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president-elect trump widens his search for cabinet picks again. could the coo of exxon mobile be the frontrunner for the top job at the state department? the death toll rising in oakland. now the city wants to know if the deadliest fire was caused by a criminal act? a mistrial in the case of the cop who shot an unarmed black man in the back. good morning. welcome to "early start."
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i'm alison kosik. >> i'm john berman. it is tuesday, december 6th. it is 4:00 a.m. on the east coast. do you know where your next secretary of state is? exxon ceo rex tilerson is on the growing list under consideration for secretary of state. also paying a visit is radio host laura ingraham. then the next stop on the thank you tour in north carolina. this follows announcements and meetings on monday. for the latest, let's bring in sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: president-elect trump making big decisions in terms of his cabinet. formally nominating ben carson as secretary of housing and urban development. as he moves to make key decisions on the cabinet posts, others seem to take a step back.
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we knew according to sources, donald trump settled on four finalists for the secretary of state job. now we know according to sources that donald trump is looking for more candidates. now looking at people like former utah governor jon huntsman and rex tilman who will be at trump tower. also senator joe manchin from v west virginia. he told our sources he is looking to schedule a meeting with trump at some point this week. donald trump holding a very intriguing meeting on monday here at trump tower with former vice president al gore. we know he was supposed to sit down with his daughter, ivanka trump to talk about climate change. that got expanded to include president-elect trump. here is al gore. >> the bulk of that time was
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with donald trump. i found an interesting conversation. to be continued. i'm just going to leave it at that. >> reporter: gore later on saying this was an attempt to find common ground. they have not always seen eye to eye. john and alison. >> sunlen serfaty, thanks. trump's meetings have party lead are ers concerned. democrats are leaning on manchin. if trump picks one or both for the cabinet, it would increase dp domination of the senate. manchin has to make sure he is doing the best he can for his state. he says no specifics have been discussed so far with team trump. >> very encouraging talk. we talked about my state of west
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virginia and the country as a whole. productive talk. >> who you take department of energy if offered? >> we have not talked about that. i'm sure there will be later this week or some time we will meet. and two more stops this week on donald trump's thank you tour. on thursday, he goes to des moin moines. on friday, he goes to grand rapids, michigan. new york city is sending taxpayers the bill for the cost of protecting the president-elect and his family. mayor de blasio is seeking $35 million in reimbursement for overtime and expenses for safeguarding trump and trump tower through inauguration day. that comes to about $500,000 a day. the good news is that figure is about half the city's cost estimate from last month. the story may have been b bogus, but the bullets not.
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the man firing an assault rifle in the washington, d.c. pizza place. edgar welsh was there to investigate a fake, made up story about hillary clinton operating a child s sex-trafficking ring. pamela brown has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john. the suspect who walked into comic ping pong in d.c. armed with three guns will appear in court and remains behind bars. what took him there is bizarre. according to the criminal complaint. he told officers he went to the pizza restaurant from north carolina to self investigate something he read online. that there was a sex ring tied to the clintons and john podesta, the campaign chairman operating out of this restaurant. this was a completely baseless claim. there was no truth to it. the owner of the restaurant has denied it consistently.
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for the suspect, he clearly believed it may be true. he told police he went to make sure there were no child sex slaves at the restaurant. he said he brought his weapons with him in order to protect the victims. he was arrested after a confrontation with the employees. officials say he brandished his weapon and pointed it at an employee and fired off three rounds. no one was injured. clearly this is something that shook up a lot of the people in the restaurant, including families. i spoke to one witness there with his three daughters and wife. he said they quickly shuffled out. the incident shows fake news stories can have real life consequences. that did not stop people online to spread the conspiracy theory. in fact, a person tied to the trump transition team tweeted out until pizzagate proven to be false, it will remain a story.
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the left forgets the podemjohn podesta e-mails. he is the son of the national security advisor general michael flynn. we reached out to the trump transition team about this, but so far no comment. john and alison. >> thank you, pamela brown. the vice president, joe biden, may not be riding off into the sunset following the visit to the senate. he was asked about his plans for what he would do after leaving office in january. listen. >> will you run again? >> yeah. i'm going to run in 2020. >> for what? >> for president. [ laughter ] >> what the hell, man. >> we're going to run with that, sir. you dropped that. >> that's okay. no, i enjoyed every minute of my time here in the senate. >> were you kidding about running for president in 2020?
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>> i'm not committing not to run. i'm not committing to anything. i learned a long time ago. >> all right. so joe biden turns 78 shortly after the 2020 election. he would become the oldest sitting president ever if he ran and won. here as i questiis a questi. is it possible for trump to tax u.s. companies that move jobs to mexico. the short answer is yes. but tariffs are used for products, not companies. trump could ask congress to do it or if he wants to avoid congress, he has to go through four steps. announce an investigation into the company for dumping cheaper products in the american market. wilbur ross would likely be approved. then the trade commission would have to prove the company is causing harm by dumping its goods on u.s. shores. that's never happened to a
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specific company. if trump did get that approval, he could slap a tariff on all goods coming into the u.s. bottom line here, slapping tariffs is possible, but it is complicated. a difficult thing to do. >> a lot easier to ask for congressional support which he doesn't have across the board. >> looks like it is easier to tweet. up next, new developments in the oakland warehouse fire. why investigators had the building on the radar long before it went up in flames. and a mistrial for a former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man. why the family of the man shot is not about to give up hope.
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there's heightened security in los angeles this morning after a tip of a bombing plot of the universal train station. the information came from a tip line operated by a foreign
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government. commuters in l.a. are told to expect an increase presence of uniformed police this morning and k-9 units looking for explosives. investigators are looking through the wreckage of the oakland building fire. officials are trying to determine what caused the building to go up in flames. prosecutors say it is too early to speculate on criminal charges. they promise to leave no stone unturned. dan simon has more. >> reporter: many have been identified, but some will require scientific methods for identification. i want to show you what it looks like a block away. the makeshift memorial where people have come by to pay respects to those who die. there are still so many questions of how this fire started and why people wanted to live in the warehouse. this is what the mayor had to say about the investigation. >> the permitted use of that
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building was as a warehouse. not a legally permitted as a living space, residence or event space. >> reporter: still no theory about a cause. investigators think they know where the fire started. so hopefully that will lead to clues. as for the residents, one person told me that she viewed this community like a church. a way for people to come together and draw inspiration for art projects. that will be a big part of the investigation. why people were living in that warehouse. the main focus is on the victims and possible recovery of additional bodies. john and alison. >> dan, thanks. the owner of the pulse nightclub in orlando has abandoned plans to sell the property. it is the scene of the mass shooting this year. the owner was set to sell it to the city to turn it into a memorial for the victims. on monday, she changed her plans
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and said she will work with the community to transform the space into a sanctuary of hope. mistrial declared in the michael slager case. the jury was unable to come to a yunanimous decision by the jury. let's get the latest from nick valencia. >> reporter: after more than five weeks and days of deliberation, it was monday afternoon that the jurors said they were unable to reach unanimous verdict on whether or not to convict michael slager of first-degree murder. for those in support of the scott family, this was a surprise. however, some expected a mistrial. we got indication there was one lone juror who said under good conscience, he could not convict slager of first-degree murder. today, we learned a majority of the jurors were still undecided.
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there was enough reasonable doubt cast by the slager defense in the case of the state for the jury pool to be deadlocked. it was the makeup of the jury pool. 11 of the jurors were white. six white men. five white women. one african-american. the foreman in the jury pool. on monday afternoon, at a press conference, the scott family did not focus on that. choosing to take a relidgious tone tone. in a retrial, they believed they could get a conviction against slager. >> absolutely. justice hasn't been served yet. we have more chances. we're coming back. >> reporter: we should mention michael slager is scheduled to face federal civil rights charges some time in early 2017. john and alison. >> nick, thank you. pennsylvania judge ruling bill cosby's own words can be used against him at the criminal sex assault trial.
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in a deposition testimony from 2005 civil case, cosby admits to having extramarital affairs and giving women drugs without consent to have sex with them. the 79-year-old is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting andrea constand. do dozens of other women have accused cosby of sexual misconduct. the race for governor of north carolina is finally over. republican governor pat mccrory conceded the race to roy cooper. mccrory demanded a recount, but now said it is time to celebrate the democratic process and help pledging to make it a smooth transition. the cooper campaign will hold a victory rally. and russian forces teaming with syrian troops to win back the city from rebel fighters. now they are trying to win the
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hearts and minds of the syrian people. a live report ahead. whatcha' doin?
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this morning, aleppo is on the verge of falling back into the hands of the syrian government. russian forces are now in a more visible role alongside the syrian troops. they are launching an aid campaign. we have the latest live from istanbul with muhammad lila. >> reporter: good morning, john. russians are making a public show of the support inviting the media to look at the aid convoys
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to the eastern part of the city. according to the syrian army, as well as cnn's team on the ground, more than half of the eastern aleppo has been retain by the syrian government. there is a very real fear that the entire city could fall within the next coming days. if that does happen, it will essentially rip out the hearts of the anti-assad rebellion. none of this could happen without russian support. russia saying one of the mobile clinics was shelled by the rebels. we are starting to see a small trickle of people returning to the homes. some have been forced from the homes several years ago once the fighting began. parts the best hope for a cease-fire and the suffering in the eastern part of the city, john, was dashed yesterday when united nations said russia and china vetoed the permanent fi
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cease-fire, but for a seven day cease-fire. it would allow the rebels a chance to regroup and the fighting to continue. we understand that russia and the united states have been talking about another plan that would allow the expulsion or removal of the armed militants from the city. the problem is the militants are not going anywhere and willing to fight to the death. death, john, is more of what we expect to see in the next few days in syria and especially in eastern aleppo. >> muhammad lila, thank you. a controversy west bank bill has cleared the israeli parliament. right wing backers say it paves the way for the annexation of the palestinian bank. vo three more votes are needed before it is law. secretary of state john kerry calls it concerning. president obama bill head o
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suspense builds as president-elect trump searches for his secretary of state. a texas oil man makes the trip to trump tower today. who saw this coming? former vice president al gore is talking about his surprise meeting with the president-elect. and never say never. for joe biden. the vice president suggests maybe, possibly, he could run
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for president in 2020. is he actually serious? welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm alison kosik. when you think you have president-elect's cabinet short list memorized, he adds more names. rex tillerson stops by trump tower today. he is under consideration for secretary of state. also a sit down with radio host laura ingraham. then trump flies off to fayettevil fayetteville, north carolina. this follows big announcements and meetings on monday. let's bring in cnn's sunlen serfaty with the latest. >> reporter: president-elect trump making big decisions with the cabinet. formally nominating ben carson as secretary of housing and urban development. as he moves to make key decisions on the big cabinet posts, others seem to take a
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step back. late last week, we knew according to sources donald trump settled on the potential for four finalists for the big secretary of state job. now we know according to sources that donald trump is looking for more candidates. expanding the search for secretary of state. former utah governor jon huntsman and rex tillerson. also senator joe manchin. a democratic senator from west virginia. who told our sources on capitol hill he is looking to schedule a meeting with trump at some point this week. now donald trump also holding a very intriguing meeting on monday with former vice president al gore. we know gore was supposed to sit down with ivanka trump to talk about climate change. that got expanded to include president-elect trump. >> the bulk of that time was
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with president-elect trump. i found it extremely interesting conversation. and to be continued. i'm just going to leave it at that. >> reporter: that is an intri e intriguing stay tuned coming there from al gore. gore saying the meeting was truly a shared attempt to find common ground. of course, the two have not always seen eye to eye. john and alison. thanks. donald trump's meeting with senate democrats as party leaders concern. senior democrats are leading on joe manchin and heidi of north dakota. warning it could increase the republican domination of the senate. the democrats would lose two members if they took those jobs. senator man kmchin is not rulin out anything. he has to make sure he is doing the best he can for his state. he says no specifics have been discussed so far with the trump
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team. >> it was very encouraging talk. we talked about my state of west virginia and the country. it was a productive talk. i was appreciative of that. >> would you take department of energy if offered? >> we have not talked about anything like that. i'm sure there will be later this week or some time, a time we will meet. right now, that's not done. in addition to north carolina, you will see donald trump make two more stops on the thank you tour of the battleground states. this week, he will be in des moines. then he will go to grand rapids. and the president of iran will reject any demand by president-elect trump to renegotiate the nuclear deal. president-elect trump called this one of the worst agreements ever made and vowed to ren
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renegotia renegotiate. president hassan rouhani will never allow a u.s. administration to tear away the nuclear deal. the story may have been b bowi bogus, but the bullets are not. a judge holding a suspect without bond for firing an assault rifle in a pizza play. place. cnn's pamela brown has more. >> reporter: good morning. the suspect who walked in to comic ping pong in d.c. armed with three guns appeared in court and remains behind bars. what took him there is bizarre. according to the criminal complaint, he told officers he went to the pizza restaurant from north carolina to self investigate something he read online. that there was a sex ring tied to the clintons and john
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podesta. there was no truth to it. the owner of the restaurant has denied it consistently. for the suspect, he believed it may be true. he told police he went to make sure there were no child sex slaves at the restaurant. he drop his weapons with him to protect the victims. he was arrested after a con fran tak confrontation with the employee. he brandished a weapon and fired off three rounds. no one was injured. this is something that shook up a lot of the people in that restaurant. including families. i spoke to one witness there with his three daughters and wife. he said they quickly shoveled o shovel shuffled out. that did not stop people online
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from continuing to spread the conspiracy theory. in fact u, i person tied to the trump transition tweeted. the left seems to forget john podesta e-mails. he is the son of the national security advisor general michael flynn. he has a transition e-mail address as well. we reached out to the trump transition team, but so far no comment. pamela brown, thank you. so joe biden may not be riding off into the sunset. the outgoing vice president was on capitol hill monday. as he left the senate, he was asked about his plans for what he would do after leaving office in january. listen to this. >> you going to run again? >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> i'm going to run in 2020. >> for what? >> for president.
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you know, what the hell. anyway. >> we're going to run with that, sir. you dropped that. >> that's okay. no, but i enjoyed every minute of my time here in the senate. >> just to be clear, were you kidding about running for president in 2020? >> i'm not committing not to run. i'm not committing to anything. i learned a long time ago. >> that was a long pause before that answer. all right. joe biden will turn 78 shortly after the 2020 election. he would be the oldest sitting president ever if he ran and won. here's a question. is it possible for president-elect trump to tax u.s. companies that move jobs to mexico? short answer is yes. tariffs are generally used for products, not companies. trump could ask congress to do it or if he wants to avoid congress, he would have to go through four steps. first, announce an investigation into the company for dumping cheaper products into u.s.
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markets. second, the department of commerce has to investigate. trump's secretary of commerce pick would approve. and then it has to be proved that the product is causing harm. that has never happened to the specific company. if trump got approval, he could slap the company with a tariff on all goods coming into the u.s. bottom line here slapping tariffs are companies is possible, but difficult to do. easy to talk about. when you get into it, there are a lot of steps. the fbi is taking no chances with the terror threat in los angeles. where it came from and what it means for commuters. coming up. testinhuh?sting! is this thing on? come on! your turn! where do pencils go on vacation?
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heightened security in los angeles this morning after authorities received a tip about a possible bombing plot on the
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universal city train station. the fbi said the information came from the tip line operated by an unidentified foreign government. the threat is considered specific and imminent. commuters in los angeles are told to expect an increase presence of unformed police this morning and k-9 units scouring the rail systems. investigators are sifting through the wreckage of the oakland building fire that killed at least 36 people. officials are trying to determine the cause of the art space to go up in flames. prosecutors say it is too early to speculate on criminal charges. they promise to leave no stone unturned. we have more from cnn's dan simon in oakland. >> reporter: john and alison, it is a mind boggling number of victims. many have been identified, but some will require scientific methods for identification. i want to show you what it looks like a block away. you see the makeshift memorial where people have come by to pay respects to those who died.
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as you can imagine, there are still so many questions. how it fire started and why people wanted to live in the warehouse. this is what the mayor said. >> the permitted use of the building was as a warehouse. not legally permitted as a living space or residence or an event space. >> reporter: still no theory about a cause. investigators think they know where the fire started. hopefully that will lead to clues. as for the residents, one person told me that she viewed this community almost like a church. a way for people to come together to draw inspiration for their art projects. that is a big part of the investigation. why people were living in the warehouse. of course, the main focus is on the victims and the possible recovery of additional bodies. john and alison. thanks, dan. the owner of the pulse nightclub in orlando abandoned plans to sell the property which was the scene of the mass shooting back
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in june that left 49 people dead. the owner was set to sell the club to scity to turn it into a memorial. she announced a change of plans to work with the community and families to turn the space into a sanctuary of hope. prosecutors in south carolina are promising to retry former police officer michael slager for the murder of walter scott. after the judge declared a mistrial on monday. the jury unable to come to a unanimous decision after deliberating for 22 hours over four days. let's get more from cnn's nick valencia in charleston. >> reporter: john and alison, after more than five weeks of trial, days of deliberation, monday afternoon, the jurors handed a note to the judge saying they were unable to reach unanimous verdict on whether or not to convict michael slager of first-degree murder. for those in support of the scott family, this was a surprise. however, some expected a mistrial. on friday, we got indication
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there was one lone juror who said under good conscious, he could not convict slager of first-degree murder. today, monday, we learned that a majority of jurors were still undecided. there was enough reasonable doubt cast in the slager defense in the state for the jury pool to be deadlocked. it was the makeup of the jury pool that was considered by some to take exception. six white men. five white women. one african-american. the foreperson in the jury pool. the scott family did not focus on that. choosing to take a religious tone and focus on being optimistic that in a retrial next year that they could get a conviction against slager. >> absolutely. justice hasn't been served yet. we have more chances. we're coming back. >> reporter: we should mention michael slager is scheduled to face federal civil rights charges in early 2017.
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john and alison. nick, thank you. pennsylvania judge ruling bill cosby's words would be used against him. in deposition testimony in a 2005 civil case, cosby admits to having extramarital affairs and giving women drugs without consent to have sex with them. the 79-year-old is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting andrea constand in 2004. dozens of other women publicly accused cosby of some form of sexual misconduct. a month after election day, the race for governor in north carolina is finally over. republican governor pat mccrory conceded the race to roy cooper. mccrory claimed voter fraud happened and demanded a recount. he is now pledging to make it a smooth transition.
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the cooper campaign will hold a victory rally tonight in raleigh. so amazon has mastered online shopping, but it is not resting there. it is now making a move into the grocery aisle. one feature that sets it apart from other stores when we get a check on cnn money stream next. . make sparkling water at home and drink 43% more water every day. sodastream. love your water.
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syrian government forces are on the verge of recapturing aleppo with russian troops playing a more visible role than ever fighting alongside the syrian soldiers. russians are launching an aid campaign. i want to bring in jill dougher dougherty. researchers with the international center of defense and security. the russians seemingly do no part to hide their role in syria.
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jill. >> reporter: with that said, it is the syrian forces that are carrying out most of this. the russians have made it clear, they are not doing the bombing. the syrian army helped by the russians, of course. john, you have the difficult situation right now. you have the people in eastern aleppo, essentially stuck there trying to get out and on the diplomatic level, essentially, it is a draw. the russians and the chinese vetoed the truc that would last for seven days that could be good for people in aleppo. however, the russianss a s however, the russianss as are sg
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we vetoed it because it will give the militants to regroup and fight again. they say let's keep the discussions between john kerry secretary of state and mr. lavrov, the foreign minister going. the united states says those discussions really aren't going anywhere. you are just playing us along. so it is really just almost a loop and in the meantime, people are dying on the ground. including some russians who are working in a field hospital trying to help the people of aleppo. >> and whatever policy happens in seven weeks could go up in smoke on january 20th when donald trump is inaugurated. >> reporter: that is true. then also, you know, there is the other theory. in fact, we were just asking the spokesperson for vladimir putin about this. there is another theory that maybe the kremlin does want to play this out. not come to some type of resolution until donald trump is president. they feel, the russians feel, if there is any deal to be done with the united states, it's probably over syria. it could be over a joint action
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to fight terrorism. they don't know exactly whether donald trump will follow through on that. that is the hope. that's one of the theories. in the meantime, it is a desperate situation in aleppo. >> for thousands of people caught in the middle. jill dougherty, thank you. okay. let's get a check on cnn money stream. looks like caution from investors this morning. dow futures lower. stocks in europe mixed. and overnight shares in asia gained. oil is slipping a bit, but still above $51 a barrel. it looks like investors are waiting on economic data here in the u.s. and still weighing the economic i mpact of the referendum vote in europe. and a record high on monday for the dow. the 19th time this year that the average closed at an all-time high. the s&p 500, not far behind. one solid rally there will get
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it to that record as well. and the nasdaq is still about 1.5% away from its closing high. the biggest gainer on the dow this year is cat ehrlicater. driven by hopes that donald trump will spend big on infrastructure. united health care up 30%. it is fallen recently. shares of goldman sachs and jpmorgan chase having a great year. up 26% each. amazon is now taking on grocery stores with a twist. amazon go is a new app tied to a physical grocery store. what happens here is customers check in at the entrance with the app and grab what you want. amazon claims it can track the items through computer programs and deep learning technology. what are those?
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when shoppers are done, they just walk out. their bill is paid you there the app. the stores won't have many employees which keep costs lower than traditional grocery stores. the first store in seattle. if you are eager to go see it, that is where amazon has headquarters. it is now only open to amazon employees. the public gets to shop early next year. that is an awesome way to grocery shop. i hate the lines. >> deep learning practices? what are they probing syou? all right. "early start" continues right now. president-elect trump widens his search for secretary of state again. could the ceo of exxon mobile now be the frontrunner for the state department? the death toll rising in oakland. now investigators want to know
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if this city's deadliest fire in over a century was caused by a criminal act? and mistrial in the case of the former south carolina police officer fatally shot an unarmed african-american man in the back. why prosecutors say michael slager is not off the hook just yet. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm alison kosik. it is tuesday, december 6th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. when you think you have president-elect trump's cabinet list down, he adds more names. rex tillerson will be going to trump tower for a visit. tillerson is said to be under consideration for secretary of state. also in trump's datebook, a sit down with radio host laura ingrahan. then trump flies off on the next thank you tour in fayetteville, north carolina. for the latest, let's bring in cnn's sunlen serfaty.
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>> reporter: good morning, john and alison. president-elect trump making big decisions with the cabinet. formally nominating ben carson as secretary of housing and urban development. as he moves to make key decisions on the cabinet posts, others seem to be taking almost a step back. late last week, we knew according to sources, donald trump settled on the potential for finalists for the secretary of state job. now we know according to sources, donald trump is looking for more candidates expanding the search for secretary of state. looking at jon huntsman and rex tillerson here at trump tower. also, senator joe manchin. a democratic senator from west virginia who told our sources on capitol hill that he is indeed looking to potentially schedule a meeting with trump at some point this week. now donald trump also holding

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