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Severe Flooding Ahead; Burning Out of Control; "We Need All the Eyes and Ears We Can Get"; Yemen Reveals Foiled Al Qaeda Plot; Three Winning Powerball Tickets; Gunman in Custody; Hasan's Legal Team Wants Out; Obama Pulls Out of Putin Meeting

Aired August 8, 2013 - 06:00   ET



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to cry, but got to be strong.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Severe threat. Flash flooding warnings across the Midwest. Towns already under water. Tornadoes tear through one town overnight and heavy rains now heading up the east coast.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Manhunt. The search widens, now, across multiple states. A young girl abducted by the man police say killed her mother. Possible sightings overnight giving some hope. Her father joins us live this morning.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Jackpot! Not one, not two, but three big winners in the last night's Powerball drawing. The lucky winners splitting that $448 million price. So, where were the golden tickets bought?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

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


CUOMO: Good morning, everybody. Welcome to NEW DAY. It's Thursday, August 8th, 6:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo.

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

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: Good morning, and we are all waking up, smiling, but losers this morning.

PEREIRA: We're not losers.

CUOMO: Like every day.

(LAUGHTER) CUOMO: But there's a reason today.


BOLDUAN: Be nice. Of course, we're losers because that big drawing late last night. Everyone here, we all pitched in, but we showed up for work. So, clearly, none of us were winners -- were any of the big winners. We're going to take you live to the state where two of the three big winners bought their tickets. And in case you haven't checked your ticket yet, those winning numbers are 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and 32.

CUOMO: As if that should come as a surprise. They're obviously the numbers I would have picked had I been asked. Had I been asked, they are the obvious choices. But I'll put it in the past, it's only, what, $440 million? That will come around again.


We're also going to dive into a very intriguing question this morning. Did the U.S. learn about the latest embassy threats by listening in on a conference call between al Qaeda leaders? A new report says just that, but it's raised a lot of eyebrows in the intelligence community and we're going to get into it for you.

PEREIRA: And it is a story that many are talking about. Those two young boys killed after possibly being strangled to death by a python. We have new details this morning including these pictures of the little boys working inside the snake's tank previously and there are no questions arising, some snake experts say they don't think the snake could have done this. We'll talk all about that coming up.

CUOMO: But first breaking news, parts of the Midwest and southeast are being slammed with flash flooding. Missouri has been hit hard, a state of emergency is in effect there and the National guard has been called in to help. At least one person, a child, was killed in the flooding and the worst fact may be the last one, more rain in the forecast today.

CNN meteorologist, Indra Petersons is here to tell us what we can expect. Good morning, Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Good morning. Unfortunately, I feel like a broken record at this point. We still keep talking about heavy rain in the same parts of the country. Today you're not the only ones dealing with the storms rolling across the country.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just seen the funnel cloud come down, seen trees and debris come up.

PETERSONS (voice-over): A roof ripped off a home and trees were uprooted after a possible tornado touched down in Ohio. Parts of the country are battling severe weather and even the threat of flash flooding. A powerful storm tore through Wisconsin leaving behind a path of destruction just outside of Green Bay. One man was killed while clearing away debris.

Missouri is under flood alert. Deadly waters have reportedly claimed the life of a young boy in Waynesville and police are still searching for a woman who may be the child's mother. Heavy rains hammered the area. Dozens had to be rescued after waist-deep water rushed into residential neighborhoods. The governor declared a state of emergency calling in 50 National Guardsmen.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to cry. That's all I could say is I want to cry. I don't know. I've never had to deal with anything like this.

PETERSONS: The floodgates were opened off the Osage River to release rising waters. Flash flooding could affect cities from Colorado to the Carolinas and even stretching up to the northeast by the end of the week. In Missouri, on I-44, there was flooding as far as the eye could see. Between 100 to 200 structures were destroyed. This submerged neighborhood could get hit again and check out the hail in Minnesota this week.

In the southeast the storm has been relentless. Gilmore County, Georgia has been hit for the second week in a row. They've already seen three to seven inches of rain and there's even more rain in the forecast. And in Birmingham, Alabama, the heavy downpours have caused flash flooding in the suburbs.


PETERSONS: Well, this is the storm system we are currently watching. It's a low way up in Canada, but it's this cold front tailing off of it that's the troublemaker. You notice the bottom of this cold front is stalled so that's what will be bringing all that moisture in and out of the gulf producing a heavier rain in the southern portions.

What's the tricky part is the top portion of this, the cold front can stall like the southern portion or it quickly move depending on where that goes is going to tell us how much rain we are expect in the northeast over the next several days. We are going to be seeing some heavier thunderstorms. That is where the flooding threat will be, but some places may get some scattered showers.

What we're going to be watching though today, of course, is the PGA Championship and I know this matters. Definitely, we'll be seeing those thunderstorms. Now the morning hours things will get let up, but by the afternoon into the evening hours we'll talk about heavier thunderstorms. Having a golf game today not a good thing. Hopefully you have the morning time tee time.

BOLDUAN: Hopefully, we can avoid any flash flooding up here in the northeast. Thanks so much, Indra. And even gives the golf weather report, fascinating.

CUOMO: Complete package.

BOLDUAN: All right, let's talk more about some other weather in the other part of the country. In Riverside County, California, a 6,000- acre silver fire burning completely out of control, forcing entire communities to evacuate.

Stephanie Elam is joining us from the fire zone. Stephanie, what's the latest? It seemed to pick up and come from out of nowhere.

STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This one was a fast moving one that started yesterday afternoon. Good morning to you, Kate, Chris and Michaela. We are about 20 minutes just west of Palm Springs and it was around 2:00 in the afternoon, local time, yesterday, where this fire just started making very big moves. We do not know yet how it started, but we know it got dicey for some people.

We are told that some people were actually forced to secure themselves where they were. Firefighters were with them because the fire moved in so fast across a street that they actually had to stay where they were, but there were no injuries, everyone got out. But we know that about 1,500 people have been evacuated.

We also know that 15 structures have been damaged. We don't know yet how many of those are homes as fire officials are continuing to try to get this fire contained, which it is not at this point right now. So we know there are 1,000 firefighters out there and once the sun gets out on the west coast they will be restarting the water line on the hill.

As you can see it's cresting on that hill right there. So that's what they're going to be doing once the sun comes up. They are hoping that there will be favorable wind conditions as well.

BOLDUAN: You can see that fire right over your shoulder not the kind of morning glow you want to wake up to that's for sure. All right, Stephanie, this will be a incredible day ahead. Thank you.

CUOMO: All right, now let's go to this widening manhunt out west for James DiMaggio, that's the man you're looking at. Why, suspected of kidnapping a San Diego teenager after killing her mother and possibly her younger brother possibly because remains found in DiMaggio's cabin have yet to be identified.

But to be sure, an amber alert extended from California to the Pacific Northwest after a possible vehicle sighting. The big question is why and we're learning more about the suspect's relationship with 16-year- old Hannah Anderson this morning.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is live in San Diego with the latest. Good morning, Miguel.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. A very disturbing story out here, but this is maybe the best news the family has had all week. A man they once considered part of their family they believe there may be a spotting of him up in Northern California and Southern Oregon. They are hoping against hope to avoid another death.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): Several states on high alert this morning after possible sightings of the blue Nissan Versa driven by James DiMaggio, the massive search expanding to Oregon and Washington for the man suspected of killing a woman, possibly her son and then abducting her daughter.

Both sightings on a remote stretch of highway, the first is in Alturas, California, on the two-lane Interstate 395, hours later, a second possible sighting in neighboring Lakeview, Oregon. Police on high alert are scouring the area for any signs of DiMaggio, 8-year-old Ethan Anderson and his 16-year-old sister, Hannah.

Friends and family tell CNN the 40-year-old DiMaggio developed a worrying relationship with 16-year-old Hannah in recent years. Angelina Amati, a friend with the Andersons has kids Hanna's age.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From what I understand Hannah had a crush on a boy. I don't know if they were officially dating that's something that my girls would know. I know Hannah did say she was a little creep out when Jim did tell her that he had a crush on her.

MARQUEZ: Hannah told her friends, she didn't want to visit DiMaggio anymore. The last time Hannah, her brother, Ethan and their mother, Christina, and the family dog were seen alive was Saturday afternoon. They left to spend the night with DiMaggio a long time family friend at his home 50 miles away in Boulevard, California. Ethan was supposed to be at football practice 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. He didn't make it. Later that night DiMaggio's house was set on fire.


MARQUEZ: Just a completely disturbing story all around, you know, the family saying that the one thing they don't know is when the deaths occurred in that house and when that house was actually set on fire. It may have been some time, some hours that he was on the run before they discovered the fire, and then the bodies in that house afterwards. One other interesting note, this guy was so close to the family, the person that he reminded them most of because the actor Jim Carrey -- Chris.

CUOMO: Obviously the urgency is on finding him, finding the young girl with him. Miguel, thank you so much for around-the-clock coverage on this story. It's very important. Appreciate it.

In about 20 minutes, we're going to continue here because we're going to hear from Brett Anderson, the father of the missing children and we'll get an update from police. Please tune in so you can help.

BOLDUAN: Also new this morning, security officials in Yemen claiming they foiled an al Qaeda terror plot. They say the plan called for missile strikes against foreign embassies in the capital city, Sanaa, along with seizing critical international shipping ports in the Red Sea.

Barbara Starr is tracking the latest developments from the Pentagon this morning. Good morning, Barbara.

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Kate. A quick update, many officials say that they did foil a plot to capture oil and gas facilities in Southern Yemen and they believe it might have been part of the larger plot that we've all been talking about. But U.S. officials right now say they're not so sure. They point out rather sensitively that oil and gas facilities in Yemen often do come under attack especially by al Qaeda element, not yet ready to say whether this one was connected -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Now, Barbara, also making a lot of headlines and getting a lot of attention this week "The Daily Beast" is reporting that there was a conference call of sorts described as something like a conference call between multiple al Qaeda operatives and that that was intercepted by U.S. officials. What do you know about this call?

STARR: Well, the "Daily Beast" article was blunt beginning saying that it was a conference call between al Qaeda leaders literally around the world. A conference call I think most of us would interpret those words to be a cell phone or telephone conference call. CNN has on camera interviewed both authors of the article and they significantly have walked back from that, in fact, they say it was not a conference call even though their own article said it. Now they are describing it now as a virtual meeting space.

What we know here at CNN, of course, is that there were intercepted messages from Ayman Al-Zawahari based on what you call signal intelligence. In other words, electronic communications to other al Qaeda leaders and that is part of what set off the alarm bells. Al Qaeda leaders probably do not have conference calls on cell phones.

If they do, I want that cell phone service, it's pretty good. They do communicate online. It's very known that they use encrypted communications, password communications, web sites to post messages, that sort of thing so that's the kind of thing potentially that you're looking at here -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Barbara, thanks so much. We do know whatever kind of message, electronic message, conference call or virtual meeting, something was intercepted by intelligence officials to warrant the closing of the embassies and consulates that remain closed because the threat is still credible. Barbara Starr, thank you so much.

CUOMO: All right, at least three very lucky people are waking up filthy rich this morning and you aren't looking at them, but the winners deserve some love. They'll be sharing the fourth largest Powerball jackpot ever, $448 million. Two winning tickets sold in New Jersey, a third in Minnesota. The rest of us here are the numbers we should have picked, which are exactly the ones I suggested, 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and the Powerball 32.

Zain Asher live from South Brunswick, New Jersey, where one of the winning tickets was sold. Hello, Zain.

ZAIN ASHER, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Chris. Yes, you know, there's so much we don't know right now. We have no idea whether the winners were an individual or a group. As you mentioned, we do know there were three winning tickets across the country, two of them, of course, in New Jersey. By the way, New Jersey only just joined Powerball in 2010 and so far it's produced five winning tickets.

One of them, of course, comes from the lovely town where I am standing, South Brunswick. It's a tiny town, population, 43,000. It's an hour outside of New York. But you know, there is so much buzz here. I actually spoke to one of the workers at this Stop & Shop where the lottery ticket was actually sold. They were saying, you know, they really can't believe just the sheer amount of media attention that has descended on this town in the last seven hours.

I do want to mention, Chris, that if you do win the lottery in New Jersey you cannot be anonymous. You actually do have to come forward. You have about a year to collect your winnings and if you come forward today, for example, it will take about two weeks for all those millions to get into your bank account -- Chris.

CUOMO: The fastest two weeks of your life.

ASHER: Just hand in your notice at work.

CUOMO: Not us, because we love our job. Boss is always watching. Thank you for the reporting, Zain.

BOLDUAN: Get your affairs in order before you come forward because your life is not going to be the same. That's for sure.

PEREIRA: Can you imagine just seeing your bank account go up like that?

BOLDUAN: There would be a lot of fainting.

CUOMO: It would coincide with a ton of texts and e-mails and phone requests. Michaela, Mickey, my sister, I tell you about my bad knee.

PEREIRA: A lot of those, cost $1 million.

BOLDUAN: A lot of news developing in this hour, let's get the latest from Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, let's take a look at the breaking news that's happening overnight, a suspect now in custody for a Dallas area shooting spree that has left at least four people dead, two people found dead, two others wounded late last night inside the suspect's ex-girlfriend's home in Dallas.

When he realized that she wasn't there, police say the suspect then traveled to nearby Desoto, Texas, opened fire in a house where she was staying, one person in that home died. The gunman ran out of ammunition. Police moved in and took him into custody. Police sources say children were in one of those houses.

A closed door hearing today to determine the next steps in the court martial of admitted Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan. The case came to a screeching halt Wednesday when his backup legal team asked to withdraw from act of participation because they say Hasan wants to be sentence to death. Hasan objected calling the legal team's claims a twist of the facts. An update now for you on the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, a search in a lake in Bristol, Connecticut, failed to bring up a key piece of evidence, a gun police say he used to kill Odin Lloyd. Police dive team plans to return to the area next week to search a smaller body of water nearby.

Swastikas and shocking anti-Semitic slurs found on a statue of baseball greats Jackie Robinson and Pee-Wee Reese in Brooklyn. Now the "New York Daily News" is offering $10,000 reward to find those responsible. Workers at Cyclone Stadium tried to scrub it clean, but that graffiti would not come off so instead they covered the base with a black tarp.

R&B superstar Usher Raymond's ex-wife wanted custody of their two children after one of them nearly drowned. A court hearing on the matter is set for tomorrow in Atlanta. Tameka Foster blames the singer's absence for her son's near death accident. She says Usher is gone 85 percent of the time.

For his part, Usher has not commented on his ex-wife's allegations or the upcoming hearing. We'll bring you more in this later on the program.

Greg Looney and his friends got a little more than they bargained for when they booked a little fishing trip up Cape Cod with the captain from the reality show, "Wicked Tuna." Looney says they were hoping for something big. They didn't expect to catch a 920 pound fish which took them three hours to reel in. Captain Kevin says it is one of the biggest fish he's seen this year. It's not a record but it's still a pretty big tuna.

BOLDUAN: Oh, they keep it.

PEREIRA: That's a lot of tuna sandwiches, Kate.

CUOMO: Forget it. You're looking at four weeks' pay right there. These tuna fishermen were among the last pin hook fishermen, using a hook and a line, no nets. This is their life and they book these charters to get some extra money and so guys like Looney and his buddies get on there and get the day of his life.

We went out with the "Wicked Tuna" guys. We're going to have a piece to show at some point on the show here and they are great guys, they're great fun, but there is nothing like seeing one of those fish, they're so beautiful but they are big.

BOLDUAN: And they can fight.

CUOMO: Three hours and that ain't that long.

PEREIRA: Really? You have to have a team of people.

BOLDUAN: No kidding. That's not a one man job.

CUOMO: No pride there. Your hand goes numb, your arm falls, the high pitched screams we hear from guys. BOLDUAN: A lot of the screams, I'm massaging my biceps think being it.

All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY: the White House canceling a one on one meeting with Vladimir Putin next month, the president saying Russia at times has slipped back into a Cold War mentality.

And the story we're asking you to pay attention to, you're looking at Brett Anderson's daughter. She's been kidnapped in southern California. It's triggered a nationwide Amber alert. Please watch and we'll hear from him.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

The meeting is something off. White House officials say they canceled a planned meeting between President Obama and Vladimir Putin. The State Department unanimously deciding there wasn't enough progress on issues between the two countries to keep the one on one, but most are pointing to last week's decision by Russia to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum, a decision the U.S. calls disappointing.

We have live team coverage on the story and what this means going forward in Washington and Moscow. First, let's start in Washington where CNN's Jill Dougherty is standing by at the White House.

Jill, this is a clear area of expertise for you. You worked in Moscow for many years. What does this mean?

JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: I think it means that the wheels are coming off this relationship pretty fast, Kate. You know, there will be a meeting here in Washington tomorrow with senior Russian and U.S. officials, but it could be a tough one.


DOUGHERTY (voice-over): There will be no see you in September summit in Moscow between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki telling CNN's Jake Tapper --

JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: Our relationship with Russia has been a rollercoaster ride at times.

DOUGHERTY: The White House does say President Obama will attend the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Both men will be in the same room there. But so far, no plans for a one on one.

The biggest reason for the snub, Moscow's decision to give NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum in Russia but the White House has a litany of issues where the two countries are at odds -- arms control, missile defense, trade, global security issues and human rights, including Russia's new anti-gay propaganda law which Obama has criticized. The White House is going out of its way to praise progress Obama made when Putin's predecessor Dmitry Medvedev was in office, a way of saying things have been going downhill with Putin.

Holding a summit would have just played into Putin's hands.

MATTHEW, ROJAWSKY, U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS EXPERT: Make him appear to be sort of an indisputable important world leader, someone that the president of the United States has no choice but to see. And they're saying, no, we do have a choice. We're not going to see him.


DOUGHERTY: So, that meeting tomorrow will have Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and their counterparts -- they'll be getting into the tough issues, and they'll also look what's on tap for the G-20, and that's what Russia will be hosting -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right. Thank you very much.

Tough issue is the phrase. The question is, tough for whom? Several of the areas we're talking about, these areas of dispute may actually mean more to the U.S. than to Russia and in many of them Russia is the one holding the cards.

So, let's turn to CNN's Phil Black in Moscow now for more on Russia's reaction. Good morning, Phil.

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. The Russian reaction has been really quite restrained, even understated especially given President Vladimir Putin's reputation for taking things personally but officially the line is that Russia is disappointed and believe this shows the United States is not ready to build equal relations with Russia. But Russia says the invitation is still open, President Obama is still very welcome here, and Russia will continue to work with the United States on big international and issues.

But, really, the degree to which Russia is offended, the degree to which its view of the U.S. has chilled and the degree to which it is prepared to withdraw from cooperating. In the few remaining areas, where these two countries work together remains to be seen. U.S. officials will tell you that process has been under way for some time already and that's why this meeting has been called off.

And, indeed, really, for more than a year, we've heard top level government officials openly questioning to what extent Russia needs to keep working closely with the United States.

Back to you, Chris and Kate.

CUOMO: All right. Phil, a lot of politics in play. That's why we're going to bring on Fareed Zakaria later in the show to kind of break down what's real and what's the spin going on here for you.

We'll take a break now. Coming up on NEW DAY: the story we've been telling you about all morning. We're going to get the latest on the desperate search for a man named James DiMaggio. You're looking at the 16-year-old who is missing, named is Hannah Anderson. We're going to talk to the police and get the latest on the situation.

There is a nationwide Amber Alert here.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, talk about role reversal, fish bites man. He's not letting go.

CUOMO: The look on his face, not a good one.


CUOMO: That's a fish, not a rock that's holding onto his --


CUOMO: Yes, with teeth, lots of them.