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Blood In The Streets; American Response To Egypt; White House Response To Egypt; Chilling New Details On Murders Abduction; Child Falls Off Roller Coaster In Coney Island; Dog Days Of Summer All Wet; UPS Cargo Flight Crash; Google's Stunning Admission

Aired August 15, 2013 - 06:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: And then we have a legal situation we're following, but it's really just about a little girl. The case of Baby Veronica adopted by parents in South Carolina then taken back by her biological father in Oklahoma. The key phrase, he is a member of the Cherokee nation. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court but still not over. And the question is, will this child ever have a happy home? We're going to take you through it. We're going to talk to the adoptive parents who are desperate to get the girl that they say is their daughter back.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: If you have wondered if your e-mail is being snooped on, well, Google is now making it perfectly clear to you Gmail uses, yes, they are indeed reading your e-mail. We're going to tell you what they are doing with that information coming up.

CUOMO: We're going to start with Egypt because now the country is in a state of emergency bracing for more protests after the bloodiest day since the 2011 revolution. At least 421 people killed Wednesday with security forces crack down on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. The Muslim Brotherhood is now promising there will be more demonstrations.

We're covering this story like no other network can. We're going to start off with CNN's Reza Sayah live in Cairo. Reza, good morning. What's the situation on the ground?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. Eerily calm and quiet at this hour here in Cairo. Thursdays are usually the end of the work week. The city is usually buzzing. It's not the case today and that probably has a lot to do with a state of emergency declared late last night after an awful day of violence. The death toll staggering, more than 420 killed, 3,500 people injured, numbers that have many describing yesterday as a massacre.


SAYAH (voice-over): For weeks, Egypt's military-backed interim government that promised to crush a six-week long sit-in demonstration in support of the ousted President Mohamed Morsy. On Wednesday they delivered with a ferocious crackdown. Authorities claim initially they used tear gas and water cannons to scatter protesters, but that was followed by gunfire. They say Morsy supporters fired first and they were forced to fire back. Whoever started it, the gunfire lasted for hours. Security forces e steadily pushed in and behind makeshift barriers, Morsy supporters desperately held on. At a nearby hospital in makeshift clinic, there was little room for the mounting casualties. Three volunteer doctors claimed security forces stormed the hospital and forced out the medics, effectively leaving scores of bloody bodies in government custody.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They put the guns in our faces and said you have to leave in 5 minutes. And we told them there are many people bleeding inside the hospital. They said it's not your business. Go out now.

SAYAH: By roughly 6:00 p.m., security forces had taken full control of the sit-in. Bulldozing hundreds of tents and torching protesters' belongings. Thousands of angry Morsy supporters left in despair. For Egypt's military-backed interim government, it was mission accomplished at a steep cost, but the fury of Morsy backers in the Muslim Brotherhood signalled a movement determined to keep fighting.


SAYAH: Yesterday's brutal crackdown sparked clashes and attacks throughout the country. Police stations, government buildings, even churches were attacked. Many here are blaming Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood. It's difficult to verify that because of the conflicting accounts, Kate, but when you have these conflicting accounts, it's important to describe what we witnessed.

And at least when it comes to the sit-in demonstrations, it's important to point out that we witnessed a lot of unarmed protesters being injured and killed. I think this country and this government has a lot of important questions to answer moving forward -- Kate.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I think you're absolutely right. As you said yesterday, Reza, and this is important to note because Reza has covered this for a very long time. You said this is something that you have never seen in Egypt, in Cairo before. Reza, we're going to check back in with you. Thank you so much.

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the bloody military crackdown, but so far the administration not offering plans for a response and also no word yet from the president himself, still vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. CNN's Dan Lothian is there in Massachusetts with more. Good morning, Dan.

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. Well, the Obama administration not only strongly condemning the violence, but calling for restraint and calling for the interim Egyptian government to respect the rights of the people there. Deputy White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, saying that the U.S. will continue to hold the Egyptian government accountable for the promise that they made to speed up the transition to a democratically elected government, pressure coming not only from the United States, but also from the international community. But what's missing in all of this is what then? We do know that there have been a lot of high level conversations between U.S. officials and Egyptian officials. There's been the delay of an F-16 shipment to Egypt, but still more than a billion dollars in aid continues to flow from the United States to Egypt. The White House saying that that aid is under review.

One other point is that the White House still will not call what happened in Egypt a coup. Officials saying it's been determined that it's not in the best interest of United States to do so, a lot of tough talk from the Obama administration, but no concrete steps on what will happen next. In the meantime, the president continues on his vacation here on Martha's Vineyard. No word on whether we'll hear from him in the coming hours -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Dan Lothian on Martha's Vineyard for us this morning. Thanks so much, Dan.

CUOMO: All right, with that situation on the ground, all that matters is what comes next. So let's cut through the politics and get to the options in what they could mean. Peter Byenard is here. He is the senior political writer for the "Daily Beast" and a senior fellow with the New America Foundation. Peter, welcome to NEW DAY. It's great to have you. So what are we looking at? Let's lay out the options. What is probably the first and best option for the United States?

PETER BEINART, SENIOR POLITICAL WRITER, "THE DAILY BEAST": The tragedy here is that we don't have a lot of leverage and the horse is really out of the barn. I mean, our point of maximum leverage would have been right after the coup if we had put U.S. aids on the line, hindsight is always 20/20. But perhaps at that point, we could have kept the military from going down this path of a violent confrontation. Now that they have gone to that path, it seems to be almost impossible in the short term to imagine a political reconciliation between them and the Brotherhood. All we can do now is plead for restraint.

CUOMO: All right, so let's distinguish, would have been better or was a failure, the United States not calling it a coupe, not taking bold action?

BEINART: Look, again, we can't know what would have happened. It might have been that we just didn't have enough leverage to do anything, but in retrospect we looked equivocal. Kerry unfortunately said that the military was restoring democracy in a really unfortunate gaffe. The military didn't get the message from us that this was going to be a terrible option and they went down that path.

CUOMO: All right now, one of the things that we're seeing on the ground hearing from our people that it seems both sides are angry at the United States . What does that mean going forward?

BEINART: Well, I mean, this is what's really unfortunate. I think we were going to make the military angry by telling them we didn't support the coup, but we've lost amount of credibility and influence with not only the Muslim Brotherhood, but Islamists all over the world. I mean, the message now is the United States only supports elections where our side wins and that we basically wink at coup whether it's in Algeria or in Egypt or whether Hamas. We wink at coups when it's against people we don't like and that is a very disturbing message I think.

CUOMO: Now just as we saw with the Arab spring how one led to another, is there a concern that what happens in Egypt starts to spread in terms of rebound effects of different regimes trying to reclaim power? Do we see this spreading?

BEINART: Yes, I think that there's the possibility in Tunisia where you also have an Islamist regime and I think one of the real nightmare scenarios is you have a regional conflict play out in Egypt as in Syria. So the Gulf States are very strongly back. Like Saudi Arabia, very strongly backing the military. Turkey has been sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. You could have regional power starting to back with arms a conflict between the different forces in Egypt, which is what we have seen in Syria.

CUOMO: Quick final answer to this one, Peter, what's timetable here? When does the U.S. have to make a decision?

BEINART: I don't think we have much time or leverage. The best hope is to rally the regional allies as in the Gulf who might have a little bit more influence to try to stop this from becoming a cycle of violence that really can't be stopped.

CUOMO: Peter Beinart, thank you very much for being with us on NEW DAY -- Kate.

BEINART: My pleasure.

BOLDUAN: Well, we're also watching this morning, new and chilling details about what happened inside the home of the man police say kidnapped Hannah Anderson and killed her mother and brother. We're also getting more information about James DiMaggio's final moments in the Idaho wilderness. A preliminary autopsy says he was shot at least five times by an FBI agent.

CNN's Casey Wian is in Los Angeles following the latest -- Casey.

CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. You know, throughout this story, we have used a lot of words to describe the kidnapping of Hannah Anderson and the murder of her mother and younger brother, words including horrific and tragic. Well, now courtesy newly released law enforcement search warrants, we can add another word to this story, torture.


WIAN (voice-over): Grizzly new details are surfacing in the alleged kidnapping and murder case of suspect James DiMaggio. According to these newly released search warrants, DiMaggio tortured and killed his best friend's wife and 8-year-old son and shot and killed the family dog. Police also say they found a crowbar and what appeared blood on the ground next to Christina Anderson's body. The 40-year-old DiMaggio then allegedly set his house on fire and kidnapped the couple's 16-year-old daughter, Hanna. The documents say he spoke with 13 times on the phone earlier that day. The FBI rescued Anderson on Saturday and killed DiMaggio during the confrontation. An Idaho coroner says he was shot at least five times.

BRETT ANDERSON, HANNAH'S BROTHER: As for my daughter, the healing process will be slow. She has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal.

WIAN: Anderson has take on to social media posting these pictures to her Instagram profile, the first glimpse of her after the harrowing ordeal. She writes God gives his toughest tasks to the strongest soldiers. She also posted this picture of her mother and brother writing, "My two beautiful angels." She dedicated this post to them, the piece of paper reading, "In the clouds, I'll meet you again. Rest in peace." The posts hit the social media sphere three days after her rescue leading some experts to question her public catharsis.

WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: This is a 16-year-old who is totally traumatized. She's not thinking. Sometimes in a numb state, you're doing things that you don't consider the consequences.

WIAN: But others say social media is in fact a good outlet for Anderson.

STACY KAISER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: There's a ton of research that says when someone that be through a traumatic experience, it's helpful to talk and share their story.

WIAN: Anderson has also shared her story on "ASK.FM" answering anonymous users' questions. A user asked, "Why didn't you run?" He would have killed me. Are you glad he's dead? Absolutely.


WIAN: Another interesting detail from those search warrants. Had he been apprehended bail, for James DiMaggio it would have been set for $1 million -- Chris and Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Casey, thanks so much for the update.

CUOMO: This social media stuff worries me. Hopefully people out there exchanging with Hannah are being sensitive. It's a troubling situation. A lot of other news for you this morning. We have been dealing with tragedy abroad. Here at home we have natural disaster to deal with.

PEREIRA: We're watching a situation in Utah where a wildfire there is threatening hundreds of homes. It's burning out of control this morning just ten miles from the resort town of Park City. So far 15 homes have already been destroyed. A lightning strike is being blamed for that blaze. It is only 25 percent contained at this hour.

A 5-year-old boy who fell off a miniature roller coaster ride at Coney Island is in a New York hospital this morning with a serious leg injury. That child did meet the height requirements for the Sea Serpent, but the ride's owner says WABC that apparently panicked and tried to get off the moving car by wiggling out from underneath the lap bar. The coaster was shutdown while investigation is conducted.

A shark attack in Hawaii, a woman's right arm severed below the shoulder. Emergency responders in Maui say the victim was snorkelling about 50 yards offshore yesterday afternoon when she was attacked. She was pulled out of the water unconscious and is reportedly in critical condition this morning. The beach there was immediately closed.

Private Bradley Manning apologizing for hurting the United States during the sentencing phase. The former analyst insisting he believed he was helping people when he leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents from the government. He's asking for leniency. He faces up to 90 years in prison for espionage. It's not clear exactly when he will be sentenced.

All right, we like animal videos. Cats have nine lives. These two used just one of them. They managed to swim to safety after the engine of their owner's fishing boat exploded forcing the boat to capsize off the coast of Oregon. The couple had to abandon ship and were amazed to see their cats swimming through the debris to a rescue boat nearby.

They apparently were concerned about the cats' well-being. They themselves were in the water for 20 minutes before they were rescued. They saw the cats swimming to safety. That's one life down. Take it easy.

CUOMO: The question is, had they been dogs, do they stay and help the owners, just a question.

PEREIRA: Are you anti-cat? You are.

CUOMO: Let me put it this way. I'll change subjects. Whatever happened to the dog days of summer? It's August 15th here in New York City and yet there's a touch of autumn in the air. In fact, the eastern half of the nation has been soaking wet especially in the southeast, somewhat unusual. I blame Indra Peterssons as we always should, the meteorologist is usually at fault. So I give this problem to you, Indra Petersons. Why did you do this to us?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: A little bit of both. It was bad. June we saw so much rain. We're still dealing with the heavy rain across the country.


PETERSONS (voice-over): In Charleston, South Carolina, the rain has been relentless. Check out this video of a cyclist struggling to get through the flooded downtown street. Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas have seen flash flooding this season as storms continue to drench the south.

For many places, it had been the wettest summer on record. In just July, Miami Beach got 18.5 inches of rain. In Fort Lauderdale, they saw 15 inches of rainfall. In Wichita, this mini-dam needed a boost after stalling out in the flooded street. In fact, Kansas broke 144 rainfall records in the first week of August alone.

And they are not alone. Chattanooga, Tennessee, has already seen more than four inches of rain this month. That's more rain in the first two weeks of August then they usually see in the entire month. Philadelphia is having its soggiest summer yet. Last month, they set an all time record for rainfall in a single day when storms dumped eight inches in just six hours.

And the Northeast is still reeling from severe thunderstorms from just this week. In Newark, Delaware, torrential rain shut down roads while high winds downed power lines and snapped trees.


PETERSONS: I don't want to make any friends. We'll be talking about more rain and threats of flooding. You can see the radar where storms are firing up along a stationary front. It's actually this developing in the Caribbean that brings a lot of concern. We could see a low here develop bringing heavy rain to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.

But then watch what happens, the weather models bring that and merge it with a stationary front already in place. What does that mean? That means we're talking anywhere from two to five inches of rain as we head through the weekend.

We're talking Friday, Saturday, Sunday, it gets ugly out there. Anywhere from even eight inches of rain is possible.

Like we just said, I mean, there's so much rain out there. This is the last thing they need.

BOLDUAN: More rain ahead. As I keep saying, we soldier through.

Indra, thank you so much. We'll get an update later (ph).

Coming up next on NEW DAY, a very big mystery in Alabama. Two pilots killed when their UPS cargo plane crashed. It crashed and burst into flames near the Birmingham airport. This morning, no one has a clue why the jet went down.

CUOMO: And then "The New York Times," their Web site crashed for two hours. Remember, this is the same paper that said they were hacked by China last January. What's going on at "The New York Times"? We'll take you through it.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Federal investigators are sifting through the rubble of a UPS cargo jet that crash in Alabama, killing both pilots on board. The plane came down in a field outside an airport in Birmingham.

This morning, what caused this fiery crash remains a mystery.

CNN's David Mattingly has the latest on that. Here's the story.


DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The broken and burnt wreckage of the A-300 cargo plane sits in an open field a half mile from a neighborhood. Nearby, broken trees and power lines show how close this jet came to killing people in their homes.

BARBARA BENSON, WITNESSED CRASH: I'm just thankful that it did not kill us, you know, because that's dangerous. I mean, it was just like the plane was like this and we were in the middle.

MATTINGLY: Pieces of the plane littered Barbara Benson's yard, the last seconds of what had been an uneventful flight. The UPS plane was out of Louisville, Kentucky, flying over rooftops as it approached the Birmingham airport before dawn, people say they awoke to what sounded like a flight in trouble.

SHARON WILSON, WITNESSED CRASH: It was extreme low. And then it sounded like it was sputtering like it was out of fuel.

MATTINGLY: Seconds later, fire and explosions.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard three booms -- I heard like boom, boom, boom.

MATTINGLY: Federal crash investigators are only beginning to find answers, a mystery compounded by an absence of critical communication.

David Mattingly, CNN, Atlanta.


CUOMO: You can't count on good luck to get you through a bad flight. That's why these investigations are so important. We'll stay on it and hopefully --

BOLDUAN: Scary regardless, especially when you see how close it was to some of these homes. My goodness.

CUOMO: That's right. Terrible.

BOLDUAN: All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY, a stunning announcement impacting 425 million Gmail users. Google admitting you should have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Does that mean the Internet giant is reading your e-mails? We'll take a look at it.

CUOMO: I know it.

BOLDUAN: You knew it.

CUOMO: I know it.

And why is President Obama staying silent while civilians are being slaughtered in the government crackdown in Cairo? That is a provocative question but one that demands answers. John King will take us inside the Beltway, next.


CUOMO: Good song to wake up to. It's beautiful day. Maybe it is. Maybe it is, weather-wise on the inside.

Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Thursday, August 15th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

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

Good morning, my dear.

Coming up in this show: the battle for baby Veronica. A couple hoping to visit the adoptive daughter who was ripped from their arms by the courts. Are they any closer to getting her back?

CUOMO: And we also have a story about a shocking confession from an Internet giant. Listen to this -- Google admitting the e-mails of over 400 million Gmail users may not be so private. What does that mean? We're going to take you through it. Obviously, so many are using Gmail.

But a lot of other news for you as well -- so, let's get right to Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right. We're watching Egypt. The government crackdown in Cairo, our big story this morning. At least 421 people dead, thousands more injured. The Egyptian capital witnessing its bloodiest hour since the Arab Spring. The White House condemning the crackdown, calling it a step in a wrong direction.

Kidnapper James DiMaggio tortured and killed Hannah Anderson's mother and brother before snatching the teenager as she left cheerleading practice. That's according to warrants that have been unsealed in the case. He also shot and killed the Anderson family dog. Preliminary autopsy reveals DiMaggio was shot at least five times by an FBI agent during Hannah's rescue in the Idaho wilderness.

Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe will return to the witness stand today in the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. Wednesday, Rowe testified that Jackson had a fear of pain and claimed his doctors would try and outdo each other with prescriptions for various pain killers. Debbie Rowe is the mother of the late singer's two eldest children Prince and Paris Jackson. We'll have more on this story coming up in our show.

A deadly accident near Boston. A 58-year-old woman was killed when her SUV crashed through a fence and landed in the swimming pool of her apartment complex in Randolph, Massachusetts. EMS responded right away and administered CPR, but police say the victim was in the water for three to five minutes. It's not known if she suffered a medical incident moments before that accident. "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe pleading not guilty to federal fraud charges. The pair entered their plea Wednesday during the appearance at a federal court in Newark, New Jersey. The Giudices are accused of lying about their income while applying for loans and hiding cash during a 2009 bankruptcy filing. Those charges are part of a 39-count federal indictment.

And finally, it turns out Kelly Clarkson is a huge fan of Jane Austen, so much so she paid a quarter of a million dollars to buy a rare Austen ring at an auction in Britain. However, the Brits don't really want the ring to leave the country. They placed a temporary export ban on this ring hoping that someone can match the price and keep that rare Austen artifact in the country and on public display. So for now, she's got a placeholder. Kelly Clarkson is reportedly wearing a replica of the ring. There it is.

CUOMO: Nobody will know the difference.

PEREIRA: I didn't until you told me.

BOLDUAN: It's not really about knowing the difference.


BOLDUAN: It's Kelly Clarkson, you know?

PEREIRA: Until I told you.

CUOMO: That's true. And that's true. You're both right.

PEREIRA: Say that again?

BOLDUAN: But Kelly Clarkson know the difference because clearly she can buy a lot of rings if she wants to. She's very successful. But she wanted to pay for that one. Wow. There you go.

Thanks so much.

CUOMO: Summing it up very nicely.

BOLDUAN: Summing it up.

Also summing it up, let's move now to our political gut check, everyone. All the stories you need to know coming out of Washington.

First, hundreds dead in Egypt, but we have yet to hear from President Obama. What will the White House do next? What can they do, is a good question.

Let's go to CNN's chief national correspondent John King to talk more about this.

So, John, we have Secretary of State Kerry came out yesterday condemning the violence very strongly.