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Snowden Says No; Egypt on Edge; Burning Out of Control; Heat Wave Rewrites Record Books; Together in Tanzania; Rocket Explodes After Takeoff; Ocean City Crash; Brazen Jewelry Heist; George Zimmerman on Trial

Aired July 2, 2013 - 06:00   ET



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's safe to say that our friends in China could, in fact, have made a difference here.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, breaks his silence, tears into the U.S., but can't seem to find a new home. Is he boxed in?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Ultimatum. Egypt's in turmoil. The military said to take over within 24 hours if the government doesn't make concessions. The streets are exploding and we're live on the scene.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Fallen heroes. New details on the 19 men who lost their lives fighting that Arizona wildfire. Husbands, fathers, sons. Their families speak out this morning.

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. Happy Tuesday. I'm Kate Bolduan. It is July 2nd, 6:00 in the east.

CUOMO: And I'm Chris Cuomo joined as always by news anchor, Michaela Pereira. We have a lot to get to this morning, including what could have been the most important day, so far, in the Zimmerman trial. Jurors got to hear Zimmerman in his own words,describing what happened that night. So, will he now not have to take the stand?

It came in the form of videotape statements he made to police the day immediately after the incident before he had a lawyer. So, what do you think the jury thought about it? We're going to break it down with our team of analysts. We have Sunny Hostin, we have Vinnie Politan, Danny Cevallos (ph), and of course, Nancy Grace.

BOLDUAN: Also, a powerful moment earlier this morning, two American presidents half a world away meeting in Africa to remember the U.S. citizens who lost their lives in an embassy attack 15 years ago. We'll go there live and also much more from CNN's exclusive interview with former president, George W. Bush.

PEREIRA: Also when is a joke more than a joke, a teen has been in jail for five months after he made a joke about a school shooting online. He was explicit that it was a joke so why is he still in jail? His father is going to join us live and will discuss that.

CUOMO: It will be interesting conversation Kate is going to have, something's wrong, when does it become a crime.

BOLDUAN: When does a joke cross a line?

CUOMO: Absolutely. All right, let's start this morning with a major new development, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has withdrawn his request for asylum in Russia. This comes after President Vladimir Putin put a surprising condition on Snowden, stop leaking information harmful to the U.S. So now Snowden is lashing out with a new statement bashing the Obama administration.

CNN's Phil Black is live in Moscow with more. Good morning, Phil.

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. Yes, so there was that one condition put there by Russian President Vladimir Putin and as you've mentioned, Snowden was not prepared to contemplate it at all, but applying for application in Russia was just one stage of a big plan to really widen his search to try and find a country that would protect him. In all, he has now applied to 19 governments around the world and he must continue sitting in that Moscow Airport waiting for a response.


BLACK (voice-over): Edward Snowden still has no eminent or obvious option for escaping the Moscow airport he arrived at more than a week ago. In a statement, he says he is unbound in his convictions. The Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised and it should be.

Snowden with help from Wikileaks has now formally asked 19 more countries for asylum, in addition to his early applications to Ecuador and Iceland. He accuses the United States of using fear and political aggression to block those requests. Now it is being reported after promising not to do so, the president has ordered his vice president to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

Russia was among the countries Snowden asked to protect him, but he withdrew that after President Vladimir Putin said it's not possible as long as Snowden continues leaking secret U.S. information. Putin said if Snowden wishes to stay in Russia he must, quote, "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners."

The electronics surveillance capabilities Snowden has revealed to the world were first implemented during the administration of George W. Bush. President Bush told CNN's Robyn Curnow Snowden has compromised that program and the United States.

GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: You know, he damaged the country and the Obama administration will deal with it.

ROBYN CURNOW, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Do you think it's possible for one man to really damage the security of the nation?

BUSH: I think he damaged the security of the country.


BLACK: Most of the countries that Edward Snowden has now applied to asylum from are European, and they include France and Germany, two countries which in recent days have been angry with the United States because of revelations they were targeted by its electronic surveillance program. So they are angry. The key question is, are they angry enough to help the man who told the world about that program's capabilities -- Chris.

CUOMO: Phil Black, thank you very much.

BOLDUAN: Now to Egypt on the edge, President Obama calling President Mohamed Morsi asking him to respond to his people's demands. Protesters there, just take a look at the video, calling on Morsi to step down today or they'll march on the palace, and Egypt's military giving him an ultimatum, resolve the dispute by Wednesday or they'll step in and restore order.

Our Reza Sayah is in Cairo with more on this. Reza, that 48-hour countdown is really ticking down.

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Egypt bracing itself, Kate, for a dramatic 24 hours. We're not sure what tomorrow is going to bring, but all sorts of signs that Egypt is about to push the reset button on the 2011 revolution. Remember, two and a half years ago they booted out dictator, Hosni Mubarak, and came the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, freely and fairly elected. The moderates and liberals didn't like it. They said he was hijacking the revolution with an Islamist agenda.

They want him out. Now indications are they're getting close to getting their wish, the military coming out with an ultimatum by tomorrow. They say all sides must resolve this matter, the president must meet the demands of the people otherwise they're stepping in. Now all eyes on the president and as you mentioned, Kate, President Obama calling President Morsi last night suggesting that he respond to the people's concerns -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Yes, this is clearly hitting a critical phase and important to the United States because it is a key U.S. ally in the region. Reza, we'll be back with you. Thanks so much.

CUOMO: The Yarnell Fire north of Phoenix is still burning out of control this morning. It has consumed nearly 9,000 acres, destroyed more than 200 homes since Friday. Meantime, we're learning more about those 19 elite firefighters who lost their lives bravely, trying to hold back the flames.

You are looking at the faces of heroism, they ranged in age from 21 to 43, they were husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers, some came from a family of firefighters. Others were new to the job, and they all gave their lives trying to protect their community.

CNN's Stephanie Elam joins us live from Prescott, Arizona. Good morning, Stephanie.

STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. Out here the memorial continues to grow as the members of this community here in Prescott still wait to hear what could have possibly gone wrong to lead to the loss of these 19 firefighters.


ELAM (voice-over): Late Monday, a town gathered to remember the fallen. Prescott, Arizona, a town where everyone knows each other and everybody here is mourning the loss of the 19 firefighters who died battling the nearby Yarnell Hill fire.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For those of us who were raised here, many of these firefighters were sons. They were brothers. They were fathers, and we are going to miss them so much.

ELAM: Called Hotshots, the men were highly trained firefighters tasked with getting close to the blaze and digging a fire line to help contain the flames.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People put their selves between the fire and you.

ELAM: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer came to Prescott to offer her support.

GOVERNOR JAN BREWER, ARIZONA: It's claimed more responders since any disaster since 9/11. This is the honor in the memory of the firefighter lost that day as they charged into the burning towers. We will remember the brave men of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

ELAM: All 19 men deployed their safety shelters as a last ditch effort but they weren't enough.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're made to handle intense heat for a short period of time so given the circumstances with the heavy fuels and the speed of the fuels, it had to be the perfect storm for these guys.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We don't know the specifics at this time of why the events added up the way they did. That's part of the investigation.

ELAM: As the investigation and firefight continue the people of Prescott are honoring their hometown heroes leaving an array of flowers, water and American flags outside of Station Seven.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When something like this strikes, you have to make a gesture, you have to put yourself in the place of the families and know how much this hurts.


ELAM: And it's also important to point out these Hotshot teams, working groups of 20, there was one firefighter with that team who is away working on a different assignment on the fire, he survived and while this continues, this investigation continues, they also have to continue battling that fire, which is at this point not contained at all -- Chris and Kate.

CUOMO: Very urgent situation, thank you to Stephanie. I imagine the mixed emotions from the man who survived and his team all gone. We're going to tell you a lot more about the men who lost their lives fighting that fire later in the show.

BOLDUAN: One number, just 14 of the 19 still in their 20s. That really hits you when you think about it. That's for sure.

So an historic and deadly heat wave is actually part of this wildfire story that's been fueling these fires and also the heat wave is shattering records across the west, dangerous triple-digit temperatures entering a fourth day now, the heat smothering a third of the country, if you can believe it. Indra Petersons is in the weather center with more on all of this extreme weather, a fourth day.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: What's scary is you talk about the 4th of July as well. You know, many people are going to be outside probably drinking, not a good combination in conditions like this. That heat still remains. Record-breaking heat will be with us again and look how far north it extends. The state of Washington seeing temperatures near 100 degrees, Spokane today 99 degrees, that is 20 degrees above normal.

There is a change. We're going to have some monsoonal moisture. Dome of high pressure actually pulled all that moisture in from Mexico so they are going to be seeing a little bit of moisture in Portugal. Unfortunately, you could see that index would higher. Another ridge of high pressure in the Atlantic and that's why we're pulling up the moisture up the eastern seaboard.

We're talking about heavy rainfall and flooding again from the northeast all the way down to the southeast, even heavier thunderstorms from two to four inches of rain, but this dome of high pressure we have to track this guy, if it stays closer off the coast, but unfortunately, if it goes closer to the coast, we're talking about rain pooling off the coast for the 4th of July. It's so hard everyone wants to know s it going to rain on the 4th? It depends where that guy goes and it's not a perfect sight.

BOLDUAN: We'll be watching it closely. It feels so humid in New York this morning it felt like it was raining but it wasn't. Indra, thank you.

CUOMO: Moisture not a scary word. Monsoonal moisture, when Indra says it, very scary.

BOLDUAN: It does.

PEREIRA: Moisture when you say it like this is a scary word.

CUOMO: A lot of news, please give it to us, Michaela.

PEREIRA: Good morning to you at home. Right now, President Obama returning to the U.S., ending his three-nation tour of Africa. This morning he and former President George W. Bush took part in a wreath laying ceremony in Tanzania remembering the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing. That bombing killing 11 people, the first major al Qaeda attack on a U.S. target.

Moscow, we have a problem. Less than a minute after lifting off Kazakhstan, an unmanned Russian proton rocket carrying three satellites swerves out of control and explodes in a massive fireball. Russian officials say the accident was caused by a major engine failure. Thankfully no one was hurt. They have, however, suspended launches for a few months now.

Ocean City, Maryland, mourning the loss of two police officers who died in a small plane crash. These men were killed Sunday when their single engine aircraft went down in the water just about 500 yards from a packed beach. Their bodies were recovered Monday. The 43- year-old Tom Gagen was at the controls, 27-year-old Joshua Oddox was his passenger.

A brazen jewelry heist in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Police are looking for three smash-and-grab robbers who took half a million dollars worth of jewelry from a store at the Borgata Hotel and Casino. They escaped in a waiting car. Police say they are using surveillance images of the suspects to try and track them down.

In Ohio, a brave 7-year-old risked his own life to save his family from a fire. Dicoda Taylor's grandmother says, the little fellow was sleeping on the couch when he smelled smoke coming from the kitchen. So then he did a commando style crawl to his parents' room.


DICODA TAYLOR, SAVED HIS FAMILY FROM FIRE: I crawled under the fire. I had to cover my mouth like this to keep me from breathing in the smoke.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If he wouldn't have done that, we all would have choked up from the smoke. By the time I woke up I was choking on it. He was my hero for the day.


PEREIRA: You can see how emotional dad is. The family of five made it out through a back window. They were taken to the hospital to get check out for smoke inhalation. As you can see their home was destroyed. What a brave little fellow. They know -- these little ones know. They were trained. It proves you don't have to have front teeth to be a hero.

CUOMO: That's exactly what it shows.

BOLDUAN: What a parents' nightmare though waking up to that.

CUOMO: Only when you live through something like that do you realize it's horrible to lose your home, time, money.

PEREIRA: We can rebuild, the family is still intact.

BOLDUAN: Still coming up on NEW DAY, another compelling, big day of testimony in the Trayvon Martin murder trial as jurors hear George Zimmerman's voice for the first time. Any knockouts? We'll ask our legal experts.

CUOMO: Everyone's on Twitter these days, even this guy, we're going to introduce you to B.J., the world's first tweeting honey badger.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

We may have had the biggest day in the trial of George Zimmerman to date yesterday. While, well, the jury got to hear Zimmerman's words for the own time as prosecutors played his interviews in his report. The prosecution focused on inconsistencies in this story. But it was also another day of strong cross examination for the defense.

The question is, did the gamble pay off?

CNN's George Howell live in Sanford, Florida, this morning. Good morning, George.

GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chris, good morning. So, we hear more from Chris Serino this morning and by way of his investigation, we'll likely hear more from George Zimmerman telling this jury his version of the events without ever having to open his mouth in court.


HOWELL (voice-over): The first investigator to interview George Zimmerman took the stand on day six of the trial, Doris Singleton explained the process.

DET. DORIS SINGLETON, SANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT: It was recorded on a -- just a voice recorder that they give us.

HOWELL: Then, prosecutors played the tape. The jury listened closely.


GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, DEFENDANT: There have been a few times where I have seen a suspicious person in the neighborhood. We call the police, the non-emergency line and these guys always get away.

(END AUDIO CLIP) HOWELL: A key witness for the state, Singleton told the jury Zimmerman agreed to be interviewed without an attorney present. She says he didn't realize Trayvon Martin died from the shooting until she told him. She told defense attorneys Zimmerman dropped his head to the table.

MARK O'MARA, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Did he evidence that he was angry with Trayvon Martin?


O'MARA: That he had hatred for him?


O'MARA: Spite or ill will?


O'MARA: Anything that would suggest to you some type of bad attitude towards Trayvon Martin?


O'MARA: Rather, he seemed to be affected by the fact that he realized that Trayvon Martin had passed?

SINGLETON: He seemed affected by that.

HOWELL (on camera): One day after the shooting and George Zimmerman returned to this neighborhood with lead investigator Chris Serino to do a video re-enactment.

(voice-over): Serino later conducted a more aggressive interview, challenging Zimmerman on some points. For instance, in the first statement, Zimmerman talked about Trayvon Martin jumping out of bushes to ambush him. In the re-enactment, he didn't mention that.

But in court, Serino's final analysis --

O'MARA: Did you notice anything to bring to the jury's attention today that caused you that concern?

SERINO: Not that I can articulate, no, sir.

HOWELL: There was also the testimony from Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, an FBI audio analyst for the defense who was called to the stand by prosecutors. His focus: the 911 call, where you can hear screaming in the background.

While he told jurors it's not possible to determine age or analyze this tape through science, Dr. Nakasone left one possibility wide open.

DR. HIROTAKA NAKASONE, VOICE ANALYSIS EXPERT: For this particular case, the best approach to be would be voice recognition by individual who have heard him in his or her whole life.


HOWELL: That testimony from Dr. Nakasone very important for the prosecution because it opens the door for them to have a lay-witness for a member of Trayvon Martin's family to say that is the voice of my son on that 911 audio where we hear screaming -- again, a very important key point for the prosecution, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Yes, one we'll be watching very closely as we head into another day in the courtroom today.

Great to see you, George. Thanks so much.

I want to bring in CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, Sunny Hostin. You've been watching this from morning, noon to night, Sunny. Yesterday -- you poor thing or thank you for doing it, though.

My question I guess is -- so, yesterday we heard George Zimmerman's voice for the first time. Do you think those police interviews shed any new light for the jury on who was the main aggressor? Because that is one of the key questions as George Zimmerman is facing a second-degree murder.

SUNNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Yes, I actually do. We heard several statements from Zimmerman. And while he was consistent in describing the struggle, he was inconsistent in describing how the struggle began and that's what the prosecution needs to get out, who was the initial aggressor, who started it.

He was pressed by both investigators. He was pressed by Serino. He was pressed by Singleton and asked, well, you told me you got out of the car just to kind of figure out where you were, figure out what the address was.

Well, Kate, we learned there are only three streets at the retreat at Twin Lakes. And so, to suggest that the neighborhood watchperson didn't know which street he was on one out of three streets was unusual.

They also pressed him on whether or not he was really following Trayvon Martin but what he said instead was well I was just going in the same direction. And so, you know, when you look at that, I think that it was a good day for the prosecution in terms of just trying to corroborate what Rachel Jeantel said, which is being pursued, Trayvon Martin was being pursued by George Zimmerman.

BOLDUAN: Sunny, the prosecution focused on inconsistencies yesterday. The defense used the cross-examination with the police officers to kind of work towards their strategy trying to prove that George Zimmerman didn't have any ill will, that he wasn't spiteful or angry towards Trayvon Martin. Do you think the defense made some ground there as well yesterday?

HOSTIN: Absolutely. Absolutely, and I have to tell you in all my years of prosecuting cases and observing cases and covering cases, I have never seen police officers testify really as to the good character of a defendant. They basically bolstered this defendant. They said they didn't find ill will and they even said they felt him to be truthful.

I wonder what really was going on there, on the witness stand, what sort of dynamic was going on because we know the Sanford Police Department this case was ripped from them. So many are suggesting maybe it was a case of payback with this prosecution and so, it was very, very strange to see police officers testify in a sense for the defense.

BOLDUAN: One thing that -- everyone assumes that with this case, as it continued -- really, it's moving rapidly, it's either a second- degree murder conviction or nothing. But that's not necessarily true, right?

HOSTIN: That's exactly right. Certainly he's been charged with second-degree murder and the burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove second-degree murder, but after all of the evidence that is in, it's quite possible that the attorneys agree or the prosecution suggests a lesser included charge which would be manslaughter. Manslaughter much easier in my view to prove than second-degree murder because you don't have to prove state of mind, you don't have to prove what was in George Zimmerman's mind.

So, I suspect that when this case goes to the jury, they won't only be looking at second-degree murder, they'll be looking at manslaughter.

BOLDUAN: Yes, we're starting to hear more and more talk of manslaughter. I did yesterday, that's for sure.

HOSTIN: Oh, yes.

BOLDUAN: Sunny Hostin, thanks for waking up early. Sunny, we'll talk to you soon.

HOSTIN: Thanks, Kate.

Of course, another big day in court.

CUOMO: All right. There it is. It is money time, Poppy Harlow in for Christine Romans, all the business news we need to know and Poppy knows the rule -- you can only do this if you have good news.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good news, good news! If you're invested in the markets -- thanks, Chris, pointing higher this morning, folks. The Dow, the S&P 500 closed higher four out of the past five sessions, the major indices finishing across with gains. NASDAQ almost a 1 percent gain on the day.

Meantime, the man who may have you constantly checking your iPhone for your virtual farm, he's hanging up his pitchfork. We're talking about Zynga CEO and founder Mark Pincus, he's stepping down from the company after a year filled with layoffs and ill-received acquisitions. He is expected to stay somewhat involved with the company. Zynga, you may know, first gained attention with very popular games like Farmville that became a phenomenon.

PEREIRA: (INAUDIBLE) friends people, too?

HARLOW: Right, they acquired.

I never played any of these but I know that they were a big phenomenon.

Frappuccino this morning, might be ordering your next one out of a shipping container. It's from Starbucks. The company opened a new drive-thru in Salt Lake City yesterday, it was made out of old shipping containers, take a look, very small, just over 300 square feet.

I guess you can call it the container as coffee shop model and about 60 percent of the 1,500 new stores Starbucks will open in the U.S. in the next five years will be drive-thrus, a lot made from shipping containers and good for your image, you're green, you're just reusing these things.

BOLDUAN: Why not.

HARLOW: Why not.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Poppy.

HARLOW: Good news, Chris.

CUOMO: Yes, it was. It was very good.

I got more good news we're going to break but you can rest on this. It turns out these planes that almost keep hitting each other not a good thing.

BOLDUAN: Oh, really?

CUOMO: And they've decided to investigate and we have a new story of yet another one of these where there was a near-miss in midair. We'll tell you about it.

BOLDUAN: Plus, you'll meet Broadway's new "Annie Orphan" and see the priceless moment when they found out they were cast. It is a must see moment on NEW DAY.