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happening now. the russians finalizing a response to unprecedented sanctions levelled by the white house over this year's election hack. how will moscow fight back? we're live in russia. a new cease-fire taking effect in syria after five years of bloodshed. is this enough to get the two sides talking about lasting peace? and they are getting ready to party in times square. security is being stepped up ahead of the big new year's eve
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celebratio celebrations. we will tell you what new steps are taken. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm joe johns. it is friday, december 30th. 4:00 in the morning. christine and john are off. this morning, we are waiting to see what steps the russians plan to take. planning to retaliate today for the sanctions president obama just laid down punishing russia for election hacking. the white house announcing measures against four individuals and five entities and expelling dozens of diplomats drawing condemnation from the russian government and the president-elect. president-elect donald trump downplaying the hack but with a new twist. it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. in the interest of the country, i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community to be updated on the facts of the
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situation. a top trump aide is dismissing the sanctions and limiting the president-elect's options. here is kellyanne conway on cnn. >> these retaliations put forward by president obama and his administration, some seem largely symbolic. even those sympathetic are saying part of the reason he did this today was to quote box in donald trump. that would be unfortunate if that were the motivating factor here. we can't help but think that is true. >> cnn's athena jones is with president obama in hawaii. she has more on the sanctions. >> reporter: good morning, joe and alison. the president is calling the steps necessary and appropriate. said they are coming after repeated private and public warnings to the russian government. he said all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions. he repeated the assertion that
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the activities could be coming from the highest levels of the russian government. the treasury department named nine individuals who will be subject to expanded sanctions. those include the military unit and its chief and domestic security service. the state department is declaring 35 russian operatives pers pers persona non grata. the government is shutting down two russian government compoun compounds. one in new york and one on the eastern shore of maryland not far from washington, d.c. the white house is stressing the announced moves are not quote the sum total of our response. the u.s. is taking covert measures aimed at delivering one message to russia. there are consequences to the actions. russia is vowing to take
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reciprical measures. the foreign ministry saying russia will announce retialiatin measures on friday. tomorrow is the official counter measures. tomorrow is being today, of course. athena jones. thank you. it includes two russian hackers on the fbi most wanted list for years. the two are both wanted for large scale theft of money. both men are fugitives. whereabouts unknown. the administration backing up the sanctions with the release of a report from the fbi and department of homeland security. it lays out unclassified technical details explains how investigators linked russian agencies to the hack of the democratic national convention and clinton campaign manager john podesta. the russian cyber attacks have been code named grizzly step.
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as we wait for word of the retaliation, russia has launched a few early actions. including the insult via twitter. president obama expels 35 russian diplomats in cold war deja vu as everybody will be glad to see the last of the hapless administration go. you can see the cute picture of a duckling. for the latest from moscow, let's bring in matthew chance. good morning, matthew. >> reporter: alison, that's right. there's been a scathing response so far from russian officials. you mentioned the tweet from the russian embassy. other embassies tweeted the same things very critical of the obama administration. the russian foreign ministry posted something on facebook as
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well. she does comments of her own facebook page dismissing the obama administration a group of vindictive foreign policy failures with the exception of the secretary of state john kerry who she has worked with extensively. in terms of the substantial response to the sanctions from the united states and expulsions of russian diplomats, we are in the dark of the concrete measures the government will take. the russian spokesperson said there will be reciprocity in the there this. indicating a tit-for-tat. the russian president is in no hurry, the kremlin says, to make that happen. what that means president putin is thinking of holding off on strong action because he knows
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in three weeks or less than that, donald trump is going to be talkiking his place in the o office. donald trump is seen here as more friendly toward the russian point of view. he is someone the russians can do a deal with on a range of issues that divided moscow and the united states over the last few years. we will see. again, as the previous reports mentioned, an announcements on the concrete steps the russians take to the sanctions and expulsions. >> it will be interesting to hear what the kremlin says. matthew chance. the big question now, could president-elect donald trump reverse the u.s. sanctions imposed on russia? here is what homeland security secretary said to jake tapper.
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>> a reversal of sanctions would be highly unusual. indeed the sanctions usually remain in place until the activity and the reasons for them imposed in the first place has been removed. >> meanwhile, a senior obama administration official tells cnn if a future president decided he wanted to allow in a large tranche of russian intel tense agents, presumably a future president would do that. >> the sanctions are met with a mixed response. most lawmakers are happy to see action, but republicans say it doesn't go far enough. john mccain and lindsey graham overseas on a trip to the baltic nations. the retaliatory measures by the obama administration are long overdue, but they are a small price to pay.
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we intend to lead the efforts in the new consciogress. house speaker paul ryan says russia does not share america's interests. it has consistently sought to undermine then. today's action by the administration is overdue, it is appropriate to end eight years of failed policy with russia. it is a prime example of the ineffective foreign policy that left america weaker in the eyes of the world. senate leader chuck schumer strongly supports the obama administration's work to fight back against russia's interference in the election. we need to punch back and punch back hard. turning to politics. a buffalo, new york school board looking to oust carl paladino who co- chaired the new york
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campaign for trump. he wanted to see the president die from mad cow disease and the first lady living with a gorilla in africa. the school board giving him 24 hours to resign. if he doesn't, it will ask the state education commissioner to do so. he is vowing not do go giving in to progressive haters. can the latest cease-fire hold in syria long enough to allow real talks to stop the civil war? more from the middle east next.
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a new cease-fire now under way in syria. it is part of a deal brokered by turkey and russia including a return to peace talks after more than five years of war. turkey's president calling the deal historic opportunity that shouldn't be squandered. but russian president vladimir putin acknowledging the pact is
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fragile. for the latest on the ground in syria is cnn's ian lee. ian. >> reporter: good morning, joe. we are hearing from people on the ground that the cease-fire is holding. it is relatively calm. although there have been reports of some fighting. this is a three-part cease-fire. the goal between turkey and rebels and russia and syrian regime is to stop the fighting. the second step is create a mechanism so there are violations to hash it out and talk it over so fighting doesn't resume. the third step is they have peace negotiations next month. both sides have said that this is quite fragile. there is a long time between now and the negotiations in kazakhstan. >> ian, president assad made more news yesterday talking about president-elect donald trump saying there is optimism on his end about a trump
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presidency. what more do you know about that? >> reporter: let me read you the statement that he said. it is part of the optimism related to better relations to the united states and russia. if there is good relations between these two great powers, most of the world, including syria, will be the beneficiary of the relationship. it is no secret that donald trump has expressed warm views toward russia. it seems like things will get better under a trump administration. although there is a lot of factors at play in the united states and russian politics. when it plays out on the ground in syria, bashar al assad is hopeful that once donald trump is in office russia has invited the trump administration to the peace talks and there could be more pressure from the united states on different factions in syria for a peace deal.
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>> thank you, ian lee. the united kingdom criticizing secretary of state john kerry or his comments on israel this week. a spokeswoman for theresa may said it is not appropriate to go after the ally. may goes on to say while it considers the settlements construction illegal, it is far from the only conflict with the palestinians. kerry went after israel's government as the most right wing in the state's history and portrayed the settlements as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of peace. france is raising the terror tax. citizens will pay almost 1.70 more on the property. it will go to a fund for terror attacks recently. more than 200 people have died over the last 20 months in terror attacks.
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86 people died in nice while 120 people killed in november in the 2015 attacks in paris. security stepped up in a big way ahead of the big new year's eve festivities in times square. the steps taken to protect millions of partiers next.
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time for an early start on your money. global stacocks mixed as we tur the last day of 2016. dow probably won't hit 20,000
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today. futures are higher after the close yesterday. stocks have enjoyed a great run in 2016. markets recovered from one of the worst ever starts to the year to hit a series of record highs. the dow, nasdaq and s&p are all on track for solid annual gains with the dow up almost 14% this year. could twitter be getting an edit button? after jack dorsey asked followers how the company could improve. an edit option was the biggest request. others improve how conversations appear and better ways to cut down on harassment. the new york city police department ramping up security in times square this saturday for new year's eve. at least 2 million people are expected to pack the cross roads of the world and authorities say they are pulling out all the stops to keep revelers safe.
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brynn gingras has more. >> reporter: 2 million people expected to ring in the new year on times square. it takes an armory to propy to city. no credible threats against the ball drop at this point. every precaution is taking place. we are told by the nypd, they prepare for this once the ball drops earlier this year. it is a multilayer level of security. two things to note we have not seen in previous years at this event. that is 65 sand trucks and 100 barrier trucks which are department vehicles will form a perimeter around times square area. that is in direct response to the truck-style attacks we saw in nice and berlin. we know within the last few weeks, authorities have been
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visiting truck rental centers and parking garages and hotel owners to make sure keeping every precaution for the security for the new year. joe and alison. >> brynn, thank you. everybody wants to know the weather. especially all the people who stand out in times square. >> they don't care. the party is getting started. >> you have been there this morning? mild temperatures for the festivities in times square are expected. it will be a snowy white new year for new england. let's get to meteorologist pedram javaheri. good morning. >> good morning. plenty of snow around parts of gun new england. look at the uniformity. a trio of 20s in sioux falls to minneapolis. 14 in burlington to boston. 35 here. shows you little disparity in
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the air mass. it is conducive of heavy snowshowers. this is an area with blizzard conditions and avalanche threat in places. heavy snowfall confined to the northern portion of the new england and the major metro areas of boston and philly. it is all rain for the higher populations. up to 2 feet has come down in 12 hours in new england. there goes the center of circulation and the lake enhanced snowshowers left in place. should see additional heavy snow through the commute an considers porti across maine. we have the avalanche threat in place and a blustery friday shaping up and blustery saturday night. the rains will hold off and temperatures will be mild, relatively speaking, for saturday night for the northeast. thank you. a south carolina judge ordering dylann roof to undergo a second
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competency hearing. it comes a day after roof who represents himself in the trial's penalty phase said he would give an opening statement, but not call witnesses or submit evidence. the hearing is scheduled for monday. roof faces the death penalty for killing nine black parishioners last year. north charleston police officer michael slager facing a retrial in march in the murder of walter scott. mistrial was declared after jurors said they were unable to come to unanimous decision. slager is accused of gunning down scott, unarmed, during a traffic stop last april. video of the incident appears to show the moment slager killed scott as he ran away. that footage garnered national attention. 2016 was the deadliest year for police officers since 2011. a report by the law enforcement
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memorial fund reports 135 officers died in 2016. nearly half were shot to death. that is a 56% increase over the previous year. of the 64 shot in the line of duty, 21 killed in ambush attacks. a mother/daughter funeral is prepared for carrie fisher and debbie reynolds. the two will be honored side by side. todd fisher says at the moment there is no set date or location. debbie reynolds died one day after fisher passed away at the age of 60. heartbreaking. we are watching moscow where officials are weighing retaliation following u.s. sanctions over the election hacks. it could come down at anytime. we are live in moscow next. asmy family tree,ing i discovered a woman named marianne gaspard... it was her french name.
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happening now, russia is putting together a retaliatory response to new sanctions leveled by the white house over the election hacking. what does moscow have in mind? in syria, the early hours of the cease-fire with the assad regime and rebel groups. after more than five years of bloodshed, is it enough to get the two sides talking ? less than 24 hour s from th big ball drop. we will tell you the steps being taken for security. welcome back to "early start." i'm joe johns. >> i'm alison kosik. john and christine are off. we are waiting to see the steps russia plans to take. vowing to retaliate likely today for the sanctions president obama laid down. punishing russia for elections
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hacking. the white house announcing measures against four individuals and five entities all connected to russian intelligence and expelling dozens of diplomats. u.s. sanctions drawing condemnation from the russian government and the president-elect. donald trump downplaying the election hack, but with a new twist. his statement, it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. in the interest of the country, i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week to be updated on the facts of the situation. a top trump aide is dismissing the sanctions as toothless and aimed at limiting the president-elect's options in punishing russia. here is kellyanne conway on cnn. >> the retaliations, sanctions put forward by president obama and his administration, some seem largely symbolic. even those sympathetic to president obama on most issues are saying that part of the
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reason he did this to quote box in president-elect donald trump. that would be unfortunate if that were the motivating factor here. we cannot help but think that is true. >> cnn's athena jones is with the president in hawaii. she has more on the sanctions. >> reporter: good morning, joe and alison. the president calling the steps necessary and appropriate coming after repeated warnings after the russian government. all americans should be alarmed by russia's actions. he repeated his previous assertion that these activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the russian government. what are the steps the u.s. taken? the treasury department named nine individuals and entities now subject to expanded sanctions. those include russia's military intelligence unit and its chief as well as domestic security service. state department declaring 35 russian operatives persona non
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grata. giving them th24 hours to leave the country. shutting down one compound in new york and one on the eastern shore of maryland not far from washington, d.c. the announced moves are not quote the sum total of our response. the u.s. is also taking covert measures. all of this aimed at delivering run message to russia. costs and consequences for their actions. back to you. >> thanks, athena jones in hawaii. the u.s. sanctions include two russian hackers who have been on the fbi's most wanted list for years. the two are both wanted for large scale theft of money and personal identifying information. both are fugitives. the administration backing up the sanctions with the release of report from the fbi
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and the department of homeland security. it lays out unclassified technical details explaining how investigators linked the russian act as agencies to the hack of the democratic national convention and john podesta. the cyber attacks had been code named degregrizzly steppe. russia has launched an insult from the russian embassy in london. president obama expels 35 russi russian diplomats in cold war deja vu. everybody will be glad to see the last of the hapless administrati administration. you can see the lame duck or duckling or what have you. for the latest from moscow, let's bring in cnn's matthew chance. >> reporter: good morning, joe.
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that's right. a scathing verbal reaction from russian opfficials following th sanctions from u.s. the lame duck tweet from the russian embassy. that is the tone of the venom poured on the obama administration. the foreign ministry spokeswoman saying shortly after sanctions announced and expulsions announced. the obama administration is a quote of vindictive unimaginative foreign policy failures with the exception of secretary of state john kerry whom she worked with over the last couple years. in terms of the concrete response by the russians, it is not entirely clear yet. kremlin told us there will be reciprical sponsor a tit-for-tat
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response. it is up to the kremlin and he is in no hurry. that may be an indication that putin is waiting for trump to take the white house before he responds. this may be for a u.s. president who is more sympathetic to the kremlin point of view or deterring the russians from reacting so strongly. joe. >> so potential for no response at all? >> reporter: there is that potential, of course. the kremlin was pretty clear that there will be some response. the russian foreign ministry may give us details on the responses over the course of the day. it is early morning here local time. it is a highly unusual position that the kremlin finds itself
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in. does it go in strong or respond in kind and expel 25 u.s. diplomats here or hold back knowing trump will be in office in three weeks and hoping to improve the relationship with the administration. >> thank you for that, matthew chance. could trump reverse the sanctions imposed by russia yesterday? here is what homeland security adviser said on "the lead with jake tapper." >> the reversal of sanctions would be highly unusual. indeed the sanctions usually remain in place until the activity and reasons for them m imposed in the first place has been removed. >> in the meantime, a senior obama official says if a future president wanted to allow a large tranche of russian
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intelligence agents, prepasumab a future president could do so. >> met with a mixed response on capitol hill. most lawmakers who reacted are happy to see some reaction, but republicans say it doesn't go far enough. john mccain and lindsey graham visiting the baltic neighbors overseas. put out a statement on the hack. the retaliatory measures announced by the obama administration today are long overdue, but they are a small price for russia to pay for the attack on american democraciment we intend to lead the effort in the new congress to impose stronger sanctions on russia. house speaker paul ryan says russia does not share america's interests. it has consistently sought to undermine then with dangerous instability around the world. today's action is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with
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russia and it serves as a prime example of the administration's ineffective foreign policy that left america weaker in the eyes of the world. chuck schumer offering uncall unqualified backing in a tweet. strongly support the obama administration work to fight back against russia. we need to punch back. a buffalo, new york school board moving to oust donald trump's chairman carl paladino on his school board over offensive remarks of the obamas. he told a newspaper he wanted to see the president die from mad cow disease and the first lady living with a gorilla in africa. the school board thursday approved a resolution giving him 24 hours to resign. if he doesn't, the board says it will ask the state education commissioner to remove him.
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paladino is refusing to go. vowing not to give in to what he called haters. after five years of war, a new cease-fire in effect in syria this morning. can the assad regime and rebel groups build hope for peace? more live from the middle east coming up next.
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a new cease-fire now under way in syria. you are looking at live pictures from aleppo. you see it foggy and peaceful. something we have not seen in a long time. the new cease-fire part of the deal brokered by turkey and russia including a return to peace talks after more than five years of war. turkey's president calling the deal historic opportunity, but russian president vladimir putin acknowledging the path is fragile. what is the latest on the ground in syria? cnn's ian lee has more on the ground from syria. good morning, ian. >> reporter: good morning, alison. we have been talking to people on the ground in syria. so far the cease-fire is holding. there have been reports of sporadic fighting, but by and large, it is quiet. the cease-fire is three parts. cessation of hostilities with allies with russia and syria. the second pardon part is credit
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ta creating a dialogue. the third part is negotiation. they hope to go to the negoti e negotiating table and hash out a peace deal and put an end to the war that killed hundreds of thousands of people. missing from this is isis and the al qaeda affiliate formally known as al nusra and the rpg. the forced backed by the united states. >> ian, president assad made news yesterday. he talked about president-elect donald trump saying there is optimism of a trump presidency. >> reporter: let me read you the statement. part of the optimism could be related to the better relations with united states and russia. if there is better relations, most of the world, including syria and other small countries
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will be beneficiaries of the relationship. up until this point, the united nations has a firm position with syria and bashar al assad. russia and syria are hoping under a trump administration there will be more wiggle room and flexibility. also with trump signals he will have a closer relationship with russia which can help as well. russia has said once donald trump does become president, he is welcome to become part of the negotiating process. until then, the united states and barack obama have been sidelined. >> ian lee, thank you. alison, new this morning, the united kingdom criticizing secretary of state john kerry for his comments on israel this week. a spokeswoman for theresa may said it was not appropriate to go after the political composition of the democratly elected government of the ally.
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may's office says it considers the construction of settlements illegal, it is far from the only problem with the conflict with the palestinians. kerry on wednesday went after israel's government as the most right wing in the state's history and portrayed the settlements as the biggest obstacle in the way of peace. france is raising terror tax. citizens pay $1.70 more on property insurance policies. the cash goes directly to a fund set up for victims of terror attacks. more than 200 people have died in france in attacks in the last 20 months. 86 people died in summer in attack in nice and 130 people killed in the november 2015 terror attacks in paris. a record-breaking drug bust in australia. take a look at this. authorities seized over 1,000 pounds of cocaine.
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it happened as police tracked a fishing boat from sydney to parsley bay. of officers moved in. the result is after a two and a half years investigation. the cartel was local, but had international connections. 15 men were arrested. time for an early start on your money. global stocks are mixed as we enter the last trading day of 2016. the dow will not hit the 20,000 mark today. u.s. futures are higher after closing lower yesterday. despite a lack luster end to the year, stocks enjoyed a great run in 2016. the dow, nasdaq and s&p all on track for solid annual gains. you look at the dow up 14% this year. mortgage rates rose for the ninth straight week yesterday. the steepest increase in three years according to mortgage provider freddie mac.
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they are tied to bond market rates. i'll give you perspective here. with the jump, the average rate in 2016 was the lowest on record for the past 45 years. keep in mind the fed is on a trend to raise interest rates. before the fed went ahead and raised rates this month, interest rates were going up. >> the 20,000 mark looks like it will not happen. this year. >> probably not this year. never say never. security being stepped up in a big way here in new york ahead of the big new year's eve festivities in times square. new steps taken to protect millions ringing in 2017.
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new york city police department ramping up the
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crossroads of the world security. authorities are pulling out the stops to keep revelers safe. brynn gingras mahas more. >> reporter: 2 million people are expected to ring in times square on new year's eve. it takes an army to protect the city against any possible threats. no credible threats against the new year's eve ball drop event at this point according to the nypd. every precaution is taking place. we are told by the nypd, they prepare for this once the ball dropped earlier this year. it is a multilayer level of security. two things to note, we have not seen in previous years at this particular event. that is 65 sand trucks and 100 barrier trucks which are department vehicles will form a perimeter around this times square area. that is in direct response to the truck-style attacks we saw in nice and berlin.
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we know just within the last few weeks, authorities with the nypd have been visiting truck rental centers and parking garages and talking to hotel owners just to make sure keeping every precaution for the security that will attract millions as they ring in the new year. joe and alison. >> or you can just watch anderson cooper. >> there you go. a nice plug. >> it will be cold. mild temperatures for the festivities in times square. a snowy white new year for many in new england. let's get too meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> good morning, joe and alison. a blustery friday shaping up across the northeast. 40 miles was the magical number away from the metro cities where it transitions out of rain to snow. it remains that way friday morning. the center of the storm system keeping it blustery for friday afternoon. look at the accumulations in
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just 12 hours. up to 2 feet across maine on into vermont as well. the center of circulation exits out of maine. we have lake enhanced snowshowers back behind it. the heavy in northern maine where it is left in place. up to 6 to 10 inches through this morning into the early afternoon hours. the good news is temperatures moderate back out a bit as we go to the first few days of 2017. temperatures in orlando in the 60s to the 70s to the 80s in the next several days. atlanta wants to warm up to the 60s. the first week of 2017 looks like by the middle of next week, coming back down into the freezing mark. guys. pedram, thank you. a south carolina judge ordering church shooter dylann roof to go through a second competency hearing. this coming a day after roof, representing himself in the trial penalty phase, said he would give an opening statement,
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but not call witnesses or submit evidence. the hearing is set for monday. roof facing the death penalty for killing nine parishioners at a charleston church last year. michael slager facing retrial in march in the murder of walter scott. mistrial declared this month after jurors could not come to unanimous decision. slager accused of gunning down scott, unarmed, during a traffic stop. video of the incident shows the moment slager killed scott as he ran away. the footage garnered national attention. 2016 was the deadliest year for police officers since 2011 nationwide. the report by the memorial fund for police officers reports that 135 officers were killed in 2016. some died in traffic accidents, but half were shot to death. that's a 56% increase in shooting deaths over the previous year.
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of the 64 officers shot and killed in the line of duty, 21 killed in ambush attacks. a mother/daughter funeral planned for carrie fisher and debbie reynolds. abc news reporting that todd fisher, reynolds' son and fisher's brother, a memorial in the works for the two. at the moment, he says there is no set date or location. the 84-year-old reynolds, died wednesday, one day after fisher passed away at the age of 60. let's get aerial stan early your money. markets get into the last trading day of 2016. dow will not hit the 20,000 mark. that's what i'm guessing. u.s. futures are higher after closing lower yesterday. analysts expect another day of light trading. stocks have enjoyed a great run in 2016. markets recovered from one of the worst ever beginnings of the year to hit a series of record
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highs. dow, nasdaq and s&p on track for solid annual gains. run dmc is bringing walmart to court. filed a $50 million lawsuit against the retailers on thursday for selling products that use the group's name without permission. the lawsuit alleges retailers have profited from and harmed the run dmc brand which generated more than $100 million since the 1980s. speaking of amazon, it may soon have floating warehouses. that is according to a recent patent filed by the company. stay with me here. the airborne fulfillment centers would use blimps at 45,000 feet. blimps would store products and send out delivery drones to get orders.
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now possibly the regulatory issues aside, this is years away from happening. drone delivery may begin in the near future. the company laid out plans to start using them next year. imagine the blimps. it will be crowded. >> it sounds like "independence day." the movie. >> the future is here now. >> i don't want to think about that. "early start" continues right now. >> happening now, the russians finalizing response to unprecedented sanctions leveled by the white house over the election hack. how will moscow fight back? we're live in russia. a new cease-fire finally taking effect in syria after more than five years of bloodshed. is the pause enough to get the sides talking about a lasting peace? we're live in the middle east. and they are getting ready to party in times square. less than 48 hours to the big ball drop. security stepped up ahead of the
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new year's eve celebration. we will tell you what steps are taken. good morning. well tomorrcocome to "early sta" i'm joe johns. >> i'm alison kosik. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. john and christine are off. this morning, we are waiting to see what steps the russians plan to take. they are vowing to retaliate likely today for the sanctions president obama has just laid down. punishing russia for election hacking. white house announcing punitive measures against four individuals and five entities and expelling dozens of diplomats. this is drawing condemnation from the russian government and president-elect. donald trump again downplaying the election hack, but he has a new twist. here is the latest statement. it is time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nevertheless in the interest of our country and great people, i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be

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