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happening now. a monster storm heading for the east coast. schools already closing. drivers warned to stay off the roads. and new overnight. donald trump explains why he was surprised during sarah palin's endorsement speech. calling the flint water crisis inn excusable as e-mails detail the state's mistakes. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is thursday, january 21st.
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many bracing for a big snowstorm. it is a nor'easter. set with high winds and potentially record-breaking snow totals. it looks like washington, d.c. is right in the bull's-eye. icy untreated roads and a light snow in the d.c. area made for a rechet commute last night. it is difficult to talk on the phone like these people are doing. not wise. joining with us the latest and the forecast, pedram javaheri live in the cnn weather center. pedram, this is tough. >> it is, guys. it is an expansive area of land when it comes to the amount of snowfall that comes down that could make this a big story. the heavy snowfall as far as the model indication puts it around the nation's capital and
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delmarva and baltimore. we are talking several feet in the forecast there. the track various where the storm moves friday into saturday makes a difference with the sharp cut off line. that puts new york city in the moderate scale with 4 to 6 inches. we are watching this carefully. very impressive to see model after model put snowfall, significant snowfall over washington, d.c. with the bull's-eye. it is modelling with 16 to 18 inches. you still have to fine tune the northern fringe. from that point, it falls off to nothing significant and boston will see some in spots. you are talking about 20 inches in washington. in records going back to the
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1890s, this could bring up to 20 plus inches in the region. look at the wind gusts from friday night into saturday morning. 45 to 55-mile-an-hour wind gusts. classic nor'easter and i want to show you how it plays out. you show the graphic down with a nor'easter. parallel the eastern seaboard. we have a storm surge that will be significant with coastal erosi erosion. you look at washington at this point with around 20 inches. new york, let's go with 6 inches. in boston, you get the point as far as traveling to the north. the significance of the snowfall diminishing quickly. john and christine, on saturday morning, we are talking about a full moon in place. you put this together and also plays a role with the storm surge and coastal erosion. that is another element with the
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full moon and 40 to 50-mile-an-hour winds. a lot of coastal damage. >> are your kids rooting for more than 2 or 6 inches? >> they are happy to go sledding. they want to make a jump. >> my kids have endorsed the european model. >> that's a good model. >> they would like a snow day on monday. thanks, pedram. donald trump is headed to las vegas today as a poll shows him with a huge lead in new hampshire. in the cnn poll, he is at 34%. 20 points ahead of cruz who has surged eight points in a little over a month. cruz had a rough couple of days. sarah palin endorsed trump. republican icon bob dole warned of cataclismic worries for the
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party. he had an interview with our very own don lemon. >> he did not have one senator stick up for him recently because he is a real problem with running because he was born in canada. he was born in canada and he was a citizen of canada until 15 months ago. he didn't know about his loans. he didn't know about goldman sachs. he didn't know he was a citizen of canada and now he's running for president. >> republican voters want a conservative. they don't want a deal maker who has written checks and supported hillary clinton and mitch mcconnell and john boehner and chuck schumer. they want a reagan conservative. >> trump and palin were together with trump calling her a very special, wonderful person. cnn's sunlen serfaty has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. donald trump and sarah palin hitting the campaign trail
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rallying supporters at christian university oral roberts. >> we got a red head from the big red apple running for president and yet, the gop machine all of a sudden, they are saying we're not red enough. we're not conservative enough. i say what in the world do they know about conservatively. >> reporter: and ted cruz trying to recover from a rough 48 hours for his campaign. taking a triplicate of hits. sarah palin's endorsement and her hitting the campaign trail and criticism from the iowa governor and now bob dole. here is how ted cruz responded. >> right now the washington establishment is abandoning marco rubio. they are making the assessment marco cannot win the race.
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the washington establishment is rushing to support donald trump. we are seeing that happen every day. mr. trump is welcoming the establishment. mr. trump said they should support him because he said ted won't go along to get along. he won't make deal was the democrats. >> reporter: you saw ted cruz cleverly tie both marco rubio and donald trump in the same hit to the republican establishment wing of the party. this is a comfort zone for ted cruz. one that we will continue to see him argue about on the campaign trail holding himself up and hits up as proof he is the anti-establishment candidate. >> thank you, sunlen. sarah palin linked her son's arrest this week on violence charges addressing what she called the elephant in the room. palin accused the presidnt of neglecting veterans, including her son. she relates to the family's
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feeling the ramifications of post traumatic stress. >> my son like so many others, they come back a bit different. they come back hardened. they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military. so sacrificially given to the country. it starts at the top with the shame. our military personnel have to wonder and question if they are respected anymore. it starts from the top. the question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? >> cnn's don lemon asked trump about the arrest. he says it was his idea for palin to address the issue. >> did you ask her to address her son's address? >> i told her it would be absolutely fine. i thought it would be appropriate. there is tremendous press. i think it is important to discuss. not even for her son, but for so
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many other sons and daughters coming back from the middle east where they have traumatic problems. tremendous problems. i told sarah, i suggested it. i think it would be a great forum. >> palin's oldest son faces charges and assault. he says he punched her and threatened to use a rifle. hillary clinton in iowa today. she's brushing off a new report of classified intelligence on the e-mail server she maintained as secretary of state. she wrote to congressional leaders, including some of the most secret intelligence programs. clinton dismissed that with an interview at npr calling it a leak aimed at hurting her presidential run. she is fighting for votes in iowa. cnn's jeff zeleny is with clinton and has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, hillary clinton opening a big day of campaigning on thursday
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in iowa. late wednesday night in the town of burlington, she struck a different tone and almost seemed as though she was urging her supporters to give her a shot. give her another shot. she is locked in a tight fight with bernie sanders. he is leading with new hampshire where he will campaign on thursday. she is running neck and neck with him in iowa. these states are so closely linked with momentum. let's listen to what hillary clinton said wednesday night in burlington. >> i know what it's like to be knocked down, but not knocked out. i've had a few hard times. i don't know anybody in this audience who hasn't had their own share, but i've learned and i give my mom the credit for this, that it is not whether you get knocked down, it is whether you get back up. i've gotten back up time and time and time again.
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because i believe that we all have an opportunity to try to keep going and to help others along the way. >> reporter: so you can clearly tell by the tone in her voice, time is running out. things are getting tough for her to make this closing argument to voters. she's giving a case of electability. it is an open question whether those true believers in the iowa caucuses, voters who like bernie sanders ideas willis even to her argument of pragmatism. to vote for the person they believe is the strongest. i can tell you in the final week and a half of the race, a close contest here in iowa. they will campaign throughout the weekend and into next week. john and christine. >> jeff zeleny, beautiful iowa capitol behind him. investors are in need of relief after the wednesday horrible trading session. dow futures are lower. europe is higher.
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steep drops in asia. oil is lower today as well. that is the cauldron of fear. the stock markets in red in these countries are now in a bear market. that is trader jargon for a 20% drop in the market. canada, germany, england, china and japan. the yellow countries are in a correction. down 10% from the recent peaks. that includes the united states, russia, india and australia. most are down significantly from the highs over the last year in what is historically a bad start to the year. >> in pirate jargon. new e-mails revealing critical mistakes over flint's water crisis. why they were ignored for so long.
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there's a blame game in flint, michigan. governor rick snyder promised to fix it, but newly released e-mails telling him top aides say the responsibility lies with officials in flint. $28 million on emergency funding when president obama was in flint and weighs in on flint. we have more from sara ganim. >> reporter: president obama
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visiting the detroit auto show commented on the crisis in flint. >> i know if i was a parent up there, i would be beside myself that my kids' health could be at risk. >> reporter: also, governor snyder's office releasing 250 pages of e-mails between his staff over the last two years related to this cases. those e-mails showing the state did have concerns about flint's water infrastructure even before this crisis began, but they kept deflecting blame. even blaming the people who lived here in flint. the governor's former chief of staff saying this in one e-mail, the water certainly has less than savory aspects like color because of the corrosive aspects of the hard water coming from the river. some of the flint people respond by looking for someone to blame instead of working to reduce anxiety. we cannot tolerate increased
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lead levels in any event, but the city's water system needs to deal with it. we know it wasn't the city, it was the state that was making those decisions. the governor earlier this week admitting that and apologizing for the crisis saying that it was not unfair to call this his hurricane katrina. john and christine. >> sara in flint. public school officials in detroit are taking legal action in an effort to force protesting teachers to return to work. seeking a restraining order to stop mass sickouts. this coincided with president obama appear ageing at the auto show. a victory for baltimore police officer william porter. maryland judge rejecting the request by prosecutors to force porter to testify against three fellow officers charged along with him in the death of freddie gray. six cops tried in the freddie
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gray case. the first trial ended with a hung jury. prosecutors in pennsylvania claim bill cosby is seeking special treatment in trying to get the first sexual assault charges against him dismissed. he may have committed similar crimes for decades. officials also say there was no valid agreement not to prosecute cosby as a former prosector has claimed. the judge scheduled a hearing next month. 19 minutes past the hour. iran's foreign minister speaks to cnn about the prisoner swap extra freed five americans and we are learning new information about the iranians release bid the u.s. that's next.
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iran's foreign minister speaking to cnn about the nuclear deal and prisoner swap that freed detained americans in exchange for imprisoned iranians. he says he is happy for jason rezaian and other freed americans. >> people don't know that iranian-americans lingered in jail in the united states for simply allegations of violation
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of the economic sanctions. so i'm happy for all the families. i'm happy for the family of jason and amir hekmati and others who now have the loved ones with them. we believe they had committed acts that were illegal, but the families are happy. i'm happy for the families of other iranian-americans who still live in the united states, but now back to the loved ones. i think it was an important achievement that we all made together. >> we are now learning that seven of the iranians pardoned in the swap decided to stay in the u.s. not go back to iran. the fbi says one american not involved in the swap, robert levinson remains in iran if he's still alive. the latest from cnn correspondent phil black live from landstuhl, germany. phil, walk us through the story.
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>> reporter: good morning, christine. jason rezaian. he walked out of the building here behind me at landstuhl regional medical center. smiled, waved. did not say too much. written statement said he is feeling fine and grateful for all of the support that he's receiving. he now wants to take time to recover. catch up on world events. he wants to see the "star wars" movie. he did say with feeling as he stood here that he can't wait to get home. we know one of the other american prisoners here, amir hekmati, is also anxious to return to the united states. the iranian prisoners released by the united states is part of the prisoner swap are not desperate to get to iran. the american government organized a plane to fly them to iran, but none seaccepted the ride. there is an issue over robert levinson. his family said he was working
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for the cia when he went missing off the coast of iran nine years ago. he was not included as part of the prisoner swap, but both governments agreed to work together to confirm his location. the iranian government denied detaining him. the white house says they believe he is not held in iran, but fbi investigators disagree with that. they say if he is alive, he is likely being held in iran. the levinson family said it is outrageous. after all this time, the american government is not on the same page in securing his release. christine. >> they are upset also that they heard about the prisoner swap on the news. they were given no head's up from the american government. they have been working so hard to get levinson back. phil, thank you for that. the northeast bracing for a monster storm. when and where it will hit right
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happening now, the northeast bracing for a monster snowstorm. honestly could be one for the record books. sarah palin hits the road with donald trump as a poll shows his lead is growing. and e-mails reveal who knew
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what, when and where in the flint water crisis. why the drinking water crisis was ignored for so long. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. as many as 65 million people in the country are bracing for a nor'easter set to start friday with high winds and heavy snowfall and potentially record-breaking snow totals. the storm barrelling down in washington, d.c. a light snow made for a treacherous commute last night with hundreds of accidents and pedestrian slip and falls. joining us with the latest is meteorologist pedram javaheri in the weather center. how far north of washington will get hit? >> it is a fine cut off line here. we are trying to get the modes s
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together. model run after model run has put the bull's-eye over washington and baltimore. break that down for you here. you see the area indicated in green here. a blizzard watch for baltimore and washington right now for friday night and saturday morning. it's about 8 million people in line here. you think about this. blizzards are most prone and common across the northern plains and state of wyoming. population of 5,000 people statewide. in north dakota, 800,000 people. we are talking 8 million people under the blizzard watch right now with the potential to produce incredible winds and heavy snow. take a look. 24 inches in the d.c. metro and points north. that is the heavy snowfall and working north to philly and then to new york city, about 6 to 8 inches and lesser amounts. work to the north, it cuts off
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beyond that into boston to where some models are saying boston may not get anything. others are saying a couple inches for boston. anytime you bring down this much and we will go with 20 inches from friday into saturday in areas like d.c. that is more than the season average is for d.c. going back before the storm gets here as far as later on today, the storm will be centered over northern texas and it meanders over tennessee valley, a severe weather element. with the gulf coast states and new orleans, a scale of 3 here for large hail and damaging winds and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out in biloxi and new orleans. and freezing rain over 800-mile stretch of land. .25 or .50 may happen. it comes down to when the storm system parks off the eastern seaboard and the track it will take.
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if it is farther north, john and christine, more for you. the american models and european models. they are saying washington, d.c., you cannot get out of this one with the severity and intensity of the storm friday into saturday. >> six years ago, pedram, a really bad snowstorm in d.c. i'm telling you, nothing could move. >> 2 inches of snow and nothing can move in d.c. i'm not being cruel. they have nowhere to put it. it's a real problem. >> the 2010 storm, christine. somewhere between 8 to 12 inches came down. it was a lot of once every ten years or so, we see a foot of snowfall across d.c. metro. we are talking potentially 20 inches. this is one for the books. >> thank you, pedram javaheri. d.c. is beautiful when nothing is happening there. donald trump headed to las vegas today. this is a new poll showing him with a huge lead in new
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hampshire. the cnn/wmur poll shows him with a huge lead over ted cruz. the republican bob dole warns of cataclysmic problems if cruz wins. >> he did not have one senator stick up for him recently. now people are saying he is a real problem with running because he was born in canada. he was born in canada and he was a citizen of canada until 15 months ago. he said he didn't know that. he didn't know about his loans. he didn't know about goldman sachs and citi. he didn't know he was a citizen of canada. now he's running for president. >> republican voters want a conservative. they don't want a deal maker who has written checks and supported
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hillary clinton and mitch mcconnell and john boehner and chuck schumer. they want a reagan conservative. >> trump and palin together for a second day. trump calling her a special wonderful person. cnn's sunlen serfaty with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. trump and palin hitting the campaign trail together in oklahoma rallying supporters at the conservative christian university oral roberts. sarah palin throwing out a lot of red meat to conservatives in the crowd. >> we have a red head from the big red apple running for president and yet the gop machine is saying we are not red enough. we are not conservative enough. i say what in the world do they know about conservativelconserv. >> reporter: and ted cruz
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recovering from a rough 48 hours. taking a triplicate of hits. palin's endorsement, but hitting the campaign trail for trump and criticism coming from the iowa governor and now bob dole. here's how ted cruz responded in new hampshire. >> right now, the washington establishment is abandoning marco rubio. they made the assessment that marco cannot win this race. the washington establishment is rushing over to support donald trump. we are seeing that happen every day. mr. trump is welcoming the support of the washington establishment. indeed, mr. trump said they should support him because he said ted won't go along to get along. he won't make deals with the democrats. >> reporter: you saw ted cruz really try to cleverly tie marco rubio and donald trump in the same hit to the republican establishment wing of the party. this is a comfort zone for ted cruz. one we will see him argue on the campaign trail holding himself
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up in the hits against him up as proof he is the anti-establishment candidate among the republicans. john and christine. >> sunlen, thank you. sarah palin surprised a lot of people when she linked her son's arrest on domestic violence charges to president obama and his policies on veterans. addressing the elephant in the room, she accused the government of neglecting veterans. >> like my son, they come back hardened and come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificisacr sacraficially have given to the country. we have to wonder if we are respected anymore. it comes from the president where they have to look at him
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and wonder. do you know what we go through? >> cnn's don lemon asked donald trump about the arrest. he said it was his idea for palin to address the issue. >> did you ask her to address her son's arrest? >> i told her it would be fine. i thought it would be appropriate. there was tremendous press. i think it is very important to discuss. not even for her son, but for so many other sons and daughters that are coming back from the middle east where they have, you know, traumatic problems, tremendous problems. i told her, i suggested it. i said i think it would be a great forum. >> her oldest son faces assault charges. his girlfriend said he punched her and threatened to use a rifle. there are links between post traumatic stress and violence among veterans. that is out there. to say it is the president's fault, a lot of people find that controversial. hillary clinton is campaigning in iowa today. she is brushing off a new report
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there was classified intelligence on the private e-mail server she maintained as secretary of state. wrote to congressional leaders on the server and including the most secret intelligence programs. clinton dismissed that claim. in an interview with npr, called it a leak aimed at hurting her presidential run. she is fighting for votes in iowa. that's where cnn's jeff zeleny is. >> reporter: john and christine, hillary clinton opening a big day of campaigning on thursday in iowa. wednesday night in burlington, she struck a different tone and am seemed she was urging supporters to give her a shot and give her another shot. she of course is locked in a tight fight with bernie sanders. he is leading in new hampshire and she is running neck and neck with him in iowa. these states are so closely linked in terms of momentum. let's listen to what hillary
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clinton said wednesday night in burlington. >> i know what it's like to be knocked down, but not knocked out. i've had a few hard times. i don't know anybody in this audience who hasn't had their own share, but i've learned and i give my mom credit for this that it is not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up. i've gotten back up time and time and time again. because i believe that we all have an opportunity to try to keep going and to help others along the way. >> reporter: you can clearly tell by the tone in her voice, time is running out. things are getting tough for her to make the closing argument to voters. she is giving a case of
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electability. it is an open question if the true believers in the iowa caucuses, the voters who like bernie sanders ideals will vote for her as pragmatism. i can tell you it is a close contest in iowa. they will campaign throughout the weekend and into next week. john and christine. >> jeff, thank you. time for an early start on your money. dow futures are down. deep losses in asia overnight. look at shanghai and tokyo. a bit of hope here. europe is trading higher right now. the focus is still on oil. crude oil down again today. here is where the market stands. 12 trading days into the year. a terrible year. dow off to the worst start ever tanking 9.5%. $613 billion in market value wiped up. the s&p 500 down 9%. $1.6 trillion of market value gone from the 500 stocks.
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it's the second worst start in history for the s&p. only 1929 started off with a larger loss. >> this was a bad year if i remember. >> i don't remember any comparisons to 1929. america's favorite stocks. these are the recent highs from the past year. walmart down 31%. goldman sachs -- i can't read these numbers. they are so ugly. one thing i will say, john, futures were down 300 points yesterday. then it was a terrible time in the middle of the day. down 500 points. closing down 200 points. people are looking at stocks on sale and buying stocks. that's the good news here. there's just so much uncertainty about oil and the rest of the world. >> i did like the moral stand you took not to read the stock losses for the companies despite we had them on the screen. >> i could not make my mouth say
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it. it hurts too much. 44 minutes past the hour. president obama calling the water crisis in flint inexcusable as e-mails reveal why it took the state so long to act. that's next.
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new this morning, e-mails with governor snyder and officials discussing what was wrong over the water crisis in flint. the e-mails suggest that the top
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aides say the real responsibility lies with local officials in flint. state lawmaker as proved $28 million in emergency funding. this on a day when president obama was in detroit and weighed in on the dire situation in flint. let's get more from cnn's sara ganim. >> reporter: john and christine, president obama visiting the detroit auto show on wednesday and commented on the crisis in flint. >> i know if i was a parent up there, i would be beside myself that my kids' health could be at risk. >> reporter: also today, michigan governor snyder's office releasing almost 250 pages of e-mails between his staff over the last two years related to this crisis. those e-mails showing that the state did have concerns about flint's water infrastructure even before the crisis began, but they kept deflecting blame. even at times blaming the people who lived in flint.
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the governor's former chief of staff saying this, the water certainly has occasional less than savory aspects like color because of the more corrosive aspects of the hard water coming from the river. some of the people respond by looking for someone to blame instead of looking to reduce anxiety. we cannot tolerate lead levels in any event, but the city needs to deal with it. we know it wasn't the city. it was the state that was making those decisions. the governor earlier this week admitting that and apologizing for the crisis saying it was not unfair to call this his hurricane katrina. john and christine. >> sara in flint. thank you. officials in detroit taking legal action in an effort to force protesting teachers to return to work. seeking a restraining order to stop sickouts. nearly all of detroit schools were sick wednesday in the
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protest coinciding with president obama's appearance at the detroit auto show. the city went bankrupt and there was a process of bankruptcy protection. the schools were left out of that. victory for baltimore police officer william porter. maryland judge rejected a request by prosecutors to force porter to testify against three fellow officers who are charged along with him in the death of freddie gray. in all, six baltimore officers tried in the case involving gray's death. officer porter's first trial ended with a hung injury. retrail is scheduled for june. how hot is it? hotter than ever. latest figures from nasa and noaa reveal 2015 was the hottest year on record. shattering the previous record set in 2014. the sharp spike in temperatures was fueled by el niƱo pattern. it is still warming with no apparent change in the long term
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global weather rate. the buffalo bills promoted kathryn smith to take over the quality control coach. she is the league's first full-time female assistant coach. smith joined the bills after the jets. now the head coach in buffalo, rex ryan. we have an early start on your money next.
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cnn exclusive with the foreign minister with iran. talks about the prisoner swap with the americans and the iranian-americans. >> people don't know about the fact that many iranians, iranian-americans actually lingered in jail in the united states for simply allegations of
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violation of the economic sanctions. i'm happy for all the families. i'm happy for the family of jason and family of amir hekmati and saeed abedini and others. we believe they committed acts of illegal, but we are happy of the families. i'm happy for the families of iranian-americans who still live in the united states, but back to their loved ones. i think it was an important achievement we all made together. >> we are now learning all seven of the iranians pardoned in the united states decided to stay in the united states. the fbi says one american not involved in the swap, former agent robert levinson remains in iran if he is still alive. let's get more from cnn's correspondent phil black live from germany. a lot of questions about where levinson is located and if he is even in iran.
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>> reporter: indeed. john, it appears u.s. officials are divided over the fact of robert levinson. he was not as you say included as part of the prisoner swap. he went missing nine years ago off the coast of iran on a small island. his family says he was working for the cia at the time. the iranian government has denied holding him. the two countries have agreed to work together to confirm his location. white house believes he is not in iran, but a u.s. official told the fbi investigators believe that if he is alive, he is being held in iran. that is the likely location. the levinson family is obviously upset. they say it is outrageous that after all this time that the u.s. government is not on the same page when it comes to securing robert levinson's fture. they are worried his future is
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not treated as a priority. the families of the other prisoners included in the swap, they are obviously feeling differently. they are happy. we saw that yesterday as jason rezaian with his family members walked out of the building here behind me at the landstuhl regional medical center. jason waved and smiled tentatively. didn't say very much. in a written statement he said he is feel fine and grateful for all of the support he is receiving. he now wants to recover a watch up on world events and see the "star wars" movie. he said under his breath he cannot wait to get home. we know another one of the american prisoners receiving treatment here, amir hekmati, he is also anxious to get back to the united states. as you touched on, it appears the seven iranian prisoners are not so anxious for desperate to get back to iran. a u.s. official told cnn that
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the american government organized a plane to fly them to iran once they were released from prison, not one accepted the ride. john. >> phil black for us in germany. thank you. time for an early start on your money. oil sliding again this morning. stocks in europe are holding on to gains. we are seeing big losses in asia. oil companies are getting crushed here. dozens of smaller firms are going bankrupt. giants like exxon mobile and chevron, stocks are down. mid size shares are suffering. here are three posting huge losses for the year. consul energy down 35%. murphy oil down almost 30%. finally the secret to getting into harvard, john berman, may be as simple as being a nice human being. what? harvard university says the admissions process is
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contributing to society problems by rewarding personal success rather than going good for others. colleges should take the pressure off applicants and level the playing field among race and incomes and promoting concern for the common good. this plan has been endorsed by 85 top institutions. go to cnn money to see the new guidelines without therestressi out. it is so competitive. you have to have perfect grades and all kinds of extracurriculars. >> and now you have to be nice? come on? that's a bridge too far. that is the straw that broke the camel's back. if i have to be nice, forget it. thank god they didn't have that in place when i applied for college. "early start" continues right now. >> happening now, a monster storm heading for the east
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coast. drivers warned to stay off the roads. blizzard warnings for major american cities. we're live with what you can expect. and attacks sharpening for the race for president. time running out to get voters on their side. we are breaking down the latest from the campaign trail. and president obama calls the flint water crisis inexcusable. e-mails just released detail the state's mistakes. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, january 21st. 5:00 a.m. in the east. 65 million americans in eastern half of the country are bracing for a huge winter storm. a nor'easter set to start friday. high winds and heavy snowfall. potentially record-breaking totals bearing down with washington, d.c. in the bull's-eye. icy untreated roads made for a treacherous commute last night. hundreds

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