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dangerous holiday weather stalking the carolinas and barely north threatening to end the holiday on a wet and stormy note for millions. now trouble at one of the nation's busiest airports. donald trump's campaign warning a third party candidate would put hillary clinton in the white house. this comes as the libertarians pick their nominee and a never trump republican suggests a challenge is waiting in the wings. and zoo officials in cincinnati face serious
questions after they face the call to kill a gorilla after a boy climbs in. we will tell you what zoo officials are saying. >> it is hard to watch. this. >> good morning. welcome to a holiday edition of "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, may 30th. memorial day. 4:00 a.m. in the east. all right. tropical storm bonnie slams into the carolinas wrecking the holiday weekend for many with heavy rain and flooding. bonnie is headed north. who's memorial day will bonnie disrupt next? we have meteorologist jennifer gray with more. >> reporter: christine and alison, this is what is left of tropical storm bonnie. stubborn across south carolina. stalling out leaving flooding rains across the areas in the state. sunday, portions of i-95
completely shutdown. as we know, i-95 is a major interstate that people use to get to the coast. with it being memorial day weekend, lines of traffic with people stuck in their cars for hours as they slowly detoured around the flood. conditions are expected to improve. off and on showers are expected to linger through memorial day and as the storm continues to push to the north, conditions will improve across south carolina. alison and christine. >> jennifer, thanks for that. the question is where exactly are the remnants of tropical storm bonnie expected? we have meteorologist derek van dam with more. >> good morning, christine and alison. the moisture that was tropical storm bonnie is becoming more and more difficult to identify on satellite loop. nonetheless, we have sustained winds around the center of
circulation of 30 miles per hour. the main concern is rip currents and the potential for heavy rain showers as the remnants of bonnie continue to move along the coastal regions. parallel with the coastal roejs. some travel delays as you move closer into the heavily trafficked airports like d.c. and jfk. rain totals to exceed 2 to 3 inches. across the central u.s., the potential for severe weather from the dakotas southward to western texas. not a great place to have heavy rain. saturated environment with more precipitation in the forecast. here is memorial day outlook. thunderstorms for new york city and 89 in atlanta. thank you. officials at jfk are warning of delays and huge lines. the operations slowed by
computer crash sunday afternoon. the server crash effects terminal seven and the airlines operating. british airlines and quantas. and to politics. donald trump is off the campaign trail for memorial day. we have the details on the hunt for a running mate. corey lewandowski says the hunt is down to a short, short list. lewandowski is conducting the search and he tells fox news sunday he is vetting a very small list. this as trump gave the speech on sunday honoring p.o.w.s. trump will give a full accounting of money brought in by the fund-raiser earlier this year. cnn's scott mclean has more on
that. >> reporter: trump had a setting where thousands of bikers were there to raise awareness of p.o.w.s and soldiers missing in action. this was not a campaign rally. a lot of people were passing by. many were veterans. trump got a warm reception from the crowd. he slammed hillary clinton. saying if she were elected, p.o.w.s would not come home. >> hoour veterans have been treated so badly in this country. you have a secretary that last week said no, the wait time doesn't matter. forget about wait time. i know people and i have gotten to know so many vets. we just raised $6 million for the vets because i didn't do a television show. i said let's do this. we're announcing on tuesday all
of the goroups. >> reporter: that money was raised when he skipped the fox news debate months ago. since then, he is dogged about where the money went. he is planning a full accounting tomorrow to put that issue to bed. trump is facing questions about comments he made about senator john mccain last year saying he was only a war hero because he was captured in vietnam. bob dole, a trump supporter and decorated world war ii veteran himself, said he would push trump to apologize. we asked corey lewandowski and if trump was planning to apologize and he said not that i'm aware of. >> trump blasting any suggestion of a third party candidate may be imminent. pundit and never trump leader bill chrystal prompting in this
tweet. just a head's up. an independent candidate with a real chance. trump lashing back if dummy bill kristol, say good-bye. the republican party has to be smart and strong. you cannot allow lightweights to set up a spoiler. on the democratic side, bernie sanders says it is on hillary clinton to win over his supporters if he loses the fight for the nomination. sanders telling "meet the press" he is still fighting to win. if not, hillary clinton must make her case to supporters. >> at the end of the day, whether it is hillary clinton or bernie sanders or donald trump or anybody else. the way you gain support is through the candidate himself or herself. my job is to make sure trump doesn't become president.
if secretary clinton is nominee, it is her case to defend how to defend working families and provide health care to all people and take on wall street. deal aggressively with climate change. that is the candidate's job to do. >> sanders also warning clinton against picking a running mate who is too cozy with corporations or wall street. clinton has no scheduled events today. she is back on the trail tomorrow in new jersey. the other state holding its primary next tuesday. the libertarian party has its presidential ticket. it took two ballots in orlando. they settled on gary johnson. they picked bill weld as the vice president nomination. they believe they could play a pivotal role in 2016 with hillary clinton and donald trump fueled as unfavorable.
>> taking him on on the fact he wants to depart 11 million illegal immigrants. taking him on on wanting to build a fence. taking him on when he says mexicans are murderers. it is incendiary to 50% of the population that he is talking about mexicans in this way when the absolute opposite is true. to call him out on what is really racist. houston police don't know why a gunman randomly opened fire on innocent people with a high power rifle on sunday killing a man as he sat in his car. a total of seven victims were shot. the gunman fired on police cruisers and shot at a police helicopter hitting it. two injured officers were treated and released. another armed man, described as a possible suspect, was wounded.
a bloody holiday weekend on the west side of chicago. two dozen shootings. among those dead, a 15-year-old girl shot in a jeep. the police plan to beef up the area with patrols. last memorial day, 12 people were killed. president obama will be joined by defense secretary ash carter at arlington national cemetery to pay tribute to america's fallen soldiers. he will be laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. a tragedy at the cincinnati zoo. a boy climbs into the gorilla enclosure and that decision costs the gorilla its life. how are officials explaining gunning down one of the most prized animals. that's next. rough night?
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heartbreak and anger over the decision to kill a gorilla at the cincinnati zoo to save a 4-year-old boy. at first, harambe, a 17-year-old lowland gorilla seemed to protect the boy who fell in the habitat. this situation took a terrifying turn. zoo officials felt they had to choice but to bring in the dangerous animal response team. we have more from jessica snyder. >> reporter: officials here are wondering how this could have happened. zoo officials say a 4-year-old boy went under a rail and through protective wiring and over a moat wall dropping 15 feet in the water below. zoo officials say the situation was urgent and they had to act quickly. they took the gorilla's life killing him, they say to save that little boy. they say they had no option. any use of tranquilziers would
take too long. the boy was in the moat ten minutes. at times the gorilla stared at the boy. the zoo director thane maynard released this statement. we are heart broken about losing harambe, but a child's life was in danger and a quick decision was made by the dangerous animal response team. harambe was 17 years old and 450 pounds. the response team tried getting the gorillas out of the exhibit. when only the female gorillas responded, they had to take the action. the boy was taken to the hospital and with non-life threatening injuries. he is home now. the mix of emotion at the zoo. people are angry how this could happen. a growing memorial at the zoo
with flowers around a statue around the gorilla around the exhibit. we saw some people out here today saying justice for harambe. they had signs. again, zoo officials saying killing that gorilla was the only option. christine and alison. >> wow. they have to investigate how the child got over the barrier and into the moat. also, the fact they could not use the tranquillizer. it might anger it. you don't know what the gorilla would do. >> if you listen, the one concern, of many, the adults calling out to the child. that could have made the gorilla nervous and got him agitated. as time went on, you are seeing zoo officials thinking time is of the essence. >> ten minutes in that moat. >> difficult to watch that video. 17 minutes past the hour. the number of migrants fleeing to europe is climbing as is the
breaking overnight. iraqi military launching the operation to storm the stronghold of fallujah. iraqi forces with the help of the shi'ite militia have taken several villages from isis north and west of fallujah. hundreds in fallujah, mostly women and children, are fleeing. security forces evacuating 760 people. tens of thousands of people are
still caught in the middle of intensified bombings. a deadly week for desperate migrants trying to cross the mediterranean to reach europe. a series of shipwrecks leaving dozens dead with hundreds more miss organize feing or feared d. fleeing somalia or sudan. we have cnn's ben wedeman tracking the latest from rome. help me understand this. i understand this time of year, the waters are supposed to be calm. what is happening here that hundreds are dying? >> reporter: we know that there are hundreds of thousands of people, refugees and migrants, from sub africa waiting in libya to cross. with the onset of summer, the seas are calmer. the human traffickers who run this deadly business start to put people at sea. they are putting them at sea on
boats that are barely sea worthy. one of the worst incidents that took place last thursday, alison, was when at least 650 refugees and migrants were crammed on a boat that takes at least a few dozen at best. that boat was pushed out to sea. it did not have a motor. it was towed by another vessel equally crammed with people. out into international waters when it started to take on water and sink. the other ship simply cut it looks and it went down. hundreds of people missing in that incident. some rescued. the italian navy and coast guard saying in the space of the past week, 14,000 people were picked up at sea. of course, because the seas are calmer, we expect more and more people to try to make the perilous crossing from libya.
>> a desperate situation. the world health organization dismissing calls to move or cancel the olympics in brazil amid the zika virus. doing so will not alter the spread of the virus since it is already will in 60 countries. that assessment brushing the concerns of scientists. they fear holding the games in brazil may lead to more outbreaks. and alexander rossi is the winner of the 100th indianapolis 500. rossi decided to pass up a late pit stop. he ran out of fuel as he crossed the finish line. his engine was sputtering in the final lap. his car had to be towed to the victory party. 26 minutes past the hour.
stormy holiday weather. drenching the carolinas. now heading up the east coast. millions could see flooding and dangers at the beach to end the long weekend. now trouble at one of the nation's busiest airports. team trump is warning of ongoing talk of a third party candidate can hurt their campaign. could he play spoiler? serious questions for zoo officials in cincinnati. an endangered gorilla is shot and killed to save a boy who climbed into their enclosure. we will tell you why zoo officials say that force was
necessary. hard to watch. welcome back to the holiday edition of "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. happy memorial day. it's 30 minutes past the hour. tropical storm bonnie slammed into the carolinas wrecking the holiday weekend for many with heavy rain and widespread flooding along coastal south carolina and now bonnie is heading north. our team coverage begins with cnn's jennifer gray in south carolina. >> reporter: christine and alison, what is now left of what was tropical storm bonnie being stubborn across south carolina. stalling out leaving flooding rains across the areas in the state. sunday, portions of i-95 completely shutdown. as we know, i-95 is the major interstate that a lot of people use to get to the coast. with it memorial day, lines of traffic with people stuck in
cars for hours as they slowly exited the interstate and had to detour around the flood. so, conditions are expected to improve over the next couple days. however, on and off showers could linger across south carolina as we go through memorial day and as the storm continues to push to the north, continues improve across south carolina. alison and christine. >> thank you. now we're talking about remnants of the tropical storm bonnie. where is that expected to head next? meteorologist derek van dam has that next. >> christine and alison, the timing with the storm system could not be worse coinciding with the memorial day holiday weekend. the good news is the storm is in a weaker state. a tropical depression at state. it will move parallel along the eastern coastline in the next two to three days. a low pressure system and sustained winds around the center of circulation at 30 miles an hour. the concern is a holiday weekend
and the potential for rip currents. high surf advisory. you do need to take note and extra precautions as you venture into the water. potential for downpours as this pulls into the atlantic ocean. we could experience 2 to 3 inches of rainfall. that could cause delays for the heavily trafficked airports near the new england coast. elsewhere, the potential for severe weather across the dakotas and western texas. a bull's-eye for heavy rainfall in the region. a saturated environment leads to more flooding potential this week. the memorial day forecast, d.c. and boston look wet with temperatures in the 70s. >> thank you, derek. delays at jfk are warning of delays and huge lines with the operations slowed by a computer crash.
that server crash effects terminal 7 at british and quantas. some 1,500 customers waiting to check in. and new this morning, apparent shark attacks on both coasts into seaside holiday celebrations. in neptune beach, florida, a 13-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a shark. this bystander witnessed the boy's rescue. >> he was screaming. he said it hurts. it hurts. we could see the trail of blood leading over here. when we came in, there was blood all over the sand and there was a boy sitting down and when he got closer, we saw he had gotten bitten by a shark. >> scary. the teen was taken to the hospital with injuries deemed serious, but not life threatening. meantime in southern california, a woman swimming in a wet suit off carona del mar.
officials could not confirm it was a shark that bit her, but she was alert and talking as she was taken to the hospital. donald trump is off the campaign trail for memorial day. we have details. corey lewandowski says the vice presidential search is now down to a very short short list. lewandowski told fox news sunday his team is vetting the few who remained in what he called a small list. trump gave a speech on sunday. trump promising he will give a full accounting of money brought in by the fund-raiser earlier this year. cnn's scott mclean has more on that. >> reporter: alison, christine, trump delivered a typical campaign speech in a pretty atypical setting. thousands of bikers there to pay respect to and raise awareness to p.o.w.s and soldiers missing
in action. this was not a campaign rally, but many of them were veterans. trump got a warm reception from the crowd. he slammed hillary clinton saying if she were elected, p.o.w.s would not be coming home. he hit trade, second amendment, rebuilding the military and veterans. >> our veterans have been treated so badly in this country. you have a secretary that last week said no, the wait time doesn't matter. forget about wait time. i know people and i have gotten to know so many vets. we just raised almost $6 million for the vets because i didn't do a television show. i said, let's do this. we're announcing on tuesday all of the groups that we put up this money. we raised this tremendous amount of money because we love the vets. >> reporter: the money he mentioned was raised when he skipped the fox news debate a few months ago. since then, he has been dogged by questions of where the money went. he is planning a full accounting
of the funds raised tomorrow to put that issue to bed. trump is facing new questions about comments he made about senator john mccain last year. saying he was only a war hero because he was captured in vietnam. this weekend on cnn, bob dole, a decorated world war ii veteran, said he would push trump to apologize for the comments. we asked corey lewandowski whether trump planned to apologize. his response was not that i'm aware of. alison, christine. >> thanks, scott mclean for that. donald trump blasting any suggestion that a third party candidate may be imminent. bill kristol seemed to predict or promised as much in the tweet here. just a head's up, there will be an independent candidate with a strong team and real chance. trump lashing back in a series of tweets saying if dummy bill
kristol gets a spoiler to run as an independent, say good-bye to the supreme court. and the republican party has to be smart and strong if it wants to win in november. can't allow lightweights to set up a spoiler. on the democratic side, bernie sanders says it is on hillary clinton to win over his supporters if he loses his fight for the nomination. sanders telling meet the press he is still fighting to win. if he does not, clinton must make her own case to his supporters. >> at the end of the day, whether it is secretary clinton or bernie sanders or donald trump or anybody else, the way you gain support is through the candidate himself or herself. so my job is to make sure that trump does not become president. i will do that. if secretary clinton is the nominee, it is her job to reach out to millions of people and make the case as to why she will defend working families and middle class. provide health care for all people. take on wall street. deal aggressively with climate
change. that is the candidate's job to do. >> sanders warning clinton against picking a running mate who is too cozy with corporations or wall street. clinton has no events scheduled today. she is back on the trail tomorrow with events and fund-raisers in new jersey. the other state holding its primary next tuesday. california is next tuesday as well. the libertarian party has its presidential ticket. it took two ballots at the convention in orlando. delegates finally settled on former new mexico garcetovernor johnson. libertarian activists believe their ticket could play a pivotal role in 2016 with clinton and trump viewed unfavorably. >> taking him on on the fact he wants to depart 11 million illegal immigrants. taking him on on wanting to
build a fence. taking him on on saying mexicans are rapists and murderers. it is incendiary that he is talking about hispanics and mexicans in this way when the absolute opposite is true. >> call him out on what is really racist. it is just racist. >> all right. in houston, police still don't know why a gunman randomly opened fire on innocent bystanders with a high power rifle. the gunman fired on police cruisers and shot at a police helicopter. two injured officers were treated and released. another armed man described as a possible suspect was founded by officers. president obama will be joined by ash carter at arlington national cemetery to lay a wreath at the tomb of the
welcome back. heartbreak and anger over the decision to shoot and kill a gorilla at the cincinnati zoo in order to save a 4-year-old boy. at first, harambe, a 17-year-old lowland gorilla, appeared to be trying to protect the boy who somehow fell into the moat into the habitat. incredible video here. the situation took a terrifying turn and zoo officials felt they had no choice but to bring in the dangerous animal response team. we have more from jessica schneider. >> reporter: alison and
christine, officials here at the zoo are wondering how this could have happened. zoo officials say a 4-year-old boy went under a rail and through protective wiring and dropped 15 feet below in a moat. zoo officials had to act quickly to save that little boy. they had no option. they said any use of tranquillizers would take too long. the dangerous animal response team took after and killed the gorilla. the zoo director thane maynard released a statement. we are heart broken about losing harambe, by a child's life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by the dangerous animal response team. harambe was 17 years old.
450 pounds. that response team moved in after they tried other options. they did try getting the gorillas out of the exhibit. when only the female gorillas responded, they had to take the action against harambe. the boy was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. he is actually home from the hospital now. here at the zoo, a mix of emotions. people are sad, angry and confused how this could happen. a growing memorial in the zoo itself with flowers around a statue outside the exhibit. we saw people out here today saying justice for harambe. they had signs. again, zoo officials saying killing that gorilla was the only option. christine and alison. >> thank you. ten minutes in the enclosure. >> an eternity. 47 minutes past the hour. a spike in the number of migrants dying as they try to find a better life.
breaking overnight. iraqi military launching an operation to storm the isis stronghold of fallujah. a military spokesperson said iraqi forces with the help of shi'ite militia have retain several villages north of fallujah from isis. hundreds of people in fallujah, mostly women and children, fleeing. security forces evacuating about 760 people. the u.n. agency says tens of thousands are still caught in the middle of the intensified bombings. a deadly week for migrants trying to cross the mediterranean to reach europe. series of shipwrecks leaving dozens dead with hundreds more missing and feared dead.
in three days, 700 is the death toll. cnn's correspondent ben wedeman tracking the latest live from rome. do we know why the dramatic increase in fatalities here? >> reporter: christine, it is all due to the weather. the seas are calm. as we get closer to the summer, the seas are calmer. prior to that, we had several weeks of rough seas. we know from officials in libya and in italy, there are hundreds of thousands waiting to make the dangerous crossing. when the weather clears up, the traffickers bus them to the shore and on boats that are barely sea worthy.
vessels 60 or 70 feet long designed to take a dozen or so people crammed to the gills. one boat went down with 670 people on board. a small ship went out to sea without a motor. it was towed by another crammed with people. the intention of the traffickers is not to deliver people safely. they send them out far enough into the mediterranean so a distress signal can be sent and italian navy and coast guard can pick them up. a cynical game with a high human toll. christine. >> cynical game indeed. ben wedeman in rome this morning. thank you. more uncertainty clouds the peace process in syria. the main opposition group is quitting because talks have failed to end the cease-fire.
last month's peace talks broke down after two weeks. a new round of talks is planned, but no date set. the world health organization dismissing calls to move the rio games. moving the games will not alter the zika virus since the virus is present in 60 countries. that assessment is brushing aside the concerns of the doctors. they fear holding the games in brazil may lead to new outbreaks in africa and south asia. alexander rossi. a 66 to 1 long shot is the winner of the 100th indianapolis 500. he is not sure how he pulled it off. rossi took a gamble and decided to pass up a late pit stop. he ran out of fuel just as he crossed the finish line. his engine sputtering in the final lap.
his car had to be towed to the victory party. congratulations to him. >> he made it. it all comes down to the win or go home game seven with the warriors and thunder. golden state trying to make a comeback after being down 3-1. the warriors coming away with a big win in game six in oklahoma city. klay thompson setting a record 11 three-pointers. the winner faces lebron james and the cavaliers in the nba finals. on this memorial day, some veterans trying to use combat experience to make a difference. a multipurpose system packed into a shipping container to be dropped in a conflict area to provide food, hour and clean water. cristina alesci reports. >> war is the most horrendous machine of mankind.
>> reporter: mike haynes is a combat vet. he served in iraq and afghanistan. since he has come back to the u.s., he has taken on a new mission. >> i wasn't thinking about farming. i was really questioning what was going on with warfare. we have a predominant mentality we will drop bombs and it will solve a problem. instead of dropping bombs, how about let's drop food. give people the tools they need to rebuild their community. >> reporter: one solution he says is a outpost. a hydroponic out post wired with internet access and filters 2,000 gallons of water a day. an industrial size swiss army knife. >> where did this idea come from? >> this is an idea broughtveter.
they have the integrated equipment of function. we don't just need a farm. we need all of those things working in an ecosystem to build capital and people. >> reporter: and helical says you can drop this anywhere. >> who came up with the idea of a shipping container? >> in the marine corps, we pack them and unpack them day in and day out. the shipping container was the ideal shell for this thing to work. you can push these out of airplanes and parachute them anywhere in the world. >> the international application is areas that are in crisis, but have yet to go to conflict. so think turkey. think nigeria. think kenya. any place that has limited penetration of basic resources. >> reporter: the only obstacle to shipping outposts everywhere?
funding. >> the financing challenge. we are making progress. this makes money. you are financing a farm that has a cash stream on the back end. >> reporter: right now, one outpost has been sold. will farm 65 miles outside of washington, d.c. its mission to train soldiers for agriculture jobs. >> this row of nursery is the spring and asian mix. >> reporter: this is one of a dozen trained on the technology. for helical, that is just the start. >> combat veterans are coming from a scenario of death, pain, destruction. to get back into working with plants. you shift to becoming a creator and nurturer. it is healing. a positive win-win all the way around. >> interesting story. "early start" continues right now.
>> dangerous holiday weather socking the carolinas and barrelling north now threatening to end the holiday on a wet and stormy note for millions. now trouble at one of the nation's busiest airports. donald trump's campaign is warning about the third party run. a never trump republican suggests a new challenge is waiting in the wings. zoo officials in cincinnati facing serious questions after they made the call to kill a gorilla to save a boy who climbed in. was the use of force necessary? what zoo officials are saying. welcome to a holiday edition of "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. it is monday, may 30th, memorial day. tropical storm bonnie slams into the carolinas wrecking the