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still seems far away. but in this corner of virginia, the battle of the home front goes on. tom foreman, cnn, washington. on. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> that's it for us. thanks for watching. "early start" begins now. just a terrifying discovery. a dentist accused of using dirty instruments, possibly exposing thousands to hiv. and rockets ready to strike. another provocative move. a store clerk gets the best of a would-be robber and it's all caught on camera. and basketball talk number one. a number one seed knocked off. top seed indiana toppled by syracuse last night. and tonight, the long shots from florida gulf coast look to keep the magic alive.
welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. i had syracuse, by the way. a staggering number. 7,000 patients getting a startling and probably tear tying news this morning. they may have been exposed to hiv and hepatitis by their dentist. dr. scott harrington and his tulsa practice a menace to health. some of the investigators who checked out his office left physically sick. this is just shocking, ed lavandera. >> reporter: the allegations leveled here in the state of oklahoma by health officials against the man who runs the dental practice behind me is staggering. tulsa health officials say the sanitation conditions inside this building where dr. scott harrington works as an oral
surgeon were horrifying. >> when we left, the investigators were physically sick. and i have seen a lot of bad stuff over the years. >> reporter: the health officials say as many a 7,000 patients in the last six years might have been exposed to hiv as well as hepatitis b and c. health officials say he treated a higher prop lags of patients with those illnesses. when investigators inspected the tools and equipment in the office, what they discovered was disturbing and unsanitary. >> the instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. they had rust on them. >> reporter: at least one patient was infected by hepatitis c from treatments in the office. a sense of up ease is spreading. patients are receiving letters, urging them to get tested.
>> the magnitude and the unknown length of time that the practices may have occurred have prompted public health to begin systematic notification of dr. harrington's patients and recommend testing for hiv, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c viruses. as many persons who may be inverdicted with these blood-borne viruses may be infected for years without signs of illness. >> reporter: state health officials say dr. harrington voluntarily stopped practice a few weeks ago after the investigations began. he is 63 years old. he started practicing more than 35 years ago. it's not clear if the closure is permanent or temporary. this is the message callers to his office hear now. >> you have reached the office of dr. scott harrington.
the office is currently closed. >> reporter: and john, those 7,000 patients -- if they haven't received the letters already, they'll get them shortly. free test willing be offered by state health officials beginning on saturday. >> i would hope it's free. ed lavandera, thank you so much. developing story out of pakistan this morning. a suicide bomber blew himself up less than half a mile from the u.s. consulate in peshawar. the bomber rho eer rode a motor to a security check point and detonated about 20 pounds of exmoosives on his body. a new development with knot korea aches stance against the united states. rockets have been ordered to be put on standby, ready to fire at u.s. targets in the pacific.
they flew b-2 stealth bombers over south korea. and north korea considers this a threat of war by the u.s. a landslide in washington state. on the left side of whidb erk y i lan -- whidbey island. a 1,000-foot stretch of land has slipped away. some people are evacuated. we have a reporter live on whidbey i lasland this morning. this is the equivalent of 40,000 dump truckloads collapsing right into the water. have investigators figured out anything that caused this? >> reporter: they have
suspicions. they believe it dates back to prehistoric times, what the land looked like. look at this pile of dirt behind me. it will be laid down on a trail so residents can hoof it down this trail to try to get to their homes, that have been completely cut off by the landslide. a dramatic change from days ago, for residents who consider this place idyllic. the view is breathtaking. until you look closer. the earth is still tumbling down hundreds of feet. the grass of this backyard dangling on the edge of an impromptu cliffside. it took out one house and took out 17 others. daniel garcia lives, or lived here. his house tagged yellow, means it's possible it could go tumbling. >> it seems like the best interest to go. >> reporter: so you want to get
out of here? >> i would rather not. but the situation dictates. >> reporter: this rather large la la landslide is a 1 in a 100 or 200-year event. >> about 600 to 800 feet of this has been rotated. >> reporter: scientists knew this was coming but couldn't predict when. >> the pressure can push the sand grades apart. and it moves. >> reporter: is this mab versus nature. we built on stuff we didn't understand? >> yes, absolutely. back in the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '6 '60s, people weren't thinking about this. >> i thought about it as a huge waive crashing into a cement wall. it was really strong.
>> reporter: it cut off the main road to her house. she climbed a dirt trail at night to get her cat. >> she's a little freaked out right now. hey, shea. a lot of anxiety about what is going to happen? will i be able to move back home? >> reporter: daniel garcia made his choice. the man who moved into this house for the view is now leaving because he has too much of one. now, not everyone is leaving. we were at a meeting yesterday where a lot of the residents said they were staying. some because they love it. some because day can't. their house is uninsurable. it will be tough to sell now. >> what are geologists telling you about the beautiful homes on the edge of the cliff? do they think more are going to fall into the landslide? >> reporter: there is one at risk. they're calling that one the red
card. there are four others, like mr. garcia's house, that are yellow. the others, people can come back in. they're probably safe for the next 100 years or so. >> kyung lah, thank you so much this morning. s&p 500 hits record high. finishing up 6 points to close at 1549, a record high. the s&p 500 is up 10% in the first quarter. it's recovered all, all of its losses from the 2008 financial crisis. it's not the millennium falcon. but this is fast. the soyuz made it to the international space station if just under six hours. it normally takes two days. nasa says software updates sell. ed speed it up significantly.
travel time was about the same as a los angeles to hon will youly fligh-- honolulu fight. >> the millennium falcon made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. this clerk took things into his own hands. he took the shotgun right out of the thief's hands. the thief escaped on foot without his gun. another number one seed bytes the dust. 12 teams left standing in the ncaa men's basketball championship. fourth seed syracuse representing the big east, well, knocking off indiana, 61-50 last night. the orange opening up a 14-point first half lead. that sets up syracuse and
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massacre, declaring this is the moment to act. it's inkresing lie doubtful the president gets all the provisions he wants. >> reporter: more than 100 days after the mass shootings in newtown, connecticut, the president senses support slipping for stricter gun laws. >> this is our best chance in more than a decade to take common sense steps that will save lives. >> reporter: while surrounded by mothers touched by gun violence, the president made an appeal to get congress to act. >> the entire country was shocked. the entire country pledged we would do something about it. and this time would be different. shame on us if we have forgotten. i haven't forgotten those kids. shame on us if we've forgotten.
>> reporter: pun poll shows support for tougher gun laws has dropped 10% since december. the senate will be taking up next month lacks key components the president pushed for. universal background checks and a ban on some high-capacity magazines. four gop senators say they'll block any legislation that puts more restrictions on gun owners. in a statement, rubio said he intended to oppose any legislation that would imfringe on the american people's constitutional rights to bear arms. the president is getting support from a group called mayors against illegal guns. >> she just wanted to teach little kids. that was her goal. she died doing it. >> reporter: dan lothian, cnn, the white house. it's 17 minutes past the
hour. an hiv and hepatitis scare unfolding this morning in oklahoma. 7,000 patients being informed they may have been exposed but tulsa dentist scott harrington. investigators call him a menace to public health. claiming he reused old needles and used rusted and knot nonsteshl instruments. a woman who died on a ca caribbean cruise ship who died died of natural causes. nelson mandela is battling a lung infection again. the fourth time he's been hospitalized over the past two years. black smoke seen for miles around las vegas coming from the key largo casino. a couple of firefighters were
hurt. nothing too serious. no word on how the fire broke out. it hasn't seen action in eight years. the key largo was supposed to be torn down to make way for condos. with the real estate bust, those plans fell through. barbara walters is reportedly ending her tra trailblazing 50-year career next year. abc is not commenting officially yet. bill carter of "the new york times" detailed her remarkable rise in television last night on "ac 360." >> when she started on the "today" show in 1962, the women were considered ornaments, not journalists. she forced her way into that role, through force of will. once she got inside that, she's a very determined and ambitious and bright woman. >> she was the first woman the
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welcome back. we're minding your business this morning. financial markets are closed in the united states today, it is good friday. but still, stocks have been on a tear recently. alison is with us. >> the you have a requirement fund, mutual fund, if you're in stocks, this could be the day to look at your portfolio. you're seeing the residual effect of the dow hitting the all-time high. yesterday, it was the s&p 500's turn to make a record. it beat the high set in october 2007. it was also the last day of the first quarter. what a great quarter it was. look at the dow. look at the returns. the dow is up 11% in the first three months of this year. the nasdaq up, the s&p 500 up
10%. when there's bad news coming in, the market shrugs it off. the fed pushes in money, pushing down interest rates. making stocks most attractive investment. if we take out our crystal ball, what is coming next? the path of least resistance appears to be upward. analysts don't expect a dip in the spring. the rally, the analysts say, has more room to run. one analyst, david kelly, the chief global strategist at jpmorgan says stocks are cheaper because valuations are lower. company earnings are stronger. interest rates are much lower than in previous years.investor returns back into stock. if you're not in stocks. >> reporter: your age, your
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he's being called a. he nas to public health. investigators looking and a rogue dentist who may have exposed thousands to hiv and hepatitis. wild animal on the attack. a zoo cooper takes on a tiger and lives to tell about it. the obama administration ready to change the rules for cars that cause smog. will you pay more at the pump? >> welcome back to "early start," happy friday, everyone. i just read john's line. i'm john berman.
>> i'm actually john berman. this is poppy harlow. a new health threat to tell you about this morning. 7,000 patients put at risk by their dentist. dr. scott harrington is being called a menace to public health this morning. ed lavandera is outside his office. some of the investigators came out and said they were physically sickened by what they saw. >> reporter: that's what they said yesterday, poppy. all of this started because a patient of dr. scott harrington, the practice you see behind me, was infected with hepatitis c. health officials were trying to figure out how that person could have been infected. that led envest gators to this dental practice. over the last two weeks, what they say they discovered was shocking and disturbing. listen to one of the health officials who spoke about this
yesterday. >> i'll tell you that when the health department investigators, when we left, we were physically kind of sick. that's how bad. and i have seen a lot of bad stuff over the years. the instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. i wouldn't let my nephews play with them out in the dirt. i mean, they were horrible. >> reporter: some of the highlights that health officials have found here at the practice of dr. scott harrington. rusted and unsterilized equipment. not sterile gauze pads used. open viles of medications found in there as well as assistants not properly qualified to do the work they were doing inside the dental practice. the allegations being leveled against this doctor shocking and disturbing to say the least. >> we know thousands of patients are now going to or are in the process of undergoing tests to see if they have been infected or not. that's the most important thing while we wait to hear from them,
have we had any response from the dentist? on top of that, what charges could he face? >> reporter: well, we have made attempts to reach the doctor, there's a -- the only -- the voice recording message at the practice here says that the office is closed. we have tried to reach out to his attorney, so far, no response. health officials say that no criminal charges have been filed yet. but that they are in contact with the district attorney's office here in tulsa. maybe depending on the results here for the tests of all those patients, that could change that. we'll have to wait and see. >> ed lavandera, thank you. >> 33 minutes after the hour. the father of a former u.s. soldier charged with conspiring with all al qaeda in iraq says his son is no terrorist. his son, eric harroun is a hero, says his father. he was arrested at dulles
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about 9 cents a gallon. newly released documents show that the shooter in the newtown massacre showed up at sandy hook elementary school practically armed for war. he had ten magazines for his assault weapon, two handguns and a shotgun. in less than five minutes, he fired off 154 rounds, killing 20 children and six adults. >> just having those types of magazines, having those types of weapons out there, that are available to the average civilian, not law enforcement, not the military is a problem we don't know in whose hands they're going to be. >> we also know what investigators found in the home. more than 1600 rounds of am phew in addition, three samurai swords inside the lan za home, where adam lanza also shot his mother to death. a zoo keeper in canada has
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he is constantly, and the first few days of his reign here, here's repeated the idea that clergy should get out, get out, leaving the church and getting out into the street where is the people are. i think we'll see quite a different papacy from the regal monarc monarchy-style papacy we have seen in the past. >> the vatican wanted a new pope in place for this easter week. good friday celebrations start today. what is on the agenda for pope francis? do you think we'll see more surprises as the weekend continues? >> i think so. this afternoon, a traditional ceremony. he starts off at st. peter's basilica. reads the story of christ's passion, the suffering, death, and resurrection. he'll do it in the basilica. he'll travel to the coliseum. a traditional spot for the popes to observe the stations of the
cross, the 14 stations of the cross, basically, they symbolize kris's passion. and after that, there are have vigil services tomorrow and saturday. easter sunday. and his message to the city and to the world. that is always a big high point. though he's already done one. he did one when he was inaugurated ten days ago. in fact, the pope will be following some tradition. we're expecting there will be breaks with tradition. he's already, several time this is week, broken away from his prepared statements and ad l libbed, as it were. we'll be on guard for anything, john. >> all right, jim bitterman in rome on this friday, thank you. rush limbaugh telling his listeners that the battle over same-sex marriage is over. listen. >> this issue is lost. i don't care what the supreme court does. this is now inevitable. once we start eed talking about gay marriage, traditional
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roberts proving he's just like everyone else, in one regard. someone stole his credit card numbers and might have been charging stuff on his card. he was overheard talking about it at a starbucks. he had to use cash to pay for his coffee because he canceled his credit card. >> someone was eves dropping at a starbucks. >> of course. check out this truck. police tell our affiliate whnt the pickup was going the wrong way on an overpass last night. it hit two cars, the driver lost control, the truck ended up over the guardrail. the driver was pinned inside. two people were seriously hurt. one with life-threatening injuries. now for the question a lot of people are asking because it has not felt like spring in a long time. what kind of weather can we expect this weekend? alexandra steele is in the weather center. >> good morning.
last march, it was 20 degrees above average for a lot of the country. this march, we're 20 degrees below average. the difference is palpable. hi, everyone. good morning to you. the southeast, incredible le co cold the last couple of week ends. frost and freeze warnings in place. it is as low as it is go. temperatures will only warm up in the southeast until sunday. then, believe it or not, another arctic shot of cold air making its move. the holiday weekend, good friday, easter. temperatures, just at average. atlanta, dallas, chicago, new york, philadelphia, at average, until sunday. then we get cold. easter forecast. here's the front along it. showers and storms. i don't think it will be a total washout. we'll see scattered showers and storms. on sunday, average, warm until then. next shot of arctic air. southeast, mid-atlantic,
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fashion, if you can wear it both ways. >> from our fashion correspondent. to check out our other trends, head to cnn.com/trends. "early start" continues right now. a fair tying discovery. a dentist accused of using dirty instruments, exposing thousands potentially to hiv and hepatitis. rockets ready to strike. a new move by north korea's young dictator. and turning the tables. a store clerk gets the best of a would-be robber. and the need for speed in space. three men and a rocket just reached the international space station faster than ever before. and another number one knocked off. top seed indiana toppled by syracuse tonight. the long shots from florida gulf coast looking to keep the magic alive in their cinderella story. welcome to "early start."
i'm poppy harlowe. >> i'm john berman. 6:00 a.m. in the east. shocking news. some 7,000 patients getting expd hepatitis by their dentist in oklahoma. officials there calling dr. scott harrington and his tulsa practice both a menace to public health. we're told some of the investigators who inspected his office were physically sickened by what they found. ed lavandera is live in tulsa this morning outside harrington's dental office. good morning, ed. >> good morning, john. well you know it must be bad when health investigators who do this kind of work for a living inspecting dental clinics are the ones saying they were floored by what they found. tulsa health officials say the sanitation conditions inside this building where dr. scott harrington works as an oral surgeon were horrifying. >> i will tell you that when the health department investigators, when we left, we were just physically kind of sick. i mean that's just how bad --
and i've seen a lot of bad stuff over the years. >> reporter: those health officials say that as many as 7,000 patients in the last six years might have been exposed to hiv, as well as hepatitis-b and c. health officials say dr. harrington treated a higher population of patients with those illnesses. but when investigators started inspecting the dental tools and equipment in the office, in the last two weeks, what they discovered was disturbing, and extremely unsanitary. >> the instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. i wouldn't let my nephew play with them out in the dirt. i mean, they were horrible. they had rust on them. >> reporter: so far health officials believe at least one patient was infected with hepatitis-c from treatments in this office. the news has sparked a nerve-wracking sense of unease. patients are receiving letters urging them to get tested. >> the magnitude of these infractions in clinical practices, and the unknown length of time that the practices may have occurred have
prompted public health to begin systematic notification of doctor harrington's patients, and recommend testing for hiv, hepatitis-b and hepatitis-c viruses, as many persons who may be infected with these blood-borne viruses may be infected for years without experiencing any signs of illness. >> reporter: state health officials say dr. harrington voluntarily stopped practicing after the investigation of health and safety law violations started a few weeks ago. harrington is 64 years old, a veteran oral surgeon, who started practicing more than 35 years ago. but it's not clear if the closure is permanent or temporary. we haven't been able to reach dr. harrington yet, and this is the message callers to his office hear now. >> you have reached the office of dr. scott harrington. the office is currently closed. >> reporter: now those 7,000 patients will be receiving free
testing from health officials here in the state of oklahoma. that testing begins tomorrow, and, john, so far, no criminal charges filed against the dentist. but health officials say they are in contact with the district attorney's office here in tulsa, oklahoma. john? >> all right, ed lavandera. the numbers are staggering. 7,000 possible patients. all right, ed, thanks to you. a developing story this morning in pakistan. a suicide bomber blew himself up less than half a mile from the u.s. consulate in person war ra. that's right near the afghan border and hospital officials say at least six people were killed in that attack, another dozen hurt. police say the bomber rode a motor bike up to a security checkpoint then detonated about 20 pounds of explosives that he was wearing. new developments in north korea's increasingly aggressive stance against the united states. state media reports leader kim jong-un has ordered that rockets be put on standby ready to be fired at u.s. targets in the pacific. north korea issued this latest threat after the u.s. confirmed
that it has b-2 stealth bombers over south korea as part of joint military exercises. the north considers those exercises a threat of war by the united states. and the father of a former u.s. soldier now charged with conspiring with al qaeda in iraq as he fought in syria says that his son is no terrorist. in fact, he says that his son eric harroun is a hero for fighting alongside syria's opposition. the fbi arrested harroun on tuesday near dulles airport in virginia. they charged him with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the united states, specifically a rocket-propelled grenade. what a run it has been for the s&p 500. yesterday's closing bell the index's 500 large u.s. companies put an exclamation point on a really impressive four-year rally. finishing up six points to close at an all-time record high 1569. the s&p 500 is up 10% in the first quarter of 2013. it has now erased all the losses
from the financial crisis back in 2008. that's some good news. >> good news for investors. and this is sort of a gut check. what would you do in this scenario? check out this grocery store clerk in virginia, turning the tables on an armed robber. the suspect entered the store with his weapon raised. the clerk rushed in and took the shotgun right out of his hands and the thief just ran away on foot. no one was injured. totally brave. >> i'm not sure i would do that. >> i don't think i would. i would duck. >> good for him. so, was hans solo at the controls here? the soyuz spacecraft managed to get to the international space station in just under six hours. i don't know how that compares. the trip normally takes two days. nasa says equipment and computer software upgrades helped speed up this trip. soyuz orbited four times before docking. it usually orbits 16 times. travel time was about the same as los angeles to honolulu. flying from l.a. to honolulu. a pretty quick flight. two russians and one american
will be at the space station until september. >> and only two top seeds remaining among the top 12 teams left standing in the ncaa men's championship basketball tournament. fourth seed syracuse knocking off top seed indiana 61-50 last night. the orange racing to an 1-point first half lead over the outclassed hoosiers. and never looking back. that sets up an elite eight match-up on saturday between syracuse and its big east rival marquette. which easily handled number two seed miami 71-61 last night. >> also advancing last night, number two seed ohio state with a 73-70 win over arizona. wichita state was over la salle 72-58. on the schedule tonight, some phenomenal games. top seed louisville taking on oregon. then it's michigan against kansas. michigan state/duke. that's a huge one. and then the one everyone is talking about, 15 seed florida gulf coast university, the eagles from dunk city, looking to keep the dream alive against. florida gators.
joe carter is in dunk city. fort myers, florida, where fans are already -- wow. they really are going nuts. joe. how are you? >> well, obviously i'm doing well. john, these guys went nuts when they heard you say dunk city. you can see the excitement that's here at florida gulf coast university. look at these kids. i mean, to see them up at 6:00 in the morning with their faces painted it's nice. these guys really have captured the energy that this basketball team has generated not just in fort myers but across the country, becoming the it team of the ncaa tournament. look at these guys. i do want to talk to a few fans. let me ask you real quick, how cool is it that your team and your school is the talk of the tournament? >> totally awesome. we're on the map now. >> what about the energy on campus this week? >> it's amazing.
it's so amazing. to see all the student body out here. awesome! >> it's hard to think? it's hard to hear. but these guys have a mighty challenge on their hands. obviously the basketball team taking on the third seeded florida gators. essentially david versus goliath in every sense of the word. 265 miles separate these two campuses. and they're obviously basketball reputations couldn't be further apart. but what love best about this this morning was they said, they may be fourth the size but they've got two times the spirit. this is a great indication that these guys are excited for tonight's match-up against the florida gators. >> joe, the sombrero look on the left we like the most. and of course we're wondering, you know, i'm sure all these students will be going to class. >> that's just what i was going to ask. anyone going to class or are classes canceled, joe? >> we were joking let's see if they can keep this energy up
till noon. >> they will be studying hard today. >> at the bar. >> you know that. >> joe carter in dunk city. good luck to you. good luck to the eagles down there. it is really a phenomenal story. >> totally rooting for them. all right so it is life on the edge for dozens of homeowners right now, wondering every second whether the earth will give way. we're going to have a live update from the scene of a land slide coming up. >> plus why we might be seeing the last of a key legend barbara walters at least on the air after five decades on television. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. looking for a litter with natural ingredients that helps neutralize odors. discover tidy cats pure nature.
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this has been in the works for some time. perhaps 100 years. i want to point out the sign over my shoulder, it's a sign warning people to stay back, that this is still an active land slide area, and it is still on the move and style frightening to people who live here. the view is breathtaking until you look closer. the earth is still tumbling down hundreds of feet. the grass of this backyard dangling on the edge above an impromptu cliffside that took out one house and cut off 17 others. daniel garcia lives -- or lived -- here. his house tagged yellow means it's possible it could go tumbling. >> kind seems like the best interest to go. >> reporter: so you want to get out of here? >> i wouldn't -- i'd rather not but the situation kind of dictates. >> reporter: this large landslide in washington state is a 1 in 100 or 200 year event
says geologist harry swanson. >> just beyond the cliff here. so the entire road, this whole section here, about 600, 00 feet of it has been completely rotated. >> reporter: swanson said scientists knew this was coming but couldn't predict exactly when. >> when you get lots of water, the water pressure can push the sand grains apart, and then there's no cohesion and the stuff moves. >> reporter: and is this an example of man versus nature? have we built on stuff we just didn't understand? >> yes, absolutely. back in the 1930s and '40s when they were plotting this in 1950s, even the 1960s, people weren't thinking about this. >> reporter: resident karen mccoy certainly wasn't when she moved in a few months ago. >> i thought of it as like a huge, big huge wave crashing against the cement wall. and it was just really strong. >> reporter: it cut off the main road to her house. finally climbed a trail at night to get her cat. >> she's a little freaked out right now. it's okay.
there's just a lot of anxiety about what's going to happen. will i be able to move back home? >> reporter: daniel garcia isn't anxious. he's made his choice. the man who moved in to this house for the view is now leaving because he has too much of one. not everyone is leaving this area. we were at a meeting last night where residents said that they were going to stay, some say they just love it. others are stuck here. they don't have the properties insured for this sort of disaster and they can't exactly sell their property at this point. and poppy, if you're wondering exactly how many other houses are in immediate risk, the state says one is in significant risk. there are four at a moderate risk level. the rest probably safe for now. >> all right. we're hoping for the best for all of them. especially that one house on the precipice. kyung la live for us on whidbey island. >> let's bring you up to date. there is an hiv and hepatitis scare developing right now in oklahoma. 7,000 patients being informed
they may have been exposed to these diseases by tulsa dentist scott harrington. investigators are calling harrington a menace to public health, claiming he used rusted, unsterilized equipment. also reused needles. this morning we know the cause of death of a maryland woman aboard a royal caribbean cruise ship last weekend. the fbi reports that she had heart disease. an autopsy did find a cut on the 64-year-old woman's head but it likely occurred when she fell. initially the agency had classified her death as suspicious. president obama turning up the pressure on congress for tougher gun laws. he met at the white house yesterday with people touched by gun violence, including families from newtown, connecticut. the president this is the moment to act, and that the nation has cried enough over violent episodes like the sandy hook elementary school massacre. >> and the entire country was shocked. the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different.
shame on us if we've forgotten. >> documents released yesterday showed adam lanza showed up practically armed for war, with high powered weapons, and a shut gun. he killed 20 children and six adults in less than five minutes. black smoke seen for miles around las vegas, coming from the key largo casino. more than 100 firefighters had to try to get it under control. a couple of them were hurt. nothing too serious, though, and no word yet on how this blaze broke out. the key largo has not seen any action in eight years. it was supposed to be torn down to make way for condos. those plans fell through as the real estate bubble burst. going on solar power. the solar impulse jet making its debut in the united states. the swiss-made jet was reassembled in the san francisco bay area, unveiled yesterday. the plane will go on test flights leading up to its coast-to-coast five-city tour in may. it's packed with some pretty
amazing technology. it can fly day and night for more than 26 hours at a time and it flies in about the same amount of power as a typical scooter. >> that's just so fascinating to see what they can do with solar power. i won't be flying on that right now. not a big flying fan. >> you can't get an upgrade. that's the problem. >> all right. it may be the end of an era in television news. barbara walters will reportedly end her 50-year career in television in may of next year. "the new york times" and deadline.com cite unnamed network executives. abc not officially commenting at this moment. "the new york times" details her remarkable rise in television news last night on "ac 360." >> when she started on the today show in 1962, the women were considered sort of ornaments. to television. they were not considered to be journalists. and she forced her way into that role. she really did. and through force of will, and once she got inside that, she's a very determined, and ambitious and bright woman.
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of course, there are winners in this gain that helped push these major averages higher. the first, the best performing stock during the quarter, netflix. its shares more than doubled, up 104% since the beginning of the year. investors seem to like that the company still has room to grow, despite plenty of missteps over the last couple of years. still the stock has recovered quite a bit. best buy shares up 87% in the quarter. hewlett-packard even up 68%. the funny thing is, both best buy, hewlett packrd, they're struggling. they're having a hard time. they're trying to go through this turnaround right now. one of the big losers, was apollo group. that company owns and operates the university of phoenix. you see all the commercials. its stock was down 16%. jcpenney, of course, jcpenney, that company is in the middle of a turnaround but investors are not buying its makeover plan. the stock lost 23% of its value just over the quarter. it's ceo ron johnson came from apple. he got in there, he tried a
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and lives to tell about it. new this morning, the obama administration ready to change the rules for cars that may cause smog. but will you be paying more at the pump as a result? welcome back to "early start," everyone. it is friday, i'm john berman. >> i'm poppy harlow in for zoraida sambolin. it is 30 minutes past the hour. now to our top story of the morning. 7,000 people potentially exposed to hiv and hepatitis by their dentist. dr. scott harrington is under investigation this morning. he's being called a menace to public health. ed lavandera is live outside his dental office in tulsa, oklahoma. get, good morning to you. some inspectors who went through his office said they left physically sickened. that's how bad it was. >> exactly. that's after making several visits over the last couple of weeks, this all started because one of dr. harrington's patients was infected with hepatitis. and health inspectors here in the state of oklahoma were trying to backtrack, trying to
figure out how this person had contracted that infection. that led them to the dentist's office here, and what investigators say they found was shocking and disturbing. >> i will tell you that when the health department investigators, when we left, we were just physically kind of sick. i mean that's just how bad -- and i've seen a lot of bad stuff over the years. the instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. i wouldn't let my nephew play with them out in the dirt. i mean, they were horrible. >> this is really all about the hygiene and the sanitation inside the dental practice. highlights of what health investigators found inside dr. harrington's practice. rusted and unsterilized equipment. needles reused in drug vials, nonsterile gauze pads, open vials of medications. now those health officials say dr. harrington's practice dealt with a larger amount of patients who had been infected or come in contact with hepatitis and hiv, and because of that, all of these other people might have been exposed over the last six
years. >> i know that 7,000 people are receiving these letters, or calls to go get tested for these very serious diseases. do we have any sense of how many may have been impacted? any initial reading on that? or is it too early? and also, ed, any idea what charges this dentist may face? >> let me cover the first part of that. so far there's only one patient that has -- health officials say has been -- has contracted the hepatitis virus. that is the one person that they know about. the testing, the free testing begins tomorrow, so it might take some time to get the full scope of what has happened here. but they're urging the 7,000 people who will be getting these letters, this is people who've been here within the last six years, they're being urged to get that testing and that will begin tomorrow. and as far as criminal charges, none have been filed so far, poppy, but health officials say they are in contact with the district attorney's office here in the tulsa, oklahoma, area.
so i think depending on how that testing comes back, when they get a better understanding of the full scope and magnitude of all of this, you know, i think that will have a big weight on what kind of criminal charges we might see in the future. >> and also have to be able to directly tie the contraction of those diseases to visits to this office. ed lavandera, thank you very much. new this morning, prosecutors in the aurora movie theater mass shooting case say they are extremely unlikely to accept a guilty plea from suspect james holmes in order to take the death penalty off the table. prosecutors say they're still seeking specific access to information that allows them to fully assess holmes and his alleged actions in order to get a just outcome. they also suggest that the defense isn't acting in good faith by disclosing the offer in a public filing. new this morning, the obama administration is moving to require cleaner gasoline blends, in vehicles that emit less pollution. reports say the epa is set to
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welcome back, everyone. soledad o'brien. >> so much on "starting point." we're going to talk a little bit about those 7,000 people who are being hold to get tests for hiv and hepatitis after they visited a really dirty and disgusting dentist's office in tulsa. investigators say they were physically sickened by the state of the office. so how is the guy even in practice? we're going to talk to the executive director of the oklahoma board of dentistry. and several homes as you've been hearing all in danger of being destroyed by a landslide on a remote island in washington state. were there any signs this was going to happen? washington state's chief geologist will talk about that. the hot new movie based on the book by twilight's stephanie myers starts a new film. the stars will be here to talk about their film and he's become an internet star. this little guy, the burglar, remember we talked about him yesterday? able to pick his sister's lock and steal her pillow pet.
we're going to talk to his mom and dad ahead this morning. >> a kid who picks locks. we booked him before he goes to prison. >> the early interview. right. >> live with soledad. thank you. we'll see you in a bit. you know it's a holiday weekend. maybe you don't have work today. maybe you're enjoying it. what can you expect in terms of weather? let's go to alexandra steele live in the cnn weather center. good morning. >> good morning to you guys. well, another very cold morning here in the southeast. 30s and 40s. frost and freeze advisories once again. not as cold as the last couple of days. kind of today, this morning, bottoms out in terms of the very cold air. and then we are going to warm up as we head toward the next couple of days. peaking on sunday, and then this roller coaster ride continues. so, in the south whereabout it's been so cold believe it or not, average so pretty nice. atlanta, chicago, even new york all have been well below freezing, well below average. but now temperatures kind of getting back to average. but then we cool down once again. sunday's forecast for easter, we do have a front, along it showers and thunderstorms.
not a washout by any means. i think we're just going to see some showers, thunderstorms move through. so all easter egg hunts aren't a total washout. you kind of might have to dodge some of the rain showers. we're averaging sunday. next cold shot of arctic air comes down all the way from the midwest, the mid-atlantic down into the south, as well. we're going to see it from tuesday, to thursday, then believe it or not, thursday here's the outlook for april. second week of april. we really warm up. and april looks to be above average, believe it or not. >> above average, finally? only like two months late to the party here? >> right. it will be august and it will be like 45 degrees and we'll be rejoicing about that. 43 minutes after the hour. congressman don young is scrambling this morning to explain why he used a derogatory term to describe migrant workers. the republican lawmaker was talking about how technology was affecting the economy when he made his disparaging remark to an alaska radio reporter.
>> my father had a ranch. we used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks, and pick tomatoes. you know it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. it's all done by machine. >> the term wetback triggered outrage among latinos. according to anchorage television station kcuu the congressman put out this statement last night that says i used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in central california. i know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays, and i meant no disrespect. and chief justice john roberts, proving he's sort of like everyone else, at least in one regard. someone stole his credit card number apparently, and might have been charging stuff on his plastic. roberts was overheard talking about it at a starbucks when he had to pay cash for his coffee because he had canceled his credit card. >> one guy on earth who's credit's got to be good. >> i think that's part of the vetting process. >> you have to look at this truck teetering right now in
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welcome back to "early start," everyone. president obama is turning up the heat on congress to pass stricter gun control laws. at the white house yesterday with supporters of new legislation he says the nation has cried enough over violent episodes like the sandy hook elementary school massacre, declaring this is the moment to
act. but, it is increasingly doubtful the president will get all the provisions he wants. here's dan lothian. >> reporter: more than 100 days after the mass shootings in newtown, connecticut, president obama sensed his support for stricter gun laws slipping. >> this is our best chance in more than a decade to take commonsense steps that will save lives. >> reporter: while surrounded by mothers touched by gun violence, the president made an emotional appeal, invoking the memory of newtown massacre victims to shame congress to act. >> the entire country was shocked. the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. shame on us if we've forgotten. i haven't forgotten those kids. shame on us if we've forgotten. >> reporter: one poll shows support for tougher gun laws dropping 10 points to 47%, from
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the gun control for us from the white house. >> well, can a dodgeball game promote bullying? that's a big question in new hampshire right now where a school district says, yes, it can. the windham school board has voted to ban all types of dodgeball or what they call human target activities. they argued the game promotes violence and even leads to bullying. not everyone, though, is a fan of this ban. listen. >> it's dodgeball. dodge ball's been around as long as i can remember. personally i think it's a blast. if you don't want to play it, don't play it. >> everything these days they're worried about kid's feelings getting hurt, kids getting hurt. you know. how are they ever going to learn? >> well, the school board insists that games like dodgeball open up avenues for bullying activities, which contradict the district's anti-bullying message. "early start" is back right after this break. waiting for your wrinkle cream to work? neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair
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we have a story right now about the unlikeliest and furriest family around. meet glat us. gladys is a gorilla. and the adorable 2-month-old was rejected by her mother in texas. so she was moved to the cincinnati zoo where she's being raised by a rotating group of human surrogates until a gorilla assumes the role of surrogate mother. gladys and the primate team leader rob evans are here this morning. gladys you are the best, prettiest guest we've ever had here on "early start." thank you so much for joining us this morning. so, rod, explain -- >> we're happy to be here. >> i assume that gladys can't answer my question. how did gladys end up in your care? >> well, you know, she was born at the gladys porter zoo, hence
the name gladys. and her mother was a first-time mom and unfortunately didn't take care of her from birth. that happens sometimes because gorillas have to learn a lot of skills they need to know like maternal care. the gladys zoo did an excellent job taking care of her themselves but didn't have any options for a surrogate mom there because all their other gorillas had babies themselves. so we all got together, cincinnati, gladys porter, the gorilla species survival plan which manages gorillas in north america, looked for the best option, and it was to come to cincinnati to be with some of our experienced mothers. >> you know what i think is so interesting you've got ten humans acting as a surrogate mother to gladys, and they actually wear sort of furry vests over black uniforms, if you will, right, to feel like much like normal as possible? >> like i'm wearing here today. yeah, we try and make every -- we try and act like gorillas to gladys. we're just holding her temporarily. we're keeping her temporarily until we can get her in with a
real gorilla as quickly as possible. before we get to that point we have to gorilla-fy her a little bit. we try to do everything we can to make things like a gorilla mom would be, like a furry vest or the black scrubs to look like the dark gorilla skin. she lives in the same areas with the gorillas. we make gorilla vocalizations to gladys. and we have a whole big team taking care of her 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. so, yeah, it takes a really good team effort to take care of gladys. >> the gorilla vest looks terrific on you. i guess the question is, is there a possibility that it won't be enough? that by the time you're done gladys will be so accustomed to hume humans that she won't take to the actual gorilla mom? >> that's actually a very good question. but fortunately zoos have gotten together years ago and put together a comprehensive protocol on how to approach gorilla reintroduction so we know from our collective experience that as long as we try and focus on getting gladys
in with a surrogate mom between three and five months, she doesn't have as much time to imprint on humans before we can make that transfer to a gorilla. now, the longer you go, the trickier it can be. but it can take a little longer than that. it's even been done over a year old. we know from experience it's best to try and do this within three to five months. >> ron evans from the cincinnati zoo. most importantly, gladys, thank you so much for joining us. great to see you this morning. >> thanks for having us. >> that is all for "early start" this morning. i'm john berman. >> "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. welcome, everybody. our "starting point" this morning, a horrifying health scare. at least 7,000 people are now going to be tested for hiv and hepatitis after a dentist is accused of using dirty and rusted instruments. we've got details on this story coming up.