Skip to main content

tv   Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans  CNN  December 28, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PST

1:00 am
dozens dead. severe storms strike. tornadoes, flooding crippling cities. and terror alert across europe. possible warnings this week. and donald trump striking back at hillary clinton. this time taking personal shots at her husband. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> nice to see you. i'm christine romans. it is monday, december 28th. deadly christmas weather claiming 37 lives.
1:01 am
thousands of texans shattered by tornadoes. hundreds of people huddled in dallas. homes and businesses and churches flattened by 11 tornadoes. one classified as an ef-4. packing winds up to 111 miles an hour. the damage still being calculated. >> by the grace of god. i'm really grateful. you know, my wife works not that far from here. you know, a lot of things. >> i actually was looking at it. >> describe it for me. >> a dark funnel. it was a big roar. it was scary. i don't scare that easy. i was scared. >> scared and shaken up. the number of tornadoes that touched down and death toll could climb. many communities hit hard. authorities have not reached
1:02 am
everyone. we have more from nick valencia in garland, texas. >> reporter: miguel and christine. this area has been extraordinary. this is the closest we have been alollowed to get to the damage. debris hitting the areas make it difficult to get to the area like the ef-4 tornado that hit saturday night. it was so strong, it behind off the roofs of homes and storage facility with cars flipped over. more than 600 structures have been effected. when you consider the force of that ef-4 tornado, up to 200 miles an hour, it is amazing there were not more lives lost. 11 people killed as a result of the storm system. the texas governor declaring a disaster zone. we understand that local authorities are going
1:03 am
door-to-door spending sunday to make sure everyone affected by the storms is accounted for. miguel, christine. the governor of missouri declaring a state of emergency. flash floods and road closures and evacuations. over 100 water rescues since sunday alone. the water is expected to rise between now and new year's. residents are warned not to leave their homes. look at the water levels in springfield, missouri. the ford dealership and its inventory submerged. highways and roads impassiblmpa. transportation officials say it is not expected to reopen in time for the rush hour. blowing snow causing problems this weekend in oklahoma. look at the roads in oklahoma city. ice and snow triggering spinouts all over the state. 60-mile-an-hour winds causing 2 feet snow drifts.
1:04 am
at least 11 oklahoma counties forced to shut roads and bridges. a massive winter storm slamming southeastern new mexico. the land of my people. one person killed due to exposure to the snow. snow drifts 10 feet high. unbelievable. a national guard called in to rescue stranded drivers. the governor declaring a state of emergency. int interstate 40 in albuquerque, shutdown indefinitely. >> millions of people in the path of destructive weather. for the latest on the severe weather threat this morning, let's go to meteorologist pedram javaheri. what is going on? this is just so much weather -- so many weather events across the country. >> what is funny, a week ago we were in a spell that was quiet and it was good news because it was quiet. tornado fatalities, we had 10
1:05 am
leading up to the 23rd of december for the calendar year. since, a dozen or potentially more based on which are related to tornado. you look at the pattern here which is spring-like pattern set up over the region. heavy snow and blizzard conditions. in places like dallas, where temperatures were 82 degrees on saturday afternoon before the series of tornadoes. they are now feeling closer to 27 degrees. that is a dramatic change in the weather pattern. the tornado watches in place like new orleans, baton rouge and jackson, mississippi. 6 million people under tornado watches in the next couple hours. conditions are favorable. you notice tornado warnings are indicated. radar indicated rotation east of baton rouge and natches as well. certainly a pattern that is not done with yet. the storm prediction center puts
1:06 am
8 million people in line. you noticed it is pushing off to mississippi and alabama. the main threat for monday is damaging winds. the storm has a history of producing 67 tornadoes in the past week. certainly not something to let off your guard. this is what miguel was talking about. at least 140 million people under the weather event here when it comes this afternoon. from severe to flooding to ice to blizzard. this is something that will keep the roads dangerous over the next couple hours as people travel back from the holidays. >> thank you, pedram. turning now to iraq. security forces recapturing a key government facility from isis in ramadi. fighting fierce in the region. iraqi officials now insist they have control of the city. they are predicting the freedom of mosul next.
1:07 am
are they confident they will secure ramadi here? >> reporter: they are confident they can secure it. it is holding on to it. they say they are in control of the government compound which is previously held by isis fighters in ramadi. they say the army now controls all key points of the city. they are suggesting an imminent isis withdrawal from the city. the government is confident enough to say that plans to have a flag raising ceremony later today. they are saying that they expect the complete retaking of ramadi in the coming days. there are caveats here. still some pockets of isis resistance. security forces are advancing slowly. i guess it is important to point out why this all matters. retaking ramadi will be the iraqi army single biggest victory of isis since the group swept the country in 2014. it is a predominately sunni-arab
1:08 am
city. it is 60 miles west of baghdad. it fell in may. you remember defense secretary ash carter questioned the iraqi army's will to fight. importantly, victory will be seen as a test of washington's military strategy which is providing the iraqi army on the ground with u.s. air support and military advisers. this is a strategy which is derided by those who want to see the ratcheting up of the efforts and u.s. boots on the ground. the pentagon and obama administration will see this as an important victory. there are some 6,000 to 9,000 sunni tribal fighters on the ground. this is controversial to the shi'ite backed militia used in other operations. again, considered a solid
1:09 am
achievement in and of itself. the government has set the next target in its sights. mosul. that could prove a much tougher proposition. back to you. >> thank you, becky anderson. the leader of isis trying to rally his troops in the face of military setbacks in iraq and syria. an audio message reportedly made by baghdadi assures they are on the right path. the voice on the recording urges isis troops to be patient. if the voice is al baghdadi, it is the first time since may he has been heard from. the taliban is making a comeback. that is the announcement. the afghan military failed to
1:10 am
meet the people's expectations because it lacks discipline. more than 7,000 members of the afghan force have been killed by taliban. and several european cities warned about possible terror attacks. not saying which cities could be attacked. for the latest on the threat, we go live to london and bring in cnn's robyn kriel. robyn, a generic threat, but it is serious. >> reporter: indeed. you are seeing a threat to the cities across the continent. not specific cities as you said, but specifics in terms of what weapons could be used. guns or bombs. we also understand coming from vienna that there were attackers' names mentioned in the threat coming from a quote friendly intelligence service. we are not sure who that could be. the names of attackers according
1:11 am
to vienna police, they are not giving any concrete results. bombs between christmas and new year. this is an incredibly busy season. a number of people out on the streets, shopping, sight seeing and concerning to people here. in britain, the terror threat level has remained constant since 2006. that was the last time it was changed. at the moment, the current threat level is listed as severe. >> robyn kriel for us in london. thank you. time for an early start on your money. stocks reopen today after a three-day christmas break. stock futures in the u.s. are down a bit. the dow gained 2.5%, but a tough december and flat year. the dow is down 1.1% for the year. the s&p 500 is up, but barely. there is still a chance for a
1:12 am
last minute rally. donald trump hitting back at hillary clinton and the insults this time bringing in her husband. the war of words in the race for president escalating next. give yourself the gift of a better network. get up to 50% off our hottest android smartphones, like the samsung galaxy s6. only till december 27th. especially, the pizza! about football is here... up your game with two large two-topping pizzas for only $7.77 each. better ingredients. better pizza. papajohns.com
1:13 am
1:14 am
1:15 am
welcome back. the presidential candidates get back to campaigning today after the holiday weekend. donald trump is once again in the spotlight. how surprising. his feud with hillary clinton escalating. trump suggesting it is open season on bill clinton as the former president gets ready to hit the campaign trail for his wife. we get more from cnn's chris frates. >> reporter: good morning. the fight with donald trump and hillary clinton is getting personal with a billionaire attacking bill clinton for sexism.
1:16 am
the penchant for sexism turned the tables on hillary clinton. she used the same phrase to criticize trump earlier in the week after he used a sexist vulgarity. >> his campaign was troubled to put it mildly because of all of the things she is talking to me about. she is mentioning sexism. i turned her actual words against her from that standpoint. she has to be careful. it has to be fair. we all have to fight fairly and we have to fight for the good of the country and good of the people and good of everybody. we have to fight fairly. she is playing the woman's card. >> reporter: the chairwoman of the democratic national convention fired back saying he is playing gutter politics. >> it's really outrageous the
1:17 am
depths and how low he has allowed the campaign to sink. rest of the republican field is going along. >> reporter: the slam on the marital infidelity comes a week after her husband will hit the campaign trail for her next month. the man is regarded as one of the best campaigners. it is suggesting that trump is feeling secure enough in the field to take on the leading democrat. trump and clinton are neck and neck in a hypothetical match up. it doesn't hurt that clinton is a popular past time among republican primary voters. >> chris, thanks for that. donald trump taking aim at south carolina congress member trey gowdy. trump ripped him for what he
1:18 am
calls his failed role in the house benghazi case. >> i hope he does better than in the benghazi hearings. i have been seeing on twitter many people angry about the whole thing. marco has been strong for amnesty and weak at the border. a lot of people are upset with trey for doing that. ted cruz has been rising in the polls and leading in iowa. cruz announcing a six-day 36 county swing through the state after the new year. chris christie is back in iowa holding two town halls. jeb bush is at home in florida today before heading to new hampshire on tuesday. the democratic side, bernie sanders begins a campaign week out west with several stops in las vegas before returning to iowa. the chicago police department and city's mayor under scrutiny after an officer fatally shot two people this weekend while answering an domestic violence call.
1:19 am
a march to city hall demanding that mayor emanuel resign. the deaths of bettie jones and quintonio legrier were ruled as homicides according to the medical examiner. we have more with cnn's ryan young. >> reporter: you can see where hundreds of people gathered on sunday to talk about their pain over this last shooting. there is a memorial there for 55-year-old bettie jones. she was shot as police responded to a call about quintonio legrier. he is a 19-year-old college student who apparently had a bat in his hand and his dad called 911 for help. when police arrived, they opened fire and killed the man and also hit the grandmother as well. the community is outraged wanting to know why a taser
1:20 am
couldn't be used. >> why do you have to shoot first and then ask questions later? you need to do something about this. this is ridiculous. what about the taser? tase him. don't start shooting people. innocent people. >> reporter: the chicago police department apologized for the shooting of bettie jones saying that is an accident. there is a new procedure in the city of chicago that officer who opened fire is now put on 30 days desk duty as they evaluate this shooting. a lot of questions here in the city obviously after the month they had with all of the protests and calling for rahm emanuel to quit after the shooting death of laquan mcdonald that was caught on tape. miguel and christine. a strong denial from peyton manning to a report by al
1:21 am
jazerra. he calls the allegation garage. claiming he received hgh in the mail. now the doctor who made the claim says it is false. all right. in israel. tensions rising. a deadly weekend after the palestinian attacks escalate. we are there live next.
1:22 am
1:23 am
1:24 am
welcome back. 24 minutes past the hour. more bloodshed in israel. israeli troops shooting and
1:25 am
killing palestinians after killing a soldier at the checkpoint. we have the latest from cnn's oren liebermann. >> reporter: christine, we saw this in jerusalem and the west bank. jerusalem had been relatively quiet since the beginning of violence in october. we saw one last week that killed two israelis. and two were shot and killed after a soldier shot and killed in the west bank near the town of hauwara. christine. >> fourth straight month, oren. the isis leader in the new audio reporting directly threatening israel. what is the response?
1:26 am
>> reporter: there is no response. isis still remains a distant threat. they are aware of the video, but they don't see this as an imminent threat. they see this as isis propaganda right now. there have been arrests here spreading isis propaganda, but those numbers at this point still very small numbers. >> oren, thanks for that this morning. dozens dead as tornadoes, floods and snowstorms pound the u.s. the damage done and what's still on the way next.
1:27 am
1:28 am
1:29 am
dozens dead as severe storms barrel across the u.s. tornadoes, floods and snowstorms. the damage and what's still on the way. and a terror warning for several cities across europe preparing for possible attacks
1:30 am
that could happen before the new year. and donald trump extending attacks to hillary clinton's husband now. it is 30 minutes past the hour. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. we begin with brutal christmas weather killing 43 people across the country. the state of texas hit the hardest. thousands of people picking up the pieces this morning. their lives shattered by devastating tornadoes. hundreds are huddled in shelters right now in the suburbs of dallas. homes and churches and businesses flattened by 11 tornadoes. one classified as an ef-4 with winds up to 180 miles an hour. an infant killed and the damage is calculated. >> it is through the grace of god. i'm grateful. my wife works not far from here. if i didn't call her, she would be here right now. my kids, too. you know, a lot of things.
1:31 am
>> i actually looked at the twitter. >> describe it for me. >> dark funnel. a big roar. it was scary. it scared me. i don't scare that easily. i was scared. >> terrifying. the number of tornadoes that touched down and the death toll could climb higher. many communities hit so hard saturday night, authorities have not reached everyone. we have more from cnn's nick valencia. >> reporter: the damaged areas here in dallas has been extraordinary. this is the closest we have been allowed to get to the damage a quarter mile away. road closures and police blocking roads have made it impossible to get through to the areas hardest hit. the force of which of the ef-4, it ripped off the roofs of some apartment homes behind me and storage facility with cars
1:32 am
flipped over. more than 600 structures effected as a result of the storms. when you consider the force of the ef-4 tornado, up to 200 miles an hour coming through here. it is amazing there were not more lives lost. at least 11 people killed as a result of the storm system that swept through here. texas governor greg abbott declaring a state of emergency in four counties. authorities are going door-to-door to make sure everyone affected by the storms is accounted for. miguel, christine. >> nick, thanks for that. the governor of missouri declaring a state of emergency. storms with torrential rain triggering road closures. authorities reporting more than 100 water rescues. with rivers expected to rise between now and new year, residents are being advised not to leave their homes. look at this ford dealership. highways and roads impassible.
1:33 am
interstate 70 is shutdown. transportation officials say it is not expected to open for rush hour. big problems this weekend in oklahoma. take a look at the roads in oklahoma city. ice and snow triggering spinouts across the state. 60-mile-an-hour winds causing 2 feet snow drifts. at least 11 oklahoma counties forced to shut roads. a winter storm in new mexico. at least one person killed from exposure to the cold. up to 20 inches of snow reported in some communities with the snow drifts up to 10 feet high. the governor declaring a state of emergency. interstate 40 in albuquerque shutdown. >> that is the major road. for the latest on the severe weather threat this morning, let's go straight to meteorologist pedram javaheri. what's going on?
1:34 am
>> unfortunately, we have at least one more severe weather day in the forecast. an absolute mess when you take a look at the national perspective with nearly 1 in 2 people in the country dealing with inclement weather from the snow to the ice and blizzard and freeze threats across arizona. winter storm threat with snow coming in around new england in the next couple days. in alabama and georgia, some isolated tornadoes and damage. we talk about the incredible nature of the storms, we know 67 tornadoes reported in the past receive especialseven days. we had one at ef-4. that is about 1% probability of all tornadoes that come in at ef-4 to ef-5 scale. fatalities are occurring in this scale. that is where we saw the damage across texas. we are just getting these
1:35 am
numbers in for the last few minutes. we know 20 fatalities related to tornadoes in 2015. that makes it the second deadliest tornado outbreak for december with fatalities. the deadliest in 60 years. certainly the weather pattern doesn't feel like december. that is about to change. there is a severe weather threat behind it with brutally cold temperatures. texas, it feels like 8 degrees in lubbock with blizzard conditions. in dallas, temperatures in the 80s. now 29 degrees. what it feels like outside. a wintry threat with the ice in the forecast from wichita to oklahoma city. some areas with .75 of ice in portions of illinois. worth noting, it may not sound like a tremendous amount of ice, but anytime you have more than .25 to .50, you are talking about tree limbs down and
1:36 am
possible power outages. this stretches for over 1,000 miles from texas to the midwest. by tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night, the storm system makes its way to the northeast and for the first time, the season, we introduce snowshowers in places that still have not seen snow like syracuse and buffalo. even boston could get snow. >> pedram, i saw cherry blossoms yesterday. i'm not kidding. the weather has been so crazy on the east coast. no snow. let me ask you this. a lot of emergency management people are telling us if you have the dangerous weather, just stay home. this is not the day to try to battle the rush hour. is that the advice you give? >> that is the way you give. when you talk about 100 million people traveling over the holiday weekend, a lot had to be traveling yesterday or today. this is as bad a weather pattern we have seen in a long time. it comes in this time of year when it comes to holiday travel. we have to watch this carefully.
1:37 am
>> he has his work cut out for him. thank you. police in vienna issue warnings to several european cities over possible terror attacks. only the attacks would involve explosives or guns and could occur between now and new year's eve. for latest on the threat, we go live to london and bring in cnn's robyn kriel. they are taking this very seriously. >> reporter: they are taking it seriously. it is a generic threat warning a number of cities across europe have heightened their police presence on the ground and presence at key points. guns and explosives. warned that could be used between christmas and new year's eve. the extremely high time for tourists and activity in general on the streets and in key tourism areas. the festive season in england. the names of possible attackers were also given.
1:38 am
vienna police have investigated this and have not come up with concrete issues. >> robyn, we know they have been sharing intelligence in the last few weeks. do you know where it has come from? >> reporter: we know it is friendly intelligence service. europe governments doing a better job of sharing intelligence. the u.s. has been informative with intelligence it collects with europe and other countries. yes, we are not sure where this came from. >> thank you for that, robyn kriel. iraqi security forces recapturing a key city, ramadi, from isis. iraqi forces claiming they have control of the city and predicting liberation of mosul next. let's go live to abu dhabi and
1:39 am
becky anderson for the latest. becky, this city has been fought over for years. if the iraqis can take it, can they hold it? >> reporter: that's the big question, isn't it? 90 kilometers west of baghdad. this is the capital of anbar province. miguel, the iraqi government confident enough with the progress that it says it plans to have a flag raising ceremony later today. they are predicting the complete taking of ramadi in the coming days. the caveat are still pockets of isis. security forces are advancing slowly. why does this matter? the retaking of the city is the single biggest victory over isis since they swept the country in 2014. this is a predominantly sunni
1:40 am
city. it fell to isis at the time. after it was captured, u.s. defense secretary ash carter questioned the iraqi army's will to fight. the victory in ramadi will be seen as a test of the iraq and u.s. military strategy. u.s. air support and military advisors. this is a strategy much derided by those who want to see a ratcheting up of the washington efforts and perhaps boots on the ground. the other important point here, there is something like 6,000 to 9,000 sunni tribal fighters supporting the efforts. that is opposed to the iran backed shi'ite militia who have been used in other operations. again, this will be considered a solid achievement in and of itself. the iraqi government said the next target in its sights is mosul. this is the biggest population
1:41 am
center under isis control either in iraq or syria. i think it is important to point out, miguel, that could prove a much tougher proposition. back to you. >> indeed. it sounds perhaps the iraqi government is finally making headway in repairing the damage with the sunni. the leader of isis trying to rally his troops in the face of military setbacks. an audio message reportedly made by al baghdadi assures isis fighters they are quote on the right path. the voice on the recording urges patience. if this is al baghdadi, this is the first time he has been heard from since may. the taliban is making a comeback and gaining ground. that is the assessment from the
1:42 am
chief executive to the security council. he said they failed to meet the people's expectations because it lacks discipline. over 7,000 members of the afghan security force have been killed by taliban fighters this year. time for an early start this morning. u.s. stock futures are lower as wall street comes back from the holiday break. stocks climbed early before closing early on thursday. it has been a tough december and flat year. what will happen next year? analysts polled expect bigger gains, but no double digit rally. the most shorted stock on the market, because customers download games and skip the store. next, san dderson farms. and lumber liquidators.
1:43 am
a flat year for stock investors this year. >> not a happy year for the stock market. >> six good years before that. >> we are not in the red so much. chicago mayor calling for changes in the police department the day after officers shoot and killed two people. the developments next. ke theng galaxy s6. only till december 27th.
1:44 am
especially, the pizza! about football is here... up your game with two large two-topping pizzas for only $7.77 each. better ingredients. better pizza. papajohns.com
1:45 am
1:46 am
welcome back to early start. the presidential candidates get back to business. donald trump is once again in the spotlight. no surprise there. his feud with hillary clinton is escalating. trump suggesting it is open season on bill clinton as the former president gets ready to hit the campaign trail for his wife. we get more from cnn's chris
1:47 am
frates. >> reporter: good morning. the fight with donald trump and hillary clinton is getting personal. with the billionaire attacking bill clinton for sexism. trump said the tweet attacking bill clinton's penchant for sexism turned the tables on hillary clinton. she used the same phrase to criticize trump earlier in the week after he used the sexist vulgarity after 2008. >> it was troubled to put it mildly because of all of the things she is talking to me about. she is mentioning sexism. i don't know if you saw the words on the following tweet. i turned her exact words against her. she has to be careful. it has to be fair. we all have to fight fairly and we have to fight for the good of the country. for the good of the people and good of everybody. we have to fight fairly. she's playing the woman's card. >> reporter: the chairman of the
1:48 am
democratic national convention fired back saying trump is practicing gutter politics and the gop field is following him down. >> it is outrageous the depths and how low he has allowed the campaign to sink. the rest of the republican field is going along. >> reporter: trump's slam on bill clinton's marital infidelity comes a week after she announced he will meet her on the trail. he is seen as one of the country's best campaigners. it feels trump can take on the leading democrat. it doesn't hurt that criticizing clinton is also a very popular past time morning republican primary voters. christine and miguel. >> they like to take it out on the clintons. thank you, chris. donald trump taking aim at
1:49 am
south carolina congress member trey gowdy for his endorsement of marco rubio. gowdy announced plans to campaign with rubio in iowa this week. >> i hope he does a better job than he did frankly in the benghazi hearings. they were a total disaster. i have been seeing on twitter many people angry about the whole thing. marco has been strong for amnesty and weak at the border. a lot of people are upset with trey gowdy for doing that. >> another rival, ted cruz has been leading in the polls. cruz announcing a swing through the state after the new year. chris christie is holding two town halls. and jeb bush has three campaign events in florida before heading to new hampshire on tuesday.
1:50 am
bernie sanders starts his campaign out west with several stops in las vegas before returning to iowa. >> interesting. the chicago police department and city's mayor under fire once again after an officer fatally shot two people while answering a domestic violence call. demonstrators plan a march to city hall this morning. the medical examiner has ruled the deaths of bettie jones and quintonio legrier as homicides. jones was shot accidentally. we get more from cnn's ryan young. >> reporter: christine and miguel, you have a community in chicago upset about the police involved shooting. if you look across the street, you see where hundreds are gathered to talk about their pain in the last shooting. that is a memorial for 55-year-old bettie jones. she was shot as police responded to a call about quintonio
1:51 am
legrier. a 19-year-old college student who apparently had a bat in his hand and his dad called 911. when police arrived, they opened fire killing the man and also hitting the 55-year-old grandmother. this community is very upset about this. outraged about another police shooting. wanting to know why a taser couldn't be used. >> why you got to shoot first and ask questions later? somebody needs to do something about this. this is ridiculous. what about the tasers? taser. don't start shooting people. >> reporter: the chicago police department has apologized for the shooting of bettie jones saying that was an accident. the shooting of the 19-year-old is under question. there is a new procedure in chicago, that an officer who has opened fire has been put on 30 days desk duty. a lot of questions in the city after the month they had with all of the protests and the
1:52 am
calling for rahm emanuel to quit after the shooting death of laquan mcdonald. a lot of questions about what happens next in the city. miguel and christine. ryan, thank you for that. have you seen the "star wars" movie? a little thing called "star wars." took 12 days to reach $1 billion. "the force awakens" hits records at the box office. why the reign is far from over. next.
1:53 am
1:54 am
1:55 am
welcome back. more unrest in israel. shooting two palestinians after they attacked and stabbed a soldier near a west bank checkpoint. another soldier was stabbed in jerusalem. we have cnn's oren liebermann.
1:56 am
oren, we thought the violence was behind us, but it is not letting up. >> reporter: the attacks near jerusalem and west bank is not letting up at all. not even when the beginning of christianity in bethlehem. jerusalem had been quiet for weeks since the beginning of violence on october 1st is now becoming a flash point. two israelis were killed outside the old city of jerusalem. the other attack that came in the west bank is another flash point in the northern west bank. 2016 is a few days away here. that is the fourth straight month of violence. miguel. >> oren, switching topics. isis leader al baghdadi released a new audio recording. are officials there taking it seriously? >> reporter: not really.
1:57 am
they view it more as isis propaganda. they say isis is a fairly distant threat. not one that will carry out an imminent attack. there hasn't been too much reaction or concern just yet. israel has arrested a few for spreading isis propaganda. those numbers are still small. >> oren, thank you. a top parliament official in iran is blasting discriminatory issues over the u.s. visa laws which tightens the travel to the u.s. for those who visited iran claiming it violates the nuclear deal. the china two child policy goes into effect january 1st. the national people's congress approving the plan on sunday. it is expected to impact over
1:58 am
100 million couples. it is designed to address the chinese rapidly aging population. stocks reopen today after a three day christmas break. stock futures are pointing down a bit. the dow gained 2.5%. oil prices are moving lower this morning. down almost 2% to $37 a barrel. the national average is just under $2 today. "the force awakens" made $1 billion at light speed. just 12 days after the global release. a full day faster than the previous record holder of "jurassic park." it led the box office again this weekend bringing in $153.5 million. the film hasn't opened in china. the second biggest market.
1:59 am
the holidays are about giving and receiving and returning. last year, 38% of people returned one holiday gift. if you made the moral decision to ditch the sweater, do it right. first, know your return window. it varies by retailer. many have a strict time limit and require a receipt. next, don't open a store credit card. expect stores to push you to open a card. that 15% off is tempting, but it can ding your credit. finally, cash in unwanted gift cards. some web sites will buy them for 9 90% of their value or more. many have them in their drawer. >> i want to know where i can return my lump of coal. >> you got a lump of coal again? >> it is good for the heat. "early start" continues right now.
2:00 am
>> dozens dead as severe storms strike. tornadoes, flooding, snow crippling cities across the country. chicago's mayor calling for changes in the city's police department the day after the officers shoot and kill two people. donald trump striking back at hillary clinton. this time taking shots at her husband. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is december 28th. up first, deadly christmas weather claiming 43 lives across the country. let's start in texas where thousands are picking up pieces this morning shattered by devastating tornadoes. hundreds of people in shelters in dallas. homes, churches and basements flattened by tornadoes. one classified as an ef-4. packing winds up to

68 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on