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the news with shepard smith starts now >> breaking news now on cnbc, boeing test pilot has just been indicted in a case related to the 737 max. this is the news on cnbc moderna's third shot experts give the okay as the vaccine mandate fight intensifies. chicago police and the mayor at a critical standoff the deadline is friday >> i guarantee you at least half the department is staying home come saturday morning. steve bannon refusing to testify. the insurrection committee stonewalled. now, eyeing criminal charges will the justice department take
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the case a new twist in the alex murdagh story. the former hot shot lawyer arrested again, and facing new charges. this time related to the death of his housekeeper for the average consumer, this is dramatic it's like a new tax. >> winter warning. gas and heating bills set to skyrocket. what's driving the rise? and how much more will we have to pay a bow and arrow murder spree declared active terror mississippi threatens to sue brett favre. and a historic expansion at united airlines. >> liv live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. and good evening it's a busy news night, and we'll get to the breaking news from boeing in just minutes as our reporters are still combing through this quite extraordinary indictment first tonight, we have big vaccine news today a million more americans are now
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one step closer to getting a covid booster shot an fda advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend an extra dose, a half dose, actually, for certain people who got moderna's vaccine. that includes americans 65 and older and adults at high risk because of either their medical conditions or their jobs these are the same groups that are eligible right now for a pfizer booster the panel's recommendation comes as the delta variant is still posing issues in some regions but overall, new data shows this pandemic may be starting to retreat. johns hopkins reports we're now averaging about 89,000 new cases a day. almost a 50% drop from the delta peak just one month ago. hospitalizations are also way down but there are still 54,000 people in american hospitals sick with covid. now, health experts attribute that downward trend or series of them in part to rising vaccination rates.
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while some americans are already getting third shots, others are still hesitant to get the first. drawn over vaccine and in many places, lines are being drawn over vaccine mandates that fight is coming to a head right now in chicago tomorrow's the deadline for city workers there to get vaccinated. but the head of the police union in chicago is telling cops, ignore it. local coverage from our nbc station in chicago in a moment first, to meg tirrell on today's booster news meg, why the half dose for moderna? >> yeah, so they looked at both, and they found that a half dose of 50 micrograms gave a big increase in the immune response with potentially fewer side effects. it's still higher than pfizer's full dose, which is 30 micrograms moderna also points out giving half doses as boosters opens up a lot more worldwide supply of the vaccine. next up for this fda committee is johnson & johnson boosters. that's on the docket for tomorrow and then we expect the fda to
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issue its decision on both of these vaccines within about a week now, the fda committee today was also asked to discuss when it might be appropriate to expand boosters to everybody over age 18, at least for pfizer and moderna. and the committee wasn't onboard with that idea right now with the chairman saying, quote, i don't know that the benefit has been sufficiently defined, for younger people who aren't at high risk because of their health or job setting. now, a cdc representative suggested it might make sense first to look at expanding access to everybody starting at age 50, and it's clear this will be a continuing conversation another age group will be front and center for fda later this month, that's kids ages 5 to 11. many parents are waiting for a vaccine for them, which is expected potentially in early november but some news today from dr. scott gottlieb, the former fda commissioner who sits on the board of pfizer. he says a vaccine for kids under 5 may not be available until the first few months of 2022, if the fda asks for larger trials and a longer follow-up period.
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previously, we expected one could be available by the end of the year shep >> meg, thanks so much as chicago appears headed for a massive police shortage. up to half of the city's police force could be placed on unpaid leave this weekend chicago's mayor and police chief are still fighting openly in public over the city's vaccine requirement. for people living there, the stakes are very high local coverage now from nbc 5 chicago, and their reporter, charlie wojciechowski. >> at their canariville union hall without a mask in sight firefighters voted to fight the city's vaccine mandate >> nothing to say. that's what the board president is for >> reporter: but that union president later decided not to speak about the decision a decision that, like the police union, puts them on a collision course with city hall, where the mayor is sticking by her order that all city employees are
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vaccinated by friday >> vaccine gives us the opportunity to maximize safety in the workplace, so what we're asking our employees to do is take advantage of this opportunity. >> reporter: wednesday night, fop president repeated his union's response >> hell no the best way i can put it. and it was across the board. >> reporter: he also made this prediction about policeman power level this is weekend. >> i guarantee you, at least half the department is staying home come saturday morning >> reporter: so how will the city, facing its highest shooting and murder rates in years handle the situation governor jp pritzker says he has offered all available state resources, which would include the national guard but chicago has yet to accept. >> i think you understand by now that you can't just march national guard into a city without coordinating, and you can't just march state police into a city without coordinating with the chicago police department so at every turn, we have continuing conversations with them, but we need the leadership of the city to ask us. developmt
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from that >> reporter: bow. >> reporter: and now a late development from that fop. the head of that union says he wants all of the membership to refuse any direct orders from supervisors to sign up on that city vaccine mandate portal. he says that is an illegal order and he's planning to have those officers use their body cams to record any supervisor making that kind of request of course, the city says it's just something they should be doing in the course of their jobs we'll see what happens tomorrow. shep >> it continues. charlie wojciechowski. thank you. seeking a criminal contemp charge against steve bannon. that's what the january 6th committee is doing right now, after donald trump's former chief strategist defied their subpoena steve bannon was a no-show at his deposition today he's refusing to turn over evidence and refusing to testify about his interactions with the former president trump leading up to the deadly capitol insurrection bannon citing executive privilege asserted by mr. trump. in a statement, the house select
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committee's chairman, bennie thompson, writes the select committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer mr. bannon for criminal contempt. this as the january 6th committee's first crucial test of how it will handle witnesses who refuse to cooperate. nbc's sahil kapur now. where does this go from here >> reporter: shep, the first thing that will happen is the committee will meet on tuesday this coming tuesday, to vote in favor of that contempt referral for steve bannon it's highly likely to be approved then it goes to the full house of representatives where it is also likely to be voted favorably. after that, the speaker of the house, certifies this to the justice department and then it will be up to a u.s. attorney in washington to prosecute this could come with a fine, this could come with up to 12 months in jail time. a committee aide tells me they believe the justice department has a duty to prosecute, not optional, they believe it's necessary under the statute. also today we had some news
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about the other three men who were part of the early subpoenas from this committee. mark meadows and kash patel, those two men are engaging with the committee, nbc news is told, and as a result, their depositions have been delayed from this week a fourth individual, dan scavino, former white house aide, they had trouble serving him in the first place, which is the reason that his deposition has also been delayed. regardless, this committee is looking to make an example out of steve bannon. the fact that it's moving for criminal referral for refusing to comply with the subpoena, that's a big, big step that's going to be an inflection point, and lawmakers and aides on the committee hope that will scare the other hostile witnesses into complying and make sure it gets what it needs as it investigates the causes of january 6th and everything that happened on that day. shep >> sahil, thank you.strike i the largest worker strike in all of the united states is now under way. and it now appears that we're making a new turn. more than 10,000 employees of
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john deere walked off the job today at 14 plants in iowa, illinois, kansas, colorado, and georgia. last weekend, union members overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would have given workers 5% to 6% raises. the union saying -- or union officials saying, members at john deere strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules. a deere official said we'll keep working day and night to understand our employees' priorities and resolve this strike one priority is more money the farm equipment maker is having its most profitable year ever, on pace to net nearly $6 billion. but as a worker at an iowa plant put it, th as a worker at an iowa plant put company is reaping such rewards but we are fighting over crumbs here >> there is late news from new york, the new york real estate
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heir robert durst is now set to spend the rest of this life behind bars for murdering his best friend. no chance for parole a judge in los angeles handed down the sentence in the last hour last month, a jury convicted him of shooting and killing his friend, susan berman, two decades ago. prosecutors argued he killed her because he was afraid she might tell investigators what she knew about his wife's disappearance robert durst's lawyer says they plan to file an appeal brett favre facing the threat of a lawsuit. the state of mississippi demanding he repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in welfare funds. tonight, how the former quarterback got tangled up in a multimillion dollar mess kyrie irving, breaking his silence. the nba star speaking out on his covid vaccine stance why he says he's willing to risk his passion and his pay. and breaking tonight a boeing pilot indicted for
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lying to the faa about the 737 max. the same model involved in those deadly disasters >> phil lebeau covers autos and airlines for us. he's reading through the indictment right now his live report in 60 seconds.
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the first criminal indictment of an individual in the case of boeing 737 max jet filed late today in federal court. prosecutors have just charged the company's former chief technical pilot, a man named mark forkner, with lying to regulators about the airline -- or i should say, about lying to regulators and airlines about the plane's flight control system failures in that system are what ultimately led, according to
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investigators, to the deaths of 346 people in two crashes. phil lebeau, as i mentioned, covers aviation for us on what evidence are prosecutors basing this brand-new indictment, phil >> well, they're going to point to forkner's own words or messages he sent remember, in january of last year, shep, boeing released, and it ultimately came up in congressional hearings, a trove of emails and messages involving a number of people involved in the certification of the max, including mark forkner, and two of those messages really stand out that people at the time when they were released said are you kidding me one of thoem -- one of them, forkner says i basically lied to regulators unknowingly. that's what one message said in another one, he referred to talking with regulators and talking about the flight control system and using the phrase, jedi mind tricking regulators. essentially painting a picture that they had information that they did not share with the regulators that no doubt is at the heart of the prosecution of mark forkner. >> this is big, phil
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boeing already settled with the doj. but this case can still be really damaging to the company, no >> absolutely. who knows what happens with mark forkner, a, if this goes to trial, or even if he enters into some type of a plea bargain where he can point the finger at other executives, especially those who might be above him or were above him at boeing he can say, look, they knew, and i have evidence they know. i'm not saying that's going to happen, but that's the possibility. if you're boeing, yeah, you settled. you don't want any more of this out there to be playing in the papers and on tv constantly that you had a test pilot who is accused of lying to regulators they already had this play out once they would not like to see it rehashed again >> phil, thanks so much. and for our viewers, we'll have a few write through on this and all the details up at and on the cnbc app. first, though, officials in mississippi are now threatening to sue one of mississippi's
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favorite sons. brett favre. an auditor there says the southern miss hero and former nfl star still owes more than $800,000 in welfare funds that he received for speeches that he never gave now, here's the backstory. it's been developing for a while. brett favre got this money from two nonprofits, the founder of the nonprofits has been indicted as part of the largest embezzlement scheme in mississippi history. state officials say the money favre got should actually have gone to needy families in the magnolia state when the scandal first broke last year, favre said, i love mississippi. and i would never knowingly do anything to take away from those that need it most. favre promised to pay it back, all of it, and he did repay about a half million dollars, but the auditor says he still owes hundreds of thousands more, plus interest. brett favre isn't charged with any crime or any wrongdoing. but if he doesn't pay all of that money back within 30 days
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now, he could face a civil lawsuit. we reached out to favre's agent for a response and haven't heard back, but i do want to turn to ashton pitman now, senior reporter for the mississippi free press ashton, thanks this, the largest embezzlement scheme in state history. how did this slip by the state in the first place >> right so the federal funds, those are given to states in block grants. states have discretion over how they spend it. so the head of the mississippi department of human services at the time, jon davis, he actually authorized millions to be transferred to these nonprofits, and he's since been indicted for this but the money that he authorized to be transferred to the nonprofits, the owner of the nonprofits -- excuse me, the woman who was the director of those nonprofits, the founder, she used those millions for a lot of different purposes. and one of those was to pay
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celebrities for speaking engagements that they never actually showed up to. one of those celebrities was brett favre. >> now, this goes back quite a while. and he got paid for speeches he never made >> right >> i mean, for those not from mississippi, how big a deal is this for that state to go after this man >> you know, because people here especially -- i think are kind of cynical when it comes to people who they consider to be connected to the powerful or the wealthy. you know, there's this good old boys' club idea of the way justice works in mississippi when he didn't pay back the full $1.1 million, a lot of people here, i heard it constantly, said he'll never have to pay it back they'll never pursue it. instead, our auditor actually sent him a demand letter saying, you have 30 days to pay this money back along with several other people.
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>> what happens to him if he doesn't pay it back in 30 days >> remember, he's not accused of a crime, so this isn't a criminal process but if he doesn't pay it back in 30 days, and the same goes for the others who received letters, then the attorney general of mississippi could pursue it in civil court in an attempt to recover the money that way >> ashton, thank you kyrie irving is telling his story now. the nba star opening up about his decision to remain unvaccinated, and possibly jeopardize his basketball career he did a 20-minute instagram live last night, and during it, kyrie irving said, it's a matter of personal freedom. >> i'm staying grounded in what i believe in it's just as simple as that. it's not about being anti-vax or about being, you know, one side or the other it's just really about being true to what feels good for me if i'm going to be demonized for having more questions and taking
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my time to make a decision with my life, then that's just what it is. >> he really wasn't specific about what he does believe in. but earlier this week, the brooklyn nets banned him from participating or playing with the team until he complies with new york city's vaccine mandate. espn reports if kyrie irving misses every game this season, he would lose up to $17 million. irving says he's not mad at the nets >> it's about choosing what's best for you you think i really want to lose money? you think i really want to give up on my dream to go after a championship you think i really just want to give up my job >> kyrie irving asked people to respect his decision t remain unvaccinated. he says he has no plan to retire he still hopes to return and play for the nets. do you play madden at all? you won't see jon gruden on there because he just got booted from the digital sidelines days after he stepped down as the coach of the las vegas raiders ea sports announced today the
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disgraced coach will be removed from the popular nfl video game franchise. jon gruden resigned after his racist, homophobic, and misogynistic emails surfaced ea sports said the change will happen in a software update in the near future. the raiders on madden to get a question is generic coach. >> new legislation on capitol hill the bipartisan bill and how it would stop big tech from gaming the system bringing back women to work. the reasons millions are still missing, as our lost worker series continues next. hey google. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> women in america keep leaving their jobs in our ongoing series, the lost workers, we focus tonight on the enormous decline in women in the workforce. according to the bureau of labor statistics, nearly 3 million fewer women are working compared
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to before the pandemic the problem is only getting worse. last month, 26,000 women left the workforce, that's the first decline this year. for context, 220,000 men entered the workforce. so what's keeping women on the sidelines? here's cnbc's ylan mui >> reporter: covid is keeping kelley's career on the back burner >> you guys are funny. >> reporter: as she juggles virtual school and home school for her two energetic young kids >> i have some anxiety but i'm hoping i will be able to get right back to where i was. >> reporter: to help women like her get back on track, washington is debating sweeping new proposals to shore up what the white house calls the care economy. things like universal pre-k, paid family leave, a cap on child care costs and an expanded child tax credit >> if we were to increase our labor force attachment, especially of women and care givers, this would have a significant effect on u.s. economic growth.
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>> reporter: but new research out today from the university of chicago estimated that bigger payments for parents could actually reduce employment by 1.5 million workers, because the extra cash would encourage people to stay home. conservatives also argue these programs are too expensive and not targeted at those who need the most. >> it actually in my mind is an overcorrection of what we are seeing happening in the market they are proposing to create a what really is a child care entitlement, where families, all families regardless of income, will receive a subsidy from the government >> what does that say? >> reporter: kelley quit her job after becoming a mom because her salary barely covered the cost of child care. the plan was to return to work once they were off at school, but she doesn't feel safe sending them just yet, so work has to wait. >> i think it takes a lot of patience you have to be forgiving of yourself as well hopefully we won't be going through this again, and let's make the most of it for now.
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>> so what would it take to get her back into the workforce? well, a vaccine for her kids, getting off the wait list for preschool, confidence she could make enough to pay for child care shep, many of the challenges women face predate the pandemic, but covid exacerbated them >> ylan, thank you experts say a sansdemic is on the way people -- or without people. because the workforce is shrinking and it's about to get worse. the reasons why, as we conclude our lost workers series. that's tomorrow night on the news a record high number of people killed by drug overdose only three states reporting a drop, while one records a jump of 85% the supreme court in the spotlight. the new proposal for nominating justices that president biden's supreme court commission is now exploring. and the pain at the pump is spreading. millions of americans need to
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another american social network bites the dust in china. that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. microsoft shutting down its local version of linkedin in china. the reason -- microsoft said the
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chinese are making it too difficult to do business there linkedin was the last major u.s. operated social network still operating in the communist country. it launched there back in 2014 with limited features so to adhere to now, microsoft reports it will launch a job search site in the region without linkedin's social features >> street artist banksy's painting called love in the bend just sold at auction for $25 million. the original price or piece showing a girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon went for about a million, then famously shredded itself as soon as the gavel dropped. remember that? the presale estimate this time around between $5 million and $8 million, but after ten minutes of bidding, that high estimate tripled in reality and mcplant. mcdonald's testing beyond meat's
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plant-based patty in eight u.s. restaurants next month it's the first time the mcplant burger will hit u.s. stores after an initial rollout in some international markets. the ingredients in that meat-free patty include peas, potatoes, and rice the actual mcplant burger will come with mayo and a slice of american cheese. no comment from mcrib. on wall street, better than expected corporate earnings sending the dow up 535 the s&p up 74. and the nasdaq, has jim cramer jumping. i'm shepard smith. on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news more legal trouble for the former south carolina lawyer accused of hiring a hitman to kill him the new charges involving the death of his former housekeeper.
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reining in big tech. new legislation on capitol hill that has support from both parties. but first, bottlenecks and supply chain problems starting to make americans feel the pain at the pump. according to data from aaa, gas prices are higher than they have been in seven years. and rising look at these numbers. last year, the national average for a gallon of regular was $2.18. and now, it's just shy of $3.30. that's a 50% jump in just 12 months in some parts of the country, we're paying as much as $5 a gallon, like new york city and to make matters worse, analysts say they expect heating bills to rise. cnbc's seema modi on the pain at the pump as winter nears >> crazy >> you shouldn't really be paying $5 for gas. you know it's a lot >> reporter: at this midtown manhattan gas station, customers we spoke to say they've got sti sticker shock with gas in the big apple topping $5 a gallon.
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>> i'm concerned because i drive for a living i'm a cab driver >> i'm very surprised. i thought that gas prices would have gone up because the economy is recovering. i didn't think they would go up this fast and this high. >> reporter: mark wolf is an energy economist, and executive director of the national energy assistance director's association. he says the price of filling up adds up fast >> for the average consumer, this is dramatic >> reporter: a trifecta of supply chain issues, bottlenecks, as well as higher demand after months of lockdown is creating the perfect storm. >> all the signs point to a much more expensive cost for consumers. >> and this winter, it could get even worse according to the u.s. energy information administration, 61 million households use natural gas to heat their homes. the agency predicts americans will spend 30% more on the fuel this winter. wolf says the average household will shell out about $300 to $400 more on gas heat over last winter
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for the 5.5 million homes in america using oil heat, it's even worse the eia expects spending to rise 43%. wolf predicts the average household's oil costs will go u winter, and he $600 to $800 compared to las winter, and he says the cost of electricity is on the rise, too, projecting households will spend $80 to $100 more on electricity, versus the same time last year and if this winter is colder than average, all those heating bills will be bigger >> you can easily spend an additional $1,200, even $2,000 a year to heat your home on top of what is for gasoline >> reporter: to offset rising energy costs, experts we spoke to say get your heater checked before winter to make sure it's working as efficiently as
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possible consider installing insulation, and this one is easy, at night, turn your thermostat down. even 1 to 2 degrees can save you money on your gas bill >> thank you >> senator kirsten gillibrand wants to use federal money t get more drivers behind the wheels of school buses in a letter to the department of education, she's requesting the agency issue guidance to local school districts about using the elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds for hiring and paying school bus drivers. tonight, in our ongoing series, help wanted, we focus on how states are addressing the very serious bus driver shortage. here's cnbc's kate rogers. >> reporter: a sight most parents likely never thought they'd see the massachusetts national guard driving transport vans to get kids to school a sign of how dire the worker shortage in the education system continues to be. as the nationwide labor crunch takes its toll$1,000 for the in new jersey, parents being paid up to $1,000 for the year to opt out of busing for kids. in maryland, a hiring fair to attempt to attract new talent,
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and in georgia, parents left scrambling when more than 70 bus drivers called out sick to protest pay and concerns about covid. covid created a perfect storm with older drivers retiring and others being lured away to more lucrative jobs advocates say better pay and benefits are needed to make up the shortfall. >> it's just if you have a cdl now, you can get jobs at amazon, you can get other jobs paying a lot more money. >> reporter: in new york city, bus department hiring has plummeted, dropping from 800 new hires in 2019 to just 220 this year that means long days for those on the job >> what's happening is drivers are doubling up. they're doing extra work their days are longer. the days end later in the evening. and so the workforce is just working harder, and to their credit, they rise to the occasion >> reporter: but for new york city bus driver carlos, it's all worth it >> to be a bus driver is a privilege. you deal with special needs children when they're on my bus, they're my children.
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you know, there's nothing more satisfying to me than taking the picking them up from school and making sure they get home safely >> reporter: new york and other states are also looking to recruit those who hold commercial driver's licenses so they can be onboarded sooner >> thanks so much. big tech crackdown there's a new bipartisan bill in the senate to rein in big tech companies. the idea here, prohibit those companies from rigging their platforms to favor their own products this comes as amazon faces accusations that it manipulates search results on its website to put its own products like amazon basics at the top, higher than the better rated items of its competitors. amazon denies that's happening cnbc correspondent julia boorstin with the details now. there's a term for this. they call it self-preferencing >> reporter: they do, shep this new senate legislation,
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self-preferencing coming after the house judiciary committee passed a similar bill earlier this year. senators amy klobuchar and chuck grassley are working on a bill that would make it illegal for amazon, apple, and google, among others, to give their own products and services an advantage over those of rivals and amazon is under particular scrutiny after reuters reported that thousands of pages of internal documents revealed a systemic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines in india, which is a key growth market, and an investigation by the mark-up found the e-commerce giant placed products from its own brands higher in search results than better rated products from rivals >> we scraped thousands of search results on amazon and found there is no question that being an amazon brand is the most important factor in getting to the top ranking on amazon we used machine learning to do this with a statistical analysis, and the results were
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clear. >> reporter: amazon responding, quote, we do not favor our store brand products through search. there is a difference between search results and featured from our brands, which are merchandising placements these placements are clearly labeled to distinguish them from search results now, it's not just amazon that would be impacted by this proposed legislation it could also impact apple's app store and google's search results. senator klobuchar said her push to rein in the tech giants has gotten a boost from the recent revelations by the facebook whistle-blower shep >> thank you think with me here what if every president was granted two nominees for the supreme court, all of them that's one of the new ideas that president biden's supreme court commission is exploring. we learned today about it. president biden created this panel of legal experts to study ways to overhaul the highest court in the land, to make it more fair.
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and we're now seeing an early draft of different proposals the commission writes, giving each president two nominees per term would go a long way toward reducing the partisan rancor of the confirmation process and lower the stakes for appointments the commission also warns that term limits for justices could create repeated confirmation impasses on capitol hill democrats have been demanding changes to the supreme courts after the republicans blocked president obama's nominee, judge merrick garland, and president trump was able to put three conservative justices on the bench. the commission's final report is due in november. for the first time in nearly a century, the public will be allowed to walk up and lay flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery. it's for two days only right before veterans day to honor the tomb's centennial.
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approaching the too many -- tomb is typically reserved for th army sentinels who guard it and for the president. the event is free and open to everybody. registration is required another new twist in the story of alex murdaugh today, new charges, and an arrest in florida. as the saga of the south carolina dynasty continues a historic expansion for a major airline. where the company says it's adding flights, and how it will make air travel easier for millions of americans.
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into other wild alleged crimes including murdaugh's own suicide for hire and related insurance fraud. he copped to that one. he's also charged with embezzling money from his former law firm his lawyers haven't denied that charge well, now prosecutors are taking a second look at another death in the family's orbit. here's cnbc's perry russell. >> reporter: south carolina la enforcement division say alex murdaugh has been arrested in orlando, florida, on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. those charges are linked to an investigation into misappropriated settlement funds in the death of gloria satyrfield satyrfield was the murdaugh family housekeeper for decades she died in 2018 after the murdaughs said she tripped over the family dog a lawsuit filed by her family says they're missing more than $4 million satyrfield's death was not reported to the county coroner,
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and now the coroner is asking state police to investigate why. in the lawsuit, her sons say at their mother's funeral, murdaugh told them he would get insurance settlements for death and take care of them the lawsuit says murdaugh was able to secure more than $4 million. he only told the sons about a $500,000 settlement. satyrfield's family says they never got anything the attorneys representing her sons say it is not over. a very good start to holding everyone accountable who either participated knowingly or breached their duties. murdaugh's attorney says his client intends to fully cooperate with this investigation, as he has with the investigation into the murder of his wife and son so once again, murdaugh has been arrested, right now he's still in jail in florida in orange county he'll be sent to south carolina tomorrow, shep, for a bond hearing. >> perry live in our boston newsroom authorities are now callin that bow and arrow attack and rampage that killed five people
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in norway yesterday an act of terrorism. police say the attacker is this man, a 37-year-old danish citizen. authorities say he targeted a supermarket and other spots in a quiet town and that he killed four women and one man and wounded three others police describe him as a muslim convert and said there had been worries of the man having been radicalized. flags lowered to half staff today. people created a memorial with flowers, candles, and stuffed animals in the town's central square drug overdoses they're killing a stunning number of americans. a preliminary report from the cdc now out confirms what many feared the number of drug overdose deaths hit a record high amid the pandemic the cdc reports nearly 97,000 drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period that ended in march of this year that's up about 30% from the same period the year before.
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the increase in fatalities coincides almost to the day with the deadliest periods of the pandemic, when stay-at-home orders radically changed daily life for americans according to the cdc, only three states, the ones in green here, reported declines in drug overdose deaths during that period and only one state -- those were new hampshire, new jersey, and south dakota but in vermont, it was the other extreme. it reported an 85% surge in od deaths that's the biggest increase of drug overdose deaths in any state. so think your covid mandates are rough? likely not compared to italy it's set to impose one of the world's strictest vaccine rules. the country's green pass program takes effect tomorrow. under the new italian rules, everybody must show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test just to go to their jobs, no matter what they are. if workers choose to go the
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testing route, they'll have to get tested every two days, and they'll have to pay for every test themselves. vaccine mandates have already sparked these violent protests in italy some fear the new green pass could cause even more chaos. nbc's claudia lavon yeah is in rome >> reporter: italy is one of the countries in europe with the highest vaccination rate against covid-19, with about 85% of italians who have received at least one dose of th vaccination, making them eligible for the so-called green pass certificate but it's the small minority who haven't received the vaccination yet who could throw the nation into chaos come tomorrow morning, because starting from friday, they will not be allowed into their work places unless they're either vaccinated or tested negative recently to covid-19 well, now they can also -- they also risk to be suspended without pay, and also risk a fine of up to $1,700 if they
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show up in their work places without a green pass now, many italians who oppose this rule have bee demonstrating against it for the past few weeks all across italy, and one of those demonstrations turned violent last saturday it was meant to be a small demonstration, but thousands of people turned up, taking everybody by surprise, including the police, cleary, who did not expect that. now, that demonstration eventually was taken over by a neofascist movement who caused mayhem and chaos and even raided and trashed a headquarters of a workers union that approved that rule now, more demonstrations, more protests are expected on friday, but this time, the italian authorities say they will not be caught off guard shep >> cloudio reporting earlier in rome more flights overseas. united airlines making a big bet that more of us americans will
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be traveling abroad next summer. the airline announcing its largest ever trans-atlantic expansion. the company adding ten new flights. plus, five new destinations in jordan, portugal, norway, and two in spain the routes set to take off in the spring and continue through next summer. the expansion comes on the heels of the worst year in history for air travel demand. according to the international air travel association, the group reports international travel demand plunged nearly 76% below 2019 levels. now, the surge is on bumblebees, they disappeared from eight states. scientists say it's a major warning sign why these very important pollinators are flying dangerously close to the extinction list and what it would mean for all of us you've heard the spiel, there's a supply shortage, get your holiday gifts now so we tagged along with some
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shoppers to see if this problem is really so serious
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can your internet do that? the global supply chain is still backed up. the crisis could throw a wrench into our holiday shopping plans. we reported yesterday the white house says it's trying to fix the problem, but businesses are warning, get your shopping done early. and some people are. 1 in 6 americans is already buying stuff for the holidays. that's according to a recent ugov survey. more than half of those surveyed are planning to spend as much as or more than they did last year. cnbc's andrea day tracked down four people getting a head start on the holidays. >> we're going into target now >> reporter: these are video diaries. >> a lot to do >> reporter: from four shoppers across the country >> here we go. >> reporter: on a mission to buy. >> i feel like stuff is running out everywhere i go. >> reporter: before covid steals christmas. >> wish me luck. >> my grandson wants something called bayblade. >> reporter: karen green hasn't bought candy for halloween yet
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or even thought about who's hosting thanksgiving dinner. so what's on her mind? >> i'm on my way to start my christmas shopping >> reporter: from karen in new york - >> i'm looking i don't know what it looks like. >> reporter: to jake in rexburg, idaho. >> they got one left check it out right here, baby >> reporter: they're shopping like never before. >> i'm hiding everything in my closet at least i'm trying to >> reporter: in delaware, amber st. clair has three little boys and works full time. >> i just got home from walmart. and i don't know if you have been out there lately, but a lot of the shelves are starting to get really bare. >> reporter: and that was back in september >> then when i went this weekend to look for any kind of really toys that my boys would like, there was nothing. >> this is the nintendo aisle. >> reporter: in illinois - >> i'm bailey shea >> reporter: and the mom of three rushing to wrap it up. >> one of my kids really wants a nintendo switch for christmas.
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you guys can already see they are sold out right here. hopefully they're getting more >> reporter: layla runs an online social network of more than 3.5 million moms across the country. >> normally, you have your core list this time, you have backups and backups for your backups and it's been definitely proving difficult for a lot of moms. >> reporter: she says 75% are shopping early and of those, 50% having trouble finding what they want >> where is this i found it done >> reporter: the last bayblade on the shelf and number one on her 6-year-old grandson's christmas list >> i'm going to win for best grandma. i really -- i'm going to >> reporter: and shep, if you're not into rushing around this year, layla from the mom's network says she's hearing that lots of moms are giving experiences this year instead. like getting broadway tickets, cooking classes, and camping trips, which not a bad idea, right, shep? >> not at all. grand mom of the year. thank you.
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america's favorite past time is feeling the pain, too boston red sox fans are on an upset run in the playoffs and looking to buy gear, but it's hard to find and restaurants around fenway park running low on pretty much everything local reporting now from nbc 10 boston >> reporter: an october win for the sox means at least a few more nights of this. >> having 40,000 people in this area is absolutely amazing >> reporter: but as much as it's a home run for businesses around fenway, this year, it's tough to stock up and staff up. >> double edged sword. we're not fully staffed. >> reporter: tiffany has 35% less employees than she usually would have at her restaurants. on top of that, deliveries don't come as often, and they don't always have everything she needs. >> we have supply chain issues we have inventory issues >> reporter: spirits are high at the flag inn, but some brands of
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spirits aren't coming in >> we might not have the top shelf tequila. but we have one that's pretty close. >> reporter: it also means the jersey bill wagner was looking to buy is not available at the red sox team store tell me what you were looking for? >> kike' hernandez jersey. >> is it on the floor? >> no. >> reporter: the manager happy to give us an explanation. >> things like jerseys are mostly made overseas if they can't get them on the boat, there's nothing to do about that >> reporter: but with october baseball here now, fenway business owners just hope fans bring their patience along with all of that pride. >> let's go! >> we want to red sox to go all the way, obviously even though there are challenges around us, it feels like the kind of normal we all need >> reporter: outside fenway park, for the news, i'm abbey nez goada. >> game one, i don't need to tell you of the alcs, boston red sox and astros tomorrow night in houston. meanwhile, in the national league, the braves set to play the winner of tonight's do or die game between the dodgers and giants bumblebees, they're disappearing at an alarming
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rate according to scientists at the center for biological diversity, in eight states, the bumblebee is gone. it's vanished. they say this is the precursor to extinction, and that bees should be on the endangered species list the bee population in the united states has decreased by 89% in the last 20 years. scientists say lots of contributing factors, climate change, pesticides, disease, and habitat loss among them. it's really a huge issue bees are pollinators, they're essential to the agricultural ecosystem. if they're placed on the endangered species list, anybody found killing or harming a bumblebee could face up to $13,000 in fines but we're not there yet. 65 seconds on a race to the finish just last hour, the news was breaking with word that a federal grand jury has indicted a former boeing test pilot he's accused of deceiving the faa in the investigation of the
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737 max jet after two deadly crashes. 6th committee is now seeking a the january 6th committee is now seeking a criminal contemp charge against steve bannon after the former president trump's one-time senior adviser defied their subpoena. the question is, will merrick garland put him in jail? steve bannon's refusing to testify about his interactions with trump in the lead-up to the deadly capitol insurrection. and an fda advisory panel voted unanimously today to recommend an extra half dose of moderna's covid vaccine for americans 65 and older and adults at high risk. and now you know the news. this thursday, october 14th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on twitter and ig at the news on cnbc you're an owner with access to financial advice, tools and a personalized plan that helps you build a future for those you love. vanguard. become an owner.
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