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covid surge snarling much of the country with snow in the mid-atlantic and soaring coast-to-coast omicron cases leaving schools and others scrambling more evidence from the january 6th committee insurrection committee to enlist trump to stop the uprising meanwhile, ivanka and donald trump, jr., are suspend by the new york tax general probe in
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the organization at&t and verizon delayed 5g technology while the faa figures out how they will impact plane's electronics. the megablockbuster deal of the late day of the u david bowie has the music world buzzing this morning "early today" starts right now good morning, i'm stephen romo a lot to get to, including covid investigations which are soaring in the united states at a rapid rate it's all due to the fast soaring omicron variant. it stood at more than 561 million cases. on monday, more than a million people were diagnosed with covid. the fda green lit booster shots for kids 12-to-15. nbc news' chris pollone has
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those details. more american children will become eligible for booster shots this week. children 12-to-15 should get an extra pfizer dose as well as those with compromised immune systems should get it five months after the second dose instead of six the change is awaiting final approval by the cdc the move comes as children across the country return to schools after the break. cleveland and neuralgic, new jersey are going temporarily others are continuing in classroom learning >> when we have our children in school, they're safe i have been very clear of this my children are going to be in school. >> reporter: can it be sustained during what one expert described as an omicron blizzard >> a lot of teachers and staff will come down with covid. whether the schools will be able to remain opened with reduesed
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staffing, we'll have to see. >> reporter: after harsh criticism, the cdc has been clarifying the five-day isolation guidelines for people that test positive in at least one new jersey hospital, though, that new rule has been a welcome stage for the staffing shortage. >> many are calling saying they want to come back, what that rule did is allow them to come back safely. >> reporter: thousands monday hit by covid sickouts and winter weather, chris pollone, nbc news, washington >> >> at least five people have died in storms, in maryland, people were killed, two children were killed by falling trees in georgia and tennessee, several states are experiencing power outages, worse affected by far is georgia, where 300,000
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customers are without electricity. extreme weather came on top of a covid surge. more than 3,000 flights were grounded yesterday and cancellations and delays continue this morning. our tom costello has more from reagan national airport. >> adding more misery to wary and stranded travelers coming back from the holidays, a massive storm stretching from the deep south, florida and alabama to the nation's capitol in the bulls eye, air force one returning to joint st. andrews, the president emerging in a blinding snowstorm in the i-95 snowstorm, thousands stranded and stuck amtrak also affected at the center of the bulls eye, reagan national airport. topping the listing of most affected airports 84% of departures canceled. >> i have been here since 7:00 i have been delayed three times
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and then cancelled. >> reporter: the latest blow to airlines and hundreds of thousands of holiday passengers. since christmas eve more than 18,000 flights cancelled hit by airlines and tsa staffers with covid then a series of winter storms here at reagan, they've closed the main row for plowing at 8:00 a.m. >>. >> reporter: thousands of passengers stuck >> my flight got changed twice. >> reporter: cancellations rippling from chicago-o'hare to ft. lauderdale, where andrea lynn and her kids were trying to get out thursday we had to stay in a home and they're outrageous new years eve. >> reporter: the airline industry has been under staffed for months, before this latest surge with covid going back to
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the summer >> reporter: so far this as i remember, we have 400-plus flights canceled nationwide. that is a vast improvement over monday, when we had 3,000 flights cancelled, 18,000 flights cancelled. so it is very much all about trying to recover today and giving the airlines the time and the space to get everybody to their final destinations back to you. >> a lot of headaches for those travelers. tom, thank you well arc pair of telecom giants are putting the brakes on the launch of 5gvm at&t and verizon were set to roll out the service on wednesday the faa warned the signals could interfere with plane's systems the wireless companies have offered to make changes to mitigate and in addition the faa thanked them for agreeing to that delay representative bobby rush is officially expected to retire.
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he served 15 termsin the house back in 2000, he beat then a state senator barack obama in the democratic primary for illinois's first congressional district we are set to see an exodus from congress this year 24 house democrats and 13 republicans have announced their planned departures we're just two days away from the one-year anniversary of the january 6th insurrection and the house committee investigating the capitol riot is ramping up its investigation. nbc oolz 's garrett haake has te latest. >> reporter: then president trump they tried to stop it from happening. >> we have first-hand testimony his daughter ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to please stop this violence.
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>> reporter: since the creation, they interviewed more than 300 people and collected 35 pages of documents, including e-mails and tech messages, while still battling the former president in court and for testimony from top aides like former chief of staff mark meadows, who has claimed executive privilege. >> shortly before his scheduled deposition, mr. meadows walked away from appearing. >> reporter: they released a comprehensive report before the mid-term elections. >> we got to tell the truth about that and have a recommend with the reality of prapd. >> republicans slammed the credibility of the investigation because house speaker nancy pelosi did not allow top gop leader kevin mccarthy to select members for the committee. mccarthy accusing them as using january 6th as a partisan political weapon two former president trumps children are embroiled in
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deposition, they were demanding testimony and documents as a part of a civil probe of the business practices shortly after, lawyers for the siblings filed a motion to quash those subpoenas. the trump family has not been accused of wrong doing in this investigation and the former president called it politically motivated. haiti's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt over the weekend they were attend ac cathedral on saturday when an armed group attacked local media reports at least one person died in the gunfight that follow with the prime minister's security detail. henry became initiated last year arrest warrants have been issued in this latest incident. let's turn to the weather with meteorologist janessa webb. >> hi, good morning.
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if you are in the friengt st49th state, my friends have been going through it with power outages in that area the same storm system is impacting the pacific northwest. this will be a series of storms we will watch the next two days impacting the area you see the rockies dealing with snow currently but it's the rainfall across the coast we will watch from seattle to northern california some of these totals are significant. three-to-five inches so flash flood watches will go in place this afternoon. then it's widespread snow that will launch all the way into the plains look at some of these totals, 12-to-18 inches for boise, we will be watching significant wind gustsl durham 64 -- raleig
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64 section of the northeast in the mid-30s. a series of storms, one will track all the way into the northeast. we will talk about future snow coming up. >> round two, all right. thanks turning to today's ground breakers the u.s. navy setting sail on history. captain amy bowenschmitd became the first to command the uss abraham lincoln in august. the carrier deptd san diego on deployment following nine months of training. deputy amy snyder becomes the show's top female owner and th theranos founder elizabeth holmes is found guilty of
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welcome back "jeopardy" champion amy schneider, the first transgender player to qualify for the tournament of champions addressed those twitter users saying, in part, quote, every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point schneider's historic "jeopardy" run continued to grow in winnings over her 24-day streak. last week, she broke the wins in a show's history by a woman. breaking news, the blockbuster trial of theranos elizabeth holmes was found guilty of four of 11 counts. she was convicted for four counts of fraud for lying to investors and found not guilty for defrauding patients.
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she was guilty of three counts of deceiving investors the judge is expected to declare a mistrial holmes will be sentenced at a later date now to colorado, where there is an urgent search for two people mission after the marshall fires that consumed more than 6,000 acres, reducing nearly 1,000 homes to rubble the origin of the fire is under investigation. authorities have received several tips about the potential cause. a search warrant was executed at an unnamed property related to that well, an update this morning on a cause of death for beloved actress and comedian betty white. her agent confirming she died of natural causes, shutting down rumors that she died of covid. white died on new year's eve,
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two years shy of her 100th birthday twins in monterey county were born 15 minutes apart but they arrived in different years and months antonia came in december 2021. followed by his baby sister who arrived 12:00 a.m. january 1st, 2022 aylin became the first baby to be born this year. alfredo wade 6 pounds 1 ounce. the chance of the twins born in different years, by the way, is one in 2 million fraternal twins also share three siblings coming up next on "early today," is this good-bye for big ben. steelers' star quarterback put on a show for fans at what could be his last home game. and the man that sold the rights to david bowie's catalogue changes hands for a jaw-dropping song.
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2022, $3 trademark some analysts say it seems expensive. it's seen as one of the companies out there rated by the moody's aaa, it's one of the safest bets in the market as well it's had an enormous rally on a course set of hardware, iphones, imaccomputers, et cetera, ipad also software, which is growing really aggressively. not too many people taking the bet when it will become a $4 trillion company the late great david bowie's estate sold for we think about $250 million u.s. dollars. great songs out there, space odyssey, changes, ziggy start-ups, they include a part of 1,100 singles he produced the producers and i decide hero is our favorite. what about you >>ly go with changes, it will be stuck in my head all day
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california made history when it became the first state to mandate gender neutral toy aisles as larger stores began to make those changes. jay ward shows us how this could shape the toy industries. >> reporter: if you have been inside a big toy store, you know how it's traditionally organized, a boy's aisle, a girl's aisle the new california law gives them go two years to get gender neutral aisles
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big box toy stores have been moving in this direction walmart and target have done away with gender toy sections. experts say that's good. because gender toys shape how children see themselves and each other. >> we are teaching them to be separated, to be competitive to be in very different worlds. >> reporter: companies looking to maximize sales tend to focus on boy toys him they say the industry assumes girls will play with boy toys and watch boy programs but not vice-versa. a destructive market force >> girls are much stronger and gains earlier. it's economic am to produce more action-oriented boy's toys in the program. >> reporter: the toy-making potential could determine what a show is about. >> broadcasters look at the children's block on television as a 30-minute commercial or a
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commercial product they want to sell. >> reporter: because toys have originally been gendered, tv producers who make gender-neutral characters may lose out on that money. >> because of the profitability that exists, corporation and media companies will not put that stuff out there on their own. >> reporter: bias experts say it's been a terrible cycle tv producers had to feed into stereotypes in order to get toys on to store shelves and toys with gendered toi sections didn't know where to put them. the bill's opponents call it government overreach the bill's co-author says it's a part of a state effort to fight bias in society. >> in the state of california, we recognize disparity that's why we pass gender legislation. that's why we pass legislation to require women and minorities on corporate boards. this gender neutral retail continues in that spirit. >> reporter: now the question is
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whether the reshaping of the toy aisles can inspire toy makers and broadcasters to change as well >> our thanks to jake ward for that report. and thanks for waking up i'm stephey today.
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there's the least available -- >> right now at 4:30, the crushing demand for covid tests. ahead, the guidance about when and your family should be taking one and the long lines being spotted all-around the bay. what is next for elizabeth holmes, after a jury finds her guilty on four counts. the prison time the fallen ceo is now facing. this is "today in the bay." we are broadcasting to your television, but streaming live on nbcbayare


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