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>> last we checked, that post on collegehumor.com was well on its way to 26,000, so it looks like in the startling allegations of a cover-up in the wake of the boston marathon bombings. three pals accused of hiding evidence from a dorm room. hang right now, it is a wall of flames. 3,000 acres wide creeping ever closer to homes and lives. [ beep ] fighting in the streets while you were sleeping. cops in a violent clash with angry protesters. pretty dramatic video there. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> it is thursday, may 2nd. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here.
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investigators taking a very close look at the inner circle of the tsarnaev brothers. sources tell cnn tamerlan tsarnaev's widow spoke to him after police released his photo. and three of dzhokhar tsarnaev's friends were arrested yesterday, two of them charged with conspiring to destroy or discard dzhokhar's laptop and a back top containing fireworks. the third for allegedly making false statements to federal investigators. now our reporter is in boston to break down the latest developments. these guys are in a world of trouble this morning. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. after the arrests of these three suspects that were friends of dzhokhar tsarnaev, the question is will there be any more arrests? the investigation continues to focus on tamerlan tsarnaev's widow catherine russell as there are more questions than answers. two cnn sources familiar with
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the investigation say catherine russell, the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev, spoke with her husband the night the fbi released video of him in connection with the boston bombings. authorities questioning russell trying to determine the nature of that call. what was said and why didn't she notify authorities? this has three friends and classmates of tamerlan's brother dzhokhar are now under arrest. two seen here with the younger tsarnaev on a trip to new york's times square, accused of obstructing justice. the third man accused of lying to authorities. according to the criminal complaints when federal authorities released video of the bombing suspects, the three men saw it on cnn and immediately thought one of the suspects looked like their friend dzhokhar. he texted tsarnaev that he looked like the person on tv. tsarnaev text back, lol. the accused three allegedly met at tsarnaev's dorm room where they received another text from him. and they were about to leave, if you need something in my room,
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take it. according to authorities, he never thought he would see his friend alive again. and in the dorm the three found fireworks in a backpack with the black powder emptied out, vaseline and a laptop. authorities allege they took the evidence out of the dorm room to protect tsarnaev. the complaints also say the menendmen then took the items in an apartment and put it in a garbage bag and put it in a dumpster with their own trash. the bag with the fireworks is later recovered by investigators after a two-day search at a local landfill, unclear if the laptop is recovered. this cnn exclusive video shows two of the men being taken into custody at the time on immigration violations. the third man, robel phillipos is a u.s. citizen. the three agreed to waive bail. the lawyers say they did nothing wrong. >> he is as shocked and horrified by the violence in boston that took place as the rest of the community is. he did not know that this
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individual was involved in a bombing. >> my client feels horrible and was shocked to hear that someone he knew at the university of massachusetts dartmouth was involved with the boston marathon bombing. he is cooperating fully with the authorities and looks forward to the truth coming out. >> so all three of the suspects' attorneys denying allegations saying they were actually helping investigators. we learned yesterday that they waived bail and will remain in voluntary detention. >> you mentioned vaseline. why did they dispose of the vaseline? why did they think that had anything to do with bomb making materials? >> that's a good question. we learn in the criminal complaint that a month before the marathon bombing dzhokhar tsarnaev told two of his friends that he knew how to make a bomb. so in the criminal complaint it says one of the friends he told that to saw the vaseline and
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thought that dzhokhar did make the bomb that exploded in the boston marathon. we learned from bomb experts that that vaseline may have been used to grease the pressure cooker lid to prevent sparks that would detonate the bomb. sometimes vaseline can be used to make a bomb. in this case, experts are telling us that wasn't the case. they were just trying to grease the lid. >> all right. pamela brown live in boston. thank you very much. >> as you said, these three men in a world of trouble right now. a wild scene in downtown seattle where a may day protest turned violent last night. [ beep ] look at that. police say demonstrators set off fireworks and threw a skate board at officers who used pepper spray to try to disperse the crowd. >> seattle police say the dplon straightors who marched through downtown seattle did not have a
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permit. it followed an earlier may day demonstration in the city that was peaceful. for safety reasons, police officers gave the unauthorized demonstrators an escort as they headed downtown. but when the crowd turned violent and officers went in to make arrests, things were really heated. >> the crowd surged around several officers on foot. those officers felt safety was in danger. so they deployed what we call a blast ball. that created distance. we were able to then coordinate a response to the crowd. >> the police used flash bang grenades and pepper spray. 17 people were arrested. these may day protests happen all over the world. it's a national holiday. it is also known as international worker's day. hundreds of thousands of people who take to the streets each year to celebrate this labor movement and demanding a better working conditions. mostly it is peaceful. in seattle, i turned ugly. >> clearly. a moment of extreme tension. thank you.
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>> you're welcome. >> crews are trying to get a handle on a fast spreading wildfire in river side county in southern california near the town of banning. take a look at the map there. at least one home has been destroyed. hundreds of others are threatened now. the fire has grown to nearly 3,000 acres. at this hour it is fanned by strong winds as well. cnn's reporter is live this morning in banning, california, with more. what's going on? >> reporter: well, this is that home that you were just referring to. you can see the intensity of fire. i'm going to step out of the way. take a better look at joe kernana's child had the hohood . can you see it melted the roof. everything inside is completely gutted. he was able to escape because he was outside fleeing by car. he says that it was suddenly like the house was engulfed. here's what he told us. >> thank god i wasn't in the house when it happened.
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thank god i was able to get my dog out and my mom was watching over me. and so were the neighbors that are around. i have good support. to night probably go over to my neighbor's for an evening of -- and collapse a little bit and cry a whole lot. right now, i'm not going to. >> reporter: you can see he is pretty calm. that is actually shock. he said he is simply stunned this happened. the other unusual thing, this house completely burned down, the one next to it, i can actually see it, was saved. >> wow. so they got some really bad weather there. i hear it's really hot. a strong wind is a problem as well. so potential for more fires in that area? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. until about 5:00 p.m. local time here in california, we're under what is called a red flag warning. it is already pretty windy here. it's expected to pick up in the next couple of hours. this red flag warning, low, low
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humidity. very high winds. there is a lot of hot, dry fuel out here. here's what firefighters told us. >> it could. it could be a very hot, long summer with a lot of potential for fires if they get started and if we continue to have the hot dry weather which we're heading into the months right now in the western united states and especially in california. it's only going to get hotter and drier as you go through the summer. >> reporter: and this promises to be one of the driest seasons on record. >> all right, thank you. elsewhere, we have other wild unpredictable history making weather to tell you about this morning. take a look at this. what does this look like to you? one thing it does not look like, may. it does not look like may at all. but it is may and that is denver. really looking like the middle of winter right there. >> one extreme to the other, right, john? >> the storm is now set its sights on minneapolis. it is not done yet. the twin cities bracing for what
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could be the first may snow in 22 years. jennifer delgado is tracking this for us. good morning. >> good morning. you know, some parts picked up 28 inches of snowfall yesterday across parts of wyoming as well as into colorado. and we still have warnings and advisories in place the you can see those still in parts of colorado as well as for areas moving up towards the upper midwest. look at iowa as well as into minnesota and wisconsin. we're expecting 6 to 12 inches of snowfall. minneapolis, you're going to be on that very close line to see some of that snowfall coming through here. now on the radar, it is coming down in iowa. you can see that rain on the warm sector and the showers and thunderstorms continue to pop-up on a wide view. the snow right now is going from areas like kansas up to minnesota and into wisconsin. so, yes, we're talking about snow. we're talking about fire. and now we're talking about a flooding threat for parts of louisiana as well as mississippi. as we go through saturday and that also includes areas like florida, we could see another
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four to six inches of rainfall. right now we have flood warnings in place across parts of louisiana as well as into mississippi and into that florida panhandle. and we'll continue to see those as we go through the day. on a wider view, that frontal system is coming through with the snow to the north. of course, it's bringing in a n. that cooler air. for areas like los angeles, they'll get close to that 100-degree mark. and this means that's why we have that fire danger out west, the combination with the dry conditions and with those winds up to 40 to 50 miles per hour. >> poor folks. always tough that they're going to lose their homes and having to evacuate. we'll check in with you, jennifer delgado. new this morning, an investigation under way after two planes collided at newark international airport. take a look at the damage to the top left tail of a united express jet. look closely there. it was clipped by the wing of a scandinavian airlines jet. both planes were taxiing for departure last night. imagine that? oh, my goodness. the passengers aboard the united
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express flight say they clearly felt the impact. both planes returned to their gates. no one was hurt. >> wow. other news, the legal battle over plan b getting a little more complicated this morning. the justice department is appealing a judge's ruling to force the fda to make the morning after pill available over the counter with no age restrictions. they say the new york judge overstepped his bounds when he made that decision. before that appeal, the fda itself relaxed rules concerning the emergency contraceptive allowing females as young as 15 to buy the contraception. that decision was based on scientific data. had nothing to do with the court order. >> so much to talk about there, isn't there? next on "early start," a missing mother of two from pennsylvania found in florida 11 years after she vanished without a trace. this bizarre story coming up. head & shoulders and old spice are now together in one bottle. so we're always 100% flake free... ...while smelling 100% handsome. [ josh ] and with a double dose of confidence like that...
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president obama begins a crucial trip today. mexico is the first stop on a three day trip that includes a visit to costa rica as well. trade, immigration and war on drugs is expected to top the agenda's first face-to-face meeting with mexico's new leader. here is dan loathian. >> reporter: in an unusually close relationship, the u.s. and mexico have aggressively fought drug cartels, sharing intelligence and cross border training. but there is uncertainty as president obama heads south to a new political landscape, his old partner who launched a major crackdown has been replaced by new president who appears to be limiting the u.s. role in his country. >> we've seen some signals in recent days that the new mexican government wants to tone down, wants to scale back on the integrated cooperation. and that's no doubt very, very
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concerning to u.s. law enforcement agencies. >> reporter: the mexican government announced it is tightening the flow of intelligence and still evaluating whether a u.s.-backed program to use polygraph testing to root out corrupt mexican security officials will continue. president obama says he's keeping an open mind. >> i'm not going to yet judge how this will alter the relationship between the united states and mexico until i hear directly from them to see what exactly are they trying to accomplish. >> reporter: a recent poll shows mexicans overwhelmingly welcome u.s. involvement in fighting the drug war. 55% approve giving them money and weapons. but the president's institutional revolutionary party has historically been suspicious of outside influence and fiercely protects its sovereignty. >> ultimately, the president is going to be accountable to the mexican people as to how that -- how his policies will quell or
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suppress the violence brought about by the cartels. >> reporter: the obama administration is downplaying the shift in security cooperation. >> our relationship with mexico is broader than that. we have deep economic, cultural and family ties with mexico. >> reporter: dan loathian, cnn, the white house. it is 18 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date. three friends of surviving boston bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev are suspects themselves. they are charged with trying to discard evidence. the third suspect, robel phillipos is charged with making false statements. sources also tell cnn tamerlan tsarnaev's widow spoke to him after the fbi released his photo. >> the fbi releasing photos of three men who may have information on the deadly attack on ben gady last fall. they're not considered suspects but the fbi wants to find and
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minding your business this morning. it is a record setting week on wall street. all good things must end. the dow fell nearly 140 points yesterday partly due to disappointing jobs numbers. >> stock futures looking up to day. not enough to make up for that selloff. jcpenney has been on a wild ride lately. the ceo is out and now it is pleading with customers for them to come back. christine, it's a bit of an unusual plea. >> it is. >> please, come back. >> they lost millions, tens of millions of dollars in sales and this was a spectacular move for the company. they're trying to remake night something cool and hip and long time customers said we don't like it. they made too many changes too quickly. and now they got rid of the old ceo, brought back the older ceo and they're airing the commercials acknowledging that they made too many changes and they are sorry. some changes you like, some you didn't. but what matters was mistakes is that we learn. then it asks the customers this --
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what does the widow now, investigators revealing that the wife of boston bombing suspect talked to her husband while he was on the run. >> questions aren't shooting death of a little girl at the hands of her 5-year-old brother with a gun given to him as a birthday gift. and tensions on the rise after an american citizen is sentenced to 15 years hard labor in north korea. welcome back to "early start." happy you're with us this morning. >> it is thursday, may 2nd, 30 minutes after the hour. a lot going on this morning. we're going to start with the cope scope of the boston bombing investigation. it is clearly growing this morning. new questions about the people in the tsarnaev brothers' inner circle. the wife now widow of tamerlan
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tsarnaev spoke to him after the fbi released his photo and identified him as a boston terror suspect. that's right, after the pictures were released in a time line is important here. plus, three friends of surviving suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev charged with trying to cover up for him. pamela brown is in boston to break down the latest developments. first off, what do we know about the three new suspects and what exactly do authorities say they did? >> john, it's what these three friends did after the bombing that has them in hot water facing five to eight years in prison. authorities say that two of dzhokhar tsarnaev's classmates at dartmouth are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and a third classmate is charged with lying to investigators. according to the criminal complaint, when the three men saw video of the bombing suspects, they thought one of the men looked like their friend
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dzhokhar. in a text message one friend says, you look like the boston marathon suspect. and in response, dzhokhar allegedly said, lol. later he text, i'm about to leave. if you need anything in my room, take it. and dzhokhar's dorm room, they found fireworks in a backpack with black powder, vaseline and a laptop which two of them later threw away. authorities also say the other friend initially denied he knew anything about it. the attorney for one of the suspects says his client was actually helping authorities not obstructing the investigation. let's take a listen. >> he is just as shocked and horrified by the violence in boston that took place as the rest of the community is. he did not know that this individual was involved in a bombing. >> and yesterday at their initial appearances, all three of them waived bail. they remain in voluntary
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detention until their next hearing. john? >> pamela, the timing of these three men did or didn't do. the timing is an issue with a phone conversation between tamerlan tsarnaev and his wife. that happened right during that mercury period. any idea what they discussed? >> we have learned from sources, john, that tamerlan's now widow catherine russell spoke to her husband after the release of his picture on april 18th. at this point we don't know the nature of that conversation. but the concern, of course, and what investigators are looking into is, you know, if she knew that this was her husband, the suspect for the boston marathon bombing, why didn't she alert authorities? so she is certainly still a big focus of this investigation. john? >> again, important that conversation after it happened after those photos of him and his brother were released. pamela brown, thanks so much for being with us this morning. new this morning, north
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korea ratcheting up tensions with the united states, sentencing an american citizen kenneth bay to 15 years of hard labor. the tour guide from washington state is accused of carrying out serious crimes against north korea. but no word on exactly what crime he committed. senior international correspondent dan rivers is live in seoul. what do we know about the case against kenneth bae? >> reporter: you know, we really know very little about what he is alleged to have done. a few snip its from the official news agency in north korea saying hostile acts. we don't actually know what the crimes were. now one of his friends in south korea has speculated that perhaps he was taking photos of something as innocuous as orphans begging on the streets and that may have been misinterpreted as something he was going to use against the regime when he went back into china. he is in and out of north korea
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a lot. he runs tours here. never had any problem before. now suddenly he is facing 15 years hard labor in a north ck r korean prison. that is not something you want to do. >> absolutely not. >> what actions is the united states taking to get bae out? >> well, there's not -- no sort of official word as what they're doing. this is all rightly to be done on back channels here. we understand that bill richardson, the former governor of new mexico may be involved with trying to get him out. he was in north korea in january. and there were reports that he handed over a letter petitioning for kenneth bae's release. there is a lot of speculation that we may get a high profile visitor going in as has been done in the past, you remember the case of the two journalists in 2009 bill clinton went in to get them out. there was another case in 2010 jimmy cart he went in. it may be the north koreans are going to use this as a
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bargaining chip to get smen rom high profile to go in there to talk to them. >> leverage to get that dialogue started. thank you, dan rivers. a story that will break your heart this morning. a 2-year-old girl is dead in southern kentucky descentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle that he received for his birthday. state police have ruled it an accident. cnn affiliate wlex reports the children's mother was cleaning and had just stepped out of the house when she heard the gun go off. >> he just picked it up before he realized -- >> he just tried it. it's something you can't prepare for. >> i know she's in heaven right now. i know she's in good hands with the lord. >> the gun was kept in what they considered to be a safe spot. children in the area are often introduced to guns at an early age. >> oh, my goodness. 36 minutes past the hour. an autopsy today for chris kelly, half of the 1990 duo
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crisscross, the 34-year-old kelly died in an atlanta hospital after found unresponsive in his home. known to all of his fans as mac daddy, kelly was 13 years old when he and chris smith were discovered in an atlanta mall by producer jermaine dupree. the duo known for wearing clothes backwards scored a big hit. you know this one, right? "jump." 1992. they opened for michael jackson on the dangerous tour as well. >> speaking of michael jackson, his wrongful death trial resumes in a few hours in los angeles. in court yesterday, police detective testified that dr. conrad murray was in desperate financial straits at the time of the pop star's death. he may have been motivated by money concerns. murray administered the fatal overdose in 2009 and convicted of involuntary manslaughter in jackson's death. a saudi arabian dib low mat living in an upscale home in a washington, d.c., suburb is the focus of a human trafficking investigation this morning. federal officials say they removed two filipino women from
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his home in mcclean, virginia. the women were being mistreated. they are not naming the diplomat, however. >> new information this morning showing the number of young unmarried mothers in this country is on the rise. according to the census bureau, more than 60% of new mothers in their early 20es are single. that up is from 32% in 2005. wide variations of unwed mothers by income, race and location. the states with the most unwed mothers under 25, mississippi, louisiana, and new mexico. >> that's a big why this there, right? >> a lot of reasons. >> all right. up next, the devastating final moments of a cargo plane in afrg falls out of the sky. >> oh, my goodness. >> it's really incredible video. it killed seven americans onboard. how did it happen? we have a full report. food. so i can't afford to have germy surfaces. but after one day's use, dishcloths can redeposit millions of germs. so ditch your dishcloth and switch to a fresh sheet of new bounty duratowel.
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determine the cause of a cargo plane crash in afghanistan on monday. it killed seven americans. the crash appears to have been recorded by a dashboard camera although cnn cannot confirm the authenticity of the video. want to give you a warning that video you're about to see is disturbing. here is chris lawrence. >> reporter: the video is traumatic and disturbing. a boeing 747 just stalls and falls back to earth in a massive explosion just seconds after takeoff. the video purportedly shows a cargo plane that crashed monday near bagram air base in afghanistan killing seven american crewmen including brian hassler. >> if i could trade places with him so he could be with his family, i would in a heartbeat. >> that is hassler's brother who said brad got married two weeks ago and his wife is pregnant with their second child. >> this is his daughter sloan who is 2 and who we don't see in here is the baby that's on the way who we expect to see in
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october. >> the 747 was bound for dubai, carrying equipment as part of the u.s. military's drawdown from afghanistan. the civilian cargo plane was loaded with five emrats each weighing 27,000 pounds. >> securing them is absolutely critical to safety. >> reporter: stephen wallace is the former director of the faa's accident investigation unit. he says there's no forgiveness in a plane's center of gravity. >> basically, there can only be so much weight in each part of the plane. so it's critical that the total weight be within the limit and that the plane be balanced. >> reporter: the 747 can take off a couple different ways. whether it is carrying passengers, it will take four to five minutes to reach 15,000 feet. but in afghanistan, there's always the danger of being shot out of the sky, so the pilots need to gain as much altitude as possible while they're still over bagram.
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the 747 carrying cargo can reach altitude almost two minutes faster. >> the typical concern with a cargo aircraft and this caused accidents before is when the airplane is rotated with the nose up the cargo moves aft if it's not properly secured. >> reporter: it's much harder to have a massive shift of weight on a commercial 747 because the passengers and the weight are evenly distributed in the seats. it's just one of the possibilities that the ntsb is looking at as their investigators arrive in afghanistan. chris lawrence, cnn, washington. and our thanks to chris for that story. going up, today construction crews in new york city will raise the final section of the speier to the top of one world trade center. >> how would you like to ride with that? >> that's pretty high up there. >> it was supposed to go up monday. bad weather postponed it. one world trade center will standal 1776 feet making it the tallest building in the western
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three friends of surviving boston bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev are considered suspects themselves. car buy yef and tazhayakov are charged with getting rid of
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evidence and robel phillipos is charged with lying to officials. >> he kept to himself. he went to school. never got in trouble. took care of his mom. played basketball. quiet kid. that's about it. >> sources also tell cnn that tamerlan tsarnaev's widow spoke to him after the fbi released his photo and identified him as a terror suspect. and closing arguments in the jodi arias murder trial this morning in phoenix. we understand the prosecution are expected to take four to five hours each so they could spill over into tomorrow. the judge will then instruct jurors before deliberations begin. arias is accused of killing her boyfriend, travis alexander in 2008 and she insists she was acting in self-defense. henry kissinger is giving hillary clinton a reason to consider a presidential run in 2016. at an awards dinner last night in washington, kissinger pointed out that secretaries of state have a good track record when it comes to winning presidential
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elections. six of them, he says, have gone on to become commander in chief. >> i want to tell hillary when she misses the office, she looks at the history of secretary of state there might be hope for a fulfilling life afterwards. [ applause ] >> he presented hillary clinton with the atlantic council's distinguished leadership award last night. >> i did not know this next story like the city they call home. >> i knew it. >> they're proving they are boston strong. i am so excited. they could be on the verge of making history here. after defeating the new york knicks 92-86 last night in game five of the best of their seven sear rez. kevin garnett leading the way with 15 points, 18 rebounds. the celtics trailing 3-2 looking to become the first team in the nba history to come back from a
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3-0 deficit and win a play-off series. >> we can do it. >> yes, you can. in other games, the indiana pacers opened a 3-2 series lead with a 106-83 victory. and the rockets staying alive with a 107-100 win over oklahoma city. the thunder lead that series 3-2. >> the bruins won last night. it was a great night for boston. happening right now, winter weather shoving aside spring in the midsection. cold temperatures and what could be historic snowfall is expected in minnesota, kansas, and even parts of oklahoma. what is going on here, jennifer delgado? she's with us from atlanta to explain it all. >> hi, guys. a big old late winter mess is what it is. yes, it's spring. certainly feels more like winter out there. now we still have a lot of advisories out there. winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings. anywhere you're seeing in pink in areas like wisconsin and minnesota. 6 to 12 inches of snowfall. 4 to 7 in some parts.
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des moines, you could see two to five inches of snowfall. so what is going on? it's the jet stream that brought that cold air in place as far south as parts of texas. i'll show you on the radar, mason city and omaha, you can see where the snow s the freeze line and thunderstorms towards the south will continue to see this pattern today and even through tomorrow. and you can see wisconsin and down towards texas and they're dealing with a little bit of light snow. now as we go through today, tomorrow, you can see the heaviest snowfall is to the north. again, i think jim spellman is tracking the snow through parts of minnesota. and then snow tries to work into kansas city, even parts of oklahoma late tonight. now it's not just snow. we're also talking about very heavy rainfall right along the northern gulf coast including parts of florida. we've seen in some parts, get this, 6 to 15 inches of rainfall just since wednesday morning. and that's why we have all these flood warnings and watches in
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place through saturday. the rain is going to keep going. it is going to be a mess down there. we're going to have the national forecast coming up shortly, an update on the fire danger out west. >> all right. thank you, jennifer. listen to this next story. still ahead, we heard of parents naming their kids really strange names, right? now one country banning the weirdest of the weird. the name being rejected, how about lucifer berman. >> it's a family name. >> we'll have that for you coming up next. ity be used to help overcome gravity? ♪ the chevrolet malibu eco with eassist captures downhill energy, unleashing it later to help propel you uphill. ♪ it adds up to an epa-estimated 37 mpg highway... ♪ ...and helps defy gravity and gas pumps. ♪ that's american ingenuity, to find new roads. bring your own lettuce.
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56 minutes past the hour. welcome back to "early start."
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trending online, authorities in new zealand releasing a name of baby names that country banned. check out the crazy rejected names parents have somehow wanted to name their children. the list of 77 includes at the top, lucifer, mafia, no fear, 4 real and the most popular banned name, justice. can you believe that? >> justice and lucifer. >> justice doesn't make sense to me. lucifer, i can understand it. names that did not make it, big knight chardonnay. >> you can name your kid midnight chardonnay. >> and number 16, bus sheltermeshelter. and for twins, benson and hedges. joe biden's travel troubles and mitt romney's advice and martha stewart on the prowl. late night laughs. >> this is kind of fun. you hear about this? martha stewart told matt lauer on the "today" show she's looking for a man on match.com.
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she says she's looking for a guy because she has not been in a relationship for five years. and she said she can't find a guy she'll make one out of felt, a ripe banana and two walnuts. she says she's a fan of the symphony, opera and rap. i like that. she spent three months in prison. all of a sudden she is tupac listening to rap. what rap does she like? gift-wrap is probably the only rap she likes. >> mitt romney back in the news. mitt romney gave a commencement speech where he advised graduates to start a family before they turn 30. yeah. he also advised them to pay for it by inheriting millions of dollars. >> vice president joe biden had a little trouble today playing air force 2 stuck in arizona because of problems with its engine. officials say they're trying to fix it as fast as they can and obama is like no rush. >> all right. "early start" continues right
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now. >> startling new allegations of a cover-up in the wake of the boston bombings. three college pals now accused of hiding evidence from a dorm room. happening right now, a wall of flames. 3,000 acres wide creeping ever closer to homes and lives. [ beep ] and fighting in the streets while you were sleeping. cops in a violent clash tw angry may day protesters. good morning to you. welcome to "early start." >> i'm john berman. it is thursday, may 2nd, 6:00 a.m. in the eastment a lot going on this morning. we're going to start with major develop ams in the boston bombing investigation. investigators taking a very close look at several people in the tsarnaev brothers' inner circle. tamerlan tsarnaev's widow spoke to him after the fbi released his photo and publicly
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identified him as a boston terror suspect. the timing important there. also, three of dzhokhar tsarnaev's friends were arrested yesterday, two of them charged with conspiring with conspirein destroy or destroy his backpack containing fireworks. that happened after the attack. the third man arrested allegedly for making false statements to federal investigators. pamela brown in boston right now with the latest on these developments. good morning, pamela. >> reporter: good morning to you, john. these three suspects now in federal custody for what they allegedly did after the boston marathon bombing. after their arrest yesterday, the big question looms, will there be more arrests in connection with this case? the focus of the investigation continues to be centered on the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev as new developments come to light. two cnn sources familiar with the investigation say catherine russell, the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev, spoke with her husband the night the fbi released video of him in connection with the
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boston bombing. authorities questioning russell trying to determine the nature of that call, what was said, and why didn't she notify authorities. this as three friends and classmates of tamerlan's brother dzhokhar are now under arrest. two seen here with the younger tsarnaev at times square accused of obstructing justice. the third man accuse of lying to authorities. according to the criminal complaints when federal authorities released video of the bombing suspects, the three men saw it on cnn and immediately thought one of the suspects looked like their friend dzhokhar. dias kadyrbayev texted tsarnaev texted back, lol. the accused three allegedly met at tsarnaev's dorm room where they received another text from him. i'm about to leave. if you need something in my room, take it. according to authorities, azamat tazhayakov never thought he would see his friend alive again. they found fireworks in a
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backpack with the black powder emptied out, vaseline, and a laptop. the three allege they took them out of the dorm room to protect tsarnaev. the men then took the items to an apartment, wrapped it in a garbage bag and put it in a dumpster with their own trash. the bag with the fireworks later recovered with investigators after a two-day search of the local landfills, unclear whether the laptop has been recovered. this cnn exclusive video shows two of the men being taken into custody at the time on immigration violations. the third man, robel phillipos, the three agreed to wave bail. their lawyers say they did nothing wrong. >> he is just as shocked and horrified by the violence in boston as the rest of the community is. he did not know that this individual was involved in a bombing. >> my client azamat tazhayakov feels horrible and was shocked to hear that someone that he knew at the university of
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massachusetts dartmouth was involved with the boston marathon bombing. he has cooperated fully with the authorities and looks forward to the truth coming out. >> reporter: and one month before the marathon dzhokhar tsarnaev told two of his friends that he knew how to make a bomb and in the court documents when one of the friends saw vaseline in his dorm room he thought it was used to make a bomb. we have learned from experts that vaseline may have been used on the pressure cooker lid to prevent sparks that could detonate a bomb. back to you. >> a lot of new threads to follow here. thanks so much. who are these new suspects? the friend of robel phillipos says there's no way that he's involved. >> he is a very good kid himself. he went to school. never got in trouble. took care of his mom. plays basketball. he's a quiet kid. that's about it. >> and massachusetts governor
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patrick reassuring people in and around boston that the new arrests do not mean that the threat continues. >> this should not raise any concerns in anyone's minds about continuing threat to the public. this is about getting out of the way to the bot the ontom of the >> brian todd is live in boston following the latest developments. brian, what more do we know about these three suspects and their relationship with dzhokhar? >> we know that the two students, difficult as kadyrbayev and azamat tazhayakov kind of became close friends with dzhokhar tsarnaev when they started attending u mass dartmouth in 2011 and according to one of their attorneys who told us previous to these arrests yesterday that at least his client, dias kadyrbayev, had become close with dzhokhar because they spoke the same language. dzhokhar had been in the united
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states for a long time and knew the ropes and looked to him as a mentor and started to hang out together. you have that picture of them in times square last year. according to the complaint, there's information that they kind of hung out casually together even after the boston bombings, two days after the bombings kadyrbayev drove to his dorm room, texted him to come down. according to the complaint tazhayakov said he had gotten a shorter hair cut. a lot of details about how these three people, at least the two students and dzhokhar tsarnaev were friends, hung out together. the relationship between the third suspect robel phillipos a little less clear. >> we do have those details about that one particular friend. is is there any evidence that they knew what dzhokhar and his brother were allegedly planning or that they were involved in any way or does this just have to do with what happened after the bombing? >> this is all really just
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having to do with what happened after the bombing. they're accused of obstructing justice, making false statements all in relation to what they did to allegedly cover up his tracks after the bombing. no evidence at all, zoraida, that they had any involvement in the planning or the plot, that they knew anything about it. one interesting footnote in the xwlant saying that about a month before the bombings the two kazakhstani students were having a meal with him and he said casually he knew how to make a bomb but a lot of 19-year-olds say things casually. >> brian todd, i know you've been following this since it broke. thank you very much. we appreciate it. six minutes after the hour. scary moments on the streets of downtown seattle overnight where a may day protest turned violent. [ bleep ]. >> police say demonstrators tossed rocks, bottles, even a skateboard. they threw t at officers who used pepper spray to disburse the crowd.
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the may day protests on effort to demand better working conditions. >> christine romans has more details for us. >> seattle police say the demonstrators did not have a permit. followed an earlier may day demonstration in the city that was peaceful. for safety reasons the police officers save the unauthorized demonstrators an escort when they headed downtown. but when the crowd turned violent and officers started making arrests, things started heating up. >> the crowds surged around several officers on foot. those officers felt their safety was in danger so they deployed what we call a blast ball. that created some distance and we were able to then coordinate a response to the crowd. >> police used flash bang grenades, they used pepper spray to disperse this crowd. 17 poom were arrested for property destruction and assault. eight officers sustained injuries, mostly bumps and bruises. the may day protests happen all over the world every year in more than 80 countries. also known as international
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workers dpap hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate the labor movement and demand better working conditions. this was an unauthorized group of people after what had been an peaceful and authorized may day parade in seattle. >> thank you. seven minutes past the hour. happening right now, fire crews battling a wildfire in southern california. it's consumed nearly 3,000 acres. it's burning in riverside county, california. some residents of the town of banning, about 25 miles from palm springs, had to evacuate. at least one home has been destroyed. officials say hundreds of others are threatened now. high winds, extremely dry conditions are fueling that fire. cnn is live this morning in banning, california. what can you tell us? >> reporter: zoraida, that home that you were talking about that burned down actually standing in front of it. i'm going to step out of the way so you can take a better look at what's left of joe keener's home. you can see the roof has melted in. the windows were completely blown out. the house gutted.
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this is the power of a fire in california. he saw the fire coming. he thought he was going to be okay. the reason he's alive, he says, is he was outside already in his car when his home was suddenly engulfed. here's what he told us. >> thank god i wasn't in the house when it happened. thank god i was able to get my dog out and my mom was watching over me. so the neighbors that are around. i have good support. tonight probably go over to my neighbor's for an evening and collapse for a little bit and cry a whole lot, but right now i'm not going to. >> reporter: you can see that he's kind of calm and that's really the shock of having lost something so suddenly. and something else, zoraida, the power of these fires also driven by wind. this house completely lost. i can see a house 50 yards away that is still standing. >> i got to tell you i bet that
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guy was just grateful to be alive when you look at the home and how it was destroyed. i know the conditions there are really grim, right? 80 degrees i thought i was reading. you've got strong winds in the area. those fires could actually spread. >> reporter: yes. strong winds now expected to get even stronger in the next hour or so. and these winds are really critical, especially when you look at the low humidity that we're seeing here as the temperatures rise, the flames expected to pick up. here's what firefighters told us. >> it could. it could a very long, hot summer with a lot of potential for fires if they get started. and if we continue to have the hot, dry weather which we're heading into those months right now in the western united states and nuclear weapon california. it's only going to get hotter and dryer as we go through the summer. >> reporter: and it is expected to be extremely dangerous, the summer, because, zoraida, there has been so little rainfall so far this year. >> i know. in some parts of the country,
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totally under water and getting snow, as well. thank you very much. zoraida just mentioned, strange weather happening all over the country. wild, unpredictable history making weather. look at this. i want to show you something right now. what does that look like to you? >> winter wonderland. >> doesn't look like spring, that's for sure. that was denver. that storm hit denver making it look like the middle of winter there. now the storm has set its sites on minnesota. jennifer delgado in the weather center giving us the latest. where is the storm head eed nex? >> we're going to see the storm moving and continuing to spread through parts of the upper midwest. if you're looking at the radar the snow is coming down good. there are parts of iowa as well as parts of wisconsin. now, what we're going to see is potentially two to four inches of snowfall across iowa but up to the north, 6 to 12 inches of snowfall for areas including southern parts of minnesota as well as in wisconsin. here's the snow and the rain
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they've been talking about. you can see where the freeze line is and moisture trying to change back over to snow. look at the thunderstorm activity, including oklahoma city. it is going to be a wild day out there. we will continue to see more of this snow even through tomorrow. right now a lot of those advisories are in place until thursday. i do suspect we'll start to see more than that. the snow as i said coming down. looks like through the upper midwest. for today. and then tonight, kansas city, could you see some snow? you're supposed to be enjoying the warm temperatures. reality is, you have a very late winter storm moving through. now, i also want to talk to you about the fire danger out west. red flag warnings in place for parts of arizona as well as into los angeles region to the north of that. we're going to see wind gusts 50 to 60 miles per hour. red flag warnings in place through friday evening. that means those winds are still going to be gusting through early saturday morning. on a wider view, still expecting
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flooding problems for areas down towards the south, including louisiana, mississippi, as well as over towards florida. look at these high temperatures out there. dallas today, you're only going to see a high of 50 degrees. los angeles, near 90 degrees. but all that cool air you're seeing, guys, that's what we call blue northern. brings all that cold air from the north down to the south. >> thank you so much. 13 minutes past the hour. new this morning, investigation under way after two planes collided or the tarmac. look at the damage. you have to look closely. left-hand side of your screen. top of the tail of the united express jet. it was clipped by the wing of a scandinavian airline jet as both planes were taxiing for departure last night. passengers aboard the united express flight say they clearly felt that impact. both planes returned to their gates. luckily there are no injuries reported. legal battle escalating over the morning-after pill. the justice department is appealing a rule big the federal court judge in new york ordering
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welcome back to "early start." in just a few hours president obama departs on a three-day trip to mexico and costa rica. he hopes to focus on economic issues, especially business with mexico. when he meets with the country's newly elected president. the cross border drug violence will be a major part of the discussion. cnn's dan lothian previews the trip. >> reporter: in an unusually close relationship the u.s. and mexico have aggressively fought drug cartels, sharing intelligence and cross border training. but there's uncertainty as president obama heads south to a new political landscape, his old partner who launched a major crackdown has been replaced by new president who appears to be
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limiting the u.s. role in his country. >> we've seen some signals in recent days that the new mexican government wants to tone down, wants to scale back on the integrated cooperation. and that's no doubt very, very concerning to u.s. law enforcement agencies. >> reporter: the mexican government announced it's tightening the flow of intelligence and it's still evaluating whether a u.s.-backed program to use polygraph testing to root out corrupt mexican security officials will continue. president obama says he's keeping an open mind. >> i'm not going to yet judgeal fer the relationship between the u.s. and mexico until i hear from them to see what they are trying to accomplish. >> a recent poll shows mexican overwhelmingly welcomed u.s. involvement in fighting the drug war. 74% support assistance in training police and military. 55% approved giving them money
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22 minutes past the hour. we are minding your business this morning. that is the say on wall street. inve stocks sold off but are not going away. jobless claims move the market today. >> meantime, news that will shock you. new fees coming to, guess what, an airline. frontier says booking anywhere other than its website will cost you more. >> under what circumstances would you pay $100 to bring a bag on to an airplane? there's one on frontier. frontier has a circumstance for you. >> i'm thinking about it. >> i know. it's already a low-cost carrier. now they're going to be ultralow-cost carrier, they say. it's only ultralow if you book your ticket in the right place. starting in december, if you don't book on their website and not an elite member you're going to have to pay to carry your bag on. $25 if you pay in advance. $100 at the gate. fewer frequent flier miles. its elite members have
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complained about overhead bins filling up before they get their bags on board. another change, coffee, tea, soda, juice, will now cost you $1.99 but, hey, they say you get the full can of soda and you get free refills on coffee. again, there are ways to avoid the fee. book the ticket on their website and you can't buy the cheapest fare. >> let the elite members board first and then you solve that problem. there you go, frontier. i have solved the problem for you. get rid of the fee. >> free consultation. >> history made here on "early start." >> what is the verdict? >> facebook earnings missed forecast. facebook expenses skyrocketed. growth on the mobile users. they have 751 million active mobile users. the growth rates is slowing. here's the key. advertisers are moving to mobile. and this is where facebook future is, the place where it will make the most money, mobile. it accounts for 30% of the total
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what does the widow know? new information that the wife of one of the boston bombing suspectses talked to her husband while he was on the run. >> and questions about the shooting death of a 2-year-old girl. look at her picture there, at the hands of her 5-year-old brother. a rifle given to him as a birthday gift. tensions on the rise after an american citizen is sentenced to 15 years hard labor in north korea. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. i couldn't say my name yesterday or today. >> it's a hard one though. >> it's thursday, may 2nd. glad you're with us this
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morning. and we begin this morning with the scope of the boston bombing investigation widening this morning with new questions about several people in the tsarnaev brothers' inner circle. sources tell cnn the wife now widow of tamerlan tsarnaev spoke to him after the fbi released his photo and identified him as a boston terror suspect. plus three friends of surviving suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev now charge with trying to cover up for him. pamela brown is in boston to breakdown all of the latest developments for us. pamela, what do we know about these three new suspects and what exactly do authorities say that they did? >> reporter: >> reporter: zoraida it's what the three suspects did after the boston marathon bomb that has them in hot water facing five to eight years in prison. investigators say that two of dzhokhar tsarnaev's friends, azamat tazhayakov and dias kaz yef threw away evidence and a
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third classmate robel phillipos. the three men saw video of the bombing suspects they thought one of the men looked like dzhokhar tsarnaev. in a text message one friend says, you look like the boston marathon suspect. in response, dzhokhar allegedly says, lol. later he texted, i'm about to leave. if you need anything in my room, take it. and dzhokhar's dorm room, the three found fireworks in a backpack with black powder emptied out, vaseline and a backpack which two of them later threw away. the other friend initially denied he knew anything about it. the attorney for one of the suspects says his client was actually helping authorities and not obstructing the investigation. let's take a listen. >> he is just as shocked and horrified by the violence in boston as the rest of the community is. he did not know that this individual was involved in a bombing. >> reporter: and in a criminal
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complaint there was a discussion between dzhokhar and two of his friends over lunch, a casual discussion, apparently, according to investigators, a month before the bombing that dzhokhar admitted he knew how to make a bomb but at this point there is no indication that these suspects knew anything before the attack at the boston marathon. >> pamela, authorities are also investigating a phone conversation between tamerlan and his wife. any idea what they discussed in that conversation? >> reporter: well, investigators are still looking into the nature of that conversation. as you mentioned, they know now, they say that catherine russell spoke to her husband, tamerlan tsarnaev, after his picture was released on april 18th when authorities were still trying to find his identity. so right now the big question is, what did they talk about, did she know anything, and why didn't she call authorities to alert them because, again, they
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still didn't have tamerlan in custody at that point. there's still a lot of questions and she is certainly still a big focus of this investigation. >> that is a big question. pamela brown reporting live. thank you. tragic disturbing story this morning, honestly. this will just break your heart. from southern kentucky where a 2-year-old girl is dead, shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle that he received for his birthday. state police have ruled this an accident. shannon travis is following these developments for us. >> yes, this is absolutely one of the stories you never want to hear. a child dying at the hands of another child. in this case as you described, a 5-year-old boy killing his 2-year-old sister. her name was carolyn sparks. now, obviously anyone would wonder what happened here. here's what we understand, john. it happened in a home in southern kentucky. the mother of the two children left them alone and went outside
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for literally just a few minutes. unfortunately that was long enough for the boy to grab a .22 caliber rifle. listen to how relative described the horrible outcome. >> it's just tragic. it's just -- it's something that you can't prepare for. >> i just know she's in heaven right now, and i know she's in good hands with the lord. >> in the lord's hands, a kentucky state police trooper said this has been ruled an accident. he called it a nightmare. also, that rifle belonged to the boy, officials said. you mentioned. it was a gift for his birthday. one police official said it's very common for young children in this part of kentucky to get a gun from their parents. in this case the boy's gun did have a child safety lock, according to the local county coroner. according to a low cool repocale family told officials the family did keep the rifle in what they considered to be a safe spot. >> unfortunately this is not the
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first time we've heard this type of story. >> it's because it's not the first time. i mean, in april, just as recently as last month we had two tragic incidents. we had one situation where a 4-year-old boy in tennessee shot and killed a 48-year-old woman accidentally. we had another situation in new jersey where a 4-year-old accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old playmate. so certainly this will raise a lot of -- even more alarms than it already has. >> shannon travis in washington for us this morning. thanks so much. >> i was reading about this story because the little -- picture of that little girl just strikes you. it says it was a child's rifle. the mom had no idea it was loaded. she said that was really the tragic mistake here is that it was left loaded. all right. 35 minutes past the hour. new this morning, north korea escalating tensions with the united states after sentencing on american citizen, kenneth bae, to 15 years of hard labor. the tour guide from washington state is accuse of carrying out serious crimes against north
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korea. but there is no word on exactly what those crimes are. senior international correspondent din dan rivers is live for news seoul. so, dan, what do we know about the case against kenneth bae? >> it's amazing. we know almost next to nothing about what he is supposed to have done. we know that this was tried by the supreme court in pyongyang. the case started on tuesday and already, on thursday here, he's been sentenced to 15 years hard labor. as you mentioned, something to do with hostile acts towards the regime. we don't know exactly what that may intail. one of his friends here in south korea has speculated it may be something like taking photos of orphans begging on the street. the regime has taken exception to thinking he will use it, you know, in some derogatory way when he leaves. he's been in and out of korea a lot. he runs tours into north korea from neighboring china. so you would think that he would
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know the kind of limits of what is acceptable and what isn't. what a lot of analysts are saying is, in fact, it may be nothing to do with what he did, just that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time if regime is looking for some leverage, a bargaining chip, and he happens to be it. >> we've seen that happen before. so that wouldn't be so far fetched. what action is the united states taking in order to get bae out? >> well, i think this is all going to be done through back channels. officially there's no word of any kind of visiting to north korea. unofficially, the speculation here in south korea is that perhaps former president jimmy carter may be gearing up for some sort of visit. he was involved with a similar case back in 2010 which he successfully got the american in question out in one piece. you will remember the famous case a year before in 2009 of the two journalists, laura ling and lee, they were detained for
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three months before president bill clinton, former president bill clinton, wechbt in and got them out. emotional scenes as they came back to the united states. we're expecting, wondering if the same kind of thing is going to happen in this case. >> dan river is live in seoul for us. thank you. 37 minutes after the hour right now. autopsy will determine the cause of death for 34-year-old rapper kris kelly. kelly died wednesday in an atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive in his home. known to fans as mac daddy, he was 13 years held when they were discovered in an atlanta mall. the duo who are known for wearing their clothes backwards scored that huge hit with "jump" in 1992 and hoped with michael jackson on his dangerous tour. >> speaking of michael jackson, testimony of his wrongful death trial resumes in a few hours in los angeles. yesterday a police detective testified dr. conrad murray was
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in desperate financial straits at the time of jackson's death, suggesting his personal physician may have been motivated by money concerns. murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter forred a smadministering an overdose t jackson. new clues in the disappearance of a young michigan mother. police believe in silver minivan captured by a surveillance camera at a nearby business is the vehicle involved t in the disappearance of 25-year-old jessica heeringa. heeringa hasn't been seen or heard from since friday night when he was working a late shift at a gas station alone. >> i hope they get more details there. new information from the census bureau showing the number of young unmarried moms in this country is on the rise. according to the report more than 60% of new mothers in their early 20s are indeed single. that is up a whopping 36% since 2005. the census bureau reports shows
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wide variations of unwe'd mothers by income, race bs and location. most unwed is in mississippi, louisiana, and new mexico. up next, devastating final moments as a cargo plane in afghanistan falling out of the sky, killing seven americans on board. how on earth did this happen? we'll have a full report just ahead. [ male announcer ] how do you get your bounce? i use bounce outdoor fresh sheets because fresher is better. everyone knows that. i'll tell you what -- i'm just crazy about freshness. [ cow moos ] mmm. [ male announcer ] how do you get your bounce? [ woman ] mmm, mmm, fresh.
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welcome back. christine romans is here. christine? >> we are looking at boston, foremost. shocking development in the boston bombing investigation. three of the surviving suspects' friends have been arrested
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accuse of trying to cover up for dzhokhar tsarnaev. series of suspects worked alone. we're going to talk with former new york mayor rudy giuliani. and senator facing tense moments in a town hall this week over gun control. the challenger, daughter of one of the victims of the sandy hook elementary shooting. she's going to tell us what she wants congress to do. fast moving wildfire has consumed 3,000 acres in california. it's only 35% contained. live in banning, tracking that danger this morning. a whole lot happening. this week. >> busy, busy morning. thanks, christine. it is 44 minutes past the hour. investigation is under way to figure out what caused a cargo plane to go down in afghanistan, killing seven americans on board. that crash appears to have been recorded by a dashboard camera although cnn cannot confirm the authenticity of this video. cnn's chris lawrence following all of the developments for us from washington. this is really tough video to
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look at, chris. >> yes, zoraida. right now this morning investigators from the ntsb, faa, and boeing are on the ground in afghanistan trying to figure out how this happened. now, fair warning. this video is graphic. in fact, even officials who have investigated crime scenes before say they've never seen anything like it. the video is dramatic and disturbing. a 747 just stalls and falls back to earth. cnn can't confirm how authentic the video is, it does show a cargo plane crash monday in afghanistan. that crash killed seven american crew men, including brad hasler. >> if i could trade places with him so that he could be with his family, i would in a heartbeat. >> reporter: that's hasler's brother who says brad's wife is pregnant. >> this is his daughter sloan who is 2 and who we don't see in
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here is the baby that's on the way who we expect to see in october. >> reporter: the 747 was bound for dubai, carrying equipment as part of the u.s. military's drawdown from afghanistan. the civilian cargo plane was loaded, each weighing about 27,000 pounds. >> securing them is absolutely critical to safety. >> reporter: steven wallace is the former director of the faa's accident investigation unit. he says there's no forgiveness in a plane's center of gravity. basically, there can only be so much weight at each part of the plane. >> it's critical that the total weight be within the limit and the plane be balanced. >> reporter: the 747 can take off a couple different ways. when it's carrying passengers, it will take four to five minutes to reach 15,000 feet. in afghanistan, there's always the danger of being shot out of the sky, so the pilots need to gain as much altitude as possible while they're still
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over bagram. 747 carrying cargo can reach altitude almost two minutes faster. >> the typical concern with a cargo aircraft and caused accidents before is when the airplane is rotated with the nose up, the cargo moves aft if it's not properly secured. >> reporter: cargo is chained down, but if an attachment point fails, it could shift. >> we don't know that that happened here. that has happened in prior accidents. then the airplane becomes uncontrollable. >> reporter: it's much harder to have a massive shift of weight on a commercial 747 because the passengers and the weight are evenly distributed in chairs. now, the voice recorder in the flight data recorder are both in the tail section of the plane. they are designed to withstand not only extreme impact but high temperatures as well. it's very likely that data survived and that's what investigators are going to be looking at as they try to piece together what happened. zoraida? >> get some answers to the
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families there. chris lawrence live in washington for us. thank you very much. >> as you said, the sighness behind this. >> i've been listening to that as they can see how the plane, you know, twists and turns and, you know, how they were trying to position the pilots at the last minute trying to position the plane as well. all they can tell by looking at that video. >> all right. 48 minutes ats the hour right now. this could be the feel good comeback story of the year. >> it is, it is. >> in the nba. folks, this is important. this is dramatic. and this is wicked awesome. we are talking about the boston celtics. boston strong. we will tell you all about it coming back. we got this, right? dry cleaning done. gift for your aunt... done. today, we're gonna be talking about your body after baby. yep. we're done. okay. let's get some lunch. yes! [ laughs ] all right! yes, honey. all natural -- everything. done. oh! i forgot the check. [ camera clicks ] done. [ female announcer ] on your phone, online, on the go.
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start." did you hear another win over the knicks last night have the celtics back to the series and headed back to boston all that momentum. >> all that momentum. andy joins us now with more detail on this wonderful story with this morning's "bleacher report." >> the season looked like it was nearing the end for the celtics just a few days ago as they trailed the knicks 3-0 in the series. boston now two win as away to rally from an 0-3 deficit. the knicks may have been over confident in game five, the team dressing in all black last night because they said they were going to the celtics' funeral which seems a little disrespectful considering the recent events in boston. the wardrobe selection giving them motivation and they came through another clutch win in game five. afterwards, thing got chippy, words exchanged and players had to be separated.
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you can bet game six tis going o be a good one in boston. >> ahead one game. take care of business. they want to pull and dressing all black, you know, let them do that. we're here to win games. >> houston rockets trying to rally from an 0-3 deficit in oklahoma city. game five last night in okc. hardin had a leave shoot around with the flu but he would start and have the best game in the series. the bearded one ended the game with 31 points. rocket shocks the thunder, 107-100. game six in houston tomorrow night. yesterday afternoon portland timbers made a dream come true for one 8-year-old boy. he missed his final soccer game last season because of cancer treatment, but through the make a wish foundation he got a second chance. his team, the green machine, got to take on the timbers and he was the star of the match, scoring four goals including the game winner.
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>> there's nothing more meaningful and valuable that we can do to touch a young kid's heart and to make his wish come true today. >> was it as good as you thought it was going to be or better? >> better. finally, check this out. korean pop star came out right next to where 85-year-old dodger's legend tommy lasorda was sitting and started to dance to his new song. check out lasorda's face. priceless. i don't think he saw much of this back in his day. pretty big generation gap here, guys. gangnam styles a 1.5 billion views on youtube. the guys i'm guessing tommy lasorda was not one of those that went on to youtube and checked out the videos. pretty shocked by some of those news by psy. >> i would pay real money to see him dance that dance. thanks so much.
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all right, "starting point" is just minutes away. with chaos on the streets of seattle. protest that got way out of hand overnight. "early start" back after this.
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ok, well, remember last week when you hit vinny in the head with a shovel? [chuckling] i do not recall that. of course not. well, it was too graphic for the kids, so i'm going to have to block you. you know, i got to make this up to you. this is vinny's watch.
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that's it for "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. "starting point" with john and christine romans starts right now. >> i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. "starting point," three more arrests in the boston bombing investigation. friends accuse of trying to get investigators off his trail. could more people be involved?
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new this morning. violence on the streets of seattle. at least eight officers injured and 17 people arrested after protests turned violent. dramatic details coming up in moments. flames forcing people from their homes as a wildfire burns out of control consuming nearly 3,000 acres in california. we are live there with the latest on this effort to put out this blaze. plus, a scary moment on the tarmac when 22 two planes clipped each other. we will tell you what happened coming up. it is thursday, may 2nd. and "starting point" begins right now. >> good morning. up first, investigators in the boston marathon bombing zeroing in on the tsarnaev brothers inner circle. sources tell cnn tamerlan tsarnaev's widow spoke to him after the fbi released his photo and public cli identified him as a bombing suspect.
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three of dzhokhar sarn naifr's friends arrested yesterday. two charge with conspireing to destroy or discard dzhokhar's laptop and a backpack containing fireworks. they were conspireing to do this allegedly after the attack. the third, the third man arrested for making false statements to federal investigators. you see him here in a yearbook photo. pamela brown is live in boston with these latest developments. good morning, pamela. >> reporter: good morning to you, john. as you said, these three suspects now in federal custody for what they allegedly did after the attack. following their arrest yesterday, the big question looms, will there be more arrests in connection with this case? the investigation continues to focus on the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev as new developments come to light. two cnn sources familiar with the investigation say catherine russell, the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev, spoke with her husband the night the fbi released video

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