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the neighbor of the san bernardino shooters arrested on terrorism charges. what investigators are now revealing. plus, donald trump duking it out. jeb bush cozying up with vladimir putin. the dramatic issues in the race for president. good morning. i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm alison kosik. there are new issues with the san bernardino case this morning. a friend and former neighbor of syed rizwan farook has been
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arrested and charged with plotting two earlier attacks with farook. attacks never carried out. the complaint against 24-year-old enrique marquez does not claim he was involved in the shooting that left 14 people dead, but did buy the two ar-15 rifles and a pipe bomb found at the scene. cnn's kyung lah is live with the latest. >> reporter: enrique marquez faces three charges, visa and marriage charges and material support to terrorism. according to a federal complaint, marquez and syed rizwan farook plotting as recently as four years ago to attack a couple of locations in southern california. a cafeteria and community college in riverside. they planned to drop bombs on
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the freeway during rush hour. and marquez bought powder found in undetonated bombs found in the room in the san bernardino massacre. marquez will have another court appearance next week. alison and boris. >> thank you. kyung lah. the victims and families will meet with president obama at a private event. this is part of a week long push on national security and terrorism issues. on thursday, president obama went to the terrorism center in virginia. let's bring in jim acosta with the latest. jim. >> reporter: alison and boris, it was one more attempted show of strength from president obama as he vowed to keep the nation safe from the terrorist and lone
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wolf terrorists. there is no current or specific threat to the homeland and he urged americans to remain calm. under the discretion, the high tech menace of terrorists with the encrypted messages. >> when terrorists pull off a despicable act like san bernardino, it tears at our hearts, but it also stiffens our resolve. >> reporter: later today, the president will visit the families of the victims in san bernardino en route to his family vacation in hawaii, an annual trip interrupted by threats to homeland before. the president will have one more chance in efforts to defeating isis and protecting americans at home at the end of the year news conference later today. alison. >> jim, thanks for that.
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vladimir putin and donald trump coming together. calling him a talented leader. at the annual state of the union conference, trump returned the favor and saying it is nice to be complimented. >> you can bet the candidates on the other side were watching. now jeb bush is using this as a spotlight that it is proof that trump is entertaining and not fit to be commander in chief. he told john berman overnight that the seal of approval is not necessarily a good thing. >> i don't respect vladimir putin. he is a leader of a country. to get praise from putin is not going to help donald trump. he is not a serious candidate.
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he would bring chaos to the presidency. we are at war right now with islamic terrorism and he has not offered one compelling thing to do to keep us safe. it is all high volume, lots of talk. nothing specific. he hasn't taken the time to learn the issues. i think we need someone with a steady hand in the presidency. we will never beat hillary clinton with grandiocity. >> trump continuing to hit back on jeb bush on fox news last night. >> i think he is a nice man. he is doing poorly. he was down to three or four. i came out with numbers at 41%. he has not been doing well. his pollster said here's what you do. memorize it and say it to trump. when they let that clip run, he doesn't look so good. you know, he came out a couple
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of times during the debate in the middle of nowhere. i said is that another attack? it is not necessary. >> and while bush was taking on donald trump, marco rubio and ted cruz fought another round in the immigration battle at the debate. cruz drilling in on the rubio support for the 2013 immigration reform bill that offered a path to citizenship. rubio swinging back pointing to an amendment of legal status. >> he will have a hard time because he's not told the truth about his position in the past on legalization. even at the debate, he said he did not intend to legalize people in the future. i think it is crafty language. >> senator rubio admitted he supported obama and schumer
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amnesty. >> on the democratic side, bernie sanders gaining another big labor endorsement. the largest media labor union in the country. the sanders camp admitting one of the staffers improperly accessed confidential voter information. sanders campaign manager blaming it on a software glitch. that staffer has been fired. the democratic national convention said they will not not be allowed to access it again until an explanation is provided. and the issue to transfer prisoners out of guantanamo bay in the next coming weeks. ash carter says congress has been informed about the move. several nations have agreed to take in the inmates. the president is hoping to shut the facility down before he leaves office. the final state of the union
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address is expected next month. the white house says instead of ticking off the priorities, the president plans to share his vision for the country and administration officials say he has no plan to be a lame duck in the last year in office. time for an early start on your money. stocks around the world are in the red. so are u.s. stock futures. as global selloff continues. yesterday, wall street's enthusiasm over the fed's interest rate decision vanished. the dow fell more than 250 points. give a little. oil plunged below $35 a barrel. a trifecta of lies and deceit. that is all over martin shkreli. he was arrested yesterday. shkreli is known for jacking up the price of the drug used to
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treat aids by 5,000%. he is now facing charges that he bilked another company out of millions. officials say he ran the company like a ponzi scheme. shkreli faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty. twitter went nuts on this. that's what he gets. >> i cannot imagine a lot of people are weeping for him. >> except for him. he got out on bond. >> $5 million bail. russia and iran meeting to figure out how to stop isis and the crisis in syria. we are live next.
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secretary of state john kerry set to meet the united nations to try to broker a deal to send the war in syria. russia and iran and others at the table. trying to pressure the nations to cut off isis funding. let's bring in jill dougherty with the latest. good morning, jill. a lot of competing interests in syria. that is what makes this conflict
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so complex. the main sticking point is bashar al assad. u.s. says he has to go. russia says he has to stay. what common ground are they hoping to find here? >> reporter: i think, boris, they are getting closer. the russians are saying they want him to stay in power, but they want a government structure there in an interim period. the russians are not saying he must stay. they are saying they are more open to when he might move aside. and from the american side, he must go immediately and nothing can happen until he is out of there. now they are giving some space on that and saying eventually he
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does have to go, how that happens, where he is precisely is a little more fluid. there's also another sticking point. the opposition groups defining who are the opposition groups fighting on the ground and to be at the table with the representatives of the syrian government. that's one of the key things they will try to work out in new york today. boris. >> interesting to see both sides softening. especially vladimir putin considering the rhetoric coming from that side. were you at the press briefing yesterday at the russian state of the union. he spoke highly of donald trump. what do you make of his comments on donald trump? >> reporter: well, i think it's kind of classic putin. i don't think anyone expected him to go that far and almost endorse donald trump. he said, you know, he is a colorful person and leader in the election campaign. that was quite interesting.
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i think in context what putin is doing is he's playing to the ego of donald trump. certainly, mr. putin himself has a sense of himself. they are both strong people. also he's kind of subtling inserting himself into the american campaign and at the same time saying we don't get involved in american politics all ththough they get involved russia politics. the narrative here is obama is weak. if mr. putin can say donald trump is strong, you know, interesting guy, that is a little bit of a dig at president obama. i think we got a lot of things going on. don't forget, he headed the kgb. he was an agent for years. he knows how to work with images. >> classic vladimir putin.
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jill dougherty reading between the lines, thank you. heavily rebels launches attacks in northern iraq. the most intense fighting in months with the terrorists using car bombs and bulldozers to attack the kurds north and east of mosul. u.s. military officials responding with a 17-hour air attack. the pentagon says 18 kurdish fighters were killed. a pennsylvania man arrested and charged with providing material to support isis. they found weapons magazines and ammunition last month when the fbi searched the home. calling for violence against them and american citizens. authorities say he helped people looking to travel overseas to fight alongside isis. looking to get into the
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magic kingdom? you have to pay a lot of money for tickets and you may have to pass through metal detectors first. disney deciding to beef up the entrances. security is a major concern in the wake of the san bernardino attacks. we get more from cnn's alina machado. >> reporter: boris and alison, universal is also using metal detectors. a spokesperson says we continually review our approach to security and implementing security measures as appropriate. disney will use the new metal detectors and adding visible and non visible security measures at all of their parks. these measures include the use of specially trained dogs to
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patrol key areas. some of the other things you notice if you head to the disney park, discontinuing the sale of toy guns and no longer allowed to bring toy guns on the parks. if you have 14 and older, you will not be able to wear a costume to the park. they want to make sure a toy gun doesn't cause distraction or confusion for cast members. they know few people bring these items. the cost in policy is to allow security to better screen people at the parks. alison and boris. >> i say it is a good thing. >> it probably is. >> i would go to the parks and you walk in and they search your bag. i thought how thorough of a job? >> it is good to have that extra security. >> yeah. we will probably not see the white christmas in new york, but
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others may. let's go to meteorologist maginnis. >> a powerful storm. all the way from seattle down toward the san francisco bay area. look for the rain, but not just that, the wind with gusts up and over 60 miles an hour. especially through the mountain passes. we are also looking at significant snow in through the cascades and siskews. some of the snowfall in the mountain regions is 1 to 2 feet. slow going expected there. this is what it looks like. seattle with the wet weather portland down to medford and northern california. we have seen some reports as much as 5 inches of rainfall and a wind gust of 72 miles per
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hour. that snowfall moves across the northern rockies over the next several days. boise, bozman and mizzoula, watch out. the wife of jason day hospitalized overnight after getting run down by lebron james. day and his wife, ellie, were court side at the cavaliers game and lebron james slammed into her while chasing a loose ball. the game had to be stopped and a neck brace had to be put on her and taken to the hospital. she expected to be okay. always a risk when you sit court side. >> we all want the good seats. new information about the paris terror attacks. what the ringleader was doing in the days leading up to the massacre. next.
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we're learning more this morning about the ringleader of the paris terror attacks and where he was in the weeks leading up to the attack. cnn's sara sidner is live in lesbos, greece with the latest on the investigation. sara, investigators are learning more and more and he used the refugee crisis to his vantage. >> reporter: that is what the
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investigators are looking into. we have to remember, he was a belgian moroccan and he could have his own legal passports and papers to do that. what they have said is they believe he was in syria and he made his way to leros. in order to do that, it would take you coming from syria into turkey and then taking a vessel to an island that has been abandoned first and what happens with refugees when they do it, it is treacherous, the waters in that part of the sea, they end up on the abandoned island and the coast guard will have to pick them up. then bring them to leros. it is a very difficult journey because they are on the rickety boats because they often cap size. there are groups of people here on the island of lesbos who are
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picking up refugees and they are coming in hoards. children, women, men, all coming trying to escape war. the worry, of course, for the world, really is are there people slipping in among those who truly and really need the help and they think they are looking at whether abdelhamid abaaoud and two others were able to use the refugee crisis to their advantage and attack paris. >> it is the borders that are to blame for salah abdeslam, the other terrorist in this bataclan attacks. he's managed to evade authorities thanks to the borders. >> reporter: yeah and the fear here is people are able to get through these borders. we have to remember if they have passports, that's going to make it easier for them to do that.
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in the chaos of all that happened in paris, the communication is a big issue. getting that information and finding out who they are looking for. i think that is what's going on in that instance. these many weeks later, they know who was responsible. investigators finding each of the names and figuring out who was responsible. now worldwide manhunt trying to find that last person who managed to escape. when you talk about the difficulties for the refugees, there are hundreds of thousands of refugees who have come here in lesbos. they simply need help. they are not looking to attack. they are looking for homes. they have to be able to make that difference. >> showing those legitimately looking for a safer way of life are being kept from that. sara, thanks. an arrest made in the san bernardino terror attacks.
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what investigators are revealing about the massacre next.
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the neighbor of the san bernardino shooters arrested. now facing terrorism charges. how investigators believe he is linked to the attack. trump versus bush. rubio versus cruz.
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feuds intensifying. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm boris sanchez. major developments in the san bernardino case. the friend and neighbor of syed rizwan farook has been charged and connected to two attacks that were never carried out. the complaint against 24-year-old enrique marquez claims he was not directly involved, but he bought two ar-15 rifles used in the attack and explosive material used in a pipe bomb found at the scene. cnn's kyung lah is in san bernardino with the latest. >> reporter: enrique marquez faces three federal charges. gun charges. visa and marriage fraud as well as very serious charge of material support to terrorism. according to a federal complaint, marquez and syed rizwan farook plotting as recently as four years ago to
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attack several locations in california. a cafeteria at a community college. they planned to drop pipe bombs on an orange county freeway. the complaint also says that marquez bought explosive powder that was then found in undetonated bombs left in the room that was the san bernardino massacre. enrique marquez made an initial court appearance. he did not enter a plea. there is another court appearance next week. alison. >> thanks for that. the victims and the families of the san bernardino will meet with president obama at a private event. this is part of a push to spotlight the efforts on national security and terror issues. on thursday, the president made a trip to the national counterterrorism center in virginia for a briefing. let's bring in jim acosta for
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the latest. >> reporter: alison and boris, it was one more attempted show of strength from president obama as he vowed to keep the nation safe from isis terrorists and so-called lone wolf followers during the holidays. after a briefing at the national counterterrorism center, the president said there is no credible threat to the homeland. with that intelligence in hand, he urged americans to remain calm. the terrorist concealing their intentions on social media and smartphones. here is what the president had to say. >> when the terrorists pull off a despicable act like san bernardino it tears at our hearts, but it also stiffens our resolve. >> reporter: later today, the president will pay a visit to the families of the victims of san bernardino even route to the family vacation to hawaii. the president will have one more chance to defend efforts to
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defeating isis and protecting americans at home at the news conference here at the white house later today. alison and boris. >> thank you, jim. donald trump and vladimir putin launching admiration society of sorts. the russian president calling trump a very flamboyant man and talented. the absolute leader of the presidential race. trump returned the compliment saying it is an honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected in his own country. >> you can imagine the republicans were watching. now jeb bush is using this as an theme that it is prove that trump is entertaining and not fit to be commander in chief. bush told john berman overnight that putin's seal of approval is not necessarily a good thing.
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>> i don't respect vladimir putin. he is a leader of an important country, not a regional power as barack obama called him. to get praise will not help donald trump. he is not a serious candidate. he would bring chaos to the presidency as he has done to the campaign. we are at war with islamic terrorism. he has not offered one compelling, specific thing to do to keep us safe. it is high volume and nothing specific. he has not taken time to learn the issues. we need someone with a steady hand. we will never beat hillary clinton with grandiocity. >> and trump continued to hit back at jeb bush on fox news last night. >> i really think he is a nice man. he is doing poorly. he was down to 3 or 4 or something like that. i came out with numbers at 41%.
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he has not been doing well. his pollster said here's what you do. here's the line. memorize it and say it to trump. when they let the whole clip run, he doesn't look so good. you know, he came out a couple of times during the debate in the middle of nowhere. i said what is that? is that another attack? it is not necessary. >> while bush was taking on donald trump, cruz and rubio fighting another round. cruz drilling on the support for the 2013 immigration reform bill that offered a path to citiz citizensh citizenship. rubio swinging back pointing to the amendment that cruz pushed that would grant citizenship and a path to legal status. >> he will have a hard time. he has not told the truth about his position in the past about legalization. even at the debate. he said he did not intend to legalize people in the future.
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i think crafty language. >> tuesday for the first time, senator rubio publicly admitted he supported that amnesty. he still supports it today. he avoided doing that in the first four debates. he admitted it in the last debate. >> the bernie sanders campaign facing possible sanctions after admitting a staffer improperly accessed voter information collected by the hillary clinton campaign. the campaign manager blamed it on a software glitch. the staffer has been fired. the democratic national convention said they will not access the voter data again until an explanation is provided. 17 more prisoners out of guantanamo bay in the coming weeks. defense secretary ash carter says the congress has been informed about the move. several countries have agreed to take in the lower level inmates. the president hoping to shutdown the facility before he leaves
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office. president obama's final state of the union address next month is expected to depart from tradition. the white house says instead of ticking off a long list of priorities, the president plans to share his vision for the country. the administration insists the president has no plans to act like a lame duck in the last year in office. with an agenda includes closing guantanamo bay and perhaps executive actions on gun control. the house has passed $622 billion in tax breaks. it includes permanent extension of the child tax credit. generous tuition tax credit and delay in taxes that help pay for obamacare. almost all republicans voted for the bill and more democrats than expected backed it as well. this is the first step in approving a big tax and spending deal. the second part is a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds agencies through september. that is expected to be approved today. the supporters are saying this
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brings enough certainty for jobs and boost the economy. there are opponents that say this adds too much to the deficit. happening now, u.s. and world leaders are trying to find common ground in how to fight isis in syria. we are live next.
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supporters of sainthood for mother teresa one step closer. pope francis recognized a second miracle attributed to mother teresa which paves the way for canonization. she died in 1997. the first step toward sainthood is beatification. secretary of state john kerry to chair a meeting to help get countries to fight isis with the u.n. let's go live to moscow and bring in jill dougherty of the national center of security. thanks for joining us this morning. we are seeing some progress about find something common ground about the fate of syria's
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bashar al assad. >> reporter: right. so actually there is some progress and it is complicated. what they did yesterday was they got the funding part of it at the united nations. unanimous resolution to put off funding for isis. that would be trying to stop the banking system from having isis access to the banking system for things. like selling oil it brings in and uses as part of funding. also sales of antiquities. there are issues of taxes. they actually tax the people under their control and that's an increasing part of the $2 billion that they are taking in per year estimated. and today, friday, at the united nations, russia and the united states will both be there and they are, as you said, trying to bring everyone together to pass another resolution which would essentially give the check of
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approval to the process of political transition. still some sticking point. precisely what would happen to president assad in the transition. you would have to say there has been a narrowing of differences with the united states and russia on that. the final issue would be who are the opposition fighters who could sit down and the table and be part of the process. alison. >> baby steps at least. i want to switch gears a bit. to politics. i know you were at putin's state of the union address. a bizarre moment where he gave a complete endorsement to donald trump. >> reporter: well, i think it was more than kind of. he said he is leading the race. he called him a very interesting, colorful person. he didn't say i'm going to vote for him.
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he said in the same breath, the americans interfere in our politics. i'm not going to do that. i'm not interfering. of course, in a way he was. it is intriguing why he would think that donald trump is somebody that he can work with. you heard the comments by donald trump saying i can work with putin. there are some similarities. both colorful people on the world stage. both tough guys or give the impression they are. you know, we have to see how it goes. it really was quite a moment, alison. >> maybe it is the flamboyant nature they each have. thank you, jill. hundreds of heavily armed isis fighters launched a attac itch for on kurdish forces in iraq. they used vehicles mounted with machine guns to attack east of
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mosul. military officials responding with a 17-hour air attack. the pentagon said 18 kurdish fighters were killed in the battle. a pennsylvania man arrested and charged with conspireing to charge material support to isis. authorities say they found high capacity weapons and magazines and survival gear when they searched the apartment of 19-year-old aziz last month. he used several twitter accounts about members of the military calling for violence against them and american citizens. authorities are saying he also helped people who were looking to travel overseas to fight alongside isis. it may be known as the happiest place on earth, but you and the kids may have to pass through metal detectors first. disney world beefing up security at the them parks. security is a major concern in the wake of the san bernardino and paris terror attacks. we get more from alina machado.
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>> reporter: boris, disney is not the only one doing this. universal and seaworld are using metal detectors to screen people in the parks. the spokesperson for disney released a statement. it reads we review our approach to security and implementing additional security measureses. disney will randomly select guests for the metal detectors. these measures include the use of trained dogs to patrol areas. if you head to a park, they are discontinuing the sale of toy guns on disney property and not allowing people to bring toy gun to the theme parks. if you are 14 and older, you also won't be able to wear a costume. the toy gun policy, they say, is being done to make sure a toy
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gun doesn't cause distraction or confusion for the cast members and security personnel in the parks. few people actually bring these items. the cost in policy is to allow security to better screen people at the parks. alison and boris. >> alina, thanks. the wife of jason day in the hospital overnight after getting run down by lebron james. day and his wife, ellie, were court side at the cavaliers game in cleveland when lebron slammed into her accidentally while chasing a loose ball. amazing to see. the game was stopped as she was taken to the hospital. she was released this morning. she is expected to be okay. james tweeting hope you guys are back to another game again. it is amazing to see how tall is he?
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we are learning more about
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the ringleader of the paris terror attacks and where he was leading up to the attack. cnn's sara sidner is live in lesbos, greece. sara, the millions of people going into europe trying to flee the crisis in syria. is it possible that abdelhamid abaaoud used that to his advantage to get into europe easily? >> reporter: that is exactly what investigators are looking into and they do think at least two others, those involved in the stadium bombing, were doing just that. using fake syrian passports and paris. we are learning from investigators, they are saying we now really are quite sure that abdelhamid abaaoud was able to get to leros in greece. they believe he was in syria in the weeks before and in order to
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do that, what the normal refugee route would be to come through syria by land to turkey and then take a boat from turkey to leros. in between there is very dangerous waters. there is the island that is abandoned that is used by the military. that island is often where people end up and the coast guard often come and pick them up from greece and take them in to leros. it is a difficult journey. it is difficult because the boats they are using are so incredibly rickety and unprepared for choppy waters. today, boris, two have arrived and a third just arrived with people packed and freezing. it could be that investigators say he could have come in with the refugees. we must be clear, these attackers had eu passports.
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certainly using the refugees as cover as they came from syria into greece. boris. >> a delicate situation trying to figure out who is in actual need of help and who is nefarious. and u.s. futures are in the red this morning. global sell off continues. it is shocking what is seen with oil. yesterday's wall street us enthusiasm vanished. the dow fell 250 points and oil plunged below $50 a barrel. paypal. doubling paid leave for new moms. there is a good gift for the holidays. moms get 16 weeks of fully paid leave. and new dads will get eight weeks paid. lots of big tech companies have
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been increasing parental leave policy. netflix will let employees take as much parental leave and microsoft and facebook have increased their policies as well. and anonymous donors have cleared hundreds of thousands of layaway tabs at walmart and toys r us and k-mart. walmart said the secret givers are more generous. three separate people gave more than $100,000 each in walmarts in florida, pennsylvania and ohio. they spent combined $500,000. >> this is great to see especially because of the negative news we have to report to see something lighthearted. nice to see. especially as the economy
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continues to improve. i hope we see more of that. "early start" continues right now. the neighbor of the san bernardino shooters arrested on terrorism charges. what investigators are now reveali revealing. donald trump duking it out with jeb bush, but cozying up to vladimir putin. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm boris sanchez. it is friday, december 18th. we have new information in tth the san bernardino case. farook's friend has been arrested and charged in being indirectly charged in the case. enrique marquez bought two ar-15 rifles used in the attack and

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