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north. john and alison? >> yay, spring. that's all i have to say. jennifer, thank you. "early start" continues right "early start" continues right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com 46 days and still no sign of flight 370. this morning, the air search for the missing malaysian airlines jet is suspended as an unmanned sub scours the ocean floor again. we are live with the latest. begging for forgiveness. the company in charge of a sunken ferry says it is sorry, as divers grimly retrieve the bodies of the victims. we're live with the search for the nearly 200 people still missing. a show of support in ukraine. vice president biden brings economic aid and u.s. pressure to kiev as russia blames the ukrainian government for breaking a truce. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> and i'm john berman. great to see you this morning. it is tuesday, april 22nd, 5:00 a.m. in the east. and up first, it is day 46 in the search for flight 370, but
authorities admit, discussions have begun about returning to square one. a tropical cyclone forced officials to suspend the air search overnight. the underwater search is ongoing, but so far, it's turned up nothing of any consequence. the bluefin-21 drone making its tenth dive overnight, and there is growing concern that the hunt for flight 370 may be taking place now in the wrong location. erin mclaughlin live from perth, australia, this morning. and erin, it is the tenth dive going on right now. the first nine turned up nothing. >> reporter: that's right, john. it seems that hope may be fading fast, at least for just this portion of the search. now, four planes actually were up in the air today, despite the fact that that aerial search had been suspended due to weather, and even though officials said that the conditions out there were difficult, even hazardous. it has to be said, for that aerial search for debris, that there have been hours and hours and hours of searching for any
signs of this plane and not a single piece has been found. nevertheless, searchers are dedicated to this. they want to be able to get some sort of closure to the families. now, as for the bluefin-21, it is still in the water, as far as we know, on its tenth mission, having completed its ninth mission earlier today. and this is really mission critical. this is the area where they believe is the most likely place that they're going to find the black box, based on a very limited set of data. and as of yesterday, two-thirds of this area had already been searched. australian authorities saying that they could search the rest within the coming days, and if no signs of the missing plane, then they're going to have to really stop and reassess what to do next, possibly broadening out the search area, possibly introducing more submersibles. john? >> how do you broaden that search area, erin? because they've been searching based on these pings they believe they heard from the towed pinger locator, they believe came from the black boxes before those batteries ran out.
so, if they do expand the search, how exactly would they do that? >> reporter: well, right now, they're searching in the area of the second ping detection, which was the strongest signal they detected. they're searching in a 6-mile radius around that point. now, once they've exhausted that, there's been talk of potentially, some analysts saying maybe searching in the locations where the other pings were detected. there's also been talk of maybe just broadening out the search area to search along that arc, the half handshake, so-called half handshake between the inmarsat satellite and the plane, and that introducing more submersibles, obviously, would allow them to be able to cover more ground in order to be able to do that. a source within the u.s. navy saying that the long-term search plan right now, talks of this long-term search plan could last through july. john? >> months to go. erin mclaughlin live for us in perth, australia, this morning. thanks so much. >> and with each passing hour, the numbers become more grim. the death toll from the south korean ferry disaster now at
108. 194 others are missing. divers pulling body after body from the sunken ship. horrified family members watching it all unfold. senior international correspondent nic robertson live from jindo, south korea, this morning. is there any hope for finding survivors at this point? >> reporter: there still is hope. this is being called a rescue mission, and it won't turn into a recovery mission until the government says so, until there is an official acknowledgement that really no one else can survive. the family members today, though, another very tough day, a day where they don't know if they're going to get some answers to their questions. where is their missing loved one? what we've witnessed on the harborside today were marine police vessels bringing ashore bodies, transferring them into a temporary tented morgue on the harborside and then ambulances reversing up, the bodies slowly
and solemnly carried up and more ambulances coming in. so, the pace is picking up. so, for some family members, for a few, closure, or certainly, a better understanding of what happened may be coming closer. but of course, more families, 194 other families of missing people, there are still so many unanswered questions at the moment. the waiting just continues, alison. >> and about those unanswered questions, how much focus has started to shift to what caused this ferry to sink? >> reporter: well, the focus really is at the ferry itself really is with the divers, the really bad visibility, the difficulty that they're having working on the third and fourth levels of the ship, trying to get in and retrieve these bodies. the focus for them is really very much on the rescue still, not so much the investigation, not trying to examine the ship to see what cargo may have moved around, what damage the ship may have suffered to give an
indication of what caused all this, but we are beginning to get details coming out of some of the court proceedings here. seven crew members have been charged. four of them were in court today. we heard a couple of them talking outside the court, and they were saying that the ship itself lacked stability. they said that this was a historic problem with the ship, that it had undergone renovations and extensions. they didn't know if those were legal or not, but they said this instability issue or lack of ability of the ship to stabilize itself, this was a problem that the ship had had for some time, and they also talked about how the ship made a sudden and strong turn. they couldn't explain that fully. so, in this way, we're beginning to get an idea of more of what happened, more of the history of this ship, more of the areas the investigators will look into, but physical signs from the ship, not yet, alison. >> nic robertson live from jindo, south korea. thank you. of course, while the search goes on in the south, there is big news, potentially, from north korea as well.
new worries that north korea could be on the verge of conducting a nuclear test. want to get the latest on this from andrew salmon, monitoring developments for us live in seoul. andrew, what's the latest? >> reporter: the latest, we're not really getting much update. we heard this morning that the south korean defense ministry is seeing through some intelligence, which they're unwilling to reveal source of, increased signs of activity at the test site in north korea, where the underground nuclear tests were conducted previously in '06, '09 and in 2013. i should perhaps point out that if a test were to take place right now, that would suggest that a pretty significant acceleration of their program, given that previously, there had been a two to three-year timeline between tests. that said, we can't say for sure this is actually an indication that a test is coming. president barack obama will be in korea on friday and saturday.
i think if a nuclear test took place during his visit, that would be a pretty extraordinary provocation, even by the standards of the pyongyang regime. so, touch wood. hopefully, this is just activity at the site. but again, coming back, we should say, south korean officials tell us that, in fact, if north korea want to conduct a nuclear test, they have all the personnel, they have all the equipment and presumably the materials in place at the test site. all they need to do is do a little tunneling work, seal the tunnel and then they can basically press the button. just awaiting a political decision from pyongyang. >> all right, andrew salmon live for us in seoul. as andrew mentioned, the timing of the signs of activity so, so interesting, because president obama is now headed on a trip to asia. he will visit malaysia, the philippines, japan and south korea as well. first, the president plans to stop in washington state, where he'll meet with families that have been affected by the deadly mudslide northeast of seattle. the death toll there now stands
at 43. happening now, vice president biden in ukraine meeting with the president and prime minister, promising u.s. support, but with protesters still demanding independence in the east, will his trip really make a difference? we're live in kiev with the latest, next. [announcer] play close-good and close. help keep teeth clean and breath fresh with beneful healthy smile food. with special crunchy kibbles and great taste, it's a happy way to a healthy smile. beneful healthy smile food and snacks.
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diplomacy in kiev and action or inaction on the part of pro-russian activists in the eastern part of the country. fred? >> reporter: yeah, you're absolutely right. there's really three things going on at the same time. you still have diplomacy between the u.s. and moscow as well. right now, what we're waiting for, john, is a press conference to begin with joe biden as well as the current prime minister of ukraine, aftersenney, where we'll hear about the assistance the u.s. wants to provide to kiev and how the u.s. plans to help them achieve energy independence. because one of the things in the standoff is the fact that ukraine is pretty much dependent on russian gas for its energy needs and the u.s. certainly wants to find ways, also with western europe to counter act that as much as it can. one of the big points that the vice president is going to touch on as well is the fact that he says the ukrainians have to weed
out endemic corruption, present both in the political as well as in the economic process, and then, of course, as you just said, you have that situation in the east, where pro-russian separatists were supposed to vacate buildings that they've been holding for a while as part of that agreement that was reached between the u.s., the russia, the eu and the ukraine last week, and so far, that hasn't happened. there was an incident over the weekend where there was a shoot-out that went on. several people were killed in that. the u.s., of course, also has put forward photos that cnn has obtained that seem to show russian military members on the ground as part of those separatists. so, the situation, if anything, in the east seems to be heating up in this environment that the vice president has landed into to try and find some sort of solution to de-escalate the situation, john. >> potentially embarrassing for the vice president if it deteriorates during his visit there. our fred pleitgen in kiev. thanks so much. an update now on what doctors are calling a medical miracle. this morning, the 16-year-old runaway turned stowaway who hid in the landing gear of a jet and
flew five hours from california to hawaii, well, he is with child welfare services. the 767 soaring to 38,000 feet as exterior temperatures plummeted to well below zero. and miraculously, the teen emerged unharmed. >> he probably became unconscious rather quickly at that elevation, and perhaps with the cold, and if it was in the range of zero to, perhaps, 30 degrees, then, perhaps, he went into this, what we call this slowing down of the machinery state or hibernation, that might have protected him and caused him not to need as much oxygen as normally we would if we were exerting ourselves or even sitting here on tv. >> and police in san jose say they will not pursue charges, that investigators are still trying to figure out how the boy managed to slip past security. >> amazing story of survival, but still filled with plenty of questions. >> oh, definitely, yeah. weather. let's go to weather.
you know, it's spring, right, chad myers? >> it is. you know, we had the polar vortex? now we have like the pollen vortex. >> i can barely see you from here. >> i feel like a tree sitting here. i want to sneeze. >> i need windshield wipers for my eyeballs, honestly. they're so -- the pollen is landing on my coat. but today it gets better. there will be a cold front that comes through, bringing some rain showers, and that rain will wash away the pollen. might even see it in the streets. 70 for a high today in new york city, 77 in d.c. and here we go. there is the front coming through, washing away some of that pollen, if you're suffering. high pressure in control of the rest of the week here, really pretty much, for us. couple stories, one big one, i think. if you're heading out west, a major wind event for vegas, for cedar city, even for parts of l.a. there will be dust in the air out there, and that storm moves to the east tomorrow with some severe weather all the way from nebraska back down into texas. talked about jack. here is where the air search got canceled overnight because of jack itself, and now the underwater search. that's where the bluefin is. that's where we'll see some of
that big weather for today, maybe even some bluefin problems with that, remnants of jack, now only 34 miles per hour, but that's what i've got for you today. >> chad myers, you do know jack. >> i do know that. >> you could say that. >> his last name is daniels. >> very good, ba, bum, bum. very funny. >> chad myers, thanks. european stocks higher after a long weekend, and futures in the u.s. are mostly flat after an update yesterday. no matter what stocks do today, it turns out most americans are still skeptical about the market. in fact, there's a new survey by bank rate that shows that 73% of americans are "not more inclined" to invest in stocks, despite a 30% rally last year, which is just jaw-dropping. only 22% of people said they were more inclined to invest. americans have a history of buying stocks when the market is high and exiting during a downturn, but not investing at all could be bad news for portfolios, too. the s&p 500 has more than doubled in value since bottoming
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. this morning, officials in yemen are trying to make sense of just who was killed in what they called an unpress dependented operation against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. mohammed jamjoom broke the story for us. he is live in washington with the latest. mohammed, what makes this operation so significant? >> reporter: well, alison, nothing of this scale has really been attempted in yemen before. it's not just drones that we're talking about here. this operation has been under way for three days now. it is still ongoing. it's also -- there are boots on the ground in these parts of yemen, actual yemeni commandos going into parts of this country that are real hotbeds of militants, that are controlled by al qaeda, and they're going after high-value targets there. that's just something that the weak central government in yemen hasn't done before. so, it really is a massive scale. you're talking at least 65 al
qaeda-linked militants that have been killed in the past three days in these various provinces. but what's really even more interesting about it is that now that so many of these men have been killed, the hard work for the yemeni government is really beginning, because many bodies have been taken away to different parts of the countries now. dna testing is under way, because what the yemeni government is trying to do is to identify if any very high-value targets, any core leadership people from the al qaeda organization were killed in these strikes, because if that's the case, then there is the possibility that these strikes, that this counterterror operation will be able to actually degrade this group in yemen, which is so strong, which is considered to be the most dangerous wing of the al qaeda network. there's been a lot of speculation these last few days that, perhaps al qaeda's top bomb-maker in yemen, ibrahim al asiri may have been killed, but that's all rumor and speculation at this point. it will be several days before
they figure out who exactly was killed. yemeni officials are happy with how the operation is going thus far, but there needs to be a lot of work to be done. time and again, even after so many years of drone strikes and other counterterror operations that have gone on between the u.s. and yemeni government there in yemen to try to vanquish this organization, the fact of the matter is, the ranks of this organization are still swelled with new recruits every day, it is resurgent, still very strong, and this group has been able to continue to plot attacks against not just yemen, other countries in the region and the u.s. from that area, their hub there in yemen. alison? >> knowing that this organization has been around so long, what about the timing of this operation? why now? >> the timing is very specific. the reason for that, according to my sources in yemen, is because of this videotape that appeared in this past week, that aired on cnn first, which shows top al qaeda leadership meeting in that part of yemen, in shuvwa province. it shows many of the group's leaders sitting pretty, very
comfortable. they're basically showing themselves to be unafraid of the americans and the yemeni government. and because of that, that was a real embarrassment to both the u.s. and to yemeni officials, and there was a decision that was made. they've got to go in, they've got to strike hard, they've got to strike fast, they've got to send a message to aqap that they can't feel this comfortable in yemen. but the fact of the matter is, again, this is a sad realization, but al qaeda in the arabian peninsula does on many occasions feel quite comfortable in yemen. yemen is a very poor country with a weak central government, and that organization has really been able to thrive there, despite years of drone strikes and other type of counterterror operations that go on all the time that are joint efforts between the u.s. and yemen. alison? >> okay, mohammed j.a.m. live from washington. thanks. coming up next, all the developing news overnight, including the search for flight 370, missing now for 46 days. also, the latest on the desperate effort to find survivors in that capsized south korean ferry. we'll tell you all about it
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anger, frustration, 46 days after flight 370 disappeared. this morning, part of the search has been suspended. after nine missions under water have turned up nothing. we're live with the latest on the search and what the families are saying this morning. nearly a week after a ferry capsized, hope for survivors beginning to fade. divers are searching the ship for the nearly 200 still missing, as the ship's operator apologizes and asks for forgiveness. we're live on the coast with the
very latest. a new possible provocation from north korea. new signs this morning that the country is testing its nuclear capabilities on the eve of president obama's visit to asia. welcome back to "early start," everyone. i'm john berman. good to see you this morning. >> and i'm alison kosik. it's half past the hour, and we begin with the first sign that authorities may be re-evaluating the search for flight 370. overnight, a tropical cyclone forced officials to call off the air search, but the underwater search continues, despite growing concern the hunt for flight 370 may be headed back to square one. erin mclaughlin live from perth, australia, this morning. erin, at this point, they're into their ninth, tenth investigation in the water, and it's turned up nothing. where do they go next? >> reporter: hi, alison. well, officials have been discussing sort of a long-term search plan. a u.s. navy official telling cnn that they're talking about the
possibility of a long-term search, in the early stages of planning through july, but all eyes still focused on that bluefin-21. as far as we know, it's still in the water on that tenth dive, and it's in a really critical point in this mission, because this is the place where they feel the most likely area where they're going to find the black box based on a limited set of information or data that they have. now, as of yesterday, it was two-thirds of the way finished searching this area, and officials here in australia say that it could be complete in just a few days. and at that point, they say they're going to stop and reassess and probably broaden out the search area. alison? >> and when they broaden out that search area, what have they got to go on at this point that they maybe didn't have before? is there any new information coming in? >> reporter: well, no new information right now. right now, they're searching based on the best information they say they have. they're looking at the area of
the second ping that was picked up by that towed pinger locator. they're searching in a 6-mile radius around that point. now, once that's exhausted, which, again, australian officials say could happen in the next few days, they may potentially, some analysts say, turn to some of the other points where they picked up those signals. there were three other detections made. they might just broaden out the area in general, possibly along that arc, the half handshake, the so-called half handshake between the inmarsat satellite and the plane before it went down. they might search that entire area. malaysian officials talking about them introducing, or exploring the possibility of introducing even more submersibles, because the more submersibles they can introduce, the larger area in which they can search and the quicker they could potentially find any wreckage. alison? >> all right, erin mclaughlin live from perth, australia. 32 minutes after the hour. a heartbreaking scene in south korea this morning. the death toll from the tragic ferry disaster rising to 108. 194 others are still listed as
missing. divers pulling one lifeless body after another from the water, from the sunken ship. well, devastated families just look on. our nic robertson live from jindo in south korea this morning. and nic, it has been a very, very grim morning there, indeed. >> reporter: it has. it really has. and you can tell that just from sort of the pace at which the bodies are being brought ashore. it really has picked up today. police marine ship after police marine ship pulling into the harborside, unloading the bodies. they're going into a temporary, tented, white mortuary on the harborside. then what we saw were ambulances backing up to the mortuary tent, one, two, three, four at a time, then very slowly, very solemnly, in a very dignified way, stretcher-bearers carrying out each of those bodies, one body into each ambulance. the ambulance is driven away. then more ambulances driven in to take their place to take away more bodies.
so, for the families, a very tough day. for a few families, the events today, the recovery of the bodies may provide the answers that they want, but for so many more families, it's really, really a matter of waiting for the divers who are still aboard the ship. a very, very difficult wait there, down at the third and fourth level aboard the ship working in very difficult conditions, visibility poor. the tides today slightly slacker, but they're facing debris inside that ship that's blocking their way. so, very, very slow, painstaking process aboard the ship and very, very difficult for the families to watch all this unfolding, john. >> nic, what's the status of the investigation right now, particularly concerning the captain and crew of this vessel? >> reporter: well, we know that seven crew members, including the captain, who have been charged, the captain potentially could face life in prison for
abandoning the ship. we have heard from some of the senior crew members, two 1st officers, a chief engineer and one of the 2nd officers was speaking outside a courtroom as they were charged today, describing how this ship had a history of not being able to right itself very easily or very well. they also described how the ship had gone through some extensions. they were asked whether these were legal. the crews said that they didn't know, but the underlying theme of what they were saying was that this ship had problems, and they said when they were steering it on wednesday, when it capsized, that it turned very quickly. no explanation for this so far. and out at sea, the divers focusing on the rescue, rather than investigating the ship to see what they can discover that might lead to a better understanding of what happened. at sea, the focus very much the rescue, but on land, we're beginning to learn those details from those senior crew members. john? >> nic robertson in jindo, south
korea this morning. thanks so much, nic. meantime, there are new worries this morning that north korea could be closer to conducting a nuclear test. let's get to andrew salmon, who's live in seoul. so, let me ask you this. the timing of this, this possible movement from north korea, kind of curious. >> reporter: kind of curious, you're right. what we can say is it's still spring here on the korean peninsula. always a tense time. this is when the south koreans and the u.s. carry out their joint maneuvers. two main exercises are finished, but even today and right through friday, there is the largest ever air defense exercises with aircraft from both the u.s. and south korea drilling in the skies above the peninsula. so, the north koreans are extremely sensitive to this, and we've seen on north korean news today kim jong-un himself visiting a north korean air unit and encouraging them to be prepared to defend their country. but of course, also in even
bigger news, u.s. president barack obama will be traveling through the region. he's arriving in south korea on friday, leaving saturday. and the north korean foreign ministry have been berating this trip using a lot of rhetoric, including saying this will bring dark clouds of a nuclear arms race to the region. a lot of doomsday rhetoric. but whether, of course, they're prepared to detonate a nuclear device in an underground test site in north korea while the president is actually in or on the ground, that would be even by north korean standards an extraordinary provocation. >> okay, andrew salmon live from seoul, thanks. and as andrew said, the latest possible provocation from north korea comes as president obama is set to visit the region, leaving today for a trip that will take him to malaysia, the philippines, japan and south korea. but he'll stop first in washington state to meet with families impacted by a deadly mudslide northeast of seattle. the death toll in that slide now stands at 41. about 37 minutes after the hour right now.
chad myers here, bravely entering the studio, despite the allergies trying to hold him back. >> yeah, i can see it in the air. literally, you can see the dust flying around, but it's going to get better today because there's rain on the way. there is rain in buffalo already, moving to pittsburgh, all the way down to atlanta. so, if you're suffering out there, it does get better, at least some of the pollen gets washed away. beautiful day in the city today, high of 70. 77 in d.c., 74 in atlanta. a pretty decent day to fly up and down the east coast. it will get bumpy later today, probably around 6:00 or 7:00. could see some bumps up and down the east coast. now, it will be bumpy all day in the west. there's just going to be major, just huge turbulence out here, so expect that if you're flying over the rockies. high wind warnings for the desert southwest. could be 60 to 70-mile-per-hour winds there and dust in the air. that storm moves to the east for tomorrow, making severe weather across the midwest, from nebraska down to texas. talked about jack here. jack kind of hindering the surface search yesterday. 35 miles per hour right now. yesterday at this time, though, it was 85, so this storm is
dying. >> all right, chad myers. thanks so much for a look of the weather, here and off the coast of australia as well. and this morning, the u.s. is promising more support to ukraine. vice president biden is in kiev for critical meetings with the interim government, but will it be enough to sway tensions with russia? we're live with the latest. thank you! thank you! dedicated bankers born to go the extra mile. you've been such a big help. it's what i like to do. so you can choose a bank where helping people comes first. chase. so you can. a short word that's a tall order. up your game. up the ante. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we ought to know.
welcome back to "early start," everyone. at this moment, vice president biden is meeting with ukraine's top leaders in kiev. it's a show of support for that country's embattled interim government. but in the eastern part of ukraine, pro-russian gunmen not letting up one bit, seizing more government buildings in a dozen cities and towns. want to bring in fred pleitgen right now live from kiev. fred, give us an update on the goal of these meetings amidst this chaos, really, in the eastern part of the country. >> reporter: yeah, chaos is exactly the right word. one of the things they'll be talking about, top-level
ukrainian politicians as well as joe biden, will be the situation in the east of the country. and apparently, what the acting president of ukraine told the vice president was that he believes that the russians have already breached that geneva agreement that was reached between the u.s., the eu, russia, as well as ukraine last week. they say that because these pro-russian separatist groups have taken additional buildings instead of vacating all the buildings that they could and disarming, they feel the agreement's been breached, and the ukrainians for their part are saying they will react accordingly. so, certainly a very volatile situation that the vice president has landed into. he's walking a very fine line diplomatally, where on the one hand, the u.s., as you know, has threatened additional sanctions against moscow if it doesn't de-escalate in the coming days. but of course, the u.s. always wants to keep those diplomatic channels with moscow open. at the same time, the u.s. wants to prop up the government here in kiev. a couple things we expect to hear out of the press conference that was supposed to start minutes ago -- we're now hearing they're running quite late -- is
that the u.s. wants to offer economic assistance and technical assistance and help ukraine achieve energy security, because they are very dependent on russian gas, and that's certainly something that the russians have been using as a weapon in this standoff that they have with ukraine. >> fred, i want to talk about the pro-russian militants right now in the eastern part of ukraine who have taken over these government buildings. they have shown to be very unresponsive to both the ukrainian government and to the united states as well. has russia, has moscow, has vladimir putin shown any inclination right now to get those pro-russian militants to move? >> reporter: zero at this point. in fact, one of the things that we seem to see is that on the one hand, those pro-russian militants are saying that they don't feel bound by that agreement that was reached. they say it was not signed on their behalf. in fact, they're calling for the government here in kiev to resign before they will lay down their weapons. and the russians for their part seem to have a completely different interpretation of that
agreement than the west does and that the u.s. does. they say they have to get out of those buildings immediately. the russians say that if the pro-russian protesters are supposed to vacate buildings in the eastern part of the country, they want the square behind me, the midon, where of course, the revolution took place a few months ago, they want that square to be cleared as well. the russians also saying ukrainian groups who have taken up arms need to lay down the arms before the pro-russian protesters are set to do that. so, there is still a lot of disagreement between the u.s. and russia. there was a phone call last night between russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and john kerry, and quite frankly, that did not lead to very much. so, the two sides still very far apart and there really isn't any sign, especially in the east of this country, that there's any de-escalation. the u.s. know that any de-escalation has to come from moscow and be initiated by moscow, john. >> rather ominous words from fred pleitgen in kiev, who says there's been zero movement toward any diplomatic solution in eastern part of the country. fred, thank you very much.
>> and whether vice president biden can even make any headway. >> he's there, but what can he produce while there? >> exactly. coming up on "new day," kate bolduan. >> good morning both of you. we're tracking the late yelsst e search for flight 370. the underwater bluefin-21 sub is back in the water scanning the ocean floor but so far has yet to turn up any sign of the plane. if the bluefin's search doesn't yield any results, the big question is, what happens next? they are going to start that conversation, they say, and how to plan for a long-term search and what that would mean for all of the resources at hand. we're also going to be live on the ground in south korea, where the death toll is rising again this morning in that deadly ferry accident. the disaster raises really new worries this morning about passenger ferries worldwide, including here in the united states. are they regulated enough to keep travelers safe? our maritime experts are going to be weighing in, something probably everyone should listen to, unfortunately. john and alison? >> look forward to seeing that,
despite the tone, i think. kate, great to see you this morning. >> thanks, guys. >> we'll be tuning in. meanwhile, 46 minutes after the hour, he is lucky to be alive. a 16-year-old stowaway who hid inside a wheel well on a flight from california to hawaii. this morning, we're taking a closer look at how he survived being 38,000 feet up in the air. that's 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. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks.
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no charges this morning for a 16-year-old from california who hopped a jet from california to hawaii, riding in the 767's wheel well alongside the landing gear. doctors are calling it a medical miracle, since in past cases, people who tried hiding in these wheel wells have died of hypothermia or oxygen deprivation, or they've just fallen out of the jet. but this 16-year-old somehow emerged unharmed, perhaps in a way thanks to the cold temperatures.
>> he probably became unconscious rather quickly at that elevation. and perhaps with the cold, and if it was in the range of zero to perhaps 30 degrees, then perhaps he went into what we call this slowing down of the machinery state or hibernation that might have protected him and caused him not to need as much oxygen as normally we would if we were exerting ourselves or even sitting here on tv. >> breaking into the airport and hiding in that plane, of course, against the law, but police in san jose say the boy will not face charges. investigators are still trying to find out how he managed to slip past security there. this morning tests are under way to figure out just who was killed in what officials call an unprecedented operation in yemen, targeting al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. some 65 suspected militants were targeted, but it's not clear yet if any top-level operatives were killed. a yemeni official tells cnn that
the operation is a joint effort with the u.s., which blames al qaeda in the arabian peninsula for a string of recent plots. this morning officials in salt lake city trying to figure out what caused a man to charge a witness inside a federal courtroom. a u.s. marshal fatally shot siale angilau, a reputed gang member, when he reportedly grabbed a pen and charged at the witness, who was testifying about gang life. angilau was facing racketeering charges. he was shot multiple times and died at the hospital. the judge has declared a mistrial. we could soon find out more about the obama administration's legal reasoning for killing an american citizen overseas. a federal appeals court has told the justice department to release key parts of a classified memo used to justify the killing of anwar al awlaki. intelligence officials say he was a member of al qaeda and killed him in a 2011 targeted strike in yemen. the judges said the administration could no longer claim privacy, since it has talked openly about the killing,
and even issued a white paper defending the attack. it's unclear when or if the memo may be made public. two planned executions in oklahoma now on hold after the state supreme court stepped in to a battle over the source of the state's lethal injection drugs. the inmates, clayton lockett and charles warner, challenged the constitutionality of a law allowing the state to keep the source of those drugs secret. both men have been convicted of rape and murder, and the state says they will die. it's just a matter of how and when. a federal appeals court has now been asked to weigh in on the legality of the faa's ban on private drones. a texas-based group that searches for missing people wants the right to use unmanned aircraft in its searches, saying the faa has no authority to ban them. an administrative law judge ruled last month that the agency couldn't find a videographer for using a drone because it was essentially a model airplane. the faa is appealing that ruling. coming up, did big tech firms conspire to control each other's hiring practices? we're going to have details of
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higher right now. futures in the u.s. are mostly flat. one story everyone in silicon valley is watching closely, the alleged hiring conspiracy among big tech firms. a class-action lawsuit accuses a handle of big-name tech firms, including google, apple and intel of agreeing not to poach each other's employees as a way of keeping those employees' salaries low. what's more, the suit names steve jobs as the ringleader of all this. there are new documents that were just revealed that show jobs e-mailing google chairman eric schmidt after a google recruiter contacted an apple employee. jobs wrote, "i would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this." the google recruiter was fired. other e-mails show executives trying to convince facebook to join the scheme. the case is set to go to trial in may. and what's interesting with this case, a lot of it's going to be based on actual e-mails from these top executives, like steve jobs and eric schmidt and, you know, the intel executives, all
their e-mails going back and forth, with the smiley faces and everything. >> really intrigue there. >> yeah. >> at the very high levels of silicon valley. >> all to keep salaries depressed. tech workers are say 'wait a minute, mm-mmm, we're owed more. and it kind of underscores how tough it is to find top talent for these companies and how competitive they are. >> any sense they might settle before going to full trial? >> good question. we'll see what happens. >> all right. that is all for us this morning. great to have you with us. "new day" starts right now. happening now, part of the search for miss flight 370 has been suspended as the temp under water mission has been under way with the clock ticking and still no sign of the missing plane. are they close to calling off the search? breaking over night. new signs, north korea is testing its nuclear capability. is the reclusive regime planning to launch a nuclear test? all of this happening on the eve of president obama's trip to the region. security breach.
how did this teenager get by security, hide in"side a plane's wheel well on a five-hour flight to hawaii and survive? doctors say it's amazing he's alive. your "new day" starts right your "new day" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morven morning. welcome to "new day." 6:00 in the east. overnight, a cyclone forcing authorities to call off the air search for 370. the undergoing search is on going as the bluefin-21 begins its tenth mission. no sign of the plane, the question is what will happen next? certainly uncertain right now. cnn's erin mclaughlin is in perth with more. erin? >> good morning, chris. four military planes were actually in the air today despite difficult even