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When Will The U.S. Strike?; Learning His Fate; Report Sheds New Light On Bin Laden Raid; New Tylenol Warning Labels; Protesters Demand Justice For Teen Rape Victim; Behind The Scenes With Twin Pandas; Clint Eastwood And Wife Split; Randy Jackson Returns To Idol; Fergie, Josh Dunamel Had A Baby; Miley "Degrades" The Finger; Labor Day TV Sales

Aired August 30, 2013 - 07:30   ET



KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Coming up in the show, a vicious beating caught on a school bus video camera, three teenagers who admitted to the attack find out their punishment. Now in an interview you'll only see on CNN, we're hearing from one of their legal guardians, what does he think the punishment and what the teens did? We're going to tell you.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Plus here's a live look at the Atlanta zoo, a panda wandering around this morning. Here is the question, what is cuter than one panda? Michaela, the answer.


CUOMO: Two panda babies, we're getting a close look at these new babies, how they're doing. They're the only surviving panda twins in the U.S. One story we're looking at but a lot of news this morning so let's get right to Michaela -- Mick?

PEREIRA: All right, all eyes on the latest developments in a potential military strike against Syria. The U.S. may be weighing a unilateral response now that British lawmakers decided against taking military action. The big question remaining if the U.S. does decide to act, when will it happen? Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is following that angle for us. Barbara, what is the latest?

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Michaela. The U.S. military says it is ready to go, simply awaiting orders from President Obama to strike Syria if those orders are to come. We expect later today now that the administration will make public at least part of its intelligence assessment backing up its view that the Syrian regime was behind this chemical attack that killed so many people there last week.

One of the key questions on the table was Bashar Al-Assad's finger on the button? Did he order the attack personally? That's one of the big pieces of information, but the administration is saying it doesn't matter really whether he did or not. They have intercepts, they have information that they say is solid that the Syrian regime was behind the attack -- Michaela. PEREIRA: More details to come. Barbara Starr, thank you.

The Pennsylvania police chief who got suspended after firing off his guns and his mouth in a YouTube rant, he'll be on hand for a special council meeting tonight, the Gilberton Borough Council suspended Chief Mark Kesler for 30 days, a suspension that is about to end. Chief Kesler says he expects to be fired, but he is not backing down. This week in fact he released a new video aiming at targets with the same first names as the Borough Council president and vice president.

More details emerging about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, "The Washington Post" says forensic intelligence agents confirmed his identity eight hours after he was killed by using DNA from his corpse. It also says the U.S. lacks intelligence on Pakistan, North Korea, and Russia. "The Post" report is based on information from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Beginning in October, new warning in bright red lettering will appear on bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol alerting users to the dangers of taking too much Tylenol. The manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, is hoping to reduce the number of accidental acetaminophen overdoses. The pain relieving ingredient in Tylenol is the leading cause of sudden liver failure.

All right, here is something special when it comes to memorable weddings it would be hard to top this one, Vancouver, Canada, the couple celebrated on Wednesday going out on water skis for their first kiss. They actually had their ceremony on dry land moments before. The bride actually took a tumble into the bay on her first attempt, $1,600 worth of wedding dress and all.

They got it right the second time around they completed their wedding ceremony on water skis with the beautiful north shore mountains of Vancouver in the back drop. I think it's fantastic and who minds a little water stain on the wedding dress.

BOLDUAN: Not after that. That looks really good.

CUOMO: A Canada story.

PEREIRA: Are you sensing a theme? We try to get in one a week from my Canadian viewers.

CUOMO: Canada conspiracy.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Michaela. They're very good. Let's get to Montana, a story we've been following closely, hundreds of people protesting a Montana judge's decision to sentence a confessed rapist to just 30 days in prison. Protesters want the judge off the bench and the rapist put away behind bars for years. As CNN's Miguel Marquez shows us the cries for justice are growing louder.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are here today to say that our community will not stand for victim blaming language any more. MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Protests and anger in Montana spreading, rallies planned across the state as anger over District judge G. Todd Baugh, his comments about a rape victim and light sentence for a rapist incensed Montanans and the nation.

SHEENA RICE, RALLY ORGANIZER: This is about Montana and our nation and rape victims all over the world and the world is watching us.

MARQUEZ: Sheena Rice, an organizer, revealed this week she, too, was a victim of sexual assault. Her fear of embarrassment outweighed by her anger after Judge Baugh sentenced this man, former high school teacher, Stacy Rembel, to 30 days in jail after he broke the terms of his parole for the 2008 rape of then 14-year-old Cherice Morales.

RICE: We're really creating a pretty big movement here in billings about victim blaming and rape sentencing which is very exciting.

MARQUEZ: In handing down his sentence, Judge Baugh said the 14-year- old Morales was in as much control as her then 49 years old rapist and that she acted older than her chronological age. Morales took her own life shortly before trial in 2010. Baugh has since apologized for his words, but the sentence stands. Kate Olp started the petition urging Judge Baugh to step down. It now has tens of thousands of signatures.

KATE OLP, STARTED PETITION: He is a person who fails so deeply to understand the experience of victims. We feel that he ought to step down from his position as district court judge.

MARQUEZ: Miguel Marquez, CNN, Los Angeles.


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

CUOMO: All right, let's take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, a NEW DAY exclusive, three teens get their sentence for this, remember the bus beat down? Probation, sound fair to you? We'll hear from one of their guardians in an interview you can only see here.

BOLDUAN: We're also going to be checking in on a pair of very cute, very young twins, little newborn pandas. We'll go inside the nursery with these adorable animals. You just have to see right after the break.


CUOMO: I know you're in a rush, getting ready for the weekend but look at your screen. We have something great to show you.

BOLDUAN: Don't look at us.

CUOMO: We're pretty too, but not as cute as these guys. Look at that, baby pandas times two, Atlanta, one of only four U.S. zoos to have pandas. CNN's Alina Machado got a rare behind the scenes glimpse at the baby brothers. She's at the zoo in Atlanta with a lot more -- Alina.

ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Chris. We're actually inside the panda exhibit at the zoo. I'm hanging out with the cub's older brothers on this side over here, this guy over here is Po and on this side I don't know if you can see him through the foggy windows. That guy over there getting some treats his name is Xilan. His birthday today, he just turned 5 years old. Up until this point the people can only see the twin cubs through panda cam monitor because they are behind the scenes with the mom, but we got an up close look.


MACHADO: This is panda B, this is cub B.

(voice-over): Meet the twin panda brothers causing sheer pandemonium at the Atlanta zoo.

(on camera): If it's possible, they get cuter every time I see them.

(voice-over): We suited up to go inside the panda nursery. To see how the only set of twin pandas born in the U.S. is doing.

DR. KATE LEACH, ZOO ATLANTA: They are really on track with the other cubs we've had here.

MACHADO: Every week doctors give each cub has a thorough check up.

(on camera): What are you doing?

LEACH: Checking eyes, look the at their gums and no teeth yet, not to are a little while.

MACHADEO (voice-over): Each little guy is measured and weighed. Doctors even listen to the heart and lungs. Today we are told everything looks and sounds great.

(on camera): Is he kind of purring?

LEACH: A little bit of a purr/grunt, yes.

MACHADO (voice-over): Each cub weighs about four pounds. The progress is considerable. They were about as big as a stick of butter when they were born. To get from here to where they are today, staff have been hoping their woman, Lun-Lun care for them. While one panda sleeps in an incubator, the other spend some time with mom. Zoo staff swaps them out every four hours.

(on camera): It sounds exhausting.

LEACH: It's been exhausting but with this cuteness you can't begrudge any long hours at all.

MACHADO: Keeps you going?

LEACH: Absolutely.

MACHADO (voice-over): The Atlanta zoo is one of four in the U.S. with pandas.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Even though they were born here they still belong to China.

MACHADO: The zoo says they pay to have the animals on low.

REBECCA SNYDER, ZOO ATLANTA CURATOR OF MAMMALS: Having them here helps to us raise the money to conserve them in China.

MACHADO: And China is where the twins will end up in a few years. Until then they'll be in the care of doting doctors and staffers.

LEACH: A has a little bit thinner band over here on what we call the saddle compared to B, my goodness.

MACHADO: Who can't get over these sweet, little faces.


MACHADO: Now back out here live, Xilan looks to be hanging out with his dad, who is on the other side of that wall. It will be a while before the actual baby cubs will be out in this exhibit area and by the way, they will be named when they reach the 100 day mark, that's in line with Chinese tradition. For now they'll be known around here as panda "A" and panda "B."

BOLDUAN: Be honest, how close were you trying to get the pandas in your bag?

MACHADO: I tried to snatch one and they almost tackled me as I was leaving so no, they were very cute.

PEREIRA: I can't just believe how they're just so tiny when you look at how big they get. How quickly do they grow? We'll see sort of them double in size over the next month or so do you think?

CUOMO: Less than that.

MACHADO: Just so you get an idea when they were first born they were about the size of my palm and they're now about this big, about four pounds so they're growing and that's normal, that's what's normal for these animals.

BOLDUAN: What a fun story. Not many people get the opportunity to be that close to a panda and when they get older maybe you don't want to get so close so perfect timing for you.

PEREIRA: Excellent access.

CUOMO: I think it's dumb when you see the newscasters trying to twerk, but I do believe it is not done cute and we should do best panda sound.

BOLDUAN: I can't believe you made a twerk panda reference. Yours is better do it. I can't top it.

CUOMO: It's not a competition.

PEREIRA: It is always a competition for you. It is kind of that.

BOLDUAN: It's Friday. It's Friday. Alina is like I'm already out.

CUOMO: It's not a competition but I think I win. Everything's a competition, don't kid enough. We'll take a break, practice your panda sounds. We'll go back at it on the other side of the break.

We have more news for you also, a little entertainment news, Clint Eastwood and his wife calling it quits after 17 years of marriage. The question is why, after so many years, we'll tell you.

BOLDUAN: And meet Fergie's new fellow. This music star is giving birth to an adorable little boy. We're going to tell you all about it in the "Pop Four."


BOLDUAN: All right, welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's time for the "Pop Four" with our Nischelle Turner, who is ready to go this morning.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Well, first of all, NEW DAY family, did you know it's college colors day. Am I the only one representing?

BOLDUAN: I am not aware of that, thank you.

CUOMO: I am aware and I am representing.

TURNER: You were talking about college football.

BOLDUAN: My college did not have a football team.

PEREIRA: Nor did mine.

TURNER: Mine did. Chris, thanks for being with me.

CUOMO: We are family.

TURNER: Right here. Let's get to our "Pop Four" this morning. Our number four story, one that I don't like to start with, but let's talk about it, after 17 years of marriage, Clint Eastwood and his wife have separated. They are still close, but that they have been living separately for some time. She was a former newscaster.

What is old is very new, again. "American Idol" bringing back, number three story this morning. Fox expected to announce that Randy Jackson is officially returning to the show, not as a judge, but as a mentor for the contestants replacing the departing Jimmy -- where have you been?

CUOMO: Didn't know what a dandelion was and didn't know Randy Jackson was off the show.

BOLDUAN: It's entering the 13th season.

TURNER: Yes, 13th season of "Idol." Still going strong. All right, congratulations. Big congratulations this morning to Fergie and Josh Dumell. The number two story this Friday. The couple gave birth to their first child yesterday. A 7-pound, 10-ounce baby boy with the rock inspired name, Axle Jack.

PEREIRA: She is a rock star.

CUOMO: For somebody else's kid.

BOLDUAN: You don't think I could have --

BOLDUAN: Can I have an axle?

CUOMO: Sure you can.

TURNER: I can't talk. So, I'm Nischelle. My mom switched it up a little bit.

All right, our number one story this Friday, you know that foam finger that was featured, the man who was credited for inventing it told Fox Sports that she took an honorable icon. The foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident. I will say though she really did deflower that finger. That thing went through the ringer. Happy Friday, guys.

BOLDUAN: Happy Friday.

CUOMO: Happy Labor Day weekend to you. You're hard working.

BOLDUAN: You better be the work at Monday.

PEREIRA: The rest of us aren't.

BOLDUAN: She's trying --

CUOMO: Let's take a break so I can get my beat down. It's Labor Day weekend, better fill up before heading out on that road trip. You may pay more on the other side of the weekend. Gas prices set to spike. We'll tell you how high.

BOLDUAN: The big story we are watching as we head into the weekend. Britain saying no to taking action in Syria. What does that mean for the U.S.? We're all over the story with the latest from Washington, London and Beirut. We'll talk to one key congressman on a call with the administration last night.


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

PEREIRA: All right, let's take a peek in the papers beginning in the "New York Times" an estimated 100,000 Chinese students some as young as 10 are spending summers in the U.S. to get admission to a top American college.

The former presidential yacht sold for about $8 million. That's in "USA Today" JFK spent his last birthday on board the USS Sequoia. Nixon spent a night there before his resignation. Jimmy Carter sold it to the government more than 30 years ago.

And in "New York Daily News" are you ready for some free fall. Six flags great adventure unveiling a new ride with a 41-story drop. Drop of doom will debut at the New Jersey theme park next spring. Christine Romans will be first in line.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: No, I prefer my roller coasters in the stock market. Investors waking up with futures higher this morning, but tensions from a possible U.S. strike on Syria may keep any upside moves in check later today. Higher futures this morning following a higher close on Wall Street Thursday, mostly on news the economy was stronger than we thought.

Nothing says Labor Day better than barbecues and big TVs. And this weekend will be a great time to buy one. "Deal News" says 60 inch plasmas are at their cheapest right now, 600 bucks for a 55-inch 3D LCD. You'll pay a little more about 700 bucks. Something else you can consider shopping for this weekend, a new car. Big discount start in September as manufacturers release new models. If you want until November, you can save 10 percent to 20 percent on a 2013 car model. Indra Petersons, you have the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Things generally quiet in the Atlantic, but that could change. Take a look off the coast of Africa. One of the first systems that look like it could likely develop. We're going to be monitoring that, 60 percent chance over the next five days. We'll see that as a tropical storm.

In the Midwest, we are starting to see the temperatures really go down finally. Saturday in through Sunday and the big difference and the temperatures moderate to where they should be this time of year. Other big story, this is not the good news here, anywhere from the north east to Mid-Atlantic down to the south east, rain will be in the forecast. Two cold fronts making its way through the area, if you don't get rain the first time, chances are second time you'll get that rain.

BOLDUAN: All right, Indra, thank you so much for that. We are now at the very top of the hour, which means it is time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No action can be taken until we have heard from the U.N. weapons inspectors.


CUOMO: The evidence. The president makes his case to Congress for a strike against Syria. Some say it wasn't enough. Now, Britain says the U.S. will have to go it alone. We're covering all the angles.

BOLDUAN: New warning about one of the most common pain relievers on the shelves. Why the maker of Tylenol is now making this big move?