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Ex-CIA Station Chief Detained; A Break In The Heat; World Trade Center Lawsuit; Paternity Test Proves It; Representative Cohen "Stunned And Dismayed"; Rise Above
Aired July 19, 2013 - 07:30 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Where the royal waiting game is on. The reporters camped outside the hospital where the royal baby is expected to be born, but could the Duchess of Cambridge give them the split?
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: The story was over for me after your special last night because it was so complete and so good I need to know nothing else.
CUOMO: Good song for all of you. Welcome back to NEW DAY. Friday, July 19th. I'm Chris Cuomo.
BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor, Michaela Pereira. She's here with all the headlines this morning.
MICHAEL PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: That's right. Let's see what's making news at this hour, former CIA operative detained in Panama. Robert Seldon Lady was convicted by an Italian court in 2009 of abducting a terror suspect in Milan sending him to Egypt. It was part of a practice known as extraordinary rendition in which human rights groups say the CIA abated torture. This morning, the notorious affairs once again are making international headlines.
And Barbara Starr is following for it for us from the Pentagon -- Barbara.
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Michaela. We're looking at the photo, again, very few photos of Robert Seldon Lady out there. The Italian authorities say he was arrested in Panama, one of 23 Americans convicted in an Italian some years ago in absencia. He wasn't even there for the trial of his role in kidnapping a Muslim cleric, a man.
Abu Omar taken off the streets of Milan and sent to Egypt and said to have been tortured in an Egyptian secret prison, all part of America's rendition program, sending people to secret prisons in the early years of the war on terrorism. So Robert Seldon Lady now said to be in the hands of the Panamanians.
What will happen now? Will the CIA try to keep him from being sent back to Italy and possibility serving the eight-year prison term in Italy that he is facing? -- Michaela. PEREIRA: Barbara Starr, thank you. We'll be watching along with you.
For the 130 million Americans suffering under this intense heat relief is on the way. We are happy to say the sprawling heat dome that has smothered the northeast and Midwest all week is on its way out. It has placed a cooler front on the way this weekend, which should take the edge off of that stifling humidity. There is one catch, one more day of scorching 90-degree temperatures followed by thunderstorms and even some severe weather in some locations.
Hold on. That's what the Department of Justice is asking the police in Sanford, Florida, to do with George Zimmerman's gun and other evidence from his murder trial. The DOJ is investigating whether Trayvon Martin's fatal civil rights were violated even though Zimmerman was acquitted of fatally shooting the teenager.
Federal judge says the developers of the World Trade Center cannot sue the airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturers involved in the 9/11 attacks. The judge agreed with the aviations companies who said that developers were trying to double dip suing them for damages after already collecting almost $5 billion in insurance payments.
An Australian biker witnessed a horrible scene. He saw a family dog named Salty, a Fox Terrier, get clipped by a car. Steve Hunter thought Salty was dead, took a chance though and gave the dog mouth- to-snout resuscitation. Hunter got him to a vet and he's got cuts and a broken pelvis. Salty's family calls Hunter brilliant, a lifesaver, and a hero.
CUOMO: The guy is awesome and those dogs with Jack Russells tiger tough.
PEREIRA: They're tiger though you say?
CUOMO: Tiger tough, boy. It's amazing he did that.
All right, time to hang onto your hats, bizarre story, the Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen and his long lost daughter becoming even stranger. Cohen was caught tweeting a beautiful blond model, you remember, during the state of the union address. He then declared the girl was his daughter, turns out, as we told you exclusively here on NEW DAY, that is not the case, but that is not where the story end either. Brianna Keilar is live from Washington with the latest twist. Good morning, Brianna.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Chris. Yes, this is a strange story and we're told by a spokesperson to the congressman that Cohen was very surprised to find out this news. In a statement given exclusively to CNN, his spokesperson says that he took the word of this young woman's mother with whom he was involved around the time she was conceived.
KEILAR (voice-over): Stunned and dismayed. That's how a spokesman for Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen says he feels about learning this young woman is not his daughter as NEW DAY reported exclusively on Thursday.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: By boosting graduation rates --
KEILAR: After the president's state of the union address in February, Washington was buzzing about what appeared to be its latest scandal, who was the attractive blond that Cohen was tweeting "ILU" for I love you as the president addressed Congress and the nation. Cohen claimed to be the father of Victoria Brink, an aspiring model whose mother dated the congressman more than 20 years ago.
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE COHEN (D), TENNESSEE: I kind of went back to nine months before and that was the time when we were involved.
KEILAR: But now another bizarre twist as CNN was present for the results of a definitive paternity test.
VICTORIA BRINK, ASPIRING MODEL: The result shows that Steve Cohen is not my father.
KEILAR: A spokesman for the single congressman says Congressman Cohen believed that Victoria Brink was his daughter because in 2010 Victoria's mother told him so. In 2009, Victoria's mother had also told Victoria the same. On Capitol Hill Thursday, Cohen steered clear of most reporters though the real clear politics. Kaitlin Hughey Burns who tracked him down said you're very attractive but I'm not talking about it.
KEILAR: So even that tweet a little bit colorful what the congressman said to that reporter and Kaitlin Hughey Byrnes said he got in touch and apologized for that saying it's a difficult time. It's interesting because a spokesperson for the congressman saying he is stunned and dismayed, but still looking forward to being a part of Victoria Brinks' life.
BOLDUAN: All right, Brianna, thanks so much.
CUOMO: Thank you for that. We asked the congressman to come on. He declined but he did tweet me as well and we'd love to have you come on to talk about the story though. The focus to me at least is Victoria Brink. This was tough on her life. She didn't have to be in the spotlight and it was a big twist for her, imagine her head and heart thinking about who her father is.
BOLDUAN: Neither of them thought they were doing anything bad. They both thought they were father and daughter and it's a difficult time as Brianna said happening in a public way so that's why tweeting can be dangerous we all know that.
CUOMO: I've never followed another story liking it that's happened. Usually when these things are brought up they have an obvious end.
BOLDUAN: Very unexpected almost step of the way.
CUOMO: Keep surprising. Now you know, until the next part now you know. So what's coming up on NEW DAY?
BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, we are royally waiting and royally anxious for the royal baby. Could today be the day? Your guess is as good as mine.
CUOMO: And actor, Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street" you might be surprised where he lands on the highest paid actor list. Tell you about it.
KEILAR: Welcome back to NEW DAY everyone. The royal baby watch is now at a fever pitch in the U.K. Reporters from around the world are now camped outside a London hospital and rumors are running rampant. Max Foster is live in London with the latest. So Max at this point everyone thinks she's overdue. What else do we know?
MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: I have to say Kate another day, another due date. "The Telegraph" reporting the hospital sources saying the due date is today. Palace sources say it's earlier in the week, the palace not confirming or denying anything. So we sit and we wait.
Apologies for that, we have an audio problem and we'll bring you that later on essentially reporters trying to entertain themselves with stunts. We had interesting things going on yesterday and really we're just sitting here, Kate, trying to decide whether to stay here or go to the other hospital, but the palace insists everything is going to stay here. She is going to go to this hospital so we're staying put for now, we want to bring you the latest as it happens.
KEILAR: Like I said, there is no need to follow the story after the provocative -- that was so what are the chances that she would go to this other hospital? Do you think reporters will be heading there as well? The palace continues to say she's coming to St. Mary's hospital behind you. The baby has more to say about that than we do.
CUOMO: There was this thing that happened yesterday they were painting the railings at the other hospital so there were some reporters gone down there, photographers have gone down there. It is an increasing possibility if you imagine Kate is getting more overdue every day and she's still in Berkshire. It appears she'll be here and they're not going to decamp easily. They want to make sure they can control things, but if it's an emergency it might be the local hospital. There's quite a bit of coordination to make it as easy for everyone to get the pictures and information they want and let the duchess and duke of Cambridge get to where they need to be to have the baby. Thanks, Max. We'll be waiting and watching as always.
BOLDUAN: There is no need for me to follow the story after the provocative special on last night at 10:00. I stayed up for that. Darn you and your great television making skills. What can I do?
CUOMO: Coming up, Leah Remini's removal from scientology. Did Tom Cruise have something to say? We'll tell you which actors are bringing in the biggest dollars. You can bet that guy right there, "Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr. is gold at the box office.
GRACE ALLSTONE: Welcome back to NEW DAY Everyone. Time for the pop four with Nischelle Turner, the Las Vegas edition.
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Hi, guys. I was wondering if that was my theme song,a different city every night. That's what it feels like. It's Friday, our Friday edition of the pop four. Let's get right to this. Our number four story, "Glee" taking a two-week break, producers will use this time to deal with the death of Cory Monteith.
Question, when is a butter wrapper considered a protest? Well, when Paula Deen Is involved. Fans of the butter loving chef are sending to protest them dropping Paula Deen.
Marc Anthony rising above, performed "God Bless America" but some people said he shouldn't be singing it because he is a foreigner. He was born in New York City. Yesterday Marc Anthony spoke out saying he only wants to set the record straight that he's an American. Goodness. That he even had to say it.
I have a question for you guys who do you think is the highest paid actor in Hollywood? Do you have a guess? I think you might know. Do you have a guess?
BOLDUAN: I actually don't. I have no idea. Who is it? I will tell you. I was going to say, used to be Tom Cruz.
TURNER: Tom Hanks, tank cruise, one of the Toms, who is it? I hate to be wrong. I like that you guys play along with me. It is Robert Downey Jr.
BOLDUAN: Exactly. He made an estimated $75 million last year. This according to forbes magazine. That's a lot of change. His movie "Ironman 3" made over $1 billion. He gets a little bit of that. He is followed by Channing Tatum, $60 million. Good year to be him and number three on the list, Hugh Jackman one of the nicest guys in Hollywood made $50 million. With that nice personality, he got a nice paycheck, as well. I top the top five guys was interesting round out. Mark Wahlberg made $52 million and the rock made $46 million last year. That's a lot of money a lot of cash.
PEREIRA: A lot of money. Come on back, you have fun in Las Vegas, but come on back.
BOLDUAN: all right, I'll see you on Monday.
CUOMO: She hasn't gone to sleep, the poor thing. Marky Mark, that's how I know him.
BOLDUAN: Coming up on NEW DAY I'll tell you then. We're closing up the week with a marathon heat wave that won't let up. We'll tell you what's coming next so you can get ready for it.
Shocking new images of the Boston bomber. Why these images were leaked and why the guy who did it faces big trouble
BOLDUAN: That music means it is time for the rock block. A quick round up of the stories you're talking about today, first up, Michaela.
PEREIRA: From "New York Times" how quickly calories are burned. They believe some people could lead to obesity, from "Chicago Tribune" Wrigley field on the verge of a $500 million facelift. Get a $300 million upgrade and in the "Providence Journal" father/daughter dances are now legal in Rhode Island. They rejected plans to veto the bill.
Time now for Christine Romans with your business news.
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: The magic number is 888. Over the past three weeks the Dow is up an astonishing 888 points. Record highs again yesterday, but stocks could be dinged by disappointing tech earnings this morning. Half of Americans owe stocks but everyone fills up their gas tank. Cost you $5 more this weekend to fill up than a year ago. Gas prices have climbed for 11 days straight, the lowest prices in South Carolina. Mortgage rates are up more than one full percentage points from april. But higher rates really don't affect home prices. Let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather.
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Hard to believe. We're going from extreme heat advisories to extreme heat warning. That means temperature that we're feeling like 105 today. We're going up to 110, major cities. We're talking about Boston, Philadelphia, New York, down to Maryland and even stretching west to Detroit and Cincinnati. We all want to know when we're going to see that relief. We'll see the relief eventually as we go towards the weekend. Seeing showers and cooler air and stretching up to Michigan as the cold front slides further east.
BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, thank you so much. We're now at the top of the hour which means it is time for the top news.
CUOMO: Caught on camera, the surrender and capture of the Boston bombing suspect, but now the cop who released the photos facing suspension. We'll tell you why.
BOLDUAN: elief in sight. The epic heat wave breaking soon, but it's going out with a bang. Imagine being stuck on the tarmac in 106 degree heat with barely any air conditioning. When will the cool down begin?