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connected tv. i'm elise preston, cbs news new york. it's monday, november 29th, it 2021. this it's monday, november 29th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." bracing for omicron. the new covid variant triggers alarm across the world. how countries including the u.s. are scrambling to respond. cyber monday. shoppers are expected to break records on line today. why the supply chain crisis could open the door to more scammers. making a decision. actor matthew mcconaughey announces whether he'll run for governor of texas. good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green.
we gazabegin with the covid var that's spreading across the globe. the u.s. will ban travel from south africa and nearby regions in efforts to stop the variant from entering the u.s. the former head of the fda, scott gottlieb, believes that omicron is likely already in this country. he told "face the nation" that three shots of covid vaccine will be fairly protective against it. other countries are racing to close their borders. japan and israel have suspended entry of all foreign visitors from around the world. starting today, morocco is suspending all incoming flights for two weeks. as bradley blackburn reports, there are still a lot of questions to be answered about the new variant of covid. >> reporter: with nations racing to contain the new covid variant, the u.s. plans to ban travel from south africa and seven other countries in the region. on sunday president biden was asked if travel bans on europe or any other countries might follow. >> i'm having a meeting with my medical team. as i get back to the white house
i'll have more to say. >> reporter: the world health organization which gave omicron its name cautions against travel restrictions until the variant is better understood. >> it's going to give us a period of time to enhance our preparedness. >> reporter: at this early stage, omicron brings many unknowns including whether it causes more severe disease and its potential impact on how well vaccines will work. >> people who have looked closely at this sequence, those individuals feel reasonably confident that three doses of vaccine is going to be protective. that could give a really strong impetus to try to get more people boosted. >> reporter: another big question -- whether omicron is more contagious than the now-predominant delta variant. >> we do think it's more contagious when you look at how rapidly it's spread through multiple districts in south africa. it has the earmarks, therefore, of being particularly likely to spread from one person to another. >> reporter: the cdc is setting up a surveillance system for omicron and says if the new variant emerges in the u.s., it expects to identify it quickly. bradley blackburn, cbs news.
ahead on "cbs mornings," we will talk with president biden's chief medical adviser, dr. anthony fauci, about the new variant and whether the current vaccines protect against it. turning now to cyber monday. shoppers are likely to shatter records on line today. some estimates reveal that people across the nation will spend more than $11 billion today. laura podesta is live at an amazon fulfillment site in new jersey. i'm sure it's just humming along there, laura. good morning. >> reporter: it sure is. good morning, anne-marie. you can hear the commotion behind me, the conveyor belts moving, the forklifts retrieving packages. this is the second cyber monday of the pandemic, and it's expected to be the biggest one ever. the packages never stop moving at this amazon fulfillment center in new jersey. and this could be the busiest day of the year for america's largest retailer. >> we prepare every year to make cyber monday and to make black
friday bigger and better than ever. and that means more deals. we have more deals this year than ever before. >> reporter: online shopping during this cyber monday is expected to break records. adobe analytics predicts americans will spend around $11.3 billion today. >> for cyber week we're actually expecting a 5% increase compared to last year. really big upgrade from last year. >> reporter: amazon says it's opened new fulfillment centers and added tens of thousands of employees to handle the soaring demand for online goods. but ongoing supply chain issues have many retailers struggling to keep items in stock. experts say shoppers who are flexible may be able to use that to their advantage. >> retailers are seeing some of those products just all of a sudden they get a shipment in because that supply chain opens up just a little bit. and they're able to stock their shelves, and they're actually heavily discounting those products because it was almost like a surprise supply for them.
>> reporter: analysts say the scarcity of certain items could leave consumers vulnerable to online scams. buyers should always check a seller's reputation before handing over any credit card information. the average person is expected to shop 12 hours on line this holiday season. that's according to adobe analytics. i'm sure there are plenty of people out there who will be spending 12 hours on line shopping just today on cyber monday. >> i'm sure. laura podesta in a very busy new jersey amazon fulfillment center. thank you so much, laura. so opening statements will get under way today in the sex trafficking case of ghislaine maxwell. she's accused of grooming underage girls for former financier jeffrey epstein for sexual abuse. he died in prison in 2019. maxwell has been in jail since her arrest last july. she's being tried on several felony counts. maxwell has pleaded not guilty
to all of the charges against her. the trial is expected to last up to six weeks. jury selection will begin today in the trial of actor jesse smollett. he's accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown chicago nearly three years ago. mall isset was charged with smiling a false police report after investigators allege he staged the attack. the actor has pleaded not guilty. after months of mulling a run for texas governor, actor matthew mcconaughey says he's sitting this one out. he posted a video saying running for office is not something he's choosing to do, quote, at the moment. instead, mcconaughey said that he'll focus on another issue that's important to him. >> i'm going to continue to work and invest the bounty i have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses, and foundations that i believe are leaders, establishments that i believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life.
>> next year's race for governor of texas is shaping up to be a heated one. republican governor greg abbott is seeking a third term. and democrat beto o'rourke e th month. are pouring in for fashion designer virgil abloh. the 41-year-old died after a private two-year battle with a rare form of cancer. he was a trailblazer, becoming the first black designer to head mens wear at louis i vuitton in 2018. he founded off white and worked with the rapper yay formerly known as kanye west. he was known as a renaissance man in the fashion world and is survived by his wife and two children. coming up, unexpected arrival. a man survives a flight to miami from guatemala in the plane's landing gear. and later -- ♪ she gets too hungry for dinner at 8 ♪
>> emotional farewell. tony bennett and lady gaga perform in a cbs primetime concert special. this is the "cbs morning news." it's kohl's super cyber monday! earn $15 kohl's cash for every $50 spent... and take an extra 20% off. plus, an extra $10 off for rewards members! get the ninja foodi for $119.99... up to 30% off lego... and 40% off denim! shop super cyber monday! at kohl's! ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪
a powerful earthqu a powerful earthquake rocked peru toppling a 16th century catholic church tower. yesterday's magnitude 7.5 quake damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes. officials say at least four people were hurt. rubble blocked several highways. the quake was felt in the capital of lima, hundreds of miles away. a community is showing support for victims in that wisconsin parade tragedy, and an airport crew made an unexpected discovery. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the miami herald" reports a stowaway passenger hid in the landing gear of an american airlines flight from guatemala to miami for more than two hours. officials say the 26-year-old
man was in the wheel well area when the plane landed saturday at miami international airport. he was taken into custody and brought to a hospital for a medical assessment. there's no word on whether the man will face any charges, though. "the milwaukee journal sentinel" says waukesha is urging the community to put a blue light outside homes and businesses to show unity with the victims of last weekend's christmas parade tragedy. it's part of the city's effort called "unite with a blue light." six people were killed and more than 60 hurt when a driver plowed his suv through the parade. seven injured children remain hospitalized. and "the hill" says vice president layer is' husband doug emhoff, took part in the washington, d.c., ceremony marking the first night of hanukkah. the second gentleman who is jewish spoke during the annual lighting ceremony at the national menorah yesterday in front of the white house. >> hanukkah is not just a holiday, it is a time for hope,
freedom, and love. >> emhoff said americans must fight against anti-semitism, and hanukkah is a reminder of how resilient jews have been in the face of hardship and trouble. earlier on sunday, president biden issued a statement marking the start of the eight-day holiday and noting how hanukkah resonates today. and still ahead, inspiration on the football field. a team of deaf high school players finishes off an amazing season. players finishes off an amazing season.
elise preston is at the new york stock exchange with those stories and more. good morning, elise. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. this week investors are anxiously awaiting the labor department's november jobs report. meantime, stocks ended black friday's abbreviated session sharply in the red over fears of the new kremlin variant of the dow slid 905, logging its worst day in more than a year. the nasdaq dropped 353, and the s&p 500 fell 106 points. nissan is accelerating plans to go more green. the automaker announced it will spend nearly $18 billion over the next five years to add 20 new battery-powered cars to its lineup. that matches similar targets made by rivals in the u.s. and europe earlier this year. nissan said some of the vehicles would run just on battery like the leaf which debuted more than a decade ago. others would be gasoline-electric hybrids.
today we'll find out what theme the white house will be using for its decor this christmas. the first lady received the white house christmas tree last monday. the 18.5 frasier fir from north carolina was placed in the oval-shaped blue room of the white house. the national guard family will join the first lady today for the reveal. and disney's "encanto" charmed moviegoers at the domestic box office this weekend. >> the fate of the family is going to come down to you. >> i can't do this. >> let me help you. the rats told me everything. don't eat those. >> reporter: the animated movie earned the top spot scoring $27 million over the weekend. it tells the story of a young girl who's the only member of her family without magical powers. it beat out the highly anticipated "house of gucci" which raked in $14 million. anne-marie, i have not seen this movie, but i definitely want to see it. it's on the list.
and i love the representation of afro-latino characters. >> i love that, too. this is the time of year that you just want feel-good movies. it's guaranteed an animated flick from disney is going to give you that warm feeling by the end of the two hours. so it's on my list, too. elise preston is at the new york stock exchange. thank you so much, elise. up next, final bow. tony bennett performs with lady gaga in his last concert performance that aired here on cbs. the heartfelt message he received before walking off the stage one last time. ♪ ♪♪ thousands of women with metastatic breast cancer are living in the moment and taking ibrance. ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor is for postmenopausal women or for men with hr+, her2- metastatic breast cancer as the first hormonal based therapy.
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ it was quite a night here on cbs last night as the long-awaited primetime concert special "one last time: an evening with tony bennett and lady gaga" aired. ♪ she likes the theater never comes late ♪ ♪ i never bother with people that i hate ♪ ♪ that's why this lady is a tramp ♪ >> the concert honoring bennett
and gaga's music and friendship was sold in august. it was bennett's last concert before retiring from touring. his family revealed in february that he has alzheimer's disease. >> tony? >> yes? >>e're all so grateful to have yr generosity -- [ cheers ] -- your creativity and your kindness. >> thank you. >> your service through all the years. [ cheers ] >> in a touching moment at the end of the concert, gaga kissed off the stage. and wald well, a historic season ended with a championship game loss for california high school football team, but what the team accomplished all season long will be long remembered. the california school for the deaf, riverside high school football team, is made up of all deaf players.
the team won all 12 of its games before losing saturday's championship game. >> we made history. in 68 years, that has never happened. to be here at the championship game with my brothers, that was an inspiration itself. this is unfinished business for next year. >> i'm very proud of them. they've played a great season. they've had numerous records. there is one little glitch. >> the players who communicate with hand signals and body language achieved their first winning season since 2011. their future looks bright. 21 of the team's 23 players are eligible to return next season. and a defensive tackle for the tampa bay buccaneers may be getting a visit from the tooth fairy. during yesterday's victory over the indianapolis colts, vita veya lost a tooth when his face collided with the helmet of a colts player. he smiled pointing to the newly formed gap in his mouth. he left the game only briefly and returned to action. coming up on "cbs mornings,"
kevin hart talks with gayle king about his dramatic series debut in netflix's true story. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ it's kohl's super cyber monday! earn $15 kohl's cash for every $50 spent... and take an extra 20% off. plus, an extra $10 off for rewards members! get the ninja foodi for $119.99... up to 30% off lego... and 40% off denim! shop super cyber monday! at kohl's!
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our top stories this morning -- the u.s. will start banning travel today from south africa and nearby regions in an effort to stop the omicron variant of the coronavirus from entering the u.s. other countries are racing to close their borders, as well. japan and israel have suspended entry of all foreign visitors from around the world. and opening statements will get under way today in the sex trafficking case of ghislaine maxwell. she's accused of grooming underage girls for former financier jeffrey epstein. she is being tried on felony counts. she's pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her. negotiations resume tomorrow
for more than 1,000 kellogg's workers who have been on strike for nearly two months. it's part a recent wave of work stoppages as union employees fight for better pay and benefits. he's mark strassmann. >> reporter: brouhaha in omaha. >> you got that? look, i'm walking -- >> reporter: striking union workers, bus loads of replacement workers. >> no future here. >> reporter: around the clock, two-month labor stare-down at kellogg's. makers of corn flakes and rice krispies. is this hardball? >> absolutely hardball. >> reporter: this mechanic is among 1,400 striking workers. [ chants ] at kellogg's four u.s. plants, they demand an end to a two-tiered pay structure that the union conceded to in 2015. new hires make less indefinitely. >> we're professionals, and they're not going to get anybody better than that. >> reporter: part of america's great resignation is a great
repudiation. workers rising up, demanding better. >> no contract -- >> no coal! >> reporter: ongoing walkouts by alabama coal miners, health care workers in northern california, john deere recently settled with 10,000 striking workers as did mercy hospital in buffalo. it's brought out the tiger in these makers of frosted flakes. >> i feel we have the upper hand -- >> reporter: striking workers james jackson and robert jensen point to nebraska's unemployment rate, 1.9%. >> there just isn't enough skilled craftmen to fill all these openings. >> you're not that easy to replace. >> no. >> reporter: kellogg's told us intame "the prolon rk stoppage has left us no choice but to begin to hire some permanent employees to replace those currently on strike." >> we'll stay out here one day longer than they're willing to. >> one day longer -- >> reporter: that's at least through tuesday when
negotiations resume. mark strassmann, cbs news, omaha. coming up on "cbs mornings," we'll speak with dr. anthony fauci, president biden's chief medical adviser, for an update on the omicron variant. plus, comedian kevin hart talks with gayle king about his dramatic series debut in netflix's true story. and nate burleson convenes a hip-hop panel that includes chuck dee of public enemy and the first female emcee to celebrate the first-ever hip-hop history month. that's the "cbs morning news" for this monday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. great day.