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Plane Crash Investigation; Wild Weather; Memorial For Plane Crash Victims; Desperate Move To Help Save Son; Malala Speaks At U.N.; When Pigs Swim?; Zimmerman Trial Begins; Concert Inflation; Break In Boston Strangler Case; Tina Turner Is Engaged; "Gone Girl" Gets Cast?; Guess They're Not Beliebers

Aired July 12, 2013 - 07:30   ET

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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, Lady Liberty and the White House.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, we like to say hello to both of them every morning. Welcome back to all of you, most importantly welcome to NEW DAY. It is Friday, July 12th and I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, everybody. I'm Kate Bolduan here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning.

Coming up this half hour headphones and hearing loss. A report says turning up the volume on the head phones and earbuds can do permanent damage, probably thought that was true. Well, now, there's a study that says you're right. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be here to tell us about it.

CUOMO: Plus another day, another story about that bad boy Justin Bieber. This time, the singer and his merry band of Beiliebers got tossed from a Chicago nightclub. Did he insult the president? I don't know. We'll have to see. Let's get to Michaela. She's got the top news right now.

PEREIRA: All right, we'll do that. Good morning to the two of you. Good morning at home. Developing this morning, the San Francisco Airport runway where the Asiana Airlines jet crashed expected to re- open to flight traffic on Sunday, this as NTSB investigators wrap up their work at the airport. An examination of the plane's cockpit voice recorder indicates there were two calls to abort the landing seconds before the plane struck a seawall. Their investigation has found no mechanical or electrical problems with the Boeing 777.

We've seen some wild weather across the country, flooding in the east, the streets filled with water in Roanoke, Virginia. Meanwhile, out west the high heat continues as firefighters battle the Mt. Charleston fire near Las Vegas.

In California's Death Valley visitors are bringing eggs in skillets so they can emulate a viral video with temperatures over 115 degrees expected this weekend. It is just that hot.

In South Carolina a memorial service will be held today for two close knit families killed Sunday in an Alaskan plane crash. Last night, hundreds of mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil at a South Carolina church remembering the McManis and the Antanakus families. They've been traveling together near Anchorage when their small commuter plane went down killing the two couple and their five children.

A step-mom in Washington State going to great lengths to try and keep her son and his pregnant girlfriend off of heroin. For the past month and a half, Cherry Joy has been holding up a sign at various intersections that says please stop giving my kids money for heroin. She decided to take the desperate measures after seeing them ask for money near the interstate. Joy says she already has a grandchild who was born addicted and if she stops someone from giving $1, well, she did something that day.

A Pakistani girl with a powerful message will address the United Nations today. She is calling on leaders from around the globe to provide every child with an education. Last year, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face by the Taliban on her way to school.

And finally you know that old expression, when pigs fly. Apparently there's a place in the Caribbean where they swim. It happens in the Bahamas at a place called what else, Pig Island. The wild boar swims toward sightseeing boats to say hello and let's be honest to beg from the tourist for a little bite to eat, but I think it's the cutest video.

BOLDUAN: This is not the first time that piglet has gotten food tossed from the boat.

PEREIRA: Like a big to water I guess we have to say.

CUOMO: They're very smart, by the way.

BOLDUAN: Very smart and adorable.

CUOMO: That's all I got. How much can you say about a pig in a pool?

PEREIRA: It's adorable.

CUOMO: Another failure for me.

BOLDUAN: Never a failure.

CUOMO: One thing I do know for sure, incontrovertible, completely true, in about 90 minutes the defense will deliver its closing arguments in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Now, they will be trying to convince six female jurors that the former neighborhood watch volunteer was defending himself when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

Prosecutors made their final arguments yesterday insisting Zimmerman lied over and over again about what really happened on that February night. The jury is expected to get the case this afternoon. Now before we break down what happened in court yesterday, let's take a quick listen to some of the highlights.

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DON WEST, ZIMMERMAN'S DEFENSE LAWYER: We submit that's an integral part of our theory of defense.

JUDGE DEBRA NELSON: I understand, I've already ruled. You continually disagree with this court every time I make a ruling. Do not continue to argue with the court after we've ruled.

BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, LEAD PROSECUTOR: A teenager is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions, because his assumptions were wrong. Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks on this earth.

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CUOMO: Now a reminder from the prosecution about the emotion here, about the life that was lost, about how this all started so let's take a look how it breaks down. A teenager is dead. OK, that's what began for the prosecutor to refocus the jury on what this is about, not the dueling attorneys, but the fact we need to find justice for a life taken.

Skittles, iced tea and a hoodie, again you remember the pictures of a hoodie, it supposedly made Trayvon Martin sinister, all the dialogues and also was reminding that this is a kid, OK, by age and disposition. He was walking with candy and iced tea and that was a big point for the prosecutor to remind the jurors that this was a kid.

The truth does not lie, inconsistencies, false assumptions, lies, painting George Zimmerman as somebody who is trying to say what was convenient for him instead of telling the truth about what happened that night. False assumptions going to what was in George Zimmerman's head. Remember the prosecutor has to prove that he had depraved mind that he had ill will, hate toward this particular person, that's why he was doing that.

Top, bottom, doesn't matter. This was very important. We have been talking to you about how in the trial they've been going back and forth about who was on top during the fight because that would show advantage and go to whether George Zimmerman reasonably thought his life was in danger. The prosecutor had a surprise, doesn't matter who is on top and the bottom, what matters is how did you get into the fight?

Was it reasonable for George Zimmerman to think he had to kill this man in order to escape? That's why he went there but very controversial. How do I know? Our legal experts tell me that. So let's bring them in right now. We have with us Danny Cevallos, defense attorney extraordinaire, Sunny Hostin, CNN analyst, former federal prosecutor. Great to have you both.

Let us begin at the beginning here, the prosecution's advantage is they get to go first and last. The defense's advantage is that they get to listen to the prosecution and then counter. So Danny Cevallos, Skittles, iced tea and a hoodie, at the end of the day, this was a kid who did not need to die. Your client made false assumptions and that is why the defendant entered into there with a loaded weapon and used it. How do you counter that as the defense in your closing?

DANNY CEVALLOS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, I don't think the defense needs to counter the prosecution's argument directly because they have good facts on their side but I think they need to use this computer animation, it's going to be very helpful. It's certainly going to overpower the PowerPoint presentation that De La Rionda used. I don't think that was very compelling.

It's not going to be as exciting so at least on graphics I think the edge is going to go to the defense, but I don't think the defense needs to respond directly to each and every of De La Rionda's arguments because they have strong facts and law on their side. They can choose to go with their own theory.

CUOMO: OK, now, Sunny, Danny is kind of punting on that. He doesn't like the Skittles, iced tea and hoodie because it paints a picture that he can't combat. So let's now go to a point for the prosecution that they made yesterday. This controversy top or bottom doesn't matter. A lot of people made hay about that in the media, right? They shouldn't have done that, but you tell me as a former prosecutor why was that a strategic decision for them?

SUNNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Yes. I think it was an important strategic decision because the defense all along has tried to refocus this case away from who started the fight, who was the initial aggressor, who failed to listen to a police dispatcher, who targeted, who profiled, who chased Trayvon Martin, who started it all to my goodness, I was in fear for my life.

I acted only in self-defense and so I think the prosecutor did a good job in saying it doesn't matter who was on top, who was on bottom, although there is witness testimony that says Trayvon Martin was on the bottom and George Zimmerman was on the top and there's also some testimony that says George Zimmerman was on the bottom. Trayvon Martin was on the top so it's a wash, ladies and gentlemen.

What you need to listen to, what you need to consider is Trayvon Martin died for no fault of his own because this man made all of these wrongful assumptions. Chris, I was in the courtroom and it was such a compelling argument especially in front of six women, five of which are mothers, when he argued this was a kid doing absolutely nothing. It's not unlawful to wear a hoodie.

It's not unlawful to go for a snack run. Shouldn't you be able to get home alive, given those circumstances and so I think that the defense in closing does have to address that because every single mother on that jury is going to wonder, my goodness, does that give someone a license to kill because someone's going on a snack run? I thought it was very effective.

CUOMO: All right, Sunny, thank you for that. Now Danny, they had a night to sleep on it also, right? The jury heard the prosecution, they had all night to process and today they have to get work done. So it's going to be not as much time for it to soak in. So let's end on this part of the analysis. You as the defense counsel have to make it clear to the jury that where his head was going into this was a certain way, where his head was during the fight was a certain way and that's why this is all justifiable. How do you think they do that today?

CEVALLOS: Well, you counter it, Sunny's position is obviously the idea that can a child walk to 7-Eleven safely and do nothing, but that's not really the facts in this case. We know it was more than nothing. There was a fight. Reasonable minds can differ on who started it, but this is not a case of just walk to store, get Skittles. There was an altercation, and if Trayvon Martin had something to do with it, then that puts him outside the realm of just kid who walks to store for Skittles.

I think the defense has done a good job of getting a concrete narrative of what exactly what happened. Certainly you can't say that George Zimmerman didn't suffer some injury. They need to hammer that home because remember self-defense will be a defense to all the charges. They need to focus on that and then secondarily focus on the absence of ill will, evil or hatred.

CUOMO: All right, Danny Cevallos, Sunny Hostin, thank you very much. We'll be watching this morning. It starts at about 8:30 that's when they'll have a little bit of discussion about the jury instructions. We're going to tell you more about them in a little bit and then the defense will begin its closing.

And remember, at the end of the day, we're not going to say who has an up or down on this because not it's about the jury, the strategic decisions are over. It will be solely and exclusively in the minds and hearts of the six women who have to make this decision -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks, Chris. We're going to be watching that very, very closely in the coming hours.

Next up on NEW DAY though, the famous murder that may finally be solved. Now, 50 years later, there is a break in the Boston strangler case.

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CUOMO: Welcome back, everybody. This is NEW DAY. It is "Money Time." Christine Romans is here with all the business news you need to know. Thanks for all the good stuff.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, new day, new record. Another really powerful day on Wall Street yesterday, the S&P 500 and the Dow in the record books again. This was the Dow's 24th record close of 2013. The Dow is now up 18 percent for the year. The S&P 500 is up 17.5 percent for the year, those are very, very good performances so far.

Stocks are up and so are gas prices. Tension in Egypt in the peak summer driving season mean gas could go up maybe another 10 to 20 cents experts say. AAA says the average price of a gallon of regular jumped 3.2 cents in one day, $3.55 a gallon now. This marks the fourth day in a row it's been up.

You want to see One Direction this summer? It's going to cost you almost $700 if you can find a ticket. Why? Ticket limits in the secondary markets mean the hottest concerts this summer like One Direction, Rolling Stones, Beyonce, they are going cost several hundred bucks.

BOLDUAN: What?

ROMANS: A single ticket close to $700 for some of the hottest, hottest names out there.

CUOMO: One direction I'm going is the other way.

ROMANS: I go to the gas station and then I can't afford any of those tickets.

BOLDUAN: You guys with kids, if they nag you with love, but so many parents are caving obviously.

CUOMO: At $600, $700?

BOLDUAN: Come on. You have to mow the lawn so many times.

CUOMO: The child will have to save my life in order to go. Come on.

BOLDUAN: It's insane ticket price.

All right, so we always wonder what happened to some of these cold cases that year after year. Science may have finally caught up with one of the nation's most notorious serial killers, the Boston strangler. It's been more than 50 years since he terrorized the city, killing at least 13 women. Now Susan Candiotti tells us DNA tests link the killer to one last murder.

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SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Albert DeSalvo confessed to being the notorious Boston strangler, but police never proved it. Almost a half century later investigators may have cracked the case.

DAN CONLEY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK: A Suffolk superior court judge authorized the exhumation of DeSalvo's remains for confirmatory testing that we expect will prove DeSalvo's guilt once and for all.

CANDIOTTI: Guilt at least in the case of Mary Sullivan believed to be the Boston strangler's final victim. The 19-year-old was raped and strangled. There were ten other victims between 1962 and '64, terrorizing the Boston area, grabbing international headlines and the silver screen. DeSalvo was sentenced to life for unrelated crimes and stabbed to death in prison. Thanks to new technology, authorities say they've matched DNA from one of the strangler's relatives to DNA preserved 49 years ago from the crime scene and victim, Mary Sullivan.

(on camera): Plain clothed detectives secretly tailed the DeSalvo relative to get that DNA sample. A source tells CNN when he threw away a plastic water bottle at a construction site they grabbed it.

CONLEY: It's a fair and legal and ethical method for collecting.

CANDIOTTI (voice-over): In a statement, Albert DeSalvo's family said, they are, quote, "outraged and offended" after offering a DNA sample last year. Victim, Mary Sullivan's nephew, Casey Sherman, who has written a book on the case, praises for not giving up.

CASEY SHERMAN, VICTIM'S NEPHEW: It's amazing to me today to understand that people really did care about what happened to my aunt.

CANDIOTTI: Once DeSalvo's body's exhumed, DNA results are expected in days likely solving a legendary 50-year-old mystery. Susan Candiotti, CNN, New York.

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CUOMO: The cold case investigators say there's nothing is a really cold case. They believe that eventually all of them they can get them.

Coming up on NEW DAY, Justin Bieber reportedly tossed from another nightclub, this time in Chicago. Why? At least there was a good reason this time. He was underage. The whole story is coming up in our Pop Four.

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BOLDUAN: You know how many times I tried to get into a club underage?

CUOMO: A lot of times. More noticeable when you're Justin Bieber.

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BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's time for our Pop Four with Nischelle Turner.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Friday, we're fast and furious today, guys. All right, OK, our number four story popping this Friday. Wedding bells, once again, for Tina Turner. According to reports she is now engaged to her partner of 27 years, German record exec, Erwin Buck. Of course, we all know this is her second marriage. The first one was, of course, to Ike Turner.

Number three, "Gone Girl" could be getting quite the cast. Rumors swirling that been ask like could star on the film based on the bestselling novel, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Charlie Theron, all rumored to be up for the role of his wife. Another day, another Bieber blunder, it's number two this morning. Justin Bieber and his entourage kicked out of a Chicago nightclub for being underage. The club was ticketed for admitting a minor and I don't know why he doesn't have a shirt on.

A story that has my blood boiling, our number one story, guys, a paparazzi going way too far with Suri Cruise, Tom and Katie's daughter getting into a car with her mom here in New York and the paparazzi a little too close for her. She asked them to stop and get away and one said, bye, Suri, you little brat. He was chastised by the other paparazzi, but he went even further saying, she's -- another b-word, talking about a 7-year-old here, guys. Katie Holmes kept her cool, but I have to tell you, I don't know how she did. I am not a mother, but I would have gone off.

CUOMO: Nice little window into something that people don't often know when they hear about the paparazzi, which is they can say really nasty things to get a rise out of the people.

TURNER: That is what they were trying to do, get a rise.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Nischelle.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, we're about an hour away. George Zimmerman's defense team set to deliver their closing arguments. A lot of coverage on this coming up, we'll bring it to you live.

CUOMO: And we're also watching something this morning. A live news conference about NSA leaker Edward Snowden from Moscow airport. Snowden himself may appear. We'll have details at the top of the hour.

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RIONDA: He's a wanna-be cop. Police are taking too long to respond. He's going to handle it.

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CUOMO: Final plea. George Zimmerman's defense making it closing arguments this hour. The prosecution has laid out its case. Today, it all goes to the jury.

BOLDUAN: We are covering it all this morning with live coverage and analysis as the country prepares for the verdict. Will George Zimmerman be convicted or will he walk free?

PEREIRA: Listen up. Pop out those ear buds and turn down the volume. A new study says the music we listen to every day is causing more hearing loss than previously thought. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the details.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.

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