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breaking this morning, hope for a deal. european leaders meeting overnight to try to secure peace in ukraine while they may be closed to an agreement. also president obama asking congress to authorize the use of force against isis. his request launching a heated debate with republicans and democrats. and breaking overnight, a giant in the news industry. bob simon has died. he has been a journalist for 50 years. he died tragically in a car accident wednesday night. we will look back at his extraordinary career. good morning. welcome to "early start."
i'm poppy harlow. john berman and christine romans has the day off. it is 4:0900 in the east. the leaders of russia and france and germany and ukraine set to sign a peace deal. we are hearing it is not a done deal yet. ukraine has issues with this after a marathon at talks brokers a cease-fire in the bloody battle with the ukrainian forces and the pro-russian rebels in the east. we have nic robertson with the latest. >> reporter: poppy, this is a marathon session of negotiations. after 14 hours, russian reports were a peace deal with a document ready to sign. that fell apart. what we saw after that the french germans and ukrainians
going into another meeting continuing to debate the issues. hope of a cease-fire by saturday. a cease-fire that was pulled back of heavy weapons. a new demilitaryzone. petro poroshenko said there is not enough on the table for him to sign. we are hearing some separatists from southeast of ukraine said there is not enough on the table for them to sign up to yet. this at the moment it appears that a deal still cannot be reached. french and germans and ukrainian governments have not been heard from officially comments on the talks yet. vladimir putin's spokesman said this is the longest negotiates session he has been involved in. it seems an agreement cannot be
achieved in minsk. the agreement last september fell apart. they could not agree to continue to hold off from fighting on the ground. at the moment it appears a cease-fire cannot be achieved and the agreement has not yet been reached in minsk. >> russia sending positive signs and ukraine saying no deal yet. we will bring you the latest. also, the international monetary fund announcing a bailout. the imf is pledging $17.5 billion in aid to try to help stabilize the greek economy. this is an ambitious commitment and not without risk. president obama adding the weight of congress to the war on isis. the president making a formal request yesterday for lawmakers to authorize the use of force against isis terrorists. this draft resolution rules out
a long-term commitment of ground forces and imposes a three-year limit on the president's authority to combat isis. more from jim acosta. >> reporter: poppy, president obama insisted the new authorization for the war on isis will not plunge hundreds of thousands of troops back into combat combat. the president says this is limited operations with rescue missions. he noted the three-year time limit to require congress to revisit this under the next president. >> the resolution we submitted today does not call for the deployment of u.s. ground combat forces to iraq or syria. it is not the authorization of another ground war like afghanistan or iraq. the 2,600 american troops in iraq today largely serve on bases. yes, they face the risk that come with service in any
dangerous environment. they do not have a combat mission. >> reporter: president obama is finding out why there is not a war authorization in congress for 13 months. the president says he doesn't have a plan. the president's proposal is too vague. it was designed to give the president the flexibility he needs. poppy. >> it will be a big debate. jim, thank you. president obama's war resolution notes that the four americans killed in isis captivity, he names them. the most recent is kayla mueller. this morning, there are new details about what she may have endured about her time as a hostage and possibly paired with a male isis fighter. we are learning about the family's efforts to free her. pamela brown has more. >> reporter: good morning, poppy. we have been speaking with the family spokesperson.
we learned about the great lengths the mueller family went to get their daughter back. they reached out to the white house when the deadline was issued. they were looking to trade lady al qaeda in exchange for mueller. isis made calls for the release. publicly. the family apparently saw that and of course wanted to explore every option to get kayla moment. contrary to media reports, the family said they never turned down a rescue mission. they asked the white house if there was another attempt after the failed attempt of kayla and other american hostages. we have been speaking to intelligence sources and learned that the 26-year-old apparently was given to a male isis fighter possibly as a bride after being kidnapped in 2013.
we should say this has been challenging. there is not a lot of intelligence coming from syria. officials have been speaking with that they were exploring this possibility and the fact that kayla mueller may have converted to islam during her time in captivity. that is something we had seen in the past by hostages in the middle east. at this point, it still remains a mystery of how and when kayla mueller passed away. poppy. >> pamela brown, thank you. also breaking news this morning. the shocking death of a long-time cbs news correspondent bob simon. he was killed in a car accident in new york city last night. scott pelley paid tribute to his "60 minutes" reporting in a network special. >> the journalist has been with cbs since 1996. he is renowned for his coverage. vietnam is where he began
covering warfare. he gave his first hand reporting from every battle field since. >> bob simon had been with cbs news since 1967. his remarkable body of work earned him more than two dozen emmy awards and two peabodys. bob simon was 73 years old. anderson cooper had a chance to work with him. he spoke about simon last night. >> when bob simon reported, you knew it would be special. he had the curiosity and willingness to go anywhere. for somebody in the business that long and seen as many things as he had seen, to still have that curiosity and desire to tell other people stories, it's an incredible thing. it is so stunning to me that he's gone. >> this is a journalist who was imprisoned in iraq for 40 days
and returned later to finish reporting on his time there. we will talk more about it in the next hour with correspondent brian stelter. nbc removing brian williams name from "nbc nightly news why the last night." lester holt spoke about the first broadcast since the suspension. >> it is an enormously difficult story to report. brian is a member of our family but so are you, our viewers. we will work every night to be worthy of your trust. >> the network is pouring through past reports to look for anymore misstatements or errors in fact. next up for the keystone pipeline bill president obama's desk in a veto showdown. authorizing construction of a controversial oil pipeline cleared the final congressional hurdle. it passed the house with a 270 to 152 vote. the president vowed to veto the
measure measure. it appears the republican leaders do not have enough to override the veto. let's get the latest on your money with cristina alesci. >> the markets have in very much a wait-and-see mode. u.s. stock futures are low this morning. being held hostage over the greece bailout. yesterday, very little progress on a greek debt deal. we are watching with that situation. plus earnings from big players like dr. pepper snapple and kellogg. tesla reported a $178 million loss in the fourth quarter. shares are down 4% before the bell. the company faced delivery problems thanks to winter storms and other shipping issues. tesla is not selling well in china. it is not all bad news.
demand for the model x-suv is strong with 20,000 reservations already. that is double the number of orders for the model s. the only tesla on the market right now. interesting to see shares react this way. analysts still have questions about tesla. we alluded to the problems in china. there is a perception in china you cannot charge the cars at home. elon musk will start installing chargers in people's houses. >> they sold 120 in china? i do believe they can break through in china and it will take time. elon musk has said a year or so ago the stock was overblown. >> he is saying china won't impact our target for 55,000 vehicles this year, which is an aggressive target. he has a lot of confidence. we have never seen him not have confidence. he does manage wall street to
your point. >> thank you. did you buy a lottery ticket? >> i did not. i should have. i was telling everybody to forego a latte. buy a lottery ticket. >> neither of us bought a lottery ticket. we're the big losers. three powerball players had tickets matching all six numbers in the $564 million drawing. tickets sold in north carolina and texas and puerto rico. 25 11 54 13 39 and powerball 19. no word yet on who the lucky winners are. maybe next time. all right. three muslim students gunned down in north carolina. a tragic story and a big question. did the victims' faith play a role in their murders? their father speaks out to cnn.
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start." was it a hate crime? the fbi joining the investigation of the fatal shooting of three north carolina students in chapel hill. police say an ongoing dispute with a neighbor, alleged gunman over parking. the father tells cnn he is convinced the motive was hate. here is jason carroll. >> reporter: the police department will exhaust every lead in the case. the preliminary investigation, craig hicks, who lived in the apartment complex had an ongoing dispute with the three victims. the three victims, barakat and his wife and sister, all shot tuesday night. shot by hicks execution-style in
an ongoing dispute possibly over a parking space. many people in the community, poppy poppy, do not believe. that including the victim's father what says this was not a hate crime. >> my daughter yes, sir. honest to god, told us on more than two occasions that this man came knocking on their door and fighting about everything with a gun on his belt more than twice. she told us daddy, i think he hates us for who we are and how we look. >> reporter: hicks' wife is cooperating with police. she says she does not believe this was a crime motivated by hate. she says this was not motivated by religion or faith. she is cooperating with police. hicks turned himself in tuesday night. he is now facing three counts of first-degree murder. poppy.
>> absolute tragedy. jason carolkarcarroll, thank you. thousands of people in yemen demonstrating over a takeover by a shi'ite militant group. hundreds targeted houthi fighters and put the nation's president under house arrest. this comes as u.s. and britain and france shutdown the embassies in the capital over security fears. the third time was the charm for space x. the falcon 9 rocket blasted off from cape canaveral, florida on the third attempt in four days. the rocket carrying a research satellite. it is designed to serve as an early warning system for solar storms. they are testing out if it can land on water and then be reused again. also a potential bombshell in the american sniper murder trial. could text messages between the two victims former navy s.e.a.l.
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with post traumatic stress syndrome and the defense claims he is legally insane. more from our martin savidge. >> reporter: one point they agree on it is this that eddie routh did actually kill chris kyle and chad littlefield. where they differ is why. the prosecution maintains it was straight up murder. they will prove. also routh carefully reloaded and fled stealing kyle's pickup truck with the intention of going to oklahoma where he was apprehended apprehended. the defense says he did kill both men, but because he suffers from a psychosis as a result of the military service overseas. that psychosis is so severe he doesn't know what was right and
wrong at that particular time. he killed the two men because he feared those men were actually going to kill him. there was the bombshell from the defense. chris kyle's word. the text on the deadly day. when he is driving with his best friend and routh in the backseat kyle texts his best friend next to him and says this guy is straight up nuts. referring to routh. and that would seem to be a very strong statement in support of the defense's claim that routh was insane. poppy. >> martin savidge, thank you for that. the trial continuing today. also a major new concern about measles in the state of california. health officials say tens of thousands of san francisco b.a.r.t. commuters may have been infected. a person reported at a san francisco restaurant and bar.
there have been 110 confirmed cases in the state of california thus far. fallout from the boston snow emergency. the head of the city's mass transit is stepping down. beverly scott is under fire for the decision to shutdown the entire system for three days this week as ice and snow cleared from the tracks. the misery took a turn when the yacht towed by a truck got stuck in a massive snow bank. a big dig out there. it blocked downtown traffic for a while before being freed. the top story, is there hope for a cease-fire in ukraine? leaders meet overnight and they are not seeing eye to eye. more on that after a quick break.
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breaking this morning, an agreement has been reached in ukraine peace talks. a live report with all the details straight ahead. also president obama asking congress to authorize military action against isis. his request sparking criticism from both sides of the aisle. and tragic loss this morning. journalist bob simon died in a car accident in new york city. we have details for you straight ahead. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. john berman has the morning off. it is 4:29 on the east coast. breaking news on the crisis in ukraine. marathon talks with leaders of
france germany and russia and ukraine have paid off. the group announcing a cease-fire agreement has been reached. our nic robertson joins us from minsk. this is incredible. an hour ago they said they don't have a deal. >> reporter: that is exactly right. i'm passing on the street here the motorcade with the german chancellor angela merkel leaving minsk. few minutes ago, president putin drove down the center of the city. the police closing the streets. we heard from the president putin. we heard from the spokesman from the chancellor. an hour ago, president petro poroshenko said there wasn't enough on the table. what we have heard from president putin, president putin has said there is an agreement for a cease-fire to begin on sunday the 15th of february.
several days from now. this is a broad agreement to pull back heavy weapons. beyond that we do not have details yet. an absolute marathon session. a spokesperson for president putin saying this was the longest round of negotiating talks he had been involved in with more than 16 hours of talks. the german chancellor leaving minsk, poppy. >> when you are talking about a situation with more than 5,000 lives have been taken, is there hope it is different this time around? >> reporter: there is certainly hope. more than 1 million people forced from their homes. the concerns would stand this time in the short-term you have between now, here in thursday
in minsk and ukraine, you have three days for the cease-fire to be implemented. a lot can happen in three days. we heard from separatists they were not satisfied with the deal. they have objectives on the ground and they have cities they want to take. will they hold back from doing that before the cease-fire comes into effect? the next three days will be critical to test the goodwill before the cease-fire is in effect. the longer term is there enough in the detail to satisfy all sides to stop them going back to conflict in another few weeks. it sounds like another convoy with the leaders drying ss driving away behind me. >> i know nic, we don't know all of the details. this is early going. isn't one of the key issues who will control that growing autonomous region right on the
border between russia and ukraine? is that key to have a solid agreement on that front? >> reporter: absolutely. that was the french president hollande making his way from the palace of independence here back to minsk airport. this is key for the ukrainian government. who controls the border between russia and separatist-controlled entity on the east of ukraine. why the concern? the free flow of weapons and ammunition of troops between russia and the separatist region. also the degree of autonomy. one of the things paramount in the talks is the integrity of ukraine. they have to have control over the border. they will be looking to give a degree of autonomy and independence to the separatists, but not to give them a separate
country. the language will be strong enough to satisfy both sides on that front poppy. >> nic robertson with the breaking news from minsk. thank you. also breaking overnight, the international monetary fund announcing a bailout for the ukraine's economy. $17.5 billion released. this is an ambitious commitment and does not come without risk. president obama adding to the war on isis. the president formally requesting authorization for wall on isis. this rules out ground forces and imposes a three-year limit on the president's authority to combat isis. we get more from jim acosta. >> reporter: poppy, president obama insisted the authorization for the war on isis will not plunge hundreds of thousands of u.s. troops back into combat.
the president points out his authorization is aimed at more limited operations as rescue attempts and missions to take out isis leadership. he did take note of the three-year time limit into the authorization that would require congress to revisit the issue again under the next president. here is what the president had to say about that. >> the resolution we submitted today does not call for the deployment of u.s. ground combat forces to iraq or syria. it is not the authorization of another ground war like afghanistan or iraq. the 2,600 american troops in iraq today largely serve on bases. yes, they face the risks that come with service in any dangerous environment. they do not have a combat mission. >> reporter: president obama is finding out why there is not a war on congress for 13 years. he is taking heat from all sides. democrats say the president's proposal is too vague.
i asked josh earnest about it. he said it was designed to give the president the flexibility he needs. poppy. >> we will see if the president can get the approved by congress. a big question mark. the u.s.-led coalition wages war on isis from the air. one of the most intense battle grounds has been mosul. the largest city controlled by isis. iraqi peshmerga forces kurdish forces are surrounding mosul in the hopes of retaking it. our phil black has a view from northern iraq. what are you seeing on the ground phil? >> reporter: poppy, we visited a very important frontline position where kurdish forces are holding a position that has effectively cut a road that was the main supply route. it was very important for them. while we were there, we saw they have not given up on trying to take it back.
there was consistent sniper fire into the kurdish fortification. we saw the kurds respond with mortar fire and heavy machine guns and sniper fire of their own. they say they are attacked at this position every day. something we did not see and grateful for is what the kurdish fighters there say, is a technique of large improvised truck bombs trying to blast through the kurdish defenses. they are holding that ground. there is still very much a great deal of pressure. last night, president obama mentioned that local military forces are displaced to take the fight to isis on the ground. so far in reality, it is the kurdish peshmerga in iraq they have stepped up in the way. that is why they are still calling for more support greater commitment from the
international community. if not boots on the ground the u.s. should supply them with greater weapons. >> you heard members of congress calling for the kurdish forces are effective and we need to arm them more if we do not send boots on the ground. phil black, thank you. details about what american aid worker kayla mueller may have endured during her time as an isis fighter. we are learning about the efforts to free her. pamela brown has more. >> reporter: good morning, poppy. we have been speaking with the family spokesperson and learned about the length the mueller family went to get their daughter back. they reached out to the white house last summer when isis issued a deadline to execute kayla and asking if they would be willing to trade lady al qaeda in exchange for mueller. there were calls for the
release. the family apparently saw that and wanted to explore every option they could to get kayla home. contrary to media reports, the family never turned down a military rescue mission because it was risky, but the family asked the white house if there would be another attempt after the failed july attempt of kayla and other american hostages. we talked to intelligence sources. we learned that the 26-year-old apparently was given to a male isis fighter possibly as a bride after being kidnapped in 2013. this was intelligence coming out of syria. we should say that it has been challenging to know the full picture. it is challenging because there is not a lot of intelligence coming from syria. officials say they were exploring this possibility and also the fact that kayla mueller may have converted to islam during captivity. that is something we have seen
in the past by hostages in middle east. at this point, it is a mystery of how and when kayla mueller passed away. poppy. >> pamela thank you for the report. the world of broadcast journalism lost a legend. bob simon, "60 minutes" correspondent died in a car accident in new york city. he was 73 years old. scott pelley paid tribute to him. >> the veteran correspondent has been with "60 minutes" since 1996 and renowned for his international coverage. vietnam is where he started covering warfare. he gave his firsthand reporting. >> bob simon had been with cbs news since 1967. his body of work earned him two dozen emmys and two peabodys.
nbc news dropping brian williams name from "nbc nightly news" last night. lester holt addressing the controversy. >> it is an enormously difficult story to report. brian is a member of our family but so are you, our viewers. we will work every night to be worthy of your trust. >> the network and lawyers are pouring through his past reports looking for anymore inaccuracies. next up for the keystone pipeline bill is president obama's desk and a veto showdown. the bill authorization construction of the pipeline cleared the final congressional hurdle passing the house wednesday with the vote of 270 to 152. the president vowed to veto the measure. it appears there is not enough to override the veto. let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci.
>> a good day for stocks so far. asian stocks ended the day higher and now european stocks and u.s. stock futures have taken a turn for the better with a lot to consider today. stocks are climbing on the news of a cease-fire in ukraine. the situation in greece is still very uncertain. eu officials made little progress to avert a greek default or exit from the eurozone. the oil roller coaster continues. crude oil prices up 3% this morning. just above $50 a barrel. prices can't seem to stabilize. after a seven-month plunge supply is pushing prices lower as investors shutdown rigs. you know this better than anyone domestic energy is really suffering. this has become a geo political game with the dallas federal reserve president saying that saudi arabia engineered an oil crisis just to hurt u.s.
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the fbi joining investigation into the fatal shooting of the three students in chapel hill north carolina. at accused gunman and the victims were in an ongoing dispute over parking. here is jason carroll. >> reporter: the police department's investigation has led them to believe, craig hicks, who lived here in the apartment complex, had an ongoing dispute with the three people who he eventually shot and killed. the three victims, barakat and his wife and her sister all shot and killed tuesday night. police say murdered by hicks. shot execution-style in the head. once again, over an ongoing dispute, police say possibly over a parking space. many people here in the community, poppy do not believe that.
including the victim's father who says this was a hate crime. >> my daughter yes sir. honest to god, told us on more than two occasions that this man came knocking on their door and fighting about everything with a gun on his belt more than twice. she told us daddy, i think he hates us for who we are and how we look. >> reporter: hicks' wife is cooperating with police. she says she does not believe this was a crime motivated by hate. she says this was not motivated by religion or faith. she is cooperating with police. hicks turned himself in late tuesday night. he is now facing three counts of first-degree murder. poppy. >> absolute tragedy. jason carroll, thank you for that. also this story we are tracking emotional testimony in the "american sniper" murder
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overseas. that sighis so important because he thought those men were going to kill them. the bombshell from the defense. from chris kyle's text on the deadly day. he is driving with his best friend and routh in the backseat. kyle texts his best friend next to him and says this guy is straight up nuts. referring to routh. and that would seem to be a very strong statement in support of the defense's claim that routh was insane. poppy. >> martin savidge, thank you. coming up next, the big surprise for "house of cards" fans. how did the new season end up with on netflix two weeks early?
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let's get an early start on your money. cristina alesci joins me now. >> the market likes the peace deal from ukraine. european stocks taking a turn for the better. u.s. stocks following the lead. with the good news of cease-fire in ukraine, the standoff with greece and creditors a concern. oil prices are still very volatile. up 3% right now. poppy, did you get an early glimpse of "house of cards?" >> i did not. >> episodes of season three popped up on netflix yesterday. two weeks ahead of schedule. netflix says it was a technical glitch and the episodes were taken down immediately and the "house of cards" twitter account had fun. tweeting this is washington.
there is always a leak. i love it. some people think this is a huge pr stunt. >> i think it helps them. it is coming out in a few weeks. cristina thank you. we appreciate it. "early start" continues right now. breaking this morning a cease-fire deal for eastern ukraine the result of marathon talks overnight. president obama asking congress to authorize the use of force against isis. it is launching a heated debate. a giant in the news industry has died. journalist bob simon died in a car accident wednesday night. we will look back at his extraordinary career. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow in for john berman and christine romans. they have a well deserved morning off. it is 5:00 a.m. here on the east coast. we begin with breaking news on the crisis in