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Former NFL Star Released from Jail; New Lead in Jimmy Hoffa Search; Game 6 Do or Die for the Miami Heat; Wildfire Rages Near Yosemite; Yahoo! Reveals Government Data Requests

Aired June 18, 2013 - 06:30   ET




CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: For little extra base.

Welcome back, everybody, to NEW DAY. I'm Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, Michaela Pereira. Very happy to see you this morning.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: June 18th. Coming up on half past the hour. Has Jimmy Hoffa's burial place finally been found? Why investigators think this time it's the real deal.

CUOMO: Plus, video you must see. Take a look.

Kids fighting over a foul ball, not yet, not yet, wait for it, there it is. They're fighting over it. They're not acting well but it's going to become priceless, I promise you that. Great moment for you to see this morning.

A lot of news as well.

So, let's get to Michaela for your top stories that are going on right now.

PEREIRA: All right. Chris, Kate, good morning, and thank you.

Making news this new day: President Obama insists a top secret NSA surveillance programs are transparent and are not being abused. In an interview on PBS, he said U.S. citizens still cannot have their phone calls, text messages or emails targeted without a warrant. He said he has not asked intelligence committee to declassify as much of the programs as possible.

Jury selection resumes in a few hours in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Thirty-two prospects have made the first cut.

Unclear if the eventual jury will get to hear a crucial piece of evidence. That 911 call from the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Zimmerman says he could be heard screaming but the defense expert says the sound quality is not good enough to tell for sure.

In San Francisco, an arraignment today for an acrobat who gives new meaning to the term "flipping out". Cops there say the man ditched his clothes, ran wild last month inside a BART subway station. He attacked people, performing wild stunts including back flips. He's naked.

The scary scene was caught on camera and, as you might guess, it indeed went viral.

Another crazy viral video results in a guilty verdict and possible prison time for an amateur filmmaker.

You may remember this Arizona teenager, he was seen dressed in a sheet pointing a fake grenade launcher at cars in a busy intersection. His uncle put him up to the stunt and was convicted of endangerment and terrorism hoax charges. That man could face up to five years in prison when he's sentenced.

Chad Johnson waking up a free man today. You're wondering Chad Johnson? Oh, yes, Ochocinco, the former NFL star, learned the hard way sometimes you just have to say you're sorry.

A judge agreed to reduce his 30-day sentence after Johnson apologized for not taking a recent court appearance seriously enough.


PEREIRA (voice-over): Chad Johnson walked into the courtroom Monday morning humbled.

JUDGE: Good morning, Mr. Johnson.

CHAD JOHNSON, FORMER NFL STAR: Good morning. How are you doing?

PEREIRA: Wearing a beige prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, the former NFL star once known as Chad Ochocinco, apologized for slapping his attorney on the backside in court last week.

JOHNSON: I had no intent to disrespect you or the people in the courtroom. I apologize. I think my time locked up left me with time to reflect on some of the sins I made in this courtroom --

PEREIRA: Johnson's butt slapping stunt during a court appearance for a probation violation in a domestic violence case against his then- wife had clearly angered the judge.

KATHLEEN MCHUGH, JUDGE: Everybody in the courtroom was laughing.

PEREIRA: And initially landed him a 30-day stint in jail.

MCHUGH: I don't think you're taking this seriously. I saw you slap your attorney on the backside.

PEREIRA: But after the apology, Judge Kathleen McHugh had a change of heart. She cut Johnson's sentence to seven days. He had already served behind bars.

MCHUGH: Mr. Johnson, you appear to be contrite and sincere in your apology. I accept your apology. PEREIRA: A newly freed Johnson was anxious to address the public.

REPORTER: Chad, how was your stay?

PEREIRA: And it had warm regards for the judge.

JOHNSON: Little does she know it, I love her to death. But basically what she's been, is a blessing in disguise. I thank her. Everything she did was justifiable.


PEREIRA: Total contrition it would seem, although Chris Cuomo not agreeing. Why do you agree he should have gone to jail in the first place?

CUOMO: Well, I just feel like -- he slapped his attorney on the butt, right, when she said you must be very grateful to your attorney and he did it which is customary for a jock to do, by the way. It was a man, by the way.

PEREIRA: In football.

CUOMO: I mean, he did it.


BOLDUAN: Well in sports but not in the courtroom.

CUOMO: Thirty days in jail? I'm saying he may have been out of line, contempt of court is real, I served the bar, I'm a licensed attorney, right? But 30 days in jail, you go to jail because a judge is a little upset? I thought it was severe but Chad doesn't agree. So good for you.

BOLDUAN: I think the judge needed to keep control of the courtroom and she did the right thing. I'm not one to say you're a bad person you touched someone's tushy. No. I think it was a matter she needed to get control of the courtroom.

PEREIRA: Wait, wait.

CUOMO: That deserves five days in jail.

PEREIRA: Do I need to know parameters on the NEW DAY set here. (INAUDIBLE) Michaela, Kate, really?

BOLDUAN: This is like a sport so it works there, yes it does.

CUOMO: So, there it is. What do you think? Please go to the Web site. What's it called again?


CUOMO: Yes, please. Tell us what you think. We like that very much.

Moving on now.

Investigators prepare for a second day of digging in the new search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains. Tipster says he knows where the teamster boss has been buried. There have been lots of dead end searches since 1975, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa and after a meeting at the hands of a mob boss.

Let's bring in CNN's Susan Candiotti. She's in Detroit with why this time, it could be different. Now, Susan, you've seen this play out in the past. What feels different this time, if anything?

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I'll tell you, Chris. Good morning. I've been out here for Hoffa digs before, including back in 2006 and just last year. But this time, the FBI may have its best chance of success because of the credibility of the tipster this time -- a retired mobster who was super connected. And he writes in a manuscript he knows that Jimmy Hoffa was whacked in the head with a shovel and buried alive beneath a concrete slab on this property.


CANDIOTTI (voice-over): Could this be Jimmy Hoffa's grave? The FBI once again digging for answers, uprooting waist-high grass and weeds on private property in suburban Detroit.

TOM FUENTES, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Why do we care? I don't know. We do.

CANDIOTTI: This time, the tip is more credible than most. It comes from Tony Zerilli, a retired Detroit mob underboss who himself did time. Sources say his dad used to run the show in the Motor City.

JOHN ANTHONY, RETIRED FBI CASE AGENT: He would have known if anybody would have known exactly what happened to Mr. Hoffa.

CANDIOTTI: When Zerilli got out of prison in 2008, an old La Cosa Nostra enforcer Tony Giacolini told him about Hoffa's fate. After the former Teamster boss was lured to a restaurant, he was taken to this property, killed and buried.

TONY ZERILLI, RETIRED MOBSTER: What happened to Hoffa was very simple. He got picked up over there. He was buried, where I said he's buried. And I have a witness.

CANDIOTTI: The search warrant sealed, but sources tell CNN it's several pages long and based on, quote, "credible information."

ROBERT FOLEY, FBI SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE: If it didn't rise to that level, then certainly we wouldn't be out here because the judge has to move forward on that.

CANDIOTTI: Other searches were duds. Last year, soil samples were taken from beneath a shed outside Detroit but the tip went nowhere. In 2006, agents dug up a horse farm but found nothing. In 2004, they tested floorboards for blood and no Hoffa. That 2006 search reportedly cost the FBI $225,000 to excavate a horse farm, compared to last year, CNN learned local police only paid $45 to replace a broken padlock.

Zerilli's motive is simple, he's writing a book and needs the money.

ZERILLI: If they dig up that body and find the remains, then I'm in a position to make myself a few dollars.


CANDIOTTI: So, Zerilli has a lot riding on this. If the tip pans out, he stands to make a lot of money. If it doesn't, probably not -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right. Susan, thank you very much for that.

BOLDUAN: Amazing story to track. We hear it all once in a while. It's always popping up. We're going to see if it's for real this time.

Next, coming up on NEW DAY, the man who brought you the memorable footage of a double rainbow in Yosemite has his camera rolling again, only this time he's preparing for a fire headed straight for his home.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Let's go around the world for the news happening across the globe, starting in Syria this morning. Our Fred Pleitgen with the latest on U.S. decision to arm rebels there -- Fred.


FRED PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Syrian president Bashar al Assad said in a newspaper interview that if Europe and America give weapons to America give weapons to the rebels here, they are creating terrorists that will haunt them. Certainly, the U.S. thinking it's providing weapons to moderate opposition groups.

Meanwhile, the fighting in Syria and especially here in the Damascus area continues. We were able to go to the front lines, of the detachments of Palestinian fighters were fighting for the Assad regime.

We saw fierce urban combat. It's something that goes on every day here, but the government says it's still winning ground -- back to you.


BOLDUAN: Fred Pleitgen thank you so much.

And now to Turkey and the showdown between police and protesters there. Demonstrators who want the prime minister to go are letting their silence speak for them.

Here's Karl Penhaul in Istanbul -- Karl.


KARL PENHAUL, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Anti-government protesters in Turkey are switching tactics after riot police ejected them from the park. First, they drew up barricades and now reorganizing by social media and popping back up in Istanbul square in ones and twos.

The tactic is to stand quiet and defiant. It's no longer just about saving a park from development. Some want the prime minister to quit. This protester may look peaceful but he's running the risk of arrest, right now in Turkey, it's a crime just to stand up in silence -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Amazing. Karl, thanks so much for that report.

And in France now, the planes of tomorrow are on display today. Richard Quest is at the Paris Air Show where aircraft makers show off their latest innovations -- Richard.


RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR/CORRESPONDENT: In the battle to sell planes, the Europeans have the edge at the beginning. They took in more orders than Boeing, but the Americans will fight back on day two. Boeing will announce the launch of the 787 10 Dreamliner, a stretch version that will carry more passengers and put Boeing back in the game -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Dreamliner has had its own issues but we'll see if they can fix those problems and move on.

CUOMO: Stretched, Richard Quest, there's no better, sold the whole story with one arm movement.

Listen to this one -- Boston strong puts the Bruins over the Chicago Blackhawks last night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. What's going to happen next?

Let's bring in Andy Scholes. He's joining us with more in "The Bleacher Report."

Andy, what a game. Tell me about it.

ANDY SCHOLES, THE BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, good morning, guys. You didn't have to stay up too late to catch the end of this one. After playing four over times in the first games, the Bruins made an early game Thursday. They beat the Blackhawks in regulation. Boston took the lead in the second period on a goal from Daniel Paille and another one on the power play. Jaromir Jagr nice pass to Patrice Bergeron. This goal made it 2-0, Boston goes on to win by that score.

Check it out, guys. Nine seconds left, things get a little chippy, good old fight breaks out before the end of the game.

BOLDUAN: I think that was beyond the chippy definition. That's a lot chippy, Andy.

CUOMO: So, Andy, the NBA finals, it's been a tough spot for you, pal. I mean, you know, you're in the business of being right about this.

BOLDUAN: Hang on. You keep making fun of him.

CUOMO: What do you see tonight, can the Heat come back or is it over?

SCHOLES: Yes, you know what, guys, I think Heat is going to win this one because --

BOLDUAN: It's over.

SCHOLES: -- I think it's do or die tonight.

BOLDUAN: You think? You think?

SCHOLES: They got to win this game. I'm picking them to win the game so that means they're not going to win.


SCHOLES: The Spurs, they're just one win away from their fifth NBA title. I think odds are against the Heat right now. They're trying to come just the fourth team in the last 18 years to come back from a 3-2 deficit in the finals. Good news for Miami, though, guys. They haven't lost back-to-back games since mid-January.

The bad news is, though, they haven't won back-to-back games in nearly a month. We'll have to see what happens tonight. Game six tips off at 9:00 eastern.

CUOMO: Little statistical inconsistency. All right. So, give us this great moment in the making we've been teasing up this morning with the kids and the foul ball.

SCHOLES: Yes. A College Baseball World Series last night, you know, it's nothing quite like getting a foul ball, especially if you're a kid. You got to check out this girl in the stands last night. She's the lucky one of all her friends that gets this ball, and she definitely lets them know about it. Look how excited she is.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Oh, she's too excited.


SCHOLES: Bad news, guys, though. Look at this poor little boy with the cup. And while she's celebrating, he's going to get a face full of fruit punch.


SCHOLES: So, not only does he not get a ball, he gets a face full of fruit punch.


BOLDUAN: I'm sorry. I did not mean to laugh at. They're so cute. They're so cute. It's so cute. Oh my God.

SCHOLES: And guys, you know what, John Berman says he celebrates just like that when he gets a foul ball.

PEREIRA: With fruit punch and everything.

BOLDUAN: Oh, we see him celebrating like that if we give him like a cookie on set.

CUOMO: I think he winds up being the kid with the fruit punch.

BERMAN: You know what, my favorite one, my favorite one is when the father catches the ball, gives it to the kids in his lap, and the kid's like thanks and just throws it back.




BOLDUAN: I loved that one. Andy, thanks so much, Andy.

SCHOLES: You're welcome.

CUOMO: Very good stuff.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, air scare, dramatic audio and pictures from inside that flight where one out of control passenger said he was poisoned. His fellow flyers tie him down.

BOLDUAN: And a woman wakes up from a serious car accident speaking with a French accent, but she's not French. How is this possible?



DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN": You know, think about Edward Snowden, he's the guy that leaked all of the NSA secrets, and he's in the big trouble, and they can't find the guy. He had a 90-minute press conference today, but yet, they can't find the guy.


LETTERMAN: Dick Cheney says he believes that Ed Snowden is working for the Chinese and I said, oh, come on, Dick, aren't we all working for the Chinese really when you think about it?



LETTERMAN: Isn't that the way this is going?

STEPHEN COLBERT, HOST, "THE COLBERT REPORT": Now, folks, this secret program's name, prism, is an acronym for planning tool for resource integration synchronization and management. Incidentally, for revealing PRISM, Snowden may soon be in prison or probably regretting identifying self on national TV.



PEREIRA: You love Colbert. He's a funny dude.

BOLDUAN: Well done. Well done. Well done.

CUOMO: It's interesting, though, that they still don't have Snowden in custody. Just interesting irony there.

BOLDUAN: They said -- they have said just yesterday they don't even know where he is exactly.

CUOMO: Always comforting.


All right. How about 30 minutes of commercial free news. Yes. That's what we're going to give you. We're going to start right now with some of the stories everyone will be talking about today.

We begin with homes under a wildfire threat. Already, 150 homes have been evacuated along the main route in Yosemite National Park in California. More evacuations are possible. The fire which started Sunday has burned about 1,600 acres and is just 15 percent contained.

But, here is one of the reasons we're telling you the story. Remember the guy who became a viral sensation for this? Take a look.

The double rainbow, right? He's now bracing for a fight on that same mountainside dealing with another spectacular but far more dangerous scene. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoa, geez! That thing is, oh my God! Those are 100-foot tall ponderosa pine trees and those flames right there are like crisp.


CUOMO: And he is right in the path of that marching blaze. The man's name is Yosemitebear Vasquez (ph). That's his name. And he says he refused to evacuate last night because he's planning for this for decades. He says he's got water, he's got hoses, he ready to go.

Yosemitebear, be safe. We love your pictures, but not that much.


BOLDUAN: OK. I'm going to be the one that's giggling, but it's sad and scary, but also hilarious. This guy and the way he describes pictures, I would like to have him on the show just to describe any video that he has on the show.

PEREIRA: Imagine he's (ph) a good burger.


CUOMO: Just his name alone, Yosemitebear.


BOLDUAN: I love that one.

OK. Here's a good one. This is fascinating. I probably think I've suffered from this myself. A woman who doesn't speak French woke up from a serious car accident with a French accent, an accent she just can't get rid of and has been stuck with it for eight years. Listen to this.


LEANNE ROWE, SPEAKS WITH A FRENCH ACCENT SINCE CAR ACCIDENT: It makes me so angry because I am Australian. I am not French.


BOLDUAN: Her doctors say she suffers from foreign accent syndrome, an extremely rare condition that experts estimate has affected only 60 people worldwide since --

PEREIRA: The brain is a fascinating, fascinating --

CUOMO: I saw a story on it once, it's real.

PEREIRA: No, I know, but --

BOLDUAN: Everything you see on TV you believe, right?

CUOMO: Yes, if I say it --


CUOMO: -- with my voice like this.

PEREIRA: All right. So, I've got one, too, and I know that Chris has some thoughts on this. A New York man comes home, finds four kids vandalizing the home, absolutely trashing it. He grabs the kids, throws them in a closet, waits for police, but now, he is facing charges.

Police say the parents of the kids demand child endangerment charges claiming the man shoved the kids, by the way, who were eight and 10 years old, grabbed them by the neck, even threatened them with the hammer. He says he was just trying to detain the children. As I mentioned, they're between eight and 10, for police -- Chris.

BOLDUAN: This is a tough one.

PEREIRA: He's got a firm opinion on this.

CUOMO: I was ready to huff and puff and say, this is political correctness gone crazy.


CUOMO: You killed me with the eight and 10-year-old fact.

BOLDUAN: That's the point.

CUOMO: You come home. The kids have broken in your home, if that's what happened, if these kids broke into his home. Of course, he has every right to manhandle them and get them into a situation where the authorities can come. Yes they're kids. You have to be different. And if they were teenagers which was what I thought it was --


CUOMO: But, for the parents to get upset, they should be upset with themselves. Why were their kids in that house?

PEREIRA: And apparently, the kids have been a problem. They've been on ATVs in the neighborhood and causing problems, et cetera, et cetera.


PEREIRA: They'd been asked to stay away. So, this isn't the first time they've had a run-in.

BOLDUAN: This isn't the first time. This is something to describe (ph) maybe has been dealing with, maybe not in his home, but in the community. I don't know.

CUOMO: Parents should deal with the kids first, but still, little PC gone too far there.

BOLDUAN: Yes. You do not like the PC police.

CUOMO: I do not.

BOLDUAN: It follows you very much.

PEREIRA: It's a teaching moment for all involved, especially the family and the kids.

CUOMO: If there were my kids, that's a teaching moment.

BOLDUAN: That is definitely a teaching moment.

All right. We want to hear your thoughts, obviously, because we have enough of our own, but we actually would like to hear yours. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook or go to our website, Chris will remember it at some point in the next first week of our show.

Hear that music? It means it's time for the rock blog (ph), a quick tour of the interesting headlines topping the morning papers and the web, from health to science to business. Everything in between. What do you have first for us, Michaela?

PEREIRA: All right, Katie. In "The Washington Post," the Susan G. Komen Foundation has named Judith Salerno as the new CEO, replacing founder Nancy Brinker. This move comes a year after the charity's Planned Parenthood funding controversy.

In "USA Today," the sweet smell of science and English study says those with a rare form of a sweat gene are wasting their money on deodorant. It turns out, they have no underarms odor.

And to the "Salt Lake Tribune," Miss Utah blew the (ph) interview didn't win Miss USA, but she has upstaged the winner. Marissa Powell already has a bunch of TV appearances lined up, including a visit to Jimmy Kimmel.

BOLDUAN: All press is good press.


CUOMO: Very nice.

BOLDUAN: What is seems.


CUOMO: Agreed. Agreed. Christine Romans are with us. All the business news that we need to know. What do we have?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Well, we have Yahoo! saying it received 12,000 to 13,000 requests on user data from the government, most were criminal investigations. This follows similar announcements revealed, really, from Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook.

NASA selecting its next generation of space explorers, half of them, four are women. It's the highest percentage of female candidates ever selected for a class. The new astronauts were drawn from a pool of 6,000.

And builders, home builders say housing is back. Home builder confidence hit its highest level in seven years. 8:30 a.m. eastern this morning, a new report on housing starts for May is expected to show an eight percent increase and more evidence that the housing recovery is real, folks.

BOLDUAN: Yey! Good news. Thank you, Christine.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: Housing back, finally, good news, Indra Petersons. Just kidding. Indra Petersons is in the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: -- good news, right that I'm here -- exactly. We're talking about rain all over the country which is not good news. We know that I'm always bringing the bad news in the morning, and looks like the next 48 hours, a huge chunk of you are going to be talking about bad, rainy weather.

Where the heaviest rain is expected? We're talking about the Carolinas, about two to four inches in the Carolinas right along the coastal sections, about maybe one to two inches around Tallahassee, that three to five inches possible right around eastern portions of Texas right near Austin.

Unfortunately, where they need the rain, they are not getting it right around Texas. It looks like still dry and only getting worse as we go in through tomorrow. California, Colorado, not looking good.

BOLDUAN: A lot to keep an eye on as the day progresses. Indra, thanks so much.

We're at the top of the hour, which means, of course, time for the top news.