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breaking overnight, the big summit with north korea suddenly in jeopardy. north korea threatens to cancel the meeting if the u.s. demands pyongyang drop the nuclear program. the white house is exploring using military bases to hold children caught crossing the border. the homeland security secretary is defending the latest effort that can separate families. a powerful storm hits the east coast from virginia to massachusetts.
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people from new york and connecticut. late night rescues, more of the same on the way. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> i'm christine roman. it's 4:00 a.m. in the east and 11:00 a.m. in jerusalem. we have stories we are following from the korea peninsula. north korea declaring it will not be pushed into the corner on abandoning the nukes while threatening to cancel the summit with president trump next month. >> the kim regime suspending talks with south korea scheduled for today. the reason -- u.s./south korea military drills already scheduled that north korea now considers provocative. let's bring in ivan watson with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. people waking up here with some serious whiplash because after months of conciliatory messages and signals from north korea,
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suddenly a series of statements coming out on state media cancelling planned high level talks between north and south korea along the demilitarized zone today, arguing that joint u.s./south korean air defense drills that are conducted annually were a serious military provocation. and then going one step further -- taking aim at recent statements by the white house's national security adviser john bolton as being repugnant and threatening the actual u.s./north korea summit that's scheduled to take place in singapore on june 12th. we have not heard this kind of critical language from the north koreans against south korea or the u.s., again, in months. their tone had shifted dramatically and now we're suddenly back to this really harsh rhetoric again with really florid kind of statements. they were apparently very angry that john bolton compared north
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korea to libya and its nuclear disarmament, saying that this was an insult to north korea. this appears to have taken the south koreans, the white house off guard. the south koreans -- the foreign minister here spoke with mike pompeo to discuss some of the developments and the south koreans are simply trying to figure out what has really sparked this sudden 180 u-turn from the north koreans. christine and dave. >> no comment from president trump or kim jong-un. thanks. president trump talking policy with senate republicans at the weekly lunch meeting. among if key topics discussed, north korea, iran, china and the border wall. the president did not -- did not address his call to save the chinese company zte and that
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crude comment about ailing john mccain from a white house aide never came up. calls for an apology coming from the highest levels of the senate gop. >> well, the person who said that should apologize and should apologize publicly. >> the best way for this to be put to rest and it should have happened immediately would have been for the white house to issue a public apology. >> there are things you don't say and shouldn't say. it's unfortunate that if it was said that it was said and if it was said, someone should say that i don't agree with it. >> we are told that the president made some jokes saying melania's poll numbers were better than his and that he told her not to run against him. all right. some lawmakers rejecting president trump's plan to help zte calling it a security threat. u.s. intelligence agencies warn zte phones could be used for espionage. but the u.s. may ease punishments for violating sanctions in exchange, china
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would remove the tariffs on u.s. agricultural products. senator rubio is critical of any deal. >> in addition to posing a significant espionage threat against the united states as part of the overall deal in china that steals intellectual property. in exchange for removing the tariffs on the farmers who didn't do anything wrong doesn't sound like a good deal to me. >> just has month, they were crippled by not being able to buy u.s. parts and now the u.s. president is looking to save the jobs by linking it to broader trade negotiations. china and the u.s. currently in round two of the trade talks. economic adviser larry kudlow said there's one thing working in the president's favor. >> i think there's a little bit of a bromance between president trump and president for life xi. where this leads, i don't know. it might lead to the trade deal which would make me very happy. >> he said bromances are always good. >> not necessarily, but we'll
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get into that later. well, president trump though negotiates with china on trade, a state run chinese company is entering a venture involving the trump administration. some say this could be related to zte so what's the reporting? >> yeah, you know, that's a lot we're hearing from critics. we should say there's no factual evidence that this deal which is a developmental deal for a theme park in indonesia has anything to do with this tweet from zte. the defense of zte from the president. 2015, the trump organization signs on for a licensing agreement giving the trump name to a golf resort, a hotel and a residential development as a part of a theme park project in indonesia. june 2016, a chinese company agrees to help develop that area. mcc group, a construction company here. just last week, they finalize
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that deal, meaning this project will go ahead and then a couple days later you had the president agreeing to help or at least try to help zte. so some people were saying, well, that timing is suspicious. no evidence of that at all. the trump organization saying they have the deals have nothing to do with the china based developer have a part in the indonesian project and the owner of the theme park in indonesia saying that the project has no relationship to the trump organization. that said, given the president's position, given the fact he has not fully sold his stake in the trump organization, it merits scrutiny. it merits looking at this deal, dave and christine, and so far there's been no evidence that what we have seen from the trump administration and this admittedly unexpected move to save zte has anything to do with the trump organization's role in this project. >> doesn't look good. to immigration now, the administration is looking at exploring the military bases to
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hold the children caught crossing the border illegally. it's another plan to split up the families once they enter the country. a defense department official says staffers from health and human services are looking at three sites, texas and another in arkansas. earlier tuesday, homeland security secretary neilson defended the policy that will separate children from their parents. >> your agency will be separating children from their parents and -- >> no. what we're doing is prosecuting parents who have broken the law just as we do every day in the united states of america. >> i can appreciate that. but if that parent has a 4-year-old child what do you plan on doing with that child? >> the child under law goes to hhs for care and custody. >> they will be separated from their parent -- >> that's -- every day. >> secretary neilson did say that more needs to be done to protect children who come here illegally.
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pennsylvania one of four states holding primaries along with idaho. lou bar let that is projected to win the senate seat. the news not as good for republican state representative rick saccone who lost his second house race in three months. this time he was beaten in the primary for a seat in the deep red 14th district in western pennsylvania. also in the house a big night for democratic women. seven are leading pennsylvania races with others too close to call. one republican woman also with the win. pennsylvania's congressional delegation right now all men with two women set to face off in november. that's certain to change. this is the first set of election contests with new boundaries created by pennsylvania's supreme court ruling on gerrymandering. and the senate will vote
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this morning on a closed session for gina haspel. hide camp and nelson are both backing her. a final confirmation vote on the floor can take place tomorrow. president trump floated the idea on twitter and now mitch mcconnell is taking the cue and considering scrapping some or all of august recess. senate republicans under mounting pressure to pass a series of spending bills ahead of the summer break in order to head off a messy year end battle. they face the october 1st deadline to pass 12 appropriation bills, funding defense, homeland security and agriculture. according to the pew research center congress has failed to pass all 12 spending bills on time every year since 1997. melania trump appears to be recovering nicely following a
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surgery to fix a kidney condition. president trump said he expects her to leave the hospital in two or three days. the white house press secretary says mrs. trump is in good spirits. deadly storms pulling the north east and an 11-year-old girl killed when a tree crushed her car in new york. a man in danbury was killed by a falling tree. and that's some serious hail pounding ulster county, new york. governor cuomo declared a state of emergency in several counties. >> officials in frederick county, maryland, reported over 60 rescues with cars stalling out in rising floodwaters. 85 people were trapped on a double decker commuter bus. after a two-hour wait, they were
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make it better with audible. text summer5 to 500500 to start listening today. i skah my colleagues here on the security council who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? no one would. no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than israel has. >> u.n. ambassador nikki haley defending israel after the military killed 60 palestinians at the border with gaza. israel and the united states now facing harsh condemnation, raising the question is there anything israel could do differently along the border? let's go live to gaza and bring in cnn's ian lee. >> good morning, christine. this is a day of mourning as
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gaza mourns over a hundred people who have been killed in the past seven weeks and they're taking stock of what has largely been a peaceful protest. yes, there's rock throwing molotov cocktails and the israelily -- israeli military is saying ieds have been thrown from the other side. no israeli soldiers have been killed or injured and that's why we're seeing the international community coming out strongly against what they call israel's disproportionate use of live fire in these protests. now at the u.n. we heard from nikki haley saying that israel has a right to defend its border. but the international communities have said that they're using this force too much and they're -- and the uk is calling for an independent inquiry to look into it. you know, what could israel do differently? some people say there could be more nonlethal means of crowd
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dispersal, more tear gas or rubber bullets other things like that that could keep the protesters away from the border. this is a very difficult situation. as far as the gazans go, they have some achievements. one is there's more international attention to this situation in gaza. and as you said, also for them there's more isolation of israel and the united states when it comes to this situation here in gaza. christine? >> thank you so much for that. thanks. a deadly explosion at a california medical facility appears to be intentional. more from orange county, next. if you have medicare parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply.
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4:22 eastern. a deadly explosion at a california medical facility being investigated as a criminal act. a law enforcement source saying that it appears to be intentional. one woman was killed, three others injured in aliso viejo in southern orange county. the explosion blew out walls and windows. a witness said it felt like an earthquake. two people are in critical condition. no indication of threats being made before the blast. hawaii officials raising the code to code red. it's prompted by the continuous emission of ash. the faa restriction was put into place. residents contending with sulfur dioxide emissions from 21 cracks in the ground and they're being
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warned to stay indoors. iowa attorney general refusing to represent his state in a lawsuit challenging the controversial new abortion law. tim miller recused himself because he disagrees with the measure. he believes it undermines protections for women. the so called heart beat bill would not permit a doctor to perform an abortion if they detect a heart beat. the aclu is suing to block the law. the iowa governor's office says it will be represented by the conservative anti-abortion law firm at no cost to taxpayers. some sports news the celtics with the furious second half comeback beating the cavaliers in the eastern conference finals. boston outscored them en route to the 107-94 win and a 2-0 lead in the series.
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>> where did that come from, that clip? by the way, everyone is talking about that clip. >> i saw it posted by ellen on twitter. let us know -- >> i hear yanny. the summit between president trump and kim jong-un in jeopardy. north korea says it won't be cornered into abandoning the nuclear program. we'll do live to seoul. i really hear yanny.
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breaking overnight, that big summit with north korea suddenly in jeopardy. north korea threatens to cancel the meeting if the u.s. demands pyongyang drop its nuclear program. and the white house exploring using military bases to hold children caught crossing
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the border. the homeland security secretary defending the latest effort that could separate families. and a powerful storm hits the east coast. people are dead in new york and connecticut. late-night rescues in maryland and more of the same is on the way. we have this in my neighborhood. unbelievable. >> it came out of nowhere. it was a beautiful sunny night -- >> literally out of the blue. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. yanny or laurel, let us know what you think. but we start with a stunning reality check for the trump administration delivered by kim jong-un. north korea declaring the not -- it will not be pushed into the corner on abandoning the nukes while threatening to cancel the summit with president trump next month. >> the kim regime suspending talks with south korea scheduled for today.
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the reason -- u.s./south korean military drills already scheduled. that north korea now considers provocative. let's go live to seoul. i want to bring in ivan watson. and this feels like the north korea of a year ago, right? before all of this progress and all of this goodwill between these two countries. north korea has long seen those drills between the u.s. and south korea as -- you know, preparing for war or practicing for war. and now it's really caught the white house by surprise that they're so upset. >> christine, it feels like the north korea of five or six months ago frankly. we haven't heard this kind of rhetoric coming out of north korean state media in months now. and now suddenly, there's this reversal in tone. we're right back into it where the north koreans called the joint annual u.s./south korea air force drills conducted every year, a quote, deliberate military provocation.
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and then arguing in a separate dispatch that north korea would never trade its nuclear weapons for promises of economic development for the u.s. and saving some real vitriol for the white house's national security adviser john bolton, angry he would compare north korea and a nuclear path of disarmament to libya. moammar gadhafi brought down with the help of a nato bombing campaign. in that dispatch, going on to call that comparison a quote, awfully sinister move and slamming bolton saying that he was absolutely repugnant and then going one step further to say that the trump administration is essentially playing from the same playbook as past u.s. administrations. and so if it continues on this line then the entire u.s./north korea summit scheduled for june in singapore is at risk.
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and all the more striking because it was just tuesday that the north koreans were publicly announcing that they were inviting south korean journalists to attend a planned dismantling ceremony of their main nuclear testing site next week. christine? >> all right, fascinating, this road to normalization on the korean peninsula. while president trump negotiates with china on trade, a state run company is entering a big venture involving the trump organization. some are saying this is a violation of the emollments clause. >> yeah, it's a bit sketchy given what we have seen with this deal going on in indonesia.
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basically the gist is there's a theme park being developed in indonesia that the trump organization back in 2015 leased some naming rights to. so the trump name would be on a golf course, luxury hotel, a development. and back in 2016 a chinese construction firm entered an agreement in principle to help develop that project. last week that agreement in principle was finalized. then a couple of days later you saw president trump make that tweet about zte saying he wants to trike a deal and -- strike a deal and get the commerce department to back off. the timing is very sketchy there. to be clear there's no factual evidence at least publicly that the zte tweet from the president had anything to do with this deal, this development, in indonesia. the trump organization denied it. the company that runs this theme park denied it. that's where we're at. that said, this is the president of the united states. any presentation or any thought that this could be improper deserves to be examined,
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deserves to be looked at. that's what's going on here. but so far, david and christine, it's all just optics at this point. no evidence that the trump organization's involvement in indonesia had anything to do with his recent moves with china. >> a blind trust would have cleared ina lot of the conflicts. the trump administration exploring the use of military bases to hold children caught crossing the border illegally. the latest sign that the white house plans to split up the immigrant families once they enter the country. the staffers from health and human services are informally looking at three sites in texas, and another in arkansas. >> homeland secretary kirsten neilson defended policies that would separate children from their parents. >> your agency will be separating children and parents. >> no, we'll be prosecuting the parents who have broken the law just as we do every day in the united states of america.
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>> i can appreciate that. but if that parent has a 4-year-old child, what do you plan on doing with the child? >> the child under law goes to hhs for care and custody. >> they will be separated from their parents -- >> as is done in the united states every day. >> they had previously been held together in detention facilities. nielsen said that more needs to be done to protect children who come here illegally. pennsylvania one of four states holding primaries along with idaho, nebraska, oregon. and lou barletta is projected to win the republican senate primary in pennsylvania and take on incumbent democrat bob casey. this is one of the ten democratic held seats this fall. in states that president trump won in 2016. the news not as good for republican state rep rick saccone who lost the second house race in months.
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he was beaten in western pennsylvania. a big night for democratic women, seven are leading pennsylvania races with others too close to call. one republican woman also with a win. pennsylvania's congressional delegation all men with two women set to face off in november. that's certain to change. this is the first set of election contests with new boundaries created by a pennsylvania supreme court ruling on gerrymandering. the senate intelligence committee votes this morning in a closed session on gina haspel's nomination for cia director. she is expected to be confirmed now that several announced they'll back here including heitkamp and nelson. they are both up for re-election. virginia senator mark warner the committee's ranking member also supporting haspel. a final vote could take place by tomorrow. president trump floated the idea on twitter and now a source says that mitch mcconnell is taking the cue and considering
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scrapping some or all of the august recess. senate republicans under mounting pressure to pass a series of spending bills ahead of the summer break in order to head off another messy year-end battle to keep the government operating. congress is facing an october 1 deadline to pass 12 appropriation bills vital parts of the government, including defense. congress has failed to pass all 12 bills -- spending bills on team every year since oh, 1997. >> they are consistent. melania trump appears to be recovering nicely following a medical procedure to treat a kidney condition that the white house described as benign. after visiting the first lady tuesday at walter reed medical center, president trump tweeted she is doing really well. he expects her to leave the hospital in two or three days. mrs. trump is in good spirits. all right. the opioid epidemic rages on. now states accused the maker of oxycontin for fuelling the
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crisis. six states filed lawsuits against purdue pharma, the makers of oxycontin. the states accused them of violating the consumer protection laws claiming it aggressively sold as pain killers, ranking in billions, down playing that they had a high likelihood of leading to addiction. in states grapple with how to deal with the huge expense and the human cost of the epidemic. more than 42,000 people overdosed on opioids in 2016. the main culprits were prescription pain killers. prescriptions like oxycontins. 16 other states have filed the lawsuit. they hope to resolve the concerns without heading to court. deadly storms pummeling the northeast. an 11-year-old girl killed when a tree crushed her car in new york. a danbury man was killed by a falling tree. serious hail pounding ulster
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county, new york. governor cuomo declared a state of emergency in putnam, duchess, orange and sullivan counties. officials in frederick, maryland, are reporting over 60 rescues with cars stalling out in rising floodwaters. 85 people were trapped on a double decker commuter train and it's believed that a drainage culvert collapsed taking out the track. after two hour wait, the passengers were safely unloaded. more on the storm and what's in store for the rest of the week, here's our meteorologist. >> good morning. yes, the severe weather concerns was in place yesterday and it produced upwards of 300-plus severe weather reports. about 70% concentrated across the northeast. i can tell you what the conditions as far as the severe weather quieted down, but the wet weather not so the case here. we have a stationary frontal boundary locked in place and really conditions in place to produce a lot of rainfall across
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parts of the region from baltimore points to the west north of leesburg, two to four inches. upwards of six or more have fallen in a 12 hour period. the coolest time of the day is right now, so very little instability. baltimore, washington, some of the areas of concern here and of course to the south, some tropical moisture being fed up northbound as well. put this together we have a lot of rainfall over the next couple of days or the next three days in particular. washington, baltimore, philly could see an additional concern here for flooding. rainfall amounts on top of what is falling as much as six more inches. guys? >> ugly in your neck of the woods. >> i know. i put some grass seed out. is there anything israel could do differently to calm the criticism and still protect its
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i asked my colleagues here on the security council who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? no one would. no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than israel has. >> u.n. ambassador nikki haley defending israel after the military killed 60 palestinians at the border with gaza. israel and the united states now facing harsh global condemnation. raising the question -- is there anything israel could be doing differently along its border? let's go live to gaza and bring in ian lee. how are they responding to the criticism? >> good morning.
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israel is defending itself to the criticism, but here if gaza people are taking stock of the seven weeks of protests where we saw over a hundred gazans killed and israel has come under criticism from the international community for what is called the disproportionate use of live ammunition. they say that israel should have used more nonlethal means, also shown more restraint. this criticism isn't just coming from, you know, just other countries. it's coming from key allies also. you have france, you have the united kingdom. the united kingdom is calling for an independent inquiry into the deaths so for the people of gaza, you know, these past seven weeks the protests have been largely peaceful. there were molotov cocktails thrown, rocks thrown. israeli army said there were ieds as well but we didn't see any rockets or mortars or israeli soldiers killed or injured and that's why you're getting the international condemnation. as far as achievements though,
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for the people of gaza they have brought the international community's attention back to the coastal enclave. they have isolated israel and the united states when it comes to the matters of gaza. but the one thing that they wanted to achieve is likely not to happen and that is an easing of the blockade by israel and egypt here on gaza. dave? >> all right, ian lee, just before noon in gaza, thank you. another midair scare, a sichuan flight forced to make an emergency landing after the co-pilot was sucked halfway out of the cockpit. it happened when the windshield suddenly blew out in an altitude of 30,000 feet. the co-pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist. a flight attendant was also injured. none of the passengers were hurt. the aircraft landed safely in southern china. one wonders what the pilot must have been doing to pull his colleague pack into the airplane and deal with the sudden
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depressurization of the cabin. >> will that pilot get back into an airplane. a deadly explosion at a california medical facility appears to be intentional. more from orange county next. guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, these help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide. it could help you find the aarp medicare supplement plan that works for you. these types of plans have no networks, so you get to choose any doctor who accepts medicare patients.
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a deadly explosion another a -- at a california medical facility is being investigated as a criminal act. a law enforcement source telling cnn that this incident appears to be intentional although it's in the early stage of the investigation here. one woman was killed, three others injured in the blast in aliso viejo. the explosion blew out walls and windows and a witness said it felt like the earthquake with fire and smoke popping out of the walls. two people are in critical condition no indication of any threats being made before the blast. hawaii officials raising the aviation alert to code red because of the ongoing eruption of the kilauea volcano. the move prompted by the continuous emission of ash. the faa put a temporary restriction in place. one plume of ash rising 12,000 feet into the air before dropping on to sections of the big island. residents contending with sulfur dioxide emissions from 21 cracks in the ground and are being
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warned to stay indoors. a texas doctor pleaded not guilty to a money laundering scheme that financed the lavish lifestyle. the 64-year-old is accused of falsely diagnosing patients and performing excessive medical procedures that resulted in $240 million in claims and $50 million paid to the doctor. the indictment alleges he and his co-conspirators purchased private jets and exclusive real estate and obstructed the investigation by creating false and fictitious records. iowa's attorney general is refusing to represent his state in the lawsuit challenging the new abortion law. democrat tim miller recusing himself because he disagrees with the measure and believes it undermines protections for women. >> the so called heart beat bill would prohibit the doctors from
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detecting a heart beat. planned parenthood and aclu of iowa is planning to block the law. but they'll be represented by thomas moore society at no cost to taxpayers. manhattan's d.a. says his office will not take up cases for smoking or possessing small amounts of marijuana as of august 1st. new york's police commissioner saying that the department will undergo to find out why a disproportionate number of pot arrests have involved minorities. people who violate the law will be issued summons. the d.a. is discussing with mayor de blasio if there should be exceptions to the policy. twitter asking this question this morning, laurel or yanny, what do you hear? listen closely and decide. >> laurel. laurel. laurel. laurel. >> the answer is obvious. laurel. >> american is divided here. >> social media hopelessly as christine suggested.
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polarized by the audio clip, brings back memories of the dress that was clearly blue and black. though some like romans felt it was what? >> it's gold and white. they're saying yanny. it's so weird how you can hear and see things -- the same image. i think it's a metaphor for america. the same image, the same thing -- >> you're right about that. >> people see or hear it differently. >> we retreat to our corners. tribalization. all right, a check on the cnn money. north korea suspends talks and threatening the future muting with president trump. the bond rates hit the lowest level in seven years. consumers spent more in april, sparking concerns about rising interest rate hikes. and bonds affect the for borrowing costs for credit cards. the benchmark 30 year fixed rate
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mortgage 4.88% this week. that's according to mortgage daily news. the mortgage rates started the year at 4%. supply is tight, many are struggling to find affordable homes especially starter homes. the home prices are growing at the fastest pace in four years. prime members will get an extra discount at whole foods. amazon's latest move in the grocery fight. you can be offered 10% off. right now, it's just in florida stores but it will roll out nationwide this summer. morgan stanley says the new perk can make whole foods cheaper than conventional grocers for prime members. really disrupting the $800 billion grocery industry. whole foods has 463 u.s. stores and that's growing since the merger. >> you have to download the whole foods app, you have to put your phone number.
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it's all grabbing your information isn't it? >> and your dollar. "early start" continues with the latest on the north korean negotiations. maybe not a summit on june 12th. we'll see. breaking overnight the big summit with north korea suddenly in jeopardy. north korea threatens to cancel the meeting if the u.s. demands pyongyang drop the nuclear program. and the white house exploring using military bases to hold children caught crossing the border. the homeland security secretary defending the latest efforts to separate families. a powerful storm hits the east coast. roaring from virginia to massachusetts. people are dead in new york and in connecticut. last night's rescues late into the night in maryland. more of the same is on the way. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early

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