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Heat Win NBA Championship; Near Miss Between Two Planes; Big Stock Market Slide; Deal On Immigration Inches Closer; New Details In Death of "Sopranos" Star; Patriots Tight End in Trouble?

Aired June 21, 2013 - 06:00   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: We're just doing people left and right, Berman. Sorry about that. Thanks so much.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: She made a good choice. We have a lot of great stuff coming up for you. An exclusive report from Angelina Jolie only for CNN on refugees from Syria. It's amazing how quickly she's gotten back to work.

BOLDUAN: And now, a jury in the George Zimmerman trial and who those jurors are. Fascinating. We're going break it down for you.

CUOMO: And then, the heart rending piece of the morning. There's our little man, Grayson. That's him, listening to his father's voice for the very first time. He had a rare medical problem. Doctors found a miracle way to cure it. And guess what? They're here with us this morning, Grayson, his mom, and his dad. We're going to see how this little boy is doing up close and personal.

BOLDUAN: We're almost at the top of the hour, which of course, you know, means it's time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pulls up, puts it in!

CUOMO: This morning, the champions again. LeBron James and the Miami Heat take down the Spurs to win the NBA championship two years in a row. Most exciting final in years.

BOLDUAN: And too close. Breaking this morning, a near miss over New York City. One plane landing, the other taking off just barely missing each other.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: New clues, Patriots' player, Aaron Hernandez, reportedly seen on tape with the man who just hours later turned up dead. Will the tight end be named a suspect?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is "New Day" with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome to "New Day," everyone. It's our first Friday. I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: And I'm Chris Cuomo. Allow me the first TGIF.


BOLDUAN: Well done.

CUOMO: Here at NEW DAY and of course, joined by Michaela Pereira. It is Friday, June 21st, 6:00 in the east. And the big story this morning, King James has done it again. For the second straight year, the Miami Heat are NBA champions. Lebron James scored 37 points in the Heat's 95-88 victory over the Spurs in game seven of the NBA finals.

Let's bring in Rachel Nichols live in Miami where the Heat fans are probably still celebrating. How was it, Rachel?

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chris, you know how this town is. There are a lot of people including myself who have not gone to bed yet after last night. And of course, they're celebrating the win, but they're also celebrating the way their team won. This is going to go down as the best finals in recent memory, maybe one of the best finals in NBA history, two elite teams, half a dozen hall of fame players on the floor and they just represented all the toughness, grit and heart that we really love about sports.


NICHOLS (voice-over): They fought to the very end, to the very last possible minute of the very last possible game of the season. If sometimes sports is about fantastic feats of athleticism, this NBA finals was about unrelenting determination. Two past champions bringing out the best in each other, but only one was left standing.

LEBRON JAMES, MIAMI HEAT: Saying hard work pays off was a true testament to what happened tonight. Last year when I was sitting up here, with my first championship, I said it was the toughest thing I've ever done. This year I tell last year, he's absolutely wrong. This was the toughest championship right here.

TONY PARKER, SAN ANTONIO SPURS: Obviously, we were really disappointed, you know. I had a great opportunity in game six and tonight, you know, we did a great fight, but just couldn't get over the hump. That's the life of sports.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought we had a little bit of everything. We've got a bunch of guys who aren't going to give in, who keep playing for each other, with each other and really feel a responsibility to each other. You know, I expect nothing less, and that's what I got.

NICHOLS: The San Antonio Spurs had every right to think they had won the series three days ago in a potentially clinching game six, they were up by five points with less than 30 seconds to go. But the Miami Heat fought and fought some more, pushing the finals to a thrilling seventh game and ultimately a second straight title. Afterward in a champagne-soaked locker room, players took extra time to savor the moment.

DWYANE WADE, MIAMI HEAT: I just wanted to soak it in, you know. We go through life so fast. We never really get to enjoy moments. It seems like they go past us. So I just wanted to take that moment, soak it in, holler at my home boy, Larry, right here and just have my own moment.


NICHOLS: Larry, of course, would be the Larry O'Brien trophy. I guess when you've won three like Dwyane Wade has you get to just call them Larry. You guys remember when Lebron James came down to Miami to join Wade three years ago. There was such a huge backlash. People hated that TV special "The Decision." Then team president, Pat Riley, organized a pep rally here in Miami and Lebron started counting the championships that he assumed they were going to win.

Not one, not two, not three, not four, that was seen as such arrogance, and when the Heat didn't win in their first year, people questioned the whole endeavor. Well, now they've won one and two, and public opinion on Lebron has largely rebounded. Really, Chris, it's hard to judge this big experiment of Riley's is anything but a success.

CUOMO: There is no antidote to any kind of hate like winning especially in sports.

BOLDUAN: Speaking of Riley.

CUOMO: It's interesting because we prize you here for your reporting, phenomenal reporter, great access, such integrity in it.

BOLDUAN: He's going to say "but" --

CUOMO: But here at NEW DAY, we're telling it how it is. We have a little piece of video, Rachel, that while we have you, we need you to account for. Here we are. They are celebrating, Pat Riley with champagne. Who's head is that? Is that the shortest member of the Heat? No, it is you. You are not disgusted. You are not yelling at him for breaking the line.

NICHOLS: I probably had to go on TV after that.

CUOMO: How do you respond, Rachel Nichols to moet on the head?

NICHOLS: A drowned rat look I was going for which is very chic these days down here in Miami. I don't know if you guys know that, if it's made it back up to New York or not. I've known Pat Riley for quite a long time, and I had asked him before that question just about the heart and everything that went into this championship. And he said it's something that you just feel. And then he said, just like I feel like doing this, a bottle of champagne over my head.

BOLDUAN: Perfect segue way. Perfect segue. All right, Rachel.

CUOMO: Glad you got into the moment. BOLDUAN: Get some rest and we'll see you back up here in New York. We'll see you soon.

Now to a scary story in the skies this morning, very new this morning, two planes getting way too close for comfort in the skies over New York City. The FAA is investigating a near-miss between a Delta flight arriving in JFK and a shuttle America regional flight departing from LaGuardia.

Rene Marsh is in Washington and joining us live with more on this. What are you learning this morning, Rene?

RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kate, you said it right off the top, a scary situation indeed there in New York. We are just pulling in this information from the FAA this morning and they are just starting their investigation. So here's what we know so far. One plane was supposed to land at New York's JFK Airport, but it did not instead the pilot kept the plane in the air and was flying in the direction of LaGuardia Airport.

Now, at this point, we have no idea why the pilot did not land as planned. It could be any number of reasons. He could have been experiencing problems with the airplane or another plane may not have cleared the runway as yet. Now, as this plane continued in the air, a second plane took off from LaGuardia, and that's when we had this near-miss in the New York City skies.

Now, the FAA telling CNN just a short time ago that it is investigating an incident on June 13th at 3:45 p.m. in which Delta Airlines Boeing 747 arriving at JFK's Runway 4 left lost the required amount of separation with a Shuttle America Embraer E-170 departing from LaGuardia's Runway 13. So that's from the FAA. Of course, we'll be following all of this as we get more information -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Rene, thank you. From the earlier report, it sounds like they got extremely close. We'll be following up on this. Thanks so much.

So hold on to your wallet this morning, folks. One day after a major market meltdown, Wall Street could be in for another wild ride. The Dow dropped 350 points Thursday, the worst day of the year. Christine Romans is keeping an eye on things for us. It's always seems like it's been a wild ride all year, but this was a particularly tough day.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: This was a vicious day across all markets. Kate, it was really concerning. Another day, another big plunge on Wall Street and there's growing worry the bull market may be turning.


ROMANS (voice-over): It was the worst single day for the Dow this year, dropping a whopping 353 points. No sector was immune to the selling. Banks battered. Manufacturers mauled. Home builders hosed. So what happened? Experts say there are two reasons behind the selloff. The first started Wednesday when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve may soon slow down the amount of money they're pumping into the economy each month.

BEN BERNANKE, FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN: We will ease the pressure on the accelerator by gradually reducing the pace of purchases.

ROMANS: The second, overnight Thursday, bad news from China. Manufacturing production fell for the first time in eight months. A sign that one of the world's most powerful economies isn't growing as fast as it had been. The pros on Wall Street say this was bound to happen after months of gains and record highs, and in fact, the fed pulling back might be a good sign that the economy's getting better.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is no fear. There is no panic that's going on. But I think we do know that it's going to be a nice slow, orderly process to see if our economy can stand on its own again.

ROMANS: But that doesn't make yesterday any prettier and stocks were only part of the news, a metal meltdown. Two and a half year lows for gold and silver. Gold, the shelter from the storm in the recession, is dropping like a rock, losing a quarter of its value to far this year. But don't be too afraid to peek at your 401(k). Even after yesterday's dramatic drop, the Dow was up more than 12.5 percent this year.


ROMANS: Interest rates on treasury bonds also hit a two-year high. That means higher mortgage rates, higher car loan payments could be coming. Watch this space every market moving yesterday.

BOLDUAN: Like we've been seeing it's kind of a good news/bad news story, but what are you expecting for today?

ROMANS: You know, right now, futures, Dow futures are up 108 points. So I think you're going to see people coming in, stepping in and buying some stocks today. You're going to see a little bit of normalization after a big move, but a 350-point move, that is big. There is this feeling that there's a shift happening. Higher rates are coming. Higher mortgage rates are coming and the stock market's going to have headwinds now if you're going to have the fed out of the game sometime next year.

BOLDUAN: All right, that's why we have you to watch it and try to make sense of it all. Christine, thanks so much.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

CUOMO: Also new this morning, the stalled deal for immigration reform stalled no more. A Senate group has agreed to a deal on a huge sticking point, strengthening border security. The deal calls for an additional $50 billion in border security spending. It doubles the number of border agents to 40,000.

Let's bring in CNN's Dana Bash. She has more. Dana, the extra $50 billion, was that enough? They think this is it now?

DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, if you listen really closely, Chris, you can probably hear the sound of GOP arms being twisted by their Republican colleagues now because the name of the game is to get enough votes in the Senate on immigration reform, to give momentum to the bill heading into the House where it is a very tough sell. Now, supporters from Capitol Hill to the White House hope this new change on border security will help.


BASH (voice-over): A frustrated vice president making a push on immigration reform before a group of Latinos in Las Vegas last night.

JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: I'm sick and tired of being defensive. I'm sick and tired of us acting like we have to apologize for doing the right thing.

BASH: For Republicans, in particular, it's all about border security. That's why they call an immigration deal to beef it up a breakthrough.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The border should not be an issue if this amendment passes.

BASH: Enhancing border security includes doubling the number of border agents to 40,000 and completing the 700-mile southern border fence. Republican supporters emphasize border security measures must be complete and certified before some 11 million illegal immigrants can get on a 13-year path to U.S. citizenship.

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Eleven million people live in the shadows and they live here in de facto amnesty and by God, they are being exploited every single day.

BASH: President Obama wants immigration reform for his legacy. Many Republicans want it to keep the party viable in the future since Hispanic voters are fleeing the GOP. Only 27 percent voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, a precipitous drop since George W. Bush won 44 percent in 2004. Still, much of the GOP base opposes any path to citizenship. We asked Florida Republican Marco Rubio, a lead GOP supporter, about conservative criticism.

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R), FLORIDA: Well, I understand why conservatives are upset. We shouldn't do this for politics. I can tell you politically this is as much a negative as it is a positive. People are really upset it, and I respect it, and I understand it.


BASH: Now, Rubio says over and over to his skeptical Republican colleagues that no one can become a legal permanent resident until border security measures are in place. But Republicans, especially those in the House, simply aren't buying it. That's where this goes next. And based on our conversations there, Chris, positions seem to be hardening against immigration rather than softening for it. John Boehner even compared immigration to Obamacare, which as you know is not a Republican complement.

CUOMO: No, but they're near a compromise, Dana, hopefully they'll do. Dana Bash, thank you for the reporting. Appreciate it -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: New details this morning on the death of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini. We've just learned that the hotel staff had to bust down the door to his hotel bathroom to get access to him. Doctors in Italy have performed an autopsy, as was expected, and are expected to release the results of that very soon. Early evidence suggests that the star suffered a heart attack while traveling in Rome.

CNN's Nischelle Turner has been following this tragic news since the beginning. What more are you hearing this morning?

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, of course, there is a lot of information that keeps coming in when they're trying to figure out what exactly happened. Still a lot of shock though that James Gandolfini is dead. The tributes, the well wishes for his family continue to roll in, and now we wait for answers why.


TURNER (voice-over): New details are emerging in the sudden death of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini who died of an apparent heart attack in Rome. Gandolfini was staying at this hotel with his family when he fell ill in the bathroom. His 13-year-old son, Michael, reportedly making the frantic call for help. Doctors attempted to resuscitate him for 40 minutes, but were unable to restart his heart.

Gandolfini was also traveling with his wife, Debra Lynn, and their 9- month-old daughter, Liliana. As his family waits for autopsy results in Italy, his television family is sharing more about the man they describe as generous, loyal and humble.

JAMES GANDOLFINI: Tell us she can stay with us if she wants.



TURNER: Edie Falco who played his wife on "The Sopranos" says she's devastated by his sudden passing saying "My heart goes out to his family as those of us and his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."

Gandolfini's television daughter, Jamie Lynn Seigler, says she's heartbroken, saying "I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly, one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability unbeknownst to him to make you feel like everything would be all right if he was around."

The Emmy award winning actor touched the lives of those he worked with and started a television transformation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There was never a character as dark and complicated as Tony Soprano on American television. Gandolfini sort of created an archetype. Tony Soprano would become the catalyst for so many other dark secretive characters. TURNER: Outside the Gandolfini family New York apartment, fans are leaving tributes to a man whose work and presence they'll deeply miss.


TURNER: Now, we spoke with John Travolta as well last night. He's a good friend. They had done five movies together. And he says that he has reached out to the Gandolfini family to help them get through this because, in John Travolta's words, I know how they're feeling. John and his wife, Kelly Preston, of course, lost her son, Jett, back in 2009.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely. And they appreciate all the support they can get at this point.

Nischelle, thanks so much.


CUOMO: It's a busy morning. A lot of news. Let's get over to Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Chris, Kate, good morning to you all. Big stories developing this hour, the massive protests across Brazil intensifying.

At least one person there has been killed. Tear gas and rubber bullets filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro as protesters faced off against riot police. Across the country, more than 1 million people protested in dozens of cities last night. Brazil's president is expected to hold an emergency meeting with her cabinet today in an attempt to calm things down. Government officials canceled that bus fare hike that originally sparked the backlash.

Now to flooding so severe, it could force as many as 100,000 Canadians to evacuate. A state of emergency in effect in Calgary, Alberta. Some homes there completely swept away.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Holy. There it is.


PEREIRA: Just intense video there. Mandatory evacuations are in place now for -- we know that mandatory evacuations are in effect. Parts of the southern Alberta --




PEREIRA: All right. So we see that incredible video there. Mandatory evacuations are in place for some 20 communities. We're going to bring you more news about what's happening there in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Meanwhile in Florida, opening arguments set to begin on Monday in the George Zimmerman's racially charged murder trial. He is the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of gunning down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. An all-female jury was chosen to hear the case. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense, but prosecutors will try to prove the murder was unjustified.

The firm that vetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden now under the microscope. The inspector general's office investigating allegations of routine failures with its investigations. Also, "Reuters" reported hiring screeners at contractor Booz Allen Hamilton found possible discrepancies in a resume Snowden submitted, but hired him anyway.

We now know the name of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby girl. According to "People" and, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian named her North, as in northwest. The name apparently been floating around as a rumor for months, but Kim quashed it back in March. She apparently changed her mind. And I hear the rumor is Nori will be her nickname, which is kind of cute.

BOLDUAN: Nori is an adorable name.


CUOMO: Those in the Southwest are somewhat offended.

PEREIRA: I think they feel alienated by the choice. No comment from the family. Congratulations.

CUOMO: Congratulations.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next, brand-new details on the investigation involving a New England Patriots player. We know how the victim died.

CUOMO: And there is an American soldier in captivity. The question is, will the American government have negotiations with the Taliban to get him out? The soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, there he is, when we come back.


CUOJMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Now to the developing murder investigation involving New England Patriots' player Aaron Hernandez. A law enforcement source tells CNN that Oden Lloyd, the man whose body was found near his home, was shot to death.

Susan Candiotti joins us live from North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Good morning, Susan.


Among the headlines this morning, Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots' star tight end, is seen on surveillance videos with his friend, Oden Lloyd, the night before Lloyd was murdered. According to that same report in "The Boston Globe," they were seen together on the street where Lloyd lived.

And on this street, the question is, where is Aaron Hernandez? He hasn't been seen here since he left for a meeting with his attorney yesterday.


CANDIOTTI (voice-over): The embattled Patriots' tight end spent much of Thursday away from home. First, he drove to Gillette Stadium as a news helicopter hovered overhead tracking his white SUV. Hernandez hustled into the facility. Next he stopped for gas where he was bombarded with questions from reporters.

REPORTER: Can you tell us -- anything you want to say? What happened on Monday night? Can you just tell us what happened on Monday night?

CANDIOTTI: The family of Oden Lloyd also wants to know what happened Monday night. They wonder why Lloyd, a friend of Hernandez, was shot dead. His body discovered a half mile from Hernandez's home.

Police are not calling Hernandez a suspect in the murder, yet Lloyd's family wants to know why police are searching Hernandez's home.

(on camera): What do you make of the questions that he is being asked, and what would you like to know?

OLIVIA THIBOU, VICTIM'S SISTER: I'd like to know why. You know, he was a very great guy. What could he possibly have done to anger anybody to do that? That's all I can really say.

CANDIOTTI: Do you think he might have had something to do with it?

THIBOU: I don't want to make a comment about that.

CANDIOTTI (voice-over): Olivia Thibou explained the relationship between Hernandez and the victim, saying her brother's girlfriend and Hernandez's fiancee are sisters. She confirms that on Friday, both men were at a nightclub together.

(on camera): As far as you know, ever have any angry words between them?

THIBOU: Not that I know of.

CANDIOTTI: Back at the crime scene, investigators using metal detectors poked through piles of dirt, looking for evidence in Lloyd's murder. Hernandez's lawyer won't comment on the investigation.

WBZ reports he met with his client in downtown Boston Thursday.


CANDIOTTI: Again, the police are not labeling Aaron Hernandez a suspect. And the district attorney's office tells me they are working around the clock for answers. The family of Mr. Lloyd tells me all they want, Chris, is justice.

CUOMO: All right. Thank you very much.

Let's bring in CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin over there with Kate in the one-on-one area.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Chris.

Sunny is here with me, a former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst.

So, I want to get your take as we're getting new information about this very troubling situation involving Aaron Rodgers.

We also are hearing reports that his home security system, his cell phone were destroyed. CNN, we have not confirmed those reports. But if these reports are true, that cannot be good for any defense.

SUNNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: No, no, because you would be charged with tampering with evidence and impeding an investigation.

But I will tell you what is troubling to me when I look at this case. It's been reported that there was a search warrant executed on his home. It is very difficult to get a search warrant, to go into someone's home and grab things. And so, the fact that a judge found probable cause that something has happened and that links Hernandez to that, that tells me that this is really an ongoing investigation and that it's a significant investigation.

BOLDUAN: And, Sunny, I apologize, I misspoke. I said Aaron Rodgers, a very different football player. Aaron Hernandez, of course, I meant. Apologies to everyone.

So, with all of this information out there, there's clearly the potential of an arrest. Why no arrest yet, then?

HOSTIN: Well, I think it's still preliminary. And the police are not saying that he is the suspect, that he is the target of the investigation. Again, it's an ongoing investigation. And I --

BOLDUAN: They seem to be kind of circle, though.

HOSTIN: Yes, because I think you have to be really careful. You hear of cases where people are named as suspects or targets very, very early. It can ruin someone's life, especially if they have done no wrong. And so, I think they're being very, very careful in this. We're talking about a high-profile person, a high-profile football player.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely.

HOSTIN: If they are wrong, they could ruin his career, ruin his life. And so, I think they're doing the right thing by taking their time. But again, a search warrant of someone's home tells me that this is a pretty significant investigation.

BOLDUAN: Yes. We're going to have to you back to talk much more about this.


BOLDUAN: Because every day we've been getting more and more information of just what is going on here.

HOSTIN: Yes, it's sort of being leaked out little by little. Again, I think we should caution everyone that this is a preliminary investigation.

BOLDUAN: And not jump to conclusions.

HOSTIN: And he hasn't been arrested. There's no arrest warrant as far as I know.

BOLDUAN: You're absolutely right. All right. We'll keep an eye on that.

Sunny Hostin, thank you.

Let's go over to Indra in the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning.

Hi, Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning. Big stuff, the first day of summer. I like it hot. I'm assuming Michaela likes it hot, these L.A. girls, we like the sunshine.

But let's talk about everyone getting (INAUDIBLE), we're going to be talking about temperatures and where they're expected to be above normal. This is the outlook for the next three months. Unfortunately, above average. We do not want it in the Southwest.

And actually, even in the Northeast, we're looking for above-normal temperatures. The outlook for rain, below normal in the same spots. But even the Pacific Northwest, a little unusual. An above-average rainfall expected in the southeast. So, that's what's expected over the next three months.

What's expected today, hey, it's Friday. It's the weekend, and it's beautiful. The Northeast loving this, 80s with no rain, we have been waiting for that one. Where is the rain? We're talking about around Minnesota, heavy rainfall. Two to four inches expected there. In the Midwest, one to three expected in the Dakotas as well. Not good news there.

Unfortunately, the worst news of all still looking in the Southwest, all that moisture falling out, we see the dry air, not the moisture. So, southwesterly winds flowing in, dry air, warmer temperatures. What they need is moisture. It looks like maybe next week.

So, crossing fingers. A tough weekend but next week, hopefully, southwest gets that moisture.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: new hope for the only American soldier being held in captivity. The U.S. government is now in talks with the Taliban.

CUOMO: And guess what Instagram learned? You know pictures? They move now. So they're offering video on Instagram. We're going to try it out for you right here straight ahead on NEW DAY.