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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. there are 28 confirmed deaths
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right now, but that number is going to go way, way up. officials expect the death toll to rise dramatically with some 271 people still missing. cnn's pauline chiou live in south korea for us this morning with the very latest. good morning, pauline. >> reporter: good morning to you, john. we have an update on that dive operation that you touched on. the coast guard has given us more details. they said 17 divers were involved in the operation today. two of them were able to enter the ship and they were able to get to a certain area where they could put a guide line in place. this is a line that attaches the divers to the rescue vessels, and they were trying to put this in place for the other divers that were supposed to come behind them, but the waters were so rough that they ended up having to come up, and they said there were a lot of large obstacles. before they came up, however, they were able to open the freight door. now, in this ferry, there was a freight area that carried more than 1,000 containers and more
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than 100 vehicles, but they said once that door opened, it was too dangerous for them because there were too many obstacles floating around. so, that's what happened in terms of the dive operation today. there are also four cranes on site right now, but they are idle because they want to make sure more divers can get in, just in case there are survivors, before those cranes actually start moving that ship. now, earlier in the day, the families got some very bad news at this gymnasium where most of them have gathered. they were speaking with the marine agency police, and in the afternoon, the police announced that the death toll had risen to 28. many of the relatives devastated, raw grief with many people wailing and crying. two women collapsed and had to be taken out on stretchers. later on, relatives were taken away to identify the bodies. behind me is mokpo hospital. now, this is about an hour away from the harbor where the families are.
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right now, 13 survivors from this ferry accident are recovering. one of them is a 71-year-old woman who had an incredible story. her name is shin yong-ja, and she talks about how she was on vacation with four other friends. she was in a large common area where many of the passengers were sleeping. as soon as she felt that jolt, the ship started listing, she said, and water started coming in. it happens to be that she's a very good swimmer. she was always active her whole life. she started swimming towards these cabinets that carry life jackets and life preservers. and she said that other passengers started ripping the doors off those cabinets and using those cabinets like a staircase to get above the water. she said she tried to pull herself up, and this is what 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
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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: now, the rescuers tried to break that window open. it took them a little while, but finally, they were able to break the glass and the passengers that were on top of these cabinets were able to get into the rescue vessel. now, in that rescue vessel, the woman said that she was talking with the young man who saved her, but she said that she never got his name and she doesn't even know how to find him. and she said she would like to find him some day to thank him because he saved her life. she also, john, amazingly, didn't know that she had broken her back during this whole accident. but when that ship jolted, that's when she broke her back, and it wasn't until she was in the rescue vessel that she started to feel immense pain. john? >> pauline, the stories of these survivors simply so amazing, even as there are more questions about why so many more people
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didn't survive. pauline chiou covering this for us in south korea. thanks so much. >> hope of finding more survivors in that disaster fading fast, but could passengers still be alive in the sunken hull? just last year, remember, there was this remarkable story 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 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
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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. 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 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. >> miracle. stay with us for continuing coverage for the search for survivors in that ferry disaster here on "early start" and later on "new day." now to the hunt for flight 370, missing for 42 days. the bluefin-21 submersible back in the water now for a fifth time. officials from australia say analysis of the drone's fourth mission in the underwater search area yielded nothing. the bluefin has covered about
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110 square miles. meantime, the search for debris on the surface continues with nearly two dozen ships and aircraft combing the indian ocean. they have found nothing after more than 40 days. cnn's erin mclaughlin live in perth, australia. so much hope, erin, in this underwater search in the bluefin. >> reporter: good morning, john. overnight, the bluefin-21 reaching new depths in the search for missing malaysian flight 370. during that fourth dive, it managed to go down some 4.7 kilometers beneath the ocean surface, compared to the 4.5 kilometers originally believed to be on the upper reaches of its depth capacity, and it's really important that the bluefin be able to go down into some of these deeper waters. you may remember, it had to cut its first mission short. and this is the area where they believe is the most likely place that they're going to find the black box, based on that very
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detailed acoustic analysis that they did of those four pings that were detected. so, it's a good sign that the bluefin-21 overnight was able to reach those depths, but of course, as you mentioned, it has found nothing of interest as far as we know. and today, malaysia's acting transportation minister tweeted out this morning that they're considering the possibility of putting more subs into the water, more subs, meaning that they could cover more area, perhaps, in a shorte period of time. no comment from the australians as yet on that particular development. i understand that the bluefin is currently engaged in that fifth dive and we are awaiting for an update on if it, in fact, found anything this time around. john? >> erin mclaughlin, we will wait for that update and check back with you in a little bit. thank you so much. this morning, a diplomatic deal is in place to resolve the crisis in ukraine, but plenty of skepticism. secretary of state john kerry says he hopes russia lives up to
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the pledge to curb the violence in ukraine. meantime, tensions in eastern ukraine very high this morning, and there is international condemnation for some fliers, fliers handed out by masked men, ordering jews in the city of donetsk to register with authorities. there is also plenty of doubt about their authenticity. cnn's phil black live in donetsk for us. and you know -- i'm sorry because we don't have phil, but he's going to tell us about this new sort of detail and injection of anti-semitism into the already very, very tense situation in the east. we're going to get back to him when his connection is good for us. >> yeah, the fliers were return addressed to pro-russian militants, but there are serious questions about whether they come from them or is ukrainian intelligence trying to stir things up, but one thing is clear, that people are throwing the jewish population now into the middle of this divisive moment. nine minutes after the hour. drivers in a midwestern city terrified to get on the road. a gunman randomly targeting cars on the highway for months. three people wounded in the attacks. but this morning, a new
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lives during the nazi occupation of world war ii. masked men sl been seen outside a synagogue here in the city of donetsk, handing out fliers that have shocked members of the jewish community here, because they call for all jewish people over the age of 16 to register their identities, their property and the vehicles they own as well. and it says that this is necessary because it claims the jewish people supported protesters in the capital kiev, wo you remember, drove out the former president. this country. and this is all happening under the name, according to this flier, of pro-russian separatists, those who are still occupying government buildings here, trying to encourage this region to split away from ukraine and form an independent republic, or perhaps join the russian federation. the man who leads that movement, his name is at the bottom of this notice, but he has told us that he has absolutely nothing to do with this. and indeed, the jewish community believes that this is some sort of political exercise. they are being caught up and are being used in a game between
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ukrainian people who want the country to remain united and those who want to split away. regarding those people who are still occupying the buildings, we're really waiting, watching to see what they do next after this agreement was thrashed out in geneva in those four-party talks yesterday. because the key points of that agreement are that weapons should be laid down and public buildings that are being occupied illegally should be vacated. so far, there has been no response from these occupying groups, these separatists and pro-russians, who have now for some days and weeks been consolidating their hold on their region of eastern ukraine. christine, back to you. >> all right, phil black, glad we could get that connection and get that report. thank you. another big story to tell you about developing overnight. a high-altitude avalanche on mt. everest, killing nine sherpa guides and leaving three others seriously injured. a group of about 50 sherpas were hit by this avalanche at an elevation of more than 20,000 feet, just above their base camp. officials say rescue teams have gone to search for other members
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of the group who are still missing. that's got to be such a difficult search. the terror trial of abu hamza al masri is under way in new york. in opening statements thursday, prosecutors describe 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 starting a jihad training camp in oregon. police believe they have their man in a string of highway shootings, as many as 20 in that city. this began last month. police say the suspect has been randomly shooting at cars, injuring three people, putting drivers on edge, really, for weeks. now, the suspect has not been identified. no formal charges have been filed as of yet, and police still do say this investigation is ongoing. ex-nfl star darren sharper is due in court in los angeles today. the former new orleans saint has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting up to nine women across five states.
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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. sharper currently in jail in california, where he has pleaded not guilty to similar charges. texas agents have seized the secluded yearning for zion ranch for 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 that he took as child brides. the ranch, which the fbi raided in 2008, taking some 430 children into protective custody, was owned by a breakaway sect of the mormon church, although the latter-day saints disavows any connection with this group. let's look at markets right now. asian stocks closed slightly higher today. markets around the rest of the world are closed for the good friday holiday, including here in the u.s. all three major indices in the u.s. closed higher for the week. corporate earnings driving the market ahead of the holiday weekend. shares of ibm and google down on disappointing numbers. on the other hand, ge, seen as a
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bellwether for business in the u.s., better than expected. if you don't think your salary is fair, a new survey from glass door shows two in five americans don't believe they're paid fairly, two in five, john berman. and half of americans believe the pay gap between executives and regular workers is growing. glass door went on to ask workers what they want, if a raise wasn't possible. 61% said, you can't pay me more? give me more vacation days. >> take that and snacks. more vacation days and snacks. >> you know, the tech companies all have really amazing snacks. >> they have snacks? >> and people are happy. >> do they start their day at 4:00 a.m.? >> i don't think so. >> interesting. that's why we need snacks. president obama says the latest health care enrollment numbers add up to success. that's what he says. 8 million people have now signed up for private health insurance under the affordable care act. those new white house numbers, 35% of those enrolled, the white house says are people under 35. the president in a press conference saying it is proof positive that he thinks obamacare is working and that it's time for republican critics
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to stop trying to fight it. 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 45-year-old has had a spate of recent health scares, but reportedly given a clean bill of health in november. still no word from his dad on his political plans for 2016. you can't stop him. you can only hope to contain him. we are talking about toronto's mayor, rob ford, otherwise known as toronto's crack-smoking mayor, rob ford, who launched his bid for re-election thursday. i suppose you could say in typically sedated fashion. >> 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.
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>> toronto's city council stripped ford of most of his powers after he admitted using crack in a drunken stupor while mayor. he does face a tough battle against two major challengers this fall. another massive clinton document dump on the way today. the fourth and largest batch of papers, some 7,500 pages coming from president bill clinton's white house. the previously confidential documents expected to involve the oklahoma city bombing and the rwanda genocide some 20 years ago, and also, communications between president clinton and his spiritual advisers, we're told. papers from the former first lady's office will also be included. from a stack of papers to a bundle of joy. chelsea clinton with her beaming mother at her side, announcing she is expecting her first child. >> mark and i are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year. and -- >> 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. >> aww. >> now, as for the father -- or i should say, the expected grandfather, clinton tweeted his excitement about being a grandfather-to-be, and the secretary of state called grandmother-to-be her most exciting title yet. of course, there is already speculation about how this news might influence her decision to seek, perhaps, another title in 2016. >> you know, she had said last year that 2014 would be the year of the baby. this was the year of the baby. so chelsea clinton, she's a planner. >> year of the baby is 2014. the question is, what happens in 2015 and 2016? mm-hmm. all right, severe storms threatening to tear through parts of the country this weekend. that's all indra petersons's problem right now. we'll have the full forecast coming up next. do cross-country or international flights leave you wondering, who, what, where,
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severe storms set to hit a lot of this country this weekend. just where? indra petersons tracking it all for us. >> hey, indra. >> can we just start with the fact that it's friday? >> yeah, please. >> and it's beautiful, it's getting warmer? such a debbie downer, berman. let's talk about the temperatures. i want to start here, because i kind of want to show you how we are starting to recover. notice the temperatures, many of you still below normal today, but by tomorrow, look at this. as we go right into the weekend, we already start to see the recovery. we're going to see temperatures really start to bounce back. in fact, many of us will be above normal, except for, yes, down in towards the southeast. so, let's talk about what is going on in the southeast. one of the things we could watch, any time you get energy, we talk about the gulf. why does the gulf matter? well, you look at the moisture that goes over the gulf, and it picks up all this energy. look how this pops up. what is that? that is warm, moist air. once you see that entering into the southeast, you're talking about heavy amounts of rain. i mean, look at this, talking 3, 4 inches of rain, so flooding concerns will be high. let's talk about how much rain they've already seen. i mean, 3 to 6 inches has already been seen, so well above normal for the month of april
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already, and we're not even halfway through yet, so definitely the flooding concerns will be out there, even the threat for severe weather in through florida today. otherwise, let's talk about easter, what everyone wants to know. here's that big storm system exiting offshore, so by sunday, yes, just right there on the immediate coastline you will have a chance for slight showers and maybe some pop-up showers in wisconsin, back through texas. not going to be a big deal. overall, most of you are seeing beautiful temperatures on easter and most of that weather should be out of the southeast. maybe a little soggy in the grass, but overall, i mean, it is a good weekend for easter. things are improving, on the up side. >> great. >> the eggs rot faster, though. >> debbie downer, john berman. indra just calls it like she sees it. >> i read out loud. it said there are storms that are going to hit a big part of the country. i don't invent this stuff. >> thanks, indra. >> sure. happening now, rescuers so far are failing to find anyone alive in the sunken ferry, this as we learn new details about who was at the helm of that ship when it suddenly sank. we're live next. what if a photo were more than a memory? what if it were more than something to share?
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breaking news this morning. the frantic rescue to save any possible survivors on board a sunken ferry two days later. is there any hope the hundreds believed trapped on board could still be alive? we are live with the very latest. happening now, a slow, underwater search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. the bluefin submarine combing the ocean floor for any sign of wreckage this morning. new word that more help could soon be on the way. we've got those details. and a diplomatic deal reached to stop at least part of the crisis in ukraine.
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russia calling on protesters to stand down and stop their demonstrations in the street. this, though, comes as a new, disturbing twist presents itself, an anti-semitic flier calling on jews in eastern ukraine to register. who is behind this? we're live with the latest developments. welcome back to "early start," everyone. a lot going on this morning. great to see you. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 32 minutes past the hour, 5:32 a.m. in the east. it is a race against time, searching for survivors of the sunken ferry off the coast of south korea. now, the confirmed death toll is 28. that is expected to rise dramatically, because nearly 300 people are still unaccounted for. the ship's captain could face charges. the prosecutors say he wasn't at the helm when it capsized. the 3rd officer was in command. the ferry now submerged. coast guard officials say 17 divers have been in the water today. two were able to enter the wrecked ferry, but no bodies have been located so far.
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cnn's pauline chiou is following developments, live for us in south korea. bring us up to speed, pauline. >> reporter: well, christine, the promising news is that those two divers were able to enter the ship. the bad news is that they came across a lot of challenges. they said that there were a lot of obstacles in the water and there were rough current. now, here's what happened during the dive operation. the two divers were able to put a guide line in place. this is a line that attaches the divers to the rescue vessel. this line was intended for those other 17 divers to be able to get into the ship, but because of the rough currents and some of the challenges in the water, that rope actually got cut off, so the divers had to come back up to surface. there are also four cranes at the site right now. we've been talking about those for about a day. now, they are on site, but they're sitting idle because they want -- the operators want the divers to actually get into the ship just in case there are
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survivors before, before the cranes actually move the ship and displace the water into different parts of the ship. now, let me bring you to the gymnasium, where many of the families are still waiting for word. this is a gym in jindo, where there was a lot of emotion today as officials updated the families on the search-and-rescue operation. they got some very bad news this afternoon when the death toll rose to 28. relatives started crying and screaming, wailing. two women collapsed and were taken out on stretchers, and other relatives were later whisked away to identify bodies. in the back drop of all of this devastation and disappointment, of suffering, there are stories of survivors. we have a story of a 6-year-old girl named kwon ji-yon. she came into the hospital behind me in mokpo.
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i spoke with the doctor who treated her and he said physically, she is fine and gave me more details of what she went through. she was with her younger brother and parents. her brother put a life jacket on her, and somehow, the little girl got to the deck and other passengers saw her crying and passed her on to rescuers. that's how she survived. her doctor says, however, he's very worried about her. listen why. >> 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: this little girl is now under the care of her two aunts from her father's side and an uncle. and christine, you see the ambulance behind me. i can update you on some of the government's reaction to this. they have just sent in the past
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hour and 15 minutes, 30 new ambulances, just to be on standby to this hospital, because they do expect that death toll to increase. >> oh, my. pauline chiou, thank you so much. the story of that little girl, so glad she survived, but so much heartache. >> it's a miracle. it's a shame there's no more. and it may soon become a salvage operation, but what are the chances passengers could still be alive in the hull of that south korean ferry, two days after it went under? just last year, you'll remember 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 raised on "cnn prime time." >> 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
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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. 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
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start," later also on "new day." now to the search for flight 370. the bluefin-21 back in action this morning, its fifth descent to the depths of the indian ocean. the fifth mission 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 in perth, australia, for us. erin, bring us up to speed here. are they going to send more submarines, more resources? what's the plan here? >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, that is a possibility, according to a tweet from the acting transportation minister of malaysia this morning, saying it is possible that they could put more submarines in the water, more submarines, of course, meaning that they could cover potentially more area in a shorter period of time. overnight during that fourth dive, the bluefin-21 reaching new depths, some 4.7 kilometers
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beneath the water instead of the original thought depth capacity of 4.5, and that's significant, because it had to cut its first trip, first journey into the water short because it reached waters too deep. now it's been reprogrammed and able to travel a greater distance. it means it could reach some of those areas that officials believe is most likely place that they could find, potentially find the black box. but again, this morning, bluefin-21 coming up empty. we understand it's currently engaged in a fifth dive now. just a couple of days ago, the australian prime minister, tony abbott, was quoted as saying that it will take the bluefin about a week to exhaust their most probable leads, and then officials here are going to have to assess things from there. christine? >> all right, erin mclaughlin. thank you, erin. the flight 370 families are still demanding answers from investigators. they held a prayer service in beijing. cnn's ivan watson will be live with details on that and what the families are asking for.
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we'll get to him in a few minutes. other news this morning, diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in ukraine appear to have worked at least in one case. however, it remains to be seen how this deal will be implemented. will pro-russian militants in the eastern part of that country disarm and disband, getting out of government buildings that they've occupied? in the meantime, there's another troubling development, someone tryi ining to inject anti-semit into the already volatile situation on the ground. cnn's phil black live in donetsk in eastern ukraine. phil, explain to us exactly what's going on. >> reporter: john, masked men have been seen here in donetsk outside a synagogue, handing out leaflets that have shocked the jewish community, because they demand all jewish people over the age of 16 register their identities, the property they own and all of this is said to be a response to the fact, the allegation, really, that jewish people here supported the protesters in the capital that earlier this year overthrew, effectively drove out the former president of the country.
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these leaflets were being distributed in the name of the pro-russian separatists that are still occupying buildings here, still trying to encourage people to break away from ukraine, become independent, or perhaps join the russian federation. and they say that they have denied this, because we've spoken to the man whose name is at the bottom of this flier. he's the leader of that pro-russian movement. he said he had nothing to do with it whatsoever. indeed, the jewish community here believes very strongly that they have been caught up in an ongoing political plan, really. they say that someone, perhaps, is trying to sew fear or perhaps trigger some violence, but they feel this is a wider political game still ongoing very much between those two believe in ukrainian unity and those who are trying to encourage some form of separatism, but it is an ugly card to play in a country where millions of people lost their lives during the nazi occupation of world war ii, john. >> political game, ugly game with jews caught in the middle. again, historically loaded in
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that area. phil black in donetsk, thank you. dramatic 911 calls after a bus full of high school students crashed. you'll hear from a survivor as she ran away from the fiery wreckage, next. (vo) you are a business pro. maestro of project management. baron of the build-out. you need a permit... to be this awesome. and from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. and only national is ranked highest in car rental customer satisfaction by j.d. power. (aaron) purrrfect. (vo) meee-ow, business pro. meee-ow. go national. go like a pro. but with so much health care noise,
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welcome back to "early start," everyone. the new york terror trial of muslim cleric abu hamza al masri is now under way. 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 training camp in oregon. he is expected to testify. people in kansas city breathing a sigh of relief this morning 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 house. charges have not yet been filed. now, the shootings, they began in early march, injured three people, put drivers on edge for
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weeks. 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 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, but are you away from it or are you still on it? >> yeah, we're getting away from the bus, actually. >> okay. >> we're -- >> 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, um, on the, on the, i guess the left, the left side? it hit the, the, the, the -- >> can you just, just with one
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or two words, tell me what the bus hit. >> the bus hit the fedex truck. the fedex truck hit into us. >> you can really hear the confusion and the fear there. investigators have returned to the scene north of sacramento to reconstruct parts of this deadly collision. all right, guys, let's take a look at what's coming up on "new day." kate bolduan joins us now. >> hey, kate. >> good morning, guys. h happy friday. as you've been covering, we'll keep a close eye and watch on the search for survivors on the ferry in south korea has capsized. nearly 300 people are still missing today, and there is a new focus this morning on what the crew did in those very critical moments when it was just listing and beginning to sink before and after all of this happened. apparently, ordering passengers to stay put when they should have been starting to evacuate as quickly as possible, because that went down in about 2 1/2 hours, very quickly. we're also going to talk about the challenges that the rescue divers are facing this morning as they continue to search for survivors. also this morning, the
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bluefin-21 back in the indian ocean hunting for debris from flight 370 as malaysian officials are beginning to explore the idea of bringing in more equipment for the search. our experts are going to walk us through all of the developments that happened overnight. 42 days, guys, now after the jet went missing. >> all right, thanks, kate. >> all right. happening right now, families of people on board flight 370 gathering this morning for an emotional prayer service. we're live with that part of the story, coming up next. [ female announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier.
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welcome back to "early start." the bluefin-21 may be the last best hope for locating malaysia airlines flight 370, missing now for 42 days. the drone is now on its fifth mission to the floor of the indian ocean. so far, it has found nothing. so, the nightmare continues for the flight 370 families. they held an emotional prayer service in beijing.
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that's where cnn's ivan watson is this morning. good morning, ivan. >> reporter: good morning. heartbreaking scenes here, as around 30 husbands and wives of chinese passengers who were aboard that missing flight gathered for this prayer service. tears and weeping and sobbing. it was really, really quite sad. many of these spouses, some of them still believe that their loved ones are out there somewhere still alive, more than 40 days after the plane disappeared, john, and there is no closure whatsoever for these people. they have been demanding answers. now, the prayer service was initially planned to be held in a park not too far from the hotel where many of these families are staying, and that's behind me. but apparently, chinese authorities did not allow them to do that.
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and when they did, after kind of drying up their tears, after the prayer service was over, when they did walk out to that park, they were closely followed by uniformed and plain-clothed chinese police, which gives you a sense of how closely people are being monitored here by the chinese authorities. the chinese families -- there were 153 chinese nationals aboard that missing plane -- they have been demanding more answers, more transparency from the malaysian authorities. the malaysian government has announced that it will send a technical team to meet face to face with the chinese families on monday of next week, but they have also said they're not going to share some details that have been requested, such as the serial number of the black box aboard that plane. the chinese families want to cross-reference that to make sure that whenever it is found, it is, indeed, the original black box that was on board that plane, and that highlights the skepticism, the suspicion, and really, the lack of trust that
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many of these families feel towards the malaysian authorities. they clearly believe that the only way they can put pressure on the malaysian government is by staying here in large numbers in beijing. this is their only way of leverage on the malaysian investigation. john? >> it really is a complete absence of trust at this point. ivan watson in beijing. thanks so much. all right, we'll be right back. with diabetes, it's tough to keep life balanced. i don't always have time to eat like i should. that's why i like glucerna shakes. they have slowly digestible carbs to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [male announcer] glucerna... this is the car i fell in love with! picking up my new malibu.
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all right, stocks in asia closed slightly higher today, but markets in the u.s. and europe are closed for good friday, so the week is over for your money, investments this week, at least. the big story, internet security. we have new information on the data breach at michaels. the store says 3 million customers were affected by a hack uncovered in january. i talked to cyber security expert brian krebs, who discovered that breach. i asked him about who is protecting our information these days. >> hopefully, the consumer's protecting the consumer. you know, when it comes to credit card information, not such a big deal, right? i mean, at the end of the day,
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here in america, as long as you're keeping a relatively close eye on this stuff and there's fraud, you're going to get that money back. >> krebs recommends putting a fraud alert on your credit report. you can do that right now. we'll have more on how you can protect yourself from hackers on "your money" this saturday at 2:00 p.m. >> protect yourself, advice from christine -- >> fraud alert, fraud alert, fraud alert. >> have a great weekend, everyone. happy easter. happy easter. "new day" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- dive vers are down there taking great risks trying to find those people and using every tool they have to locate them. >> breaking news. rescue divers finally make their way into the sunken ship. conditions making the search for survivors nearly impossible. we're going to take you to the scene. and we have new information about the captain and what happened. happening now. the underwhatter search for flight 370 back on this morning after its fourth mission comes
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up empty. is it time to regroup? new questions this morning rc. t baby on board. chelsea clinton announces she is preg pregnant. what does this mean for a hillary presidential run? your "new day" starts right now. >> good morning. welcome to "new day." it is good friday, april 18th. now, 6:00 in the east. we're going to begin with the desperate effort to reach some 270 people, many teenagers, believed to be in that sunken ship. the death toll has been raised to 8. the number they're focused on is the missing. those are the people they believe are trapped and time is of the essence. >> the boat is now completely under water. divers battling fierce winds and rough water still have finally entered the boat's second deck. international correspondent paula hancocks is in jindo, south korea, with


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