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breaking overnight, a scare in the air. passengers tackling a man running to the cockpit of the united flight. details ahead. happening now, the polls are open. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu fighting to hang on. some stunning last minute statements that raise questions about the prospects for mid east peace. and iran with concerns over the senator letter. president obama voicing outrage. we have team coverage of the
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latest ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. it is tuesday march 17th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. christine romans on jury duty. a terrifying flight for the passengers on the united airlines jet forcing to subdue a passenger who rushed the cockpit. this is cell phone video of the suspect retrained. the flights from washington, d.c. to denver was forced to turn around with 33 passengers and 6 crew members on board. police took the man in question into custody after the flight got back to the airport. a spokesperson at the airport said he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. the remaining passengers will be flown to denver this morning. we will keep you posted. the polls open in israel as voters line up to elect a government this morning. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has raised the stakes
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again. right at the end of re-election campaign the prime minister vowed there would not be a palestinian state as long as he is prime minister. that's reversal of a stance he has held since 2009. this follows his speech earlier this month before the u.s. congress. israel and u.s. relations is an issue at stake as israel decides who will lead in the country. cnn' oren liebermann outside the polling station. >> reporter: john, after the election polls and back and forth in the election race, this is what it comes down to. who gets the right turnout and who can get the seats in the knesset. in the last few days and hours before the election we have seen benjamin netanyahu really making a push for right wing support. yesterday in an interview, he insisted and suggested if he is
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the prime minister, there would not be a palestinian state. he said a palestinian state in the middle east would be a base for attacks on the state of israel. he is doubling down on the support from right wing. isaac herzog said he would bring change. if you want the status quo, vote netanyahu. if you want different leadership and change, that is what he is standing for. we have seen netanyahu focus on security. that is his biggest issue. herzog focusing on the economy. both know the polls are falling behind in the race. up until the last week it was neck and neck. isaac herzog is ahead.
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we will find the official results in the hours after the polls close. john. >> thanks to oren liebermann for that. developing this morning, president obama says the u.s. can't afford to have senate republicans trying to undermine his efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with iran. that is how president obama it with the interview with "vice." he told the founder that he is embarrassed for the republicans that signed the letter. cnn's jim acosta has more. >> reporter: the negotiators did raise senator tom cotton's letter to the ayatollah khomeini. they are talking about it as a distraction. cotton says it was signed by 46 of his colleagues and complain complained. the flare up was enough to send
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a letter to bob corker assuring him there will be a vote. in the interview taped last week with "vice," this is what the president had to say. >> this is a good example of the state of our politics that leads republicans to be more worried about a tea party primary than they are about what ordinary folks are thinking. it damages our country. in this day and age where we have such big issues we cannot afford it. >> reporter: josh earnest says they are missing a key point there is no deal yet. the white house would rather congress hold off on votes until the end of march when a framework agreement is reached and the end of june. john. >> jim at the white house. american voters are siding with
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the white house when it comes with the letter to iran. more people thought that the senate republicans went too far by a margin of ten points. 39% said it was appropriate. more on that poll coming up on "new day." the president not alone in the concerns about the letter. iranian diplomats raised the letter as an issue in talks in switzerland. the talks continue. let's bring in correspondent nic robertson. nic. >> reporter: five hour talks yesterday with secretary kerry and zariff. we are not told what the response was and how secretary kerry dealt with it. the talks are back on this morning. kerry and zariff have been in a meeting coming up to an hour now. the mood surrounding the talks yesterday, not so good.
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the briefings we are getting from the state department really indicate their concern the deadline for framework agreement and the state department is not sure if the deadline can be reached at the moment. there are significant decisions that need to be made by the iranian side. there's really political decisions that are on the table for iranians. for their part the iranian foreign minister said we finally we will get something. the reality was he went off to brussels and met with the french german and british foreign ministers and a source speaking to the reuters agency look we had a long meeting, but the gaps have not been narrowed. there are substantial issues that are yet to be resolved. you know what we are hearing at the moment the talks continue and the deadline approaches.
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but significant gaps remain. iranians want to keep open an enrichment facility and water reactor that makes weapons grade plutonium. both plants are supposed to be redesigned as research facility. in the case of one. all of the pieces still on the table and still in play john. >> there will need be to movement and quickly to reach the deal by the end of march. nic robertson, thank you. new developments in iraq. iran is sending advanced missiles to help drive isis out of tikrit. u.s. agencies have been tracking the shipments for weeks. none of the weapons have been used. the pentagon is worried it could cause civilian casualties if they are because the weapons are not precision guided. the iraqi offensive to take back tikrit has stalled.
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heavy casualties on the iraqi military and militias over last few days. the white house is monitoring the issues closely with the help of that man. david petraeus. the retired general is now consulting with the obama administration on the iraq strategy. that is even though the general was convicted of leaking classified information with his mistress and lying to the fbi about it. enrollment in obamacare is rising. according to the white house, more than 16 million americans have gained coverage since the law took effect in 2010. the administration plans to commemorate the anniversary of the rollout. republicans are taking another stab at repealing it. they will unveil the 2016 budget. it includes vouchers for medicare and transformed medicaid to block grants to states. the white house is slamming senate republicans for stalling
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the nomination of loretta lynch for the next attorney general. the spokesperson for the general calls the treatment unconscionable and inept. mcconnell will not consider her nomination until the human trafficking bill will be voted on today or perhaps not if it is blocked. democrats are expected to filibuster because that bill includes anti-abortion provisions. the head of the secret service is going to have to explain the agency's latest missteps when he appears at a house hearing on capitol hill. joe clancy was appointed last month to reform the secret service. he will be grilled about the two suspended agents who disrupted a bomb investigation outside the white house earlier this month after a night at a bar. the director is expected to face questions about the culture and
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management at the secret service. hillary clinton's e-mail issues seem to be hurting her poll numbers. some say she hasn't done enough to explain her e-mail practices. that is according to the latest poll. the former secretary of state's favorability rating has dropped 16 points since the time she was secretary of state in 2011. 46% believe that her response to the e-mail scandal was enough. 51% says she had not explained her use enough. 57% of the polled say they would be proud to have her as president. let's take a look at your money with alison kosik. >> the asian markets are mixed. u.s. stock futures are lower. stocks jumped rebounding from
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big losses. the dow gained 227 points. the s&p and nasdaq added 1%. that puts the dow and s&p 500 back in positive territory for the year. why the bounce? the dollar's rally took a breather. investors seemed up beat ahead of the federal reserve two-day meeting which begins today. that brings me to the hottest word on wall street. patient. if the fed stays patient on hiking interest rates, that could spark another rally. no mention of the word and it could cause a selloff and signal a rate increase as early as june. i don't think there is one word that can move the markets. it is incredible. >> thanks. real estate heir and star of the hbo documentary robert durst charged with murder. we have new details on his case next.
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real estate heir robert durst faces charges in two states. a weapons warrant in new orleans could cause problems for the extradition in los angeles. let's get more from cnn's jean casarez. >> reporter: john the los angeles county district attorney's office filed charges of first-degree murder of robert durst alleging special circumstances. those are necessary in california to make a case death penalty eligible. the d.a. will determine at a later date if he will seek death. here in new orleans, robert durst had an extradition hearing. he would voluntarily go to the state and los angeles to face any charges. meanwhile, a source close to cnn says that when durst was arrested saturday night, they found in his hotel room which is right behind me a large amount
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of cash a .38 revolver and marijuana. the d.a. may seek local charges against robert durst. that could hold up going to california and the defense is not happy about that. in court, robert durst very frail and thin in a glass enclosure. sometimes he would look at the gallery. sometimes he would appear to be sleeping. lounging back in his chair. when he came out of the glass enclosure to face the judge, he looked at the gallery and just smiled. he appeared before the judge. the judge asking him questions if he freely and voluntarily was going to california. he answered to those questions yes and yes, your honor. the investigation continues in los angeles. they say this has been going on two years in regard to the slaying of durst's very close friend and confidant susan
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berman. who was found in her home christmas eve of the year 2000. authorities believe she was murdered on december 23rd by robert durst. john reporting from new orleans, louisiana, back to you. >> jean casarez, thanks. jurors at the trial of the boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev will hear testimony about the boat. on monday the jury took a field trip to see the boat. later in court, they heard the intense gun battle with the police and tsarnaev brothers that led to the death of tamerlan. making his escape in a stolen vehicle, he dragged the brother through the street. the attorney for jeffery williams, claims his client was roughed up by police. he says williams has a large
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amount of bruising on his body. police call the allegations false. the lawyer for the 20-year-old williams said he was not shooting at officers. he said he opened fire with a dispute with someone else. american health care worker treated for ebola has taken a turn for the worse. the patient who has not been identified is part of the boss tan group partners in health. caught ebola in a treatment facility in sierra leone. one worker has been isolated in nebraska after a change in symptoms. so russian leader vladimir putin back in public after a disappearance. where was he for 11 days? why isn't he telling us what he was doing? we are live in moscow next. photos are great for capturing your world. and now they can transform it. with the new angie's list app, you can get projects done in a snap. take a photo of your project or just tell
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so russian leader vladimir putin is alive and in public after 11 days disappearance put to bed conspiracy theories where he had been for a week and a half. he started doing the types of things that drawn notoriety over the last several months. he put tens of thousands of soldiers in combat alert. our correspondent matthew chance with more on the military exercise and reemergence and mysterious absence, matthew.
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>> reporter: yeah. i look at the reemergence of vladimir putin answered some of the rumors but not all of them. he demonstrated clearly he is not dead. that issis one of the rumors. he could have been ill. he was away for ten full days. for a leader like vladimir putin or any leader is extraordinary. particularly if it is not explained. rumors he was ousted in a palace coup. obviously putting to bed the rumors by making the appearance. we still don't know what is going in the kremlin or if factions putting pressure on vladimir putin. it is an opaque country. vladimir putin came back and announced massive military exercises. this time in the arctic region.
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nearly 40,000 russian troops on full alert. 110 war planes and 15 ships. it is a major military show of force. the biggest really that we have seen in some years in that region. it's a response to the very small nato exercises that are going on just across the border in norway. it is russia showing if it comes to the arctic which is an area where countries compete for natural resources, when it comes to the arctic we are way more dominant. it is an aggressive message vladimir putin. >> matthew chance i appreciate it. hundreds of thousands of brazilians protesting in the streets demanding an an peachment. she served as chairman of the
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breaking overnight. a takedown on board a united airlines flight. a man becoming violent racing to the cockpit. happening now. israeli elections. leaders at the polls. prime minister benjamin netanyahu trying to hang on to his job. last-second words on the campaign trail causing controversy. we are live as the votes are cast. iran expressing concerns about the letter from 47 republican senators. that during the groundbreaking
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nuclear negotiations with the united states and iran. president obama now on the record with new outrage. we break down the comments ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. christine romans on jury duty. a terrifying flight for passengers on the united airlines jet forced to subdue another passenger who tried to rush the cockpit. this is cell phone video of the suspect being restrained by an unidentified man. flight 1074 from washington, d.c. to denver was forced to turn around. 36 passengers and four crew on the board. police took the man in custody after the flight returned to dulles international airport. a spokesperson there said the man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. the remaining passengers will be flown on to denver this morning. we will let you know if we hear anything more on the details. polls now open in israel.
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voters lining up to elect a government this morning. prime minister benjamin netanyahu trying to hang on to his job raising the stakes again in the home stretch of the re-election campaign. the prime minister vowed there would not be a palestinian state as long as he is prime minister. that reverses a stance he had since 2009. this follows the controversial speech earlier this month before the congress. israeli/u.s. relations is one issue at stake here. cnn's oren liebermann at a polling station with the latest in jerusalem. >> reporter: john today is what it is all about after months of campaigning campaigning. they set up a second polling booth here in jerusalem. that signifies how important this is to both sides. benjamin netanyahu making the statement you talked about yesterday where he said or suggested under him there would
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not be a palestinian state. he did that or said that in an interview with local media. he innsisted this palestinian state would be a base for violence. he is trying to gain support for the likud party. and isaac herzog said if you are happy with the status quo, go ahead and vote for netanyahu. if you want change if you want different leadership netanyahu as prime minister over the last six years, vote for herzog and zionist union. both making a final push. we know what the polls say and the candidates know what the polls say. they were neck and neck up until the last week. we saw the gap opening. we saw herzog opening up a four-seat lead in the knesset. that is not a significant lead or impossible to overcome. it is important because it is the biggest gap so far in the elections. that is why we have seen so much of benjamin netanyahu here in the last few days making a push
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to right wing supporters holding a big rally in tel aviv. he knows what is as stake and he knows his political life is on the line. he has to close that gap. meanwhile, isaac herzog hopes to be the next prime minister of israel. >> polls stay open until 10:00 p.m. israeli time. 4:00 p.m. eastern time in the u.s. we should get the first exit polls shortly after that. oren liebermann thanks. developing this morning, president obama says the u.s. cannot afford to have senate republicans trying to undermine his efforts in the nuclear deal with iran. that is how the president put it with the enter view with "vice." the president told the "vice" founder, he is embarrassed with the 47 republicans that signed the letter. jim acosta has more.
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>> reporter: the necessitygotiators were raised in switzerland. officials are confident the letter will be a distraction. tom cotton is aggressive about the letter which was signed by 46 gop colleagues and complained about the iran clerics. the flare up was enough for the letter to be sent to bob corker assuring him the deal will be loosened with iran. the president said cotton's letter was damaging could the nation. >> this is a good example, i think, of where the state of our politics that leads republicans to be more worried about a tea party primary than they are about what ordinary folks are thinking. it damages the country. it damages our standing. it is not productive. in this day and age, we cannot
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afford it. >> reporter: josh earnest said critics are missing a key point that there is no deal yet. earnest said the white house would rather congress hold off on votes until the end of march where the framework is reached and then june. the deadline for the final deal. republicans and democrats might just have a problem with that. john. >> thanks, jim. american voters seem to be siding with the white house on the letter to iran. the cnn poll finds that people thought the senate republicans went too far by a margin of ten points. more people thought the republicans went too far by a margin of ten points. we will have more results coming up on "new day" in the 6:00 a.m. hour. the voters not alone in the concerns about the letter. u.s. and iranian officials say iranian diplomats raised the issue in the talks in switzerland. i want to bring in correspondent
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nic robertson. what is the latest nic? >> reporter: they have been in talks, secretary kerry and iranian prime minister have been in talks for hours. the issue of the letter did come up. although state department officials not saying what and how kerry responded to it. it came up as well in lower level meetings sunday. it is an issue for the iranians. they are putting it out there. there is a lot of issues because what we are hearing from the five-hour session yesterday, they feel the iranian side still have tough and necessary choices to make. these are sort of political judgments, if you will. they are not sure that this march 31st deadline for a framework agreement can be achieved. this was echoed later in the day. zariff went to brussels and saying a glimmer of hope.
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we will finally get something. yet, the meeting he went to in brussels with the french and german and british officials, and a source with reuters said the meeting was long but the differences have not been narrowed. substantial gaps remain. the message that is emerging here is one that the iranians still have a lot of ground to cover. we know from the state department briefing yesterday, they still have on the table an enrichment facility and water reactor plant that needs to be designated and changed in purpose. the iranians putting them back on the table as issues potentially that they don't want to adjust and change. the state department describing it like a rubik's cube. you solve one part but other parts fall out of place. at the moment talks underway
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but the music surrounding it is not optimistic. >> progress needs to happen soon if they will reach the deadlines they set. nic robertson, thanks. iran on another front sending missiles into iraq to drive isis out of tikrit. u.s. actgencies have been tracking the shipments for week. they could cause casualties if they are used because they are not missile guided. the iraqi offensive into tikrit stalled. isis inflicting heavy casualties in the last few days. we are told the white house is monitoring the developments closely with the help now of david petraeus. you can see him there. the retired general is consulting with the obama administration on the iraq strategy although petraeus was convicted of leaking information to his mistress and lying about
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it to the fbi. enrollment in obamacare is rising. 16 million americans have gained coverage since the law took effect. as the obama administration plans to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the rollout, republicans are taking another stab at repealing it. they will unveil the 2016 budget. includes vouchers for medicare and block grants for states for medicaid. 20 minutes until the hour. alison kosik has an early look at the money. >> red arrows. asian and europe markets are mixed. u.s. stock futures are slightly higher. monday we saw stocks jump and rebounding from big losses last week. the dow gained 227 points. s&p 500 and nasdaq added 1%. what that does is put the dow and s&p 500 back in positive territory for the year. a little perspective. stocks at this point are very close to highs. the dow is about 2% away from
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its record. the nasdaq and s&p 500 are not far behind that. we're keeping our eye on oil prices. oil continuing to fall. the price of crude dropping to $42.85 a barrel. a month ago. we were hearing of oil comeback. now the price could drop lower than $40 a barrel. you are seeing a lot of nervousness in the oil pits with investors saying we are not seeing a bottom yet. >> you told me this was happening yesterday. a big deal. thanks. the man accused of shooting two police officers in ferguson, missouri in court. his lawyer offers a different explanation than what we heard. that is after the break.
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that's right for you. attorneys for jeffery williams the suspect charged with wounding two ferguson, missouri police officers claims his client was roughed up by police. ferguson police call the allegations false. williams charged with shooting two ferguson officers last week. his attorney insists williams was not targeting police. let's get more from anna cabrera. >> reporter: he says his client was not part of a protest or
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ambush. investigators say they found a gun at williams home that matches the shell casings found at the shooting scene. they say in an audio interview, williams admitted to firing the shots that hit two police officers outside the ferguson police department late wednesday night. when i asked williams attorney about that specifically he says his client was questioned without counsel. he claims police roughed up williams and says he may have been coerced into saying he was the gunman. >> he said he was bruised by the police when he was taken into custody. he was in a lot of pain when he was being questioned. >> did they beat him? >> they used a lot of force on him. choked by the neck. he has bruises on the cross of his back. he has a knot on the back of his head where someone beat him with a pistol. >> does he admit he fired shots near the ferguson police department? >> no he does not. i want to be clear any
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statements he made i'm not confident those were voluntary statements. >> reporter: st. louis county police call the allegations of abuse false. they continue to urge the public to come forward if more information or video could aid their investigation. in the meantime williams is being held on a $300,000 cash bond and facing a half dozen charges, including assault and firing from a moving vehicle. >> ana cabrera, thanks. jurors at the accused boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev will hear testimony about the boat where tsarnaev was hanging out and more about his arrest. on monday the jury took a field trip to see the boat. they heard officers testify about the gun battle that led to the death of tamerlan tsarnaev. while making his escape dzhokhar tsarnaev ran over the body of his brother and dragged it through the street. robert durst faces criminal
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charges in two states this morning. his weapons related arrest in new orleans could complicate the extradition in los angeles where he is charged with murdering his friend 15 years ago. that could result in a death penalty for durst. former san francisco 49ers player ray mcdonald on offensive for the rape case. he is suing for defamation. mcdonald was released in december by the 49ers following the sexual assault allegations. his attorney hopes this civil suit will bring the case to exonerate him. teams are reluctant to sign him until the case is resolved. tim tebow is reportedly working out for the philadelphia eagles on monday. the source says the team is not planning to sign tebow. not right now. the off season has been filled with a lot of surprises by philadelphia coach chip kelly.
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tebow last played in an nfl game in 2012 with the jets. you are looking at him in a patriots uniform. he was in training camp in 2013 but was cut before the season started. russian president vladimir putin resurfacing after a mysterious ten-plus day absence. where was he? why is russia's military now launching a show of force? we are live in moscow next.
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vladimir putin is alive. there is a picture of him. he met yesterday with the leader of kyrzastan. after disappearing he got right back to work. ordering huge round of military exercises in the arctic that have people wondering why and why now. correspondent matthew chance in moscow has more on the exercises and sudden reemergence. matthew. >> reporter: that's right, john. emerged after ten days absence from the public eye. unexplained absence which is un incredible for vladimir putin. still unexplained. he put to rest any rumors that he died which was circulating on the internet. it doesn't indicate he was ill. another rumor is he gone to
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switzerland to witness the witness the birth of his alleged lovechild of his girlfriend. he is out there and showed if he disappears if he is not at the helm of russia the country disintegrates into paranoia and fear. he came out and said that there will be exercises and you mentioned this already in the arctic. military exercises. one of the biggest shows of force in recent years. 40,000 russian troops of war ships and aircraft taking part. russia demonstrating it is very dominant in the region. compared to the forces that nato has in the region. >> matthew chance thank you. 54 minutes after the hour. apple getting in on the tv business with a big change and big ploy coming up. you want to hear about this. we have an early start on your money next.
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let's get an early start on your money. alison kosik in for christine romans this morning. >> good morning. a bit of a turn around in asian and europe markets. they are higher. u.s. stock futures are mixed. stocks jumped monday. dow gained 220 points. investors now are focused on the fed reserve two-day policy meeting today. they are eyeing the hottest word on wall street. patient. if the fed says it will stay patient on hiking interest rates, that could spark another
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rally. if it makes no mention of the word at all, that could be the signal that a rate increase is coming. it could be as early as june. it is not getting cheaper to rent. in the past five years, rents have gone up 15% and they are out pacing income in most of the country's cities. that is according to a report from the national association of realtors. new york is the highest rent increase. also on the list where it is super expensive. seattle and san jose california and denver. so looks like apple is getting into the cable tv business for the fall season. the wall street journal says apple is in talks to offer a bundle of 25 channels like abc and cbs and fox. the bundle would cost $30 and $40 a month. that is less than the average household cable subscription.
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how do you dump a boyfriend with credit card debt? if you have question as christine romans. use the #askchristine. >> she has great advice. she has a book coming out in one week where this will be summed up. go to #askchristine. ask away. maybe you want to think about dumping that boyfriend with debt. "early start" continues right now. >> breaking overnight. a scare in the air. passengers tackling a man running toward the cockpit of the united flight. we will have the latest details just ahead. happening now. polls open in israel. the prime minister there benjamin netanyahu you see him voting he is fighting to hang on to his job. making stunning last minute statements on the trail that have people questions whether mid east peace is possible.

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