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are charges on the way for wikileaks founder julian assange? and democrats looking for gains and left with little reason for hope. astonishing 631 people are unaccounted for in the deadly camp fire in california. parts of the northeast crippled by the first major snow of the season. that commute was epic last night. expect a messy friday morning, too. my husband, it took him three and a half hours to get home.
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he was very unhappy. we knew this storm was coming. >> he needed a bourbon. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is friday, november 16th. for the tenth day we are waking up wondering when the midterms end. we will get to that shortly and we start with references to wikileaks founder over court filings which he may be criminally charged. it could have significant implications for the mueller investigation. assange leaked government secrets on the wars on iraq and afghanistan. federal prosecutors referenced assange by accident in a filing last week while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed. they wrote, quote, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential in the fact that assange has been charged. >> a spokesman for the eastern
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district of virginia said the court filing was made in error. he declined to comment if there are charges against assange or what the error was or if it was run in the first place. "the wall street journal" reports that the prosecutor is preparing to charge assange. he has been living in the ecuador embassy since 2012. an indictment has painted wikileaks as a tool of russian intelligence for hacked democratic e-mails in the 2016 campaign. mueller has been exploring communications with wikileaks and associates of president trump, then candidate trump, including roger stone. >> the russia investigation weighing heavily on the president. he met with his lawyers three times this week to talk about the responses to robert mueller. the trump legal team is wary of
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mueller's questions. the pathway narrowing for the democrats to win recounts in florida. a hand recount is ordered for governor rick scott and democrat bill nelson. republican ron desantis declared victory after a machine recount did not help andrew gillum narrow the gap. that race effectively over which leaves democrats hoping for a miracle in the senate race where governor scott leads by less than 13,000 votes out of 8.2 million cast. >> senator nelson dealt another blow by the court ruling in scott's favor. a federal judge ruling guidelines for voter intent are constitutional. most florida counties did file the recounts on time. a few did not. including one heavily democratic county. the county finished counting by two minutes after the deadline.
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cnn's jessica dean as more from florida. >> reporter: good morning, dave and christine, from palm beach where they hope to get started on the hand recount today. let's zoom out and give you the big picture across florida. they will go through a hand recount for the incredibly close .15% senate race which was triggered yesterday. in palm beach county, they were one of three counties that did not get the second recount numbers. they blamed it on the machines. they said they were old and breaking down and overheating. they simply were not able to get it in on time. in hillsborough county, they suffered power outages. they were not confident enough in the numbers to submit the new numbers. they went with the old numbers as well. you had broward county who missed the deadline by two minutes. they say that was all due to
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familiarity with the web site. someone not really understanding how to upload that information. all three of those counties, but law, went with the first unofficial set of results. back here in palm beach county, they will try to separate the under votes and over votes. that is what they will look at in the hand recount and from there, they are hoping to get started with that by 11:00 a.m. back to you. >> jessica dean, thank you. democrats celebrating another house seat in maine's second district. jared golden. that makes the net gain in the house for democrats 33 seats. there are still seven races yet to be called by cnn with democrats leading in six of the seats. all of them republican held districts. house minority leader nancy pelosi feels she will be selected as house speaker. one is suggesting she is perhaps
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overconfident. >> she's wrong. we have the votes. >> democrats select the nominee in the november 28th vote. right now, pelosi is the only one officially running. in california, alarming news. 631 people now unaccounted for in the camp fire in the sierra foothills as people call in to report missing pernsons. authorities are trying to determine where people may be. so far, 63 people are known to have died in the camp fire. >> officials say the fire has burned more than 140,000 acres. it is 40% contained. evacuation orders and warnings are reduced or lifted in areas effected by the camp fire. our scott mclean visited the walmart parking lot in chico which is serving as a makeshift camp for displaced people.
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>> what do you miss most? >> just being in a bed. >> you just miss your bed? >> being under a ceiling and actually having a real bathroom. >> that's nice, isn't it? you seem like you're being pretty strong, though. >> you okay? >> just hard. >> meanwhile, heavy smoke is drifting into the bay area. the air quality in san francisco yesterday was as bad in chico. chico is 30 minutes from paradise. it was by far the worst air quality in the bay area since the fires broke out forcing several school districts to close today. the total death toll in the california wildfires stands at 66, including a new death from the woolsey fire in southern california. president trump scheduled to travel to california tomorrow to meet people affected by the
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blazes. 6 inches of snow brought here to new york city and surrounding areas which brought areas to a standstill. this is what you were staring at on the george washington bridge. commutes ex-se s extended by s hours. new york city mayor bill de blasio vowing to clear the streets before the morning commute. this is union county, pennsylvania. you can see lines of traffic for miles. >> the death toll from the storm is eight. one person killed in maryland and ohio on slick votes. five other deaths in alabama and mississippi. thousands of flights delayed and canceled. a majority in new york. more in philadelphia and boston and even chicago. more than 292,000 customers are without power in indiana, kentucky, ohio, virginia, west virginia and pennsylvania. who got hit hardest and what
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is in store this weekend? here is meteorologist derek van dam with the totals. >> impressive winter storm and it is not over for some. look at this. 18 inches and counting for mt. hope, new york. even central park got 6 inches of snowfall. we still have winter warnings in effect for upstate new york and pennsylvania and new hampshire and all the way to maine. addition additional 6 inches or more is expected as the storm wraps up and exits the region. in its wake is cold conditions and blustery weather. however, we may see a few peeks of sunshine for new york city later today. look at the winds gusts in excess of 30 miles an hour from new york to nantucket. temperatures are 43 for the big apple. snow will melt quickly. any precipitation left over is
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in the form of rain this morning. the temperatures staying below average the next seven days. back to you. >> thank you. thousands of student veterans waiting months to be paid for education as promised. what the v.a. says is to blame.
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wow. facebook is on the defensive after a "new york times" investigation suggested it was not forthcoming about russian interference on its platform and hired a hit writer for the platform. facebook has been too slow to deal with russian disinformation on its platform in 2016. mark zuckerberg said to suggest we were not interested in knowing the truth wasn't true. it expanding its work in october of 2017 to fight back against all of this criticism that facebook was asleep at the
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switch. definers wrote articles attacking google and apple and downplaying how facebook was effected by russian interference. zuckerberg said he learned of the work when he read the report. i said i got on the phone with our team and we are no longer working with the team. ceo sheryl sandberg wrote on the platform thursday at facebook we are making the investments we need to stamp out the issues. this mission is critical and i am committed to seeing it through. in a statement provided to cnn, a spokesperson for "the times" says the article is accurate. it is worth a read. it is a lack of ability to deal with the russia issue on facebook. first lady melania trump taking on critics of her mission
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to combat cyber bullying. she is taking a lot of heat for focus on the issue given her husband's twitter tendencies. at the conference this week, melania defended the effort. >> as i have said before, it is not news or surprising to me that critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue and that's okay. i remain committed to tackling this topic because it will provide a better world for our children. >> first lady says she hopes people bring awareness and understanding about responsible online behavior. v.a. officials admit thousands of student veterans are not receiving their monthly housing and education payments from the u.s. government on time. top brass at the department blame the delays which date back to april on the technology systems. the payments are part of the
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forever g.i. bill that president trump signed to expand benefits for veterans. the president pointed this out as a sign of success as the efforts to modernize the v.a. the food and drug administration enacting new measures with nicotine products. a spike in vaping of 80% for high school students. it is restricting flavored e-cigarettes. it limits sales to brick and mortar stores. the fda also seeking a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavor e cigars. >> the war is you can't smell the smoke. that is why the kids do it because the parents have no idea. the flavor makes it seem like a candy rather than nicotine. >> 1 in 5 high school students
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apparently vape. shock and fear in the baltimore theater as a man yells heil hitler. it happened during the classic "fiddler on the roof." he shouted it from the upper balcony. several people ran toward the exits. others were shaken until the man was hustled out by security. the outburst comes during a spike in anti-semitic incidents in the u.s. including the synagogue shooting in pittsburgh. a painting by british artist david hockney sold for a whopping $90.3 million at the auction on thursday. the price breaks the record for a piece of work by living artist sold at auction. it is considered his premier work. the 1972 pointing has been long held by a private collector.
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the new buyer was not revealed. the last was set by balloon dog which sold for $50.4 million. $90 million for the painting. >> a living artist. amazing. >> pretty. i can't afford it. >> breaking overnight. north korea deports a u.s. citizen detained last month and kim jong-un supervises a test of a new weapon. a live report is next. my name is jeff sheldon,
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north korea deported a u.s. citizen who was detained last month after entering the country illegally. the expulsion came hours after the report that kim jong-un supervised the test of the tactical military weapon. we have alexandra field in hong kong with more. what about the connection with the timing? >> reporter: the question of the timing has to do with the officials in the u.s. and south korea respond. they released a u.s. detainee whom they had since october 16th. they say they deported the american citizen outside the north korea border. no word on where. we ever waiting for confirmation from u.s. -- we are waiting for confirmation from u.s. officials about the release of the american citizen. that came around the same time we have been learning more about the weapons test conducted by north korea that appeared to be
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north korea flexing muscle. a source tells cnn a south korean official that the south korean government considers this a test of long-range military weapon. this is a difference between the missiles test a year ago. sources say the south korean government does not see the test as a military provocation. it does, of course, appear to anyone watching north korea closely that north korea is flexing muscle and raising rhetoric as they reach an impasse with talks with the united states. how does that impasse break? that could be up to u.s. offici officials. in the last day they have been projecting confidence saying the two sides can work together and just in the last day, vice president mike pence saying that u.s. will not insist north korea provide disclosure as a condition of the second summit. that is something they would
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insist upon. creating a window for the summit to move forward in light of the developments. >> dropping that pre-condition is an important development. alexandra, thank you. >> it is. an accounting of the north korea nuclear facilities should be required before the first summit. let alone a second. here we go. ahead, is it the russia investigation or a government leak? julian assange could be in big legal trouble. references to the wikileaks founder accidentally refievealen a court filing. before they'r. come on in. you're turning 65 soon? yep. and you're retiring at 67? that's the plan! it's also a great time to learn about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. here's why...medicare part b doesn't pay for everything. this part is up to you. a medicare supplement plan helps pay for some of what medicare doesn't.
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are charges on the way for wikileaks founder julian assange?
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and could they upend the russia probe? a hand recount starts this morning in the florida razor thin senate race. democrats are left with little reason for hope. astonishing 631 people are missing in the deadly camp fire in california. parts of the northeast crippled by the first major snow of the season. expect a messy friday morning commute. for us, it comes at 2:00 a.m. we don't deal with such messy commutes. welcome back to "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> it was terrible. you could not get into the port authority in new york. the biggest commuter hub on the northeast. three and a half hour delays to get home. in a storm that was not a surprise. >> mr. mayor. >> 31 minutes past the hour. let's start with the bombshell. references to wikileaks founder julian assange in an unsealed
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court filing suggest he might be criminally charged. it could have significant implications for the mueller investigation. assange made a name for himself leaking government secrets including on the wars in afghanistan and iraq. federal prosecutors referenced assange by accident in a filing last week while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed. they wrote, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential in the fact that assange has been charged. >> a spokesman for the eastern district of virginia said the court filing was made in error. he declined to comment if there are charges against assange or whether it will be an issue. "the wall street journal" reports that the prosecutor is preparing to charge assange. he has been living in the ecuador embassy since 2012. an indictment has painted wikileaks as a tool of russian intelligence for releasing thousands of democratic hacked
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e-mails during the 2016 campaign. mueller has been exploring communications with wikileaks and associates of president trump, including roger stone. >> the russia investigation weighing heavily on the president. he met with his lawyers three times this week to talk about the responses to robert mueller. the trump legal team is wary of mueller's questions. rudy giuliani describing some of them as quote possible traps. t the pathway is narrowing for the democrats to win recounts in florida. a hand recount is ordered for governor rick scott and democrat bill nelson. republican ron desantis declared victory after a machine recount did not help andrew gillum narrow that race. the race is effectively over which leaves democrats hoping for a miracle in the senate race where governor scott leads by less than 13,000 votes out of
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8.2 million votes cast. >> senator nelson dealt another blow by the court ruling in scott's favor. a federal judge ruling guidelines for voter intent are constitutional. most florida counties did file the recounts on time. a few did not. including one heavily democratic county. the county finished counting, but missed the deadline by mere minutes. cnn's jessica dean as more from florida. >> reporter: good morning, dave and christine, from palm beach where they hope to get started on the hand recount today. let's zoom out and give you the big picture across florida. they will go through a hand recount for the incredibly close .15% senate race which was triggered yesterday. in palm beach county, they were one of three counties that did not get the second recount numbers in. here in palm beach, they blamed
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it on the machines. they said they were old and breaking down and overheating. they simply were not able to get it in on time. in hillsborough county, they suffered power outages. they were not confident enough in the numbers to submit the new numbers. they went with the old numbers as well. you had broward county who missed the deadline by two minutes. they say that was all due to familiarity with the web site. someone not really understanding how to upload that information. all three of those counties, but -- by law, went with the first unofficial set of results. back here in palm beach county, they will try to separate the under votes and over votes. that is what they will look at in the hand recount and from there, they are hoping to get started with that by 11:00 a.m. back to you. >> thank you for that. democrats celebrating another house seat in maine's second district. jared golden. defeating the incumbent. that makes democrats net gain in
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the house now 33 seats. it's been a creeping blue wave for ten days. there are still seven races yet to be called by cnn with democrats leading in six of the seats. all of them republican held districts. house minority leader nancy pelosi feeling confident she will be selected as house speaker. one is suggesting she is perhaps overconfident. >> she's wrong. we have the votes. >> straight and to the point. democrats select the nominee in the november 28th vote. right now, pelosi is the only one officially running. to california now, alarming news. 631 people now unaccounted for in the camp fire in the sierra foothills as people call in to report missing persons. authorities are trying to determine where people may be. so far, 63 people are known to
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have died in the camp fire. >> officials say the fire has burned more than 140,000 acres. it is 40% contained. evacuation orders and warnings are reduced or lifted in areas effected by the camp fire. our scott mclean visited the walmart parking lot in chico which is serving as a makeshift camp for 20,000 displaced people. >> what do you miss most? >> just being in a bed. >> you just miss your bed? >> being under a ceiling and actually having a real bathroom. >> that's nice, isn't it? you seem like you're being pretty strong, though. >> you okay? >> just hard. >> that's perspective for you.
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meanwhile, heavy smoke is drifting into the bay area. the air quality in san francisco yesterday was as bad in chico. chico is 30 minutes from paradise. it was by far the worst air quality in the bay area since the fires broke out forcing several school districts to close today. the total death toll in the california wildfires stands at 66, including a new death from the woolsey fire in southern california. president trump scheduled to travel to california tomorrow to meet people affected by the wildfires. one silver lining overnight. nick says he thought he lost the ring he was going to give his girlfriend. he found the ring in the safe after he popped it up. he plans on popping the question in the next few weeks. plunging to a 15-year low. the fear is potential liability in the massive camp fire.
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pg&e closed down 30% yesterday. pg&e disclosed in the regulatory filing on tuesday it experienced an outage on the transmission line in butte county just 15 minutes before the camp fire broke out. the cause of the fire has not been determined. the timing is interesting. the death toll has risen to 63 people. the fire rages. the california public utilities commission will investigate pg&e. back out east. 6 inches of snow brought new york city and surrounding areas to a standstill. this is what you were staring at for hours on the george washington bridge. commutes extended by several hours. this morning, many schools in new jersey have delayed openings. new york mayor bill de blasio viewed to clear the streets -- vowed to clear the votes before the morning commute. >> the death toll for the snow
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storm stands at eight. deaths reported in pennsylvania and maryland and ohio. thousands of flights delayed and canceled. the majority in new york. for delays in washington and boston and chicago. most customers without power in indiana, kentucky, ohio and virginia and pennsylvania. the commute has got to be better this morning. yesterday's commute was just who are -- just horrific. you had so many people in the new york transit hub, you could not get to bus gates. trains were slow. buses were full. three hour delays. >> sounds like mayor de blasio has explaining to do. just weeks after the pittsburgh massacre, another scare for the jewish community. what one man did at the performance of "fiddler on the
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roof." that's next.
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v.a. officials admit thousands of student veterans are not getting the monthly housing and other payments on time from the government. top brass blame the delays dating back to april blamed on the and ty quiy -- old technolo. the president expanded the benefits for veterans last year. during thursday afternoon, the president cited the g.i. expansion bill as a point of success. seven women have filed a fe federal lawsuit claims three former dartmouth professors with giving them alcohol and raped them. the three treated women as sex
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objects. the women said they were treated to feel if their success would go along with the alcohol fuelled atmosphere. one categorically denies the allegations. in a statement, the school says sexual harassment has most place at dartmouth. the fda enacting new measures in nicotine products. a spike in vaping of 80% for high school students. it is restricting flavored e-cigarettes. the fda also seeking a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. in order to combat smoking among young people. federal prosecutors say the
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man who shot and killed two people in the kroger grocery store has been charged in a six-count indictment. it includes two counts of shooti shooting victims based on race. it carries life in prison penalties with a possible death sentence. bush is charged with killing two when he opened fire at the supermarket last month. minutes before the ambush, he was captured on video surveillance trying to enter a black church. shock and fear in a baltimore theater as a man yells heil hitler during a performance of "fiddler on the roof." it happened wednesday night during the musical intermission. the man shouted the nazi salute from the upper balcony. several ran for the exits. the man was hustled out by security. this comes as a spike of
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anti-semitic in the u.s. including the pittsburgh synagogue shooting. a painting by british artist david hockney sold for $90.3 million at christie's on thursday. the price breaks the record for a piece of work by living artist sold at auction. it is considered his premier work. the 1972 painting has been long held by a private collector. the new buyer was not revealed. was it you, dave briggs? the last was set by "balloon dog" which sold for $50.4 million. just shows you the funny money at work in the world. if you have that money to spend on a painting. >> i don't get it. good for somebody. it's lovely. ahead -- >> walmart getting a sales boost heading into the holiday season.
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sales doing so well, bernie sanders says it should pay its employees even more. we have a check of cnn business next. ♪
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[ neighing ] [ neighing ] [ sigh ] it's bring your own phone, not pony. so i could've taken the bus? yeah. bring your phone. switch your carrier. save hundreds a year with xfinity mobile. call, click or visit a store today. breaking overnight. north korea deports a u.s. citizen detained last month and kim jong-un supervises a test of
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newly modern tactical military weapon. we have alexandra field in hong kong with more. >> reporter: christine, this came from state-run news media. they released a u.s. citizen who had been detained since october 16th. this is a citizen who crossed from china into north korea illegally. admitted to his offense and has been deported over the border. did not specify which border. we are waiting for official word from u.s. officials. it was announced by north korea at the time they conducted a weapons test. they did not specify when the test happened. they announced kim jong-un supervised the test himself for about a year now. the last time was on the ground super vvising on the ground of e
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intercontinental ballistic missile. this is a very different kind of test. they called it a tactical weapons test. the south korean government believes it was a long-range military test. because it is a tactical system, the south korean government does not view this as military provocation. this test happened with pomp and circumstance considering the fact that kim jong-un was there and this was reported by state news. it appears to be a bit of posturing from north korea which recently raised rhetoric against the united states. they want sanctions eased and canceled a meeting with secretary of state mike pompeo. creating an impasse with the issue with the united states and north korea. what could break the impasse? a second summit. >> alex, thank you for that in hong kong. the trump administration imposing sanctions on 17 saudi
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officials over their roles in the killing of the journalist jamal khashoggi. the u.s. treasury announced the penalties hours after the prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for five charged in the virginia resident's death. we have more with jomana karadsheh. good morning, jomana. clearly officials want resolution here. will we get it? >> reporter: that is the big question, dave, as you mentioned, there in the united states. now the sanctions targeting 17 saudi individuals under the magnisky act. those individuals were involved in the killings of journalist jamal khashoggi. now this coming after the statement from saudi prosecutors with the latest on the investigation where they say they have charged 11 individuals and they are seeking the death penalty for five. they say the result of the
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investigation so far was that those individuals were carrying out an operation to capture jamal khashoggi and convince him to go back to saudi arabia. that failed. they say there was an argument that ensued. there was a fight. they tried to take him back by force. instead, they ended up overdosing him with an injection and killed him and his body dismembered. they deny the crown prince had any knowledge of the operation. they say it was ordered by the deputy head of the intelligence services in saudi arabia. i have to say, dave, the response in turkey, they have been skeptical about this. they say they are not getting any satisfactory answers and worried about a cover-up taking place in saudi arabia and they want to know where is the body of jamal khashoggi. today here in istanbul, absentee funeral prayers will be taken place for jamal khashoggi because his friends and family
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and people have lost hope his body will be found and he will ever get a proper burial. dave. >> jomana karadsheh live as prayers are under way there in istanbul. thanks. let's get a check of cnn business. markets higher. nikkei down a little bit. shanghai is up. european markets opening positive. dax and ftse higher. on wall street, futures this morning. down a little bit after the dow jump yesterday of 209 points. that snapped a four-day losing streak. we will see if the mood can possibly hold here into the morning. the s&p gained 1 p%. nasdaq closed up 2%. apple finished up 2.5% after morgan stanley said the recent selloff was due to supplier concerns and it was overdone. a bounce back for apple. more people are visiting walmart for toys and groceries.
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walmart reported a 3.4% increase in sales in the u.s. online sales jumped 43%. that is a big number. a big focus for walmart. walmart has picked up customers in the wake of the toys r us closing. grown 30% in stores and 40% online. senator bernie sanders is calling for a minimum wage increase for all employees to $15 an hour. he introduced the stop walmart act thursday. middle class taxpayers should not have to subsidize walmart to the tune of $6.2 billion a year. sanders has called out other companies, including american airlines and mcdonald's. it stands a better chance in the democratic house of passing than the senate. walmart has been raising wages
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in part which has blunt the criticism. it has been raising wages and investing in the work force. bernie sanders says there are retail workers in america where the government subsidizes them. >> the walmart v. amazon will be an interesting story in the years ahead. "early start" continues right now. are charges on the way for wikileaks founder julian assange? and could they upend the russia probe? a hand recount starts this morning in the florida razor thin senate race. democrats are left with little reason for hope. astonishing 631 people are missing in the deadly camp fire in california. parts of the northeast crippled by the first major snow of the season. expect a messy friday morning commute.

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