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police. >> the chief says cops shot him dead tonight, the man who did it, the investigation and general russell honore weighs in live. brand-new cdc guidance on travel, quarantine and testing the updated rules of the road once you're fully vaccinated. baseball punishes georgia. the mlb pulls the all-star game and the draft from atlanta, protesting georgia's new voting restrictions that president biden called jim crow on steroids and did the cop use too much force with his knee on george floyd's neck >> it's just uncalled for. >> the longest-serving officer in the department minces no words. >> totally unnecessary. >> day five in the trial of derek chauvin. live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith." >> good evening. keep capitol police and their families in your prayers, that's the message on this good friday evening from the acting chief
after yet another one of her officers was killed outside of the capitol and another officer seriously hurt nothing official on injuries but we're told that officer is in the hospital listed in stable condition. here's what police say happened, around 1:00 this afternoon, a man hit two officers with a car before crashing it into a security barricade police say the man then hopped out of the vehicle, wielding a knife. officers gave orders to stop but they say he didn't respond instead police say he lunged aggressively towards the officers and that's when they opened fire and shot the suspect. medics took him to a hospital where he later died. police say the attack happened at a checkpoint flnear constitution avenue just north of the capitol dozens of d.c. guards responded to the complex, which was locked down about two hours congress in recess right now so
lawmakers were not in the building coming up you will see the police procession of the officers carrying the body of officers gary williams, the officer killed in the attack the police chief said he had been on the force about 18 years. and writes, "we send our heartfelt condolences to officer dollen's family and everyone grieving that loss we know what a difficult time this has been at the capitol and everyone there that protects it." and the president ordered all flags at half-staff on federal lapd to honor the officers today's attack comes less than three months after another capitol officer died during the january 6th insurrection nbc news justice correspondent pete williams with us now. pete, what do we know about this suspect and this investigation >> in terms of the investigation, i think one big question is what did cause the injuries of the officer who died it's not entire klly clear whetr
they were from being struck by a car or friendly fire we just don't know but officials say the man who was driving the car was 25-year-old noah green, who had been living in the knorfolk, virginia, area capitol police say he was not known to them from his past. a bio said he was born inwest virginia but grew up in virginia and on his facebook page, a posting just a few weeks ago, he said he recently lost his job. he wrote, quote, these past few years have been tough and these past few months have been tougher, and then he said, i've been tried with some of the biggest unimaginable tests in my life but police say so far there's no sign this was a terrorist attack tonight investigators are going through noah green's social media. they're talking to friends and family members they're working to trace his movements in the hours and days leading up to the attack, and i
think most notably they're looking into clues he was struggling with some mental health issues, shep. >> pete williams, thank you. retired -- or lieutenant general us russell honorary now. speaker pelosi brought him into review capitol police security in the wake of the january 6th insurgent. lieutenant general, thank you. backup troops were in place, the barricade did its job but the driver killed an officer would any of your recommendations have prevented this >> i don't think so. i think the circumstances here with him running into the officers who were at a forward checkpoint, forward at a barrier, wouldn't have made a difference in this particular case we know for a while there was a fence there and that fence was removed based on the right measures to pull the permit back
in towards the capitol, allow access on major streets. all of those were solid decisions made by the capitol police board and everyone concurred with that. >> so they didn't come down too early, general >> i'm sorry >> so that fencing you mentioned there, it didn't come down too early? >> no. it was based on a solid assessment of what's needed. that fence went up to help control things after 1/6 and before the inauguration. the inauguration has long been over with, and proper measures were taken to make sure we had another capitol police as well as the national guard was requested to remain in town because the capitol still needs to be secured. some of it had been damaged. the capitol police are 233 officers short based on known threats, i think the transition we've got to make
here now is that an understanding that the capitol is a threat 24/7 it's a target 24/7, i'm sorry, and it's not just based on things that the members read in the security room they go to, but any time of the day, 24/7, the capitol could be attacked. it could be domestic it could be foreign. in this case, as you described earlier, the status of this young man who came there and took a life and lost his own life, those things we have to be prepared, the capitol police did a superb job they lost one of their members i have full condolence i've got to know many of them. it was like a unit member that i served with after being there six weeks and hearing the loss of officer evans and seeing the pain that chief pittman and that team is going through having to
deal with this you know what, they still have to secure that capitol tonight they don't get to take a day off. >> of course. >> they will be there at 1:00 tomorrow morning, at 3:00 tomorrow morning and if somebody shows up, they're going to stop them and that's the respect we've got to give to the capitol police by getting the congress to immediately approve the supplemental that the house has proposed of almost $2 billion to give the capitol police additional personnel and equipment and technology they need to complete the hardening of the capitol. >> you recommended 854 more personnel hired for the capitol, including a rapid response unit. right now the troops that are there are scheduled to be in position until the middle of next month question now, should their deployment be extended unless and until the congress takes action on your recommendation? >> i think they should be extended as long as the police
board and the -- the commander of the capitol police think they need it. look, shep, after 9/11, we left 250 national guardsmen at the capitol two years. never an argument. nobody argued that point because the capitol was known to be a target had it not been for some patriots who took that plane down before it got there 250 guardsmen stayed there two years out of the d.c. guard, who normally has that mission. it is time that we recognize we need this immediate response force which was in the capitol and when they leave, we need a quick reaction for capitol police many said that could be done by local law enforcement. who's going to back them up at 3:00 in the morning? >> your point is well taken. >> that's why we need to have the national guard, d.c. national guard properly manned and equipped to be able to back up the capitol police because the capitol police is doing a
great job. they're 233 officers short that didn't just happen. last year they didn't have a class because of the covid, and it's hard to recruit police officers they need the funding and the supplemental to have extended recruiting and incentive programs to bring more officers in. >> it's on the congress now. we will watch, wait and hold them accountable general honoree, as always, thank you. we're live on scene at the bottom of the news hour. first though, covid watch and much-needed very good news today, this is new, fully vaccinated americans can now travel in the united states without needing to quarantine or show a negative covid test that's the updated guidance out today from the cdc the agency still recommends travelers travel public health measures, wear a mask, socially distance and wash your hands frequently similar guidelines for international travel except that vaccinated americans are advised to get tested before they come back into the united states.
but just because you can travel doesn't mean you should. that's the word from the cdc director, who insists we wait a little bit longer. >> while we believe that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, cdc is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases. >> and crowds are dangerous. the new guidance comes as the united states just passes a major vaccine milestone. cdc reports today more than 100 million americans have now received at least one dose dr. kveta patel now, the white house health policy director under the obama administration, now an nbc news contributor. doctor, thank you. the cdc today said vaccinated americans can travel but at the same time said we don't recommend it that can be rather confusing is there a medical reason why vaccinated people should not travel >> yes, shep, good to be with you. i think it has to do with the fact that we still have people traveling from and to places where we're seeing double-digit
increases of cases and even if you're vaccinated, you don't know who around you might be or might not be high risk and, therefore, that's a scenario set up, especially with these variants where people can get sick and unfortunately end up in a hospital and we are seeing younger people, shep, in the hospital which is disturbing but makes sense when you think about older people being vaccinated and younger people still waiting to get their turn so that's essentially why. but i do think the cdc overall, it's great news as you point out. it reinforces once america is fully vaccinated, we're going to be able to safely resume more normal activities, and i think that will happen by the summer. >> the t-mobilsa numbers show w traveling already. there's no way to check whether someone has been vaccinated. do you believe passport vaccinations are necessary >> in short, yes i hope how we get passports and
hopefully we get some agreement that makes them easy, comprehensible in different languages and zero barrier, shep i believe in our private sector, combined with public partners, we can do that we need to have ways people can demonstrate proof of vaccination and we also need to remember at the same time we need to make it very easy for people to get vaccinated that's going to be easy with supply and at the same time, shep, i just want to reinforce the tricky part around a requirement is that these are emergency authorizations pfizer with their pivotal data will probably get to a full approval soon but an emergency authorization is not necessarily full approval. so we will definitely need proof of vaccination but this time period is going to be a transition where vaccinations are the ticket to freedom, but that ticket is not the easiest one to get right now. >> right, that's for sure. i want to ask you a question about the capitol. doctor, you have treated capitol police officers and their families and it's my understanding that you saw a fairly dramatic
increase in ptsd cases follow the january 6th attack are you concerned that today's events could make things even worse and lead to another spike? >> yes, shep, thank you for asking i'm a d.c. person who practiced here for almost 15 years, and those capitol police in my younger days were the people that kept me safe. so it troubles me that in the last six months alone, and especially since the january 6th attacks, not just ptsd but they're coming into primary care offices with their family and children with insomnia, anxiety. their children are having nightmares, shep their wives and spouses are not feeling safe today's scene made kind of the hairs on my arms stand out only because it triggers for me those vivid kind of patient encounters so my urgent plea to people building on what the general said is let's also make sure we add in some community-based counseling and interventions
around mental health not just for law enforcement but for everyone who's been exposed to this violence on a repeated basis. >> dr. kveta patel, thank you so much appreciate it. the backlash over georgia's new restricted voting law escalates to the point of giant corporate action major league baseball today yanked the all-star game out of the state and more coming up -- their governor, brian kemp, reacts. the political peril for congressman matt gaetz, deepening over allegations he paid girls for sex now his spokesperson resigns the attack on an asian woman in new york shocked the nation and then reports that nobody came to help her later in this news hour, the victim's daughter now says there was a good smarten after all the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith," back in 60 seconds. ve got the looks♪
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another brush back against the state of georgia over its controversial new voting law mather major league baseball announcing it's pulling its all-star game and draft out of atlanta's state in protest this sends a punishing message to state republicans who passed the law. in a statement commissioner robert manfred wrote, "major league baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box activists have demanded exactly this sort of economic pressure to help get the law overturned after all, money talks the atlanta economy now losing out on millions of dollars as a result of this, and according to cobb county's chief financial officer, previous all-star host cities experienced an economic boost between $37 million and $190 million the voting rights activist stacey abrams tweeting,
"disappointed mlb will move the all-star game but proud on their stance on voting rights. republican governor brian kemp calling the decision an attack on his state, saying the league caved to fear, political opportunism and liberal lies he said it's part of cancel culture. he adds, georgia will not be bullied. a reminder, this law gives voters less time to request absentee ballots, it adds new strict i.d. requirements, it limits ballot box dropboxes and it makes it illegal to offer food or water to people voting in line. kevin blackstone now, "the washington post" sports columnist, professional journalism at the university of maryland kevin, thank you major league baseball making a big statement here were you surprised they took it? >> no, i wasn't surprise shep, if we just look at recent history, we can look at your state, your university ole miss, which last january they were
told by the ncaa and other states like them that they would no longer be able to host ncaa events as long as the confederate banner was flying. by september, after 126 years in mississippi, that banner came down and now mississippi is back in the fold to host the ncaa events and baseball can look to the nba, which took a similar stance on its all-star game in north carolina one year, in 2017, when it pulled it from being there from over the so-called bathroom bill these have been successful boycotts in the past there's a long history of them, and i was not at all surprised that major league baseball took this bold step. >> your point is well taken and welcome. ly ai will add that state flag had not even flown over the flagship university campus for four years because that banner was in it. it finally got changed on another matter, stacey abrams and both of georgia's senators argue that boycotts actually hurt the very people the law
suppresses is that point fair >> sure, that point is fair. i'm sure that there are businesses in the city of atlanta that were looking forward to that particular game being there and the revenue it could generate but this isn't just about one weekend, this isn't just about one game this is about many, many, many years, this is about voting rights, this is about the foundation of democracy. and as you just laid out brilliantly going through that 95-page bill that governor kemp signed, there are a lot of problems in there that strike at the heart of voter suppression in this country, and, you know, i will say this, georgia is not alone and there are some other states that will have to suffer these same sorts of boycotts, but it's for the good, it's for the long term. it's not for the short term. >> kevin, short on time but how much mesh pressure on other leagues and businesses to pull their businesses or does this give them cover to do so >> there will be a lot of
pressure this is not cover to do so, this is a lot of pressure to go ahead and do this. i would even point out hbcss in the city of atlanta and throughout the south who hold their battle of the bands in atlanta, sponsored by honda, might want to do just as well. >> i'm sure they're listening. kevin blackstone, great to see you, thank you. a blockbuster new jobs report for march and growing signs of a recovery. payrolls soar, crushing the estimates. tonight, where the jobs are, and where the president said credit is due. on this good friday, the most solemn day on the catholic calendar, we will take a closer look at president biden's faith and how he says it guides him, as their fst catholic president since kennedy prepares to celebrate easter
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916,000 jobs added in march according to the labor department that's the biggest hiring spree since last summer, and it beat the estimates by almost a quarter million. the unemployment rate fell as well to 6%, so what happened in march? well, vaccinations increased for one. restrictions started to ease as well and more businesses opened back up money from the federal relief plan started hitting pockets, but the president did not take credit today. >> credit for this progress belongs not to me but to the american people. hard working women and men who have struggled through this pandemic, never given up and are determined to get the country back on track as well as their families. >> the president added, the progress could be undone by the rising covid cases cnbc's alain moye now. this was a strong jobs report but still a long way to go. >> yes, shep, there is optimism but no celebration just yet. the good news here is that
hiring was up in almost every single industry. hospitality stands out, adding 280,000 jobs last month. two-thirds at restaurants and bars and today labor secretary marty wall suggested those numbers could get even better as the cdc eases travel restrictions for people who are vaccinated. >> we mustcontinue to address the fact that working people and communities already suffering the most from inequality were hit the hardest during the covid illness and job loss. >> now, it is also clear though that we are still far from normal 8.4 million jobs still missing compared to where we were before the pandemic the unemployment rate for black americans still north of 9%, and job growth for women, still lagging behind men women were hired for 315,000 positions last month, less than half of the total jobs number. >> we need to do everything we can within our power to combat
this virus and beat this virus back if we really want a full recovery and it's great to see more and more people traveling. >> that is why the administration says the economy needs more help and makes the case of passing the president's infrastructure plan. they cited a report from moody's analytics suggesting it would create 19 million jobs over the next decade, and importantly, shep, he said this would help people who gave up looking for work during the pandemic into the job market. >> alain, thank you. president biden and the first lady spending easter this weekend at camp david. they're hosting vaccinated family members for a small celebration, says the white house. mr. biden is the nation's second catholic president and like jfk before him, he, too, faces questions about how his faith guides his politics. here's cnbc senior white house correspondent kalish tausche >> reporter: for the 1,200 families worshipping at st.
joseph on the brandywine, the secret service outside is the tell. >> to see him every couple of weeks kind of come into the church and pray either by himself or sometimes with his family members, his grandchildren, is really humbling. >> reporter: for the president of the united states, weekly mass whether in d.c. or delaware has been a staple of his 11 weeks in office, and nearly half a century in public life his faith a point of pride. >> you have no idea how hard it is for me. >> reporter: and badge of grief after family tragedy. >> bo wore these both of us found solace in the -- in the elements of the church it's almost like meditation for us. >> reporter: church historians see a stark contrast from john f. kennedy, the nation's first roman catholic kennedy had to promise his faith
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god and history call upon us to do with full hearts and steady hands, with faith in america and in each other. >> reporter: the candidate who promised to restore the soul of america is now doing some soul searching of his own for the news, i'm kayla tausche, washington updating our top story, the attack outside the capitol one officer dead, another still in the hospital. we're live near the scheme with the latest and the amount of force used by derek chauvin in the restraining of george floyd called into question today by the longtime head of the minneapolis homicide unit. it's , on freshly baked bread. let's show 'em what you're made of. you're made of tuna! go get those footlongs! now at subway®, buy one footlong in the app, and get one 50% off. subway®. eat fresh. and in an emergency,
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go to autismspeaks.org. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news one officer is dead, another still in the hospital with serious injuries after an attacker hit them with his car and then ran into a checkpoint at the u.s. capitol. authorities say after the car crashed, the man jumped out armed with a knife and moved aggressively towards officers, who then shot him. he was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. the officer killed 18-year veteran billy evan the other officer's identity still not reported publicly. senior law enforcement officials confirm to nbc news the attacker was this man, 25-year-old noah
green. a scene outside the capitol, a grim reminder of the january 6th insurrection as capitol police yet again had to report the death of one of their own. local coverage now from nbc 4 washington and their reporter samari stone live near the scene on capitol hill. shamari? >> shep, right now there's a heightened state of security here at the u.s. capitol you have national guard troops, d.c. police, and u.s. capitol police you have tourists from all around the nation from l.a. to new york city who are actually in town for the cherry blossoms. some of them were gathered near the capitol when this happened, and now there's a sense of disheartening. people are very upset, somber after hearing about what happened to u.s. capitol police officer william billy evans. he joined the force in march of 2003, an 18-year veteran there was a procession from george washington university
hospital to the medical examiner's office. many of them are asking themselves, how can this happen again when they think about what occurred on january 6th during the insurrection here you have today on a friday, easter weekend, another incident here at the u.s. capitol now police say that this suspect, 25-year-old noah green, slammed his car into officer evans and another officer, and they say that he jumped out with that knife and investigators say he attacked them and that is when police then fired their weapon that second officer, shep, right now is at a hospital, he's being treated for not life-threatening injuries but again right now you have extra patrols here at the capitol and near at first street northwest and constitution avenue, there's actually a barricade. now with this extra sense of security, it was supposed to last through memorial day weekend and now could be extended after what occurred
today. shep >> shomari, thank you. a minneapolis police supervisor testifying today that derek chauvin's use of force against george floyd was totally unnecessary. the head of the homicide unit, lieutenant richard zimmermann, took the stand today in chauvin's murder trial after watching the video of floyd's arrest, lieutenant zimmerman said it is clear chauvin and the officer police officers went too far. >> pulling him down to the ground face down and putting a knee on a neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for i saw no reason why the officers felt like they were in danger if that's what they felt. and that's what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force. >> lieutenant zimmerman testified that minneapolis police officers are trained to turn suspects on their side or
spit them up as quickly as possible because lying on your chest while handcuffed behind your back makes it hard to breathe. here's nbc's jay gray. >> reporter: homicide investigator richard zimmerman, the most senior officer at the minneapolis police department, has reviewed police body cam video of other key elements in the case >> i get called for every death, suspicious death. >> reporter: today led by prosecutors -- [ inaudible as this trial begins monday morning, we expect to see more police officers on the stand including, shep, the chief of police called by the prosecution to testify against his former officer. >> jay gray, thanks so much. apologize for the technical difficulties on that.
let's turn to david henderson now, civil rights attorney, former prosecutor, cnbc contributor david, thanks so much. legal observers say the minneapolis police department is attempting to paint chauvin as a rogue officer. is that strategy working for them >> shep, that strategy is working for them right now but it really shouldn't be i'm surprise the defense isn't being more aggressive on cross-examination because even though they're trying to paint him as a rogue officer, the problem is they paid $27 million to the floyd family which points he was not functioning as a rogue officer, he was following their policies and procedures. >> there was a lot of conversation about the impact of that $27 million settlement before the trial began do you think that's going to make an impact on the outcome of this >> i think it should make an impact on the outcome, shep, but did depends how the lawyers handle it. some cases are driven by the lawyers, some are driven by the facts. that one will be more driven by the facts. i think the defense is afraid of
that settlement when they should not be i think it actually helps them. >> i thought it felt to me as a casual nonlegal observer that hearing from that senior man and him not holding up the blue wall, as we've seen in other cases in previous years, but instead he seemed to just be telling it straight and he thought it was wrong. >> i agree with that here's the problem with the trial, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon you have to remember the defense is going to have experts who are going to come testify about police procedure also. don't get me wrong, i've got a clear interest in what i think should happen in this trial. at the same time for the purpose of balanced legal analysis, there's definitely a way for chauvin to win this trial, and that way is by putting the minneapolis police department on trial. they won't be able to withstand cross-examination about the lawsuit if he does. >> how do they do that >> they wait until the police chief is on the stand and they ambush him that's quite frankly what you would have to do what the prosecution will argue
is hey, judge, we already decided the lawsuit is off-limits and the defense should respond with that's true, judge, but i'm offering this evidence to rebut a false impression they left in the minds of the jurors. they left the jurors with the impression that my client was not following police procedure they paid $27 million to indicate that he actually was. >> you think that will get through? >> i don't think this lawyer will try it. from what i have seen of the defense, i don't think he's going to give it a shot. and i think the real problem here is the way you can try these cases before george floyd's death is fundamentally different now that the blue shield is coming down, and i think he's not just making the adjustment. >> david, as always, thanks. yet again in america, a family mourns the loss of their loved ones after wednesday's mass shooting in orange, california here are the names luis tovar, his daughter genevieve ra goza, letisha solis
and 9-year-old matthew officials say they found the boy cradled in the arms of the woman believed to be his mother. the lone survivor of the shooting, she's currently in the hospital in critical condition police say the suspects knew all of the victims medics took him to the hospital after a shootout with officers the 44-year-old faces multiple charges including four counts of murder he was arraigned today from his hospital bed the daughter of the asian american woman attacked in new york last weekend says only one person came to her mother's rescue elizabeth care said a bystander tried to distract her mother's attacker by screaming to get his attention. no one else intervened you can see him in this video. but in a post on a gofundme page, kari thanked him for doing the right thing. she wrote, i hope one day my mom and i can thank you personally
vilma kari is out of the hospital now her daughter said her pelvis is fractured and she has other serious injuries but they're expecting her to make a full recovery her alleged attacker, a 38-year-old parolee, previously convicted of killing his own mother prosecutors have charged him with assault and attempted assault as hate crimes. more legal trouble tonight for the republican congressman matt gaetz new reports he scoured the internet for women and paid them for sex. his response and the fallout as his communications director resigns. and the pandemic's been hard for everybody almost turns out whales are thriving. we'll head to iceland to find out why.
principle. this bizarre drama began to unfold earlier this week when "the new york times" first reported congressman gaetz is under federal investigation for possible sex trafficking and an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl the lawmaker's family denied the allegations against him. here's nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: this morning new allegations about republican congressman matt gaetz, a report of a justice department investigation focusing on gaetz and an indicted florida politician and allegations of their involvement with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments, according to "the new york times," citing sources close to the investigation "the times" reporting investigators are focusing on gaetz and joel greenberg, a former tax collector and seminole county florida indicted last year and now pleading not guilty to a federal sex trafficking charge and other crimes "the times" writing greenberg initially met the women through websites that connect people who
go on dates in exchange for gifts, fine dining, travel and allowances mr. greenberg introduced the women to mr. gaetz, who also had sex with them. according to people close to the investigation, who spoke with "the times," some of the men and women took ecstasy, an illegal mood-altering drug before having sex, including mr. gaetz "the times" reports it reviewed scripts of cash app, a mobile payments app, and apple pay, that reportedly show payments from gaetz and greenberg to one of the women and a payment from greenberg to a second woman, according to "the times" report. nbc news has not reviewed those documents. gaetz denied ever paying a woman for sex. and a spokesman said matt gaetz refused all of the disgusting allegations completely the republican already in the spotlight after revelations earlier this week the justice department is examining whether gaetz violated federal sex trafficking law by having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him. >> the person doesn't exist, that's totally false.
>> reporter: the 38-year-old conservative congressman elected in 2016 has been a staunch ally of former president donald trump. >> it is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. >> reporter: the top house republican saying gaetz's seat on the powerful judiciary committee could be in jeopardy. >> those are serious implications if it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that was the case right now matt gaetz said it's not true so let's get all of the information. >> reporter: keep in mind cash paid for things like hotel rooms or dinner is not illegal so some of the questions for federal investigators include whether any of these payments involved women who were underage or women who traveled across state lines for the purposes of sex. nbc news has reached out to gaetz's office their statement to "the times" said gaetz has never paid for sex. the extent of any criminal exposure is not clear and no charges have been brought against the congressman. back to you. >> hallie, thanks. . a major deal may be back on the table. iran is a step closer to bringing the 2015 nuclear deal back to life with the united states the two countries are set to
negotiate through intermediaries next week in vienna. the primary issues for iran, the nuclear steps necessary to comply with the terms of the deal, and for the united states, the sanctions relief that iran is requesting. that's according to the state department this diplomatic move comes after months of posturing by both washington and tehran. at least 50 people reported dead in taiwan after a train derailed inside a mountain tunnel the express passenger train collided with a construction truck that slid onto the track according to officials, many of the passengers were crushed as the car slammed against the tunnel walls you can see rescue crews working to take survivors away from the wreckage the national fire service there calling it the island's worst train disaster in history. the world health organization and china released a long-awaited report this week on the origin of the coronavirus. it found that the most likely
scenario is transmission from a bat to another animal and then to humans. the report also suggests the seafood and meat market in wuhan, china, was not where the outbreak began instead, the w.h.o. investigators point to the country's wildlife farms in southern china, here's nbc's janis mackey frayer. >> reporter: in the mystery of where the pandemic started, could the missing link be here, on the farms that long raised wild animals for food, fur and traditional medicines, like bamboo racks, deer, hedgehogs? it was a lucrative trade here. until february 2020, as the virus was spreading, virus abruptly shut down the entire industry farmers were given buy oweds to get rid of animals there were no more, he says of his porcupines they were sold or released into the mountains. china's crackdown shuttered some 20,000 wildlife farms
nationwide in u nam, most clustered near the border with myanmar and laos an area also rich in bat species known to carry coronaviruses. >> particularly speaking we're very, very confident the virus came from bats the bat is without any doubt the highest risk factor. >> reporter: it is here that covid's closest known relative was identified in an old copper mine where in 2012 six men got six and 3 died the virus found in bat droppings there, a 96.2% match to the one now driving the pandemic we found the road to the mine, blocked by angry men clearly they are not going to let us pass. they're telling us there are wild elephants on the road whatever is down there, they don't want us to see since 2013 that bat sample from the mine was kept at the wuhan institute of virology. at the center of suspicion the virus may have leaked from a
lab. but world health organization reported to covid's origins points to evidence that wildlife farms are a hot spot, where a bat virus could spill to animals and then people. >> where would i go looking for it i would start right there in u nam and start spreading out from there. >> reporter: yet now over a year later, there may be little evidence left to find. even with the w.h.o. report this week, china has yet to mention studying bat habitats or wildlife farms here. instead officials repeatedly have suggested that it's time for the investigation to look elsewhere. shep >> janice, thank you. a brutal pandemic for us humans, no doubt, but under the sea, well, that's a whole other story. turns out while people are on lockdown in many places, whales are living their best lives with less noise, less fishing sea creatures are getting a much-needed break from us pesky humans here's nbc's sarah harman with one whale of a tale.
>> reporter: this is known as the whale capital of iceland whale watching is the lifeblood of this town >> very myth cal creatures. >> reporter: he spent most of the past 27 years in this harbor searching for their telltale blows. finding a whale not zbarn teed but highly likely. let's see. while visitor numbers have been hit hard by the pandemic, it turns out the slowdown has actually been good for whales themselves. >> i think overall the pandemic has largely been a positive for whales. >> reporter: in california marine biologist ari freelander is studying how the quiet oceans are affecting whales, measuring their stress through hormone samples. >> you cease activity as a noise environment, you will see a decrease in the stress hormone levels of these animals. >> reporter: whale songs at times mysterious and even
mystical sounding, is actually how whales navigate and communicate deep beneath the surface of the sea am boipt noises, ships, sonar and machine surveys tend to disturb them that's true for other types of sea life as well, from turtles to seals to dolphins, all of which have been thriving during the pandemic in iceland it's hard to say if the whales are happier but we certainly are. oh, there, there, there! after spotting a rare fin whale. >> i saw it! >> reporter: another spot of the pandemic. >> the simple answer is they're worth way more alive than dead. >> reporter: iceland is just one of three countries left on earth that still allows commercial whale hunting. even before the pandemic, demand for the meat had been falling. >> there's no meat to hunt for whales anymore or meat to eat them the young generations don't do
it. >> reporter: leaving icelanders to re-examine their relationship to whales. >> i think the tourism started and it started to get just people from all over the world we got new perspective and it's just in that time we realized, really, our land is beautiful. our water is good and also that people were interested in whales >> reporter: with iceland opening its doors to tourists again, including vaccinated americans, captain harderson is hopeful his whaling boat will be full again with those hunting only a glimpse with the news, sarah harman, kruse vic, iceland. the magic is ramping up. tonight the final four women hit the court battling for a spot in the championship tomorrow it's the men's team -- turn, i should say which teams are the odds-on favorites? steve kornacki has the numbers next o the moon. it doesn't ring the bell on wall street.
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♪ >> march madness now the big dance down to its final weekend. the women's tournament, a battle of number one seeds in south carolina tipped off last hour against stanford later tonight, three seed zona takes on the one seed, uconn huskies. the winners meet sunday in the finals the men's matchups tomorrow. the two seed houston meets the one seed baylor in the afternoon and cinderella ucla, an 11 seed plays top-ranked gonzaga tomorrow night in their finals steve kornacki's on the big board and, steve, south carolina and stanford already under way right now. stanford leads the gamecocks 58-54 in the fourth. break down the women's final four for us if you could is this uconn's to lose yet again? >> sound like a story line we heard a lot in college basketball, uconn huskies, big favorite in the final four what's interesting about this, you look at the seeding, stanford/south carolina, battle of one seeds, uconn a one seed arizona is not a one but they're
a three. on paper this looks like a bunch of real heavy hitters here in a lot of ways they are but the expectations if you look at the odds that vegas has put on this, there's a much wider range here uconn is the 11-time national champion, 11 times uconn's women team won the national title. the team they're up against tonight, arizona, real long shot here whoever emerges, stanford, south carolina certainly the expectation is they will end up getting a shot at uconn for the national title. but when you won it 11 times, you're going to be favored for the 12th. >> they're watching in storrs. what about the men's final four tomorrow, ucla, cinderella 11 seed still dancing. only one first four ever made the final four until now can ucla take this thing even with the zags in the way >> it would be the mother of all upsets it's amazing because in the sweep of history, ucla, a storied program in college basketball they actually won. their program has 11 national champions. but, again, this year they're
the cinderella, they're the 11 seed as you say. look what they're up against tomorrow night, gonzaga. gonzaga seeking to become the first team to go wire to wire undefeated national champion, first team to do that gonzaga is trying to beat a team since 1976 the winner of that gym will get either baylor or houston neither one of those teams exactly a slouch here. take a look at the odds in the men's tournament, gonzaga is the runaway, 1-5 favorite to win it all. there's ucla look, if you like a long shot, put $100 on ucla if they pull off two giant upsets, you're going to be about $3,000 richer. >> i just don't know how anybody beats the zags i don't know how they do it. >> they came into this tournament the clear favorite and they looked every bit the clear favorite every game they played so far. and we've just watched these odds get smaller and smaller the public is believing in the zags, no question. >> kornacki, have a great
weekend. >> you too. 55 seconds left on the race to the finish. the capitol police officer, one dead, another hurt after a man rams his car into a security barricade outside of the capitol building investigators say police shot and killed the suspect when he got out of the car with a knife and lunged at police. republican congressman matt gaetz of florida could be in more serious legal trouble than previously reported. from "the new york times" the feds are investigating whether the lawmaker recruited women online and paid for sex. and new covid guidance from the cdc. fully vaccinated americans can travel with low risk to themselves, no quarantine and no test and now you know the news of this good friday, april the 2nd, 2021 i'm shepard smith. have a great easter weekend, and we will see you back here monday night.
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