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breaking news this morning. a new battle against isis. an offensive launched inside iraq. our reporter with troops on the move. we are live. a new fight brewing in the race for president. which candidates are now going toe-to-toe for conservative votes. in hours, a family seeks what they consider justice if the death of their loved one shackled and tased repeatedly. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans.
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it is thursday, november 12th, 4:00 a.m. in the east. a major development in the battle of isis. the kurdish peshmerga forces aimed to recapture the town of sinjar from isis. it is called operation free sinjar. the town on the foot of mt. sinjar is a link between two halves of the isis caliphate. the city of mosul and the lands isis holds in syria. we have our nick paton walsh on the phone right now with the very latest. >> reporter: christine, remarkably important is the fight for sinjar. the retaking of the town which was the scene of the terrifying moments when the yizidis that fled last year. secondly, and as the american
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central command pointed out, sinjar is on a vital road. i can see it from where i am standing. the air strikes hitting just around the vital artery. it is vital because it goes from raqqah all the way through iraq and mosul. the city they took last year and began to form the two nations and now what they call their caliphate. we are hearing from kurdish officials. the peshmerga running the offensive. we have seen it for ourselves. they have taken territory to the west. they believe they are in control of the roads west of the city and hoping to gain control to the east. we have not seen evidence of that ourselves, but they hope they have a lot of systems inside from the u.s. coalition war planes and we think advisers on the ground here as well. a key test and one which if
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successf successful, to make money from the oil trade. thanks, nick. >> meanwhile, the fight for conservative votes heating up. ted cruz and marco rubio campaigning in early primary states. new hampshire and south carolina. senator cruz is going after rubio on trade and subsidies, but mainly on immigration. cruz has been highlighting the one-time support of immigration reform helping author a senate bill offering amnesty before ultimately backing off. >> republicans nominate for president a candidate who supports amnesty, we will have given up one of the major distinctions with hillary clinton and we will lose the general election. >> rubio avoided being drawn into the immigration discussion on the debate tuesday night. the moderators essentially let him off the hook.
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he would allow those in the united states for ten years to get a work permit and let them stay. sunlen serfaty has more. >> reporter: marco rubio trying to keep the momentum going hitting two key states. iowa and south carolina. here in columbia, he opened his first office in this first in the south primary state and talked about the importance of this state in his road ahead. >> we plan to be here often. maybe not in the office every day, but in the state. we want to do very well here. we want to be successful. this election could be decided, at least the nomination could be decided in the state. >> reporter: the poll in south carolina this week showing that marco rubio and ted cruz are running neck and neck for third place in south carolina. behind donald trump and ben carson. ted cruz recently told cnn it is
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a plausible outcome. he thinks it could come down to he and marco rubio. he is telegraphing a few lines of attack that he is ready to wage against marco rubio in the debate on tuesday night. this potentially sets up a battle between the two. john and christine. jeb bush taking on marco rubio as he campaigns in iowa. he renewed his earlier criticism of the poor attendance record in the senate. bush calling himself a better bet than the first term florida senator. >> are we going to nominate someone who has a proven conservative record? 32 years in business and eight years as governor? >> big chunk of the republican field in iowa campaigning today. donald trump, carly fiorina and chris christie and rand paul have events in the hawkeye
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states. 46-year-old linwood lambert died in custody steps from the entrance from the emergency room in the hospital. lambert never got the help he needed on the morning he died. now the video surfaced as his family heads to court today seeking a $25 million judgment against police in south boston, virginia. let's get more from pamela brown. >> reporter: this video shows police tasing a man outside the emergency room. linwood lambert died in custody. he was picked up at a hotel in may of 2013 after several 911
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calls made for noise. because of the way lambert was acting, he was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluati evaluation. he made comments about killing two people and hiding their bodies in the ceiling. >> we will take you to the emergency room. >> reporter: police say he kicked out the window. th then the video shows lambert running away. lambert then admits he was on drugs. >> i just took cocaine. >> reporter: instead of taking him in the emergency room, he was taken to the police station. the officers tase lambert multiple times. he is bleeding from breaking the squad car window. by the time he appears in the
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police station, he was unconscious in the backseat. the report ruled that the cause of death as acute cocaine intoxication. the family blames the police and they filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit alleging the officers callus disregard and depriving him of the medical care he needed violated his constitutional rights to be free from crucial and unusual punishment. police denied the allegations. saying the erratic behavior required the use of force. pamela brown, cnn, washington. >> the police department said we are defending the case. our position is affirmed by the reports of two qualified experts in the field. cnn has reached out to south boston police who picked up the investigation. we have not heard back from either department.
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the medical examiner said cocaine was the cause of death, there were three puncture wounds that came from a taser. nine minutes past the hour. u.s. stock futures pointing higher after a dip yesterday. oil prices fell to a two-month low. they are trying to pull higher. they fell 3% on over supply worries. oil tanks are brimming full and global demand is waning. energy stocks led the declines yesterday. a daily fantasy sports say they won't leave new york without a fight. the state attorney general ordered two companies to stop games because they violate gambling laws. both companies are immediately playing offense. draft kings fired back with a legal team ready to challenge new york. fanduel said it will fight with everything in its arsenal.
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tv helicopters. crews from wnbc and wabc were targeted. the suspects were located in brooklyn and one in new jersey. the faa is investigating. in dallas, three passenger planes were involved in laser incidents. planes were flying between 3,000 and 4,000 feet on approach to dallas field. police in san francisco shot and killed an armed man who climbed to the sixth floor of the construction site with a rifle aimed at a nearby hospital and officers. the suspect had two firearms. one he allegedly robbed from a sporting good store. the man fired at least one around before he was killed. still no word on a motive. strong front hammering the midwest. trees down and homes damaged all
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over des moines in iowa. multiple tornadoes there. customers at the local walmart with no place to hide when the roof caved in. >> they made us go to the back. the water was pouring from the ceiling. lights were on the ground. they had us go to the back. they found out there was a gas leak. they had us get out. >> will there be more severe storms today? let's get to meteorologist derek van dam. >> good morning, john and christine. it doesn't appear we will have the severe weather threat like yesterday at this time. take a look at this. over 100 reports of hail and wind damage across the central u.s. located across iowa with roughly ten tornadoes on wednesday thanks to the intense late season low pressure system that developed. the severe weather threat is diminishi diminishing.
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behind it is cold and windy air across the great lakes and eventually into the east coast. new york to boston, showers moving in that will settle in about lunchtime as well. roughly 55 million americans under some sort of wind advisory or warning today. gusts could exceed 60 miles per hour across the des moines region and detroit as well. hold on to your hat. quite a temperature difference. cooling things off dramatically behind the system. take a look at daytime highs for the big apple. 58. back to you. thank you. u.s. and russian leaders set to discuss the crisis in syria and how best to battle isis. is there some secret russian plan? live with developments next.
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a leaked russian plan to end the crisis in syria not gaining traction. this proposal calls for an 18 month reform period followed by elections. this does not rule out the possibility of bashar al assad running for re-election. that's sparking criticism from arab and western nations. later today, secretary of state john kerry will speak about u.s. efforts to end the syrian civil war. kerry will meet with world leaders in vienna this weekend about the crisis. cnn's correspondent frederik pleitgen monitoring the latest live from london. what do we know about the russian proposal and how serious it is and whether it has any chance of survival?
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>> reporter: i mean, not gaining traction is an understatement. not only have the groups denounced the proposal saying if bashar al assad is contending in an election, we will not take part in the process at all. on the other side, the regime has said the russians denied this proposal took place. it is not gaining traction, but it is something that is being debated in international diplomatic circles, especially ahead of the meeting taking place this weekend. this constitutional council that is supposed to work for 18 months and assad is not supposed to be part of the council, but government and opposition representatives are part of the council. it is supposed to end with the referendum and early elections in syria whereas sawed would not be excluded. that is the big point of contention as on the one side you have the opposition and its backers, saudi arabia and
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turkey, on the other hand, you have iranians and russians who believe assad should stay. right now, christine, we are in the most serious diplomatic phase of the time of the syrian civil war. the fate of bashar al assad is the big question and one thing that they cannot agree on. >> frederik pleitgen, thank you. this morning, growing concerns among aviation experts that key evidence in the flight of 9268 is being compromised. the egyptian led investigation they say is being so bogged down in secrecy, clues could remain scattered over the desert undiscovered. also troubled by russia's lack of transparency of the autopsy findings of the victims. breaking news this morning. a new fight launched to free one iraqi town from isis to cut off a key supply route to starve
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breaking news this morning. a new u.s. backed operation to cut a key isis supply line. we are live. mission marco rubio. all of the candidates now looking at that man. looking for ways to battle against the rising republican candidate. shackled and denied medical treatment. one family suing over the police involved death of their loveld d one. i'm christine romans. welcome back to "early start." >> i'm john berman. a new offensive launched against the terror group. peshmerga relaunching offenses against the town with the help of u.s. air support. it is called operation free sinjar. the town at the foot of mt.
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sinjar is a link between two halves of the isis caliphate and mosul. our cnn correspondent nick paton walsh is live. nick, this is a major offensive of the thousands of forces. give us the latest. >> reporter: they say it began last night at 9:00 in the evening local time. we heard the intensity throughout the night. lighting up the sky of coalition air strikes. that has continued during the day. the skyline behind me and i cannot give you the exact location has been lit up with black smoke and gray smoke from the strikes. this column of peshmerga troops are moving further down toward in the distance to what you barely see is the main road at the heart of the offensive.
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there is a symbolic victory that they want to take sinjar from isis. the yizidis fled to the mountains. and sinjar is vitally important. it runs route 47. that as you said is the artery between mosul and iraq and syria. they can cut that off, but that could significantly damage, even the pentagon admits it could harm the oil trade. now here further away from me, there is heavy fighting. we heard small arms, mortars and clearly isis don't want to give up this vital road or the areas around it. there are peshmerga here in such number that we think they may have a chance to prevail on this major highway here, but they
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hope it takes a matter of hours. days some said optimistically. now we hear how the mines and traps are slowing them down. we see the coalition planes inflicting damage. john. >> nick, there has been a great deal of movement in terms of equipment and intelligence with the coalition, with the u.s., planes, equipment and supplies heading into syria and iraq. was it geared toward this offensive and what is the level of coordination with the peshmerga and the troops on the ground? >> reporter: we don't have a transparent view of who is running the show. we know american special forces are in the area. they will have a role along the u.s. aircraft with drones as well. we have seen one peshmerga looking at coordinates on her samsung tablet.
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it has been a key moment, i think, to get the sense of momentum to cut that highway off. if you sever iraq from mosul, they cannot keep the fighters in touch with their syrian fighters in the capital of raqqah. that will be a significant blow. it looks like a tough fight. >> nick paton walsh, remarkable to have you in the town. thank you, nick. this morning, the fight for conservative votes is heating up. ted cruz and marco rubio campaigning in the primary states today. cruz in new hampshire and rubio in south carolina. each is trying to carve out a distinct appeal. cruz going after rubio on trade and agriculture. mainly on immigration. cruz has been highlighting rubio's one time support of immigration reform helping advocate amnesty before ultim e
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ultimately backing off. >> if republicans nominate for president a candidate who supports amnesty, we will have given up one of the major distinctions with hillary clinton and we will lose the general election. >> rubio avoided being drawn into the immigration discussion in the debate tuesday night. the moderators let him off the hook. now he says he would allow undocumented i undocumented immigrants in the u.s. to get a permit if they learn english and pay a fine if they have been in the united states for ten years. we have sunlen serfaty with more. >> reporter: marco rubio hitting two key states. iowa and south carolina. here in columbia, he opened his first office in the first in the south primary said and talked about the importance of this state in his road ahead. >> we plan to be here often.
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maybe not in the office every day, but in the state. we want to do very well here. we want to be successful. this election could very well be decided. at least the nomination could be decided in the state. >> reporter: a poll in south carolina out this week shows marco rubio and ted cruz are neck and neck for third place here in south carolina. that's behind donald trump and ben carson. now ted cruz recently told cnn that it is a plausible outcome. he thinks it could come down to just him and marco rubio. he has been telegraphing a few lines of attack that he is ready to wage against marco rubio in that debate on tuesday night. certainly this potentially sets up a big battle with the two ahead. john and christine. thanks so much. jeb bush is also taking on marco rubio as he campaigns in iowa. bush renewed the criticism of the attendance record of rubio in the senate. bush questioned rubio's
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electability against hillary clinton. >> are we going to nominate someone who has a proven conservative record? 32 years in business. eight years as governor. against someone who doesn't? experienced in government, but not a proven record. >> the republican field is in iowa campaigning today. donald trump and carly fiorina and chris christie and rand paul all have events there. a crucial day in court. 46-year-old linwood lambert died in custody after tasered repeatedly steps from the emergency room. lambert never got medical help on the morning he died. video surfaced as his family heads to court seeking a $25 million judgment against the police in south boston, virginia. we get more this morning from
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cnn's pamela brown. >> reporter: this police video shows three officers in south boston, virginia tasing a man outside the emergency room. shortly after, that man, 46-year-old linwood lambert, died in police custody. the video starts with officers picking lambert up at a motel in may of 2013. after several 911 calls made about noise. in court records, police say because of the way lambert was acting, they decided to take him to the hospital. they said he made comments about murdering two people and hid their bodies in the ceiling. >> we will take you to the emergency room. >> reporter: and inside the patrol car, police say he kicked out the window. then the video shows lambert running to the hospital doors
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while hand cuffed. falls to the ground and officers ask him to roll over on his stomach as they tase him. lambert admits he was on drugs. >> i just took cocaine. >> reporter: instead of taking him inside the emergency room, he was taken to the police station. the officers tase lambert multiple times. he is bleeding apparently from breaking the squad car window. by the time he appears at the police station, he was unconscious in the backseat. he went into cardiac arrest according to the medical examiner's report. the family blames the police and they filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit alleging, the officers callus disregard and tasering him multiple times and depriving him of the medical care he needed violated his rights to be free from cruel and
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unusual punishment. police have denied the allegations saying lambert's erratic actions required the use of force. the police department released a statement saying we are defending the case. the position is affirmed by two independent experts in the field. cnn has reached out to south boston police and we have not heard back. the medical examiner's report said cocaine was the cause of death, there were three puncture wounds that appeared to come from a taser. cnn has not been able to verify how many times lambert was tased. 40 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures higher this morning. >> boom times. >> angie's list is soaring. angi is the symbol. a hostile bid to buy that site.
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police in missouri apprehended two people for allegedly miaking threats on social media. one charged on the app yik yak. racial tensions simmering on the university of missouri campus after the forced resignation of the president and chancellor. the other student has not been charged. the racial turmoil is sparking protests across the country. one is ithaca college.
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students held a solidarity walk calling for the school's president to resign. some 600 students and faculty took part. the students expressing anger over the alleged incidents of racism. severe storms hammering the midwest. trees down and homes damaged all over des moines, iowa after a confirmed tornado sighting. ten tornadoes in iowa. customers at walmart caught with no place to hide when part of the roof caved in. >> they made us go to the back and the water was pouring out of the ceiling in walmart. the lights and everything were on the ground. they had us go to the back. they found out there was a gas leak. they had us get out. >> will there be more severe storms today? let's get to meteorologist derek van dam. >> good morning, john and christine. the severe weather threat is
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diminishing quickly. almost nonexistent compared to yesterday at this time. if you look at the late season storm system that developed, it overspread 100 severe weather reports across the midwest and through the mains. four reports of hail damage and 95 reports of wind damage. there were ten tornadoes as well. again, the severe weather threat diminishing as we speak. behind it, we will start focusing on the cool weather and windy conditions. we are anticipating from the storm. upwards of 55 million americans from the dakotas to lake erie and lake ontario under a wind advisory or warning. gusts could exce exceeexceed 60 miles an hour. quite a temperature change.
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the three-day forecast for the big apple, cool weather settling in. back to you. derek, thank you. a leaked russian plan to end the crisis in syria is not gaining traction. the proposal is followed by a reform and elections. it does not rule out bashar al assad running for re-election. this is sparking out cry. later today, secretary of state john kerry will speak in washington. kerry will meet with russian counterparts and others in vienna this weekend. cnn's frederik pleitgen is monitoring the latest from london. good morning, fred. >> reporter: good morning, john. the russian plan is something people are talking about ahead of the key meeting in vienna. at this point in time, this is the most serious diplomatic forum that we have seen since
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beginning of the syrian crisis. this is throwing off the syrian opposition. they said if bashar al assad is going to be able to stand in any elections, we don't want to be part of any such process. the syrian government media, interestingly enough, did not talk about this russian proposal at all. only to say that the russians shot down any proposal. certainly it looks like that may be doomed in its tracks. we have to keep in mind that many things that appear to be in the russian proposal are also things that have been discussed that diplomatic meetings as well and known to be russian positions. they said for a long time we want there to be elections in syria. we don't necessarily want to exclude bashar al assad from that process. that's something that pitted them and iranians against the u.s. and its allies. mostly turkey and saudi arabia. they say if there is going to be any peace in syria, bashar al assad has to go. very much looking forward to the talks in vienna as secretary of
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state kerry will have persuading to do. it will be difficult. >> indeed. thank you, fred. oh, joy. more controversy over your holiday cup. first starbucks, now dunkin' donuts finds itself in the fray. >> shame, shame!
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no end in sight to europe's spiraling migrant crisis. every day, refugees reaching the
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shores, many drown. life jackets and inner tubes are lining the shores of greece. i want to bring in cnn's arwa damon live from the island of lesbos in greece. stunning pictures, arwa. the life jackets piled up there. >> reporter: this is just a fraction of what actually exists along the shoreline. it really is quite jarring to see it for yourself. we just had a couple of landings happening here along this particular shoreline. there are numerous different points these migrants and refugees are coming in and set up along, you have similar scenes to what we have here. we have a greek lifeguard volunteer group here aiding the refugees and migrants as they arrive because they don't know how to captain the ships. in most cases, they are in
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rubber dinghys. often by the time they have gotten here, they have sunk into the water and barely making it. you see children wrapped up quickly and feet warmed up. it can get pretty cold and windy as you are out there. there was a thinking or logic with the winter months coming, the numbers trying to reach europe would decrease, but it has been quite the opposite. just to give you an idea, john, according to the first ten months of this year in 2015, there were 540,000 people that tried to make it from turkey to greece. that is 13 times the number that tried to make this journey in the same time period last year. those who do finally make it here are so relieved, and so happy to have crossed what is the most dangerous part of the
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journey, this is just the beginning of what is a very difficult and long trek to try to reach their final destination. no matter what it is, the various european leaders, african leaders are discussing during the conference in malta, the court is trying to find a solution for the various different things. warfare or oppression that are driving people from their homes. that is the responsibility lying with the international community. trying to solve the issues to stop people from dying in the waters. >> a vivid look at the crisis facing not just europe, but acutely, the families and people making the journey. arwa, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. stock futures pointing higher over the drop in oil prices. a lot of energy stocks falling yesterday. new this morning, look at this.
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a jump in foreclosures last month. climbed 12%. the biggest increase since 2011. the top states for foreclosures, maryland, new jersey, florida and nevada and illinois. we have seen growing strength in the housing market. the no tipping movement is picking up. joe's crab shack ditching tips. no tips at 18 locations and could soon expand that policy nationwide. servers will make $12 to $14 an hour instead of below the minimum wage and relying on tips to make up the difference. menu prices will increase 12% to 15%. you pay for the tip in the menu price. diners will pay less. joe's expects higher wages to increase worker retention. the holiday coffee cup controversy brews. uproar over starbucks plain red
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cups. accusations that coffee giant was grinching christmas. now dunkin doughnuts in the fray. it unveiled the holiday cup. every year it is like this. social media blows up. people praising this design. praising dunkin' donuts. saying dunkin' donuts is embracing christmas. starbucks says it has the red space so you can have your own christmas designs. >> if they were completely denying the existence of the holiday, they would have white cups. horrible. "early start" continues right now. breaking news this morning. a major moment in the battle against isis. a new offensive launched trying to take back a crucial town from the terro

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