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sleeping, a 50-year nightmare for many of its citizens, finally, may be waking up to what? time will tell. north korea knows what it has to do. >> john kerry leaving the door wide open for kim jong-un. will he agree to nuclear talks or risk war by launching a missile? also ahead this morning, missing in the mountains. a hiker bury the by a deadly avalanche and searchers right now, helpless by treacherous conditions. >> so check this out. this is minnesota and, yes, folks, it is mid-april. snow, ice, howling winds. this is actually happening. it is supposed to be spring. >> and augusta, georgia, here we go. this is a victorious adam scott
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becoming the first australian to ever win the masters. he pulled it off, sudden death, breathtaking fashion. >> it was just awesome. >> crazy. good morning and welcome to "early start." i'm brooke baldwin. >> i'm john berman. happy patriots day. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> let's begin with a little news from the homeland. we have the northern plains pounded. we saw some of the pictures by snow. where are we, like almost in may now and here you have this snow, lots of it. combined with low visibility, high winds creating a recipe for disaster on this minnesota hi highway. the dakotas saw up to a foot and a half of snow yesterday and, folks, it is not over yet, another winterlike blast taking aim at denver. how much snow is expected there? let's go to bonnie schneider live in the weather center. say it isn't so.
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>> i'm sure that's what they're saying in denver. where is our spring. denver, you're on your way to seeing the snowiest april ever but it's not just snowing in colorado. we have snow right now in northern minnesota across the northern plains and then where it's a little warmer, seeing very heavy thunderstorms that are keeping across milwaukee and into green bay at this hour. so it's a stormy and snowy start to your workweekment look up to a foot in parts of the northern plains. it will be a little lighter in some areas, however, as you look towards the west, west of denver and north of denver you could see well over a foot but for denver itself by the time we get into later tonight and early tomorrow, 3 to 6 inches of more snow and cold temperatures too so this is a big wintry mess. all the way across colorado into wyoming. we're going to see heavy amounts of snow and all of that sweeping further to the east. another thing headed eastward is this cold front that will trigger showers and
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thunderstorms possibly severe ones over parts of the heartland so a good day to plan your travel carefully and have your noaa weather rate joe programmed and turned on to your parish or county in louisiana. watching for severe weather meaning we could see frequent lightning, heavy downpours of rain from st. louis to joplin all the way to tulsa, oklahoma and then on tuesday we'll watch for areas a little further west to see another severe weather outbreak. normally spring is a busy time but not necessarily a busy time for temperatures like these dropping down into the mid-20s for rapid city and i'm getting down to 0 for chicago and for minneapolis, rather, so we are seeing a cold front coming into the northern plains. >> aye-yie-yie. i was squinting to see if that was really something like 20 something degrees. >> deeply offensive, i have to say. >> i was in florida i would say nanny, nanny about oo-boo to you. a search for a missing hiker
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was suspended citing rough conditions on granite mountain. this was one of two avalanches. the second on red mountain killed a fee meal hiker. the avalanche on granite dragged down three snowshoers down more than 1200 feet. two in their 30s survived. a third, mitch hundredgate remains missing this morning. >> just a very, very strong individual and we really hoped that somehow he would break free and find his way off the mountain and we didn't want him to come down to an empty parking lot. >> search and rescue teams are waiting for first light this morning to see if they can resume their search. also new this morning, does north korea warrant to talk tore fight? on a pivotal day in the korean nuclear crisis there is a new call from the u.s. for quote/unquote authentic and credible negotiations, but secretary of state john kerry is making it clear the burden on
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ending the north's nuclear ambitions fall squarely on pyongyang. here he is in asia over the weekend. secretary of state vowing to protect america's allies. earlier today north korean leader kim jong-un made what is believed to be his first public appearance in two weeks. here he is, it includes visiting the mausoleum where his grandfather, kim il-sung and his father kim jong-il lie in state. jim clancy has the latest from seoul, south korea. jim. >> reporter: brooke, john, yes, there were major celebrations going on this day in north korea to mark the 101st birthday of kim il-sung, the founding father of north korea. kim jong-un emerged from two weeks of absence. he appeared to be flanked by members of his military as he visited the glass encased coffins of his grandfather and
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his father to pay what the north koreans said was the humblest of respects. meantime, in south korea, people got up, had breakfast and went to work and opened up the newspaper. it wasn't kim jong-un on the cover, no, it was psy and the release of his new single. the media here came under a little criticism because of the way that they have described these lavish celebrations in north korea at a time when so many people there are hungry. the north koreans lashed out at them saying that it was not at all the kind of thing that they should be saying on a day like this. there is still focus on mr. kerry's trip here. it is thought to have been a very positive trip and some of the comments he made in japan. >> we need to make it clear that they have to move towards the denuclearization and they need to stop the threats and missile test, stop the nuclear tests and we're prepared to come to the
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table under the meeting of the obligations. >> kerry's trip is thought to have really turned down the temperature here on the korean peninsula. that's the biggest takeaway from all of this. it also put the ball into kim jong-un's court. it brought china a little bit closer to the u.s. point of view by exploiting the extreme rhetoric of the north and, of course, it reassured u.s. allies in the region, japan and south korea. there's also an assurance to beijing there that the u.s. wants a nonnuclear korean peninsula. at the same time, there's been no positive response that has been heard from the north. it's still early yet. they expect them to more or less change the subject entirely now with kim il-sung's birthday and perhaps sometime down the road we'll hear from them. brooke, john. >> jim clancy for us in seoul, south korea. meantime, the man hugo chavez chose as his successor
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narrowly captured the election. so close his opponent wants a recount. nicolas madura won 50. 6 to ra done ski. the results are irreversible. you can't put it off any longer. it's time to cult that check to the government right now. it is april 15th, tax day. beware the ides of april. not all bad news. a lot of retailers and restaurants are offering tax deadline deals today only. some offering to pay the tax on what you buy and this may be the best news ever, arby's is giving away free curly fries. australian eyes are smiling now that one of their own is finally wearing the green jacket. adam scott becoming the first ever aussie to win the masters. >> he did it in dramatic fashion, man, did he ever sinking this 12-foot putt for a
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birdie in the second playoff hole. that was the second time in about 20 minutes the guy went nuts, had to sink an unbelievable birdie to put it into sudden death and beat angel cabrera and captured his first career major. both made birdies to force a playoff. it was simply phenomenal. jared greenberg is there. i was glued for much longer than i should have been. >> good morning. guys. the people controlling those tv programs not disappointed about that the all as it was an historic drama victory. it entered the final shot 4 shots off the lead. the runner-up two years ago in augusta. able to complete what no other australian did before. the 32-year-old had the patrons on his side and secured his place in the butler cabinet. however, experience down the stretch is a funny thing had it
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comes to the majors and that's exactly what angel cabrera had on his side. the argentine earned the green jacket back in 2009 he was just simply marvelous down the stretch forcing a sudden death playoff with scott look at this shot on 18. we would go to a second playoff hole after scott came out of signing his score card. cabrera for birdie. look at this. cabrera leaves it on the lip. he can't believe it didn't drop. so scott a chance to win, scott says you bet you. a second trait year the masters goes to a playoff and one a country, a continent will cherish forever. cnn rachel nichols with the 2013 champ. >> it's an amazing journey, the whole golfing career and i've
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played a lot of majors and to finally get one means a lot. i've knocked on the door a couple of times recently and to get over the hurdle hopefully is the start of something to come. >> what do you see when you look at this guy? >> that's a happy man when i look at that. it's quite a feeling to make a couple putts to win the tournament. it's what every kid dreams about so for it to finally happen is amazing. >> and australian nearly a champion on a couple of occasions, greg norman was 6 shots up heading into the final round, nick faldo came back and defeated him so the nation really proud today. >> and, of course, tiger woods, he came into this tournament as the clear favorite. this was a roller coaster few days for him. >> it really was. he talked a lot about the green speed. it's not like the u.s. open where you anticipate rock hard greens, but the speed many of
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the golfers thought would be a lot faster. the first two days without the moisture on the greens was slow an we all saw the weather conditions on sunday, not favorable for the golfers and many anticipated fast greens and as you heard, the commentators talking about several times especially tiger, they just didn't believe that the greens would be as hard as they would. tiger had a very good four-round tournament but just wasn't to be and now the drought continues. nine years since his last major victory. he's still four behind the great jack nicklaus for the all-time lead. >> thank you very much, jared greenberg in atlanta. it was crazy. of course, tiger had that two-stroke penalty for the illegal drop. still -- >> to have sudden death and go to a second round has to be sort of record breaking. >> angel cabrera when he won in 2009 i believe won in a playoff and tiger woods won in a playoff fives year before that but what made this so dramatic.
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live in dallas. ed, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, brooke. we've been reporting for some time we knew that investigators have been poring through cases that mark hasse, the assistant d.a. and mike mclelland might have prosecuted that someone might be in the files they would need to take a closer look at and that's where eric williams came up. this house belongs to a former kaufman county justice of the peace named eric williams, on friday, investigators spent hours combing through the house. then on saturday those investigators descended on this storage unit 15 miles away. several local media outlets report investigators found 20 weapons inside the storage unit that was rented for eric williams. and investigators also discovered this crowne victoria, a police style vehicle. local media reports it was seen in the neighborhood the night the mclellands were murdered.
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eric williams is sitting in jail. over the weekend he was arrested and charged with making a terror terroristic threat. they insist they've cooperated voluntarily with investigators. >> my condolences go out to the mclelland and hasse family because they were in public office doing the right thing and for some reason they were not aware of they paid the ultimate price for that. >> reporter: williams' connection to the two dates back to last year convicted on two counts ofburgly and theft by a public servant. this video played at his trial shows him stealing computers from a county building and here he is during a police interrogation. >> so basically just took the monitors and the memory -- >> not that i can remember. >> reporter: it was a big scandal in a little town. prosecutors mark hasse and mike
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mclelland were front and center on the case. this is a picture of both men from the courtroom during that trial. denise bell covered the trial for "forney post." >> it was a megatrial. the sense of it was a big trial. >> reporter: after the trial mclelland told reporters it was a sign the good old boy network is gone and elected officials should be held to a higher standard. hasse ripped into williams calling him a dishonorable liar and using kaufman county as his own piggy bank. he was sentenced to two years probati probation. denise bell spoke to him weeks before his death. mclelland was worried about eric williams. did mclelland tell you he believed eric williams was responsible for that murder. >> yes. >> reporter: he did. what exactly and in what context did he tell you this? >> in a context of be careful,
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denise. >> he told you to be careful. >> yes. >> why would he tell you to be careful. >> because i sat in the front row and covered this story for ten days. >> despite eric williams now getting so much attention, investigators have still not officially named him as a suspect or filed murder charges against him. brooke, we've been talking with eric williams' attorney for several weeks now since his first name started bubbling up in constant count indication with us as any time we gave him a phone call he would call us right back but we have not heard from him. none of our phone calls have been returned this weekend. >> ed, thank you. >> such an interesting twist in that case, obviously. >> yeah. >> 20 minutes after the hour and get this, some brand-new iphone buzz this morning. >> uh-oh. >> factory workers, thousands of miles away, spilling the beans just for us. new york state, where cutting taxes for families and businesses is our business. we've reduced taxes and lowered costs to save
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us who are paying into social security each and every paycheck. it's on track to run out of money in 20 years but now there is no evidence showing many may pay more than they collect in benefits. what the urban institute looked at an average couple who earned an average wage, in 1990, let's say would have paid $316,000 in social security taxes but collected $436,000 in benefits but that couple if they turned 65 in 2010 they will have paid $600,000 in taxes, only collecting $579,000, $21,000 less. the rub year is the spread is only getting bigger because what's happening is this first wave of social security recipients, they saw their benefits rise but guess what, how would you pay for it? there weren't big tax increases to pay for them so the system was overhauled in the 1980s but still these younger generations
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are now paying higher tax rates for the same benefits. social security doesn't work like a savings account so people who work today, when we pay our taxes we are paying for those monthly checks that are sent to retirees. working for the government. >> that is not so fun for us in these ands but iphone talk may be more fun. >> the best indicator that apple is getting ready to come out with a new device is hiring so hiring is ramping up at one of apple's biggest manufacturers and "wall street journal" is saying there were 10,000 assembly phone workers hired and a lot about apple most likely coming out with a new version of the iphone in the next few months, maybe in addition a cheaper version of the iphone. they're feeling pressure and stiff competition coming from samsung grabbing a good portion of market share away from apple so apple is feeling the pressure to come out with cool, new devices and cheaper, as well to
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♪ north korea's elusive leader comes out of hiding. a rare public appearance of kim jong-un amid fears he will soon call for a missile launch. swallowed by a deadly
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avalanche, still no sign of this hiker missing from washington state mountainside since saturday. plus, the manhunt for a modern day gangster who blasted his way out of prison with dynamite and then he simply disappeared. >> fit for a movie. >> crazy. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm brooke baldwin sitting in for zoraida. want to begin with new developments in the high-stakes effort to defuse north korea's nuclear threat. the u.s. now renewing its call for authentic and credible negotiation but secretary of state john kerry is make it crystal clear north korea has to make the first move toward mothballing its nuclear ambitions. jim clancy is up for us in seoul, south korea. jim, let's begin with this rare public appearance. we haven't seen this young leader in a number of weeks. where was he? what was he doing? >> reporter: well, he slipped out of the shadows.
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we assume he was right there in the leadership position in pyongyang. he just wasn't being seen in public but he emerged exactly at the stroke of midnight to go to the great hall where the bodies of his grandfather kim il-sung, the founder, first leader of north korea alongside his own father kim jong-il are entombed in glass coffins there paying as we were told the humblest respects to the leaders. the day is being celebrated in north korea obviously there's a two-day holiday today and tomorrow that it's monday and tuesday and it's not expected for that reason that there is going to be any attempt at a missile launch, a test missile launch that we've talked so much about in recent days. at least that's the opinion of south korea's defense ministry. at the same time, brooke, it gives kim jong-un time to think about what secretary kerry had to say. listen. >> what i simply did was repeat
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that we are open to talks, but the conditions have to be met where the north has to move towards denuclearization, indicate seriousness in doing so by reducing these threats, stop the testing and indicate it's prepared to actually negotiate on denuclearization. those are the conditions and that's what we need to see met. >> reporter: now, the north has said that it's still attached to that nuclear program, brooke, and what we see right now is the two sides are very far apart, indeed. back to you. >> what we know that john kerry, he was in beijing and in tokyo over the weekend but the question is china. china, a longtime friend of north korea could maybe stand in and talk to them. how did kerry's talks in beijing go? >> reporter: well, i think it went pretty well because i think what happened with all the intense rhetoric from pyongyang, a lot of people think that beijing's view of the future of the korean peninsula is close -- more closely aligned with that
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of washington than pyongyang's. listen to what he had to say. >> i'm very hopeful in the day as head we will work -- we are going to work because we've agreed to very closely with china to try to change this dynamic from the past and not simply keep repeating this, you know, year to year. >> reporter: that's essential, you know, to try to get off the nickel. we've been through it so many times. china doesn't want a nuclearized peninsula and kerry says the united states doesn't either. the u.s. and china very much on the same page on that one, brooke. >> okay, jim clancy, we appreciate it so much from seoul. thank you. so the secretary of state john kerry, he will be making a special stop on the way back to washington from his asian tour. cnn's learned mr. kerry will stop in chicago to visit ann
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smedinghoff's family. she was killed in afghanistan. five other americans were also killed. >> she was trying to deliver books to students in their own language and help them educate themselves to have better opportunities in life. she was really doing the best kind of work that so many of our foreign service officers do in the state department and various parts of the world full of enthusiasm, full of energy, full of high ideals and tragically she lost her life to an ied, to a vehicle ied and, you know, i think we all honor what she was doing. >> so that was a conversation between the secretary of state john kerry and our very own jill dougherty. you remember that smedinghoff met secretary kerry in afghanistan about two weeks before her death. >> little later rescuers in washington state's cascade mountains will be hoping to resume the search for a missing
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hiker buried by this massive avalanche. 60-year-old mitch hungate was showshoeing when this avalanche hit. rescue teams, they are now having to wait for first light just to see if they can pick that search back up again. a female hiker was killed by a second avalanche saturday on nearby red mountain. cnn's miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: an agonizing search for a hiker swept away by snow. the clues eerie, a ski pole buried to the hilt and they searched an area a quarter mile long and eight feet deep. rescue dogs digging furiously. the late spring storm creating perfect avalanche conditions catching snowshoers by surprise in two nearly simultaneous avalanches. >> i thought that aisle dying. i thought i'm dying but i was hardly breathing because the
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snow continuously covered my body and then my face and then i couldn't see anything. >> reporter: lucky to be alive he was in a group of 12 swept away by a river of snow. the novice snowscheuer was buried unable to move his body under the waeight of the snow ad could only wait until his fri d friends dug him out. all 12 survived but a dog ale alerted the them to another and dug her out of five feet of snow alive. >> after two hours, my members stay in the mountain. they found her. >> reporter: but with conditions so harsh, the group so remote search and rescue couldn't get her out fast enough. she died before reaching the command center. the same concern for the snowscheuer still missing from the first avalanche in seconds, the three men in that group were swept far and fast. a gps device recorded their harrowing slide. >> and they literally went 1279
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feet in that avalanche at speeds of up to 53 miles an hour. >> none of the men was wearing an avalanche beacon. two of them managed to save themselves. a hard week for avalanches in utah, 34-year-old craig patterson highly experienced forecaster was killed when he was caught in a small avalanche on a very steep slope. late heavy snow packed on to easier older stuff, perfect and unforgiving avalanche conditions. miguel marquez, cnn, los angeles. some controversy, a sergeant fired insisting he's done nothing wrong. sergeant ron king was let go for possessing paper targets that resemble trayvon martin. the florida teen who was shot to death last year. the target shows a faceless figure in a black hoodie with iced tea and skittles.
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two items that trayvon martin was holding when he was killed. king said the targets were to be used as a training tool representing a real-life incident. >> and the target was something that i viewed as an example of a no shoot situation. while others have used it as a novelty. i view it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training. >> even with that explanation king's superiors called the situation unacceptable. he has apologized to trayvon martin's family. also new this morning, ohio prosecutors trying to figure out if other crimes were committed in the steubenville rape case and will present evidence to a grand jury investigating additional charges. you know the story, two steubenville high school football players, trent place and ma'lik richmond were convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 16-year-old girl after a party last summer. >> so a totally fascinating question before the supreme court. can human genes be patented? this case moves myriad genetics,
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utah bio tech company that discovered two genes, one associated with breast cancer, the other ovarian cancer. national public radio reports they patented its discovery but a lawsuit has been filed that the patent -- the lawsuit says you can't patent genes because genes are just part of the body. >> all kinds of question. we will talk about elizabeth cohen, the case in front of the u.s. supreme court later this morning. fascinating. history at the masters for the first time ever in australian put the famous green jacket on. >> greg scott or adam scott winning a heart stopper of a playoff. adam scott, you'll remember was the guy who just blew it with an epic collapse of the british open last year. this was no collapse this time, though. the masters win totally going to help him heal. cnn rachel nichols reports. >> reporter: back in 1996, 15-year-old adam scott skipped school to watch his hero norman at the masters. he blew the lead and scott sat
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in front of the television crying. 127 years later he became the first australian to win here and he told me how the seeds of this victory were planted that day in front of the tv. >> that was hard to watch for sure and, you know, a whole nation stopped that day and felt for greg. you know, it was just so hard to see your hero not come up with the goods that day like he normally always did, but, you know, i learned lessons out of that day and, you know, it's an amazing journey, the whole golfing career. and i've played a lot of majors and to finally get one means a lot. i've knocked on the door a couple of times recently. and to get over the hurdle hopefully is the start of something to come. >> what do you see when you look at this guy? >> that's a happy man when i look at that. it's quite a feeling to make a couple putts to win the
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tournament. it's what every kid dreams about so for it to finally happen is amazing. >> scott said he dreamed of this moment for most of his life. but that having it actually happen exceeded anything he'd imagined. because, well, he never has to wake up from this. for cnn i'm rachel nichols at the masters. >> when he hit it at 18 -- by the way, i don't know golf but when he sunk it he slapped his caddie's hand so hard that everyone was worried he injured himself. i was concerned when he went into the playoff he wasn't going to be able to play. >> you were concerned for the caddie. >> i was concerned for both the caddie and adam scott. >> to go back and find the video. >> it's worth watching. coming up, this is a crazy story, really reads like a hollywood script. this manhunt for this reputed notorious gangster who blasted his way out of a high-security prison. they're looking for him right now.
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. there is a developing story out of europe this morning that really resembles something out of an action movie but this is real and potentially dangerous. a manhunt is on across the continent for a french gangster. he blasted his way out of prison over the weekend. four guards were briefly held hostage and this is the big question this morning. how did this inmate get ahold of explosives? cnn's dan rivers is in lille, france. good morning, dan. >> reporter: good morning, yeah, it's an amazing story. you would not believe it if you saw it in a movie and the crazy thing this guy redoine faid claims he's been inspired by hollywood films like "heat" and "scarface" and that he's taken sort of much of his career, if you like, from those films. he had written an autobiography about his rise from sort of
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petty thief in the suburbs of paris to a kingpin in the organized crime network, a specialist in armed robbery and got out of this prison behind me blasting his way through five different doors using explosives. the last door you can see over -- i don't hoe if entn't k see it. the repair, how he got the explosives inside there, we don't know. he came out with a gun to the head of one of the guards who he had taken hostage and made his way across the front of the prison running over in this direction over behind these vans over a grassy mound to a waiting getaway car on a highway. the car was later found burned out as they switched cars and now the trail has gone completely cold and, of course, they're worried with such a dangerous criminal on the run where has he gone? will he strike next and can they catch him? >> dan, there's so many questions here. the explosives, where did he get
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them and he was fairly well known. had sort of a notorious past and was something of a criminal celebrity. >> reporter: he was exactly a criminal celebrity. as i say he had written this book and busted out of prison before in switzerland and did ten years of a 30-year sentence for armed robbery. the reason he was here he broke the terms of his parole while awaiting trial for another armed robbery in which a policewoman was killed. this is not a super max prison. yes, it's a reasonable secure prison but not the most secure in france so questions about why they put such a dangerous potential jail breaker, someone like this and as you say, how on earth did he get explosives smuggled in. some suggestions perhaps that his wife helped to smuggle it in hidden in handkerchiefs during visiting hours. >> dan rivers in lille, france. amazing to see where the getaway car was parked nearby. >> i was reading his
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all right, 52 minutes after the hour. beginning with a defiant north korea celebrating as a nuclear crisis looms. leader kim jong-un making what's believed to be his first public appearance in two weeks. the celebration honoring his grandfather, north korea's founder kim il-sung and his father kim jong-il. secretary of state john kerry renewed the call for negotiations but vowed to protect america's allies against any provocative acts. a football helmet company
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ordered to pay more than $3 million in this lawsuit. here's the story. colorado teen was wearing one of these, this riddell helmet when he suffered a concussion and ended up with severe brain damage. the family claimed riddell didn't give enough. thousands of players have made similar plants. riddell plans to appeal. "42" is a big hit with moviegoers. it debuted in first place taking in $27.3 million. that is the best opening ever for a baseball film. >> cannot wait. top of my list. speaking of "42" major league baseball will honor jackie robinson today, this is the 66th anniversary of his debut with the brooklyn dodgers. every player on every single team will be wearing the number 42 on his uniform today even the umpires.
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42 is the only number officially retired from baseball. >> i love that tribute. >> special when they do that. so most young baseball fans fantasize about someday catching a home run or foul ball. >> like you. >> i've actually done it. it's gait. check out this family in oakland. the fan gives the ball to the kid which you're supposed to do. but the kid tosses the ball -- >> look at his arm. >> everyone a little upset about the whole thing. you can see the little kid crying after he realized he lost the ball. why did i do that, mom? >> the mom is like why did you do that? >> scouts all the over signing that kid up right now. but a few minutes later what happened ends with a nice ending, an usher retrieved ball and returned it to the boy. yes, the moral of the story here is -- >> there's no crying in baseball. >> exactly. >> there you go. >> justin bieber under fire this morning coming up what he wrote that has some saying, he needs a bit of a history lesson.
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all right. welcome back to "early start." here's a look at what's trending this early morning. some cringe-worthy comments from the biebs, justin bieber during a visit to the anne frank house. the museum hosted his guest book entry on its facebook page "truly inspiring to be able to come here. anne was a great girl. hopefully she would have been a belieber. um, okay, this is a term for his fan, the comments triggering
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huge bieber backlash. for example, quote, she would have been what? that little idiot is way too full of himself. she's an important historical figure. it should be noted the museum had no problem with bieber's remarks. >> i love that, she would have been a what? >> no words for this. >> 59 minutes after the hour. "early start" continues right now. >> right now? >> right now. ♪ >> north korea knows what it has to do. >> secretary of state john kerry leaving the door wide open for the young leader from north korea, kim jong-un, will he agree to nuclear talks or will he risk a war by launching a missile? >> missing in the mountains. a hiker buried by a deadly avalanche and searchers right now rendered helpless by treacherous conditions. and take a look at this. makes you cold looking at it.
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minnesota, welcome to minnesota mid-april, folks. snow, ice, howling winds when it's supposed to be beautiful and warm and spring. generations of australian shame erased! adam scott becomes the first aussie ever to win the masters, and he does it in simply electrifying fashion. you can see the electricity right there. the lighting blinking on and off. >> that's what it is. >> that's the electricity of his win at augusta. good morning. welcome to "early start," everyone, i'm john berman. >> and good morning, i'm brooke baldwin. zoraida is off today. it is monday, april 15th. tax day. 6:00 in the morning on the east coast. first up, though, want to talk about this international effort here to defuse north korea's nuclear threat. the u.s. is now renewing its call for quote/unquote authentic and credible negotiations. but, secretary of state, here he is, john kerry, making it clear in asia over the weekend that north korea has to make the first move towards scrapping its nuclear plans. jim clancy is in seoul this
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morning with the very latest. jim, let's begin sort of with these photos we're seeing of this young leader, where was he? and what was he doing? >> well, you talk about an early start. he had an early start on his grandfather's birthday. his 101st celebration of kim il-sung's birth, is being held, it's a holiday today in north korea, and the young descendent of kim il-sung, kim jong-un, was there at the stroke of midnight at the great hall where statues of his father, and his grandfather, are on prominent display. along with the bodies inside glass encased capsules. so he made his first appearance in about two weeks there. meantime in south korea not nearly so much celebrating. there was a protest today. listen to a little bit of this. [ chanting ]
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>> conservative groups in south korea are, you know, adamantly opposed to the north korean regime, and they remember some of the hardships that have been imposed upon them as a result. they don't necessarily want to even see negotiations with the north. they prefer to see the regime toppled. and north korea was very bitter in response to some of the criticism that it has faced. brooke? >> jim, let me ask you about secretary kerry, you know, has listed the conditions in which the u.s., possibly the u.s., would be sitting down to discuss, maybe denuclearization, of course, of north korea. was he specific? what did john kerry say? >> well, you know, kerry was specific. he let the north koreans know that, you know, the shot clock is running, so to speak, and they're going to have to consider what's essential to the talks themselves. denuclearization and getting rid of their ballistic missile systems. listen, -- >> what i simply did was repeat
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that we are open to talks. but the conditions have to be met where the north has to move towards denuclearization, indicated seriousness in doing so by reducing these threats, stop the testing, and indicate it's prepared to actually noesh on denuclearization. those are the conditions and that's what we need to see met. >> the question is, what's going to be the response? we're waiting and watching to see if there's going to be anything that happens on that front. we don't expect it in the next 24, maybe 48 hours as this birthday celebration goes ahead. but they've got time to think about it. that's what it's going to take to get back to the table. >> shot clock running down. jim clancy in seoul for us. jim, thank you. >> three minutes after the hour. happening right now, make it stop! snow in parts of minnesota and the dakotas. nearly a foot and a half of snow has already fallen in some areas and more is expected.
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plus, there's another spring blizzard taking aim at denver right now. denver having a heck of a month. bonnie schneider is live at the weather center for us in atlanta. what on earth is going on her? >> denver is not seeing the winter end, john and brooke. we are looking at potentially the snowiest april for that city ever. we'll see how much we get from this storm system. but we are on the way. right now heavy snow is falling right along the canadian border in north dakota and northern minnesota and heavy thunderstorms further to the south where temperatures are warm, as they sweep across lake michigan we're going to see that rain work its way to the east. the storm warnings are posted and we have 6 to 10 inches on top of what we already have in parts of the plains. and then further off to the west, here's what's happening in colorado. very heavy snow further north and west of denver. but denver, 3 to 6 inches, starting tonight, going straight into tuesday. so this is a big snowmaker. you'll see our forecast models show heavy snow across much of colorado, especially the mountains and wyoming and then
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the threat for severe storms. we had it all weekend long last night in south florida. today we'll be watching for it right in the heartland. that's where the bull's-eye is today. we could see tornadoes and thunderstorms break out in this region pretty much the first part of this week. john, brooke? >> bonnie, thank you. all this talk of snow, pretty treacherous conditions in washington state. rescuers are out and about, waiting for the first light to see if it's actually safe to resume their search for this missing hiker who was buried by an avalanche at granite mountain. this is one of two avalanches saturday in the cascade mountains. the second on nearby red mountain killed a female hiker. the avalanche on granite mountain dragged three snowshoers more than 1200 feet down this mountain. two men in their 30s survived. a third man, 60 years old, who is described as an experienced hiker, remains missing this morning.
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>> he's just a very, very strong individual and we really hoped that somehow he would break free and find his way off the mountain and we didn't want him to come down to an empty parking lot. >> the search was suspended on sunday because of the dangerous conditions. elections don't get much closer than this. the man hugo chavez picked to succeed him has won venezuela's presidential election but only by a hair. it's so close his opponent wants a recount. nicolas maduro won 50.66 to henrique capriles' 50.0%. the official said the results are irreversible. and check calendars. it is tax day. time to cut the old check to the irs. if you owe the irs money you need to get your return postmarked by midnight tonight. this is not all gloom and doom, folks. a lot of retailers and restaurants are offering tax deadline deals today only. some are even offering to pay the tax on what you buy, and
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berman is clearly most excited about this one. >> curly fries. >> you go to arby's, you get free curly fries. >> makes up for no tax break. >> curly fries. done. >> i don't see what the problem is. so the man from down under on top of the world this morning. after a simply fantastic finish at the masters. that in ecstasy right there is adam scott. he made the putt of his life. a 12 footer on the second playoff hole. he beat argentina's angel cabrera. he took home the green jacket. >> jared greenberg live in atlanta. huge ending. sudden death round two. >> that's right. not just the curly fries. seven times australians finished at the masters. adam scott has made the nation forget about all of those. the runner-up two years ago in augusta needed to come from behind to make some history. the 32-year-old had the patrons on his side.
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on 18 scott appeared to have secured his place in the butler's cabin. what a shot. he goes to sign his scorecard thinking he would win his first green jacket. however, experience down the stretch is a funny thing and that's exactly what angel cabrera had. the argentine earned the green jacket back in '09 and he was fantastic. forcing a sudden death playoff with scott. so come on out of the clubhouse. and get ready for a playoff. on the second playoff hole, cabrera, for birdie. and he leaves it on the lip. he cannot believe it didn't go down. so scott a chance to win, and scott with the anchor putt. oh, you bet you. a second straight year, the masters goes to a playoff and it's one that a country and a continent will cherish forever. cnn's rachel nichols with the 2013 and first-time masters
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champ. >> it's an amazing journey, the whole golfing career and i've played a lot of majors and to finally get one means a lot. i've knocked on the door a couple of times recently and to get over the hurdle hopefully is the start of something to come. >> what do you see when you look at this guy? >> that's a happy man when i look at that. it's quite a feeling to make a couple putts to win the tournament. it's what every kid dreams about so for it to finally happen is amazing. >> making this all more intriguing, brooke and john, on the bag for adam scott, stevie williams, the former caddie for tiger woods. >> you were talking about that. >> you notice that? you notice that? that was greet. jared greenberg. now australia has adam scott and men at work. it's like an embarrassment -- >> win-win, baby. >> there could be a giant break in the case of a murdered texas
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start" this morning. a possible break in the murders of a north texas district attorney, his wife, and an assistant d.a. mike and cynthia mcclelland were gunned down in their home last month. prosecutor mark hasse was fatally shot back in january. now former kaufman county justice of the peace eric williams is being held on $3 million bond after his arrest this weekend for making what they call a terroristic threat. now, authorities are not calling him a suspect or a person of interest. but they have searched his home, and a storage locker rented for him. cnn's ed lavandera is following developments for us. he is live this morning in dallas. good morning, ed. >> reporter: good morning, john. eric williams was prosecuted almost exactly a year ago and it was mark hasse, the first district attorney who was gunned down at the end of january, who prosecuted that case. this house belongs to a former kaufman county justice of the peace named eric williams on
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friday investigators spent hours combing through the house. then on saturday, those investigators descended on this storage unit 15 miles away. several local media outlets report investigators found 20 weapons inside the storage unit that was rented for eric williams. and investigators also discovered this crown victoria, a police-style vehicle. local media also report this type of car was seen in the neighborhood the night the mcclellands were murdered. eric williams is now sitting in jail. over the weekend he was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat. he's being held on a $3 million bond. williams and his lawyer have vigorously denied any involvement in the kaufman county murders, and insist they've cooperated voluntarily with investigators. >> my heartfelt condolences go out to both the mcclelland family and the hasse family, because they were in public office, doing the right thing,
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and for some reason, that we're not aware of, they paid the ultimate price for that. >> reporter: williams' connection to mark hasse and mike mcclelland dates back to last year. he was convicted on two felony koujts of burglary and theft by a public servant. this video played at his trial shows him stealing computers from a county building and here he is during a police interrogation. >> so you just took the monitors and the memory? >> -- remember. >> reporter: it was a big scandal in a little town. prosecutors mark hasse and mike mcclelland were front and center on that case. this is a picture of both men from the courtroom during that trial. denise bell covered the trial for the forney post newspaper. >> it was a mega trial for a little community. the sense of it was a big trial. >> reporter: after the trial mcclelland told reporters that williams' conviction was a sign that the good owe boy network is done and that elected officials should be held to a higher standard. hasse ripped into williams
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calling the disgraced justice of the peace a dishonorable liar and he was using kaufman county at his own pig by banc. he lost his job and law license and sentenced to two years' probation. denise said after mark hasse's murder in january mcclelland was worried about eric williams. did mcclelland tell you that he believed eric williams was responsible for that murder? >> yes. >> he did? what exactly, and in what context did he tell you that? >> in a context of, be careful, denise. >> he told you to be careful? >> yes. >> why would he tell you to be careful? >> because i sat in the front row and covered this story for ten days. >> despite eric williams now getting so much attention, investigators have still not officially named him as a suspect or filed murder charges against him. and, john, as you remember, eric williams ended up getting a great deal of attention from investigators the night the mcclellands were murdered.
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just hours after their bodies were discovered investigators went straight to eric williams a few hours after those bodies were discovered and asked him for a gun residue test and that was done in the parking lot of a denny's restaurant in kaufman county. so, john, a great deal of attention being paid to this moon. >> no doubt. the question is what else are we hearing from his representatives? from his attorney? >> well, it's interesting. for several weeks we've been in constant communication, routine communication with his attorneys. but over the last couple of days this weekend, we've -- with the searches at his home, the storage unit, and his arrest, and we've heard no response back from his attorney. >> interesting. as we say. ed lavandera for us this morning. thanks, ed. >> 17 minutes past the hour. solar power, was pretty much nonexistent in israel until a light went off in one man's head. dr. sanjay gupta tells us about his bright idea on "the next list." >> this will be the 40 mega watt solar field.
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>> reporter: they told him he could never do it. >> it was an idea. >> he said someone's got to bring solar energy to this place. >> it will be the field of the best security in the whole world, because we have two armies guarding it. >> reporter: yosef atrapowitz and his solar field on "the next list." >> whatever you can envision, you can then figure out how to make it happen. >> if he can see it he can do it. it's incredible. >> he just put his teeth in something, and doesn't get it out. >> on "the next list" this saturday, 2:30 p.m. eastern on cnn. >> that sounds very cool. a lot less cool, on this tax day the last thing you probably want to think about is an audit. >> no. >> indeed. coming up, why your zip code might be a bigger red flag than your deductions. ♪
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pay attention because where you live counts. alison kosik here with that. >> zip code matters. people actually, what? cheat on their taxes? oh, my goodness. here's what's interesting. it turns out that there are people in certain states that are more likely to cheat on their taxes so the irs is on to that and they're more likely to pay close attention to those places. drumroll, please. according to the associated press. here are those cities, you see them there, san francisco, l.a., houston, atlanta, washington, d.c. a national taxpayer advocate study, what it did was it focused on small business owners because they got more opportunity to cheat on their taxes. >> shame. >> shame, shame, shame. because they got a lot of write-offs. you may not report all of their earnings. a common theme with some of these cities, though, they have high incomes. and irs data show as a business's incomes go up, so do its chances of being audited. the irs looks out for businesses that take unusually large deductions in proportion to their income. i like how the head of newport
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beach chamber of commerce said it. it's just a matter of them, meaning the irs, going to where they think the money's at. the people who own construction companies are most likely to be audited because that's an historically attacked business so a lot of that is tough to verify. only 1% of tax returns are audited every year. when it comes to individual taxpayers. if you've got foreign assets, a home office and taking some weird deductions or if you're rich, you can count on being audited. >> weird deductions. the giraffe. >> the zebra. >> the one thing we need to know about our money. >> $2,755. that's how much the average tax refund is this year and in the faster you file the faster you get it. but if you don't have your paperwork in order yet, file an extension. the form 4868. if you don't file an extension you could be fined every month about 5% of the amount you haven't paid. hopefully your taxes are all done. >> they are. >> indeed. thanks so much, alison. >> good advice there.
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28 minutes past the hour. north korea's elusive young leader comes out of hiding. new this morning, here it is. this rare appearance by kim
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jong-un amid fears he will call for a missile launch. swallowed by a deadly avalanche. still no sign of a hiker missing from a washington state mountainside since saturday. and the manhunt for a modern-day gangster who blasted his way out of a prison with dynamite, then disappeared. >> that's a crazy story. >> we'll share it with you on this monday. i'm brooke baldwin. >> i'm john berman. it is monday, april 15th, tax day. 29 minutes after the hour right now. and the question is this, do they want to talk, or do they want to fight? on a pivotal day in the korean nuclear crisis, there is a new call from the u.s. for what they call authentic and credible negotiations. but secretary of state john kerry is making it clear the burden on ending the north's nuclear aggression falls on pyongyang. north korean leader kim jong-un resurfacing today for a tribute to his father and grandfather but the scene was far different in south korea's capital. jim clancy has the latest from seoul.
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>> brooke, john, of course there were major celebrations going on this day in north korea to mark the 101st birthday of kim il-sung, the founding father of north korea. kim jong-un emerged from two weeks of absence. he appeared, flanked by members of his military, as he visited the glass encased coffins of his grandfather, and his father. to pay what the north koreans said was the humblest of respects. here in south korea people got up, they had breakfast, and went to work. they opened up the daily newspaper today. it wasn't kim il-sung on the cover of the paper, no, it was psy and the release of his new single. that's what people were more interested in here. in fact the media came under a little bit of criticism because of the way that they have described the lavish celebrations in north korea, at a time when so many people there are hungry. the north koreans lashed out at them saying it was not at all
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the type of thing that they should be saying on a day like this. meantime there still is some focus on mr. kerry's trip here. it is thought to have been a very positive trip. and especially some of the comments that he made in japan. >> we need to make it clear that they have to move towards the denuclearization, they need to stop the threat. they need to stop the missile test, stop the nuclear tests. and we're prepared to come to the table under the meeting of the obligations. >> reporter: kerry's trip is thought to have really turned down the temperature here on the korean peninsula. that's the biggest takeaway from all of this. it also put the ball into kim jong-un's court. it brought china a little bit closer to the u.s. point of view by exploiting the extreme rhetoric of the north, and of course it reassured u.s. allies in the region, japan, and south korea. there's also an assurance to beijing there, that the u.s. wants a non-nuclear korean peninsula. at the same time, there's been no positive response that has been heard from the north.
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it's still early yet. they expect them to more or less change the subject entirely now for kim il-sung's birthday and perhaps sometime down the road, we'll hear from them. brooke, john? >> thanks to jim clancy on the ground in seoul, south korea this morning. meantime john kerry will be making a special stop on the way back to washington from his asian tour. cnn has now learned that secretary of state will stop in chicago today to vis anne smedinghoff's family. she was killed earlier this month in a suicide attack in afghanistan. five other americans were also killed. she was trying to deliver books to students in their own language and help them educate themselves. to have better opportunities in life. she was really doing the best kind of work that so many of our foreign service officers do in the state department and various parts of the world. full of enthusiasm. full of energy. full of high ideals.
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and tragically she lost her life to an ied. to a vehicle ied. and, you know, i think we all honor what -- what she was doing. >> and we should point out it so happens that smedinghoff met john kerry in afghanistan about two weeks before her death. rescuers in washington state cascade mountains are awaiting daylight to see if it's safe to resume their search for a missing hiker who wases buried by an avalanche. 60-year-old missing hiker mitch hungate was hiking. a female hiker was killed by a second avalanche at nearby red martin. miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: an agonizing search for a hiker swept away by snow. the clues eerie, a ski pole buried to the hilt and they searched an area a quarter mile
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long and eight feet deep. rescue dogs digging furiously. the late spring storm creating perfect avalanche conditions catching snowshoers by surprise in two nearly simultaneous avalanches. >> i thought that i'm dying. i thought i'm dying but i was hardly breathing because the snow continuously covered my body and then my face and then i couldn't see anything. >> reporter: lucky to be alive he was in a group of 12 swept away by a river of snow. the novice showshower was buried, unable to move his body under the weight of the snow. he could only wait as his friends dug him out. >> very scary. >> reporter: all 12 survived but a dog alerted the them to another buried snowshower nearby. they dug her out of snow, alive. >> after two hours, my members stay in the mountain.
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they found her. >> reporter: but with conditions so harsh, the group so remote search and rescue couldn't get her out fast enough. she died before reaching the command center. the same concern for the snowshoeer still missing from the first avalanche in seconds, the three men in that group were swept far and fast. a gps device recorded their harrowing slide. >> and they literally went 1279 feet in that avalanche at speeds of up to 53 miles an hour. >> none of the men was wearing an avalanche beacon. two of them managed to save themselves. a hard week for avalanches in utah, 34-year-old craig patterson highly experienced avalanche forecaster was killed when he was caught in a small avalanche on a very steep slope. late heavy snow packed on to icier, older stuff, perfect and unforgiving avalanche conditions. miguel marquez, cnn, los angeles.
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new developments this morning in this case of the controversial port canaveral florida police officer who's been dismissed. he's sergeant ron king, a firearms instructor. he says he did absolutely nothing wrong for having paper targets that resemble trayvon martin, florida teenager who was shot and killed last year. take a look with me. these targets, a figure in a black hoodie, in the right hand holding skittles and iced tea. two items trayvon martin was holding at the time he was killed. king said the targets were to be used as a training tool, representing a real-life incident. >> and the target was something that i viewed as an example of a no-shoot situation. while others have used it as a novelty. i view it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training. >> king's superiors called the situation unacceptable. he has since apologized to trayvon martin's family. there could be more charges coming in the rape case that put steubenville, ohio, right in the national spotlight. two steubenville high school
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football players, trent mays and malik richmond were convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 16-year-old girl after a party last summer. now prosecutors will present evidence to a grand jury investigating whether other crimes were committed in this case. and immigration reform appearing to be moving closer to reality here. a bipartisan group of senators will unveil legislative proposals tomorrow that seek to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants to the united states. republican senator marco rubio of florida, a member of the group, the so-called gang of eight, hit the rounds sunday to talk shows with a preview of the plan which includes three main policy steps. here he was. >> first of all a universally verified system which means you won't be able to find a job in the united states if you can't pass that check. second an entry exit check. 40% of people enter legally and overstay their visas.
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we don't track when they leave. and third is real border security including fences. >> senator rubio insists the plan does not amount to amnesty. he claims millions of undocumented immigrants now in the u.s. would not be able to become citizens for more than a decade. >> he made seven sunday shows. it will be interesting to see how that goes. 38 minutes after the hour. look at some of the stories trending this morning. was this justs bieber being beebe e? the singer and pop legend getting some heat for what he wrote in the guest book to anne frank's house where frank and her family 4id from the nazis. he posted what he wrote. truly inspiring to be able to come here. anne was a great girl. hopefully she would have been a belieber. that's a term for his fans. now these comments triggering some serious bieber backlash. for example, someone posted this. she would have been a what? that little idiot is way too full of himself. she's an important historical figure, so show some respect.
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i guess it should be noted the museum says they had no problem with bieber's remarks. >> would have been a belieber? i don't know. maybe insensitive much. there is a new bush baby. jennifer bush hager gave birth to a daughter over the weekend. this is their first grandchild. margaret laura hager was born saturday night in new york city. she is named for her grandmothers. the family plans to call her milla. >> somebody quoted over the weekend now we know who's going to be president in 2004. >> mila bush. >> so this reads like a hollywood script. coming up the manhunt for a repeated gangster who blasted his way out of a high security prison. before tori was taking her kids to lunch in her new volkswagen... before her passat had passed 30 different inspection tests, and before several thousand tennesseans discovered new jobs on volkswagen drive, their cfo and our banker met for lunch. together, we worked with a team that
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welcome back, everyone. 42 minutes after the hour. so guess who's hosting "starting point" this morning. >> we are. >> all right. here's a closer look at what's ahead. >> so first up, something we were talking about this morning, obviously secretary of state john kerry, fresh round of warnings for north korea this morning about their plans to launch a missile. but he's also putting an offer on the table for direct talks. will the regime listen? we are talking with cnn's military analyst james "spider" marks and ambassador chris hill. >> and this is fascinating legal and medical question. can human genes be patented? the supreme court taking up a major case today that really pits science and nature against medicine and law. we're going to break down the implications of the ruling. >> and she is an international superstar ready to achieve her lifelong goal. i love this. she wants to go to space.
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sarah brightman joins us live with an update on her mission to the international space station, her new album, her tour. i'm so excited. ♪ i know. can't wait. >> 43 minutes after the hour. we will not sing ever again. new this morning, an op-ed in "the new york times" under the title, gitmo is killing me. this is fascinating. it's written by a man from yemen who's imprisoned by the u.s. military at guantanamo bay. he claims that he and other inmates are suffering. he's asking people around the world to pay attention to their plight. he writes, quote, i've been detained at guantanamo for 11 years and 3 months. i have never been charged with a crime. i have never received a trial. moqbel also says that he and 40 others are on a hunger strike right now but they're being forcibly fed by staff. now to the stunning story, this prison break out of france. there is a manhunt under way, right now, all across europe for this notorious french gangster. what did he do?
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blasted his way out of this prison just this past weekend. four guards were briefly held hostage, not injured, held hostage here. the big question this morning, how the heck did he get a hold of these explosives? in a prison? cnn's dan rivers is in lille, france this morning. good morning, what a story. >> it's an amazing story, isn't it, brooke? interpol has issued now what they call a red note. it's like an arrest warrant worldwide for redoine faid. he's a notorious gangster here in france. he caught the media in the past boasting how he's inspired by hollywood blockbusters like scarface. in this instance you wouldn't believe it if you saw it in a film. he busted out of this prison behind me. you can see right there, there are masked armed guards standing there now. they weren't there unfortunately when faid made a run through it. he blasted his way through five separate security doors, using
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explosives, taking four of the guards hostage, as you mentioned. coming out with guns to the temple of one of them. he came out here. once he got clear of the prison walls he made a run over that grassy knoll over there and ran towards a freeway where there was an awaiting getaway car. they sped off, the car was dumped and burnt out. they switched vehicles, and the trail has gone cold. and of course, they are very concerned he's going to strike somewhere, and this being europe, the border's open. you can drive to any one of 26 countries pretty much with no border stops at all. belgium is just a few hundred yards away, in fact. so you can get to lots of different countries from here very easily. making it really difficult to work out where he is. >> dan, what about this, tell me more who he was. in his previous past lives, you know, as a criminal. i know he wrote this autobiography talking about the things he's done. tell me about those things.
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>> yeah. he did. he wrote a book called "robber" from the suburbs of organized crime. which was basically his story of how he went from being a petty thief in the rough, tough suburbs of paris, to being one of the kind of experts on armed robbery across europe. he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for one armed robbery and served ten years before getting out on parole. he was actually awaiting trial for another armed incident, which he was alleged to have masterminded, in which a french policewoman was practically killed. and it was because he -- his parole that he was even here. this is not a super max prison. but it's still pretty secure, so they thought, anyway. his publicist actually has given an interview. the editor of his book saying he lives his life like a hero from a hollywood film. he likes to be known as the greatest gangster, public enemy
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number one. that's certainly how he's being described in the french papers here this morning. and of course, his editor is saying that will just embolden him further. actually that's exactly the kind of notoriety that he desires. >> i'm sure he's enjoying every minute of being in the spotlight. dan rivers, thank you. you know, you don't often think of someone that loudly making such a scene escaping prison with explosives. >> so public. >> what a story. it is a first, quite the story, as well, from australa. a thrill for golf fans anywhere. coming up the "bleacher report" with the australian in the green jacket. 48 minutes past the hour. 48 minutes past the hour. >> the big day for -- time you . you brought the flex in... as soon as i met fiona and i was describing the problem we were having with our rear brakes, she immediately triaged the situation, knew exactly what was wrong with it, the car was diagnosed properly, it was fixed correctly i have confidence knowing that if i take to ford it's going to be done correctly with the right parts and the right people.
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so 66 years after he broke baseball's color barrier, jackie robinson, he is box office gold. the film "42" debuted in first place this weekend, taking in $26.3 million. this is the best opening ever for a baseball film. >> got to see that. also, big news in the world of golf. adam scott made his home country pretty proud. >> a whole continent. >> a whole continent pretty proud becoming the first australian to win the masters. jared greenberg is here with today's "bleacher report." they said you drive for show you putt for dough. >> it is a celebration to remember. one that has some calling the
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greatest vick dry in the history of australian sports. adam scott collected his first green jacket and first major while becoming the first aussie to ever win in augusta. four shots off the lead entering sunday's final round, scott was brilliant on 18 for birdie. scott right here, takes the clubhouse lead. an historic victory appears to be all but in the book until the 2009 masters champ said hello friend, i'm still here. angel cabrera, calm, cool and collected on 18. the argentine also birdies sending scott back out into the range for a sudden death playoff. it took a second hole to determine the winner. scott finds the bottom of the cup, an emotional win. his first major. now he's just got to figure out what color shirt goes with a pantone 342 jacket. that's also known as green for those of you who aren't art majors. tiger woods made a push three birdies on a five-hole stretch but a couple of bogeys early on and the two-shot penalty from
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friday's round hurt tiger's cause. the drought continues, nine years since tigers' last masters championship. a lot wasn't accomplished. tiger said he still felt the love from the patrons. >> they were fantastic. i, i had so, so much encouragement out there. they were actually incredible. you know, especially yesterday. starting out the day. i was -- i couldn't believe the amount of support i had. and everyone was trying to get me -- and i was very thankful for that. >> from tiger failing to pick up his 15th win at a major to adam scott winning his first. what were the biggest surprises from the 77th masters? logon to bleacherreport.com for the week that was. you think your morning shave is annoying? the dallas mavericks asked the question, how much hair is too much hair? dirk know wit ski made a pledge they wouldn't shave their beards until they evened their records. after a few failed attempts sunday the mavs got to 40-40.
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he wastes no time after the win he grabbed the razor and went to work. he's a new man now. and a dream come true at a baseball game. a foul ball comes your way. dad says, hey, son, here's the pearly white. but hey, dad, look at my arm. oh, no! oh! he fires the ball back onto the field. possibly a once in a lifetime experience, his brother can't believe it. >> he's got an arm this little guy. >> he does have a good arm. >> there is a positive takeaway from all of this. there's no crying in baseball and you'll learn that at least you made "early start" on cnn. >> they finally did come back and give him the ball. he's like mom, why did he throw it away? >> he does have that consolation as jared points out of being the star of "early start" this morning. >> the star. >> not adam scott, not anybody else. >> it's the kid at the a's game. thank you so much. >> thanks for the words of wisdom on the sport of golf. >> what do you say about putting? >> drive for dough -- drive for
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show, putt for dough. easy for me to say. pantone 342. all right, jared. thanks for that. >> that is all for "early start" everyone. i'm john berman. >> and i'm brooke baldwin. we're not going anywhere. "starting point" up next after a quick break. matt's brakes didn't sound right... ...so i brought my car to mike at meineke...
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good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm brooke baldwin. our "starting point" this morning, a new warning for north korea from u.s. secretary of state john kerry. >> we are deadly serious about our obligations and about our desire, our intent to stand up to these provocative and reckless actions. plus the rare appearance by kim jong-un this morning. we are live in seoul. then, a possible break in the kaufman county d.a. murder case? the developing

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