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Gulf Coast and Southeast Getting Drenched; Pistorius Trial Set for March 2014; The Death Of Princess Diana; Dow Comes Off Worst Week of the Year; Is Coffee Bad For You?; Singer Files Lawsuit

Aired August 19, 2013 - 07:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: It's good this song was in the news. We can just keep using it. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, August 19. I'm Chris Cuomo.

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

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone.

BOLDUAN: Coming up in the show, singer Robin Thicke wants the world to know the hit song "Blurred Lines" is completely his. And he's launched a preemptive legal strike in the claims of plagiarism. Nischelle Turner is going to be joining us with the details.

CUOMO: Plus, we cannot under estimate or overestimate or in any way estimate the enthusiasm we have for our one-on-one with Prince William. That is a countdown clock. Nothing says important like that. He's going to be talking about being a new dad and a little bit more, and he's talking only to our Max Foster, and all the joys and challenges of parenthood that we enjoy, he's going to talk about them and we're going to show it to you.

But first we must also tell you what you need to know, the top news right now with Michaela.

PEREIRA: And it's weather. Let's talk about that. Making headlines, U.S. Gulf Coast and the southeast not done getting drenched. The stalled front dumping heavy rains and sparking flash flooding in parts of the Florida panhandle, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas all expected to see several inches of rain. In Miami, an elderly couple died after getting caught in a dangerous rip current, one of more than 50 rough water incidents over the weekend.

Former Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius now indicted for premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at a hearing this morning. A trial date was set for March of next year. Pistorius denies murdering Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

There is word that Penn State has reached the first settlement in a slew of civil suits by victims of former coach Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse. A lawyer for victim No. 5 says his client has received fair and adequate compensation. The university still faces 30 other lawsuits. 69-year-old Sandusky was convicted last year on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

Terribly sad story. A 9-year-old girl from a Panguitch, Utah, has died following what is being described as a freak trampoline accident. Oaklee Sidwell had been playing with friends on the trampoline last Tuesday. She sat down to put on her shoes when a sudden gust of wind carried that trampoline some 50 yards. That little girl was air lifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City where she died the next day.

Steven Rhodes may finally get to play college football after all. The 24-year-old Marine just finished five years of service and realized his dream when he made the Middle Tennessee State football team as a walk-on freshman. He was declared ineligible because he played in some recreational games while he was in the Marines, but now the NCAA says it is reviewing Rhodes case and the final decision will soon be made. Hopefully we can follow up on that.

Look at him. Can I get a scratch behind the ear? He wants his owner to pet him. He lays his head on his leg and taps him. Finally victory, little scratch behind the ears for good measure, look at that face.

CUOMO: Look how short my arms are.

PEREIRA: I can't reach that spot. The puppy dog eyes.

CUOMO: The music is good, too. The music was playing during it which is what really made it a moment.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Michaela.

PEREIRA: You're welcome.

CUOMO: All right, a new story for you now, shocking new claims about the death of Princess Diana. Scotland Yard is taking a close look at allegations that an elite British military force was behind the 1997 car crash in Paris. This isn't the first time we have heard this kind of conspiracy theory, but the way British police are treating this one is making news.

CNN's Erin McLaughlin is at Scotland Yard with much more. Good morning, Erin.

ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. Scotland Yard is saying this is the first time since the exhaustive inquest into the death of Princess Diana concluded in 2008 that they are assessing new information, which has the British press and social media buzzing with speculation.


MCLAUGHLIN (voice-over): New questions launched by a shocking new allegation, claiming British Special Forces were behind the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend. It's the latest conspiracy theory about Diana's death coming almost 16 years after that horrific middle night car crash. The high speed paparazzi chase through a tunnel in Paris with a deadly end.

Scotland Yard put out a statement saying it is, quote, "scoping new information, assessing its relevance and credibility." According to the British newspaper, "The Sunday People," the claim surfaced in a seven page letter written by the estranged in laws of an unidentified Special Forces sniper. They allege their former son-in-law boasted that the British SAS was behind the deaths.

MARK SAUNDERS, ROYAL ANALYST: People don't want to believe that someone as loved as Princess Diana could die in a road accident. It just isn't enough. They want more.

MCLAUGHLIN: Scotland Yard has made it clear. For the moment the new claims will not reopen the exhaustive investigation, which concluded that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed by the gross negligence of their driver and that the paparazzi chasing them that night. Buckingham Palace is not commenting, but those who know the Royal family had been quick to dismiss the claim.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There will always be people coming up with conspiracy theories and the best thing they can do is get on with their lives in a normal way.


MCLAUGHLIN: The 16th anniversary of Princess Diana's death is just days away. For better or for worse this information raises new questions as to what exactly happened that tragic night in August that so many people finally put it to rest -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, Erin, thanks so much for the update. Let's talk more about this. Joining me now from London is Katie Nicholl, CNN Royal commentator and author of "Kate The Future Queen" due for release in September. Katie, it is great to see you. Thanks so much for joining me this morning.

As Erin kind of laid out in that piece there has been many a conspiracy theory ever since Princess Diana's death. How is this being seen on the grounds in Great Britain? Are people taking this one more seriously?

KATIE NICHOLL, CNN ROYAL COMMENTATOR: I don't think people are taking it hugely seriously. As you point out, this is not the first time a conspiracy theory reared its head. We have had three independent inquiries into the death of the Princess of Wales and all have independently concluded that that night was a tragic accident. They were tragic deaths, but there was no conspiracy theory.

The head of the Royal Police Protection Office was one of the few people to come out since this story broke on Sunday and dismissed it as another conspiracy theory. They say they cannot conceive that there is anything to this. I suppose the fact that there is an eight- page letter frankly extraordinary and quite bizarre allegations have been made certainly a subject of discussion.

But I think people are saying again, are we really reading this all over again. You have to look at the timing of this. It really is days away before the 16th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. Was it because of the timing? One does wonder?

BOLDUAN: That is an interesting question and it does lead to my other question. We are on the 16th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. We do see these conspiracy theories coming up, and even they are taken very seriously people care so much it seems about it that they seem to keep searching. Do you think that is why we keep seeing conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory about this?

NICHOLL: I think there are unanswered questions about that whole night even though we had three independent inquiries. It is not satisfying for people to just say it was a terrible accident. There might be more to it and it does prove if nothing else that 16 years on Diana is still an irresistible news story. She is still selling papers 16 years after her death.

BOLDUAN: I don't think we should hear anything from the Royal palace about the latest conspiracy theory. How does yet another story coming out like this and another headline and another slew of papers they are selling papers on her name. How does that affect the family?

NICHOLL: Well, I don't think you will hear comment because the palace has declined to comment. They have said before that it is hurtful for them every time something else is strewn up, every time someone else makes an allegation. I can imagine for the two boys it must be difficult. I think they want their mother's memory left in peace.

BOLDUAN: Especially in a time when there is so much happy news surrounding the Royal palace. Regardless, it's great to see you, Katie. We'll talk to you soon. Thank you.

Very different major royal story for you this morning, in less than 30 minutes we hear from Prince William himself in a brand new interview. He is speaking only to our Max Foster for the first time since the birth of the royal baby. That's at 8:00 Eastern. You do not want to miss it.

Coming up on NEW DAY a new study saying drinking too much coffee can take years off your life. It feels like another study says the exact opposite. What are we to believe? CNN senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen will be here to break it down for you.

CUOMO: Drinking too much coffee will kill you except when it doesn't. This song sound familiar, you hear something in the background that may harking an older song? A new lawsuit has many asking hard questions. The roles are reversed. We'll tell you about it. It gets blurred.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is money time. Christine Romans is here with all business news you need to know. What do we need to know to start our week?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: After a couple of weeks of brutal action stock market is the bull market over. That is the question on investors' minds this morning as they wake up after 334- point drop last week for the Dow. Futures mixed this morning. Here is what the week looked like. The S&P had the second worst week ever this year. Major indexes still up though 15 percent to 19 percent for the year, a very good year so far.

OK, credit score killers. We have a list, thanks to, big balances, closing credit cards, paying late, not paying, these are the things that will kill your credit score. A credit score of 780 or above is considered excellent, 680 or lower is going to make it hard to be approved for credit at all.

This is a record for a car that can be driven on the road and raced at the track. This 1967 Ferrari convertible sold for $27.5 million at an auction on Saturday. That is the highest price ever paid for a Ferrari. Highest price paid for a car $30 million for a 1954 Mercedes Benz.

CUOMO: You know who is going to love driving that car at the track for $27.5 million? No one, nobody is driving on the track.

ROMANS: Put it in a glass box and never move it.

CUOMO: That's not a car. That is an asset.

This is what we do when we are watching the show. We take a sip. Coffee and then you recognize the fact that it is going to kill me. That is what they are telling us. We all drink our coffee. We say it is okay because research tells us it is good for you. Wrong. Report from the Mayo Clinic suggests large amounts of coffee could increase your chance of death.

CNN senior medical Elizabeth Cohen is in Atlanta this morning to help us figure it out. Elizabeth, say it isn't so.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: All right, Chris, well, I can tell you that cup of coffee is not going to kill you. No one cup of coffee is going to kill you, but this study has made a lot of people wonder if I'm drinking a lot of coffee day after day what is it going to do to me? We have some answers for you.


COHEN (voice-over): Conflicting studies about coffee and your health are brewing up confusion.

BRIDGET FIELDS, COFFEE DRINKER: Is it good for me? Is it bad? Should I drink it? Should I not?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I find the information confusing but I drink it anyway.

COHEN: A recent study says maybe she should learn to live without it or perhaps not so much of it. The study found people under age 55 who drank four or more cups a day were 50 percent more likely to die during the course of the 16-year study. We are talking about 8-ounce cups of coffee not the giant drinks that many people like to order. Coffee might hurt you by increasing your chances of getting gastrointestinal cancer plus --

DR. SCOTT WRIGHT, CARDIOLOGIST, MAYO CLINIC: The stimulant from coffee with caffeine could cause irregular heart rhythms.

COHEN: But -- and it's a big but, several other studies have found that coffee is actually good for you, decreasing the likelihood that you'll get Alzheimer's, Type II diabetes and other diseases. So what's a java lover to do?

FIELDS: When you smell coffee you know it is time to get your day going.

COHEN: Some doctors say you can head your best.

WRIGHT: As Mark Twain once said, everything in moderation --

COHEN: Maybe instead of 10 cups a day try sticking to fewer than four.


COHEN: Now, I want to make the note that in this recent study that found coffee might not be so good for you maybe it is not the coffee. It may be heavy coffee drinkers have other bad health habits. For example, maybe they are really stressed out and that is what is hurting them -- Chris, Kate.

BOLDUAN: And lack of sleep. It is probably the lifestyle.

CUOMO: Also set the baseline for us again as we let you go, four cups or more for how long?

COHEN: Right, in this study what they found -- we are talking long term over years and years and years. Four cups or more a day seemed to be a problem.

BOLDUAN: At least we are cutting through the noise a little bit. Thanks so much, Elizabeth Cohen.

Coming up next on NEW DAY first on CNN, Britain's Prince William speaking only to CNN's Max Foster about his new life since becoming a Royal father, we'll bring that to you the one on one at the top of the hour.

CUOMO: And cue the song. There it is. "Blurred Lines" song of the summer. Why is Robin Thicke suing Marvin Gay's family? Details ahead.


BOLDUAN: We have played this song the entire show. R&B singer Robin Thicke has the hit song with the controversial single "Blurred Lines" pre-emptive strike of plagiarism asking a federal judge to rule that he did not copy some music legend from the '70s. CNN's Nischelle Turner joining us with more. What is going on?

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes, this is very interesting because usually you see artists answer this type of charges, but this the latest controversy surrounding the song that many consider the song of the summer.


TURNER (voice-over): Is the hottest hit of the summer too similar to this Motown hit of 1977. Robin Thicke and his producers are going to court filing a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family and the copyright of his work. At issue, complaints about similarities in the compositions of Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and at least two other songs including gay hit "Got to Give It Up" performed here on Soul Train among them.

The suit claims that Gaye's family alleges the songs feel or sound the same. Thicke argues that "Blurred Lines" was to invoke an era and reminiscent of a sound, but that's not copyright infringement or is it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To sound exactly like the songs, you usually get away with it.

TURNER: The suit alleges that the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre as opposed to a specific work and a second allegation pictured here in 1969 also claim Thicke and producers extracted sampling of "Sexy Ways." A former member of the group disagrees, tweeting last week, "No sample of funkadelic's Sexy Ways in Robin Thicke' "Blurred Lines. We support Robin Thicke and Ferrell." Now it's up to a court to determine whether Thicke's "Blurred Lines" crossed the line.


TURNER: Now the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music may try their luck in court if Robin Thicke does not attempt to pay in a settlement. "Blurred Lines" has spent ten consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and there's a couple of other songs that has spent that much, "Candle in the Wind" in 1997 and "I Will Always Love You" and remember the Olivia Newton-John song "Physical"? Ten weeks at number one.

CUOMO: I think it will come down to that. The block or the pipe or whatever they're saying.

TURNER: You do have to have -- if you're going to sample it, you have to have permission to sample. It's not about sampling, it's, did you take the song, the tone, the feel.

CUOMO: Bring attention to a situation that you don't think is going to exist. Thanks, Nischelle.

CUOMO: We're going to take a break. When we come back on NEW DAY, just what the southeast does not need more of rain. There's a dangerous front setting up shop over the region and we'll tell you how bad the flooding can be.

BOLDUAN: Also coming up on NEW DAY, Prince William just became a father a few weeks ago. How is he holding up? He talked only to our Max Foster with life with little George. The one-on-one at the top of the hour.


BOLDUAN: All right, we are counting down to a global event. Prince William's one-on-one about fatherhood first on CNN. Just minutes away. That music first means it's time for the rock block. A quick round up of the stories we're talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, from the papers, in the "Houston Chronicle," a man who fell off his sail boat in the Gulf of Mexico had to swim for it. The 51-year-old sailor who is wearing his lifejacket swam three miles to shore in Freeport, Texas.

From the "Salt Lake City Tribune" one Utah district be warned to cut its water usage by 50 percent because of a shortage. Customers who do not obey could have their water supply cut off.

In the "New York Times," Southerby set to announce the sale of a rare blue diamond at auction. The stone weighs more than 7.5 carats and expected to sell for $19 million in auction in October. Put that on your calendar, Christine Romans.

ROMANS: Cash out the 401(k) for that. U.S. stocks futures are mix this morning after the Dow had its worst week of the year. The Dow down 2.2 percent, 344 points for the week last week. The S&P was down about 2 percent. Realty Track and increasing home prices and came up with this, the leading and lagging areas in housing. Among the leading housing markets, Rochester, New York, Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Florida and San Jose, California.

Let's go to our Indra Petersons for the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: In the Pacific we're watching a chance for a disturbance to happen ahead near Cobbo. If you want for that, you have the beach planned vacations there. One to three inches of rain expected in the southeast even three to five inches expected by the time we get to about Thursday. Flooding concerns are extremely high in the area. Otherwise jet stream lifting up and fall-like conditions and warm up into the northeast, temperatures, five, ten degrees above normal with mid to upper 80s. I love it.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Indra. All right, let's get straight to the top of the hour, which means it's time for the top news.