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happening now. an under sea search to find the black boxes of egyptair flight 804 as we learn new information on what happened in the cockpit before the jetliner crashed from the sky. we are live. breaking news this morning. president obama lifting a 50-year-old ban to sell weapons to vietnam. a move sure to anger china. we are live with what the repercussions could be. and new this morning, iraq begins a new fight to take back a critical city from isis.
we are live with the latest. a lot happening this weekend. very busy. good to have you with us. welcome to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm alison kosik. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. egypt deploying a submarine to help in the search for egyptair flight 804. the submarine will scour the bottom of the sea for the jet's black boxes. investigators believe what will reveal from the flight. whether it was mechanical failure or terrorism or something else. french authorities confirmed that the plane sent automated messages signals smoke at the front of the aircraft moments before it disappeared from the radar. joining us now is cnn's ian lee from cairo. ian, have they made it to the
spot of the site of the debris? >> reporter: we not have been able to hear if the submarine has made it on site. on board the submarine, it has an array of cameras and arms with claws that will be able to manipulate items from the bottom of the sea to get to the black boxes. that is one of the main priorities for egyptian officials right now. as you said, over the weekend, we got a message from the akar system that there was smoke on the plane. we don't want to speculate what that means. it does add another clue to this and to really get a broader picture. they want the black boxes to go through them to see what the pilots were saying and see what the instruments were saying at the time as well. talking to the minister of civil
aviation who is really helping oversee this investigation, he was telling us that once they're able to collect the parts of the plane, they will be brought to cairo. this is where they will piece it all together to figure out what happened. also, he told me, one of their main priorities is also recovering the bodies. the loved ones can be reunited and give them a proper burial. >> such a grueling recovery. it's a race against time to get their hands on the black box and information about what happened. cnn's ian lee following the latest from cairo. and new sure to anger china. president obama announcing at a conference in hanoi with the vietnam president that the united states is lifting the decades long ban on military
weapons. let's go to the white house correspondent michelle kosinski who is traveling with the president. michelle, this is a move to strengthen ties with the two nations. this came as a surprise to the reporters. >> reporter: i mean the white house in advance of the trip made it seem like this is going to be discussed, but they didn't really give an indication this would be a major decision on this trip. some predicted it could happen. an uncertainty. the way they talked about it made it seem there was still work to be done. this would be down the road. all of a sudden, the new president of vietnam announced the ban was to be fully lifted. keep in mind, it was partially lifted two years ago. this is the final step. it left everybody looking at each other and saying did he really say that and is it real. we wanted confirmation from the white house. it took several minutes for president obama to get to that
point in his address and say yes, this has been lifted. listen. >> the united states is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to vietnam that has been in place for some 50 years. the decision to lift the ban was not based on china or any other considerations. it was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving toward normalization with vietnam. >> reporter: the issue was may have been seen as impediment is human rights to this country. this is a place where only one day ago the bbc was ordered to stop reporting. where our broadcast aired ten minutes late, after we do the live shot, we will see it ten minutes afterwards because it is being monitored by government
censors. president obama is careful to say this is a human issue. he will expand for those rights. he did not want to tie human rights to the lifting of the embar embargo. president obama didn't say it, but it seems certain that china's influence in the region and what china has been doing and the dispute with china and vietnam and the south china sea likely spurred the urgency in the embargo. >> michelle kosinski live in hanoi. thank you for your reporting. on to politics. bernie sanders getting tough against the head of the democratic national committee. blasting the process and ramping up his issues with debbie
wasserman schultz. sanders and hillary clinton campaigning in california today as sanders claims that despite his shortfall, he has a way to the white house. sunlen serfaty has more. >> reporter: bernie sandesanderg a tone in california with back-to-back events. as he speaks to supporters, he is really trying to make the case to validate his path forward and validate staying in the race although he is well behind in the popular vote. well behind in the pledged delegates. here is what he told his supporters in vista, california sunday. >> we win when voter turnout is high. if voter turnout is high, with your help, we are going to win the lion's share of the delegates. if we win the nomination, i assure you, donald trump will
not become president of the united states. >> reporter: sanders is taking on a much harsher tone to the democratic nominating process and democratic leadership. over the weekend, that came in the form of bernie sanders speaking out against debbie wasserman schultz. he endorsed her opponent in her race. here's what she told jake tapper. >> i favor her opponent. his views are much closer to mine as wasserman schultz. let me say this to the current chairperson. if elected president, they would not be reelected as chairperson of the dnc. >> reporter: now wasserman schultz spoke out. she intends to remain neutral in the primary process.
new polls show hillary clinton in a dead heat with donald trump. in the wall street journal/nbc poll, trump gains four points over clinton from last month. putting him in a statistical tie. and the new abc poll shows trump 46% to 44% ahead. this as clinton called him dangerous over the weekend. >> i do not want americans and good thinking republicans as well as democrats and independents to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy. it isn't. what he is advocating. look what he has done this week. attacking our closest ally. england. heaping praise on a dictator in
north korea. talking about other countries have nuclear weapons. advocating a return to torture and even murdering the families of suspected terrorists. that is beyond the pale. it poses immediate dangers. >> trump fired back at clinton on twitter. taking a dig on her ongoing fight for the nomination. trump writes sanders continues his quest because he believes crooked hillary clinton will be forced out of the race. meanwhile, cnn confirmed trump has a meeting in new york that could enhance his foreign policy chops. he sits down with tennessee senator bob corker. corker's name has been a possible pick for a running mate. invitations will go out between trump and evangelical leaders june 21st. the republican primaries
cost donald trump $43 million of his own money. the latest filings with the federal election commission shows trump loaned himself $44 million this election season. he received $14.3 million in donations. trump said he will not pay himself back. he wants to raise $1 billion for the general election which would be more than president obama or mitt romney raised in the 2012 election. on the democratic side, bernie sanders raised more than hillary clinton in april with $26 million, but he is burning through more cash. $38 million in the month. clinton spent $23 million and that helped her save. she had $30 million if cash heading into may. bernie sanders had $5 million in the bank to begin the month. we are seeing hillary clinton set her sights on the general election. the portion of the money she has is putting to the general election. she is fund raising as well.
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zambrano moments before police killed him. >> what the hell's going on? he just sunk down and he was depressed. i didn't see a weapon. he said i'm in trouble. >> police tried to convince zambrano to come out of the house. they said they had to shoot him after he rushed out of the closet with a gun aimed at them. the governor of louisiana is expected to sign a first of its kind blue lives matter bill. the measure makes it a hate crime to kill a police officer. firefighters and ems personnel are covered. the state lawmaker who crafted the bill says it is needed because police are targeted in some parts of the country. critics claim it will confuse the purpose of hate crime laws. we will soon know the fate
of edward nero. one of six charged in the death of freddie gray. the judge is expected to announce his verdict at 10:30 this morning. he was one of the three bike patrol officers who initially apprehended gray. millions are in the path of severe storms and possible tornadoes. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> alison and george, good morning. the heart of severe weather season. you look at what happened on sunday afternoon with over 100 severe weather reports. 26 related to tornadoes. a good number coming down for large hail. some as long as 2 to 3 inches in diamet diameter. you see the massive trough in the western u.s. a big time ridge in the central u.s. along this region, we have a frontal boundary. along the area, thunderstorms will blossom. some of the biggest concerns for the strongest concerns are
oklahoma and texas and trying to spill farther east. the models are pinpointing what will happen. the lineal pattern here. you see winds howling along the boundary this afternoon. little rock and shreveport and dallas could see these late morning or this afternoon. the highest concern area is for large hail and damaging winds. you cannot rule out isolated tornadoes. this is a multiday event. these storms will migrate east over the next two to three days. guys. pedram, thank you. a night of music, honors and tribute at the billboard music awards. ♪ >> whoa, that costume. >> that's britney spears. she kicked off the show with the medley of hits. adele took home top artist.
♪ sorry cause i'm missing more than just your body ♪ >> justin bieber took the stage and two awards, including top male artist. ♪ going to break you ♪ >> rihanna showed off vocal range and in the weekend, won eight trophies. including best r & b artist. ♪ no, no, no it ain't me ♪ >> it is her. you hear kesha. the first televised performance after her legal fight against her producer. ♪ magic, yeah, yeah ♪ >> a high wire act by pink
performing surrounded by flames. but it was madonna's tribute to prince that stole the show. listen. ♪ all i really want to see you laughing in the purple rain ♪ purple rain, purple rain >> stevie wonder there joined madonna on stage for a sing along finale with the audience wearing light up wristbands. >> all that purple. beautiful. breaking news this morning. a new battle launched in iraq to take back critical territory from isis. we are live next.
the push to retake fallujah from isis is under way in iraq. the country's prime minister announcing the start of the military operation in a televised late night address. fallujah has been under isis control for more than two years. the battle to liberate the city is expected to belong and bloody. we have cnn's jomana karadsheh tracking the latest. they will be able to overtake fallujah but it will not be something that will happen overnight? >> reporter: absolutely not, alison. it is expected to be a very bloody fight. fallujah has been under isis control since january of 2014. the first city to fall to isis that year. now there's a lot of concern about this battle because of the civilians who are trapped inside that city.
we heard from organizations like human rights watch and united nations saying tens of thousands of civilians in fallujah trapped by isis, besieged by the iraqi security forces who circled the city in preparation for the major offensive. there is concern that the civilians may not be able to leave. we heard from the iraqi military saying they provided them with areas of safe passage. there is concern because we heard reports in recent weeks that civilians who tried to flee the city under isis control have been executed by isis. now the concern is they will be trapped in what is expected to be a very bloody fight. also involved in it is iranian backed shi'a militias. these militias have been accused of carrying out attacks against sunni populations in the cities they liberated from isis.
a lot of concern about that. something iraq really cannot afford right now. >> such a desperate race right now not just for the iraqi military, but civilians inside fallujah. jomana karadsheh, thank you. new information from inside the cockpit of egyptair flight 804 moments before the plane plunged from the sky. what we are now learning next. i wanted to know who i am and where i came from. i did my ancestrydna and i couldn't wait to get my pie chart. the most shocking result was that i'm 26% native american. i had no idea. just to know this is what i'm made of, this is where my ancestors came from. and i absolutely want to know more about my native american heritage. it's opened up a whole new world for me. discover the story only your dna can tell. order your kit now at ancestrydna.com
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china. and new this morning, a new assault against isis. can they take back a critical city from the terrorists? welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm george howell. happening now, egypt is deploying a submarine in the search for flight 804. it is a submersible set to scour the bottom of the sea for the search for the black boxes. they will hope to discover what happened to the plane. french aviation officials confirmed over the weekend the plane sent out automated messages signaling smoke at the front of the aircraft. following it all live, we have to cnn's international editor
ni nic robertson. >> reporter: what they are telling us is the priority is to recover the bodies for all the grieving families. they deployed the submarine. it can go to a maximum depth of 3,000 meters. we are short on details from the egyptian authorities because they are not giving us a blow by blow discovery. they want to find the black boxes which is critical. there is a potential big problem. the sea where the plane went down is as deep as 5,000 meters. this submersible and it is not clear whether it is doing an entirely visual search or if it can pick up the pings on the sides of the black boxes. it is not clear. this submersible, it may sound good, and may give some help, but it may have a limited
ability. the egyptian authorities are so far not found any large pieces of debris. they have not told us they have been able to specifically located where the plane went down precisely. what they are doing is cautioning us. the minister of aviation said look, it is too soon to say what brought down the aircraft. they have seen the indications of the smoke not too far from the cockpit at the time that the plane went down. we will take our time with the investigation and do it by the book and get it right. george. >> nic, so they continue searching for wreckage and they are finding human remains. the airline going through the process of notifying family of what happened here. what more can you tell us about that process and how families are dealing with this. >> reporter: it's a horrible and harrowing process for the families. the government has to do something that no government official would like to do which
is help grieving families through a terrible point of crisis in their lives. what they are doing is taking the families step by step. the first briefing, they gave them as much information as the search was going. on saturday, they briefed the families how they have to identify their loved ones. they tried to get as much information from the families and use of dna. yesterday, they switched another step forward for the families. difficult emotional time, but practical issues too. the government talked through the legal steps of how they get death certificates for the loved ones. when a bread winner has disappeared like this, they need to continue to run their lives. they need their documentation. the government's stepping them through this. we saw over the weekend, the services for the flight attendant and the pilot. just terrible experience for the
families. >> one can only imagine the grief of these families. so few answers. nic robertson, thank you. breaking news this morning. president obama announcing at a joint news conference in hanoi with vietnam's president that the u.s. is fully lifting the decades old ban on the sale of military equipment to vietnam. we have cnn's michelle kosinski traveling with the president in hanoi. michelle, you have the president choosing to lift the ban on armed sales to vietnam. despite the fact that vietnam has a dismal record on human rights. >> reporter: this is one more way to counter china's influence in the region. keep in mind, this arms embargo which has been in place for decades was partially lifted two years ago. this is a final step. it is somewhat surprising.
especially given human rights here. when president obama made the announcement today, he explained it a little bit. he said this is not about china entirely. this is not tied to human rights. listen to part of what he said. >> we're going to continue to engage in the case-by-case evaluations of these sales. what we do not have is a ban that's based on an ideological division between our two countries because we think that at this stage, both sides have established a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries. that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect. >> reporter: so the way president obama framed it is this is based on the changing relationship with the u.s. and vietnam. it has been deepening. there is potential for more cooperation to come. not just in security, but also
in trade. however, you cannot ignore the human rights situation. human rights watch said human rights in vietnam are dire. dire is the word they used and in all areas. this place still arrests political prisoners. it's a one-party system. there's no freedom of speech. yesterday, the government ordered the bbc to stop reporting in a place where our broadcasts are aired here in vietnam ten minutes later so government censors will decide if they should air them or not or go to black. president obama looked forward to more dialogue on that. that's the same thing that the president of vietnam added in the course of making the announcement. >> it is interesting, michelle, president obama is spending three days in vietnam. the importance he is placing on
helping those ties with the u.s. and vietnam. michelle kosinski traveling with the president. thanks. bernie sanders is getting tough against the head of the democratic national committee. sanders is blasting the party, its presidential primary process and ramping up battle against debbie wasserman schultz. now fund raising for her opponent for her house seat in florida. sanders claims that despite his shortfall in the delegates, he has a path to the white house. cnn's sunlen serfaty has the story. >> reporter: bernie sanders is striking a defiant tone as he barnstorms through california in a middle of a five-day swing leading to the june 7th primary. as he speaks to supporters, he is trying to make the case to validate his path forward and
staying in the race. although he is well behind in the popular vote and pledged delegates. here is what he told his supporters here in vista, california. >> we win when voter turnout is high. if voter turnout is high, with your help, we will win the lion's share of the delegates. if we win the domination, i assure you, donald trump will not become president of the united states. >> reporter: and sanders is also taking on a much harsher tone to the democratic nominating process and leadership. over the weekend, that came in the form of bernie sanders speaking out against debbie wasserman schultz. he endorsed her opponent in her race in florida. here's what he told jake tapper. >> clearly, i favor her opponent. his views are closer to mine
than is wasserman schultz. let me also say this, in all due respect to the current chairperson. if elected president, she would not be reappointed to be chair of the dnc. >> reporter: no mincing of words there. wasserman schultz responded. although he endorsed her opponent, she will remain neutral in the process. now in the wall street journal/nbc news poll, trump gains four points over last month at clinton's expense. and in a new washington post/abc news poll, trump is two points ahead. 46% to 44%. this as clinton blasts trump over the weekend calling him dangerous. >> i do not want americans and,
you know, good thinking republicans as well as democrats and independents to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy. it isn't. what he is advocating -- look with a he has done this past week. attacking our closest ally. england. heaping praise on a dangerous dictate other in north korea. talking about letting other countries have nuclear weapons. o advocating a return to torture. that is beyond the pale. it poses immediate dangers. >> trump fired back at clinton last night naturally on twitter. taking a dig at her ongoing fight for the nomination. donald trump writes, bernie sanders is continuing his quest because he believes crooked hillary clinton will be forced
out of the race. meantime, trump has a meeting today in new york to enhance his foreign policy chops. he sits down with tennessee senator bob corker. corker's name has been floated as a possible running mate for trump. also formal invitations for a meeting with trump and evangelical leaders on june 21st. time for an early start on your money. dow futures are slightly higher this morning. stock markets in europe and asia trading mixed. we are seeing oil prices lower. hedge funds are dumping apple and buying facebook. apple was the most sold stock by hedge funds the first quarter. according to two separate reports. the selling was led by billionaire carl icahn.
shares of apple his a 52 week low in may, but those shares have rebounded 7%. regaining the title of the world's most valuable company. the most popular is up 12% this year, facebook. the top 50 hedge funds above 3 million shares of facebook in the first quarter. >> apple having a tough time. >> it is funny. the darling of wall street is not so much the darling of wall street. a police officer killed in the line of duty setting off an 18-hour standoff and manhunt. a touching tribute for prince at the billboard music awards. you want to stay for this next.
an 18-hour manhunt leading into a standoff. authorities say 35-year-old jorge zambrano killed a 42-year-old father of three. this happened early sunday morning. zambrano later broke into a friend's house to hide. listen to that friend describe his final encounter with zambrano moments before police killed him. >> i saw police out there. i thought what the hell's going on. he sat down and was depressed. i can tell you i didn't see a weapon. he said no. i realized i'm in trouble. >> police tried to convince zambrano to come out of the house and surrender. they say they had to shoot him after he rushed out of a closet firing his weapon wounding an officer in the shoulder. authorities have no idea why zambrano killed an officer
earlier in the day. a touching tribute and honors at the billboard music awards. britney spears received the millennium award kicking off the show. ♪ >> adele won the night's biggest award for top artist. ♪ is it too late now to say sorry because i'm missing ♪ ♪ more than just your body >> and justin bieber took the stage and took home top male artist. ♪ you know my fear's going to break you ♪ >> always great hearing rihanna sing. the weeknd won eight trophies, including best artist. ♪ no, no, no it ain't me
>> there's kesha. she let the music do the talking since her public legal fight against her producer. ♪ magic, yeah ♪ >> that looks dangerous. >> cirque du soleil. >> i don't think there is ever an awards show where pink is not hanging from the ceiling. >> and of course, you need fire. pink performing a high wire act for the single just like fire. it was madonna's tribute to prince what stole the show. ♪ all i want to see you laughing in the purple rain ♪ ♪ purple rain, purple rain >> stevie wonder there in the purple scarf joined madonna for a sing along with the whole arena waving light-up wristbands all in honor of prince. >> i know madonna is getting a
welcome back. the push to retake fallujah from isis is under way in iraq. the country's prime minister there announcing the start of the military operation in a televised late night address. fallujah has been under isis control for more than two years now. the battle to liberate that city is expected to belong and it is expected to be bloody. our jomana karadsheh is following this story from amman, jordan. she is with us at this hour. jomana, good morning. this is going to be an intense
battle. what are they telling residents to do in advance of the operation and as it pushes in? >> reporter: george, as we heard from the iraqi prime minister and army, they are asking civilians in fallujah to leave the city. this operation under way in the last few hours overnight. the issue has been how did the civilians leave? the military saying they created safe passage areas for them to leave. they created hotlines for people to call into if they need to leave. if they are unable to leave, they should raise a white flag on top of their buildings. the issue has been over recent weeks. we have heard from united nations and other human rights groups raising the issues of the tens of thousands of civilians in fallujah. they are under siege by the iraqi security forces and militias who circled the city in preparation for the operation.
there is concern how the civilians leave especially after the reports of those who tried have been executed by isis. george. >> predominately sunni city. we're talking about shi'a forces going in. how could that further comp complicate this effort that will already be difficult? >> reporter: that is a serious concern. the majority of the forces that are taking part in the operation are what is known as the pmu. the shi'a paramilitary groups working side by side with the iraqi military and retaking cities from isis. the sectarian dynamic here is shi'a forces backed by iran. fallujah, a predominately sunni city in anbar province. a lot of accusations that the shi'a militias going into the sunni areas after liberating them from isis and carrying out
reprisal attacks against the local population whom they accuse of being isis sympathizers. a lot of concern of how the forces will act and that could enflame sectarian forces. >> thank you, jomana karadsheh. all right. "early start" continues now. >> happening now, an under water search for the black boxes of egyptair flight 804 as we learn new information on what happened in the cockpit before it crashed from the sky. breaking news this morning. president obama lifting a 50-year-old ban to sell weapons to vietnam. it is a move that is sure to anger china. we are live with the possible repercussions. the race for president intensifying. bernie sanders