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Paula Deen Racial Slur Controversy; More Trouble For Paula Deen; Zimmerman Trial Begins This Morning; Snowden On The Run; Oklahoma Teenager Missing; Out Of Coma And Responsive; Nik Wallenda Does It Again; King James Does It Again; The Original Apple For Sale

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PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): -- in the lawsuit of wanting to plan a southern plantation-themed party with black waiters. Just last year Deen spoke at a "New York Times" event about racial relations in the south and her views on slavery.

PAULA DEEN, CELEBRITY CHEF: Black folks played such an integral part in our lives. They were like our family, and we didn't see ourselves as being prejudiced. I think we're all prejudiced against one something or another. And I think black people feel the same prejudice that white people feel.

BROWN: Shortly after her public apology, the Food Network said it was not renewing her contract, putting an end to her three shows. The scandal has whipped up more than 13,000 comments on the food network's Facebook page. Food Network, I'm firing you, goodbye, wrote one user.

Others applaud the Food Network's decision to dump Deen. "Great move, Food Network. It had to be done. Disrespectful slurs will not be tolerated." And the fallout could continue. Listen to what QVC, which carries Deen's line of cookware, told CNN.

PAUL CAPELLI, VP CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, QVC (via telephone): We're watching those developments closely and reviewing our business relationship with Miss Deen.


BROWN: And Wal-Mart, which sells Deen's products, has not yet commented on the future of their relationship. Her cookware is sold at other chains including Target and Kmart. The case she's involved in is still ongoing and Deen has released a statement thanking the Food Network for 11 great years. Kate, back to you.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Pamela, thanks so much. So let's get more on this with Mike Paul, known as the reputation doctor, better than any title I've ever had. More than 20 years experience in strategic public relations. So beyond the legal trouble that she is facing, let's talk about her reputation. The role that she has and the brand that she has, it is all about reputation. Do you think she's done or do you think this is a blip and there's a chance that she could actually come back and have a career? MIKE PAUL, MGP AND ASSOCIATES PR: Well, there's a court of law and there's a court of public opinion. One of the things you need to be thinking about when you hear this story is approximately 50 percent, I would even lean more towards it being more than 50 percent, the court of public opinion.

The attorneys are behind the scenes, but there needs to be someone like myself, a crisis PR expert or reputation management expert helping her. If you have a traditional publicist helping her, it might have been part of the snafus we saw with the video, for example. You haven't been trained to think from a worst case scenario with all the decisions.

BOLDUAN: So can she come back or do you think she has done irreparable harm?

PAUL: I think she can come back. One of the things that she needs to do, and Chris and I talked a little bit about this, is really get to the emotional side of this issue, meaning as a white person, to try and think as closely as you can from the African-American experience in dealing with the "n" word, but even further than that, the slave experience, the racism we've had in this country for hundreds of years.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Mike made a very interesting point. There are two different things going on. One is the "n" word. You're not supposed to use it. We all know that, absolute liability. The second thing is this incident about the party. What that may play into is a different type of still existing bias that is exercised. I get it. I know there were slaves. I know they were beaten. That is terrible. I don't incorporate it emotionally into what I live and what I say. That's what you see in the second instance.

PAUL: Well, I don't think she has a chance unless we believe the affidavit. We believe she was very, very truthful in the affidavit. So suddenly come back and say, I'm sorry. People think she's sorry for getting caught. How do you change that? You put her through an experience emotionally, a new action, not just throwing out a press release. A new action she has to go through within herself to understand how bad this is.

That's one of the things I would do is walk her through, quite frankly, the slave experience, a scared straight experience, with an African-American professor maybe from a historical black college, who says we're going to take you to a plantation and show you a whipping tree and show you some pictures that are going to be very damaging to your psyche.

And you're going to be able to understand, as closely as you can at least -- you're not African-American. You didn't go through it yourself, but we're going to walk you through that experience so you can honestly and authentically say, I understand it differently now.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Increase that sensitivity. It's interesting. You talk about the court of public opinion, but her fans revere her. They're still backing her. PAUL: Well, I've dealt with, sadly, a few racial crises with clients over the years, and one of the things I've realized is, when those fans come out like that, whether it's a celebrity or a product even, they're not thinking of it from a racial perspective. They're thinking like a fan. I love Paula Deen. I love her show. I love her cooking. I support her. I'm drowning out anything else that you have to say.

BOLDUAN: Blinders on.

PAUL: My affinity is so strong for her in a different way that you might be reacting to the story, that I'm just looking at her blindly.

BOLDUAN: See if she comes back, if it's to the same level. Her brand was so huge. If she can reach that level again, there's a lot that needs to happen before that can go.

PAUL: Well, let's hope there's less head work and more heart work.

BOLDUAN: All right, Mike Paul, great to see you. Thank you.

PAUL: Glad to be here.

CUOMO: Got to give you the nod. At least she answered honestly in that affidavit.

Coming up on NEW DAY, the very latest on the Snowden case, where is he? Where is he headed? And will the U.S. be able to get him back?

BOLDUAN: And we go one-on-one in an exclusive interview with NBA star Lebron James coming up.

CUOMO: Plus Nik Wallenda's death defying stunt. We'll show you his incredible view, only Kate Bolduan could have done this.


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

BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan. It is Monday, June 24th. Coming up in this half hour, lots going on so let's get straight to Michaela for the top news happening right now.

PEREIRA: All right, good morning to you and good morning to you at home. Making news this news day, an international pursuit with some countries acting in defiance of the U.S., Edward Snowden, the self- proclaimed NSA leaker, is on the move with help from Wikileaks. He was believed to be boarding a plane from Moscow to Cuba, but it's unknown if he ever made it onto that flight. His final destination could be Ecuador. Snowden has asked that country for asylum. The U.S. released a scathing statement overnight criticizing China for helping Snowden and asking Russia to send him back to the states.

Opening statements in George Zimmerman's murder trial happening in about 90 minutes from now in Sanford, Florid, the prosecution had a late setback over the weekend. The judge will not allow expert testimony about who was heard screaming on a 911 call. The prosecution wanted to argue it was Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. He claims he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense.

Authorities in Ecuador say they've had no luck in the latest search for a missing 18-year-old high school valedictorian from Oklahoma. August Reiger's father will meet with government officials in Quito to discuss the search effort. Reiger was hiking on a mountain with his parents on Father's Day when he disappeared without a trace. He's now officially listed as a missing person.

The 10-year-old Philadelphia girl who received a lung transplant she and her family fought so hard for is said to be making encouraging progress. Sarah Murnaghan is on a ventilator and unable to talk, but we're told she is awake and she is responsive. Her family fought to have children prioritized for adult or organs. Sarah, who suffers from cystic fibrosis was near death when the transplant came through. So happy to report that progress has been made.

BOLDUAN: Such a major surgery for such a little girl. Thanks so much, Michaela.

All right, daredevil Nik Wallenda has done it again, this time with a death-defying high wire walk over the Grand Canyon, making the walk without a safety harness. Wallenda crossed 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River Gorge on a two-inch wide cable.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is live in the Grand Canyon this morning. Miguel, how did it all go? Thankfully, we know he made this through but how did it go?

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Gives me the willies just thinking about it. Look, we're just east of the Grand Canyon, Little Colorado River Gorge in the Navajo Nation. Whether you call it hair-raising or stomach churning, it was darned scary.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shoes feel slippery. There's dust on this cable.

MARQUEZ (voice-over): It didn't start well.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just need to relax more. Breathe through it. It's kind of hard to relax when you're 1,500 above the canyon.

MARQUEZ: It's 22 minutes and 54 seconds of death-defying, vertigo- inducing thrill.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's a view there, buddy.

MARQUEZ: A 2-inch thick cable stretching a quarter mile across the Little Colorado River.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not liking it.

MARQUEZ: The most hair-raising part of the Discovery Channel sponsored feats.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Lord, help this cable to calm down.

MARQUEZ: When the seventh generation daredevil's balance pole began swinging, teetering higher and higher.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Winds are way worse than I expected.

MARQUEZ: Was he losing control?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You'll have to tell me how long I'm on the wire.

MARQUEZ: Twice he stopped kneeling to regain his composure and steady the wire quivering under his feet. Over a hell whole been and without a tether or safety harness, the 34-year-old thrill seeker sounding more like a preacher.


MARQUEZ: The feat finished, Wallenda says it was his faith that kept him focused as he battled the winds and gusty conditions.

NIKOLAS WALLENDA, HIGH WIRE WALKER: It took me every bit of me to stay focused that entire time. My arms are aching like you wouldn't believe.

MARQUEZ: Life on a wire, cheating death one more day.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On a scale from 1 to 10, what he did tonight was unbelievable. I mean, I'd give it a 10.

MARQUEZ: For the finale, Nik Wallenda ran to the finish.


MARQUEZ: Now, for his next big trick, Nik Wallenda says he will walk between two New York City skyscrapers. Back to you, guys.

BOLDUAN: We'll wait for that, and it will be just as terrifying, and Chris will sit and do the same thing he did the entire time. Did you talk to the screen?

CUOMO: Good for him. Not for me. I'm sweating just thinking about it. In fact, I must move on to a CNN exclusive. Lebron James is already being called to be one of the greatest players ever to hit the hardwood. He just wrapped up his second straight NBA championship and no one would be surprised if he pulled off a triple peat next season.

BOLDUAN: Three-peat.

CUOMO: Rachel Nichols, three peat, I'm a Knicks fan. So the word is foreign to me.

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Three-peat is trademarked. You'll have to pay for that now.

CUOMO: Good thing I mangled it.

NICHOLS: There you go. And the victory parade in Miami is just a few hours away, but intense scrutiny for Lebron James his entire playoff run. It's why he actually stays off the internet during the whole playoffs just to kind of clear his mind. That intense scrutiny, you guys are going to see it has its rewards when they win and it all pays off.


LEBRON JAMES, FOUR-TIME NBA MVP: Last year you kind of -- the time went by so fast, and it's like, wow, I really just -- it's gone. It's gone like that. So I want to make sure I take full advantage of this one.

NICHOLS: After you won your title last year, you said it was the toughest thing you had ever done, and then after you won the title this year, you said you were going to go back and tell the guy from last year, no, no, no, this is the toughest thing I've ever done. Why?

JAMES: I guess, I want to say I apologize to you because I lied to you last year.

NICHOLS: Directly to my face.

JAMES: This one right here was definitely tougher. I'll tell you one thing, I love the feeling.

NICHOLS: I know that during the playoffs you try to tune out all that outside noise and that you get off social media and turn in your phone and that kind of thing. What do you do?

JAMES: I watch a lot of old basketball finals games, playoff games. I watch some TV series, TV shows. I ripped through "24," a few seasons of that. I watched a lot of the old Bulls finals games.

NICHOLS: So Michael Jordan and Kiefer Sutherland got you through these playoffs?

JAMES: Got me through it. That's pretty good.

NICHOLS: You're engaged to your high school sweetheart. There are people that don't know it. You have two sons. You joked the night you won the title, if you hadn't won, you're getting married this summer, and you'd have to call off the wedding. I'd like to know what your fiancee thought about that?

JAMES: She would have drug me by my collar, no matter how I looked, to get up there and say I do. She runs the house.

NICHOLSL: You've been in the public eye since you were 16 years old. When you came down to Miami, it's the first time you'd ever been away from home, speaking of that kid, this man getting married. It's a big change. JAMES: Even though I played for Cleveland for seven years, I still lived in my hometown of Akron. I was in Akron for 25 straight years. That's all I knew, all my friends and family. When I made that change, it was very challenging for me. It made me, I guess, grow. It made me comfortable and played the game of basketball at a higher level.

NICHOLS: Being more of a grown-up now, being more comfortable, being an adult, it can't be a coincidence you feel that way off the court, and then professionally, you're at the best time professionally of your life winning two championships.

JAMES: Right, timing, timing. I'm just trying to take full advantage of it.


NICHOLS: Of course, we move away from home, and we grow up a little bit. Moving away from Indiana to the big city here, right, Kate?

BOLDUAN: Everyone else says, you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can't take Indiana out of the girl.

NICHOLS: Look how much you've grown.

BOLDUAN: Rachel, stop, please, please. All right, Rachel, great interview. Thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, is this, we're going to show you, really the world's ugliest dog. I'm not being mean, but I'll tell you, John Berman takes issue with that title.


CUOMO: Hello, everybody. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is money time. Christine Romans is here with all the news you need to know. Hello, Christine.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. What you need to know, U.S. stock futures are sharply lower this morning following last week's drubbing on Wall Street. In China this morning, the main index there saw the worst one-day loss since 2009. Investors are worried about a credit crunch and whether Beijing is doing enough to stop it. Shanghai stocks down 5 percent. It is going to hurt us, folks.

It's the little computer that started the whole industry and it is up for sale. Christies is auctioning off the Apple 1 hand built by company co-founder Steve Wozack back in 1976. He and the late Steve Jobs sold the computers for $666. The winning bid expected to come in around $1.5 million. The auction ends, you guys, July 9th, a piece of history.

BOLDUAN: A piece of history. That is a big profit.

CUOMO: Thank you very much. Time for John Berman time. He is here with his NEW DAY award of the day award. JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Today, guys, I have to tell you I am outraged. This is all about outraged. Let me take you to Petaluma, California right now. I want to show you what was supposed to be the world's ugliest dog competition. Take a look at this. This is where hideous malformed creators are supposed to compete for the title of the world's least attractive canine. The winner this year, 4-year-old Wally. Look at Wally right now.

BOLDUAN: Not so ugly.

BERMAN: He's not ugly at all. I know ugly and this dog is not ugly. He even borders on sort of cute, right?

BOLDUAN: Cute picture.

BERMAN: When I was a kid, ugly used to mean something. Take a look at the last two winners here. Look at the last two winners here. Wally is like Kate Upton next to these things. Like having bolt win a slow contest. Have our standards slipped so much that this qualifies as ugly? This is the nanny state at work, again.

I am outraged because the award today is a very special award. It is the dances with wolves award. Remember when that film won best picture in 1991 and everyone knew "Good Fellahs" was better. It's happened, again, folks.

PEREIRA: Good movie reference, Berman.

BERMAN: You guys have no idea just what happened here.

CUOMO: That was good.

BOLDUAN: All right, coming up next, coming up next on NEW DAY, first Hongkong and then Moscow and now possibly Ecuador. Where is NSA leaker Edward Snowden? We check in with New York Congressman Peter King.

CUOMO: Lots of speculation about the royal baby and just how Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, plans to deliver. Guess what, we have the details when we come back.


BOLDUAN: Hear that music? That means it is time for the rock block, quick trip of the interesting headlines top of the morning papers and the web in health, science to pop culture and beyond. Let's get straight to Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, let's see what we have. The first headline of the "Harper Courant." The more money people make, the happier they are. Maybe money can buy happiness after all in Connecticut.

In "The Boston Globe," not your typical NBA trade, Boston Celtics sending their coach Dock Rivers to the L.A. Clippers for a first round pick in the 2015 draft. In "USA Today," Wendy is going where no burger chain has gone before. Introducing the pretzel bacon cheeseburger (inaudible) the burger served on a toasted pretzel bun will be available coast to coast in a couple weeks.

BOLDUAN: That is a strong move.

CUOMO: Time now for Nischelle Turner who has what is going on in pop news. Hi, Nischelle.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: They're selling this computer. Now they are making movies about his life. We are talking about the full trailer for "Jobs," the bio pic about Apple co- founder Steve Jobs is out now. The flick stars Ashton Kutcher and it was due out in April and now going to hit theatres August 16th.

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly from that 70s show, she is out on bail this morning after she was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving. She was busted in Burbank, California, this weekend.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are not engaged yet. There are speculation the rapper popped the question after the birth of their daughter but "People" magazine says just not true.

BOLDUAN: We are waiting, waiting. Finally, 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: Yes, we actually have something called an atmospheric river. I know that sounds like too much weather geekiness, really it's a huge moisture coming from Southeast Asia all the way to California that could bring up, yes, record rainfall.

Now, remember, it's June. We are still not talking about necessarily one or two inches. It's good news considering the drought conditions.

Also, about a half an inch, maybe an inch from the Northeast, down to Southeast. Typical afternoon thunderstorms across the country, but the story, the heat is on, 10, 15 degrees above normal and it is summer and it feels like it. I don't know about this.

BOLDUAN: Get over snow at this point.

PETERSONS: Good point.

BOLDUAN: Thank you. Indra, thanks so much.

We're now at the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.