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Can America and Russia Agree on Syria?; Deadline Approaching; Interview with Eli Manning; Manning Bowl III, New tricks Up Her Sleeve; Patriots Top Jets In Sloppy Game

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ANNOUNCER: You're watching NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Friday the 13th. I don't buy into it. It's Friday, enjoy it.

There's a lot of news for you this morning. Let's get to John Berman with your top stories -- John.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ACHOR: Great to see you this morning.

Making news right now, still recovering from Superstorm Sandy and now this. A huge raging fire tearing through the boardwalk at Seaside Park at Seaside Heights in New Jersey. The inferno going beyond 10 alarms to an all-county call. "The Star Ledger" reports nearly 50 businesses were consumed. It all started apparently at a frozen custard stand. The fire fueled by whipping winds and tarred roofs.

Governor Chris Christie is vowing to rebuild again. We will have a live report from the scene at the top of the hour.

President Obama has signed an emergency declaration sending federal assistance to parts of Colorado affected by damaging storms and flash floods. Look at that. The relentless rain is complicating the rescue efforts. People have been left stranded and crews are struggling to help because of the rushing water and flooded streets. At least three people have been killed. More rain in the forecast for today.

A newly wed woman charged with murdering her husband of just eight days is out of jail this morning. A Montana judge releasing Jordan Linn Graham on bond and putting her on home confinement. Authorities say she's admitted pushing her husband off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park after they had an argument.

We're going to have much more on this later in the show.

Marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Pennsylvania on hold for now. A judge ordering a county clerk to obey a state ban on gay marriage and stop issuing licenses. The judge did not address what to do about the 118 same-sex couples who have already been married in the state after being issued licenses by the clerk.

And if you've ever had to sit next to an annoying fan at a sporting event, some justice.







BERMAN: So this woman was standing and yelling at the U.S. Open. Fans around her got annoyed, understandably. She's the one who repeatedly told them to be quiet, among other things and told people who couldn't see she didn't care. At long last, security comes along and forcibly removes her -- wow -- to the delight of fans in her section. Rousing applause from the fans there.

Quite a scene at the U.S. Open there.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: The U.S. Open of all places, my goodness.

BERMAN: Match point right there.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

CUOMO: It's funny what makes people happy, though. That's what they were united by, the lady getting thrown out.

BOLDUAN: Well, maybe the game wasn't as interesting.

CUOMO: The match is not so good but look at her fight.

BOLDUAN: Look at that.

All right. John, thank you so much.

Let's talk about some more fighting. Let's go to our gut check, all the news you need to know coming straight out Washington.

Secretary of the state and the Russian foreign minister, they're searching for common ground in Geneva. While back home, Congress is struggling to come together and avoid a looming government shutdown. Sound like deja vu?

CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here for more on this.

So, John, let's talk about Geneva. John Kerry meeting with Secretary Lavrov for a second day. What's the read coming out of Washington and how things are going so far?

Of course, it's all behind closed doors so far. We don't know the details. But what are you hearing? JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's what makes it hard, Kate, because you see these public statements. Assad saying the only way he'll go forward with is if the United States takes the threat of force off the table. Secretary Kerry saying publicly yesterday, U.S. military assets will stay in the region and they'll be poised to strike if necessary.

So, publicly, you think, we're off to a tense start. I literally, just about three minutes ago I got an e-mail from one of the U.S. officials there as part of the delegation who would say, I can't get into the great details, but they are, quote, "grinding away at all levels." So, a bit of a more positive take that they're behind closed doors making some progress. We will see if that bears fruit.

And what is the challenge for Secretary Kerry? Number one, to get a commitment from the Russian foreign minister. Number two, then to the hard part, get into some the details so they can leave Geneva and go quickly to the United Nations Security Council and work on a resolution. If you see this turning into a Security Council debate next week, that means the secretary is making at least what he believes to be progress.

BOLDUAN: Yes. And Jim Sciutto said the fact they're planning another meeting this month, that's even a sign of progress at this point. Back here at home with the congressional vote delayed, members of Congress, they're getting back -- does it seem they are literally just picking up where they left off before they left for the month-long August recess with budget battles and no common ground?

KING: I think it's actually important to remember where they're picking up if you're in the Republican side of things is to the right of where they left off. That's making it very hard for Speaker John Boehner. He thought before the break he would be able to thread the needle and deal with these concerns of many Tea Party and other conservatives in his caucus. They don't want to do anything that gives the president money for his health care law. So, they're looking for every vehicle they can to deny the funding.

The speaker thought he was going to work something out but he's been unable to do that. And the members that have come back from recess, largely by activity by Tea Party groups and conservative groups, and some of their constituents on the grassroots level. But a lot of this is engineered by groups opposed to the health care law. They don't want to fund the government at all if there's money going to the health care plan.

So, the speaker had to pull a vote from the floor of the House. Now, he's trying to work out another deal. It makes it very difficult, Kate.

You know how the issues work, whether it's the continuing resolution to fund, whether it's the debt ceiling debate. Those are going to be very tough, sensitive negotiations with the Democrats anyway. But the speaker has to try to figure out what to do within his own Republican family. It's not easy. BOLDUAN: It's definitely not easy. And one thing I think is important when talking about the battle picking back up, we were looking at it, there are just five scheduled legislative days in that house between now and when we would be facing a government shutdown the end of the fiscal year. There's not a lot of time. But, of course, they can always move their working days if need be.

Is there any opening at this point for what Republicans are generally proposing? Either defunding or delaying the president's health care law in order to then pass a budget and raise the debt ceiling? Is there any opening?

KING: Some Republicans see an opening because public opposition to the health care law is up a bit. One proposal some Republicans are thinking of is let's give the Democrats back some of that money. Remember the so-called sequester that forced budget cuts?


KING: Let's promise the Democrats we'll fully fund a lot of the programs you were mad got cut and you give us a one-year delay in the president's health care law. Some Republicans are trying to get enough conservative Democrats from tough districts back home to say yes to that.

But here's why it's a big no. The Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has said no. He won't go along. And, Kate, there's a guy in the White House, he's named Barack Obama, that's his health care plan. He has a veto pen and he says he won't go along.

So, the Republicans will keep pushing but they done have the a way to get it done.

BOLDUAN: Yes, they don't right now have consensus as you keep saying in their own party in the House. That's the big problem that John Boehner faces.

But as Harry Reid said often when I was covering him from Capitol Hill, magic can happen when they're up against a deadline.

KING: Magic, yes.

BOLDUAN: We'll see.

KING: Some call it other than magic. Let's be optimistic. Let's call it magic.

BOLDUAN: We'll do that for today at least. Thanks, John. Happy Friday.

CUOMO: If you don't believe in magic, then it doesn't exist.

BOLDUAN: That's right.

CUOMO: You have to believe. Isn't that true?

BOLDUAN: When we're relying on magic in Congress, you know where we are in this country.

CUOMO: Who will be the rabbit? That's what we'll have to see. You know what the hand is going to be.

Coming up on NEW DAY, a CNN exclusive. A medical student in Michigan shot to death. You remember this story. It's been nearly two months.

No hard leads. Why? Paul DeWolf's parents are frantic for answers. They'll share their story with you right here on NEW DAY in our next hour.

BOLDUAN: And marquee matchup, featuring superstar siblings. Peyton and Eli manning will meet on the field Sunday. Rachel Nichols sat down with Eli Manning. What's it like -- what is it like going up against your big brother? We're going to find out.


CUOMO: I'd like to give you my best announcement voice but I don't have one. But I do know it's one of the marquee matchups in week two of the NFL season, the Manning bowl. Peyton's Denver Broncos, Eli's New York Giants playing Sunday, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The third time the Manning brothers have faced each other in an NFL game.

And it's likely to be their last regular season meeting. Why? I don't know, but Rachel Nichols told me that.

And she's here now to tell the rest of you.

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS: Well, Chris, this one almost didn't happen. Remember, Peyton had a serious neck injury a couple years ago. And there is speculation at one point he might never play again. The family kept his recovery very hush, hush but Eli was on the inside. He saw just how much trouble his brother was having getting his arm strength back.

Eli told me that was a very scary time, which makes him all that more appreciative of what's happening this Sunday.


NICHOLS: So, you look in New Orleans, you're playing football with your big brother Peyton in front yard. You look up 20 years later, and you're playing against him in the NFL, the biggest stage of all.

What's going to be the most special for you?

ELI MANNING, NEW YORK GIANTS QUARTERBACK: I'm proud of Peyton. I think he's proud of me. We worked hard to get to this point and play in the NFL.

We support each other. We want each other to play well, each year. I think just seeing him before the game and shaking his hand and just talking for those few minutes are special moments. That's what you'll remember down the road.

Hi. I'm Eli Manning and I'm a proud ambassador to the little brothers program.

NICHOLS: Now, you did this great "Saturday Night Live" skit where you were part of a gang for the little brothers of the world getting revenge.

MANNING: Maybe now you'll learn to treat your younger brother with respect, Peyton.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My name's not Peyton!

MANNING: Whatever.

NICHOLS: I know that's a joke, but is there a little revenge maybe, you can get out of this game for all those, you know, little beatings and teasings you got as a kid?

MANNING: Well, you know, I'm not playing defense. I won't get to go hit him. No, I won't get a free shot at him in any way.

So, Peyton has been a great big brother. He's been supportive, helped me in many ways.

NICHOLS: What's the strategy your mom and dad will use to get through this game.

MANNING: I think it's a pretty strategy. It think they just root for the offense. A high-scoring game, maybe a missed extra point loses the game. Something like that.

We're both quarterbacks, did everything they could to lead a victory. Something happens where one team loses but it's some sort of a moral victory if that really exists.

NICHOLS: Right. Exactly.

Now, I will say, you and Peyton are going to meet on the field on Sunday. But you've already met on a very grand stage already this season, performing a rap video.


NICHOLS: Who came out on top of that one? Because we're going to have to see who comes out on top Sunday.

MANNING: I think we both lost on that one. Hopefully, years from now, our play will -- playing football will be more viewed than that rap video.


NICHOLS: Now, guys, remember, Eli has the incentive in this one. He leads in Super Bowls 2-1, but Peyton has beaten him both times these guys have played.

BOLDUAN: I love --

BERMAN: I'd take the Super Bowls.


BOLDUAN: Take the Super Bowls?

BERMAN: I would take the Super Bowls.

NICHOLS: Plus, you got to remember, too, that Eli, when he was a kid, he said that Peyton used to sit with his knees on Eli's arms, beat him on the chest and make him name all 32 NFL teams. This, by the way, is what passes for beating up your little brother in a Manning football royalty family. You probably beat up your brothers with some other stuff, but these guys --


BOLDUAN: If he only knew.

CUOMO: I wish. I'll tell you, but it is great. I got to tell you, though, Peyton better hair in the video.

NICHOLS: You think so?

CUOMO: Yes, because Eli's hair is basically like mine. You know, that not impressed by it --

NICHOLS: Peyton said he was trying to emulate in the video --

CUOMO: Flock of sea gulls.

NICHOLS: Flock of sea gulls.


NICHOLS: Whoever he was trying to emulate, whatever he was going for, it didn't work.



BOLDUAN: Doesn't work for him.


CUOMO: Imagine how proud the parents are?

NICHOLS: It's definitely difficult for them to watch, the parents. That's why I was talking to him about his mom. At times, they haven't wanted to be on TV watching the game, because they don't want to have any interceptable (ph) little thing that could rooting for one son over the other.

And what's interesting about Olivia and Archie Manning and also the Harbaugh Brothers, their dad, they always say they go to the loser locker room first. That's the son they feel like they have to console.

BOLDUAN: All right. That's a kind of a good policy, I think. We'll watch it all together. Thanks, Rachel. Great interview.

NICHOLS: Thanks.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, first lady Michelle Obama's new health initiative, getting Americans to drink more water. It seems like a good idea, right? But why then is she getting criticized for it?

CUOMO: I don't know. I'm drinking some right now. Hydration always good.

Plus, J.K. Rowling will return to the wizarding world to write her first ever movie screenplay, but does it include Harry, Ron, or Hermione? You're about to find out. That's right, I said it. Hermione.


CUOMO: Welcome back. It turns out J.K. Rowling isn't done playing in Harry Potter's world of wizardry. What? Yes, it's true, but there's a twist of two. Rowling isn't writing a book and her new project, apparently, will not involve the boy wizard. Mark Istook explains.


MARK ISTOOK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Figured you'd seen the last of Harry Potter? Well, hold your hippogriffs, that's a mythical half horse, half eagle for you muggles out there. Warner Brothers and author, J.K. Rowling, have announced a new series of movies, the first based on a Hogwarts textbook, "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a Harry Potter movie but not really.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There won't be any Daniel Radcliffe this time around. Instead, we're going to see a lot of different beasts. We're going to see gnomes, and fairies, and, you know, spiders that have eight eyes that are talking.

ISTOOK: The news blew up on social media. The boy wizard, himself, was trending on Twitter, J.K. Rowling, too. It's her first screenplay as Warner Brothers looks for more magic at the box office where the most successful film franchise of all time has conjured up almost $8 billion.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But there are also, you know, retail products that have made, I think, $7 billion worldwide. Universal Studios has three theme parks globally, and now, they're saying that this new spin-off will maybe have attractions at those theme parks. So, there's a ton of resources out there that could bring an even more cash.

ISTOOK: Rowling teased fans in a statement saying "the book is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the series but an extension of the wizarding world." And Rowling adds, "Though, it's set in New York 70 years before Harry, it will still be familiar to fans."

Are fans excited to see another movie in the series?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They thought Rowling was done. She over writing all these books. And now that she's giving them something else, I think fans are just ready to take whatever it is and be excited about it.

ISTOOK: Mark Istook, CNN, Hollywood.


CUOMO: I remember that. That was a tough moment.

BOLDUAN: Tough moment.

CUOMO: When they went off the bridge together.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Don't ruin it in case someone still hasn't seen it, though, right?

CUOMO: I'll just tell you this, two men go down, one man comes up.


BOLDUAN: There you go. Good job. All right. Coming up next --

CUOMO: Monty thinks it's funny.

BERMAN: Harry Potter beyond thunderdome.


BOLDUAN: Shocker.


BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY -- my goodness -- a huge blow for the Jersey Shore. Just look at this video, you guys. Now, after a massive fire, part of the iconic boardwalk that was rebuilt after superstorm Sandy will have to be rebuilt again. We're going to go live to the scene with reaction and the latest.

CUOMO: Plus, Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, but why is her new healthy initiative getting so much flack? We'll tell you with a report from Franklin Berman.


CUOMO: In the Thursday night NFL game in my world, the New England Patriots were crushed by the New York Jets, 80-5.


CUOMO: In reality, not so much. Joe Carter is here with our "Bleacher Report" update. What really happened?

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: Well, they didn't score 80 points, the Patriots, that's for sure. At least, Chris, you can sleep well at night knowing that this division, the AFC east is now wide open after watching the game last time. I mean, the Jets controlled the clock, they controlled the tempo, but they turned the ball over four different times and you can never win a football game if you turn the ball over that many times.

As far as New England goes, this was as ugly as we've seen Brady's offense play in a long time. I mean, the receiver was out of sync. They dropped several passes. Total frustration from Tom Brady. I mean, to put in perspective, the Patriots offense had more punts than first downs. Now, as far as the Jets go, Geno Smith did show some flashes of solid play. But in the fourth quarter, he threw three interceptions.

The last one came during a potential comeback drive. I mean, it was a frustrating for both teams. You could see it boil over at the end of the game, here a big scrum after a late hit. The Patriots squeaked one out in an otherwise ugly, ugly game, 13-10.

And trending right now on It's got to be most anticipated rematch of the college football season. Number one. Alabama, at number six, Texas A&M. The legend of Johnny Football, if you remember, was born last season when the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa (ph) and shocked the sports world by beating then number one Alabama.

The challenge for Texas A&M tomorrow, guys, to prove that last year's win was not a fluke. Texas A&M is a good team, but everybody thinks that Alabama is going to go in there and roll over the top of them. Obviously, Johnny Manziel had a very distracting offseason. This potentially could erase all of that, guys, if Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M goes in to win tomorrow.

BOLDUAN: All right. We'll see.

CUOMO: Big expectation set up by Mr. Carter. We appreciate it from him. Have a great weekend, my friend.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Joe.

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


GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R) NEW JERSEY: I said to my staff I feel like I want to throw up.

CUOMO: Double punch. A ten-alarm fire destroys much of this iconic Jersey Shore boardwalk not even a year after hurricane sandy. They must rebuild again. Wait until you see what they're dealing with.

BOLDUAN: And cut off. More storms soaking Colorado. Flash flooding taking lives. Rain the National Weather Service described as being of biblical proportion. We're live with the latest.

CUOMO: Heroic strength. This awful crash followed by an amazing feat. Meet the men who were able to lift this SUV off the girl trapped beneath it.

Your NEW DAY starts right now.

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CUOMO: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Friday, September 13th, seven o'clock in the east.

Coming up this hour, tough words from secretary of state, John Kerry, who warns this is not a game. Right now, he's in Geneva trying to work out a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis. All the while reminding everyone a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria still on the table.

BOLDUAN: And also coming up in the show, a medical student in Michigan mysteriously shot to death in a frat house. That was nearly two months ago. Now, the case appears cold. We're going to talk exclusively to Paul Dewolf's (ph) parents about their search for answers.