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bikers revenge. police warning that rival bike gangs could bring their fight back to waco. what we are learning ahead. and investigators are learning new information about the amtrak derailment. happening now, the u.s. vowing to help take back a key a iraqi city from terrorist. now iran is helping in the
fight. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. it is 4:00 a.m. on the east coast. we start in waco texas. motorcycle gangs could go to war at twin peaks restaurant where nine people were dead and 170 others under arrest. the leaders of the bandidos biker gang will attack one another. a member of the bandidos says the club is not violent. >> it is something we are concerned about. we would encourage biker groups to stand down. there has been enough bloodshed and death here. we don't need additional death.
>> we are not a gang. we do not do gang things. they reading too many comic books and watching too many "b" rated biker movies. we are not thugs. when we find a thug in our bunch, we get rid of them. >> the bail is set at $1 million each. the brawl was mainly over territory that the bandidos don't allow the others to wear the texas insignia. the bulletin obtained of wfaa tv warns the violence of the two gangs. the twin peaks restaurant was warned of the danger but ignored the advice. we have the latest from waco with kyung lah. >> reporter: good morning,
poppy. there is so much evidence that the processing of it and collection of it will spill over into a second day. this morning, a continuation of what we have been seeing. the police focusing on what they can collect like the motorcycles. they are pushing motorcycle after motorcycle on to flatbed trucks hauling away dozens of them. they are going through the cars and trying to decide if they will release them to the owners. more than 100 guns have been collected and knives and batons and chains with padlocks on them. 170 people in all have been arrested. the sheriff telling us there are so many people they had to put the suspects on city buses and bring them to the convention center for processing. as far as the restaurant they are getting cooperation from the owners. law enforcement saying this carnage could have been avoided had the restaurant cooperated with the police in the first
place. >> thanks for that. i appreciate it. shi'ite fighters are preparing to take the capital from isis. they are trying to do that. iraq iraq iraq iraqi security forces are gathering at an air base east the ramadi. this is days after isis blasted into the strong hold with armored bulldozers and car bombs. the white house on monday conceding the loss of ramadi saying it is a setback and promising to retake the city. ian lee is following the latest for us in iraq. he joins us from cairo. ian, it is critical to retake ramadi. if you don't, you have the highway from the heartland in syria straight into baghdad. 65 miles away. what other prospects they are able to push isis out.
>> reporter: that's exactly right, poppy. 80% of anbar province is now in control of isis. that does put them closer to baghdad. it gives them a direct shot to that capital city. although t very unlikely we do not see any indication that they will try to take the offensive to baghdad. it is a heavily fortified area. there is a lot of open terrain to prevent them and make them vulnerable to coalition air strikes. retaking ramadi is going to be difficult. once you lose ground they are good at holding terrain. we saw in tikrit that turned into weeks because of booby traps and ieds. they are fighting to the last minute. that is what makes taking ground so difficult. you have the shi'ite militias
that have proven to be effective against isis east of ramadi preparing to go back in. as we saw in 2005 and 2006 when u.s. forces were in iraq it was very difficult for them to bring security and control to this area. this anbar province. it wasn't until the sunni anwaken awakening they were able to do so. that is going to be a difficult task for the iraqi government to do. especially with the shi'ite militias who have bad blood with the sunnis in iraq. >> no question and that sunni-muslim awakening and they will have to see urban combat again. the united nations this morning saying within the last 48 hours, 25,000 innocent civilians in ramadi has fled. is isis letting them out?
>> reporter: that's about 1/10 of the population of ramadi that was able to flee. they the lucky ones. despite needing food and water and health care and shelter, they were able to get out. for the people who were left behind isis does not treat captives well. the spokesman of anbar province the governor there gave a story of one person executed. take a listen. >> on the first day that isis took over the city they executed a 3-year-old girl whose father was fighting against isis. he later died in battle. >> reporter: we know anyone who they really capture as well as iraqi security forces don't have a chance likely to be executed really quite a reign of brutality when they take ground. >> ian lee, thank you. i appreciate the update.
president obama ordering the federal government to stop distributing military equipment to police departments. it makes police departments look like an occupying force. as cnn correspondent jim acosta tell us the ban takes effect immediately. >> reporter: poppy, nine months after ferguson missouri the white house is outlining reforms of law enforcement. agencies would be barred from providing police agencies with tanks and high caliber weapons and grenade launchers. the administration would control, but still allow the acquisition of the armored vehicles roaming ferguson if police officers are trained properly. and permitted are aircraft and drones and riot gear. after meeting with police officials in camden new jersey yesterday.
the president says too many agencies look like an occupying force. >> alienate and send the wrong message. >> reporter: the national sheriff's association is worried that it leaves deputies and officers out gunned. the restrictions take effect right away. the training seeking military hardware kick in later this year. >> the question is what happens to all of that. jim, i appreciate it. the supreme court cracking down on double taxation. this is a ruling that could cost states and cities millions of dollars. the justices siding with maryland residents forced to state an income tax if they are paying outside that have area. other cities do as new york and philadelphia and cleveland and
detroit. the supreme court ruling is expected to cost maryland $200 million. let's get an early start on your money. alison kosik is here. good morning. >> good morning. we are looking at stocks at records. the dow climbed 26 points to top its previous march closing high. the s&p hitting a record for the third day in a row. that could continue because we are looking at stock futures pointing higher. there is still a lot more for investors to process this morning. before the bell we will hear from walmart and tjmaxx. the federal appeals court says apple cannot seek damages from copyego copying the design. the overall look of the iphone
is essential for smartphones. apple cannot prevent others from copying it. >> what do they say? that is the best form of flattery? >> apple should see it that way. >> thanks alison. a new challenge facing president obama. how to communicate in under 140 characters. the president joining the twitter verse. potus promising to communicate through people. the first post was a greeting. hello, twitter. it's barack. it already has more than 1 million followers. including president clinton who asked does that use name stay with the office adding #askingforafriend. the release of the information into what caused the deadly amtrak derailment. the latest on that next.
welcome back to "early start." the fbi ruling out a gunshot as the contributing cause of the derailment of amtrak after reviewing the grapefruit size object. it may be possible for something else to hit the windshield. and there is a mass action lawsuit focusing on the train's speed and lack of speed control technology on the tracks. law enforcement is keeping its focus on the man who was at the controls of the train amtrak 188. we have more from rene marsh. >> reporter: we vhave been speaking with the enforcement here in philadelphia. they are focusing on the
engineer on the train. the engineer had been on the route according to the ntsb for several weeks. that's not a long time. we should point out although investigators say they are focusing on the engineer's handling of the train, that doesn't necessarily indicate anything criminal. in fact we know philadelphia police as well as the district attorney's office are in a holding pattern. they want to wait and get definitive answers from the ntsb investigation before they move forward with their investigation. we do know the ntsb has completed the analysis of the train's recorders. that is a fact. so far, so far, they say they have not found any sign of mechanical failure, but a source with the ntsb is stressing it is too early to rule anything in or out. they say they will not determine the cause of the derailment until the investigation concludes. poppy, they say that could take
12 months. back to you. >> rene thank you. also this as baltimore recovers from the protests and riots that followed the fatal injury of freddie gray in police custody. alarming increase of shootings in the city. 91 have been killed this year and 21 more than the same time in 2014. breaking overnight, the state department proposing a january, 2016 deadline to complete the review and release of thousands of e-mails from hillary clinton that went through her private server while secretary of state. clinton turned over the electronic communications back in december. the agency is responding to a freedom of information lawsuit seeking all of the former secretary of state's e-mails.
and chris christie still has not determined if he is running for president. >> the framework is flimsy. i have grave concerns how we make the iranians live up to their bargain and compliance. the deal will lead to a nuclear iran and then a nuclearized middle east. it threatens the united states and turns 70 years of policy on its head. >> the iraq war has become a political football that republicans like jeb bush and marco rubio have bobbled. now rick perry is weighing in. he says knowing what the world knows now, he would not have invaded iraq as president bush did. perry blamed the troubles now and including the spread of isis on president obama.
all three of them had suffered injuries before the fire was set. now police have released surveillance video of a person they want to speak with. cnn's joe johns has more. >> reporter: police spent monday at the crime scene gathering evidence in the neighborhood blocks from the vice president's residence. the smoke and flames were still shooting out of the second floor. the fire has turned into a case of suspected arson and murder mystery. police are now seeking to talk to one individual caught on saur surveillance with video. police may have believed he was driving the family's blue porsche. the victims include sava savapolous and his wife amy and son phillip.
also found in the house with the family one of their housekeepers. adding to the mystery, another employee of the family told cnn affiliate wjla she received a text from amy hours before the fire telling her to stay away. she also said the husband has left her a tense sounding voice message the night before telling her his wife was sick. as of monday the medical examiner had not determined the cause and manner of death. blunt force trauma stab wounds or smoke inhalation or something else. police called this a homicide and said the victims had been attacked before the fires. joe johns, cnn, washington. >> joe, thank you for that. a deadly mudslide and flash flooding in colombia. an avalanche of mud and trees in
salgar 60 miles west of med medellen. and in yemen. saudi air strikes bombarding houthis with weapons after the cease-fire has stopped. the help has not reached them. over 1,600 people have been killed with the war with the houthis and forces loyal to the yemen ousted president. the united nations approving the military force against human traffickers in the mediterranean. it is an escalation plan. it allows the eu to move ahead with the naval operation to include destroying the vessels.
derailment. the war on isis focusing on a key iraqi city. how the terrorists took over ra ma ramadi. welcome back to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. police are worried that the rival gangs will be involved in a shootout after the weekend violence. leaders of the biker gangs told members to arm themselves and head to the waco area. the bulletin warns the gangs will not stop attacking each other. a member of the bandidos warns they are not violent. >> it caused united statess to step up our game. we encourage biker groups to stand down.
there is enough bloodshed. there is enough death here. we don't need additional death. >> we are not a gang. we do not do gang things. they have been reading too many comic books and watching too many "b" rated biker movies. we are not thugs. when we find a thug in our bunch, we get rid of them. >> a waco judge set bail for the suspects at $1 million each. the sources tell cnn that the brawl was over territory and they don't allow other motorcycle clubs to wear the texas insignia. the clash came as no surprise to the police after the bulletin obtained by the wfaa tv station. in turn waco police warned the twin peaks restaurant but the restaurant ignored the advice. we have kyung lah with the latest from waco.
>> reporter: good morning. law enforcement says the scene is so large and there is so much evidence that the processing of it and collection of it will spill over into a second day. this morning, a continue indicationcontinueation of what we have been seeing. they are pushing motorcycle after motorcycle on to flatbed trucks hauling away dozens of them. they are going through the cars and trying to decide if they will release them to the owners or move into evidence. more than 100 guns have been collected by police. in addition to weapons like knives batons and chains with padlocks on them. 170 people in all have been arrested. the sheriff telling us there are so many people they had to put the suspects on to city buses and bring them to the convention center for processing. as far as the restaurant police say they are now getting cooperation from the owners. the law enforcement here saying that all of the carnage could
have been avoided had the restaurant cooperated with police in the first place. poppy. >> thank you for that. new this morning, shi'ite fighters preparing to try to retake the capital of iraq's anbar province from isis. nearly 3,000 fighters from the militia are gathering at an air base east of ramadi. this days after isis blasted into the strong hold with bulldozers and car bombs. the white house conceding the loss of ramadi promising to help retake the city. we have ivan watson following the story for us from hong kong. ivan, the fact that isis was quickly able to take over ramadi. they had discuss insuccess in fallujah and other strong holds.
will we see the forces retake ha ramadi? >> it will be a hard battle. poppy, it is taking so close to baghdad. ramadi located here is only about an hour's drive. i have done that drive in more peaceful times. an hour drive on the highway from baghdad and ramadi was the headquarters of the iraqi military in anbar province. isis has been showing off pictures of equipment and military vehicles they seized from the bases they captured in the city on sunday. the iraqi security forces pulled back to here. a town where they tried to set up a defensive line where smooit shi'ite militia men have moved to bolster security. in the meantime tens of thousands of iraqi civilians have been streaming out of ramadi. many of them presumably related to some of the sunni tribes men
working with the iraqi government to defend ramadi. and they are terrified of the aspect of having their heads chopped off and targeted by the mass executions that isis have become notorious for. fallujah is a town that you may remember from a decade ago when the u.s. had the complicated military occupation of iraq. this was controlled by al qaeda linked militants. so was ramadi. soldiers had to fight for months street by street house by house, to regain control of the two cities from the al qaeda-linked insurgents. scores of u.s. servicemen and women were killed in those periods of urban combat. if the iraqi security forces
want to win back the cities they have to embark on similar difficult urban campaigns. poppy. >> ivan what happens if isis is ability to hang on to ramadi and able to topple iraqi controlled bases to the west? you have one near al bagdadi and one near the dam. i wonder if the capability is focused on ramadi or if they have enough resources to do that. >> reporter: what is incredible poppy, they have been fighting on many fronts across the border in syria and in many locations in iraq simultaneously. they popped up on the scene a year ago when they captured mosul. that was june of 2014. that's what triggered international alarm. that's what helped prompt the u.s. a couple months later start air strikes to defend kurdish fighters that control iraqi
kurdistan in the north. they were able to capture tikrit in march and april of this year with the help of the shi'ite militias. the iraqi government said after this victory, we will push to recap recapture mosul and anbar province province. instead, they are retreating here. >> it is fascinating. our security analyst was tell me a few days ago, this is not just a terrorist organization. this is an extraordinarily well funded army. the united nations saying in the last 48 hours, 25,000 people in ramadi have fled. most of them are not able to knee flee. is that right? >> reporter: it has been cut off to the east from baghdad is actually some of the civilians had to take the circuitous route
in the west and the way out is over a bridge across a small river. they cannot just let everybody flood across. they have to search for weapons. i was reporting on ramadi and the local government there warning that it could fall a month ago in april. sounding the alarm. saying we desperately need help and reinforcements. iraqi government was able to hold on since then but some of the civilians fleeing had to take that same route over the bridge to get out. united nations telling us there are thousands of civilians sleep in the open since the exodus began. >> think about the people on the ground going through this absolute terror and tragedy. ivan thanks. i appreciate the reporting. president obama ordering the
federal government to stop distributing military equipment to police departments. the armored vehicles and war zone weapons makes police departments look like an occupying force. not the public servants. and jim acosta tells us this ban takes effect immediately. >> reporter: poppy, nine months after the streets of ferguson missouri looked like a combat zone the white house is outlining zones. under policy the agencies would be barred from providing police with high caliber weapons and grenade launchers. and they would still have the armored vehicles if police departments show officers being trained properly. also permitted are aircraft and drones and riot gear. after meeting with police officials in camden new jersey, yesterday, the president said
too many agent iscyies look like an occupying force. >> we will prohibit equipment made for the battle field that is not appropriate for police stations. >> reporter: it will leave officers and deputies out gunned according to departments. the ban takes effect right away. the new training requirements for police departments seeking military hardware kick in later this year. >> jim, thank you. let's get an early start on your money with alison kosik. good morning. >> good morning. it took a bit of a gain for stocks to reach records. the dow climbed 26 points. not a huge day. enough to top the march 2nd closing high. the s&p also notching a record close. the third in a row. it looks like there could be another record day for stocks. u.s. stock futures are up right now. with a lot on wall street including earnings from walmart
and the nation's biggest private employer. soon you will be able to pick the music you are hearing in starbucks through spotify. part of a partnership with the coffee chain and streaming service. customers will listen to and add to the play list. they can keep listening after they leave the store through either app. the spotify customers will earn starbucks reward points through the loyalty program. it is all about interactive experience. you will see more of the partnering up. >> a modern day juke box. thanks. a new challenge facing president obama. how to communicate in under 140 characters. the president officially joining the twitter verse. promising to engage with the people not through a staff member. the first post was a greeting. hello twitter, it's barack.
they are finally giving me my own account. it has more than 1 million followers including former president clinton who asked does the user name stay with the office? and investigators slowly honing in on what could have caused last week's deadly amtrak derailment as passengers come together in court. we will bring you the latest next.
welcome back. the fbi now ruling out a gunshot as a contributing cause of the deadly amtrak derailment after reviewing the damage to the windshield. the ntsb says it is possible another obstruct the windshield. an attorney for four people injured in the crash says he is launching a mass action lawsuit against amtrak. focusing on two things. the train's speed and the lack of speed control technology. law enforcement keeping focus on the man who was at the controls of amtrak 188. we have more from rene march. >> reporter: poppy, we have been speaking with law enforcement and government sources here in philadelphia and they all indicate there is a sharp focus on the engineer and his experience as well as his handling of the train. we do know that this engineer had been on the route according to the ntsb for several weeks. that's not a long time.
we should point out although investigators say they are focusing on the engineer's handling of the train, that doesn't indicate anything criminal. we know philadelphia police as well as the district attorney's office here in a bit of a holding pattern. they want to wait and get definitive answers from the ntsb investigation before they move forward with their investigation. we do know the ntsb has completed the analysis of the train's recorders. that is a fact. so far, so far, they say they have not found any sign of mechanical failure but a source with the ntsb is stressing that it is too early to rule anything in or out. they say they will not determine the cause of the derailment until this investigation concludes. poppy, they say that could take 12 months. back to you. >> rene thank you. state department setting a
january 2016 deadline to complete review and release of the thousands of pages of e-mails from hillary clinton as she was secretary of state. clinton turned over the information in december. new jersey give chris christie still has not said if he will run for president in 2016 but he sounded like a candidate in a speech in new hampshire and blasting the current nuclear negotiations with iran. >> the framework we negotiated is flimsy. i have grave concerns over how we make the iranians live up to their end of the bargain. the the structure leads to a nuclear iran. it threatens the united states and turns 70 years of nuclear deter especially policy on its
head. >> the iraq war is a political football that republicans like jeb bush and marco rubio have bobbled. rick perry is weighing in. he said knowing what he knows now, he would not have invaded iraq. now he accused president obama of what he calls delusional thinking. happening now. dozens killed in a muddy landslide. a state of emergency issued as rescuers dig through the debris for survivors. new information next.
a deadly mudslide and flash floods devastating a small town colombia killing 62 people. the disaster struck in the middle of the night south of medellen. a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in yemen. air strikes on the houthis targeting with ground fighting after a failed five day cease-fire. the cease-fire designed to get medicine and fuel to the citizens of yemen.
help never reached them. 2,600 people have been killed in the conflict with houthis and yemen. and the european union approving the use of force in the mediterranean. it is the solution to the migrant smuggling crisis. the decision will allow european nations to move ahead with the naval operation that includes destroying smuggler vessels that ferry migrants from north africa to europe. are you looking for a job? where you live could be holding you back. the top cities for the top jobs next.
time now for an early start on your money. alison kosik is with us. taking a look at stocks. >> we are seeing records for stocks. yesterday, the dow climbed 26 points to top the previous close are in march. s&p hitting a record for the third day in a row. it is looking like that momentum could continue today. stock futures are pointing higher. walmart and tjmaxx and home depot reporting before the bell. we will get a look at home construction numbers as well. the best city in the country for jobs is raleigh, north carolina. that's according to glass door. raleigh has almost 25,000 job openings for 1.2 million people. the median salary is $50,000. plus employees report high job satisfaction. also in the top five kansas
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thanks, alison. "early start" continues right now. bikers revenge. police warning that rival biker gangs could be bringing their fight back to weighaco. what we are learning ahead. investigators revealing new information about the deadly amtrak derailment. what they are saying about possible causes of the crash. happening now. the united states vowing to help take back a key iraqi city from isis. why ramadi is crucial and how iran is helping in the fight. good morning. 5:00 here on the east coast. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. police in waco texas are bracing for the possibility that motorcycle gangs will go to war in the wake of the shootout at the twin peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 170 people under arrest. a law enforcement bulletin says