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hello and a very warm welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and right around the world. i'm isa soares in london, and just ahead right here on "cnn newsroom." >> thank you, new jersey. >> if you want to be governor of all of new jersey, you must listen to all of new jersey. >> a closer than expected race that dragged past election day turns into a sigh of relief for democrats. it's been one year since conflict erupted in northern ethiopia. why tigray's rebel forces may
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now have the upper hand. and why some fear an all-out civil war may be near. and a warning from the pentagon. china is it adding to its nuclear stockpile much faster than expected. >> announcer: live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with isa soares. hello, everyone. it is thursday, november the 4th. after a day of waiting for results in what was a very narrow race, cnn projects new jersey governor phil murphy will be re-elected for another term. his victory is a sigh of relief for democrats who saw their loss in the virginia's governor election as a wake up call. now, murphy became the first democratic governor to win reelection in the state in more than 40 years. winning a little over 50% of the vote there as you can see there.
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well, his slim victory was a lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal election day for democratic candidates. it also defied the state's trend of voting for the party that is not in the white house. the governor spoke as his reelection was secure. take a listen. >> if you want to know what the future looks like, folks, come to new jersey. [ cheers and applause ] if you want to understand where america is heading, look to new jersey. [ cheers and applause ] and if you want to be governor of all of new jersey, you must listen to all of new jersey. [ cheers and applause ] and, new jersey, i hear you. so tonight i renew my promise to you. whether you voted for me or not, to work every single day of the next four years to keep moving us forward. forward with a deeper sense of fairness and a commitment to equity, forward by rejecting the
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divisiveness and chaos that permeate too much much our politics. in short, forward, liveling up to our jersey values. >> well, that was new jersey. and then there is virginia. if there is an up side for democrats after the disastrous election losses there, it's knowing just how fragile their hold on power really is. here's what u.s. president joe biden had to say about the outcome of virginia's gubernatorial race. >> i think we should have passed before election day, but i'm not sure that i would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out and the red districts who were trump voters, but maybe, maybe. >> while losing the top offices in virginia, a state mr. biden won by 10 percentage points last year, is a demoralizing defeat for democrats.
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and as cnn's jeremy diamond reports, it sets the stage for the midterms. >> reporter: well, there is certainly some soul searching even hand wringing at the white house on wednesday in the wake of democrats' big loss in the state of virginia. the democratic gubernatorial candidate terry mcauliffe losing to republican glenn youngkin, and some here at the white house and in democratic circles seeing warning signs for the midterms, which are just a year away. we did not see, though, that kind of soul searching from president biden on wednesday. he did not take responsibility for mcauliffe's loss in the state of virginia, although he did acknowledge that maybe, just maybe passing his agenda in congress before election day could have perhaps helped mcauliffe get over the top. again, this is a state that president biden won by ten points during the 2020 elections. but what the president did focus on is what democrats can do between now and the midterm elections, and that's getting things done. >> i do know that people want us
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to get things done. they want us to get things done. and that's why i'm continuing to push very hard for the democratic party to move along and pass my infrastructure bill and my build back better bill. i think if we -- look, think about what we're talking about here. people are upset and uncertain about a lot of things. from covid to school to jobs to a whole range of things, and the cost of a gallon of gasoline. and so if i'm able to pass -- sign into law my build back better initiative, i'm in a position where you're going to see a lot of those things ameliorated quickly and swiftly. that has to be done. >> reporter: it is clear there is a new sense of urgent is a mongo officials at the white house and capitol hill working to advance with that new sense of urgency those two pieces of legislation. the infrastructure bill and that
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reconciliation package, seeing the need to get something done in order to try and preserve the majorities in the house and senate in the midterm elections a year from now. one thing, though, that was clear in speaking with biden advisers, beyond this need to get things done, beyond the sense that voters were frustrated with the inaction in washington was also this sense that democrats need to run for something, and not just run against donald trump as we frequently saw governor terry mcauliffe do in that virginia gubernatorial election. that is certainly something that will get easier once and if democrats can pass those two major pieces of loathe asian. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. >> well, some democrats on capitol hill are being a bit more blunt with their election assessments. many senators are describing what happened in virginia as a wake up call and placing much of the blame on progressives within their party. take a listen to this. >> only in washington could people think that it is a smart
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strategy to take a once in a generation investment in infrastructure and prevent your president from signing that bill into law. >> congratulations dems hurt terry mcauliffe. our inability to come together and get a result hurt him. >> failure to deliver, congress has to deliver. windows closing. >> well, meantime house speaker nancy pelosi is switching her strategy for advancing the stalled bill. she is adding back pay family medical leave to the social spending bill and that could result in a version the senate is likely to reject due to senator manchin's repeated objections to the measure. well, cnn senior commentator and former republican governor also weighed in on the democrats' election performance and as one of the house progressives that some senators are pointing fingers at. >> had democrats gotten together
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and passed the infrastructure bill things would have been better in both of anesthesia states had they passed that. now it's all jumbled up. you said the word, it it was very good, the word sausage. people in america don't want sausage, watching it being made when it comes to legislation. >> look, we have to pay attention to local politics, and i think that democrats are the party of parents, not republicans. we are the ones that are looking to palestinian child -- universal child care, universal pre-k to cut prescription drug costs. and as soon as we get that done, i think people will see that and we'll be able to, you know, really show people that we have their backs. >> we'll have much more election coverage, of course, on early start in less than 50 minutes. do stay with cnn for that. now, senate republicans on wednesday blocked the john lewis voting rights act from advancing in a procedural rote on whether to open debate. the count was 50-49 with senator
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lisa murkowski, the only republican to join democrats in support of moving the legislation forward. democrats have been under pressure to pass voter legislation but have faced opposition from republicans who call such attempts partisan and unnecessary. now to the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol. in the coming hours, a federal judge will hear arguments whether former president trump can block a wide range of documents related to the attack from the house committee investigating it. cnn's ryan nobles reports now from washington. >> reporter: thursday is going to be a big fda in washington, d.c., district court. that is when a judge is going to hear arguments over an attempt by the former president donald trump to keep secret some 700 documents in the hands of the national archives that are of interest to the january 6 select committee. the committee has requested those documents. the archives had granted that request and the biden administration has said that they are not going to use
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executive privilege to block the receipt of those documents. but the former president has stood in the way of this and he's filed a lawsuit to try and keep that information secret. in a court filing former president's lawyers have said that this effort is nothing more than a political exercise by the january 6 select committee, that they have already decided that the former president is responsible for the violence and the chaos on january 6, and as a result those documents shouldn't be handed over. now, that is a different opinion of the committee. it's also a different opinion of the biden administration who is really the most important player in the fight of executive privilege between both the executive and the legislative branches. so this judge in this case could make a decision on the release of this information from the bench on thursday. how she rules could play an important role as to how this process plays outgoing forward. this isn't the first tranche of documents that the committee is
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interested in, and they're also, of course, very interested in talking to trump officials who were in and around the president on that day, and many of them may attempt to use executive privilege as a shield from coming before the committee and telling them what they know about what happened on january 6. of course, steve bannon, a trump ally, has already attempted to do that and has faced a criminal contempt of congress referral from the january 6 select committee. so that hearing will be key in learning just how this battle over executive privilege will play out and just how aggressive the january 6 select committee may be. ryan nobles, cnn, on capitol hill. well, cnn spoke earlier to a top democrat on the committee about why donald trump might be using this lawsuit as a delay tactic in the january the 6th probe. listen to this. >> if it doesn't go our way, it means further delay. i think it will go our way because the merits are so
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strongly with us. there is really no executive privilege claim here, and the determiner of that privilege is the existing president, joe biden, who has said, i'm not asserting executive privilege. i think donald trump knows he's going to lose, but is hoping to delay just as he did for four years when he said, i want to stonewall all subpoenas. in terms of witnesses, the justice department is in position to prosecute steve bannon. that could happen much more quickly than the civil litigation. if they move forward as i expect they will, that will have a real focusing effect on other witnesses who will not want to be prosecuted for refusing to follow their lawful duty when they're subpoenaed. >> adam schiff there on trump's delay tactic. stay with cnn for much more on the january 6 investigation, of course. now, the u.s. special envoy for the whole of africa is expected to arrive in ethiopia.
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the tigray forces are nearing an all-out war. sources tell cnn the rebel forces are on the outskirts and they have the fire power to be in addis ababa within hours if they choose. some individuals were held wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the conflict. you can see there. and it comes the same day the u.n. revealed a joint investigation had found possible war crimes committed by all parties in this conflict. we brought you that story as it happened yesterday on the show. the u.n. human rights commissioner warns the situation is quickly deteriorating. >> there has been escalation in the last days, in the last hours of the conflict that could lead to a real civil war, with a lot of blood shed and more pain and suffering not only for the military forces who will be fighting, but also for the civilians.
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>> michelle bochelet there. david, good morning to you. i understand there is a state in force blackout in the country. what are you hearing from your sources on the rebel fighters and how close are they, in fact, to the capital? >> reporter: well, isa, we have gathered enough information to ascertain that addis ababa, the capital, is calm today. even in regions where the o.l.a., the liberation army said they were operating. so we had to be very careful about the threat posed imminently. but it was definitely a surprise to the government and to d diplomats that tigray defense forces and their allies, o.l.a., appear to be closer to the capital. in terms of rhetoric, threatening to move onto the capital. you had very robust statements and rhetoric from the prime minister saying that they should
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dig in, calling on people to take up arms. the equivalent of the cabinet in ethiopia has called for a state of emergency which gives them broad powers to arrest people. and you have, as you said, the special envoy, the u.s. special envoy of the horn of africa flying into addis ababa for two days of meeting. it shows you the intense d diplomatic efforts to get both sides to talk. it may be starting to narrow and there are murmurs he should look to leave office. something he is not doing. and in the very awful one-year anniversary of this bloody conflict, you had this joint release from the u.n. and ethiopian human rights groups painting a dire picture of alleged allegations of atrocities from all sides. here's the u.n. commissioner.
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>> people were detained. there were killings. there were terrible amounts of sexual violence and rapes. there were people who had to find refugees. they were having problems as well as interinally displaced people. there were many violations of hu human rights abuses by all parties. >> reporter: there is impending famine in tigray, the far northern province, which has been the site of much of the conflict, isa. but this is potentially going to expand into a nationwide civil war. that's what everyone fears. ethiopia is a key ally of the u.s., a recipient of billions of dollars of military and humanitarian aid over the years. and certainly the special envoy will look to thereby, at first, persuade the sides to ease the tension, but, you know, at this point it's very hard to see how they could get to a negotiating
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table quickly because i think the rebel groups smell blood. >> yeah, i know you'll keep us on top of all the developments. david mackenzie there for us. david, great to see you. now, the u.s. military says china's military buildup is outpacing anything seen before with its nuclear arsenal growing much bigger than anticipated. just a head, we'll explain what that could mean for taiwan as well as the rest of the region. plus, phasing out fossil fuels in sharp focus of the climate summit in scotland. one european country is leading the way to renewable energy. they have already gone coal free. those stories afteter a short break.
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now, the u.s. military warns that china's nuclear capability has advanced faster than expected and the country could have 1,000 war heads by 2030. that is five times what it has now, and much higher than the pentagon had projected. in fact, a year ago. the annual report also notes with alarm that china's rapidly modernizing every aspect of its military with an eye on
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dominating the indo-pacific region by the end of the century. oren liebermann has the story for you. >> reporter: the defense department focused partially on the rapid modernization of china's nuclear force saying they have a nascent triad of sub-launched ballistic missiles. they could roughly double their force or stockpile of 200 nukes within ten years, well, that is' old news now. now the pentagon says they could have a thousand nuclear warheads by 2030. that comes from the speed with which they are modernizing and building out their nuclear stockpile and their nuclear options. but that's just a part of what's concerning here in this short term. in the bigger picture, over the long term the china military power report says that by 2049, so before the mid point of the century, china aims to supplant u.s. global influence and replace u.s. partnerships and alliances in the region with its
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own partnerships and alliances in the region. how disturbing is that? well, joint chiefs chairman j general mark milley said it best at the aspen security summit on wednesday. >> we are witnessing, in my view, we are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geo strategic power witnessed only once in a while. >> reporter: 2027, china looks to build a system of systems within its military and modernize or at least advance modernization over what it is now. the power report, the defense department says a lot of that is aimed at taiwan and options that would give china when it comes to taiwan. that would include blockading the islands, perhaps an amphibious attack on the island itself and other islands. it is meant to build deterrence and act as a warning sign against foreign intervention or any moves by taiwan towards
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independence. a lot of that points straight at the u.s. oren liebermann, cnn at the pept gone. well, an investigation into that u.s. drone strike that killed ten civilians in kabul has found execution errors were made, but no violation of law. seven children were killed in the august strike. the review found children were at the site two minutes before the missile strike. the deadly strike has only added to concerns over how the u.s. handled its chaotic exit from afghanistan. iran has released footage of the last month's alleged confrontation between its revolutionary guard and the u.s. navy in the gulf of owe man. it shows what appear to be two american warships next to a tanker and military vessels. iran claims it stopped the ships from seizing iranian crude oil on the tanker. john kirby said those allegations are absolutely false and it was iran that illegally
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seized a merchant vessel in the gulf of oman. listen to that. >> we monitor that the past world. we are reacting to false claims that the iranians made today. so if you're asking me why am i talking with this -- they lied about it today. >> well, despite the latest tensions, iran nuclear talks are set to resume at the end of the month. the seventh round of negotiations are scheduled to be held in vienna november 29. the u.s. state department said these talks will pick up exactly where they left off in june. since then iran has elected a's new president and assembled a new negotiating team to try and revive the 2015 nuclear deal. the talks are aimed at bringing the u.s. back into the agreement and getting iran to comply with it. now, phasing out fossil fuels is a key priority of the
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cop-26 summit, and that effort is gaining momentum. in the coming hours, according to one uk official, a deal will be announced involving at least 20 countries who agreed to end financing for fossil fuel projects abroad. this, of course, as more countries pledge to stop the use of coal. among them ukraine, europe's third largest coal consumer. it became one of seven countries to join the cola lal alliance a pledged to stop by 2035. these come at a critical point. use of coal rose after seeing a decline in 2020. phil black joins us from scotland. phil, i heard the uk business secretary say this morning, the last hour, in fact, we're confining coal to history, were his words. the announcement we are expecting on coal doesn't include china, and it doesn't include the u.s. how is it being received by climate experts that you have been talking to?
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>> reporter: isa, they point out as you do it doesn't include the biggest users of coal. the time frame are elusive. crucially ber talking about coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels, not the only one. it is a question of what these countries do next. if, for example, they simply replace coal with natural gas, yes, that's lower carbon, but it's not zero carbon and that sort of move could even delay by decades a country's move to fully embracing renewable energy. the british government is keane to point out this is a momentous turning point and shows the end of coal is now in sight. we know that giving up coal is difficult for countries because it often involves at least in the short term an economic hit, social difficulty as well, and that can obviously result in short-term political issues. so it can be hard to find the money and the will to make the change. and even for countries that are rich, ambitious and where coal is a relatively small part of the energy mix, giving up colon
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tirely can be hugely challenging, as we saw when we visited one of the few countries in the world to take that step. take a look. two power stations near the austrian city of gras, the one on the "losleft is retired. when the country burned coal for some of its electricity. the neighboring shiny new gas-fueled facility now does the work. the upgrade is significant. austria is one of only three countries in europe to shutdown all coal-fired plants. replacing coal with natural gas isn't carbon free. but it's a step in the right direction. >> the footprint of this power plant is much lower than this footprint. >> reporter: about 60% lower. but gas can only be an interim move if austria achieves its power ambitions. he manages this site.
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austria wants to be 100% renewable by 2030. does that mean this will close down by 2030? >> i'm not sure. >> reporter: austria embraced a big renewable energy source decades before the first warnings about climate change. most of its electricity comes from hydro power. >> we also have to build new capacity in solar power and wind power as well. >> reporter: the c.e.o. of austria's largest energy company says even with a big head start from hydro, getting to 100% renewables in under a decade won't be easy. >> it's ambitious for sure. >> reporter: and you don't necessarily have all the answers yet? >> yes. >> reporter: but it's important to try? >> we do not have all the answers. we have to do research. we have to put strong efforts on innovation as well. >> reporter: much of the research, innovation and hope in austria is focused on green hydrogen. the basic idea is on windy or
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sunny days, you use excess electricity to make hydrogen gas which can be stored or transported. then when it's cloudy, or the turbines aren't spinning, you turn the hydrogen back into electricity using a clean chemical reaction. >> we have many questions to solve. >> reporter: marcus sartori is a project leader at hydro center austria. >> of course, it's a very complex system, but we have the possibility to incorporate the renewables and to build up new sustainable green electricity. this can be done with actual technologies, but it will cost us. >> reporter: at the power station in gras, the potential is being tested with a pilot project. the possibilities are vast, so are the challenges. it's a potential game changer do you think? >> i do think, yes. >> reporter: and crucially there is so much work to be done. >> yes.
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>> reporter: because it's just too expensive right now. >> it's expensive, but we have to do the steps, this is one of the first steps. >> reporter: austria's coal habit was modest compared to other european countries. poland, for example, mines and burns it for around 80% of its electricity. and yet even with austria's strong starting position, early commitment, and willingness to innovate, the ultimate success of its low carbon transition is still uncertain. so, new commitments on coal taken with other new big deals dropped in the first few days of this conference targeting specific issues will add to the guarded sense of optimism at this conference. but crucially they do not collectively add up to achieving the goal of limiting average global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century. climate analysts say what it does show is that the world is on the right path. a low carbon future is now
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irreversible. it is just a question of the speed. can it be delivered quickly enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. isa? >> and as your piece just outlined very clearly, it can be done. phil black for us in scotland, thanks very much, phil. still to come on the show, england is experiencing a surge in covid-related cases. that is next. vaccines for every child in america ages 5 to 11. that is the promise from the u.s. president. it is becoming a reality. more on the progress in the u.s. after a very short break. you are watching "cnn newsroom." >> today is a great day for american parents, american families and american children. we've taken a giant step forward to further accelerate our path out of this pandemic. with up to 50% more lotion puffs s bring soothing softness and relief. a nonose in need deserves puffs indeed. every day, c coventry helps people get cash for their
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welcome to "cnn newsroom." i'm isa soares. if you're just joining us, let me bring you up to date with our top stories this hour. phil murphy has been re-elected as governor in new jersey. his win is a sigh of relief for democrats who lost the governor seat if you remember in virginia. and the pentagon warns china is adding to its nuclear weapons stockpile faster than expected. china is, quote, full of bias. tensions over taiwan are impacting china/u.s. relations. we'll have more in 25 minutes or so. do stay with cnn for more. now, europe is seeing an uptick in covid cases even though much of the world is trending down. have a look. the world health organization says the region is reporting a 6% increase in new weekly infections compared just
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to last week. germany is one of the places seeing a surge in daily covid cases, and the country's health minister is calling it a massive pandemic of the unvaccinated. and in romania, one person is dying every five minutes as the health care system reaches its breaking point. the country has the second lowest vaccination rate in the european union. well, the virus is also taking its toll in the united states where more than 750,000 americans have died, according to johns hopkins university. out of more than 5 million people have died from the virus worldwide, u.s. has reported the most infections and the most deaths so far. but there is a bright spot. on wednesday as you can see there, children in the united states age 5 to 11 began receiving their first dose of the pfizer vaccine after health officials approved it. the president stressed education importance of young children being vaccinated. take a listen. >> vaccinating our children will
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help us keep our schools open, keep our kids in the classroom, learning and socializing with their classmates and teachers. i think every reporter in this room has a child, understands the difference of a child going to school and having to learn from home. it matters. it matters in terms of their not just physical health and mental health. during this pandemic we've seen just how important being in school is for families and for our country. >> well, demand for the vaccine in some states has been overwhelming. in texas, about 37,000 vaccine appointments have been made for kids through the thanksgiving holiday. the top disease expert dr. anthony fauci says even though children have been less affected by the virus, parents have responsibility to protect them from it. this is what he said. >> we have vaccinated children for diseases that have far less severity, far less mortality
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than what we're dealing with now than with covid-19. we really have a responsibility to protect the children. you don't want to play russian roulette with this. you don't want to say, this kid doesn't get infected. i'm not going to worry about the other child. true, it is absolutely true, you can't walk away from it. the likelihood of severe illness in a child is less than for an elderly individual or person with an underlying condition, but it is enough that you really want to be concerned about protecting the children. that's the rationale, together with the fact that you want to help to control the outbreak. >> dr. anthony fauci there. now, the federal reserve's latest decision on pandemic recovery sending wall street to new highs. the dow hit a new record wednesday. remember, we told you there was a new record on tuesday. a new record on wednesday after the fed announced it would ease off the emergent stimulus
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buying. high percentage gains as they, too, enjoyed record closes. green arrows right across the board. now, getting a handle on inflation is one of the reasons for getting control. janet yellen says it is nothing like the surge seen in the 1970s. this is what she said. >> inflation expectations rose and wage price spiral developed, but i certainly see no evidence that that's the case now. inflation expectations remain well anchored, and i think the federal reserve has the ability and has learned from history that if there were to be evidence, which there is not now, but if there were to be evidence that it's developing into a self-fulfilling prophecy, that they would learn the lessons of history and act appropriately. >> yellen said she expects
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inflation to normalize by the second half of next year, so for thanksgiving this year your turkey may still be somewhat more expensive. but while inflation is expected to level off, bank of america predicts gas prices will continue to rise. a 7 year high in u.s. at 3.40 a gallon. bank of america warns brent crude oil which drives gas prices could soar to $120 a barrel by next june. that is a 45% higher increase, in fact, than current levels. another oil spike would further raise the cost of living for americans. still to come right here on the show, new allegations of deliberate sabotage on the "rust" film set where crew member was fatally shot. we have the latest developments for you next. tle on skin. with secret, outlast anything! no sweat. secret. ♪ all strength. no sweat. ♪
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of kidnapping 4-year-old cleo smith had to be hospitalized after harming himself while in custody. his injuries are not considered life-threatening. the 36-year-old is expected to be charged in the coming hours. police won't say what charges he'll face. they believe he acted spontaneously and alone. cleo was rescued from a house not far from her own home after vanishing from her family's camp site. she was seen a short time ago smiling and holding a pink balloon while in her mother's arms. i'm glad that she is well. now, we have new details on the fatal shooting of the film "rust." a lawyer for the woman who manages weapons on the set is raising the possibility the gun baldwin fired had been sabotaged with a live bullet. cnn's nick watt reports. >> reporter: the armourer on the set of "rust" is in the spotlight. her lawyer claims this could have been sabotage. >> there was a box of dummy
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rounds. the box is labeled "dummy." she lloy she loaded rounds from that box into the gun. >> reporter: we now know the live was round fired by alec baldwin killing cinematographer halyna hutchins. >> we are assuming somebody put that live round in the box. somebody who would do that would want to sabotage the set, want to prove a point, want to say they're disgruntled, unhappy. >> reporter: no comment on that theory from the sheriff's office. at the same time, a crew member who resigned a day before hutchins died is talking. >> i think with "rust" it was a perfect storm of, you know, the armorer, the assistant director. >> reporter: he sent an email to producers during the filming of gun fights on this job. things are often played very fast and loose, he wrote. so far there have been two accidental weapons discharges. luper also lamb pasted lax
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covid restrictions and lack of nearby hotel accommodation for crew. >> specifically lack of gun safety, lack of rehearsals, lack of preparing the crew for what we were doing that day. >> reporter: mr. luper's complaints about budget and safety are patently false, say "rust" producers. it is a tragedy seeing someone use this for personal gain. baldwin says he can't comment on the investigation, but shared what looked like comments from the film's costume designer with the instruction, read this, it reads, in part, the story being spun of us being over worked and surrounded by unsafe chaotic conditions is b.s. >> we were unable to reach that costume designer for comment, but we have also read another resignation email from another crew member who says, i also feel anxious on set. he added that the assistant
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director, quote, rushes so quickly that props hasn't even had the chance to bring ear plugs. and he rolls and the actors fire anyway. this is in the, he said she said, stage of the investigation. in public, anyway, we are waiting for the fbi analysis and for the incident report from the local sheriff which might shed a little bit more light. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. now, after a long and contentious election process and nearly all white jury was chosen to decide the fate of three white men accused of murdering ahmaud arbery, a black man. the 25-year-old was shot fatally last year while he was out for a jog in brunswick, georgia. his mother is not happy about the jurist choices. take a listen. >> seeing that the african-american jurists coming in and they were questioned so harshly by the defense team.
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it was very hard -- it was just -- it's like unreal. i just can't put it into words. i was very shocked we only had one black african-american man. i mean, that was devastating. >> ahmaud arbery's mother there. the prosecution accused the defense of striking qualified black jurors and basing some of their strikes on race. the judge admitted there appeared to be intentional discrimination in the jury selection, but ruled there were valid reasons beyond race. we'll stay on top of that story, of course, for you. and still to come right here on the show, much needed rainfall is on the way for the western u.s. while the east coast faces freezing temperatures. we'll have a check of the weather next.
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um, just— with paycom, employees enter and manage their own hr data in a single, easy-to-use software. visit and schedule a demo today. welcome back, everyone. now, in the u.s. some much needed rain is expected toe spread across the western states as several storms move into the region. but it could actually be too much of a good thing. meteorologist derek van dam is tracking this system. good morning, derek. >> good morning, isa. that's right. we have yet another atmospheric river event shaping up for the western u.s.
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we have a steady parade of storms just lining up one after another after another, developing across the pacific ocean and lining up that fire hose of moisture across the western parts of the country. in fact, anywhere from northern california through oregon as well as washington that's where we have the potential to measure not only snowfall in feet for the higher elevations, but also the potential for up to a foot of rain for the lower elevations, right along the coast of washington and oregon. so the potential of flash flooding and mudslides exist, especially considering that this is a bit too much rain in a short period of time. even though we have our long-standing drought over western parts of the country, this amount of precipitation in such a short period of time could cause some troubles. there is a lot of wind associated with the system as well, gusting to near hurricane force in some instances. could take down some tree limbs, some power lines, causing some electrical outages across this area. high wind warnings and advisories in place as we speak. now, the other side of the
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country we have a completely different set of weather circumstances taking shape this weekend. in fact, a coastal flood advisory and warning taking shape for the carolinas and into the coastal regions of florida and georgia. this as a strong easterly breeze sets up through the course of the early weekend thanks to an area of low pressure that the form throughout this area, and that is going to combine with what is called astronomical high tide. so that is the highest tide of the month and that could lead to localized flooding along the coast line as well. look at in. freeze warnings and advisories in place for a large area of the u.s. so a very cold start to your thursday morning for the central and eastern u.s. back to you. >> thank you very much, derek. and if you're on the east coast, fans of the hit series "sex in the city" will soon get the chance to live like keri bradshaw as airbnb recreates.
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the upper east side in signature styles, a writing desk and an old school laptop. it is only available for stays on november 12 and 13. each night stay will cost just $23 and 23 years since the first "sex in the city" first premiered. and as indians get ready to celebrate the festival of lights, they have introduced a bill to make the festival a federal holiday in the united states. in the meantime, in delhi they have been flooding the streets to buy tech rations undeterred by covid concerns and government advisories. the devotees line a three kilometer stretch of a river bank. if you are celebrating, happy devali. that does it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'm isa soares. do stay in touch with myself and the rest of the team. you can tweet me at isa cnn. early start with christine romans and laura jarrett is next. i shall see you tomorrow.
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all right, it is thursday, november 4th. it's 5:00 a.m. in new york. thanks for getting an early start with us. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. we begin this morning with breaking news overnight. cnn can now project new jersey's democratic governor phil murphy has pulled out a narrow victory against republican jack ciattarelli. murphy's far than expected win is a drop of good news in a larger barrel of trouble for democrats. >> right. the best example of that is virginia where


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