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Search for Kidnapped Teens in Israel; Oil Prices Go Up; Remembering Casey Kasem; Pilot Takes a Dive

Aired June 16, 2014 - 08:30   ET



Israel, this morning, is desperately trying to find three kidnapped teenagers, including an American, missing for days now. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is blaming Hamas as Israeli forces make hundreds of arrests and threaten to take even more action. Ben Wedeman has more on this from the West Bank.

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The search for the three kidnaps Israelis goes on overnight. Israeli forces conducting raids in the southern West Bank and also in Ramallah, where there were clashes. One Palestinian was killed. The Israeli military tells us that, until now, they've detained 140 people, including senior members of the Hamas movement.

Now, this morning, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and urged him to do all he could to help win the release of the teenagers and capture the kidnappers. For his part, the Palestinian president did issue a statement condemning the kidnapping and calling for restraint on all sides.

Meanwhile, there is an uproar in the Israeli media. It's been reported that one of the teenagers at 10:22 p.m. called the police and said, we've been kidnapped. However, it took until 5:00 a.m. the following morning for the police to inform the army. That means the kidnappers had a head start of more than six and a half hours.


BOLDUAN: Ben Wedeman. Thank you so much for that, Ben.

Let's get back over to John Berman now, in for Michaela, for the five things to know for your new day.



Number one, more U.S. Marines are making their way to the Persian Gulf in case they need to evacuate more Americans from the deadly chaos in Iraq. Some staffers at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad have already cleared out.

The army has appointed a two-star general to investigate how Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban five years ago. Some of his fellow soldiers have called Bergdahl a deserter, saying he walked off his post.

Pakistani fighter jets struck a Taliban stronghold along the country's western border. Insurgents in that area have been linked to the deadly attack on Karachi's airport earlier this month.

A new CNN/ORC poll finds Hillary Clinton gets higher marks than the president on how she would handle the economy and foreign policy. The former secretary of state will take part in a CNN town hall tomorrow night. That's at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Do not miss that.

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs. They beat the Miami Heat 104-87 to take the NBA championship in five relatively easy games. This is their fifth title in the last 16 years. Forward Kawhi Leonard named the series MVP and he sure earned it.

We're always updating the five things you need to know, so go to for the very latest.


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Kawhi Leonard, John, the beast of San Antonio. He is the John Berman of the San Antonio Spurs that guy.


CUOMO: We have breaking news for you this morning on Iraq. We've been telling you about it all morning. So, we know about 550 Marines that are being sent into the Persian Gulf. Not necessarily a fighting force, but to just make sure if it needs to be a security situation with the American embassy, they're ready to go. Just moments ago, Secretary of State John Kerry said drone strikes within Iraq also possible.

Now, all this comes as the terror group ISIS makes more advances inside the country. The chaos over there could have a major impact on your wallet. Why? If there are no American boots, why do you care? Because it will still come back here in terms of oil prices. They're already climbing as ISIS moves closer to Baghdad and threatens the stability of the entire region.

Chief business correspondent Christine Romans is here to explain.

You were telling us, telling me as we were getting ready for this segment, Iraq is the fourth largest reserve of oil.


CUOMO: They are really relevant. There are a lot of predictions about they were supposed to be having bigger output.

ROMANS: Yes. CUOMO: Now, all that's up in the air, yes?

ROMANS: Right. All that's up in the air and this chaos is playing out in the oil market. And that's why stocks are down, oil prices are up. And you can see oil prices right here, up 4 percent just so far this month. And they're knocking on the door of $108 a barrel. Why does that matter? Every dollar that oil goes up is about 2.5 cents at the gas pump for you.

Here's what we're watching here. When you look up here, Chris, you can see this is a big pipeline that's already been shut down. So that was in March. We had already seen some of this oil coming off the market.

Down here is where you have the very rich oil producing area in the southern part of the country. These pipelines are still flowing. This oil is still flowing. So a lot of analysts are telling us they're not so worried yet about an actual drop in exports here. But, again, the world had been expecting this country to go from 3.3 million barrels of oil a day to more like 8 million barrels of oil a day by, you know, the next five years or so. Saudi Arabia can make up for Venezuela or can make up for -

CUOMO: Not for them, though.

ROMANS: You know -- not Iraq.

CUOMO: It's too big.

ROMANS: It's too big. It's definitely too big. So when you look -

CUOMO: Make your circle go away.

ROMANS: Make my circle go away?

CUOMO: Because I wanted to show them where ISIS is because that winds up being relevant. You're so fast, Christine. So tell us about these two areas. This is where ISIS is and this is why they care -

ROMANS: Right.

CUOMO: Because the movement took that pipeline out.

ROMANS: Right.

CUOMO: So everywhere they go, they make trouble for oil. It's obviously part of the agenda to cripple the country. So they're moving through an oil field area now and the farther south they go, the bigger a threat, right?

ROMANS: The farther south they go, the bigger the threat. And if they take Baghdad, that is a real problem for oil markets. It's a real problem for confidence. It's a real problem -

CUOMO: A real problem, period.

ROMANS: Right. For - CUOMO: If they take the capital.

ROMANS: Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. But again, down here, you've got a fairly safe system right now and the oil minister from Iraq has been saying over the past week, this is safe, this is secure, these oil producing areas around Basra are fine.

CUOMO: And now -- they were saying this wasn't going to happen.

ROMANS: Yes, they were.

CUOMO: They were saying they were going to stay here.

ROMANS: They were.

So let me talk about gas prices then quickly. I'll try not to go too fast on that one. Right now about $3.66 a gallon. What experts are telling us, 20 cents, maybe 20 cents, you could see tacked on to your - your gasoline bill because of these raising oil prices. And again, a lot depends, Chris, on how bad it gets or whether this is the worst at this point and you can have the Iraqi government kind of stop the assault.

CUOMO: And also remind people something you taught me when I first got here at CNN, that the prices for your oil this winter, they don't get set necessarily in the winter, because they get based on expectations of supply, so they're going to be set soon, right?

ROMANS: Yes. And that's one of the things about the gasoline prices, is that, you know, Tom Close (ph) at Gas Buddy says he doesn't expect $4 a gallon again, but you could see the highest we've had all year because of this issue right now, this issue right now with gasoline prices and what's happening in Iraq. A lot depends on what happens over the next few weeks. That's going to be critical here. Again, Iraq -- Iraq is a major player here and the expectations were it would be a bigger player over the next few years. If that stops, it means this very delicate balance of oil demand around the world is going to be stretched.

CUOMO: It's going to get you with gas now, may get you with the heating costs later.

ROMANS: Maybe. Maybe.

CUOMO: So, very urgent situation on both fronts. Right. And hopefully it's a maybe. Hopefully it gets under control. Oh, boy, I'll tell you.

All right, Kate, over to you.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, one of radio's most famous voices falls silent. A look back at Casey Kasem's life and the family drama surrounding his death.

Also ahead, he made a living flying planes for skydivers, but never had he made the jump himself, that is until he had to, to save his life. That story is incredible. That's ahead as well.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Some sad news today. We're mourning the loss of a legend, Casey Kasem. You remember him. He created "American Top 40." He hosted it for 40 years. He died Sunday at the age of 82. And this morning we're learning more about his final days and how he got caught in this ugly battle between his second wife and three of his children. CNN's Nischelle Turner has been following this for us.

It's good to have you with us.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: Yes, you know, it's sad. It's the perils of a blended family that's dealing with end of life issues and it's all being played out in public. Nothing good ever comes of that.

But separate from the family drama that surrounded the end of his life, for decades, Casey Kasem made us smile, he made us sing and he made us celebrate music.


CASEY KASEM (voice-over): This is Casey Kasem in Hollywood.

TURNER (voice-over): His voice made him radio royalty and a pop culture icon.

C. KASEM: The Police with the number one song in the land last week, "Every Breath You Take."

TURNER: For 39 years, Casey Kasem counted down the nation's hit songs as the friendly host of "American Top 40."

C. KASEM: We'll find out as we count down the 40 hottest hits in the USA.

TURNER: Born to Lebanese parents in Detroit, Kasem was passionate about music and radio. Later, branching out into television with "American Top 10" in 1980.

C. KASEM: And hello, again, everybody. Welcome to "America's Top Ten."

TURNER: His radio countdown featured little known facts about the recording artists before each song and later, in 1978, Kasem started his signature long distance dedications that often tugged at the listener's heart strings.

C. KASEM: Now, we're up to our long distance dedication.

SHADOE STEVENS, RADIO HOST AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY: His whole approach to life was friendly and personable. And you got a sense that he cared.

TURNER: He lent his trademark voice to commercial ads and cartoon characters, including the voice of Shaggy in "Scooby-Doo."

C. KASEM: Yow, I've been voodooed.

TURNER: Kasem has been honored not only for his work in entertainment, but also for his charitable causes. But in his final days, his achievements were overshadowed by family turmoil.

KERRI KASEM, CASEY KASEM'S DAUGHTER: He's confused. He can, you know, he's probably very afraid, and he's not getting proper medical care.

TURNER: Diagnosed with Lewy body disease, his children battled their stepmother, Jean Kasem, for months over his medical care. His daughter, Kerri Kasem, gained temporary conservatorship over her father. And last week, when doctors advised her Kasem was close to death, she halted further life-saving treatment, including infusions of food, water and medicine, abiding, she says, by her father's wishes, something Jean disputed.

JEAN KASEM, CASEY KASEM'S WIFE: My husband's a fighter. He would have never, ever wanted this.

TURNER: Long after the legal battles are settled and he is laid to rest, one thing is sure to remain, Casey Kasem will be remembered as the legendary voice of American radio.

C. KASEM: My name's Casey Kasem, reminding you to keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.


TURNER: His signature sign-off. His daughter Kerri said on Facebook Sunday morning that her dad was surrounded by his family and his friends. She also said that, quote, "even though we know he's in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heart broken." And you can only imagine that, you know, at the end of the day, this is a family who lost their father on Father's Day.

BOLDUAN: Oh, that's the thing that - I mean that's the way - but it's just the ending that is so tough for everyone to grasp because Casey Kasem was everybody's best friend.

TURNER: You know, you're right, he was. And we've heard people speaking out about this man and keeping him in such high regard. Yesterday, Ryan Seacrest was talking about the fact, like we've all been talking this morning, how every week he would sit and listen to the top 40 and wish he could be a radio deejay so when he took over for him, it was this surreal moment -

BOLDUAN: What an honor.

TURNER: You know, in his life. And I think we all have one of those memories from our childhood who's (ph) kind of the footprint of my music memories.

BERMAN: We're all so cynical now, right. I mean, believe me, I am. But he was just so smultsy (ph), he pulled it off. BOLDUAN: Oh, yes.

BERMAN: You know, keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars.

TURNER: The long distance dedication.

BERMAN: But it sounds OK when he says it.

TURNER: Yes, it was fantastic.

CUOMO: It was genuine and it was consistent.

TURNER: And you know what, talking to Shadoe Stevens yesterday, that is exactly what he said over and over again. At the end of the day, this was a good man with good morals and a good fiber. And so it is really tough at the end of the day to see all this mess and muck around someone who lived his life as a humanitarian.

CUOMO: No family's immune.

BOLDUAN: That's right.


BOLDUAN: You can remember all the good that happened in his life before that.

BERMAN: Exactly. Exactly.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Nischelle.


CUOMO: All right, coming up on NEW DAY, a crash course in skydiving. This pilot, who's used to carrying jumpers up in the air, and he has to strap on a parachute himself. Why? How did he save his own life? He's going to be here to tell us all about it.


CUOMO: All right. Welcome back to NEW DAY.

Imagine you're up in the air -- 11,000 feet -- and you realize something is really wrong with the airplane that you are flying. 21- year-old Shawn Kinmartin was in exactly that predicament at the controls of his damaged skydiving plane.

So he only has one choice. What's his choice? Strap on a parachute himself and jump before the plane crashes into a corn field. The clincher -- he had never done that before. He's not a sky diver. He's a pilot.

Shawn Kinmartin joins us now to tell us more of his incredible story. Thank God you're OK, young man. The best way to tell this story is to tell it. What happened? SHAWN KINMARTIN, PILOT: So, what ended up happening is of course when

the last sky diver went out, I initially thought that he struck the elevator to the plane, he actually did not. It was actually a piece of the equipment that was just a freak -- just a little accident that usually never happens -- but it's a piece of the equipment that actually struck my elevator, caused enough damage for me to lose almost all pitch control of my aircraft.

So initially when it happened, it caused my aircraft to pitch up and I had to try to fight it to get the aircraft level. I was able to get it level and I tried seeing what elevator control I had, I had almost none.

So the only way for me to be able to descend was to pull the power and slowly start bringing it down. And at that point, I started communicating to not only St. Louis approach and then also the Festus Airport, trying to tell them the situation I had and what I was actually going to do.

The initial plan was actually for me to attempt a landing at the Festus Airport but, of course, the runway there was short. It's only 2,000 -- 200 feet long. And there is actually a car show going on at the airport.

BOLDUAN: Of course there was. So, Shawn, what, if you can recall, was going through your mind when you realized you're not going to be able to do an emergency landing of any kind and you're going to have to jump.

KINMARTIN: Well, at first, first came to my mind that that was a possibility. But at first, you know, I was continuing to descend to actually look to attempt a landing. Now, of course, the -- there was another aircraft on the ground, so they actually flew up and then they flew beside me. And then they looked at my tail to see kind of the damage because I actually couldn't see the tail myself.

And when they saw it, they told me that it was actually bent upwards and preventing my elevator from being able to move. So at that point, we realized that I wouldn't be able to perform the landing. Of course, the owner of the aircraft was in the other aircraft and was advising me on the steps I need to take.

And every time one of our pilots goes up, they have that chute already on. So I already had it on me. And we go -- use it every time -- or have it every time. The only thing I knew is just to pull the left handle on there and it came to the point where we talked about me actually jumping out.

BERMAN: This is not something you've really have done before in one of your --

KINMARTIN: No, not at all.

BERMAN: So your first dive, not only do you dive out of a plane that is crashing, but you jump out and then you see the plane crash. There are a lot of words that come to mind here, I can't say any of them on TV. What on earth were you thinking?

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

KINMARTIN: Well, at first, before -- once we knew that that was the only course of action was for me to actually jump out I had to position the aircraft to a less populated area because at this time I was still over the Festus Airport. I positioned the aircraft to go towards Illinois. There was a lot of farm land there in the riverbed.

So I went to position the aircraft in that direction until finally when I got it over some farm land, I decided that it was time for me to finally jump out. I was nervous, you know, a little scared, but at the same time excited, but when I got off the controls, I went to go step out, I had my hand on the handle, ready to pull it the second I cleared the aircraft, stepped out and on to the step, holding on to the wing strut and then finally I just tumbled on out.

BOLDUAN: Just as easy as that.

CUOMO: So you are 21 years old.


CUOMO: How did you keep your head cool and making all of these very daunting decisions?

KINMARTIN: Well, I got to attribute it to the flight training I received. I'm an aviation flight student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. And they have won of the best flight programs in the country. I have a lot of good instructors. We practiced different types of emergencies. Of course, it's usually --

CUOMO: You practice your plane is about to crash into a field, jump out of the plane in a parachute which you've never done before?

KINMARTIN: Well, that aspect, no. Usually when we practice emergencies it is going along the lines of an engine failure or a fire in the middle of a flight -- those kinds of emergencies. So, of course, losing elevator control and jumping out is something we don't talk about at practice because you can't practice that. You can't replicate that scenario.


BOLDUAN: Shawn now that you've made your first successful jump, is it your last successful jump or do you now have to skydive as well --

KINMARTIN: Actually, no. I actually -- I did enjoy that part and, of course, I talked with the owner of the company that I was working for, and, of course, I actually want to go up on a tandem jump and actually do that at full altitude instead of only at 2,000 feet.

BERMAN: He's got a new hobby now that he's jumped out a plane?

BOLDUAN: Unbelievable.

CUOMO: Probably be less of a thrill but it will be much safer.

BOLDUAN: People normally start with the tandem and then move on to the more dangerous. You are exceptional.

CUOMO: Amazing thinking. Amazing thinking under the worst of conditions and, boy, 21 years old; what a life you have in front of you. Enjoy it.

KINMARTIN: Yes, thank you.

BOLDUAN: Unbelievable. Thanks, Shawn.


CUOMO: Can you imagine that?


CUOMO: I'm going to jump out now. This is the easy part.

BERMAN: He saw the plane crash.


BERMAN: He's floating down and he sees this plane crash.

CUOMO: Yes, this is the easy part. I'm going to now jump out of the plane. This is the good news.

BOLDUAN: This is what I love. He said, all I knew was to pull the left cord -- the left cord.

BERMAN: And the kicker, he liked it.

CUOMO: He did like it. He's going to do it again. Not that way, though.

BOLDUAN: Exactly.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, a tale of brotherly love that will start your morning off just right about the lengths one kid goes to help his brother. It is "The Good Stuff". It's ahead.


CUOMO: Monday, starting a NEW DAY, how about some "Good Stuff", shall we.

In today's edition, we have brothers Hunter and Braden Gandee. Braden, seven years old, born with cerebral palsy. 14-year-old brother Hunter just did something phenomenal for him. Hunter decided to walk the 40 miles, pause, 40 miles, from his junior high to the University of Michigan with Braden on his back.

Before you think that's some easy feat, you shouldn't, Braden weighs about 50 pounds. And they did it to raise money and awareness and they did it well. When they got going and it got tough, they remembered those suffering with CP and that's what pushed them through.


HUNTER GANDEE: All the people that came to support us, and all the help that they have given us and also all the kids out there with CP who are having struggles with every day in their life.


CUOMO: 25 miles, the first day. 15 miles the second and then Hunter and Braden made it. Braden had just five words for his big brother, "I'm really proud of him." That's what it's all about.

BOLDUAN: He's 14 years old doing that.

CUOMO: That's what it's all about. That's family. That's brotherly love. That's raising kids who know what matters most.


CUOMO: I love it. That's "The Good Stuff". What a great start for Monday -- right.

A lot of news this morning. Let's get you right to the NEWSROOM. Ana Cabrera, in for Carol Costello -- that was a gift to you this morning, Ana, that good stuff.