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opportunity. >> you can vote for brad or any of the favorite top ten heroes at cnnheroes.com. that's it for us. thank you for watching. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. details about the somali refugee who went on a stabbing spree at ohio state. will his final facebook posts conclude this was an act of terrorism. donald trump's overnight twitter rant. the issue this time? the journalists looking for fraud. and wildfires burning out of control in tennessee. the dollywood theme park on high alert as the flames get closer
and closer. good morning. welcome to kw"early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. we have new developments overnight in the stabbing spree at ohio state. was it inspired by international terror groups. investigators are examining the facebook posts by the somali immigrants who conducted the attacks. he said he was sick and tired of seeing fellow muslims mistreated. he was shot and killed by a university police officer. this was the 911 call after the attack. >> honda civic came out and ran through the crowd and came out with a knife. he was running down. oh, my god. >> cnn's pamela brown is in columbus with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. we are learning more about the suspect. 18-year-old abdul artan.
he slammed his car into the crowd at ohio state university and came out and slashing people with a large knife. he was a student at the university and just before he launched this attack, officials tell us he posted on his facebook page and went on an anti-american rant and grievances of muslims attacked all over the world. he went on america stop interfering with other countries. my brothers and sisters, i am sick and tired of seeing my brothers and sisters killed and tortured everywhere. he said every single muslim who disapproves my action is a sleeper cell waiting for a signal. i'm warning you, america. officials are going through all of his electronic media arn tnd talking to his friends. they have not determined a motive, but terrorism is a possibility.
we know he spoke to the local newspaper at the university last year and he talked about feeling uncomfortable showing his pus limb faith on campus. his mother says he never spoke to her about that. he was a good kid. the only thing he complained about was grades at the university. still a lot to learn. we know he was born in somalia and came to the united states as a permanent resident legally. investigators still determining why. >> pamela brown, thank you. the senior official in the obama administration says abdul razak ali artan went through the most strengict process possible screening. artan and his family were cro cross-checked before being ruled out. if artan was radicalized, investigators believe it happened after he arrived in the u.s. new this morning,
president-elect trump attacking cnn for questioning his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. trump sharing tweets who is going after our senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny. zeleny reported there was no proof of voter fraud. one of trump's retweets from a 16-year-old arguing there is no evidence arguing that trump did not suffer from voter fraud. notice the double negative. and another goes after zeleny who is a part-time want-to-be journalist. full-time journalist here. still working is what zeleny responded. >> a full day of meetings for donald trump. on monday, mike pence spent time with his boss and he said expect big developments today. >> before being back at it first thing in the morning and a
number of important announcements. >> one of the announcements could be the pick for health and human services pick. he has chosen tom price of georgia. price is an orthopedic surgeon. he believes regulatory burdens against medical professionals are the real reason for soaring health care costs. the most watched moment of the day. president-elect trump will have dinner with mitt romney. the 2012 republican nominee is a leading contender for the secretary of state job despite the loud public protests of those who work for trump. loyalists are outraged that romney is considered given he tried to derail donald trump's campaign. this dinner will be private. president-elect trump is irritated with kellyanne conway for attacking mitt romney. it may be hard to tell. sources say he is angry over the
public criticism of romney. romney is considered for secretary of state. romney says there is nothing further from the truth. kellyanne conway said the president-elect along with his comments. thank you for the privilege of a lifetime. and bob corker of tennessee and mike mccall of texas pete with trump today. mccall chair of the house homeland security committee. he is up to be the secretary of state or maybe to be there to consult with the chairs of the committees. and president-elect trump tweeting he was impressed with david petraeus. petros petraeus is seen as a compromise pick over mitt romney and rudy giuliani. some republicans believe petraeus should be disqualified for shares classified information with his biographer.
>> how did the meeting go? >> the meeting went well. with him for an hour. he basically walked us around the world. showed a great grasp of the variety of challenges and opportunities as well. very good conversation. we will see where it goes from here. >> petraeus was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2015. he is on probation. he agreed to a plea deal to give him a sense of two years probation. and jill stein is defending her effort to recount the votes in three states. wisconsin recount begins on thursday assuming she puts up the money today. stein will push the recounts in michigan and pennsylvania. she concedes it is unlikely the outcome will change, but unless we look. we will never know. >> we have predictors that if tampering took place, it would
happen in the three states we are looking. like if you get in the airplan, you don't want the evidence the airplane has a problem and you have a back-up system. >> she will ask for a recount in michigan on wednesday. the holiday shopping season is off to a hot start. cyber monday surpasses black friday for the biggest sales day ever. americans spent $3.4 billion. up 10% from last year. $1.2 billion spent on mobile devic devices. americans dropped a cool $9.3 billion over the weekend. that's enough money to take every person in the u.s. out to dinner. >> with appetizers? >> yes. not a lot of drinks. toys for kids.
lego sets. shopkins and nerf and samsung products. >> those are toys for grown ups. >> exactly. plane carrying a brazilian soccer team has crashed in colombia. officials are calling this a tragedy of huge proportions, but there are reports of survivors. we have the latest information when "early start" continues.
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breaking news this morning. look at this. wildfires in tennessee are burning out of control. 30 buildings in gatlinburg have been ctorched. officials are ordering everyone to evacuate. residents in pigeon forge are trying to get out. the flames are getting close to the property of dollywood. firefighters are on stand by at the park this morning.
no repor of fatalities. breaking news from colombia. a plane carrying 72 passengers crashed on approach to the airport in medellen. we want to get the latest from rafael romo. >> reporter: john, we know a plane carrying 72 passengers with the members of the brazilian soccer team crashed south of medellen, colombia. the plane declared an emergency related to an electrical failure on board. at that point, the plane was a few minutes away from landing at the medellen international airport. there are five survivors, including one member of the team. the search and rescue efforts are under way. the mayor. medellin says there are saying
there are searching for survivors. we are talking high altitude. they were on the way to play game one of two in the south american cup. the match was to be held on wednesday. john, back to you. >> rafael, thank you. we will keep on top of that story. kcubans are waiting in line to pay respects to fidel castro at revolution square in havana. today, cubans will salute the dictator with hourly cannon firings and a mass rally in the revolution square. raul castro declared a nine-day mourning period. his ashes will be taken to the city where he launched the cuban revolution. and in south carolina, michael slager is expected to
testify in his own defense today. slager is shortaged wi shooting as he fled a traffic stop last year. this case could go to the jury later this week. slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted. a federal judge approved a motion by defendant dylann roof to defend himself at trial. he is accused of killing nine people in south carolina at a church. he was declared competee ppeten stand trial. the judge ruled that roof can object to any jurors he feels are not fit to decide his fate. if convicted, he faces the death penalty. remarkable to think of him standing if front of the courtroom with survivors and actually questioning them. some said it is a revictimization or shows incredible narcissism. it is his right.
>> indeed. the governor of north dakota issuing an order to evacuate the area with thousands of people protesting the dakota access pipeline. they have been camped out for months. the governor says the order will stay in place indefinitely. officials will not use law enforcement to enforce this. anyone who does not comply, does so at their own risk. thousands of civilians fleeing aleppo as forces rapidly advance on that city. helpless trapped citizens shelled as they try to escape the carnage. we have a live report. "credit karma, why are you checking your credit score?"
new this morning, syria on the brink. rebel fighters lost control of the eastern aleppo to forces. thousands of civilian s fleeing with hundreds killed. cnn's nick paton walsh with the latest from aleppo. >> reporter: john, if this does continue at the pace it seems to be where the syrian regime advancing to the shell of the city where the u.n. suggests 200,000 people are trying to eek out life. this is something we have not seen since isis controlled last areas of territory. it is the key part of the urban territory here. they held out from sieges and air strikes and food shortages and now seen the remaining bombed out of existence.
it is appears with the militia backing them up and cutting that territory in half and it seems the northern part they managed to split in two is falling into regime hands. questions about what happened to the civilians. obviously the history of this bodes badly for men who may find themselves in the regime hands with execution or torture and we hear tens of thousands fleeing. some walking kilometers on foot. this humanitarian crisis may just beginning. outside world or western world powerless to stop and is one of the most chilling moments we have seen in the already horrifying war. >> relentless months of attack. thanks, nick. investigators are trying to
determine what killed three elderly people at a thanksgiving dinner in california. at least eight others became ill after eating a meal prepared by the golden hills church in contra county. public health officials say it appears they contracted an illness. some workers are planning to join the picket line at o'hare and joining other airports across the united states as a national day of disruption. they are disputing and want a rate hike of $15 an hour. a hopeful development in the region where wildfires are spreading. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> john and christine, here comes the rainfall. notice the elongated feature with alabama and georgia and
tennessee and areas of western north carolina. i want to highlight the regions which are hard hit with wildfires. notice the heavy rainfall is farther south. this is not the only wet weather pattern we are expecting over the next couple days. the front will skirt on and bring in more beneficial rainfall across the southeast. another disturb aance across th region. not done with it yet. the second round can bring in the heavy rains where we need it in western tennessee and north carolina with 4 to 6 inches could come down. a severe weather element in tupelo and jackson and baton rouge with high winds and hail. it is an enhanced risk of a tornado. the temperatures will cool off and bring you back down into the 50s in the south. guys. >> pedram, thank you. the bloody rampage at the
new details about the somali refugee who went on a stabbing spree at ohio state. will the suspect's final facebook post lead to investigators conclude this was an act of terrorism? donald trump, the president-elect, tweeting up a storm. we will tell you why he is now targeting cnn again. wildfires burning out of control in tennessee. cities ordered to evacuate. the dollywood theme park on high ale alert. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans.
it is 30 minutes past the hour. was it an act of terrorism? this morning, investigators are examining the facebook posts of abdul razak ali artan. the somali immigrant who carried out a mass stabbing attack on the campus of ohio state university. he was a student at universiohi and complained online saying sick and tired of seeing fellow muslims being targeted. listen to the 911. >> the guy in the honda civic came out and running through the crowd. oh, my god. >> cnn's pamela brown is in columbus with more on the attack and investigation. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. we are learning more about the suspect. 18-year-old abdul artan. he plowed his car through the
crowd at the ohio state university and started slashing people with the large knife. he was a student at ohio state and before launching the attack, he posted on the facebook page and went on an anti-american rant. and aired grievances about muslims attacked all over the world. he said stop interfering with other countries. he says my brothers and sisters, i am sick and tired of seeing my brothers and sisters killed and tortured everywhere. in the post, he says every single muslim who disapproves of my action is a sleeper cell waiting for a signal. i am warning you america. investigators are reviewing the post and going through his other electronic media talking to his friends and family. investigators are not come out and said they have determined a motive, but certainly said terrorism is a possibility. we know he spoke to the local newspaper at the university last
year. he talked about feeling uncomfortable showing his muslim faith on campus. his mother says he never spoke about that. he was a good kid. the only thing he complained about was grades at the university. he was born in somalia and came to the united states in 2014 as a legal permanent resident. investigators still determining the why. john and christine. >> pamela, thank you. a senior official in the obama administration tells cnn the attacker went through the most strict screening possible before granted a green card. this process took more than two years. in addition to a face-to-physiciface-to-face interview, they were cross-checked against ougall u. databases. if the attacker was radicalized, investigators believe it happened after he arrived in the united states. president-elect trump
criticizing cnn on twitter for cnn reports questioning the president-elect's claims of voter fraud. donald trump is sharing tweets of reporters and going after jeff zeleny. zeleny said there was no proof of voter fraud. one retweet is from a 16-year-old calling zeleny pathetic. arguing that he did not suffer from voter fraud. another retweet goes after zeleny. jeff responded to trump with this. good evening. been looking for examples of voter fraud. send our way. full-time journalists still working. the president-elect is planning a full day of meetings today. according to the vice president-elect, we could expect big developments. >> look forward to being back at it first things in the morning. a number of important announcements tomorrow. >> one of the important announcements could be donald trump's pick for secretary of health and human services.
a source telling cnn the president-elect picked six-term congress member tom price of georgia. the congress member believes regulatory burdens and lawsuits against medical professionals are the reason for soaring health care costs. donald trump has dinner plans. he will break bread with mitt romney. the 2012 nominee is a contender for secretary of state. that has many trump loyalists up in arms since romney tried to scuttle the white house bid. leading the charge against mitt romney, kellyanne conway. sources tell cnn that trump is angry about conway's public criticism about romney. conway says nothing is further from the proof. she tweeted this picture. trump and i working hard tonight. senator bob corker of
tennessee and michael mccaul will meet with president-elect today. up for secretary of state and mccaul up for homeland security? we don't know. both members could just be there meeting with donald trump to offer their advice. president-elect trump tweeted he was impressed with david petraeus after interviewing him for the top job at the state. he is the top pick among divisions within team trump over mitt romney and rudy giuliani. some believe petraeus should be disqualified for sharing classified information. >> how did the meeting go? >> meeting went well. was with him for about an hour. he walked us around the world. showed a great grasp of a number of challenges out there and some of the opportunities as well. so very good conversation. we will see where it goes from
here. >> petraeus was convicted of a miss demeanor in 2013. he agreed to a plea deal. green party candidate jill stein defending her effort to recount in three states. the wisconsin recount should happen thursday if she puts up the money. she concedes it is unlikely the election results will change, but tells anderson cooper, unless we look, we will never know. >> what we have are predictors if tampering took place that it would be most likely to be discovered in the three states where we are looking. it is like when you get into an airplane and you do not want to have evidence that the airplane is rapidly losing altitude before you create a back-up system to be sure that your airplane has a safety net. >> stein's campaign is looking for a recount in michigan on wednesday and looking to
organization to get petitions to get another started in pennsylvania. a group of forecasters predict faster economic growth once donald trump takes office. that could be reversed if he pursues the anti-trade agenda. a new oec report shows the economy growing at a 2.3% annual rate. that is up from the forecast before the election and up from the current rate of 1.7%. it expects gdp to rise to 3% in 2018. donald trump said he can achieve 4% growth and thinks he can hit 5%. bill clinton was president the last time 4% was the growth. the forecasters say much of the added growth would be wiped out if trump imposes tariffs and stricter trade policies. there are two market forces to hinder. the u.s. dollar jumped 4% since the election. nearing a 13-year high. that could hurt manufacturing. it makes american goods more
expensive overseas. the ten-year treasury note surged. that makes borrowing money for expensi expensive. a plane carrying a brazilian soccer club has crashed in colombia. officials calling this a tragedy. we are getting reports of survivors. we'll have the very latest when "early start" continues. if you have medicare
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them closer. firefighters are on stand by at the theme park this morning. so far, no reports of any fatalities and a handful of injuries and burns. breaking news out of colombia. a plane carrying 72 passengers crashed on approach to the medellin airport. members of the brazilian soccer team on board. we have more from cnn's rafael romo. >> reporter: christine, it is amazing we can talk about survivors. especially when you see the scenes from the crash site. as the colombian civil aviation department claimed six people survived of the crash. two are crew members. three are players. one is a member of the media traveling with the team. the plane carrying 72 passengers, including members of the soccer team from southern brazil and nine crew members crashed southeast of the city of medellin, colombia.
10:00 p.m., the plane declared an emergency. at that point, the plane was a few minutes from landing at the medellin international airport. the flight originated in bolivia. access to the site of the accident is not easy. we are talking about rugged mountains and high altitude. they were on the way to play game one of two in the south american cup. match to be held on wednesday in medellin and the second match in brazil on december 2nd. thank you, rafael. cubans are remembering fidel castro this morning. tens of thousands waited in line to pay respects at revolution square in havana. he will be honored with hourly
canynon firings. fidel castro's ashes will be taken to a final resting place in santiago. and former police officer michael slager on trial for murder in south carolina. he is expected to testify in his own defense today. he is charged with shooting walter scott as scott fled the traffic stop. the murder case could go to the jury later this week. slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted. a federal judge approved a motion by defendant dylann roof to represent himself at trial. he is accused of killing nine people at a church in charleston, south carolina last year. he was declared competent last week to stand trial. jury selection in the case resumed on monday. the judge ruled that roof can object to any potential juror he feels are not fit to decide his fate. if convicted, he faces the death
penalty. >> so painful. the governor of north dakota is issuing an order to evacuate the area where thousands of people protesting the dakota access pipeline have been camped out for months. the governor says the order will stay in place indefinitely. state officials will not use law i enforcement or national guard to enforce the order. all right. it may be difficult to score an uber in cities today. hundreds of drivers set to protest. demanding higher pay. we will check the cnn money stream next.
latest offensive. cnn's nick paton walsh has the latest from london. >> reporter: we know in the past hour, 25 people killed from an air strike that hit one of the rebel held areas. this is part of the daily pattern. this area has been bombarded daily and deprived of food and all hospitals because of the intense bombardment. the ground forces, syrian regime with iranian backing them up and possibly russians too moved through the eastern aleppo area. splitting in two. they are concentrating fire power on the north. perhaps 20% maybe in the area. maybe in their control. we hear of tens of thousands of people fleeing in different directions. stories of families walking 9 kilometers on foot to safety. christine, this is a key turning point in the syrian civil war.
five years old now. we have not seen an urban hold. it may become more broadly under regime control in the weeks ahead. that will spell a turning point for the syrian revolution. the conflict now with the main strong hold of rebels in the area. the commercial hub of syria is now a bombed out shell of a city. 200,000 civilians hiding there. they will be looking for safety. they will fear regime forces with the track record of torture. it is something the world has seen coming for months. power lessing stadiless to stop. >> civilians. we cannot say that enough. there are civilians caught there. >> reporter: yes. we simply don't know. the u.n. estimate 200,000. they are short of food and been under intense bombardment.
they probably don't trust any safe passage offered to them. this is an unprecedented moment of urban warfare to come to a large population so deprived and trapped. if the regime takes this eastern half of the city, that will spell change of the syrian rebel movement. christine. >> nick, thank you. investigators are trying to determine what killed three elderly people at a thanksgiving dinner in california. eight others became ill after the dinner at the church in contra costa. public health officials say it appears they caught a foodbourne illness. hundreds plan to strike today at o'hare. janitors and cabin cleaners joining workers from 20 other airports across the u.s. as part of the national day of disruption.
they are fighting for a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. rain moving into the drought stricken part of the southeast where wildfires are spreading. let's get the latest from meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> john and christine, a long time coming when you think about 40 to 60 consecutive days without rainfall. the rain has been coming down in earnest and closer perspective, i want to highlight the largest wildfires in western north carolina and recently in eastern tennessee near gatlinburg across the smokey mountain region. it is not off the charts as far as heavy rainfall. that is good when you are drought stricken. you notice the rainfall moves off to the east. we could get a second band of moisture that develops and the models have done a consistent job with more rainfall on tuesday going into wednesday, but of course, heavy rain can move into eastern tennessee and
western north carolina. precisely where the fires are the most destructive point and it could be beneficial with additional rainfall across the region. the severe weather risk is in place back out toward the west around mississippi into northwestern alabama. the highest concern is going to be for damaging winds and hail. a few isolated tornadoes possible. guys. pedram, thank you. let's get a check on cnn money stream. dow futures with a rebound. the average break after the four-day win streak on monday. the russell 2,000 snapped the longest winning streak in two years. you can blame volatile oil prices for the selling. opec meets tomorrow to discuss the production freeze to boost prices. that means stock markets are lower in europe and asia. asia trading mixed right now. let's keep an eye on the stock. it is up again in free market. that is after time rejected the
$1.8 billion buyout. time inc declined to comment on speculation. it is a sign of hope for the company that runs "time" magazine and "sports illustrated." it has yet to post overall revenue gains since the spinoff. y uber drivers are fighting for $15 an hour. they will take part in broader protests. in san francisco, drivers are planning to march at airport with signs. others will idle cars or march with low wage workers. the company has previously said many drivers make more than $19 an hour. some complain that uber's aggressive fare cuts make it harder to scrape by. uber drivers are considered contractors. they are not entitled to sick
pay or overtime pay. "early start" continues right now. this morning, cnn learning more about the somali refugee behind a stab bing spree at ohio state. his final facebook post could point investigators to terrorism. donald trump tweeting up a storm. why the president-elect is targeting cnn or again targeting cnn. entire cities evacuated. wildfire burning out of control in tennessee. now the flames are heading toward a tourist attraction. good morning. i'm john berman. this is "early start." >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. investigators are examining the facebook posts of abdul razak ali artan. he is the somali immigrant who carried out the stabbing attack on ohio state university. he was a student at ohio state who complained online he was
sick and tired of seeing fellow muslims mistreated. he was shot and killed by a campus police officer after wounding 11 people. listen to the 911 call moments after the attack. >> the guy in the honda civic came out and raun throun throug crowd and jumped out of his car with a knife. he was running down woodruff. >> cnn's pamela brown is in columbus with more on the investigation. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. we are learning more about the suspect. 18-year-old abdul artan. he plowed his speeding car into the crowd at the ohio state university. he came out and started slashing people with a large knife. officials say he was a student at the university and just before he launched attack, officials tell us he posted on his facebook page and went on an anti-american rant and grie
grievances about being attacked. he went on to say i am sick and tired of seeing my fellow muslim brothers and sisters of being killed and tortured everywhere. everyone who disapproves of my action, is a waiting sleeper cell. officials are going through his electronic media and talking to his friends and his family. investigators have not come out and said they have determined a motive. certainly they said terrorism is a possibility. we know that he spoke to the local newspaper at the university last year. he talked about feeling uncomfortable showing his muslim faith on campus. his mother says that he never spoke to her about that. he was a good kid. the only thing he complained about were his grades at the university. still a lot to learn. he was born in somalia. came to the united states in 2014