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New York Rangers Win 3-1, Avoid Elimination; Oregon School Shooter Identified; World Cup Kicks Off in Brazil; Militants Are Taking Over City After City; Half Million Iraqis Flee Homes

Aired June 12, 2014 - 06:30   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: We'll leave this story here for now. The advances on both levels of this story is that we see people in trouble. Bowe Bergdahl was in trouble and, frankly, these politicians are in trouble in terms of how they're treating this story if the hearing with the secretary of defense was any kind of indication that we saw yesterday. That's for sure.

Michaela, over to you.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Key there, of course, everybody wants to hear from Bergdahl himself. That's going to take time, until he is brought back to the states.

Next up on NEW DAY, new details in the deadly shooting in Oregon. Police have now identified the gunman and there is shocking new information about the teen's killing spree.

And, thought her career was over? Nope, Paula Deen is back. The former Food Network star launching an all new online digital channel. Question is, will people pony up the cash after her scandal?


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY."

Let's take a look at your headlines now. Iraq is under siege this morning from militants who have taken over one major city after another displacing half a million Iraqis. They're said now to be moving closer to Baghdad after at least temporarily seizing Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit.

The Iraqi government has indicated that it is open to allowing U.S. air strikes against those Islamic radicals.

PEREIRA: The FBI is now open to a. Criminal investigation into the V.A. The bureau is joining a we are view already under way by the V.A.'s inspector general set to investigate allegations that paperwork was doctored to cover up long wait times for care at V.A. hospitals. The investigation comes as a bill aimed at overhauling the V.A. passed the Senate nearly unanimously. A similar measure has also been approved by the House. A truck driver accused of causing the highway crash that critically

injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-five-year-old Kevin Roper was arraigned Wednesday in New Jersey on charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Prosecutors say Roper was awake 24 consecutive hours before the crash, which is in violation of state laws. We'll have much more on this coming up in our next hour.

CUOMO: So, it turns out that in the history of the NHL finals the team that has won the fourth game goes on to win 99 percent of the time.

PEREIRA: I feel like he's making up math.

CUOMO: The New York Rangers beat the L.A. Kings last night, 2-1, staving off a sweep.

PEREIRA: Can you check this, Andy Scholes?

CUOMO: Andy Scholes with this morning's "Bleacher Report". Andy Scholes confirmed to me in an e-mail earlier, the team that has won the fourth game has won 99 percent of all NHL finals.


CUOMO: Andy Scholes, please back up your reporting.


ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: I think someone might have hijacked my e-mail. I've never heard of the numbers and I'm not sure it's accurate. But, well, maybe starting from now on that would be case --

PEREIRA: That could happen.

SCHOLES: Last night, what a clutch win. I tell you what, Chris, your Rangers, they're about this close from possibly lose that game and getting swept in this series.

Let's take a look at this amazing, amazing play. It happened with about a minute left to go in the game. New York was up by one. The puck, it gets behind Henrik Lundqvist. He pushes it to safety. What a play that was.

Other than a couple of hiccups, Lundqvist, he was great. He had 40 saves in the game. Rangers survive. They send the series back in L.A. for game five tomorrow night.

The NBA Finals will continue with game four in Miami. The Heat will have to pull in the series after getting beat down by the Spurs in game three. LeBron and the Heat have a couple things going for them tonight. They haven't lost back to back playoff games since 2012. And there is no way the Spurs shoots 76 percent in the first half again. Tip-off is at 9:00 Eastern.

Out here in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the U.S. Open is about to get under way with round one. There's no Tiger Woods out here this year. The favorite to win it is Rory McIlroy. The 25-year-old Irish man won it in 2011. He played well since ending his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki a few weeks ago.

Now, of course, the sentimental favorite is Phil Mickelson. He finished second a record six times at the U.S. Open. Everyone of course would like to see him finally get the win and complete that career grand slam. Both McIlroy and Phil are going to tee off in about an hour.

Guys, what a sports day this is. You've got the U.S. Open starting out here with round one. You've got the NBA Finals of game four tonight. And the World Cup, of course, kicks off today at 4:00 Eastern with Brazil and Croatia. If any day was going to be a sports holiday, it should be today.

PEREIRA: Take the day off, Andy Scholes.

CUOMO: And another nice golf shirt. This one is blue with the CNN logo.

SCHOLES: I'm going to try.

PEREIRA: Brooke is working on getting you one.

SCHOLES: I know, I appreciate it.


PEREIRA: All right. We're going to take a short break here on NEW DAY. Up next, Oregon police say the 15-year-old who killed a classmate and himself Tuesday that he was armed for war. Officials release the shooter's identity and we are learning more about him and about his 14-year-old victim.


PEREIRA: New details emerging on the suspect in Tuesday's school shooting in Oregon that left two students, including the gunman dead. Police say 15-year-old Jared Padgett was armed to the teeth. He had an AR-15 rifle, a handgun, and several hundred rounds of ammunition when he murdered a 14-year-old freshman, wounded a teacher, and then turned the gun on himself.

CNN's Sara Sidner has more.


SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The 15-year-old Reynolds High School shooter seemed to be prepared for war against his school .

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The shooter used an AR-15 type rifle the attack. Investigators have also recovered nine loaded magazines with a capability of holding several hundred rounds.

SIDNER: Police say freshman took the school bus carrying a guitar case and duffel bag Tuesday morning. He walked into the gymnasium locker room, put on a helmet and vest and then he let loose.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The shooter obtained the weapons from his family home. The weapons had been secured but he defeated the security measures.

SIDNER: The shooter wounded a teacher and killed 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, a freshman, who was being remembered as a great kid by hundreds of people in the community.

UNIDENTIIFED FEMALE: He's so great and it hurts to know that I'm going to wake up tomorrow and he's not going to be here.

SIDNER: Despite his actions we're also hearing kind but cautious words about the shooter. His former teacher telling CNN, quote, "He was a hard worker and wanted to please everyone. Sometimes he would interrupt and he just wanted attention. He was a good kid. I had him in class and he was a good athlete. Last year when I had him in school I noticed a little bit of a change."

What changed, we may never know. Investigators say the shooter killed himself after a brief gun battle with police.

In the midst of the chaos, police and students say teacher Todd Rispler saved lives after being grazed by a bullet he made his way into the school office to call for help and help arrived.

Sara Sidner, CNN, Troutdale, Oregon.

CUOMO: We crave the details. Just a kid involved here as the shooter and we're all sorry about that. But really his motives, his mind, irrelevant.

That change? Very relevant. How he defeated the security and got he's weapons and ammunition, very relevant.

PEREIRA: Well, all of those things are relevant because we want to figure out how we can prevent it from happening again.

CUOMO: That's exactly right. Right.

PEREIRA: A 14-year-old killing another student and injuring a teacher? It doesn't make sense.

CUOMO: Yeah, too often our fascination's with the motives, what the plan was, what they thought. Who cares about that? But those other issues, very important in moving forward.


CUOMO: All right, also important, obviously, is to let you know which way the wind will blow.

So we take you to meteorologist Indra Petersons. And just one bit of advice, rain getting to be an old theme. News is about the new. Try to give us something new.


CUOMO: I'm over the rain.

PETERSONS: Well, let me just show you what it looks like for a week. More rain? Is this maybe why you're sick of it, Cuomo? We're talking about that same system that's been parking itself here since about Monday. Here's the good news: there are going to be changes. Typically, we'd normally have a couple of days to get there. It's still going to take some time.

What are we looking at? Little Rock, Dallas, Shreveport, still another threat for severe weather that's going to be out there today with that low in the south pulling that moisture out of the Gulf.

But the same system we've been dealing with now producing some light showers in the northeast. Keep in mind it's only expected to intensify, and it's already ugly out there, guys. We're talking about delays, Philadelphia, over an hour delays right now at the airport thanks to some of those low cloud ceilings. So keep that in mind.

A lot of rain expected to come our way. But again, it's going to be spread out over the next two days. By the weekend it looks nice.

Here's the way it kind of pans out. Warm front: so still kind of the light showers behind the warm front. So that hot, muggy feeling we've had all week long, that is still going to be here the next couple of days. But by tonight and through tomorrow, we get along the cold front. That's going to produce the heavier showers. Perfect timing, may I add. By the weekend it kicks out of here. Not only does the rain go away, the humidity goes down. So what do I get, right? I fixed this. Is that what you asked for?

CUOMO: Thank you for making the adjustment. The audience thanks you. New is always better. Enough with the rain.

PETERSONS: Do you thank me, personally?

PEREIRA: He is upset about it because it wrecks his hairdo. That's all.

PETERSONS: Does it wreck his hair? It is quite frizzy today.

CUOMO: Attacks on my hair. You're not going to attack my hair.

PEREIRA: I'm helping you.

CUOMO: Thank you very much.

Let's take a little break here on NEW DAY and compose myself. Just when you thought it was all over for Paula Deen, it's not over. She's back and could argue bigger than ever. Why? All digital channel, all her. The question is, are fans ready to pay to watch her?


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Kate Balduan off, but we have another Baldwin with us.


CUOMO: Brooke Baldwin. And, of course, as always, Michaela Pereira here with me.

The World Cup kicks off today. The home team will face-off against Croatia. The opening match, very exciting. But the country deeply divided about hosting the event. It is costing billions of dollars, and Brazil is in deep economic turmoil. So officials hope the tensions will ease as hundreds of thousands of soccer fans arrive.

CNN's Shasta Darlington is in South Paulo. Shasta?

SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris and Brooke. Soccer or football, as it's known on the rest of the planet, may not have a massive following in America, but around 1 billion people tuned in to watch at least part of the last World Cup final. This time around, we expect it to be bigger.


DARLINGTON (voice-over): The World Cup is about to kick off, and Brazil is hoping to score big after pumping more than $11 billion to host the biggest sporting event on the planet. That's triple what South Africa spent in 2010; 7 1/2 billion went for infrastructure with $3.5 billion going toward building and renovating stadium venues.

The workers are still rushing to finish three of the 12 stadiums that will play host to matches with 3 million people waiting to fill the seats as spectators to watch 32 nations compete in 64 games.

While outside the stadiums, big numbers also expected. Four years ago more than 3 billion people watched the World Cup. That's more than 28 times the measly 111 million who watched this year's Super Bowl. With all those eyes literally on the ball, Brazil hopes to bring in more than $11 billion in revenue.

Plus, as five times champion and the favorite, Brazil's team would be rewarded with $35 million for bringing home a win.

Though a recent poll "The New York Times" published reveals that fans of just four countries in the world think that their own country will win, with the U.S. among them. Although the U.S. team's own coach said in a an interview that we cannot win the World Cup because we are not at that level yet.

Whether the most expensive ever World Cup lives up to its expectations remains to be seen. Starting today when South Paulo hosts the first game pitting host country Brazil against Croatia.


DARLINGTON (on-camera): In just a few hours time, the excitement finally starts, and it won't be over until the new World Cup champion holds up that golden trophy. Back to you, Chris, Brooke.

PEREIRA: I'll take it here, Shasta. Thanks so much. I'm rooting for Brazil.

On to another topic. Paula Deen is back. She's going digital, launching a new subscription-based online network featuring new shows, recipes, and content. This, of course, coming months after losing nearly her entire empire after she admitted making racist comments.

Here to break it all down is our senior media correspondent, host of "Reliable Sources", Mr. Brian Stelter. Reliable, showing up on time. We appreciate that.


So let's talk about this. Logical step for her to do in this recovery process of getting herself back and her empire back on its feet?

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: It makes a lot of sense because she's able to establish a direct relationship with her fans. So many celebrities and personalities want to do this idea of cutting out a middle man, in this case, television network, and signing up directly with -- with the audience.

On the other hand, were there television networks that willing to take her? She says there were. I don't know any of the names of them. I don't know which specific channels were actually interested in having her have a television show again. Food Network certainly was not interested.

PEREIRA: But she gets to control the content here -- different from like a TV network.

STELTER: You can see why it's appealing, that she can make her own shows her own way. She has creative control. And she'll have that direct connection. She'll have the credit card numbers and names and the e-mail addresses of her fans, so she'll have that direct relationship. She can have them auto-renewing for ten bucks a month or whatever it ends up being.

BALDWIN: But, but, but, will these fans who are big Paula Deen fans really know A, how to find her, and Be, what to get on the interweb?

STELTER: This is why we're not seeing more of these so far. We've only seen a few of these sorts of online channels. Glenn Beck did it early. He was very successful with it. But even he concluded he had to try get back on cable systems. So now his channel, called The Blaze, which is on-line -- you can pay for it on-line every month -- is also available on some cable and satellite systems. And he's trying to get more of them.

CUOMO: Also, does Paula Deen provide a unique offering that you can't find elsewhere in the food space? Because there's so much food programming.

PERERIA: Her ardent fans would say, of course.

BALDWIN: Of course.

STELTER: Then question becomes how many are there? Are there -- are there 10,000 people that will pay ten bucks a month? Are there 100,000 people that will pay ten bucks a month? Think about that. That's a million dollars a month that you're bringing in if you have 100,000 fans who are willing to sign up for you.

But then you think about the cost of producing the content. You think about the cost of hosting it. And I think the most important question of all is when you have this audience online that is devoted to you, that's paying to watch you, how are you finding new fans? It's one thing to sign up fans that already love you, but you may not be -- may not have exposure to new audience.


BALDWIN: Is it going to be successful?

STELTER: I think it will be a niche success. She will make money, but she won't have the kind of fame -- she won't create fame the way that television can create it.

CUOMO: But she's already a success.

STELTER: If you want to be a Food Network star, that's why you go to the Food Network.

CUOMO: But she's already a success due to the fact that we're having this conversation, absent --


CUOMO: -- all the stuff that got her in trouble in the first place. So that's part of success.

STELTER: And her controversy may help her. People that feel that she was wronged -- by the way that lawsuit against her accusing her of racial discrimination was thrown out last year --

CUOMO: Right.

PEREIRA: That's true.

STELTER: -- after all the news media moved on. So there may be people -- I know there are people who feel that she was wronged, who want to support her, and now they can support her very directly in a way you couldn't before.

BALDWIN: We will see how it all shakes out.

You can get a taste and so much more -- see how I did that -- of watching Brian every Sunday on "Reliable Sources" 11:00 a.m. right here on CNN.


STELTER: I'll try that on Sunday. That was perfect.

BALDWIN: Eleven a.m. Eastern. Thanks, Brian.

STELTER: Thanks.

CUOMO: All right. There are big stories starting your new day.

Militants are on the move in Iraq. Now that country is asking for U.S. help. What are we going to do?

And new insights into Bowe Bergdahl from his own diary. What does it say about where he was and why he left? Let's get after all of this right now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Closing in on Baghdad, a terror group more radical than al Qaeda.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The stunning defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor has left the GOP reeling.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're all heartbroken.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm like everybody else; I was shocked.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Another sign of sharp divisions within the GOP.

REP. STENY HOYER, (D-MD): A party that is deeply divided and dysfunctional.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was perhaps the angriest Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ever been in public.

CHUCK HAGEL, U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: I'm going give you an answer, too.



HAGEL: I don't like the implication of the question.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Then answer it.

HAGEL: I take that responsibility damn seriously.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. There is a Baldwin beside me, but it is not Kate; she's on vacation, enjoying herself, we hope. And I have --

BALDWIN: Good morning. CUOMO: Great to be with you.

BALDWIN: Good to be with you.

CUOMO: And we start this day's reporting with the major crisis in Iraq. Militants there are taking over one major city after another, displacing half a million Iraqis who have fled their home.

This morning we're learning the White House is considering new levels of assistance. What will that mean? Could we wind up back in Iraq?

CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson is monitoring developments for us from Amman, Jordan.

And, Nic, what is the take from the region in terms of how far ISIS can go in Iraq?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENRIO INTERATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The concern is, Chris, that they could go a whole lot further. Maybe they won't get to Baghdad this time, but there's no one around that's here that can push them on their back feet and take -- retake control of the large swaths of Syria and Iraq that they've got control of at the moment. So the concern is the destabilization will continue.

The indications, the very latest information we're getting from Iraq right now is that the government failed to even come together to vote on a state of emergency. Why? Because some of the M.P.s didn't turn up, a political statement that they don't want to unite, that they feel it's too divided, sectarian divisions. The prime minister not a unit-buying force. That bodes very ill for the current situation.

Despite that, the government says, denying what ISIS is saying, the extremist al Qaeda splinter group, is saying the government is now retaking control of Tikrit. It's shown no evidence of that so far. Even if it has, it's a long way from taking control of -- retaking control of Mosul.

The government in Iraq has said they will -- that they would look at supporting U.S. air strikes in the country. It's not clear that that's about to happen. The United States considering its options at the moment, doesn't seem likely that anyone's rushing to get back in. More the view that the Iraqis can get trained by the United States, and that's sort of the limit. That's where we're at right now, Brooke.

BALDWIN: Nic Robertson, thank you so much for us in Jordan this morning.

Let's stay on this because Iraq is a huge, huge story.