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2022," continues tomorrow, beginning at 6:00 p.m. eastern ly be back with you on new year's eve in the meantime, it is time now for the news with shepard smith. kelly evans filling in, which starts right now massive wildfires force thousands out of their homes i'm kelly evans in for shepherd smith. this is the news on cnbc >> more flights cancelled today and more to come. >> well, it's been very stressful and expensive. >> how to navigate the chaos at the airport. plus, taking a cruise. >> i feel like i was in a petrie dish waiting to get covid. >> the new rules the cdc wants you to follow. >> fires burning across northern colorado at least told cities told to evacuate as winds fuel the flames faster than personnel can
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control. >> we've never had anything like this happen at the zoo before. never had anyone breech the fence. >> a man injured and body margarethe cammermeyer race say the man had no business being so close. >> the carmaker tesla faces another setback. >> the turning point for the jurors in the kim potter trial the second phone call in two months between presidents putin and biden and the hottest cities for 2022 and our year ahead for real estate. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news" with shepard smith. >> good evening. colorado under a state of emergency tonight. massive wildfires forcing more than 30,000 people to evacuate two cities northwest of denver the national weather service calling it a life-threatening
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situation. what began as small grass fires turned into a raging inferno fueled by extremely strong winds. you can see this video from a costco in the city of superior it's a scene straight out of an apocalyptic movie. dozens of people surrounded by gray smoke as sirens blare in the background same story in a nearby chuck-e-cheese you can see the names outside as parents and their children flow the arcade room, and it was a close call on the road this driver came really close to the flames which are now shutting down highways officials urging people to stay off the roads tonight. the smoke making it hard to see in front of you. our local nobodies station in denver reports the strong winds knocked down power lines which sparked several grass fires in the area, and making things worse the area is not currently suffering frequents team drought which makes it easier for the fires to keep growing. joining us now on the phone is clint folsom, the mayor of superior 40 miles northwest of
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denver, one of the cities being evacuated tonight. mr.-makers thank you so much for your time tonight. what's the situation on the ground >> hi, good evening. it's a dire situation here we've still got a mandatory evacuation order in effect i'm doing a tour of the town with law enforcement right now, and we've got -- we've lost a couple of -- lost a couple hundred houses, and they are still actively burning, mostly on the west side. >> a couple hundred houses did you have any warning that this was coming? >> not really. it -- we have some great open space, you know, to the west of us, but we had a situation where we've just had an extremely dry summer and fall and fire got going in that area and -- and it -- it's -- you know, it just blew right into the houses. >> we've heard of wind gusts up to 90 miles an hour.
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we understand people are hoping for a snow storm to maybe bring an end to this but what are people, residents in your town doing tonight if they have been evacuated? >> there's a couple of evacuation centers that have been set up, and i imagine people have just gone into, you know, friends and family and different areas around town or different hotels our families evacuated to a hotel in a nearby town. >> and is the wind over? >> no. it is just still ferocious. >> that's unbelievable is it normally like that this time of year >> you know, these high wind events are not that unusual, but what's -- what's very risky is when -- you know, when fire gets involved, so that's -- you know, just the overall dryness we usually have a lot more moisture than this, but this -- this wind event is kind of unprecedented. i mean, we're driving around looking at just gusts and dirt
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piles that are -- we just don't typically have that much by shows how sustained and dangerous these winds are. >> how much of the town has been evacuated, and are they expected to return to their homes in the morning, or what do you think about the timeline >> we are a four square mile town about 14,000 residents and everyone is ordered evacuated. it's a very volatile situation right now. our neighboring city of lewisville is also evacuated or a good bit of it i believe is evacuated, and i believe they have got some, you know, active threats in that area as well as far as when people can get back in here, it really depends on when the winds die down because as long as these winds, there's no way of containing the fire it's just jumping from spot to spot, and it's just too volatile
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to have -- too risky to have people in the area right now. >> well, again, we know you're in the middle of making these rounds thank you for taking some time to joins, and the whole nation is keeping vigil with you tonight. thank, mr. mayor clint folsom of superior, colorado. covid watch. americans should brace for more disruptions in the weeks ahead that's the new urgent warning from health experts. dr. michael osterholm saying we'll see a blizzard of infections and all of society will feel the pressure. >> over the next three to four weeks we're going to see the number of cases in this country rise so dramatically we're going to have a hard time keeping everyday life operating. >> well, we've had that all right. for the second straight day u.s. covid cases just hit an all-time high johns hopkins reports we're averaging more than 300,000 new infections a day that's that spike over there on the far right, a higher spike than we saw even in 2020 cations are rising in all states except three
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the omicron variant impacting everything from holiday celebrations and travel to sports and schools vaccination rates are still lagging among age groups, especially kids, many of whom are supposed to return to school in the next week or so u.s. health regulators are working to expand access to covid booster shots. the fda planning to allow 12 to 15-year-olds to get a third doze of pfizer's vaccine. sources telling the "new york times" the announcement could come as early as monday. and the airline industry took another big hit today as officials prepare for more bad weather and more staff shortages because of covid jetblue announcing it's cutting more than 1,200 flights in the next two weeks data shows the airline cancelled 17% of its flight schedule today. united just grounded more than 200 flights and delta slashed 130. this is all according to flight aware. in all, airlines cancelled more than 1,200 flights today more than 6,000 have been delayed and jetblue's show tells cnbc the situation with air travel will likely get even
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worse before it gets better. cnn's valerie castro live at laguardia airport tonight. valerie, what are you hearing from travelers >> kelly, we're in terminal "b" tonight where some of the jetblue ticket counters r.earlier today we spoke to customers who said they had no problems getting to new york hey head of the holidays, but once they got to the airport today, they faced some of those cancellations. now they are just hoping to make it home before the end of the year as if travel during a global pandemic wasn't already stressful, omicron seems to have made it much worse. >> omicron is an equal opportunity offender hitting everyone, and their staffing issues are across the board. >> travel experts like willis orlando say the worst is not behind us. >> what we're expecting to see through the new year's holiday and january 2nd and 3rd which the tsa expect to be the biggest travel days, we'll see a lot of delays and cancellations. >> reporter: still, travelers are taking chances hoping that
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their plans stay the course. >> we're all vaccinated so we feel comfortable. >> reporter: have you been concerned at all about the omicron variant? >> not so much we've both been vaccinated. >> reporter: health experts say now is not the time to let your guard or masks down even if you are fully vaccinated. >> the first thing is do you really need to travel? >> reporter: the answer to that is different for everyone but experts say staying home should stay home. did you ever consider cancelling your plans >> no, because we're coming to spend the holidays with family. >> reporter: the recommendations for how to best protect yourself haven't changed though social distancing seems to have been forgotten, especially through security and at ticket counters. wearing a mask, this doctor says, is the best protection along with being fully vaccinated >> wear a mask with at least two layers and it stays up on my face all the time. >> reporter: washing your hands and wiping down the arm rests and tray table are still effective, but a canceled flight
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may just unavoidable. >> airlines are making these changes voluntarily as they are adjusting staffing and pilot levels and that means they are sometimes cancelling your flight days or weeks ahead of time. >> reporter: and if you didn't get much warning that your flight was going to be cancelled maybe you were already at the airport when you found out the experts say head immediately to the ticket counter and lock ahead at some other flight options. that way when you talk to the ticket agent they can help find you a better flight and while in line using the airline's messaging ticket on the wednesday i'm you might get to a ticket agent fast their way rather than getting to the front of line. >> i see the skepticism in your eyes all been there. >> reporter: you need some luck i think. >> valerie castro, reporting live at laguardia. the cdc urging americans to avoid going on cruises even if vaccinated and boosted the agency raised its level for travel on cruises to the highest level. 5,000 covid cases have been
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report on cruises sailing in waters, a massive increase from the first of the month when just 160 infections were reported right now the cdc is reporting more than 90 ships with outbreaks on board in a statement head of cruise lines international association, they wrote, quote, we're obviously disappointed at the cdc's decision to raise the travel level for cruise today, especially given the overall effectiveness of cruise protocols that are resulting in a significantly lower number of cases on cruise as compared to land. across the country, masks and vaccine mandates are causing problems for businesses, like gyms many americans were planning to return to the gyms this holiday to kick off the new year's resolutions but as covid cases surge some gyms rim posing their own safety rules while others are leaving the decisions up to customers. here's cnbc's kate rog sneers like many gym owners, mandy silk is banking on the new year and its resolutions to bolster
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business at her franchise in pittsburgh but the anti-masking and vaccinations are looming large over operations. >> everyone has their own sperm standard and their own threshold in the pandemic. it's been very personal. >> reporter: she's not mandated by the state to have the patrons show their vaccination status or vaccination card in class and she asks those not vaccinated mask up and those sick or exposed must be tested >> every day i ask myself am i doing enough should i be doing more, and if i am doing more, am i alienating somebody it's really hard to know what to root for. >> it's a challenge operators are facing across the country at cities and cities who implement varying regular laces and the omicron variant surges some have taken it upon themselves to enforce masks and vaccines while others are giving them the right to choose, even defying mandates. >> i'm a firm believer it's not
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my responsibility nor is it my job to tell people what to do tore give me certain information. i'm not turning anyone away. if they need my help to get physically fit, maybe to lose, you know, some weight so that they can be better prepared for the next variant, i'm not telling anybody they can or cannot do that. >> in nassau county charlie is social distancing at his boot camp but not requiring masks or vaccinations state orders both be required but incoming county executive says he won't be enforcing the route. the takeaway from both owners here is there seems to be no simple solution as choosing to enforce or not enforce masks and vaccinations could alienate people on either side of the country. >> hard to not see it as a lose-lose, thanks. two different tesla models causing concern for regulators. a juror from the kim potter trial speaking out when they knew they had to find the former police officer
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tesla recalling nearly half a million cars over two safety issues the u.s. government reports the defects could increase the risk of crashes tesla issued recalls for more than 356,000 model 3s over a rear view camera issue, and about 119,000 model ss due to a misaligned latch underneath the front hood the models involved in the recall range from 2014 to this year tesla wasn't aware of anydeath or crashes related to the issues but the recalls come as the automaker faces growing pressure from regulators. last week tesla agreed to stop a feature that allows passengers
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to play video games on the center console while someone is driving. it reported that it could distract the driver and increase are the risk the crash and over the summer a probe was launched into the pilot test system after a series of crashes involving emergency vehicles brian walker smith, an associate professor in the schools of law and engineering at the university of south carolina and also served on the department of transportation's advisory committee on automation and transportation professor, great to see you again. which of these two issues facing tesla do you see as more critical >> i think it's a combination. tesla being tesla is going to get more scrutiny. that's a blessing and a curse and what we're seeing now is just the combination of scrutiny from state regulators, various federal regulators, increasingly journalists, and i think that's that common. >> the self-trying testing
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system in beta testing right now, authorities could stop it in its tracks but they haven't what does that sort tell you >> tesla uses a very misleading term to describe one particular set of varied driving scenarios and i want to say that again because it's incredibly misleading i can call my umbrella a parachute but that doesn't make it true or safe. so what can regulators do? at the state or federal level they could investigate they could issue a recall order. they could yank the cars off the road by yanking the recommending administration at the state level. they can investigate false claims under consumer protection statutes so it's not one regulator, it's really a set of various actors that i think we're going to see making increasingly aggressive moves within the next year. >> you expect them to be more aggressive, wondering if they
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are stepping back wanting it to improve because ultimately do regulators want to see a future where cars are driving themselves >> it's a really important point. we're talking about tesla, and i have strong concerns about tesla's approach, both with engineering and especially marketing, but we can't pretend that tesla is the whole of the road traffic safety problem. in fact, it is a tiny part and ultimately i hope more of a solution than a problem. there are 100 people who are going to die on u.s. roads today, young, old. it's what our secretary of transportation has called a crisis now, automation could help address some of those deaths and injuries what we're seeing is in the near term it could also increase complacency, encourage distraction. it is a problem and it is an opportunity rolled into one >> you called it the mushy middle when we spoke seven years ago and that term still seems to apply today. professor, thanks so much.
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>> good memories. >> brian walker smith. we're now hearing from a juror in the kim potter trial and he's revealing why the jury decided to convict the ex-cop of daunte wright during a traffic stop the juror spoke to our local nbc affiliate in minneapolis he's remaining anonymous he said a key turning point for the jury was when they were able to hold potter's gun and taser he says the gun was twice as he have and the trigger was much harder to pull whereas firing the taser felt more like a mouse click. kim porter testified that she drew her gun instead of her taser by mistake and did not mean to shoot wright she had been a cop for more than two decades and the juror says porter's experience factored into their decision. the jurors said, quote, we were thinking of ourselvesin that situation, like i could make that mistake and then it's like, well, you're not a 26-year veteran. we felt she made a mistake and that a mistake does not absolve you from the fact that she did commit a crime the jury found potter guilty of first and second-degree
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a high stakes phone call today between president biden and russian president vladimir putin. tensions mount and russian troops amass on the ukranian border putin was the one who requested a call it was sort of a mystery why the white house says president biden told putin the u.s. and our allies will respond, quote, decisively if russia invades ukraine. the kremlin says the phone call was serious but constructive and
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that the russians are happy with the negotiations cnn congressional correspondent ylan mui now what are we hearing about the sides about that call? >> the call lasted about 50 minutes according to a readout from the kremlin in which president biden said he would not deploy offensive strike weapons in ukraine, and he stressed that a nuclear war cannot be started or won meanwhile a white house official said biden outlined two tracks for president putin, diplomacy and de-escalation or deterrent with significant costs and consequences the administration has already been in touch with european allies about the potential for coordinated sanctions and biden has previously threatened economic consequences like putin has never seen, but today the kremlin said putin told biden that would be a mistake that it would lead to a complete rupture of relations experts said this back and forth has become a pattern. >> on the one hand you don't want to turn the conversations
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down because in russia vladimir putin on geopolitics is the decider. but at the same time exactly, you don't want to reward russia's continuing stabilizing behavior >> the world will be watching how the white house approaches the delicate and difficult negotiations experts say adversaries like china and iran could exploit any sign of weakness of the u.s. and here at home the president is trying to strengthen his standing on foreign policy amid sagging poll numbers. >> it's extra stress at a time of polarization in the united states we haven't faced anything like that really in my memory where those two have come together strong and said do this here. >> kelly, president biden and president putin agree to stay in touch with their top officials next month. >> not entirely reassuring but thanks for your reporting tonight. well, we used to be scared that the robots would come for our jobs but now we kind of need them
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the robot workforce stepping in to help during the labor short hajj where you'll start seeing them and what it means for us humans. and it's supposed to be the slow season, but try telling that to anyone buying or selling a house right now as demand continues to crush supply. what the real estate market could look like next year. are you one of the millions of americans who experience occasional bloating, gas or abdominal discomfort? taking align can help. align contains a quality probiotic to naturally help soothe digestive upsets 24/7. try align, the pros in digestive health. and join the align healthy gut team up and learn what millions of align users already know. how great a healthy gut can feel. sign up at also try align dualbiotics gummies to help support digestive health.
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restaurants and stores turning to robots for help business owners across the country have been reporting worker shortages, and to cope up with demand and buying habits, they say they are using roberts
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to cover certain jobs. software company brain corps which powers some of these bots says it's seep a spike in demand the company says robots will covering way more square footage than they are a year ago and saw more than a doubling in malls alone. the robot workforce isn't coming it's already here, according to cnbc's melissa repco, our retail and consumer reporter who joins us now the robots are popping up all over the place but do they work? >> hi, kelly companies like buffalo wild wings are turning to robots to do a variety of tasks, fried chicken wings or scrub the floors or scan inventories. >> so they can perform the tasks successfully which then makes you wonder what other kind of jobs robots might be taking in the future. >> in a lot of cases companies are looking for robots to do simple automated montnous tasks so things like flipping a burger repeatedly or lowering chicken
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wings into a fryer or scrubbing floors is an example with ought made the cleaners. >> what does it mean for workers? right now they might need robots because there aren't enough humans, but in the future will they need humans if there's plenty of robots >> more robots could mean fewer people but the employers that i spoke to emphasize that robots can take some of the stress away and perhaps some of the boring tasks that employees may not want to do anyway and in some cases that may help with retention if employees have more time to tackle tasks that they are needing to do because of the rise of e-commerce or because they are taking ain new things like at wall groups they are using robotic arms, for example, to fulfill prescriptions, and that's coming at a time when pharmacy staff are taking on a lot of health capital gain services like covid tests and vaccines so employers need to get smarter about the way they use their workforce and that could change the day-to-day for workers, too. >> yeah. we were just talking about that. the pharmacies are completely overwhelmed right now so it's an
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example of how they can help melissa, thanks so much. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> mel can a repco. american workers are quitting jobs at record rates, and their bosses are worried about losing thaws it's what happening is cnbc's "on the money. a staggering 72% of ceos are concerned about their job security next year that's a 20-point jump from a year ago according to a new report from consulting firm alex partners the reason, more pressure on the chief execs to show growth amid chaotic business disruptions that have accelerated during the pan dem you can, a supply chain crisis and a tight lane mark adding to the problem. nevada casinos are absolutely raking it in this year the state gambling regulators said casinos made more than $1 billion in november, marking more than a billior or more in wings for nine consecutive mounts. and a record holiday season. billboard reports that last week was the best week for vinyl
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album sales in three decades more than 2.1 million coming off the shelves. adele's "30" was the top seller and taylor swift's "red" breaking a vinyl sales record. on wall street the dow down 91 points today snapping a six-day win streak and the s&p down 14. the nasdaq fell 25 i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith. it's half past the hour. here's what's make "the news" on cnbc. armed and dangerous. dal race police on the hunt for a 14-year-old boy they say shot four teenagers at a gas station convenience store. why his father is also being charged with capital murder. a rare tiger killed after biting a contractor in a florida zoo. and a year of record low supply is almost over. so what will the housing market look like in 2022? our year ahead series continues tonight. all week long we've been peering around the corner to 2022 seeing
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what the year has in store for china, for politics and travel tonight we tackle real estate. the past year we saw a red hot real estate market home prices have soared. look at these numbers. existing home prices surged 14% from last year to this one prices for newly built homes jumped 20% during this time it the reason, record lows for both mortgage rates and housing supplies should we expect prices to keep rights in 2022 here's cnbc's diana olick with the year ahead in real estate. >> reporter: at one of the last open houses of 2021. >> it's still very much a seller's market. very steady. we're still seeing multiple offers, a lot of interest. >> lots of people in here. >> reporter: apparently no one told all these buyers that this is supposed to be the slow season when the competition eases up. >> might be a little tight. >> reporter: well, affordable is kind of out the window, you know even a year ago you could still get a home for 200,000, 300,000
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and now that doesn't exist. >> do you own a home now >> i don't. >> reporter: at this house near austin, texas and across the nation demand continues to outstrip housing supply, making it ever harder for first-time buyers. >> sometimes i found one or two, but the market was so competitive, so many offers, i couldn't win the bid. >> reporter: add to that rising mortgage rates which came off their record lows this past fall rand heading ever higher as the federal reserve stops propping up the covid economy. >> this is the best one we've ever seen. >> reporter: it will make buying a home even harder, and that's setting up 2022 to be a blowout year in the single-family rental business. >> that market is actually stronger than the for sale mash. the rent increases are something like i've never seen before in my life. >> reporter: single family rents are up nearly 11% from a year ago and those gains are still growing, even as home prices ease up slightly
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the big play in 2022 will be the build for rent business. >> i am 100% it is going to boom unless the whole investments blow up. the big issues is there's far more capital than deals. >> reporter: investors, are outbidding builders for land and investors with getting heavier into the for sale market making it harder for regular buyers who rely on mortgages and can't put down the fast cash for the home they like. kell >> sounds like we should expect growing tension there regardless our diana olick. speaking of real estate, which cities will be the host markets of 2022? let's ask jeff tucker now. he's a senior economist at zillow jeff, where could things be even hotter than they are right now >> we're expecting the hottest markets to be in the southeast this coming year so places like tampa, raleigh, jacksonville, atlanta and charlotte. all of them are forecasting for more than 20% price growth in
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the coming year, and it's a lot of the reasons that we just heard about in the segment about not enough supply and record high demand. these -- these markets have something like half as many homes available for sale as we would expect for this time of years so buyers keep bumping into each other and getting into multiple offer situations. that's driving up the prices. >> i can't believe you had tampa. i had another friend tell me they are headed to tampa after my neighbors left last year. anecdotally you're on to something. let's talk about the flip side these folks are leaving the northeast. which housing markets do you expect to cool off >> yeah. i think some of the coolest markets rex act lit ones where they are living away a lot of migration out of the northeast and midwest as well as the most expensive spots on the west coat so the coolest markets in the forecast are the bay area, new york city, baltimore and chicago, but they are not actually going to become bargains next year they won't see prices rising as
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quite as fast as the rest of the country. >> normally we would include the metropolitan area and the suburbs talking about the hot and cool area. how much is moving from the city centers to the suburbs, or has that trend now fully played out? >> i'm not sure that that trend has fully played out that really was part of the trend in this last year. for instance, when i talk about the bay area cooling off, it's really all about san francisco itself meanwhile, alameda county across the bay and out towards contra costa county and even some people are moving all the way to the central valley, sacramento or right into the sierra up to lake tahoe those markets are going gang buster right now so it's only a very few isolated small urban markets that are looking even like remotely balanced kind of buyer's market at the moment. >> what about what diana said, expect rents to keep going up and -- >> no, no, that matches what our
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data is showing. it represents that there's a huge demand, not being driven by the lower mortgage rates there are just so many people, a millenial babybaby boom around 1990 and all of these people entering their early 30s that's the age when people are moving out from their roommates, some people are still moving out of their parent's basement and want to get a place of their own and the biggest thingwe've see in the pandemic is people want more space they want indoor and outdoor space were the top reasons they were moving. that usually means single family homes, and so for people who are not able to put together their down payment, not somewhere where they are going to live or buying right now, they are turning towards single family record and that's why things are blowing up right now. >> it's going to be tough for those who feel like it's climbing out of affordable
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jeff tucker of sillo. wildfires burning out of control in colorado forces tens of thousands of people near denver and boulder to evacuate their homes. hundreds of homes have been burned already this comes as other western states have also been hit hard by wildfires this year in california, fire officials say they have badles 9,000 buyers up and down the state that's where we saw -- that's where we saw the sequoia trips wrapped into flame resistant foil a company that is also offering a similar potential for homes. >> this structure blanketed in aluminum fire shield reflects up to 96% of the radiant heat from the flames this couple say the shields saved their house too. >> it got hot enough to scorch all the gable trim up here. >> reporter: though a few minor remnants of last year's cameron
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peak fireworks the largest in colorado history still remain, reminders of what they could have lost. >> our little cabin in the woods up here is our slice of heaven it's part of us. >> reporter: the couple spent ten years in a camper on their four-acre property to save enough money craig, a contractor, to build their rocky mountain paradise. >> about five years old. i knew i was going to have a place like this. >> reporter: alison also knew she had to do something when wildfires threatened what they spent years creating her solution, cover the cabin in massive flame-resistant tarps. >> we wrap it from up underneath of the gutter and down. >> it took them a day and a half to attach using hundreds of staples and chicken wire, a configuration that helped the cabin survive mostly unscathed. >> if you have something to protect your house, do it. >> a calculation, a growing
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number of things they are protecting >> they are protecting their investment and family history and heritage that's the best thing you can do. >> fires at aluminum shield regularly used by the parks service and the -- >> that day it ran through helpless and a sense of peace at the same time having the fire wrap on. >> and later a sense of relief their cabin one of only five left standing in a community of 70 land fires. >> a wildfire is nothing to mess with it's a cheap insurance. >> the fires wrap can be shipped quickly from the colorado warehouse out west where firefighters continue to worry homeowners even in time of the year from santa ana winds out of southern california can still be a threat back to you. >> thank you so much.
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an update now on a story we've been following for weeks a truck driver in colorado got more than 100 years in prison after a deadly crash now, colorado's governor has slashed his sentence to ten years. democratic governor jared polis announced today he commuted his sentence after more than 5 million people signed a petition calling for clemency for the truck driver. in october, a jury convicted him of vuk lar homicide and more than 20 other charges after a 28-car pilot me deerz said the brakes on his semi truck failed and he lost control of it. for you people died after he slammed into traffic the judge would have given him a lighter term if he could, have but he said colorado law forced him to land down the 1910-year sentence. abortion, gun rights and religious freedom are issues for many americans and next year the
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supreme court will issue rules on all of them the high stakes decisions coming down from the high court. and new images of the tiger attackt aa florida zoo and why authorities had no options but to shoot and kill the animal
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to 22 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the supreme court and our nation's future. the highest court in the land has a conservative majority and is set to make some major decisions, including an historic abortion rights case that could overturn or xwut "roe v. wade. nbc justice correspondent pete williams has a look at the crucial rules in the year ahead. abortion began dominating the supreme court term even before it officially started in early september, the justices allowed texas to continue enforcing sb will while a battle over its constitutionality raged on the law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows anyone anywhere to sue anyone who violates it
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a bitterly divided supreme court said abortion providers can continue fighting the law in court but made it nearly impossible for a successful court challenge to shut the law down. >> the supreme court said we can't sue judges we can't sue clerks. we can't sue the attorney general. we can't get the lawsuits locked and the lawsuits are what's making it impossible for the clinics to open because this law allows anybody to sue anywhere in the world against the clinics in texas >> reporter: a ruling in an even more consequential case is coming by late juan on mississippi's law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks a victory for mississippi would undercut nearly five decades of rules starting with roh moo-hyun that says states cannot ban abortion before a feet just viable around 24 would ex. a majority of the court seemed willing to uphold the law and undercut roe if not overturnterm the court's liberals warn that such a ruling would be a decision based on politics.
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>> will this institution survive the stench that this in the public perception that the constitution and its reading are just political acts? >> the court will also decide the fate of a new york law that bans carrying a handgun in public presidents can get a permit to carry concealed weapon but only if they show a general need among a desire for self-defense. gun rights advocates say that violates the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. >> it's contrary to the second amendment. does your right to self-protection stop when you -- when you leave your home >> reporter: a majority on the supreme court seem to agree that the new york law is unconstitutional such a decision would be a boost to second amendment rights. the court this term will also decide whether to loosen restrictions on using public money to pay for religious
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education, whether bear to be bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev is entitled to a new sentencing hearing and whether to take up a new challenge to affirmative action in college admissions the term is unfolding as president biden's commission on the supreme court ended its work with no recommendations. it was divided on adding more justices to the current nine-member court and more receptive to the idea of term limits. and we may learn whether justice sprier intends to retire at the end of the current term while democrats still control the white house and the senate he's now the court's senior liberal. justice breyer will turn 84 in august and says the timing of his retirement will depend on his health poet williams, nbc news at the supreme court. police in texas are searching for a 14-year-old boy they say is armed and dangerous after a deadly shooting there, amend they say he shot and killed three other teenagers and hurt another at a convenience store in garland just outside dallas the suspect's name, abel acosta.
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nbc news does not normally identify juvenile suspect but a judge ruled they could release his information because of the nature of the crime and the danger he poses to the general public this shows costa shoot nothing a gas station convenience store. they say he fired more than 20 rounds they believe he was targeting at least one of the victims over a past dispute the uncle of one of those victims is now speaking out. he says he knows his nephew was not involved in any dispute with the kept he's calling for help capturing the shooter while the family grieves. >> knowing that his life wasn't just something you throw away. >> the suspect's dad turned himself into police on monday. he's charged with capital murder for driving the getaway truck. police say they are offering a $10,000 award for abel acosta's arrest. and in an attack at a florida zoo leaving a rare tiger dead and a man seriously
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injured. >> somebody got attacked by the tiger inside and ripped her arm off. >> are you serious. >> >> we're serious. you hearing all the lights and sirens this isn't a sgloek a man working at the naples zoo stuck his arm in the tiger enclosure last night he was trying to pet or feed the tiger, neither of which is authorized police identified the man as 26-year-old river rosenquest he was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries they say he works for a third-party cleaning service contract by the zoo. police release body camera footage of the incidence and a warning this video is graphic and may be difficult to watch. >> oh, my god. >> is that real? >> oh, my god. >> please help me. please help me. >> please say the deputy on scene tried to get the tiger to release rosenquest but was left with no other option but to shoot the animal in order to save the man's life. the zoo closed today saying the decision was made to allow officials to complete their investigation late into the evening and to allow the zoo to
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again it own internal investigation are. the collier county sheriff's office says an investigation will determine whether rows enquest will face criminal charges. the tiger named echo arrived at soothe in 2019 a rare m ha layan tigers they are critically endapgered with fewer than 200 in the wild. the zoo plans to start a fund in echo's honor. you may not want to hear about it on new year's eve eve but one-third of americans aren't getting the shut eye they need if you're one of them we'll talk to michael bruce, aka the sleep doctor. reclassified as a dwarf. why pluto might get another shot at planetary glory i use liberty mutual, they customize your car insurance, so you only pay for what you need. wooo, yeaa, woooooo and, by switching you could even save 665 dollars.
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americans don't sleep very well, and the effects on health and productivity can be devastating. 35% of americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night that's according to the cd kris, and a recent study found sleep deprivation among u.s. workers cost the economy hundreds of billions in lost productivity every year dr. michael bruce author of "energized" and a clinical psychologist who is an expert in sleep, doctor, what is one thing americans can do to sleep better >> one thing is if you want to keep your new year's resolution you better get good sleep in order to have the motivation and nothing do that. if i had to only pick one thing,
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it's wake up at the same time every single morning including the weekends that stinks for people out there by doing that you keep your circadian rhythm very september and you'll fall asleep better and wake up better it makes the whole system work a whole lot better >> is working from home helping people sleep better because i've heard from many who don't have to commute anymore it's improve the amount of sleep they are getting. maybe the data will show us that or maybe it's not that big of a trend? >> i agree with you, kelly number one, people are sleeping -- they throw on the ball cap few minute before the zoom meeting people are sleeping longer but what we want them to do is sleep more consistently at specific times. >> we see a lot of people are getting fewer than seven hours is that in itself a problem? i've heard that before, it's not about whether you get a little
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sleep but whether you are trying to get more sleep. hey, if you say i sleep on five or six hours and that's my life i am fine with it. it's not as dangerous. >> anybody who is sleeping less than six hours a night, we start to z motor vehicle problems, dexterities issues and nobody really should be sleeping less than six hours on a regular basis. to be stair i don't think everybody needs eight. the national sleep foundation recommends between seven and nine hour. i have some sleep patients who do 6 nfl and it's fun. if wake up after eight hours, you'll need a more rest. >> i always need eight or nine hours. what about interrupted sleep, i'm asking on behalf of my husband: it's a real struggle. when he gets up he can't get
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back to slope. >> every journalist says i have to get up too early and, number two, absolutely it can be very disaruntive to -- one of the things i always talk about in the middle of the evening is lower your heart rate. a heart rate of 60 or below helps you get back into a special state of consciousness it's special breathing breathe in for a count of four, hold it for a count of seven and both out for a count of eight. do this for six or seven cycles and it immediately starts to lower your heart rate and helps you get back to bed. >> i'm trying to exhail for eight seconds because holding it for seven was a hard time. >> it's hard thank you for your time tonight, thank you. >> thank you. many controversial,
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starbucks or dunkin, was the dress gold or blue and was planet a planet morant scientists are addressing that again. in 2006 the international astronomical union stripped pluto of its planet status and tlabld a dwarf planet instead. they said a planet has to be spherical and be large enough to dominate and a new study by a scientist says iau description of a planet. some say we should go through the 16th century definition, any geological body in space pluto fans, be careful what you wish for now from outer space to the center of new year's eve celebrations, times square, the show is still set to go on tomorrow but with a smaller than normal crowd today the legendary crystal ball
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was tested to make sure it will drop at midnight new york city mayor bill de blasio says the celebration is on. they also tested the cop fetty this year. this year only 15,000 will celebrate the new year in the heart of manhattan they move show proof of vaccination and mask up and across the u.s. some cancellations while others are moving forward san francisco london breed cancelling the city's fireworks show and atlanta usually drops a joint peach at neighborhood because of japhet and that city has -- and the fireworks show set to be the largest ever even though there's a rise n covid cases, the fishing shot at the reunion -- and on las vegas
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more than 50,000 people are expected to attend fireworks. 50 seconds in the race to the finish frishs winds are whipping wildfires in colorado and the boulder area the fast moving flames have already destroyed hundreds of homes. president biden is speaking to russian president vladimir putin on the phone again today as tensions mount. biden told putin the u.s. and its allies will respond decisively if russia invades ukraine. the kremlin calling the phone call serious but constructive. and a second straight day of a record high average of new covid cases in the u.s. as the omicron variant disrupts travel and holiday plans. and now you know the news of this thursday, december 30th, 2021 i'm kelly evans in for shepard smith. smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @thenews on cnbc
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