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WWII Veteran Beaten To Death; Sambora Out?; President Obama One-On-One; Inside The Abduction; Miraculous Rescue At Sea; NASDAQ Crippled By Tech Glitch; Icahn Talks Apple On Twitter

Aired August 23, 2013 - 07:30   ET



MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): -- conducting an all-out search for those suspects.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was a war vet and he fought for this country. In fact, he was shot when he was 18 years old on the beaches of Okinawa.

PEREIRA: He survived an attack in World War II only to be savagely beaten to death here at home. Outrage as friends and family remember the war hero they called Shorty, 89-year-old Delbert Belton.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's like my dad is what he was to me. Was a hell of a nice guy. He'll do anything in the world for everybody.

PEREIRA: Police say Belton was attacked in his car Wednesday night. He was waiting for a friend outside this pool hall where he often played. Officers say Belton's friends found him badly beaten inside his vehicle and saw two teenagers running away. Belton suffered severe head injuries. He died Thursday morning.

DET. LIEUTENANT MARK GRIFFITHS, SPOKANE POLICE: It does appear random. He was in a parking lot, appears that he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication of any, that he would have known these people prior to the assault.

PEREIRA: Investigators revealed two teenage suspects between 16 and 19 years old.

TED DENISON, FRIEND: They need to be caught, period, because that's senseless, man, beating an old man? What kind of person does that, excuse the express, a wimp.

PEREIRA: Friends of Shorty put up a memorial outside the pool hall, as they hold out hope that the kind, old man who gave so much for his country will get justice in the end.


PEREIRA: A 5-year-old kindergarten student in Memphis could be facing a long suspension. That child took a gun to school and it went off in his backpack. School officials say the weapon discharged while students were waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria. Thankfully no injuries reported. The incident however is now under investigation and officials say they will follow the state's zero tolerance policy on weapons in school.

Police investigating the crash of a charter bus on a freeway in Southern California, 50 people injured, most of those injuries not considered serious. That bus was headed to a casino when it went off Interstate 210 and ended up on its side with one point the freeway closed in both directions, traffic was backed up for some 30 miles.

Definitely a shot through the heart of Bon Jovi fans. says legendary guitarist Richie Sambora has been fired from the group. The site says Sambora was apparently too expensive, raking in $2 million a month plus profits from touring. What is Bon Jovi without Sambora?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: You cannot put a price on genius.

CUOMO: That should be on a mug.

BOLDUAN: On my mug.

Now we're going to show you some more of our exclusive interview with President Obama. The president shares the country's fascination with Antoinette Tuff after her amazing actions at that school in Georgia calming a gunman saving kids. For the president it is people like Antoinette Tuff that keep him going.


CUOMO: So we have this horrible situation that was luckily avoided down in Georgia. We saw something we see too much of and something we almost never see, somebody mentally ill not properly monitored and a weapon and almost created a tragedy and Antoinette Tuff, what do you think of her?

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: She was remarkable. I talked to her today.

ANTOINETTE TUFF: I learned from the best, the best president in the world.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Because when I heard the 911 call and read the sequence of events, I thought here's somebody who is not just courage and not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about and I told her, I said not only did she make Michelle and me proud but she probably saved a lot of lives, including the life of the potential perpetrator.

CUOMO: Absolutely. She was calm in the face of the gunman. Did she keep her calm when she got a call from the president of the United States?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: She was pretty cool, too. She was happy about it.

TUFF: Thank you, too, I greatly appreciate it and I hope I get a chance to meet you also. PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think we might have to maybe have her make a visit to the White House.

CUOMO: That would be a great way for her, to reward the kind of behavior we open no person ever has to find themselves in.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: One of the things that you see and one of the reasons I love these bus tours, you meet folks like this all across the country every single day they're doing incredible stuff. Usually it's not as spectacular and the stakes aren't as high as this one, but everywhere you go, you see people who are working hard, doing their jobs, looking after their families but also giving back to the community and sometimes I think in Washington you lose sight of what exactly makes this country so great. It's not all the stuff that gets a lot of attention. It's that day to day courage, kindness, empathy that really makes a difference.

CUOMO: On NEW DAY we call it the good stuff, and do a story about it every day to reinforce the idea that people are out there going above and beyond.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I appreciate it.

CUOMO: It's my favorite part of the show. What is more daunting to you, the prospects of protecting the free world or dealing with a teenager, what gives you pause for concern?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I got to tell you, and Michelle gets all the credit, Malia and Sasha are just doing great. They are poised. They're smart. They're funny, but most importantly, they're kind. They're respectful to everybody. I just couldn't be prouder of them. What I'm discovering is that each year I get more excited about spending time with them. They get a little less excited but they love me so they want to pretend like they want to spend time with me so they'll come into my office and pat me, you know, and say "Daddy, I love you," and they'll give me a 10-minute conversation and say OK, daddy, I got to go. I'll be gone all weekend and see you Sunday night.

CUOMO: Is that what the new dog is about?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think there is an element for Michelle and me, we see what's coming and we need to make sure that we got somebody who greets us at the door when we get home, but part of it is also Bo. Bo was getting lonely because the two other puppies have grown up and they still have some responsibilities for him but they're not always around during school, sports practice, all that stuff so Bo was starting to look a little down in the dumps inside the house and sunny, the new dog, she's only a year old and the truth is, she's faster than he is. She jumps higher. She's friskier and --

CUOMO: Every man has to learn that, though.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: She is trying to keep up and ultimately I think it will be great for him over the long-term. Right now, Michelle is in full parenting mode and really focused on getting Sunny to sit and you know, catch and also there have been a couple accidents. CUOMO: No.


CUOMO: Is that like a federal violation?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is --

CUOMO: Because that's a national museum.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We live in rental housing. We didn't have to make down a deposit, but we are making sure it gets cleaned up for the next occupant.


CUOMO: Puppy may have to retain counsel.

BOLDUAN: I know, exactly. Watch out. I do love that moment when you're talking with him and he's talking about getting outside of the White House and getting outside of Washington and talking about how much he enjoys and how much of a relief it is to get out of the bubble and to see the people that, well, he's really serving and you can really -- I bet that is a very honest, candid moment. You can see how it's stifling.

CUOMO: Easy to forget. Easy to forget what matters most.

We'll show you there's more the president has to say, coming up ahead, he's going to talk about what needs to happen in Congress to avoid a shutdown. Now he has the perspective from the outside he's going back in and our private conversations. Are they safe? He's confident they are and we'll tell you why.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead on NEW DAY, Hannah Anderson is now talking about the tragic events that put her in the national spotlight and also suspect James DiMaggio. For some, Hannah's interview will have left plenty of questions unanswered.

BOLDUAN: We also have an amazing tale of survival. This Florida fisherman had no choice, but to tread water after he got knocked off his boat. He was able to do it for 18 hours, no life vest. We'll take you through what it took him to survive.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. A public memorial will be held tomorrow for the mother and brother of Hannah Anderson. The 16 year old just spoke out for the first time about her harrowing kidnapping ordeal although there are things she still cannot discuss. Anderson says she's coming forward to set the record straight about James DiMaggio. CNN's Pamela Brown joins us with more on this. Good morning, Pamela.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Kate. Only two weeks since her brother and mother were murdered and she was allegedly kidnapped, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson spoke out in her first TV interview and tried to silence skeptics that her explanation about her communication with her alleged kidnaper leading up to the ordeal may have led to even more questions than answers.


ANDREA SAINCOME, HANNAH ANDERSON'S AUNT: Her mom always taught her to be strong through everything and that's what she's doing for her.

BROWN (voice-over): Hannah Anderson's family reacting to her first TV interview in which she answered her skeptics.

HANNAH ANDERSON, KIDNAPPING SURVIVOR: They don't know the story so they have their own opinion what they hear.

BROWN: Hanna's grandfather have this to say about the emotional account.

CHRISTOPHER SAINCOME, HANNAH ANDERSON'S GRANDFATHER: She is doing these interviews because she has to relate. She's a 16-year-old child.

BROWN: Hannah's statements designed to set the record straight about her communication with her alleged kidnaper James DiMaggio 13 times the day she was taken.

ANDERSON: The phone calls weren't phone calls. They were texts because he was picking me up from cheer camp and he didn't know the address or where I was.

BROWN: And she explained those letters she wrote to DiMaggio found inside his charred home.

ANDERSON: In the letters were from like a year ago when me and my mom weren't getting along very well. They weren't anything bad.

BROWN: But her comments have fuelled some speculation on social media. If there was nothing bad about the letters, why would Hannah say that? Odd, read one tweet, another wrote pretty certain Hannah Anderson wanted to be swept away by her kidnaper. Others posted more victim blaming toward Hannah Anderson. I'm getting more pissed at society with each new post.

WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: Every time she talks there seem to be out there who forget she's a child and a child victim. On the other hand this may be part of her process and how she heals.

BROWN: Hannah said she's ready to move forward with her life and leave her critics behind.

ANDERSON: You are you who are and you shouldn't let people change that and you have your own opinion on yourself and other people's opinion shouldn't matter.

(END VIDEOTAPE) BROWN: Hannah also made it clear she is a survivor, not a victim, and since her return a series of twists have emerged. Joe DiMaggio reportedly left more than $100,000 to Hannah's grandmother and now DiMaggio's family is requesting DNA testing be conducted on Hannah and her 8-year-old little brother whose body was found in the alleged kidnaper's torched home.

BOLDUAN: You make the, one of the most important points, we need to remember she is just 16 years old and I don't think anyone should judge the healing process of someone.

BROWN: Everyone heals differently. She just turned 16. She's young.

CUOMO: It is odd people questioning her story and what happened. It just seems strange what's happening here.

BROWN: I agree. It's much easier to judge when you're not in the situation.

BOLDUAN: Good point. Thanks, Pamela.

CUOMO: We'll take a break here on NEW DAY, when we come back, more with our exclusive interview with President Obama. The president says he has a plan to get college costs down and make it easier for families and students to get and pay off loans. He also makes news on what the U.S. strategy is in Syria and Egypt.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, a Florida fisherman is lucky to be alive this morning, alone at sea. He was forced to tread water for nearly a day after falling off his boat.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is being called a miracle rescue in the Gulf of Mexico. A 51-year-old fisherman was knocked over board during a patch of pretty nasty weather and he spent 24 hours battling for his life, treading water miles from shore with no safety vest. This morning thanks to a chance rescue, he's on the mend. Take a look.


BOLDUAN (voice-over): A miracle for the family of a missing fisherman. The 51-year-old Steve rescued off the coast of Florida after treading water for nearly 24 hours according to the Coast Guard. The drama began when he left Fort Island Trail Park in Citrus County, Florida, for a day of fishing on his 16-foot boat. He texted his wife this picture of his catch and said he was headed back to shore a short time later. When he didn't return, she contacted authorities.

The following morning, Steve's boat was found nine miles from the boat ramp, but he wasn't in it. Amazingly according to affiliate WTSP, a family out scallop fishing spotted a man in the water waving his shirt in the air. They pulled him onboard their boat. He was tired but fine.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We got him on board and he was fairly coherent. He gave us a phone number for his wife.

BOLDUAN: He had quite a story to tell. His boat was taking on water and then tossed overboard during a storm. He survived in the water for almost a full day without any life vest.

ANASTASIA MOUMOURIS, WIFE OF RESCUED FISHERMAN: Elated. No words to describe it. If anybody could make it, it would be him.


BOLDUAN: Steve was taken to a local hospital where, despite the ordeal, he is only suffering from dehydration. According to doctors he is listed in good condition and regaining his strength, which is just amazing. I also think a good case for do not go fishing alone.

PEREIRA: Or without a life vest present.

BOLDUAN: He had one there.

PEREIRA: Wasn't able to grab it in time.

CUOMO: He went to lunge it and grab it and a wave came and knocked him overboard. Just wear it all the time, I guess. If you think about it on any given day, I don't know if you are an amazing swimmer. We couldn't do it for 15 minutes, yet alone 18 hours.

PEREIRA: I tested myself in the pool seeing how long I could tread water. Like five, not even 5 minutes. That will to live and that fight because when you know the pool edge is right there, you can grab it.

CUOMO: When you're miles from shore in the ocean.

BOLDUAN: You just never know what adrenaline will help you get through. Thank goodness for that, again, that chance meeting. Scalp fisherman just see him in the gulf and they go pick him up.

CUOMO: Wasn't his time.

BOLDUAN: Thank goodness.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, we have more of our exclusive conversation with our commander in chief. President Obama everything from Syria to the cost of going to college.

BOLDUAN: Meet the 911 dispatcher that helped her through that entire ordeal. That wasn't the only surprise for Antoinette Tuff.


BOLDUAN: That music means it's time for the rock block, everyone. A quick round up of the stories you're talking about today. First up, Michaela.

Freaky find at Jennifer Lopez's home, a stalker secretly lived in her pool house for a week. She was away and had a protective order against the guy.

In the "L.A. Times," the space agency taking an infrared telescope to join in the hunt for asteroids that may be on a collision course with earth.

PC World surprising new pew poll that finds teens are very concerned about their online privacy. Many say they avoid apps that make them divulge too much personal info.

Christine Romans now with your business news.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning. It's the mother of all trading outages on Wall Street. So the president was briefed on an embarrassing snafu. The NASDAQ stock market went down for three hours yesterday because of a technical glitch freezing 3,000 stocks, including apple and Google. This affected nearly $6 trillion in equities. The stocks expected to open normally today.

Karl Icahn is at it, again. The billionaire, activist, investor tweeted yesterday he was having dinner with Apple CEO in September to talk about the size of a stock buyback. That tweet added $4 billion to Apple's value by day's end.

Mortgage rates are rising, the rate on a 30-year mortgage at the highest level in two years, 4.58 percent. The 30-year was at an all- time low, just a little bit less than a year ago. Let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Tropical depression 9-E. All vacationers in Baha similar in the southeast by Sunday and Monday look for one to two inches and two to four inches of rain possible into the region.

we have the rain in the northeast yesterday. The same frontal system making its way into the southeast. Don't worry. We're talking about just rain for another day or so, so much better out there. In fact, high pressure building in and nice and dry and even more importantly, better into the northeast.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks so much, Indra.

We are now at the top of the hour, which means it is time for the top news.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: Ultimately, you don't want kids settled with debt. We want them to get a degree and get a good job.


CUOMO: A NEW DAY exclusive President Obama one-on-one. Pressure growing on the U.S. to act with Syria and what he says his administration will do now.

Plus, his plan to tackle the soaring cost of higher education. BOLDUAN: Powerful reunion only on CNN, the school hero who talked down a gunman. All caught on a gripping 911 call. She meets the dispatcher on the other end for the very first time. Both women talk about the terrifying moments that potentially saved lives.

PEREIRA: Holy casting shocker, Batman. Ben Affleck named the new dark knight. Is he the right choice to save the Gotham City?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: We still have a war going on in Afghanistan. Every time I sign a letter for a casualty of that war I'm reminded there are costs.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you feel it in your heart, just go for it. You will make it.


BOLDUAN: Good morning, welcome back to NEW DAY. It's is Friday, August 23rd, 8:00 in the east. I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: A big -- I'm Chris Cuomo here with Michaela Pereira, as always. We have more of our exclusive interview with President Obama. He is facing enormous pressure to address the violence spiralling out of control in Syria and Egypt. We discuss his plans to help students pay for college amid sky rocketing costs.

BOLDUAN: Is this the end for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Today, he is expected it resign as part of a deal with city officials. So what happens now with the sexual harassment lawsuit and --