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breaking overnight, north korea explains it exploded a hydrogen bomb. new reaction from the world pouring in. blame canada. donald trump says the fact that ted cruz was born there could be an issue in the race for the white house. so is this a controversy part two? this morning how ted cruz is responding. president obama with a rare emotional display as he makes
his case on gun violence. his executive order met with plenty of pushback from republicans who want his job. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine ber romans. >> i'm john berman. >> the breaking news north korea says it exploded a hydrogen bomb. this is the very first time the nuclear regime made a declaration a. fusion device would be a huge escalation in their capabilities and present huge new challenges for the u.s. in terms of security. if, in fact, it was a hydrogen device that, is in question. the apparent underground test said off tremors all night and prompted a u.s. emergency council meeting earlier today. will ripley live from beijing. at this point, will, what do we
know? >> reporter: we know the list of countries that are condemning this action by forth korea continues to grow not only here in china the united states, japan united kingdom the list goes on. if, indeed, north korea tested the hydrogen bomb. this is hundreds of times more powerful than for example the bomb dropped in 1945 on hiroshima and the bombs on nagasaki. this is a very dangerous explosive device that north korea says it would use to defend its sovereign territory. of course, that's been the regime led by kim jong-un, the defence for developing a nuclear program all along. what the united states has been doing, certainly since president obama too office is a policy known as strategic patience, hoping that because of pressure from sanctions and what not that north korea would choose to denuclearize it's own. they have a lot of raw uranium.
they have the potential to build more many warheads. they are developing their former capabilities. listen to what the former people say will happen. >> i'm not sewer what patience will get us so far. there will be a discussion in the u.n., an effort to tighten sanction, there will be i think effort we aregional efforts including china. i hope there will be some understanding that we have so to somehow retard this program in the way we did with the iranian program. so i think we will have to really think very hard about what to do. we can just leave this one alone. >> a lot of experts are saying the sanctions haven't worked in spite of crippleing economic pen ames. north koreans have continued to invest in their military, specifically in the nuclear and missile program.
seven hours from now, the united states city council will be holding a closed door session, requested by the u.s. and japan, john. a lot of countries trying to figure out what to do next to pre vent this situation from escalateing further. >> in terms of technical aspect. what is known this morning? there is confirmation there was some kind of tremor felt on the 5.1 magnitude. what are the south koreans saying what kind of device they believe it was? >> yeah, 5.1 is stronger than a tremor. 4.1 in 2013. no information this was an h-bomb as japan has said. japan sent two missiles up to detect the raid yachlg it will take several days to confirm if, indeed, that was hydrogen bomb. clearly whether it was an h-bomb or not the north korea nuclear
program is continuing to grow. >> that is what is so alarming. on friday, it's kim jong-un's birthday. it's like an early birthday present for the supreme leader. we den know. a 33-year-old with the hand at the growing nuclear arsenal. a lot of people is saying, he doesn't want to launch a missile. he wants after can. a sit down with world leaders. he wants to be recognized as a legitimate leader. they want normalized relations with the united states. >> i was going to ask you, why now? little seeds when it comes to the north korean rejeechl when he wants to sit down, he wants an audience, what does he want to talk about? >> reporter: really, this is a country that doesn't have barring anything chips temperatures nuclear program and arsenal is a bargaining chip. a strong one. perhaps their strongest. as far as their military they have more than 1 million standing troops a. lot of their weapons are outdated. so you see them investing in
missile technology up see them investing in nuclear technology. kim jong-un gave his new year's address, a 29-minute speech. he didn't mention the nuclear arsenal specifically. he did talk about the need to continue developing weapons to defend the sovereignty of north korea. he talked about wanting to grow the north korean commitment they are investing in the military and trying to grow their economy. they feel that won't be able to happen unless they are able to sit down at the table with the international community and talk about ways to bring north korea pack into the following. so what do they have to offer now? they've just done this nuclear test. they're certainly not going to give up the nuclear program. that itself the indication i got from officials. i visited five times to pyongyong l yang in the last year or. so they say the nuclear program isn't a bargaining chip. some have been telling me a moratorium on testing is something they could offer. really, this is one of the few things pyongyang has to offer. we have to watch this closely to
see how this unfolds. >> will ripley in beijing, remember, north korea and south korea had another shouting match. they were feuding, playing speakers over the border. so a tense situation there. now with the introduction programs of a hydrogen bomb test makes the situation more precarious. will ripley in beijing, thank you very much. >> china has a leader, only last year or so what this mean force the relations between those two countries, clearly this is a provocation for china. china has been trying to contain this sort of behavior from its neighbors. so a lot to unfold here on the diplomatic front. why now and what's next this morning? >> there is also breaking news. an object found in the home office of chairman chancellor angela merkel. part of the building has been cordoned off. the object in question was found in the main entrance area. only parts of the building are closed. it is unclear if merkel was
inside. a defensive line of new attacks in the race for two candidates who so far have been pretty chummy. donald trump is raising questions whether ted cruz is eligible to be president of the united states? why? the texas senator was born in canada. because his mother was a u.s. citizen, most legal scholars agree, cruz needs the constitutional requirement he is a natural born citizen, nevertheless, trump says nominating cruz would put republicans in a precarious position. >> a lot of people are talking ab it. i hope it's not. so i hope it doesn't come about. people are worried if he wasn't born in this country. he wasn't, he was born in canada. if the democrats bring a lawsuit. the lawsuit could have years to resolve. how do you have a candidate with there is something over the head of the party and that individual? >> cruz responded by tweeting a clip of fonzi from happy days jumping a shark. then instead of going after trump, cruz went after the media for covering possible division
among the candidates. >> with all respect, our good friends here in the media are playing into the democrat's playbook. we talk about the real challenges facing this country? one of the things the media loves to do is gaze at their naval for hours on end, by a tweet from donald trump or me or anybody else, who cares? let's focus on the issues, let's focus on the issues on hand. >> cruz spent the day in iowa. trump sits down with wolf blitzer for an interview that will air on the situation room. president obama announced proposed gun control measures. in a few hours, the house leaders will make their case against the proechl. they'll have a news conference t. outline of the plan unveiled tuesday in a rare show of deep emotion from the president, he was surrounded by victims of mass shootings and their families. >> for every family who never
imagined their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun, every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> the white house decided to tell you nothing has made the president more angry or driven him to tears more than what happened in connecticut. for the latest, let's bring in senior white house correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: john, christine, this was one of the most emotional moment. he cried openly at the white house as he made the case for new executive actions on gun control. under the president's new executive actions, a warning to gun sellers to conduct background checks or risk prosecution. new atf agents, $500 million for
mental health care and a push to develop smart gun technology. the new actions are not a gun grab. they fall short of a law mandating universal background checks across the country. here's more of what the president had to say. >> 2nd amendment rights are important. but there are other rights we care about as well. we have to be able balance them. because our right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to christians in charleston, south carolina and that was denied juice in kansas city and that was denied muslims in chapel hill and seiks in old creek. they had rights, too. >> deanna ray responded saying, quote the proposed executive actions are right by the abuse by the obama administration which made no secret of the 2nd amendment. it depends on congress spending
the money on mental health, to hire new investigators at the fbi and atf. republicans have long said they should enforce the existing gun laws. now they have chance to the just that. >> a special programing note for you tomorrow at 8:00 p.m., president obama will join anderson cooper for gun laws in america him he will announce his new action on guns at a town hall with guns in america with president obama moderated by anderson this thursday night 8:00 p.m. only on cnn. we want to get back to our breaking news, north korea's nuclear test. we want to bring in associate professor, graduate school of international studies. two question why now? what next? your reaction by this claim by north korea it exploded a hydrogen bomb. >> yeah. well, it's more than a claim
insofar as they've exploded a nuclear test from everything we can tell. the hydrogen part is up in the air. it may take a few days. but, you know, it's kuwait a statement and north korea, of course, likes to be in the limelight. so they've put themselves back on our headlines. no one has a clear way forward. that's the problem. >> a hydrogen device, explain to me why that would be different than the three other tests we've seen over the last several years. >> reporter: well, there's, you know the technical answer you have to get a serious nuclear expert to walk you through i. what it boils down to, it's a much more powerful device, it's bringing them up to par with the other nuclear powers. i think, you know, symbolically speaking, the most important dimension to it is that the new leader kim jong-un has a
straighted strategy to simultaneously make progress in two areas. one area is economic development, which sounds okay. fortunately, the other area is the nuclear weapons capably. so by claiming whether he has or has not by claiming he's conducted a hydrogen bomb, he is able to demonstrate, at least internally, that he is delivering on this promise of actually improving their nuclear weapons deterrent as they think of it. >> what does he want? does he want legitimacy? an end to sanctions? does he want relevance? is this ego? what do you think is the end game here for this 33-year-old leader? >> reporter: yeah, it's a great question. we need to get into his head more. if we had a little bit more diplomatic contact with north korea, we'd probably have better estimates to. that as you know better than anyone, dennis rodman is the person you know who spent the most face time with this young guy. so even the chinese are really in the dark and are guessing a
lot about kim jong-un. so, actually the bottom line is we don't know enough about his calculation, huh he thinks. i think it's more than getting attention. certainly, that's a part of north korea's playbook. i don't think this is a move to sort of provoke their way into negotiation, at least with the united states. i think the north koreans are quite realistic the obama administration is long past interested in talking to them. so, you know, also in terms of south korea and china the other key countries, this is obviously upsetting to both leaders in beijing and seum and makes it harder for those leader to engage even economically with north korea. so when you check off all of those options, you are sort of left with the domestic politics of this. i think we have to infer kim jong-un thinks this is good for his consolidation of power, good
for the security of his regime and maybe for the country as he thinks of it. >> you said earlier, even beijing, even china is confused or doesn't fully know what's going on inside. what about china? because china has a complicated relationship with north korea. it's early in his regime, trying to figure out how to deal with north korea. >> reporter: yeah, it's historically, it's a real, you know the fluctuations of that relationship are something that go all the way back to the korean war an even before the korean war, back in the '50s. so we're seeing sort of another cycle of this drama that's often hidden from view. they got off to a bad start, in part, because of the last test, which kim jong-un did after kim john pin was in power him they were just starting to repair the damage an mend the fence actually in the fall and there
was a very high profile trip by one of xi's top leaders to pyongyang in october. that was seen as potentially a big break through. this, obviously, sets that all back. kim jong-un is sending a clear message to beijing that says, i don't need you. i'm not looking to please you. i'm my own man. that may be very popular in north korea. >> that may be something that at least north korean elites or north korean people like to see, a very strongmentin young guy. we don't know about. that that's a possibility we have to entertain. so the chinese are really left on the back of their feet and it will be interesting to watch xi to develop this. >> that relationship back in the freezer. thank you so much for joining us. great analysis. thank you. >> big developments on the korean peninsula this morning. other news, a series of new years sex attacks causing anger
i. angry protests breaking out in the german city of cologne, 90 women robbed threatened and raped on new year's eve t. suspects described by police as arab or north african. angela merkel calling the attacks disgusting, warning against an anti-migrant backlash. we are tracking the latest development live from london. fred, what do we know about this? >> reporter: well the german police is actually trying to get to terms with some of the fact, trying to find a lot of things out. all this happened on new year's eve in the city of cologne where there was a big new year's celebration. the police is speaking of a group of up to a thousand men who apparently perpetrated a large scale sexual assault and robbery on women in that main
square there in the german city. apparently, they were setting off fire crackers in the beginning, then deskrengd on women surrounding them, starting to grope them and trying to rob them at the same time. there was at least one case a woman reported allegedly being raped. certainly many other cases of sexual assault that are coming into the police. the police in that town say they believe that number is still going to increase, because they didn't even find out about this on that evening. . they say people are just now coming forward. so this is causing a major stir in germany right now. it's been going through german media all this morning. it's the top item on all of their news sites. many people very angry about this. >> that protest was one by women saying this is not what's going to happen. >> authorities being careful not to tie this to the migrant issue, to the migrant crisis. there have been so hundreds of thousands of people coming into germany from north africa, from
some of these syria and iraq an elsewhere. what are authorities saying about that? >> reporter: well, they certainly are. you know, it's more than a million people who have come into germany this year. one of the things, of course, this is causing some tension among the populations in germany. however, the authorities there are trying to say, listen remembers let's not jump to conclusion even though there was witness reports of people that appear to be north african and arab descent, who were regain it, it's unclear whether more is involved in this. in fact, there is no evidence that any refugees were. of course, there are right wing factions in germany very angry about this that are making their voices heard at this point in time. quite frankly, a lot of other groups as well are saying that germany needs to watch out. needs to keep in mind its social peace as well and as it tries to come to terms with the fact that a million new people have just arrived there. >> thank you, fred. . all right, could the arab
new developments in oregon, armed protesters refuse to leave. protest leader ammon bundy claims he received information. the fbi has arrest warrants for some of the occupiers. the authorities are planning a raid. the fbi referred the question to local authorities. they say they have no information on that claim. sara sidner is on the ground in oregon with more for us this
morning. >> reporter: john, christine the sheriff of the county where these armed protesters have taken over federal land has told the group to leave to go home. but the grown-up says they're not going anywhere. they call themselves the citizens for constitutional freedom. and they say they're going to be here until this land is returned to the local folks, namely the ranchers and farmers to work this land a make a living. it doesn't seem as though it will happen. they say they will stay here until it does. they are arm, they say, not planning on violence unless they say it's perpetrated on them by the police. there is no police presence right now. not local, not state, not federal. we should also reiterate that this group says they are not anti-government. >> that they are anti-federal government. and that some part of the federal government they do not believe should exist, mainly the bureau of land management. they say it should be up to the state and local deposit. and to prove that fact, the leader of this group, amman
bundy, actually took out a loan that was handed out through the federal government from the small business administration for his business several years ago. christine, john. >> all right. thanks so much. breaking overnight, north korea says it has exploded a hydrogen bomb. this would be a major escalation of nuclear tensions. what will the united states do about this reaction? pouring in from around the world? the u.n. city council getting ready to meet. a live report next.
>> breaking overnight, north korea claims it explodes a hydrogen bomb him a major escalation of nuclear tension. global reaction pouring in. we'll have more moments away. >> donald trump using a claim of a birth claim, ted cruz, it could be an issue for the race in the white house. we have what cruz is saying this
morning. >> an extraordinary show of emotion from president obama as he unveils his new gun control measures, but already this morning new pushpack from some republicans in opposition. welcome back to "early start" i'm john berman. >> christine romans. it is 32 minutes past the hour. >>. breaking overnight, north korea says it exploded a hydrogen bomb. this is the very first time north korea made a claim. yes. it has done nuclear tests before. a hydrogen bomb, a fusion device, would be a huge eggs kalation, presenting new challenges for global security and certainly for the united states. this apparent underground test set off political tremors around the world all night. there has been an emergency session of the u.n. city council set for a few hours from now. joining us now with the latest.
cnn's will ripley live from beijing. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, john. this is truly alarm, here in china. we're on the border, right now, we know government investigators are testing for radiation. japan sent planes in the air no monitor for radiation as well as a result of this test. the fourth nuclear test north korea conducted in 15 years t. first in 2006. it was 2009, 2013 and today. we do know it created a invisible earthquake. a 5.1 mag new tude event. it was felt in chosen. there were schools evacuated. this really is a strong message on the part of the north korean regime that in spite of international sanctions has continued to invest heavily in its nuclear program. aggressively developing warheads. miniaturizing warheads and investing in the missile
delivery systems. essentially what you see is this isolated regem with an arsenal and the ability to potentially cause significant amount of damage in this region. the united states for most of president barack obama's turn has engaged in a policy known as strategic patience, basically ignoring pyongyang for the most part, hoping they will denuclearize on their own. that clearly hasn't happened. let's listen what the former ambassador to north korea has to say. >> i'm not sure we're saying we will respond with strategic patience will get us very far. so i think what we're going to have to do, there will be a discussion at the u.n., there will be an effort to tighten sanctions, improve effort we aregional countries, including china and i hope there will be some understanding that we have to somehow retard this program in the way that we did with the iranian program. so i think we're going to have to reallity very hard about what to do because we can't just leave this one alone.
>> so i want to read for you the translation of a document signed by supreme leader kim jong-un, saying, quote, for the victorious and glorious year of 2016, the convention of the workers party will be held, make the world look up to our strong nuclear country and labor party by opening the year with exciting noise of the first hydrogen bomb. incident ally, kim jong-un turns 33-years-old on friday. he considers the sound of a hydrogen bomb exploding exciting. the rest of the word, though, very troubling. the u.n. city council holding an emergency closed door session less than seven hours from now. john. >> i got to tell you, i'm watching markets, to see if any of this will factor into world trading today? it's another reason why markets have been nervous overall. china a big, big reason to be concerned here. what do we think about the chinese reaction to this? and what this says, specifically, about kim jong-un an maybe an ad ver sarl
relationship he has with the new chinese leader? >> reporter: as you point out, christine the chinese government in a very, very precarious position right now. ever since the october 10th workers party celebration, the military pyongyang i attended, korea sent a high level dellegatto meet personally with kim john unit. it appears relations between china and north korea were doing quite well. but the chinese president has condemned testing. china is north korea's most powerful friend and champion in the global community. also the largest by far, the north korean economy could not survive without trade with china and clearly the international sanctions, the united states and its allie the united nations have placed on the regime, they haven't deterred this nuclear program. chinese companies play a crucial role here. the next step, a lot of people will watch closely, because would there be sanctions on chinese companies doing business
with pyongyang? that would be a very, very dramatic move. we just don't know what will happen yet. >> all right, will ripley fornous beijing, watching this situation. we are getting new reaction, new information by the minute. we will update you more when it comes in. thanks, will. all right. 38 minutes past the hour a. potentially divisive new action between two candidates so far have been mostly chummy. donald trump now raising questions whether ted cruz is eligible to be president. the texas senator, ted cruz, was born in canada. but because his mother was a u.s. citizen, most legal scholars agree, cruz meets the constitutional requirement that he is a natural born citizen. nevertheless, trump says nominating cruz will put republicans in quote a very precarious position. >> a lot of people are talking ab it. i hope it's not. so i hope it doesn't come about. but people are worried if he weren't born in this country, which he wasn't, he was born in canada. if the democrats bring a lawsuit t. lawsuit could take years to resolve. how do you have a candidate
where there is something over the head of the party and that individual. >> cruz responded tweeting this, a clip from fonzi from "happy days" jumping a shark. instead of going after trump, cruz went after the media for covering possible division among the republican candidates. >> with all respect, our good friends here in the media are playing into the democrat's playbook. how about we talk about the real challenges facing this country? one of the things the media loves to do is, is gaze at their naval for hours on end by a tweet from donald trump or from me or anybody else, who cares? let's focus on the issues. focus on the issues that matter. >> cruz spent the day in iowa. trump is off the campaign trail for the day. he sat down with wolf blitzer in the situation room. new reaction to president obamas iaudience novm on proposed gun control measures. in a few hours, house speaker paul ryan and other leaders will
make their case against the president's proposal, the outline of the president's plan unveiled tuesday, a rare show of deep emotion from the president surrounded by victims of mass shootings and their families. >> from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun, every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> he so so cool and the white house says this has moved him to tears before privately. now it has publicly. for the latest, i want to pri in senior white house correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: john, christine, this was one of the most
emotional moments of the presidency. he cried openly at the white house as he made the case for new executive actions on gun control. under the president's new executive action, a warning to nearly all gun sellers to conduct background checks or risk prosecution. plus new fbi and atf agents. $500 million for mental health care and a push to develop smart gun technology. they are fought a gun grab. they fall short of a law mandating universal background checks across the country. here's more of what the president had to say. >> 2nd amendment rights are important. but there are other rights that we care about as well. and we have to be able to balance them. because our right to worship freely and safely. >> that right was denied to christians in charleston, south carolina. and that was denied jews in kansas city. and that was denied muslims in chapel hill and seiks in old
creek. they had rights, too. [ applause ] >> deanne that ray responded saying quote the proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the obama administration, which had made no secret of its contempt for the second amendment. it depends on congress spending the money on mental health and hire new investigators at the fbi and atf. they the white house is responding. now they have the chance to to just that. john, christine. >> all right, thanks so much. a special programing note. tomorrow at 8:00 p.m., president obama will join anderson cooper for an exclusive live town hall about guns in america. he will discuss these newly announced executive actions. he will take questions from a live studio audience at town hall, guns in america, with the president, moderated by anderson, tomorrow, 8:00 p.m.. time for an early start on your money, the u.s. stockmarkets under pressure this morning. the results in asia i don't have night as north korea's reported
hydrogen bomb test adds to worries there. europe is down right now as well. gun stocks are surging following president obama's executive action on gun violence. smith and wesson jumped more than 11% on tuesday. it had a 6% rise monday. the company is raising its sales an earningings outlook for the greatest quarter of the entire fiscal year. rival resolutioner topped almost look at that 17%, number of am 96 makers and sporting goods stores also rallying. we have seen this before. a big gain in these stocks, following mass shootings. it seems every time there is gun control or measures to restrain gun violence, americans rush to buy guns. those companies profit. john. >> chancellor of germany with harsh words following new year's sex assaults in one of the biggest cities. the identities of the perpetrators is causing alarm
. >>? morning, angry protests in the german city of cologne after 90 women reported being robbed, threatened and raped on new years eve. the suspect described by police is quote arab or north african. german chancellor angela merkel calls the attacks disgusting. she is warning against backlash. we are tracking the latest developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, john. the police in cologne are trying to piece together what happened there on new year's morning, it was a group up to a thousand men that started being rou di outside the main railway station and then they say these men came into groups and descended upon women, starting gropeing them. and then surrounding them and trying to steal their
belongings. at least one woman also reported allegedly being raped. this apparently went on for hours. few look at some of the eyewitnesses who were there, many of them describing in absolute fear saying that they felt absolutely at the mercy of these people. now, as you noted, this comes at a tense time in germany as the country is the trying to cope with the new arrival of 1.1. at least 1.1 million refugees into the country in 2015 and certainly there has been some backlash. the authorities are saying, listen, it's far too early to tell whether refugees were a part of this. they are warning people to stay calm at this point as police try to investigate. police, itself, is under fire for allowing the situation to escalate. >> all right. fred pleitgen. thanks so much. a feud in saudi arabia and iran the billionaire prince is can selling all investments in iran and scratching all flights to iran for his budget airline.
secretary of state john kerry is reaching out to leaders of both countries, urging them to calm down and consider talking to each other. we want to go live to beirut, bring in senior correspondent nick walsh. >> reporter: it's been a matter of days. a conflict between saudi arabia and iran, much posturing, much proxy war in syria and open confrontations in yemen and the saudi backed forces there. but you mentioned the commercial ties being damaged there. we now, of course, know about diplomatic damage t. closure of saudi arabia's embassy in tehran and how many saudi allies have, in fact, joined along with them in reducing the diplomatic relation, there are some signs over days of fiery bids to calm this down. it may be working. john kerry telephoned saudi counterparts and a spokesman to
try and deescalate tensions. restore some sense of calm. potentially, they may have gone through the most immediate crisis. the u.s. needs saudi arabia and iran to speak as closely as they can off the same script form, dealing with the syrian civil war. the u.n. special envoy to that conflict wet with the saudi foreign minister and said as far as he can tell in a statement, there was no negative impact on the peace protest they're trying to push forward of getting saudi opposition groups, many backed by syrian opposition groups, many backed by the saudis to talk to the syrian regem, of course, the border concern is we had a region racked by posturing, proxy war between saudi arabia under iran now for over a year, so much tension in the middle east really built on those foundations of conflict. now that conflict is out in the open. dramatic measures used. the fear is it could go further. back to you. >> thank you fork that, nick.
. >> the neighbor who likely bought the weapons used by the san bernardino shooters in last month's deadly attack has his day in court today. the arraignment comes as the fbi leans on the public now for help. investigators are trying to fill in a gap in a time line, the husband and wife skeemd whereabouts during his 18-minute window the day of the massacre. evan perez has that part of the story. >> john, christine, it's an unusual appeal from the fbi, asking the public to piece toke
together 18 months. the fbi showed this map showing the attackers were in an l-shaped area, they viewed traffic and under surveillance cameras and cell phone tracking as well as more than 500 witness interviews that account for nearly four hours after the attack. missing from the time line are details from a period from 12:59 p.m. to 1:17 p.m. him did they stop to meet someone, at a business or other location to get rid of evidence? this could be key to the investigation. nothing so far indicates that this is an attack that was directed by isis or some other group. but investigators believe this was an attack inspired by jihadi ideology and still a mystery to investigators, why that day and why that holiday office party? john, christine. >> all right, evan, thank you for that.
pretrial hearing is set this morning for the second of six baltimore police officers charged in the death of freddie gray. jury selection in the trial of officer caesar goodson begins monday. goodson was driving that police van, in which prosecutors say gray suffered a severe final injury t. first baltimore officer to stand trial william porter is trying to avoid testifying. he ended in a hung jury a. retrial is expected for june. the powerball keeps climbing. it's expected to top $450 million, making it the fourth largest powerball. it dates back to november 7th. a lump sum payoff for tonight's game could be worth $275 million. your odds of pecking the winning number, one in 292 million. >> say that one more time. one in 292. yes, i'm debbie downer, one in 292? >> i make that joke every day. >> there is barely a chance.
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it dives into portions of the southwest. in fact, one and three-quarters of rainfall has come down across san diego. compare that to what happened in 2014 and '15, non-existent almost when it comes to heavy rainfall. still could be four-to-six inches by the end of this weekend. let's get an early start on your money. they are suggesting news of north korea's h-bomb claim. stocks in the u.s. set to start low lower. london, new york, paris all lower right now. americans bought more new cars last year than ever before. this is a powerful, powerful economic signal, folks, about the american semi-. 17.5 million cars and trucks rolled out last year. it's up about 6% from the year before that. edges out the previous records set in 2000. why? low gas prices, easier credit.
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