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April 26th, 2013
07:10 AM ET

U.S. intel claims evidence Syria used chemical weapons – how will world react? Arwa Damon on possible next steps


(CNN) - The United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

But numerous questions remain about the origins of the chemical and what effect its apparent use could have on the ongoing Syrian civil war and international involvement in it.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Arwa Damon looks at possible next steps after U.S. admits it has evidence that Syria used chemical weapons on rebels.

READ MORE: U.S.: Intelligence points to small-scale use of sarin in Syria

Filed under: Syria
April 26th, 2013
06:49 AM ET

VIDEO: Tsarnaev moved from hospital to FMC Devins prison facility – Miguel Marquez reports

CNN's Miguel Marquez on reports that Boston marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to FMC Devens in Mass.

April 25th, 2013
09:13 AM ET

'Prom indicator' of economic health? Christine Romans on what parents will spend in 2013

Christine Romans on a report showing parents will spent $1,139 on 2013 prom expenses and what it means for the economy.

Filed under: Economy
April 25th, 2013
09:11 AM ET

Dignitaries, five living president to mark new George W. Bush Library dedication – Brianna Keilar reports

CNN's Brianna Keilar previews the dedication of the George W. Bush Library and a look back at his presidency.

Filed under: George W. Bush • Presidential legacy
April 25th, 2013
06:56 AM ET

Actor Zach Braff uses Kickstarter to raise over $1 million for new film


Courteney Cox, Jessica Simpson and Aaron Paul are just a few of the famous who have joined fans in supporting Zach Braff.

The 38-year-old actor/filmmaker is following in the footsteps of Rob Thomas, who set a record when he Kickstarted a "Veronica Mars" movie in March, with his own Kickstarter concept: a follow-up to his 2004 feature directorial debut, "Garden State."

Called "Wish I Was Here," the movie's co-written by Braff and his brother, Adam, and centers on a struggling actor, husband and father named Aidan Bloom.

Braff's hoping to raise $2 million for the follow-up by 3 p.m. ET on May 24, and he's well on his way to reaching half of his goal within a day. He said he was initially going to go with a "typical financing deal" for the project, but doing so "would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film."

READ MORE: Zach Braff gets Kickstarter support for 'Garden State' follow up

Filed under: Entertainment • Kickstarter
April 25th, 2013
06:33 AM ET

VIDEO: 3 injured after two fuel barges explode in Alabama


CNN) - Authorities kept their distance as a fire raged on board a pair of fuel barges on Thursday morning, hours after exploding at a docking area on Alabama's Mobile River.

Steve Huffman with Mobile Fire and Rescue said conditions remain too volatile for fire crews to approach. At least six explosions have been reported and were heard up to 20 miles away.

Just half a mile across the river, Alan Waugh, the general manager at the Ft. Conde Inn, said he saw and heard the initial explosion when it happened.

Huffman said Wednesday night that authorities hadn't determined what caused the blasts, but were in the process of being prepped for reload when the explosion happened. The fire department's Twitter feed said they were filed with gasoline.

On "Early Start" this morning, WEAR reporter Kalie Desimone shares details on may have caused two fuel barge explosions in Mobile, Alabama.

READ MORE: Two fuel barges on Alabama's Mobile River explode; 3 hurt

Filed under: Fire
April 24th, 2013
07:50 AM ET

Four deaths blamed on Midwest flooding – Jim Spellman reports


A powerful spring cold snap brings more rain and snow to a soggy U.S. heartland Wednesday, putting more pressure on riverside communities from the upper Midwest to the Deep South.

The residents of Grafton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, will see the worst of the floodwaters through Friday as the Mississippi River peaks at more than 11 feet above flood stage, the National Weather Service says.

As rivers across the heartland swelled during the past two weeks, rising water was blamed for four deaths. Flooding threatens rivers in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi and Michigan, according to the National Weather Service.

CNN's Jim Spellman reports live from St. Louis on the area's current flooding conditions.

Filed under: Floods
April 24th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Rep. Thompson: FBI bombing investigation still a 'work in progress'

Congressman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed by the FBI yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings.

Rep. Thompson tells John Berman on Early Start this morning that the agency's investigation into a potential international connection to the alleged bombers is still a "work in progress," although it doesn't look like the Tsarnaev brothers worked with any foreign organization.

The Congressman also says that the individuals criticizing the FBI for not preventing the attacks despite warnings from Russia about Tamerlan Tsarnaev are "wrong," saying that "they've done a thorough investigation [...] under tremendous pressure."

"What we’re going to do as members of Congress from an oversight standpoint is to see whether or not there’s tweaking we can do [...] to tighten the system up," Thompson explains. "But its going to require resources. If this Congress is committed to providing resources, then whatever misstep occurred, I’m certain we can fix it."

April 24th, 2013
06:56 AM ET

Rich get richer as bottom 93% see net worth fall – Christine Romans reports

During the first two years of the economic recovery, the rich got richer, while the lower 93% of Americans saw their mean household net worth fall 4% to $133,000. According to Pew, the wealthiest 7% saw their mean household net worth jump 28%, hitting more than three million dollars in 2011.

Researchers attribute the uneven recovery to the fact that affluent households own more stocks and other financial holdings that have been growing in worth. At the same time, the housing market, which is the biggest investment for many people in the lower 93%, has remained flat.

Christine Romans details the report results and discusses the impact a fake Associated Press tweet had on the market in today's Minding Your Business segment.


Filed under: Apple • Minding Your Business • Money
April 24th, 2013
06:11 AM ET

VIDEO: Man witnesses both Boston bombings and Texas explosion

Texas marathoner Joe Berti was just feet away from one of the bombs that exploded in Boston last week. Two days later, he witnessed the catastrophic fertilizer fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

CNN's Gary Tuchman sits down Berti and his wife to to discuss this unbelievable story.

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