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egypt stepping up its attacks against isis after 21 egyptian christians slaughtered by the terrorists as u.s. officials look for clues to help stop the spread of isis. a fireball lights up the sky as a train derails in west virginia. hundreds of people evacuated after one home is destroyed and oil spills into a nearby river. what caused the train to go off the tracks. a blast of winter slamming 60 million people from the midwest to the northeast. the snow piling on as temperatures plummet.
the winter storm expected to create another messy and dangerous commute this morning. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. up first, egypt stepping up involvement in the fight of isis. egyptian war planes with a second wave of targets. this comes after militants kidnapped and beheaded 21 egyptian christians. egypt's president vowed revenge. could this be the start of the extended military campaign? let's get the latest from ian lee in cairo. >> reporter: christine, yesterday, egyptian f-16s bombed training facilities in derna. what egypt wants is the international coalition
targeting isis in iraq and syria to add libya. and the council for islamist groups issued a statement. they accuse egypt of targeting and killing civilians. vowing their response for the bombings will be harsh, painful and at the right place and time. the egyptian army mobilized soldiers in securing viettal facilities. all of this after the beheading of 21 christian egyptian. hundreds of thousands of workers are believed to be in the country. cairo is urging everyone to leave. they believe libya is no longer safe for any egyptian. christine. >> ian lee for us in cairo. thanks. u.s. officials poring over
the video for clues and possible strategy going forward. let's get the latest from that from cnn's barbara starr. >> reporter: christine, the men marched on the beach and executed in libya, achieving what u.s. says is isis' continuing goals. showing unspeakable violence because they know it will get the world's attention. this time the video, however, a bit different. an all-out assault on christianity. all of the men egyptian christians who had come to libya looking for work. the u.s. intelligence community looking at every frame of the video for any clues of the identity of the attackers. the man who speaks in the video speaks english very well. another thing they are looking at is isis using the orange jump
suits. the jump suits that detainees wore in guantanamo bay years ago. this is a typical recruiting tactic to show the aura of guantanamo bay, if you will. right now, very little about who was behind the video or who the exact men were on the beach in libya, but it is underscoring all of the concerns that isis is spreading. christine. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. the white house convenes a three-day summit on countering violence. the latest poll suggests president obama losing support. 57% of americans disapprove of how the president is handling the isis issue. at the same time nearly 8 in 10 americans want the president to
give congress the authority to on use violence against isis. breaking this morning, police investigating a suspicious letter found near a cafe in copenhagen. the scene of one of the two deadly attacks over the weekend. this as we learn more about the suspected gunman this morning. officials say he pledged his allegiance to isis in a facebook posting just before the shootings. the news coming as estimated 40,000 people attended a vigil for the two victims monday night. cnn's nic robertson in copenhagen with the new details. apparently a facebook posting of a pledge to isis. >> reporter: and this posting coming really hours before he went out and perpetrated the first attack at the cafe here. that suspicious package the police found earlier, they removed it. bomb disposal expert removed it. they examined it and opened the
area a few minutes ago. it appears to be a false alarm. details we are learning, not only did he pledge allegiance to al bagdadi in the hours before the attack we understand from the danish ambassador to the united states that he was released from jail only a couple of weeks before this attack and the danish authorities believe while he was in jail he was becoming radicalized by isis-type elements within the jail system. this is what we heard from the police before they believed one of the motives he may have had in this was a copy-cat type of attack for what we saw in paris last month, but he may have been inspired by radical propaganda. two men, 19 and 22 years old, charged with accomplice to murder and attempted murder for support and help of pre-arranging to hide him out between the attacks.
>> what do they know about any other associations he made in prison? before this he was a violent gang member. are they making the connection with who he was close to in prison and any concern this is an ongoing problem for danish authorities? >> reporter: danish authorities are completely aware this is a potential of an ongoing problem. they probably will have good analysis who he associated within jail and the prime people that sort of moved him to radicalist agenda. what i learned from somebody who studies the gangs here he was a gang member a major amount of gang warfare in copenhagen in the last few years. there was a truce with the gangs. he had been thrown out of his gang recently because he was considered volatile and uncontrollable and a lot of exposure to weapons in the gangs and exposure to killing people.
that turn this expert said is where he believes he got weapons experience and training. once thrown out of the gang he seems to have gravitated to the radical islamist agenda. that happened in jail christine. >> trying to find meaning from a life without purpose prior. we will continue to follow those developments. thank you, nic robertson. five teenagers in custody accused of desecrating graves in france at a jewish cemetery. they are between 15 and 17. one of the teen suspects turned himself in and admitted to defacing the graves with four of his friends. breaking overnight. firefighters battling an enormous fire after a csx train derailed and exploded in fayette county filling the air with smoke and fire. a second explosion, the biggest
one yet, shook the area around midnight. the governor of west virginia declaring a state of emergency. one home was incinerated. one person injured. nearly 30 of the train's 100 plus cars came off the tracks. two towns have been evacuated. officials are concerned about oil. the train was carrying oil. that train spilled oil into a local river which is the source of drinking water for people in two counties. it is not known what caused the derailment. breaking overnight. a federal judge putting a temporary action on executive action on immigration. 26 states planning a lawsuit to put a permanent stop to the president's action. this could protect 5 million people in the u.s. illegally from being deported. breaking this morning, at least eight people killed in a blast in pakistan. authorities say it happened as a suicide bomber tried to enter a police station in the city of
lahore. again, eight killed in a bombing. u.s. officials expressing grave concern about mounting cease-fire violations and what they say is the deteriorating situation in eastern ukraine. to that end, angela merkel spoke on the phone with russian president vladimir putin and the ukrainian president petro poroshenko and they agreed to take concrete steps to assure the cease-fire is fully implemented and withdraw of heavy weapons is mandated. a moscow-based security software company exposed western spying operations. on the list the nsa's ability to hide software deep in computers in 30 countries like iran russia afghanistan, among others. former nsa employee did not deny those findings. 11 minutes past the hour.
stock futures pointing lower. s&p 500 coming off a record high. markets closed for the presidents day holiday yesterday. the investor fear this morning is about greece as the country could stumble out of the eurozone. debt talks collapsed. greek officials rejected the proposal for the bailout program. rallies have been held outside athens. without agreement, greek banks could lose access to banks. that could force the country out of the eurozone currency. a blast of winter slamming millions of people today. ice and snow. you can bet they will make dangerous road conditions on the commute. what you need to know next. sterine day challenge. use listerine® and over 21 days you'll experience a transformation.
all right. much of the country in the grip of the wicked weather. estimated 60 million americans dealing with the record low temperatures including double digit below zero windchills. south expected to bear the brunt of the latest storm. up to 10 inches of snow expected in areas there. check out the video. snowy conditions in hampton, virginia. leading to an accident. an suv skidding across the main road and ending up in front of a news crew. it certainly could have been a lot worse. the nation's capital bracing for a long storm. long holiday weekend will be longer. federal coughsoffices are closed today. amtrak on a modified schedule today. more than 1,000 flights are already canceled. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri with the early look at the forecast. >> good morning, christine. you know one thing to keep in mind here with all of the cold
air across the country and wintry weather, 31. that is the magic number. we are how many days away from starting the spring season. about 60 million people dealing with wintry weather. in nashville, we have ice storm warnings in effect through 9:00 a.m. local time. this pattern again with significant accumulations of ice have been disruptive. storm system off the southeast coastline. snowshowers seeing 4 inches coming in washington, d.c. it could get another couple inches before it is said and done with. generally speaking 2 to 4 inches for everyone as opposed to 12 to 26 in recent days. the ice storm from greenville to charlotte, north carolina and raleigh. 30% of all flights cancelled across the united states occurred at dulles international airport. right on the deallmarva coastline, 8 to 10 inches.
>> pedram javaheri thanks for that. 13 degrees on the dashboard this morning and a lot of snow here. believe it or not, boston will be spared the worst of this storm. there is still the bone-chilling cold and 7 feet of snow to put somewhere. cnn's will ripley is there. >> reporter: christine, this is a herculean effort to get the streets of the city clear as people prepare to go back to work later this morning. i want to show you where we are. this is one of the largest snow farms in boston. this was an empty lot. as you see now, it has become a literal mountain of snow. a mountain that is so high it dwarfs construction equipment there. it brings it down to the snow melting machine which has the ability to melt 150 tons per
hour. they dump the snow into this and the water comes out right there and they dump that water into the sewers. even though this is a tremendous operation with a lot of capacity it is still not nearly enough to keep up with all of the snow that has inundated boston. public transportation is still crippled this morning. it will only be operated on partial routes today. the transportation director is saying it could be 30 days of operations like this clearing all the snow before they are back to normal capacity. that is if another blizzard doesn't hit the city. it really is remarkable to see the effort underway here at the snow farm. the largest, but several other snow farms throughout the city as boston tries to dig out of an unprecedented three-week run of very heavy snow including that blizzard that we were covering over the weekend. christine. will a record february and the mayor saying they have run
through all of their budget for the year. spent $36 million on snow removal. they ran through that for the year already. powerful moments in the "american sniper" murder trial. the jury hearing from accused killer in his own words about why he pulled the trigger. does the confession hurt or actually help his case? and six cnn anchors show off presidential smarts on the cnn quiz show. what did john berman say that made anderson cooper threaten to disqualify him? ou feel ou derwater try zyrtec-d® to powerfully clear your blocked nose and relieve your other allergy symptoms... so you can breathe easier all day. zyrtec-d®. find it at the pharmacy counter.
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in 2013 in the town of lancaster. he led police on a high-speed chase and taken into custody. this is significant because it is really the first time the jury has been able to see and hear eddie ray routh in the moments and state of mind in the hours after chris kyle and chad littlefield were murdered. he comes off rambling and speaking inn coherently about his soul. a lot of issues that point to someone that was disturbed. the detective described him as someone not normal. he is repeatedly asked if he knew what he did was wrong. after initially saying he could not tell if he had done right or wrong, he said he knew what he did was wrong and if he was given the chance to speak to the victims' families he would
apologize. >> ed lavandera. thank you. a big blow in the pocketbook for lance armstrong. he has been ordered to pay $10 million as a penalty to a sports promotion company for the bonuses it paid for three of his tour de france titles. an arbitration panel ruled armstrong is responsible for quote pageant of perjury and fraud and conspiracy due to his use of performance enhancing drugs. last night, cnn aired presidential trivia quiz show. my co- anchor john berman one of six contestants. he dominated most of the night before this answer. >> which performer did not sing at a swearing in ceremony? kelly clarkson? >> beyonce. b. >> that is incorrect.
>> she lip synced. >> oh, that's low. that is a low blow. >> give him the points. >> turns out the correct answer the textbook answer barbra streistand. all right. egypt this morning stepping up attacks on isis as retaliation for the brutal beheading video. are the air strikes the beginning of a bigger military campaign?
egypt stepping up the campaign on isis in the wake of the brutal video showing the murders of egyptian christians as the american people show they want a stronger response in the fight of isis. up to 1,000 people evacuated after a train carrying crude oil derails in west virginia. smoke and flames fill the sky and fears of taint the drinking water. we have the latest. a burst of winter piling on the misery this morning. roads expected to be covered in ice making for another dangerous commute and the storm already shutting down the nation's capital. is there a warm up in sight? welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. it is 30 minutes past the hour. up first, egypt stepping up the involvement of war planes against isis targets in libya.
the attacks come after the kidnapping and beheading of 21 christian egyptians there. egypt's president has vowed revenge. let's get more this morning from cnn's ian lee in cairo. >> reporter: christine, egypt appears to be gearing up for a prolonged war. yesterday, the f-16s bombed the training facilities in the libyan city of derna. the foreign minister at the united nations. what egypt wants is the international coalition targeting isis in iraq and syria to add libya. the umbrella group for islamists groups issued a statement. they accused egypt of targeting and killing civilians, an accusation we cannot verify. vowing their response for the bombings will be harsh, painful and at the right place and time. the egyptian army has mobilized
soldiers across the country to assist police in securing vital facilities. all this began over the brutal beheading of 21 egyptian christians in libya by isis. hundreds of thousands of egyptian workers are still believed to be in that country. cairo is drawing up an evacuation plan and urging everyone to leave. they believe libya is no longer safe for any egyptian. christine. >> ian lee in cairo. the white house convenes three-day summit on countering violent extremism. the latest poll suggests president obama is losing support when it comes to isis. 57% of americans disapprove how the president is handling the threat posed by isis. 40% approve. significant decline from months ago. at the same time nearly 8 in 10 americans want the congress to go ahead with authority to use force on isis. houston, texas, a man
confessed to setting a fire that destroyed a building in an islamic center last week. took two dozen firefighters to extinguish the blaze. 55-year-old darrell ferguson is charged with first degree felony arson. authorities say ferguson lives near the mosque. apparently told them why he set the fire but not saying publicly. we are learning more about the suspected gunman in two deadly attacks in copenhagen this weekend. officials say he pledged his an allegiance to isis before the shootings. the danish prime minister called for national unity. we have cnn's nic robertson with the latest in copenhagen. >> reporter: we are getting details from the police. two men charged. one 19 and one 22. accomplices to murder and attempted murder.
why? because by agreement according to the prosecutors, they said they would help the gunman hide they also hid his weapons. we also learned not only now that he pledged allegiance to isis al bagdadi hours before going on the gun attack we learned from the danish ambassador to the united states he was radicalized in jail. >> he was just released a couple weeks before the attacks this weekend from prison. it seems that he might have been radicalized while in prison. >> reporter: what happened was as a gang member we learned that from the police as well as a gang member he attacked a man on a subway train. he was put in jail and heard he was released two weeks before the gun attacks. >> nic what can you tell us
about the gang activity muslim gang activity and the worry of so many young danish-born men going and trying to go to the battle fields in iraq and syria. how big of a concern is that for danish authorities? >> reporter: it's a major concern. official estimates put the number at 110 young men from denmark to join isis in syria and iraq. many of those come back. danish authorities have a deradical sags program. it may be displaced with some people. the concern there is a pathway that is well documented of young men in gangs, violent gainshighviolent gangs. some of them gravitate out of
the gangs. this is believed to have happened here. it happened apparently in jail. >> nic robertson, thank you. breaking overnight firefighters battling an enormous fire after a csx train carrying crude oil exploded in fayette county west virginia. a second explosion, the biggest one yet shook the area at midnight. the governor of west virginia declared a state of emergency. one home incinerated and one person injured. 30 of the 100 cars came off the tracks. officials now concerned about oil from that train that has spilled into the local river which is the source of drinking water for people in two west virginia counties. not yet known what caused that derailment. also breaking overnight. a federal judge putting a temporary hold on president
obama's executive action on immigration. it's in response to a request by a coalition of 26 states planning a lawsuit aimed at putting a permanent stop to it. the president's action could protect as many as 5 million people who are in the united states illegally from being deported. after two days it appears the ukraine cease-fire is hanging on by a thread despite the truce which took effect on sunday. clashes are threatening to undo the deal negotiated in minsk last week. negotiated by the leaders of france germany, ukraine and russia. three of the leaders spoke early this morning. cnn's nick paton walsh is live for us. there have been so many reports of violations on the ground nick. >> reporter: it's a huge disparity with the diplomacy that happens in foreign capitals and what is happening here.
the town which both sides want to railway, there are hundreds of thousands of ukrainian troops trapped inside and evenn circled by the separatists. there seems to be mines and other issues blocking the road. that access to everywhere is part of the cease-fire deal and they cannot go down to assess what is happening in there to see who is shelling who. that is an issue derailing the cease-fire. we could hear intense shelling going on around the area. no sign that stopped today or the monitors can get near that town. then the diplomacy. this morning's statement from the russian and french and german and ukrainian presidents they thought the monitors should do their job. they agreed that in minsk. the fact they have to reiterate
that now shows how far they are slipping. the withdraw of the frontline is part of the agreement. we saw how they were going in the wrong direction. ukraine artillery heading to the front. that is one potential huge mess. the separatists showing no signs of pulling weapons back. we are entering a dangerous phase. this is the second time around they tried to cease-fire. it looks frankly like at some point, someone will have to declare it failed. then quite what follows next? a lot of heavy weapons and civilians caught in the middle. diplomacy, thus far, hasn't properly stopped the gunfire. back to you. >> nick paton walsh in ukraine. thanks. 39 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. stock futures are pointing to loses. worries about greece is sending european stock markets lower. here in the u.s. winter weather
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the news crew. the nation's capital bracing for a major storm. long holiday weekend will be longer with offices closed in d.c. the amtrak corridor will operate on a modified schedule. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri for an early look at the forecast. >> christine, good morning. let's show you what is happening nationally with the high temperatures. 63 in jacksonville. that is as good as it will get in the next couple days. look to the north. 17 in chicago. 12 in minneapolis. that will be balmy compared to the next couple of days. new york city at 27. 23 in boston. multiple plunges of arctic air set up over the next couple days through friday afternoon. expansive area of cold air. windchill advisories for the northern tier of the country. the town of minot. why not in minot? 35 degrees below zero.
that is the windchill the next couple of days. it is going to get colder this morning. it feels like 3 in the chicago area. 15 is the actual temperature. it feels like 7 below in sioux falls. look at chicago. close to 40 degrees this time of year normally. 3. 37 degrees below average for this time of year. impressive set up. christine. thanks pedram. it looks boston is spared the worst of this storm, but still the bone-chilling cold and of 7 feet of snow. cnn's will ripley is here for us. >> reporter: christine, this is a herculean effort to get the streets of the city clear as people prepare to go back to work this morning. this is one of the largest snow farms in boston. this was an empty lot. as you see now, it has become a literal mountain of snow. a mountain that is so high it
dwarfs the heavy construction equipment you see there. scooping the snow up and bringing it down to this machine here. a snow melting machine. we are told has the ability to melt 150 tons that's 300,000 pounds of snow per hour. they dump the snow into this and then the water comes out right there and they dump that water into the sewers. this is a tremendous operation with a lot of capacity. it is still not nearly enough to keep up with all of the snow that has inundated boston. public transportation is still crippled this morning. operating on partial routes today. the transportation director is saying it could be 30 days of operations like this clearing all the snow before they are back to normal capacity. that is if another blizzard doesn't hit the city. it really is remarkable to see the effort underway here at the snow farm.
the largest of several other snow farms throughout the city as boston tries to dig out of unprecedented three-week run of very heavy snow including that blizzard that we were covering over the weekend. christine. >> thanks will. the mayor saying they spent $36 million on snow removal. 48 minutes past the hour. powerful moments in the so-called "american sniper" jury trial. jurors hear in the alleged killer's words of why he pulled the trigger.
testimony resumes this morning at the trial of eddie ray routh. the accused killer of "american sniper" chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield. in court monday jurors heard a video taped confession by the former marine. routh confessed to the killing, but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. cnn's ed lavandera following the trial for us in texas. >> reporter: christine, the fourth day of testimony was eddie ray routh. he did not appear in person before the jury. he appeared in the form of a two-year-old videotaped confession. interviewed by a texas ranger in
the town of lancaster after he led police on a high-speed chase and taken into custody. this is significant because it is the first time this jury has been able to see and hear eddie ray routh in the moments as close as possible to see his demeanor and state of mind in the hours of chad littlefield and chris kyle murdered. on the tape often times, he comes off rambling and speaking inn co-herently. the detective described him as someone wasn't normal. he is asked over and over if he knew what he did was wrong. after initially saying he could not tell what he had done was right or wrong, he answered the questions and said he knew what he did was wrong. if he could speak to the victims' families he would apologize and say he was sorry. christine. >> ed lavandera following the
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egypt stepping up its attacks against isis after 21 egyptian christians slaughtered by terrorists as u.s. officials study the video for clues to help find the perpetrators and stop the spread of the savage group. fireball lights up the sky as the train derails in west virginia. hundreds of people evacuated after one home is destroyed and oil spills into the nearby river. what caused the train to go off the tracks. a blast of winter slamming 60 million americans this morning. snow is piling on. the winter storm creating another mess another dangerous commute this morning. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the morning off. it is tuesday, february 17th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, egypt stepping up involvement in the