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NSA Leaker to Bolivia?; Deadly Clashes in Egypt; Key Component of Obamacare Delayed; East Coast Storms; Progress in Arizona Wildfire; George Zimmerman on Trial
Aired July 3, 2013 - 06:00 ET
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Welcome back to the United States to face the charges against him.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news, the president of Bolivia's plane forced to land on fears Edward Snowden was on board. The latest twist in the global manhunt.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Egypt on the brink. The streets of Cairo erupt in protest and violence, more than a dozen killed. A key deadline just hours away. Will this key U.S. ally fall into chaos?
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Weather woes. The Fourth of July holiday said to be a wet one. Massive storms stepping right up and down the eastern half of the country. Areas already flooded. Where it's heading next?
CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.
ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.
CUOMO: Good morning, everybody. Welcome to NEW DAY, which just a day away. It's Wednesday, July 3rd, 6:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo.
BOLDUAN: And I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira.
PEREIRA: Good morning.
BOLDUAN: Coming up, we now know the identity of that sole survivor of the deadly wildfire in Arizona. Brendon McDonough (ph) survived while 19 of his colleagues, his entire unit, was lost. We have new details on what happened that day.
CUOMO: And in the Zimmerman trial, you need to look at these photos. Do they tell the story? Just how many times was George Zimmerman hit by Trayvon Martin. Could he have reasonably feared for his life? Big questions at the trial. Big answers as well. We have a team of analyst, Sunny Hostin, Danny Cevallos, and Tom Mesro (ph) unpack it for us.
BOLDUAN: And a little fun this morning. We're going to introduce you to this guy, check him out. He is a gym teacher who has worn the very same outfit in every yearbook photo for 40 years. You'll meet him this morning on NEW DAY.
CUOMO: Just as good today as he was then.
But first, breaking overnight, the hunt for the NSA leaker has gotten even more bizarre. The latest twist on plane carrying Bolivia's president home from Moscow forced to land in Austria. Why? Rumors that leaker Edward Snowden may be on board. Atika Shubert is following developments live from London. What's the latest?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the latest is that the Bolivian president has finally been allowed to leave Vienna. He is now in the air and he has gotten permission to fly in Spanish air space. Basically what happened was he was flying back from Moscow where he was attending a conference and he was supposed to go land in Portugal for re-fueling but Italy and France and Portugal then said he could not fly through their air space because of technical issues.
Now we don't know what the technical issues are, but it meant that then the president had to land his plane in Austria and once he was there he was stuck because he didn't have the ability to fly out and he was stuck there for about 10 hours. As you can imagine, this is pretty unprecedented, it's a diplomatic disaster and Bolivia's vice president even went so far as to say that President Morales had been kidnapped by imperialism. So they are very upset about this.
CUOMO: All right, thank you very much, Atika, appreciate the latest. We'll be watching it. It doesn't end this story.
BOLDUAN: What a wild turn. Morales even joked. Snowden's waiting for me at one point when he was leaving Moscow. Not something to joke about clearly.
All right, moving onto other big news, a showdown in Egypt, overnight at least 16 people were killed, 200 wounded at Cairo University during clashes between supporters of President Mohamed Morsi and anti- government protesters. The Egyptian military said it will sacrifice our blood, in their words, if Morsi refuses to come up with a power sharing agreement by the deadline, just a few hours from now.
Let's get straight to Cairo where CNN's Reza Sayeh has been standing by. You've been watching this unfold now, Reza, for days. Tell me now what is the latest? Any signs that either side is ready to give in or meet halfway?
REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: No sign, Kate, and we keep waking up every morning here in Cairo thinking no way things can get more intense, more dramatic, they keep getting more dramatic. The stage is set for a showdown that could turn violent overnight. We got a glimpse of what could be coming today.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) SAYAH (voice-over): Overnight in Egypt, anticipation turning into violence. Hundreds wounded. Others shot to death as supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi fought at Cairo University, this clash the most recent uproar surrounding the embattled Islamist president, hours away from a deadline to solve Egypt's messy political conflict or risk a military takeover.
For the president's critics the ultimatum makes the end of Morsi's rule seem tantalizingly near, in many ways so is the Egyptian revolution part two. It was two and a half years ago that Egyptians toppled Dictator Hosni Mubarak. In came President Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood freely and fairly elected, but increasingly hated by liberal and moderate Egyptians who accused him of hijacking the revolution with an Islamist agenda and pushing aside opposing voices.
Months of demonstrations culminated Sunday with millions marking the president's anniversary with nationwide protests, demanding his ouster. When the protests didn't end and escalated into deadly clashes and attacks targeting the brotherhood's headquarters. Egypt's armed forces delivered its ultimatum. Washington followed with a push for the president to call for new elections. However, in a televised speech to the nation tonight Morsi gave no indication he plans to step aside.
SAYAH: Twenty three people killed, that's the new death toll and crashes overnight at Cairo University. The president says he's willing to die to protect the democratic transition. The armed forces saying they're willing to die to protect the people. A lot of people bracing themselves for what's coming in Egypt -- Chris.
CUOMO: All right, Reza, thank you very much. Stay safe. Let's talk about this more with Christiane Amanpour. She is CNN's chief international correspondent and host of CNNI's "AMANPOUR." Thank you for being here.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning.
CUOMO: We hear that the death toll is going up. The situation is obviously very serious. What is the chance at this point that the military does stage a coup?
AMANPOUR: Well, it's pretty high that the military steps in, in some way. We're about five hours to the ultimatum and as Reza has been saying we've heard very, very strong comments from both sides, Morsi, I'm willing to die. The military were willing to shed blood to protect the country from terrorists and the fools they said.
And there is obviously millions and hundreds of thousands of people in the street and obviously Morsi has lost his legitimacy for at least by half the country. This is very messy. It is early democracy. It is ruled by street mob frankly since the election of President Morsi there have been people in the streets. The question is what does the military do. It puts the U.S. in a very, very bad position, very bad position indeed.
CUOMO: You said the word, democracy. The U.S. is calling for new elections, how? How can the U.S. interfere when this man was elected in a dually democratic and seen as fair election?
AMANPOUR: Well, Chris, there's a lot of confusion. Some are reporting that the U.S. is calling for new elections, the White House, the State Department, says, no, that's not true. It's up to the Egyptian people so there's a lot of confusion. But what you can imagine they want this resolved politically. It looks like it's not going to happen at this point, we're several hours from the ultimatum.
We don't know what pressure has been put by the U.S. on the military. But we do know is that nobody wants to see a military coup so what is the middle ground? Who are the so-called technocrats or interim civilians who would run the government? What does the opposition want? Who are their leaders? All of these questions remain unresolved.
And the other really important issue I think is if you start messing around with the Muslim Brotherhood, who have shown themselves to be incompetent as ruling the country, if you start doing that, there's a very severe fear of a major backlash, which could bring an even more hard line conservative Islamic reality into place and that is something that really I don't think anybody wants to see.
CUOMO: The unknown question right now is, will the U.S. wind up on the wrong side of history twice with Mubarak and again with Morsi?
AMANPOUR: It's so difficult. This is the early days of what is obviously very messy emerging democracy. There are no political parties. The Muslim Brotherhood was the only party, that's why it won the elections.
CUOMO: But if the U.S. wants elections and they hold an election and this man wins the vote, you have to respect it. You have to be careful.
AMANPOUR: This is what he's been cloaking himself in the legitimacy of the election. That's true. He has won the democratic election, but he has failed to deliver what democracy is meant to deliver.
CUOMO: But that's for Egypt to figure out.
AMANPOUR: Well, that's the U.S. is saying it's for Egypt to figure out, but as you pointed out the U.S. ambassador to Egypt is under a lot of public invective if you like, people are burning her pictures and saying get out because opponents believe they have too pro-Muslim Brotherhood, the U.S. It's very messy and this is so important because Egypt is such a critical player not just for the United States and Israel, but in the whole linchpin of that part of the Middle East.
CUOMO: Who thought we would see the day that people are accusing the U.S. of being too close to the Muslim Brotherhood. Christiane, thank you very much for the insight as always. Appreciate it -- Kate. BOLDUAN: We have new developments this morning concerning the president's healthcare law, a key component of it will be delayed for a year, that provision is the one that requires many companies to provide health insurance to their employees or face fines.
CNN's Dan Lothian is live at the White House with details. It was almost a kind of quiet announcement yesterday, Dan, but with a lot of fallout.
DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's right, just heading into the holiday weekend. Lot of business owners had complained that the system for reporting these changes was too complicated and in general, implementation was too difficult because these businesses with more than 50 employees would have had to have started offering health coverage by next year, if not, they would have faced some very stiff penalties.
Now the administration is pushing back that deadline 2015. Administration officials saying that they listened to some of the concerns from these business owners but at this time, it also allows the IRS to simplify the process. Administration officials saying maybe these companies should on their own start making those changes by next year. It will make it easier to comply by 2015.
Now the Chamber of Commerce which had voiced concerns in the past was applauding this move as are many House Republicans who, by the way, have tried to have the healthcare law repealed more than 30 times and they're using this move to again voice their opposition. House Speaker John Boehner saying that this is just another acknowledgment that the law is, quote, "unworkable" and needs to be repealed.
While this provision is being delayed, there are other components of the healthcare law that still remain on track such as that individual mandate, which requires most Americans to have health insurance.
BOLDUAN: A question now is, will this make things more confusing for the other parts of the law that are set to go into effect since they're pushing this one back, but that's a question for another live shot I guess. Dan Lothian, great to see you. Thanks so much, Dan.
CUOMO: Another big concern this morning, wet weather. Fourth of July celebrations, but there's a danger factor up and down the east coast, storms, flooding, even tornadoes are causing very big problems so let's get over to Indra Petersons in the Weather Center. What are you seeing?
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Think about this. We already have broken records for the amount of rain for June and now we are adding even more rain. These storms aren't stopping and today look at the forecast, especially paying attention to the southeast. I mean, heavy rain expected in the next several days and through the weekend, three to five inches expected along the gulf and continuing along the east coast, scattered showers.
So the rain will continue to fall meaning flooding concerns, of course a large concern as we go through the holiday weekend, I always mention it, but it takes six inches of water to sweep you off your feet. Do not underestimate flooding. We're watching this dome of high pressure. It does look like we'll see that pattern change, it will move closer to the coastline.
We'll have a little bit of a clearing along the immediate coast and farther inland where the holiday weekend we'll talk about heavier rainfall. It means good news if you're headed to the beaches. We put a little good and bad Fourth of July forecast up. Hampton looks good, Boston and D.C. looks good and the west coast plenty of sunshine, almost too much, a lot of heat out there. Here's where the bad is.
Unfortunately, the rain will be falling in the Ohio Valley through Kentucky, down through Florida and we talk about Atlanta, we talk about Georgia, Alabama, that's where that heavy rainfall is of course and where that flooding concern will be, but for everyone that wants to go to the beach on the east coast, look's a little bit better for now.
BOLDUAN: A sliver of hope right now, but something we really do need to watch closely in the next 24 hours especially traveling for the holiday. Indra, thank you so much.
All right, let's get back to the developing story continuing in Arizona, they're making slow but steady progress battling the raging Yarnell Hill wildfire. The blaze which killed 19 firefighters from an elite Hotshot unit is now 8 percent contained, but that's better than it was at least. Thousands have been gathering to mourn the lost heroes and this morning we are learning more about the only member of that unit to survive. CNN's Kyung Lah is live in Prescott, Arizona, for us. Good morning, Kyung.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. Those containment numbers, that 8 percent number very significant, the very first good news the firefighters have had in fighting this deadly blaze as they continue to gather, a town trying to understand this loss.
LAH (voice-over): A stirring tribute to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives on Sunday, the small community devastated.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of your husbands, fiances, brothers, sisters and sons did exactly what they were supposed to do. They put themselves between danger and the people that need help. We will continue to do that.
LAH: The town giving the families of the deceased a standing ovation, and standing alongside the families --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is for you. We love you.
LAH: The lone survivor of the Hotshots, Brendon McDonough, we're now learning more about what happened that faithful day, McDonough was stationed as a lookout, removed from his team. His position was above the team when the wind suddenly shifted. WADE WARD, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, PRESCOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT: He radioed the crew that he had reached his trigger point and that he was leaving.
LAH: That was their last radio call. Minutes later the rest of his brothers, all 19 of them, were gone. As investigators now try to determine what went wrong, the firefighters blame the extraordinary conditions, a perfect storm of a wildfire for the deaths.
RALPH LUCAS, BATTALION CHIEF, PRESCOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT: Basically the wind change. You had a thunderstorm that was above. They have a tendency to push winds around just because of the dynamics of nature and the way they work and that's what occurred during that time period.
LAH: Firefighters said there was nothing McDonough could do to save his brothers.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's going to be tough. He's lost his crew and I don't really know -- I couldn't put myself in his shoes. I couldn't even, I couldn't do it.
LAH: I want to take a brief second to point out something on this tribute wall that has been growing. Look at this. This is 19 toy fire trucks surrounding a stuffed animal, everywhere you look on this wall that number repeated the number 19 whether it's flags, flowers, a town trying to understand this loss. The average age, Kate, of the firefighters who died, just 27 years old -- Kate.
BOLDUAN: That number absolutely hits you and also that number 19, very different significance for that entire community this among. Kyung, thank you so much. That was a great report, thank you.
CUOMO: A lot of other news developing at this hour, a big vote happening in Texas. Let's get over to Michaela Pereira.
PEREIRA: All right, Chris. Good morning to the both of you.
New this morning out of Texas, the Texas House working late into the night, approving a measure restricting abortions hours before North Carolina State Senate gave preliminary approval to its own version. Critics say the measure deprives women of autonomy over their own bodies.
Canadian authorities arresting two suspects accused of plotting a terrorist attack with this very same type of explosive devices used in the Boston marathon bombings. They allegedly placed pressure cooker bombs at the provincial government building in Victoria, British Columbia, on Monday, which was Canada Day. That plot was foiled. Police describe the suspects as self-radicalized with no ties overseas but inspired by al Qaeda.
We are following developments in a Coast Guard search off the coast of Honduras. Eight boaters including two Americans are missing. They were island hopping but didn't arrive at one of their destinations. The Coast Guard has search close to 600 square miles without finding the boat. In addition to the Americans, five Honduran citizens and one Canadian were aboard.
Two teenage girls from Indiana fighting to stay alive after a horrific parasailing crash off Florida's Panama City Beach. Witnesses say strong winds from a passing storm broke a line, attaching their parasail to a boat. Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild crashed into a building, a utility pole or power line and then a parked vehicle. Investigators are trying to figure out if some sort of equipment failure played a role.
A terrifying fall in Atlanta caught on camera and apparently an intoxicated man stumbled on to train tracks. Several bystanders immediately jumped into action, forming a human chain to pull him to safety. We're told the man is OK. He was charged with reckless conduct and public drunkenness. Frightening.
CUOMO: That shouldn't have been necessary but it's good that these people got involved.
BOLDUAN: Good to see them jumping into action. Sometimes we see people not.
All right. So, coming up on NEW DAY: the prosecution of George Zimmerman showing new signs of life this morning, ahead of yet another big day in court. We are live in Sanford, Florida.
CUOMO: And we want to update you on a story we brought you on NEW DAY: a Texas teenager in jail for a Facebook post about shooting up the school. He said it was a joke. What should the penalty be?
How about $500,000 in jail? How about months in jail? That's what he's dealing with. Is that right? We'll talk about it.
CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.
This morning, a major ruling expected in the George Zimmerman trial. Prosecutors try to introduce new evidence that they say prove Zimmerman knew about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. This comes after a perceived reversal in momentum for the prosecution yesterday.
A medical examiner told jurors Zimmerman's injuries may have come from one smack to the sidewalk, not 25 like Zimmerman said.
CNN's George Howell has the latest from Sanford, Georgia. Good morning.
GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chris, good morning. So, this is not the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin. Instead, it is a witness who was called on by the state to examine this question: given the wounds we've seen on Zimmerman's head, was he really in danger of being killed himself?
HOWELL (voice-over): Images of George Zimmerman bloodied and beaten up. Important visuals for his defense, trying to show that Zimmerman's head had been slammed against the sidewalk, and he had to fire his gun to save his own life.
That's not the way Jacksonville-based medical examiner Valerie Rao sees it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are the injuries in the back of his head consistent with having been repeatedly slammed into a concrete surface?
DR. VALERIE RAO, MEDICAL EXAMINER: No.
HOWELL: After examining dozens of pictures, Rao testified the injuries were not life-threatening, consistent with being punched or hitting a concrete surface once.
But during cross-examination, Rao admitted when pressed by attorney Mark O'Mara he could have been hit multiple times.
The jury also heard from a man who calls himself George Zimmerman's best friend. Mark Osterman says Zimmerman even gave him the play by play of what happened the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, enough detail for Osterman to write a book.
BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTOR: I think you quoted him as saying he took his hand that was covering my nose and went for the gun saying something at that point, correct?
MARK OSTERMAN, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S BEST FRIEND: He did.
DE LA RIONDA: What words did he utter?
OSTERMAN: He said you're going to die. He used the MF term again. I'm sorry. I don't like to curse in front of ladies.
DE LA RIONDA: And for the record, he used the word you're going to die now (EXPLETIVE DELETED), correct?
OSTERMAN: That is correct.
HOWELL: But prosecutors say there's no proof Martin reached for the gun. The state's latent fingerprint analyst examined it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you find any latent prints of value on state's 183?
KRISTEN BENSON, WITNESS: No.
HOWELL: In cross examination, Kristen Benson told the court rain could have had a negative impact on finding any fingerprints.
Prosecutors also turned the table on their own key witness. Lead investigator Chris Serino on Monday told the defense he believes Zimmerman was truthful and credible through the course of several interviews. The state objected the next day, saying Serino's opinion should not be considered as evidence. The judge agreed and ordered the jury not to consider Serino's statement when reaching their decision.
HOWELL: And, Chris, as you mentioned prosecutors hope to introduce some evidence on Zimmerman's school records that he studied criminal justice and may have knowledge about the "Stand Your Ground" law here in the state of Florida.
Again, you'll remember, he did a national interview where he said he did not know about "Stand Your Ground". Defense attorneys, they argue that those school records, Chris, are irrelevant.
CUOMO: That will be the battle early on this morning. George, thanks for being down there in Florida for us.
Throughout the morning, we're going to have more coverage of the trial. We're going to have CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, defense attorneys Danny Cevallos and Tom Mesirow.
BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, a story we were following very closely here at NEW DAY, a teenager jailed for a Facebook post being a school shooting. He says it was a joke. He's been in jail for months. He may get a day in court soon. Could he go free and what is going on with this case?
CUOMO: Plus, a man after my own heart. You see something similar in the yearbook photos? A unique tradition a Texas teacher has been keeping alive for 40 years. He'll join us live to tell us how this happened. It's not just the glasses.
CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Wednesday, July 3rd and I'm Chris Cuomo.
BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.
Coming up this half hour: a teenager in jail about a Facebook post about a school shooting he insists it was a joke. This morning, there's an update on his case.
Big question is, and big question he's family is asking, is there any hope for him?
CUOMO: Justice, fairness under law. That's the question there.
And then, we have to keep showing you these pictures. You know why? Because I like them. This man, 40-year tradition. You see the similarities? How did this happen?
Why is he wearing the same outfit every year? We're going to talk to him live and show how this made him a very memorable teacher.
BOLDUAN: A very memorable teacher.
CUOMO: Lot of news, though, this morning. And for that, we go to Michaela.
PEREIRA: Let's get to the breaking news right now, in the countdown to a possible showdown in Egypt, violent clashes overnight at Cairo University, killing at least 23 people. The military pressing President Morsi to reach a power sharing agreement with the protesters who want him out this morning or he'll be pushed aside. Morsi, however, refusing to bow to the military's ultimatum, saying he's going to follow the Constitution.
Jury selection set to begin next week for the accused Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan. The former army major accused of killing 13, wounding 29, during a 2009 shooting spree. A military judge entered a not guilty plea on Hasan's behalf Tuesday after he refused to do so.
Hasan who is opposed to the war in Afghanistan will represent himself during the court-martial.
And an update for you now to Sarah Murnaghan's lung transplant saga. She's out of surgery again this time. The 10-year-old had to have her diagram repaired. It was partially paralyzed, which apparently is common after transplants. Sarah who has cystic fibrosis had two adult transplants last month over three days last month. Her mother says the second try was successful.
And story with a purrfect ending. A fighter in Fresno saved one of kitten's nine lives. He caught it all in a helmet camera.
Cory Kolinik (ph) says he's spotted a limp, lifeless kitten as he searched the home after a fire. He pulled it out, rested on his glove to protect from the asphalt and poured water on it, and gave it oxygen, and within 15 minutes it came back to life. Kolinik nicknamed the kitty Lucky. Look at the little face.
BOLDUAN: It's really sweet. That's a very good firefighter.
CUOMO: Firefighters are always trying to save lives. It's nice they videotaped it also.
PEREIRA: I know, great shot. He's a very good cameraman.
CUOMO: Called him after he went to bed there was a baseball game, Cincinnati Reds, no hitter, Homer Bailey, great name, dominated the Giants last night. His second no hitter, by the way. There's another record in there, as well.
You know how I know? Andy Scholes told me, and he's joining us now with more of this morning's "Bleacher Report". Take us through it, my friend.