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Fireworks Shoot Out into Crowd; A Summer of Extremes; Chaos in Egypt; Mandela Rallies After Sharp Decline; Madeleine McCann: New Leads in Six-Year Search

Aired July 5, 2013 - 08:00   ET




GREGORY PERKINS, FIREWORK SPECTATOR: We had bits and pieces of fireworks coming at us. A big, brown cylinder block hit the person sitting next to me.


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking overnight, dozens of spectators rushed to the hospital when fireworks go off early at a town's annual show.

We hear from terrified spectators.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Crack in the case. Is Madeleine McCann alive after missing for six years? Scotland Yard now thinks they may be and searching for 38 persons of interest that know where she is.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Happening this hour: the George Zimmerman trial back in session on what could be the most emotional day yet. Trayvon martin's mother expected to take the stand.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.


ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We didn't have the luxury to wait.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.


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


CUOMO: TGIF, everybody. Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY.

It is Friday, July 5th, 8:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo. BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: A lot of news going on this morning.

In 30 minutes from now, day eight of the George Zimmerman trial begins and it's expected to be an emotional day. The prosecution could rest and possibly put Trayvon Martin's mother on the stand as really their last big witness. We're going to bring it all to you live.

CUOMO: That's right.

Another story we're following here. The holiday weekend could be a wash out for a lot of folks. Threats of heavy rain, flooding. We're going to tell you where, and what you need to know.

PEREIRA: And we are taking a look at the U.S. economy this morning. In about half hour from now, the June jobs job report will be out. We'll find out the latest unemployment rate and take a look at how the job market is looking.

CUOMO: I want to begin here with a celebration suddenly that turned into panic at a Fourth of July fireworks show in southern California. Fireworks that were supposed to shoot up shot out, instead. Sad to say, it wasn't the only Independence Day fireworks display gone wrong.

John Berman has it for us this morning.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And you know (ph), there were several incidents overnight. Obviously, we know fireworks can be spectacular, we all want to see them, but you have to be careful.

Twenty-eight people were hurt when this fireworks display exploded in Simi Valley, California. It sent the crowd running in terror. And there were also incidents in Colorado and Seattle, as well.


BERMAN (voice-over): For the first two minutes, the annual fireworks show in Simi Valley, California, was spectacular, but then something went horribly wrong. Some of the fireworks accidentally detonated and according to witnesses, they all started going off at once, some too low to the ground.

JOANNE HERRERA, FIREWORK SPECTATOR: I thought it was pretty spectacular and then everything just went crazy and everybody started screaming and everything that was supposed to happen didn't happen. So it was pretty -- pretty frightening.

BERMAN: Pieces of fireworks rained down on spectators.

GREGORY PERKINS, FIREWORK SPECTATOR: We had bits and pieces of fireworks coming at us, a big, round cylinder block hit the person sitting next to me, not hard, but it did impact her. BERMAN: Of the 28 people injured, 20 were taken to the hospital, 16 with minor to severe injuries. The scene so violent a bomb squad was called to the scene to dispose of the rest of the fireworks.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, a firework show there sparked a fire in the park.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!

BERMAN: The flames ten-feet high. Firefighters rushed to the scene. Despite those heavy winds, crews were able to get the fire under control.

KAMI GILMOUR, FIREWORK SPECTATOR (via telephone): These fires are like really scattered about. So every time that wind would drop more ash down, it would literally ignite and just be like --

BERMAN: In Seattle, boats went up in flames just minutes before the annual show there after nearby fireworks landed on a boat cover.


BERMAN: Authorities say in Seattle it was illegal fireworks that sparked that blaze and the damage estimate $1.5 million. Very expensive.

BOLDUAN: Expensive but beautiful and now we know for a second dangerous. That's for sure.

John Berman -- thanks, John.

So, we all know it's supposed to be hot in the summer. That is not breaking news. But both coasts right now are experiencing some extreme, very extreme temperatures and that's not the only wild weather we're seeing at this very moment.

Chad Myers is here with your weekend forecast and it looks it's going to be pretty wild.

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It still is. You know, I mean, we had fireworks canceled because of flooding. We had fireworks cancelled because of the threat of wildfires being started by them, another day of extreme weather. That was yesterday.


MYERS (voice-over): Spectacular light shows filled the sky from D.C. to Boston, but the sizzling temps too much for some.

DEVAL PATRICK, GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS: The outline of the shade is the outline of the crowd.

MYERS: One hundred and twenty people received heat-related medical attention at Boston. Heavy rain and floods plagued other parts of the East.

BRANDY SQUIRES, FIREWORK SPECTATOR: Raining on our parade. It's soaking our parade.

MYERS: Rising waters turned tragic in Southwest Virginia. One man drowned outside his home battling the waters. Many roads in the area simply impassable. In the southeast, parts of the Florida panhandle received as much as 18 inches of rain.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It hasn't been this high since I've been here. I've been going down here since I was 9 years old.

MYERS: Wet lawn chairs lining this parade route in Southern Ohio, postponed due to the downpours. But in Nashville, Tennessee, the rain didn't stop their party.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Always awesome. Getting a little soaked this year.

MYERS: And out West, golf ball-sized hail pummels parts of Northern California and New Mexico. Despite a steady drizzle, 60,000 Peach Tree road race runners powered through the 10K, reminding us what the Fourth is all about.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Great to see runners brave the weather and come out and had an amazing race. It's a great morning for it.


MYERS: Some people had a hard time getting to the race because the flood waters had closed a couple roads there around Atlanta.

Look at the numbers, though, in south Florida and also along the panhandle. Inlet Beach, 17 inches of rainfall in 48 hours. Now, I'm going to advance you to the next 48 hours. The rain doesn't move, it's in the same spot. So, it's already -- flooding is going to continue to flood even more.

I want to back you up to this extreme thing because here is where we were in Georgia two years ago: 97 percent of the state was in drought. This year, zero percent. We have flood watches and flood warnings in the same places that 97 percent of the state was in drought. It's just one side or the other. There is no middle to this drought. It's either deadly hot or just either cold and wet.

So, here's -- that's what we talk about the ups and downs of the extreme weather. Another hot day in the Northeast for you. Boston, you're going to feel like 103, New York, 99, it's going to be another one for us here.

I'm going to be out in the sweat anyway. I'm still going to try to get out there and do a couple miles today. We'll see if we can do it early because you really want -- you can't go out and run at 3:00 in the afternoon, just not a day to do that.

BOLDUAN: Or just don't run.

MYERS: Exactly, go swim.

BOLDUAN: All right, Chad. Wild summer of weather so far. We think it's going to check. Thank you. Great to see you.

CUOMO: You can exercise at any time. Always have safety --

BOLDUAN: Yes, keep it safe.

CUOMO: Thank you so much, Chad. Appreciate it.

BOLDUAN: We have breaking news this morning on what's going on with the turmoil in Egypt.

The military has imposed an extreme state of emergency. Why? Gunmen sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood attacked police stations and checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least one. This after their president was deposed and a new one installed in his place.

Reza Sayah is live on the streets of Cairo with the latest.

Reza, we hear about this heightened alert by the authorities. What's the situation on the ground?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Chris, first off, it's important to clarify at this point that there's no coincidence that the incidents in the Sinai Peninsula and the Suez Canal, those attacks have any links to the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of former President Mohamed Morsy, but it's incidents like this that are slowly cranking up the tension and anxiety because no one knows how the Brotherhood is going to react.

The supporters of former President Mohammed Morsy, they called for protests today. Are they going to be big? Is there going to be violence? We can tell you in some areas things have already turned ugly.


SAYAH (voice-over): A Brotherhood backlash. More than 100 injured as supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood movement clash in three districts, including the ousted president's hometown. Thursday night's brawl, the first sign of retaliation by Morsy supporters who still say he is Egypt's legitimate leader.

In Cairo, Morsy supporters remain peaceful, but defiant.

Meanwhile, the former democratically elected president is in military custody and now fighting for his freedom. One day after the armed forces toppled him from power, Egypt's top prosecutor banned Morsy from leaving the country and launched an investigation into accusations that the former president incited deadly violence. More than 30 Muslim Brotherhood leaders are also in custody and facing charges.

On Thursday, Egypt's top judge, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as interim president, soon after he reached out to the president's supporters, inviting the Muslim Brotherhood to help build the nation.

But many among the Brotherhood not in the mood for fence mending. Instead, they are planning a day of protest, calling it "Friday of rejection."


SAYAH: Some of those Brotherhood demonstrations have already started. Some hardliners have made some very provocative statements, but other Muslim Brotherhood leaders have said, let's keep things peaceful. This country is bracing itself for a volatile day. We're going to be around. Whatever happens, we'll bring it to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Reza Sayah, great to see you. Thanks so much, Reza.

We are learning more this morning about Nelson Mandela's health. A court document has actually revealed doctors advised Mandela's family to take him off life support last week. But since then, it appears the 94-year-old South African leader has rallied.

Robyn Curnow is in Pretoria for us.

So, what's the latest morning, Robyn?


Well, this much we know: Nelson Mandela has been receiving dialysis, which is a procedure to treat kidney failure. And we also know he can't breathe on his own, he needs life support, essentially.

Now, this all comes out over the past week or so. Court documents say that at one stage his family and his doctors said he was in a vegetative state. However, CNN understands that that is not the case. That he is still responding. If someone speaks to him and he recognizes the voice, he sometimes still opens his eyes. Doctors are also saying that he's not in a vegetative state.

So this confusion, conflicting information coming out here in South Africa about how bad Nelson Mandela is in this hospital behind me. That said, we're also hearing doctors perhaps advised his family that last week, they might need to turn off life support. That, of course, it didn't happen, indication that Nelson Mandela is continuing to fight here at the hospital.

Meanwhile, lots of South Africans continue to stream here, laying flowers, singing prayers, giving respect.

BOLDUAN: All right. Robyn, everyone watching, waiting and really pulling for the South African leader. Thanks so much for watching that for us.

CUOMO: Following a lot of news this morning. So, let's get to Michaela for the latest -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Good morning to you. And good morning to you at home.

Making news: Did police in Seattle foil a terror plot? A 21-year-old man is under investigation this morning and under arrest. Police say he drove a stolen truck from Montana to the University of Washington, carrying guns, explosive devices and body armor. At this point, they have no motive. They say the suspect is not cooperating.

New hope this morning for the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann. British police have identified 38 people of interest in the case. The little British girl vanished some six years ago while vacationing with her family in Portugal. She would have been 10 years or she would be 10 years old today.

Bolivian President Evo Morales still seething over his plane being diverted in the search for Edward Snowden. It prompted an emergency meeting of South American leaders who railed against Washington. Morales is now threatening to close the U.S. embassy in La Paz. France, Spain, Portugal and Italy refused to let his plane fly through their airspace because of rumors that NSA leaker might be onboard the plane.

Speaking of planes, little aviation history this weekend. The first coast-to-coast flight using a totally solar powered airplane. The Solar Impulse began its cross-country journey on May 3rd in San Francisco. Tomorrow night, it's expected to touch down at New York's JFK airport.

The super lightweight planes, top speed just 40 miles per hour. Next up, though, they are thinking of attempting a trip around the world.

And an update for you to 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan's lung transplant saga. How about this? A sight for (INAUDIBLE). Her family says her first biopsy shows no rejection of her donor lungs. They released this new video of her waving to the camera as she recovered.

You remember, Sarah's quest for a lung transplant prompted a change in national policy. And that's great is she is still intubated. So, she can't speak, but she's mouthing the words, "Hi, mom, I love you," as well, which is really sweet, is really great to see. Nation has been watching that story.

CUOMO: A recovering we're going to watch as well.

PEREIRA: It's going to take some time.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Thanks, Michaela.

Still coming up next on NEW DAY: it promises to be a very dramatic and more importantly, I will say to the case of this woman, a very emotional day in the courtroom. Trayvon martin's mother is set to take the stand as the George Zimmerman trial resumes. We're going to bring you live coverage coming up in just minutes.

CUOMO: And we have more on the search for Madeleine McCann. We remember her. We remember the search and how it ended and the Portuguese authorities closed the case. Well, now, new evidence. Police are sifting through it. What could it mean? We'll give you some analysis.


BOLDUAN: Now to a possible break in a six-year-old cold case. Madeleine McCann, you remember that name and this face, was just shy of her fourth birthday when she disappeared on vacation with the family while in Portugal. Now, British police say they are targeting 38 people of interest in the case, 38, in the hopes that the little girl could still be alive.

It's clearly a bittersweet development for her parents who have really never given up the search and given up hope that Madeleine could one day return home. Atika Shubert has more on this.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT (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.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Jerry 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.

DCI ANDY REDWOOD, METROPOLITAN POLICE: 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.


CUOMO: All right. And help us break down this investigation is retired New York police officer, Lou Palumbo. It's great to have you. Thanks for joining us on NEW DAY.

Now, when we hear the authorities there, it seems more like logic than leads that fuels their idea that she could still be alive. Your theory is that this case has never really been closed, right?

LOU PALUMBO, RETIRED NASSAU CO., NEW YORK POLICE OFFICER: That's correct. That's my assertion. I believe this case was never closed by the British authorities. I think they were less than impressed by the investigation that was conducted by the Portuguese authorities. And as they've indicated in certain articles and reports, they were reviewing how the investigation was conducted, and now, they've opened their own. And as we now know, they have 38 people of interest.

CUOMO: Help me understand that number. It seems so large, 38 persons of interests, as we say in the legal language. How do you get to that number?

PALUMBO: People that know each other, associations. What they may have done, Chris, for example, is conducted their own investigation to determine who may have been in proximity of the McCann family when they were in Portugal and start to track and trace people through cell phone records or relationships and that's how it just kind of grows like a tree. It's kind of like making a watch list, in a sense.

CUOMO: You believe that the suggestion is this wasn't some one random person who was looking to be a predator for a child. You believe this was more organized.

PALUMBO: Yes. I believe -- my theory is that this poor little girl was abducted for the purpose of trafficking, which is rather common.

CUOMO: Really?


CUOMO: Now, we hear about trafficking, not so much in this country, though, but how prevalent is it in that part of the world?

PALUMBO: It's extremely prevalent in many other parts of the world like South America and Mexico kidnapping capital of the world right now. Believe it or not, Rome was at one time.

CUOMO: Right.

PALUMBO: Kidnapping was pervasive.

CUOMO: And that's why the countries that they're looking at seem to coincide with that type of activity. So, what does that give you in terms of insight about the chance that Madeleine McCann can still be alive, because remember, 24 to 48 hours in this missing kid case is usually, you don't find them alive after that.

PALUMBO: Here's what I think the British authorities are thinking, that through this chain of people and the information network and the intelligence community and our confidential informants that they have an understanding that she was, in fact, abducted for purposes other than to murder her. And that's why this investigation has gone on for this duration.

One critical component here, Chris, is the background of the other 20, excuse me, the other 24 individuals who are not of British nationals. In other words, I'd be curious to see what their tie is, what regions or parts of the country they're from. Are they from the Middle East? Are they from Albania? Where are they from? Because a whole trafficking network that not only impacts women that we've come to know and understand, but these children, as well.

CUOMO: Notable also that the parents are not listed and that's important because early on in the investigation, there was a lot of time spent on them. Let me ask you this lastly, Lou, why put this information out if no arrests are pending which is what the authorities say?

PALUMBO: I think just keep interest in the case and to allow the public to be mindful that they should keep looking for this child. You know, I told a number of journalists the eyes and ears of the public many times clear our cases up, you know? You take a look at the shooting in D.C., was grabbed at a rest stop by an individual that spotted them.

The information network that is developed by people continuously looking for the law enforcement community. They're extended eyes and ears.

CUOMO: And no better example than what we saw in Boston with the marathon bombers, right? The hero who we even know he wound up being so terribly hurt, you remember the face and the cameras from all the stories. So, that's why we have to be aware, and hopefully, somebody spots this kid. It'd be great to get her back. Lou, thank you so much for the insight. Appreciate it -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Chris.

Back here at home, this holiday weekend is a time to honor those who've sacrificed so much to defend our country. Dale Beatty lost his legs while fighting in Iraq. And when his hometown thanked him for his service, he decided to pay it forward. Meet this week's CNN Hero, Dale Beatty.


DALE BEATTY, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: There's thousands of veterans right here (INAUDIBLE). People don't realize the need that's out there. I sat down with my battle buddy John and we decided to level the playing field. Homes can help any service connected disabled veteran regardless of their age or war.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the young man, why we're all here today.


BEATTY: It's just getting the community engaged to get a ramp built or a foreclosed home remodeled or an entire house build from the ground up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Narrow doorways that I couldn't get through and I have to crawl in on my hands and knees. To have them build a whole new bathroom was unbelievable.

BEATTY: We want to make their life easier, safer, just better, and their emotions are being rehabbed, as well.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I did three tours in Vietnam. For 35 years, no one cared. Purple Heart Homes said welcome home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's great to be home after 40 years.

BEATTY: Regardless of when you serve, we're all the same. They just need to know that somebody does care about them.


BOLDUAN: He says it well. Regardless of when you serve, we're all the same. Great guy. Dale Beatty. Our CNN Hero this week.

CUOMO: Got to have more heroes like that. We're going to take a break right now. When we come back on NEW DAY, we're just minutes away from what could be a dramatic day at the Zimmerman trial. Trayvon Martin's mother and brother on the list of people who could take the stand. Prosecutors, we believe, are wrapping up their case today. Live coverage and analysis when we come back.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Friday, July 5th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

Coming up this half hour, two big live events that we are following. Right now, day eight of the George Zimmerman murder trial is going to be getting under way any minute now. We're kind of waiting for that live picture to pull out to see the full camera, the full courtroom.

The prosecution will be wrapping it up, but they could be wrapping it up in a very big way, putting Trayvon Martin's family members, specifically, we believe his mother could be taking the stand. Very emotional day in the courtroom, and we will be watch that and bring that to you live.

CUOMO: And remember, it's the emotion but also the idea of identifying who that voice is screaming out on the 911 calls in that case. Very important.

Also very important, economically, the jobs report is supposed to come out for this month. And literally, any minute now, it could become, and if it comes out, we're going to break it to you right here and tell you what it means, but first, we'll go to Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Here are the five things that you need to know for your NEW DAY. At number one, the late Pope John Paul II is going to be a saint. The Vatican made the announcement just a short time ago just days after a commission of cardinals confirmed that he performed two miracles during his lifetime.

This weekend, the New England Patriots are allowing fans to exchange Aaron Hernandez jerseys free of charge. The former Patriot is now accused of murder.

The IRS will be closed today because of sequestration. Workers will not be paid for a total of five days this year.

At Wimbledon, the men's semi-finals get underway today. Novak Djokovic takes on Juan Martin Del Potro and Jerzy Janowicz faces off against Andy Murray.

And, finally, at number five for all you alien lovers out there, the Annual UFO Festival kicks off this weekend, where else? Roswell, New Mexico. You might happen to even spot a few extra-terrestrials.



PEREIRA: Keep your camera ready. We're always updating the five things to know, so go to for the latest.

CUOMO: All right. Thank you very much.

Let's head down to Sanford, Florida. We got George Howell down there outside the courtroom. We do know, George, that defense counsel is not there yet, but the prosecutors are. What do we know about the family? Has the family showed up?