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Obama Tackling College Costs; Woman Dies Week After Shark Attack; Fukushima Leaks Could Take Years To Repair; NCAA Denies Player's Hardship Waiver

Aired August 22, 2013 - 06:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Not the most cheery morning, but you always got to like Johnny Cash, right?

Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Thursday, August 22nd, I'm Chris Cuomo.

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


BOLDUAN: Coming up in the show, shark attacks. We're hearing more about them every day and that they're happening more often. And after the death of a German tourist in Hawaii, officials in that state are determined to find out why the number of attacks has suddenly spiked.

CUOMO: And take a look at this -- the Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Literally.

That's a Russian hovercraft and nobody was screaming now because this is Russia, but the people are just at the beach, enjoying their day and then this happens, barreling in nearly 70 miles an hour. We're going to tell you why this happen.

BOLDUAN: A hovercraft on steroids.

CUOMO: Yes, look at that. Show it again.

Lot of news this morning. Let's get over to Michaela with it.

PEREIRA: All right. Making headlines at this hour -- newly released dramatic 911 call shows just how cool, calm and heroic Antoinette Tuff is. The suburban Atlanta school worker acts as go-between as the gunman invaded her school and made his demands to police. Tuff was warm and compassionate and eventually convinced the suspect, Michael Brandon Hill, to surrender police. You will hear that call and dramatic moments later on NEW DAY.

President Obama kicking off a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania today with a focus on education. He is sure to face tough questions about how his administration plans to handle two international hot spots, Syria where the Assad regime allegedly killed hundreds of his own people with chemical weapons earlier this week, and Egypt where military rulers have killed hundreds of protesters in a crackdown on the opposition.

California's destructive wildfire season just seems to be getting worse, around 10 wildfires burning right now. One chased hundreds of people from homes near Yosemite National Park and forced three summer camps to close. The number of acres that have burned so far this year in that state this year, double what it was at this time last year and we have to remind you, peak fire season is still ahead.

Bradley Manning about to beginning serving his 35-year sentence at Leavenworth as part of his punishment for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. Manning was also dishonorably discharged from the Army. He could be eligible for parole in around eight years' time. The case will be appealed and his attorneys say they'll seek a presidential pardon for Manning.

All right. You know, going on a diet is hard, doesn't matter if you're a human or a cat. Little YouTube video here of a hungry cat kind of pesty because apparently her owners put her on a diet. It's the look at the camera, like, really, people? Really?

I got all these bowls and nothing. You know what kind of hard day I had in the box today and you bring me this?

BOLDUAN: Wow, you are a cat mind reader.

PEREIRA: I'm telling you, I feel this cat.

CUOMO: Go catch a mouse.

BOLDUAN: Exactly!

CUOMO: Tons of fun. Look at the size of that thing. I thought it was a koala bear.

PEREIRA: It was a gigantic cat, and that cat definitely needs some time on the treadmill.

CUOMO: Only exercise he is get something moving his paw.

BOLDUAN: All right. Michaela, thank you for that.

Time now for our political gut check. All the stories we need to know come out of Washington. Former Senator Scott Brown taking himself out of the running for governor of Massachusetts, saying he's sticking to the private sector for now but how long will that last?

CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here to break it down.

So, you keep getting the Scott Brown updates these days, John. He's not running for governor, but he sure seems to be keeping his options open.

What are you hearing about Scott Brown?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kate, he looks closely at the race for Massachusetts governor and look at the politics in Massachusetts right now. Number one, it would be a steep hill. So, he's decided he's making a little money. He says for the first time in 15 years, he's not in the state legislature. He's not in Washington. So, he gets to spend time with his family.

Here's the big question. He is going to go out to Iowa. Hard to see him in the Republican presidential primary because of his moderate, some would say Republican politics.

But look, he lost the race for the full seat, the old Ted Kennedy's seat and he passed when John Kerry went to secretary of state. Now, he's passing on running for governor. At some point, you're not only a former senator, you're a former politician.

So, if he wants to stay in the national debate, eventually he's going to have to run for something.

BOLDUAN: Yes, that's good point.

You know, there has been one big surprise this summer I would argue is the relative silence or quiet of the August recess. Not as many of those fiery town halls that we had expected or seen in the past considering the contentious issues that Congress is facing. When they come back, they've got immigration. He's got big budget battles, including, you know, how they're going to deal with the Obamacare question.

Do you think this is a good sign or bad sign for lawmakers when they're heading back?

KING: Trying to learn more about that very dynamic is one of the reasons I'm in Kentucky this morning.

If you talk to strategists in both parties especially Republicans, because the House is especially big when it comes to the immigration debate. Most people think part of this relative quiet is because there are relatively fewer town hall meetings, a lot of politicians are ducking that. But there is sense among Republicans there hasn't been as much screaming, as much volatility on the immigration.

So maybe, just maybe you get a chance of something done there. But if you listen to these Republican town halls especially on spending, on the issue of funding of the president's health care plan, on the debt ceiling debate that is coming, you know this, that we're going to have much more confrontation between the Republicans and the president out of this summer even though the town halls haven't been as loud, because guess what? 2014 is right around the corner.

BOLDUAN: Right around the corner. There always seems to be an election right around the corner, that's because that's how they set up.

The president is kicking off his two-day campaign style bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania. The issue is trying to make college more affordable. That's an issue I think every family cares about.

But with everything the president's facing right now, he's kind of looking, is this a looking towards a legacy issue? Why is he taking this on?

KING: Well, it's a proxy for a bigger debate about whose side are you on? And the president wants to make the case and plant the flag not only for the congressional session we're talking about this fall, but heading into the 2014 election year, heading into the debate about his legacy. And it won't be long, Kate, before people are starting to say lame duck.

We talked not that long ago, you know, about the college loan. They finally passed the compromise on college loans. Well, the president says there's much more Washington can do to make college more affordable for middle class families. And that's the focus of this bus tour.

But make no mistake about it. He knows he's about to have that debate over spending, over the debt ceiling, over government priorities, over whether or not to shut the government down to fund his health care program and then to set the tone and tenor for 2014.

So, part of this is to get on the road. But you mentioned, this is what gets problematic and your buddy Mr. Cuomo there is going to have to deal with this when he sees the president. The president is trying to talk about domestic priorities but I suspect when good intrepid reporters like Mr. Cuomo get across to him, look around the world. The president is going to face a lot questions about those issues, too.

BOLDUAN: You have the stuff you want to talk about and then the stuff you have to talk about as president and stuff you have to deal with in front of your face.

All right. John, thanks so much. Great to see you.

KING: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: That is one of the issues, school afford -- college affordability that you're going to be taking up with the president.

CUOMO: Only issue in my mind is how John King is separating himself from me so quickly before this interview. Your buddy as opposed to his, Mr. Cuomo, always bad when the media is calling you by your last name. I'll tell you that much.

We're going to be sitting down with the president tomorrow and as John is saying, a lot of the things seem like distinct challenges for the president but on many levels they're related, domestically, what he's going to do with the shutdown, how that will help with immigration and Obamacare, how college costs play into his economic policy and then abroad, the questions from Russia to Egypt to Syria. They all kind of blend into an American mojo question.

So, a lot of this comes together and that's the challenge of being president. So, we'll see what he has to say.

BOLDUAN: Yes, looking forward to that. CUOMO: Right now, we're going to give you a little break here on NEW DAY. When we come back -- shark attacks on the rise. Gotten so bad in Hawaii, officials there are launching in two-years study to find out the obvious question -- why are so many people falling victim to the ocean predators?

BOLDUAN: And do politicians and (INAUDIBLE) really think baring their chests will translate to votes? Well, apparently so. We're going to have more on that coming up.

But, first, CNN's legendary show "CROSSFIRE" returns September 16th. That's a program that, of course, redefines political debate in America. And as we lead up to its premiere, here is a look back at one of its most memorable moments.


VAN JONES, HOST: They say the more things change the more things stay the same? Right now, our do-nothing Congress is on vacation. But back in 1988, we had a future speaker of the House on "CROSSFIRE" and he was defending the record of another do-nothing Congress. Check this out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's projected you're going to work 89 days max this year. Why should we pay you for 89 when you're only working 89?

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R), OHIO: It's 89 days here in Washington. But as you know, we've got constituents at home, we've got issues in our district that we need to deal with and the fact is, this is classic Washington thinking that if we're not passing some new big government program or issuing new regulations, getting into the pockets of our constituents, then we're not working. Unfortunately, most Americans don't agree with your premise that this is a do-nothing Congress.



CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

A young German woman whose right arm was bitten off by a shark fought as long as she could to survive. But week after the 20-year-old Jan Lutterop lost her arm, she lost her life at a hospital in Maui, surrounded by her family.

Hawaii is seeing more shark attacks than normal.

And let's get some more details on what this could mean from CNN's Tory Dunnan.


TORY DUNNAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A German tourist who was attacked by a shark last week while vacationing in Hawaii has died. Her mother and sister say Jana Lutterop fought hard to stay alive.

CHIEF LEE MAINAGA, FIRE DEPARTMENT: Her right arm below her shoulder was severed.

DUNNAN: The shark attack happened as Lutterop was snorkeling some 50 yards off the island of Maui. Loved ones described her as a, quote, "A very beautiful, strong young woman who was always laughing."

Just four days later, a 16-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark in the waters off the big island of Hawaii. Officials say he's recovering in a hospital from bites to both legs.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He duck dived and that's when the shark hit him when he duck dived under the water to go under the wave.

DUNNAN: According to the director of Hawaii's natural land and resources, so far this year, there have been a total of eight shark bites in the Hawaiian Islands. In 2012, there were 11, an uptick from the usual average of three or four bites in an average year. In Maui alone, there have been four shark bites since January.

WILLIAM AILA, DEPT. OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES: We have a greater number of tiger sharks born and matured in conjunction with a larger number of people being in the water every day and what we see the potential for an increase in interaction.

DUNNAN: It's unclear what type of sharks were involved in the latest attacks, but it appears Maui is somewhat of a black hole when it comes to data regarding the aggressive tiger shark.

Beginning next month, researchers from the University of Hawaii will study the species, focusing on where they came from and where they're going.

Tory Dunnan, CNN, Los Angeles.


BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks, Tory.

Let's go around the world now, starting in Japan where officials there now say the radioactive leaks from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may not be repaired for years.

Paula Hancocks has the latest from Tokyo.


PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Public confidence in the handling of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has sunk even lower here in japan. Hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from an onsite water tank and some of that water has made its way into the Pacific Ocean.

Now, the plant operator says that if you stand too close to this undiluted water, you would get a five-year dose of radiation in just one hour. And Japan's nuclear watch dog is basically saying the plant is like a house of horrors. There are frightening mishaps time and time again. Back to you, Kate. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BOLDUAN: All right. Paula, thanks so much.

And to Cuba where people are struggling with a deadly foe the country hasn't fought in about a hundred years, cholera. CNNs Patrick Oppmann is in Havana.


PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: U.S. diplomats are warning people traveling to Cuba to take precautions against an outbreak of cholera. Cuba has struggled to contain the deadly disease since the outbreak last year, the first on the island in over a century. Doctors here are warning people to wash their hands more frequently and stay away from places where they might be exposed to contaminated food and water.

Cuban officials have been close-lipped about this recent outbreak, but now, officials in other countries are taking precautions to make sure that Cuba's cholera doesn't spread any further -- Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Patrick, thank you.

And two candidates running in Austria's general election, they're not hiding anything from voters. These men are willing to do about everything, including show some skin to get their point across. CNN's Vladimir Duthiers has more.


VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The race for Austria's legislature is heating up. Two candidates, Heinz-Christian Strache and Frank Stronach have posed in beefcake shots of themselves. Now, this isn't the first time the world has seen politicians without their shirts on. We all recall President Obama stunning himself on a Hawaii beach a few years ago and who can forget the macho men shots of Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

But in Austria, the press has asked both of these candidates to stick to the naked facts and to keep their shirts on. Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: I've been thinking about this. Is it possible -- thank you, Vladimir. Is it possible that there is any race in the United States where there isn't a cringe where the element to that? There are two candidates running against each other. They're attractive enough to be worth taking their shirts off?


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Scott Brown, when he was running. Remember, he had those earlier pinup shots of himself when he'd been a model. BOLDUAN: Yes. In "Cosmopolitan."

CUOMO: That kind of helped him.


CUOMO: But I don't understand the where were they in that smoke filled room, you know, the back door politics --

PEREIRA: That seemed like a good idea.

CUOMO: -- where they're like, yes, yes.

BOLDUAN: Let's do that.

CUOMO: That picture is awesome. We should put that on.

BOLDUAN: And then, one guy puts it up and he's like, well, I'll top that.

CUOMO: Yes. Not the jeans, though. You should hear these ridonculous underwear.

BOLDUAN: Not even ridiculous. Ridonculous.

CUOMO: That's the part that got me. That was a man law violation.

BOLDUAN: All right.

PEREIRA: Can I tell you about the must-see moment?

CUOMO: Please.

PEREIRA: So good we've shown you a little bit of a teaser. When somebody says life's a beach, probably not the beach they have in mind. That is not a pleasure boat, my friends. More of that coming up in a second.

BOLDUAN: While the Dave Matthews song playing in the background.


BOLDUAN: I'm doing this.

CUOMO: No, go ahead, read them. I won't (ph) talk to it, promise.


CUOMO: I won't say anything.


BOLDUAN: We're fighting.

CUOMO: You can ask that.


PEREIRA: OK. We'll go to the beach but it's not going to be quite how you think it might end. It's our must-see moment today. That's the beaching experience, folks, will never forget. In Russia, military hovercraft plowing toward the sandy beach. Hundreds of sunbathers look on in shock. Now, the Russian defense ministry says that the hovercraft was on a tactical mission and the area is actually owned by the military.

Here's my question, anybody check that beforehand, maybe click for reconnaissance mission? Scout things out in the area? Thankfully, no one was injured, but though, folks on the beach probably are going to say, yes, not so much for this one. We'll go find somewhere a little less, you know, tactical.

BOLDUAN: The thing's most shocking is that no one seems to be running in terror, especially closer to where it actually beaches.


CUOMO: Russia tough.


BOLDUAN: I guess so.

PEREIRA: I think you're right. Russia tough.

BOLDUAN: Hey, look. I don't have words.


CUOMO: Maybe they're, you know, just scared.

BOLDUAN: Scared frozen?


BOLDUAN: Oh, there you go.

PEREIRA: It could be.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, evidence of a chemical attack in Syria, a deeply divided Egypt, all of those things we're going to be talking about with Senator John McCain. What he thinks the U.S. role should be in these hot spots.

CUOMO: Also, tough is her last name and boy, is that fitting. This Atlanta area woman outwitted a gunman with grit and compassion. The woman who made that 911 call that made such a difference in that Georgia shooting, coming up.


CUOMO: So listen to this one, this student athlete loses two family members, right, obviously dealing with the bereavement of it, and the NCAA tells him he can't play this season as a result of the time missed. Andy Scholes joining us right now with more on the "Bleacher Report." I mean, is there an explanation that makes any sense here?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, Chris. The wording of the rule is once again getting in the way of doing what's right there. College basketball player, Kerwin Okoro, lost both his father and brother in the last year so he decided to transfer from Iowa State to Rutgers to be closer to home.


SCHOLES (voice-over): But now the NCAA says he's going to have to sit out this season. According to the rule, you can get a hardship waiver to play right away for a sick family member, but if a family member dies, you're out of luck. Now, Rutgers does plan on appealing this decision by the NCAA.

A scary moment in the Braves/Mets game yesterday. Jason Heyward is going to take a fastball right off his face. Ouch! He walked off the field, but he went straight to the hospital. Heyward has a fractured right jaw and will undergo surgery later today. He's expected to be out four to six weeks.

All right. We've seen some awesome full dunks this summer, but this one is going to be hard to top. The ball changes hands 11 times, there are multiple trampolines, kids on roller blades, a gorilla suit, and guys, the dunker is wearing a GoPro camera. So, we're going to get to see this in multiple angles. Check it out. Pretty awesome stuff. I love the gorilla suit. He just jumps through there.


BOLDUAN: The gorilla didn't really do anything.

SCHOLES (on-camera): He didn't touch the ball, he just jumped through.

CUOMO: How many takes do you think?

BOLDUAN: I'm going to say one.

CUOMO: That's one whole afternoon.

BOLDUAN: Wow! That's a great use of an afternoon. Thanks so much, Andy.

CUOMO: Good stuff.

BOLDUAN: All right. We're now at very close to the top of the hour, everyone, which means it's time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He say he don't care if he die. He don't have nothing to live more. CUOMO: Voice of a hero. A 911 call that will amaze you. The school clerk held by a gunman who talks him into surrendering. Dozens of lives saved. We have the whole tape for you.

BOLDUAN: Tipping point, the video that shocked the world. Syria accused of using chemical weapons on its own people. Now, the U.S. is under pressure to step in.

PEREIRA: Back from the dead, nothing short of a miracle. Meet the man declared dead for 45 minutes who suddenly sprung back to live. He joins us live, truly live, this morning.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: When hundreds of civilians are being killed, you can't continue with business as usual.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.


ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: All right. Let's get it going here. Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Thursday, August 22nd, seven o'clock in the east. I'm Chris Cuomo.

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

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: Coming up in the hour, we're going to play that powerful 911 call from a Georgia school clerk who bravely talked down an armed man inside her school. How was she able to convince him to surrender and keep so calm in the face of incredible danger? The brave moments that potentially saved dozens of lives, that's coming up.

CUOMO: The brand new details in that shooting carried out, allegedly because, the shooters were bored. Remember this, they ended the life of this promising athlete and student Australia. We're going to just take a look at what went into their stupid decision. And we're also going to hear about who this young man was, their victim, from his girlfriend who's speaking out.

PEREIRA: Dr. Phil is quite used to helping other people get through their personal drama. Now, he is at the center of some controversy himself. A tweet posted to his account was supposed to start a discussion about teen sex and drinking has sparked all sorts of outrage online.