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. a warning to iran. u.s. war ships preparing to black iranian with weapons from reaching yemen. the u.s. and iran on opposite sides in a civil war. the death toll rises in the shipwreck in the mediterranean. the tragedy revealing a human crisis. six police officers suspended following the death of a man mysteriously injured in an arrest. the community this morning is demanding answers. we have new developments ahead. good morning.
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welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. it is tuesday, april 21st. christine romans is off today. this morning, a new hot zone that puts u.s. assets in conflict with iran. u.s. war ships are patrolling the waters off yemen. personnel are prepared if necessary to board iranian arms if necessary. iranian officials are not backing down. the commander said we don't let anyone give us warnings or threats. our correspondent nick pat onwalsh has the latest. >> reporter: john a show of force here. there are about ten u.s. ships in the area. they will be joined by a carrier, "the uss theodore
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roosevelt." that boosts the u.s. fire power off the coast of yemen. that vital gulf up to the red sea key to u.s. interests, energy in particular. gas and oil transporting through that area. this is most about the arms blockade. the united nations security council resolution opposing that in yemen. and the reports that as many asinine iranian ships in the area bringing toward the houthi of the conflict inside yemen against the western backed president hadi and other groups. iran quite clear it is defiant and that runs the risk of the u.s. ships feel the need to stop them. that could be a moment of conflict. this is what is troubling, john we see so much fire power amassing with so many conflicting interests.
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the u.s. talking to iran about the nuclear deal key here to keep on the side of the decade long ally. that makes many deeply concerned for the wider conflict. >> it is interesting. the u.s. and iran have war ships eyeballing themselves in the small waterway at the same time iran has ludicrous charges at the same time the nuclear negotiations with the united states and iran. a strange combination of factors here. >> reporter: certainly. they say diplomacy can often carry a big stick. the presence in the gulf here and siding with iran's big nemesis saudi arabia is washington's way is if the talks don't go the way we want this
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could unfold. this is very much about a show of force both backing the saudis on one side, but showing the iranians that the diplomacy is a better option for tehran. >> nick paton walsh, thank you. the captain and crew member of the ship that wrecked in the mediterranean on sunday have been arrested on human trafficking. as many as 900 migrants are believed to have died when the ship they were in capsized. hundreds of thousands have made the dangerous journey from north africa. so many requiring rescue. some 3,500 died at sea last year. i want to bring in senior international correspondent ben wedeman following the latest on the investigation where 900 people might have died. ben, what is the latest on the
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investigation. >> reporter: according to the prosecutor here in catania, two men have been arrested out of the 28 survivors from the disaster. one apparently a tunesian. the captain of the ship. the other is a syrian. they are being questioned by the italian authorities. the other survivors have been sent to an old u.s. residence for families of u.s. military personnel. they will be under observation and they will get medical treatment if they need help. otherwise, they will be integrated for what passes for the system dealing with migrants here in italy. i'm on the dock in catania where the migrants and the two arrested members of the crew of the ship arrived.
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ironically ironically this gives you the idea of the contradictions of the situation in europe. behind me is the cruise ship that docked a while ago with elderly english pensioners. the european community is trying to come up with some sort of way to deal with this crisis. they are looking at a ten-point plan which would include increased funding for the sea operation to try to rescue these migrants and other measures that might prevent more people from coming. they will be meeting in an emergency summit on thursday. european leaders that is. at this point, there is no clear idea how to really deal with the fundamental issues that have led to the mounting crisis. john. >> you see the tragic implications. ben, thank you. new details in the isis inspired plot. prosecutors call it the biggest
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recruitment case so far in the united states. officials say six men somali american friends all aged 19 to 21 were conspireing to sneak into syria and join isis by any means possible. those are the words of the u.s. attorney in minnesota. four of the men were arrested in minneapolis on sunday. two others detained in san diego. officials say they are trying to cross into mexico with fake passports and make their way to syria from there. prosecutors say the men were encouraged about a 21-year-old friend who joined isis in syria. >> in today's case this group of friends is recruiting each other. they are engaged in what we describe as peer-to-peer recruiting. friend-to-friend brother-to-brother. we have terror recruiting problem in minnesota. >> four of the suspects appeared
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in court on monday. they did not enter a plea. the senate could come closer to the nomination vote on loretta lynch. lawmakers are closing in on the agreement to tweak an abortion bill. once that is settled, mitch mcconnell will put the nomination to a vote. if confirmed, she would become the first african-american woman to serve as attorney general. eight minutes after the hour. time for an early start on your money. cristina alesci is here with that. >> good morning. futures are solidly up this morning. yesterday, the dow climbed 208 points thanks to strong earnings from morgan stanley and ibm. there is a lot more to consider today with verizon and chipotle. yahoo! and more reporting today. >> and google. a big change from google today. >> yes, indeed.
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google is changing the mobile search algorithy. a site has to be able to load quickly and easier to read and get better placement. if not, the site will rank lower. it could be a huge loss for small businesses that don't have mobile sites. it is a reflection of more people searching on their phones rather than the desk stop. >> you search on the phone, it is far down you will not get to it. >> interesting to see how that changes. thank you. six officers off the job after a man somehow injured during his arrest dies. there is new video that raises new questions into what went so terribly wrong.
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he was in custody. baltimore police have released new video of the arrest that shows gray being dragged into a police van. six officers involved in the arrest have been suspended during the investigation. an attorney for the family says freddie gray was in perfect health until police chased and tackled him. the mayor of baltimore is promising to get to the bottom of the investigation. >> we are committed to getting this right. we have a challenging history in our city when it comes to trust with the community and police. we have to make sure that this investigation goes forward and it is transparent and we actually have independent eyes that take a look at it. it is too important not to get it right. >> baltimore has a sorry history of police brutality and a sorrier history of a governmental response to police brutality. typically the police deny deny, deny. >> a lot of questions this
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morning and unanswered questions this morning. cnn correspondent miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: john an amazing scene outside the baltimore police department. a few protesters left after a huge rain storm came through here. you still see they are shouting angrily at police who have gathered here. the man in the white shirt there, melvin russell. he came in the middle of the crowd. he tried to bring down the level of the anger. here is how that turned out. >> you are asking the wrong person. you asking the wrong person. >> you totally think he was okay before he got put in that wagon. >> why are you asking questions i can't answer? >> why wasn't he -- >> i don't know. >> reporter: it was several blocks from here where freddie gray died.
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25 years old. witnesses say he was complaining about having asthma and not having his inhaler on him. they put him in a wagon and took him in to custody. putting him in leg irons at one point. there was never a point, say police where he was injured while he was arrested. by the time he got to the police station, somehow, his neck was broken and his family's lawyer saying it was nearly severed. the spinal cord. the public protesting and they don't want this to happen again. it seems to be for this tough neighborhood in baltimore a turning point. john. two tulsa deputies have been reassigned. 73-year-old volunteer deputy robert robert robert bates who shot the suspect. the two deputies who pinned
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harris to the ground have resigned. the fbi is determining that a civil rights investigation into the shooting is not warranted. bates is currently free on bond awaiting trial. later this morning, the jury that convicted dzhokhar tsarnaev in the boston marathon bombing reconvenes for the sentences phase of the trial. jurors will decide if tsarnaev will get life or a death sentence. handful of bombing survivors have appealed for tsarnaev to be spared the death penalty. let's get more from alexandra field. >> reporter: after the guilty verdict on all counts, the jury will have to determine if he gets a life sense or sentenced to death. the next phase is expected to be emotional for all of the survivors who endured weeks of testimony and recounting of the day of the deadly attacks back in 2013. we are hearing from some
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survivor survivors who are asking for a life sentence with no possibility of appeal or parole. jessica and her husband were hurt in 2013. they were quoted in the boston globe saying we wish that he could feel the searing pain and terror that four beautiful souls felt before their death as well as the harsh reality of discovering mutilated or missing legs. however, we must overcome the impulse for vengeance. that echoed in an op-ed by the parents of richard martin. they say the appeal process that would come with the death penalty would mean years of reliving the agony of that awful day. when the trial resumes, john, the jury will hear opening statements from both sides and both sides will call more
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witnesses. >> alexandra field in boston where they ran the marathon yesterday. the transportation security administration employees will no longer be able to bypass the scrutiny faced by other travelers. airport security will be able to reduce the number of access points to conduct random screenings through the workday. this follows guns being smuggled on to airplanes. new issues on the condition of bobbi kristina brown. her grandmother, cissy houston says she is no longer in a coma but has irreversible brain damage. bobby brown says his daughter is awake and he felt she was watching him. major egg producing plant in iowa has been quarantined after an outbreak of bird flu. more than 5 million hens will be
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killed to prevent the spread of the disease. bird flu in three wisconsin counties has made governor walker to declare a state of emergency there. severe weather slamming the east coast. serious winds in anderson, south carolina putting the tree under the car there. the similar scene in north carolina. a 2-year-old girl injured after a tree fell on top of a room where she was watching tv. she is expected to be okay. hillary clinton on the record about the republican attacks against her as possible republican rivals make big moves to bolster their credentials. we will explain next.
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happening today, hillary clinton in new hampshire in her first campaign swing through the state, she will pay a visit to a community college this morning. on monday, she continued the small scale tone of her campaign so far as she discussed programs like social security and head start. at the same time the former secretary defended herself against attacks in a new book or some call it research in a new book. we have brianna keilar with more. >> reporter: john good morning. in a brief session with reporters here in keaene, new
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hampshire, clinton addresses the pay to play option while secretary of state. she said it boils down to politics s politics. >> we will be subjected to attacks. i'm ready for that. i know that comes with the territory. it is i think, worth noting that the republicans seem to be talking only about me. i don't know what they talk about if i weren't in the race. >> reporter: clinton campaign aides are sharper about rhetoric in the book "clinton cash." the chairman of her campaign saying it is conspiracy theories woven together. here in new hampshire at an event to discuss businesses, hillary clinton put distance between herself and obama. she said the economy has stalled
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out. john. >> brianna keilar in new hampshire. chris christie speaks at the washington conference on the americas which brings together government and diplomatic officials with business and policy leaders. the governor is the only state official to speak. he visited canada and mexico on trade missions last year. this could be seen as an effort to beef up his foreign policy. jeb bush is headed overseas to visit poland and estonia in june. bush wants to get a first hand view of the economic and security challenges. the former governor will declare his white house candidacy after the trip. vice president biden called ukraine president petro poroshenko on monday over the humanitarian aid.
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monday started the training on the government forces deployed in the east where heavy fighting continues despite the february cease-fire. the u.s. is sending war ships to yemen with a warning for iran. we have live team coverage next.
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a warning to iran. u.s. war ships on their way to yemen to block iranian weapons from reaching rebels inside
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yemen. iran seems to be flexing its military muscle as the same time they are trying to broker a deal with the u.s. we are live. the dealth toll is rising in the mediterranean. we have new developments overnight. mounting questions and fury over the death of a man mysteriously injured during his arrest. six police officers now off the job. details ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. christine romans is off today. a hot zone that puts u.s. assets in direct conflict with iran. u.s. war ships are now patrolling the waters off yemen. the vessels designed to send a message to block iranian vessels suspected of trafficking arms to rebels inside yemen.
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the iranian backed houthis have overthrown the government which is backed by the united states and saudi arabia. iranian officials are not backing down. the commander of the iranian navy said we don't let anyone give us warnings or threats. our correspondent nick paton walsh is monitoring the latest for us. >> reporter: john as you say, danger of conflict ratio here. this is a substantial amount of fire power in the maritime area. nine ships joined by the "uss theodore roosevelt" which is there partially to assist in the united nations security council resolution against the houthis in yemen. it is not clear what the suspected nine iranian ships in the area which the u.s. are monitoring what they are carrying or where they are bound. there is the dangerous moment if they choose to head to yemen
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shores and if they have arms do they let them pass or board them. that say far flung proposal but it means this area a gulf area for trade and supplies is now an intense flashpoint. while, of course the u.s. is talking peace about nuclear deal with iran in switzerland, it is keen i think, to show the regional allies a decades long ally. it is behind them in the campaign. the u.s. of course has searched and rescue facilities and targeting intelligence sharing and involved in the conflict. this extra fire power in the seas in yemen is another sign of how potentially far this war has come from the beginning just weeks ago, john. >> nick paton walsh following what is going on in yemen. the role in yemen is the
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evidence of the influence being spread in the middle east. it is helping to prop up the assad government in syria. yemen was added to the list when sanaa is the fourth capital to fall into our hands. while that is going on the united states is trying to broker a nuclear deal with iran. we learned yesterday of the charges that iran has placed now against a washington post journalist. an american journalist held in the country. charges that the post determines are ludicrous. let's go inside iran to get the reaction there. bringing in frederik pleitgen. he is standing by live in tehran. good morning, fred. >> reporter: good morning, john. it is really interesting right now the way the u.s. and iran are interacting. on the one hand the confrontation goes on. you also have signs of possible
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reconciliation. as you said, there is a conflict going on in yemen. i just came back a couple of minutes ago from a red crescent center in tehran. they took us there to underscore the point that anything they want to deliver is humanitarian aid. that is something they deny, the accusations, they are supplying weapons to the houthis rebels. there is a conflict of how to deal with isis. i spoke with a senior iranian general and they believe the u.s. is not really trying to deal with isis. they think they are the ones making the head way. they are the ones training the shi'a militia. they also told us they see the u.s. as a threat. they say at this point in time there is a lot of distrust, especially on the military level. at the same time if you look at the government in iran it seems to want the nuclear deal. they want better relations with
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the u.s. and iran. they want this nuclear deal to work. however, there are still a lot of hurdles that need to be taken. if you look at the rhetoric, coming from tehran from the past couple of days they seem to be drawing red lines which is inspectors at military bases. there still certainly is a long way to go. you can feel it here in the air in tehran this is a very very decisive time as the u.s. and iran seem to be redefining the relationship. >> does there seem to be a sense of comportmentalization? you have the war ships staring at each other and the journalist held on what seems to be trumped charges. is this all separate from the nuclear talks? >> reporter: john i think it is two separate things that are issue. on the one hand, it is
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compartmental. the government is trying to keep the yemen conflict separate from the nuclear negotiations. you can tell that by the foreign minister. you can tell that also when i spoke to the vice president. he said the thing thatha that happened to the washington post reporter. there is a divide with iran itself. right now, you have a moderate government but hard liners here who are very powerful. especially the clergy here in the couple try. there country. there will be many issues with the government. the government here is looking for leeway from the conservative forces to force the nuclear negotiations and initiate change in the relationship. >> complicated situation on the international scene, but inside the country where you are right
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now in iran. frederik pleitgen reporting from tehran this morning. thanks. developing overnight, the captain and crew member of the ship that capsized in the mediterranean on sunday have been arrested on suspicious of human trafficking. as many as 900 migrants from africa are believed to have died when the overcrowded vessel capsized. leaders met in luxembourg on monday. i want to bring in senior international correspondent ben wedeman who is live in sicily with latest on the investigation. >> reporter: the prosecutor in catania has arrested two men out of the 28 survivors from the tragedy. one was the tunesian captain of the ship. the other was a syrian shipmate.
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as far as the remaining survivors, they have gone to an old residence for the families of u.s. servicemen who used to work here with nato. of course now that has been taken over and used as a migrant center. the european union at this point is scrambling to come up with the solution with the mounting crisis. they are looking at the possibility of increasing funding for the sea operation to rescue migrants. ways to stop them from coming in the first place. perhaps aid to the countries that are most effected. beyond that they are talking about the possibility of some sort of military operation to destroy the boats that bring the migrants to europe. that requires a much higher level of decision by the european leadership which does not have a very good record for decisive military action.
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nonetheless, the pressure is building on european leaders to do something to stem this massive influx of migrants from the middle east and europe. >> ben wedeman in sicily. thanks. we have new details this morning on the isis inspired plot. federal prosecutors call it the biggest isis recruitment case in the united states so far. six men, somali american friends, aged 19 to 21 were conspireing to sneak into syria and join isis by any means possible. those are the words of the u.s. attorney. four were arrested in minneapolis on sunday. two others detained in san diego. the officials say they were trying to cross into mexico with fake passports and make their way to syria from there. prosecutors say the men were encouraged by a 21-year-old than friend who already joined isis in syria. the u.s. attorney says there was no mastermind behind the conspiracy. >> in today's case the answer is this group of friends is recruiting each other. they are engaged in what we
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describe as peer-to-peer recruiting. friend to friend, brother to brother. we have a terror recruiting problem in minnesota. >> four suspect ass appeared in court on monday. time to check your money. cristina alesci is here with more. >> yesterday, the dow climbed 208 points thanks to strong statements from earnings. one piece of airline news that is making headlines this morning is the customer satisfaction index came out. ranked dead last. spirit airlines known for cheap tickets, and fees for just about
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anything from carry-ons to water. another low-cost carrier, front frontier and jetblue. customer satisfaction hit a 20-year high. that is not saying much. i feel like taking domestic air travel is worse than a bus. >> thanks, i appreciate it. six officers suspended after a man was injured during his arrest and died. the community demanding answers as a new video surfaces next.
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new protests in baltimore and still most explanation from police why freddie gray was arrested and why and how he suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in custody. baltimore police have released video of the arrest that appears to show gray dragged into a police van. six officers involved in the arrest have been suspended during the investigation. an attorney for the family says freddie gray was in perfect health until police chased and tackled him. the mayor of baltimore promises to get to the bottom of this. >> we are committed to getting this had right. we have a challenging history in our city when it comes to trust between the community and the police. we have to make sure that this investigation goes forward and that it is transparent and we
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actually have independent eyes to take a look at it. it is too important not to get it right. >> baltimore has a sorry history of police brutality and an even sorrier history of police response to brutality. typically, the police deny deny deny. >> a lot of unanswered questions in the situation right in baltimore. correspondent miguel marquez is there with more. >> reporter: john an amazing scene outside the division of the baltimore police department. a few protesters here after a huge rain storm came here. they are still shouting angrily at police here. the man in the white shirt, melvin russell, he came into the middle of the crowd. hundreds of people trying to engage and bring down the level of anger. >> you are asking the wrong person. you asking the wrong person.
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>> saying he was okay before he got put in that wagon. how? >> why are you asking me questions i can't answer? >> i don't know. >> reporter: now several blocks from here where freddie gray died. 25 years old when he was arrested by police. witnesses say he was complaining about having asthma and not having his inhaler on him. they put him in a wagon and took him into custody. putting him in leg irons at one point. there was never a point, say police where he was injured while he was arrested. by the time he got to the police station, somehow, his neck was broken. his family's lawyer saying it was nearly severed, the spinal cord. seven days later, he died. this crowd is angry and protesting that black lives matter. it seems to be for this very
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tough neighborhood in baltimore a turning point. john. >> miguel marquez in baltimore. later this morning, the jury that convicted dzhokhar tsarnaev in the boston marathon bombing reconvenes for the sentencing phase of the trial. jurors will decide if he will get the death penalty or life in prison without parole. some members have appealed for tsarnaev to be spared the death penalty. though not out of mercy. many do not want a long appeal process to drag out. they do not want to see him anymore. the transportation security administration imposing new rules for screening airport and airline workers. when traveling as passengers employees will not be allowed to bypass security. they will reduce the number of access points to secure areas and conduct random screenings throughout the workday. the new rules follow a nobody of lapses involve guns smuggled on
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planes. new information on the condition of bobbi kristina brown. her grandmother, cissy houston, said the 22-year-old daughter of the late whitney houston is no long near a coma but has irreversible brain damage. a few days ago, her father bobby brown, said his daughter was awake and he felt she was watching him. hillary clinton is hitting back at republican attacks. what she had to have a to potential 2016 rivals. we'll tell you next.
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happening today, hillary clinton and her first campaign swing through new hampshire with the visit to the community college this morning. on monday the former secretary of state stuck with the small scale tone of her campaign so far. she discussed programs such as social security and head start. that was going on and she was defending herself a bit from attacks or some say revelations in a new book. correspondent brianna keilar has more. >> reporter: john good morning. in a brief session with reporters here in keene, new hampshire, hillary clinton addressed this upcoming book that alleges pay to play between the clinton foundation and foreign countries while secretary of state. she said it boils down to
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politics. >> we're back into the political season and we will be subjected to all kinds of distraction and attacks and i'm ready for that. i know that comes with the territory. it is, i think worth noting that the republicans seem to be only talking about me. i don't know what they would talk about if i weren't in the race. >> reporter: clinton aides have been talking about the book. her chairman saying it is woven together from cherry picked information. here in new hampshire, at an event to discuss small businesses with local business owners hillary clinton put distance between herself and president obama on the economy. she said small businesses need to get back growing and the economy stalled out. >> brianna keilar in new hampshire.
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thank you. a big food scare overnight having to do with ice cream in your freezer. we will tell you what you should throw out immediately. that's next.
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time for an early start on your money. an early start on your refrigerator. futures. >> futures are up this morning. it's been a great start to the week so far. yesterday the dow climbed 208 points thanks to strong earnings from morgan stanley and ibm. a lot to consider today with verizon and yahoo! and many more reporting results today. a big scare announced overnight.
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blue bell ice cream issued a recall after all of the products tested positive for potentially deadly listeria bacteria. it can cause fatal infections in young children and dangerous for pregnant women. kraft is making big changes to mac & cheese. next january, kraft will remove artificial preservatives and colors from the recipe. the company will use spices. parents want healthy simple food for children. kraft says don't worry, it will still taste the same. >> it better. it is one of the few things i can cook. >> it doesn't taste like cheese. >> it tastes like awesome. i hope it continues to do so. >> i'm change your mind. >> cristina alesci thanks. "early start" continues right now.
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a warning to iran. u.s. war ships on their way to block iranian weapons from reaching yemen. what trying to secure a nuclear deal. will iran's military movescome complyications complications? the refugee crisis. crew members arrested and suspected of human trafficking. we are live with the latest there. and six police officers suspended in the death of a man mysteriously injured in an arrest. the community is demanding answers this morning. we have new developments. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. it is tuesday, april 21st. 5:00 a.m. in the east. christine romans is off this morning. a new hot zone that puts u.s. assets in conflict with

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