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this is the "cbs morning news." i'm anne-marie green. we have breaking news out of the middle east this morning. an egyptair passenger jet has been hijacked with americans on board. the airbus a320 was flying from alexandria, cairo -- to, rather, cairo when an unknown number of hijackers took control of the jet and flew it to the island of cyprus. holly williams is headed there. she joins us now on the phone. holly, good were monmorning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. we're seeing video that appears to show at least some of the passengers from that hijacked plane being released on the
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the plane landed there just before 9:00 local time. as to how many passengers have been released, there is not much clarity at this point. local media in cyprus is saying that the hijacker or hijackers agreed to release all the women and children on board. they're saying that 30 to 40 people have been released. other media is reporting that 56 people have been released. we've also heard this morning saying that everyone on board has been released with the exception of the cabin crew and four to five passengers. the reuters news agency is reporting that there were ten american citizens and eight british citizens on board. we can't ind pendly confirm this at this point, but we're working to do so. we're also hearing some reports about who the hijacker or one of the hijackers may be. egyptian state media is reporting that he is an egyptian citizen, and local media in cyprus is
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have personal reasons for doing what he has done. they are saying that he has an ex-wife who is in cyprus. once again, we cannot confirm that. but certainly this incident will bring back memories of the passenger jet that was brought down last october apparently by a bomb. it was en route from sharm el-sheikh to st. petersburg. isis took responsibility for that attack that killed more than 220 people and certainly raised questions about security in egyptian airports. anne-marie? >> clearly a lot is in flux now. it's very early in this incident. holly williams, thank you very much. we're going to bring in cbs news senior national security consultant juan zarate now. juan, we now know that there were americans on board. give us a sense of what may be going on behind the scenes to resolve this situation. >> well, anne-marie, certainly the cypriot authorities are
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ground, working with egyptian authorities as well to try and understand who this hijacker or hijackers are but also to try to communicate with them directly and try to defuse the situation. as holly describes, we've had passengers released. that's very good news. what's troubling here is the fact that they've kept crew members on board and a certain number of passengers. and you worry that those passengers may be westerners. but no doubt they're trying to defuse the situation. certainly in washington, you're going to have people scrambling to understand what this is about, what americans may be at risk, and if this is part of some broader terrorist attack. it doesn't appear to be so given what holly has reported and what is in the media currently. but certainly authorities aren't going to take any chances given the current environment. >> yeah, i wanted to ask you about that. we're getting a number of different types of reports, but one is that possibly the hijacker may be seeking
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in cyprus. does that alter things at all in terms of the response? >> it does. it potentially defuses things a bit more. it gives the negotiators something else to work with, and it certainly alleviates the concern that this is part of a broader, more violent attempt at a hijacking. every hijacking is dangerous, of course, but you've had historically different types of hijackings. you've had individuals with their own motivations, often personal taking over aircraft. that's been over the course of decades. you've had individuals and groups for political reasons trying to make political points, taking over planes and hijacking without harming individuals. and then you've had a variety of violent hijackings that have resulted in the death of those passengers or those involved in the hijacking itself. and so hijackings take various
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forms. you often want them to be defused quickly. and if it turns out this is one singular hijacker and he's motivated by personal issues, that's potentially the better situation than obviously a more violent and intended plotted attack to use a hijacking for more vieolent purposes. >> certainly hope that is the case. juan, thank you very much. we'll have a lot more on this egyptair hijacking a little later on this morning on "cbs this morning." now, there's been a major blow to the investigation into the brussels terrorist attacks. elaine cobb is in brussels with the details. good morning, elaine. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. belgian police were forced to release a suspect they had charged in connection with the bombings and admit they're back to square one in their efforts to capture a fugitive known as the man in the hat. last thursday they picked up this man, freelance journalist
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faycal cheffou, he was charged with terrorism and murder. his home was searched but no weapons found. he was released yesterday due to lack of evidence. his lawyer says he had a telephone alibi, and police checks proved he was not the same size as the suspected third airport bomber, the man in the hat. belgian police have now posted video of the unidentified suspect, asking for the public's help. police found two gloves on a bus shortly after the bombing with traces of the same explosives on them. tensions remain high in brussels with heightened security. european union officers will reopen today following the easter break. brussels airport remains closed. the brussels bombings killed 35 people. more than 300 were injured. 100 of them still in the hospital. the bombs the terrorists used were described this morning as a satanic cocktail of nails and nail varnish
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anne-marie? >> elaine cobbe in brussels, thank you very much. the showdown between the federal government and apple appears to be over, at least for now. the fbi says it was able to hack into an iphone belonging to the san bernardino shooter without the help of the tech company. but the bigger face-off over whether companies are obligated to assist the government still hasn't been settled. don champion is here in new york with more on that. good morning, don. >> good morning, anne-marie. apple says it was looking out for the privacy interests of its customers when it refused to comply with the government, but the fbi's ability to hack into the encrypted iphone raises new questions about the security of apple's biggest-selling device. >> reporter: the fbi won't say who helped it hack into the iphone belonging to syed farook who along with his wife killed 14 people in san bernardino last year. the government revealed in a court filing monday that it gained access to the phone without apple's assistance and is no longer asking the court to
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investigators would only say the testing was carried out by highly skilled personnel and that the investigation of the phone's data is ongoing. >> we don't know how they did this, and we don't even know who the fbi is working with. >> reporter: the government's request for help was met with stiff resistance from apple. ceo tim cook argues that helping the fbi would set a precedent if it created a so-called backdoor that would allow investigators to gain access to the iphone. >> we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy. >> reporter: the iphone 5c running apple's os9 system was issued to farook by his employer, san bernardino county. after the shooting, they could not crass the phone's pass code. the agency asked for apple's help, saying it was the only way to gain access to the data. california congressman darrell issa is critical of the way the
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>> i would prefer that the fbi and everyone involved keep their knowledge of how this is closely held so that it doesn't become a vulnerability on the street, and at the same time, they're not back asking apple essentially to develop a back door again. >> reporter: but the government's newfound ability to crack iphone encryption raises a new series of questions. >> the broader issue is not over, though. the government and law enforcement are going to keep wanting access to phones. tech companies are going to keep fighting back. >> reporter: now, this is somewhat of a victory for apple. the legal fight over this one iphone appears to be over, but the company has not said whether it will try to find out who helped the government and how. meantime, the fbi hasn't said yet what new information farook's phone has revealed about december's attack. anne-marie? >> don champion here in new york, thank you very much, don. well, a man shot by police after he allegedly pulled a weapon at the capitol
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center is listed in critical but stable condition this morning. the visitors center was crowded with tourists yesterday afternoon when the trouble began. officials say this was not an act of terrorism, but the criminal action of one man. craig boswell has more. >> reporter: tourists ran for cover as shots rang out. families and student groups say they never expected this kind of activity on a tour of the nation's capitol. >> it's okay. it's okay. just stay down. >> reporter: this video captures chaotic moments after a man drew a gun at the security screening area inside the u.s. capitol visitor complex monday afternoon. >> where we going? where we going? >> it just happened so fast, you were just kind of like what? i grabbed my kid, put him under me. >> reporter: capitol police say 66-year-old larry dawson of tennessee pointed a weapon at officers who shot and injured him. dh dawson was arrested last fall after he interrupted the house chamber. >> i am a prophet of god. >> reporter: and had been ordered to stay away from
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capitol grounds. >> there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a capital act. >> all of a sudden, there was just a scramble with people yelliyell ing and screaming and officers just coming out from every direction with guns drawn. >> reporter: congress is on a break is this week, so many lawmakers are back in their districts. but washington is filled with tourists here while kids are off from school. diane belo's husband and her two sons were inside the capitol. >> just don't expect something like this to happen when you're with your family on vacation. >> reporter: the visitor complex will reopen tuesday morning. there are multiple layers of screening and security at the capitol visitors complex. the suspect, larry dawson, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and ssault on a police officer. in washington, craig boswell, cbs news. well, coming up on the "morning news," seismic disruptions, clouds of ash from a volcano in alaska causes travel chaos. this is the "cbs morning news."
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a volcano in alaska is settling down this morning after it forced the cancellation of flights. the eruption yesterday in the altian islands spewed ashes nearly four miles high. the cloud stretched more than 400 miles. that grounded 41 alaska airlines flights. and now to the race for the white house. donald trump plans to make his fist campaign stop in wisconsin today ahead of next week's critical primary there. ted cruz is already there. a strong win for cruz would hinder trump's path to the gop nomination. cruz wants to debate trump one on one instead of tonight's separate town hall meeting. >> now, in all likelihood, donald is going to turn me down. why? because he's scared of actually answering questions about substance. because while he's very good at yelling and attacking and insulting, he does not have meaningful solutions to the prle
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>> also in wisconsin, hillary clinton on a two-day campaign swing, blasting trump. well, supporters of a religious freedom bill in georgia say that they won't give up even though the governor vetoed the measure. the measure would have allowed religious officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages and faith-based organizations to deny services or employment to people who violate their religious beliefs. major corporations including the nfl, walt disney and marvel studios threaten boycotts if the bill became law. still to come, we'll update you on our top story this morning, an egyptair flight with americans on board is hijacked. so she loves new light & fit crunch. greek nonfat yogurt with delicious toppings like chocolate and almonds. now that's a treat! light & fit crunch. feel free to enjoy. tmom didn't want another dog. she said it's too much work. lulu's hair just floats.
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through the plane's crew. he is reportedly seeking political asylum in cyprus where his wife is believed to be living. all right. on the "cbs money watch" now, a cyber attack on a hospital group, and campbell's soup switches to bpa-free cans. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. hackers breached the computer system of a major washington, d.c., hospital chain. the fbi is investigating. medstar health operates ten hospitals in maryland and washington. yesterday a virus paralyzed its computer system at some hospitals and doctors' offices. the fbi is trying to figure out if the hackers want a ransom to restore the system. medstar says there's no immediate indication patient information had been stolen. a slowdown wall street as some european markets were closed for easter. the dow gained 19 points. the s&p was up a point, ending a three-day losing streak. and the nasdaq finished 6 points lower.
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it will stop using a potentially hazardous chemical known as bpa to line its cans by the middle of next year. bpa is a component in metal can coating. it protects food from directly contacting metal surfaces. some studies indicate it poses a health risk. campbell's began using cans with lining made from acrylic or polyester material. low-fare airlines start-up virgin america may have a new owner by next week. it put itself up for sale. bloomberg news reports the airlines in discussions with at least two potential buyers, jetblue and alaska. virgin flies throughout the u.s. and mexico. and old spice deodorant is a subject of a class action lawsuit. it says hundreds if not thousands of men have developed rashes and burns after using old spice products. the suit names 13 products specifically. procter & gamble says
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capitol hill shooting. we learned more about the suspect who is hospitalized after being shot by police. he has a history of coming to washington to aggravate lawmakers. >> a hijacked airliner in cypress. there are hostages on
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>> things are looking up in the weather department. more sun is on the way. let's check in with allyson rae for details. will it be as windy? >> it will be breezy but not as windy or gusty. yesterday a gust up to 50 miles per hour. that's why we had the wind advisory in place. not the case today. breezy at times. 49 degrees. we are starting off with a few clouds. they will go away and a lot of sunshine again. a good looking day for the most part. winds are gusting up to 20, 25 miles per hour. that will be the order today, 20 to 25 miles per hour gusts. 48 leesburg. when you factor in the winds, it feels chilly. lots of sunshine. temperatures about 60 degrees which is only a few degrees below average. a check on traffic. good morning, larry. >> good morning. we are doing well around the beltway. no issues on the greenway this morning. traveling southbound o
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way to college park a smooth ride. a live look at the wilson bridge between oxon hill and alexandria, no issues this morning. traffic is light around the entire region. weather and traffic returns shortly with an update on the conditions around town. we will send it over to you. >> thank you, larry. breaking overnight a hijacking is unfolding. there may be a bomb on board the plane. >> it took off from alexandria bound for cairo but the ridgers diverted the plane to cypress. once on out ground, the hijacker allowed dozens to disembark accept for the crew and four foreign travelers. we will bring you additional details as we get them. indonesia's foreign ministry said ten citizens are being held hostage after the ship was hijacked. the boat's owner reportedly received ransom demats from a militant group. they are threatening to kill
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is paid by next week. police in belgium are looking for the man in the hat. he is the booming suspect on the right in the surveillance video from brussels airport. bombs exploded there a week ago today killing 31 people. a total of 31 between there and the train station and wounding hundreds. a freelance journalist was taken into custody after police got a tip that he was the man in the video. it was a case of mistaken identity. utah's governor signed a first in the nation law concerning abortions. it requires doctors performing abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy or later to use anesthesia. it is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. many are concerned the plan could be a risk to women because fetal anesthesia is unnecessary. supporters say a fetus should be protected if there is a chance it
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in california, state lawmakers reached a deal to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. california's minimum wage currently is $10 an hour. under this deal, that minimum amount will be hiked each year until reaching $15 in 2022. we got a lot more news in store for you this morning. thank you for turning in to wusa 9. capitol hill visitors are talking about the terrifying moments when gunshots rang out and they scam build for cover and police went after the suspect. >> good morning, i'm andrea roane. >> you made it to tuesday. i'm mike hydeck. larry miller has time saver traffic and we welcome back allyson rae. >> good morning. we will see a nice day for the most part. breezy, even windy out there for the
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as the day progresses, we are on the order of breezy. 46 for germ man town. 48 leesburg. reston 47. same for bowie and andrew. a few clouds but that will not be the case for the rest of the day. a lot of sunshine. temperatures will make their way into the 50s for hagerstown, martinsburg and frederick. near 60 for the district and low 60s for manassas and fredricksburg. showers and thunderstorms are on the way. >> good news as tuesday gets off in high gear, no issues around the beltway, 395 or 295. suitland parkway, a few cars on the road this morning. no issues as you work into d.c. northbound on 95, no issues from quantico up to the springfield interchange and well out in prince george county on route 4, 5, 301


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