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U.S. Captures Senior al Qaeda Figure; New Moves on the Shutdown; Karen Downgraded to Tropical Depression; Miley's Late Night Laughs; New Details on Al Qaeda Capture; Seven Killed at Mexico Truck Show; Wall Street's Week Ahead

Aired October 6, 2013 - 08:00   ET



VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): New this morning, one of the top al Qaeda operatives believed to be responsible for the 1998 American embassy bombings is now in U.S. custody. We have global coverage of the mission.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN ANCHOR: Listen to that wind. A blizzard in South Dakota brings 30 inches of snow. Incredible pictures of wicked weather and the damage it left in its wake.


BLACKWELL: Miley, that is the performance that is lighting up social media this morning. Miley Cyrus channels her inner Michele Bachmann on "Saturday Night Live" as she takes a swipe at the Republican Party and the government shutdown.


HARLOW: Good morning, everyone. I'm Poppy Harlow.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Eight o'clock here on the East Coast. This is NEW DAY SUNDAY.

And there's a lot to get to here in the U.S. and around the world, starting with the big terror get. An in terror lingo, he's a high value target. A senior al Qaeda leader in U.S. custody this morning.

HARLOW: Yes, American commandos snatched the man named Abu Anas al Libi off the streets of Tripoli, Libya, apparently in broad daylight.

Earlier on NEW DAY, we talked to a man who says he knows al Libi. They used to be part of the same cell. He describes the raid. Listen.


NOMAN BENOTMAN, PRES. QUILLAM FOUNDATION: I think a special unit there, maybe ten people with three cars, I believe. You know, they waited for him, and they just snatched him within a few seconds. He failed to reach for his gun. So, that's exactly what happened.

And his wife, she's, you now, I think, part of the incident, and then they disappeared and they left no, like, evidence there as if nothing happened there.


BLACKWELL: He calls it masterful.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is with us.

Barbara, we've got the headline -- al Libi in U.S. custody. Fill in some of the blanks for us about how this came about and now what happens?

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, what we do know is that it was U.S. Special Operations forces that grabbed him on the streets of Tripoli. And, you know, I think some of the details are there right in front of our face this morning.

Clearly, they had intelligence. They had information that he was going to be there. They had a plan.

They knew how they were going to get him. They knew how they were going to get out and get him out of there. Now, he is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed location. We are told he is most likely to come back to New York to face prosecution in federal court on terrorism charges related to the embassy bombings in 1998.

What happens now? The Libyan government very unhappy about it. Libyan news agencies reporting that the government is calling it a kidnapping. And that they're feeling is Libyan people -- people in Libya should face the Libyan justice system.

The U.S. clearly wanted to get its hands on this guy and there has been a lot of distrust with Libyans can really go after terrorism suspects in their own country. Not clear how much Libyans knew anything if they knew anything about it -- Victor, Poppy.

HARLOW: Barbara, let's dig deeper because this just developed in the last hour, as you said, the Libyan interim government calling it a kidnapping. Obviously, they're saying they don't want to drive here to the United States. But then the pentagon just responded in the last few minutes, right?

STARR: They have, indeed. The Pentagon has responded with a statement. I want to read part of it to you.

And what they are saying is, quote, "Wherever possible, our first priority is and always has been to apprehend terror suspects and preserve the opportunity to elicit valuable intelligence that can help us protect the American people." Elicit valuable intelligence.

So, one of the key reasons they wanted al Libi is to find out what intelligence he knew about al Qaeda's skill to this day. But some experts will tell you that is a little questionable. He's been out the action somewhat retired from operations for some time. So how much he really knows remains to be seen. But still, under this federal indictment so the U.S. has pledged to go after these terrorist as and they're not going to give up and some 15 years later, they got the man they wanted.

BLACKWELL: Barbara, let's talk about Somalia and the raid there, because there is this big headline in Libya but also in Somalia. There was this raid on a shore there where the villa where members of al Shabaab live. When will we know the name of the person that al Shabaab is saying was killed in this raid and the value to this organization?

STARR: Well, you know, this is really quite extraordinary. Two covert operations basically within a 24-hour period or so shows the capability of U.S. commando units. In Somalia, the Navy SEALs raided a town along the coast in southern Somalia and they were going after an al Shabaab leader. They have not given the name. It remains to be seen in Somalia if al-Shabaab decide to publicize who they believe the target was.

Not entirely clear he was killed, suspected to be killed. But what happened is the seals ran into heavy gunfire in this town, heavy combat and made the decision to withdraw fairly quickly. Concern about civilian casualties. They had to leave before they could confirm that they actually killed the terrorist leader that they were going after.

I think it goes to the point very bluntly that they must have been going after someone very high in the ranks of al-Shabaab. This was a strong hold. They knew they'd run into opposition on the ground. But the level of opposition forced them to bail out of the plan earlier than they planned.

BLACKWELL: All right. Barbara Starr at the Pentagon for us. Two big headlines this morning which still unfolding what all this means and getting details.

Barbara, thank you.

HARLOW: All right. We also have new some new footage of the attackers in the siege of that mall in Nairobi last month, that deadly siege. You can see four armed men walk through a store room in the mall. Reports say that all of those men were eventually killed. One is reportedly from Sudan, one from Kenya, one from Somalia and one's origin is not known at this time. Officials have said as many as 15 militants took part in that attack. At least 67 people were killed.

BLACKWELL: Well, the capture of al Libi is coming two years after the siege that killed Osama bin Laden. We talked about this, this morning. It may be seen as another big win for the Obama administration.

HARLOW: Joining us to talk about all of it, our chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Good morning to you, Candy, host of the CNN's "STATE OF THE UNION". Wow. What a morning.


HARLOW: And what developments we have. I mean, you have the big two exclusives. You have Ted Cruz coming up on the show. We're looking forward to that.

Let's talk about President Obama and how this looks for President Obama sort of fighting this battle here in the United States and then this war on terror outside of the United States with these dramatic developments.

CROWLEY: Sure. Any time, anything especially involving Special Forces, Navy SEALs and the like, and there's a victory like this that is certainly unexpected to the American people, it can't help but first of all enhance the image of the U.S. military and its capabilities as well as the presidents. I would submit to you right now most Americans remain focused on the economy. They remain focused on the government shutdown and the upcoming debt ceiling lifting or not lifting, depending on what Congress decides to do.

So whether it -- the question is does this help in that battle? Unlikely. But certainly any time there is this sort of thing, it helps imagery all around and that includes the White House. But I would remind you that we had other successful and most of them have been deaths of al Qaeda. And those have been sort of blips and gone on. And so, part of the ongoing war. So, I'm sure there's going to be some big boost for the president.


BLACKWELL: All right. Candy Crowley, thank you so much.

HARLOW: Appreciate it.

BLACKWELL: Looking forward to the interview with Ted Cruz --


BLACKWELL: -- and Jack Lew.

Coming up on CNN's "STATE OF THE UNION": latest on the shutdown, Candy Crowley will be talking with the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Also this exclusive with the man many people believe is at the center of this shutdown, having some strong words from members of his own party and Democrats from across the aisle, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

"STATE OF THE UNION" at the top of the hour, 9:00 Eastern, only on CNN.

HARLOW: Meantime, those two military raids nearly 3,000 miles apart are raising a lot of new questions about how and why military operatives conducted two raids in the same weekend, really in the same 24-hour period.

BLACKWELL: Yes, it's amazing. To discuss the military strategy, Colonel Rick Francona is joining us live over the phone from Eugene, Oregon. He's a military analyst and U.S. attache in Syria.

Colonel Franco, it's good to have you with us.

How significant, just big picture, how significant is it that both raids happened, as Poppy said, within maybe 24, 36 hours of one another?

COL. RICK FRANCONA, CNN MILITARY ANALYST (via telephone): Yes. I mean, it looks like it was a coordinated raid. I don't want to put too much emphasis on that. I think that the target presented themselves and the SEALs were put into action based on each individual target.

So, the fact that they happened simultaneously or on the same day I think is more coincidental. When we run the operations, you have to go when that target presents itself. The target in Libya was based on the Friday prayers. They knew he was going nobody a specific spot. So, they took him when they could.

The operation in Somalia was based on getting in there before the sun came up. So, it looks like it was coordinated. I think it just happened that way.

HARLOW: Talk to us about the conditions, the different conditions on the ground, because from all accounts we're hearing now, the mission in Libya was a slam dunk for the administration.

Catch him in broad daylight. His own family is saying it was so quick. It was before al Libi could get his gun. Somalia you have them coming in under the darkness, in a speed boat, and living without knowing if they have successfully killed their target or not.

So, talk to us about the different conditions on the ground in missions like these?

FRANCONA: Yes. Two completely operating environments. In Tripoli, you're in an urban environment. You're in a city. You're in a foreign city. Obviously, you have to be concerned about local security because you're doing things that are illegal there in Libya.

But you've got excellent intelligence. You know, al Libi, as Barbara said, he's in sort of semiretirement. He doesn't seem to be hiding. I think that's very indicative of the support we are not getting from the Libyan government.

If the Libyan government knew he was there and they wanted him to face Libyan justice, why didn't they arrest him? They know it's there. So, we took it on ourselves to do it.

But you're operating in a city and you have to be very, very good. Get your target and get him into a safe area, out of the range of local security. That requires a set of skills on its own. Now, go to what happened in Somalia. You have a sea-borne raid, a classic SEAL operation. You come in a probably boat crews. Very small operation. Very targeted. Do your thing and get out.

So, it's not surprising that once they started to meet pretty stiff resistance, they pulled back. Remember, they were not invading Somalia. They were going in there to get one guy.

BLACKWELL: Now, we know that this has a lot of value for the families. We spoke with one relative of two people who were killed in 1998 at the embassy in Nairobi in Kenya. We know there is value there as I relates to bringing this man to justice.

But from intelligence standpoint, what happens now? Of course we want this man to tell everything he knows. How does that happen over the next 24, 36, 48 hours?

FRANCONA: Yes, Victor, this is going to be kind of interesting to watch. Now you've got this guy in U.S. federal custody. Is he going to be read his rights? Will he lawyer up? Will he be able to remain silent? Or are we going to be able to interrogate him and see if he knows about any upcoming operations or things like that?

And just one note on the -- this is a big, I think a big get for the families who lost people in both Darussalam and Nairobi. I lost a very good friend in Nairobi. And I'm glad that this man is finally being brought to justice.

If nothing else, it shows that we're going to bring these people to justice.

HARLOW: Yes. So, this is very personal to you. Well, I'm sorry for your loss. We really appreciate you joining us with your expertise this morning. Thank you so much.

FRANCONA: Sure thing.

HARLOW: All right. Speaking of that and also the big domestic news that we have, the government shutdown, new proposals are on the table that could -- could they -- bring this to an end? We're going to have a live report from the White House, next.

BLACKWELL: Also ahead, Miley Cyrus answers her critics on "SNL" last night. We've got the highlights, some funny ones.


HARLOW: Good morning, Washington.

BLACKWELL: What is going on? That's a good question. Thank you, Marvin Gay. What is going on?

A live look at the White House this morning where there are lots of questions about how this government shutdown will end.

HARLOW: Or when, a lot of questions about when. A lot of focus on Washington.

So, we're going to take you there this morning. There is a new proposal to end the government shutdown. A proposal.


HARLOW: Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, says Congress should repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax that helps pay for Obamacare. There are lot of Democrats that actually back that idea, too.

BLACKWELL: Now, as a revenue offset, Collin would lower pension payments by employers for the short term. Her plan gives House Republicans a face-saving change to Obamacare that both sides could agree on.

But nothing has worked to end this shutdown. We'll see where this one goes.

HARLOW: Right. The stalemate.

So, for news on it, let's bring in our Jill Dougherty. She's been reporting at the White House on this all weekend. Three main developments to tell us about. What do you have?

JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, this piecemeal idea so far, obviously, no big deal. But doing it piecemeal is what's happening.

And significantly, over at the Department of Defense, they are bringing back more than 300,000 workers. These are civilians who have been furloughed. They will be coming back.

Also in the second one, the House yesterday in fact voted -- is working on this proposal to give back pay to furloughed employees of the government. And that would have an after the shutdown is over.

And then finally, interestingly, chaplains in the military actually some of them are furloughed as well. That's having an effect on people who have religious beliefs. And so the movement afoot, a House resolution to let them go back to their business of helping people.

So there are three different areas. We'll just have to see how maybe they can get more and maybe even a bigger deal. Victor?

BLACKWELL: We talked a few moments ago with Candy Crowley with the exclusive with Ted Cruz coming up at the top of the hour. He is still making some news, too.

DOUGHERTY: He is. He continues to slam especially the Democrats, saying that they are simply dug in. Here's what he said.


SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: These bills have nothing to do with Obamacare. Funding the V.A. has nothing to do with Obamacare. And, yet, they're making a decision let's hold our veterans hostage because we want to force Obamacare on the American people.


DOUGHERTY: You can see Obamacare continues to be part of the discussion and, in fact, it might be part of the solution if that proposal by Senator Collins could get some traction -- Victor, Poppy.

HARLOW: Wouldn't a solution be nice? It would be a nice development. Our Jill Dougherty at the White House -- thank you so much. We appreciate you covering day six of the government shutdown.

BLACKWELL: Still to come on NEW DAY, are you sure the calendar is right? Because it's October, but just two weeks in the fall, already parts of the country look like this.


BLACKWELL: I mean, that looks like a blizzard. We'll have your weather just ahead.


HARLOW: We're barely into fall, actually with 86 degrees here in Atlanta yesterday.

BLACKWELL: But 66 degrees in the studio, which I love.

HARLOW: Just like you like it.

BLACKWELL: I love it.

HARLOW: So we're barely into fall. It's looking like winter already. We're not kidding. Blizzards blasting across the Midwest.

BLACKWELL: And the snow will be turning to rain as it heads across the country.

CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele is here with the forecast.

It's unbelievable what we're seeing this time of the year.

ALEXANDRA STEELE, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You've got to keep us busy, right?

All right. Hi, everyone. Hoping you're having a great Sunday morning.

All right. Certainly, we talked about this weather trifecta we've had through the last three days. Boy, have we seen some record snow. Blizzard conditions historic in the making. How about 34 inches in places of Wyoming? Let's take you there right now and you can see what it look like. Really, it was from the northern Rockies to the high plains. It was the first blizzard of the season. Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming seeing record setting snow. Rapid City -- downtown, one of the biggest winners, 23 inches, making it the second biggest snowstorm on record there. How about the first? Back in 1927.

All right. That was one element of our trifecta. Tornado damage, we'll take you there and show what you that looked like on Thursday and Friday. Eighteen reports of tornadoes in three states, rare but certainly not unheard of.

Now, the majority of these tornadoes spawned by two super cells. Certainly no dud with the tornado. That's for sure. But what has been a dud, take a look at this, tropical depression Karen expected to just be a remnant low later today. Maximum sustained winds of 30.

Where did it go? Sheer dry air blowing it apart. Maybe one to two inches of rain. Maybe just along the immediate coast.

But watch this. Kind of skirts the coast like this. So essentially they were prepared. They were ready. But just too much dry air and sheer got into this thing.

BLACKWELL: All right. Alexandra Steele, we're going to see if it continues in the weekend. Hopefully people there in Pensacola.

STEELE: Yes, certainly will.

HARLOW: Thank you.

All right. The United States snatches the top al Qaeda operative off the streets in Tripoli, in Libya in broad daylight. Now Libya is demanding an explanation from Washington, calling his seizure a kidnapping. We'll dig in, ahead.


HARLOW: Good morning, everyone. I'm Poppy Harlow.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. It is good to have you with us this Sunday.

Here are five things you need to know for your NEW DAY.

Number one: Libya says the U.S., it's got to explain. This come after U.S. forces captured a key al Qaeda leader. Abu Anas al Libi was seized in Tripoli. The U.S. wants him to stand trial for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Libya's interim government calls al Libi's capture a kidnapping. And the Pentagon says he was lawfully detained under the law of war.

Now, a Navy SEAL team also stormed a villa in Somalia. This happened in southern Somalia. Members of the al Qaeda terror group al-Shabaab, they stay there. Now, the group says that one of its members was killed. U.S. official says no SEAL team members were hurt despite coming under fire. HARLOW: Number two, President Obama says the federal government could reopen immediately if House Speaker John Boehner would allow it. The president told the "Associated Press" he thinks there is enough bipartisan support to pass a clean budget bill. Tea Party Republicans insist on linking government spending to Obamacare changes.

BLACKWELL: Number three is in New York. Two bikers accused of beating an SUV driver in New York have been charged. Police say Robert Simms, the man here, stomped the driver's head and body.

He is charged with attempted assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Another suspect is Reginald Chance. He's seen smashing up the window with his helmet. You've seen this video. He also faces assault charges.

HARLOW: Number four, a zoo worker in Oklahoma is recovering this morning after being mauled by a tiger. Doctors were able to save the woman's arm. Zoo officials say she broke the rules by sticking her hand through a hole in the tiger's cage. They said the 14-year-old tiger will not be euthanized.

BLACKWELL: And Miley Cyrus she was up late hosting "Saturday Night Live." She is number five. The pop star did not shy away from poking a little fun at her provocative VMA performance.


MILEY CYRUS, SINGER: You walk out there like that they're going to put you in prison like that guy.



BLACKWELL: I know. That makes me laugh. Ok so the 20-year-old singer also -- she ripped congressional Republicans for their part in shutting down the federal government. Miley even played a sexy Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann with the dancing -- you see him there to the left there a dancing John Boehner by her side.

HARLOW: That was a little levity last night.


HARLOW: Along with breaking news that was happening at the same time in America's war on terror.

BLACKWELL: Yes. A big get for the war on terror and for the U.S. -- we're learning more about the capture of this man, al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi. A source tells CNN he was detained while leaving his house for morning prayers in Tripoli Libya. And we spoke with a former colleague of al Libi -- of the al Libi family. His name is was Noman Benotman, it was earlier this morning. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) NOMAN BENOTMAN, PRESIDENT QUILLAM FOUNDATION: I think a special unit there, I think about ten people -- not ten people with three cars I believe, you know, they were waiting for him. And they just snatched him I think within like a few seconds. You know even he failed to reach for his gun. And his wife, she saw, you know, I think part of the incident. And then they just disappeared and they left no, like, evidence there -- as if nothing happened there.


BLACKWELL: Now he calls it a ten out of ten on how it was executed. The Pentagon says senior al Qaeda leader operative Abu Anas al Libi is now being held in a secure location outside of Libya.

HARLOW: And some new developments on this story. This morning the Libyan interim government is demanding an explanation from the United States. It is calling the capture a kidnapping and it is also saying that its own citizens should be tried in Libya. So let's break this down all with two key experts.

Let's bring in CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson he's in London; also joining us CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen who joins us from Washington.

So first of all I want to get to the Pentagon's response. Because Libya came out just in the last hour or so and said this is a kidnapping, we want an explanation. Basically saying you shouldn't try him in the U.S., you should try him in his home country in Libya. But the Pentagon came out and said that they had quote "lawfully detained him under the law of war" -- Peter?

PETER BERGEN, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Well, that's an interesting formulation because basically it's the same formulation that the United States government used for drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen essentially saying that we're at war with al Qaeda. If a country is either unwilling or unable to capture or kill leaders of al Qaeda, we are -- we reserve the right to essentially either capture or kill them ourselves.

So it's the same rationale that we've seen in the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen and being used now to snatch this guy in Libya.

BLACKWELL: Nic, I want to ask you about the last 15 years since this bombing in Nairobi. What do we know about what al Libi has been doing and if in the last few years since he's returned to Libya if he's been effective in potentially trying to expand al Qaeda in Libya.

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well for a period until about 2000, he was living in Britain. Then the British authorities raided a -- an apartment he was living in. He left shortly before then, believed to have gone to Afghanistan, after that spending about a decade in Iran and going back to Libya about two years ago during the Arab spring uprising the overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi. But believed to have been perhaps in retirement if you will from al Qaeda despite his background as being a serious operative with knowledge of computer systems, with knowledge of intelligence and planning which is what his role is believed to be in the 1998 bombings of the two embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

So it does appear that he's been living fairly in the open in Libya and it does give that impression that Libyan authorities haven't acted to pick him up and therefore raising a concern that -- that if the United States wanted him, they would have to go ahead and pick him up themselves which erases that question about what we're hearing from the Libyan authorities now have they got some idea of this operation and are they saying that they're asking questions because they don't want to appear to lose faith. This will be, if you will, overriding their sovereignty that the United States would go in and pick him up if it was with their knowledge. But they would probably want to counteract that narrative if you will.

HARLOW: Peter I want to go to you and talk about national security. Because now the question is will we see retaliation, will there be retaliation to Americans specifically? Do you expect backlash from this? If so, in what form?

BERGEN: No, I -- you know I'm not really sure that backlash is going to be prompted by the arrest of this guy. If you -- from what Nic is just saying and I think from what we know of this guy's history, I mean he's one of the original guys in al Qaeda. But he may have been sort of on ice for quite some period of time. Certainly this long period he spent in Iran, it's not clear that he was associated with al Qaeda when he was in Libya in any meaningful way.

And you know earlier this year we saw bin Laden's son-in-law picked up in a not dissimilar kind of situation, picked up in Jordan, taken to New York where he'll stand trial. And you know there was no -- you know there was no backlash, no kind of attacks as a result of that.

So I'm skeptical of the idea that there will be some -- this guy, you know, he's got a $5 million reward on his head. You know Ayman Al Zawahiri, he's got a $25 million reward. You know that's a way of kind of scoring the relative importance of these two guys.

BLACKWELL: Nic, you mentioned that for a few years al Libi was living in the U.K. and there was a raid on his home in 2000 in which they collected what's being called the Manchester Manual.

What does that tell us about him and his value to al Qaeda?

ROBERTSON: Well he was believed to have a role in planning the 1998 embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania. And that was believed to have been that plan was believed to have been put together in 1993. The Manchester manuals that were picked up at that address in Manchester the north of England where he was living or had been living until in you know 2000 detailed attacking embassies, how to blow them up, how to target them. The details we understand that he may have put into play for the attack in Kenya and Tanzania. Well even the timings to go after those -- to target the embassies to cause maximum damage and maximum -- maximum casualties. The document, the Manchester Manual was several hundred pages long.

So the details that he has put into this planning, he may not have authored that manual itself, but it was certainly in the place where he was living. And of course, the strike against him and the strike we're seeing in Somalia as well will put al Qaeda certainly less on the offensive and much more on the defensive. It's a very strong message.

As Noman Benotman said before 10 out of 10 if you will because it will put al Qaeda in the position it hasn't been in. They will very much fear more attacks, potential attacks like this or arrests in Libya and potentially Somalia too.

HARLOW: Nic Robertson and Peter Bergen, I appreciate your expertise this morning, thank you.

BLACKWELL: Thank you gentlemen.

For relatives of the victims of the 1998 embassy attacks --


BLACKWELL: Al Libi's capture marks, a really a major milestone in a long and painful chapter of American history.

HARLOW: And earlier on NEW DAY we spoke with Edith Bartley. Her father Julian Bartley and her younger brother Julian Bartley, Jr. were both working at the embassy the day of that attack. They were both killed. So this is incredibly personal for her. We asked Edith Bartley about the impact, the importance of the capture of al Qaeda member al Libi.


EDITH BARTLEY, JULIAN BARTLEY'S DAUGHTER: Our families want to thank the U.S. military and our intelligence community. You know we know that this is a firm signal around the globe that as our government is still wading through a stand still right now. But we are still vigilant as a country and remain focused on international terrorist and we're not going to step down at all.

It's extremely important the embassy bombings happened just over 15 years ago. Yet, you know they're still connected too much of our activities around the globe today and particularly in light of the recent incidents in Nairobi just two weeks ago, and 9/11. These are all connected in some way in terms of our presence around the globe being a threat to others. And we have to remain vigilant as a country and our national security needs to remain vigilant.


HARLOW: It's so interesting to hear her perspective, you know, 15 years later the loss doesn't go away. And she's been fighting -- fighting for the families of people that -- that lost -- again more than 200 people killed in the '98 embassy bombing. So --

BLACKWELL: Yes for compensation.

HARLOW: Compensation for them.


HARLOW: And she said in a way it's cathartic but it's a sober reminder of this -- this war that we're fighting.

BLACKWELL: And she says she plans to be at the trial in New York.


BLACKWELL: But she was there for the terror trials about 12 years ago. And she said she will be there every day because she wants to look that man in the eye.


BLACKWELL: He took her father and her brother according to the charges -- those indictments.


BLACKWELL: The teen activist from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban is considered a top candidate for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. We'll explain why some critics say Malala may be too young to win.


BLACKWELL: At least seven people are dead after a monster truck plowed into a crowd in Mexico. State news reports at least 46 of the people were hurt.

Now we have new video from the event. I want to warn you first it could be tough to watch. Here it is, you see the truck go up a ramp. And then take a hard right turn into the crowd. You see people then running to get out of the way because they had no idea where this truck is going next. The mayor has ordered -- the mayor ordered an investigation into this. Wow.

HARLOW: Wow, very hard to watch.

All right. We want to get you up to speed on what is coming up this week.

First of all, Washington is in focus again tomorrow. The government shutdown enters day seven. The House and Senate will be back in session. We will see if anybody progress can be made at all to reach a deal and get the government back up and running.

All right. Let's look ahead this week to Thursday. Get out your tissues if you're a "Glee" fan. The TV show "Glee" will air a special episode to say farewell to the character played by Cory Monteith. That actor, he died in July of a drug overdose while at a Vancouver hotel.

And then coming up on Friday, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo, Norway. Among the contenders, Malala Yousafzai, you know that name, she is the teen activist from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban. But some are saying that she's too young. She's only 16 years old and the youngest winner so far was 32.

Following that, you're not going to want to miss this, on Sunday our very own Christiane Amanpour interviewed Malala. Her special interview with Malala Yousafzai is titled "THE BRAVEST GIRL IN THE WORLD". That will air only on CNN on Sunday.

BLACKWELL: Looking forward to it.


BLACKWELL: Thank you -- Poppy.

Wall Street has a big week ahead. Investors are still grappling with the partial government shutdown while trying to decide for the rollout of corporate earnings. Alison Kosik is here to help us get all this unpacked and understand it. So Alison what should we watch for?

ALISON KOSIK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi Poppy and Victor -- investors have got one of those uncertain weeks coming up as the government shutdown wears on. Wall Street is hopeful lawmakers will reach a budget solution sooner rather than later so they can start focusing on the more pressing issues, the debt ceiling.

Meantime, the Federal Reserve is set to release minutes from its latest meeting on Wednesday. Investors will be seeking more insight into the Central Bank's decision making progress. Last month the Fed caught Wall Street off guard when it opted to make no change to its massive economic stimulus measures.

Figures on retail sales, inflation and consumer sentiment are also due throughout the week though the fate of some of them are uncertain because of the government closure.

And third quarter earnings season will kick off. Banking giants, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase will talk (ph) in on Friday. Expectations for the big banks aren't so great this time around. JPMorgan in particular has been wrapped up in lots of legal and regulatory drama.

For only the fourth time in history there will be a new $100 bill. The new bills go into circulation Tuesday after a three-year delay. It will feature amped-up security measures including a blue 3D security ribbon, "100" that changes from copper to green when the bill is tilted.

Coming up on our special "Countdown to Crisis" edition of "YOUR MONEY", law makers are warning of impending doom. But is the public feeling like they've seen this movie before? Christine Romans with the facts on the debt ceiling today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on "YOUR MONEY" -- Poppy and Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right. Old $100 bills still look good to me. Alison, thank you very much.

HARLOW: You know what else a lot of people are talking about? They can't stop talking about? Miley Cyrus. The pop star hosted "Saturday Night Live" last night. She poked fun at herself and some of her recent controversies. We're going to have all the highlights next.


BLACKWELL: A couple weeks after her provocative routine at the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus took center stage last night on "Saturday Night Live".

HARLOW: Yes. If you didn't see it, we're going to show you the highlights now. She pokes fun at the controversy over her own VMA performance along with a host of all these other topics including Congress. But the question is did the blunt humor give the 20-year- old pop star the last laugh?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Live from New York, it's "Saturday Night Live".

BLACKWELL: Love her or hate her --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ladies and gentlemen, Miley Cyrus.

BLACKWELL: Miley Cyrus took the stage once again, this time taking aim at herself.

MILEY CYRUS, SINGER: In case anyone's concerned, you should know there will be no twerking tonight. I used to think twerking was cool. Now that white people are doing it, it seems kind of lame.

BLACKWELL: And Cyrus spoofed her "We Can't Stop" video playing a sexy singing Michelle Bachmann and poking fun at the government shutdown.


BLACKWELL: This is the latest public appearance from Cyrus as the 20-year-old star continues to grab headlines wherever she goes.

Few can forget Miley's controversial performance recently at the VMAs.

CYRUS: Every VMA performance, anyone that performs, that's what you're looking for. You're wanting to make history.

BLACKWELL: And most recently her war of words with Irish songwriter Sinead O'Connor. O'Connor, if you recall, sent Cyrus an open letter warning not to let herself, quote, "be prostituted by the music industry". Then again, O'Connor made her own SNL headlines in 1992 when she did this.

SINEAD O'CONNOR, SINGER: Fight the real enemy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't want my daughter acting like that. But at the same time, she's an adult. She has to make her own choices.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hopefully it will fix her image. But then that's up to her. So, I think if she is going to strike while the iron is hot, she might as well do it now since everyone's talking about her.

BLACKWELL: No matter the outcome, her fans who waited for hours to see Cyrus on SNL said they cannot wait to see what she's going to do next.

CYRUS: Thank you guys so much. Thank you for everybody at SNL having me this week. It's been awesome.

Good night, everybody.


HARLOW: What is she going to do next?

BLACKWELL: I don't know.

HARLOW: How do you top that?

BLACKWELL: Yes. I think after the video, she lit the sledgehammer. I think that was it. She was there. That was it.

HARLOW: I don't know how you top that.

BLACKWELL: Halle Berry -- Halle Berry and her husband they are now welcoming a newborn son.

HARLOW: Reps for the actress confirmed she gave birth yesterday. Her husband is French actor Olivier Martinez. Berry is 47 years old although she doesn't look it. Shortly after she got pregnant, she said it was actually one of the biggest surprises of her life. No word yet on the baby's name. Congratulations to them.

BLACKWELL: Just ahead on NEW DAY this weekend, snowstorms -- snow in early October -- they're pushing east. We'll tell what you that means for the Midwest in weather. That's next.


BLACKWELL: Despite multiple security checkpoints, I mean you got to have your ID, you have to have the boarding pass to get on these planes --


BLACKWELL: -- to eight people, a nine-year-old boy managed to sneak on to a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas.

HARLOW: Hey, he wanted to go to Sin City.

BLACKWELL: Vegas, baby.

HARLOW: You know what? He's too young. CNN affiliate KARE says officials think that this young boy got through security, past flight attendants' at the gate on to the plane (inaudible) and the plane took off with him on it all without an ID, a boarding pass or a legal guardian. Flight attendants got suspicious during the flight then they alerted the authorities in Vegas.

BLACKWELL: And listen to this. The boy reportedly got into some trouble after his departure. According to KARE, he stole a piece of luggage and then skipped out on a bill at the airport restaurant. This was before he went on that plane. He stole some luggage and then didn't pay for his food.

Delta just came out with a statement saying they're taking this incident very seriously. They're working with authorities is the investigation.

HARLOW: I bet his parents were just glad to get him home.

All good things must come to an end. By that I mean the weekend.

Let's get a check of your Monday morning commute. Alexandra Steele joins us from the CNN Weather Center. What can we expect tomorrow?

ALEXANDRA STEELE, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Well, you know, we're watching this cold front that moved through. We have sun to melt all the snow we've seen and, of course, this front pushing eastward. So sunny skies throughout much of the country but right along the Eastern Seaboard, we're going to see certainly cloudy skies, scattered showers, potentially for even some severe weather.

Airports impacted: Baltimore, Washington, Raleigh, Durham, even New York City potentially. So watching this front cross the country, temperatures right ahead of it though still mild but then everyone cooling down.

Tropical depression Karen, guys, certainly a bit of a dud. More impact from the front that's moving across the country.

BLACKWELL: Well, it is a beautiful weekend here in Atlanta. Isn't it?

HARLOW: It is. It is great to be here.


HARLOW: Thank you so much for spending your Sunday morning for us. Thanks for watching.

BLACKWELL: Don't move because Candy Crowley has Senator Ted Cruz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew next on "STATE OF THE UNION". It starts right now.