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right now on "america this morning," another major country confirms the arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. the new preparations and how scientists say travel restrictions may actually be hurting our ability to track the new variant. new revelations in the sex scandal surrounding former new york governor andrew cuomo. what newly released documents suggest about his brother, cnn anchor chris cuomo, and his role advising his brother. a new move to ease the supply chain crisis impacting the holiday shopping season. what the white house is now doing and what walmart is now saying about the traffic jam at the nation's ports. out with the queen. the historic ceremony overnight with prince charles in attendance along with singer rihanna. tiger's comeback. what he's now saying about his
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future in golf. and from the first robots that can reproduce to the people stranded inside a british pub for three days to big news about "the facts of life," it's tuesday, november 30th. ♪ and there you have the facts of life ♪ ♪ the facts of life ♪ good tuesday morning, everyone. we begin with the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreading to more countries as health officials scramble to learn more about it. >> it's now confirmed in at least 18 countries including canada and japan. president biden says the variant is a cause for concern, not panic. meanwhile, there is a new push to expand the availability of booster shots. >> and this morning there is new fallout from the travel restrictions being imposed because of the variant. abc's em nguyen begins our coverage. em, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. the scientists in south africa
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who discovered omicron says they're now having trouble tracking the new variant because of countries imposing new travel bans limiting the supplies that scientists need. this morning scientists are racing to determine how dangerous omicron might be as the new coronavirus variant spreads around the world. >> the sequence is worrisome. >> reporter: cases involving omicron have been detected in at least 19 countries. doctors say the variant's high number of mutations could make it more transmissible, and preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection. >> omicron has a bunch of changes that we know allow it to bind more tightly to receptors, enter cells more efficiently and changes that block binding of antibodies to the spike protein responses better. evade immune >> reporter: some countries have restricted travelers including the u.s. from certain southern
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african nations where the variant was first detected. now the scientists who discovered omicron says the travel bans have made it harder to track the variant. he says scientists are unable to get the chemicals needed to detect it because of planes not flying into the country. according to dr. anthony fauci, it'll take about two weeks to have definitive information on the new variant. president biden says he does not expect new lockdowns. >> if people are vaccinated and wear their masks, there is no need for a lockdown. >> reporter: the cdc is urging all americans 18 and older to get a booster shot, and pfizer is expected to ask the fda in the coming days to authorize its booster shot for 16 and 17-year-olds. experts predict vaccines will still provide at least some protection against omicron although moderna's ceo warns the vaccine this time could be less effective than compared to the delta variant. andrew. >> em, thank you. and earlier i spoke with dr.
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yvonne maldonado, professor of infectious diseases at stanford about what we know so far about the omicron variant. what's your biggest concern about the omicron variant right now? >> the concern -- the biggest concern is whether or not the antibodies that we've developed from the vaccination will actually protect us from the omicron virus, and we just don't know the answer to that yet. >> and, dr. maldonado, you talked about the vaccines, but how effective are the tests we currently have at detecting this variant? >> the tests apparently are excellent, so we've already heard from three major companies that they've already provided results showing that their tests work really well in picking up the omicron variant. so that's good news. >> and, dr. maldonado, do you think the travel restrictions put in place by certain countries is a little preemptive right now? >> well, i think we are just so scared right now. we thought we had this delta under control, and it's so hard to know exactly what this virus is going to do, but i think in the next couple of weeks we'll
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have a better idea, so it's hard to know. countries are also very trigger happy right now and worried about starting a new surge. >> our thanks to dr. maldonado. the white house is revealing new measures aimed at easing the supply chain crisis affecting the holiday shopping season. ports will now suspend fees to overnight hours, and the transportation department will allow truck drivers to work longer shifts through january. the bottlenecks are easing. walmart reports a 26% increase in shipping containers moving through u.s. ports in the last month. now to the sex scandal surrounding former new york governor andrew cuomo. documents are shedding new light on the case including the role of cuomo's brother, cnn anchor chris cuomo, in helping to advise him. this morning, new evidence revealed from the investigation that forced new york governor andrew cuomo out of office including documents and depositions from cuomo, his team and the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. >> he definitely was making it known that he was single and
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ready to mingle. >> reporter: brittany commisso is 1 of cuomo's 11 accusers. she told investigators his hugs were unwelcome. >> i remember his hand just sliding right up my blouse and i remember looking down and i remember seeing his hand, which would be an act of insanity to touch a woman's breast and make myself vulnerable to a woman for such an accusation. can you ever hear me saying -- somebody says to me, you're
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going to get us into trouble. i don't care. >> reporter: on monday the new york attorney general released the information. cuomo's attorney calling the move manipulated claiming there was selective editing and redactions. the documents also reveal cuomo's brother, cnn anchor chris cuomo, offered to use his media sources to find out if more women were coming forward. in march a top aide to then governor cuomo texted chris cuomo, quote, rumor going around from politico one to two more people coming out tomorrow. can you check your sources? four minutes later cuomo responded, on it. chris cuomo previously acknowledged it was a mistake to act as his brother's unofficial adviser. cnn monday said the newly revealed documents, quote, deserve a thorough review. on a show last night cuomo did not address the evidence, instead beginning with this message. >> i hope thanksgiving was a reminder for everybody of the good people and the good things in your life. lord knows we could use the help, right? >> the former governor is due in court in january on a misdemeanor charge of forceable touching. breaking overnight detectives in los angeles raided
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a home belonging to marilyn manson. it comes after the sheriff's department launched an investigation in february when several women accused the singer of physical and sexual abuse, allegations he's denied. according to tmz, investigators removed hard drives from the home. and theranos founder elizabeth holmes returns to the witness stand after an emotional day of testimony. holmes is accused of fraud stemming from her flawed blood testing technology. she told the court that she was raped at stanford and was later abused and controlled by her former boyfriend and business partner, but she acknowledged he did not force her to make statements to investors. arizona state university now confirms kyle rittenhouse is no longer a student at the school. it's unclear whether the announcement is related to a petition in which students demanded the school remove him from classes even though he was acquitted of all charges in the kenosha shootings. he was previously taking classes online. time now for a look at your tuesday weather.
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hang in there because flooding in the pacific northwest is expected to get worse with some areas getting another two inches of rain today. it's the second time this month that areas along washington's border with canada have flooded. also on the radar today, some snow showers near the great lakes. an inch or two is possible in some areas. checking today's high temperatures, below normal readings in the northeast this morning. still mild from denver to los angeles today, and the southeast will see temps in the 60s. coming up, a new twist in the case against bill cosby. but first the wild crash on the highway. a wheel slamming through a windshield. and overnight prince charles overseeing a change of power, the royal good-bye ceremony next.
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a wild crash on a highway in utah. a wheel fell off a semi truck and flew through the windshield of this ford pickup. police say the driver ducked and was not hurt. police say kudos to the driver for paying attention. his injury could have been much worse. the supreme court is deciding whether bill cosby is a free man. prosecutors wanted the high court to reassert the ruling. an appellate court said a nonprosecution deal with a former prosecutor should have prevented him from being criminally charged. the state is questioning whether the deal gave cosby immunity. pomp and circumstance was on display at a ceremony where prince charles made history on the island nation of barbados, who is replacing queen elizabeth with a president.
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overnight prince charles in barbados, to mark the island's break from great britain, ties that date back to the 1600s. >> as your constitutional status changes, it is important to me that i should join you to reaffirm those things which do not change. for example, the close and trusted partnership. >> reporter: the caribbean nation removing queen elizabeth as its head of state, to become a republic. the prince commemorating this historic moment and also apologizing for the island's painful past. >> from the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, that forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude. >> singer rihanna also honored.
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she was born and raised in barbados. >> shall be conferred upon her the order of national hero of barbados. may you continue to shine like a diamond. >> reporter: the ceremony not without controversy. critics saying the royal family should have played no part in the commemoration. in the meantime, back in london, the royals facing a different public relations matter. the second installment of a bbc documentary, the princes and the press, aired overnight, delving into the reported rift between princes harry and william and their wives, including reports that duchess meghan markle has been nicknamed duchess difficult. >> harry's relationship with the media was formed with their childhood and their mother's relationship with the media. weaver seen how that's manife manifested itself in the different ways and the different paths they have taken. >> reporter: the royal household releasing a statement,
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condemning unfounded claims from unnamed sources. back to barbados. royal watchers say the island's move to become a republic could signal other countries, perhaps even canada, to one day sever dies with the monarchy. coming up, one day after cyber monday, the new deals available today. also ahead, tiger woods opens up about what he is revealing about his future. [sfx: radio being tuned] welcome to allstate. ♪ [band plays] ♪ a place where everyone lives life well-protected. ♪ and even when things go a bit wrong, we've got your back. here, things work the way you wish they would. and better protection costs a whole lot less. you're in good hands with allstate. click or call for a lower auto rate today. ♪
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this morning the cyber monday numbers are in. americans spent about $6.5 million per minute yesterday. that's slightly more than last year. consumers saw smaller discounts on everything from electronics to clothes. today is the best day to find discounts on travel. you can expect more than double the number of deals on flights, hotels and rental cars compared to black friday and cyber monday combined, although the new variant of the coronavirus could impact travel plans. we turn now to tiger woods revealing new information about his recovery and his future in golf. in his first major interview since february's car crash, tiger woods is opening up to "golf digest" about his recover i. >> it's been a hell of a road. >> reporter: revealing while in the hospital he feared his leg needed amputated. >> there was a point in time when it was -- i wouldn't say 50/50, but it was damp in near
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there whether i was going to walk out of that hospital on one leg. >> now, nine months later he is able to walk strideing into his interview. >> i'm able to walk on my own now. i still struggle going up or down. >> reporter: woods is no stranger to injury having had five surgeries on his back alone and surprised everyone last week when he posted this video hitting a shot at a driving range. >> it really is just phenomenal that he is swinging a club again right now. >> but despite his apparent good health, he says he still has a long way to go before he's able to be competitive. >> i'm able to chip and putt and do other things, swing clubs, but there's no endurance. >> reporter: although he hopes to play again soon, woods now acknowledges his days of being a full time golfer are over. >> i think something that is realistic is playing the tour one day, never full time ever again, pick and choose. it's an unfortunate reality, but it's my reality and i understand it, i accept it. >> reporter: he says his
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greatest motivation during recovery has been his son charlie seen here in 2019 when tiger won his fifth masters title. woods will speak with reporters today before hosting his annual golf tournament in the bahamas. one of the men who paved the way for tiger woods is being remembered as a golf pioneer. lee elder was the first black golfer to play in the masters. he appeared at augusta national with golf legends jack nicklaus and gary player in april. elder died sunday. he was 87. coaching carousel in football. notre dame head coach brian kelly is leaving the fighting irish headed to lsu. and a wild ending on monday night football. an interception on a potential game-tying two-point conversion gave washington a 17-15 win at home over seattle. well, coming up, big news for fans of "the facts of life." also ahead, the best place we can think of to get stuck during a snowstorm. i've lost count of how many asthma attacks i've had. but my nunormal with nucala?
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