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Amber Alert Issued in Oregon; Schumer: Piecemeal Immigration Approach OK; Short and Long Term Goals in Congress; Struck by Lightning; Greece Still Struggling; New Yahoo! Logo in the Works

Aired August 8, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Thursday, August 8th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Hi there, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira.


BOLDUAN: Coming up in the show, the growing manhunt for James DiMaggio appears he had a tragic crush on the suspected teenager he's suspected of kidnapping after allegedly killing the girl's mother and possibly her little brother.

In just a few minutes, we're going to speak with the police trying to find to find her to get a much needed update.

CUOMO: Plus, a very different kind of story, different tone and very necessary to show you. It is a catch of the day and it's a play on words because this guy didn't catch this fish, this fish caught him. It looks like a rock but it's a monk fish. I've watched this entire video. It takes a long time to get to this point which is where his hand used to be.

You got to see the story of this Russian fishermen and what it took to get them loose. You don't need to speak Russian. The whole tape is in Russian but it doesn't matter because this man is speaking the universal language of ouch.



CUOMO: That's just one of the stories we're telling you, but a lot of news today. So, let's get over to Michaela.

PEREIRA: And one of the big stories, of course, is the day after the big Powerball draw, some lucky Powerball players about to become very, very rich. Three winning Powerball tickets were sold in two different states. Two winners in New Jersey, one in Minnesota. That means they'll split the $448 million jackpot.

Let's run through those winning numbers for you: 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and the Powerball number, 32.

Parts of Kansas, Missouri, and Georgia are bracing for more rushing water, flood watches and warnings in effect there. In Missouri, the state's national guard has been mobilized to help with the flood response. At least two deaths have been blamed on the flooding.

In northeastern Ohio, a twister hit a rural farming community downing trees and ripping the roof off one of the homes.

A bomb threat against a U.S. Airways flight from Ireland to Philadelphia, Flight 777, ordered to land in an isolated area of Philadelphia International Airport yesterday. Federal and local investigators now questioning passengers aboard and bringing in a bomb sniffing dog. The search came up empty. Officials refusing to release details of that threat.

This is no mere office prank we're about to show you. The Texas man says he was tasered at work dozens of times. These sneak attacks were often taped and posted on YouTube. Now, Bradley Jones is suing his former employer in Houston and two of his co-workers, for assault and battery and failing to provide a safe workplace. Jones' former boss denies any involvement and calls that civil suit frivolous.

A bit of a new landscaping crew at Washington's historic congressional cemetery, managers brought in these guys, a herd of goats to help graze their way through a thick growth of underbrush. They say the so-called eco-goats are safer than using herb sides to clear out the cemetery. And let's be honest, it's an affordable option. They don't complain much.

The goats cost the cemetery $4,000 for six days of work, which roughly comes out to 25 cents an hour per goat. So, it's pretty healthy on the environment, too.

All right. That's our news update for you. Now, let's go to Chris.

CUOMO: All right. Mick, thank you very much.

We're going to continue to follow the latest of the San Diego abduction of Hannah Anderson and possibly Ethan Anderson, by a man named James DiMaggio.

I want to bring in Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit. We're hoping to have the father on as well.

But in this situation, we understand the pain the father is going through, and we're going to bear with him and hopefully have him on later in the show.

But, Lieutenant, it's very good to have you this morning. Thank you for joining us.

LT. GLENN GIANNANTONIO, SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT: Thank you. CUOMO: So let's deal with the latest. We hear about the expansion of this Amber alert in two different states, Oregon and others. What is fueling the move, new information, suspicion?

GIANNANTONIO: Primarily in the state of Oregon, the Oregon state police activated the Amber alert for the missing people because there were sightings or reported sightings of Hannah, Ethan and DiMaggio. Sightings --

CUOMO: Any idea, Lieutenant, as to, from the investigation so far looking at his home, his records, his computer, talking to people, any idea about where he might be going or why?

GIANNANTONIO: We really don't. He could be anywhere at this point. We've had some hints that he may be going to certain areas, nothing has really panned out. We've had law enforcement agencies across the country following up on tips and checking on suspicious vehicles that they think may have been related to them.

So far, all of them have come up negative. We're still hoping that one of the tips will turn up DiMaggio and both children.

CUOMO: Has anybody come forward with any information that gives a clue as to why he did this?

GIANNANTONIO: Well, it's been reported one witness said DiMaggio had a crush on Hannah. We've heard that, it was one witness that had made that statement. We haven't -- we don't have any other corroborating information to back up that as a possible motive but really we're not ruling anything out at this point.

CUOMO: Also, Lieutenant, it gives you a small piece of a puzzle as perverse it is for a 40-year-old to have romantic feelings of a 16 years old, the death, burning down of a home, there are so many other things you need to take into consideration as well, is that right?

GIANNANTONIO: That's right. One of the biggest question is the identity of the remains found at the residence.


GIANNANTONIO: We've been trying to get DNA from the remains, badly burned which is making DNA collection more difficult. We're hoping to have an ID by Friday. There is a possibility due to the condition of the body we will not be able to positively ID the remains as well.

CUOMO: Now, obviously, we weren't going to deal with this if the father was on with you for obvious reasons. But there's been confusion in this. They say there was another body in the home but why is Ethan named in the Amber Alert. And that's what you're explaining right now, am I correct, Lieutenant, that you just can't identify the body yesterday so you're erring on the side of caution but it doesn't look good.

GIANNANTONIO: That's true. We don't have any other missing persons in that area or even in the county. The size of the remains, the size of the body of the remains is consistent of an 8-year-old. However, without positive ID, we can't say for sure that it is Ethan or isn't Ethan and we want people to be on the lookout for Hannah and Ethan as well as DiMaggio and not just Hannah and DiMaggio.

With that said, though, we don't want people to -- if they were to see somebody they believed might be DiMaggio and Hannah, we don't want to not call it in because they may think that, well, Ethan is not there so obviously it's not them.

TAPPER: Very important point, Lieutenant, we want to help you on that, because obviously, there are two paths of discovery here. One is unraveling the mystery of what went wrong with DiMaggio, he did this and how, and the second is to help him get caught.

So, Lieutenant, please use the opportunity, let us know how broad a net of cooperation you have and what people should be on the lookout for and what they can do.

GIANNANTONIO: Well, as I said Oregon has activated their amber alert system due to some possible sightings. We've got law enforcement agencies across the country looking for them and following up on tips that are being called in. We've received numerous tips, probably well over 100, possibly hundreds of tips from across the country. Every tip that can be followed up on has been followed up on or currently being followed up on.

And we just need members of the public to keep calling in. We're doing everything we can with the tools we have to try to locate them and what we're thinking it may end up just being somebody from the public seeing something, calling it in and having us contact the person to bring this to a successful conclusion.

CUOMO: You need as many sets of eyes as possible, no question about that. We put the number up on the screen. We'll put it on the website. If you get any pictures you know are the most accurate, current description of Mr. DiMaggio, make sure we have them and we can make sure they're in the reporting on the site.

Please extend our sympathies to Mr. Anderson. We understand he's in pain and it's difficult to talk about this. Anything we can do to help, we're here. Thank you, Lieutenant.


CUOMO: Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: All right. Let's go around the world starting in Brazil where at least six people died when a passenger bus plunged 130 feet off a bridge. Shasta Darlington has more from Rio de Janeiro.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: At least six people were killed in the state of Rio de Janeiro when a bus plunged off of a bridge falling 130 feet. The tragedy here is this is the second accident like this to happen in the last couple of months. Back in April another bus fell off of a bridge in the city of Rio, killing seven people.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Shasta, thanks so much.

Now, in China, in obstetrician is under arrest, charged with selling newborn to human traffickers.

CNN's David McKenzie is reporting form Beijing.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is a hospital where a doctor in western China allegedly ran a human trafficking ring of babies. Look at this extraordinary picture of a young brother reunited with her newborn son that was rescued in neighboring province.

The scam worked by the doctor telling the parents their child had a congenital disease and taking the child away and selling it to traffickers for around $3,000. This might be the tip of the iceberg. Several parents have told us that their children might have been taken by this doctor as well -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. David, thanks so much.

Here's a question for you, how do you handle a hungry monk fish? A Russian fisherman struggles to free himself from the business end of a monstrous monkfish. It goes viral and Erin McLaughlin is following it.


ERIN MCLAUGLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, the look at this fisherman's face pretty much says it all, pure agony after he got his hand stuck inside the toothy jaws of a monkfish in Russia.

This video now gone viral. It's not exactly clear how he got caught in this rather awkward position but they use everything from a wooden plank into a metal bar until finally, success. Check out the jaws. They aren't the only ones amazed as to how this could have happened.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Have you ever found your hand in the wrong end of that?

CUOMO: One thing you often say when there's a fish flopping around keep your hand away from the mouth. The problem is that's where the hook usually is. You need to get the hook out.


CUOMO: What we were speculating on is why they didn't just kill the fish which is what I would have been screaming in any language as soon as it clamped down on my hand but I guess they were worried about crushing his hand.

BOLDUAN: I would be nervous, too. That is one ugly (ph) fish no matter what it's doing to you.

CUOMO: That guy was in some pain. Glad it ended that way, not for the fish but for him.

Really, we got to put people first.

We're going to take a break. Coming up on NEW DAY: people want to buy smaller cars because they're better on gas but we know the compromise is safety. So, the question is how safe is this compact car. New report comes about your chance of surviving a front end crash. You will want to see it.

And I guess this is a case of be careful what you wish for. A kid on a family road trip jokes about getting hit by lightning. Guess what happens next, our must see moment.


BOLDUAN: It's time now for our political gut check -- all the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the country.

First up, Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democrat from New York, says he is OK with the piecemeal approach to immigration. But how will that go over with the rest of the Senate?

CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley is here to break it all down for us. Hi, Candy.


BOLDUAN: I'm doing great.

Senator Schumer was on the show yesterday and we asked him about the topic of immigration, important because he's part of the gang putting together and trying to push for immigration reform.

Let's listen to a little bit of what he said.


SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: We would much prefer a big, comprehensive bill but any way that the House can get there is OK by us and I actually am optimistic that we will get this done.


BOLDUAN: So what's your take on this? Do you think Schumer is changing his position because he wants comprehensive though he says he's OK with the piecemeal approach, or do you think he's acknowledging the political reality right now?

CROWLEY: He's acknowledging political reality, it's political. He's a Democrat, the House is run by Republicans. The idea that they would listen to what he wants is silly. Institutionally, the House and the Senate are like siblings and eventually they appreciate one another but they bicker a lot so there's friction there.

And the truth is that what he said was, hey, I'm OK with piecemeal. Any way the House can get there. He didn't say the final bill would be piecemeal, just here -- the end game, Kate, here is they want something to take to conference. The Senate and some members of the House say if we can pass something and take a collection of House bills and put it together with the Senate bill, and then you get into a smaller group of conferees, and they come up with the final bill.

So, the long-term goal is comprehensive immigration reform. The short-term goal is get this to conference and that will take the House passing as many separate bills as they can and then they'll deal with it later.

BOLDUAN: And what do you think the role of the August recess plays into that. Do you think when they go home to talk to voters, this will change minds one way or another?

CROWLEY: Probably not, essentially, because so many of these folks are in districts that reflect their own views. So, I think the calendar is far more persuasive to senators and to Congress members. We're kind of in the 2014 midterm election season. So, I think it's the push of the calendar.

I will say Schumer sounds a little optimistic to me. I haven't found too many people to think it's actually going to happen, but they pull rabbits out of the hat a lot and it's in the interest of both parties, I think, to get this -- get something pass.

BOLDUAN: Get something pass. Well, immigration my plan (ph) to this next question. So, there's a new WMUR Granite State Poll of New Hampshire voters, and it shows that Marco Rubio is kind of rating amongst who they could pick, who they could see as their 2016 nominee, dropping nine points, going from first to fifth place since April. Do you think immigration plays a role in this?

CROWLEY: Probably. I also think -- at this point in the polling for 2016, it's very sensitive to the news cycle, and Chris Christie has had a lot of good, positive play over time. Marco Rubio not so much. He's tied to immigration reform. We know that many conservatives are disappointed with him. We also know that New Hampshire has kind of two Republican parties.

There's the sort of the Rand Paul, a little bit Marco Rubio conservative but fiercely independent kind of libertarian side of New Hampshire, and then, there's sort of the Republican moderate Chris Christie kind of New Hampshire republicans. So, it isn't surprising, I think, given the news cycle that Rubio has kind of gotten a lot of play and it hasn't all been good and most of Chris Christie has.

BOLDUAN: Yes. And we got a whole lot of time for them to make up ground and lose more ground. All right. Candy, great to see you. And remember, you can always watch Candy Crowley, host of "STATE OF THE UNION" every Sunday. Thanks, Candy. We'll see you soon.


CUOMO: Let's take a little break. Let that all sink in. When we come back here on NEW DAY, residents in a small Pennsylvania town are living in fear of this guy, their local police chief. He heads up a 100-man militia and as exhibited what you're watching there, a little bizarre to some especially with why he's doing it. He's already been suspended but there's more. We're going to have live report just ahead.

BOLDUAN: But lightning strikes a moving car with a father and his three boys inside the vehicle and they caught it all on tape. How? Our must see moment.

CUOMO: Because nobody puts down their cell phones anymore.


CUOMO: Ever. Everything's caught. There are no secrets.


CUOMO: We got Mickey on the training ball. Look at the ball Mickey's throwing.


CUOMO: Until she stops maiming people.



PEREIRA: Always a feeling, all right. Our must see moment today, what happens to this family when one of the kids in the car wishes for something he really shouldn't have. Listen to this, Taylor Morlock (ph), in the middle of a storm, his brothers and his dad in the car, apparently said "I hope we get struck by lightning." And this happened. The car got struck by lightning.

And it actually suffered some damage. Apparently, three tires were blown out. All the gauges in the car shut off and the car shut down. There was one plus, though. Apparently, the report saying that most of their cell phones and gaming devices in the car were pretty low on batteries and after they got -- fully charged.


CUOMO: No way!

BOLDUAN: It's not possible!

PEREIRA: I haven't talked to them. I haven't talked to them, but I'm just saying.

CUOMO: No way!

BOLDUAN: And what we're saying is it's not possible.

CUOMO: No way!

BOLDUAN: Still crazy.

CUOMO: I don't even know if it is, because I got no gift.

PEREIRA: I have no either.


PEREIRA: On this level.

BOLDUAN: It's not possible.

PEREIRA: I think it is.

CUOMO: Anything is possible.


CUOMO: But sounds a little -- smells a little monkfishy to me.


CUOMO: Who knew that he's got to be careful what you ask for.


BOLDUAN: Chris is right. Everyone's cell phone is always on. They're always taking pictures, always taking videos.

PEREIRA: We should have said "I wish we won the Powerball."




CUOMO: Anyway, taking a break here on NEW DAY, when we come back, speaking of Powerball and the winners are, we may find out soon enough. Three winning sold in the $448-million Powerball drawing last night.

BOLDUAN: Plus, more rain in the forecast, unfortunately, for parts of the Midwest that are already dealing with, look at it, severe and sometimes deadly flooding. Indra Petersons is tracking the severe weather and where it's headed next. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

CUOMO: This guy can dance. My seven-year-old loves this song.

BOLDUAN: Oh, yes? Then, we will continue with it. That music means it's time for the "Rock Block," everyone, a quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Here were go. Let's look in the papers. Check this out from "The Detroit Press." A 49-year-old swimmer, Jim Dreyer (ph), 22 miles in 51 hours dragging a ton of bricks the whole way. Look at this. He did it to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

In "New York Post," smartphones don't make your baby smart. The campaign for a commercial free childhood blasting a new wave of mobile learning apps that are aimed to toddlers.

And in "The Wall Street Journal," parents stalking their kids at summer camp using interweb. Most residential camps have daily photos posted on their websites. They say parents are setting those very, very closely.

You wouldn't do that, would you, Alison, when your kids go to camp?

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: I do. I actually did. And I look very closely at those pictures, Michaela.

All right. In business news, new signs that Greece is still struggling. We learned just about an hour ago that unemployment in Greece hit a record high 27.6 percent. Despite that, stock futures in the U.S. are up slightly.

Are you going to jail? Well, why not upgrade to a nicer one for $155 a day. Fremont, California is allowing nonviolent offenders to do just that. They can still get a standard cell, but the jail is smaller and it's quieter. It's going to help boost California's revenue.

More changes at Yahoo! The company is changing its logo for the first time in its 19-year history. Leading up to the big reveal happening on September 5th, Yahoo! is going to be showcasing a different logo every single day leading up to that.

Indra Petersons, how is it looking outside?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Oh, of course, we're still talking about heavy storms right where they were yesterday. We're still talking out -- look at the threat here in Oklahoma and Kansas today, and you can actually see the six-hour loop of radar behind it so you can see. It's exact same place again today, another two to four inches of rain likely in the region.

We're currently dealing with flash flood emergencies in southwestern portions of Missouri. Here's the -- we're looking at a slow moving front. So, heavy rain is expected pretty much anywhere from Missouri all the way into Kentucky now and even Nashville and then Atlanta looking about one to two inches.

We'll go up to the northeast today, still talking about some rain but nothing as heavy as what we're seeing portions into the Midwest and the southeast. Little plus there.

BOLDUAN: A little plus. We'll check back with you in a little bit for the forecast and what's going on. Thanks so much, Indra.

We're now very close to the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.