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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 families. but we will stand together and
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get through this together. thank you. >> reporter: as far as the services for the officers, a funeral service for ramos will be on saturday. the liu family is waiting on family from china to make arrangements. christine. >> don lemon, thank you. a new york city police officer is now dealing with new threats on top of their grief. the nypd is investigating more than 15 new threats against officers posted on social media platforms. detectives are trying to figure out which if any are serious and credible. remember the shooter here had posted threats on social media. now the department plans to increase security around the times square ball drop this new year's eve. the family of the gunman who shot ramos and liu is now speaking out. the sister and aunt of ismaaiyl brinsley who shot himself as police closed in say they are grieving for themselves and
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grieving for the dead officers' families. despite the anti-cop tirade on social media, they say this stemmed from emotional problems, not political issues. >> 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, why didn't they help him out? they kept releasing him to the streets. isn't that a problem that is a justice system should be asking? >> brinsley's family says he leaves behind two children. in milwaukee, more protests against police violence after the district attorney decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of a mentally ill black man. the federal government now looking into the case.
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george howell is in milwaukee for us this morning with more. >> reporter: a group of protesters gathered in downtown milwaukee. i want to show you the group at red arrow park. all this in decision of not charging a police officer for fatally shooting a mentally ill man. this happened in april when officer christopher manney shot and killed a man sleeping in the park. the two got into a confrontation. the officer claims that hamilton grabbed his baton and struck him. that is when the officer claims he used deadly force to defend himself. 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. again, the case went to a prosecuting attorney and the decision not to charge the police officer. however, we have learned that
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the federal government will be looking into this case. the justice department plans to investigate as well. george howell, cnn, milwaukee. thanks, george. breaking overnight. a delta airlines baggage handler busted for allegedly running a gun smuggling operation aboard passenger jets flying between atlanta and new york. authorities say eugene harvey and former employee mark henry used carry-on luggage to transport. one suspect admits to bringing 18 guns, 7 of them loaded on to a flight to new york. including an ak-47 and ar-15. we will find out more on the biggest airport security breaches in years this afternoon. prime minister administering a new terror warning. security officials have detected an increase level of terrorist chatter following the hostage siege in sydney. tony abbott saying a terror
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attack is likely so there will be an increased police presence across the city. his words come amid a sad farewell to the two victims killed in that attack on the downtown cafe. tori johnson and katrina dawson were laid to rest. johnson and dawson remembered as heroes. johnson for wrestling the gun from the shooter and dawson was shielding a pregnant friend from the gunfire. republican congress member michael grimm of new york is expected to plead guilty. he will admit to failing to report $1 million in revenue in his restaurant business prior to election in 2010. he made headlines after an interview with a reporter and
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threatening to throw him over the capitol hill balcony. republicans will release a report alleging a culture of bias against conservative organizations at the internal revenue service. it will claim irs employees subverted in order to advance the political goals of president obama. several officials have already lost their jobs. some of the busiest travel days of the year start right now and mother nature is not cooperating. let's get to meteorologist ivan cabrera for an early look at your weather. >> christine, for most of us it will be a rain event. the rain will be heavy and severe weather and strong winds will cause airport delays over the next 48 hours. here is the storm right now. it is just getting going across the mid section of the country. we will 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 here. 30s or 40s to the north. 70s and 80s in florida.
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you see the temperatures in chicago in the 40s. so not cold enough yet for snowfall. we will start off with a mix and eventually as the storm pushing 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 expected here. in the next 48 hours, across the southeast u.s., this is where we have the bull's-eye for severe weather and damaging wind potential and tornadoes. by thursday, christmas day, we are done with the storm. a new one across the rockies. a white christmas for the parts of the western u.s. this is the highlighted area for today for the potential of severe thunderstorms as we head through this afternoon. we'll watch that closely and we will keep an eye through the next couple of days on the big storm heading east. ivan, thank you for that. an early start on your weather. how about an early start on your money. the santa rally in full swing.
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the market with the fourth straight day of gains pushing the dow and s&p to record closes. dow more than 150 points to hit the 35th record high close. the s&p with the 50th record. the biggest number of records in a year since 1995. stocks could swing higher today. you can thank gas prices for some extra cash this holiday season. gas prices have now fallen a record 89 days straight. aaa reported the longest consecutive streak. average prices dropped to $2.38. it is good news for whole day travelers. the group is predicting 98 million americans will hit the roads this season. the internet is back on in north korea after a huge outage. was it a cyber attack in retaliation for the sony hack? could the u.s. be involved?
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claims pyongyang was behind the attack on sony pictures. the state department spokeswoman refusing to say if the u.s. was behind north korea's internet trouble. cnn's kyung lah is live from seoul with the latest. the u.s. is not saying whether it did it. the u.s. is not saying what it could do as it's response to the north korean hack on sony. tell us how this works. nkts north korea does not have a vibrant internet. it goes through china. it could be north korea that shut it off or it could be the u.s. >> reporter: it could be a number of factors. when you look at the possibilities are and the number of actors involved, it could be a number of things. getting to the pipe. a pipe out of north korea. think of it, north korea has pyongyang, one business and shooting a pipe out of north
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korea into china. someone essentially took scissors to it and cut the cord. who did it? it could have been north korea saying we will take a preemptive strike. we hear president obama. he's mad and we don't want viruses to come to us. the president said he was going to respond. it could also be china deciding that north korea has been a very bad boy and we will punish you for a while and cut the cord. it could be a rogue hacker. a number of possibilities because of the way the internet is behaving this morning, christine, it is looking like it may be some rogue hackers. that's what the intelligence people whom we spoken to are leaning to. >> the flowers on the web site on the state news media. is that the give away? what is it doing now? are they back up and running or trying to get up and running?
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>> reporter: the flowers are clear. when you look at what happens, when you log on to the state-run media web site. that is the page they communicate to the world. on that web site, when you log in, depending on the time, you get an error page, that blank error page or one time, we saw the bizarre pink flower. the flower that blooms in spring here in korea. that is a bit of a clue it may be an outside hacker. somebody familiar with what that flower does here in korea. >> from the perspective of the united states, we may see the response that the united states will give to north korea and they are not laying out what they could do next. let me ask you this about the south korean nuclear plant getting hacked. what do we know about that?
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>> reporter: we know someone using the very same method that they did to get into sony did the exact same thing to the agency that runs the nuclear web sites here in korea. when they did is got to the system administrator and took the keys. blue prints were stolen. they were posted on a web site that hackers looked at. that is sensitive information. put it in the wrong hands and a compromise of security of a country. 23 nuclear web sites are combed through by the government. the important thing, christine, because this is the testing ground for cyber attacks from north korea, according to the government, this is what may lie ahead for america. >> thank you so much, kyung lah,
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in seoul. thank you. 15 minutes past the hour. french officials urging calm in france after the second car attack on pedestrians in two days. 11 people were injured on monday when a 37-year-old man rammed his vehicle into the crowd of holiday shoppers in the city of nantes. police say the suspect stabbed himself several times. does not appear to have terrorist motives. on sunday, a man shouting god is great, rammed his vehicle into the crowd injured 13 people. a new setback for the efforts to shutdown the prison in guantanamo bay. cliff sloane stepping down who negotiates detainee transfers. sloane's resignation comes as the slow pace of transferring prisoners. sloane says that is not the reason he is quitting. he said he always planned to quit after 18 months.
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army sergeant bowe bergdahl's fate in the hands of general mark milley. he will decide to charge bergdahl for leaving his post in 2009. he can take no action or impose penalties. he will consider a report by the platoon mates who accuse him of desertion. "rolling stone" article about the gang rape at the university of virginia is about to get the fine-tooth comb treatment. they ask the columbia university school of journalism to review the widely discredited story. the review will be conducted by the dean of journalism. it will evaluate the editorial process. the findings will be published unedited on the web site. arizona ditching the use of the use of lethal drug cocktail
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after serious complications after the death of an inmate. it took several hours to kill joseph wood in july. the execution was handled appropriately, but the two-drug combination would not longer be used. the drug had only been used one other time in ohio. nasa releasing the thrilling video of the orion spacecraft reentry into the earth's atmosphere. speeds up to 20,000 miles per hour. the vantage point is amazing. the dazzling light show. this is created by friction of the craft and gas on the atmosphere. you see the parachutes deploy to slow down the capsule. you see the splash down off baja, california. friends and fans alike are
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remembering legendary singer joe cocker this morning. ♪ lend me your ears and i'll sing you a song ♪ ♪ and i will try not to sing out of key ♪ >> the british rocker whose hits include the beatles cover passed away monday with a battle of lung cancer. paul mccartney and ringo starr expressing their condolences. cocker died in colorado. he was 70 years old. the miami bowl should have been named the miami brawl after the bench clearing battle after the game. brian mcfayden will tell us what sparked it in the bleacher report next.
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the cincinnati bengals did something they never accomplished before. beat a peyton manning-led team. brian mcfayden. >> what a showdown between the broncos and bengals. all kinds of playoff implications. peyton manning entered the game 8-0. all time against the bengals. after trailing 20-7 at halftime, peyton had this touchdown pass to give the broncos a lead.
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then an interception and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. the win clinches a playoff berth for the bengals. the broncos loss gives the patriots a home-field advantage. the nfl suspended dominic rayola for stomping on the foot. after the game, he called the move unintentional. the league suspended him for player violations. he is expected to appeal the suspension, but will likely miss the sunday north title game against the packers. free agent quarterback rex grossman said being home for the holidays is better than joining the cleveland browns for a week with injuries to manziel and ho hoyer. he could have made $53,000 for six days work.
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usually after most college football bowl games, you see handshakes and hugs. not after this game. things got ugly with players. it was all out brawl. punches and helmets. the schools are deciding the fate of the two teams after the incident. that is the bleacher report, christine. >> i know it is intense and they are so pumped up in a game. to see that unsportsmanlike conduct on a wide scale. it is rare. >> what happened to sportsm sportsmanship at bowl games? >> i know. we look forward to the results. brian, thank you. 24 minutes past the hour. calls for calm after a war of words after the deaths of two new york city police officers. mayor de blasio calling for protests and debates to stop until these officers are laid to
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a growing plea for calm as the war of words escalates over the murders of two nypd officers the mayor asking people to hold off until the officers are laid to rest and the widow of one of the fallen heroes speaks outs. protesters roughed up after the district attorney decides not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man. north korea's internet is back on after it was struck by a mysterious outage. was it a cyber attack and could the u.s. be behind it? what about china? and what the pentagon is doing to protect any attempts to hack the u.s. military. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the week off. 28 minutes past the hour on tuesday morning.
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this morning, a new york mayor bill de blasio is rejecting claims he is anti-police and he is calling for healing and unity. with new york in mourning and vigils across the country, the mayor urged activists to hold off on further protests in the names of eric garner and michael brown until two murdered nypd officers can be buried. at a police commissioner meeting, bill de blasio said he met with officers ramos and liu's families and tried to console them. >> they are in tremendous pain. they are worried deeply. the ramos family's case. two teenagers, remind me of my children, no longer have a father because of an assassin. >> urging to focus on the police officers families. some will hold a police reform
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demonstration in harlem this afternoon. cnn's don lemon has the latest. >> reporter: christine, mayor de blasio pushed back at critics who say he is anti-police. the head of the police union who said de blasio had blood on his hands was wrong and mistaken. the mayor called for calm and civility and said he respected the right of the 35,000 sworn officers of the nypd to have lots of different opinions. police commissioner bill bratton supported the mayor saying, quote, can you point out to me one mayor that has not been battling with the police union in last 50 years? the investigation continues although ismaaiyl brinsley is dead because families have a right to know. there is video to report. just released from a shopping area in brooklyn about three hours before the shooting took
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place. authorities want to find out what brinsley was doing in that time before the shooting to make sure there were no other accomplices. they are asking the public for help and we are hearing from one of the widows of the officers killed in the attack. she spoke about her personal loss and the loss of the ramos family. >> we would 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, the funeral services for ramos will be on saturday. the liu family is waiting on family from china to make their arrangeme arrangements. christine. >> new threats facing new york police officers. new threats on top of the grief. the nypd investigating threats
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posted on officers on social media. detectives try to sort through which ones are serious and credible. you remember the shooter has posted threats against police officers on social media. because of these threats, the department plans to increase security around the times square ball drop that happens this new year's eve. the sister and aunt of the gunman who shot the nypd officers is now 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 and they insist that despite brinsley's tirades on social media, the shootings stem from his emotional troubles, not political motive. >> i feel badly for the families. we give our condolences to the families. >> we are grieving and 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, why won't they give him help? they kept releasing him into the streets. isn't that a problem which is a justice system problem and they should be asking? not us. >> brinsley leaves behind two children. in milwaukee, more protests against police violence after the district attorney there decides not to charge a white police officer in the death of a mentally ill black man. the federal government is now looking into the case and our national correspondent george howell is there with more. >> reporter: a group of protesters gathered in downtown milwaukee. i want to show you the group at red arrow park. all this in response not to charge a police officer for fatally shooting a mentally ill man more than a dozen times. this happened back in april when
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officer christopher manney confronted dontre hamilton. according to the officer, they got into a confrontation. the officer claims that hamilton grabbed his baton and struck him and that is when the officer used deadly force to defend himself in self defense. the officer 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. again, the case went to a prosecuting attorney and decision not to charge the police officer. however, we have learned that the federal government will be looking into this case. the justice department plans to investigate as well. george howell, cnn, milwaukee. thanks. breaking overnight. police arresting a delta airlines baggage handler for allegedly running a gun smuggling operation aboard
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passenger jets between atlanta and new york. eugene harvey and mark henry used carry-on baggage to transport weapons. one suspect admits to bringing 18 guns, 7 loaded, to a flight to new york. including an ak-47 and ar-15. we will hear more about this when prosecutors hold a news conference later this afternoon. to australia where a new terror warning is happening. australia's prime minister saying security officials have detected an increase level of terrorist chatter following the hostage siege in sydney. tony abbott saying a terror attack is likely. his words come amid a sad farewell to the two victims killed in the attack on the cafe. tori johnson and katrina dawson laid to rest in separate
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ceremonies. survivors on hand to pay respects. dawson and johnson known as heroes. johnson trying to wrestle the gun from the shooter. dawson was shielding a pregnant friend from the gunfire. a lump of coal in the forecast for holiday travelers this holiday travel week. let's get to meteorologist ivan cabrera with an early look at your weather. ivan. >> christine, for most of us, it is a rain event. the rain will be very heavy and severe weather potential and also some strong winds cause airport delays over the next 48 hours. here is the storm right now. it is just getting going across the mid section of the country. we will have the southeastern side 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. so not cold enough quite yet for snowfall. we will start off as a mix and
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eventually as the storm pushes to the east side on the back side of it, we will have colder air and it will snow across the midwest anywhere from 3 to 5 inches expected here. 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. although a new one getting going across the rockies. a white christmas certainly for parts of the western u.s. this is the highlighted area. this is for today for the potential of some severe thunderstorms as we head through this afternoon. we'll watch that closely and we will keep an eye through the next couple of days on the big storm heading east. >> ivan, a lump of coal in the weather, but not money. santa claus is coming to wall street. futures are pointing up after a fourth straight day of gains. dow and s&p record high closes. dow jumped with a 35th record
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close this year. the s&p with the 50th. this is the longest record since 1995. on january 1st, 20 states and the district of columbia will increase minimum wage. new legislation raises the rates for 11 states. the rest bumped up through inflation. the largest hike in south dakota where minimum wage workers get a $1.25 raise. 29 states will have a minimum wage above the federal rate of $7.25. 38 minutes past the hour. was north korea the victim of a cyber attack? the reclusive nation gets the internet back, mostly, after a huge outage. who caused it? hackers? china? north korea itself? a mystery ahead.
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in north korea, the internet service is back on this morning after a nine and a half hour long total blackout in north korea. this follows the u.s. claims that pyongyang was behind the cyber attack on sony pictures which ended the studio to pull the picture of "the interview." barbara starr has latest. >> reporter: a lot of people wondering if the u.s. could be
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behind this. could this be the counter attack or response the white house promised for north korea's hacking against sony? it may be hard to figure out who is behind it. some saying maybe the north koreans turned off the system. maybe china cut off access. nobody talking about it. here at the pentagon, the game is about cyber defense right now. options being developed to improve pentagon defenses against potential north korean hacking. security already very tight on classified computer network systems. a lot of working done 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.
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sanctions or putting north korea back on the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. christine. >> barbara starr, thank you. to france now where a second car attack has happened on pedestrians in two days. french officials urging calm after at least 11 people were injured when a 37-year-old man rammed his vehicle into the crowd of holiday shoppers in the city of nantes in western france. the suspect then stabbed himself several times. he does not appear to have terrorist motives according to authorities. on sunday, a man shouting god is great in arabic, rammed his vehicle into a crowd in dijon eastern france injuring 13. republican congress member michael grimm of new york expected to plead guilty to one count of tax evasion today. the charge could land him in prison. sources say he will admit to failing to admit to report $1
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million from his restaurant business prior to be elected in 2010. grimm made headlines last year where he threatened to throw a reporter off the balcony at the capitol hill steps. let's see what is happening on "new day." >> we are following the latest on the ambush of the two police officers in new york. the embattled mayor is calling for protests to stop out of respect for the officers, but not everyone is following that request. can officials calm tension and restore trust? we will speak with the dean of the congressional delegation charles rangle. is this the response the president promised? is the u.s. behind that trouble? we will have the latest and how americans perceive the response to the sony attack. "new day" begins at the top of the hour. chris and i will see you.
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>> i'll see you too. 44 minutes past the hour. growing fallout over the u.s. fugitive living inside cuba. governor chris christie outraged over the president's new deal as cuba finally responds.
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there are new developments in the efforts to get convicted
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cop killer joanne chesimard back from cuba where she escaped after fleeing prison. the island nation is saying it has a right to grant asylum to u.s. fugitives. that is a clear signal cuba has no intention to return chesimard and it is infuriating governor christie. christie blasting the president and what the governor called the awful deal obama struck with cuba. >> joanne chesimard, a convicted cop killer by a jury of her peers, without question the fairest criminal justice system in the world, much more just than anything happening in cuba under the castro brother, she is persecuted. >> cnn's cuba correspondent
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patrick oppman with more. >> reporter: don't expect cuba where chesimard is believed to be living, to try 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 fbi terrorist list, bank robbers, cop killers and other radicals, some spent decades here. chesimard lived openly in havana for some time. after the reward increased to $2 million, she has all but disappeared from view. the united states argues she should be returned and all fugitives should be returned. cuba says there is no extradition agreement with the two countries because after the
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1959 revolution, fidel castro wanted fugitives returned, but u.s. would not return them. this will continue as they continue to talk about normalizing ties. with closer tie was cuba, they will have a better chance of winning the return of the fugitives so they can at long last face justice. christine. >> patrick oppmann, thank you. later today, republicans will release a report of a culture of bias at the irs. it will claim irs employees subverted the non-partisan mission to advance the political goals of president obama. several officials, including the acting irs commissioner have already lost their jobs. a four-star general will decide the fate of bowe
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bergdahl. general mark milley will decide to charge bergdahl for leaving his post in 2009. he can impose court martial or take no action. this will all be considered after the report from his platoon mates who claim he deserted his post. "rolling stone" asked the columbia school of journalism to review the article about the gang rape at the university of virginia. the review will be conducted by the dean of the journalism school and dean of public affairs. when it comes to mega lottery payouts, you may be accustomed to seeing one or two big winners. once and a while, you see an office workplace pool take the
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winnings. but for monday in spain, spreading the wealth is what it is all about. cnn's al goodman is in madrid with the latest. al. >> reporter: christine, this is what a ticket looks like in the world's richest lottery. spain's christmas lottery el gordo or the fat one. this ticket costs $25. if you have the winning combination, it gets you $400,000. that was not the case. this was my ticket. i won nothing. nada. however, others were lucky. many immigrants from latin america and europe and africa. in a single day, they won 100 times their single day's pay. the wealth is spread around as workers and friends and family buy and share tickets.ross the
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country. it has been going force years. the bloody civil war didn't stop. it the kids sing out the winning numbers on the royal opera house in madrid. the extra holiday cheer, the cash is most welcome in a country still recovering from a deep economic crisis. christine. >> al goodman in madrid. after all the bad news of auto recalls this year, it turns out there are more cars than ever safe to drive in 2015. we will get an early start on your money next. just in time for the holidays. t-mobile introduces america's only unlimited 4g lte family plan. get two lines of unlimited 4g lte data for just 100 bucks a month.
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all right. almost 6:00 in the east. the santa rally in full swing. the dow and s&p to record high closes. the dow jumped more than 150 to hit the 35th record close of the year. the s&p with the 50th record. the highest number of records in one year since 1995. stocks could swing higher. futures are up a bit. the u.s. has hit a french company with the largest criminal bribery fine.
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a french energy conglomerate to the tune of $772 million. the u.s. justice department alleges the company pays tens of millions of bribes to win business to companies around the world in indonesia and saudi arabia and egypt. more cars than ever will be safer to drive in 2015. more models. that is according to the institute for highway safety which gave 71 cars top marks this year. compared to 33 last year. the institute evaluates cars to protect passengers and 33 cars, including the prius, outback and honda crv got the top award. a lot of news to get to, including the latest in the investigation into the shooting death of two new york police officers. mayor de blasio is calling for unity. "new day" has that and more starting now.
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assassination -- >> this is a dif time for both of our families. >> until these funerals are passed, let's focus on these families. >> the experience of this man in terms of some cops not looking him, is nothing new. >> officer involved. >> a former police officer cleared after shooting and killing a mentally ill man. >> no mother should bury their child. >> the carry-on bag full of loaded weapons. >> 129 weapons, including an ak-47. >> it makes you wonder how safe it is to travel. welcome to "new day," it is tuesday, december 23rd, just before 6:00 a.m., chris cuomo and alisyn camerota up first. tensions surrounding the slaughter of two cops have the mayor of new york city pleading for protests and political debates to stop. at least until the officers can be laid to rest. >> we're also hearing from the grieving widow of officer win
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gin loo as the nypd ramps up security for big new year's eve celebrations. let's get to alexandra fields from brooklyn, new york. what's the latest. >> we know that securing times square on new year's eve is a big job, big they are year, you've got to take extra consideration for the safety of officers out there. at the same time we're hearing more call from city officials for demonstrators to not protest until both officers can be laid to rest. the officers will be honored later today with a moment of silence at city hall. this morning police on heightened alert as attorney general eric holder condemns the killings of the nypd officers, calling it an assassination. >> the attack on them was an attack on all of us. >> mayor bill de blasio trying to ease tensions. saying his sympathy for what
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they call anti-police demonstrations have helped pave the way for the deaths of officers. on monday de blasio meeting with the families of the slain officers, the mayor calling for unity and respect by halting protests until after the funerals. >> in this tragedy, maybe we find some way of moving forward. that would be an appropriate way to honor these fallen officers and their families that are in pain right now. >> also developing -- new surveillance video captures the shooter about three hours before his deadly rampage at a mall in brooklyn, carrying a styrofoam box, police believe with a gun inside. officials asking for the public's help in tracking his whereabouts leading up to the attacks. authorities believe based on social media, that brinsly waned revenge on police for the deaths of michael brown and eric garner. his estranged family s

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