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Reaction To "Weed"; Kidnapped Teen Reunited With Father; Flash Floods And Mudslides In Colorado; Martin Or Messiah?; Shark Attacks 10-Year-Old Surfer; New Lead In Aaron Hernandez Case; Fired On Speakerphone; Lea Michele's Tearful Thanks

Aired August 12, 2013 - 07:30   ET


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I think if you want to draw a comparison, maybe it shouldn't be cocaine and heroin, but rather to the narcotics that are actually available right now. You know, people take these narcotic medications such as oxycontin, vicoden and percocet in this country for their pain and Kate, someone dies in this country every 19 minutes of an accidental prescription drug overdose.

I could not find a documented case of a marijuana overdose. So yes, should we do more studies on it? Of course, we should. Should we learn more about the safety and the efficacy? Of course, we should, but just consider that, OK. We really enable people to take these narcotic pain medications that after six months we know probably don't have a significant benefit could actually lead to people's death, I mean, 19 minutes and the thing that they could be comparing to is again this potentially effective therapy.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, I think regardless everyone can agree that talking about it is the most important thing. If there is evolving research and new research and new science, there could be evolving viewpoints. I think that's at least the very -- at the very least that's exactly that you've sparked a conversation about it, which is important. Sanjay, it's great to see you. Thank you so much. See you later.

I want to remind our viewers that Sanjay's documentary "Weed" will replay on CNN this Friday at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Recommend you take a look.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right, we're taking a break here on NEW DAY. Coming up, investigators are still looking for the murder weapon in the Aaron Hernandez case. Is the former NFL star's fiancee the key? We're going to see.

BOLDUAN: Also a very public firing. AOL's chairman hands the pink slip to one of his employees during a conference call. We have that audio and the reason behind it coming up.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. It's Monday, August 12th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

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


BOLDUAN: Good morning. Coming up in the show, actress, Lea Michele honoring her former Glee castmate and boyfriend, Cory Monteith at last night's Teen Choice Awards, her emotional tribute to the fallen star coming up.

CUOMO: Plus for your consideration, imagine, fired by speaker phone, a thousand fellow employees on the line at the same time. We're going to let you know which corporate honcho thought that was a good idea. A lot of news this morning as well so let's head right to Michaela.

PEREIRA: Celebration in San Diego as Hannah Anderson and her dad are reunited. The California teen found alive and well Saturday by the FBI in the Idaho wilderness. Her suspected abductor shot and killed during her rescue. DiMaggio allegedly murdered Hannah's mother and brother, before abducting her last week triggering a four-state AMBER alert and a nationwide manhunt.

A kidnapped toddler meanwhile in Rhode Island has been found unharmed after authorities put out a state-wide amber alert there. A police officer found 2-year-old Isaiah Perez wandering the streets alone of Providence. He lives in a home in nearby Johnston, Rhode Island where two people were found murdered this weekend. Two suspects are now in custody. They'll be in court this morning facing kidnapping and murder charges.

The search is on in Manitou Spring, Colorado for a woman who disappeared during severe flooding there. She was last seen desperately clinging to a tree near a swollen river. About an inch and a half of rain fell in 30 minutes on Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. A 53-year-old man was killed. His body found under debris. The rushing water tossed cars around, as you can see there, like toys. More than three dozen homes and businesses damaged by that water and mud.

The mother of a 7-month-old baby in Tennessee reportedly appealing a judge's ruling that she change his name from Messiah to Martin. CNN affiliate WBIR says the judge ordered the change arguing that this name was earned by one person and one person only and that was Jesus Christ. The mother says she liked the way Messiah sounded alongside his sibling's names, Micah and Mason, the judge disagreed.

South Carolina's Governor Cup Surfing contest canceled Sunday because of a very close encounter with a shark. The 10-year-old Tyson Royston was trying to impress judges when an 8-foot-long bull shark latched on to his surf board.


UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: He threw me into the lane and I swam in as hard as I could.

ROBERT WEAVER, ROYSTON'S COACH: His eyeballs were about as big as a horse when I grabbed him and mine were, too. We were scared to death. (END VIDEO CLIP)

PEREIRA: Wow. Witnesses say Tyson's quick thinking may have actually saved his life. He unhooked his ankle to the surf board right before the shark clamped down on it. Too close for comfort.

An expectant couple, I love this story, from Palm City, Florida, had a little fun when they decided to tell future grandma the good news. Sean and Lyn Craps led Sean's mother on a scavenger hunt for a birthday present. They placed several cameras around the kitchen. When Lee discovered the gift and responded enthusiastically to the good news. Watch this.

I just love it. It just -- grandma is so excited that there is a bun in the oven, but she got the connection.

CUOMO: I would have been halfway through digesting that thing before it hit me what it was. Why are you all looking at me eating this? You want some? And what's with you, you putting on weight?

BOLDUAN: I love that scream.

CUOMO: There's no joy like that. When parents become grandparents, they just love it. Thank you for that.

All right, we have some crime news for you, a new lead in the Aaron Hernandez case. Remember the former New England Patriot is charged with murdering a semi-pro football player. Well, now new documents show the investigation is shifting to an unexpected target.

CNN's Susan Candiotti joins us with the details. Susan, it's great to have you here on NEW DAY. So who is it? What's going on?

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Chris, a stunner here. Investigators now taking a very close look at the fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to see whether she might have helped him get rid of the murder weapon and the surveillance video is one reason they are suspicious.


CANDIOTTI (voice-over): Did the fiancee of fallen football star Aaron Hernandez help him hide a murder weapon? It a possibility police are apparently considering as they desperately try to find the .45-caliber gun used to kill Odin Lloyd on Father's Day.

PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: If Ms. Jenkins is tied into this conduct, she is in very serious trouble, she is an accomplice after the fact to murder.

CANDIOTTI: The theory revealed a new search warrant affidavits obtained by Hernandez's hometown newspaper, "The Bristol Press" in Connecticut. In the ten days before Hernandez was arrested, fiancee, Shaina Jenkins was seen coming and going from their home. She's also seen on different surveillance video leaving the house after receiving a mysterious message from the former New England Patriot. The documents reportedly state, his fiancee allegedly puts a rigid object into the car, according to affidavit, and returns a half hour later without carrying anything back inside the house.

These surveillance stills taken inside Hernandez's home shown him in the hours just before and after the murder of Odin Lloyd holding what prosecutors believed is a gun. Another defending, Carlos Ortiz, allegedly told police that after the murder Hernandez put two guns into a lock box. Warrants also were executed at a storage facility in Bristol where Hernandez allegedly rented a unit. Investigators also searched a lake near his uncle's home and plan to search another pond nearby this week.

CALLAN: Even if the murder weapon is not found, this appears to be a very strong case against Mr. Hernandez.


CANDIOTTI: Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. Now we've been unable to reach his lawyers to find out what they have to say about his fiancee. Everyone, of course, is waiting for that grand jury to file indictments, which could come by the 22nd of this month, next week. To find out whether more people may be charged in the case. By the way, Hernandez's cousin is in jail charged with contempt of court for refusing to cooperate with that grand jury. This is a tangled web.

BOLDUAN: What a mess for so many people in that family. My goodness, all right, Susan, thanks so much for that update. We're going to follow that obviously closely.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, "Glee" star Lea Michele is paying tribute for her late boyfriend and co-star Corey Monteith at the Teen Choice Awards. We'll show that emotional tribute ahead.

CUOMO: And look, there's no good way to lose a job, right? But imagine getting fired while on a conference call with a thousand people listening and guess who did it, the chairman himself. We're going to introduce you to the guy that happened to.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. AOL's patch employees were expecting to hear about some layoffs. What they didn't expect to hear was someone actually getting fired live with a thousand people listening in. CEO Tim Armstrong stopped mid-sentence on a conference call to ax an executive. "EARLY START" anchor, John Berman is here to explain what happened.

JOHN BERMAN, ANCHOR, CNN'S "EARLY START": You know, getting fired, as we say, is never easy, but getting fired in front of a thousand people with a thousand people watching and listening over taking a photo during a meeting here, that has to be incredibly difficult. I have to tell you this has the tech world and people everywhere simply stunned.


DONALD TRUMP: You're fired. BERMAN (voice-over): It may be Donald Trump's favorite expression.

TRUMP: You're fired. You're fired.

BERMAN: But they're the two words you never want to hear from your boss. One former employee of internet giant, AOL, just got the ax in a very public way. One thousand people listened in as his boss gave him the boot.

TIM ARMSTRONG, CEO, AOL: Able, you're fired, out.

BERMAN: AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong fired an executive during a conference call set out to outline drastic cutbacks and layoffs. Able Lenz, the creative director of AOL's local news network, Hatch, reportedly tried to take a picture of Armstrong and it didn't end well.

ARMSTRONG: Able, put that camera down right now. Able, you're fired, out.

BERMAN: Later on the conference call, Armstrong is quoted as telling employees, we can't have people that are in the locker room giving the game plan away. Lenz tweeted, no comment and also this photo inside a bar, but at least Lenz was told he was being let go. One restaurant owner in Winter Park, Florida texted his staff to tell them they would no longer have jobs. "I unfortunately need to inform you that I have been forced to close bar duties effective immediately." Being fired just isn't easy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm not going to do what you all think I'm going to do, which is flip out!

BERMAN: No matter who is listening.

ARMSTRONG: Able, you're fired. Out.


BERMAN: I'm going to try to try to take a picture of all of you.

BOLDUAN: Here's the best part, we can't fire you.

BERMAN: We reached out to both AOL and Able Lenz. We were unable to get a comment. If Lenz was indeed fired, you know, he is not alone. Over the next seven days, 400 of their sites will be closed to partner with other sites and hundreds of employees there will be laid off.

BOLDUAN: Well, that's one way. Thanks, John. You're fired.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, about a month after "Glee" star, Cory Monteith's death, Lea Michele delivers a touching tribute to her late boyfriend at the Teen Choice Awards. We're going to have her emotional words for you ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is time for the "Pop Four" with our Nischelle Turner. Good morning.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Executive decision today, guys, because this is such a powerful story, the "Pop Four" today is all about one. Lea Michele's tearful thank you to fans and tribute to Cory Monteith, this was last night at the Teen Choice Awards. Listen.


LEA MICHELE, ACTRESS: You guys are most certainly the greatest fans in the world and I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory. For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory like I did, I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world. And we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart.


TURNER: Remember, Lea Michele was his girlfriend onscreen and off in the show "Glee" and also in real life. The "Glee" creators say they are going to deal with his death in the premier episode of this season. So it will be interesting to see because we were just chatting about it, how will they write this into the script?

BOLDUAN: It seems they are particularly difficult to write it into the script because as you were mentioning at the end of last season, he was just coming back.

TURNER: Right. He was going to be a mentor or an adviser coming back from college to the high school "Glee" Club. We didn't see him in the last two episodes of last season because he was in rehab at that point. So we're not really sure how they're going to deal with it, but they say they will and they could just face it head on and do something like that. Ryan Murphy is not scared to take on heavy issues.

PEREIRA: It was interesting to see the castmates up there too because that's going to rock your world. I mean, if any -- you work as such a family, right, and then to have one of yours die like this especially -- and they are young people too having to deal with that.

TURNER: And they did say even though he had dealt with sobriety issues and substance abuse issues for a while. He was kind of the rock of the group. They went to him a lot to get advice. So you have to think that it definitely has affected all of them really.

BOLDUAN: You did hear, I remember when this was just happening that the producers of the show kept calling him the anchor. He was the anchor of that show.

TURNER: On screen and on the show, he was kind of the moral compass of the show as well, his character, Fin.

BOLDUAN: Bringing to life such important issues that people -- I mean, clearly on screen, he looked perfect. He looked like he had everything going for him, he's gorgeous, he's young, he's successful, but the important issues of drug abuse --

TURNER: Addiction is a disease. It's a battle every single day.

CUOMO: This is a big opportunity for them.

TURNER: I agree.

CUOMO: They shouldn't waste it. It's out there. Everybody knows about it. The more straight it is, the better they'll do for their audience.

TURNER: I agree indeed.

CUOMO: Happy Monday, everybody. We're going to take a quick break, when we come back on NEW DAY, swallowed up by the earth. That's the headline. The latest on a giant sinkhole in Florida that's ripping apart buildings at a resort. And guess what? It's not done yet.

BOLDUAN: And a California teen abducted by a family friend, rescued and reunited with her father after a multi-states search. We'll talk to a former FBI agent and hear from the people who tipped off authorities.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There couldn't have been any better news. We're excited to have our granddaughter home.


CUOMO: Reunited, Hanna Anderson rescued, back with her father, new details inside the nationwide search that led to that rescue. The witnesses who saved the day and what her dad says now.

BOLDUAN: Outrage in San Diego, the mayor now out of rehab early and back in office. Residents trying everything to get him out as he fights off accusations from 14 women that he harassed them.

PEREIRA: Somebody's tracking you, major retailers now tracking what and how much you return to their stores. Does your favorite store have a return profile on you?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You did what you and now you want to stay as mayor?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was nothing, looked in the refrigerator, nothing. At that point, I told my staff, I said we need to evacuate.


BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is Monday, August 12th. It's 8:00 in the east. I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: I agree with all of that. I am Chris Cuomo. We're here with news anchor, Michaela Pereira. Coming up this hour, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, guess what, she is back with her father after a dramatic rescue. Her alleged captor, James DiMaggio dead. Hannah was rescued after a group of horseback riders spotted them on a trail and felt something was out of place. You'll hear from them straight ahead.