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What Caused Crash Landing?; Canadian Train Crash; Texas Abortion Law Moves Forward; Family's Harrowing Tale Of Survival; Largest Fine Ever On A Debt Collector; Caught On Tape: Murder For Hire Plot; Blue Haired Beauty; Sir Elton's Appendicitis; Randy Travis Still Hospitalized; Ladies Shaking Up Daytime?

Aired July 10, 2013 - 07:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Are we human or are we dancers? Is there a better question? Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Wednesday, July 10th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. Good morning, everybody. We're here with another funny person, Michaela Pereira, our news anchor coming up at this half hour. A NEW DAY exclusive, a father who is on Asiana Flight 214 just got out of the hospital and he's going to be speaking about the crash for the first time with us. He's joined by his three kids who were also on that plane. Their mother is still recovering in the hospital.

CUOMO: One day exclusive not enough. How about another? The grandmother of Amanda Berry reacting for the first time of that powerful video of her granddaughter and the survivors of the Cleveland house of horrors.

MICHAEL PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, let's take a look at headlines, shall we. Good morning, everyone. Making news, investigators are looking at Asiana Flight 214's automatic speed control. The NTSB says the autothrottle was set to 157 miles per hour. The pilot assumed it was handling speed but it wasn't. And they apparently realized it at the last minute. The NTSB said the pilot was training to fly a Boeing 777 and he was with a first-time instructor pilot.

As we mentioned, we will speak with this family that you see on the screen right now, that's Jun Jang and his three children that survived the crash. We'll talk with them in moments.

CNN has learned the Canadian police are no longer treating the deadly train crash as an accident. Terrorism has been ruled out, but sabotage remains a possibility. Fifteen people have been killed in the crash in the small town of Lac-Megantic. Another 35 residents still missing and are feared dead. The 2,000 people evacuated following the fiery crash, 1,200 has now been allowed to return home.

Jury selection now under way in the court-martial of Major Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Six potential jurors from a pool of 20 were excused Tuesday. Thirteen jurors are expected to be in place by the end of the month. Opening statements are set for August 6th. Hasan is acting as his own attorney.

A final House vote today in Texas for a law that broadly restricts abortions in the state. The Texas House tentatively approved it Tuesday. It bans abortions past 20 weeks and imposes new restrictions on abortion clinics. Critics say those restrictions would force some clinics to close. The state senate is debating a similar measure.

And how about this, Chris, consider it, wigs for a baby -- I say a wig for a baby? Maybe girls specifically, it is sparking some controversy on the internet. Some parents are not happy with baby bangs, a company that makes hairpieces for infants up to 9 months old. It helps set the newborn girls apart from their bald baby brothers. Those wigs start at $20. If you want a custom design it will set you back a little more. What do you think?

CUOMO: Look, it is a little embarrassing when somebody looks at your baby girl is a boy. It does get you a little bit. You know what? They are all beautiful if they're healthy. When they're healthy, they're beautiful. Although you don't want to touch that spot in the middle.


CUOMO: You steer clear of that until they're 9. Kate over to you.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks, guys.

This morning, a NEW DAY exclusive, we're hearing for the first time from a person seriously injured in the harrowing Asiana Flight airlines crash. Jun Jang was just discharged from the hospital he was on that plane with his three children Ester, Joseph and Sarah who made it out with injuries as well but minor injuries. They're all joining me now from San Francisco.

I have to tell you it is so great to be able to speak with you, Jun, and your family, Ester, Joseph and Sarah, to see you all looking relatively speaking, looking well. Now, Jun, I want to ask you. We know that your wife is still in the hospital and she is still recovering. You were just released. Your children were released earlier. I guess I got to ask, how is everyone doing?

JUN JANG, FAMILY SURVIVED ASIANA AIRLINES FLIGHT 214: We're doing OK, considering the magnitude of -- you know, of the event. So, you know, I had some minor injuries. I had some fractures on my head, my neck, my feet, on my chest. But those are sort of minor fractures. And according to the doctors they'll heal automatically as the pain passes. My wife has similar fractures and hopefully it heals over time.

BOLDUAN: Yes. I mean, we've heard from some survivors. But this is really the first time that we're hearing from someone, you, your wife and your children who have really face some injuries. Have the doctors told you where you think your injuries, your wife's injuries, where these injuries came from? What was it in the crash? JUN JANG: I think most of the injury came from the impact, moving forward and banging on the seat in front of us. Actually, I don't remember the impact. The only thing I remember is, you know, a lot of noise. As I woke up from my sleep as the plane was landing and the next thing I remember, I'm laying down on a field. And first responders are working on me.

BOLDUAN: What were those moments? You don't remember the impact, but when you finally came to and you recall, what were those moments like after the crash? It must have been absolutely surreal for you.

JUN JANG: Yes, it has been surreal. I'm still trying to recover from those moments. But, again, I mean, when I found myself conscious in the field, all the first responders were working on me. I mean, they were just asking a lot of questions. I barely opened my eyes to make sure that my children, my wife were OK, and the first responder was just taking me to the ambulance or to the E.R. room and just a lot of chaos.

BOLDUAN: Absolutely. And I'm sure you've seen some of the video of the crash actually happening. We have that amazing video. It's so terrifying even see. What did you think when you see that video knowing you that and your family are inside that plane?

JUN JANG: Yes, it was kind of scary. I mean, we're just thankful that we are, you know, we came alive. You know, we just want to go back to our regular life and the only thing that I can think of is that we are very grateful and thankful that we are all alive. And it was a very scary moment for us.

BOLDUAN: And Ester, I know that you and your sister and brother, you remember a lot about the crash happening and everything that was going on around you. What was it like when the plane finally stopped from that horrifying experience?

ESTHER JANG, FAMILY SURVIVED ASIANA AIRLINES FLIGHT 214: I first thought like did this actually really happen and when I realized it did, I was terrified. And after I figured out that all my family members were alive. The only thing I wanted to do was get out of there.

BOLDUAN: What did it look like around you?

ESTHER JANG: Many things from the top of the plane were on top of us and the chairs in front of us were also on top of us. And my parents' chairs actually were on the floor because they fell over.

BOLDUAN: And Joseph, and, Sarah, I know the family was separated for quite a period of time after the crash. Joseph what was it like when you finally were able to find your mother, your father and your sisters once again, when you finally were able to get back together?

JOSEPH JANG, FAMILY SURVIVED ASIANA AIRLINES FLIGHT 214: I was really happy like I hadn't seen them for like a while. That's like the longest time I haven't been with my family, so it was kind of scary.

BOLDUAN: Sarah, do you feel the same way?

SARAH JANG, FAMILY SURVIVED ASIANA AIRLINES FLIGHT 214: Yes, I was really happy I got to see them especially after the plane crash. The plane crash was really scary.

BOLDUAN: I think to say the least. So, Jun, everyone is thankfully on the road to recovery. Of course, you need to get your wife out of the hospital as soon as she can. How are you preparing your family and yourself to be able to fly back home to Colorado at some point?

JUN JANG: Yes, exactly. And that's one of the things that concerns me the most, you know, when we go back to Colorado, we certainly need to have a family meeting -- you know, a conversation on this and make sure that everybody's OK. And then the most concerning thing is the long-term effect, a year down the road, two years down the road when this thing can pop up. That concerns me. Certainly, I'm open for getting help from outside counselors as well.

BOLDUAN: In the short term, at least we can talk to you today. At least you're with your family I can only imagine how thankful you are for that. Jun Jang and your kids, it's great to meet you all. We wish you the best. And best to your wife as she's recovering in the hospital right now. Thanks so much for your time this morning.

JUN JANG: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: Thank you. Thanks, guys -- Chris.

CUOMO: And thanks for them for getting up so early to share their story with us out there on the west coast, but thanks to them.

We're going to take a break now. When we come back on NEW DAY, a wife and mother trying to hire a hitman to knock off her husband, extraordinary? It's not the extraordinary part. What is -- this happens far more often than you think and we'll tell you why.

And the show will not go on for Elton John, at least for now, we're going to tell you about the scary illness that forced him to postpone his summer tour.


CUOMO: Welcome back, everybody, to NEW DAY. It is "Money Time" with Christine Romans, all the business news we need to know.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning you, guys. Look, stocks rose for the fourth session in a row on Tuesday. That's good. The S&P is just 1 percent below its all-time closing high. That's good, too but this bull run looks tired. A brand-new CNN Money poll predicts the S&P will end the year with a 14 percent gain. That's actually lower than where it is right now.

Hidden in your cell phone bill, taxes, folks. Local, state and federal government's 911 systems even school districts often tack on taxes to your wireless bill and you probably don't even know about it. All together it adds 17.2 percent on average. That's according to the tax foundation.

All right, this is the largest fine ever against a debt collector for harassing consumers. The Federal Trade Commission finds expert global solutions the largest debt collector in the world, $3.2 million for abusive tactics, calls at work, calls at night. Over and over again, all this, quote, "With the intent to annoy, harass or abuse," that's according to the government sometimes even haranguing consumers after they had paid the debt.

CUOMO: After?

ROMANS: After they have paid the debt. This is a very big business. There are 30 million people in this country who owe money that a debt collector is trying to go after you, 30 million people.

BOLDUAN: So there's a limit there.

ROMANS: FTC says there's definitely a limit. You cannot keep calling people at work over and over. Also we've heard in other collection debt stories about how they call friends, family, ministers, bosses, all trying to push you to pay up the debt, to shame you.

CUOMO: Christine Romans, thank you very much.

A wife and mother of two caught on tape planning her husband's murder. We showed you the outrageous video yesterday. This is a woman, tells an undercover cop it's better to kill her husband because a divorce will break his heart. What? The truly shocking thing is she's not the first by a long shot. John Berman is here with more. Amazing how often it happens.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is so amazing. I got to say, like you I was stunned when` I first saw the video of Julia Merfeld planning her husband's murder. It's a combinational of chilling and strange all at the same time. As surprised as I was at that, I think I'm more surprised that this type of thing goes on much, much more often than you might imagine.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm just going to take him right on and shoot him in the face.


BERMAN (voice-over): It's shocking to hear. But in this eerie hidden camera video, 21-year-old Julia Merfeld plans a hit on her husband just as casually as planning a vacation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Either the 18th of April or the 25th.

BERMAN: She thinks she has hired a hit man to take out her husband for insurance money. But actually she was commissioning an undercover detective for murder.

LINDA KENNEY BADEN, FORMER CRIMINAL PROSECUTOR: There's an insurance payoff. That's a motive to kill. They're taking a risk because the payoff for them is so great.

BERMAN: The FBI says it's not as uncommon as you think. In January, there were 140 cases not tied to organized crime pending. In this video that went viral newlywed Dahlia Dippolito burst into tears as police break the news that her husband was murdered. It turns out it was all a setup and he wasn't dead.

She reportedly offered more than $6,000 to an undercover cop to have her husband murdered. Small change compared to what Diane Zimmerman was offering $50,000 and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. And Susan Williams received a maximum sentence for trying to solicit this man, a former NYPD detective in a murder for hire plot.

JOE LABELLA, FORMER NYPD DETECTIVE: I'd love for this man to disappear, wink, wink, if you know what I mean. I said you're clear. You're asking to have this man take out? And she said, yes.

BADEN: Remember, you only kill the one you love. The most dangerous person, the most dangerous risk factor is to be married these days.


BERMAN: That's a chilling thought right there. Julia Merfield pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder. The other three women, they were found guilty in each case. Just in case you're wondering from an academic standpoint, purely academic here, unless you actually do something to put a murder plot into action, you have not committed a crime.

BOLDUAN: So you're just recommending people --

BERMAN: I'm not recommending anything. From an academic standpoint, if you're studying this, you actually have to do something?

CUOMO: I know what you're saying, Berman, you're saying if you think about killing your spouse, it's OK?

PEREIRA: Academically, not ethically. Is there a conspiracy in this one?

CUOMO: There's a conspiracy.

BOLDUAN: He thought it was hilarious.

CUOMO: I was very upset until Berman made that last academic point. Now I feel much better for myself.

We're going to take a break. Coming up on NEW DAY the rocket man grounded, we're going to tell you what's going on with Sir Elton John who was forced to postpone the European tour this summer. Why? We'll tell you.


BOLDUAN: Wednesday, raise a glass. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's time for the pop four with our Nischelle Turner. NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Just raise our glasses. There you go.

BOLDUAN: I did not say what had to be in the glass.

TURNER: That's true. All right, guys, yes, we have some good stuff in the pop four this morning. Our number four story, sweatpants, retro Jordens. Not Nicki Menaj, no, Amanda Bynes set a date for pre- trial hearing for charges she allegedly threw a bong out of her apartment window last May, which Chris Cuomo didn't know was illegal.

CUOMO: I still don't know if it's illegal.

TURNER: Well, but she lives on the --

CUOMO: What are you shaking your head for?

TURNER: In 36th floor, it could hurt somebody. Sir Elton John has had to postpone his European tour. This is our number three story this morning. The icon will undergo surgery for appendicitis. He is set to return back on the road in September. Get well soon, Sir Elton.

Number two this morning, country singer, Randy Travis, still in the hospital, is now undergoing a procedure to place a left ventricular assist device. According to CNN's medical team, this device is a place holder until a patient can undergo a heart transplant. Travis' reps have not confirmed that he is indeed waiting for a transplant.

Little good stuff to Randy Travis. Our number one story this morning, Meredith Veira and Judy McCarthy back at daytime. Viera is confirmed for a daytime talk show that will debut in the fall of 2014 and McCarthy is rumored to replace Joy Behar when she leaves "The View" in August. Now "The View" is undergoing a facelift. Chris, you've been on that couch before --

CUOMO: Many times, a very tough job, they're all very incredibly talented, especially Joy Behar. Not just a great journalist, but a great person.

TURNER: She's real, authentic.

BOLDUAN: She is genuine, genuine, genuine.

CUOMO: Most importantly, not competing against us.

TURNER: There you go.

BOLDUAN: Line of the day.

TURNER: That's why that's the number one story this morning.

BOLDUAN: That's right. Good stuff.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, you know I love you, Meredith. What went wrong on flight 214? That's what we're going through this morning. We're going through it because it matters. We're going to get answers directly from the chairwoman of the NTSB. Stay with us.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Approach and landing is a critical phase of flight. Everyone has to be at the top of their game.


CUOMO: Tossed from the plane. We now know two flight attendants were ejected during the deadly crash of Flight 214 and survived. New details on the investigation. Question, did key equipment fail?

BOLDUAN: Day in court. The surviving Boston bombing suspect makes his first public appearance today in a federal courtroom. What can we expect when he goes face-to-face with survivors?

PEREIRA: NEW DAY exclusive, the family of one of the kidnapped Cleveland girls speaks out to us.