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the hunt for isis. president obama promising to take down the terror organization. now he plans to do it as new air strikes in iraq and we learn new information about the british man isis has threatened to kill next. children sick from colorado to georgia. a respiratory virus infecting hundreds of kids. why the cdc is concerned and warns this may be the tip of the iceberg. another nba owner on the way out for offensive remarks on
race. bruce levinson apologizing and selling his share of the hawks. what he said and what is next for that team ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman is off this morning. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. on the day before 9/11 and two days from now, the president obama will address the nation. he is expected to announce a phase military campaign that could take three years to complete. the president is already hinting he has no plan to seek congressional approval for his plan. we have more this morning from cnn's erin mcpike. >> reporter: a looming question we expect to answer, christine, is will the president propose air strikes in syria? it is tricky because the u.s. does not support the syrian government. we expect the speech will layout the fine print.
will he seek congressional approval? >> i will ask congress to make sure that they understand and support what our plan is and it will require some resources, i suspect, above what we are currently doing. >> reporter: some members of congress may not want to be on the record with a vote like that just two months before the mid-term elections, but there are members of congress who say congressional approval is necessary or important. like texas senator ted cruz on cbs yesterday. >> the president should get approv approval. >> reporter: it is important to understand why isis is a direct threat and the u.s. has to deal with it. as far as isis is concerned, there has been no polling. it is unclear what the american people think and that is why president obama has to make the case. christine. >> erin mcpike, thanks. the u.s. is ramping up air
strikes in iraq trying to stop isis extremists from taking over a dam on the euphrates river. if it falls to the extremists, it could fall baghdad. i want to bring in our reporter jamana from baghdad. this is another critical piece of infrastructure. >> reporter: christine, the isis militants in the province have been trying to capture the haditha dam. much of the province has been under control of the isis cities like fallujah for months now. since january. but, haditha and the dam have been under control of the iraqi security fources and tribes in the region. this is not stopping extremists
from trying to capture it. the concern is the continuous attacks that have been launched genera on the dam. for andbar province. on sunday morning, they launched the ground offensive with the backing of the u.s. air strike. they say they have managed to make progress taking out isis positions. the focus of the operation and offensive has been a district called barwanah. six miles west of haditha. that is the launch pad. this is where isis militants is using the area to carry out the strikes. so far, it is an ongoing operation. iraqi security forces are saying they are making some advances so
far. really, an expansion of the united states military air campaign a month since it started up in the north where we saw much of the air strikes taking place. this is the first time that we know of publicly that u.s. air strikes are taking place in the key anbar province. >> jamani, thank you. a new detail about the british hostage david haynes. isis threatening to kill this man. a long tieme aid worker. all of this hitting close to home for the english muslim citizenship. we have karl penhaul with more. >> reporter: david haynes is in his 40s from scotland. he was kidnapped by isis fighters in march of 2013.
he was helping out with tents and delivering water and food to some of the refugee populations and displaced inside syria close to the turkish border. no word on any government efforts to negotiate his way out or perhaps rescue him. the government said all options are on the table. as you look at him and also look at the execution who is believed to be british as well, people in britain are saying what is in the mindset of britains to fight for isis in syria. over the weekend, i was talking to the family of the man who became britain's first suicide bomber in february. they described he was a normal person by all accounts. not within the profile you would expect. he was a pakistani origin. his parents were pakistani. he was born and bred outside london. he was in his 40s. he had a wife and three children. he initially went to syria with
an aid project with the aid convoy that goes there. at the refugee camps, that is where he met isis or fighters from the al qaeda faction. his family did not have any idea he would blow himself to bits on the attack on the aleppo jail. this is what he told them in the last phone call. >> he said he loved us all very, very much. he said i know you are looking after the family and you are doing a very good job. if i haddon any wrongs in my life, that i hope maybe you can forgive me for those wrongs. >> reporter: his family painted a complex portrait of why he is fighting for the jihadi units. this is what the british government is trying to understand why the citizens are going out and trying to stop them. christine. >> just remarkable, karl, to think somebody born and raised there and to end their life on
the battle field. karl penhaul, thanks for bringing that. the social media blitz by using the propaganda footage. they are using the welcome to the islamic state land. right now, more than 100 americans travel overseas to join isis. the video has graphic images of beheadings and suicide bombings. urging people to turn away from the terror organization saying. secretary of state john kerry is heading to the middle east to strengthen the coalition against isis. republican leaders say they expect to meet with white house officials to discuss isis militants and whether to attack them in syria. president obama hasn't asked congress for a vote. republicans will formally complain of the bowe bergdahl trade for taliban prisoners. some lawmakers claim they did
not get enough notice. there is likely back and forth against immigration. the president will not take executive action until after the mid te-term elections. >> i'm going to act for the right thing for the country. it will be more sustainable and effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration and what we have done on unaccompanied children and why it is necessary. >> last year, we tried to do that through a one size fits all approach, it did not work. we don't have the support for that. the only way we will be able to address it and i believe we should is through a sequence of bills. >> congress also debates a bill to fund the government until december. with critical mid terms, both parties are likely to avoid any drama that could cost them in november. time for an early start for stocks. u.s. stock futures pointing lower. nothing can hold this bull market down.
the s&p 500 ended at a record high. the market climbing for more than 2,000 days. this is the fourth longest rally in the last century. general motors taking a big step to the self driving car. mary barra will have a semi auto pilot mode car in two years. it will talk to other vehicles using new information sharing technology. it will be available in a 2017 cadillac. google and mercedes benz and others are working on self driving cars. fully automated vehicles are years away. hundreds of children in missouri hospitalized by a respiratory virus has health officials scrambling. doctors say this could be the tip of the iceberg. ten states from colorado to kentucky contacting the cdc for assistance fearful this virus could spread. in kansas city, dozens of children hospitalized daily.
15% of them in intensive care. >> it has been associated with clusters of respiratory virus. the clusters that have been seen in the past and reported have been small clusters of 25 or 30 patients. we were seeing that many in a day. >> health officials in colorado, illinois and ohio are reporting similar symptoms. a new warning about ebola. what the president is saying about the deadly virus. plus, the owner of the atlanta hawks selling the team after his offensive racially charged e-mails are made public. what bruce levinson is now saying after the break. the busiest place in your house is the one you want to be the cleanest. but using bleach leaves some stains behind. as this dye reveals. lysol toilet bowl cleaner does more. it removes the tough stains that bleach doesn't and it also disinfects. that's healthing.
a huge priority. mr. obama's comments comes as the white house requests $30 million to combat the deadly virus. so far, at least 2200 people have been sickened in the region. those numbers could rise. labs in liberia don't have enough space and people are turned away. in a desperate move, officials in sierra leone are turned away. and the vaccine is showing promise on monkeys, but a booster shot is needed for longer protection. the third american doctor infected with ebola is recovering. dr. rick sacra is being treated in a nebraska hospital with a different drug than the ones treated with the two other americans. the michael brown case for
officials is meeting this week. they will continue this work until they decide to indict officer darren wilson. the officer could face charges of murder or manslaughter unless it is determined he acted in self defense. wilson gunned down unarmed 18-year-old michael brown on august 9th, setting off weeks of protests in ferguson. a young california boy viciously attacked by a mountain lion. this happened yesterday afternoon as the 6-year-old boy was hiking with his family on a trail near cupertino. the animal lunged at the child and dragged him away from his father. another man jumped in to fight off the lion. >> the cat did make contact with the boy. did end up taking up to a brushy area. his parents did fight the animal off and the boy is in the hospital right now. >> wow. the boy suffered no life threatening injuries and is expected to recover. the battle over same-sex
marriage back in court today. a federal appeals court in san francisco will hear arguments on gay marriage bans in hawaii, nevada and idaho. the same court struck down the same-sex marriage ban in 2012. southern california drenched by storms. up to 2 inches of rain fell in an hour due to tropical storm norbert. rising waters closing sections of i-213. officials were called in for stranded cars. >> it is unreal how the water was coming down. i was hoping my car wasn't going to stall out in that water and gosh, again, it is unreal to look at this and see this. >> the rains had little impact on california's extended drought.
even after sunday's storms, riverside county is below the average rainfall for the year. yosemite national park on fire. flames burning several thousand people forcing hikers to be evacuated. seven choppers and a plane and more than 100 firefighters are battling that blaze. the controlling owner of the nba's atlanta hawks selling his interest in the team after ad t admitting he sent an offensive e-mail. bruce levenson admitted to the league in july, he sent an e-mail two years ago saying the hawks fan base was too heavily african-american. more now from cnn's nick valencia. >> reporter: this started in 2012 when levenson wrote an e-mail to the leadership. he called it an inflammatory e-mail. he self reported this to nba league officials.
what we don't know is what were the events to transpire to make this decision two years after the original e-mail. we know the nba launched their own investigation and it was reported that levenson did not want to put his family through the scrutiny that would go along with the investigation. we did reach out to levenson and a man who answered the phone at his maryland home said he would not comment to the media. to the e-mail. let's look at what was said. we know levenson started off by blaming the low ticket sales by the low african-american fan base. my theory is the black crowd scared away the whites and are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a significant season ticket base. please don't get me wrong. there was nothing threatening going on in the area back then. earlier this year, he was on
cnn's "situation room" with wolf blitzer. take a listen to levenson's comments here. >> when something like this happens, we quickly and we loudly and we clearly reject it. the fans spoke up. the players spoke up. our nba business partners spoke up. every nba owner spoke up. nobody said this was okay. >> reporter: we talked to fans in the atlanta area. many condemned it. many say this may be a ploy to raise the value of his team. this could be the same situation for levenson. what we do know is when levenson bought the hawks in 2004, it was estimated value of $200 million. the team now, ten years later and playoff appearances, the estimated value is $425 million.
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packed temple emman-el in new york. it kept people laughing. the service was filled with song from hugh jackman and humor to balance the tears. >> it was joan all the way. the sanctuary is filled with white orchids. you can't see the altar because there are so many flowers. she planned every step of it. >> rivers died last week following a surgical procedure on her throat. new york officials are investigating the clinic that performed it. president obama promises he has a plan to fight isis. how he expects to do it and why it could be a long battle. we're live after the break.
president obama promising a tragedy to take down isis. how he plans to do it and why victory won't come quickly. this as u.s. air strikes pound the territoorists in iraq. we learn more about the british hostage whose life is on the line. live team coverage ahead. a virus plaguing children in the midwest. thousands infected with a respiratory illness. why this could be just the tip of the iceberg. another nba owner on his way out for a racially charged e-mail.
what bruce levenson is now saying. i'm christine romans. john berman is off today. let's start off with president obama's plan to destroy isis. on the day before 9/11, the president will address the nation and he is expected to announce a military phase that could take three years to complete. >> on wednesday, i'll make a speech and describe what our game plan will be going forward, but this is not going to be an announcement of u.s. ground troops. this is not the equivalent of the iraq war. what this is is similar to the kinds of counterterrorism campaigns we have been engaging consistently over the last five or six years. >> meanwhile, the u.s. is ramping up air strikes in iraq trying to stop isis extremists from seizing a strategic dam on the euphrates river.
this could open the floodhdbagh. let's bring in jamana in from baghdad. how important is it trying to gain control of this dam? >> reporter: well, christine, if we look at the haditha dam, this is in anbar province. this is the first province we saw isis making the breathtaking advances this year. in january, isis took anbar province, including fallujah. haditha and the haditha dam have not fallen to isis. iraqi security forces and sunni tribes in the area have been holding on to this dam because they have been concerned, as you mentioned, about a key facility falling into the hands of the terrorist organization. for weeks and months, they have been launching attacks on the
dam trying to capture the dam. that is why iraqi officials told us they asked the united states for help to try to launch offensive to clear the area around the dam where the attacks have been used to launch attacks on the dam. that is what happened yesterday. they say thanks to the u.s. air strikes they have been able to clear some of the isis positions in the area. the focus of the military offensive has been a district called barwanah. that is six miles west of haditha. this is where we have been launches strike like mortars to target the dam. this is the major concern, officials say if the dam is damaged, this could cause flooding that is catastrophic, not only for anbar province, but other parts of the country. they are making some advances, but if yyou look at the bigger
picture, the province of syria and jordan and sunni arab heartland is in the hands of the terrorists. this military campaign one month into it moving from the northern part of the country to the west. >> jomana, thank you. we will wait and see what the president has to say about his plans to stop. new details about the british hostage david haynes. isis is threatening to kill the worker seen at the end of the video of steven sotloff's video. that is hitting close to home for the muslim citizenship. we have karl penhaul with more. >> reporter: time is ticking away for david haynes. he is from scotland. he is 40 something years old. he went to syria as an aid worker to help out delivering tents and water and food to some of the refugees up on the border
with turkey. he was kidnapped by isis back in march of 2013. talking to some isis sympathi r sympathizers in london, they say the spate of beheadings isis is carrying and is a kind of a shock and awe campaign. something that most people find repulsive. what we have been interested to do over the weekend is to try and gain some insight into the mindset of britang th britons wn fighting for isis. i talked to a man who has a relative for isis. he doesn't seem to fit the profile of a young radical. he was 41 years old and father of three. he initially headed out to syria to work for an aid organization. he headed out on one of the aid convoys that are leaving from britain and then, the last thing
his family saw was him heading out in an isis video in some kind of mad max truck and blew him up outside of a prison. this is what he sent home to his family. >> he said he loved us all very, very much. he said i know you are looking after the family and doing a very good job. that if i had done any wrongs in my life, hope you can forgive me for those wrongs. >> reporter: getting into the mindset of these british jihadis that are helping the extremists in syria is what the government is trying to understand. understand why they have gone and stop them from going there in the first place, christine. >> karl, the nuance of the profile of the jihadist. looking for something, looking
for some meaning they did not find in their life or family. fascinating. karl penhaul, thank you. the state department launching a media blitz against isis by using the propaganda footage. they hope the video "welcome to the islamic stateland" will hurt recruitment. hundreds of americans have traveled overseas to join isis. urging viewers to think again and turn away from the terror organization. secretary of state john kerry is heading to the middle east today. he will stringent the coalition against isis. congress is back in session today. republican leaders say they expect to meet with white house officials to discuss isis and whether to attack in syria. president obama has not asked congress for a vote on it. republicans will formally complain about the presidents's handling of the bowe bergdahl
trade for the five prisoners. some claim the president did not give enough notice. then back and forth over immigration. the president announcing no executive action after the mid-term electiomi mid-term elections. >> i will act because it is the right thing for the country. it will be more sustainable and effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration and what we have done on unaccompanied children and why it is necessary. >> last year, we tried to do that through a one size fits all approach. it did not work. we don't have the support for that. the only way we will address it and i believe we should through a sequence of bills. >> congress also debates a bill to fund the government until december. with critical mid terms coming up, both parties are likely to avoid drama to cost them in november. 37 minutes past the hour. european stocks are mixed.
scotland favors independence causing uncertainty in london. u.s. stock futures pointing lower. stocks very much in record territory with the s&p 500 closing at a record high on friday. the bull market has been running for more than 2,000 days. this is the fourth longest rally since 1988. this run already twice the typical bull run. when will the rally run out of steam? some analysts believe stocks are in a bubble that could pop soon. some analysts say it is not too late to jump in. hundreds of children in missouri hospitalized by a respiratory virus that has officials scrambling for answers this morning. doctors say this could just be the tip of the iceberg. ten states from colorado to kentucky contacting the cdc for assistance. fearful the virus could spread.
in kansas city, dozens of children are hospitalized daily. 15% in intensive care. >> associated with clusters of viral illness. that was known. the clusters that have been seen in the past and reported have been small clusters of 25 patients. we have seen that many in a day. >> officials in colorado, illinois and ohio are reporting cases with similar symptoms to that outbreak in missouri. controlling owner of the atlanta hawks is on his way out resigning over a racially charged e-mail. what he is now saying about those remarks. plus, california flooded. drivers stranded as storms moved in and the threat is not over yet. we will explain next. you fin he, you want them to last. so, why risk ruining the way they fit? try woolite. it has the right balance of cleaning and care. unlike other detergents, woolite won't cause stretching, keeping that perfect fit, wash after wash. don't take a chance. trust woolite.
president obama warning the ebola virus could mutate if not controll controlled. mr. obama's comments come as the white house requests $30 million from congress to pay for the cdc's efforts to combat the outbreak. so far, at least 2,200 people in the region have been sickened. those numbers could rise. clinics in liberia don't have enough space and people are turned away. in a desperate move, officials in sierra leone are issuing a
three-day lockdown. residents will be forced to stay in homes until friday. meanwhile, a vaccine is showing promise on monkeys, but researchers say the animals needed a booster shot for longer protection. the third american doctor is recovering. dr. rick sacra is treated at a nebraska hospital with a different drug. the grand jury in the michael brown shooting case is meeting every wednesday. their term is set to expire this week. they will continue their work until they have determined whether to indict officer darren wilson. the officer of the ferguson police department could face murder or manslaughter charges unless it is determined he acted in self defense. wilson gunned down unarmed 18-year-old michael brown on august 9th setting off protests.
southern california hit by drenching in rain. remnants of tropical storm norbert causing flash flooding closing i-213. more than 70 cars stranded and officials were called in. >> it is unreal. i was hoping that my car wasn't going to stall out in that water and gosh, it is unreal to look at this and see this. >> the rains had little impact on california's extended drought. even after sunday's storms, riverside county is below rainfall for the year. yosemite national park on fire. flames forcing 100 hikers to be evacuated by helicopter. weekend winds spreading the fire over several hundred acres. more than 100 firefighters and planes are battling the blaze. the controlling owner of the nba hawks is selling his
interest in the team after an offensive e-mail. bruce levenson admitted to the league in july he sent an e-mail to hawks ownership saying the league was too heavily african-american. more from nick valencia. >> reporter: this started in 2012 when bruce levenson wrote an e-mail. he self reported this e-mail. we don't know the events that led him to makings this decision two years after that original e-mail was written. we know the nba launched an investigation and it was reported that levenson did not want to put his family through the scrutiny that goes along with the investigation. we did reach out to levenson and a man who answered the phone at his maryland home said he wasn't commenting. now to the e-mail. let's look at what was said. levenson started off by blaming
the low ticket sales on the majority black fan base. the black crowd scared away the whites and not enough black affluent fans. there was nothing going on in the arena back then. i think southern whites are not comfortable where they are in the minority. some way find this situation that levenson in ironic. he was on "the situation room with wolf blitzer" earlier this year and talking about donald sterling's issue with the nba. >> when something like this happens, we quickly and loudly and clearly reject it. the fans spoke up. the players spoke up. our nba business partners spoke up. every nba owner spoke up. nobody said this was okay. >> reporter: we did talk to fans in the atlanta area and many
condemned it. others say this might be a ploy for levenson to raise the value of his team. it is worth noting that donald sterling made a lot of money after selling the team. this could be the same situation for levenson. what we do know is when levenson bought the hawks in 2004, it was valued at $200 million. the team now ten years later and playoff appearances later, value, $425 million. christine. >> nick, thanks. 48 minutes past the hour. ukraine's cease-fire in trouble. new fighting with pro-russian rebels. we are live after the break.
palestinian president is threatening to run a single authority there. abbas' cease-fire is ending. the worst flooding in five decades ravaged kashmir this morning. five days of rains and thousands have been forced to flee homes. rescuers using helicopters and boats trying to get to tens of thousands of residents stranded in their homes.
the local airport, the main highway in the region shutdown by the flooding. the cease-fiseecease-fire i unraveling. the cease-fire declared two days ago with ukraine and pro-russian separatists. the ukrainian army trying to seize back control. live on the phone with the latest developments. what can you tell us about the cease-fire and what is happening in donetsk. >> reporter: when you have a cease-fire, you want to see calm and pause. unfortunately, that hasn't been the case. we have seen several instances of weapons fired and shellings. the most significant flare up happening saturday night out of mariupal. we had a tense stand off with
pro-russian rebels and separatists. there was shelling at this location that destroyed a gas station and injured several people. yesterday morning, a cnn crew was at the same location when they observed more shelling and civilians in a vehicle were targeted. several people injured there. a 33-year-old woman killed. the first fatality of the cease-fire. in other parts of the conflict zone, more reports of cease-fire violations. both sides blaming one another. it is difficult to figure out what is happening. we should point out that on both sides, there are extremists elements who may be looking to sabotage the cease-fire. we have not verified that is the case. that could be a potential cause and some positive developments, the ukrainian president was visiting mariupal. neither side has declared the
cease-fire is over. so some hope still left, but some troubling in the case over the past 24 hour. >> reza, thank you. gas prices keep falling. will the trend continue through the fall? we will get an early start on your money next. the busiest place in your house is the one you want to be the cleanest. but using bleach leaves some stains behind. as this dye reveals. lysol toilet bowl cleaner does more. it removes the tough stains that bleach doesn't and it also disinfects. that's healthing.
fourth longest rally this century. ex-ppert are divided. the national average for a gallon of regular is $3.44. down 20 cents from the start of the summer. prices could fall another 10 to 20 cents by next month. falling crude oil prices. prices usually fall in september as people drive less. millennials are saying no to credit cards. according to a bankrate survey, 6 of 10 millennials don't have a credit card. mounting student debt and struggling economy have scared millennials away from credit cards. they are turning to debit cards to avoid spending what you don't have. it loses a chance to build a good credit score for the future. "early start" continues right now. the hunt for isis.
president obama promising a strategy to take down the terror organization. how he plans to do it as the u.s. launches air strikes in iraq. live team coverage ahead. children sick from colorado to georgia. a rare respiratory virus infecting hundreds of kids. why the cdc says this could be the tip of the iceberg. another nba owner out for offensive remarks on race. bruce levenson apologizing and selling his share of the atlanta hawks. what he said and what's next for the team ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." john berman is off. it is september 8th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, president obama as plan to take out isis. on the day before 9/11, the president will address the nation. he is expected to announce a phased military campaign that could take three years to complete. the president is hinting most plans to seek