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breaking weather overnight tornadic activity leaves tens of thousands without power as a significant weather threat persists the latest on the minnesota bar shooting that left 14 injured and one dead good news on the covid front. with cases on the decline, but a possible warning sign of things to come as the weather gets colder a great story about an incredible coincidence that brought two service members together the biggest and best moments from nfl week five straight ahead on this national
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holiday. "early today" starts right now thanks for being with us early on this holiday. i'm africa i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm philip mena southwest airlines canceled over 1800 flights this weekend, roughly 28% of its flights were grounded on sunday alone an estimated 120,000 passengers have been impacted so far. some told nbc news that they would have to wait two or three days to be rebooked on a flight home >> as soon as they can put me on a flight is wednesday. >> i have kids, a daughter in high school, dogs. they're going to refund the ticket and they were not offering anything for hotels or anything for staying here two extra days >> they blamed air traffic control issues and bad weather in florida friday, adding that rekoefring during operational challenging is more difficult and prolonged. but the faa first said that the air traffic control problems were resolved within a few
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houshs on friday some industry experts believe southwest scheduled too many flights while struggling with pilot recruitment. the airline said it is working to accommodate customers americans are feeling pain at the pump. paying more than they have in seven years. the average price of gas jumping nearly six cents in the last two weeks because the organization of oil exporting countries, also nope as opec, are struggling to meet with the increased demand worldwide. according to aaa, the average price of gas is now at $3.27 that's more than $1 higher than a year ago residents of st. paul, minnesota are reeling after a mass shooting. one killed and 14 injured after shots were fired inside a bar. megan fitzgerald has more. >> reporter: frances, good morning. law enforcement agencies are assisting st. paul police in a very active and ongoing investigation. many neighbors say this is the
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worst trajdy that they seen in their city >> shots fired multiple callers three shots inside the bar >> reporter: a horrifying bar unfolding in a bar in st. paul, minnesota. >> at least four medics. >> i got one fading here >> reporter: police calling it one of the worst shootings the city has seen. >> i heard the gunshots and went to the ground and i could see four or five people that had been hit >> this is not the place to be right now. this is chaos. >> reporter: multiple suspects opening fire in this bar, cell phone video capturing some of the chaos unfolding inside >> there were victims lying in the street, outside the bar, on the sidewalk and there were victims lying on the floor inside the bar >> more people over here, too. people are laid out. >> reporter: good samaritans jumping in to help officers render aid 15 people were shot, 14 rushed to the hospital, a 20-year-old
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woman tragically dying inside. >> our hearts break for the young woman who died >> reporter: a grieving family joined by an entire family the chief of police taking to twitter saying hearts are broken, victims, families, community and officers we will bring justice to the victims. police arresting three suspects connected to the shooting as law enforcement agencies work with st. paul police to answer lingering questions, how did this happen and why? police are expecting to release the name of the victims later today. but this is still a community that's grieving and anxiously awaiting answers frances? >> megan, thank you. new signs of hope in the fight against coronavirus. some of the states hardest hit by the pandemic are seeing a dip in cases sam brock is following the latest for us. >> reporter: for the first time in months, americans are feeling a fresh sense of optimism about
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covid numbers on the decline do you feel any better hear sthag? >> yeah, i feel more relieved that, you know, the cases are going down >> hopefe lower. >> reporter: infections have dropped about 40% since a month ago. dr. anthony fauci predicting the deaths could change. >> i strongly suspect that you're going to see the deaths go down similar to the hospitalizations how quickly they go down and how thoroughly they go down is going to depend a lot on a number of circumstances, which will be influenced by things like the colder weather, people doing things indoors, how well they go by the cdc guidelines of when you have a lot of infection in the community. >> reporter: a closer look under the hood, exposes a split reality in trends. the four largest states for covid are all dropping, taking the u.s. case average with them,
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which has dipped almost 12%. but parts of the upper midwest around great plains, from north dakota to michigan are all deeing double digit jumps. >> hospital is either full or near full at any given time, anywhere from two to half a dozen people waiting in emergency department, rooms waiting for ambulances to transfer them elsewhere. >> reporter: dr. rob davidson is an e.r. physician in michigan. do you think that cold weather states are seeing more people go inside >> i'm honestly terrified of what might come to pass in december, january, february. that's truly when we see people heading inside and getting together >> our thanks to sam brock for that report. a maryland couple is in custody this morning accused of selling nuclear secrets. according to a criminal complaint, jonathan toby and his wife, diana, told restricted information about the design of
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nuclear powered submarines toby allegedly placed the data in sd cards and hid them in a peanut butter sandwich that he later left at drop points. he tried to sell the information to a person he believed was working for a foreign power but they were undercover fbi agents. they are both expected to appear in federal court tomorrow. a man in north carolina is facing up to 20 years behind bars for allegedly running a five-year amazon fraud scheme. the man identified as hudson ham rick, pleaded guilty to wire fraud. he engaged in about 300 fraudulent transactions, buying items and then returning cheaper ones it resulted in losses of more than $290,000. amazon said it noticed the fraudulent returns beginning h 2016 and referred the case to the fbi. the fire fraud charge carries a
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maximum sentence of 20 years and $250,000 fine. >> >> area known as tornado alley is living up to its name officials reported at least six tornados in oklahoma overnight four of those were recorded in the oklahoma city metro area that number could rise as the damage is assessed in the daylight no reports of injuries and at least 50,000 customers lost power in the area. let's get over to meet gist janessa webb with our holiday forecast good morning >> hi, good morning. i was just looking at some of these storm totals we're up to 12 tornadoes across oklahoma so an outbreak that's currently still happening. we do have tornado warnings in effect for another hour. you can see the squall line. it continues to make its way into arkansas, northern louisiana, even southeastern texas that we're going to continue to watch as that line of storms continues to make its way through. now, the northern half of the storm system also going to be
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sparking up severe weather this afternoon. 29 million people across the midwest, it's really chicago, all the way to st. louis really going to be watching, because there's a lot of warm air that's in place damaging wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour and a few tornadoes possible throughout your afternoon into your this afternoon, in the upper midwest, chilly temperatures low 40s. along with severe weather, we have a major snowstorm that's brewing over 15 inches in some sports we'll talk about that coming up. >> wow okay >> that's the biggest number we have heard in a while. tony bennett is making history, becoming the oldest person to release an album at 95 years old.
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he set the world record with the release of his new album with lady gaga called "love for sale." it's his 15th number one, breaking the record for the most number one rankings in the charts history >> i like that collaboration there. we are just one minute away from the biggest moments from week five in the nfl. the playoffs are heating up for major league baseball. ..the. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™. with tremfya®, adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks. tremfya® is the only medication of its kind also approved for adults with active psoriatic arthritis. serious allergic reactions may occur. tremfya® may increase your risk of infections
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the start of the second half but the break didn't help patrick mahomes and the chiefs the bills picked off mahomes twice and josh allen threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns buffalo goes into kc, winning 38-20. and it was a party in los angeles. both the chargers and the browns both teams would combine for 1,000 yards. in the fourth quarter alone, they had 41 points the chargers score twice in the last three minutes and beat cleveland 47-42. meanwhile, adams went for over 200 yards on the bengals' defense, but cincy forced overtime windy conditions, doinked right off, that would have won the game this one goes through and the packers win 25-22. across the pond, kyle pitts
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with his first career touchdown. the falcons win in london 27-20. and around the league, tom brady led all passers with over 400 yards in the air and the bucs win over the dolphins a big sports sunday we saw yesterday. it continued with some pivotal game threes in major league baseball the white sox at home, and finally their bats come to life there in chicago eight runs in the third and fourth chicago would hold houston scoreless for five innings and double up the astros 12-6. what a way to end it in boston christian vasquez here with the walkoff home run in the 13th inning the red sox take a 2-1 victory -- 2-1 series lead and win the game 6-4 still to come, the barriers that we're seeing when it comes to preventing millions of americans from getting health care a license to kill at the box office how much the new james bond raked in on opening weekend.
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jose, good morning >> reporter: phil, good morning. today, we have a story that impacts the health of millions here in this country it's about the major barriers keeping latinos from getting quality medical care and the efforts some are making to change that. this is the moment garcia finally started getting life-saving treatment. but he almost didn't make it here he had been sick for days with worsening symptoms so three days of pain in his body and a lot of sweating but the construction worker and father of two refused to go to the hospital because one is thinking, how am i going to pay how is this going to be if i can't work and i can't get a paycheck francisco didn't have insurance, and because of that, has never gone to see a doctor in the u.s. did it worry you in the early days that you had no health insurance? how was i going to pay that fear of getting hit with a
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massive bill kept him from seeking help when he finally went to the e.r., he was diagnosed with a severe case of covid one month and four days in the hospital >> by the time they come to me, they come in with one foot in the grave. >> reporter: he runs his own clinic community. does having health insurance affect the time patients come in to see you >> absolutely. i mean, you know, i take care of people that have no insurance. they are concerned of the financial implications >> reporter: it's not just financial concerns many are concerned about their immigration status or fear a language barrier >> i see it every day and have been for decades it's getting worse >> reporter: in fact, latinos have the highest uninsured rates of any race or ethnic group in the u.s. in california, latinos are three
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times more likely to be uninsured than whites. one group is trying to change that community health workers here spend nearly every day going door do door in hard hit communities and stationing at food banks to sign people up for government run health care >> it comes down to education and what they have access to and we inform them that you can get access to this kind of insurance. >> reporter: for jose, health insurance is a luxury he says they'll never have it's too expensive, they say instead, they resort to natural remedies jose believes he has early alzheimer's, but can't see a doctor how challenging is it to close this gap for the whole day we were with them, she didn't sign up a single person for insurance. >> it does take a long time to help our community and more than a meeting or two, to be able to
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persuade them to get the help they have access to. >> reporter: francisco is taking it one day at a time now going in for regular monthly checkups hopefully i can go back to how i was before francisco's stay cost thousands a day, but dr. barone said hi convinced the hospital not to charge him because it was the right thing to do. >> great story to think about all those that weren't so fortunate. still to come, janessa tracking a snowstorm and friendship found on the frontlines the coincidence that brought two combat medics together and dealing with a bulky vacuum.. . is such a hassle. uchhh!!! so now we use our swiffer sweeper and dusters. the fluffy fibers? they pick up dust easily. grabbing it in all those hard-to-reach places. gotcha!!! and for our floors, sweeper's textured cloths lock all kinds of dirt, dust and pet hair.
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introducing new vicks vapostick. who is he? >> james, you don't know what this is? >> james bond. licensed to kill >> it was a big debut for the long awaited 25th james bond "no time to die," coming there with an estimated $56 million at its opening weekend. "let there be carnage" brought in $32 million and the adams family two with $10 million.
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now to a chance encounter between two soldiers who discovered they share a powerful bond that goes back to the battlefield a decade ago >> reporter: as a combat medic, daniel exemplifies courage under fire >> as soon as i hear the call for medic, just run towards that danger >> reporter: in august of 2011 in afghanistan, his unit came under grenade attack, injuring three soldiers >> it was a volatile area we were in charge to secure >> reporter: this attack hit his platoon leader he stabilize him and prepared him for a medevac. >> it was a catastrophic event there was no walking away from that >> what is it like to watch him leave? >> reporter: back home, the lieutenant's sister received the terrifying news from another soldier. >> hey, your brother was in a grenade explosion. >> reporter: her brother was safe that's the moment she decided to
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be an army doctor. >> i felt i wanted to pay it forward. >> reporter: ten years later, 22 service members from units nationwide gathered in little rock, assigned to a civilian hospital overwhelmed by covid cases. at a team dinner, a surprising connection >> he said, do you have an older brother? i said yes did your older brother serve in the infantry i'm like, yes. is your older brother john cont sne , and i'm like yes he said i was the medic that took care of your brother. >> how could this happen this is such a big world i mean, we were sitting next to each other >> i just gave him a big hug for a long time, and didn't really have words to express the gratitude that i felt. >> reporter: two soldiers, connected by their service to others and to each other. >> cool story. >> what a great story.
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and you know if somebody said coincidence, i think those paths were meant to intersect. >> there's something more divine going on there thanks for starting your week with us on "early today" on this monday i'm philip mena. >> i'm frances rivera. your news continues right here on n
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a holiday travel nightmare thousands stranded around the nation after southwest cancels nearly 2,000 flights over the extended weekend we'll tell you why, and when traveler also see relief we have the latest on the minnesota bar shooting and the suspects that poce are most interested in after 14 were wounded and one person died. nuclear secrets for sale a navy engineer is accused of trying to pass nuclear submarine intel on a data card hidden inside of a peanut butter sandwich gas prices are soerg, with
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