tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN March 21, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PDT
had a call with president putin and congratulated him on the victory. >> that message came against the warnings of top national security aides. a piece of paper even said "do not congratulate" to remind the president. the president being accused once again of propping up dictators. a triple threat of sort. three women trying to expose alleged secrets in the president's past. and spring has sprung but not quite. it has been decades since the northeast got this much snow
after the first day of spring. and getting ready for a whole load of the white stuff. good morning, welcome to "early start," i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is wednesday, march 21st. 4:00 a.m. in the east. a lot to get to today. breaking news, though, straight off the top out of austin, texas. police may have caught their first big break in the hunt for a serial bomber in austin, texas. two new packages were discovered tuesday, one exploded at a fedex sorting center near san antonio injuring one. another was found intact in austin that could be a critical break because police now have a blueprint and possible dna on the inside of an exploded device. >> a federal law enforcement source tells cnn police believe the austin bomber's motivated by mayhem and death and does not appear to be targeting any one specific group. according to authorities, the level of bomb-making skill is something commonly found in the anarchist's cookbook. a goodwill worker was injured by
a flare in a donation box. we can tell you there's a large police presence now in austin. we're watching for any kind of developments here from the austin police department and the fbi about developments in this case. >> there is a development just 15 minutes ago. the austin police department tweeted this -- "adp, austin police department, working on an officer-involved shooting in the 1700 block of north ih-35. staging area at the sherwin-williams paint store. austin police department en route." a shooting in austin could be involving the suspect. >> there are developments here. we have continue -- again, a large police presence, activity happening now. we'll bring you developments as soon as we get them confirmed. meanwhile, president trump taking heat for congratulating vladimir putin on his re-election. now it gets worse. the "washington post" reporting the president ignored warnings from national security aides not to congratulate putin on his
election victory. briefing teerl ining tears even teerlts even said "do not congratulate," in all cabs. a white house official not disputing the language but saying the president did not read or see the notecard. >> the congratulatory message drawing harsh criticism including this from john mccain, "an american president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators by winning sham elections. in days after waffling whether russia is a friend or foe, the white house press secretary gave a similar hedge on the election. >> does the president believe the election in russia was free and fair? >> in terms of the election, there were -- weep're focused o our elections. we don't dictate how other countries operate. what we do know is that putin has been elected in their
country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them how they operate. >> the "post" also reporting trump ignored aides' talking points condemning the poisoning of a spy in britain, an act the u.s. has blamed on russia. >> right. it took him a few days, but mitch mcconnell is publicly backing robert mueller. he says he has a lot of confidence in mueller despite the president calling out mueller on twitter by name for the first time. >> robert mueller should be allowed to finish his job. i think it was an excellent appointment. i think he will lead -- he will go wherever the facts lead him. and i think he will have great credibility with the american people when he reaches a conclusion of this investigation. >> senate minority leader chuck schumer praised mcconnell's defense of mueller and said he hopes the president was listening. mcconnell says legislation to
protect the special counsel from being fired by the president is not necessary. republican senator jeff flake, a frequent trump critic, saying in a tweet, "if mueller is fired, impeachment is the only recourse." >> the ftc and investors pressuring facebook over its failure to protect user data, yet ceo mark zuckerberg is still mia. sources say the federal trade commission is investigating facebook, specifically how trump campaign consultants accessed the data of 50 million users without their consent. facebook is facing millions of dollars in fines. even worse, another hit to its reputation. facebook uses your data to make billions in ad dollars, that's a business model. sources at the company think it will take tremendous effort to restore public trust. where is mark zuckerberg? he's been totally absent even from a star-wide meeting yesterday. facebook's top executives are frustrated he is not taking a leadership role here. he's not speaking publicly about the issues plaguing facebook
including allowing russia to meddle in the 2016 election. and zuckerberg's former mentor says his silence is a problem. >> they have known this for at least a year now, and there's no excuse. the fact that they're not coming forward and dealing with it is a crisis that is going to destroy the company and is already destroying democracy all over the western world. >> investors are suing facebook saying its misleading statements about policy cost them money. facebook shares fell another 3% yesterday wiping out $49 billion in market value -- $49 billion in market value this week alone. stop me if you've heard this one -- a nor'easter barreling up the east coast. this is the fourth in three weeks and is set to dump snow on washington, philadelphia, new york city, more than the previous three combined. more than 70 million people under some tie of winter weather
advisory. >> schools in washington, philly, and new york all closed. they're open in boston, but after-school programs are canceled. this hour, nearly 3,300 u.s. flights have been canceled. there will be more. pedram javaheri joins us live from the cnn weather center. happy spring. >> yeah. what a way to start it, right? we're talking about 16 states, parts of 16 states dealing with winter weather advisories, as you said. tallies up to over 70 million people. the concentration centered over portionses of the minimum wage over -- portions of the major metro cities. this hour doesn't look that impressive. plenty of snowfall across the ohio valley. some on the coastline. again, you work toward the region, the moisture content is there. really the atmospheric conditions are ripe here because we know the profile of temperatures in the atmosphere is at the freezing mark. that's -- in fact, a lot of people surprised to learn that's the ideal set group getting a tremendous amount of snowfall. you don't want it too cold or too warm. but around 32, 33 is where you want it to be for large, wet flakes, the most disruptive
type. take a look. how about 65% of laguardia's flights, as far as volume, have been disrupted. newark, 64%. jfk, half of all flights across the region have been disrupted, as well. and the models pinpoint the dark purples, the heaviest snowfall coming down between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. toward washington, philly. this would be the wettest and most impactful potentially winter storm of the season. of course, the new season, the spring season. coming down on the order of 12, 14, some areas 16 inches of snowfall. the breakdown here with snowfall amounts in centimeters. should be inches, of course. upwards of 12 or so in new york city. upwards of 15 for philly and washington as much as 20 inches possible -- >> wow. that's a legit forecast. >> yeah. >> pedram javaheri, thank you very much for that. we will check in with you again soon. eight minutes past the hour. new legal threats facing president trump from a porn
star, a reality tv contestant, and a former "playboy" playmate. a judge in new york ruling summer zervos' anti-defamation suit can proceed. he's denied that he harassed her. attorneys for zervos will seek a deposition from the president forcing him to testify under oath. >> a 2011 polygraph shows stormy daniels was truthful about having unprotected sex with donald trump. polygraphs are generally inadmissible in court, but the court of public opinion can judge for itself. daniels tweeted, "technically, i didn't sleep with the potus 12 years ago. there was no sleeping. people do care that he lied about it, had me bullied, broke laws to cover it up, et cetera, and p.s., i am not going anywhere." >> then there's former "playboy" model karen mcdougal suing to be released from a nondisclosure agreement covering her alleged affair with president trump. she claims the "national
enquirer's" parent company, american media, paid her $150,000. she thought it was to tell her story, but it did not run her story. and "american media" says mcdougal has been free to respond since inquiryies since 2016 -- inquiries since 2016 and claimed the company had not silenced her. melania trump pushing back against critics of her campaign to stop cyberbullying. the first lady addressed those who criticized her for taking on the issue given her president's twitter habits. >> the people are skeptical of me discussing this topic. i have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue, and i know that will continue. but it will not stop me from doing what i know is right. >> mrs. trump has been accused of hypocrisy since her husband's twitter tirades are often viewed
as cyberbullying. and that's why she's criticized. i'm not sure she truly addressed the reason it's hypocritical to address this problem without addressing the bully-in-chief's twitter habits. we're following breaking news out of austin, texas. a huge police presence. police confirm a shooting, officer involved. more details as we get them. >> yeah. obviously the story's developing. we're looking for news from the fbi or the austin police department any moment now. and what did betsy devos say that prompted this response from a democratic lawmaker -- >> madam secretary, you just don't care much about civil rights of children. this is horrible. >> full back and forth next. my name is jeff sheldon,
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her. he shot another male student before classes began tuesday morning. the sheriff's office says s.w.a.t.-trained officer blaine gaskill engaged rollins in less than a minute. >> wow. it is not clear whether the gunman shot himself or was shot by officer gaskill. officials say the rapid response likely saved lives. a stark contrast to the armed deputy in parkland, florida, who waited outside the building during the massacre last month. there have been 17 shootings in schools in the u.s. this year. education secretary betsy devos grilled by democrats at a contentious house hrl yesterday. she was pressed on issues including if states should decide whether teachers should carry guns. things turned especially tense when she was asked about the department's moves to delay or roll back obama-era rules on racial bias. >> another example of the fact that i think that more and more every day that your head is in
the sand about racial bias and racial discrimination. i wrote you a letter june, 2017, concerned about school segregation. >> i'm sorry if we have not yet responded to it. we are still waiting to have senate-confirmed nominees become a part of the department. and would urge that this body encourage your fellow members of congress -- >> madam secretary, you just don't care much about civil rights of black and brown children. this is horrible. >> contentious back and forth. devos was also asked about an awkward "60 minutes" interview where she said she had not visited underperforming schools. she told lawmakers it would be important to visit some poor-performing schools but added the question is, will they let me in. a minnesota police officer due in court charged with third-degree murder in the death of justine rukzchek. she was shot last year after
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english on state media. the first positive words from the media since president trump accepted an invitation to meet with kim jong-un. we have more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. look, north korea through its state news is not explicitly talking about the meeting between president trump and kim jong-un or the meeting that's set to happen next month between the south korean president moon jae-in and kim jong-un, but they are talking about a sign of a change in the relationship, and like pyongyang will do, they are taking credit for that saying that they have created these proactive measures, this peace-loving approach that has created this change in the relationship with the u.s., and that has dramatically created an atmosphere for the possibility of reconciliation with south korea. some very different kind of words than we usually hear from the north. at the same time, they do also take the opportunity to attack critics in the u.s., south korea, and japan who they say believe that pyongyang is caving to the pressure of international
sanctions. instead they say that it is their peaceful offensive that has helped them to get everything that they desire. while north korea has not explicitly addressed the idea of a summit with president trump, there are plans right here in south korea that are moving forward for the inter-korean summit that will take place next month. president moon jae-in was in a preparatory meeting today and said how things develop, it's panel in the future we could be looking at a three-way summit between north korea, south korea, and the united states. talk about historic, but he says it is critical that north korea and south korea in order to achieve peace have the support of the united states and involvement in that process. we'll watch this. >> we certainly will. we were you will. thank you very much for that. you want to live in the best city in the world? you might want to book a flight to austria. just-released study by the human resources firm mercer found vienna the best place to reside in the world. the city known for its vibrant
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major breaking news at 4:30 eastern time out of austin, texas. local reports one from the austin american statesman other another from a local television affiliate saying the serial bomber there is dead. involved in an officer-involved shooting in austin. details just beginning to trickle in. welcome back to "early start" on a big news wednesday. >> sure is. i'm christine romans. again, 30 minutes past the hour. certainly people are going to wake up in austin, texas, with
more relief than they've had the last few weeks. the breaking news out of austin this hour, a large police presence at what authorities are calling an officer-involved shooting in the neighborhood of round rock. the "austin american statesman" reporter and other media reporting the serial bomber is dead. the serial bomber in austin has been killed. officials say i-35 southbound will be closed for the next hours for an investigation. the bombing suspect is dead according to law enforcement sources telling the "austin american statesman." obviously a frantic scene the past few weeks. five different devices. two fatalities, some terrible injuries here. you know of the devices was a trip wire that was a couple of days ago sort of change in m.o. has had austin, texas, on edge. >> the evolution from packages at doorsteps exploding when you open them to the trip wire to
the fedex facility where packages were sent through them. some compare the situation there in austin, texas in the last couple of days to what we saw with the shooter up in the d.c. area where the entire town, almost a million people in austin, on edge, not knowing what to do, where to go, where it's safe. we are working to get the reporter who tlpreported this t the bomber is dead. >> there have been reports from the austin police department of an officer-involved shooting. so the question here is exactly how this went down. did the suspect detonate something and was shot by police, was the suspect identified and apprehended by police and died in the subsequent attempt to arrest? the exact details of how the suspect, the bombing suspect is dead remains to be seen here. we know that i-35 southbound now has been shut basically, right, for the next four to six hours
as the investigation continues. >> it's near old settlers boulevard, not the entire ih35, but four to six hours of the southbound section. >> one thing we were hearing from authorities yesterday that was interesting is that the fedex, there was an explosion of fedex for the facility that hurt one person at a fedex facility there. police were able to get an awful lot of information and evidence from the fact that that package was sent via fedex so there had to be an account number, an origination, there was a destination. so it was a little different and more information in evidence. the package that exploded at the fedex facility than the earlier packages which had been apparently hand delivered on doorsteps. >> there was speculation that this might be targeting minorities as it looked to be in the early going. that has since changed that narrative. it looks like the bomber was
just creating mayhem and chaos and fear in the area rather than targeting any particular race there in the austin area. great news out of austin. a massive sigh of relief. >> sure. >> for the million residents there. >> we'll be waiting a briefing for the authorities there who will be willing to give us more detail on how they were able to isolate and locate this person, how the bombing suspect was killed whether it was by his own hand or her own hand or by the police. we know that there was an officer-involved shooting. don't want to make assumptions. sometimes the early details in a breaking news situation can be revised and changed. clearly authorities will be laying out what happened there. let's move to politics now and talk about the president. already taking heat for congratulating vladimir putin on his re-election. now it gets worse. the "washington post" reporting the president ignored warnings from national security aides not to congratulate putin. briefing materials even said do
not congratulate, in all caps. a white house official not disputing the language but saying the president did not read nor see the note card. >> the congratulatory message drawing harsh criticism including this from john mccain, "an american president does not congratulate dictators on winning sham elections." and days after waffling on whether russia is a friend or f foe, the press secretary gave a similar hedge on the russian election. >> does the white house believe that the election in russia was free and fair? >> in terms of the election, we're focused on our elections. we don't get to dictate how other countries operate. what we do know is that putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them how they operate. >> the "post" reporting trump ignored aides' talking points
condemning the spy in britain, an act the u.s. has blamed on russia. it's worth noting, president obama did congratulate vladimir putin on his 2012 election win, a move that drew republican criticism at the time. that, of course, an attempted reset in u.s.-russia relations. stop me if you've heard this. a nor'easter barreling up the east coast. this is the fourth in three weeks. set to dump more snow on washington, philly, and new york city than the previous three storms combined. more than 70 million people under some type of winter weather advisory. >> schools in washington, philly, new york, all closed. they are open in boston for the moment. after-school programs canceled at this hour. nearly 3,300 u.s. flights have already been canceled. meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us live from the weather center. good morning. what is on the way? >> it doesn't look impressive now, but everything is just to the west. the cold air's in place, the moisture source is in place. and elements look like they'll be coming together over the next
day, three to four hours and essentially continuing for much of wednesday, potentially lingering into the overnight hours of thursday into thursday morning, as well. we'll follow what's happening. the snow showers, generally light across portions of new york, areas making it to the ground, areas around washington. also light snow showers, much of the energy to the south and west of you. upwards of 16 states, we have winter weather, winter storm, and winter weather advisories in place for about 72 million people. we know it's a serious setup as far as what is in store. the snow forecast continues with the heavy snow indicated in the dark purple. that continues potentially as late as 9:00, 10:00 p.m. before we see these taper off a little bit. with that said, at times one to two hours of -- one to two inches per hour of snow could come down in an extended period. forecasts that easily take the amounts up over ten inches for washington, philly, certainly around new york, as well. this is what we're looking at.
being conservative with this to let you know. six to eight inches in washington, in philadelphia, up to nine to 12 inches. new york city, between 6 and 12 inches. the national weather service has a forecast taking this upwards of 15 to 21 inches of snowfall for new york city. the elements are there in place. we just have to see how the system migrates back and forth. on the lower end, up to a foot or so, we could be looking at places like philadelphia seeing the most significant march snowstorm on record. similar sort of a setup for new york city, as well. get over a foot of snowfall in york city in the month of march. this becomes the most impressive system for this late into the spring season. at the beginning of the spring season. pretty impressive system nonetheless. guys? >> spring season. all right. thank you. elsewhere, new legal threats facing president trump from a porn star, reality tv contestant, and a former playmate. it's only wednesday. the judge in new york ruling summer zervos' defamation suit
can proceed."apprentice" contestant said president trump assaulted her in 2007. he's denied the claims. attorneys for zervos say they'll seek a deposition from the president forcing him to testify under oath. >> also a 2011 polygraph, there's a picture there, shows stormy daniels, stephanie clifford, was truthful about having unprotected sex with donald trump. she was asked the question. she passed that question. polygraphs are generally inadmissible in court, but the court of public opinion can judge for itself. daniels tweeted this -- "technically i didn't sleep with the potus 12 years ago. there was no sleeping. people do care that he lied about it, had me bullied, broke laws to cover it up, et cetera. p.s., i'm not going anywhere." >> your discomfort with the story is comforting. >> i'm discomforted -- >> then "playboy" model karen mcdougal suing to be released from a nondisclosure agreement
regarding an affair with president trump. she claims american media paid her $150,000 but did not run her story. a spokesman says mcdougal has been free to respond to press inquiries since 2016 and claimed the company had not silenced her. the technique from "enfi"enquirs called catch and kill. they can buy the story and do what they want with it. new fed chief jerome powell expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2016. rates have raised gradually. one thing could change the plan. a $1.5 trillion tax cut could juice the economy so much that inflation picks up, and the fed may have to raise rates faster than planned to keep the economy from overheating. but black rock's chief investment officer of fixed income who oversees $1.3 trillion in assets isn't worried. >> the fed will be in no rush to raise interest rates any faster than the pace they're on.
this is not inflation like you saw in the '80s and '90s that was accelerating to scary high levels. these are levels of inflation that are considered pretty good for an economy. you want pricing power, you want growth of prices, bough want it too fast. that's -- but you don't want it too fast. that's about where we're operating today. >> wall street doesn't like higher interest rates. but interest rates on autos and mortgages -- higher rates, you will feel that. >> indeed. back to our breaking news out of austin, texas. local reports say the serial bomber is dead. the reporter with "the austin american statesman" joining us on the phone. tony, good morning you to. what can you tell us? >> reporter: i'm told that over the past 24 hours, law enforcement sources were able to use a mixture of security video from a fedex store in south austin as well as information they had previously gained from store receipts around the area that showed suspicious activity.
then based on that, they were additionally able to get information about this suspect's search history on his computer. then based on that, they relied upon cellular phone technology to locate him in a hotel in williamson county. that's the county just north of austin. as they were closing in on him, a couple of hours ago, that is when according to law enforcement sources he used an explosive device to detonate and commit suicide. >> suicide. we know there was an officer-involved shooting, the last report from the austin police department. do you have any more details from your sources about how that went down in the end as they were closing in on him? >> reporter: i am told that there was a potential use of lethal force by police officers. it is unclear, though, whether or not those bullets actually
struck the suspect. but i am being told that the suspect is deceased from a detonation device that this person used. ye yes, it is my understanding there was an officer-involved shooting as parts of this. sounds -- as part of this. sounds like a dramatic series of events that officials are still sorting through now. >> sounds like a terrific job of detective work following that trail from store receipts to search history on the internet to the cell phone. tony, we saw just a moment ago the six different incidents around the austin area. four explosions, killing two people. if you can take us back to what the feeling was like in the austin area, how on edge has your city been? >> reporter: very on edge. austin is a relatively safe city. when we do have violent crimes, suspects are often apprehended quickly by police. this city is not accustomed to
this type of serial offense that is so violent and so dangerous. the city really has increasingly been on edge wondering when and where the next explosive device was going to go off. >> what do we know about the motive here? we heard from law enforcement sources earlier that they thought this was someone who was really just trying to inspire mayhem. you know, really sort of trying to cause as much suffering as possible in austin. what are authorities telling you? >> reporter: i'm told this person fits what has been described to me as a typical profile. i'm not exactly sure what that means, of a person who often carries out these sorts of crimes. in terms of mother nature specifics of this -- of more specifics of this person, i don't have that. >> you don't know if it's a local resident? you don't know -- >> reporter: i am told it's someone who lives in this area, yes. >> was it a hotel, you say, they traced this person to a hotel?
>> reporter: that's right. that is my understanding. a hotel in the city of round rock, just to the north of downtown austin, and as police were closing in, the suspect may have attempted or successfully left that hotel, and there may have been a brief pursuit from what i'm told. again, that is preliminary information that authorities are really trying to work through at this time. >> and authorities are certainly working to find out if there was anyone else who assisted this bomber. is there any indication that there was anyone assisting him, or was he a lone serial bomber? >> reporter: the indications are now that it was, in fact, a lone serial bomber. and that there were no other participants in this string of crimes. all right. reporting from "the austin american statesman," breaking this extraordinary news out of austin, texas. thank you very much, tony. again, if you're just tuning in,
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4:50 eastern time. we will update the breaking news out of austin, texas, in a moment. the serial bomber has been killed. he blew himself up with an incendiary device. back to austin shortly. we start with cambridge analytica. suspended the ceo after he was shown discussing bribery and entrapment. the embattled data analytics firm best known for its work on the trump campaign. a new hidden-camera report from britain's channel 4 feature ed x
and an associate discussing the strategy. he said republicans finished with him in five minutes. democrats' questioning went on for two hours. >> the "washington post" reporting former white house white house chief strategist steve bannon presided over the cambridge analytica program that vacuumed up facebook user data to create profiles. bannon was v.p. and secretary of the company until he stepped down to run the trump campaign in august of 2016. the ftc and investors pressuring facebook over its failure to protect user data. its ceo, mark zuckerberg, mia. sources say the effort trade commission is investigating facebook, specifically how trump campaign consultants accessed the data of 50 million users without their consent. facebook is facing millions of dollars in fines. even worse -- another hit to his reputation. facebook uses your data to make millions in ad dollars. sources think it will take tremendous effort to restore public trust. and where is mark zuckerberg?
he has been notably absent. he was not at a staff-wide meeting yesterday while the company is in chaos. facebook's top executives are frustrated he is not speaking publicly about the issues plaguing facebook, including allowing russia to meddle in the 2016 election. zuckerberg's former mentor says his silence is a problem. >> they have known this for at least a year now, and there's no execution. and the fact that they're not coming forward and dealing with it, that is a crisis that is going to destroy the company, and it's already destroying democracy all over the western world. >> meanwhile, investors are suing facebook claiming its misleading statements about policy cost them money. facebook shares fell another 3% yesterday, wiping out $49 billion in market value this week alone. we're following breaking news once again out of austin, texas. local reports say the austin serial bomber is dead. more details ahead. you won't see these folks at the post office
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the first positive words from north korea since president trump accepted this invitation to meet with kim jong-un. alexander field live from seoul. what do we know? >> reporter: this is language unlike anything we've heard before, times like any we've experienced before. this is a squlernt, mogentler, e tone from south korea saying there's been a change in the relationship between north korea and the u.s. they say there's the dramatic climate that is making possible the reconciliation and talking about north korea, their proactive, peace-loving measures. they say that would be a reference to the inter-korean summit set to take place next month between north korea and south korea. there is talk of the possibility of a summit between north korea and the united states. in this commentary put out by kcna, the north korean state news, there's no direct mention of a meeting between kim jong-un and president trump. in fact, north korea has not
explicitly discussed the meeting since president trump did accept the invitation for the meeting more than two weeks ago. this commentary goes on to attack critics in the world, namely in japan, the united states, and south korea, who perceive this as a sign of north korea's weakness or that they're caving to threats, saying they get everything they want. in south korea, president moon jae-in making preparations for talks with north korea and even alluding to the possibility that if the right developments take place down the road, we could see a summit between north korea, south korea, and the united states. how's that for historic, dave? >> wow, positive but always a tenuous situation. great reporting from alexondsera field in seoul. thank you. "early start" continues right now. good wednesday morning. about 5:00 eastern time. we start with the breaking news out of austin, texas.
local reports say the serial bomber is dead. details just now coming in. good morning, and welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs on a breaking morning. >> i'm christine romans. wednesday, march 21st, 5:00 a.m. in the east. the austin bombing suspect dies as police close in. that is from an official from the "austin american statesman." word that the serial bomber is dead, committing suicide as law enforcement close in there. tony plohetski of "austin american statesman" is on the phone now. what are authorities telling you? >> reporter: the authorities are telling me that this all began really within the past hours in terms of the identification of a suspect in this case. what investigators are telling me is that they stitched together who this person is, who the suspect is, using range of information that includes score receipts that -- store receipts that they have been able to compile in recent days showing suspicious transactions, as well as security video from a fedex