tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN July 5, 2021 2:00am-2:59am PDT
the building has come down. rescuers set to resume the search in surfside after what was left of that collapsed condo was demolished overnight. an american tradition back with a bang. fireworks on the fourth for the first time since lock downs were lifted. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is a special holiday edition of "early start." >> it is monday, july 5th. it is 5:00 a.m. here in new
york. and new this morning a dramatic controlled demolition overnight in surfside, florida. late last night engineers used explosive charges to bring down what remained of the shamplain towers south so that search teams can continue look for searching for survivors more safely. now it has been 12 days sin that huge chunk of the tower collapsed, 121 people remain unaccounted for. officials have confirmed 24 people were killed. cnn's natasha chen is live for us this morning in surfside. good morning to you. so it may seem counter intuitive to folks at home, but this full demolition is actually supposed to make the recovery efforts easier now. explain how that works. >> reporter: that's right, laura. this is definitely safer now for search and rescue teams to continue. that space behind us between the buildings right there, that's where the shamplain towers south used to be, and now it is not.
you can't see it from where we are anymore. that is because the blast you just showed that happened just after 10:30 p.m., and people in the vicinity were asked to stay inside, to close their doors, close their windows and actually put their air-conditioning on recirculation so that it keeps the dust and debris outside and not into peopless homes. what this does now is the search and rescue teams can now access areas they previously weren't able to, for example, very close to the remaining standing structure up until this point. they weren't able to get close to that because of the it stability of the structure. now they've controlled that demolition they're able to go through all of the debris. here's the mayor of surfside talking about how the impending storm coming through florida here could have been a lucky move here from the progress they're making on this site.
>> it appears as though the approaching storm may have been a blessing in disguise for us in that it initiated the demolition discussion. that discussion has accomplished several things. it's eliminated a looming threat, a dangerous threat for our rescue workers. it will potentially open up probably a third of the pile, so we can all, you know, so the teams can focus not just on two thirds of the pile but on the whole thing. >> the blast that you saw in the video, the authorities last night made clear that oftentimes demolition can be a spectacle. this was the furthest thing from that. what you are watching as the rest of that building comes down is the continuation of this tragedy. those are peoples entire lives in there. they also emphasize that they did multiple sweeps using all sorts of technology to look for any remaining pets that might have been there. they did not find any animals.
and the search and rescue efforts we were told last night at that press conference would resume as soon as engineers determined the site was safe again after demolition. the mayor had said any time of night as soon as they were cleared they would start again. we're looking for updates how that's going. >> i'm sure that will be welcome news to the families waiting anxiously for more news on their loved ones. to the holiday now, fourth of july fireworks lighting up the night skies coast to coast last night. if they seemed especially loud, bright and powerful maybe it's because americans were enjoying them together in person for the first time in two years. last night president biden celebrated the holiday at the white house declaring the battle against covid-19 is not over but that america is coming back together. cnn's arlette saenz has more from the white house. >> reporter: president biden
declared this independence day that america is coming back together, speaking both in terms of combating the coronavirus pandemic and also largely unifying the country. the president really reflected on the progress that has been made over the past year in the fight against covid-19 saying that it showed the power of science. and he also issued a call to action as he encouraged americans to get vaccinated, to protect not just themselves but also others. take a listen to a few of the president's remarks about fourth of july barbecue here at the white house. >> 245 years ago we declared our independence from a distant king. today we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. that's not to say the battle against covid-19 is over. we've got a lot more work to do. covid-19 has not been v vanquished. we all know powerful variants have emerged like the delta
variant. but the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. >> reporter: the president also honored the service and sacrifice of military families and also those essential workers. and he really drew on that signature sympathetic tone as he talked about so many lives that were lost over the course of the past year due to the pandemic. even saying he was thinking of his own son, beau biden, who had served in the military as he delivered those independence day remarks. now, this was the largest gathering this white house has hosted since president biden took office. the guests were treated to one of the best views in washington, the fireworks here in the city. and there are about 1,000 people who had been invited, military families and essential workers. as the president reflected and thanked so many people for the sacrifices and service that they've made over the past year in the pandemic. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. >> thank you so much for that, arlette. i thought it was so interesting
yesterday is definitely a day and today as well a day of patriotism and not partisanship. the president said something so poignant. i'm paraphrasing but he essentially said we can talk about the adacity of our founding and just how amazing this democratic journey has been and still how we can do better. >> and talk about it in an honest way, being hopeful but also realistic. seven minutes past the hour. the united states has fallen short of the president's goal to vaccinate 70% of adults by independence day. as of sunday 61% of u.s. adults have received at least one shot. 58.2% are fully vaccinated. according to the centers of disease control just 18 of 50 states reached president biden's goal. the fireworks went off in ocean city, maryland, july 4th but not quite how the city had planned. the fireworks meant for ocean
city's big independence day celebration accidently exploded early sunday as they were being setup. some employees of the company in charge of the show came away with minor injuries, but thankfully no one else was hurt there. ocean city canceled its fireworks celebration out ofn investigation is now under way. all right, jeff bazos is not your typical retiree. later today he steps down from amazon, the company he founded that changed the way we shop and made him the world's richest man. he founded amazon 27 years ago in a garage in washington state. it started, remember, as an online bookstore and became a global powerhouse. at 57 years old he retires with a nest egg of oh, nearly $200 billion. bazos in a retirement league of his own. the typical american retires alt 65 with a net worth around $266,000 for american retirees age 65 to 74.
bazos is retiring with almost 740 times with what the average american has when they retire. he's handing off the day to day operations to the ceo david jasse. he'll focus on new products and early initiatives and spend more of his time on his space startup, blue origin. he'll head to space on the first crude flight of the new shepherd, that's the rocket made by oblue origin. up next a manhunt in georgia after a golf pro was murdered at a country club. and a big announcement just hours from now in london. the final steps for reopening in the u.k. i'm so glad you're ok, sgt. houston. this is sam with usaa. do you see the tow truck?
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green of the tenth hole of the country club with an apparent gun gunshot wound to the head. two other men were found dead with gunshot wounds. police believe he was shot and killed when he went to the green to see what was going on. siller leaves behind a wife and two young children. an argument that escalated into gunfire left eight people dead near a car wash. investigators believe most of the people hit were bystanders that had nothing to do with this argument. one young girl suffered minor injuries when a car hit her as she tried to escape the chaos. 11 men arrested in massachusetts after a nine-hour roadside standoff with state police. officials identified the men as members of this group called rise of the moore, a group of so-called sovereign citizens who don't recognize u.s. laws. they don't told they were on their way to training at a camp in rhode island. >> they wanted to be heard. they wanted to be a variety of
not demands but requests that they just be allowed to leave the area, transit the area without any accountability, and at the end of the day we couldn't accommodate that. >> police say some of the men ran into the woods with their weapons. now they face charges including unlawful possession of firearms and conspiracy. jumping overseas now to a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases, british prime minister boris johnson will lay out the final steps today for the country's reopening. cyril, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. and it appears indeed that the british prime minister is poised to announce to the country today that almost all remaining covid restrictions will be lifted two weeks from now on july 19th, a day sometimes referred to here as freedom day. and even though cases are surging, as you mention the government's thinking seems to
be that the level of vaccination here is high enough almost two thirds of adults fully vaccinated, high enough that the country is in a position to relax remaining social distancing rules, even possibly face mask rules. cabinet saerks have been dool doing the rounds on tv to sell this idea, listen to the housing secretary yesterday on sky news. >> i don't want to particular wear a mask. i don't think a lot of people enjoy doing it. we will be moving into a phase, though, where masks will be a personal choice. so some members of society will want to do so for perfectly legitimate reasons, but it'll be a different period where we as private citizens make these judgments rather than the government telling you what to do. >> reporter: so face masks a matter of personal judgment perhaps starting july 19th as opposed to a legal obligation. as against that cases have been surging.
i want to show you a screen grab of my phone because i think it tells the story here. the nhs, that is the u.k. health system tracing app, keeps pinging on my phone checking for covid exposure. that means that as i go out even though i'm careful, i am coming into contact with people who have been infected. and this has been happening to me every day recently as opposed to never when we had only one or 2,000 infections a day. so that shows you the gamble that the u.k. government is probably going to be willing to take paenl. >> that's so interesting, interesting that you want to see that on your phone all the time. i'm not sure i would want to know, but i get it. thanks so much. appreciate it. >> all about the contact tracing, right? >> which is a good thing. >> we're going to start to open up. 17 minutes past the hour. why surgeons operated on pope francis over the weekend.
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in st. peters square. he led the prayers and then had this scheduled procedure and seems to be doing well? >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, christine. we're told we're supposed to expect a brief medical bulletin on the pope's condition around noon rome time so about a half-hour from now. but this is really a case in which no news is good news. if there was some dramatic turn for the worse we would have heard. instead all indications are that the surgery went well, the pope is responding well to the treatment. and, you know, it is striking, i think, that this happened. as you said not only right after the pope held his normal sunday midday blessing but also after the vatican confirmed that the pope is intending to travel to hungry, and slovakia in september. i think pope francis obviously seems determined not to be slowed down by this. as i've always said, this is the
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and cnn is on the ground at afghanistan's bagram airfield. what happens now that u.s. forces have left the long time base? good morning, everyone. this is "early start." i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans. it's almost 30 minutes past the hour. and tropical storm elsa moving west-northwest and could end up in the gulf of mexico. the storm already deadly. at least three people were killed as elsa traveled through the caribbean. meteorologist allison chinchar tracking the system for us. good morning. >> good morning, yep we're taking a look at the system as it continues to make its way to the northwest at about 14 miles per hour. has sustained winds about 65 miles per hour. now, it does have the potential to strengthen just a little bit more before it makes landfall across southwestern cuba late this morning. we do have hurricane warnings in effect for some of the southern portion of cuba, but also
tropical storm watches and warnings. but it's not just cuba, we also have those in effect for areas of florida because that's where we anticipate the storm to go next. here you can see again that track is going to take it back out over open water and potentially making a second landfall around the tampa bay region or north of that late tuesday or very early wednesday. the key thing is really going to be the next 12 hours as it enters this incredibly warm-water right here allowing it the potential to perhaps strengthen a little bit more. once it crosses over cuba, it will enter slightly cooler water temperatures. i know low 80s doesn't sound cool, but for a storm even a couple degrees can make a big difference. it's going to enter into an area of higher wind sheer and upper level winds. really the next 24 to 72 hours is going to be critical for florida to determine what the storm does regardless of whether
it strengthens again or not, flash flooding is going to be a concern with this storm as it dumps a tremendous amount of rain not only over cuba but also over florida. widespread regions along the west coast about 4 to 6 inches but there could be a few isolated spots that get slightly more. from there the storms will continue off to the east impacting jacksonville, savaen carolina. storm surge is also going to be a big concern mainly acros to 4 surge with this particular storm. christine, going forward the real concern is really going to be what does this storm do in the next 12 hours to really determine some of florida's impacts. >> can i ask you quickly i'm seeing west coast impacts there. could there any any impact on that terrible tragedy in surfside where they're trying to pick through all this rubble and find anybody who could have survived that building collapse? >> right, it's a great question.
and it's not out of the realm of possibilities for them to get some of those outer bands closer and in and around miami, but certainly the biggest impact, the brunt of this storm is really going to be focused along the west of this coastline. >> we know you'll stay on top of it for us. a fire in arizona's prescott national forest is forcing people in nearby communities to evacuate their homes. the tiger fire which started last week after a lightening strike has consumed nearly 10,000 acres so far and forced the state to close the forest to visitors. firefighters have been working to cob tain the flames but steep terrain and a lack of rain are making the job harder. to afghanistan now as the troop withdrawal nears completion the biden administration trying to nail down its policy on fighting terrorists using drones. the u.s. will continue to have the authority to carry out strikes against the taliban in support of afghan forces, but that authority does not necessarily extend to counter
terrorism operations, so the national security council is studying whether to raise the bar for the cia and pentagon to carry out deadly drone strikes and commando raids once u.s. troops are gone. >> and the army general in charge of the u.s. troop withdrawal from faung says everyone should be concerned about the taliban's advances on the ground there. general scott miller says it's not just about the afghan's government loss of terrain, it's also about the skiek logical impact on the afghan people. >> hope actually matters and morale actually matters. and so as you watch the taliban moving across the country, what you don't want to have happen is that people lose hope and they believe they now have a forgone conclusion presented to them. >> cnn's ana koran filed this report from the base now vacated by u.s. forces. >> reporter: we're here at bagram air base, and the first time we've been given access since u.s. and nato forces left
last week essentially ending america's involvement in this war. we were taken to the airfield which is behind us. it's a twin airfield 2 miles long. this used to be a hive of activity with fighter jets, cargo planes and surveillance aircraft landing and departing constantly. now it is completely deserted. i want to show you here, these are the vehicles that the americans have left. there are hundreds of pickup trucks and four-wheel drives are being left here like a car yard. but it comes at a time when the situation in afghanistan is deteriorating. we know that the taliban have claimed more than 150 districts in the last two months alone. we heard from the vice president of afghanistan today saying that there are tens of thousands of people who are fleeing the countryside because of the taliban offensive, and that has
been backed up by the united nations that said more than 56,000 people have had to flee their homes in four provinces in the northeast of the country where much of the fighting is concentrated. early we saw a delegation from the national security council that came to inspect the premises here of bagram air base. they're trying to work out what they're going to do with this enormous facility, which used to be a mini city where tens of thousands of u.s. troops came through, where u.s. presidents came through. now it is being handed over to the afghans to fight the war on their own. laura and christine, back to you. >> just filed that for us a few moments ago. thanks, ana. u.s. cyber officials are tracking a huge software attack. the products are widely used by i.t. management companies. now the white house is urging companies who believe their systems were compromised to
immediately report it to the internet crime complaint center. cyber officials say the same malware in this attack was used to hit a meat supplier last month. over the weekend president biden said the government is not certain who's behind the attack yet but he's directed federal agencies to assist in the response. the attack is just the latest in a string of attacks. that jbs attack led to a temporary shutdown of beef plants and the colonial pipeline attack in may disrupted gas shipments all along the east coast. president trump saying the quiet part out loud appearing now to concede some of the core facts in the criminal case filed last week against his namesake company and long time chief financial officer. at a rally in sarasota, florida, over the weekend trump tried to dismiss the case as politically motivated brushing away but not really disputing new york prosecutors claim that cfo allen weisselberg received off the books compensation. >> they go after good, hardworking people for not
paying taxes on a company car. you didn't pay tax on the car or a company apartment. you used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is. you didn't pay tax. or education for your grandchildren. i don't even know. does anybody know the answer to that stuff? >> he should. he was the president. he has good lawyers. he's apparently failing to appreciate that he's still under investigation, and anything he says can be used as evidence. a manhattan grand jury indicted the trump organization and weisselberg last week charging them with tax fraud, conspiracy and other charges alleging a 15-year scheme of tax evasion. to the holiday now. a reawakening in the nation's capitol. thousands of people packing the national mall sunday to celebrate a nearly normal fourth of july and to take in the fireworks. we get more cnn's suzan
malveaux. >> reporter: spectacular fireworks right on the steps of course of the lincoln memorial. that is where thousands and thousands gathered and onto the reflecting pool and then just beyond the national monument, that is where you saw for 17 minutes a light show that was absolutely extraordinary accompanied by classical music and just families, many, many families who gathered here in anticipation and excitement of this event. it started promptly at 9:09 p.m. and this was markedly different than last year. you might recall last year there was a fireworks display, but the mayor, the d.c. mayor muriel bowser, discouraging people from going out the last time. there were masks required as well as temperature checks, and a real fear of covid. well, this go around the mayor says the city is open for business. here there was no mask mandate, no social distancing, just people gathered together having a great time here on this
nation's birthday on this grand celebration. suzan malveaux, cnn in washington. >> thank you for that. it's just beautiful. i didn't hear anything last night. still ahead, summer sticker shock. why you should brace yourselves for higher prices as you head out on vacation. rgy. whoo hoo! ensure, with 27 vitamins and minerals, now introducing ensure complete! with 30 grams of protein. listerine® cleans virtually 100%. helping to prevent gum disease and bad breath. never settle for 25%. always go for 100. bring out the bold™ we made usaa insurance for members like martin. an air force veteran made of doing what's right, not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage.
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prepaid card when you upgrade. call today. all right, covid spike in russia. russia reporting over 24,000 covid cases in the past 24 hours. 654 deaths. on sunday russia had its highest daily number of new covid cases since early january. in just the past week russia has set a daily death toll record now five times. matthew chance live in moskow this morning. these are numbers going up the wrong direction. why, matthew? >> yeah, i mean you're right.
it's been almost every day it's been a new number, new record high in terms of infections, new record high when it comes to deaths as well in a 24-hour measure period. it's been slightly lower today, but over the weekend we saw the highest figures since the pandemic began with more than 25,000, and there are a cup of factors. one of them is that the main vaccine in russia which was the first vaccine to bedeveloped in terms of public use, scientists here say that's less effective against the delta variant than it is against certain strains of the virus. so that's one factor playing into this. by far the biggest factor is the fact russia has high rates of vaccine hesitancy. people are deeply suspicious about getting any vaccine at all. so we're seeing something in the region of 15% of the population have had at least one jab so far which is nowhere near enough to
get to the level needed. the russian government have started stepping up its campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated. vladimir putin telling people last week not to listen to rumors about the vaccine and instead listen to science and scientists, something they should have been doing from the outset. but there's also been tough new measures put in place as well. anybody in public facing jobs like in restaurants or transportation business, they've been told if they get vaccinated by next week -- if they don't get vaccinated by next week they could face dismissal. if you work in public facing jobs you have to get the vaccine or you'll get fired. >> wow, just 15% of adults have received one jab. that is really a low number. matthew chance, thank you so much. rescue workers in japan still searching for survivors after a huge mud slide in the coastal city of atami over the
weekend. at least three people have died, more than 100 still missing. torrential rains triggered the powerful slide that sent a tsunami of mud crashing down a mountain and into a city. you can see officials are still investigating whether it was caused by development projects that deforested the area. look at these incredible pictures. a gas leak is said to be responsible for this eye of fire burning on the water surface in the gulf of mexico. this circular shaped fire was burning close to a platform operated by mexican oil company. there were no injuries or evacuations and the company says there was no oil spill. they're investigating that incident. that is just remarkable. let's get a check on cnn business this monday morning. looking at markets around the world to start the first full week of july. and europe has opened narrowly mixed here. u.s. markets, of course, are
closed today for the independence day holiday. stocks ended on a high note last week. a strong jobs report pushed the s&p 500 to and the longest streak of records since all the way back in june '97. the dow and nasdaq also ended with record highs. the dow and nasdaq are up both nearly 14%, the s&p 500 up almost 16%. planning a vacation this summer just about everything is more expensive. after a year of staying at home americans are now facing sticker shock for air fares, rental cars, hotel room prices up 44% at the end of june compared to last year. air fares 24% higher in may, rental car prices an astonishing 70% higher than pre-pandemic prices. your family road trip is more expensive. the national average price for a gallon of gas, 3:13 right now, the highest price in seven years, up 44% from last year. why? gas prices are rising as the
economy roars back to life, and there are dislocations after shutdowns. plus there's a shortage of tanker truck drivers to deliver gas to gas stations. so a variety of factors there, 313 is the average. >> one thing for sure people want to get back out there. >> this may have been the weirdest thing on the internet this july 4th. mr. facebook himself mark zuckerberg celebrating independence day by posting this video on instagram. shows him riding a hi-tech surf board on a lake holding old glory to the sound of john denver's take me home country road. i'll leave that right there. >> what is that? >> it looks like he's almost levitating. obviously not but having fun. for the first time ever a major league baseball player makes the all-star team as a pitcher and a hitter. carolyn mano is here this morning in studio with the bleacher report.
>> good morning. good to be with you. happy holidays to you both. really a first in anything is a pretty big accomplishment. but shohay ohtani is a special player. the first all-star game wasn't until 1933. that was well after babe's pitching days were behind him. the angel's star was named one of the american league starting pitchers sunday after being designated as hitter thursday. the japanese native has been solid on the mound in 12 starts. he's really shined at the plate hitting his league 31st homer and the angels win over the orioles on sunday. that actually ties him for the most in a major league season for a japanese born player. certainly busy. elsewhere the braves pulling off a stunning comeback sense the marlins. so they scored four in the ninth to tie it, and they thought they won in the tenth but the empires
overturned it on a replay. and if you take a look as riley slid over the plate if you look closely you can see this was the right decision here, get a foot in front of it. so the braves actually ran out of position players. he delivered the game winning hit, 8-7 the final. only the second time this year a team has rallied from four or more runs down in the ninth. and on saturday the superstar led slovenia to the first basketball appearance in the country's history with a historic trip double against lithuania in the finals of the qualifying tournament. and after celebrating him on the court as they should, such a huge star making history with slovenia, the national team players ended up being the party to the post game press conference. this is a little bit unorthodox. the olympic mens basketball
tournament begins july 24th. they're excited and they should be. haz a winner. and look away if it's too early. it's too early. joey chestnut chowing down a world record 76 hot dogs to win the men's hot deeg eating contest for the 14th time. joe ajaws breaking his record from last year by one. right near the usual spot. he said to be back in front of fans, it just felt good. but i have a hard time understanding how that's possible. >> they almost look wet. do they dip them -- >> they dip them in water. you've got to get the bun, too. >> how do you get it down with the bun? i love hot dogs, but it's just
gross. >> it's business. this is not a pleasure -- this isn't a pleasure experience. it's completely disgusting. it's hard for me to watch, but a lot of people are into it. these are plain dogs. >> no mustard and no ketchup. >> onions, tomatoes and mustard. >> yes, that's chicago. >> thanks, carolyn. have a great day. thanks for joining us. i'm chris tone romans. have a really wonderful holiday today, everybody. >> i'm laura jarrett. new day is next. we leave with you fourth of july holiday fireworks from around the country.
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evacuation plans in afghanistan as the threat of violence there rises with american forces leaving. ♪ a very good morning to viewers here in the united states and around the world, it's monday, july 5th. john avlon is in for john berman in this morning. nothing is left of the tower south. demolition crews bringing it down to the ground 11 days after its collapse. engineers were concerned the remaining structure was unstable and potentially dangerous with tropical storm elsa bearing down on florida. >> search and rescue operations