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breaking overnight 50,000 general motors workers are on strike now after contract talks fail we've got the latest gas prices on the rise oil prices jump more than 10% as president trump tries to reassure americans that we have plenty of oil llowing the military strike on saudi arabia. also breaking, opioid giant purdue pharma, the maker of oxycontin, files for bankruptcy. we'll tell you what it means first state stock markets. it was a big week in the nfl with a few franchise quarterbacks sidelined plus, some pregame pyrotechnics go terribly wrong. i was an undercover cia
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operative. my assignment was preventing rogue states and terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. you've probably heard my name. mr. president, i've got a few scores to settle >> the president will campaign in blue state new mexico today, but he's got a welcoming party he may not find all that warm. and meet the woman who swallowed her diamond engagement ring in her sleep. "early today" starts right now >> good monday morning i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm gigi stone wood we begin with breaking news. the biggest labor strike in is under way. members of the united auto workers union and general motors are walking off the job after contract workers collapsed there are concerns about the economic toll this protest could take in 2007, the general motors strike cost the automaker more than half a billion dollars in two sheneman has this
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report. >> reporter: the united auto workers announced sunday they will walk off the production line and on to the picket line >> in is our last resort it represents great sacrifice and great courage on the part of our members and all of us. >> reporter: union leaders and the company have been locked in talks over a new contract since july the often contentious negotiations broke down and plant level leaders voted unanimously to strike. >> we are standing up for fair wages. we are standing up for affordable quality health care we are standing up for our share of the profits >> reporter: gm says it's offered more than $7 billion in investments, promised to create 5400 new jobs, and insists it offered best in class wages and benefits >> we believe that we presented a strong offer tothe uaw. >> reporter: however, uaw leaders argue workers helped save the company when it filed
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for bankruptcy protection in 2009, and now want that loyalty to be reciprocated >> they stood up for that company. and now they want that company to stand up for them at the table. >> reporter: the nation's largest automaker now brought to a stand still. dan sheneman, nbc news energy prices spiked after drones strike the heart of saudi arabia's oil industry. president trump responded to the attack saying the u.s. is locked and loaded, claiming they know who the culprit is secretary of state mike pompeo blamed iran, but they're denying any responsibility instead, yemen's houthi rebels are taking credit for the strike say thanksgiving launched the attack with ten drones this escalates tensions with iran even more >> good morning, frances well, it certainly does raise the stay, doesn't it a series of azen attacks on the beating heart of saudi arabia's oil production, hitting the world's largest petroleum processing plant and disrupting
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over half of saudi's oil outpit. you know surprisingly, the attack has made oil prices soar to reach six-month highs, at one point with gains as much as 20%. now frances, this latest episode in what has been an ex-trially volatile especially summer in the middle east from tankers being hit and drones down is going to fuel the regional crisis even further. as you mentioned, president trump said the u.s. was locked and loaded and ready to respond to the drone attacks, saying that the u.s. knew who was behind them without mentioning any names. secretary pompeo, however, laid the blame squarely on iran, even though the houthis had claimed responsibility he said that there was no evidence the drones were launched from yemen and accused tehran of unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply frances? >> we'll watch where it goes from here. a ali arouzi for us, thank you
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purdue pharma has filed for bankruptcy as the maker of oxycontin tries to protect itself from mounting lawsuits. the move part of a tentative settlement purdue reached last week with state and local governments suing the company for its role in the opioid epidemic but the fight is far from over for the sackler family, which owns the company about half of the states have not yet signed on to the deal, arguing that the $12 billion payout is too low. several plan to fight the settlement and take the sacklers to court the bankruptcy means purdue will likely be removed from the first federal opioid trial scheduled to start in cleveland october 21st proportionate justice brett kavanaugh facing new scrutiny this morning over allegations of sexual misconduct from his time at yale. nbc news has confirmed there was another alleged incident reported to the fbi last year but that it was not investigated now several democratic presidential candidates are calling for his removal from the bench. nbc's tracie potts joins us from d.c. with the latest
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tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. so this is another allegation against supreme court justice brett kavanaugh, and there are presidential candidates kamala harris, julian castro, who are calling for impeachment, saying he lied to congress during his hearings when he said that he had never assaulted anyone the second allegation coming out as a result of "the new york times" op-ed summarizing a book that is coming out this week by two of their reporters, saying not only did they find fresh corroboration for the ramirez allegation, but also the second one that had been reported to the fbi but was not investigated at the time. now, it's also important to note that the woman involved, according to the book, isn't commenting, and friends say that she does not remember this incident some democrats are calling for impeachment of kavanaugh others are more cautious
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>> i didn't want him there in the first place. i am the one that he asked me on national tv if i'd ever blacked out and then had to apologize for it afterwards. so no one knows better than me how much i wish he hadn't gotten that job, and impeachment is something you can look at, but you've got to get the documents to be able to prove the case. >> reporter: now president trump is tweeting that kma is an innocent man and that he should be suing for libel over these allegations. meantime, the fbi has not yet commented. we have reached out to the fbi burvegs the fbi is not yet commenting kavanaugh is not commenting through the court. however, he has broadly denied any claims of misconduct >> all right tracie potts for us, tracie, thank you. president trump is making a major play for new mexico in the race for 2020.
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hillary clinton beat him in the border state by eight points in 2016, but the president thinks he can turn it red this time around it starts with a campaign rally just outside albuquerque in rio rancho. meanwhile, democrats are aiming to tighten their hold after scoring a house seat and the governor's mansion last year one of those taking on the gop is former cia operative valerie plame. she just went viral, calling out the president directly in a slick new ad for her congressional campaign >> i was an undercover cia operative. my assignment was preventing rogue states and terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. you name a hot spot, i lived it. then dick cheney's chief of staff took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity his name, scooter libby. guess who pardoned him last year mr. president, i've got a few scores to settle >> kind of want to watch the
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rest of that movie that ad has racked up nearly 1.4 million views in youtube in just days. >> the terrifying scene in wildwood, new jersey after multiple decks on a multistory condo collapsed, injuring at least 21 people, including children one witness described seeing several people out on the decks when the floors gave way >> a level collapse and the third level, a lady standing there looking like a deer in the headlights oh my god, she came straight down >> fortunately, a large group of firefighters were nearby for an annual convention and helped in the rescue effort. investigators are sorting through the debris to find out why the decks gave way we turn to some breaking news out of new york the music world is mourning the death of a rock 'n roll hall of famer, ric ocasek, the lead singer of the cars has died. police say his body was found
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unresponsive and unconscious in a manhattan town house no word on the cause of death. ocasek founded the cars in 1976. the group had 13 top 40 singles. tributes from across the music world have been pouring in on social media nile roger reported we had a lot of fun making the album fireball zone courtney love posted on instagram the cars were an amband and billy idol tweeted sorry to hear about ric ocasek. ric ocasek was 75. we're also learn of the death of phyllis newman who won the tony, the 1962 tony for best supporting actress in "subways are for sleeping." her movies included "the beautician clothe and "the beast clothe and the mannequin phyllis newman was 86 years old.
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janessa welcome back is tracking hurricane humberto. janessa, another one coming this way? >> yeah, another one but this one is going the stay well offshore. that's the great news with this storm system but the rip currents are going to be an issue across the florida coast even for north carolina so it has strengthened here just in the last five hours we now have a cat 1. it's moving at 75 miles per hour that's the constant wind speed and we're expecting it to really gain strength in the next 24 to 36 hours by wednesday afternoon, poteially a categorynt 2 midwest highs today across bismarck, 91. so bermuda is really on our radar for this storm system. but florida and carolina getting clear. >> all right, thank you,
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janessa. california woman had a dream that she needed to swallow her engagement ring to save it from bad guys the dream was so vivid, she actually did it. >> oh, boy >> oh, no. >> jenna evans, she woke up the next morning she realized her engagement ring was missing. after explaining her dream to her fiance, she says they both laughed and headed to urgent care you can see her ring in the x-rays the doctor was able to safely remove her ring. >> 2.4 carats. lots of vegetables we'll be right back. and dusters. for hard-to-reach places, duster makes it easy to clean. it captures dust in one swipe. ha! gotcha! and sweeper heavy duty cloths lock away twice as much dirt and dust. it gets stuff deep in the grooves other tools can miss. y'know what? my place... is a lot cleaner now.
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in the arctic, temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else on earth. nbc's kevin tibbles reports from norway as part of nbc's week-long series the climate in crisis >> reporter: the sound of an icy world rapidly changing melting glaciers just a few hundred miles from the north pole and the animals that inhabit this arctic noman's land are in jeopardy as traditional food sources disappear, they come looking in town. >> we have at the current moment polar bears in the vicinity of the settlement that we have to try to channel away to avoid confrontation with children. >> reporter: this is the norwegian arc pell get high above the arctic circle, where an afternoon hike now requires a rifle for safety is climate change happening here >> absolutely. we see it every day. >> reporter: steven hudson, an american atmospheric scientist says temperatures here are
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in today's top story, top democrats are urging president trump to take action on gun control. house speaker nancy pelosi and senate minority leader chuck schumer spoke with the president by phone and told him that any proposal he endorses that does not include a house-passed universal background check legislation will not get the job done the two leader also promised to join mr. trump in the rose garden ceremony for a signing ceremony if he helps get it through the senate president trump is heading to houston next weekend to attend an event with india assets prime minister mar rend ra modi. white house officials say modi asked the president to attend
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during the g7 summit in france the event is called howdy modi it will highlight the partnership between india and the u.s. avengers star mark ruffalo is throwing major shade at boris johnson after he used a metaphor to compare both himself and brexit to the incredible hulk. johnson told the mail that the hulk always escaped no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be, and that's the case for this country well, ruffalo, who stars as the hulk took to twitter to respond saying in part boris johnson forgets that the hulk only fights for the good of the whole. the hulk works best when he is in unison with a team. as the country faces a growing health crisis believed to be caused by vaping, new york is planning to do something about it governor andrew cuomo has announced an emergency executive action banning the sale of flavored cigarettes. now the ban would not affect tobacco or menthol-flavored e-cigarettes it comes as the trump
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biggest star is when it comes to the baseball stores or mickey mouse. that's fun. >> thanks for waking up with us. i'm gigi stone woods. >> and i'm frances rivera. your news continues on nbc and your nbc stations. have a great start to your week.
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two big stories we're following. at this hour rain falling across the bay area for the first time in months. that's why our team of meteorologists issued a weather alert so you're ready. breaking news a major artery between san jose and the tri valley shut down after a truck caring propane crashes. good morning. >> we want to go right to mike for that traffic problem out there. mike, we know that you're looking at ways to try to get people around. >> yeah. apparently there's an issue. i see it on my map. there we go.


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