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♪♪ refuse to choose and get my $6.99 50/50 popcorn chicken with both classic and spicy for the best of both worlds. only at jack in the box. later today, the ex-police officer now charged in the death of daunte wright will appear in court. in minnesota, the defense in the murder trial of george floyd continues to present their witnesses. two reports straight ahead. today, we're learning more about a deadly hospital shooting that police say broke out. president biden will officially end america's longest war in afghanistan. is america on the verge of adopting our 51st state in the union. a desperate search off the
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coast of louisiana a vessel cap sizes "early today" starts right now. good morning, i'm phillip mena. >> i've frances rivera. two dozen arrests were made overnight. police tensions seemed lower there is still a curfew in effect with national guard troops on the streets. kim potter who shot daunte wright was arrested and posted bond her first court appearance is today. nbc's jay gray has more. >> reporter: the calls for justice continue in brooklyn center three days after daunte wright was shot and killed during this traffic stop, kim potter, the officer who pulled the trigger wears an orange jump suit instead of a badge charged with second degree manslaughter police have said it was a mistake, that she thought she
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was firing a taser, not her pistol in a statement prosecutors say potter abrogated her responsibility when she used her firearm instead of taser. >> nothing can bring the wright's son back, right their family member back, their father back, so it's nice, you know, it should happen, it should really be a no brainer. >> reporter: still, this community is on edge as the sun started to set outside the police station, the crowd began to move in under the watchful eye of police, sheriff's deputies and the national guard the security force growing along with the protesters here who say justice for daunte isn't the manslaughter charge filed against potter, it's a conviction jay gray, nbc news, brooklyn center, minnesota.
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only about ten miles away from there another former officer is on trial over the death of george floyd. the defense team for derek chauvin is expected to finish presenting its case this week and only call on one expert witness on wednesday gabe gutierrez is there in minneapolis. gabe, good morning. >> reporter: phillip, good morning. here at the courthouse the defense is building its argument that george floyd died due to drug use and underlying health conditions not due to a lack of oxygen they called one of their key witnesses on wednesday, a former medical examiner in maryland so far george floyd's heart has been at the heart of derek chauvin's defense. >> how did the heart and drugs contribute to the cause of death? >> they were significant they contributed to mr. floyd having a sudden cardiac arrest. >> reporter: dr. david fowler said floyd died with sudden
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cardiac arrest and illicit drugs, not lack of oxygen. >> in your opinion did this impact the structures of mr. floyd's neck >> no, it did not. >> reporter: fowler said he would have classified floyd's manner of death as undetermined due to multiple factors, including this >> there is exposure to a vehicle exhaust, so potentially carbon monoxide poisoning. >> reporter: fowler recently retired after 17 years as the chief medical examiner of maryland cross examination, the prosecution came out swinging. >> i think you should do your homework before you arrive at your opinion, fair enough? >> yes >> you haven't seen any data or test results that showed mr. floyd had a single injury from carbon monoxide, is that true? >> that is correct. >> reporter: also fowler acknowledged floyd needed immediate medical care to reverse the cardiac arrest. >> are you critical of the fact
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that he wasn't given immediate medical care when he went into cardiac arrest. >> as a passenger, i would agree. >> maurice hall appeared in court without jurors in the room. >> i fear for criminal charges. >> reporter: all said he planned to invoke the fifth amendment to avoid questions. he won't be compelled to testify. >> reporter:defense testimony is expected to continue here later today if and when the defense rests. the prosecution can call rebuttal witnesses before closing arguments. phillip? >> gabe, thank you. breaking overnight, police released body cam video of the deadly shooting inside saint ann's hospital inside columbus, ohio a warning to viewers, you may find this disturbing once an officer learned he had outstanding warrants and a weapon one officer tased him and a gun
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goes off another officer tries to fire a shot but his gun jammed. after those initial shots jackson is on the ground with officers pointing guns at him. he's repeatedly ordered to get up but says he can't he's ordered to hut his hands in the air several times. another taser used on jackson then you hear a gun go off followed by a series of gunshots jackson was killed officers have been placed on leave pending an investigation the end is finally in sight for america's longest war. president biden declaring it is time for american troops to come home from afghanistan. nbc's richard engel has a time line for the withdrawal. president biden to announce the end of america's longest war. 20 years in afghanistan. >> our plan was go in together, adjust together, out together and today we began to hammer out what out together looks like we will withdraw our troops
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responsibly, deliberately and safely. >> reporter: the initial invasion launched after 9/11 the terrorist attack master minded by osama bin laden. >> our troops have accomplished the mission they were sent to afghanistan to accomplish. they have much for which to be proud. >> reporter: now the taliban are seeing this as a tremendous victory. they say afghan freedom fighters were able to kick out the british empire, expel the soviets and now drive out the american super power for the united states, this is the end of an era after 2400 american troops died in that country and $1 trillion spent. richard engel, nbc news, los angeles. an urgent search is underway off the coast of louisiana
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six crew members have been rescued and one person found dead while 12 others are still missing. the coast guard says it's possible some of the missing could be trapped within air pockets within the ship. this morning "the wall street journal" reports the biden administration today will impose sanctions on russian individuals and entities as well as expel ten russian diplomats in an effort to disrupt the 2020 election earlier this week president biden and russian president vladimir putin had what's been characterized as a tense phone call amid russia's buildup along the border with ukraine. democrats want to give the supreme court a deeper bench a group of democrats are introducing legislation to expand the high court from 9 to 13 justices. tracie potts joins us with more. tracie, this bill faces a tough fight ahead. >> reporter: frances, this could be interesting the u.s. supreme court was established back in 1789, and
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while the size of the court fluctuated early on, it's been the same, nine justices, for the last 150 years this legislation could intensify the fight. it's going to be interesting it taps into the fury felt by some democrats after republicans blocked president obama's choice for a vacancy back in 2016 but then amy coney barrett was confirmed as a justice just days before the 2020 election so this bill to change the size of the court is led by massachusetts senator ed markee and jerry nadler it's co-sponsored by congressman hank johnson and mondaire jones t. will face push back from both sides. president biden said he is not a fan of packing the court although next week he introduced a new commission of liberals and conservatives to study the
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structure of the court and the lercht of justice's terms. currently life terms senator mitch mcconnell, the minority leader, has warned democrats not to add seats to the court. he calls this a dangerous, antiquated idea. we will learn more when it's introduced on the steps of the u.s. supreme court just before noon today. >> interesting arguments on both sides. tracie, thank you. will the u.s. add a 51st star to the flag the house is set to vote on statehood for washington, d.c., later this month after the legislation cleared tai key committee hurdle yesterday it is expected to pass party lines. the slow national guard response to the capitol riots sparked renewed calls to statehood. let's turn and get a look at today's weather with janessa webb good morning >> good morning. good morning, everyone we continue to deal with this rain that's making its way across the deep south to the
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southeast. it has been relentless all week long and unfortunately it goes until saturday afternoon for baton rouge, new orleans these are low elevation areas and so they're easily flood prone areas. flash flood watches are in place across sections of the southeast. that lasts into saturday afternoon as well. we could see an additional 1 to 2 inches in isolated aas up tre 73 for richmond all the way into charleston, 62 winter storm warnings, they have been put in place. we'll talk about where coming up. >> here we go again. never ending. hopefully before summer we get it all thanks, janessa.
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house. president biden issued his first ever presidential proclamation marking black maternal health week to draw attention to and address racial gaps in pregnancy and child related deaths in the united states. at a roundtable kamala harris said black women are facing a maternal health crisis according to the cdc, black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. kevin brady says he won't run for re-election in 2022. brady is a former house leader of the house ways and means committee. brady has served in congress since 1997 making him the most senior house republican to announce his retirement. hummingbird feeders in washington are abuzz with some unwelcome guests they have been attracting murder hornets. remember them? really concerning for state agriculture officials.
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the invasive species bee entomologists have been working to eradicate them. sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high in the united states to are a i sixth consecutive year for tahta released by the cdc, there are 2.5 million cases of cla rid yeah, gonorrhea and syphilis it quadruples between 2015 and 2019. fizz the season. champaign sales are now bubbling according to neilson i.q., sales spiked 88% over the last year. lvmh, the brand that owns four different brands as well as jay z's ace of spades reported a 22% rise in sales for the first three months of this year.
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>> yeah. got a little drop it like it's hot. you'll get references right there. >> yeah. listen to rap videos thank for starting your day with us i'm phillip mena. >> i'm frances rivera.
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hit refresh, keep going, be persistent and hopefully you'll get it soon. >> a mad dash to secure vaccine appointments across california, millions more now eligible to book shots, but the big overall question, will supply meet demand? the expert advice you need to know as "today in the bay" starts now. >> good thursday morning to you. thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia. >> and i'm marcus washington. we have much more ahead including helpful tips for making those vaccine appointments. but first, let's get you started with your day. vianey has a look at the roads coming up in a bit but


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