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he doesn't want to let i fnflatn spread he's measured. he's exactly what we need and what we want i'd like to say there's always a bull market somewhere. i promise i'll find it for you see you tomorrow the news starts now. historic storms pummelle midwest, thousands left without power. >> it sounded like a train going through. we're on the ground with a firsthand look closing argument in the trial of the theranos founder elizabeth holmes what to expect in the days ahead. a potential game changer in the fight against cancer.
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>> most cansish deaths are happening in cancers we're not screening for at all. >> the new blood tithe saving lives. and the new covid time how at the holds um, and major blowing to the j&j vaccine. and nasa for the first time sending a spacecraft to the sun. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts. the truth, "the news with shepard smith. good evening it's the very last thing that any of us wants to talk about right now, especially nine days before christmas, but frankly tonight it's inescapable covid cases are rising extraordinarily quickly, even if people who are vaccinated. dr. fauci is a said covid omicron will become the dominant variant soon
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the only health officials is cases tied to omicron seem mild. the booster does offer protection the problem is, how fast it's spreading and delta is surging in many areas simultaneously take new york city, for example, the test positivity rate doubled in just three days that's something a city health adviser said we have never seen before the raid of spread unprecedented. look at this, miami today once again jammed with cars at a testing site in new york city, people sharing videos showing long lines at testing sites, some with dozens of people waiting. i counted 100 in one line in my neighborhood new york city's mayor announcing his office will search out a million masks and half a million at-home tests. politico is reporting that white house health officials have privately warned laboratory that demand could double or triple.
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we could flee 3 to 5 million the spike in cases is disrupting lives. businesses pitting brakes on the return to work plans events and shows forced to close. another concern is the spike in cases, even if the disease is mild will undoubtedly still get some people going and good to the hospital maryland arizona and colorado are already stretched to the limit. healthcare providers are exhausted. making matters worse, omicron seems to get the best of one of the few covid treatments currently available. cnbc's meg tirrell covers health and science for us you heard from the regeneron ceo today? >> yes, the company confirmed confirmed that the antibody drug loses potency to the extent we may need replacement therapies
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if omicron becoming dominant the drug still works against delta, but regeneron's ceo told us the company has already developed new potential medicines. >> we're excited to say this morning that we actually have a whole host of new antibodies, which can work against both omicron and delta. so while the current cocktail doesn't, this sort of emphasizes the need to play the long game here. >> regeneron expects it could start human testing of those drugs early next year. eli lilly also says it has a follow-on medicine works again omicron. meanwhile, europe's drug regulator indicating today countries that i ban to start uses pfizer's pill even before it's officially authorized in the u.s., the fda has yesterday to act on either
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pfizer or merck's pills. advisers advising against the j&j vaccine? >> yeah, the agency's committee of outside advisers met to discuss the numbers on the rare blood clots associated with the j&j shot there have been nine deaths associated with this conditions t the risk is highest for women under a. after three hours of discussion, the committee voted unanimously to recommend people pick the pfizer or moderna vaccines over j&j for every over 18. while many on the committee felt very strongly about this, they also acknowledged that the j&j shot's increasingly important to vaccinating other countries. andy slavitt, thank you. cases are obviously taking offer, positivity rates doubling in just days what is your outlook on when maybe this peaks
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>> the science in the last couple days, and the consensus seems to be forming around the third week in january. so that's both good news and bad news the good news is there may be evidence this comes at us very fast and leaves equally as fast. that would be the good news. the bad news in that short period of time, as you reported, the hospitals are going to face very significant demand both from the delta wave, the omicron wave, coming on top of it, as well a everything else, so we have to be very careful this christmas and holiday season not to be among them >> but, andy, putting a my captain obvious hat, people are not locking down again they're not goods to cancel christmas. if someone has gotten vaccinated in the last year, who thinks they're going to do it now given all those truths, how do you balance making policy with the reality that people are
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tired of this and just dug in. >> you're right. this is important when people are either just believing or just play tired. the good news is, unlike last year we have a lot of tools that allow people to get together with that the families we have rapid at-home tests, booster shots. the problem is people need to use the tools. if they don't use those tools, they're putting themselves at risk you have to keep in front of reminding people but we've -- but a year ago we're talking about binary outcomes. today we have lots of ways to stay safe. >> this administration has had almost a year to get testing right. they have not gotten testing right. there is no place in lower manhattan that i find todaytha
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has any rapid test the lines for the regular tests are around the block and down the street hundreds of people, it is frightening to look out. why is this still a problem? why can't we get this right? that's just a lot of people that's going to overload every part of the system, testing, hospitals, nursing staff, nursing shortages, you know, these things are going to be very beleaguered we have, i think we'll be continues to see this for some period of time i think the best thing to do is to level with people and let people know there's no possible way, if we end up with a million cases a day, you know, is that what you think, andy >> a million cases a day is that what is ahead of us? >> that's certainly some of the
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projections. remember, we're seeing a doubling every two to three days of this. so the question is at what point does it reach limits you know, to put that in perspective, to have 100,000 cases in christmas, you have 400,000 on new year's. if the math work outs the way it's trending, we have a real serious -- >> andy slavitt, thanks to which. an historic december storm, a path of disruption from the west coast up to the great lakes. the damage spans more than 2,000 miles. hundreds of thousands of people in the storm's path, according to the troop that tracks outages. say at least five people died. a house destroyed the national
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weather service confirmed the state's first-ever december tornado touched down all told, at least 20 confirmed tornadoes. extreme winds in kansas fanning the flames of destructive wildfires. fire officials said several homes burned, most of the state was facing a critical outlook. gusts of 100 miles an hour in some areas this is northwood, iowa, about two hours north of des moines of the wind whipping rain there the state's governor issuing a disaster proclamation for 49 counties perry russom reports tonight. >> reporter: winds tossing a dumpster in a parking lot, in december we were just amaze the at how bad it really is >> nine reports of tornadoes, the wind ripping down a treat
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strait into the house. walls collapse been. christmas lights just crazy is sounded like a train going through. >> a wind gust of 74 miles an hour is measured here at the now tied to a thunderstorm, in more than 50 years.
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>> well, shipp, incredible, perry. necessary storms come after the deadly -- we'll have continues coverage in the devastation and what people say they're doing to help recovery in mayfield. that's coming up in this news hour at the bottom of the hour. all of those missionaries kidnapped are free that's according to their ohio-based missionary group. in a statement, the group says all of the released hostages are safe and hopes to rerelease more information. this is the -- it happened in october. 17 people, including five children, were taken. elizabeth holmes, closer to learn her fate the prosecution and the defense getting close arguments. what they they want the jury to remember kim potter's boss takes the stand. what he had to say about her
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pulling a gun instead of a taser. at the college level, he was a king mom coaches in the pros, well, tonight he's unemployment urban meyer out, fired, couldn't even finish the season tonight, how it all unraveled. >> announcer: the facts. the truth. "the news with shepard smith" babb back in 60 seconds. is paying for them both! and this is for new and existing customers. upgrade to the iphone 13 pro and airpods both on us. only at t-mobile. (burke) with farmers auto multi-policy discount, the more policies you have with us, the more you could save on your auto insurance. (man) hey, hon! (wife) hi, honey! (man) like what? (burke) well, you'd get a discount for insuring your jet skis... and boat...rv...life... ...home and more. you could save up to forty-five percent. (man) that's a whole lot of discounts. (burke) well, we offer coverage for a whole lot of things, and you could save a whole lot of something with farmers policy perks. (kid) sup, dad!
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(burke) seventeen-car garage you got there? ♪we are farmers♪ ♪bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum♪ the jury could soon get the case in the trial of elizabeth holmes closing arguments delivered today. the theranos cofounder accused of duping investors, and raising hundreds of millions with her dubious claims scott cohn is covering the trial for us, live outside san jose. >> reporter: shep, 13 weeks of testimony, more than 30 wins, hundreds of pieces of evidence, all boiling down now to a few hours of closing arguments
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soon, a reckoning for 37-year-old elizabeth holmes who could face up to 20 years in prison if she's convicted. with a company running out of money, she chose fraud over business failure she chose to be dishonest with her investors and patients that choice was not only callous, it was criminal, he said like a 2013 call for prospective investor, where schenk says she outride lied. >> we knew it would take us a long time to establish an infrastructure that could do any lab tests that is run in a traditional lab, and we built the business around partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, and our contracts with the military
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>> reporter: taking on holmes' claims that she was abused by chief operating officer, an i abuse that balwani denies. of course, completely different picture from holmes' defense attorney kevin downey, arguing before the jury that holmes did not intend to commit fraud elizabeth holmes was building a company, not a criminal enterprise, he argued. he said the government deliberately left out theranos' legitimate successes, including 11 different programs it was running with big pharmaceutical companies, and when theranos added their logos to reports, the companies were final with it he also said holmes was paying to glowing reports from inside and outside the company about the technology
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we except downey will continue his -- and instructions to the jury, which could get this case, shep, by this time tomorrow. >> live at the courthouse. he was the police chief, and kim potter's boss, when she shot and killed daunte wright >> form ever police chief tim gannon testified he does not believe she violated policy or broke the law during the deadly encounter. she insists she pulled her gun instead of her taser by mistake, and did not meet to shoot wright one of the officers was leaning into the passenger side window and at risk of being dragged if wright drove off. >> when i viewed both camera
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angling, i saw no violation. >> no violation of what? >> of policy, procedure. >> gannon resigned two days after the shooting he believed he had to quit, because he did not want to immediately fire potter. jurors hard from maxwell's former assistant and a false memory expert. the former assistant testified she worked for maxwell at jeffrey epstein's company for six years. she insisted she never saw any abuse of underage girls and maxwell and epstein appeared to have a loving relationships. the false memory expert told the jury, people more exposed to -- sometimes adopted as that i own memory, and their memory becomes inaccurate maxwell's defense team told the judge they might rest their case
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conditioning coach, who will be accused of bullying black players and racist remarks he resigned after one day. the jaguars lost five straight in okay as the losses were piling up, video went viral of a young whom, who was not meyers' wife, dancing in his lab at a bar. he publicly apologize. yesterday, a former allegation from a former jaguars kicker he told the paper that meyers kicked him, and told him to star making your effing kicks andrew beeten, one sports columnist show it this way, the
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big bully finally got punched in the mouth. is there anyone who did not see it coming? >> i think for a while it's been a question of when, not if, but this has been a slowly evolving train wreck that's played out very publicly, from the early hiring issues, to the things he did wrong with practices over the summer that broke rules, to the very fact this is a team that did not win everything that played out in a very public way, made this ugly, something that arrived with a spectacular fanfare that turned into a spectacular disaster. >> i asked this question when he left the university of florida, surrounded with all kinds of weird, is there any chance his career is over >> you're right. this is a question that's been many times it was asked after he left florida, then went to ohio state and was incredibly successful. then it looked like he was done
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there, and took the leap to the nfl. makes no mistakes about it he's were most successful coaches in college football history. if he's interested in coaching again, you have to think maybe someday a college team would take their chance. >> i hope they'll calm in. i would love to have a conversation about that. putting his firing aside, the nfl came out with a strategy to try to keep the covid outbreaks to a minimum, all-new protocols. what are the rules now >> some of the them look very much like 2020 they had 100-odd cases, so they're looking at masking, in terms of social distancing, but they're looking at, this is a new phase of the pandemic, where you have all these players testing positive most of them don't have symptoms, because the nfl is a very vaccinated universe, so
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they're changing the protocols in modern, smart ways to get how do the players who aren't feel symptoms to get back on the field more quickly so that it disrupts the sport less. >> let's hope. don't take away football it's great to see you. giving the gift of crypto, how the idea is gaining traction. and why police are requesting a warrant for alec baldwin's cell phone and a truck driver sentenced over a deadly crash. the time he was given striking a nerve and the top of the news on cnbc (vo) singing, or speaking. reason, or fun. daring,
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it's a way to teach friends and family about investing in the emerging asset class >> christmas day we'll just bust out the cell phone, order this, and then i can show my father-in-law how to do this in person right then and there. so absolutely awesome last-minute gift don't have to worry about supply chain and shipping delays, paying extra. >> family members introduced to it, those that are still reluctant, i thought, well, i'll just give it to them. >> a handful of way to say give crypto in their apps square launched the able to send bitcoin and stocks as gifts. robinhood quickly followed with its own cryptogifting option as we want as crypto.com, swan
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bitcoin and a handful of others. but you are also gifting volatility the asset is known to rise and fall between 10% and 20%, sometimes in just a matter of hours. that gift may come with a tax bill if the value goes up, friends and families will eventually have to pay taxes on it, that is, if and when they sell. shep. thank you, rooney. this is what's topping cnbc's on the money. nearly one third of all americans skipped necessary medical care in the past three months, because they couldn't afford it. that's triple since march. the news from a new study by gallup and west health, as covid flares up again. people put off routine doctor visits because of the pandemic are now facing higher costs. the new kid on the block
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getting sued, against the block. that jax dorsey's digital payments company previously known as square. it alleges that the name change may call confusion. it claims that dorsey's company is capitalizing on its reputation. the boss hitting it big. bruce springsteen reportedly just sold the right to the music library to sony music group for one half of $1 billion on wall street, the dow down 30, s&p down 41, nasdaq down 385, 2.5%, nasdaq's worst day since late september shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour,
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time for the top of the news the fight against cancer, the new blood test that experts say can screen more than 50 types of the disease above and beyond the call of duty the extraordinary valor that earned three american heroes the medal of honor. and a horrific crash leads to a controversial century-long sentence as of this hours nearly 2 million people have signed a petition to grand clemency he was if-year-old working as a semitruck driver, when he says his brakes failed on i-70. his truck slammed into traffic, leading to this horrific fiery 28-car pileup. four people killed he said it was an accident prosecutors said he had several chances to avoid the crash, but didn't the jury convicted him on 20
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counts the court sentenced him to 110 years in prison. the reason here -- the state's mandatory sentencing laws don't allow for sentencing to run concurrently they must be run one after another. even the judge said he didn't want to issue a sentence that long, but he is. local coverage from katy eastman. >> reporter: courtroom 130 was a tough place to be for 2 1/2 hours. the mother of rogel cried out as the truck driver entered to begin his sentencing hearing. >> this family has a hole that's empty now. >> reporter: heartbreak in every corner, from the families of four people who were killedy aguilar-maderos -- bill bailey,
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doyle harrison and stan policy tanno died >> i hope that, um that the defendant's son can have his dad for the rest of hiss his life. it's exhausting to make the decision to stay alive every day. >> reporter: the decision to stay alive >> it wasn't intentional >> reporter: he said he didn't understand why got made the decision to keep him alive >> i would have preferred god have taken me instead of them, because this is no life. >> reporter: people in this room spoke of life and loss, even forgiveness. >> i'm not angry at you. >> reporter: but the law had the last word. >> if i had the discretion, it
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would not be my sentence. >> reporter: it puts him in prison for the rest of his life. [ crying ] courtroom 130 was a tough place to be on monday, but the hearts inside it will stay broken long after leaving. for the fuss, i'm katie eastman. alec baldwin's cell phone is now the subject of a warrant it came out today, an eight-page document that requested the actor's iphone be turned over. it includes details from an interview that baldwin had, in it he described e-mail conversations with the armorer there that took place. he said gutierrez-reed send him photos of various guns and he requested a bigger gun
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investigators believe those e-mails and text messages are relevant nbc news has reached out to baldwin's representatives for a statement. we haven't heard back. the governor of kentucky says now 16 people are unaccounted for. that's down from more than 100 yesterday. at least 76 people are also now confirmed dead that's an increase of two since the last death toll. and it ties the record for the deadliest to ever hit kentucky. a major warning from the airlines brand-new 5g network could wreak havoc form the head of united called at&t and verizon to slow down the roll-out of their g-5 service, and it could impact hundreds of thousands of passengers the reason well, the faa and aviation experts say the 5g network could
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interfere with sense tiff technology on the planes as we have reported here, it's fine in other countries. the fcc is now pushing back. here nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: them haim 5g technology, but just weeks before the towers go live, a warning about possible interference with crucial technology pilots rely on, particular ly altimeters. it's imperative when landing in low visibility issues an extraordinary airworthiness directive that reads, in part, al timeters cannot be relied on airlines executives on capitol
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hill wednesday. >> if you were to ask us what is the number one kerr, it's the deployment of 5g >> reporter: the airline warns diversions, potentially disrupting thousands of flights a today, especially at big airports the airline industry is urging cooperation to resolve the issue. >> we could absolutely solve this >> the cellular industry and the federal communications commission says 5g is already rolled out in 40 countries around the world without impacting aviation at&t and verizon are also committing to reduce 5g power levels near airports does it make sense one hand of the government, the faa, and the other hand, the fcc, didn't if ig it out? >> they have not gotten in the same room and reach consensus?
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>> troubling to you? >> it's causing a degradation in aviation safety. it's very troubling to me. >> reporter: not the cell phones that we all use, but it's important to know that government engineers say the frequency that t-mobile uses does not interfere with the plane's and ivionics. a private jet gowned for florida crashed in the d.r. last night. official say the plane winter down just 16 minutes after taking off from santo domingo. jose hernandez was better known as as a flola movie. he wife and son reportedly also died the company that -- the pilot was attempt to go land minutes after takeoff.
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this was according the cause of the crash is still under investigation. smash and grabs. it's costing them big money. that's according to the coalition of law enforcement in retail while cops are stepping up patrols for sure, now retailers are taking action on their own here's cnbc's courtney reagan. >> reporter: while trending higher before the pandemic, three quarters of retailers reported an increase in this type of theft last year. the survey also points to societal changes and new law enforcement and prosecution policies, adding to in-store then los angeles tops the list for organized retail crime like this smash and grab, then chicago and miami, these are spreading beyond big cities.
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rob carr of the illinois retail merchant association says it's not a victimless crime the more that's stolen, the more a retailer has to sell, possibly for higher prices to make up for it he estimates it will cost at least $200 million in lost sales tax revenue this year. >> for the first time in my 27 years, public safety and crime ranks in the top one or two spots in terms of whether decide to locate. >> reporter: nearly two thirds of retailers say these organized retail gangs are more violent and aggressive than before adding increasing value and more retail ceos are speaking out. >> as forour employees, these are traumatic experiences. we're putting a multitile of measures in place, whether it's locking some of the product up, working with vendor partners, law enforcement or some of our
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trade federation we want to prioritize our employees and customer safety. it's been a horrible change. >> they're taking our products off the shelf and putting them online, and with need to go after that. >> reporter: many want stricter regulations for online selling >> i'm not saying that all of the online marketplaces are, you know, complicit, but i think there are something that are willfully blind. they know it's happening he know it's expensive to put countermeasures in place. >> reporter: 20 retail -- urged the reform act, which will require online marketplaces to disclose information for certain high-volume sellers. >> courtney, thank you. federal drug enforcement agents seized more fentanyl than ever before this year.
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the head of the d.e.a. said more that's enough to kill every single american. the administrator blamed mexican car tells and social media she's calling on the social media companies to do more to block the content. a simple blood test that could save your life that's the claim for a new technology that did screen more than 50 types of cancer. tonight, one man's story of survival and the hope of early detection for millions more. the medal of honor, an award reserve for the bravest and most selfless among is. today president biden honored three soldiers with it, only one of who is made it home alive inge tough.
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a new blood test scans for different types of cancer, and the start-up said it could even help doctors locate where the cancer is. nbc's senior international correspondent kate snow spoke to a man, who says that test may have saved his life. >> reporter: cancer was the last jim ford was worried about were you in good health? >> very good health. >> reporter: through sutter health in california, he volunteered to be part of a study on a blood test that can screen for more than 50 cancers. he was shocked when the results came back, and scans found stage 2 cancer in pancreas. >> she literally collapsed on the living room floor and
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sobbed we were both thinking it was a death sentence. >> reporter: but the death probably saved his life, because the cancer was found early dr. josh offman is president of grail, they created the gallery test >> most are happening in cancers we're not screening for at all. >> reporter: nobody is finding them >> yes ot five major cancers have screening tools. 71% of cancer deaths are caused by other canners. >> we're finding those cancers too late. >> reporter: gallery looks at blood for dna shed by cancer tumors if is sees it, it predicts where the cancer is. >> if it says cancer signal detected, predicted location ovary, the doctor will know to do an imaging test. >> it's available by prescription, but not covered by insurance. cost to the patient, $950.
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a positive result is not always right. up to half will turn out to be not cancer, but researchers say the results so far could potential revolutionize cancer screening. after surgery, chemo and rad yay, jim's surgical on coalist look agrees. >> catching it at stage 2 is a big deal it's like winning the lottery. >> reporter: jim is hoping his story may save others. he recently got to hold his new granddaughter. >> i was able to see her it meant a lot. >> those are happy tears >> yes very much so. >> reporter: i did think of researchers who thought of the theranos the answer is they've been very transparent about the results so far. the data has been submitted to
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all the authorities, the national cancer institute, as we mentioned, is thinking this has a lot of promise for the news, i'm kate snow. kate, thank you. women can get the abortion pill by mail the fda made the rule permanent. it expands access to abortion as the supreme weighs the future of roe v. wade. the pill called ru-486 is approved to terminate pregnancies up to 70 days in gestation. the white house unveiling a plan to replace every lead pipe in america vice president harris announced the plan today according to the administration, as many as 10 million american homes and 400,000 schools and child care facilities get their drinking water from lead pipes each one costs thousands of dollars to replace the american waterworks association says it would cost
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nearly $60 billion to replace every lead pipe. >> reporter: president biden asked congress for $45 million for led pipes, he only got $15 billion. the white house plans to cobble together funding from other sources, including leftover funds from the covid stimulus, and $15 billion the administration is counting on from the build back better bill, that has not passed congress officials say they're confident they can get the job done, regardless vice president harris calling it a matter of fairness >> so the bottom line is there is no reason in the 21st century for why people are still exposed to this substance that was poisoning people back in the 18th century. >> reporter: it was more than six years ago that the water crisis in flint, michigan, came
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to light and pushed this issue into the public eye, but the white house estimates there are still at least millions of pipes, no one knows the exact number epa saying no left of lead is safe for humans, while the white house says biden's promise to get rid of every remain lead pipe can be met in ten years. it's been nearly six months since the shocking surfside florida condo collapse now a grand jury in miami-dade county has just released a series of recommendations to avoid a similar disaster among the serious lessons learned, the report recommends revising the florida condominium law. the report says it's in desperate need of revision, rebuilding recertification every 15 years instead of the current 40 years condo boards must be involved
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three soldiers, at least stories of heroism today president biden awarded the medal of honor, the nation's highest military award, to men who served in iraq and afc. >> while today we honor three outstanding soldiers whose actions embody the highest ideals of service, we also remember the high price or military members and their families are willing to pay on behalf of our nation. with the stories behind the medals, here is peter alexander. >> reporter: it was august 2013 when a massive explosion tore a 60-foot hole in the perimeter wall of master sergeant blmlee's
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base suicide bombers stormed in. >> what was going through your head >> i was the right guy at the right place. >> reporter: they did not retreat but headed toward the attackers. armed with only a pistol, the groan beret shot two insurgents before spotting a third moments before the attacker detonated his vest >> he started sprinting toward me his eyes were incredibly open. i remember feeling the pain from the blast in my bones. >> reporter: he was injured, but kept fighting, running into enemy fire to carry a wounded soldier to safety. how did you not get shot >> i do not know >> the call to service is strong for people who serve, but the call to action is different.
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earl felt that he didn't look to see who he was trying to protect. he was protecting people. >> reporter: also honored today was christopher celiz, who sacrificed his life as they evacuated a wounded member. >> i know for a fact, if chris had know taken those accesses, he wouldn't have have been able to live with himself >> and alwyn cashe after his bradley fighting vehicle burt into flames, cashe, soaked in fuel, rushed to extinguish the driver, before catching fire himself. charging back into the burning vehicle over and over again to pull out not one, but all six of his wounded men. he died a few weeks later. today the president greeted cashe's sister why is it bittersweet? >> because he's not here and i
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would pay you a million dollars, something i don't have, for him to be here >> reporter: three lives connected. >> i think our stories will be bound together i hope i can represent them well. >> valor that will never be forgotten. for the news, i'm peter alexander. there's a mystery in milltown, rhode island every time a christmas tree pops up in an unlikely spot when it first appears, the tree has a star made of driftwood, but the branching are bare that's when the people in the area step in. >> the community stops by, and they put decorations, a memory of someone, or they just start their own traditions they put their ornaments there. >> people who live there say the tree appears after thanksgiving. it's gone in the new year. it's not clear when the extra dix started, who puts the tree up, or what happens to the ornaments. maybe this time of year, maybe
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