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happening now, israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu claiming victory in a deeply divided election for israel. ? just hours, a u.s. air force veteran in court accused of trying to join isis in syria. new details on that case coming up. >> it is wednesday, march 18th it's 4:00 a.m. in the east.
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we begin with breaking news overnight, a resounding re-election victory for israel's prime minister. with 99% of precincts counted, benjamin netanyahu has a five-seat leader over his opponent. last night, netanyahu gave a victory speech exalting in a comeback after earlier opinion polls put him four seats behind but many observers are saying he faces a serious challenge reuniting that nation after a harsh election campaign. we go live to jerusalem with the latest. >> good morning, christine. netanyahu was a polarizing figure. he will still be a polarizing figure now. he's split the israeli public but he has an easier path to a right-wing government than expected. up until the last couple weeks, it looked to be very close.
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even in the last couple weeks, netanyahu's party looked to be neck and neck with his main challenger. they were polling around 27 seats apiece. then we saw the unofficial results, not lekz polls, but actual results in the ballot boxes and that's where netanyahu's likud party opened up. if everything played out as the exit polls expected netanyahu had an edge but it was a slight edge. now it looks like he has a much easier path to creating that oltion government. he declared victory last night. looks like he has that victory. some reports saying herzog has called benjamin netanyahu to congratulate him. it's up to benjamin netanyahu to create the coalition government. it looks like it will be a bit more to the right than the last government. his last government was center right.
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this one could be more to the right, but that of course depends on how he creates his coalition and what deals he makes. that's what everything shifrts to now the results are over. christine, it will still take about a week to make the results official but netanyahu has reason to celebrate here in israel today. happening this morning, john kerry in switzerland for a third day of talks with a foreign minister. iran's negotiators are claiming major progress saying that 90% of technical issues have been worked out. the u.s. diplomats are saying there are, quote, still some tough, tough issues to address. senate republicans not backing down from their controversial letter to iranian leaders. no regrets at all, that's how the letter's author tom cotton is putting it. want to bring in nick who was at
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the negotiations. good morning, nick. >> good morning, john. we were expecting secretary kerry and foreign minister. the update was state department officials was that there was some progress made on discussing technical options, that is how to get around some of the technical, you know, gaps that remain on making agreement. but it's not agreement on these technical issues. really what we're being told is that there's sort of a better understanding of what the options might be to how to resolve these outstanding issues. we're being told by the state department that there's still a lot to be done that there's substantial political issues. we've heard this a number of time. secretary kerry saying iran has to make some tough political choices. we're talking here about sanctions, we're talking about iran speaking openly about its
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past military uses on its nuclear program. we're talking about the centrifuges that it wants to retain in the future. so there are still substantial issues and substantial gaps here but nevertheless a state department official did say yesterday that compared to the previous day, some progress had been made. but the deadline's rapidly approaching. just under two weeks away now, john. >> need concrete results from that meeting before the deadline. nick robertson, thanks so much. happening this morning, a u.s. air force veteran goes before a judge, accused of attempting to join isis in syria. the experienced airplane mechanic was caught and turned back by turkish thrtss in january. investigators found a letter on his laptop in which he declared himself a mujahideen. pamela brown has more from washington. >> john and christine, the 47-year-old from neptune, new jersey who was at one point a
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mechanic for american airlines tried to travel to syria to join isis. also he was in the air force for several years, where he trained in the installation of aircraft engines and weapons systems. people in law enforcement say that's concerning because he could have brought his expertise to the expert group if he made it over to syria to join isis as authorities allege in this criminal complaint. according to that complaint, a few left the service in the '90s and worked in the middle east as an airplane mechanic. he flew in january to turkey to dry to cross into syria. officials questioned him and according to court documents, he told them he was a pilot with u.s. special forces and he was in turkey to vacation. however officials denied him entrance after he refused access to his electronics. the criminal complaint said his electronics had been tampered
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with. egypt deported him and he was arrested by the u.s. in january. after a search the fbi said it did recover some evidence. more than 180 propaganda videos including an isis video, showing the execution of multiple prisoners. they found searches for borders controlled by the islamic state. his defense attorney tells cnn his client will plead not guilty when he faces a judge. >> thanks so much. developing overnight, a letter intended for the white house has tested positive for cyanide. the secret service conducting more tests to confirm the official finding. the agent not saying whether the letter was addressed to the president himself. there were no injuries no exposure concerns for the employee who opened the letter. aaron shock is resigning
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over questions about expenses. the 33-year-old republican has been dogged by accusations that he's using campaign funds to finance a lavish lifestyle. speaker boehner said shock is putting the best interest of the house ahead of his own. >> some of the details there are fascinating. the new director of the secret service facing off with outraged lawmakers. joseph clancy was grilled by a house committee about a series of embarrassing scandals including the latest incident involving two agents who allegedly disrupted a late-night bomb investigation at the white house. the director confirmed he didn't find out about this for five days. >> it's going to take time to change maybe some of this culture. there's no excuse for this information not to come up the chain. >> the house oversight committee has decided to open its own
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investigation of the secret service. director clancy back on capitol hill next week. republicans formally unveiled their budget today, calling for deep cuts to social services and eliminates deficits within a decade. most analysts agree it has zero chance of passing. >> rand paul will make his presidential candidacy official next month. the source says that the senator plans to announce at a speech in louisville on april 7, the day after the ncaa championship in which the university of kentucky is in lexington, not louisville. it will be iowa new hampshire, and south carolina. >> he has flirted with running before but donald trump may be serious about seeking the 2016 republican nomination.
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he'll move on to a presidential explore tore committee today. the businessman said he will not renew his contract with nbc for the apprentice. he'll meet on thursday with veterans and local business leaders. european stock markets, low. u.s. stock features right now, looking slightly up. the yesterday the dow tumbled 128 points. oil prices fell for a sixth straight sessions. also investors nervous about just how quickly the fed plans to raise interest rates. today it could come down to patient. the fed has said it will be patient, investors think it will remove the promise, that word patient from its statement today, signaling a rate hike could come as soon as june. >> is that a little bit of a double dip in the oil prices? >> it really is. that slide six days in a row, it's been interesting to watch. a friend of the boston
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testimony resumes in just a few hours in the trial of accused boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. prosecutors called their 60th witness on wednesday, a close friend of the defendant. he told jurors about loaning him a gun and a few months later, the brothers used that gun in their violent escape attempt. >> john christine, from smoking pot to hanging out with a pot dealer jurors really learned a lot about dzhokhar tsarnaev on tuesday. most of those damning details coming from stefan silva. this man claims to be dzhokhar
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tsarnaev's best friend in high school. they used to hang out and smoke pot, he says. silva also says that he used to sell pot, that he needed a gun for his pot business. he obtained a gun and dzhokhar tsarnaev asked him for that gun, never returned it. now prosecutors say that that gun is connected to the boston bombing case. and we should also add that silva is testifying in a jumpsuit. why? because he's pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges. and you guessed it those weapon charges are for that gun that's now linked to the boston bombing. one other important keynote about tuesday in court, and these are new revelations, new writings not the manifesto, but carvings on that boat that dzhokhar tsarnaev used to get rescue. it says stop killing our innocent people, and we will
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stop end quote. again, dzhokhar tsarnaev may not say a word in trial or in court, however these writings these carvings could help determine if he lives or if he dies. john christine? >> rosa flores for us in boston. robert durst is waking up in a new correctional facility this morning. he's been transferred about an hour outside new orleans to a center equipped to deal with the mentally ill. a judge set a detention hearing for monday. he faces murder charges in los angeles, gun charges in new orleans and a revived murder investigation in new york. police raided his home in houston on tuesday. the judge in the tile of james holmes has set opening statements. the 27-year-old holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 in the aurora theater shooting.
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officials say jury selection moving ahead faster than expected. the process began in january, some 9,000 potential jurors were summoned. three years after that massacre nearly. aaron hernandez may have been angry at odin lloyd, the man he's accused of murdering. a witness testifying at that trial said the defendant was staring him down as he talked to a mutual friend at a nightclub, two days before the alleged murder. jurors will hear more testimony on the crime scene and the impression from nike sneakers that hernandez allegedly wore. another scandal rocking penn state university the school's kappa delta row fraternity suspended for a year and facing a criminal investigation for posting compromising photos of women on a private facebook page. some of those women appear to be asleep or unconscious. police are conducting forensic tests on dossens of graphic images and have not ruled out arrests. the presbyterian church
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changing its constitution to redefine marriage as between two people. it's the largest to embrace same-sex marriage. ministers approved the way in states where the unions are legal. the new marriage definition takes effect in june. the four-year drought in california is now so severe restaurants are banned from serving water unless they request it. scientists now sounding an alarm about huge economic losses in the region for years to come. >> on the verge of spring and a snu snowstorm is set to hit the northeast. pedram has an early look at the weather. >> good morning. quickly start you off across california. this has really been the best case scenario all winter isolated and scattered thunderstorms at best. that's the forecast the next 24
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hours in california. high sierra snow very little of it going to go around. water reserve going to be minimal. but the big story, boston windchill, winter-like temperatures in the forecast. 27 feels like 12. new york city down into the mid 20s. wind gusts 45 to 50 miles per hour. delays possible. we have snow showers pushing in across portions of new england this morning. a strong area of thunderstorms down to the south, southern texas, drought-stricken region. storm track generally will take it around the gulf coast states. push it in potentially off the northeast and if this happens, enough cold air is in place, friday into saturday where a wintry mix possible. >> let me get this straight. friday is officially the first day of spring and we're going to get some rain. >> nix the mix is what i say.
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happening today, russian president vladimir putin expected to attend a huge concert in red square to celebrate the first anniversary of russia's annexation of crimea. we're learning new details about his stand-off with ukraine over crimea. ahead of the anniversary, russian state tv aired a documentary on sunday in which putin says he was ready to put
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nuclear force on alert over that crisis. joining us from moscow matthew chance. good morning, matthew. >> good morning, christine. that's right, that documentary airing those remarks by vladimir putin, potentially very -- i was going to say explosive, but you know what i mean. certainly the remarks underlining just how important crimea is to russia. vladimir putin saying that he even considered putting the country's nuclear forces on alert if the situation had unfolded the west for instance or other countries had tried to retake crimea from russia. so it's very important to russia for them to keep crimea and that's being reflected today. there are celebrations in various locations, the main one in moscow near red square. thousands of people expected to attend a pop concert, a gala concert with russian popstars and various celebrities, to celebrate what is for many russians, a very joyous
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occasions, that crimea which was traditionally part of russia has now returned into the kremlin fold as it were. the expectation is that vladimir putin will attend. it's not been confirmed by his office yet, but this is such an issue of popularity for him. he's associated so personally with the annexation of crimea that my expectation is that we will see him there later, christine. >> matthew, thank you. round three of negotiations between the united states and cuba now done. no word from either side about re-opening embassies or restoring official diplomatic ties. but raul castro had harsh words for the white house for hitting venezuela with a new round of sanctions and calling cuba's closest ally, a threat to u.s. national security. despite those comments the two sides have agreed to maintain communications moving forward. the royals on american soil prince charles and camilla arriving in washington, d.c. on a trip to kentucky with a private meeting with president
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obama thursday. they'll be marking major milestones from the 150th anniversary of the american civil war and the death of president abraham lincoln. their trip to the u.s. aimed at strengthening the ties between america and britain. >> they're just like us the royals. >> they're not like us at all. they're not like us at all. that's kind of the whole point. israel's prime minister claiming a huge victory in a tight election. what will he do next? we're live after the break. and revolutionary way. introducing plug & protect from livewatch security, an easy to use wireless security system customized just for your home. control from any smartphone, tablet, or computer and monitored by professionals 24/7. go to livewatch.com to get plug & protect interactive security delivered to your door. arm or disarm your system from anywhere. lock or unlock your doors, turn your lights off or on even oversee your home
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happening now, a decisive
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victory for israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the campaign seemed so close. but at the end, he opens up a significant edge. we are live now with what comes next. a u.s. veteran arrested, accused of trying to join isis in syria. due in court in just hours. the new details in the case against him. welcome back to "early start." >> great to see you, 30 minutes past the hour and breaking overnight it was a resounding re-election for israel's prime minister with 99% of the votes now counted, benjamin netanyahu has a five-seat edge over his main opponent herzog, in israel's parliament. he's phoned netanyahu to offer his congratulations. last night, the prime minister gave a victory speech exalting in a comeback. it was a comeback because just days ago, opinion polls put him
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behind. many say the prime minister faces a serious challenge reuniting that nation after what was a very harsh campaign up until its very final hours. turning now to jerusalem for the latest a surprising margin for the prime minister orin? >> absolutely. a margin we never expected john. and you said it it looked neck and neck or that herzog netanyahu's main rival had started to open a gap. even with the exit polls it looked to be a very close race. then we see actual results, unofficial results, but ballot results. and netanyahu, a resounding victory. he declared victory last night, based on the exit polls and now he knows he can celebrate that victory today. especially with herzog calling to con grat lit him as the next prime minister. netanyahu remains a very polarizing figure here. there are a lot of people who
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love him. a lot of people who don't. that hasn't changed but what's become easier is his ability to put together a government. even after the exit polls, it seemed like the right-wing and netanyahu would have an easier path to putting together a coalition government now with the resounding victory, a five-seat margin it's much easier for him to put together that government string together a coalition. that will now be his task. he's a master politician master deal maker and he'll use those skills to string together what could be a strong coalition. he expected it to be an easy race three months ago, now that we have the results, the unofficial results, john it looks like it was, or at least will be for benjamin netanyahu, an easy task or easier than expected to put together a government. >> the process may not have been what he expected but the result certainly what he wanted. orin thanks so much. secretary of state john
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kerry remains in switzerland for a third day of talks with the iranian foreign minister. iran's negotiators are claiming major progress saying 90% of issues are worked out. american diplomats say, there are still some tough issues to address. meanwhile senate republicans not backing down on their controversial letter to iranian leaders. no regrets at aum, is how tom cotton put it. nic robertson is there. a 10% gap in the negotiation is still a pretty big divide here considering the issues on the table. >> reporter: it really is christine. and this is what we've been told all along. you can cover a lot of ground in talks and nail down the easy stuff. it's the tough stuck that gets stuck at the end. that's where we're now. it's not just the technical issues. although that progress made on discussing the options of how to
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get around the technical issues but also political issues. secretary kerry has said over this past weekend and this week that really iran needs to take these tough political decisions about, you know for them it's a case of you know sanctions and when they're lifted and how they're lifted. so that's a hurdle for the iranians to cross. the other hurdle is you know an accountability of their past military use of enriched uranium, which is something they haven't done. again, this is a political decision and calculation on the iranian part but part of what is expected to make this whole deal work. so we're told that last 10% is overly complicated. things get on the table, seem to be agreed they get moved off the table, and then later, you know something else has changed. it's like a rubik's cube is how it's being described to us. three meetings yesterday, the day before a five-hour meeting. what is different today? the pair haven't met so far today. 9:30 in the morning here now.
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over the past couple of days they've begun their meetings by 8:00 a.m. so whatever schedule and we're told the deadline's approaching and the pressure's on the schedule perhaps today slipping a little bit, waiting for updates of when they actually get together. >> nic, thanks for that. happening this morning, a u.s. air force veteran goes before a judge, accused of attempting to join isis in syria. he was caught and turned back by turkish authorities in january after he refused to let them examine his laptop and other devices. u.s. investigators later found a letter on his laptop in which he declared himself a mujahideen. officials say he was an experienced aircraft mechanic and also american airlines. the director of the secret service grilled by a house committee about a series of embarrassing scandals at the agency including the latest two agents disrupting a late-night bomb investigation at
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the white house, after allegedly drinking. more now from jim acosta. >> a string of embarrassing episodes from last fall's fence-jumping incident at the white house, to accusations of agents drinking and driving around washington. joe clancy called for patience telling congress it's going to take some time to change the culture of his agency. that did not sit well with lawmakers who demanded answers about an incident earlier this month, when it's alleged two agents showed up as a suspicious package investigation at the white house after drinking at a party. clancy responded that surveillance video from the incident may reveal a less sensational version of events than was reported but the director admitted he wasn't told about it for five days. here's what he had to say. >> we had a good stern talk about that and then instructed the staff to go out to their management to ensure that these events any event of misconduct or operational errors have to be relayed up the chain.
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>> but clancy said changes are coming to thwart jumpers. a taller fence may go up this summer around the white house. and to address the outdated training facility we visited, the secret service wants to build a mock white house at a cost of $8 million. as for the alleged drunk driving incident they're awaiting the results of an investigation. but key lawmakers may be viewing the surveillance video of the incident this week. republicans formally unveiled their 2016 budget today, calling for higher military spending higher baseline defense spending. deep cuts to social services eliminating deficits within a decade. assumes $2 trillion in savings from a repeal of obamacare. even if it passes the president would never adopt it.
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the president calls for raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for infrastructure and education upgrades. kentucky senator rand paul will make his presidential candidacy official next month. a source said he planned to announce in louisville after the ncaa tournament. the first stops for paul in the days after the announcement will be iowa yep, new hampshire south carolina. important states early on. you can take this next story with a giant block of salt. donald trump says he could be serious this time about seeking the 2016 nomination. he'll launch an explore tore committee today. the report said he will not renew his contract with nbc for the apprentice. time for an "early start" on the markets. u.s. stock futures are bouncing
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back a little bit. yesterday was a tough day for the dow. oil prices down for six days in a row. lowest levels for oil since 2009. that had investors nervous. investors also nervous about the fed and how quickly it plans to start raising interest rates. today it could come down to one little word the word patient. for months the fed has said it would be patient about raising interest rates. they think they'll remove the word patient from the statement today, signaling a rate hike could come as june. a rate hike is coming. i wish the markets would stop with this crazy nail-biting. a rate hike is coming. >> if only everyone hung on our words like their words. >> i know. >> patience. the fbi raiding the home of robert durst. new developments in this case. we'll tell you what they are next. ♪i leave a story untold... ♪ he just keeps sending more pictures...
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robert durst is waking up in a new correctional facility this morning, one equipped to deal with the mentally ill. a a hearing is set for monday, for murder charges in los angeles, gun charges in new orleans, and a revived murder investigation in new york. jean casarez has the latest on all of this. >> reporter: prosecutors here in los angeles want robert durst to come and be extradited to face his first-degree murder charges, as soon as possible. and the defense wants that too. prosecutors in louisiana say not so fast. they have brought state charges
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against robert durst and on tuesday, durst was in court again at a hearing to face those charges. prosecutors then said, we want a detention hearing, which in essence, is a bail hearing. that's set now for monday. durst at the hearing was seen to be at one point smiling and even laughing to himself. but this is a very serious case out of louisiana. because it involves two felonies. a felon in possession of a weapon and a weapon in possession and with a controlled substance. it can be up to 30 years in prison for both felonies. and so prosecutors want to cross their t's and dot their i's and under louisiana law and constitutionally a defendant is entitled to a bail hearing. that detention hearing. so that is set for next monday. and he may not then be extradited to california until next week. john christine? >> thank you for that. the trial of accused boston
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marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev, a languageong-time friend saying he loaned him the gun which was later used. prosecutors in the tsarnaev trial could rest their case next week. the judge in the trial of colorado movie theater massacre suspect james holmes has set opening statements for april 27th. more than a month ahead of schedule three years since this massacre actually happened. the 27-year-old is charged with killing 12 people wounding 58 in the shooting. he's pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. jury selection moving along faster than expected. one of the potential jurors in the case is a survivor of the columbine massacre. the judge qualified the candidate after he assured the court he could be fair. aaron hernandez may have been angry at odin lloyd, the
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man he's accused of murdering. a witness at the trial said that the defendant was staring lloyd down as he talked to a mutual friend at a nightclub two days before the alleged murder. jurors are expected to hear more testimony today on the crime scene and the impression from nike sneakers hernandez wore. the drought in california has become so severe that the state's restaurants are now banned from serving water to customers unless they request it. clients fines for breaking the law, $500. increased wildfires, farm foreclosures and huge economic losses in that region for years to come. a study out of brazil suggests that prolonged breast feeding may lead to greater chances of educational and financial success. researchers followed babies into adulthood comparing those breast-fed for a month or less compared to those breast-fed 12 months or more those fed
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italian fashion designers dolce & gabbana now trying to extinguish a social media fire storm in a cnn exclusive. they say they respect how all people choose to live their lives, but that others should respect different points of view. those comments come after dominiqueo dolce referred to babies born through in vitro as synthetic children born from rented wombs. this has become a very big deal all over social media. you hear about it everywhere. and now cnn's anna coren spoke to the duo exclusively and joins us live from hong kong. this has been so surprisingly huge in so many circles. what do they say? >> yeah dolce & gabbana certainly shocked at the reaction they have received.
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they say this entire episode is being blown out of pro portion, that they were interviewed by an italian magazine over a week ago. the topic of the interview was families and they were asked, do either of you want to have children. now stefano gabbana, he said that he did, it's something that he's always wanted to do and he may consider ivf in the future but as for dommen co-dolce who is 56 years old, he said no i'm a gay man. i cannot have children. and this really falls into his whole traditional family values which is quite surprising considering he's a gay man in the fashion industry. but it's just something that he personally would not do. and that was a point that he wanted to clarify today. take a listen to some of our interview a bit earlier. >> we love gay couple. we love a gay adoption. we love everything.
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domenico express -- >> my point of view. my private point of view. i'm sicilian, i grew up in the family we i have sense of family very strong for myself. my company and family company. and i believe in the tradition of family. this my school my ground, my culture. it's impossible to change my culture for something different. it's me. >> and what triggered that fire storm were those phrases like synthetic children and rented uteruses. and this was something that dommenico said he should not have said. he misspoke used the wrong language and that he apologized for offending anyone. i asked him about elton john's reaction and the celebrities that have rallied behind him and both of them said we love elton john we love his music. we're not going to boycott his music. they want peace with the singer and they do apologize for
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offending anybody. >> fascinating interview. looking forward to hearing more of it as the day progresses. thanks so much. coming up another health insurance company hacked. we'll get an early start on your money next.
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it could signal a rate increase as early as june bringing more uncertainty into the markets. today is the final day at&t will be included in the 30 stocks that make up the dow jones industrial average. apple will join this exclusive club of 30 at the close of trading. apple already the biggest company in the s&p 500. the stock is up 12% this year. hackers stealing a huge amount of information from premera blew cross. up to 11 million of you, your customer records were compromised. birthdays, e-mails, social security numbers, insurance claims. second major hack of a health insurance company. earlier this year hackers stole similar information from anthem. just goes to show you there's a lot of places your information resides and hackers can get it with frightening information. >> if people want to ask you questions. >> #ask christine, if you want
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to ask me about money. if i answer your question on cnn, you'll get a free copy of my new book. >> fantastic. "early start" continues right now. happening now, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu claiming a huge victory in an election that many predicted would be tough for him to win. we're live with what comes next. in just hours, a u.s. air force veteran due in court, accused of trying to join isis in syria. new details on that case. good morning, welcome to start tart. i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it's wednesday, march 18 5:00 a.m. in the east. breaking overnight, it was a resounding re-election victory for israel's prime minister, with 99% of the votes counted, benjamin netanyahu has a five-seat edge over his opponent in israel's parliament. that's a much bigger margin than
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anticipated. herzog has called netanyahu to offer his congratulations. last night the prime minister gave a victory speech exalting in the comeback victory. earlier polls days ago put him several seats serious challenge in reuniting the country after some very harsh words right up until the final moments of this race. let's turn now to cnn's or rihn lieberman standing by in jerusalem with the very latest. >> reporter: one of the questions we'll try to figure out over the next few days is were the polls wrong from the very beginning or did netanyahu really stage an incredibly dramatic come back are from four seats down to five seats up. that's not what netanyahu is worried about right now. he saw the results and his victory. he knows it's a resounding victory with a very comfortable margin of victory for him and his right wing coalition. now it's up to him or looks like it will be up to him to put together a coalition government. when we saw the exit polls it was a very close race and it

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