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in from all over africa, continue to make mandela's dream a reality, maybe there's hope for the rest of us. cold and in the dark for days. thousands waking up in the wake of a storm. two men in an airport across the country managing to bypass security and getting on the airplane. an arctic ice for days. we are live in the latest as
rescuers arrive this morning. welcome to "early start." . i'm pamela brown. >> i'm miguel marquez. it's 5:00 a.m. out here. >> your last day. >> for both of us on this one. breaking news overnight from beirut. a car bomb including a former ambassador to the u.s. 71 people were injured in the attack. lebanon authorities say he died along with his bodyguard. >> another cold dark night for tens of thousands of people waiting for the power to come back on from michigan to maine and in canada they are reeling from a winter storm blamed for at least 19 deaths. people in toronto say they have never seen a storm quite
like this living with no heat and going to extremes to get some warmth can be dangerous. >> my dad used the barbecue charcoal to heat up the house and there is a lot of carbon monoxide. >> authorities in toronto report several people being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. in maine utilities companies say the progress is slow did you steady in restoring the power there. many are shivering for a seventh day and making the best of it. >> it was cold. it was dark. you have to keep the fire going, that is our only option. >> we have done this before and been at this rodeo before. >> snowy ice covered roads in michigan led to a crash on interstate 96. energy trucks slid off the road and tipped over. the driver with taken to the local hospital and injuries said to be nonlife-threatening. a massive pileup on i. 78 in
pennsylvania. three dozen cars were involved. police say more than 40 people suffered injuries and many had to be transported to area hospitals. >> in i-90 in ohio, a multiple car pileup and 15 to 20 people involved and eight people taken to the hospital and thankfully injuries were not serious. one driver started to slow down when ahead it looked like it was out of a movie. >> it started looking like the day after tomorrow so i decided to get off the next exit and 25 to 30 miles per hour and cars whipping past going a normal speed. as soon as i made the decision to get off the next exit, that is when everything happened. i try to avoid hitting the car ahead of me but the accident happened before i got to it. >> we need good news now.
households in upstate, new york, have their power back following last weekend's ice storm. it leads to the next question. what is the next week going to look like? >> it better be good or somebody is going to pay a price. >> it's going to warm up a little bit and seems like good news until the ice falls off things above you so watch out when it begins to warm-up. new york city 40 today and washington, d.c. 48. d.c. tomorrow 54 and new york city 54 a nice warm-up. look at this by sunday. zero the high in minneapolis and well below zero for the low. detroit about 10. chicago, 8. toronto 15. it's those last straggling people. if you are one person with a power line that is going to put up three more houses that is the last power line.
the triage, if one line can get up 50 homes, they are going to do that line first before they do the one that can only get three or four houses back up. by wednesday, new year's day, 30 in new york city and thinking somewhere around 24 for the ball drop here in new york city itself. the air is fairly dry across the country and this right now, is a static cling alert. you have to wear natural fibers today because if you wear po polyester you will get static cling all day today with the dry air. >> was that an official static cling alert? >> it was. >> noted. post-christmas shopping is in full swing. a new figure suggests it was a very busy and merry holiday shopping season. >> this actually is a surprise because the expectations, the bar was really low so this is just one of many sort of reports
we are going to get on -- >> i always set the bar low. >> you have to think that way. >> no expectations. i like that line of thinking. it seems according to mastercard total holiday spending is up 3.5% over 2012. amazon is having its best holiday season ever. they report almost 37 million items ordered worldwide on cybermonday alone. that is, of course, the monday following black friday. so what exactly were people buying? the holiday winners were jewelry, children's clothing, the holiday losers, consumers looked like they held back spending on trongs and luxury items. people apparently shopped less on the final weekend before winter which means we may see more bargain hunters after christmas than last year. u.p.s. and fedex say the
christmas gifts that didn't make it there on time will be there after christmas. one customer is actually defending them. others are i couldn't go for refunds. >> it's probably not the driver's issue. maybe they didn't have enough drivers or bring in enough temporary employees. they can only do what they can do given the conditions. you learn from the xamps so i think they would figure things out for next year a little better. >> amazon is offering customers 20 dollar gift cards and a refund of shipping charges to customers whose u.p.s. or fedex packages weren't delivered in time for christmas. there is always next year. >> i think there is room for improvement for next year. >> exactly. get over it. >> just not ready to forget. >> time to do it. alison, thank you so much. president obama is taking a break to sign two important pieces of legislation.
the budget and defense bills. the bipartisan budget will ease automatic spending cuts the next two years and prevent another government shutdown. the defense bill cracks down on sexual assaults in the military. in the meantime, long-term unemployment benefits are set to conspire this weekend because congress hasn't extended them yet. a short term extension has been proposed for three months and make it to the floor of the senate but not until congress returns to work next month. american official said to be growing more concerned about the dangers of al qaeda. cnn learned recent messages interpreted from operatives suggest the groups are trying to plan new attacks. analysts say after years of setbacks the group has made strides to rebound to 2013. >> there are multiple indications that lkal qaeda in
arabian peninsula are planning attacks. >> the messages don't indicate specific targets. one source shows them actively plotting. friends of kidnapped american urging the government to answer his plea to bring him home after two years in captivity. the latest message from warren weinstein is asking the president for his release from al qaeda. >> he worked in an agency that has been working on development in pakistan that was very much trying to support the poor people of pakistan to get some development in that country. i would hope what america also believes in, they would do everything possible to try to get him out of this terrible situation he is in. i think they owe it to him. >> washington says al qaeda
would let him see his family if president obama releases some al qaeda detainee. >> two brazen security breaches at u.s. airports raising concerns about safety measures there. in phoenix, a man scaled a nine-foot barbed wire fence and banging on the engine of a plane as it arrived on christmas day. he was arrested after another pilot spotted him and alerted the talker. >> that is mug shot. newark liberty airport, none of the surveillance cameras prevented a woman from scaling a fence and walking onto the airport runway on christmas day. police have investigating. the second apparent failure of the security system used at new york area airports. >> is it bizarre both of these incidents happened on christmas day? >> and one of them in a dress.
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thailand. this morning, 30 were hurt when a bus went off the roadway. it was late at night when the crash occurred. in southwestern china, at least four people were killed in a fire at a shopping mall. chinese media reports say a natural gas explosion started this fire. more than 30 people were reported injured. in argentina, dozens of people were injured when a school of fish attacked them in a river. one little girl lost part of her finger. officials say the fish with related to piranhas and attacks like this are rare. helping is arriving as we speak. the first of three ice breaking rescue ships reaching a vessel today that is trapped in frozen seize off and ttarctica. by all accounts the 71 people on board enjoyed their christmas while at a frozen standstill.
diana magazi diana magnay is live. >> we have just seen pictures when you're probably seeing now of the chinese ice breaker, the snow dragon making its way through the ice to try to get to this ship. there are 74 people on board the ship. basically, what happened on monday night, the temperatures changed and they were literally frozen into the sea where they were. the last three days, three eye breakers have been trying to make their way towards them but it's very, very slow progress. although they can now see the snow draggan, the chinese ice breaker the first of these ships on the horizon and they are excited about it, the chinese vessel said it could take another eight hours or so before they reach them. really in the middle of the night there in antarctica. >> what was the ship doing there to begin with, diana?
>> it's basically, trying to recreate the steps of an australian explorer. a hundred years ago, in 1911 to 1913, he spent two years looking at the wildlife and the birds and a hundred years later with clamt change, they want to see how it's all changed. this is a mixture of scientists and in tourists who paid $8,000 to be on board the ship. 74 of them all taking part. apparently over the last few days, they have been using the extra time to do a lilt bit more research. >> at least they are making the most out of aur time stuck there. in a few hours, connecticut police records from the investigation into last year's newtown school massacre will be relieved and it includes texts, photos, and 911 calls received by the connecticut state police. prosecutors issued a summary of the investigation last month. that portrayed sandy hook gunman
adam lanza. a not guilty plea from paul ciancia accused of killing a tsa agent last month faces 11 felony charges including first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old girardeau hernandez. if convicted he faces life in prison without parole or a death penalty. his trial is scheduled to begin on february 11th. monsignor lind accused of covering up crimes is being relieved from prison. an appeals court overturned his conviction ruling a lower court mislabeled child endangerment laws. the state district attorney says an appeal is likely. it is anything but a game and it could be a hate crime. 27-year-old conrad barread
facing criminal hate crime charges. prosecutors say he videotaped himself sucker punching an elderly black man last month. someone who witness it could not believe what he was seeing. >> his face was swollen here on this side and he is sucking out of a straw. what is the world coming to? >> so disturbing. conrad barrhett was arrested on thursday and due in court today on a hearing. the family of 13-year-old jahi mcmath wants to transfer her to a nursing home to continue caring for her. the family is speaking publicly trying to convince the children's hospital to see it their way. >> we have found out that someone is willing to take jahi away from children's hospital to a facility nearby here in the bay area to treat her, give her
an tube for nutrition and give her a fighting chance. we are asking children's hospital to work with us to make that possible. >> doctors at children's hospital in oakland have said jahi is beyond help but her family has refused to accept that believing she will recover. just heart breaking. >> really is. same-sex marriage is a boon for the state of utah. in a week since a judge overturned the marriage ban, 75% of the marriage licenses issued have been to gay and lesbian couples and it has resulted in 50,000 of license fees going into the utah county coffers. a 911 operator is being praised after convincing a mother not to jump off a bridge. the mother's daughter was in the car and would have seen the mother kill herself. the dispatcher managed to keep the mother on the phone for eight minutes, long enough for a state trooper to arrive and grab her.
>> i kept saying, we don't want your daughter to see you jump. she's not going to want her daughter to have that last image of her so i did keep saying that over on and over again. we don't want her to see you jump. we need to know where she is. >> she was going up the rail and getting ready to pike over the top to jump off the bridge. so i dove, grabbed her by the waist and took her to the ground. >> wow. the woman told messick she was a victim of domestic violence and felt like she couldn't go on with her life. she is in the hospital and her daughter in protective custody. bargains grabbing web deals by delta airlines by mistake and now the airlines said they will honor pem. fares as low as $25 even though the airlines say the prices on its website and other travel sites were clearly incorrect. delta says the pricing problem is now fixed.
the cost of doing business for some road warriors is getting services while traveling and they could add up to a hefty amount. if you break it down the total tax bill for a business traveler is up 58% this year. according to recent study from the global business travel association foundation. the report factors taxes on hotel stays, car rentals and meals. the top 50 u.s. destinations. so in what cities do road warriors and vacationers rack up the most tax burden? chicago was the highest with single day of travel taxes hitting $41.04. fourth was kansas city, missouri with $36.61. indianapolis was fifth highest
at $36 per day. one of the bigger surprises was los angeles where i live. the city of angels didn't even crack the top ten list. who knew? the three cities with the lowest travel taxes are the sunshine state, all tied at $22.61 per day. now coming up, the green bay packers announcing a big comeback just in time for the big game matchup. joe carter is on hold for us and will explain it coming up on the bleacher report. ♪
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go national. go like a pro. just in time for the biggest game of the season. green bay packers quarterback aaron rodgers is back and play for the first time since he missed seven games from a broken collarbone. joe carter has it all for us. what is going on there? >> good morning. green bay has a lot at stake come sunday. if they beat the bears on sunday they win the division and get into the playoffs. if they lose to the bears their season is over. obviously, green bay is all in and with aaron rodgers back, it makes them a legitimate playoff team, a legitimate threat again. before he broke his collarbone the packers were 5-2 and only lost two games to two playoff teams on the road. during the seven weeks, he was out the packers only won two
games so he is obviously the difference maker. last week at this time, jon kitna was teaching math and coaching football at tacoma, washington, high school. now kitna is the emergency third string quarterback for the dallas cowboys. but what i love about this story is the 41 has not forgotten where he came from. kitna says he is donating his entire $53,000 game check to the high school he works at and if the cowboys happen to beat the eagles on sunday and get into the playoffs obviously, he'll stay with the team and those donations could get even bigger. the fastest man in rugby is coming to the nfl. the detroit lions signed him to the practice squad as a wide receiver. they signed him yesterday. during his tryout the 24-year-old reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds. that is fast! that is like usain bolt fast. the lions don't seem to mind
isles has not played football since his college days. remember jose canseco goats in his car? his neighbors are still not happy he still has the goats. the slugger got a warning from his homeowners association his pet goats are making too much noise. canseco posted a picture of the goats. the neighbors want the goats off his property in 14 days. you're asking yourself why did jose canseco have goats? he purchased the goats he was trying to get a reality show on the air and that project has not gonen off the ground and the goats are still living in his house. as a matter of fact around thanksgiving time, he got pulled over with one of those diaper wearing goats in the back of his suv. >> i have a great ris pea for goat. goat soup. delicious.
a former ambassador to the u.s. killed in a deadly blast on the streets of beirut. several more dead and dozens others injured. a live report ahead. the death toll climbing in the wake of a massive ice storm. thousands without power for days. so, of course, the question is, is there any relief in sight? chad myers is tracking the latest. thousands of celebrating christmas without presents after a massive disaster delivery. now amazon is doing something to make amends with furious customers. welcome back. i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm pamela brown. 5:30 in the east. glad to have you with us. breaks new.
downtown beirut rocked by a car bomb that killed five and injured 70. among the dead a former lebanese ambassador to the u.s. they say shaata's convoy was vuk and so far no claims of responsibility. joining us from beirut is mitchell. you were at the bombing after it happened, is that right? tell us about it. >> yes, it was. what happened was shortly before 10:00 a.m. this morning, a large explosion rattled all of beirut. you could pretty much hear it all throughout downtown and the surrounding areas. at the scene which is in a five-star area of downtown beirut surrounded by luxury hotels and nightclubs, the parliament is close by as are a couple of residents of the prime minister, things like that. it was clear that a convoy had been targeted by either a car bomb or a roadside bomb that killed as it turns out the former minister of finance and a
former adviser to the president. >> i can imagine it was very chaotic? if you could just set the scene for us. >> it was. it's not the largest bomb i have seen in beirut. it was clearly a professional hit intended to sort of get somebody inside of a convoy or an armored vehicle. a dozen cars were on fire. emergency personnel were running around. windows had been blown out throughout all of these luxury places. there was a number of very expensive stores and hotels and restaurants in the area so it was quite chaotic. probably saved a lot of people's lives that had happened this week when things are a little slower and people aren't going to work quite as early or quite as much. >> interesting. you say it's not the largest bomb you've seen in beirut. how many, mitchell, have you seen there? >> well, i've been here for about ten years and political violence has been a small thing, but it does happen fairly
frequently in lebanon. what we have never seen in the last eight years is a bomb that targeted downtown beirut. earlier this summer we saw a couple of suicide bombings in the hezbollah area and tril tri >> thank you for being here and sharing what you saw there. appreciate it. here at home, crews are making stead progress to restore power from the great lakes to new england and canada. they have been in the dark for nearly a week due to paralyzing winter ice storm. the storm is blamed for at least 19 deaths. officials in toronto say they have never seen a storm like this. living with no heat presents a real health concern.
>> my dad used the barbecue charcoal to heat up the house and there is a lot of carbon monoxide. >> authorities in toronto report several people being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. in nebraska -- maine, utility crews saying the progress is slow in restoring power there. many are shivering for a seventh day and making the best of it. >> it was cold. it was dark. candles can only do so much. you have to keep the fire going, that is our only option. >> we have done this before and been at this rodeo before. >> snowy ice covered roads in michigan led to a crash on interstate 96. a consumer's energy truck slid off the road and tipped over. the driver with taken to the local hospital and injuries said to be nonlife-threatening. a burst of snow in pennsylvania causing a massive pileup on i-78 in berks county. three dozen cars were involved. crashes on the slick roadway. police say more than 40 people suffered injuries and many had to be transported to area
local hospitals. a similar scene in i-90 in ohio. a multiple car pileup and 15 to 20 people involved and eight people taken to the hospital and thankfully injuries were not serious. one driver started to slow down when ahead it looked like it was right out of a movie. >> it started looking like the day after tomorrow so i decided to get off the next exit and slow to 25 to 30 miles per hour and cars whipping past going a normal speed. as soon as i made the decision to get off the next exit, that is when everything happened. i tried to steer my car into the while to avoid hitting the car ahead of me but the accident happened before i got to it. >> here is a little good news households in upstate, new york, have their power back following last weekend's ice storm. let's check out the big weather picture for the weekend with our big weather picture man.
>> chad myers is tracking it all, in for indra petersons. good morning. >> good morning. the warmest day of the week in toronto where they love power for a lot of people 29. the warmest day they are going to see. it's 40 in new york city and warm up a little bit but the next couple of days begin to get a little bit better. then the next batch of very cold air comes in. enjoy it while you can. watch out for falling ice now that we are getting above 32. that's going to be a problem. if there is ice above you, it could come down. 45 toronto and 33 new york city and monday back in the icebox again so you want your power back on detroit up into northern michigan and chicago, 8, 15. bangor up to 30 degrees. this is the good news. there is going to be some warm were in the east and that is good because here comes the next big weather maker and it could be significantly white if the cold air gets here first. right now, the forecast is for the warm air to state into new york city and boston and d.c. if that doesn't happen this large area of snow slides just a
little bit farther to the southeast and a hundred miles it makes a huge difference in your forecast in new york city whether you're going to get significant, significant ice and snow or just the rain like we hope for. guys, back to you. we will take the rain instead of feet of snow here in the city. >> and ice. >> yeah. we will take that. speaking of deal. holiday shopping is still in season with people flocking to the stores for after christmas steals. the bargain. new figure suggests it has been a merry holiday shopping season and surprising in some ways. >> it was. everybody was expecting consumers not to come out and spend for the holiday season. you look at the goal for retailers really was for shoppers with deep discounts and extensive store promotions. according to master card the spending is up for this season.
amazon reporting 37 million items ordered on their website cybermonday alone, that is the monday following black friday. what were people buying? the holiday winners, shoppers spent more on jewelry and children's clothing. the holiday losers consumers held back on electronics and luxury items. people shopped on the final weekend before christmas and means more are probably out there after christmas than retailers saw last year. about the christmas gifts that didn't make it under the tree in time u.p.s. and fedex say they should be there today by the latest. they have been under fire with customers and some lawmakers demanding they offer refunds for the late dloiveeliveries. one customer is defending the issue. >> maybe they didn't have enough drivers and didn't bring in enough temporary employees.
you learn from the example so i hope they figure things out next year. >> is there always next year. amazon is offering customers 20 dollar gift cards and not bad. a refund to those whose packages weren't delivered in time for christmas. the lesson could be get your order in a day or two earlier. start your christmas shopping today like you. >> exactly. >> i'm still waiting for my flat screen television. >> you'll be waiting a long time for that. technical he is on vacation but president obama made some time for the peoples business signing the budget and defense bills. bipartisan budget will use automatic spending cuts the next two years and prevent another government shutdown. the defense bill cracks down on sexual assault in the military. more than a million americans are about to lose unemployment benefits. those long-term jobless benefits conspi
expire this weekend. a short term tension has been passed but won't make it to the floor of the senate until congress returns to work next month. a russian expedition vessel hope to be unstuck from the frozen ice off antarctica. a chinese ice breaker is coming to their rescue. cnn's diana magnay is in moscow for us. the ship can be seen but it's a long way away, yes? >> reporter: yeah, it's in sight but not there yet. the chinese chip which is called snow dragon, says probably seven or eight hours before it can cut through the ice to reach the ship that is stranded now for four days stuck in the ice when the sea literally froze around it on a climate change scientific expedition. they seem to be in high spirits.
we had a tweet, a joke from the expedition leader with his friends saying what is on the horizon, chris? he goes, it's an ice breaker coming to rescue him and they all go brilliant. spirits are high and they had a great christmas on the ship. they are glad to see help is not just on its way but within eyesight. >> diana magnay in moscow for us, thanks for keeping us with it. coming up here on "early start" a security scare at two airports. men managing to get on the runway unnoticed. details coming up. avo: the volkswagen "sign then drive" sales event is back. which means it's never been easier to get a new 2014 jetta. it gets an impressive 34 highway mpg and comes with no charge scheduled maintenance. and right now you can drive one home for practically just your signature. sign. then drive. get zero due at signing, zero down, zero deposit, and zero first month's payment on any new 2014 volkswagen.
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we will learn more today about the official investigation of the records relieved that include text and photos and 911 calls concerning the sandy hook shooting. prosecutors issued a summary of the investigation last month that portrayed sandy hook gunman adam lanza as obsessed with previous mass murders but didn't give a motive. paul ciancia accused of shooting a tsa agent at l.a.x. pleaded not guilty. if convicted he could face life imprisonment without parole or a possible death penalty. his trial will begin on february 11. freedom for monsignor william lind the first u.s. catholic priest accused of
covering up sex abuse crimes. he has been in prison since last july serving three to six-year sentence. the state plans to appeal. a texas man 27-year-old conrad barrett is facing federal hate crime charges for an alleged knockout style game in texas. he videotaped himself sucker punching an elderly black man last month. someone who witnessed couldn't believe what he saw. >> his face was swollen on this side. he is sucking out of a straw. what is the world coming to? >> indeed. authorities say barrett wanted to see if a knockout attack on an african-american victim would make national television. >> beyond words. the 911 operator in seattle is being praised after she helped prevent a mother from jumping offer a bridge on christmas day. the would-be jumper's 7-year-old daughter was in the car and would have seen her mother kill
herself. the woman called 911 and told a dispatcher about her plan. the dispatcher took her on the phone eight minutes and long nouf a state trooper to come and grab her. >> i kept saying, we don't want your daughter to see you jump. she's not going to want her daughter to have that last image of her so i did keep saying that over on and over again. we don't want her to see you jump. we need to know where she is. >> she was going up the rail and getting ready to pike over the top to jump off the bridge. so i dove, grabbed her by the waist and took her to the ground. >> the woman told messick she was a victim of domestic violence and felt like she couldn't go on with her life. she is in the hospital and her daughter in protective custody. delta airlines says it will honor some incredible web deals. lucky bargain hunter saw the
fares this week. now the airlines said they will honor them. the glitch is now fixed. >> when i saw the story, why wasn't i buying a flight yesterday between 10:00 and noon? darn it! >> let's see what is coming up on "new day." >> happy friday, kate and chris. >> i'm flying delta today. so when i saw that i was like this. >> pamela has an excuse. you were working yesterday. >> it made me feel a little better. i had a valid excuse. you guys, on the other hand. >> i know. we have been following what is going on with this ship that is stuck in the ice a antarctica. it's there since the 23rd. we will be talking to the leader of the exhibition on board who has new video for the conditions there. is there a rescue vessel coming but when whether it goat theet ?
we will take you there. the story you were mentioned the monsignor william lind from philadelphia spent 18 months in prison after the jury said he covered up for sexual assault but now an appeals court rules he should have never gone to jail. his lawyer will be joining us live to discuss this latest development in the case and probably not surprising, victims are outraged at what has happened in court and we will see then if the prosecution decides to appeal. >> pretty interesting case. thank you very much and see you in a short while. coming up, stocks soaring after christmas. one company that may have gotten what it wanted from santa, twitter? "money time" is next.
welcome back to "early start." it's "money time" kids. >> did you see stocks yesterday? let me tell you about what happened. maybe santa forget that christmas is over because the santa claus rally continues to power on. the dow jones industrials scoring fifth record close of the year on thursday. ending a 13-year high and s&p 500 finishing at another record. got to mention twitter. twitter has quickly gone from flapping its wings to jet flight. the stock is up 76% this month alone. on thursday its shares surged
5%. twitter's market cap right now is at $40 billion. that is more than target and time warner cable. investors seem to be happy about the prospects for the micro bloggers advertising business and it helps to have big funds buying up your stock. performances like that. they have helped get us to where we are in the major markets and if you're clocking and taking note, so far this year the dow is up 26% and the nasdaq up 28% and the s&p 500 up 29%. it's say it's safe to look at your portfolio and puts the overall market on track to have its best year since 1997 and it may be no wonder the amount of money flowing into stock funds h has reached an all-time high. more than 324 billion investors put into these funds in all of 2000 which was the biggest annual inflow on record. the only hitch right now is the fact that the rate on the
ten-year treasury, which is an important measure for mortgage rates, has touched the 3% mark, its highest level since september when we see these rising long-term rates, it usually crimps consumer spending and about the economic equivalent of leaving a lump of coal in your christmas stocking. 3% does seem high because lately we have gotten used to these really low rates. 3% is still pretty cheap. >> the stock market is so high and seems like that is invoked on the future but you really have to wonder if something else is going on there. alison kosik, thank you very much. coming up an american jailed in dubai is sentence to do a year behind bars. the new push for lawmakers to get him freed next.
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good morning. welcome to "new day," tgif. it is friday, we made it, december 27th. 6:00 in the east. we have breaking news, a car bomb takes out a former ambassador to the u.s., a powerful explosion in beirut killed at least five people, 70 more injured. who was behind the plot to kill the official and why? mohammed jamjoom is live in istanbul with the latest. what do we know? >> reporter: well, chris, this is a very disturbing development at a time when lebanon is already on edge. this happened in the last few hours, an assassination targeted today was a former finance minister in lebanon, a former lebanese ambassador to the u.s. nobody has yet claimed responsibility, but all indications seem to show that this was yet more spillover of violence from the syrian civil war, which is raging right next door to lebanon. now, in the last few months, you've had several car bombs in different parts of the country, some targeting