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Rethinking Russia Meeting; Woman Falls 17 Stories; Roller Coaster Shut Down; Home Invasion Survivor, New Wife Expecting; Ariel Castro Sentenced; CBS Versus Time Warner Cable: Deadline Today; Nick Cannon Writes To Amanda Bynes; JLo Back On "Idol"; Google's New Smartphone

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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: This would be good music for that moose when it comes up. Welcome back T to the GIF here on NEW DAY. It is Friday, August 2nd. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everybody. I'm Kate Bolduan. Coming up in the show, what happened in Ariel Castro's house for some 10 years, it was horrific enough, but what on earth was going on in his head that entire time I don't think anyone can know. We'll talk about what we heard in court yesterday and that strong powerful statement from one of his victims with a psychiatrist coming up.

CUOMO: Plus one more good reason to watch CNN this nasty war between CBS and Time Warner Cable coming to a head, why you could lose some of your favorite shows just hours from now and how their battle could make your cable bill even more expensive. We're going to tell you about that, but first, let's get to John Berman here this morning with the news.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's great to be here this Friday, Chris. Thanks so much. Making news this morning, a terror threat prompting the State Department to close embassies in key Middle Eastern countries Sunday out of an abundance of caution including Israel and Egypt and the decision also affects facilities in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq and Kuwait. A U.S. official says the Obama administration is monitoring threats against the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, as well.

The U.S. now rethinking a planned meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia giving Edward Snowden political asylum, this is said to have happened in Moscow before a G20 gathering in Russia. Now it may not happen. As for the NSA leaker, he is now staying with some Americans that he apparently met online and we're told he even has a job waiting for him if he wants it.

Here in New York City, an awful story to tell you about a woman on a first date plunged to her death after the railing on her 17th floor balcony gave way.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was in bed and I heard the thud. I didn't know, I couldn't imagine it was what it was.

BERMAN (voice-over): A frightening tragedy, New York City advertising executive 35-year-old Jennifer Rossoff plummets to her death falling from the 17th floor balcony of her Midtown Manhattan apartment early Thursday morning. She was on a first date according to police. She had gone out to the balcony about 1:00 in the morning to talk and share a cigarette with her date. Rossoff's date says he heard popping sounds according to reports, that's when the railing snapped from under her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It shakes you up.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One person goes out on the terrace and it collapses?

BERMAN: According to local reports, witnesses Rossoff's date was hysterical running frantically from the building elevators crying and screaming, my friend fell, she fell off the building, he said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Rossoff worked at Triple Lift, an advertising start off. Before that, she held jobs at "The New Yorker" and "Cosmopolitan" magazine. Rossoff's sister says the family is in shock.

ALEXIS TREESY, VICTIM'S MOTHER: Everybody loved her. My children thought she hung the moon. She did charity work. I just talked to her yesterday. We're just in shock.


BERMAN: So incredibly sad. City officials say no one else was injured, but a vacate order for all balconies in the building has now been issued as a precaution. Stonehenge Management, the company that manages that building says it is cooperating fully with the investigation into the cause of this terrible accident.

A roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida has been shut down after a rider was injured on board. A Universal spokesman says a visitor suffered minor injuries aboard the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket when the car she was riding came to a stop. After receiving treatment the woman returned to the park to continue her visit.

So happy news for Dr. William Petit, he is the Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were murdered six years ago in a notorious home invasion. Petit and his new wife, they are expecting a baby in December. They celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Monday. The two met at the foundation that Petit set up to honor the family he lost. That's nice for him.

And finally, what would you do if you came across a moose running down the highway at top speed, moose on the lam. A man was driving through Maine, he found himself in that situation. Look at this, he grabbed his camera, he started filming, clearly he was excited about this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, Moosie! My gosh! This is insane! Where you go, Moosie? Moosie come here!


BERMAN: He did not know if that large animal appreciated called Moosie, but wow, the presence of mind to film and I've never seen a moose running like that. They're normally so docile.

CUOMO: I've never seen anybody so excited about it.

BOLDUAN: I think that's part of the headline. You know, it's like the rainbow guy.

CUOMO: It's really good. Moose on the lam. Good one, JB.

All right, let's get back to the news here, before he was sentenced to life in prison, Cleveland kidnaper Ariel Castro spoke in court. He said he's not a monster, just sick, comparing himself to an alcoholic, it all took a turn for the bizarre when he claimed there was harmony in the house of horrors he created and that most of the sex with his victims was consensual.

Dr. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist, author of the book "Anatomy of A Secret Life" is joining us to help make sense of this. Doctor, great to have you. We want to learn from people like this to understand that they seem like normal people but they're not. What were your impressions from what you heard?

DR. GAIL SALTZ, PSYCHIATRIST AND PSYCHOANALYST: Sociopathy, that he came across as manipulative, impulsive, self-absorbed, that he wanted to impress his view and his view was that he's in the right still. So even though he was using the words "sorry" there were all kinds of excuses and reasons why essentially he was entitled to do this and that does make you think about anti-social personality disorder, that he's a psychopath.

BOLDUAN: There's no way in his actions or in this rambling statement that he made that anyone could ever make sense of what he did, of course, but do you gather anything about what he impressed upon these women during those ten years from what you hear him saying?

SALTZ: Well, I think there's a lack of empathy and this -- and very typical of abusers is this entitlement. Well, you know, they wanted it, where really they were OK with it or they asked for it in some way. That's very typical of people who are abusers and who don't have that moral compass to have any empathy for what's going on, that they feel really entitled and in the right.

CUOMO: And in that way, you know, I've worked with you many times where you can make some sense of why and from what you heard, what do you think was fueling this in his mind, what do you think he thought was going on in that house?

SALTZ: Well, you know, sociopathy probably has some biological component meaning their brains are a little different, but then as he alluded to early trauma, being very, very mistreated can make that worse so to speak, that you can become more entitled, more self- referential and more likely to repeat the kind of thing that was done to you. Is that an excuse? No, it's not.

Did he know right from wrong? He knew what he was doing was wrong. He just didn't care. He just wanted to do what he wanted to do and felt entitled to it. So in that sense you can make sense of it but really what we're talking about is not someone who can be in treatment and can be better, who is sick and needs care who is a victim in any way, who is an evil person essentially and needs to not be present in the rest of humanity.

BOLDUAN: Let's talk about the victims. Michelle Knight made such a powerful statement. I can only imagine what that felt like to be standing in front of the man who held her captive for more than ten years.


BOLDUAN: And to make such a strong statement. What does that say about where she is in the process because it's a long road to recovery and also the fact that the two other women chose not to be in the courtroom?

SALTZ: Well, I think actually all three of them in the video that they earlier released really displayed an incredible resilience that was quite inspiring, that they were sort of like we're working to be OK. We feel like we're managing at this point. Coming in and talking in the courtroom for some would be a fabulous thing to do because it will be cathartic, we know this, some people talking about their trauma or confronting their perpetrator is very cathartic and I thought she appeared resilient, really an unusual heartiness to be able to do that.

And I think that's I think very inspiring, but the women who chose not to do it, it doesn't mean they're not just as resilient potentially. It may just be they're not ready to. To them in their mind this didn't seem like it would be cathartic. That him being punished is -- but they clearly don't want to be public and they're right on that honestly.

It is probably better for them to try to be as normal as it were. Three months is a short time. We really don't know what the future will hold because this kind of trauma is going to in some ways last with you for life probably.

CUOMO: So give us a quick take before we let you go. He had a constitutional right to speak at his sentencing. There is a question about how long and what you let him say as the judge before you cut him off. Where do you balance this out in terms of how this was helpful in terms of allowing his victims and their families to reveal what he's really -- what he really is versus hurting them again.

SALTZ: I mean, you know, I can't speak to the law. I wish that there were a limit honestly because to me this was sort of further abuse. I mean, yes in the analysis we understand this is his warped mind, but what he said was abusive. It was further insulting and it was twisting the reality so I wish that legally he weren't allowed to say his peace so to speak, but I guess that's the law. One can only hope clearly the people surrounding these women will let them know this has no bearing on reality. He is a psychopath. He's going away. We should forget him now. We should forget him now and focus on you and your resilience and moving on.

BOLDUAN: Every single one of them allowing them to have their space and have the recovery happen in their own time.

SALTZ: I think that's very important and support and therapy which they are doing.

BOLDUAN: Doctor, it's great to see you, thank you so much.

CUOMO: Appreciate it.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, CIA operatives involved in the mission in Libya subjected to frequent lie detector tests. Skeptics say it could be an unprecedented way to keep the Benghazi secrets.

CUOMO: And the CBS eye refusing to blink, Time Warner Cable/CBS stare down continues. Will you lose some of your favorite shows? We don't know. Should you keep watching CNN? Yes.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. If you were a fan of TV shows like "NCIS" or "Under The Dome" the clock is ticking. Time Warner Cable and CBS are at war over contract negotiations. They have nine more hours to work out a truce before you might have to say good- bye to your favorite programming. Christine Romans is here with the details. This is getting a lot of people's attention.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: It really is and they've pushed back the deadline ten times and now 5:00 p.m., negotiations are back on between CBS and Time Warner Cable after Time Warner cable briefly blocked out CBS Networks overnight Monday. If a deal is not reached by 5:00 p.m. today, millions of customers won't be able to watch some of their favorite CBS shows and even if a deal is reached it could mean a higher cable bill is coming your way.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Maybe we're being punished.

ROMANS: Unlike the residents of "Chester's Mill" fans of CBS' hit show "Under The Dome" have been spared for now, but millions of viewers in major cities may soon lose all of their favorite CBS shows, including "Big Brother" "60 Minutes" and "Letterman."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are your ideas?

ROMANS: CBS is deadlocked with Time Warner Cable over the cost the cable provider pays to carry CBS Networks including Showtime. There was a blackout Monday night when Time Warner Cable dropped CBS and Showtime for less than 30 minutes. Both sides were airing ads to win over consumer support, but public interest groups say the only losers in this dispute are the consumers.

GIGI B. SOHN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE: These disputes are becoming more and more common. There's game playing on both sides, but the larger issue is it's the consumer that lands up without their favorite programming.

ROMANS: It could also mean less money in your wallet. The average monthly cable bill was up 4.8 percent to $61.63 in 2011, even as consumer household incomes have remained essentially flat. Analysts estimate cable bills could average $123 by 2015. The more the premium channels charge cable companies the more the cable companies charge subscribers. Time Warner Cable and CBS aren't the first duo to play this game of chicken, almost 14 million Dish Network subscribers lost ANC-owned networks for more than three months last year. That meant "No Breaking Bad." No "Mad Men."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You never say thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's what the money is for!


ROMANS: "That's What The Money Is For" Cuomo, he loves that scene. Time Warner Cable and CBS are expected to reach a deal. They are expected to reach. The question is when and will consumers face a blackout before then. The new deadline for negotiations as I said today 5:00 p.m. Eastern, both CBS and Time Warner Cable decided on that deadline after they couldn't agree Monday. This will affect more than 3 million consumers in New York, L.A. and Dallas and few other cities. Those are the people who would be affected. Are you a "Madmen" fan?

CUOMO: I only watch CNN.

ROMANS: That's what the money's for!

BOLDUAN: People care about their shows. It is no laughing matter when this stuff happens.

CUOMO: That's true. They have to figure it out.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Christine.

CUOMO: All right, we're going to take a break. Coming up here on here NEW DAY, death by cyanide, now the story is a Pittsburgh researcher, he is saying he's not guilty of killing his wife. Investigators say they believe they have their man, but what's his defense? His lawyer will join us live.

BOLDUAN: Also Jennifer Lopez back for more? What we know about her possible encore on "American Idol."


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's time for the Pop Four and that means our Nischelle Turner is here. Hi, Nischelle.


BOLDUAN: I don't want to joke about it because it makes me upset when you're not on set.

TURNER: I know. You know, Michaela and I are here for the same reason, guys, but somehow I got up this morning and she's being the bell of the ball. We're having a good time. Let's get it popping this morning with the Pop Four.

Our number four story, open letter to Amanda Bynes from childhood friend, Nick Canon, you know, they were both child stars on "Nickelodeon" and on his website Canon wrote to her that her issues were no laughing matter he said. That she was not alone. That he was there for her and he called her family. She needs all the help she can get right now.

Our number three story, the judging table at "American Idol," apparently what's old is new again. Jennifer Lopez reportedly very close to returning to the singing competition, Good move, idol, very good move.

A star in need is our number two story this morning, reports that Jamie Lee Curtis was taken to a hospital after a nasty car accident in California. She reportedly called her buddy Jodie Foster for help before leaving the scene by ambulance.

Our number one story this morning, the future of "Glee," the same day Lea Michelle tweeted that she was back to work on the set of the show. We learned that Cory Monteith tribute episode will deal with drug addiction. It was also announced by the Fox Entertainment chairman that the series will likely wrap up after its sixth season.

Guys, this was not a shock because there has been questions how long can the franchise keep going on because a lot of kids have graduated, what would they do. So now with this happening, it looks like it is a good time to wrap things up.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks so much, Nischelle, pulling double duty from Orlando.

TURNER: I'm getting some sun today, guys. It's Friday, I'm going to get some sun.

BOLDUAN: Well deserved. Have a good weekend. We'll talk to you.

CUOMO: I'm going to call Michaela and tell her she did the wrong thing.

Coming up on NEW DAY, wanted in the U.S. but welcomed in Russia. Edward Snowden he may talk about his new life there and back here the situation is bringing cold war memories to lot of lawmakers.

BOLDUAN: Plus U.S. officials aren't taking any chances, several embassies and consulates closing down this weekend because of security threats.


BOLDUAN: You get a good feeling because it's Friday and it's the rock block. It's time for the rock block. A quick round up of the stories we're going to be talking about. First up, John.

BERMAN: Thanks so much, Kate. First up in the papers from the "L.A. Times" a new study finds a record 21 million young adults from 19 to 31 are still living at home.

From "Tampa Bay Times," Florida's education commissioner resigned. Tony Bennett stepped down after revelations surfaced that he interfered with a grading system at a charter school when he worked in Indiana.

In "USA Today" who will be the next "Doctor Who." The new lead actor in the popular British sci-fi series will be revealed Sunday in a live BBC America special. Time now for Christine Romans with your business news.

ROMANS: All right, records on Wall Street, again, futures signalling another big day. The S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at record highs. Stocks are up 20 percent this year.

Google has a new smartphone the Moto-X, it will be assembled, not made. The company says it is not made in America. It's really assembled in America and responds to its owners voice and it will sell for $200. Netflix now offers different profiles for different users. It means it will not recommend Dora the Explorer anymore just because your kids like it. Let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather -- Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: I'm going to summarize it for you, a couple lows cruising on through, so, there will be showers this weekend, but not going to be everywhere at the same time, obviously. Today, Friday, looking in the Midwest, anywhere up to Indiana, the best shower chances. By Saturday, talking about the same storm pushing farther to the east so mid-Atlantic chance for showers and then by Sunday a new wave cruises through, so, once again, east of the Rockies and hanging to the northern plains so overall, not too bad. If you're complaining on a Friday --

BOLDUAN: You don't want to hear it. Thank you, Indra. We're now close to the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.

CUOMO: Leaving town. U.S. embassies across the Middle East closing this weekend on fears of a security threat, we get answers.

BOLDUAN: Pain and anger. After Ariel Castro tries to justify holding three women for a decade. The reaction is fierce and we have new video from inside that home. CUOMO: And breaking in moments, the stock market at an all-time high and new unemployment numbers could be the lowest in years. We'll bring it to you live. Your NEW DAY continues right now.