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zoraida is off today. details about the death of future hall of famer, medical examiner confirming that junior seau committed suicide. but we don't have the answer to the question there. a woman plunges 1,000 feet to her death in a hanggliding accident. police finding key evidence in the instructor's stomach? and also caught on tape. a scary armed robbery at a dunkin' donuts, a customer trying to be a hero but ends up unconscious. how this all went down, all in matter of seconds. up first this morning, big new developments with the chinese activist smack-dab in the middle of a political firestorm. hillary clinton is scheduled to speak about chen guangcheng in about an hour. we learned that chen can apply to study abroad according to a chinese state-run news agency. u.s. officials also say they just spoke by phone today with chen and met with his wife in
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person. they're expected to meet with chen in a hospital sometime this morning. the blind activist says he doesn't feel safe in china and wants to come to the u.s. he even interrupted a capitol hill hearing yesterday to request a meeting with the secretary of state. >> translator: i want to meet with the secretary clinton. i hope i can get more help from her. the thing i most concern right now is now is the safety of my mother and my brothers and i really want to know what's going on with them. >> secretary of state clinton is wrapping up her visit to china this morning. she's holding a news kfrnconfer in just over an hour. our other big story this morning, new details in the death of nfl future hall of famer junior seau and his painful final moments. medical examiner confirming seau
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killed himself with a gunshot wound to the chest. the report does not say, though, whether repeated hits to the head had during his 19-year pro career may have led him down the path to suicide. seau's mother who was so overcome with emotion she almost collapsed led a prayer vigil outside of his home last night. seau's pastor and family friend said he texted his ex-wife and children "i love you" before he pulled the trigger. also in question, how many concussions did he have while playing in his career? we are live in los angeles. paul, what's the latest? >> well, good morning, ashleigh. as you pointed out, the coroner's report says that junior seau committed suicide, and they say this was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. now, the examiner conducted this forensic autopsy, including a full examination, according to the report, of seau's organs and collection of appropriate
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specimens for lab studies, including toxicology and microscopic examination of organs and tissues. what the report did not do is make a link to the suicide of former chicago bears safety dave dorsen last year. you may recall that duerson shot himself in the chest and in his suicide note he said that he wanted his brain studied for possible damage. now, later on, a boston university research on brain injuries found that duerson suffered from degenerative damage to his brain because of repeated hard hits. again, the seau autopsy doesn't go that far at this point. a final autopsy could come out in as long as three months. but one thing that we do know is espn is reporting a forensic pathologist who first identified chronic brain damage as a factor in the deaths of some nfl players flew to san diego, reportedly, to participate in seau's autopsy. in the end, it will be up to seau's family to see if they
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want to release his brain to be studied for possible damage and concussions. again, that's up to seau's family, according to police, ashleigh. >> paul, it's incredible you just said that, because as you were speaking i just got an alert that this is going to happen, that the family has now agreed to allow researchers to study seau's brain for evidence of damage as a result of concussions, this coming from i believe "the l.a. times," that they have done an exclusive interview with them. just quickly, getting through this wire copy, i can't read it all while i'm spooking to you, what is the issue? is it that they want to release to certain researchers, to the nfl? because i know this is an issue with other players as well. >> well, when you talk to players in the football community, the ex-nf playerl pl think all of them are worried about what may or may not have happened to them over the years.
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seau, an extremely long nfl career. the family probably saying seau being such a person in the community, such a giving person, this is yet perhaps more of junior's legacy. obviously he had his own charitable contributions. and i think that they would fully support anything that could be done, any studies that could be done, on junior seau's brain that might help other nfl players, ex-nfl players in the future. >> just quickly i'll add to this report as you're speaking as well that the san diego chargers' chaplain, sean mitchell is quoted saying it is likely the high speculation is the researchers at boston university would most likely be the candidates to do this studying, if that ends up happening. but at this point i think it's pretty critical that the family is certainly on board for releasing seau's brain for research. can i also ask you, paul, what you know -- you're very close to the story and you've spent a lot of time amongst those deeply affected by this suicide -- about his friends, former players or people close to him,
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do they say there was anything leading up to this, any kind of signal, anything that might have led them to believe there was trouble on the horizon? >> certainly not recently. ashlei ashleigh, when you walk that strand in oceanside, california, where seau lived. all the friends and neighbors in the area say he was still greeting everybody with "hey buddy, playing his guitar. he would literally walk across a walk way, if you will, into the ocean and surf and be there every day. the only thing that might have been an indicator is about a year and a half ago you may know that junior seau was arrested and not charged for what's called spousal battery. and about five hours after that he drove his car off a cliff. he said he fell asleep at the wheel. others questioned that and wondered if possibly that was a suicidal act, ashleigh. >> paul, i'm just going to reiterate that breaking news as you were speaking coming in, this attributed to "the los angeles times," that the family of junior seau is saying they've
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decided to allow researchers to study his brain for evidence of damage as a result of concussions. paul, great work out there. thanks very much. a white new york police officer now cleared in the shooting death of an ailing black war veteran in his own apartment. a grand jury declined to indict 68-year-old kenneth chamberlain was shot and killed last november after accidentally setting off his medical alert device and then refusing to allow police to enter his parmtd. cops say he pulled a knife on them. 7:30 eastern on "starting point," kenneth chamberlain jr., the son of the man killed by police in his own home, joins soledad o'brien to talk about the grand jury decision. a hang glielding instructor accused of eating evidence after a student plunged to her death. the police say that lanenni gomez was on a hand gliding event when she slipped out and fell hundreds of feet into the
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woods. the investigators say the instructor swallowed a memory card from a video camera on board. x-rays are actually confirming that. >> there have been a series of x-rays taken. we have confirmed so we are just in the waiting process. we have confirmed that the memory card is still inside. >> at this point, they aren't sure if any of the video of the flight will play now. >> oh, my. new this morning, the philadelphia archbishop is announcing the fate of 27 catholic priests suspended for child sex abuse allegations. later today, the archbishop is expected to release the findings from the latest year-long church investigation. previous findings were called into question by a grand jury last year. a former top aide at the arch die seize, william lynn, is charged with child endangerment for his handling of abuse complaints. a brown bear, two spotted leopards and monkeys are going to be returned to their
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zanesville, ohio, farm later today. if that sounds familiar, it should be. it's the same farm where 50 exotic wild animals were released into the public by their owner, terry thompson, last fall, right before he killed himself. most of those animals had to be killed by law enforcement to protect the public. authorities did not have access to tranquilizer guns and were forced to shoot two wolves, six black bears, two grizzly bears, nine male lions, eight female lion's tesss and three mountain lions along with 18 bengal tigers. the five creatures being returned to the thompson window have been kept at the columbus zoo since the incident. right now lawmakers are ohio are trying to pass legislation that would tighten some rules in the state for exotic animal ownership. investors might be sweating out the next few hours waiting for the april jobs report set to be released at 8:30 eastern. as always, it could move the mooshgts. kmists surveyed by cnn money
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expect 160,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, an improvement from march but the pace is still growth compared to december, january and february. keep an eye on cnn all morning. i'll have the breaking details when the april jobs report is released at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. and still ahead, we all do it, stop by dunkin' donuts every so often, pick up something on the way to work. but if you see this video -- >> oh, my! >> -- you'll think twice about what you do next. if you have a couple of minutes, this is a short commercial break, you have to see what happened to commercial at dunkin' donuts and why it happened. and it's raining raccoons in one home. i'm not kidding. this actually happened. we'll explain, next. you're watching "early start." [ female announcer ] lactaid milk is easy to digest. it's real milk full of calcium and vitamin d. and tastes simply delicious. for those of us with lactose intolerance...
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let's get you up to date. more developments with the human rights chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic firestorm. american officials have spoken by phone with chen guangcheng, met with his wife in person. all of this happening today. secretary of state hillary clinton is scheduled to hold a news conference in an hour. scary surveillance voideo from a dunkin' donuts in boynton, florida, hapleaping through the door, thrpulls a gu. a customer knocked out cold after the thief stomped on his head. several other cameras in the store and this one, police were able to identify the thief and some accomplices. >> look at that. just right back to the business of thieving while the poor man is unconscious behind him. that is unbelievable. >> wow. >> that's what you'd call
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callus. the invaders are raccoons burrowing into this house through the attic and crashing into the kitchen, where they found a nice bowl of fruit to eat. the noises absolutely terrified the homeowners. >> we heard scratching and that and water was running. we were really scared. we didn't know what to do. >> they locked themselves inside a bedroom, called the police. when the officers arrived, they threw their house keys down from the balcony for the police. police chased the suspects, offenders, out of the house and the weapon of choice to do so? a broom. >> you know they were masked so they won't be able to identify them later. >> oh, you are hilarious, romans! >> you have one day left to buy that bigger and brighter hat. the kentucky derby is tomorrow. this year's top thoroughbreds
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will compete. cyndi lauper served as the parade's marshal. >> it's also sin ccinco demayo. >> love cyndi lauper. and the kentucky derby and sin co-demayo? i'm just confuse. >> tomorrow is the 5th, right? >> marciano is always on track. what's up? talladega is this weekend. and the full moon tomorrow night is the biggest full moon of the year. >> that's why we're weird. >> perfect day to throw a party. >> absolutely. >> what's going on? good weather for the fabulous celebrations across the country? >> there is a chance for some thunderstorms tomorrow at post time. here's forecast for the kentucky derby, 85 degrees, humid. we'll put it at 40%, maybe 50% chance of seeing a thunderstorm
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interrupt the race at that point. but it will go off. not sure if it will be good for mudders or fast track. showers and thunderstorms rolling across, mostly just showers, across the northeast right now. you will see warmer weather in the big apple. i know that onshore wind we've been playing kind of cat and mouse with it all week long. winds come off the ocean this time of year, it gets cool in a hurry. those winds will switch around eventually. for the next couple of hours, that will be the focal point for seeing severe thunderstorms later often today and tonight. also for parts of tex getting a piece of energy coming out of the four corner and decent storm in the pacific northwest. continued warmth, we had a few records yesterday, 92 in memphis today, 91 degrees expected in dallas and 78 degrees in new york city. all right, the full moon tomorrow night is going to be brightest one of the year. it's at its closest point and it's full so it will be -- it's going to be 3% closer than typically it would be during the
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year, during a close spot. and it's going to be about 16% brighter. one more reason to look at the moon tomorrow night. >> howl at the moon. >> there you go. howl away. >> thanks, rob. 18 minutes after the hour. we're getting an early read on the water cooler with these stories. the tallest man in america finally getting a new pair of shoes after his story went viral. we told you about it here, too. 29-year-old igor is 7'8", wears a 6size 26 shoe. he can't afford new shoes. reebok made him sneakers years ago, but his medical issues changed the shape of his feet. the company now stepping up again, saying it will make him another pair. the shoes will take up to 14 weeks to make and cost up to $20,000. igor is also raising money through a social media campaign hoping to have enough money to wear shoes for life. >> christine, turn around. look behind you. that picture is a child's shoe on the top. that's a size 9 shoe in the
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middle. and then on the bottom that's igor's shore. believe that? >> wow. what a man. good luck, igor. i'm glad the viral campaign worked out. this campaign we're about to tell you about, we're really glad it didn't work out so well. a phoenix woman is accused of faking cancer so she could get a boob job. this is from ktvk our affiliate. 27-year-old jami toller said she needed money to, quote, help with medical expenses. her mom helped create the web site. >> don't know if the mom knew. don't know about chargs but toller rurnled to work but couldn't provide a doctor notes for her medical leave. so her employers were a little bit suspicious and checked her medical records. and now ms. toller is facing felony fraud and theft charges. by the way, if you're going to go on medical leave and you come back to work, maybe you want to wear a hoodie or something that doesn't show off what you were really up to at the doctor's
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welcome back. we're minding your business this morning. facebook finally naming the stock price for the initial public offering. i'm really surprised at this. $28 to $35? that will value the company up to 98 billion. >> wow. >> i thought they were going to be way more expensive. >> the thing is, they put the stock price so there will be initial public offering and then it will trade at the market. that's where it runs up if people think that initial value is too low. that's where people think it will run up. keep in mind facebook has the
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option to tweak the stock price as they get closer to going public. next week, mark zuckerberg and senior executives will kick off a road show, meet with big investors, not little ones like me and you, big investors, the big institutional investors, that starts monday in new york. then eventually it will set that final stock price the night before it goes public. and finally it will start trading publicly on the nasdaq. this is rumored to happen an may 18th or sometime in mid-may. >> okay. this is your favorite time of year. i love that you call this your super bowl. it's your favorite time of month. you call this the super bowl of what you do for a living. it's jobs day. jobs report, 8:30. this is what we're expecting from the jobs report. it's so incredibly important politically and for you. you're a jobs market of one. you either have 100% employment or zero. but you want opportunity. the unemployment rate is expected to stay unchanged at 8.2%. economists are expecting about 160,000 jobs created last month.
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can i show you this trend? the trend was -- this is the last year. so we had some trouble last summer. we've been having more momentum. look at here, january and february, march was a disappointment. this is what i would call modest job gain here. but it is better than we saw in march so we're very closely watching to see whether 160,000 jobs were created. here's the politics, ash. because you're going to be hearing a lot about -- the president is saying we're moving forward and we're seeing jobs gains. >> that's the campaign slogan. forward. >> right. mitt romney is saying these are broken promises on jobs and energy and other things. but broken promises versus forward. that's how the campaigns are spinning the numbers. here you go, the last year of the bush presidency. huge job losses. huge job losses beginning of president obama's presidency. and this is where we've been now. each of these black bars is steady jobs improvement, not as much as we need to see, but still a consistent trend here of job gains. >> i love it when you do this because it really does mike it
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simple to see. i wonder if the campaign will take something like that. >> the bloodletting in the job market is shared under both administrations. it started here, continued here. here is where you're starting to see recovery. the one thing you need to know today. >> what is your wisdom/. >> many of you are out of work applying for jobs. the most important thing to put on your cover letter is someone else's name. you must have someone else's name. whose name is that? the connection to someone you know in that company. >> what? >> blindly sending cover letters and resumes is something from the '90s. the '90s are over. you need -- you're going to get a job through someone else and you have to start thinking that way right now. >> they used to say it's not what you know but it's who you know. this is what you're saying, it's who you know? >> 150,000 people enter the labor market every month. if we're only adding 160,000 jobs a month, you have to know somebody to get you a job. >> can i ask you a silly question? if you don't know somebody in the company, can you do
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something, do some research, this is my area. >> yes. professional associations, networking and volunteering in groups that are around the area that you work in, meeting people that way. and, you know, a lot of people they meet somebody painting the wall at the school for a volunteer project. do that. >> great advice. one thing you need to know, folks. so how much beeping, blaring and screeching can you take? listen to this. what on earth is going on at the civic auditorium? apparently it's an effort to shoo away the homeless. why? how? is it working? we'll explain in a moment. ♪ na, na... ♪ na, na-na, na [ men ] ♪ hey, hey, hey ♪ goodbye [ flushing ] ♪ [ both ] ♪ na, na... [ woman ] ♪ na, na-na, na [ men ] ♪ hey, hey, hey ♪ good-bye
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welcome back to "early start." it is 31 past the hour. good to have you with us. here's what's happening in the news. major developments overnight in the story of that chinese human rights activist chen guangcheng. the word is what's being called a facesaving deal may be in the works that will allow chen to apply to study in the united states. american officials apparently saying they spoke to him overnight on the telephone and met with his wife in person. don't forget he's in a medical facility. hillary clinton set to speak on this in about a half hour live from beijing. also, a hang glider accused of eating some evidence? after a student fell 1,000 feet to her death during a tandem flight in western canada, this is a very strange story, the investigators say he swallowed a memory card that contained video of that flight but that may have actually been damaged, erasing the video. who knows how that will turn out. very unusual indeed. and also in the news, a
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white police officer off the hook in a racially charged shooting death of a black war veteran in his own apartment. 68-year-old kennel edge chamberlain was killed late last year in his apartment after a standoff in white plains, new york, with police. he showed up to check on him after his medical alert device went off, but things went south from there. christine? america's front yard about to undergo some major yard work it's been the site of some of the nation's most memorable and historic moments. martin luther king jr. delivered his "i have a dream "eye speech there, the backdrop of many presidential inaugurations, now the national mall is getting a $700 million face-lift. the trust for the national mall, the official nonprofit partner of the national parks service, announced yesterday the winners of a design competition. each will make over one of three areas of the grounds which stretch from the u.s. capitol to the lincoln memorial. it has been 36 years since the last major renovation more than
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25 million people visit the mall every year. joining me now, carolyn cunningh cunningham. good morning. half of all americans at some point in their lives will visit this site, that's why it's so important to spruce it up after 40 years, right? >> absolutely. 25 million people come to the park every single year, and it has last seen any renovations about 40 years ago. and it does not look like america's front yard and what it should be, the pride of our nation. >> there are three areas that will be renovated. union square, the washington monument grounds at sill van theater and also the constitution gardens. tell me a little bit about how visitors are going to see a new and i guess more modern kind of approach to the mall. >> you know, it's interesting. in 2010 november secretary salazar signed the national mall plan that laid out the future of the national mall. these sites that we redesigned
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and that we'll be working on were the major sites in that national mall plan. and the idea is to better meet the needs of the visitors. you know, this place was never designed for 25 million people, and i think the designs are respectful of the hillis torque convi -- historic context the space which is very important but allows for more facilities, bathrooms, food facilities, and their lovely landscape design so we're paying attention to the wonderful monuments and memorials. >> architects will have to be sure the landscape design blends nicely with the modern facilities of bathrooms and why to buy food and the like without making it disney. you don't want disney. you want the national mall. >> no! >> and that's the point here, right? >> absolutely. you know, on the washington monument grounds the proposal is a landscape design. it returns the a.mphitheater there that's broken down and allows the landscape to be the natural amphitheater refocusing
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people to the washington monument rather than having their backs there. it tucks the bathrooms and food facility under the landscape so you don't see them. it's really quite amazing. and at constitution gooardens, that plan in the 1970s originally had a restaurant. they simply didn't have the money to build it. so we went back, redesigned the landscape to support trees, which the fill right now can't even do that, but then put a restaurant there and a perfo performance base. >> you mentioned the money, the project expected to cost $700 million. half of it coming from taxpayer money. how will you raise the other 350 million? >> well, i just want to make sure people know that 700 million is for the entire national mall plan. the projects that we'll be doing are going to be far less than that, and they're going to be only private dollars, meaning no taxpayer dollars will be going into these projects. >> all right. thank you so much, really nice to meet you, caroline.
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it will look different, ash, when we take our kids. it will be upgraded and nice. >> we'll do it together, christine. look at that beautiful picture of the capitol all lit up. thanks, guys. 36 minutes now past 5:00 on the east coast. concert promoters in san francisco have decided to use a different sort of loud noise to keep homeless residents away. for your enjoyment, listen. that's nice to hear over your tv set at 5:36 in the morning, isn't it? imagine what it's like in the bill graham civic auditor yam. apparently homeless are gathering outside the auditorium and the venue's promotor called another planet decided to use noise pollution to try to clear them away. >> chain saws, jackhammers, sirens, motorcycle riding. loud obnoxious noises. really obnoxious.
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you can hear it 500 to 1,000 yards away. >> that does not sound pleasant. they crank this noise apparently all night long, eight to nine hours at a time. not sure if it's working, but think back, 1989, manuel noriega, that worked for u.s. tro troops, didn't it? 36 past 5:00, an indiana coroner arrested for drunk driving. look at her. police say this woman in the pink was on her way to a death investigation. tamara van gundy staggering when she arrived, her alcohol testing twice the legal limit. she was taken straight to jail, but you know something? she expressed remorse in a phone call. >> it was just like i i've got to go, i've got to go. it was a poor decision. >> tamara van gundy was charged with praioperating a vehicle wh intoxicated. serious infighting to tell you about this morning at yahoo.
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and this is getting ugly. yahoo's board of directors is now reviewing the ceo scott thompson's resume. yes, the resume of their own ceo. apparently a hedge fund investor, called third point, made a claim that thompson lied about having a degree in computer science. that hedge fund owns nearly 6% of yahoo's shares and is in a strenuous battle to gain seats on the firm's board. so there's that part. >> oh, that's going to get interesting. ahead on "early start," the very latest on the plight of chinese activist chen guangcheng. he's asking for a meeting with secretary of state clinton and she's going to speak in minutes in beijing. also, a major fashion magazine has decided to do something really, really different. we're talking about skinny girls, one big name, hopefully one big change, and no more little things. we'll explain all of that, tell you about the magazine after this quick break. you're watching "early start."
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. nice to have you back with us. 42 minutes past 5:00 on the east coast. in just the next 45 minutes, actually, we're watching the clock to hear from secretary of state hilalary clinton as she's wrapping up her visit to china. she'll go live, folks but it's not clear at this point if she will specifically speak to this issue of the blind activist, the human rights hero, chen guangcheng. he interrupted a congressional hearing yesterday, pleading for help from secretary clinton, saying, i need to get out of this country, china, telling the united states lawmakers that he and his family are just not safe. >> translator: i want to meet with secretary clinton. i hope i can get more help from
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her. the thing i most concern right now is the safety of my mother, my brothers, and i really want to know what's going on with them. >> really remarkable if you think about the kind of power, having that access to just sort of interrupt a congressional hearing. but stan grant, our correspondent who has been on this story and first on the story and just about every development, live in beijing this morning, stan, i'd love to address what we just saw, but first brand new information coming out this morning that apparently chen is going to be allowed to apply to study abroad? is this all diplomatic speak for, we've got to get resolution over this thing, it's wrecking a really important meeting? >> reporter: yeah, i think so. i think it's also an indication that china may be looking for a way of preparing the ground for their own population here, preparing the news that chen may leave that he doesn't become a heroic figure here. just speaking to locals today, they're hearing a little bit more about this in the news coverage, despite a blanket ban
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over the last week or so. it's starting to be reported but it's being reported in this way, a, that chen is somehow a traitor to the country. they're trying to blacken his name. and, b, china is scoring a diplomatic win over the united states with this whole saga. so, yes, they're leaving the door open for him to be able to get a passport, apply for a student visa, and then go to the united states. and from there, we'd assume apply for asylum. there's been a little built of a change in chen's tactics. speaking to him, he's now saying he's lightening up on a lot of the criticism of the united states, pulling back from the high criticism of china as well. he's now saying he just wants to go to the u.s. for either a holiday or to study, not to live there permanently. so no one really wants to bring this to a head. they're trying to find a pragmatic solution, and this may be the beginnings of some sort of an answer as one with official put it to us today, off the record, the ice may be beginning to crack ashleigh. >> it's just such an us versus
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them story. he seems to be a real human rights hero here but seems to be portrayed as a huge villain there. before i ask you about the access that he finally got to his wife, i just want to find out, how on earth is he getting the incredible access to these high-level american leaders? he broke into a meeting on capitol hill yesterday. >> reporter: it's extraordinary, isn't it? he really is a player, you know. he's obviously a courageous man, a guy able to stand up to the might of the state who has endured enormous hardship. listening to him, he's been jailed for four years, he was 18 months under house arrest. he said he was beaten constantly. he was denied medical support. then he immediamade the extraor escape. this is a resourceful person. he has friends in high places, a real symbol for human rights in china. what happened in the united states with the congressional hearing, someone very highly placed there was able to make a call to chen and put him up on speaker phone at the hearing himself. >> amazing. >> reporter: it does show how
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much of a lightning rod he's become for all of this pentup frustration. >> amazing. quickly about his wife because there's been so much concern, he's terrified his phones have been bugged, they're burying things in his yard, his house has been taken over by chinese officials. yet now we're hearing that he has had some access to news ever his wife through american officials, who have been able to meet with her. what do we know? >> reporter: exactly. american officials are not able to meet with chen, despite him being at a hospital because the hospital is so heavily guarded. there was an incredible picture of the second in charge of the embassy waiting outside in shirtsleeves in the sun not being able to get inside. they did however saw his wife. they put her mind at rest. they said they're doing everything they can to be able to help had her and her husband. so that also is making him feel more secure. but there's a long way to go in this. this is a delicate diplomatic dance, u.s. and china, very, very powerful, neither wanting to blink in the middle of this
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resourceful and brave human rights fighter who's been cast as a villain of course here in china but a hero in the u.s. >> well, you've been doing am e amazing work, stan, throughout all of this. sometimes i can't understand how you're access to the high-level officials over there. you're good, my friend. thanks so much. >> reporter: we try. 47 minutes after the hour. let's get you up to date this morning. junior seau's family will donate his brain to science. that new from "the l.a. times" this morning. >> the death of the former nfl linebacker has been confirmed a suicide. still not clear, though, whether hard had h hard hit hads and possible brain damage contributed to him before he shot himself. his pastor saying seau did have a history of concussions. new this morning for you -- you're looking at brand new video just released of a missing 6-year-old girl named isabel solis. apparently officials are looking into mexico, checking bus
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depots, hotels. isabel's father said he put her to bed on the night of april 20th. when he went to wake her up the next morning, she was simply gone. the window was open, the screen had been removed. isabel's father desperately pleading for his baby's return. >> just please, mrplease, to th people who have isabel, tell us your demands, tell us what you want. we will do anything for her. >> oh, god bless that family. the tucson police chief is confirming both of isabel's parents have taken a lie detector test but hasn't revealed the results. he says, this is the way it goes. everyone is a suspect at this point. whoever fired at the u.s. space and rocket center could be facing federal charges this morning. police in huntsville, alabama, say at least one bullet hit a saturn five rocket yesterday on display. several school groups were visiting the museum at the time. luckily no injuries were
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reported, only paint damage. the smith sewn 81 owns that rocket. the money trail, hot on focus this morning in the trial of john edwards. an interior designer by the name of brian huffman took the stand yesterday, and this was real interesting. he described how he helped to funnel money from a very wealthy older heiress to the former senator's top aide. now, that interior designer said that checks would say things like "antique tables and chairs" in the memo line when the funds were being used to cover up edwards' affair withry el riell hunter. a lawyer for the heiress takes the stand today. too young and too thin, no longer in "vogue." "vogue" magazine is banning underage models who look under weight. the company says, we will not knowingly work with models under the age 16 or appear to have an eating disorder. "vogue" says it wants to promote healthy images. its directors will now check
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models' i.d.s and photo shoots and fashion shows. a little later we'll be getting an opinion from an actual model. emme joins us at 6:30 eastern time. devastating news for the new york yankees, their legendary closer mariano rivera may miss the rest of the season while hurting his knee during batting practice yesterday. that's been part of his pregame routine for more than a decade. who knows what went wrong this time. he was carted off the field reportedly, i hate to say this, tearing his acl. just 42 years old. 42 years young, we like to say. and the all-time major league saves leader as well. take a look. there he is going off the field. so there could be some talk that this will be his final year in the big leagues and it may have just come to a screeching halt. oh, god, i hate seeing pictures like that. >> he couldn't just coast? he had to be shagging fly balls. going for it, too. that's what makes him who he is, you know? >> oh, you know it's got to hurt when a guy like that who's just
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all right, time to take a look at what's trending on the web. the king of soda pop, pepsi, bringing back michael jackson for a new ad campaign. >> weird! >> the company struck a deal with the jackson estate to use his image in tv ads just like this iconic ad from the '80s. there will also be special edition cans. pepsi first hooked up with mj back in 1983, and this campaign is timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the album "bad." 25 years! >> are we that old? >> no, we're not. >> maybe i am. >> we're living on hyper speed, my friend. >> indeed. i've been reading a couple of reactions to this, people saying, you know what? that could go either way. people could be really offended or what? >> the estate signed off on it so maybe it will be done tastefully. we'll watch. >> i hope so. i love this guy. no matter what i was so entertained by him. no matter what happened politically, legally, you cannot argue that is one heck of an
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entertainer, gone too soon. ready for the next one? a superhero who wears the red white and blue, not captain america. i think we'll call this guy the pbr guy, beer man coming to the rescue when a college student lost her pbr, university of nebraska lincoln student jessica robinson, minding her own business drinking pbr on her porch, when with guys came up and threatened her with a fork. i kid you not. they threatened her with a fork, took her beer. when the pabst people heard this, they sent over someone to replenish her supply. >> what great pr. remember the old ad pbr meaning asap? pbr me, asap. >> apparently they took it to heart. free beer. i guess it's really free beer, if you had your beer stolen and
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hey, good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm christine romans. zoraida is off. zoraida sambolin is off. new details about the death of a beloved hall of famer. >> bizarre story, hard way to die and a strange twist in the case, a woman plunges 1,000 feet
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in a hang gliding evidence and evidence in the instructor's stomach. a widow who unleash eed wil animals on the town. >> a human rights hero in the diplomatic firestorm between the united states and china. secretary hillary clinton and officials say he's free to study abroad. he says he wants to come to the u.s. and interrupted a capitol hill hearing yesterday to request a meeting with our secretary of state.
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>> translator: i want to meet with the secretary clinton. i hope i can get more help from her. the thing i'm most concerned right now is the safety of my mother, my brothers, and i really want to know what's going on with them. >> secretary clinton is going to wrap up her visit to china this morning. we'll monitor that news conference and bring you her comments later on in the broadcast. new details in the death of future nfl hall of famer junior seau and his painful, final moments according to the "l.a. times" the family decided to donate his brain to science. the medical examiner concerned say yaw killed himself with a gunshot wound to the chest. the report doesn't say whether repeated hits to the head during a 19-year pro career may have
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led down the path to suicide. seau's mother so overcome with emotion at the news conference almost collapsed led a prayer vigil outside his home. his pastor, family and friends said he texted his ex-wife and children the words "i love you" before he pulled the trigger. he suffered many concussions in his playing days. the story is so sad, so hard to watch his mother, essentially bury her son at such a young age. >> it is very sad and now the family in a sense trying to do its part to help study concussions et cetera and the link to nfl players. the "l.a. times" report, it says say yaw's family will allow his brain to be studied for evidence of damage as a result of concussions and that report quotes from the san diego chargers' chaplain who is sean mitchell and he says the family
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wants seau's brain to be studied to help others down the road. he told cnn as a linebacker say yaw played the host havoc-ridden position on the team and suffered many concussions so there's a strong sense it played a role and mitchell said seau shot himself in the chest, makes sense he'd want to have his head examined. late thursday the san diego county medical examiner confirmed he killed himself with a single gunshot wound to the chest, the same way former nfl player david dewerson killed himself a years ago and in i had suicide note he wanted to have his brain examined for link to concussion and depression and later boston university would conduct a study and did make that link for dewerson. it's not been said whether or not seau's family will allow his
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brain to be sent to boston university and we should note that espn is reporting that another pathologist who first linked chronic brain damage to the death of some former nfl players flew to san diego thursday to participate in say yaw's autopsy. that pathiologist is the chief medical examiner in san joaquin county in northern california and helped cofound the brain injury research institute and that is linked to the university of west virginia. >> all right, paul vercanen, thank you for covering the story. the prosecution of khalid sheikh mohammed gets under way at guantanamo bay. victims can watch feeds along the east coast. mohammed and four co-defendants will be tried in front of a military tribunal. the trial is not expected to begin for a year. >> a white new york police
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officer has been cleared in the shooting death of his sick elderly black veteran in his apartment. that happened yesterday the 68-year-old kenneth chamberlain was shot and killed after accidentally setting off his medical alert device. when the police arrived he refused to allow them to enter his apartment. the police say he pulled a knife on them. at 7:30 eastern on "starting point," his son, kenneth chamberlain jr. will talk about his father and this serious grand jury decision. a hang gliding instructor accused of eating evidence after a student plun nlged ee eed pl her death. she slipped out from the instructor and fell hundreds of feet into the woods. investigators say the instructor
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swallowed a memory card from a video camera on board and the x-rays confirmed that. >> there had been a series of x-rays taken, we have confirmed so we are just in the waiting process here. >> we have confirmed the memory card is still inside. >> william orders has been charged with obstructing justice. the hang gliding and paragliding association of canada says it has temporarily suspended his license. you can see christine, she can barely breathe for the jobs report said to be released at 8:30 eastern. the survey by the money experts figure we're probably going to come to around 160,000 jobs added, an improvement but still slow compared to the jobs gains we witnessed in december, january and february as well so keep it here on cnn all morning when that april jobs report is
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released at 8:30 eastern, we'll bring you the breaking news and bring it on down to how this impacts you, why it matters to what christine calls the economy of one, you. >> it's you. >> the "wall street journal" reporting the white house wants new rules for hydraulic fracking, on concerns it could contaminatine ground water. it is breaks open rocks and releases natural gas. new rules for constructing wells and waste water, new federal standards could affect the fracking process for all lands. >> that's something so many people don't understand that it is a fascinating science and controversial and it could affect you. stay tuned. seven minutes past 6:00 on the east coast. still ahead some video you have got to stick around to see, this happened at a dun kdun kikin' s
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welcome back. brown bear along with two spotted leopards and a pair of m monkeys will be returned to their zainsville, ohio, farm. 15 wild exotic animals in captivity were released into the neighborhood by their owner, terry thompson, happened last fall and just after he did that, he committed suicide so they were on the run, he was dead, everyone in danger, and most of those animals had to be destroyed by law enforcement just to protect all of the people who lived around that area. the authorities did not have any
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tranquillizer guns, so that's why they were forced to kill the animals. two wolves, six black bears, two grizzly bears, nine male lions, eight female lionesses, three mountain lions and 18 bengal tigers were shot. jason carroll is live in zainsville, ohio. i know it's the widow who wants the animals back but she's being quiet about this and people are very upset. >> reporter: she's being extremely quiet not speaking to anyone about this. number of people who live in this rural community are understandably upset about what's scheduled to happen at about 11:00 when officials at the the columbus zoo are expected to release the animals back into the care of marianne thompson. before that happens they first have to be tranquilized, sedated
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to make sure they're in the proper condition. there are a number of people who live in this area where i am right now, he sam copcheck's property borders the form. he remembers the day the animals were set free, remembers seeing a lion and bear go by, had to hide in his barn and doesn't want to see something like that happen again. >> i felt she deserved to have the animals back but hopefully she'd take them somewhere in a facility and not bring them here. >> reporter: ashleigh, the five surviving animals were held under quarantine. the columbus zoo cannot hold them. there's no state law saying they can hold them, no state law saying marianne thompson cannot have them back. the columbus zoo say they are the best to care for the animals, they don't want to see
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the animals go back as well. there's no law on their side. >> what about just a law, jason, that talks about how you house animals like this, because people who have gone into that farm said it is deplorable, not only dangerous to the animals but that the cages aren't safe, aren't there laws to protect us out at the public at the very least? >> reporter: two things. there were inspection of the farm, the thompson out here in the past. there was a citation issued back in 2005, terry thompson was cited for animal cruelty. there have been several inspections according to the humane society. since then they said he was up to code, maybe not up to the code that some animal supporters would like to see but he was, in fact, up to whatever code that they had said should be in place. in terms of the law, there is no law here in the state of ohio that prevents anyone from owning an exotic animal so the way things are structured right now,
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there's no law preventing the animals from coming back here. that's why there is a controversy here. there is legislation right now on the books already passed the state senate about to go to the house that would be more restrictive but as it stands right now, no law preventing these animals from returning. ashleigh? >> timing is everything as they say proverbially. jason carroll in zainsville, ohio, appreciate it. new developments with the chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic firestorm. u.s. officials spoke by phone with cheng guangchang and met with his wife in prison. secretary of state clinton is expected to make remarks soon. the money trail will be front and center in the john edwards trial. brian huffman described how he helped funnel money from a
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wealthy heiress to a top aide. the checks would say "antique tables and chairs" and the funds were really being used to cover up edwards' affair with rielle hunter. the lawyer for the heir's will be on the witness stand today. a u.s. army soldier dies of rabies just after returning home from afghanistan. he was reportedly bitten eight months ago by a dog in afghanistan. officials say this is the first rabies death of a u.s. servicemember since 1974, canine rabies has been eliminated from the u.s. but it is still a risk in other parts of the world. a dunkin' donuts in boynton beach, florida, a thief points the gun at a staff. customer grabs himd only to be thrown to the ground and kicked out gold after the suspect stomped his head. worker e thanks to the color video and several other cameras in the
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store, police were able to identify the thief and other accomplices. phoenix woman is accused of taking advantage of her friends and co-workers by telling them she had cancer in order to raise money for breast implants. 27-year-old jami toler said she needed money to cover "medical expenses." she's facing felony fraud and theft charges. 17 minutes past 6:00 on the east coast. are you ready for this? every antique hunter's dream. finding a painting for three bucks at a local goodwill store and reselling it and making a whole lot more than that, what happened to this 81-year-old man in anderson county, south carolina. his name is leroy. i'll tell you why he's holding back on his name. he bought an oil painting for $3 about a year ago, but he recently sold it at auction for a whole lot more. listen up.
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>> $190,000. that's a lot of money. it's that one thing you're always looking for, always looking for, i'd like to get the big one. well, that was the big one. >> wow. you're not kidding. this is a still life painting, it is 362 years old. he says his $190,000 find originated from a flemish school in amsterdam. i hope he's got deep pockets in his hoodie. mark zuckerberg said to become one of the richest people on the planet, find out why, after this quick break. natural bliss. made with only milk... cream... a touch of sugar... and pure natural flavors. coffee-mate natural bliss. from nestle. add your flavor naturally.
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welcome back to "early start." we're minding your business. facebook company is finally starting its stock price range for the ipo. 28 to 35 bucks would take the company up to a value of $98 billion. >> it has an option to tweak the stock price as it gets closer to going public. mark zuckerberg and other senior executives will meet with big investors starting monday in new york and then they'll eventually set the final stock price the night before facebook goes public. facebook trades public on the nasdaq, rumored may 18th or sometime in mid-may. >> can't wait until i can get in on that. >> as the little guy you don't want to get in after everyone has made their money. >> that's me and apple.
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i'm an idiot but i follow the big jobs campaign story today. >> 160,000 jobs added to the economy last month and look, this is in the election year, it goes hand in hand, jobs and politics hand in hand. president obama kicking off his official re-election saturday, starting in ohio, a state that has seen its unemployment go down and economy improve. ohio happens to be one of the six swing states that has seen a drop in unemployment since obama has become president. the yellow where it is improved, iowa, wisconsin, indiana, michigan, indiana, virginia. ohio is key here. the unemployment rate has dropped below the national average there to 7.5% since president obama stepped into the white house. michigan, the last gop candidate to win michigan was the elder bush in '88.
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the unemployment rate has been dropping significantly over the past couple of years. still high at 8.5% but dropping. new hampshire 5.2%, no change in its jobless rate. another quick look here, these are in orange, states where the unemployment rate battleground states where the unemployment rate has gone up since president obama became president. there are 109 delegates at stake there, the western states look at nevada, 12% unemployment right there. missouri one of the states that serves as a proxy for the national election, seeing a huge spike in unemployment, jumping more than two percentage points in missouri and florida, 29 delegates there, the unemployment rate has risen as well. the president, this jobs report incredibly important for the economy but we'll take a closer look at the numbers on my show this weekend "your bottom line. "and a special edition of "your
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money" on sunday, the president officially launching his campaign. >> one of the reasons i love working at cnn, ali velshi and christine romans your pearls of wisdom. the one thing i need to know today. >> if you are looking for a job on your cover letter you have to have the name of someone else, your name and someone else's name, it's about connections. >> not just any name. >> people are hiring known quantities so you need to make yourself a known quantity with someone at that company. people who you know are getting you jobs. people are not getting jobs sight unseen. >> and it's a bummer but it's reality. we used to say that a lot it's not what you know but who you know. >> now it's what you know and who you know and how you're out there selling yourself. >> can you research names and drop them in some way? >> the best thing to do is join professional organizations, cull through your networks and resources from your past jobs,
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deal would allow chen to study in the u.s. u.s. officials spoke to him overnight on the phone and met with his wife. a brown bare, leopard and two monkeys will be returned to the same farm where 50 animals were released into the public by their owner before he committed suicide. the prosecution of 9/11 mastermind cha lead sheikh mohammed gets under way. victims will watch his arrai arraignment on closed circuit feeds at military bases along the east coast. mohammed and four co-defendants will eventually be tried in front of a military tribunal, the trial not expected to begin for at least a year. >> 30 minutes past the hour. if you walk by any news stand these days you are going to see dozens of images of emaciated girls wearing shreds of clingy, skimpy fabrics, highly unlikely any weighs more
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than 15 pounds and probably 5' "at the shortest, maybe 5'9", more real. it has been a trend for decades. thank you, twiggy, but it may be about to change because "vogue" decided it's going to ban models under the age of 16 who appear to have an eating disorder, saying this, "we will not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. we will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image." that ban is going to be in effect for "vogue" worldwide in july, a dramatic shift for how "vogue" defines beauty in a world where it appears you can never be too skinny. joining us is world famous plus sized model emme. i always look forward to talking to you about the stories. they don't seem to go away. >> no. >> why do we keep getting
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together on television to talk about we have to have another move like this because it's getting dangerous. >> it's an issue, a revolution of thought that women are not feeling good about their bodies and they're constantly being shown in mass media how they can change them self and contort them self and reduce, reduce, reduce, and to a pre-pubescent image. 2% of us can only look at the images we see. >> 2% of us look like the images on magazines. >> 80% of american women feel dissatisfied with the way they look, a national eating disorders association statistic. >> what was marilyn monroe, what were her stats, 5'5" and 130? >> she was a size 14, 14/16. >> size 14? >> yes. >> wasn't that different back then? >> it was different back then, there wasn't such a stringent level or kind of rules that a woman has to look like.
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in fact, a little bit of a curve was something that was admired. it still is actually. >> marilyn monroe was a 14, today is a size six is a size ten back then. >> it's an issue we keep talking about this because there is a big problem. we have two different sides of the issue. we have young kids and mothers going into eating disorder clinics, they're filled to the brim, by the way. there's not a lot of room for people to go and get help in the hospitals, in the clinics. >> turning people away? >> yes, they are, and then the enormous problem, no pun intended of obesity. what really is happening in our country, the people that make the decisions on what images are beautiful, you can't make them one way. you have to open the aperture a bit so more can fit through. oh i feel a little better. >> "vogue" is a big deal. >> it's wonderful. >> look, i remember talking to
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you about this before, you and i met in the issue in israel, they were banning skinny models, i think spain tampered with that for a while. >> italy had issued as well. >> they had a model die from anorexia and i don't feel like anything got traction after that. >> what i'm concerned about with this particular ban and i have to applaud "vogue" for doing this worldwide. it would be great to see the ban across all maimer magazines that we would then know there's an internal organization actually checking the models when they coming in going on the runways working for designers. do we have to have it governmentally run or instituted or can we have internal groups do this. >> that's the next question i have for you, who is overseeing this. that sounds like a pretty -- check an i.d., easy, you're under 16, you're out.
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how do you check for the appearance of an eating disorder? >> it is in-depth if you are truly going to take the step, for health, for our girls, for the images of beauty, so that women can feel less anxious about their appearance, you really have to go beyond just saying that you're going to do something, you actually have to do it and make an organization within each company that's going to take this ban, and say okay, we're going to have doctor's appointments every single, you know, every six months for the girls that work with us or at every single show you got to have a medical pass. >> exactly and up to the agents to show the medical pass with the people who hire them, whether it's magazines or runway shows or designers. >> quick question for you, when i was reading the intro i was saying the stats if you see the magazines they're probably 115 pounds 5'7", 5'9".
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you were going are you kidding me? ? they're really 5'11" and about below 120. >> i'm 140 and i'm 5'7" and i feel like i'm overweight. >> ashleigh, oh my god. >> look at the industry we're in. standing in front of a monitor with all this crap. >> i realize all of us who are on tv really do feel there's a major focus on how we look, but -- >> is this going to work? >> yes, i think, it is our responsibility to be healthy, eat well, exercise regularly and not barrage ourselves with this pressure. we on tv, we in magazines and the mothers and fathers who are with these models and agents need to step in. >> "vogue" does a good thing, get their name and picture on cnn. i'll say their name five times, vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue.
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>> i'd love to see all of the magazines within conde nast do this and all of the other publishers really do it, but not just do it but say it, walk the walk and talk the talk. >> things gear up in july. how about you come back? >> let's check on them. >> anderson cooper says keep them honest. always good to see you. you look fabulous. >> thank you, darling, and you as well. >> thanks for joining us. christine, over to you. in-fighting at yahoo! is getting nasty. yahoo!'s board of directors reviewing ceo scott thompson's resume after hedge fund investor third point claimed he lied about having a degree in computer science. third point owns nearly 6% of yahoo!'s shares and is bat thing to gain seats on the firm's board. activist chen guangchang is pleading with the u.s. to help him get out of china.
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first a quick check of today's weather with rob marciano. >> we start with a celestial heads up, tomorrow full moon, the biggest, brightest full moon of the year as close as the moon gets and going to be big and bright. the question is, are you going to be able to see it because of cloud cover? severe thunderstorms across parts of the northeast potentially and also through chicago. storms across the tri-state area of new york, new jersey and connecticut and thunderstorms moving north of st. louis. chicago will be in it with some heat to the south of you, kansas city, 86. 78 degrees, finally warming up in the big apple. it's 38 minutes after the hour. "early start" is coming right back. ♪
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big story again, new developments in the case of chen guangchang, the chinese activist in the middle of a diplomatic firestorm. chen is asking america for help to leave china. u.s. officials have spoke within him by phone and also had a face-to-face meeting with his wife. china now saying chen is free to apply to study abroad like all chinese citizens, the government says he can do what he wants. listen to secretary clinton's remarks as she prepares to leave china after two days of high-level talks. >> we and you do not always see the same situation in the same way, but we are working to make sure that none of that misperception or difference of opinion is allowed to interfere
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with the complex and comprehensive relationship. >> stan, the united states and china have a lot of differences of opinion. it's just the way it is, but when something like this gets into the middle of an important economic dialogue, then both sides have to really try to smooth it over and it's been difficult to smooth this one over. did hillary clinton ever mention chen by name this morning? >> reporter: no, i haven't heard her mention him by name. she's having a news conference as we speak and obviously she's going to take a lot of questions about chen, it will be unavoidable not to mention his name. they've been careful in the way they've had to approach this because this really flaired up right as hillary clinton arrived here with chen guangchang holed up inside the u.s. embassy. you're right about this relationship, christine. this is the defining relationship of the 21st
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century. we know the last 50, 60 years the 20th century was the u.s. century. this has been called china's century, many expecting china to overtake the u.s. as the biggest economy in the world in the next 20 to 25 years, a relationship of co-dependness and a relationship where they bump up against each other. china does not like any country meddling in their affairs. for chen guangchang to go to the united states, now we're seeing the diplomatic dance, trying to resolve this, trying to find a pragmatic way where all sides can save face. china opened the door suggesting that chen may be able to get a passport and apply for a student visa to go to the united states. chen is backing off a little bit in his rhetoric. the united states is continuing to talk to chen by phone but the harsh reality right now, chen
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guangchang, beaten by chinese officials in the past, escaped house arrest, is inside a hospital right now surrounded by guards and the u.s. embassy can't even get in there to see him face-to-face. that's the harsh reality, the starting point. how do they take it from here? >> stan, remind us why this man, 40 years old, blind, he's been in prison for four years and under house arrest for 18 months, why is he so dangerous to this growing, huge economy that will overtake the united states in 25 years? what has he done that makes him so dangerous? >> reporter: that is such a fantastic question because it really goes to the heart, the rationale of what china is about. it is a massively powerful country, grown the economy hugely over the past 20, 25 years, lifted 400 million people out of poverty, all of those admirable. at the same time, this is a leadership that has hunkered down. we're walled off from their own
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people here in beijing. they've grown up within the party. the party's survival is the ideology and the driving force of the regime here, anybody, however small, who appears to be a threat to them, who could maybe spark a broader uprising amongst the people they crock down on it and crack down heart. there are three outcomes for a dissent, you can be dead, in jail or banished. right now chen guangchang who has been in jail is hoping he can find refuge in the united states. chen for his sins, for his crimes was someone who represented women fighting against alleged forced abortions and sterilization during the one child policy here, that brought him to the ire of the officials. he was charged with disrupting traffic and causing damage during a demonstration. he denies those charges but that's why he went to jail. he came out, they put him under house arrest. he says he's been beaten, his family threatened with death, that's why he doesn't feel safe and wants to leave here.
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>> beyond the codpondence of our economies, the differences and everything else between our two countries runs very deep. stan grant, thank you so much. 47 minutes past 6:00 on the east coast. soledad o'brien and coming up now a look at what's ahead on "starting point." here's whey think you'll make christine romans work overtime. >> why, yes i am, that would be correct. we're all over that big jobs report for april, we're expecting that to come out at 8:30 a.m. eastern time, which candidate could it help? is it going to make a dent in the unemployment rate? we'll look at that. the last interview done with junior seau looking for some warning signs in days before that beloved football star shot himself in the chest. you'll hear her voice and feel that eight-time grammy award winner anita baker joins us this morning. it's international "star wars" day today. you might want to think about it, if you're headed to work,
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it's 51 minutes past 6:00 on the east coast. time to get you up to date. junior say yaweauseau's family donate his brain to science. the death of the former nfl linebacker has been confirm as a suicide. what's still not clear, whether all of the hard hits he took in his career contributed to the suicide. he shot himself in the chest. you're looking at just released home video of 6-year-old isabel celis. he put her to bed and when he woke up, the window was open and he is pleading. >> please to the person or persons who have isabel, tell us your demands, tell us what you want. we will do anything for her.
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>> the police chief confirms both parents have taken a lie detector test. he hasn't revealed the results and says everyone's a suspect at this point. whoever fired on a u.s. space and rocket center could be facing some serious charges this morning, federal charges. one of the bullets hit a saturn 5 rocket that was on display at the museum in huntsville, alabama. several school groups were visiting at the time. very luckily there were no injuries reported but there was some paint damage only. is avurn v rocket belongs to the smithsonian institution. greenpeacekeepers arested for trying to stop a train in north carolina. demonstrators attached themselves to the tracks. greenpeace believes coal fired d
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plants hurt the environment. >> last weekend this woman, judy was doing spring cleaning but fell off that ten-foot ladder and fell and hit her head, too. she was bleeding and faug in and o falling in and out of consciousness. 6-year-old braden turned into her lifeline, got towels to stop the bleeding and picked up the phone and called 911. >> my mom fell down from a ladder and she broke her head open. >> do you think he saved your life? >> yes, i do. >> your mom called you a hero. are you a hero? congratulations. >> what a sweet guy. >> isn't that adorable? i am a hero. she received seven stitches after her injury but she'll be just fine and braden we're here to push that one forward again, you are a hero. michael jackson is back not in tupac hologram fashion but in
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time to take a look at what's trending on the web this morning, the king of soda pop, pepsi, bringing back michael jackson for a new ad campaign. the company struck a deal with the jackson estate to use his image in tv ads like this iconic ad from the '80s and there will be special edition cans, and you'll be able to scan the cans to go back and see videos and stuff. this first started in 1983 i think first started. the new ad campaign is coinciding with the 25th anniversary of his album "bad." >> regardless of what you think about michael jackson and his history, a great musician and that will never go away, that part. superhero wearing red, white
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and blue, who do you think it is. >> captain america? >> no, it's the pbr, pabst blue ribbon guy. after that college student apparently had her beer stolen. she was from a university of nebraska lincoln. she's owe on the porch having a men. two men threatened her with a fork, you heard right, threatened her with the fork, when the pbr guys from pabst saw the story they immediately jumped into action, suiting up and heading over to her house to replenish her stolen loot. beer men even stuck around to have a beer with her and her friends, very sweet. >> her the ad pbr asap? maybe it was a comedian. >> that's the way to get good pr. you just had yourself good pr on cnn. happy "star wars" day.
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it's "early start," "the news from a to z." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm christine romans. zoraida sambolin will be back next week. "starting point" starts right now. good morning, everybody. new details about the death of a beloved nfl player, junior seau, his family speaking out about possible concussions and making a tough decision today that could help the next generation of players. plus a starting point exclusive his final interview on tape, were there warning signs? activist fiasco, talks of face-saving deal now. u.s. officials are speaking to but not seeing chen guangchang, overnight, we'll talk to a friend of his who says he has been in contact with him. new video of a racially charged shooting. a white officer has been killed in the kill

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