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rice-- guaranteed! ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ the deadly monster storm that wreaked havoc across the east. we are tracking the storm. breaking news. the manhunt is over for the so-called affluenza teen. and no charges in the boy playing in a park. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans.
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it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. tornadoes, ice storms, flash flooding claiming lives. a freakishly mild december coming to an end this week. in texas, they are beginning to pick up the pieces there. homes flattened and lives shattered. 11 people dead. mother nature adding insult to injury. dumping ice and snow on parts of north texas. it has been a deadly destructive week in the lone star state. we have more from alina machado. >> reporter: christine and alison, weather conditions in the hardest hit areas are expected to improve covering residents a chance to clean up the mess that this tornado left behind. this twister killed eight people here in dallas county. the youngest victim was a year old. yesterday, many survivors had a
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chance to return to their homes for the first time and the reality of what happened settled in. listen to this. >> you see it happen on tv and you try to understand how do those people feel. now it happens to you and you have to borrow stuff to stay warm. you have no shoes on your feet. i left the house with no shoes on my feet. >> reporter: the focus turns to missouri and illinois where they could see significant flooding. alison and christine. >> alina, speaking of missouri, flood warnings in effect. a deadly winter storm clearing out overnight, but not before killing at least ten people. the mississippi river now 7 feet above flood stage and expected to rise another 8 feet before cresting on thursday. some communities under water since saturday night. >> we were rescued by a boat with the fire department.
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but we were rescued at 9:00 this morning and stood in that water for about three hours waiting for them to get here. >> in southern illinois, more rain and flooding forcing families to evacuate homes. the mississippi and ohio rivers above flood stage. a close call for the girls basketball team at mt. vernon high school. their bus swept right off highway 161 into a retention pond. everyone was rescued. no injuries reported. take a look at this ice storm crippling parts of oklahoma. it is .50 thick. throw in 40-mile-an-hour winds and you have a recipe for downed power lines and tree limbs. they are breaking out the chainsaws in omaha. the severe weather forcing airlines to cancel more than
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2,800 flights with 4,800 more delayed. nearly 2/3 are coming from chicago's two main airports and dallas ft. worth. check before you get in the car this morning. for more on the severe weather, we go live to the cnn center in atlanta and bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, guys. another wild day today. another severe threat with the thunderstorms and dangerous weather when we saw with the tornadoes is diminishing quickly. transitioning to a wintry side. icy conditions. a wintry mix north of new jersey and southern new york. that is where the temperatures are cold. into the teens and 20s this morning. in some spots, could exceed .50 to .75 of an inch. new york city, a wintry mix in the morning hours. boston, freezing rain. this will continue to 8:00 in the morning.
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boston really going to be treacherous conditions. and transitioning into all rain into the afternoon and evening rush hour, more rain across the region. very treacherous across the region. you will see flight delays from new york to boston if you are headed in that direction. look at temperatures and the brief cooldown. in new york, it feels like 30 degrees. just a couple days before christmas there. you work out to burlington, caribu, sitting at 30 degrees. here comes the snowshowers and notice about .25 to .50 inch. higher amounts in northern new england as well as you continue toward that region. the flooding potential. looking at over 430 river gauges reporting some flooding across the region. when you look at the 30-year
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averages, here you go with flooding. flooding with 81 fatalities per year. tornadoes, 72 per year. flooding is one of the top weather killers in the united states. that is worth noting with the flooding in the next couple days. and authorities in mexico detains ethan couch and his mother. found near the popular resort town of puerto vallarta. two years after being sentenced to probation for a drunk driving crash that killed four people. mexico is expected to turn couch over to u.s. marshals. he is wanted in texas for violating his probation. the cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old charges.ce will not face prosecutors in the case insisting the officer who fired the fatal shot had no way of knowing rice was carrying a pellet gun and not a real weapon.
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>> given the perfect storm of human error and mistakes by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct. >> the grand jury decision not to file charge triggering peaceful protests overnight in cleveland and new york. let's get more from martin savage. >> reporter: good morning. so far, reaction that there is no indictment of the two officers has been subdued. protests, but not in great numbers. i guess we get a better read on that today as the word spreads in cleveland and across the country. the family of tamir rice said they were deeply disappointed. beyond that, the mother of tamir rice said this has only added to her grief and she believes her son was murdered. essentially, these officers are getting away with a crime and she also says that this was mishandled. not just mishandled, she used
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the words sabotaged by the county prosecutor. he did not want to present the case. the grand jury said there should be no indictment of the officers. but also the prosecutor did say there was significant errors, but not so much with the police, but police radio dispatch. the information from the caller said this might be a juvenile and the gun might not be real. that was not transferred to the officers. that was a tragic and serious error. christine and alison. martin, thanks for that. breaking overnight. a close encounter with a drone with president obama in hawaii. a drone flying close to the motorcade. secret service agents apprehended the man. he was unaware the president was in the area.
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no charges were filed. eight minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. good morning for stocks. european shares are higher. yesterday was a down day for stocks. oil prices fell again. that was enough to put the s&p 500 down for the year. donald trump says wages are too low. trump firing back at bernie sanders for pointing out trump does not want to raise the minimum wage. trump tweeted wages in our country are too low. good jobs are too few. people have lost faith in our leaders. we need smart and strong leadership now. trump says his stuff stands on immigration. make it easier for middle class workers and his tax plan would cut taxes for everyone. it cuts more for the top 1%. >> and minute details. and donald trump also on the attack going after the clintons
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and now what has chris christie all riled up.
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13 minutes past the hour. chicago mayor rahm emanuel has cut short his family vacation to cuba and went back to chicago over so much concern in his city of the police department. just in time for the arraignment of jason van dyke over the shooting death of 18-year-old laquan mcdonald. this as the city faces another wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of quintonio legrier. he was shot by a chicago police officer over the weekend. more from cnn's rosa flores. >> reporter: alison, christine, people were wondering where is rahm emanuel. he cut his cuba vacation short, returning to chicago, today.
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his office sending cnn a statement in part, quote, he is cutting his family trip short so he can continue the ongoing work of restoring accountability and trust in the chicago police department. now all this after two people were shot and killed by police over the weekend. first of all, 19-year-old quintonio legrier and 55-year-old bettie jones. they were both shot and killed by police. when it comes to the teenager, police say that he was coming at police with a bat after a domestic disturbance. police say that mrs. jones as killed tragically by police. the mayor returning to chicago on the day that jason van dyke is arraigned. a chicago police officer who shot and killed laquan mcdonald. you probably remember the video. he was the teenager holding the knife and jason van dyke started
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shooting his weapon only seconds after arriving on that scene. now, we should also add that his attorney, jason van dyke's attorney has said that his client acted in self defense. alison and christine. >> thanks for that. big cities from coast to coast gearing up for new year's eve celebrations. the nypd expected to discuss security plans at a briefing today. new york city officials reportedly warn boston police about a possible terror threat. the threat was determined to not be credible. the tsa is moving closer to implementing a ten-year-old law to require more than a driver's license to pass states. the identification law is verifying legal residency. the measure could be imminent. privacy groups oppose the law
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because of information sharing provisions they claim make it equal to a national id cards. the music world mourning the death of heavy metal icon lemmy. the lead singer for motorhead died of cancer on monday. he had a pacemaker implanted in 2013 and suffered from a hematoma in 2014. he got started as a roadie for jimi hendrix. lemmy was 7 0 years old. celebrating a big win over isis. taking back a key city from the terrorists. the night may not be over yet. we're live next.
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welcome back. let's go to presidential politics now. donald trump taking aim at hillary clinton and bill clinton. trump tweeting overnight. remember that bill clinton was brought in to help hillary against obama in 2008. he was terrible. failed badly. and was called a racist. trump saving the sharp language for chris christie and the new hampshire newspaper. giving christie's key endorsement. >> i have to tell you, your paper is not a good paper. you know it's dying. i don't think it will be in business more than two years. if you endorse christie, i don't care. you don't go hurting somebody who has been helping you.
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here, you can have it, darling. that's all it's worth. piece of garbage. >> jeb bush campaigning in new hampshire today. stumping on his home turf on monday and he was energized frankly. bush taking questions at one event and issuing a challenge to the republican frontrunner. >> donald, i'll take you on one-on-one in a debate. anytime. any place. i'll do it. mother nature getting the best of the marco rubio campaign. the start of the swing through iowa was snowed out on monday. he will appear alongside trey gowdy. he threw his support behind rubio saying it is a key endorsement. >> trey gowdy is one of the few who has held people accountable for wrongdoing. we are proud he is helping us in the campaign. he is a phenomenal public
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servant. we are grateful for having the support. >> another republican candidate chris christie also ramps up his campaign stop today in iowa. he will hold several events. sabernie sanders returns to iowa today. sanders was up late monday night holding a rally in las vegas. hillary clinton will be in new hampshire for her final campaign appearance of the year. holding a town hall in por portsmith. two people arrested in belgium. police suspect they were planning terrorist attacks in brussels during the holidays. authorities are not releasing details about the suspects or nationalities. one of them is charged with acting as a leader and recruiter for a terrorist group. the other is charged with
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participating in terror activities. recovering military style uniforms and propaganda. iraq's military claims it liberated ramadi. a series of ground missions by iraqi forces backed by u.s. air strikes have driven the terrorists out of the key government complex in the heart of the area. let's bring in cnn's nima elbargi. now they are saying they have ski secured the government center in the middle of the city. does that mean this battle is over, nima? >> reporter: we want to show you the agency forces heading to the district. these are, of course, u.s. trained troops.
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to give you a sense there is just as much at stake for the u.s. congratulating iraq on the continuing successes in ramadi. not yet quite there in terms of being ready to call it fully liberated. iraqi officials tell us as far as they're concerned, the built operation is now over. this is about securing the town and purging the remaining pockets of isis stronghold. this is reflective of the turnabout after the fall of ramadi in may. this is also hugely strategic. this is the first time if and when it is finally deemed to be fully cleared that iraqi armed forces and iraqi troops have taken a major town without the
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help of those iranian backed shi'ite forces. this is a shift back to 2006. the bringing in of the sunni tribes. they are expected to try to hold and expected to be given the opportunity to hold ramadi once it is fully cleared. we are just hearing from the international organization of migration, christine, that iraq had the fastest and highest rate of civilian displacement in the world. even in syria. this news will be so welcome for so many families. >> nima elbagir, thank you. the state department taking credit for bringing peace to syria in 2015 although the country is embroiled in a bloody civil war. spokesman john kirby lists syria among the wins for the year. he claims the u.s. is winning the fight against isis.
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among the other state department wins listed by kirby, reestablishing ties with cuba and the iran nuclear deal. iran shipped thousands of pounds of uranium to russia on monday. secretary of state kerry calling this a significant milestone toward full implementation of the deal. a chinese official who approved the dumping of the construction debris that caused the landslide committed suicide. that landslide in shenzhen killed 7 people. >> the rapid development in china. they had so many man made disasters there. it is a real problem. the monster storm that crippled parts of the south and midwest, moving to the northeast. we are tracking your severe weather next.
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the northeast now in the path of the deadly winter storm that devastated the south and midwest. millions braces for snow and ice. breaking news this morning. busted after weeks on the run. the affluenza teen detained in mexico with his mother. breaking overnight. protests erupt after police cleared in the shooting death of the 12-year-old boy. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. we begin with a massive winter storm battering the nation. tornadoes, ice storms, flash flooding. there is more ahead. a freakishly mild december coming to a horrible close. in texas, beginning to pick up
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the pieces. nearly a dozen tornadoes touching down in the dallas area leaving homes flattened and lives shattered with 11 people killed. mother nature adding insult to injury dumping ice and snow on parts of north texas. it is a deadly destructive week in the lone star state. let's get more from alina machado. >> reporter: christine and alison, the conditions in texas are expected to improve offering residents a chance to clean up the mess that this tornado left behind. the twister killed eight people here in dallas county. the youngest victim was just a year old. yesterday, many survivors had a chance to return to their homes for the first time. the reality of what happened really settled in. listen to this. >> you see it happen on tv and you try to understand how those people feel losing everything. now when it happens to you when you have to borrow stuff to stay
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warm. you have no shoes on your feet. i left the house with no shoes on my feet. >> reporter: the focus now turns to missouri and illinois where they could see significant flooding. alison and christine. >> alina, thank you. flood warnings in effect right now across the state of missouri. a deadly winter storm finally clearing out overnight. not before killing at least ten people. the mississippi river now seven feet above flood stage. it is expected to crest on thursday. some communities under water since saturday night. in southern illinois, more rain. >> and we were rescued at 9:00 this morning and stood in that water for about three hours waiting for them to get here. >> in southern illinois, more rain and flooding overnight forcing hundreds of families to evacuate their homes. with the mississippi aftnd ohio rivers above flood stage, it
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could be a while before they return. and a close call for the girls basketball team at mt. vernon. their bus swept off the highway 101 into a retention pond. no injuries were reported. take a look at this ice storm crippling parts of oklahoma. it is .50 thick. throw in 40-mile-an-hour winds and the perfect recipe for downed power lines and tree limbs. they are breaking out snow blowers in only maha. and this severe weather is cancelling 2,800 flights with more delayed on monday. nearly 2/3 delays coming at chicago's two main airports and dallas. >> call ahead. check your text. let's get more on the severe weather threat out there. we go live to the cnn weather center in atlanta and go to meteorologist pedram javaheri.
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this extreme weather is expected. it is winter. the flooding is eye popping. >> for a lot of people, it is. el niño having a lot to do with this. checking in the last few hours, 500 flights canceled this morning from places out of chicago o'hare down to dallas, texas making up for half of the cancellations. look to the northeast. this is another area with a lot of delays and cancellations expected. morning wintry mix in new jersey. boston with a wintry mix. the morning commute is hazardous. we know a lot of people taking monday off work. now tuesday is getting back into work. the morning commute is rough until 9:00 where the rain showers replace the wintry mix. you compare to what has fallen down in buffalo, boston and cleveland, to 2014, 33 inches is
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average in buffalo. you have less than 1 inch fallen this year. we know el niño sea surfaces displace the steering current in the atmosphere. you have warm conditions across the northeast that will cause snow delayed. the wet weather continues. we know severe weather is a lot to do with el niño. take a look at the perspective with what transpired in the past week across the eastern u.s. and southern u.s. over 60 tornadoes. you take a look at the number of tornadoes and number of consecutive days of tornadoes. six consecutive days from 23rd of december to the 28th of december. the last time in 1982, an el niño year. that happened one other time with six straight days of december tornadoes. 1953. also an el niño year. we had a tornado with a 145 mile
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track. less than 1% of all tornadoes are falling into that category of ef-4. we had two of them in the past week. making this the deadliest month of 2015. this goes in line with what you expect in an el niño season. look at the temperature trend. in new york, it is still over 10 to 12 degrees above normal. when it cools off, it stays 4 to 5 degrees above normal into early next week. the warmer pattern, even though it is cold, considering, will be above average. >> i don't think there has been a hard freeze around here yet. all of the trees and flowers are confused. thank you, pedram javaheri. 36 minutes past the hour. breaking news, authorities in mexico detaining the affluenza teen. ethan couch and his mother were found near the town of puerto
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vallarta. he was sentenced to two years probation for a drunk driving crash that killed four people and terribly injured several others. he is expected to be turned over to the u.s. marshals. the cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice will not face charges. prosecutors in the case insisting the officer who fired the fatal shot had no way of knowing rice was holding a pellet gun and not a real weapon. >> given the perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications, by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. >> the grand jury decision not to file charge triggering peaceful protests in cleveland after new york overnight. we have more from martin savidge. >> reporter: good morning. so far, reaction publicly to the announcement that there would be no indictment of the officers
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has been subdued. protests, but not in great numbers. we will get a better read on that today as word of the decision spreads. not just here in cleveland, but across the country. the family of tamir rice said they were deeply disappointed. beyond that, samaria rice said that this has only added to her grief. and she believes her son was murdered. that essentially these officers are getting away with a crime and she also says that this was mishandled. not just mishandled, she used the words sabotaged by the prosecutor. in other words, he did not want the officers indicted and presented the case in a slanted way. the prosecutor would disagree with that and independently, the grand jury also said that there should be no indictment of the officers. but also the prosecutor did say there was significant errors. not so much with police, but police radio dispatch. in other words, the information from the caller said this might
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be a juvenile and the gun may not be real. apparently that was never transmitted to the officers. that was a tragic and serious error. christine and alison. >> martin, thank you for that. chicago mayor rahm emanuel cut short his family vacation to cuba. he is heading back to chicago just in time for the arraignment of the officer jason van dyke. he is facing six counts for the shooting death of laquan mcdonald. this as the city faces another wrongful death lawsuit tied by the father of teenager quintonio legrier. legrier was fatally shot by a chicago police officer over the weekend. more from rosa flores. >> reporter: alison, christine, people were wondering where is mayor emanuel. hear this, he cut his cuba vacation short returning to chicago today. his office sending cnn a
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statement saying in part quote he is cutting his family trip short so he can continue the ongoing work of restoring accountability and trust in the chicago police department. now all this after two people were shot and killed by police over the weekend. first of all, 19-year-old quintonio legrier and 55-year-old bettie jones. again, they were both shot and killed by police. when it comes to the teenager, police say that he was coming at police with a bat after a domestic disturbance. about mrs. jones, police say it was a tragic accident. that she was killed tragically by police. now, the mayor also returning to chicago on the day that jason van dyke is arraigned. here is a chicago police officer who shot and killed laquan mcdonald. another black teenager. you probably remember the shooting video. the teenager holding a knife and jason van dyke started shooting
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his weapon only seconds after arriving on the scene. now, we should also add that his attorney, jason van dyke's attorney said from the get-go that his client acted in self defense. alison and christine. >> rosa, thanks. breaking overnight. a close encounter with a drone for president obama. the president vacationing in hawaii when a drone flying close to the motorcade. secret service confronting the man operating it. he was apparently unaware the president was in the area and cooperated. no charges were filed. 41 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. good morning so far for stocks. european and asian markets are higher. u.s. stock futures are higher too. yesterday, stocks fell a bit. oil prices was a driver and enough to put the s&p 500 down for the year. it is not all bad news for the portfolio. let's take a look.
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if you are in netflix, you probably are happy. that stock soared 140% this year. the best performer in the s&p. number two is a household name. amazon. shares up 118% this year. starbucks and google both with gains of almost 50%. this is why the nasdaq is higher for the year. some of the names are in the nasdaq. energy companies no surprise. chesapeake is down 79%. oil prices have crashed dragging all of those down. other losses are in retail. macy's and michael kors and gap. a lot of you want to check your apple shares. the widely held stock. apple not a good year. apple shares are down 2% this year. they soared 40% last year. apple shares are down 2% this year. a lot of folks wondering if apple lost its mojo. >> you look at the market overall.
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analysts are concerned we will not see the santa claus rally. >> something the fed did. donald trump on the attack in a late night rally. who the republican frontrunner was targeting this time. next.
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presidential politics now. donald trump on attack in new hampshire taking aim at hillary and bill clinton. trump tweeting overnight, remember bill clinton was brought in to help hillary in 2008. failed badly and called a racist. trump saving the sharp language for republican chris christie and the new hampshire newspaper that gave christie its key endorsement. sara murray has more. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump is escalating attacks on hillary clinton. accusing her of playing the woman card and taking aim at her
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husband, bill clinton's past infidelities. we got a tamer donald trump on the campaign trail landfall niglast night. >> we haven't started on her yet. she said we would love to run against trump. it is her worst nightmare. tonight, somebody reported that they are absolutely going crazy and they are devastated over what trump is saying. >> reporter: for their part, the clinton camp said hillary clinton will not be bullied by trump's attacks. if trump went easy on the clintons, he went hard on chris christie. saying there is no way the new jersey governor was unaware of the bridgegate scandal. >> just put yourself in a common sense mode. you are with your cabinet. you are with them all the time. they are closing the biggest bridge in the united states. you are not telling the governor. and you are with him all the time. you are not saying, governor, by
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the way, sir, we are closing the george washington bridge tonight. no, no. you are having lunch and you don't bring it up. does anybody believe that? >> reporter: this gives you a sense of how the rivalries are escalating as we get closer to the first nominating contests. trump is preparing for the next phase of the battle telling crowds he is preparing to spend a lot of money beginning in january. as for today, he is on the campaign trail in iowa. back to you, christine and alison. sara murray, thank you. jeb bush is back campaigning in new hampshire today. the former florida governor stumping on his home turf monday. he seemed energized. bush taking questions at one event and issuing a challenge to the republican frontrunner. >> donald, i'll take you on one-on-one in a debate. anytime. any place. i'll do it. mother nature getting the best of the marco rubio
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campaign. the swing through iowa was snowed out on monday. rubio will try again today appearing beside trey gowdy. he has thrown support to rubio who says it is a key endorsement. >> trey gowdy is one of the few in washington, d.c. that held people accountable for wrongdoing and held people accountable for not doing a good job. he is a phenomenal public servant. we are grateful to have his support. >> another republican candidate chris christie forced to scrap the schedule in iowa because of the weather. that is the trouble with iowa in december. he will be back at it today holding several events. the hawkeye state popular with democrats as well. bernie sanders returns for a start of the three-day swing through iowa. sanders holding a rally at a high school in las vegas. hillary clinton will be in new hampshire today. holding a town hall in portsmith
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and weather permitting. big cities from coast to coast gearing up for new year's eve celebrations. they are ramping up security. nypd discussing security plans at a town hall today. the threat was determined to not be credible for boston. the tsa moving closer to implementing a 10-year-old law to require driver's license for passengers to get through security. the real id law sets standards for identification which include verifying legal residency. the homeland security measures could be implement. groups oppose the law because the provisions make it equal to a national identification law. there are four states where travelers could be required to use passports to travel. something to remember.
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>> people with illinois driver's licenses are wondering. they had deals with dhs to delay the implementation. the bottom line, homeland security concerns, there are people with driver's license in some states and they are not sure those are those people. 51 minutes after the hour. gun owners soon will be able to openly carry their weapons. why there is a backlash from businesses next. i am about to embark on a long and dangerous journey.
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new this morning, two people arrested in belgium. police suspect they were planning terrorist attacks in brussels during the holidays this week targeting tourist areas. officials not releasing the details or the nationalities. one is charged with participating in terror activities. police recovering military style
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uniforms and isis propaganda materials. now ramadi is back under tenuous iraqi control, an official says it will take two to three weeks to cleanse the city of remaining pockets of isis fighters. cnn's nima elbagir is tracking the latest for us. nima, with the first major victory, iraq's prime minister is vowing to defeat isis in 2016. lots of confidence here. >> reporter: yes, extraordinarily optimistic. especially given the more cautious optimism from u.s. officials who are not quite ready to call it fully liberated. they congratulate the iraqis on the continued successes in ramadi. there is absolutely no debate as you rightly said about the strategic importance of this city. we are already seeing it pay dividends. the latest we have in from the operation out there from the iraqi military defense is they
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are in pursuit of the minister of finance. they feel he is on the run. that gives you a sense of how strategic isis is to the iraqis, but how strategic it was to isis to have a high-ranking official. it paints a broader picture of the growing sense of fear beginning to evaporate there among the civilian population who feel comfortable to come forward with the eyewitness reports. unimaginable a week ago they would speak openly to authorities about anything to do with isis. now we're hearing families from other parts of anbar province moving to the district to ramadi. they are taking shelter from other isis held territories. the campaign is far from over. officials tell us it will take at least another two to three
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weeks to purge, as they are calling it, the remaining pockets of fighters. many are looking ahead to an isolation of fallujah and then onwards to mosul. we will see how this plays out, alison. for now, i have to tell you here in baghdad, we are hearing a really renewed sense of confidence among the iraqis. >> thank you, nima. the state department taking credit for bringing peace to syria in 2015. although the country is still embroiled in a bloody civil war. spokesperson john kirby writing a recap of the state department wins for the year. syria among them. he claims the u.s. is winning against the fight against isis. a key provision of the iran nuclear deal. they ship thousands of pounds of uranium to russia on monday.
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secretary of state kerry calling the development a significant milestone toward full implementation of the deal. almost 58 minutes past the hour. let's get an early start on your money. good morning for stocks. european and asian stocks higher. u.s. futures are ticking up. it is a holiday week. dow down a bit. that was enough to put the s&p 500 lower for the year. the problem is tumbling oil prices in recent weeks. dragging down the energy sector and causing concerns of the health of the global economy. texas has an open carry gun law on the books. that takes effect new year's day. that puts those with concealed carry lie especialcenses to hav in view. some stores will not welcome the guns in stores. popular chain heb will not allow visible carry or neither
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whataburger. many say visible firearms make them uncomfortable. despite the hack, ashley madison is growing. it added 4 million members since the breach. cheaters are using the site more than ever. the list showed more than 95% of the site's members were men. even with growing numbers, it is not clear if ashley madison can survive longer. it is dealing with a number of class action lawsuits. they dispute the 95% of men. >> those numbers coming from ashley madison itself. something to think about. "early start" continues right now. >> the deadly monster storm that wreaked havoc across the northeast. right now, millions bracing for
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the first snowfall of the year. hundreds of flights delayed and canceled. breaking news this morning. the manhunt is over for the so-called affluenza teen. now detained in mexico with his mother. protests overnight after police cleared the shooting of the 12-year-old boy in the park. i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is tuesday, december 29th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. the winter storm battering the northeast. flash flooding and ice storms. claiming dozens of lives. a mild december coming to an end today with a major snowstorm in the northeast. up to 1 foot of snow in the forecast for parts of new england. in texas, they are beginning to pick up the pieces. nearly a dozen tornadoes touching down in the dallas area leaving homes flattened and lives shattered with 11 people killed.

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