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it's thursday, april 7th. coming up on "early today," qualified to serve. bernie sanders says hillary clinton is not qualified and the fire storm that followed. meanwhile, police kept the peace between pro and anti-donald trump supporters. a felony threat investigation on charlie sheen and ex-adult film star fiance. excitement ahead of today's masters tee off. and the outpouring for country legend merle haggard continues. "early today" starts right now.
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good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. breaking overnight, police are searching for two men considered dangerous who escaped a washington psychiatric hospital last night. police say 28-year-old anthony garber and mark alexander adams were last seen at the dining hall in lakewood, washington, last night. the pair may have escaped from a loose window in their room. both suffer from mental illness. garber was arrested in 2013 for murder one. and adams was arrested in relation to a 2013 domestic violence incident and assault. both men were found not competent to stand trial. they are considered dangerous to others and should not approach. let's go to politics and the hangover from the primary is hitting hard. a new war over who's qualified to be president is escalating. at a rally attended by over 10,000 people senator bernie sanders made a startling claim.
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>> she has been saying lately that she thinks i am, quote, unquote, not qualified to be president. i don't think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from wall street through your super pac. i don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in iraq. >> those remarks came after sanders struggled to explain his plan to break up large banks to the editorial board of the new york daily news which clinton was asked about wednesday on msnbc's "morning joe." >> in light of the questions he had problems with, do you believe this morning that bernie sanders is qualified and ready to be president of the united states? >> well, i think the interview raised a lot of really serious questions and i look at it this
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way. the core of his campaign has been break up the banks and it didn't seem in reading his answers that he understood exactly how that would work under dodd-frank. >> clinton's press secretary hit back on twitter saying hillary clinton did not say bernie sanders was not qualified but he has now absurdly said it about her. this is a new low. sanders will hold a press conference this morning at 9:00 eastern in philly. clinton is schedule in new york city. on the republican side, both donald trump and ted cruz are taking a bruising. trump's path to the nomination is now harder though not impossible as he tries to regain his footing with voters in more friendly territories. pro and anti-trump supporters were squaring off. still feeling burned by the new york values remark. a debate trump is using against his rival.
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>> i've got this guy standing over there looking at me talking about new york values with hatred, with hatred of new york. so, folks, i think you can forget about him. >> in the bronx, cruz defended his comment. >> the people of new york know exactly what those values are. they're the values of liberal democratic politicians like andrew cuomo, like anthony weiner, like eliot spitzer, like charlie rangel. all of whom donald trump has supported giving tens of thousands of dollars throughout the years. >> trump, however, maintains a steady home field advantage showing over 50% support in a new monmouth university poll. now to the ongoing fallout from the panama papers. usa today is reporting that hundreds are listed in documents. so far most of the americans
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identified appear to be retirees who bought real estate in costa rica and panama. however, some named have faced charges for serious financial crimes including fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. this comes as "the new york times" reports that the u.s. government is getting set to propose new requirements mandating banks and financial institutions, identify the owners behind shell companies for the first time ever. the mandate is a response to the papers and is meant to close a major loophole that allows the types of secretive moves uncovered in the document. only have to know who open stateside accounts. meanwhile panama's president says he will establish an international committee of finding the offshore financial industry. a 17-year-old texas girl has died from an exploding air bag made by takata corporation. she was driving a 2002 honda civic and her identity has not been made public. honda says several recalls were
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sent to the owners but no fixes were made. they can cause the bags to explode and send shrapnel at drivers and passengers. 24 million vehicles have been recalled due to this issue. the recalls could be expanded. charlie sheen back in the spotlight and once again it's not for his acting. the los angeles police department has launched a felony threat investigation into the actor triggered by his ex-fiance. an attorney for her said she recently sought a protective order for sheen after multiple news outlets published excerpts, they say, of sheen saying he's going to kill her. she has previously accused sheen of assault, battery, and other charges. their engagement ended in 2014. sheen's manager tells nbc news,
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quote, she is a prostitute who slept with charlie for $3,000 and told him what he wanted to hear and she started a lawsuit because sheen doesn't want to marry her. part of the country still waiting for a spring thaw. four states dealing with wildfires going through areas already expressed with drought. >> reporter: across oklahoma and kansas, wind is fueling flames in this region dry and ready to burn. more than 55,000 acres already torched. hundreds forced to evacuate. many volunteering to help. >> i don't want it to keep burning and burning and burning. >> reporter: it's still not known how many homes have been lost. >> my friend lives around the corner. we're not around to go in there because we don't even know if they have a home anymore. >> reporter: 50 mile-an-hour winds in oklahoma. the blaze exploded.
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>> come on, get out. >> reporter: two storm chasers rescuing a tractor driver who was stuck with no time to spare. a narrow and harrowing escape. in kansas, a red flag warning. the governor declaring a disaster. flames destroying a school. in new mexico, the wind generating this tumble weed tornado and increasing the fire danger. back east, another extreme. a bitter blast dropping trees and temperature. record lows in at least seven cities. some temperatures, 20 degrees below average. >> wow, right? miguel almaguer reporting. meanwhile, a new fire burning on the arizona/california border has grown to 1400 acres and prompted a mandatory evacuation. now to the migrant crisis in europe and horrific moment during clashes between migrants and police officers in greece. shocking video shows a man
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holding a baby and threatening to throw her at police officers. another man later took that child and handed her safely back into her mother's arms. greek authorities have been trying to get those camped out to move to organized camps. let's get the latest forecast for bill cairns. >> it was 91 in oakland yesterday. yeah. in april. very crazy stuff. last night we had the possible tornado in areas of georgia too. montgomery county out of georgia. we'll wait to see how bad that was. no fatalities reported. this is montgomery county, alabama. that's a big tree that fell down there and did damage to their home in the background. those storms are now racing through the carolinas and heading into north carolina. the areas now dealing with those storms. the storm is also producing snow in the northern great lakes. and we flip to the west where
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it's been unusually warm. high pressure in control. warm temperatures. a cutoff low is changing things in southern california. you're going to deal with clouds that's going to cool you off a bit. cool with showers as we head through the weekend. remaining warm as we head towards the weekend. and possibly today we could get near 80 degrees in seattle. if we did by the chance get to 80, that would be the earliest -- only one time in a hundred years did we get to 80 today. it's going to be close. a little cooler on sunday. you know it's because of the clouds and showers. areas like phoenix are going to be almost as cool as seattle as we go throughout the forecast. we will watch it. 69 in the phoenix year,
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ridiculous. and reno also at 80. and in the meantime, where we are here, snow on saturday. >> that is just not nice of you. >> it's not. okay. just ahead, the former energy ceo headed to prison. plus a judge rules in the case of kesha and dr. luke. you're watching "today." e. you're watching "today." ♪ you can help prevent blindness in undernourished children all over the world. when you get your vitamins at walgreens, you help give life-changing vitamins to kids across the globe. get vitamins here. change lives everywhere. walgreens. at the corner of happy and healthy. if you have allergy congestion muddling through your morning is nothing new. introducing rhinocort® allergy spray from the makers of zyrtec®. powerful relief from nasal allergy symptoms, all day and all night.
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two slices of pizza will cost you an hour and a half of walking or 43 minutes of running. new calls for exercise labels on food are gaining momentum. a more extensive list can be found at singer kesha will not be let out of her contract with sony. a new york judge dismissed the suit. saying it is beyond the statute of limitations. dr. luke has never been charged and denied the claims saying he never had sex with the singer. it is time to get down to business. more than 40% of americans who owe a combined $2 billion in student loans aren't making payments or are falling behind. the figures come after a decade of accelerated borrowing.
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this morning on "today," scientology disconnect. find out why a couple has purchased a billboard in l.a. urging scientologists to reconnect with loved ones who have been cut off. in sports, ahead of the masters tee off today, an incredible warm-up in augusta that had a number of holes in one. justin thomas hits par 3 a perfect 130 yards. that lands and rolls right into the cup right there. that was immediately followed by rickie fowler who matched the hole in one. there must be a trick in there,
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right? and there's your proof. well, we are not done yet. 80-year-old golf legend and three-time masters champion gary player teeing off from the 7th hole. wait for it. >> there's a lot of good players that haven't played in 35 majors. >> yes! >> so cool. and worth it, huh? he celebrated with his grandson. just adorable. and along with jack nicklaus. there's his grandson there. so cute. the day also had plenty of nostalgia with tom watson playing in his final masters. the golden bear teeing off and much more of a family friendly atmosphere including the son of soren kjeldsen. the masters tees off today in augusta. just ahead, saying good-bye to a country music legend. plus harry goes to hollywood. potter fans get ready for a whole new wizarding world. see me.
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now for some entertainment news. ♪ and i'm proud to be an okie from meskokee ♪ ♪ and have a ball >> country music legend merle haggard passed away yesterday on his 79th birthday. haggard recorded dozens of number one country hits over his
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long career. tributes flooded in for the artist including this one from sheryl crow saying he was a voice of reason, good man, and true american artist. from luke bryan, thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music. merle haggard dead at the age of 79. get excited, you potter fans. the wizarding world of harry potter is opening this morning at universal studios hollywood. a red carpet event featured the l.a. philharmonic. in more potter news, the chair used by j.k. rowling sold at an auction for $394,000 for that one chair. >> do you know how much time she sat in the thing? popular music ads featuring taylor swift has surely made drake happy. sales of his song "jump man" by drake and future jumped 431%
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after swift sang that in the commercial. >> does make you want to work out to that song though. on today's episode of ellen she addresses the controversial law that passed in mississippi. for refusing services to the lbgt community. >> when i see something wrong, i have to talk about it. it's the same thing that i do when i see men wearing spandex in the line at starbucks. sometimes it's easier to explain things if you break it down. imagine this. two cupcakes walk into a flower shop but the flores doesn't believe in selling to cupcakes because they don't have money. but gay people do so sell them the damn flowers. >> i'm alex witt and this is "early today." ♪
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leading the news on, octopus removed from a 2-year-old kansas boy's throat. the boy was transported to the hospital in serious condition. the mother's boyfriend is suspected of child abuse. the 2 inch baby octopus looked to be intended for sushi. and in "the new york times," law school renamed for antonin scalia again, blamed acronym. the acronym caused controversy on social media. george mason university has changed it to the antonin scalia
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law school. secretary kerry is the most traveled secretary of state in history. he pushed past 1the record previously held by condoleezza rice. he could pad his new record with hundreds of thousands of additional miles. it's going to be a hard record to beat since he became our nation's top diplomat in 2013 he has spent 2300 hours in the air. that is the equivalent of 96 day os an plane. >> looks in great shape. i'd be a hot mess. >> me too for sure. women seeking abortion in louisiana may have to wait an extra two days before they can legally do so. the house just passed a bill that would require a 24-hour wait period to be moved to 72-hours. they believe it may give women more time to consider alternatives. the bill now moves to the senate for approval. okay. listen up you hedgehog fans.
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a hedgehog cafe. for just 1,000 yen, about $9 u.s., you could have an hour of play time with a hedgehog. but they're prickly, right? you've got to be careful with them. the cafe is named harry. it's a play on the name in japanese meaning needle. and if you don't believe in unicorns, this unicorn sheep might change your mind. peanut has become an attraction thanks to its single horn after its other horn was snapped off by children. now a look ahead, president obama expect to speech at the chicago law school and continues to make his kat for hearings for merrick garland. also today is national beer day. 83 years ago today the u.s. ended prohibition on alcohol. and happy birthday to russell crowe who turned 52. jackie chan, 62.
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francis ford coppola turning 67. i'm alex witt. see you back here tomorrow. rig noat 30.thseah f a t a rudr'
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