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Crackdown In Cairo; UPS Cargo Plane Crash In Alabama; Baby Monitor Hacked; Hooters To Bob Filner: You're Banned!; School Bus Attackers In Court; "Duck Dynasty" For Congress?; You Stay Classy, Readers; Kim Kardashian's Mom Slams The President; Monteith Film To Premiere At Festival; Will Ben Affleck Run For Office?

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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan, good morning, everyone. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira. Coming up in the show, three teenagers, you remember this story, they were charged in the brutal beating of a younger student on a school bus. They faced a judge and we're going to tell you what unfolded in the courtroom.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Plus Coca-Cola is out with a new ad touting the safety of artificial sweetener, but are the facts behind it going to leave a bad taste in your mouth? We're going to bring in our man, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, for his opinion.

But a lot of news first for you this morning so let's get right to Michaela -- Mic.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Chris, thanks so much. Violence in Cairo as Egyptian security forces move in on two camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. Special Forces have been called in to help clear out the larger of the two camps located in Eastern Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood says 200 protesters are dead and Egypt's interior ministry says Muslim Brotherhood supporters are now attacking police stations in an effort to free jailed protesters.

Breaking news here at home out of Birmingham, Alabama, a UPS cargo plane crashing while attempting to land at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. That jet taking off from Louisville and went down around 6 a.m. this morning. Witnesses report seeing a large amount of smoke while hearing at least three loud explosions. So far, no information about fatalities or injuries.

Real creepy story for every parent, a Texas couple claiming a stranger somehow hacked a baby monitor in their toddler's bedroom. Mark and Lauren Gilbert say they were horrified when they heard a strange man's voice calling out to their 2-year-old daughter, Alison. When they rushed to her room a man's voice came through the baby monitor swearing and using sexually explicit language, even called their daughter by her name. Sees control with the monitor's camera to see word "Alison" written on the wall above their daughter's bed.

San Diego's Mayor Bob Filner has been banned from Hooter's Restaurants in his city. Filner has been accused of sexual harassment by more than a dozen women and has refused called to resign. So Hooter's locations in San Diego have now posted signs indicating that Mayor Filner is not welcome there, that he will not be served because the restaurants believe women should be treated with respect.

It is truly a dog's life for one pooch in Japan. Getting a relaxing massage from a toy, a pet dog that looks a lot like him. So maybe he thinks it's a female shiba. Eventually he's out. Little more on the neck, how is the pressure? How is the temperature in the room? Are you OK?

CUOMO: How is the dog staying there?

PEREIRA: Their fur is quite dense.

CUOMO: Really? I did not know the density of shiba inu fur. That escaped me. Is there a particular measure for fur density on dogs, the units?

BOLDUAN: It's a whole another day, saving that for another show.

CUOMO: We'll take it up later on.

First, we'll turn back to the situation we've been following here on NEW DAY. I'm sure you know about it. We have an update on that brutal school bus attack that was caught on tape last month in Florida. Three 15-year-olds went before a juvenile court judge facing aggravated battery charges. Sounds bad but what kind of punishment will they face and how do they explain their actions? These are big questions that have been pretty much unexplored.

CNN's Pamela Brown joins us with that. Good morning, Pamela.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you. Still looking for answers to some of those questions because the teens really didn't have much to say about their actions yesterday as they left the courtroom, but one of their dads did say that his son is sorry. No matter how many times you have seen the video it is still painful to watch, the teens kicking and stomping the 13-year-old victim on the school bus at least 23 times according to police.


BROWN (voice-over): The three teenagers caught on tape beating up a younger student on their school bus faced a judge on Tuesday, all slapped with aggravated battery charges.

JUDGE RAYMOND GROSS, PINELLAS COUNTY COURT: Again, if you were in adult court, this would be a second-degree felony and that is a very serious matter.

BROWN (on camera): Any words for the victim?

(voice-over): The three 15-year-old boys remained silent as they left the courtroom. The father of one only offering these words --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Consequences, just consequences. That's all I can say. BROWN: Consequences for doing this, beating up a 13-year-old boy on their school bus in early July, breaking his arm. Police say the older boys were seeking revenge after the victim told teachers that they tried to sell him drugs. The Juvenile Justice Department is recommending nine months' probation and anger management for two of the boys, while the third the reported ringleader faces an additional robbery charge for allegedly stealing money from the victim after the beating.

WILLIAM F. SCHOPPER, ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY: It's hard to convey what happened in this case without actually seeing the video.

BROWN: The prosecution asked to enter the bus surveillance video as evidence to illustrate the Juvenile Justice Department's proposed punishments don't match the severity of the crime.


BROWN: And the three will be back in court on August 27th, all of them attended Littleman Intermediate School. That's a dropout prevention middle school in St. Petersburg, Florida. A school's spokesperson tells us that they are still reviewing the incident and looking at whether improvements can be made to ensure students' safety on their school bus. Also the spokesperson could not elaborate on the specific disciplinary measures taken for those teens, but says that kind of behavior could lead to expulsion. Back to you -- Chris.

CUOMO: All right, Pamela, thank you very much. There are other questions. This is one of the stories that kind of surprise us in terms of what it hasn't elicited so far. For more let's bring in Loni Coombs, and I'll explain to her a second. She is a former Los Angeles County prosecutor, author of "You're Perfect: The Ugly Truth About Spoiling Your Kids." Loni, you have been spying on me and my parenting, and I don't like it.

LONI COOMBS, FORMER L.A. COUNTY PROSECUTOR: It's so nice to see you, Chris.

CUOMO: Look, it's great to have you on here because you're perfect for this. There's too much not being said in this situation and that's why I wanted to have this conversation. Let's first talk about how this situation was initially dealt with. It was about the bus driver, the bus driver should have broken up the fight, despite the rules, despite the laws, despite all the lawsuits when drivers get involved, that's where accountability began and started. Make sense to you?

COOMBS: Well, it doesn't surprise me, but it's the old thing of us blaming everyone else but the kids. The parents want to blame the teachers. They want to blame the school. They want to blame the school bus driver. Let's look at the perpetrators, the kids here. You know, this video is shocking. It's disturbing but as a parent and criminal prosecutor it does not surprise me at all.

It's the result of the perfect storm that's been going on in this prevalent parenting of our kids are perfect, they should be entitled, should have no consequences to their actions and then you add into that the reality show mentality of wanting attention for bad behavior, and also this desensitization towards empathy.

Are kids because they work through texts and technology and Facebook and Instagram, they don't have the face-to-face interactions anymore. We don't talk about the golden rule and how will your actions affect someone else and so we have these vicious beatings where these kids are going to end up in the court system and for the first time the court's going to step in and say you know what?

There are some consequences to your actions, and the parents are probably going to be just as surprised as the kids that they're actually going to be held responsible for this type of behavior.

CUOMO: So let's look at what's not being done here. Where are the anti-bullying advocates? When these situations come up, they spark these debates and there's outrage and we need new policies and the schools have to get involved, and we have to have dialogue. Why not here? Why aren't we hearing it?

COOMBS: That's a very good question because that is a part of what this is. But this is even more, I think, than just bullying. I mean, this is just straight out violence, apparently from what the reports are is that this young boy, the victim, had been approached by one or more of these assailants and said, "Do you want to buy drugs?" He turned them down and reported it to the school, which is what we want our kids to do. We tell them to do that. This was essentially a retaliation for that --

CUOMO: Which is why --

COOMBS: I think the school --

CUOMO: Which is why I think it falls into the category of bullying because it was preying on this behavior, it was focused torment, which means the school should have a policy, the school shouldn't be hiding and say we're reviewing, it could be expulsion. Forget about punishing the kids. That will be handled. What are you doing to make sure the environment in your school doesn't condone this behavior, which takes us to the parents, one of the parents says on the record I'm sorry, this happens, but you know, it's how it is or something to that effect which is kids will be kids.


CUOMO: Why don't more parents get held accountable for the actions of their children?

COOMBS: Well, they should, and you're seeing some of these changes in the laws where parents are being pulled in and being held accountable for truancy. And it should be going to the actions of their kids. Look, this is the trend. There's more and more violence. There's more bullying whether it's just over the internet or in person like this, and it starts with the parents. The parents need to start doing more parenting and teaching these kids that it's wrong to do this. So I agree with you, Chris, I think it's a good point to start holding the parents accountable.

CUOMO: And we have to figure out how, right? That's what these discussions are about. I was really surprised when this first came out I thought here we go again. This is going to be a month-long campaign of what went on with these kids, how they got to this point, what else was happening in the school that was ignored and all of the things that add up to this behavior.

Kids don't naturally become thugs and violent bullies. There are other things going on here, that's not to apologize, but we don't understand it because it's been ignored. You know what's going to happen in JUVI, they'll get probation and be right back in the same school.

COOMBS: Right, but even then, I know a lot of times we write off the probation justice system the Juvenile Justice System, but there are a lot of creative things that a judge can do, working with the parents and the kids. There's community service.

CUOMO: Sure.

COOMBS: There's apologize to the victim, go out there and talk to other students about why this is wrong. I mean, that is something that can be done as part of their punishment and it should be done. It's another way to really hit this bullying campaign.

CUOMO: Well, Loni, I appreciate the perspective here this morning. You understand it as a prosecutor and an author. Hopefully we'll keep talking about it and get the people who should be talking about it talking about it more.

COOMBS: Great, thanks, Chris.

CUOMO: All right, thanks for coming on NEW DAY -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Chris, coming up next on NEW DAY, could the star of the reality show "Duck Dynasty" soon be looking for a new job in Washington?


BOLDUAN: There's a good reason for this music because this is the theme song of my favorite show. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. You often see Willie Robertson with an American flag bandana wrapped around his forehead. Well, now the popular reality TV star from "Duck Dynasty" might be considering to take his patriotism to a whole new level as the show gets ready to kick off its next season. Some Republicans are urging the star to consider a run for Congress.

CNN's John Berman, perfect to take on this assignment.

JOHN BERMAN, ANCHOR, CNN'S "EARLY START": You know, a lot of people talk about Congress and say it seems like a circus or Congress seems like a bad movie or worse yet a train wreck. What does that make you all think of? A reality show so maybe it's not so strange that some people are saying what Congress needs is a reality show star, one with a very, very long beard.


BERMAN (voice-over): If you squint and tilt your head just the right way, it almost sounds like a campaign platform, a very hairy one.

WILLIE ROBERTSON, CO-STAR, "DUCK DYNASTY": You know what makes me happy, besides bubble baths and puppies and not wearing pants during my interview, watching new episodes of "Duck Dynasty."

BERMAN: Willie Robertson is one of the stars of "Andy's Duck Dynasty." The show follows the family behind the hunting companies "Duck Commander" and "Buck Commander." Willie, the CEO and the rest of the family kick off their fourth season tonight, but some are reportedly calling for another type of kickoff.

According to the "Washington Examiner," some Republicans are urging Robertson to run for an open congressional seat in his native, Louisiana. Willie does have wide appeal beyond just beard enthusiasts. The show is one of the most watched on cable. It's not like no one has ever made the jump from the world of TV to the corridors of power in Washington. Enough California voters said I got you, babe, to Sonny Bono to elect him to the House.

Enough Minnesotans liked "Saturday Night Live's" star Al Franken to send him to the Senate. Robertson, the self-described redneck millionaire has a resume that could shine in Republican politics. He helped build his company into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. He's an active supporter of gun rights and he often speaks about his Christian faith. Even the beard shouldn't get in the way. Ever heard of James Garfield?


BERMAN: I did not even mention Ronald Reagan, didn't even Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Jones who was (inaudible) around the "Dukes of Hazard" before going to Congress, Fred Grandy was Gopher on "The Love Boat" before going to Congress and I have to tell you. Willie Robertson is a real substantial person with a real resume beyond reality TV. It will be interesting to see if he wants to bother going to Washington.

BOLDUAN: That's the thing. I mean, they're so successful right now, why not? You see the picture behind you?

BERMAN: I can't look. I don't have eyes behind me. Yes.

BOLDUAN: There are some of the cast members. Jace, that's his brother, he could be his top campaign strategist, Psy, his uncle, the funniest character on the show, press secretary for sure if you've ever heard him speak you know why I'm saying this and Phil, his father campaign manager. I've got success written all over this.

BERMAN: It's all right there.

CUOMO: Psy is also the scandal waiting to happen that will distract the campaign away --

BOLDUAN: Psy can get away with anything as he would say ASA-please. That's what he says.

CUOMO: We'll see what happens. If it happens, we will cover it every day.

BOLDUAN: Sorry. But still --

CUOMO: J.B., thank you very much. Who knows? We'll see. Don't count out hope.

Coming up on NEW DAY, Coca-Cola launches an ad campaign defending the safety of the artificial sweeter aspartame, that's how it was spelled out for me on the prompter. Are the fizzy facts all they're cracked up to be? We'll check in with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

BOLDUAN: And "Anchorman's" Ron Burgundy is not coming back to the big screen. He's publishing a tell-all about his life including his bromances. That story in our "Pop Four" as I contain my giggles.


BOLDUAN: That was actually new school because that was "Glee" version of that.

CUOMO: Thank you for that. No, don't be sorry.

BOLDUAN: I don't even know where that came from. I had like a moment right there. Hope you're accurate. That's all I care about. So, on that note, it's time for the "Pop Four" with Nischelle Turner.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I'm going to get to it because it's like your favorite story of the day, right?


TURNER: All right, our number four popping today, Ron Burgundy ready to tell all. That is Ron Burgundy, the fictional character. Random House is going to publish the fake journalist memoir. Here's the title, "Let Me Off at the Top, My Classy Life And Other Musings." The book hit shelves on November 19th, a month before the film's sequel, "Anchorman's The Legend Continues" open. Ron burgundy issued a press release saying that the book will delve into his romantic life and cherished stories about his dog Baxter and his news crew.

All right, here we go. Kim Kardashian's mom has tough words for President Obama. Yes, this is our number three story. The president said kids shouldn't be thinking the labels Kim Kardashian wears are a label of success, but she works hard and she doesn't understand why President Obama is, quote, "picking on her." Pause for effect, one, two.

All right, number two, a final film premiere for Cory Monteith. His movie, "Mechanic" will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Now remember we talked about this film, guys. This is the movie where he plays a drug-addicted street hustler, really interesting to see this.

And our number one story today, how does Senator Ben Affleck sound? His wife, Jennifer Garner says, yes, got a ring to it. The A-list actress says that Ben Affleck is focused on ways to help outside of politics for now, but she wouldn't be surprised if one day he changed his mind and ran for office. I have to tell you that video we were showing of him talking there was someone standing next to him. Matt, thank you.

BOLDUAN: Our executive producer --

TURNER: I am saying a girl in a nice red dress standing next to him.

BOLDUAN: Take the wide shot.

TURNER: No love today.

BOLDUAN: We love you. That's all that matters.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, we're going to head back to Cairo where the military's violent crackdown on protesters is only heating up. It's a story we all need to watch and we're going to give you the very latest and live reports.

BOLDUAN: Also a UPS cargo plane goes down outside an airport in Alabama. We'll have the breaking details at the top of the hour.


BOLDUAN: All right, welcome back. That music means it's time for the rock block. A quick round up of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, first up in the papers, Kate, from the "Wall Street Journal," the feds requiring a rule that would require car seats to be secured by seatbelt with a tether rather than the current lap system if the combine weight of the child and the seat is greater than 65 pounds.

In "USA Today," despite the fact that American women are getting married later, new federal statistics show no rise in infertility. In fact, it has declined over the past 30 years.

And from the "L.A. Times," climate change may be responsible for a growth spurt reported in California's coast, redwood and giant Sequoia trees. Coring from those redwood trees show the fastest growth rate ever starting in the 1970s. Time now for Christine Romans and your business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. Stock futures lower this morning, but we had a really decent rally on Tuesday. The Dow had the largest one-day point gain in two weeks. The market juiced after billionaire Karl Icahn said he purchased a big chunk of Apple shares. More mergers are on their way. Strategists say the global rally in stocks available cheap debt and financing and the slow return of CEO confidence make the future right for takeover. Stay tuned for that.

The downside of the real estate recovery it is getting harder to afford a house. Just 69 percent of homes were affordable in the second quarter. That's down from nearly 74 percent in the first quarter.

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

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, it feels like fall today. We'll be talking about temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal anywhere from the Midwest all to the north east, thanks to the cold front. Unfortunately down to the south though more rain, two to five inches of it and if you head out west, high pressure is building. We're talking about fire danger with red flag warnings anywhere from Salt Lake City and building in through Idaho.

BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, thanks so much for the update. We're now at the top of the hour, everyone, which means it is time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were sitting there smiling and saying, impossible.


CUOMO: Happening now, Cairo in chaos, violence in the streets, hundreds reportedly dead. The Egyptian government taking on protesters, but they're not backing down. We are live with the latest.

BOLDUAN: Hannah speaks. Hannah Anderson reportedly telling her side of the story in online posts on new revelations why she couldn't escape, her relationship with her captor, and how she's dealing with it all now.

PEREIRA: Fighting back, tearful testimony from Hollywood stars Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry pleading with lawmakers to help reel in paparazzi. Why they fear for their children's safety.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.