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Duchess Of Cambridge In Labor!; Dramatic Flooding Rescues; Katherine Jackson Back On Stand; Busted!; Drumroll Please; Buyers May Be Rushing To Lock In Rates; Representative Cohen: "I Was Floored"; Emotional Win For Mickelson

Aired July 22, 2013 - 07:30   ET


ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Right. Kate, in the U.K. there's a real emphasis on what they call a normal birth. In other words, they want that process to be as free of medical intervention as possible, for example, she's -- she's late. In the United States many women when they hit that due date, they get induced. That's not the case as we understand it with Kate. She hit her due date and was not induced on that day.

Now, Katie Nicholl, she mentioned previously on our show that there's a birthing ball in the room and other sort of things that are used to try to encourage a normal birth. They want women up and moving around. They do not want them lying in bed -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, stick with us, Elizabeth. Victoria, so what do we know about Kate's birthing plan, Kate and William's birthing plan?

VICTORIA ARBITER, CNN ROYAL COMMENTATOR: Well, they've actually been very private. By nature the palace gives you as much as they think you need to know, but all the nitty-gritty details. So we know that Kate is hoping to have as natural a birth as possible. Of course, there's no way to tell how that's all going to go. Perhaps she'll need something down the line. They'll never tell us.

That's information we are not going to be privy to. As you mentioned earlier it's good to have some moments that are private. If everything does go according to plan and she has the baby today, we can expect her to possibly leave the hospital tomorrow. She'll be eager to get back home and start enjoying her new family.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: And a thoroughly modern royal, William is still working as a search and rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force. He's going to be taking the allowed two weeks of paternity leave.

ARBITER: That's right. He does get two weeks of paternity leave. He's actually been on annual leave this last week. So he's taken that as vacation time. He'll get to spend that time at home. What the couple then decide to do after his leave is finished remains to be seen. He may have some annual leave left in which case he'll head to Balmoral. There's speculation she'll head to Buckleberry to her family home. But -- I can imagine too as a modern father, he's not going to want to be away from his child perhaps they'll go to Wales. They haven't made those decisions yet. CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: So they're trying to figure out how to be modern while still being royal, but the process about getting word out about the baby is definitely a royal process. Tell us how word comes out?

ARBITER: This is going to be very traditional. I think as Kate mentioned earlier it's about continuity in the royal family. It's these traditions the British public hold on to so dearly. An aid is going to walk out the front doors of the hospital carrying the birth announcement secretly. There'll be a police escort to Buckingham Palace. That announcement will be placed on the same easel used to announce Prince William's birth back in 1982.

That really is going to be the first moment that the world gets to find out the gender of this baby, date and time. The name will not be announced. How long it takes for a name remains to be seen. It took a week to name Prince William, a month to name Prince Charles, two weeks for Beatrice. So hopefully they are not going to leave the timing.

BOLDUAN: Katie, let's bring you in on this real quick. What are you hearing about who's in the room with the duchess at this point as well as the role of her mother who she's so close with, Carol Middleton?

KATIE NICHOLL, CNN ROYAL COMMENTATOR: Well, you know, it's an important role. We know how close Kate is to her family, to her mother particularly. Now we're not sure whether the Middletons are actually at the hospital. I don't believe that they are. That's not to say that they won't get there at a later point. But I think actually this was something that William and Kate wanted to do together.

I'm sure we'll see the Middletons visit very soon. But I think just like everyone else in the immediate royal family, they probably want to give the couple a little bit of space at the moment. I mean, we're now 6-1/2 hours, I would imagine, into the duchess's labor. We're waiting here. The crowds have gathered at Buckingham Palace. Of course, this is where that easel with the notice of birth is going to be posted. You can imagine the crowds here, as with the sunshine, is going to increase.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Katie, another difference in watching stateside, a lot of people have been looking at the differences between how things work here and how things work there. I understand it's not customary to do a baby shower in advance of the baby's arrival, correct?

NICHOLL: It is true. I know you have baby showers in America. They're a very big thing. It is becoming more popular over here, but I think people are a little more cautious. They actually like to celebrate once the baby has been safely delivered. There were reports in the British press that Pippa threw a very small baby shower for Kate, but certainly nothing on any big scale. My bet is the bubbly will be open once the announcement is made here.

BOLDUAN: Talk about the significance, Victoria, of if this is a -- it's significant if it's a boy or a girl. It really needs to be noted what a significant moment this is if this is a little girl that's born.

ARBITER: It really is because the change in the laws to succession is in the process of being moved through. Of course, all 16 realms have to agree to these changes. But there have only been six queens in the course of over thousand year British history in their own right. So if this is a little girl, and we know that these sort of archaic laws are being changed, it really is a very exciting time. If it's a little boy, of course, we'll still be delighted. But it means the changes in the laws to succession can't be talked about for another 30-odd years.

BOLDUAN: They do have good genes.

ARBITER: Yes, they do.

CUOMO: How is the wattage around this event so far compared to Diana's?

ARBITER: I think what's quite interesting actually in this day and age because of this multimedia age we live in with Twitter and social media as it is, the global interest, 24 hour news, the internet, the wattage here seems to be massive. I mean, just tremendously huge every which way you look. What's exciting this morning, I'm glad Max showed us the British public is starting to arrive.

Because the Brits just don't get excited about something until they really -- until they're forced to. No one's been that jazzed about the baby until now whereas over here it's been huge. It's nice to see the crowds are starting to build.

BOLDUAN: Kind of a continuation of the fairytale wedding and then they hope for the fairytale birth of their first child. It was very exciting. All right, Victoria, stick with us. Katie Nicholl, stick with us. Elizabeth Cohen, my dear friend, stick with us as well. We'll continue to follow each development as we get it on the royal baby's birth.

CUOMO: A lot of other news for us to tell you about this morning so let's get to Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, let's take a look at that. To the headlines now, making news, monsoonal rain led to dramatic flood rescues in and around Phoenix. At least nine people rescued. Some of them plucked from their vehicles. Two men were trapped in a car scrambled up a tree and then were air lifted out. Several other people were rescued from their homes, which were surrounded by water. It's still a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast for that area today.

Six Flags over Texas investigating what caused a woman to fall to her death on the Texas Giant roller coaster. Police have ruled out foul play. The roller coaster will remain shut down until it passes safety inspection. Witnesses say victim Rosy Esparza complained her lap bar was not secure before the ride began. Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, back on the witness stand, she'll answer more questions on cross examination today in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG. She wept during testimony Friday saying her son was not a freak. Jackson and her grandchildren are trying to prove that AEG was negligent in hiring and supervising Dr. Conrad Murray and is therefore responsible for the singer's death.

A big bust on the high seas, the U.S. Coast Guard seizing 2,300 pounds of cocaine from a boat in the Caribbean, the street value, $35 million. Video shows the boat speeding away, but a Coast Guard helicopter shot out the engine. The boat stopped. The cargo seized and the smugglers arrested.

You know the mystery of the incredible drum playing grandmother has been solved. Viewers called out 63-year-old Mary Nvizda. We now know she isn't actually a grandmother, but she did jam in a bunch of bands when she was younger then decided to give up the dream.


MARY NVIZDA, DRUMMER: I have wanted it. I never pursued it because I never thought I was ever good enough to get it and because so many people try but never succeed.


PEREIRA: Mary picked up the drumsticks again about a year and a half ago. She says she doesn't have a computer, didn't know about YouTube and had no idea the video had gone viral. It becomes so popular, 63, not a grandma, but boy, she can play.

CUOMO: Smacking those. She's got quick hands.

PEREIRA: Yes, she does. It's impressive.

CUOMO: I can't get enough of that.

BOLDUAN: I know. It's actually --

PEREIRA: We keep following the story because it's just so good.

BOLDUAN: We're going to find another way to follow it. When she becomes a grandmother it's going to be crazy.

CUOMO: Throw her in the good stuff. Get her in a band.

PEREIRA: I love that idea, anybody looking for a drummer, a drumess?

CUOMO: Tweet me because she's not going to get it from me because she doesn't believe in that stuff apparently.

BOLDUAN: she believes it in. I don't have the time. I'm drumming. No time for the Twitter.

CUOMO: We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, we do have news to get through for you. Duelling demonstrations in Houston, opponents of the Zimmerman verdict colliding with supporters of stand your ground laws. We're going to tell you what went down there.

BOLDUAN: Lefty wins the British open. The dominating performance, look at that smile, Phil Mickelson said it was the greatest round of golf he's ever played. He and his family have been through so much. We'll have that emotional victory for you coming up.

CUOMO: But of course, the world awaits the royal birth. There it is, St. Mary's Hospital, the Lindo Wing. We'll tell you why it's called the Lindo Wing. Found that out through Google. We're going to give you all the detail we can give you right through the process of it being posted at Buckingham Palace when the big news will arrive. Stay with us.


CUOMO: Yes, it is. It is about the money. Welcome back to NEW DAY. When it's "Money Time," it is about the money. Christine Romans is here with all the business news you need to know.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Stocks, stocks, stocks, stocks, stocks, you guys. You wore the color green. The Dow, the S&P starting this Monday with four solid winning streaks, for the year so far, the major averages are up nearly 19 percent. That is unbelievable. This week earnings will be the focus. Again, among the most watched Netflix, Apple, Facebook and You could see those stocks move.

We've also been watching mortgage rates move. We've seen 30-year fixed rate mortgages spike up over the last year, climbing more than one full percentage point. The rush to lock in these rates may be helping housing. This morning at 10:00 a.m., we're going to get existing home sales for June. That'll be a really good check of just how strong the housing market has been.

When you filled up this weekend, did you shake your head when you read the receipt or did you do something else? No swearing, please. Over the past couple of weeks, gas prices are up 20 cents. You can thank crude oil trading at its highest level in 16 months for that. You know, it is filling up at the pump that is really that economic indicator that most people feel. It has been going up. We expect it could continue to rise. We got $109 crude oil right now. Yes, that's about a 16-month high. You could see it go up more.

BOLDUAN: A lot of people say the price of milk. That's kind of the barometer. The price of gas really hits them.

ROMANS: The gas can't get to work if you can't fill up. You can feel it. You can really feel it.

CUOMO: It gets you with that credit card, a little zinger there also. You look at one price there. That's not the credit card. That's the cash price.

BOLDUAN: Christine was reading my mind. I was filling up this weekend going. That's not good. Thank you, Christine.

ROMANS: You're welcome.

CUOMO: Appreciate it very much. Some other news now, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, he says he was floored to find out the aspiring young model he believed was his long lost daughter really isn't. The world discovered Victoria Brink when the 64-year-old Democrat was caught tweeting her during the president's "State of the Union" address.

But on NEW DAY we exclusively brought you the paternity test proving he is not Brink's father. CNN's Dana Bash finally caught up with Cohen for reaction.


DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A strange tweet sent by Steve Cohen Sunday capping off a particularly rough week for the Tennessee congressman. Cohen, who was known for having close ties with the African-American community in his heavily black Memphis district, took to Twitter after his car broke down. Writing, told African-American tow driver my week. Father, DNA test, not father. He says, you're black, yo.

Cohen is referring to the outcome of a story first reported on NEW DAY. A paternity mystery solved when he discovered the woman he thought was his long lost daughter really wasn't.

REPRESENTATIVE STEVE COHEN (D), TENNESSEE: I felt confident, that's for sure, it would come out I was the father. When I found out I wasn't, I was floored.

BASH: The bizarre story begins with an even more bizarre back story that also revolved around Twitter. Flash back to February, the president's "State of the Union" address, Washington was abuzz about what appeared to be a salacious social media blunder. During the speech the bachelor congressman tweeted ILU for I love you to an attractive young blond. Cohen announced that the aspiring young model, Victoria Brink, was actually his daughter. Something he'd learned from her mother, an old girlfriend he'd recently contacted.

COHEN: I couldn't sleep one night. I Googled her and it came out she had this daughter born on the 22nd of April in '88 and that kind of put when we were together.

BASH: CNN intended to do a story about a congressman finding his daughter late in life. But during the process, Victoria and the man she'd always thought was her father wanted to do a paternity test to be sure.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're here to do a DNA test.

COHEN: Right.

BASH: The result was a stunner.

VICTORIA BRINK, ASPIRING MODEL: The result showed that Steve Cohen is not my father.

BASH: Cohen said he only took a DNA test because Victoria wanted it.

COHEN: She said that she didn't know who her biological father was and her mental health, she needed it. I had avoided it, but I would do anything for her.

BASH: Despite the letdown of learning Victoria is not his biological daughter, Cohen says he enjoyed introducing her as his daughter at Washington events like the White House Christmas Party.

COHEN: We still communicate. I still care about her greatly. I think she cares about me. I hope and plan to continue to have a relationship and I think of her as my daughter.

BASH: Dana Bash, CNN, Capitol Hill.


CUOMO: You know, people talk about this story a lot. It's really important to remember. Representative Cohen did nothing wrong. Everything about this story --

BOLDUAN: That's exactly right.

CUOMO: -- feels like a story where a lawmaker did something wrong.

BOLDUAN: It doesn't feel real. He didn't do anything wrong. He really thought he was her father.

CUOMO: He says he was told that. She believed it. They got a good relationship out of it. They're very close now. Now you get this twist with the DNA test, but at the end of the day, it's more bizarre than it is anything else.

BOLDUAN: You hope that relationship continues despite this news. It's difficult for both of them, obviously, to handle in such a public way.

All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, the royal baby watch continues, everyone, outside a London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is in labor as we speak. We've got live reporters in London and experts all over the place for us here in studio and in London.

CUOMO: From potential good news to definite good news. There it is right now. Lefty, Phil Mickelson, wins his first British open. He says it was the greatest round of golf he ever played. We'll tell you why he thinks that is so.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. An American takes the top spot at British open. This was a big deal. Fan favorite Phil Mickelson, a.k.a., lefty pulling out an emotional come from behind victory. CNN's Rachel Nichols has the story.


RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Phil Mickelson battled his way from five strokes down to win his first British open. When it was all over, they hugged, one on top of each other. Phil, his wife, Amy, their two daughters and their son until no one could tell whose arm was whose. Just that they were squeezing tight. This was not just the celebration of a golf title. This was the road that their family traveled to arrive at that moment.

PHIL MICKELSON, BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION: To have a life partner like I have in Amy and three healthy children, we're just, you know, to have those people in my life makes moments like this even more fulfilling to be able to share it with such special people.

NICHOLS: So much of Mickelson's career has played out through the lens of his family. Amy went into labor with Amanda, their oldest, as Phil nearly won the '99 U.S. Open. Ten years later, Amy was fighting breast cancer. Phil initially suspended his golf career as she worked her way to a full recovery.

When the family celebrated Amanda's eighth grade graduation last month, Phil made sure to be there, even though it meant jumping a red eye and going straight to the course to play in the first round of this year's U.S. Open. Some criticized the decision for wrecking his preparation.

But Mickelson didn't mind, just as he laughed it off after last week's Scottish Open when a family picture ended with some rough consequences for the trophy. Some golfers would have been horrified, but all Mickelson cared about was his family, just as he did at the British Open on Sunday hugging them like he might never stop. For CNN, I'm Rachel Nichols.


BOLDUAN: Everyone has their favorite athlete, favorite golfer, but I think he's everybody's favorite golfer.

CUOMO: He's tough not to like especially because of celebrating his family so much. Thanks to Rachel Nichols for that.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, we're following breaking news from London. The Duchess of Cambridge is in labor and the royal baby could be here at any moment. Stick with us.

CUOMO: Heavy rain is causing some extreme flash flooding outside of Phoenix. We'll take you live to Arizona where firefighters have been busy rescuing people left stranded by the floods. Stay with us.


BOLDUAN: That music means it's time for the Rock Block, everyone, a quick round of the stories you're talking about today, first up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: That means I have to stop singing? First up in the papers, from the "New York Times," President Obama's economic offensive launching a campaign style tour of the Midwest this week to lay out his agenda for jump starting the economy.

From the "Wall Street Journal," the U.S. Marshal Service admitting they lost track of about 2,000 specially encrypted two-way radios worth millions of dollars. The department blames poor record keeping.

In the "Cape Cod Times," singer Kelly Roland, a founding member of the group, "Destiny's Child" gets a bit of a Coast Guard escort back to Cape of Cod after the captain of a private boat he was on became disoriented. Apparently everybody is just fine, just a little shook up. Christine Romans with business news.

ROMANS: Good morning. Apple's developer web site has been taken down after a hack attack. Company officials confirm to CNN the site is unavailable after a hacker tries to steal personal information.

Initial public offering is on the minds of investors this week. They'll be more than 10 coming into the market, among the IPOs to watch, Aglos Pharmaceuticals, Cellular Dynamics and Conatus Pharmaceuticals. This week, earnings will again be a big focus among the most watch Netflix, Apple, Facebook and Finally, let's get to your weather with Indra. Hi, Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning. Forget the heat wave. The new story this week is rain and tons of it. We're still going to have more monsoonal moisture hanging out in the southwest, which, of course, means a threat for flash flooding. Head over to the Ohio Valley even up to the northeast and plenty of rain over the weekend and more continues to come your way. Anywhere you see thunderstorms one to two inches of rain is still possible. Relief from the heat and temperatures are way down and I know you all think it feels so much better out there.

BOLDUAN: Feels great. Good start to the day. Thank you so much, Indra.

It's the top of the hour, which means it is time for the top news.

CUOMO: Breaking news, Duchess Catherine is in the hospital in labor. The big announcement could come any moment. We have the story covered like no one else.

BOLDUAN: Water rescue, the daring escapes as monsoon rains flood a city, drivers trapped and the only way out is a helicopter rescue. We have the dramatic video.

PEREIRA: New details on a woman killed on a Six Flags roller coaster. How did this happen and who has oversight over theme park safety.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.