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Terror Most Wanted; Monster Truck Accident Leaves 8 Dead; Woman Nearly Loses Arm To Tiger; Pirates Playoff Push

Aired October 7, 2013 - 06:30   ET

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KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Karen Maginnis is in for Indra Petersons this morning, with today's forecast.

Karen, the requirement on a Monday is that it starts off with a nice forecast.

KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: That's going to be a little tricky now because we've got a frontal system sweeping across the Eastern Seaboard, especially along that I-95 corridor. That spells out messy weather as we head into this afternoon. New York, Boston, are you looking at showers and thunderstorms, could be heavy at times.

Watch out for the potential for pretty gusty winds. There is a severe weather threat along this corridor as that front head towards the east. It is also kind of being enhanced by the moisture of what is left over from tropical storm Karen as it makes its way by mid- afternoon, we'll expect those showers and storms to move on into Boston. It will move in and out fairly quickly. In the interim, you could see between one or two inches of rainfall.

What about those temperatures? They have been exceptionally warm. Temperatures in the upper 70s, low '80s in some cases. It will take before Wednesday before low temperatures get knocked back a few degrees.

We'll see mid to upper 70s in New York City for today, but by Wednesday, 66. Look at Syracuse, temperatures in the 70s, go back into the 60s. But this is also going to be affected by some gusty winds, behind that frontal system as that high pressure system moves through.

So, there we go, a rainfall accumulations, one to two inches certainly possible. Can't rule out the possibility of some thunderstorms and damaging winds and the possibility of isolated tornadoes, all the way from that corridor from Washington, D.C. up towards Boston. I think it's that mid-Atlantic region for the most part that we'll see the worst of the severe weather.

I need to mention what's happening with the Santa Ana across southern California. That has eased up quite a bit. They're still seeing brisk winds, not the 50 to 70 miles an hour winds. We saw Camp Pendleton, the fire now consuming about 2,500 acres. And at last report, only about 15 percent contained. So, we'll keep you updated on that.

Chris, back to you.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Karen, thank you very much.

Now, all morning, we will be reporting about these two big terror raids in Libya and Somalia. One they say is a terror operative. The other brings back dark memories. SEAL Team 6 in North Africa on the 20th anniversary of Blackhawk Down.

Barbara Starr is here with more.

Good morning, Barbara.

BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris.

Well, what you saw unfold is really so much of what is going on in the war in terror these days, still mopping up the al Qaeda old guard and going after the new.

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STARR (voice-over): Abu Anas al Libi is one of the last of the old guards of al Qaeda operatives to be caught. New networks and leaders are gaining strength and U.S. commandos are on the front lines of going after them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Arab Spring allowed more travel and movement. We have seen groups cooperating with each other, cooling resources and pulling training. And that's really a concerning for American counterterrorism officials.

STARR: Al Libi, a one time associate of Osama bin Laden, was long wanted for his role 15 years ago in the attack on the U.S. embassies in Africa, but the 9/11 era of al Qaeda operatives are largely dead or captured.

Key operatives like Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, an alleged 9/11 mastermind, he's in detention at Guantanamo Bay. Topping the list of still wanted, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda. With a $25 million reward on his head, Zawahiri is believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

But some of the most hunted are part of the new al Qaeda affiliates like al Shabaab in Somalia. Its leader Ahmad Godane leads the group said to be responsible for the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall two weeks ago.

PETER BERGEN, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: By formally merging with al Qaeda, by doing an attack in which Americans were targeted, this group has put itself in the sights of the United States.

STARR: The U.S. is also hunting other emerging terrorist leaders. Nassir al Wuhayshi, a one-time bin Laden aide and leader of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based group now considered the most lethal.

New al Qaeda leaders are social media savvy, using secured chat rooms and web sites to recruit new, young operatives.

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STARR: And with that kind of social media savvy, don't expect to see more land wars like Afghanistan or Iraq, officials say, this is the new face of the war on terror, small, lethal lightning raids by U.S. Special Forces -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Barbara, thank you so much.

Let's go around the world now, starting in Nairobi, Kenya, where investigators have now identified some of the suspects in that deadly shopping mall attack.

Nima Elbagir is there.

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NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We now have new information linking one of the most wanted al Qaeda terrorist cells in east Africa with that Nairobi west gate shopping attack. Omar Nabhan, one of the Westgate Mall attackers, is related, CNN has discovered, to Salif Nabhan (ph), one of the men killed by the U.S. back in 2009 for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings.

Now in other breaking news, the authorities have released the images of two men that bought the car used to transport the attackers to that shopping mall attack. They are asking for any and all information that could to lead to their arrests.

Back to you, Kate.

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BOLDUAN: All right. Nima, thank you so much.

And to Mexico now, where a monster truck went out of control, killing eight people. Nick Parker has more on this from Mexico City.

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NICK PARKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Tragedy at an outdoor trail show in the northern city of Chihuahua. State media reporting at least eight people were killed and dozens injured after a monster truck careened into the crowd. The truck had just performed a stunt when it appeared to lose control. The mayor of the city has launched an investigation into the incident.

Kate, back to you.

(END VIDEO CLIP) BOLDUAN: OK. Nick, thank you so much.

And to Russia, a nation getting recalled for the Winter Olympics, could it have been a bad omen when an Olympic torch blew out?

Phil Black has more from Moscow.

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PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: There was a sudden gust of wind. The man carrying the torch quickly realized something was wrong. He (INAUDIBLE), a famous swimmer from the Soviet era, despite the flash of panic of his race, he kept running until a quick thinking official pulled out a cigarette lighter and produced a new flame.

The real Olympic flame lit by the sun in Greece is safe. Separate lanterns will be used across the rest of the 6,500 kilometer relay. It's going to be the world longest, counting down to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.

Back to you, Kate.

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BOLDUAN: You get the honor of running with the Olympic torch. Then are you the guy that the torch goes blows out on. Not good.

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BOLDUAN: That's when you're like, that would have been good planning if I had that cigarette lighter in my pocket, though.

CUOMO: Stay positive, still had the moment, though. Still had the moment.

BOLDUAN: You're still running with the torch.

CUOMO: Not his fault. Right? What do you think? You tell us, tweet us, #hisfault.

Coming up NEW DAY, 500 pound tiger mauls a zoo worker. Her arm, they managed to save it. We'll tell you how she's got a very long recovery coming. The question is, what happened at that zoo to trigger the attack?

The zoo owner is expressing concern for the worker but saying she's the one who violated safety precautions. Big questions this morning, we'll talk to you.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: This is not the stuff of science fiction, though it sure locks that way. Wow, this thing can run. It can climb mountains and might just scare the heck out of you. It's our must-see moment, coming up.

CUOMO: Is it running backwards right there?

PEREIRA: No, it's running forward.

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PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

A worker at an Oklahoma zoo is facing a long recovery after a 500- pound tiger mauls her arm while that woman was feeding it through the fence. Now, the zoo's owner expressing concern for the worker but saying that she's the one who violated safety precautions.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is here with more -- Miguel.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning there, Michaela.

This is what 4 inches by 4 inches looks like, that's what she was feeding this tiger through when it grabbed her arm and pulled it all the way through that. The owner of the facility, he was quick to lay blame on her and probably possibly for a good reason. This facility has been in trouble before.

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MARQUEZ (voice-over): A horrific incident at this Oklahoma animal rescue zoo. A 500-pound tiger attacked a worker, feeding it through a wire fence, pulling the woman's entire left arm through a tiny four- inch square hole. She was air lifted to an area hospital where doctors saved her arm.

JOE SCHREIBVOGEL, OWNER, GW ZOOLOGICAL PARK: My heart goes out to her that one of my tigers did this.

MARQUEZ: In a statement on his Facebook page, Schreibvogel said the employee violated the safety protocols of placing any part of the body inside the cage. Schreibvogel also wrote during the entire event she was awake and saying it was her fault.

SCHREIBVOGEL: She is certainly even in the helicopter that she was going to come back to work.

MARQUEZ: It's not the first time Schreibvogel also known as Joe "Exotic" and his park had been involved in controversy. In 2006, the USGA suspended his license and fined the zoo $25,000 for several violations. And the park is currently under investigation for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs.

In 2011, the Humane Society conducted an undercover investigation placing an operative in the park for four months. He shot this video that they claim is a 20-month-old tiger attacking a child. USC regulations say only big cats up to 12 months old can interact with humans. The park's website says it has rescued 150 big cats and more than 1,400 animals.

RON MAGILL, ZOO MIAMI: It takes thousands, tens of thousands of dollars to maintain a large carnivore of that type properly.

MARQUEZ: GW Zoo declared bankruptcy this year, and this past September, Schreibvogel posted his $1,300 water bill on Facebook and asked for the public to help pay it. Ron Magill says Zoo Miami's four big cats are a full-time job and much more needs to be done across the country to regulate who can keep wild animals.

MAGILL: There's a huge problem in this country with everything from lions and tigers to other large predators that people are keeping privately under the premise of being a sanctuary. These are accidents waiting to happen.

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MARQUEZ (on-camera): Now, Joe Schreibvogel, the owner of the GW Zoo, says that that cats will be in quarantine for ten days but has already made the decision that it will not be put down -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: And it is important to note here, too, Miguel, that they're saying that the cat wasn't being unusually aggressive. It was really her fault. It was being a wild animal. You put an arm in the cage, it's going to nibble on it. Nibble is a gentle word.

MARQUEZ: Yes. And this is one thing that they say that, you know, that they shouldn't have been doing was feeding the cat through the fence, although, we have seen video of other individuals at this particular facility, including Schreibvogel, himself, putting his hand through the cage, touching the cats.

It's a point that Ron Magill makes from the Zoo Miami where he says, look, you can take these cats out of the wild, but you cannot take the wild out of them. It takes hundreds of years before they can be treated as domesticated pets. And he thinks a facility like this, one picture in particular, Mr. Schreibvogel hugging tiger on his website, he says sends the wrong signal about just how these big cats can be treated -- Michaela.

PEREIRA: They are wild animals, after all. Miguel Marquez, thank you so much that.

Coming up next hour, we're actually going to speak with the very owner of that zoo and also about what's being done now to keep other workers there safe.

You want a "Must-See Moment?" OK. I have to tell you, this "Must-See Moment" today literally made our producer break out in a cold sweat. If you are afraid of a robot takeover, and I think she is, you might want to sit down for this. Check it out. It is wild cat. It is a military quadruped machine designed by Boston Dynamics (ph). It can run a speed up to 60 miles per hour, which means if it's chasing you, it's going to get you. And if that's not enough of a nightmare, yes --

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PEREIRA: Check this one out. This is called Atlas (ph) made by the same company, six feet, 330 pounds. It's a humanoid robot that can use tools. It can walk, as you can see, up mountainous terrain. Therese basically said, basically folks, this is the terminator. You should be afraid of it. But they are actually designed, though, to assist the military, carrying equipment, do all sorts of other tasks.

I have to say, it's really, really remarkable. I think the reason why it freaks it out so much, it freaks our producer out is because it doesn't have a head, but it's fascinating.

CUOMO: I think the problem is with the producer, OK?

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BOLDUAN: It doesn't bother you at all?

PEREIRA: I think it's fascinating.

CUOMO: This is what they look leak. The only thing that scares me is that knee seems to be going the wrong way. Hurts my knee when I watched --

PEREIRA: When you see it run that video, it's really amazing when you see it run, because it's almost replicating a dog or a horse. They obviously studied the gait of animal. So, look at this, like it's really -- and it even tripped at one point and gets right back up.

BOLDUAN: But think about how much this can help the military, when you're moving through the mountainous terrain, you can't really use -- all the variables of using actual animals --

PEREIRA: Right.

BOLDUAN: -- doing this stuff. It's amazing.

PEREIRA: Absolutely.

CUOMO: Yes. And they would be screaming, shoot the robot. Shoot the robot. That's what you're hoping for.

BOLDUAN: There you go.

CUOMO: Sixty miles an hour.

BOLDUAN: Sixty miles an hour. You can outrun that one.

CUOMO: That's like one of the jokes.

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CUOMO: I don't have to outrun the robot.

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CUOMO: I'd take the robot on.

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BOLDUAN: And I'd stand there and watch.

PEREIRA: Will you call out the robot? CUOMO: Yes. I'm not afraid of it.

PEREIRA: You're more of a man than the robot?

CUOMO: No, not afraid. How the robot can hurt me? It's here to help you.

PEREIRA: It can fall on you.

CUOMO: I saw the matrix.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

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CUOMO: All right. Coming up on NEW DAY, two big raids in Libya and Somalia. One of the world's most wanted men now in U.S. custody. And, in the other raid, SEAL Team Six back in action in the place where Blackhawk down occurred almost 20 years ago to the day. The special ops heroes had to retreat. We'll tell you why.

BOLDUAN: And a frightening crash on the Indy car crash. One driver seriously injured. We're going to talk with one of the man who was right there. Look at that video. His camera recording the whole thing as it happened, coming up.

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JIMMY FALLON, HOST, "LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON": People have been complaining this week that texts on the iPhone aren't going through. Yes, but today, Apple released a statement saying maybe she just doesn't like you.

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DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN": Republicans and Democrats continue to be at a stalemate. Help us, please help us, Dennis Rodman.

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LETTERMAN: When is stuff going to get done in this country? For example, you know that bell out in Philadelphia?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. Yes.

LETTERMAN: When are they going to fix that crack in that bell?

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LETTERMAN: When are things -- we used to get stuff done.

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BOLDUAN: Crumbling infrastructure. It's all the result of the government shutdown.

CUOMO: The crack is metaphor.

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CUOMO: Metaphor. He's got to button his jacket. He's got double breasted jacket on. He's going to --

PEREIRA: Is that the rule?

BOLDUAN: I missed that.

CUOMO: Yes. David Letterman, he's got --

BOLDUAN: We'll bring it up to you next time.

CUOMO: So, as you can tell this morning, I got the extra coat of paint on, because I had to watch what turned out to be one of the highest scoring pro-football games ever last night. Let's bring in Joe Carter with this morning's "Bleacher Report." And I'll tell you Joe, it was like sports a as a metaphor as well, right? A beautiful game. One play wound up making the difference.

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: One play I believe, Chris, that's going to haunt Tony Romo for so many years to come. I mean, who would have thought going into that game that the first team to get 50 points would win the game? Tony Romo had one of the best games of his career yesterday. He threw for over 500 yards, yet five touchdowns, but he still lost.

And for first time in five years, we saw Peyton Manning scored a touchdown by running it into the end zone. And as good as Peyton was, you could argue that Tony Romo, at times, played much better until he made that one mistake that we talked about. That interception set the Denver Broncos up for the game winning field goal. It was the 4th highest scoring game in NFL history. Boy, we saw a lot of offense. Denver now 5-0 after beating the Cowboys 51-48.

Let's talk a little playoff baseball. In Pittsburgh, the Pirates, they won another playoff game and they now stand five wins from going to the World Series. The Pirates five wins from the World Series. They beat the Cardinals yesterday 5-3. They can win their first playoff series in 34 years if they win game four later on today.

And in Los Angeles last night, the Dodgers, they absolutely hammered the Braves. They scored 13 runs, the most for the Dodgers in a playoff game since 1956. We got a lot of baseball games today, a lot of playoff games for you. It starts with the Tigers and the As at 1:00 p.m. That series tied one game apiece.

After that on TBS, you get the Pirates and the Cardinals. That's 3:00 p.m. eastern. At 6:00 p.m. eastern, you get the Red Sox and Rays, Boston for close out that series with a win. And the late game tonight at 9:30 eastern, Dodgers and Braves. Dodgers can advance as well with the win. Both those games can be seen on TBS. But Chris and Kate, real quick, about the NFL, back to the Denver Broncos, there's already a line up for next week's game against Jacksonville Jaguars. Broncos favored by 28 points. It's the largest point spread in the history of NFL. Do you take the bet or not, Chris?

CUOMO: They don't --

CARTER: No, you don't think so?

CUOMO: No.

BOLDUAN: Pretty amazing.

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BOLDUAN: There you go.

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BOLDUAN: Going back to that amazing play by Peyton Manning. No one even saw him. They were all over here.

CUOMO: He could get caught by robot.

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CARTER: He said afterwards that nobody in the huddle knew he was going to run that play, because he wanted the running back to sell it that much. No one knew that he was going to be running that way. Yes. He said that after the game. I thought that was incredible.

BOLDUAN: Maximize.

CUOMO: It's one of those moments, though, where sports really becomes like all the reasons you want your kids to play and teach. This guy, Tony Romo, had a phenomenal game. He outplayed Peyton Manning, he outplayed the Broncos, one play, one bad throw, and then the whole narrative on the guy changes.

And it's all his mind is not in the game. He can't win it. That's what sport is. That's why the drama and follow through to life, Joe, I'll tell you, happy going last night.

CARTER: That's why NFL is king, Chris. That's why the NFL is king and draws us in. I mean, how many people are going to be talking about that game today?

BOLDUAN: That's right. That's right. All right. Joe, thanks so much.

For now, it is the top of the hour, which means, it is time for your top news.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Those numbers of al Qaeda run --

CUOMO: Twin attacks against terror. New information on the U.S. military operation that captured this most wanted terrorist. And a second strike, SEAL Team Six back in action in north Africa on the anniversary of Blackhawk down.

BOLDUAN: Caught on tape. A brutal crash at an Indy car race, debris lying into the stands. A dozen injured, and the driver in the hospital this morning. We have the latest.

PEREIRA: Tiger attack. A zoo keeper mauled while working at a zoo. She survived, but new questions are arising this morning about the zoo, itself. The owner is joining us live.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

REP. JOHN BOEHNER, (R) HOUSE SPEAKER: My goal here is to have a serious conversation about those things that are driving the deficit and driving the debt up.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He took me off guard. You don't ever expect anything like that. I mean, it's fantastic.

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

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CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, October 7th, seven o'clock in the east. We are entering, I'm sorry to say, the second week of a partial government shutdown. Worst yet, we're now just ten days from hitting the debt ceiling. Is someone in Washington going to blink before we reach the brink? Sorry to rhyme there. But both sides are digging in. Got a new word for them, compromise.

BOLDUAN: They don't know that word. That's for sure.

Plus this, no parents, no ticket, no problem, apparently. How did a nine-year-old boy manage to get through airport security and on to a plane all by himself? Is there a whole -- in airport security that we need to know about? What can they learn from this? We're going to have the latest.

PEREIRA: Plus, an ESPN analyst getting flagged for sexism. Apparently, he thinks a woman shouldn't help decide which college football teams make the playoffs.