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d 's great to see someone else appreciate the smartwheel as much as we do. (all) the inventioneers! (cheering) we continue tomorrow, but for now, it's the news with shepard smith. >> call this the flightmare during christmas the cdc rewrites his covid quarantine rules i'm brian sullivan in for shepard smith. isolation time cut in half the cdc releasing new guidelines for how long you have to quarantine depending on a positive test or exposure. thousands of flights canceled. >> the reason they were canceled was crew availability. >> long lines all over the country. >> it's good to have plan b, c, d, e, f.
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rain, mudslides, snow. people coast to coast dealing with some type of weather. we're tracking the forecast. don't like what was under the tree two out of three people expected to make a return this year most don't return to the store shelves. so where do those discarded items end up nasa sending up a new telescope as we look ahead to space exploration in 2022. how the metaverse won christmas. and a volcano finally stops erupting live from cnbc the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith good evening, everybody. americans who test positive for covid shouldi isolate for five days the agency says people can stop isolating after five days as long as their symptoms are getting better and they wear a
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mask around others for another five days. the new rules apply to anyone. vaccinated or not. they also just shortened the quarantine time for close contacts the announcements come as new cases continue to pop in america. now at their highest level in nearly a year. johns hopkins reports we are now averaging nearly 200,000 new cases a day. in the northeast, several states just recorded single day highs for infections thankfully in most states, severe outcomes are not rising at the same level. most omicron cases for now appear mild, though some health officials warn that could change president biden also out with a big change in tone today saying covid mitigation is now primarily a state, not federal issue. but added his administration stands ready to help states whenever and wherever it is needed >> the bottom line is we want to assure the american people we're prepared we know what it takes and as this group of bipartisan governors have shown, we're
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going to get through it by working together >> welcoming in dr. jotez now. doctor, thank you. the cdc detector saying the new guidance ensures people can safely continue their daily lives. do you agree with the new five-day quarantine rule >> i think part of this is born out of some difficult circumstances that we're in right now. i don't want to say desperation. though not far off we have to keep the country functioning and keep our health system in tact the reality is the screening level of transmission now because of this omicron variant. it's looking like something that may be as the most transmissible agent disease we have and that's measles. my biggest concern now are our health systems, our hospitals because now the unvaccinated are going into icus and emergency
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rooms and we're already seeing we don't have enough healthcare providers to take care of them because they're getting knocked out of the workforce not because they're getting very ill, but because they're getting breakthrough covid either asymptomatic or mildly. we know that if we start overwhelming emergency rooms and icus, that's when the mortality level dwgoes up. i think that's the number one priority right now, to keep the healthcare workers in the workforce. number one then number two, we're seeing so many essential services getting knocked out like the airlines and others so keeping the country running i think is really critical >> but there are some out there who have suggested that the incubation time on omicron in particular may be longer than that so in other words, you may have a test positive negative, but in reality, it doesn't show exactly what is going on with your own infection and your ability to infect others. >> yeah, and here's the problem. you know, the limited data we
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have on that is for the other variants and omicron is such a game changer that it's really hard to assess you can be for instance pcr positive for days or even weeks after infection because you have remnants of the virus genome, so you're not really shedding virus, but you're still pcr positive how do you know whether you're pcr positive or because you're shedding a lot of virus? the measure of shedding virus is a very complicated type of endeavor and number two, you have to back it up with espestudies. there's no way we're going to get that answer quickly with omicron. so you have to make your best assessment in order to balance the reality of keeping society together keeping our hospitals open and the science. it's, you know, in fairness to the cdc and the white house task force, it's a tough call >> how do we know if we test positive for omicron, delta, gamma, alpha, or whatever it may
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be take all these rapid tests, we don't have a gene sequences, maybe you do, i do not, at my home >> well, in some ways, the gene sequences puts you in a disadvantage because it's so sensitive that you're measuring remnants of virus genome the fact that the antigen is a better indicator the problem is in the beginning stages of the illness, that lower sensitivity works against you because you could still be infectious and not realize it and that's where the pcr is advantageous if you're listening to this saying oh, my god, i'm more confused than ever join the club because when you look at the cdc guidelines, it is incredibly complicatedand s many different situations that it's even hard for healthcare
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professionals. >> that is why i think the president today kind of conceded kind of had a change in tone and said this is going to be primarily a state mitigation effort not pulling the federal government out of it, but saying we're going to help, but this is up to the states do you agree with that, quick will i >> no. because we saw what happened in 2020 that was actually the approach of the trump white house, but the states in the lead and then the federal government will provide back up supply chain management and that sort of stuff. it doesn't work and here's why the states do not have the espe knowledge, the scientific horsepower to make informed decisions. this is why we pay $15 billion a year in taxes to the centers for disease control. >> and the president saying we could do better job with testing. thank you very much. appreciate all your work that covid surge causing major problems for holiday travel and now, dr. fauci telling msnbc the government should consider
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requiring covid vaccines for all domestic flights >> when you make vaccination a requirement, that's another incentive to get more people vaccinated if you want to do that with domestic flights, i think that's something that could be considered >> thousands of flights all across america canceled over the weekend. here, you can see long lines at airports in newark, new jersey, orlando, and chicago flight aware shows the airlines grounded another 1200 u.s. flights just today airline officials say most cancellations stem from two things number one, bad weather and also workers calling out sick because of covid cnbc's perry ross live in philadelphia international airport. right now or maybe today, how bad was it how bad is it? >> well, we are hearing stories of flights being delayed and canceled today, we talked to a woman who just landed inphiladelphia fro puerto rico. she was supposed to get here before christmas and that clearly did not happen
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she was with her daughter and granddaughter. their flights were canceled three or four times over the course of days so they split up, took different airlines to get back home. >> it's almost seven day to me flight to here >> it took you seven days to fly back home. >> yes back to home >> how much more money did this cost you >> the flight is 400 something for changes. for all the line >> so it was $400 for her and then $400 for her daughter who arrived yesterday. almost double what their trip was supposed to cost and check out this line. this security line here in philadelphia incredible snaking through the line there but the wait wasn't too bad. just a half hour to get through tsa. >> i've never seen it before this is a ridiculously long line just to get through security so i'm glad i'm here plenty of time to be able to catch my flight >> and she got here three hours
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before her flight was supposed to take off. but right now, not too bad as we are off peak hours as people are trying to get home at the airport. back to you. >> three hours early wow. thank you very much. and best of luck to everybody out there at an airport anywhere for more on what to do if your travel plans get upended, brian kelly is here. let's get right to it. how should people be approaching well, should people be approaching travel right now and if they are, how do they do it >> yeah, it's tough out there right now. it's the perfect storm of weather, staffing issues and now, of course, omicron and hopefully the new rules that halved quarantine requirement will help some of those shortages, but it's not going to be a cure for the industry you need to be proactive i love using flight aware. it will show me not just the airlines that have delays, but which airports and you should also take a look at where your flight's coming from if you have a flight coming from
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salt lake city today, your plane and if you're in sunny scottsdale, that doesn't really matter so kind of try to see where your plane's coming from. and i say you know, if your flight's canceled and you've got frequent flier miles, you'd be shocked. there are a lot of ways you can redeem them for another flight then get the full cash refund. >> as a guy that flies a lot, not only where is my flight coming from, where is my plane currently? by the way, i trust that one a little more. it's still sitting at a gate in denver if a flight is canceled, brian, what do we do? >> so the airline should reaccommodate you. they're usually going to do it on one of their own airplanes and that may not be for a couple of days, so if you really need to get home, you can rebook on another airline with a fee when the airline cancels, they may give you a voucher, but take the cash even if it takes weeks to get and also don't wait in long line in the airport load up the airline app, put in
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your information and try to get reaccommodated because the longer you wait, those few seats that might be remaining are going to be snatched up by other people and also try going into an airport lounge. those agents usually the top ones and can usual will iy get o home >> thank you very much so, folks, if you want to travel and many of you do, some say it's a good idea to get a test before you do, but good luck with that in some cities across the country, people are waiting hours to get a covid test and it can take days sometimes just to get the results. this was the scene in miami today. lines of cars snaking out of parking lots, wrapping all the way back into the street same thing in wisconsin. dozens of cars waited outside this testing center in milwaukee this morning and in new york city, health fi officials are now offering covid tests even at some subway stations
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one is in the heart of sometimes square >> when it comes to testing right now in new york city, things are a mess. we have seen in recent days people lining up for blocks and blocks waiting often in the cold sometimes for hours just to get a covid test as for those over the counter at-home rapid tests you're supposed to be easily able to buy at a pharmacy, in new york city, they seem to disappear off of the shelves the second they're restocked. to try and help deal with these issues, alleviate some of the struggles, the state has put pop-up testing sites inside of subways. two of them opened this morning. we spoke to people inside the testing site here in times square they told us that they had been waiting, trying to find covid tests in other areas, other sites, for days without any luck they say more sites like the ones inside of the subways are
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needed in new york city. all of this as two new vaccine mandates go into effect in new york city. one of them expanding the existing mandate to businesses in the private sector. the other related to kids. now anyone over the age of 12 trying to eat inside a restaurant in new york city, go to a gym or any sort of indoor entertainment venue, must show proof of vaccination mayor deblasio's office said they expect legal challenges to come because of this, but they believe that these mandates will hold up in court brian? >> thank you winter weather reeking havoc on flights and it is hitting coast to coast we have the forecast for where you live and where you may be headed and despite supply chain concerns and back ups at the port, it was a big year for holiday shoppers and their bank accounts the items some people were willing to shell out the big bucks for.
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25 million of you out there under a winter weather watch tonight. a powerful storm system slamming really coast to coast. take a look at this video from is sierra nevada mountains in california this winter storm buried the area with up to 10 feet of snow. wow. officials there shut down a highway after strong winds knocked down trees and powerlines meantime, fargo, north dakota, got hammered with as much as 9 inches of snow today wind gusts expected to reach 60 miles an hour. officials saying hey, stay off the roads. adam now joining us, senior meteorologist at accuweather we have serious threats tonight from one part of the country to the other. >> that's right, brian it seemed like winter was off to
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a slow start for many, but that is completely a different story this evening you mentioned that heavier snow over the weekend we're going to see that continue this evening things quieting douwn across th upper midwest, but we've had snow and ice across the northeast and that's where we begin this evening because it's going to continue to lift northward into new england. winter weather advisories from northeast pa into maine indicating that yes, travel will be slick as we're starting off the day tomorrow so please be mindful of that that snow and ice continuing to lift northward to boston, but portland, it's going to linger longer for us, is travel carefully. across the northern plains to kick off tuesday, the frigid air is our story accuweather real feel temperatures to the west of great falls as low as 30 below
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even close to 40 below we've got another wave of low pressure that is going to be heading in in the afternoon and evening hours, bringing 3 to 6 inches of new snow from grand forks to green bay, chicago. we're on the cusp of this. we haven't had any significant snowfall in winter we're thinking of a coating, more as you get into the northern suburbs mill wa key, about 1 to 2 inches in the west, we've been locked into an active pattern and that's goicng to continue now this will ease up a little as we head through the day tomorrow and into wednesday, however, tonight and into tomorrow morning along the immediate coast for oregon as well as northern california, another system drop ping in, bringing light snow. portland, we're thinking 1 to 3" for us as we're heading through the day tomorrow one of the few locations where
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it's not going to feel like winter, across the south temperatures close to 80 degrees in houston, new orleans, jackson. we'll need to watch out for severe weather as we head through the middle part of the week into the tennessee valley >> thank you very much a baby in kentucky has died after a series of crushing tornados tore through the state this month the storm now the deadliest in state history. the governor announced today that 77 people have now died from the storms. he said the infant died from injuries in the middle of last week he also said one person is still missing. down from 16 on thursday savage storms ripped through the state on december 10th, damaging 1,000 buildings. coming up, the royal record queen elizabeth just set that is unlikely to ever be broken how the palace is preparing for the milestone celebration. the milestone celebration. cae 'rabslap on those goggles
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welcome back well, the uk planning to celebrate a major milestone next year queen elizabeth's platinum jubilee. her highness becoming the first british monarch ever to rule for seven decades. but a key figure is going to be missing from the celebration it is queen elizabeth' late husband prince philip he passed way in april this past weekend, the queen shared a deeply personal christmas day message that inc included an emotional tribute to him. in london, here's nbc's kelly cobiella >> reporter: queen elizabeth entering a new era after celebrating the first christmas without her husband prince philip but keeping spirits high during her holiday message. >> and as much as i and my family miss him, i know he would want us to enjoy christmas >> reporter: the queenplanned ss
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down, staying at her windsor residence where an intruder was arrested for breaching on to the castle grounds on christmas day. a 19-year-old caught by police within minutes the queen and guests, undisturbed. the cambridges hosting a christmas carol with kate playing the piano. and in california, prince harry and meghan markle sharing a candid holiday card with 2-year-old archie and 6 month old lilibet diana, her first public photo the queen now looking forward to better times, and a milestone moment just months away. her platinum jubilee a celebration of 70 years on the throne >> we are lucky enough to be able to -- to witness and have a ring-side seat to history in the making >> reporter: elizabeth is the longest-serving monarch in british history. and at every jubilee from silver in '77 to gold in 2002, and diamonds nearly ten years ago in
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2012, prince philip was by her side the queen now facing this monumental milestone without him, along with worries about her own health yet, still, determined to work highlighting the upcoming celebrations in her christmas message. >> i hope there will be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness >> reporter: the preparations already underway platinum jubilee director simon brooks ward sharing details of the main events next june. >> walking along the mall, obviously, lots of traffic here right now. however, on the day -- >> there will be flags, there will be -- so the queen will come out from -- from buckingham palace behind and be escorted by the cavalry. and this will be a huge flow of sort of military music, dancing, culture, everything. a real explosion of color. >> reporter: the crowning moment of every jubilee before. the whole family on the balcony of buckingham palace waving to a
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sea of cheering faces. with the queen's health now in focus, the question, will the jubilee celebrations bring the family together again? for the news, i'm kelly cobiella. >> quite the mark. all right. a 14-year-old girl shot and killed while shopping with her mother caught in the crossfire between la police and an alleged assault suspect. tonight, police release the body cam video. from the battlefield to beekeeping, the new program being used to teach a new skill and manage symptoms of ptsd among veterans. online shopping. if it doesn't fit, people just send a lot of stuff back but if you think those returns always get back on the store shelves, think again you may not believe where they end up a story you have got to hear, coming up. where you can pay a little less and enjoy the ride a little more. now, get new lower auto rates. you're in good hands with allstate.
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♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ welcome back meta, formerly known as facebook is having a moment because it just may have sold the most popular christmas gift it is called the oculus virtual reality headset. you have probably seen it in best buy or another store. it allows users to become immersed in virtual worlds but to use it, you have got to download an app first because, of course, you do. and here were the most popular downloads on apple's app store on christmas day oculus was number one and that could indicate lot of the people that got the headset for the holidays intend on tuesday using
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it cnbc.com tech editor, steven koe vach now all right. they have been around for a while. so, is meta's oculus any different and if not, why so hot now? >> yeah, it's not different. what's different is people are actually using it. it's kind of hit that inflexion point where people want to go out and buy it doesn't hurt, also, that meta's been marketing this thing like crazy. um, so yes, we are talking about the metaverse on prime-time television, brian. it's -- it's changed the conversation around these gadgets has changed, in just a few short months. >> yeah. and around the christmas table, no doubt, as well. given that app store number one download spot. all right. so, steve, how do people see -- how do you see the metaverse expanding next year? how big could this be? i mean, are we at the ready player one stage anytime soon? >> we are definitely not close to ready player one. that's, like, a decade or more
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away but what i am looking forward to in '22 is what apple's going to do in this space. they are going to have their own headset -- at least we are expecting them to have it next fall and if that is the case, we know apple likes to come in and reinvent product categories. they did it with the smartphone. they did it with the mp3 player. ki can they do it with these vr head sets? >> got to do better than google glass, remember those? i don't either steve, thank youer have much appreciate it. all right. meantime, u.s. holiday sales overall booming. that is what is topping cnbc's "on the money. holiday shoppers slugging off higher prices. product shortages and another covid surge. retail sales from november 1st through christmas up 8.5% from last year. if that sounds big, it is. in fact, it is the biggest annual jump in 17 years. clothing, jewelry, electronics, all, fueling the holiday-shopping spree it was a merry christmas for
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spider man and sony. the web slinger swinging past a billion dollars in global box office receipts. spidey doing it in just 12 days, the third fastest film to cross that mark and the first in the pandemic era and elon musk tweet sending another dog-themed crypto coin soaring on christmas, he tweeted a picture of his shiba ini the creators of a newly created coin named after musk's hound pounced on the opportunity to promote it it paid off. jumping more than 3,000% since musk's tweet be careful out there all right. meantime on wall street, the strong retail sales numbers driving some holiday cheer for all of you that own stocks the dow surging up 351 points just under 1%. the s&p, closing about at another record high. its 69th record closing high of the year nasdaq once again tech the big winner up more than 200 points
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the santa claus rally and year end apparently in full effect. welcome, everybody i am brian sullivan in for shepard smith tonight. it is half past the hour and and here's what is making the news on cnbc. >> the webb telescope currently on a trip to its new home in orbit. the mission it is preparing for as we take a look at the year ahead in space zblanchts week mourning begins and fun plans underway for bishop des monday tutu and tur returning a gift you are receiving this holiday season, nourt alone. all right. welcome, everybody most of you are expected to return at least one gift you got this year. that's sweater, pants, whatever it is. you know who you are what reverse logistics provider estimates that two out of all three of you -- almost all of you -- will make a return of some kind this holiday season. now, many of these returns are
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from online purchases. americans, overall, expected to send back nearly a third of online buys according to cbre supply chain research. that is three times the amount of returns expected for in-person buying now, all this unwanted stuff -- it just pileless up and the process can be environmentally unsustainable. amanda mull joining us now amanda, free return shipping which everybody out there loves has exacerbated i have to imagine this problem for online retailers and everybody else. >> yes, absolutely online shopping is about creating the correct set of incentives and circumstances for someone to buy something online instead of driving to a store near them and getting it and, you know, incentivizing them to wait a couple more days and not be able to try things on so you have to build up, like, a set of offers and services that you are giving consumers in order to convert them to online shopping and um, especially when it comes
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to the clothing where you don't know if you are going to like something before you put it on your body, free return shipping has -- is the way that a lot of people were converted to online shopping and now that they're there, it's what people expect. >> so, all this stuff that we return does it end up on the store shelves? or does it end up somewhere else >> if you are returning something that you ordered online, it's pretty unlikely that it is going to end up back on a warehouse shelf and shipped out to the next hopeful buyer. um, part of that inventory is going to be stripped for parts that's especially true with electronics. um, and things that may contain components that can be sold on their own that are little bit more -- it's more efficient to do that than to sell the full product again. for clothing, clothing goes so quickly out of stock on -- on fashion websites now, that if you return something at the end of the return policy, it may not even be on the website anymore so the retailer can't -- doesn't really have anything to do with
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that and the -- the reverse logistics of almost anything are just really nasty and -- and difficult to, um, to do in bulk for retailers. so things end up sold to middlemen. they end up shipped overseas and about a quarter of things just end up thrown away. >> 25% of what we get and return may ultimately end up at the dump, effectively without ever being used >> yes a lot of things, um especially when you think about how people buy clothes and underwear and bathing suits and shoes online a lot of people do a practice that's called bracketing, where you order more than one size knowing that you will return at least one, if not several, of the sizes or colors or whatever that you ordered um, and those things when they are sent back, if they can't be resold for full price or if the sorting facility that they're returned to is not convenient to the facility at from which -- from which they would be shipped to consumers, it might be easier
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to ship them to tj maxx or to ship them to overseas where we see a lot of pollution problems from excess clothing being shipped, that then ultimately cannot be sold or it might just be thrown away. >> insane. exporting our environmental issues, as well. amanda mull of the atlantic, important stuff. thank you very much appreciate it well, one in every five veterans who fought in afghanistan and iraq experience ptsd in any given year that according to the department of veterans affairs. a growing body of research shows that service animals, like dogs, are proven to help but what if those animals were, instead, an army of insects? here's contessa brewer >> reporter: today, chris johnson's traded in his military fatigues for a beekeeping jacket the 25-year-old served three and a half years in the u.s. army, including one tour in afghanistan. now, he's back in nevada fighting a different kind of battle. >> just heard about it over on social media just, you know, a friend died
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today. i am sorry i am choking up right now but it -- it really did hurt and i feel like i could have been the same thing if i did not find this program. >> reporter: the program is called bees 4 vets ginger and dan fenwick started it as a way to teach veterans how to handle these tiny pollinators. a process that takes commitment, focus, and a way to manage symptoms related to post-traumatic stress. >> you can walk in frustrated, irritable, depressed, grieving, lost in something. and those girls force you -- because they're all mostly girls -- the girls force you to stay in the moment >> reporter: since 2018, the fenwicks have worked with more than two dozen students, like mark larson, a former marine with narcolepsy. >> listening for the sound of -- of how frustrated they are or how angry they are, and trying to keep them mellow.
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and just through the process of keeping them calm, brings you just a real sense of peace >> reporter: and purpose the group takes care of 36 active hives that's more than 2 million honeybees on location, which can be intimidating for newcomers. >> some of them come out very tense, very uptight. as they work the bees, you can watch them relax it very much seems counterintuitive because you are working with a whole box full of stinging insects >> reporter: despite the threat of stinging, lisa mays, who just started her training, says she's all in. >> i've already gone home and figured out where i want to put the hives. we're just going to create farm. >> researchers don't know exactly why beekeeping helps soothe symptoms of post-traumatic stress but the practice isn't new in fact, soldiers returning home from the first world war were encouraged to take it on seems like they were on to something. back to you.
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>> contessa brewer, thank you. well, he was a champion of racial equality. a crusader for human rights who helped end apartheid in south africa and won the nobel peace prize. and now, a week of mourning is underway in south africa to honor the late bishop desmond tutu his funeral was set for this saturday on new year's day, the cathedral he served as south africa's first black archbishop here is nbc's molly hunter >> reporter: tributes from around the world honoring desmond tutu, one of the fiercest opponents of apartheid. from his daughter, my dad is at rest thank you tshezi for all you have been to our flame and the world. president biden calling him a true sever servant of god and the people adding his legacy transcends border borders and will echo throughout the ages president obama who awarded tutu the presidential medal of freedom in 2009 tweeting he was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country but also concerned with justice everywhere.
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and the dalai lama saying the friendship and spiritual bond between us was something we chair cherished. tutu was born into poverty in a small mining town in 1931. and by 1975, he became the first black dean of johannesburg. >> the capacity to communicate with black south africans. um, and also, to get under the skin of white south africans >> reporter: resistance to south africa's apartheid regime was met with brutal violence hundreds of activists, including nelson mandela, spent decades in prison. >> the system of this country is evil >> reporter: in 1984, he won the nobel peace prize and by '86, he became soigt south africa's first black archbishop finally, the 1990s saw the end of apartheid. >> nothing will i think ever take away the glow of that first experience of walking tall
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>> reporter: he died in cape town, south africa he was 90 years old. for the news, i'm molly hunter also today, major advancement in space exploration. this weekend, nasa launched a new telescope into orbit the moment decades in the making and a former astronaut who flew on multiple space shuttles will join us live to explain the staggering implications. plus, what's on the launchpad for the space race in 2022 ♪ ♪ it's a personal trainer that assesses your strength and adds weight as you progress. it's dynamic weight that adjusts for you in real time for a more efficient workout. c'mom and it's a roster of coaches that motivate you to get stronger, faster. the future is strength you can feel and results you can see. and you can only experience it... (sigh) ...on tonal.
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welcome back los angeles police have just released body cam and surveillance video from a shooting last week when an officer's stray bullet killed a 14-year-old girl in a clothing store. at this time, we are not going to show you the graphic parts or the shooting itself. police were responding to confront this suspect. you can see in the video he is attacking people in the store and he beats a woman repeatedly with a bike lock in his hand this is the body cam from the officer who fired the shots.
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sees the bloody victim on the ground looks around the corner and opens fire on the suspect. firing three times investigators say one of those bullets went through a wall, and killed the girl who was in a dressing room with her mother. after more than 85 days of destruction, the volcanic eruption on the island of la palma is officially over scientists made the announcement this past weekend after not detecting any lava flow, seismic activity, and toxic gas emissions for ten days the volcano eruption is devastated la palma since september. lava flow swallowed up about 3,000 properties and forced 7,000 to evacuate. in total, the molten rock destroyed more than 3,000 acres of land. for context, that is more than 2,000 football fields. spanish government pledged more than $450 million for reconstruction but local officials estimate the volcanic eruption caused more than double that amount in damage well, our yearend series
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continues tonight. all week long, we are going to try to peer around the corner into 2022. what the year has in store for industries, like travel, cryptocurrencies, and politics but tonight, it is space in the past year, we have seen private citizens go to space a government investigation into ufos and now the launch of the new james webb space telescope in mant, we are going to speak with nasa astronaut garrett riceman about what is to come next year but first, nbc's gabby schwartz with a look at the year's biggest and most powerful space telescope as it hurdles through space. >> announcer: and liftoff. james webb begins a voyage back to the birth of the universe >> reporter: the most powerful space observatory ever built is heading deeper into the galaxy following a successful launch on christmas morning, the james webb space telescope is now in its early stages of its mission to peer further into the
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universe and its origins than we ever imagined before. >> webb is on a scale that's kind of a cultural undertaking and not just something for astronomers. >> reporter: one of its aims to provide new insights into the existence of life on other planets. >> help us understand, um, the possibilities and maybe even the probability of potential life form although we are not looking for the life form, itself, we're looking for the environment that will allow life to -- to thrive. >> reporter: to reach this point has taken more than two decades, almost $10 billion, and the combined brainpower of thousands from 14 countries but it's still just the beginning. >> james webb now has its array out. >> reporter: over the next few weeks, webb will continue deploying its antennas, sun shield, and mirrors. each procedure, a critical and complicated step to fully assemble the seven-ton telescope. a process space fans will be able to follow in real-time. >> now taking its first steps in pursuit of cosmological
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discovery. >> reporter: much larger and 100 times more powerful than the hubble telescope which launched in 1990, webb has the capability of seeing the infrared spectrum. >> it's a time machine it's going to take us back to the very beginnings of the universe >> reporter: nasa says the telescope will be able to zoom in on exoplanets and distant galaxies, examine their atmospheres and beam back those images across a million miles of space to scientists here on earth. >> i think after webb's images and discoveries start to come in, i think the way we look at the sky will be different in the future than the way we look at it today >> reporter: a potential to change how we see our place in the cosmos for the news, i'm gadi schwartz. >> former astronaut, now spacex senior adviser, garrett, thank you. how big an impact will this james webb telescope make on space exploration?
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it seems incredibly exciting. >> it really is, brian i mean, if it works, it's going to be incredible you heard 100 times more powerful than hubble it can look back 13 and a half billion years and see the beginning of the formation of stars and galaxies the amount that we are going to be able to learn is incredible but it's got to work and here is the thing that's really stressful about all this is there are 344 single points of failure on that thing it's unfolding like the world's biggest origami, except instead of being made out of paper, it is made out of beryllium and it's all got to work perfectly. so normally, after the launch, you kind of relax and like the -- the -- the hardest part is over. with this guy, we got six months of biting our nails until we know if it's going to really be successful. >> i feel like maybe i need a cocktail now, garrett, because you are blowing my mind. based -- i understand space and time just enough to be dangerous. you said we can look back
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13-whatever million or billion years because in space, distance is time, correct so, by looking that long, we are effectively time traveling >> that's correct. cause -- cause the further out you look, the longer that light has been traveling to reach us so, if you look out as far as -- as webb can look out, a light that you are seeing, that faint light that's coming from so far away has taken 13 and a half billion years to reach us. so yes, when you are looking out, the further you look out, the further back in time you are looking which is also why it has to look in infrared because the further ourt it is, the more doppler shift the -- the light is and it shifts toward the red frequency so it has to look in a different frequency than, for example, hubble did. >> i don't know if you can see me but there is steam coming out of my ears because my mind is blown, garrett thank you. let's switch gears a little bit. talk about commercial space travel we're sending tv hosts up into space now. what are we expecting from
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commercial space advancements next year? >> that's right. tv hosts and new york giants' legends. um, yes. um, so -- so this past year, 2021 was huge as the beginning of private space travel. and we saw jeff bezos and richard branson back in july go on their launches. and usher in the -- the era of suborbital space tourism and much more importantly, in my opinion, in september, we saw spacex launch private citizens on orbital missions in the "inspiration4" mission around the earth. so it really got going this year but next year it is going to get going into earnest and the beginning of next year, at the end of february, we are going to have the first private space mission dedicated to private astronauts going to the space station so where i live for three months, you are going to see four astronauts go up there that all paid for their ticket they are private citizens. >> that is simply incredible that you can buy a ticket to go to the international space station. but i got to imagine there is
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certain conditions, you know, certain things you got to be prepared for garrett reeseman, thank you very really exciting stuff coming next year. have a happy new year. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. do you miss the movie theater? well, you are not alone. turns out millions of movie fans are ready to head back to the big screen and there are a few releases, in particular, they are waiting for. they have one thing in common. plus, is the second time the charm? a new time capsule found in virginia the removal of the robert e. lee statue what could be inside you're a printer, you're supposed to print!!!! uuuuuu! i mean is it the cartridges? i don't know! magenta! do you suffer from cartridge conniptions? be conniption-free, thanks to the cartridge-free epson ecotank printer. a ridiculous amount of ink! and a set of replacement bottles are equal
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the robert e. lee statue in richmond, virginia, has another time capsule in it crews tearing it down found a second capsule today the first was a big dud. last week, workers located a box in the statue. conservationists worked for hours to get it open only to find it was not the one they are looking for. now, they think this one is it governor ralph northam tweeting these x-ray images showing the inside of the capsule saying this is likely the time capsule everyone's looking for historians believe this time capsule is full of confederate memorabilia from 1887 and might, just might, contain what is believed to be a rare photo of abraham lincoln shortly after he was killed governor says the new capsule will be opened up tomorrow well, have you missed movie theater popcorn? what about previews and those big comfy seats? turns out, you are not alone
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online ticketing website fandango releasing results of a poll asking people what movies they are most excited about in the new year here are the top three and they have got something in common number one black panther wakanda forever. they have not re-cast the role of black panther since chadwick boseman died of colon cancer last year. spider man no way home became the first movie to make more than a billion dollars at the box office since the pandemic began. and the batman with robert pattinson taking on the role of batman for the first time. you see a connection here? well, for patients at the mayo clinic in minnesota, the hospital's lobby has become more of a concert hall. all because of one nurse who is combining her love of music and medicine local coverage now from nbc minneapolis affiliate kare 11 and their reporter boyd hubbard. >> so, george, where are you from >> reporter: nurse has a rhythm.
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>> one, two, three i am a staff nurse, radiology staff nurse. >> reporter: benson waltzed into the mayo clinic three years ago. a brand new nurse. >> have you had a ct scan before >> reporter: but with previous experience on the keys keys. ♪ each day after helping ill patients upstairs, she gives life to the atrium three stories down she began playing at age 4 by her 20s, she had earned a master's degree in piano performance. at home, in concert halls, till the michigan musician changed course when her father was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer here for surgery and chemo, she
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and her dad often found themselves among the patients stopping to listen to the mayo's volunteer piano players. [ applause ] >> just gives you hope and i wanted to do that for others >> reporter: what if she could combine two disciplines? first goal reached when she earned her nursing degree. >> perfect >> reporter: second, when she app applied and was hired at mayo. and third, when she finished work and played. >> it has become my concert hall >> reporter: that's george and his wife martha listening to the nurse who, two hours earlier, prepped george for his cancer scan here from illinois, clinging to hope. >> we have been married 60 years. >> reporter: and each other. >> this music always makes you
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feel better. >> that's care in music. that really is. >> it's medicine and it's medicine. >> reporter: it's even more. >> as i am playing, i pray for each one of them and i ask that god will bless them going through what they're going through. >> reporter: she thinks often of her father standing in this very space having been given two to three months to live eight years later, benson is back at mayo cancer free for a check-in on his health and his daughter. >> it's -- it's just wonderful that to me is better than carnegie hall. >> reporter: an unfair comparison, really because no musician at carnegie hall has ever started her day with a better warmup
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for the news, i'm boyd hooper. thank you. all right. 45 seconds left on a race to the finish the cdc has slashed its recommended covid isolation period in half agency says americans should now isolate for just five days if they don't have symptoms, instead of ten the updated guidance comes as covid cases surge across america. thousands of flights cancelled over the weekend airlines reported workers calling out sick and bad weather kept them from getting flights off the ground more cancellations expected tomorrow and that bad weather is spreading across america 25 million of you under some sort of winter-weather alert tonight. and now, you can know the news of this monday, december 27th, 2021 i'm brian sullivan in for shepherd i will see you tomorrow night, as well. have a wonderful night even walking was tough. i had to do something. i started cosentyx®. cosentyx can help you move, look, and feel better... by treating the multiple symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. don't use if you're allergic to cosentyx.
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