tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN October 24, 2014 1:00am-2:01am PDT
breaking overnight, ebola in new york city. the deadly virus now in the nation's largest metropolitan area. the victim on the subway, in a bowling alley, with friends just hours before the symptoms surfaced. health care workers and city officials now tracking his every move since returning from west africa. >> new york police on high alert investigating possible links to terrorism after a man attacks police officers with a hatchet. new information on a gunman who killed a canadian soldier. his disturbing and troubling
past exposed. could this tragedy have been prevented? good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. christine romans is on assignment. it is 4:00 am in the east. ebola in new york. an american doctor who volunteered for doctors without borders in guinea is in a new york hospital with a disease. dr. craig spencer received a positive test for ebola thursday night. he was rushed by ambulance from his new york apartment into isolation at manhattan's bellevue hospital. officials are traying his fairly extensive movements in the hours before the diagnosis. out in public at a bowling alley, in a park, restaurant, subway, taxi. public officials called a news conference overnight in an effort to alay fears.
>> there is no reason for new yorkers to be alarmed. new yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at risk. >> we have had a full, coordinated effort that has been working night and day, coordinating city, state and local resources, coordinating and drilling from airports to transportations to subway stations, to ambulances, to hospitals. so, we are as ready as one could be for this circumstance. >> training for this in new york city for weeks and weeks. poppy harlow is at bellevue hospital with the latest on this story. >> reporter: good morning, john. this is where the 33-year-old dr. craig spencer is being treated for ebola, the first ebola case in the united states. we know he came to new york back from guinea, he came here
october 17th. on the 21st, he began to feel sluggish, but that's all we're told. thursday morning between 10:00 and 11:00 am eastern time, he started to develop that significant fever, nausea, pain, fatigue, those symptoms of ebola. he immediately contacted authorities. he was transported by ambulance with full protective gear, the premiere hospital in this city set to deal with any possible ebola cases just like this. we're told by the mayor of new york city it went smoothly, seamlessly. he was taken directly into isolation, where he has been ever since. some significant developments we can tell you about. officials say he was in direct contact with just four people, one his fiance, two very close friends of his. all three of those people are in quarantine at this time. also in contact with a cab driver, who drove him at one point. they do not think, though, that
that cab driver needs to be in isolation at this point. we also know as recently as wednesday evening, he was out and about in new york city. he went bowling in williamsburg, brooklyn. we're also told that he went to a public park here in new york city called the high line, to a restaurant. he has been out. he has not been in isolation. though they say he has tried to stay at home, in his apartment as much as possible. he is cooperating completely, telling all of the officials everywhere he has been, who he has been in contact with. they're tracing his movements to his metro card. two priorities here. one is to treat him, cure him and save his life. the other priority here is to make sure that ebola is contained and does not spread in new york city. the message from officials, the mayor of new york city to the governor of new york, to new yorkers is do not panic. you are safe, saying that the more you know, the less you should panic. it is very hard to contract ebola. and they want new yorkers to know they can take the subway
and proceed, knowing the likelihood of new yorkers catching ebola is extraordinarily slim at this hour. jo jo john? >> panic is not the answer here. thanks to poppy harlow. governor cuomo will be on "new day" in the 7:00 am hour to talk about the response to ebola here in new york. a confirmed case in a 2-year-old girl in mali. world health organization says she was brought there by neighboring guinea after her father died. in spain, five people being monitored for possible exposure to ebola are out of a madrid hospital. they include a cleaning lady. 15 specialists are expected to arrive in liberia to help build
and operate ebola treatment centers there. other news, big news. huge new concern for new york police this morning, and new terror fears. attack on a group of officers by a man with a hatchet. surveillance video shows the man charging police with a weapon. two were struck, one in the head, in critical condition now. the others shot and killed the attacker. police are investigating any possible links to terrorism and are on high alert for so-called lone wolf attacks. let's get more from jim sciutto. >> brazen attack in broad daylight in queens new york, new york city. police officers walking on the street had paused to take a photograph when this man came out, swinging a hatchet and attacked them. one of them hit in the arm. he was injured. another hit in the back of the
head, critically injured. we now have learned new details of the attacker, zale thompson, 32 years old. he had a criminal record in california, we're told, and discharged from the navy for misconduct. what's truly concerning police is they looked at his social media, postings on facebook, youtube and found signals there this is possibly tied to recently calls by extremist groups to attack members of law enforcement, soldiers, like those attacks we saw in canada earlier this week. and to demonstrate their concern, new york city police have issued a bulletin to all police officers there now, saying that they should have a heightened level of awareness against random attacks reich this one. this is a kind of attack that intelligence officials here have been telling me that they have been concerned for some time that this might happen. of course, the problem is, they're very difficult to prevent because they are lone wolf attacks.
the attacker may not tell anybody else that he is planning it, as you saw here, just a hatchet. that's the only weapon he had. enough to attack, as we saw in canada. shooting on wednesday, a gun. earlier in the week, it was a car, using a car to attack a soldier. john? >> thanks to jim sciutto for that. jim mentioned of the attack in ottawa. we are learning more about the gunman that shot a soldier and then was kill ed himself by a police officer. michael zehaf-bibeau told a psychiatrist that he wanted to go to jail because it was his only way to break his habit of cocaine. >> people coming to the national war memorial to honor the life of the young soldier, 24 years
old, shot and killed here on wednesday. now we're learning more about the man who killed him, identified as michael zehaf-bibeau. he had online interactions with islamist jihadist but apparently he had a low profile. he does have a criminal record involving drugs and violence and authorities had some suspicions about him but he was not being investigated as someone who was a high risk. he was not classified as an important threat. he came to ottawa october 2nd, was in the process of applying for a passport. what prompted wednesday's attack is unclear. he fired at least two shots at cirillo. he got into his car, drove to the parliament building. we got to see firsthand where he apparently burst through the doors, right through the hall of honor, where members of parliament, even the prime
minister, were caucusing. he hid in an alcove behind an arch near the library. that's when we're told the sergeant in arms, kevin vickers, reportedly grabbed a gun from his office just along the corner and crawled along the wall to get into a position to shoot, killing the gunman. he is now being hailed a hero. vickers led this ceremonial parade down the hall of honor. it's a daily ritual, we're told. lawmakers here at the parliament building are telling us they are determined to move forward. they will not be stopped by fear. they want to act on courage and strength and have a steadfast resolve to ensure that the bad guy does not win. swron? >> thanks, ana cabrera, for that report. ebola taking center stage between the two candidates for u.s. senate.
republican scott brown blasting the president for the handling of the outbreak of the ebola virus in the united states. and calling tore faith in the health system. >> we need to do a travel ban. it makes sense to do a travel ban so that anyone in an infe infected country obviously would come back and get screen. >> if the experts tell us that's what we need to do and that's workable, that's what we should support. but i'm not willing to tell the experts that this is what we have to do. >> the world series back on tap tonight in san francisco. royals and giants play game three. the series is tied a game a piece after the first two games in kansas city. giants won the opener, 7-1. royals took the second game 7-2. games three, four and five will be played in san francisco. let's get a check of the weather with chad myers. chad? a very good morning to you.
weather a little bit better in the northeast today. the farther you go north and east, the worse it gets. better in new york city, philadelphia, even connecticut, so on, as the storm finally will move away through the midwest and more heavy rainfall for the northwest. couple of showers across south florida as well. 79 will be the high in miami. 81 in kansas city for today. 64 in chicago and 64 in new york. that storm across the northeast is long gone. completely out of here and no more effects from that. no more travel problems as well. that's the good news. couple of showers for the midwest, ontario and quebec. that's about it. heavy rainfall, another batch of heavy rain into the pacific northwest. third one in a series of what will be five storms in a row. 65 in new york for your saturday. pleasant 76 with sunshine in atlanta. guys, back to you. >> thank you so much, chad. a mammoth donation from
microsoft billionaire paul allen. $100 million to fight ebola, quadruples an earlier pledge. money will go to agencies like the cdc, world health organization and to projects like ones that evacuate infected health care workers. allen is the largest donor in the fight right now against the deadly disease. we'll have more details on this first ebola case in new york throughout the morning. meanwhile, the battle for kobani rages on. kurdish fighters continue to fight for control of that key city. and now there is word that new help is on the way. stay with us.
troops to pass through turkey to aid in the battle to save the besieged city. the pentagon says u.s. jets conducting more air strikes against isis and iraq in syria, including four near kobani. this took out isis fighting positions, vehicle and a command and control center. cnn's nick paton walsh is standing by for us on the border between turkey and syria. what's the latest this morning? >> reporter: well, as you mentioned, they're not en route at all. their numbers still aren't known. they are, it seems, needed down here. we are seeing a situation on the ground which you could interpret as the kurds being increasingly confident. over to the west we saw yesterday that isis had moved toward a key hill there, perhaps even taken it. as dusk fell, an enormous air
strike flattened their position there. it's not clear whether actually the kurds have purposely withdrawn to draw them into an ambush with the kurdish flag back on top of that hill, clear control to that strategic west. over to the far east, that's where we're hearing more consistent clashes today, one fighter inside saying that's where a lot of fighting has happened. isis has tried to push in. what is clear on the ground is the center of the city, as it stands at the moment, seems comparatively quiet. resupplied in the last few days by the american air drop may have more ammunition to hold the ground they have, but clearly will want the heavy weapons that these kurdish peshmerga fighters have brought with them if this is approved. isis clearly not giving up on their goal of taking it. kurds still able to hold their ground. john? >> until those troops arrive from iraq, nick, it is just talk. i am sure the kurdish forces inside kobani want more than
just talk. nick paton walsh for us. thank you, nick. the fbi is sounding an alarm for news agencies about the threat to journalists from isis militants. they say they received credible information that members from the isis terror group have been tasked with kidnapping journalists and taking them to syria. seeking to retaliate against the united states for air strikes have identified journalists in the region as desirable targets. after weeks of air strikes, the u.s. is trying to hit isis in the wallet. anti-terrorism chief david cohen says the u.s. is working to cut off its flow of cash, including almost $1 million a day in black market oil sales. cohen was asked by cnn's jim acosta about targeting those involve involved. >> what's different now frankly
is that the oil that previously had moved through these smuggling networks, we now know that that oil finds its origin with isil. anyone involved in the sale of this oil, frankly, assisting isil. funding isil. >> cohen says isis is probably the wealthiest terrorist organization the united states has ever confronted. he is also calling on foreign governments to refuse ransom payments for hostages, which netted isis $20 million this year. terror group boka haram, isl islamists kidnapped school girls. claims that more than 200 kidnapped girls kidnapped in april by boko haram will soon be
released. they were supposed to be set freebie alleged cease fire that had been brokered but boko haram had never said that was a deal at all. and no one has been released. we are bringing you the latest on the first ebola case in new york. how a small plane and helicopter collided at an airport in maryland, leaving three dead. we'll have all the details. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company.
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three people were killed, two injured after a small plane and helicopter slammed into each other in maryland, shortly before 4:00 thursday afternoon near frederick municipal airport. all of the people aboard the chopper were killed. the two passengers on the plane were treated at a hospital and were released. a bench warrant has been issued for the main suspect in the disappearance of hannah graham in connection with a 2005 rape case in northern virginia. jesse matthew currently being held on the charges of abducting graham. remains were found saturday but they have not yet been identified. adoptions by gay couples in utah moving forward this morning. the supreme court lifted a stay on thursday, which barred the state health department by finalizing adoption by same-sex
couples. the move comes after the supreme court refused to step in by ongoing gay marriage lawsuits that allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in 11 states, including utah, which previously had barred same-sex adoption. new york city now has its first confirmed case of ebola. breaking overnight. a doctor testing positive for the deadly virus after -- a day after riding mass transit, a day after going to a bowling alley. we have the very latest, coming up.
breaking news this morning. ebola now confirmed in new york city. a doctor in isolation and three others quarantined, including his fiance. questions about extensive movements hours before his diagnosis. a vicious attack on new york police. why officials feel the unprovoked hatchet attack might be terror related. and a hero's welcome to the man credited for stopping what could have been even more bloodshed inside canada's parliament. plus details of the gunman's checkered past and possible ties to terrorism. christine romans is on assignment. breaking news overnight, ebola in new york. american doctor who volunteered for doctors without borders in guinea is in a new york hospital this morning with ebola. dr. craig spencer received a positive test for the virus
thursday night after he was rushed by ambulance into isolation at bellevue, a hospital here in manhattan. officials are now tracing his fairly extensive movements in the hours before the diagnosis out in public at a bowling alley, park, restaurant, subway, taxi. public officials called a news conference last night in an effort to alay fears into what they call -- >> there is no reason for new york ers to be alarmed. new yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at all at risk. we have had a full, coordinated effort that has been working, literally, night and day, coordinating city, state and federal resources, coordinating and drilling from airports to transportations to subway stations to ambulances, to
hospitals. so, we are as ready as one could be for this circumstance. >> there are some pictures circulating this morning from outside spencer's apartment building in harlem that appear to show police officers tossing some protective equipment, gloves, masks, caution tape in open air reseptember alcoholles. we don't know the context fully of these pictures. that aside, cnn's miguel marquez is at spencer's apartment building. >> this is the apartment of dr. craig spencer. they've sealed off that apartment. we don't expect anybody to thaent and certainly nobody to exit it until health officials get in there and figure out they need to sanitize anything or need anything else from the apartment, either from the doctor or to destroy it. also in this neighborhood throughout the day, health
workers doing two things, informing residents here both in spanish and english how exactly it is that one gets ebola, what you have to be concerned with. the other thing they're doing is taking down information from anyone who may have come in contact with dr. spencer. folks up and down this neighborhood, you show them the picture, they know the guy very quickly, but health officials twoont know if there was any heavier contact with the doctor. now that there's that positive result, they may need to be in contact with some folks just to make sure that they are doing okay. folks in the neighborhood for much of the day didn't seem to care very much that this was going on. once that positive result came back, though, police presence went up a bit. taking pictures of the buildings, expressing concern, in some cases shock that ebola had come to their backyard, to their doorstep. people in the building now saying they're going to take more precautions, be more aware of their own health and if
there's anything they can do to prevent getting this disease. john? >> thank you, miguel marquez at the apartment of dr. krg spencer in manhattan this morning. governor cuomo will be on "new day" at 7:00 to talk about the response to ebola in new york city. making an appearance in a different african nation. confirmed case in a 2-year-old girl in mali. world health organization say says she was brought there from neighboring new guinea after her father died. she is now in the hospital. out of a madrid hospital, hospital source says they include a doctor, cleaning lady, two beauty salon workers and a friend of ebola survivor teresa romera ramos. 15 specialists are expected to arrive in liberia today to help build and operate ebola
treatment centers there. huge new concern for new york police, different concern, terror fears. major concerns about an attack on a group of officers by a man with a hatchet. this surveillance video shows the man charging police with the weapon. two officers were struck, one in the head in critical condition. police are investigating any possible links to terrorism. and they have been on high alert for so-called lone wolf attacks. let's get more now from jim sciutto. >> this was a brazen attack in broad daylight in queens new york, new york city. four police officers, new york city police officer walking on the street had paused to take a photograph when this man came out, swinging a hatch et and attacked them. one hit in the back of the head, critically injured.
the attack identified by police as zale thompson, 32 years old. he was also discharged from the navy for misconduct. what is truly concerning police at this point is they looked at his social media, facebook posts, postings on youtube and found signals that led them to believe this is possibly tied to calls by extremists to attack law enforcement. a heightened level of awareness against random attacks like this one. this is a kind of attack that intelligence officials here have been telling me they've been concerned for some time that this might happen. of course, the problem is they're very difficult to prevent because they are lone wolf attacks. the attacker may not tell anybody else that he is planning it. as you saw here, just a hatchet.
that's the only weapon he had. enough to attack, as we saw in canada. earlier in the week, using a car to attack a soldier. heightened alert for these attacks. jim? >> we are learning much more about the gunman behind that attack in ottawa in canada that killed a -- he once told a psychiatrist that he wanted to go to prison because it was the only way to break his addiction to crack. >> reporter: there has been a steady stream of people coming heefr to the national war memorial and to honor the life of corporal nathan cirillo, shot and killed here on wednesday. now we're learning more about the man who killed cirillo.
he has been identified as michael zehaf-bibeau, islamic convert. he had online interactions with islamic jihadists. apparently he had a low profile. he does have a criminal record involving drugs and violence and authorities had some suspicions about him but he was not being investigated as someone who was a high risk. not among the 90 people classified as an important threat. he came to ottawa october 2nd, in the process of applying for a passport and had possible plans to go to syria. what prompted wednesday's attack is unclear. we learn he fired two shots at cirillo. he drove to the parliament building. we got a chance to see firsthand where he apparently burst through the doors, ran right down the hall of honor, even where the prime minister were caucusing. gun shots rang out. eventually he stopped at the end of a hallway, hid in an alcove.
the sergeant in arms, kevin vickers, reportedly grabbed a gun from his office, just around the corner, and crawled along the wall to get into a position to shoot, killing the gunman. he is now being hailed a hero. vickers, in fact, led the ceremonial parade down the hall of honor. a daily ritual, we're told. he was given a standing ovation by members of parliament to start their day. they are telling us they are determined to move forward. they will not be stopped by fear. they want to act on courage and strength and have a steadfast resolve to ensure that the bad guy does not win. john? >> thanks to ana cabrera for that report. contentious debate in new hampshire where ebola took center stage between the two candidates for u.s. senate, scott brown blasting the president's handling of the virus in the united states. that, as democratic incumbent
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new help appears to be on the way for kurdish fighters trying to fight off isis. allowing 200 iraqi kurdish troops peshmerga to pass through. including four near kobani took out isis-fighting positions. a vehicle, a command in control center. nick paton walsh is on the border and we'll check in with him for an update in just a bit. sounding an alarm for news organizations about the threat to journalists from isis militants. officials say they received credible information that members of an isis linked terror
group have been tasked with kidnapping journalists and taking them to syria. isis reporters seeking to retaliate against the u.s. have identified journalists in the region as desirable targets. the air strikes in and around that city continue as iraqi kurdish troops to lift the siege. any sign of those reinforcements, nick? >> reporter: at this stage, no. speaking to those in northern iraq, they say the technical discussions about how, when, who, and how many are still ongoing. more optimistic, though, is the political head of the syrian kurds, fighting to hold kobani. one of them just said to us it's possible we could see them in the next 24 hours. it could take days, though. no concrete timetable.
a recognition, too, if those peshmerga do come in, it won't be with ceremony and fanfare. they'll probably make the announcement that they have arrived after they're already inside. we're hearing jets around us and seeing a lot of the clashes now focused on the east and south of the city. that's been where isis have had their strongholds most forcefully in the past few weeks and out to the west where they appeared to make a flourish yesterday, trying to take a strategic hill firmly back in kurdish control and 20 isis fighters were killed by a combination of clashes and the massive coalition air strike we saw land on top of that hill as dusk fell yesterday. the kurds say they sound increasingly confident. they've had that resupply. they apparently feel bolstered by the notion that the peshmerga are en route. we've heard skepticism that if
they even arrive at all but certainly the case that they feel more confident holding kobani. the fight certainly not over yet. john? >> nick paton walsh, thank you very much. trying to hit isis in the wallet. anti-terrorism chief david cohen says the u.s. is working to cut off its flow of cash, including $1 million a day in black market oil sales. at a briefing, he was asked by cnn's jim acosta about targeting those involved. >> what's different now, frankly, is that the oil that had previously moved through is isil. anyone participating in the sale of this oil is assisting isil. >> probably the wealthiest terror organization the u.s. has ever confronted.
calling on foreign governments to refuse ransom payments for hostages, allowing them to net $20 million so far this year. a purported deal between boka haram and the nigerian government is in doubt after they kidnapped 60 young women and girls from villages in the north of that country. that's according to residents in those villages. the abductions raise serious doubts about nigerian government claims that more than 200 girls kidnapped in april by boka haram, will be released. they were supposed to be set freebie a cease fire touted by government officials. unclear whether that cease fire actually existed. boko haram never claimed there was a deal. what caused a small plane and helicopter to collide mid air in maryland? we'll have that and much more coming up.
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time now for an early start on your money. gains put the market on track for its best week in almost two ye years. where did that come from? stocks were boost by global manufacturing data as well as strong corporate earnings. pushing the average up by as much as 300 points yesterday. the dow did pull back a bit closing 216 points higher. nasdaq and s&p 500 finished up more than 1%. stock futures right now are lower, as investors wait for more corporate report cards. procter & gamble, ford, colgate issuing statements before the bell. sears is breaking out the going out of business signs, 77 sears and kmart stores shutting
their doors taking 350 jobs with them. most of these stores will be closed by christmas. serious sign because holiday sales are the cornerstone for a retailer for the year. fitch ratings recently suggested that sears holdings did not have the cash to continue beyond next year. new york brewery is about to feel the full power of the force. lucas film is suing a brewery against one of its signature beers, empire strikes bock. get it? the strikes bock layinger has been around seven years. lucas film fired against the brewery when it tried to trademark the beer. in the filing, it claimed that
the beer could be right now. breaking overnight ebola in new york. the deadly virus now in the nation's biggest city. the patient on the subway, in a bowling alley with friends hours before the symptoms surfaced. city officials and health care officials tracking his every move. new york police on high alert this morning. investigating possible links to terrorism after a man attacked officers with a hatchet. new details this morning of the gunman who killed the canadian soldier. his disturbing and troubling past exposed. could have the tragedy have been prevented? good morning, welcome to "early start." chri it's friday, october 24