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world, this is early i'm laura jarrett. >> good morning, i'm christine romans. this is thursday, april 1st, first day of the month. breaking overnight another mass shooting in the u.s. this makes eight in march alone. four people including a child killed at an office complex in orange, california. one woman survived and is in the hospital in critical condition. >> the suspect also hospitalized in custody. it's not clear if he was shot by police or himself. >> over the next hours, days and weeks we will be attempting to determine and get as much information on the victims, our suspect and the relationship between those as well as the type of business which this occurred at. my understanding it's an upstairs and down stairs with a courtyard area. it is a situation that was moving from different areas so it is my understanding that it's throughout that area.
it's unclear at this point whether the attack was targeted or random. california governor gavin newsom calling the shooting horrifying and heartbreaking. in a statement overnight. we are staying on top of this all morning. now to the trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin where the jury on wednesday was forced to watch disturbing new footage from chauvin's own body cam. >> i cannot breathe. i cannot breathe. >> the man in handcuffs there, george floyd, pleading for his life until he stops talking. the jury also heard from chauvin directly about what he was thinking in this never seen -- before seen video. >> that's one person's opinion. we've got to control this guy because he is a sizable guy. it looks like he's probably on something. >> the man that chauvin is talking to from his squad car
there, charles mcmillian haunted by what you saw that day. the jury heard him on the body cam telling floyd to take it easy, quote, you can't win. watching it all unfold in court george floyd's family. >> they're suffering through this. 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. >> cnn's sara sidner is covering the trial for news minneapolis. >> reporter: christine and laura, we no doubt heard the most emotional and powerful testimony so far in the trial against former officer derek chauvin in the killing of george floyd. we heard from 61-year-old charles mcmillian, he said that he normally walks around the
neighborhood and that on this day he kind of started with a funny anecdote, he said he was just being nosy when he heard a commotion near cup foods on 38th and chicago here in minneapolis. and then he watched the situation devolve after being sort of jovial on the stand he suddenly broke down, sobbing, unable to control his tears as he watched video of what was happening to george floyd at the hands of police. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> hestop moving. >> mama, mama, mama, mama.
[ crying ] >> helpless. i don't have a mama, either, but i just -- >> as you might imagine that was extremely difficult for anyone to hear. we also heard very early on in the morning from a cashier who was inside cup foods who said that he, himself, felt guilty about having to get a manager to call the police because he was the one who noticed that the $20 bill that he was handed by floyd for some cigarettes didn't look right. he believed that bill was fake. later on he said, i wish i would never have taken it because this ended up in a death of george floyd. christine, laura? >> just a harrowing day of testimony. all right. president biden convening his cabinet at the white house for the first time today in the east room with space for social
distancing. a lot to discuss, but mr. biden plans to keep the focus on his huge infrastructure plan. the president's push kicked off in earnest yesterday with a speech framing the more than $2 trillion plan as a crucial investment in jobs, technology, the climate and america's future. the president saying this is not tinkering around the edges. the question is how to pay that ten-digit price tag. >> we're open to having that conversation. we expect this to be a bit of a journey. >> we're open to conversations. if people have other ideas about how to pay for it. >> once he proposes that our focus is also on having that engagement and discussion with members of congress. >> look, the president laid out a clear vision and a big vision, but is open to hearing ideas from every corner of our party and the other party, too. >> i had conversations last night with some republican senators and some democratic senators and everyone is open to the idea of having a conversation. >> so that's a lot of
conversations, a lot of discussions. let's be clear here, the president saying he's trying to get republicans on board will not stop him from doing what he thinks is right even if it means no gop support. senate democrats already preparing to use the same budget rule they used to pass biden's covid rescue package just with a simple majority. phil mattingly reports now from pittsburgh. >> reporter: christine and laura, president joe biden has made very clear with this administration whether it's coronavirus relief or what he's moving on to now, infrastructure and beyond, it's not just physical infrastructure, he is willing to go back and he is not willing to trim back the very ambitious proposals that his administration is putting on the table. none more so than perhaps the $2.25 trillion package he laid out here in pittsburgh on wednesday. yes, there is physical infrastructure in this package, $621 billion for things like roads and bridges, waterways and ports, but it is so much bigger than that. hundreds of billions of dollars for education infrastructure,
for water, for power grids, for a fleet of electric vehicles, really kind of reshaping the united states' economy and how it operates. it's through that historic prism which the president is citing the effort right now. take a listen. >> 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. it's time to build our economy from the bottom up and from the middle out, not the top down. it hasn't worked very well. >> reporter: administration officials know that this is just the smarting gun, there is a very heavy lift to come. if you think back to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that moved through congress, won quickly but also relatively easily. most of what the president put on the table ended up being signed into law. this is going to be a very different process. now, the president said he will reach out to republicans, he plans on having republicans into the oval office, he even spoke
to senate minority leader mitch mcconnell by phone to brief him on the plan on tuesday night. there is no expectation republicans are going to come on board in the end and part of the reason why is how the plan is financed. the $2.25 trillion is financed largely by increasing corporate taxes, 21% up to 28% on the corporate tax level, also a global minimum tax, 13% bumping that up to 21%, ending fossil fuel subsidies. many of these issues are complete con starters for republicans which puts a huge emphasis on the very narrow to almost no room for error margin that the democrats have on capitol hill in the house and the united states senate. they have to keep democrats together, they can't afford to lose them, and this is an area whether we are talking about tax policy, energy policy, all the climate elements of this plan where democrats disagree a lot on several issues, some democrats saying on the progressive kind of things the plan is too small already. the white house will have to try to figure that out over the coming weeks and months. this isn't going to be done in weeks, it's going to be done in
months if it gets done at all. right now president biden white house officials making clear they are willing to go big, they believe they are going bold and they believe that is the answer to a crisis that really several administrations have tried to address with no success up to this point. president biden making clear he believes this is the time and this is the moment for it to finally be different. guys? >> all right. phil, thank you so much. the powerful chamber of commerce business lobby called raising taxes on companies, quote, dangerously misguided. it said we strongly oppose the general tax increases proposed by the administration which will slow the economic recovery and make the u.s. less competitive globally. now, a lot of economists point out companies have been paying less for years, even before those 2017 tax cuts. while americans have been asked to do more. this is the effective corporate tax rate taxes as a share of earnings. it's been falling for 50 years and is at historic lows here. at the same time public spending
on infrastructure has been at a bare minimum for years. domestic spending to fix our roads and our infrastructure has been so low hardly enough to keep up with maintenance let alone build out investments that make the u.s. more competitive and which, by the way, are good for american business and help them make more money. president biden's infrastructure push could create a jobs boom in the fossil fuel industry, by the way. the plan calls for a $16 billion investment to close unused oil and gas wells and reclaim abandoned coal mines, that could make the overall $2 trillion plan more pat table for republicans and some democrats in west virginia home to senator joe manchin. laura, you know, you look at the corporate tax rate at 21% where it is right now, that was lowered from 35%, too high, everyone agreed, but it's so interesting. corporate america was lobbying for about 25% corporate tax rate, this he got less than that. one wonders if there is not a lot of negotiating room to maybe go back up to a 25% corporate tax rate which is still way below what it was before the
trump years and then everybody wins. >> just in terms of public support, it seems like having corporations pay for this is something that the president might have more success with than trying to get individuals to pay for it. >> absolutely. >> that would never go over well. still ahead for you, 15 million vaccine doses ruined, gone. what happened and what it means for the future of johnson & johnson's one-shot dose. who takes care of yourself. so why wait to screen for colon cancer? because when caught in early stages, it's more treatable. i'm cologuard. i'm noninvasive and detect altered dna in your stool to find 92% of colon cancers even in early stages. tell me more. it's for people 45 plus at average risk for colon cancer, not high risk. false positive and negative results may occur. ask your prescriber or an online prescriber if cologuard is right for you. i'll do it. good plan.
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welcome back. 23 minutes past the hour. the state department has ordered nonemergency personnel out of myanmar two months after launching a coup with a growing death toll. the military is offering up a ceasefire but there is a huge caveat. ivan watson live in hong kong. we've been following this from here, ivan, it seems like every development is more alarming than the last. >> reporter: yeah, i think it's pretty frightening how quickly things are falling apart. ? just the two months, christine,
since the february 1st military coup swept an elected civilian government from power, you have a growing number of countries calling on their citizens to please leave as soon as possible. the u.s. saying that it's evacuating nonessential personnel and their family members. you have the growing death toll and you've had days of air strikes in a border region that have been taking place by the military and now after like five days of air strikes that have killed dozens of people allegedly, the military now suddenly declaring a unilateral ceasefire but addressing it to ethnic armed groups in the border jungle regions and mountainous regions that have been battling the military for decades, not addressing people in the cities who are still protesting every day and being shot and killed on a daily basis. i'm hearing increasingly calls from the protest movement to stop the peaceful protest out in the streets and just get armed,
create improvised weapons to fight back. almost everybody i've talked to in myanmar in the past couple of days talks about the prospect of an impending civil war there. christine? >> just awful. thank you so much, matt. keep us posted. another day of gut wrenching testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial. so many witnesses racked by a sense of guilt for not being able to help george floyd. we are live in minneapolis next. w way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it. so ditch the old way of selling your car, and say hello to the new way at carvana.
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almost 30 minutes past the hour here in new york. the trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin resumes this morning. no doubt we will see more of this, witness after witness reliving the visceral trauma of george floyd's death under chauvin's knee, a death that launched a national reckoning on rac racism. >> takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to -- >> come on, man. >> that is the last thing jurors saw wednesday. derek chauvin's body cam footage shown publicly for the first time. a witness who tried to calm floyd broke down on the stand. [ crying ] >> oh, my -- i feel helpless.
i don't have a mama, either, but i just -- >> cnn's josh campbell covering the trial. he joins us live from minneapolis. i just feel for all of these people who witnessed this and were a part of this tragedy even tangentially, they are all on the stand talking about what a trauma this has been for them and how they wished all of this could have played out differently. it's just been heartbreaking to watch. >> reporter: absolutely. and that is one of the consistent themes that we've seen from these witnesses this, sense of regret, sense of guilt, wanting this to have ended differently, including that video we just saw there, 61-year-old charles mcmillian a local resident in the area, he was there on the scene seeing that interaction between police and george floyd. he broke down on the stand as he watched that video, again, just shows you that emotional side, his breakdown there causing the
judge to actually recess the trial for a bit. now, we also saw yesterday some cctv footage from inside the cup foods which shows george floyd interacting with store employees. it was alleged that he had tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, causing one of the store employees to call police. less than an hour after that video george floyd would be pinned to the ground underneath those minneapolis police officers. one of the cashiers from that store also testified yesterday in court, talking about the guilt that he is feeling even to this day. take a listen. >> 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: now, yesterday in court we also for the first time heard derek chauvin's voice on this body camera footage from the prosecution, part of their
exhibits that they had, he tried to justify his actions. take a listen to that video. >> that's one person's opinion. >> no. no. >> we've got to control this guy because he is a sizable guy. >> yeah, and i tried to get in the car -- >> looks like he's probably on something. >> reporter: now, that was chauvin's voice on that police footage, it's unclear whether or not we will actually hear him testify, it's unclear whether he will be testifying in his own defense during this trial. we do expect additional witnesses today as this murder trial continues. as you mentioned that theme that we continue to see we expect to continue to play out. people who were in and around that incident as george floyd lost his life there at the hands of these minneapolis police officers, so many people expressing regret, so many people expressing remorse, truly an emotional time in court here in minneapolis. >> thank you for your reporting and we will talk to you soon. to coronavirus now, the fda
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state's vaccination goal now to 100,000 shots per day. florida also reporting more variant cases while spring breakers run amok and then go home. cnn has the pandemic covered
coast to coast. >> reporter: i'm amara walker in atlanta. the crackdown continues in miami beach after officials say spring break crowds were out of control. so as a result of the chaos and disorder the city of miami beach is now extending its state of emergency through easter weekend. that means by 7:00 p.m. all outdoor seating at restaurants and sidewalk cafés in the high impact zone must close. the high impact zone will be closed to people and cars from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 in the morning. the restrictions take effect thursday april 1st and go through sunday april 4th. >> reporter: i'm martin savidge in atlanta. georgia will soon start rolling back the state's remaining coronavirus restrictions. that's the result of a number of executive orders signed by
governor brian kemp. many of those changes will go into effect next week. they include lifting the ban on large gatherings and cutting back a lot of the safety guidelines for businesses such
as bars, retail stores and entertainment sites. this comes even as federal health officials warn of a possible fourth surge and even as the governor himself is in self-quarantine after being exposed to the deadly disease. >> reporter: i'm pete muntean in washington. delta airlines will fill every seat on board its flights starting may 1st. it is the end of an era. delta was the last major u.s. airline to cap capacity on board its flights. policies that airlines put in place at the start of the pandemic. airlines insist that science is on their side. in fact, they say that heavily filtered air on board an airplane plus federally mandated masks will actually keep coronavirus transmission rates relatively low but the delta ceo says that 65% of delta's customers interest 2019 will have at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine by may 1st. delta unblocking that middle seat and now joining a belated
effort to take a stand against voting restrictions in delta's home base of georgia. the ceo said he has had time to understand the true effect of the law. he tells his employees in a memo it was based on a lie of election fraud in georgia. quote, it's evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. that is wrong. the ceo of coca-cola also denounced voting rights restrictions in georgia. >> 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. >> black fortune 500 executives also calling out their peers for their muted response. 72 of them signed a letter challenging them to be more forceful condemning these laws. president biden more
involved last night endorsing an idea from the major league baseball players association to move the 2021 all-star game out of atlanta. >> i would strongly support them doing that. the very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports and it's just not right. this is jim crow on steroids. >> jim crow on steroids. activists calling on the ceos to turn those words into action against voter suppression. the georgia democratic party wants the ceos of coca-cola and delta to get behind two democratic house bills that would help overturn voting restrictions in states like georgia. more bizarre twists in the sex trafficking probe of republican congressman matt gaetz. the "washington post" reports that two men made a proposal to gaetz's father, don gaetz. they would help the congressman if his father donated money to help them find robert levinson a
former fbi agent kidnapped in iran. the idea being that the congressman would get public credit for finding levinson. the source confirms to cnn the justice department is investigating the congressman over allegations of sex trafficking that involves a minor. >> it's part of a broader probe of another florida politician, that investigation began in the closing months of the trump administration under attorney general bill barr. cnn has learned he was briefed several times. gaetz claims he is the victim of extortion but a prominent florida official says even if there is extortion gaetz isn't off the hook. >> extortion is not a defense to child sex trafficking. it's a smoke screen in my opinion here because you can have both of these things. even if there is extortion here and the evidence does not bear it out, but we shall see, it does not negate the crime of child sex trafficking. you could have both things at the same time. >> house gop leader kevin mccarthy says if the allegations against congressman gaetz is
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with the uk covid variant on the rise in the u.s. the part of the reason for concern is what it's doing to europe. coronavirus cases driven by the variant are surging in some of the most populous parts of the europe including among younger people, 9 o% of germany's new cases are the uk variant. now france locking down once again. cnn's melissa bell is live in paris. melissa, what's the latest there? >> reporter: well, we heard from the french president yesterday, laura, and after weeks and weeks of resisting france's third partial lockdown in the end he caved to the pressure and more specifically to the numbers, referring to this variant-driven
third wave as an epidemic within an wepd. the world health organization warning as well this morning that europe is in trouble basically because these new variants and the one first identified in the united kingdom which now represents not just as you said nearly 90% of new cases in germany but the vast majority of cases in france, the vast majority in italy and other european countries, the world health organization warning that it isn't just that it is more contagious it's also that it leads to greater, faster hospitalizations and that's really what we've seen in france. the people now who have covid-19 and are in icu more than 5,000 of them here in france, first time since april we have seen anything like that figure, and as the french president pointed out last night, the faces of those people have changed. 44% of them are now under the age of 65. so they are more dangerous variants, they are spreading faster and they are bringing different people into icus, i krc us beginning to buckle under the pressure.
a great deal of criticism for the french president and so late having resisted these calls from doctors and heads of icus for faster tougher action. many say it may be too little too late to prevent the viruses and this new variant from causing havoc to france's health care system. >> part of the problem the same in the stwauts, younger people haven't been vaccinated yet and the virus is catching up. melissa bell, thank you so much. back here in the u.s. the biden administration set to open a tenth shelter for migrant children in houston as it races to find space for a soaring number of kids arriving alone at the southern border. kids like this. new footage released by u.s. can ku oms and border protection shows what the agency calls human smugglers dropping two children over a 14-foot high barrier into new mexico. internal estimates show the u.s. is on track to see a record high of more than 2 million migrants at the border by this fall. a major recall for a popular
brand of hummus. sabra is recalling 10 ounce packages of its classic hummus because of salmonella concerns. no illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported. the affected packages have a best before date of april 26th. shoppers, take note here, you could soon pay more for huggies, pull-ups and scott brand toilet paper. the maker announcing it will increase prices on a majority of its consumer products in north america. the company blames rising commodities costs, expect most of the increases to take place in june. what they thought was a traffic stop for speeding turned out to be something completely different for two florida state troopers. the driver's pregnant wife was in labor and they were rushing to the hospital but never made t the troopers delivered the baby on the side of the road. >> he's okay. she's okay. she's okay. she's okay. >> it was a girl, happy to
report, mother and baby both healthy, taken to the hospital and thankfully no speeding ticket. >> the beautiful sound of the newborn crying. let's get a check on cnn business this morning. looking at markets around the world to start a new month and a new quarter. gains in asian shares they have closed for the day and europe has opened higher as well. stock index futures up a little bit but not very much. stocks closed the quarter mixed wednesday capping off a turbulent month on wall street, the dow fell 83 points, the s&p 500 hit a record high, the nasdaq finished up 1.5%. even with the decline yesterday the dow had its best month since november. take a look at the past year. the dow is up 50% since the march low last year. the nasdaq up 72%. quite a rally. some relief for americans who lost their job last year and have already filed their taxes. the irs will automatically recalculate returns to account for the new tax break on the first $10,200 of unemployment
benefits in 2020. the president's american rescue plan waives medical taxes on the jobless benefits but many had already filed their returns before it was signed into law. the irs says it will send any refund directly to filers starting in may and continuing into the summer. remember the deadline to file your 2020 returns is now may 17th. after a year of working from home big tech companies are slowly bringing their employees back to the office and providing a blueprint really of what the return to work culture could look like. uber's new office in san francisco opening at 20% capacity monday, with employees allowed to come back on a voluntary basis. facebook said it will open certain bay area offices at 10% capacity starting in may. facebook employees also have the option of not returning to the office at all, laura. coronavirus restrictions won't be the only changes for cleveland indians fans at progressive field this season. the team announcing that fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses and face paint at home games. the indians already dropped their chief wahoo logo, team
logo, and have pledged to change their nickname over backlash over racist caricatures. opening day of major league baseball finally here and so are the fans but some stadiums will have more than others, coy wire has this morning's "bleacher report." >> plenty to be optimistic about this opening day. last season only 60 games long, it didn't start until late july, but today players are back on fields to start a full 162-game season in front of the real live home crowds they've missed. >> 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! >> reporter: 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 also be at 20% capacity when they open defense of their world series title. >> regardless if there is 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, you know, last year when there weren't any. having fans in the stands makes it a more fun environment. >> reporter: and with tacks governor opening up his state the texas rangers are wide open, up to 100% capacity for their home opener with masks, but 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 are very 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. ♪ we 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'll be seeing you ♪ >> laura and christine, the rangers' decision to open globe life field at full capacity has been met with widespread criticism. president biden expressed his reservations. listen.
>> i think it's a mistake. they should listen to dr. fauci and the scientists and the experts and -- but i think it's not responsible. >> rangers play at kansas city today but their home opener is monday, full capacity, more than 40,000, social distancing will be really tough if not impossible in those stands, christine. president biden, again, stressing fans have to be responsible. >> all right. coy, thank you so much for that. nice to see you this morning. uncle sam wants you to design a new facemask. the department of health and human services launching a contest with $500,000 in prize money for the best mask. the challenge, you have to fix issues like discomfort, fogged glasses, difficulty reading facial expressions, problems speaking through masks. up to ten winners will split a $100,000 prize. >> you have to get in on that. all right. a good will employee in oklahoma had quite a surprise while sorting through a pile of
donations. andrea leasing found $42,000 tucked between two sweaters. she was shocked but didn't think twice about returning the money. leslie said it was a lesson for her six-year-old daughter on the importance of honesty and her good deed was rewarded. the owner of the lost cash gave leasing $1,000 in return. i have heard of money under the mattress, but not between two sweaters. $42,000, that's a lot of cash. >> the bank is a little safer but i'm glad the owner got the money back. cheers to good will and for everybody involved tracking down the real owner of that $42,000. >> the business correspondent in you is not happy with cash in a sweater. >> return on investment in the sleeve is zero. all right. thanks for joining us, i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. "new day" is next. [music: “you're the best” by joe esposito] [music: “you're the best” by joe esposito]
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