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. the clock is ticking on a homeland security shutdown. senate majority leader trying to find middle ground. what does mitch mcconnell propose? and is this the woman who lured three british girls from home to join isis in syria? a new focus on the isis bride as officials from britain and turkey try to find the missing trio. freezing rain and ice. look at that. sent a plane skidding off the runway. trucks dangling from bridges.
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it is not just the northeast, folks, also in the deep south. we will tell you the areas hardest hit. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, february 24th. new this morning, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell trying to break the stalemate over funding of the department of homeland security after a fourth failed senate vote monday night on the house's vote of the funding bill. mcconnell announced a separate vote on executive orders on immigration. democrats and republicans expressing doubt if mcconnell can get that vote done by the end of the week. if not, homeland security funding runs out sunday. forcing employees to stay home or work without pay.
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cnn's michelle kosinski has more on the possible shutdown. >> reporter: john and christine, for the first time we hear the administration say that yes it looks like this political showdown is heading for a shutdown for the department of homeland security. for the first time we are hearing the administration and the president himself spell out the cutting off funding for dhs will have a direct impact on national security. the reason that is interesting, for the past several days it seems like the white house has gone out of its way to avoid using that language. when asked directly by reporters, what impact will this have they were refer us to the department of homeland security for more detail or say it can't have a good impact on national security. now that the president put it out there, they are giving a little more detail on how exactly this could affect our security. things like having no funding for planning or local programs. also the fact that some 30,000
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non-essential dhs employees will be furloughed. they are called non-essential, overall, that could have a negative effect. the white house is blaming republicans for this for tying funding dhs to trying to stop the president's executive action on immigration. the white house has called that irresponsible to toy with homeland security. even though the essential employees of dhs will have to go to work and not get paid congress will continue to get paid for not doing its job. >> thanks michelle. dhs funding not the only issue facing the white house. president obama is seeking congressional authorization for the war against isis. he is confronting rebellion for the three-year authorization for the use of force. the many democrats say they are
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weary of another war in iraq. they don't want to give the president and more importantly, his successor, they say, a blank check. later today, two meetings are set to give the president high-level feedback on isis. one is the amir from qatar and the other is ash carter. the weather is nuts. i took a picture. minus 1 degrees when i got in my garage. it is not just here in the northeast. it is also the south getting hit by widespread school closures and icy conditions. schools from arkansas to carolinas will not be in session because of bone-chilling temperatures. some places could get snow and freezing rain. to make it worse, airlines have canceled more than 600 flights across the country. look at this.
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passengers on board the american airlines flight in ft. worth. the ice just made it slip off the runway. none of the 68 people on board was hurt. icy conditions left this struck dangling off the overpass in dallas. wow! that is terrifying. the driver did manage to get out unscathed. check out the scene in flagstaff, arizona. i said arizona. the flakes coming down hard there. the area could be slammed with up to 11 inches of snow. the region under a winter storm warning. >> in maine, an suv was submerged in the icy river. pushed off a bridge that may have been caused by an act of road rage. three people are now hospitalized with hypothermia. authorities are shocked that anyone survived. >> extremely lucky.
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with the temperatures and windchill and the temperature of the water, i'm amazed they were able to get out of the vehicle in time. >> trying to figure out which driver was at fault. and don't try this please. an suv caught on camera doing doughnuts in a mall parking lot in dallas. letting off the gas and sliding there. the driver was caught by mall security who let him go with only a warning. is there any relief in sight for the frozen south? meteorologist pedram javaheri tracking the cold air and the possibility of snow pedram. >> good morning, john and christine. on monday we had major disruption out of areas in dallas and dallas ft. worth. all shifting off to hartsfield-jackson airport. sleet reported across the atlanta metro area into the early morning hours. about 25 million people dealing
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with winter weather across the southern united states where we have not had significant snow accumulations. atlanta, winter weather advisory in place. working on into columbia and charlotte with sleet and ice in the next couple days. if your travel plans take you east of dallas and to atlanta, that is where the first bout of wintry weather with ice. notice you get to the western mountains of north carolina and we are talking significant snow accumulations. some snow is possible and if you are heading to arkansas or north carolina, that is the most likely area for heavy snowfall. >> thanks pedram. some explosive newly leaked cables indicate some discrepancy between what israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu talked about the iran nuclear
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regulations and the service telling them. the source of the cables is coming from south africa. we have cnn's nic robertson with the latest for us. >> reporter: you have documented leaked to thetal jazeera network. the memo that was sent to the south african intelligence agency. in september of 2012 benjamin netanyahu made a speech at the u.n. where he outlined how quickly iran was trying to build a nuclear weapon. how close it was getting and the threat. what we have a month later is a memo from moussad to the intelligence agencies saying we don't believe that iran is doing
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the necessary activity at this stage to make a weapon. they are trying to close gaps in technology through legitimate civilian means. if they were to make a decision these closing of the gaps in technology if they make a decision to build a weapon it would be so much shorter. now, what we are hearing from israeli officials is they are saying what this represents is no gap between the thinking of the israeli prime minister and the head of the intelligence agency. we know if we go back and read newspaper articles in 2012 there were some differences between the prime minister and the intelligence services in israel. however, the israeli authorities say there was no difference. in fact iran as the israeli prime minister was saying at the time in 2012, was going on to produce more enriched uranium. it wasn't until the following years with the european and u.s.
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nations, they decided to neutralize the uranium. >> and that is all crucial as benjamin netanyahu comes to the united states to talk about the iranian nuclear capability and trying to hammer out the deal. timing is interesting. nic robertson, thank you very much much. the palestinian groups are libel for six terrorists attacks between 2002 and 2004. the jury award of $218 million to dozens of plaintiffs automatically gets tripled under a special terrorism law. that means the damages are $655 million. the plo plans to appeal the decision. they have not indicated whether they are able or willing to pay. pro-russian separatists celebrating and victory over the ukrainian army in debaltseve. a festive rally on monday.
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many are energized to fight on and capture more terrorist in eastern ukraine. for his part vladimir putin is stressing his support for a cease-fire. in the interview, he calls the idea of a war between russia and ukraine unlikely. some big political news in the united states. chris christie broke his own law when he decided not to fully fund the pension system for public employees last year. that came from the federal judge. it ordered the governor to put $1.6 billion back in the system. the governor cannot reneg on the obligations. the governor's office will appeal the ruling. new jersey is facing a $2.7 billion revenue shortfall. an apology from v.a. secretary robert mcdonald for falsely claiming he served in
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the military special forces. he was caught on tape telling that falsehood to a veteran. he did graduate in 1975. the v.a. secretary says he has quote no excuse for this quote misstatement. closing arguments could begin as early as this morning in the "american sniper" murder trial. the defense has the option to call rebuttal witnesses with the possibility of closing arguments happening afterwards. if the weather permits. court was postponed on monday due to weather. time for an early start on money. stocks in a holding pattern awaiting testimony from the most important woman in the world. the federal reserve chairman. >> my wife? >> i almost totally got myself in trouble. >> european and asian shares.
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u.s. stocks barely moving. janet yellen testifies and could get insight of interest rates could be raised and the durability of the economy and labor market. a big win for google in the mobile payment wars. google has a deal with t-mobile and at&t to get the app installed on the phones. you tap a credit card reader to pay. the service has been around since 2011, but largely failed to catch on. this could be one of the important moves that allow it to be more mainstream. three british girls believed recruited by isis as officials try to stop them from joining the ranks of the terror group. they focus on a woman they believe is helping luke them to radicalism. was she involved in the case? we will have the latest next.
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we are learning more this morning about the woman authorities think lured three teenager girls from britain to syria to join isis. she has been identified as an woman from scotland. after disappearing from her home in 2013 mahmood has turned up to recruit women for isis. we have atika shubert with more from london. >> reporter: good morning, christine. we spoken with the mahmood family about her when she left. they were shocked to find out she was in contact with at least one of the school girls that just left a few days ago for syria. they fear she gave them instructions to help join isis. she has a blog in which she gives this advice. what to pack what to wear, what to expect when you arrive in syria into isis-controlled
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terrorist territory. it is something the police are investigating. at this point, we are still trying to figure out why and how the girls left to go to syria. >> what is the connect for the girls and the woman who could lure them away? what is the draw? >> reporter: this is all happening online. away from the eyes of their parents or closest friends. what they are doing basically is following the ideal notion or eutopia that isis is implementing in syria. the state run under islamic law. they have the romantic notion that they will be helping in a worthy cause. when they get there, they find the reality is different. >> atika, state run under jihadi
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law. what rights do the girls have? >> reporter: as soon as they arrive in isis territory, they could only travel with a male guardian. they would not be allowed outside until married with the male guardian. he would have to bring them to market or whatever they want to go. that may sound restrictive to you and me but to them this sounds like the islamic ideal they have been led to believe. >> atika shubert, thank you so much. it is hard to imagine that is a 15-year-old girl's dream. connecticut college students hospitalized after overdosing on a dangerous drug. the president of wesleyan with the stern warning to the students. we will tell you what happened.
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selling a mollystlyllymolly-like drug to students over the weekend or others. this is how it all came to light. around 7:00 on sunday morning, the fire ems started getting phone calls about one an hour i'm told throughout the day of symptomatic conditions that seem to just have a similar nexus. they were all transported to the hospital. two of the most serious were med-evaced to the hospital. they remain in critical condition. the initial tests by urine to determine which chemical composition was there. further testing at the connecticut state crime lab to see the exact comepositioncomposition. the head of the hospital tells me it is not pure molly, but synthetic form of the drug molly. family members continue to come in and help those convalescing from this. the state attorney tells me he is well aware of the investigation by the police
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department. he is watching it but more than anything his heart goes out to the victim and victims 'families. this is a serious situation. christine and john. >> thanks jean casarez for that. a california congress member is calling for an investigation of the deadly superbug outbreak linked to medical scopes. the fda issued an alert after several patients at ucla became drug resistant to the drug cre. hospital officials say 179 other patients may have been exposed. congress member ted lu is determining what the fda is doing about these cases. exposure in early childhood could build immunity and serious allergies. this is interesting, john. researchers found introducing peanut products into a baby's
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diet can cut the risk of peanut allergyies by 50%. families who washed dishes mostly by hand rather than the dishwasher were less likely to develop eczema and hayfever. >> peanut allergies are giant in every school you go to and if the answer is give your kids more peanuts after they're born is radical. >> they hold off on peanuts until the age of 2 because they want to test if the kid is an allergic. i gave my kids peanut butter and banana early on. >> you were years ahead of the science. >> it was an old wife's thing. it works. >> the study is interesting to read. results are different from those who gave their kids peanuts and those who did not. serious trouble for the department of homeland security. funding runs out on friday. no sign of a deal right now to
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pass any kind of funding bill. we will tell you the new plan from the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. can that break the log jam? that's next.
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countdown to shutdown. less than three days until homeland security funding runs out and the senate majority leader makes a move. will the proposal stand a chance? she committed her life to drawing women to jihad. now officials believe she may be behind the disappearance of three teenagers. so did the so-called isis bride
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recruit them to terror? and the winter chill is moving east and not just new england. southern states waking up to snow and ice this morning. what else is in store? trust me you don't want to know. the full forecast is minutes away. >> minus 1 when i left the house. >> welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. new this morning, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is trying a new tactic to break the stalemate after a fourth failed senate vote monday night for the funding bill. the majority leader announced a separate vote on blocking president obama's executive orders on immigration. that would separate the funding issue from the immigration issue. republicans and democrats are both expressing doubt whether that type of measure can be passed by the end of the week if at all.
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now, if there is no progress homeland security funding runs out on friday which would send non-essential dhs employees home and essential employees would have to go to work but not get paid. cnn's michelle kosinski has more on the effects of the shutdown. >> reporter: john and christine, for the first time, we hear the administration say that it looks like this political showdown is heading for a shutdown for the department of homeland security. for the first time we are hearing the administration. the president himself spell out funding for dhs will have a direct impact on national security. the reason that is interesting is because for the past several days, it seems like the white house has gone out of its way to avoid using that language when asked directly by reporters what impact will this have, they would refer us to the department of homeland security itself for
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more detail or say it cannot have a good impact on national security. now that the president put it out there, they are giving a little more detail on how exactly this could affect our security. things like having no funding for planning or local programs. also the fact that some 30,000 what are called non-essential dhs employees will be furloughed. although they are non-essential, overall, that could have a negative effect. the white house is blaming republicans for this for tying funding dhs to trying to stop the president's executive action on immigration. the white house is calling that irresponsible to toy with homeland security in this way. they say the essential employees of dhs will have to go to work and not get paid they say congress will continue to get paid for not doing its job. john and christine. >> thanks, michelle. john berman you cover washington. a judge has already stayed the
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president's immigration reform. >> yes. >> immigrations is funded through fees. it is self funded. >> correct. >> this would do what? >> doubly nothing in this case. the bottom line the immigration plans and executive action are going forward like you said. the funding bills they are passing have no impact on that. secondly immigration, the process is funded by fees not the actual congressional funding. it has no impact anyway. this is a political statement. republicans want to be on the record they believe what the president did was unconstitutional unconstitutional. some believe that fight is more important. >> politics. not policy from washington, d.c. >> good way to put it. dhs funding is not the only issue facing the white house. president obama seeking congressional authorization for the war on isis. he is confronting rebellion.
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the president's plan quote an enduring ground operation. many are weary of another war in iraq. later today, two meetings are set to give the president high-level feedback on the war on isis. one with the amir from qatar and the other from the secretary carter. authorities might think a jihadi recruiter has been identified as aqsa mahmood. she seems to have turned up online to sign up girls with isis. let's get the latest from atika shubert from london. atika, what can you tell snusus? >> reporter: they are absolutely devastated. her family had no idea she was
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interested in syria. since she has left she has become prolific as a blogger online urging young women to join isis in syria telling them what to bring and what to wear and what to expect when they get to isis-controlled territory. what we know is one of the school girls that went missing last week actually contacted her on twitter. it is possible exchanged more communication with her on some sort of an encrypted forum. this is an angle that police are looking at whether or not mahmood set the trail for the young women to go to syria. there are other possibilities as well and this is why british police are in turkey trying to find the girls and figure out where they have gone. >> that is the last contact they have had in turkey. interesting, atika, the digital link with the girls and sort of fixer for the jihadist groups.
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thank you. it is not just the northeast getting socked by the cold snap. the south getting hit prompting widespread school closures. students from texas to arkansas to the carolinas will not be in class. that's because the whole region is expecting bone-chilling temperatures. some places may see snow and freezing rain. to make matters worse, this weather prompting airlines to cancel more than 600 flights across the country. that is on top of hundreds canceled yesterday. a scary moment for passengers on american airlines flight at dallas. the nose gear ran off the runway after the icy conditions. and the icy conditions left the truck dangling off the overpass. you wonder what the first call the driver made? 911? your boss? your wife? >> not the boss. he did climb out. >> amazing. look at this flagstaff, arizona.
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snowing hard. the area could get about 11 inches of snow. that area under a winter storm warning. >> and in maine, an suv submerged in an icy river. three people now hospitalized with hypothermia. authorities are shocked anyone survived. >> extremely lucky. with the temperatures and the windchill. the temperature of the water, i'm amazed they got out of the vehicle in time. >> investigators are trying to figure out which driver was at fault. can you imagine going over the edge and landing in the water and trying to figure out how to get out of the car. >> from terrifying to flat out stupid. an suv caught on camera doing doughnuts in a mall parking lot in dallas. just going around and round and a chopper flies overhead. they were eventually caught by mall security who let him go with just a warning. >> you see a lot of light posts
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in there. >> not prudent. >> any relief in sight for the frozen south? meteorologist pedram javaheri tracking the possibility of snow. >> john and christine, good morning. take a look at the scenes across the southern united states. winter weather advisories and warnings in place from areas in birmingham to atlanta and charlotte. significant snow for portions of western north carolina. notice at 9:00 in the morning, atlanta could get in on snow. some 300 flights canceled across the south in atlanta and in particular. as we head into wednesday night another weathermaker. this could bring more snowfall in the southern u.s. it pushes off the eastern seaboard eventually. no major issues for the northeast. the south in southern arkansas and northern mississippi and georgia and western north carolina. you could see up to 10 inches or more.
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temperatures in atlanta, 45 degrees. nothing will accumulate or stick around for a while. in the northeast from washington to new york 33 down to 23 on new york city. in new york your average for this time of year is 44 degrees. only making it up to the mid-20s. look at the roller coaster. you will go up to 36 by wednesday. shoots back down to reality by thursday afternoon as more cold air filters in. thank you. 40 minutes past the hour. secret cables reveal israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu may have misled the u.n. in 2012 about the iran ability to build a nuclear bomb. you will recall that iran was one year away from producing a nuclear weapon. he had that helpful prop on the stage there. weeks later, israel's intelligence agency sent a secret report to south africa saying iran was not performing the activity necessary to produce a nuclear bomb. that report is part of a big
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leak of documents. jury in manhattan found that the palestinian authority and liberation organization were libel for the attacks in israel that left americans dead or injured in 2002 and 2004. the jury award automatically gets tripled under a special terror law. the damages are about $655 million. the palestinian authority say they intend to appeal the decision. they are not indicate fogginging if they are able to pay. celebrating in ukraine. rebel fighters cheered the victory over the ukrainian army in debaltseve. many energized to fight on and capture more of eastern ukraine. enthusiasm is at odds with vladimir putin who is stressing support for a cease-fire. calling a war between russia and
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ukraine quote unlikely. an apology from v.a. secretary robert mcdonald for falsely claiming he served in the special forces. he was caught on tape in january saying that to a homeless veteran. mcdonald graduated from west point in 1975 and completed army ranger training. never served as a ranger in battalion. the v.a. secretary says he has quote no excuse for his misstatement. 42 minutes past the hour. early start on your money. u.s. stock futures barely moving. markets around the world waiting to hear from the federal reserve. the fed chair testifies before congress today. the stakes are high. fed debating when to raise interest rates from near zero. if the fed gets timing right, the economy will keep climbing. one wrong move could be a problem. keep in mind the fed has not raised rates since 2006 when the economy was thriving.
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wall street expecting a hike in june to effect more than rates and interest you get on savings at the bank. it is interesting. you have europe where they are talking about stimulus and economy that is barely moving. they would never consider raising rates. the economy has been strengthening. how comfortable is janet yellen? >> a lot of people think it is because of what the united states did years ago which is what europe is considering now. a teenager accused of killing a neighbor in a case of road rage. his lawyer now says it was all in self defense. will the argument hold up in court? we will take you inside this ever-changing and complicated case.
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the new twist in the fatal shooting of the las vegas woman. the lawyer for erich milton nowsch contendings it was not road rage. rage. nowsch is charged with murder and attempted murder. his lawyer says it may have been self defense. let's get more from sara sidner. >> reporter: we heard a lot of details from the police and the family of slain mother of four, tammy tammy meyers. the suspect was someone the family knew. we are now hearing from nowsch's attorney who said this is not a case of road rage at all. >> we can say with some
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confidence there was no road rage. >> can you tell me anything about what he is saying happened? >> what we know is a story kept changing. it was an illogical story. there is a sequence of illogical and untruthful stories that come out one after the other that just lead you to the innescapable conclusion. >> reporter: the family says the suspect is telling lies not them. the police is still investigating the case. the case is more complicated than people may have first thought. it is a murder nonetheless. the case is still being investigated and now we hear that the prosecution may take the case to a grand jury where suddenly all of the information and witness testimony will be private and will be secret and they will not be cross examined by the defense.
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the defense is upset with that. we have to see what happens with the case. there are so many details in the case with the meyers and police and now the suspect that all of those involved are saying wait to make your judgments. let the justice system do what it does. >> sara sidner thank you for the case. interesting from the start and it gets twisted. 49 minutes past the hour. the consequences of fracking may be more wide ranging than we knew. could the natural gas drilling be behind a surge in earthquakes? surprising results of a new study coming up. ou n't e your car unprotected. but a lot of us leave our identities unprotected. nearly half a million cars were stolen in 2012, but for every car stolen 34 people had their identities stolen. identity thieves can steal your money, damage your credit and wreak havoc on your life. why risk it when you can help protect yourself from identity theft with one call to lifelock, the leader in identity-theft protection? lifelock actively patrols your sensitive,
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welcome back. governor chris christie broke his own law when he decided not to fully fund the pension system in the state last year. the ruling from the superior court judge ordered him to put $1.6 billion back not pension system. he cannot reneg on the obligations. the governor plans to appeal the ruling. new jersey facing a $2.7 billion revenue shortfall. research suggests that fracking may be connected to earthquakes in the heartland. scientists say oklahoma and other states where fracking takes place that once experienced little or no earthquake activity has seen an
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increase in recent years. scientists say it is triggered by injecting waste water into the underground disposal wells. oklahoma had three times as many as california and up from the average of two in oklahoma before the fracking began. california congress member calling for an investigation into the superbug outbreak linked to the medical scopes. fda issued an alert after seven patients at ucla medical center became infected with a bacteria called cre. two patients died. congress member ted lu wants a hearing on the fda to prevent additional infections. meantime the first lawsuit was filed on monday in los angeles. two studies suggest exposure in early childhood can help build immunity in serious
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allergies. british reachersearchers found that introducing peanuts into the child's diet can decrease allergyies allergies. and the other study where dishes were washed by hand rather than dishwasher were less likely to develop eczema. the peanut butter study you cannot send peanut cookies into a school. if the answer is feed them peanuts from the time they are young. >> we never had the allergy problem. i don't know what we did or didn't do. >> check in with the boss. 55 minutes past the hour. the plunge in oil prices has some members of opec concerned. they want to discuss options, but the saudis are stand in the way. all the drama as we get an early start on your money next.
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he's out there. there's a guy out there whose making a name for himself in a sport where your name and maybe a number are what define you. somewhere in that pack is a driver that can intimidate the intimidator. a guy that can take the king 7 and make it 8. heck. maybe even 9. make no mistake about it. they're
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out there. i guarantee it. welcome to the nascar xfinity series. let's get an early start on your money. u.s. stocks pulled back from record highs yesterday. barely moving right now. wall street waiting to hear from janet yellen. she testifies before congress today. the stakes are high as the fed debates when to raise interest rates. raising rates too soon could hurt the recovery. plunging oil prices may be scaring opec. an energy meeting to address the crude oil crash. last time opec met, it decided to keep the output the same
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instead of cutting supply. oil has fallen another 30% since then. still, saudi arabia calls the shots and oil officials want to keep output high to squeeze american producers and steal market share. iphone keyboards are getting more diverse. the tiny cartoon people will be available in six skin tones and other emojis will get diverse. apple has been criticized for not having diversity in its collection. only one kind of thumb color. >> it will be more annoying with much more diversity. or diversity will be equally annoying. early start continues right now. >> the clock ticking to the homeland security shutdown. senate majority

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