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enough so his dad had too one thing is for certain, there is no one in the room that wasn't charmed by the soft spoken genius who may just be far more of a regular person than the person of the year. i would like to say there is always a bull market somewhere i promise to finorord d itit f u right here as covid delta surges in parts of the country, a new warning tonight about the new variant. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc bracing for a covid explosion. the new study just out on omicron. >> it's rapidly becoming the more predominant strain. >> the mutation's resistance to vaccines and the severity of infection. >> there is just so much destruction. >> trying to rebuild after friday's devastating tornado outbreak >> people's cars are destroyed, houses are destroyed.
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>> the long road to recovery begins. the parents of the michigan school shooter in court today for the first time since arraignment. the charges, and what prosecutors disclose about the case ahead. the house voting tonight on criminal contempt charges against mark meadows plus what's revealed in a series of january 6th text messages regarding president trump. >> the president needs to stop this asap. another one, fix this now. >> the nfl mandates booster shots. the boy scouts of america reaches an $800 million sexual abuse settlement agreement. and protests break out in china. why these young workers are lying flat >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith good evening one year ago today the first american got a covid vaccine dose a modern miracle no doubt.
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yet today the reality we'd all hoped to avoid covid is surging yet again, and the white house warns of an imminent covid explosion axios quoting a senior biden administration official as saying a large wave is coming. it will be fast. it won't be as severe, but regrettably there will be plenty of hospitalizations. all 21 states you see here in red are reporting increases in average daily cases. that's according to johns hopkins. nationwide we're once again averaging nearly 120,000 infections a day hospitalizations up 45% over the past two weeks alone right now delta still accounts for the majority of new infections across the united states, but omicron is causing new concerns tonight this afternoon the world health organization called it the fastest spreading variant yet, and it appears to be gaining ground in some states. the cdc director says omicron accounts for about 13% of cases
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in the new york and new jersey region. >> the science is still evolving, it's still early but what we're seeing in some of these other countries is doubling times of about every two days or so, so really rapid increase in the amount of omicron that's out there but i want to emphasize that we have the tools now. >> we have the tools, and one of them maysoon be a pill pfizer reaffirming its treatment cuts the risk of hospitalization and death by 89% among high-risk covid patients that's a huge number and pfizer says the lab data shows it also stacks up well against covid omicron. cnbc's meg tirrell on our top story tonight. meg, when could americans get this pill? >> shep, pfizer says potentially this month, depending on how quickly the fda acts the company's ceo, albert bourla, told us last week the agency was waiting on this week specifically before potentially clearing the drug because
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another covid pill from merck showed dramatically different results between an interim look and the final one. it wasn't the same for pfizer's pill even the president weighed in on it saying, quote, if this treatment is indeed authorized and once the pills are widely available, it will mark a significant step forward in our path out of the pandemic the u.s. has purchased 10 million courses of the drug for more than $5 billion a key question is how widely the fda will clear it just for people with risk factors for severe disease, like age and health conditions or more broadly. pfizer presented results from a second study in lower risk people who weren't vaccinated and in some high-risk folks who were and showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization for them. the key for the drug's success will be getting it early, within three to five days of symptoms that means realizing you've got covid and getting a test quickly. shep. >> the cdc warning today that
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omicron might not be the only thing we have to worry about this winter. >> yeah, the agency telling public health leaders in the worst possible scenario an omicron could layer upon delta and flu in a triple whammy that could overwhelm health systems this winter. another predicts a smaller one in the spring and it's not clear which scenario is more likely. what is clear is that cases of flu, almost nonexistent last year and still low this year have begun to tick up. the public health message for both is the same, get vaccinated shep. >> meg tirrell, thanks so much. covid is hitting professional sports hard throughout the pandemic they have been an early warning for what's to come for the rest of american society coming up on the news tonight, what covid is doing to the nfl and nhl right now and what they're doing in response.
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president biden today declaring emergencies in both illinois and tennessee after deadly tornados tore through the midwest on friday and surrounding regions. more than 100 people are still missing four days after the twisters hit the governor of kentucky says at least 74 people died in the state. that number unchanged since yesterday. he made the announcement before touring some of the storm damage in mullen berg county. he said members of his own family died in the storms there. we're also learning more about some of the victims. the youngest, oakland koon, just two months old the tornado picked up their entire family and dropped them on the other side of their neighbor's home. perry russom is in kentucky tonight where he spoke to some of the survivors of the storm today. >> reporter: 15 minutes southwest of mayfield, a church is a shelter the youngest person staying here is 4 months old. michael. >> every day that i wake up next
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to him, i'm fine, you know. >> reporter: anthony vasquez, his wife and michael were huddled in their home, in a sgl closet. >> i held him really tight and told him daddy wasn't going to let him go until it passed by. >> reporter: this is some of the worst destruction we have seen so far homes were taken down to their foundation, trees splitting houses in half there's the faint smell of rotting in the air on 11th street, richard chavez with his wife, mary, picking through his brother's house. >> he was in here asleep and it sucked him out of the house. broke his neck and back. it's just because of the good lord that he's still here. >> karen and her dog are headed to their fifth place to live in three days. >> leaving was okay, knowing that you have to go somewhere, you have nowhere else to go. down here, everywhere we've been has been fantastic for us.
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>> megan ralph is running shelter. >> how many people do you have here >> we have 67 people as of 8:00 last night. >> reporter: she said people are slowly finding a more permanent home than a cot in a church. >> you see great sadness and great compassion in one room at the end of the day emotions can get high when you lay your head down, you can really start feeling for the people in the room while you're here, it's go. >> reporter: as ralph works nonstop, vasquez says he can't stop thinking about his son. he says it's a miracle they're alive. a miracle he still has michael. >> a life-changing experience. but we'll get through it also. we'll get through it. >> perry russom in kentucky tonight where many people across the commonwealth are still without the most basic services. neighbors helping to fill those gaps we're live in one town destroyed but coming together ahead tonight on the news. just minutes from now, the house is set to vote on mr. mark
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meadows should be referred to the justice department for criminal contempt of congress. the former white house chief of staff is refusing to answer questions in congress about the january 6th insurrection at the capitol. if the house votes to refer meadows for contempt, justice department officials will decide whether to charge and prosecute him. last night we reported on some of the information that the january 6th committee released ahead of their vote to hold meadows in contempt. the information included emails and text messages from republican lawmakers, members of the media, and president trump's own family the republican congresswoman, liz cheney, the committee vice chair as one of two gop committee members read some of the messages from fox news hosts, all urging the president to take action >> mark, the president needs to tell people in the capitol to go home this is hurting all of us. he is destroying his legacy. laura ingraham wrote
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please, get him on tv. destroying everything you have accomplished, brian kilmeade texted quote, can he make a statement, ask people to leave the capitol, sean hannity urged >> she went on to read one from the president's own son. >> he's got to condemn this shit asap. the capitol police tweet is not enough donald trump jr. texted. meadows responded. quote, i'm pushing it hard i agree. >> the tweet to which he was referring told people at the capitol to remain peaceful it was too late. and to support the capitol police today representative cheney read a few more from republican members of congress during a rules committee meeting. >> it is really bad up here on the hill another one, the president needs to stop this asap.
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another one, fix this now. >> representative cheney says the messages leave no doubt that the white house knew exactly what was happening but that hours passed before the then president did anything meadows defied a congressional subpoena to testify. he said he can't because former president trump has claimed executive privilege. he said he turned over the documents because they're not covered by that privilege. nbc's lee anne caldwell is live on capitol hill for us tonight. >> reporter: shep, that vote is going to start any minute now. as you ran through a lot of these text messages that have been read the past 24 hours, on the floor debate we're hearing about more text messages that meadows turned over, including from lawmakers, unnamed republican lawmakers who were trying to get involved in helping meadows overturn the election, including one lawmaker
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who texted an aggressive strategy that suggested republican-controlled state legislatures just send their own electors representative jamie raskin read that one on the house floor. now, we do know this vote is going to take place. it is expected to pass with the support of all democrats i'm going to be watching to see how many republicans vote for it we know that nine republicans voted for this contempt referral for steve bannon so will it be different? but jim jordan, one of trump/meadows biggest allies say he is a good man, he is a friend, do not send him down this path. shep. >> the vote up and coming. leigh ann caldwell, we'll be back to you for it thank you. late today, a legal defeat for former president trump a federal district court in washington, whom president trump appointed to the bench, dismissed the lawsuit he filed to keep his tax returns out of the hands of the house of representatives. the judge said the former president was wrong on the law the house ways and means
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committee requested the documents, saying it wanted to see how the irs was auditing the president. mr. trump's lawyers argued it was a fishing expedition meant to embarrass the president they'll have 14 days to appeal. they are accused of giving their 15-year-old son access to a deadly weapon and failing to intervene despite troubling warning signs. the parents of the alleged michigan school shooter in shackles in front of a judge today. fighting for over-the-counter birth control pills. an inside look at the years-long battle trying to make access to the pill easier. and amtrak making a major change in vaccine policy today the impact on plans to pump the brakes in 2022 woman: i have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. now, there's skyrizi. ♪ things are getting clearer ♪ ♪ yeah i feel free ♪ ♪ to bare my skin, yeah that's all me. ♪ ♪ nothing and me go hand in hand ♪
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first court appearance since a virtual arraignment. james and jennifer crumbley sat at a table with their attorneys. at one point james crumbley appeared to mouth "i love you" to his wife. the couple accused of contributing to their son's actions, ignoring what prosecutors say were glaring warning signs of dangerous behavior while allowing him to access a gun, one he allegedly used to kill four students at oxford high school james and jennifer crumbley each face four counts of involuntary manslaughter if found guilty they could spend up to 60 years in prison they pleaded not guilty. >> reporter: with james and jennifer crumbley in court in person today this is the first time they have seen each other since they have been arrested. they have been in the same jail but isolated from one another. today was supposed to be a probable cause hearing to set the tone and timeline for an upcoming trial but it was actually -- the preliminary
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examination was postponed until the new year, the prosecution arguing that both them and the defense for that matter have a lot of discovery evidence to go through. they have already submitted 500 pages of discovery to the court and that's just a third of the surveillance video, and witness interviews they'll have. they have 15 to 20 witnesses they intend to give forward and they want to give victims time to grieve before bringing them back in before the interview process so the parents next hearing isn't until february now, ethan crumbley, the school shooter, had a similar hearing yesterday. his was also postponed until the new year because of the same reason, so much discovery evidence when it comes to witnesses and his past with the school both cases won't see much movement until the new year. as everything was going on here today, i also want to point out that oxford schools were not in session because of yet another threat on social media it's been plaguing the area
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there in michigan since the school shooting at oxford high school just two weeks ago. shep. >> maura barrett for us from chicago. legal analysis now david henderson is here, civil rights attorney, cnbc contributor. david, it's unusual for parents to be charged in connection with a shooting done by their kid, especially with a charge as serious as manslaughter. could the ruling have major repercussions on how we prosecute school shootings or is this a special case? >> no, shep, i think this will have far-reaching implications for the school shooting cases which is why the prosecutor is doing it what she's trying to do is try to sending the message that, hey, if there are early warning signs, you better take action. she has to present an overwhelming amount of evidence to substantiate the claim she's trying to bring. >> the prosecutors said they need more time to look at all the discovery evidence what else are they looking to learn here >> i think what they're looking to learn is whatever they think they'll need to get past the requirement at the probable
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cause hearing. we typically think of this as a hearing tosubstantiate the charges that have been brought this is more like a grand jury proceeding michigan law allows for a one-person grand jury maintained by the judge but they're not accusing the parents are doing anything illegal or unlawful so they have to have a lot of evidence to substantiate these claims for that reason. >> what about the school officials, at least some of whom who clearly knew about ethan crumbley's behavior. is there legal trouble for them or no? >> it's possible but what prosecutors look at is what the law allows them to do and what the practical constraints are in terms of bringing cases in front of a jury. it's going to be really hard to get a jury to convict school officials. i think it's an easier case against the parents but still a difficult one to make in court >> david henderson, thank you. managing your own health risks. it's at the center of a debate over birth control pills and whether they should be available
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the pill can have complications that doctors should oversee. kate kelly joins us, a cnbc contributor. kate, what kind of an impact could over-the-counter birth control have here in the u.s.? >> thanks for having me to discuss what is an important and relevant issue going on that many viewers probably haven't heard about. i hadn't heard about until i started looking into it. i think it could help millions of people or could affect millions of people the argument here, and i think there's good data to support it, is that if you have folks who are rurally located, who are in historically marginalized communities that may not have equal access to health care, whose ability to access health care has been affected by the pandemic, people of color, all of these people who have trouble getting access to birth control right now where a prescription is needed would be able theoretically to get over-the-counter birth control pills through their pharmacy, possibly through mail order without a doctor's intervention. we have millions of people who
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take that bill with the prescription and barriers that exist today. there are some pharmacists prescriptions that are available in certain states, although not the majority of states but one would think that the over-the-counter market opportunity is much, much larger. >> where does the battle go from here, kate >> so right now we're at a technically sensitive point in the fda process. the fda has an office that oversees the rx to the otc switch that application process you mentioned in your intro tends to take ten months. that is their goal from when you officially apply to when they decide whether you can go otc or not. but the preapplication dialogue where you design your drug label for a mass audience that does not have a doctor's oversight, and that's where you actually test your drug, even if it's well established, and the birth control pill has 60 years of history. the pills involved have quite a few years of history and good
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safety records you test those with the new directions on the label to a group of consumers and present those to the fda so those are the processes that are still in various stages of kpl completion the application hasn't happened yet although both companies have been in there for five plus years. >> kate kelly, long time, thank you. once again congress is staring down the barrel of default, again unable to pay its bills. we're live on capitol hill with a vote count on the debt limit. you can't see it or smell it tonight the threat of toxic mold in your home and what to do about it and the worst of mother nature bringing out the best in humanity, as neighbors in kentucky who lost everything when the tornados hit still manage to help each other. their story, as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on cnbc. - hiring is step one when it comes to our growth. we can't open a new shop or a new location without the right people in place. i couldn't keep up until i found ziprecruiter.
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devastating default. cnbc's senior congressional correspondent, ylan mui, live in washington, d.c. tonight can they get this done >> reporter: disaster is almost reverted the house is preparing a bill for a vote on the floor potentially tonight or could spill over until tomorrow but it is all but certain to pass so this drama over the debt limit is thankfully done the two parties cut a deal where republicans agreed not to block it from moving forward but democrats had to pass the actual bill all on their own. today chuck schumer thank ed republicans for compromising >> no brinksmanship, no default on the debt, no risk of another recession. responsible governing has won on this exceedingly important issue. >> reporter: now, of course republicans still reserve the right to criticize the debt ceiling. they linked it to the democrats' social spending package arguing that raising it just paves the
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way for a massive increase in the deficit. >> more printing, more spending, causing more inflation to hurt working families even more what the american people need is a break. >> reporter: both sides have a point here the bill would raise the debt limit by $2.5 trillion that covers prior spending that both parties signed off on but also gives democrats enough room to pass build back better. importantly democrats believe this increase is enough to last through the midterms and into 2023 shep, this fight will come back around, but both parties are hoping they'll be the ones in power when it does. >> ylan, thank you. amtrak reversing course on its vaccine mandate. that's what's topping cnbc's on the money. amtrak, america's railroad, temporarily suspending its vaccine mandate for its employees. that's according to an internal memo seen by reuters
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amtrak's ceo says it has fewer than 500 unvaccinated employees and no longer expects to have to pull the brakes on service as planned next month the memo cited a recent court dec decision bitcoin in your stocking cash app rolled out a new feature today just in time for the holidays the peer-to-peer app owned by block, which used to be square, will now allow users in the united states to send bitcoin or traditional stocks as gifts to other users. and apple giving iphone users one less thing to worry about when they die. do we worry when we die? the tech giant introducing a dig digital legacy in their latest update no pass code no problem now you can choose who gets access to all of your phone secrets when you go. on wall street, the dow down 107, s&p off 35, the nasdaq down
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176. the market sliding ahead of the fed's decision tomorrow on rate hikes. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news dream home turned nightmare. meet a family that discovered toxic mold pushing their health and finances to the brink. the warning signs for your place. practices cancelled, games postponed. covid cases spiking across pro sports now new rules to slow the spread and keep players healthy but first, the long road to recovery in kentucky after the deadly tornados. >> state and local officials say it could take years for some of the hardest-hit areas of the commonwealth to fully recover. they say they're having trouble even tallying the damage because of the sheer level of destruction. one of the most devastated areas, dawson springs. people there say it looks to
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them like a bomb went off and destroyed their town nbc's ellison barber is live there for us tonight ellison? >> reporter: shep, we met the woman who used to call this home she told us that when the storm came through, everything collapsed. i'll show you some with my flashlight she was here, underneath this mattress, trapped under all of this rubble. she had to push a wall off of her legs to get out and crawled her way through this area all the way over here, passing this car that she said she had never seen before. when she got out of this rubble, she heard all of the cries for help listen to how she described what happened that night. >> i just crawled my way out and i come out right here at the end of that truck. and i just don't even know -- looking at this, i don't know how i come out of this alive.
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>> reporter: at least 13 people have died in this community, dawson springs there are only about 2,700 people who live in this community. the search and recovery efforts, those are ongoing. we watched as a team from ohio dispatched into the wooded areas all around us here looking with cameras, anything they could underneath rubble to see if they could find some of the many people who were still unaccounted for. for a lot of people like that woman you heard from, they are looking at all of this and don't know where to begin. as she looked at this rubble and spoke to us, she said i am 52 years old, i am a single mother. this is everything that i own but i'm alive. president biden is expected to come here tomorrow and everyone we have spoken to say they hope he sees this and realizes how much help they truly need. >> ellison barber, live in dawson springs, kentucky.
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the air force has discharged 27 troops who refused to get vaccinated against covid they appear to be among the first military service members removed for defying the pentagon's vaccine mandate the air force ordered troops to get vaccinated by early last month. the data shows 97% of all active duty airmen are fully vaccinated more than 1,000 active duty troops refused vaccinations and 4,700 asked for religious exemptions air force officials are still reviewing those requests an air force spokeswoman says they discharged 27 airmen for failing to obey a lawful order, adding that refusing to get vaccinated contributed to their removal, but that other misconduct may have also played a role. a covid outbreak at cornell university forcing that university to shut down its main campus to all students cornell reported more than 900 new cases among students this week alone
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in a statement today university officials wrote they discovered a substantial number of omicron cases. meantime nyu will require all of its students and staff to get a booster shot where the spring semester that from a memo obtained by nbc 4 new york. covid cases are mounting across professional sports now with strong vaccine and testing protocols, the teams have managed to mostly remain on the field and court for many months but now the tide appears to be turning. the nba boasts a 97% vaccination rate, but how have dozens of cases now turned up as breakthroughs? today the lakers cancelled practice after a player tested positive testing for everyone is ahead of a long road trip earlier, the league postponed two upcoming games for the first time this season ten chicago bulls players and some staff entered covid protocols. the nfl says at least 62 players tested positive for covid over
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the past two days. the 37 positive tests announced yesterday were the highest single total since the pandemic began. and the nhl forced to postpone games this week after six players and a staff member of the calgary flames tested positive that's the third time that the league has postponed games because of covid this season so what's the big picture? dr. robbie sicca is here with us, anesthesiologist, health consult ankt and former vice president for the minnesota timberwolves thank you so much. when the world shut down in march of last year outbreaks on sports teams served as an early warning sign and helped us identify the spread, then the lockdowns. at least the identification, is that sort of what's playing out now? >> i think you're absolutely right, shepard thanks for having me and happy holidays sports test more than anyone else they test people who are vaccinated and not vaccinated. when you test as much as sports does, you're going to find more cases.
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i think this is a really bad sign for our country for the next few weeks that we're seeing this many cases in sports. this is really, really bad news for the rest of the country. the leagues have led the way and i think that this is going to portend a lot more cases as we get into the christmas holidays. >> doctor, you advised on testing protocols during the start for teams. do they need to be updated for everyone >> well, i think we probably need to be in situations where we get the right tests in the right situations and deploy more tests. we still don't have a national testing strategy and it's worth asking ourselves should we be testing fans to come into games or man dating sporting events and is that a strategy to mitigate outbreaks it's something we should consider and probably think about how we're going to enforce. >> i hear what you say and then think about those voices, political, who will say, oh, there they go, stealing your rights it's a ridiculous argument, obviously, on the face of it, but it's one that's working.
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it's working politically in some areas of the country. >> yeah. i think as we look at it, we need to have layers of protection, so testing, masking, vaccination, they're all layers. you discussed, we've got a large percentage of athletes that are vaccinated the good news is that we have individuals who are not getting significantly sick that's the great news. the unfortunate thing is that hospitals are full across the country. that's the real problem. that's why this pandemic can't change because hospitals are full. >> the nfl doctor now mandating boosters over the next month for staff and coaches who interact with players at all. they're not requiring boosters for players yet. is that a mistake? >> this is a good first step by getting staff boosted. the nba has seen a large percentage of players get boosted. evening more and more players will take that initiative to get boosted. it's going to help keep them on the field. i think at some point, shepard, we'll stop calling this a booster and call it what it is,
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which is a three-dose vaccination. >> dr. robby sikka, thanks so much. investigators in south carolina announced a shocking discovery. former nfl player philip adams had severe brain trauma when he went on an alleged shooting spree earlier this year. the 32-year-old accused of gunning down six people, including four members of the same family before killing himself in april after learning that adams played for the nfl for six years, the coroner in the case listed boston university's cte center to determine if adams suffered from the disease cte is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma a boston university researcher said adams' case was stage 2 cte and unusually severe in both frontal lobes. she said it may have contributed to what she called his behavioral abnormalities officials have not yet announced a motive for those shootings.
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communities across the country are still recovering from a series of natural disasters this year. that deep freeze last winter in texas, hurricane ida, wildfires in the west and now the deadly tornados they all caused widespread destruction. but in some cases, the real extent of the damage isn't realized for months or years after these disasters strike, toxic mold can grow and spread throughout homes left unchecked, it can create a disaster of its own. here's cnbc's contessa brewer. >> a walk in the park is a blessing for the bear family who survived a house of horrors. >> i started getting migraines that i didn't understand and if i look back, i was telling doctors i feel like i've been hit by a truck. >> kristina bear, an attorney, said she felt all kinds of weird symptoms over the last few years. rashes, dizziness, forg forgetfulness. >> i wasn't super sympathetic. i said, hey, we run hard, we have careers, we have young kids at home.
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just deal with it, which is not a great response >> but then kristina fainted, and doctors found a tumor. their children were having tantrums, mood swings and even developmental delays teachers began asking questions about an autism diagnosis for their youngest son. >> he was melting down for at least an hour a day every day. >> the bears consulted so many doctors and therapists and experts looking for answers. >> when we started getting these test answers back, the light bulb was going off that, oh, we're all in this house that is making us sick and literally was killing me. >> doctors concluded the baehr family was suffering devastating effects of toxic mold made even worse during the pandemic, working and studying at home. >> the entire time that the baehrs lived here, due to improper flashing around the chimney stack, and so it was
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leaking water into the wall, but no one could see. >> reporter: experts determined improper construction and a faulty roof repair on the baehrs' austin home led to moisture in the house. that fed the poisonous mold, spores in their vents. >> after their tests the baehrs fled the house, not knowing the financial hell they were about to enter so far mold has cost them a million bucks and counting. >> almost none of those things are covered by insurance. >> and every year thousands of americans find out they're living with toxic mold often the exposure making them very sick. experts find it in public housing, in schools, and even in the homes provided to military families. >> there's no documented safe amount of mold what is clear is all of these health consequences seem to be an interaction between molds and other things that grow after water damage. >> reporter: the baehrs feel
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fortunate they had the money to move and get treatment, though it has cost them their life savings. and it could take the rest of their lives to recover physically from years of mold exposure >> and so the long-term question that all six of us have to wrestle with is given that we were in this house, exposed to this for eight years, for the twins for their entire lives, what is the long-term impact on our brain. and we just don't know >> when kristina baehr couldn't find lawyers experienced enough with mold to take on her case, she decided to start a law firm devoted to just this kind of mission. she launched it this week. shep, she tells us her phone has been ringing off the hook. >> not surprised if people suspect they might have mold in their own homes, what do they do? >> we talked to expert after expert who said first you have to finding an inspector who is independent from the contractors. in other words, they don't have a vested financial interest in
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whether diagnosing mold in your home and then you hire another contractor who's certified in mold mitigation, meaning they have lots of experience in going out and cleaning this stuff up to come in and look at your house. shep. >> contessa brewer, thank you. one of the boy scouts of america's primary insurers says it will contribute $800 million in part to settle the thousands of sexual abuse claims the move brings the total pot of money available to resolve abuse claims to more than $2.7 billion. the money is to be used to settle more than w82,000 claims from those who say troop leaders sexually abused them when they were children n a statement the boy scouts of america wrote this is an extremely important step forward in the boy scout of america's efforts to equitably compensate survivors, and our hope is that this will lead to further settlement agreements from other parties the deal still subject to court
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approval the hits keep coming for andrew cuomo the disgraced former governor ordered today to turn over millions of dollars to new york state. the reason and his response. plus, work a little and rest a lot. the new movement called lie flat in china the millenials who are well onboard and why their communist government is none too pleased s important time of year. when you switch to t-mobile and bring your own device, we'll pay off your phone up to $1000. you can keep your phone. keep your number. and get your employees connected on the largest and fastest 5g network. plus, we give you $200 in facebook ads on us! so you can reach more customers, create more opportunities, and finish this year strong. visit your local t-mobile store today. ♪ limu emu... & doug ♪ ♪ superpowers from a spider bite?
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the disgraced former governor andrew cuomo now owes the state of new york more than $5 million it's money he made from his pandemic memoir that came out last year. the state ethics commission ruled that andrew cuomo broke new york's ethics laws after new reports showed that among other things he had state workers help with projects related to his book cuomo's lawyer issued a statement today saying we'll see them in court. attorney jim mcguire said the commission's actions today are
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unconstitutional, exceed its own authority, and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law. a new economic report out tonight confirms what millions of americans already know well prices are surging according to the labor department, wholesale prices increased by 9.6% from last november to this november. that is the biggest increase on record it's the same story for gas. aaa reports the national average for gas hit $3.40 last month, the most since 2014. inflation forcing businesses to pass the rising costs on to customers. and for now, people seem willing to pay up. cnbc's kristinea parts neville s has more. >> reporter: you have many smaller or private businesses across america like this trucking terminal here in el paso that are faced with higher
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costs from fuel as well as hire wages and higher employee benefits. >> throughout '21 we've been constantly increasing prices as fuel has gone up, equipment has gone up, with the shortage of steel and aluminum -- truck and trailer prices are through the roof. >> reporter: take, for example, diesel prices that have climbed 46% in the past year but when you compare it to pre-pandemic 2019, prices are up 6% while private workers' hourly pay increased 5% just this past year alone a recent survey finds the company still plans to set aside another 3.9% of their total payroll for wage increases next year that's the biggest bump since the great financial crisis as fuel and wages continue to climb, private business owners are faced with a dilemma do they lose money absorbing costs or pass it on to consumers? >> what they would i dealy do is absorb the costs but then reduce
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the costs by becoming more productive, training their labor and increasing the efficiency of the machinery at the use. >> reporter: many companies like the transportation here in el paso have passed on the costs to consumers. but you have a lot of economists right now that are saying, oh, inflation will taper off in the later half of 2022, but consumer prices are expected to remain elevated so that means you and i and these corporations across the country are going to feel the pinch. >> kristina parts neville los in el paso. we've reported on the growing trend of workers quitting their jobs during the pandemic but in china some employees are taking a different approach. they're calling it the lying flat movement. chinese slang for slacking instead of working hard to climb the corporate ladder like they always have, young workers are embracing the bare minimum, and doing just enough to get by.
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and now the chinese president, xi jinping, is criticizing the movement, insisting that people not lie flat with the story of one worker protesting the rat race, here's c cnbc's eunice yoon in beijing. >> reporter: for this snowboarder getting up used to be a chore, now it's a blessing. i wake up not worrying about work, she says until this fall she worked at a tech firm, part of china's rat race to push her country and herself ahead. but then she decided to what the chinese call lie flat. lying flat is not comparing with others but about yourself. it's about developing your own path and following your heart. her tech job promised to put her on a path of money, stature and marriage a reason she delayed telling her parents she quit she had no income for two months i knew they would just worry, she says they aren't the only ones. the lying flat movement has
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become popular, even developing its own manifesto. to not have children, get married, buy a house or luxury goods. the manifesto originally was a joke but the government determined that the phenomenon is a threat to china's future. the manifesto has been censored online i understand why the government is concerned because many young people can be lazy, she says but if someone doesn't enjoy their work, they eventually lie flat they should try something else she now posts videos of her snowboarding on social media brands have asked her to advertise their clothing and gear as with skiing, everyone needs to decide what moves are right for themselves and not follow others, she says a thrilling thought for some, a perhaps dangerous idea for others president xi recently wrote an essay about his plans to make china great again. in it he specifically criticized lying flat, saying that it could hurt china's innovation and its
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kpet competitiveness. he suggested that a returning to socialist values and a redistribution of wealth would motivate young chinese to get back to work. >> eunice yoon live in beijing, thank you. every year the library of congress adds 25 movies to the national film registry a sort of capsule of the best films we made. so which ones made the cut this year plus one man's love letter to his late wife, written in christmas lights for the whole town to see. this... is the planning effect. this is how it feels to know you have a wealth plan that covers everything that's important to you. this is what it's like to have a dedicated fidelity advisor looking at your full financial picture. making sure you have the right balance of risk and reward. and helping you plan for future generations.
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where's mom? she said she would be home in time for the show. don't worry, sweetie. she promised she'd be here for it. ooh! nice shot! thanks! glad we have xfinity, with wifi speed faster than a gig! me too! woah, look! mom is on tv! she's amazing! (cheers) xfinity brought us together, after all! power your whole home this holiday with wifi speeds faster than a gig. click, call, or visit a store today. sing 2 christmas eve ten nights away you'll likely see lights and decorations most everywhere. but there's something special about the ones strung up at a senior apartment building in minnesota. they showed up last christmas during the pandemic and the display got even bigger this year an act of a self-admitted grinch whose heart is no longer small
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local reporting now from our minneapolis nbc affiliate, kare 11, and their reporter, boyd hoopert. >> reporter: as different as light and dark. >> we were total opposites. >> reporter: darwin bond and his wife of 58 years, rosie. >> oh, she went nuts for christmas. october, dad, get the lights on our house. yeah, yeah, we'll do that. november, dad, dad she's ragging on me. >> reporter: mrs. claus to his ebenezer. >> hum bug, that's me. >> reporter: how perspectives change when those closest to us -- >> god, i love that woman. >> reporter: -- are gone. >> tears come to your eyes and it's like you've been cut in half. >> reporter: alone, darwin moved to chateau waters senior living, which during covid became a lonelier place itself. then with christmas approaching -- >> try not to feel sorry for
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myself anymore. >> reporter: -- december gave life to darwin's theory. >> i thought, gosh dang it, she was hounding me all the time now maybe i can make up for it. >> reporter: and not just by lighting one home. >> every apartment. >> reporter: every apartment, all four sides of the building 72 patios and balconies lit for rosie. >> i can see her eyes sparkling, big brown eyes. >> reporter: a big sparkling new backdrop for sartell's annual light festival. >> the residents are just on cloud nine about it. >> thank you for your contribution. >> reporter: lori reads darwin the thank yous. >> i am glad rosie bugged you. >> warmed my heart. >> the beautiful lights make this place look like a royal castle >> i hate to pull the blinds shut because it's so pretty.
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>> reporter: mayory torberg's view made even more pretty by the story behind it. >> it's an act of love, for sure. >> reporter: bob lewis knows having lost his wife too. >> if we can make these people smile a little bit and feel like they're back in the world a little bit, i'm just so pleased. see, babe, it's done it only took 60 years but i finally got it done on time. >> reporter: all christmas lights bring cheer, but to folks here, rosie's are riveting. >> i like to believe she's looking down and pleased. >> reporter: for the news, i'm boyd hoopert >> so nice well, the library of congress announcing this year's picks for the national film registry 25 films deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant added to the
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registry this year some of the most noteworthy, "return of the jedi. "a nightmare on elm street." alfred hitchcock's "strangers on a train. "the fellowship of the ring" and the disney pixar classic, "wall-e. pfizer reports its covid pill cuts the risk of hospitalization and death among 89% among hoe high-risk patients. lawmakers in the house set to vote on whether to refer criminal contempt charges against mark meadows and now you know the news of this tuesday, december the 14th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenewsoncnbc and listen to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform.
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