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good morning. it's saturday, december 18th. i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm paula reed in for christi paul. you are in the cnn "newsroom". >> paula, glad we didn't scare you off. >> so true. it's been a lovely morning being here with you. . >> we start with the biden administration redoubling efforts to get america vaccinated as covid-19 infections rise across parts of the country. while omicron is expected to become the dominant coronavirus variant in the u.s., experts say it is still the delta variant that's driving this latest surge. . >> and covid-19 cases are up everywhere, but infection rates are rising fastest in the northeast, midwest and south. new this morning, we're learning more about the white house response to the variants. the vice president said in a new interview that the biden administration didn't see the
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delta or omicron variants coming. cnn white house reporter jasmine wright joins us now live. jasmine, we know viruses mutate. the administration is trying to show it has a handle on things. how can they possibly say they didn't see the variants coming? >> reporter: well, look, we have to put this all in context, paula. because this comes after the summertime where there were times where it appeared that the administration had felt like they were playing catch up trying to respond to the delta variant as it swept over the country, as cases ticked up and hospitalizations kicked up. and of course we know the president, he unleashed a new wintertime covid plan really trying to encapsulate his administration's response in light of both the delta variant taking hold of the country and also with this new very fast spreading variant.
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i have to note it is not exactly clear at this moment whether or not the vice president gave a full-throated answer of what exactly she meant. the quote she said in the interview to the l.a. times. she said, we didn't see delta coming. i think most scientists did not upon whose advice and direction we have relied, didn't see delta coming. we didn't see omicron coming. that's the nature of what this is. this awful virus, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants. that from the vice president. one thing the vice president's office will have to answer for is exactly what the vice president meant. about us this administration has gone through great lengths of trying to project their capability to the american people that they are prepared to take care of the american people when it comes to protecting them from the virus. of course that has meant their full-throated and aggressive approach trying to get as many americans to get their boosters
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and to get those vaccinations. so of course we will be asking the white house for more clarification on the comments. this is an evolution of the white house's stance as it comes to responding to the pandemic as we kind of near that almost two-year mark. paula, boris. >> yeah. it's the wording of that answer that could potentially open the white house to attack. jasmine wright traveling with the president in wilmington, delaware. thank you. with christmas and new year's eve approaching, 20 million people are expected to fly the next two weeks. now there are concerns all that travel could super charge the growing number of covid cases. . >> cnn's polo sandoval joins us now. what are you seeing out there? >> reporter: hey, guys. it is wet. it is rainy. yet you see all the new yorkers behind me. they are willing to stand in line outside urgent care clinic. many telling me they are here to get covid tests. when you look at the metrics in new york state alone
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experiencing one of the highest single day covid counts that we have experienced so far. we experienced it just this week. covid-19 infections and hospitalizations are rising once again in the u.s. prompting disruptions and cancellations as the country enters another pandemic holiday season. one beloved holiday tradition now canceled. radio city music hall said its christmas spectacular shows are canceled for the rest of the season due to the increasing challenges from the pandemic. new york state reporting that on thursday it had the highest single day count of new cases with just over 21,000, according to data released on friday. new york state revealed the cases in the state jumped 154% in less than a week. the previous high was on january 14th when there were 19,900 new cases reported. the omicron variant has been identified in 40 states,
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washington, d.c. and puerto rico, according to public statements from hospital systems in their respective states. it is too soon to assume if it will create december. >> it doubles every two to four days. and you have to look at the projections of what that means. yeah, we are in for a lot of cases of people getting infected with this virus. >> across the country in states like oregon, officials are warning of severe illness and a surge in hospitalizations now that omicron has been detected. the governor said in a news conference the state is seeing alarming increase in covid-19 cases. vaccines are still the best way to fight covid-19, officials say. . >> we still have 50 million or more people in this country who have not yet even gone their first vaccination. that is really unacceptable if we want to get through the challenge of a delta, which is
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bad enough, we're looking it straight in the face. and over your shoulder is coming omicron. that's a very tenuous and difficult situation. so we've got to do the things available to us, vaccination, boosting, masking in an indoor setting. >> an appeals court ruling the government can enforce vaccine or testing for companies with more than 100 employees. >> we will win this war with this virus. we will win it only because we apply the things that we have, the interventions. we are so fortunate we have a highly effective and safe vaccine. we know that public health mitigations work. we can't give up. . >> we have the tools to do it. but we need the american people to do their part, to protect
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themselves, their children and their communities. . >> and just this week, dr. collins of the nih told cnn it is still too soon to assume this omicron variant leads to milder symptoms. more research needs to be done. if you did get the shot, get boosted. if you get boosted or participate in any holiday gatherings, get tested. that's why the people are lining up here. a lot of them telling me don't feel the sense of gravity we had a year ago before the vaccines. nonetheless, they are being cautious, as you can see behind me. >> stay dry up there. thank you so much for that report >> thanks, polo. former minnesota police officer kim potter took the stand yesterday in the fatal shooting of daunte wright. closing arguments are set to start monday. . >> potter was in law enforcement
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for 26 years. she said that she meant to use her taser on wright but instead pulled out her gun. cnn's josh campbell has a closer look at her emotional testimony. >> i remember yelling, taser, taser, taser. and nothing happened. and then he told me i shot him. >> reporter: former officer kim potter testifying for the first time, explaining the moment she shot and killed daunte wright last april. she describes seeing her fellow officers struggling with wright during the traffic stop. >> he had a look of fear on his face. it's nothing i had seen before. we were struggling. we were trying to keep him from driving away. it just -- it just went -- chaotic. >> reporter: an outstanding warrant, and was officially pulled over for minor offenses,
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pointed out by a rookie officer. . >> we discussed a little bit of suspicious activity. he noticed a pine tree or air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. and the tags were expired. >> reporter: potter revealing they would not have pulled him over at all if she hadn't been training. >> you did stop the vehicle, right? . >> yes. part of field training is that my probationer would make numerous contacts with the public throughout the day. >> reporter: that contact would turn fatal. >> i shot him! oh, my god! sure pulled her gun instead of the training. >> you were trained on it, right? . >> yes. but it was a while back. >> you were trained in march of this year on that taser, correct? >> yes. >> reporter: the state pointing out -- >> you never saw a weapon on mr. wright, did you? . >> no. >> never saw a gun?
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>> no. . >> she did not try to save wright in the aftermath. >> you didn't let any officers know what you had just done, right? . >> no. . >> you didn't run down the street and try to save daunte wright's life, did you? . >> no. >> you were focused on what you had done because you just killed somebody. >> i'm sorry about that. i'm sorry. >> prosecutors continuing to push. >> you knew that deadly force was unreasonable and unwarranted in those circumstances? >> i didn't want to hurt anybody. >> boris and paula, the jury has heard from all the witnesses who will be testifying in this trial. on monday they will hear closing arguments. the prosecution will have an opportunity to make their case. they have said this very senior
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officer should have known the difference between her taser and service weapon. the jury will be sequestered beginning monday as they start their tkhrebgzs. boris, paula. >> josh, thank you. retired los angeles police sergeant cheryl dorsey joins us now, author of the new book "the confidence chronicles." cheryl, congratulations on the book. thank you for being with us. now, i really want to look very closely at this testimony. what's so unusual about what we're seeing here is seeing a police officer who is so emotional. we saw she was very emotional on the stand. we saw the body cam where she said she was, quote, distraught. what do you think of this defense strategy? . >> well, i would imagine they felt she had to take the stand and explain in her own words for the jury why she did something to in conceivable. a 26-year veteran who would touch her gun every day as i did
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for 20 years wearing that uniform before you go out in the field and make sure it's working. all of a sudden you get in the field and you don't know the difference between a two-pound glock and a taser? and we know that officers create audio records. taser, taser, taser, just before they use force on you like they will say stop fighting me, stop kicking me. so i find all of what she is saying is disingenuous and dishonest. she said i saw a black man with an air freshener, something i wouldn't ordinarily do but she wanted her probationary officer play with this man and it ended up in his death. i'm offended. >> she said she had never deployed it in her 26-year career. does that pass the smell test what do you make of that? it sounds like we just lost her. we will try to get her back
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shortly. thank you so much, cheryl. coming up, a cnn exclusive. new details about one of the text messages sent to mark meadows about overturning the election. we will tell you who the january 6th committee believes is behind it. exhausted, overwhelmed and frustrated. doctors in minnesota pleading with people to get vaccinated in a new newspaper ad. new neutrogena® rapid firming. a triple-lift serum with pure collagen. 92% saw visibly firmer skin in just 4 weeks. neutrogena® for people with skin. it's our holiday savings event on the sleep number 360 smart bed. what if i sleep hot? ...or cold? no problem, the sleep number 360 smart bed is temperature balancing so you both sleep just right. and it senses your movements and automatically adjusts to keep you both effortlessly comfortable. so, you can really promise better sleep? yes! you'll know exactly how well you slept, night after night. we take care of the science. all you have to do is sleep.
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the white house is now pivoting as it comes to grips with the likelihood that many of the president's key agenda items are not going to pass congress any time soon. president biden is acknowledging that ongoing talks with senator joe manchin, along with procedural steps, have caused democrats to miss their self-imposed deadline to pass the build back better spending bill. cnn's daniela diaz is live on capitol hill. we know this isn't going to
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happen any time soon. but based on your reporting, when do you think this could make it to the senate floor? >> reporter: paula, democratic leaders are hoping in the spring this will be put to a vote in the senate. but the thing is, it all hinges on joe manchin, democratic senator of west virginia, because he is still a holdout for this legislation. remember, they plan to pass this using budget reconciliation, which means they need all 50 to sign auto for it to pass. if he does not support it, that's not going to happen. he is concerned about one provision, the child tax credit, which is very popular. and he said he supports. you right now it is only extended for one more year. and he believes because democrats plan to prioritize this and want to extend it again and again, that the price tag should reflect a 10-year extension, which would mean it would drive up the price. it is priced at $1.7 million. he wants the price tag to
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10-year extension of the tax credit. listen to what he said this week about where he stands on negotiations and why he is not backing down tphrfpl. >> they are pressuring you to change your position on the child tax credit. >> no one pressures me. i'm from west virginia. >> are you going to change your position for that. >> i've always been for the child tax credit. >> the bottom line being, paula and boris, manchin is not backing down. he continues to plan to negotiate -- continue to negotiate with democratic leadership, with president joe biden on legislation that could possibly pass the senate. this build back better act would expand the social safety net and is a major priority for the biden administration. >> knowing manu, i'm shocked he didn't jump in the car and try to chase joe manchin down. how are progressives responding to all of this? . >> they are really upset.
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jayapal told our jack tapper yesterday, quote, this is what we feared. she's saying this about the build back better act, a major priority for progressives. progressives wanted this bill passed with the bipartisan infrastructure bill. the bill passed earlier this year, almost $2 trillion for hard infrastructure, roads, trains, bridges, that sort of thing. she knew if that bill passed, moderates would feel less urgent on the build back better act. that's why they're upset. but they're not backing down. they will continue to push for the negotiations to continue in the senate. it's clear knowing progressives they're not going to let that go. >> of course not. daniela diaz, thank you so much for keeping us up to date on those negotiations. so cnn exclusive reporting is revealing new information about text messages pushing a strategy to undermine the 2020
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presidential election. according to sources, members of the january 6th committee, rick perry, sent very specific text messages to former chief of staff mark medicine toes. >> cnn's whitney wild joins us with details. all right, whitney, this is a bombshell revelation about what was already a bombshell revelation. what more can you tell us about this text message? >> reporter: well, this text message was included in documents handed over by mark meadows to the house select committee, a text message presumably he did not think was falling under executive privilege but now one of the many documents that he will not test about if front of the house select committee. again, sources say the committee believes it was texas governor, former energy secretary for former president donald trump rick perry who authored this. here's what it says. here's an aggressive strategy. why can't the states of georgia, north carolina, penn and other
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state houses declare this bs where conflicts and election not called that night and just accepted it to their own electors to vote and have it go to scotus. even outside washington, they were trying to get mark meadows to continue to peddle this line. it shows the volume of effort from republicans not just in washington but outside washington as well. . >> have we heard from rick perry about this message? has he confirmed he sent it? . >> no, he hasn't. a spokesman denies he was the author of that text message. however, we have vetted this information very carefully. again, our understanding is the committee believes that rick perry was the author of the text message. >> whitney wild, thank you so much for that new reporting. >> so we have been talking about covid this morning. and we want to take you behind
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or maybe not in their own emotions. so show up, however you can, for the foster kids who need it most— at helpfosterchildren.com as the omicron variant begins to spread across the country, it is expected to further strain an already battered health care system. so doctors in minnesota took the unusual step of pleading in this full-page newspaper ad for people to get vaccinated against covid-19. and to take other precautions to
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curb the spread of the pandemic. the ad provides a dire and yet accurate summary of the situation in their state. we're heartbroken. we're overwhelmed. there's still a high level of transmission and precious little critical care capacity in minnesota to treat sick patients. with us to discuss this morning is the president and ceo of minnesota-based health partners, andrea walsh. andrea, we appreciate you sharing part of your weekend with us. thanks for joining us. tell us about the idea for the ad, where it originated and what you're hoping to achieve. >> thank you. it's great to be here today. you know, the systems across the state of minnesota have been collaborating since the beginning of the pandemic. and a year ago, as vaccine came out last spring, we thought we would have the pandemic somewhat behind us. we have seen a surge over several weeks. we want the public to know our
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doctors, nurses, care teams providing care to patients across our community are heartbroken and overwhelmed at the fact that we are seeing so much avoidable death and illness. and we need the public to step up. >> andrea, tell us what you are hearing from front line workers about their frustration and strain. as you noted, so much of the death they are encountering is needless. it is simply people who are unvaccinated. >> it is really just a tragic situation. far too often in our hospitals, in our intensive care units and in our emergency centers, we're seeing people come in with covid, quickly deteriorate, end up needing care and ventilate -- being put on ventilators. and languishing on ventilators. as best as we try, we are unable to do more and are seeing
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needless death, death that could be avoided by vaccination. >> i want to point to some of the stats for our viewers. earlier this week hospitalizations in minnesota for the past month was 14% higher than the previous month. also on wednesday your state passed a grim milestone. more than 10,000 pandemic deaths. i'm wondering what the reaction has been like in your state to this ad. >> actually, we have had some very good response. i would say it falls into two categories. one is for some members of the community. i think they are surprised that our doctors and nurses are heartbroken. i thinks an expectation sometimes by folks that we are used to seeing illness of death when it's not prevented.
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the other response has been the reaction that we're all in this together. and the realization that vaccination is important and if we don't do something, i think the other realization is that covid illness and disease is impacting people's ability to accessory needed care. so we're very concerned about incidence of heart attack, strokes, car accidents. the run of the mill routine things where people end up needing hospital care, and too often now we're in the situation where we are really scrambling to try to get access to hospital beds for people who don't have covid but have very necessary need for medical care. >> yeah. because you're having to divert resources to those hospitalized with covid. again, they don't have to be. many of them could avoid hospitalization by simply getting vaccinated.
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that's where i want to go. you recently heard a really heart warming story about an 11-year-old girl that wanted to get vaccinated. tell us her story. . >> yeah. it is the thing that gives me hope. so this past week i heard a story from a grandfather who shared with me his son was absolutely against getting a vaccination. but his son has an 11-year-old daughter who told him, dad, i need a vaccination. i want to go get a shot, and i want you to come with me. so he took his daughter get vaccinated and in the process he got a vaccine as well. . >> sometimes the most convincing argument is made by the most vulnerable, right, and those that have close ties to our hearts. andrea walsh, thank you so much for the time. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. well, despite rising covid cases, holiday travel is expected to roar back to prepandemic records.
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aaa estimates 109 million americans will drive or fly, almost 34% increase from last year. cnn aviation correspondent pete muntean has the latest on what to expect. >> reporter: boris, paula, united airlines said we have gone into the busiest period of the holiday travel season. passenger loads will be 20% higher than what the airlines saw over the thanksgiving travel rush where we broke records. the tsa projects 20 to 21 million people will pass through security at america's airports between december 23rd and january 3rd. just look at the numbers from thursday. 2.06 million people passed through security, the highest number we have seen since december 5th, an "early start" to this holiday travel season. the real question is whether omicron will impact the numbers and cause them to slump off a little bit. airline executives had said that
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they have seen a bit of wavering in bookings when the omicron variant started to make headlines. united airlines ceo said cancellations are up but not near as bad as had the delta variant hit this summer. >> 2022 is still going to be a recovery year for the industry. because we're not -- covid isn't over yet. covid is never going to be over. but it is still probably in the page phase instead oven demmic phase. >> reporter: the cdc is now providing free at-home coronavirus test kits as they arrive in the united states. it's a limited test only at dallas, chicago, minneapolis, and miami. and the cdc says this could be expanded to more airports sometimes soon. the cdc said it is imperative for international travelers to get tested three to five days after they arrive in the united states. the bottom line is the transportation security
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administration says you have to be masked. that is a federal requirement until march 18th, 2022. if you're traveling, bring a lot of patience and a lot of flexibility if you are traveling. you may want to consider booking on christmas day itself. that's when the numbers are projected to be the lowest, boris and paula. >> all right. pack your masks and your patience. all right. with this busy travel season ahead let's take a look at the weather. cnn meteorologist allison chinchar has the forecast. allison, looks a little rough out there, right? >> mother nature is not making it easy for a lot of travelers out there, regardless of where you live. we have a couple of different dynamics to talk about. closer to the tennessee valley, rain, heavy rain. northern edge of the storm, snow, sleet, and even some ice. not a good combination at all whether it's flying or even on the roadways for a lot of these areas. snow, widespread. maybe two inches. especially the closer you get to
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interior new england. once you start going up in elevation, you will start to notice an increase in the snowfall totals. four, six, eight inches not out of the question once you raise in elevation. we're talking about very heavy rain. a couple of waves will move through. the first through the carolinas and georgia today. later into the evening and sunday, that second wave out behind it slides in. the primary concern along the gulf coast will be strong to severe thunderstorms. yes, tornados are a potential factor today. same with damaging winds and potential for large hail. especially the closer you get to the gulf coast itself. we also are keeping an eye on the system making its way into the west. this is going to be a series of systems. the first begins to arrive today. and the main focus there is going to be the pacific northwest. so washington state, as well as oregon and idaho. the second is farther south. the main target there, oregon and northern california.
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the third system begins to come in as we head into monday. that will really bring a surge of rainfall pretty much top to bottom. likely not to hit southern carolina until tuesday or wednesday. again, when you factor in all the systems together, it will bring a tremendous amount of moisture. yes, likely causing delays not only in the air but also the roadways, guys. several inches of rain and some of the areas will be measuring snow in feet in the highest elevations. >> yikes! important for people to check the weather for their holiday plans. thank you for that report. it is a critical software flaw that could expose hundreds of millions of devices to hackers. now federal agencies are scrambling to fix it. we'll talk to an expert next. and a quick programming note for you. you can join dr. sanjay gupta for a look at how some families with autistic kids are finding hope in cannabis and see how for
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animal, google and amazon run it. it is popular and could be running in hundreds of millions of devices as we speak. let's discuss the risks and challenges. joining us is the ceo of cyber reason. thank you for being with us this morningment we appreciate your expertise. talk to me about log4j. a lot of people scrambling to patch their systems. what makes this flaw so dangerous and what should people be looking out for now? >> first of all, very happy to be with you today. log4j is wide use software, basically almost in -- think about it as every website or everything that's running, something that is connected to the web. we believe it is more than billions of devices right now connected to the web running
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log4j. this basically in simple terms enables hackers to get access to the machine without basically doing anything. it is very easy to change a few things and basically they have full control. to give example, if a website is running log4j in that specific version that has vulnerablity, hackers can use it to do whatever they want inside the web site. >> do we know if hackers have taken advantage of a lapse in security yet? is there any evidence? >> in the past week we saw it, we saw hackers weaponizing their capability and starting to use it. right now we see groups from russia starting to leverage it with multiple attempts. what what they're going to do, basically the first thing they're going to do, they're going to try to go into the website, stay there, really
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understand where is the interesting information and leverage that in order to hack. our assessment right now and belief is they will use the right timing that is suitable for them. for example, during christmas, in order to hack when most of the security team have a skeleton team, they are not focused on protecting. . >> interesting. so the because is sought, a series of executive orders and other reactions. but really the onus for protection against hacks ultimately falls on the private sector in a lot of cases. that brings about a series of challenges. how would you rate the response to these threats from lawmakers versus what we're seeing from private businesses? is there a commitment to a partnership? . >> yeah. so right now we see a rising commitment between the private sector to the public sector.
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the responsibility to patch the system, to make sure your website that gives service to people is protected under the basically the private companies. we created basically a free vaccine. this is an ability to protect your servers against the sroeublt free of charge. we put it out there for everybody to use. and we hope right now the community of all the white hat hackers, the people their job is to defend companies will leverage this code. as i said, it is it will enable us to be better and better protected. one step er doing as a private company but right now as we saw it and we recommended different authorities in the u.s. to protect themselves, they issued this warning to the mass public.
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and i believe now it is starting to gain traction. . >> yeah. the other aspect to this is making sure that there's a deterrent in place for hackers around the world. as you noted, in russia, so they don't have incentive to go after companies here in the united states or elsewhere really. lior, we have to leave the conversation there. thank you for your time, sir. >> thank you very much. >> of course. the community of edwardsville, illinois honored the victims of the maze warehouse after a deadly tornado last week. the mayor says a dogwood tree will be planted in honor of the employees who died and a plaque placed next to the tree. a mother describes the last conversation with her son. >> we talked to him about 15 minutes before the storm hit.
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ten months after a serious car accident left his career in
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doubt, tiger woods is making his return to golf today. >> the 15-time major champion will partner with his son, charlie, at the ritz-carlton golf club in orlando for this weekend's pnc championship. nadia romero is in orlando. this is something we weren't sure we would ever see again. not only is tiger back on the green, he is there for his son. this is seriously whole some holiday content. >> reporter: it really is. paula, boris, this is such a moment. tiger woods, his recovery, he talks about what he has been through the last 11 months trying to get back to this point. for those of them who watched all of these years, watched him for decades now, as he skyrocketed into fame approximate, playing at stanford, this great aura on the golf course and this force field that brought people all over the country and the world to cheer for him. we saw his fall from grace.
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the last win was 2019, winning the masters. of course in february 2021, that car crash. it's hard to believe he was able to come out alive. at one point doctors said they might have to amputate his right leg. well, that didn't happen. tiger has been spending, he says, every day rehabbing. it has been more grueling than any he has had in his career. next to his 12-year-old son charlie. and i asked him about that balance, right. how do you balance your love for golf and being a father. this was his response. you talk about trying to find the balance with charlie, being his father and his coach on and off the coast. >> i'm his father. i'm not miss coach. i'm his father. if he wants to learn about the game of golf, then he'll ask. i'm there as a sounding board.
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but my job is to be a parent and make sure that his priorities are right. >> reporter: tiger said he is coach in life not in the game of golf. their first pro-am tournament of the year coming back after what we saw in the car crash back in february. boris. >> it's adore will. nadia, thank you so much so much. and thank you for watching. >> thank you for being with us this morning, paula. we appreciate it. i hope we didn't scare you off and you will be here to join us from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. >> i absolutely will be there. >> don't go anywhere. much more in the next hour of cnn "newsroom". we hope you have a good day. hi mr. charles. we made you dinner. aww, thank you. ♪
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