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>> donald trump suspending his attacks against hillary clinton as a new poll shows his lead. the republican front runner is shrinking. the woman accused of mowing down dozens of pedestrians on the vegas strip. she is charged with murder. in just hours now from facing a judge. breaking overnight, days after a passive landslide in china, a survivor is pulled from the rubble. >> it's amazing. >> it is. >> good morning. welcome to "early start." >> it is wednesday, december 23rd, 4:00 am in the east.
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we dpin with a tightening lead in the republican presidential race. donald trump just 4 points ahead of ted cruz. a food reason for him to believe in the comment it's turning into a two-man race. it's a matchup that cruz says gives quote a good choice to the american people. >> reporter: good morning, ted cruz momentum showing he is chipping away at donald trump's dominance. trump is still in the lead. but his lead over ted cruz is getting smaller. this quinnipiac pom showing that cruz has gained 8 point in the past four weeks. he is now within stwieking distance of drumplt the two are the front runners. he says this is encourage.
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. >> i think was interesting. donald said a couple days ago, he thought the republican race could come down to him and me. i think he may be right. we are surging in the polls. donald may be right this is turning more and more into a two-man race between donald trump and me. i think if that's the case, the decision will be made by the voters. >> today in oklahoma city, ted cruz will wrap up his week-long tour of super tuesday states that vote if early march. this has been a core part of theious campaign strategy to -- the cruz campaign strategy for the long haul. >> it seems to be working for him. thank you. hillary clinton responding indirectly to donald trump's controversial comments about her, saying no one should be able to bully his way into the oval office. his remarks came at a town hall in iowa, where a ten-year-old girl asked her what she would do about bullying.
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clinton said bullying is more widespread and she, herself, has faced more than a share of it. >> we need more love and kindness in our country. i think we are not treating each other with the respect and the care that we should show toward each other. and that's why it's important to stand up to bullies, wherever they are and why we soon let anybody bully his way into the presidency. because that is not who we are as americans. >> trump, meantime, defended his controversial description of clinton's 2008 primary loss to president obama if a tweet. he wrote, quote, once again the main stream media is dishonest. if not vulgar. when i said that word, i meant beaten badly.
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>> bush criticized trump's language, saying that clinton will play that controversy to her own advantage. >> she's great at being the victim. the school enhanceer victimology status. this is what she loves doing. trump is not going to be president because he says these things, it turns people off. crying out loud, two days before christmas lighten up, man. >> he and trump embark on a twitter war. here's one of a series of harsh things, weak and low energy, jeb bush, his campaign is a disaster. he is doing ads against he, he tries to look like a tough guy. based on his tweets, donald trump gets upset for being called out for his unserious hillariesque policy views. the washington post waving the white flag over a cartoon of all
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things. cruz ran a political ad showing him reading satire cal christmas stories to his daughters. it sparked a cartoon, depicting the kids as organ grinders monkeys doing their father's bidding. cruz says, classy, stick with attacking me. don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well. in the end, they replaced it with a note from the editor saying, quote, it's generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. i understand why anne thought an exception to the policy was warranted, but i do not agree. fox business fourth quarter changing the criteria for the main stage in the undercard debate based on few thresh holds the candidates must meet in national or early state polling. this is how things shake out,
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six candidates on the main stage, donald trump, ted cruz, marco rubio, jeb bush, chris christie the others on the race, rand paul, mike huck a bow, rick santorum, john kasich, george that peak. it is in south carolina. donald trump says big tax can you describe, four pages, he laid this out a while ray go. they come at a big cost. there is brand-new analysis looking over this plan several weeks now. they have determined that the plan would reduce taxes for everyone. cut taxes for everyone. but the super rich could see the biggest benefit. middle income households see it cut by 27 dollars, a tax cut of 4.9% t. top 0.1% t. richest cut on average of 19% of their after-tax income. when trump put out that four-page tax plan back in september.
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he said it would fought increase deficits. but the tax policy center estimates trump's plan would increase deficits by at least $9.5 strl over a decade and another 15 in the next. how will trump cut spending? he has said he will not touch medicare or social security. >> that means cutting big amounts of defense and domestic spending combined. donald trump says he will go crazy, the ceo trump running the thing, you would have big job growth and xhirk growth. >> right. he hopefully believes softening taxes on the rich might create more business. commandos are in syria working against isis a. small contingent of special operation troops are there advising local fighters. officials decline to say how many or where they are. the contingent is up to 50 special operation forces.
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the president approved to advise syrian fighters. in the city of ramadi, forces fight to take anbar province from isis. isis fighters cap cured that city back in may. it was a key propaganda victory and a strategic foothold. robin, we know, 24 hours ago, we were hearing from iraqi officials that terrorism troops were moving into the city center. we know that isis had been holding civilians in town. not allowing people for days to evacuate. what's your status today? r. christine, the first fighting ongoing following the iraqi army's assault dawn raid yesterday, what sounds like a daring complex raid first of all
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building a temporary bridge over the city center. the iraqis are claiming to have made gains within the city and to have raised the iraqi flag in some parts of the city. but they are trying to advance on the city center, key strategic locations that they can finally claim that they have regained control of ramadi city. now, what we understand, the government buildings, there are about 250 to 300 isis hard line fighters that will remain within the city. you can imagine, given the fact that there are human shields, we have that concern from the united states, that there are up to 10,000 civilians held captive by isis. they are not allowed to leave, despite the fact that the u.s.-led coalition and iraqi forces have warned them that this onslaught of the assault was coming. they were not permitted to leave. the progression is coming slowly and carefully to relieve
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casualties choosing civilians or having them get in the way of the fight. they are avoiding bobby traps. they would have had time to build rat holes and set up snipers to allow them to counterassault. 250 to 300 isis fighters on the ground there. >> we heard them say bobby trapped buildings to collapse once they entered the building quickly. what is the u.s. role, the coalition role in this airstrike? what is the u.s. and allies doing? >> the u.s. and allies are taking a strategic role for the iraqi defenses with the renewed vigor we saw in sinjar, especially and up tempo operation since the november 13th attacks on paris. so they have seen launching
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airstrikes. we understand they have some involvement in the building of the temporary bridge and training the iraqi troops on how to launch a complex assault of this kind. a number targeting key isis locations. we understand they had weapons caches yesterday and they hit some command post, isis command posts outside. 20 isis killed in this fight. >> robin, following that had vans on ramadi, thank you for that. >> we are warning of another black eye for a secret service. a radio, a gun, flash drive stolen out of his personal vehicle near secret service headquarters in downtown washington if broad daylight t. secret service declined to comment. over the last few years, the agency has been hit by a string of scandals related to agent
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behavior and security lapses. the administration is touting encouraging news, it says the mid-way point, more people are getting coverage him among them, more young adults. federal figures show 18.4 million people renewed. verifying the citizenship and income. the woman accused of plowing into the las vegas strip faces a judge in a few hours, what we are learning about this suspect next.
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>> the 24-year-old woman suspected of intentionally raming her car into a crowd of pedestrians on the las vegas strip will go before a judge today. she killed a young mom and injured more than 30 others. >> reporter: >> good morning, christine,
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boris. the woman who police say intentionally plowed her car into a packed sidewalk on the sunday strip, killing one and injuring more than 30 others is now facing three felony charges. those charges include one count of murder with a deadly weapon, one of child neglect and her three-year-old daughter was in the back of the car. one count of leaving the scene of an accident. we are learning more about the woman. she legally changed her name in okay to paris paradise morton. not clear why the police are charging her under her former name instead of her current name. we do know she is expected to make her first appearance this morning and some of her family members are expected to attend. >> we are getting our first look at the visa application allowing the female san bernardino shooter access to the united
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states. this is a 21-page document filled out by syed farook. it gave no indication of jihad. he was born in chicago. he claimed he and his fiance mit in person after chatting online. republicans are pointing to passport stamps fake that cast doubt on whether they actually did moot in saudi arabia. >> aerial sergeant bo bergdahl entered into plea. he did not indicate a preference for a jury or a bench trial. he is facing two serious charges for vacating his post in 2009. he was released in a prisoner swap. the next hearing is set for january 12th. matt bevin is asking the controversy involving kim davis, remember she was jailed after
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refusing to issue licenses to gay couples, officials with the aclu say his actions further complicate things and state law requires clerk's names on those licenses. well, we have been looking forward to potentially bar-b-queing on christmas with theifies warm weather we've seen. >> it's a good idea. >> across the country, some are facing the potential of storms, millions in the threat of wet weather. even the tornadoes. >> christine, boris, good morning, it feels like spring in september. the moisture content is extremely high. the driving mech name in the jet stream aloft to support the humidities 70 to 90% widespread. the storm prediction center. i feel a one to five, giving this a three. strong damage indicated in the center of the screen. notice tornadoes, some potentially strong. the concern is the timing of these storms, later in the evening hours.
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certainly plenty of wet weather. notice this area of interest. this line of thunderstorms begin popping up in individualized cells come in. that's what worry concerned with. they have all the energy to themselves. they can spawn tornadoes. we are watching that carefully. the fatalities are a record low of ten fatalities for the entire year in tornadoes. we hope to keep it that way. the temperatures supporting all of this. 77 in jackson. making it to the lower 70s as well. >> i know, thousands of people wondering what they saw tuesday fight. look at this, this is a mysterious bright light that appeared over california and nant. a lot of people captured this and were talking about it. it turn itself out it was fought a meteor or alien invasion. officials say it was russian space debris adding the
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atmosphere. tlrt 30s seconds of that just flowing. >> impressive video. breaking overnight, a survivor pulled from the rubble. this is a miraculous story. days after a massive landslide in china. a survivor. we're live next.
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>> the heroic efforts of thousands of rescue works dig at a landslide in shenzhen china buried under tons of zooeb debris. the 19-year-old under rubble for more than vict hours. he was badly weakened and dehydrated but he was alive.
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let's bring in matt rivers for us. good morning, matt. considering the size of this landslide, it's 94 acres. about 60 to be fields. this is really a miracle. >>? >> reporter: it really is. it incredibly probable rescuers were able to find him. they were able to find him because of his actions. he was trapped inside a small part of a building that got buried. thankfully, he had an air pocket and somehow he was in a room where there were snacks and he was able to stay calm. once he heard rescuers in the distance, he took a metal object and started banging on a rock to alert them to signs of life. they discovered him around 3:00 a.m. local time here. it took them several hours to get him out of the ground, they did. somehow he is in stable
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condition in a local hospital. >> matt, we understand it's been difficult for chinese authorities to get an exact number of those missing. many are migrant workers. do we have any updates on the proing to find those that are missin missing? >> well, initially the numbers stood by 15 simply because migrant workers checked in. it's very difficult to get information out of the chinese government. for the last several hours, it has held in the mid-70s figure. so that's what rescue officials are working on. >> an area nearby certainly
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sobering. thank you. >> we are learning about east africa muslims put their lives on the line when they were ambushed. >> you know, it puts chills down my spine when i hear the details of these people giving head scarfs to christian women, to essentially fool the attackers and to save them. >> well, that's right, christine, good morning. this has touched a nerve around the worm. the sheer bravery and selflessness of these kenyans traveling on that bus to the northeast part of the country and the boarder of somalia when there was this ambush by el shabab gunmen, there were survivors, many more in the bushes behind that. they acted quickly, gave head scarfs to the christians on board, hid others under backs in
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the back. saying we are all muslim, if you want to kim us, kim us all. previous attacks like this, this is what has happened, el shabab separated the christians to throw a division in this part of the country and certainly in kenya and around the world just as we approach christians. >> we've seen these groups do this sort of thing to try to sell division. it's interesting to see division is not their response, instead, it is unity. thank you for that story this wo woke. >> incredibly bravery showing. new drama in the race for president next.
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>> is the republican race for president coming down to donald trump an ted cruz? what the front runners are saying, what the new polls are saying ahead. a woman accused of driving into pedestrians charged with murder, hours away from facing a judge him what we are learning now about the suspect. breaking overnight, 66 hours after a massive landslide, a survivor pulled from the rubble him we are live. welcome back to "early start." >> we are about 31 minutes past the hour. we start this morning with the lead in the republican presidential race. donald trump four points ahead of ted cruz in the latest poll. a good reason to agree with the recent statement, the republican race is turning into a two-man race. it leaves out marco rubio pulling third. cnn has the latest in the cruz
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campaign. >> good morning, ted cruz feeling momentum from this new national pom showing he is chipping away at donald trump's dominance. trump is still in the lead, but his lead over ted cruz is getting smaller. this quinnipiac pom showing cruz has gained 8 points in the past four weeks and now is within striking distance of donald trump, meaning basically the two are the clear front runners. ted cruz in tennessee says this brings him encouragement and made this interesting prediction on where he sees the race going. >> i did think it was interesting. donald said a couple days ago, he thought the republican race could come down to him and me. i think he may well be right. if you look at the polk numbers, we are surging in the polls. donald may be right this is turning more and more into a two-man race between donald trump and me. i think if that's the case. the decision will be made by the voters. >> today in oklahoma city, ted
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cruz will wrap up his week long tour of super tuesday states that vote in early march. this has been a core part of the cruz campaign strategy to focus on the long haul. it's right now all about looking ahead. christine, boris. >> thank you. hillary clinton is responding indirectly to donald trump's harsh comments about her saying no one should be able to bumly his way into the oval office. her remarks came at a town hall in iowa. a ten-year-old girl who suffers from asthma asked hillary clinton what she would do with bullying. she responded bumlying is more widespread and she, herself has faced more than her share of it. >> we need more love and kindness in our country. i think we are not treating each other with the respect and the -- [ applause ] >> and the care that we should show towards each other and
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that's why it's important to stand up to bullies wherever they are and why we shouldn't let anybody bully his way into the presidency. because that is not who we are as americans. >> trump, meanwhile, defended his controversial description of clinton's 2008 primary loss to president obama in a tweet. this is what he wrote. he said, once again the main stream media is dishonest. >> that word is not vulgar when i said that word. >> that meant to be beaten badly. now, jeb bush is using a feud between clinton an trump to take them both on after a new hampshire town hall, bush criticized the bolder language, predicting clinton will play the controversy to her own advantage. listen to what he said. >> she's great at being the victim. you know, the enhanceer, victimology status. this is what she loo loves doing. trump is not going to be
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president because he says these things. it turns people off. for crying out loud, we're two days before crit mass. lighten up, man. >> bush's comments colorado r come as he and trump embark on a twitter war. a series of harsh remarks quote weak and low energy, jeb bush's campaign is a disaster. he tries to look like a tough guy. here's bush's replay, based on his tweerkts donald trump gets upset when called out for unserious hillary-esque quality views. another political standoff, the walk post waving the white flag over an editorial cartoon. it started with an ad cruz ran showing him reading satire cal christmas stories to his daughters. it spark an editorial depicking the kid as organ grinder's mon
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kiss. cruz tweeted out classy the walk post makes fun of my girls. stick with attacking me. >> don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well. in the end, they pulled it off the website replacing it with a note from the editor saying, quote, it's generally been the policy of our editorial sex to leave children out. i understand why ann thought an exception was warranted, but i do not agree. fox business network changing the criteria for the main stage based on threw thresh holds candidates must meet in national or early state polling. this is how things would shake out based on current trends. just six candidates on the main strainl stage, donald trump, ted cruz, jeb bush and chris at the. the others in the race in the undercard, rand paul, john kasich. mike huck a bow.
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the fox debate is set for january 13th in south carolina. happening now, u.s. commanders are in northern syria, cnn learned special operation troops are there. they are adviseding local fighters. u.s. officials decline to say exactly how many are where they are for obvious reasons. this contingent is for the up to 50 special op forces. president obama approved to advise syrian fighters. battles enrageing in the key iraqi city of ramadi, iraqi forces fight to take anbar province from isis. isis fighters cap cured the city in may, gaining a key propaganda victory as well as a strategic foothold, 70 miles from baghdad. cnn is following developments for us. robin, in may, when isis took the city, u.s. secretary of defense said that the iraqi army didn't seem like it had the will to fight. ash carter questioning whether or not iraqis have the will to
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fight. if they were to retake the city, this would be a key strategic victory, also a major boost for moral as well. >> yes, from what we understand, boris the iraqis took umberance, the people in ramadi fighting until they ran out of ammunition. they said they did not have the support from the central deposit in baghdad and the united states and it does seem that both the united states and backed, having spent a number of its troops down to, sending iraqi troops to fight, including the elite counterterrorism force to fight for this new war that they do have some kind of renewed vigor, here's what we know that happened in the last 24 hour hours, boris. the rake government forces claim to have regained some areas of
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the city. they did already hold, have recap cured some of the strategic areas of the city. but they are aiming for the government buildings in the city center. they launched a daring overnight raid. the united states built a bridge, a temporary bridge in which the iraqis used to cross over one of the canals into the southeastern humira district of ramadi. they sent their commandos across the bridge. that's when the fighting started. fierce crashes throughout tuesday and 20 isis fighters have been killed thus far a. number of key strategic points happened here as well. the u.s.-led coalition, airstrikes have been continuing throughout since this assault was raij raised. it is the second big really largest launch to tikrit as well as sinjar, which also earlier this year renewed vigor,
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especially off the november 13th attacks in which isis claimed responsibility. >> robin, cnn has heard from iraqi officials, they may have to slow the operation down for fear civilians may be put at risk. why, specifically? >> reporter: boris, there is stills up to 10,000 civilians that remain inside ramadi city. they were warned be i the iraqi government to try to leave the city. this assault was coming. however, isis stopped them from leaving and prevented them from leaving. we are hearing isis will use them as a human shield. 250 isis fighters remaining in the city. obviously, these troops going in are having to take this very, very slowly to try to minimize civilian casualties to got get them killed in the cross fire. also, it's moving slowly, isis had the last sevens to rick the city for this exacttime type of assaults.
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it's likely to be bobby traps and suicide bombers. vehicle born i.d.s as well, sniper fire. these are all the reasons why this is not going incredibly quickly. they are taking it slowly to min ms. sillian casualties as the number one really exactly what they're trying to do. we are also hearing, this is such a strategic location, boris, because of the proximity to back. it is within striking distance. there is nothing on the major highway between ramadi and baghdadi. it's going to be a tremendous amount of popular movement for the iraqi psych ki if they can get this through. >> a very delicate but important operation ongoing in ramadi. >> 41 minutes past the hour. another black eye for the u.s. secret service. an agent's gun, a badge, radio, handcuff and a nash drive stolen right out of his personal vehicle fear secret service headquarters in downtown washington if broad daylight t. agent has not been identified.
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the secret service declined to comment. over the last few years, the agency has been hit by a string of scandals. >> the obama administration touting encouraging news about obamacare. a few report says it's a mid-way point, more people are getting coverage through the health care website. federal figures show 8.2 million people signed up or were renewed. among the problems, ongoing challenges verifying the citizenship and income of applicants for subsidized coverage. >> 42 minutes past the hour. mostly up around the world, stocks are, asian shares closed mostly lower. europe mean markets are higher. yesterday, boris, it was a good day for the do you. it gained 166 points. that makes eight straight days of triple digit moves for the do you. the key to that rally in the stockmarket, increase to crude oil about $36.50 a barrel right
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now. energy has been the worst performer this year. stocks are still down for the year. the dow is down 2.3%. putting it on track for the first negative year since 2006. some are worrying if there is a santa claus rally in the works, we are running out of time. abbreviated trading this week. >> some thought the enthusiasm would rise. >> double digit gains for the s&p 500 every year. so no one is crying over their performance over the six or seven years. new information about that woman accused of driving into a crowd of plans on the las vegas strip. she gets ready to face a judge this morning. we got that next.
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>> welcome back to "early start." the 24-year-old woman accused of intentionally ramming her car into pedestrians on the las vegas strip. she will face a judge today.
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lakisha holloway is accused of killing a young mom and injuring 30 others. >> reporter: good morning, the woman who police say intentionally plowed her car into a packed sidewalk on the las vegas strip sunday evening killing one person, injuring more than 30 others is now facing three felony charges. those charges include one count of murder with a deadly weapon him one child of child abuse, next or endangerment. >> that because her three-year-old daughter was in the back seat of her car during an incident. one count of leaving the scene of an accident. we are learning more about the woman who we have known as lakisha holloway. she legally changed her name in okay to paris paradise morton. it's not clear yet why police are charging her under her former name instead of her current name. we do know she is expected to make her first court appearance later this morning. we understand some of her family
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members are going to attend. >> thank you. we are getting our first look at the visa application used be i the female san bernardino shooter that gave her access to the united states. the 21 page document filmed out by syed farook gave no hint of violent jihad. on the application, the u.s. citizen born in chicago claim he and his fiance met in saudi arabia after chatting online. house republicans questioning whether red flags were missed on the application, pointing to passport dates that cast doubt on whether farook or malik did meet in saudi arabia. >> army sergeant bo bergdahl enters into plea tuesday. the 29-year-old did not indicate a preference for a jury or a bench trial. he is facing two serious charges for deserting his base back in 2009. bergdahl was held by the hal ban five years. he was released in this controversial swap for five guantonomo bay detainees. his next hearing is set for january 12th. this is an unsettling story,
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especially as millions of americans get set to travel. police want to know why an unidentified man managed to sneak on one of the largest airports. he told a cargo man not to say a word. now authorities can't find him. cnn aviation correspondent renee marsh has the latest. >> reporter: a maar jo airport security breach at one of the busiest airplanes in the country during peak travel times. he made it onto the taxiway, bringing operations at jfk to a halt. investigators still aren't sure who or where the man is. he was able get away before police got on scene.scene. now investigators are going through under surveillance video frame by frame. bucnn is told the video shows him from behind as he scales a fence at the operate.
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it was a cargo airline worker who spotted and questioned the intruder who didn't have the required i.d. that's when the trespasser warned, you better not say [ bleep ]. this all happened a week ago. it demonstrates a hole in airport security post-9/11. perimeter security is the airport's responsibility. >> it's shocking. climb a fence. >> all right. how does more time off with your new child sound? wah! an early start on your money next.
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>> the heroic efforts of thousands of rescue workers dig at this landslide in shenzhen, china rewarded with this. the discovery of a survivor
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buried under tons of gar badge and debris. the 19-year-old trapped beneath the rubble for more than 66 hours. badly weakened, dehydrated. but he was alive. this is what rescuers have been hoping for him they have been hoping to find someone alive in that pile of junk. i want to bring in matt rivers live in shenzhen. what can you tell us? >> well that it is highly improbable that rescuers were able find someone alive after nearly three days of searching. there were a hand. of rescues in the beginning of their search effort. it had been over 36 hours when someone had been found, truly miraculous. this 19-year-old survived by falling luckily into an air pock and beyond that, he fell next to a back of snacks, believe it or fought, that according to chinese state media, so he is survived by munching on snacks a few days. when he heard rescuers, he took
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a piece of metal. knocked on a rock. >> that alerted them to sound of life a. few hours later, he was freed. as joyous as that was, once he was taken to the hospital, the difficult reality of the situation set back in as dozens of people remain unaccounted for. they level needed a miracle. they needed a rescue to lift spirits. no question. and over all of this, hanging over all of this is the fact that the rapid economic development in china has led to all kind of really dangerous man-made disasters that have hurt and killed thousands and thousands of people. what's the latest into how this landslide happened? >> well, here in shenzhen, you see large piles of waste, debris from that development. construction sites create waste. it has to go somewhere. that's what this pile was, in terms of the investigation figuring out who is at fault here, state media reporting a
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senior manager in the company that was in charge of this pile has been detained by local police. whether he will face criminal charges or not remains to be seen. they deal out swift punishment for people they feel is responsible. >>? shenzhen, china, thank you tore that, matt. we are learning this morning about an awe inspiring a of courage, kenyans put their lives on the line when tear bus was ambushed by el shabab terrorists. david, i understand it was mostly women who stood up on the bus, they said, either kill us all or leave them alone, incredibly brave of them? >> that's right. manys takes couldn't have been higher him attacks like this in the past, they have killed christians that they've identified and the muslims banning towing helping some dozen christian on board that
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bus. one survivor described how the ambush unfolded. >> one starter group. so they tried to get to those who are muslims to come out, go back. go back to the bus. >> they stood up to those funmen from el shabab to al qaeda the group that openers from somalia. certainly tear brave actions have been praised in kenya and around the world. two people who were critically injured as well in that attack were air lifted to the capital nairobi. yesterday, it is hoped they will make a full recovery. boris. >> now, david, despite tear heroic efforts. el shabab had a string of attacks like this in the past two years. what kind of elbe does this have and why are they doing it?
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>> well, the aim is to sew division a. lot of people on that border are of somali ethnic origin though they are kenyan. they have gone in and separated people out, try to get some kind of report through fear of the border community. in this case, it's clear that they stood up with much bravery and in my experience in that region, very few people are directly wanting to support el shabab, this hideous terror group from next door. but it does show that there are people willing to say, other than that, division and religious differences between matter. what matters is solidarity and facing up to the fears. >> such an inspiring story. david mackenzie him thank you. >> 58 minutes past the hour remember time for an early start for your monday this early morning. futures slightly higher. yesterday the dow gained 156 points. that makes it eight straight days of triple digit moves.
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the dow is down for the year. it's on track for the first negative year since 2008. it is a record breaking year for starbucks. the coffee company expecting to sell more gift cards than ever before. last year they sold 100 gift cards every minute ann on christmas eve. gift cards of all kind are the most requested gifts the year. in new york city, upping its relief policy for non-union workers. now there is a good gift for the holidays, right? starting next year, new parents will get six weeks of paid leave. they can combine it for a maximum of 12 weeks. portland, san francisco and cincinnati expanded tear lead for city workers. seattle, washington, d.c. are also considering those proposals. >> the u.s. kind of becoming more like europe.
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netflix and some companies expanding. >> in some cases. there are millions of people i would say who work retail who do not get it. >> "early start" continues right now. >> [ music playing ] >> donald trump defending his attacks, against hk hillary clinton. new polls show the front runner is shrinking. >> a woman mowing down people on a vegas strip hours away from facing a judge. days after a massive landslide in china. there is a survivor, a survivor pulled from the rubble him we got that story next. good morning, well to him to "early start." >> it's wednesday, december 23rd, 25067b89 east coast. we start with a tightening lead. donald trump four points ahead of ted cruz in the latest polls good reason for him to agreehe

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