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A Surprise Egyptian Visit by Secretary Kerry; Alleged NFL Bully Suspended; Wal-Mart Ups The Ante; Fiery Mid-Air Crash; Chiefs Keep Winning

Aired November 4, 2013 - 06:30   ET


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Researchers in Canada used DNA testing on 44 bottles and found many of the pills were often diluted or the herbs inside were replaced entirely by cheap fillers like soy bean, wheat and rice. Industry representatives argue that any problems with the pills are not widespread.

Wow, "Saturday Night Live" taking on the controversy over not having women of color on its cast. We told you about it Friday. Well, this weekend, actress Kerry Washington was asked to do a whole lot.


KERRY WASHINGTON, ACTRESS: I will leave, and in a few minutes, Oprah will be here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, Mrs. Obama.

ANNOUNCER: 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 tonight. We made these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent, and also because "SNL" does not have currently black women in the cast.



PEREIRA: Later, Al Sharpton came on and made a comment as well. The show, currently, does not have any black female cast members, and only nine women, including Washington, have been ever asked to host.

So, kudos to them for taking the issue head on. Now the question, will they rectify the problem?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Kerry Washington -- funny, funny in her own right.


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Or they keep doing it their way and who they think are the smartest on funniest people and take the heat as it comes. She was funny, by the way.

PEREIRA: Very funny. CUOMO: Really good show. I liked it.

PEREIRA: Me, too.

CUOMO: I might watch it again.

Coming up on NEW DAY, you can't bully a 6-foot-5, 320-pound man? Yes, you can, says an NFL who is 6 foot-5 and 300 pounds, and says it forced him to leave the team. Another player has been suspended.

So, now a debate: is this about bullying or being a "man", in quotes?

BOLDUAN: And it's not even Thanksgiving. You know that well. But some stars are already launching their holiday specials. Good news or scary news?

Christine Romans is looking at the reasons why and also what you need to know coming up.

CUOMO: Good for you. Scary for us.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Let's go around the world now, starting in Egypt. Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise stop there before heading on to Saudi Arabia as part of his Mideast swing.

Mohammed Jamjoom is in Cairo.


MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, here in Cairo on Sunday, Secretary of State Kerry made it clear America's relationship with Egypt was a vital one and insisted that the U.S. government's decision to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Egyptians was not a punishment, rather a reflection of U.S. policy. He said that the U.S. relationship with Egypt was one that goes deeper than aid.

And Mr. Kerry has since moved on to Saudi Arabia. He is in Riyadh today trying to smooth over tensions that have developed in the relationship with the Saudis these past couple of months.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, Mohammed.

And in Germany, hundreds of paintings stolen by the Nazis have been found in a very unusual place.

Erin McLaughlin has the details from London.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's been called a staggering find by the art world. Some 1,500 modern masterpieces found during a police raid in Munich, arts by the like of Picasso and Matisse, believed to have been seized by the Nazis in the 1930s and the 1940s, found in the flat of an 80-year-old man on suspicion of tax evasion.

Now, German authorities are neither confirming nor denying the presence of this art. It was revealed in an exclusive report by a German publication, valued to be over a billion dollars.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right, Erin, thank you. We can only hope they get returned to the families that were stolen from.

CUOMO: Absolutely.

All right. So, we have a new twist for you this morning, and the reported bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room involving lineman Jonathan Martin and his teammates. Offensive lineman Richie Incognito was actually suspended Sunday for conducted detrimental to the team, kind of a catch all. Incognito then took to Twitter to deny the claim.

So, still an evolving situation. CNN's John Berman trying to track down some line of reason here.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know, there is a lot going on here. I have to say the details are very, very murky. But what is clear is that a 6 foot 5, 320-pound offensive tackle, that may not be the image when it comes to mind when you think of being a bullying victim. But Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins reportedly a victim of bullying and teasing since he joined the team last year.

Now, this morning, there is new information about what may have pushed him really past his breaking point.


BERMAN (voice-over): This morning, we are learning new details about alleged player misconduct within the Miami Dolphins locker room that may have played a role in the abrupt departure of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin last week. "The Miami Herald" reports, citing an unnamed source that veteran players are allegedly pressuring younger players to pay for their high priced outings, one unnamed rookie is nearly broke because he can't say no to the older players, the source told "The Herald".

This weekend, players tweeted about a lavished looking dinner. Another player joked about the dinner tab totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, later adding the bill was split.

Martin allegedly left the Dolphins after an incident with a group of players standing up and leaving when he tried to join them for lunch.

The NFL is conducting an investigation, and the team released a statement saying in part, "We are taking these allegations very seriously and plan to review the matter further."

LZ GRANDERSON, SENIOR WRITER, ESPN: If he was bullied, it certainly wouldn't be, you know, unique. I mean, that is a part of the NFL culture, especially for young players, particularly rookies. It is the epitome of machismo and strength and posturing among men.

BERMAN: This comes on the heels of an ESPN report over the weekend that offensive lineman Richie Incognito pressured Martin into paying $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas that Martin wasn't even on. Incognito fought back on Twitter writing, "ESPN, shame on you for attaching my name to false speculation. I won't be holding by breath for an apology."

Late Sunday, the Dolphins indefinitely suspended Incognito, pending the outcome of the an investigation.

JOE PHILBIN, MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH: I can say without question that we emphasize a culture of team first, accountability and respect for one another. Any behavior that deviates from that is inconsistent with the values of our organization.

BERMAN: Some of his teammates hope Martin returns soon.

TYSON CLABO, MIAMI DOLPHINS: Football team is like a family. Every family has issues. We just want him to be all right and, you know, I want him to come back to work.


BERMAN: As we said Incognito has been suspended indefinitely. There is no word yet on when or if Martin will return to the team. So, as Chris pointed, Dolphins are actually down two linemen right now.

But this is not really about football anymore. This is about a culture, what's going on behind the scenes. You hear about these meals. That's been going on a long time. It's hard to imagine this is just about picking up the tab of meals.

BOLDUAN: One person finally speaking out. Maybe it's something that's been going on over and over again.

BERMAN: Maybe that was the last straw.

BOLDUAN: We'll see.

CUOMO: We're going to talk about it more, coming up in the show. But this is one of those things. These are cultural issues. You know, you have to figure out where is the line? When does it become wrong? This is an unusual story to set up, but it is an interesting conversation.

Let us know what you think. Set us up for the conversation we're going to have. Tweet us with the #newday.

BOLDUAN: Let's get another check of the chilly, chilly forecast out there this morning.

Karen Maginnis is in for Indra Petersons.

Hi, Karen.


Yes, it is a very cold start to the morning. Temperatures are only in the 20s and the 30s. We should be about 5 to 10 degrees warmer than that across the region. Right now in Boston, 31. It should be around 41 degrees. And for New York, it's 35 degrees. It should be about 45 degrees.

Now, we are looking at a little bit of a warm-up across the Northeast, especially as we go into the next several days, but not for long. By the end of the week, we'll have another storm system trying to move in across the region.

All right. This hasn't happened since 1854, but everybody set your watches, because 2172, another one of these is going to happen. This is the view in New Jersey. Now, it looks like a chunk of the sun has been taken away. This was a partial eclipse of the sun.

The reason they're saying partial is because in the southern hemisphere, it was a total eclipse. This picture is from an iReporter out of New Jersey. Let's go ahead and show you what happened in Kenya, where the sun was completely blocked out. As I mentioned, this is not going to happen until the 22nd century. So, set your iPhones now.

Yes, there it goes.

Kate, Chris, back to you.

BOLDUAN: All right. Karen, thanks so much.

We were trying to debate, and I almost convinced Chris that the song was almost a partial eclipse of the heart. But it's actually not.

CUOMO: I knew it was.


CUOMO: I never listen to the song.

Coming up on NEW DAY: this is truly amazing. No debate about this. Two planes go up over Wisconsin, full of sky divers. They collide.

But everyone gets away OK. How? We'll show you this morning.

PEREIRA: A little video for you, looks so cute and incident, the boy and the beluga. But this whale isn't having any of it. It's our must-see moment ahead, wait for it. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

PEREIRA: It's too early, people. Too early. I can't do it. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It seems so early to have music playing for Christmas, but Halloween is behind us, and it is time to focus on the most wonderful time of the year when stores introduce all sorts of crazy deals to help us shoppers survive the holiday season.

Wal-Mart is taking the sales typically reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and well, really getting the jump on things. Christine Romans is here to explain they're going really early with this --

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Black Friday as the day after Thanksgiving is so 2012. Now, Black Friday is now. Wal-Mart is doing is they're trying to take a bunch of sales they have in reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday that made up holiday on the Monday to do your online shopping to spend money that you didn't spend on Black Friday. They're moving it all forward.

So there's going to be seven big deals on tablets and TVs. They're going to roll them out this Friday, a month early, and they're going to have three other 300 other deals available ready --

PEREIRA: A whole month early?

ROMANS: You have fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I'm going to tell you, the retailers are all noticing that people are smart, and they're holding back. They're waiting for Christmas to do some of their -- or you know, the days after Thanksgiving to do some of their sales. And so, these retailers want to get you in. They want to get you in. And Wal-Mart wants to get you in so you will start spending your money.

BOLDUAN: And so, it's not only Wal-Mart. It really just takes one retailer to --

ROMANS: Oh, yes.


ROMANS: on Friday already had its Black Friday deal site. So already, Black Friday deals are out there and can be had. Black Friday, of course, is the day after Thanksgiving. Traditionally, they called it Black Friday because that was the day the retailers were in the black for the year.

And now, you know, 25 to 40 percent of a retailer's entire profit comes from the holiday type season moving it forward, earlier than I have ever seen it moving forward. It shows you that retailers are worried about consumers. They're either strapped over super smart, and we're not spending money we don't have.

CUOMO: I have a good bet on. I mean, you do have -- the good is going to be, you're going to see that horizontal price pressure, right? You're going to see other stores doing what Wal-Mart is doing. Wal-Mart is doing lay away, other things. They want to incentivize. So, that's good. They should be doing deals as often as possible. We want that. That's good for the consumer.

The bad is, two things, one, it's a reflection that the spending culture is down in the economy and that's not so much because of appetites, it's about ability. So, that's a problem. The other one is something we'll talk about to suit Michaela's calendar needs later as we get closer to Christmas. But, you know, the culture of Christmas is something that must be discussed.

ROMANS: Let me show you the ghosts of Christmas passed. This is something from Consumer Reports. We pulled this morning. Just to remind you, I am the killjoy correspondent today.


CUOMO: You do have a Christmas sweater on.

ROMANS: I do, but look, 58 percent. When do you pay the bills? So what the companies are trying to get you to do now is spend your money, right? Most of us -- a little over half us pay our bills in January, but look at the rest of you out there. They -- you're not even paying off this year's Christmas by next year, 13 percent of you.

PEREIRA: I worry that it's going to mean fatigue for shoppers like me. And we're going to burn out early on.

ROMANS: I love deals. I love deals. But don't get a deal if you can't afford to pay it off by January. If you can't afford to pay it off by January, you shouldn't buy it.

PEREIRA: -- money guru.

BOLDUAN: That is very good advice. Very good advice.

ROMANS: You're going to be bombarded over the next days with deals. I'm telling you.

BOLDUAN: Bring it on. You're here to present this.


CUOMO: I'm pro deal. I'm pro deal.

ROMANS: I'm the anti-debt, pro deal.


BOLDUAN: We now all (INAUDIBLE). Thanks, Christine.


BOLDUAN: I'm just going to say it and move on.

It's being called a miracle over Wisconsin. Two planes packed with sky divers collide in midair, and amazingly everyone survives. CNN's George Howell is in Chicago with more on that. Amazing story, George. GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Kate, good morning. What are the odds on a thing like this? Eleven people jump for their lives. Everyone survives, only a few scrapes and bruises. It is an incredible story of survival. Here's a look at how it played out.


HOWELL (voice-over): Flying in formation some 12,000 feet in the air, two planes have just reached their targeted altitude carrying nearly a dozen sky divers when something went wrong. One of the pilots remembered hearing a loud bang, then the windshield shattered, the moment both planes collided in midair. According to one of the men who was onboard the plane, it turned out to be a jump for their lives.

MIKE ROBINSON, SKYDIVER: Four jumpers on the lead plane get actually out of the airplane or on the step hanging onto the strut. Then they leave. Meanwhile, the jumpers on the trail plane have done the same thing, they're on the step. So, when they see these jumpers leave, then they leave. We're not sure exactly why they collided yet, but they did.

HOWELL: You can see from these pictures how the lead plane was left mangled.

ROBINSON: The wings came off; they were on fire. The pilot got out safely, used his emergency parachute and landed.

HOWELL: The pilot of trailed plane also survived landing his aircraft safely. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene, jumpers were still making their way to the ground. Amazingly, everyone paid it off the planes safely. For something that's so routine for these sky divers at hundreds or even thousands of jumps under their belts, this accident served as a reminder.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It can be a dangerous sport. Usually is not. Unfortunately, an airplane crash, you know, you take what you get.

HOWELL: This time, they all got very lucky after a terrifying scare in the sky.


HOWELL (on-camera): So, here's the deal with that second plane. We understand that it was insured for liability. It was not insured for collision. So, that skydiving team will be out of business for at least a couple of weeks, I'm told, as the investigation, Chris, Kate, continues, to determine exactly how this midair collision happened.

BOLDUAN: All right. George, thank you so much. They might be out of commission for a couple weeks. I'm not sure after an experience like that I'd want to go back up in the plane yet.

PEREIRA: Some of them even said, look, we this is dangerous. This was a big reminder of what we do as being dangerous.

CUOMO: Collision insurance for an airplane. PEREIRA: My goodness.

BOLDUAN: That's something you ever think you're going to need --


CUOMO: I love that they had the presence of mind to do it the safe way.

PEREIRA: Exactly. Speaking of safety. There's no safety really required here, but it is our "Must-See Moment."


PEREIRA (voice-over): A little guy who's trying to make friends with a frisky beluga whale at an aquarium in China. Things don't go quite as he might have planned, because beluga whale (INAUDIBLE). What are you staring at?


PEREIRA: They're yelling at him. But I love the little guy. Look it, on the back of overalls, his wings -- I don't know if you can see it very well this morning --

CUOMO (voice-over): I like that he talks trash to the whale.

PEREIRA: The whale is like, 'What, you're talking trash at me?' Look at him right there.




PEREIRA (on-camera): There you go. Happy Monday, folks.

CUOMO (on-camera): I like that posture.

BOLDUAN: The beluga whale just laughing away.

CUOMO: Very promising. Very promising aspects we saw there.

Coming up on NEW DAY, a football coach collapses on the field in front of thousands, millions more watching on TV, of course. We're going to go live to Houston for the latest on the condition of Coach Gary Kubiak.

BOLDUAN: Also, it's a CNN exclusive. A person who knew the suspect in the shooting spree at LAX talks about what happened just hours before police say he opened fire.


CUOMO: Boy, oh, boy! When you watch football, you got to know this. Philadelphia Eagles' back-up quarterback, Nick Foles, had himself such a game. He tied an NFL record, seven touchdown passes in one game. But you know what? That's not the big story of the NFL from yesterday. Everybody knows, Joe Carter, this morning's "Bleacher Report," the Jets beating the Saints, huge upset. Nobody saw it coming. J-E-T-S, how can you ignore that in the Bleacher Report?"

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: You know, Chris, that the Jets are undefeated on odd weeks, and on the even weeks, now they get blown out.

CUOMO: Because they're an odd team.


CARTER: Now back to that Nick Foles game yesterday, I mean, that came out of nowhere. Who would have thought that the backup quarterback would set a new NFL record? There might be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia, but obviously, Nick Foles with the Packers next week, we might have something.

Now, he's playing because Michael Vick is injured. And, Foles said, that yes, I've thrown seven touchdown passes in a game before, but it was in a video game. Now, keep in mind, he only played three quarters yesterday. He could have broken the all-time touchdown record. So, Coach Kelly decided to pull him from the game, because his team was beating the Raiders by 36 points and he wanted to keep him healthy, obviously.

Now, Foles is just a second-year player but joins a list of only five other quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for seven touchdowns in one NFL game.

And trending this morning on, the Kansas City Chiefs are now 9-0. Best record in the NFL. They beat the Buffalo Bills yesterday without scoring one touchdown on offense. But who cares when your defense scores two touchdowns. Now, the Chiefs, of course, were the worse team in the NFL last season. They won just two games, and now, they're pulling off an improbable turn around.

But Chris and Kate, we'll see just how good this Kansas City defense is, because up next for the two of three games will be Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They have them twice in three weeks. So, we'll see just how good this defense really is.

BOLDUAN: The true test taking on Peyton Manning. All right. Thanks, Joe.

We're now at the top of the hour, which means it is time for your top news.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All his vital signs are good, but they're still checking on everything with him.

CUOMO: Breaking overnight. The coach of the Houston Texans suddenly collapses, then rushed to the hospital. Another coach hospitalized just days ago.

BOLDUAN: A plan of attack. Exclusive new details on the alleged LAX gunman from a woman who knew him well. What set him off and just how long had he been planning the attack?

PEREIRA: Stuck. A college student falls as much as five stories down, landing between two buildings, trapped for days. We have the dramatic rescue.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's time for a woman to be president.

Run, Hillary, run!

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His phone was off and he didn't check into NYU building in the last couple of days.

ANNOUNCER: This is "New Day" with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Good morning to you. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, November 4th, seven o'clock in the east. And, are we really seeing political moves for 2016?


CUOMO: Yes, we are. New York senior senator making the strongest, loudest push for Hillary Clinton to run, so far, saying it is time for a woman to be president.