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michael davys will remain as executive producer. for more news, download the cbs news app on your critical phone connected tv. i'm tom it's thursday, december 9th, it's thursday, december 9th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." delta's surge. the four states seeing the biggest jump in covid hospitalizations and the gloomy outlook for future pandemics. manslaughter trial. opening statements get under way for the former officer who used a gun instead of a taser during a deadly traffic stop. discarded victory speech. for the first time, hillary clinton reveals what she would have said if she won the 2016 presidential election. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, we begin with the nation
passing a milestone in the battle against covid-19. more than 200 million americans are now fully vaccinated against the virus. that's just over 60% of the u.s. population. the head of the cdc is urging eligible people to get a booster shot, especially as more cases of the omicron variant are reported. she called the symptoms mild in almost all of the omicron cases, but there's still concern about the delta variant as it fuels hospitalizations. laura podesta is in new york with the latest on covid. laura, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're looking at several hot spots, particularly in the midwest where a surge of infections is filling icu beds. more than 200 million or just over 60% of americans are now fully vaccinated against covid-19. >> it feels good to be safer. >> reporter: many are getting their booster shot, a key defense against the omicron >> at first i was skeptical about do we need it or not. once there were other variant, there's no taking chances.
. >> reporter: pfizer says its shot increases protection 25-fold against omicron. >> that will induce immunity that is likely to protect from infection, symptomatic illness, and severe disease. >> reporter: only about a quarter of eligible americans have had a booster. meanwhile, covid hospitalizations jumped nearly 30% in the past month, driven by the delta variant. >> unless we really double down on what we're doing, we could see an increased spike that goes even higher than that as we get deeper into december and january. >> reporter: four states, michigan, indiana, ohio, and pennsylvania are responsible for around half of the increase in hospitalizations. michigan hit a record number this week. >> nearly all who are in the intensive care units are unvaccinated, especially those who are -- have a tube down their throat, are intubated. >> reporter: a report by the nuclear threat initiative and johns hopkins university found the world is dangerously
unprepared for future pandemics. the u.s.'s's score was hurt by a lack of public trust in federal government. those findings are no better than when the first version of the report was released in 2019, just a few months before covid-19 was detected. >> wow. laura podesta in new york. thank you very much. bob dole will lie in state at the u.s. capitoltoday. congressional leaders will honor the former republican senator and presidential candidate and world war ii veteran who served in congress for more than three decades. dole died sunday at the age of 98. his funeral will be held at washington national cathedral tomorrow and live streamed at the world war ii memorial on the national mall. and testimony will continue today in the trial of kim potter, the former minnesota police officer who shot and killed duante wright. dozens marched in the streets of minneapolis as opening statements got under way.
we're calling for justice for wright who was killed during a traffic stop. potter said she accidentally grabbed her gun instead of a taser during the incident in april. if convicted she could fates up to eight years in prison. here's david shuman from our minneapolis station, wcco. >> "i killed a boy," those were the defendant's words. >> reporter: prosecutors said former police officer kimberly potter was reckless and culpable for the death of 20-year-old duante wright. potter's body camera captured the moment the routine stop turned deadly. last april outside of minneapolis, potter and a rookie officer stopped wright after spotting an air freshener illegally hanging from his rearview mirror and expired tags. potter's partner tried to arrest wright for having an outstanding warrant on a misdemeanor gun charge, but he resisted and tried to drive away. >> taser, taser, taser! >> reporter: during the struggle potter shouted a taser warning
before she killed wright with a single bullet to the chest. [ inaudible ] >> i shot him. >> reporter: potter is charged with two counts of manslaughter in the first and second degree. >> she pulled the trigger and shot him in the chest. and she did those things without bothering to confirm what was in her hand. >> reporter: potter's attorneys admit she made a mistake confusing her pistol for the taser. her attorney said she was trying to protect an officer when she shot wright. >> all he has on this do is stop, and he'll be with us, but he goes. she can't let him leave because he's going to kill her partner. >> reporter: wright's mother, katy bryant, was on the phone with her son when the incident played out. >> shot him, why? >> reporter: video was shown of her at the scene. she was emotional as she relived that day. >> i wanted to comfort my baby. i wanted to hold him. and i wanted to protect him because that's what mothers do.
you protect your children. you make sure that they're safe. >> reporter: this trial in the same courtroom where former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin was found guilty of murdering george floyd. unlike chauvin, potter is expected to testify in her open behalf. david shuman, cbs news, minneapolis. former trump white house chief of staff mark meadows is suing the house panel investigating the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol. he's asking a judge to invalidate two subpoenas alleging the committee is overreaching for his cell phone records. lawmakers plan to move forward, though, with contempt charges against meadows who did not show up for a scheduled deposition yesterday. a father and son are now in jail for allegedly starting the 15th largest wildfire in california history. authorities in northern california arrested david scott smith and his son travis shane smith yesterday. they are accused of reckless arson. they are each being held on $1
million bail. the caldor fire forced tens of thousands to evacuate the lake tahoe area this summer. it burned more than 220,000 acres, and more than 1,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. coming up now, revisiting history. hillary clinton reads from her victory speech that she would have given after the 2016 presidential election. and speeding down the fairway. dash cameras capture a wild police chase on a golf course. we'll show how it all ended. this is the "cbs morning news." it all ended. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ when the chapstick goes on. it's on. get yours on at chapstick.com introducing the all-new gillettelabs with exfoliating bar. it combines shaving and gentle exfoliation into one efficient stroke, for a shave as quick and easy as washing your face.
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that smollett paid them to carry out the attack so he could get publicity. smollett claims that they are lying. florida police go on a wild chase on a golf course, and hillary clinton shares her presidential victory speech. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the new york times" reports on hillary clinton's discarded victory speech had she won the 2016 presidential election. >> fundamentally, this election challenged us to decide what it means to be an american in the 21st century. and by reaching for unity, decency, and what president lincoln called the better angels of our nature, we met that challenge. >> in the excerpt which aired on the "today" show, clinton said that she never shared the speech with anyone before. she talked about family, the deep partisan divide in the u.s., and the significance of having the first female president in the u.s. the former first lady is posting her full speech on line today on the streaming site master class
which focuses on lessons from high-profile figures. "the washington post" reports the army approved an additional 39 purple heart awards for troops hurt in an iranian missile attack on their base in iraq almost two years ago. last month a cbs news investigation revealed the soldiers were initially denied the purple heart even though it appeared they qualified. the award entitles recipients to lifetime benefits including priority medical care. more than 30 other soldiers involved in the attack did receive the award earlier. shortly after the missile strike, president trump downplayed the situation saying it was not very serious. and the "miami herald" says a police chase ended on a florida golf course. authorities say a 60-year-old woman in an suv plowed through the gate of a vero beach golf course tuesday after refusing to pull over for a nearby traffic stop. deputies chased her on the course as golfers ran to get out of the way. the woman was eventually taken
here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ on the cbs "money watch," your child tax credit payment is scheduled to run out, and a rapper was among most searched people on google this year. diane king hall is at the new york stock exchange with those stories and more. good morning, diane. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. stock futures are pointing to a lower open after another day on the plus side on wall street.
all three major indices gained steam for the third day in a row fueled by waning concerns over the omicron variant. the dow gained 35, the nasdaq rallied 100. and the s&p 500 was up 14. the families of nearly 61 million children could get their last child tax credit payment this month if congress doesn't act soon. president biden's "build back better" agenda which passed in the house includes a one-year extension of the monthly payments, but the legislation faces an uphill battle in the senate. the irs has told some lawmakers the bill needs to pass in 19 days in order for the payments to continue in january. the ceo of mortgage company better.com is now apologizing for the way he fired hundreds of employees during an online meeting. he laid off about 900 people over a zoom call earlier this month. the video leaked, and he faced intense backlash on social media. now he's saying "i'm sorry." in a letter posted on the
company website he says, quote, i own the decision to do the layoffs, but in communicating it i blundered the execution. in doing so i embarrassed you. i am deeply sorry and am committed to learning from this situation, end quote. and google has released its top trending searches of the year. the nba scored the top spot for u.s. searches. the late rapper dmx was second followed by gabby petito. google's top searches for people included kyle rittenhouse, golf superstar tiger woods, and alec baldwin. as for tv shows, "squid game" tuned in at the number-one spot. "bridgerton" came in second and "wanda vision" was third. >> i don't know what all that says about where our interests lie. i suppose i shouldn't be surprised that "squid game" was number one -- >> i know -- >> -- for a while there, everyone was only talking about that. >> everyone -- yes. i searched it because i was like, should i watch this or not. and then i was like, nope, i can't stomach it.
so not ready still. >> well, the moment is gone now. you missed the cultural wave. >> i know -- >> that came back out. you'll get it on the next one. >> yes. agree. >> diane king hall at the new york stock exchange. diane, thank you so much. >> thank you. all right. up next, tiger's comeback. the golf legend will compete in a tournament next week. how his 12-year-old son will play a major role. week. how his 12-year-old son will play a major role. there are many reasons for waiting to visit your doctor right now. but if you're experiencing irregular heartbeat, heart racing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or light-headedness, don't wait to contact your doctor. because these symptoms could be signs of a serious condition like atrial fibrillation. which could make you about five times more likely to have a stroke. your symptoms could mean something serious, so this is no time to wait. talk to a doctor, by phone, online, or in-person. today we're kicking off breakfast with heart-healthy
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ ♪ go easy on me baby ♪ adele's new album, "30," is doing well -- very well. it is the first album released in more than a year to sell one million copies in the u.s., and it's done that in two weeks since coming out last month. it's her first new album in six years. the last new album to sell a million copies in the u.s. was taylor swift's "folklore" last year. it was a big night for james corden and "the late late show." they celebrated their 1,000th show. it was filled with highlights
from past episodes, celebrity guests, and surprises including this one -- corden was led outside his los angeles studio and asked to dip his hands in concrete for a set of handprints to go on cbs' pathway of pioneers. it all ended with corden getting his hands stuck in the concrete and fellow cast members getting stuck as well as they tried to help him out. >> there were also celebrity appearances including pop star mariah carey. she was the first carpool karaoke guest in 2015. and what would show number 1,000 be without boy band bts? ♪ smooth like butter like no other ♪ ♪ met the usher ♪ >> "the late late show" premiered here on cbs in march of 2015. "jeopardy!" is staying put with its two hosts. sony pictures television says
ken jennings and mayim bialik will continue hosting for the rest of the season through july. earlier this year, jennings and bialik were named interim hosts after the newly named host, mike richards, was fired when sexist comments he made on a podcast surfaced. and tiger woods is returning to competition ten months after badly damaging his right leg in a car crash. woods says he and his son, 12 -year-old charlie will play in the pnc championship investment week in orlando. the unofficial event pairs family members. woods suffered serious injuries when his suv crashed outside los angeles in february. last week woods said he does not expect to play golf again full time. and coming up on "cbs mornings," drew barrymore, host of "the drew barrymore show" stops by to talk about her struggles with mental health. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news."
our top stories this morning -- more than 200 million americans are now fully vaccinated against covid-19. this as we learn at least 40 people in the u.s. have been infected with the omicron variant. more than three quarters of them have been vaccinated. still, health officials warn the delta strain is fueling new infections. and bob dole will lie in state at the u.s. capitol today.
congressional leaders will honor the former republican senator and presidential candidate who served in congress for more than three decades. dole died sunday at the age of 98 after a battle with lung cancer. the ceo of instagram testified on capitol hill fending off questions from angry lawmakers who say the social media giant is not doing enough to protect children on line. as michael george reports, they're demanding change. we all want teens to be safe on line -- >> reporter: instagram ceo adam mosseri said keeping teen users safe goes beyond his company. >> this is an industry-wide challenges that requires industry-wide solutions and industry-wide standards. >> a body setting standards is not the same as an independent one. >> reporter: he says instagram is already creating age-appropriate experiences for young users and supporting teens who may be struggling. ahead of the hearing, the platform launched new safety features including updated parental controls and reminders
for teens to take breaks. lawmakers were critical. >> the middle of the night is when you drop news that you don't want people to see. >> they could have been announced years ago. they weren't, and in fact, these changes fall way short. >> reporter: the hearing comes just months after a facebook whistleblower turned over internal documents appearing to show the social media company was aware instagram may cause depression and anxiety, especially for some teenage girls. >> i think it does create some kind of insecurity within making them feel like they don't look a certain way. >> social media providers have to be responsible, but parents have -- also have to have supervisory responsibility. >> reporter: lawmakers are drafting legislation to include privacy rules for children and teens and require social media apps to be more transparent. michael george, cbs news, new
york. coming up on "cbs mornings," an exclusive first look at newly approved eyedrops that could help millions of americans replace their reading glasses. jericka duncan has details. plus, drew barrymore, host of "the drew barrymore show," stops by our studio to talk about her struggles with mental health. and "project runway" judge elaine welteroth discusses her master class on designing your dream career and finding a work/life balance. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪ ♪