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crisis in yemen that could derail the war on terror. the country an ally to the united states on the brink of collapse. al qaeda hoping to increase power there. we are live with the latest this morning. time running out for two hostages held by isis. threatened with death if japan does not pay a hefty ransom. we are live in tokyo with the latest. no charges expected for the police officer who shot and
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killed michael brown. a federal investigation not finding enough evidence against officer darren wilson. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is 4:01 in the east. we begin with a crisis in yemen that could give al qaeda a new foothold and power. there is now a tentative deal with the u.s. backed government there and rebels who have been attacking the palace for days. it is not clear if the truce will hold longer than the last one. yemen is a hotbed of terrorism. al qaeda's affiliate claims to have planned and funded part of the paris terror attacks. an al qaeda leader in the arabian peninsula released a video calling jihadists to launch lone wolf attacks in europe and in the united states. this is new information now,
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isis recruiting actively in yemen. the obama administration sees yemen as crucial to the war on terror but this morning, that partnership is anything but stable. we want to bring in our senior international correspondent nic robertson. good morning, nic. >> reporter: john experts are looking at yemen as tipped as a failed state status. houthis with no indication and the deal progresses along the timed outline. they will accept stronger positions in government and pull back some of the forces release some of the people they detained. there are indications that they are beginning to spread influence into other parts of the country. some of the key oil regions there. you also have the gulf cooperation council meeting in an emergency session in saudi arabia. calling this a coup and giving
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their backing. it would appear to the government president hadi. we are hearing from the south where there are secessionists that want to break-away calling for the gcc support. we have this opportunity for al qaeda. you have the leader of al qaeda in yemen, but the number two of al qaeda calling for people to stay at home and attack there rather than go to yemen and join the fight. you will see the sunni tribesmen not only to attack the houthis but ready to recruit for al qaeda. the forces in yemen with the opportunity to grow as this becomes a worsening situation. again, regional experts seeing this as a tipping to a failed state. john. >> there is concern for the u.s. personnel in the region ready to be evacuated if the need should arise.
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nic robertson, thank you. japanese officials trying to save the lives of two hostages this morning. they are scrambling for a means to communicate with isis. the terror group demanding $200 million or it will execute these men on friday. japan's prime minister has cut short a trip to the middle east to deal with the crisis. in the meantime secretary of state john kerry is meeting with partners. turning now to will ripley on the ground in tokyo to save the two hostages. will. >> reporter: christine, we are 20 hours away from the deadline. friday morning 8:58 a.m. eastern time. that is when isis says it will murder two japanese men if they do not receive $200 million from the japanese government. word here from tokyo is japan is trying to open a line of communication with isis. they reached out to partners in turkey and jordan trying to get
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intelligence to talk with isis but have not, as far as we know been able to communicate with the terror group. this is significant that japan is saying publicly they want to talk to isis. it means that perhaps japan is at least willing to talk to the group that is demanding $200 million. there are news reports from unnamed government sources in japan that the wife of kenji received an e-mail after he disappeared saying if they were able to come up with $18 million and maybe $16 million, he would be set free. it is not clear if that is official. if it did come from isis, this is a sign this terror group may be able to accept a smaller amount of money than the $200 million they are demanding. we are hearing from the syrian guide who took kenji to the border and warned him not to
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cross. he had to call his wife the mother of his two children after he went missing. >> that's a very hard phone call to make to call the wife. >> i know that. but i call her and she is very strong woman. also he is very strong. anytime he wants to do his job very well. if it is danger he is not afraid. sometimes it's dangerous. he says this is my job. >> reporter: christine, the family is going to need that family in the coming hours as the deadline looms closer. >> will ripley thank you. a grand jury has indicted an ohio man who allegedly planned to bomb the u.s. capitol.
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christopher cornell is facing firearms charges. he was arrested outside a cincinnati gun store last week. there is controversy this morning over an end run without consulting the white house. house majority leader john boehner invited benjamin netanyahu to the white house next month. the obama administration is concerned that could jeopardize negotiations on the tehran nuclear program. jim acosta has more from the white house. >> reporter: the first the white house heard of this is not from the israelis but when they got a head's up from speaker boehner's office before the announcement. josh earnest did not have an on-camera briefing. he said the white house briefs prime minister netanyahu's decision to accept is departure
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from protocol. a head of state normally notifies the white house of a trip. asked if the white house is annoyed. earnest says they are reserving judgment until they speak to the israeli israelis. it's worth noting the white house is not saying whether the president will even meet with netanyahu when he delivers that speech next month, but read between the lines. this is another chapter in the long saga of the frosty relationship with netanyahu and the united states. and being held in havana the initial discussions are trade and travel and reopening embassies. these talks come weeks after president obama and raul castro ended nearly six decades of he
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strangement. objections from female lawmakers left leaders short of the vote needed to pass it. this is marking the anniversary of the rowe v. wade decision. the president says this is a necessary response of climate change for the arctic. one alaska senator says the order does not do enough and focuses too much on climate change and too little on development and build up of infrastructure. as for the political climate. climate change is real and not a hoax. that measure passed by 98-1 margin. senators voted down the
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amendment to the keystone pipeline. >> they said climate change exists, but humans are not contributing. the president is on the road trying to sell his middle class economic program and other ideas in the state of the union. he delivers a speech today at the university of kansas and he turns to washington where he will be interviewed by several youtube stars. asian shares ended the day higher. european shares uncertain after the decision from the european central bank. the ecb is expected to announce a bond buying program worth 50 billion euro. it is a stimulus and aimed to stop deflation and prop up the european economy. it has been boosts stocks for week. u.s. stock futures pointing higher. yesterday, stocks climbed for the third day in a row. it looks like it might continue
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today. >> make it four. ten minutes after the hour. the justice department set to clear officer darren wilson. deadly shooting of unarmed black teenager michael brown. why federal investigators will not be filing charges. that's next. gi u security. technology gives you control and now technology gives you home security and control in a new and revolutionary way. introducing plug & protect from livewatch security, an easy to use wireless security system customized just for your home. control from any smartphone, tablet, or computer and monitored by professionals 24/7. go to livewatch.com to get plug & protect interactive security delivered to your door. arm or disarm your system from anywhere. lock or unlock your doors, turn your lights off or on even oversee your home with live video. with plug & protect your security system is configured, tested, and then shipped directly to your home. no wires, no installers,
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just peel and place. go to livewatch.com because with plug & protect we customize your security to fit your home. the plug & protect secret is technology. with technology, you buy airline tickets without a travel agent you trade stocks without a stockbroker. now with plug & protect, you can protect your home without an installer pushy salesman or a long contract. >> every day the kids got out of school before i left work. i worried whether they were home okay. then i found plug & protect from livewatch. and now i see when they open the front door so i know they're home safe. livewatch helps me stay in touch and in control. >> founded by a paramedic in kansas, serving tens of thousands of homes in all 50 states, and trusted by policemen and firemen throughout the country livewatch is the new choice for home security. no door to door salespeople, no messy installers, no long term contracts. just plug & protect. now you too can enjoy the home security and control you want for your family.
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try plug and protect in your home for a full 90 days. included is our hassle-free guarantee. go to livewatch.com. plug & protect is not available in stores so go to livewatch.com right now. that's livewatch.com. the ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager michael brown will not
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face criminal charges. state, federal or otherwise. the fbi has completed its investigation of darren wilson and the case is now in the hands of federal prosecutors. sources telling cnn the justice department determined there is not enough evidence to file any charges against wilson. the formal announcement is expected before attorney general eric holder leaves office this spring. new video of a deadly police shooting a new jersey street. the chilling encounter captured on the dash cam video of bridgeton, new jersey. the blue jaguar was stopped for running a stop sign and suddenly watch. >> show me your hands! don't [ bleep ] move! don't you [ bleep ] move! get him out of the car, rog. a gun in the glove compartment. you are going to be [ bleep ] dead! you reach for something, you
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going to be [ bleep ] dead! i'm telling you. jerome you reach for something, you will be dead. show him your [ bleep ] hands! no, you're not! don't [ bleep ] move! [ gunshots ] >> 36-year-old jermaine reid was killed by the officers. the use of deadly force is being investigated. reid had a criminal record spending 13 years in prison for at least shooting at three new jersey state troopers as a teenager. the police officers found a gun in the glove compartment and told him repeatedly not to move. city council members in newtown, connecticut to tear down the home where adam lanza lived. lanza shot and killed his mother in the house before he went to
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the sandy hook school and killing the children and teachers. there is no timetable for demolition. it will be scheduled as soon as practical. fire crews investigate a fire at the edgewater complex along the hudson river. everyone in the four--story building appears to have gotten out safely. no word on what caused that fire but it was really big fire. hundreds of families displaced. new information about the fatal metro incident in washington, d.c. members of the national transportation safety board met to discuss what happened on the yellow line to say it is unacceptable. the air intake system was not turned off and it drew smoke in the cars. one passenger died and many others sickened by the smoke. new details in the shooting
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at the brigham and women's hospital is dead. steven pasceri blamed the doctor for his mother's death in november. jay leno coming to the defense of women who accused bill cosby of sexual assault. the former tonight show host says he doesn't understand why it is hard to understand dozens of women. he says you go to saudi arabia and you need two women to testify and here you need 25. we talked to the actor who played his son on "the cosby show." happening today. bill belichick will speak to reporters for the first time since the allegation of 11 of
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the 12 balls used in the game on sunday did not have enough air in them. so when bill belichick gives a news conference, it is hardly a news conference. he does not emote that much. it is unlikely you get information from him. some nfl players are coming to the patriots defense. even the seahawks who will play the patriots in the super bowl next week. many players say the air pressure of the football would not have changed anything. >> this is the highest level of football in america. you would think that everything is dotted "is" and crossed "ts." >> if the report is true we need to find out why. >> and who did it. >> and it could have been the weather. there could be some other worldly force. >> speaking of the weather.
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snow in the rockies. let's get to meteorologist derek van dam for the look at the weather. >> waking up to a winter wonderland. very active radar from dallas to albuquerque. carefully traveling along i-40. we are expecting 3 to 6 inches of snow. 39 for the big apple. the windy city tops 36 with sunshine overhead. look at the storm system across the gulf of mexico. this is going to produce 3 to 5 inches from texas through the carolinas. as we look to friday night and saturday we have the potential for the big snowstorm. a nor'easter for new york city and washington. the exact path of the storm still uncertain with some models indicating anywhere between 2 and 4 inches of snow for the big cities and as little as a light dusting. either way you look at it christine and john, we will
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monitor this storm very closely. back to you. >> thank you. we know you will be watching. a new terror warnings. suspects on the run in the paris terror attacks. they could return to kill again. we are live in paris with very new developments next.
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welcome back. france is rolling out measures
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aimed at keeping the country safe from terror. french prime minister is announcing what he calls exceptional measures. including spending almost $500 million and firing law enforcement personnel. meantime the paris attackers may have urged associates to leave france weeks ago as amedy coulibaly's wife did. the sources say officials are worried that some associates may return to europe and launch more attacks. senior correspondent jim bittermann is live from paris. jim, bring us up to date on the associates of coulibaly and where they could be around the world. >> reporter: well they believe they are in syria. they slipped across the border into syria. as important as they might be at least they are known, one of the things the french are worried about are the people they don't know about. they believe there are about 300
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or so french young people in syria trained up and have been trained and fighting alongside isis when another 1,000 radicalized for self radicalized on the internet. and when he announced the sweeping security measures, there were 3,000 people in france actually in france at the moment who should be watched. the security agents should watch and survey. it is a real problem. i think it is the thing that merited the action that he was talking about. christine. >> jim bittermann for us thank you. worried about the associates they don't know. 24 minutes after the hour. separatists shelling civilian areas in eastern ukraine this morning. ten people reported killed. another 20 injured. i suppose it is not clear who exactly is doing the shelling. it is a follow-up on the dividing line between the sides.
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both camps are supposed to pull their heavy weapons back from the demarcation. this move comes after fighting with the military and rebels over a remote checkpoint. a small victory in the fight against boko haram. troops from cameroon and allies have freed a german hostage kidnapped six months ago by the islamic terror group. the rescue of robert nitsch eberhard. boko haram has been kidnapping and slaughtering thousands. prince andrew is expected to deny to ever having sex with an underage american girl. he will do that when he talks to the economic forum in davos this afternoon. we are told he will open his speech with this denial.
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his accuser, now 31-year-old virginia roberts, claims she was a teenager working as a sex claf slave for steven epstein. court documents filed on wednesday, roberts lists salacious issues. >> you know the biggest people in business and every year he gives this speech and has this event. i don't know how you can do that event without addressing the allegations right away. >> and slightly off topic. >> off topic, but when you hear his name accusations. crisis in yemen that could cripple the country and derail the u.s. war on terror. new developments right after the break.
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>> chaos in yemen. the american ally pushed to the
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brink of collapse as al qaeda pushes with the threat. time ticking down for two men held hostage by isis. will japan pay the $200 million ransom? we are live in tokyo. no charges expected for the former police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager michael brown. why the justice department is not going to bring charges against darren wilson. that's ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. we begin with a crisis in yemen. a crisis that could bring new power. a tentative deal with the rebels. it is not clear if this truce will hold any longer than the last one. yemen now a hotbed of terrorism. al qaeda affiliate claims to have planned and funded some of the paris terror attacks. the leader of al qaeda in the
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arabian peninsula release aidedd a video calling for lone wolf attacks on europe and u.s. now isis active and recruiting in yemen. the obama administration sees yemen as crucial to the war on terror. this morning, that partnership is anything but stable. let's bring in correspondent nic robertson. good morning, nic. this development is troubling for counterterrorism experts. >> reporter: absolutely. yemen is tipping toward a failed state. the gulf cooperation council. the oil producing nations in the gulf meeting to discuss what is happening. yemen on the border of saudi arabia. close to the strategic seas where a lot of the world's oil flows there. very significant concern. also for saudi arabia because
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the yemen branch of al qaeda threatens them. as we have seen in the past, al qaeda and yemen is capable and intent on trying to attack the united states. claiming to be behind the attacks in paris over the past few weeks. if yemen tips more to a failed state and if the houthis agreement with the president continues to be shaky or is not honored, there will be a greater breakdown of power, greater vacuum of power. al qaeda will leverage this vacuum and space as it has done in other countries like iraq and syria as we have seen that in the past. you have on top of that the houthis being essentially viewed as on the one hand getting support from iran. on the other hand as being a branch of sheer islam. the sunni al qaeda will exploit that to try to grow its own core
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strength in yemen to not only fight the houthi but export terror back to the west beyond the borders as they are stating as the leader in yemen is stating. it is not an idle threat. they have done this before. >> not an idle threat. nic robertson, thank you. japanese government officials are trying to save the lives of two hostages. they are scrambling for means to communicate with isis. the terror group is demanding $200 million or says it will execute these two men by friday. japan's prime minister has cut short a trip to the middle east to deal with the crisis. secretary of state john kerry is meeting in london this morning with partners in the coalition to defeat isis. i want to turn to will ripley on the ground in tokyo with more to save these hostages. >> reporter: we know the japanese government is trying to establish a line of
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communication with isis. here we stand 24 hours away from the murderous deadline. as far as we know latest word no channel of communication open with the terrorist group that has killed five people on video since last august and threatens to do the same to two more. two innocent japanese men who could well be dead by this time tomorrow. if some sort of a deal is not worked out. it is a difficult reality for the people in the pacifist country to wrap their heads around. it is a struggle to think about if money were to go in the hands of isis even if it wasn't $200 million, but smaller ransom would that give the terror group more tools to do more harm to people? that is the struggle. public opinion here is split as most people in the country are certainly banding together and their feeling of fear for these two men and anticipating very
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great sadness if isis follows through with its threat. >> will important information right there. every country deals with the situation differently. one thing that is not different is the sympathy people feel for the families. the grand jury has indicted an ohio man allegedly plotting to bomb the capitol. chris cornell is facing attempted murder charges and firearms charges. cornell was arrested outside a cincinnati gun shop last week after purchasing two m-15s and ammunition. the white house calls it a breach of protocol. house majority leader john boehner invited benjamin netanyahu to address the joint session of congress next month and make the case for new anxious sanctions against iran. let's get more from dana bash. >> reporter: gop sources i
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talked to admit that congress does traditionally coordinate with the white house before asking a world leader to address congress. not this time. it was a back channel with john boehner and benjamin netanyahu. they both want congress to pass new sanctions against iran which the president opposes. >> is this just a way to poke the president in the eye on an issue like iran where you know he very much opposes what you want to do? >> i did not consult with the white house. the congress can make this decision on its own. i don't believe i'm poking anyone in the eye. there is a serious threat that exists in the world. the president last night papered over it. the fact is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in america about how serious a threat is from radical islamic jihadists and the threat posed by iran. >> reporter: just hours earlier at the state of the union
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address, obama warned more sanctions against iran would jeopardize issues. and he had no idea that john boehner sitting behind him had been planning for weeks to bring the israeli prime minister to stand in the same place and tell congress the opposite. best way to push iran is to enact more sanctions. boehner is taking advantage of a long history of tension with netanyahu and obama. the speaker is also helping netanyahu. he is a hawkish leader. a high profile speech on a nuclear iran which israel sees as an existential threat could help. thank you. high level talks on normalizing relation was the u.s. and cuba being held in havana. the initial discussions focus on trade and travel and reopening embassies in both capitals. the talks come weeks after president obama and raul castro formally ended six decades of he
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strangement between the countries. abrupt about face to ban all abortions after 20 weeks. objections from women on the hill and others were short of the votes they needed to pass the measure. president obama issues an executive order to better coordinate programs in the arctic ocean. the president says it is necessary to the decades of climate change. one alaska senator says it doesn't do enough and focuses too much on climate change and not enough for infrastructure. on the subject of climate change the senate is on record saying climate change is real and not a hoax.
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with that wording passed by a 98-1 margin. they say climate change exists but did not pass the measure saying humans are due to it. president obama on the road trying to pass his ideas from the state of the union address. he will give a speech at the university of kansas. he will return to the white house where he will be interviewed by several youtube stars. >> something you could not say ten years ago. two years ago. youtube stars. time for an early start on money. asian shares ended higher. european shares are not moving much. a big story developing. the european central bank to announce a bond buying program. u.s. stocks were up. climbed for the third day in a row. the longest winning streak so
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far this year. layoffs coming to two big american companies. e-bay announced 7% of the work force cut and american express is cutting 4,000 jobs or 6% of the staff. both companies reported a rise in profits. federal investigators not expected to file charges, no charges coming in michael brown's deadly shooting. we will tell you why officer darren wilson will not face a federal jury next. gives you security. technology gives you control and now technology gives you home security and control in a new
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and revolutionary way. introducing plug & protect from livewatch security, an easy to use wireless security system customized just for your home. control from any smartphone, tablet, or computer and monitored by professionals 24/7. go to livewatch.com to get plug & protect interactive security delivered to your door. arm or disarm your system from anywhere. lock or unlock your doors, turn your lights off or on even oversee your home with live video. with plug & protect your security system is configured, tested, and then shipped directly to your home. no wires, no installers, just peel and place. go to livewatch.com because with plug & protect we customize your security to fit your home. the plug & protect secret is technology. with technology, you buy airline tickets without a travel agent you trade stocks without a stockbroker. now with plug & protect, you can protect your home without an installer
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pushy salesman or a long contract. >> every day the kids got out of school before i left work. i worried whether they were home okay. then i found plug & protect from livewatch. and now i see when they open the front door so i know they're home safe. livewatch helps me stay in touch and in control. >> founded by a paramedic in kansas, serving tens of thousands of homes in all 50 states, and trusted by policemen and firemen throughout the country livewatch is the new choice for home security. no door to door salespeople, no messy installers, no long term contracts. just plug & protect. now you too can enjoy the home security and control you want for your family. try plug and protect in your home for a full 90 days. included is our hassle-free guarantee. go to livewatch.com. plug & protect is not available in stores so go to livewatch.com right now. that's livewatch.com.
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the ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager michael brown will not face criminal charges. the fbi completed the case against darren wilson. sources tell cnn the justice department has determined there is not enough evidence to file any charges against the former officer. a formal announcement is expected before attorney genericjennergenericjennergeneral general eric holder leaves office this summer. officer pulled over a blue jaguar last month in new jersey when suddenly the man in the car defies the police order. emerges from the car and really frankly all hell breaks loose. >> show me your hands! show me your [ bleep ] hands!
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don't you [ bleep ] move! get him out of the car, rog. i'm going to shoot you. you're going to be [ bleep ] dead! you reach for something, you going to be [ bleep ] dead! i'm telling you. you reach for something, you going to be [ bleep ] dead! show me your hands! no you're not! don't you [ bleep ] move! don't you [ bleep ] move! >> dramatic moments. 36-year-old jermaine reid was killed by officers. the use of deadly force is being investigated. reid had a deadly criminal record for shooting at three state troopers as a teenager. officials in newtown voted to tear down the home where adam
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lanza lived. lanza shot and killed his mother before going to sandy hook and killed 20 children and 6 educators before taking his life. council members says the razing will be scheduled in a timely manner. breaking overnight. fire crews battle a huge fire that tore through a new jersey apartment complex that could be seen for miles. hundreds of people displaced from the avalon on the hudson river. so far, no reports of injuries. everyone says that the officials say everyone in the four--story building appears to have gotten out safely. which is wonderful news. no word yet on what caused the fire. we are learning more about the metro accident in washington, d.c. the ntsb met on thursday calling what happened on the yellow line unacceptable.
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one member said the train's air intake system was not turned off. meaning it drew smoke in the cars. one passenger died and stores of others sickened. one jaded new yorker says who needs terrorists when you cannot get off a train. and new details emerging in the shooting at brigham and women's hospital in boston. the surgeon killed treated the mother of the gunman. stephen pasceri killed the doctor before turning the gun himself. this is a tragedy. it is a wonderful institution and people inside today are just shocked. jay leno coming to the defense of women who accused bill cosby of sexual assault. he says he doesn't understand why it is so hard to believe dozens of accusers. he says quote, you go to saudi arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. here you need 25.
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we are hearing from malcolm warner who played cosby's son on the sitcom. he tells billboard magazine it is difficult to see cosby face allegations of sexual assault. he calls him a mentor and friend. happening today, the coach of the new england patriots the man in the hood there, bill belichick, will speak with reporters for the first time since this whole deflate-gate scandal emerged. word the nfl is investigating the patriots because 11 of the 12 balls they used in the afc championship game had too little air. what will he say? he almost never says much of any value when he gives news conferences. he is a man of few words. some nfl players, including people playing against the patriots next week are coming to the patriots defense. players on the seahawks say the pre- pressure in the ball too much
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or too little would not make a difference. >> why is it a rule? >> it is a rule because the officials say there is a change to the ball and how you can grip it if there is too little or too much. if they broke it they broke it. winter storms set to dump snow across the rockies and plains. let's get to meteorologist derek van dam for a look at your weather. >> good morning, christine and john. temperatures across the u.s. 46 near the capital. 39 for the big apple. temperatures above freezing from dallas to little rock. the storm system across the region bringing some rainfall but just to the west across new mexico. 4 to 6 inches of snowfall near albuquerque. look at the rainfall totals over the next two days. locally 3 to 5 inches from eastern texas through the carolinas. this storm is going to pick up a
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significant amount of moisture and move along the east coast bringing the potential of a nor'easter for the major cities including new york philadelphia and washington, d.c. the exact path still uncertain. something we will keep a close eye on. regardless an active weather pattern with several informationches of snow across the central u.s. behind the storm system the cold air settling in for the big apple. that is all the time we have for now. back to you. thanks. france takes new steps to fight terror as a new warning hovers. suspects still on the run. we are live with the latest. from
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. new this morning, france is rolling out sweeping new measures aimed at safeguarding the country from terror. after the wake of the massacres in paris. orchestrated by islamist terror groups. the french prime minister announced what he calls exceptional measures. including $500 million and hiring new law enforcement personnel. officials tell cnn the
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terrorists may have been told to leave france weeks ago. amedy coulibaly's wife left to go to syria. they could return to europe to launch more attacks. let's bring in senior correspondent jim bittermann now. >> reporter: good morning, john. those off to syria are out of reach and they don't have control. they know who they are and they can watch them with the flights from turkey and other parts of the region. there is worry there is anything else about what the prime minister said. the 3,000 people who need surveillance in france. people who for one reason or another, the french authorities believe have been radicalized. all of the hiring going on one of the people that will be hired are people going to be doing that surveillance. they will be working on what they call the internet jihadist
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sites. recruiting sites and whatnot. we will not see the people on the streets. not the military or the police. they are agents who are behind the scenes keeping track of a number of people the french government thinks are suspicious. >> jim bittermann thanks. fighting intensifies in eastern ukraine. someone is shelling civilians areas in eastern ukraine. it is not clear who. a new agreement had been reached by russian and ukraine diplomats settling on a dividing line. both camps are to pull back their weapons from the demarcation line. a bus stop in donetsk shelled. fuel costs are plunging including the price of jet fuel. so why are airfares still so high? we will have that answer in your money next.
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money. european shares looking cautious ahead of the decision from the european central bank. why is this important? the bank is expected to announce a massive bond buying program worth 50 billion euro a month. that is a stimulus into the european economy that would be important. a u.s. stock futures pointing higher. oil prices down a bit more this morning. the past few days oil fluctuating between $45 and $49 a barrel. the freefall seems to be on pause for now. oil was above $100 a barrel last summer. this is painful for energy companies in the u.s. it has been great for consumers. $2.04 a gallon for regular. i saw it for $1.87 in my neighborhood yesterday. that should translate into
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cheaper flights. no. jet fuel is the biggest expense. jet fuel down 50% last year. ticket prices are increasing. ticket prices up 2%. what gives? demand. airlines filled a record 83% of seats last year. why lower prices when people are still playingflying? southwest was the s&p 500 best performing stock last year up 121%. you can see for years they can barely get by. they put on all the fuel surcharges and now they are charging for everything you do on the plane. your seat assignment. jet fuel goes down. they are making money again. >> they are in this for profit. they are trying to rake it in. >> i thought they were in business to be nice and get me places. >> it is about making money. "early start" continues right now.
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crisis in yemen that could derail the american war on terror. the country a crucial ally to the united states. teetering on the brink of response. we are live with the latest this morning. world leaders gathering to figure out how to deal with isis. live team coverage ahead. no charges expected for the police officer who shot and killed michael brown. the federal investigation not finding enough evidence against officer darren wilson. what we are learning about the new report ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, january 22nd. we begin with a crisis in yemen that could give al qaeda a new foothold and give al qaeda new power. there is a tentative deal between the u.s. backed

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