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appearing in court. the new details on brittney griner, the women's basketball star being held in russia. the news at 5:30 starts now. thanks for joining us. >> we begin with world leaders gathering today for a second round of meetings at the g7 summit in germany. they all continue to pledge support for ukraine for as long as it takes. here's more details from the meeting. >> reporter: ukraine's president zelenskyy adepressing g7 leaders by video, urging them to speed up the delivery of military gear. president biden, g7, and eu leaders vowing to support ukraine for as long as it takes. >> putin's been counting on from the beginning that somehow nato and the g7 would splinter, but we haven't, and we're not going to. >> reporter: but russia shows
no signs of backing down. once again ramping up strikes in kyiv and hitting a shopping mall in another city where dozens of people were killed or wounded by the missile strike. the u.s. is sending more air defense systems to help ukrainian forces fight back. >> these kind of defenses could limit the ability of the russians to launch these kind of war criminal attacks. >> reporter: g7 leaders also agreeing to ban imports of russian gold in an effort to cut off revenue for putin's war. but some analysts say the move may have minimal impact. >> things like gold, oil, coal, he can find other people to buy them. gas is unique, and i would put most of the attention on that. >> reporter: the group of seven is exploring a price cap for russian oil exports as a way to put more financial pressure on russia. world leaders also discussing economic concerns about the impact of a long war in ukraine. tomorrow president biden will attend the final session of the g7 summit and then travel
to spain for the nato summit in madrid. in washington, i'm bree jackson for nbc news. the emotions stirred up by the overturning of roe v. wade are still raw. several states have now banned abortion while it remains legal in more than a dozen others. there's been confusion and some panic in clinics across the nation following the supreme court's ruling. this little clinic near omaha, nebraska is already seeing patients from out of state. >> we've gone from seeing an average of 30 patients a week to now maybe 30 patients a day. our team will be here for every patient that has an appointment. >> destroying human life is a crime that cries out to heaven. >> i lived through when we did not have roe v. wade. we do not need this again. >> at least ten states immediately restricted abortion access. the procedure is still legal in washington dc and 16 states. state by state, there is confusion as abortion rules
change quickly. south dakota's republican governor is vowing to bar mail order abortion pills but says women shouldn't face prosecution for seeking them. michigan's governor is declaring clarification from the michigan supreme court following a state ruling preserving the status quo. we bring in our political analyst larry. this is such a reversal of policy, how did we get here? >> it all happened in a short period of time. really about five years. recall, if you will, in 2016 president obama had the opportunity to nominate a supreme court justice. that was merrick garland who became attorney general. mitch mcconnell was the republican majority leader and wouldn't hold hearings. it was unprecedented. lasted about a year. he would not hold hearings. so the vacancy remains until the next presidency which was donald trump. donald trump, when he came in,
had the opportunity to nominate not one, not two, but three justices, all of which were very conservative. gorsuch replaced scalia. brett kavanaugh replacing anthony kennedy, a moderate. and then amy coney-barrett replacing . it's just incredible it happened in such a short period of time, and yes, a lot of people's heads will be spinning because of this rapid transformation. >> the new majority decisions are about more than abortion, though, aren't they? >> yeah. what we're seeing with this court is an entirely different way of looking at these things. these are what we call originalists, the majority. they look at exactly what the constitution says versus the
old school which was the interpretives. like gun control, they're considering immigration, religion in public schools, voting rights. all these types of things are now being looked at in different ways than they were just five years ago. and as a result of so many of the decisions that were handed down by the supreme court during that very fertile period of the 1960s and 70s are rapidly being eradicated and replaced with the very conservative decisions that have an entirely different way of looking at the supreme court. and with that, the american society we live in is changing rapidly too. so people who were used to one thing, now we're seeing others. no doubt about it, conservatives are having the time of their lives. moderates are not happy because they've been used to this for 50 years and suddenly it's reversed. >> suddenly is a fact.
how long is it going to stay turned? >> that's the question of the day. we know this much. we know that presidents have a tremendous ability with their, with their responsibility for nominating the supreme court justices. when they do so, the presidents are there for four or eight years. with judges and justices they could be there for life as the term goes. 20, 25, 30 years. and as it turns out, president trump nominated not only conservatives, but young justices relatively speaking as far as supreme court judges go. 48, 50, and 53 years old. believe me, these are puppies in terms of supreme court justices when they come on that body. so we're looking at junes who are likely to be there 20, 25, 30 years unless something unforeseen happens. an untimely death or someone leaving for another reason. so we could expect this kind of thing to go on for a long time. even if a liberal president is elected in 2024 or 2028.
this court is likely to remain largely the same for many years to come. >> you know, you mention on ruth bader ginsburg, she, some thought she should resign. she was getting up there in years. she did not. do you think that going forward we'll start having more justices looking around to see what the political climate is and that's when they're going to resign? do you think they're going to be ending their careers a little earlier than they used to? >> we may have seen this with justice bryer who's resigning this year. he's 83 years old, but many have gone past that age of 83. but when bryer said is it's time for me to go. how much he said it's time for me to go because he wants to go fishing and how much he said it's time for me to go because he felt the democrats were pushing him out, we'll never know. but we're seeing a different way of looking at the court now in terms of who gets on and wondering when they'll leave. and right now we know this
much, there's a big delta between the majority of the court that's very young and conservative and the rest. and for that we'll be either enjoying the benefits or paying the price depending on how you look at it for many many years to come. >> larry, thanks again. coming up on nbc nightly news, they investigate what information women get inside state and federally funded anti-abortion centers in texas. >> when i say alternative to abortion, what is is first thing that comes to mind? >> wasted money. wasted taxpayer dollars. lack of accountability. and actually no metrics that indicate it has anything to do with averting abortions. >> this is one of the programs in the budget that there's just so little accountability.
>> what they were told next on nbc nightly. growing drama on capitol hill. the january 6th house panel investigating the 2021 insurrection has called a surprise hearing for tomorrow. the committee says that recently obtained evidence, which spurred the call for a new hearing, comes after congress left washington for a two-week recess and no new hearings was supposed to take place until july. the subject of the new evidence is unknown, but expectations are now high for a new bombshell. tomorrow's hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. our time, and you can watch it right here on nbc bay area. more than four months after u.s. basketball star brittney griner was arrested in a russian airport, she appeared in court. russian officials searched her luggage revealed vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis. today was a preliminary
hearing where they scheduled her trial to begin on friday. jury selection has resumed in a high profile murder case on the central coast. paul flores and his father are accused in the murder of kristen smart. they're in separate trials. jury selection started earlier this month, but then was put on hold due to health concerns with one of the defendants. this morning there was a collision with a semi truck near lax. a bus clipped a parked tractor trailer rig. three people were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. what
the panel will decide if they should authorize a booster to specifically target the omicron variants. scientists from the fda panel previously said omicron specific components in their covid vaccines did boost the immune response to the variant. up next, gas prices actually going down. we've got the new numbers on the pain at the pump, but before you have a price parade, what when it will head back up soon. and what we're learning from researchers at the monterey bay aquarium. in san jose right now, 80 degrees, but ahead for fourth of july weekend, you may be surprised by how much cooler surprised by how much cooler temperatures will be around
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dip in gas prices. according to aaa, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in oakland is down 10 cents from a week ago. san francisco, the savings is 9 cents, san jose down 10 cents. the head of petroleum analysis at gas buddy says the wholesale price of gas has plummeted the last few weeks. there are renewed concerns of an economic slow down that could reduce consumption while at the same time oil refineries across the country are boosting output. >> at 10 cents a gallon, i mean, i'll take it. i'll take it, but it's, it's still so much money. >> i'm also trying to take bart a little bit more just to kind of counteroffer with the prices of gas right now. >> okay, the relief will be short lived. on friday gas prices are set to go up about 3 cents automatically. july 1st is when a new state gas tax kicks in. senate bill 1 approved back in
2017 calls for prices to increase every year. the money is earmarked for repairing roads, rebuilding bridges, and improving public transportation. we told you last week about a surfer attacked by a shark in pacific grove who may have a connection to an unusual phenomenon. the last eight years now researchers have been studying the unusual arrival of juvenile white sharks in the monterey bay. now a bay area institution that's been studying the sharks is opening its vault of data. nbc bay area joe rosado jr. shows us what it could also mean for the study of climate change. >> reporter: there's mystery beneath the ocean surface. white caps churning above an unseen world. >> it's always nice to be challenged by seeing things in nature we can't explain. >> reporter: that was the case in 2014 when researchers with the monterey bay aquarium began noting juvenile white sharks turning up in the monterey bay for the first
time ever. >> while very exciting for us, it became kind of problematic for the sea otters. even right offshore here, you can see we have a dozen otters in the kelp. >> reporter: the young sharks were believed to be riding channels of warmer than usual water into the monterey bay and taking up residence off the shore. >> we ended up putting 70 tags on juvenile white sharks that collect data. >> reporter: since then they've logged thousands of hours of data. >> by selecting 14 tags that turned out to be over 20 million data points. >> reporter: for the aquarium and its mission of inspiring ocean conservation and knowledge, the idea of sitting on all its newly acquired white shark research became a quandary. it was a big investment. the tags alone cost more than $4,000 each.
but in the end, the aquarium took an unusual step in the world of research. >> in the last few months, we took our 20 years, 70 tags of data and freely released it to the public. >> reporter: the aquarium is now publicly sharing all its shark data with researchers everywhere for free. the information won't just aid in the study of sharks, it will also help those studying climate change. >> the tag doesn't know it's specific to white shark. it's collecting data we had programmed it at every 30 seconds to take snapshots of temperature and depth and positioning. >> reporter: shark researchers say the 20 years of data confirmed changes in ocean temperatures. >> the sea is warming, so you can see because we have this historical data set how things are changing. >> one of the challenges we face moving forward due to climate change is we have one
protected species, white sharks, being detrimental to the other protected species sea otters. >> reporter: for the aquarium that rehabilitates and protects sea otters, the shark data is helping researchers to determine where not to release them. >> shark bites were the first causes of sea otter mortality last year. >> reporter: they also plan to release data from studies of other sea creatures like dolphins hoping to unravel some of the mysteries unfolding below. >> they're doing what they do. >> reporter: nbc bay area news. a historic launch for nasa in australia. the rocket launch blasted off just past midnight local time, and it's the first launch of its kind in more than 25 years. on board, scientific equipment including a machine to allow researchers to gather new data on the structure of space. two more launches are scheduled for next month. according to nasa, those will carry out astro physical
studies that can only be done from the southern hemisphere. >> that's the kind of stuff rob reads on his own time. he lives for it. >> have to head down and watch one of the spacex launches with the kids one of these days. >> they will love that. you know, we have some interesting weather around the bay area, which is uniquely bay area this time of year. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. any temperature you like, you'll find it right now. from solano county, mid-90s, to fairfield cooler 50s. the tri-valley 93, dry conditions, afternoon breeze starting to pick up there around dublin. you can see 80 degrees into san jose, and notice the humidity. the due starting to come up closer to the inner bay. san francisco 62 degrees, west wind at 14 miles per hour. and on shore winds keeping the air quality mostly good except
for the inland east bay counties. the low clouds make a comeback for the early morning hours. patchy low clouds for the morning, but we may get a little more sunshine for parts of the coastline tomorrow. near santa cruz or parts of marin county, we'll get a little sunshine at times as the wind picks up into the afternoon. morning temperatures pretty comfortable, mostly in the 50s. patchy low clouds, maybe some drizzle along the coastal areas early in the day. then warming quickly heading into the afternoon. watch fairfield, once again. could be another day that we climb into the mid and maybe upper 90s towards solano counties. 80s again san jose, low 90s into morgan hill, and santa rosa tomorrow warmer up to 92, 69 for san francisco, and 77 in oakland. so to our south right now, we have this tropical system, former hurricane celia, now just a tropical depression. 40 miles per hour. the moisture from that, we're watching it closely. as you may recall last week, we had a lot of tropical
moisture move up through southern california. this is a lightning map from last wednesday. there were 21,768 cloud to ground lightning strikes all over southern california due to the tropical moisture, but there was enough heavy rain that it kept the fire danger down. the pattern looks similar, but there's a bit of a change. there's no upper level low off the coast, and most of the moisture should stay east of los angeles towards the deserts of southern california. so lightning potential this time around doesn't look that big. closer to home, stronger sea breeze, on shore winds will carry us through fourth of july weekend. notice the seven-day forecast at the bottom of the screen. cooling changes coming our way starting thursday and friday. san francisco, not much change. temperatures stay in the 60s. but inland valleys going from the 80s and 90s into the low 70s. might even see below average temperatures for a change in time for fourth of july. a little bit of patchy low clouds and fog towards monday. >> the roller coaster
four people were killed, dozens more injured when a bull ring collapsed in colombia. video posted to social media shows part of the stands toppling forward into the ring. it's terrifying. it happened during a bull running event tied to a national holiday. three adults, you can see a good bird's eye view of the collapse there. three adults and a minor were killed, around 70 injured. nearby cities had to send ambulances to help out there were so many patients. no word on what caused the collapse. queen elizabeth traveled to scotland today. she took part today in the ceremony of the keys at the
palace in edinburgh. the lord provost of the city hands her the keys. this comes three weeks after her platinum jubilee marking 70 years on the throne. she only made a few appearances during the four-day holy cross at a weekend. prince charles -- holiday weekend. prince charles has taken on greater public roles in recent months. the u.s. military is struggling to meet its recruitment goals this year, and every branch is being impacted. they say this is the most challenging recruiting year since 1973 during the vietnam war. data obtained by nbc news shows the army has met 40% of its recruiting mission so far this year. the marines, air force, and coast guard are also seeing record low numbers. part of the reason is a shrinking pool of eligible americans willing to serve. the airline industry is facing challenges and it's leading to higher ticket prices, delays, and flight cancellations. but it's not stopping people from flying. check out what it looks like at miami international airport
this morning. lines were already backing up at 8:00 a.m. the tsa reports around 2.5 million passengers were screened at airports just yesterday alone. that's the highest number since february 11th, 2020 before pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions began. nba players can start switching teams this week. the first domino appears to have fallen regarding big name players staying or going. i think you know who it is. he's right th another crazy day? of course—you're a cio in 2022. but you're ready. because you've got the next generation in global secure networking from comcast business. with fully integrated security solutions all in one place. so you're covered. on-premise and in the cloud. you can run things the way you want —your team, ours or a mix of both. with the nation's largest ip network. from the most innovative company. bring on today with comcast business. powering possibilities.™
and nba teams to focus on free agency. >> yeah, and teams can officially start signing players thursday night. among the warriors decisions, what to do with andrew wiggins and jordan poole. it appears one of the biggest names that could have been on the move is staying put. kyrie irving will exercise an option to stay with the nets. it will pay him nearly $37 million next season. he can sign an extension to remain in brooklyn long term or become a free agent at the end of next season. the colorado avalanche return to denver today with more luggage than they left with. they brought home the coveted stanley cup. their third in franchise history and first since 2001. they celebrate with their fans. they're just the fourth team in nhl history to win all of their playoff series on the road. way to go. >> way to go warriors.
and we'll see what the team looks like next season. >> andrew wiggins. right now at 6:00, the end of an era in the south bay. when great america will shut down for good and why. >> it's kind of a bummer, you know, cause i mean, you know, we got kids here that enjoy this kind of thing. >> reporter: the cooling of the housing market. what sellers are having to do now. and slammed by a speeding train. the deadly crash in contra costa county and the dangerous intersection neighbors say needs to be changed. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this monday. >> it's a sad day for amusement park lovers. great american has been sold. the park operator announce