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of paradise. that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm natalie morales. thank you for watching. [music playing] the boston marathon bomber got covid relief money on death row. and a raging fire disaster i'm shepard smith, this is the news on cnbc flames raced through a converted apartment building in philadelphia, at least 13 people dead, including seven children >> losing so many kids is just devastating. >> the challenges that prevented more people from making an escape closed for covid, chicago now ground zero in the battle to keep schools open. parents and students scrambling, the city wants kids back.
>> the schools are safe. >> the teachers union wants more safeguards. >> please don't have the parents out here thinking that we are against their children >> the battle ahead. investigating the january 6th insurrection, attorney general merrick garland promising justice. >> we will protect the corner stone of our democracy. >> now congress considers changing the laws to prevent a similar attack. chaos in kazakhstan, protesters taking over the airport, the resignation of a government now the president promising a tough response a missing 7-year-old girl's father arrested, new data on how effective rapid tests are on defecting omicron. and free botox, how companies are persuading people to come back to the office >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, the news with shepard smith good evening today was one of the most tragic days in philadelphia's storied
history. that from the city's mayor after an inferno ripped through a crowded row house, killing at least 13 people, seven of them children neighbors described waking up to screams before dawn, a fire official says none of the four smoke detectors found inside went off as the fast-moving flames erupted and spread. >> been around for 30, 35 years now, and this is probably one of the worst fires i've ever been to i don't have the words for -- for how we're feeling right now as a community and as a department. >> firefighters draped a large yellow tarp over the ladder on their truck to block the view as they brought the victims' bodies out of the building. this is the nation's deadliest
fires in recent history. the deputy fire commissioner warns the death toll could rise higher that has the search continues through the charred wreckage perry russom on scene for us tonight. perry, as we understand it, these victims were essentially trapped. >> reporter: shep, firefighters say they had nowhere to go as you said, this was a row home the city's known for having them it's kind of a series of buildings that are sandwiched together and they last the whole block. the only way to get in or out would be the front door or the back door. this one did not have a fire escape. >> losing so many kids is just devastating. >> reporter: the first call came in at 6:38 in the morning. >> we got heavy fire, ladders prepare for rescue. >> reporter: flames coming from the second floor, smoke on the third floor. at least 13 people trapped inside. >> you hear banging and loud noises and cars being moved and just complete chaos. you just see a house engulfed in flames. >> reporter: craig murphy is the deputy fire commissioner.
>> the fire was extinguished, and it was -- it was terrible. >> reporter: firefighters say at least 26 people lived in the row home in north philadelphia, split between three floors. >> that is a tremendous amount of people to be living in a duplex >> reporter: the building is owned by the philadelphia housing authority. >> it's the holidays i don't know if there was people coming visiting. i have no idea. >> reporter: he's with the housing authority. he says the last building inspection was in may, and at the time six smoke detectors were working firefighters say they found four in the building, and none were working. >> this is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city's history >> reporter: people have been dropping off flowers and candles behind us. our station in philadelphia is reporting through sources that a child who escaped the fire told investigators it was a christmas
tree that caught on fire, but still no official word yet from investigators. two people are still in the hospital in critical condition tonight. one of them being a child. shepard. >> perry russom, live tonight in philly. there's a tense standoff in chicago tonight as the city's kids are hanging in the balance. the city's public schools and its teachers union at odds now over how to keep classrooms open the nation's third largest school district canceled classes today for thousands of students. just last night the teachers union voted to switch to remote learning as covid cases there spike. 73% of members supported the move to go virtual mayor lori lightfoot is against them she says switching to online schooling is both unacceptable and unnecessary. she warns teachers who don't show up for classes could lose their pay. both sides say they're trying to reach a deal to get teachers and kids back into classrooms as quickly as possible. but as of this hour, there's no deal in sight.
here's cnbc's valerie castro. >> reporter: chicago public school students were likely already asleep when word came on late tuesday that on wednesday, there would be no school at all. >> what are your kids doing today? >> they're watching movies. >> reporter: while the chicago teachers union pushing for remote learning as omicron surges across the country, the city has pushed back saying the union's illegal vote against a return to school forced the cancellation of classes. >> we are committed to remaining at the table with ctu leadership and negotiating a fair agreement, but one that takes into consideration the voices of the tens of thousands of parents that we've heard from that said i want my child in school. >> reporter: that includes parents like ryan griffin. >> there's a reason why in-person learning works, and those dynamics go away when you put, you know, children in isolation in front of a screen >> reporter: but teachers say safety is at stake and weekly
pcr testing would be a partial solution. >> we don't feel safe. we don't feel that the students are safe. >> if you want to get us back into the schools quicker, provide testing. >> reporter: griffin says most parents are on board with testing, but there's a problem >> due to the federal government ordering 500 million rapid tests, there are no pcr tests available in our city. so the ask, while laudable, is not possible >> reporter: the union says teachers likely won't come back until january 18th the school district firing back. >> we cannot allow anybody to hold the district hostage, to hold their families hostage. >> reporter: the teachers union claims some teachers were locked out of their remote learning software today when they tried to log in, blaming it on the mayor and the school district. the school district did not issue a response to those allegations. shep >> valerie, thanks. cnbc has learned tonight that the boston marathon bomber
has been getting covid relief funds while in prison on death row. according to a court filing tsarnaev got $1,400 of money back in june that's not all, the filing reveals dozens of people have been sending him money, totaling some 20,000 bucks. prosecutors are now asking the judge to have that money be used to pay tsarnaev's outstanding fines and to go to victims the rules allow him to use the funds for things that can help him in jail, but prosecutors say that's not what he's doing instead, they say he's using the funds to pay for gifts, support, and books for his siblings tsarnaev killed three people and injured hundreds of others back in 2015, some of the survivors maimed, their legs forced to be amputated. a jury convicted him, and now he's on death row. we'll follow this story and report on any decision from the judge. one person is now confirmed
dead in that wildfire that burned through neighborhoods in colorado it happened almost a week ago now in communities near boulder. nearly a thousand homes destroyed in all, two people reported missing today investigators confirmed they found the partial remains of an adult. the investigation into what started that fast-moving fire continues. police have arrested the father of a missing new hampshire girl who was last seen more than two years ago, but only reported missing last week. adam montgomery, father of 7-year-old harmony montgomery, he's now facing a felony assault charge for allegedly hitting his daughter back in 2019 before she disappeared. according to the arrest affidavit, adam montgomery's uncle told police that adam admitted he bashed her around the house and struck harmony in the face giving her a black eye. the uncle also told investigators his nephew used abusive discipline, not only spanking harmony hard but also forcing her to stand in a corner
for hours and ordering her to scrub the toilet with her toothbrush investigators say they talked to the father on new year's eve and that he made contradictory statements that raised their suspicion and concern for harmony's well-being first he told them he'd seen harmony somewhat recently and that she was fine, but then he claimed he'd not seen harmony since thanksgiving 2019 and that her mother had picked her up montgomery's not been charged with his daughter's disappearance. the search for harmony continues and the police chief is urging anyone with information to call the cops investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol, hundreds arrested. the attorney general says it's the department's highest priority what he vowed today as washington prepares to mark one year after the january 6th committee considering changing the law to prevent an election coup attempt from happening again a law change that includes penalties for the president. and chevy turning its best
tomorrow marks one year since the deadly january 6th insurrection when the pro-trump mob stormed the capitol and ransacked halls of congress. as of today,the justice department has arrested and charged more than 725 defendants in nearly all 50 states and the district of columbia that's new info from the attorney general, merrick garland. in his speech today, he pledged to prosecute everyone responsible for the riot the doj calling it the largest investigation in the department's history >> the actions we have taken thus far will not be our last. the justice department remains committed to holding all january
6th perpetrators at any level accountable under law, whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy. >> meantime, congress is looking at new laws to prevent and protect against election coups with less than three years to go until the next presidential election nbc n let's bring in john flannery, a former federal prosecutor who was a special counsel for the senate judiciary committee thanks for coming, the attorney general pledging to prosecute everyone involved. is that enough >> it's not enough because, you know, we have thoughts and prayers in eight different variations, but we don't have any action this is one year after they charged the senate and the house, that they -- people died, that they were going to hang the vice president, and that they were going to kidnap the speaker
of the house, and not a thing has been done about the people who planned it and profited from it, and the white house or on the hill, and frankly, i don't think people gave much credibility to what the attorney general said because he's appeared indifferent to the bigger question. as a prosecutor, you always lean on the lower people in kind of a pinnacle to get at who's whoever's at the top, and that in this case is trump, he's the one person who profits from this that's the investigative hypothetical that you would use, and not a single person has been interviewed, not even navarro who's just made a splash the last couple of days or bannon or any of these people. that's just sloppy investigative work, and it's hard to credit -- >> you spoke of the inverted pyramid -- i didn't mean to interrupt. there's a long satellite delay and i apologize for it >> that's okay. >> you mentioned they've interviewed a lot of people at what would be the lower level. >> right. >> next would be those who had communications with those,
they've asked for cooperation from one journalist that i know of are they not just working their way up their pyramid or if you were advising the attorney general, what would your advice be about the next step here? >> my advice would have been to interview key rioters who appear to be cooperating with people in the white house and on the hill, and once you make a deal with someone and prosecute them, they don't have any advantage to cooperate against somebody higher up. so the pyramid in a normal investigation is to take people who are lesser offenders, in this case the rioters to get more important people. that never happened, and in fact, it appears that an extraordinary effort was taken, in essence, to immunize the upper people by getting the lower people now, we have an amazing thing here because in this investigation -- and i always said as a prosecutor you don't catch the geniuses -- these people talk about what they did. they have papers about it, and it's all over, so this is an easier investigation even a year later when the trails are cold and there's just no excuse for
it there's almost nothing more important than protecting the democracy against autocrats who would defy our laws and take over the congress. >> john flannery, thanks so much, appreciate it. the question remains, how do you protect an american democracy from a coup. the january 6th committee considering enhanced penalties as they put it, for dereliction of duty by a president it comes as the panel's republican vice chair, liz cheney, says they have firsthand testimony that former president trump sat and watched the capitol riot unfold and failed to intervene, even after his daughter ivanka and staff members pleaded with him to stop the violence and call off the mob. as promised, nbc's sahil kapur now. these enhanced penalties just one of the measures congress is considering. >> that's right, shep, that is merely the tip of the iceberg. congress is considering a wide variety of recommendations, most notably changes to the electoral
count act. it's a little known law dating all the way back to 1887 that governs the process by which congress counts electoral votes for the presidency lawmakers are considering changes that includes clarifying the vice president's role, making clear that he or she cannot simply reject electoral votes on a unilateral basis. there is also a desire to clarify the role of congress to make clear that its job is simply to count the votes and not to adjudicate disputes, not to play investigator or fact finder there's some desire as well to raise the threshold for my challenges to electoral votes to at least more than one representative in the house and one senator, which is what it is currently now. these recommendations emanated from members of the january 6th committee, such as democrat adam schiff, but just today they're gaining steam amongst senate republicans as well with the minority leader mitch mcconnell telling reporters that this is a discussion worth having. other senior republicans i spoke to said they are open to such changes.
most notably clarifying the vice president's role of course the white house and democratic leaders view this as something that must happen in addition to other voting and election security measures that they're looking at such as the freedom to vote act ask the john lewis bill there's some anxiety that this should not in their view become a replacement to those larger voting and election measures shep >> sahil kapur, thanks very much. a surge in violence over fuel prices, armed protesters overthrowing government buildings, multiple people killed next, the president of the nation promising an end to the chaos even as his government resigns. the tennis star novak djokovic not allowed into australia ahead of the australian open. the back and forth down under that right now has the wld
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the state department condemning extreme violence in kazakhstan tonight the country's government resigned after deadly protests broke out over rising fuel prices these were the ugly scenes in the streets today of almat your, that's the biggest city in kazakhstan hundreds of demonstrators clashing with riot police, they fired stun grenades and tear gas at the crowd according to the country's interior minister, eight police officers and national guard members were killed in unrest, more than 300 injured. in addition, police made 200
arrests. local coverage now from our sister network sky news and their correspondent, diana magneti. >> a swarm of riot police close in on protesters in kazakhstan's commercial capital of almaty there are people badly injured, protesters and police. this all filmed from the safety of an upstairs window as the stun grenades explode below. the protesters forced their way into the city hall, too, explosions ringing out across the central square with parts of the building on fire the prosecutor general's office in almaty almost satellite, president takei ev accepting the resignation of his government as a nod to protesters' demands as he warned against further action >> those calls to attack the government and military buildings are completely illegal. this is a crime that could be followed by punishment the authorities will not fall, but we want mutual trust and
dialogue rather than conflict. >> reporter: this all began in kazakhstan's western oil producing region, originally over a hike in the fuel price, but it has morphed into a broader set of grievances. this worker speaking for many calling for the president to go and his predecessor too. the man who until two years ago had ruled kazakhstan since soviet times and who many believe still pulls the strings. in some places police joined the protesters who managed to commandeer police and military vehicles for themselves, but they were the minority, and it's not at all clear what happens next the from tuesday's violence visible in blood smeared police advance and burnt out vehicles, and despite military units and a curfew in the protest cities, three decades of frustration
look like they still have a way to run the company now blamed for starting the second largest wildfire in california history, and what that company is doing to stop it are from happening again. inside the new office, how people are improving their work from home digs and the perks being offered if you head back in. and covid rapid tests in very short supply, and now -- now the prices are going up, but are they even reliable with omicron? the new study just out awe
return to work remember that? all the rage before thanksgiving, then omicron now many employees are pulling back their plans, including big new york-based companies, american express, goldman sachs, and citi group the city's new mayor is pushing back >> we have to open up. i need my cities to open, and we have to be safe. we have double down on vaccinations and booster shots we have to double down on testing, but we have to reshape our thinking, how do we live with covid. >> eric adams says empty offices will hurt other businesses that rely on those workers, like dry cleaners, restaurants, on and on, but even if an office is open not everybody wants to go back
some, of course, prefer a hybrid model. others telling us they want to work remote all the time in fact, according to a morning console poll just out, nearly half of workers say they'd consider quitting if their employer made them go back full-time. cnbc's andrea day now with a look inside the new workplace. >> i can't imagine going back five days a week. >> reporter: nancy lemons making working from home permanent. this is her new office in austin, texas. >> this was my first corner office >> reporter: and it's right in her backyard, the structure built by a company in austin that started making these work from home pods during the pandemic by the way, sales are now skyrocketing first-year revenue, $2 million >> my commute is about half a minute it takes me a few seconds to walk to the pod, open my door, and sit at my desk >> reporter: nancy and her husband adam used to commute to work five days a week. then covid hit they got a taste of working from home, and it felt great.
>> do you have time to have lunch today? >> i do. >> reporter: today they both have new jobs with one common perk, they're 100% remote. >> i am more productive. >> reporter: price tag for this home office, 30 grand plus furnishings. >> a great investment, i mean, life changing. >> people are resigning from jobs at alarming rates they want better work arrangements. >> reporter: harvard professor recently wrote a book called "remote work revolution". >> companies have no choice but to begin to experiment and compromise so that they can become attractive places for people to want to work >> reporter: in new york city matt wood rough is the cofounder of marketing tech firm constellation agency. >> prior to the pandemic we were here full-time five days a week. >> reporter: but he says he's changing with the times, most workers now in a hybrid schedule, and for the days at
the office. >> we cover the cost of their lunch every week for two days. >> reporter: other perks, massage chairs, haircuts, and, get this, free botox >> we want to really do things that are memorable and fun for our employees that really keeps everybody engaged. >> reporter: like gifting this $6,600 rolex watch to all employees on their fourth year with the company >> i think everybody is always aware that they can always get a new job, and they want to feel like they're at a place that goes the extra mile and goes above and beyond to keep them and keep them engaged and happy. >> reporter: and shep, if a rolex isn't enough, matt's employees also have a fully stocked kitchen inside the office, but he says he'll always give people the option to work from home 100% shep >> andrea, thanks. general motor's best selling vehicle going electric, and that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. gm out today with plans to build
two models of its new chevy silverado ev one is a work truck for commercial customers, the other a fully loaded luxury version that will retain for more than 100 grand. both models with a range of more than 400 miles the announcement part of gm's $35 billion push into the electric vehicle market. rubber meets the road for the new silverado next spring. kfc teaming up with beyond meat to dish out a plant-based chicken nugget to more than 4,000 of its restaurants the faux poultry offered for a limited time is part of a combo meal or you can get a six-piece or a 12-piece. it's the first nationwide rollout for a plant-based bird at a major chicken chain. and tiktok on a bigger screen, the video app with more than a billion users inking a deal with streaming startup atmosphere it will bring tiktok videos to tv monitors at about 19,000
businesses around the world including taco bell, burger king, and weston hotels. on wall street fed minutes show rising interest rates ahead, and that sent stocks tumbling, the dow down 393, s&p down 93, and look at the nasdaq, off 523, more than 3%, its worst day performance since last february i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news concealed carry and no permit needed, the new fight over gun rights as the high stakes race for georgia governor ramps up. drama down under, novak djokovic held at an australian airport for hours, then told to leave the country. why officials are kicking out the tennis superstar. but first, the cdc tries to clarify its covid isolation guidance, but ends up adding to
the confusion. in the beginning, the pandemic the cdc told people infected with covid, you should isolate for two weeks that eventually changed to ten days regardless of vaccination status then the cdc adjusted its recommendation for health care workers shortening the isolation period to seven days less than a week later, the agency cut it to just five days for everybody as long as they wear a mask for another five days some health experts pushed back against the cdc saying it should also add a testing requirement now agency officials say people can get a rapid test, i mean, if you can find one around their fifth day of isolation and if they want one. it's not required. i mean, how could they require it have you looked for one? a lot of changes and obviously a lot of confusion in a moment, we'll hear from a doctor with new data about how at home tests actually work
against omicron. first cnbc's meg tirrell an how the cdc's messaging is becoming kind of a punch line. >> honestly right now the cdc's slogan should be we have no idea. >> if you test positive for covid, you only have to isolate for five days, five martian days, they're slightly longer than earth days. >> seriously at this point, you're better off waiting a month to hear what the ground hog has to say. >> reporter: late night comedy shows weren't the only ones taking shots at the cdc this week after the agency updated guidelines on isolation and quarantine for covid >> it is confusing it does feel like a bit of a choose your own adventure. >> reporter: even doctors criticized the agency for an overly complicated message, the american medical association calling the guidance confusing and counterproductive and said the lack of testing as part of the isolation guidelines risks further spread of the virus. a "new york times" column claims the cdc is hoping you'll figure out covid on your own. polling data from gallop suggests more americans agree the cdc has communicated a clear
plan of action on covid than disagree, at least as of early december confidence is much higher than in low points of september 2020, and january 2021, although not as high as it's been, and communications during pandemics are never easy >> the cdc's been doing kind of a mostly good job. >> director of media relations for the cdc until 2011, a tenure that included the 2009 h1n1 flu pandemic >> there are a lot of organizations involved and a lot of federal government organizations involved skand evr one of them wants to be at a forefront, and it's all complicated by the fact that the situation keeps changing. >> u nowak says two years into this pandemic people are tired and he acknowledges the comedy shows may have a point about how this information is reaching people his advice, keep it simple we also reached out to the cdc about the criticisms, it declined to comment. shep >> meg, thanks very much. at home covid tests aren't just hard to find, they're also
getting more expensive, walmart and kroger are both raising prices on the popular binax now rapid test the white house announced a deal with the two retailers and amazon back in september to sell the testing kits at cost for $14. a box includes two tests, but that deal expired at the end of the year now walmart is raising its price to nearly 20 bucks, and kroger listing its test for about 24. amazon doesn't have them right now. a spokesperson for kroger tells cnbc the company fulfilled its commitment to sell the tests at a discounted price for three months a rep for walmart said unlike other retailers it offered the low costs through the holidays amazon has yet to respond to our request for comment. the white house reaffirmed its plan to slip roughly half a billion tests for free to americans who request them from an online site the problem is right now there is no online site, and it's not up
there's no word on when it will be how reliable are those at home tests anyway in this world of omicron? a study released just today has some answers it found most people who get infected with omicron are contagious for several days before the rapid tests can even detect the virus let's bring in dr. robby sick ka now, he's one of the authors of that new study, also an anesthesiologist and senior health consultant. doctor, thank you so much. the people you studied were positive on a pcr test, but when they took a rapid antigen test, they were negative. >> yep, the study shows that the use of antigen tests for the tests of covid in asymptomatic individuals is not very effective. the antigen test did not identify people before they could spread covid and part of this is due to omicron and the variant and the specific factors of this variant, but some of this is also due to the fact that antigen tests just don't work for early detection, particularly in asymptomatic
individuals. >> it's interesting, how useful then are these rapid tests if they don't detect the virus early? in my case i have covid right now, i'm covid positive, and when i first started feeling what i thought were probably covid symptoms, i got tested by a doctor, and the doctor said you're negative. the next day i tested myself and i took the swap and put it in the back of my throat, and it tested positive once i got home. does testing in the back of the throat make a difference i mean, they do that in other countries. >> yeah, we have found that covid, particularly this variant, shepard, is more in the oral cavity than in the nasal pharynx. that probably lasts for the first five days of covid we're in the process of doing work to combine the use of oral nasal swabs. we think that's probably a better strategy. additionally, people who have a sore throat probably should do a saliva test or seek out a place
that will do an oral swab. you're absolutely right that there is a component here that we're missing positives because we're only relying on nasal swabs. there's no question that's a concern. >> then why aren't we getting that advice? i simply don't understand it anecdotal evidence is just simply that, but i can tell you this i took that swab and put it in the back of my throat, f twisted the thing and it was positive had i known that two days earlier, i wouldn't have been walking around i was wearing a mask when i was indoors and that sort of thing i don't know if i infected anybody. if everyone were told, if you have a sore throat or your voice sounds like mine, why won't they tell thus that? it doesn't make sense. >> i think you're absolutely speaking the same thing that so many other people in the country are speaking, shepard. you're absolutely right, we have to change the guidance to reflect what this variant is the good news is we're doing this in realtime, and we're sharing this data. this was all stuff that was collected december 1st through december 31st. it's getting out here within
five days of us collecting the data we're sharing it with the cdc, the white house, the fda everybody is looking at this data and using it to understand how we can address omicron and how we can improve testing across the country i think the take-home message is sole reliance on a negative test just like you went through is going to increase transmission we can't just rely on, hey, you were negative by an antigen test and go forward and go see grandma. >> one last hing, if you're somebody who recently recovered from covid, no more symptoms but you got a workplace that requires weekly testing, does it make any sense to keep testing people who hav
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new right now, the brooklyn nets star kyrie irving just made his season debut against the indiana pacers here are images of him warming up earlier kyrie irving is not vaccinated and is eligible to play only in road games and not all of them he won't be able to play in games in new york city or in toronto due to their indoor vaccine mandates kyrie irving's debut comes a
week after the nba cleared him from its health and safety protocols. kyrie's return couldn't come at a better time for the nets the brooklyn team currently on a three-game losing streak right now the pacers are up 5-4. georgia's republican governor brian kemp running for re-election against a primary challenger endorsed by former president trump. governor kemp is now pushing to allow people to carry guns in public without a license across the state. it comes just weeks after his opponent, the former senator david perdue promised a similar proposal, greg blue steen, political report for the atlanta journal constitution newspaper what does this mean for the race for the nomination, the republican nomination in the race for governor. >> this would be the most significant expansion in georgia in almost a decade it's meant to energize conservative voters who see this as a top priority and have for a long time. it could backfire and galvanize
democrats who are calling for more gun control and not the pendulum to switch the other way. >> where's the majority on this issue overall? >> yeah, recent atlanta journal constitution polls say the broader electorate supports more gun restrictions at the same time, though, conservative voters in georgia favor more gun rights expansion, so this is clearly a play by governor kemp to galvanize, to energize, to fuel that gop base that could haunt him in a general election campaign. >> yeah, that could create a sort of divide with stacey abrams, i would guess, who kemp could face in the general election she's called for stricter gun laws. >> yeah, she's among a number of democrats who have rallied behind more gun control, more gun safety efforts as they term it, and this is a shift because not so long ago in georgia, even staunch democrats used to run as nra democrats. they used to run as pro-gun democrats because it was such a wedge issue. it almost meant you were going to lose the statewide campaign if you called for gun control restrictions
again, that mood has changed in georgia, and now not only do a majority of democrats support gun restrictions in the state, so do a lot of moderate and independent voters who will be key to the 2022 election >> it does show the former president's influence even in the primary. that's a major change for georgia and really could change the landscape of politics there in the big picture. >> look, a year ago today was when the january 5th senate runoffs changed the landscape of politics nationally with jon ossoff and rafphael warnock's victories. clearly in november there could be even vaster changes if raphael warnock wins re-election, and if stacey abrams wins the gubernatorial race in georgia and shapes her own agenda in a deep south state. >> greg bluestein from the atlanta journal constitution, and ajc.com, thanks again. the man accused of being the getaway driver after his
14-year-old son is accused of shooting and killing three people didn't know his son had the gun, or so says the man's attorney police say able acosta fired more than 20 rounds during the s shooting at a dallas area gas station convenience store the day after christmas. they say he's been on the run ever since the father is richard acosta he surrendered to police the day after the shooting this is surveillance video from that night police say richard brought his son to the scene and drove away. he's charged with capital murder now his attorney says richard didn't know about the shooting and didn't encourage his son in any way. the attorney says his client drove away because he heard the gunshots but didn't have any idea who was firing. he says when the two got home, the son, abel got into a car and drove off. police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. they say to consider him armed and dangerous. power lines owned by pacific gas and electric company set off
the second largest fire in california history according to investigators for cal fire, last summer's dixie fire started after a tree hit an electrical wire owned by pg&e. the wildfire burned near lay million acres in northern california it killed one person, destroyed more than 1,300 buildings. pg&e reported in november its lines were likely to blame and yesterday put out a statement saying regardless of today's finding, we will continue to be tenacious in our efforts to stop fire ignitions from our equipment and to ensure that everyone and everything is always safe. soon after the dixie fire started, the company announced a plan to bury ten miles of power lines. cal fire investigators have referred the case to the butte county d.a. iden's office. it previously brought charges against the company for the campfire that one back in 2018. it destroyed the town of par paradise, california, burned more than 150,000 acres and
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2021, it was a big year for critters and creepy crawlers there was the cicada invasion. they were full force over the summer, some with that fungus that turned them into sex-crazed zombies. then there was the spotted lantern flies, pretty harmless generally speaking, remember, but they actually pose a bit of a threat, in fact a, a big one to our ecosystem and our agriculture. and in addition, the murder hornets, they were our favorite. if you've been watching, you know that. murder hornets, scientists in the pacific northwest trying to stop the world's largest hornet from really taking over and decimating the honey bees. so what's ahead in the new year in 2022? our friend gee kritzky is back, he's a bug expert and dean of the mount st. joseph university school of behavioral and natural sciences professor, what's on your bug radar now? >> great to be back again, nice to see you
we're going to see some of our old friends coming back, number five of our top five insects to watch out for are mosquitos. we've already seen a change in the rainfall patterns this year. there are reports that the drought may be ending or more rainfall and what have you in the west coast that's going to increase that rain area and possible breeding ground so we need to have homeowners to be alert to the possibility of mosquito breeding sites. they want to check their gutters and containers around the house to make sure they don't have any areas of standing water where mosquitos might breed. it's a paerennial but it may be for areas that have not been thinking about skmosquitos for h past two years. >> what about murder hornet? go ahead >> that's number four, murder hornets and these are the largest of all of our wasps, i've got one for you to look at. you'll see how large this thing is >> wow. >> and they're very easy to tell from the all yellow head that you see. they are the size of three
fingers, in comparison to honey bees, several times larger than the honey bee. they're up in the pacific northwest and in southwestern british columbia, they are of concern because they are major pests of honey bees, but they are also seem to be charismatic, the name that was inappropriately given to them has caused some interest, but successful at detecting a couple of the colonies, the natural nests, if you will, and hopefully we'll see some more of those being intercepted before they have a chance to spread out from the northwest coming in at number three -- >> they go underground -- go ahead, i'm sorry, the satellite delay again, one more time fwd. >> coming in at number three will be the asian longhorn beetles. this a rather important pest it's been seen in massachusetts, new york, ohio, south carolina, and we're doing everything we can to stop its spread it goes after hardwood trees
like birches, elms, chestnuts, buckeyes, maples, willows and what have you. what we want to do is have people look for perfectly round tree exit holes, a little bit smaller than the size of a dime. the beetle itself is a really good-sized beetle. i don't know if you can see that clearly or not, but it's, again, about the size of a murder hornet with a larger antenna this is a detriment to our hardwoods and in many cases when discovered, it requires people coming in and literally going beyond where they see the beetle and then clear cutting to help reduce the possibility of infes infestation. so that's a very important -- >> what's number one >> number one we're looking at our old favorite is the spotted lantern fly. they have now been verified in new york, new jersey, delaware, pennsylvania, maryland, virginia, west irginia, ohio, and indiana, and in indiana, they skipped over most of ohio to get to indiana, which is kind
of intriguing. they feed on over 70 species of tr trees. people ought to be checking the tree in the ill yan thus trees in their area to see if they can find areas of egg laying this spring and towards the end of the summer is and early fall to see if you see masses of large numbers of these insects gathering, aggregating at the base of the trees. they exude a fluid from the tree which attracts a mold, and even the high bees will go there and collect that so it can foul honey production >> before we go, i only have a few seconds, but murder hornets, they come back in the spring is there concern they're going to be widespread and that bees are in real jeopardy >> they're restricted to the no northwest coast, up in northwest washington state, and even some of the projections if they could spread, do not have them spreading further beyond the western states, but they could become a possible issue over time, not overnight by any means on the west side of the -- the
extreme west side of the u.s right now we've got good people trying to take care of them and exterminate them before they go broader. >> all right, doc, thanks so much it's good to talk to you i want to give you a quick update on one story we reported earlier this news hour they've updated the death toll now in that terrible fire that happened in philadelphia, now we know 12 people have died, 8 of them were children our thoughts of course with all of them, and classes there are canceled tomorrow. the city of chicago, all schools are canceling their classes tomorrow, and we'll see you back here tomorrow night.
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