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a holiday travel nightmare thousands stranded around the nation after southwest cancels nearly 2,000 flights over the extended weekend we'll tell you why, and when traveler also see relief we have the latest on the minnesota bar shooting and the suspects that poce are most interested in after 14 were wounded and one person died. nuclear secrets for sale a navy engineer is accused of trying to pass nuclear submarine intel on a data card hidden inside of a peanut butter sandwich gas prices are soerg, with americans paying more than they
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have in almost seven years we've got some of the biggest moments from this weekend's blockbuster saturday night live with guest host kim kardashian and the missing texas toddler found alive and well "early today" starts right now hey there, good morning. i'm philip mena. >> glad you could join us. i'm frances rivera we begin with severe weather hitting the southern plains. reports of six tornados touching down in oklahoma overnight public schools there have been canceled as they survey their buildings. overnight, more than 50,000 customers lost power in oklahoma and northern texas there have not been reports of injuries many passengers who plan to fly southwest airlining this weekend got chaos and frustration instead. the airline canceled more than 1800 flights this weekend, which is nearly a third of its
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schedule kenneth gibson joins us from new york's laguardia airport >> reporter: yeah, good morning. the country's fourth biggest airline is busy this morning, trying to reposition crews and planes, hoping to avoid a third consecutive day of delays and cancellations. southwest airlines is scrambling to control a travel fiasco, from dallas -- >> unbelievable. people are aggravated. >> reporter: to denver, where long lines stretched through the airport. >> the soonest they can put me on a flight is wednesday >> they said they can get us out on tuesday today is sunday. >> reporter: passengers desperate to get rebooked. southwest canceled at least 1800 flights this weekend sunday alone, 27% of its fleet grounded frustration taking flight. if the long lines weren't bad enough, passengers faced as much as an eight-hour wait to reach someone on the phone travelers in las vegas resorting to sleeping on the bare floor. in a statement, southwest blamed
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air traffic control issues and bad weather in florida from friday but the faa said traffic control issues were long resolved. southwest released another statement saying after cutting back flights during the pandemic, recovering is more difficult and prolonged. >> no, it's not a good day to be a southwest airlines passenger what's going on is southwest scheduled too in flights they are struggling with pilot recruitment. >> reporter: the airline saying we're working to accommodate customers as quickly as possible this comes just hours after the airline's pilot's association filed suit over its vaccine mandate for employees, which takes effect in two months the union saying this isn't their fault. they're ready to fly with an estimated 120,000 passengers impacted by the cancellations, it might be quite some time before southwest is back up to speed >> all right, thank you. a 20-year-old woman was
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killed after multiple suspects opened fire in a crowded bar in saturday paul, minnesota 14 others were shot and hospitalized but expected to survive. residents say it's one of the worst tragedies to ever happen in their city. officers described a dech stating scene. >> there were gunshot victims lying in the street and on the sidewalk outside the bar, and there were victims lying on the floor inside the bar our hearts break for the young woman who died and for her loved ones and for everybody who was in that bar. >> police have arrested three men who are currently being held in hospital due to injuries related to the incident. they will be booked in jail and await a decision on charges. according to police, a motive has not been determined. a maryland couple was accused of selling nuclear secrets. according to a criminal complaint, navy nuclear engineer jonathan toby and his wife, diana, sold restricted in fact about the design of nuclear
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powered submarines he allegedly placed the data in sd cards and hid them in a peanut butter sandwich he tried to tell the information to a person he believed was working for a foreign power, but they were an undercover fbi agent. a neighbor said fbi agents searched the couple's homes and cars on saturday and will appear in court tomorrow. the pentagon's mandate to get all troops vaccinated is facing resistance. hundreds of thousands of troops have yet to get vaccinated according to data, 90% of active duty navy and 72% of the marine corps, but 600 thousandaire force personnel are unvaccinated it's because of the deadlines between the services but are optimistic those numbers will increase pfizer is planning to vaccinate an entire city in the name of research residents of the city in brazil
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will be vaccinated, so scientists can observe the long-term effects of covid the study will observe its effectiveness. and in the states, good news on the pandemic front chris pallone is on the hill for us with the latest on this good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, more encouraging news in the u.s.' fight against covid. the nation's top covid adviser, the president's top covid adviser, anthony fauci, predicting the nation average of death also go down, but even if it does, we may see another spike as winter approaches >> over the last too weeks, we have seen a turn around in the slope in going down in both cases in hospitalizations. deaths are still up but it's really flattening, so it's a lagging indicator. i strongly suspect that you're going to see the deaths go down similar to the hospitalizations.
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how quickly they go down and how thoroughly they go down is going to depend a lot on a number of circumstances, which will be influenced by things like the colder weather, people doing things indoors >> reporter: new infections have dropped around 40% since peak levels a month ago states like florida that were once hardest hit seeing improvement according to the department of health in florida. covid positivity rate there is now 5% for the first time in three months and across the country, more than 216 million americans have se received at least one dose of the covid vaccine and more than 401 million doses have been distributed. but it's important to remember, with the holidays still around the corner, there's still about 70 million eligible americans who have not received any covid vaccine. >> that is important to know we'll take any good news we can get. chris, thanks. fast forwarding in on an
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action packed monday today is international day of the girl, which is observed annually to bring awareness to gender inequality, and now there are various issues girls face. this year's theme is digital generation, our generation >> and it's national coming out day. it's the 33rd anniversary of the holiday, which honors those in the lbgtq plus community who took the step to live out loud and proud. this year's theme is born to shine. >> after 30 months, the boston marathon returns for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak it is the 125th edition of the run. >> let's take a look at our holiday weather now with meteorologist janessa webb good morning >> hi, good morning. you know, boston marathon, new york city parade, all that is coming back. and today, lovely conditions some winds picking up early this morning, but i think they stay dry. that's good news compared to our friends across
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the southern plains, we are dealing with a tornado outbreak right now up to 11to 12 tornadoes touching down, waiting for one to get confirmed you can see this squall line making its way across arkansas and louisiana. so more potential for tornadoes through the next hour or so. then we track more to the north, this line of storms this afternoon into your evening, from chicago all the way down to st. louis. look at these wind gusts, up ro the pacific northwest. upper 60s, colorado springs. looking ahead, our first major winter storm we'll stalk about that coming up >> wow not used to those temperatures
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thank you, janessa the beatles' infamous breakup is being revisited by paul mccaccartney he disputed claims that he was responsible for the band's split, laying the blame on john lennon he said their manager asked them to keep quiet while business deals were being conducted amdra after all these years. a major update on a soldier who went missing about a week ago when we come back. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™. with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks. tremfya® is the only medication of its kind also approved for adults with active psoriatic arthritis. serious allergic reactions may occur.
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confirmed she's safe and with extended family. the statement went on to say she's a valued member of our team and our number one priority is ensuring her safe return. there are new developments in a search for a missing new jersey woman authorities say human remains have been found in yucca valley, california, near the last known whereabouts of lauren cho. the 30-year-old was seen on june 28th when she may have walked away from a short-term rental she was using with friends and ex-boyfriend officials say it could take weeks to confirm the identity of the remains. americans are feeling pain at the pump. the average price of gas jumping nearly six cents in the last two weeks. that's because the organization of oil exporting countries, known as opec, struggling to meet with the increased demand worldwide. according to aaa, the average price of gas is now $3.27, more than $1 higher than a year ago a texas toddler is safe at
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home after spending four days in the wilderness christopher ramirez wandered away from his home last week he was reunited with his mom after a good samaritan found him in the woods the man joined the search after hearing about the boy in his weekly bible study class >> i called his name, and he responded, and he kept talking i just we789 tnt through the tht of the woodses a found him william shatner will have to wait just a little longer to be beamed up into space the blue origin launch with the actor who played captain kirk grounded an extra day due to weather. but shatner is still raring to go to the edge of space. >> reporter: the blue origin launch is delayed. a forecast of high winds pushing takeoff to wednesday, though astronauts still move forward
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with training. on the flight, 90-year-old william shatner making science fiction a reality. >> beam me up, mr. spock >> reporter: after playing captain kirk, he's now set to bring his on-screen persona to life >> things i have only played as an actor, i'm going to see firsthand. >> reporter: he will make history as the oldest person in space. shatner will be the fourth passenger flying as a guest, joining him two paying customers and a member of the blue origin team the aircraft will ascend approximately 66 miles into space, where the crew will enjoy four minutes floating in microgravity space tourism now picking up steam after a summer of launches yet this week, all eyes on the galactic star trek recute. >> i'm thrilled and anxious and a little nervous and a little
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frightened about this whole new adventure. >> reporter: never too late for captain kirk to remind himself >> this risk is our business that's what the starship is all about. we had a super flight. we enjoyed every bit of it just can't beat that experience, and i'm looking forward to getting back in line and trying a second time. >> that's trailblazer catherine sullivan on this day in 1984, she was the first woman to complete a space walk it was 3 1/2 hours long, a short one as far as space walks go according to sullivan. she was part of a seven-member crew, including sally ride still to come, keeping up with "snl. kim kardashian-west brings some big laughs at her family's
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yesterday, joe biden issued a historic proclamation for indigenous people's day. biden made the announcement after his staff talked him out of wearing the head dress. indigenous people day will be observed simultaneously with columbus day and this just in, columbus day has forced indigenous people's day to move to a worse day >> kim kardashian-west hosted the season's second episode and kept it in the family for her opening monologue. >> i'm excited to be here tonight to show you guys i'm so much more than just a pretty face [ applause ] thank you. and good hair. and great makeup
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♪ ♪ ♪eth's about drive, it's about power, put in the work, put in the hours and take what's ours ♪ >> dwayne "the rock" johnson in a brand new song called "face-off" by rapper tech nine this was released on friday. the wrestler, actor called it historic wrap debut. he took to dwram over the weekend to say he was grateful and humbled to work with hip-hop
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kings. >> the singing chops, the musical chops are there. two of the afc's best teams battled under the lights of "sunday night football." a lengthy weather delay halted the start of the second half, but the k mahomes. the bills picked up mahomes twice and josh allen threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns buffalo wins 38-20 and in l.a., both teams combined for over 1,000 yards and went back and forth with 41 combined fourth quarter points. but it was the chargers who scored twice to beat cleveland 47-42. and adams went for over 200 yards on the bengals' defense, but cincinnati somehow still forced overtime. a windy day and some bad kicking conditions there potential game winner doinked off the upright. and mason crosby redeems himself
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after missing three in a row just to get to that point. packers win 25-22. pond, the lo game, kyle pitts with his first career touchdown and the falcons staved off a late jets' comeback attempt. they win 27-20 let's take a look around the league at your fantasy leaders tom brady, my goodness, led all pass wers over 400 yards in the air and five touchdowns. first time he's done that in his career and the bucs win the wnba finals tipped off in phoenix but the chicago sky were flying high throughout the game we got kalea copper that led the charge with 21 points. the sky beat the mercury 91-77 game two is wednesday. >> sunday, in baseball the white sox bats cam chicago
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they had eight runs in the 3rd and 4th. they double up the 'stros 12-6 and in boston, christian vasquez's walkoff homer in the 13th inning give the red sox
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some good news as we kick off the week new covid cases on the decline but a warning of things to come as the weather gets cooler >>breaking activity tornado activity leaves many without power. one more day until space, william shatner's ride to weightlessness will have to wait a little longer. the shocking moment caught

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