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that's it for us. i'll see you right back here later tonight. "early start" in new york begins right now. donald trump and the republican party touting a new unity. but a key endorsement is yet to be made. >> bernie sanders meantime not giving up. how he says he can defeat hillary clinton in the democratic race for president. and new this morning, the obama administration instructing schools across the country to accommodate transgender students. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm george howell in for george berman. >> i'm alison kosik in for christine romans. first, talk of unity but
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still no endorsement. donald trump and paul ryan hashing it out at the rnc headquarters. presumptive nominee searching for common ground. both men emerging with a message of optimism about unifying the republican party. >> i don't mind going through a little bit of a slow process. it's a very big subject. we have a lot of things. i think for the most part we agree on a lot of different items, and we're getting there. >> the process of unifying the republican party which just finished a primary about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in memory, takes some time. >> rnc chairman reince priebus was in the room with ryan and trump and said the two men agreed to speak again soon, maybe even today. more from cnn's dana bash. >> reporter: it's hard to believe that just one week ago, we were all talking about the republican party split straight down the middle, starting at the
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top with paul ryan, the house speaker, and the presumptive republican presidential nominee donald trump. well, fast forward to now, we are ending the week in a very different place thanks in large part almost exclusively to donald trump's trip here to washington yesterday. his meet with paul ryan at the behest of and with the help of the rnc chair reince priebus. this was the first of several meetings that trump had. just the three of them. it was a chance for ryan and trump to get to know each other. they hadn't spent time together at all. then it was expanded to the rest of the house republican leadership, and then later trump was able to go over and talk to senate republican leaders. at the end of the day, unity was the name of the game. this is not to say there aren't deep differences. there very much are.
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paul ryan, for example, has still not endorsed, and he still very much disagrees with the tone trump had taken during the primaries. very much disagrees on really core policy issues from immigration to trade to how to fix the entitlements in this country. medicare and social security. when it comes to trying to heal an incredibly fractured republican party and a primary system and a primary process, i should say, that was a lot tougher than a lot of people realized, coming out with a nominee that nobody here in washington in their wildest dreams would have imagined this week ended a lot different than last week. george and allison? >> dana, thanks for that. donald trump's former butler at the mar-a-lago is under invest gaugs. they're looking into his facebook posts threatening the president and his family. one of them says president obama should be hanged for treason.
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the trump campaign is condemning the comments. turning to the democrats, as we're seeing hillary clinton staying focused on donald trump in the general election, bernie sanders keeps making the case that he is the best hope for the party to be the next president. sanders is still out on the campaign trail hitting it hard and predicting a contested convention this summer. cnn's jeff zeleny has more. >> reporter: george and alison, bernie sanders is campaigning today in north dakota. part of his pledge to fight for every vote in every state. this week alone has taken him from montana to south dakota where he saw mt. rushmore for the first time and on to north dakota. this weekend kentucky and puerto rico. he's campaigning in every state remaining. there are 11 contests remaining. eight states, three territories, puerto rico, virgin islands and district of columbia. now bernie sanders is far behind in delegates but increasingly
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making the argument that superdelegates, those party officials, should be coming to his side, particularly from states he actually won like new hampshire, west virginia, minnesota. he won big majorities in those states but the superdelegates are side with hillary clinton. he says that's point blank unfair but has started more talking about donald trump and the need to defeat him no matter who the democratic nominee is. let's listen to what he said last night. >> i'm not here to say hillary clinton can't defeat donald trump. i absolutely believe that she can. but i believe quite honestly that bernie sanders is the stronger candidate. >> it is clear that bernie sanders is going after any of those voters who may be disaffected bernie sanders supporters. donald trump has been saying for weeks that bernie sanders has been treated unfairly, trying to win some of those bernie sanders voters over should he happen to not win the nomination. bernie sanders saying he'll do what it takes to defeat donald trump, that he'llon the democratic side here. one of hillary clinton's most biggest, most secret weapons in
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the nominating fight could be bernie sanders if they resolve their differences in the final month here after these primary contests end. george and alison? >> jeff, thank you. when it comes to the democrats, the race might have looked very different had joe biden decided to run. the vice president met several times last year with massachusetts senator elizabeth warren with hopes of having her as a potential running mate. no formal offer was extended with biden formally ruling out a presidential bid last october. they are planning immigration raids targeting mothers and children in the country illegally. it will be focused on individuals who crossed the border after january 1st, 2014. almost 28,000 unaccompanied minors from central america have been detained in the first six months of the current fiscal year. that's triple last year's rate.
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both hillary clinton and bernie sanders have come out against the raids. a setback to tell you about in court for obamacare and its supporters. a federal judge ruled the white house overstepped its constitutional powers by spending billions of dollars on subsidies without congressional approval. it is a big win for republicans us about the ruling will not have an immediate impact because the judge put her own decision on hold pending an expected appeal by the obama administration. later today, the white house will be directing public schools across the country to provide suitable bathroom and locker room accommodations for transgender students. the order specifically calls for facilities that match their chosen gender identity. it affects all public schools and most colleges and universities receiving federal funds. planning to travel this summer? there may be a potential nightmare to tell you about. the tsa holds a briefing this afternoon to warn about increased passenger volume and
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the steps being taken to secure the nation's airports. 22 airports across the country have already turned to private firms to handle security screening. lawmakers are calling for a suspension of checked baggage fees to speed up the process. time for an early start on your money. a lot of red arrows around the world. markets closed lower in asia. european markets slightly lower and u.s. futures are following their lead. it's been a wild week for stocks. the dow fell 217 points wednesday almost wiping out all of tuesday's triple digit gains. the dow closed thursday with a small nine-point gain. the s&p 500 ended the day slightly lower and the nasdaq fell 0.5%. apple losing its spot as the world's most valuable company. alphabet, google's parent company, yeah, that's in the top spot now worth $498 billion compared to apple's $495 billion. the tech giants have battled for the top spot before.
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alphabet topped apple just three months ago but apple quickly retook the lead. both companies have been poor performers on the stock market. apple falling about 7% this year. but apple, if you've watched it, it's been the worst stock in the dow. that's a sentence i never thought i'd hear myself say. >> it's surprising. >> shares of apple at $90 a share which is a bargain to some. >> really surprising for people that are looking on -- waiting on that. 4:09 on the east coast. still ahead, a crisis in syria unfolding right now. a cease-fire collapsing. cnn takes you there live, next.
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welcome back. in syria, intense fighting erupted overnight. a cease-fire in the war-torn country has expired and peace talks are facing difficult challenges there with syria's information minister telling cnn there are, quote, terrorists sitting at the table.
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cnn is live in syria this hour. our senior international correspondent fred pleitgen on the ground in da mmascus with me on this complicated situation. >> reporter: complicated is the right word to describe it. a ceasefire is still going on. up in aleppo, it's absolutely falling apart with some heavy fighting going on there. at the same time, the international community's efforts to try and got some sort of peace deal going really hitting a lot of heavy water. what's going on there now is that both sides are trying to negotiate some sort of longer term ceasefire, but the big problem is that the opposition wants bashar al assad to step down. however, the syrian information minister in an interview told me that is absolutely not going to happen. now that alone makes the prospects for any sort of tangible headway in these peace talks very, very difficult. the u.s., of course, is trying to get to all of these sides to agree on a long-termer term
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ceasefire but also to a political transition process. but there again the big problem is the violence in this country simply won't stop. after a cease-fire in aleppo expired, it was not renewed, some heavy fighting that started on thursday. went on all the way into friday, and shows no sign of letting up. both sides at this point in time, or all sides of this confluct, don't seem to believe that they have enough trouble on the battlefield to go into these political negotiations and try and get some sort of tangible headway. talk to the syrian government. they've said they believe they can take back all of aleppo. the opposition for their part said they're not backing down either. some very, very difficult negotiations ahead. secretary of state john kerry, of course, is going to be at those negotiations trying to work with the russians, the iranians and the saudis to try to get some longer term ceasefire going because in all of this, of course, as these parties continue to go at it, it's the syrian civilians that continue to get crushed in the
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middle with hundreds ev s of thousands already killed and many more fleeing the country. >> that's what i want to talk about. we talk about the politics of these ceasefires. the main focus is to bring relief to people, to get humanitarian aid into places like aleppo. are they able to get the food, water, medicine that people need into that war-torn area? >> absolutely great question, george. and at this point in time, it's difficult. part of the cease-fire agreement was also that they said that aid needs to reach besieged areas. we were speaking yesterday to the red cross that's working here with the u.n. to try to get some aid to people under siege. they waited at a checkpoint for seven hours and were then not allowed to pass. had to go back. were not able to deliver their aid. there's rebel forces resieging
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government-held towns with people almost starving there. isis besieging towns as well. the humanitarian situation is one that continues to be very difficult. and one of the things when you speak to syrians on the ground, they'll tell you they are downright angry at the fact they feel that its international powers conducting battles between each other on this turf here in syria and they feel that they are the ones who are suffering in the middle and no one really has their best interest at heart in any of these negotiations or on the battlefield either. >> we look at those images in aleppo. you get a sense of the hell so many people are deal with and have dealt with for years and years and years. senior international correspondent fred pleitgen live for us in damascus. another website pulling the plug on george zimmerman's attempt to sell the handgun used to kill trayvon mart on. it happened hours after the first listing was taken down from another auction site.
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the gup group saying our mission is to esteem the second amendment and provide a safe and secure platform for firearm enthusiasts and law-abiding citizens. our association with mr. zimmerman does not help us achieve that objective. trayvon martin's family declining to comment on the attempt to sell the weapon saying they are focused on ending gun violence in america. prosecutors say edward nero, one of the six baltimore police officers charged in the death of freddie gray did not follow proper training protocols while making the controversial arrest. they claim nero knew about seat belt protocols but chose to ignore them when gray was being transported. the defense argues the officer wasn't even involved in gray's apprehension. officers in two states suspended after a violent arrest was caught on video in new hampshire. you can see the suspect richard simone being swarmed and punched by authorities.
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the 50-year-old appearing to be trying to surrender to officers, dropping to his hands and knees following a high-speed choice. the governor of massachusetts called the video incredibly disturbing. new hampshire's state attorney has opened an investigation. that's just amazing. >> my goodness. the names of the unindicted co-conspirators in new jersey's bridgegate scandal are expected to be released today. the action comes after journalists demanded their identities be made public. a list of the co-conspirators has been released to defense attorneys in the case against two of governor chris christie's associates. they are accused of shutting down traffic lanes at the george washington bridge for political purposes. >> oh, yeah, we heard the outrage from that. >> you shut that bridge down, there are problems. jihadi recruiters convicted and then set free. a cnn exclusive live in brussels next. oh, look... ...another anti-wrinkle cream in no hurry to make anything happen.
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welcome back. they pray ey on society a most vulnerable. sometimes right under the noses of their parent. the terror attacks in brussels proved it a breeding ground for extremists. a legal system allows them to walk free even after they've been convicted in court. erin mclaughlin confronted a member of one of the most dangerous recruitment networks in belgium. she joins us live from brussels with this cnn exclusive. good morning, erin. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. last week some 28 individuals were convicted of being part of what's called the zarconi
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network. the same network believed responsible for recruiting some of europe's most dangerous terrorists. terrorists behind the paris and brussels attacks. now a cnn producer was in the courtroom for that verdict and watched as two individuals convicted of being leaders within the network recruiters were allowed to walk free pending their appeal even though they'd been sentenced to six to seven years in prison. now we managed to track one of those recruiters down to his home address. he confronted us, but refused to talk on camera. now convicted alongside him, an 18-year-old teenager who is believed to have been killed in syria in 2013. he was tried in absentia. we spoke to his parents who are absolutely outraged that their son is dead while his recruiter, the man they believe is responsible for radicalizing him, is walking the streets of brussels. take a listen.
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>> i don't really believe in human justice, but in god justice, and he will pay. not here, but by god. and i just want to tell him that my son didn't have a second chance like him. >> reporter: now we spoke to the president of the tribunal. he told us he stands by the court's decision. it was based on the good behavior of the recruiters during the trial. and he also noted that if the decision is upheld in appeal, those men will be going to prison. >> it is outrageous, the things you are saying, to see how these terrorists are being recruited at such a young age. thanks so much. donald trump and republican leaders presenting a new united front, but key differences still remain and keep that party divided. we'll have more after this.
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donald trump and paul ryan presenting a united front. republicans praising trump after a day of meetings on capitol hill, but will key endorsements follow. bernie sanders is on the campaign trail today making the case that he is the best democrat to take on donald trump. >> new this morning, the white house ordering public schools to accommodate transgender students. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison ckosik. >> i'm george howell. 4:31 on the east coast. donald trump and paul ryan moving toward unifying the republican party but still a key endorsement from the house speaker yes to be had. the gop heavyweights hashing it out at an rnc meeting at headquarters in washington hoping to find common ground. both men emerging from their closed door meet with a message
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of opt mump about uniting the republican party. >> i don't mind going through a little bit of a slow process. it's a very big subject. we have a lot of things. and i think for the most part we agree on a lot of different items. we're getting there. >> the process of unifying the republican party, which just finished a primary about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in memory, takes some time. >> the chairman of the rnc reince priebus was in the room with trump and ryan. the two men agreed to speak again soon, maybe even today. we get more from dana bash. >> reporter: it's hard to believe that just one week ago, we were all talking about the republican party split straight down the middle, starting at the top with paul ryan, the house speaker, and the presumptive republican presidential nominee donald trump. well, fast forward to now, we are ending the week in a very
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different place thanks in large part almost exclusively to donald trump's trip here in washington yesterday. his meeting with paul ryan at the behest of and with the help of the rnc chair reince priebus. this was the first of several meetings that trump had. it was just the three of them. it was a chance for ryan and trump to get to know each other. they hadn't spent time together at all. then it was expanded to the rest of the house republican leadership, and then later trump was able to go over and talk to senate republican leaders. at the end of the day, unity was the name of the game. this is not to say there aren't deep differences. there very much are. paul ryan, for example, has still not endorsed. and he still very much disagrees with the tone trump had taken during the primaries. very much disagrees on really core policy issues from
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immigration to trade to how to fix the entitlements in this country. medicare and social security. but when it comes to trying to heal an incredibly fractured republican party and a primary system and a primary process, i should say, that was a lot tougher than a lot of people realized, coming out with a nominee that nobody here in washington in their wildest dreams would have imagined, this week ended a lot different again than last week. george and alison? >> dana, thank you. the key question, is this true unity or a grin and bear it moment. you have mitt romney, the former presidential nominee, not attending the convention. the former presidents of the united states, bushes, not attending the convention. are we starting to see unity? we'll have to wait and see. >> i think it's interesting that you saw paul ryan come out and say this is a process. what's going to happen in this process to make him come over the edge and to see trump's
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side? >> more conversations for sure. donald trump's former butler at the mar-a-lago club in florida is under invest gauigation. the secret service looking into his facebook posts threatening the president of the united states barack obama and his family. one says obama should be hanged for treason. the trump campaign is condemning the comments. hillary clinton staying focused on donald trump and the general election while bernie sanders keeps making the case that he is the best hope for the party to hold on to the white house. sanders is hitting the trail hard predicting a contested convention this summer. cnn's jeff zeleny has more. >> reporter: bernie sanders is campaigning today in north dakota. it's part of his pledge to fight for every vote in every state. this week alone has taken him from montana to south dakota where he saw mt. rushmore for the first time. and then on to north dakota. this weekend, kentucky as well as puerto rico. he's campaigning in every state
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remaining. there are 11 contests remaining in this. now bernie sanders is far behind in delegates. but he is increasingly making the argument that superdelegates, those party officials, should be coming to his side, particularly from states that he actually won, like new hampshire, west virginia, minnesota. he won big maurjorities in thos states but the superdelegates are side with hillary clinton. he's increasingly talked more about donald trump and the need to defeat him no matter who the democratic nominee is. >> i am not here to say that hillary clinton can't defeat donald trump. i absolutely believe that she can. but i believe quite honestly that bernie sanders is the stronger candidate. >> reporter: it is clear that bernie sanders is going after any of those voters who may be disaffected bernie sanders supporters. donald trump has been saying for weeks at his rallies that bernie sanders has been treated unfairly. he's been trying to win some of
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those bernie sanders voters over should he happen to not win the nomination. bernie sanders making clear he'll do what it takes to defeat donald trump, that he will be on the democratic side here. one of hillary clinton's biggest, most secret weapons in the nominating fight could actually be bernie sanders if they resolve their differences in the final month here after these primary contests end. george and alison? >> jeff zeleny, thanks for that. the democratic race may have been very different if joe biden decided to run. a source tells cnn the vice president met several times last year with massachusetts senator elizabeth warren to discuss having her as a potential running mate. no formal offer was extended with biden ultimately ruling out a presidential bid last october. the obama administration is planning a series of immigration raids targeting mothers and children from central america who are in the country illegally and avoiding deportation orders. the operation will focus on individuals who cross the u.s. border after january 1st of
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2014. nearly 28,000 unaccompanied minors from central america have been detained for the first six months of the current fiscal year. that's triple last year's rate. hillary clinton and bernie sanders have come out against these raids. a setback in court for obamacare and its supporters. a federal judge ruling the white house overstepped its constitutional powers by spending billions of dollars on subsidies without congressional approval. it's a big win for republicans, but the ruling will not have an impact immediately because the judge put her own decision on hold pending an expected appeal by the administration. later today the white house will be directing public schools across the country to provide suitable bathroom and locker room accommodations for transgender students. the order specifically calls for facilities that match their chosen gender identity. it affects all public schools and most colleges and universities that receive federal funds. if you are planning to
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travel this summer, some bad news to share with you from the tsa. the tsa will be holding a briefing this afternoon to warn about increased passenger volume and the steps that are being taken to secure the nation's airports. 22 airports across the country have already turned to private firms to handle security screening. lawmakers are calling for suspension of checked baggage fees to speed up the process. time for an early start on your money. i'm seeing a lot of red. markets closed lower in asia. european market s slightly low are and u.s. futures are following their lead. the dow fell 217 points wednesday. that almost wiped out all of tuesday's triple digit gains. the dow closed thursday with a small gain. the s&p 500 ending the day slightly lower. the nasdaq fell 0.5%. mark zuckerberg wants to meet conservatives amid allegations of bias. facebook is investigating allegations the company suppressed news about
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conservatives from its trending box. facebook says it's found no evidence so far that it's true, and released its guidelines for determining trending topic. he'll invite leading conservatives to discuss their points of view in the coming weeks. >> they are taking a lot of heat for this. >> me thinks zuckerberg is trying to save face here. that's just my opinion. >> looks like it. a ceasefire collapsing. peace talks going nowhere. cnn takes you live next.
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intense fighting erupting overnight in syria. a cease-fire in the war-ravaged company now expired. peace talks facing difficult challenges with syria's information minister telling cnn there are terrorists sitting at the table. fred pleitgen joins us live from da mamascus with the latest.
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a week ago john kerry gave the h hard and fast deadline. so much for that. >> reporter: one of the other things the information minister said in an interview that i conducted with him yesterday is he said that any sort of notion that bashar al assad would step down is something that the syrian government, quote, rejects. of course, that's one of the main things the opposition actually wants as these talks that are going to happen on tuesday are getting ready to get under way. certainly that's something that could throw another wrench into the whole machination of trying to get any cease-fire going. at the same time what you have is a situation in syria that's deteriorating even more than it was before. over the past couple of days there's been a cease-fire holding. people were very happy with that here on the ground, ordinary folks. at the same time, one in aleppo as well.
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that's completely fallen apart. it was not renewed. there was fighting going on, heavy shelling and the killing has resumed again as well. and it's really something that's taking a very heavy toll on the civilians here in syria. people have been talking to me here. they say all we want at this point is some peace and quiet. they're quite angry at the fact there's little headway being made at these international talks. the u.s. has said they want to team up with russia to try and get some sort of longer term cease-fire going to get all these sides to abide by it. but if you don't make any political headway and certainly judging by some of the comments i heard from the syrian government and from the opposition as well, any political headway is something that seems very difficult to come by. but as long as that is not here, the hope of any sort of lasting cease-fire, any sort of peace process is one that is pretty remote here in this country that has gone through these five years of devastating civil war with more than 300,000 people kills. >> and devastating it is.
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as you see officials go around and around truth to find peace and get talks under way, you have a huge humanitarian crisis happening there. >> yeah. look. 7.5 million people internally displaced inside syria. more than 4 million possibly over 5 million that have fled the country. most of them to europe but some also to the u.s. and canada as well. and well over 300,000 people killed, hundreds of thousands of people wounded. of course it's a major humanitarian disaster. and the other thing is that aid that's supposed to get to some of these people is having a difficult time getting through. there's a lot of areas in this country that are besieged. some by the syrian government. others by rebel groups. even some areas besieged by isis and in many cases the aid isn't getting through. i was talking to the red cross yesterday. and they were telling me they sat at a checkpoint in the damascus area for seven hours and were then turned back, not allowed to bring food and
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medical aid to the people they want it to go to. it's bad for the civilians and something they feel the international community should have more of a sense of urgency than what they are seeing right now, alison. >> fred pleitgen live from damascus, thanks very much. breaking overnight, another website pulling the plug on george zimmerman's attempt to sell the handgun that he used to kill trayvon martin. it happened hours after the first listing was taken down from another auction site. united gun group releasing this statement saying, our mission is to esteem the second amendment and provide a safe and secure platform for firearm enthusiasts and law-abiding enthue ining ci. they von martin's family refused to comment on the situation. edward nero, one of six baltimore police officers charged in the death of freddie
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gray did not follow proper training protocols while making the controversial arrest. they claim he knew about seat belt protocols but chose to ignore them when gray was being transported. the defense argues the officer wasn't even involved in gray's apprehension. take a look at this video. officers in two states suspended after a violent arrest was caught on tape in nashua, new hampshire. the suspect identified as richard simone being swarmed and then punched by authorities. the 50-year-old appeared to be trying to surrender to officers, dropping his hands and going to his knees following a high-speed chase. the governor of massachusetts calls the video incredibly disturbing. new hampshire's state attorney has opened an investigation into that case. sad news to report this morning. a man featured on cnn's "chicagoland" shot and killed. chicago police found lee mccullum jr. with a gunshot wound to the head.
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it's unclear who is behind the murder. the 22-year-old features on the cnn series sharing his struggles to stay out of gangs. he ultimately went on to graduate as an honor student, a star athlete, a prom king. this is really heartbreaking. >> it really is. >> someone is trying to get out of all of that. and he accomplished so much in his short life. >> i covered chicago for a couple of years in the chicago bureau. we focused a lot on the violence there on the south side. there are so many families just trying to make their way out of that situation. and the sad fact of the matter is regardless of what they do, many times, they still fall victim to these gangs and violence. >> our hearts go out to his family. another story we're following here -- >> joe's crab shack tried getting rid of tips but it didn't last long. why the fast food chain is backing away from the policy. we'll get an early start on your money, next.
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welcome back. they prey on society's most vulnerable. jihadist recruiters recruiting young men and women, sometimes right under the noses of their own parents. the terror attacks in brussels exposed belgium as a breeding ground. one reason behind it, a legal system that allows them to walk free even after they've been convicted in court. erin mclaughlin confronted one member of the most dangerous recruitment network in belgium. she's live in brussels this hour with a cnn exclusive. erin? >> reporter: george, this is all part of a terror trial that concluded here in brussels last week. some 28 individuals were being convicted of being part of what's called the zarconi recruitment network. that's responsible for recruiting some of europe's most dangerous terrorists.
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terrorists behind the attacks in brussels, as well as in paris. now cnn was there for the verdict and watched as two of the lead members of this network convicted recruiters were allowed to walk free after the trial, even though they'd been sentenced to six or seven years in prison. allowed to walk free pending their appeal. we actually tracked down one of the recruiters to his home address. he confronted us. less than thrilled to see us but refused to answer questions on camera. one of the individuals convicted alongside that recruiter was an 18-year-old. believed to have been killed as a foreign fighter in syria in 2014. we spoke to his parents. they are outraged the man they hold responsible for recruiting their son for radicalizing their son is walking the streets of brussels. take a listen.
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>> i don't really believe in human justice but in god justice. and he will pay. not here but by god. and i just want to tell him that my son didn't have a second chance like him. >> reporter: we spoke to the president of the tribunal. he told us he stands by the court's decision that was due to overcrowding and citing the good behavior during the trial of the recruiters. also noting that if their verdict is upheld in appeal, they will be going to prison. george? >> erin mclaughlin on the ground in brussels with a cnn exclusive. thank you so much for your reporting. let's get an early start on your money. seeing a lot of red arrows around the world. markets in asia closed lower. european markets are in the red as well. u.s. futures are following
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everybody's lead today. a monthly retail sales numbers are coming out later today. they'll be more closely watched after poor earnings reports came out from macy's and kohl's. we'll be hearing from jcpenney this morning. are you tired of waiting in long security lines at the airport? who isn't. i hear that help is on the way. i am a little skeptical. congress ark proved the tsa's request to reallocate funds to increased security officers at airports. what's all this new money for? about $26 million of it is going to go to pay for extra hour employees. the extra hours that employees will work. and about $8 million of that will be used to hire more security officers. the extra staff coming in just in time because the summer tends to be the busiest travel season. the no-tipping policy at joe's crab shack just isn't working out. the casual seafood chain has been testing a no-tipping model at 14 locations since august but the company is moving back to accepting tips, whether they are good or not.
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the test restaurants increased menu prices to cover employee wages but it turns out by increasing those prices those locations lost an average of almost 10% of its customers. customers said they like to reward good service with higher tips and they don't trust management to pass along money to its workers, so in theory it sounds great, but -- >> the workers, of course, they want the tips. the tip can be anything. >> sometimes you can get 1,000 bucks for serving a couple of beers. >> it's incentive driven. "early start" continues right now. donald trump and the republican party touting a new united front. but a key endorsement still waiting to be made. >> bernie sanders not giving up. he says that's he can defeat hillary clinton in the democratic race for president. >> new this morning, the obama administration ordering schools across the country to accommodate transgender students.
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>> good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm >> this is friday the 13th for you out there that are suspicious and worried about that. >> only good luck on friday the 13th. >> oh, yeah, of course. yeah. first up, though, we talk about donald trump and paul ryan moving toward a unified republican party, but still no endorsement from the house speaker. the gop heavy weights hashing it out at rnc head quarters in washington hoping to find common ground there. both then emerging from their closed door meeting with a message of optimism about uniting the republican party. listen. >> i don't mind going through a little bit of a slow process, it's a very big subject, i mean, we have a lot of things. i think for the most part we agree on a lot of different ieft ems and we're getting there. >> the process of unifying the republican party which just finished a primary about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in memory, takes some

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