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breeging overnight, a flurry of activity. a huge police presence in one area. are authorities finally closer to capturing these convicts? charleston healing this morning as investigators dig into what motivated a young white man to open fire on a black church killing nine. now the debate over the confederate flag flying at the south carolina statehouse. that debate heating up. is it time for that flag to go? good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start"." i'm john berman.
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>> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. breaking right now, we have our eye on an unexpected overnight activity in the hunt for the two escaped killers from maximum security prison. possible sightings have officers chasing richard matt and david sweat on opposite ends of new york state. just hours ago there was a possible new sighting near owl's head about 20 miles west of the prison in dan know morrah. new york state police are on the scene with command post, atvs and help from vermont tactical troopers. while that was happening, a search in friendship near the border in pennsylvania that wrapped up overnight and there is new information on the investigation into the escape itself. a correction's officer at the prison is being questioned. a lawyer tells cnn that police interviewed the guard on sunday for 14 hours. for the latest let's turn to cnn's sara ganim in dan know morrah. >> reporter: john and christine, it seems the investigation is now focused on the paintings
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that richard matt was making behind bars. we already know prison seamstress joyce mitchell received one of those paintings. she was charged with helping those two men escape by providing them the tools they used to break out, and now we've learned that 57-year-old male prison guard gene palmer also on the honor block where those two men were housed he received one of those paintings as welch his attorney telling cnn that that is the focus of the investigation into him. the focus of the interviews that police searched his home. they wanted to talk to him about that painting about his relationship with those two men and with skbrois mitchell as well. he had daily and constant contact with them. because he was a guard, he tried to have a good working relationship with the inmates for safety reasons.
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his attorney told me 100% he denies any knowledge of the escape plan. take a listen to what he told me. >> i can 100% confirm that he did not know that they were plan being to break out of the prison. these two people are psycho paths. they are master manipulators. they're obviously in prison for life so they have nothing but time to develop schemes to take advantage of innocent people. >> reporter: his lawyer said gene palmer was on vacation the night that those two inmates escaped. he lives only a few blocks from the prison. he was scared because he did know the two inmates and that people inside the prison could not believe that something like this could happen. he tells me that he's continuing to cooperate, that he plans to cooperate as long as investigators need him to that he wants to be exonerated because he believes that he did
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nothing wrong. john and christine. >> sara ganim for us in dannemora. overnight, thousands of people join hands in south carolina. a 21-year-old gunned down 9 people in a black church last week. 10 to 15,000 people formed a unity chain. we're learning more about the gunman's motives for the shooting. officials investigated the 2,000 word racist manifesto that appears on a website registered to dylann roof. >> reporter: john and christine, even though that manifesto surfaced online, the focus is the 9 lives that were lost. the manifesto is about 2,000 words long. it has very inflammatory language, not just about blacks but about other minorities. the manifesto was published on a
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website that was registered to dylann roof. it talks about a possible turning point citing the trayvon martin case as a catalyst for change with roof and perhaps what fueled what happened. and also talks about why charleston was chosen as a target. i want to read part of it to you. the manifesto says ends with i have no choice. i am not in a position to go alone in the ghetto and fight. i chose charleston because it is the most historic city in my state and at one time it had the highest ratio of blacks to white. we have no skinheads, no kkk, no one doing anything other than talking on the internet. someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world and i guess that has to be me. cnn has not been able to independently confirm that dylann roof was the author of that manifesto, but it was published on a website that was registered to him. we do know the fbi is carefully looking at that document.
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jon and christine? >> the focus in charleston this morning is on the nine people killed in this horrific attack as it should be. the community came together at emanuel a.m.e. to remember and look forward. martin savidge has that story. >> reporter: jon and christine, the church was filled to capacity and beyond. many people felt they had to be there. the couple i was sitting next to said they were simply walking by and felt compelled to walk into the church. on the other side of them was a woman whose family has been attending this church for over 100 years. a very mixed kind of congregation. initially people were nervous. security was tight. uniformed police officers were patrolling in the outer aisles. there were some nerves. then the grand organ played choir began to sing and it just felt right. much of this service was very normal normal in the sense of similar kind of hymns you would
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have the kind of prayers you would have. it was deliberately meant to be that way, to deliver back the sense of community and church after so much tragedy, but you couldn't help but notice and certainly for the congregation there were 9 faces not there including their own reverend. at times you saw this congregation up on its feet dancing in the pews celebrating the life. at other times you could see people collapsed under the weight of grief. when that happened other members would come over and gently sit next to them put an arm around them or in some cases actually love them and hold them close. it was very very powerful but i think also too, people were wondering if they were going to talk about other issues that have been raised by this tragedy. in the sermon the reverend said this was not the time. >> there is a time and place for everything. >> amen. >> and now it's a time for us to focus on the 9 families.
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oh i know i'm right. because at this time we need to be in solidarity and praying for families and our communities around this state, and particularly in charleston. >> after the service was over i asked a woman if it had helped her, and she said it did. but as a long-time member of the congregation she said the pain runs so very very deep. jon and christine. >> all right. martin, thank you for that. in the wake of the tragedy there are growing calls to remove the confederate flag flying on the grounds of south carolina statehouse. charleston mayor joseph riley explained the controversy to cnn's jay tapper. >> it sends mixed messages and at worst, hateful people like roof it's an affirmation
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because they have appropriated something and used it as a symbol of hatred so i think that needs to go into a museum and i think it will. >> needs to go into a museum. he thinks it will. republican mitt romney joining that opinion tweeting that the confederate flag should be taken down tweeting to many it is a symbol of racial hatred. remove it now to honor charleston victims. president obama tweeted, good point, mitt. >> it memorializes the confederacy. it was vandalized. people say people spray painted the message black lives matter on the statue. authorities say it's not skately clear when it happened but they said it will be scrubbed off immediately. all right. breaking news this morning. the taliban claiming responsibility for an attack on afghanistan's parliament building in kabul. this is a video after a car bomb explosion. you can see smoke filled the air
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there. kabul's policemen said gunmen armed with rockets and ak-47s entered a nearby building but weren't able to get into the nearby parliament building because of security. all mps were evacuated unharmed. unclear whether there were other casualties there. fire crews rushed to a plane at new jersey's newark airport after the engine began throwing off sparks. authorities say the express jet flight for united airlines preparing to take off for savannah georgia, when the pilot noticed sparks coming from one of the engines. express jet said the 41 passengers were placed on a replacement plane. no one was injured thankfully. not clear what prompted this. later this morning the supreme court will announce opinions on some of the high profile cases. it's unclear what rulings they will announce. one of them is federal subsidies provided under obamacare. which states are eligible for
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insurance offsets. all 50 or just those with their own exchange? >> the obamacare ruling is epic and big. >> it could gutt obamacare. >> it absolutely could. the other major ruling that could come as soon as today on gay marriage, whether gay couples have the constitutional right to marry. the court is also considering a side issue, whether states are legally required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. courts opinions are scheduled to come out about 10:00 a.m. they save the biggest decisions for last. it's not clear whether you'll get obamacare or gay marriage today. we could. if that happens both have huge consequences. >> especially supposal benefits. time for "early start" on your money. make or break moment in greece's debt crisis. it looks like investors are betting on a last-minute deal. european stocks much higher so are asian stocks. u.s. stock futures also higher right now.
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eurozone leaders and finance ministers meet today for new proposals from greece's prime minister. he was elected in january on a promise to end austerity. the people in greece are taking to the street. they want this guy to end austerity. creditors have held firm. they are refusing to hand over more money for greece giving it anymore money, until there are reforms. the two sides have been deadlocked for months. greece is only days away from default and be a possible exit from the eurozone. it's the european central bank that are keeping the banks flush with money while greek people are taking their money out. if greece doesn't agree, the ecb will stop giving them money. >> a lot of people in greece are saying why should we listen to the germans. >> because they'll be broke if they don't. >> there's that. there's that. the massacre inside the church in charleston has people talking about gun control, but
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there is a renewed push for tougher gun laws following the church massacre in charleston south carolina. president obama and hillary clinton weighing in on the debate over separate appearances. both saying they were frustrated with previous lack of action. cnn's sunlen serfaty is in palm springs where the president was over the weekend. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. as the country mourns there's the constant debate between gun rights advocates and the charleston mayor said he hopes what happens in his town helps public opinion move more towards strengthening gun control measures. >> the country is just having a very difficult time dealing with the proliferation of guns and
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we have to use this most recent tragedy to keep us working on that. we have to do that. it is insane the number of guns and the ease of getting guns in america. >> and this issue has, of course picked up a lot of steam on the campaign trail. over the weekend hillary clinton gave an emotional speech in which she said it's time to admit that the state of race the struggle is just not over and we should not treat this as an isolated incident. she called for additional gun control measures. >> we can't give up. the stakes are too high. the costs are too dear and i am not and will not be afraid to keep fighting for common sense reforms and along with you achieve those on behalf of all who have been lost because of this senseless gun violence in our country.
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>> meanwhile, republican candidate rick perry said this is a conversation to have but told reporters this over the weekend. >> i do have an issue that the knee jerk is from the left as always we're going to take people's guns away from them when in fact there may be a host of contributing factors here. but i think we must look at this and understand and respect that this was a clear hate crime that was committed. >> reporter: and president obama has called for the strengthening of gun laws but also at the same time seems a bit resigned to the legislative prospects of anything getting through congress blaming in his word the extremely strong grip the nra has on congress. john and christine. defense secretary ash carter is in germany this morning to attend his first nato meeting as secretary. he will speak at a forum in berlin calling for united nato. the secretary says he will also lay out the u.s.'s strong but
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balanced approach deterring russia's military aggression while maintaining moscow's role in helping allies fight terrorism and also figuring out a way to help iran. two people opened fire on a west philadelphia street. they injured ten people at a cookout. they fired several shots possibly with a handgun. among the victims, a baby and two children. 11-month-old baby shot in the neck. fortunately, all of them are expected to survive. while many of us were sleeping there was an amazing finish to the u.s. open. jordan spieth guy's 21 years old, won two majors in a row. what everyone was talking about how justin joshnson lost it. jordan spieth won the majors but he double bogeyed and he took a
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1 stroke lead. justin johnson's chance he could have won with an eagle putt then he missed a four foot birdie putt and then he just lost altogether. jordan spieth wins it. he's the youngest u.s. open champ since bobby jones in 1926. >> 21 or something? >> 21. turns 22 in july. >> is he from dallas? >> yeah the texas area. turns out he's pretty good at golf. >> he is pretty good at golf. congratulations to him. new reports this morning, isis planting explosives in the ancient syrian city of palmyra. a report on what they may be trying to accomplish.
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new this morning, reports that isis is planting bombs and mines around the ancient ruins in palmyra in syria. reuters says a london-based monitoring group is supporting an isis tactic of one of the most important sights. ian lee is watching this situation for us. good morning, ian. >> reporter: good morning, john. we're hearing of increased activity near palmyra. in the past 48 hours there have been multiple airstrikes by the syrian regime. at least ten people have been killed including children. we're also hearing that the syrian regime is building up their troops on the outskirts of the city for a potential bid to
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retake it. moving to these land mines or these mines could be one of really two things. first off, we know when isis takes territory, they dig in if there is a bid to retake the city. this is one of the tactics we've seen them use successfully in syria and as well as in iraq. the other possible outcome of this could mean they are trying to blow up this ancient site. unfortunately we've seen this as well in the areas they control. >> one of the many tragedies being set up by isis in their rampage. ian lee, thank you so much. charleston coming together after the horrific massacre. thousands lining the bridge trying to rise above the hate. we have the very latest on the investigation and the healing next.
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breaking overnight, stepping up the search. the manhunt for two killers shifts again, this time west of the prison they escaped from. investigators begin to focus on a prison guard. the city of charleston trying to heal. the church where nine people murdered opening its doors for services. that as police look at writings connected to the accused young shooter to look for any reason any justification for the awful -- there's no justification. >> no. >> and a look at behind the awful crimes he committed. in pulpits across the country ministers trying to make sense. welcome to "early start."
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i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. a new focus on two inmates escaped from a new york maximum security prison. they've been on the loose for three weeks. the possible sighting of convicted killers had officers chasing richard matt and david sweat on opposite ends of the state. just hours ago a possible new sighting near owl's head. that's just about 20 miles west of the prison in dannemora. new york state police are on the scene with the command post. they have atvs and help from vermont tactical troopers. meanwhile, search in friendship how far away that is near the border with pennsylvania. that search wrapped up last night. there's new investigations. a prison guard is being questioned. his lawyer tells cnn that the prison interviewed him for 14 hours. let's turn to sara ganim in dannemora. >> reporter: john and christine, it seems the investigation is now focused on those paintings
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that richard matt was making behind bars. we already know that prison seamstress joyce mitchell received one of those paintings. she's now been charged with helping those two men escaped by providing them tools to help them break out. now we've learned that 57-year-old male prison guard gene palmer also on the honor block where those two men were housed he received one of those paintings as well. his attorney telling cnn that that is the focus of the investigation into him. the focus of the interviews that police searched his home. they wanted to talk to him about that painting about his relationship with those two men and with joyce mitchell as well. he knew all three of them. he had daily and constant contact with them. his attorney told me that because he was a guard on that block he tried, as most guards do to maintain a good working relationship with the inmates for safety reasons, but his attorney told me 100% he denies
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any knowledge of the escape plan. take a listen to what he told me. >> i can 100% confirm that he did not know that they were planning to break out of the prison. these two people are psychopaths. they are master manipulators. they're obviously in prison for life so they have nothing but time to develop schemes to take advantage of innocent people. >> reporter: now in addition to that his lawyer also telling cnn that gene palmer was actually on vacation the night that those two inmates escaped, but he lives only a few blocks from here a few blocks from that prison and he told his lawyer that he was scared because he did know those two inmates and that people inside the prison could not believe that something like this could happen. he tells me that he's continuing to cooperate, that he plans to cooperate as long as investigators need him to that he wants to be exonerated because he believes that he did nothing wrong.
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john and christine. >> sara ganim for us in dannemora. thanks so much. overnight thousands of people joined hands in charleston, south carolina. they were demonstrating unity against the hate that drove a white 21-year-old to murder 9 people in an african-american church last week. police estimate 10 to 15,000 people formed a unity chain across the 2 1/2 mile long bridge between charleston and mount pleasant. we're learning more this morning about the gunman and his hateful writings. officials are digging into the 2,000 word racist manifesto that a period on a website registered to dylann roof. cnn's alaina mu chad doe has the story. >> reporter: the focus in charleston remains the nine lives who were lost in this terrible terrible tragedy. the manifesto is about 2,000 words long. it has very inflammatory language not just about blacks but also about other minorities. the manifesto was published on a
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website that was registered to dylan roof and in it the manifesto talks about a possible turning point citing the trayvon martin case as a catalyst for change with roof and perhaps what fueled what happened and also talks about why charleston was chosen as a target. i want to read part of it to you. the manifesto says -- it ends with i have no choice. i am not in a position to alone go into the ghetto and fight. i chose charleston because it is the most historic city in my state and at one time it had the highest ratio of blacks to whites in the country. would he have no skinheads, no real kkk, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world and i guess that has to be me. cnn has not been able to independently confirm that in fact dylann roof was the author of that manifesto but it was, again, published on a website that was registered to him. we do know the fbi is carefully looking at that document.
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john and christine. >> thank you, alina. the focus on charles ton is on the nine people slain as it should be. it is on the family friends, and the wounded community. on sunday the scene became once again a house of worship and a place where the congregation could grieve and heal. our correspondent martin savidge was there. >> reporter: john and christine, the church was filled to capacity and beyond. many people felt they had to be there. the couple i was sitting next to said they were simply walking by and then were compelled to walk into the church. on the other side of them was a woman whose family has been attending this church for over 100 years, a very mixed kind of congregation. initially people were nervous, security was tight. uniformed police officers were patrolling in the outer aisles and i think there were some nerves but then that grand organ played choir began to sing and it just felt right.
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much of this service was very normal normal in the sense of similar kind of hymns you would always have the kind of prayers you would have. it was deliberately meant to be that way, to deliver back that sense of community and church after so much tragedy. but you couldn't help but notice and certainly for the congregation there were nine faces that were not there, including their own reverend. so at times you saw this congregation up on its feet dancing in the pews celebrating life and other times you could see that people had absolutely collapsed under the weight of grief. when that happened other members of the congregation would come over and gently sit next to them put an arm around them or in some cases actually love them and hold them close. it was very very pewerful but i think also too, people were wondering if they were going to talk about other issues that have been raised by this tragedy. in the sermon the reverend said this was not the time. >> there's a time and place for
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everything. >> amen! >> and now it's a time for us to focus on the nine families. oh, i know i'm right. because at this time we need to be in solidarity and pray for families and our communities around this state and particularly in charleston. >> reporter: after the service was over i asked a woman if it had helped her. she said it did. but as a long-time member of the congregation she said the pain runs so very very deep. john and christine. >> thanks to are ma continue savidge in charleston. now the wake of the massacre there are growing calls to remove the confederate flag from the grounds of south carolina's state capitol. charleston mayor joseph riley explained the controversy to jay
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tapper. >> it sends mixed messages and at worst for people -- hateful people like roof it's an affirmation because they have appropriated something and used it as a symbol of hatred. so i think that needs to go into a museum and i -- and i think it will. >> republican mitt romney who ran for president. he tweeted the confederate flag should be taken down saying quote, to many it is a symbol of rachel hatred. remove it now to honor charleston victims. president obama tweeted in response good point, mitt. breaking news. the taliban claiming responsibility for an attack on afghanistan's parliament building in kabul. this is video after a car bomb explosion. you can see smoke filling the air there. kabul's police say gunmen armed with rockets and ak-47s, they entered a nearby building but they were not able to get into the main parliament building because of heavy security. officials say all the members of
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parliament in the building were evacuated unharmed. unclear at this hour whether there were other casualties. could be a huge morning at the supreme court. we are waiting on decisions on two major cases. not clear whether they will come down today or whether it be next week perhaps. one of those cases, the decision on obamacare. federal subsidies provided through obamacare specifically. the exact question for the judges are which states were eligible for the federal tax credits that helped pay for insurance for some low and middle income americans. is it all 50 states or is it just the states with their own exchanges? the reason this is an issue is because of some language in the law. the other major decision involves gay marriage whether gay couples have the constitutional right to marry across the country. as part of that decision a side issue really the courts deciding whether states are legally required to honor same-sex marriages performed in other states. opinions come out today at 10:00.
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again, unclear whether these two major rulings happen today or perhaps next week. >> both of these rulings are potentially pocketbook issues for millions of americans. >> yes, but on same-sex marriage in particular it is beyond that. this is a moral question. the court is deciding the constitutional issue, the very fundamental issue of whether gay couples have a right to marry constitutionally. >> even moral questions have price tags. let's keep talking about money. european and asian stocks are much higher. so are u.s. stock futures. looks like investors are betting oen a last-minute deal in greece's crisis. it's the end of the road for greece. e.u. leaders meet to discuss a proposal for greece. if no deal is met, greece will default on its debts and potentially leave the eurozone and that is a very big deal. a megahealth care merger turns ugly. anthem went public this weekend with its $54 billion bid to take over cigna.
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cigna's response no way. in a letter released overnight, cigna called it inadequate and disappointing. the affordable care act changes the business model and there are concerns those mergers could be very bad for consumers so watch that space. much more on greece. looking for this bailout this morning. officials are trying to avoid a potentially disastrous outcome. of course they may be choosing between tuiasosopo tensionally disastrous outcomes depending on who you believe. we'll have more on that. jordan spieth may have won the u.s. open but he's not what everyone is talking about. what has golf fans shaking their heads next. you know, when i started my business, a lot of people didn't believe in me. but things took off when i got a domain and built my website all at godaddy. now i can tell the doubters to stick it. hey, honey. stick it! stick it! stick it! nana? hi... stick it! can you give your mommy a message for me? stick it!
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cannot overstate how difficult this is right now for greece. an international effort is underway to fix its mess and its mess is colossal. a european official calling last-minute proposals by greece's foreign minister quote, good basis for progress, that's important, as eurozone leaders gather in belgium. nina santos is following the latest for us from london. a lot of people have greece fatigue. they've been hearing for months nina about how greece needs to pay its bills. it needs to be more austere. it will get a life line from the eu or it faces from being out of the euro. what's different now? what's happening now? >> reporter: i bet a lot of
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those ministers that are taking part in those meetings two key meetings by the way here christine, later on today in brussels have a lot of greece fatigue as well. so greece's official bailout runs out at the end of the month. that is why it needs a life line here. there's been a life line in the cards for about five months you know worth about $8 billion to try and solve greece's current financial impasse, but greece hasn't come forward with the reforms that the creditors wanted to see to sign off of that. that is why today is so crucial. over the weekend it seems as though yet more reforms have been put on the table. whether that will be enough to modify the start. how does this affect you if you're an international investor particularly in the united states. at least you're safe is that the greek debt is held by the public sector. the private sector debt is one being written down a couple of years ago. it means when it comes to your 401k it's not likely to include any greek bonds or stocks. if they don't manage to get a
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deal this week christine, that means that the financial markets of the world could be left on edge again because we haven't had a country like greece default on its debts and fall out of the eurozone before. it is unprecedented territory. >> if it were to fall out of the eurozone, what would happen? would it be mass joblessness, mass homelessness an economy that crumbles? or could greece be okay? >> you know it depends who you talk to here. if you talk to some economists they say actually the euro as a single currency is too strong for greece christine. it would be better off if it went back to the market because that would be a currency that would be weak enough to help greece on. greece has its debt in euros, people have salaries and mortgages in euros. it could be a nightmare. the greek banking sector is on the brink today. we learned that about $8 billion was taken out of greek banks just last week and that goes to exemplify how worried the greek people are. they're taking their money out
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of the banks. they're not putting their money inside the banks. the greek banking sector is a life support from the european central bank. it could be the banking sector that goes first before this deal is signed off. >> a tiny tiny economy with a very very big, big footprint really for the e.u. and the rest of the world. thank you so much for that. nina santos. defense secretary ash carter is in germany this morning. he will attend his first nato meeting as defense secretary. he will call for a united nato. the defense secretary says he will also lay out america's strong but balanced approach to deterring russia's military aggression while accepting moscow's role in helping allies fight terrorism and hammering out a nuclear deal with iran. fire crews rushed to a plane at newark airport overnight after the engine began throwing off sparks. authorities say the express jet flight for united airlines was preparing to take off for savannah georgia, when the pilot noticed sparks coming from one of the engines.
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the aircraft immediately towed back to the terminal. express jet said 41 passengers were put on a replacement plane. no one injured. not clear what prompted that engine trouble. jordan spieth he won the u.s. open and dustin johnson lost it flat out blew it. this is spieth right here. what he did after winning the masters a few months ago, he birdied the 18th here that's after double bogeying the 17th. he gave himself a one-shot advantage. this man, dustin johnson had a chance for an eagle at 18 but, no he three putted. he three putted. missed the chance at a playoff. >> that's how i golf. >> do you know he's engaged to wayne gretzky's daughter? >> is he? >> jordan spieth is the youngest back-to-back winner in years. the youngest since bobby jones. he goes to saint andrews in scotland trying to win three in a row next month. >> golf takes a lot of time on the weekend. >> this was a good one.
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new this morning, reports that isis is planting bombs and mines around the ancient ruins
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of palmyra in syria. they're supporting the isis tactic at one of the middle east's most important historic sights. cnn's ian lehmon torquee monitoring the situation for us. >> reporter: we've seen this happening in palmyra. they're reporting multiple airstrikes in and around this city killing at least ten people including children. we're also hearing reports that the syrian regime is building up its forces on the outskirts of the city in a bid to potentially retake it. palmyra is strategically important as it sits on a crossroads leading to homes in damascus. we don't know exactly why they're laying these mines. one reason could be they're preparing for a potential attack. this is a tactic we've seen them use successfully in syria and iraq. the other potential is that
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they're going to blow up this ancient site and unfortunately we've seen this as well in syria and iraq john. >> there is so much to go around in that part of the world right now. ian lee, thanks so much. taylor swift takes on apple, and guess what? the tech giant bends over backwards to keep her happy. the power of what a pop star's twitter account is next. >> don't mess with taylor swift. you know, when i started my business, a lot of people didn't believe in me. but things took off when i got a domain and built my website all at godaddy. now i can tell the doubters to stick it. hey, honey. stick it! stick it! stick it! nana? hi... stick it! can you give your mommy a message for me?
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monday. end of the road for greece folks. investors are betting on a last minute deal. european stocks are higher. could see those big gains disappear if greek debt talks hit another dead end. no bad blood between taylor swift and apple get it? swift threatened to pull her album 1989 from apple music. apple is promoting a three-month free trial of the service and swift objected to its decision not to pay writers artists or producers during that time. she wrote a blog post. we don't ask you for free iphones. please don't ask us to provide you with free music without compensation. apple changed its policy saying it will pay artists during its trial. when she tweets people listen. "jurassic world," have you seen it? it was on top, bringing in $102 million for the weekend. the movie has been a hit
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worldwide. would pass the $1 billion mark today. the dinosaur ended pixar's box office winning streak. "inside out" came in second. pixar fell short of the number one spot since 1995. but it was the second biggest opening since "toy story 3." >> early start continues right now. breaking overnight, a flurry of activity in the search for two escaped killers. a huge police presence in one area. so are authorities finally closer to capturing these inmates? >> charleston healing this morning as investigators dig deeper into what motivated a young white man to open fire on an african-american church killing nine people. and mow the debate over the confederate flag flying at the south carolina statehouse. should it be ther

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