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this morning, the fbi revealing more about the man who held a rabbi hostage and others omicron cases appear to be leveling off in some areas and the number one tennis player was deported and now is in dubai nfl highlights today would have been betty white's 100th birthday
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the fun and unique ways to honor her life we start now >> good morning. i'm philip mena. >> and i'm frances rivera. >> we begin with the eastern storm impacting parts of the country. the storm already had a major impact on the south. at least two people killed in north carolina when officials say their car went off the road. freezing rain also a seer yousz factor rain and ice left people without power from georgia to the carolinas. about 3,000 flights canceled up and down the east coast. almost all the flights canceled in charlotte yesterday along the russian-ukrainian border, after failed talks remaining surrounded by troops
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the government websites got hacked according to microsoft, dozens of computers and agencies impacted the number of daily cases in cities like chicago, washington, d.c. and new york, they are seeing some dips today, more than 65 million americans have contracted the virus and more than 854,000 have died some parts of the country are seeing bright spots, the u.s. surgeon general said on cnn state of the union that we are not out of the woods yesterday the next few weeks will be tough because omicron cases have not yet peaked nursing homes are seeing a rising pace of deaths. reporting a new record of about 32,000 cases the week. and assisted living facilities
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saw an increase of deaths among residents the same week. we have more from los angeles. >> reporter: omicron impacting millions of americans. hospitals across the country in dire mode bracing for the demand of cases staffing shortages as health care workers fight the virus themselves ambulances in california facing delays procedures are on hold >> this is not an elective procedure. my life is not my life anymore >> massachusetts general will postpone up to 1,000 cases a week for an influx >> we have patients being treated in hallways and chairs in the living room we had to shut down the emergency department because we
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didn't have the nurses to staff it >> some light at the end of the tunnel some cities seeing hospitalizations plateau and some dips of daily cases >> overall, the fraction for covid is brighter than it had before >> if you have insurance, you can purchase up to eight at-home tests a month and your insurance provider will cover much of the cost make sure they are in-service providers. file for reimbursement with a form like this this wednesday, a website goes live families can order four tests per households >> we have a billion tests that will become available they can order through the website. >> for many, it will be too little, too late as the spread of omicron continues
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>> patients will still have to go through the process to get the reimbursements biden administration is working with insurance companies to try to make these tests free at the time of purchase no time line yet when or if this will happen. >> thank you it is game over for novak djokovic who has been deported from australia the defending aussie open champion is out of the competition and out of the country. >> reporter: the world's number one tennis player is on a plane to dubai after being deported from australia >> the world number one has been booted out >> the federal court was unanimous adding that he would be responsible for legal fees and could be subject to a legal ban scratching the hopes of defending his title anytime
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soon >> saying he was extremely disappointed adding, i hope we can all focus on the game i love >> that's what many players have been saying. >> i feel it has taken away from great play >> some vocal support, many australians who spent the last two years largely trapped inside the country felt the right decision has been made >> there has been too many people locked out of their own state because of the restrictions >> closing a messy two-week drama over the unvaccinated exemption. fans, players and australians are ready to watch some tennis >> the australian prime minister have come out in support of the decision in australia, human rights groups have come out heavily criticizing arguing it is
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inindicative of an all-too powerful immigration policy. sfloo north korea launched two rounds of missiles they did no damage but have raised fears of confrontation. japan condemned the move this is the fourth such launch this year. the fbi has walked back earlier comments about this weekend's siege at a texas synagogue saying it was indeed a terrorism attack a british citizen took four people hostage in a dallas area s synagogue. after a police raid, he was
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head he held hostages 12 hours before his death. the president making his stance clear. >> this was an act of terror >> the 44-year-old british national who police say entered saturday morning and took hostages his voice heard on a facebook live stream of the s abbott h service. his demand, the release of a federal prisoner some 20 miles away of the woman known as lady al qaeda >> he was focused on one issue it was not specifically related to the jewish community. >> negotiators made contact and some hours early, he released some hostages unharmed the rabbi said the gunman became
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increasingly agitated as time went on. the remaining hostages were released by fire door, not rescued. this waa video show people leaving what appears to be a side door as too manies moved in confirming his death minutes later. >> adding we as a family do not con dome any of his actions and apologize wholeheartedly adding his brother was suffering from mental health issues and there is nothing we could have said or done to get him to surrender >> you got the word everyone made out okay. >> yes it was like a relief of tears and anxiety and stress and thankfulness and praise and worry and all of those all at once
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>> the rabbi now back with his family posting in part, i am grateful we made it out. i am grateful to be alive. >> thank you for that report an undersea volcano eruption rocked the ocean off the coast of tonga sent tsunami waves and ash to the nation. sent to tonga to check for damage tsunami advisories set briefly for the west coast of the u.s. on saturday. >> janessa webb joining us with more >> good morning. outside my window, we are dealing with heavy rain. severe weather impacting us. you can see the heavy impact of snow in buffalo.
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over four inches per hour. that steady stream of moisture will continue. if you are across coastal areas. watching all the way to nantucket, we are dealing with watches and warnings they do stretch up to thn with highs coming in early in the morning. some flooding and erosion. we'll watch for 21 million people on the northern side from south carolina tmaino e midwest. windy conditions across the
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enjoy the go with charmin. today would have been betty white's 100 th birthday. helping those she cared for the most nbc's kate snow has more >> betty white spent more than half a century making us laugh beyond the bright lights of hollywood, her passion was helping animals. ahead of what would have been her 100th birthday, now a movement to honor that legacy
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called the betty white challenge. a call to donate to welfare organizations or shelters or to adopt a pet. it has taken off on social media. one fan posting picks of their new pup they named betty >> you are already seeing don't nations in betty white's name roll in. >> yes we've been getting them all week long >> reporting from alabama. covering the story when she met bubba. she youngest had been begging for a dog. adding to the family of seven. >> this was the right dog. >> if it weren't for the betty white challenge, i wouldn't have made the special trip to meet bubba. >> in los angeles, asking for as much as $5 >> we use donor dollars for
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supplies for foster parents to enrichment supplies, assessment tools. specialty medications. >> they are waiving adoption fees for anyone who wants to take an animal home this weekend. >> ivy young was inspired to come out >> i've donated to a couple other rescues. i think it is great. hopefully we can get dogs some new homes and out of the shelter here. >> her devotion giving so many animals a second chance. >> this idea of stepping up and donating to shelters, volunteering at rescue groups across the country, especially now is so important and gives meaning to her life's work >> what better way to celebrate the holiday monday than to head out to a shelter to see if you can help somehow the betty white challenge continues. >> she would have been happy
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that today was about saving animals instead of celebrating the triple digit number. >> somewhere she is smiling surrounded by a whole lot of those dogs and pets and saying
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right now at 4:30, as america pauses to mark martin luther king jr. day, some health care workers will walk off the job. the promise they say has been broken. plus the lessons learned in the north bay. this is "today in the bay." we are broadcasting not only to your tv, but you can watch us on roku, amazon fire and apple tv and online if you need to head out. i am kris sanchez. >> i am scott mcgrew. marcus and


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