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President Obama In Primetime; Confusion Over Syria; Nyad Meeting Her Skeptics; From Record Heat to Hail; "You're My Wife? I Hit The Jackpot"; Legal Woes For Zimmerman?; Apple Event To Unveil New iPhones; Cher's "Voice"; Eddie Murphy's "Red Light"; Fourth Time's The Charm; Miley Does It Again

Aired September 10, 2013 - 07:30   ET



KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's Tuesday, September 10th. Coming up in the show, a frantic call to the police from the estranged wife of George Zimmerman, she claims he threatened her with a gun. It's Zimmerman's third run-in with the law since he was acquitted in Trayvon Martin's murder. Obviously he's in the spotlight, but what is going on with him.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: And we have the latest on the Ohio man who took to YouTube to admit to driving drunk and killing a Navy veteran. He is now behind bars. His name is Matthew Cordle. He faces arraignment today. We'll give you the latest of what the situation could be. There's a lot of top news for you to hear so let's get to Michaela.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: That's right, Chris. Kate, good morning. President Obama will talk to the nation today, in prime time, about keeping the pressure on Syria. In the interview with our Wolf Blitzer, the president said he welcomes Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control, but he said it doesn't solve the underlying issue of civil war in Syria.

A new CNN/ORC poll finds that many Americans are confused about the situation in Syria. However they have strong views against U.S. intervention overseas, 53 percent of Americans say they somewhat understand the Obama administration's stance on Syria. Only 19 percent say they get it completely. When asked if the U.S. should act as a world policeman, 77 percent said no.

Diana Nyad's Cuba-to-Florida swim coming in to question and now she is getting a chance to defend herself. She will answer her critics during a teleconference tonight. Those critics say they believe Nyad may have gotten a boost by a boat, either by holding on to it or getting in. They also say she did not follow strict English Channel rules by using a specialized mask and body suit that protected her from jelly fish stings.

Check this out, the Mile High City digging out from a freak hail storm this morning. Look at that. In some places it filed 5 feet high. Heavy winds came with it, knocking out power, taking down many trees in various neighborhoods. Residents say they've never seen anything like it, especially areas where there's been blinding fog, freezing cold hail hitting the hot concrete pavement. That's amazing to see. Last week, Denver registered record high temperatures into the 90s. It's September, people.

Here's a story we had to show you. A man comes out of surgery. He had a surgery to repair hernia and he sees his wife for the very first time all over again. It is a viral video that is really sweet and quite hilarious.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm going to be right here with you. You eat the cracker.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who are you? What's your name?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name's Candace. I'm your wife.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're my wife?




PEREIRA: We can all relate to this maybe a little bit. The video has gotten more 400,000 views, really sweet, kind of endearing and a little embarrassing if that happens to be you. All right, Chris, over to you.

CUOMO: That was good. Mick, thank you for that this morning. We needed that.

PEREIRA: You're welcome.

CUOMO: All right, let's turn now to what is certainly more legal trouble for George Zimmerman. Police were called to his Florida home after an alleged altercation with his estranged wife and her father. Shellie Zimmerman claimed George threatened her, promising to pull his gun, even punching her father in the face. What is going on here?

Let's discuss the psychology and the legality. We have Robi Ludwig, a psychotherapist and author of "Till Death Do Us Part," and Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, former federal prosecutor. It's great to have you both.

Let's start on the legal side here, right, no charges says Shellie Zimmerman. First, your take on whether or not the state could bring charges and then also tell us what this could mean for the federal case?

SUNNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Well, I find it really bizarre, Chris, that the police department is saying things like, the victim has declined prosecution and so there will not be any charges. That's not how it goes down. The decision to charge never lies with the victim. It lies with the government and I can tell you, having tried domestic violence cases that I often brought cases to trial without the cooperation of the victim.

So certainly he can still be charged. I think it's really important to say that, because prosecutors try these domestic violence cases all the time without a victim cooperating and we try cases all the time without a victim. They're called murder cases. I think we need to get that out there.

I think federally, this means something. It means something that Shellie Zimmerman is divorcing George Zimmerman. We know that there's a federal investigation still going on. Under federal law there is no sort of spousal privilege. There's no pillow talk exception.

She can very well give us more insight in the federal investigation as to what happened on February 26th and just what her relationship is with George Zimmerman and how that perhaps may bear on a federal trial. So I think it's really important these new things that are going on in their relationship.

CUOMO: While her credibility may be more of an issue now because of the separation, her motivation may also be different going into the federal investigation.


CUOMO: Robi, let me ask you this. Tell me, stop me if I'm going where we shouldn't be going psychologically, but is George Zimmerman just a victim of circumstance, a very hot spotlight on everything he does or do you see this use of self-defense, a pattern and behavior that suggests something psychologically?

ROBI LUDWIG, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: I do think that we could be looking at a mood disorder where he has a pattern of feeling angry, paranoid, grandiose and how he handled Trayvon Martin is really how he handles situations, where he blames other people, he feels that he's being provoked and he has to act in kind where he has to defend himself in a violent, aggressive kind of way.

And now, he's under more duress because I'm sure many people are out to get him because he is really considered guilty in the court of public opinion. So he's under a lot of duress which probably makes him more paranoid and grandiose and violent.

CUOMO: Usually I'm somebody who would dismiss this. Come on, he has attention on him. He only got pulled over for speeding. Now we have this. The facts are somewhat in dispute. We hear from Shellie's brother. It's her brother but still, that boy has he changed since this happened to him. Even if it is circumstantial, can the experience of the Trayvon Martin trial change him and make him potentially into something different than what he was before.

HOSTIN: Well, look at O.J. I mean, I think a lot of people are harking back to that, the O.J. Simpson syndrome where he was acquitted of something where many people believe he's guilty and he lives on the fringes of society. He's no longer famous. He's infamous. That I think is the place where some defendants find themselves, like a Casey Anthony, an O.J. Simpson, now like a George Zimmerman.

LUDWIG: That the healthy part of him feels guilty that he actually ended a teen's life. So he has this mix of feeling like he got away with something, maybe he shouldn't have, on one level, because he did end someone's life, even if he feels that it was for self-defense. How does he make sense of that? I don't know if he's getting help for everything he experienced.

CUOMO: But couldn't the explanation also be, though, that he feels he did not do anything wrong but defended his life? He's not O.J. He's not Casey Anthony where you could make a viable argument that they were killers. But that he has all these people coming after him, even though he feels he should have never been on trial? Is that enough to trigger a kind of disconnect in your personality?

LUDWIG: It's a self-fulfilling prophecy that he has a paranoid idea about the world. Now he's made it true because there are people out to probably get him because they feel he got away with murder. For this type of personality, that's a toxic mix.

HOSTIN: On the flip side, is this who George Zimmerman really is? Is this someone who is violent? Is this someone who reacts to situations in this way? I mean, as a former prosecutor you see that kind of thing. I've got to tell you. I listened to that 911 call. I don't know if there was an opportunity for Shellie Zimmerman to make things up for reflection? She sounded to me like many domestic violence victims sound on 911 calls. She sounds afraid. She sounds concerned and that's why she reached out for help.

CUOMO: It sounded present not contrived to you. Because that's the skepticism, right, if you wanted to do something to get George Zimmerman, this is exactly it. You know he is going to use the gun. We all know that that's what he does, that kind of cynicism.

HOSTIN: I didn't hear that.

LUDWIG: He may be out of control and on some level wants to be stopped. So we'll see how it all plays out.

CUOMO: Deep stuff.

LUDWIG: We're deep.

CUOMO: Sunny Hostin, thank you very much for the analysis. That's why I need. Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: All right, Chris, thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, a story that is truly hard to believe, a Florida man convicted of felony charges for tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking a pill, the abortion pill, that led to a miscarriage. And a NEW DAY exclusive, the victim is speaking out this morning.

Also ahead, all eyes are on Apple as the tech giant is set to introduce the latest versions of the iPhone. We have a look at some of the new features. Is it enough to win you over?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Big news on the Apple front potentially. Apple set for a major launch event today in California. The iconic brand was once nearly uncontested in the market, but now a competition is so fierce, Apple is about to do something they've never done before. What is it, Christine Romans?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Two phones at the same time, they've never done that before. For months now, bloggers and Apple fans have been speculating. Today Apple ends all the talk. Will this company have a big reveal, a gold iPhone, a cheaper plastic model, maybe, a bigger screen? What about a new iPad? No official confirmation of what Apple will unveil later today, but here's what we expect.


ROMANS (voice-over): Apple unveiling new iPhones it hopes will help it win the smartphones war. This leaked photo posted on the blog iPhone in Canada, it will be called the 5s. Here's what tech insiders expect. It's not a total redesign, but will have a faster processor. The screen size is roughly stay the same. It will come in new colors including a gold or champagne option, an improved camera will take better pictures, and there are rumors of a fingerprint scanner as a replacement for password.

The cost for the basic model expected to remain the same as the current iPhone, $199 with a two-year phone contract or $649 without. Apple also debuting a cheaper model, the iPhone 5c, which will reportedly come in multiple hues.

DAN FROMMER, EDITOR AND FOUNDER, SPLATF.COM: Apple has always done a really good job at meeting the high end of the audience, you know, the top 10 percent, 20 percent. So it's really important for Apple not just to make the premium product, but also a good product for the rest of the people.

ROMANS: Some experts say these reported upgrades aren't innovative enough to overcome the bruises it's taken recently, losing market share to companies like Google and Samsung. Others say Apple hasn't lost its lustre.

FROMMER: People wonder has Apple lost its imagination. I don't think so. If you look, it took us 20 years of the Mac and iPod to get where we were. With the iPhone, it's not as fast as people think it is. I think Apple is still doing great.


ROMANS: There's an awful lot riding on this. IPhone sales made up more than half of Apple's revenue last quarter. Those in the know say there won't be a new iPad or iPad Mini announced today. No refreshed Apple TV either and no iWatch. Those are I would say marginal, innovative products that people want to see, but we're not going to see it.

BOLDUAN: It's catchy, but it's that move you think the big game changer for Apple is the move to China.

ROMANS: Yes, absolutely. They're going to have a press conference in Beijing nine hours after this one. Look to see what kind of China strategy they're going to push, 750 cell phone users, 750 million cell phone users in China, that is big. For you shareholders, the top number one or two stocks in the country, you probably have a new 401K. Will we be able to get it here or only in China? That's great for your share price.

BOLDUAN: Good to know. Thanks, Christine. Great to have you back.

ROMANS: Thank you.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, women, you'll want to hear this one. There's a new study out there saying when you should start getting mammograms. It's the opposite of everything you've been told so far. So please listen up and we'll break it down for you.

BOLDUAN: Also this, Cher is making her return to prime time. Nischelle Turner will tell you about Cher's new TV gig coming up in the "Pop Four."

CUOMO: Big Cher fan. Is that surprising?


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is time for the "Pop Four" with Nischelle Turner again. Hello, Dear.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Hi, guys. OK, first of all, don't even act like you didn't jam to that song back in the day because we all know we did. Even though everybody says they didn't love it. We all we did our little move to that song. We have some good stuff in the Pop Four for you this morning. I'm going to get this going, OK, and I'm going to set it up with this.

It's my Cher move. The number four story, the voice getting some serious star power, she only needs one name. Her name is Cher. She'll be advising the contestants on the upcoming season along with Ed Sharon, Miguel and One Republic's Ryan Tedder. They are going to be mentors working along with the coaches.

OK, you mix Eddie Murphy with Snoop Lion and what do you get? You get our number three story. The two have teamed up for Eddie Murphy's new reggae single "Red Light." Yes, I said reggae. Yes, I said Eddie Murphy. It's his first release since "Party All The Time" nearly 20 years ago. Couple of things about Eddie Murphy, guys, he la, la, loves music. He would rather be a musician than an actor, I'll tell you that. I've looked at this video about five times. Yes, I admit it, I like it. I said it. I like it.

Our number two story this morning, SNL's leading lady, NBC confirming that Tina Fey is going to host the comedy sketch show for the fourth time when it returns for its 39th season on September 28th. I love her, can't get enough of her. Wish she was still on SNL. Music guest for that night is Arcade Fire.

By the way, the musical guest and host for SNL on October 5th is the subject of our number one story this morning. Yes, Miss Miley Cyrus, once again, she just released a new video for her single, "Wrecking Ball," is raising some eyebrows and creating some topic of conversation. She rides around in a tank top and underwear, we've seen that before. She caresses a sledge hammer, haven't seen that before and in this one, she sits on a wrecking ball and she's naked. Yes, I said naked. Here is my issue with Miley.

BOLDUAN: Is there only one?

TURNER: Right? I think I'm relatively young and still relatively hip. When I talk about her, I feel like somebody's mama and I don't have any children. I just want her to put some clothes on. For two seconds, just put some clothes on.

BOLDUAN: Nischelle, I love you and you're very influential. I don't think you're going to change that situation, my dear, just a thought. All right, come on home. We'll see you later. Thank you so much, Nischelle.

CUOMO: Culture reaps what it sows. Don't blame Miley Cyrus for what you allowed to become popular in the first place.

Coming up on NEW DAY, a possible breakthrough on Syria? A Russian proposal that would put off a military strike if Assad gives up all his chemical weapons but is it real? Syria officially responding this morning, we'll give it to you.

BOLDUAN: And the man who made that shocking confession online, admitting to drunk driving and killing a man faces arraignment today. What kind of sentence does he face? What kind of impact could that video have?



BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: It's unlikely that we would have arrived at that point without a credible military threat.


CUOMO: Is it a breakthrough, a deal with Syria now a possibility. President Obama tells CNN it could avert a strike, but how realistic is it? We break it down.

BOLDUAN: Another brush with the law, George Zimmerman briefly back in police custody, questioned and released after his wife called 911 on him, saying he was threatening to shoot her. New details this morning. PEREIRA: Under arrest, the man behind that dramatic online drunk driving confession taken into custody overnight. Will his stunning admission win him any leniency? We're live with the latest.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's gut wrenching. He just doesn't understand the damage that he did.