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Amber Alert Manhunt; Serious Business with Leno; Benghazi Attack Charges; New Hope on Childhood Obesity; Fort Hood Court Martial Begins; Rampage at Municipal Meeting; House of Horrors to Come Down; George W. Bush Heart Surgery; New Allegations for San Diego Mayor; CBS Fires Back at Time Warner Cable

Aired August 7, 2013 - 06:00   ET



BRETT ANDERSON, FATHER OF HANNAH AND ETHAN ANDERSON: I'm begging you to let my daughter go. You've taken everything else.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Desperate plea. A father's call for help. His children kidnapped, their mother killed, and now, a massive manhunt to find the man allegedly holding them.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Significant threat. President Obama speaking out for the first time on the global alert that has some U.S. embassies shut down for a week. And will he meet one-on-one with - Vladimir Putin?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: CNN exclusive. The voicemails from the San Diego mayor to a woman now accusing him of sexual harassment. She came to him as a victim of sexual assault. She says he preyed on oh her. Only we have those messages.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Good morning, everybody, and welcome to NEW DAY. It's another Wednesday, another hump day, and we will defeat it once again.

BOLDUAN: We'll take it down.


CUOMO: August 7th, 6:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: We have a CNN exclusive coming up this morning. We've heard all of the allegations, 11 women in total who have claimed San Diego mayor, Bob Filner, sexually harassed them. But for the first time, you're hearing it in his own words in a voicemail left to one of his accusers. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hi. It's your newly favorite congressman, Bob Filner.


BOLDUAN: We're going to have much more on that, CNN exclusive coming up this morning.

CUOMO: All right. Plus, we have new information on that crash landing at a New York airport a few weeks ago. The pilot of the southwest jet had to take the controls away from the co-pilot moments before the landing. The obvious question, what happened in those final moments? We'll get you answers.

PEREIRA: All right. All eyes are on the Powerball. Could you be the lucky winner? It's a $425 million jackpot that drawing tonight. Where you buy your ticket could affect your chances of winning that jackpot. We're going to tell you which state is the luckiest.

CUOMO: All right. But we begin this morning in California. A desperate plea from a heartbroken father for the safe return of his daughter. Right now, there is a manhunt underway for 40-year-old James DiMaggio, suspected of killing a 42-year-old mom. Investigators believe he may have her teenage daughter with him as well.

Now, the girl's father is begging for her life to be spared. Miguel Marquez is live in San Diego this morning. Good morning, Miguel.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning there, Chris. Time is critical. DiMaggio is considered dangerous and possibly armed. Dozens of tips have come in. Police just need one to bring this to a conclusion.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): Overnight a vigil of hope for children allegedly kidnapped by this man, James DiMaggio.

HALLIE LANDY, COUSIN: We miss you, Hannah. We love you so much. We're here. We're all together. We're all praying for you.

MARQUEZ: Following an emotional appeal from the children's father Brett Anderson.

BRETT ANDERSON, FATHER: Jim, I can't fathom what you were thinking. The damage is done. I'm begging you to let my daughter go. You have taken everything else.

MARQUEZ: Speaking directly to Jim DiMaggio, the man who investigators believe killed Anderson's ex-kind of wife and possibly his 8-year-old son then kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah.

ANDERSON: Hannah, we love you very much. If you have a chance, you take it. You run. You'll be found.

MARQUEZ: The body of the children's mother, 42-year-old Christina Anderson was found on Sunday night inside DiMaggio's burning home. Investigators believe DiMaggio set the fire. Deputies found the body of a child who has not been identified. The case leading to California's first state-wide amber alert over smartphones late Monday night, road signs calling motorist attention to the nationwide alert, investigators anxious to catch a break.

LT. GLENN GIANNANTONIO, SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: It is safe to say that he is a very dangerous person. Armed or not it would be safe to assume he is armed. That's why we are asking members of the public who may believe they see him, don't attempt to contact or oh detain him or do anything. Just call 911.

MARQUEZ: Investigators now updating pictures of the kids and the alleged kidnapper even a mock-up of a bald James DiMaggio just in case he shaved his head to disguise his appearance.


MARQUEZ: Now investigators say that he was in a blue Nissan Versa. He may have changed the car by now. Also changing his appearance and the appearance of 16-year-old Hannah, her appearance maybe changed. If her little brother, 8-year-old Ethan is with them, his appearance may be changed as well -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Miguel Marquez, thanks so much for that update. We'll be talking to the San Diego sheriff a little later this morning to see what the latest is on the case.

Now for the first time President Obama addressed the decision to shut down embassies and diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa. The interview happened on none other thant "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." The president also covered NSA leaker Edward Snowden and his relationship with Senator John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

CNN's White House correspondent Brianna Keilar is joining us here in New York, a nice change of pace. So what didn't they cover, I guess, in this interview?

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: I know. It sort of everything, I think that's part of the reason why President Obama really likes the late night talk shows. He does a lot of these. He's the first sitting president to get in there with late night talk shows. This was his sixth appearance on Jay Leno's program. He talked about everything from the economy, health care reform, what's going on in the Middle East and also the NSA.


KEILAR (voice-over): In his first remarks on the al Qaeda terror threat, President Obama insisting the U.S. is not overreacting in closing 19 embassies through the end of the week.

JAY LENO, HOST, NBC'S "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": How significant is this threat?

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Well, it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution.

KEILAR: The president making his sixth appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" reassuring Americans that they should feel safe traveling abroad, but they should also be prudent. While not saying the controversial NSA surveillance program turned up the latest threat information, the president called it a critical component to counterterrorism.

OBAMA: We don't have a domestic spying program. What we do have are mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an e-mail address that we know is connected to a terrorist threat. That information is useful.

KEILAR: The president also confirming that he will attend the G-20 Summit next week in St. Petersburg, Russia but expressing his disappointment in Russia's decision to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

OBAMA: It's important for me not to prejudge something. Hopefully, at some point, he'll go to trial and he will have a lawyer and due process. And we can make those decisions.

KEILAR: While the U.S. and Russia have cooperated most recently on the Boston marathon bombing investigation, the relationship is to say the least complicated.

OBAMA: There have been times where they slip back into the cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. What I constantly say to them and what I say to President Putin is that's the past.

KEILAR: It remains unclear if the president will visit Moscow for a previously planned one on one meeting with Putin before the G-20 Summit.


KEILAR: Now it wasn't all serious stuff. President Obama was asked about Hillary Rodham Clinton who he had lunch with last week. He said she has that post administration glow, he joked. And Jay Leno said, you know, you're right. I'll bet he is. Jay Leno joked when she comes over, does she measure the drapes. The president said, yes, she's been there before. She doesn't have to measure them.

BOLDUAN: A little bit of side-stepping though. He also talked about, I guess, you could call it his romance recently with John McCain. They have quite a relationship these days.

KEILAR: That's right. Because John McCain has sort of been an ally of his when it comes to, for instance, immigration reform. He called it a bromance and he said it is a classic romantic comedy. Initially you don't get along and then you keep bumping into each other.

BOLDUAN: That's definitely romance, a rom-com, I would say.

KEILAR: Rom-com bromance, yes.

BOLDUAN: There you go. All right, Brianna, thanks so much.

KEILAR: Thank you.

CUOMO: All right, the president was having some fun. Now we're going to turn to something that's certainly no laughing matter. The first criminal charges have been filed in that deadly terror attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The September 11th siege left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Touched off a firestorm of controversy about whether the U.S. government took appropriate measures before the attack and after. Now a prominent Libyan militia leader finally stands accused.

CNN's Arwa Damon interviewed the militant in a special that aired last night. How are you, Arwa?

ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. And that would be Ahmed Abu Khattalah, we met him in Libya back in May. He most certainly did not seem to be acting like a man who felt as if he needed to hide. We met in public at a coffee shop in a well known hotel. He was escorted by one of the Islamist units that is in fact part of the Libyan security forces.

Now he does not deny being on the scene the night of the attack, but he says he arrived there after a Libyan senior commander called him up asking him for help. He said that when he first arrived, the gun fire, the battle was so intense he was not able to get on to the compound. Then this is where his narrative gets a bit contradictory because he says that when he did arrive on the compound, everyone had already been evacuated, but that he did not see any fires burning.

He then goes on to claim that he believes that Ambassador Stevens actually died of smoke inhalation because he himself was trying to burn sensitive documents. Now one leading Libyan expert that we were talking to was saying this most certainly was an attack that he believes was coordinated by al Qaeda and the Islamic Maghreb.

That Ahmed Abu Khattalah is anything played a minor role in that. The big issue now though is, of course, what are Libyan authorities going to do, if anything? Libya is very much the Wild West, especially when it comes to Benghazi.

CUOMO: All right, Arwa, thank you very much for the reporting this morning. It was fascinating special last night as well.

BOLDUAN: Great reporting from Arwa as always from the ground.

Now a victory this morning in the war against childhood obesity, a new report says obesity rates among poor children are steadily dropping. Low income kids have some of the highest obesity rates in the country, but the CDC's new report could signal that's about to change or is changing as we speak.

CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is joining us now with more. So what is the CDC finding out?

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Some good news. You know, essentially almost since I started here we have been reporting on obesity rates and it's almost always bad news. A few years ago, we had some indication in some cities it was starting to improve. This is the first time we have a sort of comprehensive report looking at states, seeing numbers going in the right direction and having it sustained, especially in a difficult population to target, low income children here.

So 18 states plus the Virgin Islands, all have numbers going in the right direction, take a look, some of the states, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi. These are states that have been difficult to target. I think that over time you want to see how the numbers do. The concern for some time is that these children had about a five-time likelihood of growing up to be obese adults as well. So the problem is just obviously coming. This is the first time we have seen sustained improvement.

BOLDUAN: Now the states are kind of all over the country. It's not concentrated in one region at all. Is there a reason, a cause for this drop at this point?

GUPTA: We're not entirely sure. We asked that same question.

BOLDUAN: Of course.

GUPTA: I would say this is sort of the kitchen sink mentality. The obesity epidemic, throw everything at the problem to see what sticks. That was good probably, but the hard part is trying to figure out what exactly worked. One clue is that the low income children being so predominantly affected points to federal subsidy programs as being a possible cause, a benefit.

WIC programs, food stamp programs, they have really regulated what people can buy to eat. Can't buy all the sugary products like you used to, much more healthy buying going on. Decreasing sugary drinks and also breastfeeding, this has been one of those things -- a sustained effort to actually educate about breastfeeding.

It really seems to make a difference. Children cannot overeat typically when they breastfeed. That's make a difference and then just the awareness programs. I'd like to think that, you know, us talking about it all the time, it starts to make an impact after all.

BOLDUAN: Yes, public awareness has to be a part of it. We know the first lady, that's been one of her big causes. All right, we'll see how it goes.

CUOMO: Give yourself credit, Sanjay. You know, you have been talking about it for years. You're always surprised when you go out of the country how little people know about what they put in their bodies. Just give yourself a pat on the back. GUPTA: You know, sometimes what we say we find to be very basic stuff, but you know, people don't know this information. It can change their behaviors.

CUOMO: Thanks for bringing us the good news this morning. There is a lot of other news as well. Let's get to Michaela for that, the big trial starting about that shooting in 2009 in Fort Hood.

PEREIRA: Yes. Very interesting development yesterday, making news, he says he did it. Army Major Nidal Hasan opening his court martial with these stunning words, "I am the shooter." Hasan is acting as his own attorney. The army psychiatrist is charged with killing 13 people, wounding more than 30 others in a massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. Now if convicted, Hasan could become the first active duty serviceman executed in more than 50 years.

Harrowing details coming to light in the Pennsylvania municipal shooting rampage, investigators say the suspect pictured here, Rockne Newell, opened fire through the front door of a meeting room, then walked to a side door and did the very same thing. After going to his car to get another gun, two men tackled him. One of them said his main motivation was protecting his wife.


MARK KRESH, TACKLED SUSPECTED GUNMAN: People needed help. I helped. That's it. After the second round of shooting, I couldn't take anymore shooting. I got up and ran. I'll be honest with you. My wife was behind me and I didn't want her to be shot.


PEREIRA: Newell is involved in a bitter fight with the township over his run down property.

Starting in less than two hours from now, the Cleveland home where Ariel Castro held three young women captive for more than a decade will be torn down. In court, Castro who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years without the possibility of parole repeatedly denied torturing Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight after kidnapping them. Berry managed to escaped and alert a neighbor back in May. We will bring you that demolition live.

Former President George W. Bush is doing well and expected to leave a Dallas hospital today after undergoing heart surgery. Doctors inserted a stent Tuesday to open up a blocked artery. The blockage was discovered Monday during the 43rd president's annual physical. Former President Bill Clinton apparently is offering his support to Mr. Bush. Clinton himself has had trouble with his heart, in fact, had a similar surgery back in 2010.

Actor Dustin Hoffman recovering this morning after being treated for cancer. The spokesperson telling "People" magazine the cancer was detected early. The 75-year-old Oscar winner has been surgically cured. No word on what type of cancer it was. Hoffman is said to be in good health and feeling great. How are you feeling? Are you feeling lucky? Tonight is the big Powerball drawing, $425 million up for grabs. It is the fourth largest jackpot ever. You may want to pay attention to where you buy your ticket. A New Jersey newspaper did some calculating. Over the last decade, Pennsylvania, the luckiest Powerball state by far, some 16 jackpot winners. Indiana is second with 111. Louisiana, Florida and Missouri round out the top five. I think there will be some road trips today.

BOLDUAN: Can I get to Indiana? Nine hours and back by the show tomorrow.

CUOMO: We have a pool. Let's have it to the people who organize well. We have a pool?

BOLDUAN: No, we don't have a pool.

CUOMO: We have to have a pool. We have Mickey, Kate. You want some Powerball action, too.

PEREIRA: We have to pool it.

BOLDUAN: Sanjay's on his own. I'm not dealing with this.

CUOMO: Sanjay will figure out the winning numbers.

BOLDUAN: He knows already. There's a logarithm for that.

PEREIRA: I'm not showing up to the office as the only one who didn't win.

BOLDUAN: We're just waiting. Kicking you out of the pool. What's the latest on Missouri?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, we're definitely talking about it. This is actually yesterday's radar. We talked about anywhere from seven to nine inches of rain that fell in Kansas and Missouri. The reason I'm showing you this is I want to show today's current radar right now. It's the identical picture here.

We are still talking about heavy rain. You even notice, in through Missouri, we'll get another band. Two bands of these thunderstorms.

So, another additional anywhere from five to seven inches of rain in places that have been already inundated with water. With that, yes, we continue to have a flash flood warning and a lot of advisories. Unfortunately, the question everyone has been asking when are we getting relief?

Well, today, the severe thunderstorm threat really in the same region. You can see in Oklahoma and Kansas. And by tomorrow, same region, but extending even through Missouri and portions of Illinois. So, this is not going anywhere. The situation is only going to be worsening.

The reason for it, well, we actually have a low that's kind of making its way through Canada. It seems like that's up north but, no, it's that cold front that's tailing south of it that's producing those thunderstorms ahead of it. So, all those rain is going to be in that area. You will see heavy rain through Kentucky and Tennessee.

But we're also going to be talking about maybe some lighter rain in through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Let's start seeing that overnight tonight in through tomorrow. The heavier portions right in through the plains and the Midwest and the Ohio Valley today. But in the Northeast, suddenly, a half an inch, inch doesn't look bad when areas are inundated with day after day of rain.



BOLDUAN: All right. Indra, thanks so much.

CUOMO: All right. We're going to take a break on NEW DAY.

Coming up, a CNN exclusive. New allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego's embattled mayor. I know what you're going to say, wait, haven't I heard this before? You have 11 times. But this time, we have a voicemail he probably doesn't want you to hear.

BOLDUAN: And also, we have new information about the frantic final seconds in the cockpit before a hard landing by a Southwest jet at LaGuardia Airport.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

We have a CNN exclusive for you this morning. More disturbing allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Two servicewomen who were sexually assaulted in the military say when they returned home, they received unwanted advances from Filner. And this time, they were caught on voicemail.

CNN's Kyung Lah is in Los Angeles with some of these most shocking charges yet.

Now, Kyung, we have to qualify it because new stuff comes out all the time. But what do we know this time?

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What's important here, Chris, is to point out who these victims are. Many of them are victims of military sexual assault. What these women are saying is the then-congressman abused his position of power to access these women, leaving at least one an unwanted voicemail.



THEN-REP. BOB FILNER (D), CALIFORNIA: It's your new favorite congressman, Bob Filner, you know, the one who fell in love with you, to your last speech.


ELDONNA LEWIS FERNANDEZ, (RET), MSGT., USAF: Yes, it was kind of creepy.

LAH: The voice sounded like then-Congressman Bob Filner. Eldonna Lewis Fernandez met him a year ago at a women's veteran event. But the problem for Hernandez isn't just the voicemail. It's how Filner made advances and to whom.

FERNANDEZ: We totally felt like we could trust him because he was -- he's always fighting for our cause.

LAH: Fernandez is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and said she was raped three times while in the military.

Gerri Tindley was in the Army and said she was also raped.

They and as many as six other veterans say Filner met them at San Diego support groups for military sexual assault victims and made unwanted advances, from verbal passes to groping.

FERNANDEZ: We are all victims of military sexual assault. It appears to me he was targeting h this organization and hitting on the women in this organization because they were easy prey. So, he's part of an organization that's against sexual assault and sexual violence towards women and sexual harassment, but he's doing the very thing that we are fighting to make stop in our service and in our country.

LAH (on camera): Do you feel he was using his power to prey on the women of this organize station?

FERNANDEZ: I do, I do. He didn't have our backs. He was looking at our backs.

GERRI TINDLEY, FORMER U.S. ARMY: He had our fronts. It's wrong. Why would you come here with us and do what you did? Why? Is it a turn- on?

LAH (voice-over): The congressman served as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Now, less than a year after being elected San Diego's mayor he's check himself in a two-week treatment program to deal with his behavior. His chief of staff wouldn't speak about these allegations.

(on camera): Would you come back out and chat with me?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I will do my best. I will let you know one way or the other.


LAH: In case you're wondering, she never actually came back out the office, officially having no comment.

And, Chris, we did reach out to Filner's lawyer. He also had no comment.

CUOMO: So, two-week treatment program for the mayor. That's a little bit more than one day for every woman who's come out so far. So, I don't know what the right calculation is.

And this is getting -- it's too serious to be funny. But at what point, Kyung, is someone going to push him to step down? What are we learning about how many women it will take?

LAH: That's exactly what the women who I spoke with are saying. And they made that similar calculation. How many, is what they are asking. How many before there is actually a significant move either by the state or looking at other options.

We know there are at least two recall efforts under way but it could take weeks before that's seen to fruition.

CUOMO: Well, thank you for staying on it. Important these women get their dignity and the process sees its way through. Appreciate it, Kyung Lah.

This is a bigger story that we're going to cover just here on NEW DAY. You can see more of the exclusive tonight on "ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT" at 7:00 p.m. eastern.

BOLDUAN: All right. Three million people still suffering because of the war between Time Warner Cable and CBS. CBS has been blocked out in some markets since Friday after the two companies failed to come to a resolution on fees. Well, now, Les Moonves, the head of CBS, is firing the latest shot.

Alison Kosik has the details.

Amazing how publicly this is going out.

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Exactly. It's turning into quite a cat fight. It is surprising to see these negotiations kind of play out in a public way. The latest in this retransmission fee battle is that CEOs from Time Warner Cable and CBS, they are firing letters back and forth through the media.

So, Monday, Time Warner Cable's CEO Glenn Britt wrote a letter offering a solution. But the thing is, he sent it to the media at the same time. Britt didn't reach out to the CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, personally.

So, Moonves got a little perturbed, called it grandstanding, a PR stunt. So then, Moonves did the same thing, sending his letter to the media.

It's like kindergarten, isn't it?

And in his letter, he said, "After looking at the Time Warner Cable proposal," Moonves said there isn't a sincere or helpful proposal in it. It's a well wrought distraction. And once again, this whole thing is just over money. Over what Time Warner Cable pays to CBS so it has the right to air CBS programming. Time Warner Cable says CBS wants to double fees.

And just keep in mind, this isn't the only re-transmission fee battle going on. There is one with Dish Network right now and Recom Media. So, this is sort of more of the same. But the interesting thing with the CBS Time Warner Cable one, this is now kind of playing out in the media. And we are seeing these guys, though, you know, go crazy in the sandbox.

BOLDUAN: These fights aren't necessarily new, but the fact that it's gotten to a point where 3 million people in eight different markets are having to deal with it. I mean, they are suffering.

KOSIK: Exactly. They don't want get to watch what they want to watch.

BOLDUAN: And there is no resolution in sight, that's for sure.

KOSIK: Exactly.

CUOMO: It must end. The question is when. Just about business.

Alison, appreciate it this morning. We're going to take a break. Coming up, chaos in the cockpit. New information about the final moment s of southwest's flight before the hard landed last month at LaGuardia.

BOLDUAN: And coming up in this morning's political gut check, Mitt Romney giving the president a break? We'll tell you what he said while attending his first fundraiser since the 2012 election.