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jpmorgan will probably be wrong about domino's you can't underestimate the power of scale because scale always wins. there's always a bull market somewhere, and i promise to try to find it for you right here on "mad money." i'm jim cramer see you monday the "the news with shepard smith" starts now a record high for the dow, the markets shaking off delta fears as team usa get ready to chase the goal i'm frank holland in for shepard smith. this is the news on cnbc. the covid casting a dark shadow, more athletes sidelined just as the competition starts. backlash over the nfl's new covid rules. players sounding off, with you coach reportedly out of a job as the fight over vaccines hits the gridiron. a race to prepare for hell on earth after a wildfire on the west
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explodes to megafire status. what officials are saying on the ground. >> we don't have a fire season we have a fire year. 9 american workweek may no longer be working for employees. inside the new push to give us all the perfect work/life balance. gm's second recall. shouts fired outthe haitian president's funeral. and tom hank revealing cleveland's new name. the facts, the truth, the nancy pelosi. long-awaited olympics finally underway a year later, and what is usually a raucous opening ceremony, instead, well, they look like this the arena virtually empty. fewer than 1,000 fans sat inside a stadium that could hold 68,000 the tone -- somber at times to reflect the global pandemic in which these games are taking place. but there was still a lot of
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pageantry, and the olympic aim to united world through sports, that was on full display first lady dr. jill biden on hand to watch. earl yes she gave team usa these words of encouragement. >> becoming an olympian is a rare accomplishment in a normal time, but you did it during a global pandemic. you are now and forever one of the most elite, most celebrated, most accomplished athletes in the world. flagbearer sue bird and eddie alvarez let more than 600 u.s. athletes at the olympics open ceremony. they were treated to a really colorful show, from performers like this one dressed in blue suits, as well as performers in traditional japanese attire, to, check this out, 1800 drones. they flew over the stadium to form the shape of the planet earth. what a spectacle
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the ceremony ended with naomi osaka climbing atop a pyramid to like the caluldron 19 people linked to the game tested positive. that now brings the total to 110. japanese officials say they're confident they can host a safe competition. tom llamas is in tokyo. >> reporter: it was an event the world wasn't sure would happen, but it did it was big, it was beautiful, it was different, and the showstopper, the drone show, nearly 2,000 drones taking to the skies forming that globe, and the globe rotating was quite the moment of course, team usa marching in, in the parade of nations we couldn't see if they were smiling, because they were wearing masks, but we know they were the electricity, you can feel it, even though the stadium was pretty much completely empty there were about 1,000
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dignitaries and diplomats, including first lady dr. jill biden. naomi osaka lit the cauldron, another amazing moments. and it honored the@athlete killed in the munich games in the past protesters were outside the stadium. some it's athletes did not go to the opening ceremony, including the women's gymnastics teams some swimmers as well were not there. people were also preparing, because it's hard to believe, but in just a few hours we'll start awarding medals. the games are here, and we'll also be watching saturday, skateboarding, team usa may have
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the best chance for a gold medal. i had a chance to talk to him. he told me he's so excited and so honored to be here this is the first time skateboarding is an olympic sport. >> tom llamas, from the olympics. ahead on the news, cnbc's contessa brewer on the financial impact we can watch the games across all the nbc properties -- that's a fancy words for channels tomorrow watch the u.s. take on australia on softball. just a few hours later it's the u.s. versus japan in men's polo, at 1:00 a.m. eastern you have to stay up light. starting monday, shepard smith will be hosting primetime events right here after the news. st. louis is the latest
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major city that will again require masks. and in boston public schools will have to wear masks this fall in chicago, same for there, in alabama, republican governor ivey is calling out people, saying it's time to, as she puts it, start blaming unvaccinated folks for the rising number of cases. today dr. scott gottlieb told cnbc, covid may le spreading in the united states than what is being reported right now. >> i think we're vastly undermeasuring how much infection is underway, and where we are in this epidemic wave and we have team coverage tonight with reporters in cities from coast to doe. we begin with nbc's antonia hilton in provincetown, massachusetts, where there's a rising number of what is called
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breakthrough cases. >> reporter: residents are confused about an outbreak stemming from july 4th celebrations that happened just a couple weeks ago 256 confirmed covid cases. of that, 70% are breakthrough cases of people who had already gotten shots an official just confirmed to nbc news this evening, of the samples, all of them came back positive for the delta variant even though among those cases they've been mild in asymptomatic cases, people are concerned as unvaccinated residents come to provincetown all throughout splat to celebrate, and now we're potential putting this community, which is highly vaccinated, at risk. the town is asking people to mask indoors, outside doors when they could social distance properly, but some businesses are taking it a step future. i interviewed kevin hogan, and
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he now has a zero-tolerance policy. >> if you're not vaccinated or cannot produce proof, you're not welcome on our property. i felt it was the right thing to do, as a bare minimum, to protect our guests and staffs. >> reporter: ken has families who are among that breakthrough cohort he's had to sequester them in his own hotel rooms at times he said this was about health and safety, but also about the health of businesses who worked so hard to stay afloat to serve people this summer their message is please come to p-town, but please get vaccinated. >> it's where a lot of people like to go and let loose antonia hylton, thank you. this week the county recorded its highest number of new daily cases since early march. more than 2500 in a single day
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here is nbc's cal perry. >> reporter: doctors here growing more and more concerned as the hospitalization numbers increase we've doubled the number of hospital salgz in l.a. county in just a month the majority of those are from unvaccinated individuals, though we heard yesterday 20% of the cases since the beginning of the year are occurring within vaccinated people, a very small percentage, around 4% being hospitalized it's still depressing for doctors who saw no case being a month ago in l.a., now seeing hospitals fill up. take a listen. >> we were there thinking that we were at the finish line, that we had a handle on this, it was going to be over, and now we feel like we're going back into battle again it's definitely, um, it's definitely another wave. >> reporter: it is those hospital numbers that are putting pressure on an already
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stretched system, which is why doctors are pleading for folks to get that vaccinate. four million folks in l.a. county still unvaccinated. >> certainly a situation to watch there. cal perry reporting. now turning to texas, summer camps are closing because of the covid outbreaks among kids morgan theyan chesky is there >> reporter: the rise has the attention of medical professionals here in dallas in dallas county, over the past two weeks we've seen a 67% rise in hospitalizations. here at this mobile drive-thru testing site, if you go back a week ago, professionals say they were seeing about 30 cars a individual, today now 130. and the patients are younger, adolescents and children here is what one doctor had to say. >> a lot of them are kids. this wave has been different in its complexion
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so maybe 30% to 50% of people we see for testing are adolescents and children. >> reporter: despite the up tickets, doctors say the majority of children who get covid-19 do have milder symptoms the concern is with some ineligiblefor a vaccine, they were turn and spread it to those at greater risk. with school not too far away, the governor says he will not issue another mask mandate. >> morgan, thank you. dr. amish, an infection outdous disease doctor, thank for you being here does this affect the abilities to return to school this fall? >> as we see spikes in various areas, it's going to diplomat on which state you're in, whether it will impact whether or not a school opens we know we have data that schools could be opened safely,
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with certain mitigation measures it's becoming easier with some portion, and 9 teachers being vaccinated i do think schools need to be flexible with what they do for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. the prior has to be to have schools in person for the whole year, as the default, and to put in place the mitigation measures to allow that to happen. i think school should start to think about mandating all teachers be vaccinated. >> former fda commissioner dr. scott gottlieb says we're, quote, vastly undermeasuring the infection underway here in the u.s. do you agree and if so, how concerned are you? >> i think so. we've been undermeasuring cases. it's still difficult to get 'test. in many places it's become much easier than earlier in the pandemic i think what dr. gottlieb might be talking about is, if we are
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further along, that means we'll probably peak soon in the delta variant in those unvaccinated places, which might be a good thing, we might see cases slow, but the main issue is certain pockets of the country with high-risk individuals that are requiring hospitalizations that's what we want to try to avoid. we want the cases decoupled from hospitalizations in places where cases have spiked and you don't have enough of those people vaccinated, you're going to see that trance late into hospitalizations hopefully not as bad as what was the case earlier, but it's still something completely avoidable and completely self-inflicted. doctor, we appreciate that inside record smashed on wall street the dow jones industrial average cruises past 35,000 for the first time. plus, in surfside, florida, most of the debris is nearly cleared. what is next, and why one family
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may never get closure. the federal ban on foreclosures is just days away from ending. a look at the biden administration's new plans to help struggling families stay in their homes. >> announcer: back in 60 seconds. so, you have diabetes, here are some easy rules. no sugar. no pizza. no foods you love. stressed? no stress. exercise.
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wall street. friday was a weak day. monday we came in and, wow, the market sold off, as you noted, down nearly 1,000 points it looked grim there was a lot of concerns. you just had all those stories, but then i think the market came back in part, frank, people realized, as serious as the variant is, as concerning as the spread is, and the higher number of cases, the correspondents that every just talked about is the idea that move bross-based lockdowns will not happen. there might be smaller ones here or there, we saw the mask mandates, but from an economic perspectives, investors said, okay, a lot of worries, we need to get it under control, but when they look out, an economy is, for the most part very strong there's also the prospects of trillions more on spending on like the infrastructure and catch bills in congress.
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you have trillions of cash around the world, so all that cash, potential more trillions, the market, of course, came back in a big way. >> reaching a record on the dow today. we know what happened this weeks. what's on the minds for investors next week, especially when we get huge tech earnings >> you just said it. the huge tech earnings they are huge for the entire market why? well, if you don't notice, those names that we're showing right there, they pretty much are the stock market in many ways. i say that, because when you look at those names, google and others, they run and control most of the etfs thatted casual investor may buy they had the highest weight based on market cap. in some cases 40% to 50% of broad 46 based etfs are basically weighted to just four, five of those stocks those numbers, frank, they've got to come in strong.
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more than the earnings, it's got to be the guidance the guidance from apple, microsoft, amazon, has to please investors. it is going to be literally a massive week on wall street next week we'll see you monday. >> brian, i don't think you're understating that at all the hardest-working man in business, brian sullivan, thank you. firefighters have officially ended their search for bodies, 29 days after a condo tower came crashing down. task force one, they received a water salute as they returned to their headquarters after nearly a month on that pile take a look at the massive mountain of rubble on the day of collapse this is what it looks like now, after crews cleared more than 20 million pounds of debris, 97 people are confirmed dead, with one person still unaccounted
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for. forensic experts will continue to work to identify remains. the race to evacuate afghan trance lators and their families picking up plus gm pumping the brakes on the all-electric chevy bolt, the company issues a second recall, after several cars erupt in flames. ♪ ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪
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the biden administration condemning the taliban's targeted attacks on translators
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and other afghans who helped the u.s. military. the u.s. han raiding to evacuate translators, as american troops pull out of that country. just yesterday the house passed a bill authorizing 8,000 more special visas. the taliban is insisting there would be no peace deal until the current president of afghanistan is moved from power. douglas olivant, you served as director for iran. from the bush 43, now a senior security fellow. your credentialing on the this topic unlimited. >> i do, but like any hard
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decision this was a heart decision we're seeing some of the real down sides inside afghanistan are significant. for that matter, the possibility of thee generation of a same it still very real, but i think the president made this decision we were spending much too much money, which is real money even by government standards. i think most importantly that having the attention of senior officials, always on afghanistan. with would keep them from focusing on the important thing.
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i think that's why the pre president. >> you're a nonpartisan voice, but here is ms. that's become -- do you think that's the right decision is that enough to stop them from attacking our allies >> well, as to whether it's enough, we're going to find out. the afghan civil war is not going to stop just because we decide not to play in it anymore. it is going to continue, and whether the afghans we favor will be able to hold against the taliban is an open question. i think we're supporting with air strikes for the moment it's unclear whether we will continue to do that after all
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the american troops are out of the country. >> douglas ollivant, we appreciate it. a three-story controversy in "new york times" square, a message on the billboard that's going viral, and we hear from the woman who paid for it and is coming to its defense. and the nfl new vaccine policy everyone is weighing in on this one. ♪♪ dad, why didn't you answer your phone? ♪♪ your mother loved this park. ♪♪ she did. ♪♪ like many people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease,
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for the second time in less than a year, general motors is recalling the chevy bolt ev after several cars burst into flames one of the incidents that happened earlier this month in vermont, where officials say a bolt ev caught fires after charging at the home of a state lawmakers. gm told owners of the car something that has to be concerning, don't park it inside or charge it overnight unattended phil lebeau, you know the industry in and out, top to bottom, what is wrongs with the bolt ev and what are they doing to fix it? >> we're taking about 69,000 vehicles, altogether about 51 thou ,000 in the u.s., they have summer defects in the batteries. the owners in the meantime are being told, look, do not park this inside, don't charge it overnight, and when you're
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charging it, don't charge it over 90% and don't drank it below 25%. so there are some real restrictions in terms of how useful it will be until the battery cells can be replaced. >> i know you have covered some of the issues that tesla has had with their self-driving capabilities, and things like that are other electric cars having the same problems? >> this is unique to the bolt and this population. it's not all bolts, just the 68,000, 69,000, and it's because of the specific defects, two defects within the battery cells of these vehicles. >> phil lebeau, nobody's opinion i trust more thank you. the white house is looking to help those who have fallen behind on their mortgages. the program would allow
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borrowers to extend the length of their loan. it's the people who have used the forbearance ends crocs putting its clog down again copycats they're claiming violations of the trademark and other intellectual properties. it earned its best sales ever in 2020, as people chose comfort definitely over style. and the reason to celebrate. national tequila day is tomorrow they overtook rum to be the third largest spirit category here in the u.s. the first two, you want to guess them vodka and whiskey. cheers
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a wall street the dow up 238, closing higher than 35,000 for the first time ever. the nasdaq up 152. the tokyo olympics set to be one of the most expensive games ever the budget for this event is more than $15 billion, but the japanese government auditors estimate the cost may be more than $20 billion the olympics is insure, but the pandemic raising the uncertainty for how much they'll be on the hook for >> reporter: insurers are likely sighing in relief. that means the games are actually happening fitch ratings agency estimates there's about $2.5 billion of insurance coverage on the olympics, $1.4 billion for the committee and the tokyo organizing committee $800 million taken out by the
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broadcasters, and $300 million for sports teams, sponsors, hospitality and others banning spectators will cost between $300 million and $400 million in refunded tickets and hospitality costs. the organizing committee will reportedly have to bear the brunt of that, having exhausted their coverage simply because the games were postponed it was paid out by the reinsurance companies. it could have been worse if the olympics were canceled altogether, it would have meant the largest losses for insurers from a single event shutting down ever. covid and its impact will change the way insurance works in the future already, new policies exclude payouts for events that get canceled because of the communicable diseases. frank? >> cnbc's contessa brewer.
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billboards are meant to grab your attention, and one is bringing in a whole lot of controversy. local reporting now from wnbc and their reporter adam harding, who talked to the woman now behind the viral message. >> reporter: the billboard sits at 48th and 7th. it asks, feeling fat and lazy? >> i don't like it at all. i'm big on body positivity. >> reporter: it doesn't take mouthing the words as she walked right by it. >> i would use their words more carefully if i want to put it up on a billingboard. >> reporter: it's quickly going viral, with critics calling it fat-phobic an actress shared a photo -- what kind of response have you gotten >> you know, it's mixed.
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>> reporter: the woman behind it on is wellness coach debra capaccio did you expect backlash? >> of course. >> reporter: it's aimed at helping women lose weight, a program, debra says, that focuses on the mind first, body second. >> i used those words specifically, because when i interviewed hundreds and hundreds of women last year, and specifically asked them, without prompts, what are the names you privately call yourself, fat and lazy by far were the most common. >> reporter: it cogs her $13,000 to have it up for four weeks >> of course, there are people who have lashed out, but the beautiful thing is i am up for that backlash if it helps even one more woman. >> it doesn't offend me. >> reporter: while not everyone is offended, it's creating plenty of dialogue. >> seek that, and lazy corresponding with fat is
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upsetting. >> reporter: do you have any regrets about how you phrased your billboard >> i don't i don't believe it's shaming at all. >> reporter: for the news, i'm adam harding. roger goodell warning teams if they have a covid outbreak, they'll have to forfeit a game, and players on both teams will not get paid that week dr. anthony fauci weighing in on the nfl's new policy. >> the nfl is sending is 'strong signal that it's very important to get vaccinated. if you want to play football and do it in a way that you feel unrestricted, not worrying about any penalties, you just get vaccinated they're saying if unvaccinated people get infected, there will be consequences. >> the nfl is not explicitly requiring players to get a shot, but it is incentivizing them both competitive and financially. so far the league reports they
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have vaccination rates above 80% among the players. jabari young joins us. thanks for being here. both players and fans have been reacting to the announcement players appear to be all over is the map. stephon diggs, he tweeted accountability, dot dot dot, available. his teammate cole beasley wrote -- nothing has changed i'm still living freely. it doesn't sound like he's got the shot dowel the nfl is sending the right message? >> you don't know if it's the right message. hello, and great friday. but, listen, this message says, this is our business, you this hose we make our money that's what it comes do you think to the nflpa signed off on this particular operation they agreed to it as well. they sent out their own memo, saying, listen, if any of these games get forfeited or canceled,
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nobody gets paid so whether it's the right message, it's the message they're sending to the players, to the staff you saw coaches that nothing is going to interfere in our business this year we lost money because the tidesers lost money. this about investing in their league the vaccine is out there whether players decide to get it our not, that's their choice the nfl is clearly letting unvaccinated players know, if you interrupt this money flow, it's coming down on the team and the player with the conduct detrimental to the league and the teams. >> jabari, we all know money talks. we just saw the nba wrap up a great finals, really exciting stuff, but they definitely took a different approach to covid. do you think other leagues will follow suit and issue similar warnings to their players? >> maybe, but listen the nfl is different from the
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nba, different from the mlb of the base anilone, their players union has an active voice. the nfl, this is moran a dictatorship, you know, in a way, you know? but you might see that these leagues make money from the networks when you interfere with the games and they have to get rescheduled, advertisers, who the networks do business with, they lose money. the monetary value, the reach that they were expecting going into thinks contests, so anytime it gets interfere. obviously the leagues are probably wanting seismic like that i think they're letting the players know, that nothing is going to interfere with the money flow of this business, and rescheduling games, postponing games, obviously that's something nobody wants to see happen from a league level. >> absolutely not.
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i want to ask about a major announcement in mlb, cleave will officially change their name to the guardians. the announcement was made in a video actually narrated by tom hanks. >> together we stand with all who understand what it means to be born and built from the land, because this is a city we love the game we believe in together, we are all cleveland guardians. >> i mean, obviously a great narrator the name comes amid growing calls for sports teams to completely stop using native american names and imagery, logos. what do you think of this move >> not surprising. back in 2018, you know, when the mlb and cleveland got together, they were trying to get away from the logo of the former what they were called the cleveland baseball teams the guardians they'll be called now. this was started years ago obviously we know last year with
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the washington football team having dropped their name, that it was going to a trickle-down effect how many teams would follow suit the cleveland team felt it was the right thing to do. they got to start getting people aware of this new name what's going to be interesting is at the end of this, when they start their transition in 2022, how the rest of the current merchandise of the team, what's going to happen to that? i talked to for a nattics, one of the e-commerce companies, said we haven't seen a spike yet, but i'm expecting that to happen, especially as we get closer to the new logo so not surprising, but i will be keeping an eye on how the merchandise goes as we get closer and closer do 2022. olympics obviously starting off. i'm excited for the philly
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people in the olympics wife of a philadelphia eagle, so definitely rooting for them. a philly pick for the olympics >> you know what, man? no, not yet. i saw the e-mails you sent my. thank you, my brother, but listen, the olympics are going through their own situation, the opening ceremony happening today. i'm excited to start to get involved, especially as we walk away from the negative headlines and get more into the athletes this is about them they put a lot off line through the years. and then i can start to worry about -- or start to cheer for the philly athletes. i'm glad you tole me about this list i'm going to go back. >> second week in a row. i'll text you later. i got to go. >> man, i love this. still, three large fires burning across california, organ and nevada, one getting close to
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firefighters on the front lines. next, the effort to protect these states from the flames. a funeral today for the president of haiti, until gunshots sent people, including the u.s. delegation, for shelter.
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capitol police have a new leader, the chief was sworn in today. he takes the position just days before the house select committee on january 6th is set to hold its first meeting about the riot at the capitol. the former chiefs resigned after the attack on capitol hill the interim chief admitted to congress that law enforcement had failed on multiple levels. chief manger says he's honored to lead the department, and knows he's taking on a complex situation. a massive fire in california exploding into a megafire, the dixie is now the largest in the
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state. that's happening about 140 miles north and east of san francisco. flames from the tamarack wildfire jumped state lines spreading from california into nevada you can see how intense the flames are fire fighters captured this video as they escaped to safety. those are two of nine fires burning in california, fueled by dry, hot weather more than 85% of the state is until extreme drought conditions already wild fear have outpaced 2020's shattering year nbc's guad versus venegas reports. >> reporter: as fire authorities are fighting all the major wildfires, there's six burning,
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this is 50 miles away from the tamarack fire. this is the fuel reduction project. what we have is large machines like this one, with a mast ind -- masticator, and the state has a goal to clear about 1,000 acres of vegetation, which is very important during a time when the drought has been creating more dangerous conditions >> last year was a drought year. we had a lot of fires. fires continued throughout the winter perweather. we have a fire year, not a fire season we're in the peak of that now. >> reporter: i've been told one of the indications of the dryness is the amount of dust that we can see. this whole area is so dry, this drought has been extending
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you can see what the drought has caused after they finish trimming this area of the forest, we should have like this, this is much healthier, that wouldn't burn as fast these are the effort being done by calfire as they prepared for the wildfire season to get worse. frank? >> guad venegas, thank you. siberia, one of the coldest regions in the world experienced one of its worst fire seasons in memory, nearly 4 million acres burned villages evacuating their children because of the dangerous smoky air. the most effected area is the city of yakuktk. . new video showing a 3-month-old baby girl being
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pulled from a collapsed building after some deadly flooding in china. chinese state media reporting that the baby had been buried for at least 24 hours. the child and her mother had been trapped by rising floodwaters. the baby's mother did not sur survive. a family member said she had flung the baby to a higher area. the infant is now doing well a record amount of rain in the area at least 33 people are dead, according to official. the u.s. delegation to haiti cutting their visit short after gunfire broke out during the funeral of the haitian president.ists driving nearby captured sounds of the gunshots. the white house says the american delegation is safe,
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after the reported shooting outside the funeral. a state department official confirms they are now back in the u.s. eight hours a day, five days a week the standard work schedule for some we're clocking in even longer hours the argument to cutting way back, is coming up. while a fence can be used to separate people, for an unlikely ir in minnesota, it's having the opposite effect. boyd hooper has their story, next ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and get millions of flexible booking options. expedia. it matters who you travel with. ♪ ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪ barriers don't stand a chance. ♪ that's why we'll stop at nothing
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. well, bad news for future students of the university of california's system. for the second time in five years, the school's regents approved a tuition hike. instate freshman will bring tuition and fees to more than $13,000 a year uc officials say the increase will maintain the quality of education and provide more financial aid to students. critics argue the decision is inappropriate, since california's lawmakers recently granted the school sim more than a billion in new spending from the state's general fund. for those of us out of college heading back to the office, after working from home for more than a year, it's a big shift. my next guest argues that's not necessarily a good change. bryce wrote an opinion piece in "new york times" titled "eight hours a day, five days a week,
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is not working for us. bryce joins me now thanks for being here. i'm against the 40-hour workweek i'm like a 20-hour workweek, but why do you say our current schedule is no longer working. >> as you noted, when on you commutes dried up, instead of pouring that times into our lives, we poured it into work. this is a trend that's been going on for a long time while, for instance our european counterparts have actually been increases them as productivity increases, we shouldn't have to work harder and harder to get the things we need to get by i'm arguing we need a new norm, a four-hour workweek, 30 hours a week are things we should be thinking about coming out of the pandemic, when we're trying to
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figure out how to make work work again. >> spain, japan and iceland, some of the countries working into a four-day workweek the u.s. is a very different place. could the idea take off? >> i think it could. experiments are showing you don't give up productivity iceland just completed a four-year experiment , and foun that employees were just as productive, if not more so they were happier, healthier we know that overwork is a leading occupational caught, so you get the same, if not more productivity i think it's actually cou counter-intuitively a win-win. >> what are some of the biggest things we have to worry about if we work ourselves too hard
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>> there's obviously a mental toll, those what is feeding into the physical toll. there are studies that pushing yourself too hard means you're not getting more done, and after a certain point, your brain is not working as well. people had log you are cognitive people, so we're not doing ourselves any favors by trying to put in more hours we're not actually getting more done. bryce, i think many will be in their boss's offices with all your talking points. we appreciate the insight. fences keep thinks out or in, but that's not the kay in one minneapolis naked, where a backyard fence is bringing two very different people together in a very unlikely friendship. with the story of benjamin and
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mary, we turn to their reporter boyd hooper. >> reporter: two houses separated by a fence benjamin in one, just turned 2. >> he knocked the tower down. >> reporter: mary o'neil in the other, just shy of 100. >> this is yahtzee >> reporter: for more than a year, both found themselves pandemic prisoners. >> a lot of just us in this house. >> playing against myself. >> reporter: he's never really had other friends. >> reporter: until mary and ben mish -- >> hi, benjamin. >> reporter: found each other. give it a kick here it comes. here it comes. we call it cane ball >> for hitting one over the fence. >> his first best friend. >> reporter: stuck at home, benjamin's mom watched, at barriers feld. >> where did the bubbles go?
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>> reporter: the friendship blossomed. >> reporter: those tonka toys? >> mary said she had these trucks for benjamin. >> my son, he passed away, so they've been in the basement for years and years. >> reporter: she lost her husband, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren live out of state, but nut photos now occupy places of honor. >> they're the closest thing i have to grandchildren around here. >> reporter: as the pandemic eased its grip, benjamin discovered the grass is even greener, when you can share a friendship. >> oh, boy, i'm going to get some dirt. >> reporter: same side of the fence. >> thank you oh, that's nice dirt >> reporter: days passed during the course of the year when their yards remained empty.
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>> i missed seeing them when it was too cold for them to come out or when it was raining over the top, yeah. >> when she said she misses him, i never had known that i'm so happy they have each other. >> reporter: when friendships form, powerful forces are engineered look no further than mary and benjamin, who built a bridge over 98 years. >> you're going to hold my cane? >> reporter: for the news, i'm boyd hooper. what a beautiful, just friendship that developed, one of the bright spots. all right. well, racing to the finish right now, an historic day on wall street. the dow closing higher than 35,000, st. louis becoming the latest major constitution to bring back a mask mandate.
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