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that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm natalie morales. thank you for watching. [theme music] jim cramer, see you i'm shepard smith on cnbc. and this is the news the markets just keep going higher >> all time high, the market hits a historic marker, but no stimulus, unemployment running out. what all of this means for americans and their money. out of control spread, and people still aren't listening. new reports the cdc is considering shortening quarantin quarantines. would that make a difference >> center stage. the president-elect officially introduces his team to the world. tonight, his first interview
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since winning the election you're playing jeopardy with your life. >> plus, an extraordinary journey of love and covid from a patient who was put in a medically induced coma hear her urgent warning. live from cnbc global headquarters, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. dow 30,000, first time ever, it's been a great cnbc day and a historic milestone on wall street stocks surging even as america enters its darkest chapter yet of this pandemic the pain on main street cannot be ignored many families are broke, hungry, burying loved ones or saying good-bye on a cell phone screen, and relief from washington is not coming, not yet. but experimental vaccines are fueling hopes of an economic recovery, and a return to some sort of normalcy i want to show you a look at the
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dow. we're obviously here now, but what a road to get there, along the path, thousands and thousands with a roller coaster. you can see the middle of february right there they have shattered the gains, and all the way across, leading us here to dow 30,000 at long last today we have two reports. first cnbc's dominic chu is following this remarkable run. what's behind this >> there are too many variables to count, but there are three main buckets driving the market action take a look at this because take a look at the transition of power. president-elect joe biden now has a little bit more clarity, and the markets like clarity if we have a smooth transition, that helps the market the ouout. a vaccine, we could get the economy back to normal, and the recovery road map, shep, the whole idea if we can get past
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covid, we can get the economy firing on all cylinders, that means more jobs, more money for americans, and a better economy overall, and that's the reason w why it's so important. >> this rally has been so broad and a lot of well known stocks have soared. >> apple up 105% from the march lows it matters because apple is arguably the most important stock in the overall stock market, the biggest member of the s&p 500, the biggest member of the nasdaq, and as a dow component, and you probably own that stock even if you don't think you do, if you own any kind of an index mutual fund amazon is the biggest internet retailer in america and one of the biggest in the world, and the pandemic only caused more to shop there, and that stock has been on a tear and made jeff bezos on a tear. tesla, that stock is worth over $500 billion, shep to put it in perspective, that's
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more than toyota, volkswagen, and general motors combined. >> that's incredible a 60% run. that means a lot of people have made a lot of money. >> all right so a 60% run from the lows if you would have timed it perfectly, that $10,000 is now worth $16,000 in just a short amount of time what's more important, though, for those people who have invested steadily over time, if you're one of the millions of americans that put money in a 401(k), a retirement vehicle, all right, take a look at whthat whole thing. it's a huge deal people who want to put money in the long-term have made out well that's the reason the investing market is such a big deal for so many americans >> dom chu, our first guest since covid began in studio. welcome, thank you. >> a real pleasure. >> why is this happening in the middle of the pandemic as the economy is so fragile. steve liesman is here. cnbc's economic correspondent.
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there's high unemployment, there's no stimulus, main street and wall street are like miles apart. >> yeah, shep, i'll give you one example of that. we have on a day that the dow reached 30,000, consumer sentiment fell to a three-month allow, down at 96 right now, so that's a decline it really reflects what's going on in main street, 11 million unemployed tomorrow morning, wall street expects 733,000 new applicants for jobless claims so there's definitely a wide gulp what wall street is looking at, if you look at the outlook for gdp growth, the worst of what's happening in the third quarter, then you have the green spring, that comes back, and that's a vaccine fueled spring. that's reason why they're really looking forward beyond what's going to happen in the next quarter when it comes to the effects of the coronavirus surge. >> steve, what has to happen for wall street's dreams to all come
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true >> you know, there's a big risk that's being taken here and that is the effects that we're talking about here, shep, what we call scarring of the economy, that people come back to work when the coronavirus passes, that businesses that were shut down restart, that the scarring of the economy is not that deep, and we can rebound in a really positive way that's the risk that's being taken here, and the vaccine has to be exquisitely timed in the second quarter for wall street to really have its optimism thought to be correct. >> steve liesman, thanks thanksgiving just two days away now, and the message from health experts is clear, if you travel over the holiday, and you have get togethers with people from outside your household, the consequences can be deadly still, millions of us are sticking to our travel plans, if you're on the move this week here are some things to consider we created this map to give you a sense of where covid's surging
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and maybe where you're going, it's broken down by region, northeast, midwest, south and west over the course of this news hour, we'll drill down on each of the four regions, highlighting the positivity rates and giving you an overall snapshot of how covid is affecting each region. let's start in the midwest, across the 12 states, the average positivity rate is now 22%. more than one in five tests positive for covid but in iowa, it's much higher. it's half of all tests positive. 50%. over the past week, the region's averaging nearly 900 cases per million people that's more than any other region in the nation by far. in north dakota, covid killed nearly 15 people per 100,000 over the past week the second highest daily mortality rate in all the land behind south dakota. that's according to johns hopkins university today, the air force began sending in reinforcements, dozens of nurses you see here,
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helping overwhelmed hospitals across the state america's service members now helping in the front line of the pandemic with nurses on the ground in bismarck, here's nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> this is one of the hospitals where the air force nurses are working, 60 medical personnel in all throughout several hospitals in the state to help with a massive staffing shortage as cases rise dramatically here in north dakota today, we saw long lines at a drive through testing site that local public health officials use every week they have about a thousand tests a week it takes about two to three hours for them to go through all of them. the problem is that it takes five to seven days for those results to come back, and the public health director in bismarck says that's a major problem. many of those tests have to be sent to out of state labs, dragging down the process. the air force nurses, they're coming here to help with the
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staffing shortages this hospital in particular has this one icu bed, but shep, it's not just a question of bed space, it's a question of manpower these air force nurses are now coming here. one of them had served multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. he's now preparing for the war against covid. >> it's always hard. as members of the department, we're tasked to fight all enemies, and that's whoever and wherever they may be including this virus >> an air force second lieutenant will be here through thanksgiving spending the holidays away from her husband. >> day in and day out, we start seeing the severity in the news of course and everything going on in our nation proud to be here to be able to answer that call. >> reporter: air force medical teams had been deployed to california and texas and are expected to be here in north dakota for at least a month. shep. >> gabe, thanks, wrapping up our coverage in the midwest, and now to the south the positivity rate there, 11%
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that region accounts for about one-third of all covid deaths and hospitalizations nationwide. and today, texas just reported nearly 14,000 new cases, an all time high. in el paso, covid killed almost 300 people over the past month, the most of any county in the lone star state. that's according to the covid tracking project, and the victim's bodies are piling up. the situation so bad in that county, it's bringing in more freezer trucks to hold the dead. el paso's county judge imposing a brand new curfew it takes effect tomorrow night ahead of the thanksgiving holiday. so that's the midwest and the south. coming up in a few minutes, we'll show you the west coast and the northeast. plus, a report on new guidelines from the cdc how long will your post vacation quarantine last? a change may be coming the transition now, the biden team reports it's now communicating and interacting with all federal agencies. president-elect biden
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introducing his national security leaders just this afternoon. that group filled with veterans of the obama, biden administration the president-elect also sat down with nbc news lester holt for his first interview since the election. >> the head of the gsa yesterday unlocked the mechanisms for there to be a formal transition of power recognizing your status right now, is that happening on the ground are there people talking right now who weren't talking yesterday? >> yes. immediately we've gotten outreach from the national security shop, from, to just across the board, and they're already working out, and my ability to get presidential daily briefs were already working out, and meeting with the covid team in the white house, and how to not only distribute but get from a vaccine being driistributed to person being able to get vaccinated, so i think we're going to not be so far behind
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the curve as we thought we might be in the past, and there's a lot of immediate discussion and i must say, the outreach has been sincere, and it's not been begrudging so far, and i don't expect it to be. so yes, it's already begun. >> did you receive the presidential daily brief today >> not today, but it will be starting very shortly, maybe as early as form. >> have you had any conversations with president trump post election about, you know, paving the way for this transition to happen, any back channel communications >> no, i believe that his chief of staff and my chief of staff have spoken, but, no, i have not heard anything from president trump. >> but progress for sure lester holt with us from wilmington president-elect said america is back that the trump administration outreach has been sincere, and lester, he told you
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he's considering some republicans for his cabinet? >> yeah, the context is just an hour or two before we sat down, he introduced several of his cabinet picks, high ranking positions, national security adviser positions, so i asked him, you've still got, you know, several positions to fill, would you consider a republican and he said yes, and he said there are several well qualified republicans that could foot the bill i said are you going to make a pick he said no, not now or not ever. not now, but it's clearly something he's thinking about. it's part of the context is that he continually, at several points in the interview brought up the whole idea that the nation can't continue to be torn apart, there have to be ways to bring this country together. he's not naive to the depth of the divisions but he keeps, you know, he said that a lot of course as a candidate, and certainly now part of his presidency, and aiming to try and find ways to bring this country together and that maybe by bringing one or more republicans aboard in his
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cabinet and high level positions. >> very interesting, lester, i saw at the top of your newscast, just before coming to do this one, and i heard the president-elect talk about vaccine distribution what did you take away >> i was a little surprised there has not been more coordination we know officially that the transition hadn't occurred until really yesterday when he got that letter, but it sound like the biden folks still don't quite understand what the trump administration will do in terms of the rollout they know there will be one. he said they're going to try to get up to speed and see if it meshes together. if they start, if the trump administration starts distribution before they get there, that's even better. clearly a lot of coordination is going to have to take place. it doesn't sound like a smooth road map from one administration to the other as to how this is going to take place. this simply appears to be from a lack of prior communication. >> lester, congratulations, we'll watch for more tomorrow morning on today, tomorrow night on nbc nightly news.
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thanksgiving, doctors keep warning about the covid dangers of getting together, right, but there is another real risk behind heading out to see our family and friends. >> what's more important when you're operatinga vehicle that can be a deadly weapon >> millions of americans hitting the road, raising big concerns about the deadly consequences of distracted driving a car sinking, a woman trapped, the dramatic rescue by police >> once those meals are out, that's it. >> plus, the pandemic poverty surge. sending people to historically long food lines. the facts, the truth, the news w
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. ready to travel, the head of qantas predicts a vaccine will become mandatory for air
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travelers. the airline is australia's largest. it's the first to announce the requirement. once the vaccine is readily available, all international passengers flying on qantas must prove they got the shot. think of it as a sort of vaccination passport the airline's ceo says he's talked to colleagues around the world and thinks it will become common practice. a live look at air traffic above the country right now, realtime here, two days before thanksgiving looks pretty busy but aaa says even more will be on the road. about 48 million of us expected to drive that's 95% of all travelers for the holiday. the cdc has urged everybody stay home because of covid. but the virus is not the only threat this holiday. the experts say we're more distracted than ever behind the wheel. cnbc's contessa brewer live in kingston, new york contessa. >> good to see you tonight, the pandemic and drivers are using
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their phones 50% more than pre-covid for things other than talking. that's actual driving data from the farmers signal app, devices aren't the only issue here there are other passengers there's eating and drinking, personal grooming, and now even emotional distractions >> he loved capes in particular. he put his superhero costume on in the beginning of october, and he did not take it off, well, actually, they cut it off of him in the ambulance after he had been hit. >> zadi was 3 years old, holding his mother's hand in a crosswalk in a parking lot when a distracted driver ran into them. >> it will be six years this coming february, and there's not a second of my life where i don't miss him i miss him all the time. >> zadi's life story cut short, and yet now, a cautionary tale for others the tiny caped crusader is imagined as a native american
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superhero named z-hawk in a comic book commissioned by travellers insurance it's part of a campaign called unfinished stories, a fight against distracted driving. >> we really worked hard to work closely with the families of the victims to ensure that we tell their unfinished stories in a way that honors their lives. and hopefully causes people to stop and think and change their behavior. >> reporter: something's got to change, in 2018, distracted drivers were involved in crashes that killed more than 2,800 people in the u.s. and injured 400,000. those numbers may be low, because distractions are so under reported >>what's more important when you're operating a vehicle that can be a deadly weapon than to pay attention to what you're doing. >> reporter: it seems like common sense, but 24 states and d.c. decided a law was necessary. they banned hand held devices while driving. do the laws work
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one study shows most states saw an average of 16% drop of traffic fatalities in two years of passing a hand held ban. millions facing rain and snow this week as a storm system moves across the lower 48 but it looks like things may clear up in time for turkey the big weather question this year, will it be nice enough to do thanksgiving outside. janet huff has some answers, nbc 4 chief meteorologist. >> that depends on where you live nor thanksgiving. we have a storm system in the middle o. country from the great lakes into kansas where there's severe weather, quarter sized hail, thunderstorms approaching wichita, rain approaching st. louis. snow earlier in chicago and des moines, but now it's all rain. it is snowing over lower michigan, expecting 2 to 5 inches there that same storm system edges closer to the east coast tomorrow, chicago, atlanta, new orleans, will see rain in points
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in between it's dry on the east coast, temperatures in the 50s in new york city. out west, mainly dry except interior northwest where there will be some snow and rain in seattle. on thanksgiving day, yes, some areas, you'll be able to dine outside, like in phoenix, 72 l.a., 66 70s in dallas, there will be storms around the world, and miami, 82 degrees. new york city, expecting rain the first half of the day, see sun breaking through, at least drying out the second half you may be outdoors with a temperature around 60. 67 in washington, d.c. there will be 40s and sunshine in denver, a little windy around billings, seattle will have clouds and temperatures in the upper 40s. look at the temperatures the day after thanksgiving it's still really mild, everywhere mainly above freezing 40s towards parts of montana, 40s in chicago on friday near 60 in new york city it's still dry here, and 61 in washington, d.c. there will be some rain and thunderstorms along the gulf coast. the i-10 corridor from florida
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into texas, and around new orleans and in the southwest, looking pretty good in vegas with a high of 61 degrees on friday >> janice, i don't know if i can remember an outdoor thanksgiving in new york city, but i think it's going to happen in greenwich village on thursday. >> i think you're right. i think you're right. >> the weather looking good. janice huff, always good to see you. thank you so much. nfl history made last night. did you see this for the first time an all black crew officiated a game jerome led the 7-man crew and joined the gang on the "today" show this morning. >> well, it feels as though i'm making a permanent mark in sports history, and just be a changing event for someone who comes behind me. >> a permanent mark no doubt between the seven men, get this, 89 seasons of nfl experience, and six super bowls. well, it feels as though he
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on wall street, the top story on cnbc, the dow topping 30,000 for the first time ever investors betting on a strong economic recovery next year. s&p up 57 to a record of its own, the nasdaq climbed 156. as stocks rallied, best buy marked its best quarter in a quarter century. and that's what's topping cnbc's on the money american shop big box retailer buying laptops, home theater systems, and appliances, sales soared 23%, the biggest gain in 25 years thanks to a boom in online shopping. digital sales up 174% last quarter and that accounts for a third of total revenue red hot this one is, mccormick broeg up t buying up the growing hot says maker for $800 million the hot sauce sales in the united states on track to hit
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almost $1 billion this year. and more than 19 million homeowners can save big by refinancing their mortgages. the highest number on record, that's an average savings of $309 a month for a total monthly savings of nearly $6 billion on a day of many records, it's the highest in history a hollywood icon makes a splash at a new museum, and police make a daring rescue underwater on this cnbc trip coast to coast. >> ohio, police officers rush to rescue a woman trapped in a sinking suv. this is alliance about an hour south of cleveland cops here say the woman's car plunged into a dark river and was filling up with water fast they had to smash a window to get her out.
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>> i got her >> cops say she wasn't seriously hurt california, bruce is in the building, the famous shark made from the mold used for jaws now on display in l.a. he's at the academy museum of motion pictures. you can see bruce and his 116 razor sharp teeth when the museum opens next spring washington, santa, ready for his close up at the everett mall near seattle, but taking a photo with jolly old st. nick looks a lot different this year. because of covid, kids can't sit on his lap santa's perched in his sleigh with a face mask on while kids keep their distance. a christmas tradition, modified to keep everybody safe illinois, penguins, marching on to soldier field. the chicago bears are on the road, so the birds have the place all to themselves. they checked out some of the areas now closed to the public a little adventure for these
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waddling penguins on the cnbc trip, coast to coast i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news the cdc is close to changing quarantine guidelines. instead of 14 days, it may now become 7 to 10 days. a negative test would be needed to get out of the quarantine the plans still being finalized, they say, but this would be a dramatic change to the current guidance right now, people are advised to isolate at home for two solid weeks if they have been exposed. cnbc's meg tirrell covers health and science for us, and she's on the top story at the bottom of the hour meg, why are they considering this change, and is it safe? >> yeah, shep, experts we have spoken with today say yes, this is a change that would follow the data about when people are most likely to become infectious, and in fact, it's a change we have already seen happen in countries like france,
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belgium and germany. dr. carlos del rio says it will work with combined with other measures. >> it makes sense. we need to realize you can also incorporate testing in a way to get people out of quarantine there's so many people potentially being quarantined. in health care, if we quarantine everybody that's been exposed we would be left without employees. we have been talking to others about how do we incorporate testing in our way out of quarantine. >> he suggests people who may have been exposed get tested immediately. quarantine and mask for seven days, and then get tested again, and if they test negative, continue to wear masks but quarantine can end, shep. >> meg, so if you can eventually test out of quarantine, that could increase demand on testing. how long is it taking to get test results now >> well, so it's better than it was over the summer, but it's still not great. we actually just did a survey of
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9,000 americans with survey from dinata and found most people get results in two to three days, better than july, but more than a quarter of people have to wait four days or more for their results. that's too long to be useful and it varies by state as well only wisconsin and rhode island return results in less than two days, whereas florida and vermont have average times of more than four dr. del rio said 24 hours would be optimal, but we are a long way from that. the holiday travel rush is now in full swing, and health experts warn our choices this week will shape the trajectory of this pandemic for many weeks to come. we have been looking at how the virus is affecting different regions across the nation. these are the areas we have covered so far, the midwest and the south. you see the numbers. now, let's go to the west. the positivity rate there, 21% that means one in five people who get tested are covid positive but wyoming's positivity rate's
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off the chart. 80%. the highest in all the nation. in california, more than 20,000 new cases just yesterday shattering its previous daily high that's according to data from the l.a. times and los angeles county in particular, helping fuel the surge, it added more than 6,100 cases, the most in a single day since the pandemic began now, the last region and the first to be hard hit by pandemic, the northeast. for the past few months, that region managed to keep its positivity rate very low now it is rising again, hovering around 7%, which is bad for our area five out of the nine states in the region reported new single day highs for cases in the last 14 days. and the recent surge is taking a toll on health care systems here in new york, hospitalizations have doubled over the past two weeks hitting the highest level since june that's from the covid tracking project. the governor of new york, andrew
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cuomo says the state will reopen the field hospital on staten island, as the virus strains hospitals, especially there, but across the five boroughs of the city the announcement comes less than a week after new york city closed all public schools. for many new yorkers it's another sign that the city could be returning to its darkest days, more than eight months into the pandemic. so here's the big picture. it is grim, and it's getting worse. of course if we all follow the fauci, wear our masks and stay distanced, limit contact with each other, we'll make it to the vaccine. the science is clear, now it's up to us follow the fauci the transition begins. now we know how that happened. nbc news now reports that president trump's closest advisers, especially his daughter ivanka, met with him yesterday and urged him to stop blocking the biden transition, the reason, in order to protect his brand and stop taking a
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massive pr hit it seemed to work. president trump has refused to take any questions from reporters for 21 days in a row now since the election he did drop by the white house briefing room today to talk about the stock market but left after one minute >> thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> mr. president. >> sir,why not concede for the good of the country, sir >> why not concede, he said, he's done so without those words, but he didn't take questions in the rose garden either, when he pardoned corn the turkey nbc's carol lee now. the turning point for president trump on transition, was it the family nudge or was there more to it? >> there was a little more to it it was these republicans speaking out saying that the president should let this transition move forward, even if he doesn't want to concede, that's the right thing to do senator portman, senator cramer,
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the president was frustrated with him speaking out. allies of the president saying it's time, these advisers met with the president and essentially said look, let the transition go forward. you don't have to concede, you can let the transition happen. it's what should happen. we're told jay sekulow, one of the president's lawyers said you can continue your lawsuits if you want to, even though they're not going to go anywhere, and mark meadows made the case to him, the white house chief of staff saying, look, you can do this now and then not look like republicans have pushed you to do this and like you're still in charge and in command and the boss, or you're going to wind up having to do it later, and the president decided ultimately he would do it now. they also made the case to him that it was really bad pr, and potentially bad for his brand, and the other thing he added is if he allowed the transition to go forward at this point that there's still enough time that joe biden wouldn't be able to blame him if anything were to go wrong later on. >> very interesting behind the curtain a little bit there we saw the tweet there, carol,
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accepting the transition is that as close to a concession as we're going to get or would we get more here >> reporter: i think that's probably as close as you're going to get what we are told is he's never going to concede the way we think about a concession from a candidate or an incumbent who has lost reelection. they don't use that word they use the word he'll have to reach a conclusion when he reaches this conclusion, it's likely to sound like, yes, joe biden is moving into the white house, it wasn't a fair election which obviously we know isn't true but that's happening, and by the way, i might run in 2024. >> by the way. >> carol lee, live for us tonight. thank you. >> reporter: thank you. we have new reporting on hunger in america amid the pandemic and the many people trying to help with no stimulus coming from congress. that is coming up. first, they went out to count sheep, and they came back
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with a real mystery. a metal mystery in the utah desert, a silver monolith standing alone in the red rock the truth is out there, maybe. and scooping up material from the moon. shine a blast off on a mission that hasn't been done in 40 years as we go around the world in 80 seconds. the facts,he
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. none other than cher helps save a lonely elephant, and a cyclone in a coastal town as we go around the world in 80 seconds. somalia, a cyclone unleashing devastating flood waters in the northern coastal town, two years worth of rainfall in two days the storm leaving homes and cars submerged in murky waters, the governor there is describing the situation as a huge calamity. saudi arabia, houthi rebels from yemen say they fired a cruise missile on an oil facility that missile reportedly struck this fuel tank and caught fire the attack happened just hours after the kingdom hosted the virtual g20 summit. china, lift off for the country's latest moon mission, the goal, bring lunar rocks back to earth before the end of the year no astronauts involved, if successful, this will be the
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first mission in nearly half a century to bring dirt back from the moon the last two nations to bring anything back, the u.s. and former soviet union. >> pakistan, well wishers serenading the lonely elephant fans throwing him a farewell party with balloons, pictures, and music, animal rights activists, including cher, campaigning for years to rescue him from what they call grim conditions at the islamabad zoo. up next, flying this weekend to an animal sanctuary in cambodia as we go around the world in 80 seconds. there was some guesses on this next one. alien encounter, secret nasa project, the new iphone max, not bad guesses at all for a mysterious monolith found deep in a utah desert we all know so far it's big and it's metal, like 10 or 12 feet tall utah department of safety officers stumbled across it when they were on a helicopter counting sheep literally
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because that's something they do in utah. the pilot says he thinks it was put there by some artist, an homage to the 1968 stanley kubrick film, 2001 space odyssey. the resemblance is uncanny, but for the record, no one has officially ruled out the aliens. aloha beast mode, nfl star marshawn lynch in hawaii handing out free turkeys in traffic. why that state and others could be facing a major food crisis next year. and when patty riddle was placed in a coma, her husband began planning her funeral he also began to write >> the strongest and toughest woman i know, and you're not just going to roll over and let this thing take you alive. >> nope. talk about love in the time of
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54 million people in america do not have access to enough food that's more than the populations of texas and florida combined according to feeding america this is new york city, lines and lines of people working tirelessly to give families turkeys for thanksgiving same in rhode island, car after car, bumper to bumper, organizations at the community food bank there say one in four people cannot meet basic food needs. that's the highest level since the great depression and in honolulu, nfl star marshawn lynch handing out 200 turkeys near aloha stadium, hoping to inspire others to help out. pandemic hitting hawaii's tourism industry very hard, there and across our nation, a growing food crisis. here's cnbc's kayla tauche. >> pauline has been out of work
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since march. >> reporter: with her five kids now home schooling, she doesn't know when she can find a new job, but thanks to this virginia food pantry, she knows where their next meal will come from >> it's wonderful because at least you will be able to put food on top of your table for the kids so they won't feel left out of thanksgiving. >> reporter: precovid, food for others served 80 families a day, now more than 200, mostly new cases. executive director annie turner says that number will grow. >> i'm worried that with restaurants and bars closing again that demand is going to increase in the next few months, especially january, february. >> reporter: as unemployment remains high, 50 million americans are considered food insecure 13 million more than last year, and while food bank shelves have stayed stocked, federal funding runs out at the end of the year. the coronavirus food assistance program has provided
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$850 million to food banks this year >> it's been an incredibly important program. it has provided us with about 40% of the food on a monthly z basis that we provide to individuals in need. >> reporter: radah is the ceo of the capital area food bank when we spoke to her last year, the warehouse was overflowing with food from usda. now she's trying to plan for a future where they are budget takes a big hit but lines stay long for years. >> 18 months, 24 months is how long we will have to be providing this elevated level of support. >> these organizations say now more than ever, they are relying on the goodwill of others, donations of money, food, or time for volunteers to sort canned goods, and they say to continue serving those in need, they'll take whatever they can get. shep. >> kayla, in texas is one of
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those groups take a look at the lines, let this sink in the food bank serves 8 semiload trucks of food to people in need every day. they say the numbers are so high, they have to ration food eric cooper is with us now, the ceo of the san antonio food bank thank you so much for being here, and for everything you do. you know, in america, the richest country in all the world, we have incredible hunger how is this possible s s >> well, shepard, i tell you, today we had a distribution that said 2,000, and we have these distributions all the time, and a woman in the line said, eric, i have no income, no savings, no food for feeding america, food banks around the country, all of us are seeing this unprecedented demand, and we're just working as hard as we can to balance the
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private donations we get with the public assistance to try to make sure people are fed. >> please go ahead, i didn't mean to interrupt. >> covid-19 has taken so much, right, people's jobs, they have taken their loved ones and now we're just trying to keep it from taking thanksgiving. >> we watch as schools close, and a lot of us have been wondering, those school meals are essential for so many kids, and i wonder if they're still getting the meals they need. >> well, for so many of those schools, they were able to nourish kids because they could convene them in school now with distant learning, kids online, they're missing those meals. a child would miss ten meals in a week, and if a mom has two or three kids in school, she's now feeling the impact of the cost of that food at home, and without employment, kids are going hungry, and we're hearing
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from schools that kids are struggling with their education because they don't have access to good nutrition. >> it's just incredible. i know in new york city at least, the public schools provide the meals, if you can come get them and that sort of things, and i'm sure a lot of cities do that certainly not everywhere and i wonder, i know you interact with a lot of people at the food bank. are you seeing different faces, different groups of people now during the pandemic? >> pre-pandemic, we fed about 60,000 people a week, and now we're seeing about 120,000 people a week. and most of those are new to the food banks they have never had to ask for help before. you know, i think of a couple that i met at our distribution, an elderly couple that as they were driving through to pick up their groceries,s wife rolled down her window just to say thank you, and as i started to talk with them, i said what do you want people to know about what's going on in your family
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and this hardship, and you know, the gentleman just bowed his head and started to get emotional. he was wearing a mask, and he just said, it's hard it's hard. it's so hard and i think for these families that are just trying to meet the basic need of food, it's humbling more needs to be done. >> and you know, to that end, i know a lot of people watching us now, and listening on siriusxm, and across our digital platforms, i know many of them would like to help if you could quickly, how do they do it best? >> yeah, shepard, the best thing to do is to go to, choose your food bank locator, and then get involved whether it's donating food, going out to volunteer or making a financial contribution, shepard, we just hope that
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congress acts quickly. the stimulus package needs to support families to put food on their table. the snap program is a great way, food stamps to put food on the table, and policies around snap need to be looked at in texas, if you own a car, for 15,000 or more, you don't qualify for snap and that's why people are in our line we want to get them out of our line and into fwrgrocery stores >> eric, thank you so much, and all the best to you and everyone helping to feed our folks. for weeks, the state of nebraska has steeen a record number of covid deaths patty riddle was almost one of them she spent weeks in a coma, months in the hospital, and at one point her heart stopped beating. it's a good thing she has her husband's. here's nbc's jay gray. >> reporter: her steps are difficult and deliberate. >> there was several times that
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i thought i would not be going home >> reporter: but surrounded by family, patty riddle is going home 83 days after she first went into an emergency room outside of omaha, nebraska. >> the doctor came in and said i've got bad news, your lungs are full of covid. >> reporter: she's rushed to lincoln where two weeks of quarantine give away to three months in four nebraska medical facilities. >> i just wasn't getting any better. >> reporter: desperate her doctors try every available treatment, on a ventilator she's placed in a medically induced coma. >> i don't remember any of that. >> reporter: ron riddle will never forget his teenage sweetheart and wife of 40 years, listless, unable to breathe on her own >> i was a wreck i couldn't do anything couldn't eat, didn't want to eat. >> reporter: he starts writing a journal, his way of talking to patty. >> couldn't get to sleep until 2:00 in the morning, and woke up at 4:00. it's miserable not having you beside me. >> reporter: before her illness,
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the couple had never spent more than five days apart, and now doctors are telling them their time may be running out. >> i started planning her funeral. >> reporter: those plans would have to wait coming out of the coma, patty is getting better. >> when i started waking up, i could not put the pieces together. >> reporter: she also couldn't move her arms and legs, her muscles ravaged by the virus. >> they've had to feed me, anything i did, the nurses had to do. >> reporter: with therapy, her strength is now slowly coming back. >> i am very blessed to be able to have walked out of there. i know i'm one in a few. >> reporter: a blessing, though, that comes with some real concern. because while the harvest season is over here in nebraska, the fields empty now, the riddles understand the virus is still growing here and across the country. which is why patty has this urgent warning for those who don't take it seriously. >> you're playing jeopardy with your life, if we don't do what they say, wear a mask, 6 feet
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apart, and wash your hands >> reporter: simple precautions that she knows all too well could be the difference between life and death for the news, jay gray, omaha, nebraska wow. it's a woman's world for the grammy nominations bea and tay leading the way, and the other records being set.
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rockefeller, the flying owl flying free. the ravens beard wildlife center released her at sunset, yes, her. the center confirms the now famous owl is a female the nighttime release providing her with the safety she needs to find a new home. her old one is being hung with lights in midtown manhattan.
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the grammy nominations are in and women are dominating, all the nominees for best rock song and best rock performance are women. beyonce leading the pack with nine nominations, her song "black parade" up for three awards, taylor swift with six nods, folklore for album of the year and best pop vocal album. and bts, the first korean pop group nominated, up for best pop duo, group performance for dynamite. 55 seconds on a race to the finish historic day on wall street, the dow closing above 30,000 for the first time ever. even as the pandemic rages across our nation. cdc expected to shorten how long you need to quarantine if you're exposed to covid cdc's director has suggested that you might only need to quarantine seven or ten days instead of 14. and president-elect biden's team tells nbc news they're now communicating with all federal agencies, now that the trump
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administration has stopped blocking the transition and now you know the news of this tuesday, november the 24th, 2020 i'm shepard smith. thanks for having us in tonight, and for trusting us for your llws and information it is 5:00 a.m. at cnbc, and here is your top 5 at 5:00 dow 30,000 is here stocks seemingly can't be stopped. we'll dig into why tomorrow is thanksgiving, but don't check out just yet a treasure trove of economic data out today and nbc, joe biden getting all clear for daily presidential briefings as he lays out his 100 day plan and black friday is dead, long liv


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