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medical milestone, 300 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine have been administered. can states keep up the pace to reach biden's july 4th vaccine goal of 70% vaccinated? covid on the court.
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golfer jon rahm forced to withdraw from play after testing positive. southern swarm. california gets rocked with more than 600 earthquakes in a single day. hello and welcome. i'm fredricka whitfield. it's breaking news. it's a girl. prince harry and meghan markle have announced the birth of their second child. she was born on friday in santa barbara, california. she joined her 2-year-old brother in the family. max foster is joining us with more on this. max, this is certainly very exciting news. >> reporter: it is. the good news first. mother and child are healthy and well. they are settling in at home. as you say, it happened friday,
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they are at home. so everything seems to have gone to plan, which is the main news. her name is a nod to the queen. the queen's nickname, her pet name is lilybet. she will be known as lily, the new baby. diana as the middle name. obviously, harry's late mother. really, a huge nod harry's side of the family. much excitement. they talked about only having two children. they told opera in that famous interview a couple months ago that they would only have two children. this is it. this is the complete set of four. >> max foster, tell us more when you know it. congrats to the couple and the family. this other major milestone in the u.s.'s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. the cdc says more than 300 million vaccines have been
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administered in america. just under 42% have been fully vaccinated, while over 51% have gotten at least one dose. experts now warn the next hurdle will be protecting children. kids now account for nearly 25% of all of the covid cases in the country. this week, the fda will meet to discuss allowing covid vaccines for children 11 and under, which would be a huge boost to returning to normalcy. this comes as the country tried to rebound after a year of lockdown and social distancing. more states are relaxing protocols. now even the cruise ship industry is ready to dip back in. we have more on this. natasha, they are entered uncharted waters when it comes to the pandemic. how are they preparing? >> reporter: in the beginning,
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cruise ships were one of the first places we saw coronavirus spread so quickly. there are a lot of unique challenges due to the space -- the tight spaces on board. the cdc trying to be careful allowing them to sell sail again. most ships are still awaiting cdc approvapproval. some met requirements and have advertised summer sailing. some of the conditions hinge on knowing what percentage of the people on board are vaccinated. that pits the state of florida, a huge home base for many cruise lines, against the cdc. the cruise industry is getting ready to set sail once again. a political storm brewing on land, one between florida governor ron desantis and the centers for disease control, suggests it will be anything but smooth sailing. right now, most cruise lines are advertising with vaccinations. royal caribbean said only ships from seattle and the bahamas
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will require passengers 16 and older to be vaccinated. no vaccination requirements for its sailings from texas or florida. florida, where businesses can be fined for requiring customers to show proof of vaccination. >> i was surprised by the blink. i think they are on the better side of it. they are better off staying on team cdc rather than desantis. >> reporter: this man, a cruise industry expert, says the situation on cruise ships is unique. the cdc is trying to keep people safe. >> there appear to be a waiting pattern. >> reporter: a number of ships remained unable to dock when coronavirus spread through tight quarters. after the cdc issued a no sail order, ships sat idle for 15 months. now the cdc laid out a framework to get them in motion. trial sailings with volunteers before opening up to paid passengers or abide by restrictions with the most latitude on ships where at least 95% of passengers and crew are vaccinated. desantis sued the cdc over this
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with no end of the legal battle in sight. >> make no mistake about this. had we not done what we did -- i think a lot of those cruise lines would admit this -- had we not done what we did by suing, you would not be talking about sailing right now. there's not been a single elected official in this country who has more to liberate the cruise lines from a bureaucracy that's out of touch. >> in my opinion, this has nothinghelping people. it's him playing to a small but vocal base of his supporters in an effort to win 2024. >> reporter: desantis won't likely win this lawsuit. a sentiment echoed by an op-ed saying the cruise industry wants to go back to work. the badly conceived vaccine passport law is the problem. it left passengers confused. this travel agent, who specializes in cruises, says
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most people hoping to get on a cruise are already vaccinated or planning to be before they board. >> i think people are just so excited. they didn't get to cruise last summer. they didn't cruise this winter. they are willing to -- whatever the cruise line needs me to do, i will do it. i want to get on that ship. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. i do, too. >> businesses can ask the question whether a customer is vaccinated. they don't have to answer. that cannot be a condition of entry. right now, the cdc says if you are getting on a cruise, even if you are fully vaccinated, you should be tested before and after the trip. unvaccinated people would have to quarantine afterward, even if they test negative. >> people go on a cruise to relax. i don't know, all those conditions, it would be hard to fully relax. thank you so much. a huge upset at the pga memorial tournament because of covid. third in the world golfer jon
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rahm had just finished his third round when he was forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus. the spanish pro was leading by six strokes when he was approached by pga medical personnel, told his covid test came back positive and his journey had to end. he was trying to become just the second golfer to ever win the memorial tournament in back-to-back years. here is the moment when officials broke the news to him. >> i don't want any of it. >> not again. >> what's going on? >> wow. obviously, distraught. that was on live television. not even the announcers knew what was happening. patrick snell joining me now. how did this happen when he was told monday that he may have been exposed to someone who was
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covid infected and that he would need to be tested daily? >> extraordinary sequence of events. to pick up on what was at stake here for rahm, trying to be the first player to win back-to-back at this event since the great tiger woods over two decades ago. tiger won it for three straight years at jack's place, as they call it. to get to your point directly, we have learned through a statement saturday evening from the u.s. pga tour he had been placed in contact tracing protocols, monday, may 31 this goes back to in question here. officials learning he had been in contact with someone who was covid-19 positive. rahm -- this is what's important. choosing to remain in the event and undergo daily testing with restricted access to the indoor facilities at the golf club.
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he tested negative every single day until further testing performed after rahm finished his second round on saturday morning. that's how we get to these images right there. that is the time line for you. that's how this all played out. what is rahm saying? he is an emotional guy? i have been one on one with him. he pours very much his emotions out in public. wears his heart on his sleeve. he said, i'm very disappointed in having to withdraw from the memorial tournament. this is one of those things that happens in life. one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us as people. i'm very thankful my family and i are are okay. i will take precautions. i look forward to running to the golf course as soon as possible. a thank you. thank you to all of the fans for their support. i am looking forward to watching the showdown tomorrow afternoon
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with you all. to that point, the fourth round in progress this afternoon in ohio. the tournament continues, fred, without him. he will be looking on. he will be following up. he will be thinking he could have won it. these are pga tour protocols. they are in place for a reason. he has to abide by this rule, by the situation. of course, the next time line for him, the forthcoming u.s. men's open in san diego. he has to stay in isolation, according to the tour, until june 15th. the u.s. open starts on june 17th. >> oh, my gosh. that's a close call. you know what? a nod to him. he is using this as a teaching moment right by demonstrating he is a champ through and through. patrick, thank you so much. appreciate that. let's talk more about all this. joining me to discuss is an emergency medicine physician in new jersey. good to see you. it's interesting to hear from patrick. he says the player chose to
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continue to play even though he had been told chances were good he had been in contact with someone who had covid tested positive on monday and that because of contact tracing protocol, he would be tested every day. is that usually how it should go? should he have been in isolation because isn't it about day four or five when perhaps you might show symptoms or test positive if after being in contact? >> the protocols are a concern here. i'm happy to hear jon is feeling well, that he isn't very sick. that's a good thing. we wish him a speedy recovery. the protocol doesn't make a lot of sense. it's hard to give a professional competitor the option. obviously, if they have the option, they're going to say, i feel fine, i would like to play. i don't blame him. it's up to the tour to do a better job protecting. even though this is an outdoor event, there's indoor travel, whether the car on the way to the event.
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whether it's in the locker rooms. any of those things are periods you could expose. then the question is, did his other foursome know he was in contact tracing? there was handshaking. there was the possibility for transmission with that close group that was in contact with each other. i think the protocols need to be set in a way to protect everybody. don't really give people the option. you have to take that option off the table. say, this is the best thing to do to protect everybody. >> what you are saying makes a lot of sense. i'm sure a lot of folks, not just him, were caught by surprise. now they're trying to figure out what to do now. let's shift gears. the u.s. now has administered more than 300 million coronavirus vaccine doses according to the latest data from the cdc, and more than 51% of the population has received at least one dose. what stands out to you about the nation's vaccination effort and whether that marker of 70% vaccinated by july 4th could
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happen? >> what an effort to making this happen. it's an amazing number. when we get granular on that information, we find a lot of issues that remain. 51% with at least one shot in the arm, that's a great number. except we know there are states that are lagging behind that pretty dramatically. it's not just state to state, but it's county to county within states and town to town within counties where we see vastd diskd discrepancies. things like access, it remains an issue. there are people who don't understand the fact that this is free. that messaging hasn't been done as much as it should be. there are people who have issues getting time off of work, which needs to be a mandatory thing, paid time off of work to get your vaccine. now we have the biden administration stepping in to support that effort as well as childcare. that's great. i wish we could have had it earlier. people need to take advantage of
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the situations and get their vaccine. there's so much hesitancy out there as well. i can put it on the lay people and say there's hesitancy. u.s. healthcare workers are lagging behind. 50% have been vaccinated, which is mind boggling to me. >> why is that? >> there are so many issues. i have a conversation almost every day with someone in the health care industry talking to them about why they need to do this. there's so much different reluctance. i had it. i didn't get it for the year. why do i need a vaccine now? there's a lot of reluctance. i think health care workers need to be out front leading on this particular issue. it's a hard burden to shoulder. we have been leaning on so many things. we need to lead. a lot of private hospitals are moving to making it mandatory, which i think is the right way to do things. we can't afford to lose more health care workers to this pandemic. these are real big issues. within all of that lagging, when you look from the town to town, state to state, what we also see
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is that the same places where adults are lagging, teens are lagging. we have a cdc report showing a lot of teenagers are getting infected. it's a significant portion of our total number of infections. a third of those that are getting hospitalized are ending up in the icu. when that data was collected, we didn't have vaccines approved for 12 and up. now be do. every single one of those hospitalizations, every single one of those kids in the icu, can now be prevented. my 12-year-old got his second shot on thursday. he has a group of friends that have gotten their second shots. they are texting and talking about whether then they will do sleepovers, getting back to normal socialization. i have a 9-year-old who is sitting there jealous about the fact that she can't do those things. we need to be out there messaging the people that kids are getting affected by this. they are getting sick. every single one of those kids being hospitalized is preventable now. >> it was only a few weeks ago we shared that our kids had
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gotten vaccinated, not together, but in close proximity, different localities as well. my 16-year-old, he is getting his second shot this week. thank you so much. >> wonderful. >> that's right. appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead this hour, the 2022 midterm race is on. the former president is back on the trail. why donald trump's big lie is far from over. plus, dozens of mexican political candidates killed in cold blood ahead of the country's midterm elections. we are live at a polling site in mexico city. re here nights, wees and right now, to give you exceptional care and 20% off your treatment plan. new patients, take the first step with a complete exam and x-rays that are free without insurance. because our nationwide network of over 1,500 doctors at 900 locations all have one goal —
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an attempt to reassert himself as kingmaker on the national stage. here is martin savidge. >> reporter: the former president's speech was a collection of his lies, of his f f f fearmo mongering. he went back and praised just about everything his administration had achieved. he criticized just about everything the biden administration has done so far. he also went on to say and obsess over the outcome of the 2020 election, which he said was the crime of the century. he lost that election. the other thing that he seemed to work very hard on was reframing what many believe the greatest failure of his administration, the handling the pandemic. he praised himself for the vaccine and ignored the fact
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that hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of americans died while under his watch. he criticized dr. fauci saying that he was not a good doctor but he was a great promoter. then he said china should pay for the coronavirus. here is that moment. >> fauci has never been more wrong than when he denied the virus and where it came from. the time has come for america and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the communist party of china. [ applause ] we should all declare within one unified voice that china must pay. >> reporter: after repeating the lies about the outcome of the election, trump actually said, quote, remember, i am not the one trying to undermine america, i am the one trying to save it. of course, there are many who see that exactly the opposite. one glaring omission from the
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former president's speech last night was the fact there was no mention of the january 6 insurrection, which many blame the former president for. as far as that speech, it never happened. martin savidge, cnn, greenville, north carolina. with me now to talk about this and more is wisconsin governor tony evers. good to see you. >> thanks for having me today. >> you just heard the former president determined to be involved in the gop and defiantly defending the big lie. then just yesterday, you announced your re-election bid. that is the kind of messaging that you will be running against. how do you combat that? >> certainly, you know, the president spent a lot of time here during the 2020 election. he lost. he lost fair and square. we have had numerous lawsuits that have been gone through our courts. every one of them thrown out.
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people in wisconsin get it. that's sad. our republicans in wisconsin are trying to make changes in our relatively good election laws. the good news is, i will veto every single one of them. we're in a democracy. we should be hoping to have people to vote and not preventing them from voting. i still have a veto pen. we will stop any effort to suppress the vote here in wisconsin. he can talk all he wants. the fact of the matter is, it's the people of wisconsin that are voting. his role in that is pretty limited. >> if you look back and think of what's relevant today, president trump lost wisconsin by 20,000 votes. out of the more than 3.3 million votes cast, only 41 cases of possible election fraud were found. how concerned are you about
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donald trump and the wave of republic republican-led legislatures which are adopting restrictive voting laws, how concerned are you that that might undermine the confidence in u.s. elections overall? >> there's no question that's happening already. that's happening -- that happened in georgia, in texas, in arizona. regardless of what our republican length lay tor legis with in wisconsin, if it prevents people from voting whether they should be able to vote, that will be a veto. i will veto that. that will happen before my re-election. no matter what donald trump does in wisconsin, that's not going to change my view of the world. you are absolutely right, fredricka. this is something that concerns me greatly, from the national stage. i feel the stage in wisconsin is set for us to move forward in a really good way, making sure that people have the opportunity to vote.
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and that's my goal. that's what we will be doing going forward. >> today senator joe manchin of west virginia wrote an op-ed and explained why he is voting against the for the people act, which expands voter registration and access. he wrote this in part, unfortunately, we now are witnessing the fundamental right to vote has itself become overtly politicized. today's debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections however is not about finding common ground but seeking partisan advantage. what's your response to him? i know you talked about your veto, your promise to veto if you see anything that would suppress the vote from your legislature. is the effort to maintain free and fair elections a politicized one as senator manchin says? >> well, it's a big issue. i have heard him speak on this
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numerous times. it's my observation -- this is from little old wisconsin. he seems pretty set in his desire here. hr-1 is going to be difficult to pass. do i hope it does? absolutely. governors have to be prepared. this is an extraordinarily important issue in all across the country. we can't have the big lie -- i hate to categorize it as a big lie. it's taking away people's votes. we are in a democracy. that democracy thrives best whethewhen people have an opportunity to vote. am i concerned about it in wisconsin? if the republicans bring it on, bring it on and i will veto it. >> the for the people act did pass in the house. of course, many believe it's an uphill battle in the senate.
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senator manchin went on to write in his op-ed, i believe partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy. for that reason, i will vote against the for the people act. furthe furthermore, i will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster. wasn't he wants bipartisanship, but where is that possible that's possible? >> it's very difficult at the state level, too. we are in a partisan time. there's no question about it. should one of our goals be to be bipartisan and to reach consensus? absolutely. i will just -- i hate to keep bringing it back to wisconsin. but the issue here in wisconsin is, we have gerrymandered mapped -- maps in wisconsin. at the state lst statewide elected officials are
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there. we have to have things be fair. we have to -- we want competitive races. we want bipartisanship. if that is not going to happen, we have to protect the people that voted for us. we have to protect our democracy. it's pretty simple. >> on the issue of the filibuster on capitol hill, do you believe there should be an end to it? >> yes, i do. i think it's -- we have some critical things -- we are at a defining moment as a nation, not only around our democracy but other things that are really important. we need infrastructure money. we need to make sure our schools are safe. there's a good role and important role the federal government has to play. if that's the case that we need to get rid of the filibuster to make these things happen, we need to do that. i'm skeptical of that. i am focusing on our state.
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given all the things i see going on in washington, d.c., the things i can control, i will be able to do that. >> wisconsin governor tony evers, thank you for being with us. >> thanks. we will be right back after this. nows your name ♪ ♪ ♪ and they're always glad you came ♪ welcome back, america. >> jess: when you have auto glass damage... it sure is good to see you. schedule safelite's new drop and go service.a. just drop off your keys and go enjoy your day. we'll send you text updates and let you know when it's ready. schedule drop and go today. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ new projects means new project managers. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do. the moment you sponsor a job on indeed you get a short list of quality candidates from our resume database. claim your seventy five dollar credit, when you post your first job at [ footsteps]
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energy secretary-ge jennife g granholm warning the u.s. grid is vulnerable. >> do they have the power to
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shut down the power grid? >> they do. i think that there are very malign actors who are trying even as we speak. >> natasha, do her comments echo the level of concern inside the white house? >> definitely. the white house is concerned about ransomware as a national security threat and made it a key priority for this administration, especially following two major ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure countries in the u.s. president biden does plan to raise this issue with russian president vladimir putin when he sees him in geneva later this month. many of the groups that have waged the attacks are based, according to the administration, in russia. the administration is tied here in terms of what it can. they are taking steps to disrupt the ransomware operations. their hands are tied because these are private companies that hold so much of key critical
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infrastructure here in the united states. while they are trying to get these companies to lockdown their networks, some are saying they should go further than that. senate intelligence committee chairman mark warner saying there should be some level of liability for companies that don't completely lockdown their networks and live up to certain cybersecurity standards. take a listen. >> we need higher cybersecurity sta standards. many of us remember when equifax lost information to the chinese. there does need to be some level of liability for companies that don't hit the standards. the truth is, when you have a tier one adve adversary in term their spy services, it's tough to be 100% perfect all the time. that's why if we have an incident reporting requirement,
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mid-attack -- give the company some limited liability protection. that needs to come to the government but share with the private sector. microsoft, amazon, the cloud providers, the other cybersecurity companies, we need to have a public/private response team to this. that's going to require that mandatory reporting. >> the white house did send out a letter to private companies last week urging them to take certain steps to protect their networks, to protect themselves. a ransomware attack on these companies affects the entire company. thesticking with the advice they should not pay the ransom. >> thank you so much. coming up next, nearly 90 candidates murdered just because they were on the election ballot. we will tell you where next.
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troops are watching over poling stations across mexico as voters cast their ballots in the largest election ever, one plagued with bloody violence. here is cnn's matt rivers. >> reporter: here is a candidate for local office in the mexican municipality of kaheme. crime was his number one issue. one day after filming this ad, he was dead. shot and killed may 13 in broad daylight on a busy street while handing out campaign flyers. state authorities say he was deliberately targeted but don't know by whom. suspects or not, it's further proof that in mexico, politics can be deadly. from september of last year through may 25th, at least 88 politicians or candidates have
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been killed according to mexican consulting firm consultores. they are part of the 565 politicians or candidates that have been targeted by crime ranging from murder to assault to threats, the firm says. the government says it believes both numbers are actually far lower. they don't say how they tally their numbers. still, it admits there's a problem. it's a difficult time for these campaigns says mexico's president. we're going to keep protecting them. mexico has consistently failed to protect its candidates. political assassinations have been a problem for decades. this year is particularly bad. >> i do think this is going to be considered one of the most violent elections in mexican history. >> reporter: security experts say politicians are killed for a number of reasons. it most often involved organized crime. in many cases, she says criminal groups want their preferred candidate in office. so they target others they don't
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like. especially candidates who make crime a centerpiece of their campaign. >> candidates that talk about this will run bigger risks. >> reporter: this man was known for challenging drug cartels. he was representing an outspoken family with u.s./mexico citizenship that lost nine of its members when they were murdered by suspected cartel members in mexico in late 2019. this man tweeted shortly after he was killing saying, they have killed my defender. what do we call this? the rule of law? do you believe he was killed because of his opposition to the cartel? >> yes. he was exposing them. to me, he died a martyr. >> reporter: authorities have not identified any suspects or motive in the murder. the victim seemed to know he was at risk saying this a few days before he died.
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>> reporter: he went on to say the streets belong to the people, not to criminals. some of those people turned up here to his funeral. they gave him a standing ovation as his coffin was led out. we are outside a polling place here in mexico city. all calm today. it hasn't been calm over last week. update the numbers for you. in the last three days, including yesterday with another death of a politician, another candidate, the number is now 91 politicians or candidates that have been murdered since last september. yet to that criticism of the federal government doing -- not doing enough, earlier this week when asked again about what's happening in mexico, the mexican president actually said there's peace and tranquility in all
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parts of mexico, despite the fact that the levels of violence right now in mexico are as high or nearly as high as they have ever been. >> matt what about witnesses to that latest death? it looks like a busy street. is it the case that witnesses wouldn't -- fear speaking, wouldn't want to talk? >> reporter: yeah. there's a ton of reasons that these crimes are not solved. everything from local corruption to what you said, people are scared about talking. the impunity rates for murder in mexico are sky high. something about .3% of all murder cases where a prosecutor presents charges to a judge. that signals to criminals around this country, murder a politician, murder a candidate, you have an overwhelming chance of getting away with it. >> matt rivers, thank you so much, in mexico city. still ahead, a swarm of more than 600 earthquakes striking
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i hear 600 and that sounds alarming. is there reason to be concerned? >> it is. the experts will tell you, it's almost too hard to predict the big one. it is concerning, obviously, with this many what we call f foreshocks. let me show you this image to let everybody know what we are talking about on a grand scale here. get down in southern california, close to the border of mexico. you can see san diego and east of there on the southern end of the sea is where we had our 5.3. yes, it's along the fault. there are numerous faults in california. everyone is wondering, what is the forecast if we have had this much energy being released from the earth? the 5.3 is relative shallow. that's considered very shallow considering many are hundreds of miles deep. however, when he look at the activity and the shaking today, a good 1,000 people you see in
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yellow felt strong shaking. again, even though this is a 5.3, the weaker ones can be felt. a 5.3 is strong enough to do damage, even to masonry buildings. around the world, if you look at a 5.0 or greater, we have 1,300 a year. this is concerning. we look at the aftershocks -- i should say the quakes that have happened, because today's 5.3 is the earth ququake, in yellow th last 24 hours. orange are in the last six hours. the forecast now is there's a good chance we could have 10, 20, 30 aftershocks that are 3.0 magnitude or less. however, there is a 10% chance that they say we could have one or two in the next couple of days that could be greater than a 5.3. if that happens, then they redo
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the forecast. they will taper off. 10, 20, 30 at 3.0, that's going to keep people on the edge of their seat. >> appreciate all of that. fingers crossed for everybody. in this week's off the beaten path, we kayak up to the falls. >> the shoshone falls are the niagara falls of the west. most see it from the observation deck. a unique way is to kayak to the base of them. kayaking in the snake river canyon is an absolutely beautiful adventure upon itself. you will be passing along a bunch of waterfalls that are cascading along the canyon rim. you will pass under the prime bridge. you will get to see base jumpers that are parachuting down to the
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south side of the canyon. this is the only place in the country where you can legally do it. halfway there, we come across pillar falls. in my eyes, it's our true hidden claim to fame down here in the canyon. the way the river cuts through the rocks over the centuries and constantly changing channels, making new pools. it is a wonder. >> we come down to get a hike in. good exercise. it's beautiful. you can hike out on it. the water is refreshing if you want to take a dip. >> when you get around the corner and the falls come into view, it's breathtaking. you feel it in your chest. the falls thundering over. you can feel the spray. it's a beautiful, unique experience. [ footsteps]
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