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every day. live from cnn worl d >> japan's prime minister is calling it a threat to the peace and security of the country. earlier this pong they warned the biden administration not to raise a, quote, stink after the
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prime minister visited japan and south korea to strengthen ties. will ripley was reported from there many times and joins me from hong kong. what can you tell me about the missiles and the reaction in the region. >> reporter: so we haven't seen this kind of a launch from north korea since the spring and summer of 2019. these were short range ballistic missiles that traveled around 280 miles, 450 kilometers at an altitude of just upped 40 miles for 60 kilometers. they stayed in the air seven minutes, but they didn't go into japan's economic zone so they didn't get too close like some of the launches that i covered when based in tokyo and that sort of thing seemed to happen quite frequently. this is a step back in the direction of provocative behavior on the part of north korea. they haven't conduct add major weapons test since late 2017 when they launched an inter
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continent cal ballistic missile buff the united states has been monitoring possible preparations for even bigger tests. given that it now seems the north koreans are back on this militaristic footing this ramping up of testing may become a part of life in this region. >> you said provocative presumably this is a message to president biden. what are the north koreans saying here? >> reporter: well, remember when north korea launched those cruise missiles op sunday we found out about it a couple days later and president biden was asked about it and almost appeared on camera to be laughing it off. that certainly would not have been received well by the north korean leadership. i can tell you from meeting inside that country with a number of north korean officials they want to be respected, want to be seen as equals. that was why the diplomacy with president trump was so appealing and part of the reason why kim jong-un imposed a moratorium or nuclear and missile tests. they want diplomacy with the united states only, though, if the united states is willing to
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withdraw what they view as hostile policies, requiring that they get rid of their nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. this is the back and forth that's been going on for some time. it will be interesting to see what president biden has to say when he hold his first press conference later in the day in the united states, i believe it's at 1:00 or 1:15 eastern time. he will likely get request he is from the north koreans and they will be watching for answers. china is the really big stakeholder here and the only country in many ways that truly could help put pressure on the north koreans to stop if that is indeed what president xi wants, but in recent days xi and kim jong-un have been exchanging pleasantries in public. china signaling they could start to pick up trade with north korea which could leave kim really emboldened here to continue on this militaristic footing even though of course china has always said they want a stable situation on the korean peninsula. >> all right. absolutely.
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thank you so much, cnn's will ripley in hong kong. really appreciate it. the lone suspect in monday's mass shooting at the colorado supermarket lch his first court appearance in the coming hours. the candlelight vigil was held wednesday in boulder for the ten people who died. monday's blood shed came days after eight people were killed by a lone gunman in atlanta. the back to back shootings prompted the white house to call for renewed ban on assault weapons and other gun control measures. police haven't yet determined a motive for monday's rampage. the latest from kyung lah. >> reporter: investigators continue to collect evidence at king soopers grocery store and search for a possible motive. from his online activity a law enforcement official tells cnn to one of the biggest questions the gunman's connection to this specific location. why did he drive to this boulder store 30 minutes from his home? the suspect's family home is in the suburbs of denver where police are digging into the
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background of ahmad alissa. the only incident on his record a third degree assault in 2017 he admitted he cold cocked a classmate at school. >> i saw a man with a beard, what i thought was possibly like tactical sort of clothing and ar-15-style rifle. >> reporter: the gunman carried a ruger ar 556 pistol. the arrest warrant says he purchased it six days before the shooting. that timing suggests to investigators as a law enforcement source to cnn that this attack was planned. >> my understanding is that it was purchased at a gun dealer outside of boulder, potentially in arvada where he lives. >> reporter: across boulder the enormity of the loss setting in. mourners lined the streets to watch the procession for police officer eric talley. fellow citizen, father of seven, moved from the coroner's office to a funeral home. >> there is a hole. there is a hole in our family
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that won't be filled. >> reporter: the uncle of rikki olds who worked at the grocery store honored the life she would never live. >> sad in that she didn't get to experience motherhood, she didn't get to experience marriage, she didn't get to -- she was 25 years old. >> reporter: boulder grapples with a sense of helplessness that they are likely not the last american city to experience this. >> i'm angry because this could be anyone's town. i think it's easy to remove ourselves from these situations when we are not -- when it's not the store we buy birthday cakes at and it's not our colleagues and mentors and friends and teachers and neighbors and our -- the person that comes into your restaurant every day and orders the same drink. i would just beg anyone that has the power to make change to imagine if this was their community. >> reporter: what we're seeing
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in boulder and just has not stopped. are people stopping to put flowers in the chain-link fence. there are so many people coming, so many flowers being put in this fence that you see all of these cards, all of these well wishes, all of this heart break before you see what happened beyond this wall, kyung lah, cnn, bowled, colorado. kimberly moore was working her shift in the king soopers pharmacy, she had been administering covid vaccinations when the shooting started. she spoke with cnn's anderson cooper about the terrifying ordeal. listen to this. >> they had a counseling room, i stuck back, i wanted to make sure that my other colleagues in the pharmacy were okay, so we ended up just hunkering down more in the back of the pharmacy, but for the beginning of the initial part of the attacks it was really terrifying because you felt extremely exposed.
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all he had to do was jump over a counter. >> so you were, what, underneath the counter or -- >> so there is these shelves that go behind the pharmacy where we keep our medications and we had eventually moved our way back there, which is pretty deep into the corner as you can get being inside of the pharmacy and we just hid there. >> you probably weren't able to see anything, were you, which must in some ways make it even more terrifying to just be hearing what's happening. >> correct. i didn't see anything but i heard everything and i tried my best to pay attention to what i was hearing and feeling that was going on around me, which eventually let us be able to move further back into the pharmacy instead of saying so up close. >> and did you know where the gunman was? could you understand based on the sound whether it was louder or farther away?
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>> yeah, lack of sound and then, you know, gunshot sounds that traveled throughout the building and then you could hear the shuffle because we're right next to the stairs that go up to where the manager's offices are, you could kind of hear that rustling noise as well. >> when it was over, when he gave up, do you remember what it was like walking out of the store? >> it was pretty intense, you know, right before we left we had just figured out that this man had been hunkering down in front of us for probably at least a good 20 minutes. >> right in front of the pharmacy? >> right in front of the pharmacy. >> the u.s. state of colorado has seen more than its share of mass shootings over the years. there were the massacres at columbine high school in 1999 and the aurora movie theater in
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2012. on wednesday u.s. senator michael bennet of colorado blasted congress for not doing enough to stop the carnage. >> what a sacrifice of their right to be free from fear. who are we to insist that they live terrified in their own country? nobody insisted that we live that way, but our failure to act has helped create these conditions and we can't wait any longer. the senate needs to act. there is nobody else to act, but the united states senate. here in atlanta police have detained a man who had five firearms and body armor as he entered a supermarket.
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police say he openly carried a rifle before entering a bathroom at which point a witness notified officers who moved in. a mental health evaluation is taking place and police say the investigation is in its preliminary phase. now, the city has been on edge obviously after last week's attack in which eight people including six asian women were killed at atlanta area spas. there is no indication the two events are linked. we are just hours away from president joe biden's first formal news conference as u.s. president. he will likely face questions on everything from gun control to immigration to north korea's latest missile launch. as cnn's kaitlan collins reports he has been preparing for this key moment. >> reporter: this is going to be the most extensive time that president biden has spent in front of the white house press corps since taking office because he has done a few question-and-answer sessions here and there, he's done a few one-on-one interviews but he has never done a formal solo press
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conference until this afternoon at 1:15 in the east room that is when he is scheduled to have this back and forth with reporters and of course because of covid restrictions there are going to be a limited number much reporters in the room, not like what you would typically see in a presidential press conference but that doesn't mean the questions will be any less pressing because there are many issues that people can bring up with president biden including his new push for gun reform that has been a big shift in the white house this week in the wake of those two mass shootings here in the u.s. but also immigration legislation, whether or not he still is in favor of the filibuster and of course there are several foreign policy fronts as well given what we saw with north korea launching those ballistic missiles last night. so several major topics and while president biden joked yesterday that he didn't really -- he wasn't really preparing for the press conference, he said, quote, what press conference, i am told that behind the scenes he's been preparing pretty extensively. he's had some conversations with senior aides about what's likely to come up, they have prepped
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questions for what they think is going to be asked by the reporters who were in the room and he even held an informal prep session earlier this week with some of his top staff in order to get ready for this press conference happening here this afternoon. of course, hopefully it will be the first of many. another battle is brewing over the eu supply of astrazeneca vaccine. ahead the new proposal to keep doses from leaving the eu even as eu and the uk try to avoid further conflict. plus america's top diplomate is on a mission to rebuild trust among european allies and urging unity in the face of aggressive actions by china and russian.
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reviewed. earlier this week the nation's leading infectious disease expert dr. anthony fauci said the mishap could hurt public confidence in vaccines. >> this is really what you call an unforced error because the fact is this is very likely a very good vaccine. this is going to be decided by the fda. they will independently go over every bit of data themselves and not rely on any interpretation from anyone. >> so as the u.s. waits for astrazeneca to file for emergency use authorization it's pushing ahead with its vaccination efforts, even more shots could soon be going into more arms as more states are expanding their vaccine eligibility. cnn's nick watt has details from los angeles. >> reporter: at least half of the states will open vaccination to everyone 16 and older by the end of april. around 130 million doses now in
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american arms, around 1.3 million school staff have now been vaccinated. new york city high schools are back in person this week. >> about 75% or three quarters of our schools are offering some form of in-person learning including hybrid. >> reporter: but -- >> i continue to be worried about the latest data and the apparent stall we are seeing in the trajectory of the pandemic. cdc is watching these numbers very closely. >> reporter: nearly 40,000 americans are hospitalized with the virus and five months after discharge seven in ten people still suffer symptoms. a new study finds. new cases, nearly 53,000 reported yesterday. >> when you are at that level i don't think you can declare victory. we are at the corner, whether or not we're going to be turning that corner still remains to be seen. >> reporter: one issue that will emerge, should there be different rules for the
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vaccinated and the not. the miami heat just announced they will reserve sections in the stands for vaccinated fans only. there will come a day when supply outstrips demand for the vaccine here in the u.s. and that moment say some local health officials will be when the really hard phase begins when they start moving into populations that are not quite so willing to be vaccinated. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. covid in brazil has reached a critical level but now more than a year after the pandemic erupted brazilian president bolsonaro is creating a crisis committee to oversee the government's response. the panel will gather every week to decide next steps. more than 300,000 people there have now lost their lives to the coronavirus. at least that's when you're looking at official data. the health ministry changed the rules for reporting cases and deaths. cnn's matt rivers is in sao
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paolo. >> reporter: on a day where brazil's death toll surpassed 300,000 coronavirus deaths for the first time it was the way new deaths were reported on wednesday that really got people talking. on wednesday the health ministry announced it would be requiring more personal information about covid-19 victims from the officials that were reporting those deaths. that immediately sparked concern that the number of covid-19 deaths being reported would be lower. those concerns apparently justified. on tuesday there was a record setting day for coronavirus deaths, more than 3,200 deaths recorded in a single day on tuesday. that number on wednesday plummeted to just over 2,000 deaths. that immediately made people here in brazil suspicious. one day you have a record setting amount of deaths in a single day, the next day reporting requirements change, the timing certainly made people suspicious. by the end of the day the health ministry announced that it was
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basically backtracking, it wouldn't require more information moving forward. we will have to see what happens when the numbers come out on thursday but this whole incident certainly didn't give a lot of people in brazil more confidence, more trust in the way the federal government is handling this pandemic. matt rivers, cnn, sao paolo, brazil. the european union and the uk have issued a joint statement saying they are working together to expand access to coronavirus vaccines and create a win-win situation. now, that's after the european commission issued something of a veiled threat to cut back on vaccine exports to the uk essentially saying that all future exports will depend on such factors as the vaccination rate of the destination country. germany is one of the european countries now battling a third surge of covid-19 infections but just one day after announcing a strict easter lockdown to tackle a rise in cases chancellor angela merkel walked back that plan. merkel faced criticism over the
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holiday restrictions, she said the decision had been made with the best intentions and said it was her mistake alone. >> reporter: it's important to say here a mistake needs to be called a mistake and above all it must be corrected and if possible this needs to happen as soon as possible. at the same time i'm aware that this whole business has created even more uncertainty and i deeply regret this and ask forgiveness. >> numbers are also surging in france where hospitals are being stretched thin with the influx of new patients, among them two french ministers hospitalized just this week. cnn's melissa bell joins us now from paris. i'd like to start with that joint statement between the eu and uk. does that suggest a detente in this vaccine war? >> reporter: well, it is the beginning of a hint that they might start working together. so perhaps one shouldn't hope too much given the animosity we have seen over the course of the
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last few weeks, but i think what it may suggest is that perhaps the eu strategy is working. remember what they announced yesterday was an expansion of the export ban they brought in the middle of january over their spat with astrazeneca over the shortfall of deliveries. what they announced yesterday, it is yet to be approved by european leaders, an expansion of that mechanism which would mean they are not just looking at companies and whether they're living up to their contractual obligations but also they would be looking at the countries to which exports would be going to look at how their covid-19 figures are, how their vaccinations are going and specifically targeting the united kingdom. there has been a great deal of frustration from european leaders over the course of the last two weeks that they could take on astrazeneca blocking those 250,000 dose italy headed to australia but they haven't had much pull or sway over london and its decisions. this increased mechanism gives them that since what they would be able to do is block the
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export of pfizer vaccines from leaving europe and heading to the uk based on those new expanded criterion and that is worrying to the british as they continue with what's been a spectacularly successful vaccination rollout so far. in those second doses of the pfizer vaccine needed for the british population get blocked that would be a blow so it could be that europe has found a way of having some kind of leverage over london in this and this announcement they intend to work together could just be the fruit of that, kim. >> interesting. thank you so much for that. melissa bell in paris. still ahead, the end of one journey but the beginning of another entirely. you will hear the struggles those desperate to reach the u.s. and the texas town that says it's struggling, too. and a face-off in the senate. what democratic leader chuck schumer is calling one of the most despicable things he has ever seen and what republicans are saying in response. stay with us.
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♪ welcome back to all of you watching here in the united states, canada and around the world, i'm kim brunhuber and you're watching "cnn newsroom." u.s. president joe biden will hold the first news conference of his presidency later today and the surge of migrants on the border will be a big topic. yesterday he assigned his vice president to oversee his administration's efforts to stem the flow of migrants coming through the country's southern border. he says kamala harris is the most qualified person to do it. of course, the task is similar to biden's own efforts to address immigration in 2014 and 2015 when he was vice president. migrants are again arriving at the border at increased levels
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and the biden administration is scrambling to handle the influx. meanwhile, the pentagon has approved a department of health and human services request to house unaccompanied migrant children at two military bases in texas. temporary housing will be built on an empty lot of land at ft. bliss and children will stay in a vacant dorm at san antonio lackland. hhs will continue to maintain custody and be responsible for the well-being of the children. a delegation of u.s. lawmakers and white house officials visited a facility for unaccompanied minors in texas and the media was also allowed in the facility, which is a first under the biden administration. now, this facility here and similar shelters provide medical services, sleeping quarters and other support for the children, but with covid-19 restraints there hasn't been enough space to house the growing number of arrivals. it's resulted in children staying in poor conditions at border patrol facilities for prolonged periods. well, the journey for
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families to get to the u.s. is so often desperate and the uncertainty doesn't end when they reach their destination. ed lavandera has more from a u.s. border town. >> the activity has been picking up and i have a feeling that, you know, the worst is yet to come. >> reporter: share frank martinez is taking us to the edge of the rio grande in del rio, texas, to a spot that's become a landing point for several thousand migrants in recent weeks. as we show up one of his deputies and a border patrol agent have apprehended a family from venezuela. >> this little group right here i think it's 42 that my deputies have personally handled today. >> reporter: when he looks across the river to the mexican side they spot another family crossing. we noticed there are two men guiding the family through the safest part of the river, the current here can be deadly. a young girl is being carried on a man's shoulders, the law
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enforcement agents are waiting as the migrants reach the shore one tells me they're also from venezuela. one of the guides throws a bag of dry clothes to the border patrol agent. after that the two men turned around and splash through the river back to mexico. it's unclear what will happen to these migrants, but many families are being allowed to wait out their immigration cases in the united states. >> it just hits you. it just hits you. you feel for them. >> reporter: sheriff martinez says frustration are growing over scenes like this unfolding in remote border towns like del rio. what's your message to president biden, then, right now? >> we don't know what the plan is. in my opinion, you know, the policymakers came in with a policy change, but they had no -- they had no plan in place to implement that plan so this is what we're seeing. people are going to continue to
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come in mass numbers, people are going to die, but something has to be done quick. >> reporter: last week in this area eight undocumented immigrants were killed in a high speed car crash, authorities say the driver was a suspected smuggler trying to get away from state troopers. >> the boat, man. >> reporter: and a fisherman captured video of migrants struggling in the rio grande. border patrol says two people drowned as they tried to get away from agents. del rio mayor, a democrat, says his small town of 36,000 people doesn't have the resources to deal with the surge of migrants. >> where is the plan of action? i believe the things they're doing now are band-aids. it's a band-aid. >> reporter: an old del rio city building is where the humanitarian coalition helps migrants released from custody. the group's director says they're dealing about 100 migrants a day now. this man and his family crossed the river into the u.s. earlier this week. he says he escaped haiti four years ago after his brother was
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murdered because he couldn't paid $100,000 ransom. he says he and his family have traveled through south and central america for four years to get here. he says reaching the u.s. made him cry tears of joy. he said i've been looking for this country for a long time. the biden administration has been airing radio ads in central and south america urging migrants not to make the journey north, but local officials sand charity organizations here along the border in texas are telling us they're bracing for more migrants to keep coming. ed lavandera, cnn, del rio, texas. in washington senate leaders have clashed over a new measure that aims to expand voting access nationwide. there was heated disagreement between senate democratic leader chuck schumer and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell.
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schumer defended the act slamming moves by republican states to restrict voting rights, for example, bills in arizona that would ban automatic and same day registrations. >> it is one of the most despicable things i have seen in all my years. shame, shame, shame. instead of doing what you should be doing when you lose an election in a democracy, attempting to win over those voters in the next election, republicans instead are trying to disenfranchise those voters. shame on them. >> the turnout in the 2020 election was the highest since 1900. states are not engaging in trying to suppress voters whatsoever. this is clearly an effort by one party to rewrite the rules of our political system, but even more immediately it would create
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an implementation nightmare. >> and mcconnell also accused democrats of using the measure as part of a power grab. u.s. president joe biden is expected to meet virtually with eu leaders later today when the european council holds its summit. this comes as secretary of state blinken is wrapping up two weeks of high level talks with eu and nato leaders. one of his top priorities was shoring up transatlantic relations badly strained during the trump presidency. he talked about a united response to china's coercive behavior. nic robertson is tracking developments for us in london. nic, a chance for biden to reset relationships with allies. what's like any to be at the top of his priority list? >> reporter: certainly the groundwork has been done by secretary of state blinken. the agreement on china, european allies as members of the nato
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and speaking with eu officials as well line up behind pretty much -- on plans to -- to consider their economic ties, to consider their shared values when dealing with russian and china. the groundwork has been laid for president biden to come in and follow up on that, the new era of unity between the united states, transatlantic partners and nato european union members as well. unity across the alternative. but when president biden speaks to the eu he will find them a very divided place because today they will be voting on an incredibly tough issue that all nations face at the moment and that's the supply of covid-19 vaccines and this is causing division between the european union and the united kingdom over the supply of vaccines. uk vaccine rollout is way ahead of that of the eu, 45 people out of 100 compared to the eu 13 out
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of 100 people. the world figure is roughly 6 people vaccinated her 100. the eu will be considering tougher measures that could limit vaccine supplies or vaccine component supplies that could affect the uk. they will be making a decision, a key decision, which would be a big -- will have potentially big diplomatic outfallings from it on the issue ofreciprocity, are the countries holding vaccine components from you and is the country you're supplying in greater need of those vaccines? is their rollout going bet. >> reporter: certainly when you look at the eu and uk at the moment the impression would be clearly that the uk is doing better than the eu. so there's a concern in the uk that this is targeting them, the eu and the uk are saying that they're working together on this to try to find a win-win solution. president biden will find themselves talking about u.s./european unity at a time when not all eu nations are lined up behind this -- these
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new proposals over vaccine controls and there will be a very tough potential division between the eu and the uk who are all allies to president biden. >> lots of tension there for sure. nic robertson in london, appreciate it. still ahead, shocking new video obtained by "the new york times" showing the bear spray attack on a police officer who later died in the capitol riot in january.
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alarming new video has emerged from the u.s. capitol riots in january. it shows the moment officer brian sicknick who died in the attack was sprayed with an aerosol usually used to deter charging bears. alex marquardt has more from washington. >> reporter: as the violent insurrection raged at the capitol building new video obtained by "the new york times" shows officer brian sicknick facing off with rioters on the
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western side and how he was wounded. in the crowd were julian khater and george tanios. khater moved up to within feet of sicknick and can be seen unleashing a stream of chemical spray at the officer. sicknick is hit and retreats, dealing over, a day later he was dead. khater and tanios have been arrested. federal prosecutors are discovering evidence of more coordination amid the chaos. new court filings alleging for the first time there was collaboration between the far right extremist groups the proud boys and the oath keepers. messages released by the justice department show that oath keeper kelly megs discussed on facebook his communication with proud boys leadership, saying he, quote, orchestrated a plan with the proud boys for january 6th.
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two weeks before the riots meggs wrote we have made contact with the proud boys. christmas day he wrote to someone with the proud boys saying i've been communicating with the leader, we are going to march with them for a while then fall back to the back of the crowd and turn off, then we will have the proud boys get in front of them, we will come in behind antifa and beat the hell out of them. prosecutors say the communication shows evidence of coordination but have yet to allege conspiracy between the groups, something ten oath keepers have been charged with as well as proud boys. megs discussing rallied for january 6th. he had sent a list of beer to bring including body armor and weapons. d.c. is no guns, megs wrote, so mace and gas masks, with a tons,
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if you have armor that's good. all of the communication released by the justice department to argue against releasing megs from jail before his trial. he has pleaded not guilty. the department of justice also says that it has credit card receipts showing that megs used four hotel rooms here in washington, d.c. and that it also has records showing that he held meetings preparing for january 6. now, his wife connie megs is also a member of the oath keepers, she has also been charged and she has been seen in the past acting as a bodyguard fort long time trump confidant and political adviser roger stone. alex marr ququardtmarquardt, cn. a major traffic jam in the suez canal could affect the economy: ...the burning. the stinging. my skin was no longer mine. my psoriatic arthritis, made my joints stiff, swollen... painful. emerge tremfyant™
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an ominous enough of a let for you this morning, we've lost all daytime heating from the sun and we still have tornado watch boxes in effect across central texas, austin to san antonio. the energy from the system is marching eastward and just as you mentioned the storm prediction center has highlighted a level five out of five. their highest severe prediction category. anywhere you see that shading of purple. so tupelo to jackson to birmingham that's an area where we're highlighting with our greatest threat of strong tornadoes. but to a lesser extent but still severe weather and strong tornadoes possible as far north as memphis, nashville and just outside of the birmingham region. this is an area we are focusing our attention on but the severe threat extends from the gulf coast states all the way to the ohio river valley today. i'm pointing towards this afternoon and evening to get the firing up from the daytime heating from the sunshine and you can see some of our computer models picking up on some of those stronger thunderstorms right across tennessee, northern mississippi and into alabama. that's the area we are going to
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focus our attention on. atlanta, georgia, where cnn is located, you have a slight risk of severe weather including tornadoes today. so overrunning this tornado threat is also a flash flood threat, we're tapping into a lot of gulf of mexico moisture. let's focus in on what's most severe and that is our probability of tornadoes. we have a 30% chance of tornadic development, some could be ef-2 or higher, 100 mile an hour winds or higher with tornadoes that develop across this region specifically across that area we have hatched from memphis to montgomery and birmingham. keep an eye to the sky, a dangerous day ahead for the deep south. >> that's a huge swath of the country that could be affected there. we will be following that story for sure. meteorologist derek van dam, appreciate it. it could be days before a giant cargo ship blocking marine traffic in the suez canal is
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freed. several tugboats are working to move the grounded container ship the ever given which is wedged between sides of the canal with shipping through one of the world's busest waterways at standstill there could be major implications for global trade. finally to japan where the olympic flame completed its grand start in the past couple of hours ahead of the tokyo games. the event was very different this year obviously because of covid-19. the relay which was led by members of japan's women's soccer team was closed to the public. it took place in fukushima are the aim to highlight the area's recovery ten years after earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. two years ago the event horizon telescope collaboration captured the first image of a black hole now that same group has captured a new view of the super massive black hole at the center of the m 87 galaxy 55 million light years away. the colored streaks you see are
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jets of hot gas originating from near the black hole and being blown out at least 5,000 light years beyond the galaxy itself. this is the new image, it shows the direction of polarized lights and goes some way to explain the jet phenomenon. the lines are indicative of magnetic field around the black hole. it's thought that the magnetic field is so powerful it can help hot gases escape the massive gravitational pull and expel them in the form of jets. >> translator: in our little language we call it a super massive black hole. it sounds like a superhero, but it shows it is extremely big for a black hole, we are talking about several million -- several billion times the mass of the sun. the sun is very big so really it's monstrous. >> and that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom," i'm kim brunhuber. "early start" is next.
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♪ today the first news conference of joe biden's presidency, what will he say about the border, the economy and guns in the wake of the boulder mass shooting. astrazeneca forced to revise its data on its covid vaccine.
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what the missteps mean as the company eyes u.s. approval. and a cargo ship as long as the empire state building is tall still stuck in one of the world's busiest waterways. what it could mean for major shipping delays and higher gas prices for you. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, we have reports in morning from colorado, paris, hong kong, capitol hill, abu dhabi and london. this is "early start," i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. it's thursday, march 25th. it's 5:00 a.m. here in new york. in just a few hours from now president biden will hold his first news conference since taking office. expect him to claim credit for crick passage of the american rescue plan and vaccinations across the country, but other issues like gun violence and young migrants at the southern border top of mind, daniella diaz is live on capitol hill this morning. we know that the president has been preparing, he has a binder. what are you watching for

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