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♪ a manhunt for the berlin truck attacker. isis claims one of its soldiers carried out that assault. and who's behind the assassination of a russian ambassador? i'm miguel marquez. >> very nice to see you. i'm christine romans. it's december 21st, wednesday, 4:00 a.m. in the east. good morning, everyone. in that attack that killed 12
people and injured 48 more. police released the man they had earlier described as a suspect. police say forensic analysis inside that truck failed to tie the man to the vehicle. whoever committed the deadly attack, isis is now claiming it was the inspiration. for the latest on the 53 the manhunt, max foster live. bring us up to speed, max? >> reporter: well, they've had more than 500 leads, they're investigating them. they're looking through any sort of video or stills that may have happened behind me to follow them up. they thought they had their man yesterday. the pakistani, but they had to release him without charge because he was the wrong man. what happened by the perpetrator of this, we just don't know. not getting any sort of
information about him or whether there were others involved in this as well. was it a team of people, a cell. the security services aren't saying anything either. they have operational reasons. certainly, interviews on the german media here suggest that they are on to something. maybe feel they will catch a suspect. so that will explain why they're not giving out too much information on this one. but they're desperately trying to get back to normal here in berlin. they want to get the market open soon, christine. there's a sign of defiance of what isis represents which is attacking western culture and trying to people not to go about their ordinary lives. >> max foster, thanks very much for that in the manhunt or isis claim. max, thank you so much. now, the crucial evidence in the berlin truck attack, the biggest lead in every sense is
the semi truck itself abandoned by its driver after mowing down dozens of victims and still carrying 25 tons of steel. breaking down what they're learning about the crime about a time line of the attack, our tom foreman in the cnn virtual studio. >> this is the truck used in the attack owned by a polish shipping company. it was on what should have been a routine run bringing steel from italy. authorities believe it was hijacked in the outskirts of berlin between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. the driver killed. his body later found inside of this cab. how did they know it was this period of time? the shipping company told them it was outfitted with a sophisticated gps. they told the mirror newspaper, basically they saw odd behavior. 21 tries to start it twice. and when it got rolling again,
erratic driving behind the wheel. by 5:00, they say it had reached the christmas market up here by berlin. they tried to call the driver numerous times, no answer. what happens is also a mystery. for a few hours it simply goes missing as the foot traffic gets bigger. then the truck reappears down here. holiday markets highlighted here in red. and according to eyewitnesses it begins accelerating, up to 40 miles an hour, jumping the curb. this is where all of those stalls and people would have been. and plowing through people for about 250 feet until finally coming to a stop down there. why did it stop? we don't know. it didn't hit any major barrier. people don't believe anyone challenged or rammed it. and there were no witnesses. only the murder victim found inside of the cab and an awful
lot of questions for the investigators. tension rising between the united states and turkey over claims the u.s. bears some of the blame for the assassination of russia's ambassador to turkey. secretary of state john kerry calling turkey's former to offer his condolences, the foreign minister telling kerry that his country believing his country fethullah gulen was behind the attack. kerry's spokesman said the secretary raised concerns on this call with the turkish foreign minister about rhetoric blaming the u.s. for the russian ambassador's assassination. those claims called absolutely ridiculous. >> with respect to american
involvement/support, tacit or otherwise, for this unspeakable assassination yesterday, because of the presence of mr. gulen here in the united states, and it is -- it's a ludicrous claim. absolutely false. >> latest in the investigation on the assassination, let's bring in cnn's challenge rissla. >> we've seen almost what is a coordinated response from erdogan and vladimir putin. both viewed it a provocation and an attempt to thwart the relations between russia and turkey. attempt to derail the cooperation between the two countries on the subject of syria. both leaders making it clear that they do not view this was a protracted dispute.
they do not want to escalate the situation. the mood here has been somber. one of mourning. people have been gathering outlets of the foreign minister to light candles and pay their respects. the bold of the ambassador who was killed has been brought back to moscow. and those investigators from russia, 16 of them now in ankara. in turkey. they, of course, will be looking very closely at whether or not the attacker had any kind of a larger network supporting him. turkish state television is reporting he had some kind of al qaeda literature in his home. whether or not that was just an inspiration to him or whether he may have been part of a larger jihadist cell, that is something that russian investigators will want to get to the bottom of. there is still a lot of questions as well as to how he was able to gain access to this event. this event would have been visited by all sorts of
different elites in ankara. you can see the man standing cooley behind the ambassador. the summit did go ahead as scheduled. the focus was syria. turkey's foreign minister and the iranian foreign minister and the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov saying the focus must be united and dealing with terrorism as the biggest obstacle of peace. and not the regime of bashar al assad. how often is donald trump getting briefed on security situations? the frequency of those high-level briefings back in the spotlight following attacks around the world. the president-elect also working to fill remaining top jobs in his administration. senior washington reporter jeff zeleny is at trump's estate in palm beach. >> christine and miguel, donald trump is beginning another day of vacation here in palm beach, florida. it is a working vacation,
though. he's meeting with business leaders as he puts together his cabinets, gets ready for his administration which now starts 30 days from today. he still has two members of his cabinet to fill. the veterans administration secretary, as well as agricultural secretary. other advisers could come this week. now donald trump is hosting a series of meetings here in mar-a-lago, his resort here in palm beach including carlos slim, the mexican which donald trump railed against in the campaign. he invited him to dinner over the weekend. calling him a great man clearly a sign that things will be different in some respects when donald trump prks president. one key question, is donald trump receiving his daily intelligence briefing. he said he does not need to see the same information every day. mike pence the vice
president-elect is previoreceiv one. in the wake of it, his advisers would not say whether he received one yesterday or information from his transition team. that's something we'll be asking today, as donald trump begins another day here in palm beach. >> jeff zeleny, thank you. 26 little itty-bitty points. the dow came within tleevn points of it couldn't quite get there. futures are pointing higher this morning, so maybe make something history at the opening. >> stay calm. >> stay calm, miguel. there are several factors lurking in 2017 that could derail the trump rally. the trump honeymoon, whatever they're calling it. first, stimulus fails to stimulate. what if that does not trickle down and boost economic growth? second, trump's trade war. trump's talk about opposing
terrorists seems to voluntary faded to a negotiating tactic, but as president, he'll have the power to act on trade. third, global tensions and terrorism. we saw it this week. markets weren't spooked too much but how will that change under a trump presidency? he will likely be tested early and often. but i will say -- >> say it. >> -- the contrarians have been looked at the market since the day he was elected and saying here's the rally, like 8%. they've been wrong. >> i want you to stay calm during the day. when it hits 20,000 i don't want you screaming. >> i actually remember when it was 10,000. i thought the hats were silly. the last chance in aleppo. evacuations from the war-torn syrian city could end today. a live report just ahead. and later, deadly explosions in mexico, just unbelievable. these blasts that rocked the same spot just a few years ago. we've got that four. sia has co
road map which it claims will lead to a peace deal until syria. and convinced iran and turkey to sign on. this as turkish officials say the dramatic evacuation of aleppo could end today. more than 40,000 people have pled the war-torn city. let's go live to cnn's muhammad lila. how is the news being received there? and what is the status. evacuation? >> well, it's interesting, miguel, because we were actually expecting the evacuations to be completed overnight. we understand there are some delays and depends on who you talk to woo about why there are delays. some say there was infighting among the rebels that delayed
the evacuation. and then the russians say there was some intimidation. leaving aside the he said and she said it was an important develop we're starting to see play out. the united nations is now sending 20 mormon tours to make sure the evacuations take place. 20 people doesn't sound like a whole lot but the united nations says that's going to triple the amount of observers on the ground now. they're hope that the evacuations will continue and confirmation at some point that the people trapped inside of eastern aleppo has been sent to freedom on the countryside. as far as the political plan goes, you mentioned russia and the plan signed on to by turkey and iran, they are now talking about guaranteeing those three countries saying they would guarantee those proxies on the ground won't violate an europe
coming cease fire. that vacuum was filled by turkey and russia. those are the key groups on the ground and various militant groups that are fighting. based on that they're saying, look, we're going to hold back our guys from fighting in syria it could lead to some kind of semi permanent if not permanent cease-fire. >> miguel, how concerned are the u.n. peacekeepers put on the ground that they themselves become targets and could further the troubles in syria? >> you know, that's a very good question. and the reality is, nothing is ever certain in this conflict. we've seen evacuations deals that seem to be going ahead. is that seem to have buy-in from all of the groups on the ground. and then you had one rogue jihadi militant group that decided to take matters in his own hand and set a group of buses on fire. obviously, the staff know there are risks going into this.
the red cross staff on the ground know the risks. they're the unsung heroes of this conflict. the entire purpose in doing this is to save innocent civilians on both sides, the government side and the opposition side as well. >> it is such a fragile situation. muhammad lila for us on the syrian/turkish border. president obama planning to downsize guantanamo bay before donald trump takes office. a congressional aide telling cnn they plan to transfer some detainees. mr. obama plans to release 17 or 18 remaining prisoners. president trump vowed during the campaign and keep the prison open and, quote, load it up. president obama taking new action in offshore drilling. indefinitely, the white house said the president made the move to protect mammals in native
populations. president-elect trump promised a policy allowing more energy production. he would almost certainly face legal challenges if he attempted to reverse obama's order. this morning, north carolina lawmakers neat a special session to debate repealing the so-called bathroom bill. after the charlotte council voted to get rid of an ordinance of protecting transgender people. the law passed in march for people to use only the bathrooms associated with the sex, the gender listed on their birth certificate. repeal of the law could end legal challenges by the federal justice department and transgender residents. the dramatic moments just before the deadly crash of a cargo plane caught on video. >> whoa. >> my goodness. that story ahead in just a moment.
a deadly plane crash caught on video in eastern colombia. this cargo plane could be seen tilting to one side, veering off the runway three minutes after it attempted to take off. five crew members were killed. another angle here of the jet spinning the road. a flight technician sent to the hospital with unknown injuries at this point. it's unclear what caused that crash. now, at least 29 people are dead and 72 people are injured after explosions ripped through a fireworks market north of mexico city. this video, unbelievable. you can see thick smoke and explosions tearing through the
market. now investigators are trying to determine what went wrong. we get more from cnn's ed lavandera. >> christine and miguel, the video images emerging from the town of tultepec, just north of mexico city, are horrifying to watch. the explosions went on and on as people gathered in this open market. it was a horrifying scene. more than 70 people injured. nearly three dozen people killed. that death toll could continue to rise. we do know, we've been told by officials in mexico that three young victims will be brought to a hospital in texas to be treated for their extreme burns. so you can imagine just the horrifying scene that rescue teams, as well as just bystanders who were rushing into the scene to help whoever they could. this is a scene that unfolded tuesday afternoon. the images from the ground revealed the scorched fireworks stands. this is a place where elaborate
fireworks displays are sold. very popular, especially this time of the year as we head into the holiday season and the new year's festivities. this isn't the first time that this has actually happened in this open air market. it happened again in 2005, there are no deaths in those series of explosions, but it did cost a great deal of damage to the area as well. this one town basically known as the fireworks capital of mexico rocked by his horrible incident. christine and miguel. >> ed, lavandera, thank you for that. police a man was making deliveries when held up at gunpoint by four masked men. he said the robbers took his personal items and his truck which was found empty hours later. no arrests have been made. four more people charged in connection with the water contamination crisis in flint, michigan. to emergency managers face
multiple charges for failing to protect citizens. all four suspects face penalties up to 20 years in prison. and some of the charges in 2014, officials switched the city's water supply from a system which pull from the core rosive minute river. that move triggered widespread lead poisoning. >> they've been treating this almost like a mafia investigation. moving higher and higher up the chain. two of those people report directly to the governor so they're moving right up the chain here. >> it was ordered from such a high level. and putting so many people in danger. to china now issuing a red alert as beijing enters its fifth straight day of dangerous smog levels. officials sate smog has grounded 181 flights. most highways are closed. hospitals are gearing for a surge in patients since the smog is known to cause breathing problems. you know, occasionally, we'll
have a live shot from beijing, you can just see in the background like a mist. the smoggy mist. but it is particularly dangerous. >> that's proper fog. i don't think l.a. in the '70s ever had anything like that. >> smis this is smog. and from theic search in the investigation. we're live -- just ahead. europ so i went onto ancestry, soon learned that one of our ancestors we thought was italian was eastern european. this is my ancestor who i didn't know about. he looks a little bit like me, yes. ancestry has many paths to discovering your story. get started for free at ancestry.com why are you checking your credit score? you don't want to ride the 13l forever, do you? [woman laughing]
the berlin truck attacker still on the loose. turns out police had the wrong guy in custody. finger pointing after the assassination of that russian diplomat. why turkey, turkey is now claiming the u.s. should bear some of the blame. we'll explain. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. good morning to you. it is 30 minutes past the hour. german authorities are scrambling for new leads this
morning on the truck attack in the berlin christmas market that killed 12 people and injured 48 more. police released a man they had earlier described as a suspect saying forensic analysis failed to tie the man to the act itself. isis is now claiming that it was the inspiration. for the latest on the spegs and man hntd. we turn to cnn's max foster live in berlin. max, first, how are people reacting to this. those christmas markets just a national treasury in germany. >> they're trying to reopen for exactly that reason to show that life can go on as normal here. and isis if they were responsible for this around going to win this one. at the same time, you've got alternative rallies happening as well between the left and right. the right complaining that immigrants are potentially making germany a more dangerous country. and the left saying events like
this shouldn't fan the seeds of hope, if it will, the winds of hate in this country. so that's how it's evulsing here. the public have called in something like 500 leads potentially, they've called in and they're following up those calls. you talked about the forensic evidence. actually, there's a lot of forensic evidence from the crime scene behind me. dna, also satellite navigation evidence as well we understand of some sort. we know that because the head of one of the police unions have been doing the rounds on the local media saying they're pretty confident that they will get a suspect either today or in the coming days. so that investigation seems to be going well. even though on the back foot they had the wrong man for nearly a day. >> really interesting, they're trying to get that market back open. thank you very much, max foster for us in berlin. >> the crucial evidence in that
berlin truck attack and the biggest lead in every sense is the semitruck itself. abandoned by the driver after mowing down dozens of victims and the truck still carrying 25 tons of steel. breaking down what investigators are learning now from the truck about the time line of the attack, tom foreman takes us through it in the cnn virtual studio. >> this is the truck that was used in the attack. it's owned by a polish shipping company. it was on what should have been a routine run delivering steel from italy up into germany, when authorities believe it was hijacked on the outskirts of berlin between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. the driver killed. his body later found inside that cab. how do we know it was this period of time? the shipping company back in poland says this truck was outfitted with a sophisticated gps system they told the mirror newspaper, that basically, they saw odd behavior in this period of time. someone trying to start the truck twice and failing. then when it got rolling again,
erratic driving up toward berlin as if somebody else was behind the wheel. not the regular driver. by 5:00, they say, nonetheless, it had reached the christmas market up here near berlin. they tried to call the driver numerous times, no answer. what happens next is also a mystery. for a few hours it simply goes missing. as it gets darker here, the foot traffic gets bigger. and then the truck reappears down in here. holiday markets highlighted up here in red. and according to eyewitnesss it begins about se s accelerating,n hour. this is where all the stalls and people would have been, plowing through people about 250 feet before finally coming to a stop down there. why did it stop? we don't know. the police don't believe they challenged it or rammed it. there are no witnesses that they saw somebody get out and run away. as far as we know at this point.
only the murder victim found inside of the cab and an awful lot of questions for the investigators. >> thank you for that. tension is rising between the u.s. and turkey over claims the u.s. bears some responsibility for the assassination of the russian ambassador to turkey. secretary of state john kerry calling turkey's foreign minister following the murder to offer his condolences the foreign minister telling kerry that his country believes u.s.-based muslim cleric fethullah gulen was behind the attack by a turkish police officer. gulen is a turkish opposition figure who lives in rural pennsylvania. turkey claims he was also behind the failed coup in julie. kerry's spokesperson said the secretary raised concern about rhetoric blaming the u.s. about the ambassador's assassination. the spokesperson calls those
claims absolutely ridiculous. >> with respect to american involvement/support, tacit or otherwise, for this unspeakable assassination yesterday, because of the presence of mr. gulen here in the united states. and it it's a ludicrous claim. absolutely false. >> now, for the latest on the assassination and russian reaction, let's go to cnn's matthew chance. he's live for us in moscow. matthew, the ambassador's body has been returned to russia. such a moving moment in such a horrendous situation. >> yes. the russian, i mean, not just the officials of russia that have called this a despicable act and the promise this did not deveil by their efforts to find
a solution to the conflict in syria. or the efforts to build divisions with turkey, they're not going to be derailed. but even ordinary people were shocked by the way this ambassador andrei karlov was doned down so publicly. this was meant to be a conflict. a short military separation that russia was engaged on. an air war to support its ally bashar al assad. but increasingly, we're seeing there's a blowback effect. there are consequences for russia's military intervention in syria, as that conflict spills out into the neighboring countries. and, of course, elsewhere across the world as well. and that's something that's a certain to the kremlin. in terms of actual funeral arrangements from ambassador karlov, it's been announced he will be buried tomorrow in moscow. dignitaries like vladimir putin
will be attending. he knew karlov well. and friends in the region are expected to have an annual press conference which is a set piece at this time. he's delayed that as well to make it to the funeral. this is something which obviously has been taken extremely seriously here. but at the same time, they're saying they're not blaming the turkey state for what happened. >> very interesting. i was just pointing out both politically and just to see the outpouring across russia. matthew chance for us in moscow. thank you. 38 minutes past the hour, how often is president-elect donald trump getting briefed on security situations? the frequency of those high-level briefings back in the spotlight following attacks around the world. the president-elect also working to fill remaining top jobs in his administration right now. cnn washington correspondent jeff zeleny is at trump's estate
in palm beach. >> christine and miguel, donald trump is beginning another day of vacation here in palm beach florida. is it a working vacation, though. he's meeting with business leaders and others as he puts together his cabinets gets ready for his administration which now starts 30 days from today. he still has two members of his cabinet yet to fill. the veterans administration secretary, as well as the agricultural secretary. other key posts. white house press secretary, other advisers could come this week. donald trump is hosting a series of meetings here in mar-a-lago, his resort. including carlos slim, that mexican billionaire that donald trump railed against during the campaign. well, he invited him over the weekend to a dinner here. donald trump called him a great man, clearly a sign that things will be different in some respects when donald trump becomes president. taking a softer tone. one key question is donald trump
reing his daily intelligence briefing? he has said before he does not need to receive it every day. he does not need to receive the same information every day. mike pence is receiving one. in the wake of the attacks in germany, his advisers would not answer the questions whether he received one directly or simply received one from his transition team. that's something that we'll be asking today as donald trump begins another day here in palm beach, mig well and christine. treasury secretary jack lew cautioning the incoming administration. lew saying the trump administration plans could blow up the deficit. >> i suspect the environment in washington won't be focused so much on the fiscal gap for the next few months. but it's really important that we keep our eye on that. because if you open a big fiscal gap, the only way to close it is to cut spending or raise taxes. >> president-elect has vowed to cut taxes significantly for individuals and businesses.
he wants to spend a tralian dollars on the infrastructure. he said he would pay for it by cutting wasteful spending. and without cutting useful parts of the budget, social security and medicare. it's so interesting. you heard me say this before that business leaders are talking about higher construction costs for infrastructure projects because of title market for skilled labor. interesting, right? they're talking about how do you find the workers for the infrastructure that could drive up the costs as companies try to scour for workers. >> it will be a trillion dollar with no one to do the work? of course -- >> break it down for me. >> interesting. >> interesting days ahead. president obama taking action doing some things that president-elect trump could have a hard time undoing when he gets to office. we'll explain.
coming up with a road map that it claims will lead toy peace deal in syria. the deal does not include the u.s. but the russia defense minister has convinced turkey to sign on. the evacuation avenue aleppo could end today. 40,000 people have pled the war-torn city. 40,000. for more on that, let's go to
cnn's muhammad lila on the turkish border. is the worst over for aleppo? and what does that mean now for a peace process more broadly for syria? >> well, good morning, christine, you know, is the worst over? you know, we've been asking that over and over again for years and years, is the worst over, the answer is always no. but there is cause for optimism, we're getting reports from the ground, both sides the opposition and government side that all of the evacuations from eastern aleppo be supposed to be finished by the end of the today. the u.n. is sending 20 observers to monitor that process on the ground. 20 doesn't sound like a whole lot of people, but on the ground, 20 people can actually mean the difference between saving thousands of lives so there is optimism there. as far as the bigger picture, you mentioned that russia has framework with turkey and iran. you'll notice that the united
states is not part of that agreement. why that is important because turkey, iran and russia are the biggest players. russia has been backing up the assad government with military supplies. iran has its proxies on the ground and turkey has its proxies on the ground. all three countries say they're going to work together and their main goal is to fight terrorism inside of syria. how they define terrorism, we don't know yet, it's very easy to see. it's a very complicated situation. so many different groups fighting each other. but it looks as though with this group there may be a building block of a cease-fire. at the end of the day, that cease-fire, whether it's agreed to or not has the potential to save thousands of lives. >> muhammad lila, i know you'll keep us up to date on that. president obama planning to downsize guantanamo bay before donald trump takes office. a congressional official telling cnn lawmakers received notice monday of the white house's intention to transfer some
additional detainees. "the new york times" reports obama plans to tran 17 or 18 prison prisoners. president-elect donald trump vowed to keep the prison open and, quote, load it up. in areas of the arctic and atlantic oceans indefinitely, the white house said the president made the move to protect marine animals, and native populations. president-elect trump promised the policy allowing more energy reductions. he would almost face problems if he tries to reverse that. singer james taylor cancels a concert in a stand over a deeply concerning and unacceptable reports of summary executions of suspected drug offenders without trial in the philippines.
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a deadly plane crash caught on video in eastern colombia. the cargo plane can be seen tilting to one side and veering off the runway, just three minutes after it attempted to take off. we'll show you another angle here. this is unbelievable. the jet skimming the road. five crew members were killed. and a flight technician was sent to the hospital with unknown injuries. at this point, it is unclear what caused the crash. just unbelievable. at least 29 people are dead and 72 people are injured after
explosions ripped through a fireworks market north of mexico city. the video we're showing you sheer pretty dramatic. you can see thick smoke and explosions tearing through this market. it looks like a movie set or something. investigators are trying to determine what went wrong. let's get more this morning from cnn's ed lavandera. >> christine and miguel, the video images emerging from the town of tultepec, mexico, north of mexico city are simply staggering and horrible to watch. as people gathered in this ohm-air market in the town basically known as the fireworks capital of mexico, it was a horrifying scene. more than 70 people injured. nearly three dozen people killed. we dough know that we were told by officials in mexico that three young victims will be brought to a hospital in texas
to be treated for their extreme burns. so you can imagine, just a horrifying scene, rescue teams, as well as bystanders rushing into the scene to help whoever they could. this is a scene that unfolded tuesday afternoon. the images from the ground revealed the scorched fireworks stands. this is a place where elaborate fireworks displays are sold. very popular this time of year as we head into the holiday season and the new year's festivities. this isn't the first time that this actually happened in the open air market. it happened again in 2005. there were no deaths in those series of explosions but it did cause a great deal of damage to people as well. basically known agency the fireworks capital of mexico rocked by his horrifying incident. christine and miguel. four more people charged in connection with the investigation crisis in flint, michigan. to emergency state managers face
multiple felonies for failing to protect citizens. two former flint official, also facing felony charges. all four suspects face penalties up to 20 years in prison on some of the charges. in 2014, officials switched the city's water supply to a system which pulls from the corrosive minute river. that move triggered widespread lead poisoning. >> and these charges keep getting higher and higher up the food chain. >> they have promised to continue investigating. and they're make gg on their promise. a lot of outrage in flint. 55 minutes past the hour. fog could pose a problem in the east, meteorologist pedram javaheri -- actually, allison chinchar is here today. both wonderful people. this morning, we're dealing with very dense fog across portions of the southeast. and that's of particular concern in cities like nashville,
birmingham and atlanta where we have freezing fog advisories. now the reason why this is a particular concern is because of the difference of what it is. now, freezing fog is when the air temperature is below freezing. but the water droplets in the fog are super cooled so they can stay at a liquid state for temperatures as low as, say, 14 degrees. this causes problems because the droplets freeze on contacts so they can have the same hazards that black ice would have. that's especially concerning along bridges, overpasses and also along the highways as well. now, get news is, as we go through the rest of the day, those temperatures will be warming imrelatively quickly, especially after the sun rises. high temperature today, nashville, 50, atlanta topping out at 61. it will be slightly warmer today in cincinnati with a high of 42. the high temperature today in new york will be 43 degrees. >> all right, allison chinchar, thank you for that.
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police released a man they had described earlier as a suspect saying forensic analysis failed to tie the man to the truck itself. whoever carried it out is now claiming that it is the inspiration for it. we turn to max foster live for us in berlin this morning. max, how is germany reacting to this attack? >> well, it's interesting because there's a head of one of police unions going around on local media saying they're very close to finding the next suspect. you talk there about the forensics that were gathered from the scene behind me. there's a lot there. there's blood samples and gps date that they can use from the cabin as well. police very tight lipped at this point but certainly as far as the police chief is concerned he's confident that an arrest will be made soon.