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Summer Swelter Affects Millions; George Zimmerman Verdict; Zimmerman Facing Federal Charges; Ouch! Gas Spike; California Wildfire Doubles In Size; Asiana Passengers Take Legal Action; New Revelations About Tsarnaev Brothers; American League Wins All Star Game; "Glee" Star Overdose
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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Heat wave U.S.A. Temperatures soaring in much of the country with no relief in sight, making it even worse, hundreds of thousands trapped in the hot zone with no water.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: CNN exclusive. New revelations from juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial as four other jurors push back against their story.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Final days. The coroner announcing Cory Monteith died of a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. New video of his last days alive and how his TV star girlfriend is coping.
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. It's Wednesday, July 17th, six o'clock in the east. I'm Chris Cuomo.
BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor, Michaela Pereira, and we're going to have much more on the nationwide reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict this morning. We have extraordinary new revelations from juror B37 speaking exclusively to our Anderson Cooper.
It turns out some wanted to convict Zimmerman but just couldn't legally find a way to do it. This as protests continue really across the country for much -- though much more peacefully overnight. Everyone will say thankfully.
CUOMO: And we've got to talk about the heat. Soaring temperatures all over the place, but what you're looking at there is one of the outcomes we have to deal with economically here. The gas pump. Congress now holding hearings on it, but assuming they don't take it on like just about everything else these days. We're going to help you figure out just how painful it might get for you this summer.
PEREIRA: All right. Mr. Fishman (ph), I want you to take a look at this, and you at home, too. This is a fellow Nantucket wrestling a shark onto the beach. He's wrestling it. Why is he doing this? Why?
CUOMO: Like a man.
PEREIRA: Oh, why. We're going to actually hear from him coming up.
CUOMO: All you'd hear from me are the screams that only a dog could hear.
CUOMO: All right. We're going to begin this morning with the growing danger from oppressive heat impacting and making an enormous part of the country. Fifty million Americans dealing with this dangerous heat. Look at this, see the red? That is showing the states in the northeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest that are going to be sweating it out all the way to the weekend.
Indra Petersons is outside of New York's Times Square. Already hot there, good morning, Indra.
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning. Temperatures right now currently already 80 degrees with 70 percent humidity. This is our starting point. I want to mention a lot of people don't think that heat waves really cause a lot of deaths. In fact, they are the biggest killer of all weather events combined. And unfortunately this is going to be spreading to a big chunk of the country today. Take a look.
PETERSONS (voice-over): The heat is on. Dangerous temperatures are scorching much of the nation from the Midwest all the way to the northeast. The heat can be deadly. This year alone excessive temperatures have taken the lives of nearly 20 children left alone in hot cars. And amid all of this heat thousands of residents near Washington, D.C., are waking up to a water shortage.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's hot, number one, and I'm concerned about personal hygiene and I have babies in the house.
PETERSONS: Crews shut down a major water main for repairs last night. With temperatures expected to hit near 100 degrees this week, they're anxious to get that water flowing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We suspect it will be from three to as long as five days for everything to be returned to the way it was.
PETERSONS: And the scorching conditions aren't letting up along the eastern seaboard. At New York Citi Field last night thousands tried to stay cool at the Major League Baseball all-star game where temperatures soared into the 90s. Hot spots popped up all over the city.
(on camera): Wow that's shot, 123 degree slide, yes, that's fun, that's 134 degrees steaming concrete in my face, 96 degrees, ouch.
(voice-over): Temperatures in the 90s combined with humidity will make it feel like it's passing the 100-degree mark.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hot, exhausting. There is sweat on just about every inch of my body so it's pretty gross.
PETERSONS: So this is what we're dealing with temperatures today soaring. We're talking about major metropolitan cities. So we have Southern New England. We have New York. We have Philadelphia dealing with this heat wave. In fact, this dome of high pressure is spreading. It's building all the way farther to the west so today we're talking about Detroit, but now even as far as Minneapolis so Milwaukee, Ohio Valley, all of us baking in these hot temperatures.
What makes it so unusual is we're seeing above normal temperatures for July where it is already hot. You have 90 degree temperatures adding in humidity anywhere from 70 percent through the overnight hours still hanging on about 50 percent, even 30 percent as we go through the afternoon so it's that combination that makes the heat indices so delicate.
We're talking about feeling like over 100 degrees and also it's also the duration, the amount of time it's going to be staying with us. We're going to be looking at this heat wave lasting all the way in through this upcoming weekend so we have some time to go.
CUOMO: All right, Indra has been telling people make sure if you got elderly neighbors check on them, people with kids check on them, folks need help to get through this. Indra, thank you very much. We'll check back with you in a little bit.
BOLDUAN: All right, we're also watching multiple developments this morning in the days since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Across the country protests though relatively peaceful overnight and more revelations from Anderson Cooper's exclusive interview with Juror B37, sparking a reaction from four of the other jurors.
CNN's Miguel Marquez is joining us live from Los Angeles, which has seen the most clashes between police and protesters in the aftermath of the verdict coming down over the weekend. Good morning, Miguel.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. Yes, there was great concern about violence breaking out here and other cities across the country. Police have drawn a line in the sand here and it seems to be holding for now, this as four other jurors are coming out wanting to be heard.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): The call for justice now in the governor's office a sit-in demanding a reversal of the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws. Protesters vowing to stay until they speak directly to Governor Rick Scott, this as we're hearing more from the only juror speaking out, Juror B37 saying they wanted to find George Zimmerman guilty of something, but the evidence and law just didn't add up. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I felt bad that we can't give them the verdict that they wanted, but legally we could not do that.
ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, CNN'S "AC 360": Do you think Trayvon Martin played a role in his own death?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I believe he played a huge role in his death. He could have -- when George confronted him he could have walked away and gone home. He didn't have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight.
MARQUEZ: And four other jurors saying B37 doesn't speak for them in a statement saying, "Serving on this jury has been highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts, but in the end we did what the law required us to do." Frustration at that decision turning to protests and calls for action.
(on camera): These protesters in Los Angeles have come to police headquarters to make a point that the death of Trayvon Martin has prompted what they hope is a national movement. Why are you marching? What do you hope to achieve?
MOURDESE FLINT, PROTESTER: I am hoping that at least the DOJ will look at this case and see that his civil rights were -- I think his civil rights were violated.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): Frustration over the verdict in a few places has turned violent. A photographer and reporter assaulted in Los Angeles.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: News man just got hit. Are you all right, man?
MARQUEZ: The tension in the streets mirroring what went on in the jury room. According to Juror B37 who says the trial weighed heavily on all of them even bringing them to tears. Despite all she says --
COOPER: In your head you are 100 percent convince that George Zimmerman taking out his gun and pulling the trigger did nothing wrong?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm 101 percent that he was, that he should have done what he did except for the things that he did before.
COOPER: You mean he shouldn't have gotten out of the car. He shouldn't have pursued Trayvon Martin, but in the final analysis, in the final struggle --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When the end came to the end --
COOPER: He was justified.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was justified in shooting Trayvon Martin.
(END VIDEOTAPE) MARQUEZ: Now B37 also told Anderson about a holdout juror on the last vote they took they all folded up their little ballots and put them in a tin box. She says that it took that last holdout juror about 30 minutes to put that little piece of paper in that box, but when she finally did, she decided there was nothing that they could do. She couldn't find him guilty of anything. It didn't rise to manslaughter, certainly not to second-degree murder. She voted and here we are today -- Kate.
MARQUEZ: All right, Miguel, thanks so much. Riveting interviews, we'll see what more we learn in the coming days. So the question is did Juror B37 think there was a conflict between her and the other jury members? Well, she's going to answer that and more later this hour in more of CNN's exclusive interview.
CUOMO: Attorney General Eric Holder isn't talking yet about what he will or won't do in the Zimmerman case, but he is zeroing in on the nation's stand your ground laws. Holder telling NAACP laws that expand the concept of self-defense is so dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.
Dan Lothian live at the White House this morning. What is the latest, Dan?
DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, first of all, Chris, you know, the attorney general is pledging a full investigation, but he's being very careful not to promise what the results will be. He did however raise some serious questions about "Stand Your Ground" saying these kinds of laws allow and might even encourage a violent situation to escalate.
LOTHIAN (voice-over): As demonstrations against George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict continued across the country, Attorney General Eric Holder for the first time took aim at "Stand Your Ground" laws.
ERIC HOLDERN, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: It's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and so dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.
LOTHIAN: Speaking to the NAACP in Orlando, this first African- American attorney general also got personal revealing his own experience with racial profiling as a young black man.
HOLDER: I was stopped by a police officer while simply running to catch a movie at night in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. I was at the time of that last incident a federal prosecutor.
LOTHIAN: Now his Justice Department is under pressure to bring criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. More than 1 million people signed a petition on the NAACP web site. A federal investigation was opened last year and Holder says his department will continue to review evidence from the FBI and the Florida criminal trial. Meantime, Reverend Al Sharpton is calling for vigils around the country this weekend. REVEREND AL SHARPTON: I think the president has made a statement of consolation. We don't need consolation. We need legislation and we need some federal prosecution.
MARQUEZ: White House Spokesman Jay Carney said the president acknowledges passions are running high.
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: He echoes the call for calm reflection that Trayvon Martin's parents made in the wake of the verdict.
LOTHIAN: President Obama did a round of interviews yesterday with Spanish language television and while he did talk about immigration, the Zimmerman case did not come up -- Kate.
BOLDUAN: All right, we'll be waiting to hear if we hear more from the president in the coming days. It's nice to see you again. Thank you so much.
So we're talking $4 a gallon gas popping up across the country. Ouch. California is already there, several other states not so far behind. The gas bite could be coming to a pump near you unfortunately. Christine Romans is here to tell us what's going on. It's something that every family tracks I think more than anything.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: This is your personal economic indicator because you go and fill up every week, every two weeks. So you feel this quite quickly and it's not the heat that has you hallucinating. Those gas prices are rising and rising fast.
ROMANS (voice-over): Temperatures aren't the only thing on the rise. Gas prices are skyrocketing, a whopping 18 cents over the past week.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: With everything constantly going up, it's kind of sad because there's families who need things to stay at a lower price.
ROMANS: And brace yourself drivers, experts say the price at the pump will continue to rise through the week. It already stands 26 cents higher than the national average a year ago.
PATRICK DEHAAN, SENIOR PETROLEUM ANALYST, GASBUDDY.COM: Thanks to the uprising in Egypt, oil prices have risen as well as declining crude oil inventories.
ROMANS: The battle over gas prices taking center stage on Capitol Hill.
CHRIS PLAUSHIN, DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL RELATIONS WITH AAA: Days of the national pump price below $3 is like a thing of the past.
ROMANS: Lawmakers complaining fuel exports and refineries shutdowns are contributing to the spike.
DEHAAN: Refineries going down for maintenance with little oversight. The sole biggest driver in gas prices today.
ROMANS: Filling up in Illinois and California will cost you a pretty penny.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just paid $5.95 a gallon for premium and I think it's abominable.
ROMANS: President Obama's birth place of Hawaii takes the cake at well over $4 a gallon. With higher prices likely to stay this summer leaving many trying to figure out how to beat the heat and the pump.
ROMANS: Here's what I can tell you. Gas prices go up and they go down and if the last few years are any guide maybe in September you could see some relief, but in the meantime you could expect another dime or 15 cents on top of the prices you're seeing right now.
BOLDUAN: So we need to track it. Last week you and I talked and said it could go 10 to 20, they're even afraid of 30.
ROMANS: Some of the outliers say it could be 30 cents higher.
BOLDUAN: All right, we'll watch it. I hope you're wrong. That's the only time I hope you're wrong. Take the subway. Thanks, Christine.
ROMANS: You're welcome.
CUOMO: Gas prices one of many stories we're following this morning. So let's get to Michaela. She has the latest. Good morning.
PEREIRA: Good morning to you all of you. Good morning and good morning to you at home. Making news, another fast and aggressive wildfire on the move out west, this one is burning in the San Jacinta Mountains east of Los Angeles, more than 2,000 firefighters trying to get it under control. At this point, it's only about 10 percent contained and already destroyed at least six homes. That fire forced the Camp for Kids With Cancer to evacuate.
More than 80 people who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 have initiated legal action against Boeing. The company that makes the airplane, the law firm handling the filing says, it also plans to go after Asiana Airlines over the next few days. Both Boeing and Asiana Airlines have declined to comment. You know, the crash killed three people and injured more than 180 others.
"Rolling Stone" taking a lot of heat for this cover, critics say it justifies accused Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes him look like a rock star. The cover story does include some new revelations among them that while he lay in the boat surrounded by SWAT teams and police, an FBI negotiator mentioned a plea from an old wrestling coach, which seems to convince Dzhokhar to surrender. No hard date for Jodi Arias' penalty phase retrial. The judge saying Tuesday, she's like for it to happen in late September, but wouldn't settle on a firm date yet. Arias' attorneys are trying to avoid the jury's determination that she killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in an especially cruel manner. They're trying to take that death penalty off the table.
Bragging rights and home field advantage in the World Series belonged to the American League this morning, Ten A.L. pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout last night giving the American League a 3-0 victory over the National League in the MLB all-star game. Highlight of the night, yes, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera making his final all-star appearance before retiring.
Do you hear the smile in my voice? His teammates left him all alone on the mound to soak up that 90-second standing ovation before they joined him on the field. He pitched a perfect eighth inning and was named the game's MVP.
CUOMO: I was trying to get the control room to play "Enter Sandman." That would have been one of the most intimidating moments in sports is when they would play that song and he would walk out, no expression on his face.
PEREIRA: Do we have time for one more thing?
BOLDUAN: I guess we don't.
CUOMO: There's only time for news.
BOLDUAN: Chris decided to steal your thunder but that's fine. We'll get him back.
CUOMO: Driving the bus this morning, are we and I'm under it.
PEREIRA: And you're under.
BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, we're going to hear more from CNN's exclusive interview with Juror B37 in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. She says George Zimmerman broke no laws, but in her view wasn't using his senses when he left his car that night.
CUOMO: We also now know what killed "Glee" star Cory Monteith. The details of the autopsy report when we come back.
BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.
New details this morning about the death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith. The coroner's report confirms that Monteith died of an overdose, citing a deadly mixture of heroin and alcohol.
CNN's Nischelle Turner is here with us. This is what everyone feared from the beginning. NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: It is. His friends were holding an impromptu remembrance at his Hollywood home, fans are leaving flowers and notes in front of the hotel where he died in Vancouver. And now, we do know. His long battle with drugs is what led to his death.
TURNER (voice-over): "Glee" Actor Cory Monteith struggled for years with substance abuse died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's absolutely nothing at this point, no evidence to suggest this is anything other than a sad and tragic accident.
TURNER: Police say they believe Monteith had been dead for several hours before being found in his room before going into his room at the hotel.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We won't go into what we found in the room, other than say that there were indications in the room that this was a drug overdose.
TURNER: The 31-year-old was open about his struggles with addictions, saying he's lucky to be alive, in an interview with "Parade" magazine in 2011, most recently checking out of rehab in April with on screen and off screen girlfriend Lea Michele by his side.
While Monteith is known for most for being the jovial jock turned singer on "Glee," in September, he challenged himself to a darker role in the film called "Mechanic" -- one that ironically paralleled his own battle with addiction.
And this is believed to be Monteith's last video shot on the plane to Vancouver. The actor gave advice to his fans.
CORY MONTEITH, ACTOR: Stay out of trouble and stay in school.
TURNER: His constant affection for his fans, friendship with his co- stars and love for his girlfriend are what many say he'll be remembered for most.
Lea Michele's representative sent CNN this statement on her behalf saying, "Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together."
TURNER: And this news of an overdose is leaving many fans wondering what the show will do in light of his deaths.
Now, "Glee" is known for highlighting hot button issues like school shootings, eating disorders and sexuality. We have contacted FOX about the show's future but the network has not made any announcements just yet.
CUOMO: Nothing deserves more attention on this issue. There are a lot of worthy issues but the mistake that hopefully nobody makes -- one of the things you should take away from the story it's not about the drugs. It's not about that he liked the drugs, that he liked to party, he couldn't make the hard choice to have the discipline to stop -- it's not what it's about. It's a sickness, and underlying his use there were issues hard for him to deal with and very hard for your loved ones to help you with.
TURNER: It's a disease and it affects everybody and it's so hard on a daily basis to battle. And people don't realize how much the disease of substance abuse touches so many lives across America, but maybe this will wake people up and know that your loved ones --
BOLDUAN: And people connected with the show it's so sad. They were saying just that day they talked to him, and that he sounded great and says he was happier than he's ever been. And it just shows that you hide and cover up so much --
CUOMO: What you project to the outside is not what you're feeling inside.
BOLDUAN: All right. Nischelle, thanks so much.
CUOMO: We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY.
When we come back more from Juror B-37's exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. She says George Zimmerman broke no laws, she says he was justified in shooting Trayvon martin. Her explanation, ahead.
BOLDUAN: And we'll introduce you to shadow, the hang gliding service dog. His owner says this Australian cattle dog was born to fly. More on that story, coming up.
CUOMO: Welcome back. Happy hump day, everybody. This is NEW DAY. It's Wednesday, July 17th. I'm Chris Cuomo.
BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.
PEREIRA: Good morning.
BOLDUAN: Coming up this hour -- four more jurors from the Zimmerman trial coming out in response to CNN's exclusive interview with Juror B-37. They say she does not speak for them all.
CUOMO: And this man I wish spoke for all men. Watch what this guy does with the shark. He catches it and on the beaches of Nantucket, he's saying, you'll come with me, fishy. Very good story there for you.
Lot of other news we're following as well. Let's get to Michaela with the top stories.
PEREIRA: You worry me, Cuomo. You worry me.
We will get to that story, the fish story a little later. Right now, let's talk about the heat wave smothering Americans in the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic, and parts of the Midwest.
Look at that red -- apologies to Indra -- but look at the red on the map. Relief is not expected until the weekend. So that means a few more days of high humidity combined with temperatures in the 90s, heat indices well over 100 degrees.
The GOP-controlled House votes on a series of bills that would delay critical elements of the president's health care overhaul. The White House has already delayed the employer mandate, which would have required small business to buy health insurance next year, or face penalties.
Today, the House will vote on a measure that will also delay the individual mandate.
The chairman of Penn State's board of trustees says he does not endorse the scathing report on how the school handled the Sandusky sex abuse scandal. He says findings that late coach Joe Paterno and others were involved in a cover-up amount to speculation but he says the university has implemented 115 of the report's 119 recommendations.
Actress Emma Roberts arrested on a domestic violence charge in Canada. TMZ reporting she got into a fight with her boyfriend, actor Evan Peters, earlier this month, allegedly bloodying his nose and biting him enough that it left marks. Roberts, who is Julia Roberts' nice, was reportedly released hours later because Peters did not want to press charges.
All right. Here is some video that you will love, Cuomo will not. A Utah man and his hang gliding pooch. Shadow is actually a psychiatric service dog. He helps Dan McManus manage his separation anxiety. Shadow got separation anxiety when dad would go up in the air and he'd chase him and try to hitch a ride on his foot.
So, finally, Dan said, jump on, took him up with him. And now, they're a regular sight.
PEREIRA: Isn't that neat?
BOLDUAN: I like how the dog keeps his cool.
CUOMO: I like it.
BOLDUAN: He doesn't dislike it. CUOMO: When you said the dog was flying I thought it was going to be like your buddy on the skateboard.
PEREIRA: My buddy, Norman.
CUOMO: That dog is pedaling the skateboard, whole other thing, but this is great.
BOLDUAN: I don't think the dog can hold onto the bar -- news flash.
CUOMO: I understand. I'm happy for the dog there with his owner and I like he's a service dog.
BOLDUAN: We like the story. We'll leave it there.
All right. Moving on with the news we're hearing more from George Zimmerman's jurors for the first time. They put out a statement saying the juror who has been speaking exclusively to CNN does not speak for them. That one lone juror tells our Anderson Cooper there were lots of tears during deliberations and she tells why she believed George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon martin was justified.
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: George Zimmerman obviously did not testify but his testimony essentially was brought into the trial through the videotapes, a number of videotapes that he walked police through a re-enactment of what he said happened.
How important were those videotapes to you?
JUROR B-37: I don't really know, because I mean watching the tapes, there's always something in the back saying, is it right? Is it consistent?
But with all the evidence of the phone calls and all the witnesses that he saw, I think George was pretty consistent in what -- and told the truth basically. I'm sure there were some fabrications, enhancements, but I think pretty much it happened the way George said it happened.