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New Hunger Games Movie Now in Theaters; Los Angeles Airport Received Prank Call; America's Top Diplomat Flew to Geneva for Iran Talks; West Hammered by Severe Weather; Possibility of Nuclear Deal with Iran; Police Headquarters Stormed in Durham; Charles Manson's Announced Marriage; Monty Python Reunion in London

Aired November 23, 2013 - 06:00   ET


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Storm front coming. It's the busiest travel week of the year, and along with typical delays and traffic -- you know the deal - a massive weather system threatening to make the Thanksgiving travel worse, I'm sorry to say. And this thing is expected to affect nearly the entire country.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking overnight, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva to try and hammer out an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Sources say there are encouraging signs, but will that be enough to cement an historic deal?

PAUL: And the moments here for all you "Hunger Games" fans. Catching fire, already lighting up the box office pulling in big numbers for its first showing. And its opening weekend could be one for Hollywood's history books. Your "New Day" starts now.

Good morning to you on a Saturday morning. Isn't it nice to get up and just take a breath and relax at home? We don't know.

BLACKWELL: Yes, that's early morning. Yes, our morning started last night, actually.

PAUL: Yes, yes, but we're glad that you're with us. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. 6:00 here on the East Coast, this is NEW DAY Saturday.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody on the ground! Everybody get down!


BLACKWELL: Can you imagine, new this morning, two separate incidents created instant panic at Los Angeles international airport last night. An apparent prank caller alerted police to a gunman in terminal 4. Now, they evacuated the terminal, several thousand travelers out, but there was no gunman.

Now, about the same time, a woman lost control of her SUV and crashed outside of terminal 5. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

CHIEF PATRICK GANNON, LAX POLICE: After a short period of time, the officers were able to determine that there was not a shooting that occurred in terminal 5, but rather, the sounds from the traffic collision caused people to think there may have been shots fired.


BLACKWELL: Now, the incidents show LAX is still on edge after the three weeks now, after the shooting that killed TSA officer Geraldo Hernandez.

Now, a lot look now at the airport. Everything is back to normal there this morning. We will stay on top of this, of course.

PAUL: Meanwhile, the temperature, if you have not, you know, opened your door to let your dog out yet, or checked outside, it's plunging. Just as 43 million of you I know get ready for the busiest travel season of the year. It's already snowing out west. It's expected to be much of the same as we head into thanksgiving. Several states are now into a winter storm warning.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE REPORTER: Already, the west has been hammered by severe weather from icy road conditions in Oklahoma City to flooding in Arizona and California and snow in Nevada. Now, the weather out west has been difficult and dangerous. In California alone, strong winds downed trees and power lines in the San Francisco bay area. High winds are also being blamed for stoking the wildfire in Napa County. And a man had to be pulled from the fast-moving water of the Santa Ana River after a massive downpour in the San Bernardino valley. But the system is expected to move east, just in time for peak thanksgiving travel.


PAUL: All right. And we need meteorologist Karen Maginnis in here this morning.

BLACKWELL: Yes, we need answers.

Hey, Karen, is it all out west or is this going to start to move east and as we head in to the thanksgiving week, affect other people?

KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: We've got a couple of events taking place. The storm system that impacted the southwestern and the west coast of the U.S., well, that's a deep area of low pressure, that's been moving very slowly but gradually sinking towards the south, but not before producing an additional one to two inches of rainfall.

Here you can see, the view across Texas, this is going to change dramatically over the next 24 to 48 hours. And here are some of that moisture moving back up again across Arizona. You get into those higher peaks and it changes to snowfall. It's been heavy at times, also into the mountains of southern California.

But look at what happens as we go into the next 24 hours. Here's that localized flooding just to the north of Phoenix. They've already seen one of the wettest Novembers on record. But then as we go into Sunday and then Monday, winter storm warnings out and storm watches for portions of Texas. That does include the Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio area, you could see snow. You could see ice. You could see a mixture of that. It is going to be quite the impact across the south central United States.

Here's what's happening. Area of low pressure that will move across the southwestern sections of the U.S. head to the south and just kind of fizzle out. But then we watch the development of another storm system. This in the Gulf of Mexico, but remember, there's lots of cold air is that is diving towards the south. So you get moisture in place. You get cold air in place. And we could see the setup for an ice storm that's still to be developed. They're still evolving and tweaking the forecast there.

But here is the true measure of what's going to happen if you try to head out for your thanksgiving holiday, area of low pressure along the gulf coast. It could take several tracks. One of them swings it out further out across the Atlantic, but still could produce pretty gusty winds. Then we're looking across the Midwestern U.S. if it takes another track closer to the coast, you're looking at a snowstorm. And in the meantime, Chicago, temperatures only in the 20s, but this time of year, it should be in the 40s.

Christi, Victor, back to you.

PAUL: All right, Karen Maginnis, thanks so much.

BLACKWELL: I heard snowstorm.

PAUL: I heard ice storm, because I can tell something. We got one of those in Atlanta a couple years ago, and the city literally shut down.

BLACKWELL: Yes, because it happens every year, obviously.

PAUL: We don't have the capacity to deal with it.

BLACKWELL: Busiest airport in the country.

Hey, while were you sleeping, America's top diplomat flew to Geneva and this could be a history making mission.

Secretary of state John Kerry is trying to secure a landmark deal between Iran and other world powers. Now, the goal is to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Let's go to CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto in Geneva.

Jim, the gathering of some of the additional world leaders was, maybe, that's called a hasty. What's the latest on the talks today?


A real sense of momentum here. You now have all the heavyweights in place. The top diplomats from the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council, plus, Germany, including of course, secretary of state John Kerry. As I was walking in just a few minutes ago, I saw the British foreign secretary arrive. And as he arrived, he said listen, we're not here because the deal is necessarily done, but because issues are still difficult. That said, he said that sides are very close. Here's how he described the state of play just a few moments ago.


WILLIAM HAGUE, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY: There's a huge amount of agreement. And it remains the case a huge amount of progress has been made in recent weeks. And the state of this negotiation is entirely different from a few months ago with Iran. That's positive. But some the difficult areas remain very difficult.


SCIUTTO: And one of those areas, apparently, is the amount of sanctions relief given to Iran in exchange for the restriction that's would be placed on its nuclear program. So far, U.S. administration officials have been telling us it's in the area of the single digits and billions of dollars, $6 billion, $7 billion, $8 billion, apparently, the Iranians asking for more, perhaps. And that's one of the things they'll be working out right now.

We see a flurry of meeting going on. Every few minutes, we get an update about Secretary Kerry meeting with the Russian foreign minister, the British foreign minister. They are all talking and talking very seriously.

BLACKWELL: There is one really powerful voice that is not included with the members of the T5 (ph) plus one, as you mentioned. But that is the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has -- who has said this is a bad deal, a really bad deal.

Is there anyone specifically who he has the ear of who is in these meetings today?

SCIUTTO: Well, he's, of course, always going to have the ear of the secretary of state John Kerry. We're close allies. And Netanyahu has taken the step this time of being very public with that voice speaking virtually every day against this deal.

Now, when I speak to U.S. officials about this, they say, listen, we're good friends but we have a tactical difference here. We believe, the U.S. officials, believe they have a way forward they can make a deal with Iran, verify it, and keep Iran's program from moving forward. In fact, roll back some key areas of its program where the Israeli position is the opposite of that. I think it's one of those situations, we're close allies, but the leaders of these two countries, Israel and the U.S., have decided they can agree to disagree on whether a deal is possible and verifiable. BLACKWELL: All right, stay close, CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto. We will be checking in with you.

SCIUTTO: Thank you.

PAUL: Well, you know the commercial said zoom, zoom,, stocks will be starting Monday in a record territory.

My friend, the Dow Jones industrials closed Friday at 16,064. For the year, Dow stocks have gained an impressive 22 percent. Now, analysts say the Federal Reserve's ongoing stimulus program is behind this surge.

Speaking of surges, did you wait in line for the new "Hunger Games" movie?

BLACKWELL: Hopefully, you had a jacket, coat, something if you were there in line. I mean, fans are flocking to the movies in droves, look.


PAUL: Ahead, how catching fire may scorch box office records. And why Jennifer Lawrence says the worst experience of her life was when the first "Hunger Games" movie came out.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the 75th year of "the Hunger Games." The tributes are to be reaped on the existing pool of victors.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have to say good-bye.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, what are we doing?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These games are going to be different.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The 75th hunger games!



BLACKWELL: It's here. The much anticipated "Hunger Games" sequel "catching fire" debuted Thursday night. OK. So, listen to this. On that night alone, it's a Thursday, right? People have to go to work Friday, it raked $25.2 million. That's 28 percent higher than the first movie.

PAUL: Yes. Katniss Abardin (ph) latest trip in to the arena is, there is no doubt. Everybody is saying this is going to be hugely popular.

BLACKWELL: Yes. She's the heroin of this insanely popular "Hunger Games" series played by Jennifer Lawrence, of course. And the movies have become one of Hollywood's, really quickly, top franchises.

PAUL: Yes. And the latest one looks as though it's going to torch the competition. Maybe even set a November record overall.

CNN entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner looks at how much "catching fire" might actually make.

Good morning, Nischelle.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Hey victor, hey Christi, happy "Hunger Games," right?

So, that is what the cast and crew of "Catching Fire" where most likely be saying, this weekend. The sequel to the super sized blockbuster is in theaters now. And the pundits predict a huge hit. And I mean, a massive hit. It is like it is going out on a limb saying that or anything. But the question is how big of a hit will it be this first weekend?

Well, here's numbers. Now, the movie opened in overseas markets on Thursday. State side is Friday. And the expectations are north of $150 million domestically, also, a possible $300 million-plus worldwide. Those are crazy numbers.

Now, other pundits think that the North American numbers could be even higher, more like a $160 million which would easily beat the previous November record holder, "Twilight Saga: new moon."

But still, most pundits are kind of hesitant to predict the specific amount for "Catching Fire," though, it is clear that the film should outdo its predecessors, $152 million opening. That was back in March 2012. Anything beyond that, it is a little bit less certain now.

The first movie made $691 million and yes, indeed it made Miss Jennifer Lawrence a superstar. She's only 23. Not only does she already have a best actress Oscar, but according to Forbes, she's the second highest paid actress in Hollywood, just behind to Angelina Jolie.

Also according to "Forbes," she made $26 million last year. Talk about a good investment for studios. The first "Hunger Games'" film, she made $500,000, the second film, this one, $10 million.

Now, she gives how Hollywood works. And in order to take the role that she wanted to do, she makes it to the kind of prestige movies like the new film she has coming out "American Hustle." She mixes those with the big money makers like "the Hunger Games" and "the X- Men" movies.

Now, of course, sometimes, you get both like in silver lining playbook, right? That won her the Oscars. It also took in more than $100 million. You can tell, though, that she wants to be an actress and not necessarily a superstar. I sat down with her recently, and she's really open about she doesn't necessarily love the attention she gets as a celebrity, listen.


JENNIFER LAWRENCE, STAR, THE HUNGER GAMES: The day the movie was released, I had no idea, I was like famous. (INAUDIBLE), has not anybody have seen a ghost? I actually think I knew the movie came out (INAUDIBLE). The whole thing was the worst experience of my life. They called the police and I had to go down to like the cargo elevator and I was crying.

Yes. And I saw my ex-boyfriend there, he's like how's your life? I was like really bad.


TURNER: Yes. I wonder what that ex-boyfriend is saying right about now. By the way, she's also the face of Miss Dior handbags and that thought to be another big endorsement, about eight figures.

The bottom line, of course, the bottom line, she's money. And in Hollywood that is gold.

Victor and Christi, back to you.

PAUL: Hey, Nischelle Turner, thank you very much.

She is young, with that much money.

BLACKWELL: Yes, eight figures from one movie, eight figures from the endorsement. Now, we know that she won the Oscar between the first movie and the second movie?

PAUL: That number so, just going up for her.


PAUL: Still to come on NEW DAY, first, the NFL bullying scandal, we've been talking about this, right?

BLACKWELL: Now, one of the league's refs is suspended for insulting a player. We'll explain right after this.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stepping on to the scales, the future hall of famer, 54 victories, 38 wins by knockout from Saranggani province, the Philippines, the eight-time world champion fighter the decade, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao!


PAUL: Well, Manny Pacman getting ready to take on Brandon Rios tonight in China. This is a big deal because some question if the ageing Pacquiao is the same great fighter that he once was after getting knocked out cold in the last fight a year ago. It's also expected to be a big pay day for both of them. Pacquiao is going to make anywhere $18 to $30 million. Rios also are going to earn --

BLACKWELL: And woe is he, he's only making $4 million, although, they are taking the same hit there. So, we will see how that fight ends.

And this NFL referee has been benched this weekend as a punishment for abusive language directed at a player.

PAUL: Joe Carter.


PAUL: He's going to get us all that.

CARTER: I am not benched.


CARTER: Yes. This referee, Roy Ellison, is going to be missing work this week, basically benched, as you said, suspended one game without pay for using what they say is profane and derogatory language, this is what the league is saying, towards a player. And that's Trent Williams who was an offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins.

Now, basically, Williams here is claiming that Ellison called him a, quote, "garbage expletive" among other offensive things. Now, this happened during the game between the Eagles and the Redskins last week. And see, with the collective bargaining agreement, a referee cannot use any language that is either directly or indirectly insulting to a player.

So, the job of the referee's basically to restore order and keep things calm at all times. No matter if the player is saying offensive things towards the ref. The ref has to remain neutral.

Now, the union, the Referee's union believes that this suspension, this one game suspension is an unfair penalty. They're appealing. And of course, they are saying it is on the grounds so that this creates a double standard for on-field conduct between player and referee.

Trending this morning on, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose hurt again last night. He hurt his knee again. This time, it's his right knee. And you'll see in this video that it's a noncontact injury. He gets hurt after making a sharp cut on the court. Now, Rose went to the locker room after this and did not return to the game. And this scene is all-too painfully familiar for Bulls fans because last year, he sat out of all of last season because he tore his ACL in his other knee. Now, the team said they are going to have an MRI on his right knee, the injured knee today.

And Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol has a very big heart. He pledged to give donate $1,000 for every point that he scored in last night's game. That money is going to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. He came up pretty big last night. He scored 24 points, he had ten rebounds. So obviously, he's going to donate $24,000 towards the relief fund.

Now, Pau Gasol averages about 13 points a game. So, obviously, he must double his effort last night. He's a big guy. He doesn't play a lot of minutes anymore. But he almost played the entire game last night. And as an organization, the Lakers have really gotten out in front because earlier in the week, they donated $150,000 as a team towards the relief efforts as well. So, a lot of good things coming out of L.A. for the typhoon.

PAUL: That definitely gets people behind him.


PAUL: Now, whether you like how he plays or who he place for, you got to love that man.

BLACKWELL: They still are going to need it. I mean, a lot of works still to be done in the Philippines.

PAUL: Yes.

CARTER: Yes, absolutely.

BLACKWELL: All right, Joe Carter, thank you.

CARTER: Good to see you.

BLACKWELL: Still to come on NEW DAY, court documents reveal chilling new details about a 14-year-old boy charged with killing his teacher.

PAUL: Plus, seven years ago, this woman set off a huge controversy, a nationwide conversation about rape and race. This time, she's the one being accused.


PAUL: So is the coffee waking you up? Bottom of the hour now, you've had 30 minutes. Wake up!

BLACKWELL: Just 30 minutes, that's all we get?

PAUL: No, you had 30 minutes to wake up. That's what I'm talking about.


PAUL: Well, they do.

BLACKWELL: Yes. I'm going to take another 45.

PAUL: I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell.

Let's start with five things you need to know for your NEW DAY. Up first, a really tragic story, the details that becomes even more grisly. It is about the murder of a Massachusetts teacher, Colleen Ritzer. According to a police affidavit, 14-year-old Philip Chism, again, he is 14-years-old, he left a note next to her body that read I hate you all. Court documents also show police believe Chism raped his teacher with an object and killed her in a high school bathroom. A grand jury has indicted Chism.

PAUL: Number two, an eighth student at Princeton University is being treated for meningitis. Health officials are going to conduct tests to determine if she has the same rare bacteria found in the seven other cases at that school. Princeton officials say they are planning to provide students for the vaccine that has been approved in Europe. It just not been approved yet in the U.S.

BLACKWELL: Three now, the death toll from the Philippines typhoon continues to rise, now at 5,235, more than 2300 people injured, more than 1600 people still missing. Now, the tallies have all ticked up in recent days.

PAUL: Number four, a former Massachusetts state chemist is going to prison for three to five years. Annie Dugan pled guilty to falsifying drug tests. Now, prosecutors said she wanted to look productive. The business handling of evidence by Dugan has raised question about thousands of cases that were prompted the release of hundreds of convicts.

BLACKWELL: Number five, the federal government has extended a signup period for Obamacare. Americans now have until the 23rd of December to enroll for coverage that will start January 1st. The original deadline was December 15th. And, of course, people know why, the trouble with, the website.

This morning, the international community may be a little closer than ever really to a deal about nuclear energy and nuclear power with Iran, and the possibility of that nuclear weapon. Secretary of State John Kerry has landed in Geneva to join negotiations. Experts say his arrival indicates world powers on the verge of an agreement. The goal is to prevent Iran, of course from developing that nuclear weapon. So will today be the day? Let's bring in former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, he joins us from New York. And in Boston international security analyst Jim Walsh. Let's start with Nick. Thank you both for being here.

Nick, does Kerry's arrival signal that this is a done deal? Or is this a group of world leaders trying to save a deal that's so close but hinging upon one element?

NICHOLAS BURNS, FMR. UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Victor, it's not a done deal. These foreign ministers including Secretary of State John Kerry have arrived there to try to save a deal. These are very tough negotiations between Iran and the west. And the United States is not interested in any deal. It has to have the right deal and that would be to freeze Iran's enrichment program and also to stop work on the Iraq heavy water reactor. That's the issue that two weeks ago was the final impediment that prevented a deal. And I think it's still a sticking point right now. As you know, France has taken a tough position. I think the U.S. has too. And the Iranians are going to have to, I think, bend to the will of the U.S. and France if they want a deal in Geneva.

BLACKWELL: Now, Jim, it seems that the deal is closer than ever. However, Iran has said to its foreign minister that they want in this deal explicitly written that they have the right to enrich uranium. How flexible will the international community be with that element in this deal?

JIM WALSH, INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: My guess, Victor, that that's something that can be worked out. And we had reports late last night that that had in fact been worked out. You know, the U.S. is not in the position of granting rights to other countries, so there's no need for you to say you do or do not have a right to enrich. And frankly, under this deal, what's going to happen is that Iran's no longer going to produce 20 percent enriched uranium, which is a big non-proliferation victory. It's going to continue to enrich at a lower level, at three to five percent. And so whether there are words in the document that say you have a so-called right to enrich, or there aren't words in that document, the result is Iran's enrichments at three percent is going to be recognized. So, I think good diplomats like ambassador Burns and others can find the language that makes it work. I think the issue that Nick points to, the issue of the heavy water reactor is going to be more of a sticking point and if France insists that that be done in the first part of the deal, rather than the second part of the deal, then I think those P5-plus-1 nations are also going to have to sweeten their part of it. This can't be one-sided. It has to be proportionate and reciprocal. And if that happens, so I think we can get something. And, of course, we're going to be watching all day pins and needles to see if this works out.

BLACKWELL: So, we've got some numbers about what the American people think about a potential deal with Iran. And it shows according to the CNN, our C-international survey, 56 percent of Americans are in favor of an international agreement that would impose restrictions on Iran's nuclear ability, but not end it completely. 38 percent opposed to that. But Nick, what are we learning from these numbers? I mean are these surprising to you?

BURNS: In a way, they're not surprising because it's been 34 years since the United States and Iran have really talked to each other in a meaningful way. We haven't had diplomatic relations and we've also just come out of - we're coming out of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So it's sensible to think that the United States should be looking towards diplomacy first. And if we have an opportunity to resolve this problem, that would mean prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons power. We can do that through negotiations and we have enormous leverage over Iran and we're using it, that's a good deal for the United States. And I think that's where the majority of Americans on your poll obviously are. The other side of the ledger, however, is that the Iranian government is a government that has lied to the United States and the U.N. and other countries in the past. So, we really need to hold their feet to the fire. This has to be a good deal. A solid deal. We shouldn't be interested in any deal, just the right deal, that we - as Jim says would freeze their enrichment program. And that will be a great advantage to us going forward.

BLACKWELL: Nick, you bring up that point of Iran's credibility on this issue and other issues in the past. I want to play something that U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said this weekend. And we'll talk about that credibility on the other side. Let's listen.


SUSAN RICE, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: This deal, if it were agreed would halt all the progress in Iran's nuclear program. And roll it back in key respects. The international community would have unprecedented access to Iran's nuclear facilities and full transparency into what they're doing.


BLACKWELL: So, Jim, the question goes to you. I mean, the idea that the U.S. will have full access and unprecedented access to what they're doing. I mean, is that credible? Is that a little naive, considering that the world is applauding Bashar al Assad for allowing access to some of his stockpiles? And the U.S. is reviewing intelligence that possibly he's keeping some secret? Are we sure that we're going to have access, as much access as adviser said?

WALSH: Well, I think right now, let's look at where we're starting from. Right now, IAEA, the International Atomic Agency inspectors are on the ground in Iran, are almost every week now. And so, these facilities, particularly the enrichment facilities, which are the most sensitive facilities, are nearly under constant supervision by the international agency. There are other parts of Iran's program that we have not had as much access to as we would have liked. Including the heavy water plant and associated facilities. I think this agreement will see some more transparency in an initial agreement. And again, I want to remind you, Victor, this is the first phase. There are going to be two phases of this. There's an initial agreement where both sides do things. And then there's some confidence and some momentum. And then we're going to see, I think, in the second and final phase of that agreement, even more transparency. Iran is going to have to abide by what's called the additional protocol and other sorts of obligations that will give us a really good look, a really good peek inside Iran's program. Trust, but verify. Yes, the negotiators are bargaining in good faith. But at the end of the day we are going to want have inspections and transparency that guarantee that all parties are following through on their commitments.

BLACKWELL: But Jim, you say trust, but verify. There's a voice, that's the loudest voice that is not in the room who says do not trust. That's Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Let's go to Nick with just a few seconds for this. But he says that this is a bad deal. How will this, if this deal goes through, impact U.S. relations on other issues that the president, President Obama, is trying to work out with Prime Minister Netanyahu?

BURNS: Well, if this deal goes through as the administration has indicated, it's a good deal for the United States. It's very painful to see an open disagreement between two good friends, Israel and the United States. I would hope the Israeli government would be objective and understand it's in the American interest to go forward with the negotiations and to stop Iran. And there is a lot of disagreement within Israel on this. The prime minister is opposed, but there are many others who are not, so I would hope that the Israeli government would stop its outright public criticism of President Obama and the United States. And understand that the United States is doing the right thing here, and ultimately, the Middle East is going to be a lot better off if this can be resolved peacefully, if that's possible, without the resort to force.

BLACKWELL: All right. Nicholas Burns, Jim Walsh, I appreciate both of you speaking with us this morning.

BURNS: Thank you.

WALSH: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right. Hey, pinch yourself. Pinch yourself.



BLACKWELL: This is why she said this -- because the world's least eligible bachelor may be tying the knot.

PAUL: He is a notorious killer, she's young enough to be his granddaughter. Yep, that's next on "NEW DAY SATURDAY."


PAUL: Hundreds of people stormed police headquarters. You're looking at Durham, North Carolina there. They were protesting the death of 17-year-old Jesus Puerta. CNN affiliate WTVB reports, Puerta was arrested for trespassing then died in police custody. Now, witnesses say he shot himself. The police chief is defending his decision, though, to release few details and as you can imagine the friends and family, they just want to know more.

BLACKWELL: A big story a few years ago, remember the case of the Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape?

PAUL: Yes, the case was - it was national news back in 2006. So, now, the woman who made those allegations is behind bars herself.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We the 12 members of the jury unanimously find the defendant to be guilty of second degree murder.


BLACKWELL: And it's Crystal Mangum, she was found guilty in the stabbing death of her boyfriend. The 34-year-old claimed it was self- defense. And she was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years in prison.

PAUL: The Duke case was barely mentioned at trial, but her supporters believe her notorious past played a role in the jury's verdict here.

All right, people. Probably the last thing you thought you'd hear this morning, and I get to tell you, Charles Manson may be getting married.

BLACKWELL: Yeah, and he has a swastika tattooed in the center of his forehead. Nothing says low, but the tattoo is '74. And who would marry a mass murderer? CNN's Ted Rowlands has all the details. Good morning, Ted.

TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi and Victor, it sounds crazy, a 25-year-old marrying a 79-year old named Charles Manson. I had the opportunity to meet this young woman. Her name is star. Charles Manson actually gave her her name Star. She came out to the West Coast after following Charles Manson from her home in the Midwest when she was 19 years old. The obvious first question I asked her why would you want to be with Charles Manson?


"STAR", PLANS TO MARRY CHARLES MANSON: Charlie is all about ATWA, which is air, trees, water, animals. And he's been talking about it for over 40 years. And none of the TV shows have ever picked that up, I don't know why.


ROWLANDS: Now, Star says she was attracted to Manson because of his stance on the environment. And only after getting to know him and figuring out his past did she realize the extent of his past. But says it doesn't bother her. She says that he tells the truth, and she loves him. Now, according to the state of California they can get married. They will facilitate a marriage ceremony inside prison. They'll have to pay for it. And it will not be consummated. There are no conjugal visits allowed for Charles Manson. Guys.

BLACKWELL: All right. Ted Rowlands in Chicago this morning. Thank you.

There are reports out there that say Manson denies that the nuptials will happen. So, of course, we'll keep you updated on that. There's somebody for everybody, apparently.

PAUL: That's a very - that is a very politically correct way to say ...

BLACKWELL: Yes. She's marrying Charles.

PAUL: What a lot of people are thinking right now.


BLACKWELL: Yes. Charles Manson, the environmentalist, apparently.

PAUL: Yeah. Yeah.

BLACKWELL: There are a lot of people really happy. Let's talk about something happy. Happy about this next story.

PAUL: Indeed they are, because the boys have announced a reunion.




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have knights who say


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, not the knights who say me.






BLACKWELL: Surviving members of Monty Python are getting back together. We're taking a look at why they split in the first place and what could be bringing them together again.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go and tell your master that we have been charged by God with a sacred quest. If he will give us food and shelter for the night, he can join us in our quest for the Holy Grail.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I'll ask him, I don't think he'll be very keen. He's already got one, you see?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He said they've already got one. Are you sure he's got one?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, yeah, master.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I told him we already got one.


PAUL: A clip from Monty Python's "The Holy Grail." The British comedy troupe announced they're reuniting for a one-night show only in London.

BLACKWELL: So why have these comedy legends decided to fly again for the first time in more than 30 years? And what can we expect from this show? CNN's Max Foster is in London with more. Hey, Max. MAX FOSTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, this is the moment the Monty Python fans around the world have been waiting for for 30 years. And finally, the five surviving members of the group have relented. They're getting back together for a show. We're getting more details on that today. We're also going to get a sense of whether that chemistry is still there. There have been rumors that the five of them fell out, but they've resolved their differences. And also why are they getting back together? Is it for financial reasons? Either way, the fans are happy. And they're also asking will there be new sketches, new ideas, or are they going to repurpose old ones, like these classic killer rabbits in "The Holy Grail."




FOSTER: It was only subsequently that we really understood the importance of Monty Python. That scene is still funny to this generation. It's really stood the test of time. Lots of modern comedians really credit Monty Python with laying the foundations of future generations of comedy. Also, many people would say that in a way they define Britishness, almost up there with the queen, something that people think all around the world when they think of Britain. Say, this is the big moment for Britain. A big moment for comedy. I think we'll have some fun. Max Foster, CNN, London.

PAUL: Max Foster there, thank you so much. Tickets, by the way, for the show, go on sale Monday in case you're interested.

BLACKWELL: Just in case. Still to come, a group of kids in Massachusetts offers us all a lesson in humanity.

PAUL: Yeah, we're going to show you what they did and what they had to say about one of their buddies. That's next.

BLACKWELL: But first here at CNN, we are preparing for a holiday tradition. CNN heroes, an all-star tribute. It's a celebration of the top ten heroes of the year and the extraordinary work that they do to help others.

PAUL: Yeah, the star-studded gala is next Sunday, it's December 1st, 8:00 P.M. Eastern and our entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner has this behind the scenes peek of preparations for the big event.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey there, everybody, I'm Nischelle T Turner, and I'm going to give you a backstage look at what it takes to put this whole CNN heroes awards show together. You ready for this? This is going to be cool. All right, come with me.


TURNER: This year, we're back in New York, baby, at the American Museum of Natural History where the very first CNN heroes took place seven years ago.

KELLY FLYNN, SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS, CNN HEROES.: And I can't believe it's been that long. And we're thrilled to be back here. It's iconic and beautiful.

TURNER: And the first stop of the night for these everyday heroes and celebrities -- the red carpet.

Wow, look at it in here. Look at all of these lights. You know, work like this takes hundreds of people to set up working around the clock. And then the centerpiece of the evening. This year's CNN heroes will be honored right here in the whale room where one of the museum's biggest treasures will be watching over us all night. I'm talking about this lady right here. But that's not all that has to be done to get ready for this special event. 51 tables to set up. Nine cameras to put in place and one giant video monitor.

JEFF KEPNES, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CNN SPECIAL EVENTS: You wouldn't believe just really what it takes to put something like this on. And, you know, we had two days to bring it in and set it all up.

TURNER: Transforming this beautiful room from this. To this. All to honor ten everyday people who are changing the world.

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, CNN HEROES, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE: It's just a nice thing to honor these people. These people, they don't get the limelight. They don't get honored. They don't have celebrities saying their names and praising their work. It's a nice thing for them. It's a nice pat on the back.

TURNER: A pat on the back from CNN becomes a very special night of inspiration.



PAUL: All right. This is nuts. People lining up outside of Best Buy in Ft. Myers, Florida, for Black Friday deals.


PAUL: The first guy in line has been there since Wednesday, Victor. Wednesday. Nine days before the big sales begin. That better be a darn good sale.

BLACKWELL: Yeah, you see, he's got the tent set up here. He's got an air mattress inside. He's grilling, so that's good. And he has his buddies working shifts. So they can keep their spot in line, but also get a shower and go to work. They're going to work, too. Wow.

PAUL: Good heavens. They're going to go - they are going to buy a TV and (inaudible) for next year.

BLACKWELL: Is it worth all of that, though? I mean consider yourself ... PAUL: Really, to them, it is.

BLACKWELL: Time now for the "Good Stuff." When we'll tell about some of the good stories making news this week.

PAUL: Yeah, we are going to go to Bridgewater, Massachusetts for this one. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: Danny! Danny! Danny! Danny!


PAUL: The guy in the middle of that pile is little Danny Keith.

BLACKWELL: He is the first grader you see there suffered a brain hemorrhage when he was born. Despite years of progress, he still suffers a bit of a speech impediment.

PAUL: Dan is also the water boy for the fifth grade football team. So, when those fifth graders throw this and kids were teasing Danny, look what they did here - they all dressed up in Danny's trademark jacket and tie to show some solidarity.


TOMMY COONEY, QUARTERBACK: We heard that Danny was being picked on. So we thought that we would all have a day to dress up like Danny, and we thought we would all come to school like Danny and sponsor Danny-- to show Danny that we love him and that we love him very much.


PAUL: And did you see the little boy kind of pat him on the back when he started getting all emotional? I love those kids. Good kids.

BLACKWELL: Thanks for starting your morning with us.