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breaking news overnight. the frantic rescue effort to save anyone who might still be alive and trapped on board a sinking south korean ferry. hundreds still missing this morning as the death toll continues to rise. at least 28 people dead. we're live with what's happening right now. happening now, an underwater search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. the bluefin submarine in the middle of its fifth mission now, combing the ocean floor for any sign of the vanished jetliner, a slow, painstaking process that could soon dramatically speed up. we're live with the new help search crews may soon see. crisis in ukraine.
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a diplomatic deal reached to stop war from breaking out, for now. russia calling for protesters to stand down, but will it be enough to stop the bloody battles in the streets? this as a shocking scene plays out. anti-semitic fliers demanding jews register. we are live this morning with the very latest. good morning, everyone. great to see you today. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans, friday, april 18th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with breaking news and what is still a search-and-rescue operation off the coast of south korea, two days now after a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers, most of them teenagers, after that ferry sank, that ship sank. we're learning now the ship's captain was not at the helm when it capsized. the third officer was in command. the ferry is now completely submerged, the death toll rising overnight. it's now 28. there are some 271 still missing, while families cling to
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the hope more survivors will be found, there is growing anger that the actions of the crew may have cost many lives. cnn's pauline chiou live in mokpo, south korea. they are still hopeful they can find some bodies, but they are putting the pieces together and a lot of people are angry about the moments after the ship started to list, pauline. tell us about it. >> reporter: yeah, and they're angry because of some of the new information coming out today. the state prosecutor is now saying that the captain was not in the steering room at the time of the accident. in fact, it was the third mate. so, they're looking at that, they're investigating that aspect. families very, very disappointed and very angry today. they were in the gymnasium in jind you, which is that area near the harbor where many of the families are waiting. they were speaking with the marine agency police and emotions started running high, when just a few hours ago, police announced that the death toll had risen to 28.
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you heard many relatives screaming, wailing. it was raw emotion of pure grief. two women collapsed and had to be taken out on stretchers. also, several relatives were taken away to identify the bodies that have come in. now, behind me is the hospital where 13 survivors are right now recovering. we met an elderly woman today, a 71-year-old woman, who explained what happened to her when she felt that jolt on the ferry. she says she was in a large common area where many people had been sleeping. she was traveling with four of her friends. she was watching television at the time, and suddenly, she felt that jolt and felt the ship listing, and then water coming into that room. she happens to be a very good swimmer, so she swam to an area of that room which had cabinets of life jackets. other passengers were tearing the doors off those cabinets and using those cabinets as a staircase to get higher. she says she tried to climb
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these cabinets, and then this is what she says happened next. >> translator: i didn't have enough strength to climb up. the young man in front of me pulled me up and said "hold on tight." then when we got to the top of the cabinets, i saw the window. a man near me was banging on the window with a life jacket. and somebody saw us. then they turned the rescue boat toward us. >> reporter: and she also has a broken back, which is why she couldn't sit up there in the hospital bed. she said she didn't realize she had this injury until she felt the immense pain when she was inside the rescue boat. and christine, she also said, how could this be? how can an old woman like me survive and all of those young people still in the water? christine? >> just heartbreaking, and they're still looking for some 271 still missing. thank you so much, pauline chiou. >> such a tragedy, and hope of finding more survivors, as pauline said, is fading fast,
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but could passengers still be alive in the sunken hull? just last year, there was this remarkable case of a nigerian man who survived for three days trapped in the air pocket of a capsized tugboat before he was rescued. the survivability question was discussed thursday on "cnn tonight." >> the best chance you have for survival in a situation like this is having a well-trained and professional and competent crew, and it seems that in this case, there are some questions about that crew and led by that captain. and you know, a ship has many compartments with hatches that are water-tight and air-tight. and so, decisive, quick action, correct action when things went wrong is what would have saved many lives, right, leading to a proper evacuation, but also making sure these compartments are air-tight and water-tight. and to the extent that that occurred, then there could very well be air pockets, and people have been known to survive for quite some time in very deep water in these air pockets.
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people that survive the actual capsizing of the ship. three dangers that they face. one is the temperature, right? if you're in the cold water, you're not going to last for very long. another now is, as you're in that air pocket, you're going to use up oxygen, and the act of breathing is going to create a lot of carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide toxicity is your main threat. so, for that nigerian chef, given the size of his air pocket, he could have survived for about 70 hours. and lucky for him, he was saved after 60. >> stay with us for continuing coverage of the search for survivors in this ferry disaster. we'll have more here on "early start" later on "new day." now to another desperate search, the flight 370 missing for 41 days. the bluefin submersible back in the water for a fifth time. australian officials say analysis of the drone's fourth mission in the underwater search area yielded nothing. the bluefin has covered 110 square miles so far. meantime, the search for debris on the surface continues with nearly two dozen ships and
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aircraft combing the indian ocean. cnn's erin mclaughlin live for us this morning in perth, australia. erin, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, officials so far still confident they are looking in the right place for the missing plane. as far as we know, the fifth dive still under way, the fourth having concluded overnight. and during the fourth, they reached new depths, some 4.7 kilometers beneath the ocean surface, instead of the 4.5 originally thought to be at the very edges of the bluefin-21's depth capacity. engineers having analyzed the bluefin-21's hardware, now determining that it can go as much as 5 kilometers beneath the ocean surface, but it would need to be reprogrammed in order to do that. we did notice that during that fourth dive, they did manage to cover some 8 square miles as opposed to the 15 square miles originally thought to be covered in any given particular mission. no reason given by authorities here in australia for that, or it could be the fact that they
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are testing its limits. but as you mentioned, no objects of interest found as yet, as far as we know, in any of these dives. a couple days ago, the australian prime minister, tony abbott, was quoted as saying that they will exhaust their most promising leads within a week. and the acting transportation minister for malaysia today tweeting out, saying that they are considering the possibility of putting additional submarines in the water. of course, additional submarines, meaning that they will be able to cover more area in a shorter period of time. christine? >> all right, erin mclaughlin in perth for us this morning. thank you, erin. the flight 370 families still demanding answers from investigators. they held a prayer vigil in beijing. cnn's ivan watson will be live with details on that a bit later on "early start." this morning there is a diplomatic deal in place to resolve at least part of the crisis in ukraine. there is still plenty of skepticism, however. secretary of state john kerry says he hopes russia lives up to
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its pledge to curb the violence in ukraine. meanti meantime, tensions in that eastern part of the country remain very high. there is international condemnation for fliers reportedly handed out by masked pro-russian separatists, ordering jews in the city of donetsk to register with authorities. the authenticity of these fliers very much in question. cnn's phil black is live in that city for us this morning. phil, what's the latest? >> reporter: what we know is someone is trying to inject anti-semitism into this ongoing political crisis, someone on the ground here in the city of donetsk, because it was outside the city synagogue earlier on this week that four masked men were seen distributing these fliers. and the chief rabbi of the synagogue tells us that when he looked at these fliers, read them, he was shocked. because as you said it demanded all jewish people over the age of 16 in this region register their identities, property and vehicle ownership, and it said this was necessary because the jewish community in this region
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had supported protesters in the capital kiev who earlier this year drove out the country's former president, and this demand was coming, according to the flier, from pro-russian separatists, those who are still occupying government buildings here, trying to break away from ukraine and establish what they describe as the people's republic of donetsk. the flier was signed by the man who leads that movement. we've spoken to him, and he denies any knowledge, says he has nothing to do with it, says he believes it is a provocation. and indeed, the feeling among the jewish community, the feeling on the ground at the synagogue is that, yes, someone has tried to insert fear, perhaps create a pretext for violence, but they believe that the jewish community is being used in the ongoing wider political game between those who want ukraine to stay together and those here in the east who are trying to break away and become independent, or perhaps, join the russian federation. john? >> dangerous, ugly game being played right now on the streets. phil black in donetsk, thanks very much. drivers in the midwestern
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city terrified to get on the road. a gunman randomly targeting cars on the highway for months. three people wounded in these attacks. this morning there is a new development to tell you about in that case. and dramatic, new 911 calls after a bus full of teenagers suddenly crashes. several people killed. you'll hear from one student who survived as she was running away from the fiery wreck, next. we needed 30 new hires for our call center.
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good morning. welcome back to "early start." tragedy at the top of the world. a high-altitude avalanche on mt. everest killing nine sherpa guides and leaving three others seriously injured. a group of about 50 nepali sherpas were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, just above their base camp. officials say rescue teams are going to search for other members of the group who are still missing. the terror trial of radical muslim cleric abu hamza al mad erie is under way in new york. on thursday in opening statements, prosecutors described a man who trained terrorists while hiding behind a cloak of religion. al masri faces 11 terror-related counts, including conspiring to kidnap americans in yemen and planning to build a jihad terror camp in oregon. he's pleaded not guilty and is expected to take the stand. police in kansas city believe they have their man in a string of highway shootings, as many as 20 highway shootings in the kansas city area. they began last month. police say the suspect has been randomly shooting at cars, injuring three people, putting
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drivers on edge for weeks. the suspect hasn't been identified. no formal charges have been filed yet, and the police say the investigation is ongoing. ex-nfl star darren sharper due in a los angeles court today. the former new orleans saint has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting up to nine women across five states. thursday he was denied bail in an arizona case involving three alleged victims. detectives say dna matching sharper has been found on one of those women. sharper is currently in jail in california, where he has pleaded not guilty. texas agents have seized the secluded yearning for zion ranch, where the followers of polygamist leader warren jeffs once lived in near isolation. jeffs is serving a life sentence after a 2011 conviction for sexually assaulting two young girls he took as child brides. the ranch, which the fbi raided back in 2008, taking some 430 children into protective custody, was owned by a breakaway sect of the mormon
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church. chilling 911 calls released in the horrific california bus crash that injured dozens and left ten people, including five students, dead last week. a fedex tractor-trailer reportedly smashed into the tour bus carrying 44 high school students. one student who escaped moments before the bus exploded into flames struggled to describe the scene. >> what's your name? are you still on the bus or are you off the bus at this point? >> everyone got off the bus. the bus is on fire! >> i understand that. are you away from it or are you still on it? >> yeah, we're getting away from the bus, actually. >> okay. okay. go as far away as you can safely get, okay? >> okay. >> okay. and what did the bus hit? >> what? >> what did the bus hit? >> it hit on the -- i guess the left side? it hit the --
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>> can you just -- with one or two words, tell me what the bus hit? >> the bus hit the fedex truck. the fedex truck hit into us. >> investigators have returned to the scene north of sacramento to reconstruct parts of that deadly collision. president obama says the latest health care enrollment numbers add up to success. 8 million people have now signed up for private health insurance under the affordable care act. 35% of those enrolled are people under 35 years old. the president says it is proof positive that obamacare is working. it's time for republican critics to stop trying to fight it. some political news. beau biden has made up his mind. the vice president's son will not seek a third term as attorney general of delaware. instead, he's seeking higher office, planning to run for governor there in 2016. the 35-year-old has had a spate of recent health scares but was reportedly given a clean bill of health in november. still no word from his father on the vice president's political
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plans for 2016. theoretically, there could be two besideeidens running for ofn delaware. >> rob ford, speaking of elected officials of a completely different stripe. rob ford at it again, running for office. the divisive, crack-smoking mayor of toronto firing up his re-election campaign in front of cheering supporters thursday. >> by re-electing me, friends, by re-electing me on october 27th, the people of toronto, you folks, you folks will continue to have the most open, honest, fair, hard-working mayor that this city has ever seen. [ cheers and applause ] >> the city council stripped ford of most of his powers after he admitted using crack in a drunken stupor while mayor. he faces a tough battle against two major challengers. >> he trademarked the phrase "crack-smoking mayor. the dude will be rich, because every time you say it, you say crack-smoking mayor. >> well, usually a politician is
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like, the embattled so-and-so, and they don't like that you keep saying embattled. beyond embattled, crack-smoking. >> i'm trying to help with investment tips. it's a money thing. another huge clinton document dump today coming, the fourth of a largest batch of papers, some 7,500 pages coming from president bill clinton's white house. the previously confidential documents are to include the oklahoma city bombing, the genocide in rwanda and communications between president clinton and his spiritual advisers. papers from the former first lady's office also will be included and scrutinized, to say the least. and from papers to a bundle of joy, chelsea clinton with her mom at her side, beaming, announced she is expecting her first child. >> mark and i are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year, and -- [ cheers and applause ] i don't think anyone was smiling bigger than your mom with that announcement. >> i just hope that i will be as
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good a mom to my child, and hopefully, children, as my mom was to me. >> bill clinton tweeted his excitement of becoming a grandfather-to-be, and the former secretary of state called grandmother-to-be her most exciting title yet, and yes, speculation has begun about how the news will influence her decision to seek another title in 2016. >> totally. will she want to be a full-time grandmother and maybe not run for president? or will having the baby around the house inspire her to plan for the future and run for office? >> i don't know. >> you don't have the answer? >> i do not know, but i do know that chelsea clinton said hopefully children, so she's planning on more than one child. that's what i heard there. start saving your 529 plans right now. >> so many answers that christine romans doesn't have. chad myers now has a look at the weather. chad? a pretty decent day out there, especially if you're flying today. a couple of bumps across the southeast, heavy rain in parts of georgia and florida, but the northeast cool, but at least sunny for the next couple days.
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here are the highs. 50s and 60s up and down the east coast. 56 atlanta, 53 new york, not a big difference there, but 44 in boston, the cool spot across the northeast. for tomorrow, things get a little bit bumpy through the plains. we could see some severe weather. colorado, back into kansas, oklahoma and west texas with the next storm. the rain from the southeast moves offshore, and it still remains quite nice across the northeast. maybe not as warm as you'd like, but still pretty nice. and for easter sunday, decent weather d.c., new york, new york city about 60, new york city, a beautiful day, sunshine all day long. 64 d.c., 79 for memphis and 74 in atlanta. a beautiful 70 and sunshine in l.a. >> a good good friday. good good friday weather. so far, a fruitless search for malaysia airlines flight 370, leaving families of those on board frustrated and heartbroken, this morning holding an emotional candlelight vigil. we are live in beijing with that, next. every day, people fall.
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good morning. welcome back to "early start." here's the latest in the search for flight 370. the bluefin-21 plunging the depths of the indian ocean for a fifth time now in this underwater search area. analysis of the data from the drone's fourth mission yielded nothing. malaysian officials have raised the possibility of deploying more underwater search vehicles. meantime, the flight 370 families still demanding answers from investigators. last night, a group held a memorial service in china. cnn's ivan watson live in beijing. they're still very frustrated, but a memorial service. you know, what is the significance of that? what are they saying this morning as they're trying to move on? >> reporter: this was a prayer service, christine, and it was held by a gathering of the spouses of chinese passengers of the missing flight, so these were husbands and wives. it was highly emotional. they were weeping as a prayer
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was being led. now, you may be, perhaps, surprised to hear that i'm told that many of these people still believe that their loved ones are still alive. they are desperate for some kind of an answer, an explanation for where the plane is. one of the wives that i spoke with, a young woman, she said that she'd only been married a month before her husband disappeared aboard that plane more than 40 days ago, so you can imagine the agony that she is going through. now, originally, these spouses had hoped to hold the prayer ceremony at a park very close to the hotel in beijing where these meetings have been taking place. apparently, the chinese authorities did not allow that, and instead, it was held indoors. afterwards, after people had dried their tears, they still walked out into the streets and walked towards that park. they were closely followed by chinese police, both uniformed
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and plain-clothed police, to give you a sense of how closely the authorities are watching them. and i think that underscores why these hundreds of chinese relatives are determined to remain gathered here in beijing, to put pressure on the malaysian authorities. they are desperate for some answers from them on what happened in the final hours of this plane's flight before it disappeared, and by extension, on the chinese authorities as well. this is a part of the world where governments are not known for their transparency. the malaysian authorities say they will send a high-ranking technical committee to come and meet with the families here in beijing on monday, but a representative of malaysian airlines today, christine, he said that they would not be volunteering some information that has been requested, such as the serial number on the black box on the missing plane. he says that has to remain
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private with the investigators, and that is something that is frustrating the chinese families here, many of whom have expressed distrust and suspicion about the malaysian authorities and have suggested that there is some kind of a cover-up here. of course, accusations that the malaysian officials have denied. >> yeah, i mean, they've called -- some of these family members have called the malaysian officials liars, and it's almost as if they want to have their own investigation from start to finish because there is so much mistrust. ivan watson, thank you so much for that, ivan. later on "early start," cnn's david mattingly goes deep, giving us a firsthand look at what the ocean floor retrievable operation could look like from inside a manned and cramped underwater vehicle. happening right now, rescuers so far failing to find anyone alive in the sunken ferry off the coast of south korea, this as we learn new details about who was at the helm of this ship when it suddenly sank. we're live next. number 1 of my 20 is for chacne. you know, chin acne. uh-huh.
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breaking news this morning, a frantic rescue to save any possible survivors on board a
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sunken ferry. two days later, is there any hope the hundreds believed trapped aboard there could still an live? we have the very latest. happening right now, a slow underwater search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. the bluefin sub combing the ocean floor for any sign of the wreckage. this morning, new word that more help could soon be on the way. we're live with the latest. a diplomatic deal reached to stop the crisis in ukraine. russia calling on protesters to stand down and their demonstrations in the street. this is as a new anti-semitic flier calling on jews in eastern ukraine to register. we are live with the troubling developments. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 32 minutes after the hour right now. great to see you this morning, and it is very much a race against time, searching for survivors of a sunken ferry off the coast of south korea. the confirmed death toll rising
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overnight to 28. however, that number will almost certainly rise with some 270 people still unaccounted for. the ship's captain could soon face charges. prosecutors say he was not at the helm when it capsized. the 3rd officer was in command. we're told now the ferry is completely submerged. we're learning that divers were able to enter the ferry, but they have found no bodies so far. cnn's pauline chiou live in jindo, south korea. what's the latest on the search, pauline? >> reporter: well, john, we're getting more information from the coast guards about what the divers encountered. they were able to get into the ship, two of the divers were, and they were able to install a guideline for other divers. this is the line that attaches the divers to the rescue vessel. but at some point, that guideline was cut off, so they had to come back up, and they also reported that there were many large obstacles in the
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water it was difficult to see and the currents are very strong. so, some big challenges. but we can confirm that the divers were able to enter the ship. they were trying to get to the third level, which is where some of the bedrooms are. now, i do want to point out something here at the hospital. i'm in front of mokbo hospital, john. within the last 25 minutes, since we last talked, there were 30 ambulances that drove up. they're parked on the side of the road. you can't see it, it's to the side of your screen. we're being told by the hospital administrator that the central government in seoul has sent over 30 ambulances with the expectation that the death toll will rise. so, that has just happened in the past 20 minutes or so. now, i am in front of a hospital that right now has 13 survivors from this ferry accident. i was able to speak with the doctor who has treated all of them. he told me about a 6-year-old girl that he saw on wednesday. she survived because her brother, who is only a year older, put a life jacket on her. the two of them were traveling
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with their parents to jeju island. somehow, it's still unclear how, somehow, the girl was able to get to the deck, where there were other passengers. she started crying because she was, of course, very afraid. the passengers passed her into one of their rescue boats, so that's how she survived. her brother and her parents are still missing. now, the doctor i spoke with told me that when she came into the hospital, physically, she was fine, but here's what he's worried about. >> translator: my biggest concern is after going through this kind of disaster, she may experience post-traumatic stress syndrome, especially when she finds out her parents and brother have died. how she deals with this would be the biggest challenge. in my opinion, recovering from this kind of psychological shock would be the biggest concern. >> reporter: now, this little girl is from the area outside of seoul. now, when she entered the hospital, the hospital staff had
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no idea who she was, because she has no identification. she was able to communicate with them. she told them the name of her kindergarten school, so the staff here called her kindergarten outside of seoul. they talked with the staff there, and they were able to find her aunt and uncle, who came to the hospital to pick her up. so, john, right now she's under the care of her relatives. >> what an image. what an adorable little girl and what a miracle amidst all this tragedy. our pauline chiou in south korea for us. thanks so much. now to the search for flight 370. the bluefin-21 back in action this morning on its fifth descent to the depths of the indian ocean. analysis of the drone's fourth mission in the underwater search area yielded nothing. the bluefin has covered 110 square miles so far. officials say it won't be retracing areas of the ocean floor it has already scanned. cnn's erin mclaughlin live for us this morning in perth, australia. bring us up to speed on the search, erin. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, as far as we know, the
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bluefin-21 still engaged in that fifth dive. overnight it reached new depths, a fourth dive. it reached some 4.7 kilometers beneath the ocean surface, instead of the 4.5 originally thought to be at the upper reaches of its depth capacity, and that's important. because as you may remember, it had to cut its first mission short because it reached waters that was too deep for it to be programmed to be able to handle, and therefore, it resurfaced. and this is a really critical area of the search, given it's the most likely place they believe they are going to find the black box. now, the engineers have taken a look at the bluefin-21's hardware, and they now believe it can go to some depths of 5 kilometers, instead of the originally thought 4.5. so, it's a good sign that overnight it was able to reach that 4.7-kilometer mark, as this search continues. still no signs of this plane. tony abbott, the australian prime minister a couple days ago
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saying that it will take them about a week to exhaust their most promising leads, and then they'll assess from there. the malaysian, acting malaysian transportation minister tweeting this morning that they are considering the possibility of deploying more submarines in the water. of course, more submarines that can perhaps go deeper depths and search for longer periods of time. christine? >> erin mclaughlin for us in perth. the flight 370 families are still demanding answers from investigators. they held a prayer vigil in beijing. cnn's ivan watson will be live with details on that in a few minutes. other major news this morning. expectations were low, but four-party talks produced a deal aimed at ending the volatile situation in ukraine. now the united states says it is up to moscow to follow through on its pledge to get militants to put down their arms and get out of government buildings that they have overrun in cities in eastern ukraine. in the meantim, there is international outrage over these leaflets distributed in the eastern city of donetsk, in
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which jewish people were told to register with pro-russian separatists. our phil black is live in that city right now, and phil, such a combustible, historically loaded document, but the authenticity seems very much in question this morning. >> reporter: yes, john, that's right. but just to take you back to the start, four men were first seen outside a synagogue here in donetsk, masked men, handing out leaflets. the chief rabbi at the synagogue tells us that when he first read these leaflets, he was shocked and afraid, and that is because they demanded that all jewish people in this region over the age of 16 register their identities, their property and their vehicle ownership. and the document said this was necessary because it claimed that jewish people had supported protesters in kiev who earlier this year drove out the country's former president. this demand is being made by pro-russian separatists here in donetsk. these are the hundreds of people that are still occupying
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government buildings here, demanding that the region break away from ukraine and form what they're calling the people's republic of donetsk. the man who leads that movement, his name was at the bottom of the document, but we've spoken to him, and he denies any involvement whatsoever, knows nothing of it, says it is some sort of what he says is a provocation. and that is very much the mood among the jewish community here, too. they think that someone could be trying to sew fear, perhaps create a pretext for violence, but more than that, they believe that their community is being used as part of a bigger plan, the wider, ongoing political game between people here who want ukraine to remain one whole nation and those particularly here in the east who are looking to break away, form independent states, or possibly join the russian federation. but it means that someone is trying to inject the ugly idea of anti-semitism into this ongoing crisis in this country, john. >> political games and a dangerous one given the history in that region. phil black in the city of donetsk, thanks very much. other news to tell you
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tragedy overnight atop of the world. a high-altitude avalanche on mt. everest killing nine sherpa guides, leaving three others seriously injured. the group of about 50 nepali
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sherpas were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet, just above their base camp. officials say rescue teams have gone to search for other members of this group who are still missing. a very difficult area to work, though, this morning. all right, the new york terror trial of muslim cleric abu hammasa al masri now under way. in opening statements, prosecutors describe a man who trained terrorists while hiding behind a cloak of religion. he faces 11 terror-related counts, including conspiring to kill americans in yemen and planning to build a jihad training camp in oregon. he is expected to testify. people in kansas city breathing a collective sigh of relief after police arrested a man in connection with as many as 20 highway shootings in that area. police say the suspect was arrested thursday after a raid at a suburban home. charges have not yet been filed. the shootings, which began in early march, injured three people and put drivers on edge for weeks. former nfl star darren sharper is due in court in los angeles today.
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the former new orleans saint has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting as many as nine women across five states. thursday he was denied bail in an arizona case involving three alleged victims. detectives there say dna matching sharper has been found on one of those women. he's currently in jail in california. texas agents have seized the secluded yearning for zion ranch, where the followers of imprisoned polygamist leader warren jeffs once lived in near isolation. jeffs is serving a life sentence after a 2011 conviction for sexually assaulting two young girls he took as child brides. the ranch that the fbi raided in 2008, taking some 430 children into protective custody, was owned by a breakaway sect of the mormon church. chilling 911 calls released in the horrific california bus crash that injured dozens and left ten people, including five students, dead last week. a fedex tractor-trailer reportedly smashing into the tour bus carrying 44 high school students. one student who escaped moments
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before the bus exploded struggled to describe the scene. >> are you still on the bus or are you off the bus at this point? >> everyone got off the bus. the bus is on fire! >> i understand that. are you away from it or are you still on it? >> yeah, we're getting away from the bus, actually. >> okay. okay, just go as far as away as you can safely get, okay? >> okay. >> okay. and what did the bus hit? >> what? >> what did the bus hit? >> it hit on -- on the, i guess the left, the left side? it hit the -- >> can you just, just with one or two words, tell me what the bus hit. >> the bus hit the fedex truck -- the fedex truck hit into us. >> investigators have returned to the scene north of sacramento to reconstruct parts of that deadly collision. >> just chilling, chilling
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sound. all right, happening right now, a sub slowly combing the ocean floor, searching for malaysia airlines flight 370. families of those on board gathering this morning for an emotional prayer service. we're live with that part of the story, coming up next. bulldog: [yawning]
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welcome back to "early start," everyone. australian officials hoping the fifth time is a charm for the bluefin-21 in the search for flight 370. analysis from that underwater drone's fourth mission to the floor of the indian ocean yielded nothing. in the meantime, flight 370 families are still angry, so angry, and demanding answers from investigators in malaysia. last night, they held a prayer service in beijing, and that's where cnn's ivan watson is this morning. good morning, ivan.
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>> reporter: good morning, john. the prayer service was here at this hotel in beijing, actually, just a few hours ago, and it was really a heartbreaking scene, i have to say. you had maybe around 30 husbands and wives of chinese passengers who were aboard that missing malaysian airlines flight sitting on the floor of a hotel conference room, many of them weeping and sobbing as some prayer music was played, sitting in front of a sign that said "honey, i don't want to live one more day without you." so, just an anguished scene there. and if you can imagine these people who have been experiencing this terrible ordeal for more than 40 days, waiting to hear some kind of answer as to what has happened to their loved ones. many of them, i'm told, still believing that their loved ones are alive somewhere out there,
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and they're desperate for answers to some kind of questions. now, under intense pressure and amid a real firestorm of criticism, the malaysian authorities have announced that they're going to send a technical team to meet one on one -- not one on one, but rather, face to face with the relatives of the 153 chinese nationals who were aboard that missing flight next week, monday, here in beijing. the relatives have been coming up with fresh questions, demanding answers, and they're very suspicious, because they feel that there aren't enough answers to what was going on with the plane in its final hours before it was declared missing and where the search has been conducted. they have been demanding, for example, the serial number of the black box aboard the plane. today a malaysian airlines representative said that information simply cannot be given to you.
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it is basically an investigative secret. those are answers that are not pleasing the families who are waiting for some kind of an answer here. and again, in anguish as they wait to hear for some kind of further information. >> i know, those families are so deeply, deeply frustrated and angry. not much satisfies them at this point, and that's understandable. ivan watson in beijing. thanks so much. the deep-water search for flight 370 could eventually lead to a manned expedition to retrieve the plane's black boxes. cnn's david mattingly is down deep inside the manned submersible to show us what that's like. >> reporter: the challenge is, it is an incredibly long list, not the least of which being the tremendous depths you have to go through and the pressure you have to deal with, going all the way to the bottom of the indian ocean. we're talking a couple of miles down. there's only a half dozen manned submersibles that can actually go down and do that kind of
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work. this vehicle we're in right now is not one of them. we're at the bottom of horseshoe bay in british columbia. i'm with phil nuytten, he's internationally known as a deepwater dive expert. you actually develop vehicles like this so people can go deep into the water, places they never have before. and something i've been learning from you, as we've been down here, is how difficult even the simplest move seems to be. >> yes, it tends to be quite a chore, no question about it. the biggest attribute you need for this kind of work is patience. >> reporter: and show us. we have a mock-up of a black box, of what a black box would look like down here. it is already in the claw, the device that's on the outside of our vehicle here. and it takes more than ten minutes under the best circumstances for that claw to grab the handle. now, watch what happens when we try to put it into the basket that we would need to take it back up to the surface. go ahead. this isn't something you would
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think would be difficult, but you have to move by inches here. this is just 2 feet in front of our noses, right here, and you can see how tough it is to get that box into the basket. i can feel the submersible moving while we're doing that, so you have to deal with currents, you have to deal with visibility. it would be pitch dark out there, if it weren't for the bright lights on the front of our submersible. but the point we're making here, you have to move so slowly, because if you drop that box, if you make a quick move, or watch what happens when we turn the propellers really fast. the thrusters on the front. it just blows up the sediment on the bottom. it's sort of like blowing into a handful of flour. you're momentarily blinded. then you have to stop and wait for everything to settle. here it comes in from the side. but it's just so painstaking down here. and these are some of the best circumstances we could have. we're only at 50 feet. now, imagine that difficulty
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multiplied by 200, 2 miles down. it would just be such painstaking work at the bottom of the indian ocean. that is, if they ever find the black boxes and if a human being ever has the opportunity to go down and try and retrieve it. >> so interesting. all right, we'll have the latest breaking news overnight when we come back.
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breaking news overnight, a frantic rescue effort to save anyone who could still be alive and trapped on board a sinking south korean ferry. hundreds are still missing this morning. the death toll rising. at least 28 people dead. we are live with what's happening right now. happening now, an underwater search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. the bluefin sub in the middle of its fifth mission now, combing the ocean floor for any sign of the vanished jet. it's a slow, painstaking process. however, it could soon dramatically speed up. we're live with the new help that search crews may soon see. crisis in ukraine. a diplomatic deal reached to
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stop war from breaking out. russia calling for protesters to stand down, but will it be enough to stop the bloody battles in the streets? the very latest as this horrifying scene plays out. anti-semitic fliers demanding jews register. we've got all of these new details in ukraine. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm john berman. great to see you this morning. it's friday, april 18th. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east, and we do begin with breaking news in what is still a search-and-rescue operation off the coast of south korea. this coming two days after a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers, most of them teenagers, capsized and sank. divers have entered the submerged ferry now, but coast guard officials say, so far, they have found no more bodies. we're also learning that the ship's captain was not at the helm when the vessel capsized. the 3rd officer was in command. th

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