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Passengers Take A Stand; Franchitti Retires; Historic "One Child" China Policy Changes

Aired November 15, 2013 - 06:30   ET


JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: You know, it's sad. You make a very important political point and you're dead-on. It can be at times sad when you think, could they find something, just for goodwill in the country? Could they get together, let's set health care aside and find something we can work on together? That would be nice.

Don't bet on it.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Don't bet on it.

All right. For this Friday, we'll leave it at, don't bet on it.

John, great to see you.

KING: Have a great weekend.

BOLDUAN: You, too.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Let's take a look at the headlines.

In fact, we have some breaking news to start with: China relaxing its one-child policy. A Chinese news agency reporting that couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents was an only child. This ruling coming following last week's secret policy meetings in Beijing.

We have also learned that China will abolish its re-education through labor system. Under this system, tens of thousands of them are in prison in China without trial. The country says it is trying to improve human rights.

In other news, the four Marines killed at Camp Pendleton Wednesday have been identified as bomb removal positions, one of the toughest in the Marine Corps. They diffuse bombs on battlefields and training grounds. Staff Sergeants Mathew Marsh, and Eric Summers, Sergeant Miguel Ortiz, and Gunnery Sergeant Gregory Mullins were all killed while clearing unexploded devices.

President Obama set to make his pick for the next surgeon general. The White House says he intends to nominate Vivek Murthy for the job. Murthy is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. He co- founded Doctors for America, which used to be known as Doctors for Obama. If confirmed, Murthy would succeed Regina Benjamin who announced her resignation in July.

There could be fireworks today at the hearing to review evidence in the murder trial of a Montana newlywed accused of pushing her husband off a cliff. Lawyers for Jordan Linn Graham would likely argue against new evidence the prosecutors introduced that suggest that he blindfolded Cody Johnson before he fell to his death in Glacier National Park in July. That trial is set to begin December 9th.

PEREIRA: A Kansas City man getting 30 years in prison for taking a Missouri state trooper on quite a wild ride. It was all caught on camera.






PEREIRA: That video was captured by Cody Dunfy's (ph) dashboard camera. Alan Hampton dragged the officer several hundred feet after being pulled over for speeding. He was later to have found meth and a loaded gun in his vehicle. Hampton told the court that he didn't want to hurt the officer, he just wanted to get rid of the drugs. We should point out, the officer was not injured in that incident, though he likely will not forget it.

Customer at a Florida diner can thank his waiter for keeping him alive. Dan Roberts is a server at Buffington's Bar and Grill off Ormond Beach. He was working last week when he saw a customer choking. Check out the video from the restaurant. You can see Robert performing the Heimlich.

The customer is doing just fine thanks to Roberts who also works during the summer as a lifeguard. The right guy around if you happen to choke.

I saw you practicing the Heimlich. Are you up on it? Are you good?

BOLDUAN: I'm not, actually. I'm now --

PEREIRA: Work a refresher because you just never know when somebody is going to need your help.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: And even if you know, to have the presence of mind to do it and not panic, bravo to him. Bravo to him.

PEREIRA: Absolutely a good point. Very good point.

CUOMO: Coming up on "NEW DAY": remember that Florida sink hole that we showed you yesterday? It's growing. We met the family from the first home.

We're going to check in with them, tell you what happened to them, and tell you why the residents there are furious, saying none of this had to happen in the first place.

BOLDUAN: All right. Think about this one on the break, we want your thoughts. A blind man and service dog kicked off a U.S. Airways flight and triggered a passenger revolt. Why everyone on the plane wound up taking a bus. Who is at fault?


BOLDUAN: Let's go around the world now.

Starting in Iran where U.N. officials report the country's new government has slowed its nuclear program. More from Mohammed Jamjoom.


MOHAMMED JAMJOOM, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: In a possible boost for diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity since Hassan Rouhani became president of that country. "Reuters" news agency reports that the IAEA also stated that since August, no further major components have been added to a potential plutonium reactor that worries America and its allies so much.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Mohammed, thank you.

And Caroline Kennedy touching down in Japan to start her new role as U.S. ambassador there.

Saima Mohsin explains from Hong Kong.


SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Caroline Kennedy arrived in Japan to take up her post as U.S. ambassador there. The daughter of President John F. Kennedy, who has killed 50 years ago next week, arrived in Tokyo a short time ago. She's the first woman to serve as America's ambassador to Japan, the country where women's roles have traditionally been restricted. Kennedy was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Tuesday.

Back to you, Kate.


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

And this one gives new meaning to coffee on the go. Starbucks' first store on a train.

Erin McLaughlin has that from London.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We are pretty used to seeing the Starbucks sign on street corners and inside train stations throughout Europe, but how about being able to order the latte onboard an actual train? That's exactly what's going on in Switzerland.

Now, serving Starbucks on a train isn't easy, the cramped quarters and constant movement. The folks at Starbucks say this is the smallest stores they have designed and it literally rolls out November 21st.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: The more Starbucks, the better.

Thank you so much, Erin.

CUOMO: All right. We want to update you on a story you saw unfold live on NEW DAY yesterday. The sinkhole near Florida's coast, it has quadrupled in size. It is 90 feet wide and 56 feet deep. Two homes now condemned and many others in jeopardy.

John Zarrella is at the scene in Dunedin, Florida.

John, what do we know?

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Chris, no new update yet on the dimension of the hole, although authorities are telling us that it is growing, although more slowly than it did yesterday. As you know, that hole opened up about this time yesterday morning.


ZARRELLA (voice-over): Watch this. This is a section of Mike Dupre's home collapsing after an enormous sinkhole opened up beneath it. It's been falling a piece at a time, slowly, agonizingly.

MIKE DUPRE, HOMEOWNER: I saw our screen room already going down towards into that sinkhole. At that point I turned around and said, everybody out, get some clothes and tried to get out of the house and called 911.

ZARRELLA: The sinkhole spread to the home next door. Others are at risk, too. At least a half dozen homes in all.

For Dupre, this is a bitter ending. He was planning to remodel, put in a pool.

DUPRE: It's our house. We were going to stay here the rest of our life. So that's not going to be happening. ZARRELLA: Two years ago after spotting cracks in his walls, an engineer for Dupre's insurance company Citizens, verified there was sinkhole activity under his house. That engineer and another one hired by Dupre disagreed on how best to fix it. Ultimately Dupre said, citizens won.

DUPRE: They said no, our way or the highway, basically.

ZARRELLA: Just this week preliminary work had begun to stabilize the home. Not soon enough. In a statement citizens told us, quote, "The law is pretty straightforward. It does not let us nor do we want to get in the middle of a debate between two engineers."

We've been seeing more sinkholes recently. Earlier this year, Jeff Bush died after being swallowed up into the ground near Tampa while he was sleeping. And in August, a resort in Orlando crumbled into the earth. Florida is the most sinkhole-prone state as development increases, so do insurance claims.

The industry says there were 2,300 claims in 2006. In 2010 almost triple, nearly 6,700. But many never get paid.

TAYLOR YARKOSKY, ADVANCED PIER TECHNOLOGY: They can deny it on a visual assessment, not even testing the soil, so how do you know if there's a sinkhole if you don't drill in the soil and test it? Under current law, they don't have to do that.

ZARRELLA: Citizens will cover the Dupre's for the loss of their home. For now, the family is staying in a nearby hotel, waiting to see if they can get their belongings out before the whole place is gone.


ZARRELLA: Now later, this morning officials say they are going to bring in dump trucks loaded with dirt, get it in the hole, part of the hole, in order to at least stabilize it and keep it from expanding any more -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: John Zarrella, thanks so much for that update, John.

It's amazing to think about, you know, you see cracks in your walls, OK. Then your home just sinks into the ground. I know it's not unusual, this does happen, but it still blows my mind everyone when you see one of these stories.

CUOMO: What the man said in the story really defines the legal issue. Under the law, insurers only have to do so much. And until the law evolves, you're going to wind up having risk assessments like what the Dupre family had to deal with. And sometimes, it goes the wrong way and who is left holding the bag? Is insurers protected by law and this family is in a hotel.

So it's just a tough situation. We'll keep following them to make sure they get back in a home as soon as possible.

BOLDUAN: Sure. CUOMO: Let's take a break now.

Coming up on "NEW DAY": here's a question, who kicks a blind man off a plane. It happened on a flight from Philadelphia to Long Island? It caused a passenger between passengers and flight attendant that is wound up in getting everyone kicked off. We'll tell you the facts. You can judge for yourself.

PEREIRA: And how about this for an inner thigh workout? Jean Claude Van Damme's latest stunt will leave your legs feeling like spaghetti. Side effects, special effects, the real deal -- many questions for the must-see moment.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to "NEW DAY". Talk about taking a stand. A flight from Philadelphia to Long Island had to be canceled. The passengers on board rallied behind a blind man and his service dog who were kicked off the plane. "Early Start" co-anchor, John Berman, has more. Tell us from the beginning why on earth they were kicked off the plane --

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This happened Wednesday in Philadelphia, on a flight from Philadelphia to New York's Long Island. Albert Rizzi is legally blind. He usually travels with his guide dog, Doxy. You can see them there. They were seated in the back row of this plane in one of those middle seats that has no seat in front of it. The flight attendant was demanding that the guide dog be placed under a seat.

And for a while, the dog went under, you know, one of the neighbor's seat, but they were on the tarmac for over an hour. The dog got restless and started sitting under, you know, the owner's feet like he's been trained to do, and then the attendant apparently asked him to take care of the situation, they got in a fight, and ultimately, the man and his dog got kicked off the plane.

Now, I should tell you, U.S. Air released a statement saying "Mr. Rizzi became disruptive and refused to comply with crew member instructions when the flight attendant asked him to secure his service dog at his feet. As a result of the disruptive behavior, they were all asked to leave."

Now, the coder (ph) to this story was a lot of people are rejoicing over is the fact that everyone else on board the plane essentially rallied behind the passenger. They were disruptive in a way after they left the plane. The pilot and the flight crew refused to take off and everyone got off.

PEREIRA: And they got off and got on a bus and were --

BERMAN: They got to Long Island. They got where they're going.

PEREIRA: The larger discussion here, this makes me a little crazy and I think we've all had our experiences. It seems that we're losing our reasonableness, if that's even a word. The flight attendants could have made good on this and helped him out here, couldn't they have?

BERMAN: You would think there was another solution, putting the dog in, you know, behind another seat. They had tried that earlier, you know, it didn't work.

CUOMO: The flight attendants are mean.

BERMAN: You think so?

CUOMO: I think, obviously, they have to judge everybody as an individual, but I will tell you this. We fly a lot in this business. And it does seem as though there has been somewhat of a ramping down of civility when you travel. People don't seem to go out of their way. This is --

PEREIRA: Are you talking about passengers or flight attendants?


CUOMO: Never. I think people in general, you know, they're not the nicest. They talk about Twitter all the time. It is like the crucible of nasty. But I have found with flight attendants, you kind of be got to be careful who you get, and it's hard to explain how someone can have no discretion on the situation --


BERMAN: Flight crews -- I was just on a flight a few days ago, they were rejoicing over the fact they don't have to police the cell phones and iPads and things like that anymore. That seemed to me to put them in a situation that was simply unwinnable. I'm hoping without that, you know, it begins a new era of joy and friendliness on flights.

BOLDUAN: I think that's a great hope. Continue to hope for that in the far, far, far distant future. I think that flight attendants are an easy target. I think that the airlines, you know, put these rules in place who say that it is your job to do this. Your job is on the line to do that. This might be --

CUOMO: That's how you do it.

BOLDUAN: This might be an extreme case, but I think flight attendants are an easy target. I think they take -- I know what I'm like the moment I step on a plane. I think everybody else is the same. No one is nice anymore.

BERMAN: No one is quite like that, no, no.


PEREIRA: Don't you worry that we've lost our -- I've talked about it before, our humanity. This seems to me a situation where the person could have said, I know what the rules are, let's find a solution, because the happier you are, the happier I am, because they have to put up with a lot of --


CUOMO: You know, it's not like a situation where the dog was like attached to a three-year-old or something like that and had to go. The passengers, if it was so obvious, if it was dangerous, if it was worth kicking a blind guy off the plane, why did the passengers feel that way?

BERMAN: Maybe this proves our humanity that the passengers onboard that flight rallied around.


CUOMO: There is silver lining.

BOLDUAN: Or we never had humanity in the first place and we were just hiding it.

PEREIRA: I try to kill people with kindness because I find if you're over happy, sometimes, they'll come at least a little way.



CUOMO: Mickey would be like, 'Hi, what's going on with you?' And Kaye (ph) would be like, do I look like I want to talk to you right now?


CUOMO: What about my face says --


PEREIRA: Talk about a face and talk about thigh power. Jean Claude Van Dam, his name is synonymous with extreme martial arts --


PEREIRA: Talk muscles from Brussells in a new Volvo commercial.


PEREIRA: He's driving out --


PEREIRA: -- somehow bouncing himself between the moving truck (ph).

CUOMO: Strong.

PEREIRA: They are driving backwards. This is on a closed circuit set. Professional driver, he clearly is a professional crazy man. The ad is intended to highlight the steering stability feature on Volvo trucks. So, that's why they're going backwards. They're going very slowly, as you can see, but still, this is insanity! (CROSSTALK)


CUOMO: It is tough on the gern (ph), but you know, he is known for this move.

BOLDUAN: I never heard gern before --

CUOMO: You know, if you watch he early Van Dam movies which certainly I did. It was always about how -- tried and somebody tried to like pull his legs apart with bamboo or ropes.



CUOMO: That was his signature face. It's great to see that he still has it.

PEREIRA: The signature face, the signature move --


BOLDUAN: Right. he is something.

CUOMO: It hurts the gern just watching him.

BERMAN: I don't even know what the gern is but --


BOLDUAN: Please help me, define gern because I hear it all the time.

CUOMO: Groin muscle says captain obvious.

Moving on now, coming up on "NEW DAY", new video this morning from inside the New Jersey mall, you'll remember the fascination with why this man did what he did. Now, you get to watch for yourself and some of his behavior will surprise you.

BOLDUAN: And what does the latest dust-up at the secret service mean for that agency? We're going to talk to the reporter who broke the last secret service scandal to talk about the new secret service scandal coming up.


CUOMO: Your team had quite a win last night. Crazy comeback in the football game between the Colts and the Titans. And if you don't love football, there was a nice helmet to bare head head-butt to occupy your attention also. Andy Scholes here with this morning's "Bleacher Report." That was a nice dirty play.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes, Chris, I don't know about you, but I've never been head-butted before. I'm sure it hurts. And it better hurts even more if the person doing it to you had the helmet on. Check this out, second quarter, the Colts' Erik Walden, he rips off Delanie Walker's helmet. Walker is like, what's that about? Then, Walden head-butts him right in the face!

Shockingly, Walden was not ejected for that. He just received the penalty. After the game, Andrew Luck led the Colts on another comeback. Indie got to win 30-27 was the final.

Turning on, back in October, Indy car racer, Dario Franchitti, was involved in this horrific crash during the Houston Grand Prix. He suffered two fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, and a concussion. Now, those injuries have sadly forced Franchitti to announce his retirement from the sport of racing.

In a statement yesterday, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said "Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it's really tough to think that the driving side is now over."

After suffering a gruesome injury on national TV, Louisville's Kevin Ware, is back on the court which is where Rachel Nichols caught up with him. For his return means that Laker star, Kobe Bryant, will need to make his way to Louisville after losing a bet.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know Kobe is a competitive guy. Basically, whoever came back first, the other person had to come to their game. So, I guess, Kobe has to come to my game.


SCHOLES: You can watch that full interview on "Unguarded with Rachel Nichols." That's tonight at 10:30 eastern on CNN

And Kate, I know I kicked you when you're down on Monday after the Colts lost by 30, so I'll have to say, bravo to your team last night for getting a big comeback win.

BLITZER: Thank you very much

CUOMO: And head-butting a guy in the face with a helmet.

SCHOLES: And head-butting the other team.

BOLDUAN: I don't take responsibility for other people's actions but I do accept the win. Thank you very much, Andy. Have a good weekend.

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


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president.

CUOMO: When sorry ain't enough. President Obama apologizes for the health care rollout and vows to make sure Americans can keep their health care for another year. We'll get into why that vow may be destined to be broken and whether either side is looking for solutions.

BOLDUAN: New this hour, the coast guard is desperately searching for a passenger who fell out of a plane nearly 2,000 feet in the air. But did he jump or what happened? We're probing that mystery this morning.

PEREIRA: Michael Phelps may have just taken his first steps toward competing in the 2016 Olympics despite retiring after the London games last summer. We'll tell you what clues tipped us off.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

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


CUOMO: All right. Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Friday, November 15th, seven o'clock 00 in the east, and we begin with breaking news out of Beijing.

Historic changes to China's one child policy. The government there is relaxing the policy and also ending its reeducation through labor system. These controversial regulations have been in place for decades. David McKenzie has more live from Beijing this morning. What do we know, David?

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Chris, very significant developments from the Chinese government. These two hated systems here in China by the population. The one child policy which meant that couples could only have one child for decades causing all sorts of social problems and the reeducation through labor system. That's a series of labor camps throughout this country where people could be jailed without trial for up to four years.

The government announcing now through state media that both of these, in one case, is going to be relaxed of the one child policy. Now, people who might be the child of a parent who was a one child can have more children. And their reeducation through labor system is being abolished according to the government.

This will be welcomed by many people in China, though, some activists I've spoken to say they'll just find other ways to jail people without trial -- Chris and Kate.