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good morning to you. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm kate bolduan in for ashleigh banfield. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. mourning the loss of the world's oldest teenager as he's described. >> ladies and gentlemen, would you greet the jackson five. >> tributes to the late dick clark from the fans and the stars he helped create. >> we're also going to celebrate his life today. and the first secret service agents being forced out over a prostitution scandal in colombia. now one of the escorts is talking about a fight over her cash money. that's what she called it. the reason this whole story left the hotel. >> and rocker ted nugent has a date with the secret service to explain inflammatory comments he made about the president. and airport naked guy is now speaking. why he says that he doesn't regret taking off all his clothes at a security checkpoint.
>> more on that one to come. new details on what happened in the secret service prostitution scandal in colombia. three of the 11 implicated agents are now out. one of them, a supervisor is being allowed to retire. another is being forced to leave the agency. and cnn has learned he plans to fight his dismissal. a third agent has resigned now. eight others remain on administrative leave with their security clearance revoked. they are accused of bringing prostitutes to their hotel in colombia last week, two days before president obama's arrival. we are now hearing for the first time details on what led the prostitute to wind up exposing the incident. she spoke to "the new york times" reporter william newman who was on "ac 360" last night. >> one of them was essentially hitting on her and said he wanted to be with her. and she says that she told him, well, that's great, but you have to give me a gift. and he said, well, how much is
the gift? and she says she told him $800. and then a lot of drinking happened, and at some point she and him went back to their hotel. the next morning, this woman asked for her payment and the guy says -- he became angry and said i was drunk and you can't expect me to pay that. and she insists and he calls her names and gets angry and throws her out of the room. >> bre anna keilar is live in washington. so many new developments. there's been a lot of talk of drug testing. did they actually find drugs in the rooms? >> so far there's no evidence zoraida that there were drugs in the room. there have been reports the secret service is aware they've investigated in fact, in colombia, investigators have talked to maids who serviced the room and the maids told them they didn't find any evidence of it. we know that mark sullivan, the head of the secret service, considers drug testing to be very much in his arsenal of resources here. and that some of the secret
service agents have objected to the idea that there's reasonable cause for there to be drug tests. we also know that each of these men were given the opportunity for a polygraph test. the idea being that some have said they didn't know that these women were prostitutes. but we've also heard from critics who say that doesn't matter. it was still a security risk to bring them to the hotel. >> and you mentioned sullivan. there are calls for him to be ousted saying that it's three strikes. he should be out. tell us about that. >> right now it's still really just one person. this is randy forbes. he's a virginia republican. when you look at more prominent republicans like peter king, the chairman of the house homeland security committee and darrell issa, they're still standing by mark sullivan. it's possible you know, as this goes on as we talk about what this investigation yields. if it turns out this was not an anomaly and was much more widespread there could be more of a chorus. right now it's very limited.
>> so those three that were ousted or one of them actually chose retirement, will they actually be charged with anything or are they kind of off the hook now? >> it's unclear at this moment. what we'll be seeing moving forward here, according to sources is a review board. they will be looking into this to see if this is an isolated event or if it is systematic. and we will be finding out details on also not just these three secret service members but also the other eight who have been placed on leave at this point. >> so much nor talk about. brianna keilar in washington, thanks. in and the tributes have been pouring in since word came yesterday that dick clark has died. he was a broadcasting and cultural icon who spanned the generations. clark's "american bandstand" broke new ground in the 1950s and '60s bringing african-american artists to the country at large. for more than 30 years he hosted america's countdown, new year's rockin' eve. he suffered a massive heart attack yesterday. he was 82 years old.
friends and colleagues are sharing their memories with cnn. >> he was a pioneer, and, you know in the early days of television with "american bandstand," he revolutionized music on television. as we pointed out earlier, talking even before we went on. he had blacks and whites dance together. unheard of. a lot of young people watching would say, what? that's crazy? that was crazy then to put that on. >> i think that's the thing that dick clark gave the world was that he enabled them to understand that they can love all the music no matter where it comes from. >> when these people leave us, they leave a hole that doesn't get filled. he's just -- he's going to be remembered a long, long, long time. this business owes him a debt. >> and they were remembering the man they called america's oldest teenager with a candlelight vigil last night at the dick clark american bandstand theater in branson, missouri. showbiz tonight's initinischell
turner is live. thanks for waking up so early. tell me more. the tributes have really been pouring in. it was really amazing to see yesterday. tell me more about what people are saying. >> well, absolutely, kate. it is. by the way you can see that the flowers are adorning his star here on the walk of fame here in hollywood this morning. you guys talked about the tributes. and so many were pouring in from celebrities, dick clark's pie . peers. they took to social media. how much he meant to them and the entertainment industry. the man that many people consider his heir apparent, ryan seacrest, also paid tribute to dick clark last night. ryan took over for dick for new year's rockin' eve. and he also was kind of the next great entertainment mogul. that's what most people think. well, he opened his show "american idol" last night and paid tribute to the man he called a dear friend. listen to this. >> we can't begin tonight's show
without acknowledging the passing of a television pioneer. and my dear friend, dick clark. without dick, a show like this would not exist. he will be missed greatly. our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family. >> now, and he did get on with the show last night right after he gave -- paid tribute to his friend dick clark. one of the things, one of the tributes we kept hearing yesterday from so many artists and we heard it from larry king was that dick clark paved the way for so many african-americans to be seen on mainstream television. also paved the pay for blacks and whites to be together on television. and that's something we heard so much yesterday. something that a lot of people say he will be remembered for even more than a lot of the television shows he produced.
back to you guys. >> absolutely something worth highlighting and emphasizing in addition to his work. so much to -- so much of an impact this man has had that has spanned generations. really quick, any plans for a memorial service? obviously, it's still very early on, though. >> yeah, it is. we heard from a family spokesperson yesterday. and they said they don't plan to have a funeral for dick clark but as far as a public memorial, they really hadn't made that decision yet. like you said, it's pretty early. this all happened very quickly. they are still trying to decide on that front. >> nischelle turner in hollywood, thanks so much. and before you leave your house this morning, make sure you set your dvr for "starting point" at 8:00 a.m. soledad talks with larry klein. take a look at this heart-stopping surveillance video of a toyota camry barreling right through the front doors of a packed publix
supermarket. first you may find this video disturbing to watch. here it is. four people were sitting on a bench just inside the exit door saturday morning when 76-year-old thelma came crashing through. the first thing she hit, a baby stroller. the infant was thrown about 50 feet in the air. incredibly suffered only minor injuries. ten people were injured there. one of them is now in critical condition. wow. that's tough to watch. an 83-year-old man who wound up pinned beneath the car, look at the highlighted portion of the video. you can see quick thinking customers lifting the car off of him. >> it was probably about 10 or 12 guys that actually had the -- you know, had the smarts to go over and they lifted up the car. i mean, a crane couldn't have lifted it up any quicker. >> the woman behind the wheel of that car has been charged with reckless driving. earlier this month, five people were hurt when a small plane crashed into a publix
supermarket in deland about 40 miles north of orlando. >> that was amazing video, too. scary. >> the baby is okay. you see it go straight into the stroller. >> when you see that you never imagine everyone could be okay. so glad they are. the infamous janet jackson wardrobe malfunction could be headed before the supreme court. we will tell you why the obama administration is asking justices to weigh in on that. and a man who stripped nude at portland international airport is now speaking out. why he says getting naked felt like the right thing to do. you're watching "early start." ♪ ♪ ♪ and i never thought i'd feel this way ♪ ♪ the way i feel about you [ male announcer ] it's time to clean out your garage for a car that's worthy of being the 2012 motor trend car of the year. the volkswagen passat.
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private first class kelly bordeaux was last seen at a fayetteville bar early saturday morning. investigators not saying what details -- what part of the investigation has led them to that pond. florida circuit judge kenneth lester jr. will preside over george zimmerman's bail hearing tomorrow. lester was assigned to the trayvon martin shooting case after the original judge recused herself because of a possible conflict of interest. zimmerman is being hold on a second-degree murder charge. this morning, florida's governor will announce a task force to examine the stand your ground law that is now at the heart of zimmerman's defense. now fallout from photos published in the "los angeles times." photos which appear to show u.s. soldiers dangling the remains of suicide bombers in front of the camera. cnn has not independently authenticated these photos. defense secretary leon panetta saying this violates u.s. values and an investigation is already under way. aides to president obama say
the president was not taking a shot at mitt romney and mitt romney's riches yesterday when he was talking to supporters at a community college in ohio. here's the remark that's getting all the headlines this morning. >> somebody gave me an education. i wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. michelle wasn't. but somebody gave us a chance. >> an aide to the president says mr. obama has used the silver spoon reference frequently in the past. was just trying to make a point that everyone needs opportunity to succeed. the secret service will interview rocker ted nugent today after nugent went on that anti-president obama rant at an nra event saying he'd be dead or in jail if president obama gets re-elected. nugent says he's looking ford this meeting. the obama administration is asking the supreme court to weigh in on fcc fines in the infamous wardrobe malfunction of the 2004 super bowl. a federal appeals court said last year the $550,000 fine
against cbs was improper. the supreme court will decide whether to take a look at this case later this year. for an expanded look at all these top stories, head to cnn.com/earlystart. 2004. it feels like yesterday, doesn't it? >> absolutely. and the supreme court still arguing about it. >> they are actually hearing a separate but related case right now having to do with the fcc enforcement policies regarding this violate free speech. so it's not just -- it's a two for having to do with this wardrobe malfunction and others. >> a lot of press. >> sorry. very interested in it. other stories we're following. the thoenchs third winning ticket in last month's $656 million mega millions jackpot have finally come forward. merle and pat butler of red bud, illinois, took home $158 million after taxes. they are both retired computer analysts. merle was watching the 10:00 p.m. news on march 30th and
quickly realized something life-altering was happening. >> the first thing i spotted was i had the mega ball number. good. i'm going to win something anyway. and then i started on the other numbers. and it was 2, 4 and the further i went, the more they matched. i turned to my wife who was right there with me and i says, we won. and she kind of looked at me funny. and i says, no, we won. and then she started giggling. and she giggled for about four hours, i think. >> merle says he took the winning ticket to the bank the next morning and locked it up in a safe deposit box. they spent the last few weeks meet with some financial advisers before deciding to go public. she was giggling. i would have blacked out. i would have fainted for sure. >> i wonder if they've played before or if this was one of those one-time things and you go out because of the fever of it.
>> that's a good question. >> i'm happy for them. fabulous couple. 18 minutes past the hour. let's get a check of this morning's weather with rob marciano. >> i don't think the fdic will ensure $200 million in that safe deposit box, but, anyway -- >> that was really smart, though. i thought that was really smart. >> i'd be very nervous. $6 i'll never get back. that's for sure. hope you are having a good start to your day. a little rainfall across parts of the northeast. not as much as we were hoping. we could certainly use the rain. first i'll start with any dime you see a brown or some red back through here, that is drought. and we could use some rain across parts of the east coast for sure. a little bit last night. now it's heading offshore. delmarva seeing a little bit of light rainfall. rain across georgia. especially along the coastline. hilton head to charleston. seeing some leftover showers this morning. a threat for seeing severe weather across parts of the midwest. these aren't severe yet but you can see a quick downpour.
later on today, the threat for severe weather exists right across the plains in tornado alley. the setup not quite great for tornadoes. more likely seeing some large hail. possibly some damaging winds, especially in the afternoon and evening stretching from just north of dallas through parts of kansas city. as far as daytime highs, 74 in kansas city. and 70 in new york city. after your morning rain. not a bad day at all. guys, back to you. >> not a bad day at all. we'll took you soon. it is 19 minutes after the hour. and we're getting an early read on your local news that's making national headlines. we have papers from nebraska, illinois, louisiana, just to name a few for you this morning. the omaha world-herald, a new plan has been submit forward the keystone xcel pipeline project. new route would avoid nebraska's environmentally sensitive sand hills region and more of the aquifer. it's a major source of drinking water for much of the state and it's important to nebraska's agriculture economy. that's not even getting to the
politics of all this back in washington. many nebraskans had feared that under the old route, a pipeline burst could contaminate the aquifer. president obama had denied a full permit for the project saying it needed to be investigated more. but he did approve a portion of the old route. we're already getting reaction. >> this will go on for a while. we're going to move to my hometown of chicago. a dramatic rescue caught on camera. two men were grasping on to the side of their boat tafr capsized. police tried to throw them a line but they were too tired to grab it. they were suffering from hypothermia. divers had to pull them to safety. for one of the men, the situation is a little too familiar. this has happened before. less than a year ago, he was rescued by his wife when a storm flipped over that exact same boat. she had the presence of mind to go out looking for him on another boat, and she actually saved his life.
last year. >> time to hang it up. a new hobby perhaps. that's pretty amazing. >> that poor guy. goodness gracious. >> poor guy. poor woman, right? >> agree. save your husband and then worry about him and -- anyway. >> agreed. other headlines. the times picayune. bp has reached a class action settlement in the gulf oil spill. total payout estimated to be $7.8 billion. but final tally could be a bit higher. it will cover the -- it will cover economic property and medical damage claims that, of course have been coming. a federal judge must give preliminary approval of the settlement, and there will be an appeals process for those who disagree with their claims determination. claims are still pending against transocean and halliburton. another one. we were talking about supreme court case back in 2004. this is 2010. it's still going. >> and that lasts for a while. 21 minutes past the hour. ahead on "early start," relief at the pump. gas prices are down, but how low
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25 minutes past the hour. minding your business. markets closed lower across the board yesterday. the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 nall the red. concerns about europe's economy. particularly spain's now pushing stocks lower. something else going down, gas prices for a change. let's bring in christine romans. this has been the question, i think, to you for weeks and weeks. you think gas prices oar. >> have they peaked? this is the big conversation in gas now. after running up all spring, is the gas market, gas prices, are they peaking? and there are more and more people saying yes they are. maybe they could go a little higher here. but the big run-up in gas has already happened for the year. probably doesn't make you feel better. i just paid $58 to fill up my
minivan. >> $58 is nothing. >> it's like, is the recession over? >> doesn't feel like it. >> gas prices are still much higher than last year. but the question is, have gas prices peaked? and i'm going to tell you a couple of things to be concerned about because that's my job. the first thing to be concerned about is iran. the president is talking about putting limits on speculators in the oil market, but really the thing that's most important here is managing the tensions with iran because that's what's behind much of the big run-up in sentiment so far this year. also refinery concerns in the northeast. as i talk about the potential for gas prices peaking, i don't think i'm talking about the northeast, folks. if you are up this morning. so early here in the northeast. here's why. because there are refinery concerns. some of these refineries in the northeast are losing money every single day, even at these record high prices because of the kind of oil they are trying to refine. this dirty oil that we're squeezing out of the rock. they're not necessarily the nice sweet light crude that's easier to refine. so that's one of the big concerns here is about
refineries and potential refinery closures and shutdowns in the northeast. the northeast could still see higher prices. summer gas prices could still climb another 20 cents, 24 cents. but the big move has already been done. >> one last question for you. how much are we spending as a family on gas? >> $3,400 a year. >> really? >> we're expected to spend this year for our gas. think about that in your budget. if anybody is not putting a budget together, you should be. $3,400. that's up about $250 from last year if you look at average prices. that's real money out of people's pockets. that's why so many of you care if we're peaking or have peaked. >> break out the bicycles for the summer. >> get your subway pass. >> thank you, christine. 27 minutes past the hour. the man who stripped naked at portland international airport is now speaking out. and he says for that moment right there, he has no regrets.
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30 minutes after the hour, everyone. welcome back to "early start." i'm kate balduan in for ashleigh banfield. >> i'm zoerata sambolin. the first secret service agents being forced out over a prostitution scandal in colombia. now one of them is talking telling the "new york times" there was a heated fight over how much money she was owed.
>> and he launched the careers of countless stars and millions of kisses on new year's eve. remembering the late dick clark after his death yesterday at 82 years old. live at his star on the walk of fame. >> the secret service will interview rocker ted nugent today after he went on that anti-president obama rant at the nra event saying he'd be dead or in jail if president obama gets re-elected. and a lawsuit targeting "the bachelor." no, this isn't divorce court. this is two guys claiming the show lacks diversity. it's too white. we're talking to one man who is fighting to be the first african-american bachelor. he wasn't a musician but dick clark was a true music pioneer. he brought motown to the world, helping to break down racial barriers in that process. for decades he was everyone's date on new year's eve. after dick clark's death yesterday at the age of 82, those who knew him are celebrating his life. >> what i think was most amazing
about dick clark was that he was a human being. you know, he was one of the top people that you wanted to get your music to and you knew if he put you on his show, you were a success. and, yes, he produced a lot of things. but he produced it because he loved it. you could tell what he was doing was because it was in his heart and soul. >> "showbiz tonight's" nischelle turner is in hollywood right by his star on the hollywood of walk of fame. i knew he played people's music, right. but i had no idea he had launched so many careers. >> so many careers, zoraida. absolutely. i remember growing up and i loved janet jackson. and i remember seeing her on "american bandstand" and being like, wow, she's finally there. you know it was so neat. and he did launch so many careers. and so many, you know, of us grew up like i was just talking about, watching "american bandstand" and feeling like dick clark was just hanging out with us in our living rooms on
saturday afternoon. and the people that knew him say he was the same on and off camera. a very mild-mannered man with a very good heart. they also describe him as a shrewd businessman who always started his meetings on time and ended them the same way, on time. and that combination is definitely how his peers are remembering him today. >> i did do "american bandstand" in the later years, and he was very gracious. had me on. yeah, i did an interview with him once in the '70s. he was an institution. he had a great tv show. that, i think, was what was the main thing "american bandstand" which, you know, you were nobody if you didn't do that show. so it furthered a lot of people's careers, obviously. >> he was the producer of a show that i did on film noir not too long ago when i was in los
angeles. and he was such a charming man and such -- he was so decent and so articulate and so in love with music. and just a genuinely good man. and we will all, of course, miss him. >> his contemporaries continue to pay tribute to him. the family is saying that they decided not to have a funeral. but they do know that he was loved by so many so they are still trying to decide whether or not to hold a public memorial. >> nischelle turner, we appreciate you getting up so super early this morning. thank you. >> absolutely. and it looks like the secret service wants to have a talk with ted nugent. nugent is under fire for telling an nra crowd, i'll be dead nor jail if president obama wins re-election. >> alina cho back with these new developments this morning. >> you had to know this was going to happen. good morning again. good morning, everybody. the secret service does, in fact, plan to talk to ted nugent
today. the rock star and gun rights advocate no, stranger to controversy. always outspoken. in case you missed it, it was this comment about president obama at the national rifle association's annual convention in st. louis over the weekend that is now launched an investigation. >> and if you want more of those kinds of evil anti-american people in the supreme court, then don't get involved and let obama take office again. because i tell you this right now. if barack obama becomes the president in november, again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> the secret service and nugent will meet in oklahoma. that's where nugent is performing a concert. he says they'll meet backstage. and he's taking it all in stride talking about it on glenn beck's radio show on wednesday. listen. >> is it true? have you heard from the secret service? are they -- >> well, first of all, i hear from the secret service all the time.
they want to buy ted nugent ammo. so this isn't out of the ordinary. >> that's a plug, isn't it? that's a plug on this show. >> who doesn't want ted nugent ammo? it's out in july. at any rate. yeah, we actually have heard from the secret service. and they have a duty. i salute them. i support them and i'm looking forward to our meeting tomorrow. i'm sure it will be a fine gathering. >> i don't know if he's looking forward to the meeting. nonetheless, they will meet. >> what is supposed to happen? >> wouldn't you want to know? wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall for that one. here's what we can tell you according to the secret service. nugent will be allowed to have a lawyer present if he so chooses. not sure if that will happen. and agents will question him about those controversial comments about president obama. what they want to find out specifically is what nugent's intent was when he made them. nugent insists he wasn't threatening anyone. >> i have never threatened anybody's life in my life.
i don't threaten. i don't waste breath threatening. i just conduct myself as a dedicated "we the people" activist because i saluted too many flag-draped coffins to not appreciate where the freedom comes from. >> all right. don't expect to hear any details from the agency about the meeting. their policy is not to disclose details. hence the name secret service. >> exactly. that's an amazing thing. at least we're getting clarification. he says there, for the first time, is that -- who is he threatening? is he threatening anyone. he says he's not threatening anyone. >> he says he's not. the romney camp is trying to distance itself saying that divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle you're on. the president's spokesman says the president is not really focused on this. he's focused on the issues. >> we'll wait to see if we get any details about that conversation. 39 minutes past the hour.
the airport stripper is now speaking out. 50-year-old john brennan was arrested tuesday when he stripped naked at portland international airport. brennan says -- take a look at that, folks. brennan says tsa screeners first pulled him aside after security detector picked up traces of explosives. he says he felt harassed by the agents so he acted out. >> i was not interested in being hassled so i took off my clothes to show that i was not carrying any explosives. i didn't do it to just get arrested. i did it so that i can state my unhappiness with the waste of money that tsa is. >> by taking your clothes off. >> that's a lot of skin for the morning. brennan will reveal even more about his naked protest against the tsa when he joins soledad o'brien on "starting point" later this morning. that's in the 8:00 a.m. eastern hour. set your tivo for that. and still ahead, the bachelor hit with a lawsuit
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a class action lawsuit has been filed against the producers of "the bachelor" and "the bachelorette." they have gone a combined 23 seasons without casting a single minority in its leading role. the lawsuit was filed by nathaniel clayburkes who had previously applied to be on the series. the complaint reads, these applicants were denied the same opportunity to become the next bachelor or bachelorette as white contestants, not because they were unsuitable for the role, but solely because of the perceived risk that casting a bachelor or bachelorette who is a person of color would alienate the show's majority white viewership. and i do need to mention as full disclosure, one of the
defendants in this case warner horizon television is a subsidiary of cnn's parent company time warner. regional portland sportscaster lamar hood heard has been getting some buzz in an unrelated campaign to become the first ever black bachelor. here's a clip from his audition video. ♪ >> i am lamar's assistant. we just adore lamar. everybody who meets lamar adores him. >> no one has been a boss like this. i think that shows how he treats everybody. >> good tunes there. portland regional sportscaster and youth organizer lamar hood is with me. how are you? thanks for coming out. >> oh, i'm doing good. thanks for having me. let's talk about this lawsuit. first off, you are going through the process still of trying to get on this show. have you experienced any discrimination, any bias during
this process? >> you know what? a lot of people have been asking me that the last day or so since this whole thing has arisen. my personal experience, i haven't experienced anything negative. all my interactions have been positive. i've received tweets from one of the abc producers saying he's a fan of me. and so my experience has been positive. >> again, you are in the middle of this process. do you feel at all, are you at all hesitant to speak out and speak your mind because it may hurt your chances on getting on the show? >> no, no, not at all. i'm the kind of person that, you know, i don't speculate very much. i got to know what the facts are. i don't really know the facts of the matter. so that's for those guys to speak on. and again, all i can speak on is my personal experience. it's been positive so far. >> you are, obviously, a fan of the show. you are watching it. you want to be on it. i know you don't like to speculate. why do you think there hasn't been anyone of a racial or ethnic minority in this central role in all of these 23 combined
seasons? >> you know, i don't know. you see some of the stuff they do. it's a lot of swimming in oceans. a lot of sitting on top of mountains. a plift black friends wouldn't want to do that kind of thing. but i mean, really, i am not sure. you know, might be something that a lot of people just haven't stepped forward into that role. it wasn't until this year that i accepted that, you know, responsibility to step forward. i had a few people say i should do it and i shot it down initially. and i finally accepted it. but, you know, i am really not sure. i'm guessing just like everybody else is. >> i want to read you something from the show's executive producer michael fleis. he said this last year. he said, these applicants were denied the same opportunity to become the next bachelor or bachelorette as white contestants, not because they were -- i believe this actually is the wrong quote. do we have that up, guys? i don't think we have the right quote. >> i think i know the quote you are talking about. let me read this now. we really tried, but sometimes
we feel guilty of tokenism. oh, we have to wedge african-american chicks in there, he said. that's in part what he says in a statement. but, obviously, that's not the full quote. pardon me. so do you buy this argument that there is not -- it's not a lack of diversity intentionally that it is just the way the show is so far? >> are you trying to get me to say something controversial? >> i am not trying. i'm just asking the questions. you know that. >> okay. i believe you. you know, i really don't know. i don't know who has been applying. i don't know who has been stepping forward. we do know now that publicly i stepped forward and said i'm willing to be on the show. so in the event they turn me down, that's their decision and something i'll live with but we'll know that somebody stepped forward. >> everyone always has this question when they are watching the bachelor and the auditions process. why are you doing it? you oar you are a smart guy, you are successful. you have a good job. you are also contributing to the
community. you are a good looking gentleman if i do say so myself. so why your doing this? >> thank you. >> why are you, of all people, having a hard time getting dates? >> well, for the last five years i've been in portland, oregon, living here, and i just haven't made a lot of time to date. i have the youth basketball organization. for me, my hobbies include a lot of the things the kids are doing. we're really family oriented-type organization. a lot of times on weekends where my friend goes out to different bars and lounges, i'll go to my kids' soccer games, lacrosse games, that kind of thing. i haven't made a lot of time to date. outside of that, i'm very picky. i am extremely, extremely picky. and i just don't feel like i've come across my match so far. there's tons of great girls here in the city but i don't know that i've met my match. >> so you're going to put it out there in a very public way possibly. good luck to you. we will be watching and see how things continue with your chances. thanks so much, lamar hurd. >> thank you.
>> mountaintop and the water. that was my favorite line of the day. thank you for that. 49 minutes. time to check the stories. >> three secret service agents are out after the department's embarrassing prostitution scandal in colombia last week. one supervisor was allowed to retire. another agent resigned. a third was forced out and plans to fight his dismissal. eight others are on administrative leave. remembering dick clark. america's oldest teenager. clark died yesterday after suffering a massive heart attack. president obama says the tv and music legend reshaped the entertainment landscape forever. and singer tony orlando said, quote, only god is responsible for making more stars than dick clark. dick clark was 82. in texas, a woman accused of murdering the other of a newborn n then kidnapping the baby, she is in custody this morning. police say 30-year-old verna mcclain shot kala golden outside
a pediatrician's office. they say she admitted committing the crime because she wanted a baby to mislead her fiance into thinking she had recently given birth to his child. the infant was found safe. the infant has been returned to the father. did you hear that kim kardashian is considering a career in politics? all the buzz started after a clip from that other sister's show was posted. kim saying she wants to run for mayor of glendale, california, an l.a. suburb. >> i decided i'm going to run for the mayor of glendale. so noel is going to head my campaign. but it's going to be in like five years. i have to buy a house there. you have to have residency there. so i'm going to -- yeah, park right here. so noel and i are like looking into all the requirements, and i'm literally going to have a huge -- she's going to help me with my campaign. >> her rep says it wasn't some fleeting thing and that kim is always looking for ways to get involved.
one problem, glendale doesn't have a mayor. just five city council people. so, ladies, if you want to think about, um, buying a house in glendale you can't be the mayor. >> i love the hair thing. the -- >> yeah, very special. thank you. >> i think we're just creating some buzz for the show, but who am i, cynical? >> you're probably right. still ahead -- it makes jaws look like a guppy. fisherman haul in a gigantic great white that was wider than their boat. we'll tell you all the details behind this. 42 mpg on the highway. s actually, it's cruze e-co, not ec-o. just like e-ither. or ei-ther. or e-conomical. [ chuckling ] or ec-onomical. pa-tato, po-tato, huh? actually, it's to-mato, ta-mato. oh, that's right. [ laughs ] [ car door shuts ] [ male announcer ] visit your local chevy dealer today. now very well qualified lessees can get a 2012 chevy cruze ls
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54 minutes past the hour. time to look at what is trending on the web. a piece of pop culture history burned to the ground. a massive fire that broke out at grand view palace. formerly known as browns hotel. destroyed or damaged some of the complex's buildings. it's a resort that inspired the setting for "dirty dancing." in the glory days of the catskills it hosted the likes of sammy davis, harry bel fonty. no one was hurt in the fire but many residents of the now-converted condos were displaced. >> it was a big fire. that's sad. here's a great, uplifting story but also a little sad as well. a 6-year-old boy launching the most successful lemonade stand.
he is adorable. drew cox of gladewater texas made $10,000 in one day selling lemonade. and he started it to help his father who was diagnosed with cancer pay for his medical bills. >> to help my dad and with his bills. he's so important to me. we love to play with each other. >> it's hard to even stay not emotional about that. one good samaritan wrote him a $5,000 check. we're not sure if he took a cup of lemonade as well. what a sweet, sweet boy. >> please help my dad. >> it's absolutely uplifting. >> i like that story. we're going to need a bigger boat apparently. a fisherman in the sea of cortez hauling in a massive great white shark. reportedly measuring 20 feet. weighing about 2,000 pounds. it could be one of the longest
great whites caught in history. the fishermen, they were caught totally by surprise. they thought they were pulling in a net full of smaller fish. their boat was only 22 feet long with a 75 horsepower outboard motor. it took them just an hour to tow the shark two miles back to land. it was dead, by the way. >> i wanted to know that because i am a lover of the oceans, and i am a lover of sharks, actually. i'm a big, big, big fan of the shark. >> i couldn't understand. why did they tow it back to land? >> if it's caught in their net they probably just want to tow it in. we'll look into it. >> all right. thanks. ahead -- three secret service agents out. casualties of the department's prostitution scandal. and we're getting details about that late night in cartagena, colombia, from the call girl who blew the whistle. ♪
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good morning. and welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm kate bolduan in for ashleigh banfield. tributes from dick clark. how he changed what we listened to and how we listened to it. >> prostitution scandal in columbia and now one of the escorts is talking bay fight over her cash money.
that's the whole situation left the hotel. photos that appear to show u.s. troops holding up suicide bomber body parts. the defense secretary saying, quote, this is not who we are, and fear this could put u.s. lives in jeopardy. and two men floating in the water, clinging to their capsized sailboat. and it is not the first time one of these sailors found himself in that exact same position. an amazing rescue on lake michigan you will not want to miss this. america's oldest living teenager has died. dick clark was 82 years old when he suffered a massive heart attack yesterday. testimonials for the television and music legend are coming from all corners of the globe. he was a fixture on television almost as long as there has been television. first as host of "american bandstand," introducing rockettes to teenagers and their families and bringing motown into mainstream.
he counted us down from times square on new year's rockin' eve. >> he was a pioneer. in the early days of television with "american bandstand," he revolutionized music on television, as we pointed out earlier, talking before he went on. had blacks and whites dance together. >> yeah. >> unheard of. a lot of people watching would say, what, that's crazy? that was crazy to put that on. >> that's the thing that dick clark gave the world. he enabled them to understand that they can love all the music, no matter where it comes from. >> when these people leave us, they leave a hole that doesn't get filled. he's just -- he's going to be remembered a long, long, long time. this business owes him a debt. >> i don't think he will ever be forgotten. they were remembering clark last night in branson, missouri, with a candlelight vigil at the dick clark american bandstand
theater. joining us from hollywood by the dick clark star on the hollywood walk of fame. >> reporter: this has resonated as high as the white house and president obama did release a statement about dick clark's death yesterday. and he said he and the first lady were saddened by the news of his passing. he said that dick clark reshaped the landscape of television forever. he called him an innovator and said he made everyone feel young, vibrant and optimistic. and also tony orlando was on cnn yesterday and he said only god is responsible for making more stars than dick clark. and dick clark, you know, he introduced the world to people like buddy holly and james brown, all of these huge stars that we know mainstream today. president obama called him an innovator, but he was also known as an integrator.
back in 1960, the kkk actually sent death threats to dick clark when he brought the spin-off show to atlanta. the national guard had to be called in to protect the audience of black and white teenagers together there. one thing that dick clark always said, it wasn't about race, it wasn't about black or white. it was just about good music. and that's one of the things he'll also be remembered for, zoraida. >> i had no idea he was so fearless. it's so nice to hear all of those stories. are there any plans for a public memorial? >> you know, that's a good question. that's something that his family is still deciding. they did say yesterday they weren't going to have a traditional funeral but they do understand he was loved. they're still trying to decide whether or not to have that public memorial service. >> nischelle turner live in hollywood for us. thanks for getting up nice and early. and before you leave your house
this morning, start your dvr for "starting point" at 8:00 am. soledad talks with larry klein, who produced dick clark's new year's rockin' eve. three of the 11 implicated agents are out. one of them, a supervisor, is being allowed to retire. another is being forced to leave the agency. and cnn has learned he plans to fight that dismissal. a third agent has resigned. eight others remain on administrative leave with their security clearance revoked, accused of bringing prostitutes to their hotel in columbia, two days before president obama's arrival for a summit there. what led the prostitute wind up exposing the incident? she spoke to "new york times" reporter ryan newman on "ac 360" last night. >> one of them was essentially hitting on her, said he wanted to be with her. she says she told him, well, that's great but you have to give me a gift.
and he said how much is the gift? she says she told him $800. a lot of drinking happened and at some point she and him went back to their hotel. the next morning, this woman asked for her payment and the guy says -- got angry and said i was a drunk and you can't expect me to pay that. she insists and he calls her names and gets angry and throws her out of the room. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar. there has been so much talk about drug testing and possibly drugs in rooms but maybe not. what are they finding here? >> kate, that's right. there have been reports that there were drugs in the room but it actually appears at this point, according to sources familiar with the investigation that there's no evidence of that. in fact, secret service investigators on the ground in colomboa, working with local authorities there have interviewed all of the maids who
service these rooms and those maids told them they didn't find evidence of drugs. we do know shall though, that mark sullivan, the director of the secret service considers a range of resources to be at his disposal in this investigation, including drug testing and also that there are some secret service members involved here, who have protested, basically, and raised questions about whether there's reasonable cause for them it to be tested for drugs. and in terms of other testing, polygraph tests. we know, according to sources, each was offered the opportunity for a polygraph test. that's really because some of them said they didn't know that these were prostitutes. but even at the same time, kate, critics are saying it doesn't really matter. even if they were just bringing back foreign nationals to their hotel, it's still a security risk. >> let's talk about the director, mark sullivan. to this point, many in washington were sticking behind him and standing by him. but does that begin to change at
this point? >> we've heard from one member of the congress, randy forbes, a virginia republican. if you look at some of the very republican voices here, darryl issa, peter king, the chairman of the house homeland security committee, they're very much at this point standing by mark sullivan, saying they have confidence in him. it's possible, though, that that could change, depending on what the investigation finds, kate. as you know, if the investigation finds that this is, you know, a systemic problem -- not just an isolated incident, there could be mounted pressure on sullivan. for right now you have republicans as well as the white house very much holding fire. >> that culture question is a big question. still, it seems many are kind of holding their fire, if you want to say it that way, until the investigation continues. >> exactly. >> we'll continue to follow. brianna, thank you so much. we'll talk to you soon. it is eight minutes past the hour here. check out this heart-pounding surveillance video of a woman in
a toyota camry in palm coast, florida. you may find these pictures hard to watch. four people sit iting on the beh inside the exit doors saturday morning. 76-year-old thelma wagonhoffer flew through. the first thing she hit was a baby stroller. one of them is in critical condition. not the baby. 80-year-old man ended up pinned underneath the car. can you see quick-thinking customers lifting the vehicle off him. >> there were probably about 10 or 12 guys that actually had the smarts to actually go over and they lifted up the car. i mean, a crane couldn't have lifted it up any quicker. >> florida state police have charged the woman behind the wheel with reckless driving. scary, scary scene. and another drama tic -- soe
dramatic video, dramatic rescue caught on camera, two men gripping to the side of their boat after it flipped over in lake michigan. divers had to pull them to safety. both men were suffering from hypothermia. one of the men was just residenrescued earlier this year when the same boat overturned in a storm. >> by his, i might add. >> does that make you home sick? >> not lake michigan like that, very angry. but, yeah. i really would love to talk to that guy and his wife, you know. let's take some sailing lessons, perhaps. >> what were you thinking? >> anyway, i'm not going to judge. ten minutes past the hour. fallout from photos that appear to show soldiers posing with maimed suicide bombers. fear that it could cost more american lives. speaking out and the 50-year-old says he has no regrets bearing it all at portland national airport. >> i have no problems with my body and decided that this was
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it is 14 minutes past the hour. time to check stories that are making news this morning. good morning, christine. >> good morning, ladies. the search for a missing ft. bragg soldier continues in a pond where divers are trying to find first class kelly bordeaux. investigators are not saying what detail in their investigation has led them to that pond. florida circuit judge kenneth lester jr. will provide over george zimmerman's bail tomorrow. he was assigned to the trayvon martin shooting case after the
first judge recused herself after a possible conflict. they will examine the stand your ground law at the heart of zimmerman's defense. the president was not taking a shot at mitt romney when he was talking in ohio yesterday. that's according to one of his aides. here is the remark getting all the headlines. >> someone gave me an education. i wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. michelle wasn't. but somebody gave us a chance. >> that's right. getting a lot of attention this morning, those comments. mr. obama has used that silver spoon reference frequently in the past, one of his aides said, just say iing that everyone nee the chance to succeed. at an nra event, ted nugent
says he would be dead or in jail if president obama gets re-elected. three dangerous criminals escaped from jail. the men overpowered employees at the county jail. three workers were injured. they stabbed a man in the face and stole his car when they got out. officials think the men may have separated and are on the run separately. for an expanded look at our stories please head to cnn.com/earlystart, ladies. >> thank you very much, chr christine. >> horrific. giant setback in the war in afghanistan, it could endanger more american lives. new fallout from photos published in the l.a. times which appear to show u.s. soldiers holding the remains of suicide bombers in front of the camera, even one of them holding up a thumb's up. cnn has not authenticated the
fo photos, we should see. according to the l.a. times, they are from 2010. defense secretary leon panetta says an investigation is under way. the taliban is reportedly vowing revenge. live in afghanistan with u.s. forces, nic robertson. first off, are any soldiers reacting to this, that you are with? also, what more do we know about the photos and the men who took th them? >> reporter: you get an idea how isola isolated afghanistan is. it hasn't been at the heart of topics here. soldiers talk about the stupidity of taking such trophy photographs. it's not at the core of what people are hearing in afghanistan because of this country is remote, rural communities. we have heard from the taliban
who condemned this and will continue to wage jihad, as they call it, because of these pictures. l.a. times must have published the pictures with the consent and with the support even of american officials. now, of course, pentagon having tried to ask the l.a. times to not publish these images. of course, it gives you an idea of how taliban is trying to suggest this is all part of nato's strategy, that somehow nato itself is behind these pictures, something that nato has come out and denied and condemned these pictures. kate? >> let's listen to leon panetta in brussels yesterday. >> this is not who we are. it's certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform, who are serving
there. i expect that the matter will be fully investigated. >> now, he may say that, that this is going to be fully investigated, that this is not who we are. this is not what we're about but it comes on the heels of videos of marines urinating on dead bodies and the massacre that afghanistan is still dealing with allegedly, one u.s. soldier murdering 16 -- i think it was 16 afghan civilians. when you take all of this together, can this resonate the fact that the u.s. is condemning what is happening here and say it's an isolated incident? >> reporter: they are, i think in the eyes of many, become a troubling trend, breakdown of discipline. this is the fourth big investigation the u.s. has said it's conducting so far this year after the misconduct you've described.
investigations themselves aren't going to quiet afghans. there's not been this immediate backlash of violence against u.s. troops, which is why the pentagon said the pictures should not be published. hard yet to see if the taliban statement will change that. from the american viewpoint, we've not heard any condemnation of these photos from the afghan palace. it is giving the sense of an end of a campaign here where discipline is perhaps ebbing, where these incidents seem to come along of almost embarrassment, ridiculous relentless embarrassment. top nato leaders seem to spend more time apologizing for the conduct of their junior officers than they would like, kate. >> more bad news coming at a horrible time. pentagon spokesman says they're taking additional security
measures to guard against any potential violence in regards to this as nick said, they haven't seen any immediate reaction to this point. thank you. >> it's interesting to see what the reaction from the president there will be because it appears there are afghan soldiers in that picture as well. >> absolutely. to redirect the 1700 mile, $1.7 billion pipeline. we have all the etails. you are watching "early start." ♪ [ multiple snds ng melodic tune ] ♪ [ malennounc ] at northrop grumman, makthworld a feplace. th's value performance. northr gruan.
keystone pipeline through nebraska is making changes after pressure from environmentalists and just general controversy surrounding this pipeline. now proposing a new route for the pipeline. >> christine romans is here on all of this. you're getting lots of e-mails about this, i understand. >> i am, from some of these ranchers. we've been talking to the ranchers who are concerned about the sand hills, ecological zone. a lot of long-horned cattle are grazing out there. can you dig a little bit and water comes up from this aquaphor through these beautiful sand hills. waitress, i said what are these sand hills? she said they're beautiful but pointless. >> unless you're cattle. anyway, this big keystone pipeline was projected to go right through these sand hills and it caused concern from ranchers and nebraskans who were
concerned that there would be an environmental leak. there's the sand hills when we were there two years ago in the wintertime that you can see there. it appears now as though nebraska and the company has a new proposed route to the east. they're going to move the new route a little more to the east to avoid these dangerous -- delicate, i should say, sand hills. already there are concerns from ranchers who say we think the sand hills aren't mapped well enough. we think that parts of this could still be going through the edges of the sand hills. i don't think that this debate is over. i do think that moving the route and moving along this direction is going to, you know, propel this project. i think eventually a lot of people think it's going to get done. there's going to be a lot of dickering about exactly where that route is going to go through. >> a little more research, right? >> they have to make everybody happy here. at the same time, you have a lot of people, republicans saying we
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agents being forced out over prostitution scandal in columbia. now one of the sex workers is talking, telling "the new york times" there was a heated fight over how much she was owed. the secret service will interview rocker ted nugent today after he went on a rant against president obama at an nra event, saying he would be in dead or in jail if president obama gets re-elected. and, all righty, he's not a bomb threat. the guy who decided to strip naked when he was called aside for additional screening at an airport checkpoint is now talking. he says he has no regrets for baring it all and he joins soledad on "starting point." >> and, seriously, i have to follow that up? >> you do. yes. dick clark died yesterday from a massive heart attack at the age of 82. he lived a great life. his success with "american bandstand" stems largely from
his american persona that made him seem like everyone's friend. here he is with a young michael jackson in 1970. >> how long have you been singing? >> three years. >> you went to snatch it right out of my hand. what's with the os and the ahhs? a few girls want to take you home with them. how many brothers and sisters do you have? >> i have three sisters and six brothers. >> clark was also a sharp businessman and media mogul, producing such big named productions as the golden globes and "so you think you can dance." so many count clark as an inspiration, including ryan seacrest, who had this to say about clark during last night's "american idol." >> we can't begin the show without acknowledging the passing of a television pioneer and my dear friend, dick clark.
without dick, a show like this would not exist. he will be missed greatly. our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family. >> and president obama also commenting, saying, quote, he introduced decades worth of viewers to the music of our times. he reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. and, of course, for 40 years we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the new year. and here to share his perspective this morning, how many careers has he launched? people are coming forward saying without him, i would be nothing. >> his show went national in 1957. it was a philadelphia show, went international on abc. one of his first guests was jerry lee lewis. flash forward 26 years.
it's 1983. he's giving national exposure to a young singer who has put out her first single. her name is madonna. >> we were just talking about that a little while ago. >> it's amazing that someone who stood toe to toe with jerry lee lewis, elvis press ly and buddy holly was also stand iing toe t toe with madonna. >> so many performers also, black performers who are saying without him, i would have been nothing. >> you know, that's absolutely true. at a time in the '60s and '70s when there was still some -- some decide on television and on radio, there was dick clark on saturday morning's. "american bandstand" was a saturday show, a weekly show. he showed music that people listened to. the music that people listened to crossed boundaries and it did
on tv as well. >> he seemed rather fearless. >> it's really important to acknowledge that one thing he did was put the music audience on tv at a very crucial time when, you know, there was ed sullivan on tv, but that was music for grown-ups. here was music for kids, that shot of him sitting and talking in the audience to kids. what did you think of that record? that's one of the ways i remember bandstand. music for kids, kids talking about it and seeing those kids dance. >> let's talk about the genius behind "american bandstand." here is a man himself talking about the significance of it in the emmys in 1994. >> for almost 40 years, kids got together in a social atmosphere, they got to know one another. they exchanged cultures. they didn't hurt each other. there wasn't any violence and we could all learn a little something from that show. it was a good one. >> some people say that he
created teenage culture. >> you know, that's what i was just trying to say. and when you listen to what he just said, there was no violence. they got together in a friendly, social atmosphere. in 1957, there was still people who thought that rock 'n' roll was dangerous, that it was bad for american youth. the way he looked, the way he presented it, the way his audience looked, clean cut, all-american was part of the way that rock 'n' roll came to be accepted by kids and their parents. >> a lot of people this morning -- we've got quite a diverse staff here. they were saying, gosh, the only time i remember him was new year's in my home. he really wore a lot of hats. i had no idea that he was behind donnie & marie. tell us about that. >> as a tv producer, he did so much else beside "american bandstand." he hosted the $10,000 pyramid so long it became the $100,000 pyramid. inflation, i guess. tv's bloopers and practical jokes. the golden globes.
he had his fingers in so many different sort of productions. in that sense he really did blaze the trail for someone like ryan seacrest, who took over for him on rockin new year's eve. >> what do you think his legacy will be? >> his legacy is making music an american obsession, american bandstand. coast to coast, taking something that was in regional pockets and showing kids how they danced in other places, what the music sounded like, rating records. that teenage culture is still with us today. >> i think larry king talked about the magic he has, right? does anybody else have that kind of magic? >> we talked to people who worked with dick clark and they say over and over again, that guy you saw on the air, that nice person, he was nice. that's very, very rare in any industry. >> maybe that's what transcend ed it all. >> absolutely. >> everybody loved him.
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looks like that secret service wants to talk to ted nunl nugent a little bit, telling a crowd i'll die, i'll be dead or in jail if president obama wins re-election. >> what exactly does that mean? >> we'll find out. certainly got a lot of attention. >> he probably had to know this was going to happen. and it is. good morning again, ladies. good morning, everybody. secret service does plan to talk to ted nugent today. the gun rights advocate and rocker no stranger to controversy. always outspoken. in case you missed it, it was this comment about president obama at the national rifle
association's annual convention over the weekend that has now launched an investigation. listen. >> and if you want more of those kinds of evil, anti-american people in the supreme court, then don't get involved and let obama take office again, because i'll tell you this right now. if barack obama becomes the president in november again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> secret service and nugent will meet in oklahoma. that is where he is performing a concert. they s he says they will meet backstage and he is taking it all in spried. >> is it true, are you hearing from the secret service? >> first of all, i hear from the secret service all the time. they want to buy ted nugent ammo. >> that's a plug, isn't it? that's a damn plug on this show. >> well, who doesn't want ted nugent ammo? it's out in july. at any rate, yes, we have heard
from the secret service. they have a duty. i salute them, support them and i am looking forward to our meet ing tomorrow. i'm sure it will be a fine gathering. >> looking forward, not so sure. but it will happen. >> it will happen nonetheless. so is there any way to guess what will actually happen with today's meeting? >> we would all love to be a fly on the wall for that one, right? here is what we can tell you. according to the secret service, nugent will be allowed to have a lawyer present, if he so chooses. not sure if he will. and agents will question him about those controversial comments. they want to know specifically what his intent was when he made them. nugent insists he wasn't threatening anybody. >> i've never threatened anybody's life in my life. i don't threaten. i don't waste breath threatening. i just conduct myself as a dedicated "we the people" activist because i saluted too many flag-draped coffins to not appreciate where the freedom
comes from. >> in addition to being a performer, he certainly knows how to get attention. don't expect to hear details from the agency about the meeting. their policy is not to disclose. as i mentioned earlier, hence the name secret service. he has endorsed romney, though not officially connected to the campaign. romney's people want to distant themselves from this. the white house, of course, not want i wanting to get into it either, saying the president is focused on the issues. >> any time -- sorry, zoraida. >> go ahead. >> any time a big name comes sbut says something, these remarks are inflammatory by any measure. you're in the middle of political season, he has endorsed and until they put it to rest, it becomes a distraction. >> as our political editor said to me yesterday, good times. and guess what, we're 6 1/2 months away from the general election. >> exactly. >> expect more of this.
>> so much more to come. thank you, alana. we appreciate that. soledad o'brien joins us now. >> good morning. we'll be talking about dick clark's incredible legacy, chatting with larry klein, a producer of dick clark's "rockin' eve." and gloria gaynor will join us. she got her big break on "american bandstand." we promise this man will be wearing clothing. yes, yes. i promise. he wasn't wearing clothing there, though. this is the man that decided to strip naked when he just got fed up at an airport checkpoint. today, he says he has no regrets. we'll tell you what really set him off. is america ready for a black bachelor? there are two men, african-americans were suing the show and the network, alleging racial bias. check out our live blog at our website cnn.com/startingpoint. we'll see you at the top of the
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of the hour. just under. >> time to check the stories making news this morning, here is christine romans. >> thanks, you two. three secret service agents have become the first casualties of the prostitution scandal in column beea. one supervisor has been allowed to retire. another agent resigned. a third was forced out and plans to fight his dismissal. remembering dick clark, america's oldest teenager. he died after suffering a massive heart attack. president obama says the tv and music legend reshaped television landscape forever and tony orlando said only god is responsible for making more stars than dick clark. dick clark was 82 years old. a woman accused of murdering the mother of a newborn and kidnapping the baby is in custody this morning. verna mcclain confessed it to shooting the woman outside the pediatrician's office. they say the suspect wanted a baby to make her fiance believe
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of the profits. he started it to help his father, diagnosed with cancer, help him pay his medical bills. >> to help my dad and with his bills. he is so important to me. we love to play with each other. >> one good samaritan, one of his customers reportedly wrote, drew a $5,000 check. we're not sure if he took the cup of lemonade in return. what a sweet, sweet boy. do you love that story or what? >> it's just fantastic. makes you so sad and so happy. >> putting it in perspective, folks. have a good day. i'm kate bolduan. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. "starting point" starts right now. coming out to remember america's oldest teenager, dick clark. he launched the careers of countless stars and millions of
kis on new year's eve. we'll talk about his life and legacy with gloria gaynor and d editor of billboard magazine. forced out over a prosecution scandal in columbia, one of the escorts is now talking. she said it was a fight that erupted over her price. we'll talk to a former secret service agent whose brother was working in columbia. he says, yes, he was nude but, no, he was not lewd. the man who stripped town to absolutely nothing will join us. fully clothed, i'm hoping, to tell us this morning why he has no regrets about his protest. it's thursday, april 19th and "starting point" starts right now. this is off my playlist this morning, chuck berry, johnny b. goode. he made his national debut on "bandstand" with dick clark. will cain joins us. columnist for the blaze.com. you still have the beard. ok