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♪ breaking news this morning. new information on the suicide bombers behind the istanbul airport attack. where they came from and who gave them their orders. terror fears at the airport prompting beefed up security across the country as travelers head out this fourth of july weekend. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm miguel marquez.
happy friday, july 1st. it's 4:00 a.m. on the east. new information on the three terrorists who bombed the istanbul airport kiling 44 people and injuring hundreds more. investigators identifying them as members of russia, kazakhstan and uzbekistan. the terrorists rented an apartment in an istanbul neighborhood known for its pro-isis rallies. for the very latest let's get to alexander field who is live for us in istanbul. alex? >> reporter: hi there, miguel. u.s. officials now believe this attack was organized by a well-known isis militant from the north caucus region of russia. it was carried out, turkish officials say, by the three men you mentioned. as you say, they had spent time
in syria according to officials but they had also been in istanbul it seems for at least a month. sources here telling cnn that the three men had rented an apartment where they found a passport belonging to one of the men. that was a big break in this investigation. they've been spending time at that apartment complex talking to neighbors, showing them surveillance images that were captured at the airport of the three bombers trying to determine what other information they can glean about these men and who else they may have been connected to. what else they could have potentially been planning. one woman who lives at the apartment complex said she smelled chemicals coming from the apartment over the last month. not sure what that could have. as turkish officials are believing the suicide vests were made outside of the country and brought to istanbul by the three attackers who bombed the airport behind me. the death toll up to 44 as more people succumb to their injuries. the youngest to die, just a young boy.
>> they had many arrests yesterday. is there a sense they're still sorting through neighborhoods and trying to figure out if there are any others who may be implicated in this? >> absolutely. this will be an ongoing operation. we know that turkey has been the target of terrorists increasingly. eight suicide bombings here in just the last year. officials have connected three of those bombings to isis militants. the attack at this airport has prompted a series of counterterrorism operations including raids in istanbul and the coastal city of ismir. another nine were detained from ismir. it isn't sure exactly what police are questioning these people about but it is in connection to these attacks. we'll see ongoing raids across turkey trying to find who else could be connected to a possible isis cell. this is similar to the aftermath in both brussels and paris when the attacks there launched counterterrorism officials to do
continued raids which lasted for weeks, really months actually, miguel. >> turkish security service well known for their aggressiveness. alexander field for us, thank you. a lot of new information about these attacks and the attackers. let's sort through all of this and bring in military analyst colonel cedric lleyton, a former will be of the joint chiefs of staff. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. >> so there's a lot of information about who these attackers were. these are terrorists from the former soviet states kyrgyzstan, uzbekistan and russia. why is this attack different concerning who carried it out and why do -- why are counterterrorism officials so concerned about these attackers? >> well, the fact that there is russian and former soviet union state involvement, the fact that we're talking about people who are citizens of those countries indicates that these are very hardened, battle hardened
terrorists. these folks, for example, the uzbeks have an uzbek battalion within isirks n that uzbek battalion is known for its brutality. the chechens also are known for their brutality within isirks and their willingness to really fight for isis' cause. these people are very much true believers. they are ones that are very different from the ones that took part in the paris and the brussels attacks. those were arabs from north africa. totally different mind-set. in terms of their tactical ability, certainly a very, very effective group of terrorists and that's what really concerns law enforcement officials. the efficacy of these groups and the fact they were able to bring things in that probably aided them in the istanbul attack. >> colonel, the fact this had to be directed by clearly isis in raqqah, they had to be sent there, and despite being
hardened, battle field individuals they may not have been the best fighters in the world. one of them panicked and his bomb went off. one was shot very quickly. the video we see of them is them running around an empty airport looking for targets to shoot at. it looks like it was put together in a hurry. what do you clean frglean from of information? >> one of the things interesting about this there was a lot of planning in my mind. a lot of planning went into this attack. however, you're right. once they got to the execution phase of this, that's when things started to fall apart. the fact that turkish authorities were able to stop them basically at the security perimeter, prevented a lot of other deaths. as bad as what this attack was, it's very clear it could have been much, much worse. and when you see what they were able to do, there clearly are indications these guys are not
10-foot tall. it's very clear that they are, in some ways, yes, hardened fighters, but they are also ones that have adopted some tactics and techniques that point to certain vulnerabilities within isis. that's something that can be exploited by those of us who are fighting them. >> colonel, it seems that the number of attacks of these isis either inspired attacks or isis attacks seem to be becoming more frequent. what are we gleaning from the information from each of these attacks about the m.o., the kind of attacks that are being used. we're seeing this pattern where they are attacking these vulnerable areas of airports but how do we stay one step ahead of them about what they're going to be -- what their m.o. will be next? >> that's going to be the hardest thing to do, alison because their m.o. does vary a bit. there are certain techniques. one is a kamikaze-style attack that involves detonating a bomb and then rushing the victims of
the bomb or firing at the position and then rushing in and then detonating bombs. it varies a little depending on the exact situation. what we can glean is they are using what they can to effect security checkpoints. they are finding as many crowded places they can possibly go after and that particular fact is creating a situation where there are a lot of vulnerabilities out there that are going to be very tough to actually prevent attacks like this at. so when you have a situation of this type, vigilance and intelligence are going to be the key elements here. in this particular situation, there were -- seemed to be some signs that were missed by people in the neighborhood where they stated in istanbul and also some signs that may have been missed by turkish authorities. but, of course, we don't know enough yet to know what those signs were. i can certainly guess there were some out there. >> hindsight is 20/20.
we say, if i only would have done something because i smelled that or saw that. thanks for your expertise. >> you bet. absolutely. happening now, heightened security as millions prepare to travel for the fourth of july holiday in the wake of the istanbul attack. surveillance, screening patrols all heightened in soft target areas outside tsa checkpoints. let's bring in renee marsh at washington reagan national airport. >> it's projected some 43 million people will travel this holiday. that's the most on record for the fourth of july weekend. the majority of those people will be driving but some 3 million will be flying. and after the attack in istanbul, the concern is about the soft areas, the soft target areas in airports across the country. and many airports, this is the situation. the tsa checkpoint is the first line of defense.
it leaves that other section of the airport, the perimeter, that part is very vulnerable. we heard from the department of homeland security secretary jeh johnson. passengers will notice an increase of police officers in the soft target areas of airports across the country. that includes the tsa's viper team assigned to do random bag checks, random passenger checks to prevent a terrorist attack. however, no changes have been made to the screening process for passengers. >> rene marsh in washington, thanks. a political firestorm igniting for bill clinton and attorney general loretta lynch after the two meet while the fbi investigates hillary clinton's use of e-mail as secretary of state. that's coming up. you may think you can put off checking out your medicare options until you're sixty-five,
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bill clinton and attorney general loretta lynch. lynch says the two met by chance when she and bill clinton found themselves on the same airport tarmac in phoenix, arizona. republicans say the meeting undermines confidence in the fbi investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail, but lynch, the fbi's boss, as head of the justice department, says she and bill clinton only had a social conversation about grandchildren and golf and did not talk about his wife's e-mail. the white house defending the integrity of the federal investigation as donald trump weighs in calling the meeting terrible. >> do you think that was an appropriate conversation? >> well it was shocking. it was shocking to me, but it was shocking to everybody that's saw it take place. i was so surprised to see that. it's the system. i guess it's the system. but it was very disappointing. >> both the president and the attorney general understand how important it is for the department of justice to conduct
investigations that are free of political interference. she's made clear that that's the expectation that she has for the way that this investigation should be conducted. the president has made clear that that certainly is consistent with his expectation about how this should be handled. new confurmation new jersey governor chris christie and former house speaker newt gingrich among the finalists to be donald trump's running mate. sources confirming to cnn that christie, a former trump rival, now among his strongest defenders is being officially vetted. and a trump adviser says gingrich is being seriously considered. this as trump prepares to speak this afternoon in denver at the western conservative summit. sarah palin, carly fiorina and hugh hewitt also set to be there. bernie sanders denying reports he's ready to officially endorse hillary clinton for president. vice president biden telling npr's rachel martin in an interview set to air this
weekend, i've talked to bernie. bernie is going to endorse her. this is going to work out. the democrats are coalescing even before this occurs. but sanders says, not so fast. that's just not the case. not yet, anyway. >> we are working. as we speak, we are work with the clinton campaign trying to be able to come forward and say to my supporters out there, here's the progress we have made. i hear what secretary clinton is saying on this issue and that issue. that means a whole lot to you. i hope we can reach that goal. we are not there at this moment. >> neither clinton nor sanders has any scheduled events today. the u.s. military lifting the ban on transgender people serving openly in the armed forces. defense secretary ash carter says new regulations ensure no one can be discharged or denied re-enlistment based on gender
identity. the policy will set standards for medical care will be phased in over a year. meantime, republican critics are charging the white house's pritor tiesing politics or policy. president obama getting a briefing from members of his public health team about the ongoing response to the zika virus. congress failed to pass a zika funding bill. democrats said the republican-sponsored bill was filled with a poison pill provision that would defund obamacare and planned parenthood. house republicans moving forward next week on an anti-terrorism package to block people on the terror watch list from buying guns. house speaker paul ryan outlined the legislation thursday. ryan said it will also include measures to disrupt radicalization and recruitment. the move made in an effort to preempt house democrats from holding another floor protest on gun control. the government probing tesla's auto pilot feature following a fatal crash in
florida. authorities say joshia david brown's model s tesla slammed into the side of a tractor trailer crossing the road to make a turn. the top of the vehicle and its windshield completely crushed. tesla officials say this type of crash is extremely rare, noting the auto pilot feature didn't apply the brake because it didn't pick up the white side of the tractor trailer against the bright sky. time for an early start on your money. wall street is closing the books on a wild first half of the year capped off by a volatile week of trading following the brexit vote. the dow in 2016 so far, look at that chart. in february, falling oil prices and worries about china sent the average spiraling down almost 2,000 points from where it began the year. then a rebound in the spring and a breief hiccup after the vote o leave the europe union.
a nice rally yesterday marking the third straight day of big gains and erasing that 610-point plunge from last friday. futures are down just slightly today. global markets are mixed. it's like this brexit was just this nightmare that happened where -- >> do you think it's smooth sailing ahead or -- >> i think for the -- >> i'm going to put all my money in the market now because you said that. >> short term you're okay. you're looking at central banks action to pour more liquidity in. >> uncertainty ahead in britain, though. >> yes. an american israeli girl stabbed to death as she slept in her west bank home. we're live with what happened and what the israeli prime minister is calling for now. "why are you checking your credit score?"
violent chaos in a west bank settlement as a 13-year-old israeli american girl is stabbed to death sleeping in her bedroom. the teenaged palestinian suspect gunned down by security guards following a vicious fight. cnn's oren lieberman joining us from jerusalem with the latest. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu visiting this family in kiryat in the west bank offering his condolences after an incredibly emotional day for everyone there yesterday. hundreds tuned out for the funeral of 13-year-old hallel ariel. a number of speakers there. perhaps the most powerful was this young girl's mother who cried throughout most of the speech praying that her daughter after 13 years is now sitting next to god. this started around 8:30 in the
morning. this young girl was sleeping in her bed when the idf says a palestinian teenager from a nearby village broke into the settlement, into her home and stabbed her to death in her sleep. the shock, the outs rage from all over. here is what the prime minister had to say. >> translator: the entire people identify with the horrible pain of the family. we tell the murderers you will not breakus. we will continue to act decisively and steadfastly against terror anywhere and any time. the entire world should condemn this murder just as it condemns the murd irs in istanbul and brussels in orlando and anywhere else. >> that condemnation has come in from the u.s. and uk and other places. prime minister netanyahu will revoke the permits of the members of the palestinian attacker's family and work to begin demolishing this family's home. a not uncommon procedure from authorities. >> there are a growing number of israelis who feel there's this lack of hope with the stagnation in the peace process that's
fueling this unrest. >> it's interesting you mentioned that. there was just a report that came out from the quartet which tries to push forward the peace process saying there are a number of steps that have to happen. the lack of hope on both sides in any prospect for a peace process saying that it is a two-state solution that will be the best solution but one that doesn't seem viable right now. and that solution -- that report points out problems on both sides here. israeli building in the settlements in the west bank. palestinian incitement to violence saying all of that needs to stop for these attacks to stop. it's not at the level we saw when it began in october, november, december, but occasionally, you are still seeing these attacks. there was another one this morning, an attempted attack as the prime minister was visiting this family. there was an attempted stabbing in hebron at the cave of the patriarchs. the palestinian woman attempted to stab border police officers
breaking news now. investigators revealing where the istanbul suicide bombers came from and who directed their attack. >> security increased at airports across the country as travelers head out for this fourth of july weekend. welcome back to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm alison kosik. breaking overnight, new information on the three terrorists who bombed the istanbul airport killing 44 people and injuring hundreds more. investigators identifying the men as citizens of russia, uzbekistan and kyrgyzstan. officials believe the bombers entered turkey about a month ago
from the isis stronghold of raqqah in syria bring with them the suicide vests and bombs used in the attack. the terrorists rented an apartment in an istanbul neighborhood known for its pro-isis rallies. for the very latest on the investigation, let's go to cnn's alexandra field live in istanbul. what's the latest? >> while turkish officials have identified the nationalities of the three bombers, it's u.s. officials saying the ringleader of this attack was a well-known isis militant from the northern caucus region of russia. the three men, according to sources, spent time in raqqah before coming to istanbul where they were in an apartment for a month prior to the attacks. that apartment has been the subject of an extensive investigation. it's where one of the bombers left his passport. that was a big break in the investigation for officials who have been combing that complex
looking for more information about this plot or other possible plots. we know they've been talking to neighbors and residents in that complex showing them pictures of the three bombers which were picked up off surveillance cameras here at ataturk airport. they're asking for any information about these men. one woman also telling cnn she had smelled chemicals coming from that apartment in the course of the last month since the three men arrived. however, sources saying the bombs were actually made outside of the country. counterterrorism raids have been going on since these attacks happened. the latest from turkish officials is that 22 people have been detain forward questioning. 13 people picked up here in istanbul. another nine picked up for questioning out of the coastal city of izmir. >> during these attacks, we're getting some of these videos of what was happening during the attack. and you see that there was security in place, yet these hardened terrorists just kept going. >> that's right.
what we have heard from officials here at the airport and also turkish officials is this is an airport where security was the highest priority. the security practices exceeded international standards. what you did see was some of those security measures actually being enacted in the way they were intended to. there was an undercover counterterrorism officer who approached one of the gunmen when he didn't see a gun to ask for i.d. according to the news anxiety. there's chilling cctv of the bomber then turning and firing on this plainclothes officer who tried to intercept. we also know there was a security guard who spotted one of the attackers in the departure hall as he walked across the floor armed with an ak-47. that security officer fired on the attacker who fell to the ground and detonated his suicide vest. there were people, security officials, security personnel at this airport who tried to intercept and who very well may be credited for saving more lives and from preventing this from becoming an even greater
disaster. >> that video so, so disturbing. all right, cnn's alexandra field live from istanbul, thanks. to help us sort through all the information about the attack and attackers, we want to bring in colonel cedric lleyton, a former member of the joint chiefs of staff. good morning, colonel. thank you for getting up so early for us. what are we to draw from the fact that we believe they came from raqqah but they are from russia, kyrgyzstan and uzbekist uzbekistan. what does that tell us about this particular attack? >> well, one of the key things miguel is that the mastermind, the purported mastermind is from dagg d dagastan. they're radicalized first against russia in the effort to -- russia had to defeat the chechen forces. a lot of the forces that were aligned with the fighting in
chechnya have migrated to -- into isis. so they've left russia. they've gone to syria, to iraq. the same can be said for the uzbeks. the u.s. gzbeks were primarily associated with al qaeda. they have moved also into isis' arms. so you've got this, really, this drawing point, this drawing card of different -- for different groups that have come from russia. the former soviet republics and they have become some of the key fighting elements isis has and isis can leverage into the attacks such as the one we saw in istanbul. >> but recruitment from these areas has been heavy for some time now. does it seem that counterintelligence officials were caught off guard by this one? >> that's a very interesting question because it has been well known for quite some time that russia and especially the
dagestan region. so these are well known pipelines for fighters. the problem nat you have is once these people actually get into a battle zone such as northern syria, northern iraq, it becomes very, very hard to then figure out what their movements are. in the case of ahmed chatayev. he was able to achieve refugee status in austria and use that to avoid being charged in other incident he's was allegedly involved in. these people have histories. the histories that should be tracked by intelligence agencies across national boundaries. and the question now becomes, was there a failure in that regard between countries such as russia, georgia, austria and others that could have potentially prevented this man from actually having such an influence in isis as he does today. >> if you are isirks making
decisions about where you're going to hit in raqqah, clearly they had to target turkey. turkey had been targeted before, but not in this way. not this open and obvious a way. have they just decided, turkey is now off our list of countries that's we're not going to go after hard, and have they made their life really worse? they're already losing lots of ground in iraq and syria. >> that's an interesting point, miguel. yes, i think they have made their lives worse. once you awaken a state like turkey, which has extensive, a well-trained armed forces, a very good intelligence network and certainly a hardened police force as you saw, you know, in the reporting that we've done throughout the morning, there are clear indications that they are really looking to get into turkey to declare war on turkey and actually make a statement that turkey is now, in essence,
of the enemy camp as far as isis is concerned. and because of that, isis has basically said it's fair game to go after transportation hubs in turkey, turkish political officials. so that is one of the big things that has happened here in, in essence, turkey is being drawn into the war against isis, whether it wants to be or not. >> colonel cedric lleyton, thanks very much. >> you bet. happening now, heightened security as millions prepare to travel for the fourth of july holiday weekend in the wake of the istanbul airport attacks. surveillance screening patrols all heightened in soft target areas outside secure tsa checkpoints. let's bring in rene marsh at washington's reagan national airport. >> it's projected some 43 million people will travel this holiday. that's the most on record for the fourth of july weekend. the mairjority of those people will be driving but some 3 million will be flying.
and after the attack in istanbul, the concern is about the soft areas, the soft target areas in airports across the country. and many airports, this is the situation. the tsa checkpoint is the first line of defense. it leaves that other section of the airport, the pperimeter, tht part is very vulnerable. we heard from the department of homeland security secretary jeh johnson. passengers will notice an increased presence of police officers in the soft target areas of airports across the country. that includes the tsa's viper team which is asigned to do random bag checks, random passenger checks to prevent a terrorist attack. however, no changes have been made to the screening process for passengers. back to you guys. >> thanks to rene marsh for that. joe biden says bernie sanders is finally ready to endorse hillary clinton for president, but is he really? that's next. "ow..."
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welcome back. a new storm brewing for the clinton presidential campaign over a meeting this week between bill clinton and attorney general loretta lynch. lynch says the two met by chance when she and bill clinton found themselves on the same airport tarmac in phoenix. republicans say the meeting undermines confidence in the fbi investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail. but lynch, the fbi's boss, as head of the justice department, says she and bill clinton had only a social conversation about grandchildren and golf. and did not talk about his wife's e-mail. the white house defending the integrity of the federal investigation as donald trump weighs in calling the meeting terrible. >> do you think that was an appropriate conversation? >> well, it was shocking. it was shocking to me, but it was shocking to everybody that saw it take place.
i was so surprised to see that. it's the system. i guess it's the system. but it was very disappointing. >> both the president and the attorney general understand how important it is for the department of justice to conduct investigations that are free of political interference. she's made clear that that's the expectation that she has for the way that this investigation should be conducted. the president has made clear that that certainly is consistent with his expectation about how this should be handled. >> new confirmation this morning new jersey governor chris christie n former house speaker newt gingrich among the finalists to be donald trump's running mates. sources confirming that christie, a former trump rival, now one of his strongest defenders is being officially vetted. and gingrich is being, quote, seriously considered. this as trump prepares to speak this afternoon in denver at the western conservative summit. sarah palin, carly fiorina and
hugh hewitt also set to be there. bernie sanders denying reports that he's ready to officially endorse hillary clinton for president. vice president biden telling npr's rachel martin in an interview set to air this weekend, i've talked to bernie. bernie's going to endorse her. this is going to work out. the democrats are coalescing even before this occurs. but sanders says, that's just not the case, not yet anyway. >> we are working. as we speak, we are working with the clinton campaign trying to be able to come forward and say to my supporters out there, you know what? here's the progress we have made. i hear what secretary clinton is saying on this issue and that issue. that means a whole lot to you. so i hope we can reach that goal. we are not there at this moment. >> sanders and clinton are taking the day off from any scheduled campaign events today. the u.s. military lifting the ban of transgender people serving openly in the armed
forces. ash carter says new regulations will ensure no one can be discharged or denied re-enlistment based on gender identity. the policy which will allow members to transition gender while serving and will set standards for medical care will be phased in over a year. meantime, republican critics are charging the white house is, quote, prioritizing politics over policy. president obama this morning getting a briefing from members of his public health team about the ongoing response to the zika virus. the move comes after congress this week failed to pass a zika funding bill. democrats said the republican-sponsored bill was filled with poison pill provisions that would defund obamacare and planned parenthood. house republicans moving forward next week on anti-terrorism package to block people on the terror watch list from buying guns. house speaker paul ryan outlined the legislation thursday. ryan said it will also include measures to disrupt radicalization and recruitment.
the move made in an effort to preempt house democrats from holding another floor protest on gun control. the government now probing tesla's auto pilot feature following a fatal crash in florida. joshua david brown's 2015 model s tesla slammed into the side of a tractor trailer crossing the road to make a turn. the top of the vehicle and the windshield completely crushed. tesla officials say this type of crash is extremely rare noting the auto pilot feature did not apply the brake because it didn't pick up the white side of the tractor trailer against the bright sky. crazy. federal regulators are warning more than 300,000 honda and acura owners to immediately stop driving their cars until their takata air bags are replaced. the national highway traffic safety administration says new tests show the air bags at issue have a 50% chance of exploding
when deployed in an accident. compared to a 1% chance for other air bags. they warn that could kill or injure drivers and passengers. cars in humid regions of the country like cars in texas and florida and the gulf coast may be at an even higher risk. so here are the models affected. you can find this list at cnn money and on the national highway traffic administration witness. honda has the replacement parts to fix all of the 300,000 cars covered by this alert. almost 70 million vehicles with takata air bags are being recalled. they've caused ten deaths in the u.s. the stock market is riding a nice brexit bounce following huge losses right after the vote. but even if you don't own stocks you might benefit from the volatility. i'll tell you why when we get an early start on your money, next.
happening now -- new twist in the brexit saga this morning as the race to succeed david cameron takes a surprising turn. former london mayor boris johnson considered the favorite after heading the successful leave campaign. dropped an absolute bombshell on thursday announcing he is not tossing his hat into the ring. that sets up a face-off and their differing views on the country's withdrawal from the european union. we're going to bring in isa suarez in london with the latest. can you even keep up with the latest? >> it is quite hard. the last 24 hours, the last two weeks, in fact, have been something none of us can believe full of high drama and intrigue. a bit similar to a shakespearean play or what some are calling
now game of thrones, the real game of thrones. what we've seen in the last 24 hours in particular have been shocking. like you said, we have heard that michael gove, who was, if you remember, he was the right-hand man to boris johnson, the former mayor of london, then were the ones really leading the exit, the brexit campaign as it's known. all along, michael gove has said i'm not equipped to be prime minister. i do not want to be prime minister. yet yesterday, the major shock to everyone, including us, he said he did want to be prime minister and he wanted to put his hat in the ring. i'm going to tell you why. he says events since last thursday have weighed heavily with me but i've come reluctantly to the conclusion th that boris cannot lead the leadership. his friend pretty much betraying him. many people came out expecting
him to put the hat in the ring and said that he will not be putting -- really going for the role of prime minister. he didn't give a reason for it. he basically said he didn't want to go for it given the circumstances. so you start to get an idea of how deeply divided this country will be and how bitter it has been. hence why we're getting headlines like that and that of midnight treachery. this is how one paper called it. this other one calls it brex cuted. you'll see it here. brexicuted. a bloodbath from the conservative party. and finally this one, a tory day of treachery. one person that gained from all of this, you were mentioning, is another candidate throwing a hat in the ring. that to theresa may. so much division between gove and johnson, what we have is may really coming out strong and getting a lot of support from many of the tory mps. >> oh, it just gets more and more interesting over there.
and the last having its own issues. thank you very much for getting us through that. really appreciate it. >> so many headlines. >> my goodness. let's get an early start on your monday. dow futures are slightly lower as investors start the month of july and the third quarter. investors seem to be taking a bit of a breather after a huge three-day winning streak of almost 800 points of a gain for the dow. stock markets in europe are rising. shares in asia finishing mostly higher. we're seeing oil prices slipping. if you missed out on the big stock market gains, there's still a way to cash in. mortgage rates hit a three-year low this week. the average is at 3.48%. a year ago it was 4%. the 15-year fixed stands at 2.78%. that's a popular refinancing tool. everybody wants to know what's behind the drop in mortgage rates? investors have been rushing into the safety of treasury bonds, especially the ten-year.
that causes the yield to fall and mortgage rates are tied to those yields. even better news, the brexit vote took a fed rate hike this summer off the table so rates should stay low for the next few months at the very least. it's once again part of the reason you're seeing this rally happen. >> time to buy a house is what you're saying. >> go for it. "early start" continues right now. new information toer information on the suicide bombers behind the istanbul attack. where they came from and who gave them their orders. >> and terror fears at the airport prompting briefed up security across the country as travelers head out for this fourth of july weekend. >> good morning. welcome to "early start." breaking overnight, new information on the three terrorists w