Return to Transcripts main page


U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Expected; James Gandolfini Dies at 51; Miami Heat Repeat; Facebook Launches Instagram Video; Particularly Bad Fire Season in West; Avoiding Plane Crashes

Aired June 21, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with Michaela Pereira. It is Friday, June 21st.

As the U.S. heads into peace talks with Taliban leaders, the new issues on the table, the release of the only known U.S. soldier in captivity, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Let's get to CNN's Barbara Starr. She has more.

Barbara, good morning.


Well, right now the only question on the table really is will President Obama give the Taliban what they want in return for getting Bowe Bergdahl back?


STARR (voice-over): There may be fragile new hope for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

BOWE BERGDAHL, U.S. SOLDIER: Release me. Please, I'm begging you, bring me home, please. Bring me home.

STARR: Bergdahl is the only American soldier known to be in captivity, held, it's believed, for the last four years by insurgents along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. Now, the U.S. and the Taliban are on the verge of a face-to-face meeting in Doha, Qatar, to talk about ending the Afghanistan war and Bergdahl is on the negotiating agenda.

JENNIFER PSAKI, STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: Certainly, the issue of Sergeant Bergdahl, on the fact that he has been gone too long, will be a part of the discussion.

STARR: The Taliban wants to swap Bergdahl for five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay.

But some observers ask, should the U.S. negotiate with terrorists even if it's to bring an American home?

JAMES CARAFANO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION: We should never stop trying to get him back. But I don't think anybody wants to see their country sold down the river, in a sense, just to bring them back.

STARR: James Carafano, an analyst with the conservative Heritage Foundation, says be careful about talking to the Taliban about anything. They see victory in just getting the U.S. to sit down with them.


STARR: And we're going to be watching this throughout the weekend because Bowe Bergdahl's parents will make a rare public appearance tomorrow at a rally in their hometown of Hailey, Idaho, and make another appeal for their son's release -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right, Barbara. Four years just too long. Got to bring him home, have to find a way to do it.

BOLDUAN: Yes, there's also more news developing this.

So, let's get straight to Michaela for that.

PEREIRA: All right. Thanks so much, Kate and Chris.

Making news, you can bet there's a whole lot of celebrating going on in South Beach. LeBron James and the Heat winning their second title. LeBron, 37 points including the game-clinching shot in a thrilling 95- 88 game seven win over Tim Duncan and the Spurs. James became just the third player to be named finals MVP two years in a row. The others, oh, some fellows by the name of Bill Russell and Michael Jordan.

President Obama expected to announce former Justice Department official James Comey as his next choice to be the next FBI director. Comey, a Republican, was deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush. He'd replace Robert Mueller who's tenure began days before the September 11th attacks.

Are you agitated by having to turn off all your gadgetry when you fly? "The Wall Street Journal" says the FAA is expected to relax the ban on some personal electronics at low altitudes, giving passengers some flexibility before taxiing and take off. Cell phone calls are expected to remain off limits. The FAA reportedly won't make a formal decision on relaxing the rules until late September.

A fireworks plan in Montreal goes up in a fireball. Two people were killed as the fire and smoke intensified. Can you see and hear the fireworks going off inside. Everyone within but a half mile was evacuated.

A highway that connects Montreal with Toronto was shut in both directors for hours. An investigation into the cause is under way.

I want to share an incredibly heartwarming reunion. A sergeant in the National Guard surprises his family during game two of the Stanley Cup Finals. Sergeant Dale Dick arranged an appearance on the ice with the Blackhawks and his and children. They had no idea.

He has been in Afghanistan for nine months, and wanted to make his return home extra special.


SERGEANT DALE DICK, U.S. ARMY: I've been gone the last couple of years on two different deployments in the last three. So I thought this would be nice. I told them where I was at.

I was in Afghanistan for the last nine months. I hadn't seen my brand-new boy. So they said they were going to do it for me. And I'm forever grateful.


PEREIRA: Yes, you heard it right, it was the first time Sergeant Dick had an opportunity to meet and hold his baby son.

BOLDUAN: The baby's, like, who is this guy?

PEREIRA: He's, like, I like his face.

BOLDUAN: I like him.

CUOMO: Obviously, the soldier sacrificed, but we forget, it's the whole family that gives up so much. We thank them for their service.

BOLDUAN: I love those moments.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: tear gas, rubber bullets, riot police all being used to subdue protesters in Brazil. Is there an end in sight?

CUOMO: And then, Angelina Jolie back in her role as U.S. envoy for the first time since announcing her double mastectomy. She did an exclusive report for CNN. And we have it coming up.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Let's go around the world for the news happening across the globe this morning. Starting in Brazil where the president there has scheduled an emergency cabinet meeting in response to growing anti-government protests there.

CNN's Matthew Chance is reporting from Rio.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is easily one of the biggest protests that Brazil has seen since these demonstrations began. It started off as a protest over rising bus fares. But it's become something much more important, something much broader than that. Ask anyone here what they say they're demonstrating against now is corruption; it's bad education, and a bad health care system.

They want a complete change of the system in Brazil -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Matthew, thank you so much.

Now to terrifying flash floods in northern India. Hundreds of people may already be dead.

CNN's Mallika Kapur is there.


MALLIKA KAPUR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: These waves coming down the mountain are bringing passengers stranded by the floods down to dry, flat land. Tens of thousands more remain trapped. And rescue teams have intensified their efforts to locate and evacuate them.

Relatives of people who are still missing are coming here from various corners of India to try and get some information about their loved ones. But poor cell phone and Internet connectivity is making that very hard to do. The death toll now stands officially at least at 150. It's expected to rise significantly over the next few days.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: That video is just jarring. Mallika, thanks so much.

And in Rome, we are awaiting autopsy results for "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini.

CNN's Dan Rivers has more.


DAN RIVERS, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we've now confirmed that James Gandolfini was traveling with his 13-year-old son and his sister when he collapsed at this hotel in central Rome on Thursday night. Paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate him. They continued CPR as they rushed him to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

He was here with his family to attend a film festival down in Sicily. The film festival that now will be held in his memory -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Dan, thank you. Thanks so much.

CUOMO: All right. We've been talking all morning about the new champ in the NBA. The Miami Heat have done it again. They won game seven. Amazing series.

Let's bring in Andy Scholes with more on this morning's "Bleacher Report."

Andy Scholes didn't make a call about who was going to win. Does not get any glory.

BOLDUAN: It's finally over, Andy.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: You know what, guys? It's documented on Twitter before the series, I picked the heat to win this in seven. I might not have got each game right, but overall I got there one way or another.

You know, this game, what a game it was in game seven. It lived up to all the hype. And when it was all said and done, this one another instant classic. Neither team able to get more than a seven-point lead the entire way in this one.

Miami up three in the fourth quarter. Shane Battier knocked down the three. He hit six threes in this game, amazing performance from him.

And you know, the Spurs, though, they would not go away. Look at this. They come right back. Tim Duncan, the and one (ph). That gets them back within three. Down two with under a minute to go.

This is a play Tim Duncan will never forget. Point-blank misses it. That would have tied the game. And on the very next possession, LeBron, he'll put the nail in the coffin right here with the jumper. He finished with 37 points, ties a record for most points in an NBA finals game seven victory.

Heat win it, 95-88. LeBron, your finals MVP for the second year in a row guys, and this celebration will continue Monday morning with the victory parade through downtown Miami.

CUOMO: Good for them, good for them. And Andy Scholes has been picked to win it again next year. So, we'll have to see what happens.

BOLDUAN: At least it was a good series.

CUOMO: Young girl soccer players all over the word, certainly in America, have a new name to look up to. They don't have to have just Mia Hamm. Who's the new name?

SCHOLES: That's right. Abby Wambach, she's the new queen scorer in all of women's soccer. She set the new record for international goals last night. She scored four goals, guys, in the first half of the game against South Korea. It gives her 160 for her career. So, a big congratulations to her.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Abby Wambach scored her third goal against South Korea.


CUOMO: Very nice. Good stuff there, Andy. Something for everybody. Appreciate the "Bleacher Report," as we do every day.

SCHOLES: All right, guys.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks so much, Andy. Let's get straight to Indra Petersons in the weather center now for what you need to know before you head out the door.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I'm taking everyone back to the basics. It's been such a bad fire season. A lot of people are asking, you know, why are we having these fires so early? Let's remember, we get the moisture in the wintertime. We dry out typically in the summertime. And by fall, when all that (ph) just dry is when we typically see the winds pick up and we see the fire season.

Unfortunately, this year, we've had such a deficit in rainfall in the southwest that instead of seeing the peak in the fall, we're now looking at fall-like conditions early on. That means the fire season's not only peaking early, it's going to be lasting throughout the entire period. So, that's a tough situation. We're going to be dealing with it, of course. We continue to have these red-flag warnings.

The situation is not great today because once again, we have high pressure close to low pressure. The reason that such a problem, with winds go (ph) clockwise around the high, counter clock towards (ph) the low, what does that mean to us? Dry southwesterly flow. So, very windy conditions that are not only adding to those warm temperatures. We're talking about 80s, 90s, even some triple-digit heat out there, but single-digit humidity with that as well.

So, that's the bad news. What we need is that high pressure to scoot (ph) over. When that happens, it will give (ph) moist in the area. But it doesn't look like we're going to see that until next week. So, I mean, that's the problem here. We're looking at fire season so early on, and we know it's only going to get worse from here.

BOLDUAN: All right. Indra, thank you.

CUOMO: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY, planes getting close to each other again. Why in the skies over New York City, two planes come way too close? We're going to give you details on the potential disaster.

BOLDUAN: Coming up.

Also, plus, Angelina Jolie giving comfort to refugees for the first time since her announcement of the double mastectomy. We have her report exclusively for CNN.



JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": NSA director, General Keith Alexander, says the surveillance program made public this month has helped foil over 50 terrorist plots since 9/11. Fifty. In fact, the NSA has ruined more plots than director M. Night Shyamalan. That's how --


LENO: I'm just telling you.

JIMMY FALLON, HOST, "LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON": The white house staff played softball against a team made of marijuana lobbyists.


FALLON: Which explains why there were like 20 hits before the game even started.


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: That was coming. We like that.

CUOMO: Jimmy wins.

BOLDUAN: That's easy humor.

CUOMO: Still like it.

BOLDUAN: Pot humor is easy humor.

There's a new way to capture your very special moments as long as it is under 15 seconds. Facebook has announced a new short video service for its photo-sharing app Instagram which we love. The new service is Facebook's answer to Twitter's video app, Vine. You got all that?


BOLDUAN: If not, we're about to try to break it down. Laurie Segall is here, CNN's money -- CNNMoney tech correspondent. So, walk us through what this all about.

LAURIE SEGALL, CNNMONEY TECH CORRESPONDENT: First of all, Instagram, 130 million users, sold for $1 billion at Facebook. A big deal maybe to your kids, too. A lot of younger users. Essentially, you can take a video, 15 seconds, edit is yourself, put a cool filter on it, and bottom line, it makes you look like a much better cinematographer than you actually are, which is great.

That's awesome. I actually tested it out specifically for you guys at "New Day." So, check out my attempt.

CUOMO: Exclusive.

SEGALL: Exclusive.


(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEGALL: Good morning, guys. So, right now, you're looking at me, and I have a filter. The video looks kind of cool. I'm actually testing out a smartphone app called Instagram. They just launched a video component.


SEGALL: So, maybe I could be a little bit more creative, OK? This is my first go at it. I put a moon filter on. So, maybe I'm better --

CUOMO: Black and white?

SEGALL: Yes. I thought maybe it looked better in black and white.

BOLDUAN: You look good. You look good. What are the real differences? I mean, this is direct competition for -- direct competition to Vine. What's the real difference between these two services other than they're on different social media?

SEGALL: Essentially, this one, 15 seconds you got. Vine, you got six seconds. So, a lot of the vine users are these creative, artsy folks making these little in-short videos. Fifteen seconds, you got a little bit longer. Kevin Systrom, founder of Instagram said I want this long enough that you can actually capture the moments. So, he's betting 15 seconds is really going to be that magic number.

PEREIRA: So, my question is, is this a shot across the bow of Vine? Are they going to suddenly have to scramble and get video

BOLDUAN: They're now going to go 16 seconds.

CUOMO: They're going to go 16.

BOLDUAN: And a half seconds.

SEGALL: Right. No. You know, this is what happens in Silicon Valley. You launched something. The other person launches something on op-ed (ph). So, we already here from Vine. They put to the couple of (ph) Vine the other day showing that there might be some new features, that they might show you the ability to edit because you can't edit with Vine. So, we'll see.

BOLDUAN: And the big difference is also you put -- you can put a filter on it just like Instagram, you can. Vine, you cannot. We tried this this morning.

CUOMO: We did it.

BOLDUAN: We did it.

CUOMO: We took videos --


CUOMO: Let's show them our video.


BOLDUAN: Stop talking and throw some football. Throw it to me.

CUOMO: Good hands. You can't make that throw look any better. No matter what filter they have. He said, oh, my face! Catch the ball.


BOLDUAN: It seemed pretty easy.

SEGALL: Yes. Look, this kind of thing, they're hoping that this is going to be the next big thing. Everyone's been waiting for this.

CUOMO: People like video.

SEGALL: People love video.

CUOMO: It's a big deal now, especially with the phone --


BOLDUAN: They want more, more, more, more. More little --

PEREIRA: -- good family-sharing videos of the child taking the first step.


PEREIRA: Cats in costumes.

BOLDUAN: That first step doesn't last 15 seconds normally. But yes, that's perfect. Perfect. All right, Laurie, thank you so much.

SEGALL: See you, guys.

CUOMO: We cue the music. You know what that means here on NEW DAY, "The Rock Block," a quick tour of the interesting headlines topping the morning papers in web, health, science, business, beyond. Whatever --

BOLDUAN: Beyond.

CUOMO: Michaela, what do we got?


PEREIRA: Let's checking the "L.A. Times here," the FDA has approved the over-the-counter use of the morning-after pill Plan "B" One-Step for all women and girls regardless of age. It comes after the Obama administration complied with a court order to do so.

In "The New York Times," researchers have produced a new 3D map of the human brain. That shows unprecedented detail. The new map called big brain produces images 50 times greater than before.

And in the "New York Post," New Jersey banning trash talking. The new policy penalizes teenage (ph) players for unsportsmanlike behavior. No room for that.

CUOMO: I like it.

BOLDUAN: Keep it clean, people.

CUOMO: Keep it clean for the game.

BOLDUAN: All right. Christine Romans is -- thank you, Christine -- here with our business news you need to know.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Home prices on fire. The National Association of Realtors says home prices jumped in May. $208,000 is the median price of the existing home, up 15 percent from last year, up 15 percent, biggest gain since 2005.

Mortgage rates eased a bit last month, but don't expect that to last too long with all the talk of the fed tapering. Freddie Mac says a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, 3.93 percent, the 15-year, 3.04 percent.

BOLDUAN: All right. All right.

CUOMO: Thank you very much for the numbers. Now, we need the weather, and that means Indra Petersons in the weather center.

PETERSONS: Good morning. First day of summer, guys. We love it, right? And it likes to be nice and dry in the southeast. But unfortunately, out in the southwest, still looking at red-flag warnings. Very hot, dry and gusty winds as we go through the weekend. Talking about what we're looking for the rain. Again and again, we continue to see rain in the Dakotas, especially out towards Minnesota.

Another two to four inches expected in that region today. So, of course, flooding concerns will be the biggest concern in that area. But, again, back to the first day of summer, the stuff you like. Look at this, gorgeous weather pretty much across the entire country. Finally, I can make plans in New York this weekend.

No rain. I guess, I need to thank Chris for that because I'm not taking the blame when it's bad, right?

CUOMO: That's right.

PETERSONS: Thank you, Chris.

CUOMO: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: There you go. Thanks so much, Indra.

Coming up at the top of the hour which, of course, means it's time for the top news.


CUOMO: Near-miss. Breaking this morning, two planes come way too close to each other above New York City. Why does this happen so often? BOLDUAN: Market plunge. The Dow drops more than 300 points. Your 401(k) taking a bit hit, but just how worried should you be?

PEREIRA: And back at work. Angelina Jolie on the front lines, reporting on refugees from Syria, not slowing down at all after her surgery. A CNN exclusive.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Please bring me home.

ANNOUNCER: -- what you just have to see.

This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Friday, June 21st. I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: And I'm Chris Cuomo. We're with Michaela Pereira, as always, and we're in the middle of 30 minutes of commercial-free news.

BOLDUAN: Brand new this morning, a near disaster over New York City. Two airplanes almost slamming into each other. A near-miss. The incident is now being investigated by the FAA. One plane was arriving at JFK airport, the departing one departing LaGuardia. One source says the planes came as close as 100 feet to each other.

CNN's Rene Marsh is joining us now live with the latest on this. What more are you learning, Rene?

RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Kate, we can tell you that we've been in close contact with the FAA this morning. And we're just pulling in this information this morning. They tell us they are just starting this investigation. And here's what we know so far.


MARSH (voice-over): The incident happened here at New York's JFK Airport. A shuttle America Embraer E170 was taking off just as a Delta 747 was preparing to land. That 747 then peeled out of its landing in a standard procedure called a missed approach. The two planes then came way too close. The FAA will not confirm just how close.

In a statement, it said, "The two aircraft were turning away from each other at the point where they lost the required separation. Both aircraft landed safely."

It is the latest in a string of near-misses across the nation's airports in the past few years. Last year in Washington, D.C. at Reagan National Airport, three planes barely avoided slamming into one another after a control tower miscommunication. And a frightening near multiple collision in Denver just before last Thanksgiving.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Traffic alert. Traffic one o'clock less than two miles at same altitude descend immediately.

MARSH: A passenger plane caught on radar steering directly into the line of several aircraft. In 2010, a pilot at Boston Logan Airport takes a wrong turn, right into the path of another aircraft. An air traffic controller frantically works to avoid a disaster.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: JetBlue 1264 hold right there. JetBlue 1264 hold. Hold.

MARSH: Thankfully, the pilot hears him just in time. Crisis averted.


MARSH (on-camera): All right. And again, the FAA not giving us any specifics so far on exactly how close these two planes came to each other, but just to give you a sense, they say on average, they shouldn't be any closer than three miles.