the pentagon says it informed senior afghan leadership and that there was a proper transfer, but here on the base, many afghans thought that it was rude and that after 20
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years of cooperation, the americans simply packed up, dropped their keys, turned off the power, and left. either way, it is an end of an era. >> richard engel thank you. the pandemic changed not only how americans live but where they live. about 30 million americans moved in 2020, according to the postal service, change of address data. mostly fueled by younger households fleeing the cities to the suburbs. that created a scattering of pandemic boom towns that is causing some problems. in boise, idaho, here's nbc's harry smith. >> mark jenkins and laurie crowell love their new home. >> and when did you move in here >> five days ago >> oh, it's that new house smell. >> it is >> brand new, in fact.
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>> man, how happy are you with this >> oh, ecstatic. >> love it absolutely love it it's beautiful >> lots in their subdivision on the outskirts of boise sell within days of going on the market boise, in case you hadn't heard, is booming >> we knew we wanted to move we didn't know where >> right >> and we had an idea it was boise. >> it's got the quality of life that we had in seattle, but on a smaller scale. >> at least for the moment, that is, idaho is the fastest growing state in the country real estate values in boise are up 32% in the last year. 32%. where there had been no new rental apartment construction in decades, developer casey lynch is putting up his fourth downtown building in just five years. >> can you literally not build these things fast enough >> at this moment in time, you can't build them fast enough
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it's like a cultural phenomenon. boise is just on the tip of everybody's tongue right now, where ten years ago, people thought boise was in iowa. >> not anymore most every day newcomers arrive from california, seattle, and portland long time locals like carrie despit is not pleased. >> everyone who comes from somewhere else, says boys z, there's no z it's boise. >> and what carrie sees, she does not like. >> what's changed for me growing up here, i would look at this foothills every day. we no longer see our pretty foothills, we see houses. >> echoing a common local lament. >> we can't say you can't come to idaho, but iwish that we could slow down, take into account what we do have, keep it pristine because otherwise it's just going to be another california. >> as the population grows and prices increase, boise faces
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other pressures like the soaring cost of apartment rentals. >> demand for rental assistance for tenants has just skyrocketed. >> allie robby runs a nonprofit, geared to aid and prevent homelessness. >> over the last year, we have seen a lot more people moving into hotels, their cars, couch surfing, living right on the line, you know, about to go to shelter. >> so there's a housing shortage for both those who want to move to boise and those being priced out of the market. >> how do you keep boise boise >> that's the challenge of our time. >> before she was mayor, lauren mcclain led the fight for open space here, her challenges now, affordable housing, water preservation, and catching up to the speed of her city's growth >> we recognize the magic of this community that we live in we have welcomed each other for years. there are a lot of challenges that come with it, but it gives us a focus.
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>> morning. >> newcomers, mark and laurie, whose home has increased a whopping 60% in value since they purchased it a year ago feel like they've won the lottery. >> we have friends of ours who we've met since we've been here, chiropractors, they said, welcome to boise, don't tell anyone else. it's sort of like the secret is out. >> best kept secret. >> i'm sorry about that. >> it's already out, everybody knows it new right now, first new york state, now washington, d.c., rudy giuliani, suspended from practicing law in the nation's cap call. the move by a local appeals court required under the city's bar rules whenever a lawyer faces disciplinary action in another jurisdiction last month a new york app last time court suspended his license because he made demonstrably false and misleading statements about the election while he served as president trump's personal attorney. a python on the loose inside
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a mall in louisiana. they spotted it two days ago nothing since, so the search intensifies. new evidence of where it may be, and what they're using to find it and confetti falling in the big apple. showering the heroes of the pandemic the much deserthk
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[ "me and you" by barry louis polisar ] ♪ me and you just singing on the train ♪ ♪ me and you listening to the rain ♪ ♪ me and you we are the same ♪
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♪ to mind me ♪ ♪ just the memory ♪ ♪ of your face ♪ ♪ take a look at me ♪ ♪ now ♪ >> the audience and judges gave him a standing ovation and four yes votes to move to the next round. mauser said if he would win, he would donate to a foundation in his wife's memory. he supports women's and girls sports with financial aid the first ticker tape parade was used in the 1800s. today, new york took a moment to thank the country's newest heroes essential workers of the pandemic the canyon of heroes erupting in cheers and music. during a celebration that seemed unimaginable when the city
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locked down last year. >> this year has been tough. we had a lot of loss and triumph. this marks the end of the tunnel >> the sweltering heat did not stop first is responders from being showered with confetti for the tireless work. >> thank you to the nurses thank you to the doctors thank you to the technicians everybody who makes the hospitals work in this crisis. you are our heroes >> at the front of the parade and riding in style. the nurse who became the first person in the u.s. to receive the covid vaccine. for months, new yorkers honored these he sessential workers they way they could banging pots and pans from the safety of their homes. >> every night >> those lining the street
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showed up to offer thanks in person >> we went something so devastating and still going through it i'm here to cheer on the community organizers and advocates who continue to do the work. 40 seconds left on the race to the finish. the search for survivors coming to an end in surfside, florida officials announced at midnight the operation will shift from rescue to recovery. the hunt is on for the assassins who killed the president at his home. and now you know the news of this wednesday, july 7th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenewsonnbc. you can take your home along for the ride. allstate. better protection costs a whole lot less.
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