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U.S. Personnel Transported from Yemen; GOP Governors Warn Party to Avoid Shutdown; Chelsea Clinton Open to Running for Office?; Shark- Mania Grips Reaches; Too Hot to Handle for China's Zoo Animals; Nascar Driver Tony Stewart Out of Action; Facebook Shares Hits Record High

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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Good Tuesday music for you. Welcome to NEW DAY. It is August 6th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

Coming up in the show: is it safe to go into the water? Shark sightings are on the rise along the East Coast. Well, John Berman is going to tell us what is really going on.

CUOMO: You know, not a great chance getting bitten by a shark, one in 3.7 million, but better chance than winning the lottery. You all think you have a chance. That's why we buy our tickets. But one in 175 million. But the jackpot now stands at $400 million. We are close to the day we see a lottery prize topping $1 billion. We'll take you through that.

But a lot of news this morning, so we'll get right to Michaela -- Mick.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Making news at this hour, police in eastern Pennsylvania now identifying the suspect in that deadly shooting at a town supervisors meeting as Rockne Newell. Three people were killed in Monday shooting. Several more injured. State police say Newell had ongoing dispute with township officials over issues with his sewer and the condemnation of his property.

More breaking news this morning. According to CNN's Barbara Starr, the U.S. Air Force evacuating U.S. personnel out of Yemen. This comes hours after a warning from the U.S. State Department that all Americans need to leave Yemen immediately following a terror threat.

Major League Baseball lowering the boom, disciplining 13 players, including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez after an investigation into the use of performance enhancement drug. A-Rod definitely not shown the love during his first at-bat Monday night against Chicago.


ANNOUNCER: Alex Rodriguez.



PEREIRA: A-Rod was suspended for 211 games. He has appealed and is allowed to play at least until his appeal is heard.

A sinkhole on a street in Miami Beach nearly swallowed a sports car. Officials say it begun as a small break along a water main but grew and eventually caused the street above to give way. Emergency crews were able to rescue the driver and pull that car out of the sinkhole.

Police are now offering $10,000 in reward money for information about the murder of a University of Michigan medical student, 25-year-old Paul DeWolf. He was found dead of a single gunshot wound at his Ann Arbor apartment on July 24th. No weapon found at the scene and police treating it as a homicide.

Troy Walker was this close to bowling perfection at a tournament in Houston this past weekend. A strike away from 300 when this happened!

Watch! Denied!

As he rolled his final ball, the reset rack came down blocked his ball. We call that a rejection in basketball. It turns out he may have been -- it may have been his fault. Walker says he hit a reset button right before his throw!

By the way, he did get a redo.


PEREIRA: Wa, wa, wa! Failed to strike.

CUOMO: That's like high drama in bowling. Did you hear the guys? Because they're always so quiet, second to golf in terms of having to keep your voice down. They went, oh, my God, did you see that?

BOLDUAN: Not meaning to laugh but so outrageous, we are laughing.

CUOMO: That hasn't happened since Williams in 1960 when he had --

PEREIRA: The thing is he'll remember that forever. He'll remember that day.

CUOMO: Of course, he will.

PEREIRA: This close to perfection!

CUOMO: With fury!

BOLDUAN: We will take you bowling any time. Go bowling with me. You'll feel great.

(CROSSTALK) BOLDUAN: All right. Time now for our political gut check. All of the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the country.

First off, Republican governors speaking out against those in their own party. They are saying a government shutdown shouldn't be used as a bargaining chip against the president.

CNN's White House correspondent Brianna Keilar is here to break it down for us.

Good morning, Brianna.

You have big-named Republicans. We have talked about -- we've talked about this. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, they are the ones leveling this threat of a government shutdown if the health care law is funded in this budget battles ahead, that's already been shut down by other big names -- Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and now, Republican governors.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's right. So, this schism here is between Republican leadership and Tea Party-backed Republicans in Congress has this new dynamic to it, and that's that Republican governors.

For instance, we are not talking about moderate Republican governors. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a number of governors who have said we don't like Obamacare. We're not even implementing some of the provisions that we have the discretion to implement or not in our states. We don't think it's good for the economy. But we think it is really bad for the economy to sort of say, you know what? We may go ahead and shut down the government over this.

They are really worried about the economic impacts in their states and they have come out publicly and said that.

BOLDUAN: So, the obvious risk here, the political risk here is that Republicans could then face being blamed if the government did eventually shut down, if the president, you know, kind of called their bluff. Why are Republicans like Rubio and Paul -- and Rand Paul, why are they willing to take this risk?

KEILAR: Well, you have to look at who they are trying to appeal to and it's different than who maybe Republican leaders are trying to appeal to or who Republican governors are trying to appeal to, right? They are trying to appeal to a wider swath of voters when you are looking at someone like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. They are looking very much to the right flank, the Tea Party supporters who are enthusiastic about them.

And, you know, politically, those are the folks they are trying to shore up here. It's not really a surprise, I think.

BOLDUAN: Yes, I think "The New York Times" put it the difference between the purist and pragmatist. And there's that struggle in the party right now. So, I want to ask you about Chelsea Clinton. She, we've talked about her a few times. Every time that she has done interviews recently she has been pretty coy about her future kind of political aspirations but in an interview with CNN, she went quite a bit further this time.

KEILAR: She's not really shutting the door. She said, you know, I live in a place where I'm happy with my representatives but she sort of said, if I was in a place where I wasn't, then maybe I would consider it. So, she's kind of keeping the door open and even though she is not saying, hey, yes, I'm going to run, this is something that really stirs up a lot of interests.

Now, she has said before that she would have to have a disproportionately positive impact and I think what is sort of interesting here it's kind of like she has gone from absolutely not to not absolutely not. So I wonder if maybe we are reading too much into it. It might remind me of that perhaps "Dumb and Dumber" lines where the odds are one in a million and Jim Carrey says, "So, you're saying there is a chance?"

BOLDUAN: That's --


BOLDUAN: Any time we can bring "Dumb and Dumber" quote in the political gut checks is what I call a successful day! Thanks so much, Brianna. We'll talk to you soon.

KEILAR: You bet.

BOLDUAN: So, there is still a chance.

CUOMO: There's a few days that "Dumb and Dumber" isn't what it describes.


CUOMO: I'm just kidding. No, I'm not.

Coming up on NEW DAY here, a little break for us. Shocking video of a school bus attack. You remember seeing this, right? Three 15-year- olds against one 13-year-old raises a lot of concerns what is going on in our schools -- bullying comes to mind.

How safe are your kids on the bus? As we now know, drivers, it's not their job for the drivers to break up fights like this. So, we're going to take you through it.

BOLDUAN: Shark sightings on the rise. You see the signs? Get scared! No, don't get scared.

But is it safe to swim at your favorite beach? John Berman has all the answers for you coming up.

CUOMO: That's John Berman right there.

BOLDUAN: He's proving it.

CUOMO: Swimming.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

I feel oddly compelled to read this next tale like a movie trailer for us. Do you know what I mean?


CUOMO: -- season is back in full swing.

Sharks suddenly all over the place, falling from the sky. "Sharknado" which we know is real. "Shark Week", which is keeping me up late at night. But the truth is this time of the year, you can't escape the deadly predator. Experts say shark sightings are on the rise along the East Coast.

So, legitimate question: are we at risk of being attacked? What's this all about?

When we have a tough question like this? Who do we bring in? That answer is obvious. John Berman.


So, first of all, that trailer voice leaves something to be desired.

Second of all, do you know the ratings for "Shark Week", the premiere "Shark Week", were the highest ratings they have ever had? We are talking in 26 years, more people watch that show than ever before. As that is happening, the number of shark sightings in some parts of the country are on the rise too. But scientists say, when it comes to these interactions, it is much more a case of human invasion.


BERMAN (voice-over): Call it the summer of the shark. The underwater predators are making a big splash on popular shows like "Sharknado" in Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This thing is a monster.

BERMAN: It turns those hammerheads and great whites aren't just invading your TV screens. The shark sightings on the rise in the real world too -- from the Carolinas.

ALLISON FOREMAN, SHARK ATTACK VICTIM: I saw him and he's like when he's bitten him and jumped up like I actually kind of like tried to push him away. He got off.

BERMAN: To Florida --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Trying to catch a wave and, all of a sudden, I feel something on my foot.

BERMAN: Look what these guys caught off the California coast.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you had fallen out of the boat when this thing was swimming around the boat, you were lunch.

BERMAN: Recently, researchers have noticed an increase in great white sharks off Cape Cod, not far from the original location for the movie "Jaws."

The nonprofit group OCEARCH started tagging and tracking these shares to find out why.

However, the worldwide shark population is actually at an all-time low. Experts say the close encounters are due to humans spending more time in the water and moving closer to habitats long occupied by sharks.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you have more people out there looking or more people on or about the water, and when you have more eyeballs out there, you're going to get more shark sightings. If anything we are encroaching on shark habitat more so than otherwise.

BERMAN: And before you develop a case of sharkacandria (ph), just know it is extremely rare to be attacked by a shark.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shark attack is so rare that it's not something in terms of probability that we worry about. However, it doesn't take many shark attacks to get people to think about it and nobody likes to think of something in the water that can bite you.


BERMAN: And they do have a lot of teeth.

In the meantime, NEW DAY is following Expedition Cape Cod 2013. This is the largest study of great white sharks in U.S. history. It is led by the research team OCEARCH. We will have their story and their exploration on this show later this week.

CUOMO: Look slowly to your left. Go back to John. Look slowly to your left. You are face to face, schnauz to schnauz (ph) with a big fish!

But you know what? I think you can take him. People don't know that side of J.B. but I do.

Let's head over to Kate now with around the world.

BOLDUAN: Perfect opportunity to go around the world, everyone.

Let's start in Cairo this morning where two Republican U.S. senators have arrived for talks with Egypt's interim leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reza Sayah is tracking the latest. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, can U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham do what many have tried here in Egypt and failed? Can they come in and get the two sides of this conflict to stop fighting, to sit down and reach some sort of political solution?

That's their mission during their visit here. They will be meeting with both camps in this conflict. The military backed interim government on one side. On the other side, the supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsy and Muslim Brotherhood.

This conflict has left to clashes that have killed more than 200 people. Washington simply cannot afford further chaos in Egypt, a key U.S. ally, a recipient of $1.5 billion in U.S. aid every year -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: Reza, thank you so much.

And torrential rains is causing deadly flooding in Pakistan this morning.

CNN's Saima Mohsin has more from Islamabad.


SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: At least 81 people killed and more than 66,000 displaced from their homes. They had to flee the floodwaters. So far, worst cases seem to be the southern provinces of (INAUDIBLE) and Sindh. Now, Pakistan helpful relies on its agricultural industry of more than 13,000 acres of crops have also been destroyed.

So far, 15 relief camps have been set up, but many more will be needed.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Saima.

And to China now, where -- China is in the middle of a sweltering heat wave that just won't seem to let up and people aren't the only ones suffering.

As David McKenzie reports, zoo animals are feeling it as well.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The headline reads, "The hottest day of the year." In fact, it's been the hottest temperatures in China for at least 150 years. This heat wave is bad enough for us, but for animals designed for the cold, it's that much worse. At this zoo in Harbin, as the polar bears taking a dip, they're feeding the Arctic foxes frozen fish. The tigers, well, all they get is a block of ice.

The problem is no end in sight for the animals or for just ordinary people because the temperatures will be well over 100 degrees for at least the next several days. Kate, back to you.

BOLDUAN: Talk about a heat wave.

CUOMO: I mean, your concern is obviously for the people first but it's one of those things to get people upset about animals in captivity. Take them out of their real habitat, it's tough to keep them happy.

BOLDUAN: Yes, no kidding. All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, the court martial of the accused Ft. Hood starts today. What can we expect from Nadal Hasan, who's acting as his own attorney? Legal expert Sunny Hostin will have some answers.

CUOMO: And remember, his life is on the line, so that's a very interesting case for self-defense -- in defending yourself, rather, and we'll have Sunny take us all through that.

Plus, the big squeeze. This guy might want to cut down on the Fancy Feast. Just sayin'. Not about his shape here but --

BOLDUAN: Not judging, just suggesting.

CUOMO: Look at this kid. I mean, come on! Kitty cat.

BOLDUAN: I don't know if that qualifies as a kitty cat.

CUOMO: I don't know, maybe he needs a dog.


PEREIRA: Perfect music for today's must see moment. Oh, my friends, it's like Garfield reincarnated. Check it out a plus-sized cat, a fat cat, he's trying to squeeze through a very small doggie door. At 26 pounds, he apparently has had too many serves of Meow Mix! I think the impetus here of the struggle is the fact that this cat owner says, "Really hates the outdoors!"

CUOMO: Well, first of all, I blame the owner. Second of all, let's do a split screen with Garfield. I think we're doing that cat a disservice.

BOLDUAN: Which cat?

CUOMO: The Garfield. Look at the head to body ratio.


PEREIRA: Back in the day, Garfield was a hefty cat. Nowadays - BOLDUAN: I think the owner's trying to shame the cat into exercise. All right, you don't think you need to work out? Make it through the door.

PEREIRA: He keeps making the door smaller and smaller.

CUOMO: Unless the cat has a thyroid issue, it's only because of what he is feeding him. Come on, give that cat a break. Lean out the plate there. Don't give it a dog dish. Maybe have a dog dish for that thing.

BOLDUAN: Poor cat. We'll have him on tomorrow.

PEREIRA: The cat will comment.

BOLDUAN: Yes, rebut.

CUOMO: We're going to wind up having to pay this cat.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, A-Rod takes the field with the Yankees in Chicago just hours after getting hit with the longest ever drug suspension. We have fan reaction and much more on A-Rod's baseball future ahead.

CUOMO: Plus, why did a local resident decide to make a town hall meeting a murder scene? We are live with the details.


CUOMO: Welcome back, everybody. A little bit of tough news for sports fans. You know, certainly bad news for Tony Stewart fans. It looks like the three-time Sprint Cup champ is out of action for quite a while after another crash last night on a dirt track.

Let's bring in Andy Scholes with the "Bleacher Report". This is tough news. This was scary.

ANDY SCHOLES, "BLEACHER REPORT": Yes, good morning, guys. Well, in between NASCAR races on the weekend, Stewart loves going out on the dirt track and racing. And he was winning last night's race in Iowa, but five laps to go, he was involved in a crash and had to be taken out on a stretcher.

Stewart suffered a broken tibia and fibula, which required surgery. No word yet on how long he is going to be out. Remember, it was just last week that Stewart was involved in this rollover accident during a race in Ottawa. Very scary. The car rolled over five times. He walked away from that wreck just fine but he was not as lucky last night. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Well, a day after ESPN reported that the NCAA is investigating Johnny Manziel for receiving money to sign autographs, another sports memorabilia dealer tells ESPN that Manziel's friend said that the Heisman Trophy winner would not sign autographs without compensation. Texas A&M says they are looking into the situation and they announced they have retained the same law firm that Penn State and Auburn used while they were being investigated by the NCAA.

Next time you make a bet, here's a good idea. The loser has to ride around on a tricycle in a giant beaver costume. Inside this beaver costume is Indycar driver Alex Tagliani. He wore the costume around the Indiana State Fair because he lost a bet with fellow driver Scott Dixon on who could raise more money for charity. It's pretty funny, goes. He goes around the Indiana State Fair and has to do all kinds of things like milk cows and take a picture with the largest male hog while, all while wearing a giant beaver costume.

BOLDUAN: Also known as the coolest state fair ever was. Yes?

CUOMO: Yes, I think it says it on a sign.

BOLDUAN: Yes, and I know that. I've been to the Indiana State Fair many a time.

CUOMO: Did you like win something at the fair?

BOLDUAN: Everything!

CUOMO: Did you? Of course you did. Andy Scholes, thank you very much. Appreciate it.

BOLDUAN: You hear the music. You know what it means. It's time for the Rock Block, everyone, a quick round of the stories you'll be talking about this morning. First up, Michaela?

PEREIRA: All right, let's take a look at the papers. From "The New York Times", the TSA branching out. The agency known for the uncomfortable airport screenings expanding its reach to include train stations, sporting events, and music festivals.

In "The L.A. Times", it's the new baby boom. Federal statistics show American women in their 40s are more likely to have babies now than at any time the last four plus decades.

And from "The Wall Street Journal", water power jet packs, how cool are these? They seem to be the newest rage at American beaches. They're tethered to small pilotless boats and propel riders into the air with a stream of water. However, they are also sparking safety concerns.

All right, time now for business news with Alison Kosik.

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Thank you. And did notice? A new record high on Wall Street? This time it's Facebook shares topping $39 and they're up in premarket trading this morning. Facebook recently saying it's selling more ads on mobile devices, and investors like to hear that.

As for the overall market, it's lower today. They're a lot of clunkers on the road. The average age of a vehicle in the U.S., just over 11 years. That's actually a record high. Cars are more reliable these days and people are hanging on to them because of the sluggish economy. Chevy is knocking off $5,000 off the price of the Volt. Nissan and Honda have been offering discounts on their electric cars too. What is the goal? Well, to boost sales.

Let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather. Good morning.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning. We have a tropical update for you this morning. Tropical Depression Gil continues to fade but meanwhile right behind it, Henriette now a Category 1, a hurricane. Our model, they're all over the place as far as where it's expected to go, but the consensus is it will eventually weaken before getting close to Hawaii. So that's the plus side there.

Heavy rain expected today. We're talking about already 4 to 9 inches of rain that has already fallen right around Waynesville, Missouri, this morning. So flash flood emergency in effect currently in that location. Another 2 to 4 inches of rain expected in the area. As far as severe weather today, we're talking stretching from Minneapolis straight down to the north of Missouri. So a lot of heavy rain still in the forecast and eventually running to the east by tomorrow.

BOLDUAN: All right, seems to be always raining.


BOLDUAN: That's all right. Thanks so much, Indra.

We're now just before the top of the hour, which you know means it's time for the top news.