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into stores and on, like, tv shows, and that just would really help us out. the news starts now. not in years have there been hurricane-force wind gusts in so many places on the same day. i'm shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc. historic storms pummel the midwest, thousands left without power. >> it sounded like a train going through. we're on the ground with a first hand look at the damage. firsthand look closing argument in the trial of the theranos founder elizabeth holmes what to expect in the days ahead. a potential game changer in the fight against cancer.
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>> most cancer deaths are happening in cancers we're not screening for at all. >> the new blood tithe >> the new blood test already saving lives and the new covid time how it holds up and major blows to the j&j vaccine. and nasa for the first time sending a spacecraft to the sun. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts. the truth, "the news with shepard smith. good evening it's the very last thing that any of us wants to talk about right now, especially nine days before christmas, but frankly tonight it's inescapable covid cases are rising extraordinarily quickly, even i. in people who are vaccinated dr. fauci said today
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omicron will become the dominant variant soon the only health officials is cases tied to omicron seem mild. the booster does offer protection the problem is, how fast it's spreading and delta is surging in many areas simultaneously take new york city, for example, the test positivity rate doubled in just three days that's something a city health adviser said we have never seen before the rate of spread unprecedented. look at this, miami today once again jammed with cars at a testing site in new york city, people sharing videos showing long lines at testing sites, some with dozens of people waiting. i counted 100 in one line in my neighborhood new york city's mayor announcing his office will send out a million n95 masks and half a million at-home tests. and that may not nearly be enough politico is reporting that white house health officials have privately warned laboratory that
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demand could double or triple. so instead of 1.5 million tests a day that we need, we could need 3 million to 5 million. the spike in cases is disrupting lives. businesses pitting brakes on the return to work plans events and shows forced to close. another concern is the spike in cases, even if the disease is mild will undoubtedly still get some people sick and going to hospitals. in some areas, they're already stressed to the limit. maryland, arizona and colorado are already stretched to the limit. healthcare providers are exhausted. making matters worse, omicron seems to get the best of one of the few covid treatments currently available. cnbc's meg tirrell covers health and science for us you heard from the regeneron ceo today? >> yes, the company confirmed that the antibody drug loses potency against omicron, to the extent that we may likely need
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replacement therapies if omicron becomes dominant the drug still works against delta, but regeneron's ceo told us the company has already developed new potential medicines. >> we're excited to say this morning that we actually have a whole host of new antibodies, which can work against both omicron and delta. so while the current cocktail doesn't, this sort of emphasizes the need to play the long game here. >> regeneron expects it could start human testing of those drugs early next year. eli lilly also says it has a follow-on medicine works again omicron. the question will be how quickly these can get through the fda. meanwhile, europe's drug regulator indicating todayo countries might want to start using pfizer's anti-viral pill for covid even before it's officially authorized. in the u.s., the fda has
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yesterday to act on either pfizer or merck's pills. >> advisers advising against the j&j vaccine? >> yeah, the agency's committee of outside advisers met to discuss the numbers on the rare blood clots associated with the j&j shot out of more than 17 million doses of j&j given the risk is highest for women under 50 after three hours of discussion, the committee voted unanimously to recommend people pick the pfizer or moderna vaccines over j&j for every over 18. while many on the committee felt very strongly about this, they also acknowledged that the j&j shot's increasingly important to vaccinating other countries. and noted strong language against it andy slavitt, thank you. cases are obviously takingdays what is your outlook on when off, positivity rates doubling
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in just days what is your outlook on when maybe this peaks >> talked to a dozen scientists or so in the last couple days. and the consensus seems to be forming around the third week in january. so that's both good news and bad news the good news is there may be evidence this comes at us very fast and leaves equally as fast. that would be the good news. the bad news in that short period of time, as you reported, the hospitals are going to face very significant demand both from the delta wave, the omicron wave, coming on top of it, as ge well as everything else people need, so we have to be very careful this christmas and holiday season motte to be among them >> but, andy, putting a my captain obvious hat, people are not locking down again they're not going to cancel christmas, even if some people want them to if someone has gotten vaccinated in the last year, who thinks they're going to do it now given all those truths, how do you balance making policy with the reality that people are tired of this and just dug in.
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>> you're right. this is a point in time where people are either just disbelieving or have gotten tired. the good news is, unlike last year we have a lot of tools that allow people to get togetherd am with their families. we have rapid at-home tests, booster shots. the problem is people need to use the tools. if they don't use those tools, they're putting themselves at risk you have to keep in front of people, reminding people that they're taking risk in getting sick andthe spread but a year ago we're talking about binary outcomes. today we have lots of ways to stay safe. >> this administration has had almost a year to get testing right. they have not gotten testing right. there is no place in lower manhattan that i find today that has any rapid test
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the lines for the regular tests are around the block and down the street hundreds of people, it is frightening to look out. why is this still a problem? why can't we get this right? >> well, we have a virus that is spreading at about three times the rate of even delta which is three times the rate of the 2020 version. that's just a lot of people that's going to overload every part of the system, testing, hospitals, nursing staff, nursing shortages, you know, these things are going to be very, very beleaguered we have, i think we'll be continues to see this for some period of time when i was in the white house, the best thing i could think to do is to level with people and let people mow that there's no possible way, if we end up with a million cases a day, you know -- >> is that what you think, andy?
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a million cases a day? is that what is ahead of us? >> that's certainly some of the projections. remember, we're seeing a doubling every two to three days of this. so the question is at what point does it reach limits you know, to put that in perspective, to have 100,000 cases in christmas, you have 400,000 on new year's. if the math work outs the way it's trending, we have a real serious issue. no one can predict that for sure >> let's hope not. andy, thanks so much an historic december storm, a path of disruption from the west coast up to the great lakes. the damage spans more than 2,000 miles. hundreds of thousands of people in the storm's path still without power tonight, according to a group that tracks outages at least five people died in the storm, four in car crashes and a man who died when a 40-foot tree fell on him. this video from hartland, minute
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minute a house destroyed. the national weather service confirmed the state's first-ever december tornado touched down there. all told, at least 20 confirmed tornadoes. extreme winds in kansas fanning the flames of destructive wildfires. fire officials said several homes burned, most of the state was facing a critical outlook. when the storm hit gusts of 100 miles an hour in some areas this is northwood, iowa, aboutsa disaster proclamation for 49 two hours north of des moines. the wind whipping rain there the state's governor issuing a disaster proclamation for 49 counties perry russom reports tonight. >> reporter: another night of twisters tearing across the country. winds tossing a dumpster in a parking lot in december. >> we were just amazed at how bad it really is >> reporter: nine reports in
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iowa alone the storms were fueled by record heat des moines reaching 74 degrees yesterday. the average high for this time of year, 3 walls collapse bee4 degrees. a dust storm trapping drivers. in minnesota, rain slamming christmas lights neighbors using flash lights, seeing the damage left behind. debris covering front yards. >> it looked like, my mom went upstairs to get a flashlight and it sounded like a train going through, but it didn't last very long >> reporter: a wind gust of 74 miles per hour is measured here at the airport at des moines the national weather service says that's the strongest gust
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hot tied to not tied to a thunderstorm in more than 50what people say they're doing to yearsel >> what people say they're doing to help recovery in mayfield, more coming up in this news hour at the bottom of the hour. all of those missionaries kidnapped by a gang in haiti are free in a statement, the group says all of the released hostages are safe it hopes to release more information at a later time. this is the orphanage from which the missionaries were returning when the gang abducted them. 17 people, including five children were taken. elizabeth holmes closer to learning her fate. the prosecution and defense giving closing arguments what they want the jury to remember kim potter's boss takes the stand in her manslaughter trial.
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what he had to say about her pufling a gun instead of a taser. and at the college level, he was a king among coaches in the pros, well, tonight he's unemployed ur ur urban meyer, out, fired. the news with shepard smith back in 60 seconds hey google. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (burke) this is why you want farmers claim forgiveness... [echoing] claim forgiveness-ness, your home premium won't go up just because of this. (woman) wow, that's something. (burke) you get a whole lot of something with farmers policy perks.
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n covering the closing trial for us >> reporter: soon a reckoning for 37-year-old elizabeth holmes who could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. with the company running out of money, she chose fraud over business failure, the jury was told she chose to be dishonest with her investors and patients a 2013 call with prospective investors played for the jury today in which shanks says holmes flat-lied >> we knew that it would take us a long time to be able to establish an infrastructure that could do any lab test that is run this a traditional lab and we've thus built a business around partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and our contracts with the military.
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>> reporter: taking on holmes' claims that she was abused by chief operating officer sunny balwani, her former boyfriend, she argued that it was essentially irrelevant you do not need to decide whether that abuse happened in order to render a verdict, shank argued and a completely different figure from kevin downey, arguing before the jury that holmes did not intend to commit fraud. elizabeth holmes was building a company, not a criminal enterprise, he argued. he said they deliberately left out theranos' successes. and when holmes added some of their logos to reports that were later sent out to investors, the companies, he argued, were fine with it. he also said holmes was paying attention to glowing reports she was getting from inside the company and outside the company about the technology we expect that downey will
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continue his closing argument tomorrow, followed by rebuttal from the government, then instructions to the jury, which could get this case, shep, by this time tomorrow he was the police chief, and kim potter's boss, when she shot and killed daunte wright during a traffic stop today he took the stand in the ex-cop's manslaughter trial. former brooklyn center police chief says he does not believe she violated department policy or broke the law potter insists she pulled her gun instead of her taser by mistake and did not mean to shoot daunte wright as he struggled with officers and tried to get away. after reviewing body cam and dash cam video, the ex-chief testified in his opinion using taser or deadly force against wright was reasonable because one of the officers was leaning into the passenger side window ands with at risk if wright
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drove off. >> i saw no violation. >> no violation of what? >> of policy, procedure or law >> gannon resigned two days after the shooting in april. he said he believed he had to quit, because he did not want to immediately fire potter. ghislaine maxwell's defense team calling their first witness to testify in her sex trafficking trial today. jurors heard from her former assistant and a false memory expert the former assistant testified she worked for maxwell at jeffrey epstein's company for years and never saw abuse of underage girls and seemed to have a loving relationship a false memory expert testified that sometimes they adopt it as their own memory and their memory becomes inaccurate.
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marx maxwell's defense team told the judge they could rest their case tomorrow, that means closing arguments could begin monday urban meyer is out of a job. tonight, how it all went so horribly wrong telecom companies are set to expand 5g towers in the next couple months. so why are the fcc and faa fighting now over whether the network will be trouble for airlines and millions of homes, schools and child care facilities get their drinking water from lead pipes. now a plan to replace every single one of them, all across america. then i realized something was missing... my symptoms were keeping me from being there for her. so, i talked to my doctor and learned humira is the #1 prescribed biologic for people with crohn's disease. humira helps people achieve remission that can last. and the majority of people on humira saw significant symptom relief in as little as 4 weeks. humira can lower your ability to fight infections.
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conditioning coach who'd been accused of bullying black players and making racist remarks. he resigned after one day. then they lost five straight video went viral on social media of a young woman who was not myer's wife dancing in his lap he apologized. then a new allegation from a former jaguars kicker, he said meyer kicked him and told him "start making your efing andrew kicks >> andrew beaton, one sports columnist put it this way, the big bully urban meyer finally
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got punched in the mouth is there anyone who did not see this coming? >> i think for a little while now it's been a question of when, not if for a matter of weeks and months now this has been a slowly-evolving train wreck that has played out from the early hiring issues to things that he did over the summer with practice that broke rules, to the very fact that this is a team that did not win. and everything played out in a very public way and made this ugly and something that arrived with spectacular fanfare turned into a spectacular disaster. >> i asked this question when he left florida, surrounded with all kinds of weird, is there any chance that any pro or college team would give him a chance >> you're right. it was asked after he left florida, then he went to ohio state and was incredibly successful there then it looked like he might be done again, takes the leap to the pros and ends up in a big, big mess
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after all this happens, it's really hard to imagine a nfl team one thing to remember about urban meyer, he's one of the most successful coaches in college football history if he's interested in coaching again, you have to think maybe someday there would be a college that wants to take a chance on him. >> i hope they call me to come on, i would love to have a conversation about that. the nfl came out with a strategy to try to keep the covid outbreaks to a minimum all new protocol ts. what are the rules now >> some of the rules look very much like 2020 m in that they hd this incredible outbreak after relative ease this season. they're looking at 2020 measures in terms of masking and social distancing but they're trying to look at this is a new phase of the pandemic where you have all these players testing positive, most of them don't have any symptoms, because the nfl's a very vaccinated universe, almost
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95% of the players so they're changing the protocols in a modern way, a smart way, how to get those players who test positive and aren't feeling any symptoms back on the field >> given the gift of crypto. how the very 2021 idea is gaining traction and a new twist in the "rust" movie investigation why police are requesting a warrant for alec baldwin's cell phone. and a truck driver sentenced over a deadly crash. the time he was given, striking a nerve. why more than 2 million people are now trying to help him out 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. ziprecruiter helps us get out there quickly and get us qualified candidates quickly. they sent us applicants that matched what i was looking for.
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headaches and a way to teach friends and family about investing in the emerging asset class. >> on christmas day we'll bust out the cell phone, order this and i can show my father-in-law how to do this in person right then and there so absolutely. awesome last-minute gift don't have to worry about supply chain and shipping delays and paying extra for shipping. just nice, easy peasy gift for us >> i want to get some of my friends, family members introduced to it those that are still reluctant to get it on their own, i figure why, i'll just give it to them >> reporter: tech companies are taking notice, they're offering a handful of ways to give crypto within their apps. block, formerly known as square announced a way to give it as gifts. robin hood followed with its own gifting option coin base also offers a gifting
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option, and a handful of others. with the gift of bitcoin, you're also gifting volatility. the asset is known to rise and fall by 10% or 20% in just a matter of hours sometimes. that gift may come with a tax bill if the value goes up, friends and family will eventually have to pay taxes on it that is if and when they sell, shep thank you, rooney, a surge in americans skipping medical care because of the cost that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money" nearly one third of all americans skipped necessary medical care in the past three months because they couldn't afford it. the news from a new study by gallup and west health it comes as covid flares up again all across the nation. people who put off routine doctor visits because of the pandemic are now facing higher costs for care the new kid on the block
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getting sued h&r block against jack dorsey's former company known as square the name change might cause confusion for its customers. they claim dorsey's company is capitalizing on its reputation and the boss hitting it big. bruce springsteen reportedly just sold the rights of his music library to sony music group for $500 million believed to be the biggest ever for a single artist. the dow down 30. nasdaq down 3485 .5%, nasdaq's worst day since late september i'm shepard smith on cnbc.
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it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news a potential game changer in the fight against cancer the new blood test experts say can screen more than 50 types of the disease. above and beyond the call of duty the extraordinary valor that everyoned try american heroes the medal of honor and a horrific crash leads to a century long sentence nearly 2 million have signed a petition asking the governor to grant clemency in 2019, he was 23 years old when he says his brakes failed on i-70. he slammed into traffic leading to this horrific 28-car pileup four people killed he said it was an accident prosecutors said he had several chances to avoid the crash but didn't the jury convicted him on more than 20 counts including
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vehicular manslaughter the jury sentenced him to 110 years in prison. the reason, the mandatory minimum sentencing laws don't allow for sentences to be run concurrently they must be run one after another. even the judge in this case didn't want to have to issue a sentence that long but he did. local coverage from our denver affiliate. >> reporter: courtroom 130 was a tough place to be on monday afternoon. the mother of rogel cried out as the truck driver entered to begin his sentencing hearing >> these families have a hole in a place that's empty now >> reporter: inside this room, heartbreak in every corner, from the families of four people who were killed when aguilera madar owes slammed in traffic.
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four people died >> i don't have my dad for the rest of my life. but i hope that the defendant can have his dad for the rest of his life >> it is exhausting to actually make the decision to stay alive every day. >> reporter: the decision to stay alive >> i take responsibility, but it wasn't intentional >> reporter: he said he didn't understand why god made the decision to keep him alive >> i would have preferred god taken me instead of this >> reporter: people in this room spoke of life and loss, even forgiveness. >> i am not angry at you >> reporter: but the law had the last word. >> i will say f iif i had the
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discretion i would not give the sentence >> reporter: the sentence puts him in prison the rest of his li life for the news, katie eastman. actor alec baldwin's cell phone is now the subject of a search warrant as an investigation continues into the death of cinematographer halyna hutchins the documents include details from an interview baldwin had with detectives. in it he described e-mail conversations with the armorer there, hannah gutierrez reid that took place before the filming began. he said gud agutierrez reed sen him pictures before production
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and he requested a bigger gun. they say those are relevant to this investigation we reached out for a statement and haven't heard back the number of people missing after a deadly tornado outbreak in kentucky dropped dramatically the governor now says 16 people are unaccounted for at this point. down from more than 100 yesterday. at least 76 people are now also confirmed dead after the storms, an increase of two since the last death toll update and ties the record for the deadliest tornado ever to hit kentucky a major warning from the airlines a brand-new g5 wireless network could wreak havoc with airlines in the new year. they called on at&t and verizon to slow down the reason well, the faa and aviation experts say the 5g network could interfere with sensitive
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technology on the planes but, as we've reported here, it's fine in other countries, and the fcc is pushing back. here's kerry sanders >> reporter: cell phone companies have hyped 5g as a major leap in technology, allowing data to move faster than ever before but weeks before at&t and verizon's towers go live, a warning about possible interference with crucial technology pilots rely on, specifically, al timmerts. it tells pilots the distance from the ground. just last week, the federal aviation administration issuing an air worthiness directive sa saying alt meters cannot be relied on. airline executives on capitol hill wednesday >> i think if were you to ask us
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what our number one concern here is in the near term, it is the deployment of 5g >> reporter: the airline industry warns flights could be canceled or forced to divert to airports without 5g interference, potentially impacts thousands of flights a day and millions of passengers, especially at big airports nationwide the airline industry is urging cooperation to resolve the issue. >> we could absolutely solve this and live in a world where there is 5g available. >> reporter: the cellular industry and federal communications commission says 5g is already rolled out m over 40 countries around the world without impacting aviation at&t and verizon are also committing to reduce 5g power levels near airports does it make sense that one hand of the government, the faa and the other hand of the government, the fcc didn't figure this out in advance >> they have not been able to get in the same room and reach consensus to this point.
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>> troubling to you? >> it's cause ing a degradationf airline safety >> it's important to note that government engineers say the frequency that t-mobile uses does not interfere with the plane's avionics shep >> sanders from ft. lauderdale a prominent puerto rican music producer among the dead after a private jet bound for florida crashed in the dr last night. it went down just 16 minutes after taking off near santo domingo. all nine people on board died. you can see smoke in the distance from the airport. jose fernandez was better known as flow la movie. his wife and 4-year-old son also reportedly died in the same crash. the pilot was attempting to land minutes after takeoff. this was the plane's flight path
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according to flight radar the cause of the crash still under investigation. smash and grabs. we reported on a string of robberies and heists hitting retailers across the country it's costing them big money. retailers lose about $65 billion each year to organized theft, according to the coalition of law enforcement and retail but while cops are stepping up patrols for sure, now retailers are taking action on their own here's cnbc's court ney reagan >> reporter: three quarters of retailers report add increase in this type of theft last year the survey also points to societal changes and law enforcement and prosecution policies, adding to in-store theft. los angeles tops the list for organized retail crime like this smash and grab at the grove mall, then chicago and miami. these crimes are spreading beyond big cities, impacting
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communities in several ways. rob carr says it's not a victimless crime the more that's stolen, the more a retailer has to sell, possibly at higher prices to make up for it he estimate it is will cost illinois at least $200 million in lost sales tax revenue this year >> for the first time in my 27 years, public safety and crime ranks in the top one or two spots in what companies are deciding in where to locate or to continue to be located in a particular area. >> reporter: nearly two-thirds of retailers say these organized gangs are more violent and aggressive than before, add in the increasing value of stolen goods and more retail ceos are speaking out >> for our employees, these were traumatic experiences. we're putting a multitude of measures in place, whether that's lorking some of the product up, working with vendor partners, working with local law enforcement or trade
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federations, but we really, really want to prioritize employee and customer safety, and it's been a horrible change in the trajectory of the business >> they're taking our products off the shelf. and they're putting them online. we need to go after that >> reporter: many want stricter regulations for online market places, cutting off a key channel for selling stolen goods. >> i'm not saying all the online market places are complicit in this, but i think there are some that are willfully blind they know that this is happening. they know it would be expensive to put count measures in place to it. >> reporter: shep, 20 retail ceos signed a letter sent to congress last week urging online market places to collect and disclose information for certain high-volume sellers. >> courtney, thank you federal dea agents seized
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more fentanyl than ever before this year. it's enough to kill every single american agents also picked up more than 20 million fake pills made to look like drug, including xanax, adderall and oxycontin they blamed mexican drug cartels and social media they've been using facebook and snapchat to reach teenagers. she's calling on social media to do more to help teenagers. a new technology can screen more than 50 types of cancer tonight one man's store eve sur story of survival today president biden honored three soldiering, only one of whom made it home alive
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the next major cancer break through. it scans for dozens of types of cancer, and the startup that created it says it could save countless lives. it can even help doctors locate where the cancer is inside the patient's body nbc's senior national correspondent kate snow spoke with a man who says that test may have saved his life. >> reporter: cancer was the last thing 76-year-old jim ford was worried about. were you in pretty good health >> very good health, yamt i didn't take any pills. i play golf once or twice a week >> reporter: through sutter health in california he volunteered to be part of a study on a blood test that can screen for more than 50 cancers. he was shocked when the results came back positive then his physician ordered scans and found stage two cancer in his pan cry yas, he and his wife were devastated.
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>> she literally collapsed on the living room floor and sobbed we were both thinking it was a death sentence >> reporter: but it probably saved his life because the cancer was found early dr. josh offman is president of galleri. >> most deaths occur when we're not skrining them at all >> reporter: 71% of cancer deaths are caused by other cancers. >> we're finding them too late >> reporter: galleri looks for dna shed by cancer tumors. it predicts where the cancer is. >> so if it sees cancer signal detected, possible location, ovary, they will know to do a test of the pelvis >> reporter: it is available now by prescription but not covered
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by insurance cost by the patient,t cancer, b the result $950. it could potentially revolutionize cancer screening and they're doing bigger stud ice. his latest scan looks great. >> to catch it at stage two is a big deal >> it's like winning the lottery. >> reporter: jim is hoping his story might save others. he recently got to hold his new granddaughter. >> i was able to go back and see her. it meant a lot >> reporter: those are happy tears, right >> yeah, very much so. >> reporter: i did ask the chief medical officer about those who might think of thayer noise and wo and wonder if a blood test can really predict cancer. he said they have been very
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transparent, their data has been submitted to all the authorities. the national cancer institute as we mentioned is thinking that this has a lot of promise. for the news, i'm kate snow. women can get the abortion pill by mail and the fda today made the rule perm nipts it expands access to abortion as the supreme court considers roe v. wade. the pill called ru-486 is approved to terminate pregnancies up to 70 davys of gestation. the white house reviewing a plan to replace every lead pipe m america. as many as 10 million american homes and 400,000 schools and child care facilities get their drinking water through laead pipes. each one costs thousands to replace. it would cost more than $60
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billion to replace every lead pipe in the country. josh letterman now on how the white house plans to pay for it. >> president biden had asked congress for $45 billion for lead pipes and paint in the infrastructure law, he only got $15 billion. so the white house plans to cobble together other funds, including leftover funds from the covid stimulus and $15 billion from the build back better bill. that legislation hasn't passed congress and may never become law, but senior administration officials say they're confident they can get the job regardless. vice president kamala harris calling it a matter of fairness for poor, rural and minority communities. >> so the bottom line is that there is to reason in the 21st century for why people are still exposed to this substance that was poisoning people back in the 18th century >> with more than six years ago that the water crisis in flint,
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michigan came to light and really pushed this issue into the public eye but the white house estimates there are more than 6 million laid lead pipes in use across the country. science shows no level of lead is safe for humans while the white house says it believes biden's promise to get rid of every remaining lead pipe can be met within ten years. it's been nearly six months since the shocking surfside, florida collapse now a grand jury has released a series of revisions. it involves the condominium law. it's in desperate need of recertification. condo boards must be involved more so and accountable for
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preserving buildings, and it calls for the state's department of business and regulation to be restructured the miami-dade mayor aims to put these actions into action. in a statement she wrote her office is committed to getting answers and accountability for the victims of the unthinkable tragedy in surfside. one hero rescued his friends from a burning humvee. another used his body as a shield a third laid down cover fire in the face of suicide bombers. their stories, next. and a mystery appearance on a beach in rhode island. it's giving people a little something extra to believe in this holiday seaso '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 ♪ ♪ nothing on my skin that's my new plan. ♪ ♪ nothing is everything. ♪ woman: keep your skin clearer with skyrizi.
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. three soldiers and three stories of heroism today president biden awarded the medal of honor, the nation's highest military award, to men who served in iraq and afghanistan. >> while today we honor three outstanding soldiers whose actions embodied the highest ideals of selfless service, we also remember the high price our military members and their families are willing to pay on behalf of our nation >> with the stories behind the medals, here's nbc news chief white house correspondent peter alexander. >> reporter: it was august 2013 when a massive slexplosion torea 60-foot hoyle in thehole in thel
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of the base. those wearing suicide vest stormed in what's going through your hid at the moment >> the right guy at the right place. >> reporter: the soldiers did not retreat but headed toward the attackers. outnumbered and armed with only a pistol as bullets wizzed by his head, the green beret shot two assailants >> started sprinting toward me i remember his ieyes being incredibly wide. >> andrew: i remember feeling the pain from the blast in my bones. >> reporter: he was injured but kept fighting and carried a wounded soldier to safety. how did you not get shot >> i do not know >> reporter: tony bell says plumlee's courage likely saved hundreds of lives. >> the call to action is different. and earl felt that
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i didn't look to see who he was trying to protect. he was just protecting people. >> reporter: also honored, christopher soliz. >> i know for a fact that had chris not taken those actions he would not have been able to live with im had self >> reporter: and awling cash his bradley fighting vehicle hit an ied he rushed to e tinxtinguish the driver before catching fire himself. charging back into time after time to pull out all six of his wounded men. he died a few weeks later. today the president greeted cash's sister. why is it bittersweet? >> because he's not here
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and i'd pay you a million dollars, something i don't have, for him to be here >> reporter: three lives now connected. >> i think our stories at this point are going to be bound together forever and i hope i can represent them well. >> reporter: valor that will never be forgotten i'm peter alexander. there's a mystery in rhode island every year this time of year a christmas tree pops up on the beach. when it first appears, the tree has a star made of driftwood and the branches are bare, and that's when the community steps in >> they stop by and put decorations and they put their ornaments there. >> people who live there say the tree just appears after thanksgiving and then it's gone in the new year. it's not clear when the tradition started or what happens to the ornaments, but at
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