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wow! whoo! dang! they're still in love. whoo! see you tomorrow "the news with shepard smith" starts now she says she gave congress the goods on facebook, but when the lobbyists get to them, will it even matter i'm shepard smith, this is the news on cnbc facebook blasted on capitol hill. >> they can't protect us from the harms that they know exist in their own system. >> a former employee turned whistle-blower revealing all and raising red flags, claiming the social media giant routinely chooses profits over public safety violence against health care workers surging. >> verbal, physical, sexual assault is a real risk to a lot of folks >> hospitals across the nation
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ringing the alarm. an abuse scandal rocking usa women's soccer. >> it took away my career. i was never the same player after this happened to me. >> players speaking out. another top executive resigning, as calls grow to do more the irs pushing to see your bank account the new proposal, and why the treasury secretary is for it police swarm a vehicle outside the supreme court. the nation critically low on books. and technology turning heads. inside the casino of the future. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. good evening facebook is morally bankrupt and can be saved only by apologizing and admitting it needs congress' help that from a whistle-blower today, a former facebook employee named frances haugen, who gave congress an unpress debited look at the company to
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prove what she says is facebook's assault on children, public safety and democracy as a whole. she says facebook has long known about the harm that it's doing, but insists it puts astronomical profits over safety and lies to all of us. >> i saw facebook repeatedly encounter conflicts between its own profits and our safety facebook consistently resolved these conflicts in favor of its own profits. the result has been more division, more harm, more lies, more threats, and more combat. >> we've been reporting that facebook's own research found that its instagram app can be toxic to teenagers' mental health haugen revealed today the extent to which it actually promotes that she said the company conducted studies of its own in which a teenage user started by just looking at healthy recipes, but she says, instagram's algorithm quickly pushed that user towards extreme dieting and pro-anorexia
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content. >> facebook's own research shows that kids are saying i am unhappy when i use instagram and can't stop if i leave, i'm afraid i'll be ostracized and that's so bad. >> a facebook spokesperson said that was cherry picking data, that eight of ten teens said instagram made them feel neutral or better. haugen said those were the excuses of big tobacco. >> in the case of cigarettes, only about 10% of people who smoke ever get lung cancer, right? so the idea that 20% of your users could be facing serious mental health issues and that's not a problem is shocking. >> and haugen says on facebook, the buck stops with mark zuckerberg that the level of power that he has over his company is virtually unprecedented in the tech industry. in a statement today, facebook's head of policy communication responded saying haugen worked for the company for less than two years, had no direct reports, never attended a
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decision-point meeting with c-level executives and testified more than six times to not working on the subject matter in question we don't agree with her characterization of the many issues she testified about despite all of this, we agree on one thing, it's time to begin to create standard rules for the internet it's been 25 years since the rules for the internet have been updated, and instead of expecting the industry to make societal decisions that belong to legislators, it's time for congress to act. nbc news ali vitali covering the hearing from capitol hill today. ali, congress has been trying to regulate facebook for years or at least going through the motions until the lobbyists do their work does this hearing move the needle at all? >> reporter: some lawmakers say that it could, in part because of that powerful testimony from that whistle-blower frances haugen, but also because when she left facebook, she brought the receipts the data and the reports she was able to wring bring to light ing
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not just the public's knowledge of this but lawmakers as they sat for that hearing in that hearing haugen demanded that now is the time for action. listen >> the severity of this crisis demands that we break out of our previous regulatory frames no one truly understands the destructive choices made by facebook except facebook we can afford nothing less than full transparency. >> reporter: she uses an important word there -- transparency that's key to the regulation talk going forward because what was evidenced during this hearing is that there is very little known about what is happening inside facebook and a lot of these other social media platforms lawmakers on both the left and right, because shep, this was one of those rare experiences where both parties seem to agree that something has to be done, but in terms of what can b done, maybe it looks like making different changes to section 230, which shields tech companies from legal liabilities, it could also look like regulatory agencies or boards put together of academics
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and other types of people. those were some of the suggestions put forward today. what is clear, though, from conversations with lawmakers is that hearings like this tend to beget more hearings and there is an appetite for action on thise larger debate about breaking u some lawmakers looking at this as an inflection point in the larger debate about breaking up big tech or regulating it a little bit more than it already is. >> holding facebook accountable for its algorithm. ali, thank you so how is it that facebook and insta and whatsapp and everything else it owns went down for six hours yesterday well, facebook reports it was routine maintenance gone horribly wrong the company's vp of infrastructure says a command was sent to test network capacity but instead he says that command unintentionally took down all the connections in our backbone network, effectively disconnecting facebook data centers globally facebook says there was nothing malicious, no evidence user data was compromised. so that's the cause. the effect everybody found out what a few
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hours without the company was like, supporting some who argue facebook has become too big to fail it's not just kids and people who are addicted to its platforms, but small businesses, too. so many of them depend on the tech giant for their livelihoods, running stores or operations on its marketplace. julia boorstin now julia, this outage was, i guess, a wake-up call for a lot of businesses >> reporter: a wakeup call, indeed, shep some businesses reported losing thousands of dollars during yesterday's outage facebook says more than 200 million businesses use its services each month. the majority of those are small businesses and they use facebook for a lot more than just advertising, including to sell things they've established more than 1 million shops for customer service.ice. they use whatsapp for service to send more than 100 million they use what happens whatsapp for businesses to send more than 100 million messages daily
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for many small businesses facebook serves as their website. facebook shareholder kevin o'leary defending the key role that facebook plays for so many companies. >> the truth is that facebook runs small business in america more than 50 cents of every dollar spent in small business, which is about 66% of the economy. facebook is the backbone of small business in america. >> reporter: but many small businesses who saw traffic halt yesterday are now looking for other ways to build relationships with their customers. speech pathologist brooke dwyer and her sister sell online speech development courses their website gets more than a quarter of its traffic from instagram. >> we have put so much time and effort and content and hours into instagram and to think that it could just all go away like that in a second was, you know, a big thing for us it definitely made us think, hmm, okay, maybe we should become more active on other platforms. >> reporter: the outage cost
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facebook an estimated $60 million in revenue and that's all from ads that weren't delivered. shep, the breadth of the impact of facebook's outage does raise some questions about whether small businesses can be too reliant on the giant >> julia, thank you. that oil spill in southern california is spreading tonight. dive teams today found the damage to the pipeline where the oil poured out u.s. coast guard officials say it has a 13-inch split they say a 4,000-foot section of that pipeline moved more than 100 feet from where it used to sit on the sea floor officials say they're looking into whether a ship's anchor may have hit the pipeline and dragged it, but so far they haven't confirmed that's what happened crews have been racing to contain and clean up the aftermath. state and federal officials now say up to 144,000 gallons of oil may have spilled into the ocean and then onto the animals and the beaches. nbc's erin mclaughlin is in huntington beach for us. >> reporter: well, shep, tonight
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we're learning new details about when the coast guard discovered this massive oil spill off the coast of southern california according to a senior coast guard official, the coast guard was first alerted to the presence of a sheen on the water at around 8:00 p.m. on friday evening. they received another follow-up report, satellite imagery, detecting an anomaly in the overnight hours. the coast guard at first light around 7:00 a.m. saturday morning went out to take a look around and say they discovered the oil spill between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. it wasn't until around the same time that amplify says it discovered the oil spill and alerted authorities. during a press conference, the ceo of amplify was repeatedly pressed as to when exactly the company decided to completely shut down the pipeline also questioned as to whether or not they detected a change in the pressure of the pipeline neither question the ceo would answer, citing the ongoing investigation. meanwhile, officials say they
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are working around the clock to contain this oil spill, which is moving further and further south. today, dana point harbor was closed and these closures are inflicting an untold economic toll on this area. today in federal court, th first civil lawsuit was filed and the u.s. attorney's office says it's also looking at whether or not to investigate criminal charges as well shep. >> erin mclaughlin, thanks. america's treasured health care workers are under attack. reports of patients spitting, yelling, even physically assaulting hospital workers. tonight, what's being done to protect them the scandal rocking the world of women's soccer expands. another top executive resigns. and calls for better policies grow louder. plus, new twists in the manhunt for brian laundrie his last known sighting? that's changed and now his lawyer admits brian
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cases of verbal and physical assault on our health care workers. >> reporter: dr. mohak dav says the stress from covid is bubbling over. he attributes multiple factors to the rise. overworked staff, strained resources to care for patients, covid rules over masks and visitation limits. >> and you got to tell those family members you need to wait outside, we need to get this parabl patient stabilized that's really, really hard for the families and makes them upset. >> reporter: in missouri, cox medical center resorting to giving staffers panic buttons, reporting patients spitting, yelling and beating workers. assaults, they say, jump from 40 to 123 between 2019 and 2020 >> we have the chance to press our button and then security knows exactly where we are if we end up having to chase a patient down, they know where our last location is. >> reporter: it comes as hospitals struggle to keep medical workers on the job with many facing severe nursing shortages. >> they're exhausted i mean, there's fewer and fewer
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people that feel that they can bear the risk to come to work. the risk of being exposed to covid, the risk of verbal, physical, sexual assault those are real risks to a lot of folks. >> reporter: hospital groups and unions now asking states to step in, calling for increased penalties for those who assault medical staff. >> like so many things in our society, laws do have to change to ultimately change behaviors over time. >> reporter: the nightmare for many health care workers extends beyond the walls of the hospitals they work in folks who work in the hospital behind me tell me some of us are taking their badges off before they go shopping in the evening. they don't want folks to know what it is they do for a living. shep. >> cal perry, thank you. now the new information on brian laundrie, gabby petito's former boyfriend there's a new addition and a revision to his travel timeline. his attorney is now, as he puts it, clarifying brian laundrie's activities in the weeks before gabby's parents reported her missing.
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his attorney says brian flew home to tampa from as a matter of fact lake city on august 17th and return ed on the 23rd to rejoin gabby brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close his storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending their road trip. again, all new four days after he got back was the last time gabby was seen searchers later found her body in wyoming her death ruled a homicide the laundrie family originally said brian laundrie was last seen on tuesday, september 14th in north port, florida, their home but the attorney today went back on that, too, saying the laundries were basing their date brian left on their reck election of certain events again, the laundries were basing the date brian left on their recollection of certain events upon further communication with the fbi, we now believe the day brian left to hike in the preserve was monday, september the 13th
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the search at the carlton reserve has turned up no signs of brian he's wanted by the feds for fraud, using a debit card that wasn't his and the fbi has lots of questions. more fallout from the latest scandal to rock the women's national soccer league the ceo and managing partner of the washington spirit soccer club just resigned players accuse the team's former coach are verbally and emotionally abusing them the team fired coach richie burke last week. "the washington post" first reported the scandal and said burke did not respond to a request for comment. now the ceo says he'll step down too, after the players asked him to leave the league is set to resume play tonight. they cancelled all matches this past weekends after accusations against another coach. two former players accused longtime coach paul riley of luring them to his hotel room and coercing them to have sex with him
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on "the today show" this morning, one of the players called him a predator and demanded action from the league. >> i want more i want more justice. i want better policies i want players to be protected it's not just this team. it's not just this coach it's across the league it's across the sport. and we have to do something about it. >> riley most recently coached the north carolina courage the team fired him last week he's denied the accusations. a damning new report reveals rampant sexual abuse of children within france's catholic church. investigators allege as many as 3,200 priests, deacons and others associated with the church sexually abused more than 300,000 victims over the past 70 years. most of the victims, children, 10 to 13 years old investigators say not only did the church there not stop the abuse, it didn't even report it. 300,000 victims.
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and sometimes the church knowingly put those victims in contact with the predators pope francis sent his condolences to the victims in a statement, the vatican writes in part that the pope's first thoughts are with the victims, with immense sadness for their trauma and gratitude for their bravery in coming forward. gambling addiction nothing new. but the way we gamble is brand new. there is a cnbc documentary that premieres tonight, examining how gambling has changed who's most at risk, and the techniques being used to lure people in. in chicago, a war of words on one side, the mayor on the other, one of the state's top prosecutors. and the issue, a deadly shooting and stabbing where zero charges were filed
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casinos and stock exchanges are now really at our fingertips, phones and computers experts warn that access to open the door to addiction. a new documentary premieres on cnbc tonight it's called "generation gamble." our melissa lee on the dangers facing a new generation of investors and gamblers. d >> i could tell you with certainty that i didn't want to live the only purpose for me to live was to pay off my debt so that if i did leave, my parents wouldn't have to deal with it. >> it was at that breaking point david checked into one of the top gambling rehabs in the country. country. beit how common is david's story? >> oh. all time, that's what we see it's nonstop we have so many people that are desperate for help >> this is the director of the
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gambling program here >> in the beginning we saw the traditional gambler, the casino goer, the card players and i will say in the last, between five, seven years, we definitely see an influx of youngsters, ages between 18 to 35, that are heavily engaged in in online sports betting or even online card playing. >> now they're also treating people addicted to day trading and cryptocurrency, both of which boomed along with sports betting when people were stuck at home during the pandemic. dr. fong sees warning signs, especially with the proliferation of trading apps. >> when i open up these apps, i see gambling. >> it looks like gambling to you. >> because it is gambling. because it's 24 hours, 7 days a week >> what about them is addictive? >> what i'm seeing certainly are the basic core elements of gambling intermittent reinforcement, gamification, large fonts,
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graphics, encouraging people to continue to persist in that behavior it's exactly the same techniques casinos use, so it's all there. >> and all the same. melissa lee with us now from the nasdaq melissa, a surge in problems because of an ease of access. >> absolutely, shep. it's just like having macau, las vegas and wall street all wrapped into one on your phone in your pocket 24/7 access. no longer do you have to drive to a casino, exchange money for chips or wait for that money to hit your bank account, your broker's account in order to trade a stock. it is all instantaneous. and a lot of the experts we talk to say that ease of access, the ability to do it from wherever and whenever, really opens the door to addiction. as our expert, dr. fong, had pointed out, the lines are absolutely getting blurred with the game if i case of these sites, both gambling and online investing. in fact, he says that the physiological reaction to
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winning a jackpot or winning a bet is the same as seeing the green arrows on your screen when you place a winning trade. so the body reacts the same way. it's the same adrenaline rush, it's the same feeling. >> what role, melissa, did you find social media plays, particularly when it comes to investing? >> there is a whole universe, shep, of social media influencers out there who have millions of followers. the difference between these people on youtube or tiktok or instagram and the ones that you see on cnbc, is there aren't any licenses involved, you don't know what the financial incentives are and yet there are millions of people following them and every word they say, whether it be, invest in this stock, invest in this crypto and we spoke to a marketing professor at nyu and he said, look, you see people who look like you and they have glamorous lives. you want that, you follow their advice. >> melissa lee, looking forward to it. the documentary premieres tonight right after this news hour "generation gamble," 8:00
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crypto making a comeback the price of bitcoin up more than 4% just today and trading north of 50 grand for the first time in a month. which could be good news for miami. because in august, the city partnered with a crypto company to launch miamicoin. the mayor says it hopes it can one day fund programs that address poverty and other needs in the city and eventually, he says, replace texas. cnbc's kate rooney replace taxes? how does this work >> reporter: that's right, shep. the mayor is betting tha miamicoin will set the city up for that lofty goal. the crypto-currency was born with a nonprofit called city coins. according to its founders, anyone can download the software, hop on a computer to mint those new coins the miner keeps 70% of the profits and the rest goes straight to the city's wallet. and shep, like other
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crypto-currencies, miamicoin also trades on an exchange, so people can invest in it. this one hit an all-time high of just around five cents it is the first and so far the only test case of this idea, but since august, the crypto-currency has brought in just over $10 million for miami. that's more than three times what officials say they forecasted the city's mayor and a bitcoin believer, francis suarez, says it could bring in $60 million for miami and eventually subsidize or even replace taxes. but he says miami is still holding the coins in escrow for a couple of months he says they're doing more due diligence before miami can start spending these coins. >> we're going to hold them for awhile to make sure there are no issued related to the technology and then we can work on a variety of different ideas we have to make our city better, including educational ideas, including affordable housing and including a lot of issues that, you know, we obviously, cities
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across america, would love to have more resources to help solve. >> reporter: the project comes with its share of challenges there are price fluctuations, regulatory questions at the federal level and even money laundering concerns to name a few. city coins are the latest sign of growing competition to attract the fast-growing digital industry and digital asset industry suarez has billed miami as the crypto capital of the country but austin, texas, and cheyenne, wyoming, are among those also competing to attract crypto companies. sources tell me austin and new york are on the short list for their own city coin. shep >> kate, thanks. a major sector of the economy is growing and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. the service sector grew again last month and at a faster pace than the economists predicted. that's according to the institute for supply management. it's the 16th straight month of growth. mcdonald's setting a new goal cut global greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050.
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the burger chain also revamping its existing target. it's working with the nonprofit science-based targets initiative to lower emissions by about a third for both its suppliers and its restaurants by 2030. and one size serves all. would you look at this franzia, the iconic box wine brand, has released new adult halloween costumes like the boxed wine, you can actually pour wine from the costume. each has an internal side pouch i'm told that can carry a full bag of franzia they're about 40 bucks and available on the company's online shop if you're into that. on wall street, a bounce-back. the dow up 312, s&p up 45, the nasdaq up 178. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news
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capitol police making a dramatic arrest. pulling a man from a suspicious vehicle parked outside the supreme court. what we know about the suspect crime in chicago not slowing. frustration leads to fingerpointing why the city's top office holders are facing off over whether to bring charges on one case but first, a new proposal to give the irs more power to check your bank accounts and not just a big bank account. treasury secretary janet yellen making the case that agents should get a look at accounts with as little as 600 bucks on deposit. she told cnbc that change would help america close a $7 trillion tax gap over the next decade >> it's not coming from people failing to report wage income or dividend income where there's good information, it comes from places where the information on income is opaque and can be hidden. >> secretary yellen says the irs
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would need a few pieces of information but nothing that would violate privacy. as you might imagine, not everybody likes this cnbc senior congressiona correspondent ylan mui is with us now hi, ylan. >> reporter: well, shep, there is a big difference between how much americans owe in taxes and how much actually gets paid. the worst offenders are the wealthy. one analysis found the top 1% skipped out on $160 billion in taxes. >> president biden's plan is really focused on the high end, to stop high-end tax evasion by wealthy individuals, wealthy business owners and corporations >> reporter: now, most of us get paid with a paycheck and those wages are reported to the irs. but the wealthy often get paid in other ways, through partnerships, their own businesses or rental income, which the irs doesn't have much information about. now, the agency says if it can
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follow the money, it can collect the taxes. under president biden's plan, the irs would know how much money goes in and out of bank accounts each year with as little as $600 republicans say, whoa, boy. >> we want to stop this in its tracks i want to be able to tell cowboys in wyoming that if they make a payment on their pickup truck or buy a saddle for their horse, they're not going to have an irs agent along for the ride. >> reporter: now, banks are raising privacy concerns about collecting and storing all that data and warning that trying to go after the rich could end up hurting the rest of us. >> we understand the purpose or the goal here is to make sure everybody pays the right amount of taxes but what you're asking is low and moderate income people to turn over their financial data to try to catch millionaires and billionaires who are not paying their taxes that's just a wrong-handed approach >> reporter: now, shep, already democrats are backing off that $600 threshold now they're talking about applying these rules to bank accounts with $10,000.
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but it's still not clear this is even going to make it into the final bill. >> ylan mui, thank you one possible solution to the debt ceiling problem, a specially minted platinum coin worth $1 trillion. it wouldn't need to be a particularly special looking thing. here's a rendering drawn up by our graphics team. a small platinum token that the u.s. treasury simply gives a face value of $1 trillion and deposits it at the federal reserve. then the fed credits the treasury account with $1 trillion that wouldn't count towards the national debt. boom problem solved here's cnbc's kristina partsinevelos. >> reporter: could minting a trillion-dollar coin solve the united states's debt problem sounds like an absurd idea from has rallied support from notable economists like nobel prize winner paul krugman. he says the treasury secretary could mint the coin. but treasury secretary janet yellen begs to differ.
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>> i'm opposed to it and i don't believe that we should consider it seriously it's really a gimmick and what's necessary is for congress to show that the world can count on america paying its debts. >> reporter: this isn't a new idea an old u.s. code puts the minting of a coin into law even president obama weighed the possibility while facing his own debt crisis in the summer of 2011 he later recalled it as one of the scariest moments of his presidency during a podcast interview years later. >> there were all kinds of wacky ideas about how potentially you could claim to have this massive coin i mean, it was like out of the stone age or something >> reporter: trillion dollar coin or not, time is running out for congress to raise or suspend the debt ceiling or else risk default on payments and plunge the united states into a recession. but if desperate times come, the united states already produces a one-ounce platinum eagle coin,
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largely symbolic and commemorative, but could easily be repurposed to read $1 trillion but the decision lies in the hands of treasury secretary janet yellen for the news, i'm kristina partsinevelos. well, another security scare in d.c. today. one man taken into custody after capitol police had to use a flashbang to remove him from his car. it happened this morning outside the supreme court where the car was illegally parked >> our officers that immediately responded. the man refused to talk, made a statement to the effect of the time for talking is done. >> capitol police had crisis negotiation officers try to talk with the guy, but he still refused, so they moved in, pulled him from the car and arrested him two charges, failure to obey and assault on a police officer. no weapons found and no word on a motive. leaders in chicago are in a war of words over the city's rise in violence the latest data from police shows there's been an 11% increase in shootings there over
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the last year and a 69% increase from the year before that. the rise in shootings comes as the city council accuses the police chief of presiding over the most dangerous city in america. councilmembers are demanding that he hire more officers, and now the state's richest resident is threatening to take his business elsewhere ken griffin runs a major investment firm. he says he's considering moving his headquarters out of chicago because of all the crime the city's mayor and cook county state's attorney lashing out at each other over one of chicago's latest shootings local reporting now from nbc 5 chicago and their reporter, mary ann ahern. >> reporter: cook county state's attorney kim foxx responds to mayor lori lightfoot's criticism after five suspects were released, no murder charge thes filed in a brazen deadly shootout between two gangs on chicago's west side. >> it was inappropriate. it was wrong. >> you shoot up a residence in broad daylight, captured on film, and no consequences. >> reporter: it's not the first
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time that foxx has been criticized for being soft on crime. >> show me where the state's attorneys office has made the community less safe. >> reporter: while there is video evidence, even the chief of detectives admits the video is not clear, and -- >> even the victims who were shot refuse to talk to police and invoke their right to remain silent. >> it's hard for me to understand that nobody got charged with nothing. >> the people in these neighborhoods are crying out for safety they are crying out for a plan they are crying out for their elected officials to not be in fingerpointing matches. >> reporter: as foxx points out, since she took office in 2016, in chicago there have been 13,374 shootings and 2,447 arrests. >> we have to tell the truth about what's happening here. >> reporter: governor pritzker on how far the state will go to intervene. >> we are nearly at a state of emergency in our need to address crime.
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>> reporter: while lightfoot supported foxx's re-election, there's obvious tension between the two. >> we have to send an entirely different message. >> we have to resist the urge to have stories about elected leaders fighting because the people who live in these neighborhoods could care less. >> reporter: and late today mayor lightfoot is asking the u.s. attorney's office to consider federal charges in that gang shootout. shep. >> mary ann ahern, thank you so you love curling up with a good book? i'm not talking kindle here, but cracking an actual spine and turning actual pages now like with so much else, supply chain problems are hitting book shelves, so store owners are getting creative. and building the casino of the future wait till you see this gaming companies from around the world meeting in vegas right now to show off the latest high-tech tools on casino floors ♪ ♪
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the human toll of covid-19 is hard to grasp it's killed 700,000 americans. the faces and stories of those individuals sometimes lost in the enormity of that number. last month artist suzanne brennan furstenberg set out to visualize the scale of the loss. she filled the national mall in d.c. with more than 670,000 white flags, ten inches apart. many inscribed with names, photos and mementos. national geographic explorer and photographer stephen wilks captured the memorial and the human reaction to it he used his vaunted day and night technique to create this haunting photo he actually took nearly 5,000 photos over a 30-hour period and stitched together about a hundred of them to show the passage of time. >> i had heard inklings there was going to be a very large
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exhibit with flags on the mall it was for me personally quite overwhelming the scale of what 600,000 lives looks like becomes almost like a data statistic so when i stood over that and i got above it, i specifically wanted to be elevated to try to see into the flags to almost allow your eye to see the individual flags i wanted to anchor the photograph with the national museum of african history and culture. communities of color have been decimated by this virus. i wanted that to be a very important anchor in the photograph and i wanted the sun to rise over that building the upper left corner is where time starts. i change time on what i call a time vector. sunrise is on the top left-hand corner if you allow your eye to go diagonally across the photograph, you will see time rotate through that image. it really was about for me capturing these incredible
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moments of people discovering this for the first type. they walk in, they kneel down and they discover what this is really about and so, that was a very powerful thing to witness it was this gathering, this ability for all of us to sort of come together and reflect. on what a painful and difficult two years this has been. so much pain, so much loss for so many. you will hopefully come away when you look at this photograph and study it that there's a sense of hope too, that we're going to get through this if we all work together. >> you can find more of the story behind this photo at natgeo.com during the early days of the pandemic, you could walk into a grocery store and not find a single roll of toilet paper, remember that's mostly fixed. but as covid continues to spread, some supply chains are still getting really pinched issues with shipping and labor are taking a toll now on the publishing industry. it's causing a book shortage right before the holiday shopping season.
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here's cnbc's perry russom >> oh, great i was looking for these. >> reporter: kate is the owner of paper cuts book shop in boston and says it is the books that have been running late. >> i placed a very big order over labor day weekend that i've just been told is lost in memphis. >> reporter: the back order is linked to supply chain disruptions. there are labor shortages in warehouses, printing capacity limits and shipping issues. just seems like an unbelievable pain >> yes yes, it is. >> reporter: michelle waters is picking up a book for her brother. >> it was supposed to be for my brother's birthday three weeks ago. because it didn't come in, i wound up giving him something else >> reporter: independent bookstore owners across the country are asking customers to start their holiday shopping now. >> it's the best time now to start. >> it's always kind of not fun to have to do the last week of holiday and go to a mall and try to rush through purchases. >> reporter: in new orleans, candace is the owner. >> me, myself and i operation. i don't have any employees i'm trying to stock up on the
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books that i personally know that i will recommend and sell throughout the holiday season. >> reporter: at paper cuts -- >> it's like a modern day alice in wonderland. >> reporter: she says ideally the shortage will be temporary, but it's been difficult to predict during the pandemic. >> i'm stocking up on the big ones that we love now because i'm not sure they'll come in the future. >> reporter: there is good news for shop owners. the demand for books is up the association of american publishers is reporting sales for hardbacks are up 25% from last year, shep. >> perry, thank you. the ringing bells of a slot machine jackpot. the sweet sound of dealers shouting "blackjack" and the boos and roars when you roll a 7 on the craps tables. all that part of the visceral experience that casino fans get when they walk on the floor. and it's about to get a whole lot more intense cnbc's contessa brewer is live from the global gaming expo in vegas. contessa, what's new in sin city >> reporter: can you see this, shep american casinos are undergoing
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a technological revolution advanced hardware. the player experience so intense and engaging the manufacturers and the casinos are hoping this makes gambling more entertaining than ever the sportsbook is moving to your tv the casino is moving to your cell phone and the cinema is coming to the casino floor. >> the ability for a consumer to go watch a movie, step out of af movie theater, which a lot of casinos have, and then go immediaty to play the game and play that immersive experience. it's game-changing, really >> reporter: betting on the game changing can be done from your living room. fubo tv will change the betting options as users change the channel. want to see bets in action there's augmented reality to layer in the wagers, stats and graphics while fans watch in real life. more ways to play and more ways to pay casinos from las vegas to pennsylvania are offering digital wallets right on your
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phone that avoid germy cash, track player rewards and offer solutions for responsible gaming >> at the end of the day, we leverage technology and real-time data to better inform and identify abnormalities in betting patterns, problematic bettors, responsible gaming issues and report those back t the regulators and operators in realtime. >> reporter: but many of the advances require approval of gaming regulators. some states haven't even signed off on gambling. >> every state has adopted this a little bit differently it certainly creates some challenges for the larger brands that are in multiple states, but it's also a great opportunity for the citizens to determine how much gaming they want to see. >> reporter: and for the first time ever, we are seeing a game released with movie branding at the same time the movie is released and let me tell you, it's not just about the sight and the sound, it's also the feeling these chairs vibrate along with the action on the screen, so,
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this is a very moving experience, shep >> i feel you. thank you, ma'am space, used to be the final frontier now if you've got the cash, it's more like a joyride. the latest trip, a balloon to the edge of the stratosphere so how does that work? and how much does this cost? plus, bridge to captain kirk, sensors are picking up a vessel must be the blue origin days away from taking william shatner into space the actor himself and what he hopes to find, next. appen. it could be the day you welcome 1,200 guests and all their devices. or it could be the day there's a cyberthreat. get ready for it all with an advanced network and managed services from comcast business. and get cybersecurity solutions that let you see everything on your network. plus an expert team looking ahead 24/7 to help prevent threats. every day in business is a big day. we'll keep you ready for what's next. comcast business powering possibilities.
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there's another company entering the space race. it's planning to launch paying passengers, not in a rocket but with a giant balloon here's nbc's tom costello.ostel. >> reporter: the countdown is on for yet another tourist view of mother earth and beyond, but this one is different. instead of riding a rocket, this
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is a slow ride to the edge of space. inside a pressurized capsule hanging beneath a massive helium balloon. now laid out at tucson's spaceport. if you were to stretch this entire balloon out, how big would it be? >> tom, this balloon would fit a football stadium on the inside. >> reporter: that big? >> that big. that's what it takes to take 10,000 pounds to the stratosphere. >> reporter: that's 100,000 feet up it's not space passengers won't go weightless, but the view will be spectacular inside a first-class cabin complete with massive windows, wi-fi, even a bar and restroom ryan hartman is the ceo. >> what you'll be able to see at the ulgts edge of space is the curvature of earth against the backdrop of space. so you'll see the stars in broad daylight you're going to see the full curvature of the earth >> release, release, release >> reporter: a very different trip than the rocket rides that richard branson's virgin galactic and jeff bezos' blue origin are selling
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>> oh, my god. >> reporter: actually going to space for about three minutes at a cost of nearly half a million dollars. the balloon trip with eight passengers and two crew members will last up to 12 hours, starting at $50,000 per seat already 250 people have preordered tickets >> no space suits, it's a shirt sleeve environment, so just like you're in an airplane. you'll be comfortable. no space suits or special equipment are required. >> reporter: the vision, to launch passengers from seven sites -- the grand canyon, australia's great barrier reef, the saharan desert, the amazon rain forest, norway's aurora borialis, the egyptian pyramids and the great wall of china. nearly 3,000 balloons a year that can only be used once to do that, the company is making the strongest balloons possible this tape here, this is critical, right? this is what holds the balloon and gives it strength. >> this is what holds the balloon and gives it strength but it's also what carries all of the weight from the balloon. >> reporter: you're confident this can hold 75,000 pounds to the edge of space?
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>> 100% confident. >> reporter: returning to earth, a gps-guided parafoil takes over guiding the capsule to a precise location. this is kind of the magic of your system. >> it's one of many magical components of our system. >> reporter: the first flights lifting off in about two years for the news, i'm tom costello captain's log, star date 47634.44, the date that william shatner is set to launch into space. for you nontrek can is, that's next tuesday smarter in's heading up on blue origin's new shepard rocket, no relation, courtesy of team jeff bezos. this morning on "the today show," he said he can't wait to see earth from a whole new sper techive. >> i've got to think that once it's done, once i've been into space and seen the universe and seen our earth and the contrast between that hostility and this warmth and how important it is
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to keep the earth alive so that we don't wreck it, we human beings don't wreck it, that contrast in all of that is so dramatic to me. >> mccoy, it's science william shatner set to join blue origin's vice president of missions and flight operations and two paying customers on the trip he will become the oldest person to travel to space and boldly go where a bunch of astronauts and a handful of super rich people have gone before shatner won't even be the first actor up there russia launched an actor, a director and one cosmonaut into space this morning they're set to spend 12 days on the international space station shooting a film called "the challenge," first feature film shot in space. the story follows a russian surgeon who is forced to operate on another cosmonaut before returning to earth the russians beat out the u.s. with their film.
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back in may, tom cruise said he was working with nasa to shoot his own production in space. no word yet on when or even whether that will happen the baseball playoffs begin tonight with a renewal of one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports the yankees and the red sox set to face off in the a.l. wild card game at fenway park a combined 20,000 games won between the two franchises they played each other more than 2,000 times. tonight it's win one or go home. both teams will have their aces on the mound gerit cole from my yankees against nathan eovaldi the sox won the series the season series, 9-10, but the teams enter the playoffs with identical records. whoever wins tonight will be a heavy underdog against the tampa bay rays, as weird as that sounds first pitch just ten minutes away and 60 seconds left on a race to the finish a facebook whistle-blower told a senate subcommittee today that the company is operating in the
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dark and accountable to no one a facebook spokesman pushed back on those claims but admits it's time for congress to act the senate set to vote tomorrow to suspend the u.s. debt ceiling minority leader mitch mcconnell says republicans will block the vote as they have done twice already. and coast guard officials say dive teams found a 13-inch split in a pipe that leaked more than 100,000 gallons of oil off the coast of southern california no official word on what caused the damage, but it's beginning to look like maybe an anchor dragged it and ripped it and now you know the news of this tuesday, october 5th, 2021. i'm shepard smith. follow us on the gram and twitter @thenewsoncnbc and we'll see you back here tomorrow night. ♪ ♪
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