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Shirley Temple Dies; Deep Freeze In Deep South; Obamacare Mandate Delay For Businesses; Daring U.S. Army Raid Video; Controversial Drone Strike; Cold Case Breakthrough; Bridgegate Investigation Expands; Eight Medal Events In Sochi
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The ice would build up on trees. Trees will come down and take down power lines.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news, Shirley Temple, one of the biggest stars of the early days of film, has died. She was the first child star ever and the remarkable life she lived. We're going to take a look back this morning.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Storm sequel. A dangerous mix of snow and ice heading for the south today. Will Georgia officials get it right this time? Schools canceled, store shelves picked clean. What happens if and when the front turns to the northeast? We're tracking it all.
CUOMO: Courtroom drama. Another emotional day of testimony in the so-called loud music trial with the victim's father testifying. But the question this morning, Will Michael Dunn take the stand in his own defense? It could happen today.
Your NEW DAY starts right now.
ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.
All right. Breaking news for you this morning. Legendary child actress, Shirley Temple, has died. She was 85 years old. We have a statement from her family saying that she passed away Monday at her California home of natural causes.
Shirley Temple, I mean, she needs no introduction, arguably the most famous child star. She'll be remembered for so much great work. Take a listen.
BOLDUAN: Her happy is just infectious when you watch her on the screen.
CUOMO: Even in a day and age when stars seem to get younger all the time, there could only be one number one and it's Shirley Temple. PEREIRA: She started at 3-1/2 years of age. If you have a toddler in your house to be performing in front of a public audience at 3-1/2.
BOLDUAN: She was always older than her age. That poised to performing at such a young age is amazing.
CUOMO: Presence, ability to sing and dance. She made many films became more than a performer, household name, has her own drink.
BOLDUAN: Who can say that? Not many folks can say that, right?
CUOMO: Respecting that she is a child in the eyes of so many forever, but not her own family. Interesting her family looks to a very different legacy that many may not be aware of. She was a very distinguished diplomat for the United States. She was ambassador to Ghana. She was part of the U.N. delegation and she ran for Congress once.
PEREIRA: Such a different part of her life from what was the public sort of celebrity aspect.
BOLDUAN: Many different chapters in her life. Her last film was released in 1949, which really shows her reach and staying power that she's still a household name. They were still talking about her and everyone still feels that connection to her.
PEREIRA: There's so much criticism of child stars now and how they turn out. She was one of the ones that really set the stage early on. Pun intended. She would had already done four high grossing films before the age of 10.
BOLDUAN: Back then, right.
CUOMO: Unique success. It was in 2006 that she got her Lifetime Achievement Award as an actor --
BOLDUAN: You've earned it at that point, right.
CUOMO: Long overdue, again, her family though remembering her for her achievements after being a child star. A statement here, we salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat and always most important in our family, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Shirley Temple, dead at the age of 85, what a long and full life she has.
PEREIRA: What a beautiful smile.
BOLDUAN: I mean, she had a long life at 85 years old. A lot to remember today, a long legacy to remember right?
CUOMO: Our thoughts to her family and the generations of people who have enjoyed her work and we'll continue to.
BOLDUAN: We'll continue to honor her throughout the morning, of course, but other big stories that we are watching today, Atlanta and much of the south once again under the gun. Another major winter storm and this one expected to be more devastating than the one that paralyzed Atlanta just two weeks ago.
Air travels already getting snarled, so far more than 890 flights canceled today. The big question, is Atlanta ready this time around? Could it be a repeat of, unfortunately, this? Let's definitely hope that doesn't happen this time. CNN has the story covered, of course, like no one else can. Meteorologist, Indra Petersons is tracking the storm's every move.
But let's begin with Nick Valencia who is in Atlanta. How is it looking so far today, Nick?
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. You mentioned that the southeast in the path of a double dose of severe weather. Who could forget what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago. Officials here pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn't happen again.
VALENCIA (voice-over): Overnight, freezing rain and snow hitting the southeast, just a preview of what's coming tonight from Arkansas to Alabama.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL (R), GEORGIA: This is going to be the monster system that we'll need to watch out for.
VALENCIA: It's test number two for the Metro Atlanta area. Governor Nathan Deal maintained this time they'd be ready.
DEAL: We're going to try our best to get it absolutely correct every time. Two, the meteorologists is part of our task force. We're going to expect them to get it right every time. I'm joking, just partially.
VALENCIA: When asked by CNN if the city was better prepared for snow now, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said they didn't want to make predictions.
MAYOR KASIM REED, ATLANTA: I'll let the results speak for themselves.
VALENCIA: Atlanta officials taking extraordinary measures to avoid another snowpocalyse shutting down public schools today and tomorrow so kids don't get stranded on buses or stuck sleeping in classrooms. Stocking up is top priority, residents cleaning out grocery store shelves stripping them down to the bare bones.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Better to be safe than sorry.
VALENCIA: Just one measure to avoid streets which two weeks ago were gridlocked, scores of cars abandoned. It's the second wave expected tonight that has officials on edge.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The amount of ice that we're looking at is catastrophic. The ice will build up on trees. Trees will come down, take down the power lines.
VALENCIA: Georgia power asking states for assistance like Florida and Pennsylvania for assistance in case of massive outages.
VALENCIA: And last night's winter weather brought problems to be expected from a storm, but that's nothing compared to what meteorologists are predicting to come later tonight -- Chris and Kate.
CUOMO: All right, Nick and that's part of the trick of the situation, right, is understanding what comes and when. We're fortunate to have meteorologist Indra Petersons watching everything for us. You saw it coming last time. This one is a little bit more complicated. What do we see?
INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, the biggest concern here is that there are two waves. The wave that's coming through this morning not as strong as the next one expected tomorrow. Take a look, here's the problem. We're talking about temperatures below freezing and then right at the freezing mark and then above freezing right around the gulf. That's the reason we have three different types of a wintry mix out there.
We have the actual rain around the gulf. We have that icing in the middle and then even the snow behind that. This is why that forecast is so tricky. All dependent on how cold that air, how far south that air goes. We are talking about the threat for icing. Look at these amounts. You have the potential for almost an inch of ice in Atlanta.
We talk about a half inch of ice, that is all it takes to bring those power lines down. Some places seeing even over the potential for an inch of ice and that's only one part of this problem. We are already talking about the threat for even some snow. Look at the amount. The potential is there for even over a foot of snow in D.C. That's Wednesday night into Thursday making its way up towards the Mid- Atlantic and the northeast in through Thursday itself.
Let's talk about the timing of this. Here is the first wave. Take a look. We're talking about the rain today and that wintry mix exiting off tonight. Here's the big guy. This is the one that's really going to be the tough one. Notice how much ice and how much snow is out there. That's tomorrow. Then throughout the day and tomorrow night through Thursday, where this guy go makes the complete forecast. We are going to be concern with the coast line, heavy amounts of snow in towards the northeast -- Kate.
BOLDUAN: Those snow totals potential sure tell us we need to be ready. Thank you so much.
Also new this morning, speaking of Washington, D.C. another delay in implementing a key part of the new health care law, the Obama administration is giving mid-size businesses an extra year to comply with regulations requiring the businesses to provide insurance coverage for workers or face a penalty.
CNN's Jim Acosta is live at the White House with more details on this latest move this morning. Good morning, Jim. JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kate. That's right. You said it. This is yet another delay for that employer mandate in Obamacare and it comes after the employer mandate had already been pushed back for one year. Now the new rule is employers with 50 to 99 workers have until 2016 to provide coverage or pay a penalty.
For companies that have more than 100 workers, they now have to provide coverage to 70 percent of those employees by next year, 95 percent of those employees the year after that. As soon as this new guidance came up from the Obama administration, Republicans lashed out saying this is yet another example of the White House picking and choosing which parts of this law to implement on time.
Democrats and official here at the White House say no, this is about respecting the feedback that they were getting from companies. Officials from those companies saying that they wanted a more streamline process for dealing with this mandate, but guys, there's a political implication in all of this as this pushed the employer mandate beyond the 2014 Midterm election cycle.
And right smack dab into the middle of the 2016 presidential cycle with some Republicans, many Republicans saying that the only answer for Obamacare is repeal. Democrats of course insisting that the law is working. They're defending it saying, look at the enrollment numbers. The enrollment numbers are going up and that is proof that the law is working -- Chris.
CUOMO: Well, I guess, Jim, both can be right, right? The law is working, but in their -- we'll have to be following this and see if they can figure out a solution. Appreciate the reporting this morning.
We have for you as well dramatic new video of a U.S. Army raid capturing a top terror suspect. Alleged al Qaeda operative, Abu Anash Al-Libi captured within seconds outside his home. The dramatic footage is shedding new light on Special Forces tactics as the White House debates waging a risky new strike against another top target.
To take you through this situation, CNN's Barbara Starr is at the Pentagon this morning -- Barbara.
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. We are getting extraordinary insights into how the U.S. goes after terrorism suspects.
STARR (voice-over): In this newly released security camera footage obtained by "The Washington Post," you can see a white van pull up to next to a vehicle on the street of Tripoli, Libya. It was last October. Watch as an elite squad of U.S. Army Delta commandos jump out and grab alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas Al-Libi. In seconds, the suspect is captured.
Al-Libi was wanted for his alleged role in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. After his dramatic capture, he was taken to awaiting military warship and brought to federal court in New York where he pled not guilty to terrorism charges. His wife told CNN, Al-Libi had long ago left al Qaeda, but the U.S. had been tracking him and moved in determined to send the message he would face justice.
But raids like this one aren't always an option to nab terror suspects, more often, the U.S. relies on drone strikes. Right now, inside the Obama administration, discussions are underway about launching a military drone to kill a specific mesh citizen -- American citizen overseas who the U.S. believes is a threat. The story was first reported by the Associated Press. No one will say who the person is or where they are hiding.
PETER SINGER, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: The administration's argument is that this is an individual that's playing an important role in an armed group that's conducting hostilities against the United States. And the options for going after this individual are limited to just this way. They can't capture them. They can't get the local government to involve itself and so, therefore, this is the only option left.
STARR: But the proposed tactic is highly controversial.
CHRIS ANDERS, ACLU: This debate going on within the administration is a debate that's based on secret evidence, secret laws, secret interpretations of laws being hidden from courts, being hidden from Congress, being hidden from the American people.
STARR: There are Americans fighting in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan, plenty of concern that these people with valid American passports could return to the U.S. and carry out attacks -- Michaela.
PEREIRA: Yes, that is a serious concern. Barbara Starr, thank you for that.
Let's take a look at your other headlines and we begin with breaking news. U.S. Embassy officials in Afghanistan are confirming that two civilian contractors killed in a suicide bombing Monday were both Americans. The attack targeted a NATO-led military convoy in Eastern Kabul. Six other people were injured in that attack. Officials say an Islamic militant group has already claimed responsibility.
Breaking overnight, a major development in a cold case that has haunted the Washington, D.C. area for nearly four decades, a person of interest has been identified in connection with the disappearance of 12-year-old, Sheila Lion and her 10-year-old sister, Katherine, from a Maryland mall back in 1976. That man is a convicted sex offender and is currently behind bars in another state.
New this morning, a 30-year sentence for a Mexican man in connection with the 2010 shooting death of a border agent, Manuel Osorio- Arellaness pleaded guilty to first degree murder. Brian Terry was killed after he and other agents encountered the group along the Mexican border. The case was controversial because two rifles found at the scene were connected to botched "Fast and Furious" operation that let guns fall into the hands of criminals.
Happening today, New Jersey lawmakers expanding their investigation into possible misconduct by Governor Chris Christie's administration in the so-called Bridgegate scandal. CNN has learned as many as 18 new subpoenas will be issued today. Among them a request for information about whether Christie flew over the massive traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge in a helicopter. He has denied knowing anything about the gridlock, said to be part of a political retribution until after it occurred. Those are your headlines -- Kate.
BOLDUAN: All right, Michaela, thanks so much. As we've been reporting this morning, just a few minutes ago, actress and legendary child star, Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. Let's bring in CNN's Nischelle Turner who is joining us on the phone from Los Angeles to talk about this news. Nischelle, a long life, a long list of accomplishments.
NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Yes.
BOLDUAN: First describe -- everyone knows her name. Everyone remembers her on film. Describe just how big of a star Shirley Temple was.
TURNER: Well, first of all, like you guys have been saying, she began singing, acting dancing at the age of 2 and 3. To describe how big of a star she was, by the age of 7, she was leading the Box Office. And think about this, today we kind of laud actors and right now, we're thinking wow, isn't Kevin Hart one of the biggest actors because he's led the Box Office three weeks in a row.
Shirley Temple led the Box Office three years in a row. If that lets you know how big of an actress she was and she retired by 1950 to be a homemaker, but she leaves this kind of wake in her path. There's a drink named after her. Those curls are famous, they're named after her. She was the quintessential child star. I mean, we talk about child stars now. You're looking at her on the screen.
That's all you had to see was that good ship lollipop to know how big of a star Shirley Temple was. You know, she married at the age of 17. She did marry very young. That was her first marriage. She did have a second marriage. She does have three children as well.
She did die in San Francisco at the age of 85. I'm not sure that there are any other child stars that could ever be compared to just how big she was. I mean, you think about -- in these days, there's really no comparison.
BALDWIN: I think you're absolutely right. She lists those three children as she looks back in here life in a Q&A I was reading from her a while back. As her proudest accomplishments would be her three children as well as her granddaughter and her two great granddaughters. But you really cannot pay tribute to Shirley Temple without taking a moment to listen to her from one of her iconic movies. Let's take a moment.
It just makes you smile when you see just how expressive that little face is and those curls on that head. Yes, she did many things in her life, but I think she can be very proud to be remembered for that adorable face. She was such an ambitious and multifaceted woman.
We were talking earlier, Nischelle, that she was a child star, yes. But then she had a completely different chapter of her life early on, really, serving the U.S. government. She was even asked if you were not a child star, what career path would you want to follow, at one point she said she would have wanted to be in the FBI or she wanted to be a pie salesman. I thought that was very par for the course for Shirley Temple maybe.
TURNER: Yes, absolutely. And you're right. She did kind of go into this life of service. She became an ambassador for the U.S. She translated that kind of Hollywood life into somewhat of a political life. Not really into politics, but she did translate it into service and kind of start, you know, be more serious and taking life a little more serious and doing work for the United States.
Her first husband was an Army Corps Private John Agar and also one of her classmates at the West Lake School. It kind of started shaping who she was. It's interesting because she was also a bit of a survivor. She survived breast cancer. In 1972 she did undergo surgery for that. So you think about everything she's gone through and everything she survived and everything she's done in her life, it really is amazing.
BALDWIN: It sure is. With the Academy Awards just around the corner, you can wonder those planning the event are probably scrambling to figure out some way to rightfully pay tribute to Shirley Temple. Nischelle, thank you so much.
We'll talk to you throughout the show and of course, we'll have much more coverage honoring and looking into the legacy of Shirley Temple Black throughout our show.
CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, of course, we'll keep up on this, as Kate is saying, but we're going to tell you other news as well. Of course, we have the Olympics. Today, Shaun White is set to hit the half pipe. They are of course concerns about safety, about the level of performance. We're going to talk to you about that. We'll be live in Sochi.
BOLDUAN: Plus, was the fatal shooting of a Florida teenager over loud music self defense or something else? A jury will decide that, but could a medical examiner's testimony prove damaging to the defendant. Many questions coming up.
CUOMO: Welcome back. Another day of competition underway at the Olympics, Medals already awarded this morning in the women's ski slopestyle. American Devin Hogan won the silver. We have seven more medal events on the schedule today including speed skating and the men's snowboard halfpipe. This is a big one because favorite Shaun White is going for the Olympic three feats. So let's get to Rachel Nichols live in Sochi, watching it all. What a great game to have -- Rachel.
RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: yes, we're coming to you from the mountains today, Chris. It is great. It is certainly beautiful. They are thick in the middle of competition. Take a look.
NICHOLS (voice-over): Another day, another medal for the Americans in slopestyle. This time it was slopestyle skier, Devin Logan. She took the silver squeezing onto the podium between two Canadians. And the American women's hockey team set an Olympic record scoring five goals in less than 7 minutes in their win over Switzerland. The Dutch are once again dominating the Olympic speed skating oval with Michael Molder taking a gold in the 500-meters thanks to a 12,000 of a second adjustment to the official clock.
He was even joined on the podium by his twin brother who took bronze. Later today, all eyes will be on two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White as he competes on the half pipe. And for the first time in history, women will compete in ski jumping. For years, the International Ski Federation claimed ski jumping with some health damage the female competitors' internal organs.
American jumpers Lindsay Van and Jessica Jerome teamed up with other female ski jumpers to sue. They lost their bid to compete in the 2010 Vancouver games. Finally, they get to compete.
LINDSAY VAN, OLYMPIC SKI JUMPER: I just want more people to see that women can ski jump. It's one of the oldest sport in the Olympics. It's taken 90 years for women to be here, so check us out.
NICHOLS: Pretty amazing to us in the states that they were telling women so recently it would damage their organs, but a salute to those girls for fighting their way in.
CUOMO: All right, I'm going to run away from that topic as quickly as possible, Rachel, and ask you instead about the conditions there in Sochi. We know they've been using artificial snow. It's been warmer than expected. How's it affecting the games?
NICHOLS: You guys can see me. I'm not even wearing a coat right now. It is 55 degrees up here in the mountains and we are in the cold part of this region. I got to tell you, it's caused soft snow and some problems with the venues, particularly on the half pipe. This was the half pipe earlier today. That's dozens of workers holding a giant water hose. They are trying to water down the bottom of the pipe to get some ice going there.
Hannah Teeter yesterday called the conditions of the half pipe, quote, "crappy." They've had a trouble getting training runs in and riders are saying right now the bottom of the pipe is moguly because between the soft snow and some bad engineering. They've just got a bunch of bumps.
We're not all experts on the half pipe the way these elite athletes are, but even I know, when you come down, you want to land on something flat. You don't want to land on a big series of bumps. They're in qualifications as we speak. They're hopeful it will cool down and the event tonight will go off smoothly.
BOLDUAN: Add that to the list of challenges that they're dealing with these winter games. I can't believe you are saying that it's 50 degrees where you are. You can bring that home here.
CUOMO: Competitors made a good point. They said this isn't the downhill where conditions are part of the event. It's just part of skiing is balance and dealing with --
BOLDUAN: But you create a half pipe.
CUOMO: Right. Supposed to be about the tricks, not about what I encounter when I land. So it's going to be controversial.
BOLDUAN: For some reason, thanks, Rachel. For some reason, Michaela seems to be very chilly in the studio today.
PEREIRA: Very cold.
BOLDUAN: Those actually are great. She's going to show off her latest fashion and we're going to give you the latest medal count. The women's slopestyle event this morning, Team USA adds its first silver of the games. Canada took the gold and the bronze right now claiming the lead with nine medals total.
PEREIRA: We should do well in the winter.
BOLDUAN: That's a good point. That's a good point.
CUOMO: I take no joy in it.
PEREIRA: There's no joy in Cuomoville.
CUOMO: I'm an American not Americant.
Coming up on NEW DAY, it could soon be up to the jury, we are monitoring the murder trial that's being known as the loud music trial. This teenage you're looking at right now was killed in the episode. The big question is whether or not the man you're looking at, the defendant, will take the stand.
Plus new papers provide a window into Hillary Clinton's life in the White House. What she really thought about the Monica Lewinsky affair, that's ahead.