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it's premature to talk about hearings on monday. >> lawyers for christine blasey ford say they want the fbi to investigate her accusations against brett kavanaugh before any senate hearing. breaking overnight, north korea just agreed to shut down a main nuclear site, but there's a big catch. president trump visit the carolinas today as the death toll climbs in the flood disaster left behind by hurricane florence. firefighters get into a tug-of-war with a tornado of
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fire. guess who wins. the pictures are remarkable. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start," i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. hump day, september 19th. we start with the latest with the supreme court. the woman accusing supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh of sexual assault says she will not testify to senators until the fbi investigates her claims. the lawyer for christine blasey ford telling anderson cooper last night that her client wants to cooperate with the senate judiciary committee but that the process must not be rushed. >> it's premature to talk about a hearing on monday. i think people understand that because she has been dealing with the threats, the harassment, and the safety of her family. asking her to come forward in four or five days and sit before
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the judiciary committee on national tv is not a fair process. >> ford's request for delay seeming to shift the momentum among republicans. judiciary chairman grassley saying that nothing the fbi does would have any bearing on what dr. ford tells the committee so there's no reason for any further delay. even senator bob corker, a frequent trump critic, tweeting, republicans extended a hand in good faith. if we don't hear from both sides on monday, let's vote. president trump maintaining the restraint he's shown since the accusations were first revealed. >> hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case. they will look at what she had to say from 36 years ago. i don't know about the other party, but judge kavanaugh's anxious to do it. >> two of brett kavanaugh's former classmates say they have no recollection of the party where ford said the assault occurred. ford says mark judge and patrick smythe were at the party and
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that judge was in the room when the attack took place. smythe sent a letter to the senate judiciary committee saying he has no knowledge of the party or the alleged improper conduct. smythe described kavanaugh as a person of great integrity. in a separate letter, the judge writes, brett kavanaugh and i were friends, but i never saw bret act in the manner dr. ford describes. judge's memoir of his time as a student at georgetown prep is now drawing attention. this is called "wasted: tales of a gen-x drunk." it recalls heavy drinking at a school, quote, positively swimming in alcohol, tales of blackouts. just not a very austere at what the prep school was like. >> sounded like an unusual atmosphere. but brett kavanaugh has been seen on microphone saying what happened at georgetown prep should stay at georgetown prep.
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>> there's the question if you say i don't recall in happening, i don't recall this party, i never saw this happening -- >> would you ultra? we'll see. anita hill who accused then-supreme court nominee clarence thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 weighing in with an op-ed entitle the "how to get the kavanaugh hearings right." now a law professor she slams the senate judiciary committee saying the fact that there's no protocol for identifying sexual harassment says little about the me too movement. we should note this is a crime, not a movement. as judge kavanaugh stands to gain the lifetime privilege of serving on the highert court, he has -- highest court, he has the burden of persuasion, and that is only fair. president trump travels to stor storm-ravaged north carolina and south carolina. two detainees being transported by sheriff's deputies were killed tuesday when their vehicle was overtaken by floodwaters. that raised the death toll to
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36. 27 of those fatalities coming in north carolina. eight in south carolina. one in virginia, a tornado-related death. more from miguel marquez. >> reporter: we're on the person street bridge in fayetteville. they had to shut it down because engineers are concerned about the debris moving underneath the bridge. we're on the bridge, that's the grove street bridge. that bridge nmay have to be shu down because of the cape fear river. the water is still rising, has a foot to go in the next 12 hours or so. they think that it will actually crest. the bigger concern is this rail bridge just below us, the csx rail bridge. you see the amount of the -- waters hitting the bridge and the debris in the center putting stress on it. we have a drone up overhead. person street. it can move over to the train bridge to show you exactly how much debris is gathered and how
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much pressure there is on the bridge. i want to point out one other thing here. there's a street light here. kind of amazing. that is normally where the end of a boat ramp is. it is clearly 20 or 30 feet below that now. and one other picture to show you. this is a picture of right near downtown fayetteville. that's about a half mile from where we are right now. that river is moving up toward the downtown area. they've not seen anything like this since 1945. they believe downtown will be okay, but they're concerned that it's getting close to city hall, their visitors bureau, and several businesses in downtown fayetteville, as well. authoritieies here say they hav done everything they can. and at this point, it is just sitting back and hoping that everything goes according to plan. dave, christine? >> miguel, thank you. add this to the losses from florence. north carolina's department of
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agriculture says 3.4 million chickens and turkeys have been killed along with 5,500 hogs. that's already double the toll from hurricane matthew in 2016. and numbers are expected to go higher. president trump standing by his unprecedented order to declassify documents and texts related to the russia investigation. intelligence officials have voiced concern that leasing materials in an active -- releasing materials in an active investigation could jeopardize methods. he wants documents released from carter page. >> transparency. i want total transparency. this is a witch hunt. republicans are seeing it. the democrats know it's witch hunt, but they won't admit it because that's politics to them. >> the preside >> the republicans are uneasy. chairman burr says he would prefer to keep the documents
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classified but said declassifying, that's the president's prerogative. breaking overnight, north korea and south korea have committed to an era of no war on the korean peninsula. at a joint news conference in the middle of their summit, south korean president moon jae-in and north korean leader kim jong-un announced what moon called a way to achieve denuclearization. paula hancocks live in seoul. this is a big offer from north korea but comes with a major catch, right? >> reporter: absolutely. we have heard that north korea is going to shut down the key test site for the icbm program, the intercontinental ballistic missile program that washington is most concerned about. now this is the missile engine site that is the president trump had said kim jong-un had already guaranteed he would shut down. beyond that, we're hearing that there are going to be international experts that will be invited in to be able to
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verify that. now beyond that, we're also hearing that north korea would be willing to shut down its nuclear facility if the u.s. were to give corresponding measures. this goes back to what north korea has wanted all along. this quid pro quo, the step-by-step denuclearization, which up until this point the u.s. has said that they are not willing to have. they want complete denuclearization, then they talk about concessions. just minutes after this declaration was signed and the statements were made by kim jong-un and moon jae-in, we did have a tweet from the u.s. president trump saying that he welcomed what had happened, saying that it was exciting. also mentioning the fact that the two koreas were planning a bid for the olympics. the initial reaction from the president has been positive. >> an extraordinary couple of days. paula hancocks live in seoul. thank you. president trump says the u.s. is open to a trade teal with -- trade deal with china as
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beijing retaliates against america's latest round of tariffs. >> impact on china, as you know, we're doing a very good job with china. china's been taking advantage of the united states for a long time. china wants to come over and talk, and we are always open to talking. >> the u.s. slapped tariffs on $200 billion in chinese goods monday. china hit back targeting $60 billion in u.s. imports like meat, chemicals, clothes, and auto parts. that prompted the president to threat additional tariffs on $267 billion in goods. that would cover everything the u.s. buys from china. everything the u.s. buy was china would have a tax on it. even consumer good that's have been largely -- goods that have been largely spared, electronics, shoes, toys. the tariffs on car parts would rise the price of a new car by several thousand dollars.
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the latest tit-for-tat could hurt feature trade talks. china and the u.s. are gearing up for a new round, but the business roundtable warns that tariffs are the wrong way to achieve real reforms and threaten u.s. businesses and workers. for now, corporate profits are strong, and that tariff rate, that tax of 10%, not the 25% that many had feared, because that tariff rate is not as high as investor fears, wall street had shrugged off these trade concerns yesterday. global stocks also rose overnight. this is real now. this is what it looks like. a punch and counter punch. tough talk from the united states and china. china dug in, the u.s. dug in, this is what a trade war looks like. >> the continued strength of our economy would suggest we might have leverage here, president trump may. >> that is the conventional wisdom in the white house. that the u.s. economy is so strong that even if consumers have to pay a little bit more, it's not going to turn them off to the president's trade
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strategy. and commerce secretary wilbur ross said, look, when you're talking about 6,000 categories of goods and a 10% tariff on $200 billion in items, at least right now, he doesn't think the consumer's going to feel that. >> some studies suggest tens of thousands of u.s. jobs could be lost as a result. >> that's what the business lobby says. stormy daniels' folks sharing the x-rated details of her alleged sexual encounter with donald trump. her new tell-all book, "full disclosure," includes graphic descriptions of mr. trump's anatomy that we won't go into at this time. daniels describes a tragic childhood and broken home that includes being repeatedly raped as a 9-year-old girl by a man who lived next door to a friend. the adult film star said she wrote the book because she wanted to get the facts out and have a chance to defend herself. the white house has not responded to requests for comment. president trump will be the focus of another tell-all book. this one penned by former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe. the book titled "the threat: how the fbi protects america in the age of terror and trump," the
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publisher says will give a candid account of mccabe career and experience with president trump. mccabe was, of course, abruptly fired by the president in march before his planned retirement date after coming under frequent attacks by the president. the book set to hit shelves in december. it has been -- trump has been a big bookseller this year. >> another trump bump for the economy. the publishing industry -- both sides, both pro and con trump books. they all seem to sell. next, a woman convicted of helping abduct elizabeth smart. smart is about to walk free. and firefighters battle a tornado of flames. h i landed. i saw my leg did not look right. i was just finishing a ride. i felt this awful pain in my chest. i had a pe blood clot in my lung. i was scared. i had a dvt blood clot. having one really puts you in danger of having another. my doctor and i chose xarelto®. xarelto®. to help keep me protected.
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mitchell were convicted of assault and kidnapping after holding her for nine months. she was sentenced to 15 years in exchange for cooperation against her husband. utah officials refused to see what time barzee would be released this morning. a homeless man charged with the murder of star iowa state golfer celia barquin arozamena. the well-known spanish amateur golfer was found dead monday after police say she was stabbed and left in a pond while playing a round of golf near campus. 22-year-old collar indaniel richards has been charged with -- colin daniel richards has been charged with murder. he told an acquaintance he had, quote, an urge to rape and kill a woman. >> richards had several fresh scratches on his face consistent with a fight. and he was attempting to conceal a laceration on his left hand. >> authorities say richards was living in a homes else encampment near the golf course in ames, iowa. four men reportedly sexually
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abused by a religion teacher reaching a $27.5 million settle, with the catholic diocese of brooklyn. one of the largest settlements awarded to individual victims of abuse within the church. the victims suffered repeated abuse between 2003 and 2009 inside the church and at their abuser's apartment when they were between the ages of 8 and 12. meantime, in indiana, the diocese publishing the names of 18 priests and deacons credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, 18. the i diocese says by publishin the names they hope the victims can begin to heal. they're reaching out to the individuals for comment. look at this incredible video burning up the internet, if you will. firefighters in british columbia versus a firenado. the twitter suddenly snatched up their hose. one firefighter so frustrated he threw rocks at the twister.
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a crew member who shot this said it was more than 200 feet high and threw burning logs across their fire-control line for 45 minutes. they did eventually get the hose back. it was melted. british columbia has experienced one of the worst fire seasons on record. >> wow. >> that is incredible. >> that is incredible. reminds you what a tough job those firefighters have. a reality tv doctor now stands accused of very disturbing crimes. and the truth about burt and ernie. what "sesame street" wants you to know about their bond. my name is jeff sheldon,
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a california surgeon who appeared on a reality tv show now facing drug and rape charges. dr. grant william robichaud appeared on one episode of "online dating rituals of the american male." he and his girlfriend both accusing of raping at least two women in separate attacks. authorities say in both incidents the victims were unconscious. the orange county d.a.'s office says it is looking for possible additional victims. "sesame street" being slammed on social media's anti-gay after making it clear bert and ernie are not lovers, they're just friends. the makers of the show leased a statement saying essentially they don't have the sexual orientation, they're puppets, after a former "sesame street" writer told an lgbt website he thought of the feuding puppets as lovers. online commenters criticized sesame workshop for stomping on potentially positive role models for children. ted cruz getting a laugh on
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the campaign trail at the expense of his opponent. he tweeted, if democrat beto o'rourke wins in november, barbecue will be illegal. he was mocking peta protesters who gave out barbecued tofu. they were responding to those donating to o'rourke were hoping to turn it blue like california, quote, down to silicon and dyed hair. neither campaign responded to a cnn request for comment. >> politics. >> you listen to the remark, it -- he made the remark and tweeted the same remark. but it was very clearly was joking. >> yes. no small development. ted cruz up nine in the latest poll, looking like he's pulling away. ahead, supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh's accuser, christine blasey ford, throwing plans for the monday's highly anticipated hearing in doubt.
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fire. guess who wins. the only thing cooler than a sharknado, and this one is real. welcome back, i'm dave briggs. >> i'm christine romans. it is almost 32 minutes past the hour. let's begin with the women accusing supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh of sexual assault. she says she will not testify to senators until the fbi investigates her claims. the liawyer for -- lawyer for christine blasey ford says her client wants to cooperate with the senate judiciary committee but the process must not be rushed. >> it's premature to talk about a hearing on monday, and i think people understand that because she has been dealing with the threats, the harassment, and the safety of her family. asking her to come forward in four or five days and sit before the judiciary committee on national tv is not a fair process. >> ford's request for delay seeming to shift the momentum among republicans.
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the judiciary chairman chuck grassley saying in a statement that nothing the fbi does would have any bearing on what dr. ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay. even senator bob corker, a frequent trump critic, tweeted, republicans extended a hand in good faith. if we don't hear from both sides on monday, let's vote. president trump, thus far, maintaining the restraint he has shown since the accusations against kavanaugh were first revealed. >> hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case. they will look at what she had to say from 36 years ago. i don't know about the other party, but judge kavanaugh's anxious to do it. >> two of brett kavanaugh's former classmates say they have no recollection of the party where ford says the assault occurred. ford says mark judge and patrick smith were at the party and judge was in the room when the attack took place. smythe sent a letter to the senate judiciary committee
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saying he has no knowledge of party or alleged improper conduct. smythe described kavanaugh as a person of great integrity. >> judge writes, "judge kavanaugh and i were friends in high school, but i do not recall the party described in dr. ford's letter. more to the point, i never saw brett act in the manner dr. ford describes." his memoir of his team as a student at georgetown prep is drawing much attention. it's entitled "wasted: tails of a gen-x drunk," and recalls a school positively swimming, quote, in alcohol. >> the point, what is his credibility in saying he didn't see the behavior -- >> or doesn't recall it -- >> and has written extensively about become blackout drunk with his friends. blackout drunk with his friends. anita hill who accused then-nominee clarence thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 weighed in with an op-ed called "how to get the brett kavanaugh
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hearings right." she said the fact that the committee still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault classmates that surface during -- assault claims that surfaced during the hearings means they have learned little during the thomas hearing. and the judge has the highest burden of persuasion, and that is only fair, she says. president trump travels to storm-ravaged north carolina and south carolina, the region struggling with epic flooding from hurricane florence. who detainees being transported by sheriff's deputies were killed when their vehicle was overtaken by floodwaters. 36 fatalities, 27 in north carolina and eight in south carolina. one in virginia. american now from miguel marquez. >> reporter: we're on the person street bridge in fayetteville. they had to shut it down because engineers are concerned about all the debris moving under this bridge. i want to show you what's happening here.
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we're on person street bridge. up there, that is the grove street bridge. that bridge may have to be shut down, as well, because the river here, the cape fear river, the water is still rising. has about a foot to go in the next 12 hours or so. they think that it wilcrest. the bigger concern is this rail bridge just below us, the csx rail bridge. you see the amount of waters and debris that's gathering in the center of the bridge, putting a lot of stress on it. we have a drone up overhead, person street. it can move over to the train bridge to show you exactly sort of how much debris there is gathered around that bridge and how much pressure there is on that bridge. i want to point out one of other thing for you here. there's a street light here. this is kind of amazing that is normally where the end of a boat ramp is. it is clearly 20 or 30 feet below that now. one other picture i want to show.
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this is a public health -- a picture of downtown fayetteville where we are now. that river is moving up toward the downtown area. they've not seen anything like this since 1945. they believe downtown will be okay, but they are very concerned that it's getting close to city hall, their visitors bureau, and several businesses in downtown fayetteville, as well. authorities say they've done everything they can, and at this point it is just sitting back and hoping that everything goes according to plan. dave, christine? >> miguel, thank you for that. some of the pictures amazing. add that to the losses from florence -- north carolina's department of agriculture says 3.4 million chickens and turkeys have been killed along with 5,500 hogs. that's double the toll from hurricane matthew in 2016, and those numbers are expected to go higher. president trump standing by his unprecedented order to declassify a host of documents and texts related to the russia
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investigation. an ongoing investigation. intelligence officials have voiced concern declassifying materials in an active investigation could jeopardize sources and methods. the president not backing off his order to immediately declassify part of the application for former aide carter page. we want transparency, i want total transparency. this is a witch hunt. the democrats know it's a witch hunt, too, but they don't want to admitt it because it's not good politics for them. >> democrats expressed profound alarm at the president's order. even republicans uneasy. chairman richard burr says he would prefer to keep the documents classified but said declassifying is the president's prerogative. overnight, north and south korea have committed to an era of no war on the korean peninsula. at a joint news conference in the middle of their planned three-day summit, south korean president moon jae-in and north
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korean leader kim jong-un announced what moon called a way to achieve denuclearization. cnn's paula hancocks is live for us this morning in seoul with the latest. paula? >> reporter: hello, christine. just a couple of headlines from that very ambitious and wide-ranging agreement that was signed by the north and south korean leaders. they have agreed, north korea, to shut down the missile test site. this is the key site for their icbm, intercontinental ballistic missile, program. it is something that the u.s. president trump had already announced after that singapore summit. what is new from today is that they have agreed that they would allow independent international experts into n to ra-- experts verify this. there was an announcement that they would be willing to shut down the nuclear facility but said they want to see u.s. corresponding measures. they didn't specify what they
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wanted, but we know that north korea wants a declaration to the end of the korean war. they want a peace treaty which the u.s. has resisted so far. we did hear a positive response quickly after the announcement from the u.s. president. he tweeted saying that he was very excited about all of these developments. also specifying that the two koreas were going to make a joint bid for the 2032 summer olympics. it really was a wide-ranging agreement. christine? >> paula, thank you very much for that for us in seoul where it is 5:40 in the evening. no one blinking in the escalating trade war between the u.s. and china after president trump announced a new tariff on $200 billion offed which goods, beijing -- of u.s. goods, beijing fired back with a tariff on u.s. product. where does this end? matt rivers live with the latest. china cannot match the tariffs dollar for dollar because of the trade imbalance. where does it go?
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>> reporter: yeah, you know, it's a great question, dave. you know, the trade war, it's definitely a trade war at this point. we can call it a trade war. it's not a trade skirmish, it's a trade war. china saying that they were going to retaliate, and they did. if there was any thought that they weren't going to retaliate, that thought is now out the window, as you said. $60 billion in tariffs on american -- $ 60 billion worth of american exports, brings the total amount of tariffs on american imports in china to $110 billion. there's only $130 billion american imports every year, so it's every import facing tariffs here in china. the big question moving forward, will there be more negotiation was here on out. and the answer is we just don't know. the u.s. extended an invitation to the chinese side last week. china said they won't negotiate under the threat of blackmail, but they haven't said that they won't attend the negotiations. that's the only seeming off ramp right now. but the negotiations, dave,
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certainly in jeopardy at this point. >> continuing to ramp up. matt rivers live for us in beijing. thank you. >> commerce secretary yesterday saying that china's running out of bullets and so the u.s. has the advantage here. corporate america says the administration is right about china's bad trade practices, but that tariffs are the wrong way to achieve real reforms. that's from the powerful business lobby, the business roundtable. it warns that this latest escalation threatens u.s. businesses and workers. so far the u.s. plans to hit $250 billion in chinese goods. the president is threatening an additional $267 billion. that would cover absolutely everything the u.s. buys from china. even consumer good that's have largely been -- goods that have largely been spared, shoes, electronics, toys, meaning you will pay more. tariffs on car parts could rise the price of a new car by several thousand dollars. wall street, this is so interesting, wall street shrugging off trade tensions at least right now. here's why -- corporate profits are really strong.
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companies are making a lot of money. and at a tariff rate of 10%, these tariffs aren't as high as investors feared. at least not right away. global stocks rose overnight, fascinating. >> extraordinary. stormy daniels sharing the x-rated details of her alleged sexual encounter with donald trump in a new tell-all book, "full disclosure." it includes graphic descriptions of mr. trump's anatomy that we don't have time to get into. >> spare me. >> spare you. we'll talk at the commercial, romans. daniels describes a tragic childhood and broken home that includes being repeatedly raped as a 9-year-old girl by a man who lived next door to a friend. the adult film star says she wrote the book because she wanted to get all the facts out and have a chance to defend herself. the white house has not responded to requests for comment. she also discussed notably a conversation between donald trump and hillary clinton while she was present. no word yet -- >> a phone conversation? >> a phone conversation between the two in which she claims they
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were discussing "our plan." stay tuned. >> all right. up next, a woman convicted of helping abduct elizabeth smart back in 2002 is about to walk free. and firefighters battle a tornado of flames. >> wow. i landed. i saw my leg did not look right. i was just finishing a ride. i felt this awful pain in my chest. i had a pe blood clot in my lung. i was scared. i had a dvt blood clot.
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the woman convicted along with her husband of abducting elizabeth smart 16 years ago being freed this morning. wanda barzee and brian david mitchell tried on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault after holding 14-year-old smart captive for nine months. barzee was sentenced to 15 years in exchange for her cooperation against her husband. utah officials refused to say exactly what time barzee would be released this morning. a supreme court decision could force dark-money groups to
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disclose the names of their donors. less than seven weeks before the midterms the high court let stand a federal judge's earlier ruling. the names of donors to nonprofits' political campaigns will have to be reported starting today. some loopholes remain such as ads that focus on issues instead of candidates. supporters of the change like democratic sec commissioner ellen weintraub call it a victory for transparency. dark groups expressed disappointment but said it is confident it can navigate the morass and comply with the law. take a look at this crazy video. burning up, if you will, the internet right now. firefighters in british columbia versus a firenado. crews trying to extinguish it when the firenadic o snatched u the hose. it was more than 300-feet high and threw burning logs across
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the fire-control line for 45 minutes. they eventually got the hose back, but it was melted. british columbia is experiencing one of the worst fire seasons on record. cnn meteorologist pedram javaheri monitoring the flooding ongoing in the carolinas, now turning his eye to potential flooding in the upper midwest. pedram? the river flooding still in the forecast for today. we'll see conditions gradually improve as some of these gauges going to finally crest over the next 24 or so hours. but as much as 50 counties still reporting some flooding in place, and you take a look, the gauges for wednesday, over 30 of them in flood stage with the vast majority coming in at the major flood stage. certainly a very slow and drawn-out process here before conditions improve for good. but to the north we go. thunderstorms abound. minneapolis toward green bay and milwaukee, could see travel disruptions because easily the wettest spot in the country the next couple of days is right here in southern minnesota and portions of wisconsin, four to six, in some areas more than six inches could fall through friday
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afternoon. certainly an area to watch carefully. st. louis, how about the lower 90s, omaha around 93. gorgeous setup as far as new york is concerned, 78. notice what happens here across portions of the south central states and places like oklahoma city. how about from the 90s to the 80s to the 70s to the 60s, a hint of fall. dallas, a well-deserved 79 in store after the middle 90s the next couple of days. guys? >> all right. thank you. the justice department looking into tesla. quite a week for elon musk. it is facing a criminal probe over musk's comments about taking the company private. we'll break it down in cnn "money" next.
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attack by israeli fighters against targets inside syria, the russians complained that the israelis that have deconfliction channels with the russians to prevent this from happening did not give russia adequate warning that it would take place. and the second claim is that they used the russian aircraft as cover as they approached the syrian airspace to carry out that attack. vladimir putin, the russian president, has attempted, though, to ratchet down the rhetoric and the tension that's have been growing between russia and israel saying that it looks like a chain of tragic accidental circumstances that resulted in this shootdown of the russian par plawarplane. the israelis expressed regret and sorrow at the deaths, 20 naval patrol aircraft shot out of the sky by syrian air defenses. they said the syrian government and their iranian allies in
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syria are ultimately responsible for the deaths and shoot-down. >> stay tuned. matthew chance live in moscow. thanks. let's check cnn "money" this morning. the u.s. and china escalating their trade fight. i think you can officially say this is now a trade war. wall street not concerned here. look, china slapped tariffs on $60 billion in u.s. imports yesterday, retaliation for the u.s. hitting $200 billion in chinese goods. but u.s. stocks closed higher, and global stocks rose overnight. why? corporate promfits are strong. the tariff of 10%, at that rate the u.s. tariffs aren't as high as investigators feared. at least -- as investors feared. at least not right away. the business roundtable warns the latest escalation threatens u.s. businesses and workers. they say the tariffs are the wrong way to achieve real reform with china. it's been ten years since the financial crisis and wall street pay is hitting levels not seen since that time including
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bonuses. the average salary in new york city's securities industry jumped 13% hitting $422,500 in 2017, the highest since 2008 and the third highest on record. the boost is largely because of corporate tax cuts. that drove bank profits to a record $60 billion last quarter. the justice department is investigating tesla. it is facing a criminal probe over elon musk's comments last month about taking the company private. tesla has since abandoned the plan. musk's tweet that he had secure funding boosted the stock price. if the info. was false it could be illegal. tesla says it is cooperating with a voluntary request for documents but gave no further specifics. tesla shares fell as much as 6%. back on the new york securities industry pay, typical income of four is $60,000 some, a reminder of the difference there. >> astounding. "early start" continues right now.
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>> it's premature to talk about a hearing on monday. >> lawyers for christine blasey ford say that they want the fbi to investigate her accusations against brett kavanaugh before any senate hearing. breaking overnight, north korea just agreed to shut down a main nuclear site. but there's a big catch. president trump visits the carolinas today as the death toll climbs in the flood disaster left by hurricane florence. firefighters in a tug-of-war with a tornado of fire. guess who wins. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start" on a hump day. i'm dave briggs. >> i can tell you the hose did not win in that case. >> safe bet. >> i'm onchristine romans. september 19th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's begin with the woman accusing supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh of

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