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. new travel restrictions and government vaccination mandates for private businesses the delta variant continues to be the overwhelming cause for concern as the omicron variant gains steam. actor jesse smollett is a witness in his own trial and tells the jury, there is no hoax russia is amassing 100,000 strong along the ukraine border. today biden and putin go
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face-to-face. a mysterious untimely death of the 2021 kentucky derby winner what happened? are we at the beginning of a possible santa claus rally for stock? "early today" starts right now good morning, i'm frances rivera >> i'm phillip mena. cases are climbing in at least 22 states. efforts are ramping up to slow the spread, including a sweeping new vaccine mandate for new york city and international travel restr restrictions now in effect here's nbc news' chris pollone. >> reporter: with cases of the new omicron variant growing in the u.s. and around the world, new rules are in effect for people coming to the u.s. from overseas travelers need a negative covid test within 24 hours of departure. pcr tests are send not all self tests are eligible a. teledoctor must witness the
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test. >> safe check everything, yes. they're very strict. >> reporter: in an attempt to head off a winter surge, new york is now the first city in the nation to impose a vaccine mandate december 27th. >> a lot of people said they believe in vaccination they're not quite sure how they can do it, themselves. now we'll do it. >> reporter: children under five need shots to entertain in the city. >> it's clear where you have high pockets of individuals, including people up to date on boosters, you see lower cases. >> reporter: omicron has been found in 17 states early data suggests it spreads quicker. most cases appear less severe. omicron, it's delta that is killing americans. >> we have 90 to 100,000 cases
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today right now in the united states 99.9% are the delta variant. >> reporter: health experts say knows dying from covid are the unvaccinated >> we are hours away from a critical meeting between president biden and russian president vladimir putin the high stakes calls comes amid growing concern russia could be thinking of imposing ukraine richard engle is in ukraine with more. >> reporter: new satellite images show russian forces at the ready near the ukrainian border u.s. intelligence warn russia's vladimir putin may be planning an attack on the u.s. ally officials estimate there are already 70-to-100,000 russian troops near the border an unclassified u.s. intelligence predicts another 100,000 could be called in for
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an early invasion next year. president biden snast signalled the u.s. will oppose him. >> i am in constant contact with our allies in europe with the ukrainians. >> reporter: analysts expect the u.s. could likely confront russia with sanctions. though in the past, sanctions have done little to change putin's actions. fears of war are growing in ukraine. back in april during another russian troop buildup, we were with ukrainian troops who were carefully monitoring russians on the other side what are you looking at through this periscope >> its enemy. >> reporter: putin may be bluffing he does not want ukraine to join na that and nato to put advanced weapon systems into the country. perhaps it's saber rattling, either way it's drawn.
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russia has been second troops to the border and pulling them back to keep the world guessing what it will do >> our thanks to richard engel for that report. now to a critical day of testimony in the jesse smollett trial. tell former "empire" star taking the stand for what they say he staged. >> reporter: this morning, jesse smollett continues testimony under the cross-examinations when prosecutors try to convince the jury, the actor was not the victim of a hate crime at all. nearly three years after jesse smollett reported he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. he is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly faking the attack and lying to police about it smollett telling the injury, there was no hoax. he was seen told investigators
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the noose attackers put over his neck after yelling slurs, throwing police chief on him and saying this is maga country. prosecution star witnesses, two brothers, aspiring actors, associates of smollett, who say he paid them $3500 to stage the attack one testified smollett said he wanted me to beat him up on the stand, spomollett sayingh paid for an exercise plan. police used four different cameras to show the two brother allegedly using $200 he gave them to buy supplies for the attack smollett insisting he is innocent the jury could get this case sometime later today or perhaps tomorrow if convicted, smollett faces up to three years in prison philip >> all right ron, thank you the biden administration
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taking a stand ahead of the winter games the white house announcing a diplomatic boycott of the beijing olympics for the latest, we turn to abc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: when the olympic flame is lit in beijing, american athletes will be there. neither biden or u.s. officials will be attending. they announce a boycott to protest china's human rights abuses, including depressing the democracy movement in hong kong, what the u.s. calls gen side and feng shuai accused a top beijing official of sexual assault jimmy carter stayed home some members of both parties want a complete boycott including the athletes >> i don't feel that the burden of our international policies
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should fall on the shoulders of these young people so let's make our statement loud and clear through not accepting diplomats to beijing. >> reporter: still beijing's response immediate and furious, a spokesman saying, if the u.s. is ensis tent on going down the wrong path, china will take necessary countermeasures. despite talk of a new cold war between the u.s. and china washington needs china to pressure japan to work on trade and climate change the white house is under pressure from both parties to get tougher with beijing. frances. >> okay. andrea, thank you. across the country, ski resorts are delaying their openings because warm temperatures are keeping the slopes nearly snowless erin mclaughlin has more. >> reporter: on slopes across the west, it's a winter no show. with little snow on the ground, ski resorts that usually open in
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time for the thanksgiving holiday are still closed over the weekend, just over a third of the area ski grounds were partially resorts, three have been able to operate and it comes after october's early winter wallop. snow season high, now dry. >> it's been really warm since then we haven't seen the natural snow. >> reporter: it's the same story in colorado, denver has now gone 228 consecutive days without any measurable snowfall. that's the longest snow has stretched since 1887 california ski regions are the site of a so-called weather inversion. the phenomenon causes warmer air, which typically sits at lower elevations to rise, making temperatures in the mountains warmer it's kept it above freezing, meaning even man-made snow doesn't stick.
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>> i can't remember in the 16 years i have been forecasting here when we've had no snow on the ground and no snow on the trails either from man-made snow. >> reporter: while the dry weather is slumping the early ski season, it's also raising red flags about a worsening climate crisis, like in the mountains of hawaii, bracing for a blizzard, pictures from nasa lights show a rapidly melting sierra nevada snow pack the drying reservoirs are amelie replenished by a slower snow melt they predict mountainous states throughout the west could go nearly snowless for years at a time. >> i think the tourist industry should absolutely be concerned these factors are with us already. we need to learn how to deal with them. in hawaii, residents are urged to prepare for extreme weather. the good evening declared a
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state of emergency until december 10th after a storm swarmed the island sunday morning. the national weather service issued flash flood warnings that heavy catastrophic flooding. they are preparing for a potential landslide and road closures and home damage nbc meteorologist janessa webb has been tracking that threatening weather around hawaii good morning >> good morning. this is only the beginning we have been dealing with this the last 48 hours with blizzard warnings in place and then it transitioned over to predominantly rain now we still have a long night across hawaii. we will get an additional five-to-eight inches in that area so we're nearing 2 feet of rain in some of the southern slope areas. that will continue you see this is a flat out stalled out front sitting across
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the area and its tropical moisture flash flood warnings are currently in place, additional three-to-five inches i will fought rule out the possibility across the big island an additional eight inches in some isolated spots. so we're going to be talking about this storm system the next couple days. we are watching another weather maker, predominantly dry it starts to make its way into the carolina into ths,bay, blus with, slightly warmer for the deep south houston today 64 man temperatures are just up and down, pretty much on my nerves we'll take a look at that forecast >> i like the way you put that a key white house operative
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farmer and has no apparent experience working as an executive. the congressman said he is humbled and honored to lead the mission. the death of this year's kentucky derby winner, medinah spirit collapsed and died following a workout at santa anita park the horse suffered a probable cardiac event. he made headlines after testing positive for a steroid back in may. the california horse racing board will conduct a necropsy to figure out the death. the patriots battled for control of the afc east. the quarterback threw the ball three times for the night. the run game turned up the heat on buffalo a 64 pass run in the first they responded in the air,
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it's a rebound on wall street as investors shaky off concerns about the new omicron variant. the dow surged nearly 650 points yesterday while the nasdaq climbed about 140 points the s&p also closed in the green. futures are pointing towards another rally at the open. >> can that rally turn into a big finish for 2021?
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plus the supply chain train has it spread too thin steve sedgwick joins with us more on that hi, steve. good morning >> reporter: a very good morning. we'll come to the key story. i'm very worried u.s. markets are surging no doubt about it. yesterday it was on the biggest rise of the year 647 points and you said the futures are looking good the dow futures caught up 300 points, very encouraging comments from dr. anthony fauci about the omicron fought being quite as severe as many feared but these markets as you know, we got some really big inflation data on friday cpi. that might ultimately be a big market but a big rally, a santa rally on hand at the moment. we can take shortages on semi conductors when it comes to our green tea, we're now getting worried. for three weeks, apparently the
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world war. in today os top stories, bob deal will lie in state at the u.s. capitol rotunda thursday. the u.s. nominee spent a lot of time in that i would being during his career. deal represented kansas, serving in both chambers of congress he was a republican leader in the senate for 11 years. deal was known as a world war hero and fierce advocate for veterans only 34 other marines have been chosen to lie in state they are suing texas over the redistricting map. the federal lawsuit says it discriminates against minority voters, particularly latinos the suit alleges that the republican-led state violated part of the voting rights act with a new jerry mappederred boundary, forming bizarrely shaped districts, one described as sea horse states to preserve seats for white republicans. the state attorney general called the lawsuit absurd. the lynching of emmett till has been closed once again he was
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14-years-old in 1955 he was murdered in mississippi after witnesses say he whistled at a white woman the probe was reopened in 2017 after a book claimed she recant her story. version closed it after they couldn't prove she lied. tim's family members said they were disappointed by the results but not surprised. santa claus is coming to town, packing heat in colorado this man dressed up as kris kringle with a caption guess who came in to receive his concealed handgun permit today that got a backlash on twitter the sheriff's office in colorado issued an apology for the insensitive message. how about some jollier old st. knicks in maine. they traded a slay for a pair of skis over 230 santas took to the slopes they stuffed a $20 donation into the stocking before dashing
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right now at 4:30 a surge of retail thefts across the bay area forcing action. new omicron cases every day. this is "today in the bay." good tuesday morning to you. i am kris sanchez. >> i am scott mcgrew. laura and marcusav


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