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Princess Diana Murder Allegation; Protests Planned Across Egypt; Rain Still Swamping Southeast; Wall Street's Week Ahead; Operation Orange Fingers; Bleacher Report

Aired August 18, 2013 - 06:00   ET


MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: Was Princess Diana murdered? An explosive new claim rocks the royal family all over a conspiracy involving a British sniper.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: And get your stuff and get out now. Idaho residents ordered to flee an enormous and unpredictable wildfire that is threatening two posh communities.

SAVIDGE: And speaking of smoke. Smoke your weed and have your munchies too? The Seattle Police doled out Doritos at the nation's largest pot festival and let's just say they didn't last long.

KEILAR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Brianna Keilar.

SAVIDGE: That was extremely thoughtful of the Seattle Police.

KEILAR: Right.

SAVIDGE: I'm Martin Savidge. It is 6:00 in the morning. And if you don't know already, this is NEW DAY SUNDAY.

It is stunning, to say the least. Scotland Yard assessing the credibility of an allegation of -- that an elite British commando unit murdered Princess Diana.

KEILAR: Police stress that this has not reached the point of a full-blown investigation. CNN's Erin McLaughlin, though, live in London.

So, who's making this claim, Erin?


Well, at the moment, the metropolitan police simply are not saying. They released a statement that says, quote, "they are scoping information and assessing its relevance and credibility." They went on to say, quote, that "this is not a reinvestigation" and that they are "not prepared to discuss" anything "further."

They have not even said what this information is. However, there are reports in the British media, as well as a report from a U.K. publication called "The Sunday People" that says that this information includes the allegation that the British military was somehow involved in the deaths of Princess Diana, Dodi Al Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul, all the way back in 1997.

Now, "The Sunday People" said that they had access to a seven- page, handwritten letter by the in-laws of a British special forces sniper. Now, this letter was written after the sniper's marriage to their daughter broke down. In that letter, they say that this sniper, who remains unnamed, boasted to his wife that the British SAS, which is the specialist commando unit here in the U.K., was involved in the deaths of Diana, Dodi al Fayed and Henri Paul.

So, lots of questions going on here in the U.K. as to the credibility of this report.


KEILAR: And, Erin, you know, over the last 16 years there have been so many conspiracy theories. Certainly hasn't been a shortage of them.


KEILAR: Why does this one merit this police scrutiny?

SAVIDGE: Well that, I think, is the question at the moment. Metropolitan police saying that they have not re-examined any new information relating to Princess Diana's death since the inquest, which concluded all the way back in 2008. That inquest, which the metropolitan police points to in their statement as being incredibly thorough, concluded that the killing was unlawful, though the result of negligent driving on the part of her driver, as well as the paparazzi.

So, the question at the moment here is, why are the police paying this kind of attention now to this information? After all, Princess Diana passed away almost 16 years ago, Brianna.

KEILAR: All right, we'll be waiting to figure out really what the answer to that question is. Erin McLaughlin in London, thank you.

SAVIDGE: A tense standoff at a mosque in Cairo. It's over. Egyptian security forces cleared the mosque after more than 1,000 protesters defied curfew and barricaded themselves inside. But there is no end in sight for the violence as the Muslim Brotherhood plans to protest every day this week. CNN's Ian Lee, he's in Cairo.

And, Ian, the interim government briefed the media this morning and blamed terrorists for inciting the violence.

IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Martin.

They're saying that this is currently a war on terrorism and that they're going after armed elements. They blamed the international media for not showing what they say is their struggle against these groups. They showed video clips during their press conference. These video clips included what they say is Muslim Brotherhood members with automatic weapons during these skirmishes between security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood. We can't independently verify those videos, but the foreign ministry is saying that they are currently on a war on terror.

And the other thing they pointed out was that they condemned the international community for their harsh words on this crackdown and also with anyone thinking about holding -- withholding money, they said that Egypt is going to review all foreign aid to the country and they said they wouldn't be intimidated by any country threatening to withdraw it.

SAVIDGE: And, Ian, what does the Brotherhood have planned for today? Any end in sight for this violence?

LEE: There really doesn't seem to be any end in sight. Both sides are digging in their heels. The Muslim Brotherhood has said that they're going to hold two rallies today and have marches from the mosques. Right now it is noon day prayers. After these prayers, they're going to have these marches. The Muslim Brotherhood said that they're going to head to one place in particular, which is the supreme constitutional court. At that place, they are going to have a press conference. But we are expecting the potential for violence today, as we have seen the last few days.

SAVIDGE: All right, Ian Lee, we'll continue to follow through your help. Thanks very much. He's joining us from Cairo this morning.


KEILAR: Let's turn now to weather. It has been a very soggy weekend so far here in Atlanta and across the entire southeast. We want to know if that rain is going to stick around another day. Well, let's ask our meteorologist Jennifer Delgado.

I mean I came into work, Jennifer, and I was wearing a sweater.


KEILAR: And I was -- my hair was getting wet. What's going on?

DELGADO: Yes, you know, wet, curly, it's just gross outside.


DELGADO: And, unfortunately, it's going to stay that way over the next 24 hours.

Let me show you some of these totals out there that we're talking about, almost five inches in some parts of Florida. But from Marianna, we picked up 4.45 inches of rainfall, for Panama City, 3.45.

So, yes, the radar. We're looking at rain out there. Even in the Mid-Atlantic, not so bad there. But down towards the south, this is where we're dealing with the heaviest downpour action. And you can still see for yourself, a lot of lightning still out there, really just hammering parts of Florida. Lightning is not the story, it's all the rainfall out there. The ground is just so saturated and we still have flood watches out there, but it actually looks better than this time yesterday when we had a whole lot of green out there. But the unfortunate thing is, more of the rain is going to be coming. We're still expecting in some of these locations three to six inches, especially right across the northwestern part of Florida and the panhandle region, as well as across parts of South Carolina. And all that moisture is from the Gulf of Mexico. We've been tapping into it. And, unfortunately, we can't turn the tap off, guys. It is just going to continue to peel (ph) all across the stationary front.

Here is your forecast for today. It's going to be cool across parts of the south, as well as even into the Mid-Atlantic. A few showers around for areas like Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. Brianna, I know you love that because you're heading back there today, but you'll be able to travel there smoothly.


DELGADO: And then a big ridge of high pressure and sunshine in the Midwest.

KEILAR: You know how it goes.


KEILAR: Wherever I go, the weather gets bad.

DELGADO: It gets bad. It happens with me, too, but usually tornadoes follow me.

KEILAR: Oh, goodness gracious.


KEILAR: Jennifer Delgado, thank you.

DELGADO: You're welcome.

SAVIDGE: One of the men sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky has settled his lawsuit against Penn State, that according to the man's lawyer. Victim number five is the first to do so. Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, he is now serving a life in prison sentence after his conviction on 45 child sex abuse counts. The university still faces 30 other lawsuits. Next hour, we'll talk with victim number five's attorney, that's Tom Klein, about the settlement and his client's thoughts on it.

KEILAR: It begins today, the drive to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. The mayor refusing to resign, even though 16 women now claim that he sexually harassed them. Some 800 volunteers plan to kick off the recall effort today with a march and a rally, and organizers need about 102,000 valid signatures by September 26th if the recall is to move forward.

SAVIDGE: Turning to your money. It's been a tough couple of weeks on Wall Street, but some new economic reports could bring the markets back around.

KEILAR: Alison Kosik joining us now with everything that you need to know to get ready for Wall Street's week ahead.

Good morning, Alison.


It will be all about the housing market this week on Wall Street. Investors await readings on existing home sales on Wednesday and new home sales on Friday. Existing home sales make up a much bigger part of the housing market, about 90 percent. They hit a speed bump in June after touching a three-and-a-half year high in May. The group behind the reading attributed that to the recent rise in mortgage rates. The rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage currently stands at 4.4 percent. It had been as low as 3.3 percent just a few months ago.

The rise in rates doesn't seem to have had as big of an impact on new home sales, though. Sales of newly constructed homes jumped to a five-year high in June. That could be because people who can't afford a brand-new house may not need to worry as much about the increase in rates.

Earnings from several major companies are also due, including retailers Home Depot, Lowe's, Abercrombie & Fitch and JC Penney. And those JC Penney results will certainly be of interest since it will be the first full quarter since interim CEO Myron Ullman took over the top spot from former CEO Ron Johnson. Johnson had stepped down in April after a tumultuous run that included overhauling the retailer's pricing and changing store layouts.

Martin and Brianna.

KEILAR: Alison Kosik, thank you for that.

And still to come, a California building comes down, but it's not just exciting, it's educational. We'll tell you why.

SAVIDGE: Plus, some Seattle festival-goers get highly informed. We'll tell you why the police found a captive audience at a pot festival.


SAVIDGE: And a big NEW DAY SUNDAY good morning to Washington, D.C. I know a couple of folks up there.

KEILAR: Uh-huh.

SAVIDGE: And a beautiful view of the Capitol this morning, still waiting for the sun to shine, as we are as well.

KEILAR: Yes. And it looks beautiful now. I think it's going to get maybe a little dicey later as I head up there.

SAVIDGE: It's perfect.

KEILAR: That's just what happens, you know? All right, well, today, unfortunately, get packed and get out. That is the message for people living near the resort area of Sun Valley, Idaho.

SAVIDGE: Yes, evacuation orders now cover 2,200 homes and six communities because of that fast-moving wildfire. The nearly 93,000- acre fire has already destroyed one home, and it is about 9 percent contained, which, of course, is not a lot. Authorities say that it was sparked by lightning. There are a number of celebrities that live out there, and of course, we worry for their homes, as we worry for everyone's home out there in Sun Valley.

KEILAR: Now, a hunter in the remote Alaskan wilderness has been rescued after being mauled by a bear and nearly dying. This is an unbelievable story. Officials say that the man spent 36 hours clinging to life near Anaktuvuk Pass. Crews spent hours searching for him using night vision goggles, but it was another hunter, who happened to also be a medical professional, who found him and began treating his wounds. The helicopter finally landed and took him to the hospital and he is in stable condition.

SAVIDGE: OK, now to California, where an implosion at Cal State Hayward served a double purpose. Take a look. You just can't get enough of those. We had one yesterday from Dayton. The school got rid of an old building and gave scientists new tools to study earthquakes. Scientists placed 600 sensors around the area to measure and map movements along a nearby fault. They hope that they can use that data to improve the disaster planning and update buildings codes and hopefully not trigger the fault at the same time.

KEILAR: No, certainly not.

Now, when you want to get your message out, you have to know your audience, right?

SAVIDGE: Yes, that would help.

KEILAR: Yes. So, knowing your audience, that's what this was all about.

SAVIDGE: Yes, we're talking about a bunch of pot smokers, and you need to tell them about new laws.

KEILAR: So, you know, you give them the info along with munchies, naturally.

SAVIDGE: And that - yes. I think it's a brilliant idea, actually. That was the plan by the Seattle Police yesterday. They gave away, get this, 1,000 bags of Doritos at Seattle's Hempfest with the advice on the state's pot laws printed on the bag.

KEILAR: So, the program was so popular that officers, are you surprised by this, they ran out of supplies in just about 30 minutes. Reporter Zahid Arab (ph) with our Seattle affiliate KING 5 has more.


ZAHID ARAB, KING 5 NEWS REPORTER (voice-over): Pot is legal and, for potheads, it's party time.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Have those bags ready.

ARAB: With so much to know about the state's new marijuana laws, Seattle Police know the way to a stoner is their stomach.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Best munchie food, man.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These are delicious.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These Doritos are so good!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mary Jane, Mary Jane.

ARAB: It's called "Operation Orange Fingers."

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The Seattle cops are pretty cool.

ARAB: Some call it a publicity stunt.



ARAB: But police say the stickers on the bag are a quick guide of the do's and dont's of the law.

SGT. SEAN WHITCOMB, SEATTLE POLICE: We want people to take their product and use it in the privacy of their own residence and not on the street corners, not in the parks.

ARAB: Hempfest creates an environment where they're free to do what's typically frowned upon. In such a colorful crowd, Mike and Barbara Hughes (ph) seemed to stick out.

MIKE HUGHES: We got in the wrong line. So we're here anyway!

ARAB: There's nothing like this back home in Virginia.

BARBARA HUGHES: We're a little more conservative there.

ARAB: But for how long? The focus is now on nationwide legalization.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A lot of economic growth. There would be a lot of positive potential for our government to take in some money.

B. HUGHES: It reminds me a little bit of our era, the '60s. So, maybe history's repeating itself in some ways.

ARAB: As for dealing Doritos with information, given the audience, not everyone may digest it. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You have chips with cheese.


SAVIDGE: And that was our affiliate KING 5 in Seattle reporting.

But we want to show you a closer look at the sticker that was on the bag of Doritos that the police were handing out. Take a look.

KEILAR: So, it has a list here of do's and dont's right there on the bag, such as "don't drive while high, "don't give, sell or shotgun weed to people under 21," "don't use pot in public." And it reads, "you could be cited, but we would rather give you a warning." As for one of the do's, festival-goers were encouraged to listen to "Dark Side of the Moon" at a reasonable volume.

SAVIDGE: Shotgun. I'm not familiar with that. What do you do?

KEILAR: Someone looked it up, but I - I'm not --

SAVIDGE: Somebody looked it up.

KEILAR: One of our producers looked it up, but I'm not exactly sure if that was the "take it to the bank" definition, so I'm not going to share it.



SAVIDGE: All right. Good.

KEILAR: I think, generally speaking, you know it, if you know what it is, and you shouldn't be doing it, really.

SAVIDGE: I see. All right.

KEILAR: All right, so still to come on NEW DAY, the feud between A-Rod and his team, the New York Yankees, is only getting crazier.


KEILAR: You'll never guess what his attorney is alleging now. We have the details, next.


KEILAR: Good morning, New York City. We've got a live look there at the big apple as the sun sort of peeks out this morning. Unfortunately, it may not be out there for too long. New Yorkers are looking at 74 degrees today, so get out and enjoy it early because it looks like storms could be moving in later today.

Now, President Obama is wrapping up his vacation on Martha's Vineyard today. He's actually spent so much of his time doing one of the things he loves to do, which is playing golf. SAVIDGE: Yes. The president hit the links yesterday with comedian Larry David. He played nine holes with the "Seinfeld" co-creator and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star. Must be a lot of fun playing with a comedian. Rounding out the foursome were the part owner of the Boston Celtics, and that was Glenn Hutchins, and former U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk.

KEILAR: I don't know if he can make fun of you a lot, though, right?

SAVIDGE: That was my point. Yes. Probably put you down quite a bit.

KEILAR: Because, actually, I mean the president, he's like a so- so golfer.


KEILAR: He likes doing it a lot. He's not the best. He's not terrible. But I think he plays with a lot of guys who might be better than him, so.

SAVIDGE: He's got a lot on his mind.

KEILAR: Yes, he does.

All right, well let's talk college football now. College football, where Alabama's trying to do what no division one team in the modern era has ever done.

SAVIDGE: Which is win back-to-back national championships. Sorry, I have a cramp in my leg. Joe Carter is here with the "Bleacher Report."


JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: Hi, good morning, guys. That's actually back-to-back-to-back national championships.

SAVIDGE: Oh, I'm sorry.

CARTER: That's OK. There's a lot of backs in the prompter there. No problem.

SAVIDGE: Do you play golf? No.

CARTER: I do play golf. Obama's got a nice swing, by the way. And I saw that.

Alabama, no surprise, guys, everybody, and I mean everybody, thinks they're going to be really good again this year. They basically pick up where they left off the last two seasons, and that's ranked number one in all the polls. Bama is number one in the first AP poll of the season. They're number one in the coaches' poll and pretty much every other Internet poll out there. Now, the college football season officially kicks off in 11 days. It's going to kick off on a Thursday night. This is, by the way, the last season of the BCS, because next year a four-team playoff takes over.

All right, more tension between Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees' front office has turned ugly once again. A-Rod's new lawyer, which he hired just a couple weeks ago, is accusing the organization of medical malpractice, alleging that the Yankees conspired to sabotage A-Rod's health by playing him last season while they knew he had a serious hip injury. Now, Yankees president Randy Levine fired back yesterday and said, quote, "it's time for Alex and his side to put up or shut up." Now, A-Rod's lawyer said, quote, "we'll put up, we'll put up." Stay tuned. You know we'll do this story again tomorrow.

If you've been following the drama between the Braves and the Nationals, you know these two teams are starting to not like each other. There's been recent history of each team's pitchers hitting the other team's batters intentionally. That's why last night, well, it took just a few pitches, a few wild pitches, for the home plate umpire to toss Stephen Strasburg from the game. The umpire was worried somebody, whether it was going to be Strasburg or the batter, was going to get hurt. Now, the nationals lost that battle but they ended up winning the war. They beat Atlanta eight to seven in 15 innings.

That's your "Bleacher Report" update, guys. Back to you.

KEILAR: That's just rude, Joe. I mean, what the heck? That's not nice.

CARTER: It's been fun to watch, though, I'll tell you.

SAVIDGE: Oh, I see.

KEILAR: I think you must like hockey, I'll bet.

CARTER: I do. I do. I like a little fight in all my sports.

KEILAR: They're bringing the hockey into the baseball. All right, Joe Carter, thanks so much.

SAVIDGE: Well, a sports star is moving closer to his murder trial. Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius gets ready for a very big court date.

KEILAR: And in Idaho, more people told to pack up and go as a wildfire rages there. We will tell you what some residents fear most as the flames get closer.


KEILAR: Mortgage rates inched up this past week. Check it out.


KEILAR: Bottom of the hour now. Welcome back, everyone. I'm Brianna Keilar.

SAVIDGE: And I'm Martin Savidge.

Here are the five things you need to know for your NEW DAY.

Number one, London police weighing the credibility of an allegation that British commandos murdered Princess Diana. They're quick to stress that the Paris car crash has not been reopened for formal investigation. The claim reportedly coming from the former in- laws of a, get this, British sniper.

KEILAR: Now, this morning, Egypt's government speaks out, blaming terrorists for inciting violence and chaos across the country. Nearly 200 people have been killed since Friday in clashes between government security forces and Muslim Brotherhood protesters. Meanwhile, the government is questioning the legality of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has called for protests all this week.

SAVIDGE: In South Africa, Oscar Pistorius set for court tomorrow. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is charged with killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The judge is expected to set a trial date. South African media report additional charges may be added. Worth noting, Monday would have been Steenkamp's 30th birthday.

KEILAR: Number four, every parent's nightmare. DeAntre Turman, a 16-year old high school football player, died this weekend from a freak (ph) neck injury in a preseason game. Onlookers tragically describe seeing the young star's body go limp while making a tackle. The Creek Side High School cornerback was a popular student and one of the team's best players. He had already been offered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky.

SAVIDGE: Number five, heavy rain Saturday made for treacherous driving in North Carolina. In Wilmington, flooding actually created a current along some roads. Officials say that if streets are flooded, you should turn around and head toward high ground. More storms and the potential for flash flooding are expected again today across the southeast.

KEILAR: Now from flooding to fire. Authorities in Idaho were telling thousands of people to get out of the path of a fast-growing wildfire there. Evacuation orders now cover 2,200 homes in six communities, and for some residents, desperation and fear are starting to set in. Here's a look at what some people are going through there.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, I came up here earlier, and the tears started to come and the heart started to race.

KEILAR: This morning, a desperate fight to save lives and property. The so-called Beaver Creek fire is now threatening to destroy neighborhoods, vacation homes and ski areas in Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho. Residents are being told to get their essential belongings and pets and get out now. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My mom prompted me to come down, and I didn't think it was a big deal. And then coming south, I realized, I'm glad not to be up north.

KEILAR: While some people are speeding out of town, others are watching the fire from a nearby hillside. Robert Cole has lived in the area for the past 15 years.

ROBERT COLE: I've seen a lot of disasters in my lifetime you know, like tornadoes down in Oklahoma where I come from, but never any fires that threatened my home like this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's unbelievable, man.

KEILAR: Jack Dees, a local insurance agent, is getting phone calls from his clients. They want to know where the fire is headed and what's being done to stop it.

JAKE DEES, INSURANCE AGENT: Everybody kind of from out of town wants to know what's going on. They have got more people helping them, which I think makes them feel a little bit better at a time like this, which is pretty nerve-racking.

KEILAR: The wildfire was sparked by lightning on August 7th and today hundreds of local and national firefighters are using everything at their disposal to contain the blaze, which is turning out to be unpredictable and dangerous.


SAVIDGE: Shifting winds have made it tough for firefighters to tighten their grip on the Beaver Creek fire. It is now just nine percent contained.

KEILAR: So, the question is, are conditions going to get better. Let's bring in Jennifer Delgado, our CNN meteorologist. And I feel like, Jennifer, I'm always asking you, is the humidity going to go up? Are the temperatures going to go down? And it's always the opposite of that.

JENNIFER DELGADO, METEOROLOGIST: Absolutely. It is always the opposite. We are talking about single-digit relative humidity values, but we're also going to add in the chance for a few isolated storms out there. You may think that sounds good, but that would mean some lightning, and that could trigger more (inaudible), or shall take fires out there. As we look at what's happening across parts of Idaho, we do have a red flag warning in place, and that means we're anticipating winds today up to 25 miles per hour. And it's not just the Beaver fire that we're talking about. We have multiple fires. You can see just to the west. But the one we certainly are following is the Beaver Creek region, because we do know it's only nine percent contained with 93,000 acres burned, and we're talking about this fire being so difficult to battle because of the terrain and the potential for it to grow, especially when you add in the potential for some lightning out there. As we look at current conditions right now, dew point at 32. That's the measure of the amount of moisture in the air, but it's going to be dropping as we go throughout the day. And of course, we want to see more moisture out there, but unfortunately, the reality is it's still rather dry. Now, tomorrow we are going to see a better chance for some rainfall out there, but again you see the lightning chance increases and that's certainly a downpour with the wet weather across the region.

Now, I want to leave you with some video coming out of the region. This is a rare sight. We're talking about a firenado. And if you look at this video here, it looks just like a regular fire. And then we start to see the Eddies of the air spinning around. It's basically a tornado, but it's wrapped in fire. I have to tell you, it's pretty cool. We certainly don't want to see something like that, but this is certainly a rare treat. We call this a fire devil. I think it is a devil out there right now.

KEILAR: That's unbelievable. What a strange phenomenon. All right, Jennifer. Thank you so much.

DELGADO: You're welcome, guys.

KEILAR: Now, still to come, now, you're very trendy. I like your pockets square. You're a trend-setter, very fashionable. But you know, there's a one-month-old who's giving you a run for his money.


SAVIDGE: Yeah. Prince George is already setting trends for stylish newborns everywhere.

KEILAR: From blankets to binkies.

SAVIDGE: Binkies, there's the word.


SAVIDGE: He is the kid to watch. And we'll watch him right after this.


SAVIDGE: Good morning, London! We have sent a CNN crew dashing across the pond so they could bring you this fine look at Tower Bridge, where, actually, it's almost noon, but we still like to say good morning to them.

KEILAR: That's right. Beautiful picture. Time for brunch, I think, now in London.

SAVIDGE: Yeah, I think the pubs - the pubs should be open.


SAVIDGE: Have a nice Guinness.

Anyway, Prince William returns to work this week. I love saying that because I just can't picture him clocking in and going to his job, but he's been taking some time off following the birth of his son. That is Prince George, of course.

KEILAR: So, he is heading back to Britain's Royal Air Force. That is his job. He is gainfully employed. Maybe he doesn't need it, but he ...

SAVIDGE: ... in the country, which is ...

KEILAR: Yes, he does have an important job and he's leaving behind not just one trend-setter, as he has before, but now two. And CNN editorial producer Nadia Bilchik is here to explain this. So, Nadia, tell us about the latest little trend-setter.

NADIA BILCHIK, CNN PRODUCER: Well, we know about the Kate effect, like the effect she had on designers whose clothes she wears. We've now got the Prince George effect. And one of the things was the swaddling blanket that he was wearing when he was shown being taken to the car, and that swaddling blanket comes Aden and Anais, and it's part of the four, the jungle jam collection. The minute we saw it and the picture was blasted around the world, the Website crashed, literally crashed, and the owners became instant millionaires, from a blanket. Actually, it's a very soft muslin, and is available at Target, Babies "R" Us, for about $50 for a set of four.

SAVIDGE: All right, let's go meeting. I've got to come up with something right away for Prince George, because I like that millionaire thing.

BILCHIK: And then there was the dress she wore, right?


KEILAR: Well, yes. Though she ...

BILCHIK: The dress when she stepped out.

KEILAR: Yes, the polka dots, right?

BILCHIK: The polka dots kind of brings that trend.

KEILAR: And it was paying tribute to Princess Diana, who wore the green polka dot. Well, that was a Jenny Packham dress, very important for you to remember, sold out instantly, not to mention the L.K. Bennett nude wedges. And I noticed you're wearing nude, too ...

KEILAR: I have ...

BILCHIK: ... as am I.

KEILAR: I've gone for the trend.

BILCHIK: She made L.K. Bennett very, very famous. And not even that, there's more. What does a baby get strolled around in?

SAVIDGE: Well, this was - this was the guy question ...


SAVIDGE: ... which is, you know, we're into cars, but maybe he, Prince George, is not quite ready for that, so the stroller. What - what can we expect?

BILCHIK: The stroller.

SAVIDGE: What can we expect? Something from Rolls Royce, perhaps. Or maybe ...

KEILAR: It's a brand.

BILCHIK: Exactly.

The (inaudible).

Well, actually, they bought a bugaboo. Now, the Bugaboo is actually a Dutch-owned company, so that's a bit controversial, but the bugaboo was around $1,200. Again, attainable but not unaffordable. But McLaren, which is the pram company in Britain, may be a bit put out by this. So, who knows? We could see the baby either in the bugaboo, camelon-3 designed, or in a McLaren. Now, you make me laughing this, right?


BILCHIK: But he's boosted the economy by $373 million just June and July.

KEILAR: The baby.

BILCHIK: The baby, it is baby paraphernalia and related items. And that is set to double by August. And Prince George is only 27 days old.


BILCHIK: So can we imagine when he's 27 months or 27 years. He will have added incrementally and enormously to the British economy.

KEILAR: That's great. You know, we say - all of this stuff seems kind of silly that people sort of jump on the bandwagon or the stroller wagon here, but hey, if it's getting the economy going, I say good.

BILCHIK: Exactly, from bugaboos to blankets to Aden and Anais, boosting the economy.

SAVIDGE: I definitely have to work on my baby fashion.

BILCHIK: Yes, exactly ...

BILCHIK: and soft muslin blankets.

SAVIDGE: I hope he's getting a cut of the action. That's all I can say.

KEILAR: He definitely needs it, right? Definitely needs it.

BILCHIK: People who are watching fashion and style, with bated breath.

KEILAR: Nadia Bilchik, thank you so much.

And if you do want more on the British royal family, you can watch CNN's exclusive interview with Prince William. He opens up about life with Catherine and now his most important title, which, of course, is dad. And you can see part of that interview on Monday morning, that's tomorrow, right here on "NEW DAY."

SAVIDGE: Meanwhile, William's brother, Prince Harry, is following in the footsteps of their mother, Princess Diana. Harry has returned from a trip to Angola with a group, "The HALO Trust." You'll remember them. The trip was meant to highlight the charity's effort to remove landmines in the area.

KEILAR: Princess Diana made that same trip 16 years ago with the HALO Trust. The group is the world's oldest and largest landmine clearance charity.

SAVIDGE: CNN's "Crossfire" returns next month. Mark your calendars for September 16th, 6:30 P.M.

KEILAR: And to get you excited, here is Newt Gingrich with a "Crossfire" classic.


NEWS GINGRICH: One of the great virtues of "Crossfire" is that it introduces new names, new people, new stars, it gives you a chance to measure folks who you've never heard of before and hear from 15 years ago as an example of just that. A brand-new Paul Ryan elected, but not yet even sworn in describing what he believes in, what philosophy he follows. And I must say, I don't think he has aged a day. Take a look at it and you decide.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is your philosophy that you should vote the way your constituents want, because it is a democracy? Or is your philosophy that you vote what you truly believe, and if your constituents don't like it, too bad?

PAUL RYAN: This is a great question, and this is a question that I campaigned on. You campaign on a specific set of ideas and principles. That's what I campaigned on. I campaigned on a very specific philosophy that I believed in. Having articulated that philosophy and those beliefs, I do believe that once you're elected, you have the moral authority to act on that philosophy. That is exactly what we need in Washington. We don't need people who are following the whims of public opinion polls, but who are fighting for certain principles they believe in.

GINGRICH: Paul Ryan's still fighting for what he believes in. He'll be on the new "Crossfire," and the future Paul Ryan of both the Democrat and Republican side are also going to show up, so you get to meet the stars of the future.


SAVIDGE: I can't wait for that.

KEILAR: Still to come, conservatives in the spotlight.

SAVIDGE: See who is pushing a plan to strip Obamacare of all of its funding.


KEILAR: Good morning, Washington, D.C. We've got a pretty picture of the White House, where President Obama will be heading back to today with the first family. They'll be wrapping up their vacation on Martha's Vineyard. A pretty nice day there. Forecast is for a high of 70 degrees. The thing is, though, looking at some rain, of course, because I'm heading back to Washington and I always seem to bring it! So, it's Sunday, right? We're kind of trying to figure out what's going ahead for us here this coming week, so let's take a look. On Monday, you're going to want to set your DVR, because we've got a big interview for you. Tune in to "NEW DAY" at 6:00 A.M. Eastern on Monday, tomorrow. CNN is going to air the first U.S. TV interview with Prince William since the birth of his baby boy. He'll be talking about his new role of dad. And then on Tuesday, this is pretty cool. Talk about better late than never.

The 1972 Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins headed to the White House. Why now? Well, they weren't invited to meet President Nixon after the Watergate scandal hit, so they'll finally be getting their special day.

And then on Thursday, the MLK march on D.C. begins in Birmingham. Civil rights groups will be heading to Washington, where on Sunday people from around the world will observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech. And then also on Thursday, you've got a pair of cosmonauts who will be taking a walk outside the International Space Station. Always pretty cool to watch. We'll get a video feed of that. And they will be setting up a platform for a new telescope there.

On Saturday, it is the big day, right? This is the "I have a dream" speech 50th anniversary. Dozens of cities planning for a worldwide let freedom ring celebration. And the King Center will be kicking off five days of events and services in D.C. honoring Dr. King 's legacy. Martin?

SAVIDGE: Quite a remarkable week. Thanks.

Now let's check in with CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser. He's got the week ahead in politics. Hey, Paul. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)


President Barack Obama hits the road Thursday as he kicks off a two-day bus tour in upstate New York. The next day, he motors through parts of Pennsylvania. The push, making college more affordable. The swing is the latest in a series of events Mr. Obama's doing on the road this summer to highlight how he's trying to help out the middle class.

OBAMA: I'm laying out my ideas to give the middle class a better shot.

STEINHAUSER: The president's health care law will also be in the spotlight this week as a leading conservative group holds a series of defund Obamacare town halls. Former Senator Jim DeMint, head of the Heritage Foundation, will headline the town halls. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will join him at the second event in Dallas.

SEN. TED CRUZ, R-TEXAS: We have an opportunity right now, between now and September 30th, to defund Obamacare.

STEINHAUSER: Later in the week, Cruz will keynote a Republican dinner in New Hampshire, the state that kicks off the presidential primary process, sparking more speculation he may run for the White House.

And Vice President Joe Biden's also in the 2016 spotlight, as he's the main attraction at a fund-raiser this week for New Hampshire's Democratic governor. Brianna, Martin?


SAVIDGE: I like the way he sort of pauses with my name. Paul Steinhauser in Washington. Thanks very much.

KEILAR: So, the high roller with the biggest yacht just got, shall we say, served.

SAVIDGE: Yep. There's a new massive yacht out on the waters, if you're tracking that on your radar. Wait until you see this thing and find out who owns it.

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN ANCHOR: And Scotland Yard is assessing a new theory into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed. I'm Erin McLaughlin reporting live from London. New details on that when "New Day Sunday" returns.


SAVIDGE: This is the word (ph). Well, it was. We were going to show you, well, there it is, Greece, this morning. We would say good morning, but actually, it's not morning there anymore, but a beautiful 2:00 in the afternoon. And ah, to be there. Wouldn't that be nice? KEILAR: Heading out on a boat.


And talking about a toy, let's show you one. You are looking at what is now the world's biggest yacht. It cost $605 million to build, and it's almost 600 feet long. So, if you do the math, what would that be? About $1 million a foot.

KEILAR: A lot. A lot.

SAVIDGE: About $1 million a foot. It also travels at a record- breaking pace with a top speed of more than 30 knots, or about 34 miles an hour. That's water skiing speed.

KEILAR: Oh, man, that thing is ginormous! OK, so, this superyacht is called the Azam, and the billionaire ruler of the United Arab Emirates recently took possession of it. By industry estimates, just keeping it afloat could cost $60 million a year. Fiscally it just makes complete sense, doesn't it, Martin?

SAVIDGE: It does, but I would still love to go for a spin.

KEILAR: Oh, I know, it's beautiful!

SAVIDGE: The great squandering of money.

KEILAR: It is beautiful.

All right, so, it all started with a giant hunk of sand, but after a few hours, there were roller coasters, castles, even an enormous brain. We are talking about the annual Coney Island sand sculpture competition.

SAVIDGE: More than 50 teams worked for more than six hours on the New York City shore to compete for a few hundred bucks, and of course, glory.

KEILAR: Mostly the glory, I think, right?

SAVIDGE: Yes, that and the boat.

KEILAR: Take a look at this. It is a combination gun bunker and bullet-proof couch at the Ft. Worth hunting show.

SAVIDGE: There is a storage locker inside, and those couch cushions can be used for protection, just in case you need it. I don't know why, but --

KEILAR: You don't? You never know, right? Safety first. OK, so, if you want one, though, this is going to cost you, because the couch sells for more than $7,000. Expensive.

SAVIDGE: Well, if it saves your life --

KEILAR: Worth it. SAVIDGE: Worth every penny, isn't it?

All right, well, it's time for the state fair. A must-see moment here. Time for the state fair in Iowa, the fair is some ways best known for its culinary culture, but we are way past deep-fried Oreos.

KEILAR: Yes, that's right. One of our producers is there. Who got this assignment? And sent back these photos. OK, so he gets to try pork chops on a stick, deep-fried brownies. That sounds good to me. I'd do that. Corn-stuffed corn dogs. Just about anything you can think of covered in bacon.

SAVIDGE: Yes, anything. And if you're interested, those culinary delights, there is a little time left. The fair wraps up today. So, rush over there with your anticholesterol medication and dive in.

KEILAR: I once did a whole story when I worked in Washington state on fair food. I, like, fought to get that assignment. The first year I didn't get it. The second year, I said, I estimated that I consumed approximately 5,000 calories.

SAVIDGE: I don't think there is anybody that dislikes it. Of course, we feel guilty for the health reasons, but --

KEILAR: I got a tummy ache.

SAVIDGE: It's great, great food.

KEILAR: Thank you so much for starting your morning with us.

SAVIDGE: We've got much more ahead. "New Day Sunday" continues now.

KEILAR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Brianna Keilar.

SAVIDGE: And I'm Martin Savidge. It is 7:00 now on the East Coast, 4:00 in the West, and this is "New Day Sunday."

KEILAR: We'll start with a dark claim about Princess Diana's death. Could it be true? Before anyone can answer that, Scotland Yard has to figure out if the claim is even credible.

SAVIDGE: The question of the hour, did British commandos murder Princess Diana? CNN's Erin McLaughlin live in London. And, Erin, Diana died in a Paris car crash, if anyone has forgotten that, 16 years ago this month. So, where did this allegation come from? And why now?


Well, at the moment, the metropolitan police simply are not saying. They released a statement saying, quote, "They are scoping information and assessing its relevance and credibility." They went on to say that this is not a re-investigation and they are not prepared to discuss the matter further. They have not even said what the information they are considering is exactly.

However, there are reports in the British media and from a U.K. publication called "Sunday People," saying that this information includes the allegation that the British military was in some ways involved in the death of Princess Diana and Dodi al-Fayed, all the way back in 1997. That information they say is coming from, according to the "Sunday People," a letter that they have been able to see, a seven-page, handwritten letter from the in-laws of a special forces sniper.

The letter was written after the sniper's marriage to their daughter broke down. In that letter, they say that the sniper at one point during that marriage boasted of the fact or of the idea that the British SAS, which is a special forces commando unit, was behind the deaths of Diana and Dodi al Fayed.

So, lots of questions here in the U.K. this morning surrounding this information, if it is, in fact, true, Martin.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: And so, Erin, there's all of these conspiracy theories that we've heard over the years. Why does this one merit a look by police? Is it possibly just something that's kind of perfunctory that they have to do because it's out there?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, that is the question, Brianna. The police saying this is the first information that they have assessed since the inquiry into Diana's death concluded in 2008. That inquiry involved a jury verdict. The jury verdict basically ruled that the car crash that killed Diana and Dodi al-Fayed was a result of gross negligence on the part of their driver as well as the surrounding paparazzi. It's a conclusion that even the metropolitan police in their statement point to.

So, lots of questions as to why now, 16 years after this horrendous accident, Brianna.

KEILAR: Still creates buzz so many years later. Erin McLaughlin watching this story for us in London -- thanks.

MCLAUGHLIN: Now to follow-up from Jerry Sandusky and the child sex abuse case. The first lawsuit against Penn State, where Sandusky was an assistant football coach, has been settled. That word from the lawyer for the victim, a man known at trial as really only victim number five.

We have his attorney with us, Tom Kline.

Good morning. How are you?

TOM KLINE, ATTORNEY FOR VICTIM #5 (via telephone): Good morning. Good morning, Martin. How are you?

SAVIDGE: We understand, and this question's going to sound strange, but we know it's a confidential settlement you have. What can you tell us about it? KLINE: I can tell you nothing about the precise settlement amount. I can tell you that my client is relieved and that we are very pleased that Penn State, which is a great university, will be able to now move forward. I can also tell you that approximately 25 or 26 of the 31 claims are expected to be settled within the next week or two after settlement documentation.

My case on behalf of my client, victim number five, is now completed. It is the first case that is signed, sealed and delivered.

SAVIDGE: The former Penn State president, Graham Spanier, and two others are facing criminal trial for allegedly covering up Sandusky's actions. I'm wondering, how does your client feel about someone potentially going to prison?

KLINE: Well, my client was directly in literally the line of fire as it pertains to the Schultz, Curley and Spanier charges. They're charged, essentially among other things, with failing to report, and that included the infamous McQueary incident, when Mike McQueary, the assistant coach, graduate assistant, saw this horrible incident in the shower in February of 2001. My client, victim number five, was assaulted in the shower at Penn State just six months later.

So, the incident which involved my client could have and should have been directly stopped and could have been stopped had the appropriate reporting taken place. So, my client actually may end up a witness in that trial, if subpoenaed, just as he testified live and in person, of course, in the Sandusky trial and again at the sentencing hearing.

SAVIDGE: All right, Tom Kline, thank you very much for joining us this morning.

CNN reached out to Penn State for a comment. A spokesman says the university continues to make progress on multiple settlements but does not have a comment at this particular time.

KEILAR: Let's turn now to the weather, because it's been a very soggy weekend for so many of you. Maybe you want to know if you should continue to keep your umbrella handy today.

So, let's bring in Jennifer Delgado. Of course, I don't have my umbrella.

JENNIFER DELGADO, AMS METEOROLOGIST: No, you don't. Why are you saying that, Brianna? Yesterday you already told on yourself, you don't carry an umbrella. You know what? I usually don't either.

But if you're going to be flying into the Northeast, Brianna, today, into Washington, D.C., we do have some showers out there.

Good morning to you. It's a new day in D.C. because yesterday you had the sunshine. Now, you're looking at the White House, cloudy skies out there.

As we head over to our radar, you can see the wet weather out there. Nothing severe across parts of the Northeast and the mid- Atlantic, but down towards the south we continue to follow the heavy rainfall there. A lot of lightning spreading into the Florida panhandle and, of course, the heavy rainfall, that's the story. We're not worried about severe weather, but we are worried about flooding as rainfall totals once again are going to be impressive across parts of the Southeast.

In fact, let's go to some video coming out of Wilmington, North Carolina, and this all started yesterday. What you're going to see, flooded streets, people driving through these streets. And Martin mentioned earlier, when you see a flooded roadway, turn around, don't drown. They say this all the time and it could certainly save your life. It doesn't take much to lose control of your car.

Back to the graphics here, want to talk about the totals for today, two to four inches in some parts. In Panama City, we could see another 4 inches of rainfall. Certainly, that's going to lead to flooding. Look at the totals we've already seen so far. They've been quite impressive.

Guys, we'll send it back over to you, but we're going to talk more about fires as well as floods throughout the morning.

KEILAR: All right. Jennifer, thanks so much.

DELGADO: You're welcome.

KEILAR: You know, the president is wrapping up his summer vacation out on the vineyard, Martha's Vineyard.

SAVIDGE: It's always depressing when you're packing things up.

KEILAR: Yes, no fun.

SAVIDGE: I don't think he packs his own stuff, but anyway. Gone will be the golf games, and, of course, now the big issue to tackle now will be Egypt.

ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Egyptians here in New York are split on U.S. involvement.

Good morning, everybody. I'm Alina Cho.

Despite all of the violence, some say the U.S. should just butt out. I'll have details when NEW DAY SUNDAY returns.


KEILAR: This morning, Egypt's interim government is telling its side of the story. It blames what it calls terrorists for inciting violence and chaos across the country.

SAVIDGE: Officials showed reporters videos like this, claiming they show the Muslim Brotherhood members firing automatic weapons.

KEILAR: More than 170 people have been killed since Friday in clashes between the government, security forces for the government, and Muslim Brotherhood protesters. Meanwhile, the government is questioning the legality of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has called for protests all of this week.

SAVIDGE: Meanwhile, back in the U.S., President Obama wraps up his vacation on Martha's Vineyard today.

KEILAR: And CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian is there.

So, Dan, the president's staying up to date on Egypt, obviously, even though he's on his vacation.

DAN LOTHIAN, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's right. I mean, he has been briefed throughout the week by his national security team. Some of these briefings taking place by phone, but mostly in person. His national security adviser, Susan Rice, has been here throughout the entire trip. The president this weekend briefed on the latest development -- developments, rather, in Egypt.

Egypt has been a big concern for the administration, concern that that government, that military-led government has not been moving along that transition quickly enough to a civilian, democratically elected government. What's interesting is Egypt was the only major issue that forced the president, if you will, to briefly interrupt his vacation, make a statement to the press, and certainly to the nation and to the world about some of the moves that the administration would be making, like canceling that joint exercise set for next month with the Egyptian military.

So, this is a big issue for the administration that the president will be dealing with well beyond this vacation. The president getting a lot of pressure from some top members in Congress, Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham, who put out a statement talking about how the administration has not done enough to use its influence to try and shape events in Egypt and how this is sort of diminished the standing of the United States.

But aside from that, the president has had a chance to get a little bit of R&R, spent at least five trips out on the golf course, has been on the beach, bike riding, and of course, has been out to dinner with his family many, many times during this trip. But very much, this has been a working vacation for the president, where he's been dealing with Egypt, also been dealing with some of the big issues at the NSA -- Brianna, Martin.

KEILAR: All right. Dan Lothian, thank you so much for that report.

Meantime, the violence in Egypt is happening obviously halfway around the world, but the bloodshed is hitting close to home for Egyptian Americans, and that includes tens of thousands who are living in the New York area.

SAVIDGE: Our Alina Cho is standing by. Sorry I was slow up there. And she's here to fill us in on their experiences.

Hello, Alina.

CHO: Martin, Brianna, good morning. You know, about 60,000 Egyptian Americans live in this tri-state area, 21,000 of them in New York City alone. And many of them live in this area of Queens that's known as "Little Egypt". It's really the Egyptian-American community of record in the U.S.

And here in Little Egypt, when you walk around the streets, when you visit cafes, much of the talk, naturally, is centered around the bloodshed in Egypt right now. In fact, in one cafe, TVs are actually set to the news coverage and people are glued to those sets.

Nearly everyone we spoke to said they currently have relatives living in Egypt. Many expressed fear about what's to come while still having hope for the future. And at least one man we talked to said even though he lives here, the U.S. should just butt out and let Egypt settle its own problems.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The voice of the Egyptians in Egypt right now, they ask nicely, kindly, please, Mr. Obama, just mind your own business. We don't stick our nose in your business, in your personal issues, so let us handle whatever is good for us.


CHO: Well, we'll see. There's no sign that's going to happen. The U.S. is, of course, very involved in what's going on in Egypt.

Meanwhile, there's no sign that the violence is ending, either. A group opposing the military government is calling for daily demonstrations this week. And, Brianna, and, Marty, if history is any guide, it is highly unlikely that those demonstrations will be peaceful.

SAVIDGE: Yes, you're right. Alina Cho, thank you very much.

KEILAR: Now, still ahead, we are bringing one of the world's top circuses to you, kind of.

SAVIDGE: Yes, a famed ringleader Paul Binder joins us for a look at his unusual life of entertaining kids, hanging with celebs and achieving the extraordinary.

KEILAR: You're watching NEW DAY on CNN.


SAVIDGE: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Today's "must see moment" -- always enjoy these, because you never know what's going to happen.

KEILAR: Exactly, always a surprise. And they're calling this YouTube video a sheep protest. I kind of like these sheep ones. They crack me up.

But really, you know, who knows what this woolly crew is speaking out against? One thing they are, though, is organized.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you want?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When do you want it?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who's your daddy?



KEILAR: Al? Al's their daddy?

SAVIDGE: Who is that in the background? The voice goading those sheep on.

KEILAR: So funny. I love how interactive they are. It's just so cute not to see again. So, if you missed it this week --


KEILAR: Occupy New Zealand. I love our little graphic down there.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are you fighting for?



MARTIN: That's a farmer with way too much time on his hands.

KEILAR: And a great sense of humor!

SAVIDGE: Mm-hmm.

KEILAR: All right, I do want to show you this again, because if you missed in this week, we want you to meet the Olinguito. You've never heard of it? Well, yes, that's the point, right? It's a small mammal that lives in the forest of Ecuador and Colombia.

SAVIDGE: Yes, scientists at the Smithsonian say the olinguito is the first discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. And olinguito, as everybody know, is a member of the raccoon family.

What's interesting to know is that apparently, the zoo had one of these a while back, but they didn't know that it was an olinguito.

KEILAR: Oh, really?

SAVIDGE: Yes, they called it something else, like a lemur or something.

KEILAR: Amazing! I mean, they're the zoo, they should know, right? Just saying. All right.

Well, still to come --

SAVIDGE: An inside look at the Big Apple Circus, a view like none other.

KEILAR: Let's check in now with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for what's coming up on "SANJAY GUPTA, M.D." at the bottom of the hour. Good morning, Sanjay.


GUPTA: Brianna, I'm going to have more on my investigation into medical marijuana, how it may have saved the life of one little girl. Also, details on a groundbreaking, new test to diagnose Alzheimer's, perhaps a full decade before the onset of memory loss. Also, five foods you should never eat, including some you may never have guessed. We've got all that and much more ahead at 7:30 this morning.



KEILAR: Good morning, New York City. We've got a live look there of Lady Liberty, all of her bronze splendor, kind of a little cloudy weather. Seventy-four degrees today we're expecting in New York, but it looks like storms may be moving in later today, so that time in the park with the blanket, the wine and the cheese we talked about yesterday, unfortunately coming to an end.

SAVIDGE: Is it bronze?

KEILAR: It is bronze, isn't it?

SAVIDGE: I thought it was copper.

KEILAR: Oh, is it copper?

SAVIDGE: It's green. I mean, doesn't it?

KEILAR: Oh, man. I'm getting my metals mixed up.

SAVIDGE: We're going to move on. We're going to move on.

Ever wanted to just run off to join the circus? Most people never do it, of course. But in this case, Paul Binder, who really has put his Ivy degrees behind him and literally went out to create his own circus in 1977. You've all heard of it, the renowned Big Apple Circus, which doesn't just highlight some of the best circus artists that you can find around the globe, it's also a non-profit designed to help the community, and that is, of course, the best thing of all.

The ringmaster himself joins me now from New York. And the reason he does is because he's the author of a new book, "Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion," which is a wonderful title -- a collection of stories from his 35 years in the circus.

And, Paul, thank you very much for joining us this morning. A big top welcome --


SAVIDGE: -- to the ringleader.

BINDER: Oh, no, you're the ringleader, martin. I'm the ringmaster. Good morning. How are you?

SAVIDGE: Very good. Thank you, Paul.

Explain, first off, the title of this book. Where does it come from?

BINDER: Well, we had a sea lion act in the show, and there was a giant sea lion, a Patagonian sea lion, weighed 800 pounds, and a smaller one, a California sea lion. And I was about to introduce the act. It was raining that day, raining hard.

And the performance director was whispering in my ear, Mr. Paul, the sea lions aren't coming out of their tank. I said, what do you mean they're not coming out of their tank? Well, it's raining. OK, so, I said to them, it's raining a lot harder and no one really wants to be in this rain, so maybe we'll see the sea lions later in the show. And we went on.

And then the second half of the show, we introduced the sea lion act. And I went back after the act and said to the trainer, what's going on? There's sea lions, it was raining, it's water. They said no, no, they weren't afraid of the rain. But he said they were in their tank and people were walking by with their big, black umbrellas and they thought they were these dome-headed monsters outside of their tank. And so --

SAVIDGE: I don't blame them. I don't blame them.

BINDER: But you know, it's a story about animals, you know, animals knowing what they're thinking and seeing is the key to good relationships with the trainer.

SAVIDGE: Mm-hmm.

KEILAR: Paul, Brianna Keilar here.

BINDER: Hi, Brianna.

KEILAR: You're 35 years into making this dream into a multimillion dollar circus. Why did you start the Big Apple Circus?

BINDER: Well, I started the San Francisco mime troupe where I was juggling and my partner and I went on a tour of Europe. We started in London working on the streets, all worked our way all the way to Istanbul, made our living that way.

And along the way, we got discovered, and we were put into a French circus, the Nuevo Cirque de Paris. And from that, the vision of how to bring a circus to America based in New York came to us. There it was, this sudden, child-like dream of being in the circus and having this wonderful sense that it brought a sense of joy and relief to an audience every day.

SAVIDGE: Did you have any idea it was going to get as big as it is and become just this incredible, you know, journey that's been featured on "Sesame Street" --

BINDER: Well, I imagined it full blown, you know? Here it was! Of course, then it took ten years just to establish it, and now, of course, we're in our 35th year. So, this year we open at Lincoln Center in the third week in October, new show, "Luminosity," and -- actually, we open in Dulles, Virginia, the month before.

But, go ahead.

That's me on "Sesame Street." I see myself --

KEILAR: I know, you've been all over the place.

SAVIDGE: That's when you know you've made it.

KEILAR: And, Paul, one of the things that's pretty fascinating about what you have done is you've given back. You have done a lot of non-profit work. Tell us about clown care for sick kids.

BINDER: Well, when we first started, we had the vision that we would not only create a world-class performing arts institution, but we would serve the communities in which we perform. So, this is the largest of our award-winning programs. It's in 16 hospitals nationwide. And we have clowns who visit the bedsides of acutely and chronically ill children and seniors in our vaudeville caravan and bring joy and pleasure into their lives.

You know what we say is, we treat the healthy part of the kid, not the disease. And you know, and the other key phrase is feeling good is good for you. And in fact, what we've seen is kids have shorter stays in hospitals when they are treated by clowns, when they're clowned.

KEILAR: Really? That's amazing.

SAVIDGE: I was just going to say, this has to be a great reward for you. I mean, it really must be so fulfilling.

BINDER: Enormously satisfying, Martin. You know, I think while I was working at 24/7, I was so busy, I never gave it much thought. It gave me pleasure. But now the sense of what we've created, and it's an institution that, you know, goes on, is wonderful.

We've had wonderful -- a lot of different great celebrities on it. Robert de Niro was in the ring, there is Robin Williams. Paul Newman, there's a wonderful Paul Newman story. He came out dressed as a clown. He asked if he could be in the show, and as he walked in -- the audience actually knew who it was because they could see his eyes. And it was a benefit that he was supposed to be the host of.

And he did a thing called the clown trip, you know where he'd walk along and you're, a couple, you know, do the sound of a drum going, like (INAUDIBLE) and he landed and he got up and the audience cheered and we revealed it was Paul Newman, and off he went. And then the next year I gave him, I said, Paul, do you want to be in the show next year, eagerly anticipating it, and he said, "Not on your life!"

SAVIDGE: Paul, we have got to tend there.

BINDER: He said, do you know I broke my elbow when I did the clown trip?

SAVIDGE: Thank you very much. Congratulations to you. Paul binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus. Thank you.

BINDER: And his book.

SAVIDGE: And his book, "Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion."

KEILAR: And we'll see you right back here at the top of the hour, 8:00 Eastern.

Up now, "SANJAY GUPTA, M.D."