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app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's wednesday, january 5th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." text messages revealed. the capitol riot investigation turns to a fox news host. why lawmakers want to interview sean hannity. breaking overnight, classes canceled in chicago. public school goes remote in the nation's third-largest school district. what teachers are demanding for themselves and 350,000 students. traffic nightmare. an update on a snowstorm that left drivers stranded in freezing temperatures including a former vice presidential candidate. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green.
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tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly assault on the u.s. capitol. capitol police say they are now better prepared to handle an attack, and there are no credible threats suggesting that another one is imminent. meanwhile, the h house select committee investigating the january 6th riot wants to interview fox news host sean hannity about his communication with the trump administration leading up to that day. laura podesta is in washington, d.c., with more on this. laura, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. this is the first request by the committee to a member of the media, and it shows how it's broadening the scope of its investigation to anyone who had contact with former president trump in the lead up or the aftermath of january 6th. the bipartisan congressional committee investigating the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol wants to hear from sean hannity. >> speaking of swamp politicians -- >> reporter: the fox news host did not address the request on his show last night. his lawyer, jay sekulow, a
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member of president trump's impeachment team, said they will respond as appropriate. the committee released text messages hannity sent to white house staff including this one on january 5th -- "i'm very worried about the next 48 hours." in their letter to hannity the committee wrote, "with the counting of the electoral vote scheduled for january 6th at 1:00 p.m., why were you concerned about the next 48 hours?" >> he was more than a fox host. he was also a confidante, adviser, campaigner for the former president. >> reporter: capitol police say they are prepared for the anniversary and have spent the last year making improvements. >> the threat level is much higher -- >> reporter: capitol police chief tom ma d believe another attack could happen today. >> we've got to be in a posture where we think of everything, and we are trying to prepare for everything. >> reporter: tomorrow president biden is expected to thank the law enforcement officers who
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helped protect the capitol. >> the president is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since. >> reporter: former president trump canceled his own press event that was scheduled for january 6th. the former president is still expected to hold a rally in arizona later this month. anne-marie, three more lawaw enforcement officers are suing former president trump for his actions in the lead up to january 6th. they join seven law enforcement officers who sued him back in august. >> laura podesta in washington. thank you very much. now to breaking developments in the battle against covid. public school officials in chicago, home of the nation's third largest school district, announced that classes today will be canceled. the teachers union voted to switch to remote learning as they fight for better covid safety protocols for teachers and students. district officials still want in-person classes. the status of instruction is unknown for the rest of the week.
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meantime, more than 859,000 new cases were reported in the u.s. yesterday, the second highest number of the pandemic yet. the cdc also revised guidelines for people who test positive. isolate for five days, and if you feel well enough, you can end isolation, but you must still wear a mask. no test is required, but you can still take one if you want to. and all of this comes as president biden laid out new steps to fight the latest surge in cases. ed o'keefe has more. >> reporter: with millions of kids heading back to school this week and several hundred thousand starting remote learning, president biden weighed in. >> we have no reason to think at this point that omicron is worse for children than previous variants. we know that our kids can be safe when in school, by the way. that's why i believe school should remain open. >> reporter: to deal with the spike in omicron cases nationwide, the president said he would double the purchase of pfizer's antiviral pill from ten million to 20 million with the first half available by june.
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it's proven 89% effective at preventing severe illness and death. >> they're a game changer and have the potential to dramatically alter the impact of covid-19. >> reporter: the administration still gets low marks on how it's handling the pandemic. a persistent concern is access to testing. >> everyone's sold out of tests until saturday. i called around. so it's hard finding somewhere to go. >> i spent two days trying to find a place. >> i know this remains frustrating -- believe me, it's frustrating to me. >> reporter: there's a sense among many that the country has lost control of the virus. would the white house agree with that? >> we would not. we're in a very different place than we were a year ago, ed. 200 million people are vaccinated. we have also just purchased the largest over-the-counter purchase of tests in history, 500 million tests. >> reporter: but the details of that bulk purchase won't be sorted out until later this month, meaning the tests won't be delivered to americans for several more weeks as lines for testing persist nationwide. ed o'keefe, cbs news, the white
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house. the roads are finally clear in virginia. some drivers were stuck for more than 24 hours after a winter storm. about 40 miles of traffic came to a standstill on interstate 95 just south of the nation's capital. a tractor-trailer jackknifed and caused a chain reaction of accidents. roughly a foot of snow left drivers stranded in the cold. among them virginia senator tim kaine who was on the road for about 27 hours. he said he ate one orange and drank a 16-ounce dr pepper during that time. other drivers posted messages on social media, as well. >> we've been in the car for about 17, going on 18 hours. >> i've been stuck just south of quantico, virginia, on i-95 for at least 15 hours. >> there's someone walking toward us. in is scary. -- this is downstairsy because
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they could be easily wiped out by a sliding vehicle. >> there were no reports of injuries or deaths from the traffic jam, though. a criminal misdemeanor charge of forcible touching against former new york governor andrew cuomo has been dropped just days before he was supposed to appear in court. the albany county district attorney made the announcement yesterday. the criminal complaint was filed by the county sheriff in october. a former executive assistant for cuomo, brittany commisso, accused him of groping her in an executive mansion office. cuomo denies the allegations. the da said she is credible, but he could not prove the case in court. >> the fact that it was dismissed by the district attorney despite the credibility of the accuser is monumental news. >> cuomo resigned in august after the state attorney general released a report accusing him of sexually harassing 11 women. and overseas now, north
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korea reportedly fired a suspected ballistic missile off the east coast into the sea this morning. that's according to japan and south korea. it would be north korea's first missile launch in about two months. last week north korean leader kim jong-un vowed to further boost his military capability. the u.s. government did not immediately comment about the missile launch. so coming up now, name change. after more than a year of waiting, the washington football team will reveal its new name soon. the two suggestions already ruled out. and a tech fan's dream. the annual consumer electronics show gets under way today. how one company is putting a new spin on the metaverse. this is the "cbs morning news." the "cbs morning news."
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the washington football team will reveal its new name and logo on february 2nd. yesterday the team said the name will not be the wolves or the red wolves because of trademark issues. some of the finalists include the commanders, the defenders, the presidents, and the current washington football team. the organization dropped its previous name in 2020 after decades of complaints that it was racist toward native americans. "the oklahoman" says nearly 600 amazon packages were discovered dumped in a wooded area near oklahoma city. sheriff's deputies found the most were opened, and the contents of many were missing. >> we don't know exactly what was in the packages. it's going to take a long time to sort through that and figure out what was stolen and the amount, the value of what was stolen. again, there were a bunch of books left behind. we don't know about that. >> investigators say the packages were on their way from an amazon facility to the u.s.
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postal service, but they never arrived. they were supposed to have been delivered by christmas. and the "los angeles times" says california adopted mandatory drought rules prohibiting water from being wasted. the new regulations include outlawing the over watering of lawns, washing cars without a shutoff nozzle, hosing down sidewalks, and watering grass within 48 hours after a rainfall. violators could face fines of up to $500. officials say drought conditions remain even after many parts of the state saw record amounts of snow and rain last month. up next, pepsi goes retro. crystal pepsi is coming back. you'll have to break out your acid wash jeans for a chance to get a bottle. (computer keys clicking) (mouse clicks) - shriners hospitals for children is awesome! my favorite people in shriners are the doctors and the nurses because they help people through life. wow, i was a really cute kid!
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ces, the annual consumer electronics show, gets under way today in las vegas. the scaled back event will run through friday with in person and virtual demonstrations. during a preview yesterday, a japanese company showed off a new virtual reality system. it includes a special microphone so your voice is blocked to the outside world while you're having a private conversation in the metaverse. and something for chess players -- the chess-up board guides users with the help of artificial intelligence. when you touch a piece, the board lights up letting you know whether it's a good, acceptable, or poor move to make. that's cheating, i think. on the cbs "money watch" now, two major retailers have increased the price of at-home covid tests. and pepsi is bringing back the '90s. naomi ruchim is in new york with those stories and more. good morning.
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>> reporter: good morning. u.s. workers continue to quit their jobs at a historic rate. the labor department says a record 4.5 million americans voluntarily left their jobs in november. meantime, it was a mixed day on wall street yesterday. the dow was up 214 points to close at another record high. the nasdaq fell 210 points, and the s&p 500 dipped three points. kroger and walmart are raising the prices of at-home covid testing kits. both stores are selling the kits made by abbott laboratories. last year they pledged to sell the product at cost for 100 days to expand testing options for americans. those 100 days are now up. instead of $14, consumers will pay at least $5 more depending on the store. the testing kits are currently sold out on line at both kroger and walmart. for the first time general motors has been outsold in the
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u.s. by another automaker. toyota edged out gm last year. the japanese car company sold 2.3 million vehicles. gm sold 2.2 million. analysts say toyota handled the supply chain issues better than gm. and crystal pepsi is making a comeback to celebrate 30 years. you won't find it in stores. pepsi announced a contest on twitter. they want you to submit a photo of yourself from the '90s. better be a good one. there will be 300 winners. the deadline is tomorrow morning. crystal pepsi was announced in 1992. it had just a short run of two years, but the clear soda has returned since for several contests. it was also on the shelves for about two months back in 2016. the '90s were not a great time for me look-wise. so i don't know if i'll be submitting to this. i would love to taste it, though. >> yeah. i had to sort of google to find
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out what it tastes like. if it's any different. it says that it doesn't have caffeine, and they didn't use brown sugar so it tastes a little bit different. quickly, i checked on ebay to see if you really wanted to purchase, you know, some of this, if you could -- $67 per eight bottles. and that's actually -- the price goes up from there. i've seen higher prices. so, you know, maybe it's worth a little humiliation to get some of those photos and get your hands on it. >> i don't know. my humation could be a little -- humiliation would be a little too far i think. >> not worth it. naomi ruchim in new york. mine, too. thank you so much. >> thanks. still ahead, dog show entries. we will show you the two new breeds that will be competing for top prizes. (vo) at dog chow we believe helping that's why dog chow is made with real chicken and no fillers. purina dog chow. keep life simple. you clean dishes as you cook,
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ philadelphia eagles quarterback jalen hurts is asking the washington football team and the nfl to take action after a railing in the stands collapsed sunday sending fans crashing to the field near him. hurts narrowly avoided the falling fans as he walked into the tunnel after the eagles' victory at fedex field in maryland. he sent a letter to the washington football team and the league asking what changes are being considered.
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>> i just wanted to see what could be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. that's all i care about. that's a very tragic incident, and it could have been much worse. much, much worse. but just don't want it to happen again. >> the washington football team said no one was seriously injured, and it is looking into the incident. and two more dog breeds are being allowed to compete for best in show at u.s. dog shows including the prestigious westminster kennel club show. one of the breeds added by the american kennel club to its list of purebred dogs is the mudi, a hungarian farm dog. the medium size shaggy dog is described as versatile and hard working. and a russian toy is being recognized after being popular with the russian aristocrats in the early 1700s. british singer/songwriter yola talks with anthony mason for our road to the grammys
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our top stories this morning -- public school classes are canceled today in chicago after the teachers union voted to switch to remote learning because f the surge in covid cases. they say safety protocols are lacking, making teachers and students vulnerable. school officials still want in-person classes, though. the status of classes for the rest of the week is unknown. and tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly assault on the u.s. capitol.
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capitol police say they're now better prepared to handle an attack, and there are no credible threats suggesting another one is imminent. meanwhile, the house select wi t adg o at day. into all sorts of things these days including biofuel and recycled cups. scientists are brewing something new. ian lee reports. >> reporter: many of us use that jolt of java to get moving in the morning. now a company in finland is turning that caffeine kick into actual kicks. >> sneakers made from coffee? yeah, yeah. it's crazy. we know. >> reporter: rens used a kick starter fund to brew up their waterproof sneakers using old coffee grounds. >> we actually took it and mixed it with the recycled plastic pellets made from used water bottles. >> reporter: it takes just over
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a cup of used coffee beans to make a pair of shoes. that translates to 21 cups of joe. >> the upper part is made from the majority of coffee waste. >> reporter: globally we produce more than 23 million tons of coffee waste every year. that's a lot of shoes. >> we actually realized that only 5% of the coffee waste in the world actually got recycled. >> reporter: when it breaks down it produces methane, a greenhouse gas experts say is about 30 times more harmful than co2. makers say wearing that waste is a fashionable way to help save the planet. >> we want to be a brand where we make sustainable products, but they are cool. they have really cool functions. people can actually use them. >> reporter: a sustainable style that could also help cool the world. ian lee, cbs news. >> the finnish footwear company plans to use coffee grounds to create more wearable waste including athletic clothes. coming up on "cbs mornings," newly sworn in mayor of new york
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city eric adams stops by the times square studio to talk about the effort to keep schools and businesses open during the pandemic. plus, the stars of the hit series "billions," paul giamatti and corey stoll, tell us about the upcoming premiere of season six of the drama. and british singer/songwriter yola talks with anthony mason for our "road to the grammys" series. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪
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