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over an hour ago of a space station supply spacecraft. we're going to take you live to florida in a few moments. >> plus, newark, new jersey mayor, corey booker speaking out about the bain private equity debate. hear what he had to say about his critics and the president. and a major slide in facebook's stock. a big deal, and a big drop. details, straight ahead. good morning, everyone and welcome to early start. i'm ashley banfield. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. up first, boldly going where no private spacecraft has gone before. >> zero and launch of the spacex falcon 9 rocket as nasa turns to the private secretary tore resupply the international space station. >> what a sight, huh? it happened not too long ago, a rocket built by the commercial
space flight company, spacex blasted off an hour ago from cape canaveral, launched the unmanned dragon capsule to the international space station. the world's first commercial space station supply flight. nasa hanging its hopes on the mission now that the retired space shuttles are museum exhibits. john zerella is live in miami. i was watching you as it went into space. no glitches this time, right? >> reporter: no glitches, this is huge. you cannot understate how important this launch is. it paves the way for a whole new era in space flight. the white house releasing a statement saying it represents the potential for new era in american space flight. only four nations in the world have the capability and have ever actually rendezvoused and docked with the international space station. what spacex is attempting to do
is to do pretty much just that. to send a spacecraft to the international space station and rendezvous, not dock in this case, but berth. the station's robotic arm will reach out, grab spacex's dragon capsule and pull it into the station. i talked with the ceo and founder of spacex about three weeks ago, and this is not just a test flight, his dragon capsule is actually carrying supplies. >> so we're going to be carrying about half a ton of supplies, it's going to be mostly, it will in fact almost entirely be supplies that are valuable once they're received at the space station. but it's okay if they get lost on the way there. so if the mission doesn't succeed, it's a small loss. >> so you know, they're taking dry goods, they've got a computer on board. and elon told me, he thinks
they're taking some underwear, you know, those packages. i'm not kidding, it's the truth. you need them up there. just like you need a beer. >> i suppose so. so what happens next? are they thinking about taking humans up into space? >> that would be the next step for these commercial companies and spacex is vying along with four or five other companies to get the nasa contract to take humans. spacex has the contract, along with orbital, to take supplies. but there are four or five companies vying to take humans. nasa is going to pick one or two probably this summer, so spacex is in the mix for that as well. next step is the cruise stage with the dragon capsule and the next step will be the rendezvous and hopefully the birthing with the iss. >> how long does that take in. >> reporter: a couple of days. by tomorrow they'll have rendezvoused and will check out the systems, they'll have dragon
do a fly-under of the international space station. if all of the systems check out, all of the software is working, then the following day they will go ahead and attempt the actual derthing. so we should know by thursday, friday, at the latest, if this all works. >> this is very exciting, we're so happy to have you there, john. >> reporter: sure. coming up at 5:20 eastern, we'll talk to the head of nasa, administrator charles bolden, about why there is such an historic day for space flight. a brand new poll showing president obama and mitt romney in a dead heat over who can fix the economy. overall, the president leads romney by just three percentage points in a new "washington post"/abc news poll. on issue number one, the voters, they're pretty knotted up at 47%. more than half of those asked said the economy is the number one issue going into the election. newark, new jersey mayor,
corey booker, obama supporter and rising star in the democratic party is mad this morning and firing back after an ad from the mitt romney campaign used his own words against him. when he described as nauseating the obama campaign's attacks on mitt romney, the businessman. he went on msnbc last night and said -- the gop crossed the line. >> i am upset, i've been taken out of context, i've been used to support a cynicism. if there's any honor in what they're saying, in itny would have said you know like obama did, the citizens united decision is going to hurt our democracy. the negativity on our side, has got to stop. if he wanted to stand with me, he would say, i stand with corey booker, let's stop the super pac money, let's stop the negative campaigning and let's talk about the issues. >> president obama doubled database on the attacks by the
romney camp. >> bain capital said the marian plant was a challenging situation in a business that was performing well overall, growing revenues and adding jobs, our control of ampad ended in 1996. fully four years before it encountered financial difficulties, due to overwhelming pressure from big box retailers, declines in paper demand and intense foreign price pressures. despite political attacks that emphasize a few companies that have struggled, the facts are that during bain capital's ownership, revenues grew in 80% of the more than 300 companies in which we have invested. a deadly tornado ripped through joplin, missouri, a year ago, killing 161 people and destroying 8,000 homes and businesses. president obama traveled to joplin, yesterday, to speak to the graduating class at joplin high school. he called students and their town, an inspiration, and reminded them that they are tough enough to overcome any
obstacle. >> yes, you will encounter obstacles along the way. i guarantee you you will face setbacks and you will face disappointments. but you're from joplin, and you're from america and no matter how tough times get, you'll always be tougher. >> volunteers from all over the country are headed to joplin, this morning, to help with continued rebuilding efforts there. eight people were shot during an altercation that followed last night's nba playoff game in oklahoma city. police say one victim is now in critical condition. seven others suffered wounds that were nonlife-threatening. it happened around 11:35 central time. about two blocks from chesapeake energy arena. as crowds were leaving the lakers/thunder game. oklahoma city police say several people have been questioned, but so far, no arrests. a government task force says
the tests to screen for prostate cancer is bad medicine. a panel of health experts is recommending that men no longer get the routine psa tests. the reason? they say the tests are not reliable. that they give false positive results 80% of the time and may lead to treatments that do nor harm than good. many urologists are insisting that those tests save lives of the prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men behind only lung cancer. federal agents again under investigation. it's a sex scandal. a congressional source tells cnn three drug enforcement agents are accused of hiring prostitutes in cartagena, colombia. the course says it's a separate incident from the one involving military and secret service agents. even though it took place at the same time, in the same city, ahead of president obama's trip to a summit there. the america's top diplomat in kabul will be stepping down. administration officials say
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robinson attacked a sheriff's deputy and drove off in the deputies patrol car. they're warning local residents that robinson is armed and dangerous. a dumb guy try to rob casino. a man scheduled to appear in court after police say he tried to pepper-spray a blackjack dealer and grab $115,000 in chips. the eye in the sky of course always watching in sin city, police say casino staff wrestled him down. his wig and sunglasses fell off during the struggle. while a suspected accomplice got away. >> that always happens, doesn't it? the wig and the sunglasses come off. >> that was a brave and dumb move. >> he probably said if it wasn't for the pesky teenagers who caught him. christine romans, thank you. the struggle to contain wildfires in arizona has been one heck of a problem this season and it's not getting any better these days. rob marciano is with us live. i've been reporting on this for
the better of six days, i didn't think it would take that long to get the fires under control. >> usually they get a break, weatherwise, but this fire hasn't. more winds and heat will be building. video out of arizona north of phoenix, the gladiator fire. like ashley said, we've been reporting on this for a week now. still only 19% contained. they've got over 1100 personnel on this thing. working it. about an hour north of phoenix, tourist mining town, all sorts of assets in there trying to control this thing. weather is not going to cooperate. the last two days it's been a little bit better, but still only 19% containment. the heat is a factor, 108 to 112 for this area, including extreme parts of southern california. the winds going to kick up today and tomorrow. we're looking at extreme fire danger over the next 48 hours. off to the east coast, we've got
a front that's not going to be moving very much. over the next couple of days. you'll see the threat for showers. you saw it yesterday. new york, some light rain right now, the i-95 corridor towards boston. these will linger on and off. temperatures hold in the 70s. a quick note on what was tropical storm alberto, now just a depression. we knew it wouldn't do a whole lot. we're watching something in the eastern pacific, which could become a hurricane in the next day. guys, back up to you. >> thank you, rob. 16 minutes past the hour. time for your early reads, is america's love affair with the automobile officially over? >> no. >> the "washington post" reporting americans are not only driving less, ashley but fewer are buying cars at all. a quarter of adults in washington, d.c. don't each have a scar. while high gas prices and unemployment are partly to blame, new social technology has created a world, people can connect with friends and family without leaving the house. fewer young people are bothering to get a driver's license,
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an historic launch to the international space station this morning, the first from america without a nasa logo slapped on the side of the rocket. this rocket was built by spacex, and it blasted off at about 3:44 eastern time. lawning an unmanned dragon capsule to resupply the international space station. the mission is a bid to replace the retired space shuttle fleet. and for an exclusive interview we're thrilled to be joined to talk about the significance of this launch with nasa administrator, charles bolden. thanks for getting up with us early this must be somewhat bittersweet in that this is not a nasa effort, but a joint effort of sorts. >> that makes it incredible, ashley. it is a joint effort. i have to congratulate the spacex team for the absolutely incredible job that they've done in getting to this point.
it's small business week, they're a small business and so small businesses around the country should feel really good. >> for those entrepreneurs out there, the mom and pop, this is is a $100 million initial investment. for anybody who isn't really familiar, this is unmanned. but the hope is that it will take people like you and me and other astronauts up into space, not far from now, right? >> that's the hope. you know this is the first step, the commercial resupply services contract. that spacex will be entering into once they complete these two demonstrations that are going to happen on this flight. for us, down the road is private provision of access to low earth orbit. to companies similar to spacex or boeing or many others that are competing right now to get a contract. >> as we look at these fabulous pictures from an hour and a half or so ago, it looks like
everything was successful. if all goes according to plan, this will actually link up with the space station and the astronauts on board will start off-loading all the gear. what are you spending up? >> that's absolutely right. it's, i'm not exactly certain what all the payloads are the ones that i'm the most excited about are a group of student experiments, because i had an opportunity to meet with some of them both saturday and this morning. but the astronauts as you said, a couple of days from now will, when spacex manages to close dragon, close to the international space station, they'll reach out, grab with a remote manipulator, the mechanical arm and attach it to the international space station. then open the hatch. and the astronauts will begin to go in and get things like clothing and some of the student experiments out. >> let me ask you about the safety issues, if we're looking ahead to the manned flights, right now we're relying on the russians. is this commercial effort safer than say dealing with the
russians, who we don't have a whole lot of control over? >> you know, we, ashley, to be quite honest, we have a significant amount of control over the russians, they're part of the partnership. but what's really important is not control as much as it is, the fact that the united states will once again be in the lead, will be providing our own vehicles to take our own astronauts and cargo to the international space station. it's fine to rely on partners, but that's not where the greatest nation in the world wants to be. we want to be taking astronauts and cargo on our own vehicles. today was a huge day in the step to getting there. so we're on the way and people should hang with us. >> what can you tell me about the remains on board. i'm hearing the remains of about 300 people, including one of the, one of the actors from "star trek" sent into space today? >> ashley, i really can't tell you very much about it at all. i just learned about it myself
friday night. as you know, this is a private launch and spacex as a private company can contract with other, with other customers and that is what they did there. so i will let you talk to elon musk and his team about some of the other cargo that's aboard. i don't want to guess and i don't know very much about it other than the fact that i think you're right. >> i think it's a crazy, wild story. abc news reporting that james duhan who played scottie on the original "star trek," along with 306 others. charles bolden, nice work, i look forward to speaking with you in many more conversations in the future. >> thanks so very much and thanks for giving us the time. hello america and world and you know, welcome to the future. >> it's america, isn't it? thanks, charles, good to see you. it's 27 minutes past the hour. after the hype comes the fall. facebook investors losing big. how bad is it? and where is the bottom? wish we had a crystal ball to be
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just sitting there. what does she do? she returns it. >> got to love that. she's going to join us live this hour to tell us how she is so awesome. welcome back to "early start, i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm ashley banfield. if you're thinking about getting screened for prostate cancer, you may want to reconsider. the u.s. preventive services task force is recommending men do not undergo regular prostate cancer screening, saying it does more harm than good. cnn's elena cho is here with more. >> a the although of people were surprised about this. unless you think it affects only a small slice of the population. this will affect by some estimates, 44 million men. a lot of people should listen to. it's something that for many people, is simply hard to understand. now why wouldn't you get tested for prostate cancer? an influential federal panel
says it's not always best to catch cancer as early as possible. now we're going to explain that in a second. stay with me here, it is why the united states preventive services task force is now recommending against what's commonly referred to as the psa test. the task force is saying that at best, the psa screening, a simple blood test, may help only one in 1,000 men avoid death from prostate cancer and may do harm, bus most cancers found by process state screening are slow-growing, not life-threatening and will not do anyone any harm. most men who are in the words of some, over-diagnosed, may suffer unnecessary side effects like impotence, incontinence and sometimes even death. the risks far outweigh the
benefits. >> this is going to be highly controversial. if you have a history of cancer in your family, you should still get screened? >> the jury is still out on that some doctors are saying yes. i mean listen, use your best judgment. but if you're not a doctor as you can imagine, a lot of men are going to be confused. do i get tested or is it not going to be the best thing for me. it's interesting, the fallout was swift on this. and remember, this is not the first time that this panel has weighed in with something controversial. the same panel made waves when it recommended that women in their 40s should skip routine mammogr mammograms, remember that story? as for the psa test, a simple blood test, the american cancer society has not recommended routine psa screenings since the late '90s. but the american urological association still recommends that men get baseline screenings at age 40 if they wish to be
tested. the bottom line for the task force, the benefits in the words of some, outweigh, the risks outweigh the benefits on this one. >> this smell as little bit of money, right? you start to wonder if this is a final recommendation, does that mean insurance companies will not cover the test? >> that's a good question. some states have the mandate to cover these routine psa tests. you have to wonder with the new recommendation, which will officially be out on monday, what will happen next. will states go back, who badly need the money, go back and say, should we be covering this. so you're absolutely right. you're right. >> it reminds me of the old mammogram -- >> that's not even that old. >> mammogram recommendation. >> the same panel. >> scary. >> very scary. >> a lot of women sat up and took notice. and a lot of men will pay attention to this. >> i would like to remind people to go to their doctors before they make any decisions on their own. >> interestingly, you know, one of the recommendations is that
instead of telling men, not to get tested, maybe the best course of advice is to actually educate primary care physicians a little bit better about how to read these tests more accurately and give people treatment only the people who need the treatment the treatment. you know, so we'll have to wait to see. >> alina cho, thank you very much. it is now 35 minutes past 5:00. this one is harrowing, they call him el loco, aka, the crazy one, a fierce mexican drug lord is behind bars after he dumped 49 decapitated dead bodies near the mexican border. police say he tried to get away by throwing grenades and shooting at them. so far, noon of the bodies has been identified. it's been difficult to do that. well it could marr a magical
run. the trainer of the horse that run the first two legs of the triple crown, facing new questions about giving horses performance-enhancing substances, trainer dougo neil has been accused by the california horse racing board, of giving horses something called a milkshake, an illegal blend of baking soda, and electrolytes. it's supposed to fight fatigue. let's be clear, the winner of the kentucky derby and the preakness, i'll have another, has never tested positive and the trainer's brother insists they play by the rules. >> originally, the thought was, you had to to milkshake a horse, we had to google it to find out what it's meant. nobody has been caught milkshaking a horse. we have never milkshaked a horse, we wouldn't know how to do it it's never been done by us or anybody in the barn. >> i'll have another is trying to become the first thoroughbred
since affirmed in 1978 to claim horse racing's most famous prize. we're minding your business, the u.s. stock futures up ahead of the opening bell after closing higher yesterday across the board. baunsing back from the worst week, i want to say the worst week ever. but it wasn't the worst week ever, the worst week of the year. the tech-heavy nasdaq closing up 2.5%. higher to start the week. >> one of those stocks we've been talking about for a while, facebook having a bit of a rough start since its ipo. that's an understatement. i was telling people earlier to check their retirement accounts for it. >> i don't think -- this probably isn't in your 401(k) yet. portfolio managers some of them are not going to be allowed to buy a risky ipo for you know, a plain vanilla mutual fund for some time and it won't enter into the big stock averages or indices for a month and a quarter at least. but 25% of the offering went to individual investors. the facebook founder and his
team wanted to make sure that the little guy could get a piece of this, and if the little guy did, the little guy is down 11%. mark zuckerberg, 2.13 billion he's lost in his stock holdings. every time the stock drops $1, he loses $431,000. you're looking at it and saying 11% off the value of facebook? what kind of ipo start was this? there were no technical problems at the nasdaq, you can't blame that. this was a rough start by any stretch of the imagination, that's what facebook shares look like, down 19% since their ipo. that top light line you can see, that's what the nasdaq has done, the dark black line is what facebook shares have done. and just to give you insight, ned most of the competitors of facebook were all up 1% to 4% on the nasdaq. when we say ipos are risky.
this is an extreme example of why ipos are risky. they don't always go up. there's still egg on the face of morgan stanley, of the nasdaq as people are sorting out what was the drama on friday. >> isn't facebook a little angry over this and taking some action or investigating? >> i mean -- look, they're hurting in the pocket book, right? and you have all of these paper millionaires who in 90 days are going to have a lockout period that's going to expire. he i keep talking about that. if you want to buy a house, buy a big car, monetize your facebook investment there are people who are doing that in 90 days, sell pressure on the stock. >> it's hype versus reality. now we're in the reality part. >> thank you, christine. it is 40 minutes past the hour. more than year after japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster, parts of the u.s. could now be looking at a big environmental problem. a live look from the alaska shoreline is coming up.
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s did 43 minutes past the hour. welcome back to early start. alaska's coastline is no stranger to random debris, but new concerns over pollution and health risks are being raised after marine debris linked to the march 11th tsunami in japan is making its way across the pacific. a potential for an environmental disaster on the scale of the exxon valdez. i was reading in the "alaska dispatch" that they're used to random gifts they like to call them. why is this so different? >> reporter: well, it really is different, zoraida. where i'm standing is on an estuary about 20 miles outside of the town of yukitat, a small fishing village, 650 people live there. just a quarter-mile over that
water is the black sand spit. that's where, look at this, we found all of this debris that's washed up onto the shore. as you mentioned, it's not uncommon for debris to wash up on to these shores. locals are saying they're seeing things they've never seen before, like this insulation. which is sprayed into the interior of buildings. they believe that that is from the japanese tsunami. also, these big black buoys, used in oyster farming, they're seeing these for the first time. they're seeing a lot of stir styrofoam, from styrofoam buoys washing up. and consumer products, like this aloe vera juice with japanese writing on it. and close to here is an island where more significant debris is washing up. >> the influx of the tsunami debris concerns us because the of the amount of styrofoam
coming and the toxic chemicals, we think they're going to have a detrimental impact. little bits of styrofoam all up and down this beach. a big chunk of styrofoam just fresh came in. this is going to take years to clean this mess up. >> and cleaning this mess up, is beginning right now. there are volunteers going out to some beaches that are affected, picking this debris up. it's a massive job, there's so much of it. this is the lightweight stuff that's coming first, there's more stuff coming over the next year or two that they're very, very concerned about. and then even down the road, zoraida. what they're worried about is once they collect all this stuff, how are they going to get it off the island? these villagers in this area say they can't afford to do it. they say they want some help from the federal government to try to clean up this mess. >> casey, you got to figure this is affecting the marine life quite a bit as well. we appreciate that report.
>> absolutely. things like this, when it breaks down -- >> go ahead and tell me. >> these things break up when they break up into small little bits, the birds eat it sea life eats it, they think they're full and so they don't grow, they're easier targets for predators, some people are saying they're seeing birds dying off at a greater rate than they've seen before. always a big problem for the animals. >> do they have a plan for that as well? >> they are still formulating those plans. the big priority is to get it cleaned up and they don't know what they're dealing with completely yet. because they don't know how much toxic chemicals are out in the water. one thing they are saying is there were some initial concerns about radiation and they've done geiger counter tests on a lot of this stuff and none of it has shown any abnormal levels of
radiation. that's being downplayed as a concern, but they don't know what's out there. in some ways they're waiting to see what it's going to be and then try to react to it as best they can. >> casey wian live for news yukitat, alaska. it's 47 minutes paf 5695:00 on the east coast. >> the first private space capsule in history on its way to the international space station this morning. a rocket built by the commercial space flight company known as spacex, blasting off at 3:44 a.m. eastern this morning. launching the unmanned dragon capsule to resupply the space station. new this morning, tragedy in india, right now, at least 14 people there killed in a train accident. 35 people injured, officials believe the driver of a paeng train, missed a red light and crashed into cargo train, three coaches of that passenger train were involved in the wreck.
california prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 24-year-old former marine. charged in a serial thrill kill spree. charged of brutally stabbing four homeless men. he's expected to be tried on six counts of murder. >> it is 48 minutes past 5:00. talk about temptation, a florida woman goes to the atm, just finds a nice $1800 wad of bills. waiting for her there. >> i had the money in my hand, i just looked around, there was no cars. >> doing the right thing is not always easy. find out what she did after the break.
there. would you keep it? would you call the police? would you go to vegas? this is the exact scenario that a florida woman came aross when she went to her atm, she did what you hope everybody would do -- she turned it in. joining me on phone is the good samaritan who found and returned the cash, adriana allen. can you hear me? >> yes, i do. how are you? >> that's a terrific thing you did, it's cash, nobody would know. can you explain what happened when you drove up to that atm? >> well i was driving in just to make a transaction and to my surprise, i found $1800 just in the deposit slot. i had to pull the money in order to make the transaction. so when i had the money in my hand, right away i said, oh my god, what am i going to do with this money. i got in my car, dialed 911, got assistance from the operator, called a police officer and i
had to wait like 15 minutes until he came and i gave the money to hill. we made a report that was the end. >> did you, did you ever have that fleeting moment where you thought -- it's cash. it's just sitting here. what do i do? or did you immediately know, i got to call 911? >> no, you know i immediately no, i come from a cuban family with a very strong belief. that you are what you earn. so the only money you keep is what you earn. and that's the way to do things. i mean i did with my heart told me to do. >> i understand your mom was in the car with you. did that have any effect on you? >> no, not really. i knew i had to do that. in the area that we were, i mean there was a lot of hard-working people.
you know, this time and ij, everybody needs their money. right thing to do was to call the authorities and give the money back. >> adriana, i understand it was 18 $100 bills in an envelope that you couldn't get back into deposit slot. 18 $100 bills. it was not in an envelope and i tried to push it back in, it would in the go in. >> any idea of the status of the money at this point. because sometimes it's finders keepers, if the person doesn't know show up. what have they told you? >> they haven't say anything. so i don't know what they're going to do with the money. i know through their reporters yesterday, they were trying to find through the bank, who it belongs to. but i have no idea what's going to happen with the money. >> i hope the rightful owner does come forward. if the rightful owner doesn't come forward, adriana, i sure
hope you get that money. because you're a great person and a great american, thanks for being with us this morning. >> i'm proud to be an american. everybody should do the same. >> amen, thank you for being on our show today, take care. >> you're very welcome. >> say hi to your mom for me. >> i love her. raised to believe you are what you earn. 55 minutes past the hour. historic day for space flight this as the first private launch to the international space station. up next, we'll hear from the head of nasa and the head of spacex, the company that launched today's rocket. ] did u know the average person smiles more than 50 times a day? so brighten your smile a healthy way with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only rinse that makes your teeth two shades whiter and two times stronger. ♪ listerine® whitening... power to your mouth. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation.
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the first successful commercial launch this morning to the international space station. we go live to florida in just a few moments. plus newark, new jersey mayor corey booker speaking out about the whole bain private equity debate. hear what he had to say late last night about his critics and about the president. and all the controversy over bain capital and private equity. an explanation of private equity. we'll hear from bain as well. they put out a statement this morning. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> nice to have you with us. i'm ashleigh banfield. it is two seconds to 6:00 a.m., bing, there you are. nice to have you with us. so boldly going where no private spacecraft has ever gone before. take a peek. >> three, two, one, zero. and launch of the spacex 9
rocket as nasa turns to the private sector to resupply the international space station. >> rocket built by spacex, the commercial company, blasting overnight from cape ka and a halfial launching the unmanned dragon capsule to the international space station. it is the world's first commercial space station supply flight. take a look at those flames in the night sky. the hopes are here, nasa is wondering if this mission can help to replace those retired space shuttles which are basically sitting in museums. nice to see but not helping us out any in space. earlier we spoke to a nasa administrator this is one giant leap to not having to rely on the russians anymore. >> what's really important is not control as much as it is the fact that the united states will once again be in the lead, we'll be providing our own vehicles to take astronauts and cargo to the
international space station. we want to be taking astronauts and cargo on our own vehicles. today was a huge day in the step to getting there. >> john zarrella is live in miami. this is exciting stuff. this is unmanned. how far away are we from getting people like you and me on board those flights? >> astronauts probably three or four years. people like you and me, that's another story entirely but the astronauts certainly in about three or four years. nasa this summer is expected to go ahead and make a decision on which commercial companies will get the contracts to take astronauts, the manned missions, spacex is one of about four or five in the running for the human-rated flights and probably 2016 before we see that. lots of glad handing and slaps on the back, pats on the back, handshakes today from all of
people at nasa and spacex ceo speaking from hawthorne, california, where they have the mission control headquarters, talked about the excitement out there at the moment of liftoff. >> most of the company gathered around mission control, so and really seeing the fruit of, they're suing the fruit of their labors and wondering whether it's going to work, and there's so much hope riding on that rocket so when it worked, and people saw their handie work in space and operating as it should, it's like yes, for us it's like winning the super
bowl. >> there's still a long way to go. maybe they through the first touchdown in the super bowl but to win the super bowl in this flight they've still got to rendezvous at the space station, go through a whole bunch of test maneuvers to make sure everything is working, all the autonomous on board dragon are talking to the international space station, and then early friday morning, they will attempt to berth with the international space station. still a long way to go before they can say they won the super bowl, but i think we get the point. >> it's going to make some great pictures when that actually happens. >> when ian musk was talking what did he say about the 300-plus human remains including scottie the astronaut? >> he said "i am not aware of any human remains on board." now maybe somebody else put them. that could be his plausible deniability saying he's not
aware of it, and but he clearly said "i am not aware of any human remains." >> 300, you'd think the guy who puts $100 million into the company might have an inkling. zarrella you look like a kid in a candy store on this story. >> i asked him if there were any surprises on board because he has in the past, he took a wheel of cheese up on the last flight they made when they orbitted the earth successfully and told me, we'll have to wait and see. you can bet there's something on board that's a surprise. >> exciting work. thanks, john, nice to see you. >> bye, ashleigh. >> it is five minutes past the hour. first the secret service and now the drug enforcement administration. congressional source telling cnn three dea agents are accused of hiring prostitutes in cartagena, clolombi
colombia. a new poll is showing president obama and mitt romney are in a dead heat over who can fix the economy. overall the president leads mr. romney by just three percentage points in a new "the washington post"/abc news poll. on issue number one to the voters anyway they're knotted up at 47%. more than half asked said the economy was the number one issue being into this flex novembenov. one year ago today a deadly tornado ripped through joplin, missouri. president obama spoke to the graduating class at joplin high school. he called the students and the town an inspiration and reminded them they're tough yourself to overcome any obstacle. >> yes, will you encounter obstacles along the way. i guarantee you, you will face setbacks and will you face disappointments. but you're from joplin, and
you're from america. no matter how tough times get, you'll always be tougher. >> volunteers are headed to joplin this morning to help with the continued rebuilding efforts. there's a plane in the front yard of this house. take a good look at your screen. don't blink. it's true. more than 1,600 people without power after the plane crash landed in the front yard of a house in glendale, california. the pilot was able to get himself out of the wreckage and expected to be okay. faa tells us the pilot reported engine trouble and was trying to make it to the nearby van nuys airport. a controversial recommendation from a government task to, that says men should no longer get routine psa tests to screen for prostate cancer.
the tests may lead to unnecessary treatments that do more harm than good. 33,000 american men die of prostate cancer each year. urologists insist the psa test saves lives. new work, new jersey, mayor cory booker, an obama supporter and rising star in the democratic party is hoppin' mad this morning and firing back after an ad from the mitt romney campaign used him and his own words against him. when he described as nauseating the president's campaign attacks on mitt romney, that was used in the commercial so he went on mess nbc and said the gop crossed the line with this one. >> i am upset. i've been taken out of context. i've been used to support a cynicism. if there was any honor, mitt romney would have said like obama did, citizens united decision is going to hurt our democracy and would have come
out and said the negativity on our side has got to stop, if he wanted to stand with me he would say i stand with cory booker, let's stop the superpac money and negative campaigning and talk about the issues. >> it's politics playing out. president obama doubled down on the attacks on bain capital saying this is what the campaign is all about. >> this whole issue brings into question what is private ek with isn't it christine romans is here to explain that this morning. >> good morning. if this is what the campaign is all about, what is private equity? here is the definition and we've got a full screen, finance equity in a business raised from private sources as opposed to shares that could be traded publicly. that's what private equity is in the dictionary. translation, it's rich investors like pension funds, university endowments, wealthy people who pool their money together to invest in companies, new technology, anything that can make them money. it's about making money. often they zero in on failing
companies like steel mills and paper mills, right? the private money comes in, restructures sales divisions, closes the bad parts and reaps the good parts. that's what this is all about, whether mitt romney just tried to make money, mitt romney says making money makes jobs. it's impossible to know how many jobs were created or lost. private equity is private but mitt romney's entire career is built on the private equity business. i want you to listen to what newt gingrich told piers morgan last night. newt gingrich was the first one to go after, to go after mitt romney about his career in private equity saying that he was the king of bain, remember, that he was looting some of these failing companies. listen to what he said last night. >> how can you be the president with the worst unemployment record since the great depressi depression, the longest period of deep unemployment since the
190s and pick a fight over job creation? there's a point where this becomes ludicrous and in effect what obama is saying is government investment is smarter than private equity. >> that's what the election is going to be about, who is better at creating jobs, the capitalism of president obama and the capitalism of mitt romney. both campaigns have rows and rows of dvds or maybe they're on a hard drive somewhere that show every single company that mitt romney has had his hands in one way, shape or form and whether it created jobs or lost jobs. there's going to be soaring music or scary music and all trying to appeal to people who have lost their jobs. i want to give the response from bain capital about the recent attacks from the obama administration about this company's record in creating money and losing jobs. "despite political attacks that emphasize the few companies that have struggled, the facts are
that during bain capital's ownership, revenues grew in 80% of the more than 350 companies in which we have invested." the president will try to show revenues are different than jobs. if you are creating revenue at the expense of jobs, that's not good for america so the very way we've done business over the past 20 years is an existential drama unfolding this uhmer is, political drama about what kind of america do you believe in. >> there have been plenty of "wall street journal," "new york times" have done an assessment of bain capital, across-the-board successes of jobs it creates and positive reporting about mitt romney's tenure there. >> staples, dominos, this week, amc, the big movie chain sold to the chinese, that had a big investor, bain capital. you talk about failing companies it's private equity that takes this risk, not just bain, lots of different companies like this, but is it bain's fault that a paper company failed or did bain come in and take advantage of a failing paper company but grow the business
somewhere else? that's what this is all about. >> thank you for clearing that up. at the end of the day when you try to understand the arguments when you decide which person you're going to support. >> a lot of dramatic music, don't buy the politics, on both sides. >> drama, drama. thank you. 12 minutes past 6:00. "oceans 11" this ain't. how two men tried to take down a las vegas casino using the sophisticated method of sunglasses and a bad wig. i kid you not.
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it is 16 minutes past the hour. welcome back to "early start." christine romans? >> ladies, it's liftoff of the first private mission to the international space station, a rocket built by the commercial space flight company known as spacex blasting off at 3:44 this morning, launching the unmanned dragon capsule to resupply the iss. was it exactly the perfect crime? far from "oceans 11" just a dumb guy in a wig, a man scheduled to appear in court after police say he tried to pepper spray a black jack dealer and grab some $115,000 in chips at the bellagio. the eye-in-the-sky is always watching in sin city. casino staff wrestled him down quickly. his wig and sunglasses fell off in the struggle while a suspected apolice got away. beer all over the place in
daytona beach. tractor trailer hauling 55,000 pounds of bottled beer overturned early monday morning on interstate 95. took workers seven hours to clear up the beer and glass. the tractor trailer driver said another driver swerved and caused him to go off the road but there were no skid marks. rob marciano is here to give us an update, this has a name and i thought that was unusual, i've covered wildfires before but are they always named? >> lately, yes. it usually has to do with some sort of local geography, air river or mountain nearby. is called the gladiator fire and honestly, i don't know why. here is the video and for the
past week and a half they've been struggling to contain this and it's grown to almost 15,000 acres at this point. they have over 1,000 personnel trying to beat the flames back. still only 19% containment and the weather is expected unfortunately to get, too. they have air assets on there, too. first off the temperatures the last three days, 108 to 112 degrees the expected high temperature going through today and possibly through tomorrow as well and the winds will pick up as well. when you get the winds cranking that's going to be the biggest problem fighting the fires, i think tomorrow the extreme fire danger will be the call. they would love to get rain, that's not in the cards. if you live in the northeast it is. you saw some yesterday and you'll see some today and for the next several days on and off. it's not a washout but maybe light on your feet or keep the rain gear handy in case. behind us a stalled front is dry air.
chicago south toward as well. memphis 80 degrees there. tropical storm alberto is now a depression so it's weakening and it will continue to move out to sea, just waves along the coastline. tropical depression bud in the eastern pacific has formed. here is the forecast from the national hurricane center potentially bringing it to the western shores of mexico closer this weekend so we'll be tracking bud throughout the week. >> i still can't believe you said it would be 108 to 112 where the fires are. it's may. >> yeah but you know it's arizona and the sun gets strong but they're in a warm pattern now obviously and it gets hot and they're deserts. >> unbelievable. thanks, rob. 20 minutes past 6:00. nobody likes to wait in line at the airport. the right luggage can make a difference. how you can be part of the solution and not part of the problem, coming up. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro.
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23 minutes past the hour. everyone hates standing in long lines at airport security. make sure you're not holding up the line. christine romans is here with an expert packing tip in today's "road warriors" segment, a little bit of a show and tell. >> usually the person in front of you, not you, right? >> um-hum. >> frequent flyers no toe take off your shoes, empty your pockets, place your liquids in the bin, take off your belts and your laptop. that's one step you can skip if you have a checkpoint friendly
bag. computers stay in the bag in the screening. each bag has a separate compartments without metal zippers or straps. it folds out, you lie it blatelo securely screeners have a clear view. store the power cords and other accessories in the part of the bag. the tsa approved these four years ago and now there are a variety of styles, prices from $30 to $500. keep in mind security can still ask you to remove your laptop so even if you spend a lot of money, and this is an expensive one, they can still tell you take it out anyway but the key is to make sure this can be flat. an ipad you pull it out of the sleeve, put it in a bin by myself. >> i don't do that anymore.
>> you leave it through your bag and put it through as long as it's not a laptop. >> you should see when we're going through a shoot it's a 35-minute experience. >> try doing it in israel. >> i was thinking newark, but hey. the one thing you need to know about your money today a reminder, ipos are risky. facebook turning into a great example of why ipos are risky. the stock is down 19% since its ipo friday, down nearly 11% yesterday. >> you got a good tweet about that. >> a very nice man tweeted me to say he put $5,000 aside for facebook stock and listened to us on the program and said i'm going to wait a month. >> like you said. >> so thank you. >> you're so magnanimous to say he listened to us. he listened to you. you're getting a pizza. >> thank you. >> by the way are you going to keep that bag? >> i'll take it away. >> i knew she would, romans!
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>> i'm zoraida sambolin. it's 30 minutes past the hour and newark, new jersey, mayor cory booker, a rising star in the democratic party is really mad this morning and firing back after an ad from the mitt romney campaign used his own words against him about the obama campaign's attacks on mitt romney the businessman. here's what he said on "meet the press"" sunday. >> this is nauseating on both sides, nauz waiting to the american public. enough is enough. stop attacking private equity. >> so here's the ad that mitt romney camp came out with after booker made those comments. >> look at the total ate of bain capital's record, they've done a lot to support businesses and grow businesses. even obama's own supporters have
it. enough is enough. >> i'm upset, taken out of context, used to report a cynicism. if there was any honor mitt romney would have said like obama did, citizens united decision is going to hurt our democracy, he would have said the negativity on our side, i'm going to talk about us has got to stop. he was going to say i stand with cory booker, stop the super pac money and the negative campaigning and talk about the issues. >> paul stein hahauser is in washington. i said watch them use his words against him and is he mad. >> this is another case of surrogates gone wild and trying to fix the damage maybe. but we were talking about this yesterday morning, and knew the republicans were going to capitalize and we showed the video from the campaign. president obama is talking about this as well at a nato summit yesterday in chicago and he was asked about booker's comments and asked about the republican
reaction and he said this whole talk about bain is not a "distraction" this is part and parcel, a key part of the campaign. listen to what else he said. >> the reason this is relevant to the campaign is because my opponent, governor romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. he's not going out there touting his experience in massachusetts. he's saying i'm a business guy and i know how to fix it and this is his business. >> the romney campaign firing back yesterday as well. mitt romney himself the former massachusetts governor saying "the president confirmed he will continue his attacks on free enterprise and went on to say the president needs to own up that his policies are failing. again, zoraida, no doubt about, we were called on this sunday morning and knew it would be a flare-up. >> the obama campaign are they taking any heat over that ad? >> they're taking a little bit
of heat over that ad and this morning you'll probably see another video from the obama camp or from a super pac tied to the obama camp that is supportive of the obama camp on bain capital and decided attacking bain capital is a key issue for them. mitt romney makes it obvious when he runs for president. he's going to say i can do a better job creating jobs than president barack obama and points to his time at bain and corporate world. >> what really matters is what the american public thinks and do you have a recent poll for us on that and how they feel both candidates are doing? >> i got a poll probably a few hours old. abc/"the washington post," while i was sleeping but you were probably awake. >> love it. >> the economy, 47%, the president 47%, for mitt romney on who can best fix or jump-start the economy. the poll indicated the economy by far still remains the top issue and every other poll shows the same thing. the economy, the economy, the
economy. i know same-sex marriage was big in the news over the last week or two but that's the top issue. another surrogate gone wild, newt gingrich last night right on cnn. i'll leave it with that. >>i thought you were going to play it again for us. >> but we did enjoy it. thank you for mentioning it in. paul steinhauser live in washington. >> i thought the pregnant pause was just as effective as the sound bite itself. >> you were missing the ba-doom-boom. this might be just what the doctor ordered but the new guidelines say the routine prostate cancer screenings may not be worth the risk. find out how this could impact your health. first a quick check of today's weather with rob marciano. >> the threat for rainfall will continue across the northeast. you had it yesterday, have it today and probably continue through tomorrow. here is the radar showing that, most of it is just light.
this is not from tropical storm alberto. as a matter of fact alberto decreased in intensity and gone out to city. we're tracking another something in the eastern pacific and this complex of thunderstorms is weakening headed across alabama and georgia and later on with the stalled frontal boundary which will create the threat for severe weather across the southeast. lovely weather in places like kansas city, st. louis, chicago, 70 the high temperature there, 63 in boston. keep the rain gear handy. 35 minutes after the hour. "early start" is coming right back. every communications provider is different but centurylink is committed to being a different kind of communications company. ♪ we link people and fortune 500 companies nationwide and around the world. and we will continue to free you to do more and focus on what matters.
think about getting screened for prostate cancer? you might want to reconsider. in a controversial move the u.s. preventative services task force is recommending men do not undergo regular prostate screening for cancer saying it does more harm than good. i know it sounds surprising but cnn's alina cho has been digging into this one. sounds reminiscent of the breast cancer issue with mammograms we had a few years ago. it's serious. >> it is serious and counter intuiti intuitive. and we've heard for so long let's get screened for cancer. that's why so many people are surprised about this and it affects 44 million american men ashleigh. good morning, everybody. if you think about it, it's really something for many people is hard to understand, why wouldn't you get tested for prostate cancer? an influential federal panel says it's not always best to catch cancer as early as possible. we'll explain that in a minute. but that is why essentially the
united states preventative services task force is now recommending against what's commonly referred to as the psa test. it's a simple blood test. the task force is saying at best psa screening may help 1 in 1,000 men avoid death from prostate cancer and may do more harm than good because most prostate cancers found by screening are slow growing and not life-threatening and will not cause a man any harm at all during his lifetime. what can actually is the treatment. most men who are in the words of some overdiagnosed will suffer serious side effects from treatment like radiation and surgery, treatment they may not need and the side effects include impotence, incontinence. >> this is not the first time the panel has weighed in, in a controversial way with regard to medicine. >> we remember this is the same panel that recommended women in
their 40s should skip routine mammogr mammograms. as for the psa test which is a simple blood test, while the american cancer society has not recommended that routine psa screenings since the late 1990s should occur, the american urological association still recommends that men get baseline screenings at age 40, if they wish to be tested. the bottom line from the task force is the evidence shows that the benefits do not outweigh the risks in this case. it's really interesting, counter intuitive. >> and when you hear the headline on your morning news program saying don't get this screening, it's going to cause a lot of waves. what has the reaction been? >> it was swift as you might imagine and pretty forceful. the urological association condemned the finding, no surprise there, standing by the psa test. the statement "it is inappropriate and irresponsible to issue a blanket statement against psa testing particularly for at-risk populations." they go on to say that what
could happen as a result is many men will no longer get tested because they think they don't need to and prostate cancer a psa could have caught early may go unnoticed. obviously people on the other side have a different point of view and one doctor said, it's so interesting, ashleigh, i'm quoting "we've been told for decades to be terrified of cancer and the only hope is early detection and treatment. the reality is," she said "we don't need to detect all cancers. we want to screen for the ones that are going to be aggressive, manage those early and leave everyone else alone. she has a point but it is scary. >> no matter how you slice it, talk to your doctor and do what's right for you and your doctor will help guide you. alina, that's weird stuff and i don't think that's the end of it. thank you. appreciate it. zoraida? >> soledad o'brien joins with us a look at what is ahead on
"starting point." >> oh, so much. good morning to you. ahead on "starting point," taxpayers are picking up roughly $1 million tab for a group of judges to go to a conference in lovely hawaii. don't you wish you were going on the trip? we'll talk with senator chuck grassley, outraged about the cost of the trip and why it might be time to end conferences like these all together. plus we'll look at what's happening in joplin, missouri, a year after a tornado wiped out a third of that town. we'll meet the photographer behind a powerful new project that features photos of survivors who write messages on their bodies, illustrating the struggles and their hopes. absolutely beautiful work. the potential threat to america's security, how did fake military parts from china get into the hands of our troops? senator carl levin is launching an legislation into counterfeit items and talk about why every american should be outraged about that and much more coming up when we start at 7:00 a.m.
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good morning, d.c. it is, let's see, do we have some degrees for you right now there, your weather? nope. but i can tell you this, it's 52 minutes past the hour. not quite sure what your weather looks like today but perhaps hazy and cloudy. it looked a little hazy to me, not quite clear. >> thank you, zoraida. apocalyptic that's what joplin, missouri, looked like one year ago today. it's been a year. 161 residents killed, hundreds more injured, thousands of businesses and homes were destroyed. joplin high school devastated just hours after the class of 2011 was awarded their diplomas. last night president obama
delivered the commencement address to this year's graduates. you know what we'll talk in a minute to erica tremblay. shes aa wonderful film where she sheds light on what she saw and a great story who made promises as to what they wanted to do after the disaster and followed through. we'll talk to her shortly. there's a great story, one of the stories that makes us proud to be american. adriana allen, this woman drove up to an at in, in boca raton, florida, just wanted to take out money but there was something in the way, $1,800 in cash was in the way, left over by somebody before her. so instead of just making off with it, adriana called 911 and the police came, the bank said they are going to try to find the rightful owners of the
$1,800 using the cameras and the computers and the records but in the meantime, that fabulous woman, the most honest among us today, should be heralded by all of us as extraordinarily honest. i talked to her earlier on about what this whole experience was like. have a listen to what she had to say to me. >> our family has a strong belief that you are what you earn, so the only money you keep is what you earn, and that's my way to do things. i did what my heart told me to do. >> did what her heart told her to do. her mom was in the car with her which is awesome but she says that wasn't what did it. she says i have an 11-year-old boy. these are the lessons we need to teach your children, i'm a cuban-american and you are what you earn. fabulous words to live by. adriana allen, my favorite person of the day, maybe of the week, maybe the entire year.
erica trembly documented the heart ache in joplin, missouri, on this one-year anniversary. she has a new film called "the heartland," and she joins us live from joplin. so nice to have you with us this morning. thank you. so we know that you grew up outside of joplin, and you have a lot of family that still lives there, and when the devastation happened there, what caused you to want to actually create a documentary out of it? >> you know, i think after the first couple of days where everything was just crazy and things started dying down, everyone was kind of across the nation and especially the people from joplin were what can i do, what can i do and i didn't know what the answer to that question was and my producing partner at the time, bernard paruhm was like get cameras and a crew together and go back there and let your friends and family and your neighbors you've known your whole life tell you their stories. >> it must have been a difficult journey for you because it was
personal. >> absolutely. i mean, you know, we started out to make this disaster documentary and over the past year have kind of turned into this story about the human spirit and how you heal from a tragedy that is just so massive as this. so i mean, it's kind of been two-sided, on one hand been an extremely amazing healing process for me but it has also been super difficult to be thinking about it and in the middle of it, every single day. >> there's one person in particular that you talked to in your documentary, name is mrs. mcpherson. she took you on a tour of her destroyed home. i want to play you a little bit of this and talk you about it. >> you find random pictures. this isn't even mine. i try to pick them up and send them all to abbey, that's doing the film photos.
i don't know where all our pictures went. i don't know. i need to stop. >> really difficult moments to watch there, but some really beautiful things that came out of this. she mentioned this joplins found photos project that surfaced because of this. can you tell us about that? >> one thing that gets lost in the whole tragedy is you think about the loss of life and that's the first thing and obviously that is something that's very hard to deal with, but the thing that kind of gets lost is the actual loss of, you know, poems and photographs and heirlooms and that sort of thing. we wanted to showcase that part of the tragedy as well, if that's even the right term. abbey all-mendinger took thousands and thousands of
misplaced photos and putting them online so people could recover those and in some cases they were the only photos they got back. >> there was one story here of a man the only photo he had of his mother. i teased this earlier so quickly if you could tell me about luke leonard you interviewed in the film, he helped storm victims and made a promise. tell us about that. >> luke is just such a wonderful kid. he graduated last night from joplin high school. throughout the film or throughout the days after the tornado, he was helping rescue people. he was pulling bodies out from the rubble at 17 years old. from this whole process and from the past year and dealing with the tornado, he had made a promise he was going to become a firefighter when he graduated and he has been hired on as a firefighter and will start working for the fire department in the next couple of months so we're super proud of luke and congratulations to him for graduating last night. >> congratulations to you as well. erica tremblay, the film is
"heartland." thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> that's "early start: the news from a to z." i'm ashleigh banfield. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. "starting point" starts right now. cory booker, a key obama supporter, gets mad, says the gop is twisting his words. >> i am upset. i've been taken out of context. >> whose campaign will take the biggest hit? also advice that might be a little hard to understand, a federal panel says early detection of one type of cancer might not be a good thing. it's something every man in this country and every woman who knows a man in this country needs to pay attention to this morning. plus aloha, taxpayers, some federal judges are under fire for planning a million-dollar trip to hawaii. the taxpayers are paying for it, and one small step into the future. liftoff