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best i want to congratulate you again. you keep confounding the doubters that is what i like about kevin sayer, ceo of dexcom thank you. thank you. i am jim cramer. see you next time. e e ws with shepard smith starts now while apalooza kicks off in chicago massive crowds as the fourth wave of covid copts to spike. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc. >> this time impose requirements on key groups to make sure they're vaccinated. >> the push to vaccinate america getting more forceful at the federal level and now with businesses big and small, but could new policies backfire just as delta peaks >> and the past two years have been absolutely crazy with covid and my family. >> sunni lee wins olympic gold
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for team usa her victory, family tragedy and the journey to gymnastics mountaintop. scarlett johansson sues disney for streaming her new movie and why it's costing her big money. 19 people. one tiny apartment police bust a possible human smuggling operation. the investigation and the race to find suspects. robinhood makes its ipo debut. flight attendants battle the unfriendly skies. >> and what pro sports is teaching us about breakthrough infections >> announcer: live from: >> announcer: the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. tokyo 2020 and a live look in japan where the big story is sunni lee. the 18-year-old from the st. paul, minnesota, area, taking gold in the all-around women's
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gymnastics final tonight, the story behind the medal. forged by a father's love. and carly patterson. the woman who broke a 20-year drought for team usa in all-around competition lends her voice for the celebration. plus, our primetime coverage with beach volleyball and bmx racing finals all ahead on cnbc. we begin tonight with a push to mandate the vaccine the nation's largest employer, the united states government, now giving workers two options either get the vaccine or you'll be forced to submit to wearing a mask, socially distance, regular testing, and restrictions on your travel. president biden delivered that message today, and told the defense department to look into requiring vaccines for every member of the military. the president says he wants to see states, businesses and schools move in the direction of mandating the shot. >> i asked the justice department to determine whether that is, they're able to do that
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legally, and they can. local communities can do that. local businesses can do that. it's still a question whether the federal government can m mandate the whole country. i don't know that yet. if we could wave a wanted and everyone was vaccinated, in fact weeding out of the woods. >> some are blasting the idea of mandating vaccines including a major group represents law enforcement officers and the american postal organization arguing it infringes on civil rights and should be negotiated wirth the groups still president biden's new requirements are similar to the ones that have just been issued by new york and california, and more of corporate america is doing the same thing google, facebook, lyft, meantime
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3w booster news out of israel recommending giving people over the age of 60 a third vaccine shot. in the u.s., president biden says there's no need for boosters right now, but he admits that could change if the science or the virus changes. we have coverage from all angles tonight. live at law la palloza in chicago, massive crowds place safety measures put in place there and hear from a doctor about the rising number of breakthrough cases meg tirrell on the new vaccine mandates. >> reporter: many in the medical community from bioethicists to doctors say it's the right time for vaccines to be required. >> worried about the unvaccinated got to focus on protection of people who are going to get sick or ill or die. >> reporter: it's controversial. just more than half of americans support covid vaccine mandates by employers according to a
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morning consult poll people unvaccinated, 54% say they're against the idea some in public health hesitate to say they should are widespread. >> when we think about mandates and public health, they are not the first tool we reach for. i think there's going to be more appetite and buy-in for targeted mandates. >> reporter: do they work? there is concern mandates could lead some to dig their heels in further. history says, yes. >> california a few years ago, epicenter for measles epidemic started in southern california took it upon themselves to love own medical exemption for vaccines in school entry and enormous pushback. people really angry. none the less, vaccine rates went up. >> reporter: proving to work now. in france, proof of vaccination or negative covid test to enter bars, shopping centers and grocery stores saying a whole service
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restaurant will require vaccination of staff and customers dining indoors. >> this is going to make even more people want to dine with us we know right now that the vaccine works, and it's time to make sure that this economy continues to move forward. there's just no going back. >> reporter: until the vaccines get full fda approval, some employers may be hesitant to require them although legal scholars say they can. what is clear, the threat of delta made these decisions all the more urgent. shep >> thanks. i mentioned, loll la pa lose zoo kicks off in chicago despite it could turn into a super spreader event a live look at grant park. would you look at that they're outside, but you can see why doctors might be concerned with 100,000 people expected to attend the music festival each and every day. it's the city's largest one of the year, and it's happening as government data showsaverage cases in that area have tripled
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over the past two weeks alone. organizers as well as chicago's mayor are dismissing the concerns they say they have all the necessary safety precautions in place. nbc's shaquille brewster is live there tonight. what safety measures are they talking about, shaq? >> reporter: shep, the safety measures are apparent soon as you get to the main gate of the festival take a quick look. every attendee must nome come with their ticket in the form of a wristband but must also come with a covid vaccination card. if they're not vaccinated, then they can present a negative covid test taken within the past 72 hours and must wear a mask once they get inside these restrictions were according between the city of chicago and organizers of this event, but tell you, shep, talking to a lot of people agency they've been going in and out. some say because of restrictions made them more comfort to. others largely unconcerned like
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this group from ohio i met just this morning listen here. >> going to be the same either way, to be honest. yeah i think, if there is covid in there, can't stop it but -- >> pretty much like being anywhere else like going to a concert, going to work or school or wherever you're at. it's really no different. >> reporter: i spoke to an infectious disease physician from the cook county, where chicago is, and she told me that because infections are relatively low they're not seeing surges you're seeing in other areas of this country, but the concern that you have from people who were calling for lollapalooza to be moved altogether, surges in other parts kuchbt may eventually make its way right here to chicago. >> thank you. the cdc is facing pushback over how it tracks breakthrough cases. here's the deal. right now it counts them only if they lead to hospitalization or death. the formeder fda commissioner
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dr. scott gottlieb telling cnbc, they should be tracking all post-infections. one group that is tracking them, professional sports leagues and they're uniquely positioned to do so because they test thousands of athletes consistently a physician who's worked with sika, i should say, worked with nfl and nba teams, doctor, thank you. is delta drives most of these breakthrough cases you've studied? >> absolutely. thanks for having me, shepard. delta is driving this. we know the delta variant is more infectious, more contagious and drives cases in the community. extremely high viral burden in the community, but important to learn that vaccines do work to prevent severe illess and by and large to appreciate breakthrough infections we have to remember we have a largely unvaccinated population still that is very vulnerable and breakthrough cases are very low over total population
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vaccinated. >> what's research shown about how vaccinated covid patients recover compared to ones who are unvaccinated >> a great question. the key message there is, we can take from sports if you're vaccinated and test positive you come back sooner than if you had been unvaccinated. individuals unvaccinated take, you know, several weeks potentially to come back to sports, and there's a much higher risk of covid and other complications associated with covid than if you're vaccinated. the athletes -- i. didn't mean to interrupt please, go ahead. >> athletes that have gotten covid despite being vaccinated by and large returned and done well and able to return and perform at a high level. >> what about young -- i should say long covid symptoms? are young athletes experiencing those as well? >> that's an area of interest and area we have to continue to examine. look at the article that came out yesterday in the "new england journal" health care workers in israel, there was a
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population about 19% of individuals who developed long covid symptoms despite having vaccination with the pfizer vaccine. something we have to continue to look at and really understand who develops long corner id? what are the characteristics >> unvaccinated. if i'm not wearing a mask, can i spread it to others as the government's been telling us do you have research on that >> yeah. another area of ongoing research sports is providing among other data sets. it's providing a really unique data set because we've been testing athletes for the better part of the last 18 months and trying to use that framework to provide information back to broader society and why we started the group we did and why we've been collaborating with all sports leagues to provide insight to the cdc and to other organizations and other public health groups. there is increasing evidence to suggest that you can spread it if you do have a breakthrough infection, but these are by and large the small number of cases
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that are in the community. we are seeing more spread due to unvaccinated individuals than we breakthrough infections, and that's why it's important for u.s. to protect our most vulnerable population, which right now is the unvaccinated population. >> makes sense i'd love to go to a concert. these crowds in chicago at lollapalooza, shoulder-to-shoulder, mosh pit-style, everyone next to each other. is this dangerous these days, or no >> i think that anytime you're in a large crowd, you should look at yourself and asks for what your risk exposure is are you comfortable in that situation? personally i don't feel comfortable going into large crowds, and i continue to wear a mask that's a personal choice and i think we want to be able to protect our vulnerable populations. getting into schools getting into scenarios where we'll have college football and tailgates. what we want to do, protect our weakest populations and that's where i commend the cdc for not just changing their mask guidance, really trying to
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optimize the recommendations for the populations where, like in schools. most of the population is unvaccinated so protecting our teachers, protecting students who are unvaccinated really is the right public health measure and probably is going to lead to fewer flu cases this fall as well, like last year. >> hope so doctor sika, thank you so much. tokyo 2020, big wins for team usa sunni lee bringing home the gold in women's individual all-around simone biles cheering her on in the pool, an emotional first for caeleb dressel the world's fastest swimmer. highlights from tokyo, next. and -- robinhood makes its public debut, but can the pandemic popularity hold? andrew sorkin from "squawk box" breaks it down.
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a run for the red, white and
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blue sunni lee bringing home gold days after simone biles pulled out of the event citing mental health concerns. today sunni lee stepped up won the sports marquee event in summer games the 18-year-old made history becoming the first asian-american to claim the olympic title. no one cheered louder than her family and friends back home in oakdale, minnesota, near st. paul you see the crowd erupting in celebration when she clinched the whole thing. sir win adding to team usa's medal count. u.s. currently trailing china and japan in gold but leading in the total medal count with 38. nbc's tom llamas is in tokyo. >> reporter: shep, the olympics has a story the world can cheer and team usa got the boost needed in sunni lee. the gold medal winner in all-around at women's gymnastics she started night in the exact spot simone biles stumbled the vault. nailed that and set the tone she was simply perfect on the
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uneven bars and when the pressure was really on, at the end, in her floor routine, also absolutely perfect now, she says her friends, her teammates, including biles, there cheering her on in the gymnastic center told her go out and perform. not to worry as anything, and she did. this comes after she revealed the last two years in her life incredibly difficult with both covid and injuries. >> this medal means a lot to me because there was a point in time i wanted to quick and didn't think i would ever get here including injuries and stuff. it's surreal and i haven't let it sink in yet. >> reporter: questions lingering whether simone biles will return to the other individual events with people asking when will we see sunni again? the answer tuesday and sunday pap gold medal favorite in the uneven bars. turn to swimming now, shep, caeleb dressel a huge day winning the gold medal in a dogfight in the pool 100 meter freestyle and connecting with his family back
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in orlando, crying on camera, xoe emotional. the race was painful but he leaned into the pain winning a gold medal and also his teammate from the university of florida, another gator, bobby finke coming out of nowhere winning the 800 meter freestyle also a gold medal a wonderful day for team usa swimming there's more swimming today, and track and field also getting under way. shep >> tom, thanks. one of team usa's best hope for track and field will no longer be competing in tokyo today pole vaulter sam kendricks tested positive for covid. the former ole miss star won bronze at the 2016 games in rio. now the sixth u.s. athlete to pull out of the games due to covid. third straight day, tokyo officials record a record rise in infections across the city. today the olympic host city logged more than 3,800 new cases nearly double the number from just one week ago. japan's prime minister says he's planning to extend a state of
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emergency there, and expand the measure to neighboring cities, but he insist there's is no length between the recent covid surge and the tokyo games. the southeastern conference voted unanimously late today to officially invite texas and oklahoma to join the s.e.c. in 2025 it's a move that could significantly change the landscape of college sports from coast to coast now, all the long horns and sooners have to do officially accept the offer which could happen as early as tore. it's possible the two programs could try to leave the big 12 before 2025 but have the to pay a penalty of $76 million each. s.e.c. super conference, it just means more. something is killing songbirds across multiple states a mystery we've followed here. wildlife experts are joining forces comparing notes and theorys to try to stop the spread from killing more birds and 19 people found inside a
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houston police and federal agents investigating what they say is a possible human smuggling ring after they found 19 people packed into a tiny one-bedroom apartment. investigators say they were living in deplorable conditions, with nothing to sit or sleep on. they say one of them was an unaccompanied child. it's unclear how long they were all cramped inside that apartment, but police say it was rented about two weeks and they're working to identify suspects in recent months houston police found several suspected stash houses for human smugglers in april found nearly 100 undocumented migrants in a single house. scientists say a mysterious disease is killing birds on the east coast, and it's spreading they say they've never seen this before, and really can't figure
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out what's causing it. the disease first popped up two months ago in the d.c. area where a bazillion cicadas buzzing around researcher are trying to figure out whether a fungus or pesticide in the cicadas could be to blame but so far no date-to-to prove that and now it spread outside cicada territory. we have the wildlife experts trying to figure out what's going on. >> reporter: the melody of songbirds is being silenced across the east coast as a mysterious illness spreads across several states. >> it's devastating, because there's no treatment right now we don't know what it is and everything we tried is not really working. >> reporter: nicole lewis with the new jersey division of fish and wildlife says cases were first reported in washington, d.c. and virginia. states from florida to the midwest are seeing it, too young birds, or fledgelings dieing by the hundreds and the symptoms are alarming. >> two different types of
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issues either with the eyes, they were very crusted and swollen and almost like they were blind. and some were also -- or neur neurologic falling over and having paralysis. >> reporter: the variety most often affected those that can be found across most of the country. >> the four main bird species affected by it, common crack grackle, mesh robin and starling, all in central park. >> reporter: an avid birder. >> you see how much they lurch the berries. >> reporter: spent the last ten years scoural new york's central for. >> i enjoy them all. what bird i'm observing at the given time. >> reporter: news of the illness is something he and other bird enthusiasts are waying out for no cases reported in new york state yet but experts worry what
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it means for the future. >> we don't know what impact on the young or next year's generation we don't know enough about it yesterday. >> reporter: wildlife experts are performing knecropsies to figure out what's causing it states are working together to compare notes, but could be weeks before determining the cause. if you live in a state experiencing his, experts say clean your bird feeders regularly or take them down altogether so those birds don't congregate shep >> crazy mystery thank you. a man in florida is dead pap woman in texas, indicted on a first-degree murder charge all over what happened between the two of them 37 years ago, when the man was but 5 months old after working side-by-side with the american military for two decades, afghan interpreters and families prothsed the u.s. would help them. now congress makes the decision whether to fund the effort.
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massive way over the pandemic. you see a slow climb in user then explosion of popularity any 2020 beginning of this year and each investor on robinhood, much smaller than rivals according to quarterly data, 22.5 million accounts each with average $4,500 inside compared to charles schwab's 200 grand robinhood says it democratizes trading for investors, charges no fees and the one to first let traders buy just fractions of the stock instead of shelling out all that money for the entire share than the meme trading. reddit rebellion individual investors tried to use the app to boost shares of gamestop and amc instead of robinhood restricting trading at crucial times when the stock was swinging wildly up and down that's when regulators started to zero in on the app saying they would investigate those restrictions some lawmakers also said robinhood made a game out of stock trading, encouraging
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people to take big risks that led to devastating losses. speaking of losses, robinhood stock fell more than 8% on its first day of trading closed just below $35 a share, but putting founder vlad tenev's net worth at about $2.3 billion. and from "squawk box," mr. sorkin, seemed to benefit at home during the pandemic is that sustainable now? >> you were asking what is the big question is the big question on wall street, the why it's why the stock traded down today? is this sustainable? clearly, lots of people took to robinhood, took to this app when stuck at home, in the same way they took to sports betting and other things that were a stay-at-home activity. the question, will investing in this way be the same going forward? maybe the delta variant will change that, but at the same time, there was also a lot of
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stimulus money people taking stimulus money and putting it into the market that's running out now lots of questions about exactly what's going to happen next, and the power influence of robinhood going forward. >> still facing all of those lawsuits and investigations into the business model how big is threat is that, if at all? >> i think that threat, the lawsuits potentially less so i think there's a larger regulatory question about robinhood which is to say the way that robinhood gets paid is not from the customer. it's actually from wall street wall street ends up paying what's called payment for order flow they pay robinhood for every trade that's made. so the customer isn't you. it's actually the establishment, and that has a lot of regulators, you know, putting their spotlight and target on this firm and questioning whether they want to change that business model if the model is forced to change, yes. that's a real risk
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>> andrew, see you in the morning. thanks. amazon fails to beat the street and that's what's topping cnbc "on the money." amazon posting its third $100 billion quarter in a row and it's a miss. the company's first in three years. amazon brought in $113 billion, but analysts expected $2 billion more the stock down about 7% in after-hours trading. ceo of facebook mark zuckerberg telling investors his next product launch will be a pair of rayburn smart glasses. zuckerberg saying it's part of facebook's push to build a mehtaverse company geared towards virtual reality but he didn't specify what exactly the glasses will do or when they'll debut. and take a bite out of royal history. a slice of prince charles and princessty's 40-year-old wedding cake set to be sold at auction next month that slice expected to fetch
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between $400 and $700. why buy it just keep the cake the dow up 154 nasdaq and s&p up 19, and nasdaq up 16. >> let them eat cake i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. passengers behaving badly. the new survey by flight attendants revealing how bad it is onboard. congress approved billions in emergency funding for capitol security what's in the bill and where the money's to be spent. and one of the big et stars in hollywood sues disney streaming new movies from the comfort of your own couch, but you know who didn't like watching her latest blockbuster release at home? scarlett johansson didn't like it and has 50 million reasons
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why. how much money the "wall street journal" said she lost when disney released "black widow" in theaters on on its streaming service same time. her pay, of course, is tied by contract, most of it to box office numbers, and she's suing the entertainment giant. cnbc's julia boorstin on what this could mean for the future of streaming movie releases. >> shep, could mean hollywood has to take a new approach to negotiating with top talent. now that films don't always go exclusively to theertsz as they used to. scarlett johansson saying diz frieh breached her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release and her salary based on the film's box office performance "black widow" grossed $80 million, the u.s. box opening weekend and another $78 million overseas plus $60 million from a at-home purchases. scarlett joe hances says it was because the home option
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cannibalized ticket sales. >> no question a theatrical first release, exclusive theatrical release, generally has the best chance for success for bringing in those big dollars around the world >> johansson's attorney saying, "it's no secret disney many releasing films like "black widow" directly on disney plus to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company's stock price. but disney countering saying, "no merit whatsoever to this filing the lawsuit is sad and diz stressing and callous disregard to the global effects of the coronavirus pandemic they've complied with johansson's contract and premier and access significantly advanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million received to date going forward, could see studios increasingly look to compensate stars to pay up front regard where a film is released or how
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it performs. >> thanks. congress approved more than $1 billion in emergency fund issing to help evacuate and resettle afghans who helped the u.s. military through the war, as long last the white house trying to get them out of afghanistan as american troops withdraw and the taliban works to hunt them down. funding package including 8,000 more special visas for allies and think families the bill heads to president biden's desk for a signature earlier today in kuwait, antony blinken said the first group of afghans will arrive in the united states, as he put it, very, very soon. a family in florida says 37 years ago a baby-sitter shook their child so forcefully that he had brain damage. and was never able to live a normal life again. now, decades later that baby-sitter's is facing a possible life sentence for
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murder b benjamin died two years ago citing he died by the shaking decades earlier. the baby-sitter is terry mckurchin now 59 and was 22 at the time denied any wrongdoing. police in texas where she lives now arrested her earlier this month after a grand jury in florida indicted her for first-degree murder. back in '84 she pleaded no contest to attempted murder saying she was innocent but wanted to get the case behind her. received probation and a little jail time reporting to the jails on weekends just three months. the public defenders office didn't immediately respond for comment op the arrest are and new charges. we've officially crossed a dangerous line they call it earth's overshoot day. a climate expert joins us to explain what it all means. >> punching, kicking, throwing
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nooance. more than 85% of flight attendants say they've dealt with unruly passengers this year according to a yu survey from the largest flight attendant union in all the nation. close to 60% experienced no the just one bust at least five incidents so far in 2021 as air travel ramps back up flight attendants reporting facing extensive verbal abuse from visibly drunk passengers and people who have become angry when flight attendants told them to wear a face cover many accounted aggressive encounters with unruly passengers, throwing things, kicking seats and defiling the restroom in response to crew
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member's instructions. at least four tornadoes battling wisconsin the scene after storms ripped through the area overnight one person died after crashing into a fallen tree more than 22,000 customers still without power and a string of severe thunderstorms moving through the northeast. look at this video of what looks like a funnel cloud in delaware parts of maryland's eastern shore under a tornado watch tonight. this, on earth overshoot day. that's the day humanity has officially used up all resources the earth will generate in a year, but this time we have 155 days to go that's according to the global footprint network. michaelmann with us, distinguished scientists from penn state and author of a book. professor, thank you we've reached earth overshoot day and it's jut july. meanwhile, seeing these effects of climate change constantly now with big storms and raging fires. are we prepared for the problems that humans are causing with
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climate change >> yeah, shep. good to be with you. i'll tell you, we really are seeing the profound impacts of human human human-caused climate change playing out in extreme weather events you're talking a and it is interesting that we're watching that play out, watching that happen, as we discuss this overshoot day. this daythat marks sort of whe we've run out of our budget. it's like you have a budget for the entire year to cover your foods rent, mortgage, living expenses got to last you through december 31st and you run out in july that's what's happening to us when it comes to the resources that the planet can naturally provide us, and the rate at which we are using those resources. >> we weren't using so much during early parts of the pandemic what the statistics showed overshoot day now, and our comp assumption is on the way up. last year it happened in august. today it's in july.
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not going as well agency we'd hoped? >> that's right. yeah a year ago they sort of pushed it all the way back to late august because we weren't using as much we weren't burning through the same amount of resources during the lockdown, during the social distancing of covid-19 but it turns out that's where we were maybe ten years ago so what felt like a dramatic change in our lifestyle and a great reduction in the amount of energy and resources we were using, only sort of put us back where we were ten years ago. you if go back 20 years the date wasn't august. it was october we're marching further towards january. when we hit january we're really in trouble. >> hmm i hear you sir, thank you have a good one, following a group of british royal marines and rowers as they attempt to cross the atlantic from brooklyn
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to great britain's they sut off in a 25-foot boat may 31st on a 4,000-mile journey they're doing it, they say, to raise awareness of the impact that plastic pollution has on the oceans, and to fund raise for the cause. this is their location right now. about 200 miles from british waters today we caught up with one former royal marine, this command oh ian clinton on a satellite phone in the middle of the atlantic. >> the last few days have been -- we're really excited to get along the coast, see where home is. we hit quite a bad stretch of ocean, constantly wet for up to ten days wasn't raining, squashed by huge winds. the ocean does not care. she's hungry, doesn't care throws anything at you got to take it get back and pull away, got one mission.
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that's to celebrate in london. >> make it to the bridge in london ian told us the group isn't out of the woods that english channel can be difficult to navigate saying seeing their families is what they're all looking forward to the most. from life support to the top of her industry. when our american comeback series heads to anchorage, also also, where one business owner is cashing in with vending machines aimed at very young customers. and a ufo, iron man? jet-pack guy whatever it is, it's been spotted again near l.a.x for mac. who can come to a stop with barely a bobble. lucia. who announces her intentions even if no one's there. and sgt moore. who leaves room for her room. with usaa safepilot, when you drive safe... can save up to 30% on your auto insurance. get a quote and start saving.
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tourism one of the violets parts of the local economy in alaska thousands of businesses depend on it and majority of people arrive by cruise ship. when the cdc issued no sail effectively halting all cruises it a devastating impact on poor communities.
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in total cost the economy more than $3 billion in revenue cnbc's andrea day spoke with three entrepreneurs in anchorage how they've adapted and now making an american comeback. >> one word describes the past year, unrelenting. >> emotional. >> roller coaster. >> reporter: this is is anchorage alaska three small businesses are making a comeback. >> went from talking and negotiating expansion to just dead silence. >> reporter: the beginning of covid, and jasmine smith's baby product vending machine business was flat lining. >> our company is centered around the traveling industry. no one's going anywhere. therefore not operating. >> reporter: to survive added new products to the machines, like sanitizers and masks for kids. and baby vend is now skyrocketing >> literally the largest company in this industry. >> reporter: from babies to beds >> thank you so much. >> reporter: after 56 years welcoming guests at hotel
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captain cook, covid changed everything. >> i thought it was going to be a summer of empty hotel rooms. >> this is rochelle. >> her pralan to fill up the ros opened to business travelers needing quarantine. >> mental fear factor labeled as a quarantine hotel. >> reporter: that fear faded fast. >> we actually sold the hotel out. >> reporter: even taking in covid-positive guests. >> sanitation squads and had people in hazmat suits completely covered head to toe our staff brought back to work our housekeepers brought back to work cooks brought back to worry. everybody was happy because they were working. >> reporter: quarantining is over and tourists trickling back next, home to guided fishing trips. when covid hit. >> instead of my phone ringing for fishing trips, ringing to cancel trips the next step, how do we
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continue fishing >> reporter: his plan, pivot from fishing to fashion. >> went out on a limb with merchandise stock coming up with some hoodies and shirts, hats, really expanding the merchandise line getting it up on our website. >> reporter: he says people couldn't travel to fish -- >> really went to the keyboard and starting ordering. >> reporter: today it's not only keeping the bait shack afloat. >> taken so well, actually had to shut down the online store right now because we can't keep up with the orders. >> reporter: and out of the chaos, major life changes. >> biggest lesson, get out of your comfort zone. >> we needed to adapt and work together as a team. >> don't take everything for granted. >> our teacher, having a presence in every state in our country. >> future of the bay shack is always bright. >> if the world shuts down again, then we will be ready >> reporter: and, shep, no the taking chances already had meetings at the hotel and have that sanitation squad ready to go. shep >> andrea, thanks a lot.
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sunni lee taking home gold in the individual all-around her story is even better than that. just how hard is the individual all-around competition? we asked the woman who broke a 20-year drought for team usa, and we'll get to all of that in just a moment as we lean towards primetime on cnbc, and nbc sports coverage of the 2020 so 's on the scene and needs a plan with a mobile hotspot. we cut to downtown, your sales rep lisa has to send some files, asap! so basically i can pick the right plan for each employee... yeah i should've just led with that... with at&t business... you can pick the best plan for each employee and only pay for the features they need. paul loves food. but his diabetes made food a mystery. everything felt like a “no.”
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tokyo 2020, minutes away from nbc sports primetime olympics coverage here on cnbc tonight imwere's beach volleyball team usa combined 4-0 and looking to finish group play undefeated the women's rugby quarterfinal, too, with facing reigning champs australia, and the uk. bronze medal set to be awarded at bmx racing venue. later men's volleyball hits the hardwood team usa aiming to spike brazil, ranked number one in the world later still, women's gymnastics and the trampoline final all tonight and overnight on cnbc. but the biggest story from the gym is sunni lee she won the gold for team usa in the individual all-around. her local nbc station is care-11. two years before all of this their reporter profiled sunni back when tokyo was just a dream.
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>> into it. >> reporter: when you've been j judged second best all-around gymnast in the country you must know a few things about facts. sunisa lee always found her best balance -- with her dad >> me and my dad have the biggest bond out of everybody in my family. >> reporter: sunni's dad, holding his daughter and the camera at early meets when sunni was first getting noticed, and celebrating -- together. >> sunni lee. >> reporter: so unusual, he'd be absent from the u.s. nationals that put sunni second on the podium behind four-time olympic gold medalist simone biles. >> teenager 16-year-old from st. paul, minnesota. >> reporter: nothing could have kept her dad -- from the performance -- of sunni's life
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until something did. >> last summer -- >> reporter: two days before sunni left for nationals her dad was on a ladder helping a friend cut a tree limb when he fell. >> according to the doctor, i'm pretty much paralyzed from the neck down. >> reporter: john lee, navy veteran spent the past five weeks in the spinal cord injury center at the minneapolis v.a. hospital >> say don't worry about me. i'll be okay. >> same thing. >> reporter: 30 minutes away sunni is training for next month's world championship in germany. >> nice and tight. >> reporter: all the while, balancing -- >> then kind of get in the background. >> reporter: balancing her junior year at st. powell high school ballensing her seven daily hours at practice.
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>> noah, come here. >> reporter: and balancing nights at home caring for siblings so her mom can visit her dad at the hospital. >> it's tough. >> reporter: like earning a silver medal at national it's with your biggest cheerleader in intensive care >> gorgeous. three in a row. >> i was in the best place, i guess, going into it but i just got kind of switched gears for my dad. i know he's going through something and it's way harder that what i'm going through right now. so i have to be the best i can be for my dad. >> tonight is looking for a podium finish. >> it didn't surprise me she was able to do it. she's sufficient a touch competitor, a tough kid. >> reporter: sunni continue reaching her goal next year she will become the first young american to earn place on an olympic team. >> my goal for ten years.
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now it's coming up so soon. >> reporter: while sunni works -- >> picks up your voice. >> reporter: her dad does, too. >> hello, sunisa. >> reporter: finding even in a therapy session. >> don't worry about your dad. >> reporter: an opportunity to connect with sunni. >> you will go and do really well. >> reporter: olympic dream it's. >> your dad, john lee. >> reporter: do not only belong to john's daughter if sunni merricks it to tokyo -- >> i would definitely be there there is no stopping me. i'll crawl there. >> reporter: balance. >> dad >> reporter: means sunni wouldn't think about leaving for worlds without stopping first -- here back add forth >> what, you win, first, or not? still one in my book. >> reporter: sunni and her family -- >> good practice. >> reporter: are finding their balance in each ther. >> yeah. >> reporter: for the news, i'm
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boyd hooper, minneapolis >> two years ago, before everybody knew her name, and now we know how it all turned out. for sunni's dad, covid kept him and everyone else from making that trip to tokyo, but that didn't stop him and a bunch of friends and family from celebrating his daughter's golden moment. [ cheers ] sunni lee -- pure gold for team usa. the women have been dominated gymnastics all-around event since 2004 when carly patterson ended a 20-year american drought when she won gold from there, some named douglass and biles took top of the podium and now 18-year-old sunni lee keeping the winning streak alive. carly parterson is with us, number one gold medalist in 2004
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now the usa gymnastics hall of fame she sits and these days a motivational speaker great to see you sunovie suni, all the pressures and crushed it. >> stepped up to the plate for sure all there, mentally, physically. peaked at the right time it's crazy when you think about all the things that have to culminate and come together at the exact moment for to you win an olympic gold medal. why there's only six of us right? it's such a rare thing to really do, and the to kind be a part of i'm just so proud of suni and happy for her and her family, that she is able to bring home that all-around gold join our club, and all of her hard work paid off. >> it's club you kind of founded when you started this winning streak back in '04 since then -- >> yeah. >> -- how's the u.s. beeni able to main thin the dominance
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>> thinking about that one of those things you see somebody do it, it kind of gives you that spark kind of gives you the thought like, oh if she can do it, i can do it, and i wasn't alive when mary lo won, i was 16, did my best all of those things, like i said, culminated and worked out in my favor and then i was able to bring home the gold, but i think when you see somebody. when somebody can maybe inspire you, that, hey, why not me i could do that, too i can work hard, dream big and maybe one day bring home the gold medal, too that can be a big help just seem to have the secret sauce for some reason! >> sure is fun to watch. simone biles is still evaluating whether she's participate. if you could talk to her what advice would you give her? >> gosh. obviously she's got a ton of support coming her way right now. and you know, i think she's just trying to figure out what is going to be the best decision
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for her, and that's really all can you do, because none of us know what she's feeling. none of us are in her head and knowing what that is feeling like, and so i think all we can do is just support her and wish her well i hope that she, that he is able to compete in the event finals but if not she has -- more accolades and medals than you could ever imagine, and she will be known by her greatness, no matter what, obviously >> here, here. no doubt before you go, quick, women's gymnastics on the trampoline tonight. excited about that on cnbc what are you watching for? >> i hear rosy mclennan, trampoline from canada, trying to go and defend her two-time olympic gold medal already. i thinks first in winter or summer to win three olympic gold medals pretty exciting. and trampoline definitely one of my most favorite ching toes
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wa things to watch. really exciting. >> carly parterson, thanks for your time. you at home, just tuning in for beach volleyball they're coming hope you'll be with us for the news on cnbc, seven eastern. right now, let the games begin! ♪ >> he's going to stand alone in olympic history. the greatest olympic champion of all time ♪ ♪ >> the river wind through the heart of tokyo net gains in the win column thus for for april and alix can they attain th


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