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White House Reacts to Egypt; GOP Claims Obamacare Decision is Political; Dwight Howard's Decision Looms; New Leads in 6-Year Search

Aired July 5, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: I cannot identify this song but I'm happy you're back with us here on NEW DAY. It is Thursday, July 5th. I'm Chris Cuomo. That's the Kings of Leon, and one of my favorite bands!

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Did someone in your head tell you that?

CUOMO: That's the worst.

BOLDUAN: That's the best. He has voices in his head. I'm Kate Bolduan.

Welcome back, everybody. Let's get straight to Michaela for the headlines.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Let's do it.

Making news now, fireworks displays gone wrong in Simi Valley, California, a huge explosion at the Fourth of July show, injuring 30 people. Witnesses tell local media, a few minutes into the show the fireworks started shooting sideways along the ground.

And this firework show in northern Colorado started about a half dozen small fires. After the show, firefighters move in and put them out.

Overseas in Egypt, concerns running high that anger could erupt again today. The Muslim Brotherhood urging supporter, former leader Mohamed Morsy to take to the street. He and other leaders of the organization remain under arrest and they may now face charges over the death of protesters during clashes with Morsy supporters, many whom also died.

State media says police are looking for 300 more Muslim Brotherhood members.

It seems like common sense. You can't bring a gun on a plane in the United States. But apparently, some haven't figured that out yet. According to new TSA numbers, airport screeners found 894 guns on passengers or in their bags, the first half of this year. That's a 30 percent increase over 2012.

And in May, in just one week, they loaded 45 loaded guns, 15 with bullets in their chambers. The agency says the most common excuse, forgot it was there.

More fallout from Paula Deen's racially insensitive remarks. The celebrity chef has parted ways with her long time agent Barry Weiner. He was instrumental in getting Deen the Food Network show that made her a star. It is just the latest in landslide of bad news for Deen. More than a dozen retailers have said they will no longer do business with her after she admitted to using the N-Word.

All right. Here's a video, a sideline interview is turning a sports reporter into a viral headline. Amy Campbell was covering a high school recruiting event when she kind of got bowled over during a play.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's out there, with a kid like Cameron Robinson. And watch --


PEREIRA: Chris says, she took the hit.

BOLDUAN: Look, he tried to say watch out.


BOLDUAN: No, see, he's like watch out.

PEREIRA: Campbell says her knee was bruised when wide receiver Ermon Lane collided with her. Afterward, Campbell tweeted, "Ermon Lane taught me yesterday that maybe I do need insurance."

CUOMO: She took the hit.

PEREIRA: She did.

BOLDUAN: You're doing the interview face to face.

CUOMO: The kid didn't drop the ball, which is very good. You know what, four points of contact, right? Fingers on the ball, ball in the arm, ball up in the arm, against the body.

BOLDUAN: Reminder, not the point of the story.

CUOMO: Just saying.

PEREIRA: And apparently, she still tweeted they're still friends. So --

CUOMO: She took the hit.

BOLDUAN: We missed the last part, she gets up and she just decks him.

CUOMO: All right. Anyway, sports on the brain. Let's bring in Andy Scholes with the "Bleacher Report". You're starting off with basketball, though, right? There you are. PEREIRA: Where's the basketball on the set?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, it could be a big day in the NBA guys. Dwight Howard, supposed to make his decision today. The NBA free agency period been on standby waiting for Howard to make this call. He's expected to do that today and there's plenty of nervous fan bases waiting for it. The Lakers, Rockets, Mavs, and Warriors all believe he's still be in the running.

Yesterday, ESPN reported that the Warriors have aggressively been pursuing trades to free up cap room to sign Howard. Now, the free agent center is currently in the mountains of Colorado mulling over this decision. The odds makers in Las Vegas have the Houston Rockets as a favorite to land Howard.

All right. The Alex Rodriguez era in New York isn't going to come to an end anytime soon says A-Rod. In an interview with "USA Today," Rodriguez said, "Most people would say, 'Get me out of here, trade me, do anything.' But I'm the crazy man who goes, I want to compete, I want to stay in New York. I refuse to quit."

So, it looks like Yankees fans that don't like A-Rod can forget about him retiring or negotiating a buyout for the more than $100 million still left on his contract.

All right. Who said there aren't any Americans left at Wimbledon? Mike and Bob Bryan are one win away from becoming first men's doubles team to hold all four major titles at same time. The identical twins are possibly the most underrated American athletes today. They won 14 grand slam titles, the most ever for a team and spent 310 weeks, guys, at number one in the world. That's also a record.

So, if you're looking for something to cheer for at Wimbledon, the Bryan brothers would definitely work here.

BOLDUAN: It almost seems like an unfair advantage. They're identical twins. They basically have the same brain. My father has identical twin. They can think things at the same time.

CUOMO: One of them is bigger than the other.

BOLDUAN: Oh, really?

CUOMO: Yes, I forget if it's Mike or Bob. But one of them is bigger, a huge serve, a lefty. And they have the best chest bump in the business.

BOLDUAN: That was a good chest bump. We need to work on that. A NEW DAY chest bump.

Andy Scholes, work on that, too. I might break some technology, but that's OK. Thanks, Andy. Have a great weekend.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY: six years after she disappeared, amazing but could be true. Scotland Yard says they have new leads suggesting Maddie McCann may be alive. We'll be in London with the developments. BOLDUAN: Plus, after a horrific parasailing accident that left two teenagers in critical condition, and we talk about this story, where there are some new questions now surrounding the company's safety record.


CUOMO: Welcome back, everybody.

New hope this morning for the parents of missing child Maddie McCann. Police have identified 38 persons of interest in the case of the little British girl who vanished while vacationing with her family in Portugal six years ago.

CNN's Atika Shubert live in London with the very latest. Good morning, Atika.

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. I don't know if you remember this case in 2007, but it stalled with a lot of frayed relationships between British and Portuguese police. But now, that relationship has been repaired. It seems, as a result, there is new evidence.

Take a look.


SHUBERT (voice-over): Madeleine McCann was three years old when she disappeared from a resort in Portugal six years ago. Now, British police say they have new leads and are reopening the investigation called "Operation Grange." They want to question 38 people across Europe, including 12 British nationals who they believe were in Portugal at the time.

Madeline's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have campaigned tirelessly to keep her in the public's memory while still raising two other children.

KATE MCCANN, MADELEINE MCCANN'S MOTHER: I don't want them to go through that emotion and I don't really want them to have the burden of this, of having to keep looking and looking and looking and not being able to stop, you know? So, we need to find her now.

SHUBERT: British police say their help from private investigators has made a difference. And after 16 visits to Portugal and reviewing more than 30,000 documents, police are hopeful.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is no clear, definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead. And so, on that basis, I still genuinely believe that there is a possibility that she's alive.

SHUBERT: Police have released this photo of what Madeleine may look like at nine years of age. She's now turned 10. And authorities are asking the public to help find this little girl wherever she may be.

(END VIDEOTAPE) SHUBERT: Now, where are they looking to talk to those 38 people? Britain and Portugal are the top two places, but also a number of other countries in Europe. But it could take several months to get new word on this, Chris.

CUOMO: All right. Thank you, Atika. Still surprising, nonetheless.

Coming up in the 8:00 hour, we're going to have more on what these new leads could really mean and chances that Maddie could be found alive. We have a detective who has surprising answers -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Now, let's go around the world starting in Seoul.

An important meeting between North and South Korea. Here's CNN's Diana Magnay.


DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Talking is something North and South Korea haven't been doing much of recently. But this Saturday, officials from both countries will meet to talk about what to do with the Kaesong industrial complex. That's this shared economic dome north of the DMZ, which was shut down in April after the North pulled out its workers. It's the last remaining symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. But now, the factory owners who are South Koreans say we need to know what to do with it, otherwise, we're just going to pull out our stuff. And that's something the North probably doesn't want.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Diana, thank you so much.

And Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham make a surprise Fourth of July visit to Afghanistan to thank American troops for their service there.

CNN's Saima Mohsin has details from Islamabad, Pakistan.


SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Senator John (VIDEO GAP) U.S. troops when they made the surprise visit Fourth of July. But his trip just come at a time of great controversy and disagreement between Washington and Kabul. President Hamid Karzai has suspended talks over the size of the force that will remain once international troops withdraw at the end of 2014. But Senator McCain reiterated that this is a greater important relationship and strategic partnership.

Back to you.


BOLDUAN: Saima, thank you. Now, Bolivian President Evo Morales still furious over his plane being diverted in the search for Edward Snowden. It prompted an emergency meeting of South American leaders.

Matthew Chance has more on that.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Bolivia could shut down the U.S. embassy and its capital in retaliation for what it says was a conspiracy aimed at its president. That was one of the messages from an emergency meeting of South American presidents called in protest against the refusal by some European countries to allow a plane carrying the leader Morales to cross their territory. Amid suspicions of wanted NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

In a joint statement called for a public apology from France, Portugal, Italy, and Spain, but stopped short of taking concrete action.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Matthew Chance, thank you so much.

CUOMO: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY: the driver who didn't leave the road, the road left her.

BOLDUAN: We are exclusively talking to the woman, you're seeing right there, who survived a trip down a sinkhole.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's a Friday on NEW DAY, and it's Friday.


PEREIRA: You know, do you have a moment for Friday? We want to show you a piece of video that you just had to see this morning. And this one we thought we'd send you off your weekend with some fitness, before you roll your eyes and I know this was one here --

BOLDUAN: -- the hamburger piece yesterday.

PEREIRA: This clip will get you motivated. Come on. It's the puppy workout, people, created by fitness blender (ph). They post this video online. We're talking canine crunches. Labrador lunges.

BOLDUAN: Love (ph) the dogs.

PEREIRA: Shih Tzu squats.


BOLDUAN: Well done.

PEREIRA: The most adorable way to get fit, but the question is, does it really work? Depending on the size of your pooch, pick it up, give it a shot this morning.


PEREIRA: -- puppy that's so easy going and makes it --


BOLDUAN: Yes. I wonder if that doggy had some Benadryl or something.

PEREIRA: Some puppies are very squirmy. It would be hard to --


BOLDUAN: But Labradors are very excited.

PEREIRA: Lovable. Lovable.

CUOMO: That video is for gazy. Written all over -- I don't think it's legit.

PEREIRA: It's fun.

BOLDUAN: Define the gazy.

CUOMO: The gazy means fake.

PEREIRA: It's supposed to be for fun.

BOLDUAN: Fake. Chris says fake. We say fun. You be the judge.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY -- tweet us -- firework shows that went terribly wrong. We're going to show you where they go into the crowd. Why did it happen? We're going to have the latest news as well top of the hour.

BOLDUAN: And the woman who found herself driving straight into this, a sinkhole. We'll ask her about what that sudden detour did to her psyche, really, and those terrifying moments before her rescue.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Let's start with our political gut check, all the stories you need to know from straight out of Washington and really around the country. A lot going on.

CUOMO: President Obama meeting with his senior national security advisers as tension and instability heat up in Egypt and the GOP battle to end Obamacare may be taking a surprising turn.

BOLDUAN: Very surprising turn. So, let's get straight to CNN's White House correspondent, Brianna Keilar, here to break it all down for us. First, Brianna, let's talk about the developing situation in Egypt. We know the president, we've seen the pictures, has been talking with his national security team, probably not surprisingly.

But what do you know about kind of the actions the White House is taking, what they're considering, and what they might do in response to the developing situation there?

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: I think at this point, Kate, it's actually a bit of a wait and see as they try to kind of see how things are developing because they obviously are moving very quickly on the ground there in Egypt. What's sort of fascinating to me as a White House reporter is we give White House press secretary, Jay Carney, you know, a hard time because we'll ask who the president is talking to, and he'll always say, "I'm not going to read out every conversation."

Well, the White House seems to be reading out as they call it telling us of the conversations that White House officials, state department officials, are having with their counterparts in Egypt and in the Middle East, just trying to really show that they're involved here. But it's really threading a needle at this point.

You've got, of course, Mohamed Morsy, the president who's out. He was democratically-elected, but at same time, he was with the Muslim Brotherhood which has really been a sort of thorn in the side, I guess, of the U.S. because it sort of hurt the U.S.' being able to depend on Egypt in its normal role as a stabilizing influence in the U.S. So, right now, the military has intervened.

The U.S. has some influence over the military in the form of aid. And so, I think that right now, President Obama and the White House is trying to kind of wait and see how things go there, knowing that they have some leverage over the military.

BOLDUAN: On the aid question, there's this issue of is it a coup or not. The president still and the administration still not calling this a military coup, but at the same time, the president is instructing agencies to review whether or not aids should be pulled and to start considering that situation. How significant is that move? Does that indicate that he's moving in that direction of calling this a coup?

KEILAR: Not necessarily, because I think the issue is if he were to say it were a coup, U.S. law says if it is a coup, aid to Egypt would be suspended. So, that's really the issue of not calling it a coup. At this point, you have a lot of Republicans who they say we don't want this aid to go away. So, President Obama would have some backup from Republicans and also some Democrats.

I think if he doesn't want to call this a coup, doesn't want to suspend aid, he's got backing in his corner from both parties.


CUOMO: All right. So, we have one hostile situation abroad. Another here at home, Brianna, with Obamacare. Republicans say they want an investigation of the delay, the administration delaying the requirement that employers provide health care. What's going on with that?

KEILAR: Well, they wanted, first off, as you know, Republicans aren't fans of Obamacare and they really didn't like this mandate in particular that said businesses 50-plus employees would have to provide insurance. So, they didn't like it, but I think a lot of them were resigned to the fact that this is law. So, they figured, hey, this will be a great political weapon in the 2014 midterms.

With this delay, they don't have it anymore. So, you can imagine that they're kind of annoyed that they're not going to have that. So, they want to investigate the decision. They call this decision political.

BOLDUAN: And isn't that also offer some funny politics because Republicans, House Republicans especially, have tried to repeal the president's health care law some 30 times. But now, when part of it delayed, they're investigating why is it delayed. They almost want to see it in place. That's some pretty funny politics.

KEILAR: Yes. Welcome to Washington. You know, one side calls politics, the other side calls politics. But this is certainly something Republicans wanted to use this next go round. And no doubt, Obamacare will still be an issue, but they're afraid they can't make it as big a one.

BOLDUAN: Took a little fire out of their campaigning.

CUOMO: Sounds a little bit like a waste of time. Do us some favor, Brianna, we got to let you go right now, but see if you can find out that when politicians come back from vacation, are they going to deal with the student loan issue?

You know, we know that they bumped up the rates. They have to repeal it. Let us know if you can figure anything out about where that is on their urgency list, but thanks for being with us today.


BOLDUAN: -- should be urgent, urgent matter on there.

CUOMO: Spending time investigating the delay of something they don't even like.

BOLDUAN: Brianna, thank you. Yes.

CUOMO: Focus on what matters, guys. That's why we put you there.

BOLDUAN: Do you hear that? Do you hear that? But do you hear that? That means it is time for the "Rock Block," a quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today.

PEREIRA: I thought we are getting into the club a little early.


CUOMO: My feet are all over the place.


PEREIRA: All right. Let's take (ph) into the papers and get our boogy out. We start with the "Washington Post." The old phone lines on New York's Fire Island were destroyed by hurricane Sandy. So, Verizon replacing them with a new totally wireless system.

And in "The Guardian" sounds like a riddle. Why is China's yellow sea green? Answer, a massive growth of algae. The largest ever has Chinese beaches covered in a thick layer of what I think is icky green.

In the "Orlando Sentinel" this morning, the story of the missing California dog found three years later in a Florida animal shelter. The pit bull and its owner should be reunited this weekend.

BOLDUAN: It's too cute --

CUOMO: -- little doggy. Too big to press, though.


CUOMO: Let's go over to Zain Asher right now. She's got the business news. Big number that everybody cares about jobs today.

ZAIN ASHER, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Of course, it's the June jobs report. Yes. We're an hour and a halfway from the June jobs report. Stock futures are strongly higher in anticipation. CNNMoney poll expects 155,000 new jobs with the jobless rate falling to 7.5 percent.

And relief for home buyers the average rate for the 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 4.29 percent, down from a two-year high just one week earlier. The 15-year also falling to 3.39 percent.

And the "Wall Street Journal" says some airlines are lowering ticket prices but then making up for it by charging passengers for services that used to be free, things like meals or checked bags. The airline industry has been under some pressure to boost revenue.

BOLDUAN: That sounds sneaky to me.


CUOMO: It does sound sneaky.

BOLDUAN: I don't like sneaky. Finally, someone who's not sneaky, Chad Myers in the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning.

CHAD MYERS, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Guys, it's not the heat, it's the humidity today. Gulf moisture coming out of the Deep South running right up into the Ohio Valley. Hazy, hot, and humid for the east. Very stormy and wet for the middle part of the country. New York City today 91, but it feels like 100 out there with the humidity.

Now, wouldn't this be nice, guys? Take a look at this. This is a picture from Tuesday. Santa Rosa, New Mexico, that is not snow. That's hail. A foot of hail. Holy mackerel, Andy. So, there you go. They had to get a snowplows out to move the hail. Take about that and put that in New York City right now, right on the ground, everybody standing around it.


BOLDUAN: Chad Myers, thank you so much.

MYERS: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: We are now at the top of the hour, which of course, you know means it is time for the top news.