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insurance. passenger rage soars to new heights. >> hey hey! >> so flight attendants turn to self-defense classes >> i just feel so much more empowered. rare access inside a overwhelmed icu. >> we are still going to continue to do everything. the unfortunate thing is we have nothing left to give >> frontline workers exhausted, frustrated and pushed to the brink. a cybersecurity summit at the white house. the push to reveal a secret space weapon and why this famous baby is suing nirvana. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth "the news with shepard smith." good evening with only six days left to evacuate as many as 1,500 americans are still in afghanistan. that was the rough estimate today from the booid biden administration as it struggles to figure out exactly how many
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u.s. citizens are actually in the country as time runs out of those 1,500 the u.s. government is in contact with about 500 americans who they say want to get out. and the remaining 1,000 or so may or may not be in afghanistan anymore. according to the secretary of state, tony blinken. >> for the remaining roughly 1,000 contacts that we had who may be americans seeking to leave afghanistan, we're aggressively reaching out to them multiple times a day through multiple channels of communication. phone, e-mail, text messaging. to determine whether they still want to leave. >> the "wall street journal's" reporting that the cia has been launching covert rescue missions with helicopters and ground troops in an effort to rescue stranded americans in kabul and outside that city where heavily armed taliban fighters are np control. meanwhile, there are tens of thousands of afghans who do qualify for special visas, and they're still hoping and waiting
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to evacuate. that includes the translators and other allies who helped and fought alongside the u.s. military over those two decades of war but the biden administration insists they will not be forgotten and the effort to get them out of the country will continue past august 31st. how they'll do than in the taliban-controlled islamic emirate of afghanistan is a question left largely unanswered peter alexander at the white house now. tens of thousands of poeople, peter. >> reporter: yeah, shep. that's the key question this administration has yet to answer the of state tony blinken today vowing the u.s. is going to use every diplomatic tool at its disposal with allies around the world to make sure those who want to get out of afghanistan after the 31st are still able to do so. he promised there is no deadline for the effort, but clearly the u.s.'s options shrink dramatically in less than a week president biden, he didn't answer that question when i posed it to him earlier today.
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the u.s., as you know already, rely on the taliban to allow safe passage to the airport for those trying to get out now. and today we heard more stories of the taliban blocking afghans trying to leave. meanwhile, top republicans are blasting the president for not extending this deadline to get more people out, saying that he's letting the taliban call the shots here and tonight there is sharp criticism of the administration from a bipartisan pair of congressmen, both veterans, who secretly traveled to kabul they say because the u.s. started the evacuation so late there's no way they'll be able to get everyone out even by september 11 shep >> peter, thanks let's turn to seth jones now, senior vice president of the center for strategic international studies, former adviser to u.s. special operations in afghanistan. seth, thanks so much six days now as many as 1,500 americans still in the country how are we going to get them all out? is it possible >> no. i don't think it's going to be possible to get them all out i mean, the challenge is the
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taliban control all the major roadways, they control all the major cities i don't think by the time the president wants u.s. forces to get out we'll be able to get all americans out. so i think this will probably continue for some time more along the lines of u.s. using clandestine forces to try to get additional ones out. >> so big picture, you're talking about isis-k, at war at least ideologically with the taliban, who control this place that we've just abandoned, and an untold number of americans still there with no way out, nowhere to go and little hope. that sounds like an unmitigated disaster >> shep, i don't know that i'd put it any other way i mean, the challenges, as the president said, the only major u.s. interest in afghanistan is to protect the homeland from terrorist groups if you listen to what they're saying across the globe right now from west africa to various places in the middle east to
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afghanistan itself, they are saying afghanistan is the next jihad. the soviets left in 1989, and it turned into al qaeda in 2021 the u.s. is now leaving. the the core place for al qaeda right now. we've got islamic state and other groups there i mean, that's my concern right now. >> the cia, they tell us, is resuming helicopter missions to get americans out. they don't say much. it's the cia but once the u.s. leaves there and you've got isis-k, who really would like for something awful to happen because they hate the u.s. and they hate the taliban, this idea that isis-k will just sort of let that happen, it seems sort of pipe dreamish >> what isis-k has shown in the last year or so is that they are willing and able to carry out attacks across afghanistan their numbers have come down a little bit, and the reason is the u.s. special operations
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forces and afghan commandos have conducted a withering campaign against them but they're gone now so i think this relieves a lot of the pressure that isis-k has had. it's now able to resurge in eastern afghanistan and parts of the north and it's built cell structures in various cities i think we're going to see a much more violent afghanistan including by groups like isis-k. >> there's a lot of talk from these taliban spokespeople you know, playing nice, making like everything's going to be fine like they're here to governor now and they want international money and all the -- i was around when all of this began, when they were chopping off heads and leaving bodies in the streets. who in the world believes that they've changed in any way and that once we're out of there that they won't do exactly what they did before? >> well, shep, the reality is the taliban has controlled areas of afghanistan recently, this
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year, and in areas that they've controlled this year they've been like a 9th century organization they've brutalized women they've been involved in human rights abuses. obviously undemocratic because you don't elect leaders, they're appointed by god in their view it's an extremist islamic organization that's the reality >> seth jones, thank you more on this as it comes delta airlines is planning to charge workers on the company's health plan an extra $200 every month if they're not vaccinated for covid this is new today. the policy starts in november. delta's ceo says it's necessary because the average covid hospitalization costs the airline, hear this, $50,000. they're taking a financial toll on america's health care system too. cost of treatment for unvaccinated americans in june
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and july alone, around 2.3 billion. that's from the kaiser family foundation and the peterson center on health care. the data is clear. being unvaccinated can not only harm everyone else but have a huge economic impact and now corporate america's taking action. phil lebeau's here why the surcharge instead of telling workers get a vax or get out? >> shep, delta wants to avoid disrupting operations. and let's do the math. they've got about 18,000 workers who are not vaccinated right now. let's be clear that over the next couple of months most of those will become vaccinated but there's probably going to be a sizable number who won't be vaccinated so what happens on november 1st? you release 4,000, 5,000 workers, however many it is, potentially disrupting your operations the idea is you put a surcharge there. even if think don't do it by november 1st, when they start paying $200 a month eventually them come on board and get the vaccine. >> then there's ford motor company. they're delaying return to work but their executives are saying they're thinking about a vaccine mandate. what do you know there
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>> right well, i think this is what a lot of companies are doing right now. they're saying what do we need to do? if we delay people coming to work maybe we don't have to do a vaccine mandate. and remember, it's all about mitigating the impact of covid-19 in the assembly plant they already have masking and other protocol that have really kept covid-19 from taking a big hit in terms of workers getting sick so i think ford is looking at this and saying how much can we do without putting oupt a mandate in order to mitigate the possibility of a covid problem flaring up at ford >> phil lebeau, thank you, sir a booster shot if you got the j&j vaccine significantly increases your protection against covid. that from the company just today. researchers say early data shows people who got a second j&j dose in these trials experienced a 9-fold increase in antibodies. huge compared to the month after they got the first dose the findings haven't yet been peer reviewed but the company
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officials say they're talking with the fda and the cdc about potentially offering a j&j booster at least eight months after you got the first shot cdc reports about 14 million americans received j&j's vaccine so far today's announcement comes as states prepare to roll out boosters next month to people who got pfizer and moderna vaccines meantime, moderna reports it's now finished its submission for full fda approval of its vaccine. that's moderna the agency gives the green light, the approval would apply only to u.s. adults. no children yet. america has a major problem with hackers president biden inviting some of the nation's top ceos to the white house today to come up with some sort of plan to stop them tonight the companies involved and their pledges to step up cybersecurity. the supreme court brings a trump-era program back to life in a whale of a blow to the biden white house.
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i believe to raise the bar on cybersecurity. >> ransomware gangs suspected of being based in russia exposed how vulnerable critical businesses are to cyberattacks after they hacked one of america's most crucial fall pipelines and one of the world's largest meat producers cnbc senior washington correspondent eamon javers is with us. eamon, what are these ceos promising to do actually to ramp up cybersecurity >> well, shep, we're seeing big promises today from some of the nation's biggest companies and we also saw one interesting request from the companies to the government one ceo who was in the meeting today told me that a participant raised the issue of cryptocurrency with the president in the room, arguing that the u.s. government needs to come down much harder on cryptocurrency and that the government has either turned a blind eye or is complicit in allowing crypto to happen. that digital cash the ceo argued is fueling the rise in cybercrime now, after the meeting companies
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unleashed a slew of announcements about what they plan to do next. ibm says it will train more than 150,000 people in cyber skills over the next three years to help with that cyber worker shortage and introduce a new product that helps organizations recover from a cyberattack in hours rather than in days google said it will invest $10 billion over the next five years to expand security approaches such as zero trust programs. and microsoft today says it will invest $20 billion over five years to speed up its cybersecurity work and will make $150 million worth of technical services available to help those federal, state and local governments keep their own security systems up to date. now, what's unknowable right now, shep, is whether any of this will make any difference. the hackers have largely been able to escape untouched so far and all that cash that american companies have paid to the hackers in ransom has become a war chest that allows the
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hackers to finance ever more advanced technology for themselves >> incredible. eamon, thanks. migrants seeking asylum in the united states will once again be forced to wait out their cases in mexico. the supreme court ruled just yesterday that the white house must restart that trump-era remain in mexico policy. according to the american immigration council, quoting know, "forcing vulnerable families and children to wait in provisional camps in mexico puts their lives at risk, while also making it nearly impossible for them to access the asylum process. but attorneys general in texas and missouri who sued the biden administration argued that that policy served to discourage such futile and dangerous journeys and is an indispensable tool in addressing the ongoing crisis at the southern border. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is with us now. pete, what's the basis of this ruling, and what happens next? >> well, the supreme court really didn't say much here. it seemed to suggest that the white house could no more turn this program off than president
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trump could have turned off the daca program it does involve one of the first things that biden did after taking office, ending the trump administration program, the remain in mexico program it required people seeking asylum to wait outside the country while their claims were considered, and that led to tens of thousands of people lingering in these makeshift tent cities and human rights groups said many were attacked by criminals and drug gangs but the two states that sued to get it going again succeeded in the lower courts they ruled in their favor. and what happened late tuesday night is that the supreme court refused to intervene so that leaves those lower court rulings against the biden administration in place. and by the way, the court's three liberals said they would have blocked the program as you noted, it was texas and missouri that filed the lawsuit, arguing that when president biden stopped it the number of migrants trying to enter the country skyrocketed and they said that's because migrants know that even though the vast majority of asylum claims are
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rejected most people are released into the u.s. to wait so they said remain in mexico takes that incentive away. now, the department of homeland security says it will do what it can to conform to the court rulings but the u.s. can't spmy restart the program on its own it will again require the cooperation of mexico, which was not involved in this litigation and is not very happy about this development, shep. >> pete, thank you they signed up to be flight attendants they did not sign up for this. >> hey >> attacks from passengers full-on brawls at 30,000 feet. now flight attendants taking matters into their own hands we go inside the simulator where they're training to fight back and at long last president biden got a report from intelligence officials on the origins of covid their conclusion, of sorts
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the house panel investigating the insurrection at the capitol is now demanding a massive trove of records from federal agencies including the communications of former top president trump allies and his closest advisers leading up to the deadly riot. among them, the vice president, the chief of staff mark meadows, the senior adviser hope hicks, and ivanka and donald trump jr the sweeping records request
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also includes white house visitor logs and call logs related to the day of the attack the select committee's chairman is giving the federal agencies a two-week deadline to turn everything over to them. more bad behavior in the not so friendly skies these days the faa releasing audio of pilots calling for help with unruly passengers. listen >> we've got a disruptive customer in the back >> declared an emergency we'd like to divert. >> is there still a struggle going on >> he is restrained now. >> sounds like they're under attack the agency also releasing new numbers showing it got nearly 4,000 unruly passenger reports this year. it's also opened nearly 700 investigations in less than eight months that's already a 279% increase from last year's total, and we've got four more months to go an overwhelming majority of flight attendants say they've dealt with unruly pany passenges
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this year and now many of them are taking self-defense classes. inside the training on board a special flight simulator, here's cnbc's valerie castro. >> reporter: flight attendants never know what sort of passenger they'll face [ yelling in this simulation an armed hijacker trying to breach the cockpit. >> this is a hijack! >> reporter: but lately -- >> get back! >> reporter: -- an unruly passenger, in this case demanding alcohol, is not that far-fetched. >> the changes on board with people having to wear masks has caused a lot of anxiety. >> when these flight attendants come out of this training, they walk away a lot more confident about their ability to handle a variety of situations. >> reporter: crew member self-defense training has seen renewed interest as the number of incidents has soared over the past year. jorge abreu has been grounded since the pandemic began he's set to fly again come november >> i'm not by nature a violent
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person i've never been in this situation. what do i do when that momen freezes you? >> reporter: the training covers a variety of self-defense moves. >> i'm trying to put this palm to go through his chest and come out his back >> reporter: i took part in this session and learned firsthand you can punch, kick, stomp and even gouge out the eyes of your attacker for some of my classmates the skills seemed to come very naturally. >> get back! >> reporter: after learning the moves the participants are put to the test inside this flight simulator, unaware of what's just around the corner or down the aisle. >> i was thinking that this was for real you know, that those guys could try to hurt me >> reporter: renee elmore became a flight attendant in just the last five years. she often flies on smaller planes and sometimes is the only flight attendant on board. with this training she now feels ready to face anyone at any
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time >> i just feel so much more empowered and more confident that i will be able to defend myself >> reporter: this training is entirely voluntary and these flight attendants take the class on their own free time one of the women i met has been a flight attendant for more than 30 years and it's the third time she's taken this course but she says she's learned something new every time shep, i got a certificate for completing the course as well. i flew home from california after that and i kept a close eye on all of those passengers around me, but everyone behaved. >> you gave that dummy a good lick too valerie, thank you a top secret space weapon. its capabilities known only to a select few there's a new report out that shows the pentagon actually has one of these weapons and that officials are now ready to show it off and among those stranded in afghanistan, two dozen students from a san diego school district a summer trip now a crisis
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the race to get them out plus, so much protective gear icu nurses say they can barely hear or see inside oregon's hospital crisis. as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of "the news" on cnbc. apable? think again. ♪ (energetic music) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ introducing the first ever at4 lineup. premium and capable. that's professional grade from gmc. ♪ ♪ dry eye symptoms keep driving you crazy? inflammation in your eye might be to blame. [inflammation] let's kick ken's ache and burn into gear! over the counter eye drops typically work by lubricating your eyes and may provide temporary relief.
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vaccine for passengers 12 and up as the industry battles some significant headwinds. cdc says older people and those at high risk from covid should not go on cruises at all regardless of vaccination status so now cruise companies are doubling down on efforts to target younger cruisers. here's cnbc's seema mody >> reporter: after a 15-month covid-induced hiatus the cruise lines are back at sea. but it hasn't been smooth sailing. despite strict protocols a handful of ships reporting covid cases on board >> we've clearly seen in the near term, and by near term i mean bookings for the rest of the year, we have seep a bit of a slowdown >> reporter: the delta variant is starting to have an impact on travelers' plans 36% of respondents say they are waiting to see what happens with the delta variant while a third say they will hold off on booking a cruise till covid cases decline. >> the delta variant has kind of changed the travel game. >> reporter: the cruise lines have have been fearing this kind of news for a long time as older passengers weigh the risks of
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traveling. experts including cruise critic editor expect the cruise lines to double down on their efforts on getting the next generation of passengers on board >> getting new cruisers and new to cruise pangs on board cruise ships is crucial p because people are naturally going to age out. even beyond this covid environment. >> reporter: cruise lines have long been trying to attract millennials and younger families on board >> the roller coasters, the ice skating rinks, the go-karts have been really popular with the younger crowds >> reporter: unique experiences, exotic destinations, that's what the millennial travel wants. analysts say winning over this customer becomes a bigger challenge for the cruise lines if this covid scare doesn't go away shep >> seema, thanks millions of tenants at risk of eviction are not getting the help they need and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. 89% of rent relief funds hasn't
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even been distributed. that's according to the treasury department only $5.1 billion has been paid out. that leaves more than $40 billion unused housing advocates blame the confusing criteria and a bulky system for the rollout the treasury department working to streamline guidance so the money can be used to help more americans. porn preserved on only fans the site reversing its decision to ban all that naughty content. a decision that prompted widespread user backlash the subscription service now says it wants to be a, quote, home for all creators, unquote the ban on sexually naughty content has been scheduled to go into effect october 1st. but it won't and trading under the influence. apparently, that's a thing nearly 6 in 10 gen z investors
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and 9% of baby boomers admit, yeah, they've traded while they were drunk that's according to a new survey from consumer finance website magnify money. this explains so much. on wall street the dow up 39 the s&p up 10. the nasdaq largely drunk i'm shepard smith on cnbc. first in drunk traders worldwide. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the ptop of the news. the hunt for covid's origins. a new intelligence report just filed. new a warning from the world health team of experts nirvana sued the baby in the famous album cover all grown up and taking the band to court. and icu beds running out
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nationwide tonight a raw and rare look inside one hospital's desperate fight. >> now more than 100,000 americans are in hospitals sick with covid hhs reports that's the highest total since january. across the nation 4 out of 5 icu beds are full, and health care workers are feeling the strain in oregon hospitalizations have hit a pandemic high. the governor just announced she's sending so-called crisis teams made up of hundreds and hundreds of nurses and paramedics to help the hospitals in the hard-hit areas. one of those hospitals is in bend, oregon where nurses say they're frustrated, exhausted and defeated from watching so many people suffer so mightily from this disease. you're about to see what they're facing firsthand a warning, i'm required to give. this story may be hard to watch. here's pat doris from nbc affiliate kgw in portland.
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>> reporter: on the highway west of redmond a cry for help. st. charles medical implores people to get the covid vaccine, reminding them 97% of patients who ended up in the hospital did not have it. some who ignore the plea end up here, at the main hospital in bend, which handles trauma cases for three counties in central oregon >> are you doing okay? >> reporter: and now is filling up with some very sick covid patients >> most of our covid patients are in the back. >> reporter: in the icu lives hang in the balance. >> do you need more help >> she's calling family. >> this patient is trying to die right now. we're trying to get a hold of family to let them know that transitions are happening. >> reporter: that's monica schultz, the icu manager earlier this week we were given exclusive access to st. charles to show you what it's like behind the scenes in the fight against covid. we've agreed not to identify any of the patients here eight are suffering from e covid-19 and are on ventilators. the woman she's talking about is
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in her 50s and was admitted to the hospital just seven days ago. >> this patient is still a full code so we are still going to continue to do everything. the unfortunate thing is we have nothing left to give >> reporter: nurses inside the hospital room are manually pumping air into the patient's body but it may just be a matter of time before she's gone e.r. doctor jillian salton has seen an endless stream of covid patients and is like many on the front lines, burned out. >> yes, very much so it's hard. >> reporter: she's haunted by the fact that there are people in the community not getting the care they need because of covid patients >> what keeps me up at night are the patients who aren't getting their surgery for their colon cancer because we're full of covid patients and that's -- you know, that's what i lie awake thinking about every night. i think about the patients that i am discharging from the emergency department who normally would be admitted to
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the hospital but i've got no place to put them, so we say well, just go hope and hope you don't die. >> wow >> reporter: she later changed that to come back if you get sicker but you get the idea the doctors, nurses, everyone it seems are tired, frustrated and angry enough to start saying out loud what they've been thinking privately for a long time. none of this would be happening if those eligible just got vaccinated i asked what it's like to leave the hospital in constant battle with the covid virus and then walk into a grocery store and see people not wearing their masks. >> it's hard i walk around grocery stores looking at people and wondering what they look like when they're going to get in the icu. it's pretty difficult to deal with >> what's the nitric at? >> reporter: back at the icu the body language of the nurses trying to save the woman in her 50s suggests resignation they are out of options.
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>> we have three patients that are doing very poorly this afternoon and i expect that probably not any of them will make it through the night. >> reporter: both the woman in her 50s and a second covid patient here, neither one vaccinated, died by 7:00 p.m another hard day in the icu. for "the news," i'm pat doris. >> covid cases among kids continue to rise as more students return to school. many are focusing on regular testing to try to avoid major outbreaks. but across the nation different school districts are using very different strategies here's our senior health and science correspondent meg tirrell. >> reporter: the white house allocated $10 billion for school testing in the american rescue plan but as schools head back into session uptake has varied. from los angeles, where all students and staff are required to test weekly regardless of whether they're vaccinated, to states like iowa, which turned down the funding carol johnson, the white house
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covid testing coordinator, says the cdc's guidance is clear. >> in areas of high transmission kids and teachers who are unvaccinated being tested once a week is cdc's recommendation >> reporter: she says schools everywhere have spent the summer getting ready for kids' return >> now that schools are working towards reopening, so many are really focused on making sure they have all those key mitigation measures in place, masking, ventilation, and testing is a really critical part of that >> reporter: but what that looks like depends on where you are. cities like detroit, philadelphia and oakland are testing all staff weekly while kansas city and washington, d.c. only require that of unvaccinated staff for other cities it's even less frequent in chicago a battle between the teachers oun and the public school system over how frequently testing should be done in columbus, ohio where kids return to classes tomorrow, a plan to test only if they have symptoms there's not yet a plan to do
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regular surveillance testing school nurse kate king says regular screening takes a huge amount of time and resources and often means someone in her job can't do anything else but she's optimistic the measures they have in place will be enough. >> kids are the best, and they step up to the plate we really, last year when we had universal masking and we are doing that again this year, have not had many difficulties with students wearing their masks they're doing what we ask of them >> reporter: and one way experts say testing can play a role is to allow kids out of quarantine if they're a close contact of a covid case, something that could be hugely helpful as so many kids are having to stay out of school because of exposure shep >> meg terrill, thank you. the world health organization experts tasked with finding covid's origins say they're running out of time. they put out a new report today and they wrote, "the process has stalledment and window of opportunity for conducting the
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inquiry is closing fast. any delay will render some of the studies biologically impossible." the reason they say antibodies wane over time and that will make it too hard to trace. of course china has stonewalled these investigators. they denied them access to key data and refused to allow a second investigation the "washington post" is reporting u.s. intelligence agencies have given president biden their final review but did not come to a conclusion on whether the virus spread naturally or from a lab leak we're getting some urgent news in from the united states embassy in afghanistan and here's the headline. "u.s. citizens who are at the abi gate, one of the gates at the airport there, must leave immediately. the abi gate, the east gate or the north gate, leave immediately. they have word of a specific security threat. now, that's the detail of it all.
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that's the specifics of what we've gotten but the background is they've been very worried about the terrorist organization isis-k, which is a splinter group from isis and covers much of the region we mentioned earlier in this newscast isis-k is a sworn enemy of the taliban, who now run the country. they are certainly enemies of the united states and all things western. and we've reported for days they'd like nothing better than to create chaos and cause massive problems for both the taliban and the united states. in the context of that, this security alert at the airport. so the urgent warning is all these thousands of people around the gates at the airport who are trying to get in and get out of the country should leave there immediately. a terror alert at the airport, outside the gates, at the airport in kabul should there be any more developments on this, we'll take you there immediately. in the meantime, at least two
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dozen students and parents from san diego county are now stranded in afghanistan after they took, get this, a summer trip to visit their families there. school officials say they're caught up in the chaos near the very kabul airport on which i was just reporting the children range from preschoolers to high school students now they're among the thousands of people desperately waiting to leave the country. school officials say they can't give more details because the families could be in some degree of danger. the district is working with congressman darrell issa, they tell us, to try to edit good the families out and to safety one of the most sensational crimes in america is back in the spotlight. scott peterson wants a new trial. his sister-in-law is claiming there's new evidence that shows scott peterson did not murder his pregnant wife and the baby she was carrying now a judge hears the case and makes a decision that gives the
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scott peterson is back in the news tonight the sordid details of the wife he murdered, the extramarital affairs and conflicting stories to investigators filled countless hours of cable news and made the covers of the tabloids almost two decades ago. now he wants a new trial and a judge is listening as scott peterson sits in prison at san quentin, his lawyers argued today for a redo in court. they say a juror in his case 17 years ago failed to disclose her own history with domestic abuse when she was pregnant. scott peterson serving a life
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sentence for killing his wife lacey and the unborn son they say they planned to name connor. what was left of their bodies washed ashore in 2003, just miles from where he said he'd been fish on christmas day, the day laci went missing. of course he first said he'd been golf but i digress. scott peterson insisted the murder was not by his hand his sister-in-law janey peterson told nbc's natalie morales she's confident that if he could just get a new friel he'd be exxon raifted. she says key evidence was ignored in the first case around and that the d.a.'s focus on his affair with a massage therapist named amber frey was not evidence he killed his wife. >> how do you explain that he told amber that his wife had died >> there's nothing i can say to justify or explain that statement. but also there was no evidence that he had anything to do with
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what happened to laci. so -- >> you don't believe an adulterer makes motive for murder >> i don't think you can take that leap. >> he said his wife died before he actually killed her the judge today did not make a decision but says she anticipates there will be a two-week hearing early next week in which they'll hear testimony including from the juror at the center of this fight nbc news legal analyst danny cevallos now zanny, thanks. i feel like i'm reliving many dozens of hours of cable news coverage back in the day what do you make of this appeal and the chances for a trial? >> it's a long shot. this is pretty standard. it's a habeas corpus petition. you're essentially challenging and saying your attorney missed a, b, c and d during my first trial anddenied me my right to a fair trial these are rarely successful. but you've got to try on the defense everything you possibly can, throw it against the wall, see what happens it's a very high standard to show that a stealth juror
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affected the outcome of the trial. so he's got an uphill climb there. and then the entire evidence with the dog in the back yard, not in the back yard as newly discovered evidence, again, a very high burden to meet >> i mean, the dog in the back yard muddy with a muddy leash and from the water essentially and then scott peterson who said he washed his clothes because he'd been fishing, you know, there was just so much so what would the peterson team have to show the judge about this juror to show she was influenced by her own domestic abuse past >> if it's true she lied about her history to get on the jury that could be a compelling factor but at the same time a lot of times jurors, maybe they misunderstand the questions that they're asked. they're asked a lot of questions, especially in a high-profile case like this. but the defense has to try whatever it can. and if that theory is this is what we in the defense bar call a taelt juror, someone who wanted to get on the jury who was not unbiased but rather wanted to sit in judgment of
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this defendant and find him guilty based on her own past, that could possibly deny the right to a fair trial. but again, this is often alleged, rarely successful >> danny cevallos, thank you he might be the most famous naked baby in the entire world and for that he's suing. spencer elden was just four months old when he landed the cover of nirvana's "nevermind. he's 30 now and alleging that was sexual exploitation and child pornography. his lawyers say the shot makes him look, quote, like a sex worker that his guardians didn't sign a release. and that he's suffering from personal injury and permanent harm he's asking for at least $150,000 each from 15 defendants but elder has been recreating that pose over and over. five times over the years. see him here on the left. he's 17. on the right he's 25
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five years go he told "the new york post" it's cool but weird to be part of something so important that i don't even remember smells like green spirit space. the final frontier for exploring and maybe for war? america's secret space weapons apparently, they do exist. but could the government be considering a public demonstration? plus the late word out of kabul from the united states embassy. there's a security threat around the gates to the kabul airport they're now telling everyone, do not travel to that airport ish and for those that are at the gates leave immediately. is this isis-k, or what is brewing amid the very serious situation in afghanistan stressed? no stress. exercise.
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more on the breaking news out of of afghanistan. u.s. embassy advising u.s. citizens not to travel to kabul's airport and for those around it to leave immediately concern over security threats. seth jones is back with us senior vice president for the center for strategic and international studies. former adviser to u.s. special operations in afghanistan. you know, seth, cnn's been reporting for much of the day that there's been a specific threat stream against the crowds around the airport and saying essentially what all of us know, that isis-k wants to cause havoc, that they'd like nothing better than to attack. but apparently they're capable
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and actually planning such attacks. now it looks like some of that may be coming to fruition. how do you see this? >> that's exactly what it looks like right now isis-k has shown an ability that they can conduct surveillance on targets including ones like large numbers of people at the airport. they can get the weapons and suicide bombers and truck bombs into the area and execute the attack they've done this repeatedly over the past year or two. and i think the idea of targeting people around the airport right now where there are american forces is a tempting, tempting target. >> the american forces, i mean, what we've been told publicly at least, is the forces are inside the airport. the forces are guarding the airport. they're not round and about in kabul anymore or anywhere else so to get there you just have to get past taliban fighters in the back of a truck, i guess >> well, you can also shoot mortars and send of o'rockets over the walls into the airport.
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but again, what isis-k has shown an ability to do is kill large numbers of civilians they don't care. if that makes the taliban look bad, that's even okay with them as well. so killing people around the gates of the airport is a tempting enough target for isis-k >> i'm not sure people are altogether familiar with what isis-k is. i mean, it's a splinter group. it's round and about tell our viewers what you can about who they are and what they want >> well, isis-k, it's a branch of what is operated in both iraq and syria. it broke away years ago from al qaeda. its leaders want to establish a global emirate not just in afghanistan but across the middle east and africa and other locations including asia and their goal is an emirate run by an extreme version of islamic law. so it's anti-democratic. so again, this -- their goal is
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to use violence or jihad, violent jihad, to establish an emirate. in a sense they're a main competing organization of the taliban and al qaeda >> right there's this possibility at least eventually of there being conflict between the taliban and isis-k, that there might be? sort of war if not skirmishes and that isis-k would very much like to get a hold of some of the weapons that the united states gave to the afghans that the taliban took from the afghans and use it against us. and if they were able to attack the taliban and united states troops and afghans who were trying to escape all at the same time, that's like lotto action >> that is that's a trifecta. and note by the way that isis-k and the taliban have engaged in pitched battles including in eastern afghanistan around nangahar province, for example they're mortal enemies that have fought and bloodied each other
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>> do we have the forces there based on your knowledge to go out -- i know there's special forces there i know there's cia there but do we have the ability to protect there or would we be counting on the taliban for security outside the perimeter of the airport >> shep, we put ourselves in a really, really bad position to be able to project power outside of the airport it's one thing to fly a cia or special operations helicopter who landed and to bring out u.s. citizens it's another thing to conduct intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance and then to strike targets because you need to collect a lot and then act upon it. we just don't have a lot of assets like that in place, even in kabul right now >> the white house and all of the pieces of the political machine in washington have been stacking news conferences back to back all day, creating narratives, trying to, you know, keep things calm and preserve
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some degree of dignity out of all of this. the last thing they would likely want is a bulletin, an urgent bulletin from the u.s. embassy in kabul clear the gates of the airport, we're worried about a terror attack my point is if this weren't a very serious thing we would not hear about it. >> i think that's exactly right. if there was not actionable intelligence about an imminent attack by isis-k, we would definitely not hear about it i think the americans want people through the gase to get them out by helicopter or particular air transport so now telling people not to come near the gates undermines all of that. so i think everything here indicates actionable intelligence on a very imminent plot >> we don't have eyes on these walls right now but we read a report last time and we had video earlier today of these thousands and thousands of people, some in sewer drains around the outside, but these specific areas they're talking about are at three different
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gates. the main gate and two others we've seen enormous crowds there. now, they're, what, 10 1/2 hours ahead of us. so it's very early morning hours, predawn you wonder how they're mounting a defense of some sort >> yeah, it's definitely -- this definitely a difficult situation. shep, i've been to that airport countless times since 2001 and what i'll saying is it is relatively easy to get close to the gates of that airport. so it's going to be hard to stop >> seth jones, thanks for jumping in here late we'll have updates throughout the evening at cnbc.com and on our sister network, msnbc, throughout the night i'm shepard smith at cnbc global headquarters for all of us here, thanks for joining us we'll see you back here tomorrow night. think premium can't be capable? think again. ♪ (energetic music) ♪ ♪ ♪
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