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like my mommy. [theme music] the truth is out there the truth is out there and now the pentagon is searching for it i'm kelly evans in for shepherd smith. this is the news on cnbc. we the juror find the defendant travis mcmichael guilty. >> the man who pulled the trigger on ahmadud arbery convicted. reaction to the jury's decision. >> he will now rest in peace. >> amen. economic stress test travel surging, prices on the rise for gas and gifts is america ready for the holiday weekend ahead?
>> i made a joke the other day. >> walking back a joke about china's communist party what jamie diamond said and now he regrets saying it. cracking down on ufos. the pentagon's new push to get control of what they call a national security threat warnings from officials about holiday hack-attacs. demand for mrs. clause soars as christmas approaches. ♪ >> announcer: live, from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepherd smith. good evening it was a crime captured on video, the killing of a black man in georgia in broad daylight tonight, the three men charged in his murder now face the possibility of life in prison with no parol after a jury today found all three guilty it was february 23rd, 2020
ahmaud arbery was out for a jog near his house in coastal georgia when three men pulled up in a pickup truck. after a brief struggle, travis fired three shots and killed arbery during the trial, he took the stand, claiming he was acting in self defense his attorneys arguing he was making a citizen's arrest because he believed arbery had been committing burglaries the jury not buying it travis was found guilty of all nine charges and the only one convicted of the top charge malice murder. that means he had a deliberate intention to kill. travis's father greg mcmichael urged his son on and helped him chase arbery he was found guilty on eight charges. and their neighbor william bryan, also convicted of felony murder and other charges he joined the hunt and filmed a video. and it was the video, this one
here, that first launched this case into the national spotlight. it showed the chase, the struggle, and the fatal shot prosecutors only pursued the case after the video went viral last year. cnbc's cal perry live outside the courthouse in brunswick, georgia. cal, the arbery family expressing relief tonight. >> reporter: absolutely. relief is the right word supporters of the arbery family and the community as a whole jubilation and relief as verdict was read inside the courtroom and outside the courtroom. as you said, the family has been waiting for a long time for this verdict. four different prosecutors had their hands on this case two withdrew one is under indictment currently it speaks to the difficult nature or both this case and what's been happening here in brunswick, georgia i want to play a little more sound from arbery's mother take a listen. >> tell you the truth, i never saw this day back in 2020. i never thought this day would
come but god is good. >> yes, he >> i want to tell everybody thank you. thank you. you know him ahmad i know him as qez. he will rest in peace. >> reporter: kelly, worth noting this jury comprised 11 white jurors, one african-american, that was a concern here people had. we've also heard from the president. president biden saying, quote, nothing can bring mr. arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures those who committed this horrible crime will be punished. these three now convicted murders will face also federal charges, federal hate crime charges. that case could start some time next february. kelly? >> cal perry reporting tonight cal, thanks. millions of americans on the move for the thanksgiving holiday. across the country, roads and airports are looking more like they did before the pandemic on the left, a live look at travelers in orlando, florida, or on the right. on the left is o'hare
international airport in chicago. or maybe they had it right the first time nationwide tsa reports its screens nearly 11 million passengers over the past five days that's more than twice people who passed through airports last year during the same period. but it's not just airlines gearing up for the holiday blitz. retailers are banking on a busy shopping season. this week, seen as a major test for america's covid recovery we have coverage from all angles tonight. courtney reagan on what holiday shopping will look like this year but first, phil lebeau live at o'hare airport phil, so far no storms causing major cancellations. this has to be the busiest airlines have been since the pandemic, right? >> reporter: it is, kelly. today is expected to be the seventh-straight day with at least 2 million people flying in the united states. that is the busiest week that the airline industry has seen since before the pandemic. guess what, the busiest day yet
may come on sunday >> phil, ticket prices are still below 2019 levels right now, so people feel like they're getting a deal will they stay down as christmas approaches >> reporter: no, they won't stay down if you thought you got a deal, you got a deal nine months ago they have risen steadily it's now the average domestic round trip air fare in the u.s., $300 for thanksgiving week, 11% below 2019 levels. watch out, christmas the average domestic fair according to hopper, $390 by the way, kelly, that's roughly on par with what we saw back in 2019. >> so in that sense it's going back to normal for driving, it's expensive. it's costing a lot more right now. >> reporter: oh, yeah. without a doubt. $3.39 a gallon is well above what we were looking at a year ago when it was $2.11. any good news, we have not seen prices spike up to above $4.
the all-time high is $4.11 back in 2008. nobody is forecasting that but for those people who are driving this thanksgiving holiday, kelly, they are noticing they're paying a lot more at the pump. >> they certainly are. it's all the talk about how much it costs everyone to fill up their tanks. phil, thank you so much tonight. we appreciate it cnbc's phil lebeau. the holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off black friday two days away holiday sales could top $850 billion this year. that would be about a 10% jump from last year cnbc senior retail reporter courtney reagan now. courtney, that's a big jump. >> it is a really big jump, kelly. every year that online sales get bigger and door busters started moving earlier, we've been questioning, is black friday this unofficial kickoff, is it dead add in a pandemic and many thought that will certainly kill black friday nope not only is it not dead n some ways it's been reinvigorated
108 million americans plan to shop on black friday nearly two thirds of them in store just up from over half last year, according to the national retail federation store traffic isn't forecast to quite hit pre-pandemic levels, but it's still expected to be the biggest in-store shopping day all year why? well, deals are number one, but tradition is second. especially if you're in the midwest. where as shoppers in the northeast are least likely to shop thanksgiving through sunday but are most likely to shop cyber monday according to numerator. retailers say many shoppers want to get back to old habits. target and walmart among those calling out strong store traffic and sales going into the holidays plus, after closing on thanksgiving in 2020, many retailers are doing it again target says it will stay closed on thanksgiving from now on. which means those in-store black friday door busters are really on black friday once again instead of thanksgiving night. now, that doesn't mean that online shopping isn't important.
on the contrary, it's expected to set records adobe forecasts online sales will hit $9.5 billion on black friday alone up 5% from last year, though it is below the 10% growth rate expected for the full season. kelly? >> i guess they'll play catchup in the weeks after that. courtney, thank you, tonight courtney reagan. hackers getting to work while everybody else gets some time off a warning from the fbi tonight whether by email or text, scammers will be out trying to take advantage of americans and steal data the government now asking shoppers and companies to keep their guard up here is cnbc's senior washington correspondent eamon javers. >> reporter: kelly, the fbi is not saying they have specific intelligence that a particular attack is coming this weekend. they're showing that history shows that hackers like to work on holidays. that's why the fbi and the cyber and infrastructure security agency are issuing this warning, saying malicious cyber actors have often taken advantage of
holidays and weekend to disrupt critical networks and systems. the security firm cyber reason points out that many of this year's biggest attacks came over holiday weekends, including the colonial pipeline attack around mother's day, the jbs meat packing hack memorial day and kaseya hack around the fourth of july consumers can take steps to protect themselves >> click on nothing unless you check with the sender 34067 don't visit any non-work websites from work it's not a bad idea to get a password mote and start to get more complex and easier to manage pass words at the same time, especially on the accounts you plan to purchase from. >> companies also need to be prepared cyber reason found this buzz kill in a recent survey of firms that had been hacked this year >> 70% of respondents to the survey said that they were -- had at least one drink or intoxicated when having to respond to one of these attacks. and not only do you have a
skeleton crew at that point, those who are coming online, they're not at their fastest and most professional as a result. >> reporter: so what they're saying employers need to watch out for staffers drinking beer watching football or sipping wine with their thanksgiving dinner one way to do that is make sure you have an on-call team ready to go with clear heads in case there's a cyberattack. kelly? happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you as well. the fbi breaking the silence about the ha vana syndrome. now a 180 on the polls to defund the police is a refund movement now afoot. the pentagon, there's one more group added to the list to defend against
the head of the cia is sending a majo the head of the cia sending a major warning to russia. cia director bill burns told russia earlier this month they will face consequences if they're behind the havana syndrome this comes as the fbi acknowledged today that some of the agents may have symptoms of the mysterious condition now promising to offer medical care to its employees suffering from it. in a statement to nbc news an fbi official wrote while the agency does not have the authority to provide direct medical treatment, we have a process to guide to inner agency medical treatment and evaluation options that are available to them symptoms range from brain injuries to headaches. there's still no definitive cause that's been identified some experts suggest it's a hypersonic weapon. others believe it's just mass hysteria nine people in san francisco facing felony charges for the smash and grabs we told you
about earlier this week. the city's district attorney says five of the people were arrested in connection with a mob that robbed a louis vuitton store there on friday. witnesses say a pack of people stormed the store and essentially emptied it out the d.a. says the robberies aren't just petty thefts but outrageous and offensive crimes. cops say they believe the smash and grabs are part of sophisticated criminal networks. people steal as much as they can and then just sell it online just this weekend police say looters robbed and vandalized several other stores in the bay area the d.a. says he expects more arrests to come. another deadly shooting in philadelphia last night the city's homicide total this year now just one shy of 500. that's the record high set back in 1990. today philly's major saying getting violence under control is his top priority. >> it's terrible to every morning get up and have to look at the numbers and look at the news and see the stories
it just craziness. just craziness needs to stop. >> other cities across the country also reporting a sharp rise in murder rates in l.a., data shows homicides are up 14% from last year. and up 45% from 2019 the police commission there now working to increase funding for the force. l.a. is the latest city trying to refund the police after the defund movement gained traction last year chris burbank now, former salt lake city police chief now vice president of law enforcement strategy for the center for policing equity. chris, thanks. cities went from defund to refund pretty quick. what do you make of the shift we're seeing. >> well a lot of it is the misunderstanding that we all have including police leadership that the actions of the police actually have that much influence on crime there are things such as education, access to healthcare
that have much more significant impact on crime and alternative to incarceration as opposed to the activities that police engage in on a day will basis. >> doesn't the move to refund the police suggest the public isn't buying that? >> well, the challenge that you have is we don't understand, right? we fell into this movement of defund the police. well, we prefer redesign the police let's look at the actions and say do they contribute to the outcome that we want, which is reduced crime, reduced incarceration, reduced interaction with the police and reduced violence if not, we need to stop engaging in that activity we have been very poor at measuring the outcome of policing based on the actions of policing >> policing is one part of this. what about the court system as well do prosecutors need to get more aggressive in pursuing charges >> well, we always want to punish people.
right? and the act of punishment has really not changed the utcome in our society for 100 years right? this is the death penalty argument we can go down the road of a bunch of different places. but catching people after the fact, after they've committed the crime and punishing them has not solved our problem the goal of law enforcement, at least in my mind, should be to prevent disorder from occurring. not catch it after the fact. >> if more cops meant that crime was lower in recent years and fewer cops led to a spike in crime what other conclusion are people supposed to draw? >> well, you're looking only at the last moment in time. if you look historically, right, when we had an economic crisis a number of years ago, we had 30,000 fewer police officers on the street than the year before and violent crime plummeted. the correlation, right, we're quick to jump when it's right there in front of us and we have this need for 24-hour minute by
minute update. but let's look at historical viewpoint and say is it actually the actions of police that are driving the outcome? >> chris burbank tonight chris, thank you so much for your time tonight. we appreciate it crypto scam artist using instagram to target victims. what new cnbc reporting has uncovered. plus, he's one of the most powerful men in the world of finance. jamie diamond the brash ceo of jp morgan. what would make him apologize not once but twice the story next
>> the head of the biggest bank in america apologizing today after making a joke about china's communist party. at an event yesterday at boston college a person as jp morgan chairman and ceo jamie dimon a question about doing business in china. this is how he responded. >> i was just in hong kong i made a joke that the communist party celebrates its 100th year, so is jp morgan.
i'll make a bet we last longer i can't say that in china. they probably are listening any way. >> well, today mr. dimon walked back those remarks in a statement released by jp morgan, he wrote, quote, i regret and should not have made that comment i was trying to emphasize the strength and longevity of our company. hours later mr. dimon said he regrets his, quote, recent comment because it's never right to joke about or denigrate any group of people whether a country, leadership or any part of society and culture. managing director and senior policy analyst at long view global, worked at the d.o.d. china policy under the obama administration and cnbc contributor. thanks and good to see you again. doesn't this show how much power china has on the world stage right now? >> thank you for having me on this evening i don't want to beat up jamie dimon in the white hot lights on
this issue tonight but unfortunately, kelly, it's the continuation of a long line of mea culpa's, corporate leaders, entertainers and some cases politicians all over the world fully understand, kelly, that china will use the size and access to its market to really work in a way that is carrots and sticks reward those who tow the line and punish those who do not. kelly, the biden administration will have a real problem as they continue to try and rebalance the u.s. bilateral economic relationship with china because there's an overdependence and i some case, kelly, overexuberance from corporations and investors about access to china's market and china knows this, kelly. and they have weaponized market access and turned it into quite an effective tool of economic state craft. this is complicated the risk/reward and cost calculus for companies doing business in
china. begging the question, are the short-term gains worth the long-term pain and in the case of jp morgan, kelly, it is clear that jamie dimon has a lot at stake looking to gain 100% control of a foreign management assess jv in china, he made it clear from this apology twice now as you point out, that he's all in on china, despite the political and reputational risk, kelly. >> right i think you highlight the difficulty of this situation, especially from businesses at a time when social issues are more and more important so human rights abuses in china would seem to run afoul of what people want to see from good corporate stewardship and so many companies say it's not to get involved with foreign affairs and rewarded for that stance also. >> yeah. that is unfortunate, kelly i will tell you, though, i'm glad you pointed this out, china does not have the only say in a
situation like this. in fact, we're seeing more and more that the u.s. korpg, shareholders, journalists and human rights activists are really calling out u.s. corporations for what they call values-based double standards. saying and doing one thing in the u.s. while turning a blind eye to the same or even worse things taking place in china and i will tell you something else that's troubling me, and that is this argument around moral equivalency, kelly there's problems in china. there's problems in the u.s. so therefore why criticize or expect more from china that's disingenuous. there are major problems in this country. actually jp morgan, jamie dimon pointed out the same thing, but he's not going to apologize to biden nor should he about the comments he made about the u.s. government in that speech. so there is a double standard
and more and more people are calling that out, kelly. >> absolutely. a difficult situation he's now found himself in that highlights the dilemma for so many businesses and china's influence on the world stage thank you. a first place victory for the nft. tonight the distinction that has it beating out crypto and the metaverse. and it's been 86 days since america's withdrawal from afghanistan. now word of new negotiations with the taliban as reports from the ground paint a troubling picture for those americans left behind ♪ and there's no off-season. just work that builds on itself over and over and over again... becuase the only way is through. shop pandora jewelry and enjoy 30% off your total purchase november 24th through 30th with our black friday savings. catch your favorite pieces and save 30% at pandora jewelry. ♪♪
th thanksgiving just around the corner americans preparing to gather around the table to gobble up an epic feast but this year our thanksgiving favorites won't come cheap people are paying up for sweet potatoes, pies but the supply chain isn't all to blame. >> at the pie shop in d.c., thanksgiving orders are all filled and the pies are racking up, but so are the prices. >> i would say there are a number of ingredients that on some weeks are almost double what they were last year. >> some of that is due to climate change take the crust, wheat prices at the highest level since 2012 and up over 10% in just the past month. severe brought in the u.s. west and northern plains cause what had the usda worst wheat production in nearly two decades. those high prices for wheat as
well as alpha alpha make feed costs higher, cows also produce less milk during droughts. honey, wild fires in the west left honey bees with nothing to eat. states like california, montana, utah and colorado suffered huge losses of honey bee colonies in the past year due to disease, starvation and weather and it's not just domestic products prices for vanilla from madagascar and chocolate from brazil are also rising due to severe weather and flooding. >> now we worry about freezes in brazil even more than we did before or floods in china. and so we can't run and hide anymore from global severe weather events because they're all part of the food chain we're all trading them simultaneously. >> and that is hitting small businesses especially hard >> usually thanksgiving is we're able to make a little extra money to cushion us for the slow winter
however, this year i'm not so sure that we'll really even be profitable. >> reporter: in 12 years in the pie business, she hasn't raised her prices much because -- >> there's only so much you can really charge for a pie or a slice of pie. >> all eyes are now on winter in the west and specifically the snow pack. if it's heavy, that could help farmers out with their crops next year, but if not, lit only mean higher prices for all that high end produce we love to put in your pies kelly? the number of americans filing for unemployment hits 52-year low, that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. new jobless claims coming in at just 199,000, according to the labor department, a number not seen since november 1969 this positive data comes amid surging inflation and supply chain disruption john deere posting record profit, that despite the month-long worker strike that ended last week. the farm equipment maker posted annual net income of nearly $6
billion. the 10,000 union member strike only covered the last two weeks of deere's fiscal year, so the cost of the strike was not disclosed in today's earnings report and the word of the year is nft, the abbreviation of nonfungible token, top word by dictionary until recently most people including myself barely knew what a nft was an easy pick for the top spot and beat out words like crypto, metaverse and pandemic on wall street the dow dropping nine points the s&p up 11 and the nasdaq gained 70 to snap a two-day losing streak ♪ i'm kelly evans in for shepherd smith it's half past the hour. here is what's making the news on cnbc. unexplained objects in the sky threatening national security, the pentagon's new push to
investigate ufo sightings. crypto scammers targeting your instagram the new cnbc reporting into their scheme but first, the u.s. set to head back to the negotiating table with the taliban >> the united states envoy for afghanistan set to head back to qatar to meet with the taliban next week. a state department spokesperson says they plan to talk about the humanitarian crisis in afghanistan and take steps to make sure it does not become a launching pad for terrorism. they'll also discuss getting any american citizens out of afghanistan safely, nearly three months after that chaotic withdrawal from the country. now it comes as the taliban tightens its grip on society there. just this week the group laid out new guidelines for media banning tv shows from featuring women actors and requiring women journalists to wear the islamic hi jab matt zeller joins me now, a truman project fellow, co-founder of no one left behind that's a group working to get
afghans who helped the united states out of the country. matt, great to have you here could you first give us an update on those efforts. what have you heard from people on the ground? >> kelly the reality is things are just as we feared. the taliban are just as evil as they were before you just reported on some of that as we have feared, they have been hunting the people we left behind down and murdering them and their families when people, for example, tried to go get a passport, they have to submit their biometric information to the taliban government they take that information and they run it against a data base we left behind that we warned had been left behind and individuals who worked for us were in that data base, individuals who worked for the afghan security forces, the afghan government, who were our spies, they're all in that data base and when they pop up in that data base and someone used to be associated with us, the taliban murdered them. here is the reality, we count
some 185,000 people that we estimate were left behind. i know of about 1,000 or so that have been able to -- we've been able to extract since the 31st of august. i'm glad we have a delegation going to qatar, but with the president needs to do is plug in with the veterans community, recognize that we are hurting, that we're not just dedicated to trying to get american citizens out, but we're trying to get our brothers and sisters that we feel we left behind out and that we're not going to stop until that mission is accomplished now, i'm glad that they're going to negotiate because winter is what we fear most right now. the winter is going to kill more people than the taliban can ever hope to with their bombs and bullets. people are going to die of starvation and exposure. there's a deal to be made here fuel in exchange for our people. the taliban are very transactional. they will understand that. that's what i'm hoping people will be proposing at this summit i have no idea what we'll be proposing. >> to your point, you know, we heard one dad even tell richard
engel, he had to sell his daughter to afford food for his family at what point do more international institutions step in here? that's a great point the international monetary fund and the world food program and the world bank really need to step in. the international community fed, fueled and financed afghanistan for the last 20 years. and the reality is that since we've left the country as a global community, as of the 31st of august, the taliban have not been able to replace that. people are going to die by the hundreds of thousands if not millions it's going to be that desperate in afghanistan in the coming months if the global community doesn't step up. if it's not the u.s., it needs to be done by entities like the international monetary fund, the world bank and the world food program. i would be remiss if i didn't mention one more thing which is that there's a wonderful opportunity that's coming out of congress that no one is tracking that veterans are tracking and that we're hoping the president is going to be supporting and
there's an afghan commission that the senate has passed it's now currently before the house thanks to representatives andy kim and pete meyer it's bipartisan across the board. it's modelled after the 9/11 commission the intent of the commission is to ensure that we learn from our mistakes, that we get accountability for what happened but most importantly that we prevent this calamity from every happening again in the future. we're really hoping it passes congress this december and that the president supports it. >> matt zeller thank you for shining a light on that effort tonight and for all your other efforts to help in afghanistan we thank you for joining us. british prime minister boris johnson says he's appalled by what human rights group calls the biggest loss of life in the english channel. officials say at least 31 migrants including a young girl drowned today after their boat sank off the coast of france crews rescued just two people from the frigid waters and rushed them to the hospital. one person is still missing. it's still unclear where the
migrants are from. both prime minister johnson and french president emmanuel macron vowed today to prevent future crossings and stop human trafficking gangs. crypto currency investment scams are on the rise. americans reported losing more than $80 million to cons from october 2020 through march 2021. that's ten times more than the same period a year earlier according to the ftc experts say the scammers rely on social media and steal users photos and videos to create fake profiles and lure in victims with the promise of huge returns on a crypto investment victims reported losing $2 million just to elon musk impersonators. identify seen them myself on twitter. experts say anyone with a public profile could be impersonated and so far there's not much being done to prevent it from happening. here is cnbc's andrea day. >> reporter: instagram influencer brandy morgan started her account to connect with
other women in tech. >> so my real profile is ms. britney morgan wasn't a ton of females showcasing programming or coding on instagram so that was the original story behind the account. >> photos of morgan working at her computer with inspirational captions have attracted 56,000 followers but also grabbed the attention of scammers. >> a lot of these have been taken. >> a lot of times my followers will send me this person either just reached out to me or i just saw your photo on this account and that's usually how i find out about it. >> morgan says there's been so manyimposter accounts using he photos to push crypto scams. >> it's sad because these people stealing my foes are tricky people to give them money and people are losing money over it and then they actually find me on this profile, which is my real profile, my only profile and then they get mad at me and harass me for taking their money when i didn't. >> we spoke with morgan, there
were at least seven accounts using her photos under different made-up names. >> gina ford trade with kim 1 which is kimberly wilson trade with ashley 11 bryson cortez. trade with williams, ashley fx under score trade. there's invest with jennifer lopez. that's a good one. >> morgan says the process of having imposters removed isn't easy and sometimes instagram doesn't remove them at all >> this has been happening for years and instagram does nothing about it. >> it's scary. and it feels like a huge violation because that's not me. but it looks like me saying those things so that's worse to me because they're trying to solicit for money and to scam these people with my photos >> another instagramer jason salman says he sees around 25 fake instagram accounts a week using his photos. >> i produce a lot of content around the crypto space.
i describe myself as crypto evan evangelist >> imposters stolen photos that feature salman with his family. >> it's super creepy they'll make up their own captions for things. oh, i'm so happy with my family now that i made all this money tagged my wife in their photos. >> and it debts worse. salman says he's received threats from people who have lost thousands of dollars to imposters using his photos to scam them. >> oh, yeah. i've gotten threats i'm going to kill you i'm going to beat you up i know where you live and all these type of things. >> he says victims reach out to him a few times a week and like morgan, salman's frustrated that sometimes instagram doesn't help >> there's a little function inside of instagram you can report considerates, go through a couple steps and report it as an impersonation account and they'll review it. sometimes it could take them as little as two hours to respond sometimes it takes days, never respond. >> when cnbc reached out to
instagram for the story, sharing the fake accounts impersonating salman and morgan the company deleted them all in a statement, instagram said claiming to be another person on instagram violates our community guidelines and we have a dedicated team to detect and block these kinds of scams we know there's more to do here which is why we keep working to prevent a bus and keep our community safe that's not always working like it should. morgan and salman reported imposters through the app and sometimes instagram so-called dedicated team replies that the fake account will not be removed because it doesn't go against community guidelines and when the company fails to remove an imposter account, frustrated instagram users have no means to escalate the issue because one of the largest social networks in the world has no helpline or customer service. more bad news, these crypto scammers are spreading on other
platforms, too morgan and salman say they already have more than a dozen tiktok impersonators pushing crypto, too. in a statement, tiktok said, we strive to protect the integrity of our platform and authenticity of our amazing community, which is why we remove accounts that deseptemberively impersonate others and encourage people to report content or accounts they believe violate our community guidelines though several of salman's imposters remain active and more emerged since tiktok's review of the accounts. >> kelly, morguened and salman aren't the only victims here we have also spoke within people lured in by imposters who lost a lot of money one of salman's impersonators convinced a man from texas to invest in bitcoin with him in the end, the scammer took off with $20,000 kelly? >> wow important story, andrea reporting tonight. and the ceo of instagram is set to testify on capitol hill
next month it will be adam's first time before congress. senator richard blumenthal confirming the news before cnbc. he'll appear on december 6th part of series protecting kids online instagram has come under fire after a facebook whistleblower claimed the company knew its platform could be toxic for teens. facebook called the whistleblower's claims misleading and defended its business the pentagon unveiling a brand new team called the airborne object identification and management synchronization group in english, we have ourselves official ufo hunters flawing saucers and daily invaders be ware. the only unsolved plane hijacking in u.s. history, 50 years later. db cooper is yet to be found dead or alive. next a crime historian on why we're still searching for answers half a century on.
down on ufos really the department of defense announced last night that it's creating a new group to investigate reports of ufos in restricted air space they say it's because they pose a potential flight risk to air crews and could raise national securityconcerns this all comes after a report compiled in june revealed the pentagon could not explain 143 incidents of ufo sightings and 18 appeared to demonstrate advanced technology. cnbc looked into this. >> the unexplained unidentified has intrigued the public and presidents alike including president obama on the late, late show with james corden. >> the truth is when i came into office, i asked, right, i was like, all right. is there the lab somewhere where we're keeping the aliens specimens? >> reporter: joking aside the pentagon now formed an agency to investigate who and what else
might be out there through the airborne object identification and management synchronization group. the d.o.d. says its mission to detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in special use air space and assess and mitigation any associated threats safety of flight and national security. calls for more investigations into mysterious objects captured by military planes grew after a government report released in june revealed that 143 out of 144 objects recorded in the sky since 2004 couldn't be explained. >> it's extremely disturbing to think after spending hundreds of billions of dollars for so many years and believing our air space to be secure, in fact, we've had vehicles operating restricted military air space with immunity on reoccurring and sustained basis for many years >> reporter: while the military will now seek to explain what has already been captured on camera, nasa will continue to search for the unknown >> if you have a universe that
is 13.5 billion years old, it is so big, is there another chance for another sun and another planet that has an atmosphere like ours? i would say yes. >> the department of defense says it will issue more guidance in the coming weeks that include some details about its yet to be named future director. kelly? >> what was the name of that group again? >> don't ask me to repeat it because i can't tell you. >> clearly ufo hunting was not going to fly valerie, thank you so much valerie castro on november 24th, 1971, a passenger with sunglasses, a black tie and a ticket booked under the name of dan cooper, boarded a northwest orient airline flight in portland headed for seattle this is the fbi's sketch of that man released in 1971 after ordering a drink, cooper said he had a bomb and demanded $200,000 and four parachutes
when the plane reached seattle once there, he was given those items. and cooper's fellow passengers disembarked. cooper instructed the crew to fly him to mexico city but he jumped out of the plane over southwest washington never to be heard from again his identity has also never been confirmed. crime historian joins me now, who investigated and searched for db cooper for more than a decade after all this time, is there any better idea who he was and what happened to him >> first of all, kelly, thank you very much for being here and happy thanksgiving to you. yeah, absolutely i think there's a lot that we learned about cooper very recently basically due to science. first of all, i think it's clear that the guy survived and got away with it i think the other thing is that i think it's pretty clear now that db cooper probably came from the aerospace sector, probably somehow related to boeing i don't think boeing specifically but if i were to hazard a guess, look at pratt
whitney this connecticut or something along those lines. that seems a solid indication where cooper actually came from. >> why do people think that $200,000 was never even spent. >> that's a very good question and it's really a mystery within a mystery. obviously $6,000 was found on the beach about eight years later all rotted and decayed but original rubber bands still in place interestingly, 20 miles where they believe db cooper actually jumped as to the remaining $194,000, it does appear it wasn't spent it seems likely that if he had spent the $194,000 at some point, one of those serial numbers which were reported would have popped up somewhere having said that, i think it is possible perhaps 10 or 15,000 was spent over a period of time just went unnoticed. >> given that he apparently got away with it, who knows what happened to him ever since, aren't you a little surprise nod one else tried to pull this
stunt? >> well, there were a few people that actually tried to pull the stunt having -- after db cooper. none of whom were successful so i think there were a few people that tried it for a couple of years and then people just gave up obviously 1971 was a completely different environment on a number of different levels than 2020 i don't think it's feasible for a db cooper 2021 to get away with it like he did 1971. >> what is your best guess about whatever happened to him >> i think he survived i think he got away with it. as to what happened after he collected the money that he buried i believe temporarily on the beach there, the$,000 that he left behind not with standing, really it's to anybody's guess. i have absolutely no idea. >> that's a true unsolved mystery. eric, happy thanksgiving to you as well. thanks for joining us tonight. >> thank you. santa gets a lot of attention this time of year, rightly so, delivering presents
worldwide is no small feat. >> this year new star mrs. claus. she is headlining her own show, sponsored by the labor crunch. plus, it may be the most controversial call in thanksgiving history, the thanksgiving dish needs to be taken off the table. and there's no off-season. just work that builds on itself over and over and over again... becuase the only way is through.
folks the labor shortage as officially hit the north pole. last week we told you about the warning from santa claus may not be enough of him to make those usual pre-christmas appearances at malls or holiday parties but not to worry mrs. claus is stepping in to help here is cnbc's kate rogers ♪ >> reporter: the post-pandemic surge of holiday cheer left too many parties and not enough christmas characters so as a shortage of santas is being felt across the country, requests for mrs. claus are taking off >> mrs. claus is doing everything she can to help save
christmas. >> reporter: call them independent women. >> mrs. claus are being requested more every year because they become more independent of santa, having to do certain christmas parties with cookies and stories they're becoming true story tellers and entertainers. >> reporter: but moving from supporting cast to spotlight takes dedication and education enter the santa nan that's holiday university leaders host events for current and aspiring mrs. claus's across the country. $230, 2.5 day intensetive course how to define your style, art of performing. >> keep them engaged and use props. >> an best market your christmas brand. >> we talk about what would you do in this situation or this wonderful thing happened we can all get excited and one mrs. claus's excitement is very catching and it's contagious. then pretty soon we're all
excited. >> with this new demand comes the inevitable fight for equity. >> some cases i was getting barely anything. so -- some placesit's almost three times the amount but it's still almost half of what santa makes at this point but we're working on that. >> reporter: if you miss your chance to see the big man or the mrs., santa says you're covered. >> whether you're able to see santa or not, santa is coming. we're going to be there this year, covid or no covid, we'll be coming down the chimney >> reporter: we're here at westfield center in san francisco, it's already busy with shoppers getting out for the holiday season there's no mrs. claus here on site, kelly. the santa nanas say they're ready to capitol jiez on the opportunity this season and many years to come. >> you better hide, kate they'll come for you if they need extra help. >> they might. they might i don't know if i'm old enough yet, but maybe next year >> kate rogers reporting tonight. and now some inflation news,
we're happy to report, the macy's thanksgiving day parade balloons are ready to go 15 balloons and 36 inflatables got the wind knocked into them today all ahead of the big event tomorrow the parade will follow its usual 2.5 mile route through manhattan this year. that's after the pandemic downsized the celebration to just a block in 2020 macy's also adding new floats including that baby yoda balloon from the hit show the mandalorian. catch the performances and see all 28 floats on thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. only on nbc and streaming on peacock anding thiss ing anding thanksgiving can brig out strong emotions. everyone seems to have a favorite and the least favorite dish turns out new england patriots star defender has a particularly strong opinion about mac n cheese yesterday he gave reporters a passionate plea to get rid of the dish this thanksgiving >> we got to get macaroni and cheese off the table all right, guys?
it's just cheese and noodles all right. i'm going up and getting on my soap opera it's just cheese and noodles and it's not that good every time i try it, it's the same thing it's never going to change it's never going to get better all right? i'm almost 30 now. i'm pretty set in my ways. and it's disgusting. my brothers and sisters, my mom cook it, big pan they know not to put it on my plate or that's fighting words i'm going to have to fight everybody in the house one by one. and i will wait until they eat their macaroni and cheese, get sluggish and whoop them. >> i'm not a mac and cheese fan myself judon's comments have been widely debated online. they delivered these boxes of kraft mac n cheese to his locker with a bow we reached out to comment from celebrity chef gordon ramsey we haven't heard back. clearly judon never tried my
neighbor's mac and cheese from monica mccabe because that would change his opinion. race to the finish tonight three men were convicted for the murder of ahmaud arbery and all three face the possibility of life in prison without parol the cia director warning russia there will be consequence if the country is found to be responsible for the havana syndrome millions of americans hitting the road and the skies for the thanksgiving holiday no major storms or reports of any major delays nationwide. tsa says travel is close to pre-covid levels now you know the news. i'm kelly evans in for shepherd smith tonight. have a happy and healthy thanksgiving filled with mac n cheese good night, everyone ♪
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