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February 25th, 2013
08:07 AM ET

Del. Gov. Markell: Forced spending cuts would stop recovery

This morning on "Early Start," Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del.) talks with CNN's John Berman on how the forced spending cuts could cripple public services and affect the economy.


Filed under: Economy • Forced spending cuts
February 25th, 2013
06:22 AM ET

Kerry faces challenges on his first trip as Secretary of State – CNN's Jill Dougherty reports


(CNN) – John Kerry's first international trip as secretary of state is right out of diplomatic "central casting" – at least the first half, designed to avoid diplomatic pitfalls. But that may end up being impossible.

The 11-day, nine-country sojourn – to England, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – begins with a warm embrace for America's traditional European allies.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Dougherty explains the challenges Sec. Kerry faces on his first trip.

READ MORE: Kerry's first trip: trying to sidestep the pitfalls

Filed under: Diplomacy
February 25th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

Plains states brace for possible 'crippling' snow storm – Jim Spellman reports


(CNN) - Call it winter weather, part two.

Just days after a storm walloped the Great Plains, a second one, bringing with it heavy snow and strong winds, was slamming the region early Monday, forcing airline cancellations and school closures from Colorado to Texas.

National Weather Service forecasters warned the storm was bringing potentially "life threatening" and "crippling" blizzard conditions with freezing temperatures to portions of southeast Kansas, northwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle overnight.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jim Spellman reports on the winter storm as it makes its way east across the U.S.

READ MORE: 'Crippling' winter storm bearing down on Great Plains region, forecasters say

Filed under: Severe weather
February 22nd, 2013
06:58 AM ET

Fmr. NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson: Danica Patrick's pole position at Daytona 500 is 'history in making'


(CNN) - By now, you've probably heard that Danica Patrick is the first woman to ever win pole position at the Daytona 500 - or any top-tier NASCAR Sprint Cup race for that matter. But what does that mean?

Well, because she rounded the Daytona Speedway oval with the fastest speed on Sunday (196.434 mph), Patrick is slated to start next Sunday's Daytona 500 in the front row, on the inside portion of the track, giving her No. 10 GODADDY Chevrolet an immediate logistical advantage over all the other stock cars.

But starting from the pole position is no guarantee of success.

This morning on "Early Start," former NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson on Danica Patrick's historic pole position in the Daytona 500 and her chances of placing in the top slots.

READ MORE: Patrick's rough road ahead from pole position

Filed under: Daytona 500
February 22nd, 2013
06:13 AM ET

Botha 'a gift' for Pistorius defense? Fmr. prosecutor Allison Leotta says yes and explains why

Fmr. prosecutor Allison Leotta on the latest in the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing for the murder of his girlfriend.

Filed under: Oscar Pistorius
February 22nd, 2013
05:29 AM ET

Kansas gets record snowfall as millions in Midwest clean up after storm – Erin McPike reports


(CNN) - Kansas got the brunt of the snow as a winter storm moved past, heading toward the Northeast.

Wichita saw its second-highest storm snowfall total on record with 14.2 inches over two days, the weather service said.
Some parts of the state saw even more snow, and Missouri was not far behind, with accumulations of around a foot in some places.

The snow set a record at Kansas City International Airport with 9 inches falling in a single day. The old record was 5.1 inches set in 2010. The airport closed down Thursday.

Some businesses and universities were shut down as state officials urged residents to stay off the roads.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Erin McPike reports on Kansas's efforts to clean up after record snowfall.

READ MORE: Midwest shoveling and shivering after fierce snowstorm

Filed under: Winter weather
February 22nd, 2013
05:26 AM ET

Pistorius bail decision in girlfriend's murder expected 7:30aET today – Robyn Curnow reports


Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) - South African prosecutors pushed Friday to keep Oscar Pistorius behind bars, painting the double-amputee track star as a killer offering an improbable defense in the shooting death of his model girlfriend.

The picture offered by the prosecution came during the fourth day of a bail hearing that has been remarkable for not only its length but its allegations of miscues by a lead police investigator who himself faces attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors are trying to keep Pistorius jailed pending his trial on a charge of premeditated murder in the February 14 shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29.

And this morning, CNN reported that we can expect a decision from the magistrate in the Pistorius case at 7:30a Eastern. CNN will carry it live.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on the latest in the Pistorius bail hearing.

READ MORE: Bail decision expected for Oscar Pistorius

Filed under: Daytona 500 • Oscar Pistorius
February 21st, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Detective in Pistorius case faces murder while world waits for bail decision – Robyn Curnow reports

CNN's Robyn Curnow on the latest developments in the bail hearing in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

Filed under: Oscar Pistorius
February 21st, 2013
07:36 AM ET

Small plane runs off runway Georgia, killing 5 in crash – Victor Blackwell reports


(CNN) - A small plane crashed in east Georgia on Wednesday night, leaving five people dead, authorities said.

The light jet aircraft landed at Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport in Thomson, and ran off the end of the runway, according to Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

Two people survived the crash and were rushed to a hospital, McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall told CNN affiliate WJBF.

The flight took off from John C. Tune Airport in Nashville, Tennessee.

The two cities are about 350 miles apart; Thomson is about 30 miles west of Augusta.

The aircraft is a Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Victor Blackwell has the latest on the crash.

READ MORE: Small plane crashes in eastern Georgia, killing 5

Filed under: Air travel • Airline safety
February 21st, 2013
07:31 AM ET

Iran nuclear program under pressure by six world powers – Elise Labott reports


World powers plan to make Iran a "serious" offer of economic incentives at talks next week on its nuclear program, Western officials tell CNN.

In exchange for easing of sanctions barring trade with Iran in gold and other precious metals, the so-called P5+1 diplomatic bloc of countries wants Iran to shut its underground enrichment facility at Fordo, near the holy city of Qom and ship out its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% purity, the officials said.

The group, comprised of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, plans to deliver the offer at talks next Tuesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Elise Labott has more on the story.

READ MORE: Sources: Iran to be offered 'serious' incentive

Filed under: Iran
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