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400,000 every day. every state is dealing with this disease fueled largely by the omicron variant. the accelerated spread having far reaching impacts on american lives. short staffed airlines with winter weather forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights again today. a travel nightmare for people returning from the holidays. and parents now worry as classes are set to resume for their children after the winter break. several school districts announcing they are switching to online learning to start the semester. the white house feverishly working on plans to address and mitigate covid's daily disruptions while acknowledging those disruptions will only get worse as the virus advances. >> so it's kind of like a very interesting somewhat complicated issue where you have a virus that might actually be less severe in its pathogen nisty but so many people are getting infected that the net amount, the total amount of people that
will require hospitalization, might be up. we can't be complacent in these reports which are likely accurate that it is ultimately in the big picture less severe. we're still going to get a lot of hospitalizations. cnn's ryan young and polo sandoval are monitoring the situations around the country. you're at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport, more flights being canceled. how are travelers dealing with the frustrations? a >> yeah. more flights are being canceled across the country. everybody wants to get the new year started off on the right foot. when you add the sprinkle of travel into it it made things quite hard. think ability the fact that when you walk into some of these airports there's not even concession stands nope a lot of places because they're dealing with the covid outbreak. you add this together, you can understand why frustrations are starting to rise. take a look at some of the video we shot on the inside. the lines on the inside at the ticket counter are very long as
people try to get rebooked and try to go to different places. you can understand why people are upset because not only is the weather impacting this but you have covid impacting flights and the flight traveling community, when it comes to flight attendants an pilots. everyone got together for the holidays and we're starting to see that impact going on. take a listen to these travelers who have been delayed several times and now are hoping to get home. >> we tried to leave on thursday and then they canceled it. then we tried to reschedule for saturday night and they rescheduled it again or canceled it. then today they canceled it on the way to the airport. now we're rescheduled for tonight. >> have they given you any kind of lodging or anything at all i? >> not yet. >> that's got to be frustrating. >> it is. as long as we can get back west we'll be good. >> fred, you traveled to this airport before, so all along the
windows there are people with similar stories. we talked to one family of seven who has been delayed since yesterday, sleeping next to the window here. you understand that. seven. i don't know how they do it. but the cancellations, so far today, 2300 flights canceled. yesterday over 2700. and in the last ten days, you're talking about more than 14,000 flights. you understand the impact that's going on. we did this last christmas when we talked just about how weather was impacting these. you had weather, covid, the increased people coming to the airport and the long security lines, and you have a domino effect that people just can't stand. so a lot of those smiles people had about happy new year, 2022 is going to be our year, that's sort of going sideways on the inside with people frustrated as you can understand. >> oh, my goodness. that last traveler, she was awfully understanding. i applaud her patience. >> absolutely. thank you. >> i would want something. >> that's right. i could tell. that's why you're asking.
all right. polo, to you now. okay. i mean, this is putting quite the strain on people and in every corner in every industry. what are you finding out? >> once again, fred, we're reminded that the frontline workers, those emergency responders, are certainly not immune and many of them calling out sick, especially here in new york city, for example. now the ndny reporting 30% of their workforce is on sick leave. important to point out all aren't necessarily confirmed covid cases but it certainly speaks that they are short staffed on many levels to the point that fire commissioner start the year off issuing a directive to the first responders not to transport any patients that are stable but experiencing influenza like symptoms. there are exemptions for younger patients and older patients and other conditions that could make them vulnerable. this is mainly because they have seen an increase in nonemergency calls, people that in some cases even asking for a ride to the hospital for a covid test in an
ambulance. because of that they're having to reassess and make sure they are able to respond to all actual emergencies. that's why the directiontive has been issued. on the other side schools and many students preparing to head back to class. we heard from the head of the department of education saying there is a right way for the students to return to class amid the growing increase in positive tests. when you hear from the head of the department of education he's urging schools to take important mitigating steps to make sure that those students and staff are as safe as possible in the coming days. >> the message hasn't changed. we need to make sure we're following mitigation strategies, supporting our educators providing a safe learning environment, vaccination for our students as young as 5 so that whole school community is safe. we need to double down now that omicron is higher to make sure we're doing that. it works. we went from 47% of our schools open in person in january of last year, to 99% in december.
>> we're hearing of school districts all over the country that are taking several steps, for example, in d.c., students and staff are required to come to school with a negative covid test. here in new york those positive students and staff or those who test positive will be sent home with at home covid tests to see when they can return and then when you are in atlanta we know of at least five school systems that are deciding to simply go back to remote learning. as we heard from the secretary today, fred, he expects bumps in the road as students and staff get readied to head back to school for the spring semester. >> lots of bumps we're all experiencing. thank you so much. all right. then there's this breaking news, this morning the vice chair of the january 6th committee, liz cheney, went public with some damming firsthand testimony about former president donald trump's inaction while the insurrection was going on. listen. >> the committee has firsthand testimony now that he was sitting in the dining room next to the oval office watching the
attack on television. we have firsthand testimony that his daughter ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to please stop this violence. at the same time the violent assault was happening he's watching television, he's also calling at least one senator urging delay of the electoral vote. >> i want to bring in melanie on capitol hill. so how significant is this? >> this is a significant revelation, fred. first of all, it shows that someone close to trump is talking to the committee and that's important because up until this point there had been some serious and legitimate questions about whether this committee could seriously conduct its investigation and work given that so many high-profile witnesses have refused to cooperate. second of all, the fact that ivanka trump asked trump to call it off shows that the former president did, indeed, have the power to stop it, and he didn't, at least not for 187 minutes. now the big question is whether this amounts to criminal action.
bennie thompson, the chairman of the select committee was pressed by dana bash earlier today, take a listen. >> the only thing i can say, it's highly unusual for anyone in charge of anything to watch what's going on and do nothing. >> is it criminal? >> well, we don't know. we're in the process of trying to get all the information, but i can say if there's anything we come upon as a committee that we think would warrant a referral to the department of justice, we'll do that. >> it's unclear what trump's mindset was or his intent was for friesing to act during those 187 minutes, but that is something investigators are trying to determine and could play a big role in whether or not they make a criminal referral to the department of justice for the former president. >> melanie, we know the
committee wants to continue ramping up public hearings in the coming weeks and months. have you learned any more about that? >> yeah. the committee plans to move their investigation into a much more public phase this year that includes hearings throughout the year as well as an interim report in the summer and final report in the fall. i think from a macro level, bennie thompson has said what the committee wants to show they want to paint a picture about just how coordinated and planned this attack was. as far as witnesses, he said we can expect to hear from state and local election officials, doj officials who were pressured by the trump administration at the time as well as the national guard. what's less clear is whether republican lawmakers who spoke to trump on january 6th will speak in front of the committee. bennie thompson said subpoenas are something on the table. >> and then there's this today involving twitter. twitter permanently suspending congresswoman marjorie taylor greene's main twitter account earlier, nearly a year after the
former president was also banned on twitter. what more can you tell us? >> well, marjorie taylor greene has violated the twitter policy multiple times. she's been suspended at least once before for spreading misinformation about vaccines and covid. her latest tirade against vaccines was the final strike for her. her personal account has been permanently banned. she has access to her official account for congress. but look, greene is punching back, falsely suggesting that this is just an example of big tech trying to censor conservatives and hide the truth. a number of conservetives are rallying to her defense urging people to get on conservative social media sites like getter. i think the big picture here is how rampant the anti-vaccine sentiment is within the republican party. republicans will try to tell you we're not anti-vaccine, we're pro vaccine, just against the federal mandates. that's a harder argument to make
when you have people like marjorie taylor greene who are vocal voices in the party out there spreading misinformation about vaccines. >> melanie on capitol hill, thanks so much. all right. still ahead, president biden is holding a critical call with ukraine president zelensky this hour as he tries to prevent a possible russian invasion. more on that. stunning video of the aftermath of a tornado, how two babies in kentucky survived the twister in a bathtub.
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. stunning revelations are being released as we near the one-year anniversary of the january 6th insurrection on the capitol. vice chair of the select committee investigating january 6th saying this about then president trump today. >> we have firsthand testimony that his daughter ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to please stop this violence. any man who would watch television as police officers were being beaten, as his supporters were invading the capitol of the united states, is clearly unfit for future office,
clearly can never be anywhere near the oval office ever again. >> joining me now, someone who had to shelter in her office the day of the insurrection, congress wool from washington state, kim shriver. good to see you. >> good to see you, fredricka. >> when you hear representative cheney talking about his daughter trying to get trump to stop the attack on the capitol going into his office twice, even as you and your colleagues were being rushed to safety, what are your thoughts? >> >> oh, my thought is that i'm not at all surprised. i suspected this was the case all along, that this is -- this was the president who loved to hang out in front of the tv and that he probably found this entertaining and probably found this to be a great economiment from his supporters who would do this on behalf of him. no surprises here. >> what are your concerns or suspicions about what senator the former president called to try to delay the certification?
>> i have no speculation, but i am sure that january 6th commission will get that information and will follow through. >> what do you think should happen to that person once the identity is revealed? >> from a general perspective, i am in the a lawyer, i am a pediatrician and a mom, and i can tell you that if you don't want bad behavior to continue, that there have to be conquenshes. appropriate consequences are really the only way to make sure this does not happen again. it would be devastating to me to see a lack of consequences and an emboldening of this type of behavior. >> back to your hats as pediatrician and mom, let me ask you your thoughts about the rising number of concern now infected with covid and hospitalizations and schools about to return from the winter
break. we know that in some cases now school districts are saying there will be at home remote learning. what are your concerns right now about where we are as a nation with this pandemic and with the growing threats? >> well, fredricka, i can tell you again as a mom and pediatrician, i'm concerned about the rising numbers but i'm not surprised. we have an incredibly contagious omicron variant circulating right now and there is no doubt in my mind that putting children back into school will increase the spread of this. there's also no doubt in my mind that we have the tools to keep our children generally safe and that for children 5 and up, they can be vaccinated and those children should be fully vaccinated. we know that kids ending up in the hospital, those are predominantly the not vaccinated
or not fully vaccinated children and children under 5 who cannot be vaccinated. so, you know, the measures that we should be taking because, frankly, our schools should be the last to close and the first to open, we all need to behave in a way that will keep us safe and keep our children safe and need to get everybody vaccinated and with good ventilation and masking we'll minimize the spread. there's that one other thing, fredricka, which is rapid testing. if we had abundant rapid testing we could test every child every day and guarantee that schools are safe. >> in fact, you wrote in "the washington post" an op-ed talking about the failure by not having the rapid testing available and i want to quote a portion from your op-ed. it says, it makes no sense that federal and state governments continue to rely almost entirely on expensive clinic based pcr testing when staring them right in the face is a much less
expensive, arguably more effective tool. rapid antigen tests you can take at home. the white house announced plans to begin mailing at home tests with the goal of shipping 500 million kits. given the current state of the pandemic, is that too little too late or is it still imperative the administration do that? >> well look, first i'll just say that it's amazing that we have these tests and that we can just go to the store and buy them. that would be my first underlying statement as thank goodness these exists. my critique would be it is too little and it is too late, although it's not -- it's not too late to get started here. we missed the boat in this country, both with the trump administration and with the biden administration, that we need something on the order of 100 million tests a day if we tests kids in school, workers at work and want to keep our restaurants and sports venues safe, we need that capability.
>> too late to play catch-up? >> no. i don't think it's too late. here's the reason. we don't know if we are towards sort of the end of covid or the middle of covid or the beginning of covid. more variants will come as long as this is circulating. you know, start now. start manufacturing. procure enough tests so that every american has multiples in their home so they can check every couple days or even every day to make sure they're safe to be out and about. it is doable. you can go to england and germany and buy these things less than a dollar each in any super market or pharmacy. >> here in the states somewhere between $10 and even, you know, $20 or more. >> yeah. you know what, fredricka, i called our three local pharmacies this morning and they're not available in any of them which just shows there is significant demand and that you really can't rely just on the free market to do this. abbott stopped manufacturing
when they thought they wouldn't be needed anymore and here we are empty handed at a time when we need these tests more than ever. >> we'll leave it there for now. congresswoman kim schrier, happy new year. >> thank you. >> president biden is set to speak with ukraine president zelensky this hour, just days after he warned russian president vladimir putin against invading ukraine. the latest on the escalating situation straight ahead. i don't just play someone brainy on tv - i'm an actual neuroscientist. and i love the science behind neuriva plus. unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance. more brain performance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger. get your personalpoints plan! i'm james corden and i'm here to tell people that ww is getting even more personal. keep on shopping. ignore us. i've lost, like, 28 pounds. you look great! wow. i love that my clothes fit better. but i just love ice cream a little bit more than that. the new ww personalpoints program
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. they're discussing the threat from russia and the tens of thousands of troops. vladimir putin says the possibility that ukraine could join nato is a threat to russia while president biden has warned of severe consequences if russia crosses the border. eva is at the white house for us. what do we expect from this call? >> fred, the primary purpose of this call is for president biden to reaffirm america's support for ukraine's sovereignty. this is another major test of president biden's credibility on the world stage. another reason for this call basically to keep volodymyr zelensky in the loop. make sure he understands the strategy as these conversations continue between russia and america. now of paramount concern to the u.s. is for a diplomatic solution to evolve from all of
this so that russia does not invade ukraine. now what russia wants from this is a legally binding security guarantee. no membership for ukraine in nato and a rollback of military deployments in europe. adam schiff was asked about this today, and he believes these are not hollow threats coming from putin, that there is a very real possibility that russia will invade ukraine. take a listen. >> i fear that putin is likely to invade. i still, frankly, don't understand the full motivation for why now he's doing this, but he certainly appears intent on it unless we can persuade him otherwise. and i think nothing other than a level of sanctions that russia has never seen will deter him and that's exactly what we need to do with our allies. >> reporter: now president biden is at his home in wilmington
today, so we are waiting to see what kind of readout we get from the white house on this call. later this month, january 10th, russian and american officials will meet for an in-person conversation in geneva. fred? >> eva mckend at the white house, thanks so much. what could happen next between the u.s., russia and ukraine. with me is jill dougherty, an adjunct professor at the walsh school of service at georgetown university and former moscow bureau beef at cnn. always good to see you. what kind of assurances or he reassurances can president zelensky really count on from the u.s.? >> well, i think he can count on -- he can't count on becoming a member of nato. that i think that everybody knows it, putin knows it, mr. zelensky knows it and president biden knows it. what he can count on is the unity that united states has
tried to create with the allies to support ukraine, to say that, as you just heard, the sovereignty and the territorial integrity are sacrosanct and that united states is going to, you know, try to support as much as they can and that if there were an invasion, there would be more weapons going into ukraine, more troops conceivably going into nato -- more nato troops going into the region, new members of nato, and a strong position against russia. the main thing would be sanctions, serious sanctions. >> when president biden, you know, spoke with vladimir putin last week, it did seem to i guess convey or the president did convey that he talked about sanctions, but does anyone believe that that in any way i
guess rattles the cage of putin if. >> well, if it does, he's not going to talk about it. in fact, the way he answered that from president biden was essentially to say look, if you do that, it's a colossal mistake and that's basically a quote, and then he said, we would end relations with the united states. this would be the end of the relationship. so he's really, you know, painting a dire scenario too. now what he would do exactly if he ended relations with the united states it's pretty hard to imagine how that would happen because it would be relations with the entire world. say he did that. i think he's counting a little bit on china, that the, you know, recent relationship with china, which has. strengthening significantly, could help russia in the long run. i don't think -- i think right now, what he wants to do, president putin, is to give the impression that russia is very,
very strong. you know, i've been watching russian tv all day and it's new year's so there's not a lot going on, but there are -- there's a big series on the end of the soviet union and a lot of it is we were down, we were beaten, but then president putin pulled us back. so that's a very strong element for his domestic audience. >> wow. it sounds like this is a lot of mind games being played here. this is putin flexing his muscle, not just to the country of russia, but on the world stage saying, hey, folks, look at me. don't forget about me? >> right. you know, i was looking also at the polling that's been taking place over the past few weeks and it's very interesting -- i would say almost contradictory -- because you have in russia right now, a split between russians thinking there is going to be a war in ukraine and russians not
thinking that. 39% think it's highly likely and another 38% say it's unlikely, and then there's another like 15% who say it's not going to happen. so that's kind of interesting. but who do they blame? they blame overwhelmingly, 50%, nato and the united states are at fault and only 4% blame russia. you know, domestically, i think watching tv, the constant stream of propaganda, and it is sometimes skillfully done, it is prop began, is working. you know, the -- but, fred, i'll just say one other thing that's really contradictory, is that the view of russians of the united states has been getting better in the midst of all of this. i'm not quite sure what that all means, but what will be important are these talks that are coming up as you heard, the
1011, 12 talks and then the organization for security and cooperation in europe. those talks are going to be important. whether they can come up with something to diplomatically solve this is another question. it's extremely complex. >> still, lots of questions in the air. jill dougherty, thank you so much. always good seeing you. happy new year. >> happy new year. colorado officials now say one person who was missing from the wildfire is now accounted for, but they fear the other two may be dead. we're live from colorado with the latest next. >> you will love your job. >> there's room to grow... >> ...and lots of opportunities. >> so, what are you waiting for? >> apply now... >> ...and make a difference. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ >> man, i love that song!
been accounted for. the cause of the blaze still being investigated. listen. >> the sheriff's department is involved with the active investigation. if there was any form of deliberate or accidental arson, i fully expect that any of those responsible will be held fully responsible under the law. >> the fire marshal leveled entire subdivisions -- that fire that is -- destroying nearly 1,000 homes since thursday. natasha chen is live in boulder, colorado. what more did we learn from that briefing? >> well, fredricka, we are actually in a different room now just in the same building. we're expecting another update in less than 30 minutes from the boulder county sheriff. perhaps a little more detail about that investigation into the cause of the fire that you just mentioned. but at the previous press conference, we did hear from the governor of colorado, senator
michael bennett was there, as well as the fema director that you spoke to, so they were talking a lot about resources available to the thousands of people who had to evacuate their homes. we're talking about folks who cannot really get back into their neighborhoods yet. some of those subdivisions, it's still an active scene because fire crews are trying to put out hot spots and there could be hazardous materials in some of the homes that are still flaring up. it's not quite time yet for some of those families who were very eager to see the conditions of their properties. one of the residents that we spoke to from superior the other day told me that he was able to confirm his house is still standing. even finding that out was a really emotional moment. >> tell me what that was like the first moment you saw your house standing there?
>> that -- that was tough. you know, you prepare for that moment, but it's like, i don't know, your kids, they grew up there, and it gets emotional when you see that. at that point you're like, well, my home is standing, we're lucky. >> reporter: there are thousands of people displaced at this point, and there's discussion in the long run about what to do in this very tight housing market in colorado. where are all these people going to go? this is both a short-term trauma and a long-term problem to solve. in the meantime as you mentioned, we're still waiting to hear more about looking for those two missing people and finding out more about the potential cause of the fire at this press conference here in the next 30 minutes. >> so devastating.
natasha chen, thank you so much. all right. well this is a story that is nothing short of a miracle and it was caught on video. following the deadly tornados in kentucky, sheriff's officers and neighbors helped rescue two infants from a bathtub that was thrown from a house. they'll join me, next. i've always been running. to meetings. errands. now i'm running for me. i've always dreamed of seeing the world. but i'm not chasing my dream anymore. i made a financial plan to live it every day. ♪ at northwestern mutual, our version of financial planning helps you live your dreams today. find a northwestern mutual advisor at nm.com have you checked singlecare? i think you can get a cheaper price on this. cheaper meds with singlecare. stop! i should spread the word. but how? i wanna be remembered for the savings, with singlecare.
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confirming tornado damage in multiple counties after severe storms passed through yesterday. four tornadoes some with wind gusts of 100 miles an hour. the governor's office saying 31 counties were impacted by the storm. in the same part of kentucky, truly a miracle. in newly released body cam video, you can see hopkins county, kentucky, sheriff's officers and neighbors helping to rescue two infants from a bathtub that was thrown from a house that was destroyed by the tornado. that happened just last month. take a look. >> i was looking everywhere to see where the tub may be. i had no clue at all where these babies was. all i could say is lord, please, bring -- >> so cnn affiliate wfie spoke with clara lutz who told the station she was watching her two grandchildren in the home when the tornado hit. as it was bearing down on the
house she put the 15-month-old and 3-month-old in the bath tube with a bible, blanket and pillow. she grasped on the tub but was separated from it as the tornado ripped the house apart. >> in the bathtub. >> hang on. >> we're looking for a 15-month-old. >> 329, we got the -- i think a 15-month-old. central, can you send us med center? >> hey. oh, my god. >> we'll try to get them to you. >> all right. go ahead. >> it's okay. >> there you go. >> is she okay? he? >> good there. >> no cuts on the leg. >> come on, baby. both of them. >> anybody else? >> hey, hang on.
>> 15-month-old white male. >> hey, baby. >> we got the -- i think a 15-month-old. central, can you send med center. >> oh, my god. >> try to get them to you. >> ease. >> come here, sweetheart. >> it's okay. >> good deal. good deal. is she okay, he? what do we got? >> okay. >> no cuts on the leg. >> that's both of them. that's both of them. >> anybody else? >> i was looking everywhere to see where the tub may be. i had no clue at all where these babies was. all i could say is lord, please, bring my babies back to me safely. >> is that not extraordinary? my goodness, the extraordinary heros right here hopkins county deputies, deputy trent arnold and deputy troy blue. my goodness, gentlemen. this is extraordinary.
i mean, if not for your body cam video people would have a hard time believing this actually happened. here you are searching after the tornados hit through, in the dark, the grandmother has told you that these two babies are missing, and that you would actually find them. is it because you heard their cries? tell me, you know, the moments. how did it all unfold? walk us through it? >> okay. it's not just me. i am not hearing you nor are any of us. all right. deputy blue and arnold, stick around. we're going to try to work out this audio because we have to hear this story and how in the world you were able to rescue these two little babies. we're going to take a short break for now and work things out and be right back. unlike ordinary memory supplements,
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was underway. and hopkins county sheriffs deputies trent arnold and deputy troy blue were searching with their body camera there on and a flashlight, and unbelievably they located that bathtub. now, gentlemen, let's try this again. deputy arnold, tell me what you were looking for, what you heard. did you have any hope that you would find these two little babies? >> absolutely. you always try to help in these situations. and it was actually deputy blue that had heard the children crying, which was a very hectic scene at the time. we just kind of went towards that area and began searching, and that's kind of where the body cam starts. >> oh, my gosh. okay, so walk us through it, deputy blue. you heard it and your instinct said we're going this way. and then what? >> well, when we were on the main highway and seeing all the houses flattened or partially
flattened and trees and powerlines down everywhere, somebody said, hey, a lady lost her kids, they had been sucked out by the tornado. and at that time we all tried to get as quiet as we could, i guess during all the chaos and listened. and i heard the screaming or crying from the infants in the distance. and that's when the crew and myself and deputy arnold all ran toward the sound of the crying, and just started pilfering through all the damaged area. and finally we got to the bathtub and located the kids. >> oh, my gosh. and is it correct -- i was told the bathtub was actually turned upside down almost like cradling protecting these little babies from the debris on top of the tub. >> it was, yes, ma'am. >> wow.
and, so, give me your reaction when you saw, you know, and reached in there, it looked like you saw a leg first of one of the kids, and then reached in and then what? >> i mean, at that point it's kind of -- i mean, it is a sense of relief, and then of course when we were able to find that second one, we knew that there was catastrophic daniemage to o area. we knew that this was going to be bad. this was within the first 30 minutes of that night. so obviously we had a huge feeling of relief being able to -- with the grandmother. but also we had this sense to continue to help as well as the rest of the community. >> this was the miracle that you all needed, right, after experiencing what everyone did in your area.
i mean, these cries, these rays of hope that you came across must've been so uplifting. but tell me, too, deputies ar arnold and blue, you weren't alone. there were a number of people looking, searching, right? >> that's correct. like i said, the two gentlemen i know of that was up there with us was timmy and michael who lived relatively close to the area. and there were more people than just that there that also performed a lot of heroic incidents or things that took place throughout the whole tornado aftermath. it was a large stretch of damaged areas across our county. >> so, this was weeks ago. but i know it's still very fresh as if it were just yesterday. how are you all holding up? how is the community holding up?
>> i could say, you know, obviously our community is dealing with this loss. but i will see the turnout and people's attitudes, it is really amazing, folks that have lost everything but they're physically okay, and they're out helping those, you know, that may have lost loved ones or that had loved ones injured. they're helping their neighbor next door. and it's truly amazing to witness that. it's something that maybe not a lot of people can see, but it's going on every day, and it still continues even through christmas and the new year. >> well, deputies, you all are amazing, and so glad you were able to bring us this miraculous find, and so glad those little babies and the families have been reunited and everyone's doing fine. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> have a great happy new year. all right. and this is a different kind of life-saving story. brian hamilton, the equipment
manager for the vancouver can chinooks is thanking the woman who saved him. >> reporter: perhaps one of the best stories from the sports world of 2022 already. saturday vancouver chinooks equipment manager was able to meet the woman who saved his life. in october a seattle kraken fan was holding up her phone towards hamilton with a message that said the mole on the back of your neck is cancer. and after checking with the team doctors, hamilton learned he had stage 2 skin cancer with maybe five years left to live. after a monumental effort to track down the fan, hamilton finally met his guardian angel, 22-year-old nadia popovici. >> she is the person that did this. she saved a life. she doesn't know. she needs to know her efforts
were valid and bang on, and i'm happy that story's there but not for me but for her because the world needs to know that she's -- this woman exists, she's a hero, and we need to celebrate her and people like her that take the time to do things like this and save lives. >> nadia is just about to start medical school. and, get this, as a thank you the cacucks gave her $10,000 to help her start her journey. >> that's a beautiful story all the way around. all right. singer/songwriters james taylor and carole king's 50-year personal friendship and partnership. and now the musicians discussed the unique experience of performing together. here's a look at the cnn exclusive film "carole king and james taylor just call out my name." ♪ you've got a friend ♪
>> it was one of those songs that writes itself really fast. >> right. as soon as i heard it, i went that's a great, great song. peter sort of asking you we want to put this on the album, what do you think, and you were generous to say sure. this fantastic tune she's recording herself, and she allows me to have the first shot at it. ♪ think all you got to do is call ♪ >> your rendition of it for the first time, was, like, oh, my god, it's perfect. >> what's funny is it was one of those things, we've been in the studio, i think we had this extra time left over. we all knew the song because we'd heard you play it because we were at the trubador doing that gig together, and you were playing it every night. it was so loose. playing all over the place. it's the most noty of a bass
part in the history of popular music. it's like she's playing arpeggios on the bass. ross laid down a conga part. everything was very, very loose. for one thing, i didn't assume that we were going to be able to release it because we are professionals. but that's the story to the back story, anyway. >> and also when we played in the reunion tour, basically your arrangement pretty much, which is not that different from mine, but it is because my piano, i had to change some of the cords to meet your arrangement. but it was perfect. i wanted to do that. but the way your guitar blends with my piano part, it's like that first time we played together. we did that.
[ laughter ] >> they did that thing because they are the it couple, the it musical couple. the all-new cnn film "carole king & james taylor: just call out my name" premieres tonight only on cnn. and thank you for joining me today. happy new year. i'm fredricka whitfield. "cnn newsroom" continues with paula reid right now. ♪ you're live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm paula reid in washington. jim acosta is off today. now, today as the nation prepares to mark one year since a deadly attack on the u.s. capitol, we are getting stunning new details from the january 6th committee whose members say they now have firsthand testimony about what donald trump was doing as those rioters stormed the building. he was just sitting there watching it on tv. >> the committee has