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MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: We're starting with a story that's concerning folks in Florida. A manhunt is on for two convicted killers following most unusual prison break.

Charles Walker and Joe Jenkins were freed after prison officials received forged documents stating that their respective sentences were reduced and granting them release. Investigators say it's not clear who faked the signatures of a prosecutor and a judge. Those inmates were serving life sentences for murder without the possibility of parole. Much more on this coming up later in our show, on that story in our show.

An Arkansas man under arrest charged with hijacking a school bus filled with elementary school students. Police say 22-year-old Nicholas Miller armed with a knife commandeered the bus in a suburb of Little Rock. He then led police on a 10-mile chase before he was stopped. The 11 students on board and the bus driver were not injured. Miller told authorities he believed people were after him and he need to take the bus to save his life.

A federal air marshal in custody this morning after he was caught taking up skirt photos of female passengers boarding a plane in Nashville. Police say 28-year-old Adam Bartsch was on duty at the time. Bartsch reportedly admittedly taking the pictures and told police he had done it before. He's charged with disorderly conduct and the TSA is in the process of suspending or even terminating his employment.

San Francisco could be a commuting nightmare this morning. Because of a strike by Bay Area rapid transit workers, they have walked off the job at midnight after the latest round of contract talks broke down. Some 400,000 riders could be affected. This is the second BART strike in some three months, following a four-day walkout in July.

Rescue workers in St. Louis trying to find a home for a pit bull who was deserted by his owner, poor thing spent four days trapped in a sewer. No one knows exactly how he got stuck but neighbors apparently kept feeding the dog to keep him alive until rescue workers were able to lure him close enough to drug him and pull him out.

So, hopefully, they're looking for a home for this little fella. He was abandoned and -- terrible, terrible. They get themselves in quite precarious situations, those pets of ours. CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Nice how they came together.

PEREIRA: Neighbors.


PEREIRA: Good to have you back, by the way.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, neighbor.


CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, former Vice President Dick Cheney opens up to Sanjay Gupta. He's talking about his hellish battle with heart disease and he talks about a day you may have not heard of before -- the day he was sure he was going to die.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, if you don't have the stomach for the stock market, maybe you'd like to invest in a promising young athlete. We're going to talk about the potential of a big payoff, of course, if they turn pro.

CUOMO: Don't invest in those guys. Those are the Jets.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back. Let's go around the world now starting India. The death toll is rising from last week's tropical cyclone in the eastern part of the country.

CNN's Sumnima Udas has that.


SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Countless lives were saved thanks to mass evacuations but now the difficult task of rebuilding livelihoods. At a fishing village of 5,000 people, every single boat is wrecked, 80 percent of the homes damaged. Miles and miles of trees smashed by the powerful cyclone dominate the land escape. People are now trying to pick up the pieces. They've received some relief in the form of rice.

But what good is rice without fish, locals ask? Their only source of income.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Thank you so much.

Movie Director Michael Bay was attacked in Hong Kong while on location for the next "Transformers" movie.

CNN's John Defterios has more the details for us.


JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hollywood film director Michael Bay got in a scrap with suspected criminal gang members while shooting his latest "Transformers" movie in Hong Kong.

According to Bay, the men who were working as street vendors demanded around $12,000 for disturbance to their business. That's four times what the film crew had offered to pay. When Bay said no, one man allegedly tried to hit him with an air conditioning unit. Police managed to stop the attackers and make arrest. They say Bay suffered a facial injury but did not go to the hospital.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right, John, thank you.

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai getting the royal treatment in England, as she's well deserved. Meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace.

CNN's Max Foster has that.


MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: It was just a few days ago that Malala met President Barack Obama in Washington and now she's here to meet the queen, arguably, one of the few leading iconic figures.

But Malala, she's become an icon herself. This moment when an elderly woman meets a young girl will be a moment in history and a key moment in Malala's extraordinary journey since she was shot in Pakistan a year ago.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right, max. Thank you so much for that.

PEREIRA: We are getting a closer glimpse, a fresher glimpse this morning into just how sick former Vice President Dick Cheney was while in office.

CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed Cheney for "60 Minutes" that will air this Sunday. During that interview, they spoke about a special measure Cheney had to take to keep the government running.


DICK CHENEY, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT: Basically, what I did was I resigned the vice presidency effective march 28th of 2001.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: So, nearly for your entire time as vice president, there was a letter of resignation pending.

CHENEY: Pending.

GUPTA: Pending.

How did President Bush react when you told him about this?

CHENEY: A little surprised, but he thought it was a good idea.


PEREIRA: Dr. Jennifer Coddle joins us now to talk more about Cheney's illness, and looking to some of these revelations, Doctor. Kind of astounding -- trouble walking up stairs. He passed out. He was in incredible pain.

It's amazing -- I don't think any of us had an idea that he was so terribly sick.

DR. JENNIFER CAUDLE, PHYSICIAN: Right, this is something I felt when I read "The New York Times" article myself. I think other people have felt as well. You know, "The New York Times" talks about former Vice President Cheney's struggle with heart disease over the last 35 years, mentioning he had his first heart attack at age 37, very young.

You're absolutely right about that, eventually suffering five heart attacks, having heart failure so severe in 2010 that it's reported that he needed a ventricular assist device. It's a device implanted that helps the heart actually pump. You're absolutely right.

Some of the symptoms it's reported that the former vice president experienced are things like feeling short of breath. Trouble walking up stairs. Sometimes even feeling, you know, light headed and losing consciousness --


PEREIRA: -- so bad, he had to have emergency surgery.

CAUDLE: Right, heart disease can be very, very serious. It's one of the number one killers in this country for men and women. Heart disease can consist of many different conditions, number one, heart attacks which it seems like the former vice president experienced as well as heart failure.

BOLDUAN: As you're reading the revelations coming out in this and you realize how serious. Of course it was serious. We always knew his condition was serious but just how close he was to death, it made me wonder would someone else be as lucky as him to still be with us today. He has the best doctors and he has Secret Service around him at all times watching him.

CAUDLE: Right, that's a great question.

You know, I don't personally treat former Vice President Cheney. We don't know all the details about his medical condition. How severe someone's symptoms are when they have heart attacks, heart failure depends on a number of variables, number one, how severe they are but also the medical treatment they're getting. So, that does make a big difference.

BOLDUAN: Do they pay attention to those symptoms? Some of the things we're describing, shortness of breath. You could think you're having a bad day.

CAUDLE: Absolutely. The signs of heart failure and disease can be confounding. Sometimes heart attacks don't always present with chest pain. It may be pain in the neck, jaw, shoulders or arms. So, it doesn't always have to be those classic symptoms.

CUOMO: Also, it gives us a window into the man also. There's a public service message to why he's doing this, because so many people deal with it. But the details about it was so severe, so much risk to the surgeries because of his condition that he said good-bye to his family.

CAUDLE: Right, it sounds very, very severe. You know, I have patients every day that are dealing with heart disease. And one heart attack is enough to literally change the course of someone's life. I have patients that are changed people because they had a heart attack. I can't imagine what it might feel like to have five.

PEREIRA: And had a transplant, too.

CAUDLE: Exactly.

PEREIRA: We should point out that he has he's written a new book, he writes it with his cardiologist. His story while it seems miraculous, I think what you said, Kate, is an important point. The folks at home, what is the takeaway? He had the best care and people by his side at all times and watching out for his well-being. Somebody else that might be experiencing trouble may not have access to all of that.

CAUDLE: Right, may not have access. That's a great point.

A couple take-home messages -- I always say to people if you're worried about your symptoms, I probably am too as a physician. So, you know, chest pain, pain in the neck or jaw, light headedness, dizziness, shortness of breath. If you're having symptoms you're just not sure about, chances are, I might be worried, too. So, seek medical care.

But there's a lot to talk about prevention here, let's talk about that, because, heart disease in this country is so huge, a leading, leading cause of death. First things you can do -- let's talk about smoking. If you smoke, you need to quit. If you don't smoke, don't start. Smoking is huge. Quit smoking. It's really important.

We talk about the obesity epidemic in this country. Keeping a healthy weight is of utmost importance. That means exercises, too, and watching the diet. A diet that's low in cholesterol and saturated fats is very important. Limit alcohol intake. But it's really important also to see your doctor and talk about risk factors for heart disease. It's really important issue.

BOLDUAN: When you look at all of the take-home messages you said, it reminds me of something I learn a couple weeks ago, is that 80 percent of heart disease in women is preventable. You can take your health in your own hands and actually help yourself.

CUOMO: We bring on a lot of our own problems.

Also important to note in the book, the vice president says that the transplant list that he was on, he didn't get any special treatment. He actually waited longer than the unusual wait because he wanted to make sure there was no preference even though it was a very extreme situation. So, it's important note --

BOLDUAN: Now, we see how extreme it was.

CUOMO: Right. Part of the story.

PEREIRA: Dr. Jennifer Caudle, always a pleasure to have you here, talking about a very important topic.

CRAUDLE: Thanks so much.

CUOMO: Indra Petersons, time for weather. What do we know? How cold is it going to be? It's all your fault.


Well, it's actually kind of mild out there. We actually had a cold front kick through overnight last night in New York. If you take a look at New England, you can see the remnants making its way out. Not a big change other than maybe a temperature drop this time of year.

I mean, it was gorgeous the last several days. You were in Washington, you were in Philly, you were in D.C., obviously, New York City, you had 70s. D.C. was 77 degrees. Unbelievable for October.

Today, yes, since that cold front moved through it's milder. Still, a hint above normal. 68 degrees in D.C. today, same thing Philly, New York city, 67. Gorgeous.

A little bit cooler in the Ohio valley as we have a series of these cold fronts making their way through. And that's where going to be the story if you go really almost even through next week. Cold front after cold front, the one that's now offshore in the Northeast here. The tail end could spin up a couple showers through Texas, the Carolinas, maybe showers for you.

The next system will make its way through into the Northeast, Saturday into Sunday. It will be similar. We saw pretty much last night, a couple clouds, drizzle, temperatures, a hint cooler. But there's nothing pager to complain about. That's always a good thing in the weather department. BOLDUAN: That's a good takeaway.

PETERSONS: There you go.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, Indra.

CUOMO: Come off a story about heart disease, Indra gives us guilt about complaining about the weather. I like it, strong move. Good timing.

We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, can't pick stocks? How about jocks? We're going to tell you about what could be the next big thing in investing: buying a stake in people.

PEREIRA: And all the way from Borneo, it's the "Must-See Moment." It's actually really a must-hear moment. Details, details. A classy Disney tune with beer bottles providing a harmony.


CUOMO: One of the best bass lines you hear during the morning. It is money time, everybody. You think you know who's a real star? Who short of kill it when they turn pro in football or baseball? Step up, my friend, because it is time for you to cash in on your genius. A new company, Fantex Holdings, is offering fans a chance to invest in their favorite athletes and rip the benefits of future earnings in exchange for a lumps sum of cash.

To explain, CNN's chief business correspondent, Christine Romans, is here. How does this work?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Stock in a jock. So far, it's just one, Arian Foster. He's a Houston --

CUOMO: Texan.

ROMANS: Texan running back. Right.

CUOMO: Man monster.

ROMANS: Lot of flare. People really like him, but if you really love -- I know. I had to study up on this. There he is. You could buy a share of him. This is how it works. Here's the math. Foster gets 10 million bucks, right? Investors then get 20 percent of his future income. That's contracts, endorsements, appearance fees.

So, you're literally buying stock in a sports star and you're betting, essentially, or investing, that he's going to have a long and lucrative career.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: What does the athletes -- so athletes need to sign on to this, obviously. You just can't buy --


(LAUGHTER) BOLDUAN: What does the athlete get out of this, because if they're going to go pro, they're going to make a lot of money?

ROMANS: Yes. They get money up-front. They get money up-front, and they get kind of the partnership with Fantex, I guess, to build a brand and to build a brand that's going to get money and recognition out of the course --

CUOMO: And remember, jocks don't get guaranteed money very often. This is guaranteed money.

ROMANS: That's right. That's right. That's right.

PEREIRA: This is also guaranteed money for the big stars, because they're only talking about sort of upper echelon guys, are they not?

CUOMO: Just like stocks.

ROMANS: We'll see, you know? We'll see if they try to get more people on board and to actually have an exchange whether a lot of different athletes. It will be like fantasy football only with real money and you're really investing it. So, the risk so (ph), when you look at the S-1 filing that the company with the SEC, 37 pages of risk factors. So, you know --



CUOMO: -- qualified the investor, the rich people rule, right? They're letting anybody invest and this is over 18. What does that mean?

ROMANS: It means that they're trying to make it available to people who are sports fans.

CUOMO: But it's very risky.


BOLDUAN: Can you invest in anyone then? Is that the next step?


ROMANS: -- isn't a little bit creepy to be investing in that --


PEREIRA: Can we talk about moral concern at all? Like, I understand that sports stars are essentially treated like commodities already, essentially, right? But isn't this taking it to a whole new level? Like that could be concerning for some people.

ROMANS: It's all about business, my friend. It's all about the business. Look, I mean, you can invest in oil companies and maybe you don't love some of the taxes in oil companies. You can invest in banks. Maybe you don't love the fees.

PEREIRA: These are people, though.

ROMANS: These are people, though. You're absolutely right. So far, just one, Arian Foster. But we'll see if Fantex can try to broaden it out. There was a, I guess, a beta version of an app that went live a little bit like last month. A bunch of other names on the list. So, maybe they're hoping to build a whole -- kind of a whole stable, I guess --

CUOMO: It's been done before also. They used to call it securitizing revenue streams. They did it with recording artists.

ROMANS: David Bowie. In the late 1990s, there were Bowie bonds. You could -- it was 25 different Bowie albums that they put together and you could actually invest and get a return on Bowie bonds. Mostly, these have been novelty investments, though.


CUOMO: I would do a head strategy. Go long on you three and short on me.


CUOMO: So you balance the books.

BOLDUAN: Go short on the tall guy.

PEREIRA: Short on the tall guy.


PEREIRA: All right, Christine.

Let's take a look at our "Must-See Moment." You should stick around to this. It's quite wonderful. Everything can be played on bottles is their mantra.


PEREIRA (voice-over): Take a listen. Guess what song these guys are playing? They're the bottle boys.


CUOMO (voice-over): "Under the Sea."

PEREIRA: If you have a child at home, you likely know it's a Disney classic, "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid." It's the latest string of popular tunes. The Danish group has expertly covered using bottles of all shapes, size, and makes. In fact, they've done "Call Me Maybe," "Poker Face" by Gaga.

They've been together since 2005. Recently, they shot this video in Borneo in the pool. We may, by the way, have discovered where the missing bottles of bourbon....


BOLDUAN (voice-over): That is a lot of Pappy Van Winkle.


BOLDUAN: No, he's got some serious neck muscles to be able to do that. It's not only funny and silly. They're actually very talented.



CUOMO (on-camera): Been waiting for this segment all morning.

PEREIRA (on-camera): He's going to use that one like he did the porpoise (ph).

CUOMO: No, that's a legend.

BOLDUAN (on-camera): We use them until they are --



CUOMO: That's going right into the museum.


CUOMO: They did not portal this.


BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, the government, Christine, hold it together. The government is back up for now. But are we facing another shutdown showdown at the start of the New Year? Sorry to be a very bad news (ph). One Republican senator refusing to rule that out.

CUOMO: Imagine investing in politicians. Talk about a short strategy.

And, two young Florida girls, you'll remember this story, we're going to keep following it. They were charged with stalking a 12-year-old so relentlessly she took her own life. Now, there is a proposal that could punish the parents. And you won't believe who's behind it. We'll have them on the show.


CUOMO: You know, Kate, when people talk about great football teams, the Seattle Seahawks don't usually come to mind first. But, that may be about to change, because they are off to their best start in franchise history, just killing it. Let's bring in Joe Carter with this morning's "Bleacher Report." Did I say anything that was less than 100 percent true? No --


JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: Absolutely. There you have record (ph), because think about it, imagine if the Dallas Cowboys were 6-1 or maybe the Atlanta Falcons were 6-1 or the Giants were 6-1, I mean, they'd be making front page news across the country, but the Seattle Seahawks stuck up there in the northwest, quietly flying under the radar as they dominate the NFC.

A quick note, check this out, running back, Marshawn Lynch, the dude likes to eat Skittles during football games. He's done it since he was 12. His mom calls them power pellets. She says it helps her baby run fast and play good.

Speaking of good, if we're going to be able to start investing in athletes soon, I really like Russell Wilson. Dude's awesome. Three touchdowns last night. He gets better with each game. He led his team to a 12-point win. Seattle is off to a 6-1 start. It's first time in franchise history they're 6-1 to start the season.

All right. Let's talk a little baseball. The Red Sox are now one win from the World Series. They beat the Tigers last night, 4-3. Boston scored all of its runs early in the game. Now, Detroit fought back midway through but could only cut the lead to one. The series now shifts back to Boston. Game six is tomorrow. The Red Sox, of course, can close it out with the win. If not, we'll see a game seven on Sunday.

We got the Cardinals and the dodgers guys tonight. That's the decisive game six for the Cardinals. If they win, they'll close out that series. So, a lot of important baseball obviously tomorrow and tonight.

BOLDUAN: Which means I'll be staying up late and way past my bedtime.

CUOMO: John Berman was walking around. I said, wow, this is Kate's team, the Detroit Tigers, her husband is a big fan. You're the Red Sox. He said "I don't care about Kate or what her husband likes." That's what he said.


BOLDUAN: You cannot put a wedge between Berman and I.

CUOMO: Just saying.

BOLDUAN: You cannot.

CUOMO: That's what he said.


CUOMO: Joe heard it.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Joe. CARTER: I heard it.


CUOMO: Thank you, Joe. Have a good weekend.

BOLDUAN: We're now at the top of the hour which means it's time for the top news.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The American people are completely fed up with Washington.

CUOMO: The next front. The president now trying to restart immigration reform and budget talks. Too much too soon? And a sign of things to come, there's already opposition to his new pick to head homeland security.

BOLDUAN: New warning from a U.S. embassy that an attack similar to the one in that Kenya mall may come soon. We have the gripping video from inside the attack. First on CNN as the new suspect is named.

PEREIRA: Speaking out, the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, finally talking about what he did with all those secret files he stole. Did he bring them in to Russia with him?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

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