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don't let the u.s. become like europe. and a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that president biden calls a once in a generation opportunity. we will tell you how he plans to pay for it. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching here, in the united states, canada and around the world, i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." nope ♪ ♪ in just a few hours a new witness is expected to testify in the trial of derek chauvin, the former police officer accused of killing george floyd last summer. the court got a glimpse of new videos on day three of the trial showing floyd's deadly encounter with police and witnesses expressed how helpless they felt as they stood and watched floyd die. cnn's sara sidner has details
from minneapolis. >> reporter: on the third day of testimony we heard no doubt the most powerful, emotional and poignant testimony from a 61-year-old man who normally walks the neighborhood. he began with kind of a funny anecdote that he was just being nosy when he heard the commotion outside of cup foods, but then he breaks down in uncontrolled sobs as he watches what happens between george floyd and the police officers. 61-year-old eyewitness charles mcmillen took the stand breaking down in sobs after prosecutors played this body camera video of george floyd interacting with pol police. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> he is not moving. >> mama, mama, mama.
>> helpless. i don't have a mama, either, but i just -- >> reporter: mcmillen is the man you hear on the video begging floyd to give into police before floyd is taken to the ground. >> you ain't going to win. >> if i have any interaction with officers myself and i understand once you get in the cuffs you can't win, you're done. >> reporter: mcmillen told the jury he regularly walks his neighborhood, in fact, he bumped into officer chauvin there five days before floyd's arrest. >> five days ago i told you the other day go home to your family safe, but today i have to look at you as a maggot. >> on this day in court the jury also saw george floyd alive, watching not seen before surveillance video from inside the cup foods store. 19-year-old former cashier christopher martin took the stand to explain what was going on leading up to police
arriving. >> do you recall what it was that you sold to him? >> a pack of cigarettes. he seemed very friendly. approachable. he was talkative. he seemed to just be having an average memorial day, just living his life. >> reporter: a scene from everyday life, but the jury knows they are watching a dead man walking. in less than an hour floyd will be struggling for his life under then officer derek chauvin's knee. martin says floyd seemed high. >> when i had asked him if he played baseball, he went on to respond to that, but it kind of took him a little long, so it would appear that he was high. >> reporter: and paid for cigarettes with an odd-looking $20 bill. >> a assumed that it was fake. >> reporter: he testified the store policy is if a cashier accepts counterfeit money it comes out of their paycheck. >> i took it anyway and i was planning to just put it on my tab until i second guessed
myself and as you can see in the video i kept examining it and i eventually told my manager. >> reporter: the manager of the store asked another employee to call police on floyd after the teenage employees confronted floyd at his car twice. when police eventually detained floyd, martin heard a commotion and went outside. >> george was motionless, limp, and chauvin seemed very -- he was in a resting state. >> what was going through your mind during that time period? >> disbelief. and guilt. >> why guilt? >> if i would have just not tooken the bill this could have been avoided. >> reporter: and for the first time we hear chauvin explaining on his body camera why he restrained floyd. >> i have to control this guy because he is a sizable guy. looks like he's probably on something. >> reporter: the jury then saw the excruciating close video
from several angles, all of it from officers' body cameras. >> mama, i love you. >> reporter: it takes several minutes before you hear an officer, just one, question chauvin's tactics. >> roll on his side. okay. i just worry about the [ inaudible ] or whatever. >> reporter: that is incredibly difficult video to watch. the jurors watched about a half an hour or so of that and it was from many different angles showing exactly what it sounded like and it almost gave you the sense of what it felt like to be george floyd and those officers during that time. you can hear his labored breathing, you can hear him begging for his mother, you can hear him begging for his breath. those are the last words and the last images that the jury saw before they wept for break
waiting for the next day of testimony. sara sidner, cnn, minneapolis. as new videos emerge in court the attorney for george floyd's family told cnn the family is suffering as they watched the graphic footage showing floyd's final moments of life. >> george suffered. he was tortured, there is no question about that. the floyd family is going through a torture every single day. you know, i had the deep honor and privilege of getting to know them over this period of time and i do love them, i respect them, but i know what they're going through and they're suffering thrororororo. this is very hard for them now to see new footage, new angles, and they're hearing the visceral groans and grunts, the grueling aspect of george fighting for his life. it's just unimaginable. >> he also says despite the emotional day the family has
been able to rely on each other for comfort. the united states has made significant gains in bringing down the number of new covid infections since the peak at the start of the year, but america's top infectious disease expert says the recent decline has stalled and that worries him. listen to this. >> we've come down to a level that plateaued and is not continuing to go down and we're right up to around 60,000 new infections per day, which puts you at considerable risk of rebounding up, essentially what they're seeing in europe. >> parents of school-aged children in the u.s. can take heart, at least one vaccine appears to be safe and effective for kids. cnn's alexandra field has our report. >> reporter: they are a critical part of putting an end to the pandemic. >> even though kids don't get super sick, having them vaccinated is just going to be to be so helpful for us getting this virus under control. >> reporter: that day seemingly
closer now, pfizer announcing its covid-19 vaccine proved 100% effective in a small clinical trial of 12 to 15 year olds. the fda will still need to allow that age group to get the shot. >> the bottom line is that by the fall i think there's a good responsibility we will be vaccinating teenagers, 12 and up. >> reporter: perhaps key to putting more kids back in school and critically health experts say to reaching herd immunity. >> we have to ensure that parents accept this data, that parents believe that this science is valid and that they're eager to see their children be vaccinated. >> reporter: new cdc data shows covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the u.s. in 2020. today 37% of adults have had at least one dose of a vaccine. still, new cases are climbing. the national daily average up a quarter in the last week. >> it's really a combination of a couple things. the first is the variants are here and they're spreading. we're seeing outbreaks, we're seeing rising numbers of b.1.1.7
cases across the country. the second is states are opening up. >> reporter: this week a flurry of appeals from the biden administration. >> we need a simple thing of every governor, mayor and local leader and that is to heed what the president is asking in return. simply to maintain or to reinstate mask mandates. >> reporter: the governor of mississippi balking at that request in this tweet. let me get this straight, potus, biden, wants mississippi to reverse course and reinstate a mask mandate because cases are going up in new york and new jersey. no thank you, mr. president. arkansas has dropped its mask mandate. >> we are so close. so very close to getting back to the everyday activities we all miss so much, but we're not quite there yet. >> reporter: a lot of people would like to be there. according to the tsa we've hit a 20-day streak of more than a million daily air travelers. enough demand it seems for delta
to decide it's time to go back to selling those empty middle seats starting may 1st. the new cdc data shows us that the covid-19 death rate in 2020 was highest among hispanics. in the first few months of 2021 dr. rochelle walensky is saying the communities of color continue to be disproportionately affected. new cases of covid-19 are rising so fast across europe that the entire nation of france, all 65 million people, will begin a third lockdown beginning on saturday. the french president says surging variants have created an epidemic within an epidemic. in his national address wednesday night president macron said he understood the frustration of another lockdown but assured the french people the hardships won't last forever. >> translator: so tonight i'm speaking to you with as much humility as determination. to tell you that we're going to
hold on again and try to take stock of the epidemic, the next steps. try to say that if we remain united, if we know how to organize ourselves over the next few weeks, then we will see the end of the tunnel and we will meet again. >> all right. let's bring in cnn paris correspondent melissa bell. melissa, earlier, as you know, this year the president decided against more restrictions, now the country seems to be paying the price for that decision. >> reporter: and a great deal of criticism, kim, as a result of emanuel macron's initial hesitation, determination, rather, to avoid this third partial lockdown and in the end the fact that that epidemic within an epidemic forced him to change. so, yes, schools now closed for the next three weeks, the country under partial lockdown for a month as they try to bring down those figures. the game changer here, kim, and emanuel macron stressed this in his announcement yesterday has been the spread of the new
variant, the one first identified in the united kingdom in particular, it now represents the vast majority of new cases here in france. we had a figure from germany as well this morning, that new variant now represents nearly 90% of new cases in germany. it is spreading so much faster, leading to more hospitalizations, leading to younger people and people with no comorbidities finding themselves in hospital. it has changed the situation and obliged emanuel macron to do this, he simply had no choice. icus and hot spots in paris are very close to breaking point. he also spoke to the vaccination campaign, the world health organization this morning calling the rollout in europe unacceptably slow. emanuel macron recognized it had been too slow so far, vowing to have it pick up but that question of supplies still a big one for european leaders even as they have this race against time and in particular this race against the new variants, kim. >> absolutely. thank you so much, melissa bell in paris.
from rebuilding america's roads could creating millions of american jobs president joe biden has unveiled what he calls a once in a generation investment, a $2 trillion proposal focusing on infrastructure. cnn's jeff zeleny has the details of the plan. >> it's big, yes. it's bold, yes. and we can get it done. >> reporter: president joe biden unveiling his highly anticipated infrastructure plan, a $2 trillion proposal that goes far beyond rebuilding the nation's crumbling roads and bridges. >> it's not a plan that tinkers around the edges, it's a once in a generation investment in america. unlike anything we've seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago. >> reporter: in pittsburgh, a city that's become a symbol of innovation in his native pennsylvania, biden pledging to reshape the american economy,
create millions of jobs and make the country more competitive on the global stage. >> we can't delay. we can't delay another minute. it's long past due. >> reporter: he's calling it the american jobs plan, the first half of a two-part package. now the top priority on biden's agenda. it stands as the biggest test of biden's presidency. not only in trying to keep democrats unified, given their narrow majorities in congress, but also in trying to win over republicans, skeptical about the scope and cost of the bill. >> the divisions of the moment shouldn't stop us from doing the right thing for the future. >> reporter: the plan calls for investing $621 billion to rebuild 20,000 miles of roads, 10,000 bridges, public transit, waterways and ports. it would also accelerate a shift to electric vehicles by building a national network of 500,000 charging stations by 2030. it would also allocate $400 billion to bolster care giving for aging and disabled americans
by expanding access to long term care services and improving the wages of home health care workers. the bill also proposes sweeping investments in creating new manufacturing jobs, affordable housing, upgrading water systems to improve drinking water in communities, building schools and expanding broadband to urban and rural areas of the country still without high speed internet. >> this plan is important not only for what and how it builds but it's also important to where we build. it includes everyone regardless of your race or your zip code. >> reporter: to help pay for eight years of spending biden is proposing to raise the corporate income tax rate from 28% to 21%. the rate had been as high as 35% before former president trump cut taxes in 2017. rebuilding infrastructure has long been a bipartisan goal, the senate minority leader mnl said the tax increases and massive scope of the bill make it a nonstarter >> but this is not going to be apparently an infrastructure
package, it's like a trojan horse. it's called infrastructure, but inside the trojan horse is going to be more borrowed money and massive tax increases on all the productive parts of our economy. >> reporter: moderate and progressive democrats have concerns, too, giving the white house little room for error as it begins the tedious legislative work that will almost certainly take months, speaker nancy pelosi says an early goal of july 4th for the house to pass the bill, an optimistic timeline given the questions already mounting in the senate. biden starting his sales pitch with a promise to go big, calling for transformational change in the vain of the legacies of fdr or lbj. >> if we act now, in 50 years people are going to look back and say this was the moment that america won the future. >> reporter: the white house cast this as a once in a century opportunity and president biden said if the united states will become the most innovative
economy in the world this plan is necessary. now, of course, republicans are skeptical about the price tag and how it will be paid for. democrats, too. but the sales pitch begins on thursday here at the white house when president biden convenes the first cabinet meeting of his presidency. jeff zeleny, cnn, the white house. all right. let's talk more about that with cnn's john defterios. john, can we make any comparisons here with any other countries that have done something similar? >> yeah, it's a great point, kim, because if you look overseas and you can go into the european union you could take germany and france as examples of where the government plays the role of building out infrastructure here, particularly when it comes to rail, road, health care and then the state schooling system at the same time. you can transfer that to japan, another g7 economy, a smaller economy like singapore known because of its infrastructure, it's free trade, but having
excellent schooling system at the same time. but joe biden here, i think, kim, at the same time is living up to an election campaign pledge, three bs, building back better. he thinks this is instrumental in terms of u.s. economy and i think it was interested that he targeted 13 million jobs but for the lower middle class and the poor. 75% of the jobs will go to those that don't have a four-year university education and this is excellent in terms of job creation going forward as well. and i noticed here, kim, the other thing is that if you look at the market reaction around the world, whether it's in asia and europe, we've had a rally because even though there's $5 trillion of stimulus spending on the pandemic, another $2 trillion in infrastructure is getting the nod of approval because people think it's the right thing to do. corporate tax, it's interesting that joe biden went the midway point, not 21% of donald trump, not 35% under president obama but something in the middle at 28% and closing the loopholes
for corporations not to leave their profits overseas and lower tax havens like ireland and singapore. he wants to repatriate that money at a u.s. corporate tax rate of 28%. kim? >> thanks so much, john defterios in abu dhabi. the u.s. border patrol has released startling video of smugglers dropping two toddlers over a 14 foot high fence along the u.s./mexico border in the dark of night. you can see a person lowering a three-year-old and a five-year-old over the barrier into new mexico and dropping the children the rest of the way down. the smuggler then runs away. authorities say the children weren't hurt. now, this comes as the biden administration is struggling to contain an influx of migrant children at the southern border. the administration says it plans to open its tenth temporary shelter for unaccompanied children and it will be located in houston, texas. remote learning has become a way of life for many children, but when children don't show up
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watching us here in the united states, canada and around the world, i'm kim brunhuber and you're watching "cnn newsroom." returning to our top story on the pandemic, there's hope that american children younger than 16 may soon be able to get vaccinated against the disease. a clinical trial of the pfizer/biontech vaccine was found to be 100% effective in children ages 12 to 15. that data will now be submitted to u.s. regulators.
in the meantime school districts are coping with the enormous challenge of trying to keep track of students who aren't in the classroom. cnn's ryan young has that story for us. >> i just wanted to give you a call -- >> reporter: hundreds of calls like this one are being made each day. calls that could help change a kid's life. >> he's only missed one single day since the beginning of the semester. >> reporter: kathleen richardson works for a nonprofit helping find students who aren't participating in class or logging in to online classes at all, something that school districts around the kund tree are struggling with. >> it's concern, it's disheartening. >> reporter: eric watson is the principal at stockbridge high school outside atlanta, he along with other schools in his district has created local care teams to make sure students who are learning virtually are engaging the same way they would be in a classroom. what's your concern western you see a kid that's not logging on? >> you just don't know what's going on in the home because we normally spend more time with the students than their parents
do. >> reporter: henry county public schools has nearly 43,000 students from pre-k through 12th grade. out of the 1,400 students that would normally be roaming the halls of this high school only 200 attend classes in-person. while the school is still majority virtual their care team is making phone calls, home vits its and checking students' social media. >> sometimes we go on facebook or instagram. >> reporter: school officials are personally concerned about the learning loss made worse by the pandemic. >> you know kids are losing out on this precious amount of time for education that might change their lives and you are an educator. so how does that hit you when you realize that this is really going on? >> that's the one that pulls on all of our hearts as educators because what do we do? we educate. with he love on our children and we like them to be in front of us, but we do everything that we can to wrap our arms around those babies from a distance. >> reporter: a survey showed
that student absences nationally have doubled during the pandemic. daily absentee rates among high schoolers were the highest at 13%, with middle school absentee rates at 11% and elementary school rates at the lowest of 9%. and it's not necessarily long term absences that are most worrying according to the georgia department of education. missing more than five days of school each year begins to impact student academic performance. and these school districts are deploying more resources to make sure their students have what they need to log on for class. >> we have had partnerships to provide hot spots to students but then also providing them with that real live support on walking them through how do you log on? >> reporter: at marietta city schools the covid-19 pandemic accelerated the rollout of a program to get google chrome books to all 8,900 students. >> whether it's making sure that we are out there providing the
necessities for each family, we've been able to change the narrative of what school looks like and what we do. >> reporter: but even with the resources to log on, mosley's team is still actively tracking students working with police in extreme cases. keeping kids in school is a part of the job, but these missing children are something that's personal to these educators. >> but when you can't find a kid it's almost like you lost one of your own so you don't give us, you never stop. >> reporter: ryan young, cnn, atlanta, georgia. more than 70 prominent black business leaders are now urging corporate america to oppose new laws and bills being introduced across the country that aim to restrict voting. in a letter they said, quote, as black business leaders we cannot sit silently in the face of this gathering threat to our nation's democratic values and allow the fundamental right of americans to cast their votes for whomever they choose to be trampled upon yet again. we call upon our colleagues in corporate america to join us in taking a nonpartisan stand for
equality and democracy. now, this comes one week after georgia's governor signed a sweeping bill into law that opponents say will reduce minority voting. they also say companies based in georgia haven't done enough to speak out against it. as calls to boycott delta, home depot and coca-cola grow, several ceos are now blasting the new law. >> let me be crystal clear and unequivocal. this legislation is unacceptable. it is a step backwards and it does not promote principles we have stood for in georgia. >> and georgia isn't alone, as i mentioned, there are now efforts under way across dozens of states to restrict voting access. cnn's joe johns takes a closer look. >> reporter: jim crow is making a come back. the fictional black-faced character from minstrel shows who came to symbolize second class citizenship for millions
of americans. ♪ >> reporter: jim crow is also the name used to describe unequal racial segregation rules that banned black people from eating at white-owned restaurants, staying at white-owned hotels and fully participating in the election process. now as hundreds of new proposals to scale back voter participation in elections make their way through state legislatures the parallels with the past are inescapable. elizabeth johnson rice was 19 when she went to jail fighting jim crow 61 years ago as a college student at virginia union university. she and 33 other students were locked up for a sit-in at a local department store. the alleged crime, trespassing a at whites only lunch counter in richmond. >> if you wanted a meal you had to go into the alley, to the door, and let them serve it to you through the door in the alley. >> reporter: virginia like many states also had strict voting rules with poll taxes and
literacy tests, while other states had something known as the eight box rule requiring a separate box and separate sheets of paper for ballots for each office, slight variations could cause ballots to be thrown out. >> every time you vote for a person it's got to be the right box and the right size paper because so many were illiterate. >> reporter: but comparing today's proposals to limit voting with jim crow laws of the past can only go so far. >> what's happening now is worse than anything that i would think could ever happen to a democracy. living in america. >> reporter: how could it be worse? because johnson rice says the new proposals, more than 250 in 45 states and counting according to data from the progressive leaning brennan center for justice, are inspired by former president donald trump's big lie, claiming the last presidential election was stolen due to massive voter fraud. >> i mean, it really is
upsetting for people to -- to take a lie, take an untruth, and spin it and spin it and spin it and then blatantly in front of you let you know this is what we're going to do for you. we're going to keep you from voting. >> reporter: and some of those proposals have already become law, like the one in georgia making it a misdemeanor to deliver food or water to people standing in line to vote. proponents of the measure claim it's not racist, it's just to keep people from trying to influence voters on election day, but the brennan center for justice says jim crow election laws were also presented as neutral at the time. >> they look neutral on their face, so did so many of the jim crow laws, but in their impact they really hit voters of color and young voters and poor voters much harder than other people. these proposed laws are carefully tailored to make it harder to vote for some people
but not for others. >> reporter: elizabeth johnson rice's trespassing conviction was eventually vacated by the u.s. supreme court and the expectation is the courts will have to intervene against the flood of current legislation, but given the current composition of the high court and its conservative majority, she's not so sure they will have the final say this time around. >> i think it's going to be the voice of the people so loud in a nonviolent way. >> reporter: joe johns, cnn, richmond, virginia. we're getting new details on the u.s. justice department's investigation into florida congressman matt gaetz over allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution. as cnn's paula reid reports from washington gaetz is alleging he and his family are the victims of an extortion attempt. >> reporter: cnn has learned that former attorney general bill barr received multiple briefings on this sex trafficking investigation into representative gaetz and the source familiar says barr did
not object to the probe which is really heating up now as gaetz appears to be trying to distract from these serious allegations by insisting he is the real victim. news that the then attorney general bill barr received multiple briefings while he was in office on the sex trafficking investigation into representative matt gaetz. a source familiar with the matter tells cnn barr did not take issue with the case, which began in the final months of the trump administration. another source tells cnn that gaetz is being investigated over allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution, including involving a minor. congressman gaetz is denying the allegations after "the new york times" reported he was under investigation for allegations involving a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old by the justice department. >> it is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. >> reporter: the investigation is looking into whether the florida republican paid a
17-year-old to travel with him, according to the "times." a possible violation of sex trafficking laws. >> that is verifiably false. people can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case. >> reporter: a person briefed on the probe confirmed to cnn that federal authorities were investigating gaetz as part of a broader probe into trafficking allegations against another florida politician. >> you know, providing for flights and hotel rooms for people that you're dating who are of legal age is not a crime. >> reporter: according to gaetz the story is part of a $25 million extortion attempt against his family to make the doj investigation disappear. gaetz said on fox news they were supposed to wire a $4.5 million down payment today. >> the department of justice were so concerned about this attempted extortion of a member of congress that they asked my dad to wear a wire. i am demanding that the department of justice and the fbi release the audio recordings
that were made under their supervision. >> reporter: the justice department, though, has so far declined to comment, but according to a source familiar with the investigation, federal prosecutors are examining these allegations of extortion, it is separate from the ongoing investigation into gaetz. the lawmaker alleges a former doj official is the one trying to extort him. >> his name is david mcgee. >> reporter: mcgee a private attorney in florida left the justice department in the '90s. his law firm release ago statement today. the allegation by the congressman is both false and defamatory. while he was with the doj he would never have entertained a scheme such as what congressman gaetz suggests nor would he today. gaetz's interview with tucker carlson took a strange turn. >> you and i went to dinner about two years ago, your wife was there and i brought a friend of mine, you will remember her, and she was actually threatened by the fbi. >> i don't remember the woman you are speaking of or the
context at all honestly. >> reporter: carlsson distanced himself afterwards. >> that was one of the weirdest interviews i have ever conducted. >> reporter: cnn has also learned that gaetz has been shopping around for a defense attorney over the past several weeks as his political future really hangs in the balance. earlier today house minority leader kevin mccarthy says he hasn't had a chance to speak with gaetz but acknowledges these allegations are serious and if true he will deal with it. paula reid, cnn, washington. sleep deprivation, torture and bad medical care, that's what a russian opposition leader says he is on a prison hunger strike so we're live in moscow. we will explain all that after the break. stay with us. without the lactose. so you can enjoy it even if you're sensitive. yet some say it isn't real milk. i guess those cows must actually be big dogs. sit! i said sit!
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by the 1998 bombings at the u.s. embassies in kenya and tanzania, the attack on the u.s.s. coal and the murder of an aid worker. it is part of a deal to end sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. russian opposition leader alexei navalny says he is not getting the medical care he needs in prison to he is going on a munger strike. matthew chance has details from moscow. >> reporter: the plight of this russian opposition figure continues to draw international attention. first he was poisoned with a suspected nerve agent, then he was arrested and jailed, now alexei navalny has announced he is on hunger streak to demand doctors are allowed to visit him at the penal colony where he is serving two and a half years behind bars. i have the right to call a doctor and get medication. they give me neither, he wrote on an instagram message posted by his political team. the back pain has moved to a leg, parts of my right leg and
now my left leg have lost sensitivity, he added. images of a letter sent by navalny to the head of the penal colony also shared by navalny's team on social media in which he said that his hunger strike would continue until he is seen by a doctor from outside. navalny of course has been a fierce critic of russian president vladimir putin focusing attention on allegations of rampant corruption among russian officials organizing mass anti-kremlin protests. in august last year he fell seriously sick on a plane from siberia and was eventually medevaced to germany where he was treated for suspected nerve agent poisoning. russian officials deny any involvement in that incident. navalny returned to russia earlier this year where he was arrested and convicted on charges he says were politically motivated and sent to prison. russia prison authorities say navalny is being given all necessary medical attention and
treated just like any other convict. matthew chance, cnn, maoscow. the suez canal authority says shipping is back to normal levels. divers are inspected the hull of the massive container that held up traffic for days. egypt says losses from the blockage could reach $1 billion. ben wedeman reports from cairo. >> reporter: it's been more than two days that the suez canal is fully operational, but the saga of the ever given goes on. the massive container ship remains anchored in the great bitter lake where it has been inspected for sea worthiness. wednesday afternoon egyptian investigators boarded the ship, they're particularly interested in gaining access to the vessel's voice and data recorders, its so-called black box. tuesday the ship's owners promised to fully cooperate with
the investigation into the ever given's grounding, failure to cooperate could have dire circumstances. the chief investigator told egyptian tv that if the ever given does not respond to our requests, this will turn into a civil suit. there will be an order to seize the ship and its cargo. ben wedeman, cnn, cairo. well, it's a day baseball fans have been waiting months for. opening day 2021. we will tell you what to expect adds major league ballparks open their gates for the first games of the season. stay with us.
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woods' car crash is over but it's not clear when if ever the public will find out what led to the wreck. the l.a. county sheriff said on facebook he won't be releasing the cause due to, quote, privacy issues. the 15-time majors champion suffered serious leg injuries in the crash and is recupering at home. the sheriff's department has asked the golfer for permission to release details of the probe. no word on that so far. the sheriff previously called the rollover an accident and said tiger wouldn't face any charges. professional and amateur sports all took major hits last year with delays and cancellations due to the pandemic. president biden spoke with espn about how he thinks the new baseball season might be affected. listen to this. >> mr. president, how do you envision this season going with so much up in the air still? >> well, there's not so much up in the air if we listen, but, god willing, the way the vaccines are getting out now and the way we're working, i think
we ought to be able to, as i said, set a goal by the fourth of july to be able to at least have a small barbecue in the backyard with family and by the time we get into the fall hopefully things are moving. i don't think early in the baseball season it's going to happen, though. >> but major league baseball's opening day is here today and fans are anxious to get back to the ballpark to see their favorite teams despite the pandemic. cnn's coy wire has the details. >> reporter: last season's opening day it was take my cardboard cutout to the ball game. now it's back to take me out to the ball game. >> yeah, baby. here we go. >> major league baseball giving all 30 teams the go ahead to host fans to start their seasons, but it won't be the same at every park. new york's mayor is opening the doors to 20% capacity at yankees and mets home games, as is chicago's mayor, at the cubs and white sox parks. the l.a. dodgers will be at 20%
capacity when they open defense of their world series title. >> regardless if there's ten fans or 2,500, whatever it is, it's going to be a special day for all of us. >> we probably as players didn't realize, you know, necessarily how much we appreciate having fans in the stands until last year when there weren't any. having fans in the stands makes it a more fun environment. >> reporter: and with texas governor opening up his state the texas rangers are wide open, up to 100% capacity for their home opener with masks. starting on game two that number will be reduced with social distancing. how you watch the game is going to be a lot different than you're used to. you will have to be in masks and practice social distancing, you will even be encouraged to buy those peanuts and cracker jacks on your phone. >> we're excited to have our fans back in the stadium and we appreciate their patience and understanding throughout this entire process, but it should be
a seamless recognizable experience as they have had in the past. >> reporter: while vaccines won't be required for fans to enter ballparks, some parks have jumped into being part of the mass vaccination effort. ♪ ♪ vaccinate against covid ♪ ♪ we give a shot in your arm ♪ >> reporter: boston's fenway park was one of 11 stadiums to open its doors as vaccination sites with over 11 million shots being administered. major league baseball also joining 12 other major sports leagues in a video helping to educate the public about the importance of getting vaccinated. ♪ and i will be seeing you ♪ that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. "early start" is up next. was that your great-grandmother,
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