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Olympic Star in Jail This Morning; Dorner Died From Single Gunshot to Head; Meteor Blast Shakes Russia; Lady Gaga Cancels Tour; Fashion's "Wild Child" is Back

Aired February 16, 2013 - 07:00   ET


SUSAN HENDRICKS, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you. I hope you're having a great one so far. I'm Susan Hendricks. Randi and Victor are off today. It is 7:00 on the East Coast. We're so glad you're with us.

You know, the Olympic hero known as "Blade Runner" is spending the weekend in jail until his bond hearing on Tuesday. We're talking about Oscar Pistorius. He's charged with killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

The producers of a reality show starring Steenkamp is still set to premiere as planned tonight in South Africa. Listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm talking mansions, butlers, sparkling turquoise waters of Jamaica. Welcome to Tropika Island of Treasure 5, where seven celebrities and seven lucky winners will your island dream. But paradise is not all that it seems --


HENDRICKS: Errol Barnett joins us now on the phone from Johannesburg.

And, Errol, Steenkamp's family is speaking out about this horrible loss. What are they saying?

ERROL BARNETT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Well, the family is understandably grieving. And they're wanting privacy from the media during this very difficult and tragic time for them. They won't be appreciative of the fact that the producers behind "Tropika Island Paradise 5" are going ahead with plans to air the reality show, premiere it today here in South Africa and continue to do so for the duration of the program.

Now they have said they intend to precede the program with a tribute to the 29-year-old former cover model who was killed on Valentine's Day in the home of Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp. But still, many here in South Africa are wondering if it's inappropriate considering this high-profile case and the fact that one of the stars of this reality show has been killed.

Meanwhile, Oscar Pistorius' representatives have denied the murder charge in the strongest terms. Both the prosecuting and defending teams will wait until Tuesday when hearings have been delayed. And so, Oscar Pistorius will stay in jail until then.

The prosecution is claiming that he purposely murdered Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day with multiple gun shots. It's a shocking, tragic, and horrific story to South Africa. And the airing of this reality show really is just the latest bizarre twist.

HENDRICKS: Yes, may be hard for the family, I would imagine, to watch that reality show.

Errol Barnett in Johannesburg, thanks so much.

We now know how cop killer Christopher Dorner's life came to an end earlier this week. Investigators say it wasn't from smoke or fire from the burning cabin he was holed up in, but from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Nick Valencia has been following this story very closely.

So, that answers one question. But we also are wondering whose bullet was it? Did he have the guns himself?

NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right. And police said that bullet, the sound it made was distinctly different from the gunfire during the shootout. So the autopsy, Susan, as you mentioned reveals he died from a single, probably self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. But there's still a lot of questions that are coming into play here, how much of a part did police play in his death? Those final hours in this man hunt, if you remember the cabin burst into flames. We're looking at pictures there, file tape from Big Bear Lake where his life ended.

So people are asking, you know, they overheard on scanner traffic -- burn the house down. People are asking, did they intentionally set fire to that?

But in a press conference yesterday, the San Bernardino sheriff's department reiterated that they did not set fire to the cabin intentionally and also reiterated Dorner's cause of death.


CAPTAIN KEVIN LACY, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY CORONER'S DIVISION: While we're still compiling the information and putting our reports together, the information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self-inflicted.


VALENCIA: Also in that press conference, authorities displayed the weapons, the arsenal of weapons that Dorner was found with. Up to 30 weapons including assault rifles, semiautomatic handguns, tear gas, even had a military style helmet and 10 silencers, Susan. So, this was a very heavily --

HENDRICKS: Nick, you got back from Big Bear. Describe what it was like during one of the largest manhunts ever in that area, in Los Angeles. VALENCIA: There's a lot of anxiety, a lot of anxiety, a lot of unnerved people throughout southern California. I think when he was caught, when he was killed I should say, there was a collective sigh of relief that can be felt throughout all of southern California. But I think the most chilling part of it all is, I was there in big bear, 100 yards, Susan, 100 yards away from the command post, the first command post is where Dorner decided to set up shop.

So, if you go back and read his manifesto, you can see that he says it was a target-rich environment command centers. We don't know why he didn't decide to pull the trigger against authorities. You can see 100 yards is not that far away from where he decided to hide out. So, his decision not to go after the authorities that he listed in his manifesto as his main targets is still an unanswered question. And we won't know that, of course, because Dorner is now deceased.

HENDRICKS: Yes, he was on a mission and not afraid to die.

All right. Nick, thanks so much for that report.

VALENCIA: Thank you.

HENDRICKS: To crime and politics now.

Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's guilty of misusing campaign funds. The former congressman reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Jackson and his wife were accused of using around $750,000 from his campaign on personal items. His wife who was also his campaign manager also is facing charges.

Facebook says it is the latest company to be a victim of an Internet hacking attack. The social media giant says that no user info was compromised, though. Some of their computers were infected by malware in January. In the last month, hackers have also gone after twitter, the "New York Times" and the "Wall Street Journal."

Now to outer space and the asteroid that narrowly missed Earth. Maybe not so close, though, it was actually around 17,000 miles away. This is what it looked like through a high-powered telescope. The 2012 DA14, that's what it's called, is about half the size of a football field.

You know, there were lots of reasons to look up in the sky this week. The asteroid, one of them, lightning strikes at the Vatican, another. Those came just after Pope Benedict, and then the meteor in Russia. It came in a flash and a big bang, but as Mary Snow reports, maybe we shouldn't have been that surprised about it.


MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It came out of nowhere. The bright streak in the sky long enough for people to capture it on camera as it lurched towards Earth and exploded.

A deafening boom followed as fragments rained down over Russia's Ural Region. The sonic boom shattered glass. At least 1,000 people in the bull's eye of the falling meteor were injured.

"It's a bombing," says this man. People didn't know what to make of it. Meteorites were reported to have scattered across three regions of Russia, and there's one report of chunk smashing a hole in a frozen lake.

As frightening as it was, scientists say it's not all that rare to have meteors falling out of the sky. What's not common is when they hit largely populated areas.

DENTON EBEL, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Small bodies like that hit the Earth regularly. Every year, there's probably several, mostly over oceans. If it happened over the Pacific Ocean somewhere, maybe a ship might have seen it.

SNOW: Denton Ebel is the curator of meteorites at the American Museum of Natural History.

He says the fact this meteor struck the same day the asteroid had a close encounter with Earth is not related and only a cosmic coincidence. While the asteroid is closely tracked, he says the meteor in Russia was too small to be detected and left him unnerved.

EBEL: Yes, we can predict things. We know the laws of gravity. We know the masses of the planets and so forth. We can predict what's going to happen down the road, but the interplay of all of the celestial bodies together and the ones we don't know about is such to make it kind of scary in a way.

SNOW (on camera): The last time something of this size occurred that we know about was more than 100 years ago and also happened in Russia. Back in 1908, an asteroid exploded over a remote area of Siberia leveling roughly 80 million trees -- Susan.


HENDRICKS: Wow. All right, Mary Snow, thank you.


HENDRICKS (voice-over): That meteor not only shook Russia, it shook the astronomy world, as well. Why some scientists are saying a meteor alert system is critical.

He was shunned from the fashion industry for anti-Semitic remarks. So, why is the leading member of the Jewish community now designer John Galliano.

All systems go for an historic airline merger. But does that mean you're going to pay more for tickets? What the deal means for your wallet.



HENDRICKS: All right. Check this out.

On the right hand side of your screen, a small fire lit up the sky over San Francisco just a few hours ago like a fireball. It's likely a small meteor burning up in the atmosphere. You see it there. But we don't know the source of the light as of yet and are still efforting an official statement.

But a fire ball in the night sky was nothing compared to this.


HENDRICKS: A 300-kiloton blast over Russia after another meteor exploded injuring more than 1,000 people.

Tariq Malik is the managing editor at

Between all of this, Tariq, and the giant asteroid narrowly missing Earth yesterday, it seems like really the sky is falling. Any connection between these rocks heading toward us?

TARIQ MALIK, MANAGING EDITOR, SPACE.COM: Well, NASA says no. The asteroid that we saw just whizzed by earth yesterday, the meteor over Russia, they were coming in completely different directions. So, they know that they -- because of that, they're just random events that just happened to occur at the same time. A really big coincidence.

HENDRICKS: Were you surprised to hear about the Russian meteor? How rare is that?

MALIK: The Russian meteor was a complete surprise to astronomers and, obviously, the public. It's fairly rare -- once every 100 years do you have this kind of event. The last one we saw in 1908, and that was a pretty devastating one, as well. But to have it occur over a populated area, documented with these YouTube videos and whatnot, I mean, it's a very clear example of the power these space rocks can punch.

HENDRICKS: Yes, it looked like a scene from a movie really more than anything. I can't imagine the fear being there.

How would you describe this meteor? Was it relatively small considering?

MALIK: Yes, you know, for what it was, it was a fairly small meteor. About 50 feet across, maybe a bus or an SUV, a couple of SUVs together. The one that whizzed by later in the day was much bigger than that, half the size of a football field, something like that could cause, you know, much more damage. All things considered, you know, it's good that it was relatively small.

Now, it does show you that there are a lot of space rocks out there to keep track of. And, you know, perhaps an increase in that monitoring program might be the best way to go.

HENDRICKS: Well, we knew that the asteroid was coming. Why didn't we know about this one over Russia?

MALIK: Yes, this one over Russia was very small and it was coming in from a different angle. The one -- the asteroid that came by in the afternoon was discovered last year, actually by astronomers. And they were able to follow it for that entire time. And it was much larger, 150 feet across.

So these smaller ones, 50 feet or so, they're hard to spot because of their size. This one came in fairly fast too. And just basically astronomers weren't looking for it in that direction.

HENDRICKS: One thing is notification, the other is preventing this from happening again. What is NASA doing to prevent this? And can they do anything about it?

MALIK: Well, NASA does have a program called Space Guard where they work with astronomers all over the world to look for these new asteroids, ones that are going to fly by earth. Still, it's a small net when you think about how big the solar system is. Sometimes these asteroids will whiz by us and no one knows.

So, increasing that is probably going to be something NASA and the government will want to look at. More eyes on earth, more eyes in space with space telescopes, both government and public ones, private ones. You know, those types of efforts would help find these threats, hopefully before they become a serious problem. And we might have something to do about it.

HENDRICKS: It certainly is fascinating and something else to worry about.

Tariq, thanks so much.

MALIK: Well, thank you for having us.

HENDRICKS: Two more airlines are about to join forces. That has some worried that it will send airfare soaring. We're going to tell you the latest airline merger and what it means for you.


HENDRICKS: Taking a look at some of the top business stories of the week.

Walmart stock took a nose dive on Friday after an internal e-mail published by "Bloomberg News" quoted an executive saying that February sales were a, quote, "total disaster". The news came around 2:30 p.m. shortly after that, take a look. The stock for the world's largest retailer plummeted before making a slight recovery.

Tiffany is suing Costco, accusing the discount retailer of selling knockoff Tiffany engagement rings. Tiffany says Costco falsely marketed diamond rings as being real Tiffany jewels. The rings were sold in store, other high-end rings sold online. The high-end jeweler says it wants triple the profits Costco made off the rings plus $2 million for every Tiffany-style model that is sold. Breakfast at Costco, right?

High-end electric carmaker Tesla is sparring with "The New York Times" over a negative review of the super charger stations. A "Times" reviewer took a road trip along the East Coast in a Model S Roadster, stopping to recharge at new super charger stations. But according to his review, the stations were less than impressive and ended up having the car towed because he ran out of power.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk disputed the claims and released data logs from the trip. Musk is saying the reviewer drove over the speed limit, which drains the battery faster.

A deal six months in the making is finally through. It went through this week. The merger between U.S. Airways and the bankrupt American Airlines. The newly formed carrier will be the world's largest, but it has some customers worried about possible fare increases.

Ali Velshi explains what it means for fliers -- Ali.


ALI VELSHI, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Susan, if regulators allow it, U.S. Airways is going to take over a bankrupt American airlines, creating the world's biggest airline in the process. The newly merged company will keep the American airlines name. And while the deal is probably good for investors, passengers worry that airfares will shoot up as competition disappears.

Now, I talked to the CEOs of both companies when they announced the merger. And they said passengers will not see fare hikes.

DOUG PARKER, CEO, U.S. AIRWAYS: We're going to take two airlines that are highly complementary, put them together, so probably the same number of places, to the same number of places, which is actually good for the consumers of both airlines. There won't be a reduction in supply, so therefore no reason to believe that there would be an increase in pricing.

VELSHI: So why would we take the CEO's word for it? Take a look at this. Prices for an average domestic economy airfare have actually dropped since 1979 from $579 then to $365 now, though they have started to tick up a little lately.

At the same time, the number of airlines has been shrinking. Just after airline deregulation came into effect, there were 20 major airlines in the U.S. By 1990, only 12 in operation, today just seven, and with U.S. Air and American merging, we'll be down to six.

U.S. air and American don't have a lot of overlapping routes or hubs. In the end, there'll be about eight routes out of the combined airlines 900 or so that will only be served by one airline -- Susan.


HENDRICKS: Ali, thank you. How about the state of North Dakota? They have the fewest number of residents who say they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. That's according to a new Gallup survey. Gallup says it is the largest that they ever done of where gay and lesbian Americans live state by state.

I want to break it down for you, topping the list, the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. at 10 percent; Hawaii was the next at 5.1 percent; tying for third, Vermont and Oregon at 4.9 percent. Just 1 percent of North Dakotans say they are gay or lesbian, 1.7 percent.

American soccer player Robbie Rogers has made an amazing revelation in the blog post. The 25-year-old says he's gay and that he's retiring from professional soccer. He says soccer has been his escape and hid his, quote, "secret" but now he wants to discover himself away from the game. He played with the U.S. national team before transferring to England's League United.

There are no current major league soccer players who are openly gay.

So what is confidence? A jeopardy team tournament contestant named Leonard Cooper going viral with what could be the coolest final jeopardy question ever. Take a listen.


ALEX TREBEK, JEOPARDY HOST: On June 6th, 1944, he said "The eyes of the world are upon you." Now we go to Leonard Cooper. He's looking pretty happy. Why? Did he come up with Ike, Dwight David Eisenhower?


TREBEK: You didn't. Some guy in Normandy, but I just won $75,000.

You did, indeed!


HENDRICKS: You heard it right. He said who is some guy in Normandy but I just won 75 grand. The gutsy thing about this is that mathematically, he still had a chance of losing if his opponent got it right. And the correct question is Dwight D. Eisenhower, just so you know.

At first, people thought Olympian Oscar Pistorius may have shot his girlfriend thinking she was an intruder, but police say, uh-uh, that's not the case. I'm going to talk to Jane Velez-Mitchell about the murder shocking the world, next.


HENDRICKS: Mortgage rates held steady this week. Have a look.


HENDRICKS: Bottom of the hour now. Welcome back, everyone. I'm Susan Hendricks. Randi and Victor are off today.

Here are the five stories we're watching for you this morning.

First, a nurse is suing a Michigan hospital because it followed a man's request to have no African-Americans involved in his child's medical care. Tonya Battle says the Hurley Medical Center put a note saying this, "No African-American nurses per dad's request on the child's medical chart", and then reassigned her away from the child's care.

The hospital has not responded to CNN's request for comment.

Number two, Jesse Jackson Jr. now admits he used campaign funds for personal expenses. The former congressman reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Jackson and his wife were accused of using around $750,000 from his campaign on things like furs, Michael Jackson memorabilia, and $43,000 for a watch, a Rolex. They will pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars and still could face time in prison.

Number three, and check this out in the right-hand side of your screen, a small fire ball over San Francisco caught on tape. What was it? Well, it's kind of scary if you think about the meteor that exploded over Russia this week. But no such blast happened over the Golden Gate.

Number four, more details on the death of renegade cop Christopher Dorner. According to initial autopsy reports, the 33-year-old died from a single gunshot wound to the head that was likely self-inflicted after Tuesday's standoff with police. Dorner's being blamed for killing four people and injuring at least three others as part of a vendetta against his former comrades.

And number five, the bail hearing for Olympic track star has been pushed back until Tuesday. Until then, he will be staying in a South African jail. The double amputee known as "Blade Runner" is charged with murdering his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Well, his agent says Pistorius denies the murder allegations.

Well, police have said there were other incidents at the Pistorius' home of a domestic nature. And now, prosecutors are saying they will pursue premeditated murder.

I asked HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell about that.


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST, HLN'S ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, premeditation could be an outright plot, or it could be premeditation in the blink of an eye. We are hearing that Reeva was shot four times. So is that where they're making the case for premeditation? That he had the opportunity to stop after shooting her once -- one shot was in the hand reportedly. And then if he continues, does that constitute premeditation?

We don't have all the facts and we know from his management company that he is strongly disputing that he murdered her. But an ominous portrait is emerging. According to cops, there were only two people in the home, Oscar and Reeva.

Neighbors heard shouting before the shooting and, according to police, there were previous incidents of a domestic nature.

And the final thing, Susan, in 2009, he was accused of assault even though the charges were dropped. He apparently slammed the door so hard that a piece of it fell off. That also involved a female. Does he have a temper problem specifically when it comes to women?

HENDRICKS: I do want to say, Pistorius agent says that Oscar rejects the murder allegation, quote, "in the strongest terms" here.

But it seems as though it's another -- if he is guilty of this crime -- athlete fall from grace. Do you think there was one Oscar at home and another one in the public eye? We've seen this before.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, fascinating you should say that. I just talked to a couple of people who worked with Oscar and called him the most charming, gracious, soft spoken, beautiful man.

But what happens in life is that people often present -- it's called reaction formation, the opposite of what they are as a smokescreen. So, did he have a temper of behind closed doors? Did he have a problem with women?

And, of course, the other possibility which has been floated in South Africa is that there are such a high crime rate there and he's spoken publicly and tweeted about his fear of intruders, that we know that he was a person who liked to shoot guns and had been to a gun range in the past several times. And that perhaps he thought there was an intruder in the house and shot her by accident. That would be the best-case scenario for him at this point.

HENDRICKS: And he was breaking down in court sobbing and shaking.

Jane, do you think it finally set in with him what happened. That he's finally coming to and realizing his girlfriend is, in fact, dead at his hands?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: This is one of the most extraordinary falls from grace in recent years. I mean, this makes the Tiger Woods scandal look like a Tea Party. This is somebody who goes from being an international icon and an inspiration to everyone who has ever overcome any kind of adversity to somebody accused of the most heinous, hideous act imaginable. It's just a complete change of story line from a hero to an alleged monster.

HENDRICKS: And this happened on Valentine's Day. And it's so sad. His girlfriend Reeva was tweeting how she was excited for Valentine's Day. Do you think passion will come up on the prosecution side?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, look, we don't have all the facts, but human nature, often, the story lines are pretty predictable. She's tweeting the day before Valentine's Day that her boo, her boyfriend, meaning Oscar, made her a healthy shake. They're getting along fine. She's excited about Valentine's Day.

And sometime before 3:00 in the morning, neighbors hear shouting, and according to a newspaper in Africa that she may have gone into the bathroom. That these shots may have gone through the bathroom door, four shots. So did they have a fight as many women do? Did she lock herself in the bathroom? He says come out and she won't and then boom, boom, boom right there the bathroom door? That's a possibility.

Domestic incidents are -- they fall in a very narrow range. It's an argument that gets out of control and there's a gun handy and next thing you know, somebody's dead.


HENDRICKS: And you can watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on our sister network HLN.

Well, Beyonce's tell-all documentary premieres tonight. But if you can't wait, we're going to tell you how to get a sneak peek.


HENDRICKS: Welcome back.

Singer Chris Brown and Drake, they are facing off in court over a nightclub brawl in New York City. TMZ is reporting Brown and Drake have filed lawsuits in connection with a fight at New York City's WIP nightclub last June.

Well, model Romain Julien has allegedly filed a suit against both singers, along with the day club for injuries he says he sustained during that fight. Neither Brown nor Drake is accepting responsibility for it. They want a judge to make the decision who will pay if Julien wins the lawsuit.

Beyonce's HBO documentary "Life is But a Dream" premieres tonight 9:00 Eastern Time. But if you can't wait, Oprah has a sneak peek an hour earlier. In the exclusive interview with the queen of talk, she talks to Beyonce and gets her to open up about her career, her marriage to rapper Jay-Z, and how large their family could get. That airs tonight 8:00 Eastern on OWN.

Now for more entertainment news for you, take a listen.


HENDRICKS: That is Lady Gaga, of course, live in concert. Something thousands of her little monsters won't see any time soon, though. The superstar shocked fans this week cancelling her Born this Way Ball Tour because of a tear to her hip. She's injured.

In a series of tweets, Lady Gaga explained that she can't even walk and apologized, quote, "It will hopefully heal as soon as possible. I hate this, I hate this so much. I love you and I'm sorry."

Kim Serafin is the senior editor at "In Touch Weekly", and Kendra G is the entertainment correspondent and V-103 Radio personality.

Great to talk to you both.

KENDRA G, V-103 RADIO PERSONALITY: Great to be here.

HENDRICKS: Love the dress and the shoes, by the way.

KENDRA G: Thank you so much.

HENDRICKS: Let's start with Lady Gaga. We saw on the stage. She wasn't moving as she normally does.

KENDRA G: Right.

HENDRICKS: It takes a lot, it would seem, to keep her away from her fans.

KENDRA G: It takes a lot. Remember, she was in Barcelona and she threw up four times and kept going within the show. Lady Gaga, after so much passion on her performance, in her image and to her music. So I understand this, but this is God's way of saying, take a break. It's been two years.

HENDRICKS: Take a rest.

KENDRA G: Yes, yes.

HENDRICKS: Kim, why do you think she kept her injury a secret for the last few months? Do you think she was trying to heal on her own and not talk about it?

KIM SERAFIN, IN TOUCH WEEKLY: Sure. I think that she just wanted to push through it. I mean, just look at the way she lives her life. Look at her career, ethic. She is such a hard worker.

So, I think partially because of that, partially because of her fans. I mean, of course, every musician loves her fans, but with Lady Gaga, you really get a sense that she's so emotionally committed to her fans, more so than almost any other musician.

She just really gets that strength from her fans. So I really think she did not want to disappoint her fans. She did not want to disappoint her employees. And, of course, there's the money aspect too. So I think she wanted to push through and make it through these next 20 concerts and then deal with the injury.

HENDRICKS: Speaking of another superstar on the topic. Beyonce's documentary "Life is But a Dream" premieres tonight at Time Warner's HBO. She addresses controversies like the rumor that she faked her pregnancy. What are you expecting to see tonight?

KENDRA G: You know what? I love Beyonce. It's officially V-Day part two today. And tonight we're going to realize that Beyonce's a human being.

People do not want to look at Beyonce as a regular woman. That's why they thought she faked her pregnancy. And we're going to learn tonight she's emotional, she cries, she shares details about her miscarriage. She's going to talk about her relationship with her father.

I can't wait to watch it.

HENDRICKS: Yes, I never understood that -- faking a pregnancy.

KENDRA G: Well, that's because people look at Beyonce again like a robot. It's hard to -- she's been very good at keeping her personal life secretive, which I can respect her for that, but because she works so hard, people don't realize, this is actually a woman working hard -- very, very hard and they can't look at her as a human being, but tonight, they're going to do that.

HENDRICKS: Yes. And, Kim, how can this be objective people are wondering if it was directed by Beyonce? What do you think?

SERAFIN: Well, that just adds to the mystery and the amazingness of Beyonce. The fact that she can pick up the phone and call the president, pick up the phone and call Oprah, direct her own documentary, be a mother, be married to Jay-Z, perform at the Super Bowl, perform at the inauguration. I mean, she does it all and that's just going to what you were just saying.

That's why maybe people think she's a robot because she's so perfect in so many ways. She does it all. And that's why people are fascinated with her.

It's too bad we haven't heard from her in the past few weeks. So, you know, no publicity leading up to this documentary.

HENDRICKS: You can't fake talent and I believe she's a class act.

SERAFIN: She is.

HENDRICKS: Kendra, now we're talking about the silver screen and Bruce Willis back to the box office with a vengeance this week, with the second highest grossing film of the week, with his new "Die Hard" installment. He looks great bald, doesn't he? He doesn't age.

KENDRA G: He looks great. What is he drinking? What is he working out? I need the regimen. He looks amazing.

HENDRICKS: The franchise just keeps making money, are you surprised?

KENDRA G: No, I'm not surprised. We are in love with John McClain ever since the first "Die Hard." And this is a movie that's always going to gross money. I think they should make more. As long as he survives at the end of the movie, we should always anticipate another one.

HENDRICKS: My favorite is "Sixth Sense." I see dead people.

KENDRA G: I like that. I like the first "Die Hard" the most.

HENDRICKS: Yes, I do. That's a good one.


HENDRICKS: Kim, Bruce Willis and the franchise ended the line for the '80s action star. Sly Stallone's "Bullets to the Head" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Last Stand" both bombed in theaters, but come on, give these guys a break, right?

SERAFIN: Yes. And you know what? They're working on "Expendables 3", so you're going to see all those action stars together again. There's a "Rambo V" out there. I'm sure there's going to be "Die Hard 307." I mean, we are going to keep watching they keep making money. People want to see them.

So you like seeing these old action stars you remember from maybe going to see it when you were in high school. And these guys really like doing it. And it's nice there's kind of like a tongue in cheek aspect of it too, you know? They know they're kind of reliving these movies and people love watching them.

So, why not? Make them if people are going to watch them. They make money. Keep making them.

HENDRICKS: Wasn't there like a "Jaws VIII"? So, these guys keep going.

KENDRA G: Yes, they can keep going.

HENDRICKS: Kim Serafin and Kendra G -- always a pleasure, great to talk to you.

KENDRA G: Thank you.

SERAFIN: Thanks.

HENDRICKS: Well, ahead, can fashion's bad boy John Galliano, a designer? Can he make a comeback and a redemption after a public rant that got him a conviction? That's next.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta. This week on "THE NEXT LIST", meet Ed Lu. He's building a space telescope. He says it's going to protect the Earth from asteroids.

ED LU, FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT: This is the sentinel space telescope.

GUPTA: That's it? And that's basically the size of it there?

LU: Yes, the real one is about the size of a delivery truck. So, it's about 23, 24 feet tall, and about 2,600 pounds.

And over the six and a half year-period, it's going to scan Earth's orbit multiple times and map all the asteroids across earth's orbit because those are the asteroids that could hit.

So, it's going to track 500,000 asteroids, each month it's going to discover about 10,000 asteroids.

GUPTA: Each month?

LU: Each month, yes, which is more than all other telescopes throughout history have combined to discover. So, it'll do that every month.

GUPTA: Watch more on former NASA astronaut Ed Lu and his urgent mission to save planet Earth. This Sunday, on "THE NEXT LIST".


HENDRICKS: He has been called the wild child of British fashion. Designer John Galliano is trying to get back into fashion's good graces after being fired from Christian Dior for an apparent drunken anti-Semitic rant. But, now, he's at the center of a whole new controversy and, yes, it has to do with what he's wearing.

Let's go to Alina Cho in New York.


ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Susan. This fashion ends in New York and ramps up in New York. One of the biggest stories to come out of New York is John Galliano's return to fashion. His brief residency at Oscar de la Renta made big headlines. But not everyone is happy about it.

(on camera): When this imaged appeared on the cover of the "New York Post" this week, fashion designer John Galliano dressed in garb that some believed mock the Jewish faith, some members of the Jewish community were stunned.

DOV HIKIND, BROOKLYN ASSEMBLYMAN: There was no doubt in my mind when I look at the entire picture of what Galliano was wearing, that he looked like one of the Hasidic people I represent.

CHO: All the more stinging because Galliano, though lauded in fashion for being a true original, is now equally known for this.


CHO: Cell phone video at a cafe in Paris that ultimately got him fired from his job as top designer at Christian Dior.

He was also found guilty of making anti-Semitic comments and given a suspended fine of $85,000 by a French court. That was 2011.

Since then, Galliano largely has been out of the spotlight until January, when Oscar de la Renta invited Galliano into his studio for a three-week residency, seen in a fashion industry as a way to test the waters and ask the question, is the public ready to forgive?

At de la Renta show this week, the clothes on the runway clearly had Galliano's influence. What was not known until now is the disgraced designer has been on a path to redemption, meeting privately with top Jewish leaders.

ABE FOXMAN: I think he's still on the pilgrimage.

CHO: Abe Foxman is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and says for the past year and a half, he has personally met with Galliano five times.

ABE FOXMAN, ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE: I said, do you know to say to a Jew, "My hero is Hitler" what it means? He says, "Now I do, but when I was drunk it just came out."

CHO (on camera): Do you like him?

FOXMAN: I've grown to like him. When he first came to visit, the security wasn't -- he was in such a way that they said, you're not coming to see Abe Foxman.

CHO (voice-over): That's because he was dressed like this look familiar? His spokeswoman says, "John has worn big hats and long coats for many, many years. I can assure you there was no intent to insult Jewish culture."

FOXMAN: This is John Galliano being John Galliano. This is a fragile human being. Why go after him? This can destroy him.


CHO: Foxman says Galliano told him he wants to go Israel, even Auschwitz, meet with survivors and understand how hurtful he was. When his image was splashed across the cover of the tabloids, Foxman says he e-mailed Galliano with a message, "You are not alone."

Whether he will ever have a career again for a top designer for a big fashion house is not yet known. Some in the industry say they're still not ready to forgive and, Susan, they say they will never forget -- Susan.

HENDRICKS: Thanks so much, Alina. New York Fashion Week has just wrapped up. You can stay on top of the trends. "Fashion: Backstage Pass" with Alina Cho debuts today at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, right here on CNN.

Up next, a TV station broadcasts a warning that the zombies are coming. A hacker plays a prank that sends some daytime viewers into a wild panic.


HENDRICKS: A sea turtle in Japan is swimming happily ever after, after being fit with a pair of prosthetic flippers. You got to see to believe it. Scientists think this 25-year-old loggerhead lost her front leg in a shark attack several years ago. And biologists have spent the last four years trying to build her a replacement pair.

Well, it worked. This was their 27th attempt to give the turtle new limbs. They are the perfect fit. They are attached to a vest that slips over her head. Pretty neat, isn't it? A Montana TV station says hackers broke into their system and aired a warning that dead are rising from their graves, and attacking the living. Listen in.


ANNOUNCER: Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. Follow the messages on screen that will be updated as information becomes available.


HENDRICKS: What? It did happen. A local paper, "The Great Falls Tribune" says a handful of confused people called police to see whether it was true or not. The emergency was alert was issued during afternoon programming on KRTV. The station says it's trying to find out how this happened.

Whether your best friend is a dog, a cat or a bird, one Missouri businessman says he can help you have your pet forever. It's not taxidermy, but freeze drying your pet. It costs about $850.

Our Alan Shope from our affiliate KCTV in Kansas City, Missouri, has the details for you.



ALAN SHOPE, KCTV REPORTER (voice-over): Fido is frozen.

EDDY: It's not unusual to see people weep again and cry. Sometimes that's an indication that you've done a good job.

SHOPE: Slater resident Anthony Eddy started freeze drying pets after a friend's request. Now, his company, Eddy's Wildlife Studio, does close to 120 pet preservations a year. He admits, it can be a difficult business.

EDDY: You have to have the right individuals working for you.

SHOPE: It's not taxidermy. It's actually freeze drying the entire pet minus a few organs and body fat.

EDDY: Actual animal, muscle, bone, tissue, facial features and everything are still there.

SHOPE: There are just a handful of guys that do it nationally. Some say it's a little spooky. Others are amazed just how real their passed-on pet looks.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Like this cat here, ultimately, he will end up as a calico cat. So, he'll have three colors on his nose.

EDDY: We have a vacuum pump on this. So, we've extracted all the air pressure.

SHOPE: These 15 freeze driers run up to $40,000 each and cost Eddy about $5,000 a month in electricity. So it's easy to see just how popular freeze drying pets has become.

EDDY: Calls from Israel, Japan.

SHOPE (on camera): And freeze drying someone's pet is not a short process. Sometimes, it takes between eight months to a year to freeze the animal, depending on size.

(voice-over): But whether it's a large dog, a fat cat or even a bird, now your pet can stay with you always.

EDDY: Get attached to the darned things and I think everybody that has a pet can identify with that.


HENDRICKS: Yes, but wouldn't you miss even more if it's just there? I don't know about it. People like it, though.

Thanks to Alan Shope for affiliate for that report.