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Pro-Morsy Supporters Moving Towards Camp; Bank Standoff Ends in Gunfire; Hannah Anderson Shares Her Pain; Manning to Speak at Sentencing; Debbie Rowe to Testify at Wrongful Death Trial; Actors Versus Paparazzi; Colorado Teen Killed in Flood; Six Killed in Police Chase
Aired August 14, 2013 - 06:00 ET
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All the prisoners must come back. This is it. We are not coming home.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news. Hundreds dead in Egypt as the government cracks down on protesters. We will take you to the violence in cities across the country this morning. Live in Cairo.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Standoff. Also breaking overnight, a 12- hour hostage situation in Louisiana ends in bloodshed. Three held at gunpoint inside a bank for hours, but the gunman wasn't there for money. We're live with the latest.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Hannah's words. Dramatic new details from Hannah Anderson, herself, reportedly telling her side of the story in an online forum. How she survived her six days in captivity?
CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.
ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.
CUOMO: Good morning. Happy Hump Day. Welcome to NEW DAY. It is August 14th, 6:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo.
BOLDUAN: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor, Michaela Pereira.
PEREIRA: Good morning.
BOLDUAN: Good morning. And we have much more on that remarkable online exchange this morning. Hannah Anderson reportedly answering questions, even posting this photo of herself detailing exactly what went on during her time while kidnapped. She talks about why she couldn't escape. She talks about her relationship with the man who held her captive and she shares some of the pain that she's going through. We'll have a report on all of this coming up. CUOMO: And plus, this police chase just turns deadly in Texas. Innocent bystanders become victims. We've seen intense car chases on TV, right? I mean, often speeding down the highways. The question they raise is when is a chase not worth it? Certainly, this situation begs the question. We'll take you through it.
PEREIRA: Also, we're going to take you through something that's given us pause here at CNN. You know those public charging stations for your cell phones, you see them everywhere, kind of your savior when you're at the airport or at a mall and you're low on battery power. It turns out, however, hackers may be using those charging stations to get your information or worse, implant viruses onto your phone. We have so much more ahead on that.
CUOMO: All right. But let's begin with breaking news. Egypt's military moving in overnight to break up two massive makeshift camps in Cairo occupied by supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsy. The Muslim Brotherhood claims 200 protesters have been killed. Egyptian officials say nine pro-Morsy supporters were killed. Whatever number you take, the situation is just beginning there.
CNN's all over the story, we have reporters spread out across the country in the middle of it. Let's start with Arwa Damon. She is in the streets of Cairo watching the situation as we speak. Arwa, can you hear us?
ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Yes, I got you. We're right outside of the massive sit-in that is the main focus of this current operation that is being spear-headed by the police, but the military has been brought in. Now we can see one of the many front lines have erupted around this sit-in site. There are a number of pro-Morsy demonstrators that are trying to reach those that are inside the sit-in site, clashing with riot police on one of the main roads, also on an overpass.
And we've been seeing them trying to push forward, driving a bus to use as cover because of the tear gas that is being fired on them. We are also seeing thick, thick plumes of black smoke from tires on fire. Driving up here we saw a police vehicle on fire, at least three ambulances going in, wounded police officers being put into them.
We could not tell the extent of their injuries. This most certainly is a situation that is just beginning because they're not only dealing with trying to clear out the sit-in itself, they're also dealing with these various front lines and clashes that are erupting throughout the capital.
BOLDUAN: All right, Arwa, stick with us for a little bit. Thank you so much for your reporting. Arwa is in the middle of the streets of Cairo. Let's get now to Ian Lee live in our Cairo Bureau for more on this developing situation. Ian, we heard from Arwa, this is developing as we speak, the clashes continue. She sees wounded being carted away, but the question is why is this all happening right now?
IAN LEE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The security forces have said for a couple weeks they were going to clear out these two protest camps that were set up by supporters of the former President Mohamed Morsy, and they've had deadlines, those deadlines have passed, this morning, early morning we saw the security forces make good on that promise. They see this as a threat to their interim government, a threat to their rule.
They said that they need to open up these squares, open up the areas so commerce can continue, people can continue with their lives. They've seen these as a threat. They warned them and now they're making good on that promise. We've already seen at least nine people killed from the protesters and at least five people killed from the security forces side. It looks like this is really just the beginning of a very violent day or a very violent few days coming up.
BOLDUAN: Ian, I think many people are wondering, we've seen clashes, we've seen sit-ins, they kind of continued. You said the military warned that this crackdown could be coming. Are we at a breaking point at this moment? Because it sounds like it's going to go one way or the other from here. It can't just calm down because no one is backing down right now.
LEE: That's exactly right. This really is a breaking point for Egypt. We've been focusing on these two areas where the two camps are, but we're getting reports of other places not only in Cairo, but around Egypt where we're seeing pro-Morsy supporters going in the streets and clashing with security forces.
This really could be a spark that started in Cairo, but that spreads throughout the country as security forces finally try to clamp down on these protesters, trying to clear them out of the squares, trying to clear them out of the streets and trying to progress, move the country forward politically, but what we're seeing right now, seems very hard to do that with the level of violence we've been seeing.
BOLDUAN: And this violence continues and as you've reported the number of killed wildly different numbers we're hearing this morning. Ian Lee, in Cairo, we'll check back with you throughout the morning, anything from 9 to 200 some reports, clearly in the middle of this chaos there's no way of confirming one way the other the developing situation.
CUOMO: The way that the city is set up specifically Cairo, it's so congested, there's overlap where the protesters are and where people are just living their lives. That there is going to be a lot of bloodshed if this continues so they have to control the situation as quickly as possible. The question becomes does someone have to step in to help? So we're going to monitor it very closely.
Let's take you to some more breaking news right now back home, the suspect is dead, two hostages wounded after a tense standoff at a Louisiana bank. It ended in gunfire. Police say the 20-year-old suspect opened fire on his hostages when officers entered the building.
Let's go live to CNN's Alina Machado. She is in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Alina, good morning. What do we understand about the situation? ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, good morning, Chris. This remains a very active scene. We want to show you an up close look of the bank where this all unfolded. We've been seeing investigators coming and going from this bank all night combing through the evidence. Now Louisiana State Police have identified the alleged hostage taker as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed. Authorities say Ahmed walked into this bank with a gun and took three bank employees hostage.
Over the course of 12 hours, police say Ahmed made several demands. He even released a female hostage, but just before midnight local time something changed, the SWAT team stormed the bank because the gunman according to police has threatened to kill the hostages. Now, Ahmed was shot dead. Police say he shot both hostages before he was killed. Those two hostages were taken to area hospitals where at least check they were listed in critical condition.
CUOMO: Now Alina supposedly one of the changes in the situation was that the suspect made known what he wanted. Do we know what that was, what the agenda was here, if not money?
MACHADO: We don't know exactly what it is that he wanted specifically. Authorities are still working to determine a motive, but they're saying that mental illness may have played a role in what happened here. They say he was a paranoid schizophrenic. When he was talking to hostage negotiators he told them that he heard voices and that he wanted a device that he said had been implanted in his head to be removed.
CUOMO: All right, Alina, thank you very much. We'll continue monitoring the situation and appreciate the reporting.
BOLDUAN: All right, let's head out to California now where kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson is sharing her pain on social media. According to the Associated Press, the California teen is taking questions online, telling the world that the man who kidnapped her, after murdering her mother and brother, in her words "deserved what he got."
Casey Wian is tracking the latest developments for us live from Los Angeles. Amazing, I don't think anyone expected to hear from her so quickly -- Casey.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Kate. You know, I guess, we shouldn't be surprised that Hannah Anderson did what practically any teenage girl might do after a life-changing ordeal. She took to social media and discussed it with her peers.
WIAN (voice-over): The 16-year-old Hannah Anderson is sharing details about her kidnapping on social media. She fielded questions on the site "ASKFM" about her abduction by the man she knew as Uncle Jim, James DiMaggio. A user asked, did you want to go with DiMaggio? She replied, no, not at all. Why didn't you run? He would have killed me. Why didn't you tell your parents he creped you out? In part, he was my dad's best friend and I didn't want to ruin anything between them.
Hannah shed new light on the night she was kidnapped, the same night her mother and younger brother were murdered. Their bodies burned in DiMaggio's house. How did he separate you from your mom and brother? He tied them up in the garage. How did he keep the fire a secret? He had it set where it would catch on fire at a certain time.
Hannah also wrote DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she fled and brought her at least in part to help carry equipment in the wilderness. Some questions from subscribers were brutally blunt. Did he rape you? I'm not allowed to talk about it so don't ask questions about it, thank you. Are you glad he's dead? Absolutely. Some experts question the wisdom of Hannah's online chats.
WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: This is a 16-year-old who is totally traumatized. She is in a state of trauma and so she is not thinking. Sometimes in a numb state you're doing things that you don't really consider the consequences.
WIAN: Hannah even posted a selfie and engaged in lighter conversation typical of a teenage girl, but even some of that seemed painful. What design did you get on your nails? Pink for my mom and blue for Ethan. Those who know her tells CNN Hannah spent some of Tuesday helping to plan their funerals.
WIAN: Perhaps the most painful words that Hannah exchanged came when she was asked whether if she could say anything to her mother and Ethan, what would she say and her response was, I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them -- Kate.
BOLDUAN: So painful, Casey Wian in Los Angeles for us. Thank you so much. We should say this was reported by the Associated Press CNN has not independently confirmed these reports of Hannah Anderson's postings. If you do want to help, there has been a fund set up for the teen, for more go to cnn.com/impact.
CUOMO: A lot of other news developing at this hour, let's get over to Michaela -- Mic.
PEREIRA: All right, good morning, everyone. CNN has learned that U.S. intelligence analysts spotted specific code words in recently intercepted al Qaeda communications, words which led them to believe that an attack would be eminent, those messages prompting the closure of U.S. embassies across the Middle East and across Africa.
And an ABC News report claims an American drone attack in Yemen has killed four suspected al Qaeda militants with links to that threat. CNN has not independently confirmed that report.
The massive Elk wildfire in Idaho has now scorched more than 98,000 acres, only at 5 percent containment at this hour. Fire officials are already predicting it will not be fully contained until October 1st. At least 71 homes and other structured have been destroyed. In Utah, just east of Salt Lake City, a wildfire is burning across 4,000 acres. It's at 5 percent containment and so far a dozen homes have been destroyed there.
The man at the center of the largest leak of classified U.S. government information in history expected to speak at the sentencing phase of his court martial later today. Later this morning, in fact, it will be the first time that we hear from Army Private Bradley Manning since he was convicted of espionage and theft last month. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison.
In just a few hours time, Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, will take the stand in his wrongful death trial in Los Angeles. Rowe is the mother of Jackson's two oldest children. She is being called as a witness for concert promoter AEG Live. She is expected to be questioned about the pop star's drug use. The Jackson family claims AEG is responsible for Jackson's death. The trial is now in its 16th week.
Two high profile actresses appealing to California lawmakers to pass a new bill cracking down on the actions of paparazzi. You see Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner seated there. They testified at the hearing that their children are constantly harassed by photographers. They told lawmakers that they're not speaking out as celebrities but rather as mothers.
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JENNIFER GARNER, ACTRESS: I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.
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PEREIRA: We're going to take a closer look at this issue later on NEW DAY coming up around 8:30 Eastern.
Want to introduce you to the new grounds keeping crew at Chicago O'Hare's Airport, we got a team of 25 goats, llamas and sheep, they're going to graze on grass and weeds in areas that are too difficult to maintain with traditional landscaping equipment. Don't worry you won't see these creatures running around the runway at O'Hare. They're separated by security fencing.
They often complain a little bit about making a lot of noise, you know, baaah, their work conditions. Apparently they find them really effective, the llamas and the burrows keep coyotes away. I wouldn't know that they would be a coyote repellent. Good to know and apparently in two weeks they've cleared like five acres. They work hard.
CUOMO: They work hard? They're eating.
BOLDUAN: They're working. This is a symbiotic relationship. It's actually one of the ways that people have suggested the federal government can cut spending. PEREIRA: Well, and apparently there's a restaurant that owns a part owner of the herd and they're using them to make cheese and all sorts of other stuff for the restaurant, which is kind of genius. It's like full circle, right?
BOLDUAN: Not a bad idea.
CUOMO: Where's Simba. All I know here's my money one of those goats is getting through that fence.
BOLDUAN: Then we cue the free Willy.
CUOMO: Look at this goat on the runway.
BOLDUAN: We'll be there live.
CUOMO: Back to more serious matters, there are a lot of them this morning, flash flooding in El Paso County, Colorado, is destructive and deadly, a 17-year-old girl the latest victim. The body of Rose Hamms was recovered early Tuesday morning. On Monday she called her parents to tell them she had encountered flash flooding while out for a walk and was seeking shelter from the rain under a bridge.
Now let's get in with Indra Petersons with the weather to figure out the situation. Tough, people get jammed up out there. There's nowhere to go. The flooding happens very quickly, doesn't it?
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Very quickly and unfortunately it's the burn area. They got under an inch of rain, but that's all it takes once the thunderstorm hits the wrong place. This is a water vapor satellite. You can tell a lot of dry air is filling in the area. But regardless on the 12-hour loop you can still see a couple thunderstorms can pop up, they're still in the forecast today and unfortunately that's all it takes is just a lot of rain in a short period of time and you can see that mud come down from the hillsides.
On a little bit of a better note, we're looking in the northeast that cold front has moved offshore and look at the cool air that's filtered in from Canada. This is great. We are talking temperatures 10, even 15 degrees below average for this time of year. Cleveland today feeling like fall, 68, that is their high today. Indianapolis is just 73. Chicago is 74 even New York City today is 75 degrees so beautiful weather out there.
Unfortunately, that same cold front has just stalled so another stationary front into the south, so heavy rain from all that tropical moisture into the gulf is still in the forecast, two to five inches of rain possible over the next three days but that's not it. We're looking at development here into the Caribbean, about a 30 percent chance that a low develops.
If this low develops and makes this way up close to that stationary front we're actually going to be adding tropical moisture to the stationary front. So, in addition to three to five inches, we can be talking about eight inches of rain over the next couple of days.
So, definitely, a tough situation we'll be monitoring. We do not need any more rain into the Southeast.
BOLDUAN: Not anymore rain, but those fall like temperatures are pretty amazing, too.
PETERSONS: Not bad.
BOLDUAN: Yes. Thanks, Indra. We'll check back in.
Coming up next on NEW DAY: a tragic ending to a high speed police chase in Texas. Six members of just one family killed near the Mexican border. And this is not the first time something like this has happened in that area.
CUOMO: And you see them everywhere, the public charging stations, you get to juice up your smartphone, your laptop. Sounds like a great idea, right? So, you know someone was going to think of a way to exploit it. We're going to tell you why you've got to think twice before you plug in.
CUOMO: Welcome back. How is the morning going?
Listen to the story we have:
Witnesses down in Texas are describing just a scene of carnage. Six people were killed during a high speed police chase. This stolen truck slammed into an SUV. The victims are all members of one family.
Here's CNN's John Zarrella with the story.
JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Six dead, all from one family, four of them children. State troopers were pursuing a stolen pickup truck Monday in Hidalgo County in southern Texas. It blew through an intersection, hitting several cars.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just in shock. That could have been anybody, you know? It's a whole family that just died.
ZARRELLA: Last month outside Atlanta, another stolen vehicle, another high-speed chase, captured on the dash cam. Police say in excess of 100 miles per hour, before the driver crashed. He's dead.
MAJOR DON WOODRUFF, DULUTH, GA. POLICE: He was creating the danger, and we were trying to get him stopped.
ZARRELLA: It seems we hear about high-speed chases all the time and oftentimes, the question is raised, are they really necessary? A 1997 National Institute of Justice Study found that beginning in the '90s, a growing number of agencies were making their policies more restrictive, chase only in response to a violent felony.
But here's the downside. Researchers say most pursuits, as many as 90 percent, are still for non-violent crimes. GEOFFREY ALPERT, RESEARCHER, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE STUDY: What we know about pursuits is that most of them, even in today's world, are for traffic.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very dangerous situation right there.
ZARRELLA: Not in Dallas, which has one of the toughest chase policies in the nation and has reduced the number of deaths to police officers and civilians, says former chief David Kunkle who instituted the changes.
DAVID KUNKLE, FORMER DALLAS POLICE CHIEF: We wouldn't allow our officers to pursue people in didn't stop or took evasive action. We would keep them from chasing after those individuals and find other ways to catch them.
ZARRELLA: John Zarrella, CNN, Miami.
BOLDUAN: All right, John, thanks so much for that.
Coming up next on NEW DAY: he's what many call a rising star. Now, Cory Booker is the Democratic pick for an open New Jersey Senate seat but are expectations being set a little too high for an enthusiastic politician and a gridlocked Congress.
CUOMO: Remind me, that is what political coverage is all about, right? Setting the guy up and then watching him if he falls.
BOLDUAN: Setting expectations too high.
CUOMO: Plus, he was on top of the world. His own little hideaway, you're looking at it right there.
CUOMO: Beijing this is, it's a high-rise but also a mountaintop. Guess what? Those days are over and we'll tell you why.