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Deadly Flooding; U.S. Pulls Diplomats After Terror Threat; "You've Taken Our Heart And Soul"; DiMaggio's Car Rigged?; California Wildfire; Amanda Bynes Saga

Aired August 9, 2013 - 06:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: It's almost the top of the hour, and you know what that means here on NEW DAY, time for your top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Really, really clear that we can still save lives here.

CUOMO: Deadly flooding across the Midwest and south. Just look at this. Residents rescued from rooftops, cars trapped, and there's more rain on the way.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN HOST: New fear for the 16-year-old girl kidnapped in California. Her abductor may be carrying explosives. There've been sightings across multiple states as grandparents speak out exclusively to CNN.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN HOST: Talk about a dream come true. Meet the man who is $149 million richer. What he plans on doing with his lottery winnings? And breaking overnight, another office pool is one of the other big winners.

CUOMO: Your "New Day" starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is "New Day" with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Good morning and welcome to NEW DAY, everybody. It is Friday, August 9th, six o'clock in the east, and I am Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: And I am Kate Bolduan. Good morning, everyone. We're here with news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: That's I.

BOLDUAN: That is I.


BOLDUAN: A very busy Friday this morning. We have some breaking news overnight that U.S. closing down and evacuating its consulate in Lahore, Pakistan after learning of a new terror threat that we want to tell you about this as, of course, many embassies remain close across the Middle East and Africa. So, when will they open? What is happening with this latest terror threat? We're going to have a live report coming up.

CUOMO: And plus, we're going to introduce you to somebody who is really dividing a community. This man was a police chief suspended after posting YouTube videos like the ones you're looking here, making rants, shooting weapons, making threats. Now, he and his armed supporters are being accused of intimidating the town's residents. There's no question gun laws can make people angry. The question is did he do it the right way. Did he go too far? He's going to join us live and make his case.

PEREIRA: And a real fascinating story we're following, a 50-year-old mystery now reopened, a famous kidnapping way back in 1964, a baby stolen from the hospital then found halfway across the country, that little one grew up to be this man. Just now, though, he is learning that he is not in fact that kidnapped baby. The question is, who is he really? We are going to hear from him this morning.

CUOMO: All these years later.

PEREIRA: Can you imagine?

CUOMO: Nope. But it will be great to see it tied together.

We're going to start this morning though with these deadly flooding and paralyzing moments in parts of the Midwest and southeast. The problem is no signs that it's going to let up. Flash flooding reported in many states, Missouri has been hard-hit by the storms, a woman was killed Thursday when her car was swept away by floodwaters.

Let's go live to Branson, Missouri. That's where CNN's George Howell is standing by. Good morning, George.

GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chris, good morning. So this time yesterday the water would have been well over my head, enough to devastate this community, this hidden valley trailer home. In fact, you can see enough force to move an entire trailer home and right now all eyes are right here on the water, the Turkey Creek. Again you see it's a raging river at this point and people here worry that it could rise with more rainfall.


HOWELL (voice-over): Evacuations and rescues continued in Missouri, where flash flooding has claimed two lives, the most vulnerable, children and the elderly. The currents were so strong that it forced this construction crane up onto an already saturated landing. In Tennessee, it was a devastating scene, with people helpless on rooftops. In Davidson County dozens had to be rescued, including this young girl, and just take a look at this building in Nashville. It literally broke in half under the pressure of a nearby overflowing creek.

On the highway cars were left drifting in the current, and then this fire fighting scene, two firefighters tethered with a rope carefully carrying a 5-week-old baby through a river of waist high water. It's all part of a drenching storm system that's gripping at least a dozen states. In Benton County, Arkansas, officials put out an emergency disaster declaration after thunderstorms dumped 10 inches of rain. One resident had to pile her belongings on to a bed as water rushed through her home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're in the kitchen and the glass started falling off the walls and the fridge flip backwards and busted.

HOWELL: In Pickens County, Georgia, water rescue teams geared up jumping into what used to be a tiny six-inch deep creek to rescue a man stranded with his two dogs.


HOWELL: And a live look at what is supposed to be a quiet little creek near the Hidden Valley community, it is a raging river this morning. You can hear that sound I'm sure. We know that this entire community, Kate, had to be evacuated except for one family that stayed to make sure that looting did not take place here. But again, more rain is expected in the forecast and people are worried about that -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Wow, George, that video is amazing. Thank you so much. The clear question is how much more rain can people in those hard-hit areas expect and how much more can they handle? CNN meteorologist, Indra Petersons has the forecast for us. Hi, Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: No good news here. We're talking about rainfall rates one to two inches per hour in the forecast, all the way through the weekend in the Pacific area we're talking about rain through the weekend as well as early parts of next week. Look at the rainfall they've had, Branson, Missouri, eight inches in the last 36 hours, but they've already seen rains for days like this.

Like I said, more rain expected even as we go forward in time. Let's take a look at the radar right now. It look like a similar picture almost every single morning like Groundhog Day, really, we're talking about Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, all still dealing with what we call a stationary front. It's a stationary front for a reason it's not going anywhere.

Take a look at the bottom portion of this frontal area and now notice the top portion, the cold front. The timing of this has actually sped up for the northeast. I'm going to put it in motion here. You could see how that quickly moves offshore. So by Saturday the rain should be out of the northeast.

But notice the trailing area, it is not moving and with that the flooding threat will remain high. Talking about rain totals, just because it's moving fast, the northeast does not mean you're going to be talking about heavy rain and possible urban flooding. Two to 4 inches possible in Portland even Albany, little further to the south, 1 to 2 inches in New York City and D.C. But there you go, there's still flooding concerns right along that stationary front. You can really see. It is not moving anywhere. How much more rain can they handle? They can't handle what they've already had as is so any more rain.

BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, thanks so much. We'll check back in.

CUOMO: We also have some breaking news for you overnight. The U.S. government is pulling most diplomatic staff from Pakistan's second largest city over a terror threat. Officials ordered everyone except emergency personnel out of the consulate in the city of Lahore.

CNN's Barbara Starr joins us live from the Pentagon. Now, Barbara, what is the latest on this situation?

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Chris, good morning. This news breaking overnight, everyone, as you say, except emergency personnel pulled out of the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Pakistan. Officials are telling our own Elise Labott who broke the news that they have a specific threat against that facility, a very specific threat they say that warranted taking this extraordinary action, those diplomats now in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

The obvious question on the table this morning is this threat related to the overall threat that has led to the shutdown of so many embassies and consulates around the world by the U.S., they do not know. This is so important, Chris, because it goes to the very question of al Qaeda and related groups their ability to train, organize and carry out an attack -- Kate, Chris.

BOLDUAN: Barbara, thanks so much. We'll check back with you, clearly a developing situation as we speak.

Now we want to get you an update on stunning new developments in the widening manhunt for murder and kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio, a story we've been following very closely and continue to do so. The California man who police say murdered his friend and kidnapped her 16-year-old daughter and possibly 8-year-old son. Investigators say DiMaggio may have rigged his car with explosives and this morning we're hearing exclusively from the abducted girl's heartbroken grandparents.

Miguel Marquez is live in San Diego this morning. Good morning, Miguel.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. These are also the parents of Christina Anderson who was killed. This family is just -- it's an ordinary family in an extraordinary situation. They want to grieve for their dead, but they know this 16-year-old might be out there. There are hundreds of tips, every single one of them representing hope.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): This morning, more sightings, more concern about the fate of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson in the hands of her alleged abductor James DiMaggio. Dozens of sightings of the dark blue Nissan Versa outside of California. Amber alerts now lighting up much of the western U.S., from Mexico to the Canadian border. At this Seattle emergency call center, nine out of ten calls related to Hannah Anderson.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's obviously a very high priority for us.

MARQUEZ: Investigators now saying DiMaggio may have built his own explosives. Ditched his own car wiring it to explode, urging extreme caution.

JAN CALDWELL: We want to put out for civilian and officer safety. If you see this car, do not approach it, but call law enforcement.

MARQUEZ: This as the human toll is taking its effect. Speaking exclusively to CNN, Sarah and Ralph Britt, mother and stepfather of Christina Anderson, grandparents to Hannah and Ethan make a desperate appeal.



SARA BRITT: We need her home. She needs to be home.

MARQUEZ: They believe with 100 percent certainty, Hannah is alive. They hold out hope 8-year-old Ethan, he is alive as well, but they fear the worst.

SARA BRITT: Little E is just the best guy you could imagine, our little fisherman and Hannah our honey bunny.

MARQUEZ: Now Britts holding on to each other wearing "Pray for Hannah" t-shirts are preparing for one funeral, possibly two.

SARA BRITT: You never plan to bury your child, and you never plan to bury your grandchildren, if that's what it comes to. It's something we can't comprehend or cope with.

MARQUEZ: For now, all of their emotion and energy devoted to the hope that Hannah, their granddaughter is alive and they will soon be reunited.


MARQUEZ: Now the family also says that the house that Mr. DiMaggio was being foreclosed on he begged Christina Anderson to bring the kids up for one last weekend adding to their suspicion this may have been one big plan on his part. This family is sitting, waiting, hoping that one tip leads them to Hannah's safe return -- Chris.

CUOMO: Miguel you make such an important point, this family dealing with the pain of having someone die and also the anxiety and fear of where else another family member is, all of it adding to the urgency of the situation. Thank you for the reporting. Let's continue the conversation with Steve Moore. He is a former FBI agent, specializing in the investigation of prosecution of violent crime, joining us live from Los Angeles. I know it's early out there, Steve, so thank you for joining us. Let's deal with the latest information that DiMaggio may have rigged his car with explosives. How would police know that?

STEVE MOORE, FORMER FBI AGENT: Likely what you're going to do is try to figure out what he's done in the last few weeks, months before this kidnapping. They may have found explosives or just some detrious of the explosives at his house or purchase records.

CUOMO: And from what you understand of this situation any picture yet of the man authorities are dealing with?

MOORE: I think nothing that I've seen, I mean, close friends are saying this doesn't seem like him. I have trouble believing that there wasn't some kind of leakage at some time about this kind of possible behavior.

CUOMO: Now, he's been on the run since Sunday/Monday, right, the fire was Sunday, the official manhunt began Monday. Is that a sign that there was a plan afoot or just a reflection of the difficulty in locating anyone in these situations?

MOORE: It's -- I think if you're talking about a plan on his part there's obviously a plan that he's been working on for about four or five months, the plan for law enforcement is just expanding out the net, as time goes on.

CUOMO: The best way to find him, is it going to be the tips? Is it going to be looking at who he is and his past or is it going to be the electronic footprint, credit cards, cell phones, ATM usage?

MOORE: I think it's going to be one of the first two. It's either going to be tips or going back over as I said the last few weeks and months before the kidnapping, because that will give you an idea of his planning, of his thought process. As far as the electronic stuff, I think that would have already borne fruit had he been using those cards.

CUOMO: Steve, you know, we often talk in these situations the first 24 to 48 hours of a kidnapping are vital in terms of the recovery of the victim alive, but given that Hannah's 16, does that expand the envelope here and give us reason for hope, even as time passes?

MOORE: I personally think it expands the envelope quite a bit. This guy, while not rational, does not want to lose Hannah. This is not a use and throw away type thing as horrible as that sounds. He has feelings towards her and that's going to work in her favor.

CUOMO: We know that police won't be telling everything that they know to keep their cards close to the vest, makes sense. Appeals to the man to do the right thing, do you think they're helpful?

MOORE: I think they're helpful. They can't hurt. I don't expect them to be fruitful.

CUOMO: All right, Steve, thank you very much. Appreciate it. Steve Moore out in Los Angeles for us, appreciate the perspective this morning.

MOORE: Thanks.

CUOMO: Next hour, we're going to hear from a friend of James DiMaggio, that is the man suspected of burning down the home, killing the mother, possibly a child and kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah. We're also going to hear from the father here, Brett Anderson, who is coping both with missing his children, maybe one of them gone and the murder of his wife. There's also a lot of news developing this hour. So let's get over to Michaela -- Mic.

PEREIRA: All right, thanks so much, Chris. Good morning, everyone. Making news, it is an uphill battle for crews fighting a wildfire in Riverside County, California. The silver fire has burned some 14,000 acres. More than a dozen homes and building have been destroyed. It has forced hundreds of people to evacuate near Palm Springs. That fire is at 25 percent containment.

Graphic testimony at the court marshal trial of Army Major Nidal Hasan. Witnesses describing hit by gunfire, watching friends die during that 2009 massacre at Fort Hood. The judge has refused a request from defense lawyers who want to limit their role in the case. Hasan is representing himself, but his defense team must remain by his side to assist him.

An urgent search is underway for a missing investigator from a federal public defender's office. This is 50-year-old Sandra Coke. She was last seen Sunday when she left home to pick up something from the drugstore at Oakland, California. Her car was found Monday in a parking lot. Friends and family members are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.

A big meeting between U.S. and Russian officials today at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will host their Russian counterparts. They have plenty to talk about including Edward Snowden's asylum. It helps a summit between President Obama and Putin and cast a big chill on relations between Washington and Moscow.

Troubled actress Amanda Bynes expected in court today for a hearing on her future. The 27-year-old Bynes has been in a hospital for more than two weeks now after allegedly setting fire to a neighbor's driveway in California along with other bizarre behavior. Doctors have been evaluating her mental state. The judge says he wants to speak directly to Amanda before ruling on whether her mother should be granted temporary legal control on her life.

CUOMO: One of the upsides to this celebrity fascination we have in the culture is that it can highlight issues that every family deals with, addiction and emotional problems that come along with it. Every family struggles with them.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Troubled actress Amanda Bynes expected in court for a hearing on her future. The 27-year-old Bynes has been in a hospital for more than two weeks after allegedly setting fire to a neighbor's driveway in California, along with other bizarre behavior. Doctors have been evaluating her mental state. The judge wants to speak directly to Amanda before ruling on whether her mother should be granted temporary legal control on her life.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: I often think one of the upsides to the celebration fascination we have in the culture is it can highlight every issue family deals with, addiction, and emotional problems that come along with it. We're just getting them. And we're just getting them --

PEREIRA: And mental health and all of those things.

CUOMO: Good to see it play out with people just care about. It's interesting instruction, you know?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, good point.

CUOMO: All right. We're going to take a break here. Coming up on NEW DAY, one of the winners of the $448 million Powerball jackpot -- which I'm still bitter about -- but they're coming forward to claim. He's going to get his fortune. He's got big plans for the money. We'll tell you about it.

BOLDUAN: And CBS in a bitter battle with Time Warner Cable, with millions of viewers still left in the dark. Why there may be new hope the feud could be settled this weekend. You could get your channel back.


CUOMO: This song has been growing on me because I'm such a fantastic dancer.

BOLDUAN: I know.

CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody.

This morning, we may know who else won the $448 million Powerball jackpot. There are reports 16 co-workers from New Jersey bought one of the three winning tickets at the supermarket in Little Egg Harbor. That's what I'm talking about. We now know about another one. Another ticket was sold about an hour away.

The winner from Minnesota has already stepped forward and says he has big plans for some of that money, big for some, hmm.

"EARLY START" anchor John Berman is here with more.

JOHN BERMAN, "EARLY START" ANCHOR: So, Paul White, you know, he says he has imagined winning the lottery so many times. And this is my favorite part, he bought his boss to the press conference to claim his reward. And then White said, "He started the day as my boss, he's going to end the day as my chauffeur."



BERMAN (voice-over): Winning the lottery is every person's dream. But for Paul White of Ham Lake, Minnesota, that dream became a reality. He's the first of three winning ticketholders to claim his share of the $448 million Powerball jackpot.

PAUL WHITE, POWERBALL WINNER: I have gone through this in my head so many times in my life that you almost feel like it's finally coming true.

BERMAN: The 45-year-old divorced father of two says he's been taunted by his family for years about his devotion to playing the lottery. So, busy at work Thursday morning, his girlfriend called him, asking him to check his tickets. The Powerball matched and he quickly realized.

WHITE: And I said, I'll have to call you back later. And I went whoo! I ran around the office. Everybody is like what happened.

I think I had 10 people verify the ticket before I left the office.

BERMAN: White proudly holding up a check for $149.4 million. After taxes, he takes home about $58.3 million.

WHITE: I'm not going to be one of those people that says I'm going to keep working because I'm not working for anybody else anymore. It's not going to happen.

BERMAN: White's immediately plans include buying a car for himself and his father, and setting aside college funds for his teenage kids.

WHITE: This is too surreal at this point. I mean, I don't think you can understand how it's just amazing to me. It's just amazing. No worries, anymore. It's crazy.

BERMAN: The owners of the other two winning tickets in New Jersey have not been confirmed. But local reports indicate 16 government workers may have purchased one of them in their office pool.


BERMAN: Now, you know, we're waiting to find out more about these government workers who might hold the winning ticket from their office pool. But one thing I will point out they come from Ocean County, New Jersey, apparently, an area that was hit pretty hard by hurricane Sandy. So that money could very well be headed to people who badly need it.

BOLDUAN: Let's hope so, at least some of it because that is a whole lot of money to play with.

BERMAN: It is a whole lot of money.

BOLDUAN: Says the woman who did not win, and does not have it in her back pocket now.

CUOMO: Yes, the one thing I took away from that, it's great to see somebody's life change for the better but never have any worries ever again -- we know that's not true. Money can get you certain things, you know? The health, the welfare of the people around him.

BOLDUAN: And we know the bottom line is more money, more problems. I mean, there is --

BERMAN: But I liked about Paul White he looked happy. It's nice to see someone look happy.

BOLDUAN: You were saying before it's nice to have someone be so candid, just like I'm not working for anyone else ever again. I love it.

CUOMO: He always thought, I'm going to win, I'm going to win. You know, we underestimate positivity, optimism. You know, Mickey talks about that all the time, you know, the idea of this guy was living his life in the positive anyway, you know?

CUOMO: Maybe that's why he won. Maybe that's what I'll start doing. I'm going to win.

BOLDUAN: I'm going to win, positive mental attitude. There we go.

All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY, you thinking happy thoughts?


BOLDUAN: Here's a happy thought -- for the first time in months, President Obama is finally going to be facing the White House press corps in a news conference today. There will be a lot of questions and we're going to break it down with our Candy Crowley.

CUOMO: "Daily Show" wasn't available? Jimmy Kimmel wasn't available?

BOLDUAN: No, I know. He's actually going to face the reporters.

CUOMO: Boy, oh, boy, what's that about. All right. Also, a Miami teen collapses and dies after getting tasered by police. The obvious question, did the cops go too far? You're going to hear from the victim's heartbroken family.