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[ sniffles ] [ crying ] honey. was that a pun? [ laughs ] i'm jim cramer see you tomorrow "the news with shepard smith" starts now the defense case i the defense case is presented in a high profile murder trial did the accused lawyer convince the jury he is not guilty? i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc the kyle rittenhouse trial nearing an end the key testimony from a new eyewitness >> kyle has his hands like this. >> what he told jurors about the night rittenhouse shot and killed two protesters in ke kenosha. new surveillance video in the trial of ahmaud arbery the man gunned down while ona jog. tonight the homeowner at the center of the case tells his
story. covid infections surging in europe israel holding national covid drills >> we have to prepare for the next war and not for the previous war >> now fears of a winter surge here at home president biden set to face off with president xi, just as calls grow to boycott the beijin ice. the belarus border crisis worsens. automakers push for an all electric future. and within the hour spacex set to dock with the international space station. live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith. good evening the defense rested today in the murder trial of kyle rittenhouse. closing arguments set for monday in a divisive case that has captivated much of the nation and then it will be up to the jury tg games. the new cnbc reporting on the initiative expected that could put relations on hold.
wisconsin with an ar-15 rifle. riots and racial justice protests were rocking the city rittenhouse says he went there to protect the community he ended up shooting three men, killed two of them during a black lives matter demonstration. rittenhouse claims they chased and attacked him the defense's final witness was this man, frank hernandez. he recorded video of the first deadly shooting of joseph rosenbaum. hernandez said he traveled the country last summer recording violent protests and that that's why he was in kenosha. on that deadly night he recorded rosen bomb pushing around a flaming dumpster here. see here hernandez said rosenbaum became aggressive and confronted a group of men who came to the protests with assault style rifles just as rittenhouse did that's rosen balm in the maroon shirt. then later he claims he saw
rosen bomb charge at rittenhouse from behind and lunge at him before rittenhouse reeled around and opened fire. rosen balm was the aggressor, not rittenhouse. >> did you observe him acting in an aggressive manner that you observed >> in no way, shape or form. the first time i saw kyle he de-escalated a situation. >> did you observe him pointing his firearm or threatening anybody with the firearm >> no. >> this is drone video of the rosen balm shooting. you can see him go up to ritte rittenhouse. the last shot in the back according to testimony when the prosecution got their chance to cross examine hernandez they questioned his credibility. nbc's meagan fitzgerald is covering the trial in kenosha and picks it up from there meagan >> reporter: yeah, shep.
prosecutors tried re megan? >> yeah, prosecutors tried repeatedly to paint hernandez as being bias they even focused on the video he shot saying he made disparaging remarks. then he zeroed in on his social media account, specifically his twitter account. i want you the take a listen to that back and forth. >> have you ever posted anything on social media? >> yes >> in support of kyle rittenhouse? >> one could argue yese moment kyle ritten >> reporter: now also today we're getting reaction to the moments that kyle rittenhouse took the witness stand yesterday when he broke down we're hearing from jacob blake's ukle you'll remember jacob blake was the about black man shot multiple times last summer, setting off those protests his uncle told our gabe gutierrez that breaking down on the witness stand is something he calls ridiculous. take a listen. >> too little too late we believe people have seen the
movie, seen the films that were taped that night it's going to lead to him sitting on a bunk. and that's why i believe he broke down >> reporter: now tomorrow jurors will not be back in court. they're not going return until monday attorneys will be back to discuss motion now when the jury does come back on monday, they're going to hear jury instructions as well as closing arguments. and then they're going to get the case to begin deliberation, shep. >> meagan fitzgerald, thank you so much. nbc legal analyst aggressive. danny s effective for the cevallos was he effective for the defense? >> incredibly effective. so effective that maybe the prosecution should have just called them on direct and dealt with him there now it looks like to the jury possibly that the prosecution was hiding this witness, and it took the defense to come forward with a witness who, by the way, attacked his credibility, the prosecution tried. but this was somebody who not
only observed the thing, but videotaped them. so that when the prosecutor tried to challenge his credibility based on things like bias, his political leanings, well, even if he slanted his story, his videos don't slant the story. an his testimony appeared consistent with what he videotaped >> okay, looking ahead to next week, what does each side need to accomplish during closing arguments? >> each side needs to focus on the burden the burden is always with the prosecution in this case, including the burden to prove or disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt in this case, the defense needs to ham they're to point to the prosecutor and say they have not made their case at all. we didn't even have to put on a case, but we did and kyle rittenhouse told you himself what was in his mind and what he perceived and that was that he was in danger. and you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, saw it on the video with your own side
even witnesses aside >> danny, stay with us we'll need you in a moment due to new developments in another trial we're closely following, the killing of ahmaud arbery february 23rd of last year he was jogging near his home in brunswick, georgia, when three men allegedly chased him down in their trucks, shot and killed him. greg mcmichael and his son travis are two of the defendants their lawyers say they ah arbery enter a nearby construction site for a new house and thought he stole something which they say followed a string of burglaries in the area. today watched the deposition of the man who owned the house that arbery entered at the center of all of this. larry english was his name the deposition was taped in september and aired in court today because lawyers say english was too sick to testify in person. in this, jurors saw surveillance video of arbery walking around the construction site. not once, but multiple instances before the day he was killed in october and november, and december of 2019 and earlier in february of 2020.
but prosecutors say he was always without incident. arbery never stole or broke anything prosecutors say english had given the neighbor permission to do something about the break-ins, saying in a text he could intercept a trespasser and give them to police. but he never gave that permission to the mcmichaels >> at any point in time, did you authorize the mcmichaels to -- on the site? >> no. >> on behalf of the police >> there was also some drama in court today regarding some high profile supporters of the arbery family the defense attorney taking issue with the appearance of the reverend al sharpton and other black pastors. they've been in the courtroom to support the family, but the defense attorney today told the jury he worries their presence would influence the jury >> the idea that we're going to
be serially bringing these people in to sit with the victim's family one after another, obviously there is only so many pastors they can have. and their path with al sharpton right now, that's it we don't want any more black pastors coming in here or jesse jackson whoever was in here earlier this week sitting with the victim's family, trying to influence the jury in this case. >> the defense attorney talking to the judge with the jury not in the room. the prosecutors said they had no issue with the pastors being there, and the attorney did not actually make a formal request to bar them. but the judge said he would not blatantly exclude members of the public any way back to danny cevallos now danny testified he never asked mcmike toll protect his property, but he did give permission to another neighbor to intervene if anybody was spotted. does that help or hurt the prosecution's case >> it's a mixed bag. unlike in the rittenhouse case,
unlike prosecutors taking evidence, that's good and bad for them and getting it out there in the open so it looks like they're not hiding anything. on the one hand, this evidence tends to show there was somebody apparently going into the house. but on the other hand, it tends to show that, hey, this is why these folks were all so amped up and worried about somebody burglarizing the neighborhood. and that's why they maybe overreacted to somebody jogging in the neighborhood. so a mixed bag, and the prosecution did a good job of dealing with it on direct in their case in chief. >> danny cevallos, thank you another person has died from injuries sustained at the astroworld festival in houston 22-year-old college senior barthi shahani she is the ninth person to die after hundreds were hurt in a crowd surge as the rapper travis scott took the stage the lawyer for shahani's family says she died last night her parents describe her as a
kind young woman with a bright future >> i don't really want, you know what is this the only thing i would say, barthi is loved. you know what is love? barthi love fills, auls always thinking about everybody >> a video circulating after the festival showed paramedics dropping a woman on her head you may have seen it her family's lawyer says that was barthi shahani too disturbing to show here, especially in this context the fbi is investigating how the festival turned deadly another deadly covid surge is sweeping across europe, and here at home, the plateau in cases we've watched for weeks is now a slight increase. why health experts are starting to grow concerned. a virtual summit with the leader of china slated for next week brand-new cnbc reporting on the
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to put new covid rules into place. and israel just conducted a nationwide drill to prepare for possible new variants. the israeli prime minister says it had the format of a war game. in the united states, progress appears to have stalled. there is new data that shows infections are once again starting to rise slightly. the situations are very different, depending on exactly where you live a dozen states are reporting at least a 20% increase in average daily cases over the past week those states with increases are shown here in red. the states in yellow are all seeing modest increases. and the stays in green now report declines in new infections even in states where cases are trending down, many are still facing outbreaks in some areas in california, the governor gavin newsom says people there need to be ready for another potential surge. >> winter is coming. i mean, covid is not taking the
winter off, and it's hard. but we're getting through it we'll get through it but it's going to require all of us >> governor newsom says california had the lowest case rate in the country earlier this fall, but now data shows it ranks 16th cnbc's meg tirrell covers health force. >> there is some concern among some experts that the waves we're seeing across europe could be a sign of what's to come heading into the winter for the u.s. while a number of european countries are seeing surges, the worst death rates are in eastern europe, where the vaccination rates are lowest countries like romania and ukraine, w.h.o.'s regional director for europe last week pointing to waning vaccination rates and a relaxation of public health measures and reasons for the surges here in the u.s., there has been optimism that we're close to the end as experts like dr. scott gottlieb has pointed to january as the time you may be emerging
from the worst of the pandemic but gottlieb also warns it's likely to get worse before it gets better as the u.s. works its way through the delta wave and while cases have plateaued nationally at just more than 70,000 per day, what that doesn't show is more localized surges and recoveries. in the south, the nation's hot spots in late summer states now have some of the country's lowest transmission rates. the cdc data shows that almost 70% of counties in the u.s. still have high levels of transmission another 17% considered substantial. a doctor from the university of minnesota calls right now a tipping point for the u.s. and says he is closely watching a few regions seeing increases states in the four corners area, the upper midwest, and the northeast. he is also closely watching new york and california. they see these as bellwethers with their big cities, but there is an expectation that places with high vaccination rates or a lot of immunity from infection
will see less severe disease the public health experts are doubling down on the push for all to get vaccinated, and for those eligible to get boosters shep >> meg tirrell, thank you. president biden is expected to meet with xi jinping next week, and now kayla tausche will personally invite to come to the olympics human rights have been calling for a boycott of the winter games. advocates have dubbed the games the genocide olympics. cnbc white house correspondent kayla tausche is with us what are your sources telling you? >> shep, i'm told chinese officials have canvassed foreign policy experts to see how such an invitation would be received. and the answer is not well g7 nations are currently
reporting a coordinated boycott of the game where athletes participate but state officials with stay home no final decision on attendance has been made senators want an upcoming defense spending bill to block funding for government travel to the games. with that backed up, a potential invitation from president xi would be something as a dare to biden who he has known for a long time. decline and imperil a relationship with beijing that's already on fragile footing as winds on trade and climate are short-lived and tensions over taiwan and technology are high accepting, however unlikely would anger allies and undermine president biden's own administration's messaging on human rights and democracy ahead of a white house summit on that topic in december. president xi hasn't left china since the pandemic began, and wouldn't attend that summit if invited. diplomats suggest he could skip
beijing's own games when no other leaders will be there. anthony blinken said the u.s. is committed to working with allies to defend a rules-based order in the world, and that the u.s. must prove its political system can deliver. preview of that, the meeting is set to take place after biden signs the bipartisan infrastructure deal into law the white house says don't expect any specific deliverables from the meeting with president xi shep >> we should note cnbc's parent company owns the broadcast right tots the olympics. the game 85 days away. kayla, thank you the climate summit in glasgow turning its attention to the transportation industry. a pledge now to phase out gas-powered cars with a date certain. the major car companies signing on the dotted line plus, meet a young artist from afghanistan how he is making big money in the art world in a whole new way.
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a surprise announcement at the u.n. climate summit in glasgow. the united states an a surprise announcement at the u.n. climate summit in glasgow. the united states and china have struck a deal to work together on tackling climate change u.s. climate envoy john kerry praised the agreement as a step in the right direction >> this declaration is a step that we can build on in order to help close the gap you know the expression that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. well, every step matters right
now. >> under the deal, the u.s. and china aims to reduce methane emission, phase down coal, and stop deforestation this is a significant pledge as the u.s. and china are the world's two biggest polluters. meanwhile, a major pledge from some automakers. they're agreeing to phase out gas-powered cars by 2040 ford, volvo and gm are part of the agreement. other big names including toyota, volkswagen and nissan did not make the commitment. experts say reimagining the entire global transportation industry will be critical in fighting global warming. in cleveland >> reporter: the green goals here at cop26 are ambitious, as are some of the agreements being signed but the reality may be less so volvo announced it signed to the glasgow declaration, a commitment by industry leaders and governments to phase out fossil fuel vehicles in leading markets by 2035 and globally by 2040
if that electric goal is reached by 2040 with existing pledges, then one out of every three car sales would be electric. but volvo's ceo warns the infrastructure needs to catch up >> we need reaction from energy companies. hey, where are we going get the energy to charge all of these cars it cannot be carbon. in a way this is also a ham and egg. i don't think we can wait until we have a lot of solar power in the grid this has to be a process >> and from clean cars to clean planes >> everybody knows what an electric car looks like. nobody has seen an electric airliner just yet, which means in the near term, we really have going to have to ramp up production of these sustainable aviation fuels >> reporter: to that end, united airlines announced at cop that it is joining an international alliance along with amazon to speed the development of sustainable aviation fuel. >> we're going have to make those investments. the good news is that if we create the right framework, all of the investment is not of
course going to come from airlines 60 banks have committed over $4 trillion to finance the green revolution so the money is there, and walking around the money is there. >> reporter: the money may be there, but the policy and the political framework for the carbon credit and finance markets are still being hashed out here at cop. the hope is for some substantive announcements on the final day tomorrow, but that's really just a start. shep >> diana, thank you. after several failed attempt, a victory today from former president trump the committee investigating the january 6 attack on the capitol waits for white house documents related to the insurrection. and the impact of inflation. from the car lot to your thanksgiving dinner table. how much more will your holiday feast cost and can automakers stop dealerships from raising prices? that's next as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on cnbc. arrives as fresh as when
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but at just 21, he is making a name for himself in the art world. his work catching the attention of a-list celebrities. >> drake reached out the me. it was surreal the talk to him, because that's one of my favorite artists. >> reporter: even street wear brands featured his design on a t-shirt. >> it's crazy to imagine that. >> just one of his pieces. the one you see here recently selling for 17 ethereum. that's a cryptocurrency, and just 17 are worth about $80,000 today. >> it feels special. it feels special to be part of this >> and what's this the world of nfts, nonfungible tokens basically meaning one-of-a-kind digital assets, like artwork, music or a photograph. only one person can own the original and right now people are paying big bucks to do so this collage fetch mortgagetha $69 million at auction and twitter's ceo jack dorsey's first tweet going for 2.9
million. so how does it feel being part of a group that is shaking up the art world at such a young age? >> we're really leading the charge it feels like what social media felt like in 2008 and 2010 and knowing that i was in a community, in a space way before mark zuckerberg was is insane to me. >> and what makes it even more insane wahed was born in afghanistan and moved to the u.s. six years ago. he says he wasn't artistic growing up, and had no clue what an nft even was until recently. >> i picked up a computer, started messing around with programs here and there. for the first year i was just making stuff and posting it on graham. >> but that all changed as a friend suggested he sell it as an artwork for nft it wasn't long before his first one turned he since dropped out of college to focus on his art making full time. >> oh, well is better than a what if. i would rather be that didn't work than look back what if i
took that risk so far it's been paying out and it's just been a blessing. >> and shep, wahed is now working to help other young artists make it in the space he is already investing in nfts to pay it forward. and that's not all listen to this he is hoping to use some of his cash to help refugees from afghanistan get on the their feet here in the states. the magic kingdom taking a hit today. that's what's topping cnbc on the money. disney stock closed down 7% on the session after reporting disappointing fourth quarter earnings it's an 11-month low for the mouse house. while attendance is up and it's parked, the company reports disney plus subscriptions are slowing, and inflation is driving up costs movie pass is making a comeback the co-founder tells business insider he was grantedownershi by a new york bankruptcy court judge. the movie theater ticket subscription service launched bab in 2017.
then it let customers watch one movie a day for a monthly fee, but it collapsed two years later. and dj khaled getting into the chicken wing game. he is launching a delivery service called another wing. it's available in 150 locations across five countries. another wing includes a service we've all been clamoring for, boatside jet ski delivery. [ closing bell ] on wall street, the dow down 159. the s&p up 3 the nasdaq up 82 i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news fighting to keep secrets former president trump launches a last-ditch effort to shield records from the committee investigating the capitol insurrection thousands of veterans suffering after being exposed to toxic burn pits while serving overseas now the white house with a new plan to help
but first, need a new set of wheels better start saving up a lot of cash because new car prices hit an all-time high last month. for the first time, americans paid on average more than $46,000 for a new ride kelly bluebook reports that's a nearly 13% increase from just last year. across the country, there is high demands for cars right now, and the supply is still quite low. to score a new car, the average buyer is paying, get this, about $800 above the sticker price last year, they paid an average of $2300 below cnbc's phil lebeau traveling travel and transportation for us any relief ahead unfortunately no, shepard. the inventory remains low. dealerships have people coming in, and if they're not going to pay the higher prices right off the bat, they'll look around and come back and say i need a vehicle. i need this particular model,
and they will put in their name on a waiting list. so it's not changing any time soon >> when can supply catch up? >> maybe the middle of next year i mean, the hope is that you are seeing the auto plants now, all of them in north america are working on regular shifts, and they're slowly starting to rebuild inventory. but we're so depressed in terms of inventory levels, shep, it's going to take at least through the first quarter, probably the second quarter of next year. >> could automakers stop the dealers from marking up these prices in a crisis, arguably >> no. because the dealers buy these vehicles from the automakers so even if you go to a chevy dealership, that's not being sold by general motors it's being sold by that particular dealer. he has already paid for the vehicle. now the automakers have msrp, the suggested retail price that's supposed to be the start of the negotiation with the dealer and right now you don't have much bargaining power with dealers. and they are saying look, if you're going to pay $2,000 more, maybe you'll get this vehicle.
>> wow phil lebeau, thank you it's not just car prices on the uptick inflation could also make your thanksgiving feast this year even more expensive than ever. prices are rising for nearly ingredient meat, seasons, veggies, sauce, gravies, all up. that's from the u.s. labor bureau's labor statistics. the average thanksgiving dinner costs about $47 last year, and this year the american farm bureau says expect to pay more in upstate new york, sheer nbc's valerie castro >> reporter: these turkeys won't be making so much noise come thanksgiving day >> people always love seeing the turkeys when they drive by and then next stop is your dining room table. >> reporter: but consumers might be squawking at the cost >> it's between 50 cents to a dollar more a pound, which might not seem like a lot. but i understand obviously at your thanksgiving table that can add up >> producers do the best to manage those costs but we also have to stay in business so we can grow turkeys
for next season. >> reporter: husband and wife jake and kylie raise the birds in fire creek farms in upstate new york. >> they have the plume of feathers. >> the cost of production including fertilizer and feed has bumped the price year-over-year, prices for meats, poultry, fish and eggs were already up more than 10% heading into the holidays. thanksgiving staples like cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin and sparkling scider could also be hard to find. >> my advice to customers, shop early. we have everything right now. >> reporter: in new york city says along with the cost of production, just getting the items on store shelves is more costly >> so between labor and the price of gasoline going up, and the shortage of product coming in from the pacific coast, prices are going up tremendously >> reporter: another concern for shopper, finding smaller sized birds. >> it's harder to find too i heard like the inventory is
lower. so the prices are higher. >> reporter: the stevens say they planned ahead for that demand, adding some little guys to the flock >> that's kind of why we do them in the different batches so that way we get different sizes. >> reporter: if you were hoping to have one of these really fresh birds on your thanksgiving table, you might be out of luck for this year. the stevens say they got orders a month earlier than they normally do, and most of these birds are already spoken for shep >> valerie, thanks. the authoritarian leader of belarus is now threatening to cut off the european union's gas supply as winter closes in here is why. there is a deepening migrant crisis at the border between belarus and poland thousands of people from the middle east and africa are trapped in dire freezing cold conditions on the belarusian side of the razor wire fence the european union is accusing belarus of trafficking the migrants there and encouraging them to cross illegally into the eu as revenge for the sanctions. the eu is now vowing even more
sanctions against belarus. but there is a problem a major pipeline runs through belarus that brings natural gas from russia to the eu. the belarusian president alexandr lukashenko is a close ally of vladimir putin, and he is warning he could shut down the pipeline if the eu imposes additional sanctions europe's already dealing with a worsening gas shortages and rising prices. former president trump successful today in a request to delay the release of white house documents related to the capitol insurrection the house committee investigating the attack of january 6 was set to get the first batch of those records tomorrow they deal with the former president's activities related to that day, including phone calls and draft speeches but a federal appeals court today graded his lawyer's request to temporarily block that from happening. the court has set oral arguments for november 30th, meaning the committee won't get anything until at least then. pepper sprayed and targeted with anti-asian slurs.
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olympic gymnast and gold medalist suni lee says she was pepper sprayed in an anti-asian attack a few years ago first reported by pop culture. lee says it happened while she and other asian friends were waiting for an uber in her hometown of st. paul, minnesota. she says people in a car drove by yelling slurs, saying they should go back to where they came from. she says they also pepper sprayed her on the arm she told pop sugar i was so mad, but there was nothing i could do or control because they sprinted off. i didn't do anything to them and having the reputation, it's so hard because i didn't want to do anything that could get me into trouble i just let it happen this follows a recent fbi report that shows anti-asian hate crimes rose more than 73% last year while hate crimes in general rose 13%
ozy media may be rising from the dead only to face questions from law enforcement the department of justice and the securities and exchange commission running parallel investigations into the media company. according to a report from "the new york times." nbc news has not independently verified this. last month, after an avalanche of bad press over its business practices, ozy media's co-founder carlos watson announce they'd were shutting down among the allegations against the company, a co-founder impersonated a youtube executive to raise oney. watson later backtracked and told cnbc that they would not shutter, instead hoping to make a full return somehow next year. in looking for potential wrongdoing, the times reports prosecutors have contacted at least one company that dealt with ozy, and the s.e.c. has been in touch with at least two companies that discussed investing in ozy but the precise focus of the
investigations couldn't be determined according to "the times" report. president biden marking the first veterans day in 20 years when the united states has not been in war. the president participated in a ceremony at the tomb of the about known soldier at arlington national cemetery. he thanked our nation's veterans said america has a duty to protect them >> many obligations, but one truly sacred obligation to properly prepare those and equip those who we send into harm's way and care for them and their families while they're both deployed and when they return home >> to that end, the white house today announced a move aimed at helping veterans exposed to burn pits like this while serving overseas by making it easier for those veterans to get benefits burn pits were common at u.s. bases during the iraq and afghanistan wars as a way to get rid of trash and waste they're illegal in the united states congressional democrats also reintroduced a bill aimed at
helping families of black veterans from world war ii lawmakers say that bill would provide money for surviving spouses and descendants of those who were unable to take advantage of the original gi bill they could use it on housing, college, or to start a business, according to the bill's sponsors and of course veterans across the nation are working to help those who fought alongside them today and every day. that includes black rifle coffee company. it's a veteran led and it's on a mission. from salt lake city, here is cnbc's josh lipton >> reporter: on this veterans day, army veteran lucas o'hara has his dream job. >> the first two years i was out at 35 jobs i was never fired from one of them the hardest thing was finding like-minded individuals to work with. >> reporter: then he started grizzly forge out of his garage. but lacking business experience, he says it nearly folded then came a phone call from another veteran, evan hafer.
>> that saved my business, turned my power back on so i had the opportunity to build something that creates that infrastructure support for guys like me. >> reporter: after a 20-year military career and some 40 deployments overseas, hafer, a former green beret founded black rifle coffee company in 2014 but his connection to coffee came long before that. he started roasting in between deployments to iraq and afghanistan, bringing the beans right along with him >> it's just that one cup in the morning that would connect you back to home >> he brought in nearly $1 million in revenue the first year fast forward to this year, an estimated $230 million but his ultimate mission is bettering the lives of veterans and their families >> my goal, beyond the growth of the company is building the supportive network of veteran support through business, where people can feel comfortable
addressing the physical and psychological effects of war iraq, for me, it doesn't leave it's with me for the rest of my life. >> reporter: to hafer is putting veterans to work about half of his 600 employees are veterans, reservists, and military spouses but hafer wants to hire many more, 10,000 is his long-term goal [ closing bell ] so he is taking his company public, a deal expected to close early next year values his company at $1.7 billion. nearly 300,000 people on automatically have black rifle coffee shipped to their homes. the branding isn't subtle with its ak-47 espresso blend and extra dark murdered out roast. with black rifle's success also came controversy when photographs emerged of their merchandise being worn by a rioter on january 6 and kyle rittenhouse wearing one of their t-shirts it forced the company
to respond. >> we're not in the business of profiting from tragedy >> reporter: and today hafer tells us his company is not affiliated with any particular movement or party. as for o'hara, black rifle gave him his own blacksmithing shop at the company's headquarters in salt lake city, where his knives sell out in minutes. >> it's been pretty unreal i want to stay small and keep giving back and just follow the lead of these guys >> and there could be a back rifle coffee store coming to a town near you. right now they have seven stores they are targeting 78 by 2023. shep >> that's growing. josh lipton, thank you so much a veteran in florida is starting another group to help those who came home from fighting and are now facing ptsd and other mental health issues here is nbc's kerry saunders with a lack at how the group's therapy dogs are helping veterans palm beach county, florida is a long way from a battlefield. while you can't see anyone's
scars here, some of those who wore the uniform when our nation needed them the most are still at war but it's in the memories that haunt them an enemy ied explosion in iraq to sergeant jack lord, retired, sounded just like that dump truck tire that blew out. >> while i was driving, the back tire blew. it wasn't just a flat. it was an explosion, like a tire blowing. >> reporter: and you heard it? >> i heard it. i felt it. for a moment, i was there. i swerved. it just was one of the scariest situations since coming back >> reporter: in your mind, were you back in iraq >> for a split second, yeah. >> there you are. >> reporter: since he got his therapy dog sazzy, jack says triggers are muted. >> she is there to help me with anxiety. she is there to be my buddy. >> reporter: not too different than you might say in the military watching your six.
>> i never thought of it that way, but you're 100% right i am never more comfortable than when i'm with my army buddies. i feel the same way with my dogs. >> reporter: semper fi charity dogs is a charity that rescues pooches from shelters. and then after months and months of training, with those in need, the rescue dogs become the rescuers >> i consider it having a battle buddy. >> reporter: ryan, a rhett van himself trains and matches dogs. what's it like when you see a dog make a connection with a vet? >> when i see a connection, i might not be rich, but spiritually i'm rich because i know i just changed not only that veteran's life, but like you drop a petal in a pond, it changes everyone's life around that veteran. >> reporter: ptsd in part is why veterans are 60% more like layer to separate or divorce than the average american >> i have severe nightmares. >> it's been a challenge, but he is better. he is getting better.
>> reporter: in just the last year, emma joined the kirk family if only vinny and linda, married 39 years had known how a ptsd therapy dog could help vinny is a vietnam vet the memories of death and kill manage the jungles still creeps in five decades later. >> those things stick with you and it doesn't fade. they just keep reliving it. >> reporter: drafted in 1968, fighting in vietnam a year later. >> kicking and punching and in my nightmares, it all comes up and we have pillows between us to protect her. >> he is fighting. he is trying the stay alive. he is physically fighting in the jungle and his nightmares take him back there. >> now when he begins to thrash, emma goes to work. >> i'm sleeping in bed, and she is at my head. she'll wake me up. >> that's her job? >> that's her job.
>> reporter: as we honor our vets this week, they ask for understanding. >> some people when they walk around have met us just say look at her doesn't look like have any disabilities i would just hope people instead of judging right away, take a second to ask someone, hey, cool dog. why do have you him? >> and this is the next semper fi dog recruit, untrained at this point but soon this guy here will be providing service to another vet who today we say thank you for your service shep >> oh, kerry, thank. thank you so much. well, the nasa administrator bill nelson talks about spacex and a new telescope. searching for life out there so how is that going bill nelson is live with us next
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well, spacex update. just this hour the crew dragon well, spacex update. just this hour, the crew of dragon capsule docked at the international space station. that's where four astronauts are scheduled to spend the next six months the crew replaces another group who arrived on the space station on april and returned to earth just on monday >> three, two, one, zero ignition and liftoff! >> that was last night the spacex rocket launched from kennedy space center in florida. it was scheduled to launch about two weeks ooh ago, but the trip was delayed because of bad weather and a minor medical issue foreone of the astronauts. nasa administrator bill nelson now on the phone
former senator and former astronaut himself. so bummed about the technical issues that means we can't see you. but i will say there has been a huge influx of spacex flightst how concerned are you that the emphasis on tourism takes away from nasa's science emphasis >> that's just one minor part. we have so much science going on the space station right now where the astronauts have just gone we are putting up the telescope in december. a million miles from earth that will look back and capture the light shortly after the big bang over 13 1/2 billion years ago. can you believe we're getting light from that? i mean, it guess on and on we have all this stuff going on all at once. the largest rocket ever is going to launch next february. 8.8 million pounds of thrust
mightier than the saturn 5 this is the rocket that will be taking our astronauts to the moon we're doing the first one uncrewed but here we go we're going back to the moon and then we're going to mars. >> love it in june, that unclassified version of the pentagon's report on ufos detailed a large number of unexplained sightings reported by the military senator, do you believe those ufos are alien technology? and how involved is nasa in researching those sightings? >> i don't know about those. i talked to the navy pilots in 2004 that saw them they know they saw something they tracked it. they locked their radar on to it but i don't know the answer to that but nasa program we are searching for life. we are digging right new on the surface of mars, and we're going to bring back those samples in a dry lake bed to see if there was
evidence of life this telescope that's being looking back to the formation of the first galaxy, we're going to be able to see other sun, and those suns with their planets going around them, we're looking for a planet that has a habitable atmosphere so we're searching for life. >> keep looking, senator can't thank you enough bill nelson with us live tonight. well, a beacon of christmastime in new york heading from maryland to 30 rock this weekend crews cut out the rockefeller christmas tree this morning. this is the first rockefeller tree ever from maryland. the norway spruce 85 years old, they tell us, and nearly 80 feet tall in january, the tree is scheduled to be turn into lumber for habitat for humanity to build homes. this was the first rockefeller tree in 1331 a group of workers at rockefeller center pooled their money to buy that 20-footer you.
watch the rock feral christmas tree lighting december 1st only on nbc a race to the finish the defense has rested in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. closing arguments on monday. rittenhouse charged with kill league men, killing two of them during a racial justice protest last summer in kenosha a ninth person has now died from injuries sustained in the astroworld festival in houston 22-year-old college student died after spending five days in icu. and a legal win for former president trump. a federal appeals court has agreed to temporarily block the release of white house records to the january 6 committee investigating the insurrection and now you know the news of this thursday, november 11th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @the news on 19. a cnbc. and listen to the podcast wherever you get yours counts... or teaching biology without a lab.
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