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JonBenet Ramsey Murder; Obamacare Disconnect; Anti-NSA Rally in D.C.; Bleacher Report; Eavesdropper Tweets Train Talk; New Leak by Snowden Leads to U.S. European Allies Protest Against U.S. Spying; Blonde Gypsy's Baby Mystery Solved

Aired October 26, 2013 - 06:00   ET


CHRISTIE PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Hey, good morning, everyone. I'm Christie Paul. Grab your coffee, your orange juice, whatever, you know, is your cup of tea in the morning. We're here to wake you up. I'm Christie Paul.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Let's hope that we're here to wake them up. I'm Miguel Marquez. It is 6:00 in the morning and this is NEW DAY SATURDAY.

PAUL: It's early, I know.

MARQUEZ: Oh, my goodness. I am visiting from Los Angeles.

PAUL: So even earlier we should point out.

MARQUEZ: Los Angeles - yes, I don't know what time it is anymore. I'm a news vampire. But it is warm there today.

PAUL: Yes.

MARQUEZ: Eight-one beautiful degrees.

PAUL: Welcome to Atlanta, my friend.

MARQUEZ: But it's frozing here. What's going on?

PAUL: Not the case at all. Freezing last night in Atlanta, but I don't think that's normal. I think that's abnormal to happen so early. So we'll learn --

MARQUEZ: I went for a run here yesterday and it was beautiful.

PAUL: It was beautiful then, right?

MARQUEZ: Gorgeous. Yes.

PAUL: Well, we're going to let you know -- we're not the only ones cold today. So if you haven't gone out to get your paper or let the dog out yet, you're going to feel it. Our meteorologist Karen Mcginnis is outside to give us the forecast a little bit later.

But we do want to start talking about some breaking news overnight. A standoff, punctuated by gunfire, it's over now, thankfully, but not before investigators say the suspect shot three officers and wounded a fourth with bullet fragments. Now, that drama all went down in California, where you're from, overnight in Roseville, specifically. That's just north of the Sacramento -- capital Sacramento.

MARQUEZ: A heavily armed SWAT team surrounded a vacant house where suspect Samuel Duran tried to hide. The shoot-out started when police officers tried to arrest Duran, a parole. Police say he opened fire, ran, hopping fences across a neighborhood, ending up in a house. A man says his sister saw the suspect.


JOSEPH COX, SISTER WITNESSED OFFICER SHOOTING: She said she witnessed the officer being shot is what she was telling me and that the gunman actually smiled and was taking this like a game and ran off. For a minute there, I -- she believed that they were across the street directly from her house. And then she saw them jumping fences in her neighbor's backyard and the other neighbor's house. From what my sister said, bang, and she turned around and ran. And she just like -- in that split second said all she saw was he was smiling.


MARQUEZ: Now, the SWAT team sent in a robot to communicate with Duran and give him orders to surrender.

PAUL: After about six hours in the house, Duran did come out and he was arrested.

MARQUEZ: Now, new details in a sensational cold case, the 1996 murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

PAUL: CNN's Ana Cabrera has this story from Boulder, Colorado.

Good morning to you, Ana.

ANA CABRERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christie, Miguel, the newly released documents show that a grand jury in 1999 voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey in the death of their six-year-old daughter. That never happened and DNA evidence eventually exonerated the family. But now new information is raising even more questions about what really happened the night JonBenet died.


CABRERA (voice-over): It's a murder mystery that remains unsolved after 17 years. Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? Apparently a grand jury in 1999 believed her parents had something to do with the six-year-old's death. A Colorado judge just released previously sealed documents, four pages from a 1999 grand jury indictment. The documents show the grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on two counts, child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to the murder, yet charges were never filed. At the time, then District Attorney Alex Hunter said there just wasn't enough evidence. DANNY CEVALLOS, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Although the grand jury concluded there's probable cause, that is not anywhere close to the same standard as beyond a reasonable doubt.

CABRERA: All along the Ramseys claimed an intruder killed their daughter.

JOHN RAMSEY, FATHER: We think it was a pedophile. We think it was a male.

CABRERA: The Ramsey family was eventually cleared in the case by DNA evidence. In response to the newly released documents, Ramsey family attorney Lin Wood released this statement saying, quote, "the released documents from 1999 were the product of a grand jury that did not have the benefit of the conclusive 2008 DNA testing that led to the unequivocal public exoneration of the Ramsey family by the Boulder District Attorney."

Nearly two decades after the heinous crime, the search for JonBenet's killer continues. The DNA evidence is still considered the biggest clue in the case, but no match has been found.


CABRERA: The Boulder Police Department confirms this is still an open investigation, but it's a cold case, meaning they are not actively investigating. A spokeswoman for the police department tells me they continue to receive tips, but that they have not received a credible tip for a very long time. And she says, right now, there are no solid leads.

Christie, Miguel.

MARQUEZ: That's CNN's Ana Cabrera in Boulder, Colorado. Thanks.

PAUL: All right, now on to the Obamacare website, which may be sick, but tech experts say they've got the prescription to fix it.

MARQUEZ: Let's hope. The White House says the site should be running smoothly by the end of next month. That's a couple of months too late for most people. Here's CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser.

Good morning there, Paul.

PAUL STEINHAUSER, CNN POLITICAL EDITOR: When it comes to the new health care exchanges, even President Obama admits the rollout of the website has been a mess.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: There's no sugar coating it. The website has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process, and I think it's fair to say that nobody's more frustrated by that than I am.

(END VIDEO CLIP) STEINHAUSER: And you agree. Only 12 percent of those questioned in a CBS News poll out this week said the process was going well, with almost half giving a thumb's down.

The top Republican in Congress says the website problems are just the beginning.


REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R), HOUSE SPEAKER: When you look at the problems with Obamacare, all the focus here lately has been on the website. Clearly there's problems with the website. But I would argue that the problems go much further than that.


STEINHAUSER: And 56 percent questioned in an ABC News/"Washington Post" survey agree, saying the website's failures are a sign of broader problems to come. Four in 10 said they were an isolated incident.

But here's the thing. The massive issues with don't appear to be affecting support for the overall law. Support either slightly edged up or remained steady in five national polls, including our own, out this past week.

MARQUEZ: Thank you very much there, Paul.

Even if they get it fixed by the end of November, though -

PAUL: Right.

MARQUEZ: The concern is that people who have private health insurance right now, they're going to be basically squeezed to get insurance by the 15th of December -

PAUL: December.

MARQUEZ: So that they're insured by January 1st.

PAUL: Right.

MARQUEZ: Because that's the problem for a lot of these folks right now, it's really causing a backup and it's - I don't understand how they can know so quickly that it will be fixed by the end of November. (INAUDIBLE).

PAUL: Right, if the insurance doesn't meet the minimum, right? It has something to do with the minimum -- the minimum.

MARQUEZ: There's - yes, there's all new - there's all new insurance programs for the ACA -

PAUL: Right.

MARQUEZ: And those who have private insurance now, those -- a lot of them, hundreds of thousands across the country, have been informed their insurance doesn't meet the standard, they have to get new insurance by the first of January or they'll go uninsured.

PAUL: Happy new year to you, basically.


PAUL: All right.

MARQUEZ: That cannot be comfortable.

PAUL: Good heavens.

MARQUEZ: Still to come on NEW DAY, she had the money, she had the ID, so why was a second African-American stopped by police after buying a pricey purse at Barneys?

PAUL: Plus, thousands of protesters are preparing to gather in the nation's capital. They're furious at the government's surveillance program. And so are European allies. The Obama administration in full damage control mode, next.


MARQUEZ: Oh, there's lovely Seattle, Washington. Not quite the morning there yet. The middle of the night.

PAUL: Well, it's 3:15. I - I -- if anybody's watching, I don't know if you're just getting up or you're just going to bed after a pretty good evening.

MARQUEZ: My guess is they're just going to bed, if that.

PAUL: I sure hope for them, yes.


PAUL: Supposed to be a little foggy there for you today, though. A high of about 54. So get ready for your day there. Trying to help you prepare.

Have you heard about rap superstar Jay-Z. He's facing some pressure to back out of a new deal with New York's Barneys because it follows this claim of racial profiling at a high-end - at that high-end department store. He's on track to begin selling a holiday collection at the store next month.

MARQUEZ: Meanwhile, a second African-American college student has come forward with claims that she was targeted at Barneys because of her race. Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Philips says she showed her ID when she purchased a pricey bag with her credit card, but she was stopped by the NYPD, in any event, after she left the store.


KAYLA PHILIPS, ACCUSES BARNEYS OF RACIAL PROFILING: They then asked me where am I coming from, where do I live? I told them I lived in Brooklyn. She then asked me, so what are you doing in Manhattan? What are you doing in the city? I told her that I was shopping. I showed her my big Barneys bag that I just received from Barneys. She then asked me, how did you buy this bag? Where did you get the money from? I told her I used my card.


PAUL: Philips and Trayon Christian, who also says he was profiled in a separate incident earlier this year, are suing Barneys for damages. Now, I want to point out, Barneys CEO has apologized, calling the incident, quote, "unacceptable."

MARQUEZ: To say the very least.

In a few hours, a big rally is set to get underway in Washington, D.C. Thousands are expected to protest the NSA's controversial surveillance program. CNN will bring you the rally live starting about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

PAUL: Yes, it's not just the protesters who are angry. European allies are furious at allegations that the NSA spied on them. CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto following all of this for us.


JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Christie and Miguel, Germany's sending a delegation to the U.S. to discuss NSA surveillance, in effect lay out some ground rules for what's acceptable and what is not acceptable. This happening as the White House has in effect made a public acknowledgement that there's been overreach in terms of the NSA surveillance and how far it was allowed to go.


SCIUTTO (voice-over): The administration in damage control. The president's homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, writing in "USA Today" that the White House will review NSA surveillance, quote, "to ensure we are collecting information because we need it and not just because we can." U.S. officials confirm some damage has already been done.

JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN: It's created significant challenges in our relationships with some of our partners.

SCIUTTO: What the White House still will not confirm, however, is if the NSA did, in the past, monitor the calls of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: All I can tell you is what the president told the chancellor. The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor.

SCIUTTO: That answer not yet satisfying for European allies who, in Brussels, warned the surveillance could jeopardize their crucial cooperation with the U.S. on intelligence gathering.

PRES. FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRANCE (through translator): We have an ongoing dialog with the Americans regarding both the past, what's been done, but it should also, and most importantly, deal with the present and the future.

CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, GERMANY (through translator): But, obviously, words will not be sufficient. True change is necessary.

SCIUTTO: And more shoes may soon drop. The U.S. is now reportedly warning other countries, not publically allied with the U.S., that documents taken by Edward Snowden detail their secret intel cooperation with the U.S. in operations targeting China, Russia and Iran.

VALI NASR, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: I think outing these countries would then put their relations with Iran in jeopardy and also could make them open to some form of Iranian intelligence or other retaliation.


SCIUTTO: For some countries that are not normally allied with the U.S., the public revelation that they've been cooperating with U.S. intelligence services could be very damaging. And after the WikiLeaks cables were released, this cast a pall over some relationships overseas, foreign leaders, foreign diplomats reluctant to speak with their American counterparts, worried that those conversations would, at some point, be made public. In these cases, what we're talking about, secret intelligence cooperation. If that were to be made public, it could have even farther reaching effects, more damage and that's what the administration is very much worried about.

Christie and Miguel.

MARQUEZ: Jim Sciutto in New York, thank you very much.

PAUL: All righty. You know, at 2:00 this morning, I got up and my dog had to go outside and it's freezing in Atlanta. Freezing. And I'm betting you are feeling the same thing. Ohio already had snow.

MARQUEZ: Well, it's -- it's autumn. Halloween. You need it cold.

PAUL: Not this cold for Halloween. Then you've got to put your coat over your costume. This, what you're seeing here, is happening in a lot of other places too.

MARQUEZ: Oh, dear.

PAUL: We're going to talk to you about your morning weather too coming up.

MARQUEZ: Also, the World Series all tied up 1-1 heading into St. Louis. We'll preview tonight's big game coming up next.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) MARQUEZ: A big, big day in St. Louis.

PAUL: A live look at the arch there, huh, overlooking Busch Stadium.

MARQUEZ: I don't know if I can see the arch there.

PAUL: I know, I can't really, but it's there. I promise. Go ahead, Cardinals, you were watching it.

MARQUEZ: Cardinals, yes. Well, if the -- the Cards, it's game three now. They're going back to St. Louis. It's going to be an interesting night.

PAUL: First pitch at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Jared Greenberg has more.

JARED GREENBERG, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, it will look like that too. It will be dark again.

PAUL: Again, yes.


PAUL: As long as we can see the ball. It doesn't matter if we can see the arch. We just want to see the ball.

MARQUEZ: We're just vampires.

GREENBERG: They will put the lights on by - on tonight happens (ph). I promise.

MARQUEZ: Thank goodness.

GREENBERG: Well, it is a major change for game three tonight of the World Series, tied at a game apiece. This series, as we mentioned, shifts to St. Louis. And as you can read right now at, it's a big advantage for the home team. In a national league park (ph), no designated hitter. So in order to keep their best hitter in the lineup, the Red Sox are forced to play David Ortiz at first base. While he might be a defensive liability, nobody knows better than Boston's starting pitcher Jake Peavy, the risk, certainly worth the reward to have "Big Papi" in the lineup.


JAKE PEAVY, BOSTON'S GAME 3 STARTER: David's a game changer. He's as clutch as anybody that I can remember playing with or against. It just seems like he has a flair for the dramatic. When the situation is the biggest, he's at his best. And I'm glad he's on our team.


GREENBERG: Huge college football matchup out west. The pressure really on. Today is the first time since the 2013 BCS standings are announced. The headline today in college football, a matchup out west, Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota. And Oregon hosts PAC 12 rival UCLA, led by NFL quarterback prospect Todd Hundley (ph). The unbeaten Ducks are ranked third in the BCS standings. UCLA comes in with one loss and are ranked 11th in the nation.

Football returns at tradition rich Grambling State a week after its players boycotted the university's games at Jackson State. The program will try to move forward this afternoon, fighting through tough economic times. The student athletes have complained of poor and unsafe facilities. With a lot of eyes on today's game against Texas Southern, Grambling will try and snap a 12-game losing streak.

OK, watch this. All this talent for nothing. Get the cookie in your mouth without using your hands in the amount of time allotted and get a seat upgrade. This Milwaukee Bucks fan is a candidate for stupid human tricks, of course, but, hey, there is a kicker that nobody expected. In last night's Toronto Raptors/Milwaukee Bucks preseason game, it was more like a slip and slide tournament. The players couldn't stay on their feet. So at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter, officials decided to cancel the game. With the score 14-9, everyone sent home, even our buddy the cookie monster.


PAUL: I have to say, kudos to him. That was not an attractive thing to see at 6:22 in the morning.

MARQUEZ: That's going to be my new diet from now - I can only eat food that I can balance on my face.

GREENBERG: But, listen, there is good news here.

PAUL: Yes.

GREENBERG: Everyone who attended the game will get a ticket to any home game that the Bucks play in November. It's only the second game they've played on that slick new court. It's a unique design.

MARQUEZ: So it's a new design. I see.

GREENBERG: Yes, they don't know exactly what caused the moisture yet. There is a hockey rink under the court, but they said it wasn't condensation from the rink.

MARQUEZ: Stop waxing the floor with the wax. That's the problem.

GREENBERG: I promise never to do it again. If I did, it would be the first time I've ever waxed a floor.

PAUL: There you go. Jared Greenberg.

MARQUEZ: Jared Greenberg, thanks.

PAUL: This is just going downhill. Thank you so much. Glad to have you here.

Hey, you know, still to come on NEW DAY SATURDAY, an overnight standoff in California. Four officers are wounded in this ordeal. How police finally captured the suspect, just ahead. MARQUEZ: Plus, did you know there are no regulations on the production of the food you feed your pets? Nothing protecting them from chemicals and bacteria. But that may soon change.


PAUL: Happy Saturday to you. I hope that you're able to wake up and just chill a little bit. I'm Christie Paul.

MARQUEZ: Or at least just wake up. I'm Miguel Marquez. Bottom of the hour now. Here are the five things you need to know for your new day.

Number one, a standoff between police and a parolee ended this morning in Roseville, California. Police had to try to arrest Samuel Duran, but they say he took off on foot, shooting. Four officers got hit. Duran ended up in a vacant house. Police used a robot to coax him out.

And the White House says the Obamacare website will be running smoothly by the end of next month. The feds have hired an outside company to fix technical problems that left many Americans frustrated and angry. Republicans have hammered the president over the website's disastrous debut, while some Democrats want enrollment deadlines extended to give people more time to sign up.

PAUL: Number three, contractors are tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, right now. It's expected to take several weeks, but workers are being asked to destroy all materials. Just to completely erase the building from the site. Twenty children and six adults, remember, were killed in the shooting last December. A new school is expected to open in about three years.

And for number four, we have a first for the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration's taking steps now to make animal feed and pet food safer. They're focusing on protecting food from disease causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants. I did not know this, but there are currently no regulations over the production of most animal food.

MARQUEZ: And at number five, JP Morgan has agreed to pay $5.1 billion to settle claims that the bank and other firms it owned misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about the quality of home loans and mortgage securities it sold them during the housing boom. This is part of a larger settlement expected to top $13 billion.

PAUL: Well, the former head of the NSA and CIA may be getting a taste of his own medicine.

MARQUEZ: Yes, it's -- seriously. Michael Hayden was on a train chatting on his phone when another passenger started tweeting everything he said. Hayden was about -- talking about the nation's spying programs and the White House and it went viral on Twitter, of course. CNN's Brian Todd is following this for us.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christie and Miguel, the irony here is that the man who once led the nation's eavesdropping program had the tables turned on him, and it's become a political hot topic.


TODD (voice-over): Tom Matzzie says he was sitting on the Acela train from D.C. to New York listening for an hour and 20 minutes to a man speaking brashly on his cell phone.

TOM MATZZIE: I didn't like what he was doing.

TODD: But: it wasn't just any passenger. It was former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden, speaking to reporters, giving his take on the NSA spying scandal, insisting, Matzzie says, that he be referred to as a former senior administration official. That's when Matzzie, a former progressive activist, started live tweeting what he overheard from the former spy chief.

Quote, "Hayden was bragging about rendition and black sites a minute ago." And, "Michael Hayden on Acela giving reports disparaging quotes about administration. Remember, just refer as former senior adman #exnsaneedsadayjob. "

TODD (on camera): Aren't you kind of throwing him under the bus with that one?

MATZZIE: I thought it was the wrong thing to do for an official of his stature to be making those sorts of comments and not taking accountability for them.

TODD (voice over): They weren't in the quiet car and Matzzie claims Hayden wasn't trying to muffle his conversation. Matzzie was sitting here, Hayden here, two rows back and Matzzie says Hayden was, quote, "the loud guy on the train."

In a statement to CNN, Hayden, a contributor, said "I didn't criticize the president. I actually said these are very difficult issues. I said, I had political guidance, too, that limited the things that I did when I was director of NSA. Matzzie admits his bias. He was previously with, a left leaning political group. Hayden was appointed by George W. Bush, but also served in the Obama administration.

(on camera): You'll be accused of partisan mudslinging here. What do you say to that?

MATZZIE: If some people are saying that, you know, I'm doing partisan mudslinging, you know, I think they would need to question first whether I'm saying anything untrue, but all my comments, you know, that I made on Twitter and I've made subsequently are accurate.

TODD (voice over): Someone in Hayden's office apparently noticed Matzzie's tweets and called Hayden. Matzzie tweeted, "I think the jig is up." The two had a pleasant conversation and posed for a picture.


TODD: Matzzie says, at that point Hayden offered to do an interview with him, but Matzzie says he told Hayden he's not a journalist. Christie and Miguel.

MARQUEZ: Odd story. Thank you very much there, Brian Todd.

Well, it's still October, but it's cold outside. You might want to put on a little extra clothing this morning if you're heading out.

PAUL: Apparently, 37 degrees here in Atlanta and it got to freezing, I understand. The official start of winter is still eight weeks away, too.

MARQUEZ: And my blood is thin being in Los Angeles ...

PAUL: Yeah.

MARQUEZ: So this is freezing.

PAUL: It doesn't work. Well, and we are both used to be in Phoenix. So, our blood never recovered from that, I don't think.

MARQUEZ: Turn up the heat in here.

PAUL: CNN's Karen Maginnis is outside in Piedmont Park. That's right. Frigid weather. Karen, how are you doing?

KAREN MAGINNIS, METEOROLOGIST: You know, surviving out here. It is very cold. The temperatures in the upper 30s to right around 40 degrees or so. We're at Piedmont Park here. It is a city park in Atlanta. But all the way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Mobile, Alabama, much of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. is in the deep freeze.


MAGINNIS: Across a large swath of the U.S., the deep freeze is on, with this morning's low temperatures dipping into the double digits below average.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The surprise coming this early. Still October. Not used to that in these days, you know.

MAGINNIS: Cleveland area residents got hit with an early Halloween trick, up to five inches of snow in some places. Downing power lines and neighborhood trees.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've all been kind of bored and pacing around because we're used to having our electronics on and then, you know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You got to talk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know. We were forced to all sit in the same room. It's driving us crazy.

MAGINNIS: These winter-like conditions are stretching this morning from parts of the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic and Deep South, with at least a dozen states right now reporting frost advisories or freeze warnings. The winter-like conditions are also causing treacherous driving on the roads. In South Bend, Indiana, black ice caused several accidents. Fortunately, no one was severely injured. But in Saugatuck, Michigan, a multivehicle accident turned deadly. Two people were killed, including a Good Samaritan after a car slid off the side of the interstate. Still for some, this early sign of winter was a treat. A chance to fine-tune the snowman or hit the links for just one more round.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've got a vest and it's actually made here in Milwaukee and as you can see here it's electronic so it has coils running through it.


MAGINNIS: Well, the temperature right now officially is at 41 degrees here, but we're looking at the afternoon highs over the next several days to be warming up. But until then, a lot of temperatures around Atlanta only in the 30s. Let's show you where these deep freeze areas are. We've got now I think about 17 states up and down the eastern seaboard, right now New York City is at 42. Pittsburgh, 33. And Jackson, Kentucky, they saw their first snowfall ever for October 25th. They saw a little bit of snow there, but now we're looking at temperatures in the Deep South, 28 degrees right now in Charlotte, North Carolina. Christi, Miguel? Miguel, not southern California weather here today.

MARQUEZ: No, it's not. I'll be back there tomorrow. See you later, suckers.


PAUL: Rubbing it in. That's all right, Karen. It's all right. We who love the fall, are perfectly happy. I'm from Ohio.

MARQUEZ: No, I miss the fall. I love the fall.

PAUL: Karen, thank you.

MARQUEZ: Thank you, Karen.

PAUL: We'll talk to you in a bit.

MARQUEZ: Stay warm.

Mystery solved. Officials have found the true parents of the blonde mystery girl in Greece. Why they say they gave her away.

PAUL: Plus today, women across Saudi Arabia will defy Sharia law simply by getting behind the wheel.


MARQUEZ: Good morning. There's your live look at the White House in Washington, D.C. The president facing criticism from some for NSA spying and Obamacare websites. Lots of criticism in D.C. these days. Three political events in just one week. That kind of schedule is not helping tamp down those Hillary Clinton in 2016 rumors. Last night the former secretary of state spoke to a global forum at Colgate University in upstate New York. He criticized Republicans for what she called their scorched earth tactics in Washington. Senator Ted Cruz is in Iowa this weekend for the third time this year. That's fueling speculation he's eyeing a run at the White House. The Texas Republican is mum on that so far, but he's admitting a few other things like his dream job being the starting tweet guard for the Houston Rockets. He also loves movies and video games, but hates avocados.

PAUL: All right. Let's get you around the world here with headlines. And what's happened. First to CNN Atika Shubert in London who has the latest on the fallout with Edward Snowden's leaks accusing the U.S. of spying on some of its closest allies. Atika?

ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Christi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel wasn't the only one who may have had her phone bugged by the NSA. A document leaked by Edward Snowden to the British newspaper "The Guardian" states that the NSA was following more than 200 phone numbers for top politicians and at least 35 world leaders. Now, both Germany and France are demanding that the U.S. sit down for talks by the end of the year to review just what kind of intelligence is being gathered and for what purpose. Christi?

PAUL: All right, Atika. Thank you so much.

We want to go now to Saudi Arabia. Believe it or not the last country on earth that bans women from driving. But today, women across the country plan to defy that law in a fight for equal rights. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom is reporting from Beirut. Hi, Mohammed.

MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, at least two women have driven already today in Saudi Arabia. That's according to female supporters of the October 26th women's driving campaign. They tell me that many more women in Saudi Arabia plan to drive throughout the day. Now the key question will be, how will the authorities react? The Saudi Arabian interior ministry has already issued a stern warning to any woman caught driving. They've told me several times in the past few days that laws will be fully enforced. Christi?

PAUL: Mohammed, thank you so much.

All right, let's get you to Bulgaria now and the latest on that mystery girl that was found living with the Roma or Gypsy family in Greece. CNN's Karl Penhaul is at the village where the girl's true parents were found. Karl?

KARL PENHAUL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, thanks to a DNA match, the mystery of little Maria has been solved. Authorities have confirmed that her birth parents come from this impoverished village in central Bulgaria. Sasha and Atanas Rusev live in this mud brick one room home and have nine other children. But, of course, what is not so clear is why the blue-eyed blonde baby was found abandoned in a Greek Roma village. The mother has said that she was simply too poor to raise the girl and gave her away to a Greek Roma couple when she was working in that region. The child protection services and police believe a crime may have been committed. They think that the mother may have sold her own baby for profit. Christi?

PAUL: Karl Penhaul, thank you. And now to Japan where a second typhoon in just two weeks is pounding the coast. We know some cities are completely evacuated, people are worried about damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant there. CNN's Paula Hancock is in Tokyo for us. Hi, Paula.

PAULA HANCOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, Tropical Storm Francisco is skirting the Japanese coastline bringing heavy rains and also raising concerns of further landslides. Just over a week ago that typhoon killed more than 30 people. More than a dozen are still missing. As for in Fukushima the nuclear power plant is on high alert to ensure that the extra rainfall does not create a toxic water overflow as it did last week. And there was overnight a 7.3 magnitude earthquake which caused a small tsunami, but luckily, no damage. Christi?

PAUL: Paula, we appreciate it so much. Thank you. And Miguel, I want to toss it back to you now.

MARQUEZ: Thank you very much. Still to come on "NEW DAY" celebrity scandal, music star Ceelo Green accused of slipping a woman a drug and taking her back to her hotel room. The latest ahead.


MARQUEZ: Oh, it's - a celebrity scandal starts off this week's pop four.

PAUL: Our entertainment headlines, that's what's kicking it off. CNN's Nischelle Turner joining us with more now. Hi, Nischelle.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Miguel and Christi. OK. So what do you get when you mix Ceelo Green, Kim and Kanye, Mariah Carey and SNM (ph)? The - just the weekend top four. So, let's get this going, shall we? At number four, Ceelo Green charged with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance to a female. The 33-year old woman says he the R&B singer and voice coach slipped her ecstasy while at dinner back in July of 2012 and when she woke up they were in bed together in a hotel room. Now, the L.A. district attorney decided not to file rape charges saying there wasn't enough evidence. Ceelo pled not guilty and will be back in court on November 20th. If convicted, he could go to prison for four years.

Number three, it's wedding bells for Kimyes. It's Kim Kardashian. You know, she turned 33 years old and got the marriage proposal to end all marriage proposals from her boyfriend Kanye West. Now, Kanye proposed to her as only he could by renting out AT&T Park in San Francisco. He hired a 50-piece orchestra, got on one knee and gave that lady a 15-carat flawless diamond. Now, after the proposal the couple's close friends and family ran out of the dugout to surprise Kim. And yes, I will say that, it's very, very sweet. And definitely, the proposal I would like if anyone's wondering. I'm just saying.

While I am still trying to catch up on my sleep from my late night chat with the one and only Mariah Carey, her new music that is number two. On November 11th, Mariah will release her new single "The Art of Letting Go" on Facebook. Now, she told me she's still learning how to let go, but it is music that has saved her from many tough situations in her life. You know, she's also teamed up with the new manager, Jermaine Dupree. Yes, she left Randy Jackson, and she's ready to make some new good music, everybody. Maria is back.

And the number one story on this "NEW DAY", 50 shades of fine. Charlie Hunnam out, Jamie Dornan in. Now, the book's author, E.L. James confirmed the news that Jamie is the new Christian Grey on her Twitter account. Dornan is a 31-year-old British actor and a model who's been on ABC's "Once Upon a Time." He also modeled for Calvin Klein and Christian Dior. Kelvin Klein, that means he looks good in his underwear. That's a plus for this role. I'm just saying. But, of course, he's no Miguel Marquez.

PAUL: Oh! Nice.

MARQUEZ: Hey, hey, of course not. And you have seen me in my underwear. No, that's - she has not seen me.


PAUL: Is underwear required for that gig, for that show? I don't even - "50 Shades of Grey" - I don't know.

MARQUEZ: You just have to be sexy, right? I mean go figure they found a model.

PAUL: Yeah.

MARQUEZ: Amazing.

PAUL: I hope people are happier with that choice than they were the first.

Hey, listen, a touching moment for a homecoming court in Florida we want to tell you about now.

MARQUEZ: The king and queen won over their school and community lifted up the hearts of their classmates on a magical night.

But first, each week we're shining a spotlight on the top 10 CNN heroes of 2013 as you vote for the one that inspires you the most.

PAUL: And this week's honoree has made it his mission to clean up the trash that's dumped in American rivers.


CHAD PREGRACKE, DEFENDING THE PLANET: 67,000 tires, 951 refrigerators, 233 stoves, it's crazy what you find in the rivers.

I grew up around the Mississippi River. Around the age of 17 I really started to focus on the problem. 18 million people get their daily drinking water from the river. I'm thinking, this should not be like this. This stuff just collects here and it goes on for blocks like this. It's a bad deal. I said you know what, if no one is going to do anything about it, I will.

I'm Chad Pregracke. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers, we've removed over 7 million pounds of garbage from America's rivers.

(on camera) You guys ready?


PREGRACKE (voice over): Our primary focus is the Mississippi River.

(on camera): You guys would be amazed in two hours how much stuff we get.

(voice over): In all, we've worked on 22 rivers in 18 states. We do everything in our power to get people excited about it. Because, you know, it's just - you are out there, picking up garbage.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So, do you just want a basketball.

PREGRACKE (on camera): It's yours. It's totally yours.

Little by little we're getting it.

(voice over): But you're having fun they'll have fun.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I knew I was going to be sweating, but I didn't think I would be singing karaoke on a boat.

PREGRACKE: People want to see change and they're stepping up to make change.

(on camera): That was the last bag! Come on, let's give it up! Yeah!

(voice over): This is a problem that people created, but a problem that people can fix.


PAUL: That will motivate you.

MARQUEZ: Yeah, it's pretty amazing.

And to vote for your favorite hero go to One of the ten will be named "CNN Hero of the Year" and will be awarded $250,000 to further their work.


PAUL: Do I get the "Bad Mommy" award for the day?


PAUL: I don't have my kids Halloween costumes yet.

I have one. I have three kids and I've got one costume for one kid.

MARQUEZ: Nothing like a rush. I love, love, love this story. Take a look at this option. Christi.

PAUL: Seriously, I want to use this.

MARQUEZ: Six-figure Halloween costume has gone viral after her dad posted it on YouTube. I love it.

PAUL: Some are calling it the best Halloween costume ever. What do you think? KCAL Stacey Butler has the story for us.


STACEY BUTLER, KCAL REPORTER: Zoey Hutain can't wait for Halloween.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The best costume ever.

BUTLER: Her dad made her her very own light stick figure costume on a pre-trick or treat test run.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But you can barely see his body from way back there.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's almost creepy looking.


BUTLER: She danced on the sand and practiced her spookiest moves.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It looked like a robot, but it's a real kid.

BUTLER: On the Huntington Beach pier, Zoey turned heads.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can take like a glow stick figure. That's what I thought it was. I thought it's like someone had created a new toy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look this way, buddy.



BUTLER: Zoey's dad Royce made her costume out of LED lights and Velcro. Late last night he posted this video on YouTube.

Already, Zoey running in her spooky stick man costume has gone viral, with over 180,000 hits.

ROYCE HUTAIN, MADE COSTUME FOR DAUGHTER: All of a sudden, it's gone crazy.

BUTLER: This isn't Zoey's first YouTube appearance. Earlier this year, the almost two-year-old let loose to Brittney Spears. That's when her dad concocted a plan, he already made stick man suits for his snowboarder buddies. Why not put one on his boogying baby. Now, hundreds are asking him to sell them.

HUTAIN: I don't have the time to try to make money off these things but it would be great to just show other people how to make them and I'd love to see other videos of other people doing it.


PAUL: OK. You know what else is so clever about that, you will not lose your kid on Halloween.

MARQUEZ: It's so elegant. I'm going to wear one to work, I think, tomorrow.

PAUL: That I would like to see.

Already, time now for today's must-see moment.

MARQUEZ: First, an unforgettable night for a high school in Fort Meyers, Florida. Students at Cypress Lake High School elected Mimi Lopez and Guy Benza king and queen. Both have Down syndrome. This is their senior year. A teacher was thrilled the school could give them this incredible experience.


TODD DUSENBERRY, TEACHER: As a teacher you hope you can touch a couple of people's lives and make a difference and with this, I think we've touched thousands.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She's just so special to us. She is our little special miracle to my mom.


MARQUEZ: So sweet, two seniors apparently started the push to crown Lopez and Benza. They started a Facebook page and the rest is homecoming history.

PAUL: I love her reaction. I can watch that all day. And I love the fact that, you know, kids are making these decisions. There's hope, people, there's hope.


PAUL: Already, take a look at this adorable baby panda. Look at this little guy learning to walk. This is in Taiwan, by the way. The cub is just a few months old. Cuddling down a hall there at the zoo. Mama bear is a concerned parent. She steps in. There she goes, don't go too far, baby. Grabbing the cub by the neck and dragging her back. Giant pandas like this are incredibly rare. Only 1600 exist in the wild.

MARQUEZ: You can't go wrong with panda videos.

PAUL: I know.

MARQUEZ: And two giant pandas, we need more, of course, the twins have finally been named here in the U.S. Instead of cub A and cub B, how boring, they are now Mei Lun and Mei Hua. They are the first surviving pair of giant panda twins ever born in the U.S. The names originate from a Chinese saying that means something indescribable and magnificent.

PAUL: Very sweet.

We always say, you know, if we just ran pet video all day, people will watch all day. If you just aired it and just let them go, do their thing. Why do you think zoos make so much money?

MARQUEZ: Yeah, I guess, although I have some of the pets I've seen out there - well, I don't know.

PAUL: OK, we're not going to go there yet. Too early on a Saturday morning. But we're so glad that you're with us.

MARQUEZ: We've got much more ahead in the next hour of your "NEW DAY," which starts right now, as a matter of fact.