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calls for unity among flaring tensions among two new york police officers. and now asking for the public's help about the killer's final hours. and the internet back on in north korea after the outage. was this retaliation? and a delta worker accused of smuggling guns, some loaded on planes. we have a shocking breach of security. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the day off.
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it is tuesday, december 23rd. 4:00 a.m. in the east. new york is coping with the deaths of the two finest. mayor bill de blasio is reje rejecting the claims of he is anti-police as he is calling for hearing and unity. the mayor urged activists to hold off on protests in the name of eric garner and michael brown until the two police officers are buried. de blasio says he met with the families of rafael ramos and wenjian liu and he tried to console them. >> they are in tremendous pain. they are worried deeply. the ramos family, two children. good young men, who no longer have a father. >> de blasio urging new yorkers and media focusing on supporting the officers' families.
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some will not heed the call to hold protests and will hold one in harlem. cnn's don lemon as the latest. >> reporter: christine, bill de blasio held back at critics that got officers ramos and liu killed. the head of the union was wrong and mistaken and he called for a calm and civility. he respected the right of the 35,000 sworn officers in the nypd to have different opinions. he said, quote, can you point out to me one mayor that has not been battling with the police union in the last 50 years? the investigation continues all owe ismaaiyl brinsley is dead because officials say families have the right to know. and there is no surveillance video taken at a shopping area in brooklyn not far from the scene about three hours before
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the shooting took place. authorities want to find out what brinsley was doing for that time before the shooting to make sure there were no other accomplices. they are asking others in the public for help and also we're hearing from the widow of one of the officers killed in the attack. officer liu's wife of two months spoke about her personal loss. >> we would like to express our condolence to the officer and her family. this is a difficult time for both of our families. but we will stand together and get through this together. thank you. >> reporter: as far as the services for the officers, the service for ramos will be on saturday. the liu family is waiting for family from china. christine. >> police officers now dealing with new threats on top of
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grief. the nypd investigating more than 15 threats on officers posted on social media. detectives try to determine which if any are serious and credible. because of the new threats to officers, the department plans to increase security around the times square ball drop. the family of the gunman who shot liu and ramos, the family is now speaking out. the sister of ismaaiyl brinsley, who shot himself as police moved in, they say they are grieving for the dead officers. they insist despite brinsley's anti-cop tirade, this stems from his emotional troubles, not political troubles. >> i feel badly for the family. we give our condolences to the families. >> we are very sorry. >> this has nothing to do with police retaliation. this was a troubled emotionally
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troubled kid. he needed help. he didn't get it. if he got arrested this many times, that was a question. they kept releasing him into the streets. so isn't that a problem that's a justice system should be asking? not us. >> brinsley's family says he leaves behind two children. an infant and 5-year-old. in milwaukee, more protests after the district attorney there decides not to charge a white police officer in the deaths of a mentally ill black man. the federal government now looking into the case. our national correspondent george howell has more. >> reporter: a group of protesters has gathered here at red arrow park in response to the prosecutor's decision not to charge a police officer for fatally shooting a mentally ill man more than a dozen times. this happened in april. when officer chris manny, shot a
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man sleeping in the park. the two got into a confrontation. the officer grabbed his baton and struck him. that is when he used deadly force to defend himself shooting hamilton 14 times. the officer was fired from his job. the police chief saying the officer did identify hamilton as mentally ill and did not follow training and he instigated that fight. the case went to a prosecuting attorney. we have learned that the federal government will be looking into the case, the justice department plans to investigate. george howell, cnn, milwaukee. thank you, george. breaking overnight. a delta airlines baggage handler busted for allegedly running a gun smuggling operation on jets
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flying between new york and atlanta. eugene harvey and mark henry used carry-on luggage. one of the suspects admits bringing 18 guns, seven loaded, on to a flight to new york. this includes an ak-47 and ar-15 load ed. prosecutors will hold a news conference this afternoon. australia's prime minister issuing a terror warning. security officials detected an increase level of terrorist chatter following the siege in sydney. tony abbott saying a terror attack is likely. there will be an increased police presence across the city. his words come among a sad farewell of the two victims killed in the cafe. survivors from the standoff were on hand to pay their respects. johnson and dawson remembered as heroes. johnson for wrestling the gun
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from the shooter and dawson for shielding a pregnant friend from the gunfire. mother nature will not be cooperating on the busiest travel day. let's get an early look at your holiday weather. >> christine, it will be a rain event, but the rain is very heavy and severe weather potential and strong winds will cause airport delays in the next 48 hours. the storm is just getting going across the mid section of the country. we will have the southeastern side that is looking at nasty thunderstorms for today and heading into wednesday. as far as temperatures, not too bad. 30s and 40s to the north. 70s and 80s in florida. you see the temperatures in chicago in the 40s. not cold enough quite yet for snowfall. we will start off with a mix and eventually as the storm pushes to the east on the back side of it, we will get in colder air and it will be snowing across the midwest anywhere from 3 to 5 inches. in the next 48 hours across the
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southeast, this is where we have the bull's-eye for severe weather and damaging wind potential and large hail and a few tornadoes. as we put this this motion, by the time we get into thursday, christmas day, we are done with the storm. it will be a white christmas for the western u.s. this is the highlighted area. the potential for severe thunderstorms as we head through this afternoon. we'll watch that closely. we will keep an eye through the next couple of days on the big storm heading east. ivan cabrera, thank you. time the now for an early start on your money. the santa rally in full swing. fourth straight day of gains for the market pushing the dow and s&p to record closings. the s&p 500 with the 50th record. the highest number of records in one year since 1995, folks. stocks could swing higher. today at the moment futures are
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up. you can thank gas prices for the extra cash this holiday season. gas prices have fallen 88 days in a row. that has never happened. that's according to aaa which reported longest consecutive streak in history. prices $2.39 a gallon on average. it is good news for holiday travelers. the group is predicting a record 98 million americans will hit the road. the internet is back on in north korea this morning after a massive outage. was it retaliation for the sony attack? a live report is next. and a legendary voice is silenced. joe cocker remembered this morning. that's ahead.
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big developments in north korea. the tables may have turned. the hacker on the other side of the keyboard. internet service is mostly back this morning. a bit spotty after it was completely down for nine and a half hours. a cyber attack ended in sony pulling the comedy, "the interview." the state department refusing to say if the u.s. was behind north korea's internet woes. let's bring in kyung lah.
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she is live for us from seoul with the latest. you know, we should point out that internet connections in north korea, i don't know, only 1,000 or 2,000, you know, internet service protocol addresses. compared to the address where there are billions. a small internet infrastructure. it is the infrastructure that uses to launch this malicious code. >> reporter: exactly. think of it as a giant pipe. i should refrain from saying pipe. it flows from north korea and goes out to the world. that is what took a dive in the overnight hours here in korea. it was as if someone took scissors and cut that pipe. we tried to log on to the state news agency, you get a blank
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white screen can an error report. hours on in, it did appear that the internet was starting to come back, but it would drop off again. we got pink flowers. it has been a very unusual day. this does according to intelligence experts is the hallmark of a rogue hacker to make a statement to north korea. >> it could be china unplugged north korea. it could be the u.s. somehow shutdown north korea. they have to be careful because the pipe goes through china. up don't want to infringe. there is a lot of possibilities. it could be north korea decided to unplug itself to protect itself from he retaliation. >> reporter: you are right. the list of who done it, a list of many people. in regards to the last one you mentioned. north korea turned it off themselv
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themselves. we have seen that with syria and turkey. we have seen that because they are afraid some virus is going to come in. in this case, not a lot of north koreans have internet. some businesses have ip coming out of the area. it is hard to say. >> the people who use the internet in north korea are the he lead and military and propaganda machine as you pointed out trying to get the north korea point of view to the rest of the world. what do we know about the south korean nuclear plant getting hacked? >> reporter: this is the government agency that runs a nuclear power plant. what happened is it looks like the sony hack. someone managed to break in, grab the keys, and walk around through the secret classified documents. they posted some blueprints on a web site the hackers use. the government says it was not super secret documents, but sensitive material.
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the government reconvening and trying to beef up security. the important thing for americans to hear is this is the sort of future that people are predicting will be coming to american shores. >> we heard this phrase hack-sis of evil. you have state, not necessarily sponsored, but state sanctioned bad actors in the cyber world who can really do an awful lot of damage. i think 2014 was the year of the retail hack for american consumers. it could be 2015 is the year of the hack which is cyber vandalism hack like the president called it. >> reporter: that's right. that's what this may be. we saw the big sony hack. that exactly as you predict, take one step further and perhaps this is governments like north korea, syria, other wayward governments going after u.s. institutions. >> kyung lah, thank you for that. we will talk to you soon.
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as the internet comes on, sort of, in north korea. french officials urging everyone to remain calm after the second car attack on pedestrians in two days. a 37-year-old man rammed his car in a crowd of holiday shoppers in france. the suspect then stabbed himself several times. does not appear to have terrorist motives. on sunday, a man shouting god is great, rammed his vehicle in eastern france injuring 13 people. republican congress member mike at grimm of new york, is expected to plead guilty to tax evasion today. it could land him in prison. he failed to report $1 million in business to the irs. grimm threatened to throw a reporter off the capitol hill balcony last year.
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"rolling stone" magazine is asking south carolina to review the article about the gang rape in virginia. this will be reviewed by the dean of the academic affairs. "rolling stone" says the findings will be published unedited. fans are remembering singer joe cocker this morning. ♪ lend me your ears and i'll sing you a song ♪ ♪ and i'll try not to sing out of key ♪ >> distinctive voice. the british rocker with the hits of the beatles cover passed away monday with a battle of lung cancer. he died at home in colorado. he was 70 years old. 19 minutes past the hour. growing fallout over a u.s.
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fugitive living in cuba. governor chris christie increasingly outraged over the president's deal as cuba finally responds. an intense game ends in a massive brawl. what brought these two college football teams to blows? we have that for you next.
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new developments this morning in the effort to get
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convicted cop killer where she fled after escaping prison. despite the plan to normalize relations with cuba. the nation has the right to grant asylum to people who feel they were persecuted. this is infuriating governor chris christie. chesimard shot and killed a state trooper in 1973. >> chesimard, a cold blooded cop killer, convicted by her peers, certainly must more just than anything happened to cuba under the castro brothers, she is now according to an official of the cuban government, persecuted. >> cnn's correspondent patrick oppman has more on the efforts
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to free chesimard. >> reporter: don't expect cuba to collect on the reward anytime soon. chesimard is wanted for the murder of a new jersey state trooper. she is just one of dozens of fugitives believed to be living in cuba. they include chesimard on the terrorist list, bank robbers, cop killers, and other radicals who spent decades here. chesimard lived in havana for some time. after the reward increased to $2 million, she disappeared from view. the u.s. argues that all of the fugitives should be returned. cuba says there is no extradition agreement with the countries because they say after the 1959 revolution, fidel
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castro saw the return of batista officials. this is one of the issues that is bound to come up as cuban and u.s. officials meet to talk about resumption of normalized ties. they believe they will have a better chance of winning the return of these fugitives so they can at long last face justice. christine. >> patrick, thank you. later today, house republicans will release a report alleging a culture of bias at the internal revenue service. it will claim that agents were advancing the political goals of president obama. a four-star general will decide bowe bergdahl's state. he will decide whether to charge
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the 28 criminally for leaving his post in 2009. his decision will consider our report by bergdahl's former platoon mates who accuse him of deserti desertion. last night's miami bowl ended in a brawl with the cougars and tigers. byu's christian stewart threw interception. chaos pursued. some throwing punches. others using helmets as weapons. calls for calm after a war of words after the deaths of two new york police officers. mayor bill de blasio calling for protests and debates to stop until the officers are laid to rest. but can he calm these flaring tensions?
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a growing plea for calm as the war of words escalating with the two nypd officers. the mayor is asking people to hold off until the men are laid to rest. protests erupt after a district attorney denieds not to indict a former police officer in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man. north korea's internet is back on after a outage. could the u.s. be behind it? what the pentagon is doing in the attempts to hack the military. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the week off. coping with the deaths of the city's finest. mayor bill de blasio is rejecting claims he is anti-police as he calls for healing and unity. with vigils across the city, the
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mayor urged activists to hold off in the names of eric garner and michael brown. he wants them to hold off until the two police officers are buried. de blasio said he had met with the families of officer ramos and wenjian liu and he tried to console them. >> they are in tremendous pain and they are worried deeply and the ramos family case, two teenagers, reminding me of my children, good young men, who no longer have a father because of an assassin. >> some activists said they will not heed the mayor's call to suspend protests. they will hold a police reform demonstration this afternoon in harlem. cnn's don lemon has the latest. >> reporter: christine, mayor de blasio pushed back at critics who say he contributed to the
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anti-police atmosphere that got ramos and liu killed. the mayor said the head of the ununion who said de blasio had blood on his hands is mistaken. he said he respected the right of the 35,000 sworn officers in the nypd to have lots of different opinions. bill bratton supported the mayor on that point saying, quote, can you point out to me one mayor that has not been battling with the police union in the last 50 years. the investigation continues even though ismaaiyl brinsley is dead because officials say families have the rate to know. and there is new video to report. it was taken at a shopping area in brooklyn not far from the scene about three hours before the shooting took place. authorities want to find out what brinsley was doing for that time before the shooting to make sure that there were no other accomplices. they are asking others in the public for help and also we're hearing from the widow of one of
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the officers killed in the attack. officer liu's wife of just two months spoke about her personal loss and the loss of the ramos family. >> we would also like to express our condolence to the officer's family. this is a difficult time for both of our families. but we will stand together and get through this together. thank you. >> reporter: as far as the services for the officers, funeral service for officer ramos is on saturday. the liu family is waiting on family from china to make their arrangements. christine. >> don, thank you. new threats facing new york city police officers on top of their grief this morning. nypd investigating up to 15 new threats against officers posted on social media. the detectives are trying to determine which if any are credible. because of the new threats to officers, the department plans to increase security around the
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times square ball drop this new year's eve. the sister and aunt of the gunman who shot the nypd officers are speaking out. ismaaiyl brinsley who shot himself as police closed in and his family members say they are grieving for themselves and for the families of the dead police officers. they insist that despite brinsley's anti-cop tirade on social media, this is not politically motivated. >> we give our condolences to the families. >> we are very sorry. >> this has nothing to do with police retaliation. this was a troubled emotionally troubled kid. he needed help. he didn't get it. if he got arrested this many times, that was a question why won't they help him out? they kept releasing him to the streets. isn't that a problem that's a
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justice system should be asking? not us. >> brinsley's family says he leaves behind two children. an infant and 5-year-old. in milwaukee, more protests after a district attorney decides not to charge a white police officer in the charge of shooting and killing a mentally ill black man. george howell has more. >> reporter: protesters in downtown milwaukee here at red arrow park. all this in response for a police officer not charged for fatally shooting a mentally ill man more than a dozen times in april. when officer confronted hamilton in the park. a report of a man sleeping in the park. the two got into a confrontation. hamilton grabbed his baton and struck him. that is when the officer claims
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he used deadly force shooting hamilton at least 14 times. the officer was fired from the job. the police chief basically saying the officer did identify hamilton as mentally ill and did not follow training and he instigated that fight. the case went to a prosecuting attorney and the decision not to charge this police officer. however, we have learned that the federal government will be looking into the case. the justice department plans to investigate as well. george howell, cnn, milwaukee. breaking overnight. a delta airlines baggage handler busted for allegedly running a gun smuggling operation aboard passenger jets between atlanta and new york. authorities say eugene harvey and former delta employee used carry-on luggage to transport. one of the suspects brought 18 guns, 7 loaded, on a flight to new york, including an ak-47 and
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ak-15. find out more when prosecutors hold a news conference. australia's prime minister saying security officials have detected an increased level of terror after the seeming iege i sydney. there will be an increased presence across the city. this comes as a sad farewell to the two victims killed in the cafe. survivors were on hand to pay respects to johnson and dawson. both remembered as heroes. johnson for wrestling the gun from the gunman and dawson for shielding a pregnant front. a lump of coal for the holiday travelers. let's get a look at the weather with ivan cabrera. >> for most of us, it will be a rain event.
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severe weather potential and strong winds causing airport delays over the next 48 hours. the storm is just getting going across the mid section. we are going to have the southeastern side that will be looking at nasty thunderstorms for today and heading into wednesday. as far as temperatures, not looking too bad. 30s and 40s to the north. 70s and 80s in florida. you see the temperatures in chicago in the 40s. not cold enough quite yet for snowfall. we will start off with a mix and eventually as the storm pushes to the east on the back side of it, we will get in some colder air and it will be snowing across the midwest 3 to 5 inches expected. in the next 48 hours across the southeastern u.s., this is where we have the bull's-eye for severe weather and damaging wind potential and large hail and a few tornadoes. as we put this in motion, by the time we get into thursday, christmas day itself, we are done with the storm. a new one across the rockies. a white christmas for parts of
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the western u.s. this is the highlighted area. this for today for the potential of some severe thunderstorms as we head through this afternoon. we will watch that closely and keep an eye through the next couple of days on the big storm heading east. a lump of coal from him, but santa claus rally. santa claus is coming to wall street. futures pointing up after a fourth straight day of gains yesterday. the dow and s&p record closes. the dow jumped 150 points. the s&p with the 50th record high close. the highest number in a year since 1995. 4.4 million workers getting a new year's raise. 20 states and washington, d.c. will increase minimum wage. it raises the hourly rate for 11 states. the rest will have the minimum wage rise through inflation and bump up tied to inflation. the largest hike is south dakota
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to $1.25. florida gets 12 cents boost. after this new year increase, the 29 states will be above the federal rate of $7.25. 39 minutes past the hour. was north korea a victim of the cyber attack? the nation mostly back on the internet after a massive outage. and the nation remembering joe cocker this morning. ♪ so beautiful to me
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in north korea, internet service is mostly back on this morning after a very unusual nine and a half hour long total internet blackout. this follows u.s. claims that pyongyang was behind the huge cyber attack on sony pictures which ended the studio pulling "the interview." barbara starr has the latest. >> reporter: a lot of people wondering if the u.s. could be behind this. could this be the counter attack, the response that the white house promised for north korea's hacking against sony. nobody is saying right now, but it is hard to figure out who may be behind it. some people think the north koreans turned off their own system or the chinese cut off access. nobody talking about it. here at the pentagon, the game
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is all about cyber defense right now. options being developed to improve pentagon defenses against any potential north korean hacking. security already very tight. of course on classified computer network systems. a lot of working done to double check and just to make sure all of the systems are fully secure and developing options for the president. if he decides to launch some sort of cyber counter attack against north korea and of course the administration has other options as well. sanctions or putting north korea back on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. christine. >> barbara starr, a spokeswoman saying you may see some responses. in france, a second ka
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kakarca car attack in two days. a 37-year-old man rammed his car in the city of nantes. the suspect then stand himself several times and did not appear to have terrorist motives. on sunday, a man shouting god is great in arabic, ran his car into a crowd of people. michael grimm of new york is expected to plead guilty to one count of tax evasion today. sources say he will admit failing to report $1 million in revenue from his restaurant business prior to being elected in 2010. grimm made headlines last year when he threatened to throw a reporter off a capitol hill balcony after the interview. "rolling stone" is asking the columbia school of journalism to review the widely discredited gang rape article at the university of virginia. it will be conducted by the dean of academic affairs.
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it will evaluate the process that led to the story. "rolling stone" says the findings will be published unedit unedited. fans and friends remembering singer joe cocker. ♪ lend me your ears and i'll sing you a song ♪ ♪ and i'll try not to sing out of key ♪ >> the british rocker with the hits included the beatles cover "with a little help from my friends" he died of lung cancer. cocker died in his home in colorado. he was 70 years old. what a voice. 46 minutes past the hour. one amazing christmas gift. a $3 billion lottery prize has been paid out. 3 billion. details about the monster jackpot next.
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later today, house republicans release a report alleging a culture of bias against conservative organizations at the internal revenue service. it will claim irs employees subverted to advance the political goals of president
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obama. some have already lost their jobs. u.s. army sergeant bowe bergdahl's fate is in the hands of general mark milley. milley can order a court martial or take no action. his decision will consider a report by bergdahl's former platoon mates who accused him of desertion. arizona ditching the use of a controversial lethal drug cocktail following serious complications in the execution of an inmate. it took two hours and 15 doses of the drug to kill joseph wood back in july. a state review found his execution was quote handled appropriately, but determined the drug combination would knno longer be used. nasa releasing the video of
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orion's reentry. the vantage point is amazing. astronaut's view of reentry. the light show created by friction with the spacecraft and super heated gas on the edge of the atmosphere. you see parachutes deploy to slow down the capsule and you see orion splash down off baja, california. last night's miami bowl ended in a massive brawl with the tigers and cougars. memphis had just taken the first victory in nine years when christian stewart closed out the game with an interception. chaos ensued. players pouring on the field to join in the melee. some throwing punches and others using their helmets as weapons. you know the lottery pools you see at work? the spain holiday lottery with
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the world's largest jackpot. cnn's al goodman is in madrid with the monster details. al. >> reporter: christine, this is what a ticket looks like in the world's richest lottery. spain's christmas lottery known as el gordo. this ticket costs $25. if you have the winning combination, it gets you $400,000. this was not my case. i won nothing. nada. however, other people were luckier like a madrid restaurant, 40 workers from latin america and eastern europe and africa, in a single day, they won 100 times their day's wages. it is not winner takes all. it is spread around as workers and friends and families buy and share tickets and you see winners all across the country. it has been going on for 200 years. spain's bloody civil war in the 1930s did not stop it.
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both sides held their own drawings. now there is a lot of fanfare as kids sing out on the holiday stage in madrid. now the cash is most welcome in a country still recovering from a deep economic crisis. christine. >> al goodman, thanks. after all the bad news about auto recalls, it turns out more cars than ever will be safe to drive in 2015. the look at the safest cars on the road. an early start on your money is next.
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let's get an early start on your money this morning. the santa claus rally in full swing. the market had its fourth straight day of gains pushing the dow and s&p to record closes. the s&p 500 with the 50th record close of the year. that is the biggest number of records in a year since 1995. the stocks could swing higher today. futures at the moment are up. a french company hit with a bribery fine. a french energy conglomerate pled guilty to $772 million. the u.s. justice department
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alleges the company paid tens of millions of bribes to win business around the world in countries in indonesia and saudi arabia and egypt. the company blamed the use of consultants for the bribery. more cars than ever will be safer to drive in 2015. the national institute gave the cars top marks. the institute evaluates cars with various crash tests to protect passengers. 33 cars, including the toyota prius, subaru outback and honda crv scored the top safety award. 57 minutes after the hour. "early start" continues right now. calls for unity this morning amid flaring tensions. two new york police officers and now police are asking for the public's help to learn more about the killer's final hours. the internet back on in
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north korea after the country suffered a major outage. was this a retaliation for the sony hack. we have incredible details about the breach of security. good morning. i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, december 23rd. this morning, new york coping with the deaths of two of the finest. mayor de blasio is rejecting claims he is anti-police as he calls for unity and healing. the mayor urged activists to hold off on further protests in the names of eric garner and michael brown until two nypd officers are buried. in a conference with bill bratton, de blasio said he met with the families of ramos and wenjian liu and tried to console them. >> they are in tremendous pain
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and they are worried deeply. these teenagers no longer have a father because of an assassin. >> de blasio urging people to focus on the families. some will not heed the mayor's call to ususpend protests. cnn's don lemon as the latest. >> reporter: christine, mayor de blasio pushed back at critics who say he contributed to the anti-police atmosphere that got ramos and liu killed. the head of the police union who said de blasio had blood on his hands was wrong and mistaken. mayor also called for a calm and civility and said he respected the right of the 35,000 sworn officers in the nypd to have lots of different opinions. police commissioner bratton supported the mayor on that point saying quote, can you
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point out to me one mayor that has not been battling with the police union in last 50 years. the investigation continues even though ismaaiyl brinsley is dead because officials say families have the right to know. and there is new surveillance video to report. just released. taken at a shopping area in brooklyn not far from the scene about three hours before the shooting took place. authorities want to find out what brinsley was doing for that time before the shooting to make sure that there were no other accomplices. they are asking others in the public for help and also we're hearing from the widow of one. officers killed in the attack. officer liu's wife of just two months spoke about her personal loss and loss of the ramos family. >> we would like to express our condolence to the officer's family. this is the difficult time for both of our

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