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breaking news overnight. violent protests outside a huge donald trump rally. officers injured. at least one person arrested. the race for president turning quite tense this morning. and good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm george howell. >> good morning. i'm alison cokosik. we begin this morning with breaking news. hundreds of protesters in new mexico throwing bottles, injuring officers at the albuquerque convention center where trump was holding a huge rally. police using smoke grenades and pepper spray to get control of the angry crowd. cnn's dan simon was in the middle of it all.
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>> reporter: well, it was quite a zramatic scene in downtown albuquerque tuesday night as a group of anti-donald trump protesters clashed with police. this is one of the remnants you find on the street. this is an empty canister of pepper spray that police used on the crowd. this all began when you had a group breakthrough a barricade that police had set up to keep people from going into the convention center where donald trump was speaking. from there, things quickly descended into chaos. you had a number of people who were throwing bottles and throwing rocks at police officers. police showed remarkable restraint, not really arresting anyone. what they tried to do was to get the crowd to thin out. they were pushing them back in full riot gear. you had police officers on horseback. then finally, you had police use tear gas to try to get this crowd to disperse, and ultimately, that's what seemed to work. it's quite surprising what we saw, given throughout much of the afternoon this was a
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peaceful protest. you had well more than a thousand people assemble here in front of the convention hall, people who were criticizing donald trump's rhetoric when it comes to immigration, some of his comments against women. then you had nightfall come. that's when things spun out of control. police officers trying to get those protesters to calm down, but you had a lot of people who were just intent on causing trouble. fortunately, things have calmed down here in downtown albuquerque. dan simon, cnn, albuquerque, new mexico. >> dan, thank you. and that was the scene outside the convention center with protests raging against trump, but inside trump was cheer kd by thousands of people. at the same time declared the winner of tuesday's lone primary in washington state. that victory puts donald trump eight delegates away by cnn's count of clinching the republican nomination. in his speech in new mexico, donald trump defended his business practices against hillary clinton's claim that he rooted for the economy to crash.
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and he lashed back at the democratic front runner. listen. >> and i will never say this, but she screams. it drives me crazy. i didn't say it. i can't listen. she goes, and donald trump is a terrible person! and he wanted to buy housing when it was at a low point! who the hell doesn't? who doesn't? >> on the democratic side, hillary clinton campaigning last night in southern california. laser focused on donald trump, attacking him on every front and acknowledging her primary opponent bernie sanders. jeff zeleny was there with more. >> reporter: two weeks remaining before this california primary, but hillary clinton focusing on one man and one man alone. that is donald trump. as she campaigned in riverside,
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california, on tuesday night, she focused on donald trump from start to finish, going after him on everything from his reputation in the housing industry to climate change to immigration. throughout her speech, she was talking only about donald trump. she also made clear that she still needs to win the california primary. mathematically speaking, she may not. she has a big lead over bernie sanders, but she believes a win here in california and those other primaries on june 7th would send her to the general election in a much stronger position. this is her message to california voters. >> this primary on june the 7th needs to send a real signal that donald trump will hear, no matter where he is, that california wants a positive future. we want to finish strong, and we want to send that message that we're going to fight every day. i will fight for you.
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i will fight for us every single day. >> reporter: so it's clear that hillary clinton still wants to beat bernie sanders and is trying to beat bernie sanders, but her campaign is focusing squarely on donald trump. they believe that now is the time to begin defining him. those national polls already showing this is such a close race. they're not wasting any time. it's clearly a two-front war here. going after bernie sanders somewhat, but it's all in on donald trump. george and alison? >> breaking overnight, bernie sanders upping the ante, rolling out a brand new $1.5 million campaign ad in california. a series of ads. sanders ads don't mention hillary clinton by name, but they do say the democratic party needs new direction. sanders also campaigning today and last night in california, touting california's crucial role in his plan to seize an upset victory over hillary clinton. >> if we win here big in
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california, if we win the other five states that are up on june 7th, we're going to go into the democratic convention with enormous momentum. [ cheers and applause ] we're going to go in with momentum. we're going to come out with the nomination. >> and also interesting to point out on tuesday, bernie sanders sought a recount of last week's kentucky democratic primary. clinton won there by less than 2,000 votes, just one half of 1%. a sanders adviser says the campaign has no reason to think there were any problems with that count. it just wants to, quote, make sure everything was counted. president obama is scheduled to touch down in tokyo for a g7 summit in less than three hours after wrapping up a historic visit to vietnam, that included normalizing ties and dropping a
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decades old arms embargo. he raised the thorny issue of human rights violations. let's go live to ho chi minh city and bring in cnn's alexandra field. we know the president is about to touch down in japan within a few hours for this g7 summit. i'm thinking the highlight of this leg of the tour is his visit to hiroshima. >> reporter: absolutely, alison. that's the part a lot of people are going to be interested in watching. he does have the g7 summit. he does have a meeting with the prime minister shinzo abe. he's going to make this historic and symbolic trip to hiroshima. he'll be the first sitting u.s. president to visit the spot where the atomic bomb attack happened. we're told there won't be a large address in that space, but it will be a time of reflection. certainly a lot of people will be looking at this as a significant moment. senior administration officials have described this as a moment where the president acknowledges
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the past and looks toward the future, which is a theme that very much echoes what we saw unfold here in vietnam over the space of the last few days as he toured both hanoi and ho chi minh city. he made a very poignant address to the people of vietnam in front of a crowd of some 2,000 people where he talked a lot about what it's taken to heal the wounds of war that for so long had divided these two countries and brought these two countries together now. he's credited the veterans with doing a lot of the healing work that's put the president in the position to make a trip like this during which he was able to announce historic things like the dropping of the arms embargo and to also talk about other ways to bolster security and economic cooperation between these countries. that message, those messages were all incredibly warmly received by the vietnamese people. his remarks were broadcast live on tv here in vietnam, which is inkredly significant for a u.s. president, especially since he was taking on tough issues like human rights. the headlines were in vietnamese
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people like "peace better than war." that's quoting barack obama. so that's really the message people in vietnam are walking away with, the fact this was a symbolic and significant moment where they feel that the past has been acknowledged and everyone is looking for more cooperation in the future. >> what has been the reaction from china with this evolving relationship with the u.s. and vietnam? >> reporter: certainly china is watching this trip as closely, if not more closely than anyone else. they have keen interests in that decision to lift the arms embargo. they also have a keen interest, of course, in the president's remarks about the disputes in the south china sea, where neighboring countries here have accused china of taking aggressive territorial claims. so there was an editorial in one of the state media publications saying this in response to the visit. it is worrying to note the three-day visit has been described by some as a pivotal move in the u.s. strategic
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rebalancing to curb the rise of china. the president has batted away any suggestion that the dropping of the arms embargo is about countering china's strength, but still it's being noted there by the china daily, which wraps up its editorial in saying this. we hope obama means what he says. alison. >> so many headlines coming out of this trip. cnn's alexandra field, thanks so much. and time for an early start on your money. dow futures pushing higher at the moment. we saw asia finish with big gains overnight. oil prices are up near $50 a barrel. what a nice rally for stocks yesterday. the dow jumping 213 points, or more than 1%. nasdaq with the strongest gain yesterday, up 2%. we also saw the s&p 500 rising as well. what was the big reason behind the rally? well, new home sales surged more than 16% in april. that marks the highest level since january of 2008, which was just before the housing
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collapse. new home sales are both a gauge of the housing market and construction. we did tell you yesterday that home values were also rising due to low inventory. more new homes being built could help fix that problem as the busy summer buying season gets under way. it's interesting to watch the housing market because especially with new home sales, you don't really see wall street focusing on new home sales because they only make up a small part of the housing industry, 10%. but because of those new home sales did so well, you saw the market really react yesterday. >> it's just a matter if you're a home buyer. is the inventory there? not right now. so we continue now, "early start." bill cosby will face a trial in a decades old sex assault case. what's next for the comedian? we look into it ahead.
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bill cosby is now set to go to trial more than ten years after being accused of sexual misconduct. a pennsylvania judge ruling
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there is enough evidence to move forward with a criminal case against the disgraced entertainer. bill cosby faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. if found guilty, he could face 30 years in prison. more now from our jean casarez. >> reporter: we can say with certainty that the criminal case against bill cosby is now proceeding to trial. that decision was made yesterday by a magistrate judge here in pennsylvania. and the preliminary hearing is extremely important because it's the first time that we see the prosecution really show their evidence. the defense can cross-examine, but the point is, is there probable cause that bill cosby committed a sexual assault against andrea constand, the accuser. the defense was extremely aggressive yesterday. they wanted andrea constand to take the stand. they believe by cross-examining her, they would be able to show this was consensual, so there wouldn't be probable cause.
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but in pennsylvania, at this point, you don't have to do that. so the prosecution put the detective on the stand that took her statement back in 2005. and the case involved one incident at the home of bill cosby. prosecutors say that andrea constand said she went over there one night, january or february in 2004. she was not feeling well because she was changing careers. she couldn't sleep at night. bill cosby said, i can help you take the edge off. he went upstairs, came down with blue pills. she said in her statement that he gave them to her, she took them because he said they were her ball, had her drink some wine, and about 20 minutes later, she couldn't even stand up. her vision was blurred. she had to lay on the sofa. she said she remembers enough to know that she was sexually assaulted. the defense and cross-examination made a very big point that andrea constand had gotten together with bill cosby before. she'd gone to his home before. she'd gone out to dinner with him. she went to foxwood casino to
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meet him after a performance and actually went to his room. they were really trying to show this was consensual. bill cosby, when he walked into the courtroom yesterday, i was sitting in the second row. he was being led in. he stumbled right into my court bench, and it really rocked the bench. they say he's legally blind. the defense does. this really showed he couldn't see where he was going. once he was seated, he was extremely professional. not the comedian this country has grown to know. but very serious. spoke with his attorneys just a little bit, listened to the judge. now he has waived his formal arraignment to take place on july 20th. he signed the waiver. the judge said to him, you voluntarily have signed this. he said, yes, thank you, judge, i'm waiving the formal arraignment. with that, this case proceeds now to trial. george, alison? >> all right, jean. thanks for that. and the head of the tsa on the capitol hill hot seat this
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morning. peter nefinger set to be grilled by the house homeland security committee about three-hour wait times at airport security check points. thousands of passengers complaining about missed flights and connections. the tsa is expected to offer up a couple of near-term solutions like an automated baggage bin system and real-time data to keep air travelers informed about wait times at security. those ideas aren't expected to have an impact any time soon. although, the house committee is considering legislation to correct the problem, but we know how long it takes to get legislation through control hill. good luck with that. >> the worst thing is when you're already running late for your flight and then you see that line. you're like, i'm out. >> you run to the front and say, please, please, let me through. >> they're like, no. >> exactly. well, the final moments of egyptair flight 804. there are now conflicts new messages as time ticks down to find that plane's black boxes. we have the latest next. ♪
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the mystery deepens in the disappearance of egyptair flight 804. this morning there are conflicting reports about the doomed jet's final moments. this as time ticks down to find the plane's black boxes before the locator signal they give off goes silent for good. let's go to cnn's ian lee live from cairo following all the events with this. you know, you think about the agonizing wait that these families are going through, waiting for answers. was it technical problems? was it terrorism that brought down this jet? are investigators getting any clues at all from the debris they're finding about what brought down this plane? >> reporter: well, alison, there
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are a lot of pieces to this puzzle, but investigators haven't been able to put them all together quite yet. the conflicting report you mentioned earlier comes from the greek officials saying this plane descended thousands of feet as well as swerving 90 degrees and then 360 degrees. egyptian officials are saying that wasn't the case, that this plane was cruising at 37,000 feet then disappeared from radar. we're also getting a bit more information about the final moments. a new report we're seeing confirms what we heard earlier about the final moments that there was some sort of problem with a heating element in the co-pilot's window as well as smoke in the lavatory and as well as in the avionics. we're also hearing that the engines, at least initially, were operating properly. as far as the pieces of the plane, we know that there's 18 groups. that's about as much as egyptian officials are telling us. we know, though, that they haven't found the fuselage or
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those black boxes, but a lot of the focus is also turning to the remains. the morgue here in cairo told us they have 15 bhags of remains. everything seems to be pretty small, from what they say. that's not necessarily an indication of an explosion. this plane did fall from 37,000 feet, but they're focusing on tests. what can these remains tell them about the final moments? is there any residue from an explosion? also, they're testing to see who is who, trying to get some sort of dna confirmation so they can return them to their loved ones. >> all right. cnn's ian lee following all the developments in that egyptair plane crash. thanks very much. violent protests erupt outside a donald trump rally late last night. hundreds clashing with police, demonstrating against the presumptive republican nominee for president. the dramatic moments ahead.
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protests turned violent outside a huge donald trump rally overnight. hundreds clashing with police as the presidential front runner entertained thousands side, defending his business practices and leveling new attacks on hillary clinton. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm george howell. 31 minutes past the hour. following breaking news from overnight, anti-trump protesters in new mexico. hundreds of people lighting fires, throwing rocks and bottles at police officers, and smashing a door at the albuquerque convention center, where trump was holding a huge rally inside. police using smoke grenades and pepper spray to get control of the angry crowd. cnn's dan simon was in the middle of it all. >> reporter: well, it was quite a dramatic scene in downtown albuquerque tuesday night as a group of anti-donald trump protesters clashed with police. this is one of the remnants you find on the street.
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this is an empty canister of pepper spray that police used on the crowd. this all began when you had a group breakthrough a barricade that police had set up to keep people from going into the convention center where donald trump was speaking. from there, things quickly descended into chaos. you had a number of people who were throwing bottles and throwing rocks at police officers. police showed remarkable restraint, not really arresting anyone. what they tried to do was to get the crowd to thin out. they were pushing them back in full riot gear. you had police officers on horseback. then finally, you had police use tear gas to try to get this crowd to disperse, and ultimately, that's what seemed to work. it's quite surprising what we saw, given throughout much of the afternoon this was a peaceful protest. you had well more than a thousand people assemble here in front of the convention hall, people who were criticizing donald trump's rhetoric when it
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comes to immigration, some of his comments against women. then you had nightfall come. that's when things spun out of control. police officers trying to get those protesters to calm down, but you had a lot of people who were just intent on causing trouble. fortunately, things have calmed down here in downtown albuquerque. dan simon, cnn, albuquerque, new mexico. >> okay. so what you just in dan simon's report, those were the scenes outside the convention center. but inside, trump was cheered by thousands. at the same time, he was dekwlared the winner of tuesday's lone primary in washington state. that victory puts trump just eight delegates away by cnn's count of clinching the republican nomination. in his speech in new mexico, trump defending his business practices against hillary clinton's claim he rooted for the economy to crash. and he lashed back at the democratic front runner. >> and i will never say this,
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but she screams. it drives me crazy. i didn't say it. i can't listen. she goes, and donald trump is a terrible person! and he wanted to buy housing when it was at a low point! who the hell doesn't? who doesn't? >> mr. donald trump there on the campaign trail. and on the democratic side of things, hillary clinton campaigning last night in southern california. laser focused on trump, attacking him from every front. also acknowledging her primary opponent bernie sanders, only to stress that a win in california will give her vital momentum in her general election fight against trump. cnn's jeff zeleny was at clinton's rally and has more. a >> reporter: two weeks remaining before this california primary, but hillary clinton focusing on one man and one man alone. that is donald trump. as she campaigned in riverside, california, on tuesday night, she focused on donald trump from start to finish, going after him on everything from his reputation in the housing industry to climate change to
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immigration. throughout her speech, she was talking only about donald trump. she also made clear that she still needs to win the california primary. mathematically speaking, she may not. she has a big lead over bernie sanders, but she believes a win here in california and those other primaries on june 7th would send her to the general election in a much stronger position. this is her message to california voters. >> this primary on june the 7th needs to send a real signal that donald trump will hear, no matter where he is, that california wants a positive future. we want to finish strong, and we want to send that message that we're going to fight every day. i will fight for you. i will fight for us every single day. >> reporter: so it's clear that hillary clinton still wants to
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beat bernie sanders and is trying to beat bernie sanders, but her campaign is focusing squarely on donald trump. they believe that now is the time to begin defining him. those national polls already showing this is such a close race. they're not wasting any time. it's clearly a two-front war here. going after bernie sanders somewhat, but it's all in on donald trump. george and alison? >> our thanks to jeff zeleny for that. breaking overnight, bernie sanders upping the ante, rolling out a brand new $1.5 million ad campaign in california. sanders' ads don't mention hillary clinton by name, but they do say the democratic party needs a new direction. sanders campaigning today and last night in california, touting california's crucial role in his plan to seize an upset victory over clinton. >> if we win here big in california, if we win the other five states that are up on june 7th, we're going to go into the
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democratic convention with enormous momentum. [ cheers and applause ] we're going to go in with momentum. we're going to come out with the nomination. >> on tuesday, sanders saukt a recount of last week's kentucky democratic primary. clinton won by less than 2,000 votes there, just one half of 1%. a sanders adviser said the campaign had no reason top think there were any problems with the count. it just wanted to, quote, mach sure everything was counted. president obama is scheduled to touchdown in tokyo for a g7 summit in less than three hours' time after wrapping up a historic visit to vietnam. that included normalizing ties and dropping a decades' old arms embargo. let's go live to ho chi minh city.
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cnn's alexandra field is live there for us. good to have you with us. the president made so many headlines in vietnam, from lifting the ban on arms sales, to pushing for stronger economic ties. now on to japan and plans for a historic visit to hiroshima. all of this part of his asia pivot. is it working? >> reporter: absolutely. look, if you take a look at the reviews in the vietnamese papers, in the english language papers, the quote they're headlining with is hearts can change and a different future is possible. that's the tone that seems to have been left with the people here in vietnam as they watch the president over the last couple days make his way through both hanoi and ho chi minh city. not just talking about how to boost economic cooperation, not just talking about how to boost security cooperation, but also reflecting a lot about the shared past between these two nations and the promise for their future together. really acknowledging, you know, the pain of the past, these two countries that were torn apart by war, and the incredible strides that have been made that
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have gotten us to the point where you see a u.s. president here in vietnam for this kind of visit and being received so warmly. some of these notes will be struck with he makes his way to japan because it's not just for the g7 summit or the meeting with the prime minister of japan, shinzo abe, but he will be making that historic trip to hiroshima. he's not the first u.s. president to visit vietnam in the post-warrer ra, b era, but first to visit hiroshima. we're told there will be some reflection going on there and will tie into what we've seen here in vietnam, chg is, you know, the president's idea of acknowledging the past and then looking toward the future. that's some of what we're expecting to see there and certainly a lot of people will be watching it closely. that will be an emotional moment, no doubt. and it sort of counters what we saw this morning in ho chi minh city, which was a more playful side of the president. he was quite humorous, laughing a lot with the crowd when he was
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at this town hall with young people. they actually got the opportunity to put him on the spot. they asked him a lot of questions. at one point, there was a young woman, a rapper, who had a question for the president. he responded by asking her to rap then decided to do a little beat boxing for her. a lot of laughs are the crowd on that note and more serious business ahead in japan. >> alexandra field following it off in ho chi minh city. thank you so much. french police raid google's offices in paris looking for evidence of money laundering and tax evasion. anti-corruption officers and tech experts took part in the search. this is according to the state prosecutor. french officials began investigating google last june. the prosecutor's office says the preliminary inquiry is looking into aggravated financial fraud and organized money laundering. the french government reportedly believes that google owes 1.6 billion euros in unpaid taxes. that's about $1.8 billion here
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in the u.s. google said in a state following the raid that it, quote, complies with french law. when you hear things like this, it brings up the chatter of all these big corporations that are accused of tax dodging, companies that we recognize like starbucks and amazon and apple. they're accused of dodging taxes by, you know, putting them into places like ireland. certainly brings up the whole conversation. it becomes a political conversation as well. >> you hear it a lot on the campaign trail. donald trump talking about it a lot. his voters, they're serious about that. a story we're following, bill cosby now facing a trial in a decades old sex assault case. how he got here and what's next for the disgraced comedian. rowig at an alarming rate. growing fast, you say? we can't contain it any long... oh! you know, that reminds me of how geico's been the fastest-growing auto insurer for over 10 years straight.
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bill cosby now set to go on trial more than ten years after first being accused of sexual misconduct. a pennsylvania judge ruling there is enough evidence to move forward with a criminal case against the disgraced entertainer. kos cosby faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. if found guilty, he could face 30 years in prison. more now from our jean casarez. >> reporter: we can say with certainty that the criminal case against bill cosby is now proceeding to trial. that decision was made yesterday by a magistrate judge here in pennsylvania. and the preliminary hearing is extremely important because it's the first time that we see the prosecution really show their evidence. the defense can cross-examine, but the point is, is there probable cause that bill cosby committed a sexual assault against andrea constand, the accuser. the defense was extremely aggressive yesterday. they wanted andrea constand to take the stand.
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they believe by cross-examining her, they would be able to show this was consensual, so there wouldn't be probable cause. but in pennsylvania, at this point, you don't have to do that. so the prosecution put the detective on the stand that took her statement back in 2005. and the case involved one incident at the home of bill cosby. prosecutors say that andrea constand said she went over there one night, january or february in 2004. she was not feeling well because she was changing careers. she couldn't sleep at night. bill cosby said, i can help you take the edge off. he went upstairs, came down with blue pills. she said in her statement that he gave them to her, she took them because he said they were her ball, had her drink some wine, and about 20 minutes later, she couldn't even stand up. her vision was blurred. she had to lay on the sofa. she said she remembers enough to know that she was sexually assaulted. the defense and cross-examination made a very big point that andrea constand
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had gotten together with bill cosby before. she'd gone to his home before. she'd gone out to dinner with him. she went to foxwood casino to meet him after a performance and actually went to his room. they were really trying to show this was consensual. bill cosby, when he walked into the courtroom yesterday, i was sitting in the second row. he was being led in. he stumbled right into my court bench, and it really rocked the bench. they say he's legally blind. the defense does. this really showed he couldn't see where he was going. once he was seated, he was extremely professional. not the comedian this country has grown to know. but very serious. spoke with his attorneys just a little bit, listened to the judge. now he has waived his formal arraignment to take place on july 20th. he signed the waiver. the judge said to him, you voluntarily have signed this. he said, yes, thank you, judge, i'm waiving the formal arraignment. with that, this case proceeds now to trial. george, alison?
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>> jean casarez, thank you. the head of the tsa in the hot seat on capitol hill this morning. peter neffenger set to be grilled by the house homeland security committee about three-hour wait times at airport security check points. thousands of passengers complaining about missing flights and connections. the tsa is expected to offer up a couple of near-term solutions, like an automated baggage bin system and real-time data to keep air travelers informed about wait times at security, but those ideas are not expected to have any impact any time soon. the house committee is considering legislation to correct the problem. federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against dylan roof. that's the man accused of killing nine parishioners last year at the emanuel ame church in charleston, south carolina. attorney general loretta lynch says the nature of the crime and the resulting harm compelled her to make the decision. federal prosecutors urge lynch
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to okay capital charges, saying that roof has shown a lack of remorse for the murders. got to talk about kansas. breaking from overnight, tornadoes tearing through parts of that state. look at this. >> that's incredible. >> look at that huge twister. the power of mother nature. one of three twisters that touched down simultaneously near dodge city, kansas. there are reports of several injuries, along with the damaged homes and overturned cars. as many as nine tornadoes were reported from this storm that ripped through that state. >> those storm chasers so close to that storm. it's incredible. i don't know how they do it. >> i've been near those storms, and it's so dangerous in the sense that you just have to make sure you're going the opposite direction, that you can get the pictures. >> well, i would say don't try this at home. >> no, no, don't do that. a big change coming to twitter, but will it be enough to turn the company around? we're going to get an early start on your money next.
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the mystery deepens in the disappearance of egyptair flight 804. this morning there are conflicting reports about the doomed jet's final moments. this as time ticks down to find the plane's black boxes before the locator signal that those boxes give off goes silent. cnn's ian lee is following it all live in cairo, egypt, for us. ian, good morning to you. where does the investigation stand now? >> reporter: george, we did get some new information that really confirms what we already know about the final moments of the flight, that there was a problem with the co-pilot's window, with the heating mechanism, that there was smoke in the lavatory, as well as the avionics. there's 11 electronic messages that were sent from the plane to the ground before it crashed. the first messages indicated that everything was normal with
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the engines. we're also hearing that the pilot also signed off on everything, that he didn't see anything abnormal before the flight took off. investigators are still, as you said, searching the mediterranean for those black boxes, trying to get to them before that signal runs out, which will run out in about 30 days. so that is the ticking clock there. if they can't find it, it will be far more difficult to find it. with the conflicting reports we're hearing, this is coming from the final moments, first from the greeks who said the plane descended thousands of feet, swerved 90 degrees, then 360 degrees. the egyptians are saying that isn't the case. that in fact, this plane was cruising at 37,000 feet and disappeared from radar. we're also hearing from morgue officials today about the remains that they've recovered. they've recovered 15 bags of what they say are body parts.
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not one single piece, they say, is over two pounds. so quite a gruesome search and a gruesome look into what actually happened. they're going to be testing them for any sort of residue from an explosion. also doing dna testing because they ultimately want to get those who died to their loved ones. >> following the investigation, ian lee live for us in cairo, egypt. thank you. the afghan taliban is wasting no time appointing a new leader. just days after president obama confirmed muhammad monsour was killed by a drone strike, the leadership council announced his replacement, one of his deputies. the group marking monsour's death with three days of mourning. all right. let's get an early start on your money.
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dow futures are higher. stock markets in europe and asia posting nice gains overnight. oil prices climbing near $50 a barrel. one stock we're watching today, hewlett-packard enterprises. shares are up 11% in premarket trading. the company is spinning off its enterprise services unit and merging it with computer sciences corporation. that stock is actually up 21% in premarket trading. one interesting note here, both companies were formed by spinoffs last year. shares of gopro are getting a big boost from red bull. shares jumped almost 5% yesterday after it announced a deal with the energy drink company, but the stock is down 45% this year and 90% below its all-time high. the two will partner on content distribution and international events. red bull will score some gopro stock as part of the deal. gopro needs a comeback. sales have actually spiralled and the company lost more money than expected last year. still, many think the deal makes
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sense. red bull has an online video network focused on action sports, and many of them are shot with gopro cameras. that's an adrenaline deal if it ever was. if you use twitter, the change you've been waiting for is here. the social media site is changing the 140-character limit. it will still apply to text, but now when users add pictures, video, polls, and handles, those things aren't going to count against that 140-character limit. twitter says it will make conversations easier and is also looking at making additional changes in the coming months. twitter has 300 million users, but its growth has stagnated and its stock is getting crushed this year, down almost 40%. the company has been looking for ways to make its service simpler to be use while also matching some of the richer features offered by many of its competitors. so by expanding the amount of little points you can make on twitter, you can insult people longer. >> oh, boy.
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facebook is doing this, twitter. "early start" continues right now. breaking news now. violent protests rage outside a huge donald trump rally. officers injured. at least one arrest. the race for president turning very tense this morning. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm george howell. it is wednesday, may 25th. we begin with breaking news from overnight. hundreds of anti-trump protesters in new mexico lighting fires, throws rocks and bottles at police, injuring officer there officers there. police using smoke grenades and pepper spray to get control of that angry crowd. cnn's dan simon was in the middle of it all. >> reporter: well, it was quite a dramatic scene in downtown albuquerque tuesday night as a group of anti-donald trump protesters clashed with police. this is one

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