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the american ambassador attacked in south korea. slashed in the face before giving a speech. what was behind the attack? the pictures are awful. the latest on the ambassador's condition. we are live. a monster snowstorm from texas through the northeast. thousands of flights already canceled. schools closing. millions of people facing a dangerous drive to work. this morning, what you need to know. michael brown's parents are set to respond to the federal investigation that cleared the
police officer who killed their son. that investigation did find a pattern of discrimination inside that police department. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday march 5th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. let's start with the u.s. ambassador to south korea recovering from surgery overnight after a knife attack in seoul. ambassador mark lippert slashed in the face as he prepared to give a speech. officials say the surgery to repair the four-inch facial wound was successful. police have a suspect in custody. correspondent andrew stevens has the latest. andrew the surgery was successful. do we know why the man attacked the ambassador? >> reporter: what we know at this stage is the man is described as having a history of unpredictable behavior christine. five years ago, 2010 he was
given a suspended two--year sentence after he threw a lump of concrete at the japanese ambassador to south korea. this man was on the council for the korean reconciliation and cooperation. this was the group which invited mark lippert to speak this morning. lippert was sitting at his table when he was approached by this man. kim il jong. he then jumped on the ambassador. in the scuffle, the ambassador was slashed in the face on the right side of the face and several times on the arm. he was escorted from the building. the man restrained. the ambassador was escorted from the building. he was able to walk to his car helped by security there. he was then taken to the hospital. that was two hours operation. some 80 stitches he received in arms and face. he is expected to be in hospital
for another two or perhaps three days. certainly it is not life threatening. he is showing a bit of pluck here. he tweeted from the hospital. this is what he said in the tweet. i'm deeply moved by the support. i am doing well. i'll be back asap. to advance u.s.-rok alliance. that korean writing you see on the bottom. that says let's work together. that is from mark lippert. he signed it from his wife and his son and his dog. he is maintaining his sense of humor. not life threatening. the man is in custody. the police says he has a history, christine, described as unpredictable behavior. he had already attacked several years ago, the japanese ambassador to south korea. >> unbelievable. the white house sending out warm are words of support to mark lippert. a close adviser and friend of
president obama. thank you for that andrew. >> those pictures are horrifying. you have to wonder about questions about security around ambassador ambassadors. i guess they did not request any extra security. you have to wonder. four minutes after the hour. an overnight storm is slamming a big chunk of the nation. up to a foot of snow from texas up here to the northeast. >> unrelenting. what is your word? >> i think it is insulting. insulted. nearly 90 million advisory right now. >> the weather doing a number on travel. if you have a flight today, check with the carrier. airlines have grounded more than 2,000 flights. the snow is falling hard outside of boston. boston of course has seen no snow. wait it is buried under 8 feet of snow and just over 2 inches from setting an all-time record. this scene playing out since the storm start, the roof of the
shell station collapsing in fall river. no one seriously hurt. snow and ice are all over the roads in ohio. you can see the cars getting stuck on the streets. people having to do all the work there because the cars cannot do it themselves. >> sleet and snow across southern indiana. forecasters say up to a foot of new snow this morning. up to a foot of new snow in southern indiana. schools closing and businesses to close as well. >> severe weather in west virginia. prompting a declaration of emergency. flooding is a big concern in many areas. the latest storm could put up to 8 inches of snow on that state. >> virginia is dealing with heavy rain and melting snow which left parts of the state under water. emergency rescuers are using rafts to reach people stuck in their homes. >> this is a real problem.
millions of people. how bad will it get? will it get worse? let's check in with meteorologist derek van dam tracking it for us. >> john and christine, over 90 million mention million americans are under a watch or warning. look how expansive this storm is from central mexico texas through the mid-atlantic states. there is quite a temperature contrast with the cold front as well. very warm moist air across the southeastern u.s. that cutoff across the tennessee river valley. cold enough for all snowfall to the north here louisville, kentucky where temperatures range in the lower 20s. the mid-20s. our ice potential today not looking too good for the i-40 corridor. stretching anywhere from mississippi through tennessee and all the way to west virginia. we have the possibility of .25 to .50 of ice. we have upwards of a foot of snow in some locations.
lesser amounts for new york city and nation's capital. we could pick up 4 to 8 inches throughout the day. look at the temperature contrast. louisville kentucky through jacksonville florida. new york city your temperatures are taking a nose dive as well. back to you. >> thanks, derek. the family of the unarmed black teenager whose shooting death set up days of unrest in ferguson missouri. that family is set to speak out in ferguson this morning. this is the first time we will hear their reaction to the justice department not to bring charges against the police officer who shot their son michael brown. the brown family will also comment about the justice department's blistering new report about the ferguson police department. the 102-page document. details discrimination against african-americans by the city of ferguson and its police
department. cnn's sara sidner has the latest. >> reporter: ferguson mayor responding to the scathing report by the department of justice. the doj highlighting issues they say that blacks were unfairly targeted during traffic stops and arrests and tickets. the department was more concerned about revenue than about public safety and black folks paid the highest price. >> a community where local authorities consistently approached law enforcement not as a means of protecting public safety but as a way to generate revenue. a community where policing and municipal court practices were found to be disproportionately harmful to african-americans. >> reporter: the population is 67% black, 85% of those who were pulled over for traffic violations were arrested or ticketed were black.
the doj said it is the toxic background that helped create what happened after michael brown being killed. the doj did not find enough evidence to charge darren wilson with civil rights violations. he was not indicted by a grand jury either. the police chief and others inside the department may have to pay the piper. the doj talking about e-mails, including racist e-mails sent by the department. we know the mayor has responded to those who have sent those e-mails. >> this type of behavior will not be tolerated. the ferguson police department or any department in the city of ferguson. upon leaving that meeting, the three individuals were put on administrative leave. one has since been terminated. >> reporter: a source close to the investigation said the two on leave will no longer work for the department either.
john and christine. thank you for that. breaking overnight, hillary clinton speaking out after the state department e-mails spoken ss ss subpoenaed. the committee is looking over her personal e-mail account which is a breach of law. tweeting last night i want the public to see my e-mails. the state department will review them for release. republicans subpoenaed e-mails stored on a private server she operated from her new york home. secretary of state john kerry arrived in saudi arabia. he is there to ease concerns because officials in saudi arabia are nervous about making any deal the u.s. making any deal with iran. the secretary is expected to discuss the unrest in yemen and other middle eastern nations. and back in washington the senate failing in the attempt to override the veto of a bill to
approve construction of the keystone oil pipeline. the 62-37 vote was short needed to override. keystone was the third time the president exercised his veto power. the white house is warning the u.s. supreme court that the fate of health care for millions of americans is in its hands this morning. the justices heard arguments on the four-word clause in the affordable care act to derail obamacare. the white house is trying to make sure the members of the court are aware of the stakes. >> we would see millions of people lose health insurance. we would see prices likely go through the roof. there is not a lot the government can do about it other than congress passing legislation. >> cnn's pamela brown has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. it was a sharply divided court
along ideological lines. oral arguments. what happened here could impact millions of people. the stakes are very high. if the justices rule in favor of the plaintiffs, it could derail the affordable care act. justices had tough questions for the plaintiff's attorney. you have to look at the law as a whole and the context. you cannot look at the four words at the center of the debate established by the state. the justices said it would be a death spiral if subsidies were taken away from the americans and 34 states what the federally run exchange. the conservative justices focused on the fact the law has the four words. established by the state. it makes it clear accord together plaintiffs sing to the plaintiffs.
chief justice roberts did not have a lot to say during the oral arguments. that surprised a lot of people. he upheld the constitutionality of the affordable care act. all eyes were on him to see which direction he was leaning in. he did not want to tip his hand. ultimately it could come down to his vote or of course justice kennedy who is the deciding vote in these cases so often. he was asking questions favorable to both sides. it remains a mystery as to how the justices are going to rule. john and christine. thanks for that. time for an early start on money. asian stocks lower after china lowered the growth target from 7.5% to 7%. european shares are optimistic. we will hear from the european central bank today. it could announce the timing of a $1.1 trillion bond buying stimulus program. u.s. stock futures are up. trying to break a two-day losing streak.
the dow fell 106 yesterday. the s&p pulled back from the monday records. coming soon to wall street. online marketplace etsy filed the ipo hoping to raise $100 million. about 1.4 million people use etsy. it still doesn't make a profit but it has a very strong brand recognition. a pretty devoted following. >> my naval jewelry. >> john, tmi. we now know the defense strategy to save the accused boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. a surprising opening statement inside that courtroom. we will have the latest next.
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witnesses describe the scene near the marathon finish line. before that during opening statements the defense admitted that tsarnaev took part in the bombing. revealing a window into the strategy for saving tsarnaev from the death penalty. we get more from cnn's alexandra field. >> reporter: the start of the trial marked by emotional testimony from the victims. graphic images never seen before. one video that resonated inside the courtroom was taken from surveillance video inside a running store on boylston street. it recorded at the time of the explosion. you can see a pane of glass blown out of the window. people taking cover. we heard testimony from the manager of the store. he was the one in the videos grabbing clothes off the rack and running outside to use the clothes as tourniquets and trying to triage the people on boylston street on the day of the marathon. the prosecution made opening statement laying out the charges against dzhokhar tsarnaev.
they paint him as a self radicalized extremist. bent on harming america. a plan he carried out with his brother. 17 charges come with a possible death sentence. in a move the defense made their opening statements conceding the vast majority of the facts of the case. yes, in fact their client the defendant, dzhokhar tsarnaev was the man behind this attack. they went on to say the case they will make the place they differ from the argument made from the federal government is what motivated dzhokhar tsarnaev. this is a young man preyed upon by his older brother. the true mastermind of the plot. the plan here for the defense is to try to build some measure of sympathy for tsarnaev. they feel that will be key when it comes to the sentencing phase of the trial and jurors are faced with the question whether or not they could choose the death sentence here. christine. >> alexandria thanks for that.
more testimony on tap in the trial of former nfl star aaron hernandez. a fairly significant setback. the judge ruled evidence that hernandez was involved in a shooting with a friend a few months before odin lloyd was killed was not admissible. hernandez is accused of fatally shooting lloyd in 2013. scary moments on board a flight from charlotte to denver. the trouble started after the plane landed. the cabin suddenly filled with smoke as it taxied. >> everything seemed fine. two seconds after we hit the ground. you smelled something burning like electrical. within a matter of 30 seconds the cabin started burning. >> the pilot said evacuate the plane.
taken into custody last week. right now, he is charged as a juvenile. federal investigators say the suspect helped the man travel to syria where it is believed he successfully joined isis. in a separate case a california man was arrested trying to board a flight with a fake passport. he was trying to support isis. iraqi forces reportedly making progress in a major offensive operation to retake the city of tikrit from isis. iraqi troops are approaching the city from five directions to prevent escaping or bringing in other forces. this new propaganda video aimed at drawing new recruits to join isis in the fight. benjamin netanyahu's big speech to congress did not seem to move the needle back in israel. many analysts thought the address was designed to give
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a u.s. ambassador attacked with a knife. slashed in the face before a speech. we are live with the latest. and from texas to the northeast, more than 90 million people facing this monster storm. thousands of flights canceled already. schools closed. roads are treacherous. we will tell you what you need to know. a damning report for ferguson missouri. federal investigators find rampant racism in the department. michael brown's family ready to react this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. we have news on the condition of the u.s. ambassador to south korea. he was slashed in the face. dramatic pictures showing what happened. he is recovering this morning. ambassador mark lippert, again, cut as he was preparing to give a speech in south korea.
surgery to repair the facial wound was successful. 90 stitches in the face. the suspect is in custody. let's go to international correspondent andrew stevens tracking the latest for us. andrew. >> reporter: at this stage, as you say, the ambassador is in hospital after nearly three hours of surgery. it is not life threatening, but certainly it was a major traumatic incident. it happened early this morning. he was due to give a speech at the korean council of reconciliation and council. talking about reconciliation. a man identified as kim key jong. shouting slogans that the military drills had to stop. he then assaulted the ambassador mark lippert. he slashed him in the face and also in the left forearm before he was restrained by other people at that breakfast
seminar. he was then taken away by police. the ambassador as we see in the pictures was able to walk out assisted and got into a car and taken to hospital. three hours later, he has been stitched up. he is obviously maintaining his pluck and sense of humor. he tweeted recently. in the tweet, he said from his self and robin and grigsby, the dog. he says i'm deeply moved by the support i have got. i will be back asap to advance u.s.-rok alliance. you see the words in korean there that translates to let's work together. mark lippert putting on a brave face after the brutal attack. what we know he about the attacker himself, in 2010, he received a two-year suspended sentence john for throwing a lump of concrete at the japanese ambassador to south korea.
police describe him as a man of unpredictable behavior. >> questions this morning, andrew about the level of security surrounding ambassadors if a man with a knife was able to get that close to him. andrew thanks. overnight storm slamming much of the nation. up to another foot of snow you heard me right another foot from texas to the northeast. nearly 90 million people under some sort of winter watch, warnings or advisory. people are throwing things at the television. good thing there is glass between us. >> as long as it your side. the weather having a big impact on travel. if you have a flight today, you better check first. you might not have a flight today. nearly 2,000 flights have been grounded already. that number will go up. >> the snow is falling hard. those are pictures of woburn massachusetts. nice movie theaters. the region which has been hit by 8 feet of snow already is 2
inches from an all-time record. an unwelcome record. look at this. this is fall river, massachusetts. you can see what happened to the roof of the shell station. there is just so much snow there. >> let's go to ohio. snow and ice paving the roads in ohio. you can see it made for messy travel when the snow started falling overnight. cars stuck in the streets. some people forced to push their vehicles off the road. >> sleet and heavy snow in southern indiana. forecasters say up to a foot of new snow could be on the ground by this morning. the snow shutdown schools and businesses. >> the flooding in west virginia prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency. the latest with up to 8 inches of snow. >> and same in virginia. the rain left many under water.
the emergency responders using rafts to get to people in their homes. meteorologist derek van dam is tracking the storm for us. >> john and christine, it will be a messy thursday morning commute anywhere from dallas texas, through the tennessee river valley and all the way to the big apple. you don't need to be a meteorologist to see that cutoff divide with our cold front. warm moist air to the south and east with the changeover of precipitation taking place across tennessee and into kentucky. we have over 90 million people under some sort of winter storm watch, warnings or advisory today. you can see we are expecting up to a foot of snowfall in some locations. be careful traveling. lesser amounts to the nation's capital and new york city. treacherous travel conditions possible across interstate 95. upwards of .25 of .50 of ice possible with the storm. in parts of louisiana through
mississippi and into west virginia. we will keep a lookout for that. new york city your temperatures take a nose on dive with snowfall expected throughout the course through the day. jacksonville florida, compared to chicago, upwards of 70 degrees fahrenheit. the family of the unarmed black teenager is set to speak out at a news conference this morning in ferguson. we will hear their reaction to the justice department decision not to bring charges against darren wilson. the 102-page document shows discrimination against blacks by the city of ferguson and by the ferguson police department. cnn's sara sidner is in ferguson with the latest. >> reporter: ferguson mayor responding to the scathing report by the department of justfof
justice. the doj saying the blacks were unfairly targeted in traffic stops and arrests and tickets. the doj said the department and city were more concerned about revenue than about public safety and black folks paid the highest price. >> a community where local authorities consistently approached law enforcement not as a means for protecting public safety but as a way to generate revenue. a community where policing and municipal court practices were found to be disproportionately harmful to african-american residents. >> reporter: the population is 67% black, at least 85% of those pulled over for traffic violations arrested or ticketed were black. the doj said it is the toxic background that was around and helped create what happened after michael brown was killed by officer darren wilson. the doj did not find enough
evidence to charge darren wilson with any civil rights violations. he was not indicted by a grand jury either. however, the police chief and some others inside of that department may have to pay the piper. the doj talking about e-mails, including racist e-mails sent by the department. we know that the mayor has responded to those who have sent those e-mails. >> this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the ferguson police department or any department in the city of ferguson. immediately upon leaving that meeting, the three individuals were placed on administrative leave pending investigation. one has since been terminated. >> reporter: a source close to the investigation said the two others on leave will no longer work for the department either. thanks sara. breaking overnight, hillary clinton says she wants to release the state department e-mails. this comes after those e-mails
were subpoenaed by a house committee investigating the consulate in benghazi. she wrote i want the public to see my e-mail. i asked state to release them. they said they will review them for release as soon as possible. republicans also subpoenaed e-mails that clinton stored on a private server operated out of her new york home. the state department is looking into her use of a personal e-mail account while she served as secretary of state which may have prevented certain records laws from being followed. the white house is warning that the fate of the obamacare is in the hands of the supreme court. the white house trying to make sure members of the high court were clear on the stakes. >> we would see millions of
people lose their health insurance. we would see prices likely go through the roof and there's not a lot frankly the government could do about it other than congress passing legislation to fix it. >> our pamela brown has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. it was a sharply divided court along ideological lines during the latest affordable care act. oral arguments. what happens here could impact millions of people. stakes are very high. if the justices rule in favor of the plaintiffs it could derail the affordable care act. right out of the gate the liberal justices had tough questions for the plaintiff's attorney. said that you have to look at the law as a whole. the context. you cannot look at just the four words at the center of the debate established by the state. the justices said it would be a
death spiral with subsidyiesyies were taken away in the 34 states in the federally run exchange. on the other side the conserve conservative justices say it makes it clear. that is what the law intended. it did not intend for people with federally run exchange to have subsidies. chief justice roberts did not have a lot to say in the oral arguments. we know he upheld the constitutionality of the affordable care act several years ago. all eyes were on him to see which direction he was leaning in. he did not want to tip his hand. it could come down to his vote or justice kennedy who so often is the deciding vote in the cases. he was asking questions favorable to both sides. it remains a mystery as to how the justices were going to rule and it is bound to be a close case. >> pamela thank you. time for an early start on your money this thursday morning.
asian stocks lower. china lowered its growth target from 7.5% to 7%. european shares optimistic ahead of news from the european central bank. u.s. stock futures are higher. we are in the middle of the fourth longest bull run in history. close to record highs. big corporate story. mcdonald's is banning chicken treated with antibiotics commonly used for humans. that change could change how chicken is produced and consumed more broadly. now not all antibiotics are banned. properducer can use some deemed health necessary. mcdonald's is trying to appeal to a millennial consumer who is very interested in how its food is produced. the values with which its food is produced. interesting development. new video of a boston
statements the defense admitted tsarnaev took part in the bombing. let's get more now from cnn's alexandra field. >> reporter: christine and john the start of the trial marked by emotional testimony from the victims. images and videos never seen before. the video that resonated in the courtroom was taken from the running store on boylston street. it is recorded at the time of the explosion. you can see a pane of glass blown out of the window. people from the street run into the store to take cover. at the same time we heard testimony from the manager of the store who says he was the one in the videos grabbing clothing off the rack and using the clothes as tourniquets. the prosecution made the opening statements. they paint tsarnaev as a self radicalized extremist.
he faces 30 charges. 17 of the charges come with a possible death sentence. in a move that may have surprised the courtroom, the defense made their opening statements conceding the vast majority of the facts of the case. yes, the client dzhokhar tsarnaev, was the man behind this attack. they went on to say the case they will make the place they differ from the argument made by the federal government is what motivated dzhokhar tsarnaev. they say this is the young man who was preyed upon by his older brother. true mastermind on the plot. the defense is to build some measure of sympathy for tsarnaev. they feel that will be key when it comes to the sentencing phase of the trial. when jurors are faced with the question of whether or not they could choose a death sentence here. >> thank you, alexandra field. more expert testimony on tap today for the trial of former nfl star aaron hernandez.
the judge dealing prosecutors a significant and largely expected setback. he ruled evidence that hernandez was involved in a shooting of a friend in florida a few months before odin lloyd was killed would not be admissible here. hernandez is accused of shooting lloyd in june of 2013. the world health organization wants us to quit eating so much sugar. the w.h.o. recommend that people cut the daily sugar intake from less than 10%. that is roughly 12 teaspoons for the average american. one can of soda and you have 10 teaspoons. following the guidelines could prevent chronic diseases that are linked to poor diets. the fight to take back a key city from isis. we have those developments after the break.
battle zone around tikrit. aimed at drawing new recruits. a 17-year-old virginia student accused of being a recruiter for isis. the unidentified teen was taken into custody last week. right now charged as a juvenile. federal investigators say the suspect helped a man travel to syria where it is believed he successfully joined isis. in a separate case a california man tried to board a plane for turkey with a fake passport to provide support for isis. prime minister benjamin netanyahu's speech to congress did not seem to have much of an impact back in israel. there were some political analysts back there who suspected the speech was targeted not just at the american audience but israeli population which will vote in less than two weeks. as we said not much of an impact. look at the poll by channel 2 news in israel.
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