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we will see you next time. [alause] right now on "america this morning," drama in the courtroom. what could happen next in the kyle rittenhouse murder trial. >> don't get brazen with me. >> will a mistrial be declared. what legal experts are saying and why basketball star lebron james is weighing in. inflation nation. we all know prices are rising but this morning the eye-opening new figures when it comes to how much less your paycheck is buying these days. what can be done about it. not ready to return to the office? just how many americans want to keep working remotely. veconditnsn lauiin thelewin mot
is america on the verge of a the key signals. and later the biggest moments from country music's biggest night. ♪ whenever i want to if i didn't love you ♪ good thursday morning, everyone, on this veterans day. we begin with the dramatic turn at the kyle rittenhouse murder trial and a major question now lingering over the case. >> the defense requested a mistrial. it comes after the accused killer took the stand in his own defense breaking down in tears while describing the fatal shootings in kenosha, wisconsin, last year during protests over racial injustice. >> this morning, legal experts are weighing in on what could happen next. day eight of the kyle rittenhouse trial gets under way this morning after intense drama in court wednesday including an irate judge.
>> that's basic law. it's been basic law in this country for 40 years, 50 years. >> reporter: and rittenhouse breaking down on the stand. the 18-year-old is charged with shooting three people killing two of them, joseph rosenbaum and anthony huber, during protests in kenosha, wisconsin, last year following the police shooting of jacob blake. rittenhouse says he opened fire in self-defense. he says rosenbaum threatened him before the shooting. >> sorry for my language. he screamed, if i catch any of you [ bleep ] alone, i'm going to kill you. >> reporter: rittenhouse choked up with emotion while describing his encounter with rosenbaum. >> mr. rosenbaum was now running cornered from in front of me - with mr. zeminski and there
were -- there were people right there. >> reporter: overnight nba star lebron james mocking rittenhouse tweeting, what tears? i didn't see one. man, knock it off. that boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court. >> the problem with a breakdown like that is if you're inclined to believe him, you feel sorry for him and if you are inclined not to believe him, you think he's faking it. >> reporter: he traveled to kenosha to protect businesses from looting and offer medical help. >> you're not a certified emt. you weren't on that night, correct? >> yes. >> so you lied to him, correct? >> i told him i was -- i told him i was an emt, but i wasn't. >> why do you need the gun when you go out there? >> i needed the gun because if i had to protect myself because somebody attacked me. >> why would you think anybody would do that? >> i don't know. >> reporter: then this heated
moment, the judge scolding the lead prosecutor for attempting to discuss a video of rittenhouse from days before the shooting even though the judge had ruled the footage inadmissible. >> -- any of my rulings -- >> that was before the testimony, your honor. >>was -- get brazen with me. you knew very well -- you know very well that an attorney can't go into these types of areas when the judge has already ruled without asking outside the presence of the jury to do that so don't give me that. >> reporter: the defense seeking a istrial with prejudice. if the judge approves the request, rittenhouse cannot be retried for the crimes. >> that's not going to happen. when the judge says under advisement, it means i'm going to think about it. i'm not going to deal with it right now, and it's not going to happen unless something else occurs. >> we expect to hear from three more witnesses. jury deliberations are likely to begin next week. for the second consecutive day, a judge has rejected former president trump's effort to keep
his white house records secret from the committee investigating january's attack on the capitol. the same judge who denied trump's request to block the release of the documents has now refused to allow him to delay the case. he will not have to take his executive privilege fight to the court of appea, t ss that cou gth national archives will begin handing over his records to the committee tomorrow. let's turn to your money and concerns about inflation. your paycheck is not going as far as it used to. now some experts are pushing the white house to take more action. abc's ike ejiochi is here with the details. ike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. the record inflation is threatening to undermine america's economic recovery. a new government report shows the largest jump in consumer prices in more than 30 years, the price of just about everything going up. used cars and hotel rooms cost 26% more right now compared to a year ago. steak up 24%.
the most inflation, fuel oils to heat homes, up nearly 60% and gas up nearly 50%. >> many people remain unsettled about the economy, and we all know why. they see higher prices. >> reporter: the white house blaming much of the inflation on energy costs and saying since the data for this report were collected, the price of natural gas has fallen, but critics not so optimisti foreuretrr summers says he's been warning the white house about inflation for months and pandemic stimulus packages pumped more money into the economy creating huge demand for products while supply was unable to keep up. >> i think they're just not recognizing just how much demand is being created by the tremendous wall of money, 15% of gdp in one year that they released. >> reporter: and even though wages have been rising, inflation is negating that increase. real hourly wages are actually down 1.2% from last year.
the news site politico quoting the ceo of one of the largest u.s. companies saying, i don't think the administration is on top of it all. >> it's kind of a downhill road, and it's not going to be so easy to put the brakes on. >> reporter: and now the president's nearly $2 trillion social spending plan could be in trouble as lawmakers like senator joe manchin worry that more government spending could make the problem even worse. manchin tweeting, from the grocery store to the gas pump, americans know the inflation tax is real, and d.c. can no longer ignore the economic pain americans feel every day. now, the inflation is also affecting your taxes. the irs announced that income thresholds for tax brackets will be higher next year. >> ike, thank you. turning to the pandemic, covid cases are on the rise again. in the last two weeks the average number of daily infections rose by 15%. one of the new hot spots is in colorado where four counties have a vaccination rate under 30%.
local officials are now urging vaccinated adults to get a booster shot even though the fda has not given the green light for all adults just yet. >> every area of the country is different with different covid case counts and different resource needs, so you should listen to your local department of public health, especially if they have the resources in order to be able to give boosters. meanwhile, the rising number of covid cases in southern california has forced officials to re-open the covid testing site at dodger stadium. it's clear many americans are not ready to return to the office full time. a survey in new york found only 28% of manhattan office workers are back at their desk. president biden will mark veterans day at arlington national cemetery by laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. in honor of the tomb's 100th anniversary, the public got a rare chance to walk up to the memorial and pay tribute to america's unidentified fallen service members. 96-year-old world war ii veteran darryl bush placed flowers at the tomb.
he was shot five times during the battle of the bulge in 1944 and he said at one point he thought he would be an unknown. let's take a look at your veterans day weather. thousands were left in the dark when a strong storm hit areas around tulsa, oklahoma, overnight. the storms stretched into north texas with hail, strong winds and heavy rain. the system moving east is bringing storms from the gulf coast into the carolinas today. it's all part of a coast-to-coast storm system that will hit the midwest with heavy rain today. the northeast gets that rain tomorrow. checking today's high temperatures 50s in boston and seattle. mid-50s from denver to chicago, as well. 80s for the southwest. coming up, the growing impact of the nationwide teacher shortage. but first alec baldwin now being sued for that deadly movie set shooting. what the lawsuit is revealing
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halyna hutchins is speaking out. he was in charge of lighting. he was only feet away when alec baldwin fired the fatal shot. and he held her as she died. >> they had live gun rounds on this set. they had live ammo on this set. that should never happen lawyer ha filed the first lawsuit against the film's producers, accusing them of failing to follow safety protocols. they single out alec baldwin for what they describe as reckless behavior. saying the scene did not call for him to shoot the revolver. and it should never have been pointed at anyone. >> you don't take a real gun, point it at a human being, pull the trigger, shoot a bullet and they die and the answer is, huh, i didn't know it was loaded. >> reporter: he claims to have seen guns left unattended between takes. >> it shouldn't be the chief of lighting that's walking around a movie set who has his responsibility, telling them to make the guns safer, to remove the guns.
>> reporter: the suit claims the producers cut costs, in part, by hiring inexperienced crew members, including the armorer. the district attorney is not buying it. do you believe sabotage is a possibility? >> no. >> reporter: the d.a. says it remains unclear how the ammunition got on to the set. >> we don't know how they got on the set. and how they got there, i think, will be one of the most important factors, going into a charging decision. >> as for the lawsuit, he is asking for an unspecified amount of damages. former raiders wide receiver henry ruggs iii, faces four counts of dui and reckless driving. he hit 156 miles per hour before slamming into an suv, killing the woman inside. his lawyer claims firefighters were slow to put out the fire. but officials deny there was any
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>> reporter: it's the highest open-air building ascent in the world. city climb, located above the edge at hudson yards. the opportunity of a lifetime for thrill seekers. and anybody else. every climber fit with jumpsuits and harnesses, clipped in on the front and the back. >> it just got real. >> reporter: safety check by four separate climb guides, zip ties around each carabiner as the final proves safety measure. each walking into the open air, tethered only to the building. >> we love the clicks, baby. we love the clicks. >> [ bleep ]. oh, man. >> reporter: first view, facing east, above the vessel, above new jersey, and then making that turn, walking up 161 heart-stopping steps. >> just a heads-up, we might
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i would like to give a shoutout to everyone at city climb. not only our motivation speakers. but right now on "america this morning," drama in the courtroom. what could happen next in the kyle rittenhouse murder trial. >> don't get brazen with me. >> will a mistrial be declared. what legal experts are saying and why basketball star lebron james is weighing in. inflation nation. we all know prices are rising but this morning the eye-opening new figures when it comes to how much less your paycheck is buying these days. what can be done about it. not ready to return to the office? just how many americans want to keep working remotely. the new lawsuit in the alec baldwin movie set shooting. what a crew member is now revealing about conditions on