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Obama Cancels Asia Trip; Capitol Car Chase, Shooting; Artful Dodger

Aired October 4, 2013 - 05:30   ET



ZORAIDA SAMBOLIN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): A collision, then shot their fire. It forced a lockdown on Capitol Hill.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Day four, if you can believe it. The government still shutdown. The blame being continues, but, is there an end in sight? Some fascinating words from the House speaker, John Boehner. Does he have a plan? Stay tuned.

SAMBOLIN: High alert. Tropical storm Karen is making her way to land, and she means business. Furloughed FEMA workers recalled an already a state of emergency declared. This is very serious, folks. Indra Petersons is all over it. She's going to join us in a little bit.

BERMAN: HEADED straight toward the gulf coast there.



BERMAN (on-camera): Welcome back to EARLY START, everyone. I'm John Berman.

SAMBOLIN (on-camera): And I'm Zoraida Sambolin. Thirty-one minutes past the hour.

BERMAN: High drama right now to play about in the nation's capital. A Connecticut woman crashing her car into a security barrier at the White House and speeding away and taking officers on a high-speed chase towards the capitol. This is chaos, folks. And when it was over, 34-year-old Miriam Carey (ph) was dead.

Authorities are now searching for clues as to why she appeared so determined to use her car as a weapon. What made this happen? CNNs Joe Johns is following developments for us. He is live in Washington this morning. What's the latest, Joe?

JOE JOHNS, CNN CRIME AND JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: John, the United States capitol police officer who was injured yesterday afternoon out here has now been released from the hospital, we are told. That one- year-old child who was in the car with Miriam Carey (ph) throughout that crazy chase is said to be in good condition and in protective custody. The investigation continues into why all of this occurred. One member of Congress who was briefed on the situation was raising questions last night about whether Miriam Carey (ph) had exhibited earlier signs of mental instability. Though, authorities have not released any type of motive in this case. They do say they do not believe there are any nexus to terrorism that was found in this investigation, at least so far, John.

BERMAN: All right. Joe, appreciate it. Still a lot of questions about what happened down there. Joe Johns for us in Washington this morning.

SAMBOLIN: And the latest fallout from the federal government shutdown. President Obama canceling a scheduled trip to Asia. Instead, Secretary of State Kerry will lead the U.S. delegations for summit meetings in Indonesia and Brunei. We are four days into the shutdown now. See the little clock on the right hand corner, 77 hours, 35 minutes.

But maybe seeing signs of movement from House speaker, John Boehner. The speaker reportedly telling fellow Republican lawmakers that he would be willing to pass a debt ceiling increase with Democratic votes. It could be a major confession from Boehner.

BERMAN: Well, if that is true. It would likely be enough to keep, you know, keep the U.S. from going over that debt ceiling right now. It could stop that crisis whether it happens this week or next week still remains to be seen but that could be a major, major development in this discussion.

All right. Another major development right now brewing off the Gulf Coast. Tropical storm Karen gaining strength with an eye on that coast maybe as soon as this weekend. It could make landfall as a hurricane. Our Indra Petersons is live in Pensacola this morning. Indra, what's the latest?

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Oh, yes. Once again, we are starting to see some winds kind of picking up in the area. But overall, typical kind of morning here in the region. Not typical, because we still have a hurricane watch. All eyes now are on the gulf as Karen still makes its way closer. Now, this is one of our first system of this season that could impact the U.S. mainland.

Current stat, the latest stats that just came out actually showed it just weekend by about five miles per hour. Regardless, it is still expected to strengthen potentially into a cat one hurricane as it makes its way closer. Landfall right now still looking like late Saturday into early Sunday morning. So, that's going to be watching. Now, that track does continue to push just to hit farther west.

We're still going to monitor portions pretty much from Louisiana all the way to the panhandle of Florida. Now, the biggest concerns here, of course, are going to continue to be heavy amounts of rainfall, anywhere from four to eight inches. Isolated amounts up to about 12 inches are still possible. That's definitely going to be a big concern out here. We're talking about storm surge, a definitely a couple of feet of that and, of course, the strong winds and the biggest thing I really want to point out, remember, they are over for the amount of rainfall for this time of year, and that is key. When the ground is saturated like that and you bring in the strong winds the likelihood of trees falling down is going to be much higher than they typically would at the strength.

So, that's going to be a big a concern as we make our way forward. Let's talk about we've seen already. This potentially if it did become a hurricane, it would be our third. We've only had two so far this season. And you know, let's look at them. Humberto get stayed all the way out to sea, and of course, the other one, Ingrid kind of just hit the Yucatan Peninsula and did not make impact on the U.S. mainland.

So, definitely a slow start to the season. We've already passed the peak portion of the season, and now, it looks like we're starting to become a little active, very familiar to kind of what it looked like last year. So, the other big system we're going to be talking about is that one in the middle of the country. We're still watching it. It was this huge snow maker.

We're talking about one to two feet of snow in through the Dakotas today with blizzard conditions. So, it's now exiting out of Wyoming making its way into the Dakotas there and even through portions of Nebraska. So, blizzard conditions 60 to 70-mile-per-hour winds and potentially another foot of snow there and you put all that cold air up against warm air.

We still have a severe threat for even tornadoes today. That's going to stretch down from Minnesota all the way down through Oklahoma but even a moderate risk in Iowa today. So, definitely a lot to keep our eyes on here today.

BERMAN: We'll have, indeed, tornadoes, political warnings, and of course, that hurricane which could be coming to the Gulf Coast this weekend. Indra Petersons for us in Pensacola. Thanks so much.

SAMBOLIN: Thank you. That looked kind of windy there.

All right. So, you know, we have these morning rhymes that you typically do on Twitter. So, I've got a couple that I wanted to share this morning. One comes, you love this one. Actually, he's forcing me to read this one. It is from @VinKim. "5:00 a.m., the morning coffee is pouring, does that John Berman get more handsome every morning?"

BERMAN: The answer to that is, yes. I do.

SAMBOLIN: A lot. A lot, right?

BERMAN: Thank you for noticing.

SAMBOLIN: Yes. I said not so much. All right. Then, Nischelle Turner which I thought was really funny that she's weighing in at this hour morning -- good morning -- says "@JohnBerman, did you get dropped on your head as a child? I really need to know." It will answer lots of questions. It doesn't rhyme, but I loved it.

BERMAN: Yes. That doesn't rhyme. Thank you for pointing that out.


BERMAN: So, we're not going to count that as a morning rhyme.

SAMBOLIN: I am going to count it.

BERMAN: And thank you, Nischelle, for noticing that I was --

SAMBOLIN: I had to call you out, girlfriend.

So, anyway, coming up, they look like something out of a horror movie, but these giant hornets are real and they're also deadly, already killing over 40 people, so far.


BERMAN: All right. Welcome back to EARLY START, everyone. China is dealing with a giant hornet problem. More than 40 people have died from this. Some 1,500 people injured over the last few months after Asian giant hornets attacked them. My goodness. These insects can be up to two inches long. Imagine that.

They have a deadly venom and they get aggressive when someone disturbs their nest. That looks terrible. Authorities blame these recent attacks in part on dry weather that makes it easier for these hornets to breathe.

SAMBOLIN: Those poor folks.


SAMBOLIN: OK. Forty minutes past the hour. The new movie about Princess Diana getting raked over the coals in the British press. Critics have called it, quote, "a special class of awful and cheap and cheerless. The director thinks that he can explain the scathing reviews and ho-hum performances at the box office, quote, "I think for the British, Diana is still a trauma they haven't come to terms with." The film opens in the United States on November 1st.

BERMAN: Or it could be a bad movie one way or the other.

SAMBOLIN: Perhaps.

BERMAN: All right. This is (INAUDIBLE) raising eyebrows. Coolest corner restaurant in Chicago getting maybe a little too creative with this burger of the month this October. It's an all-beef patty topped with a communion wafer. It's actually called the ghost burger. The owner says it's homage to a heavy metal Swedish band called Ghost that performs satanic songs while wearing clerical garb. What else is on that burger? Still saying --

SAMBOLIN: Wine. Do you see the wine cord over the top?


SAMBOLIN: You called it a what? Red wine reduction.

BERMAN: Yes. I don't know. Controversial to say the least. Not sure about that one.

SAMBOLIN: Yes. I don't know how I feel about that.

Anyway, I know how I feel about this. Listen to this. A new pair of prosthetic legs for a Tampa toddler. She is the cutest thing ever. Three-year-old Ireland Nugent (ph) lost both of her legs last April when her father accidentally backed over her with riding a lawnmower. Her first pair of prosthetics had to be removed because of bone spurs. But now, Little Ireland is back on her feet with a new pair.


NICOLE NUGENT, IRELAND'S MOTHER: She doesn't know the difference or that anything is out of the ordinary. It's like a new toy for her. She doesn't realize how important that is. We're trying to take it day-by-day and get her walking. And as long as she is happy, I'm happy.


SAMBOLIN: She does look happy. Look at her there. Ireland's mom says her daughter is determined to be a ballerina when she grows up.

BERMAN: She will be.

SAMBOLIN: She's on her way.

BERMAN: Look at her!

SAMBOLIN: Adorable.

BERMAN: Adorable little girl.

A new arrival -- speaking of adorable -- at the San Diego Zoo and she now has a name. Meet Xena, a two-toed baby sloth. Visitors to the zoo --

SAMBOLIN: She is cute. I would never say a sloth is cute but look at this adorable thing.

BERMAN: A very good-looking sloth.


BERMAN: Xena, by the way, beat out the second place name? What was the second place name?

SAMBOLIN: Dulce which means sweet. You said Dulce. Same thing. Sweet. BERMAN: Thank you for correcting me in front of thousands and thousands of viewers.


BERMAN: Officials say Xena is being trained to be an animal ambassador for the zoo. Just not --

SAMBOLIN: I think she's going to do a fine job.

BERMAN: I think she will, too. The sloth typically sleeps 15 to 18 hours a day and spends the rest of the time looking for food. I want a job like that.

SAMBOLIN: No. You do --


BERMAN: Fifteen to 18 hours a day.

SAMBOLIN: This is what he does. This is what he does. You know what, when we are having such cookie stories and horrific things happening, it's nice to look at a sloth.

BERMAN: The two-toed baby sloth. Xena, thank you for being here.

SAMBOLIN: All right. So, let's take a look at what's coming up on "NEW DAY." Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan joining us now.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So, Chris was half listening and I was about to just say, you know, they're calling you a sloth. I know we're going to see his reaction.


SAMBOLIN: No, no. We're not calling you a sloth.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Who's calling me a sloth? Not you, Berman.

SAMBOLIN: Berman. It's berman.

CUOMO: Zoraida can call me a sloth, but not you, pink tie!


CUOMO: I'm coming right at you.

SAMBOLIN: A two-toed sloth he called you.


CUOMO: I'm a three-toed sloth, if anything.

BOLDUAN: Sorry, guys. Didn't mean to open up that Pandora's box this morning. Happy Friday, everybody. CUOMO: I have sloth inadequacy issues.


CUOMO: I have to be a three-toed sloth if I'm going to be anything. All right. Friday conversation. Enough for that. Here's what we're going to do. The big tale on the show this morning is obviously what happened at the Capitol yesterday. You've seen the video. We're going to -- we have good exclusive with the person who shot the video.

What other people saw at the scene? Why the officers had to respond the way they did? How fortunate it was that they were organized the way they were, especially in a time of shutdown? Some of the guys, they're working without pay. Hopefully, they get paid afterwards. So, we're going to take you through all that.

And also, look at the motivations of the person inside the car. Why was there a one-year-old? What help are we getting from family and people who knew this woman to understand the circumstances surrounding this horrible situation?

BOLDUAN: And we also have a very special gift for you on a Friday. You've all heard the sounds of Siri, that helpful, pleasant voice on the iPhone, can sometimes be a little frustrating when you can't get the answer. Well, now, in a CNN exclusive, we're going to introduce you to the real life Siri. The real-life woman who says that it is her voice and wait until you hear her story. Think about that.

CUOMO: I felt Michaela was Siri.

BERMAN: Exactly.

BOLDUAN: And then -- well, we're just going to stick with that.


BOLDUAN: You just ruined the tease.



BERMAN: Now we know. All right, guys, thank you so much.

Coming up next for us here, the Atlanta Braves shut down by the Dodgers. Really shutdown by one man. There he is. We'll have the rest of that.

SAMBOLIN: Sick. That was lots of sick.

BERMAN: Sick performance on the mound. We'll have that and much more sickness coming up.


BERMAN: We are learning a lesson again and again in these baseball playoffs. Pitching matters. It is dominant. We have seen from amazing pitching including last night from Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. Seriously. I'm serious about this.

SAMBOLIN: I know. I know you are.

BERMAN: This is very important.

SAMBOLIN: And passionate. Yes.

BERMAN: This is very -- and Andy Scholes, help me out here. Explain to Zoraida how important this is.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: You're right, John. Very, very important. You know, the Dodgers are the favorite to win the World Series. Starting pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, big reason why. The big lefty, as you said, John, was dominant last night in game one against the Braves. Kershaw struck out 12 batters in seven innings of work. The Dodgers cruise to an easy 6-1 win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Now, the other end of the spectrum was the Pittsburgh Pirates. They wish they had Clayton Kershaw, because A.J. Burnett had a meltdown of epic proportion. Burnett failed to record an out in the third inning! Carlos Beltran, he had a three-run upper deck home run in the Cardinals seven-run third. Now, his 15th postseason dinger tying him with Babe Ruth for eighth all-time. St. Louis had an easy time of the Pirates. They won the game 9-1.

The playoffs, they continue today on TBS with a triple-header. The Rays and Red Sox get things going at 3:00 eastern and that game is followed by game two between the Dodgers and Braves. The nightcap is game one between the Tigers and the A's.

When the Cleveland Browns traded their best player, running back Trent Richardson, three weeks ago, most people assumed they were mailing it in. Well, since the trade, the team has won three in a row. Last night against the Bills, Brandon Weeden got Josh Gordon for a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter to tie the game. The Browns would go on the win, 37-24. They're now on top of the AFC north division at 3- 2. It's their best start in 12 years.

All right. Well, trending right now on is a great story about five-year-old Zach Dasen (ph). Zach battling leukemia. Northern Illinois invited Zach and his family to come to practice. Now, Zach's favorite player is Packers linebacker, Clay Matthews. So, the huskies set up a play for Zach to sack quarterback Jordan Lynch!

He gets in the backfield and takes him down. And look at this guy. It's great moment. The whole team picks up Zach to celebrate. Definitely awesome to see.

BERMAN: That was ferocious. Kudos to Zach! Look at that. Oh, man!


SAMBOLIN: He was almost taken down with that tackle, too. How adorable! That is perfect for Friday! Love that, Andy.

BERMAN: Have a great weekend, Andy.

SCHOLES: You too, guys.

SAMBOLIN: We'll be right back.


SAMBOLIN: Welcome back to EARLY START. Fifty-four minutes past the hour. Taking a look at the top CNN Trends on the web this morning. So, we're getting our first look now at how "Glee" will stay goodbye to its late star, Cory Monteith.




SAMBOLIN: that's going to be difficult time. "Glee" creator, Ryan Murphy, says almost every performance from the tribute episode was done in one take, because both the actors and crew had a really difficult time shooting it. They definitely, obviously were all in tears.

BERMAN: It must be hard (ph). Sad to sing.

All right. Changing gears here. It's been a while since Britney Spears did anything really scandalous. The singer's sexy new work rhymes with which music video has been banned in Britain. Apparently, between the dancing and lingerie and some 50 shades of style S&M --

SAMBOLIN: Oh, really?

BERMAN: And also, the healthy dose of the "B" word and maybe the sensors in England decided that the video was not fit for broadcast before 10:00 p.m. But we apparently think it's fit to show before 6:00 a.m. So you are fine.

SAMBOLIN: Did you notice how he slowed down reading that? Because he wanted to stay on the video longer. I don't know if anybody else notice that other than me.

BERMAN: I just wanted to make sure I got it right. Accuracy matters a lot.


SAMBOLIN: So, the federal government may be shut down, but name calling in Washington is still fully funded. Here's Jeanne Moos.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's time to name names about name calling. PAUL BEGALA, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Negotiating with John Boehner is like negotiating with Kermit the Frog instead of Jim Henson. You need the puppeteer here, not the puppet.

MOOS: Open wide and say --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: John Boehner is a lying thief.

MOOS: We knew that name calling had gone nuclear when Honey Boo Boo was linked to hard core Republican congressman, Ted Cruz.

DONNIE DEUTSCH, CHAIRMAN, DEUTSCH INC: This is now the Honey Boo Boo of Washington.


ROBERT GIBBS, FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I don't disagree with Donnie that he's the Honey Boo Boo of Washington.

MOOS (on-camera): There's no question.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These people have come unhinged.

MOOS: That most of the name calling this time around.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because they've lost their minds.

MOOS: Is being done by Democrats.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Negotiating with people have a bomb strapped to their chest.

MOOS: Furious at the Republican ring leaders of the shutdown.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who are irrational and not playing with a full deck.

MOOS (voice-over): With Democrats calling them arsonists and anarchists.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Modern day anarchists in the House.

MOOS: It's easy to get mixed up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I call them legislative -- arsonist.

MOOS: We're seeing sneering titles like the rain of morons and march of dumbs. Jon Stewart pretends to have a book full of unrepeatable dirty names to call Republican hardliners.


MOOS: But Jay Leno directs folks to his Facebook page.

JAY LENO, "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": You'll find the slogan "Fire useless politicians." We've got one right here. Here it is right there. See, it says, "fire useless."


MOOS: One Republican who has fired back is Sarah Palin bouncing off something President Obama said.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The United States military doesn't do pinpricks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, we don't do pinpricks, but sometimes, we elect them.

MOOS (on-camera): Some of the choices to insults involve Republican on Republican name calling.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ted Cruz is a fraud.

(INAUDIBLE) who think he's crazy.

MOOS: But not all of the insults are spoken. Some are lovingly drawn.

(voice-over) For instance, John Calls (ph) cartoon of a Republican elephant whose brain is shut down for his depiction of Congressman Ted Cruz with a caption "how the heck do we get his ego out of the building? Or Steve Greenberg's (ph) cartoon of Tea Partiers as terrorist jihadist or tea haddists. But after a heated back and forth, this Republican congressman opted for the sweet and sour approach.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Apparently, you're beautiful but you have to be honest as well.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think we should leave it here.

MOOS: New York.


BERMAN: Really true the only place we can leave it. You all have a fantastic weekend.

SAMBOLIN: Watch lots of baseball I'm sure is what you're going to tell them.

BERMAN: Or have a little romantic getaway maybe.

SAMBOLIN: Maybe. Enjoy that.


SAMBOLIN: Take it away, Chris and Kate.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, guys. We'll see you a little later. CUOMO: Happy Friday, everybody. It's time to start your "NEW DAY."


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard between seven and ten shots fired. A few seconds later, there was what sounded like an explosion.

CUOMO (voice-over): Breaking new details. The woman who terrorized the Capitol and trying to bash through the White House a run on the Capitol building itself. The dramatic chase and standoff all caught on tape.

BOLDUAN: Happening now. Tropical storm Karen taking aim at the Gulf Coast. Could we be talking about hurricane Karen soon? We're live there with the latest.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Shutdown/standoff. John Boehner making a key admission about the impending debt ceiling fight, but have the two sides come any closer on the shutdown?

CUOMO: Your "NEW DAY" starts right now.

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


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome to "NEW DAY." TGIF. It is Friday, October 4th, six o'clock in the east. And we've been reporting through the night trying to figure out why a 34-year-old woman tried to breach security at the White House and the Capitol. We now know her name, Miriam Carey (ph).

We're learning that her husband had some very real fears about her mental health, even contacting police about it. But as we hear too often these days, there were problems in trying to control her behavior. We're going to have much more on that. Plus, we're going to hear from some of those who witnessed it, even documented the frightening scene.

BOLDUAN: Plus, today is a huge day for Pope Francis. He's on a very special pilgrimage at this very hour, visiting the home of his name saint, Saint Francis of Assisi. This is a pope who continues to surprise and that is the case yet again with this trip. We'll have a live reporting coming up.

PEREIRA: And we're going to talk Twitter. Lots of fans have been out there, big brand. Now, you can own a piece of it. The company officially filing to go public. They're saying the company is worth $1 billion with a "B" billion.