The newborn boy in china that was rescued from a sewer pipe has left the hospital after being nursed back to health. Police also say the child's mother will not be charged with a crime.
– CNN's David McKenzie reports
CNN's Hala Gorani reports officials in east china are now investigating the case of a newborn baby who was apparently flushed down the toilet. The infant survived after being cut out of a sewage pipe. The baby was taken to the hospital still inside the pipe. He was later removed from the pipe at the hospital. The parent's have not come forward.
Hong Kong (CNN) - Shanghai will temporarily close all its live poultry markets after an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in China was found in pigeons on sale in the city.
The closure of the markets will begin Saturday, the Shanghai Municipal Government's press office said on its official microblog account Friday. It didn't say how long they would remain shuttered.
Authorities in Shanghai had already begun slaughtering all the birds at a market in the city where traces were discovered Thursday of the H7N9 avian flu virus, which had not previously been found in humans until a series of cases were reported in China this week.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's David McKenzie reports on China's move to close poultry markets.
CNN's Christine Romans reports on China's move to slow the country's housing market, and a new report showing jobs recovery in U.S. is slow.
Christine Romans is minding your business with the good, the bad and the ugly in U.S. stock futures and world markets. Stocks continue to hang on word from Cyprus. "Lawmakers there have to come up with a plan to raise money by Monday or else the European Central Bank will stop providing Cyprus with emergency cash," Romans reports.
And a mixed bag for who has debt in America. “Fewer Americans have debt,” Christine Romans says. Sixty-nine percent of people are in debt, compared to 74% in 2000. A major reason for this is that “people are laying off their credit cards. But for those who do have debt, they have a lot more of it—$70,000 compared with $52,000 in 2000. People over 65 saw their debt level double, because seniors are less likely to own their house outright and more likely to have unsecured debt, like student loans and medical bills.
Meanwhile, China is now the world’s second movie theater box office, second to the United States, Romans says. “The Motion Picture Association says ten movie screens are being built in China every day.”
Jaime Florcruz shares details on Early Start regarding China’s “Jackie Kennedy” murder trial. Gu Kailai, the wife of a recently deposed top official in the Chinese Communist Party, is accused of poisoning British businessman, Neil Heywood.
Chinese officials report that “economic matters” were at the heart of the matter, and that Gu Kailai poisoned Haywood out of fear that Haywood would harm her son, Bo Guagua.
The trial has been adjourned, and a verdict will come soon. China has a conviction rate of 98%, so most experts expect Gu to be convicted.
Chen Guangcheng arrived in Newark, New Jersey over the weekend with his wife and two children, ending the diplomatic firestorm that erupted after he escaped from house arrest and took to YouTube to complain about abuse he said his family suffered at the hands of authorities.
ChinaAid founder Bob Fu, who was instrumental in getting Chen to the United States, says Chen is dealing with some jet lag but has enjoyed the sunshine and is happy to be in America.
On Early Start this morning, Fu explains how Chen will continue his activism, and explains whether or not he will be in the U.S. permanently.
Forbes.com columnist Gordon Chang on Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's meeting with President Obama and VP Biden.