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Baby Panda in Taipei Meets Mom; Hillary Clinton's Big Policy Speeches; Year's Most Powerful Storm; Israeli to Release 26 Palestinians Today; CVS Implements New Nail Polish Policy; Mistaken Identity in $1Mil Prize; Banana Throwing Fan Apologizes
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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: How are you? How's the morning going so far? Good? Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. I'm Chris Cuomo.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.
Coming up in the show, need nail polish remover? Well, you might need your I.D. to buy some at your local CVS store now. We're going to dive into that.
CUOMO: This is actually a restriction with a good cause. Can't wait for that one.
Plus, so a casino in Ohio gives away a big million dollar prize. That's good, right? But it was to the wrong man. That's bad. So what happened when the real winner stepped up? We'll tell you.
Lot of news this morning for you so let's get over to Michaela.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, guys. Good morning, everyone. Making news, Hannah Anderson's father says she has been through a horrific ordeal but she's now home with family and friends and that healing process will be slow. The 16-year-old, as you'll recall, was abducted from San Diego, taken to a remote area of Idaho, allegedly at the hands of a family friend, James DiMaggio. Hannah was freed when DiMaggio was shot and killed by an FBI agent. It was only then that she learned that her mother and little brother had been murdered.
Two security guards at a Florida resort are being credited with saving lives as a massive 60 foot sinkhole caused one building to collapse and another to begin sinking. Thanks to the guards' efforts, everyone was out of the two buildings before the first one collapsed. The Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Florida, is about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World.
A 12-year-old boy in Florida now fighting for his life at Miami Children's Hospital undergoing going treatment for a brain eating amoeba. This extremely rare infection is found in warm fresh waters, such as lakes or canals, and enters the body through the nose. Zachary Reyna was hospitalized a few days after going swimming with friends in a ditch that had filled with water.
The makers of bagged salads that have been linked to an outbraek of cyclospora will suspend production and shipment of its salad products from its Mexico farms. The FDA says the move by Taylor Farms is voluntary and the company won't resume producing and shipping those products without FDA approval. Taylor salad mixes have been implicated to illnesses caused by a parasite in Iowa and Nebraska.
A white former employee cannot sue celebrity chef Paula Deen for racial discrimination. That's the ruling of a federal judge in Georgia. That employee, Lisa Jackson, claimed Deen and her brother discriminated against black workers, creating an offensive workplace for her. But the judge tossed that part of the lawsuit out. Jackson's also accusing Deen's brother Bubba of sexual harassment. We'll have more for you on that story coming up in our next hour.
And finally, a touching moment at the zoo in Taipei. An adorable giant panda cub, the first to be born in Taiwan, getting to meet her mommy for the first time since her birth. These are the images of the panda cub who was born last month at the zoo. Caretakers have been watching her around the clock. So officials say it will be another couple months before the giant panda cub will be on display in public and before she's named although we've been told the nurses have nicknamed her Yuanzai which is apparently Rice Ball.
CUOMO: What's the name?
PEREIRA: Yuanzai, that's the nickname that the nurses gave her.
BOLDUAN: Rice Ball.
PEREIRA: Because she looks like a little rice ball.
BOLDUAN: It's pretty amazing how quickly pandas go from not so cute to very cute.
PEREIRA: But that's kind of cute with the little legs.
BOLDUAN: But they're not so cute when they're born.
CUOMO: I love when they do the turkey legs -- puppies, pandas, whatever that is, I love that thing. Don't try it at home though. Very tough on the gurn.
CUOMO: It's true. I tried to that stretch the other day.
BOLDUAN: I'm sorry, what's a gurn?
CUOMO: The groin muscle. Guy speak.
PEREIRA: So much we learn. We're like -
CUOMO: Gurn. You never want to say the full word because it jinxes you and you get hurt.
BOLDUAN: You learn something new every day on NEW DAY.
CUOMO: Moving on.
BOLDUAN: Which means it's a perfect time to go to our political gut check. I'm not going to segue. All the stories you need to know coming out of Washington and around the country. Back into the political arena Monday is Hillary Clinton tackling what she calls an assault on voting rights.
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HILLARY CLINTON, FMR. SECRETARY OF STATE: Not every obstacle is related to race, but anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.
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BOLDUAN: Her remarks kick off a series of policy speeches coming our way this fall and CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here to break it down for us. Good morning, John.
JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Skip the segue.
BOLDUAN: I was going to skip the segue. I was going to save you from the segue this morning. This is our new challenge. How uncomfortable can I make John King as we go to the political gut check?
But to the more important news hand, Hillary Clinton. This was a big political speech, as we heard just a little bit of it. Are you surprised by it? I mean, it's a policy speech but it's taking on a very political issue.
KING: Look, she knows exactly what she's doing. I'm not surprised by it because her team has signaled she's going to give this series of speeches and she wants to talk about issues that are prominent in the national and international debates. And the voting rights debate, because of the recent Supreme Court decision, is front and center in our legal policy debate and it's front and center in our political debate.
And so here's someone who -- she's a prominent attorney, she's very familiar with these issues from her days in Arkansas as the First Lady of Arkansas, a state where voting rights and civil rights, especially education rights, were very prominent, especially in the African- American community. So she can say, on the one hand, this is nothing to do about 2016. It's a very important political issue. I'm a big attorney, I care about these issues. I want to talk about it and be part of the national debate. Let's also be honest. The African-American constituency is the biggest base of the Democratic primary constituency. If she runs in 2016, Barack Obama will be gone from the scene. It's a constituency where he crushed all of his opponents when he ran in 2008, including Hillary Clinton. And if she runs she wants it.
BOLDUAN: And she needs it in order to -- if she does want to win. And also, she's going to be continuing with these policy speeches next month, taking on national security, going to talking about a speech on national security. Read between the lines on that one. What do you make of it?
KING: She's going to write a book. Look, she's going to be very prominent. And while she says she has not made a decision on 2016, while publicly she tells her aides to say her inclination is not to run, she's preparing to run. And she's doing everything she has to do to be ready to run.
She can wait later than anybody else to say," I'm running," should she decide to run. She can wait later than anybody else to start raising the money for that. But this keeps her out there, keeps her prominent in the national debate, keeps her prominent talking about the issues that will matter in 2016. And it's a signal to all of those people who are urging her to run, "Look, I can't give you that answer. You're going to wait a year or more for that. I'm going to be out there and be in the mix. Don't worry about it."
BOLDUAN: Don't worry about it. You will hear from me. I really do want to ask you about -- this is an important decision, an important move in terms of justice in this country, but it also is important political move when I'm talking about Attorney General Eric Holder announcing easing the sentencing guidelines for kind of low level nonviolent drug offenders. It's gotten a lot of pickup. He has support from some on the left, some on the right.
But look at it through the political lens. What about this long-time fear that many Democrats have had of being attacked as soft on crime? Is that no longer a political liability?
KING: This administration thinks it is no longer a political liability for the party for the very reason you just stated, that you do have this unique coalition, that you have liberals -- Patrick Leahy, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, excuse me, from Vermont, Rand Paul, the Libertarian conservative senator from Kentucky, they both agree on this issue. They think these mandatory minimums are too rigid. They don't give any flexibility and they're overcrowding prisons, some of whom are better in rehab. And conservatives are now coalescing around this issue because of the cost of overcrowding, the financial drain on states and the federal budget.
So the president believes he's on safe ground. But you make a great political point. My first presidential campaign was 1988. Remember Willie Horton, Michael Dukakis? He was soft on crime. The Bush campaign used that, the George H.W. Bush campaign used that effectively. In 1992, I was with Bill Clinton. I was the pool reporter when he flew back to Arkansas from New Hampshire. The governor had no signature authority outside the state. He had to fly back to Arkansas. We landed in West Memphis so he could sign a death warrant, a death penalty case, because he was trying to prove, "I'm a different kind of Democrat, I'm tough on crime. I support the death penalty."
This issue has been over the Democrats for years, but this president and his team think they have the grounds to do this, they have the political room to do this, and they're going to move forward with it.
BOLDUAN: And it could be a legacy issue, also, for the Attorney General as well as President Obama. But, man, what strange bedfellows these issues make.
KING: And something that actually could get done in a Washington that's pretty paralyzed right now.
BOLDUAN: Yes, absolutely right. Good to point out when we can because it is rare. John King, good to see you, John. We'll talk to you soon.
CUOMO: That is true, it is rare. Strong point.
Coming up on NEW DAY, time for a little break. Concerns this morning about a key ingredient found in nail polish remover. Why you may need your I.D. to buy some at one major drugstore chain and probably others will follow. But for good reason. We'll tell you.
BOLDUAN: And a million dollar mix-up. We'll let you know what a Cincinnati casino decided to do after giving away $1 million to the wrong guy.
CUOMO: Hey can we have that back?
BOLDUAN: Let's go around the world now starting in Southern China where they're bracing for a powerful and deadly typhoon. We get the latest from Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong.
KRISTIE LU STOUT, CNN INTERNATIONAL: The world's most powerful storm of the year so far has plowed through the Philippines. No catastrophic casualties, which is remarkable, given images like this. A woman is seen floating down a swollen river on top of a thatched roof. She disappears in the waves and then reappears, but we don't know what happens to her.
The storm, it has weakened but it is still severe and it's heading this way. It is now moving across the South China Sea heading toward Southern China. Kate, back to you.
BOLDUAN: Thank you.
Now new developments in the Middle East this morning as Israelis and Palestinians prepare to renew peace talks. CNN's Vladimir Duthiers is in the West Bank.
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The Israeli government is set to release 26 Palestinians sometime in the next couple of days. This comes ahead of the peace talks which will resume again on Wednesday. It also comes after a very controversial and provocative move by the Israeli government on Sunday to release bids for 1,000 new settlements to be built in the West Bank and Jerusalem. This should all prove very, very interesting as the talks resume on Wednesday. Back to you, Kate.
BOLDUAN: All right, Vladimir, thank you so much.
And back to China. Neighbors are complaining about a professor who has turned his penthouse atop a Beijing high rise into his own version of a mountain-top getaway. CNN's David McKenzie has more.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's causing a firestorm on social media here in China. Across the way, that building, a Chinese medicine professor has built this enormous rocky outcrop on top of his apartment, 10,000 square foot of apartment. The people in the building have complained for years, says state media, saying that there are cracks forming. He's a senior member of the Communist Party. according to media here in Beijing. And so many people feel he will be untouchable. Kate, back to you.
BOLDUAN: Wow. Why oh why would you want that? There you are.
CUOMO: All right. Here we go. Here in the U.S. another common drugstore product is getting harder to buy. You're going to shake your head but wait a minute -- first it was cold and allergy medications. We remember why. It's got pseudoephedrine in it; they use it to make meth. Now, in order to buy nail polish remover, some CVS drugstores say you have to be 18 years old and prove it with an I.D. It's another battle in the war against meth.
CNN's Christine Romans is here joining us with - helping make sense of this one. Why nail polish remover?
CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Because this is one of the ingredients in home cooking of methamphetamine along with things like lye and household countertop cleaner and stuff you have batteries. Really scary, nasty, toxic stuff. Acetone is in this, so you've got CVS saying you will be carded. Our producer was carded yesterday buying this. And in some states you have to be 18 or older to buy nail polish remover now because it can be used to cook meth and that's a very, very dangerous proposition.
What CVS is saying is they're saying that because this is an ingredient used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we recently implemented a policy that a valid I.D. must be presented to purchase acetone-containing products such as nail polish remover.
In some states like Hawaii, Illinois, and Ohio, you have to be 18 years old to get this. So you will be carded. They are going to look for this and they are going to keep track. They're going to going to keep track of purchases. Also, you can go in and buy ten of these. They would say, no, you can't have ten. You don't need ten bottles of nail polish remover because the people who are buying ten bottles of nail polish remover are, in many cases - you're either working in the beauty business or you're cooking meth.
BOLDUAN: Or you're a criminal. Why now? It's a good thing to try to prevent meth from being made and criminals from getting what they need for that, but what is the motivation for CVS to do this? Is this more about preventing a lawsuit?
ROMANS: I think there's a liability issue. I think there's a concern from big corporations about liability issues. Remember, they put the cold medication behind the counter. This is not behind the counter. This is still -- you could still go -- get there and buy it. But they put cold medication, high octane cold medication, behind the counter and in some cases have paid out settlements for not making it harder for drug cookers to get that kind of stuff.
Again, these are household products, household products you can buy and that you can use to cook meth. The majority of the stuff is still coming in from super labs in Mexico, but since 2007, we have seen more of this home-grown meth in the United States.
PEREIRA: But is there any evidence that this is going to stop them from doing it? Because they seem to find ways. You've got to step steps ahead of the backup.
ROMANS: No real evidence yet. And, again, most of the drugs are coming from the super labs in Mexico. They're smuggled from Mexico. The homegrown stuff is still maybe 20, 25 percent of what's consumed in the U.S. But it's dangerous; it's dirty, nasty, ruins the value of your property, it could hurt the kids around. It's real dangerous.
PEREIRA: I've seen more that are acetone free on the shelves lately. I've noticed that.
ROMANS: They don't work as well, I think.
PEREIRA: I don't think they do either.
CUOMO: No, me either.
CUOMO: So I've heard. From my wife and daughters, sisters.
BOLDUAN: An important update, though. Not a joking matter.
CUOMO: Very, very big. All the (INAUDIBLE) to high-intensity drug task -- the areas, those cops, they want it off. They started the push for cold medicine off. Just saying. It's good stuff. Better safe than sorry.
Next up on NEW DAY -
BOLDUAN: L.A. to San Francisco, hmm? Would you like to? How about doing it in 30 minutes? That's just what billionaire Elon Musk is shooting for with his proposed Hyperloop transit system. We're going to take a look at this incredible high speed concept.
PEREIRA: You might not know, but it's actually good to be named Kevin Lewis. An Ohio casino doubling down after their million dollar mix- up. It is our must-see moment for today.
PEREIRA: Yes. You missed some dancing there. Welcome back to NEW DAY.
Today's must-see moment. Check out the reaction when 52-year-old Kevin Lewis learned that he was going to receive a million dollar. The guy in the red hat right there. It's a part of a promotion at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati.
Problem is, he's not the right Kevin Lewis. Real winner was home at asleep on Saturday night. Well, he might not have been asleep, I added that. He's also name Kevin Lewis, also lives in Cincinnati. He's also 50 years old. Both guys entered the contest, and they are both casino regulars. Casino officials blame human error and the similar name and personal information for the mistake.
But here's where it is good. The casino did the right thing and gave both Kevins a million dollars. That's what I'm talking about.
BOLDUAN: That contest is never happening again.
PEREIRA: Good to be called Kevin Lewis --
CUOMO: Let's play out the conversation.
PEREIRA: In Cincinnati.
CUOMO: So, what do we do?
CUOMO: I think you have to give them each a million dollars. What?
BOLDUAN: It's like -- you're fired.
CUOMO: I think you have to give them both a million dollars. What? They're going to sue you and they're going to win for a million and $50,000.
PEREIRA: Somebody else's mistake makes somebody very, very happy.
CUOMO: It is nice. Nice that they did the right thing.
BOLDUAN: In quotes. I guess so.
CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, the massive sinkhole at a vacation resort near Disney World, we showed it to you yesterday, remember? It's the latest in a rash of these incidents. Why are they happening? Why can't we see them before they happen? How do we test? We'll look at it.
BOLDUAN: Plus, a judge ruling that New York City's controversial stop and frisk tactics violate the constitution. The city plans to appeal. Our legal expert, Sunny Hostin, will break down the debate for us.
CONAN O'BRIEN, HOST, "CONAN": In Tennessee, a judge named Luann Balou (ph) forced a couple to change the name of the baby they had named Messiah saying the word "messiah" is reserved for Jesus Christ.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do Muslim babies, do parents name their Muslim babies a Muhammad?
O'BRIEN: Yes, they do.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do Spanish people name their babies Jesus?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Should you be judging anybody's name when your name is Luann Balou (ph)?
O'BRIEN: No. I don't think so.
JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE": I think we should bring her to Hollywood -- celebrity baby names, because they're not even giving their kids names anymore. They're giving them nouns. You go to any playground in L.A., yell the word river, ten kids will come running.
PEREIRA: All solid points.
CUOMO: You know what --
BOLDUAN: I love crazy baby names.
CUOMO: What's the guy's name -- Dionne what?
BOLDUAN: I don't know his name.
CUOMO: Dionne Cole (ph). NEW DAY needs Dionne Cole (ph).
PEREIRA: Dionne Cole (ph), come on our show.
BOLDUAN: He should just go -- (CROSSTALK)
CUOMO: -- on the desk and saying things that are genius.
BOLDUAN: The things you're thinking in your head, you just think -
CUOMO: No, in fairness, we're all over that story, by the way. We were also, you know, shocked by it when we heard that this judge told somebody that they can't name their kid Messiah because only one man had earned that distinction. Obviously not based in law. Judges unusually quiet after that. Shocker.
All right. San Francisco Giants fan is apologizing this morning from throwing a banana in the direction of Orioles outfielder, Adam Jones. Adam Scholes has more in this morning's "Bleacher Report."
BOLDUAN: Of all the things to throw.
CUOMO: Apologizing and rightly so. Tell us about it.
ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, you know, fan, he fessed up to the whole thing. He called "The San Jose Mercury News" yesterday to admit the throwing the banana in direction of Adam Jones, but he says the action was not racially motivated. Fan says he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and just chunked it on the field because he was frustrated that the Giants were losing. He said he did not mean to insult the Orioles outfielder.
All right, guys, What's the last thing you want to do on your day off, go to work, right? Apparently, that's not the case for these Boston Red Sox Players, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Jonny Gomes attended the Blue Jays/As game yesterday on their day off. Now, these guys play 162 games during the regular season, but they still can't get enough baseball. That's love for the game.
Iron Mike Tyson is returning to the ring, but he won't be lacing up the gloves. Tyson is coming back to the world of boxing as a promoter and president of Iron Mike Productions. Tyson says he's excited about the new endeavor and that he wants to work with young fighters. His first event will be August 23rd in New York.
Guys, you've seen Mike Tyson on "Hangover" movies. He's got a new cartoon coming out. Now, he's going to be promoting boxing matches. So, this guy is a very busy guy these days.
BOLDUAN: Got to make money somehow.
CUOMO: I know. Pay off the rest of that. Get the other side of that tattoo on his face.
BOLDUAN: Yes. He's only half way done.
SCHOLES: -- all the way around.
CUOMO: I think the best thing you said -- I think Andy's word of the morning, Saltalamacchia. What a great name.
SCHOLES: One of the best names in baseball.
CUOMO: Saltalamacchia. It's very good. I wonder --
BOLDUAN: Speaking of --
CUOMO: -- let you name your kid that?
BOLDUAN: Judges like no.
CUOMO: No Saltalamacchia for you.
BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks, Andy.
You hear the music. You know what it 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. Let's take a peak in the papers here. From "The New York Times," University of Texas professor claiming a handwriting analysis proves portion of Thomas Kids' play. The Spanish tragedy were actually written by Shakespeare. >
In "New York Daily News," how to lose friends (INAUDIBLE) family, a British study says posting too many selfies on Facebook and other social networks can damage relationships.
And, in the "L.A. Times", Pixar releasing details about the upcoming animated film, "Inside Out." It set inside an 11-year-old girl's brain as her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. How about that?
Time now for our Christine Romans with your business news.
ROMANS: Good morning. A music to investors' ears. If you're a Steinway shareholder, "The Financial Times" reports hedge fund manager, John Paulson, has entered into a bidding war for the grand piano maker Steinway musical instrument. Cash offer, $475 million tops an offer from rival bidder, KKR, back in July.
Twenty-six percent of women still choose not to work. That means 74 percent are active in the work force. That's little changed in the last 25 years and trailing far behind many other developed countries.
Folks, we are uncrunched. In July, banks had $7.33 trillion in loans outstanding. That is slightly more than the $7.32 trillion banks had extended back in October 2008 when credit peaked.
Finally, let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather -- Indra.
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Now, we currently have a tornado warning right now heading towards Wilmington, Delaware. All things to a line of storms quickly pushing through the northeast. You can see that it will be the story today as the cold front makes its way through the northeast and extends even all the way back through Oklahoma producing severe flooding and that region as well concerning they've had rain really for the last week.
There you go. You can actually see the line of storms now pushing through the Tri-State area. So, look for one to even three inches of rain in the area today. Well, if you're in the southeast, you're not going to be talking about a quick moving front. That southern portion will sag again.
We're going to be talking about two to four inches of rain over the next three days. If I take you out as far as Sunday, we're talking about anywhere an upwards of five to eight inches of additional rain with already 10 inches above (ph) rain. We're talking about 18 inches above potentially by the end of the week. (INAUDIBLE)
BOLDUAN: Yes. We know exactly how you need to dress this week.
PETERSONS: Yes, right.
CUOMO: But also an opportunity to use my new favorite non-offensive word, keep friendly, Saltalamacchia.
CUOMO: It's going to be --
CUOMO: Big chances of rain. Saltalamacchia.
BOLDUAN: You say it really well.
CUOMO: It feels good -- Christiane Amanpour.
BOLDUAN: Nothing against Christiane. We just love her name.
CUOMO: Christiane Amanpour.
BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, Indra.
We're now at the top of the hour, which means let's finally get to the top news.