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Booker Wins Primary For NJ Senate Seat; Marco Rubio: Obama Could Legalize 11 Million by Executive Order; Hacking Goes Mobile; NFL Star "Mad" If Manziel Isn't Punished; President Pushes Plan for Internet in Schools; Feels Like Fall

Aired August 14, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Neon Trees? Of course you knew that.

Welcome back to NEW DAY -- smarter than I am, of course you are. It's August 14th, Wednesday, Hump Day. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone.


BOLDUAN: Hump Day he says.

Coming up in the show, your phone battery is dying and that public charging station looks pretty good like an oasis. Be careful where you plug in. Apparently, you may be exposing your smartphone to hackers.

CUOMO: Also, have you heard about this? The Justice Department moving to block a merger between American and U.S. Airways. Why?

Well, it would create the world's largest airline. What would that mean? Big issue air fare and prices, will it send them higher or lower? We'll give you the details.

First, a lot of news this morning. So, let's get right to Michaela.

PEREIRA: Yes, let's get to the headlines right now. We're watching Egypt, breaking news from there overnight.

Egypt's military moved in to break up two massive makeshift camps in Cairo, occupied by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. There are competing claims about fatalities. The Muslim Brotherhood claiming 200 protesters have been killed and more than 8,000 injured, Egyptian officials, however, dispute those claims saying that nine pro-Morsy supporters were killed and 78 others were hurt.

More breaking news -- a tense hostage drama at a bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana, is over. The suspect identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Ahmed shot and killed by police after a 12-hour standoff. Two bank employees he was holding hostage removed from the scene in critical condition with gunshot wounds.

Rescue efforts under way this morning in Mumbai, India, where an explosion and fire aboard an Indian navy submarine killed an unknown number of sailors. The defense ministry says About 18 people were aboard the vessel when the blast occurred. The cause is unknown at this point, but the explosion was powerful enough to sink most of that submarine.

Juror number 12 from the Whitey Bulger trial speaking exclusively to CNN after the boston crime boss was convicted on 31 of 32 counts including links to 11 murders. Janet Uhlar says the jury really struggled with the credibility of witnesses.


JANET UHLAR, BULGER JUROR #12: You had people that were criminals giving system that took plea agreements, so you weren't sure what you could believe or what you couldn't believe. And some of the --


PEREIRA: The juror says she was sickened to hear from witnesses who were walking free despite having committed murders.

Former Hollywood madam, Heidi Fleiss, in trouble with the law once again. Police found nearly 400 marijuana plants growing in her residence in Nevada. Fleiss is facing charges but she was not arrested. Police chose not to arrest Fleiss because she is carrying more than $200,000 worth of exotic birds and that she also allowed officers to search her home without a warrant.

All right. Are you ready for some cute? Here we go, there's only one thing cuter than the world smallest monkey, the world's smallest baby monkey. The Houston zoo says this teeny-weeny baby pygmy marmoset was born July 27th. Not sure if it's a boy or a girl.

The tiny monkey ticked the scale at 36 grams, just barely over an ounce, really clinging to mom's neck there. They almost blend, look at that. You can see the eyeballs. Don't leave me, mom.

BOLDUAN: When you're that little, you're like I got to (INAUDIBLE)

CUOMO: Exactly.

CUOMO: I'm glad that we've see involved that particular practice. I would not want to carry my kids.


PEREIRA: When it's that size it fits in the palm of your kids. You're OK.

CUOMO: That's true, but my kids were never that small. Cuomos come out, you know, asking for their pants. BOLDUAN: Ready for pants.

PEREIRA: Seven, eight, pounds?

CUOMO: Thirteen, 14 pounds, I forget. My son came out with two days' growth.


BOLDUAN: Christina, call and stop your husband.

PEREIRA: He came out with pants.

CUOMO: My daughter was two and a half feet tall.


PEREIRA: With roller blades on.

CUOMO: With roller blades.

PEREIRA: We're going to John King again, aren't we?

BOLDUAN: When we get awkward the best thing to do is go to John.

CUOMO: Bring it to John, he'll take care of it.

BOLDUAN: I love this face he makes. He's like, I hate you, Kate, I love you but I hate you.

CUOMO: He got that let it in face.

BOLDUAN: This is what he's thinking, bring it on, girl, I've known you long enough.

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Remember the guy the other day stuffing the puppies up his t-shirt, keep that guy away from the cute little monkey.

CUOMO: It's down his pants, John. Down his pants. It's not funny if it's up his shirt. It's down his pants that made it --

PEREIRA: I know we have a soft spot for those stories.

BOLDUAN: I know exactly what we're going to talk.

When we get John in studio, this is getting real.

All right, but we will talk about other big news like politics. Time for our political gut check.

First up he's got big named supporters, Oprah Winfrey, Google's Eric Schmidt, they're back him. But now, Newark's Mayor Cory Booker has his state party support winning the primary for a special New Jersey Senate election. But will enthusiasm be enough should he make it all the way to Washington? A long road to Washington, John. This happens a lot and Chris always jokes because this is what political coverage does. Are we setting expectations too high for Cory Booker? I mean, can he really make that big of a splash in a Senate and a Congress that has more gridlock than ever?

KING: It is a great question and in some ways, Cory Booker sets expectations high for himself because he's ambitious, because he's somebody who's very active in speaking to the media and active in social media.

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. He did win the Democratic primary but he's the heavy overwhelming favorite. He still has to win a general election. But he's the heavy favorite. He's the overwhelming favorite now in a blue state. He's got all that fund- raising advantage that you talked about. And he's a fascinating guy.

We've called him a rising star in the Democratic Party. Let's just drop that. Whether you agree or disagree with him, he's a star in the Democratic Party. He has a chance to be elected now the African- American senator he would be.

He would replace Barack Obama, the last African-American elected to the Senate. We had appointed African-American.

So, what would he be? He would be a new member of the Senate who has a bit of a national stage already because of his high profile as Newark mayor, he would be among the most prominent African-American politicians and the question how would he make his mark in the Senate?

I would tell you this and lay this marker down. Talk to former governors in the Senate, Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, the guys who have been chief executives like Mayor Booker was, they get really frustrated because of the gridlock you've talked about.

BOLDUAN: Well, and then let me ask you this, because "TIME" magazine approached it this way. If he is a chief executive of a middle sized city of Newark and he's so popular and he's so well-known, "TIME" magazine put it this way, "Why on earth does Booker want to be a U.S. senator?" Wouldn't the raw politics of it, wouldn't governor be a better route for him?

KING: Well, the Senate could say why would anybody come to Washington? Young people ask me all the time, do they want to come for jobs on journalism, do they want to come for jobs on Capitol Hill?

Why would a grown man with a successful political career, he didn't challenge Chris Christie this time and what Republicans will tell you, he didn't have the guts to challenge Chris Christie for re-election in New Jersey so he chose the Senate seat when Senator Lautenberg passed, to go for the Senate seat instead.

But it is a great question why would anyone come to Washington. My view is, the more people you get here, Democrats, Republicans, independents, no matter where they are on the spectrum, if they want to talk issues, if they want to debate policy, please come to Washington, please don't be cynical, please come and try to break that gridlock.

BOLDUAN: Try to change it.

KING: He gets criticized. The mayor gets criticized by liberal Democrats sometimes because he has friends on Wall Street. He's Newark, New Jersey, close to Wall Street, you might understand this, but he's brought in the business community to help with education policies.

So, I'm not agreeing with his policy but he sometimes looks outside the traditional boxes for help and, again, without taking any sides --


KING: -- that's a good thing for Washington. Washington could use --

BOLDUAN: Anyone who says they want to find middle ground, you can debate -- you can argue it, but I would argue that is a good thing to try to stop the gridlock.

One issue he could be facing if he does make it to the Senate, I want to ask you that real quick, is the immigration debate. Marco Rubio just this week is really sharpening his message, saying obviously it's pointed to Republicans that if you don't get on board, the president could completely take it out of our hands and push through immigration reform through executive orders, he's basically saying you might not like it but it could get a whole lot worse.

Is this a threat -- do you think this threat is real, a real fear of Republicans?

KING: The president with the stroke of a pen can't bring those 11 million estimated illegal immigrants out of the shadows and grant them status. The president can't do that. He needs Congress to do that. Can he tell the government, enforce this part of the immigration law, don't enforce that, set this priority, don't make this a priority? Yes, the president can make this policy to some degree.

But what Senator Rubio doing here is actually quite fascinating. He's gotten out of his skits (ph) a bit, if you will, calling for a path to citizenship. He's a Republican from Florida who's thinking about running for the presidential nomination in 2016 and the conservative base has been angry of him, Kate and Chris, saying, wait a minute, we don't want to pass the citizenship.

So, what is he doing? Number one, he's trying to say, if we don't do something, the president will. Republicans need to be part of this for policy and political reasons and number two, he's trying to at the same time repair relationships with the right. He's talking about perhaps shutting down the government to defund Obamacare, he's talking about taking a leave on anti-abortion regulations.

So, here's the guy who's in a bit of a box, because the right doesn't like this position on immigration so he's trying to talk big policy and fix his own politics.

BOLDUAN: That's true. Well, we'll see what they hear during recess and what happens when they make it back to Washington.

Thanks, John. We'll talk to you soon.

CUOMO: Good stuff. Let's take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, a warning using public charging stations for your phone -- hackers, what we're talking about. They could be laying in wait. We'll explain the potential dangers.

BOLDUAN: And in our next hour, three teenagers caught on tape beating up a younger student on a school bus. We brought this story to you earlier. Well, they now face a judge and new questions about who is responsible, the law, the schools, or the parents?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Let's go around the world now, starting in South Korea, where stifling heat wave is to blame for ten deaths this summer. Paula Hancocks has more from Seoul.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Children here in Seoul may have figured out how to keep cool but this recent heat wave is not so much fun for others in South Korea. The government is warning of blackouts, telling people to stop using elevators and to turn the air conditioning off.

In neighboring Japan, there's been a record temperature recorded of 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit. And in China, those without air conditioning are having to sleep on the balconies.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Paula, thank you so much.

Now, we first told you about this story yesterday -- the professor who built his mountain retreat on top of a Beijing high-rise. Well, now, he's bowing to pressure from neighbors.

David McKenzie has the update.


DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it seems like his luck has run out. The man who built this enormous piece of urban landscaping on top of his 26-floor apartment has been told he needs to get rid of it. Officials saying he has 15 days to tear down the fake rock, trees and all the things that angered neighbors for years. They said that he was above the law, had powerful connections, and that's why he got away with it.

But because of pictures like this going viral on social media in China and the anger people have that the rich and powerful can get away with anything, he's been made now to take it down.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: I still don't understand how he pulled it off in the first place. How could you not know that construction is up?

CUOMO: I have no idea. I have no idea.

BOLDUAN: Well, shame to them.

CUOMO: About a lot of things so you know what I need, a little consumer alert, I need information. You know the public charging stations your cell phone. You're looking at one there, popping up across the country, sometimes a life saver but security experts now say beware. Why? You could be exposing your phone to hackers, viruses, even worse.

Speaking of experts we have one right here, CNN's Christine Romans.

So, give us some knowledge on this. What's the risk?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: It could be a wolf in sheep's clothing, you'll be getting more than juice, could you be getting viruses and allowing access to your most important personal information and data by hackers who could get into your phone because you're using a public charging station.

Here's what happened, Georgia Tech researchers took a $45 run of the mill off the shelf piece of equipment, a little motherboard, and turned it into a Mac Den. They built very cheap with a week -- in a week, they built this.

This is something that would hide in a public charging station and be able to get into your apple operating system. This is only the Apple operating system they were trying to get into and they got into it quite easily. It's a little more money and a little more effort, they said they could build one of these to look exactly like a charger. You could borrow somebody else's charger and that would allow access and you wouldn't be able to easily see it because viruses of course if you were to -- it takes about a minute, you'd be able to inject a virus just like that and it will hide there in your device.

BOLDUAN: It's so scary and also important to note that this is kind of a preemptive strike. They wanted to see if they could do this rather than there's a huge concern that it's happening already but regardless, how do people protect themselves from this?

ROMANS: They did this to present to the industry look, this is how easy this could happen and Apple is working on this and has some fixes for later generation operating systems. But here's what you can do first, set up a pass code, the most important thing. Don't connect to untrusted computers.

Billy Lau, the Georgia Tech lead researcher said he would not plug his device into a public charging station. He just wouldn't. He also says overall, don't use your phone while charging or connecting to a PC.

BOLDUAN: Because would you unlock that passcode and allow them in.

ROMANS: Absolutely. It's just shocking to me how much we rely on technology but hackers are always trying to figure out how to get more from us.

PEREIRA: We take caution if you're using a shared public computer, they have the kiosks at the airport, we're smart enough to know mostly we shouldn't use those especially if we're accessing private information, so maybe we have to have the same caution any time we're plugging our phone in.

ROMANS: Maybe we have to have believe it or not a security guard. If you're a hacker and build this and get underneath the public charging station --

PEREIRA: Wouldn't somebody notice?

ROMANS: Maybe they wouldn't. How many people are walking around one of those. You go to LaGuardia Airport there's hundreds of people around there.

BOLDUAN: It's impossible to be 100 percent sure about your devices.

ROMANS: The security experts we talk to all said they would not plug into a public charger.

BOLDUAN: There you go.

CUOMO: You know what they need to invent is a charger that defeats the viruses that come into it.

CUOMO: I'm sure that will be the next step.

ROMANS: Got to stay one step ahead.

CUOMO: See there, right here, Christine, kidneys.

ROMANS: Georgia Tech is coming to get you.

CUOMO: I have to draw it in crayon. Here's what I'm thinking. You put a little man in there standing like this when the virus comes in.

BOLDUAN: All right. Christine, thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: a 15-year-old boy denied a spot on a heart transplant list. Doctors giving him just six months to live. We're going to tell you how this young man just got a new lease on life, though, an important story.

PEREIRA: And how about this for a must see moment, talk about a stare-down, it's a feline stare-down, who blinks first?

CUOMO: Moving of the head I call that a cheat.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Today's must-see moment, a kitty/cat standoff.

Two P-line staring each other down, like there's no one else in the room. Real battle of wills here. Which one dares to blink? How will it end? How will it end? Here it comes. Wait for it. Just about how you would expect it to end.

CUOMO: That's what I'm talking about.

PEREIRA: And down. Watch it again. I think the one left standing on the couch wins.

CUOMO: I think the one on the left said there are going to be two sounds, me hitting you and you hitting the floor.


PEREIRA: That's a big cat.


CUOMO: That didn't sound like a cat noise.

BOLDUAN: It was a warning.

PEREIRA: Could it have been added later?

CUOMO: Hmmm.


BOLDUAN: It was added in --

PEREIRA: Who knows? More questions than answers, I believe.

BOLDUAN: Always with our must see moment that's for sure.


CUOMO: All right. So, there was something light and easy. When we come back after the break, we're going to give you what you need to know. The Egyptian military is moving in on two camps filled with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood. We will take you live to Cairo so you can see for yourself.

BOLDUAN: And a hostage standoff in Louisiana ends in gunfire. The suspect is dead. His two hostages wounded. We're going to have new details at the top of the hour.


CUOMO: Welcome back. Here's something you don't hear often. A pro- athlete calling for tougher rules. Yes. NFL star wide receiver, Dez Bryant, says he'll be mad if the NCAA doesn't suspend Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, for allegedly receiving money to sign autographs.

How do i know this? The boys in the background. No. Andy Scholes told me about it. Andy, what's going on here?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Hey, Chris. It's not that Dez has anything against Johnny Football. He actually doesn't want him to get suspended, but, he does want to see some sort of consistency from the NCAA. Dez was suspended for the majority of his final season in Oklahoma State because he lied to the NCAA about having lunch with Deion Sanders, and while he wants to watch Manziel play this season, Dez thinks it would be unfair if is he not suspended.

Well, the only undefeated team in NFL history is finally going to make a trip to the White House. President Obama will host the 72 Dolphins next week more than 40 years after they went a perfect 17 and 0. The Dolphins didn't get to go to the White House after their perfect season because President Nixon was busy dealing with his little thing called the Watergate scandal.

Well, Jason Dufner is on top of the gold world right now after his winning first major, the PGA Championship. Apparently, he and the Wanamaker trophy are inseparable. Dufner's wife, Amanda, posted a pic on Instagram of Dufner sleeping with the trophy with the caption, "I've been replaced." #PGAChamp, #Duffdaddy.

Guys, you see that trophy right there?


SCHOLES: How many beers do you think it holds?

CUOMO: Let me see it again. Can we put it back up? That would hold --

BOLDUAN: Twenty.

CUOMO: No, no, no.


CUOMO: That would hold 36 beers.

SCHOLES: Close, Chris. Dufner on the Howard Stern Radio show said it holds 43 beers. So, apparently --

CUOMO: Well he's wrong.


(LAUGHTER) BOLDUAN: Well, I hope --


CUOMO: That's why he's sleeping so soundly.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.


BOLDUAN: That man takes some really funny pictures.

CUOMO: And that's 40 -- right up there.


BOLDUAN: Maybe it's 44, he just never made it.

CUOMO: That's exactly right.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Andy. Have a good one.


BOLDUAN: You hear the music. It's time for the "Rock Block," everyone, a quick roundup of the stories you will be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. Here we go. First up in the papers, from "The Washington Post," President Obama pushing a plan for expanded high speed Internet access in every public school. He covers the cost of project connected by raising fees on mobile phone users.

In the "New York Times," the morning after test, the FDA looking at how prescription sleep aids can impact a person's ability to drive safely the next morning.

In "the Wall Street Journal," enjoy a good laugh at work. Studies show employers prefer to hire people with senses of humor and it works both ways, mixing laughter and fun into company culture, apparently, helps attract skilled workers. That's why we enjoy ourselves so much here, isn't it right, Christine Romans?

ROMANS: I happen to be deadly serious about this. This was a $12 billion tweet. Activist investor Carl Icahn tweeted yesterday that he bought a large stake in Apple. He said he thought the company was extremely undervalued. That news, that tweet added more than $12 billion to the value of Apple stock yesterday.

AOL's CEO says he's sorry. Tim Armstrong said it was a mistake to axe an employee in public last week. He sent out a memo to stuff saying it was an emotional response to the start of a difficult discussion. That employee is still fired. Recent immigrants or college grads who have little credit history, they're still good customers, still good credit risks. Vantage Scores (ph) says there are about 10 million people out there like this who'd be prime credit customers, a sweet spot for lenders.

Finally, let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes. Say goodbye to summer. It feels like fall today, especially from the Midwest stretching all the way to the northeast. Nice cold air from high pressure coming in from Canada. It's cooling us off a good 10, 15 degrees below normal. I mean, look at this highs. Cleveland today to 68 degrees, 70s out for New York City.

And you're looking at 70s for Indianapolis today, just 73. Complete opposite picture again, although pretty much what you're used to anywhere right along the gulf. We're talking about heavy rain expected all the way through the week, another two to 15 inches in the forecast for you and since we're talking about opposites.

When a complete opposite in the west, we're talking a ridge of high pressure building in, so fire danger on the rise anywhere from Salt Lake City to Boise, where we currently have fires. Looking for temperatures to be near 100 degrees with low humidity which is never good news on the fire lanes.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks so much, Indra.

We are close to the top of the hour, everyone, which means it's time for the top news.