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Russia Prepares for Winter Olympic Games; Congress Holding Hearings on Cyber Security; Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies; Stock Market Dips; Super Bowl Most Viewed in History; Lost in Pacific; Study Reveals Sugar Can Kill

Aired February 4, 2014 - 07:00   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Andrea Cardosa now faces 16 felony counts of sexual abuse involving two alleged victims. Cardosa could face life in prison.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Also this morning, federal investigators are on the scene of a small plane crash in Nashville, Tennessee. Four people on board believed to be from the same family all were killed. It's still not clear what caused the crash. Authorities say the plane was making its second approach to the airport when it went down near YMCA.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Fresh off the heels of one snowstorm, millions of Americans are getting set to get walloped by another one. This one is going to start on the plain states and barrel towards the northeast. It could leave some areas under a foot of snow. The east coast has barely had a chance to clean up from the first round of snow that wreaked havoc Monday. Meteorologist Chad Myers has a look for what we are facing now the next few days. And it's going to get worse.

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: It is. It's going to get worse on Sunday. This is the starter, this is the appetizer to what's coming, which is a major nor'easter coming on Monday. Snow from Erie, Pennsylvania all the way to Portland, Maine is afoot, that purple area is afoot. You say, OK, nothing for New York. Wrong. It snows and then ices tomorrow. There's the storm now making snow into Kansas City. A hundred flights or so already canceled out of Chicago because of the impending storm coming there. And here it goes for tomorrow morning, 2:00 a.m., it's snowing in Philly, it's snowing in New York, but then the warm air comes in and it rains. And it rains and it's going to be 32. And it's going to with a mess. And I know you guys are already spending a night in the city because you can't get in from the suburbs probably 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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

Breaking overnight, the manhunt for a quadruple murderer who escaped a Michigan prison, that is over. Michael David Elliot is behind bars after the brazen jailbreak. He was caught after an Indiana sheriff's deputy spotted him. CNN's George Howell is following these dramatic developments live in Indiana this morning. Good morning, George.

GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Kate, good morning. It was a little more than 24 hours of freedom, a nearly 200-mile run that all started at that prison in Ionia County, Michigan. We understand from authorities that Elliot carjacked a jeep and kidnapped a woman, and the two crossed the state lines here into Elkhart, Indiana, where at a gas station the woman managed to get away. Elliot ended up dumping her car in a nearby town, stealing another one, and then driving here into La Porte County, Indiana. And as you mentioned, that's where it all ended after a deputy tried to make a traffic stop, got involved in a high-speed chase, but eventually ended up catching Elliot.

CUOMO: George, what a scary situation that was. Lucky he is back where he belongs.

All right, another story for you this morning. The winter Olympics just three days away. And new this morning, Russian president Vladimir Putin has arrived in Sochi where he's going to inspect the Olympic village. The latest warning sign for security there, reports the Austrian Olympic Committee has received a letter threatening to kidnap two athletes at the games. Let's check in with CNN's Nick Paton Walsh in Sochi with the latest. Nick?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We don't know an awful lot more. The Austrian press agency saying that two athletes have been threatened by a letter that appeared to emanate from Russia, would be kidnapped if they came to the games here.

There are other reports suggesting this is already being determined as being a hoax. In the past weeks, we've heard other emails threatening people. Big difference, Chris, between sending an email or a letter and actually being able to achieve something like that inside the ring of steel the Russians have laid down behind me.

But as you said, Vladimir Putin arrived. Security has been hanging over these grossly expensive games for a long period of time now. And threats like this are just going to increase any anxiety that's still there that the dragnet the Russians have put down hasn't managed to allay. Michaela?

PEREIRA: All right, thank you so much for that.

Now, let's take a look at what is the in the papers this morning. In "The Washington Post" a federal report find most government agencies are woefully unprepared to defend against a cyber-attack. The report from Republican members of the homeland security committee cites repeated failures to secure information. Examples include not installing security patches or updating anti-virus software and using the word "password" as a password to key systems.

In the "New York Times" a new report being released today shows a nationwide push by prosecutors and law enforcement to reexamine possible wrongful convictions has resulted in record number of exonerations in 2013. And 87 people falsely convicted of crimes last year were later cleared. Texas topped the state by state breakdown with 13 exonerations, followed by Illinois, New York, Washington, and California.

And from USA today, airline fees on the rise. Delta announcing it's now charging up to $400 to change a ticket on some international flights. That's $150 hike. American Airlines is now charging up to $450 for a checked bag over 70 pounds on some of its international trips.


In the first three quarters of 2013, 15 U.S. airlines reported $4.7 billion in revenue from baggage fees and reservation changes. That's going to get some of us steamed.

CUOMO: Higher fees and more cancellations, yay. Also new this morning, the CFO of Target is going to face the music on Capitol Hill. He's going to take tough questions on about the massive black Friday hack attack that may have compromised the personal information of some 110 million people. The hearing comes on the heels of another data breach just discovered involving major hotel brands like Hilton, Marriot, and Sheraton. Let's check in with senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns joining us with a preview of the hearing. What do we know, Joe?

JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. The Senate judiciary committee hearing this morning likely to be the first in a series of Congressional hearings scheduled this session looking at the exploding problem of data breaches. Many experts see the data breach at Target as a wakeup call for the country on the subject of information security.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy reintroducing a data privacy bill he's been pushing for years to impose requirement for businesses to notify consumers about breaches and require businesses to also have internal policies to protect customer data. This is what companies should be expected to get tough questions about today. How much time did it take them to notify consumers about the latest data breaches, and what are you doing about it?

Chris, as you said, among the witnesses expected to testify today, John Mulligan, the chief financial officer at Target, which has taken tough questions recently about how long it took them to get the word out when their breach occurred at the height of the holiday shopping season. And of course we'll see others including the chief information officer of Neiman Marcus, Chris.

CUOMO: Joe, once we get through all the Congressmen with the "I'd just like to say," and the "just for the records," what do you think long term comes out of this?

JOHNS: I think long term there is a question on Capitol Hill as to whether more legislation is needed. That target breach is such a big one it could affect up to 110 million customers. So one of the things I do know members of Congress want to get at is just how did this happen. And there's going to be an executive testifying from an online security firm that apparently helped figure out what happened. They're going to try to figure out how long it took to notify consumers and what should be done about it.

CUOMO: Hopefully they pursue some action with equal enthusiasm. Joe Johns, appreciate the reporting.

BOLDUAN: This morning we are awaiting the results of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy. The 46-year-old actor was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment from what strongly appears to be a drug overdose. Police say Hoffman had a needle in his arm and there were close to 50 packets of what is believed to be heroin near his body. Investigators on scene also found syringes, drug paraphernalia, and prescription pills in Hoffman's apartment.

Meantime, the broad way community mourning the loss of one of its great stage actors. Wednesday night theater marquees in New York will be dimmed for one minute in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. In addition to his Oscar win and three other nominations, Hoffman was a three-time Tony award nominee.

BOLDUAN: Let's turn back to one of our other top stories this morning. On Monday, the Dow fell a startling 326 points making it the worst day on Wall Street so far this year. What's behind the dramatic drop, and how will the tumbling it affect you? Let's bring in CNN's chief business correspondent and "EARLY START" anchor Christine Romans along with CNN global economic analyst and "TIME" assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar to discuss. Good morning, you guys.

Christine, you had told me yesterday that no one should be surprised that we're looking at a market correction. I know some folks are wondering, correction, or are we in a free fall?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: We're not even to a correction yet, to be quite honest. The S&P 500 down 5.8 percent this year. A technical correction is 10 percent, and many people think that's a healthy pull back in a bull market. So we're not even there yet and it still would be OK or healthy for the market.

Let me show you what we've done in S&P 500 since March, 2009. It has been almost straight up. You haven't even had a healthy pullback since April, 2012. So the question is does it feed on itself? But right now, right now, a lot of the people I talk to are saying we needed this. You can't go straight up forever. There's a lot of fundamental reasons why it's happening, but at least the technical part of this is you can't just go straight up.

CUOMO: Why isn't it just a function of the traders taking profits and doing what they do? They get in and out quicker now than the rest of us can. They have indicators, there's some reason for some type of anxiety now, but there almost always is, and they're making profits.


They're all making money on trades.

RANA FOROOHAR, CNN GLOBAL ECONOMIC ANALSYT: Well, you know, the people do take profits all the time. We see this kind of dip about three times a year. So Christine is saying it's nothing to worry about yet. What you do need to watch is the underlying economic data. And one of the reasons that markets are falling right now is that manufacturing data came in weak. One month of bad data doesn't mean you really need to get worried. Three months of bad data means you need to get worried. But one of the things traders are thinking about is the fact that U.S. economic data has been a little weak in the last couple of months and China has been weak too. When they're both having bad news at the same time, that does make people jittery.

BOLDUAN: We're talking about pulling back --

ROMANS: First day on the job, right.

ROMANS: Pulling back the emergency stimulus, a lot of people are saying it's going to expose that the underlying economy, that recovery, that strength is not where it was supposed to be.

ROMANS: You don't have a choice. You can't just with a fire hose keep pumping $85 billion --


ROMANS: You can't do that forever. And I think the Fed pulling back is telling us they think that recent signs of weakness are not real.

FOROOHAR: The chart you showed reflects why they need to pull back. When you've got a market going up like that you probably need less money in the economy.

CUOMO: When news came out they were going to start tapering the quantitative easing, the market liked it anyway. The market went up.

ROMANS: Because it's a sign the economy's strong enough to take it.

CUOMO: We'll leave alone the incredible iron that these same men and women who just praise capitalism and say leave unfettered are now getting upset because their huge fire hose of fake money going in to prop up their gambling is going to be pulled back.

ROMANS: Tell us how you really feel.

CUOMO: What about the disconnect between their game and the overall economy? Do you see enough to justify real fear?

ROMANS: Total disconnect.

FOROOHAR: Total disconnect. One of the things that's interesting is the last few years we've been talking about highway great the market is and how bad the real economy is. Now it's actually switching. The market is maybe correcting a little bit, and they probably should, and the real economy is probably getting a little better.

BOLDUAN: Great to see you guys.

ROMANS: Thank you.

CUOMO: A lot of intelligence coming at us. A fire hose of intelligence. (LAUGHTER)

CUOMO: Car sales have taken a big hit at the start of 2014. We hear from Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, all reporting declines from a year ago. Why? What is behind the drop in sales? The drop in temperature and bad weather could be keeping buyers away. Sales and Chrysler, Nissan, and Subaru were up, but not enough to compensate for the slowdowns at the others.

Also new this morning, the White House announcing an unprecedented private sector commitment to America's education system. Technology and telecom firms agreeing to donate $750 million toward digital learning programs. We understand that companies like Sprint, Apple, and AT&T are giving away free Internet access, iPads, laptops, giving all of this to schools. And the FCC is doing its part, doubling its commitment to $2 billion for high speed Internet in the classrooms. It could be a big difference.

PEREIRA: Let's take a look at what is trending. The numbers are in. Super Bowl 48 was the most-watched show in television history. Despite Seattle's blowout of Denver, a record 111.5 million viewers tuned into the big game. That topped the 111.3 million who watched the Giants beat the Patriots in the 2011 Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the ratings for the halftime show, featuring Mr. Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, even more impressive -- 115.3 million viewers topping the record set by Madonna in 2012. Wow. How about that? Nischelle Turner, let's play ping pong. What you got this morning?

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Super bowl madness, backlash against the Super Bowl commercial, a Coke ad that featured a multilingual rendition of "America the Beautiful." The company's Facebook page was flooded with comments after it aired. Most people were not happy, even some outraged that the song being performed in any language other than English.

PEREIRA: New video out of Russia shows you the best or luckiest parallel parking in history. You see the car weaving through traffic before cutting viciously across four lanes, spinning 180 degrees and ending with a perfect parking job. And we repeat, don't you even think of trying this on your own.

TURNER: I can barely drive just by staying on the road. Let's talk about some drama over at Google. They're going to have a search for a new location for their so called mystery barge in California. This comes after legal issues were raised about the staff shipping containers being used as a floating showroom for Google products. Officials in San Francisco say the company didn't get proper permits and progress stalled. No word yet on any new possible landing spot.


BOLDUAN: That was such a mystery. Do you remember that?

CUOMO: Supposed to be provocative, right? That was the whole point.

BOLDUAN: I guess so, and it worked. FEMALE: Well, it kept people guessing and had us talking for a year, didn't it?

CUOMO: It still does. And I still don't know why.

BOLDUAN: Speaking of mystery, now to a mystery at sea. A man claiming to have been lost in the Pacific for more than a year. He turns up in a remote island more than 5,000 miles from where he left. Now his family is an anxiously awaiting his return. The authorities are beginning to question his tale.

"EARLY START" anchor John Berman is here with more.

What do we know about this story?

JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: So this is how it goes allegedly. Two men go fishing more than 13 months ago a from Mexico. Winds blow them badly off course. One of these guys turns up last week in the middle of the Pacific with a tale about living off of turtles. It sounds like a movie too crazy to be true, but Jose Alvarenga swears it is very true and his survival miraculous.


BERMAN (voice-over): This is the face of a man who says he hasn't stepped foot on dry land in more than 13 months. Long hair, long beard, seeming to have difficulty walking, but miraculously alive; 37- year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga was discovered Thursday, saying he survived on his boat by eating fish and turtles he caught, drinking rain water and sometimes his own urine.

He says he set out from Tapachula, Mexico to catch sharks in December 2012, traversing more than 5,000 miles across the entire Pacific Ocean before finally making land fall on the Marshall Islands, sparsely populated in the Pacific.

TOM ARMBRUSTER, US AMBASSADOR TO MARSHALL ISLANDS: It sounds like quite an incredible sea story of a man that went out fishing for one day and expected to return to his port on the west coast of Mexico. But he was blown off by a storm.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Alvarenga says his boat was smacked by a large wave and both its engine and radio blew out. He says he completely lost track of time as the days at sea turned into months. And after he ran out of food, Alvarenga says he nearly gave up and contemplated suicide. But he says fear and his faith in God pushed him through.

TOM HANKS, ACTOR: Wilson! Wilson!

BERMAN: Amazing survival stories like Alvarenga's have often been dreamed about in films like "Castaway" and "Life of Pi".

Experts say survival is possible, but raise questions about what happened on board that boat. SHANE HOBEL, FOUNDER MOUNTAIN SCOUT SURVIVAL SCHOOL: One of the things that struck me a little bit odd was the condition that he was in. After 13 months adrift, I would expect a little bit more body weight loss.

BERMAN: CNN Espanol tracked down Alvarenga's parents in El Salvador, who are anxiously awaiting his return.

His mother Julia says she never believed her son was dead and can't wait to take care of him and have the family together. He will likely be reunited with his family soon. For now, he is recovering from his ordeal.


BERMAN (on-camera): Now at the top, I mentioned that Alvarenga had been traveling with a companion, a teenager. He apparently refused to eat the fish and birds and turtles they were catching. So Alvarenga says he died four weeks after they drifted off course.

BOLDUAN: Clearly this is not the end of the story. Do you believe it?

FEMALE: I think -- well, we're all sitting here with this look like, "I'm just not sure."

BERMAN: In my head, I imagine being at sea for 13 months eating just turtles makes you look different than that guy looks.

FEMALE: That's the big sticking point there. I think that's what sticks with me. I just imagine him looking much different. He looked a little dirty, but he looked relatively -- it's not unprecedented.

PEREIRA: If I recall, there was a story years a three fisherman from Mexico who kind of charted the same course and survived.

BERMAN: 2006. You know, the currents actually go from the coast of Mexico there to the Marshall Islands. That's where he would drift by a rate of about 27 miles a day. So, you know, science says it's possible.

CUOMO: Problem is, where's the other guy? That's why it goes from kind of a lighter story about whether this guy is telling the truth. The other person's missing, presumed dead. Did he have anything to do with it? That's going to be the thing they have to investigate.

BERMAN: They are investigating right now.

BOLDUAN: Castaway or not? They are investigating.

Let's take a break. Coming up next on NEW DAY, Virginia police captain has been missing since last week. Now authorities may have a very big break in their massive search for him.

CUOMO: Plus bitter news about the sweet stuff. Too much sugar can kill you. It's not just bad for you, it can kill you. That's what a new study says. What you need to know and whether it's true coming up.



PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Authorities in Virginia are conducting a massive search for a police captain who suddenly disappeared last week. They've expressed great concern for his safety. But now, they may have their first big break in the case.

Authorities say a man hunt is on for two persons of interest in the mysterious case of a police captain who has vanished in Virginia. Forty-five year old Kevin Quick was last seen on Friday night leaving his mother's house. He was reportedly on his way to meet a friend just 20 miles away. But he never showed. Quick's car was found on Monday outside of a home an hour away from where he was last seen.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Spotted by a deputy with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. It was abandoned and obviously we were on the scene, and we are currently examining that vehicle.


PEREIRA: Officials have released this surveillance photo of one of the men they're looking for, a man they believe may have information about Quick's disappearance.

Also captured on surveillance, photos of Quick's SUV taken on both Friday and Saturday in different parts of the state. Quick's family says his disappearance is uncharacteristic. They're exhausting all of their resources to find him.

Quick's colleagues at the Waynesboro Police Unit describe him as an institution and say they want him back home.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We'd want him to know that we do care about him, we love him, and we miss him, and we want him back here with us like he's supposed to be.


PEREIRA: Police tell CNN affiliate WTBR they are investigates reports that an SUV that matches the description of Quick's was seen fleeing the scene of an armed robbery and shooting at a Super Bowl party on Sunday. Right now, investigators don't know if the incident is related to Quick's disappearance. I should mention there's an $8,000 reward for information that leads to Quick's discovery.

Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Michaela.

We all know that sugar is sweet, of course. But a new study says too much may actually kill you. Researchers say the risk of heart disease increases exponentially as people up their sugar intake.

Let's bring in Dr. Jennifer Caudle for what you need to know and to learn more about this.


Because Dr. Caudle, we all know at this point that too much sugar is not good for us. It's a contributing factor in obesity, in Type II diabetes and things that we've talked about for years. But this new study that has come out goes even further, saying that it's now an independent risk factor in cardiovascular disease.

What do you make of it?

DR. JENNIFER CAUDLE: Right, well, this was a large study that was done. Thousands of people were looked at over many years. Researchers set out to look at two things.

First of all, how much sugar are people actually taking in? And then, what does the sugar mean for our health?

Researchers found that most people in the study actually took in greater than 10 percent of their calories in sugar, some even greater than 25 percent.

But the conclusion of this particular study was that the more sugar people took in, the greater the risk for cardiovascular disease mortality. And in fact, as you mention, Kate, people who took in between 17 and 21 percent of their calories in sugar actually had as much as a 38 percent increase in cardiovascular disease mortality.

This is quite a large association. And it's quite important. And as you mentioned, you're right, we've known that sugar is not good. It causes obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Now this study is suggesting not only does it do that, but it also perhaps increases the risk of death from heart problems.

So I think it's very interesting and I think it's a really good point.

BOLDUAN: And an important point on this, is we're not talking about sugars that we get naturally through foods. This study focused on added sugars. Let's walk through this a little bit. We have some graphics for our viewers.

Of course, we all know a little bit of what we mean when we mean when we're talking about added sugars: table sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey molasses, all of those things, we all use them in our daily diets.

But then when you talk about the recommendations, according to the American Heart Association, women are to take in no more than 100 calories per day, which equals about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of added sugar. For men, it's about 36 grams of added sugar.

But then when you look at where you get your added sugar, Dr. Caudle, this is what will always surprise everyone. One can of regular soda contains about 41 grams of sugar. That's almost double what women should have in added sugar in terms of your daily added sugar intake.

CAUDLE: Right. This is absolutely a wake-up call. And you're so right. We're talking about added sugars here. Those are the things, something like you mentioned, right, the soda, the cakes, the candy, cookies, even some bread products and cereals.

Really we're talking about packaged, processed foods, OK? Not the fruits. Those are naturally occurring sugars.

But you're right. What we're finding is that we take in a lot of sugar. The recommendations for sugar intake, you know, the Institute of Medicine says no more than 25 percent of our calories should come from sugar. The World Health Organization says no more than 10 percent of our calories. But when you look at it like you just broke down, Kate, you know, for example, the American Heart Association says really no more than 6 teaspoons for women. If you add up what you eat in a day, a lot of us are eating a lot more than just that.

BOLDUAN: I mean, I'm really interested in what you would tell patients when you look at this. Because when you -- for me, it's a huge wake-up call. We all knew, you know, added sugars was not good for us. But now, it can be deadly is what this study is suggesting.

CAUDLE: Right. What I tell people is this, and what I will continue to tell people, eating sugar is not just about being fat or having diabetes or heart disease or things like that. Now we're saying that eating sugar can actually cause a mortality risk in terms of cardiovascular disease. We have to cut back. We have to cut back on a lot of the processed sugars that we're eating out there. And we really need to have a lot of education about this.

BOLDUAN: That's an important end point. I think the first step is really being away and being educated of how much sugar we are taking in in the things -- in one soda that you just think you can sip on throughout the day and think how many sodas people have in the day. It's a real big wake-up call. And that's the first step.

Dr. Jennifer Caudle, great to see you. Thank you so much.

CAUDLE: Good to see you.

BOLDUAN: Of course. Chris?

CUOMO: All right, Kate.

Coming up on NEW DAY, there's still no definitive proof connecting Governor Chris Christie to a political payback plot known as Bridgegate. But the questions about leadership and the constant scrutiny are taking a toll in the polls. Find out if fellow Republicans are turning their backs on him. Also Amanda Knox's boyfriend and co-defendant speaking out. Raffaele Sollecito was convicted with her again. But does he think that she is the one that is to blame? What he had to say in a CNN interview when we come back.