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New Details of LAX Shooting Rampage; Court Ruling Could Derail Key Obamacare Provision; 'SNL' Mocks Itself
Aired November 3, 2013 - 06:00 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He targeted specifically TSA officers. His intent was very clear in his notes.
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VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: His target was clear, and now so is the path the LAX shooting suspect took to carry out his mission, and what he did to make sure his victim was dead.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Another bad day for President Obama's health care act. This time, it has nothing to do with the website. What a court ruled that could derail a key provision of Obamacare.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In that case, I will leave and in a few minutes Oprah will be here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, Ms. Obama, thank you.
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BLACKWELL: And "Saturday Night Live" takes on its critics as only SNL can. How they spoofed the lack of black actresses in their own cast.
PAUL: 6:00 here in the East. I would say that, you know, you are up early, except you did get that extra hour of sleep, right, Victor?
BLACKWELL: Yeah, well, listen, you know ...
BLACKWELL: I took advantage of that extra hour by staying out an extra three hours.
PAUL: There you go.
BLACKWELL: Math was never my strong suit, but we are here and it's a great Sunday morning.
PAUL: I know. We both did it.
PAUL: I went to bed, I just kept thinking my alarm was not going to go off and I was going to be late. But we're here, and we're ready to bring you the day's news.
PAUL: New details, first of all, I want to tell you about on the attack at Los Angeles International Airport and how it went down specifically.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, the suspected gunman, 23-year old Paul Ciancia shot a TSA officer at point blank range, then he left, but then he came back moments later to shoot him again. His weapon of choice, (INAUDIBLE) Smith & Wesson, it's that .223 caliber M&P 15 assault rifle.
PAUL: And we now are going to even know more about the man he's accused of killing, too. Gerardo Hernandez. He is the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty, and his wife, of course, is now a widow, as you can imagine, says she's just devastated.
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ANA HERNANDEZ, FALLEN TSA OFFICERS WIDOW: He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son, and friend. Gerardo would have been 40 next week. I am truly devastated and we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly.
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BLACKWELL: Ciancia was shot in the chest, he is in the hospital now and he faces two felony charges -- murder of a federal officer and commission of violence at an international airport.
PAUL: Terminal three at LAX, by the way, is open this morning. CNN's Kyung Lah went there to walk us through exactly how the suspect executed this deadly rampage.
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KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Investigators are still piecing together their timeline of what happened inside terminal three. They don't know every step of Paul Ciancia's path through the terminal. But here's what they do know. A roommate dropped him off here at the airport. He entered at about 9:20 in the morning, one of these entrances at terminal 3. According to pictures like this one as well as surveillance video, the gun was a .223 caliber assault rifle, which Ciancia concealed in a bag. He then approached TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez who was standing there, where those flowers are, this is a prescreening area, and he shot him pointblank multiple times in the chest. He then got on this escalator.
ANDRE BIROTTE JR. U.S. ATTORNEY: The defendant is then alleged to have begun walking away from the wounded TSA officer going up an escalator, and then coming back down that escalator to return and shoot the wounded officer again.
LAH: At the top of the escalators is the security check point. At some point, he wounded two additional TSA officers and one passenger.
This is the other side of the security check point. From here the gunman made his way deep into terminal 3. Cell phone video captured the chaos as he neared the passenger gates.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Move! Move! Move!
ALEX NEUMANN, WITNESS: People were running and people getting knocked down. And there was luggage everywhere, and mayhem is (INAUDIBLE) describing it.
LAH: We are speeding up this video so you can see his path as he wound through the terminal making his way to the gate area.
Ciancia had five loaded magazines, a host of unspent ammo, enough, said the Mayor of Los Angeles, to kill everybody in this terminal. It ended right around here. When Los Angeles Airport police shot the gunman, a hand-written note was found on him.
DAVID BOWDICH, FBI AGENT IN CHARGE: We found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple TSA employees. He addressed them at one point in the letter and stated that he wanted to, quote, instill fear into their traitorous minds.
LAH: As the FBI works out the details of this murderous pass, the TSA is also asking, how in this post-911 era, that a gunman make it this close to an American passenger plane.
JOHN PISTOLE, TSA ADMINISTRATOR: Obviously, this gives us great concern, and so we will look at what our policies are, what it's all done in cooperation with each airport police agency and how we go about providing for the best possible security.
LAH: Because on this day at America's third busiest airport it failed to prevent one man with a gun from doing this. Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.
BLACKWELL: And also, we heard from the FBI spokesperson there about the documents he had on him, but investigators are also looking into Paul Ciancia's past and a disturbing messages that police officers say that he sent to his family before the shooting.
PAUL: Yeah, and speaking of that, CNN's Chris Lawrence has more from outside the suspect's family's home in New Jersey. Good morning to you, Chris.
CHRIS LAWRENCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Victor and Christi, police are still here at the family's home in New Jersey as investigators try to piece this thing together looking for any sort of clue that may give them some idea of what the motivation was, something to help piece this shooting together. One of the things that will make it difficult is from talking to people who knew the family, from talking to young people in the area, Paul Ciancia did not have a lot of close friends here. He just left this area about 18 months ago, spent his entire life here and yet it was very hard to find anyone who could say they knew him well. He went to high school at an all-boys catholic school just over the bridge in Delaware. There are some reports of some ex-students there who say he was quiet, spent a lot of time to himself. Other reports that say he was bullied. We have not verified that. But I think what is key is they are going to look at what happened, what happened to drive those alarming angry text messages that he sent here to his family. Victor, Christi?
BLACKWELL: All right, Chris Lawrence, thank you very much. You know, understandably, airports in and around New York are stepping up security following the deadly shooting at LAX. A New York's Port Authority tells CNN. It's increased police patrols at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports as well, and local check points, too. Our spokesman says, this should not affect flights operations. He does say, passengers should check with their airlines for any delays.
PAUL: And new this morning, a lockdown in North Carolina A&T State University has been lifted, but authorities are urging students at the Greensboro campus, just stay inside. This is for your own safety. Because the 21-year old student was shot and injured last night. Police say they are looking right now for four suspects.
BLACKWELL: And still to come on "NEW DAY", Obamacare suffers another blow.
PAUL: This one is not even about the website, a new court ruling could tell you about it could really change a key provision of the president's signature health care law.
BLACKWELL: Also, "Saturday Night Live." Did you see this? Well, you've heard, probably, criticized for not having any black actresses.
PAUL: Actress Kerry Washington was the guest host last night and they took that issue head on.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The producers at "Saturday Night Live" would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play.
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BLACKWELL: More on SNL handle it, next.
PAUL: That's a -- you're going in the morning. Even though it doesn't like morning yet. An Atlanta live look at downtown. You can see our skyline there, a new Ferris wheel -- see it there lit up in blue. It's going to be a nice day, Victor.
BLACKWELL: It's going to be a very nice day, 63 degrees and sunny here. Just a nice bit of nip for this time of the year. You know, I was at the mall the other day and they were playing "Auld Lang Syne" -- the day after Halloween!
PAUL: Halloween! They had Christmas music on, all the Christmas trees are up. What is wrong with these people?
BLACKWELL: I'm not ready.
PAUL: We cannot forego Thanksgiving. Good heavens.
BLACKWELL: All right. 12 minutes after the hour now. New trouble for Obamacare.
PAUL: A federal appeals court has struck down the law's birth control mandate. Now, this is the thing -- it requires companies with at least 15 workers to provide coverage for contraceptives. The owners of an Ohio produce company say the mandate violates their catholic beliefs.
BLACKWELL: Now, the court agreed concluding the owners must "abide by the sacred tenets of their faith or become complicit in a grave moral wrong." Now, the company says, if it didn't provide the insurance, it would mean a $14 million fine.
PAUL: Analysts predict the issue will ultimately land on the Supreme Court's door step.
BLACKWELL: Or maybe you are thinking about applying for Obamacare this morning. And don't bother. Healthcare.gov went down last night while a tech team works on the site's many problems. It's scheduled to be down for a few more hours. Well, it's scheduled to be. We know that it was scheduled to be up for a while, and it was down then, too. A top official says you should notice improvements next week. The site is supposed to work smoothly by the end of the month. In the meantime, you can apply the old-fashioned way, by phone.
Also, Kathleen Sebelius, she is coming back for more. The Health and Human Services Secretary returns to Capitol Hill Wednesday for more testimony about Obamacare. Now, this time, it's in front of the Senate Finance Committee. Sebelius was promoting Obamacare in Memphis on Friday when she got a surprise gift. The Tennessee State Senator handed her a copy of the book "Websites for Dummies."
PAUL: Already. Hey, if you're waking up on the East Coast, good morning to you, first of all, and be sure to look outside at sunrise, because a partial solar eclipse is going to be visible in some states. You're not going to have a lot of time now, it's only expected to last less than two minutes. The Moon's shadow is going to make the Sun look like a half moon or three quarter moon, so don't look directly at the sun, obviously, we all remember that from our childhood days. Experts say the safest way to view a solar eclipse is through a telescope or through one side of binoculars, but we all are going to have a live shot during that solar eclipse at sunrise.
BLACKWELL: Did you ever have to look through like a pie, pen (ph) or something as a kid? What was that they've made us like put together.
PAUL: Oh, yeah. I don't know.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, it's been a while.
BLACKWELL: Hey, "Saturday Night Live", if you're up to see it, pokes fun at itself last night over criticism over the show's lack of diversity.
PAUL: Yeah, you may remember SNL veteran Kenan Thompson made headlines last month by saying, he is through playing female characters, specifically black female characters noting the hit show has not had a black woman cast member since 2007.
BLACKWELL: So SNL decided to tackle the controversy head on as Kerry Washington, of course, black female actress guest hosted the show last night.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm so sorry to interrupt, but Oprah Winfrey has arrived for the dinner and she would like to pop in and say hello.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, that's wonderful.
KERRY WASHINGTON: What a nice surprise?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Isn't it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, don't you think you should go and get changed?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So that Oprah can come in?
WASHINGTON: Oh, because of the whole ...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, exactly.
WASHINGTON: And Kenan won't?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.
WASHINGTON: Well, in that case, I will leave and in a few minutes Oprah will be here. (LAUGHTER)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, Mrs. Obama. Thank you.
ANNOUNCER: The producers at "Saturday Night Live" would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she would be asked to play.
ANNOUNCER: We made these requests both Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because SNL doesn't currently have a black woman in the cast.
ANNOUNCER: As for the latter reason, we agree, this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.
WASHINGTON: I'm here!
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PAUL: She is just awesome, isn't she?
BLACKWELL: Yeah, she is great. And, you know, it's probably a very difficult position for "SNL" to be in and they found a way to finesse it to at least discuss it, because you couldn't ignore it.
PAUL: They always do.
BLACKWELL: Yeah. They are really good at this.
PAUL: Very clever folks there, certainly. All right. I want to tell you about this beautiful moment, really, during the Boston Red Sox parade this weekend. Look at this.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE AND CROWD (singing): God bless America, land that I love!
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BLACKWELL: I mean this is a touching moment there. And it was a beautiful tribute, but it's what happened right before this moment that really brought everyone together. We will show that next.
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BLACKWELL: This was an incredible moment during the Boston Red Sox parade yesterday. A couple of players with -- the couple of people who owned the store right where the bomb went off in April, they laid the World Series trophy at the finish line of the Boston marathon and then you see there, they draped on top of that trophy the Red Sox jersey that reads 617-Boston Strong. 617, of course, is the area code for Boston. And then this happened.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE AND CROWD (SINGING): God bless America, the land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her through the night with the light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam, God bless America, my home sweet home! God bless America, my home sweet home.
(END VIDEO CLIP) PAUL: Oh, my gosh, it just gives you chills to hear that moment. Joe Carter with us now for more on this. I would have loved to have been there.
PAUL: Don't you? I mean we hear it through the TV, but to hear all of those voices ...
BLACKWELL: And I still feel it here.
JOE CARTER, SPORTS: Yeah.
PAUL: Yes, you can imagine what it was like there. What stood out to you, anything in particular?
CARTER: I mean absolutely, that moment in itself, for the parade to stop, and you are talking about millions of people gathering in this big procession, you've got 25 dock boats going, and for the parade to stop at that point, at that moment, and for those players to get off the dock boat, walk on the street to put down the World Series trophy, to drape down that jersey. I mean that's the jersey that hung in the players dugout the entire season, which, obviously, is a constant daily reminder of what happened in that same spot nearly seven months ago, you think of all the -- the chaos, the smoke, the blood, the death, the tragedy, and if you see those ranging of emotions, you see so much celebration and so much glory, but also, you know, a reminder of what happened.
Either players that you will see in that video where Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, two guys that have been very, very much a part of helping the healing process, both on and off the field. That's Jonny Gomes, he put that jersey over the trophy right there. And, you know, he said that the team really took on the mantra as a lifestyle, the Boston Strong, it was more than just a slogan to them. And, you know, before this celebration started yesterday, they had a bunch of the victims in for breakfast. They had a nice breakfast with them and it's just another example of how these guys have gone above and beyond in every way. There is so many fundraisers, so many auctions they've done so much for them, visiting them in the hospitals, and doing it in a way that they didn't announce it as the publicity stand, as a media stand. They did it just to show simple support, and then for them to sing "God Bless America," and "The Sweet Caroline" and chanting the Red Sox yesterday, that was a really, really poignant moment. The police chief said they had no incidents yesterday. That was not a single incident. I mean you had the weather smiling down on the parade. It was nearly 70 degrees in Boston in November, hospitals did not report any serious incidents. The governor said that the city, the people, the Red Sox -- everybody handled themselves "amazingly." Just a great day. I think a lot of people were made happy yesterday in the city of Boston because of what happened.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, parade organizers said there was going to be some tribute at the end, but they were not going to give any details. This, I think, the tone was just perfect.
BLACKWELL: Joe Carter, thanks so much.
CARTER: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: So, still to come on "NEW DAY", two skydiving planes collide in midair.
PAUL: How both pilots are doing this morning and what may be to blame for that mishap.
PAUL: All right, hopefully you get another day off. You can just enjoy this Sunday, a long one, with that extra hour of sleep that you got. Welcome back. I am Christi Paul.
BLACKWELL: How is that hour working out for you? Are you feeling it?
BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell.
PAUL: Hoping I'll never admit it. BLACKWELL: Five things you need to know for your "NEW DAY." Up first, a Cirque du Soleil performer in Las Vegas is recovering after a serious fall. An acrobat fell from a spinning apparatus called the Wheel of Death. Officials say he is in stable condition and expected to leave the hospital in the next few days. Now, back in June a Cirque du Soleil performer fell almost 100 feet to her death after her safety wire broke.
PAUL: Well, number two, the head coach of the Denver Broncos is going to have heart surgery this week. According to a statement from the team, John Fox will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement and then take a leave of absence from coaching for at least several weeks, and Fox sought medical help after feeling light-headed. A team spokesman said, he did not, though, have a heart attack.
BLACKWELL: Number three, an assistant college football coach has died after being shot outside a movie theater, that's in Joplin, Missouri. And this was 37-year old Derek Moore, his first year at Missouri's Southern State University. He is -- the shooting suspect is in jail and the school officials cancelled all homecoming plans, of course, in the wake of Moore's murder.
PAUL: Number four, investigators in Wisconsin are trying to figure out why a pair of planes, both of them carrying sky divers, mind you, collided in midair. The skydivers were getting ready for a formation jump, apparently, when aircrafts hit each other. One of the planes lost its wings and bursts into flames. Now, the thing is, the pilot was able to jump out. So, the other plane landed safely, and only minor injuries were reported.
BLACKWELL: Wow. Two hours from now, the first competitors are due to cross the start line of a New York City marathon. 47,000 runners are expected to compete. Now, officials have beefed up security in the wake up of Boston marathon attack. Bomb-sniffing dogs, scuba divers and 1500 security cameras will monitor the course. And backpacks are also banned.
PAUL: Well, we've learned that the gunman at Los Angeles International Airport shot a TSA officer at pointblank range, then rode up an escalator, came back down to shoot the victim again.
BLACKWELL: Now, that's according to a federal prosecutor. The suspect, 23-year old Paul Ciancia is in a hospital recovering from several gunshot wounds to the chest. And now he faces two charges of murder of a federal officer and commission of violence at an international airport.
PAUL: In the meantime, life is returning to normal, I guess, at the airport. But for the victim's family, you know nothing's ever going to be the same for them. CNN's Kyung Lah is at LAX. Kyung.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, Victor, here at Los Angeles International visible signs of mourning as we are hearing for the very first time from the widow of the slain TSA officer. Ana Hernandez says her husband, Gerardo Hernandez, leaves behind two young children. He was her high school sweetheart. He was born in El Salvador. He came here to the United States when he was 15 years old and by every measure he was living the American dream. She says he joined the TSA in 2010 and was filled with pride protecting America's passenger planes. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ANA HERNANDEZ, WIDOW OF FALLEN TSA OFFICER: He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son, and friend. Gerardo would have been 40 next week. I am truly devastated. We are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly.
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LAH: Here, at LAX, the TSA officers are wearing black bands around their badges. It is a sign of mourning for their fallen officer. As far as travel here for the passengers, it's slowly getting back to normal. Passengers are still looking at delays, but all terminals are now open as this entire area slowly tries to return to normal. Christi, Victor.
BLACKWELL: All right. Kyung Lah at LAX. Certainly trying to return to normal there. Thank you very much.
It is a milestone for the National Domestic Violence Hotline logging its 3 millionth call last week. Vice President Joe Biden visited the hotline center in Austin, Texas to mark the occasion.
PAUL: And now, as a U.S. Senator, Biden sponsored that 1994 Violence against Women Act. Had it not been for that act, this hotline would not even exist. I did have an exclusive opportunity to talk with the vice president when he was in Austin. And he didn't mince words about what needs to be done to help people in abusive situations.
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PAUL: And you have been in this long enough to know, because I hear the same thing when I speak about this. That's also the question they have for women.
JOE BIDEN. U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: That is the questions.
PAUL: How do we make that shift from why doesn't she just leave to the real question, which is why does he hit her?
PAUL: And how do we stop that?
PAUL: What can you do to ...
BIDEN: The reason -- this is the god's truth, the reason I wrote the Violence against Women Act in the beginning was to change that cultural norm. No means no, means no, whether it's in the bedroom, on the street, whether you are drunk or sober, it's no. No means no. And everybody says, well, how can you say that? You know, how many times did you hear a woman blamed? I have 1,000 hours of hearings on this, young women would testify before us and say, they would say this happened to me that happened, and asked the question, what was the response of your girlfriends? They said, why were you wearing what you were wearing? Why were you in ...
PAUL: How do we change that?
BIDEN: The way to change that is begin to educate the public. For example, what I say to man. I say if a man gets drunk in a bar and he is just dead drunk and he staggers out of the bar walking down the street. He gets mugged and a concussion, does anybody blame him? No, they don't. They go ahead and they blame -- they blame who they should, the robber, the mugger.
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PAUL: It is a great analogy, wasn't it?
PAUL: The vice president said it's inexcusable that Congress has not adequately funded that hotline itself, because thousands of calls have been dropped because there aren't enough phones and people to answer them. And those folks, you know, bless their hearts because they actually have people who commit suicide on the other line as they try to save them. It's tough.
BLACKWELL: It's an amazing service they provided. I know this was really close to your heart, because you wrote a book about that ...
PAUL: Again, I did. And in full transparency. It's called "Ladders Aren't Supposed to Hurt." It's about my own experience with it. But it came out last year and part of the proceeds in my book have always gone to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. So, I just want to be really transparent about that.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, amazing service.
PAUL: Yeah, they are remarkable people there for sure.
BLACKWELL: The world is experiencing -- changing topics here, a global shortage. The shortage that we're going to tell you about in just a moment. Stay with us.
PAUL: All right. Let's find out what is happening around the world. We will take a little trip together here. Starting in New Delhi, and then out of this world mission, India has set its sights on Mars. CNN's Sumnima Udas is in the Indian capital. Sumnima.
SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, the countdown has begun for the country's first ever mission to Mars, launching and orbited to the red planet, with the aim of collecting scientific information and testing India's space capabilities. The task is ambitious, critics say not much will be achieved by the project, and that's the money could be better spent elsewhere. But if all goes well, India will be the fourth to make it to the red planet after the U.S., Russia and Europe, and though officials insist they are not in the space race, the fact that India beat China to it will be celebrated by many here. Back to you, Christi.
PAUL: Sumnima, thank you so much. I want to go to Cairo now the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gets underway tomorrow. Now, Morsi and more than a dozen members of his Muslim Brotherhood Party are accused of inciting violence. So, we're taking out to Cairo with Ian Lee. Ian?
IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will stand trial on Monday. Don't expect any major developments. This trial will be more procedural. But more importantly, this is the first time we expect to see the ex-president since he was ousted in a coup last July following massive street demonstrations. Morsi, who is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, will stand trial on charges related to his alleged involvement in violence that took place around the (inaudible) Presidential Palace. These are serious charges. If convicted he faces life in prison or even execution. Christi.
PAUL: Ian Lee, thank you. We appreciate it so much. And now to Johannesburg. This South African city host a world premiere today for "Long Walk to Freedom." A much anticipated film details Nelson Mandela's life and fight for civil rights and CNN's Arwa Damon is there. Arwa?
ARWA DAMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, to say that South Africans are highly anticipating the red carpet premiere of "Long Walk to Freedom," well, that would be something of an understatement. Nelson Mandela actually sold the rights to the movie of the autobiography of his life when he was in prison. So people here have been waiting to see this for decades, and it is expected to be a star- studded event. However, sadly, Nelson Mandela himself, he does remain in critical but stable condition. He continues to be looked after by a team of military doctors at his home here in Johannesburg. Christi.
PAUL: Arwa, thank you so much. Very grateful to have you here. And Victor, I want to go back to you now.
BLACKWELL: All right, thank you, Christi. You may have heard that the world's winemakers are facing an annual shortage of almost 300 million cases of wine, that's according to a report by Morgan Stanley this week. But maybe we have been duped. Because now other experts say the industry has no shortage at all and they say, wine production is a lot higher this year than Morgan Stanley estimated. Either way it could have a huge impact on the U.S. economy. Why? Well, here is CNN's Erin McLaughlin to explain.
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: From New Jersey to Napa Valley, Americans are growing, storing, and drinking.
SARA PIERRE, OWNER, 3 PARKS WINE SHOP: I think people are feeling very comfortable with just having a glass or two, or three. You know, any day of the week.
MCLAUGHLIN: At wine shops and vineyards across the United States, business is better than ever.
JANCIS ROBINSON, CO-AUTHOR, "THE WORLD ATLAS OF WINE": Wine is hot in the U.S. The United States is set to overtake France to become the world's number one market for wine.
MCLAUGHLIN: Jancis Robinson, wine reporter for the "Financial Times" says it's part of a global shift.
ROBINSON: In the big old European wine producing countries, France, Italy, Spain, the assumption has been plummeting, but to counter balance that in the United States and in China, wine is seen as very desirable, very hip.
MCLAUGHLIN: They've been reports pointing to a global shortfall. Robinson believes they are exaggerated. But she does predict higher prices for consumers.
(on camera): If you are an average consumer and you're looking at all these headlines what should you be thinking or what should be your takeaway?
ROBINSON: Your takeaway should be, I have been very lucky for the last ten years to be able to buy wine reasonably inexpensively, and maybe I will have to pay a little bit more in the future. I don't think it's because there's a massive global shortage. I think that growth haven't been rewarded properly recently.
MCLAUGHLIN (voice over): And that means price hikes. After all, at the end of the day, it's all about that little reward. Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.
PAUL: All right. Really? 28 hours and 50 minutes, really?
BLACKWELL: Uh-huh, really.
PAUL: Well, that's how long it took for this guy to drive more than 2800 miles from New York to L.A. Really?
BLACKWELL: It's amazing, actually. An average of 98 miles an hour? Ed Bolian is standing by live, that's him right there on the screen. He's going to tell us all about it and his ultimate road trip. We'll talk about that in a moment.
BLACKWELL: Welcome back. I want you to imagine this. Driving coast-to-coast in less than 29 hours. I mean it sounds impossible.
PAUL: Oh, yeah, you think there is no way. But it is exactly what one Atlanta man did to shatter the unofficial record for fastest drive from New York to Los Angeles. Ed Bolian along with the co- driver and a "support passenger" drove more than 2800 miles in a record setting 28 hours 50 minutes.
BLACKWELL: So, how did they do it? Well, they had laser jammers, bed pans, Bolian and his crew reached speeds of more than 150 miles an hour during the ultimate road trip. I mean this is amazing. So, we've got him here to talk about it. Ed Bolian, good to have you here. At first ...
PAUL: Alive and well.
BLACKWELL: Yes. Yes.
PAUL: You know, really.
ED BOLIAN: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: I want to start here. What makes someone want to do this?
BOLIAN: Well, we all grew up watching "Cannonball Run" movies, when I was a kid in high school, I interviewed Brock Yates who started "Cannonball Run" in the early '70s. We talked about it and just the idea of that great American road trip.
PAUL: OK, I have to ask you, where were you when you hit 150 miles per hour?
BOLIAN: There is a lot of answers to that question.
PAUL: Oh, my goodness. Your mom and wife had to be just praying.
BOLIAN: They were. They were at home, very much hoping that we would be successful so that we wouldn't have to do this again.
BLACKWELL: So, what did you drive? We're looking at it here?
BOLIAN: It was a Mercedes CL55, that we put a whole lot of gadgets and things like that to make the trip possible. It -- go ahead, I'm sorry.
PAUL: Well, I'm just wondering, what was the toughest part for you?
BOLIAN: Really, the preparation. I mean I spent literally almost ten years dreaming about and thinking about different ways to solve all the problems that come up with trying to do something like this.
BLACKWELL: So we said that there were laser jammers and also bed pans. Were their pit stops at any time?
BOLIAN: Well, whenever anybody asks you, you know, and whenever you talk about driving across the country this fast, the first question is what about the cops, the second question is where do you use the bathrooms?
BOLIAN: And so, fortunately, the bed pans and bottles and things like that were not required for such a use. We stopped three times for gas and about five times on the side of the road.
PAUL: And no -- I mean -nobody ever -- no arrests, no tickets, no nothing?
BOLIAN: No. I mean. Safety and avoidance of all these things was obviously, the top priority. We had three people fully devoted to making sure that that didn't happen.
BLACKWELL: So, you now have this record, 28.50. Are you going to try again to break it?
BOLIAN: No. No, no, no.
BLACKWELL: OK. Once is enough?
BOLIAN: Exactly. Exactly. I am good here.
PAUL: Oh, my goodness. Well, what is your next thing, then? Or is this it, you are just going to ride this wave?
BOLIAN: I think the next thing, according to my wife is a baby. So ...
PAUL: So, no more driving 150 miles an hour, people, because we know when you first have a baby and you are driving home from the hospital, you are going about 35 miles an hour, right?
BOLIAN: That's what ...
PAUL: With that first child, because you are thinking, oh, my gosh! Baby is going to be OK!
BLACKWELL: So, all right, so you drive across the country. You didn't drive back, did you?
BOLIAN: No, now. We decided to fly back and ship the car home, and it actually got back yesterday.
BLACKWELL: Wow. This is amazing. Is there any like documentary coming out? I mean people I think want to see this experience. I see that you recorded some of it.
BOLIAN: Yeah, we got a few videos. We tried to minimize that mostly just to keep it from being terribly incriminating. (LAUGHTER)
BOLIAN: But it's -- you know, we will trying to talk a little bit more about it. It obviously, got a little more attention than we imagined.
BLACKWELL: Yeah. Well, 28 hours and 50 minutes considering how long it takes us some of us to get home, 12 miles in Atlanta.
BOLIAN: Especially around here.
PAUL: And Bolian, thank you so much.
BOLIAN: My pleasure, thank you, guys, so much.
PAUL: We're so glad that you are just here and happy and healthy and all is well.
Hey, you know, we have a rare celestial event taking place today, too.
PAUL: This morning.
BLACKWELL: We have been talking about it this morning. Meteorologist Alexandra Steele is tracking this. Good morning, Alexandrea. Tell us what's going on this morning.
ALEXANDRA STEELE, CNN METEOROLOGIST: How cool is he? It was so ...
PAUL: I know!
STEELE: And his voice, oh my goodness. All right, well, a very rare eclipse, it's actually called the hybrid. The last time it happened was the 1800s, 1850s. I'm going to bring you the details next. But first, let's head to Alexandra in New York.
ALEXANDRA FIELD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning from this starting point of the New York City marathon. 45,000 runners are getting ready to hit the road. I'm Alexandra Field live this morning, and coming up we will tell you about some stepped up security measures. Victor?
BLACKWELL: Well, each week we are shining a spotlight on the top ten CNN heroes of 2013. As you vote for the ones who inspire you the most, and you can do that at CNNheroes.com. So, this week's honoree has found an innovative way to bring communities in need across the digital divide. Meet Estella Pyfrom.
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ESTELLA PYFROM, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: I grew up in segregated South. I actually, started picking beans at age six. But my father, I used to hear him say if you get a good education, you can get a good job. So we knew that education was important. In today's time, many of our children don't have computers at home. And low-income families don't have transportation to get to where the computers are. Kids who don't have access to computers after school will be left behind.
My name is Estella Pyfrom, at age 71, I took my retirement savings to create a classroom to bring high-tech learning to communities in need.
PYFROM (on camera): All right. Let's get on board Estella's Brilliant Bus!
(voice over): Estella's Brilliant Bus is a mobile learning center.
(on camera): Are you ready to get on the computers?
UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: Yes!
PYFROM (voice over): We want to do what we can do to make things better for all.
(on camera): OK, got it.
(voice over): I see the bus as being able to bridge that gap.
(on camera): Yes.
(voice over): Between technology and the lack of it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She helps me by having one-on-one attention. And if I don't get, she'll help me with it. I look forward to it a lot.
PYFROM (on camera): How are we doing here?
(on camera): It's not just a bus, it's a movement. We're going to go from neighborhood to neighborhood, keep making a difference.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) BLACKWELL: Good morning, New York. Good morning, Lady Liberty. A live look this morning. The New York marathon is today. Runners should have OK weather, 50 degrees, partly cloudy today. A cooler day for a run is much better than a warmer day.
PAUL: It is, but I am betting those folks that run those marathons are used to just about everything.
BLACKWELL: Yes. Maybe you noticed something unusual in the sky in the east coast? People in places like New York and Boston, they were able to see a brief solar eclipse at sunrise.
BLACKWELL: Hey, if you're just waking up along the East Coast, maybe you've noticed something unusual in the sky? Maybe? People in places like Boston and New York, Washington D.C., were able to see just a brief solar eclipse at sunrise.
PAUL: Yeah, but you know, if they are making a coffee or gone your own (inaudible), it lasted for less than two minutes, but it was still something to see. Alexandra Steele is in the CNN weather center. OK, how does this work, Alexandra?
STEELE: All right, a solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the earth and the sun, essentially, all three line up. The Sun's light gets blocked by the Moon's shadow, and, of course, this is how it happened. So, just in Atlanta, Georgia, if you are watching us right now, this is kind of the moment, this is the time. It's happening just during sunrise. And you can see it at 6:59. So, it happened in Boston, New York City, Daytona and Washington, D.C. So, it has been a really interesting thing. What this is also called, is a hybrid. And only about five percent of all eclipses are a hybrid, meaning it starts as a partial and becomes a total. So, we saw a partial here on the East Coast, but in Africa, they are going to see a total. So, kind of this hybrid, last time it happened was in the 1800s, and it won't happen for almost another 200 years. So, it is rare and it certainly was kind of a unique event out there this morning.
BLACKWELL: Alexandra Steele, thank you so much.
STEELE: You are very welcome.
PAUL: And thank you for starting your morning with us.
BLACKWELL: We've got much more ahead on the next hour of your "NEW DAY." It starts right now.
PAUL: I hope Sunday has been good to you so far. Welcome. We are happy to have your company. I am Christi Paul.
BLACKWELL: I am Victor Blackwell. It's 7:00 on the East Coast, 4:00 on the West Coast. If that's not what your clocks say, it's because daylight savings time ended last night, and your clocks are all wrong. PAUL: But doesn't it make you feel good because you get an extra hour?
PAUL: That's a good thing.
BLACKWELL: Welcome to "NEW DAY SUNDAY."
PAUL: New details for you that we want to share with you this morning on the attack at Los Angeles International Airport and how that whole thing went down.
BLACKWELL: Yeah, officials say, the suspected gunman, 23-year- old Paul Ciancia shot a TSA officer at pointblank range, then he left, but then he came back moments later to shoot him again. His weapon of choice from Smith & Wesson, it's a .2223 caliber M&P 15 assault rifle.
PAUL: And we're now getting to know more about the man he's accused of killing, too. Gerardo Hernandez, he is the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty, and as you can imagine, his wife who is now a widow, is just devastated.
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ANA HERNANDEZ: He was the wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. Gerardo would have been 40 next week. I am truly devastated. And we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly.
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BLACKWELL: Ciancia was shot in the chest and is in the hospital. And now he faces two felony charges.