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Flu Spreading Quickly; Bowl Championship Series Title Game

Aired January 6, 2014 - 06:30   ET


INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You also know about tire pressure. You see that warning when it gets cold out? Well, that's just the pressure itself. But the seals on the tires, they actually break themselves once you get those subzero temperatures.

So, that's one of the concerns out there today, even just trying to get into your vehicle. The other concerns, of course, just being outside. Just being exposed, any of your skin that's exposed in this kind of temperatures, five minutes exposed to this weather is all it takes to get frostbite.

So, that's the concern. Here's the temperatures we were talking about earlier. I mean, you notice this. Minneapolis negative 48, Sioux Falls, negative 43. And we mentioned also, Indianapolis, they're not allowed to drive today. The reason for that, it's not just the temperatures. They got almost a foot of snow yesterday. So, picture, if anyone is trapped on the roads now and then they're exposed to these kinds of temperature.

There's a lot of winds out there kind of blowing that snow around. That is the danger in the Indianapolis. They do not want them out there being exposed to these conditions.

Here in the Northeast, it looks like temperatures are kind of warm. These advisories are out there, spreading all the way to the entire country here. So, we'll all be looking at temperatures by tomorrow, as low as negative 30 in Pittsburgh, also negative 10 here in tomorrow here in New York City.

And you guys felt that first hand. So, you know, what that feels like.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: And let's be honest. When you're talking negative 10 to negative 20, to negative 30, there isn't really a difference.


PETERSONS: Yes, you're done.

BOLDUAN: All right. Thanks, Indra.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Well, let's look at our other headlines right now. We'll get back to our top story of the weather in a moment. New this morning: both President Obama and Congress back from break in Washington. Issue number one: unemployment insurance. Long-term benefits cut out for 1.3 million Americans in December. Nearly 5 million more could be hit by year end.

The White House is challenging Congress to restore them right away. The Senate is set for a procedural vote on the issue today.

Dueling positions for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. In one corner, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who says Snowden should received some sort of leniency, not life if convicted, but a few years in prison.

Meantime, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York says Snowden should return to the U.S. to face trial, no plea bargain, no clemency.

A suspicious device in a bathroom on an American airlines flight forced an emergency landing of that plane. The flight from San Francisco to New York was diverted to Kansas City, the plane was evacuated and searched. Officials say they found a flash drive taped to the bathroom wall. The FBI is working to determine who that device belongs to.

New details this morning about New York state's decision to legalize medical marijuana. Governor Andrew Cuomo set to announce the plan this week. The drug will be restricted to patients with serious illnesses. Just 20 hospitals across the state will be allowed to prescribe pot to people with cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by state health officials.

Hey, I want to reach out to you. If you're feeling a little blue today, join the party. An analysis of Web traffic shows today is most miserable of the year. It's kind of a combination, Chris, thanks for asking -- weather, debt, our failed New Year's resolutions even six days in, even a typical spike in divorces early in the New Year.

The silver lining, you don't have to wait too long for things to get better. A writer wrote Valentine's Day is just days away. That can be another reason to be more depressed.


PEREIRA: What did Christine Romans tell us, chocolate is going to cost more?


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: The double stop there. Thank you very much.

BOLDUAN: I don't know if that will make you happy or sad.

CUOMO: Wah, wah. That's OK.

Now, we're going to talk about the flu.

PEREIRA: Oh, no joke. BOLDUAN: That's exactly right.

The flu is spreading quickly, as Chris is talking about this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now saying there are widespread infections in nearly half of the country. Twenty-five states are reporting heavy flu activity. That's up from just 10 states last week.

And as typical, the elderly are at particularly high risk but this year there's reason to also be concerned about people much younger than that.

Senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen is here to tell us why, live in Atlanta.

Hi, Elizabeth.


Kate, you know, it's that time of year again when the flu season tends to be at its peak. Now, if you think that only the elderly need to worry about this -- well, think again.


COHEN (voice-over): In just one week the number of states, reporting widespread flu has more than doubled from 10 states to 25. Among the victims of the flu so far is season, 25-year-old Ann Phillips from South Bend, Indiana, who passed away on Christmas Eve and 5-year-old Ronan Burgess, who died in Portland, Oregon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're seeing a lot of illness in young adults who may lack immunity.

COHEN: Young people die from the flu every year, but this year it could turned out to be particularly bad because the main flu strain out there is H1N1, which used to be called swine flu and it disproportionately affects people under 65.

But there is good news --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So far, the main strain we're seeing is H1N1 fortunately. That strain is well-covered by every one of the flu vaccines out there.

COHEN: That's right. H1N1 is in the flu shot and it's not too late to get one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine for nearly everyone. It does take two weeks for the shot to build up immunity, so in the meantime, it's especially important to remember to wash your hands.

(END VIDEOTAPE) BOLDUAN: And with all of this, Elizabeth, we also hear some children need two doses of the flu vaccine. Not one but two. So, how do you know if your child is one of them?

COHEN: Right, Kate. You need to talk to your doctor. If your child is 8 years old or younger, your child is going to need two doses. Now, some children, even if they -- that's for kids who've never been vaccinated before. Eight or younger, never been vaccinated for the flu, they'll need two doses.

If your child has been vaccinated before, talk to your doctor, they might still need that second dose -- Kate and Chris.

BOLDUAN: And obviously, as we always say, Elizabeth, and you always remind us, check with your doctor on this one first. Thank you so much.

CUOMO: When the news hits home, my kids haven't had their second dose, two of them. They do it up the nose with the kid, which is much nicer. But we'll get our vaccines. We've got to check with my doctor.

BOLDUAN: There you go.

CUOMO: Thank you very much for that.

And as we go for break, I decided to negate what Michaela Pereira, who is much smarter than I, but I'm going to negate the whole saddest day of the year things, because I'm feeling too good to be back with you guys.

PEREIRA: All right. We're going to turn this around.

CUOMO: There it is. News you can use. It is not the most miserable day of the year anymore, at least not for me.

When we come back, we're going to be talking to you about what effect this weather is having, especially a deadly plane crash in Colorado. The pilot tried to land several times but couldn't and yet made this last fateful attempt. The obvious question, did weather play a factor? What happened? We'll tell you.

BOLDUAN: Also ahead, a wild scene in the United Kingdom. How often does a cliff jump fall off a mountain? I meant a cliff just fall off a mountain. You have to see more of this video when NEW DAY returns.


BOLDUAN: And welcome back.

Let's go around the world now. A U.S. ice breaking ship is on its way this morning to Antarctica to rescue two ships trapped in the ice.

Diana Magnay has more from Moscow.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Now, the turn of the U.S. Coast Guards to try and free the two ships frozen into the Antarctic ice. The U.S. icebreaker Polar Star is going to head south from Sydney. She really is the mother of all icebreakers. She is 399 foot long and she can carve through 21 feet of ice at one time.

So, here's hoping she can do what the others couldn't and that is to set the Academic Shokalskiy and the Chinese ice cracker, which came to save this two free from the ice. I know we've been saving this for a while but fingers crossed.


BOLDUAN: I guess that's all can you say at this point, right, Diana? Thanks so much.

Dennis Rodman back in North Korea. He assembled a team of Americans to take on north Korea in a basketball game.

Karl Penhaul has that from Beijing.


KARL PENHAUL, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORERESPONDENT: Kate, true to his word, basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman is headed back to North Korea in time to celebrate the birthday of the reclusive leader Kim Jong-un. Going with him, a team of NBA old timers who are expected to shoot hoops with the squad at North Korean all stars. Now, before his departure, Rodman did hope to open some doors, but stopped short of saying he would call for the release of imprisoned Korean American Kenneth Bae.

Some are describing this as a basketball version of the movie "The Expendables," where a team of has been action heroes come together for one last mission. We have to wait and see whether Rodman's main mission is simply to party with the dictator or whether he's hoping to score a diplomatic slam dunk.


BOLDUAN: Karl, thank you for that.

And in the U.K., dramatic video as a cliff partially collapses into rough seas. Here's CNN's Atika Shubert in London.


ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPODENT: Days of torrential rain and high winds have battered the English the coast line.

Just take a look at this video taken by Kevin Ayes in Suffolk, England, posted on YouTube. Cup see the cliff just collapses because huge waves have battered its base and that's what caused it to fall. People have been warned to say to away from the coastline. The environment agency has said there could be more flooding and more rain is expected over the next 48 hours. Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Atika, thanks so much.

You know, the warning to stay away from the coast because this happens, you know it's going to attract more people to the coast just for that reason.

CUOMO: Yes, a little bit more of that sick interest. But you know you got to heed these kinds of --

BOLDUAN: That's right.

CUOMO: All right. Also, we have a story that is new this morning, investigators are combing through the charred wreckage of a small plane that crashed in Aspen, Colorado, on Sunday. The twin engine jet reportedly flipped over when it landed, and that caused a catastrophe.

The co-pilot was killed. Two others injured. Investigators are scrambling now to find out why.

CNN's Ana Cabrera is in Denver with the very latest.

Good morning, Ana.


We don't know yet exactly what caused this crash, but we do know the pilot had missed a previous approach because of a very strong tail wind. Now, just minutes later, witnesses say the plane came in for landing and burst into flames.


CABRERA (voice-over): A horrific scene on the runway in Aspen, Colorado.

Still photographs show the charred fuselage have a private jet that crashed Sunday afternoon near the Aspen ski area.

JAY BILLS, WITNESS: I'm driving down the road and I see that big plume of black smoke, and come around the bend and that plane's flipped over.

CABRERA: Three people were on board the Bombardier Challenger 600, all three were pilots heading to Aspen from Mexico, after making a stop in Tucson, Arizona. According to the plane-tracking Web site, Flight Aware, the plane circled three times before trying to land.

STEVE COWELL: These pilots were attempting to land at a high altitude mountainous terrain airport with a tail wind, which is very, very challenging.

CABRERA: Radio communications from air traffic control references difficult conditions. The pilot aborts one landing because of the wind. The approach because of the wind.

PILOT: Missed approach. N1152WF, that's 33 knots of tail wind.

CABRERA: Minutes later the plane crashes flipping upside down on impact. Country singer Lee Ann Rimes Cibrian witnessed the crash and tweeted, "So sad, horrible plane crash here at Aspen airplane.

Another witness, comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted, "horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. Fire truck and ambulances were on the scene within minutes".

But it was too late to save everyone. Fifty-four-year-old Sergio Emilio Carranza Bravada died at the scene for blunt force drama. Those two survivors will likely be key to the investigation as the NTSB tries to determine what went wrong.


CABRERA: Now, the NTSB is going to be looking at the decision-making process of those pilots as well as the weather conditions, the mechanical conditions, the runway conditions as they investigate. And because this is a fatal crash, we're told it could take several months, up to a year to complete the investigation -- Chris, Kate.

CUOMO: All right. Now, obviously, this weather is creating these kinds of concerns. That's why there's so many cancellations. We'll find out what happened there, and hopefully, situations like that are avoided by all the cancellations.

BOLDUAN: Ana, thank you so much.

We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY, but coming up after the break, team destiny versus team domination. It's a matchup of number one Florida State and number two Auburn in the title game in the Bowl Championship series. Can the turnaround tigers pull off one more miracle?

CUOMO: And then, we got a good one that you don't want to miss. The new old spice campaign. It's buzzing on social media. It's funny, some say a little creepy. But I got to tell you, it got me, it hooked me.

BOLDUAN: Creepy but cool?

CUOMO: You watch, we'll discuss.


CUOMO: All right, everybody. It is a big, big night for college football fans. This is it. The title game in the bowl championship series. The BCS takes place tonight. The final matchup pits the powerhouse Florida State Seminoles against the turnaround Tigers of Auburn, a team some say that has destiny on its side. CNN's Joe Carter reports.


TRE MASON, AUBURN RUNNING BACK: Without that catch, we probably wouldn't be here today.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is tipped off! Lewis is going to score! Touchdown Auburn! Touchdown Auburn! A miracle!

RICARDO LOUIS, AUBURN RECEIVER: Every time I think about that play, that's what I think about, how I affected everybody else's lives, you know, with that play.

JOE CARTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Two weeks later, against Auburn's biggest rival, another spectacular play, another miracle win.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 56 Carter (ph) -- Chris Davis takes it at the back of the end zone. There goes Davis!


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Davis is going to run it all the way back! Auburn is going to win the football game! Holy cow! Oh my God! Auburn wins!

CHRIS DAVIS, SCORED GAMINE WINNING TO VS. ALABAMA: It was a play that would be remembered for a long time and it will go done in Auburn history and college football history.

CARTER: If Auburn is a team of destiny, Florida State is a team of dominance.

JAMEIS WINSTON, FLORIDA STATE QUARTERBACK: That's what we do. We dominate our opponent physically and mentally. We enjoy dominating our opponent. And that's just us. That's Florida State football.

CARTER: A perfect 13-0 season on the field for FSU hasn't been without controversy off. Star quarterback, Jameis Winston, was the center of a bombshell investigation accused of sexual assault.

WILLIE MEGGS, STATE ATTORNEY FOR LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA: We've carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case.

CARTER: After being cleared of charges, Winston, at 19 years old, became the youngest Heisman trophy winner and has his team one win away from a national title.

WINSTON: That adversity that we went for that last month. That has been our close game, because we had to get over that. I had to get over that.

I think it even brought us tighter together, because they rallied and supported and then they saw how Jameis was very mature and didn't let his individual situation override all the team goals, that he still carried his responsibility to them which I thought was very mature on both parts, and I think it made us grow as a team.

CARTER: Joe Carter, CNN, Pasadena.


CUOMO: You know, sometimes, they say the BCS system doesn't get it right, but these are the right two teams. What a game --

BOLDUAN: Isn't this the last one in this system?

CUOMO: -- playoff system. Very cool. All right. So, speaking of playoffs, the NFL playoffs started, four games this weekend, capped off by the Packers/Niners playing in ridonculously cold temperatures. Let's bring in Andy Scholes with the highlights in this morning's Bleacher Report. Wow, is it chilling, my brother?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. I like that. Ridonculous is a great word to describe it, you know? This weekend, another great example of why the NFL -- all of the games were must-see TV especially last night. I like to call it the frostbite bowl between the Packers and the Niners. Now, the game wasn't quite as cold as legendary ice bowl. The temperature was five degrees at kickoff with a wind chill of 10 below zero. That's still really, really cold.

And Aaron Rodgers was so cold in this game that he couldn't even feel the 49ers defensive linemen all over here in the fourth quarter. Somehow, he escaped, able to complete the pass down the field. That led to a go-ahead touchdown. Fast forward under two minutes to go, Niners driving with the game tie, and Colin Kaepernick uses his leg -- a huge first down. That set up the game-winning field goal. The Niners survived the cold. They win 23-20.

Trending on today, Bengals Chargers squaring off in the AFC wildcard round. Philip Rivers throwing the same (ph). Check out the amazing catch by Ladarius Green, both feet in. San Diego goes into Cincinnati and stunned (ph) the Bengals 27-10. And Rivers, pretty hot about advancing to the next round.

All right. In case you missed it, the Indianapolis Colts made an incredible comeback to beat the Chiefs on Saturday. And this may be the heads up player of the year, Donald Brown fumbled at the goal line, and Andrew Luck picks it up and dives in for the score. But definitely a lucky play for the Colts. They made a 28 -point comeback in the second half, second largest comeback in NFL playoff history, and I'm sure you were pretty happy about that, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Yes. I take exception to only one thing that your pretty face said. Not lucky for the Colts. You have luck, you have talent, the Colts have both. They're heating up at just the right time.

CUOMO: When you sing it, it's makes it much --



CUOMO: Andy, thank you, my man.

BOLDUAN: Andy is like, ?I have not words --


PEREIRA: All right. Let's move on to our "Must-See Moment." You'll love this. This is for all of you out there. Take a look at the new Old Spice ad showing moms lamenting their sons being turned into men by Old Spice body spray.



PEREIRA (voice-over): Mom essentially just pops up out of the creepiest locations. The ad aired during the NFL playoff contest Sunday. It is getting a whole lot of buzz online from brilliant to bizarre. We'll leave it to you to decide. This is so good. Look at that. Oh, creepy.


CUOMO (voice-over): The last one. Do we have the last one where she's on the floor?

PEREIRA: This is pretty good, too.

CUOMO: That's pretty good.


BOLDUAN (voice-over): Use of bizarre and brilliant. I think what goes to see is creepy yet cool.


CUOMO: No. But the last -- the one with the couch. Do we get all the way to that? The last one, she's like slinking --

BOLDUAN: There it is. There it is. What is she riding on a roomba (ph)?

PEREIRA: I don't know how she -- it's just so good.



PEREIRA (on-camera): Oh, poor mom.

CUOMO (on-camera): I got to tell you -- every, of course, social media is going to have a lot of snark and nastiness because that's what you people do there. I love this Old Spice campaign so much that when Terry Crews was doing --

PEREIRA: Oh, yes.

CUOMO: The guy who shouts Old Spice is too powerful to be in this commercial --


CUOMO: It made me start wearing Old Spice. I wear Old Spice. (CROSSTALK)

CUOMO: I'll tell you what, it has eight hours of energy --


BOLDUAN (on-camera): I will tell you --

CUOMO: They are hilarious. And I'm an old man now so I like it.


BOLDUAN: So, advertising works. That's what we now learned.

CUOMO: I think they have really creative commercials. They're some of the most creative things on TV now. Thanks for bringing us that.

PEREIRA: You're welcome.

BOLDUAN: That's right. Coming up next on NEW DAY, the return of the tiger mom. Controversial author, Amy Chua claiming in her new book that some groups in America are superior to others.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know if you could be ready for this kind of cold.

CUOMO: Deep freeze. The worst cold in 20 years, so cold it can be deadly. Schools are closed all across the Midwest and south. How are people coping and where is the front going? Coming up

BOLDUAN: New fears as the flu becomes more widespread, the season strained targeting younger adults with half the states in the country now being hard hit.

PEREIRA: Tiger mom strikes back. The controversial author out with a new book claiming some racist and cultures are more successful in the U.S. than others. Is this racism or good science?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Monday, January 6th. It's seven o'clock in the east. New this morning, the deep freeze across a big chunk of the country, so brutal it is history making and dangerous. Take a look. It will feel like minus 56 in Duluth, Minnesota, 38 below in Chicago.