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happening now, new information in the nationwide manhunt for the two escaped murderers. the officials are grilling a prison employee who knows both escapees. did she help them make a get away? still no strategy. a blunt assessment in the fight to defeat isis. where does the pentagon go here? there is no firm strategy in place. and developing overnight, a texas police officer caught an camera calling it excessive force. now word that this officer has been sued for excessive force
before. the latest from texas ahead. good morning. i'm john berman. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine romans. the manhunt intensifies for two convicted killers from upstate new york. officers are using blood hounds and searching door-to-door. the drag net is widening. this is an international manhunt stretches from canada 20 miles from the prison to mexico. authorities are also zeroing in on how richard matt and david sweat managed to escape and who may have helped them. the latest from jason carroll. >> reporter: john and christine, investigators still following up on hundreds of leads that come in to them. one in particular in terms of the investigation is dealing with the woman who worked at the prison.
she knew richard matt and david sweat. worked with them tailoring clothes. it is unclear what she had to do with the escape or if she did. both in side by side cells and were able to access tools and cut through a wall and catwalk and underground pipes 24 inches wide and emerging on the other side. outside of a manhole located just about a block or so from the prison. i spoke to a man who used to work at the prison. he used to be a guard at the prison. worked here for 40 years. he said everything he knows about this prison leads him to believe the men had at the very least inside help. >> a lot of help. >> reporter: they may have had help from the inside or outside? >> probably a combination of
both. you don't cut through a steel wall without somebody hearing it. >> reporter: both were housed in the honor block of the prison. this is the place in the prison where inmates are put who exhibited good behavior. as a result they had access to other resources such as washers and dryers and more outdoor time and access to phones and televisions. things of that nature. in terms of the investigation, where we stand in the massive manhunt, more than 300 members of law enforcement on the ground. at this point, they could be anywhere. christine. john. >> thanks jason carroll. you see the checkpoints set up. this morning, the president is back in washington facing new criticism saying that the united states does not have a strategy to fight isis. some political foes are saying
it is his policy that is failing. expanding the number of u.s. troops on the ground and training iraqis and increasing the number of green berets and advise assist teams and expend expending the flow of weapons to iraqis. michelle kosinski has more from the white house. >> reporter: john it is surprising to hear the president say these words. in any context regards isis that we don't have a come complete strategy. you know critics have been sending e-mails reminding people something the president said a year ago. we don't have a strategy. back then he was referring to what was going on at the time in syria. again, now, when you look at the totality of the strategy, but how best to accelerate the plan
to train and equipped iraqi forces. he said it is not just an american question as he waits to get a more complete plan from the pentagon which we know could include more american trainers there, but it is something the iraqis need to live up to. he mentioned areas in a capacity to train more, but there are not enough recruits. the iraqi government needs to be inclusive because the lack of that has deterred more people from joining us. the recent isis gains like the takeover of ramadi is just temporary and ultimately isis will be defeated. 2/3 of americans say they feel the strategy against isis is not going well. john and christine. >> thank you, michelle. there have been a series of developments. officials believe the wives of
isis leaders may play a bigger role in the communications than previously thought. officials tell cnn that last month's delta force raid that killed an isis leader netted significant intelligence including information from the captured wife of the isis leader. cnn has learned that the u.s. has had intelligence on possible locations for the head of isis abu bakr al bagdadi, but the information came too late or too vague or could not be verified and the u.s. was not able to launch raids targeting the isis leader. back in washington senators tim cain and welsh hope it will gain bipartisan support. in london the prime minister decided to add 125 new troops to britain's effort to train iraqi
forces bringing that total to 300. u.s. officials are talking about the claims of the oil town of baiji. the officials say about half of the city remains in the hands of isis. for the latest i want to bring in jomana karadsheh. good morning, jomana. the iraqi authorities would like to have good news to report about a blunting advance of isis. every time we hear about an advance advance, we know they are hard fault and you have some holding on. >> reporter: absolutely christine. it is not the first time we heard from iraqi officials declaration of the liberation of baiji in this case. after this weekend, we heard from iraqi military saying they had taken control of the entire city of baiji. now we are getting that contra contradictory information from
u.s. intelligence saying that half of the city as you mentioned, remains under control of isis. not the picture that iraqi officials were drawing saying only pockets of resistance remained in that city. now, if we look at the most important major area of important in baiji, that would be the oil refinely that is that strategic and key facility that isis controls the majority of as we have even seen in recent weeks. since baiji fell to isis that area has changed hands several times. we are hearing from the u.s. intelligence officials who is aware and has access to this latest intelligence information. he says there has been a bit of progress around the oil refinery. what he says is that iraqi forces have managed to punch through the outer areas of the
refinery trying to establish more of a foot hold. the battle seems to be far from over. >> jomana karadsheh. a stunning admission from the former bush aide. one of the strongest defenders of the iraq war, secretary rumsfeld says george w. bush was wrong to think american style democracy could be installed after the fall of saddam hussein. the idea with could fashion that in iraq seemed unrealistic to me. i'm not one who thinks that our template of democracy is one every country to hold. and protesters are accusing corporal eric casebolt of
mckinney, texas, should not have pulled his gun on the girl at the pool. the situation is being blown out of proportion. the police union believes that the officers should not have used profanity. casebolt was sued for excessive force in 2008. a judge dismissed the case a year later. new this morning, leaders in cleveland bypassed prosecutors and go directly to a judge to seek charges in the police shooting of tamir rice. they plan to file in municipal court. local leaders say that they are skeptical pointing to other police-involved shootings. and concerns about the mers virus in south korea.
the education ministry says more than 2,200 schools are closed because of the outbreak. the hong kong security bureau is asking people to avoid non essential travel to south korea over the mers. the army is claiming responsibility for the hack of the web site. appropriate measures were taken and there was no breach of army data. the searyrian group left its calling card. your commander admits they are training the people they sent you to die. and time for an early start on your money. stocks are lower around the world. asian and european stocks down. u.s. futures are barely budging. the dow fell 83 points. it erased all of the gains for the year. apple getting into the music streaming game. it can create play lists and
suggest songs based on your habits. it has a new section on popular songs. it is integrated with siri. you can switch tracks with a voice command. apple revolutionized music in 1993 with the itunes store. it is now competing with spotify and others. we pulled out our cds the other day. i'll start listening to them. >> i have cds, but i don't have the player. >> paper weights. severe storms in the northeast. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri for an early look at the weather. >> good morning, john and christine. storms across the northeast. scattered in nature and by the afternoon hours, these will put down large hail and damaging wind gusts possible. some of the active sites in
southern tennessee. that is where the storms are scattered. severe storms in the northeast and northern tier of the country of the great lakes. we had about 200 reports of storms on monday alone. almost every one of them was wind or hail. no tornadoes reported. that is a similar trend we expect to follow today with the active weather in the northeast. large hail and damaging winds. can't rule out a tornado. the big story is the big heat in the forecast in philly. up to the 90s by the later portion of the week and boston up to 84. new york city 90 degree day come thursday afternoon. >> pedram thank you. more than 70 airline employees, this is actually so shocking and after the news we have been saying about tsa, not shocking. links to terrorism. links to terrorism with access to the terminals.
how are 73 people with links to terrorism able to land jobs with the tsa? that will be the big question this morning for the homeland security department's inspector general. john roth is set to testify before a senate committee to explain how these workers made this through the tracks. workers are links to terrorism with access to planes and tarmacs and luggage across the country. inside access to the most secure and important parts of the air traffic system. cnn's rene marsh has the latest. >> reporter: christine and john the tsa is under the microscope again. the agency vetting the employees, green lighted 73
people with links to terrorism. that is according to a report from the inspector general. the employees worked for major airlines and vendors and other employers. they had access to commercial planes and tarmac and luggage. tsa does not have complete access to every watch list. tsa must request specific information from the databases. if it doesn't request enough information, individuals with terror links could slip through. other problems the inspector general found, tsa was less effective in making sure airport workers have not committed crimes that would disqualify them from gaining that secure access at airports and thousands of records used to vet these employees were incomplete or inaccurate. now, tsa says it is fixing all of these issues. despite the weaknesses the report says tsa's vetting
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new this morning, the family of reeva steenkamp is expressing outrage over the word that oscar pistorius may be released in august. serving a five-month sentence. he was found guilty of shooting and killing his girlfriend in 2013. he said he mistook steenkamp for an intruder. her parents said we do not seek to revenge herrera death and we do not seek harm to mr. pistorius. however he should be account able for his actions. prosecutors are appealing the pistorius conviction arguing he should have been found guilty of murder. sports news now. advantage tampa bay. sorry romans family.
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right now, police in new york searching for two convicts. searching for answers. the manhunt stretching into three countries. did the employee help them get away? no strategy. president obama indicates there are holes in the plan to fight isis. what's taking so long and what will turn it around? protest in texas after a
police officer caught on camera appearing to use excessive force. now the officer's union speaking out as it emerging the officer faced similar accusations before. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. the manhunt intenseifyies for the two who escaped from the prison in upstate new york. new roadblocks and bloodhounds and door-to-door around the correctional facility. the drag net from canada to mexico where one of the inmates was once incarcerated. this is an international manhunt now. authorities are zeroing in on how richard matt and david sweat and how they escaped and who may have helped them. jason carroll has more. >> reporter: police are following up on the leads that come in to them. in in particular has to do with
the woman who works here at the prison. she knew richard matt and david sweat. new them well. worked with them tailoring clothes with them. unclear what involvement she had with the escape. to recount how it happened both inn side by side cells. they were able to cut through a steel wall maneuver down a catwalk behind that wall and crawl through underground pipes about 24 inches wide. emerging on the other side. outside of a manhole located just about a block or so from the prison. i spoke to a man who used to work at the prison. he used to be a guard at the prison. worked here for some 40 years. he said everything he knows about the prison leads him to believe the men had inside help. >> a lot of help somewhere.
>> they may have help from the inside or outside? >> a combination of both. you don't cut through a steel wall without somebody hearing it. >> reporter: both were housed in the honor block of the prison. this is the place in the prison where inmates are put who have exhibited good behavior. so as a result they had access to other resources such as washers and dryers and access to phones and televisions. and where we stand in the massive manhunt, more than 300 members of the law enforcement on the grouped. at this point, they could be anywhere. christine. john. jason. thank you. the president is back in washington facing criticism for saying the u.s. doesn't have a complete strategy for training iraqi forces to fight isis. that remark gives a surprising opening to the president's foes
who are calling it an admission that his policy is failing. officials made clear the pentagon is working on a strategy with three options. expanding the number of u.s. troops on the ground. training iraqis. increasing the number of green berets in advise and assist teams on the ground and expanding the flow of weapons to iraqi forces. cnn's michelle kosinski has more from the white house. >> reporter: john and christine, it is surprising to hear the president say these words. in any context, regarding isis that we don't yet have a complete strategy. you know, critics are jumping all over there. reminding people something the president said a year ago. we don't yet have a strategy. back then he was referring to with a was going on at the time in syria. again, now, when you look at the totality of what he said at the press conference, he was not
referring to an overall strategy. he said it is not just an american question as he waits to get a more complete plan from the pentagon which could include sending more american trainers there. it is something the iraqis need to live up to. there is a capacity to train more but not enough recruits. the iraqi government needs to prove it will be inclusive because the lack of that has deterred more people from joining up there. also president obama expressed some issues like the city of ramadi is just temporary and ultimately isis will be defeated. you look at recent polls from american last week 2/3 said they feel the strategy against isis is not going well. john and christine. thanks michelle. a series of developments in the battle of isis.
officials now believe the wives of men isis leaders play a greater role in the operations and communications than previously thought. officials tell cnn that last month's delta force raid that killed an isis leader net the significant intelligence. including information from the captured wife of an isis official. >> cnn has learned that the u.s. has had intelligence on the head of isis abu bakr al bagdadi. rarely seen. that is some of the only video you will see of him when he gave a sermon in mosul. the information was too late or too vague or not certified. the u.s. was not able to launch air strikes targeting the isis leader. two senators introduced an authorization for the use of military force that they hope gains bipartisan support. and in london the prime minister is adding more troops for training for security
efforts. that brings the u.k. total to 300. and the doubt on the iraqi claims that they liberated the town of baiji. officials say half the city is in iraqi hands. half remains in the hands of isis. for the latest let's bring in cnn's jomana karadsheh. >> reporter: good morning, john. you mentioned over the weekend, we heard from the iraqi military and shi'a militias. they declared the liberation saying they gain the majority of the city and describe the pockets of resistance. we are hearing from u.s. open officials saying it is too early to declare liberation. they say half of the city remains under jz conisis control. this is not the first time we
have heard this especially when it comes to baiji. it remains we have conflicting information from the u.s. and the iraqis. now when it comes to baiji, all eyes have been on the baiji oil refinery, that key installation that has changed hands efrlover the past year. it is not functional but has been very important for the group to maintain control over this because of its strategic importance and symbolically. there is a lot of concern that if isis is forced to withdrawal from the refinery it could destroy it on the way out. this u.s. official with the access to the intelligence says there is some progress there that iraqi forces have managed to make a little bit of progress in the outer area of the complex punching through the outer parameter and trying to increase
their foothold. the battle for baiji, john, credit remains far from over. >> this is going back and forth. jomana karadsheh thank you. in the wake of the texas pool party chaos, a dallas suburb is divided. prosecutors accusing corporal eric casebolt of racial misconduct for pushing a girl to the ground and pulling his gun on two boys. some people who live near the pool say police were there to keep order and that their actions were not racially motivated. those actions are being blown out of proportion. cnn's nick valencia has the latest. >> reporter: hundreds showed up to a rally to show support for a teenager wrestled to the ground by the police officer.
the incident happened on friday. it is drawing mixed reaction here in mckinney. many residents defended the officers actions and saying he deserves a medal of honor. others say this would have played out differently if the teens were not black. >> i completely support him drawing his weapon or taser or whatever he did pull. he was being attacked from behind. >> reporter: late monday the union in mckinney says this was absolutely not motivated by race and there is no way any police officer is motivated by racial or bias policing. john christine. >> thanks, nick. not the last you heard of this. community leaders will bypass prosecutors and go to a judge seeking charges in the police shooting of this boy, 12-year-old, tamir rice.
they will file in municipal court. the investigation into the shooting was handed over to the county prosecutor last week. local leaders say they are skeptical pointing to other shootings where officers were cleared. you see him, he is 12 years old, with a toy gun. a fewuew seconds later, he was shot. and the federal railroad administration is urging rail lines to ramp up safety. to see where they have sharp curves and just the automatic train control systems to prevent going too fast. the federal agency recommends two being at the train's controls. this action comes after the deadly train derailment in new york last month. the report by the department of homeland security reports that the tsa failed to identify 73 active employee was links to
terrorism. 73 people working in sensitive places. these workers had access to planes tarmacs and luggage at airports across the country. on capitol hill this morning, the inspector general john roth will testify about the findings before a senate committee. he will try to explain how these workers slipped through the cracks and problems that led to that. he will outline that the tsa lacks effective controls to block potential employees with criminal histories or who are in the u.s. illegally. isn't the whole point of the tsa that the new infrastructure i guess it is ten years old, but this is meant to take all of the other parts of the government and make sure we're safe in airports? >> let's hope they make the improvements they need to make. >> it's ridiculous. is that editorializing?
stocks down three sessions in a row. the big banking story. restructuring at hsb. the british bank will sell operations in brazil and turkey. losing 25,000 positions and cut another 22,000 jobs across the bank. the bank wants to save $5 billion a year by 2017. the focus now shifts to online banking and self service. they will shutter 12% of the bank's branches. i covered banking for years. they were getting bigger and bigger. you could see the brands around the world. now they are going in the other direction. >> you are not old enough to cover banking for decades. >> yes, i am. two decades. europe is facing a migrant crisis. thousands arriving every day with nowhere to turn. we will take you live for a look at what is being done to battle
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a new wave of migrants could arrive today in italy. that creates problems for that country. officials there struggling to cope with more than 1,100 rescued monday in the immediate mediterranean mediterranean. our senior correspondent nic robertson has the latest. good morning, nic. >> reporter: john good morning. the flood of migrants doesn't
stop. we heard from the italian coast guard, they are responding to a distress call. two wooden boats off the libyan coast. they are sending a coast guard vessel there to investigate. if it is wooden boats, there could be many hundreds aboard the boats. that could be as much as 1,000 migrants that are going to rescue. coming ashore in the next hour or so another 447 migrants that the coast guard and merchant cargo ship picked up yesterday from rubber dinghys. they are designed to carry about 20 people. these, 447 people picked up from four rubber dinghys. more than 100 per dinghy. they were safe. they are coming ashore. while we were here yesterday talking to the captain of the
british ship who brought the 1,100 ashore, he is back out at sea. he said if he did not do that yesterday, he was sure many would have drowned. the weather was changing overnight. they clearly keep coming. >> keep coming. such a dangerous journey. nic robertson, thank you. >> europe is struggling with what to do. how to process. now everyone will be able to stay. a king's ransom for baseball. we will tell you how apple brings this bizarre story together.
so the test of a rocket powered flying saucer ended with partial success. the nasa spacecraft deployed the inflatable cushion, but the test parachute failed to work as planned. it made a super sonic splash down in the ocean. nasa says it will study the data to learn and improve. music streaming not the only big news from apple. tim cook announcing the company will pay the ransom playfully demanded by members of the cleveland indians bull pen.
the pitchers penned this ransom note with ipods and ipads and the apple watch. tim cook displayed the ball and saying the teamcompany is picking up the ransom. many of you may have been sleeping at 9:00 last night. christine romans did not stay awake for it. something epic happened. a cnn quiz show with a heroic finish. >> we think it is f. lee bailey. >> that is correct. >> yeah. >> how much did you wager? 371 points. that brings you you up to 1,181. you win the game. congratulations. >> i'll be honest. i had my money on richard quest. he knows a lot of stuff. >> we did 1,100 times better than richard quest. >> what was the question that
the answer was f. lee bailey. >> who represented patty huerst in the 1970s in her trial there. it was really fun. everyone did such a great job last night. i have to tell you, it was entertaining. the questions are something everyone can identify with. even if you were not born in the '70s. >> brooke was barely born in the '70s. >> richard quest, was not born in america. he crushed it. >> doesn't he think everything originated in britain? the economy is on the right track. according to a fed chair, a looming threat could destroy it all. what is it? that's next.
the dow down 83. that erased all of the gains for the year. you are flat in the dow, but close to record highs. relief is coming to former corinthian college students. the federal government forgiving the student loans. nearly 350,000 students took out student loans adding to $3.5 billion. the federal government forcing the schools to close across the country. the department of education the college was preying on students. and paul voelker tells me the financial regulation is inadequate. >> basically we're left with the same inadequate administerialrative
system. it is getting more and more challenging. much of finance is moving outside the banking system. >> i asked what the fed should do with interest rates. he famously made tough calls on interest rates in a bad time. >> he raised them. >> a lot of people said the fed should raise rates already. take the bad medicine. he very wisely did not delve in or take my bait. >> smart man. "early start" continues right now. >> happening now, the manhunt for two escaped murderers ramping up in new york and beyond. the prison employee getting grilled. did she help them make a get away? still no strategy. a blunt