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we'd have been all over it. (robert) you know, it's a shame there. (lori) it's a great product. that was a great product. developing right now jussie smollet found guilty. he lied to police. and the hate crime, the attack he claims he suffered was a hoax we're waiting for him to walk out of the courthouse. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc. >> his commitments to respond with strong measure in the event of russian military escalation. >> the push to avoid war president biden meets with the president of ukraine as concerns grow about a possible russian invasion we take you to the front lines and into the trenches. travis scott's first interview since the concert
tragedy that killed ten fans. >> i went through something, you know, and the fans went through something and people's patients went throughing. >> the rappers' message to the victim families, thing he admits. the new york attorney general targeting former president trump. seeking his testimony under oath what she is investigating. a major victory for workers. starbucks employees win their fight to unionize. the historic vote and where things head from here. the cdc expands the age for booster shots. a government's plan to ban cigarettes forever and the americans getting sick from petroleum contaminated drinking water live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith. good evening, jussie smollet made it all up stage the
hate crime the actor and musician staged the hate crime against him, a claim of a noose around his neck, two men attacking him, dowsing him with bleach and yelling "thites isr deliberatin than maga" nine hours, country all lies and his claim under oath there was no hoax, that was a lie too. here is smollet walking into court in chicago about an hour and a half ago moments before the decision came down, after deliberating more than nine hours, a jury found jussie smollet guilty on five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct. the judge announced the verdict last hour. the jurors heard six days of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses. but essentially the criminal trial came down to whose story was more believable, smollet's or the two brothers whe says attacked him jussie smollet could face up to three years in prison for each count. but it's unlikely that will happen since he has a clean
criminal record. here's what we're waiting for. waiting for lawyers to come outside of the courthouse. a short time ago a prosecutor spoke. and the prosecutor said, we proved our case. jussie smollet is guilty a judge set a hearing for late next month and then a sentencing date will be determined later. this is a live look outside the courthouse our producers there have not said that jussie smollet has come out these doors he and an entourage with lawyer went in, but we haven't yet seen them come out. we'll wait for that and should the lawyers take to the microphones we'll bring it live. david henderson, civil rights attorney cnbc contributor. david, the problem here was the stories -- one story had facts behind it and another story didn't >> yes, shep, that's right you could tell this from the beginning because originally they were investigating in order to prosecute the people accused of attacking mr. smollet there was no way they were going to reverse on him unless they thought they had a strong case and ultimately when he took the stand there was things he couldn't explain like the 3500
payment. >> what do you expect would happen now the lawyers i've spokenen with and i think you said the chances of probation are pretty good but is there a case to be knead this was particularly egregious according to the verdict of the jury i mean there was video of him going around this place the day before, setting it all up. one lie after another lie after another lie, according to the jury's verdict, and all four, we're led to believe, publicity. and what is talked about here is a hate crime he staged a hate crime, a black, gay man. >> some might say he should have known better than that >> oh, shep, i think that goes without saying, that he should have known better than to do that whenever you're a celebrity, and whenever you've done something particularly egregious and notable, you run yourself a risk of being made an exception of, and a judge tried to demonstrate that hey, we need to make sure
this doesn't happen again, and we're going to make an example of you a normal year looking at a year or less of probation, the judge could make an exception for him. >> these things happen from time to time, and convincin is this -- is this sg juries is sometimes difficult is this so egregious that it cob injurious in the big picture >> whenever you have cases like this that make the news where someone is found to have lied about a hate crime or any type of violent crime, as someone who's had to try these types of cases, it does make you fearful of what you are going to be dealing with in a jury pool, because people already start off being skeptical. but every case gets dealt with one jury at a time, one trial at a time i don't think it's something that can't be overcome, it gives
an unnecessary perception about hate crime >> the live look there, our producers will be watching throughout this news hour. should smollett or his attorneys come out, we'll take you live. is vladimir putin bluffing or planning to start an invasion of ukraine president biden says the u.s. will have ukraine's back he personally warned putin of severe consequences and economic punishment like nothing he's ever seen, unquote during a video meeting tuesday. earlier this week, president zelinsky visited his frontline troops he said he was confident they could repel the russians, but apparently, some of his comman commanders know better
they believe they stand no hope unless they get major military help from the west satellite images show russia has built up nearly 100,000 combat troops, tanks and artillery at key strategic points we'll hear from richard engel who toured the trenches of ukraine. first, on president biden's call to zelinsky. >> that 90-minute call described as warm served as a forum for president biden to updatesa lynnski on his calls with russia and allies and steps that will be taken from here he expressed support for a diplomatic path to uphold ukraine's sovereignty, and reaffirmed u.s. security assistance, which congress just increased to $300 million this year biden told zelinsky that his message to mr. putin was, one nation can't force another
nation to change its border. today the state department denied the u.s. pressured ukraine to give up russian-held territory. >> absolutely not. there have been absolutely no deals cut. there have been no concessions made no such elements even discussed. >> while frommr. biden has ruleu unilateral force, he spoke to the arc of european countries closest to russia where the white house has pledged to bolster defenses mr. biden described the buildup as worrying but also bigger than ukraine with the region's entire stability hanging in the balance. what does that mean for the possibility of ukraine's joining nato, as it's been asking for at least several months tonight a senior administration official would only say that mr. biden expressed the view that
when ukraine is on the agenda, ukraine is at the table. the invasion could start with russian airstrikes and supply lines destroyed soldiers on the front lines left to fight alone until this bullets run out. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel reports from the trenches of eastern ukraine. >> reporter: the front lines along ukraine ales border with russia hearken back to world war ii or even earlier miles of narrow paths flanked by land mines and trenches. muddy today, often frozen solid. these positions are -- we'll get back to that north a moment jussie smollett's entourage is
walking out of the krm courtroom. we don't know whether jussie will speak himself let's listen at the courthouse this is actually right there is the prosecutor in the blue suit. we were led to believe that might be smollett. as it turns out, it is not so i want to get back to the beginning of richard engel's piece. because if is in the trenches that the ukrainians fear that their soldiers may be in the worst danger, and that's where richard engel reports tonight. >> reporter: the front lines along ukraine's border with russia hearken back to world war two or even earlier. miles of narrow paths flanked by land mines and trenches. muddy today, often frozen solid. these positions are designed to stop or at least slow down a russian advance. and they're on high alert now. russian stroops, around 100,000 and tanks and artillery are
massed along three sides of the ukrainian border and in addition to the regular russian army, there are pro-russian militias already operating inside ukraine this is the most dangerous flash point. kraefrnen troops occupy these trenches 24/7 and pro-russian forces are about 50 yards away those russian-backed troops fire on them almost every day and it wouldn't take much for an escalation here to trigger a much wider war >> we have trench with guys. they have trench with guys below this locate minefields so basically we're in some, you have casualties. >> reporter: ivan has been serving on the front for eight years. >> putin, i think not stop in ukraine. >> reporter: do you think
russia's going to do it? >> in our language, we have some words like hope for the best and get ready for the worst. >> reporter: so this is one of the forward lookout positions. >> reporter: nearby squad commander, owe armed by moscow. >> that's not far away. >> an aout ground war could commander. an all-out ground war could expand beyond ukraine. belarus of could loalso be draw in shep, russia blames ukraine for all this russia says all it's trying to do is defend itself from ukranian ever becoming a member of nato. however, vladimir putin went so far as to accuse the ukrainian government of carrying out what
he says looks like a genocide against the russian-speaking population here. now it could be he's making a pretext for an intervention or he's just bluffing shep >> we'll know soon enough, richard engel, thank you she was sitting right next to daunte wright in a car when a police officer shot and killed wright during a traffic stop today daunte wright's girlfriend took the stand through tears, she recounted the shooting and wright's final moments. she testified that daunte wright was really scared. in a way she had ever before seen when police pulled him over in the minneapolis suburb brooklyn center, back in april. the ex-police officer says she pulled her gun instead of taser by mistake when daunte wright tried to get away. >> i'll tase ya!
i'll tase you! taser, taser, taser, [ bleep ], [ bleep ] i just shot him. yes! i grabbed the wrong [ bleep ] gun! i shot him oh, my god oh, my god >> wright's girlfriend told the jury that after the car crashed she grabbed whatever she could find in that car, a towel or sweater, and pressed it to wright's chest, as she put it, like you see in the movies, in a desperate attempt to stop the bleeding from his gunshot wound. >> i tried to scream his name, and i was just trying to have him talk to him. and i kept saying dante, say something, say something talk to me i know he tried. i know he wanted to. because i play that in my head
daily. >> daunte wright's girlfriend. she said one of the officers kept harassing wright during the traffic stop and wouldn't tell him why he needed to get out of the car. potter's defense attorney says the officers discovered wright had an outstanding warrant for a weapons charge and feared he might have a gun daunte wright was unarmed. travis scott says he did not hear the crowd screaming for help as people were being trampled to death at his concert early last month but he also says he stopped the show a couple of times to make sure everybody was okay. scott's first interview since the astroworld festival. charlamagne tha god's interview. >> you know, fans come to the show to have a good experience and, very a responsibility to figure out what happened here.
ve i have a responsibility to figure out the solution. >> travis scott. police say ten people died after a massive crowd surge after his concert on november 5th. the youngest of those just 9 years old. houston police and the fbi are investigating what happened. so far nobody is facing charges, but more than 300 lawsuit have been filed scott denies accusations that he was responsible, and his lawyers have filed to dismiss several of those lawsuit. cnbc's perry russom with more from travis scott's first interview. >> the travis scott show, or you know a astroworld show. >> travis scott saying he has been on an emotional roller interview. >> travis scott saying he's been on an emotional roller coaster the rapper performing in his hometown of houston when the crowd surged at his astro world
festival scott saying he heard no screams for help >> it's so crazy because i'm that -- i'm that artist, too any time you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show >> also saying he did stop the show for one person. >> he was right there. you got people like just spreaded out, and so i'm looking. i'm like, oh, and i call down the medics came in, responded, got him out. >> reporter: scott now facing criticism for creating a rage culture at his shows in an interview with gq from 2015 he said he wanted his shows to feel like professional wrestling. speaking with charlamagne tha god scott says he tries to create experiences through a safe environment >> something unfortunate happened, and i think you've really got to figure out, you know, what that was.
>> reporter: scott with a message to the families of those killed at his concert. >> i'll say to them that i'm always here and that, you know -- i'm in this with you guys and i love you. >> reporter: travis scott says he's looking for solutions on how to prevent this from happening again. one idea he brought up in that interview is have people at his concert wear wrist bands that would detect heart rates and oxygen levels. >> perry, thank you. the parents of two oxford high school students in michigan have filed two $100 million lawsuits over the deadly shooting there last week their lawyer says they're suing the school district and its officials for violating the students' civil rights the lawyers claim his client's two daughters were at oxford high school when the gunman opened fire, killed four students, hurt six other students and a teacher the lawyer says the gunman shot their 17-year-old daughter, riley franz in the neck.
she survived and their 14-year-old bella was not only there that day, she saw the gunman shoot her sister, according to the lawyer. the parents accusing school officials of failing the students at, quote, virtually every turn, unquote, thereby violating their civil rights >> they allowed a deranged homicidal student to return to class with a gun in his backpack with over 30 rounds of ammo in his backpack when they knew he was a homicidal threat >> the lawsuit makes allegations we never heard, that concerned parents sent messages to the principal and the superintendent days before the shooting happened the lawsuit indicates they warned of the suspect's alarming social media posts including count downs and threats to harm people in a news conference today the family's lawyer also referred to the note that a teacher found and reported to school officials the morning of the shooting.
a prosecutor says the suspected shooter had drawn a gun, a person who had been shot and other disturbing photos and phrases on the note. the school superintendent says counselors met with the student and his parents that morning but that his parents didn't want to take him home and they sent him to class they said at no point did they think he would harm anybody or himself based on his behavior, responses and his demeanor the 15-year-old suspect is behind bars facing murder charges. his parents are also charged, in their case, involuntary manslaughter covid booster shots are now available to all 16 and 17-year-olds the cdc just expanded its emergency use authorization for pfizer's vaccine the cdc director signed off on the plan just hours after the fda endorsed third shots for that age group dr. rochelle walensky says she's encouraging everybody 16 and older to get the booster
16 and 17-year-olds can get a third dose of pfizer's vaccine at least six months after their second dose. pfizer reports a booster shot of its vaccine offers better protection dense the omicron variant compared to just two shots. drinking water is making people sick at a military base in hawaii. the investigation under way as the navy reports two of its three water sources are now contaminated holiday parties and redecorating pretty normal unlessyou're boris johnson. the two scandals now fueling calls for the british prime minister to resign , hang on, i't to break my own record. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ when it comes to autism, only pay for what you need. finding the right words can be tough. finding understanding doesn't have to be. together, we can create a kinder, more inclusive world
the british prime minister boris johnson facing two separate scandals. today th the british prime minister boris johnson facing two separate scandals. today the british government opened a probe into several alleged holiday parties two at number 10 downing street, the third at the department of education. all three reportedly took place at the peak of the covid lockdown last year
rules at the time banned groups of people from gathering indoors. british officials say police could get involved if the covid rules were broken. yesterday a british official resigned after a leaked video showed her joking about a party with her colleague prime minister johnson says he's been, quote, repeatedly assured that there was no party and that no covid rules were broken meantime the british election commission fines johnson's conservative party more than $23,000. the reason the party allegedly failed to accurately report a donation that was used to finance the refurbishment of the prime minister's number 10 downing street apartment prime minister johnson claimed he knew nothing about how the refurbishment was being funded new zealand is cracking down on smoking in a way we've rarely seen on the planet the country's government is planning to ban future generations from ever buying tobacco products under the proposal anyone born
after 2008 will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes or any other tobacco. the bill also aims to reduce the level of nicotine in cigarettes available to older people. new zealand's government expected to introduce legislation to parliament next year local officials say they hope to make the country completely smoke-free by 2025 the world health organization described the tobacco epidemic as one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever facedch it reports tobacco use kills more than 8 million people every year. people revved up and ready to spend that's according to cnbc's new all-america economic survey. how americans are feeling about the economy and covid. plus a historic moment a group of starbucks employees fight to form a union. the votes all counted and the reaction from both sides are in. that's coming up as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on cnbc. with access to financial advice,
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a push t first, there was a push to legalize cannabis. now some businesses are creating places where people can get together and smoke freely. think of it as a bar but for weed like the coffeehouses in amsterdam. rather than sipping on a craft cocktail you light up an artisan joint. the concept appears to be picking up some steam. cannabis bars now starting to pop up slowly across the country.
here's cnbc's frank holland. >> reporter: these new york city events where you can smoke cannabis socially generating a buzz in more ways than one >> it's an epic moment today here >> reporter: happy monkey was an underground traveling experience now after new york state cannabis legalization they can hold pot parties at a legal exhibit overlooking the city >> it's the beginning of cannabis going main stream >> reporter: cannabis analysts expect consumption lounges to be a big business in states where recreation is legal. this is the consumption lounge inside a chicago area dispensary for u.s. cannabis company green thumb industries the ceo says lounges will grow customer loyalty and sales >> we believe creating brand loyalty and honest relationships with users is a good way
>> planet 13 plans to open the world's biggest consumption lounge on the las vegas strip in 2022 >> we sell more edibles in las vegas. >> reporter: the ceo believes there'll be an outlet for edible and drinkable cannabis which is more profitable and entice people to spend more money on a cannabis experience. >> they'll also offer in the lounge things that aren't allowed anywhere else even in our dispensary, the more high end items especially items you could only get when you come to the lounge >> reporter: this has also become a major source of revenue for states cannabis tax revenues are on pace to be 41% higher than alcohol tax revenues in colorado where they legalized back in 2000 cannabis tax is on pace to be 600% higher >> thanks, very much this is jussie smollett's defense attorney speaking live he says he's disappointed in the guilty verdict but respects the
decision let's listen >> unfortunately, that's not the route we wanted, but sometimes that's the route you have to take to win, especially a case where we remain 100% confident in our client's innocence. from the first day of this case, his case has been prejudged. his case has been tried in the media. i mean, it's unfortunate this is the united states of america. we live in a constitutional democracy where everyone is presumed innocent, but obviously if we we're honest that hasn't been the case. in social media, in the media he's been tried and convicted before his day in court. but we are confident in our appellate system we're confident in the illinois supreme court. we're confident that at the end of the day what's out there in the news media and in the gossip forums are not going to stand a chance in court. mr. smollett said he was
attacked he gave a description of his attackers. and what a lot of people don't know is that a witness came to court -- and i'm not going to say his name for privacy reasons -- and testified to the exact same thing this witness was a security guard that didn't know mr. smollett that recounted and corroborated his recount of events it's pretty disappointing what happened, but we remain confident we're going to come back and he's going to be vindicated >> jussie smollett's attorney. the truth is he was found guilty by a jury of his peers some questions now let's listen briefly >> obviously that's ridiculous we believe and we remain confident on appeal he's going to be declared wrong on all accusations and all charges. this is an inconsistent verdict. jussie was not accused of doing two different things and he was accused of doing one
thing and charged multiple times for the same incident. a jury cannot come out and say guilty of lying but not guilty of lying it doesn't make sense. but, again, we respect the judicial process we respect the jury process. we'll feel confident we'll be back here. there was so much doubt in this case and doubt because he is absolutely 100% innocent any other questions? >> do you plan to appeal the conviction >> 100%. >> there has to be grounds for appeal a decision will be reached later on that. the judge has said they'll have a conference on january 27th and that there will be sentencing some time after that i'm shepherd smith on cnbc it's just past the bottom of the hour time for the top of the news deposition wanted. the new york attorney general looking to question former president trump. what she's after and his
response a new mission for nasa, one they say will let them see things in ways they've never seen before. but first, the votes are in. a major win for the labor movement history made in buffalo, new york starbucks workers at the elmwood avenue location voted to unionize final tally, 19-8. it's significant because that is the first starbucks to form a union at a company operated store ever in america. here's the moment that the union organizers found out they jump and hugged one another. watching on a big screen, erupting in tears, up and down they jump and hugging one another. but it wasn't a clean sweep for organizers at all. in nearby hamburg, new york, a second starbucks location voted against a union. and no decision announced in a third starbucks store in new
york a historic day i suppose for the labor movement in one little slice of up state new york >> reporter:rsened during the c the pandemic they say they want better wages, conditions in stores and a stronger working relationship with the company while the ability to unionize is progress for starbucks workers united, the group admits there's a long road ahead and hopeful starbucks will come to the table to negotiate a contract, which it does not have to do >> if we're able to negotiate for a better contract here, better benefits, better packages, better wages, whatever it may be the company has the resources. like our ceo makes
shared purpose workers adding we will $15 million a kef you and better ways lead o year >> reporter: adding, quote, we will keep finding new and better ways to continue leading on wages and benefits, improve our listening and active partnership and keep building a company that matters because we are partners. and there will certainly be more important decisions to come with stores in buffalo and one in mason, arizona, are all seeking to unionize with more to come in the weeks and months to follow kate, thanks very much one of the most anticipated monthly economic reports is set to drop tomorrow, the consumer price index. it of course measures what people pay for goods and services it's no doubt it's up. the question is how much the cpi will come as inflation has for many become a bigger concern than the pandemic itself according to the new cnbc all america economic survey more than 40% of respondents say cost of living is one of the top issues facing america. 38% say it's covid
last quarter the two issues were tied immigration, crime and climate change round out the top five. cnbc's senior economics correspondent steve liesman now. high usually means prices rise precipitously and spending slows down not this holiday season. >> yes, it's pretty interesting. the survey shows on average americans are going to spend $1,004 on gifts this holiday season that's up 13% from last year people say they're spending more because they have more money in their pockets but also because prices are higher. interestingly higher prices are one of it reasons why people say they're going to spend less as well but people expect good wage increase in the next year, so that also helps drive spending we also find there's a decline even with the omicron variant out there about going out to the malls in large events or to travel so less concern about that
colored by worries about inflation and covid. >> on the economy, what does the survey find, steve >> as up people seem to be spending on christmas they're down beat on the economy 41% expect the economy to get worse. more pessimistic than a year ago and well above the normal trend which we had about 30% that pilled into attitudes about president trump. overall approval rating stuck at a low 41%. and his approval ratings on covid and the economy both fell further, shep. >> steve liesman, thanks so much new york's attorney general suddenly dropping her bid for new york governor. instead letitia james says she plans to run for re-election as attorney general citing a number of important investigations that she wants to finish. news today on one of those was big. james apparently wants former president trump to sit and testify in her office under oath for a deposition next month, january 7th.
a source tells nbc news it's for a civil investigation. the ongoing probe is looking into whether the trump organization committed tax and bank fraud by manipulating the value of its properties. essentially the question is did the company inflate property values to get better loans and then lower property values to pay less taxes trump's attorney calls the investigation purely political he says mr. trump has done nothing wrong and that they're waiting to see the subpoena. this is separate from the manhattan district attorney's criminal investigation of the trump organization in that case the company's former cfo, allan weisselberg, has pleaded not guilty to running a tax fraud scheme it allegedly involved giving himself and other executives off the book benefits including luxury vehicles. late word today at least 49 people are dead and dozens more hurt after officials say a cargo truck carrying migrants from central america rolled over on a highway and crashed into a
bridge it happened today they tell us in southern mexico here you can see rescue crews pulling survivors away from the scene. local officials say at least 40 people were seriously hurt they say it's still unclear exactly what caused this crash, but officials there say the sheer weight of the migrants in the truck may have caused it to tip over more than 100 people were packed into that vehicle, they tell us. at least 49 of them died military families in hawaii are facing a water crisis. hundreds of people have been forced from their homes, and some say they've gotten sick after the navy detected petroleum in the drinking water. now military officials say they've discovered a second contaminated water supply. the hawaii health department reports the navy found diesel fuel levels more than double the limit considered to be safe in drinking water it happened at one of three water sources that provide
drinking water to the joint base pearl harbor two of them now contaminated in a statement the deputy director for environmental health in hawaii wrote, the level of contaminate poses a public health threat and is considered unsafe to drink navy officials say they're stopping operations at its fuel storage facility until they figure out how petroleum got in the water in the first place hawaii's health department expected to collect more samps from that water supply today the planet is getting warmer we've heard the warnings now we're seeing the data, and some people are going to feel it more than others the rising risks of climate change coming up and it was was one of the largest fires in california history. it forced tens of thousands of evacuations in south tahoe they say it was arson, and now a father and son are in police custody. but first, a funeral service will be held tomorrow for the late senator bob dole. he died sunday at the age of 98
after doctors treated him for advanced lung cancer right now his casket lies in state at the u.s. capitol. today the nation's leaders pay tribute to the former presidential candidate, statesman and world war ii hero. we meet here the very heart of american democracy, the capitol of the united states of america, t >> we're here at the very heart of american democracy. to receive a hero of that democracy -- >> to pay tribute to senator bob dole is someone who elevated and defined what it means to serve
country. >> after recovering from grievous war wounds, his principled leadership in the hallowed halls of congress, house and senate >> of all his accomplishments in the senate, reforming social security was his greatest pride along with passing the ada >> through all his decades in public service, bob dole knew exactly where he came from a son of dust bowl hardship who was laser focused on food security and rural issues. >> today tens of millions of americans, veterans, the elderly, disabled and millions of kids across the country are better off because of bob dole >> the only way forward for democracy is unity, consensus. the only for
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we reported at the top of this news hour the actor and musician jussie smollet convicted today on five of six counts again we reported at the top of this news hour the actor and musician jussie smollett convicted of five of the six counts against him in the criminal trial in chicago. we've been waiting for him to walk out of the courtroom, and moments ago he did >> i thought it was going to be as he was coming out but his entourage was there. this happe i thought it was going to be
just as he was coming out, but his entourage was there. this happened during the commercial break we presumed smollett was booked. that would be sort of standard operating procedure after he was found guilty by the jury here let's listen the stand >> watch you >> did you lie on the stand?g oo sides on january 27th. sentenci >> the judge said there will be a meeting of the two sides on january 27th sentencing will follow again, jussie smollett found guilty of lying to police about a staged hoax attack on himself, again, january 27th the next meeting. a father and son arrested on suspicion of starting one of the
largest fires in california history. travis and david smith both charged with reckless arson in the caldor fire. that one started back in mid-august and burned thousands of acres over about two months the district attorney did not explain why these two were accused of starting it the men held on $1 million bail each an attorney for the father and son claims both suspects are 100% innocent, as he put it. he says they called 911 to report the fire the day it began. the caldor fire burned an area about the size of new york city. it destroyed more than 1,000 structures and forced about 22,000 people to evacuate from south lake tahoe the official start of winter less than two weeks away in many parts of the nation it doesn't much feel like it. there's a good chance about two thirds of the country will enjoy above average temperatures over the next 8 to 14 days. that's from the national weather service. you may not think of heat as a
problem when it's cold this time of year. but experts say because of climate change we probably should cnbc just got exclusive new data on how a warming planet could affect our summers and cities. turns out the impact isn't always equal cnbc's diana oleck explains in a continuing series of reports of the rising risks from climate change >> reporter: on a searing summer day in new york city volunteers stand out in cars with special sensors tracking both heat and humidity from the crowded tenement and truck lined streets of the south bronx to the open avenues of manhattan's upper east side by mapping so specifically they were proving that core neighborhoods were hotter >> as community members that actually fight for justice and environmental justice we can now say there is actual data that says we see, you know, and feel heat differently than everywhere else >> reporter: bronx native
melissa barber has fought for everything from community gardens like this one to redesigning the bronx waterfront to literally cool the area around it. now working with a columbia researcher she's using heat mapping to make a case for change to local officials and real estate developers how are data tools different from pre-existing data is that we are getting extremely granular data. >> reporter: the heat trackers told a striking story. on one afternoon in july there was at least a 7-degree difference between the south bronx, one of the poorest parts of new york city, and the upper east side, one of the richest. >> historically red lined areas they have less infrastructure conducive to cooling they have less green spaces. this is an exception in the south bronx. >> when we experience heat here, many times we experience it
anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees hotter >> reporter: the sensors were provided by oerg based cappa strategy, a current data and analytics firm that works with the federal government, local municipalities and nonprofits. >> it's really important because heat is one of the most insidious killers in cities. it kills more people than any other natural hazard >> reporter: and he says climate change is upping the ante as local economies now shutdown more often due to deadly heat. >> we're seeing greater intensity of heat. we're seeing longer durations of those heat waves, and we're seeing more frequent heat waves come through, and yet we're still using one single number to tell us what the temperature is for a city or region >> reporter: the data helps communities target their financial resources towards reducing temperatures. for example, like creating more green spaces, lighter colored rooftops, more space between buildings and more cooling centers. >> we want to empower the local
citizens and scientists who participated so they own the data >> reporter: new york is one of 12 cities participating in the heat mapping campaign which is in conjunction wits hottest monn record, shep. >> diana, thank you. nasah th launched a new tool into space today the goal, leare n more abo national. nasa launched a new tool into space today the goal, learn more about the most extreme objects in the deep universe a nasa expert will explain what that new spacecraft can help tell us about everything from black holes to neutron stars plus it's hard out here for a camel. the wild escape from a live nativity scene that had cops in golf carts and on foot trying to chase down the live prop the problem, turns out camels are fast
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we're about to get new perspective on some of the most extreme objects in the cosmos. black holes are places in space where the gravitational pull is so strong even light can't get out. it wept up on the spacex rocket. it's called the imaging x-ray explorer the spacecraft usually carries three telescopes it's designed to observe the polarization of x-rays from extreme objects in space like black holes and neutron stars. paul is here it's great of you. what can this thing tell us, i don't know, that we don't
already know >> well, because we're measuring polarization of x-rays, they come from right down near the black hole so we can see all the way down to a place we've never seen before >> what do the x-rays give us that we couldn't have gotten otherwise? >> well, x-rays are only emitted by the most energetic or the hottest places in the universe so if we want to study those extreme parts of the universe, near black holes, neutron stars, the remnants and super nova remnants, we have to look at them in the x-rays to understand them >> what are those who are doing the observing the most excited about from this launch >> well, it's really about testing our theories and seeing if we understand how nature works. we've seen just x-rays for years, andwe want to know how they're created. now we're going to look down we're going to compare our theories to what we see. >> the james webb telescope is
set to launch later this month everyone in the scientific community is pumped for that two together, what do you hope the future of space exploration could be >> well, james rwebb is a giant telescope. they can look at different galaxies and see different things about them. so by taking two parts of the puzzle and putting them together, we'll really understand the whole galaxy. >> well, it sounds like fun. i hope it's everything you're dreaming of. and we'll come back to you for results when we get them thanks so much i appreciate it, you and everyone at nasa last night the camel beauty pageant scandal in saudi arabia -- i hope you saw that. tonight a wayward camel in kansas city. police are trying to figure out how to catch it for an entire day over the weekend it escaped from a live
drive-thru nativity scene. >> look at that camel go >> look at it go the camel broke free from the nativity because its harness was messed up. it likely went searching for frankincense and mer gallop galloped past the waffle house gallivanting down the highway full speed but like all good things, the camel's free ride came to an endch cops went after it in a golf cart, less than ideal since camels can run up to 40 miles an hour golf carts can't do that apparently there was cursing so one of the officers abandoned the vehicle and struck out on foot, eventually lassoing the creature this prompting the police department to ask why is lasso not taught in schools. police confirming in a statement the camel was reunited with its owners and will be back to doing
camel things 65 seconds left on the race to the finish. jus owe smollett found guilty of staging a racist homophobic attack against himself in all the jury convicted the actor and singer on five of the six counts of disorderly conduct. starbucks workers at a store in buffalo, new york, have voted to unionize. they're the first in the country ever to do so. the cdc has signed off on pfizer booster shots for 16 and 17-year-olds the director of the cdc says initial data showed the boosters can strengthen protection against the omicron variant. and now you know the news of this thursday, december 9, 2021. i'm shepherd smith follow us on instagram and twitter at the news on cnbc and listen to the podcast on apple, spotify or your favorite podcast platform for those you love. vanguard. become an owner.
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